This Weekend Around Oak Park


Wednesday was the first day of fall and following it came pumpkin spice everything. Walking down the aisles of the grocery store I’ve seen coffee creamer, bagels, and marshmallows get the annual makeover, all three of which I understand. But what about pumpkin spice whey protein, dog treats, and Pringles?

I always liked autumn’s round orange mascot, but it seems to me that every product imaginable is getting the pumpkin treatment, and some things are best left the way they are. I’m not trying to come off as a bummer as these are merely my own observations. I am simply wondering if anyone else shares my point of view.

There are plenty of great things that come out of the pumpkin craze such as turning one into a keg. So, along with a bevy of activity going on in the community Friday through Sunday, we’ve included a video from Mashable that makes for a fun arts and crafts project. Happy fall everybody!

OK Classic Softball Tournament
Opportunity Knocks, a non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will host its 9th annual 14-inch softball tournament on Saturday starting at 7 a.m. on the Forest Park Softball Fields. This is a one day, co-ed tournament and there will be a festival following the games.

Oak Park Farmers’ Market
What better place to buy a pumpkin? The market will be held in the Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue on Saturday. Market hours are 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information about the market, produce, goods, and its services, click here.

Local artist spotlight at Buzz Café
Local photographer Bill Linehan will have his work on display at Buzz Café, 905 S. Lombard Ave. on Friday from 6-9 p.m. In addition to the photography, enjoy live music by Mike Felton and poetry by Lew Rosenbaum, author of “Seed of Revolution.”

Pizza, Project & Play at the Cubhouse in Stevenson Center & Park
Parents are invited to bring children ages 3-7 to the Cubhouse Playground at Stevenson Center & Park (49 Lake St., Oak Park) on Friday from 6-8:30 p.m. for Pizza Project & Play. The Park District staff will entertain the children and the evening will include a pizza dinner, take home project, and play time with friends.

OPRF Huskies Homecoming
The Huskies play Downers Grove North on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for their homecoming game. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. OPRF is currently 4-0 on the season and riding a lot of positivity after a 41-0 blowout against Proviso West last week.

University Band of Concordia-Chicago annual family concert
The University Band of Concordia-Chicago will play its annual family concert on Friday from 8-10 p.m. Admission is free, and will take place in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord. Music selections for the evening will be enjoyable for all ages and include “The Wizard of Oz” arranged by James Barnes, excerpts from “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland, and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky.


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