This Weekend Around Oak Park

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Photo courtesy of Downtown Oak Park

Once Halloween is over, the last two months of the year seem to fly by, don’t they?  With the days flying by and our family calendar already filling up with holiday plans, I want to make sure we have time to slow down a little bit and enjoy the little things. This year, I’m planning to put up our Christmas decorations (and the singular Hanukkah decoration we own) early.

To be fair, our Christmas wreath stays up all year and had to become an “evergreen wreath” once we realized we had nowhere to store it. So every season, I find some new decorations for the wreath and pretend like it’s completely normal to have that on our wall all year. Why a wreath, you ask? Anyone with cats can tell you that cats and Christmas trees don’t mix well. They think a tree is a perfectly good place to perch and that all of the ornaments are obviously cat toys.

If you’re not quite ready to spend the weekend decorating for the holidays, here are some events happening around Oak Park that might pique your interest!

Shop in Downtown Oak Park
Keep your receipts! From now until December 25th, you can earn rewards for the shopping you do in Downtown Oak Park. Earn $50 in reward certificates when you spend $25 or more at least seven participating businesses (a total of $500 or more). You can find a list of participating businesses here.

Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) Fundraiser
Join the FORCON members for a night at the Cooper’s Hawk location in Oak Park on Sunday, November 4th for a fundraiser benefiting the Conservatory’s education programs that are catered to D97 elementary school students. Wine and heavy appetizers will be served in the private dining room and there will be prize drawings throughout the night. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased here. 

Super Steam Saturday
Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF) is hosting an open house on Saturday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm that will be packed full of activities perfect for kids 5-12 years old. There will be robots, experiments, art projects, and more to keep your little ones entertained while you learn about the Summer Base Camp and other programs that OPEF offers.

Fall back
Daylight savings is upon us again. Make sure to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday night! You won’t want to miss that extra hour of sleep or show up to work an hour early on Monday. Mondays are hard enough already.

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