Big Week March 6-13

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Trustee Benefit Concert: Under the Streetlamp 

Saturday, March 9, 5 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

Hear hits from the American Radio Songbook including popular Motown and favorite rock & roll tunes performed by a group of high-energy crooners founded by leading cast members of Jersey Boys. $48, concert only; $350, concert and gala reception dinner. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. Tickets: events.dom.edu, 708-488-5000. Questions: 708-524-6284. 7900 Division St., River Forest.

Big Idea Finalist Pitch Party

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., Wire: 

Cheer on the top five finalists as they vie for $50,000 and pitch their Big Ideas to make the community a better place. Includes food and open bar. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Powered by the Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy, a giving group of the OP-RF Community Foundation. $75. Tickets: tinyurl.com/BigIdea2019 or at the door. 6815 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Education, Enrichment & Camp Fair

Tuesday, March 12, 4 to 7 p.m., Percy Julian Middle School:

Parents, meet representatives from area day camps, overnight camps, enrichment programs and educational organizations to learn more about programs and activities for your children this summer. Fun, games and activities for the kids. Brought by Wednesday Journal. 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Wow! (Women Owned Works)

Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oak Park Arts District:

Support woman-owned businesses from art studios to vintage clothing stores to food establishments and more. Look for the yellow balloons/decorations and check out specials for the event. Info:facebook.com/events/524338701386787/. On Harrison St. between Austin and Ridgeland.

21st Century Chorale: In Flight

Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m., Cliff Dwellers, and Sunday, March 10, 4 p.m., Columbus Park Refectory:

First, hear an in-depth discussion with Artistic Director Martha Swisher. Performance features Holst's Hymns from the Sanskrit Rig-Veda, Uusberg's minimalist chants, the melodies of Gjeilo, Chen and more. Reception Follows. $15 - $40. Tickets/more: 21stcenturychorale.org/concerts-events. 200 S. Michigan Ave. and 5701 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

Irish Heritage Singers

Sunday, March 10, 2 to 3 p.m., River Forest Library:

Gear up for St. Patrick's Day with the resident choir of the Irish American Heritage Center. Featuring pub favorites, folk songs, the poetry of Yeats, Gaelic revival works, U2 and more. Free. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 

Public Art in Chicago

Monday, March 11, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Chicago is home to one of the largest public art collections in the country. Meet Ed McDevitt, executive director of Public Art Chicago, and learn how his organization is raising awareness of Chicago's public art beyond the city. $15, requested donation. More: nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  

Compost Happens

Wednesday, March 13, 1 p.m., Cheney Mansion:

Join the Oak Park-River Forest Garden Club and Master Gardener Jackie Paine to explore the topic of compost. %u200BSocial time and business meeting at noon. Free. More: gcoprf.org. 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park.

Jackie Kennedy

Saturday, March 9, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Travel back in time as local actor Roberta Randall reflects on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' troubled childhood, her time as a socialite and her marriages to John F. Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

From Harlem Avenue to Hollywood Boulevard

Monday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Lake Theatre: 

See 1988 OPRF grad Thomas Lennon, creator of Reno 911!, the new "Felix Unger" for the re-boot of The Odd Couple, co-writer of A Night at the Museum franchise and film actor. Following clips from Lennon's career, Oak Park film/theater critic Doug Deuchler will interview Lennon, about his TV and movie career and his early debuts on OPRF High School's and local theater stages. Audience Q&A follows. Lennon will be signing his new book, Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles, a middle-grade adventure fantasy series, afterwards in the lobby. Books available for purchase. Presented by The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. $25; $20, Historical Society members; $5, students. Proceeds benefit the Oak Park River Forest Museum. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

How To (Lovingly) Draw the Line: Boundaries in Family Relationships

Sunday, March 10, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

Knowing how and when to say "no" can be an important skill to foster strength, respect and mutuality in the closest relationships. Certified Life Coach Susan Borgstrom, a counselor for 20+ years, specializes in coaching on boundaries and positive psychology. Free. Brought by National Alliance for Mental Illness. Register: eventbrite.com/o/national-alliance-for-mental-illness-metro-suburban-affiliate-3180311428. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Battle of the Badges

Saturday, March 9, 1 to 3 p.m., Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School:

See Special Olympics athletes join Oak Park police and firefighters on the basketball court to benefit charity. Also featuring carnival games, food, raffles and costumes. Doors open at 1 p.m.; game at 2 p.m. $5; $20, family. 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park.

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