Big Week April 3 - 10

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Bird Walk

Explore with Chicago Ornithological Society in search of early spring migrants, including Wilson's snipe and American pipit at 7:30 a.m. on April 13 at Miller Meadow- South, 1st Avenue in Forest Park.
Email aerintedesco@gmail.com for more info.

America Sings!

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, and Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church:

Listen to Heritage Chorale perform choral music written or arranged by American composers, including Aaron Copland, Norman Dello Joio, Joseph Jennings, Moses Hogan, Leonard Bernstein and Robert Ray, whose Gospel Mass is the featured work. $21.50; $16.50, seniors; $11.50, college students; free, students through high school. Tickets/more: heritagechorale.com. Grace Episcopal: 924 Lake St., Oak Park. St. John: 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park.

David Kruger Speaks

Hear author David Kruger discuss his American history novels from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 6 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St. 

Crosstown Classic 

Staff from Grant White and Field-Stevenson elementary schools will duke it out in a volleyball game that will benefit the Northside PTC and Southside PTO at 5:30 p.m. on April 10 at Forest Park Middle School, 925 Beloit Ave. Raffle tickets and concessions will be sold at the game.  

Video gaming discussion 

A discussion of last November's video gambling referendum will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oak Park and River Forest at 9:30 a.m. on April 9 at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave. in Oak Park. Meet members of Let Forest Park Vote Committee and learn how this small, local advocacy group mobilized Forest Park voters. The program is free and open to the public.

Knitting with Friends

Help the Forest Park Public Library stock its Little Free Pantry with homemade goods. All knitting levels welcome. Fun runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 3 at 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Personal Assistant Recruitment and Training 

The Progress Center for Independent Living is recruiting personal assistants and certified nursing assistants to assist people with disabilities in their homes. The job offers flexible hours and full- and part-time work. No previous experience is necessary. Personal assistants are currently offered $13.48 per hour. People with all abilities are encouraged to apply. Training runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 10 at the Howard Mohr Community Center, 7640 Jackson Blvd. For more information and to register, call Rhychell Barnes, personal assistant advocate, at 708-689-1381. 

Jubilate

Hear the Oak Park Concert Chorale explore themes of peace, serenity and joy with works by composer-in-residence Michael Wolniakowski, chorale member Barbara Brotman and a collaboration between poet Jill Peláez Baumgaertner and local composer Carl Schalk. $18, advance; $20, at door; $10 advance seniors/students 13+; $12, at door. Concert scheduled at 4 p.m. on April 7 at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest.

Writers' Circle 

Iowa Writers' Workshop alum Beth Wetmore will lead a workshop for writers of all levels from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 10 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.

Credit Reports and Scores 

Officials from Liberty Bank in Forest Park will discuss credit reports and scores from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 4 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

For Colored Girls

Travel to the University of Chicago's Court Theater on April 10 for a performance of For Colored Girls, where eight women tell their stories of everyday challenges and oppression through dramatic prose poetry, music and movement. Enjoy a late lunch at Mellow Yellow and expect an additional treat from Abundance Bakery. Lunch and play is included. Tickets $85 for residents; $89 for non-residents. Reservations required. Call the Howard Mohr Community Center at 708-771-7737 to sign up. 

Budgeting for Beginners

A representative from Forest Park National Bank will go through an FDIC-approved curriculum about how to set financial goals, track spending and manage your monthly income. Talk runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 2 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Twisted Cookie Storytime

Join officials from the Forest Park Public Library for stories, songs and a small craft, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on April 8 at Twisted Cookie, 7401 Madison St. 

Sensory Friendly Family Film Series: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Kids of all abilities and their families are invited to the debut of the Forest Park Public Library's new monthly film series, with "Ralph Breaks the Internet." The library's sensory-friendly family film series features lower sound, partial group lights and fidgets. There is also flexibility in talking and moving around the room and no ads or previews. Families are invited to bring their own nut-free snacks to enjoy during the movie. Fun runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on April 7 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Family Seed Hunting Adventure 

Explore the grounds around the Forest Park Public Library for seeds, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on April 6 at 7555 Jackson Blvd. Children of all ages are welcome with an adult. 

PRIDE Awards 

The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce and village is seeking nominations for its 25th annual PRIDE Awards, which are presented to commercial and residential property owners who show pride in Forest Park by investing in their property. Visit ExploreForestPark.com to learn how to nominate candidates. Nomination deadline is April 5. 

Legislative Training 

Learn how to successfully lobby and make your vote count every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Progress Center for Independent Living, 7521 Madison St. Contact Larry Biondi to sign-up or make accommodation requests at 708-209-1500 ext. 24 or LBiondi@progresscil.org. 

Young Chicago Authors Poetry Workshop

Children age 7 and up can explore their creativity with tips from published Poets from the Young Chicago Authors, from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 4 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Movie Night 

The Park District of Forest Park will hold a movie night for children in grades kindergarten to fourth from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. on April 5 at 7501 Harrison St. Tickets $5 for residents; $7 for non-residents. Admission includes dinner and popcorn. Movie will be rated either G or PG. 

Calendar Events

As you've likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can't publish everything, but we'll do our best to feature the week's highlights.
Email calendar@wjinc.com.

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