Big Week | October 14-21

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Harvest on Harrison 

Saturday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 25,
during shop hours, Oak Park Arts District

Smile on Harrison Street. Artwork from the Smiles Project will be displayed in windows and interiors of businesses. Art from the community is accepted through Oct. 15. Take a masked stroll and document the project on social media with #smilesonharrison and #harvestonharrison. Follow these tags for the special events planned by local businesses. Harrison Street from Austin to Ridgeland. More: oakparkartsdistrict.com/event-directory-2/harvest-on-harrison

 

Pleasant Home Tours
now include Third Floor

Take an hour-long, docent-led tour that covers the first, second and third floors of the historic home. Now, see the ballroom, billiard room, maid's quarters and Farson family artifacts, such as Mamie's china, the original drafting set of John Farson and more. $10; $8, seniors/students 18+ with I.D.; $7, ages 6 through 18; free, 5 and under and Illinois teachers. Schedule an appointment: 708-383-2654. Or, take a self-guided tour of the main floor for free on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All tours are limited to eight. More: pleasanthome.org/tours. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

 

Cemetery Walk: Faith in Tough Times

Sunday, Oct. 18, arrive noon to 1 p.m.,
Forest Home Cemetery Main Gate

Oak Park River Forest Museum's annual Tale of the Tombstones highlights stories of people who faced daunting challenges, such as a pioneer of the African American community in Oak Park more than a century ago; a local suffragist; family members who succumbed to the 1918 flu pandemic and more. Safety protocols of masks and social distancing enforced. Tours of 20 depart at 10-minute intervals. Tours last about two hours. $15. Questions: 708-848-6755, oprfhistorymatters@sbcglobal.net. Register for a time slot: oprfmuseum.org/events/tale-tombstones-cemetery-walk-0. 863 Desplaines, Forest Park.

Cultivating Mindfulness:
Addressing Household Stress

Sunday, Oct. 18, 1:30 to 3 p.m.,
Virtually with National Alliance on Mental Illness 

Join presenter Adenia Linker, MEd, SAYD, CYT, and learn a strategy that can strengthen coping skills and support well-being. Free. More/Register: eventbrite.com/o/national-alliance-on-mental-illness-metro-suburban-affiliate-3180311428

Jane Addams: Democracy in America 

Monday, Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m.,
Webinar with Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

Betsey Means from WomanLore brings the Hull House founder to life through Addams' own writings. Addams, a crusader for social justice, devoted herself to fighting for the rights of workers, women and children. $15, requested for non-members; free, members. Register: nineteenthcentury.org.

"Stamped" Community Book Discussions

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Share thoughts on Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds. The book offers a history of racist and anti-racist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. Join in for a presentation followed by discussions in separate breakout rooms. Dominican University students will lead these peace circle breakouts, which draw on the Stamped educator's guide.  Held in conjunction with Brooks and Julian Middle Schools' fall curriculum read. Session 2: Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Session 3: Tuesday, Dec. 1.%u200B

 

Restorative Justice Conference

Wednesdays and Fridays, through Oct. 30,
Zoom with the Oak Park Library 

This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Each week, explore one of the four quadrants - mental, spiritual, emotional or physical. More/register: oppl.org/news-events/teens/all-october-participate-in-the-virtual-restorative-justice-conference/

Stand Tall

Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

As Sarah's Inn turns 40, learn about important programming while helping to raise funds. Purchase a Peloton Bike Raffle ticket ($100) or 40th Anniversary yard sign ($25, local delivery available). Silent auction includes weekend getaways, wine tasting, a Fitzgerald's Private Concert Truck and more. Almost Live items open for bid at the event include an Airstream getaway and a Farm-to-Table dinner for 12. Free to register. Dine during the event with a partner (Scratch Kitchen, Jim & Pete's, Maya Del Sol, Carnivore or One Lake Brewing), mention Sarah's Inn and 15% will be donated. Register/more: sarahsinn.org/events/stand-tall-event-40th-anniversary.

 

Talk Saves Lives – Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Conversation

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Hear what is known about this leading cause of death, the most up to date research on prevention, common risk factors for suicide, how to spot warning signs in others and how to keep ourselves, loved ones and those in our community safe. Brought by Positive Youth Development and the Townships of Oak Park and River Forest. Register: astephans@oakparktownship.org, 708-383-8005.

Celebrating Beethoven

Friday, Oct. 16, 6 to 7 p.m.,
Virtually with The Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF)

Treat yourself to a concert performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago as the 2020/2021 season is kicked off for The Unity Chamber Music Series. Beethoven's Quintet for Winds and Piano, Op. 16 is featured in a high-end filming at the Nineteenth Century Club. Proceeds benefit UTRF's mission to preserve Unity Temple and provide quality public programming. $20; $10, students. More/register: unitychambermusicseries.org. 

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