Fireside Chat with Dr. Eve L. Ewing

Monday, March 1, 6 to 7 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Join in a conversation with award-winning author, poet and assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Dr. Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. This event kicks off a new series of programming inspired by anti-racism resources. Register/more:

Candidate Forum – Oak Park Village President Candidates

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Zoom with Arbor West Neighbors

Learn more before the April 6 election. This forum focuses on Issues of interest to older adults. Zoom Meeting ID: 816 5335 5209, passcode: AWN. Submit candidate questions/more:

Candidate Forum – Oak Park Dist. 97 School Board Candidates

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 to 4 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

This forum starts with opening statements, followed by questions for the candidates and ends with closing statements. Submit questions in advance to or during the forum by chat in Zoom. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest, in partnership with Oak Park Public Library. Register:

World Balance vs. Personal Salvation

Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m., Virtually with Dominican University

Professor George “Tink” Tinker is a member of the Osage nation and author of American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty. He will discuss cosmic balance verses individual salvation.

Free; $10 suggested donation. Register/more:

The Age of Globalization

Wednesday, March 3, 5 p.m., Virtually with Dominican University

Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University economics professor, bestselling author and global leader in sustainable development, will speak on his most recent book The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions and offer connections to the present in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Free; $10 suggested donation. Register/more:

Winter Warmth Concerts

Wednesdays, through March 10, 4 to 5 p.m. and after, virtually with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest

View a local gem performing in a local gem – Pleasant Home. Each week, a new mini concert is released, performed by members of the Symphony. The Feb. 24 concert features Bach’s The Art of the Fugue and String Quartet, Mov’t No. 4, written by the Symphony’s Keith Jones, who will also play viola. March 3 brings solo music for flute and tuba along with a Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos. The concluding concert on March 10 is Ireland’s Downland Suite. Individual performances: $9, Oak Park residents; $12, non-residents. Series (includes 6 concerts): $54, Oak Park residents; $67, non-residents. Register by 3 p.m. each Wednesday to see the new concert or sign up for the whole series:, 708-725-2000.   

Conversations on Hemingway 

Thursday, Feb. 25, and Tuesday, March 2, 6 p.m., virtually with PBS

In conjunction with the upcoming PBS documentary, Hemingway, A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, multiple talks have been scheduled, which include the filmmakers and special guests exploring Hemingway’s art and legacy, and feature clips from the three-part documentary. On Feb. 25, the topic is Hemingway: Journalism + War. Next up, on March 2, is Hemingway and the Natural World. Free. Register/more:


Submit by April 1

Chicago a cappella invites applicants to an Emerging Women Composers Competition, which is open to composers of all ages who self-identify as female. It will provide hands-on training to further skills in choral composition. Women composers whose career is in its early stages and women composers of color are particularly encouraged to apply. More/apply:

Sarah’s Inn Youth Voice Award

Submit by March 15

High School students can submit their writing, videos and art to express their ideas, experiences, and thoughts around relationship violence, in whatever creative way they are comfortable expressing themselves. Two $2,000 award winners will receive a Youth Voice Award at the Together We Inspire educational breakfast in May. More/submit an entry:

Motown: Music That Moved the World

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2 to 3 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Through audio and visual content, trace the musical journey from “Dancing in the Streets” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” to “What’s Going On” to the pop music of The Jackson 5 with presenter Gary Wenstrup. Register:

Celebrating Black Futures

Friday, Feb. 26, 5 to 6:15 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Join visual artist Juarez Hawkins, poet Maya Marshall and rapper JSteezzy as they share live performance, art and conversation. Black Futures Month in Feb. is an opportunity to sharing new stories that dare to imagine a society where Black people are liberated and free. Explore ideas of the Black artist in community, the importance of joy and the power of radical imagination. Register:

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