Join Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu Taleb at a Public Forum to discuss contemporary issues.
Channeling Activist Energy: Moving Forward After the Women's Marches
Monday, March 6
7:00-8:30 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm
Is our dependence on pesticides harming the health of our children? Every day, children are exposed to up to 130 chemical pollutants from pesticides. All around the world, scientists and doctors are raising the alarm, linking increases in child cancers, birth defects and even the explosion of autism with exposure to chemicals in pesticides.
Please join us for a post-film Q&A with Illinois State Senator Don Harmon and Dr. Warren Porter, Zoology and Environmental Toxicology professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"Shifting Sands" tells the story of Lake Michigan and the Indiana/Michigan shoreline and how this nearby region, where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks, sparked a movement for a national park; a movement which eventually led to game-changing environmental policies with worldwide impact and unique partnerships on the path to a more sustainable world.
See "At the Fork," a film that offers a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife, Lisa, ask the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk, and baby-back rib. What they discover are not heartless industrialists, but America's farmers -- real people who are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food.
9:30 to 10:15 am: Films and activities for ages 3-8+
Habitats! Join us for a morning of sing-alongs about animals in their habitats, plus short films "Slugs and Bugs" and "Kid of the Wild." Families will learn about opportunities for connecting with local nature through Go Green Oak Park, The Frog Lady (who will bring her reptile friends), the Park District of Oak Park/Austin Gardens Nature Center, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's Trailside Museum. Light refreshments will be served.
Speak your mind at this spoken-word freestyle open mic hosted by More Than a Month. Your voice is your power!
Also join us on the last Wednesday in April: