Proud Oak Parkers: OPALGA+ at 30 and Gallery Talk/Book Launch
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum:
See the new exhibit that puts the spotlight on the community organization that came together 30 years ago to support an open, active community of gay and lesbian residents and end discrimination based on sexual orientation in our villages. Join in a gallery talk about the exhibit and be there for the book launch of The Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association: Stories from the History-Making First Decade. Exhibit runs through Feb. 29, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7; $5, Oak Park/River Forest residents; $3, students; free, members and children under 7. More: https://oprfmuseum.org/events/opalga-gallery-talk, 129 Lake St., Oak Park.
Wabi Sabi Film Festival:
“Lives Well Lived”
Friday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lake Theatre:
First, see the feature film, which “celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100 years old … Forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.” Author Elizabeth White facilitates a discussion following the movie.
This film festival, about aging, is planned for every three months. All are welcome. $2, at the door. RSVP/more: facebook.com/events/617344209067815. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.
NAMI Metro Suburban Support Groups
Whether you live with mental illness or you live alongside someone who does, the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) has free, drop-in support groups.
First and third Tuesday each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., third floor, Scoville Building:
At the Family Support Group, ideas for self-care and taking care of your family, a chance to share and learn from others, and Information about brain disorders, treatment and services. 137 N. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park.
Every Saturday, 12:30 to 2 p.m., NAMI Drop-In Center:
NAMI Connection Support Group is for those living with mental illness. Participants learn from each other’s experiences, share coping strategies and offer support and encouragement in a confidential, community setting. 814 Harrison St., Oak Park.
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 to 4 p.m., River Forest Library:
As our houses get sealed tightly for energy efficiency, indoor air quality suffers. Regan Cronin of Good Earth Greenhouse presents on house plants choices that will help improve the air you breathe. Free; all welcome. Brought by Garden Club of OP-RF. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.
The Waco Brothers
Friday, Jan. 24, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s:
FitzGerald’s is turning 40 this year. Come celebrate with the roots rock of the Waco Brothers and music from Zachariah Malachi and the Hillbilly Executives. $15. Tickets/more: fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/calendar. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.
“The Dark Passage”
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Hear a reading about the little-known internment of 1,881 Italian Americans, mostly from the West Coast, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. A discussion with the playwright follows. Performed by the Italian American Theatre of Chicago. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Census 2020: Be Counted, Shape your Future
Through Sunday, Feb. 23, Idea Box, Main Library:
Stop in to speak directly with a census volunteer and learn the overall importance of being counted. Also get information about temporary employment opportunities.
Thursdays, 1 to 9 p.m. | Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.
More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park
Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Enjoy an evening of folk music with Ben Bedford and Tim Grimm. Free. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Rain Gardens 101
Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.,
Community Engagement Space,
Rain gardens are inexpensive, simple solutions to stormwater runoff. Learn the basics of rain gardening design, how to build and plant it, and which native plants work best. Led by Jerry Hossli, UIUC Extension Master Gardener. Register: fopcon.org/conservatory-event/rain-gardens-101-how-to. Walk ins as space allows. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Community of Congregations Dinner & Community Gathering
Monday, Jan. 27, 6:15 p.m., First United Methodist Church:
Join in honoring local activist/photographer Paul Goyette and gather with your neighbors. $15, suggested donation. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s
World Heritage Sites
Thursday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m., Gand Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Center (CAC):
Learn about the World Heritage status process for eight Frank Lloyd Wright sites across the U.S. Panelists include UTRF Executive Director Heidi Ruehle, director of Fallingwater Justin Gunther and others. $20, includes CAC admission; $15, CAC members; $12, students with ID at CAC Box Office. Tickets/more: architecture.org/payments-donations. 111 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago.
Entrepreneurial Engineering at the Frontiers of Science
Monday, Jan. 27, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:
Matthew Tirrell, founding dean of the U of C Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME), will discuss how PME is at the forefront of engineering innovative molecular systems. Tirrell is tackling urgent needs in water and energy resources, human health and information security. $15, requested donation. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Naomi Shihab Nye
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:
A poet known for writing that lends a fresh perspective to ordinary events, people and objects. Nye has said that, for her, “the primary source of poetry has always been local life, random characters met on the streets, our own ancestry sifting down to us through small essential daily tasks.” Book sale and signing follows. $10. Tickets/more: events.dom.edu/naomi-shihab-nye. 7900 Division St., River Forest.