Sounds Good Choir
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 9:30-11 a.m., Nineteenth Century Club
This choir begins a 15-week session starting today. The non-auditioned choir, for age 55 and older, is directed by local conductor Linda Crabtree Powell. Singers are required to provide proof of vaccination and wear face masks. Repertoire will include a wide range of musical styles and challenging rehearsals, with sheet music distributed at the first rehearsal. There will also be ongoing access to audio practice tracks. Online rehearsals are offered for singers who cannot make it in person for any period of time or who want extra practice. You can register at soundsgoodchoir.org. Other questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Author Visit: Keli Stewart
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
Hear author Keli Stewart read from her debut poetry collection, Small Altars. In the traditions of Gwendolyn Brooks’ A Street in Bronzeville, Lucille Clifton’s Good Woman, and Nikki Giovanni’s Love Poems, Small Altars renders a self-portrait in spirals and snapshots—sometimes with humor, sometimes with sentiment and memory—about the body, desire, motherhood and place around her identity as a Black woman while awakening keen observations of her ancestors with a griot’s voice. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Tai Chi For Arthritis (Senior Services)
Monday, Sept. 5 and Wednesday, Sept. 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Oak Park Township
Every Monday and Wednesday, this group gets together to relieve bodily pains through Tai Chi, reducing the fear of falling, and improving relaxation and balance. All exercises can be done either standing or seated, and are for people of all exercise levels. To register call Kristin Norman at 708-383-8060 (x133), or email at email@example.com. Space is limited. 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.
Deke Dickerson & Joel Paterson: A Two-Man Show
Thursday, Sept. 1, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s
Neither of these men are strangers to Berwyn. Dickerson, armed with a disarming sense of humor to go along with his ‘50s-style hillbilly boogie, has picked and grinned on the FitzGerald’s stage too many times to mention. Then there’s Joel Paterson, who has instrumentally taken that same rockabilly sound and fused it with blues and jazz. It’s always a pleasure to see Dickerson and Paterson team up. $20, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.
Author Visit: Steven A. Denny
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
Author Steven A. Denny will discuss his debut book, The Merton Prayer: An Exercise in Authenticity. The Merton Prayer is known the world over by Christians and God-seekers of many world religions. The Trappist monk Thomas Merton wrote more than 70 books, and this prayer is a one-page chapter in his 1958 Thoughts in Solitude. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Oak Park Farmers Market
Saturday, Sept. 3, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Pilgrim Church
Note: If you need a ride, Oak Park/ River Forest Township Senior Services can help with transportation. Call M- F (between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) to reserve a ride at 708-383-4806. $1 donation is suggested. Ask the Township if you are eligible for Farmers Market coupons too. If you have a link card you get $1 back for every dollar you spend (up to $25) to use at the market. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.
Miss Jamie & the Farm Hands
Saturday, Sept. 3, 10:15 a.m., FitzGerald’s
Here’s one for the kids. Like a true farm girl, this resident of Batavia, IL rises early with the rooster crowing. She’ll be doing this special early morning show singing songs about country life for the children. Who can resist “Old McDonald Had A Haunted House?” $25, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.