A rousing happy birthday to 99-year-old Lorraine Boy. Yes, 99 years! Lorraine has been a member of Saint Bernardine parish for longer than any other parishomer, as far as we can tell. Born on Chicago’s west side, she went to Holy Ghost grammar school. After marrying she and her husband moved to Forest Park where she has lived ever since. Her husband was ill for more than twenty years but Lorraine kept her job at Alden’s while caring for him all the while. They had three sons, Howard (Bud), James and Thomas, all of whom have died. But the sons left her with eight grandchildren. Life has been an adventure for Lorraine, but those adventures were not all happy adventures. Since breaking her ankle a few weeks ago, Mrs. Boy has had Marie, a loving, capable caregiver. Lorraine Boy is still attractive, outward looking and full of life. Her doctor , Dr. Howard Einhorn from Gottleib, plans to come to her 100th birthday party next year and pass out business cards.

Marge Zwadlo’s and other prize winning pictures are on exhibit at Mills Park the week-end of May 19 and 20 from 10 am until 5 pm. This show is sponsored by the West Suburban Artists Guild. You still have time to visit the artwork at the Peabody Estate in OakBrook until May 24th. This show is “The Best of the Best” and is worth seeing. Take 83 south to 31st Street and go west until you see “Peabody Estate,” a lovely old mansion.

Oak Park artist Janice Elkins will show her expressionist paintings at Forest Park National Bank in May and June.

“While I consider myself an abstract expressionist painter, I am constantly exploring the territory between abstract and representation,” Janice says. She works in acrylics, oils and encaustic wax. She also creates collages, drawings, monoprints and intaglio. In addition, she has taught painting for twelve years.

Libby Fischer Hellmann and Clare O’Donohue reviewed their latest works “A Bitter Veil” (Hellmann) and “Life Without Parole” (O’Donohue) at Centuries & Sleuths last Sunday. These programs are always fun, informative and interesting. On May 26th old timers will be reminded of the tragic afternoon, May 25, 1950, when, at 2 p.m. Craig Cleve will discuss and sign copies of The Green Hornet Street Car Disaster.

Scott Popelka will shine as one of the stars of “The Way” with Diva’s Crossing Band. The show will take place at the Skokie Theatre 7924 Lincoln Avenue in Skokie this Saturday, May 12th. Scott is the composer and lyricist of the numbers in the performance and the whole thing will be filmed Saturday night. The $20 gives you the concert and the filming. Diva Montell is the singer and it promises to be a very exciting night. More info at www.gorillatango.com. Tickets will be available at the door. See you there? Enjoy!!

Happy birthday to Robert Gerger, Jacob Koehne, Matt O’Shea, Edith Evert, Marge Griffin, Eric Bradley, Dave Smentek, Bernice Matthews, David Jargstorf, Paul McKune, Cecilia Webster, Gerry Schermerhorn, Karen Dylewski, Clayton Huebner. Happy anniversary to Nick and Sue Mangiaracina and Kelly and Tim Woods.