Big Week | October 21-28

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One Earth Mini-Film Fest

Through Sunday, Oct. 25, Virtually  

Watch environmentally themed films, followed with discussions, interviews with filmmakers or film subjects. 

Oct. 21, 6 p.m. - Thirst for Power

Oct. 22, 6 p.m. – Child of Nature

Oct. 23, 6 p.m. – Beyond Climate

Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - Ay Mariposa and Biomimicry

Oct. 24, 3 p.m. – Watermelon Magic

Oct. 24, 6 p.m. - Overload: America's Toxic Love Story

Oct. 25, 11 a.m. - Seasons of Change on Henry's Farm

Oct. 25, 3 p.m. - UseLess: Documentary About Food & Fashion Waste

Free; $8, suggested donation. Register/more:

Abracadabra - Night of Magic

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Zoom 

Support Housing Forward's services for people experiencing homelessness in west suburban Cook County while being dazzled by a Chicago Magic Lounge magician performing card tricks and close-up sleight-of-hand. Halloween costumes encouraged and BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage.) $40, per person; $10, each additional guest in the same household. Register/more:

'Nocturnes': A Science and Symphony Film 

Monday, Oct. 26, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.,
Virtually with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association 

Dr. José Francisco Salgado photographs natural phenomena and collaborates with musicians to present science films that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder. Hear him talk about the creative process behind Nocturnes, his latest film with music by Claude Debussy, which explores how the night sky has inspired artists and motivated scientists to explore the universe. $15, requested donation for non-members; free, members. Register:


Family Drive-In Movie Night

Sunday, Oct. 25, Sunset (~6:30 p.m.), Triton College, Parking Lot #1, 

Join in supporting the Collaboration for Early Childhood and view Babies, a documentary film that follows four babies from around the world. Tickets include popcorn, water and a goody bag. $25, single viewer suggested donation; $50, two or more viewers. Tickets/more: 2000 5th Ave., River Grove.

Request Mail-in Ballot, Register and Early Voting for Presidential Election

Oak Park Village Hall is hosting early voting through Nov. 2 and has one of 50 boxes in Cook County for voters to drop off mail-in ballots, 123 Madison St. Any registered voter in suburban Cook County may request a mail ballot online through Oct. 29. Be ready with your driver's license/state ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number, as well as an email and your mailing address. Applications may also be printed and mailed. If you have moved or need to register to vote, you can do so in-person at a "grace period" location through Nov. 2, or in-person on election day at your polling place. Two forms of ID, including one with current address, are needed. More/apply:


Passion for Retirement Possibilities

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m. to Noon,
Zoom with Arbor West Neighbors

Join Janis Clark Johnston, family psychologist and author, and learn about taking a fresh look at retirement identity for ages 55+. The Johnston Retirement Survey of 125 individuals suggests many choose to "rewire" and dive into new territory. RSVP:

Living History Project

Mondays and Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.,
Virtually with the Oak Park Public Library 

Youth in grades 6 through 12 learn about the histories of social movements in the U.S. while developing leadership skills, such as cultivating social and critical thinking skills, developing research skills and gaining public speaking experience. Facilitated by long-time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks. Register for each date individually:


Page to Stage:
The Ghosts of Shakespeare

Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 to 9 p.m.,
Zoom with Oak Park Public Library and Oak Park Festival Theater (OPFT)

In this backstage tour into the actors' process, OPFT Artistic Director Barbara Zahora, along with Artistic Associates Tony Dobrowolski and Matt Gall,  explore through scenes and discussion, how Shakespeare brings the afterlife to life through the ghosts from Hamlet, Macbeth and Richard III. Register:


Let's Make Music

Wednesdays, Oct. 21 and 28, 10 to 10:30 a.m.,
Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Join Children's library staff and other families to sing, dance, clap and make music together with instruments that are made and played at home. Best for kids up to age 6. Register:


Shake, Rattle & Read 

Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31, 10 and 10:30 a.m.,
Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Join librarians for a session filled with books, songs, movement and more. Best for kids up to age 5. Register:

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