Friday, Dec. 1, 6 to 8 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:
See the conservatory aglow with winter blooms while enjoying carolers, chestnut roasting and holiday desserts. Santa visits with children and poses for photos. Adults can sip cocktails (2 per ticket). Shop the Winter Greens and Poinsettia sale. $15, adult resident; $7, child resident. Register: pdop.org or in person at the Conservatory. Inquire: 708-386-4700. 615 Garfield St.
Michael Teolis Singers “Christmas Is Coming”
Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church:
Hear new Christmas sounds, new takes on old favorites, reprises from past seasons and the Chicago premiere of John Gardner’s “Cantata For Christmas” for chorus and chamber orchestra. Local musicians include Oak Park singers Chris Bohlander, Barb Etchingham, and Laura Juliano. Forest Parkers include Louise Brueggemann, Nancy Greco, Erik Johnson, and accompanist David Richards. In it’s 11th season, MTS is partially funded by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, the Village of Oak Park and the National Endowment for the Arts. Physically accessible. $20; $15.00, seniors/students; cash only at the door. More: 708-366-2889, info@MTSingers.org. 324 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park.
The Animal Care League’s Holiday Bazaar
Friday, Dec. 1, 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1003 Garfield, Oak Park:
Shop for new and gently used holiday and pet items and fresh baked goods. Also enjoy local entertainment, chair massages, refreshments and a gift-basket raffle. Santa poses for photos with owners and pets on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 2 p.m. More: animalcareleague.org.
Sing-Along Messiah Benefit
Sunday, Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church:
Support Housing Forward’s mission to transition people from housing crisis to stability. The audience sings along with a professional orchestra and guest soloists. Music scores available for purchase at the door and free-will offerings accepted. Reception follows. Cosponsored by area congregations. Physically accessible; hearing assistance system. Questions: 708-383-4983. 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.
Authors at the Library
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Jeff and Val Gee, of Oak Park, have written The Winner’s Attitude: Change How You Deal with Difficult People and Get the Best Out of Any Situation.
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Join author Barb Warner Deane and learn about, Women of World War II: On the Front Lines and the Home Front. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Sunday, Dec. 3, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., School of Rock:
In the land of Harmonia, everybody has the song that makes their heart sing. Join in singing kid-friendly, popular animated music and find out what your song is. Hosted by Echo Theater Collective. $10, suggested donation. More: echotheatercollective.org. 219 Lake St., Oak Park.
Holiday Gadget Gifts
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library:
Mike Gershbein of the tech training company Very Smart People will discuss a range of technology products from inexpensive to pricey, and practical to off-the-wall. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop.
Hephzibah’s Bring-A-Gift Party
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 to 10 p.m., Healy’s Westside:
Help make the holidays merry for children. Donate a gift for any age child, gift card or cash. Enjoy drink specials and raffles. 21+. 7321 Madison St., Forest Park. Or, donate directly to Hephzibah Children’s Association. Wish List items include remote control toys, Transformer- and Frozen-themed items, LEGOs and craft kits. More: hephzibahhome.org, 708-649-7100. Drop off by Dec 16 at 946 North Blvd., Oak Park.
Christmas Band Concert
Friday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University Chicago:
Festive works include “A Christmas Intrada,” “Adventum,” “Winter Suite” by Holst and “Sleigh Ride” as well as a sing-along. Jean Harrison Bojes introduces and describing each selection. The 70-member Concordia Band includes students, local residents, faculty and staff. Free. Info: CUChicago.edu/music, 708-209-3060. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.
Oak Park String Academy Concert
Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 to 6 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:
Listen to global music performed by string students, instructors and guest musicians. Donations benefit detained immigrant children in Chicago via Heartland Alliance. More: opstringacademy.com. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.
Free Wright Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio:
Wright’s home is decorated for the holidays as it was when the family lived there in the late 1800s and early 1900s, including a 12-foot tree with handmade ornaments. After the tour, participate in a design project in Wright’s studio. Free. Refreshments and Museum Shop specials. Register: flwright.org/homefortheholidays. 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.
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