Your Christmas/Holiday pleasure will be greatly enhanced if you get up to Dominican University, 7900 W. Division (free parking), Dec. 10 through 14. Ballet Legere will present its annual production of “the Nutcracker Suite” in its entirety! Special guest artists Shelby Elsbree and Paul Craig of the Boston Ballet will dance the Grand Pas de Deux. Prices are $25, adults/$20, seniors and children under 12. Premium seating is available for an additional $5 per ticket for weekend matinees only. Add $2 for tickets purchased at the door. 

Performances will take place as follows: 

Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.

Following the Saturday matinee, Dec. 12, a backstage tour will be offered for an additional $6.

Field trip performances for designated schoolchildren will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.; Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.; and Monday, Dec. 14 at 10 am. These are offered at special rates. Call 773-237-1874 for more information: Ballet Legere, 2128 N. Newland, Chicago 60707. The artistic director is Donna Vittorino.

Forest Park is represented by Olivia Schauer.

Speaking of Schauer, the handsome ghouls (photo) are appearing in honor of Halloween. They are Rich Schauer himself and his pal Alfred. Rich was tastefully attired with the help of Loretta Jantz, artistic director of Schauer Hardware. (Some people think Alfred is trying to disguise himself as St. Dennis who is always depicted holding his head in his hands. I think St. Dennis is the patron saint of France. It’s a very difficult trick; don’t try it at home).

Congratulations to Marge Zwadlo, who has another painting prize to her credit. She won the Judge’s Prize for the best of show at the Oak Park Art League’s latest exhibit. 

The Harlem Mannerchor is presenting its latest concert at the Schwaben Center in Buffalo Grove. The group is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Congratulations to President Peter Herdeg for another job well done

Betty Huebner is encouraging all to attend the Respect Life Banquet on Sunday, Nov. 15 at The Carlisle in Lombard. Cocktails are at 1 p.m. and dinner at 2. At 3 the keynote address will be given by Sister Veronica Mary, SV (Sister of Life). The Sisters are a religious community located in New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Canada. They are involved in crisis pregnancy and post-abortion healing. 

Reservations are $65; checks can be sent to P.O. Box 567, LaGange, IL 60525. For more information, call 708-352-5000.

On Nov. 4, The G.K. Chesterton Society will discuss What I Saw in America at 2 p.m. Listen and learn, it’s a smart group.

Mark Ross sends his best wishes to Forest Park and wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Mark is thankful for Forest Park and for the wonderful friends he made growing up here.

Happy birthday to Corey Fink, Alena Uphues, Sean Thiesse, Michael Faber, Robyn Popelka, Stella Zach, Meredith Dorneker, Sharon O’Shea, A.J.Turek, Jaxon Entler, Marjorie Beyer, Ryan Neff, Tony Iannantuoni, Helen Dvorak, Pat Uphues, Mary Sullivan, Karen Woods, Spencer Brooks, Jessica Dodge, Pete Gianakapoulis, Jake Brown, and Ryan Miller.

Happy anniversary to Kathy and Jim Thompson, to Joe and Diane Criscione, and to Mary and Pete Brown

 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 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...