In Ernie's Footsteps | Friday, July 31, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Meet at Hemingway Birthplace

Outdoors While Black

Friday, July 31, 6 p.m., Zoom

Watch short films and join the discussion. First, view “This Land” and later hear from filmmaker Faith Briggs. Wildlife ecology professor, author and birder J. Drew Lanham is featured in short films, including “Behind the Binoculars,” which shows his care for people as well as birds. Then unpack history, reframe safety and learn about opportunities for action with Lanham and Chicago-area environmentalists of color Olatunji Oboi Reed and Candace Clark. Free; $8, suggested donation per person. Brought by One Earth Film Festival and Environmentalists of Color. Register:


Neshama Carlebach,
Tisha b’Av and Tu b’Av

Wednesday, July 29, 8:45 p.m.,
Zoom with Temple Har Zion of River Forest

On a Day of Commemoration for Tragedies in Jewish history, Tisha b’Av, join a Jewish music superstar who will explore the themes of brokenness and rebirth through song and stories. More/Zoom info: 


Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m.,

 Zoom with Temple Har Zion

On Jewish Valentine’s Day, Neshama Carlebach joins Rabbi Yoel Glick, Rabbi Adir Glick, Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Neila Carlebach to sing, lead meditation and teach the transformative power of love. More/Zoom info:


COVID-19 & Race

View a recording of a local, virtual town hall addressing this important issue. Held in July by the Village Free Press. Access at:


Substance-use Support Group

Sundays through Fridays, 10 to 11 a.m.

Addiction recovery requires daily practice for success. Stay connected virtually by joining a free support group for those with lived experience and those touched by addiction. One-time registration is required, and individuals can attend one or more groups. 21+. Brought by Riveredge Hospital and NAMI Metro Suburban. Register:, 708-990-2009,


“Fly By Light”

Thursday, July 30, 6:30 p.m., Zoom

Engage in a virtual film screening and discussion. When a group of DC teens head to the mountains of West Virginia, they break the cycle of violence and rewrite their future, when they play in mountain streams, sing under the stars and confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past. For teens and adults. Brought by It’s Our Future and One Earth Youth Advisory Council. Free; $8, suggested donation per person. Register:


Managing Back to School
in COVID-19

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m.,
Zoom with the River Forest Public Library

Join this parenting workshop led by therapists Layton Kirk and Natalia DeSouza from Individual and Family Connection. Learn how to mentally prepare children for the return to school in these stressful times. Register:

Caregiver Support Group

Friday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to Noon,
virtually with Oak Park Township

For caregivers of loved ones with disabilities or 60 and older, this group can assist with some caregiving needs. To receive platform info, contact Calvin Berg, Caregiver Specialist: or 708-383-8060 ext. 116. 


Five Ways to Preserve the Harvest

Wednesday, Aug.5, 7 p.m.,
Virtually with Oak Park Conservatory 

River Forest cookbook author Emily Paster will cover freezing, drying and root-cellaring, fermentation and water-bath canning. $10; free, FOPCON members. Register: For membership: 


All About Succulents  

Thursday, July 30, 7 to 8 p.m.,
Virtually with Oak Park Conservatory

Discover the best light, location and humidity for your plants, and learn when and how to re-pot and determine signs of stress. $10; free, FOPCON members. Register: For membership:


Kiss Me Through the Phone:
A Conversation on Teen Dating & Digital Safety

Thursday, July 30, 5 p.m., Virtually with Sarah’s Inn

Join the Prevention Department for a parent workshop on teen dating and digital safety. Learn about the impact of technology — like social media and smartphones — on teen dating relationships, as well as the connection to digital abuse, and tips for helping youth create digital boundaries. Register:


Author Talk: Michael Zapata

Thursday, July 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Zoom with Forest Park Public Library

Hear the author talk about The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, a “mesmerizing story of a Latin American science fiction writer and the lives her lost manuscript unites decades later in post-Katrina New Orleans.” Register:



In Ernie’s Footsteps: 

Friday, July 31, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Meet at Hemingway Birthplace 

Take a walking tour of young Hemingway’s Oak Park in this outdoor exploration of sites including the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum, Boyhood home, Oak Park & River Forest High School, Oak Park Public Library, Congregational Church and WWI Memorial in Scoville Park. Led by Dr. Nancy Sindelar, author of Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work. $35, includes tour and Sindelar’s book. $20, each additional person in party without book. 15 max. Also Aug. 28, Sep. 25. 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 

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