"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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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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Art and Poetry of the Haymarket Martyrs' Monument

This local treasure's historic significance and international importance have made it the iconic symbol of freedom of speech, the heritage of radical thought, and the struggle for justice in labor history. Learn the background story of this beautiful and enduring National Historic Landmark, and its influence on arts and letters. Presented by Bleue Benton and Mark Rogovin

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Short Play by Doug Deuchler: "Hush-Hush, Yourself"

See a short play written by local author/film historian Doug Deuchler and directed by Daina Giesler, a well-known director and member of the Jeff Committee. "Hush-Hush, Yourself" focuses on the conflicts between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the filming of "Hush-Hush, Sweet Charlotte" in the mid-1960s. The show played this summer at Western Springs Theatre and was mounted again as part of a marathon festival of short plays at the Marry-Archie Theatre at 735 W. Sheridan in Chicago.

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What's Wrong With You!

Oak Park resident, Omar Yamini’s road to incarceration was not paved with neglect, abuse, or stints in juvenile detentions or group homes. Yamini was raised in a two parent suburban home with his five siblings. His positive home life could not detour him from the poor choices that would eventually land him in an Illinois penitentiary for 15 years. Yamini has chronicled his imprisonment in a power new book, What’s Wrong with You: What You, Your Children and Our Students Need to Know about My 15 year Imprisonment from Age 20-35. Join him as he shares his compelling and powerful story.

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