Mark your calendar for June 5 for the annual A Day in Our Village festival.

The festival’s concept embraces the many aspects of diversity within the village, a village statement says, and is “for seniors, teens, all people of color, empty-nesters, gays, children, straights, singles, white people, pets on leashes, parents with or without their children, childless couples, villagers who were born here, residents who grew up here, citizens that moved here from across the street, across the state, across the country, across the world, EVERYONE!”

The annual festival brings community organizations and businesses to Scoville Park on the first Sunday in June each at a booth to promote its interests. Freebies, games and refreshments accompany the flyers and other information obtainable that day.

Downtown Oak Park hosts special attractions on Lake Street and the Marion Street Mall, including a kids’ film at the Lake Theatre. Rehm Pool offers free swimming courtesy of the Park District of Oak Park.

Accessible mini-buses donated by the Oak Park Township Senior Services can easily drop you at one of these primary venues. Village of Oak Park shuttle buses will travel their usual routes.

The deadline to reserve a booth is April 15. 

For more information contact 358-5409 or

Annual alley cleanup and inspection program begins in NW Oak Park

The Village of Oak Park will resume its annual alley cleanup and inspection program on Monday, April 18, with the focus on Harlem Avenue to Oak Park Avenue between North Avenue and Division Street.

The program targets a different section of the village each year, and aims to enhance neighborhoods and improve public safety by clearing overgrown vegetation, removing litter, inspecting for proper waste disposal, checking for streetlight outages and providing a visible police presence, according to a village statement.

The Neighborhood Walk Program, which identifies maintenance needed on private properties, will take place simultaneous to the alley program.

Owners of property within the designated clean-up area with overgrown vegetation can request removal assistance from village crews.

Residents not in this year’s program area can get involved, too, by organizing a neighborhood alley cleanup. A Keep Oak Park Beautiful alley cleanup kit containing 10 garbage bags, 10 refuse stickers, 10 pairs of disposable gloves and information on organizing a safe and successful neighborhood event are available through the Public Works Department.

For more information call 358-5700 or email

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