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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Author Rosalind Cummings-Yeates: Exploring Chicago's Blues

Blues history is steeped in Chicago's sidewalks; it floats out of its restaurants, airport lounges and department stores. Let Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, author of "Exploring Chicago Blues: Inside the Scene, Past and Present," take you inside the Checkerboard and Gerri's Palm Tavern, where folks like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon and Ma Rainey transformed Chicago into the blues mecca. Explore the contemporary blues scene and discover the best spots to hear the purest sounds of Sweet Home Chicago. The Book Table will sell books.

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So You Want to Be a Tutor? (Session 2)

Get certified as a tutor! In collaboration with Triton College, we're offering a free, 2-day training course in tutoring and mentoring to interested teens and adults.

The training is nationally accredited in cooperation with the College Reading and Learning Association and covers topics from active listening to ethics and will benefit new and experienced tutors alike.

After completing 10 hours of training and at least 25 hours of tutoring, you can receive certification that will be recognized by colleges and other agencies.

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RAILS webinar: "Methods for Digging Deeper"

RAILS has selected Oak Park Public Library as a viewing location for the webinar titled "Methods for Digging Deeper: Examining Web Services through the Lens of Data-based Decision Making" presented by Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)

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The Mysterious History of England : The Nicholas Bracewell Mysteries

Join us at Maze to discuss the Nicholas Bracewell mysteries. It is 1588 and Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne of England. Theater companies are sprouting up but can easily be shut down if their plays do not conform to the politics of the time. Matters become dangerous when one of the acting company is murdered. Lord Westfield's Men is managed by Nicholas Bracewell who must investigate all manner of crimes connected with this theater group.

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Battle of the Bands

Come to Scoville Park to watch local teens compete for a chance to advance to the regional competition in July. Besides the opportunity to hear 5 great local bands, we'll have games and chances for the audience to win some really cool prizes just for showing up.

This year's lineup:

Arm n’ Hammer
Heir to Anger
Noise Orchestra
Pine Kones
Bright Abyss

Rain Location: School of Rock (219 Lake Street)

This event is sponsored by the Park District of Oak Park, the Oak Park Public Library, and School of Rock.

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