Big Week: Oct. 2 - 9

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Medicare for all: What does it mean?

Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to noon, Fox Park Center

Hear from a panel of medical professionals how Medicare for All would work for both providers and consumers. Brought by Indivisible Oak Park Area and Democratic Party of Oak Park. 624 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

 

The Amish Project

Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University

Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in a Pennsylvania Amish community, this fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy allows a glimpse into Amish culture and the true limits of compassion and forgiveness. This one-woman performance was a co-production between Oak Park Festival Theater and Pleasant Home in 2017 and returns for two nights only as a special benefit for Festival Theater. $50. Tickets: oakparkfestival.com, 708-445-4440. 7900 Division St., River Forest.

 

Women in Music: American Lyric Soprano Susan Nelson

Monday, Oct. 7, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club 

Nelson and Macedonia pianist/composer Natasha Stojanovska present works of women composers, including music from the classical tradition, the lyric theater and original compositions by Stojanovska. $15, requested donation. More: 708-386.2729, nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  

 

"Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright"

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library

Hear author Paul Hendrickson talk about his new release. Book signing follows. Brought by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

 

Oak Park Fire Department Open House

Saturday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Fire Station

It's Fire Safety Month. Get up close to firefighting and emergency equipment, talk to firefighters and paramedics, take a tour and learn something new from safety presentations and handouts. All ages. 100 N. Euclid Ave. 

 

Trees Close Up

Reception Saturday, Oct. 5, 2 to 4 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Meet Oak Park artist Barbara Rose and see her exhibit in the Art Gallery through Oct. 31. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

 

Monte Carlo Masquerade

Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 to 10:30 p.m., Taureaux Tavern

Attend a casino night to benefit Housing Forward. Includes appetizers, cash bar and gambling "money" to wager at the roulette wheel and blackjack, poker, and craps tables. Masquerade ball attire optional. $75. Tickets/more: housingforward.org/events. 155 W. Van Buren St., Chicago.

 

Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities Conference

This conference expands on last year's Restorative Justice Conference. Register for one or more days: oppl.org/restorative.

Friday, Oct. 4, 6 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

On Day 1, the focus will be on building restorative practices to strengthen families with children.

Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:  

On Day 2, learn how restorative practices can promote a safe learning environment in schools.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 to 6 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:  

On Day 3, the focus will be on community, including learning about restorative approaches and strategies the library uses as it strives to make the community the center of everything it does.

834 Lake St., Oak Park.

 

Peace Vigil to End Gun Violence

Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 to 8 p.m., Front Steps, First United Church of Oak Park

Join in a peace vigil to pray for the end of hate and for peace in our nation and world. 848 Lake St.

 

Oktoberfest

Sunday, Oct. 6, 4 to 7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church

Authentic German dinner, fresh-baked pretzels, beer/wine, live oom-pah band and sing-along and more. Family-friendly event. $8 - $15, advance tickets; $10 - $20, at door; free, under age 5. Tickets/more: graceriverforest.org/resources/church-news/oktoberfest-tickets-are-available-online. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

 

Haunted Trolley 

Friday, Oct. 4, 7 to 10:30 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory, Cheney Mansion and Austin Gardens

At Sipping and Solving, combine a progressive dinner with a mystery night. Can you solve the Park District who-done-it as you look for clues and nosh on small bites at the Conservatory, enjoy dinner at Cheney Mansion and finish the evening at Austin Gardens? Costumes encouraged. 21+. $75, resident; $140, resident pair; $94, non-resident; $160, Non-resident pair. Tickets include food and two drinks per person. Register: pdop.com. 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

 

Suicide, a Health Crisis

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library

Learn about this important topic and the tools that are available to make the most important difference and possibly save someone's life. Presented by John Meister, executive director, Thrive Counseling Center. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

 

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