Big Week Aug. 15-22

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Creating Butterfly Habitats Throughout the Seasons

Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Stephanie Walquist of West Cook Wild Ones will talk about creating habitat gardens for area butterflies. Learn about local butterfly species and behaviors and how to create year-round habitats in your garden. Register: pdop.org or at the door. Brought by Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. $10; free, FOPCON members. 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

Union Pacific Railway History

Monday, Aug. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Join Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb as he welcomes Adrian Guerro, Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad, to learn the history of the railway. The original company, the Union Pacific Railroad, was incorporated on July 1, 1862, under an act of Congress. The combined Union Pacific-Central Pacific line became known as the First Transcontinental Railroad. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

For Your Health 

Food for Thought: Eat Right, Be Healthy 

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Building A, Community Room 1100, River Forest Medical Campus, West Suburban Medical Center: 

In this introduction to making healthy food choices, Lucy C. Mullen, R.N. B.S., Diabetes Educator from West Cook YMCA Inc., will discuss the principles of healthy eating - what matters, what you should eat, and how much you should eat. Register: 844-794-4301. 420 William St.

Preventing Falls in your Home 

 

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library: 

At least one-third of falls by the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home. Taking precautions can significantly increase safety. Join Dr. Marta Alvarado, director of Community Outreach at West Suburban Medical Center to learn how to make your home safe from injuries and falls. Brought by West Suburban Medical Center. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Walk with a Doc 

Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m., Lindberg Park:

Join Dr. Carlos Reynes as he hosts a program for those interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. While you walk at your own pace, you'll have the opportunity to have questions answered by the physician. Every third Saturday through the fall, weather permitting. More: pdop.org. 1151 N. Marion St., Oak Park.

Movies in the Park: "The Last Jedi"

Thursday, Aug. 16, Dusk, Scoville Park:

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy a movie under the stars. Free. Check weather updates: pdop.org/events/moviesinthepark. Oak Park Ave. and Lake St., Oak Park. 

Pop Up Design Studio

Fridays through Aug. 24, 9 a.m. to Noon, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: 

Whether on a tour or strolling through the neighborhood, drop in the Pop Up Design Studio outside to explore and create with a series of free design workshops for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Questions: 708-725-3828. 931 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. 

Intro to Kayaking

Thursday, Aug. 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Trailside Museum: 

At Kayak the Pond, try kayaking on Trailside's pond as the sun sets and a campfire crackles. All materials provided. Free. Register: 708-366-6530.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Trailside Museum: 

In the introductory class for new kayakers, River Kayaking 101, instruction is provided prior to a short paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Free. Register: 312-533-5751. 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest.

Sacred Wandering – Meditation in Nature

Saturday, Aug. 18, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Thatcher Woods Pavilion:

Join guides and move slowly through the out-of-doors with an intention to connect with nature's healing power. There will be silence and discussion. Rain or shine. Bring something to sit upon. Meets every third Saturday. Free. 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest. 

More Than You Know...Black History Quiz Show

Saturday, Aug. 18, 1 to 3 p.m., Dole Library:

Test your knowledge of black history facts, events and historic sites at this fast-paced quiz show party. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Summer Drop-In Beading Projects

Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 17, 3 to 6 p.m., Bead in Hand: 

Choose from a bead-and-ring wrap bracelet or the caterpillar bracelet. $12, includes instruction and materials. Little ones can make beaded bubble wands for summertime fun, with adult supervision. $5. Approximately 30 minutes per project. 145 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Town Hall Meeting on School Gun Violence, Bullying & Mental Health

Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., Little Theatre, Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Join Congressman Danny Davis, 7th District of Illinois, to discuss these important topics. 

All are welcome. Hosted by OPRF. Questions: 773-533-7520. 201 N. Scoville 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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