Time to say goodbye to August. And to this unbearable humidity. 

Many exciting events are on the calendar for the fall, however, including the 21st annual Doll Tea Party. This year the tea party will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon until 3 p.m. That’s at the Oak Park Women’s Exchange, 839 S. Oak Park Ave. This free event includes crafts, refreshments and a free raffle ticket for every child who comes. The grand prize is an American Girl Doll of the Year; this year she’s Lea. You can buy as many raffle tickets as you like. Good luck. I didn’t get the scoop on Lea yet, but will try to have it for you by next week. If you want more information about the tea party, you can call 708-848-4693.

Those handy lady crafters proudly present their annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $3. Be aware that the craft fair has been moved to Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. Call or visit www.opwe.org or call 708-848-4693.

Neighbors and dogs were intrigued by the new GarArt, which featured local artists displaying their works. Several locations where the art was displayed last Saturday were 1000 Elgin, 1002 Marengo, 7235 Roosevelt; 1110 Thomas; also 507 Circle. For more information, contact garart2014@gmail.com. A great idea, don’t you agree? More to come?

Dominican University in River Forest has many exciting programs scheduled for the fall. Siena Center has exciting lecturers on tap, including Maryann Cusimano Love, PhD, on Sept. 13. Her subject: “Building a Better Peace.” On Oct. 11, Thomas Reese, S.J., will speak on “Religion and Politics.” There are many other Siena Center lectures that should be very exciting. Order online at events.dom.edu or phone 708-488-5000 

The old Stover house on Beloit has seen quite a change. Dan Partipilo has been busy doing construction and improving several homes around town. The Stovers wouldn’t recognize their old family home. They raised boxers in the big backyard. Are there any old-timers who remember Ione and her family?

Birthdays this week: Jessica Huebner, Pat Petry, Derek Walsh, Ron Apilado, Steve Knack, Colon Tomkins, Steve Sedlack, Patti Mullin, John Tricoci, Lois Bugajsky, Tim Scheiwe, Sarah Goetz, Jamie Carr, Sheila O’Shea, Dan Novak, Eric Battersby, Connor Hoehne, Marc Neuman, Jodi Giblin Fabbriani, Todd Brower, Toni Terrano, Amanda Koehne, Michael C. Lifton, John Deering, Erin Vonkannon, and Larry Steinbach

Happy anniversary to Tony and Lucy Vondrazka, and to Bill and Maureen Flagg.

 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...