Big Week July 18-25

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Dave DiNaso's Traveling World of Reptiles

Monday, July 23, 4 to 5 p.m., Lawn, River Forest Library: 

Get up close with reptiles in this hands-on show featuring animals from around the world. All ages. Rain location - Roosevelt Middle School. Library: 735 Lathrop Ave.

Movies in the Park: "Wonder Woman" 

Thursday, July 19, Dusk, Scoville Park:

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy a movie under the stars. Free. Next up: Thursday, Aug. 16, The Last Jedi. Sponsored by Oak Park Pediatrics. Check weather updates: pdop.org/events/moviesinthepark. Oak Park Ave. and Lake St., 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 p.m., Main Entrance, Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Help prepare books for the 48th annual sale, run by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Preview/pre-purchase each volunteer day. Attend whatever shift fits your schedule. Donations also accepted at OPRF through July 26. Sale Friday, July 27, 6 to 10 p.m. ($5) and Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free). Questions:  708-697-6930, friends@oppl.org. 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park. 

Parks and Recreation Day and 8K Running of the Bulls

Saturday, July 21, 7:45 to 11 a.m., Stage, Scoville Park:

Join the Park District of Oak Park and its Family Fitness Pop-Up featuring games and giant building blocks, being held along with the Hemingway District's 8K Running of the Bulls and Sip and Shop in Downtown Oak Park. Race participants, and others, are invited to a Cool Down Yoga class at 9:45. Family Creative Movement starts at 10 a.m. There are also Pop-Up Park activities. Running of the Bulls, 7:45 a.m.; Running of the Bulls Kids' race, 9 a.m. More: hemingway8k.com. Scoville Park: Northwest corner of Lake and Oak Park Ave.

Third Fridays in the Arts District

Friday, July 20, 6 to 9 p.m., Harrison Street:

Wander through the Oak Park Arts District, visiting galleries and shops or enjoying a meal. Buzz Café (905 S. Lombard) is featuring the work of local painter Wes Harkless and live music by Rhythm & Blues artist Robbie Stacks. Between Austin and Ridgeland, Oak Park. 

One Book in Concert: Snake Doctors and Lance 

Saturday, July 21, 2 to 4 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

See two live musical performances in connection with this summer's One Book, One Oak Park title selection, A People's History of Chicago, by Kevin Coval. Free. 834 Lake St.

Aging & Disability Resource Program Consultations 

Thursday, July 19, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Building A, Community Room 1104, West Suburban Medical Center River Forest Campus:

Oak Park & River Forest Townships Senior Services staff provides one-on-one assistance with local state and federal programs including individual case monitoring, transportation, meals, caregiver support, daily monitoring, home energy and more. Also on Thursday, July 26, 10 to 12:30 p.m., Room 1062, West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park. Appointments: 844-794-4301. 7411 Lake St. 

Sharing Hope: Mental Health within Communities of Color

Saturday, July 21, 2 to 3 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

For Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) presents a program on how the lack of information and misconceptions surrounding mental health issues prevent persons of color from getting the help and support they need. Register: sharinghopeoakparkeventbrite.com. 834 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301.

Free Brake Light Repair Clinic

Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Ave. and Humphrey:

Stop by for tail light, turn signal or license plate light replacement. Free bulbs and labor. Getting stopped by police for a broken rear light can be costly, time consuming, or a possible risk for the undocumented, people of color and others. Sponsored by West Cook Democratic Socialists of America and Suburban Unity Alliance. Questions: 773-357-5203, westcookcdsa@gmail.com. Oak Park.

Summer Concert: Robert Rolfe Fedderson

Sunday, July 22, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Scoville Park: 

Stroll down to the park for family-friendly music. This week, hear original folk and acoustic from an Oak Park artist. Runs weekly through August 19. To help make this a waste-free event, use stations set up during the concerts for composting and recycling. Free. Northwest corner of Lake and Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Maker Series: Open Lab

Wednesday, July 18, 7 to 8 p.m., Computer Classroom, Main Library:

Experiment with tech tools and maker machines and develop a cool creation. Machines include 3D printers and a vinyl cutter. Computer and internet experience required. Projects may be picked up during the week following the class. Adults and teens. Free. Register: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake 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.
Email calendar@wjinc.com.

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