Halloween Carnival and Food Drive
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2 to 6 p.m., Pleasant Home:
Kids ages 12 and under, dress for Trick or Treating and bring an item to donate to Sarah’s Inn: sarahsinn.org/en/get-involved/donations-wish-list/. There will be face painting, games, a photo booth, treats and more! Sponsored by Aubrey Jacknow and Jacknow Realty. Free, register: eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-jacknow-halloween-carnival-and-food-drive-tickets-37766120483. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.
Through Tuesday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m., All Branches, Oak Park Public Library:
Warm souls and soles by contributing new socks, one of the most-requested items by people at shelters, to benefit Housing Forward. Donate to drop boxes during regular library hours; Main collection in Children’s Services. Questions: 708-452-3420, email@example.com. Main: 834 Lake St., Maze: 845 Gunderson Ave., Dole: 255 Augusta St.
Stand Tall with Sarah’s Inn
Saturday: Oct. 28, 7 to 11 p.m., Oak Park Country Club:
Help end the cycle of domestic violence or improve the lives of those affected by it by supporting Sarah’s Inn with a night of live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, auctions and NBC5 host Lisa Parker. $135. Tickets: sarahsinn.org. 2001 N. Thatcher Ave., River Grove.
WWI and America
Women Heroes of World War I
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Local author Kathryn Atwood will share stories from her book of the brave women of the first world war, including resisters, soldiers, spies, and medics. More: oppl.org/ww1. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Great Soldiers of the First Division, 1917–1919
Monday, Oct. 30, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
To put a human face on the soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces, Dr. Paul Herbert, Executive Director of the First Division Museum at Cantigny, will share stories of some of the famous and interesting people who served during WWI. More: oppl.org/ww1. 834 Lake St.
Best of Unity Temple Choir Concert
Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Unity Temple:
Hear the 50-voice choir, featuring movements from Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass for the Homeless and more. $20; $15, seniors; $5; children under 13. Tickets available at the door or at the Unity Temple office, 1019 South Blvd., Oak Park. 875 Lake St.
Spooky Skate and #HauntTheRink!
Friday, Oct. 27, 6:15 to 8:15 and 8:30 to 10 p.m., Ridgeland Common:
Kids, at 6:15, don your costume and come for a Spooky Skate at the rink for a costume contest, chilling games on the ice, creepy crafts and treats. $7; free, with season pass; $3, skate rental. At 8:30, middle schoolers and teens alone take over the ice at #HauntTheRink. There will be music, games, a costume contest and more. $15. More: pdop.com. 415 Lake St. Oak Park.
Family Fun Day
Saturday, Oct. 28, 1 to 4 p.m., McDonough Hall, St. Giles Church:
Enjoy music, Irish dancing, story telling, face painting, crafts, raffle and silent auction while raising money for Aunt Mary’s Storybook Project, a parent-child reading program for incarcerated parents and their families. $10; $30, family. Columbian and Greenfield, Oak Park.
Día de los Muertos
Sunday, Oct. 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
View Mexican actress Susanna Mercado’s presentation of “Los Muertos no están Solos” (“The Dead are not Alone”), and see poems, songs, dance and more. Info: oppl.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
“Inner Space Outer Space” Closing Reception Friday, Oct. 27, 5 to 9 p.m., Gallery Pink; Opening Reception for “Dogs, Dogs, Dogs” Sunday, Oct. 9, 2 to 4 p.m., Oak Park Arms:
In “Inner Space Outer Space,” see explorations by Galen Garapolo, Jackie Lakely, Kelly Donahugh and Mary Jo Parker O’Hearn through Oct. 29. Info: 708-334-5707. 149 Harrison St., Oak Park. In “Dogs, Dogs, Dogs,” see a collection of 25 monoprints by Roberta Raymond, on view daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 30. 408 S. Oak Park Ave.
Teens and Mental Health
Sunday, Oct. 29, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Main Library:
A “Youth Suicide Prevention and Education” talk is being offered in a series of free family talks put on by NAMI and co-sponsored by OP Township’s Community Mental Health Board. Future sessions:
%u25A0 Nov. 5 The Teen Brain: It’s Developmental Relationship to Mental Illness
%u25A0 Nov. 19 What we Put Into our Mind/Body Impacts Feelings of Wellbeing
Questions: 708-524-2582, Ext. 101, firstname.lastname@example.org. Register: namimetsub.org/family-programs/family-advocacy. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Photography at the Intersection of Science and Art
Monday, Oct. 30, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:
Meet Emmy-nominated filmmaker and former Adler Planetarium astronomer Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado and see images from his films, such as Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Also hear how he has developed photographic techniques. $10, suggested donation. Info: 709-386-2729, nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
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