By Ken Trainor
Three longtime Oak Park-River Foresters are marking milestones this month, and they're inviting the public to help them celebrate.
"House that Rocks," the annual benefit for the Henry E. Reid Memorial Scholarship Fund, takes place this Saturday, April 5 at the School of Rock, 219 Lake St. Henry Reid, one of the early black homeowners in Oak Park during the open housing era of the 1960s, was a school social worker with very strong feelings about how the CAST program at Julian Middle School could benefit kids. Upon his death, Sherlynn Reid, longtime head of the Community Relations Department at Oak Park Village Hall, and her daughters set up the fund, which provides scholarships for the kids who can't afford full tuition for CAST summer camp.
This Sunday, April 6, Rev. F. Dean Lueking, pastor emeritus at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his ordination with a "hymn sing" (you know those Lutherans) at 4 p.m. in the church, followed by a reception in the social hall.
The following Sunday, April 13, former Oak Park village clerk and longtime chair of the Hemingway Foundation, Virginia "Ginie" Cassin will celebrate her 90th birthday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave. It's a chance to share stories, memories (and hugs, knowing Ginie) with harp accompaniment, and a piece of birthday cake.
The family says, "No gifts, please ... just your own sweet selves!"