On April 19, over 200 young volunteers were honored at Oak Park Village Hall at the Eighth Annual Applauding Our Youth Volunteers celebration. Over 200 volunteers, ranging in age from 4 to 19, received dinner, certificates from the State of Illinois signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and a recognition gift from the organization for which they donate their time.
School's out for the day, but a large, boisterous bunch of kids are packed into a third-floor classroom at Oak Park and River Forest High School. If teenage energy could move concrete, the walls would be pulsing. It feels like chaos to adult eyes, but there's real work happening here.
Alex Smiley has a sort of worldly wisdom that goes beyond his 20 years. Maybe it comes from growing up the youngest in a family of five children in River Forest (his oldest sibling is 40), and having the opportunity to travel to places like Israel, Egypt, Alaska and Europe from the time he was little.
It was the best of both worlds?#34;being a couch potato at a live performance. Oak Park and River Forest High School's Orchesis' Spring 2005 Dance concert dialed up a TV guide offering of dances inspired by television shows.
Heifer Project through bake sales and other hard work. As a result, animals will be donated to families throughout the world, for whom farming will supply needed food and cash. The Euclid children provided a heifer, goat, sheep and pig, two tree seedlings, two bee hives, six rabbits and two starter flocks of chickens or geese.
I have a few problems with Walter and Marguerite Bloch. For starters, there's not enough time in the dayâ€"or at least, during a two-hour interviewâ€"to discuss all of the Blochs' interests and accomplishments.
As they do every April, Oak Park and River Forest High School is holding the best student artwork of the year exhibit. Generally very impressive, the highlight this year is the work of Sarah Abarbanel. What's striking about her work is that each piece is unique and successful in its own right.
The four-character play at Circle Theatre, The Shape of Things, by Neil LaBute, is Pygmalion in reverse. It's about a powerful young woman who changes an awkward, insecure nerd into a good-looking hunk.