Ode to Joy Concert
Sunday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Concordia University Chapel:
Hear the award-wining Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (choral). Bring non-perishables or cash donations for the OP-RF Food Pantry. $28; free, students. Tickets/more: SymphonyOPRF.org. 7400 Augusta St, River Forest.
The ChangingAging Tour
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2:30 to 8:30, Pilgrim Congregational Church:
Disrupt Dementia, (2:30 to 4 p.m.; $20) weaves film, music and first-person stories focusing on what can be learned from people living with dementia, rather than from experts. The Lobby Experience, (4 to 7 p.m.) is an interactive experience to engage with the ideas presented in the afternoon performance, get plugged in with local culture changers and connect with others in the community. At Life’s Most Dangerous Game, (7 to 8:30 p.m.; $20) Dr. Bill Thomas’ non-fiction theatrical performance features original music, storytelling, poetry and groundbreaking insights on aging and care. $30, whole-day pass. Brought by Wednesday Journal and A Tribe Called Aging. Tickets: changingaging.org/event/oak-park-il/#tickets. Questions: 312-816-5299. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.
Facets: Self-Portrait Explorations
Reception Friday, Oct. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Lower Level Gallery, West Suburban Medical Center:
See art by Michelle Silvetti -Schmitt, “primarily focused on the human figure, an inexhaustible source of inspiration, which conveys the energy and movement embodied in a moment through drawings, paintings and 3D mixed media.” Meet the artist at the opening. Exhibit through Dec. 4. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.
“The Mixtape of My Life”
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Meet local author Robert K. Elder and learn about his “Do-it-yourself music memoir.” The Book Table will have books for sale and signing. Info: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Fair Housing Ordinance 50th Anniversary Benefit
Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:
Celebrate 50 Years of Fair Housing with an evening of food, drink, music and fellowship to support the Oak Park Regional Housing Center’s diversity, integration and homeownership efforts. Also includes silent auction and raffle. Reception and dinner (5:30), program (7 p.m.) $75. Tickets: oprhc.org/benefit. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Restorative Justice Youth Conference
Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 to 5:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Explore the theme “What is restorative justice?” Come share your definition of what it should look like for your community through peace circles, panels, workshops and more. Register: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Stop Worrying, Start Living
Saturday, Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kadampa Meditation Center:
Worry and anxiety are feelings that do not exist outside the mind. Through training in meditation and mindfulness, learn to control thoughts and let go of negative, self-defeating thinking. Class includes practical teachings and meditations to be used in daily life. All welcome. $15; $20, at the door; free members/benefactors. Register: meditateinchicago.org/special-events/2018-10-06. 13 Harrison St., Oak Park.
PACE/RTA Central Harlem Ave. Corridor Study Open House
Thursday., Oct. 4, 6 to 8 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:
This study aims to improve transit accessibility along Harlem Avenue. Residents and commuters are invited to provide input, including potential station location options. More: PaceBus.com/Pulse. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Shedd the Straw
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Nineteenth Century Club:
The local Shedd the (drinking) Straw campaign is making progress, but there’s more citizens can do. Hear from Oak Park’s sustainability coordinator, an Oak Park Environmental and Energy Commission rep and a speaker from Green Community Connections. Brought by The League of Women Voters of OP&RF. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Chicago, Chicago with Geoffrey Baer
Sunday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:
Chicago a cappella opens their 25th anniversary season with a musical tribute to the city. WTTW’s Emmy-winning Baer narrates alongside projections illustrating Chicago’s past and present. The 10-voice ensemble delves into music from the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the Great Migration, the birth of blues and gospel, skyscrapers and more. $20 – $45. Tickets/more: chicagoacappella.org, 773-281-7820. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.
Illinois Ghosts and the Afterlife
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m., River Forest Library:
Join paranormal investigator Terry Fisk as he discusses haunted locations he’s investigated. He will share photos, case histories, eyewitness accounts and ghost lore. Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township. More: riverforestlibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.
Black Minds Matter: Foundations of Black Male Success
Monday, Oct. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Idea Box, Main Library:
This is the first part of a 10-part public course designed to increase the national consciousness about issues facing black boys and men in education. Features a viewing and discussion. Additional dates to be announced. Register: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
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