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Wednesday September 17th

GARDEN THERAPY - 2:00 to 3:00 PM - The Oak Park River Forest Garden Club of America presents “Garden Therapy,” at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park. Club members will guide and assist participants in making beautiful floral arrangements with seasonal flowers and greens. The arrangements can be taken home. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For more information call 708-386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.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.

Thursday September 18th

NATURE STORY TIME - 10:030 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; Fee: $1 per child. To purchase tickets call 708-366-6530. For more information about the Trailside Museum call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

CARD MAKING WORKSHOP - 3:30 to 4:30 PM - Participants can create card for special occasions and holidays for loved ones at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about The Oak Park Arms Retirement Community call 708-386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.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: STROKE EDUCATION - 8:30 to 10:30 AM - Breakfast with the Docs continues at The Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, with a free informational seminar on stroke symptoms and warning signs. For more information about The Oak Park Arms Retirement Community call 708-386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.com.

Friday September 19th

OAKTOBERFEST - 5:00 to 10:00 PM - Celebrate the coming of fall at Downtown Oak Park's 23rd annual music festival. This free two-day event will offer seasonal food, microbrews, wine and live music featuring The Lemonheads and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. Kids can enjoy zucchini races and a root beer garden Saturday on Marion Street. Admission is free. For more information visit http://downtownoakpark.net/signature-event/oaktoberfest.

BERWYN'S OKTOBERFEST - 6:00 to 11:00 PM - September is here and that can only mean one thing in the Chicagoland festival calendar – Berwyn’s Oktoberfest! Save the dates for Friday, September 19 from 6pm-11pm and Saturday, September 20 from Noon-11pm and make the trip to Berwyn’s Historic Depot District. We don’t mean to brag, but Berwyn’s Oktoberfest is the western suburbs’ biggest party of the year. The event’s mid-September kick-off coincides with the original Munich Oktoberfest, which starts on September 20 this year. The event boasts an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Live musical performances will be headlined by 1980s sensations band Sixteen Candles on Friday night and rock/pop/indie 7th Heaven on Saturday night. For more information visit www.whyberwyn.com.

ART ON HARRISON - 6:00 to 10:00 PM - Art on Harrison is a great opportunity to see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished. In 2014, Art on Harrison celebrates The BaskeTree Project. “Combining fine art, sculpture, time-honored basket making traditions and the beauty of Oak Park trees,” For more information about the Oak Park Arts District visit www.oakparkartsdistrict.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.

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 September 20th

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.

ECONOMY SHOP - 9 AM to 3 PM - The Economy Shop, 103 S. Grove Ave., Oak Park. Bargains and treasures waiting to be discovered! We accept Visa & Master Cards. The Economy Shop requests gently used and new items which they can sell to raise $$ for local charities. For more information go to www.economyshop.org or call 708-383-2449.

BERWYN'S OKTOBERFEST - Noon to 11:00 PM - September is here and that can only mean one thing in the Chicagoland festival calendar – Berwyn’s Oktoberfest! Save the dates for Friday, September 19 from 6pm-11pm and Saturday, September 20 from Noon-11pm and make the trip to Berwyn’s Historic Depot District. We don’t mean to brag, but Berwyn’s Oktoberfest is the western suburbs’ biggest party of the year. The event’s mid-September kick-off coincides with the original Munich Oktoberfest, which starts on September 20 this year. The event boasts an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Live musical performances will be headlined by 1980s sensations band Sixteen Candles on Friday night and rock/pop/indie 7th Heaven on Saturday night. For more information visit www.whyberwyn.com.

OAKTOBERFEST - Noon to 10:00 PM - Celebrate the coming of fall at Downtown Oak Park's 23rd annual music festival. This free two-day event will offer seasonal food, microbrews, wine and live music featuring The Lemonheads and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. Kids can enjoy zucchini races and a root beer garden Saturday on Marion Street. Admission is free. For more information visit http://downtownoakpark.net/signature-event/oaktoberfest.

ART ON HARRISON - Noon to 8:00 PM - Art on Harrison is a great opportunity to see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished. In 2014, Art on Harrison celebrates The BaskeTree Project. “Combining fine art, sculpture, time-honored basket making traditions and the beauty of Oak Park trees,” For more information about the Oak Park Arts District visit www.oakparkartsdistrict.com.

DOG DAYS WALK - 10:00 to 11:00 AM - Bring your well-mannered, leashed dog on a one-hour guided hike on our trails starting from the Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. For more information about the 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 September 21st

ANIMAL OLYMPICS - 1:00 to 2:30 PM - Can you leap as far as a frog, or spear fish like a heron? Test your human abilities against these and other amazing animal adaptations in a fun, outdoor educational program at the Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. This Drop-in Family Program is free. For more information about the Trailside Museum call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 12:30 PM 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.

VOCAL PROJECTION CLASS WITH LANNY LUTZ - 11:00 AM to Noon - Lanny Lutz brings his 48 years of vocal experience to a free class open to the public 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.

RADIO SHOW: MILDRED PIERCE - 2:00 to 3:00 PM - Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear perform Mildred Pierce live free for the public 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.

MUSIC CLUB: AUTUMN LEAVES - 7:00 to 8:00 PM - Dan Kane hosts this free record spinning club open to the public at The Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park. This month's selections welcome in the new season! For more information about The Oak Park Arms Retirement Community call 708-386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.com.

Monday September 22nd

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 September 23rd

Wednesday September 24th

AVALON STRING QUARTET PERFORMS - 4:00 PM - The Avalon String Quartet performs Brahms Quartet in A Minor and Schumman Quartet in A Major at the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.

For more information about The Ninetieth Century Charitable Association, call 708-386-2729 or visit www.19thcenturycharity.org.

HOME SCHOOL CONNECTIONS: TREE ECOLOGY - 2:00 to 3:30 PM - Learn about many important roles in our ecosystems, and learn to identify some of our local trees at the Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. This program is for children ages 8 & up w/adult. Call 708-366-6530 to register by 9/22. For more information about the 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.

Thursday September 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.

Friday September 26th

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 September 27th

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.

THE ENDLESS GARDEN- SEED SAVING - 1:00 to 2:00 PM - Learn how and when to save and store seeds from your garden plants for next year's growing season at the Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. This program is for Adults. Call 708-366-6530 to register by 9/25. For more information about the 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 September 28th

CONCERT "PICTURES" - 4:00 to 6:30 PM - Clarinetists John Bruce Yeh and Teresa Reilly perform with award-winning Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest at the Dominican University Performing Arts Center, 7900 West Division in River Forest. Free admission to first-time attendees with code FIRSTSOPRF. For more information about The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest call 708-218-2648 or visit www.SymphonyOPRF.com.

AUTUMN WALK - 1:00 to 2:00 PM - Explore the changing seasons on a naturalist-led walk along our trails and near the pond starting from the Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. Call 708-366-6530 to register by 9/26. For more information about the Trailside Museum call 708-366-6530 or visit www.fpdcc.com.

BEGINNER'S ART STUDIO (DROP IN) - 12:30 PM 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 September 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.

MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT: JEREMY KAHN TRIO - 7:00 to 8:00 PM - The Monday Night Concert series at The Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park, continues featuring a a free concert by the Jeremy Kahn Trio, open to the public. For more information about The Oak Park Arms Retirement Community call 708-386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.com.

Tuesday September 30th

WEEKDAY NATURE WALK - 1:00 to 2:00 PM - Join Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Avenue in River Forest, as they explore nature along our local trails near Trailside Museum. This is a Family Program. For more information about the 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.