Big Week: August 21-28

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"Much Ado About Nothing" 

Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 7 p.m., through Aug. 31, Austin Gardens:

See the Shakespeare classic set in post-WWII. $35; $28, seniors; $15, students; free, children under 12 and dogs. Tickets/more: oakparkfestival.com, 708-300-9396. 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

 

Happy Hour Mind Boggle: How to Fight Fake News

Thursday, June 27, 6 to 8 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Join Charlie Meyerson in a discussion on what is and isn't real in the headlines. Meyerson is a noted Chicago print and broadcast journalist. Free. Cash bar. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

 

Route 66 Car Show

Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Berwyn's Strip of Route 66:

Soak up classic car culture on the Mother Road as you view more than 600 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Live music and local food available. Free admission. Along Ogden Ave. between Oak Park Ave. and Ridgeland Ave.

 

Sunday Morning Zen Talk

Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 to 11 a.m., Zen Life & Meditation Center:

Hear OPRF High School teacher Anthony Clark speak on "Ally-ship in Verb Form." Meditation session from 9 to 9:45 a.m., before the talk. Free; all welcome. Free public mediation is also held Mondays through Fridays, 6 to 7 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m. More: www.zlmc.org. New location: 46 Lake St., Oak Park.

 

Interactive "Wizard of Oz"

Saturday, August 24, 2 to 4 p.m., River Forest Library:

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz with a costume contest and interactive movie viewing. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave.

 

"Women Heroes of World War II"

Saturday, August 24, 2 p.m., Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore:

Meet Forest Park author Kathryn Atwood and hear a discussion on her young adult book, which includes "32 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, & Rescue." The event includes musical accompaniment of contemporary tunes by Atwood and her husband, John, as well as a book signing. $5 for signing if books  purchased elsewhere. More: centuriesandsleuths.com. 7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park.

 

National Dog Day

Saturday, August 24, Noon to 3 p.m., Courtyard, Maze Library: 

People and canine-friendly dogs are invited to meet with animal rescues, hear a pup-erific story time, enjoy treats for peeps and pups and more. Weather permitting. More: oppl.org/calendar. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park

 

Local Art

Through Sept. 6, Oak Park Art League:

At "Carved/Composed" see an exhibition of sculpture and photography. Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

Through Sept. 30, Dining Room, Oak Park Township Senior Services: 

View Oak Park artist Eileen Hourihan McCarthy's watercolor paintings inspired by light and nature. Hourihan McCarthy also creates hand painted scarves and greeting cards and is a writer and photographer. Hours: Mondays through Fridays: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Through Oct. 31, Prairie Title Gallery:

See artist Maria Gedroc's "CityScapes Photography" with images from Chicago, New Orleans, San Antonio and Scottsdale. Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6821 W North Ave., Oak Park.

 

Uncorked

Friday, August 23, 6 to 8 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Start the weekend with live music, lush gardens, wine and craft beer, appetizers and locally sourced wares. On fourth Fridays through September. Ages 21+. Admission includes two drink tickets and one food token. $15, advance; $18, at door. Tickets/more: pdop.org/parks-facilities/oak-park-conservatory/uncorked. 615 Garfield St.

 

Social Stitching

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 10 to 11 a.m., Barbara Hall Meeting Room, River Forest Library:

If you enjoy knitting, crochet, cross-stitching, or sewing, join like-minded individuals at this monthly meet up. Bring your own materials. Light refreshments provided. Every fourth Wednesday of the month. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave. 

 

Rides to the Oak Park Farmers' Market 

Saturdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October 26:

Oak Park and River Forest seniors who need transportation - OP and RF Township Senior Services offers rides to and from the market each week. $1, suggested donation. Reservation: 708-383-4806. Look for the accessible bus at the entrance to the Market for the return trip. Farmers' Market: Lake St. and Elmwood.

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