Megan Spillman

Everyday Activists Panel

Thursday, May 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., In-person and Virtually with Oak Park Art League

In conjunction with the Intersection: Art & Word exhibition, photographic portraits and interviews from Austin and Oak Park participants in the Everyday Activists project are on display in the gallery. During the panel, learn about the work of Liz Abunaw, Leroy Duncan and Vanessa Stokes. And hear spoken word from poet Andadita Vidyarthi. In-person seating is limited to 30 people at this event. Masks must be worn. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. Or view the livestream: youtube.com/watch?v=nIcSGBzBoLI

“Art & Word”

Through May 26, Oak Park Art League

In this exhibit, artists use text or words as a central part of their work or creative practice. Written text passages are part of the artists’ books, paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, collages, sculptures or other visual art forms. Includes the Everyday Activists installment. Gallery hours, Tuesdays through Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Masks must be worn inside the gallery. More: oakparkartleague.org. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

“A New Mythology” 

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dancing Krow Studio

Throughout this year’s exhibits, Dancing Krow artists examine aspects of A New Mythology – Alone, Division, Remembrance, Vision and Return – through their art-making process. View during new summer hours. More: facebook.com/DancingKrow. 43 Harrison, Oak Park.

CONNECTIONS+ Community Art Project

By Wednesday, May 19, By Discovery 

Turn something no longer needed into art for the community. Contribute single objects to be exhibited in June. By Discovery artists will use donated objects for an installation in the window of 159 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park. At drop off, pick up supplies to paint Connection Stones. Then place painted stones at the base of a designated tree outside the installation through June – the collection “being a hopeful reminder of the physical proximity we will soon embrace once the pandemic is behind us.” Details/registration: bydiscovery.org/summer

Spring into Tidy

Thursday, May 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Zoom with the River Forest Public Library

Join certified KonMari consultant Megan Spillman to learn steps you can take to declutter, organize and bring joy into your space using Marie Kondo’s method. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/spring-tidy

OPEF Makes Magic

Friday, May 21, 6:30 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Education Foundation

Enjoy an interactive fundraiser for all ages with magician and Oak Park resident Dennis Watkins. Chance for valuable raffle prizes. Free; raffle tickets $20 each; 3 for $50. Register/purchases raffle tickets: opef.org/events/makes-magic

“Creation, A Symphony of Joy”

Sunday, May 23, 3 to 5 p.m., Zoom with Shem Center

Here The Hildegard Singers perform the music of Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century Abbess, mystic and composer. Music for children is included in the program. Donations accepted for this gala event. Register/more: shemcenter.org/shem-center-gala-concert

Spring Plant and Tool Exchange, Plastic Pot Recycling

Saturday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory

Share your favorite plants and extra tools. Drop off material from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; pick up items from noon to 12:30 p.m. If you shopped the Conservatory’s Plant Sale, return empty plastic garden pots for re-use to the Rubinstein Garden entrance. Accepting the following sizes: 4.5-inch square, 4.5-inch round, 1-gallon perennial containers. Brought by the Friends of the Oak park Conservatory. 615 Garfield, Oak Park.

An Introduction to the East Asian Garden

Wednesday, May 26, 2 to 3 p.m., Zoom with Oak Park Public Library

Explore the Confucian symbolism expressed in gardens and discover how gardens are used to relieve stress and cultivate inner peace in this presentation offering a short background about the aesthetics of Japanese and Chinese gardens. Presenter Yvonne Wolf will focus on five specific plants and trees, with examples from the Chicago Botanical Gardens, Ping Tom Park, Garden of the Phoenix and Morton Arboretum. Register: oppl.org/calendar

Township Youth Services Hygiene Closet Reopened

Donate items, such as shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant or other personal care products that will be distributed to youth in the community. View items and purchase through a new Amazon Wishlist (amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/OXPWN0E072A2?ref_=wl_share) or drop off at the Township’s offices. 105 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Questions: 708-445-2727, mgale@oakparktownship.org.  

Virtual Open House

Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Zoom with L’Institut français d’Oak Park

Ask questions and learn more about French courses and weekly Conversation Cafés. 

Register now for Summer 2021 courses, running June 14 to Aug. 7 and Conversation Cafés on Thursday evenings. Drop into the open house any time during the hour. Register:  www.frenchinstitute.net , stacy.fifer@frenchinstitute.net

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