Big Week Sept. 20-27

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Oak Park Fall Fest

Sunday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rehm Park and The Oak Park Conservatory:

Come out for horse-drawn hayrides, games, bounce houses, train rides, a pumpkin patch and more. Food available for purchase. Free, Oak Parkers with proof of residency; $5, non-resident children. Register: pdop.org. 515 and 615 Garfield.

The Evolution of Oak Park Coach Houses

Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pleasant Home:

Tour eight coach-house interiors adapted for modern use from a music studio to an art museum and more…and one bonus house tour added – a 9,000 square foot E.E. Roberts home. Antique autos at each location, weather permitting. Tour of Pleasant Home, a National Historic Landmark, included. $40, Pleasant Home Foundation members; $45, non-members. Tickets: pleasanthome.org. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

"Railroad Collisions: A Deadly Story of Mismanaged Risk" 

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 to 9 p.m., Main Library:

Meet author George Swimmer and hear about his findings from 20 years investigating the causes behind railroad collisions, which include both inadvertent and intentional mismanagement. More: oppl.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Attract Wildlife with Native Plantings

Order until Sunday, Sept. 24, 5 p.m.; Pick up Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Euclid Methodist Church:

The Native Tree and Shrub Sale offers a selection of plants that provides habitat and food for birds, butterflies and bees, and also helps the environment. Order: westcook.wildones.org. The sale is co-sponsored by not-for-profits West Cook Wild Ones and Green Community Connections. 405 S. Euclid, Oak Park.

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

Sunday, Sept. 24, Noon to 10 p.m., Wire:

Second annual concert features multiple artists including Oak Park's School of Rock, The Velvet Jimis, DG Sax, and Isaiah Makar. Proceeds benefit BUILD CHICAGO, which provides programs in Austin and around Chicago to end the epidemic of gun violence. Tickets/info: concertacrossamericachicago-berwyn.com. Questions: 708-669-9473. 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

OK Classic Charity Softball Tournament and Festival

Saturday, Sept, 23, 7:30 a.m. to end of 9 p.m. Championship Game, Park District of Forest Park Softball Fields: 

The 11th Annual event is a 20-team, co-ed 14-inch tournament to benefit Opportunity Knocks, which serves young people in the community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, recreational and life-skills programming. Festival includes Kid Zone, backyard games, food, live music and more. Info: theokclassic.com. 7501 Harrison St., Forest Park.

Fireside Fall Concert: Latin American Music

Saturday, Sept. 23, 6 to 8 p.m., River Forest Public Library:

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with tasty treats, Argentinian wine and music written by Latin American classical composers performed live on cello and piano. Sponsored by the River Forest Public Library Foundation. Open to adults. Register: riverforestlibrary.org. 735 Lathrop.

"Love Affairs and Wedding Bells"

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, 7:30 p.m., Sunday Sept. 24, 3 p.m., Theater Wit:

Suburban West Actors' Guild (SWAG) presents a new musical set in Chicago during the 1893 World's Fair. This romantic comedy captures Victorian-era flavor with historically accurate detail. Continuing through Oct. 8. $30; $25, students and seniors. Tickets/info: 773-975-8150, facebook.com/LoveAffairsWeddingBellsMusical. 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago. 

Fighting Hunger in Our Community

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6 to 8 p.m., Dole Library:

More than 800,000 adults and children struggle with food insecurity in Cook County. Attend a town hall meeting with State Senator Don Harmon and State Rep Camille Lilly and hear about anti-hunger initiatives at the national, state and local levels and how citizens can help. Sponsored by the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry and others. RSVP: chicagosfoodbank.org/advocacy. Questions: 773-843-7774, aramirez@gcfd.org. 225 Augusta St., Oak Park. 

Fallin' For Our Stars WSSRA Benefit

Friday, Sept. 22, 7 to 11 p.m., Cheney Mansion:

Enjoy tacos, tequila, margaritas, live auction and more. The West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) provides year-round recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities, "Our Stars," living in Oak Park, River Forest and other surrounding communities. $100, single; $180, couple; $180 each at the door. Tickets/more: wssra.net, 847-455-2100. 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park.

Shop Thrift, Support Charities

Saturday, Sept 23, 9 a.m. 3 p.m., Economy Shop:

With 15 departments on three floors, the Victorian home filled with new and vintage donated items has something for everyone at bargain prices. Funds raised directly support six local charities. Upcoming shopping dates: Oct. 5, 14, 21. To volunteer, donate, and learn more: economyshop.org, 708-383-2449. 103 S. Grove, Oak Park. 

Heartland Blood Drive

Sunday, Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Gym, Ascension Parish:

Donate blood to give the gift of life. Appointments: heartlandbc.org. Walk-ins welcome. 824 Clarence, Oak Park.

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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.
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