Big Week | June 17-24

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Author Talk: Cristina Henriquez

Tuesday, June 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., virtually with the Oak Park Public Library

As part of the Summer Reading Program "Many Voices, Many Stories," the author of the novel The Book of Unknown Americans will participate in an interview and Q&A. Register: oppl.org/calendar. More: oppl.org/read-listen-watch/many-voices-many-stories. Reading Program titles available as ebooks and some audio books through Media on Demand, Libby and/or Hoopla.

Juneteenth Celebration

Friday, June 19, 7 p.m., Car Caravan

Celebrate black freedom, excellence and Black Lives Matter. Bring signs, flags, music and cars to the parking lot at North Ave. and Harlem, Oak Park. The caravan will travel from there east on North Ave. to Austin, then south toward Roosevelt, take Roosevelt west toward Harlem, travel north toward Chicago Ave. and end traveling east to Austin. Questions: 773-584-7276.   

 

Wabi Sabi Film Fest: "Alive Inside"

Friday, June 19,
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Zoom

This film festival centers on aging, but it is open to all ages. The documentary Alive Inside chronicles the use of music's role in memory loss and obstacles in the health care system. An interactive discussion with writer/director/producer Michael Rossato-Bennett follows the film. Free. Register: wabi-sabi-alive-inside.eventbrite.com

Dance Camps - Traditional West African, AfroBeat, Caribbean and Hiphop

Register now, Monday through Friday, July 13 to 17,
and July 20 to 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., virtually with Kuumba Kids

Kids ages 5 through 13 can take part in week-long camps that include dance, circle time, art and poetry. Learn traditional West African and Afrobeat dance genres during Session I and explore Caribbean dance and hiphop during Session II. $100 per week. Register: kuumbakidsdance.com. Questions: kuumbakids2006@gmail.com

 

Pedal Oak Park 

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
Now through September, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Take a guided bicycle tour of 21 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures, including the Home and Studio, Frank Thomas House, Heurtley House, Cheney House, Furbeck House and more. 

Tours are limited to eight guests. Bring your bike or borrow one, included in tour admission.Rain or shine. $45; $40, FLW Trust members. Tickets/more: flwright.org/tours/pedal-oak-park.

Meet at the Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. More: flwright.org/tours/oak-park.

 

"Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen" 

Wednesday, June 24, 1 to 2 p.m., virtually with the Oak Park Library

Join a book discussion on Jose Antonio Vargas' memoir relating how he was sent from the Philippines to the U.S. as a child, his discovery of his undocumented status as a teenager and his decision to reveal his immigration status publicly in 2011. Register: oppl.org/calendar. More: oppl.org/read-listen-watch/many-voices-many-stories. Reading Program titles available as ebooks and some audio books through Media on Demand, Libby and/or Hoopla.

 

Meet the Maker Monday

Monday, June 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m.,
Zoom with the Oak Park Art League

Meet Susan Lucci of River Forest, an advocate, activist and Circle facilitator. Lucci will lead a mini-session to creatively reduce the clutter; reset to center; and regain focus and flow. Free. Register (by 3 p.m. on June 22) by emailing: oakparkartleague@gmail.com. 

 

 

Puppies & Pints Trivia Night

Thursday, June 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Zoom with the Animal Care League (ACL)

Grab a drink and your fur friend for a night of doggy trivia benefitting ACL, pints and pups not required. $10 minimum donation includes two raffle tickets. More chances may be purchased.  Register/more: animalcareleague.org/events.html

 

 

BRAVO's "Moana Jr.," a Virtual Voyage

Middle school students at Brooks worked in the spring, rehearsing for a live, in-person performance. However, when things changed because of COVID-19, BRAVO met after e-learning on Zoom. Each of the 52 students recorded their own vocals and choreography, and improvised costumes and sets. The staff edited their work into a 12-minute production. Watch the result on yoube.com, search "Bravo Staff."   

 

Nanny Nikki Live Performance

Friday, June 19, 10 to 10:45 a.m., Zoom with the River Forest Library

See a musical show for young kids, ages infant to  5. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com

 

Music & Potlucks: Mark Dvorak 

 

Thursday, June 18, 7 to 8 p.m., Facebook 

Virtually attend a benefit concert for Beyond Hunger. Hear original songs and stories. Post a photo in the comments of your "potluck" dinner or snack item as you listen. Donations suggested at: gobeyondhunger.org. Tune in to the show at: facebook.com/markdvorak1

 

Book Club: "Afterlife"

Thursday, June 25, 7 to 8 p.m., Zoom with the River Forest Library 

Read the novel by Julia Alvarez about immigration and compassion and then join in a discussion with others. The title is available on Hoopla. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com

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