Taste of Uncorked
Friday, Sept. 24, 6 to 8 p.m., Rubinstein Garden, Oak Park Conservatory
Don’t miss the last one of the season. Enjoy music and drinks outdoors while celebrating the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory’s 35th anniversary. Andy Pratt provides the entertainment; local beverage sponsors are Anfora Wine Merchants and The Beer Shop. $15, includes two drink tickets. 21+. Register: pdop.org. 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.
Designing with Dahlias
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7 to 8 p.m., Zoom with Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory
Join certified organic grower Tania Cubberly of SkyFall Flowers for a lecture that covers an introduction to dahlias, planting, growing conditions and harvesting of this flower. Free. Register: pdop.org.
UNESCO World Heritage Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 to 11 a.m., Unity Temple
Be a part of this important designation, Unity Temple’s inclusion as one of eight Frank Lloyd Wright sites around the country. World Heritage is a UNESCO designation of worldwide historic sites recognized for their outstanding universal value. There are only 24 World Heritage sites in the United States. A plaque will be unveiled on the front lawn followed by notable speakers and self-guided tours. Masks suggested outdoors; required indoors. Free. Register: utrf.org/event/worldheritage. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.
Sunday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rehm Park and Pool, and Oak Park Conservatory
Enjoy games, activities, an obstacle course, scavenger hunt, train rides and food vendors at the park. Each child gets to pick a pumpkin from the Conservatory pumpkin patch. Masks required. Free; drop in event. 515 and 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.
Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Forest Park Park District Softball Fields
Be part of a full day of fun and competitive co-ed, 14-inch softball. Softball offers Opportunity Knocks’ Warriors to stand on the same playing field as their peers in a fully inclusive space. The family-friendly festival features food and beverage, kids’ activity area (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and more. Also, bring used sports and fitness equipment (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to help raise funds for Opportunity Knocks. More: opportunityknocksnow.org/ok-classic-3. 7501 Harrison St.
Telescope Night: Jupiter
Friday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m., Lindberg Park
Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson for a night of telescope viewing and a discussion of current and upcoming NASA missions and discoveries. Bring a telescope if you can. Weather permitting. Up next, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. at Barrie Park: Full Hunter’s Moon. More: pdop.org/events/telescope-nights. 1150 N. Marion St, Oak Park.
Self-Publishing on a Shoestring
Thursday, Sept. 23, 7:30 to 9 p.m., or Saturday, Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library
Author Gwen Tolios breaks down what goes into getting a manuscript self-published without breaking the bank. From getting words on the page to creating a cover and formatting for distribution, learn the steps and costs on the self-publishing journey. Register for one session only: oppl.org/calendar
SOS Democracy: The Fight for Voting Rights
Thursday, Sept. 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Virtually with The League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest
Hear Jay Young and Tyler St. Clair, Common Cause Illinois; and Rebecca Greenberg, ACLU Illinois, on the concerning big picture regarding voting as well as what can be done here to protect the right of all citizens to cast their ballots. Free. Register: fppl.evanced.info/signup/Calendar
“Sixty Years in the Dark (Room)”
Through Sept. 30, The Ferguson Art Gallery, Kretzmann Hall, Concordia University Chicago
See Jon W. Balke’s black-and-white photography exhibit. Balke creates his environmental images with a large format camera and develops darkroom prints using the traditional gelatin silver process. He studied darkroom techniques with Ansel Adams and John Sexton and photographic composition with Willard Clay. Mask required. Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.
Faculty Art Exhibition
Through Oct. 22, O’Connor Art Gallery, Lewis Hall, Dominican University
See a variety of art from faculty in the department of art and design including ceramics, photography, painting, fiber art and more. Masks required. Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.
“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.