2022 Candlelight Peace Vigil & Service Of Remembrance

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., Unity Temple

In partnership with several similar vigils worldwide, this event celebrates the lives of those who unfortunately perished in the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, ten years ago. Over 1,000,000 Americans were killed or injured by guns since then. This candlelight vigil offers a moment of prayer and reflection. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

Art Exhibit: Mark Making With Piccolo

Saturday, Dec. 17, 1-3 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

Explore works by advanced art students taught by local artist Jesse Howard at the Oak Park Art League. In this exhibit, the students function as an eclectic body addressing various social issues, spellbinding still life, and dynamic portraitures of family members. The students’ artwork consists of lines often found in contemporary graphics, working with gray and black washes, suggesting ancient stone. Their figures are often solitary and distorted. Overall, their work speaks of landscape, still life, and the disenfranchised. The exhibit will run from Dec. 10 to Jan. 7. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Elf The Musical Jr.

Thursday, Dec. 15 – Sunday, Dec. 18, Madison Street Theater

Join Buddy the Elf like you’ve never seen him before as he embarks on a journey of self discovery across New York City in this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy. This all-ages production is performed by kids aged 8-18 with select adult performers and the runtime is approximately 80 minutes. Tickets: ovationacademy.org/shows-tickets. 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.

Holiday Joy! Music & Dance Extravaganza

Friday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Unity Temple

Members of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago will perform selections from Handel’s Messiah, Dance Avondale will dance to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with choreography by Charles Weidman, and the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago will perform holiday-themed works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Skoryk. There will be a dessert reception in Unity House following the performance. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

D97 Maker’s Fair

Friday, Dec. 16, 5-7 p.m., Julian Middle School

Almost 50 middle school students will be selling and displaying their homemade creations – art, jewelry, baked goods, wood projects, stickers, soap and various other items. Also for the kids, there will be a maker’s activity, as well as a performance by the Julian Vex Robotic Team. Please contact ptojulian@gmail.com with any questions. 416 S. Ridgeland Ave.

Singers From The Lyric Celebrate The Season

Monday, Dec. 19, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

David Govertsen, Corinne Crane, Kimberly Jones, John Concepcion and Noah Lindqist, all from the Lyric Opera, will sing sacred and secular songs of the season in the second-floor ballroom. A three-course lunch will be served at noon before the program. Free, but a voluntary suggested donation of $15 is appreciated. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Middle & High School WinterFest

Friday, Dec. 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library 

A celebration for middle and high school students before the start of winter break. Register now to join us for food and other kinds of fun at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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