It’s getting scarier and scarier to walk around Forest Park these days. To begin with, there’s the skeleton at Creativita on Madison Street who has been working on a painting for a couple of weeks. He is so good, he’s got several clubs and groups wanting to sign up to join him. One of the groups is the Chamber of Commerce. In case you haven’t seen the painting skeleton, he’s at 7502 ½ Madison. Call 312.343.2149. Ask for Mr. Bones.

 Now the Urbans have blown up another group of spooks and have allowed their grandchildren to associate with them. James and Grace Urban are bravely guiding the carriage of a weird looking old freak. Where is he taking those kids?

If you’re tired of listening to all the campaign blather about how sinful each opponent is, try the League of Woman Voters which meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. The meeting place? The 19th Century Club in Oak Park. The speakers give facts, discussions are quiet and sane. You could learn a thing or two, or at least ask questions of smart well-informed people. 

The League will be offering a seminar on Becoming a School Board Candidate Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Oak Park Public Library, Dole Branch, 255 Augusta Blvd., Oak Park. The seminar runs between 10-11:30 a.m. Find out more at www.lwvoprf.org.

It was the last call for Irish music at Molly Malone’s Oct. 9. Brother and sister Irish fiddlers John and Theresa Shine have hosted an Irish music “sessiun,” as they say in Gaelic, at Molly Malone’s on Thursday nights for 12 years. That’s coming to an end as the business is being sold. Thursday was the last sweet performance. Theresa, who teaches Irish fiddle at The Old Town School of Folk Music, said she’d be trying to get a new session going in Forest Park.

Belated happy birthday, that’s 100th birthday to Mildred Tharpe on Sept. 23. Mildred is now a resident at Aperion Care here in town. She still loves to dance, and attend religious services with Elder Thomas on Thursday mornings. Before her retirement, Mrs.Tharpe was a cook for the Chicago Public Schools. When she was a young woman she married her sweetheart, Kirmit Tharpe and the couple spent more than 60 years together. They raised two sons and were active members of their church. A special happy birthday party was held in Mildred’s honor at Aperion and another with her family. 

Happy birthdays to Jim Murray, Laurie Kokenes, Luke Ellickson, Jillian Dorney, Rich Boyer, Pat Mullen, Hannah Fink, Roc Pruitt, Susan Blazek, Briget Cote,Catherine Treiber, Samantha Jile, Fred Schildt, Terry Steinbeck and Tim Bode. Happy anniversary wishes to Mike and Debbie Espinoza, Fred and Jennifer Ehringer. 

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...