Big Week | Sept 9 - 16

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Saturday, Sept. 12, Noon to 5 p.m., South East Oak Park 

Enjoy an afternoon outside and catch a FitzGerald's Truck Concert touring the neighborhood. See Jim Haptonstahl (noon to 12:45 p.m.), Sima Cunningham of Ohmme (1 to 1:45), Gem Tree (2 to 2:45), Rosalba Valdez (3 to 3:45) and Casey McDonough of NRBQ, The Flat Five and The Western Elstons (4 to 4:45). More:,,,, Please practice social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering. Rain date, Sunday, Sept. 13. Brought by SEOPCO. 

Writing Matters: "The Best Cook in the World"

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2 p.m., virtually with the Nineteenth Charitable Association

See Bill Young in conversation with Pulitzer-prize winner Rick Bragg. Part cookbook, part memoir, Bragg's work is a loving tribute to the South, his family and his mother. Free. Register: Book may be purchased from The Book Table. 



"Her Voice" Art Exhibition

Reception Friday, Sept. 11, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Online with Expressions Graphics

View the fourth annual juried show of women printmakers and guest artists, running through Oct. 17 (tentative closing reception date). To view works and attend opening: September is also membership month. Check out Print & Screen Club Membership or EG Studio Membership. More: 29 Harrison, Oak Park.



Native Gardens Through the Seasons: A Virtual Walk

Saturday, Sept. 12, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Virtually with West Cook Wild Ones

Take a live, behind-the-scenes look at native gardens throughout the seasons with three experienced home gardeners, two from Oak Park and one from Berwyn. This tour will help gardeners learn how to bring native plants into their own yards, how plants perform year-round and which beneficial wildlife they attract. Also, learn about soil, spring maintenance and how to transform difficult areas. Moderators invite questions. Free; $10 donation accepted to support programming. Brought in partnership with the Interfaith Green Network. Register:



Reimagining Policing - Constructive Community Solutions

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Virtually with the League of Women Voters 

Improving community safety depends on how well residents and professionals work together and invest in developing a renewed vision of best practices. Join a panel discussion and learn about current trends, opportunities and examples. With LaDon Reynolds, Oak Park Police

Chief; Sharon Welch, League of Women Voters Illinois; Colleen Sutkus, Sarah's Inn; Anita Pindiur, Way Back Inn and Grateful House. Free. Register:


Votes for Women

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2 to 3 p.m.,
Zoom with River Forest Public Library

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, history presenter Leslie Goddard explores the long struggle for women to gain the right to vote, from when the first call was issued at Seneca Falls in 1848 to when women finally gained suffrage in 1920. Women worked tirelessly, giving speeches, writing letters and petitions, gathering signatures by the thousands, and persevering in the face of opposition. Register:



What's Cooking? 

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2 to 3 p.m.,
 Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Join fellow cooks to discuss Toni Tipton-Martin's Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking. "Through recipes and stories, cook along with pioneering figures, from enslaved chefs to middle- and upper-class writers and entrepreneurs." eBook available on Media on Demand/Libby. Register:



Ovation Academy Fall Offerings

Sign up now for Broadway Academy, after-school classes, private lessons and more with offerings in-person and virtually. More: 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.


Yoga in The Park Fundraiser

Sunday, Sept. 13, 10 to 11 a.m.,
Reiger Park or Virtually

Join Sarah's Inn Associate Board and & Then There Was Well owner and instructor Marissa Grott for a yoga fundraiser. Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win wine, yoga classes and local gift cards. Also Sept. 20 and 27. Space is limited both live and in-person. In the field across from the new Sarah's Inn, 1526 Circle Ave., Forest Park. $20 each; $50 for all three dates. $10, raffle tickets. Register:


The Statue of Liberty: What it Means Today 

Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m.,
Zoom with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

Join Mary Meg McCarthy on the U.S.'s current response to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Free. Register:

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