Bowl for a Cause

Fun at FishGerald’s

 Saturday, Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s:

Come to an authentic Door County fish boil, including fresh-caught Lake Michigan Whitefish and Wisconsin potato dinner ($18). Bratwurst Dinner ($12), Vegetarian/Vegan Mediterranean Delight Meal ($13) and more available. Food and music starting at 4:30 p.m. A musical variety show with the Seat of the Pants Band offers rock, country, blues, gospel and folk. A Fiddlers Green-style jam occurs throughout in the Side Bar. Bring an instrument, join in the singing or borrow a guitar to join in. $15, music, door prizes, raffle access and slide show; free, 12 and under. Food and drinks are extra. Tickets at door, in advance at club, or at: 

Sunday, Feb. 3, 1 and 3:30 p.m.:

See the Count Basie Orchestra, a 2019 Grammy nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording. In its 84th year, the orchestra is under the direction of Scotty Barnhart with vocalist Everett Greene. $30 (seated show). Tickets:, or at the club. More on both events: 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

BRAVO Presents: Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.

Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 2, 3 and 7 p.m., Auditorium, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School:

The Emmy Award-winning 1970s cartoon series that taught history, grammar and math through clever songs is resurrected in a theatrical story. $12; $8, students/seniors. Tickets/more:, 708-524-5621. 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.

Sunflower Chamber Orchestra Concert

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 to 3 p.m., River Forest  Public Library:

Hear a children’s orchestra located in River Forest. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Japan Fest 

Saturday, Feb. 2, Noon to 4 p.m., Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Enjoy traditional Japanese drum and dance performances, origami, sushi, crafts, martial arts, calligraphy and more. 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park.

Luther College Nordic Choir 

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:

Hear the 80-member vocal ensemble perform pieces by Rachmaninoff, Handel, Christiansen, as well as hymns, spirituals and their traditional closing, “O Lord God” by Chesnokov. $20. Tickets: or at the door. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

Bowl for a Cause 

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2 to 5:30 p.m., Timber Lanes: 

Support Sarah’s Inn at a classic bowling alley. Includes food, drinks, bowling, raffles and more. $35; $40, at door. Tickets: 1851 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago.

A Neighborhood Gathering

Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium, Dominican University Priory Campus: 

Religious leaders from Oak Park and Chicago’s West Side host and guide an evening of neighbors sharing stories in the hope of creating a new future together. Includes a meal and conversation. Organized by The Community of Congregations. $15, suggested donation. RSVP: 7200 W Division St., River Forest.  

First Tuesday Film Club

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

At Eternity’s Gate is a portrait of the final two years of Vincent van Gogh’s life. At Select Pix, Feb. 19: 2019 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 4 to 5 p.m., Meeting Room, Dole Library:

Discover more about this Asian holiday through activities, crafts, books and artifacts from the Multicultural Collection. Ages 4+. 255 Augusta St., Oak Park.

Music of The Columbian Exhibition

Monday, Feb. 4, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Award-winning musicians Kate Carter, Chris White and Brad Jungwirth perform a musical program including original album cover artwork and history on the sights and sounds of the World’s Fair of 1893. $15, requested donation. More: 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  

Warming Centers Open to All

The following locations provide a place during cold, winter weather. If transportation is needed, call Oak Park Police Department’s non-emergency number: 708-386-3800.

  • 24 hours a day, Rush Oak Park Hospital, 500 S. Maple Ave., Oak Park. 
  • Daily, 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., West Suburban Medical Center, Erie St. at Austin Blvd. To find out if the warming center is open after hours: 708-763-6200.
  • Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oak Park Township, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, for seniors age 60 . 
  • Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St. 

Local History at Night

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum:

The museum of the Historical Society of OP-RF has evening hours on the first Wednesday each month. Includes a gallery talk on the women’s chapter of the Ku Klux Klan that formed in Oak Park in the 1920s. $7; $5, Oak Park/River Forest residents; $3, students; free, members and children under 7. More: 129 Lake St., Oak Park.

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