Learning to Love Difficult People

Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Virtually with Kadampa Meditation Center

Buddhist philosophy and meditation offer clear methods for improving relationships with others simply by changing how to view them. During this workshop, we will practice meditations that help improve how we relate and respond to others, so we can be at peace regardless of how others behave. Available to watch up to 72 after workshop time. $20. Register: meditateinchicago.org/event-details/learning-to-love-difficult-people

Holiday Housewalk for Healthy Kids

Through Dec. 30, Virtually with OPRF Infant Welfare Society Children’s Clinic

Take a video tours of five Oak Park and River Forest homes, all dressed up for the holidays. View one-of-a-kind, how-to holiday project videos showcasing local talent and merchants. And, enter the Grand Raffle for a chance to win $10,000. $55, includes one raffle ticket. Tickets/more: https://one.bidpal.net/holidayhousewalk/welcome.

Winter Reading Program for Kids – #ReadGrateful challenge

Through Feb. 28, 2021, Online with Oak Park Public Library

For kids of all ages – share an attitude of gratitude by reading together with people you love and cozying up with fun activities. Completing the challenge is as simple as reading an hour a week. Books, audiobooks, podcasts, listening to stories, magazines, newspapers—it all counts. Log 10 hours and get a Cozy Cocoa prize pack, with treats and a journal (one per family). Each badge earned gets an entry into a raffle for gift cards to local Oak Park businesses. Register and start tracking: oppl.org/readgrateful

Hanukkah Crafts and Treats

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 7 to 8 p.m., Zoom with the River Forest Public Library

Get ready for the holiday by joining in for crafts and baking. Suggested for adults and seniors. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/hanukkah-crafts-and-treats

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play,”

Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m., Livestream with Oak Park and River Forest High School

This holiday movie classic is performed by students at OPRF as a live 1940s radio broadcast. See how angel Clarence, who wants to earn his wings, guides George Bailey through the chapters of his life, after he considers ending it one fateful Christmas Eve. Tickets: oprfhs.org/theatre/current-theater-season

“Christmas Comes but Once a Year”

Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Livestream with Oak Park Festival Theater

Past and present collide in this new holiday comedy. Squabbling academics attempt to unlock a puzzle box containing the script for “Christmas Comes but Once A Year,” penned by Shakespeare’s contemporaries. In a flashback to 1602, those playwrights struggle to complete their holiday story. $15. Tickets/more: OakParkFestival.com

Duo Diorama Concert

Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Virtually with Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

Unity Chamber Music Series artistic directors Winston Choi and MingHuan Xu of Duo Diorama will perform classical renditions of holiday favorites recorded at Unity Temple. Audience Q&A follows the performance. The performance will be available for viewing for 48 hours after the live event. $20 per household. Tickets/more: utrf.org/event/duo-diorama-holiday

Sing We Joyous

Saturday, Dec. 12 and after, 7:30 p.m., Virtually

In its 15th year, this family-friendly production includes the Oriana Singers, City Voices, Pro Musica Youth Chorus, the OPRF Marching Huskies Drumline, the Sing We Joyous Orchestra and other musicians. The annual sing-along and humorous twist to the “Twelve Days of Christmas” can be expected as well as some new additions like a shadow puppet telling of “The Gift of the Magi.” $25, suggested donation. Tickets: oriana.org

The Three Baritones

Monday, Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m., Virtually with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

Hear Jess Koehn, Evan Bravos and Antonio Quaranta singing a variety of music from seasonal classics to opera and more, including Chorale #12 from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Purcell’s “Next Winter Comes Slowly” and Vince Guaraldi’s “Charlie Brown Christmas.” $15, suggested donation for non-members; free, members. Tickets/more: nineteenthcentury.org

Travelin’ Tunes

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 to 3 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Enjoy a musical journey with jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis and her husband, guitarist Andy Brown. Hear favorites including “Come Fly With Me,” “Far Away Places,” “Caravan,” “It Happened in Monterey,” and more. Free. Register: oppl.org/calendar

What’s Cooking: 100 Cookies

Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 to 5 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Join fellow cooks to discuss 100 Cookies: the Baking Book for Every Kitchen with Classic Cookies, Novel Treats, Brownies, Bars, and More by Sarah Kieffer. This book group meets winter, spring, summer and fall. All welcome. Book available through Hoopla. Register: oppl.org/calendar

Letters to Santa

Through Dec. 24, Oak Park Conservatory

Need to get your wish list to Santa? Print out some stationary, write him a note, then drop it off at the Santa Express mailbox located inside the Conservatory. Printable stationary here: pdop.org/assets/1/7/Letters_to_Santa_Template.pdf. 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

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