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By Evan O'Brien

Content Manager

Free Scoville Park summer concert series

On the National Register of Historic Places, Scoville Park sits like a jewel in the heart of Oak Park at the corner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue. The park has become a central hub for Oak Park residents, attracting sunbathers, ultimate frisbee gamers and several village festivals. The village's sloping "front lawn" — surrounded by the main library, Hemingway Museum and Scoville Square — makes Scoville Park an ideal natural amphitheater. Fortunately, the Park District of Oak Park and the Avenue Business Association are taking advantage of this feature with a free, summer-long concert series, every Sunday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. through Aug. 14.

The first concert of the series, sponsored by Wednesday Journal, takes place this Sunday, June 12 and features the band, World Class Noise. Since 1993, World Class Noise has entertained audiences across the Midwest with their brand of lively soul music. The eight-piece band performs classic and contemporary favorites. Before you know it, you'll be dancing in the park, barefoot! While you're enjoying the concert this Sunday, be sure to stop by our Wednesday Journal booth to say hello.

For more information on the Scoville Park summer concert series, visit www.oakparkparks.com.

Forest Park Farmers Market at The Grove

Oak Park's Farmers Market may have those famous freshly-baked donuts, but who could resist Twin Garden's sweet corn at Forest Park's Farmers Market? This year the market returns every Friday between June 10 and Oct. 14, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at its new home, moving from the community center's parking lot to The Grove, 7824 W. Madison.

In addition to the usual farm-fresh produce, baked goods, meats and dairy (and sweet corn!), the market welcomes new vendors like Seguin Greenhouse. Along with selling produce to help adults with developmental disabilities, Seguin will be selling plants for those who want to do their own sustainable gardening. Click here to learn more about Forest Park's Farmers Market.

Lake Theatre celebrates 75th Anniversary with showing of classic movies

The year was 1936 when Lake Theatre first opened its doors, and the art-deco landmark has been entertaining Oak Parkers ever since with summer blockbusters, screenings of locally produced films and the revitalization of 3D movies.

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, Lake Theatre is showing a classic movie from 1936 on the second Monday of every month through October. With showings at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and admission just $5, this is a great opportunity for Oak Parkers to see some classics on the big screen.

This month, on June 13, The Lake is showing the screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey, a slapstick love story of rich versus poor during the Great Depression. Click here to read John Hubbuch's review, go see 'Godfrey' and then report back on OakPark.com/ILovetheLake for a chance to win free movie tickets. For more information on Lake Theatre's classic movie series, visit www.classiccinemas.com.

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Another OP resident  

Posted: June 9th, 2011 4:39 PM

Have fun BUT watch out for the gun-toting, drug-dealing, child-grabbing, foreclosing, tax-raising, politic-spewing, bullying evil-doers around town. Now get out there and spend your money and have fun!!!

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