Warming centers are open from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at West Suburban Medical Center, Erie Street at Austin Boulevard, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rush Oak Park Hospital, 500 S. Maple Ave. Hours may be extended when weather conditions warrant.Oak Park Township, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., is a warming center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.weekdays for persons with disabilities and seniors 60 or older. Village Hall, 123 Madison St., also is a warming from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. West Suburban PADS also provides shelter, the location rotating each night. If transportation is needed, call the Police non-emergency number 708.386.3800. Click here for more information on dealing with the cold.
Conservatory offers antidote to winter blues
If you are suffering from cabin fever or the winter blues, the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St. (at East Avenue, just south of I-290) could be just what you need. Visitors can indulge in the oxygen-rich air, while listening to the sounds of birds and waterfalls, and enjoying scents of Azalea, orange blossoms and orchids. Chicagoland Gardening magazine once described the Conservatory as small but mighty, a fitting description of this community gem. The Conservatory is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and 2 to 4 p.m., Mondays. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 708.725.2400 or visit the Park District website.
Advisory referendum deadline nears
March 1 is the deadline to submit petitions to get an advisory referendum on the November ballot. The citizen-initiated process requires a supporting petition with exact ballot wording and the signatures of 15 registered Oak Park voters be submitted to the Oak Park Township. The first three submissions meeting the criteria and approved by registered Oak Park voters present at the April 14 Township annual meeting will be submitted to the Cook County Clerk to place on the ballot for the next election. Call708.383.8005 for more information.
Life-saving CPR/AED classes offered
The Oak Park Fire Department offers a variety of life-saving classes including CPR and training in how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED. Classes are held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fire Department’s certified American Heart Association community training center in the main station, 100 N. Euclid Ave. All courses are taught by an AHA-certified instructor. The 2015 class schedule and information on fees and registering are posted online at www.oak-park.us/cpr. For more information, call 708.358.5605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.