Unexpected Lessons from the Heartland: Conversations with Rural Women

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

After completing an audio documentary workshop at Duke University, long-time Oak Park psychologist Jane Samuelson conducted oral histories of older women in rural Champaign County, Illinois. Samuelson heard stories of a way of life that has virtually disappeared. These women were first-hand witnesses to the transition from the family farm to mechanized agriculture, and then to agribusiness.

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Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Art Reception: Photographer Eileen Molony

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

“Oak Parkers: A Portrait of a Village”exhibit by Eileen Molony will be on display at the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery from Sept. 2-29. “Oak Parkers” is a series of 52 images that capture who and what Oak Park is but could be Anywhere, USA, according to Molony, an Oak Park resident herself.

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Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Art Reception: "Re-Discovering Reginald Mars"

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Newly restored paintings by Oak Park artist Reginald Mars (1901-1973) featuring sports activities will be on display in the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery in August. Originally installed in Ridgeland Common in 1968, these paintings depict sporting events within the community and were commissioned around 1962 when local architect Jack Barclay designed the building at Ridgeland Common. As time passed and the facilities were remodeled, the paintings were eventually put in storage.

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Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Engaging with Aging

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

What options are available to assist your aging parent? Where can mom and dad move and how will they get there?

These questions and more will be addressed by “Engaging With Aging,” a straightforward look at what’s involved in getting older and the types of resources that are available to help people manage the process at their own speed.

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Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Lyric Opera Lecture: Porgy and Bess

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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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Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Lyric Opera Lecture: Don Giovanni

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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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Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Lyric Opera Lecture: Il Trovatore

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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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Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Lyric Opera Lecture: "Tosca"

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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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Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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