This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Welcome to the tenth month of the year. The reason it’s called October can be attributed to the ancient Roman calendar when it was the eighth month of the year. You see, I took Latin in high school and this might be the only thing that stuck.

In the ancient Roman calendar, month’s September through December were named according to number. September (septem is Latin for seven), October (octo is Latin for eight), November (novem is Latin for nine), and December (decem is Latin for ten). I guess whoever made the modern calendar we use today wasn’t creative enough to think of new names that make more sense. It’s either that or he knew Latin was on its way out and would soon be a dead language regardless. Maybe he just didn’t care.

Anyway, there is a lot to be excited about this month like Halloween, the leaves changing colors, and the Cubs in the playoffs. The community has plenty planned such as concerts, the final days of the Farmers’ Market, free movies at Lake Theatre, Fright Night at the Oak Park Conservatory, Frank Lloyd Wright Races, and more. Here’s a glimpse at what’s popping in the neighborhood this Friday (Oct. 2) through Sunday (Oct. 4).

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Concert – Rosanne Cash comes to Dominican University
Rosanne Cash, called “one of the most compelling figures in popular music” by the Library of Congress, will be headlining the President’s Signature Concert at Dominican University. The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Cash is part of country music’s legendary Cash and Carter families and she charted 21 Top 40 country singles, including 11 “Number Ones.” For more information and tickets, call Dominican at 708-488-5000.

Family Fun Night at Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex
Ridgeland Common, 415 Lake St., Oak Park, will host Family Fun Night on Friday from 6-8 p.m. This month’s theme is “Fall Fun.” Families are welcome to come to the complex for arts and crafts, food, and the opportunity to skate on the ice rink.

“Clybourne Park” at Open Door Repertory Company
Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park,” winner of a 2012 Tony for Best New Play, will be shown at the Open Door Repertory Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park, on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. According to the Open Door Repertory Company, Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in 2009, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. As a reference point, Act One is often referred to as a prequel to Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic play, “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Oak Park Farmers’ Market
October is the last month to take advantage of the Oak Park Farmers’ Market. It will be held in the Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the market and its produce, goods, and services, click here.

Trinity High School’s 5K for Fitness
Trinity will host its 6th Annual 5K for Fitness on Sunday. Registration is between 8-8:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. In addition to the 5K, there will be a 100-meter kid’s race and a run/walk with pets. This event is open to all women, men, students, children, and dogs. Cost is $40 for adults ($35 for Trinity alumnae), $25 for students and faculty members, and $15 for children (10 and under).

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