Thursday Night Out – Only Two Remain

Through Sept. 9, 5 to 8 p.m., Downtown Oak Park (DTOP)

More than 20 restaurants offer a variety of drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts, available through ticket purchases and special menus. Diners may eat inside, take carry out or dine al fresco. Four dine-around tickets per $20 booklet. Each dine-around ticket buys one Thursday Night Out (TNO) menu item. Buy two ticket booklets, receive a $5 DTOP gift certificate for participating shops on any TNO. Booklets available at the tent on Marion near Lake. More:

Native Tree & Shrub Sale

Order through Sept. 10; pickup Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., United Methodist Church

Shop best-selling plants such as Wild Black Currant, New Jersey Tea, Kalm St. John’s Wort and Wahoo. These versatile plants are compact and offer attractive blooms and seasonal color while providing food and shelter to beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife. Brought by One Earth Collective and West Cook Wild Ones. Order/More: Pickup: 405 S. Euclid, Oak Park.

“Austrian Serenade”

View through Labor Day, virtually with the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest

See a recording of the live concert performed in June at the Nineteenth Century Club by the Symphony. Enjoy works by Mahler, Schubert and Mozart. $15 per household. Tickets:

Sound Meditation

Saturday, Sept. 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ahimsa School of Sound

Join facilitator Jay Taylor for an experience in sound. As vibrations of the singing bowls and gongs interact with participants’ bodies on a cellular level, this meditation supports a state of deep relaxation. No skills, beliefs or prior experience required. $30; $25, Ahimsa Yoga Studio members; $0, Sound School members. Register/more: 441 South Blvd., Oak Park. 

Try-It Thursday: Sharpie Tie Dye Tees

Thursday, Sept. 2, 4 to 5 p.m., Scoville Park

Students in grades 4-8 can try or create something new. Join in any and all events in this series on Thursday evenings. Brought by the Oak Park Public Library. Register. Register/more:

“Coastal Disturbances”

Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6, 4 p.m., Ehlert Park

See the Broadway hit play by Tina Howe brought by Habakkuk Theatre and Open Door Repertory. Bring a chair or blanket. $18. Tickets/more: 4338 Congress Park Ave., Brookfield

Storytimes in the Park

Wednesdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 27, 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 storytimes to neighborhoods. Share books, songs and more. For families with kids 0-5. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own blanket and hand sanitizer. Limited to 20 families, with masks.

Sept. 8: Scoville Park, 800 Lake St.
Sept. 15: Maple Park, 1105 S. Maple Ave.
Sept. 22: Dole Park, 255 Augusta St.
Sept. 29: Barrie Park, 1011 S. Lombard Ave.

Teen Space Grand Opening

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

Check out a newly designed space and meet the four-member Teen Services team. Colorful tables and chairs, comfortable flexible furniture and a new big-screen are now in the southeast corner of the second floor – a dedicated destination intended for library patrons ages 13-18.

Chat with leaders on the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board, meet dedicated staff and join in small group tours. Masks required, physical distancing encouraged. To-go drinks and snacks provided. All welcome. Registration recommended:

Supplies for Students in Music

Ongoing, with PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation)

Help young musicians in D97, D90 and D200 get much needed supplies to kick off the school year through PING!’s new Amazon Wish List. PING! also accepts instrument donations to provide equitable access to band and orchestra for all students. More: Instrument donations: Wishlist:

Midday Meditation

Tuesday, Sept. 7, Noon to 12:30 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Discover the benefits of meditation for managing stress, boosting the immune system and increasing energy. The session starts with Kundalini breath practices to shift your state of mind and make meditation more accessible. No experience necessary; all welcome. Register:

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