Rich Schauer and daughter Olivia with poodle Ted at the Wreck bar in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Courtesy Rich Schauer)

Unique works of art will be available for purchase on Feb. 22 at Ridgemoor Country Club from 6:30 – 9 pm. They are the creations of students from Grace Lutheran School. Many of the kids at Grace are Forest Parkers especially since St. Bernardine and St. John no longer have elementary levels. Monica Nash is the coordinator of the program. Each grade has entered an exhibit. This is a fund raiser for the school, so be generous. Remember you are getting an original work of art! Ridgemoor is located at Narragansett and Gunnison in Harwood Heights.

If this interminable cold and snow is causing you deep depression, just hop on a plane and head for New Orleans—Mardi Gras is in full swing!

Rich Schauer and daughter Olivia were on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale recently with dog Ted. Rich got back in time for the snow. They’re still selling shovels at Schauer’s Hardware.

The family of Steve Gulotta asks that your contributions to the Forest Park Food Pantry be made in his name this month. The young man died a tragic death recently and this is how the family would like to honor his memory.

There will be a special off site mystery/food program sponsored by Centuries and Sleuths at Flav’our 7401 Madison on Feb.  20 at 7 p.m. Karen Doornebos, Jane Austen expert, will discuss her latest book.

Congratulations! Aisha Conner-Gaten is on the Dean’s List at U of Illinois, graduating in December with an MLS in Library Science.

Don’t miss the “Cabaret Handel” experience at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St. in Oak Park Feb. 22. Chamber players and beautiful cantatas sung by a glamorous soprano. This is the second concert of Oak Park’s Handel Week Festival.

 If your birthday is Feb. 19, you share a birthday with Copernicus. Handel’s birthday is Feb. 23; Renoir, George Harrison and Enrico Caruso all share Feb. 25; Marian Anderson’s birthday is Feb. 27. She was forbidden by the DAR to sing in Constitution Hall so the following Easter Sunday she moved to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and sang for 75,000. It was in this week in 1933 that Chicago’s mayor Anton Cermak stepped in front of President FDR and deflected a bullet meant for the president. 

Shake off your gloom with a hearty “Happy Birthday” song for Shartiiase Clay, Alexander Reina , Janah Victorson, Claine Czarnak, Jacquie Madden, Megan Lyons, Janet Paulin, Michael Gillian, Xauer Skinner, Rich Krieger, Phil Kachlic, Jean Gunntow, Chris Wood, Jean Leinweber, Jackie Janney, Chris Thornton, Mary White, Sam Huynh, Scott Grams, Alexandria Eterno, Rachel Hamilton, Gary Neubeiser, Joseph Tricoci, Darryl Licht, Jillian Tricoci, Dan Criscione, Patrick Dornecker, and Susan Rehore.

Twenty seven days until spring!!!!

 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 Schulz

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...