Make Dog Toys for the Animal Shelter

Friday, March 18, 4-5 p.m., in-person, Forest Park Public Library Austin Room

An in-person event for youth, age 7-13. Make treat-filled toys for the dogs at the Animal Care League. Use upcycled household materials (toilet and paper towel rolls, plastic bottles, etc.) to create sustainable pet toys for the local shelter. If you have empty plastic bottles, empty shoe boxes, toilet paper rolls, and/or paper towel rolls you can
donate, please bring them with. The library will
have supplies ready, but every little bit helps.


Sunday, March 20, 3 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Moldovan violinist Olya Prohorova and Japanese pianist Hana Fujisaki combine for this tribute to J-Pop, the contemporary Japanese pop music heard frequently in anime cartoons. $15 general, $10 students/kids. 611 Randolph St., Oak Park.

An Afternoon with Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m., virtually through League of Women Voters

Spend an Afternoon with Eleanor Roosevelt and the League of Women Voters. What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than to hear Eleanor Roosevelt’s story, told in her own words through a one-woman show presented by Schaumburg’s Lynn Rymarz, who performs as famous women in history, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Hamilton. The Zoom program will be followed by a Q&A with Rymarz. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will be used to support League programs. To order, go to

More Than Muses: Female Composers Through History

Sunday, March 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m., in-person, Forest Park Public Library Austin Room

This live concert by the Sapphire Woodwind Quintet showcases music composed by women, including works by Maddalena Casulana (1500s), the first woman to have her music published, as well as German composer Fanny Mendelssohn, and French composers Cecile Chaminade and Elsa Barraine. Also featured are living composers such as Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, Francine Trester, and Amy Riebs Mills. Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., 708-366-7171,

FitzGerald’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Saturday, March 19, Noon, FitzGerald’s

There is no way the state of Illinois will let the month of March pass without a massive St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Featured will be the music of Switchback, the Shannon Rovers, Fitz & the Celts, the Belvederes, and the Mayer School Stepdancers. $5-15. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. 

Natalie Moore at Centuries & Sleuths

Sunday, March 20, 2-4 p.m., Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

Author Natalie Y. Moore will discuss and sign her book, The Billboard about a fictional Black women’s clinic in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on the South Side and its fight with a local gadfly running for City Council who puts up a provocative billboard. The Billboard is a cultural force that treats abortion as more than pro-life or pro-choice. Natalie Moore covers segregation and inequality. Her enterprise reporting has been broadcast on the BBC, Marketplace and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She writes a monthly column for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has an M.S.J. in Newspaper Management from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. 7419 Madison St., Forest Park.