Celebrate seniors with the Oak Park Public Library

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By Oak Park Public Library

The Oak Park Public Library is joining other local organizations to celebrate seniors in May.

Celebrating Seniors Week, May 14-21, is a multifaceted effort led by the Oak Park-River Forest Township Senior Services Committee to provide resources and shift perceptions. Now in its fifth year, the Celebrating Seniors Coalition advocates for the needs of older adults and recognizes vibrant local seniors in its annual "60 Over 60" feature. 

"Celebrating Seniors is not about recognizing past accomplishments," said Jim Madigan, Oak Park Public Library Assistant Director for Administrative Services and a member of the "60 Over 60" class of 2014. "Rather, it is a celebration of the current accomplishments and the promise of future contributions of local active seniors."

One of those recognized in this year's "60 Over 60" feature is Debby Preiser, the library's Community Relations Coordinator and co-founder of the Oak Park Photography Club. Her advice: "Dance like no one is watching."

The library will host at least two opportunities for dancing during Celebrating Seniors Week, along with other great events that anyone can attend to take part in the learning, connect with neighbors, and join the fun.

"Your Front Page" with Matt Baron
Thursday, May 14, 10 am, Main Library Veterans Room

Do you know someone about to reach a notable birthday, anniversary, or other milestone event? Longtime journalist and publicist Matt Baron of Inside Edge PR shares the interviewing, storytelling, and organizational insights to help you create an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind keepsake: a personalized front-page story.

Film Screening and Discussion: A Trip to Bountiful
Friday, May 15, 2 pm, Main Library Veterans Room

Join film historian Doug Deuchler for a film screening and discussion of A Trip to Bountiful, starring Geraldine Page, who won an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance. Page plays an elderly woman determined to visit her childhood home one more time, in spite of her controlling daughter-in-law in 1947 Houston, Texas. (1985, 108 minutes)

Friends' Folk Music Concert with Rebecca Folsom
Monday, May 18, 7 pm, Main Library Veterans Room

Rebecca Folsom writes inspiring tales of human heartbreak, redemption, and freedom, and she shares those songs with exquisite intimacy in her solo acoustic performances. She has performed on BBC Radio and Television in Northern Ireland; on Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Opryland, and Tin Pan South stages; and at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in her home state of Colorado. Her latest CD, Reunion, is a fusion of songs, paintings, and poetry that Boulder Magazine described as "achingly beautiful."

Healthy Aging with Natural Chiropractic Care
Tuesday, May 19, 1 pm, Main Library Veterans Room

Learn how your body and spine work, and how natural chiropractic care can help you alleviate pain, be more healthy, and improve the quality of your life. Presented by Dr. Katie Lemley-Costianis, owner of Pure Health Chiropractic in Oak Park. With her degree in chiropractic medicine from the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard and her passion for helping people, Dr. Lemley-Costianis provides chiropractic care for people of all ages. 

Dr. Burton Fischman Presents "Great American Performers"
Wednesday, May 20, 2 pm, Main Library Veterans Room

Remember those marvelous performers who delighted audiences in nightclubs, theaters, and Hollywood films from the 1950s to the 1970s, including the music of Liberace, Ethel Merman, the Andrews Sisters, Glen Miller, and more.

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