This Weekend Around Oak Park

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What a week. Fall Out Boy played at Wrigley on Sunday to help the Cubs and Cardinals start the 2015 baseball season. It was great to see the kids from the North Shore out there but it didn’t help the boys in blue score a single run, nor did it help the bathrooms in the stadium from operating. If the tradeoff for the Cubs to score and for me to urinate properly at Wrigley means that FOB must stay at home, let me put it simply- stay at home, Fall Out Boy.

While we’re talking baseball, the Sox got swept by the Royals in their opening series. I know it’s early but I hoped our baseball teams would have had better luck to start the year. I don’t think we can go another season with two teams performing poorly.

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The week also provided some unpredictable weather. I felt like I had the choice of freezing on my way to work each morning and sweating on the way home or vice versa. Still, I’ll take it over winter and the extreme temperature changes throughout the day are expected this time of year. My issue with Mother Nature this week came in the form of tornado warnings Thursday. Luckily for me, I have seen the movie “Twister” a few times and know what to do in a worst case scenario thanks to Bill Paxton.

Bad baseball and extreme storm warnings aside, there is plenty to do this weekend. So get out there and have some fun. You work too hard during the week.

Sugar Beet Schoolhouse Night Out at Kinderhook Tap
Jill Katona and Andrew Toombs will play live music at Kinderhook Tap on Saturday, April 11 to benefit the Sugar Beet Schoolhouse Garden at Cheney Mansion. The show starts at 8 p.m. and you can find out more information by visiting the event Facebook page:

Oak Park Writers Group Open Mic at Eastgate Café
Sunday, April 12 – This event is held on the second Sunday of each month between 5-7 p.m. at Eastgate Café, located at 102 Harrison St. in Oak Park. All are welcome to share their work in a collaborative and open-minded setting.

Spring Music Festival at Unity Temple
Saturday, April 11 – Unity Temple will host its spring music festival from 7-8 p.m. All proceeds from tickets will benefit the music program at Unity Temple. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available at the door or

ITFPink Floyd Night at Wire
In the Flesh, a Pink Floyd tribute band, will play on Friday, April 10 at the Wire. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. For more information, read the full article here.

Librarypalooza and Teen Dance Party at River Forest Public Library
Friday, April 10 – The River Forest Public Library will host Librarypalooza from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and a teen dance party afterwards. There will be a magic show, photo booth, balloon twisters, and a DJ. RFPL is located at 735 Lathrop Ave. in River Forest.

34th Annual Good Life Race 5K
The Oak Park Runners Club is hosting the 34th Annual Good Life Race 5K on Sunday, April 12. There will be several races including men’s and women’s competitive, a mile race for kids age 5-12 and a 5K walk. All benefits from the race will benefit the Collaboration for Early Childhood. For more information, read the full article here.


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