Big Week April 11-18

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'Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen'

 Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m., Palmer House Hilton:

See the documentary about Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway's friendship, followed by a panel discussion with the writer/director, producer, Hidden Hemingway author and chairman of Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park (EHFOP), followed by a reception to benefit EHFOP. $35. Tickets: hemingwaybirthplace.com/events-programs-1.
17 E. Monroe, Chicago. 

Free Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival

Saturday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities:

This event, presented by MOMENTA, Oak Park, features movement workshops (including MOMENTA's EveryBody Can Dance!), non-movement activities, films and discussions. Register/more: momentadances.org/chicago-inclusive-dance-workshops. 2102 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago.

Nasreen Sheikh: Helping Nepali Women

Tuesday, April 17, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Sheikh escaped forced marriage and, while a teenager working 12 to 15 hours daily in a sweatshop sewing clothing and sleeping on the floor, founded a business/foundation to empower other Nepali women. Brought by Dominican's Department of Fashion, the OPRF Chamber's Women in Business, Chicago Fair Trade and the OP Public Library. Inquire: jmack@dom.edu. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Art Exhibit: Lore

Reception Thursday, April 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library: 

Meet artist Jackie Rueckert Lakely and see her paintings based on Scottish, Norwegian and German folklore passed down from generations. Through April 27. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Echo Theater Collective (ETC) Season Preview 

Saturday, April 14, 7 to 10 p.m., FitzGerald's Sidebar: 

Help raise funds for ETC while enjoying music, getting a scene preview for "Blues for Mister Charlie," hearing from the artistic director and having a chance for a raffle prize: 2 reserved-seating tickets, drinks and more. $20, includes appetizers. Tickets at the door. More: facebook.com/events/126203591546842/. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

"A Walk in the Woods"

Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

The Free Readers Ensemble continues their 25th season with Lee Blessing's play, suggested by a real-life 1982 incident. It is about the developing relationship between two arms negotiators, one Russian and one American. Free. More: freereaders.com. 178 Forest Ave. Oak Park. 

Moms Demand Action Forum and Film

Sunday, April 15, 1 to 3:30, Veterans Room, Main Library:

View the documentary Under the Gun, hear from a speaker and discuss how to get involved for common sense gun reform. Learn about current gun laws and how to move in the direction of safety. All sides are encouraged. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Children's Open House and Concert

Saturday, April 14, 3 to 5 p.m., Oak-Leyden:

Families with children under five – drop by for Tunes with Tim, art activities, free play and snacks and see our Children's Services. RSVP: 708- 524-1050 X102. 411 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. 

Sing to Live® Community Chorus 

Sunday, April 15, 4 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:

This chorus provides a musical outlet that fosters hope and celebrates survival for singers whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Hear "Hits of the Late Greats," Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, John Lennon, Whitney Houston and more. $22; $17, students 6 to 18; free, breast cancer survivors. Tickets/more: singtolive.org. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

"On the Road with Roz"

Saturday, April 14, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet the award-winning WLS-TV anchor Roz Varon as she shares adventures from her latest book, including the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Route 66, the Jewish Deep South, Israel, Ireland and more. Books available for purchase and a signing follows. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Earth Month Events

Thursday, April 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Trinity High School:

A talk on "Engineered Foods: Glyphosate Toxicity and Your Health" by Dr. Thierry Vrain, an expert on gene technology, known for sounding the alarm on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. Free. More/reservations: gogreenoakpark.org/drvrain. 7574 Division St., River Forest.

Sunday, April 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Maze Library:

Learn about "Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration" from Adrian Fisher, sustainability coordinator at Triton College and West Cook Wild Ones volunteer. Plants and soil life work together storing carbon below ground and gardeners can make a difference in the fight against climate change. 845 Gunderson 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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