Big Week: August 28 - September 4

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Toni Morrison: A Tribute

Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 to 9 p.m., L!VE Café:

Reflect on the work of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison. Morrison died earlier this month at the age of 88. In partnership with Oak Park Public Library. 163 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.


"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:, 708-300-9396. 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park.


"Seducing and Killing Nazis"

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., Scoville Room, Main Library:

Dutch author Sophie Poldermans, a women's rights advocate, specializes on women and war and human rights-related issues from a legal, historical and sociological perspective. Hear stories from her book, written about women she personally followed. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


Labor Sing-along with Mark Dvorak 

Sunday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m. service, Third Unitarian Church:

Join a modern-day troubadour as he sings and tells stories while playing guitar or banjo, all with a labor theme. 301 N. Mayfield, Chicago. More: 773-626-9385,


Mutt Strut

Register now. Saturday, September 7, 9 a.m., Maple Park:

All two- and four-legged walkers and runners can do their part to support the Animal Care League. After strutting a 5K around Oak Park, enjoy vegan food, canine massages and agility course, giveaways and more. $40, adult; $25, ages 6 to 12; free, dogs and ages 5 and under. Virtual participants also welcome. Register: 1105 S. Maple Ave., Oak Park.


Medicare Seminar

Thursday, Aug. 29, 5 to 6 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

Learn what Medicare covers and what it doesn't, as well as potential out-of-pocket exposure. Plus, get information about Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Coverage, and cost saving strategies for the year ahead. Presented by Ivan Morgan from Premier Medicare Benefits. Register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 


The No Shush Salon Presents: Stephanie Shaw

Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Maze Library:

Hear original monologues from the Theatre Department professor of Columbia College Chicago and author of two novellas, Mademoiselle Guignol and Afterbirth. Open mic for all creative types follows. More: 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.


Seminar for First-time Homebuyers

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m., Oak Park Village Hall:

Learn steps in the home-buying process and financing options, including how to secure a mortgage when purchasing a first home. Made possible in partnership with the HUD-certified counseling agency West Cook Homeownership Center. Held the fourth Tuesday of each month. Questions: 708-771-5801, 123 Madison St.


Telescope Night

Thursday, Aug. 29, 8 to 9 p.m., Fox Park:

Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson for a night of telescope viewing and a discussion of current and upcoming NASA missions and discoveries. Bring a telescope if you can. Weather permitting. Meets the last Thursday each month. Up next, Sept. 26 at Taylor Park, 7 to 8 p.m. More: 624 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

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