Poetry off the Shelf: Youth Laureates

Pro Musica Youth Chorus Spring Concert 

Saturday, May 11, 3 p.m., United Lutheran Church:

Join in celebrating Older Americans Month, with a concert dedicated to senior citizens. Four ensembles will sing, including a rendition of Jim Papoulis’ “Stand Together.” Reception follows. Tickets at the door: $10; $7, children; free, seniors. 409 Greenfield St., Oak Park.

Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest: Mother’s Day Concert

Sunday, May 12, 4 p.m., Chapel, Concordia University Chicago: 

Hear Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 and Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D Minor. Concerto competition winner Leah Iosevich perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending. Preconcert lecture at 3 p.m. Children’s books for Infant Welfare Society will be collected. $28; free, students through college. Tickets/more: SymphonyOPRF.org, 708-218-2648. 7400 Augusta, River Forest.

“The Public”

Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

Join the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition, Housing Forward and Oak Park library for a viewing and discussion. The Public tells the story of civil disobedience that turns into a standoff with police when homeless people take over a public library seeking shelter from the cold. $20; $10, students. Proceeds support housing-related causes. Tickets: endhomelessnessoakpark.com/events. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Lux Cantorum: Choral Mosaic 

Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:

Hear Chicago’s “premier sacred choral ensemble” present Tibetan Buddhist chants, African-American spirituals and works commissioned for royalty, as well as an ethereal piece accompanied by Aaron Marsala on handpan. $15.Tickets/more: LuxCantorum.org. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

Mother’s Day Gift Making

Through May 11, 1 to 5 p.m., Bead in Hand: 

Make a wire bird’s nest, peas-in-a-pod pendant or “Modern Mom’s nest.” $5, includes materials and instruction. Chain/cord are extra. All ages, younger kids may need help. More: beadinhand.com/mothers-day-gift-making.html. 145 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Author talks

Monday, May 13, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

At Authors on Tap, meet Renée Rosen, whose Park Avenue Summer takes readers to New York City, 1965, and Cosmopolitan magazine. Her historical fiction includes Windy City Blues, What the Lady Wants and Dollface. Jamie Freveletti pens the Emma Caldridge series. In partnership with The Book Table. 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park.

Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet author Annette Hulefeld, a psychotherapist and spiritual mentor, and hear her personal story as told in Rooted in the Stars, Planted on the Earth. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Become a Friend of Freadom®

Saturday, May 11, 2 to 3 p.m., Book Discussion Room, Main Library:

The Freadom® Road Foundation’s mission is to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration through literacy. Learn more about making a difference in the futures of children at risk. More: thefreadomroadfoundation.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Poetry off the Shelf: Youth Laureates

Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m., Poetry Foundation: 

Hear 2019 National Youth Poet Laureate Kara Jackson of Oak Park and other young laureates from Chicago and the UK, including Oak Park & River Forest High School Class of 2013 graduate Natalie Richardson. The poets are part of an exchange organized by OPRFHS Spoken Word teacher Peter Kahn and Young Chicago Authors. Free. 61 W. Superior St., Chicago.

Huskie Booster Bash

Thursday, May 9, 7 to 10 p.m., FitzGerald’s:  

Support the students of Oak Park & River Forest High School in arts, activities, academics and athletics while enjoying music, games, silent auction, open bar, heavy appetizers and more. $65, pre-sale; $75, at the door. Tickets: huskieboosterclub.org. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Family Members with Mental Illness: Challenges, Help & Encouragement

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

Learn how families can find help for their loved ones and support for themselves. Dispel myths of the “normal family” and explore how research in brain function and self-care present hope for healing. Brought by Thrive. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Community Tribute to Pete Seeger

Friday, May 10, 8 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University:

Celebrate the folk singer’s 100th birthday, with the music of Mark Dvorak and the Power of Song singers. Raffle prizes, Seeger memorabilia available. Proceeds support those experiencing homelessness and hunger. Presented by musicandpotlucks.org. Tickets $20; $10 students with ID. Tickets: events.dom.edu/PeteSeeger. 7900 W. Division, River Forest. 

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

Join area organizers of this nation wide group to discuss local gun violence prevention efforts with Chicago Police Sergeant Jermaine Harris. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Genealogy – DNA Behind the Scenes

Monday, May 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Join Dr. Daniel Hubbard to explore different DNA tests, the components of genetic heritage, how DNA testing can be used for genealogical problems and more. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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