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Silent Movies
on the Porch

Friday, Aug. 3, 8:15 to 9:30 p.m.,
Pleasant Home:

See films from days of old accompanied by live piano music. Seating begins at 7:30. This week, see female comedians in a series of shorts – Mabel Normand in Mabel’s Busy Day and Mabel’s Married Life (1914), Alice Howell in Cinderella Cinders (1920) and One Wet Night (1924) and Marion Byron in A Pair of Tights (1929). Up next:

Aug. 10, Buster Keaton in Cops (1922)
and Sherlock Junior (1924) 

Aug. 17, Harold Lloyd in Safety Last (1923)

Aug. 24, Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925)  

Inquire:, 708-383-2654. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

Birds, Bees & Butterflies: Native Garden Tour 

Sunday, Aug. 5, 1 to 4 p.m., various locations in Oak Park and River Forest:

Visit 15 gardens incorporating native plants and discover underused plants of Illinois. Meet the designers and naturalists and learn how to save water and create a healthier landscape. Advance purchase: $10; $7, West Cook Wild Ones members. Tickets/more: Day of tickets: $12; $10, members; free, ages 18 and under. Purchase at Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

Art Dans la Rue

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2 to 9 p.m., Downtown Oak Park:

Savor all things European. Take a French lesson and see original art to purchase or admire from area artists. Enjoy crepes, beignets, French street food and baked goods, Gelato, macarons, coffee and wine. Have fun with a roaming mime and a visit from Madeline (3 to 5 p.m.), artistic face painting (4 to 6 p.m.), cancan dancers and a poodle parade (7 p.m.) and more. Info: Marion St. between Lake and North Blvd. 

One Book, One Oak Park Book Discussions

Sunday, Aug. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Lobby, Oak Park Arms:

At Poem & Place, walk with library staff and explore Oak Park connections with this summer’s read, A People’s History of Chicago by poet Kevin Coval. This session’s poems: “The Great Migration” and “Ron Hardy Plays the Record Backwards.” Weather permitting. Oak Park Ave. and Washington Blvd. 

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 6 to 7 p.m., Two Brothers Social Tap:

As part of the Oak Park Public Library’s summer read, connect with your neighbors in discussing Kevin Coval’s poetry. A People’s History of Chicago available for check out at all library branches. More: 100 S. Marion St., Oak Park.

Candlelight Vigil for Families
Belong Together

Thursday, Aug. 2, 8 to 8:45 p.m., Lawn, St. Giles Parish: 

In support of immigrant families separated at the border, a service of prayer and song will affirm “welcome the stranger,” central to all faith traditions. Community members with roots in Central America will describe the situation in their home countries and why people risk coming to the U.S. Bring a candle. Questions: 1045 N. Columbian, Oak Park.

“We Even Saw Stars at Night”

Thursday, Aug. 2, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room,
Main Library: 

Join Oak Parker Doug Deuchler for a reading of selections from his memoir-in-progress. Hear about his 1950s childhood and his early teaching career in the ’60s. Deuchler is the theater critic for Wednesday Journal and has authored six books, including Legendary Locals of Oak Park. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

on Tap

Tuesday, August 7, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

Meet Lisa Locascio, author of Open Me, a coming-of-age story that unfolds in Europe. Locascio will converse with Charles Finch, bestselling author of the Charles Lenox mysteries. Held in partnership with The Book Table. 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park.

First Tuesday Film Club:
‘The Guardians’

Tuesday, Aug.  7, 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

A 2017 French drama of love, loss and resilience that unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. $8.50; $6, matinees/seniors. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Art Openings

Open Spaces and City Places;
Endangered Species Sculpture

Reception Friday, Aug. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., Lower Level
Gallery, West Suburban Medical Center:

Meet pastel artist John Nicholas and see his street scenes from Chicago to Barcelona and landscapes from the Grand Canyon to Captiva Island. Also meet sculptor Bob Steed who uses salvaged materials to create endangered and extinct creatures. Through Sept.  30.  Questions: 708-383-6200. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.

All About

Reception Saturday, Aug. 4, 2 to 4 p.m. Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

Meet Oak Park artist Beth Ryza and see her acrylic paintings. Her work emphasizes organic shapes of nature, energetic movement and vibrant color. In the Library Gallery through Aug. 30. Info: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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