Big Week | September 2-9

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Join Pro Music Youth Chorus (PMYC) – Singing Outdoors this Fall 

Informational Meeting Thurs. Sept. 3, 7 p.m., Zoom. Season runs Tuesdays, Sept. 8 to May 15

Youth ages 4 through 18 are invited to join the 31st season of PMYC. Rehearsals begin outdoors, with vigorous safety measures in place, on the lawn at First United Church, 848 Lake St., Oak Park. Once the weather turns, programming will go online until the spring, when rehearsals will resume outside. This season includes music-making, theory, appreciation, concerts and fun. Times and tuition differ for each ensemble. Financial aid is available. For information on joining the informational meeting, tuition, rehearsal times and other inquiries: More:


Principles of Passion: The Privilege at Play in Creative Industries

Christopher Thomas, Founder of Your Passion 1st, interviews Maui Jones, founder of the Echo Theater Collective. There are many barriers in the way, primarily related to socio-economic status, that limit many students' exposure to creative endeavors. Exploring the creativity divide is essential during this time of change and steps must be taken if students of this game of life are to be able to follow their creative passions and become creative problem-solvers. View this episode (#12) and other episodes at:


Story Time in the Garden

Wednesdays through Oct. 14, 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m., outdoor Discovery Garden
at the Oak Park Conservatory

Enjoy story time, songs and puppetry led by Conservatory docents. Maximum of 16 participants. Both adults and children must register; only registered participants will be allowed in the Discovery Garden during story time. Brought by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Free; $5 suggested donation. Register: 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.


Virtual Open House  

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6 to 6:30 p.m.,
Zoom with L'Institut Français d'Oak Park

L'Institut Français d'Oak Park offers courses in all levels of French for adults and mature teens as well as weekly teen and adult Conversation Cafés. Fall offerings run Sept. 14 to Nov. 21 on Zoom. Register: To join the Open House to learn more and ask questions, email:  

Tween Talk

Friday, Sept. 4, 4 to 4:45 p.m.,
 Zoom with the River Forest Public Library

Youth in grades 5 through 8, can join with Middle School and Teen Librarian Beth and OPRF Youth Services Interventionist Laura. Chat, socialize, ask questions, play games and hang out in the virtual tween library with peers. Sponsored by OPRF Youth Services. Register:


New: Special Hours for
High-risk Patrons

Mondays through Saturdays, 10 to 11 a.m.,
Main Library

Each morning, time is set aside only for those at high risk for complications from COVID-19. The CDC defines high-risk individuals as older adults and people with underlying medical conditions. Other patrons may visit between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, at the Main branch, 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


D97 Parent University 

District 97 held its first virtual Parent University in mid-August to provide families with information, tips and tools to support students with remote learning this fall. Recordings of these sessions, and accompanying slides, are available to watch anytime. Review info on remote learning for either elementary or middle school as well as a variety of sessions on technology. Access sessions:


"Harmony in the Universe"

Wednesdays, 1 to 6 p.m., Dancing Krow Studio & Social Club

The summer exhibit from the artist collective led by Karen Schuman celebrates peace, love, mindfulness and well-being. View the exhibition and shop for art by local artists. Also selling handmade soaps and hand sanitizer. 43 Harrison, Oak Park.


Local Artist Spotlight:
Scott Maki

Through mid-Sept., Buzz Cafe

The Local Artist Spotlight is back. Maki is "inspired by science fiction, television, comic books and the general hilarity of everyday life." 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.


Living History Project Presents a Virtual Town Hall:
Community Control of the Police

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 5 to 7 p.m., Zoom through the Oak Park Public Library 

Join youth leaders of the Living History Project for a timely discussion of this important topic. Teens, young adults, Oak Park community members and leaders are encouraged to attend. Register:


WSSRA's Derby Gala

Saturday, Sept. 5, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The West Suburban Special Recreation Foundation is hosting its annual Derby Gala on the occasion of the 146th Kentucky Derby. This fundraising event, which supports providing quality recreation services to individuals with disabilities, includes a silent auction, raffle and paddle raise. $25, includes one raffle ticket. Questions: 847-455-2100. Tickets/more:

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