OPALGA moving to Garfield

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The Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) hopes to move into a Garfield Street storefront location by the end of the month in order to make more room for programming and to improve its visibility in the community.

"We have long had a desire to be more visible in the community," said Brad Bartels, OPALGA board of directors co-chair. "With what's going on in the world, having a greater visibility in the area is particularly important to us."

Bartels estimated the new location at 947 Garfield St. will offer 30 percent to 40 percent more space than the current location at 1145 Westgate.

OPALGA will do some minor renovations to the space before moving in.

The organization holds programming for its Youth Program Network and Young Adult Program at its offices, as well as its committee and task force work.

OPALGA has more than 300 members, about 65 percent of whom are from Oak Park. Bartels said the group hopes to attract new members with the move.

?#34;Drew Carter

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