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Betty White Centennial Celebration

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Betty White
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Time Out says

Did you know Betty White was born in Oak Park? She didn't stay there for long—the White family moved to the Los Angeles area when baby Betty was around a year old—but Oak Park still claims hometown status.

Case in point: You can attend a celebration in the late actress and comedian's honor held at Oak Park's Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre this Saturday, which will commemorate White's long life and legacy with tons of free festivities. Originally intended as a birthday celebration (White, who died December 31, would have been 100 on January 17), the memorial will kick off with talks from Oak Park Village president Vicki Scaman and local historian Frank Lipo. Stick around for a live performance of "Thank You for Being a Friend" from Golden Girls vocalist Cindy Fee, slices of cake from Turano Baking Company, balloon-festooned photo ops and plenty of Red Vines red licorice—one of White's favorite foods. 

Can't attend the in-person celebration? The event will be livestreamed from the Wednesday Journal Facebook page


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