Animal Care LeagueFile 2012

The Animal Care League will celebrate its 40th birthday with a luncheon at the Oak Park Country Club on April 28th. Remember the league’s 2nd Chance shop at 808 Harrison in Oak Park. They can always use donations, volunteers, and $$$. Thanks to Chatka Ruggiero, the low cost spay and neuter clinic is available. The money from the luncheon and other donations will be used to shore up existing facilities on Harrison which were built in the 30s and but not as an animal shelter.

Music lovers in the area are familiar with the name Paul Lindblad, music director at Saint John. Paul also directs the Oak Park Concert Chorale, an organization dedicated to performing varied and exciting music. The Chorale will present a spring concert A Cappella Joy on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 West division in River Forest. The music on this program spans seven hundred fifty years of a cappella music from six nations. A highlight will be “Befiehl du deine Wege”, by J.C. Alnickol, a student and son in law of J.S. Bach!

The Friends of the Forest Park Library have cancelled the May book sale for several reasons. First, there were not enough books donated. Second, they were not able to gather enough young manpower to load and unload the boxes of books. Third, the ongoing book sales have netted more money than the annual sale earns. True, the book sale is a great social event, readers get together and discuss the available books. So, at least for this year, no gathering around the book tables for browsing.

Congratulations to Emily and Paul Fitzgerald for landing on the honors list at Purdue University.

Art meets history on April 26 from 6 -8:30 p.m. at Centuries & Sleuths,7419 Madison. (771.7243). Mysteries can explain the culture, values, lifestyles and even the food of various countries. All this will be enhanced with paintings by Laurie Regan Chaise and some limited edition prints. Countries to be focused are France, Italy, Greece, Mexico and Cuba. Authors Henning Mankell and Steig Larsen are only two of the genre to be featured.

Forest Park Historical Society President Augie Aleksy is going to be a busy boy at the stove. He is helping seniors celebrate with a historical dinner on Tuesday, May 21 at 1 p.m. He will teach you how to prepare two delicious meals, one to eat there and one to take home. Also, the Historical Society will be helping seniors record their “oral histories”. Augie says “bring your memories and your appetite!” Reservations are required for this one. Call 771.7737. Remember, (free) transportation is available to activities at the Howard Mohr Community Center.

The Mozart Requiem will be performed by the Heritage Chorale on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division in River Forest and again on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. The second concert takes place at Saint Vincent Ferrer, 1530 Jackson (Jackson & North Avenue) also in River Forest. Also on the program are works by Bruckner, Poulenc and Whittaker. Maurice Boyer is artistic director of the group.

Belated congratulations to Leslie Gollinger who retired as president of the Rotary International.

Happy anniversary to Mary and Brian Sullivan, Bill and Beth Linder, Jim and Heather Collis and to Kevin and Melissa Dodge. Happy birthday to Tricia Curry, Nicholas Lang, David Thompson, Lee Huynh, Fran Nee, Tiffany Basarich, Rich Barger, Ernesto Gassi, Daniel and Patrick Hart, Amy Mesheimer, Mike Thompson, Chrissy Neumann, Sara Mesheimer, Evelyn Wirkowski, Frank Nee, Kara Einbinder, Jim Stanton, John Spence, Don Cote, Dawn Mandile, Sarah Stahlke, Eleanor Locati, and Amy Vobornik.

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...