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7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
Poetry, humor and drama at the library
Playwright Lisa Rosenthal moderates the Oak Park Writers’ Group during a series of readings called Below the Radar. Rosenthal, also a writing coach and former leader of the group, will be with writers Keith Anwar, Mary Bonine, Jim Chmura, Mary Ann Eiler, Dan Giloth, Dan Montville, Janis Clark Johnston and Karolis Zukauskas. The group has been meeting at the Oak Park Public Library since 2003. At the main branch, 834 Lake.
Thursday, Oct. 23:
Folk and country concert
Possum Hollow Boys, Scott Ligon and Casey McDonough at FitzGerald’s Nightclub. $5. At 6615
8 to 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
Contra, circle and square dances at the Nineteenth Century Club. No worries about a costume or a partner-just energy and an open mind. 178
7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24
South American music concert
Revel in the music of South America during a guitar and flute concert at Cheney Mansion by artists Michael Nigro and Lisa Schroeder. The duo, who try to reach a nonclassical audience, will measure their performance with commentary and anecdotes about the composers and pieces they chose. Learn more about the duo at www.noteworthyduo.com. Tickets are $12; $15 at the door. For reservations, call 383-2612. The mansion is at 220 N. Euclid Ave. in Oak Park. www.cheneymansion.com
Friday, Oct. 24
Fireside Halloween at the library
The River Forest Public Library is hosting a family-friendly Halloween get-together. For details, call Sue Quinn, head of children’s services, at 366-5205, ext. 4. At
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Steelin Jazz on double tenor pans, piano, bass and drums at Philander’s restaurant. Carleton of Oak Park Hotel, 1110 Pleasant
10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 25
Halloween parade on The Avenue
The merchants of Oak Park Avenue host trick-or-treaters during the annual parade for kids. At 10 a.m., line up at Pleasant Street and Oak Park Ave. Once the marching is done, there will be activities aplenty: cookie decorating at K9 Cookie Company, a coloring station at Fly Bird, Creepy Critters & Ghastly Gardens at Botanica, and storytime and crafts at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at The Magic Tree Bookstore. While they last, find fresh-baked treats at Great Harvest. For details, call Botanica at 386-6800 or Fly Bird at 383-3330.
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday
Boo in the Park
Kids and their family members can hunt for Halloween eggs and play pumpkin shot-put at
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday
Halloween drag show
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25
A one-woman Dracula
Village Players is bringing in a performer known as the Kate Hepburn of storytellers to deliver an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Megan Wells will be in the blackbox theater at the Village Players Performing Arts Center, 1010 W. Madison St. in Oak Park. $20 at www.village-players.org or 866-764-1010. Another performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.
Saturday, Oct. 25
Stone soup on last day of farmers’ market
The season closes Saturday for the
7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25
Oak Park Art League’s Masked Bash
It’s Halloween for grown-ups as a costumed crowd gets a haunted gallery to dine and imbibe in. Yes, there will be bobbing for apples, too. Prizes will be awarded for the best and most creative mask. $10 for members, $15 for others. At 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. 386-9853, www.opal-art.com.
8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26
The Frank Lloyd Wright Races
5K, 10K and youth mile walks and runs all start and finish at Oak Park and River Forest High School by way of the Wright historic district. The 5K walk-run starts at 8 a.m.; the 10K run at 8:45 a.m.; the youth mile at 9 a.m. Fees range from $12 to $20 in advance and from $15 to $25 on Sunday. Register online at www.oakparkparks.com/flw2008.htm. The first 2,000 people to register will get a free pancake and sausage breakfast in the school’s South Cafeteria.
3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26
Hemingway Foundation wine auction
Nibble on hors d’oeuvres at Pleasant Home while you taste wines and bid on them. Proceeds from the three-hour afternoon event benefit the foundation’s educational and cultural programming. For details, call 848-2222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. At 217 Home Ave. in Oak Park.
3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26:
Godspell at OPRF High School Small Theatre
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