What's Going on as the Garden Comes Alive?

Schubert Festival Oak Park

 Saturday, Jan. 27, 3 to 9:30 p.m., Unity Temple:

Hear a variety of Franz Schubert music performed by world-class musicians including talent from the Lyric Opera, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and an international award-winning pianist. With four concerts in one, stay for all four or any one of them. Hear lieder (song recital) at 3 p.m., chamber music at 4:20 and 5:30 p.m. and piano music at 8:15 p.m.
A Viennese dinner by Eastgate Café is available at 6:30 p.m. $55; $100, with dinner.
Tickets/more: schubertfestivaloakpark.org. 975 Lake St.

Wild Suburbia

Thursday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Trailside Museum:

Coyotes, opossums and raccoons are living among us. Hear Chicago Audubon’s John Elliott discuss concerns, learn how wildlife gets into neighborhoods and how we can live with them. Register: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Dirt is Good: The Microbiome and Human Health

Monday, Jan. 29, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Hear from Jack Gilbert, PhD, coauthor of Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System. $10, suggested donation. Questions: 708-386-2729. 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.

Take Part: Sanctuary City Post Card Project

The Oak Park Art League invites young artists to explore human rights and diversity through a creative lens. Postcard designs will be in a May 2018 exhibit, Sancturary, as part of its Art for Social Change series. More: oakparkartleague.org/sanctuary.

Friday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to noon, Meeting Room, Dole Library:

Explore items from the Special and Multicultural Collections, then create postcards illustrating what it means to be an openhearted community. Best for ages 5+. Since this program follows the story time “Everyone Is Welcome,” families with children 3 to 5 are invited to join both programs. Questions: 708-386-9032. 255 Augusta St., Oak Park.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2 to 4 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library: 

Express what it means to be welcoming in words and images by decorating postcards. For elementary and middle schoolers. More: riverforestlibrary.org, 708-366-5205. 735 Lathrop Ave.

What’s Going on as the Garden Comes Alive? 

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Master Gardener and author of Illinois, Indiana & Ohio Month-by-Month Gardening, Beth Botts, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. As a 25-year resident of Oak Park, she understands clay soil, shade and tight spaces. Free; all welcome. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Open Mics 

No Shush Salon

Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Meeting Room, Maze Branch: 

Hear Oak Park resident and short story author Alexei Collier kick off this monthly event for all creative types. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

More Than a Mic

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 5 to 7 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Speak your mind at this spoken-word freestyle. Meets monthly, for teens and adults. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Celebrate Wellness and Hephzibah

Sunday, Jan. 28, 3 to 4 p.m., Ahimsa Yoga Studio:  

Experience a Gentle Flow Yoga Class, for all levels, while benefitting Hephzibah Children’s Association’s Group Homes, which helps those between 3 and 12 who were abused and neglected. $50 donation includes Hephzibah yoga T-shirt. Register: ahimsayogastudios.com/events/. 441 South Blvd., Oak Park.

OPRF Resilient Communities Forum

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Hear local voices on climate-change action – RF Village President Catherine Adduci and OP Mayor Anan Abu Taleb share their takeaways from the North American Climate Summit. Other residents share insights from the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, the Chicago Community Climate Forum and updates on local initiatives. Afterwards, participants explore opportunities to help. RSVP: greencommunityconnections.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

NAMI Education and Advocacy Seminars 

Various Sundays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) series is for family members of individuals living with a mental-health condition, those working in schools and mental health fields or others interested in learning more. Free. Cosponsored by the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township. Questions: 708-524-2582 x 103. Register: namimetsub.org/family-programs/family-advocacy. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.  

  • Jan. 28:  Navigating HIPAA and Other Privacy Laws
  • Feb. 4: Managing Procrastination and Developing Executive Functional Skills in Youth
  • Feb. 18: Anxiety in Youth and School Refusal
  • March 4: The Importance of Special Interest Trusts
  • March 18: Self Care and Compassio

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