A reminder to dog owners:
The Bow-Vows registration forms are out and the big day is now only a little more than a week away. Download a form here and register pronto to be part of Oak Park‘s try to break the Guinness record for a mass dog wedding. The whole I Do to-do is a fundraiser for Animal Care League. The entry fee is $5 a dog. If your best friend is not yet betrothed, it’s another $5 to sign him or her up for speed dating. The big day is Saturday, Nov. 8, in downtown Oak Park.

6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

A frightful, and free, double feature

For family viewing: the twin horror flicks of Tarantula and The Incredible Shrinking Man. Both free at the main branch of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake. 383-8200, www.oppl.org.

Thursday, Oct. 30

Kani ka pila at Eastgate Café

Hawaiian for “playing music together.” Weekly gathering of ukulele players, but if another string instrument is what you’re all about, you’re welcome. Hosted by WonderWall Music Shoppe & Emporium, 754-7026. Eastgate Café is the Oak Park Arts District’s newest eatery, at 102 Harrison, at Lyman.

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

Live jazz on Oak Park Avenue

Wailin’-an Oak Park band-at Avenue Ale House. No cover.

825 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park


Friday, Oct. 31:

When to trick-or-treat

In both Oak Park and River Forest, parents may take children out door-to-door for candy from to , Friday.


Hippie Halloween

The nightclub at La Bella Bistecca is new but the party vibe there Friday night will date to Woodstock. The stage for a hippie Halloween bash will be set with music from a band called 1969: Jaimie Kopy, Hayden Felipez, Phil Balsano, Scott Peterson, Kevin Venechuck, Paul Gavras and Mike Caplan (not shown). No cover, but do brace for themed martinis. And dress accordingly: Prizes will be awarded for the grooviest costume. Friday, Oct. 31, at 410 Circle, Forest Park. 771-8466, www.labellabistecca.com


Friday, Oct. 31:
Join us for a Halloween Mixer. Combat the “all dressed up & nowhere to go” syndrome of Halloween. We’ve got the place. You need the costume. Our doors will be open at 7 for an adult mix & mingle party. Feast on festive appetizers (no demo)& two drink coupons. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes (chef sara says “you can’t come if you don’t dress up). $20 per person-reserve today as spaces are limited! From www.flavourcookingschool.com
Flavour Cooking School |

7401 W. Madison St.
| Forest Park, IL 60130 | (708) 488-0808


Friday, Oct. 31:
The Park District of Forest Park Mansion will host 13 nights of unspeakable terror, October 10 thru November 1, 2008. Hundreds of voracious, flesh-eating suburban cannibals and insane freaks will move into the Mansion and invite you to be their dinner. Over 10,000 “guests” will be subjected to a high-intensity scare factor in 8,000 square feet of blood, guts and gore.

This event is brought to you by Darkhouse Entertainment, Village Players Performing Arts Center and the Park District of Forest Park. The Mansion is located at

7501 Harrison Street, Forest Park
. Tickets are available online thru the Park District of Forest Park and Village Players Performing Arts Center. For more information call the Murder Mansion Hotline: 708-369-4225 or visit the Park District website.

Special Preview Nights: October 10 & 11, 7-9 pm All Preview tickets $5 Regular Nights: October 16, 19, 23 & 26, 7-10 pm October 17, 18, 24, 25 & 30, 7-11 pm October 31 & Nov 1, 7pm – Midnight. Tickets – Adult $10.00, 65 and older/18 and younger/member of armed forces $8.00, www.pdofp.org
Park District of
Forest Park Mansion |

7501 Harrison St
| Forest Park, IL 60130 | (708) 574-8179



Saturday, Nov. 1: The day after Halloween, enjoy its Mexican version-Dia del Muerte, or Day of the Dead-at Maya del Sol. The Latin restaurant is celebrating the Catholic holiday that honors the lives of friends and family members who have died. From 9 p.m. to midnight, there will be a samba band, a themed menu and tequila specials to sample. 144 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 358-8900. www.mayadelsol.com.

Saturday, Nov. 1:
The first level of the Oak Park Model Railroad Club’s new multilevel model railroad is done. And it’s time to show it off. The trains will be running during an open house from noon to 5 p.m. on the lower level of the Dole branch of the Oak Park Public Library. 255 Augusta, 386-9032.

Saturday, Nov. 1:
At 2 p.m., Oak Parker Katherine Bateman will be reading from her new book and signing copies of it at Borders bookstore. In Kentucky Clay: Eleven Generations of a Southern Dynasty, the former professor at the Art Institute of Chicago turns genealogist and biographer to do what many of us can’t: She traces family to before the Revolutionary War. 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 386-6927.


7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1
Classical passion at Unity Temple
Avalon String Quartet, the chamber ensemble The Washington Post calls “one of the most exciting young string quartets in America,” will play Oak Park this weekend. The string quartet in residence at Northern Illinois University is next in the Unity Temple Concert Series. Expect bold harmonies and nuanced passion from violinists Blaise Magniere and Marie Wang, violist Anthony Devroye and cellist Cheng-Hou Lee at Saturday, Nov. 1, at Unity Temple,

875 Lake St., Oak Park
. $15 to $30. www.utconcerts.com, 800-838-3006


Sunday, Nov. 2: More than 120 artists will gather from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oak Park and River Forest High School for the Oak Park Women’s Exchange 34th annual holiday art and craft fair. $3, free for kids 12 and younger. 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park. 848-4693, www.opwe.org.

Sunday, Nov. 2:


  • Save your receipts when you shop and dine in Downtown Oak Park between November 1 and December 25, 2008.

  • Receive $50.00 in Shopper’s Reward certificates if you bring in receipts totaling $25.00 or more from at least seven (7) different businesses. The grand total must be at least $400.00. (Limit of 3 Shopper’s Reward certificate booklets per household).

  • Spend your Shopper’s Reward certificates between January 1 and February 15, 2009 at participating businesses.

  • Where To Bring Your Receipts:
    Oak Park Visitors Center,
    158 Forest Ave
    (at the Forest Ave Garage)
    11/29/08 to 2/15/09

    Days: 7 days a week



Sunday, Nov. 2:
This weekend, history buff Augie Aleksy, owner of Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park, is once again going all-out to give us a you-were-there view of a world figure. Rather than hosting a simple discussion of Joan of Arc, Aleksy is rounding up local talent on Saturday and Sunday nights to act out critical periods in the short life of France’s teen martyr. Assisting him in time travel to the 15th century will be performers Leah Cozzi and Christl Bishop (each playing Joan of Arc), Terry Doner (Bishop Pierre Cauchon), John Machonga (John of Lancaster, the Duke of Bedford), Bill Sanderson (King Charles VII) and John Helmke (Bishop Jean de Charlier de Gerson). The performances and accompanying discussions, moderated by Lynda Fitzgerald, will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 2. Seating each night is limited, so don’t wait to call for a reservation-$12 will save you a seat. If you want to study up, Aleksy recommends Mark Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, an uncharacteristic historical novel from America’s storyteller and the work Twain considered his masterpiece. The bookstore is at 7419 W. Madison in Forest Park. 771-7243, www.centuriesandsleuths.com