Patriotic Pops Concert

Saturday, June 24, 6:30 p.m., Concordia University’s Addison Hall lawn:

The University Band of Concordia, featuring vocalist Keanon Kyles, celebrates community and country with music honoring service men and women. Free, bring blankets and lawn chairs. Boxed meals, etc., available starting at 5:30. Free parking in visitors’ lot. Rain location: Werner Auditorium. More: 708-209-3122 or 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Build a Better Mousetrap

Thursday, June 22, 3 to 4 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School Gym:

The Smarty Pants Balloon Show is coming to town courtesy of the River Forest Public Library. See Smarty Pant’s amazing giant balloon designs in a STEM-oriented, interactive show. Free, no registration required, all ages. Questions: 708-366-5205. 7560 Oak Ave.

Thursday Night Out

June 22, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Oak Park:

Dine out and listen to free live world music every Thursday through August 31. Pick up a menu and purchase a booklet ($16 for four dine-around tickets) at the kiosk on Lake and Marion. Many area restaurants offer drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Dine in or carry out, rain or shine. Music this week: Character Fleadh, 5 to 7 p.m., The Saturday June Band, 7 to 9 p.m. Marion between North Blvd. and Lake St.

One Book, One Oak Park: “Being Mortal”

Film Talk

Sunday, June 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Main Library Veterans Room: 

This PBS Frontline production features “Being Mortal” author Atul Gawande, MD. As he investigates the practice of caring for the dying, it shows how doctors are often untrained and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients. Post-screening discussion facilitated by Be@Ease. 

More: 834 Lake St.  

Book Discussion

Thursday, June 29, 1 to 2 p.m., Maze Library:

Attend the first community summer reading program book discussion. Surgeon Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” is a memoir addressing medical, quality-of-life, and end-of-life issues. For adults and teens. Book discussions continue through July. Info: 845 Gunderson.

Oak Park – River Forest Garden Walk 

Sunday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., various locations; pick up tickets, maps/guides, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oak Park Conservatory or Cheney Mansion: 

Take self-guided tours through nine private gardens and one neighborhood-created space on this 24th annual walk. $20, $15 in advance. Discounted tickets for Conservatory members. Info and tickets:, or purchase at the Oak Park Conservatory and select area merchants. 708-725-2400. Conservatory: 615 Garfield, Cheney Mansion: 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park.

Park-to-Park Family Bike Ride

Sunday, June 25, 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Austin Gardens:

Begin with a safety lesson and stretching, then ride through Oak Park visiting various parks. Finish back at Austin Gardens and tour the new Environmental Education Center.  Free. Put on in partnership with The Active Transportation Alliance and Greenline Wheels. Registration:, 708-725-2000, or drop-ins welcome. 167 Forest Ave.

Take A Hike

Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m., and Sunday, June 24, 1 p.m. Trailside Museum:

Two free family programs: Saturday, at Summer Stroll, take to the trails on a guided nature walk. Sunday, in Bugland, learn what’s special about insects and use nets to catch some; dress for off-trail trekking. Info: 708-366-6530, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

“The Breakfast Club

Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 7 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School: 

Catch the SWAG Community Theater production before it’s over. Tickets $18, $15 seniors and students. Call: 708-669-8696. 7560 Oak Ave., River Forest.

Uncorked at the Conservatory

Friday, June 23, 6 to 8 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Enjoy wine, craft beer and appetizers provided by local vendors on fourth Fridays through September. Featuring live music, an artisan, and showcase tours of the plant collections. 21 and over. Tickets: $16 in advance at or at the Conservatory, $18 at the door. Discount tickets available to members. Info: or 708-725-2400. 615 Garfield St.

Meditation and More

Mondays through Fridays, 6 to 7 a.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m., Sundays, 9 to 9:45 a.m., The Zen Life & Meditation Center: 

Achieve more clarity and balance through free meditation sessions open to everyone. Freestyle weekday morning meditation is unstructured. Evenings and Sunday mornings consist of two 20-minute periods with a five-minute walking meditation. Sundays are followed by a one-hour talk. Workshops on mindfulness, focus, grace/compassion and more starting in late June and early July. Info: or 708-689-1220. 38 Lake St., Oak Park.

June Revel: Fern Extravaganza

Saturday, June 24, 7 p.m., Pleasant Home:

Revisit the Victorian Era and the fern craze as you support a National Historic Landmark at an evening including food, spirits, live music, a silent auction, and raffle. Cocktail attire. $100, $90 members. Inquire: 708-383-2654, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park. 

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