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Wednesday August 20th

OAK PARK FESTIVAL THEATRE "THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST" - 8:00 to 10:00 PM - The Oak Park Festival Theatre presents Oscar Wilde's "The Importance Of Being Earnest" at Austin Gardens, 167 N. Forest Avenue in Oak Park. “The Truth Is Rarely Pure & Never Simple” - Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece is a sly, stylish and sparking satire of public appearance and private identity. Jack and Algernon, two wily and witty bachelors well versed in clever ruses to escape social responsibilities, at last fall in love with the delicious, well-doweried damsels, Gwendolyn and Cecily. Their happiness depends on convincing society (in the person of Gwendolyn’s redoubt- able dowager mother) that once and for all they embrace the importance of being Earnest. Tickets are $27 – Seniors $22 – Students – $15 Children under 12 and dogs free. For tickets call the box office 708-445-4440 or the Oak Park Visitor Center 888-OAK-PARK or visit www.oakparkfestival.com.

WHITE SOX' RON KITTLE AND ORGANIST NANCY FAUST AT THE NINETEENTH - 6:00 to 9:00 PM - Ron Kittle joins White Sox organist Nancy Faust at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park. Meet some of the Old Comiskey Park book contributors and hear some of the history and player experiences at what was once called the “Baseball Palace of the World”. Sing-a long with Nancy. Enjoy some ballpark fare beginning at 6pm. For more information about the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association and their programs call Danielle Condon at 708-386-2729 or visit www.19thcenturycharity.org.

BATS: NIGHT STALKERS - 7:30 to 9:00 PM - Learn about these mysterious flying mammals, and see live bats outside using special equipment at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Avenue in River Forest. This program is for adults and children ages 8 and up. Admission is free, registration required. Call 708-366-6530 to register. For more information about Trailside Museum call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

PAINT COVERED WEDNESDAYS - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Paint Covered Wednesdays provide children the artistic opportunity of a lifetime at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Children use a large variety of paints, styles and canvases as they learn to tell their stories, to create new things and expand their understanding of the world around them. Painting helps children by enhancing problem solving skills, improving fine motor skills, boosting self-esteem and gives a positive outlet for expression. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

STORY TIME - 11:00 to 11:30 AM - Discover the world of make believe by immersing yourself in new worlds and new adventures at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Story telling is an art form older than writing and still engages children and adults in a way only stories can. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

BUGS - 10:00 AM to Noon - Discover bugs that live in our area and beyond at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue, Oak Park. Dig in dirt for real bugs and worms, hunt for plastic bugs in the Great Outdoors Exhibit, meet some live insects, make a bug collage, and get ideas for studying bugs at home. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum, call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Thursday August 21st

OAK PARK FESTIVAL THEATRE "THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST" - 8:00 to 10:00 PM - The Oak Park Festival Theatre presents Oscar Wilde's "The Importance Of Being Earnest" at Austin Gardens, 167 N. Forest Avenue in Oak Park. “The Truth Is Rarely Pure & Never Simple” - Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece is a sly, stylish and sparking satire of public appearance and private identity. Jack and Algernon, two wily and witty bachelors well versed in clever ruses to escape social responsibilities, at last fall in love with the delicious, well-doweried damsels, Gwendolyn and Cecily. Their happiness depends on convincing society (in the person of Gwendolyn’s redoubt- able dowager mother) that once and for all they embrace the importance of being Earnest. Tickets are $27 – Seniors $22 – Students – $15 Children under 12 and dogs free. For tickets call the box office 708-445-4440 or the Oak Park Visitor Center 888-OAK-PARK or visit www.oakparkfestival.com.

NATURE STORY TIME - 10:30 to 11:30 AM - Enjoy nature-inspired stories followed by a craft at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Avenue in River Forest. This program is for ages 3 - 6 with an adult. Admission is $1.00 per child materials fee. For more information about Trailside Museum call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

BREAKFAST WITH THE DOCS: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT - 8:30 to 10:30 AM - Dr. Smith will discuss the importance of healthy eating and tips to improve one's diet in a free seminar at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park. For more information about The Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, call 708-386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.com.

Friday August 22nd

OAK PARK FESTIVAL THEATRE "THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST" - 8:00 to 10:00 PM - The Oak Park Festival Theatre presents Oscar Wilde's "The Importance Of Being Earnest" at Austin Gardens, 167 N. Forest Avenue in Oak Park. “The Truth Is Rarely Pure & Never Simple” - Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece is a sly, stylish and sparking satire of public appearance and private identity. Jack and Algernon, two wily and witty bachelors well versed in clever ruses to escape social responsibilities, at last fall in love with the delicious, well-doweried damsels, Gwendolyn and Cecily. Their happiness depends on convincing society (in the person of Gwendolyn’s redoubt- able dowager mother) that once and for all they embrace the importance of being Earnest. Tickets are $27 – Seniors $22 – Students – $15 Children under 12 and dogs free. For tickets call the box office 708-445-4440 or the Oak Park Visitor Center 888-OAK-PARK or visit www.oakparkfestival.com.

