Groundhog Day Celebration
Thursday, Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m., Trailside Museum of Natural History
Listen to a story, do special activities and make your own groundhog weather predictor. Free for ages 3-7 with an adult. Registration required. 708-366-6530 or email@example.com. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.
Monday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 7, 4-4:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
This half-hour of storytelling is designed for children with disabilities, from ages 3+ with caregiver support. Classes are structured with visual schedules and include fun picture books and songs, with fine and gross motor movement activities. Sensory supports like lap weights and fidget toys are available to help children be successful. Siblings welcome. This event will run through February 13 (on Mondays) and March 21 (on Tuesdays). Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks
Saturday, Feb. 4, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s
He looks like a private eye from a 1940s serial, but he sounds like a witty roots-rocker with a booming baritone. $20 – $180, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.
Monday, Feb. 6, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
Monica Rickert-Bolter, co-founder of the Center for Native Futures, looks at a growing art movement known as Indigenous Futurism, which is something of a breakaway from traditional Native art. Rickert-Bolter will discuss her own unconventional career, the connection to her BIPOC background, and how this new movement relates to the future of Chicago’s Native artistic community. Free, but a voluntary suggested donation of $15 for non-members is appreciated. 178 Forest Park, Oak Park.
Latinx Author Book Cafe: ‘Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices From the Latinx Diaspora’
Monday, Feb. 6, 6-7 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
Each month, works by Latinx authors will be discussed. In February, the topic will be Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices From the Latinx Diaspora, featuring an all-star cast of Latinx bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogating the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
OPRF Japan Fest
Saturday, Feb. 4, 12 – 4 p.m., Oak Park and River Forest High School
The theme of this celebration is “Holidays & Festivals.” Various activities, crafts, games and performances will be held. 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park.
WDCB Bluesday Tuesday with Matthew Skoller & Chicago Wind with Demetria Taylor
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., FitzGerald’s
Matthew Skoller is not only a vocalist and harmonica player, but a perceptive songwriter, as well. He’s joined by Demetria Taylor, a vocalist who is the daughter of the late blues guitarist Eddie Taylor. The evening is emceed by WDCB deejay Tom Marker. $10 ($15 day of show), 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.
Lawrence Peters Outfit
Sunday, Feb. 5, 1:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s
Chicago’s favorite country-singing drummer is back for this special afternoon show. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.