Zine Making with Political Activist Anthony Rayson
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 5:30 to7:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Learn how Rayson helps prisoners through creating zines with a demonstration of various D.I.Y. “tools of the trade.” He will read letters from prisoners explaining what they do with zines. View copies of the zines and see a display of art made by prisoners. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Memoir Writing Meets Genealogy
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2 to 4 p.m., River Forest Library:
For those Interested in piecing together their family story, genealogist Charles Thomas will explain how to use genealogy and historical research to compile a narrative. He’ll show
how to navigate electronic sites, for both history (such as newspaper archives) and genealogy. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.
Safe Cookouts: All About Fire
Saturday, Jan. 11, 1 to 3 p.m., Thatcher Woods Pavilion:
Learn safe practices for fire building and containment, then make your own fire and toast a marshmallow. All ages. Free. And, if you love the woods in the winter, register now (312-533-5751) for a Winter Photoshoot, Thursday, Jan. 16, 8 to 10 a.m. Meet at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, then hike around Thatcher Woods and down to the Des Plaines River for some magical winter photography. Chicago Ave., west of Thatcher Ave., River Forest.
Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 to 11 a.m., Grace Lutheran Church:
Come to the first meeting of a grief support group, which will meet weekly. Register: 708-366- 6900. 7300 Division, River Forest.
Motion/Composure: Figures in Movement and Stillness
Reception Friday, Jan. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League:
See figurative artwork expressing states of motion, rest or both created in all forms of media in 2D and 3D. Through Jan. 31. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.
Emerging from the Abstract
Through Jan. 30, Art Gallery, Main Library:
On view are 20 paintings by Mary Jo Parker O’Hearn, an artist who lived in Oak Park for 30 years. In this series, she completes an abstract painting, then searches for the inhabitant(s) and their story and blocks out the unnecessary noise around them. More: oppl.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Cocktails, Flappers and Prohibition – Fun things I learned while writing historical fiction
Monday, Jan. 13, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:
Focusing on the paradoxes and social tensions around flappers, gin joints and those who favored temperance, local historian and author Susanna Calkins shares how she conceived of her “Speakeasy Mysteries” set in Chicago, 1929. $15, requested donation. 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park.
OK Chili Cook-off
Sunday, Jan. 12, Noon to 5 p.m., FitzGerald’s:
Support Opportunity Knocks while enjoying food, live music, chance to win raffle prizes, NFL playoff viewing and access to kid’s zone. Opportunity Knocks serves young people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, recreational and life-skills programming. $30; free, ages 12 and under. More, including how to enter your chili recipe: opportunityknocksnow.org/ok-chili-cook-off/. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.
Steep Canyon Rangers
Saturday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:
Hear the Grammy award-winning bluegrass/Americana folk band. $29 to $48. Tickets/more: events.dom.edu, 708-488-5000. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.
Peace Within: Hear the small still voice
Saturdays, 2 p.m., or Sundays, 4 p.m., for four weeks, beginning Jan. 11 and 12, Oak Park Public Library:
Experience meditation through this heart-centered approach. From basic principles to transformative techniques, learn visualizations, mantras, chants, breathing and concentration exercises. Music, poetry and art help deepen the experience. Led by Ganapati J. Coleman, PhD, and Lunthita Duthely, MS, EdD. Sessions build on previous ones, so attendance all four weeks is encouraged. Note: Saturday, Jan. 18 is at 10 a.m. Free. Register/more: meditationchicago.org/schedule/. 834 Lake St., Oak Park
Winter Farmer’s Market
Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sugar Beet Food Co-op:
Get your farmer’s market fix by shopping area producers at this inside market. Stock up on Opportunity Knocks pickles, along with honey, bread and chocolates. Markets continue on Feb. 8, March 7 and April 11. Enter on Grove, just north of the store entrance. 812 Madison, Oak Park.