Front Steps and Stor(i)es Through Monday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Narrow Gallery, Oak Park Arms

“Chicago and the Making of American Modernism”

Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet author Dr. Michelle Moore who will share stories from her latest book, which covers American writers “Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner and Fitzgerald in Conflict.” In partnership with the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.  

Jazz Showcase

Saturday, Sept. 28, 4 to 7 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club: 

Enjoy live jazz while supporting the Scholarship Fund. Hear singer Spider Saloff and Jeremy Kahn on piano performing from the American Songbook, including Gershwin, Ellington and  Cole Porter. $75, includes dinner. Tickets:, 708-386-2729. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Restorative Justice Panel Discussion

Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:

Join the Community of Congregations at their Fall Gathering and hear from church leaders, a judge, a peace circle facilitator and more. 7300 Division, River Forest.  

Community Meetings on OPRF Freshman Curriculum Restructuring

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Brooks Middle School, and Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School: 

In 2021, the high school will switch to a single curriculum for freshman English, science, history and world languages to increase access to honors level coursework. All students will have the opportunity to earn honors credit. Also Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Julian Middle School. Brooks: 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park. Roosevelt: 7560 Oak Ave., River Forest.

Marijuana Townhall Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Julian Middle School:  

Join in a discussion about the recreational marijuana legislation going into effect January 1. Voice your opinions and ask questions about what this new law means in our community. Brought by the League of Women Voters and +PYD (Positive Youth Development). 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park. 

Front Steps and Stor(i)es 

Through Monday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Narrow Gallery, Oak Park Arms:

See art by painter Kathy Hirsh, who worked as a surgical illustrator for 25 years. She is a contemporary observational painter, saying “I’ve wandered around Oak Park with my easel and paints, setting up everywhere, finding store fronts on those select days when the doors are open and inviting, and front porches when the light is just right.” Questions: 708-386-4040. 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Moving the Legacy Forward

Thursday, Sept. 26, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Celebrate Oak Park Housing Center founder Bobbie Raymond and her work in shaping Oak Park into the welcoming and diverse community it is today. Event includes awards, silent auction and raffle. $100, includes buffet dinner and two drinks. Tickets/more: 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

University Band Fall Concert

Friday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m., Chapel, Concordia University Chicago:

See a free concert featuring Chicago vocalist Keanon Kyles singing music from Porgy and Bess, Carmen and more. Other works include “Armenian Dances” by Alfred Reed, “Pas Redouble” by Camille Saint-Saens and “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance. Interesting facts on each piece will be presented. The band is comprised of students, faculty, staff and community members. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Community Kick-off: Domestic Violence Action Month

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m., Byline Bank:

Wear purple, join Sarah’s Inn and hear from community leaders to learn how to work together toward a violence-free future. Also, raise awareness by tying a purple ribbon around your tree or front door. Sarah’s Inn has packets of purple ribbons for your whole block. Contact: More: 1001 Lake St., Oak Park.

Fall Festival 

Sunday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rehm Park and Oak Park Conservatory: 

Enjoy family-friendly activities, including hayrides, games, photos, contests and a pumpkin patch. Also shop a Fall Harvest Market at the Conservatory. Free. More: Rehm Park: 515 Garfield St. Conservatory: 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ Abbey Road

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room., Main Library:

Using audio and video content, Beatles historian Gary Wenstrup shares the stories behind the last album the Beatles recorded. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

“Headspace of a Headcase” 

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2 to 3 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library: 

Hear 16-year-old, self-published author Ramya Herman read excerpts from her poetry book. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

“Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide”

Monday, Sept. 30, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet authors and former Oak Parkers, Larry Feldman, M.D., and Sandy Feldman, M.S.W, as they discuss their book “packed with research, stories of fellow sojourners, practical steps and honesty about the struggles and wisdom born from the courageous practice of deep listening.” 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

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