Big Week: August 7 - 14

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National Youth Poet Laureate: Kara Jackson

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Meet Oak Parker Kara Jackson and hear her read from her just-published poetry chapbook, Bloodstone Cowboy. Jackson is a 2018 graduate of OPRF High School and will be attending Smith College in the fall. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


We the People? 

Reception Sunday, August 11, 2 to 4 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library:

Six Chicago-area photographers created a three-year project focusing on the U.S. government's response to communities of color devastated by natural disasters, including the 2017 hurricane season that hit Houston, the Florida Keys, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The photographers are Michael Bracey, Gerard M. Evans, Don Kelly, Jim Morris, Bill Scott and Crystal Wiley-Brown. Through Aug. 30.834 Lake St., Oak Park.


Branch Out and Read Fest

Friday, Aug.9, 3 to 7 p.m., Thatcher Woods Pavilion:

Forest Preserves of Cook County invites River Forest library patrons you to celebrate summer reading success with archery, animal encounters, stories and more. All ages. 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest.


Summer Drop Ins - Beaded Creations

Thursdays and Fridays, through August 16, 3 to 6 p.m., Bead in Hand:

Learn either the Caterpillar Bracelet or the Bead & Rings Wrap Bracelet. Young kids can make beaded bubble wands or butterfly sun catchers. Ages 9 through adult or younger (5+) with adult caretaker. Materials included. $12, bracelet; $5, wand/suncatcher. More: 145 Harrison St., Oak Park.



Wednesday, Aug. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 29, Ferguson Art Gallery, Kretzmann Hall, Concordia University Chicago:

See "an intimate view of everyday places and spaces" by artist Maria Gedroc, who works in mixed media including acrylic paint, paper, wood, photography and found objects. In her art, she celebrates "the spirit and inner beauty of the seemingly commonplace urban environment." Reception with the artist on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2 to 4 p.m., including artist's talk at 3 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Questions: 708-209-3013.7400 Augusta St., River Forest.


SafeTALK Workshop

Thursday, Aug. 8, 5 to 9 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

Learn key steps to create a lifesaving connection during this suicide alertness training. Led by John Meister, Executive Director of Thrive Counseling Center. Register: 834 Lake, Oak Park.


Meet Up & Eat Up

Mondays through Fridays through August 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., St Catherine of Siena Hall: 

Drop in weekdays for free meals, activities and games for youth ages 18 and younger. Sponsored by the OPRF Food Pantry. Menu/activity schedule: Questions:, 34 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park.


Local History at Night: The Muckers

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum:

The museum of the Historical Society of OP-RF has evening hours on the first Wednesday each month. This month, see the newest exhibit, Tarzan, Mars, and the Literary Worlds of Oak Park and River Forest, and meet Forest Park resident Greg Phillips, a member of The Muckers, a Chicago area Burroughs/Tarzan fan group. Regular hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7; $5, Oak Park/River Forest residents; $3, students; free, members and children under 7. More:, 129 Lake St., Oak Park.


Free Child Safety Seat Inspections

Schedule anytime:

Keep young children and babies safe. The Village of Oak Park Fire Department providesinspections to help make surechild safety seats are installed and used properly. Parents need to bring vehicle owner manuals and car seat manufacturer's instructions along with the seats they wish to have inspected. Schedule an appointment: 


"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.


"Watches and Warnings"

Saturday, August 10, 3 to 4 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

Meet Oak Park author Ryan Wolf and hear a reading of his recently released young adult novel. In it, a teen "grapples with questions that cut him to the core," as he faces the aftermath of a massive tornado that hits his town and a brother dealing with addiction. There will be free giveaways of the paperback at the event. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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