Big Week: January 8 - 15

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Tuesday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, is an intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller, which examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she confronted during her literary career. Panel discussion follows the 7 p.m. show. Playing on the third Tuesday, Jan. 21 - Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.


Queerios Holiday Party

Saturday, Jan. 4, Noon to 4 p.m., Meeting Room, Maze Library:

Queerios is a library-based meeting space for those in grades 6 to 12 in the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. Celebrate the holidays with a potluck (bring a favorite holiday dish, cookies, candy or just yourself). Also, make buttons and play a Murder Mystery game. Pizza provided. Held in partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools. Question: 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.


Fiber Fun Nights

Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m., Dye Hard Yarns: 

Head to the yarn boutique craft room to work on a project with other fiber-enthusiasts. Come for stitching, comradery and inspiration. Held weekly. More: 210 Harrison, Oak Park.


The Interview Show

Friday, Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m., WTTW Channel 11:

Tune in to see Oak Parker Mark Bazer kick off the fifth season of his talk show on WTTW, with Abby McEnany, star/co-creator of Showtime's Work in Progress, and David Gamble, photographer and artist, talk about "Andy Warhol's Living Room." Other showtimes/more:


NAMI Family Support Group

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Third Floor, Scoville Building:

This group is for relatives and others who have a loved one with a mental illness. Meet others who care and understand, get ideas that help you take care of yourself and your family, share your experiences and learn from those who have been there, and learn about brain disorders, treatment and services. Free; drop in first and third Tuesday each month. Up next, Jan 21. Brought by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). 137 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.


Grief Journaling Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 2, 6 to 8 p.m., Maze Library:

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? Sessions begin with prompts followed by time to journal. At the end, there is time to share (optional). Resources for coping with grief, where to get help, writing and more are provided. All welcome. First Thursday and fourth Sunday each month through May. Come when you like. Registration encouraged: 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park


Triple Treat

Monday, Jan. 6, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

See opera baritone Bill McMurry, soprano Sarah Gartshore and pianist Lisa Kristina present a 

mesmerizing mix of musical highlights. $15, requested donation. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  


Jazz with Eric Schneider and Jeremy Kahn

Monday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Oak Park Arms:

Hear Kahn on piano and Schneider on sax and clarinet. Kahn is a resident of Oak Park and has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Branford Marsalis and more. Free. All welcome. More:

408 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.


SocialWorks' Warmest Winter

Now through Feb. 7, NAMI Drop-in Center, Oak Park Township, Oak Park Police Department and other locations: 

Help the homeless and those in need throughout the community with donations of gently used or new winter clothing. Cosponsored by the Community Mental Health Board, Riveredge Hospital and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Questions: 708-358-8855. More: NAMI Drop-in: 814 Harrison St., Oak Park. OP Township: 105 and 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. OP Police: 123 Madison, Oak Park. 


Winter Break Drop-ins: Beaded Snowflakes and Bracelets

Weekdays, 2 to 5 p.m., and Weekends, 1 to 4 p.m., through Jan. 4, Bead in Hand:

Create a beaded snowflake in a choice of three sizes ($6, $12, $15) or a memory-wire bracelet. ($6). Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Info: 145 Harrison, Oak Park.


New Year's Resolution Walk

Saturday, Jan 4, 1 p.m., Trailside Museum:

Start 2020 with a resolution of being active outdoors by taking a brisk guided walk on Trailside's trails. Free. Questions: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.


Animal Keeper for a Day

Friday, Jan. 3, 9 to 11 a.m., Trailside Museum:

Learn about animal care in this interactive experience. Ages 12 . $10. Register: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest

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