Big Week Jan. 10-17

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Indoor Winter Farmers Market

Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:  

Local farmers and vendors offer meat, eggs, honey, salsa, jam, bread, pastries, seasonally available produce and more, all grown or produced within 250 miles. Illinois Link/SNAP customers double their purchases of produce up to $25. Organized by the interfaith, environmental organization, Faith in Place. Street parking or in the Concordia University garage. 7300 Division St., River Forest. 

Figure & Portrait Exhibition

Reception Friday, Jan. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League:

In this annual exhibit, drawings, paintings and sculptures range from traditional portraiture to contemporary expressions of the human figure and form. Through Feb. 2. 720 Chicago Ave. 

"Harbur Gate"

Thursday and Friday, Jan. 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, Jan.  14, 3 p.m., 16th Street Theater:

Something happened at the U.S. military base on the Turkish/Iraqi border, something that was never revealed. Harbur Gate is composed of three plays about three women in the combat zone linked by a single incident. In Orpheus, two Army medics apply for the Purple Heart. In the title piece, Marines Moss and Russo engage in a battle of the sexes in a truck convoy to Mosul. And in Veteran in a New Field, Michelle, a recent veteran, meets John, a blind painter in a park. Through February 17. Questions: 708-795-6704. Tickets: 6420 16th St., Berwyn.

Young Patriots Organization/Rainbow Coalition Exhibit

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Dole Library: 

Join in the discussion of explosive politics of the 1960s and 1970s with former members of the Young Patriots Organization/Original Rainbow Coalition. For adults and teens. More: 255 Augusta St., Oak Park.

Dr. Jim Winkler on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Sunday, Jan. 14, 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church: 

Winkler is President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in Washington D.C. He will address the issues confronting Israel and Palestine based on his recent visit. Open to all. Questions: 708-383-4983. 324 North Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 

Warming Centers Open

Stay safe and warm during the winter in the following locations:

Daily, 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, Erie St. at Austin Blvd., Oak Park. To check if the warming center is open after hours, call 708-763-6200.

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oak Park Township, ages 60 and over, 130 S. Oak Park Ave. 

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St.

For transportation, call the Oak Park Police Department's non-emergency number: 708-386-3800. For information on overnight shelters, call Housing Forward: 888-383-1744.

Oak Park Code Fest

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Families with students in Kindergarten through grade 8 - explore coding apps, robots and websites in hands-on stations. Coding teaches computational thinking, decision making, troubleshooting and prepares kids to be a part of a highly digital society. Registration encouraged: Inquire: 708-452-3420, 834 Lake St., Oak Park.  

"A Good Soldier"

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Meet author Ally Golden as she discusses her memoir, which captures the isolation and pain that can come from having a loved one with a mental illness. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Storytelling Night

Friday, Jan. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., Eastgate Café:

Here's an opportunity to share your ten-minute story with others. Food and drinks available for purchase. Recurs the second Friday each month. Questions: 708-660-9091. 102 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Merdinger and Paetsch: Beethoven Sonatas

Saturday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m., Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University Chicago:

See international prize-winning soloists Susan Merdinger and Michaela Paetsch perform four of Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Violin: Nos. 2, 4, 6 and 10. Free. Questions: 708-209-3062, More: 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Tech Time Drop-In 

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 9 to 11 a.m., Computer Classroom, Main Library: 

Learn how technology can enhance your life or get help with your tech questions. Come for in-person advice about using devices for downloading eBooks, movies, music and understanding online privacy and security. Continues on Tuesdays. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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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.

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