French Conversation Hour

Keep up your French language skills through open conversation with other French speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation, or you can rattle off long stories, all are welcome. No class, no formal lesson - just practice for current French speakers.

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"UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry"

Richard Thieme will present "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry" which is a scholarly historical study in a field which sees a lot of dubious speculation. As a CHOICE review says, it's "an exception." The subject has been marginalized over the years but the history of the subject has not and,can not be, inasmuch as the government responded continuously to the challenge, and that's what Richard and others document in a fascinating account.

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Folk Music Concert: Andrew McKnight

Meet nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight when he performs a free folk music concert hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Andrew celebrates rural America, weaving his masterfully crafted songs, humorous stories and poetic drama into a musical soundscape sketched with shades of Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk.

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Films of Elia Kazan: "On the Waterfront"

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

"On the Waterfront" features Marlon Brando as an ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggling to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. The film won Best Picture of 1954 and Kazan won Best Director.

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Films of Elia Kazan: "A Streetcar Named Desire."

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

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OPAAC Art Reception

The Oak Park Area Arts Council (OPAAC) will present a Member's Art Show during October to celebrate Arts & Humanities in Illinois Month.
This reception is for the participating artists. The reception is free and open to the public.

The show will feature the work of 25 artists for the first two weeks and then another 25 artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work in the art gallery. For more information, contact Camille Wilson White at 708.358.5692.

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Senior SoundBoard: Thrive - A Holiday Survivors Guide

The Director of Thrive Counseling Center Sidney Wax will discuss the counseling services offered for individuals, families and older adults, while highlighting the primary goals of the counseling center, to enrich lives and empower the community.

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Senior SoundBoard: PADS-Charity to Change

What is the status of homeless in Oak Park and west Cook County today? How can we continue to be involved as a community to support those in housing crisis? Congregational Liaison for PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) Mandy Gwaf (AmeriCorps) will come to give a talk about the new programs available for those people in need of shelter and resources to get them on the right track.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Ishmael:An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Does the Earth belong to us or do we belong to the Earth? This book presents a question that can only be answered by humanity one being at a time. Author Daniel Quinn creates a relationship between the “student,” whose search for the truth takes him on a journey in time that extends backward and forward over the life span of the earth; and the “teacher,” a creature of immense wisdom that has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Ishmael:An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Does the Earth belong to us or do we belong to the Earth? This book presents a question that can only be answered by humanity one being at a time. Author Daniel Quinn creates a relationship between the “student,” whose search for the truth takes him on a journey in time that extends backward and forward over the life span of the earth; and the “teacher,” a creature of immense wisdom that has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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