Big Week June 5 - 12

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In the Pink

Reception Thursday, June 6, 7 to 9 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library: 

Oak Park artist Janice Elkins is exhibiting her abstract expressionist works this month. Meet the artist at a reception this week and Thursday, June 27, at noon. Elkins also owns Gallery Pink in the Harrison Street Arts District. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.  

Author Talks

Saturday, June 8, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Author Tuyeni Akanke will talk about Let Me Be Free, her new audiobook, a poetic memoir that documents her journey of healing from dealing with her mother's struggle with drug addiction. Come be engaged, ask questions and "take some light, love and healing home with you." 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Saturday, June 8, 6:30 p.m., Hemingway Birthplace Museum:

Help celebrate the release of David W. Berner's book, The Consequence of Stars: A Memoir of Home. These connected essays focus on a universal longing for home in all its meanings. RSVP: 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Sunday, June 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library: 

Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers, written by Marianna Crane, is brought to life with the author's stories. Crane became one of the first gerontological nurse practitioners in the early 1980s. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Monday, June 10, 7 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Meet Forest Park author John Rice and hear about his work of historical fiction, co-authored with Gail Tanzer, The Ghost of Cleopatra, which tells the story of African-American/Native American sculptor, Edmonia Lewis, whose work, The Death of Cleopatra, "languished for over 70 years in obscurity." 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Feast for Good

Thursday, June 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Madison Street in Forest Park:

Support Housing Forward while enjoying a progressive dinner. Choose three different paths: Forward for Family (new this year), Feast Forward (traditional) and Forward for a Few (pub crawl). $65; $85+, family event. Tickets/more: Questions:, 708-338-1724, ext. 230.

Halau i Ka Pono

Saturday, June 8, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Unity Temple:

See a hula song-and-dance performance that connects the spiritual experience of both Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture and celebration of Hawaiian history and culture. $25; $20, UTRF or Halau members; $10, children 12 and under. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

German Fest

Friday, June 7, 4 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, June 8, noon to 11 p.m., Altenheim Picnic Grove:  

Enjoy live music and entertainment, authentic German food and beer, games for kids, and shop wares from local vendors. More: 7824 Madison St.

Jung at Heart

Saturday, June 8, 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:    

The Therapy Players return for their 20th performance at Open Door. Come for an evening of laughter provided by the in-house Doctors of Comedy. Tickets:, 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park. 

Remembering Bobbie Raymond

Wednesday, June 12, 10 a.m., Oak Park Arts Center:

Join the community in honoring, remembering and celebrating Roberta "Bobbie" Raymond, someone who made important and varied contributions to Oak Park and beyond. Following the program, visit with Bobbie's family, friends and neighbors and enjoy refreshments. 200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Summer Sings: Sacred Harp 

Tuesday, June 11, 7 p.m., First United Church of Oak Park:

Come to sing or listen as Martha Swisher conducts Faure's Requiem. Free will donation. Future performances - $12; $3, music rental; $35 for all three including music. Questions: 708-386-5215, 848 Lake St., Oak Park.

The OK BBQ Block Party

Saturday, June 8, Noon to 8 p.m., Constitution Court:

Enjoy local food, craft beer, live music and kid's activities­—bounce house, water games, crafts, face-painting and more. $10, suggested donations; free, under age 12. Brought by Opportunity Knocks, which serves area young people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. More: Madison St. and Thomas Ave., Forest Park.

Dance the Dream

Sunday, June 9, 5:30 p.m., Trinity High School:

Légere Dance Centre presents its summer concert featuring the Trinity Irish Dancers, Ballroom professionals, and the Légere Dance Centre Elite Dancers. A tribute to the music of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story is a special feature. $16; $18, at the door. Tickets/more: stop in 7377 W. North Ave., River Forest, 708-771-9500. Trinity: 7574 Division St., River Forest.

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