THE OAK PARK CONSERVATORY UNCORKED - 6:00 to 8:00 PM - Join us for the new summer series “The Oak Park Conservatory Uncorked,” presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Stop by on the fourth Friday of June through September from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and include two drink tickets, a food token, showcase tours, music, art, and more. Must be 21 or over to participate. Future dates are: July 25, August 22 and September 26, 2014. For more information, visit www.fopcon.org, email uncorked@fopcon.org or call 708-725-2400.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

STORY TIME - Noon to 12:30 PM - Discover the world of make believe by immersing yourself in new worlds and new adventures at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Story telling is an art form older than writing and still engages children and adults in a way only stories can. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Saturday August 23rd

FARMER'S MARKET - 7 AM - 1 PM - Elmwood and Lake Streets in Oak Park (in the Pilgrim Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street, one block west of Ridgeland and Lake). Oak Park's Farmer's Market offers fresh, locally grown produce along with some of the best donuts to be found anywhere!  Come early and stay late for a family friendly atmosphere.  For more information visit www.oak-park.us/our-community/oak-park-farmers-market.

OAK PARK FESTIVAL THEATRE "THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST" - 8:00 to 10:00 PM - The Oak Park Festival Theatre presents Oscar Wilde's "The Importance Of Being Earnest" at Austin Gardens, 167 N. Forest Avenue in Oak Park. “The Truth Is Rarely Pure & Never Simple” - Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece is a sly, stylish and sparking satire of public appearance and private identity. Jack and Algernon, two wily and witty bachelors well versed in clever ruses to escape social responsibilities, at last fall in love with the delicious, well-doweried damsels, Gwendolyn and Cecily. Their happiness depends on convincing society (in the person of Gwendolyn’s redoubt- able dowager mother) that once and for all they embrace the importance of being Earnest. Tickets are $27 – Seniors $22 – Students – $15 Children under 12 and dogs free. For tickets call the box office 708-445-4440 or the Oak Park Visitor Center 888-OAK-PARK or visit www.oakparkfestival.com.

NEIGHBORHOOD TREE WALKS - 10:00 to 11:00 AM - The Trailside Museum invites you to explore nature in your front yard on this naturalist-led walk through River Forest. Call 708-366-6530 to register and for directions to meeting place (NOT meeting at Trailside!). This Family Program is Free. For more information about Trailside Museum call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Sunday August 24th

ENGLISH AFTERNOON TEA - 3:00 to 5:00 PM - The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association will host an English Afternoon Tea at the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park. An afternoon of deliciousness and entertainment, including a visit from Lady Almina, Fifth Countess of Highclere Castle as portrayed by local actor Diana Pingle. Highclere is the setting for the Downtown Abbey BBC Series. $35/person, reservations required by August 20. For more information about the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, visit www.19thcenturycharity.org.

"BONE" APPETIT - 1:00 to 1:30 PM - Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Avenue in River Forest, welcomes you to join them at feeding time to learn about Trailside Museum's resident outdoor animals. This Family Program is Free. For more information about Trailside Museum call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 12:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Monday August 25th

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Tuesday August 26th

WEEKDAY NATURE WALK - 1:00 to 2:00 PM - Join Trailside Museum as we explore the wooded trails near Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Avenue in River Forest. This Family Program is Free. For more information about Trailside Museum call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

Wednesday August 27th

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

PAINT COVERED WEDNESDAYS - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Paint Covered Wednesdays provide children the artistic opportunity of a lifetime at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Children use a large variety of paints, styles and canvases as they learn to tell their stories, to create new things and expand their understanding of the world around them. Painting helps children by enhancing problem solving skills, improving fine motor skills, boosting self-esteem and gives a positive outlet for expression. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

STORY TIME - 11:00 to 11:30 AM - Discover the world of make believe by immersing yourself in new worlds and new adventures at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Story telling is an art form older than writing and still engages children and adults in a way only stories can. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

ROCKS - 10:00 AM to Noon - Touch and collect real rocks and minerals, sift crystals from sand, and dig rocks from a play-dough quarry using toy trucks and wooden trains at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue, Oak Park. Every child (and any interested adult) gets to take home a collection of small rocks and minerals that they find and label. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum, call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Thursday August 28th

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Friday August 29th

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

STORY TIME - Noon to 12:30 PM - Discover the world of make believe by immersing yourself in new worlds and new adventures at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Story telling is an art form older than writing and still engages children and adults in a way only stories can. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Saturday August 30th

FARMER'S MARKET - 7 AM - 1 PM - Elmwood and Lake Streets in Oak Park (in the Pilgrim Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street, one block west of Ridgeland and Lake). Oak Park's Farmer's Market offers fresh, locally grown produce along with some of the best donuts to be found anywhere!  Come early and stay late for a family friendly atmosphere.  For more information visit www.oak-park.us/our-community/oak-park-farmers-market.

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Electronic recycling will be offered on  at the Oak Park Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. Acceptable items include computers, peripherals, laptops, monitors, TVs, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, printers, fax machines, MP3 players, portable digital assistants, video game consoles, video cassette recorders, digital video disk players, zip drives, scanners and microwaves. Such items are banned from Illinois landfills. The program is sponsored by the Illinois EPA, the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency and Vintage Tech Recyclers. For more information call 708.358.5700 or email publicworks@oak-park.us.

"BONE" APPETIT - 1:00 to 1:30 PM - Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Avenue in River Forest, welcomes you to join them at feeding time to learn about Trailside Museum's resident outdoor animals. This Family Program is Free. For more information about Trailside Museum call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.

Sunday August 31st

PLANTS AND THEIR PALS - 1:00 to 2:00 PM - Learn about plant's special adaptations, and the birds, mammals and insects that work together to help plants survive and thrive at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Avenue in River Forest. This program is for adults and children ages 8 and up. Admission is free, registration required by Aug 29th. Call 708-366-6530 to register. For more information about Trailside Museum call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 12:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Art has never been so much fun. Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-minded art experience at Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. There is simply no better art experience in Oak Park. For more information about Wonder Works Children's Museum call 708-383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.