River Kayaking 101

The History of the Tango

Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:

Church of Beethoven’s Opera Showcase presents tango’s songs, including music from Piazzolla, Gardel, Filibierto, Stamponi and more, performed by tango singer Alba Guerra and tenor Bradley Schuller, accompanied by guitar and bandoneon. $20; $10, kids. Tickets/more: brownpapertickets.com/event/3395861. 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. 

Goin’ Home: A Celebration of American Folk

Saturday, May 12, 4 p.m., Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University Chicago:

The Oak Park/River Forest Encore Chorale, made up of older adults, will sing “By the River;” “Goodnight Irene;” “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme” and more. Free. Info: encoreillinois.org, encoreillinois@gmail.com or 630-441-5157. 7400 Augusta, River Forest.

Jobs Club: Expand Your Skills

Wednesday, May 16, 1 to 3 p.m., NAMI Metro Suburban Drop-In Center:
Hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), meet the employment team to manage your career, learn about available jobs and receive one-on-one assistance. Monthly, on the third Wednesday, a new topic is covered. June 20 – Find a Job, July 18 – Career Management. Info: 708-524-2582 X106, pike@namimetsub.org. 814 Harrison St., Oak Park. 

Rick & Friends Concert

Friday, May 11, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian:

Hear a fresh twist to Christian contemporary blues and classic rock, featuring Rick Sutton (Brothers of Absolution), Alex Hibbert, Stevie B. Quick and Beth Siegel. Freewill offering supports the Pottery Ministry. More: firstpresrf.org. 7551 Quick Ave., River Forest.

River Kayaking 101

Friday, May 11, 3 to 5 p.m., Trailside Museum:  

Technique and instruction are provided in this intro class, prior to a short hands-on paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Shuttle provided back to Trailside. Free. Register: 312-533-5751. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Creating Communities Free of Gender-Based Violence

Thursday, May 10, 8 to 10 a.m., Oak Park Country Club:

At this first educational breakfast forum, Sarah’s Inn’s will connect experts with corporate, business and civic leaders, and community members on social issues to drive progress in communities and workplaces. $50. Tickets: sarahsinn.org/events. 2001 Thatcher Ave., River Grove.

Understanding the World of Islam: Community Voices 

Wednesday, May 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

On the first evening of Ramadan, hear from local voices in a panel discussion, learn about traditions, cultures and more. Afterwards, participants and neighbors break the fast together with food and drink. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Open Meeting: VOICE Oak Park

Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

VOICE is a coalition of citizens concerned about the future of the village. Learn about VOICE and exchange ideas regarding citizen action for a more open, responsive and democratic local government and for a thriving, livable, inclusive and sustainable Oak Park. Inquire: voiceoakpark@gmail.com. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Stamp Out Hunger 

Saturday, May 12, throughout Oak Park and River Forest:

Take part in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive by leaving non-perishable items for your postal carrier to pick up on the morning of the drive. Items benefit Sarah’s Inn and other area organizations.

Singers Wanted: Early Music Choral Festival

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Veterans Room, Main Library: 

The Oak Park Concert Chorale invites singers interested in madrigals, cannons and other early choral music, no experience necessary. A short public performance follows. Free. Inquire: 847-420-9200, info@oakparkconcertchorale.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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