This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Photo courtesy of David Wilson via flickr.com

There are three different ways to spend the day after Thanksgiving. You can take part in the Black Friday madness, sit around the house eating leftovers to avoid the noise, or carry on with your daily routine because work didn’t give you the day off. No matter how you end up spending your Thanksgiving weekend, we hope you are surrounded by family and good friends. If you’re looking for ideas, we’ve put together a list of activities to help inspire you.

What’s happening in the Oak Park Arts District?
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we have officially entered into the holiday shopping season. Now is the time to take advantage of Black Friday deals, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. The Oak Park Arts District put together the following list to let you know where you can save.

Val’s halla Records (239 Harrison): The legendary record store opens early at 9 am for a day of limited releases, a 25% off sale on all used formats (the sale runs through Monday!), discounted new vinyl and live music hosted by Ellis Clark.

Dancing Krow Studio (43 Harrison): Pick up hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and pretty things to make your home more suitable for entertaining all made by Nine Waves Out Soap Company, the new creative endeavor of some of the DK artists. Saturday, 12-5 p.m. The studio has consolidated! #41 is now an Art Clearing House (pick up some one of a kind pieces!) until Art Gecko moves in this January.

Bead in Hand (145 Harrison): The shop hosts a different $5 Holiday Extravaganzas Workshop each weekend. Drop in on Friday’s from 2-6 pm and on Saturdays from 2-5 pm. This weekend make candy cane earrings- a great gift for kids to give! Workshops run until Dec. 19. For details click the pic.

Buzz Cafe (905 S. Lombard): If you’re over the leftovers by Friday night head to Buzz Cafe for Burgers, Beers and Bands- organic burgers, BYOB and live music. Dinner runs from 5-9 pm with Prophets of the Elk playing from 6-8 pm. Same deal on Saturday but Datu Ramel-Rock plays from 5:30-8:30 pm. For reservations ring 708-524-2899.

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.

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.

“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.

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