Big Week | Dec. 30 - Jan. 6

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Sounds Good! Choir Concert

View Virtually Anytime 

Hear songs of the season sung and recorded remotely by a non-audition choral program for ages 55+ under the direction of professional artists in the Chicago area. Besides holiday favorites, also hear "Shalom Chaverim" and "Calypso Lullaby." Free. View the concert:


Winter Choir Concert

View Virtually Anytime with Percy Julian Middle School and guests Brooks Middle School and D97 Choirs

Emcee Emily Churchouse explains what goes into making virtual performances happen and more during this concert featuring Julian's Jukebox, Do Re Mi's, Men's Ensemble and Daytime Choirs and a combined performance with Brooks' and Julian's Daytime Choirs as well as a song with all ten D97 choirs. Wearing headphones or connecting to an external speaker or sound system is recommended for the best audio experience. View:


Prisms of Winter

View Anytime Virtually with the OPRFHS Music Department

See a performance assembled from more than 400 student recordings featuring the school's choirs, orchestras, bands and jazz students. Free. Access here:


Winter Reading Program for Kids - #ReadGrateful Challenge

Through Feb. 28, 2021, Online with Oak Park Public Library

For kids of all ages - share an attitude of gratitude by reading together with people you love and cozying up with fun activities. Completing the challenge is as simple as reading an hour a week. Books, audiobooks, podcasts, listening to stories, magazines, newspapers—it all counts. Log 10 hours and get a Cozy Cocoa prize pack with treats and a journal (one per family). Each badge earned gets an entry into a raffle for gift cards to local Oak Park businesses. Register and start tracking:


Dancing at a Distance – "Resilient"

View on Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo and MOMENTA's webpage

See Momenta of Oak Park's newest digital dance videos created as part of a series for these times. "Resilient" is choreographed by Mei-Kuang Chen and performed by Momenta's 2021 graduating seniors. Check back for new releases. View on social pages or here:


Writing Matters: Rachel Joyce

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2 p.m., Virtually with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

See Elizabeth Berg in conversation with the author of the recently published novel Miss Benson's Beetle and Booker Prize-nominated, The Unlikley Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Free. Register:


Covid-19 Vaccine Trial Town Hall

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Facebook Live with Loretto Hospital

Meet with the clinical team who will answer questions and empower individuals with the facts to make a personal, informed decisions. Panelists include Lois Clarke, M.D., Loretto's Medical Director of Research; Shilpa Pulluru, M.D., Clinical Research Liaison; and Ali Ahmed, Ph.D., President of Affinity Health, Loretto's clinical research partner. Vaccine trial participants will receive free healthcare for up to two years. View the town hall:


Snowy Pajama Storytime

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 7 to 7:30 a.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Wear your favorite warm pajamas, bring a favorite cuddly toy and sip a cup of hot chocolate while enjoying some cozy, snowy stories and singing winter songs. Best for ages 6 and under. Register:


Winter Break Camp at RCRC

Monday through Friday, Jan. 4 to 8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ridgeland Common

Sign up for one day or all. This camp features free-skate time as well as games and activities to keep kids engaged over winter break. All skating levels are welcome. Safety protocols in place – wear a mask and bring your own snack and lunch. $58; $88, non-residents, per day. Register: 415 Lake St., Oak Park.


Passport to Adventure

Wednesday through Friday, January 6, 7 or 8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Longfellow Community Center

Sign up for one or more to laugh, explore and try new things. The day includes games, crafts and activities. Optional extended care runs from 3 to 6 p.m. $40 - $88 per day. Register: 610 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.


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