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Year of the Butterfly: Bike Tour of Native Habitats

Saturday, Aug. 21, 9 to 11 a.m., with the Oak Park Public Library

Ride to visit native gardens in Oak Park with library staff and representatives from Bike Walk Oak Park for a tour that includes the wetlands at Taylor Park and the native gardens at Lindberg Park and two additional locations. Begins at Taylor Park and concludes at Scoville Park. Limit of 20 riders. Register: Meet at the corner of Division St. and Elmwood Ave., Oak Park.

Movies in the Park 

Thursday, Aug. 19, Dusk, Scoville Park

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

Classical Offering: Music in the Time of COVID

Friday, Aug. 20, 7 to 9:30 p.m., New Spirit Community Church

Hear professional pianist and native Oak Parker Heather Peterson play selections by JS Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel. Peterson has selected these works because they are some of “the most joy-filled, thrilling pieces” she has studied. She hopes all come away from the concert “with a deep sense of peace, feeling refreshed and even experiencing some healing in our souls.” Audience capped at 50; masks required. $15. Tickets/more: 542 S. Scoville Ave., Oak Park. 

Compete to Defeat Homelessness Trivia Night

Thursday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., Virtually with Housing Forward

Grab your friends and family and form a team of up to six players. Those without a team will be matched up. Fun and surprises are guaranteed. $45; $225, team of six. Tickets/more: Questions:, 708-338-1724 x 201.

Javier Jasso’s Bridge Residency and Clay Seminars

Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 4 to 6 p.m., Compound Yellow

Stop by to meet the artist in residence, who is a Mexican American artist born in Chicago, raised in Mexico and currently living/working in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. Also, play with clay – make functional and non-functional objects, and participate in an on-site raku kiln firing. Free; all skill levels and ages welcome. 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Friday Night Flicks: “Call of the Wild”

Friday, Aug. 20, 8 to 10 p.m., River Forest Public Library Lawn

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

Social Stitching

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 10 to 11 a.m., Garden, River Forest Library:

If you enjoy knitting, crochet, cross-stitching or sewing, join like-minded individuals at this monthly meet up. Bring your own materials. Every fourth Wednesday of the month. May be held in the meeting room depending on weather. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. Register: 735 Lathrop Ave.

Community Yard Sale

Saturday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parking Lot, Nineteenth Century Club 

Books, blenders and belongings begone. Shop for a variety of items with proceeds going to support The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association’s Community Outreach Committee. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Preparing for a Job Interview

Monday, Aug. 23, 2 to 3 p.m., Virtually with the Oak Park Library

Learn the importance of first impressions and how to present yourself to a potential employer. Also, review tips and techniques to help prepare for job interviews. Presented by Eileen Vesey, Chicago Federation of Labor Workers, Workforce and Community Initiative. Register:


Saturday, Aug. 21, 1 to 8 p.m., Sayre School South Lawn

Galewood Neighbors, Inc., a new community association, has organized its first music festival. See Tino & the Latin Swing Factor, Groove Witness, Nasty Snacks, The Bitters and DJ sets by Mr. CAC. There will also be food and kids activities (1 – 3 p.m.) at this free event. Donations accepted. More: 1800-1850 N. Newland, Chicago. 

Micro Brew Review 

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2 to 6 p.m., Downtown Oak Park

Visit 40+ Midwest craft breweries while supporting Seven Generations Ahead. The afternoon also includes live music and local food. And, it’s a zero-waste event. 21+. $50, advance; $60 at the gate. Tickets/more: Marion St. and North Blvd., Oak Park. 

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