On March 17, new eagle scouts David Pedigo, Phillip White, Andy Van Der Molen, Jacob Roskam, Kevin Mason, and Carlyn Aumiller were honored at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony. The teens, who are all local high school seniors, are part of Boy Scout Troop #4066, chartered through Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest. As a final requirement to earn the Boy Scouts’ highest honor, each eagle scout had to complete a service project to benefit one organization of their choice. Local beneficiaries included two schools, a church, and the Brown Elephant resale shop in Oak Park. One scout even organized an effort to make 50 fleece blankets for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Long Beach, Miss.

Granton’s alien graces Bellwood

Local artist Elizabeth Granton recently created a sculpture of a 6-foot-tall alien from ordinary household objects which is on display at the Bellwood Public Library from June until August. The display includes a football helmet painted silver to resemble an astronaut’s helmet. This piece lights up from the inside, and utilizes a golfing case as the body of the alien. It was created to go with the summer reading program.

Grace under pressure

Tuesday’s Child, the drama club at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, recently held their summer show Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, which took place June 20-22 and 27-29 at Walther Luteran High School in Maywood. The show, which raised funds for the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation, included local talent Gwen Gotsch; Barbara Hofmaier; Mara, Larry and Karina Leonard; Kara and Margot Tiemann; Lauren and Emily Wilkes; Martha Rohlfing; Dan Krout; Audrey Glock; and Rose Nelson of Oak Park; along with Sammy Paulson; Olivia Thompson; Clyde, Karin, Michael and Sarah Danganan; Sandy Eilers; Herb Thompson; and Pierce McClanahan of River Forest.

Perkovich percolates

Oak Park resident David Perkovich directed Something’s Afoot at Drury Lane Oakbrook. The production ended on May 20. He also directed Grease at Theatre at the Center, which opened May 3 and ran through June 3.

He has directed productions for Light Opera Works, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Theatre at the Center, Illinois Theatre Center and the Forum Theatre. As artistic director of Interplay, he directed more than 30 productions. As an actor he has been seen at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in a number of productions. He also owns and operates Fabrile Gallery, an art glass/designer craft gallery on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.

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