Friday, Jan. 30: An Oak Park shop is hosting what a lot of parents talk about scheduling: a family game night. From 3 to 7 p.m., old-school fun will be the name of the game at Geppetto’s Toy Box. Staff members will circulate among stations to make sure kids and parents alike know how to play each game. There will be popcorn and hot cocoa. Should you want to come back and buy one of the games, there also will be a 10 percent coupon for every family attending this free event. 730 Lake. 445-9906.
Friday, Jan. 30: Audiences can’t get enough of Far From Freud. The Village Players show that closed Sunday – and which sold out every one of its six performances – will be back at 8 p.m. Friday night. Background details will follow after this interruption: If you have any interest in catching the added performance, stop and call 866-764-1010 or go to www.village-players.org for tickets, which are $20 – the house is expected to sell out for this show, too. OK, now back to relevant but not as pressing details: This is a musical with a pop-rock score about people in therapy – a husband in the closet, a teenager with a baby, an estranged couple – who share initially a therapist and eventually a source of comfort. The healing takes place in the Playground Theater of the Village Players Performing Arts Center at 1010 Madison in Oak Park.
Monday, Feb. 2: It’s a survival boot camp for business owners on Monday afternoon at the Oak Park Public Library. For four hours – and at no charge – a team of local folks with insights into weathering tough times will be available for meeting, greeting and encouragement. The event, called Small Business Networking, will be from noon to 5 p.m. Among its sponsors and panelists is business coach Terri Fry Brukhartz, a clinical social worker and therapist in Oak Park who has worked with Fortune 500 companies and indies for more than 25 years. Brukhartz will address how to maintain success in a difficult economy, while other speakers will cover such topics as Internet marketing, legal matters, networking tips, public relations and real estate. To reserve your spot, e-mail event organizer Yves Hughes Jr., owner of Next Door Multimedia, at email@example.com. The Veterans Room on the second floor library of the main branch of the library, at 834 Lake, will be the hub of the networking.