Louise Brueggemann with Cathy and Nancy Greco (JACKIE SCHULZ/Contributor)

Ruth Loyd, faithful member of the VFW, faithful member of Saint Peter’s Church, faithful friend of many who are no long among us. She will be remembered for many things, but her quality of dependability must be first on the list. Sympathy to her family and to Margie Neff, longtime friend.

Theron McComb finally had his fourth birthday. Last summer as he rode his tricycle down the street a neighbor asked Theron if he was four years old yet? “No,” he responded, “It takes a long time.” The event was celebrated at the Brown Cow where all the guests had a grand time.

For another grand time join the Bears fans at Saint Bernardine’s (Fearon Hall) for the annual Judge Jim O’Malley Memorial Game Day. That’s Sunday, Nov. 24 Bears vs. Rams game. Door will open at 11:30 a.m. for the 12 p.m. game. Special honored guest this year will be Mayor Anthony Calderone. Stay for the 3 p.m. Colts/Cardinals-Titans/Raiders-Cowboys/Giants. Tickets at the door at $35, advance sales $30. All you can eat and drink beer, wine, pop.

Every year the Michael Teolis Singers prepare a special holiday treat for us.

This year is no exception. “This is Noel” is this year’s featured musical selection by Katherine K. Davis. Soloists are Abigail Lyons, on the oboe, Soprano Susan Krout, and Williams Lyons, tenor. Oak Park native John LaMontaine’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Songs of the Nativity” is on the program along with holiday songs from Home Alone, by John Williams, as well as other familiar Christmas music. The concert will be presented Saturday, Dec. 7 at First United Methodist Church, 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Forest Parkers participating in the chorale ensemble are Louise Brueggemann, Nancy Greco and Erik Johnson. Accompanying the singers on the piano is Forest Park’s David Richards. Shown in the photo are Louise, Cathy and Nancy Greco. Tickets are $18 adults, $12 seniors/students. For reservations call 708.366.2889 or e-mail info@MTSingers.com.

The 11th annual Out of the Box Art Market will be held at 109 N. Oak Park Avenue four weekends only. Nov. 30, Dec 1; Dec. 7 and 8th; Dec. 14 and 15 and Dec. 21st and 22nd 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Be sure you get your ticket for the Boar’s Head Dec.14 and 15 at 4 p.m. But before the Boar’s Head, The Oak Park Concert Chorale under the direction of Paul Lindblad will present its holiday concert on November 24th at 4 pm. Inspiring music, always with Director Lindblad featuring some new compositions by local composers as well as familiar carols with the St. John Choristers joining the chorale.

Come and join the first annual Festival of Trees at Holley Court., 1111 Ontario in Oak Park. Forest Park Co-chair Lesley Gottlinger says, “We are bringing together as many groups as possible…to make this a true community celebration.” The dates are Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1. Hours are 10 a.m. til 7 p.m. key sponsors of this event are the Forest Park National Bank, The Rotary Club, Holley Court Terrace, and the Community Bank of Oak Park. You will find beautifully decorated trees, festive wreaths, “table-scapes”, holiday music and refreshments.

This Friday, as we are reminded on every television and radio station, is the 50th anniversary of the death of John Kennedy. Most of you are too young to remember that day. Those of us who were around then will never forget it. Most of those I grieved with are gone. Life certainly is an exciting adventure of joy, sorrow, heartbreak and wonder. Go live it.

Happy birthday this week to Amy Huynh, Lillian Sansone, Lisa Haeger Nicholas Mangiaaracina, Alex Trage, Gina Orland, Olinda Fink, Jaime Cook, Brandon Paugh, Roberta James, CarlaLoyd, Karen McGrath, William Shremmsher, Gina Barger, Aliel Smith, Brian Hawkins, Meagan Ryann, May Bill, Jessia Marafatso, Maddie MadKay, Michael Branda, Patrick Rice. Happy anniversary to John and Carol O’Donnell.

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 of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.

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...