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Stronger Than Stigma: Increasing Minority Mental Health

Saturday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, Dole Library: 

Learn about stigmas in the minority community that decrease people seeking treatment, common misdiagnoses for minority groups, effective therapeutic techniques and more at a panel discussion. Free. Brought by NAMI Metro Suburban. Register/more: 255 Augusta St., Oak Park.

“Matilda the Musical”

Friday, July 12, 7 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m., Little Theater, Oak Park and River Forest High School: 

Inspired by Roald Dahl’s book, this musical with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs “revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.” $10; $8, students/seniors; 6, children. Tickets/more: or at the door. 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park.

The Magic of The Spellbinder

Monday, July 15, 4 to 5 p.m., Outside River Forest Library:  

See Walter King, Jr. in a show that mixes illusion and dance into a magical performance. For kids of all ages; best for 4+. Rain location: Roosevelt Middle School gym. Library: 735 Lathrop Ave.

Women of Jazz

Sunday, July 14, 3 p.m., Open Door Theater:

Lynne Jordan is the first artist in this Sunday afternoon series. Hear her soaring vocals dip effortlessly into blues, jazz, funk, rock and country.
Up next: 

  • July 21 – Bobbi Wilsyn
  • July 28 – Margaret Murphy-Webb

$20. Tickets/more: 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

Authors on Tap: Deborah Shapiro 

Tuesday, July 16, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

Shapiro, in conversation with Chicago author Lindsay Hunter, talks about her book The Summer Demands. In partnership with The Book Table. More: 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park.

Operetta in Exile: The Music Silenced by The Third Reich

Thursday, July 11, 7:30 p.m., Unity Temple:

The Nazis sought to eradicate art they saw as degenerate or whose creators they deemed impure. Many artists faced exile, persecution, imprisonment and death. This performance tells their stories through letters, images, and their own music. $35; $30, UT Restoration Foundation members. Tickets/more: 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

“Elizabeth Rex”

Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 7 p.m., through July 21, Austin Gardens:

See Oak Park Festival Theatre’s Jeff Recommended  play, “totally in period and inspired by historic reality, but it also covers topics of gender and sexuality, which are not often associated with the Elizabethan era.” $35; $28, seniors; $15, students with ID; free, under 12 and dogs. Tickets/more:, 708-300-9396. 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

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Tuesday, July 16, 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

Apollo 11, crafted from newly discovered 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, explores NASA’s mission that first put men on the moon. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Empathy Builds Community

Wednesday, July 10 and 17, 4 to 5 p.m., Whittier Elementary School and Maze Library:

Learn how to best take care of your community and yourself in this series aimed at 5- to 10-year-olds. This week, garden at Whittier and learn about bees at Maze. Part of One Book, One Oak Park. Whittier: 715 N. Harvey Ave., Maze: 845 Gunderson Ave. Up next: 

  • July 24 – Making Connections, Dole Library
  • July 31 – Crafting, Oak Park Arms
  • Aug. 7 – Meditation, Maze Library
  • Aug. 14 – Gardening, Whittier Elementary

One Book, One Oak Park Field Trip 

Tuesday, July 16, 1 to 3 p.m., BUILD Inc.:

Join the Oak Park Public Library on a visit to the Austin-based agency founded in 1969, which has helped thousands of youth transform their lives. This anti-gang agency reaches over 3,500 young people each year. Register/more: 5100 W. Harrison, Chicago. 

West Side Stories: People and Architecture that Shaped River Forest

Saturday, July 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Trailside Museum:

Join the Historical Society of OP – RF on a walking tour. Strolling down Edgewood and Thatcher demonstrates why these streets are an outdoor museum of architecture. $10; $8, members. Tickets/more: 738 Thatcher Ave.

Ice Cream Social

Saturday, July 13, 1 to 4 p.m., Pleasant Home:

Enjoy a free scoop of ice cream from Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor, face painting, the OP Blue Grass Band and other activities. More: 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

“The Music Man”

Through Aug. 18, Goodman Theatre:

See Oak Parker and Whittier Elementary 5th Grader Milla Liss on stage in the classic musical directed by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman. Tickets/more: 170 N Dearborn St., Chicago.

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