Run, Walk, Dance with the Coyotes: Get Out!

Outdoor fun in the Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn area.

Oak Lawn's Red Ribbon Block Party


Where/When: Oak Lawn Village Green, 9466 S. Raymond Ave. (north of the library), 4:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, April 29.

Why go: Red Ribbon events encourage children to make positive, healthy, drug-free decisions in their lives. Free entertainment and many fun games for just 25-cents. Kids encouraged to show their school pride by wearing their school colors. Pizza, snacks and soda available for purchase.

Pricing: Free admission.

Immanuel United Church of Christ Spring Flower Sale

Where/When: , 9815 S Campbell Ave, Evergreen Park, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29.

Why go: Spring Flower Sale Hannah Circle in conjunction with Sally’s Greenhouse will be selling hanging baskets (geraniums, tuberous begonia, rosebud impatiens, fuschia and wave petunias.

Pricing: Free admission.

St. Gerald Spring Craft & Vendor Fair

Where/When: St. Gerald’s Church, 9310 S 55th Ct, Oak Lawn, 6-9 p.m. April 29 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 30.

Why go: The St. Gerald’s Mother’s Club is hosting a spring craft extravaganza, including lots of great gift ideas for Mother’s Day.

Pricing: Free admission.

Pilgrim Faith Annual Flower Sale

Where/When: Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S 51st Ave, Oak Lawn, April 29, 3-6 p.m.; April 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and May 1, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Why go: Come and buy all the plantings you’ll need for your garden and do some shopping for Mother’s Day.  We will have a beautiful assortment of flowers: geraniums, impatiens, begonias, marigolds, and many other varieties. Choose from flats, baskets, or potted plants. All proceeds go to the church. 

Pricing: Free admission.

National Take Back Initiative

Where/When: Evergreen Park Police Department, 9240 S Kedzie Ave, Evergreen Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30.

Why go: The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is planning a second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This will be a great opportunity for those who subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.

Pricing: Free.

The Germazing Race

Where/When: , 9711 S Kolin Ave, Oak Lawn, 9 a.m. April 30.

Why go: The Germazing Race is a 5K race/walk organized by the parents and parishioners of St. Germaine. In addition, there will be a Kids Dash open to children 10 years and younger. Funds raised will cover race costs, with additional funds going toward utility costs at the parish and provide computer upgrades for our school. You can also donate or sponsor a runner/walker with a tax-deductible contribution.

Pricing: Adult runners/walkers, $25; Kids Dash, $10.

Charity Volleyball Tournament for Park Lawn

Where/When: Games start at 8:30 a.m. and continuing throughout Saturday, April 30, at locations in the Oak Lawn/Evergreen Park area, including Brother Rice High School and St. Xavier University (Chicago), and the Chicago Ridge Park District. After-party starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Beverly Country Club, 87th Street and South Western Avenue. Party guests must be 21 years old.

Why go: Cheer on your friends at the 31st annual co-ed Charity Volleyball Tournament benefitting Park Lawn’s programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Join the after-party at the Beverly Country Club, featuring food, hors d’oeuvres, a premium silent auction, cash raffle, music and dancing. Must be age 21 to attend.

Oak Lawn Earth Day Celebration

Where/When: Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, West 109th St & Laramie Ave/, 9 a.m.-noon, April 30.

Why go: Celebrate Mother Earth with the Oak Lawn Park District and the Oak Lawn Green Team. Lots of family activities featuring Big Rain’s Live Wolves and Coyotes, children’s crafts, plant giveaways, merchant and environmental exhibits, and demos on rain gardens and composting, alternative fuel and raising monarch butterflies. Stop by the Patch table and get your face painted.

Pricing: Can’t beat free.

Fourth Annual MS Walk

Where/When: Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave, Oak Lawn, registration begins at 7:30 a.m., in Richards’ south parking lot; Walk starts at 9 a.m., May 1.

Why go: Join Oak Lawn residents Megan and John Quinlan for the 4th annual MS-Walk on behalf of the Village of Oak Lawn. The walk proceeds around the Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately two miles in distance. All proceeds will benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

OLCHS Youth Relay For Life Team Fundraiser

Where/When: Groucho’s Bar & Grill, 8355 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, 2-7 p.m. May 1.

Why go: Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society to raise money for the Oak Lawn Community High School Youth Relay for Life, sponsored by the students of team "Rock'Em, Sock'Em Robots - K.O. Cancer." Family fun includes a bean bag tournament ($5), split the pot, and cash and prize raffles. Fifty-percent of all food and beverage proceeds will be donated to the Relay for Life team. Help OLCHS students raise money for a wonderful event that has touched and helped so many lives.

Pricing: Free admission, $$ for some activities.


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