Model Railway Show

29th Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 6, noon to 3 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Select from a large variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers, including heirloom varieties, grown in the conservatory greenhouses. Sponsored by Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Members’ Sale Friday, May 4, 2 to 6 p.m.
 More: 615 Garfield. 

Mother’s Day Gift Making

Daily, May 2 through 12, 1 to 5 p.m., Bead in Hand:

Attend a drop-in workshop to create woven-wire and beaded bird’s nest or peapod pendants or make a pair into earrings, in a traditional style or modern sea-glass version, to give this Mother’s Day, May 14. Instruction, materials (except chain or cord) included. All ages; younger kids may need adult assistance. $5, per pendant; $10, per earring set. 145 Harrison St., Oak Park.

The Four Hijabs

Tuesday, May 8, 4 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Join Silk Road Rising Founding Artistic Director Jamil Khoury, an award-winning playwright, filmmaker and essayist, in a viewing and discussion of the short, animated film he co-wrote.  Koranic verses identify with the hijabs, including the visual, spatial, ethical and spiritual. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Rise and Shine – Disney and WWII

Saturday, May 5, 2 to 3:30 p.m., River Forest Public Library: 

DePaul University film instructor Jason Sperb discusses and shows film clips of Disney’s vital, but now forgotten, war contribution as a producer of hundreds of educational, industrial and propaganda films. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. More: 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.


Monday, May 3, 7 p.m., Pleasant Home:

See a short documentary about a 36-year-old mother and breast-cancer survivor who reclaims her body by covering her mastectomy scars with a tattoo; directed by a breast-cancer survivor. Followed by a panel discussion with film subjects and filmmaker/directory Rachel Pikelny of Oak Park. Reception at 8 p.m. $15. Tickets/more: 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

Starfish Project Performance: Passage

Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, 7:30 p.m., Madison Street Theater:

See Acting for a Cause students from OPRF High School as they conduct interviews and turn the word-for-word transcripts into monologues, then perform in character as their interview subjects. Proceeds go to the Thirst Project. $15; $10, students. Tickets: 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.  

Courage to Quit®

Tuesdays, May 8, 15 and 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Conference Room C, Rush Oak Park Hospital:

This free three-class program, led by a trained tobacco-cessation facilitator, covers addiction and withdrawal, “quit-smoking” medicines, managing cravings and avoiding triggers. Register/more: 708-660-4636. 520 S. Maple Ave. 

Model Railway Show

Saturday, May 5, noon to 5 p.m., Lower Level, Dole Library: 

Visit the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers’ three-level, two-state layout. Learn about model trains, the many facets of the hobby and club activities. All ages. Free. 255 Augusta Blvd., Oak Park.

Stained Glass Mosaic Art Show and Sale

Reception Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lobby, River Forest Public Library:

See the #Wondrous Women show by River Forest artist Judy Steed. Half of proceeds donated to Encore Illinois Good Memories Chorus, which supports Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers. Annual show runs through May during library hours. Questions:  

What Does Your Township Do for You? 

Tuesday, May 8, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

The Oak Park Township Community Mental Health Board helps to plan, develop, coordinate, evaluate and fund over $1 million for mental health services for brain-based and developmental disorders and alcohol and drug dependence. Learn about local mental health resources, the scope of local need and challenges for the future. Hosted by the League of Women Voters. Free. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

WSSRA Kentucky Derby Gala

Saturday, May 5, 3 to 7 p.m., Turf Club, Hawthorne Race Course:

West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) is bringing the Derby north with its annual fundraiser. Enjoy light dinner, beer/wine, derby hat and tie contest, raffles, silent auction, off-track wagering and a simulcast of the 144th Kentucky Derby. WSSRA provides therapeutic recreation for children and adults with disabilities from Oak Park, River Forest and nearby communities. $95. Tickets/more:, 847-455-2100. 3501 S. Laramie, Cicero.

Civically Engaged Reader Series

Tuesday, May 8, 7 to 8 p.m., Book Discussion Room, Main Library: 

Ponder the meaning of civic activity – associating, serving, giving and leading – through reading and discussion. Series includes short stories, poems and essays. First discussion: “They’ll Say, She Must Be from Another Country” by Imtiaz Dharker and “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost. Meets second Tuesdays through October. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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