UTRF Chamber Music Series

Saturday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Unity Temple

The Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF) presents the Grammy-nominated, Chicago-based trio made up of Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello, and Marta Aznavoorian, piano. They play well-known chamber music along with contemporary repertoire. Masks required. $30; $25, UTRF members; $10, students. Up next, Dec. 17, Cellissimo holiday concert. More/register: UTRF.org. 875 Lake 

Repair Cafe

Saturday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Fox Center

Bring broken toasters, vacuum cleaners, mixers, clocks, lamps and more for repair and a skilled crew of volunteers will work to fix the electronic items for free. The repair success rate at all the cafes worldwide is 60 percent. Volunteer for the repair crew here: mrobinet@ameritech.net. Have an item to repair – drop in the first Saturday of the month. 624 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Fair Trade Fair

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Parmer Hall Atrium, Dominican University

Shop products created by international artisans and sold by Chicago-area organizations dedicated to sustainability, ethical production methods and fair wages for workers across the world. Items include coffee, art, purses/bags, scarves, table runners, shawls, home and garden wares, slippers and more. 7900 Division St., River Forest.


Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Through Jan. 11, Grace Lutheran Church

Attend a support group and seminar that is open to join anytime. More: 708-366-6900, gracechurch@graceriverforest.org, griefshare.org. 7300 W. Division, River Forest.

Jeff Recommended: “The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story”

Through Nov. 21, Wednesdays through Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m., and Sundays, 3 and 8 p.m. Pleasant Home

See the play staged by Oak Park Festival Theatre, that moves from room to room as it tells the tale of Poe as he “grapples with love and madness” five years after the death of his wife Virginia, who haunts his memories and his home. $44; $35, seniors; $25, students. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

Terrain Biennial 2021

Through Nov. 15

The international exhibition founded in Oak Park by Sabina Ott has 250 works on display in front yards, porches and other accessible locations in neighborhoods for all to see and experience art. Nearby locations include Berwyn, Forest Park, Riverside, and many sites in Oak Park. More: terrainexhibitions.org/tb2021

The Backstory Project – New Release

View anytime with Open Door Repertory

Because Open Door believes theater is about storytelling, when they found they could not produce live shows during the pandemic, they turned to telling the stories of individuals around town. Now available: our own Growing Community Media editor Bob Uphues. View previous releases and check back for new ones. Free; donations gratefully accepted. Watch here: opendoortheater.net/backstory-project

All That Jazz and More

Monday, Nov. 8, 1:15 p.m., Ballroom, Nineteenth Century Club

Hear Thomas Linsk (piano) and Michael Fiorino (bass) play jazz, pop, Broadway tunes and more. Brought by The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association. Socially distanced seating; masks and proof of vaccination required. $15, requested donation; free, members. More: nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest, Oak Park.

Backyard Birds & Bird Feeding

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m., Cheney Mansion

Learn how to attract a variety of backyard birds with feeding stations and food plantings from David Brooks of Spring Valley Nature Center. Also hear about local birds and migratory birds of spring and fall. Brought by The Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest. Social time begins at noon. All welcome. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month. More: gcoprf.org/events/club-meetings. 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

Pumpkin Smash

Saturday, Nov 6., 9 a.m. to Noon, Roosevelt Middle School

Be part of an annual effort to divert pumpkins from landfills by bringing jack-o-lanterns to be composted. Brought by District 90 Green4Good Team. 7560 Oak Ave., River Forest.

“Photography and Fiber Reveal God’s Beauty”

Reception Friday, Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m., The Ferguson Art Gallery, Concordia University Chicago (CUC)

“Haliaeetus leoucocephalus” by Anastasiya Camp

See an exhibit featuring works by CUC alumnae Anastasiya Camp, BA ’20, and Sara Nordling, BA ’85. During the reception, meet the artists and witness the dedication of two additional works based on the theme “Women of Faith,” in memory of Kim Loontjer, BS ’03. The exhibit is open through Dec. 18. Free. Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Face coverings required. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Restorative Practices & Justice

Saturday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Virtually with the Oak Park Public Library’s Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board

Be a part of the annual Restorative Justice Conference and explore themes of respect, response, and restoration through workshops, peace circles, guest speakers and more. People of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to come and experience open communication with the community. Register: oppl.org/restorative.

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