Big Week Oct. 11-18

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We Are Enough

Reception Friday, Oct. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League:

As part of the Art for Social Change initiative, 30 plus artists exhibit the many facets of body image and its relationship to self-worth and acceptance. Works deal with race, gender, disability, aging or changes from illness or surgery. "Solidarity & Survivorship" includes customized casts from area breast-cancer survivors. Continuing through Nov. 3. More: 708-386-9853, oakparkartleague.org. 720 Chicago Ave.

Green Halloween

Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Downtown Oak Park:

Follow the Green Pumpkin Trail to healthy, eek-o-friendly treats, see a movie and costumed characters, or be spooked by scary stories and more. Costumes optional. Suggested ages 3 to 8. Rain or shine. Details: downtownoakpark.net. Pick up trail map/sticker card at the Visitors Center, 1010 Lake St.

L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters

Monday, Oct. 16, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Catherine Shotick, a curator at the Driehaus Museum, explores the 1880s French Belle Époque poster craze, the artists and their impact on Paris. Related exhibit at Driehaus through Jan. 7, 2018. $10, suggested donation. More: 708-386-2729, nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.

Author Talks

Saturday, Oct. 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., L!ve Café:

Stacey Montgomery's "What's Your Super Power?," a guided journal for girls, provides a series of fun and thought-provoking activities to help 8- to 12-year-olds find their inner awesome. 163 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Sunday, Oct., 15, 4 to 6 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Joe Gustaitis' "Chicago Transformed: World War I & the Windy City," tells how WWI changed Chicago and how the city helped shape the history of WWI. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Al Gini's "The Importance of Being Funny," is an informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell them. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Canadian Chamber Choir

Saturday, Oct. 14, workshops 10 a.m., concert 3 p.m., First United Church of Oak Park:

Professional and amateur musicians are invited to all-day workshops presented by members of the CCC. Sessions include vocal pedagogy and technique, vocal health and development, music therapy, composing and arranging and more. $25, workshops and concert; $15, concert only. Details: 708-386-5215, ext. 108, musicatfirst@firstunitedoakpark.com. 848 Lake St. 

Soul of a Jazz Survivor  

Saturday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Open Door Theater:       

Join Margaret Murphy-Webb, award-winning jazz artist and cancer survivor for music of Billie Holiday, Cole Porter and others. $25. Tickets: opendoortheater.net, 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

Halloween Costume Drive

Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 16 to 23, Lively Athletics:

Have new or gently used costumes you no longer need? Suburban Unity Alliance is  accepting costumes, masks and makeup for ages 1 month to 12 years. Info, or if in need of costumes: anthony@suburbanunity.org. 109 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 

Haunted Trolley

Friday, Oct. 13, 7 to 10 p.m. Oak Park Conservatory:

Take a haunted ride to discover the mysteries lurking in the parks. Begin with appetizers at the Conservatory for a plant inspired mystery. Continue on to the haunted Cheney Mansion for dinner and finish on the spooky grounds of Austin Gardens for dessert. Tickets include food, two drinks, transportation between sites. $75, individual resident; $140 resident pair; $113, non-resident; $210, non-resident pair. 21+ event; register: pdop.org. 615 Garfield St. 

Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish

Sunday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m., West Suburban Temple Har Zion:

From Mendelssohn and Bernstein, to European courts, Yiddish theater and the Broadway stage, many Jewish composers wrestled with their faith. Chicago A Cappella explores this dynamic through classical works, church oratorios, American Songbook hits and more. $35; $30, seniors; $15, students. Tickets: chicagoacappella.org. Questions: 708-366-9000. 1040 Harlem Ave., River Forest.

Rush Oak Park Health and Wellness Fair

Thursday, Oct. 12, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., Park District of Forest Park:

Find educational materials and health resources; participate in free health screenings, exercise demos, ask a doctor/pharmacist; get flu shots (while supplies last); visit booths on diabetes care, Weight Loss and Lifestyle Medicine, Domestic Violence Counseling and more. Registration required: roph.org/calendar, 708-660-4636. 7501 W. Harrison St.  

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As you've likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can't publish everything, but we'll do our best to feature the week's highlights.
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