Join former River Forest author Mary Alice Monroe for a reading and signing of her newest book in the best-selling Lowcountry Summer Trilogy titled "The Summer's End." Set in the seaside town of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, summer is ending and Mamaw's beloved family estate, Sea Breeze, must be sold. Each book in the trilogy focuses on one of the three estranged half-sisters spending a final summer at their grandmother's home. A wild dolphin they name Delphine served as the trilogy's keystone and all their lives are changed by this creature.
Oak Park Photo Club members meet twice monthly to share digital and print photos. All skill levels welcome. Call Debby Preiser at 708.697.6915 for more information.
Spell Yeah! is back! Put on your best cape and superhero spelling on Friday, June 19. Save the world one word at a time in our spelling showdown. Doors will open at 7 pm and spelling will commence promptly at 7:30 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come in their best superhero attire. Prizes awarded for super spelling and best costumes.
All are welcome to come and cheer on spellers as they attempt spelling glory. No need to register to cheer! First drink is on the house, then enjoy a cash bar. Two free drinks to those who cheer in costume.
Meet Oak Park author Muriel E. Adams and learn how she came to write "I Love You More: A Bedtime Story and Word Game" to help her sons remember their father after he died.
Muriel A. Adams has a Master of Business Administration degree and Master of Organizational Leadership Science degree, She currently teaches Restorative Justice classes for Governor's State University on the Triton College campus.
Meet Migdalia Quintana and see large, colorful paintings in her exhibit, "Supranatural: Inspirational figurative art where heaven and earth became one." The reception is free and open to the public.
Learn about the good life at fifty cents an hour on a southern Illinois dairy farm from Alan Guebert, author of "The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey: Memories from the Farm of My Youth."
Learn about World War I heroines from local author Kathryn Atwood. She'll share 70 archival photos, many of them included in her book, Women Heroes of World War I, and tell how women worldwide mobilized for the war effort in a variety of ways. In the process, these women became powerful symbols both in their government's propaganda efforts as well as the women's rights movements of their day. Atwood will define the concept of hero in both world wars while illustrating how some heroines of the World War I directly inspired those who participated in World War II.
Seventy-five years after Joseph Stalin's reign of terror across Eastern Europe, entertainment journalist Greg Archer takes a step back from Hollywood and examines his Polish family's mind-bending odyssey of the 1940s. In the process, he exposes one of the most under-reported events of the 20th Century: Stalin's mass deportation of nearly two million Polish citizens to the Siberian gulags and the life-shattering events that followed.
For more information, see gracerevealedbook.com
Meet Mark Adams, author of the new book, "Meet me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City." Adams, a former Oak Park resident, is also the author of the previous best-selling book, Turn Right at Machu Picchu. It was featured on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The New York Times, National Geographic. The Book Table will sell books.
Have you ever wondered when you should have "the talk" with your kids? What are things you should talk about? Do you know what you would say? Dr. Stephanie L. Brown, Public Health Specialist of the Oak Park Health Department, will provide tools and information for the discussion.