Everyone has been wondering what happened to Louie Politis’ lighthouses. 

They were a source of great interest to the crowds who walk along Madison Street as well as to the patrons of Louie’s restaurant. Mrs. “Louie” said kids were playing with them and somehow nearly broke a window. So to keep the patrons healthy and in one piece Louie and the Mrs. decided to remove them all. Louie said he’s trying to figure out where to put them as he has more than 5,000! (sorry, John Rice.) They are authentic reproductions of some of the nation’s most famous, and now gone forever, lighthouses. You can see in the picture that there are no lighthouses just big empty windows. So sad.

Outside of the cold, nothing much had a chance to happen this week. If you got up and got out, you accomplished a lot. So good for you. You might be looking forward to attending some of the local fare at Dominican University. The Dominicans, or the Order of Preachers, are celebrating their 800th anniversary this year, 1216 until 2016. The Albertus Magnus Society Series begins with “Deciding in Time: Moral Relativity and God’s Eternal Now.” William George, PhD and Irina Calin-Jagerman, PhD, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Performing Arts Center. From the instant to the infinite the theology and science of time. 

Looking ahead, you may want to consider spending an evening with Archbishop Blase Cupich at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Archbishop Cupich will remind us that this is the Year of Mercy and talk about how we can incorporate mercy in our lives. 

Friday, Jan. 22, Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey celebrates the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance, including such names as Langston Hughes and W.E.B. DuBois along with many others. Tickets for this event start at $21.

Always something to look forward to is the Forest Park Community Center’s monthly “Mystery Trip,” scheduled for Jan. 20 this month. It requires some walking but is always a lot of fun. All the Wednesday trips are interesting. Denise does her best to make them that way, and keep them at a reasonable cost. Call her at 771-7737. There is often a seat or two available at the last minute. 

This week’s senior movie is The Imitation Game, a famous, intelligent, fascinating movie. No reservations are required and popcorn is always served. If you need a ride, just call 771-7737 and they’ll come and pick you up. 

Happy birthday to John Gillian, Sue Bracker, Erika Goodman Osborn, Rajiv Hirandandi, Mary Virginia Sedlack, Michael Bjornson, Kal Scollard, Holly Anna Fjeldstad, Colleen Nee, Elyse O’Connell, Eunice Blazek, Bob Kurash, Carolina Glinke, Joan Steinbach, Margaret Flanagan, Marge Zwadlo, Dan Olson, Kaitlin Trage, Kirk Oliver, Christopher Madden, Janet Fabiani, and Mary Logan.

 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...