Big Week: October 23-30

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Sing to Live: Classic Motown 

Sunday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m., Pilgrim Church:

Share the hope and celebrate survival with a community chorus created for men and women touched by breast cancer either directly or indirectly. Advance Tickets: $22; $17, students 

6 to 18. At the door: $27; $22, students. Free, breast cancer survivors. Tickets/more: 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

National Prescription Take Back Day

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oak Park Township:

Keep unused medication from becoming a public safety issue. Bring in original packaging. No liquids or needles. 105 S. Oak Park Ave.

Socktober +

Through Oct. 31 during open hours, Oak Park Libraries:

Contribute to the sock collection to benefit the clients of Housing Forward. New, sturdy adult socks (athletic or wool) preferred, but all new socks are welcome along with backpacks/bags, travel-size toiletries, new underwear (kids and adults), and boots and shoes. Main Library: 834 Lake St. Dole Branch: 255 Augusta St. Maze Branch: 845 Gunderson Ave.


Sunday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club: 

Dracula is the original vampire monster imagined by Bram Stoker and adapted for stage in 1927. The Free Readers Ensemble will be reading/performing the original Broadway script that in 1931, was adapted and became the classic horror film. Free will donations accepted. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Family Festival of Stories 

Friday, Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m., Fine Arts Building, Dominican University:

Enjoy family-friendly activities, including face painting (6 p.m.), outdoor costume parade (6:30 p.m.) and stories (7 p.m.). Featured teller Donna Washington is an award-winner and a highly animated performer who brings folklore and literary tales to life. $5 per family. Presented by Illinois Storytelling. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

Jazz Nights

Friday, Oct. 25, 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 27, 4 to 7 p.m., Eastgate Café:

On Friday, hear The Marsha Speight Jazz Band while you dine, drink or snack on appetizers or dessert. Each Sunday, come for the Pro Jazz Jam with classic jazz performed by the Doug Lalli Trio and professional instrumentalists and vocalists who join them. No cover charge either night. More: 102 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Author Event: Tyra Manning and Karen Keilt

Thursday, Oct. 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m., River Forest Library:

Meet the authors of Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life Through Storytelling (by Manning) and The Parrot's Perch (by Keilt). Keilt's memoir tells the story of being mysteriously arrested under a corrupt Brazilian government and the affects it had on her life. Hear about what inspired these new books and questions. Signed copies available for purchase. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Sunflower Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m., River Forest Library:

Hear music by a children's orchestra located in River Forest. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. All ages.735 Lathrop Ave.

Gender and Identity Workshop

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

Join the Lincoln Elementary School Diversity Committee (DivCo) for a workshop to help guide adults and give access to language and conversation starters around gender and identity. District 97 faculty, staff, parents and students in grades 3 to 5 are encouraged to attend. In partnership with the Oak Park Public Library. 

Kontras Quartet

Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Grace Lutheran Church:

See the Chicago-based string quartet perform Leyendas: Legends from Faraway Lands, Legendary Composers for all Time, with music by Joseph Haydn, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Franz Schubert. This free concert is the first in a series of four. More: 7300 Division St., River Forest.

Halloween Happenings

Friday, Oct. 25, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., and 8:30 to 10 p.m., Ice Rink, Ridgeland Common:

At Spooky Skate (6:15), don a costume for the costume contest, play games on the ice, make creepy crafts and more. Rink will be transformed into a haunted house. All Ages. $10; $3, with season pass. $3 discount with costume. $3, skate rental. For tweens and teens, at Haunt the Rink (8:30), most creative costume wins a prize. Enjoy skating, music, games, and more. Rink only open to ages 10 to 14. $15, residents; $19, non-residents.415 Lake St., Oak Park.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 4 to 5 p.m., Meeting Room, Maze Library:

Learn about Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) with artifacts from the Multicultural Collection. Then creating a craft - sugar skulls. Free. Ages 5 . 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Oak-Leyden:

Come in costume to a Halloween party with crafts, trick-or-treating and more. For families with children 5 and under of all abilities. Oak-Leyden serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. Questions:, 708-523-1050, x107. 411 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

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