A T-shirt can’t cure Judy’s Clooney-itis
Updated: July 2, 2012 9:47AM
Here’s Judy‘s pick of coming community activities in the Oak Brook/Oakbrook Terrace area, spiced with a little commentary. To suggest an event for her weekly column, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Register before June 1 to enjoy a fun, historic look at the Oak Brook community on a three-hour bicycle tour on June 16, with stops to learn about architecture, community leaders, business, recreation, conservation efforts and more. This narrated tour covers about 11 miles, with lunch provided after the tour. Helmets are required. A T-shirt is included in the price, so indicate size at the time of registration. Meet with bicycles in the parking lot across from Graue Mill, 3800 York Road in Oak Brook. For fees and complete information, call (630) 990-4233.
Dear Oak Brook Park District: You state that participants in the Historic Oak Brook Bike Tour will receive a T-shirt. Reality alert: If Judy Brinkworth possibly completes an 11-mile bike ride, she’ll expect a date with George Clooney at his villa in Italy, not a T-shirt. See what you can do. Sincerely, Judy “Unless My T-Shirt is Studded With Diamonds” Brinkworth.
I’m so cute, aren’t I?
Join NEDSRA and the Oakbrook Terrace Park District for the annual Summer Kick-off and Fishing Derby for all ages, which will take place from noon to 4 p.m. June 10 at Terrace View Park, 17W063 Hodges Road. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by June 1 to receive dinner. Check-in at the Fitness Center. To register, contact Carrie at (630) 620-4500 or visit www.nedsra.org.
The Brinkworth family is so looking forward to this Fishing Derby, but one of us (specifically, Judy “Me Bait a Hook? Never!” Brinkworth) is not. To tell the truth (which I almost never do), the only fishing I do is fishing for compliments; however, I’m a pro at that, if I may say so. And I just did.
Finally, I am
The 11th annual Fine Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2 and 3 at Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road in Oak Brook. The festival will feature paintings, ceramics, textiles, mosaics, pastels, stained glass, jewelry and nature photography. Admission is free. For more information, call (630) 655-2090.
I happen to know local artist Phyllis Krause-Braun, whose stunning artwork has received critical acclaim. So I asked Phyllis to critique my own paintings because I thought I might offer them to be shown at the Fine Arts Festival, and (attention, all you meanies), she said my paintings were stunning, too! Yes, as she gazed at my masterpieces, Phyllis kept murmuring, “I’m stunned. I’m stunned,” over and over, until she got to the last one and ran out the door. This was because she was overcome by my artistic talent, I’m positive. Pretty sure. Possibly. Oh, go away.
Eagle Academy of Martial Arts at the Oakbrook Terrace Park District Fitness Center, 1 Oakbrook Terrace, has highly qualified black belt instructors. A karate class for kids ages 4-12 will be held from 6:10 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 19 through Aug. 7; an adult karate class, for ages 13 and older, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, June 19 through Aug. 7. For fees and to register, call (630) 574-0420 or visit www.obtpd.org/fc.
“ … highly qualified black-belt instructors.” Well, sure they’re highly qualified, but I don’t see why they should be restricted to just wearing boring black belts. I say, “Perk up, instructors! You go ahead and wear macrame belts, fluorescent belts — why I saw a paisley number over in Oakbrook Center that would look dee-vine.” Just listen to Judy. Always.
I blame the author
It’s Knitting Night at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Oak Brook Public Library, 1200 Oak Brook Road. Learn to knit or just enjoy the company of other knitters as you work on existing projects. Needles and yarn are provided for beginners. For adults. To register, call (630) 368-7725.
My knitting reflects what I’m reading at the same time (I turn the pages with my tongue). I like spy novels, and at the beginning, I knit quite precisely; then, as the plot thickens, so do my stitches, until finally, at the exciting ending, it’s all faster and sloppier, and I close the book and gaze at my scarf — a psychological and wooly mess. Oh, woe.