Philip Hickman: 'One of those who made Oak Park come alive' Herese Bowman, 94, Church woman, choir leader Michael Varga, St. Catherine custodian, WWII vet Memorial Service, Life of Lora Aborn remembered
This group of River Forest residents, part of our list of 30 we're recognizing as we celebrate the village's 125th anniversary, have something in common beside their address. Unlike some of those we've chronicled, who just happened to hang their hats here, these men and women were leaders in the community.
MOMENTA, the resident performing arts company of the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park joined two other dance companies in presenting A Combustible Cultural Journey of Dance on Oct. 1 and 2. The performances at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago also featured Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and DanceLoop Chicago.
Oak Parker Suzanne Stegar is a musician and a breast cancer survivor. So when she heard about Sing to Live, Live To Sing Community Chorus, a new group for people whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, she knew it was perfect for her.
Oct. 16: The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest presents its 14th annual Tale of the Tombstones, a two-hour walking tour of historic Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Des Plaines Ave. in Forest Park. Visit the burial sites of the founders and developers of River Forest in honor of the 125th anniversary celebration.
Jennifer Dawn Czarnecki, formerly of River Forest, and Nicholas Townsend Crofts, formerly of Oak Park, were married Aug. 5 at St. Luke Church in River Forest by Rev. Thomas Unz, friend of the bride. Their wedding reception was held at Ashton-Place in Willowbrook, with a surprise appearance and song by "Bono" from the U2 Elevation Band from St. Louis.
No, the dining room is not still pink. Yes, my woodwork is fine. No, I can't read Chinese. Yes, I am old enough to have a son that age (but thanks). The dog was pretty creepy. The wedding dress was from a thrift store. My hair was straightened. There were people hiding in the garage. The carpenters were dreamy, and the designers were very good sports. Trading Spaces was here, but the con was on!
The Avenue Business Association invites young Oak Park and River Forest artists in grades 6-12 to participate in the "Visions of Hope" Student Art Exhibition to help rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.