Friends, former neighbors, family, all were on hand to congratulate Janet and Ray Paulin on the occasion of their Golden Wedding anniversary. The party took place at the community center last Saturday, June 27. The Paulins were married in Sudbury, Massachusettts in the church immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Wayside Church.” Their kids were in town from the east and west coasts and several places in between. Everyone was feeling happy; even the weatherman cooperated. Sincere congratulations to Janet and Ray.

Donna Gawlas went with friends from City Ventures on a tour of downtown Chicago. They visited Maggie Daley Park (what a park! Bring your kids and grandkids!), Lurie Gardens, The Enchanted Forest (not too enchanting yet, but give those tiny trees a few years, Buckingham Fountain, the rose gardens and Northerly Island. Donna is shown here lunching at the Cliff Dwellers, a lovely private club atop the Borg Warner Building.

You’d better get over the Centuries and Sleuths (C&S) before July 19 if you want to see an authentic depiction of the Battle of Waterloo, which took place on June 18, 1815. This year, Augie Aleksy is commemorating the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat. The military figures are hand-painted — authentic colors, positions, everything is historically accurate in this diorama. Don’t miss it.

Authors Under the Awning will return in July and August on July 30 and August 6, 8, 9 and 13, all at 7 p.m. Titles for these may be found on the C&S website, www.centuriesandsleuths.com.

 There’s so much going on in Forest Park, you’d have to clone yourself to get to half of it. Those Wednesday trips from the Community Center fill up fast, and the Thursday movies are usually good ones. Theory of Everything, the Oscar-nominated film about Steven Hawking is one I’m looking forward to seeing. Popcorn always served at these movies, you know. 

July 1 is Canada Day! Happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the north! 

Happy birthday to Tim Flight, Scott McAdam, Ben Reina, Melissa Murgas, Matt Montes, Shannon Van Diepen, Alaina Buzas, Sue Pyan, Michael Fox, Virginia Collis, Christy Lyn Cesario, Lucian Dubem, Tina Neubeiser, Patricia Gotier, Nancy Lovell, Nicholas Faber Ross, Madalyn Little, Craig Lichtenberg, Michelle Lindgren, Kim Jargstorf, Dawn Jasper, John Doss, and Jackie Clifto

Happy anniversary to Gert and Millard Phebus, Vicki and Nick Martinski, Diane and Colin Chin, Bob and Brenda Loula.

Goodbye and good luck to world adventurer Scyler Schyler, who is off to North Carolina to begin her internship in psychology, learning the best methods of treating returning servicemen with PTSD. This is just another chapter in her exciting life, which has taken her to Alaska, where she flew and repaired airplanes and to England where at age 16 she lived alone and supported herself for a few years, Scyler has had many adventures. We wish her good luck and more adventures. 

Life is short, do all you can, don’t miss out on anything. 

  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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