This Weekend Around Oak Park


The following three statements are all true but one of them doesn’t bring as much as joy as the other two: it is the weekend so people are in high spirits; there are snow flurries fluttering softly to the ground as I write this post; the Cubs have won their first three games of the season. If you picked the second statement about snow flurries, you share my passion for the weekend and Cubbies while you wonder why it is snowing in April. Now, I have considered that there might be people who work on the weekends, hate snow in April and are passionate White Sox fans, so none of the three statements bring them any comfort. To those folks I say, “Maybe we see eye-to-eye on music or movie taste but for now, my job is to let everyone know what’s happening in the OPRF area Friday through Sunday.”

2nd Annual Oak Park Health & Wellness Fair
The Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce will host the 2016 Health and Wellness Fair on Sunday, April 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex, 415 Lake Street. The Health Indicators Warehouse has reported a rise in physical and mentally unhealthy days-per-month over the past several years for Illinois adults. This research inspired the OPRF Chamber of Commerce to host the fair, free of cost, to promote wellness throughout the community. According to the chamber, there will be more than 40 local health professionals at the event; wellness activities, raffles, and giveaways will be included too.

Forest Park’s Spring Wine, Walk & Shop
The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting a springtime wine, walk and shop event Saturday, April 9 from 1-5 p.m. Registration is $40 per person which includes your own wine glass, a bottle of wine and wine tasting with appetizers from local restaurants. To register, visit the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce website. Sign-ins for the event will take place from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at Forest Park National Bank, 7438 Madison Street. You will receive your glass, itinerary and more when you check in.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
It is your last chance to see a revised version of the 1967 Charlie Schulz classic, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park. This revival won two Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards for its 1999 Broadway run, according to the Open Door Repertory Company. Show times are Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $16.52; they can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.

Genealogy Workshop
A genealogy workshop will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 8, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Genealogist Daniel J. Kane of Oak Park will help participants get started in the process of identifying their family tree. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040 or visit

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
40 dancers, singers, musicians and guest artists bring the magic of Spain to Dominican University through their fusion of traditional, classical, folkloric, Flamenco, and dramatic theatrical productions. With passion, power and spectacle, Ensemble Español highlight a mosaic of Hispanic cultures, according to Visit Oak Park. This performance will take place Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the university’s Lund Auditorium, 7900 Division St., River Forest. Tickets are available through Vendini.


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