Big Week: Feb. 19-26

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 Polar Plunge Fundraiser - Support OPRF Special Olympics 

Friday, Feb. 21, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Lantern Haus:

Hear OPTA's Public Disco Porch band. Cash bar. Hosted by Oak Park Teachers Association (OPTA) and Tim McDonald. $10. RSVP: 7414 Madison St. #A, Forest Park.


A Moveable Read: Hemingway in the 21st Century – "Fathers & Sons"

Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Enjoy wine/beverage service (6:30) before a story discussion with facilitators James Bell, OPRF English & Theatre Departments, and Cameron Gearen, author/poet and former Hemingway Writer in Residence (7 to 8), followed by a craft talk and exercise. Brought by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. Free. RSVP/more: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


Handel Week Festival

Saturday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Pilgrim Church:

See The Intimate Handel, a cabaret concert. A reception follows. $35. Tickets/more: Up next, The Regal Handel, March 1, 3 p.m. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.


Blue/Green Corridor

Monday, Feb. 24, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Join a Friends of the Chicago River speaker to learn about a sustainable design solution that uses a river and adjacent lands to establish an inter-connected passageway between natural habitats. $15, requested donation.  178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  


Underground Railroad Walk

Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m., Trailside Museum:

Take a guided hike along the Des Plaines River to a site that was part of the Underground Railroad. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Untitled and Yet to be Determined, 41.8949° N, 87.7654° W (Austin):

Monday, Feb. 24, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Experience Sasha Phyars-Burgess' Photographic Exploration of Race, Class & Space in Austin.  

Phyars-Burgess' work captures the ongoing effects of dramatic demographic changes, which began in the 1960s, and the everyday lives of Austin residents. In partnership with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.



Friday, Feb. 21, 6 to 10 p.m., Carnivale Chicago:

At Oak-Leyden Unmasked, support programs and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities while enjoying a Latin Fusion meal, cocktails, uplifting entertainment, auction and raffle items, and more. $185. Tickets: 702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lagunitas Brewery:

At A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' for Sarah's Inn, support the mission to improve the lives of families impacted by domestic violence, and to break the cycle of violence with an evening of food, beer and trivia. $30. Tickets/more: 2607 W. 17th St., Chicago.


"State Fair"

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 23, 3 p.m., Percy Julian Middle School:

See the CAST student production with music by Rodgers and Hammerstein that follows the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of their farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. $10; $5, students/seniors. Tickets:, or at the door. 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.


Strengthening Families Program

Tuesdays starting Feb. 25, 6 to 8 p.m., River Forest Community Center:

Enroll in a free, 12-week parenting/family, relationship, skill-building class for the entire family, open to Oak Park and River Forest residents with children ages 7-17. Work toward more loving family relationships, Less arguing, more respect, less stress and more. Childcare provided, dinner included. Register: 708-410-0615, and mention SFP. More: 8020 Madison St., River Forest.


JJ Hairston

Saturday, Feb. 22, 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Kehrein Center of Arts:

The Grammy-nominated singer and Youthful Praise are known for their gospel sounds, contemporary worship and praise-forward music. $45 - $75. Up next at Kehrein Center – Dionne Warwick, March 21. Tickets/more: 5628 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago.


Winter Warming Centers

Get shelter from the cold at the following locations:

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Rush Oak Park Hospital, 500 S. Maple Ave. 

5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., daily, West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Ct. Find out if the warming center is open after hours: 708-763-6200.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m., weekdays, Oak Park Township, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., for seniors age 60 and over. 

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, Village Hall, 123 Madison St.

For transportation, call the Oak Park Police Department's non-emergency number: 708-386-3800. 


Prepare an Edible Garden for Spring

Sunday, Feb. 23, 3 to 6 p.m.,
Community Room, Main Library:

Join Deep Roots Project and learn how to prepare beds, plant cool-weather veggies like greens and root vegetables, plant seeds indoors, use companion plants and more. Those needing help with garden planning can get advice at the end. Free. RSVP/more: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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