Ramadan & Islam Around the World
Through Wednesday, May 12, Idea Box, Main Library
Throughout the month of Ramadan, view a collection of Muslims artifacts from different parts of world, including traditional dresses from Iraq, India, Pakistan, Palestine as well as Islamic artwork, prayer rugs, and rosaries. Presented by Oak Parker Dima Ali. More: oppl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=51363. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Fridays, April 16 and 23, Saturdays, April 17 and 24, 7 p.m.,Virtually with the OPRFHS Theater Department
Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, this musical paints a vivid portrait of the men and woman that the world so often takes for granted – the teacher, phone operator, waitress, millworker, mason and more. $6 per device (plus nominal fee). Tickets/more: sites.google.com/oprfhs.org/workingthemusical
Benjamin Franklin: Entrepreneur, Scientist, Revolutionary
Monday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.,
Zoom through the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
Through documented speeches, letters and anecdotes, a living portrait of Franklin comes alive through researcher, writer and actor RJ Lindsey. $15, suggested donation; free, members. Register: nineteenthcentury.org.
Native Plant Sale
Order through May 18
Pick up June 3 through 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Maywood or Lemont
Native plants add beauty and benefit the environment. They provide habitat and food for wildlife, are drought-resistant, absorb storm water and carbon, and are easy to grow. This year, most plants will be plugs; dense roots help them grow quickly and lower prices help extend plant budgets. Butterfly and Bee Kits available. Brought by West Cook Wild Ones. Order: wild-ones-west-cook.myshopify.com/. Pick up at Forest Preserves of Cook County Central Warehouse, 2199 S. 1st Ave., Maywood or Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W. 111th St., Lemont.
Native Plant Garden Q&A
Sunday, April 18, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Zoom with West Cook Wild Ones
Whether curious about native plants, a veteran gardener wanting to explore this world or looking for an earth-friendly family activity, get your questions answered at this Midwest Native Gardening Basics presentation. Questions from simple to complex are welcome. Free. More/register: westcook.wildones.org/events/native-plant-gardening-q-a/
Learn and Grow Lecture Series
Thursdays in April, 7 to 8 p.m.,
Virtually with The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory
Programs are for all gardening skill levels and presented by Master Gardeners. Free.
April 15 – Plant Dividing with Kayla Chase, who shares when, how and why to divide perennials.
April 22 – Edibles & Raised Beds with Suzette Gacek offers tips on growing herbs and edibles.
April 29 – Container Companions with Ellen Kuner.
Saturday, April 17, through Sunday, May 2,
Online with the Oak Park Conservatory
The public can select from a large choice of vegetables, herbs and flowers, all grown at the Conservatory. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON). Members receive priority ordering and pickup. Order pickups are at the Rehm Pool parking lot (515 Garfield St., Oak Park) May 11 through 13. Order/more: fopcon.org/2021-plant-sale
Scams and Fraud Protection
Thursday, April 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m.,
Zoom with the River Forest Public Library
Protect against identity theft; ruse burglaries; and financial, phone, mail and home repair scams with Emlee Hilliard-Smith, Senior Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and River Forest Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Ben Ransom. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/scam-and-fraud-protection
Trustee Benefit in Support of Scholarships
Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m., Virtually with Dominican University
The evening features appearances by Audra McDonald, Nathan Gunn, Megan Hilty and Ben Vereen along with inspiring stories from Dominican students and alumnae/I, cash raffle and more. RSVP by Friday, April 16. $100, suggested ticket price. Register/more: Dom.edu/Benefit
Why White Parents Need to Do More Than Talk About Racism
Wednesday, April 21, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.,
Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library
In this community discussion, join neighbors in talking about the Time Magazine article “Why White Parents Need to Do More Than Talk to Their Kids About Racism.” Reflect and learn together and talk about what comes next. Read the article prior. Register/access article: oppl.org/calendar
Community Circle: Exploring The 1619 Project’s “The Birth of American Music”
Thursday, April 15, 6 to 7:15 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library
Explore the origins of American pop culture and the often unrecognized impact of Black culture on American music. Before joining, listen to the third episode of the New York Times podcast The 1619 Project: “The Birth of American Music.” Register/access the podcast: oppl.org/calendar
Through April 18, Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon to 4 p.m.,
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
See the canvases and sculptures of Oak Park artists Janice Elkins and Gina Lee Robbins. Their abstract art captures “an uncensored psychological response to these restrictive and bewildering times.” 2320 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago.