You know it’s finally Spring when Saint Bernardine’s has its annual fashion show.  The date this year is April 10. Cocktails 6:30, dinner is 7:30: Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook. Fashions by Chico’s.  If you’d like more information or a ticket, contact Jean Scodius 708.383.2356.  It will be an especially joyous event to get together with friends and neighbors you haven’t seen during this long, long, cold, cold winter.  Excuse the Pollyanna  attitude, but in spite of all the cold and endless snow, have you noticed what a sunny winter it was?

Sympathy to Patrick Braniff who lost his father and uncle within a few days.  Memories of family events, large or small, are so important at a time like this, bittersweet, but comforting after a time. There is more about this tragedy elsewhere in the paper.

Music therapists, Angie Gluekrt and Katie  Bender entertained some friends at an old fashioned tea recently.  While the girls played violin duets, friends recited poetry — all the while wearing Scarlet O’Hara hats, both men and women .Two friendly cats provided entertainment as well.

Congratulations to fifth grader, Henry Nathan Wagner who is the 2013-2014 Field-Stevenson SCOTY (School Citizen of the Year) award winner.  This is the highest honor Field-Stevenson bestows on a student.  Henry has been a student in the Forest Park Schools since kindergarten.  He is conscientious and is a valued member of Field-Stevenson’s National Elementary Honor Society.  Henry is also involved in community service projects ,is involved in the Cub Scouts, plays the flute, piano and can always be counted on to help out when needed. Forest Park is proud of Henry Wagner and wish him continued success as he starts the new adventure of Middle School! Go Henry!

Get ready for the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Community Center, Saturday, April 12 10:30 am until 12:30, p.m.  The price is $6 child, $4 adult. Get your ticket in advance because this is always a sellout. You’ll get lunch, meet the Easter bunny. Everybody is a winner and everybody will have fun. Registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 708.771.7737.  Be sure to bring your camera to get the Bunny.

Happy late March birthdays to: Esther Rossi, Geoff Flight, Sue Fishman Christel, Tara Cassiani, Joe Gianelli, Alexandria Reina, Lauren Haeger, Dan Gallina, Andrew Huebner, Grace Snyder, Peter Zapotek, Natalie Mazzone, Riley Gerard, Tom Reich, Gary Steger, Terry Udil, Bob Walker, Claire Sanchez, Claire Manor, Steve Urban, Jim Becker, Nicole Carlson, Julia Flakey, Victoria McKenzie and Barbara  Haeger Popelka. Happy anniversary to Janet and Elmer Mittelhauser, Mr. and Mrs. Greg Horvath, Marissa and Sam Serio.

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...