It’s that time of year, so begin your holiday festivities with the classic, “A Christmas Carol” presented by Spotlight Yourth Theater starting on Thursday, 12/6 – Sunday, 12/9 at The Arts Center of Oak Park, 200 N. Oak Park Avenue.  See children from 8 – 18 perform this favorite.  Tickets and times at 847-516-2298 or vist .

How about a Free movie?  Community Bank invites you to see “Miracle on 34th Street” at Oak Park’s Lake Theatre on Saturday, 12/8 at 10am.  Get your tickets at either of the bank’s locations, 1001 Lake street – right across from the Lake Theatre or in River Forest at 7777 Lake St.  

Not to be outdone, North Riverside Mall’s Classic Cinema invites you to see “Aurthur Christmas” also on Saturday, 12/8 at 10:30am.  This is a Free Event, and there’ll be games in the mall and a visit with Santa!  See for additional information.   

A change of pace, but a festive one is the “Flamenco Night at Madison Street World Music Series” on Saturday, 12/8 at 8pm.  This is a joint presentention between Pineapple Dance Studio and The Old School Records.  Come hear the music of Hermanos Salcedo at the studio, 7518 Madison in Forest Park.  There is a $5 suggested donation.  


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Maria is no stranger when it comes to finding frugal ways to spend the weekend. She's a cofounder of, a website dedicated to sniffing out local and inexpensive ways to improve...