Crain's publisher to speak at Concordia

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Crain's Chicago Business publisher David Blake will speak at Concordia University's Business Friends Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 14.

Blake's presentation will draw from the pages of the business newsweekly, and he will field audience questions.

The event will be held from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Oak Park Country Club, 2001 N. Thatcher Ave. in River Grove., includes breakfast and is open to the public.

For more information, call Frank Frigo at 209-3555 or e-mail frank.frigo@curf.edu by Friday, Oct. 7, to reserve a seat.

Visit Italy via Cucina Paradiso

Cucina Paradiso is giving one lucky diner a trip to Italy to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Throughout October, diners can enter at the restaurant, 814 North Blvd., or at www.cucinaoakpark.com, for a $1,500 travel voucher. Crossroads Travel, 171 S. Oak Park Ave., is co-sponsoring the sweepstakes.

The winner also gets dinner for two at Cucina Paradiso.

The aim of the sweepstakes is to let the winner decide how the restaurant's food stacks up to that served in Italy.

Camille celebrates 15

RoseMary Gange, owner of Camille et Famille, 129 N. Oak Park Ave., is marking everything in her store down 20 percent to 50 percent the weekend of Oct. 13-16 to celebrate 15 years in business.

The shop started as a Christmas-only store that was so successful Gange started to question those who told her opening a retail shop in Oak Park wouldn't work. Back then, The Avenue wasn't the bustling commerce center it is today. The bookstores ?#34; Logos and Magic Tree ?#34; were her only neighbors, Gange said.

"Aside from them, it was a pretty sad-looking street," she said.

Gange will celebrate with food, too. On Thursday and Friday evenings (Oct. 13-14), shoppers will be treated to appetizers, and on Saturday, Darrell's Famous Chili. Sunday there'll be cake and desserts. Darrell is RoseMary's husband. Camille is her middle name.

Oktoberfest raises $1,611 for Katrina relief

Through donations, raffles and tips, Downtown Oak Park raised $1,611 for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago at its annual Oktoberfest celebration last month.

Downtown merchants donated raffled items, and tips earned at the beer and wine tents at the event, held Sept. 16-18, helped the cause?#34;relief from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

?#34;Drew Carter

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