Art on Harrison this weekend

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It's "come early, stay late and bring the kids" next weekend at the Harrison Street's fall festival, Art on Harrison. The event will feature art, music, food and fun for the whole family.

A preview Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. kicks off the event, which continues Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 10, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 11, noon to 5 p.m.

About three dozen artists from outside the district will also set up along the street on Saturday and Sunday.

Food vendors will include Petersen's Ice Cream Restaurant, Ice Cream Parlor & Sweet Shoppe; The Perfect Dinner; and Starship Catering. Beer and wine will be served by Cucina Paradiso.

The House of Heat will sponsor the bandstand at Cuyler and Harrison, where featured bands will include The Expatriates, the Wood Street Bloodhounds Bluegrass Band, Silver Lining, Sling Blade, Suzanne & Len, and Stuck in the Fifties, and more. Salsa dancers should come out on Saturday afternoon.

Children's activities will include craft tables located throughout the arts district, hosted by Granny's Corner Child Care, and Wonder Works Children's Museum.

A variety of artists' receptions, seminars and forums, artist demonstration and discussions will be held throughout the weekend. Visit www.harrisonstreet.com or www.shopoakpark.com for more information.

The event is co-sponsored by Wednesday Journal.

Morava features Franklin

Morava Studios will show works by Oak Park artist Jonathan Franklin starting with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.

The show runs in conjunction with Art on Harrison, the annual fall art walk of the Harrison Street Arts district (see brief above).

Extended hours for the weekend include a preview night on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6-9 p.m.; noon to 10 p.m. on Sept. 10; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sept.11. This show runs through October 10th. Morava is at 11 Harrison St.

"Franklin paints about polarity and conflict, about nuance and dysfunction, and about pushing and pulling," according to a Morava statement.

Cucina's 3rd Sept. 11 fundraiser

Cucina Paradiso, 814 North Blvd., will host its third annual Sept. 11 fundraiser for Firefighters Local 95.

Oak Park firefighters will again don aprons and wait on customers this Sept. 11 (Sunday) to help raise money for three charities: The Lieutenant Patrick Luby Scholarship Fund that was created to honor a fallen Oak Park Firefighter, the Salvation Army and Special Operations Warrior Foundation?#34;an organization providing college scholarships and educational counseling to children of Special Operations Forces who are killed in the line of duty (www.specialops.org).

That evening, Oak Park Local 95 will also hold a raffle for a chance to win more than 20 different prizes, including hotel stays, movie passes, football tickets, auto detailing and restaurant gift certificates among other prizes. All raffle proceeds will benefit the three charities.

Reservations are offered only for tables of five or more by calling 848-3434.

?#34;Drew Carter

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