Shelly’s Birthday Bash
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2-5 p.m., Forest Park Public Library
Shelly is the Forest Park Library’s pet turtle. She started hanging around the place in December 2013, making this the 10th anniversary. This bash will feature a turtle storytime, as well as a screening of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. For kids of all ages and their families. 7555 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Game Battle
Monday, Dec. 19, 4-5 p.m., Forest Park Public Library
Get ready to do friendly battle in Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo Switch. For ages 11-13. 7555 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s
Hard-driving traditional blues from a Chicago veteran. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.
More Than a Mic: Open Mic Night
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
Artists, showcase your work through various forms of creative expression at this monthly open mic night. Singers, dancers, poets, rappers, and other creatives are invited to bring their best once a month, where they will receive support from peers. All ages welcome. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Middle & High School WinterFest
Friday, Dec. 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
A celebration for middle- and high-school students before they head into winter break. Register now for food and fun at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Art Exhibit: Mark Making With Piccolo
Saturday, Dec. 17, 1-3 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
Explore works by advanced art students taught by local artist Jesse Howard at the Oak Park Art League. In this exhibit, the students function as an eclectic body addressing various social issues, spellbinding still life, and dynamic portraitures of family members. The students’ artwork consists of lines often found in contemporary graphics, working with gray and black washes, suggesting ancient stone. Their figures are often solitary and distorted. Overall, their work speaks of landscape, still life, and the disenfranchised. The exhibit will run from Dec. 10 to Jan. 7. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
2022 Candlelight Peace Vigil & Service Of Remembrance
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., Unity Temple
In partnership with several similar vigils worldwide, this event celebrates the lives of those who unfortunately perished in the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, ten years ago. Over 1,000,000 Americans were killed or injured by guns since then. This candlelight vigil offers a moment of prayer and reflection. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.