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Oak Park's 2011 Earth Fest

On Saturday, May 21st the Oak Park Public Works Center will be hosting the 2011 Earth Fest.  Earth Fest 2011, is a gathering of eco-friendly vendors, groups, children’s activities and live entertainment, and is set for 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd.

More than 40 vendors have already signed-on for the event. Some of the day’s scheduled highlights include:

  • “Speed dating” with green building professionals — round robin with a builder, architect, and energy auditor
  • Urban chicken farming
  • Adoptable animals from the Oak Park Animal Care League
  • Wellness screenings
  • Eco-themed children’s books
  • Bike sales and service from Dan’s Bike Shop
  • A green limousine service
  • Solar energy contractors
  • Landscape information from Morton Arboretum
  • Wind turbines
  • Garden designers

Mark your calendar so you don’t miss the fun and an opportunity to get greener!

Emergency Clothes Closet: A Ministry of Calvary Memorial Church

Since starting the 25th anniversary charity contest OakParkApartments.com has gotten several requests to add charities to its original list.  Recently, Calvary Memorial Church called asking if Emergency Clothes Closet, one of its ministries, could be added to the list. Knowing that exposure for these charities can only be a positive OakParkApartments.com decided to add them to the list.So many Oak Parkers are truly committed to giving back and unless they know about a charity they can’t respond to that charities needs. Emergency Clothes Closet is a valuable resource for many people suffering from the effects of the current economy.  The Emergency Clothes Closet mission and link are included below and Oak Park Apartments wishes them good luck in the contest but also hopes that Oak Parkers see this info and makes a clothing donation as well!


The Emergency Clothes Closet: Outside and inside our doorstep, friends and neighbors face the challenge of inadequate and threadbare clothes.  At Calvary, we are determined to help alleviate their suffering by providing free clothing to those in need at a new ministry called The Emergency Clothes Closet.

“The Closet” is the clothing arm of a broader ministry of churches, pooling their resources in order to serve the poor in our neighborhood.  Some churches provide shelter; others, food; still others, job training.  All of the churches serve the needy with the goal of moving clients toward self-sufficiency.

Free "Night at the (Art Institute of Chicago) Museum"

Hey Oak Park Apartment tenants and fellow Oak Parkers… come to Free Thursday Nights at the Art Institute of Chicago .  The museum is offering free admission from 5-8 pm on Thursday nights through May 26 (this is being generously underwritten by Target).

The Art Institute of Chicago decided to offer different free-admission days throughout 2011 to entice more local folk to take a advantage of the fabulous cultural offerings right in their own backyard. Starting June 1, the museum will be free all day on the first and second Wednesdays of each month.

Just as an fyi the Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879 as both a museum and school. The museum opened at its present site (Michigan Ave & Adams St) in 1893 and is built on the rubble from the 1871 Chicago fire. The Institute’s original goal was to “acquire and exhibit art of all kinds” as well as to “conduct programs of education.”

Today, the museum houses more than 300,000 works of art and the school’s graduate program is continually ranked as “one of the best in the country.”  I’d say goal achieved!

For more Free Things to Do in Chicago go to: http://chicagofree.info/2010/09/06/the-art-institute-of-chicago/#ixzz1LO6NyvJM

The Brothers Planek – as told by the Wednesday Journal

The Wednesday Journal article about Bill & Bob Planek tells a bit about how these entrepreneurs got their start.  

From building 2 story tree houses, to maintenance and lawn care for other building owners while in college, to purchasing their first property together, a 2-flat, to owning and operating over 27 multi-unit apartment buildings in and around Oak Park, the Wednesday Journal has chronicled the story as the Planek brothers make their mark as a part of Oak Park’s history.

Follow the link for the full story!


And The Winner Is…..

Hephzibah Children’s Association!  Congratulations to the April winner of OakParkApartments.com’s 25th anniversary charity contest.

Hephzibah is Oak Park’s oldest charity—founded in 1897 when Mary Wessels opened her home to children from a nearby orphanage that had been destroyed by fire. Responding to a need in the community, Mary continued to welcome youngsters into her home and made it her mission to “care for society’s most vulnerable children.”

Today, Hephzibah’s services are many and they are continually developing new innovative programs while staying true to their mission as well as meeting the needs of the community.

Congratulations again Hephzibah – $2,025 is coming your way!

Last Day To Vote – Winner Announced Monday

This is the last day to vote for the OakParkApartments.com’s 25th anniversary charity contest. Midnight tonight the tally will be taken and since it is the weekend and we did not really plan out how we would announce the winner based on how the calendar dates fell we figured that Monday morning would make sense to let folks know who the winner is.  Look for the announcement on our blog and facebook sites.

OakParkApartments.com's 25th Anniversary Contest Draws Votes from Around the Globe!

At OakParkApartments.com’s Polldaddy survey site we are able to track voters by where they live.  Amazingly the votes for our 25th anniversary charity contest are coming in from around the globe!

The most votes have come in from Canada at 37, Germany: 27, Australia: 15, the Czech Republic: 11, France: 10, United Kingdom: 5 and then onesies and twosies from Korea, Italy, Norway, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Bahamas, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, India, Japan, Mexico, Slovenia & Taiwan.

Truly an amazing feat for our local contest but what’s most impressive is the global reach that these charities possess!

Earth Day the Oak Park Way!

OakParkApartments.com wants to spread the word on some Earth Day goings on in and around Oak Park!

When/Where: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Marion Street Cheese Market, 100 S. Marion St. in Oak Park.
Why Go: Eat local with a special Earth Dinner menu featuring roasted Illinois asparagus, poached Wisconsin egg, La Quercia culaccia and Sarvecchio parmesan.

Premieres Friday at 12:10 p.m. — with showtimes throughout the day — at theLake Theatre, 1022 Lake St. in Oak Park. 
Why Go: Get up close and intimate with a lioness, a leopard and a cheetah at the debut of Disney’s new nature movie, African Cats, which coincides with Earth Day. (Watch trailers)
Price: Matinee shows, children under 12 and seniors $6; all other tickets $8.50

When/Where: Begins 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St. in Brookfield
Why Go: The zoo will highlight the plight of polar bears with a wealth of educational and fun activities. Participants will help create a huge sidewalk mural, take a pledge to go green and plant some vegetation.
Price: Child and senior, $9.50; all other $13.50

When/Where: 4 p.m. Friday at Wonder Works, 5445 W. North Ave. in Oak Park.
Why Go: Kids can decorate their very own six-inch planter and plant with a selection of flowers to bring home.
Price: $5 donation; proceeds benefit the Wonder Works Organic Garden.


2,700 Votes Cast & A New Leader Emerges

There was a surge in votes cast yesterday! One charity is working hard to get the word out about OakParkApartments.com 25th anniversary charity contest!

Keep the momentum going for your favorite charity and get friends and family to vote – tell them, email them, facebook, twitter…. so many ways to let people know that they have 10 more days to cast a vote!