Especially for urban gardeners like me who live in small spaces, worm composting (also called vermicomposting) is a productive, fun and doable way to divert biodegradable kitchen scraps away from a landfill and back into the soil in my garden…or on to my indoor plants as a top dressing.
In their retirement years, Oak Parker Phyllis Bowen says that she and her spouse Samuel haven't minded climbing the stairs up to their newly-constructed rooftop garden to watch the flowers, fruits, herbs and veggies grow. In a way, it's the avid gardener's dream come true.
The current production at Open Door Theater, Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts, premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre four seasons ago. This entertaining cross-racial, cross-generational comedy celebrates the power of love and friendship. It is also definitely a Chicago play with an unmistakable local feel and mood. Insightful director Mary Pat Sieck and her cast of nine actors bring out the realism and the humor in this bittersweet comedy.
On April 27, the annual Parenthesis Kitchen Walk will offer inspiration to future kitchen remodelers and envy among the rest. For 28 years, the nonprofit organization has kicked off the spring housewalk season with a tour of designer kitchens.
It starts out as a jolly ethnic sitcom. Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way at 16th Street Theater opens with lots of one-liners that spring from assorted zany family squabbles. But it's quickly obvious that this is more than just some Latino laugh fest. It's deeper, richer, more focused and incisive.
When first meeting John Lawrence, the 2012 Realtor of the Year, it's easy to see how and why the broker/owner of Oak Park-based Weichert Realtors – Nickel Group was selected by the Oak Park Area Association of Realtors (OPAAR) to receive this top industry honor.
The charming storefront at 811 South Blvd., is in the center of town, appropriately located in the Ridgeland Historic District. The store parallels the elevated tracks, an early infrastructure which symbolizes Oak Park's central role in the area's development as a commuting suburb of the city.
If you were going to predict the arc of Jason Narvy's theatrical career, you probably wouldn't guess that it would go from Los Angeles, playing a character named Skull Skullovitch on the kids' action series Power Rangers, to assistant professor in the theater program at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. But that is precisely what happened.
After suffering through a less than pleasant March, area home owners must know that April has to have something better up its sleeve. The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest plans to bring a touch of the sun to the season with its 10th annual housewalk by way of the Mediterranean.