Adult Program

Writer Michael Czarnecki: Palm-of-Hand Workshop

Everyone has stories to share and many people have a desire to write about their life. Wanting to write and doing so are two different things. The immensity of such a project can overwhelm us. Michael Czarnecki, a poet and publisher from New York, will offer his “Palm of the Hand” Memoir Writing Workshop to help make that desire a reality.

These workshops have been very successful in helping people to write extensively about their life experiences - whether for family members or to someday be published in a book, according to Czarnecki.

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Folk Music: Lauren Heintz

Come hear folk singer/songwriter Lauren Nicole Heintz perform a free concert. Lauren is quickly becoming known for intricate and effortless finger-style guitar, distinctively deep vocals, and heartfelt and hope-filled original songs. Earlier this year, Lauren amazed the judges and audiences at the South Florida Folk Festival singer/songwriter competition and won the 2014 Vic Heyman songwriting award. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library.

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Lyric Opera Lecture: Porgy and Bess

Learn about the Lyric Opera presentation of "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin from an experienced Lyric Opera lecturer. "Porgy and Bess" is the great American opera — bursting with iconic songs that have moved easily into the worlds of jazz and pop, becoming hits again for generation after generation. Six years after its triumphant Lyric debut, Francesco Zambello's big, beautiful, epic production returns with its finely etched portrait of life in Catfish Row — a vibrant but impoverished African-American community on the South Carolina coast.

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Lyric Opera Lecture: Don Giovanni

Learn about the Lyric Opera, "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from an experienced Lyric Opera lecturer. With a list of conquests longer than a phonebook, Don Giovanni travels the world, snaring princesses and peasant girls alike. This time, his victim is the virtuous Donna Anna. And when her father tries to save her, the Don murders him. But the lecherous killer has finally gone too far — and his victims want revenge.

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Lyric Opera Lecture: Il Trovatore

Learn about the Lyric Opera production of "IL Trovatore" by Giuseppe Verdi from an experienced Lyric Opera lecturer. Emotions boil in this action-packed story that includes babies switched at birth, kidnapping, mistaken identity, poisoning, civil strife, witches burned at the stake, and a noblewoman who offers herself to a man she hates, to save the man she loves. High drama and some of the most famous music Verdi ever composed — including the "Anvil Chorus"!

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Lyric Opera Lecture: "Tosca"

Learn about the Lyric Opera's production of "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini from an experienced Lyric Opera lecturer.

A fiery diva, the rebel artist who claims her heart, and the sadistic police chief before whom all Rome trembles — for more than a hundred years, audiences have watched and listened spellbound as the cat-and-mouse game between Tosca and Scarpia plays to its deadly conclusion. Will she submit to his lust to save her lover from the firing squad?

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Author Janis Kearney: "Sundays with TJ"

Meet presidential diarist, newspaper publisher and author Janis F. Kearney and hear stories from her newly published book, "Sundays with TJ: 100 Years of Memories of Varner Road." Kearney writes of her father, Thomas James "TJ" Kearney, who grew up in rural southeast Arkansas in the early 1900s. His purpose-filled life included an impoverished childhood, early years as a drifter and vagabond traveling the country by train and foot, and then 70 years of working and raising 19 children on the 8-mile gravel strip called Varner Road.

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AARP Finances 50+

Every day hardworking people are struggling to make ends meet. In fact, according to research by AARP, almost 20 million people 50 and older in America are feeling overwhelmed by mounting debt, poor credit or lack of savings.

Learn to make better financial choices and to sustain good financial habits. Finances 50+ is a financial capability program designed to motivate and empower participants between 50 and 64 years old to take charge of their financial future. This two-part workshop began Sept. 15 and continues on Sept. 29.

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AARP Finances 50+

Every day hardworking people are struggling to make ends meet. In fact, according to research by AARP, almost 20 million people 50 and older in America are feeling overwhelmed by mounting debt, poor credit or lack of savings.

Learn to make better financial choices and to sustain good financial habits. Finances 50+ is a financial capability program designed to motivate and empower participants between 50 and 64 years old to take charge of their financial future. This two-part workshop begins Sept. 15 and continues on Sept. 29.

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Words on Wednesday: One Book, One Oak Park's "Moonwalking With Einstein"

Science journalist Joshua Foer’s best-selling "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art & Science of Remembering Everything" was named one of the best books of 2011 by Amazon.com, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Amazon says it “recounts Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top mental athletes. He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory.

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