It’s too late to get to the garden at GreenTomato Café, but the café is open all year. Gigi Alfano went with Steve and Gloria Backman last week and loved it. Located at Central Park and Ogden Avenue.

Coming soon! An evening of expert presentations with an opportunity for you to ask questions—all about what’s going to happen to the Eisenhower and Blue Line redevelopment!! On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at 8 p.m., Pete Harmet from IDOT and Rick Kuner from CAT (Citizens for Appropriate Transportation) will speak to us at St. Bernadine’s Fearon Hall, 815 Elgin Ave. For more information call 708.771.2478. This event is sponsored by Vox60130. You can contact . Lots of free parking.

You can get your flu shot at the Community Center Health Fair, Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Get some tips on maintaining your good health while you’re at it. Many of your neighbors will be there; it’s always a great social event.

Congratulations to retiring president Augie Aleksy who did an excellent job revitalizing the historical society. Now Bob Cox will fill Augie’s shoes and carry on the job as new president of the Forest Park Historical Society. Best of luck to Bob.

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.

Zeno Jacquat, champion of the Friends of the Forest Park Library, reminds us that Love Your Library Week is almost here and you are invited to join the friends in a social reception on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. The friends are, naturally, a friendly group always looking for new friends. Come on, be a friend, it doesn’t cost a penny. They do a lot for the library and have great parties a few times a year. The Christmas party is coming up soon.

Stationery Open House (just in time for Christmas) hosted by Megan and Sandy Nutley, will be held on November 9 at 442 Beloit from 12 – 8 p.m. Personalized stationery, notepads, personalized art calendars, Christmas cards, etc, all designed and handmade by Megan will be available. Your Christmas message will be unique and carry the prestigious “silhouette blue” logo.

The folks at 512 Hannah send tasteful and beautifully designed wishes for the autumn and Halloween.

Happy birthday this week to Jillian Dorney, Rich Boyer, Pat Mullen, Hannah Fink, Susan Blazek, Carl Bohner, Bridget Dote, Catherine Trieber, Samantha Jilek, Shayne McIlquham, Fred Schildt, Terry Steinbach, Tim Bode, Joe Byrnes, Ted Hosty, Niraj Koll, Jonathan Kuehl,Caitlihn Gillian, Phil Abruzino, Peter Wojtas, Tierra Curry, John Turek. Happy anniversary to Mike and Debbie Espinoza, Fred and Jennifer Ehringer, Jill and Dave Smentek.

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...

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