Big Week: July 24 - 31

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Telescope Night

Thursday, July 25, 9 to 10 p.m., Scoville Park:

Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson for a night of telescope viewing and a discussion of current and upcoming NASA missions and discoveries. Bring a telescope if you can. Weather permitting. Meets the last Thursday each month. Up next, Aug. 29 at Fox Park, 8 to 9 p.m. More: pdop.org/events. Oak Park Ave. and Lake St., Oak Park.

 

School Supply Drives

Through July 31, Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sarah's Inn:

This drive benefits more than 150 child and teen clients in need. Suggested new/unused items include pens, pencils, markers, paper, notebooks, backpacks, scissors, glue, gift cards. A complete list of items and more: sarahsinn.org/events. 309 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Through August 7, Drop off locations at River Forest Library, Oak Park Main Library and Oak Park Township:

Oak Park and River Forest Townships Youth Services are collecting backpacks, crayons, markers, pencils and glue sticks, as well as monetary donations and Amazon gift cards at the Township site. Questions: 708-445-2727. RF Library: 735 Lathrop. OP Main Library: 834 Lake, Oak Park. Township: 105 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

 

Local Art

Reception Thursday, July 25, 6 to 8 p.m., Gallery, West Suburban Medical Center:

See "Mindful Journeys" and meet artists Sara Peak Convery, Neha Luhar-Trice and Kerri Mommer. Through September 20. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.

Through August 3, Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Oak Park Art League: 

Explore The Aesthetic of Our National Identity, an exhibit where artists express either their personal experience or that of others they know living in the U.S. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

 

"The Hunting Ground"

Wednesday, July 31, 7 p.m., Pine Room, Ascension Church:

Concern over sexual assault on college campuses has inspired the Domestic Violence Outreach Ministries to hold documentary film viewings and discussions. For college-bound high school juniors and seniors and their parents. Free. RSVP:  dvom@ascensionoakpark.com. 601 Van Buren, Oak Park.

 

Annual Book Fair: Sorters Needed

Weekends, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Weekdays, 12:30 to 3:30 and 7 to 9:30 p.m., through Aug. 1, South Entrance, Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Help prepare books for the 49th annual sale, run by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Preview/pre-purchase each volunteer day. Attend whatever shift fits your schedule. Tax-deductible donations accepted at OPRF through Aug. 1. Sale Aug. 2, 6 to 10 p.m. ($5) and Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free). Questions:  708-697-6930, friends@oppl.org. More: oppl.org/about/friends-of-the-library/annual-book-fair. 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park. 

 

Frank Lloyd Wright Pop Up Design Studio

Friday, July 26, 10 a.m. to Noon, Courtyard, Home and Studio:

Stop by for an art or design project, geared toward pre-k through grade 5, with caregiver. New project each Friday through August 9. Free. Questions: 708-725-3828. 931 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

 

Uncorked

Friday, July 26, 6 to 8 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Start the weekend with live music, lush gardens, wine and craft beer, appetizers and locally sourced wares. This month hear music by The Grosso Family, enjoy libations and snacks from Oak Park Brewery and Famous Liquors and shop local artisan Olive and Well. Also meet The Friends' new Executive Director, Judy Klem. On fourth Fridays through September. Ages 21+. Admission includes two drink tickets and one food token. $15, advance; $18, at door. Tickets/more: pdop.org/parks-facilities/oak-park-conservatory/uncorked. 615 Garfield St.

 

EchoLove Together

Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:  

Celebrate the power and achievements mental health through a fundraising performance. Brought by Echo Theater Collective, NAMI Metro Suburban and Open Door. Ages 12 . $20. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/4289281. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

 

Faith Under Attack

Sunday, July 28, 2 to 3 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

As part of the Understanding the World of Islam series, Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, reflects on the recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka and New Zealand and the challenges posed by contemporary forms of national, racial and religious extremism. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

 

Women of Jazz: Margaret Murphy-Webb

Sunday, July 28, 3 p.m., Open Door Theater:   

Hear the award-winning singer and the music of Billie Holliday, John Lennon, Cole Porter and more. $20. Tickets: opendoortheater.net, 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.   

 

Long-term Care Planning

Tuesday, July 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m., River Forest Library:

Learn about legal issues connected seniors including finding quality home care, adult daycare, independent living, assisted living, and nursing care, as well as long term estate planning techniques, Medicare, Medicaid, VA Aid & Attendance benefits, and negotiating contracts with nursing homes and care agencies. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave.

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