Big Week March 14-21

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37th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival

Saturday, March 17, 1 p.m. to midnight, FitzGerald's:

Fun for the whole family. Mayer School Irish Dancers (2 to 6 p.m.), The Dooley Brothers (7 to 10 p.m.), Fitz & the Celts (10 to midnight) in the Tent and Cannonball (9 p.m.) in the SideBar; The Shannon Rovers Irish pipe band performs mid-evening and traditional Irish food available. $10; $5, 12 and under. Pay at the door. More: 708-788-2118, info@fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Excursion

Tuesday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.:

Oak Park and River Forest residents 60+ can take a trip to this Lincoln Park treasure known for its indoor butterfly garden, new Birds of Paradise exhibit and more. $7, suggested donation. Questions/reservations: 708-383-4806. Oak Park Township. 

Student Art Shows

Through Friday March 30, O'Connor Art Gallery, Lewis Hall, Dominican University:

See a juried show of Dominican student work. Open Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

Reception Wednesday, March 21, 4 to 5 p.m., Idea Box, Main Library: 

Celebrate the creative work of Oak Park Elementary District 97 artists and the Council for Art Education's Youth Art Month. Student art is from all eight schools and all grade levels. On display through March. More: oppl.org/idea-box. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF) Staszak Gala

Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m., Columbus Park Refectory:

Help raise money for the OPEF in-school programs at District 97 and BASE Camp scholarship fund. See emcee Mark Bazer, host/creator of WTTW's The Interview Show, and enjoy Spoken Word, food/drink, raffles and live auction. $150. Tickets/more: opef.org/staszk-gala. 5701 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

Church of Beethoven: Soprano Kim Jones

Sunday, March 18, 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater:

Hear music of love and faith accompanied by pianist Luciano Laurentiu. Works by Bach, Handel, Fauré, Schubert and selections from Showboat, Porgy and Bess and West Side Story. $10. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/user/manageevent/3334447. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Concordia Wind Symphony and Kapelle Concerts

Wind Symphony - Friday, March 16, 8 p.m.; Kapelle - Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m., Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University Chicago:

The Wind Symphony and Kapelle each perform after their ten-day spring tours. Free;
 free-will offering collected. Questions: 708-209-3060. 7400 Augusta, River Forest. 

Calm through Coloring Club

Wednesday, March 21, 10 to 11 a.m., Room 274, West Suburban Medical Center:

Come and relax while embellishing coloring pages. Free. Register: 844-794-4301. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.

Call for Artists

Sculpture Walk 2018

By Friday, March 30:

The Oak Park Area Arts Council is seeking artists to temporarily display their large 3D designs May 11 through September 4 in the Southtown Business District along Oak Park Avenue between Lexington and Van Buren in Oak Park. Apply: oakparkareaartscouncil.org/causes/sculpture-walk. Questions: camillew2@oakparkareaartscouncil.org, 708-358-5690.

Arts District Banners 

By Monday, April 2:

Hand-painted vinyl banners, 34 in all, will hang from the lights along Harrison Street from Austin to Ridgeland Ave. Submit up to three original images. Sponsored by The Oak Park Arts District, Oak Park Area Arts Council and the Village of Oak Park. Apply: oakparkartsdistrict.com.

"Dancing at Lughnasa"

Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

See the Free Readers Ensemble performance told by an illegitimate son as he remembers his mother and aunts who raised him. During the summer of 1936, the boy recollects the women acquiring their first radio, its impact on them and meeting his father for the first time. Free. 178 Forest Ave. Oak Park. 

Author Talks

Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

Dr. Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania professor, will lecture on "Fatal Intervention: Re-creating Race in the Genomic Era" as part of the 10th annual Women and Gender Studies Conference starting at 9 a.m. Roberts has authored Fatal Intervention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. Books available for purchase; signing to follow. Conference brought in partnership with Concordia University. Questions: cperez@dom.edu. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

Sunday, March 18, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Cyndee Schaffer discusses her book, Mollie's War: The Letters of a World War II WAC in Europe, co-authored with mother Mollie. Books available for sale and signing. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Sunday, March 18, 2 to 4 p.m., Dole Library:

Meet %u200BWilliam A. %u200BZingrone, PhD., lecturer in developmental psychology and Illinois chairman of the Secular Coalition for America, who will discuss and sign his book The Arrogance of Religious Belief. Info: elhumanists.org. 255 Augusta St., Oak Park.

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