Join us for a screening and discussion of "Being Mortal," a PBS Frontline film that originally aired in 2015.
From childhood on, we're barraged by messages that it's sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Meet author and activist Ashton Applewhite, who believed them too, until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, "This Chair Rocks" traces Applewhite's journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life.
The wealthy Oak Park banker John Farson had a passion for fine horses, but he eagerly adopted cars when they became available in the eagerly 20th century. By 1904, Farson and his family had four cars; by 1906, Farson was the president of the American Auto Association.
Explore Farson's love the automobile in this "Preservation in Person" lecture presented by Pleasant Home Foundation. Rob Buerglener, a teacher and historian of transportation and technology, has lectured widely and published articles on the dawn of the automobile age at the turn of the 20th century.
Explore the use of servants in Oak Park in the late Victorian Era in this "Preservation in Person" lecture offered by Pleasant Home Foundation. Many of the more prosperous homes, even some middle class families like the Wrights and Hemingways, had servants -- often immigrant teenagers -- who were an integral part of the household. Servants were regarded as a status symbol. Join Doug Deuchler, long-time educator, journalist and film historian to explore "Servants in Our Village -- 1880-1940.
Meet Jeff Ferdinand, author of "Austin Boulevard: The Invisible Line between Two Worlds," and hear the history of this street dividing Oak Park and Austin Village, located just across Austin Boulevard on the West Side of Chicago.
Chicago's Mayor (and just about everyone else) claims that Chicago is broke. This book, a civic education project, refutes that claim. Its authors -- Tom Tresser, Hilary Denk and Amara Enyia, along with others -- show that far from being broke, Chicago has ample resources to become the city we all need and deserve. Tom Tresser if a civic educator and public defender. With Benjamin Sugar, Tom co-founded The Civic Lab, a co-working space where activists, educators, coders and designers came to work, collaborate, teach and build tools for civic engagement.
"Enjoy a memorable evening of jazz" with songs from the Great American Songbook with the baritone balladeer and jazz vocalist Pharlis James, pianist Bobby Schiff and bassist Jim Cox. This trio will bring back the songs of Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Bobby Darin and many more. In addition to his fine singing voice, James has performed as a poet, stage actor and DJ at clubs across the Midwestern states for more than 30 years.
This is a special Money Smart Week program.
Meet Beth Kaplan, an Oak Park mom whose son Jacob was diagnosed with Autism before the age of two. Jacob is now 12 years old and learning to self-advocate. "Silence 2 Success: A Mother's Journey with Autism," is Kaplan's personal story which begins with a difficult pregnancy and a heart-wrenching diagnosis to a successful, thriving young boy.
Meet Oak Park artist Christine Baumbach and see her lovely paintings of western state vistas, seascapes, flowers, people and much more. A life-long artist Christine has been a muralist, interior decorator, painter and entrepreneur. Prior to her early years in corporate business, she joined the Peace Corps and ran an art workshop for disabled adults.