Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Lecture

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Dominican University: 

Dr. Simon Balto presents The Life and Legacy of Fred Hampton, leader of the Illinois Black Panthers, who was allegedly assassinated by the Chicago PD, in coordination with the Cook County State’s Attorney and the FBI in 1969. From Maywood, Hampton worked toward Black liberation while helping construct a Rainbow Coalition of Black, Latinx and poor white Chicagoans that would challenge the racial and economic status quo in the city. Free. 7900 West Division St., River Forest.

Poetry Foundation’s Forms and Features: Ode Writing

Monday, Jan. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., Compound Yellow:

Explore the lyric poem of address, praise and celebration of a person, place, thing or idea in this creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney. Read a wide range of poetry, then be guided through composing original odes. Register: 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

“The Day the Circus Didn’t Come to Town” 

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Meet producer/director Charles Williams and view the documentary, which chronicles one of the worst train wrecks in U.S. history, near Hammond, Indiana, in 1918. Eighty-six people were reported to have died and another 127 were injured when a locomotive engineer feel asleep and ran his train into the back of a circus train. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

“The Death of Cleopatra”

Saturday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m., Oak Park-River Forest Museum: 

Meet Forest Park author John Rice, hear the story of sculptor Edmonia Lewis and the local connection of her sculpture. There will be a Q & A, brief reading and book signing. Museum admission required to attend talk. $5, Oak Park/River Forest residents; $7, non-residents; $3, students; free, members. More: 129 Lake St., Oak Park.

Free Readers Ensemble: “Good People”

Sunday, Jan. 19, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Drop in on a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills and Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Hoping an old fling who “made it out” of Southie might be her ticket to a new start, Margie is about to gamble what little she has. Free, donations accepted. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Drinks and Dialogue: Issues Facing Unrepresented Litigants in Our Courts

Thursday, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m., Shanahan’s:

Hear from the Honorable Catherine Schneider as well as Tanya Pietrkowski, Director of Development of the CARPLS a nonprofit offering free legal advice to Chicago area residents. 

Brought by League of Women Voters of OP and RF. 7353 Madison, Forest Park.

Women’s Motivational Workshop: Owning Your Seat at the Table 

Thursday, Jan 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Learn from Linda Berger, Founder & CEO of Business Women Warriors, in this workshop for women who want to work through blocks in various areas of life. Register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Ralph’s World Concert

Monday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m., Glasser Preschool:  

Hear Ralph’s rock ‘n roll style combined with music for the whole family at a concert benefitting Glasser Preschool. All welcome. $10, advance; $15, at door. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy, or purchase desserts and drinks, in the Community Hall after the concert. Tickets: 1235 N. Harlem Ave., Oak Park.

“Benjamin H. Marshall, Architect”

Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Pleasant Home:

Screen a documentary from the Benjamin Marshall Society. Learn more about the designer of the Drake Hotel, the Blackstone and other Chicago landmarks. Discussion and questions follow. $10, suggested donation. Proceeds support Pleasant Home Foundation and The Benjamin Marshall Society. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

Medical Cannabis

Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m., River Forest Library:

Cannabis is an ancient medicine that may provide medical benefits. Learn about the law, science and patient experience. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

MLK Day of Service: Blood Drive

Monday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., River Forest Library:

Each donation can save three lives in the community. Register:; walk-ins welcome. 

Brought in partnership with Heartland Blood Centers. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

“The True Story of Mary Lincoln as Told by Her Sister”

Monday, Jan. 20, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Historical actor Betty Kay presents the story of the Lincolns through the eyes of Elizabeth Todd Edwards. $15, requested donation. 178 Forest, Oak Park.

Oak Park Code Fest

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library: 

Explore coding apps, robots and websites in hands-on stations facilitated by OPPL librarians, Oak Park D97 teacher librarians and D97 students. For families with students in grades K-8. Register:; walk-ins welcome. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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