If you missed opening night of Creativita, 7502 ½ Madison, do not worry. You can come any time, call 312-343-2149 to find out what hours will be available to you. There are even plans to hold classes for dogs to paint. Along those lines there once was a famous art book called Why Cats Paint available at the Hyde Park book store several years ago. I was reading it while a lecture was going on in an adjoining room. Unaware of the lecture, I laughed so loud someone had to come quiet me. This Creativita shop is the most exciting thing to happen on Madison Street in years. Proprietor Jessica Luciano assures us that 

EVERYONE, and that means YOU, can paint.  

Some good library news: Matt Cline is now a full time employee at the Forest Park Public Library.

Centuries & Sleuths bookstore will present MWA University (Chicago campus) Class of 2014 Faculty: Your professors will be Sara Paretsky (Dean) along with Hallie Ephro, Jess Lourey, Stanley Trollip (a.k.a. Michael Stanley), Hand Phillippi Ryan and Daniel Stashover. It’s a pre-term Convocation and party at the bookstore, 7419 Madison in Forest Park. Festivities are held Friday, Sept. 12, from 7 – 9 pm. All the faculties’ current works, fact and fiction, technical and entertainment will be in stock at the bookstore, for purchase and signing. RSVP: mwamidwest@gmail.com. 

The Urban’s got their Chicago Bears out, but they didn’t bring much luck. If you look closely, one of the players seems to have passed out on the porch. Sorry.

 Your local symphony orchestra has a spectacular season planned for you beginning Sept. 28 at Dominican University. Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a real crowd pleaser as well as CSO clarinet soloists John Bruce Yeh and Teresa Reilly in Mendelssohn’s Konzertstuck  Nos 1 and 2. Also Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration. That’s the SOPRF, 4 p.m. at Dominican University, 7900 Division St.

Happy anniversary to Tony and Lois Calderone this week, and to Guy and Katie Macino to Lisa and P.J. Walsh to Carol and Dave Novak.

Special happy birthday greetings to Tim Lorr this week. Tim and a group of friends will celebrate the occasion at Red Lobster.

Happy birthday to Rick Stephanie, Lily O’Neill,  Diane and Betty Huebner, Marion Flight, Nicole Walsh, Max Rus, Celeste Cosgrove, Claire Finnegan, Brian Foley, Adam Goetz, Alyssa Neff, Bridget Woods Dowdle.  

 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...