The younger set celebrated the Super Bowl at The Junction last Sunday. And probably had a much more exciting time. Among the celebrants were Mattie, Brendan, Emma and Mollie. A peekaboo train conductor, James, seemed to be hesitant about having his picture taken. Next year let’s all celebrate at The Junction.
Belated happy birthday to sometime Forest Parker, Ethan Villano, whose Jan. 30 birthday was omitted. As you can see, Ethan is a devout soccer player and is doing very well at that sport.
Another very special birthday belongs to Haliey Hemstreet Flores whose Feb. 1 birthday was omitted last week. Sorry about that.
Congratulations to Connor Krieger, cousin of Rick Krieger. Connor earned a full four-year football scholarship to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. His cousin is very proud of him as are his parents, former Forest Parkers, Bob and Madelyn Krieger. Old-time Forest Parkers may remember Bob as “Moose” from his days at Proviso East.
And now for something completely different: The Handel Week Festival will take place at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., on February 14, 20 and March 6 — 3 p.m. on the 14th; 7:30 on the 16th and 3 p.m. on March 6. This 17th season is underwritten by a generous grant from Emily Sue and Ted Reichardt of River Forest. On the 14th, you will hear unknown sacred chorus works of Handel and the Dixit Dominus. On the 20th, “The Intimate Handel”; and on the 6th, Julius Caesar in Egypt. For more information go to www.handelweek.com or call 708.383.4231
Happy birthday this week to Karie Schlichting, Kirsten Cursel, Paul Stahlke, Elisha Apilado, Tiffany Greenberg, Christine Manshan, Cedric Javier, Ian McSheffrey, Daniel Marote, Paula Peterson, Emmally Sansone, Carl Grapentine, Amelia Huebner, Michael Paulin, Hailey Reis, Timothy X. Lane, Lyle Vincent Clifton, Valentina Marusk, Payton Schmidt, Marty Redmond, Mike Cossio, Lauren Pardun, Ed Fee, and Judy Jilek.
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.