Ernest Hemingway: Citizen Of The World

Monday, Oct. 10, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

Nancy W. Sindelar, Ph.D, takes you on a trip through the life of this legendary author, starting from his birth and early influences in Oak Park right on up through his journeys through Kansas City, Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Cuba, and Sun Valley, Idaho. This discussion will be enhanced by rare photos and excerpts from Hemingway’s personal letters. Free, but with a suggested donation of $15 for non-members. 178  Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Halloween Hoot ‘n Howl

Friday Oct. 7, 5-7:30 p.m., Keystone Park and The Depot

Spooky animals take center stage at this event sponsored by the River Forest Park District, Trailside Museum, and River Forest Public Library. Kids 10 and under, accompanied by a parent, can see live native animals, listen to live music and spooky stories, make s’mores and hot chocolate around a bonfire, and paint pumpkins. Free. Lake St. and Keystone, in River Forest

Natalie Moore

Barbara Ballinger Lecture: Natalie Moore

Sunday, October 9, 2-3 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

This lecture and Q&A features guest author and WBEZ journalist Natalie Moore, in conversation with local radio host Doris Davenport. Moore is the author of the book The Billboard, a play about abortion, which was produced as a play by 16th Street Theater. The book deals with a fictional Black women’s clinic in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on the South Side and how it gets involved in the public debate over abortion. Register now at 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

John Nichols

Sunday, Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m., Third Unitarian Church

Nichols writes about politics for The Nation. His lecture topic: “Most Important Election In History? This Time They Are Right!” To join the online service, call or email for Zoom link: (773) 626-9385 or 301 N. Mayfield, Chicago. 

Illinois Libraries Present A Conversation With Jesmyn Ward

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7-8 p.m., virtually through Illinois Libraries Present

Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward discusses how her literary vision and personal experiences address urgent questions about racism and social injustice.  Register now at

Southern Culture On The Skids

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m., FitzGerald’s

This psychobilly band sings about banana pudding, possums and doing a dance called the Nitty Gritty while handing out buckets of piping hot fried chicken. What’s not to like? $20, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Domestic Violence Action Rally

Thursday, October 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Scoville Park, 800 Lake St, Oak Park

The Sarah’s Inn team and our partners at the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago will be gathering  to rally the community to take action against domestic violence, gun violence, and community violence.

After Rally Meet & Greet 

6:30-8 p.m., Oak Park Bank, 151 N. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park 

Oak Park Bank is hosting Sarah’s Inn supporters after the rally for light refreshments. Supporters can stop by and pick up informational materials, ribbon kits, yard signs, and talk with Sarah’s Inn and INVC staff. All are welcome for these free events.

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