Along with the pink magnolias, bright yellow forsythia and purple crocus, we have spring music. 

First on the list is the Oak Park Concert Chorale, founded 35 years ago by the late Victor Hildner and carried on in his tradition by Paul Lindblad. To commemorate this momentous occasion, a festival concert will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest on Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m. with two world premieres to add to the festivities, Michael Wolniakowski’s jubilant Te Deum and Philip Gehring’s Reformation 2017 (anticipating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation). 

Rounding out the concert will be music by Handel and Mozart. This is a most exciting musical event. The chorale is a recent recipient of the Best in Class Award from the Oak Park Area Arts Council. Tickets are: general admission $18 (advance), $20 at the door; students/seniors $10 (advance), children 12 and younger are free. 

Last Sunday’s weather was an exciting preview of what’s to come. The dogs at the dog park knew how to enjoy the day. Here is gentle Abbey watching as the younger dogs romp. Young mothers were taking advantage of the weather, too. Tricia Howland is shown with young James and caregiver dogs, Jersey and Brisco, who have been faithfully caring for the family for several years. Walking a dog is a great way to meet neighbors as well as enjoy a blessed spring day, as you know.

There’s still time to get on board for St. Bernardine’s Cruise Night, April 21. 

Coming soon, the Michael Teolis Singers present Grand Dames of American Music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at First United Methodist Church, 324 N. Oak Park Ave. Call 708-366-2889 or visit www.MTSingers.com. 

How many times do we have to voice our opinions on video gambling? Didn’t this come to a vote a few years ago? There’s nothing wrong with tavern owners wanting to make a few bucks, but at the expense of those who can least afford it? Remember “do unto others …”

A postscript on recycling, no styrofoam cups, either: Those plastic bags can be recycled at most chain grocery stores like the Jewel. Of course, if you have a dog, you have a good use for them already. If you have questions, you can call Republic at 773-579-3600.

Birthday greetings to Tom Collis, Nicholas Lange, David Thompson, Lee Huynh, Stanley Konieczny, Fran Nee, Tiffany Basarich, Rich Barger, Ernesto Gassi, Laura Annarino, Marcia Anderson, Chrissy Neuman, Daniel and Patrick Hart, and Amy Mescheimer

Happy anniversary to Kevin and Melissa Dodge.

 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...