Fresh organic Phoenix mushroom [Indian Oyster] growing on soil in plastic bag.

Growing Mushrooms

Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 to 8 p.m., Virtual lecture

Join us for a free virtual lecture to learn how to begin growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in your very own kitchen, basement, or backyard. We will discuss a variety ways to grow some of our favorites, like Shiitake, Oyster, Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Wine Cap, and more. Ages 18+. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. For more, call the Oak Park Conservatory, |615 Garfield St., 708-725-2400, or visit

Economy Shop Open for Business

Saturday, Nov. 13 and 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 103 S. Grove Ave., Oak Park

Select from a variety of great deals in three floors of rooms, all to support seven local nonprofits. No supply chain delays from the many donations received on non-sale days. Shop for clothing, antiques, toys, home items and more. Masks required; 50 shoppers allowed in at one time. Up next: Dec. 2, 11 and 18. Info:

Antigone at OPRF

Little Theatre, Nov. 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m.

Antigone, the first Greek play staged by the OPRF Theatre Department since 2008, will be performed in front of a live (socially-distanced) audience. The timely theme focuses on the struggle between one’s moral compass and the orders of the government. The production features a diverse cast. The translation for Antigone was done by Nicholas Rudall, a professor at the University of Chicago and founding director of Chicago’s Court Theatre. Tickets are $6 students/seniors; $8 adults at or at the box office. OPRF High School, 200 N. Scoville.

Peace Vigil

Sunday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m., First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St.

Please join us for a Peace Vigil at the First United Labyrinth. We will lament the violence we experience in our streets, neighborhood and country; the violence injuring and killing our leaders, our neighbors and our children; listen to stories of our grief, struggle, resilience and strength; share care and support for each other. Work to end the violence!

Celebrate “Building Bridges”

Saturday, Nov. 13, 4 to 6 p.m., Code Ninjas-Oak Park, 7119 W. North Ave., Oak Park

Free raffle prizes and food at this celebration of “Building Bridges,” a new mural by students from St. Giles School and By Discovery, LLC. Tour Code Ninjas and experience game building for coding/programming. This event inaugurates North Art Bridge, a project of The North Avenue District that bridges the Galewood neighborhood of Austin and Oak Park with art. More information:

Chicago-area Jewish Genealogy

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Virtual meeting

“Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland — What’s New” will be the topic of a talk by genealogist Mike Karsen for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois virtual meeting. Register/RSVP for this free event at After registering, you will receive a link to join the meeting.

Holiday Gift Project

Sarah’s Inn is collecting donated new toys or gift cards to help make the holidays brighter for clients and their children. Shop local or shop online. Either way, gifts need to be delivered by Dec. 3. For more information or to schedule delivery, email Mariam at

Louisiana Storytelling

Stephanie Soileau

Monday, Nov. 15, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

The Monday Enrichment Series presents author Stephanie Soileau for a presentation of her short stories from Last One Out Shut Off the Lights, including a discussion of place in fiction; the writer’s relationship, real and imagined, to place; and how environmental and economic threats shape our relationships to home. This program will be presented in the third floor ballroom. Proof of vaccination and masks required. Seating will be socially distanced. For our complete COVID19 policy, please visit: Free for members. A $15 donation at the door is requested for non-members. A three-course lunch is served at noon before the program (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Emancipation to Inauguration: Chicago’s Black Experience

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2-3:30 p.m., River Forest Public Library

From Chicago’s first settler to the nation’s Chief Executive, the African-American presence is deep, rich, and all around Chicago. In partnership with River Forest Township. River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. For more, call 708-366-5205 ext. 320 or visit

Veterans Day Ceremony

Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave.

Taps by John Borland

Veterans, their families and friends, and all area residents are invited to the annual Veterans Day ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the 19th Century Club building. Village President Vicki Scaman will give welcoming remarks. The History Singers will lead patriotic singing. A bugler will play taps and U.S. Army Chaplain Kerstin Hedlund, who served in Iraq, will lead in prayer and deliver remarks.

Albertus Magnus Lecture

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Virtually through Dominican University’s Siena Center

Rev. Roger Haight

Rev. Roger Haight will deliver the annual Albertus Magnus Lecture on the intersection between science and faith. He is a professor at Union Theological Seminary and past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He is the author of Faith and Evolution: A Grace-Filled Naturalism. Reservations are required. For more, contact Rachel Hart Winter at

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