Frank Lloyd Wright After Hours
Thursday, Sept. 6, 6 to 8 p.m., Home and Studio:
Come to the inaugural evening of music, wine, beer and light refreshments as you casually explore the historic site and learn from docents. Guided outdoor walks of the surrounding neighborhood, including Forest Avenue and its Wright-designed private residences. $50; $40; FLW Trust members. Also Sept. 20. Tickets/more: flwright.org/afterhourshs. 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.
Saturday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Dominican University:
See the life and career of lawyer Thurgood Marshall, first African American Supreme Court Justice and champion of such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education, brought to the stage for a benefit for Oak Park Festival Theatre (OPFT). Champagne and dessert reception follow; meet with the OPFT Company and performer Johnny Lee Davenport. $50. Tickets/more: oakparkfestival.com/Thurgood. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.
Migrating Monarchs Celebration
Sunday, Sept. 9, Noon to 3 p.m., Trailside Museum:
See how monarchs are raised, tagged for tracking and watch butterflies being released. Also, learn about this globe-trotting butterfly and trace its migration through activities, crafts and displays. Free. Questions: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.
Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maple Park:
All two- and four-legged walkers can do their part for Animal Care League (ACL) homeless animals. After strutting around Oak Park, enjoy live music, food, doggie-treat truck, canine massages, give-aways, prizes for best costumes and top fundraisers and more. $40, adult; $30, ACL members; $20, ages 6 to 16; free, dogs and ages 5 and under. Virtual walkers also welcome. Register/more: animalcareleague.org/2018-mutt-strut.html. 1105 S. Maple Ave., Oak Park.
“As I Am: The Life and Times of DJ AM”
Saturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m., Room 200, Christopher Center, Concordia University Chicago:
A glimpse inside the life of ‘America’s first million-dollar DJ,’ Adam Goldstein. See his rise, struggles with addiction and recovery. Panel discussion follows. Stay from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to enjoy food, music and conversation. Brought by the Addiction Recovery Team of the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township. Free. Register: Cmhb.networkofcare.org. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.
Unskeptical: Finding the Real Story in a World of Half-Truths
Sunday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Branch:
Author and activist Seth Andrews, known for the website and podcast, The Thinking Atheist, will speak. Q&A session and book signing follows. Free. Brought by End of the Line Humanists. More: elhumanists.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Movie under the Stars: “Paddington 2”
Friday, Sept. 7, Dusk, Barrie Park:
The Southeast Oak Park Community Organization (SEOPCO) along with Irving School PTO present a film that’s fun for the whole family. All are welcome. 1011 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.
Cluster Tutoring Info Sessions
Tuesday, Sept. 11, or Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m., First United Church:
Make a difference in the education of a child from the Austin neighborhood through tutoring. Info: clustertutoring.org. Questions: 773-378-5530; firstname.lastname@example.org. 848 Lake St., Oak Park.
Herbs & Spices 101
Saturday, Sept. 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Learn about “A Pathway to Health and Savings Through Herbalism and Bulk Shopping” as presented by a representative from Sugar Beet Food Co-op. Demo and D.I.Y. spice blend to take home while supplies last (allergy advisory – nuts will be used). Space is limited. Register: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Fall Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange
Saturday, Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:
Join other gardeners and share favorite perennial plants, houseplants and extra garden tools. Drop off materials from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; pick up items from noon to 12:30 p.m. Brought by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Questions: 708-725-2460. 615 Garfield, Oak Park.
Dmitry Samarov – Paintings and Drawings
Through Oct. 17, O’Connor Art Gallery, Lewis Hall,
The exhibit, which is a survey of the artist’s past 20 years of work, opens Wednesday, Sept. 5, with Samarov discussing his art at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception, 4 to 7 p.m. His works “focus on the world outside himself.” Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inquire: email@example.com. 7900 Division St., River Forest.
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems at Pleasant Home
Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Join engineer Mark Nussbaum as he discusses key systems that make a building work and how they integrate with a historical structure like Pleasant Home in the past, present and future. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
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