Local Art

“Pre-Existing Condition”

Reception Thursday, April 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lower Level Gallery, West Suburban Medical Center:

See works from artist and Oak Park Art League instructor Jesse Howard’s drawing classes. The show demonstrates what art can do to bring people from different backgrounds together. Artists present at the opening reception. Through July 11. More: facebook.com/events/2393189754033423. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park. 

Art Start! Student Works

Through April 30, Oak Park Village Hall:

See the creativity of kids in D97 elementary schools who worked on projects through the Oak Park Education Foundation Art Start! program. Presented by the Oak Park Area Arts Council. Open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 123 Madison St., Oak Park.

“Urban Pop”

Through Sunday, April 28, Art Gallery, Main Library: 

View Nannette Abate’s photography, which features images captured in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Artist reception, April 28, 2 to 4 p.m. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Author Event: E.C. Diskin

Thursday, April 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Buzz Café: 

Join the Oak Park author as she discusses her latest thriller, Desperate Paths. A famous actor is shot within hours of returning to his small hometown. This shocking tale with multiple twists and turns, is Diskin’s fourth book. Bill Fletcher, of Jake’s Place Books on Harrison St., will moderate. $15, includes appetizers and dessert. BYOB. Books available at The Book Table. RSVP: 708-660-0894, thebuzz@thebuzzcafe.com. 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.

Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening

Monday, April 22, 4 to 7 p.m., Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola: 

Get checked with an oral exam by a physician. Information to help with smoking cessation and other lifestyle changes will be provided. More/register: 888-584-7888. Walk-ins welcome. 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

Sunday Morning Zen and Free Meditation

Sunday, April 14, 9 to 11 a.m., Zen Life & Meditation Center:

Join a free mediation (9 to 9:45 a.m.) each Sunday followed by a talk (10 a.m.). This Sunday, The Power of Breath; on April 28, Ruth Rankin presents Reflections of a Hospice Nurse. Free public meditation is also offered Mondays through Fridays, 6 to 7 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m. More: www.zlmc.org. 38 Lake St., Oak Park.

A Taste of Conscious Aging

Thursday, April 18, 1 p.m., Webinar:

Some older adults experience anxieties about growing older. Log onto an experiential hour to shift consciousness away from self-limitation, isolation and fear, toward wholeness, connection and compassion. Presented by Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) Certified Conscious Aging Facilitators Marc Blesoff and Evalina Everidge. Register: noetic.org/event/noetic-global-gathering-a-taste-of-conscious-aging/?utm_source=Events-eNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=March2019.

Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living

Monday, April 22, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Danish silversmith Georg Jensen founded his company in 1904. His aesthetic contributed to the meteoric rise of Scandinavian design around the world. Learn about Jensen and the iconic designers who transformed contemporary life and material culture from Jeffrey Nigro, president of the Classical Art Society of the Art Institute. $15, requested donation. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

The Climate Comeback – Community Rally for Action Against Climate Change 

Monday, April 22, 3:10 to 4:30 p.m., Scoville Park: 

Join organizers Eco Eagles Club of Brooks Middle School and other area students to hear student speakers demand change at the local level and see performers. Questions or to participate as a speaker or performer: lstamp@op97.org. Instagram: eco_eagles. Northwest corner of Lake and Oak Park Ave.

Backroom stories

Sunday, April 21, 7 to 8:30, $10 at door, Oak Park Brewing Company & Hamburger Mary’s:

Easter evening storytelling, 155 S. Oak Park Ave. Featured storytellers include Anu Bhatt, Lupe Nenez, Matt Lipman, David Barish and Margaret Burk. For more information contact: margaretburk@hotmail.com or call 708-465-6305.

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