Big Week | September 16-23

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JAM Teaching

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 24,
7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Oak Park Varsity Club

Sign up now and get the best of both worlds with this partnership – on site, qualified education professionals bringing learning opportunities to enhance students' education and development paired with physical, creative and social activities to promote learning, movement and community. JAM Teaching provides assistance with school coursework and supplemental education to complement existing learning, with additional tutoring available. Recommended for grades 1 - 9. $150 per week. More: varsitycluboakpark.com/remote-learning. Questions: Info@varsitycluboakpark.com. 809 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Feast for Good 

Now through Sept. 29

Support Housing Forward while dining locally with a portion of the purchase working to end homelessness. Whether ordering or dining in-person, mention Housing Forward so 10% – 20% is donated. This week, Sept. 16 – 22, try Jimmy's Place, 7411 W. Madison St., Forest Park, or take an evening off from cooking and treat the family to a meal prepared by New Rose Catering (requires 24 hour order notice) of River Forest, 708-261-6908. Next week, Sept. 23 – 29, dine in at Cucina Paradiso (take out not available), 814 North Blvd., Oak Park, or Big Guy's Sausage Stand, 7021 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn. More: housingforward.org/events/feast-good-fundraiser

 

Better Lake Street Reward Program

Now Through Oct. 15

Shop and dine in Downtown Oak Park, Hemingway District or Pleasant District and save your receipts. Receipts from online shopping and delivery purchases are accepted. Receive $25 in reward certificates by spending $20 or more at five businesses with a grand total of $200 or more. Reward certificates must be used Sept. 1 through Oct. 15 at participating businesses.

Reward books are limited. More: downtownoakpark.net/better-lake-street/

 

Community Solar with Trajectory Energy Partners

Thursday, Sept. 17, Noon to 1 p.m., Zoom with PlanIt Green

Learn how you can support a community solar project with no upfront investment, and how you can save money on utilities while also supporting local, renewable energy in Illinois. Trajectory Energy Partners will review savings, contract terms, how to sign up and more. Register: greencommunityconnections.org/calendar-events. 

 

"Act Like You're Having a Good Time"

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2 to 4 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Hear journalist, author, and radio host Amy Guth in conversation with award-winning memoirist and local author Michele Weldon. Weldon's collection of essays ask what it means to be a mature woman seeking a life of purpose and meaning through work, family and relationships. Facing ageism and invisibility within popular culture, Weldon examines the effects of raising children, striving for applause, failing expectations, forming new friendships, reconciling lost dreams and restoring one's faith. With sincerity and humor, she unwraps family traditions, painting classes, lap swimming and dress codes. Register: oppl.org/calendar.

Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB)

Friday, Sept. 18, 4 to 5 p.m.,
Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

LETAB is an opportunity for youth ages 13-17 to use their voices to serve the library, other youth and the community. Members provide perspective that is important to developing strong teen programs and add value to the library's Teen Services team. Meets virtually on the third Friday of each month. More/apply/register as a guest: oppl.org/calendar.

 

 

"Living With the Past"

Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Virtually with
 Dominican University's Siena Center 

Hear from novelist Marilynne Robinson, known for both literature and religious discourse, many of her themes revolve around rural life and faith. Her newest book, Jack, will release Sept. 27. Previous books include Gilead, which received the Pulitzer Prize and Home, which received the Orange Prize for Fiction. $10, suggested donation. Register: dom.edu/marilynne-robinson-living-past.

 

 

Plein Air in the Courtyard

Wednesdays through Sept. 30,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oak Park Art League (OPAL)  

Come to the Carriage House Courtyard for self-guided painting or drawing. In addition to existing garden flora, OPAL will provide a new floral arrangement or still life each week. Chairs provided. Bring your own art supplies. Social distancing and mask wearing protocols are in place for this free event. In the case of rain, this will take place in the gallery. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

Billy Joel: The Piano Man

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2 to 3 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Join presenter Gary Wenstrup as he uses performance and interview videos to trace the arc of Joel's career from humble beginnings in Hicksville, NJ, to his slow rise to fame to a long string of hits and more. Register: oppl.org/calendar.

 

The Transcontinental Railroad

Monday, Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m.,
Zoom with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

At this Mind Boggle, award-winning master storyteller and actress Megan Wells will explore the advent of a railroad that would link the U.S. from west to east. Free. Register: nineteenthcentury.org.

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