For the first time in about 25 years, the Nutley family gathered at the summer home in Wisconsin. Luckily for us, they posed for a family picture and we got a copy! The good-looking Nutleys shown here are (rear) Mike and Dave; next row, Karen, JoAnn, Ed, Sarah and Ed Jr. Let’s take a vote: Who is the best looking? When they took a vote at the store, the results came out one vote each. Hmmmm. 

Lorel Ahlenius, bird lover and watcher, sends some pictures of migrating birds you might see now. Water and bird seed are necessary to help these little critters as they make their long journeys to wherever it is they’re going. Lorel tells us they usually feed in forest preserves, but a little snack here and there would be nice. 

Special bonus from the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest this month. Maestro Ricardo Muti of the Chicago Symphony will offer a free rehearsal concert at Concordia University on Oct. 12 at 7:30. No charge, just bring a donation of food. The music to be “rehearsed” is the same music that will be performed on Oct. 2: the Beethoven Emperor Concerto and Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony. Exciting music and well worth paying to hear performed, but to get in for free with Ricardo Muti conducting is an unheard of bargain. Parking is free at Concordia and everyone is welcome with that food donation. 

Last week’s praying mantis, according to Geri Grant, was a Japanese praying mantis.

Apologies to Cliff Leber for misrepresenting his fishing prowess. As I said, the tales of his exploits were breathtaking and I guess I got the facts mixed up. He’s a great fisherman; that’s all I wanted to get across.

Belated happy 6-month birthday to Maeve Bredrup who should be starting music lessons any day now since she comes from a very musical family.

L’Oshana Tova. Oct. 3 is Rosh Hashanah. From now until Jan. 1, the holidays are with us.

Remember the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest concert Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m., Dominican University, free parking.

On to the birthdays: Sydney Mangiaracina, Roy Sansone, Laura Zimmer, Michael Clifton, Abigail Childs, Sade Tomkins, Kimberly O’Shea, Sawyer Paeth, Ed Lambke, Diane Rice, Sheryl Neff, Gus Kyritz, and Christina Respass

Happy anniversary to Jody and Sandi Tracy.

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...