Big Week Jan. 2-9

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Twelfth Night Community Choral Performance 

Sunday, Jan. 6, 4 p.m., United Lutheran Church:

This musical program features choirs from First United Church of Oak Park, Grace Episcopal Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC, United Lutheran Church and Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist. 409 Greenfield St., Oak Park.

Twelfth Night Celebration

Sunday, Jan. 6, 2 to 4 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum:

Jan Dressel will share Twelfth Night traditions stretching back to the Roman Empire. Enjoy music and desserts, as well as the exhibit Ghosts of Christmas Past, ending Jan. 12. Museum hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twelfth Night: $12; $6, members. Twelfth Night reservations/more: 708-848-6755, oprfmuseum.org/events/twelfth-night-celebration. Reservations preferred by Jan. 3. 129 Lake St., Oak Park.

Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival

Weekends in January, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and explore More than a Month with these films. 

  • Saturday, Jan. 5: More Than a Month 
  • Sunday, Jan. 6: I Am Not Your Negro 
  • Sunday, Jan. 13: Cry Freedom 
  • Saturday, Jan. 19: The Ladies #1 Detective Agency 
  • Saturday, Jan. 26: Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind 

834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Healthy New Year Apps and Websites

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7 to 8 p.m., Computer Classroom, Main Library: 

Use technology for motivation to get healthy in 2019. Explore recommended fitness websites and apps in this interactive class. Bring your own device or use library computers. Register: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

The Conversation: Have It Sooner Rather Than Later

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Dole Library:

Thinking ahead and planning for end-of-life choices can reduce stress, making the process less difficult. Join neighbors the second Wednesday each month. The first session is a discussion of the book The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan For End-of-Life Care by Dr. Angelo Volande. 255 Augusta St., Oak Park

A Conversation with Linda Francis of Success of All Youth  

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Success of All Youth is an initiative of the OP-RF Community Foundation. Hear about progress made and challenges ahead. Brought by the League of Women Voters. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Tuesday Films

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

In Pick of the Litter, meet five spirited puppies who, from the moment they're born, begin a journey to become guide dogs for the blind. Noon showing of First Tuesday film introduced by film buff Doug Deuchler. On the third Tuesday, Jan. 22, Tea with the Dames, shows what happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: classiccinemas.com. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

See It, Feel It and Touch It

Reception Sunday, Jan. 6, 2 to 4 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library: 

Meet Oak Park artist Hai S. Lam and see his exhibit featuring abstraction art with acrylic paint mixed with sand. Through the end of January 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Warming Centers Open to All

The following locations provide a place to go during the cold, winter weather. If transportation is needed, call the Oak Park Police: 708-386-3800.

  • 24 hours a day, Rush Oak Park Hospital, 500 S. Maple Ave., Oak Park. 
  • Daily, 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park. To find out if the warming center is open after hours, call: 708-763-6200.
  • Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oak Park Township, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, for seniors age 60+. 
  • Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St.


Aging & Disability Resource Program Consultations 

Thursday, Jan. 3 and 17, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Building A, Community Room 1104, West Suburban Medical Center River Forest Campus:

Oak Park & River Forest Townships Senior Services staff provides one-on-one assistance with local state and federal programs, including individual case monitoring, transportation, meals, caregiver support, daily monitoring, home energy assistance and more. Also on Thursday, Jan. 10 and 24, 10 to 12:30 p.m., Room 1062, West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park. Appointments: 844-794-4301. 7411 Lake St. 

Queerios Holiday Party

Thursday, Jan. 3, 4 to 7 p.m., Meeting Room, Maze Library:

This new LGBTQ group (named by teens) provides a space for those in grades 6 through 12 to get together. Come celebrate the holidays with a potluck (bring a favorite holiday dish). Also, make buttons and play games like The Escape Closet. Held in partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of Julian and Brooks Middle Schools. Question: jvaughn@oppl.org. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Calendar Events

As you've likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can't publish everything, but we'll do our best to feature the week's highlights.
Email calendar@wjinc.com.

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