SGA at Revolution Brewing
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

SGA at Revolution Brewing

Come out to Revolution Brewing on Oct. 16 if you're concerned about the climate crisis. Hear what Seven Generations Ahead is doing in its various program areas to moblize and inform the communities in which it works. Hear from local young leaders on the ways in which they will be leading and raising their collective voices to advance action on climate change. Get info on the fall 2020 GreenTown Climate Crisis Conference.

Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) has access to Revolution's exclusive Brewers’ Lounge for a fun (and fundraising) evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. A ticket ($35) gets you all the beer and appetizers you can hold. Speed trivia rounds will be an additional cost.

The space is small and tickets are limited. Purchase them via EventBrite.

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Screening 'The Elephant Queen'
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Screening 'The Elephant Queen'

Embark on an epic journey of love, courage and coming home. Join Athena, the majestic matriarch of an elephant herd, as she is forced to lead her family across the unforgiving African savanna in search of water. This family-friendly adventure is a cinematic love letter to a threatened species. Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Lion King), The Elephant Queen won the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award of the Year.

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Tree Identification Walk at Mills Park
Oct
19
2:00 PM14:00

Tree Identification Walk at Mills Park

Join us for a stroll through Mills Park and learn more about the trees that grow there. The tour will start at the south entrance to the park, about 75 feet north of Mills Tower. Local expert, Gordon Waldron, will identify species such as red maple, Norway maple, red oak, English oak, American elm, horse chestnut, larch, Kentucky coffee, catalpa, sycamore, yellow-wood, hackberry, and tulip tree. He will also answer questions about tree growth. For more information, contact godowal@gmail.com

Rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

Sponsored by the Park District of Oak Park.

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UN Day Celebration
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

UN Day Celebration

  • University of Chicago International House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The United Nations Association-Greater Chicago Chapter (UNA-Chicago) nominated One Earth Film Fest as an award recipient for the Global Goals Awards Ceremony to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at International House on the University of Chicago Campus. One Earth Film Fest was nominated because of its leadership and efforts in support of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which serve as guideposts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, tackle climate change, and ensure that no one is left behind. Get tickets here.

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League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Annual Meeting & Conference
Oct
25
2:30 PM14:30

League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Annual Meeting & Conference

The theme this year for the League of Women Voters Lake Michigan annual meeting & conference is ‘The Great Lakes and Groundwater.’

Schedule

Friday, October 25
2:30 pm Choice of Field Trips (info below)
4 - 6:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Social hour - snacks & cash bar
6:00 pm Banquet
7:00 pm Keynote Address: Groundwater: the Sixth Great Lake, Liz Kirkwood, Exec. Dir. of For Love of Water (FLOW)

Saturday, October 26
8 - 10:00 am Registration
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Business Meeting
10:45 am Lightning Round: LWVLMR Interest Groups
Noon Lunch, PFAS and the Michigan Response, Suzanne Dixon & David Mueller
2 :00 pm LWVLMR Board Meeting (tentative)

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League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Annual Meeting & Conference Day 2
Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Annual Meeting & Conference Day 2

The theme this year for the League of Women Voters Lake Michigan annual meeting & conference is ‘The Great Lakes and Groundwater.’

Schedule

Friday, October 25
2:30 pm Choice of Field Trips (info below)
4 - 6:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Social hour - snacks & cash bar
6:00 pm Banquet
7:00 pm Keynote Address: Groundwater: the Sixth Great Lake, Liz Kirkwood, Exec. Dir. of For Love of Water (FLOW)

Saturday, October 26
8 - 10:00 am Registration
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Business Meeting
10:45 am Lightning Round: LWVLMR Interest Groups
Noon Lunch, PFAS and the Michigan Response, Suzanne Dixon & David Mueller
2 :00 pm LWVLMR Board Meeting (tentative)

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The Great Pumpkin Smash
Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

The Great Pumpkin Smash

Don't know what to do with that old pumpkin? Why not smash it down Barrie Sled Hill and enter your carved work of art in the mushiest and squishiest event of the season? All participants will start at the top of Barrie Hill and smash their pumpkins to smithereens. Free and open to the public - no need to pre-register, just show up ready to SMASH! Pumpkin parts will be composted at the end of the event.

Sponsored by the Park District of Oak Park.

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Free Screening  'Just Eat It'
Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

Free Screening 'Just Eat It'

Join Interfaith Green Network for a free screening of a film showing the effects of food waste and how we can make the most of the food in our kitchens. Audience discussion will follow the film. Admission is free. All ages are welcome. Please register at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y5qj97t6

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Food Waste Workshop
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Food Waste Workshop

Did you know 40% of our food supply is wasted? With over 40 million Americans going hungry, what can be done? Attend the Food Waste Workshop to learn from professionals in our community who can help you make impactful changes to reduce food waste. Admission is free. Please register at: https://tinyurls.com/y6ojsa86

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BOOST (showcasing innovative entrepreneurs in sustainability)
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

BOOST (showcasing innovative entrepreneurs in sustainability)

BOOST is a crowd-funded pitch competition hosted by the Delta Emerging Leaders, an associate board of the Delta Institute that empowers young leaders to advance innovation and sustainability in Chicago. 

