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“The World Will Be Saved
by Beauty…” 

Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m., Priory Auditorium,
Dominican University:

Kate Hennessy, who wrote Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty, An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother, presents the story of her social activist grandmother and her mother, Tamar Hennessy, drawing from memories, diaries and family letters as she explores the themes of love, suffering, voluntary poverty, pacifism and more. $10. Tickets: 7900 W.  Division St., River Forest.

“The Color of Law”

Thursday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to noon, Veterans Room, Oak Park Library:

Author Richard Rothstein discusses his book, nominated for the National Book Award, and interacts with local integration expert Dan Lauber. Rothstein’s work shows how government and communities have supported segregation through housing laws. Cohosted by The Anti-Racism Committee of the Democratic Party of Oak Park and the Oak Park Regional Housing Center. More:, 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Understanding Vaccines and Debunking Myths

Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Suite 2000, Rush Medical Office Building: 

Hear which vaccines children need and what myths are out there about them. Put on by Rush Oak Park Hospital. Register: 708-660-4636. 610 Maple Ave., Oak Park. 

Lifelong Learning Center Open House and Craft Fair

Thursday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lifelong Learning Center:

The Lifelong Learning Center of The Senior Citizen Center of Oak Park and River Forest offers classes, workshops and lectures, including weaving (15 floor looms on site), ceramics, painting, woodshop, stained glass, lapidary, languages and more.

Come for a tour and shop at the craft sale. 414 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

“The Soul of a Liberal Village”

Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Hear Tom Holmes, a long-time columnist for Wednesday Journal and an ordained Lutheran pastor, share stories from his book, The Soul of a Liberal Village: The Variety of Religious Experience in Oak Park, IL. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Candlelight Vigil to End Gun Violence

Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., First United Church of Oak Park: 

The Faith in Action – Waging Peace team is remembering the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and the 150,000 Americans killed by gun violence since December 2012. It’s one of many nationwide vigils and is in partnership with the Newtown Action Alliance. All are welcome; meet at the front steps. Care package items (warm socks, journals/sketchbooks, games, gift cards, toys, mediation or coping skill items, activity books, sets of markers/pens) are being collected for families of gun violence victims in Austin. Questions: lois@ 848 Lake St.

A Christmas Spectacular

Friday, Dec. 8, 5:30 and 7 p.m., Auditorium, Beye School:

Journey across the globe as Ovation’s Broadway Academy, students in grades K-8th, perform traditional and contemporary holiday classics from around the world. This 30-minute performance for all ages. $5. Tickets: 230 N. Cuyler Ave., Oak Park.

Sounds of Joy

Saturday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church:

The sixty-voice Oak Park/River Forest Encore Chorale, a choral group for seniors, performs works from many cultures – French, English and Spanish carols, the Hanukah song “Al Hanissim” and more. Also performing with all Chicago-area Encore Chorales on Dec. 14, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 East Chestnut, Chicago. Free. More: 611 Randolph, Oak Park.

Sing We Joyous!

Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m., First United Church of Oak Park:

Hear The Rookery Men’s Chorus, City Voices, Pro Musica Youth Chorus and the Sing We Joyous Orchestra at “A Literary Christmas” with music from The Nutcracker, The Grinch and A Child’s Christmas in Wales in spoken word. Come early, at 6:30, on Saturday for a silent auction, pick-a-prize raffle items and treats. Free childcare. Tickets: 708-386-5215, $20; $15, seniors; free, 18 and under. 848 Lake St., Oak Park.

Back To Bach

Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m., Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University Chicago:

The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest performs an all-Bach concert, featuring Chicago Symphony Orchestra bassoonist Dennis Michel on JC Bach’s Bassoon Concerto and more. Preconcert conversation at 3 p.m.; reception following. $28; students free. More:, 708-218-2648. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. 

Voices of Oak-Leyden

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1 to 2 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

Celebrate community and the holidays with a performance by Oak-Leyden’s Adult Learners Choir. Oak-Leyden serves children and adults with disabilities. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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