Big Week Nov. 28-Dec. 5

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Celebrate with Song

Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church:

Hear a Serenade of Carols by the Michael Teolis Singers, including works by Morton Gould and Dave Brubeck, along with "Three Nativity Carols" and "A la Nanita Nana," along with familiar carols. $20; $15, seniors/students (cash at door). Questions: 708-366-2889, info@MTSingers.org. 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 

Sunday, Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church:

Sing along with Handel's Messiah. Singers and non-singers welcome. Free-will offerings benefit Housing Forward. Reception follows. Cosponsored with Euclid UMC and First United Church of OP. Questions: churchoffice@firstumcoakpark.org, 708-383-4983. More: firstUMCoakpark.org. 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:

Join soloists and orchestra from Credo Music for a Messiah Sing-Along. Bring a score or rent one ($5). Free; donations accepted for Harmony Community Church Food Pantry, North Lawndale. Inquire: 708-366-6900. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church:

See The First Noel performed by Oak Park Concert Chorale. Hear nine premieres by local composers and more. $18, advance; $20, at door; $10, advance seniors/students; $12 at door; free, 12 and younger. Tickets/more: oakparkconcertchorale.org/concerts. 1025 W. Lake St., Melrose Park.

Wright's Home for the Holidays

Saturday, Dec. 1, arrive between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio:

This architectural gem is decorated for the holidays in keeping with the Wright family tradition. Tour, enjoy treats, family crafts in the Studio and shopping specials with free gift wrapping. Free. Register/more: flwright.org/programs/homefortheholidays. 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

Holiday Bazaar

Friday, Nov. 30, 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to3 p.m., Animal Care League (ACL):

Shop new and gently used holiday items, baked goods, pet needs and more to support ACL. Try your luck at the basket raffle, enjoy live music, get a chair massage and tour ACL during shelter hours. Family/pet photos with Santa, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 2 p.m. More: animalcareleague.org/holiday-bazaar-2018.html. 1003 Garfield, Oak Park.

Infant Welfare Society Holiday Housewalk, Market and More

Friday, Nov. 30, 4  to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

Artisan Holiday Market - Shop one-of-a-kind vendors offering hand-made items. Free.

Friday, Nov. 30, 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1, noon to 5 p.m.

Holiday Housewalk - Tour Oak Park and River Forest homes festively decorated and the new OP-RF Museum with a "Ghosts of Christmas Past" exhibit. $45; $35 seniors. 

Also, check out new fundraising events: Holiday Spirit and Wine Tasting, Not-So-Trivial Pursuit Night and Sip & Shop Champagne Breakfast. Tickets/more: childrenscliniciws.org/holiday-housewalk-and-market.php. Events at Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave. 

"Free To Be ... You And Me"

Friday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m., Euclid UMC:

See this groundbreaking children's show that celebrates feminism and multiculturalism and teaches empathy and inclusion. Presented by Echo Theater Collective, The Actors Garden and School of Rock. Through Dec. 9. $12; $10, children. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/3761730. More: echotheatercollective.org. 405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

Christmas Concert

Friday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Chapel,Concordia-Chicago: 

The University Band performs festive music from Bizet to Bach, "Russian Christmas Music" to "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." Hear a narration of "The Night Before Christmas" and commentary on each musical selection. Free. Questions: 708-209-3060. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

"Young Hemingway & His Enduring Eden" 

Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 to 9 p.m., River Forest Library:

View the documentary focusing on Ernest's summers in northern Michigan. Writer/producer George Colburn introduces the program. Q&A follows. Co-sponsored by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of OP. Free. Register: hemingwaybirthplace.com/events-programs-1. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

16th Street Theater's New Home

Saturday, Dec. 1, 3 to 5:30 p.m.:

Come for a season kickoff and tour the new permanent location (starting in March 2019) for this local theater company. Live music, cash bar (3 p.m.), 2019 show excerpts (4 p.m.), bar stays open after. Reserve: 708-795-6704 x107, boxoffice@16thstreettheater.org. 1529 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn.

Author Talks

Dec. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room Main Library:

See Chicago authors:

Dennis Foley - The Blue Circus

Patricia Ann McNair - And These are The Good Times: A Chicago gal riffs on death, sex, life, dancing, writing, wonder, loneliness, place, family, faith, coffee, and the FBI (among other things) 

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Meet former gang member turned anti-violence advocate Angalia Branca. With Linda Meckstrom, she's written In Deep: How I Survived Gangs, Heroin, and Prison to Become a Chicago Violence Interrupter. Branca attended Emerson Middle School and OPRF for two years before dropping out for a life on the streets. 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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