Re:cover the ’19

Sat., Jan. 12, 2 to 5 p.m., Unity Temple: 

Come explore what it means to recover in 2019, whatever that means to you, through performances, dialogue, open mic and art. A collaboration between NAMI Metro Suburban, the Addiction Recovery Team (CMHB Oak Park) and the MyHAT Team of Unity Temple (Mental Health Awareness Team). Free. More: 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

Black Minds Matter

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library: 

This series explores issues facing black males in education. This session looks at Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes. Next up: Jan. 22, Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning. Register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Queen Victoria – The Life of a Glorious Monarch

Monday, Jan. 14, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and sovereign of an empire, inherited the throne when she was 18. In this illustrated lecture, Leslie Goddard chronicles Victoria’s reign of 64 years. More: 708-386-2729, $15, requested donation. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 

“They Took the Kids Last Night”

Thursday, Jan. 10, 7:30 to 9 p.m., West Suburban Temple Har Zion: 

Join Oak Park resident and author Diane Redleaf for her first Chicago-area talk about her book on “what it means for families when child protective services makes mistakes.” Discussion follows with lawyer/anthropologist Dr. Morris Fred, lawyer/child advocate Ann Courter and Dr. James Ronayne, pediatrician. Books available for purchase. Questions: 708-927-8169. 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest.

The Swedish Art of Death Cleaning

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2 to 3 p.m., River Forest Library:

Explore this cultural phenomenon and decluttering trend and discover how to downsize in a memorable and joyful way. A loved one wishes to inherit nice things; not all things. Learn about projects that can be started at any age. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave. 

“Wright Brothers, Wrong Story”

Saturday, Jan. 12, 3 to 5 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library: 

Meet author William Hazelgrove and get a look at the true story behind the Wright brothers and their famous flights at Kitty Hawk. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

The Human Body: Desire & Repose

Reception Friday, Jan. 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League: 

Exhibit through Feb. 2. Questions: 720 Chicago Ave.

Foods that Fight Cancer 

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Building A, Community Room 1100, West Suburban Medical Center River Forest Campus: 

No single food or food component can protect against cancer, but research shows that eating the right kinds of foods can help you feel better and stay stronger. Join Jennifer Allington, MS RDN LDN, Dietician and Diabetes Prevention Program instructor from West Cook YMCA for this discussion about the importance of good nutrition as a means of fighting cancer. Also, Thursday, Jan. 17, 5 to 6 p.m., Classrooms A-D, West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court, Oak Park. Register: 844-794-4301. River Forest Campus: 7411 W. Lake St.

 P.R.O.U.D. Workshop & Open Mic

Thursday, Jan. 10, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Event Space, Main Library:

Purposefully Reaching Our Unique Dreams (P.R.O.U.D.) Thursdays is a creative exploration workshop and open mic series for ages 13 to 25. Each session features different local artists, including poets, authors, musicians, and community organizers. Next meeting, Jan. 31. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Organ Recital to Welcome Interim Parish Musician

Sunday, Jan. 13, 4 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church:

Hear Dr. Kipp Cortez perform Prelude and Fugue in E Minor “Wedge” by J.S. Bach, Parsifal Prelude to Act I by Richard Wagner and more. Freewill offerings support restoration of the 1922 Casavant Freres pipe organ. Questions: 708-386-8036. 924 Lake St., Oak Park.

Diversity Business Mixer

Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Engagement Space, Main Library: 

Interested in starting a business or nonprofit, or expanding your resume? Learn about SCORE Chicago and how to lend your business savvy and skills to the business community. Also, explore volunteering opportunities that are available to make an impact in the business community. Register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Holistically Healthy in 2019

Sunday, Jan. 13, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

Learn the basics of naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, reiki and aromatherapy and how they can contribute to your health and well-being with these tips and tricks from Serenity Holistic Health Practitioners. Register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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