Big Week: December 19 - 26

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"A Dickens Carol"

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m., through Dec. 30, 

Madison Street Theatre:

Oak Park Festival Theatre re-imagines the story of Scrooge from Charles Dickens' point of view and real-life events. Set in London in 1842, it's a ghost story that promises to melt the heart of any Scrooge. Ages 10+. $35; $28, seniors; $15, students. Tickets: 708-300-9396, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.


Drop-in Beaded Snowflakes

Fridays, 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 2 to 5 p.m., through December 22, Bead in Hand:

Create a beaded snowflake in a choice of three sizes. $6, $12, $15, based on size. Snowflake kits also available for purchase. Info: 145 Harrison St., Oak Park.


Holiday One Hundred

Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., Oak Park Art League (OPAL): 

Featuring original artwork, items are priced from $50 to $300. Purchases support the artists as well as raise funds to celebrate OPAL's Centennial Anniversary. Galley closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. Sale through Jan. 4. Info: 708-386-9853, 720 Chicago Ave. 


Out of the Box Art Market 

Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hemingway District:

Shop for handmade jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles, leather, and more at this pop-up artisan market. 133 S. Oak Park Ave.


Longest-Night Gathering

Friday, Dec. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:

All are welcome for an evening of prayer, candle lighting and song. Performance by indie-folk gospel group The Many. Food and fellowship at 6:60 p.m. Service (7:15 p.m.) focusing on "...our personal sorrows and the hurt and brokenness all around us...and walk toward hope for a more generous, just and loving world." 460 Lake St., Oak Park


Oak Park Area Arts Council Shows

Through Monday, Dec. 31, Forest Park National Bank:

View the work of Mary Jo O'Hearn, whose compositions blend abstract with figurative. She uses acrylic with charcoal, sometimes with collage. Drop in Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed major holidays. 7348 W. Madison St., Forest Park.

Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Gallery, Village Hall of Oak Park:

See a group show featuring the artwork of Kathy Hirsh, Jill Kramer, Sue Nadis and Ann Primack. Closed major holidays. Through early Jan. 123 Madison St.


Celebrate with Live Music at FitzGerald's

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m.:

Rob Parton Big Band performs "A Swingin' Christmas," with music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and various seasonal favorites. $15; $5, 17 and under.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.:

Country Night in Berwyn, Holiday Edition, includes Peter Joly, Allegra Malone, Cropduster, Linda Weseman, Sole City Juke Band, Badass Gumbo and more at this annual country music holiday show. $10.  

Friday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.:

Hear The Redmonds rockin' Christmas Show. $12, advance; $10, at door with a non-perishable food item. Tickets/more:

Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., SideBar:

See Lauren Anderson in the Anderson Holiday Jamboree: Benefiting Guitars over Guns. $10. 

Saturday, Dec. 22, 9 p.m.:

Hear "blues guitar hero" Ronnie Baker Brooks, with his band, $20, advance; $25, at door. Tickets/more:

Saturday, Dec. 22, 9 p.m., SideBar:

See "Chicago's most original cover band," Lovehouse, performing their Rockin' Holiday Show. $5. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.


Support for Those Living with Cancer

Every Wednesday, 10:15 a.m., Community Room 1100, Building A, West Suburban Medical Center's River Forest Campus:

A yoga class for cancer survivors only. Free. Register: 844-794-4301. 7411 W. Lake St.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m., Community Room 1100, Building A, West Suburban Medical Center's River Forest Campus: 

Come to a Cancer Support Group. Free. Register: 844-794-4301. 7411 W. Lake St.



Friday, Dec. 21, 2:45 to 4:30 p.m., River Forest Library:

Drop by to watch this funny holiday film. Grades 5 to 12. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.


Snowy Storytime

Thursday, Dec. 20, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Meeting Room, Maze Library: 

Embrace everything snow related by reading books, sharing songs and creating a winter-themed craft. Best for ages 3 to 5. Questions: 708-386-4751. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.


Assistance for Seniors

Thursday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Community Room 1104, Building A, West Suburban Medical Center's River Forest Campus:

Staff from Oak Park & River Forest Township's Senior Services provide free one-on-one consultations on local, state and federal programs for seniors, including service coordination/individual case monitoring, transportation, meal programs, caregiver support, will preparation, phone checks and monitoring, energy assistance and more. Register: 844-794-4301. 7411 Lake St. 

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