Braving the Cold: Girl Scouts were out selling cookies in Forest Park this week.JACKIE SCHULZ/Contributor

The hardy Girl Scouts were out in great numbers last Saturday selling their famous cookies. Eleanor Huber, Leila Hill, Maya Hill, Kristen Huber and Sandra Hill braved the elements long after the more delicate ones abandoned the post. Cookie time gets old scouts, like myself, reminiscing about the good old days when the cookies were shortbread trefoils or chocolate trefoils, a row of each, and a box cost 25 cents.

Down the block at St. Peter’s church, the Cub Scouts entertained royally at their pancake breakfast. A welcomer greeted us, a waiter served us, always inquiring if we wanted anything else. The juice was cold and delicious, the pancakes were tasty and the coffee was perfect. The basement has seen many a pancake breakfast and many a scout spaghetti dinner. Marty Tellalian and Jerry Webster enjoyed the attention given to them by Cub Scout Noah Lyons, who offered a choice of syrup.

Welcome to Dawn Walsh, dog lover (especially Westies) and new Forest Park homeowner.

This week is the last chance to donate to the Whole Kids/PACT/Indiegogo campaign for the Forest Park Community Garden.

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George Martin, son of Maureen and George, made the fall honor roll at the University of Kansas. Congratulations!

Welcome home to Marion Flight, just back from Texas where she visited many friends.

For a good time, you don’t ever have to leave Forest Park. The music offered by St. John is a delight to your ears. Last Sunday, Feb. 24, the Celebration of Music under the direction of Paul Lindblad seemed to come right out of heaven. Paul was honored in a special way last Sunday when a new piece by a most esteemed composer, Carl Schalk, wrote a number especially for Paul and his musicians, “We Shall Walk through the Valley in Peace.” As I listened, a thought came to me. These people should fly to D.C. and perform for the House and Senate. Wars and drones would end I’m sure. Modest Paul’s name did not appear anywhere on the program. Special mention should be made of the bell choir under the direction of Linda Johnson. The arrangement of “All Things Bright and Beautiful” was especially charming.

Heritage Chorale will perform at St. John on Sunday, March 17. This concert will feature mostly secular works. Then on April 14, John W. Sherer, organist and director of music for Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago will present a concert to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Remember, St. John concerts are free to the public.

On Sunday, March 3, the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest will perform Holst’s “Planets,” music under the direction of Jay Friedman, the chorus and William Chin. Dominican University in River Forest at 4 p.m.

Birthday greetings to Art Kazaar, Connor Sullivan, Gina Pardun, Sebatian Selizi, Aaron Rada, Chris Borzello, Christine Quintana, Geri Kowalski, Kim Reina, Roland Scott, Billy Brown, Jim Breseman, Joe Breseman, Grace Spence, Diannemarie Williams, Logan Ellickson, Brandon Thompson, Barbara Coleman, Tevian Russell, Ava Scollard, Abigail Fletcher, David Rodenbostel, Jill Smentek, Christian Schremser, Jeremy Loll, Jennifer Deering, Tara Cassiani, Grant Heyer and Gina DiJulio-Swan.

Happy anniversary to Lucy and Joe Gianelli and Derek and Judy Gist.

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...