Through its ticket sales and sponsorships, BOOST provides grant funding for social innovation projects around Chicago. Delta looks for projects with high potential for local impact in their mission areas (waste, energy, ecosystems) that typically don't get a lot of attention from traditional fundraising channels.

We hope that you may have an interest in applying for, attending, or even sponsoring BOOST this year! Here are the details: http://delta-institute.org/boost/

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Telescope Nights in Our Parks
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Telescope Nights in Our Parks

Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson for an evening of telescope viewing, the last Thursday of each month, skies permitting. Each month will also feature a discussion of current and upcoming NASA missions and discoveries.
 
If you have a telescope, you are welcome to bring it. Program dependent on weather. FREE and open to the public. No registration required.

November 29 (Friday after Thanksgiving) – Scoville Park – 7-8pm
December 26 – Fox Park – 7-8pm

Sponsored by the Park District of Oak Park.

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Young Filmmakers Workshop (Grades 6 to 8)
Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Young Filmmakers Workshop (Grades 6 to 8)

Live Action Film Workshops
Topics covered will be story, framing, audio, lighting, editing and production. Film writer, director, editor, and teacher Jonathan Moeller will teach our Live Action Workshops this year. Check out his website here, or read our recent interview with him HERE.

for Grades 6 to 8, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1
(code #2229.2091 with rfparks.com) REGISTER HERE

for Grades 3 to 5, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
(code #2229.2092 with rfparks.com) REGISTER HERE

Location
The Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest,
in collaboration with the River Forest Park District.

Workshop Cost
$30 for residents and $35 for non-residents.

Water and nut-free snack provided.
Important: Bring an ipad or tablet, if possible.

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Young Filmmakers Workshop (Grades 3 to 5)
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Young Filmmakers Workshop (Grades 3 to 5)

Live Action Film Workshops
Topics covered will be story, framing, audio, lighting, editing and production. Film writer, director, editor, and teacher Jonathan Moeller will teach our Live Action Workshops this year. Check out his website here, or read our recent interview with him HERE.

for Grades 6 to 8, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1
(code #2229.2091 with rfparks.com) REGISTER HERE

for Grades 3 to 5, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
(code #2229.2092 with rfparks.com) REGISTER HERE

Location
The Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest,
in collaboration with the River Forest Park District.

Workshop Cost
$30 for residents and $35 for non-residents.

Water and nut-free snack provided.
Important: Bring an ipad or tablet, if possible.

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Green Gifting Workshop
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

Green Gifting Workshop

Do you always struggle to decide what to give as gifts around the Holidays? Instead of spending hours at the store, spend a night making your own gifts! Sip on some cider or cocoa, as you make truly unique one of a kind gifts that will surely be loved by all. Each participant will make 4 gifts to take home. Registration includes one drink. Registration required.

Sponsored by Park District of Oak Park.

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Telescope Nights in Our Parks 2
Dec
26
7:00 PM19:00

Telescope Nights in Our Parks 2

Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson for an evening of telescope viewing, the last Thursday of each month, skies permitting. Each month will also feature a discussion of current and upcoming NASA missions and discoveries.
 
If you have a telescope, you are welcome to bring it. Program dependent on weather. FREE and open to the public. No registration required.

November 29 (Friday after Thanksgiving) – Scoville Park – 7-8pm
December 26 – Fox Park – 7-8pm

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Community Converstation on Clean Energy, Jobs, and Environmental Justice
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Community Converstation on Clean Energy, Jobs, and Environmental Justice

Join members of the community, policy experts, and state legislators for a discussion of how Illinois can lead the transition to clean energy and a just economy. We will discuss the future of distributed energy in the Oak Park area, and in all of Illinois. Featuring Sen. Kimberly Lightford, Sen. Don Harmon, Rep. LaShawn Ford, Rep. Camille Lilly, as well as representatives from Citizens Utility Board, Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, and Blacks in Green.

Advance registration strongly encouraged; walk-in registration also available at the event, which is open to all.

This event is sponsored by Unity Temple; Interfaith Green Network; Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI); Seven Generations Ahead; 350.org; Sierra Club; and Oak Park Area Climate Action.

