Big Week May 3-10

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Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., One Stop Comics in Oak Park:

On Free Comic Book Day, over two million comic books will be given away by participating stores, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books. Contact: Rick Manzella at onestopcomics@sbcglobal.net or call 708-524-2287. 111 S. Ridgeland.

End of the Line Humanists

Sunday, May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the small meeting room of the Oak Park Public Library: 

The second event in their Humanist Speaker Series. The event is open to the public and free to all. The speaker will be Katherine Ozment, author of Grace without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age, which was named a "Best Book of 2016" by Publishers Weekly and Spirituality & Health magazine.

Society of Model Engineers

Saturday, May 6 from 12:01 to 5 p.m., Dole Learning Center:

The Oak Park Society of Model Engineers is holding their Spring Open House Admission is free. Learn about model trains and the many facets of the hobby from a dedicated group of modelers. Run a train on our DC layout. Open to new members. Check us out at www.opsme.org. 255 Augusta Blvd. For more, contact Henry Kranz, 708-302-4231, hjkranz@gmail.com.

Silence 2 Success

Tuesday, May 9 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:

Author Beth Kaplan talks about Silence 2 Success: A Mother's Journey with Autism at the Main Library, 834 Lake St. For more information, visit oppl.org/calendar.

Jumping Over Shadows

Thursday, May 4 at 1 p.m., West Suburban Temple Har Zion:

Author Annette Gendler's served as the 2014–2015 writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home and currently teaches memoir writing at StoryStudio Chicago. She will talk about her memoir Jumping Over Shadows about what it was like to live in post-war Germany and her personal journey in deciding to become a Jew. 1040 Harlem Ave, River Forest.

Lion King Jr.

Friday and Saturday, May 5-6 and 12-13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 and 14 at 2 p.m., Brooks Middle School auditorium:

This production features a Broadway-caliber set of handmade puppets, masks, props, and costumes. The 125-member cast will don one-of-a-kind puppets, including life-sized cheetahs, rhinos, giraffes, and elephants. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bravoperformingarts.org. Also email bravo@op97.org or call 708-524-5621.

FOPCON's 28th Annual Plant Sale 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 5-7, Oak Park Conservatory:

Plants range from ageratum to zinnias with lots in between. Want tomatoes? We offer seven varieties. The catalog is up on our website, www.fopcon.org. Check it out to see the wide range of offerings plus descriptions of all the plants. Then make your list and come to the plant sale. May 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) members only. May 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 from noon to 3 p.m. Join at www.fopcon.org.

Opera Showcase

Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m., Open Door Theater:

Bradley Schuller's Opera Showcase and the Church of Beethoven present Spring Serenade, a concert of German lieder, American Musical Theater and other treats with special guest Baritone Aaron Wardell and pianist Anatoily Torchinskiy. Tickets and more information can be found at www.churchofbeethoven-oakpark.com.

Sarah's Inn Rocks Out

Thursday, May 4 from 7 to 11 p.m., Fitzgerald's Nightclub:

Tickets $20 online, also available at the door for $25. Price includes entry to the venue for two live concerts. Cash bar only. All ticket proceeds benefit Sarah's Inn and the families we serve! 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

An Evening of Irreverence

Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Oak Park:

The Michael Teolis Singers celebrate its 10th season of choral music with an anniversary concert, featuring light-hearted and whimsical selections along with Teolis' arrangements of "If You've Only Got A Mustache," "The Typewriter," "Poisoning Pigeons In The Park," and "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!" A reception will follow. 324 N. Oak Park Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 seniors/students, cash only. For more, call 708-366-2889 or email info@MTSingers.org.

First Tuesday Film Club presents...

Tuesday, May 2 at 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., the Lake Theatre:

Classic Cinemas and the Lake Theatre present I Am Not Your Negro, a critically praised documentary about writer James Baldwin. 1022 Lake St.

Art reception

Saturday, May 6 from 2 to 4 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:

Lindsay Olson's exhibit Art and the Elegant Universe explores the ways our society is supported by science and technology. The exhibit continues through May. For more information, visit oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St.

Hemingway 

Graduation Party

Sunday, May 7 from 3 to 5 p.m., Oak Park Public Library: 

A graduation party for the Hemingway siblings, hosted by Special Collections, with period refreshments, decor, and entertainment. For more information, visit oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St.

Thrive honors Sassetti

Saturday, May 6, Oak Park Country Club in River Grove:

Thrive Counseling Center will honor Oak Park family practice physician Dr. Marian Sassetti with its Spirit of Thrive Award, to be presented at Thrive's Spring Benefit. Dr. Sassetti has worked as a family doctor in Oak Park for 25 years. She and her husband, Robert Kent, have four children and reside in Oak Park. Dr. Sassetti graduated from Trinity High School, Northwestern University, and Stanford University School of Medicine. For more information about Thrive Counseling Center services or the May 6 Spring Benefit, go to www.thrivecc.org or call 708-383-7500.

The Real Housewives of Oak Park

Friday, May 5, 12, and 19 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, 13, and 20 at 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:

The ladies of "The Spew" are back with a fully improvised spoof on the unrealistic side of reality shows and the importance of your child's position in the T-ball starting line-up. Featuring: Mary Fahey Hughes, Vincent Kracht, Mary Olivieri, Michelle Thompson-Hay, Brittany Davis, Kristin Farmer and Matt Tiegler. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave. 708-386-5510.

Elizabeth Berg - Under the Hat 

Monday, May 8 at noon, 19th Century Club:

Best-selling author and Oak Park resident Elizabeth Berg will read from her new novel, TRULUV, and show you how she pulls ideas out of a hat. Wear an outrageous chapeau in honor of Derby Day and you could win a signed book. Scholarship Benefit event. $50 lunch and program, reservations required. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. www.nineteenthcentury.org, 708-386-2729.

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

Wednesday, May 10 at 11 a.m. (social hour), 11:45 (lunch), 1 p.m. (speaker), Oak Park Country Club:

The Oak Park-River Forest Garden Club Luncheon this year will be at 2001 N. Thatcher Avenue in River Grove. The cost is $50. All are welcome. The program is "Silent Spring and the Modern Ecology Movement." Set in 1963, Leslie Goddard, actress and historian, will portray Dr. Rachel Carson, author of the best-selling book Silent Spring. Make reservations on line at gcoprf.org. For more, call Joan Meister at 708-955-0228 or email at meisterjoan@yahoo.com.

Green Block Party Fair

Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. or Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m., Oak Park Public Library:

Summer block parties are the best time to share healthy tips and resources with neighbors. To gather new ideas for your summer block party, attend the Green Block Party program, which is part of the Green Guides Program, supported by PlanItGreen in collaboration with Keep Oak Park Beautiful%u200B. 834 Lake St., Oak Park Sign up at http://www.greencommunityconnections.org/green-guides/

 

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