What is a Master Gardener?

Volta String Quartet

Sunday, Jan. 27, 3 to 4 p.m., Compound Yellow: 

Hear Schubert’s Cello Quintet, written near the end of his life in 1828. The quartet is joined by cellist Cheng-Hou Lee, a member of the Avalon String Quartet. $10, suggested donation. Questions: info@compoundyellow.com. 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Woestynblum/Desert Bloom

Saturday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Unity Temple:

South African soprano Henriët Fourie Thompson sings native art songs in Afrikaans, accompanied by Joann Cho, pianist. $20, suggested donation. Tickets: unitytemple.org, or at door. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

Unity Festival

Saturday, Jan. 26, 12:30 to 5 p.m., FitzGerald’s:

Join Echo Theater and friends as music, theater, arts and equity groups come together to present their best and offer ways to get involved. See what can be done, working collaboratively, with the intention of redefining community. $20; $10, 12 and under. Tickets/ more: facebook.com/events/2107795939281655. 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Sons of Chicago “Shake Your Groove Thing” Benefit

Friday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Wire:

Support MOMENTA Dance, Opportunity Knocks, PACCT and West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) by attending this blues, R&B and soul concert, to raise awareness for people with disabilities. 21+. $20, advance; $25, at door. Tickets: sonsofchicagomusic.com/copy-of-experience-3. 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Mozart’s Birthday Concert 

Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m., Chapel, Concordia University, Symphony of OP-RF:

Hear the 2018 Community Orchestra of the Year perform, with soprano Nathalie Colas, highlights from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Preconcert conversation at 3 p.m. Reception follows the concert. Bring items for The Animal Care League. $28; free, students. Tickets/more: symphonyoprf.org/2018-2019-season. 7400 Augusta, River Forest.

What is a Master Gardener?

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Join Gemini Bhalsod, horticulture educator from the University of Illinois Extension Service, to learn the history of U of I’s Extension and how the Master Gardener program fits into the Land Grant Mission. Includes a planter demonstration. Free. Brought by OPRF Garden Club. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Happy Hour Mind Boggles: Capital Punishment

Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Explore the history, current state and future of the death penalty in America, from the anti- and pro-death penalty point of views. Attorney and actor Kevin Bry presents. Cash bar and snacks. Questions: 708-386-2729. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 

Black History Quiz Show

Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 to 3 p.m., Dole Library: 

Test your knowledge of black history facts, events and historic sites. Register: oppl.org/more. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Women Empowering Women

Monday, Jan. 28, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Historian/author Joan Johnson explores how wealthy females helped women get the right to vote, from Phoebe Hearst to Alva Vanderbilt Belmont and others. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters. $15, requested donation. More: nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 

Learning Café: Music and the Brain 

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Classrooms A-D, West Suburban Medical Center:

Music enhances memory and can help during daily stressors and challenges. Join Mary Helen Ekstam from Journey Care to learn more at this interactive program. Free. Register: 844-794-4301. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.

Knitting Community

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2 to 4 p.m., Compound Yellow

Knitters, crocheters and stitchers are invited to join the artist community. Bring yarn, needles, patterns and experience to expand collective cloth networks. Cohosted with Considered Cloth. Questions:info@compoundyellow.com. 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Oak-Leyden Unmasked Benefit

Friday, Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m., Carnivale: 

Support programs and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities with food and entertainment, including specialty drinks and a Latin Fusion meal, high-quality silent auction items and a live performance by the Oak-Leyden adult choir, Voices of Oak-Leyden. Natalie Bomke, Fox32’s Good Day Chicago anchor, is Mistress of Ceremonies. $125. Tickets/more: oakleydenunmasked.eventbrite.com. 702 W. Fulton St., Chicago.

Intuitive Eating

Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 to 5 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library:  

Learn how to maintain a healthy body weight by never dieting again and how to listen to your body’s signals. Weekly through February 10. Register: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Art Taster: Media Mixer

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 3:30-5 p.m., Event Space, Main Library: 

Express yourself and try sample classes offered through Oak Park Art League (OPAL) and the Park District of Oak Park. This month, try collage, weaving, painting, and more with Pam Penney in advance of the next OPAL classes. Teens through young adult. Next up: Feb. 19, Improv Theater. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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