Summer makes it easier for everyone to get out of the house. The nice weather means outdoor events and more people buzzing around the neighborhood. While I like to see the good in things, especially summer, it’s also a good idea to keep up with the news and realize that there are still bad eggs that are also happy to be outside this time of year.
This past weekend, we learned about our first shooting of the year which took place in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 28 near the Oak Park Blue Line station. I bring this up because as nice as it is to enjoy the season, it’s always a good idea to be smart and be aware of what’s happening around you. Be safe when you’re out this weekend!
A Day in Our Village Festival
Sunday at Scoville Park and Rehm Park
A Day in Our Village is returning for its 43rd year on Sunday. Taking place at both Scoville Park (Lake St. & Oak Park Ave.) and Rehm Park (615 Garfield St.), the annual family-friendly event serves as one of the biggest celebrations in the community.
Highlights for Scoville Park include a food court, information booths and charity dunk tank. The fest will be operating at Scoville from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Highlights for Rehm Park include carnival games, inflatable bounce house and obstacle course. The fest will be operating at Rehm from noon to 4 p.m. A free shuttle service will be available for free throughout the day to get back and forth between parks.
Mad Women on Madison
Friday and Saturday
The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting the “Mad Woman on Madison” shopping promotion on Friday and Saturday. According to the FP Chamber website, participants can enjoy exclusive discounts, gifts with purchase and more. Spend a combined total of $100 or more at participating locations and be entered to win a grand prize gift basket or a $50 Chamber Gift Certificate. Participating shops: American Artworks Gallery, Bliss Fashion Lounge, Camille et Famille, deedee & edee, Girlicious, Jayne, Madison Street Shoes, Team Blonde, Todd & Holland and Yearbook.
River Forest Summer Reading Kickoff Party
Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Avenue, is hosting its Summer Reading Kickoff Party on Friday afternoon. According to the library’s website, participants are encouraged to sign up for the summer reading program and join the party in the park for a bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, popcorn, and lawn games. All summer reading participants are welcome to attend. There is no cost associated with attending the party.
What Does the Coyote Say?
Saturday at the Trailside Museum of Natural History
River Forest’s Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Avenue, is hosting a special event on Saturday to get guests up close and personal with the museum’s resident wild coyote. This is a free, family-friendly drop-in program taking place from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
DreamLab! Kids’ Summer of Exploration Kick-Off
Saturday, June 4 from noon to 4 p.m.
The Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd will be hosting a DreamLab summer party on Saturday. The event will include several science and art exhibits on the lawn of the library along with popsicles for everyone in attendance.
Oak Park Farmers Market
Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Oak Park Farmers Market is now in its 41st annual year. Items for sale include locally grown produce, flowers, bedding plants, honey, cheese, frozen meat, bread, and doughnuts. Cash is the preferred method of payment but credit and debit are available depending on the vendor. The Farmers Market is located in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street.
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