See You Saturdays
Saturday, Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2 and 9, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Downtown Oak Park
Marion Street transforms into an interactive, open street with live music, activities, food and beverages, kids’ entertainment and more. Bring your pets, chairs and yard games. View schedule/more: downtownoakpark.net/event/see-you-Saturday. Marion St. between Lake and North Blvd.
Storytimes in the Park
Wednesdays, 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 this summer. 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. 15: Maple Park, 1105 S. Maple Ave.
Sept. 22: Dole Park, 255 Augusta St.
Sept. 29: Barrie Park, 1011 S. Lombard Ave.
Friday@Hemingway’s: Mike Mangione
Sept. 17, 7 to 9 p.m., Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum
Hear the American singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist at the first F@H’s event of the season, an ongoing social and community engagement evening with an emphasis on the arts – literature (poetry, prose, reading), performance (music, dance, theatre) and visual (drawing, painting, photography). Refreshing libations available. Held outdoors, weather permitting. $10; $0-$5, members. Runs through Dec. on the third Friday. Next up, Oct. 15: Haunted Hemingway, Ghost Stories. Tickets/more: hemingwaybirthplace.com/programs-events. 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.
Healthy Architecture: The Impact of Design on Well-Being
Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Unity Temple and Virtually
The first in the Break the Box lecture series presented by the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF) features Oak Park’s own Dr. Antony Wood, CEO of the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, speaking on Community, Sustainability & the Skyscraper: Can They Co-Exist? In-person tickets: $25; $10, students; free, UTRF members. Streaming: $10; free, students and members. More/register: utrf.org/event/antony-wood. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.
Sunday Sept. 19, 1 to 4 p.m., Studio of Art
See the new gallery and working art studio owned by Melody Kratz. Learn about art classes for teens and adults geared to those who “want to explore their passion in a modern positive environment.” Also view art in a “24/7 gallery storefront.” Opening includes Music by School of Rock, beer from Oak Park Brewery and BBQ food to purchase. More: facebook.com/studio.of.art.oak.park. 451 South Blvd., Oak Park.
Containers and Window Boxes: Creating the Wow Factor
Sunday, Sept. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Barbara Hall Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library
For those short on time and space, garden containers provide an opportunity to add color and texture in sun and shade. Discover how to choose containers and plants for maximum effect with Nina Koziol. Sample containers will be raffled. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/containers-and-window-boxes-creating-wow-factor. 735 Lathrop Ave.
“Her Voice” Art Exhibition
Reception Saturday, Sept. 25, 1 to 4 p.m., Expressions Studio Paper and Print Arts
View the fifth annual juried show of women printmakers and guest artists. The show brings together women of different art background to exhibit prints, paintings, drawings, collage, fiber art and photography. Also, view works online: expressions-studio.org. 29 Harrison, Oak Park.
Live Jazz Program
Friday, Sept. 17, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Virtually
Attend a non-denominational opportunity for reflection and meditation while listening to jazz music. This month, music and readings reflect on resilience. A socially distanced, masked (including musicians) event. Third Friday each month through May. Free. Livestream: goodshepherdlc.org. 611 Randolph, Oak Park.
Teen Environmental Club
Sunday, Sept. 19, 1 to 3 p.m., Main Library Entrance
Join the Teen Environmental Club for a monthly Adopt-a-Block cleanup. Meet at 1 p.m. and walk as a group to a nearby designated block. Litter clean-up supplies provided. Led by the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB) where teens gain leadership skills and work together to build community. Register: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
“Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone”
Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Virtually with Dominican University’s Siena Center
Hear New York Times best-selling author Rev. James Martin discuss his most recent book.
Editor-at-large of America magazine, Martin has appeared on “The Colbert Report” with Stephen Colbert. He also authored Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity, which was the basis for a Martin Scorsese produced documentary. Register: dom.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1385. Free; $10, suggested donation.