Saturday, November 13, 2010
First-time author meets with OPRF students for a chat about her "darker, sexier" Harry Potter.
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- Laura Stuart
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Author Andrea Cremer stopped in Oak Park to dish about Nightshade, her newly-released first novel for young adults. A fusion of adventure, fantasy, romance, feminism, history and philosophy, Nightshade quickly found its way last month onto the New York Times Best-Seller List. On Wednesday, Cremer took questions from Paul Noble's creative writing students at Oak Park and River Forest High School and later sat for an informal chat with teens at the Buzz Café, in an event sponsored by Magic Tree Bookstore's The Tree Young Adult Lit Café. "It's a smart book, with strong vocabulary. It was something of a coup for us to get [Cremer] here. If it makes my kids read books, I'm all for it," said Noble. "It's a gorgeous school with so much creative …
Friday, October 29, 2010
Stone soup and chocolate donuts will mark the 2010 finale.
Saturday is your last chance to stock up on locally grown produce and fill up on donuts, as vendors at the Oak Park Farmers' Market prepare to fold their collective tents until next spring. Stone soup is on the menu, as it is every season finale. Growers each contributed an item to be included; Maya Del Sol is doing the cooking. Samples will be free. Also in keeping with tradition, a different donut flavor will be added to the regulars. For the first time, chocolate donuts will be available Saturday, said Bruce Cox, Pilgrim Congregational Church donut committee member. In spite of rain and hard times, "we did a pretty darn good job this year," said market manager Meredith Conn. A rough estimate of about $100,000 changed hands on a typical …
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Percentage point increase contested as Election Day draws closer.
Just days before the Nov. 2 election, the rhetoric is rising over a referendum question that would increase the sales tax rate in River Forest by 1 percent. At Wednesday night's debate centering on the proposed tax hike, opposing groups squared off about spending priorities and gaps in village's future budgets. About 50 people turned out for the forum at Lincoln School, which was sponsored by the River Forest Service Club and moderated by Laura Maychruk, owner of the Buzz Cafe in Oak Park. Specifically, the referendum question asks voters: Shall the Board of Trustees and the President of the Village of River Forest be authorized to levy a 1 percent sales tax to be used for municipal operations, public infrastructure, or property tax relief…
Sunday, September 12, 2010
15th annual celebration of the arts is biggest yet, organizer says.
With puddles covering the sidewalks and the sun hiding behind the clouds, it appeared this year's Art on Harrison was in danger of being washed out. As luck would have it, Mother Nature cooperated, Saturday morning's showers stopped just in time and vendors hustled to get the popular annual event under way. Dozens of art exhibitors lined Harrison Street in Oak Park, some using plastic wrap as makeshift tarps to combat the rain drops. Others, like artist Steven Bukowski, just went with the flow. Kankakee resident Bukowski's black and white, abstract artwork are popular with Oak Park residents, which enables him to make the trip every year, he said. He lauded Oak Park for its arts-friendly community, which is something he feels his own …