Earth Week Events

Des Plaines River Cleanup in Thatcher Woods

Saturday, April 27, 8 to 10 a.m., Trailside Museum: 

Make a difference by removing trash from the waterway. Supplies provided. In partnership with River Forest Park District. Register: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.


Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m., Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex:

Learn about the partnership between the Park District of Oak Park and Realgy Energy Services, who will discuss the benefits of solar power and more. They recently installed additional solar panels at the site, a LEED Gold certified building. 415 Lake St. 

Cradles to Crayons Clothing and Toy Drive

Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oak Park Public Works Center: 

The average American throws out 82 pounds of textiles yearly. Protect the environment and help a child with gently-used clothing, shoes/boots, toys/books. Donations from 12 drop-off locations will be distributed to children living in low-income situations across Chicagoland. Most needed — clothing (newborn to adult medium), sneakers (newborn to adult size 10), rain jackets and boots (newborn to adult medium/size 10), toys (especially ages 0 to 12 months and 10 to 12 years), books (especially ages 0 to 2 years and 11 to 12 years). 201 South Blvd.

One Earth Film Fest Young Filmmakers’ Award-Winning Shorts

Saturday, April 27, 2 to 4 p.m., River Forest Library:

See 10 films created by students in third grade through college on topics including food and plastic waste, fast fashion, habitat degradation, the water crisis and insecticides. Free. More/register: 735 Lathrop Ave.

Duo Novo Nuevo

Sunday, April 28, 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater:

See Julie Koidin, flute, and Marcus Dunleavy, guitar, perform a wide range of music from Brazil and Argentina. Brought by Church of Beethoven. $10; $5, students. Tickets/more: 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Free Readers Ensemble: “Clybourne Park” 

Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Hear a play reading that takes place in two acts set 50 years apart in one house, first located in a white community facing the sale of the home to a black family, then, in the present day, in a predominantly African-American neighborhood as it faces gentrification. 178 Forest, Oak Park.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]”

Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

Experience “an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays,” featuring three men in tights weaving their way through all 37 of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies. $35 and up. Tickets/more: 7900 W. Division, River Forest.

Chicago Parent Spring Playdate

Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Athletico Center:

Bring the family for sports thrills, character visits, train rides, obstacle courses, entertainment, a shopping marketplace and more. By April 27: $8, ages 4-14; $4, ages 2-3; $2.50, under 2; free, parents. On April 28: $10/$6/$3. Tickets/info: 1900 Old Willow Rd., Northbrook.

“Antigone in Munich”

Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Percy Julian Middle School:

See CAST students perform the story of Sophie Scholl, a member of the White Rose Society in Nazi Germany, which encouraged passive resistance against the totalitarian government. 

$10; $5, students/seniors. Tickets: 416 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

Forest Bathing

Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m., Thatcher Woods:

Join Roberta Jannsen for a forest therapy walk to reduce stress and reap other health benefits. Register: 708-366-6530. Chicago Ave. west of Thatcher, River Forest.

Morning Bird Walks

Friday, April 26, 9:30 a.m., Trailside Museum:

Take a guided walk to spot birds and observe their behavior. All welcome. Binoculars available. Free. Also, Friday, May 10. Questions: 708-366-6530, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Swing Dance

Friday, April 26, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Swing to the music of the award-winning Oak Park and River Forest High School Jazz Ensemble at this all-ages, family-friendly event to raise funds for scholarships. Tickets at the door. $10; $5, students 18 and younger. 178 Forest, Oak Park.

Folk Music Concert

Thursday, April 25, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Hear Door County singer/songwriter Katie Dahl perform her original songs in her alto voice along with her easy humor. Free. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

National Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day

Sunday, April 28, 1 to 4 p.m., River Forest Library:

Visit the adoptable, furry friends from Magnificent Mutts and give a shelter animal a forever home. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Author Talks

Saturday, April 27, 2 to 4 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library: 

Kathleen Frantz will talk about Heart to Hands: Making Your Community Stronger, created to start a movement of goodness where even the smallest kind action can grow into something bigger. 834 Lake, Oak Park.

Saturday, April 27, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet author Yolanda Perry and hear about her experience with breast cancer, the healing process and her desire to inspire others to have a positive attitude despite life’s difficult situations. She wrote Save the Girls: Cancer Became a Victim of My Praise. 834 Lake, Oak Park.

Calendar Events

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