Big Week June 13 - 20

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An Abundance of Art

Look Up for Local Art 

Kickoff on Friday, June 15, 6 to 10 p.m., Oak Park Arts District:

Come out for the Third Friday Gallery Walk and see newly installed, hand-painted banners hanging from the light posts. Special events take place in the galleries and businesses. More: oakparkartsdistrict.com. From Austin to Ridgeland on Harrison St. 

"Her Voice"

Reception Friday, June 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Expression Graphics:

See work by female printmakers, enjoy live music and hear Dale Osterle talk about the Chicago Women's Caucus for Arts. Goodwill offering for Sarah's Inn accepted. Exhibit through July 28. More: 708-447-9262, expressionsgraphics.org. 29 Harrison St., Oak Park.

"The Essence of the Piccolo"

Reception Friday, June 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Prairie Title:

The Oak Park Art League (OPAL) presents works from OPAL instructor and artist Jesse Howard's adult drawing classes. Runs through Aug. 31. 6821 W. North Ave. in Oak Park. 

The Art of Annette Zwierzchowski Donlin

Reception Thursday, June 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library: 

When her mother passed away in 2006, Zwierzchowski Donlin had vivid dreams of brilliant fields of wildflowers and the brightest of blue skies, which inspired her art. Her flower-filled paintings will be exhibited through July 29. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Seniors' Senior Prom

Friday, June 15, 6 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Arms:

Don your black or white (or both) and dance the night away at "A Night to Remember: A Black and White Ball." FreeNotes Big Band, an 18-piece orchestra, will play music from the 1940s through 1960s. Free. Reservations: 708-386-4040. More: oakparkarms.com. 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Father's Day Beatles Brunch

Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m. to noon, Coffee Lounge, Friendly Tap: 

Bring Dad to hear the The Beatleleles, a fun and local ukulele band. Food and drink specials. $10, adults; $5, children. 6733 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

One Book, One Oak Park Interactive Talks

Tuesday, June 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m., southwest corner of Lake St. and Ridgeland Ave.

In Poem & Place, walk and talk through themes of A People's History of Chicago by Kevin Coval and explore Oak Park connections. Weather permitting. Also, Wednesday, June 27, 4 to 5:30 p.m., northwest corner of Chicago and Humphrey Ave.

Thursday, June 14, 3 to 4 p.m., Outside Courtyard, Maze Library, and Wednesday, June 20, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Book Discussion Room, Main Library: 

Connect with your neighbors in a book discussion of this summer's reading selection. Also Tuesday, July 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Meeting Room, Dole Library. More: oppl.org/one-book. Maze: 845 Gunderson Ave. Main: 834 Lake St.

FRED Parent Support Group

Tuesday, June 19, noon to 1:30 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library:

FRED is for parents of children, teens and young adults (25 and under) with mental illness and associated behavioral problems. Guest speaker Candy Malina, senior director of Youth Programs for Thresholds, the Chicago area's largest mental health agency, presents on intensive supports and early interventions for individuals 14 to 40 through two new programs – Emerge and Mindstrong. Fred meets every third Tuesday. Inquire: fredparents@gmail.com. 735 Lathrop Ave. 

Liberate-Your-Mind Book Tour

Tuesday, June 19, 6 to 9 p.m., Buzz Café:

Join activist Derrick Broze, co-author of The Conscious Resistance trilogy. The nationwide tour focuses on "a decentralized life via alternative currencies, community gardening & farming, and physical and spiritual health." Join in a guided meditation, followed by a presentation from the author. Musical performance by So/Below follows. 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.

Huddle Up and Donate Blood 

Friday, June 15, Noon to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Heartland Blood Centers provide blood to numerous hospitals in the Chicago area. Donors receive a Chicago Bears Huddle Up T-shirt. Bring photo ID and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Ages 16+. Schedule an appointment: heartlandbc.org, 1-800-786-4483. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Chicago Caribbean Film Festival

Saturday, June 16, 2 to 5 p.m. Veterans Room, Main Library:

View and discuss movies showcasing Caribbean directors and screenwriters.
This week, see Barrow: Freedom Fighter, a 2016 documentary from Barbados. Coming up:

Saturday, June 23, 2 to 5 p.m.: The Cutlass and Hearts of Steele

Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 70 Times Seven and Afro-Latino Shorts

More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Bad Brother: Religion and Politics in '69

Saturday, June 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Lewis Lounge, Lewis Hall, Dominican University:

Hear National Storytelling Network's Lifetime Achievement award winner Loren Nieme tell his tale of political activism. Open mic 7 to 8 p.m. Featured speaker at 8:15. Free; donations appreciated. Questions: 708-465-6305, margaretburk@hotmail.com. 7900 W. Division, River Forest. 

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