Big Week: Feb 12-19

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Women Can Change the Laws! Women Can Change the World!

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m., Oak Park Arms:

See Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop present two historical radio dramas telling about women battling for the right to vote: "Gallant American Women" and "Cavalcade of America." Free. 408 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

The ELCA's AMMPARO Project

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m., Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church:

Second in a series, Immigration: Responding in Faith, Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) director Mary Campbell will tell stories of youth from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Brought in partnership with Grace Lutheran Church. Free; all welcome. More: graceriverforest.org/resources/church-news/immigration-responding-in-faith. 744 Fair Oaks Ave., Oak Park.

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

See Damien Sneed and his band, along with Harmony, Hope & Healing choir, for music from across African- American traditions, interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King's recorded speeches. $20 - $40; $15 - $35, seniors/children. Tickets: Events.dom.edu/we-shall-overcome. 7900 Division, River Forest.

Church of Beethoven:
Violinist Cara Schlecker

Sunday, Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon, International Mansion:

See the Oak Park native, along with pianist Paul Dykstra, perform arrangements by John Williams, Fritz Kreisler, Robert Dauber and a rarely played arrangement of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. $15; $10, children. Tickets/more: churchofbeethoven-oakpark.com, or at the door. Season tickets (10 Sunday morning concerts): $120; $80, children. Interested in volunteering or reading poetry: churchofbeethovenoakpark@gmail.com. 509 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Golden Age of Hollywood 

Wednesdays, Feb. 12-Mar. 18, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Doug Deuchler presents six weeks of the top movie musicals from the 1940s and early '50s produced by MGM, starting with For Me & My Gal. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Free Readers Ensemble: "Wit"

Sunday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., 19th Century Club: 

When a renowned scholar and professor of English is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer, she comes to reassess her life and work with a profundity and humor that are transformative. Freewill donations accepted. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

See it before it's gone - Proud Oak Parkers: OPALGA+ at 30

Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum:

Learn about the community organization that came together 30 years ago to support an open, active community of gay and lesbian residents and end discrimination in our villages based on sexual orientation. Through Feb. 29. $7; $5, Oak Park/River Forest residents; $3, students; free, members and children under 7. More: oprfmuseum.org, 129 Lake St., Oak Park.

Back Room Stories

Sunday, Feb. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamburger Mary's:

Enjoy top-tier tellers at this monthly event. Hear Oak Parker Jim Kelly tell about his experiences in the Peace Corps. Other featured tellers include Megan Wells, Mike Speller, Errol McLendon and Margaret Burk with host Peter LeGrand. $10. 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Census 2020: What You Need to Know

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 to 3 p.m., River Forest Library:

By April 1, every home will receive the 2020 Census. Hear from a panel on the importance of being counted, learn about work opportunities and take part in an interactive workshop. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Support OPRF Special Olympics 

Friday, Feb. 21, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Lantern Haus:

Save the date and RSVP by Feb. 18 to dcooper@op97.org. Hosted by Oak Park Teachers Association and Tim McDonald to raise as much money as possible for Special Olympics Polar Plunge. 7414 Madison St. #A, Forest Park.

Love: Imagination and Memories

Reception Thursday, Feb. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., Room 101, Oak Park Village Hall:

See Antonia Ruppert's vivid paintings, which reveal "the love of children to the love of a matriarch." Hear the artist speak at the reception or view through Feb. 28, Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 to 5 p.m. 123 Madison St., Oak Park.

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