Big Week Aug. 2-9

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Silent Movies Under the Stars

Friday, August 4, 7:30 p.m., Pleasant Home Porch:

Come out this Friday to see four shorts starring silent film greats Georges Méliés, Charlie Caplin, and Harold Lloyd. Movies begin at 8:15, are accompanied by live piano music, and last 70 minutes total. Silent Movies on the Porch continue on Fridays through the month of August. More:,
 708- 383-2654. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

Free Lecture and Skin Clinic 

Monday, August 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Main Library:

Holistic physician Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren, MD, will speak on "Skin and Gut Health: Stopping the Cancer Epidemic," including detecting cancer at an early stage, maximize your skin's longevity, the risks of biopsies and more. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Tuesday, August 8, 9 a.m. to noon, Acupuncture Points: 

Dr. Tel-Oren will evaluate and, if needed, treat skin lesions, such as moles, growths, tags, and minor cancerous lesions. Info:­.

1105 Holley Ct., Oak Park.

Joy Ike Trio 

Tuesday, August 8, 7 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Groove to a free jazz and soul concert with the Joy Ike Trio from Philadelphia. 

Born to Nigerian immigrants, Ike's music, voice and writing have drawn comparisons to musicians such as Norah Jones and Nina Simone, but her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Questions: 708-383-8200. 834 Lake Street, Oak Park.

Birds, Bees and Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour

Sunday, Aug. 6, 1 to 4 p.m., NW Corner of Lake and Harlem, Cook County Forest Preserves:

Visit 15 private and public gardens in Oak Park and River Forest brimming with native garden life at the peak of the season. Learn what native plants are, how to grow them, and how they are vital to wildlife. Sponsored by West Cook Wild Ones, the Interfaith Green Network and Green Community Connections. $10, adults; free,  18 and younger. Register: Inquire: 536 N. Harlem, River Forest.

47th Annual Book Fair 

Friday, Aug. 4, 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cafeteria, Oak Park & River Forest High School:

The Friends of the Oak Park Public Library host a two-day book-buying extravaganza. Friday's preview costs $5 to get first dibs on more than 50,000 gently used books from fiction, history, biographies and business to art, cooking, children's books, and DVDs. Saturday is free. Rare books, collectibles and sets are individually priced. 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park.

"The Amish Project" Extended

Saturday, August 5, 4 p.m., Pleasant Home: 

This play reflects on Amish culture and the limits of compassion. A co-benefit with Oak Park Festival Theatre. $22. Also on August 12 and 13, 4 p.m. Tickets/info:, 708-445-4440, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

Free Books for Non-Profits

Sunday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cafeteria, Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Not-for-profit groups, including parenting, literacy and school organizations, are invited to shop for books remaining from the Annual Book Fair. Interested groups, contact the Friends of the Library in advance: 708-697-6930. Representatives - bring a letter on company letterhead to the sale. 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park.

New Library Art Exhibit

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2 to 4 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library:

Meet Oak Park artist Nancy Hlavacek at a reception this Saturday. Her bright and colorful abstract acrylic canvases will be on exhibit through Aug. 30. 834 Lake St.

Garden-Art Swap Meet

Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

If you're tired of some of your outdoor décor or looking for something new, here's your chance! Bring decorative containers, pottery, garden signs, statues, wind chimes, and stepping stones, but nothing over 40 pounds. Items must be clean and in good shape. Additional garden art, Ponderosa Lemonade Stand, and more available. Questions: 708-725-2400. 615 Garfield St.

Author Talk and Book Signing

Monday, August 7, 7:30 p.m., Unity House, Unity Temple:

Kenneth E. Miller, author of "War Torn: Stories of Courage, Love, and Resilience," is a psychologist and international expert on the impact of armed conflict on civilians, and has worked with war-affected communities as a researcher and clinician. Sponsored by the Immigration and Refugee Response Team and the Mindful Reflection Community. Info: 875 Lake St., Oak Park. 

New Library Art Exhibit

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2 to 4 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library:

Meet Oak Park artist Nancy Hlavacek at a reception this Saturday. Her bright and colorful abstract acrylic canvases will be on exhibit through Aug. 30. 834 Lake St.

Anti-Racism Committee Book Discussion

Thursday, August 3, 6:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

Join a discussion about "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, who explores how America's cities came to be racially divided. To borrow a book or for questions: 708-386-0090, 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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