Santa must have stopped by Ed’s Way last week and chose the most appealing dogs he could find to sit with him for a photo. Naturally, Tami Bennett’s Oddie and B.J. were chosen. (Your dog and my dog are just as charming, but let’s let Tami think hers won).

It was Quinceñera Day for Corina Harnett last Monday. Her family celebrated on Sunday. Corina is a sophomore at Fenwick. The Harnetts don’t officially celebrate Quinceñera yet, but it’s catching on around town.

The talented and lovely young ladies Freya Pang and Emmie Guo, 7 and 8, entertained at the 19th Century Club last Sunday. Their pictures appeared here last week. They will be competing in the Walgreens competition later this year. Also on the program was Conley Johnson, a young pianist who has won numerous awards. He began studying piano at the age of 3. An admiring fan of Mr. Johnson is former editor of the Review, Jean Lotus. The 19th Century Club has many exciting programs throughout the year. 

Before the invention of “talking pictures,” movies were silent. You can see some good examples of these on August evenings at Pleasant Home. To learn how pianists, organists, and even full orchestras enhanced the movies, listen to some of the best composers for cinema, Max Steiner, Henry Mancini and more. On Jan. 22, Great Music of the Cinema can be seen and heard at the 19th Century Club at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $25 at the door. This is one part of a four part series, “Musical Journey.”

Cookies and Cocoa at the 19th Century Club will be available on Dec. 17 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Special guest of the day is Santa Himself. $5 per person/$20 per family of four. Bring your camera and take pictures. That’s at 178 Forest Avenue, phone 708-386-2729 or visit www.19thcenturyclub.com.

As Karen Dylewski extends a Happy New Year wish to everyone along with Denise Murray and Mayor Calderone, Denise’s upcoming agenda of trips looks very exciting. There are a few seats still left on some of the excursions, but call or get over there soon. Those day trips go fast. The Friday movies are always a bargain (free, with popcorn). The first trip is the Mystery Trip, on Jan. 11. No trip on the 4th. Among the popular events are the “My Way” tribute to Frank Sinatra, “Sweeney Todd,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “My Fair Lady,” “South Pacific,” and on and on. Sign up before all the seats are taken. 708-771-7737.

Happy birthday to Peyton Brown, Morgan Trage, Madison Hannah Pronek, Steven Rozmus, Adene Maugham, Harry Holmberg, Bill Hopp, Sue Stanton, and anyone whose name has been omitted. A few pages have torn out of this book over the years. 

 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...