Community of Congregations Service of Comfort and Memory
Thursday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Zoom
Join in a virtual multifaith liturgy and prayer to honor the memories and hold the grief over all who have died of any cause during this period of distance and isolation. To request password, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Zoom Meeting ID 863 707 515.
Virtual Mini Film Fest
To continue celebrating Earth Day, view a selection of films brought by One Earth Film Festival and the City of Chicago.
Thursday, April 23 – Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Friday, April 24 – Why We Cycle
Saturday, April 25 – Young Filmmakers Contest Honorable Mention Winners
Sunday, April 26 – The Biggest Little Farm
Events include additional programming, such as live Q&As on Zoom with filmmakers. Free; $8, per person suggested donation. Register: oneearthfilmfest.org/earth-day-virtual-mini-film-fest
“I am Drums”
Oak Park Author Mike Grosso, who is also an educator and musician, has recorded himself reading his middle-grade chapter book about Sam, who dreams of being a drummer, but encounters obstacles along the way. Free. More: mikegrossoauthor.com/p/i-am-drums.html. The book is also available for purchase at The Book Table: booktable.net
Can Do Community Challenge
Through April 30, benefits Beyond Hunger
Join the local hunger relief campaign designed to heighten awareness about local food insecurity. Beyond Hunger reported being halfway to their goal on April 15. Help them make their goal to serve the increased need for food due to the impacts of COVID-19. And, if $100,000 is raised, there will be a $25,000 match from Challenge Corp. Schools, organizations and individuals are encouraged to raise funds by making donations, holding virtual food drives, creating fundraising pages and more. Info: gobeyondhunger.org/CanDo2020. Watch the movie A Place at the Table, available on Hoopla/OverDrive through the libraries or free on Tubi/Roku.
Commit to Sit
Through May 20, with Zen Life and Meditation Center
Meet virtually every day to encourage one another’s meditation practice. Mondays through Fridays, 7 to 7:45 a.m.; Saturdays, 8 to 9 a.m. with 30-minute check in after meditation; Sundays, 9:30 a.m., before Sunday Morning Zen talk at 10 a.m. Free; donations accepted. To receive the link with instructions to join, daily thoughts on practice and reminders, register: zlmc.org/commit-to-sit.
Stay Fit Oak Park/River Forest
Mondays, 4 p.m., Zoom
Oak Park’s RC Training & Fitness studio is hosting free athlete training sessions for athletes 12 and up, parents and coaches. Sessions focus on developing strength, speed, power and recovery strategies with little to no equipment. To access a weekly Zoom invitation, email:
Daily, Noon and 6 p.m., Facebook Live
Ahimsa Yoga has an active yoga class every day at noon and a restorative class at 6 p.m. There are also a wide variety of prerecorded free yoga classes, including YogaKids. On Sundays, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., is a live Gong Healing with Chuck Merydith. Recorded sessions: ahimsayogastudios.com/online-classes. Join live: facebook.com/ahimsafamily. Donations to support teachers accepted.
Time for Family Art
Wednesdays, 4 to 6 p.m., Facebook Live
Studio 928, in the Oak Park Arts District, hosts a free activity using recycled materials, such as cardboard and empty water bottles, to help families fill the hours after e-learning and before dinner. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Details: facebook.com/events/215808163180719. Then Like the Facebook page to access the live feed: facebook.com/studio928c. Questions, text: 630-240-9092.
“The Sisters Chase”
The River Forest Library is hosting a book club for the Sarah Healy novel about the Chase women. The title is available as an eBook on Hoopla with a library card. A group discussion will take place Wednesday, May 13, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., on Zoom. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/month/2020/05
Got the Creative Bug?
For those itching to learn how to do something new, try a new hobby or craft, or hone a skill started years ago, the Oak Park Public Library has unlimited access for card holders to Creativebug. The website offers easy-to-follow video classes on baking, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, drawing, jewelry making, paper crafts and more. The site also features downloadable patterns, templates and recipes. To access: oppl.org/online-resources-create/creativebug/
Access Library Materials Virtually
Both the Oak Park Public Library and the River Forest Library have eBooks, audio books and movies available through a variety of platforms accessible via their websites with a library card. Digital resources from homework help to newspapers and more are also available. Apply for a library card online too. OPPL digital materials and library cards: oppl.org/read-listen-watch/your-digital-library. RFPL materials: riverforestlibrary.org/digital; RFPL cards: riverforestlibrary.org/library-card-pre-registration