Big Week May 1-8

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Mothers & Others for Peace

Mothers' Day was founded to honor women for their role as active, civic-minded peacemakers. Events take place at the Main Library's Community Engagement Space, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. More:

Through May 31:

"Mothers' Day: Back to Our Roots," is an exhibit exploring the history and commitment of women working for peace.

Monday, May 6, 1 to 3 p.m.:

Learn what books have inspired others and share your beloved books, stories, songs or poems at this discussion.

Saturday, May 4 and 11, 1 to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, May 8, 2 to 4 p.m., 

Drop in for "Make a Flower, Give a Flower" and create one for your Mom or anyone else and another for someone you don't know. Supplies provided. All ages, including adults.


Spring Festival

Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Trailside Museum:

Welcome spring with animal encounters, kids' tree climb, guided wildflower walks, bird banding, dip netting, seed planting, building a birdhouse to take home, and more. All ages. Inquire: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.


Spring Music Festival

Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m., Unity Temple: 

Hear the music of the congregation while supporting the Vocal Music Scholarship and music program. $15, advance; $20, at door. Tickets/more: 875 Lake St., Oak Park.


Hemingway Foundation Gala: At the Ritz

Saturday, May 4, 7 to 10 p.m., Main Library: 

Be captivated by French Gypsy jazz-guitar musician Stephane Wrembel while enjoying French-inspired hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Cocktail historian and author Philip Greene provides insight for the night's festivities. Hemingway Scholarship and Shorts award recipients recognized. $125; $200 couples. Tickets/more: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


"From the Screen and Beyond"

Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church:

Hear music from film and works created by some of the greatest names in movie making performed by the Michael Teolis Singers. Soprano, Alfreda Burke, joins the ensemble to reprise her performance of Alex North's cantata, "Negro Mother," with text by Langston Hughes. Other featured composers include John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Harry Warren and more. $20; 15, seniors/students. Cash at the door. Questions: 708-366-2889, 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.


Radio and World War II

Monday, May 6, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

World War II marked the first time Americans could hear about a global conflict over airwaves. Radio host Steve Darnall presents how radio brought presidential speeches, news, entertainment for the troops and programs to boost morale at home into the lives of its listeners. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


"What They Had"

Tuesday, May 7, 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

See the movie based on a real-life Oak Park couple, written and directed by their granddaughter, Elizabeth Chomko. Bridget returns home at her brother's urging to help as their mother struggles with Alzheimer's and their father is reluctant to let go of the couple's life together. Showing at Select Pix, May 21: Cold War. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.


Multicultural Parade and Festival

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m., Percy Julian Middle School:

Celebrate many cultures starting with a parade that kicks off the festivities. Following, check out musical performances, dancing, food, crafts and an international marketplace. Hosted by District 97. 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.


"Flood of Waters"

Sunday, May 5, 4 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church:

The Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble premieres William C. White's "Flood of Waters," Op. 34, a tone poem depicting the Great Flood from The Book of Genesis. Also hear works by Mozart, Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Wagner and others through arrangements for brass and the pipe organ. $20, $15, seniors; free, 17 and younger. Tickets: 924 Lake St., Oak Park.


WSSRA Kentucky Derby Gala

Saturday, May 4, 3 to 7 p.m., Turf Club, Hawthorne Race Course:

Help support WSSRA's mission to serve those with disabilities while watching a simulcast of the running of the Derby. Option for off-track wagering and derby hat and tie contest while enjoying light dinner, beer/wine and raffles. $95. Tickets/more:, 847-455-2100. 3501 S. Laramie, Cicero.


HO Model Trains Run Here

Saturday, May 4, Noon to 5 p.m., Lower Level, Dole Library:

Visit the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers and see the club's three-level, two-state layout. Operate a train on their DC guest layout, learn about model trains and have a chance at a door prize. Free. All ages. More: 255 Augusta Blvd., Oak Park.


Graduating Senior Art Show 

Reception Saturday, May 4, 2 to 4 p.m., Ferguson Gallery, Kretzmann Hall, Concordia University Chicago: 

Meet art majors in studio art, graphic arts, pre-art therapy and art education exhibiting a range of 60+ two- and three-dimensional artwork. Through May 11. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.


Calendar Events

As you've likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can't publish everything, but we'll do our best to feature the week's highlights. 




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