Emerging Leaders: Dr. Chala Holland

FolkTober Fest

The Oak Park Arts District is hosting a weekend of music to support the OP-RF Food Pantry, Housing Forward and the OP-RF Community Foundation.
Donations to support these organizations accepted at each event. More: musicandpotlucks@gmail.com.
Friday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., District Kitchen and Tap:

Acoustic Jam – players of acoustic instruments, singers and listeners are invited. 220 Harrison St.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 to 4 p.m. Val’s Halla Records:

Showcase – Acoustic Neighbors, Jeff Burke’s Jam Class, the Young Stracke All-Stars and others.  Free
performance; $7.34, supper. 239 Harrison St.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., Buzz Café:

Pete Seeger Tribute and dinner show – Oak Park’s Dropped Notes String Band performs
during dinner (BYOB).
 At 7 p.m., Mark Dvorak and Power of Song Singers feature Seeger’s most memorable music. $20.
Tickets: brownpapertickets.com, event 3578160. 905 S. Lombard Ave.

Fire Department Open Houses 

Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
River Forest Fire Department:

See the newest equipment – Fire Engine 213, tour the station, “Touch a Truck,” try the 9-1-1 Practice Station for children, get sprinkler and fire extinguisher information, see the RF Police Department, Public Works and more. Questions: 708-366-7629. 400 Park Ave.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Oak Park’s Central Fire Station:

Get up close to equipment and talk to firefighters/paramedics. Also tour the fire house, see presentations about safety and more. All ages. Inquire: 708-358-5600. 100 N. Euclid Ave.

Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) Gala

Saturday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.,
Nineteenth Century Club:

Celebrate the LGBT community, recognize leaders and assist students through scholarships while dining and dancing. $95. Tickets (by Oct. 10, midnight): opalga.org/scholarship-tickets. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 

Free Musical Performances

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 to 3 p.m.,
 Veterans Room, Main Library:

Hear the Pharlis James Trio perform their Great American Songbook Concert with tunes of Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Bobby Darin and more.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room,
Main Library:

Remember music from the movies as it’s performed by vocalist Rachel Peterson and pianist Mark Streder. Featured composers include George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart and others. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Halloween Hoot ‘n’ Howl

Friday, Oct. 12, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Trailside Museum:

Enjoy live music, pumpkin painting, native animals, spooky stories, s’mores and more. Ages 10 and under with caregiver. Free. Cosponsored by River Forest Library and RF Park District. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Oak Park After Dark

Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Oak Park Art League:

Come to an evening of art benefiting Hephzibah Children’s Association. Cocktail reception includes tasty bites, art exhibition “Through the Cracks, the Light Comes In” (open through Nov. 3), local performance artists, original mosaics created by Hephzibah kids and more. $50. Tickets: hephzibahhome.org/event/oak-park-after-dark-2. 720 Chicago Ave.  


Sunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:
Hear the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe perform traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro-Jazz to Gospel with voice augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements. $25 – $40. Tickets: 708-488-5000, events.dom.edu/nobuntu. 7900 West Division St.

Story Slam 

Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 to 10 p.m., FitzGerald’s: 

Benefit the Farther Foundation, which helps low-income students travel. Be entertained by storytellers, enjoy food and drink and more. $50 and up. Tickets/more: fartherscholar.org/events. 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn. 

Open House Chicago 

Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14:

Visit 250 locations across Chicagoland, including nine in Oak Park and 11 in Austin. Free. More:

Silent Witness:
Remember My Story,
Remember My Name

Monday, Oct. 15, 7 to 8:15 p.m.,
Pine Room, Ascension Church:

Organized by Ascension, St. Edmund and St. Luke, this exhibit and forum includes two women sharing stories of abuse and survival. A Sarah’s Inn rep discusses resources for victims and families. The exhibit shows life-sized wooden figures bearing the tales of lives ended
by abusers. 808 S. East Ave., Oak Park.

Emerging Leaders: Dr. Chala Holland

Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Second Floor Gallery, Main Library:

Hear from an educational leader with a passion for students, teaching and learning. Holland has led multiple districts in efforts to address disparities in achievement and improve outcomes for all students. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Emerging Leaders: Dr. Chala Holland

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Second Floor Gallery, Main Library: 

Hear from an educational leader with a passion for students, teaching and learning. Holland has led multiple districts in efforts to address disparities in achievement and improve outcomes for all students. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Breast Cancer Awareness Program: The Beauty of Breasts

Sunday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to noon, Oak Park Temple:

Three Rush physicians will speak about mammography, surgical procedures and the effects of aging and childrearing. Rachel Pikelney will show her short documentary, Grace, about a breast-cancer survivor. After the film, guest speakers available for questions and discussion. Info: oakparktemple.org/event/breast-cancer-awareness-presentation.html. 1235 N. Harlem Ave. 

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