Avenue calls on young artists in rebuilding effort


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The Avenue Business Association invites young Oak Park and River Forest artists in grades 6-12 to participate in the "Visions of Hope" Student Art Exhibition to help rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.

Paper, canvas, clay, glass, wood, metal?#34;artists can choose any medium to create pieces consistent with the "Visions of Hope" theme.

Entries will be displayed in participating Avenue businesses along Oak Park Avenue, Lake Street, North Boulevard and South Boulevard from November 4-25. Art pieces will be available for purchase at a price suggested by each artist. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to the American Red Cross, to help in rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Shoppers will also be invited to vote on their favorite entries. The public ballot will determine winners in middle school (grades 6?#34;8) and high school (9?#34;12) categories.

U.S. Bank, the event's sponsor, will award cash prizes to the first ($250), second ($150) and third ($100) place winners, and participating businesses will offer additional prizes and certificates.

All artwork will be displayed and winners announced at a public reception at U.S. Bank, 104 N. Oak Park Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Artists should submit artwork to Donna Byan or June Stout at U.S. Bank from Oct. 21-28, along with an application form available at the bank or from art teachers, clubs and leagues in the area.

Book Table aids OPRF debate club

The Book Table will match funds raised at an Oct. 27 fundraiser to help the Oak Park and River Forest High School Debate Club. Shedding light on the Patriot Act is just an added bonus.

The club's event will feature Colleen Connell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, with a lecture titled, "The Assault on Civil Liberties Under the Patriot Act." The entrance fee is $5 and The Book Table has pledged to match this fee dollar for dollar up to $1,000.

"Ever since we began reading articles about the Debate Club's problems with raising money, we knew we wanted to help," Book Table co-owner Jason Smith said in a statement. "I debated all through high school and loved the experience. Being able to help publicize an event where the executive director of the ACLU of Illinois will be speaking out against the Patriot Act is just an added bonus."

Section 215 of the Patriot Act specifically allows the federal government to seize records of customer book purchases without a standard search warrant and the checks and balances that such a warrant would provide. Section 215 also includes a gag order which prevents an affected bookstore from discussing this seizure with anyone?#34;even its attorney, Smith said.

"This is an issue that is near and dear to every bookseller's heart," Smith said. "The potential for abuse here is too great. We welcome any chance to publicize the harm this law is doing to our nation's Bill of Rights. We want to congratulate the Debate Team on their efforts."

The Book Table is a discount new and used independent bookstore at 1045 Lake St.

Skip the diet, head to the Lake

The Lake Theatre will play "The Thin Man," the 1934 comedy-mystery about a couple (William Powell and Myrna Loy) solving a murder case, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Admission is $8, and the event is sponsored by the Chicago Art Deco Society.

Modeling shows benefit nonprofits

This month Lindsey Gallery, 111 N. Oak Park Ave., will unveil WomanSpirit, a line aimed at empowering women with new jewelry and clothes.

"WomanSpirit addresses the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of a woman, taking form in stylish, earthy materials that provide comfortable yet highly artful wearables, gifts for friends, self-indulgence products and a diverse selection of unique items from around the world," according to a statement from the shop. "Within this mix are items made by local and international support groups that build schools, hospitals and housing, as well as individual local woman artisans that support their own families through their creations."

The gallery will host a series of fundraising events for local charities. Events generally will take place on Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. Organizations provide models to show off fashions, and Lindsey Gallery will donate 10 percent of the evening's proceeds to the organization. Attendees get 20 percent off, and models get another 5 percent off what they don. Shows to benefit area not-for-profits include:

? Oct. 20: Oak/Leyden Developmental Services

? Nov. 10: OPRF Volunteer Center

? Nov. 17: St. Giles School

? Nov. 28: Hephzibah House

? Dec. 8: Animal Care League

For more information contact John Lindsey at 386-5272 or chzwel@aol.com.

?#34;Drew Carter

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