Whenever an increased number of strange or dangerous stories hit our news feeds, people tend to get a little worked up. We (Around Oak Park) have been covering the news on this website since October 2014 and as the Editor, I agree that there seem to be more disturbing stories than usual as of late. For example, we recently learned about the death of a man at the Oak Park Public Library Monday morning. Another example is the four teens who hijacked a car from an elderly couple. These are just two bizarre stories out of many to happen in a short time frame, and it makes you wonder.
While we’d all like to believe that bad things don’t happen, the reality is that tragedies and crime occur, it’s just unfortunate when they all seem to snowball together at the same time. It doesn’t mean that Oak Park is changing into the Twilight Zone where people will turn up dead in public places regularly, nor does it mean that there is an overall increase in crime, making Oak Park more dangerous. The silver lining is the way the community comes together in times of distress, such as the way OPPL worked with police and offered to counsel to the people who were at the library Monday, and the way the elderly couple calmly helped identify the four hijackers, bringing them to justice.
Oak Parkers are great at dealing with adversity, which is why I’m posting this article today, to give you positive things to do and think about in Oak Park, not just the shocking news stories that seem to have been popping up lately.
Early Mother’s Day Activity – Teacup Gardening and Tea
Celebrate Mother’s Day early this year by going to the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., on Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Participants will create a teacup garden to take home after enjoying a relaxing morning at the conservatory. Tickets are $45 for residents and $68 for nonresidents. Registration is required through pdop.org. Call 708-725-2400 for details.
Have you tried Citrine Café yet?
The Village’s newest eatery, Citrine Café, just opened up a couple weeks ago. Located at 100 S. Oak Park Ave., Citrine is a Mediterranean restaurant perfect for small plates and wine. Be the first in your group of friends to talk about Oak Park’s newest spot or impress a date. To view the menu or make a reservation visit CitrineCafe.com.
The Great Paint Exchange
Oak Parkers are encouraged to dispose of any unwanted latex paint in exchange for half-to-full cans of new latex paint at the Great Paint Exchange. This event will be taking place Saturday at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. The village will be accepting old paint from 9-11 a.m. and anyone in need of paint will be able to pick up cans for free from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Self-Publishing Workshop at OPPL
Three authors will be speaking on their experiences with self-publishing their work at the Oak Park Public Library on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. This free workshop will interest anyone who wants to get their creative work noticed. One of the speakers, E.C. Diskin, self-published her first mystery titled The Green Line in 2014, which helped her second novel, Broken Grace, get published by Thomas & Mercer.
Third Friday Gallery Walk
It’s the third Friday of the month and that means the Oak Park Arts District will host the Third Friday Gallery Walk from 6-10 p.m. on Harrison St. Head to Bead in Hand for a jewelry design studio, view the work of artists Linda Abrams, Bobbi Meier and Gina Lee Robbins at Gallery PINK, listen to live music at Buzz Café, or check out live entertainment at Open Door Theater. For more information, visit the Oak Park Arts District website.
“Art Start” Annual Spring Show
Students from Oak Park District 97 will have their artwork on display at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The “Art Start” Annual Spring Show gives elementary students in Oak Park the opportunity to share their creativity with the community. There is no cost to view the “Art Start” show and Village Hall is open to the public. The show will be displayed throughout the month.