Paper Snowflakes

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2-3 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7, 3-4 p.m., Oak Park Public Library 

Get into the winter spirit by learning to make paper snowflakes. Take your creations home or help cover the library windows with snow. Best for grades 2+. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.


‘Tis the Season: Holiday Traditions From Radio’s Golden Age

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2-3 p.m., Oak Park Public Library 

From Jack Benny’s annual shopping trips to Lionel Barrymore’s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge, there were several ongoing holiday customs on the airwaves during the pre-television era.. This presentation offers a box full of classic seasonal sounds from radio’s past, designed to spur the imagination and share a bit of Yuletide spirit. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


Holiday Art & Craft Fair

Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy and St. Giles Parish

The name says it all: a showcase of several holiday-related items to decorate the abode for the coming month. 1101 Columbian Ave., Oak Park.


Stories & Crafts for Preschoolers

Thursday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Oak Park Public Library 

Preschoolers and accompanying adults share stories, songs, and a craft. Drop-in event limited to 15 preschoolers, each with one adult. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.


The Winding Path To Publication: 1950s and Today

Monday, Dec. 5, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

Caroline Woods

Author Caroline Woods (Fräulein M and The Lunar Housewife) will go into detail about her path to publication–the eight years it took to write, find an agent for, and publish her first book, and the very different process for the second. She will also discuss the pitfalls and hurdles people faced in the 1950s, including government censorship, pro-capitalist bias, sexism, racial discrimination, and other themes Woods explores in The Lunar Housewife. The program is free, but there is a voluntary suggested donation of $15 for non-members. A three-course meal will be served at noon before the program (doors open at 11:30 am). For more information, visit http://www.nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.


VIRTUAL: Life More Wonderful, Not Just Less Horrible

Thursday, Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Former criminal defense attorney Marc Blesoff speaks on the aging process and how it can work to your advantage, rather than being a liability. Blesoff is currently the chairperson of the Oak Park Aging Commission. Fees on sliding scale: $40 for supporters, $35 basic, $25 reduced. Register at Sage-ing International.


Birth of a New Perennial Garden

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library 

This event is a personal introduction to the design principles of Piet Oudolf, one of the leading naturalistic landscape and garden designers in the world and designer of Chicago’s Lurie Garden. The talk is part memoir, part history, and part design theory–with some practical Oudolfian “dos and don’ts” for gardeners at every level. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.


It’s A Wonderful Life

Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., FitzGerald’s

The ultimate holiday movie that set the standards returns for a special showing … on three screens. This movie will be shown each Monday through Dec. 19. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.


Classroom Kitchen Series: Appetizers for the Holidays

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30-8 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library 

Kristyn Slick of Classroom Kitchen hosts an interactive virtual cooking series focusing on ingredients commonly utilized during the fall and early winter. Appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, canapes, and finger food are all fair game. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.


Medicare Educational Seminar

Thursday, Dec. 1, 5-6 p.m., Oak Park Public Library 

Medicare can be confusing. Find out what Medicare covers, what it doesn’t, and 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 now at oppl.org/calendar.


Midwinter’s Tales: Simple Gifts Oak Park Festival Theatre

Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 – 5 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church

This celebration of poetry, scenes and songs incorporates a variety of spiritual and secular traditions, including many members of the community. Adults, $40; students, $25. 924 Lake St., Oak Park.


Noche de Loteria/Loteria Night

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m., Tacos ‘76 

Loteria is a long-standing game referred to as “Mexican Bingo.” Enjoy a few rounds of Loteria with your family and friends and win prizes. Throughout the night, both Spanish and English will be spoken. Fill your card and you win. For all ages. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 838 Madison St., Oak Park.


Midday Meditation

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 12-12:30 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library 

With the onslaught of the holiday season, this would be a good time to stop, take stock and reduce stress. The session starts with Kundalini breath practices that offer powerful practices to shift your state of mind and make meditation more accessible. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.

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