Things I Learned Writing Books
Monday, March 21, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association (second-floor ballroom)
Author Michael Raleigh will talk frankly about his experiences in publishing books. Sub-topics include: research, why his books are never set in the present, the role of Chicago in his books, his love of mysteries (whether reading or writing them) and some of the fascinating things he has learned about Chicago
while writing his novels. $15 suggested donation; members, free.
178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): ‘Sailor Moon’
Thursday, March 17, 4-5 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library
This month, students in grades 5-8 share thoughts and opinions on this month’s book: Sailor Moon, Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi. A girl named Usagi meets a talking cat who enables her to tap into a well of strength she never knew she had, transforming her into the great Sailor Moon. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.
Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization (second-floor ballroom)
Ann Chang has quite a varied resume, ranging from being the founder and director of the Meadowlark Music Festival to being a former TEDx and TEDwomen speaker. On this evening, she will be applying her skills toward the piano, playing the “greatest hits” of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. Free, but with a donation requested for all attendees (pay what you can). 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Heart of Our Villages Awards
Thursday, March 24, 6:30-9 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization
The Historical Society of Oak Park-River Forest honors the lives and accomplishments of Carlotta Luchesi and Harriette & McLouis Robinet, recipients of the 2022 Heart Of Our Villages Award. $125 per ticket, or $75 for the virtual awards ceremony. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Sunday, March 20, 3 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Moldovan violinist Olya Prohorova and Japanese pianist Hana Fujisaki combine for this tribute to J-Pop, the contemporary Japanese pop music heard frequently in anime cartoons. $15 general, $10 students/kids. 611 Randolph St., Oak Park.
TechGirlz Workshop: Web Concepts
Saturday, March 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library
This workshop shows students in grades 5-8 how websites work, how they are built, and how to build them. It is a discussion with interactive activities, but nothing is created and no technical materials are required. Familiarity with terms and concepts is helpful. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.
FitzGerald’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Saturday, March 19, 12 p.m., FitzGerald’s
There is no way the state of Illinois will let the month of March pass without a massive St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Featured will be the music of Switchback, the Shannon Rovers, Fitz & the Celts, the Belvederes, and the Mayer School Stepdancers. $5-15. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.