This Weekend Around Oak Park

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I saw Star Wars last night and that’s all I’ll say on the subject because I’m not going to be “that guy” to write spoilers. However, it’s all anybody is talking about and I certainly enjoyed it, so I suggest taking a trip to nostalgic Lake Theatre (showtimes listed below).

Fun facts- there are six days left until Christmas and 13 days left in 2015. I bring this up because I want you to be prepared for all the times you will hear “Where has the time gone?” and “I felt like it was just summer” at the upcoming holiday parties as you small talk with relatives and co-workers.

One other thought- with only two weekends left in 2015, this is the second to last “This Weekend Around Oak Park” article left for the year. Where has the time gone? I felt like it was just summer.

Without further ado, here is a list of some of the most entertaining activities happening in the community this weekend.

Star Wars at Lake Theatre
The entire country is freaking out about Star Wars. If you’ve visited the internet at all this week, which is a must in order to read these words, you know what I’m talking about. So if you feel like getting caught up in the hype or you’re a huge fan already, these are the showtimes for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Friday through Sunday at Lake Theatre in downtown Oak Park: 10 a.m., 12:55 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 9:40 p.m. There will also be a 10:25 p.m. showing on Friday and Saturday.

Oak Park Concert Chorale in Melrose Park
The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present What Sweeter Musick on Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1025 West Lake Street, Melrose Park. General Admission is $18; Seniors/Students are $10. Group Rates are available. Tickets are available online or by calling 708-848-2130.

Third Friday Gallery Walk – Holiday Season Edition
December might be the nicest month of the year to do the Oak Park Arts District Third Friday Gallery Walk. Janice Elkins’ Holiday Show is taking place at Gallery PINK, 149 Harrison Street. The gallery celebrates the season with an array of drawings, cut paper, ceramics, sculpture, collage, and paintings. Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison Street, is hosting a $5 Holiday Extravaganza Workshop from 6-9 p.m. And don’t forget to try Buzz Café, 905 S. Lombard Avenue, for live music and dinner.

Oak Park Runners Club Saturday Fun Run
The Oak Park Runners Club is a diverse group. The club is made up of members of various ages, running experience, and ability level. The group will meet on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Home and Madison to run a 9.5-mile route at various paces, making the event fun for competitive runners as well as recreational joggers.

Downtown Oak Park Shopper’s Reward Program
Get rewards for supporting local shops this holiday season. Save your receipts until 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.

Procrastinators! There’s still time to get a Christmas tree
New Era Christmas Tree Lot is located at 1117 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. The lot has serviced the community since 1987. “We have had the privilege of supplying the Oak Park/River Forest community with only the highest-quality Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir Christmas trees,” according to Sandhill Trees website. “We also carry a great selection of wreaths, garland, and tree stands. Local delivery is available for a fee.”


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