Gently used formal wear is being collected at the Community Center for the Proviso Math and Science Academy Key Club's Cinderella Project.JACKIE SCHULZ/Contributor

Urgent request from the Community Center! Your gently used formal wear can be today’s new prom dresses. The annual Cinderella Project is in need of dresses for this year’s prom. The event is sponsored by the Proviso Math and Science Academy Key Club, which is a student arm of Kiwanis. More than 20 low-income PMSA seniors will select from gowns that have been professionally cleaned, refurbished and altered. Floor length, knee length, mid-length, any length, any size are welcomed. Janet Paulin and Mary Hogan can fit those dresses to any size or shape. But hurry! The dresses must be at the center by March 28.This is serious. Karen Dylewski, Diana Dylewski and Meghan Dowdle are showing off some of this year’s models.

Well, happy spring, March 20th! Eastern Orthodox Lent begins this week. For the rest of us, Palm Sunday happens this Sunday, the 24th.

The Easter Egg Hunt at the park district is held Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. sharp. Following will be the Easter Extravaganza, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and lasting until 12:30 p.m. It’s $6 for children and $3 for adults. Bring your camera and take a picture of the Easter Bunny. Space is limited so get your ticket early. There will be lunch, raffles, entertainment, Plinko! (a goldfish game), carnival, games and fun for the whole family! Remember, children must be accompanied by an adult. This all happens at the Howard Mohr Community Center, 7640 Jackson Blvd. For more information or if you are new in town, the community center’s phone number is708-771-7737.

If you’re curious about the Land Down Under, don’t miss a chance to take a tour through beautiful Australia with travel expert Cynthia Clampett at the Forest Park Public Library, tonight at 7 p.m. You’ll learn about the people, places and history of this fascinating island continent.

In case you missed “Sister Bernie’s Bingo Bash” at St. Bernardine’s a few weeks ago … well, she is back by popular demand! This time, Sister and her gang will give you the lowdown on the game’s origins (in excruciating detail). Sister herself is an ill-tempered nun, she brings with her a blithe priest and an eager young nun who believes that God controls the bingo cards. You better enjoy yourself or Sister will want to know why. Tickets are $53 for Forest Park residents, $56 for non-residents. This time Sister is bringing her associates to the community center, 7640 Jackson. Space is limited; get your reservation in early. Transportation is available by appointment. That’s Wednesday, April 10 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. For your $$ you’ll get the show and a fabulous lunch, served by our accommodating, cheerful, friendly staff at the center.

St. Bernardine Women’s Club invites you to “Kick Up Your Heels,” the annual dinner and fashion show at Crystal Sky Banquets, Joliet Road at 47th Street. This year’s date is April 18. Fashions will be provided by our own Madison Street Shoes and JAYNE.RSVP by April 11 for $35; tickets will be $40 after the 11th. Join your friends and neighbors for an evening of camaraderie after the dreary dark winter.

Happy birthday to Alexandria Reina, Lauren Haeger, Bob O’Brien, Steve Urban, Ryan Mollo, Andrew Huebner, Grace Snyder, Peter Zapotek, Natalie Mazzone, Riley Gierald, Tom Reich, Gary Steger, Bob Walker, Claire Sanchez, Terry Udil, Hillary Rutak, Jim Becker, Nicole Carlson, and Julia Flukey. Happy anniversary to Marissa and Sammy Serio; Mr and Mrs. Greg Horvath, and Janet and Elmer Mittelhauser.

Jackie Schulz

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...