Big Week July 4-11

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Free Summer Concert: The Noize

Sunday, July 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Scoville Park: 

Stroll down to the park for family-friendly music. This week, hear rock to pop from a band with Oak Park members. Concerts weekly through Aug. 19. To help make this a waste-free event, use stations set up during the concerts for composting and recycling. Northwest corner of Lake and Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Authors on Tap

Monday, July 9, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

See Daniel Kraus with Maryse Meijer. Kraus is co-author of The Shape of Water (adapted into the movie that won the Best Film Oscar this year) and Trollhunters with Guillermo Del Toro and author of the bestselling Zebulon Finch series. Meijer is a short-story writer from Chicago. Brought in partnership with The Book Table. 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park. 

Bravo Performing Arts Academy: "Freaky Friday" and "Frozen, Jr."

Thursday and Friday, July 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 7, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Madison Street Theater:

In Freaky Friday, a mother and daughter's world gets turned upside down when they switch bodies and live a day in the other's life. See 6th to 8th graders perform in this funny new musical. $9; $7, students/seniors. Tickets: 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 13, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 14, 2:30 p.m., Auditorium, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School:

Frozen, Jr. finds two princess sisters in a kingdom trapped in perpetual winter. One joins forces with a mountaineer and his reindeer sidekick to find Snow Queen Elsa and break her icy spell. Performed by middle school students. $12; $8, students/seniors. Tickets: 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park. 

Free Youth Basketball Camp 

Register now; Camp Runs July 23 to 27, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School:

Oak Park boys and girls ages 8 to 14 – sign up for the Police Youth Basketball Camp. Activities include group instruction, team play, one-on-one, full-court games, contests and awards. Register by downloading an application, or pick up a registration form at the Police Department: 123 Madison St. Brooks: 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.

The Mystery Shop Show

Wednesday, July 11, 3 to 4 p.m., Outside, River Forest Library: 

Kids of all ages – see an interactive mystery, storytelling show featuring twisted tall tales, funny fables, bittersweet legends, and spine-tinglers with delightful songs. Rain location: Roosevelt Middle School gym. Library: 735 Lathrop.

Celebrate Hamilton-style

Thursday, July 5, 6 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Keep the Independence Day celebration going at "Hamiltunes: An American Sing-Along," an all-ages, family-friendly Hamilton song fest. Costumes encouraged. Free. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Friday, July 6, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:  

At "Hamilton: An American Dance Class," join Ovation Academy in the "Room Where it Happens" for a "Non-Stop" dance party. Learn dance moves from the Broadway blockbuster; best for ages 7 to 14. Free. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

20th Anniversary Open House

Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ABC Toon Town:

All are welcome for games, food and fun at this educational daycare center that serves children ages six weeks to Pre-K. It is also a black-owned local business providing access to families throughout the area. 411 South Blvd., Oak Park. 

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

Thursday, July 12, 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library: 

The Oak Park Public Library was selected by the U.S. EPA and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to host a discussion on topics such as goals, issues, and opportunities regarding housing affordability; access to healthy food; and transportation access to the library and other community assets. RSVP (by Monday, July 9):, 708-697-6911. More: 834 Lake St.

"42" Film Viewing and Discussion

Saturday, July 7, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

"In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball." Learn about the challenges he faced, racial integration of American professional baseball, and how Robinson wore the number 42 throughout his major-league career. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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Elaine Abbinante from north riverside, il  

Posted: July 9th, 2018 6:58 AM

as a former OPr of 37 years in the same house, I look forward to reading all about our former home with great interest and pride. thank you.

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