In another healthy sign of connection between Austin and Oak Park, the first annual Food Aid Festival is coming later in July. The two-day musical event will include venues on either side of Austin Boulevard, benefit food-insecurity nonprofits in Oak Park, Proviso Township and Austin, and feature talent with roots in all these communities.

As our Melissa Elsmo reports today, the festival will raise money to stock the community fridges already running in our communities and it will benefit nonprofits, including Beyond Hunger, A House in Austin, Austin Coming Together, Best of Proviso Township and the Westchester Food Pantry.

Day one, July 22, will feature a Friday evening of music held at the remarkable and refurbished Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W. Washington Blvd. This place is a gem, ready to be discovered and enjoyed. On Saturday, July 23, the music shifts the School of Rock Oak Park at 219 Lake St. in Oak Park.

Tickets are just $25 per day. Buy yours at

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