How Healing Works

Flamenco with Maya Tatiana

Thursday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

With haunting Spanish guitar solos and dance evocative of rumba and tango, you will be moved by the passion and depth of this colorful experience. Doors open at 6:45. $10, suggested donation. Info: 708-386-2729, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.  

Syzygy: To Yoke or Pair Together

Artist Talk Sunday, Feb. 4, 2 to 5 p.m., Firecat Projects Gallery:

Oak Park artist Betty-Jane Lau’s show of two-sided weavings runs through Feb. 17. More: 2124 N. Damen Ave., Chicago. 

“The Speckled Band”

Monday, Feb. 5, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Hear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s favorite Sherlock Holmes story told by Helen Stoner, the main female character, played by Megan Wells. $10, suggested donation. More: 708-386-2729, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  

Conversations: The Lid

Saturday, Feb. 3, 9:15 a.m. to 10 p.m., Greater Chicago Church (GCC):

Join the GCC women leaders to start the conversation on removing the ‘lid’ holding individuals back from fulfilling one’s full potential. Sheri Silk of Loving on Purpose presents at 10 a.m. on destiny, community and lifting each other up. Women’s panel at 1:30 p.m. Danny and Sheri Silk present an evening session at 7 p.m., open to men as well. $25; free, evening session. Childcare available. Questions: Tickets/more: 705 Jackson Blvd., Oak Park.

How Healing Works

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Author of How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal, Dr. Wayne Jonas draws on 40 years of research and patient care to explain how 80 percent of healing arises from outside the doctor’s office. His method helps people tap into their own healing capacity. The Book Table will sell books. Info: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Celebrate African-American Heritage Month

Sunday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish:

The celebration includes Mass with Bishop Joseph Perry, festive praise and worship, three choirs in combination, African music and garb and a potluck brunch. People of all faiths invited. Info: 708-386-8077, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park.

Presenting Dame
Judi Dench

Various Mondays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Join film historian Doug Deuchler for a series of screenings and discussions. 

  • Feb. 5: Mrs. Brown
  • Feb. 12: Ladies in Lavendar
  • Feb. 19: Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Feb. 26: Notes on a Scandal
  • March 5: Philomena
  • March 12: Victoria & Abdul

More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

“Junie B. Jones Jr., The Musical” 

Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 3, 2:30 and 7 p.m., Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School:

Bravo Performing Arts presents this heartwarming production that follows Junie B. as she takes the plunge into first grade. She learns a lot about herself, friendship and how to take life’s lemons and make it into lemonade. $10; $8, students/seniors. Tickets:, 708-524-5621. 325 S.
Kenilworth Ave, Oak Park.

Understanding the World of Islam: Sufism

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

Sufism is a mystical Islamic belief and practice in which Muslims seek the truth of divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God. The University of Chicago’s Franklin Lewis, Associate Professor of Persian Language and Literature, introduces Sufism by way of 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi and his work. Bring your questions or email 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Mindset – The New Psychology of Success

Saturday, Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m., Multi-Purpose Room, Roosevelt Middle School:

Join District 90, the PTOs and Dr. Ann Batenburg of Mindset Works in an interactive discussion about the growth mindset approach to life and learning. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by discussion. Facilitated breakouts on applications at home, in school and in the community follow. Storytime compliments of the RF Library for those second grade and younger; older students participate in discussion. Free. 7560 Oak Ave., River Forest.

Japan Fest

Saturday, Feb. 3, Noon to 4 p.m., Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Experience the music, games, food and crafts of Japan at this family-friendly event. Sponsored in part by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago. 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park.

Dining Out in Chicago 

Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library:

Chicago historian and urbanologist Max Grinnell takes a tour-du-table with historic photographs, ephemera and his own knowledge. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. More:, 708-366-5205. 735 Lathrop Ave.

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