Many Voices: Peace Circle

Thursday, July 23, 5 to 6 p.m., Virtually with the Oak Park Public Library

Join with community members to participate in a virtual peace circle. Circles generally offer a chance for people to gather and share using a facilitated process. As questions are asked and the talking piece is passed from person to person, everyone in the circle has an opportunity to share. Those participating agree to keep confidential the personal stories and information shared in circle. This circle is part of the summer reading program with a theme of immigration. Register:

Get the Dirt

Thursday, July 23, 7 to 8 p.m., Zoom with the Friend of the Oak Park Conservatory

Get your garden questions answered virtually in this live Q&A session filled with advice and tips from the Conservatory’s master gardeners and Director of Horticulture. Plus, learn what to do in your garden now. Come with your questions or submit in advance by emailing Free. Register:

Libraries are Opening

Wednesday, July 22, Oak Park Public Library, Main Branch

The Main Library (not Maze or Dole branches) is scheduled to move to Phase 2, “open with specific capacity limits and some onsite staff for materials, technology support. Public computer use by appointment only.” More: 834 Lake St.

Monday, July 27, River Forest Public Library

More: 735 Lathrop Ave.


Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26, Val’s halla Records

Celebrate 48 years at Val’s with the theme, Music is Essential. Come for music specials, fun giveaways, a special edition T-Shirt for sale and possibly live outdoor music. Store hours: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions:, 708-524-1004. 239 Harrison St., Oak Park.

“Multiples for Masks”

Enter artful masks now, Expressions Graphics

This installation supports an Oak Park printmaking studio while offering one-of-a-kind masks to area non-profits and shelters. Simply sew, buy or otherwise fashion a mask or masks; decorate (both functional and conceptual masks are welcome); coordinate a contactless drop off; and make a $10 donation per mask to support documentation, installation and coordination of the exhibition. Then check out the installation through the big window of Expressions Graphics, 29 Harrison St., throughout August. More/enter: Arrange drop off:

Ask the Expert Summer Series

Thursdays through August 27, 1:30 p.m., Virtually with Riveredge Hospital

Rapid changes in the way we live, work, learn and socialize have impacted the mental health of many. To help equip parents and caregivers with knowledge and resources, join in 30-minute conversations with Riveredge’s clinical team. You can sign up to as many as you like, ask questions, share concerns or just listen. Topics include mental health signs and symptoms and when to get help; strategies to support your child or loved one through uncertain times; relaxation and mindfulness techniques; and ways to navigate medical, social and/or educational services for your child or loved one. Register:

Selling Your Strengths & Enhancing Your Brand

Wednesday, July 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

At this resume development workshop, learn to accurately convey all your skills and work history, review components needed for a great resume and avoid common mistakes.  Presented by Phil Holmes, CPRW, Employment & Employer Services. Register:

Many Voices: Nestor Gomez

Wednesday, July 29, 5 to 6 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Creator, producer, curator and host Nestor “the Boss” Gomez was born in Guatemala and moved to Chicago undocumented in the mid ’80s. He told his first story at a Chicago Moth Slam to finally get over stuttering. Surprisingly, he won the slam that night and has not stopped sharing stories since. Register:


Stop by Compound Yellow

See the participatory and collaborative project consisting of an open-framed 10’x10′ pink cube structure created and facilitated by artist in residence Marianne Bernstein. On July 19, clothing, sheets, and other personal items contributed by locals were woven (with the assistance of Fiber Artist Macus Alonso) onto three sides of the cube, leaving the front open for gatherings. To hear more, listen to the Invisible Activity podcast “Curating Space Itself” where Bernstein talks about the project: 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

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