Ruth and George Ashman talking to Herta Lisic (left).JACKIE SCHULZ/Contributor

Pianist Ruth Ashman and her husband George attended a piano recital given by David Leehey of Oak Park last Sunday. Dr. Leehey will be competing in a piano competition in Paris later this month. Following the recital, David’s wife, Rosalyn, served a gourmet French dinner consisting of Boeuf Bourguignon, crêpes, homemade croissant rolls, wine and haricots verts (green beans). Truffles were served for dessert. Herta Lisic is shown talking to the Ashmans.

Good luck to Forest Park’s cutest couple, Anton Thurmond and Ania Chodorowcka. Ania and Anton have entered a Valentine’s Day contest on WGN television and are now in the top 10 of more than 1,500 pictures entered. They would appreciate your vote so they can win first prize — a trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico! Voters can vote up to 100 times a day. That’s 100 votes per registered email and 100 votes per computer IP address each day. Voting ends Friday, Feb. 15 at noon. Find the submission address at

Everyone in town is heartbroken at the thought of St. Bernardine’s school closing. But activities in the parish go on. The annual dinner and fashion show will be held on April 18 at Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook. Co-chairs for this event are Mary Sullivan and Chris Dunaway. If you know of anyone who is under the weather, call Marge Moskos and she’ll see that those people will be remembered in prayers. Marge’s number is 708-848-7712. The women are much involved in Fisher House, located on the campus of Hines Hospital. They prepare meals and are involved in other activities at Fisher House. If you would like to assist the ladies, you can call Kathy Rush at 708-849-8481.

Congratulations to former St. Bernardine student Helen Roach who achieved honors with distinction at St. Ignatius College Prep. Also, Kimaya A. Wentworth made the Dean’s List at the University of Illinois.

Flavour Cooking School owner Denise Norton and Chef Brian are planning a Flavour Cookbook for 2013.Yum!

If you received Schauer’s recent flyer you may have noticed the “adorable” cupid cherubs scattered throughout. Look again! You will never again see such weird-looking cupids, especially the ones with moustaches and beards. Recognize any of them?

Remember, Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. is the Celebration of Music at St. John. The performance will feature the adult choir, Walther Lutheran Academy choir, brass choir, bell choir, and Praise Team. Free admission! Refreshments following the concert.

The driver safety program at the Community Center is being held March 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, call 771-7737. This is for seniors: We’re getting older and not so quick to respond, so let’s take this refresher course and keep up with the young’uns. Senior tax aide on Tuesdays through April 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. Call for an appointment as space is limited. Same place, same phone number. Senior Bingo will be held on March 28 at 1 p.m. For $2.50 you get lunch, and bingo. Such a deal! Registration required.

Happy birthday to Kyle Clifton, Valentina Marusk, Payton Schmidt, Marty Redmond, Mike Cossio, Donna McKline, Beton Pfennig, Leonard Gist, Mary Haley, Sammy Anderson, Lauren Pardun, Hannah Brown, and Judy Jilek.

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...