Big Week: August 28 - September 4

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Stoop Session features jazz

The Forest Park Arts Alliance will host the second of its new "Stoop Session" concerts – live music performances on the front porches of local homes – on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. at 908 Thomas Ave.

This week, enjoy a performance by jazz pianist Elio Adriano, an Indonesian musician who came to the U.S. two months ago to study jazz. He participated in the summer jazz program this summer at Navy Pier.

Free and open to the public.


Paratransit workshop

The Progress Center for Independent Living, 7521 Madison St., will host a Transportation Workshop on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Presenters Larry Biondi, the center's advocacy coordinator, and Sarah Blair of the regional Transportation Authority will talk about how transportation is the key to independence for people with disabilities and help equip participants with the resources and motivation to follow up with paratransit agencies and other transportation agencies when something about your ride goes wrong.

To RSVP and request accommodations, contact or call 708-209-1500, ext. 14.


Meet the mayors

The Rotary Club and Maywood/Proviso invites residents to An Evening with the Mayors, Part 1 on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Meal of the Day Café, 1701 S. First Ave. in Maywood.

Forest Park Mayor Rory Hoskins will join Westchester Mayor Paul Gattuso and Hillside Mayor Joseph Tamburino discuss topics including gun laws, cannabis legalization and mental health. Tickets are $15.



Author event

Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., hosts a discussion and signing event with Mark Edward Langley, author of "Path of the Dead," on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m.

Langley will talk about his 2018 book, his debut novel and part one of his Arthur Nakal Mystery series.

For more information, visit


'Bone' Appetit at Trailside Museum

Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest invites families to join the staff during feeding time to learn more about the museum's outdoor resident animals and bid them "bone" appetit on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m.

The program is free to attend.


Shakespeare in the park

Oak Park Festival Theater presents William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 31 at Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Festival Theater's production of the beloved Shakespeare comedy is set in post-World War II. Tickets are $35 ($28 seniors, $15 students, free 12-under). Visit or 708-300-9396.

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