Together We Inspire

Memorial Day Ceremony 

Monday, May 27, 9 a.m., Peace Triumphant Memorial, Scoville Park:

Come honor veterans – The History Singers lead patriotic singing, an Army veteran discusses Memorial Day’s origins, Oak Park police offer a rifle salute, and a Civil War uniformed bugler plays Taps. Lake St. and Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

River Forest Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 27, 9:30 a.m., beginning at Constitution Park:

See floats, fire trucks, vintage cars, honored veterans, area businesses and organizations, the award-winning OPRF Marching Huskies and more. The 94th annual parade travels south on Ashland Ave. to Lake St. then west to Keystone Park ending with a free hotdog lunch. Constitution Park: 7715 Greenfield St.

Local Art

Through June 30, Oak Park Township Senior Services Center:

See the art of Antonia Ruppert, who began drawing on her own when she was seven from a copy of her mother’s medical book. Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Through June 30, Village Hall of Oak Park:

View the images from the Oak Park Photography Club. Participating photographers showing black and white and colored images include Lee Balgemann, Michael Cicchetti, Robert Dicke. Pauline Doyle, Donal Hughes, Jim Krysan, Lisa McWeeny, Fred Natkevi, Dean Oder, Bob Olson and Deborah Preiser. Subjects include Oak Park and Chicago locales as well as photos of Florida, New Mexico and Utah. Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 123 Madison St., Oak Park.

Mosaic Art for Alzheimer’s

Through May 31, Lobby, River Forest Library:

View and purchase the mosaics of local artist Judy Steed. Half of proceeds donated to Good Memories Chorus and Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Steed’s mother. Questions: 708 366-8490. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Heart & Sole Shoe Drive

Through May 31, Oak-Leyden’s Lifelong Learning Center:

Donate gently worn, used or new shoes to support programming for those with developmental disabilities along with Funds2Orgs, which helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in Central America and Africa. More: 320 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

District 97 Dialogue & Year-End Celebration

Tuesday, May 28, 7 to 8 p.m., Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School: 

Engage in an informal, two-way dialogue with district and community leaders about efforts to address equity and inclusion, or other concerns, in our schools. At the event: D97 Board of Education, OP-RF Food Pantry, Oak Park Township Youth Services, Summer Empowerment, Oak Park Public Library, Park District of Oak Park, Collaboration for Early Childhood, Hephzibah, Oak Park Education Foundation, E-Team and YEMBA. 325 S Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park.

Together We Inspire 

Wednesday, May 29, 8 to 10 a.m., Oak Park Country Club:

Attend an educational breakfast forum and support Sarah’s Inn. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey speaks on her latest poetry collection, Monument, which reflects on the trauma of abuse and helps heal through poetry; her mother was the victim of domestic violence and was murdered. Hosted and moderated by Michele Weldon, River Forest author and journalist. Tickets/more: $50; $25, add on a signed copy of Monument by Natasha Tretheway. 2001 Thatcher Ave., River Grove.

Monarch’s Great Migration Mystery

Sunday, May 26, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Maze Library:

Monarch butterflies migrate more than 2,000 miles to Mexico each winter, heading to the same location annually. Learn more from Doug Taron, chief curator, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Free. Brought by West Cook Wild Ones. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Art Taster: Bead Building

Wednesday, May 22, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Event Space, wwwMain Library:

Try something new – in this session, create beads from paper and clay. Grade 6+; teens and young adults encouraged. Free. 844 Lake St., Oak Park.

Parenting and Communication in the #MeToo Era

Sunday, May 26, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

Conversations about consent and violence prevention are important. Learn how to educate, check in and keep your loved ones safe. Register: Questions: 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Historic Buildings: Reusing Existing Resources 

Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club: 

Hear a panel discussion on finding creative ways to re-purpose and modify historic buildings to ensure preservation, economic development and environmental sustainability. Free. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Yappy Hour

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Cheney Mansion:

Bring your prized pooch for social hour on the lawn as you sip drinks, nosh hors d’oeuvres and mingle while supporting the Animal Care League (ACL). There are raffle prizes, beer, wine, dog martinis and treats, and more. $25, preregistration (recommended); $30, at the door; free, dogs. $10 of each sale supports ACL. 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

Calendar Events

As you’ve likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can’t publish everything, but we’ll do our best to feature the week’s highlights.

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