Ice dancers Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, 20, of Oak Park, and his partner, Mauri Gustafson, 17, of St. Louis, will represent the United States at the International Skating Union-sanctioned Junior Grand Prix in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 15-18. They were chosen as members of Team USA based on the results of the 2005 Lake Placid Ice Dancing Championships in August, where they earned a fifth in compulsory, fourth in original and second in free dance events.
On Sat., Aug. 20, local band Javier and the Bear competed in the 2005 Illinois Parks and Recreation "Teen Battle of the Bands" at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The band won the judged competition, which was scored on clarity of sound, vocals, pitch and musicianship, the quality and complexity of original songs, stage presence, appearance of the band and audience response.
As River Forest's 125th anniversary celebration heats up again this fall, we return to our list of 30 notable River Forest residents. We've featured them throughout the spring and summer; here are five more.
Audience members at the 1,000-seat Lund Auditorium at Dominican University in River Forest should be prepared to see the expression on the singer's face and the movements of the instrumentalist's fingers.
I'm sure you've heard it before: "What goes around comes around." It's a true and tidy bit of proverbial wisdom, generally presented as a warning, and more often related to karma rather than cooking. But throughout my long and happy career, I've (often disappointingly) watched the world of cooking move into that nether world of the radical avant garde, leaving many a good dish behind.
Amanda Grady of River Forest, a 2001 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, received a bachelor of arts in history, philosophy and social studies of science and medicine and biological sciences from the University of Chicago. She's the daughter of Bill and Pam Grady.
Hundreds of book lovers descended on the 35th Annual Book Fair hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library in early August, buying more than 30,000 books and raising $45,000 for library programs for children, teens and adults.
The day I called to sign up for Oak Park-based company FunQuilt's three day workshop, Idea to Quilt, I was a little taken aback at what I was told. "Sometimes there's tears," said Bill Kerr, one of the two creative forces behind the company.
When composer Alex Wurman was offered the job of writing the score for his latest film, he jumped at the chance. "The movie has a story that is positive, characters that are intricate, and I could see a love store there," he remembers. "There was an opportunity for me to write a love theme, so I was happy about that, too."