Brown Cow ice cream presents its 8th annual gluttony contest July 15. Eat 21 scoops of ice cream with a team of three and win.Courtesy Brown Cow

Four-year-old Aulon Rrhamani is a big brother as of June 19th, 2013. Aulon’s new baby sister is Ana Rrhamani born beautiful and happy at Rush Hospital. he has every reason to be a happy baby because she was born into a loving family who are proud immigrants following the American Dream. Ana’s parents are Xhevahiere and Ilir. Congratulations to all the Rrhamani Family.

Sharon Jacknow spent a busy spring trying to save migrating birds from flying into buildings in downtown Chicago. Many animal protective organizations are trying to convince large building maintenance staff to turn off their lights during migration. Again this year, Sharon spent many hours picking up injured birds off the ground. Birds become confused and fly around and around buildings until they fall exhausted. Some of them die, but Sharon tries to save as many as she can. She gets them to a vet while there is still time. Nice work, Sharon, you are a real humanitarian.

Apologies to Lori Coughlin for misspelling her name a few weeks ago. Lori’s daughter, Laura, is a buyer in cosmetics for WalMart and she travels extensively for Revlon, L’Oreal and other cosmetics firms.

Could you eat 21 scoops of ice cream and live? Brown Cow will host its 8th annual celebration of gluttony on July 15 when teams of three compete to consume “The Trough.” Vomit and you’re disqualified, according to the rules. Sign up with your buddies today.

Shanahan’s big dog, Buddy, highly recommends the summer $5 burger—Tuesdays only—at Shanahan’s. And Buddy is a connoisseur of hamburgers. He’d also like you to be aware of the fact that most of the candy is on sale in the little candy store this summer, although his owners know that dogs can’t eat chocolate.

Baby Nieve Moran was baptized at Saint Bernardine’s last Sunday. Nieve is the granddaughter of John and Margaret O’Riordan and the daughter of Kevin and Mara Moran.

Congratulations to Forest Park’s Marquette University graduates. Michael DiGilio earned a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication. Patricia Dunaway earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Summer heat getting you down? How about a lovely afternoon tea to make you feel special? Serenita Tea is served 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday –Sunday at 1046 Pleasant Street, Oak Park. Reservations are required for afternoon tea. You may call 708.660.9670 or Tea to Go features afternoon teas, light lunches, scones/miniature pastries, tea education, jazz tea, tea accessories, bridal and baby showers. We girls have so much more to enjoy than the boys, don’t you think?

On July 14, the G.K. Chesterton Society of Chicago will discuss Saint Francis of Assisi at 2 p.m. That’s at Centuries and Sleuths, 7419 Madison Street. 708.771.7243 for more information.

Birthday celebrants this week are Lillian Hough, Patty Marino, Erin Laughlin, Rick Leninger, Norm Leinweber, Shirley Christell, Sandy Byrnes, Tracy Aleksy, Jack Christell, Frank Cassiani, June Doulder, Kathleen Bell, Frances Lee, Lisa Marquardt, Kay Madden, Tim Flight, Virginia Collis, Scott McAdam, Melissa Murgas, Michael Fox, Ben Reina, Matt Montes, Alaina Buzas, and Shannon VanDiepan.

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...