Friday, Jan. 9

Opening of the James Eccles exhibit

 The Oak Park Art League presents A Banker’s Cultural Investment, the first major retrospective of paintings by an Oak Parker who was a mid-20th century American impressionist. At 720 Chicago Ave. 386-9853,


Friday, Jan. 9

Open house for new library hours at Dole

 To celebrate the start of Friday hours at the Dole branch of the Oak Park Public Library, adults will get free chair massages while a costumed mouse, Lilly, greets kids during a reading from a Kevin Henkes book. 255 Augusta, 386-9032.


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Doughnuts for Dads

The staff at River Forest Public Library will be serving up Blue Max coffee with rings of sweets in hopes of giving kids and dads a running start on family togetherness-and reading-on the first full day of the weekend. The treats will be at 735 Lathrop. 366-5205,


Saturday, Jan. 10

Sneak peek at new dog hotel

A daylong open house showcases The Spot, a boutique for pets and their owners in the old Team Blonde space in Forest Park. 7324 Madison, at the Circle corner.


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Miss Cook County Pageant

Hosted by Miss Illinois Katie Lorenz and presented by Women in Management. Photo and autograph ops after the pageant, which includes a talent show. $35, at In the ballroom of the Oak Park Arms.

408 S. Oak Park Ave.
Reception from to at Under the Gingko Tree, 300 N. Kenilworth.


Saturday, Jan. 10

Oy Vey Cabaret & Gallery

Fundraiser for Oak Park Temple includes an art show by local painters, photographers, knitters, weavers, quilters and tallit makers and a variety show by local singers, dancers, poets, writers, actors and musicians. $16 admission includes dinner and soft drinks; there will be a cash bar. 1235 N. Harlem, 386-3987.


Saturday, Jan. 10

Family rollerskating at the West Cook YMCA 

Parents can join in at no charge. $4 a child for members; $8 a child for others. Call Mary Ann Kandah at 434-0230 or e-mail 255 S. Marion, 434-0230


Saturday, Jan. 10, and Sunday, Jan. 11

Heritage Chorale in concert

Two chances to hear the local ensemble, Heritage Chorale, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend. Saturday show at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake. Sunday concert at Ascension Catholic Church,

815 S. East Ave., Oak Park
. $15-$18 at the door. Call 848-9066 for details.


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Live jazz in Oak Park

Skinny Williams on piano, bass, drums and sax at Philander’s restaurant. The Carleton Hotel, 1110 Pleasant, Oak Park. 848-5000


Sunday, Jan. 11

An afternoon with President and Mrs. Lincoln

A Wheaton couple who are historical interpreters takes us back to an April afternoon in 1865 – after the Civil War and before a fateful departure for Ford’s Theatre. In the Veterans Room, on the second floor of the main branch of the Oak Park Public Library. 834 Lake, 383-8200.