to Friday, Dec. 26

Live folk rock

Pat and Marty, folk-rock guitarists and singers, are the headliners this week for Burgers, Beers and Bands night at the Buzz Café. In the Oak Park Arts District at 905 S. Lombard. 660-0894,

to Friday, Dec. 26

Live music on Pleasant Street

Chris Greene on piano, bass, drums and sax at Philander’s restaurant. The Carleton

Hotel, 1110 Pleasant, Oak Park. 848-5000

Friday, Dec. 26

Live rock by Oak Parkers hitting the bigtime

Ascension and OPRF classmates Patrick Creedon and Martin Farrelly along with two buddies from the western suburbs are Liquor Boxx, a band just back from a 16-month, 220-show national tour. They’re playing FitzGerald’s tonight. $8,, 866-468-3401. At

6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
. 788-2118,

Saturday, Dec. 27

Bunny Appreciation Day

If you don’t have a pet rabbit, you can get advice on rabbit care and adoption. If you do have one, bring it in for a free brushing, nail trim and massage. Animal Care League shelter, 1013 Garfield, Oak Park.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Live jam on Oak Park Avenue

From Here to Austin, an Oak Park band in town on holiday break, will be jammin’ at Avenue Ale House. No cover.

825 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
. 708-848-2801,

Saturday, Dec. 27

One Tank Willy and the Shaggers

At The Cellar at La Bella Bistecca. No cover. 410 Circle Ave., Forest Park. 771-8466,

Sunday, Dec. 28

Live jazz with champagne brunch

The weekly champagne brunch at Hemmingway’s Bistro comes with jazz.

211 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
. 524-0806,

to Sunday, Dec. 28

Italian Grill cooking class

Demonstration of Italian-inspired fare on an indoor grill: chicken Caesar salad, rosemary pork, new potatoes with blue cheese vinaigrette, and polenta cake with grilled apples. $50.00, At Flavour Cooking School, 7401 W. Madison, Forest Park. 488-080

Monday, Dec. 29

Storytime about therapy dogs

Maizy, a canine volunteer with Therapy Dogs International, will be standing proud as Nicole, her handler, tells stories of how specially certified and registered dogs can provide support for hospital patients. Unlike guide dogs that provide assistance, Maizy and her colleagues help people emotionally. No registration necessary. In the storytime room on the first floor of the library’s main branch, 834 Lake. 383-8200,

Monday, Dec. 29

Game day at the library

Board games and video games available all afternoon at the River Forest Public Library. Enjoy such classics as Twister, Risk, Jenga, Dance Revolution, Rock Band and Monopoly.735 Lathrop Ave. 366-5205,

9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, and Tuesday, Dec. 30

Winter Break Art Camp

Progressive work and play among two shops and a dance studio in Oak Park’s Arts District: from Pamela Penney Textile Arts to Bead in Hand to Intuit Dance. The shops are at 130 Harrison, 145 Harrison and 237 Harrison, respectively. $85 a day or $160 for both days. A $10 savings for siblings. $6 extra for lunch from Buzz Café. To register, call Pamela Penney at 785-7782 or e-mail

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 30

Prairie School architecture in cookie dough

A daylong Gingerbread House Workshop at Unity Temple for third to fifth graders. As part of Unity Temple Restoration Foundation’s Prairie School Adventures, kids will learn to use Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature design and construction methods to build Prairie-style gingerbread houses. Also on the schedule from will be a Froebel forum, to cover Wright’s favorite building blocks, and a tour of Unity Temple with a local architect. $50 for restoration foundation members; $65 or others. Art supplies and snack, but not lunch, included. Space is limited to 15 students. To reserve a spot, call Jessamyn at 383-8873 or e-mail 875 Lake St., Oak Park.