The Healthy Chef Challenge Home Edition

Register now. Cook June 11 through 13. Vote June 15 through 24.

John Beyond Hunger and spread awareness about good nutrition.  New this year – community members, including kids/teens and amateur adults, can get creative in the kitchen along with local chefs battling to make a 5-star entrée with food pantry ingredients. Free. Register/more:

Wish Upon a Star

Friday, June 4, 7 p.m. through Sunday, June 13, 10 p.m., Virtually with BRAVO Performing Arts 

Join this family-friendly event featuring Gwendolyn Brooks 6th through 8th graders as they perform a revue of favorite Disney songs and scenes. Purchase a ticket code and access the show anytime during the event run. $15 per household. Tickets:

Asanas for the Animals

Saturday, June 5, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., Wild Onion Tied House

YogaSix, a new yoga studio slated to open in Oak Park this summer, is partnering with the Animal Care League to support their work with animals. Registration includes a 60-minute YogaSix Slow Flow Class, a swag bag with local discounts and goodies, a Meow-Mosa and 15 percent off food and drinks at Wild Onion after the class (take out or dine in). $25; all proceeds benefit ACL. Participants must wear masks and bring their own yoga mats. Register: 1111 South Blvd., Oak Park. 

Summer Porch Concert with Lyric Opera Stage Artists

Sunday, June 6, 7 p.m., Calvary Memorial Church’s West Parking Lot

Hear an outdoor performance of opera favorites, art songs, musical theater hits, solos and ensembles where donations go directly to By the Hand Club for Kids, a Chicago nonprofit that supports students from kindergarten through college in four of Chicago’s most under-resourced neighborhoods with technology-based reading, after-school enrichment programs, tutoring/homework assistance, warm meals and vision and dental care. Lyric Opera performers include Desirée Hassler, soprano; Corinne Wallace-Crane, mezzo-soprano; Cameo Humes, tenor; and Nick Ward, baritone. Free; donations encouraged. 931 Lake St., Oak Park.

Ahimsa Jazz Concert Series: Mario Duenas Trio

Sunday, June 6, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Ahimsa School of Sound Healing

Join in for this monthly jazz series. The evening begins with a short singing bowl meditation. The band consists of Mario Duenas (keys), Tony Hernandez (guitar) and Chris Paquette (percussion).

Wear comfortable clothing and a mask; bring a yoga mat, blanket, cushion and/or pillow. $20; $0, members. Register: 441 South Blvd., Oak Park.

Rare Bird Preserves Mini Market 

Thursdays, 8 to 10 a.m., side alley by Rare Bird Preserves

Pick up pastries, produce, eggs, meat, beverages and more from Rare Bird and a curated selection of local vendors. 211 W. Harrison. 

Sideyard Sounds at Compound Yellow

Attend the new music series held safely outdoors in the art-adorned yard.

Friday, June 4, 7 p.m. – Marvin Tate and Bill MacKay

Saturday, June 5, 7 p.m. – Sistazz of tha Nitty Gritty (rescheduled from May 28) 

Sunday, June 6 – Kolmar Collective

$15. Register (or cash or card at the door):

Music on the Patio

Wednesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m., Cheney Mansion Grounds

Enjoy the music of The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest in this outdoor pop-up concert featuring Ireland’s Downland Suite and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, mov’ts 1 & 3. Bring chairs or a blanket and sit safely distanced on the lawn. Limited chairs available on site. Registration includes two beverages (wine, beer or non-alcoholic) per person. 21+. $39; $30, Oak Park residents. Register: 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

Magnificent Mutts & Meows Adoption Day

Saturday, June 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., River Forest Public Library

Give a shelter animal a forever home. Magnificent Mutts and Meows will have furry friends available for adoption. Apply online to attend: 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

Fit/Lit Challenge

Friday, June 4, through Saturday, Sept. 4, Zoom, Discord Channel and various sites with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Here is a way to combine physical fitness with reading this summer. Join weekly socially-distanced outings to places like the Eugene Field Memorial in the Lincoln Park Zoo or the Gwendolyn Brooks statue in Brooks Park. Let others know about your own outings (and invite others if you feel comfortable). Once, every other week, typically Sunday evenings, join Zoom sessions to talk about what’s been seen and read. Free; donation optional. More/register:

Writers’ Word Feast

Sunday, June 6, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Zoom through the Oak Park Library

Bring your words and words yet to be written to this writers’ group for all types and genres. Each writer has a chance to read a story, poem or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Every first and third Sunday. Up next: June 20. Register:

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