This certainly has been the time to recognize women (as if we don’t regularly) in the Landmark area. Last week, we wrote about Teresa Hall being named Woman of the Year by St. Mary Parish in Riverside. She will be honored on May 18 alongside two other women, Mary Binder and Helen Keefe-Orawiec, from neighboring parishes at the archdiocese’s Vicariate IV Women of the Year luncheon.

Binder is a member of the Mater Christi Guild in North Riverside. A longtime parishioner, she has been active in the parish women’s group for many years. She also is a member of the Shawl Ministry, which knits and crochets shawls for the sick or elderly.

Keefe-Orawiec and her husband have been members of St. Barbara Parish in Brookfield since 1968. She is the mother of seven, a grandmother and a great-grandmother but still finds time to participate in the parish’s Council of Catholic Women. Congratulations to all the deserving women to be honored that day.

Prom night: This weekend will be busy for Riverside arts patron Ruth Freeark, who will preside as prom queen for the Riverside Arts Center fundraiser Prom-O-Rama, which will be held at the St. Mary Parish Center on Saturday, May 18 from 7 to 11 p.m.

The queen and her subjects (formal prom attire is optional) will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Riverside Arts Center and will treat guests to music throughout the decades and food from Wishbone catering. There’s also a silent auction and other fun activities planned.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Riverside Arts Center website at

Freeark and her husband were the founders of the RAC, and Ruth Freeark has been a driving force in its success over the years with the help of an active board of trustees.

The Prom-O-Rama will take place on a very busy weekend for the arts in Riverside, which is hosting its annual Riverside Arts Weekend on Saturday and Sunday in Guthrie Park.

See the story on page 3 of this week’s paper for all of the details on what you can find and a schedule of entertainers.