Big Week Feb. 27 - March 6

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One Earth Film Festival: "Tawai: A Voice from the Forest"

Sunday, March 3, 4 to 7:15 p.m., Unity Temple:

Explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from people living in the jungles of Malaysia to the tributaries of the Amazon. Come and reconnect with nature and be inspired to slow down. Live video Q&A with Parry and a cocktail reception follows the film. $20. Tickets/more: oneearthfilmfest.org/special-events-2019/tawai-a-voice-from-the-forest. One Earth Film Festival runs March 1 through 10. For additional films: oneearthfilmfest.org/films-by-date. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

The Continuing Mission

Reception Thursday, Feb. 28, 5 to 7 p.m., Lower Level Gallery, West Suburban Medical Center:

Meet artist Rob Hogan and see his paintings. Exhibit through April 15. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.

Election 2019

Monday, March 4, 7 to 9 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:

Meet and question the candidates running for Oak Park & River Forest High School District 200. Hosted by Oak Park Property Tax Watch. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

Tuesday, March 5, 7 to 9 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:

Meet and question Oak Park Village Board and Park District of Oak Park candidates. Hosted by Oak Park Property Tax Watch. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

Thursday, March 7, 7 to 9 p.m., Buzz Café:

Hear from River Forest School District 90 candidates and ask them questions. 905 S. Lombard, Oak Park.

Saturday, March 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Foxboro Room, Carleton Hotel: 

The Democratic Party of Oak Park hosts a Village Candidate Meet and Greet. 1110 Pleasant, Oak Park.

Monday March 11, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Oak Park Library:

Attend a candidate forum for OP Park District and Oak Park School District 97 candidates hosted by The League of Women Voters. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Thursday, March 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Buzz Café:

Hear from Oak Park School District 97 candidates and ask them questions. 905 S. Lombard, Oak Park.

Tuesday, March 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Buzz Café:

Hear from Village of River Forest candidates and ask them questions. 905 S. Lombard, Oak Park.

Tuesday, March 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Library:

Attend a candidate forum for D200 School Board candidates hosted by The League of Women Voters. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Irving School:

The Southeast Oak Park Community Organization (SEOPCO) hosts an OP Village Trustee candidate forum. 1125 S. Cuyler Ave., Oak Park.

Wednesday, March 20, 7 to 9 p.m., Auditorium, Roosevelt Middle School:

Attend a candidate forum for the River Forest Park District and D90 School Board. Hosted by the League of Women Voters and the RF Civic Association. 7560 Oak Ave., River Forest.

Thursday, March 21, 7 to 9 p.m., Buzz Café:

Hear from Village of Oak Park candidates and ask them questions. 905 S. Lombard, Oak Park.

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Percy Julian Middle School:

Attend a candidate forum for Oak Park Village Trustee candidates hosted by The League of Women Voters. 416 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

Scott Joplin Concert

Sunday, March 3, 4 to 6 p.m., Pleasant Home:

Pleasant Home Foundation and members of The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest bring an evening of toe-tapping ragtime. $20; $15, members. Tickets/more: pleasanthome.org/program-a-events/scott-jop-lin-2018. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

Dancewear Drive for Cuba

Now until March 8, Academy of Movement and Music:

Most Cuban dancers don't have necessary dancewhere so MOMENTA students are collecting pointe and ballet shoes, tights, leotards, dance shorts and skirts to take to Cuba. Bring new or gently used items to the collection bin in the front hall. Questions: senajera@yahoo.com. 605 Lake St., Oak Park.

Author Events

Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago

Sunday, March 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Author Linda Gartz exposes the racist mortgage laws that ravaged a Chicago community in the 1960s, based on long-hidden letters and diaries. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

Monday, March 4, 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Dominican University:

See New York Times Bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz as he addresses violence in Chicago with his new book, chronicling one summer and the stories of individuals who have emerged from the violence. Presented by The Book Table. $33, includes book. Tickets: booktable.net/AlexKotlowitz. 7900 Division St., River Forest.

Authors on Tap: Maryse Meijer 

Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

Meet with the Chicago writer as she talks about her debut story collection Heartbreaker. She is joined by Javier Ramierez, The Book Table's store manager and founder of the Authors on Tap. 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park.

Day Nursery Benefit

Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Trattoria 225:

Sip wine and support the Day Nursery's early childhood center, which prepares children to be 100% kindergarten ready. Includes silent auction, heavy appetizers, two wine tickets and more. $75. Tickets: oprfdn.z2systems.com/np/clients/oprfdn/eventRegistration.jsp?event=29&. 225 Harrison, Oak Park.

Happy Hour Mind Boggles: Are We More Peaceful?

Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Join University of Chicago Assistant Professor Paul Poast who discusses Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of our Nature. $15; free, members. Cash bar. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Tasting for a Cause

Tuesday, March 5, 7 to 9 p.m., L!ve Café: 

Sample five wines from women-owned, ethically-sourced harvests and enjoy one full glass. Includes small bites and music. Hosted by First United Methodist Church. Proceeds benefit Chicago Night Ministry, which works to provide housing, health care and human connections to those struggling with poverty or homelessness. $25. Tickets: bit.ly/tastingforacause or at the door. Questions: 708-383-4983. 163 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Jazz Thaw

Saturday, March 2, 3 to 10 p.m., Downtown Oak Park:

Featuring 13 jazz performances inside 11 restaurants, come "sip, sizzle and swing" to free live music with the option to order from the host restaurant's menu. Presented by 90.9FM WDCB and Downtown Oak Park. Locations, times and artists: downtownoakpark.net/jazz-thaw.

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