Big Week May 23-30

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Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 28, 9 a.m., Peace Triumphant Monument, Scoville Park:

All veterans, their families and residents are invited to honor America's service members and veterans and remember the U.S.'s participation in World War I on the 100th Anniversary. Hear the History Singers and a bugler in WWI uniform and see Oak Park Police color guard offer a rifle salute. Lake St. and Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

River Forest Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 28, 9:30 a.m., beginning at Constitution Park:

See floats, fire trucks, vintage cars, honored veterans, area businesses and organizations, the award-winning OPRF Marching Huskies, Sam and the Giant Wheel and more. The 93rd annual parade travels south on Ashland Ave. to Lake St. then west to Keystone Park ending with a free hotdog lunch. Constitution Park: 7715 Greenfield St.

Restoring Historic Stained Glass

Thursday, May 24, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Join Rick Purro of Drehobl Art Glass in Chicago to learn how the George Maher designed windows of the Pleasant Home entryway were recently restored. Free. More: pleasanthome.org/program-a-events/lectures. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Inspiring Art

Through May 29, Prairie Title:

See photographer John Padour's "Retrospective" exhibit including colorful street photography and business owner portraits that are more product than personality. Presented by the Oak Park Art League (OPAL). 6821 W. North Ave., Oak Park.

Through June 1, Lower Level Gallery, West Suburban Medical Center:

"I See a Long Journey" is a large installation of mixed media by Sara Peak Convery, a cancer survivor who details her recovery through art. Presented by OPAL. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.

Through June 15, Narrow Gallery, Oak Park Arms:

See "Confucius in Art: Wisdoms of Seniors," the result of Nancy Fong's art class at the Senior Citizens' Center of Oak Park & River Forest. Info: 708-848-5251. 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Through June 23, Compound Yellow:

See the first installment of "12 Openings, a yearlong experiment in collaborative curation with unpredictable results." On exhibit are Alberto Aguilar's "Multiple Entries" and Eric L. Peterson's "Broken Bell." These are the first artists invited to install art in or around the Compound Yellow home and studio. Info: compoundyellow.com/#/new-page-5. 244 Lake St. in Oak Park.

Oak Park Composting Incentive 

Residents put yard/garden waste, grass clippings and food-related scraps into organics carts, avoiding bags and stickers and reducing trash. First-time compost program participants get three free months by signing up for 12 months of continuous service, saving $44.55. Sign up: oak-park.us/compost. Questions: 708-358-5700, compostable@oak-park.us.

Aging and Disability Resource Consultations

Thursday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 1062, West Suburban Medical Center:

Staff from Oak Park & River Forest Township's Senior Services meet one-on-one to help with state and federal programs, such as service coordination and individual case monitoring, transportation, meal programs, caregiver support, affordable will preparation, daily phone checks and monitoring and more. Register: 844-794-4301. 3 Erie Court, Oak Park.

Birdwatching for Beginners

Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m., Trailside Museum: 

Acquire tips and techniques for using binoculars and identifying birds, then take a guided bird walk. Binoculars available. All ages. Free. Questions: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Kayak 101

Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m., Trailside Museum: 

Learn the basics of kayaking and practice paddling on the Trailside pond. Equipment provided. Ages 8 and up. Free. Register: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Practice Natural Lawn Care

Oak Park property owners who sign a pledge to commit to chemical-free lawns can obtain a yard sign showing their commitment. Visit Public Works 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 201 South Blvd. River Forest residents can take the Healthy Lawn, Healthy Family Pledge and receive a yard sign to display while following green lawncare practices. More: greencommunityconnections.org/resources/healthy-lawn-healthy-family.

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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