This Weekend Around Oak Park

The Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest. Photo courtesy of

“We’re all in the same boat, and we only have one boat.” Paul Anastas

Following the inception of the modern environmental movement in 1970, today marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. According to, over a billion people in the world currently celebrate the holiday, and it has reached its current status as the largest secular observance in the world. Lucky for us, our communities fit into that category, so we have planned a few earthy-related activities for the weekend. Read on to see how OPRF celebrates Earth Day and how you can get involved.

7th Annual Oak Park Earth Fest
The 7th Annual Oak Park Earth Fest will take place Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. In honor of Earth Day, festival-goers will be able to sample several types of food from local vendors while learning about what it means to live in an environmentally friendly community like Oak Park. Admission to get into the Public Works Center is free, but the food vendors will be charging separately. For more information, read the full article here.

Earth Day Woodland Walk
The Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest, will host an Earth Day walk on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. This is a free, guided walking tour through the woods to enjoy nature during the springtime, and the timing couldn’t be better to get in touch with Mother Earth.

Illusory Magic Show at Pleasant Home
Jeanette Andrews and the Pleasant Home Foundation (PHF) will present (In)Visible, an interactive illusory performance and magic show for ages 12 and up. According to PHF, the show is an unforgettable journey into the invisible and visible, the known and the unknown. The newest work from Jeanette Andrews explores the many facets of the unseen, as each audience member becomes uniquely invisible for an extraordinary evening that ultimately explores the beauty of the lived experience and the deeply mysterious nature of human connections. Tickets are $30 ($25 for PHF members). Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Pleasant Home Foundation website.

Booster Ball 2016 – OPRF Huskie Booster Club Annual Auction
According to the OPRF Chamber of Commerce, the 2016 Booster Ball auction is the single largest fundraising event for the OPRF Huskie Booster Club. It is the social event of the year with an anticipated attendance of over 500 parents and Booster members. Enjoy socializing with friends during a fun-filled evening featuring live music, raffles, games, fabulous auction items and exquisite vacation packages. Sample delicious hearty hors d’oeuvres, craft beer and cocktails all to benefit the students of Oak Park and River Forest High School. This event is taking place on Saturday, April 23 from 7-11 p.m. at the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Entry fees are $80 in advance or $100 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.

College Readiness 4 Success Seminar
Two successful college students will be giving a presentation titled Thinking Differently: My LD/ADHD Journey to Empowerment on Saturday, April 23 from 1-4 p.m. at Greater Chicago West, 705 Jackson Blvd., Oak Park. According to the OPRF Chamber of Commerce, These speakers are Eye to Eye Diplomats who inspire audiences and ignite hope through stories of their own journeys to self-empowerment. Eye to Eye is an organization whose mission is to improve the life of every person with a learning disability. This event is designed for students, parents, educators, and counselors. Tickets for the seminar are available through EventBrite.


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