Big Week Dec. 27- Jan. 3

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Hamiltunes: An American Sing-Along

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 30 and 31, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

For all the Hamilton lovers, join in on a family-friendly sing-along, costumes encouraged. Act One on Saturday, Act Two on Sunday. Come to one or both. 

Questions: 708-452-3420, childrens@oppl.org. More: oppl.org/calendar.
834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Ring in the New Year 

Countdown to New Year's Eve

Friday, Dec. 29, 5 to 5:45 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Say goodbye to 2017 with catchy upbeat music by Wendy and DB. Free; all ages. Questions: 708-452-3420, childrens@oppl.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Family New Year's Eve Party

Sunday, Dec. 31, Noon to 5 p.m. Wonder Works:

This children's museum New Year's Eve Celebration will be bigger and better than ever with special games, crafts, noisemakers, parades, singing, food and more. $3, members; $10, non-members. Info: wonder-works.org. 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park.

Tributosaurus as Tom Petty

Saturday, Dec. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m., Wire:

Celebrate the New Year while listening to the local band that morphs into a classic rocker for the holiday. Doors open at 8 p.m. 21+. $35, Saturday. $45, Sunday; $100 VIP Sunday. Tickets: wireismusic.com. 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Dec. 31 = 2 Shows

Sunday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m., FitzGerald's:

FitzGerald's Nightclub rings in 2018 with Chicago blues artist Ronnie Baker Brooks and his band. In the SideBar, hear Expo '76 and the Total Pro Horns featuring Robert Cornelius. Doors open at 8 p.m. Party supplies and a champagne toast at midnight. $40, club show; $30, SideBar music room show. Tickets: fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn.  

A New Year of Compassion

Sunday, Dec. 31, 6 to 9 p.m., Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago: 

The Buddhist Center hosts a New Year's Eve celebration to ring in the new year with compassion and beneficial intentions. All are welcome to learn about the Buddha of Compassion and eat a vegetarian sit-down dinner. $15. Register:  meditateinchicago.org/special-events/op-a-new-year-of-compassion/. 13 Harrison, Oak Park.

"Loving Vincent"

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Lake Theatre:

The First Tuesday Film Club presents a story about post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh depicted in oil-painted animation. A man comes to the hometown of the painter to deliver the artist's final letter and investigates his final days. $6, matinee/senior; $8.50, evening. More: classiccinemas.com. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Drop in Meditation

Mondays through Fridays, 6 to 7 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 6:45 p.m., Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m., Zen Life & Meditation Center: 

Join free meditation sessions when it fits your schedule. Sunday's session is followed by a dharma talk and discussion. All welcome. Info: zlmc.org. 38 Lake St., Oak Park.

Wintry Crafts and More

Thursday, Dec. 28, 1 to 4 p.m., River Forest Public Library: 

Drop in and visit the Children's Room to learn how to make a snowflake. Supplies provided. Ages 3 to 10 with caregiver. Questions: 708-366-5205. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

Friday, Dec. 29, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Meeting Room, Dole Library: 

Join in on a winter-themed story time with songs and a craft for ages 3 to 5. Questions: 708-386-9032. 255 Augusta, Oak Park.

Seniors - Connect with Tech

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library: 

Get more out of your smartphone, eReader, tablet and computer; connect electronically with family; learn about internet safety concerns and more. Area senior are invited to drop in to this small, intimate group setting anytime during the session. Bring a device or use a laptop on site. Inquire: 708-366-5205. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

More Than a Mic

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 5 to 7 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Speak your mind at this Spoken Word freestyle open mic, part of the library's More Than a Month series. For teens and adults. Meets monthly. Info: oppl.org/more. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Adult Improv Workshop

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Meeting Room, Maze Library:

Let your inner comedian run free and improve your quick-thinking skills during this night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

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