Wright Trust Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. till final tour at 4 p.m., Wright Home & Studio:
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, 951 Chicago Ave., welcomes the neighborhood this Saturday for an open house that includes free tours, refreshments and discounts. Free tours. The Home will be decked for the holidays as it was when the Wright family lived in the house. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served. The Museum Shop will provide discounts on purchases of $50 or more, free gift wrapping and a prize drawing. For more information, visit flwright.org/homefortheholidays.
Animal Care League Holiday Bazaar
Friday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
The annual ACL Holiday Bazaar has been a tradition for more than 30 years. New and gently used gift items, decorations, cards, gift wrap, pet gifts, holiday baskets, and more. The bake shop offers treats for animals and humans alike. Proceeds benefit ACL’s current and future efforts. Photos with Santa are available on Saturday from 10 to 2 and Sunday from 11 to 1. Live music as well. 1003 Garfield in Oak Park.
No Justice, No Peace
Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., Priory Auditorium, Dominican University:
Rev. Donald Senior, CP, president emeritus of Catholic Theological Union, will speak on “No Justice, No Peace: A Catholic Perspective on Israel and Palestine” part of the Siena Center’s lecture series. For tickets, call the box office, 708-488-5000, or visit events.dom.edu. 7200 W. Division St., River Forest.
Toy ride collection
The Oak Park Cycle Club is collecting toys for the 14th annual Amling’s Holiday Toy Ride. Local bicycle riders will take the donations to Amling’s Bike Shop in Niles, which partners with the Marines Corp Reserve’s Toys-for-Tots campaign. Unwrapped toys will be accepted at two Oak Park bicycle shops, BikeFix, 310c Lake St., and Element, 1101 Chicago Ave., until the close of business on Dec. 7. The donations will be delivered to Amling’s in time for the ride, which starts at 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 9.
Concordia Christmas concert
The University Band of Concordia University Chicago will perform its annual Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Our Lord on campus. Admission is free. A performance of “At Dawn They Slept” by Jay Bocook will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The band will also perform “The Night Before Christmas” by Randol Alan Bass, based on the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore, and narrated by Peter Pohlhammer. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. Free off-street parking in the university’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. For more information, visit CUChicago.edu/music or call 708-209-3060.
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30, First United Methodist Church:
Join your friends for the 16th annual Sing-Along Messiah at First United Methodist, 324 N. Oak Park Ave. This Messiah features a professional orchestra and soloists, the church’s historic Skinner organ and local singers. Of course there is a reception following the concert. No tickets are required. Just come and bring your voice.
Christmas in the Holy Land
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., River Forest Public Library:
Storyteller Bill Helmuth, a former executive with Time-Life Books, brings his audiences along to the historic sites of Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem to tell the story of the birth of Jesus and the rise of Christianity. Free admission and open to all ages, 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest. For more, call 366-2029 or visit www.riverforesttownship.org or www.rflib.org.
Winter Greens Market
The Oak Park Conservatory’s Winter Greens Market runs through Dec. 16, offering an array of fresh greens, including balsam, fir, boxwood, winter berries, magnolia tips and spruce tops. You can also drop off a container to have an arrangement prepared. 615 Garfield St. at East Avenue. For more information, call 708-725-2400 or visit oakparkconservatory.org.
Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., Open Door Repertory Company:
“Hallelujah,” Open Door’s holiday gala, features baritone Ryan De Ryke and Brandon Jack Acker on guitar and lute. The $20 tickets include light appetizers and sweets. For tickets, go to www.opendoortheater.net. For more information, call 708-386-5510. Open Door is located at 902 S. Ridgeland Ave.
- OP-RF Infant Welfare Society’s Holiday Housewalk & Market runs Dec. 1-3 at the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave. (see today’s Homes section, page 19).
- CAST Jr. presents “Music from The Wiz” on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m., Julian Middle School, 416 Ridgeland Ave.
- OPRF High School presents Sense and Sensibility in the Little Theatre, Dec. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. $8 adults/$6 students, seniors. For more, visit oprfhs.org.
- Downtown Oak Park hosts Winterfest on Marion and Lake streets, featuring the annual cookie walk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20 participation fee includes a cookie tin and a map of 45 participating shops and restaurants. Saturday, Dec. 3.
- Community Bank of OP-RF sponsors its annual holiday film at the Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., on Saturday, Dec. 3. This year’s film, Elf, begins at 10 a.m. Free tickets are available at the bank across the street from the theater.
- Dominican University presents the President’s Holiday Concert with Jim Brickman on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $23. For more, go to www.events.dom.edu.
- Michael Teolis Singers present “A Brassy Christmas,” featuring choral works with brass accompaniment at First United Methodist Church, 324 N. Oak Park Ave. at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets are $20/$15 seniors and students. Call 708-366-2889 for more.
- The 19th Century Club hosts a presentation on the book Madame President – The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by Bill Hazelgrove on Monday, Dec. 5 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more, call 708-386-2729.
- Oak Park Arms Monday night concerts continue on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. with guitarist Andy Brown, bassist Stewart Miller, Art Davis on trumpet and Russ Philips on trombone. Free admission. 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Call 708-386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.com.
- Pleasant Home Foundation presents the Julian Chin Trio performing an eclectic mix of jazz at Historic Pleasant Home, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 (doors open at 7). $20 general admission, $15 for foundation members and $10 for students. Go to pleasanthome.org for tickets or more information.
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