This Weekend Around Oak Park

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The theme of today’s article is “endings.” All things come to an end and that is a good thing, no matter how much we lie to ourselves. For example, have you ever sat in the movie theater and thought to yourself, “This movie is so good. I hope it never ends!” Trust me; you want the film to come to an end eventually. You will get hungry and you can’t afford movie theater concessions forever. But what about trust fund babies or people with an endless supply of money and time? I suggest those folks spend money on food higher in nutritional value. And for the record, “The NeverEnding Story” released in 1984, comes to a conclusion after 102 minutes, according to IMDB. If any movie could have gone on forever, that was our best shot.

The Cubs season came to an end this week and that’s what really inspired me to think about this theme. Throughout their magical playoff run, I was the guy sitting in the movie theater saying “I hope this never ends,” knowing that even if they won it all this year, the season would be over and it would be another five months before I can watch the team again. That’s when I realized you have to be at peace with endings. Understanding this fact of life allows time to focus your attention on other things.

While it’s hard to accept that something is over, sometimes we can’t wait for things to end, such as the work week. Get out and enjoy yourselves this weekend. We’ve listed a few ideas for you below. Not all endings are so bad.

Fright at Night
Take a walk through the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park, on Friday from 6-9 p.m. for Fright at Night. You’ll need your wits about you to flee the Gardener’s Graveyard, where the gothic fairies dwell. Raise the spirits in our Day of the Dead Village. Those brave enough to enter will be rewarded with crafts & entertainment. Sip cider, listen to scary stories and take part in other spooky activities.

Scary Face Pancakes at IHOP
IHOP is a great place to take the family to breakfast or brunch this weekend. The pancake chain is offering free “scary face” pancakes to children 12 and under. Oak Park’s IHOP is located at 6501 W. North Ave.

“Purple Out” the OPRF Huskies football game
The OPRF Huskies play a home game Friday at 7:30 p.m. All fans wearing purple will be standing as one voice to speak out against domestic violence. OPRF pledges to support adult and youth survivors of domestic violence, stand up to bullying, and promote respect and non-violence in our relationships and our community.

Oak Park Runners Club Saturday Fun Run
The club plans on meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Home & Madison. The group will go for a 9.5 mile run at various paces. Can somebody explain to me how 7:30 a.m. and 9.5 miles is fun? Just kidding, runner jockeys.

Oak Park Farmers’ Market
Two Saturdays remain 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.

Apple Dipping at Whole Foods
Whole Foods, 7245 Lake St., River Forest, will be dipping apples fresh in store from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Choose from your own variety of toppings and take home a fresh caramel apple this weekend.

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