This Weekend Around Oak Park

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When I think of March, the expression “In like a lion, out like a lamb” comes to mind. As we first begin the month, we see weather that forces us to move our cars and shovel our snow, igniting a little (or copious amounts of) frustration. By this point in the calendar year, we’ve dealt with 12-plus weeks of miserable cold, and the snow on the ground is no longer a charming white, but the color of dirt. In short, we’re over it. Mother Nature, please take notice.

While it may not feel like spring right away this weekend, we’re here to offer some things to do and get excited about. After all, this is the time we celebrate St. Patrick and all things Irish, college basketball’s annual tournament, spring training, and longer days with more sunlight. We need you to hold on just a couple more weeks before this lion-like weather starts looking more like a lamb. Until then, here are some ideas to keep you occupied and optimistic during this final stretch of winter:

Annual movie fundraiser at Lake Theatre – “ET”
The Oak Park Women’s Guild will host a benefit for 7-month-old Kasani Allen and his family on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Lake Theatre. For more information, read the full article here.

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.

What’s happening at the bars?
Kinderhook Tap recently added the following beers on tap this week: Begyle Crash Landed, Flesk Riding Giants and Temperance Escapist.

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.

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.

Live Music
Charles Torpe and Friends (featuring Thelonious MacGillycuddy and Organic Sweet) will be playing at the Eastgate Café from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, and there is no cover to gain entry. The band plays rhythmic jazz music that inspires a dancing atmosphere. Eastgate Café is located at 102 Harrison St. in Oak Park.

Mike Felton will perform at Buzz Café between 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27. As always, Buzz Café serves organic burgers and it’s BYOB. You can find the place at 905 S. Lombard Ave. in Oak Park.

Free educational event at Oak Park Conservatory – “KidsFest”
The Oak Park Conservatory will celebrate the birthday (or “BirdDay”) of George, the parrot who resides in the tropical room at “KidsFest,” taking place on Sunday, March 1, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event is free and includes hands-on educational activities for all in attendance. The Oak Park Conservatory is located at 615 Garfield St. in Oak Park.

“Pops and Tots” at Oak Park Main Library
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. – Fathers are encouraged to bring their children, aged 2-6 years, to the Oak Park Main Library for “Pops and Tots,” where they will engage in activities like storytelling, playing, reading, and singing. Mothers are also welcome. The Oak Park Main Library is located at 834 Lake St. in Oak Park.

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