An outdoors kind of weekend is coming our way

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By Maria Murzyn

Fun, free and inexpensive events blogger

On Saturday, 5/4,  from 10am - 3:30pm, come to the "The 33rd Annual Ethnic Festival and World Language Day" at Oak Park's Julian Middle School grounds, 416 S. Ridgeland.  Something for everyone from everywhere - music, food, crafts, dance, and more.  Info at 708-524-7700.  Free Event.  

Also, from 8am - 4pm it's the "Plant Sale" at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield.  A yearly event filled with all kinds of plants, tips, and more.  Free Event.  Go to for more.  

Get your bike ready for Saturday's "2nd Annual Bikes & Bungalows Bike Ride" in Berwyn.  Check-in at Cigars & Stripes BBQ, 6715 W. Ogden.  It's a self-guided, well-marked tour of some of the most interesting Berwyn Bungalows and includes an after-party.  It's family-friendly, but minimum age is 11.  Get all of the details and tickets at .  First tour is at 8:30am.

Another annual event takes place on Sunday, 5/5, starting at 2pm. Yes, it's the "Crop Walk" .  It kicks off at Pilgrim Church, 460 Lake St. iin Oak Park.  You can walk, support the walk, or just cheer people  along the route.  Local food pantries in our area receive 25% of the proceeds. Information and registration can be found at .    

So, you can plan ahead, don't forget that on Monday, 5/6, at 7pm "Isabel Allende: Maya's Notebook" speaks at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. Her appearance is part of the Writers at Wright series.  This world-famous author answers your questions about her writings and her newest book.  Tickets at 


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