This Weekend Around Oak Park

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You read the dates in the headline correctly and I assure you that including Monday was not an error. This weekend is extended in observance of Memorial Day and I, for one, feel chipper. Can you believe it? Ladies & gents, boys & girls, young folks & old… It’s finally here.

The official start to summer and everything associated with the season starts right now. The forecast for the next several months calls for sunshine and several win streaks for our baseball teams if we’re lucky.

While there is plenty of excitement surrounding this weekend, I remind you that it is important to remember why we are taking this time away from school and work. At various points these next three days, I will be raising a glass (when I’m drinking) or my tongs (when I’m grilling) to the brave protectors who have laid down their lives for our country. I hope you join me in raising a hand, and I hope you don’t follow my example of doing so in that order because intoxication and fire do not mix well. Let’s honor our fallen heroes and salute our active military personal by enjoying our freedom with our neighbors this weekend.

First weekend of the season for Oak Park Farmers’ Market
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market opens for its 40th year on Saturday. Patrons are welcome to shop from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pilgrim Church Parking lot, located at 460 Lake St. For more information, read the full article here.

Zen Life & Meditation Center Barbecue
The Zen Life & Meditation Center will host a Memorial Day barbecue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring a side dish to share. The center is located at 46 Lake St.

Memorial Day at Scoville Park
The Village will honor America’s service members on Monday at 9 a.m. with a ceremony at Scoville Park. Featured guests include the History Singers and Oak Park police officers, who will be offering a rifle salute. The ceremony will be held to remember those who died serving our country, honor veterans, and salute those in active duty.

Oak Park Runners Club Saturday Morning Run
The Oak Park Runners Club will meet at the intersection of Home & Madison on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. In case you missed it, we recently featured an article written by Oak Park resident Jung Kim. She tells us all about why she loves running in Oak Park. You can read her feature here.

Robert M. Proce’s “Over Fifty: The Portrait Series” at Oak Park Arms
Artist Robert M. Proce’s exhibit features over 40 portraits of people age 50 and older. The artwork can be viewed any day over the long weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oak Park Arms, located at 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

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