Big Week Oct. 18-25

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Frank Lloyd Wright Races

Sunday, Oct. 22, 8/8:30/9 a.m. start (depending on race), Oak Park & River Forest High School:

The running season closes with a scenic route through Oak Park passing by eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including the Home and Studio. Sign up for a 5K walk ($43), 5K or 10K run ($48) or the Youth Mile for ages seven to 14 ($33). Online deadline is noon on Oct. 20; in-person deadline at Ridgeland Common and Gymnastics Center is 1 p.m., Oct. 21. Register/more: pdop.org/events/flwraces/. 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park.

Knitted Knockers Workshop

Monday, Oct. 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League:

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this workshop is for knitters to learn how to make soft, light-weight breast prosthetics that are comfortable for women who have undergone breast cancer surgeries. The evening will include learning the pattern and creating them for survivors. $5 material fee. Info: 708-386-9853. 720 Chicago Ave.

Youth Social Justice Conference 

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Main Library: 

In this youth-directed conference featuring a panel discussion, breakout sessions and an open mic, issues will be explored including restorative justice, creating empowering youth spaces through art, confronting racism through theater, and addressing microaggressions in the classroom using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop and call-and-response and more. Register: oppl.org/social-justice. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Housing Forward's Mystery and Mayhem

Saturday, Oct. 21, 3 to 6 p.m., Untitled Supper Club: 

Join in an afternoon of mystery and intrigue. Includes appetizers and a team-based interactive mystery with an Old Hollywood theme. $40; 100 percent of ticket price goes toward ending homelessness. Register: housingforward.org/events, 708-338-1724 x 230. 111 W. Kinzie St., Chicago.

OPCC Vocal Technique Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 to 3:30 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church:

The Oak Park Concert Chorale presents a workshop on how to use posture, breathing, and resonance to produce the best sound and prevent vocal strain. Also on Oct. 28. Free; must register: oakparkconcertchorale.org. Questions: 847-420-9200, info@oakparkconcertchorale.org. 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park.

American Doughboys and World War I

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum:

In his multimedia presentation, historian Robert Mueller reviews America's participation as he describes the battlefields of northern France and the events, people, and places that contributed to enemy defeat. Mueller concludes with the enormous changes the conflict brought to warfare and society around the world. 129 Lake St., Oak Park.

Job Fair

Thursday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Seeking employment? Come to a job fair with many companies seeking applicants for a wide range of positions. Sponsored by the OP Township and African American Christian Foundation. 178 Forest Ave. 

Find Yourself... In the Arts District

Friday, Oct. 20, 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 21, noon to 6 p.m., Oak Park Arts District:

Art on Harrison includes special events in galleries, restaurants and businesses.  Find yourself chair painting, getting a free massage or yoga class, gallery hopping or doing something new. More: madmimi.com/s/b700fa. On Harrison St. between Austin and Ridgeland avenues, Oak Park.

For your Health: Lifestyle Changes

Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 to 8 p.m., Suite 2000, Rush Oak Park Medical Office Building:

Primary Care Physician Dr. Damien McKnight will talk about how lifestyle choices can affect health and what changes may be able to reverse disease processes. Free; register: roph.org/calendar, 708-660-4636. 610 S. Maple.

Family Festival of Stories and More

Friday, Oct. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., Fine Arts Building, Dominican University:

Families with children ages five to 12, come for pre-Halloween entertainment. At 6:00 - face painting, costume parade and music. At 7:00, hear storyteller Donna Washington. $5 per family.  Funded partly by the Oak Park Area Arts Council. Info: 708-465-6305. 7900 W. Division, River Forest.  

Voter Security and Accessibility

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Senior Room, Oak Park Township: 

Representatives from the Illinois State Board of Elections and the Cook County Clerk's Office present information on how the Illinois State Board of Elections works, how interstate voter checking systems function, what the Election Integrity Commission is and how the new Illinois Automatic Voter Registration Law be implemented. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters. 130 S. Oak Park Ave.

"The 39 Steps" 

Friday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Come for a pre-show reception for an hour of cocktails, light buffet, 1940s tunes and to meet the cast. Then see a live radio play inspired by Hitchcock's film. A co-benefit with Oak Park Festival Theatre. $30; $25, seniors; $15, students; free, ages 12 and under. Tickets: 708-445-4440, oakparkfestival.com. 168 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 

Calendar Events

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.
Email calendar@wjinc.com.

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