Community briefs for Sept. 10
To help create atmosphere, those who attend Oktoberfest Sept. 23 at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest are being asked to wear German Trachten such as dirndls, Lederhosen and alpine hats, if they have them. | Contributed photo
Updated: October 14, 2012 12:16PM
Free film ‘Waterloo’
Sept. 14 at OP Arms
Oak Park Arms presents its series “You Be the Critic” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The 1970 film “Waterloo” will be shown and reviewed with radio announcer Dan Kane.
The event is free and open to the public. Call Jill Wagner at (708) 386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.com.
Race helps WSSRA
Local runners and walkers are invited to get fit, have fun and raise money for West Suburban Special Recreation Association by entering the annual Community Bank Makin’ Tracks 5K Race/ Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Concordia University, 7400 Augusta, River Forest.
The start for wheelchair mobile athletes starts at 8:30 a.m. To register, call (708) 366-6660 or visit www.rfparks.com and register on-line.
Blessing of the Animals Sept. 15
A Blessing of the Animals will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Unity Church of Oak Park, 405 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. Bring your companion animals (on a leash or in a carrier) to this special service. Meet in the parking lot near the Meditation Garden (or in Friendship Hall if it is raining). Advance registration by phone is requested but not required. Call (708) 848-0960 or visit unityoakpark.org.
Tennis event for
Loyola University Health System will host its fourth annual tennis tournament from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Oak Park Tennis Club, 544 N. Harlem Ave., in River Forest, in support of clinical research for children. The yearly event raises money for research efforts at the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center.
Admission fee: $50 for nonstudent participants; $30 for student participants.
For more information email Chris Eggerding at email@example.com or call (708) 327-9128. Or register online at www.luc.edu/sportsmedicine/payments.
RF church celebrates
Oktoberfest Sept. 23
Oktoberfest will be celebrated beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 W. Division St., River Forest.
Performing at this year’s event is the Youth Group of the Chicago Society of Danube Swabians. Proceeds of the event will go to Grace Lutheran School and Boy Scout Troop 66.
Admission: $15 per person age 12 and up; $8 for children ages 5 to 11 in advance; $18 for adults and $10 for children at the door. Free to children under 5. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (708) 366-6900 or email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org. ~.
The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation invites nominations for its third annual Excellence in Philanthropy awards. These awards honor those who demonstrate significant philanthropic impact in Oak Park-River Forest. There are three categories for award nomination — Individual, Business or Organization and Youth.
Nomination forms are available at www.oprfcf.org, by calling (708) 848-1560 or by email to email@example.com. Applications must be received by close of business Friday, Nov. 30. For more information, contact Henry Kranz at (708) 848-1560.~.