Seniors dance at the Oak Park Arms

Valentine’s Ballroom Dance

The Freenotes Big Band will provide music at a Valentine’s Dance from 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday, February 8, in the grand ballroom at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The public is invited to enjoy an afternoon of music and dance. In addition, there will be light refreshments.

The Freenotes is an 18-piece orchestra that plays music from 1940s through the 1960s. The name “Freenotes” originated 30 years ago when the band’s founder, the late Art Mertz, gathered a few musical friends to perform at an outdoor fundraiser. The group didn’t charge – hence The “Free” notes.

The musicians had a great time that day, and the band has been growing ever since.Today’s 18 members range in age from 30 to 70. They perform in blue blazers with red ties.

“We have a repertoire of several hundred songs, all very danceable,” said Ron Chocola, trumpet player and band manager. “We play at concerts, parties and dances such as the one at the Oak Park Arms.”

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides senior housing in the form of senior independent living and assisted living apartments. Additional services include respite care and an award-winning adult day care program. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The dance is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. Call 708-386-4040.