Harvest Time for Scholarships
Sunday, Sept. 23, 3 to 6 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:
See the Chicago Cellar Boys play Louis Armstrong-inspired jazz and the big band sounds of the 1920s and ’30s. Concert and light supper raises money for the Charitable Association’s scholarships, which support 16 OPRF High School
students in college. $55. Tickets: nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Author Talk: Paul Teodo
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Hear the author talk about his novel, Pastaman, the story of Chicago in the ’60s, racial strife, political corruption, and being assaulted by conflicting messages from his Catholic school and his drunken father, set in a South-Side Italian neighborhood. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m., River Forest Public Library:
Educational entertainer Martina Mathisen artfully interweaves tales of power, personality and politics of the six women linked with the British monarchy during Henry VIII’s reign. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.
Authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest
Sunday, Sept. 23, 4 to 7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:
Feel like you’re spending an evening in Deutschland with a German sing-along, a children’s lantern parade, live oom-pah band, dinner of sausages, sauerkraut, red cabbage and more, along with beer and wine. Also, silent auction and booth with hand-carved wooden items. $15, advance; $20, at door. $8, advance children 5 to 11; $10, at door. Price includes food and limited beverages. Tickets: GraceRiverForest.org. Questions: 708-366-6900. 7300 Division St., River Forest.
Friday, Sept. 21, 6 to 9 p.m., Buzz Café:
It’s the Third Friday Gallery Walk in the Arts District and Buzz is shining its Local Artist Spotlight on painter, Irene Morgan. Also hear live folk music by Jake Peterson. 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.
Reception Friday, Sept. 21, 6 to 9 p.m., Compound Yellow:
See “12 Openings Part 4: Address (Lost)/Schematics” the next installment of a “yearlong experiment in collaborative curation with unpredictable results.” Elana Marte Adler brings her sculptural art while Michael Borowski adds photography. More: compoundyellow.com. 244 Lake Street, Oak Park.
Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 – 6 p.m., Dancing Krow Studio:
See “Layers” with works by gallery owner Karen Schuman and painter/photographer Maria Gedroc through September. 43 Harrison, Oak Park.
Chinese Moon Festival
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrates the harvest and is the second grandest celebration in China after Chinese New Year. Hear Chinese myths and music, taste mooncakes and tea and see calligraphers write your name in Chinese. Free. Presented by Mid-USA Falun Dafa Association. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Friday, Sept. 21, 4 to 7 p.m., Oak Park Township:
Learn what Oak Park and River Forest Township can do for you as you enjoy food and music, tour the facility and meet staff and elected officials. Learn about Assessor, Senior, Youth and Mental Health Services and more. Bring non-perishable food to “Fill the Van” for the OPRF Food Pantry. Celebrating 115 years, free oak tree saplings given to the first 115 guests. More: oakparktownship.org/news/township-day-2018. 105 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.
Parks & Conversation
Wednesday, Sept., 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Stevenson Park:
Learn about offerings from the Oak Park Park District, the history and programming of different facilities and share concerns or ask questions. Coming up: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Barrie Park. Stevenson: 49 Lake St.
Free Folk Concert: Ryanhood
Monday, Sept. 24, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
The folk-rock group is on tour promoting their latest album, Yearbook, and will play their song, “Second City,” about the Chicago Fire. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Concert Across America to End Gun Violence
Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 to 10 p.m., School of Rock:
Help stamp out the cycle with a night of music featuring Chai Tulani & the Bomba, the Veltway Music Collective Musicians, Huey Gang, Cuzzin Vinny and the School of Rock Show Team. Food trucks by Carnivore; beer/wine donated by Hamburger Mary’s and Kinslahger. Proceeds benefit Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, which provides services and programs in Austin and greater Chicago to end gun violence. $25. Tickets/more: locations.schoolofrock.com/oakpark/events. 219 Lake St. in Oak Park.
Domestic Violence Action Month Community Kick-off
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m., Community Bank:
Join Sarah’s Inn – wear purple and hear from domestic-violence survivors, and community partners and leaders, to learn how to help raise awareness and be a part of the solution to end domestic violence. Another way to take action: tie a purple ribbon around trees or front doors. Pick up a packet of purple ribbons from Sarah’s Inn for the whole block (309 Harrison St., # 100, Oak Park). 1001 Lake St., Oak Park.
Free True Unity Classical Music Series
Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., Unity Lutheran Church:
In this four-part series, international musicians play a Steinway grand piano and more. First, see Henning Vauth, from Germany, performing piano works by Schubert, Schumann, Pfitzner, Liszt, Petit and Debussy. Up next: Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., Esther Nyberg (United States), performs piano works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Muczynski. More: unityberwyn.org/project88, facebook.com/UnityProject88. 6720 W. 31st St., Berwyn.
Sing! For the Children
Sunday, Sept. 23, 3 to 5 p.m., School of Rock:
Echo Theater Collective has partnered with the E-Team of Oak Park to provide sing-alongs, performances, a Drag Queen Storytime and more. All ages. $10, suggested donation; $30, family of 4. 219 Lake St., Oak Park.
Henry Fogel presents: Golosa
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 to 10 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:
Hear Chicago’s only Russian folk choir founded at the University of Chicago to preserve the tradition of Russian folk singing. The choir translates and performs rare sacred and secular Russian works in an a cappella ensemble. Tickets: nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Various dates, Suite 2000, Rush Oak Park Hospital Medical Office Building:
Rush offers free classes for the community run by experts in their fields.
- Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tackling Migraine Headaches.
- Tuesday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to noon, Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder and Treatment
- Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1 to 2 p.m., Tackling Childhood Obesity
- Thursday, Oct. 4, 4 to 5 p.m., Pelvic Floor Health
Register: 708-660-4636, roph.org/community-programs. 610 S. Maple Ave.
Civics 101: How Local Government Works
Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 to 8 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
This is the first meeting of a three-part discussion-based series studying the rights and duties of citizenship, facilitated by local attorney Mark Burkland, who has 30 years of experience with local government law, constitutional issues and land use and development matters. Up next:
- Oct. 18, The First Amendment in the Kitchen
- Nov. 15, The Next Big Things
More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
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