Big Read, 'Beautiful North'

‘Sorrow Road’ with Julia Keller

Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., Oak Park Public Library Veterans Room:

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Julia Keller shares stories from her newest mystery, Sorrow Road. Seventy-five years ago, three young men from a small town in West Virginia were among the American forces participating in D-Day, changing the fortunes of the war with one bold stroke. How is that moment aboard a Navy ship as it barrels toward the Normandy shore related to the death of an old man in an Appalachian nursing home? In 2005, Keller, a former Chicago Tribune writer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for a three-part narrative series that ostensibly was about the aftermath of a deadly tornado, but in truth was an exploration of how we reckon with the randomness of fate. Centuries & Sleuths Book Store will have books for sale and signing.

Zumba with BFit

Saturday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-noon, Oak Park Public Library

Workout will be led by instructors from Bfit Fitness Center in Oak Park. Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere using African beats. This program is part of the library’s More Than a Month series, a yearlong health, wellness, and black aesthetics-focused exploration of the African diaspora and its imprint on the contemporary black experience across cultures and continents. 834 Lake St.

Is science sick?

Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University:

Oak Park resident Robert Calin-Jageman, professor of psychology and director of the interdisciplinary neuroscience program at Dominican University, will present the annual Lund-Gill Lecture titled, “Is Science Sick? (And Can We Cure It?)”  Each year society invests billions in scientific research, producing an awe-inspiring stream of breakthroughs and discoveries. There is a growing unease among scientists that in some cases science is not working well, producing findings that are much less reliable and accurate than hoped. The lecture is free and open to the public. 7900 W. Division, River Forest.

‘Lion Lessons’

Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m., Magic Tree Bookstore

Jon Agee, author and illustrator, brings his new book, Lion Lessons to the bookstore for a “Lion Lessons” class, led by Lively Running staff. Learn how to prowl, growl and rule the jungle, followed by a reading and book-signing by the author. 141 N. Oak Park Ave. Admission: Buy a book! RSVP 708-848-0770.

Big Read, ‘Beautiful North’

Wednesday, Sept. 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m.:

Linda Bonner will discuss the NEA
 Big Read title, Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This fall, five communities are working together — through the Oak Park Public Library, Berwyn Public Library, Forest Park Public Library, Maywood Public Library, River Forest Public Library and Dominican University Rebecca Crown Library — to explore immigration-related themes and issues.

Superintendent search

Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., Little Theatre, OPRF High School:

Residents are invited provide feedback on the qualities and experience they’d like to see in a new Oak Park and River Forest High School superintendent whose tenure would begin with the 2017-2018 school year. An online survey will be available from Aug. 29 through Sept. 11, visit and look under quick links.  Search consultant BWP & Associates will facilitate a community input session in the Little Theatre of the high school at 201 N. Scoville Ave. More information on the search process is available on the OPRF website.

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