Big Week July 17-24

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Ernest Hemingway Birthday-Weekend Celebration

Hemingway 8K Running of the Bulls 

 Saturday, July 20, 7:45 a.m., Scoville Park:

This family-friendly, community race is a flat, fast 8K (4.97 mile) course that includes the Hemingway District and historic homes. Join in post-race kids' event, too. Proceeds support Beyond Hunger and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation OP. More: Lake and Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Hemingway Birthday Lecture: Valerie Hemingway 

Sunday, July 21, 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Hear from the woman who worked with Ernest the last couple of years of his life, and married his youngest son. Valerie also wrote, Running with the Bulls, My Years with the Hemingways. Register: 834 Lake St. Oak Park.

Friday@Hemingway's: Dropped Notes String Band

Friday, July 19, 7 p.m., Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum:

Hear an eclectic mix of Americana - bluegrass, folk and traditional. $0 - $10. Tickets/more: 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Apollo 11: One Giant Leap, a Series of Firsts

Saturday, July 20, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., River Forest Library:

Actor Terry Lynch portrays Neil Armstrong, recounting the lead-up to the first moon landing as well as the other firsts associated with that historic mission, such as the first color transmission from Earth. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Terry Sullivan Trio and Supper Club Night

Saturday, July 20, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Eastgate Café:

Hear Forest Park resident and jazz vocalist Terry Sullivan while dining on a prix fixe menu. $45.

Reservations: 312-213-0485. 102 Harrison, Oak Park. 

Talk Saves Lives

Wednesday, July 24th, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Oak Park Township:

Attend a community-based and parent workshop to learn how to help prevent suicide. Presented by Amanda Stephans, LSW. RSVP by July 22:, 708.383.8005 ext. 125. 105 S. Oak Park Ave.

"Into the Woods Jr." and "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Friday, July 19, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20, 3 p.m., Sunday, July 21 at 6 p.m., Auditorium, Percy Julian Middle School:

Experience some woodland musical magic performed by CAST Summer students. 412 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

Friday, July 19, 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 20, 7 p.m., Beye School:

See CASTSummer perform Shakespeare's classic tale. 230 N. Cuyler, Oak Park. $10; $5, students/seniors. Tickets:

Edible Garden Tour

Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sugar Beet Food Co-op:  

At the peak of growing season, get an insider's look at urban agriculture in Oak Park, River Forest, Berwyn and Austin. Day-of ticket sales/map pick up, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance tickets: $15; $12, co-op owners; $8, ages 10 to 17. Tickets/more: 812 Madison, Oak Park.

Bach & Beethoven Experience

Sunday, July 21, 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater:

The Church of Beethoven presents a chamber group performing different styles and centuries of music, from Hildegard von Bingen, Telemann and Mozart to folk music. $15; $10, students/kids. Tickets/more: 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Local Teen Artist - Caroline Swain

Through July 31, Maze Library:

See a collection of Caroline's art completed while an Oak Park and River Forest High School senior. The artist uses works in a variety of media but mainly employs charcoal, colored pencils, paint and ink on paper and hopes to share her vision of the beautiful world she lives in. The exhibit showcases mostly figural drawings as well as still life. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Plastic-free Shopping at Farmers Market

Saturdays through July 27, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oak Park Farmers Market:

The market is embracing Plastic Free July. No single-use plastic bags will be distributed. Bring your own reusable bags, containers for items like berries and reusable cups for drinks. Vendors will provide compostable bags to shoppers this month. Also, plastic pots from plants purchased at the market will be taken back by vendors. More on OP's participation: 460 Lake St.


Saturday, July 20, 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:

Created by Oak Parker Marz Timms, see the politically incorrect show and outrageous costumes that is making audiences laugh. $18. Donations also accepted for Neapolitan Lighthouse Domestic Abuse shelter in Chicago. Ages 18+. Tickets/more: 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Free Summer Concert: Chicago Latin Groove   

Sunday, July 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Scoville Park: 

Stroll down to the park for family-friendly music. This week, turn up the heat with Latin sounds. Up next:

  • July 28 - The Associates Band  
  • August 4 - June's Got the Cash  
  • August 11 - Nine Worlds Ensemble  
  • August 18 - Marlon and the Shakes   

Northwest corner of Lake St. and Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

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