Pineapple Studios co-owners Erika Ochoa and Fatima Issa want to teach you to Zumba.

If you’re brave enough, test your courage by going to Schauer’s Hardware. But beware of the huge spook in front of the store, the one holding the lit lantern. Oooowaaah! This big ugly scary thing is the handiwork of resident artist, Loretta Jantz.

See you at the Casket Race?

Mark your calendars for two historic cemetery events: The award-winning Tale of the Tombstones is a walk through the Forest Home Cemetery presented by the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest Oct. 20 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Then, on Oct. 26, our own Historical Society of Forest Park presents a new original play of “Des Plaines River Anthology: Voices from the Cemeteries of Forest Park” written by regional authors, directed by Amy Binns-Calvey and performed with original music by Kathryn Atwood. It all happens at the Park District third floor theater, 7501 Harrison Street. Two shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Our newest Pizza place, Prestello’s is open and ready for business. Val Presto and her partner, Christina Danette Mossarello, Blackhawk fans as you can see, make and roll their own pizza. They started out in a Riverside coffee shop and have now made Madison Street their home. John and Mary Ann Fabbrini are already steady customers now that the salads and gelato have arrived. Good luck to the brave entrepreneurs, Val and Christina.

Have you been to the new 12th Street Wings yet?

For those who wondered where our fashion designer Erin Von Kannon has gone, she’s at the Sugar Cup on Marion. Drop in see what she’s designing for kids these days.

Time to get in shape so you can gain it back during the holidays. There’s always fun and dancing and much friendliness at Pineapple Dance Studio on Madison. Proprietor, Erika Ochoa and her partner, Fatima Issa are always happy to welcome new and former dancers. And you’ll notice everyone walks out of the place with a big smile on her (his) face. For information call 299.2608.

Speaking of the holidays, did you know this is the first time in about a thousand years that Hanukah comes in late November rather than December? Closer to Thanksgiving than Christmas this year.

You always have a great time at Fitzgerald’s. This year they will host “Barktoberfest” Oct.18. Your $75 donation will benefit the Animal Care League of Oak Park. If you pay before the 18th you’ll save $10. The Animal Care League is located at 1011 Garfield. Live music by Letter 3, catering by Berghoff and lots more. Get there by 7 p.m. The animals will thank you.

There is another local author in our midst. He’s Garrett Glass, musician, writer, and international banker (retired). Like all of us, has a deep interest in the many and often conflicting stories we have all been told about Jesus Christ. So Mr. Glass spent several years doing intense research. His book is called Jehoshua: Signs and Wonders. It reads like a mystery story. I highly recommend it to all open minded seekers after what we call “truth.”

On to the birthdays of the week : Jean Schmidt, Jan Behnke, Cody Healy, Marissa Mullen, Morgan Hosty, Judy Arnold, Kevin Doss, Lily O’Neill, Riley N. Johnson, Mark Hosty, Eve Dudzik, Bernice Abbott, Bill Plumtree, Barbara Sedlak Nicholas Radkiewicz, John Rice, Anna Snyder, Patrick Sullivan, Jack Vainisi, Jim Murray, Laurie Kokenes. Happy anniversary to Dan and Rebecca Scollard, Katie and Johnny Tricoci, Kate and Tim Hawkins.

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...