This Weekend Around Oak Park

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One of the nicest parts about living here is the pride people take in their village. Oak Parkers consistently go out of the way to make newcomers feel welcome, support local businesses and volunteer. The good faith of these folks is the reason OPRF is a pleasant place to call home. And I can think of no better example of a resident who embodies these qualities more than the late Peter Clark.

Yesterday, we announced the Peter Clark Memorial Benefit Concert which will be taking place on Sunday, Aug. 30. We hope to see you next weekend to support the OPRF Food Pantry, a cause Peter devoted much of his time to, but until then we’ve gathered a list of events taking place Friday through Sunday. Don’t be afraid to get out and take pride in the beautiful village we call home.

Oak Park Arts District Third Friday Gallery Walk
It’s the third Friday of the month and that means the Oak Park Arts District will host the Third Friday Gallery Walk from 6-10 p.m. on Harrison St. Enjoy the “Life in the City” exhibit, head to Bead in Hand for a jewelry design studio, view the work of Janice Elkin at Gallery PINK, listen to live music at Buzz Café, or check out Intuit Dance for an informal showing of the studio’s newest concept, Dance Jam. For more information, visit the Oak Park Arts District website.

Pleasant Home Foundation Presents 3rd Annual Silent Movies on the Porch
The Pleasant Home Foundation is hosting its 3rd annual film festival of silent movies on the porch of the Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park. Every Friday night in August, Pleasant Home will feature a silent film accompanied by live pianist Thomas Holmes. This week there will be a collection of short films starring Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Movies begin at 8:15 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 is encouraged for all who attend.

Oak Park Art League presents a Satellite Exhibit at Kinderhook Tap
The work of Janice Elkins, Ken Reif, Jackie Lakely, Lisa Nordstrom, and Karen Schuman will be on display at Kinderhook Tap, 800 S. Oak Park Ave. There will be an artist’s reception Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

Family Trivia Night at River Forest Public Library
The River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., will host Family Trivia Night (ages 6+) on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Bring the family and see who has the most knowledge in categories like pop culture, sports, animals, history, and more. Did I mention a pizza dinner will be served? For more information, call the library at 708-366-5205.

Oak Park Farmers’ Market
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is in its 40th year and it’s all thanks to the support from the community. Shoppers are welcome Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pilgrim Church Parking lot, located at 460 Lake St.

Sculpture Walk
Sculpture Walk is open to the public all weekend long. Enjoy artwork from various sculptors along the pedestrian path on Chicago Ave. between Austin and Ridgeland. For additional information, read more about it here.

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