Friday Night Flicks: Jurassic World

Friday, July 16, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., River Forest Public Library Lawn

Bring a blanket, some snacks and watch a favorite family movie. Weather permitting. Free; drop in. PG-13; recommended for ages 10+. Register: 735 Lathrop Ave.

Concerts in the Park are Back!

Sunday, July 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Scoville Park

Enjoy family-friendly music and entertainment courtesy of the Park District of Oak Park. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and listen to a variety of music each Sunday through Aug. 29. First up, Serendipity featuring young female talent covering dance favorites. Up next:
July 18 – Sushi Roll, pop, driving rock and theatrics
July 25 – Billy Elton Band, playing Billy Joel and Elton John covers
Free. Drop in event. Lake and Oak Park Ave. More:

Movies in the Park have Returned!

Thursday, July 15, Dusk, Scoville Park

Pack the blanket, some snacks and settle the whole family in for monthly movie under the stars courtesy of the Park District of Oak Park. In July, see Toy Story 4. Up next:
Aug. 19 – Black Panther
Sept. 16 – A Dog’s Way Home
Free. Drop in event. Lake and Oak Park Ave. More:

Hemingway Shorts, Vol. 6 (2021)

The sixth annual Hemingway Shorts literary journal is now available. Enjoy new and emerging voices in short story form. The result of a literary writing contest held by The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, it demonstrates the foundation’s “commitment to thoughtful writing and reading,” part of their mission statement, and their goal to preserve Hemingway’s literary legacy. $15. More/purchase:

“Austrian Serenade”

View through Labor Day, Virtually with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest

See a recording of the live concert performed in June at the Nineteenth Century Club by The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. Enjoy works by Mahler, Schubert and Mozart. $15 per household. Questions:, 708-218-2648. Tickets: 

Our Village Our Story: The Black Experience Today in Oak Park & Beyond

Tuesday, July 13, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., Virtually with the Oak Park Public Library 

Converse with fellow Black residents of Oak Park on issues important within the Black community – raising a family, running a business, community activism, mental wellness and more. This virtual space is designed to center Black people and their experiences. All welcome. Moderated by Christian Harris of Walk the Walk and panelists Darien Marion-Burton, Jacques Shalo, Juanta Griffin and Saria Lofton. More/register:

Queerios: Cartoonist Sage Coffey

Saturday, July 10, 3 to 5 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library 

Join a Chicago cartoonist as they teach about zines (short for magazines). Zines can contain anything including comics, photo collage or poetry. Attendees will fold and cut a single piece of paper to make a six-page zine about the subject of their choice. Queerios is a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies, grades 6-12. Register:

Idea Box: Pride

Through Tuesday, July 13, Main Library 

Celebrate Pride Month and beyond with an Idea Box window display. Learn about the Pride flag and its evolving design representative of people’s different identities, test trivia knowledge with Kahoot and explore book recommendations. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Black History Self-Guided Bike Tour 

Go Anytime with Guidebook from Oak Park River Forest Museum 

For Juneteenth the museum debuted this free, self-guided bicycle tour of sites that tell some of the many stories of African-American life in Oak Park. The guidebook includes photos, stories and a map that has stops at the site of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, the homes or home sites of several prominent Black residents and more. More/view the guidebook: 

Selling Your Strengths & Enhancing Your Brand: A Resume Development Workshop

Register now; Thursday, July 15, 2 to 3 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Resumes are often the first point of communication with a potential employer. It is important that it accurately conveys all skills and work history. Learn the components needed for a great resume and review the most common mistakes job seekers make when drafting their resumes. Presented by Libby Scanlan, Employment & Employer Services. Register:

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