Big Week May 15 - 22

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West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

Order through Sunday, May 19:

Beautify your garden while providing habitat and food for wildlife and absorbing storm water and carbon. Choose from shade garden to sunny monarch kits and individual ferns, grasses and flowering natives. Order: Pickup June 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church Parking Lot, 405 Euclid, Oak Park.

What's Blooming on Harrison

Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Oak Park Arts District:

There's something for everyone with an art fair, live music, food vendors, makers' booths, a children's carnival, specials at shops and more. New this year – Family Stage (Humphrey and Harrison) and an artwork raffle. Also hear music at The Main Stage (Taylor and Harrison), Lombard Acoustic Stage, and two indoor stages, one at Val's halla Records (239 Harrison) and one at DKT (220 Harrison). To see vendors, raffle items and music acts: Harrison St. from Humphrey to Cuyler.

"I & You" 

Through May 26, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m., Open Door Theater:

See the ode to youth, life, love and the beauty of human connectedness. In conjunction with Oak Park Festival Theatre. $35; $28, seniors; $15, students with ID. Tickets/more:, 708-300-9396. 902 Ridgeland, Oak Park.

Free Readers Ensemble: "45 Seconds from Broadway" 

Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

See Neil Simon's play that takes place in the legendary Polish Tea Room on New York's 47th Street where Broadway theater personalities, both washed-up and on-the-rise, gather. Free; donations appreciated. 178 Forest, Oak Park.

"Spoken" Book Launch 

Sunday, May 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m., River Forest  Public Library:

Oak Park resident Melanie Weiss presents her young adult novel. Oak Park & River Forest High School alumni share original poetry from the novel. Book available for purchase; proceeds from this event benefit OPRF's Spoken Word Club. Questions: 735 Lathrop Ave.

New Forms & Features

Monday, May 20, 6 to 8 p.m., Compound Yellow:

Explore poems and participate in a guided creative writing workshop every third Monday. This month join Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney to "investigate repetition, the recurrence of the same term and what Roethke named 'the very essence of poetry.'" Co-hosted by The Poetry Foundation. Free. Register: 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Back Room Stories

Sunday, May 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Oak Park Brewing Company/Hamburger Mary's:

Join Valentina Ortiz, Nestor Gomez, Kris Light, Nadine Warner and Hosts Peter LeGrand and Margaret Burk for an evening of storytelling. Every third Sunday. $10, at door. 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Ramadan Celebration

Sunday, May 19, 2 to 4 p.m., Storytime Room, Main Library: 

Celebrate Oak Park's Muslim community at this family-friendly, cultural event that features artifacts from Iraq, Egypt, India and Pakistan, along with traditional Iraqi thobs (dresses), and  traditional foods. 834 Lake, Oak Park.

Celebrate Asian-American Pacific Islander Culture

Thursday, May 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

At Hula as Community, learn the cultural significance of Hawaiian Hula through mele (song), oli (chant) and hula (dance). Hula is fundamental to the Hawaiian community to connect,  celebrate and communicate oral history. 

Saturday, May 18, 1 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

This family-focused event includes performances, kids' activities, cultural sharing, history and more. Bring a family-style dish to this traditional potluck. More: 834 Lake, Oak Park.

Children Services Open House 

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to noon, Oak-Leyden Developmental Services:

Participate in fun-filled activities and enjoy crafts, snacks and a kids' DJ dance party. For families with children, birth to age five. RSVP: 708-524-1050, ext. 107, More: 411 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

Trivia Night: Are you Smarter than a Preschooler?

Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., Day Nursery:

Support the Day Nursery while attempting to defeat the reigning champs. $10; trivia answers extra (cash preferred). Register: 1139 Randolph St., Oak Park.

Art Reception for Eileen Hourihan McCarthy 

Saturday, May 18, 2 to 4 p.m.:

Join watercolor artist Eileen Hourihan McCarthy MFN, RDN, LDN, CPT, CMT, at a reception in the Art Gallery of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., second floor.

Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange

Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Drop off potted and labeled plants and tools until 11:30. From noon to 12:30, contributors select from items donated by others. 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

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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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