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Celebrate Oaktober Tree Forum
Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

Celebrate Oaktober Tree Forum

Oak Park is Illinois’ first municipal arboretum, with more than 18,000 trees lining its streets. Its Heritage Oak Propagation Program has saved hundreds of 200- to 300-year old trees and planted their acorns in local parks. For this program, a stellar panel will present on the urban forest ecosystem. Learn about such topics as:

  • How to protect disappearing oak savannas, woodlands, and forests

  • Landscaping for healthy trees

  • Discovering Oak Park’s heritage oaks

  • The managing and maintenance of an urban forest

  • Adopting an oak

Presenters

Lydia Scott directs The Morton Arboretum’s Chicago Region Trees Initiative.
Mark Duntemann, is a Master Arborist who presents internationally on urban forestry.
Robert Sproule is a Master Arborist and superintendent of Oak Park’s Forest Division.
Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author who specializes in sustainable plant communities for all seasons.

Sponsored by West Cook Wild Ones and the Oak Park Public Library.

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Solar Panels: Behind the Scenes
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Solar Panels: Behind the Scenes

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new solar panel installation at the Oak Park Conservatory, learn how solar energy is being used, and interact with a solar panel expert to learn how you can support solar in your energy conservation effort at home. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON). FREE for FOPCON members; $10 for non-members. Visit www.fopcon.org to become a member.

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Extinction Rebellion at Daley Plaza
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Extinction Rebellion at Daley Plaza

Extinction Rebellion invites people who are passionate about protecting the planet to take part in regenerative activities such as yoga, music, drumming, singing, meditation, storytelling, theater and more from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Daley Plaza in Chicago. Be a part of the global climate emergency movement. Additional actions are planned.

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Trees Close Up: Botanical Watercolors by Barbara Rose
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

Trees Close Up: Botanical Watercolors by Barbara Rose

This is the opening reception for an exhibition that will take place throughout the month of October, from the 2nd to the 30th.

These paintings pay homage to common native trees in our urban forest. Most are larger than life studies of buds, blossoms and seeds—miraculous moments in a process where sun, wind and water interact with the wisdom encoded in trees to perpetuate life.

Paintings are transparent watercolor on Fabriano Artistico paper. Sales proceeds will be donated to the non-profit West Cook Wild Ones with commissions to the library.

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Beer in the Woods (LaBagh Woods)
Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

Beer in the Woods (LaBagh Woods)

Drink outstanding craft beer and cider at the best venue in town – LaBagh Woods on the northwest side of Chicago! Enjoy interactive live animal presentations, nature-themed crafts, picnic games, a flash bioblitz, an “Ultimate Camp Site” display, bird walks, home brewing demonstrations, food trucks, and a DJ!

All of the proceeds from this event will support the Friends of the Forest Preserves’ mission: Uniting people to protect, promote, and care for the forest preserves in Cook County.

Photo by James Warden of Five Lake Arts.

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Illiois Solar Tour
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Illiois Solar Tour

  • Many locations throughout Illinois (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Illinois Solar Tour is a series of FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES. Home and business owners with renewable energy installations will open their homes to the public to share their passion, knowledge and experience of owning and living with renewable energy. Visit any site at any time between 10am and 3pm. Homeowners will be available at each site to provide information, share experiences and answer questions.

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Aurora GreenFest: Celebrating the Power of Ten
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Aurora GreenFest: Celebrating the Power of Ten

  • Prisco Community Center and McCullough Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come to the Aurora GreenFest on Sept. 28 and learn how to take care of the environment and have fun at the same time. Be ready for a day filled with fun activities to live more sustainably and help save our planet. As always, the GreenFest is a free and accessible event, so bring the whole family. 

The GreenFest is 10 years old this year!  This year’s theme: “Celebrating the Power of Ten!”  all about the top 10 ways to help the environment and stop climate change. 

Aurora Greenfest invites lots of wonderful, sustainability-minded exhibitors, including local non-profits and businesses with a green story to tell. They welcome local farmers, who help them find clean, organic food. They invite local artists and crafters with a theme of reusing old or found objects or nature themes. Volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors please sign up on their website, www.auroragreenfest.com.

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Screening 'The Human Element'
Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

Screening 'The Human Element'

FILM DESCRIPTION: Renowned photographer James Balog (prominently featured in “Chasing Ice”) uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. Following the four classical elements—air, earth, fire and water—to frame his journey, Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, coal mining, and the changes in the air we breathe. He takes it further by examining the effects of the fifth element—the human element—to tell an urgent story while giving inspiration for a more balanced relationship between humanity and nature.

The event will include a short interactive discussion on the Church’s position on Creation Care, Climate Change, and Church-supported legislation on Climate Action.

Hosted by Ascension HOME Creation Care Team, Ascension Peace and Justice Committee, St. Edmund Green Team, Interfaith Green Network, One Earth Film Festival, Green Community Connections, Seven Generations Ahead.

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Repair Cafe
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Repair Cafe

  • Oak Park Senior Citizens' Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Repair Cafes are free meeting places, and they’re all about fixing things, rather than throwing them away. At the Repair Cafe, you’ll find the tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. You’ll also find repair specialists to help you, such as electricians, seamstresses, jewelry experts, carpenters, and general fix-it folks. They usually meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Oak Park Senior Citizens’ Center, 414 S. