Spring Artist Member Exhibition
Through Thursday April 29, 1 to 5 p.m. Oak Park Art League (OPAL)
As part of OPAL’s Centennial year, artists have selected works that best exemplify their current or past practice. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.
Friday, April 30, 7 to 9 p.m. Pillars lawn, Concordia University Chicago (CUC)
Featuring CUC alumni and current students, this is an outdoor event following CDC guidelines. A revered general returns a victor from a brutal ten-year war. Rome is ready for a new emperor to lead them into a time of peace and reconstruction. A series of events follows as Titus and Tamora, Queen of the defeated Goths, begins a cycle of revenge. Cannibalism, rape, mutilation and murder are the gruesome tools in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Free. Register: signupgenius.com/go/9040548aca829a4fb6-titus. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.
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.
Together We Inspire
Wednesday, May 5, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Virtually with Sarah’s Inn
Join an educational forum with speaker, Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV). Following is a panel discussion with Sarah’s Inn staff on the impact trauma has on communities and families and how to use that knowledge to help foster resilience and violence prevention. Free; $50 suggested donation. Register/more: sarahsinn.org/events/together-we-inspire-2021.
“I See You” Mothers’ Day Recognition
Donate now, with New Moms
Recognize a mother figure in your life while supporting the mothers of New Moms, who face barriers – lack of a supportive community, systemic racism, unstable housing, and job loss – made more difficult by the pandemic. Donate $25 or more by Wednesday, May 5, include a note of appreciation/recognition for moms in New Moms’ programs and it will be posted in the Transformation Center windows for families to see. Donate $100 or more by Friday, April 30, and, in addition to the note for New Moms, you can send a candle from New Moms’ social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, to a mother in your life. More: newmoms.org/mothers-day-2021
Saturday, May 1, Virtually with WSSRA
Enter a raffle, bid on silent auction items and take part in the paddle raise all to support West Suburban Special Recreation Association. Silent auction opens 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, and closes at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. See a short video presentation along with music by WSSRA participant Charlie Carpenter. Questions/more: 847-455-2100, wssra.net. Take part: http://bidpal.net/wssraderby2021
Heartland Marimba Ensemble (HME)
Monday, May 3, 1:30 p.m., Zoom with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
HME draws from classical marimba tradition, Central American and African roots of the earliest marimbas, and new arrangements along with a sampling of modern marimba repertoire for their performance. $15, suggested donation; free, members. Register: nineteenthcentury.org
Wednesdays, starting May 5, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Zoom with Oak Park Township Senior Services
Improve balance, strength, agility and coordination. Participants build upon skills from previous classes. Led by White Crane Wellness Center. Free. Register: 708-613-1112.
Spring Open House
Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory Discovery Garden
Celebrate the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory’s 35th Anniversary by exploring new musical and discovery play pieces. Plus enjoy take-home activities and music. Free. Register for a timeslot: fopcon.org/conservatory-event/spring-open-house-may-1-2021
Compound Yellow Events
Friday, April 30, 5 p.m. – See, “That”_ by Alberto Aguilar and Alex Bradley Cohen, a structure involving successively adding layers of paint to custom panels made to fit the gallery. A performance by the artists takes place throughout the night. Register: facebook.com/events/498052157893726
Saturday, May 1, 7 p.m. – Paul Ashford Trio performs as part of the Side Yard Sound Series. More: compoundyellow.com/side-yard-sound-series
Sunday May, 2, 1 to 4 p.m. – At Re-Fuse, be inspired by local artists and activists and participate in a collaborative open mic and share in a creative passion for justice and sustainability. Free; donations accepted for local environmental and labor groups, Deep Roots Project and Safer Foundation. Register: facebook.com/events/483770532817105/
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