Big Week

Dec. 11 – 18

Prisms of Winter 2019

Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12 and 13, 7 to 9 p.m., Auditorium, Oak Park & River Forest High School:

This previously sold-out show is now open to the public with two performances being held for the first time. Students entertain with non-stop music that surrounds the audience from every corner of the space in a musical immersion like no other. Hear jazz, band, orchestra and choral performances along with small groups. $10. Tickets: 201 Scoville Ave., Oak Park.

SocialWorks’ Warmest Winter

Now through Feb. 7, NAMI Drop-in Center, Oak Park Township, Oak Park Police Station and other locations: 

Help the homeless and those in need throughout the community with donations of gently used or new winter clothing. Cosponsored by the Community Mental Health Board, Riveredge Hospital and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Questions: 708-358-8855. More: NAMI Drop-in: 814 Harrison St., Oak Park. OP Township: 105 and 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. OP Police: 123 Madison, Oak Park. 

Back Room Stories

Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s:

Enjoy top-tier tellers at this monthly event. Featured tellers include Janice Del Negro, Jaime de Leon, Kevin Biolsi, Phyllis Porché and Margaret Burk with host Peter LeGrand. $10. 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Select Pix: “Joyeux Noel”

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

It’s December 1914 and an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of World War I to gain insight into each other’s way of life and experience a break from the fighting. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Free Showing: “Arthur Christmas”

Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m., Lake Theatre:

See the movie which answers the question, “So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” Courtesy of Downtown Oak Park. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Candlelight Vigil to End Gun Violence

Sunday, Dec. 15, 4 p.m., St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish:

This year commemorates the seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and honors the 700,000 Americans killed or wounded by gun violence since December 2012. Sponsored locally by St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish, MOMS Demand Action OP-Austin, Waging Peace of First United Church of OP, Congregations Committed to Peace, Gun Responsibility Advocates and Ascension Peace and Justice Committee. All are welcome. Questions:, 708-383-8619. 38 N. Austin, Oak Park.                                                                     


Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:

Lux Cantorum Chicago, “Chicago’s premier sacred choral music ensemble,” invites audiences to “experience real joy by sharing our consideration of the spiritual values of love, hope, and peace found in music from diverse traditions.” $20, advance; $25, at door; $15 students at door. Tickets: 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

Free Readers Ensemble: “It’s Only A Play”

Sunday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club: 

See the Terrence McNally play that takes place on opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway. How will the cast react when the reviews come in? Freewill donations accepted. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Cookie Walk+

Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m., United Lutheran Church: 

At the Cookie Walk, fill a box for $15. Locally hand-crafted items, jams/jellies, Fair Trade wares and gift basket raffle also available. Benefitting New Moms, Sarah’s Inn and others. Questions: 708-386-1576. 409 Greenfield St., Oak Park.

Youth Organizing & Relationship Building

Thursday, Dec. 12, 6 to 8 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Join long-time community activists and youth workers Billy Che Brooks and Luis Tubens for a discussion on youth organizing through relationship building. They will share experiences and provide insights that could prove effective in helping young people be heard. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

The Beatleleles 

Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., The Friendly Tap:

Hear a ukulele band holiday mix of Christmas-ish songs and Beatles favorites. 6733 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Memory Cafe

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Oak Park Township Senior Services Center:

Drop in for an afternoon designed for those experiencing memory issues and their caregivers to meet in a café-style setting. More/volunteer: 708-383-8060, For bus service to the Café: 708-383-4806. 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Holiday Gift Wrapping

Saturdays, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, Noon to 5 p.m., Albion Oak Park:

Leave your holiday wrapping to the local girl scouts. Free; donations accepted. 1000 Lake St., Oak Park.

For more holiday related events through the new year, see our Holiday Events Guide, page . 

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