If you are a morning WFMT listener, you heard Carl Grapentine award a pair of tickets to the quiz winner the other day. Those tickets were for the Michael Teolis Singers concert at First United Methodist Church, 324 N. Oak Park Ave. That concert will take place this Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

This concert will feature “Grand Dames of American Music” and will include works by 17 American female composers. Such names as (now remember these women) Margaret Bonds, Lita Grier, Lena McLin, Regina Harris Baiocchi. Got ’em? Good, now come to the concert on Saturday evening and listen to their music. 

You’ll also see several Forest Parkers in the chorus, such as Nancy Greco, Louise Bruegemann, Erik Johnson, and Kurt Lannefelt. The accompanist is David Richards. A world premiere by Kay Swift, “God is Our Refuge” and “Song Stream” by renowned composer and arranger Alice Parker will round out the concert. Chicago Tribune music critic Howard Reich, speaking of “The woman who launched a thousand careers,” Lita Grier, said, “It’s a good time … to be an American composer because … the climate is so much more open.” Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 seniors and students. Cash only; phone 708-366-2889 or email info@MTSingers.org.

The Kiwanis spaghetti dinner was, as usual, a huge success. Jill Wagner’s scouts were dignified and extremely helpful, and Connie Brown’s ice cream is the perfect way to end a meal. Andy Collis was spending time visiting with his many friends. This year, Andy will be honored for his 50-year anniversary as a Kiwanian! Congratulations to Andy. 

But the most fun was had by several young men, including Kenny Bell and Kenny and Jason Snyder. There were a few others but it was impossible to corral them. 

The Giuliano family is proud of their champ skater, Angelina Giuliano. Forest Park grandparents are Lydia and Don Giuliano shown with Ed Giuliano, a native Forest Parker, now working at Palwaukee. Ed was always interested in flying and working with planes. Angelina was always interested in skating.

Sympathy to new Forest Parker Chris Cashin on the death of his grandfather in Arizona.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers in town.

Happy birthday to Elizabeth Apilado, Scarlett Strickland, Mary Jane Grimes, Yolanda Nigro, Bill Dwyer, Sarah Booth, Shirell Mollo, Sofia Alvarato, Erin Casey, Ashley Kanelos, Chantel Kammj, Natalie Castro, Ruth Sinnott, Becky Marcantonio, and Kylie Earing

Happy anniversary to Ellen and Morris O’Connor

  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...