Just like that, the first full week of 2019 draws to a close. We do this 51 more times and guess what? All of us enter a new decade I’m very much looking forward to in The Roaring 20’s Part II. I can’t wait to see what Jay Gatsby looks like this time around. I’m thinking he’s an Instagram influencer with Juul product placements in the majority of his posts, but his go-to nickname for people is still “Old Sport.” Ever try Juul, Old Sport? You’re going to like it, Old Sport.
Although we have only just begun the year, there’s a few exciting things to talk about:
- Oak Park held a ceremony for the new Chief of Police, LaDon Reynolds, on Tuesday at Village Hall. Reynolds is a 24-year vet and served as the interim COP since April 2018. We congratulate Reynolds and think he is well-deserving.
- Here at AOP, we will soon be sharing a list of Oak Park’s most Instagram-worthy locations. Keep an eye out to see if your photo contributed to the list. This is our modest way of helping to build the village’s online presence and hopefully contribute to more tourism.
- Something practical to keep in mind – through Jan. 31, you can receive discounted flu shots at Children’s Urgent Care River Forest by mentioning AOP. We partnered with the clinic to keep you flu-free this year. The shots aren’t just for kids.
That’s a glance at what’s been happening. Here’s a look at what is happening around town Friday through Sunday. It’s a nice list if you’re looking for things to do this weekend.
Live Music at District Kitchen & Tap
Michael Satarino will be performing original music and cover songs at District Kitchen & Tap on Saturday from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Satarino is known for his classical style with a lot of emphasis on speed picking for a clean, fast-paced sound. DKT is located at 220 Harrison Street in the Arts District.
Michelle Obama’s Memoir Discussion
Pearled Shoebox Vintage, 140 Harrison Street, will be hosting a book discussion on Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Appetizers, wine, and other beverages will be provided as the group discusses the former First Lady’s book focused on who we are changing into. Tickets can be acquired through Eventbrite.
January Food Swap
Sugar Beet Co-op is hosting its monthly food swap on Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to trade and barter homemade goods and food. The Co-op’s mission is to provide high quality, locally sourced food produced in ecologically sound ways. Anyone can shop and everyone can join. Sugar Beet is located at 812 Madison Street.
Brunch at Hemingway’s Bistro
Oak Park is home to several great brunch options but this weekend, we’re highlighting Hemingway’s Bistro, 211 N. Oak Park Avenue. This French restaurant encompasses everything we love about brunch: cocktails, poached eggs, waffles, assorted bakery goods, and fish (to name a few menu items). Hemingway’s Bistro is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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