Monday, April 17 at 5:30, 6:15 or 7 p.m., Hemingway Business District:
Housing Forward's 15th Annual Progressive Dinner includes three courses at three different Oak Park establishments. Evening begins with appetizers at Oak Park Brewing Company, then dinner at Winberie's. Dessert at L!ve Café, with sweets provided by the Cheesecake Stand, Happy Apple Pie Shop, Cucina Paradiso and Buzz Café. Three seatings. Cost: $55 per person (100% of your ticket benefits Housing Forward's mission to end homelessness). Register online at housingforward.org/events/progressive-dinner or call 708-338-1724, x230.
The Bresha Meadows case
Monday, April 17 at 6 p.m., River Forest Public Library:
Bresha Meadows of Ohio was just 14 years old when she was incarcerated and faced a charge of aggravated murder for defending herself and family against the unrelenting terror and abuse of her father. Learn more about Bresha's case and the national campaign to free her. For more information, visit https://freebresha.wordpress.com. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.
Friday, April 14 at 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald's Night Club:
Brave Combo and Expo '76 Wedding Dance, a combination concert/play, will be performed this Friday night in Berwyn. What do you do when you have two of the best party bands in the country and a big tent pitched for an upcoming wedding? You throw a Wedding Dance, everything from the Chicken Dance to "Only the Beginning." The repertoire of these two bands is infinite. 6615 Roosevelt Road. Tickets: $20. Call 708-788-2118. See more at http://www.visitoakpark.com/leisure_events_details.cfm?category=&event_id=24183#sthash.7KfdJv5w.dpuf.
Money for College
Tuesday, April 18 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:
"Money Smart Week: Money for College" helps you find new sources for college expenses. Annette Phillips and Kim Korando from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will share information with parents and college-hopeful teens. For more information, visit oppl.org/events. 834 Lake St.
Wednesday, April 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sugar Beet Schoolhouse (formerly River Forest Kitchen):
Karl Bader will teach a class titled, "Starting An Artisan Food/Beverage Business 101." From purchasing equipment to business cards, there are a lot of small things that are important for success. $20 (includes wine, light snacks and a bowl of Karl's Craft Soup). 349 Ashland in River Forest. Sign up at http://sugarbeetschoolhouse.squarespace.com/payment-for-classes-events/to-market-to-market-an-evening-of-small-food-business-skillsharing.
No Shush Salon
Thursday, April 13 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch:
Performances by local creative writers. Share your own works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors at this monthly open mic night. This month's featured reader, native Chicagoan Owen Patterson, will read from his book The Dis-condition of Ease. For more information, visit oppl.org/events. 845 Gunderson Ave.
Families, Love and Justice
Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Priory Campus Auditorium:
Dominican University's Siena Center will present a lecture by Dr. Julie Hanlon Rubio titled, "Families, Love and Justice in the Era of Pope Francis." A professor of Christian ethics at St. Louis University, she will discuss how love and justice are related in Pope Francis' thought. The fee is $10. 7200 W. Division St. For more information, or to reserve your space, visit the Siena Center website at dom.edu/siena-center or call Rachel Hart Winter at 708-714-9107.
Family Nature Night
Friday, April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m., Austin Gardens:
The Park District of Oak Park offers quality time with your family in the great outdoors. Learn about a new nature topic, hike around Austin Gardens, listen to the sounds of the season, and make a nature-inspired craft to take home. Registration includes two family members. Each additional family member $5. 167 Forest Ave. Visit pdop.org/events.
Monday, April 17 at 1:15 p.m., 19th Century Club:
How do you write bestselling thriller novels if they're set in pastoral suburbs instead of the gritty big city? Doug Cummings leads a panel of bestselling authors, Marcella Raymond, Lori Rader-Day, and Raymond Benson, discussing "Murder and Mayhem in the Land Beyond O'Hare." $10 suggested donation. Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Call 708-386-2729 or visit www.nineteenthcentury.org.
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.