July 4th Parade and Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4, Parade at 10 a.m., Fireworks at Dusk, Village of Oak Park:
The Independence Day Parade steps off from Longfellow Park (Ridgeland and Adams) and marches north on Ridgeland to Augusta, turning east to disperse near Whittier Elementary at Harvey Ave. Weather permitting, a fireworks display is in the football stadium of Oak Park & River Forest High School, East Ave. and Lake St.
Cruise for a Cause
Thursday, June 28, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Navy Pier:
Support Sarah’s Inn as the Associate Board hosts a Luau on the Lake, including open bar, food, games and raffles. Made possible by ChicagoLine Cruises. $75. Tickets: sarahsinn.givezooks.com/events/cruise-for-a-cause-2018. Inquire: 708-386-3305 x 1022, firstname.lastname@example.org. 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago.
First Tuesday Film Club: ‘RBG’
Tuesday, July 3, 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:
At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a legal legacy while becoming a pop culture icon. See her rise to the nation’s highest and learn about the woman as hero and dissenter. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: classiccinemas.com. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.
Final Weekend: The Real Housewives of Oak Park
Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:
Get ready for a hilarious look at the unrealistic side of reality shows and the importance of children’s positions in the T-ball line-up. $20. Tickets/more: opendoortheater.net, voicemail at 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.
Classic Korea Goodwill Concert
Saturday, June 30, 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church:
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago with classic Korean artists and Bellissima Opera guest artists from Oak Park, including Christine Steyer, soprano. Hear a mix of Korean folk and art songs as well as opera and Broadway favorites. Presented by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, the Korea Foundation and Bellissima Opera. Reception follows. Accessible. Ages 8 and up. Free. 611 Randolph St., Oak Park.
Thursday, June 28, 8 to 9 p.m., Scoville Park:
Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson for a night of telescope viewing and a discussion of current and upcoming NASA missions and discoveries. Bring a telescope if you can. Weather permitting. Meets the last Thursday each month. Up next, June 26 at Euclid Square Park. Oak Park Ave. and Lake St., Oak Park.
“Jungle Book, KIDS”
Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m., and Friday, June 29, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Auditorium, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School:
Bravo Performing Arts Academy presents an animal adventure based on the writing of Rudyard Kipling. Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli must leave home. See what happens next in this performance put on by fourth through sixth-graders. $9; $7, students/seniors. Tickets: bravoperformingarts.org. 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park.
Mary Pickersgill and the Star Spangled Banner
Saturday, June 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library:
Join author Lynn Rymarz as she tells the story of the Baltimore seamstress who sewed the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore against the British in September 1814. Her flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our National Anthem. Adults. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.
Healthy Heart Bingo
Friday, June 29, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Belmont Village:
Join Marta Alvarado, Ph.D., director of Community Outreach at West Suburban Medical Center, for a fun bingo and educational activity, with prizes, to learn interesting facts about your heart. All are welcome. Free. 1035 Madison St., Oak Park.
Adult Improv Workshop
Tuesday, July 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Meeting Room, Maze Library:
Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Drop in for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.
Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) Breakfast
Thursday, June 28, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Hemmingway’s Bistro:
SBAC works in Illinois to make local laws friendlier to small business and has significantly cut costs of doing business for most industries. Learn about the latest legislation, new solutions to business challenges and network. First two visits are free. More: sbacil.org. 221 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.
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