The Janice Elkins Gallery at 149 Harrison St. has been rented out for the month of December by a group of over a dozen women artists for a special Christmas extravaganza of arts and crafts. The show, "Out of the Box," includes the work of four Oak Park painters, as well as an enormous variety of crafts, focusing on smaller items that might make good gifts.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Burda of Oak Park and Mr. and Mrs. William Field of Lisle are pleased to announce the June 4 marriage of Natalie Burda to Edward Field. The bride is a 2001 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and a 2005 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. The groom graduated from OPRF in 1999 and from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003.
Oak Park and River Forest residents came together and made very significant donations to people who lost their homes and belongings to Hurricane Katrina. Now local organizations are asking folks to think about people in their own villages who are less fortunate this holiday season. Again, people are rallying with donations of toys, clothes and food, as well as time, to ensure that no one is forgotten.
Ah, the holiday season. Time for folks to pull on comfy boots, wade through the slush and drip, and haul themselves out to the malls and stores. Oak Park's many shopping districts provide a wide range of stores that carry vastly different items?#34;it's the perfect answer for today's discerning (and mall-averse) shopper.
It's hard to believe, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a kid in the public schools in Oak Parkâ€"through high schoolâ€"who was born when the CAST program began at Percy Julian Middle School. This year, CAST (Communication, Art, Speech and Theater) celebrates its 20th birthday with a series of productions reprising plays from the previous 19 years.
There's nothing quite as nice as making a discovery in your own backyard. It's one of life's happy pleasures and I'm absolutely beside myself when it happens. My backyard in this case is our own ever so amiable community, and the discovery is the Oak Park Bakery, which I just discovered on South Oak Park Avenue.
St. Luke Parish in River Forest held two community-focused events on Nov. 20: the 20th-annual Turkey Sunday to benefit Chicago's Blessed Sacrament ministries, and a pancake breakfast to support St. Luke's religious education department.
Circle Theatre in Forest Park has reorganized their leadership into a three-person structure, consisting of Kevin Bellie, artistic director; Peter J. Storms, managing director; and the newest member of the team, Jeffrey Cass, who will be the new producing director. Cass, who holds a B.F.A. degree in musical theater performance from Roosevelt University, has extensive acting and directing credits.