This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Photo courtesy of David Harmantas

In the wake of the Paris tragedy last weekend, the world has been on high alert to prevent acts of terrorism. Our community is no different, which is why OPRF school officials decided to put a soft lockdown in place after hearing rumors of a potential weapon on campus Tuesday. There may have been murmurs that the decision was overly sensitive, but the truth is we live in a world where tragedies are a part of life. Thankfully, the police finished their investigation swiftly and found no real threat to anyone at OPRF, and parents were notified immediately. The lesson here is to understand the day and age we currently live in. It can be scary, sure. But that doesn’t mean we can’t continue living our lives and enjoying our community. Be safe and enjoy the weekend here at home.

Downtown OP Shopper’s Reward Program
Get rewards for supporting local shops in Oak Park this holiday season. Save your receipts between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25 as a part of DTOP’s rebate program and receive $50 in Shopper’s Reward certificates for receipts totaling $25 or more from at least seven different businesses, with a grand total of at least $400. For more information on the program, click here.

Third Friday Gallery Walk
The Oak Park Arts District galleries are open for special events from 6-10 on Friday.  Enjoy dinner in the district and stroll the galleries taking in the artwork of the gallery owners and their guest artists. This week will be the kickoff to the Holiday Lights season, so be prepared to “Ooh” and “Awe” at the beautiful decorations throughout the district.

“Through the Looking Glass” at Trinity High School
The Trinity High School Fine and Performing Arts Department is proud to present a contemporary musical based on characters created by Lewis Carroll. This family-friendly musical deals with the issue of bullying and finding one’s self-esteem. Trinity students, as well as 21 grade school students, are featured. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; they can be purchased here.

Oak Park Police Department collecting Toys for Tots
The Oak Park Police Department will be represented at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., to serve as part of the annual Toys for Tots program. Toys may be dropped off through Dec. 21. Donated toys must be new and sealed in their original packages, but not gift wrapped. Stuffed animals cannot be accepted because of dust and allergy concerns.

“Stuart Little” (the musical)
The Open Door Repertory Company presents “Stuart Little” (the musical). The performance is based on E.B. White’s classic tale of an underdog mouse born into a New York family. The adaptation and lyrics are written by Joseph Robinette, music by Ronna Frank, and directed by Jeff Predmore. Shows are Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. The Open Door Theater is located at 902 S. Ridgeland Ave.

Jeff Tweedy Concert to Benefit OPRF Food Pantry
This event isn’t taking place in our backyard, but ticket sales will benefit one of our local nonprofits, the OPRF Food Pantry. Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy will play a solo show sponsored by WXRT at Park West (322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago) Friday at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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