Time running out for art fans to choose favorite public sculptures

Sun., Sept. 30 is the deadline for Oak Parkers who have taken the community’s first annual summer outdoor sculpture walk to vote on their favorite work via an online survey. The Public Art Advisory Commission, which organized the walk, is considering recommending that the Village Board purchase one of the walk’s 12 pieces for permanent display in the community. By ranking the art, residents can help commission members determine if a recommended purchase is in order and, if so, which piece to support. Art is on display at locations on Lake Street and Forest Avenue through Oct. 14. To participate, just take the walk, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/sculpturewalk and rank the sculptures by preference. Click here for more information on the sculpture walk, including photos, descriptions and a map of the sites.

Local HUD-funded project plans available for public review

The Village of Oak Park’s draft 2013 Action Plan is available for public review and comment through Oct. 29. The draft 2013 Action Plan contains goals and objectives for implementing the needs, priorities and strategies established in the Village’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Five-Year Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan. The document also contains descriptions of proposed 2013 projects receiving Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and other funding for the upcoming period Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013. Printed copies of the draft plan are available for viewing at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and all three branches of the Oak Park Public Library. The plan also is available on the Village website – just click here. For more information on the consolidated planning process, the survey and public needs hearing, call 708.358.5419 or e-mail planning@oak-park.us.

Voter registration deadline approaching

New residents, residents who have recently moved and individuals who will be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov. 6, have through Tues., Oct. 9, to register to vote. Registration is offered from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri., at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., as well as from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Oak Park Township, 105. S. Oak Park Ave. Evening and weekend registration drives also are planned – click here for a list of dates, times and place. Two types of identification are required, at least one with the current address. A driver’s license or picture ID is preferred, along with an additional item such as a lease or utility bill. For more information, call 708.358.5670 or e-mail clerk@oak-park.us.

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