Last Weekend: “The African Company Presents Richard III”
Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, 8 p.m., Austin Gardens:
See Oak Park Festival Theatre’s Jeff Recommended production before it closes. $32; $27, seniors; $15, students; free, under 12. Tickets/more: oakparkfestival.com; 708-300-9396., 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Heartland Blood Drive
Thursday, Aug. 30, noon to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Give blood and give someone a chance at life. All donors receive a long-sleeved Chicago Bears T-shirt that says, “Type C Blood.” Prepare by drinking plenty of fluid and bringing a photo ID. Appointments: heartlandbc.org, 1-800-786-4483; walk-ins welcome. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
First Tuesday Film Club: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:
This 2018 documentary explores the life of PBS children’s TV host Fred Rogers. Noon showing introduced by film buff Doug Deuchler. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: classiccinemas.com. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.
Happy 20th, Buzz!
Friday, Aug. 31, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m, Buzz Café:
Stop by and celebrate. Sip free coffee samples from Metropolis Coffee Company as you enjoy birthday cake and live music throughout the day. 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.
Back to School Fit Fest
Saturday, Sept. 1, noon to 2:30, Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex:
Get physical at this free event, which includes hitting practice in the batting cages, soccer skills clinic on the field, ice skating lessons and hockey puck shooting in the rink, chess demonstrations, dance competitions, family relays, fitness class demos, nutrition seminars, mural designing, games and more. Register: pdop.org. 415 Lake St., Oak Park.
Fall Garden Planting Time
Native Shrub and Tree Sale
Order through Saturday, Sept. 22:
Make your yard a refuge for birds (butterflies and other pollinators, too). Select from 22 species of shrubs and trees listed on Audubon’s Native Plants Database. Order: wild-ones-west-cook.myshopify.com. Sponsored by Green Community Connections in collaboration with West Cook Wild Ones. Plant pick up Saturday, Sept. 29, Euclid Avenue United Methodist parking lot, 405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.
Oak Park Conservatory Bulb Sale
Order through Friday, Sept. 21:
Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, allium, hyacinth and more. Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) members received 10% off – enter FOPCON at checkout. Orders may be picked up at the Conservatory when ready (you will be contacted). Or, shop the bulb sale in person at the Conservatory, beginning Sept. 21., Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by the Park District of Oak Park. Order/more: pdop.org/events/fall-harvest-market-and-bulb-sale-begins. Questions: email@example.com, 708-725-2400. 615 Garfield, Oak Park.
Thursday, Aug. 30, 9 p.m., Taylor 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. Meets the last Thursday each month, weather permitting. Up next, Sept. 27, Fox Park, time based on the season and on when the sun goes down. 400 Division St., Oak Park.
Restorative Justice Conference Logo Contest
Deadline Tuesday, Sept. 4, Oak Park Public Library:
Calling all kid and teen artists, ages 10 to 18. Turn your idea of how you see restorative justice into a logo for the library’s Restorative Justice Conference on Saturday, Oct. 6. Submit a brief artist’s statement responding to, “How do you see restorative justice?” Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver physical submissions to any service desk at the Main Library. Include name, phone and email. The winning logo will be used in the weeks prior to the conference and all submitted logos will be on display at the conference. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Social Change Theatre Project
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library:
All teens, ages 13 to 18, come explore theater as a means of social change. Learn improv techniques and help create a piece to perform at the library and elsewhere. No experience necessary. Meets regularly on Tuesdays; come as often as your schedule allows. Questions: 708-452-3440. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Life Saving CPR/AED Classes
Register now, Main Station:
The Oak Park Fire Department offers a variety of classes including CPR and training in how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) on adults and children as well as First Aid. Class size is limited and are offered monthly. Up next:
- Sept. 6 Heartsaver/AED
- Sept. 10 Infant/Child CPR
- Sept. 11 Heartsaver/First Aid
$55, residents; $80, nonresidents; $5, textbook fee. Other dates, info on healthcare provider training and registration form: www.oak-park.us/cpr. Questions: 708-358-5605, email@example.com. 100 N. Euclid Ave.
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