Harry Tonchev Trio
Saturday Dec. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., Compound Yellow, 244 Lake St., Oak Park
Harry Tonchev on guitar, John Sutton on bass, Tommaso Moretti on drums, this event is donation based, all proceeds go directly to the artists. Performance begins the Winter Sessions in the Studio series. Sessions are intimate, no more than 20 people. BYOB, some light refreshments provided. https://www.instagram.com/harrytonchevguitar, https://www.facebook.com/harry.tonchev, For more information, visit www.compoundyellow.com
Dinner Through the Decades
Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum, 129 Lake St., Oak Park
Join the Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest for a conversation between local cookbook author Emily Paster and OPRF Museum board member Fran Knechel on how our community’s answer to the question, “What’s for dinner?” has changed throughout the decades and how that answer reflects important societal changes. Copies of Paster’s cookbooks will be available for sale and signing. Tickets for this program are included with the price of admission: $5 for Oak Park/River Forest residents, $7 for nonresidents, and free for members. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. Visit the website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 708-848-6755 to register.
Medicare Educational Seminar
Thursday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 6 p.m. virtually through Oak Park Public Library
Medicare can be confusing. Find out what Medicare covers, what it doesn’t, your potential out-of-pocket exposure, and learn about Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Coverage, and cost-saving strategies for the year ahead. Presented by Ivan Morgan from Premier Medicare Benefits. Register at oppl.org/calendar.
The Race to Save the RMS Titanic
Thursday, Dec. 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. virtually through Oak Park Public Library
Join author William Hazelgrove as he discusses his book, One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to Save the RMS Titanic. One hundred and sixty minutes is all the time rescuers would have before the largest ship in the world slipped beneath the icy Atlantic. It is a story of a network of wireless operators on land and sea who desperately sent messages back and forth across the dark frozen North Atlantic to mount a rescue mission. Register at oppl.org/calendar.
Exploring Social Justice Through Art
Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library
The Family, Literacy, and Social Justice speaker series provides opportunities for caregivers and educators to learn from experts in a variety of fields. The goal is to raise awareness and confront social injustices through different forms of literacy. Each presenter challenges thinking, broadens understanding and inspires action. Register at oppl.org/calendar.
‘March’: Book 3
Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 7-8:30 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library
Part three of the virtual series reading and discussing March, the graphic novel trilogy by John Lewis. Discuss the work of the late civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman from Georgia, and reflect together on the impact of civil rights movements today. This anti-racist discussion is recommended for ages 11 and up. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.
The Old Chicago Post Office
Monday, Dec. 6 at 1:15 p.m., 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave.
The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association’s Monday Enrichment Series presents“Awakening of a Sleeping Giant: The Old Chicago Post Office.” A city landmark and fixture on the National Register of Historic Places, the Post Office is a one-of-a-kind building. When it was purchased in 2016 after 20 years of neglect, Gensler Chicago led its restoration and repositioning into a next-generation office building with world-class tenant amenities. Gensler Regional Managing Principal Grant Uhlir will discuss the process of reinvigorating the landmark building into a relevant space. Visit the website for more information. Presented in the second floor ballroom. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Seating will be socially distanced. https://www.nineteenthcentury.org/our-public-programs. Free for members. $15 donation at the door is requested for non-members. A 3-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. Make on-line lunch reservations no later than the Thursday before a program, or call the office at 708-386-2729.
Concordia Christmas Concert
Friday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m., Chapel of Our Lord on campus, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest
Concordia University Chicago’s University Band presents their annual Christmas concert. The University Band comprises approximately 70 musicians, including residents from surrounding communities and Concordia University Chicago students, faculty and staff. Dr. Richard Fischer, distinguished professor of music, founded the University Band in 1993 and conducts the ensemble. Admission is free. For more information, visit //CUChicago.edu/music or call 708-209-3060. Free off-street parking in the university’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Face masks required forall individuals in attendance.