City and Country

Turkey Trot Hike

Friday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m., Trailside Museum: 

Get on your feet after that turkey dinner and take a special post-holiday guided hike on the trails. Free. Register: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 

Autumn Walk

Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m., Trailside Museum:

Explore the beauty of fall on a guided nature walk through the woods, by the pond and near the river. Free. Questions: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Oak Park Boy in “A Christmas Carol”

Through Sunday, Dec. 30, Albert, Goodman Theatre:

See Dickens’ classic on stage with Oak Park’s own Henry Lombardo, a Holmes Elementary fourth-grader, playing Tiny Tim most weeknights and Ignorance during other shows. $35 and up. Tickets/more: 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago.

Art in Oak Park

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Through Wednesday, Nov. 28, Prairie Title Services:

View an exhibit of paintings by Shelley Timm-Thompson, during regular business hours. Brought by The Oak Park Area Arts Council. 6821 W. North Ave., Oak Park. 

Wood Sculptures

Through Friday, Nov. 30, Maze Library:

The work of found-wood sculptor Harden Taylor is on view during regular library hours, Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Black Hawk’s View of Illinois History

Monday, Nov. 26, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

It is Native American Heritage Month. Drawing from Black Hawk’s autobiography and his knowledge of American Indian Cosmology, Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays the reporter who transcribed and published Black Hawk’s life story. $15, requested donation. More: 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park.  

 ABLE (A Better Life Experience) Accounts Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m., Oak Park & River Forest High School:   

ABLE accounts provide a way to save for the present and future needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Presented by J.J. Hanley, Director of Illinois ABLE State Treasurer’s Office. Sponsored by the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township. RSVP: 201 Scoville Ave., Oak Park.

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland Puppet Show

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2 to 3 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Library:

Dave Herzog brings his marionettes to life as Frosty and friends celebrate the holidays. Ages 3 and up. Register: 735 Lathrop Ave.

Amazing Artists: Paul Cézanne

Monday, Nov. 26, 4 to 5 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Library: 

Learn about the French post-impressionist and create an art piece inspired by his style. Grades K through 4. Register: 735 Lathrop Ave.


Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2 to 3 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Library: 

Celebrate Thanksgiving by creating crafts and decorations for holiday festivities. For grades K through 4. Register: 735 Lathrop Ave.

Networking to a Jazz Beat 

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6 p.m., Eastgate Café:

Award-winning jazz pianist Doug Lalli starts the evening with jazz classics and original

tunes. Then, marketing writer and Chicago Tribune career advice columnist Wendy Lalli leads introductions (6:30). It’s an opportunity for small business owners and professionals to connect. Food and cocktails available to order. Meets weekly. 102 Harrison St., Oak Park. 

Record Store Day

Friday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Val’s halla Records: 

Spend Black Friday shopping local for limited edition titles and discounts while listening to live music from Big Hair Big Trouble, Constantine, Butterbean, Scott Williams, Black Friars Club and  Southside Exiles. Sales extend through Monday. Questions: 708-524-1004. More: 239 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Senior Living Options 

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lower Level, Classrooms A-D, West Suburban Medical Center: 

There are many different options for aging or retirement — aging in place, low- or medium-income housing, subsidized living, rentals and buy-in options. There are choices for those who require, or will require, memory care, too. Join reps from Bridgeway Senior Living for a discussion of alternatives. Register: 844-794-4301. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.

The Living History Presentation

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 5 to 7 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

At this More Than a Mic event, hear students engage in a public dialogue about civil and human rights during spoken word performances and a Q&A. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Maker Series: Green Screen Photos

Saturday, Nov. 24, noon to 1 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 26, 7 to 8 p.m., Computer Classroom, Main Library: 

Students grade 6 through 12, bring your family and take a holiday photo in front of the green screen. Each participant gets a copy of the photo and the original emailed. Register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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