Congratulation to Forest Park Commissioner Tom Mannix and his wife Beth on the birth of their first child, John Jerome. Commissioner Mannix is running for re-election to the Forest Park Village Council in the April 7 election, so we know he’ll be kissing at least one baby during the campaign.

Last Saturday’s pancake breakfast was the best ever. Those Cubs (Troop 109) treated everyone like visiting royalty at the Community Center. Take your coat? Would you like to sit here? May I bring you blueberry pancakes? More orange juice? Regular or decaf? And on and on. The pancakes were delicious and the sociability was just as great.

Two young ladies from Thailand were making friends that morning. They are Som and Tuk Kummart, shown with Tiger Scout Jayden Burke. They liked the pancakes even though our pancakes are not as hot as they would be if pancakes were made in Thailand.

There’s still time (Wednesday, 7 p.m.) to hear the candidates at the park district building tonight. Caroline Copeland, a physical therapist, said last week’s forum was interesting and informative. 

Several of our school teachers spent Friday after school at Creativita, painting some lovely pictures for posterity. Peggy Perry and Anne Sorkin produced some spring works, a bowl of tulips and a forsythia branch. Beautiful.

 If you didn’t get to Centuries & Sleuths last Sunday, March 22, you will probably want to get a copy of author Jane Morocco’s book about the late, legendary Virginia Moe, overseer of Trailside Museum for so many years. Once you met Miss Moe, you never forgot her, ever. On March 29, the history discussion group will discuss The Twilight War: 30-year conflict with Iran by David Crist. Watch Rick Steve’s travels in Iran as well. Iranians are friendly, very bright people, and I think probably the best looking people on the planet.

Happy birthday to Nancy Becker, Jim Whalen, Delores Petersohn, Grant Harrison Wojtas, Victoria McKenzie, Barbara Popelka, Michael O’Malley, Dan Haley, Tim Giers, Dorias Bartek, Maeve White, Lisa Bothie, Frank Pyotr, Kathryn Greskoviak, Brody Rice, Geri Grant, JoAnn Grant, Josef Haydn, and LaBelle Jones. Happy anniversary to Erin and Jim Watts

 The Heritage Chorale will perform at St. John, 305 Circle Ave., on April 12 at 4 p.m. They will sing one of Mozart’s masterpieces, Solemn Vespers of the Confessor. Also, three movements from Vincent Persichetti’s Mass in commemoration of the composer’s birth. Also Benjamin Britten’s Te Deum. Tickets are $20, seniors $15, college students $10. Students through high school, no charge.

 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...

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