MLK Film Festival

“Unfolding Secrets” Exhibit

Opens Monday, Jan. 8, Ferguson Gallery in Kretzmann Hall, Concordia University Chicago: 

Claudia Craemer’s collection of abstract oil paintings are about “revealing secrets through paint, and searching for clues before the canvas.” Free. Through Feb. 17. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Questions: 708-209-3013. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

MLK Film Festival

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 6, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Mark the 32nd anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by viewing films. First up, the 2017 mystery/thriller Get Out. Others include:

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2 to 4 p.m.:
 Putney Swope

Saturday, Jan. 13, 1 to 3 p.m.:
I Am Not Your Negro

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2 to 4 p.m.:
The Battle of Algiers

Monday, Jan. 15, 2 to 4 p.m.:
Small Island

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2 to 4 p.m.:
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Info: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Girls Who Code

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Computer Classroom, Main Library: 

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and the club is starting in Oak Park. Girls ages 12 to 18 may join supportive peers to use computer science to impact the community. Learn to code or improve your coding ability. Free. Meets weekly. Register:, 708-452-3440. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Spanish Conversation Hour/Conversación en Español

Saturday, Jan. 6, 3 to 4 p.m., Dole Library: 

Join other Spanish speakers to practice through conversation. All levels are welcome.  Also Feb. 3 and March 3. More: 255 Augusta St., Oak Park.

Oak–Leyden: Take a Tour

Ongoing at Lifelong Learning Centers, CILA Homes or Children’s Services Programs:

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services empowers those with developmental delays and disabilities. It has two adult Lifelong Learning Centers, a Multidisciplinary Clinic and 12 Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) group homes for adults. Oak-Leyden provides residential and vocational adult services, supported employment opportunities and early intervention and other children’s services in Forest Park, Oak Park, River Forest and beyond. Call for a tour: 708-524-1050. More: Headquarters: 411 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

Cyberbullying: A New Twist on an Age-Old Problem

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Suite 2000, Rush Oak Park Hospital Medical Office Building:

The State’s Attorney of Cook County will lead a discussion of how some are misusing internet-based and app technologies to bully and how families can avoid abuse and solve problems within this high-tech environment. Parents and children invited. Register: 708-660-4636. 610 Maple, Oak Park. 

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Friday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m., Trailside Museum:

Evening Snowshoe Hike – Come for a moonlit hike on snowshoes if snow depth permits, or on boots if not. Warm up by a fire afterwards. Snowshoes provided or bring your own. Adults only. Free. Register: 708-366-6530.

Saturday, Jan. 6, 1 p.m., Trailside Museum:

New Year’s Resolution Walk – Fulfill a resolution of being more active by taking a long winter walk through the woods. Afterwards, warm up with some hot cider. Family program. Free. 

More: 708-366-6530, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 

Art Reception: Oak Park Photography Club

Saturday, Jan. 7, 3 to 5 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library: 

Meet local photographers and see their images, which will be exhibited in the Library Art Gallery through January 30. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Aging in Oak Park – The Next 50 Years

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Come to this Public Forum covering issues important to all citizens of Oak Park regarding aging. Joining the discussion are Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb; Lydia Manning, PhD, Associate Professor of Gerontology at Concordia University; and former Village Trustee and Wednesday Journal columnist Marc Blesoff. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.  

Inner Confidence Workshop

Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 3 and 4, 1 to 4 p.m., The Yoga Centre:

This I Shine® Workshop, in collaboration with YogaKids of Oak Park, is designed for girls ages 9 to 12 to increase resilience, strengthen relationships and cultivate greater self-appreciation through talk, yoga, fun activities and self-reflection. Girls will also gain tools to thrive and support themselves through challenging situations. $65 per day. Register: 266 Lake St., Oak Park.

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