Taste of Uncorked

Friday, June 25, 6 to 8 p.m., Rubinstein Garden, Oak Park Conservatory

Enjoy music and drinks outdoors while celebrating the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory’s 35th anniversary. Guitarist Tim Coan provides the entertainment; beverages by Anfora Wine Merchants and Oak Park Brewing. Held the fourth Friday each month. $15, includes two drink tickets. 21+. Register: pdop.org. 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

Oak Park & River Forest Garden Walk

Sunday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take a self-guided tour of nine Oak Park and River Forest private gardens, along with the Oak Park Art League community garden. Brought by the Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. $15, if purchased by 5 p.m., June 26; $20 day of; free, ages 12 and under. Begin walk (9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., or Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. More/tickets: gcoprf.org/events/garden-walk

Writing Matters: Thomas Lynch

Sunday, June 27, 2 p.m., Virtually with The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

Join the poet, essayist, funeral director and philosopher as he converses with Bill Young at this Writing Matters event. Lynch’s work was a catalyst for “Six Feet Under” and the subject of a PBS Frontline episode. His critically acclaimed poetry includes The Sin-Eater: A Breviary (2011), Walking Papers (2010), Still Life in Milford (1998) and others. Free; $15, suggested donation. Register: nineteenthcentury.org

How to Make a Memoir Series

Saturday, June 26, 2 to 4 p.m., Virtually with the Oak Park Public Library

Learn how to put your notes, life experiences and more into memoir form. First, work on what makes a memoir. In July, the different types and themes of memoir writing is the focus, and in Aug., learn the specifics on how to write a memoir. Also in August, Oak Park native Caitlin Garvey will be sharing from her newly published memoir, The Mourning Report. Each session begins with discussion and ends with memoir-focused writing. Continues Tuesdays July 6 and August 3, 6-8 p.m., and Saturdays, July 24 and Aug. 28, 2-4 p.m. Register: oppl.org/calendar

Juneteenth Exhibit

Through Friday, June 25, Main Library Idea Box


The first-floor Idea Box features artifacts from past Juneteenth celebrations in Oak Park and surrounding communities. Also see a video of Multicultural Learning Coordinator Juanta Griffin read the Oak Park proclamation from 2020 and the beginning of the documentary The Hope of Juneteenth. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

“The Long Shadow” Free Streaming Event and Live Q&A with the Director

View Anytime through June 28, Virtually through Illinois Libraries 

Follow two filmmakers as they travel the roads of oppression and suppression to reveal the connections of slavery and strong-arm Southern politics to the current racial strife in America. Free. Stream here: thelongshadowfilm.com/illinois-libraries

Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m., Virtually through Illinois Libraries

Join a Q&A with The Long Shadow Director Frances Causey. Also submit a question to the filmmaker before the event. Register: thelongshadowfilm.com/illinois-libraries

The Healthy Chef Challenge Voting and Auction

Vote through June 24

See what local chefs, kids/teens and amateur adults whipped up in the kitchen with Beyond Hunger food pantry ingredients. Recipes can be viewed and everyone is allowed one vote in each category each day. Also, bid on silent auction items – Lollapalooza tickets, zoo passes, local restaurants and more. Vote/bid: gobeyondhunger.org/vote

Side Yard Sounds

Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26, 7 to 9 p.m., Compound Yellow

See Dr. Belsidus on Friday night and Cliff, Will O’Callahan, Telo Hoy and Mána on Saturday. $15. Tickets/more (or pay with cash or card at the door): compoundyellow.com/events. 244 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Community Art Exhibit: CONNECTIONS+ 

View anytime through June 30th, with By Discovery

Through community donation of found objects, By Discovery artists created an installation in unused real estate space that is inspired by Surrealism and artist Joseph Cornell’s assemblages. 159 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Unicorns: Break the Cage

Tuesday, June 29, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Virtually with the River Forest Public Library

Join Talewise for their live, interactive science show for all ages. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/unicorn-science-show 

Free HIV Testing and STI Screenings

HIV Testing: Friday, June 25, and Monday, June 28; STI Screening: Through June 30, The Immediate Care Center of Oak Park

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, uninsured or underinsured residents of Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and surrounding West-side community members are eligible for free HIV testing and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screenings by walk-in and appointment. More: 708-660-1800. Brought by The Loretto Hospital. 1000 Madison Ave., Oak Park.

Living History Project: Black Queer History

Friday, June 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

For Pride Month, learn about the Black queer experience and history. For grades 6-12. Register: oppl.org/calendar.  

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