Adult Program

Weird Science Summer School Edition

Weird Science: An Adult Science Fair, is back! Do you want to create a baking soda volcano or potato clock? Get that middle school redemption you always wanted by participating in our second after-hours adult science fair. All scientists and science-lovers 21+ welcome. Spectators need not register to enjoy the science.

This event is 21+ with a cash bar.
Scientists can register experiments through June 13.

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Heartland Blood Drive

Would you be willing to donate blood to save a life? Heartland Blood Centers will hold a Blood Drive to provide blood products to Rush Oak Park Hospital, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and more than 40 other hospitals in the Chicago metro area.

Potential donors must be at least 16 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood. A photo ID is required. Questions? Call Heartland Blood Centers at 1-800-7-TO-GIVE.

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Art Reception: Jennifer McNulty

Oak Park Artist Jennifer McNulty's exhibit titled "Coming Together" consists of nineteen 3D Photo Mosaics. These works combine the graphic elements of photography with the sculptural qualities of tiled mosaics. A mixed media artist, McNulty’s recent works were inspired from her love of genealogy paired with pop culture and history.

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Banned Books Week: "Books on the Chopping Block"

Celebrate Banned Books Week with City Lit Theatre Company’s “Books on the Chopping Block,” a performance of dramatic readings of excerpts of some of America’s most frequently Banned Books.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information.

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Dental Art & Suffrage: Germany's Margarete Herz and Helene Wolff

During the German Empire, dentists Margarete Herz (1872-1947) and Helene Wolff (1871-1917) were founding members of the local democratic Women's Suffrage Association in Bonn in 1909. Researcher Ingeborg Boxhammer, M.A., of Bonn, Germany will present a lecture on these women who early on promoted economic and personal independence for women as well as the democratic right to vote and healthy lifestyles. Margarete Herz had opened a vegetarian restaurant in eastern Germany, but needed to flee the country in 1938 because she was Jewish and lost all her belongings to the Nazi Regime.

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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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