Oak Park Toastmasters Club

Route 66 Car Show

Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ogden Ave. between Oak Park Ave. and Ridgeland:

Cars of all eras and styles make up one of the area’s biggest shows. Free to spectators. $40 to register a car the day of the event, 7 to 10 a.m., or online: berwynrt66.com. Sponsored by Visit Oak Park and others. Berwyn.

Help Oak Park Park

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 4 and 6 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 23, 7 and 11 a.m., Council Chamber, Village Hall:

The village of Oak Park is encouraging residents to give input on parking to help develop a pilot project to test new parking approaches and technologies in a high-demand parking area — South Blvd. to Madison St. and Harlem to Oak Park Ave. Those who live or work within these boundaries are asked to participate, but all are welcome. If unable to attend, email: parking@oak-park.us. 123 Madison St.

U.S. Congressional Community Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., Council Chamber, Village Hall:

Constituents within the 7th Congressional District, which includes Oak Park, are invited to a public forum with Congressman Danny K. Davis. Topics include healthcare, jobs, the economy, education, immigration, international issues and other national concerns. More: 708-345-6857, 773-533-7520. 123 Madison St.

A World Gone Mad: A Buddhist Approach to Conflict and Chaos

Thursday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago:

Coping with uncertainty in a chaotic world from the point of view of Buddhism, psychology and meditative practice will be addressed by Gen Kelsang Demo, American Buddhist Nun and Midwestern U.S. National Spiritual Director. Free. Questions: 708-763-0132, MeditateInChicago.org. 13 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Last Chance: Silent Movies on the Porch

Friday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m., Pleasant Home:

The annual August event closes out the season with feature length film City Lights starring Charlie Chaplin. The movie begins at 8:15 and is accompanied by live piano music. $10 suggested donation. More: programs@pleasanthome.org, 708-383-2654. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

“La La Land”

Saturday, Aug. 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library:

Spend a cool afternoon inside viewing this winner of six Academy Awards, including  best actress, director, and cinematography. Free. 735 Lathrop Ave.

“The Fair Maid of the West”

Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 24 to 26, 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m., and special Wednesday show, Aug. 30, 8 p.m., Austin Gardens:

Oak Park Festival Theatre’s swashbuckling, comedy love story includes battles, mistaken identities and storm-tossed seas. Through Sept. 2. $30, adults, $25 seniors; $15 students; free, age 12 and under and dogs. Info/tickets: oakparkfestival.com, 708-445-4440. 167 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.

“Whose Crime Is It Anyway?”

Saturday, Aug. 26, and Tuesday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., The Sushi House Dragon Theater:

Mystery Unlimited presents an improv murder-mystery show featuring veterans of Chicago comedy, including Second City, The Annoyance, and iO, and backed by Oak Parker Christopher Bell. Price includes show, Sushi House appetizer, choice of entree, dessert, tea, and one adult beverage for 21+, soda for others. $60, adults; $50, 21 and under. Coupon code MYSTERY = $10 off each. Tickets: 630-660-8899, MysteryTix.com. Info: MysteryUnlimited.com. 1107 Lake St, Oak Park.

More Than a Month

Inspired by the documentary film “More Than a Month,” this Oak Park Public Library series explores the African diaspora, analyzing black history and traditions, placing it within America at large, and more. Info: oppl.org/more.

 %u25A0 “Our Black Year” Book Discussion

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2 to 3 p.m., Book Discussion Room, Main Library:

Share thoughts on Maggie Anderson’s book, which tells how her family only purchased from black-owned businesses for a year. The book also chronicles her creation of the Black Empowerment Experiment Foundation. 834 Lake St.

%u25A0 Let’s Conversate!

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Learn about and discuss different social justice topics. Engage in dynamic workshops designed to encourage dialogue and collaboration. Adults and teens. 834 Lake St.

Preparing for a Job Interview

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Learn the importance of first impressions, tips and techniques to prepare for interviews, and more. Presented by David Preciado, Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Workforce and Community Initiative. Register: oppl.org. Inquire: 708-452-3470, Ats@oppl.org, 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Thursday Night Out

Aug. 24, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Oak Park:

Only two Thursdays left! Pick up a menu and purchase a booklet ($16 for four dine-around tickets) at the kiosk on Lake and Marion. Twenty-plus area establishments offer drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Dine in or carry out, rain or shine. Music this week: the Paul Abella Trio, 5 to 7 p.m., Cardinal Harbor, 7 to 9 p.m. More: downtownoakpark.net. Marion between North Blvd. and Lake St. 

Oak Park Toastmasters Club 

Thursday, Aug. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Main Library: 

Those needing to gain confidence in public speaking are invited to the Oak Park Toastmasters Club, part of Toastmasters International. Work on boosting your career, practice the English language, even practice telling jokes — all are welcome. Meets second and fourth Thursdays. Contact Nonna Working: 312-330-7470, oakparktoastmasters.org. 834 Lake St. 

Music Together® Demo Class

Friday, Aug. 25, 9:15 to 10:15, and Monday, Aug. 28, 4 to 5 p.m., Oak-Leyden Developmental Services:

Families with kids birth to age five are invited to try an inclusive music program. Oak-Leyden helps children and adults with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential. Free; register: rwood@oak-leyden.org, 708-524-1050. 411 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

Birds and Bats at Trailside

%u25A0 Birds at the End of Summer

Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 a.m., Trailside Museum:

Some birds are already migrating south; many more will soon join. Chicago Audubon’s John Elliott will help find migrants and teach more about them. Free; binoculars available. Registration requested: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

%u25A0 Bats – Night Stalkers

Thursday, Aug. 31, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Trailside Museum:

Learn about these flying mammals then observe live bats flitting about using special equipment. For adults and children age 10 and up. Free. Registration required by Aug. 29: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Concordia University Chicago Kindness 5K

Sunday, Aug. 27, 7 a.m., Willowbrook High School:

Concordia, River Forest, hosts the first 5K to celebrate the “life, love and light” shared by alumna Katie Kloess. Run, walk or stroll at the family-friendly event for all abilities or join virtually. Bring non-perishable food and soda pop tabs for donation. Kids Zone for youngsters not completing the course. $25 until Aug. 23, $35 after; proceeds fund a memorial scholarship for a student who exemplifies kindness. More/register: CUChicago.edu/Kindness5K, 888-258-6773, alumni@cuchicago.edu. 250 South Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park. 

Walmart Trip and Other Transport for Seniors, Disabled

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 9:30 a.m., Forest Park Walmart:

Oak Park Township Senior Services is sponsoring a shopping trip by bus for Oak Park and River Forest residents ages 60 . $2 suggested donation round trip. Registration required: 708-383-4806. 

Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., various locations:

OP&RF residents over 60, and any age individual with a disability, can arrange for curb-to-curb transportation for any purpose. All buses are lift equipped. Also, regularly scheduled service to grocers and malls. Weekday bus service is ongoing. $1 suggested donation, each ride; $13 for 14 rides.  Reserve one day in advance: 708-383-4806.

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