This Weekend Around Oak Park

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March is a fun month for many reasons: the end of winter, St. Patrick’s Day, Shamrock Shakes, spring training for baseball fans, and March Madness for basketball fans. But most of all, clean freaks don’t feel as singled out for taking their hygiene hobbies to extraordinary lengths because everyone is in spring cleaning mode. It’s time to be out with the clutter and in with the smell of Lysol that completely dominates the house, apartment, condo, sister’s basement, or wherever you live. By the time you’re done cleaning, that lemon-fresh scent should overwhelm to the point where you are forced outside to enjoy the wonderful village that is Oak Park.

Checking out this article is a good start to see what’s taking place over the weekend.

What’s Happening at the Bars?
Avenue Ale House will promote its usual weekend specials: $5 “Ale Alternatives,” including frozen margaritas and frozen sangria on Friday, “Select Craft Saturday,” and the following deals on Sunday: $12 domestic buckets, $5 beer and bourbon, and $5 bloodies or bellinis.

Kinderhook Tap announced today that “The Green Mist is back!” Trying one might be a fun way to get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

Green Mist. Photo courtesy of Kinderhook Tap's Facebook page
Green Mist. Photo courtesy of Kinderhook Tap’s Facebook page

Of course, there are other bars you can go to and if you do, have a great time. Just don’t blow your liver out before Paddy’s Day. You will need that.

Cosmic Skate Night
Ridgeland Common Ice Rink is hosting Cosmic Skate night on Friday from 6-8:15 p.m. The rink will be turning down the lights and turning up the music with a professional DJ to entertain the skaters. Admission is $10 or $5 with a pass. Ridgeland Common Ice Arena is located at 415 Lake St., Oak Park.

Free Concert: Academy of Irish Music
Eight musicians will play traditional Irish music using bagpipes and other traditional instruments. The Academy of Irish Music is based out of Chicago and supports youth ensemble groups that prepare for competition and performances in the U.S. and Ireland. This free concert will take place from 3-4 p.m.at the Oak Park Public Library, Main Branch, 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Shamrock Shakes
Yes, Shamrock Shakes are back at McDonald’s to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In case you’ve been living under a rock since 1970 (the year the dessert was introduced), the Shamrock Shake is a mint-flavored milkshake dyed green to add a festive touch to the fast food chain’s menu. There are McDonald’s locations at 111 W. Madison Street in Oak Park, 420 Desplaines Avenue in Forest Park, and 626 N. Harlem Avenue in River Forest.

One Earth Film Festival
Now in its fifth year, the One Earth Film Festival is bringing more films focused on the environment to Chicagoland communities than ever before. OPRF will host nine opportunities for moviegoers as a part of the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Due to the donations made by the One Earth Film Festival partners, a majority of the films are free. For a complete program guide, check out the Fifth Annual One Earth Film Festival Program Guide. The following is a list of films taking place in Oak Park and River Forest:

Saturday
10 a.m. “Racing Extinction,” Classic Cinemas Lake Theater, 1022 Lake St, Oak Park. Tickets $6

10 a.m. “Young Children’s International Short Films, ages 3-6+,” Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park

11:30 a.m. “Saving My Tomorrow” (For the Family!), Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park. Come at 11 a.m. for healthy snacks and demos.

3 p.m. “Garbage Warrior,” Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake, Oak Park. Arrive early for Ideabox recycled art exhibit in lobby.

7 p.m. “Black Ice,” (Teen Film Cafe!) Good Earth Greenhouse, 7900 Madison, River Forest

Sunday
12:30 p.m. (3 short films) “Bomb Trains on the Hudson,” “Backyard,” and “The Sustainable,” Ascension Catholic Church, 808 S. East Ave, Oak Park

1:30 p.m. Young Filmmakers Contest Elementary + Middle School Awards & Films, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park

3:30 p.m. “A Farmer’s Road,” Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake, Oak Park

6:30 p.m. (3 short films) “Food for Thought: Food for Life,” “Soil Carbon Cowboys,” “Man in the Maze,” 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park.

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