Big Week July 25-Aug. 1

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Uncorked

 Friday, July 27, 6 to 8 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Start the weekend with live music, showcase tours, wine and craft beer, appetizers and locally made wares. This month hear music by Cardinal Harbor, enjoy libations from Two Brothers Social Tap while snacking on bites from Wild Onion Tied House. Also, enter the "Take a Stroll Down Madison Street" drawing. On fourth Fridays through September. Ages 21+. Admission includes two drink tickets and one food token. $15, advance; $18, at door (limited availability). Tickets/more: fopcon.org/conservatory-event/uncorked-july-27th. 615 Garfield.

BRAVO Presents "Chicago"

Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School:

See high school students perform this roaring twenties musical, where a chorus girl murders her beau, convinces her husband to take the rap, but he finds out and turns on her. Convicted and sent to death row, she and another 'Merry Murderess' share the spotlight and the headlines. $12; $10, seniors/students. Tickets: oakpark.revtrak.net/Performing-Arts-Programs/BRAVO/BRAVO-Encore. 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park.

Halla-Palooza 46th Anniversary

Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Val's Halla Records:

Come celebrate 46 years in the record business with store-wide sales and live music including The Fleurs de Chanson Recorder Trio, Art Harrison's Bluegrass All-Stars, The Rumblers and Ellis Clark & Ary Jeebie's Big Hair Big Trouble. More: valshallarecords.com. 239 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Back-to-School Supply Drives 

Through July 31, Oak Park Township and Fellowship Christian Church:

Many families struggle to provide basic school supplies children need to be effective students. Requested items in new condition include backpacks, crayons, markers, pencils, glue sticks and paper. Monetary donations also appreciated. Drop off boxes at OP Township, 139 S. Oak Park Ave. and Fellowship Christian Church, 1106 Madison St., Oak Park. 

Sarah's Inn Client Supply Drive

Through July 31. Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sarah's Inn:

Donation of school supplies helps families that are victims of domestic abuse. Supplies will be distributed to more than 100 children. Suggested items (new condition): backpacks, crayons/markers/colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pens, spiral notebooks/ composition books, 1-inch binders, pocket folders, index cards, rulers, Post-it notes, glue sticks/glue, scissors, pencil cases/pouches, highlighters and facial tissue. Gift cards for stores carryimg school supplies ($15 to $25) welcome. Or, shop the School Supply Wish List: myregistry.com/giftlist/sarahsinn; ship directly to Sarah's Inn and include your contact information at checkout. Questions: markt@sarahsinn.org, 708-386-3305. 309 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Stroke Awareness Bingo 

Friday, July 27, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Belmont Village:  

Join Marta Alvarado, Ph.D., West Suburban Medical Center's Director of Community Outreach, and have fun playing Bingo and winning prizes as you to learn important facts about strokes and how to prevent them. Free. 1035 Madison St., Oak Park.

48th Annual Book Fair

Friday, July 27, 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cafeteria, Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Shop for books, as well as music and movies, starting at $1 each, organized by category. Friday entry fee $5, plus $5 per electronic device. Free on Saturday. Also, nonprofit/educator appreciation on Sunday, July 29, noon to 2 p.m.; free books with valid nonprofit/educator ID or 501c documentation. Questions: 708-697-6930, friends@oppl.org. 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park. 

GreenBuilt Home Tour 

Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., across Illinois, including Oak Park:

The 6th annual tour "features exceptional, award-winning, and nationally-recognized homes throughout Illinois, which highlight attractive, affordable, and sustainable building practices. Attendees learn ways the built environment contributes to a healthier community." Two Oak Park structures are featured: District House condominiums, 702 Lake St., and the Modular Prefab Modern Farmhouse, 634 N. Taylor St. $20, passport for two; $5, single site for two (sold at the door). Tickets/more: http://www.greenbuilthometour.org.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., across Illinois, including Oak Park:

The 6th annual tour "features exceptional, award-winning, and nationally-recognized homes throughout Illinois, which highlight attractive, affordable, and sustainable building practices. Attendees learn ways the built environment contributes to a healthier community." Two Oak Park structures are featured: District House condominiums, 702 Lake St., and the Modular Prefab Modern Farmhouse, 634 N. Taylor St. $20, passport for two; $5, single site for two (sold at the door). Tickets/more: http://www.greenbuilthometour.org.

Free Concert: The Great Crusades

Sunday, July 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Scoville Park: 

Stroll down to the park for live music. This week, hear hard hitting American rock from a band with Oak Parkers. Runs weekly through August 19. Free. Northwest corner of Lake and Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Forum Theatre Experience: Homophobia and the Role of the Bystander

Tuesday, July 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hamburger Mary's: 

Join the Oak Park Public Library's Teen Summer Volunteer Program's Forum Theatre Troupe 

interactive experience. Watch the scenes of homophobia play out, then think about what role you can play. Brave and willing participants can intervene and create change. There will also be games and a discussion. More:  oppl.org/calendar. 155 S. Oak Park 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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