“Re-Imagining Connection” Closing Reception & Conversation
Friday, July 30, 5-7 p.m., 3D4D by Chicago Sculpture International (CSI)
The CSI space, located in Bucktown, is a group exhibition that “showcases works expressing the sensibilities of our inherent human nature and our desire to connect.” It features nine Chicago-area artists, including Forest Park’s Gina Lee Robbins and Oak Park’s Michele Silvetti-Schmitt. Co-curated by Bryan Northup of Oak Park. Join six exhibiting artists, including Robbins, at the panel conversation to discuss the works and motivation of the artists. Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m. More: 3d4dbycsi.org. 1912 N. Damen, Chicago.
Side Yard Sounds
Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31, 7 to 9 p.m., Compound Yellow
See the singer/songwriter duo Dowd & Drew on Friday and on Saturday, the Harry Tonchev Trio, featuring Tonchev’s jazz guitar. Next up – Friday, Aug. 13, Videokaffe: Northern Lights. $15. Tickets/more: eventbrite.com/o/compound-yellow-24731643075. 244 Lake St., Oak Park.
How to Make a Memoir Series
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., Virtually with Oak Park Public Library
Learn how to put your notes, life experiences and more into memoir form. In August, learn the specifics on how to write a memoir and Oak Park native Caitlin Garvey will share from her newly published memoir, The Mourning Report. Each session begins with discussion and ends with memoir-focused writing. Up next – Aug. 28, 2-4 p.m. Register: oppl.org/calendar
Storytimes in the Park
Wednesdays through Aug. 18, 10 to 10:30 a.m., Various Oak Park Parks
The Oak Park Public Library is partnering with the Park District of Oak Park to bring books, songs and more to neighborhoods this summer. For families with kids 0-5. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own blanket and hand sanitizer. Limited to 12 families, with masks. More: oppl.org
Aug. 4: Taylor Park, 400 W. Division St.
Aug. 11: Euclid Square Park, 705 W. Fillmore
Aug. 18: Lindberg Park, 1151 N. Marion St.
Succulent and Cacti Sale
Shop online July 30 through Aug. 13
Pick up in person at the Oak Park Conservatory
Choose from a variety of rare and unusual succulents and cacti grown at the Conservatory. 615 Garfield St. Order/more: pdop.org/parks-facilities/oak-park-conservatory/succulentsandcactisale