Starting this week, we include Forest Park as we take the pulse of local villages for weekend fun.
Again, we’ve got you covered with a diverse round-up: three options a day for today through Sunday. And because we overachieve now and then, we’ve added mention of a free option we found for Monday.
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5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7
More tips on going green
For this week’s Thursday Night Out, Downtown Oak Park merchants round up a diverse group of eco-friendly practitioners to keep educating us about how to respect the planet: Chicagoland Bike Federation, Citizens Utility Board, Conscious Choice, Green Home Experts, I-Go Cars, IL Solar Energy Association, Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks, Organic Garden Company, Seven Generations Ahead, Energy Star and Working Bikes. On Lake Street between Forest and Harlem, and on Marion Street between Lake and North Boulevard
8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7
A deal on Hay Fever
When our theater critic wrote, “Judith Hoppe’s performance alone is worth the price of admission,” Doug Deuchler meant a regular ticket of $26. Thursday seats for Circle Theatre’s production of the classic Noel Coward comedy are $20. Only two other Thursdays left in this run. 7300 Madison, Forest Park
7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7
Tasting for local beer
Sample beers from four local breweries-Two Brothers, Flossmoor Station, Lakefront and Three Floyds-and soak in tips on how to pair them. Whole Foods Market, 7245 Lake, River Forest
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8
Check out sparkly adult beverages from around the world. House Red, 7403 Madison, Forest Park
9 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 8
Really cool Latin jazz
Guitarra Azul, a classically trained Latin jazz quartet, is so good we heard about the three guitarists and one percussionist from one of their competitors. If you can wait ’til 9 p.m. to midnight for dinner, you’ll find them at Maya del Sol, 144 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8
Beaded flip-flops class
Add bling to a summer wardrobe staple with a stitch technique for securing beads to sandal straps. Bring your own flip-flops. $30 for instruction. Save 10 percent on materials. Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison, Oak Park, 848-1761
9 a.m. OR 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9
Fishing class for kids and parents
Learn about baiting hooks and casting. No worries about equipment: It’s all provided. Morning session at 9 a.m. Afternoon session at 1 p.m. Call 366-6530 with your choice. Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher, River Forest
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9
Bike tour of Wright’s Oak Park
If you’re a cyclist and an architecture buff, you’ve got to do Pedal Oak Park, a 90-minute village tour-by bike-of 27 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings. Starts at 9:30 a.m. at Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago. $16-$18. Call 848-1976 or go to GoWright.org.
11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9
A choice of book groups in Forest Park
“Read your favorite excerpt from a book of your choice” is the directive for the Sisters in Crime meeting at 11 a.m. Then, at 2 p.m., Art Livingston will address the G.K. Chesterton Society on Napoleon of Notting Hill. Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison, Forest Park. 771 7243, www.centuriesandsleuths.com
2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10
Visit with a celeb author
E. Lynn Harris, best-selling storyteller of black men on the down-low, will be at Barbara’s Bookstore to sign copies of his new novel, Just Too Good To Be True-his first tackle of the mainstream, with a wink: straight characters, football in the South. Barbara’s Bookstore, 1100 Lake, Oak Park
3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10
Origami for beginners
The first in a series of beginners’ classes in the Japanese decorative art of folding paper into such forms as animals or flowers. $20, includes materials. 366-9850. Accents by Fred, 7519 W. Madison, Forest Park
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10
Free concert in the park
This week on the lawn, relax with the Grand Avenue Big Band, a 20-piece Chicago ensemble with a trio of instrumentalists who double as vocalists and channel the Andrews Sisters. Scoville Park, Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park
All day Monday, Aug. 11
Free popcorn at the Lake Theatre
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Classic Cinemas is treating moviegoers all day to 46-ounce buckets of popcorn at every one of its dozen Chicago area theaters. In Oak Park, follow the larger-than-life blue neon to 1022 Lake St.