Big Week May 10-17

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CureSearch Benefit

Saturday, May 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Oak Park:

To celebrate the life of Isabelle Jones, who died of brain cancer in 2014, and raise funds for kids' cancer research, a pasta dinner will be held, complemented by performances by the Wendy City Dancers of Panda Studios, and numerous additional acts. Tickets are $20 adults, $12 for seniors and children 5-12, and free for kids under 5. For more, call Cindy Jones, 708-383-3525 or visit www.curesearchevents.org/goto/bellebenefit.

Jo Nesbø at Grace Episcopal

Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park:

Bestselling Norwegian thriller writer Jo Nesbø promotes his new book in the Harry Hole series, The Thirst. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel. The Book Table is sponsoring this event. 924 Lake St. Tickets are $31.50 at jonesbo.brownpapertickets.com. All ticket holders will receive a free copy of The Thirst at the event.

Clarence Page at Third Unitarian

Sunday, May 14 at 11 a.m., Third Unitarian Church:

Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Clarence Page will speak on "Searching for hope in a time of change" for the annual Rev. Donald H. Wheat Lecture in honor of Third Unitarian's minister emeritus. Page is a regular contributor of essays to PBS News Hour and has hosted documentaries on the Public Broadcasting System. Learn more about Clarence Page at http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/arts-culture/journalism/clarence-page-PECLB0004517-topic.html. For more information on the event, phone 773-626-9385 or visit www.thirdunitarianchurch.org.

Servants in our Village

Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:

Educator, journalist and film historian Doug Deuchler will talk about the life of servants in Oak Park, 1880-1940, as part of the continuing Preservation in Person lecture series, co-sponsored by the library, Pleasant Home Foundation, and Landmarks Illinois. The lecture is free. 834 Lake St. For more information, visit oppl.org/calendar.

Letter Carrier Food Drive

Saturday, May 13: 

The 25th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Held each year on the second Saturday in May, the donations go to local food pantries in Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest. Last year they collected 80 million pounds of food, which fed an estimated 64 million people.

Ugly Prey

Tuesday, May 16 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:

Journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, author of Ugly Prey: An innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago, explores the sensational case of an Italian immigrant who spoke little English and was arrested in 1923 for the murder of her missing husband. For more information, visit oppl.org/calendar.

Forging a President

Saturday, May 13 at 3 p.m., Magic Tree Book Store: 

Book Launch for author William Hazelgrove's Forging A President - How the West Created Teddy Roosevelt. Wine and cheese and books. 141 N. Oak Park Ave.

Artistic tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright

Friday, May 12 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League:

Through the Lens of Wright exhibit opens with a reception this Friday. Also on exhibit in May, are a selection of fiber art landscapes by Maginel Wright, artist, illustrator and Frank Lloyd Wright's younger sister. On Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m., S. Lloyd Natof, furniture designer, woodworker, educator and Wright's great-grandson, will discuss the geometry that animates Wright's work in his lecture, "Reading Wright: Curious Furniture, Compelling Ideas." Part of a series of community-wide events celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth. 720 Chicago Ave., 708-386-9853, www.oakparkartleague.org.

Broadway to Hollywood

Saturday, May 13 at 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,  611 Randolph St. Tuesday, May 23 at 10 a.m., Oak Park Arms  Ballroom, 406 S. Oak Park Ave.  Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m., Concordia  University Chapel of Our Lord, 7400 Augusta,  River Forest:

The Oak Park/River Forest Encore Chorale, a choral group for senior citizens, presents three spring concerts. Broadway to Hollywood includes songs by Stephen Sondheim, George and Ira Gershwin, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The conductor is Linda Crabtree-Powell. The chorale is affiliated with Encore Illinois/Encore Creativity, the nation's largest and fastest-growing choral organization for older adults (55 plus). Concerts are always free. For more information, visit encoreillinois.org, email encoreillinois@gmail.com or call 630-441-5157.

Ride of Silence

Monday, May 17 from 7 to 9 p.m., beginning at Lake Street and East Avenue, Oak Park:

The Oak Park Cycle Club leads the local Ride of Silence as part of a national, annual tribute that takes place on the third Wednesday in May. Cyclists honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The ride includes stops at locations where local riders lost their lives in recent years. All are welcome, no cost. Contact Frank McGee at frankmcgee@hotmail.com. To learn more, go to www.oakparkcycleclub.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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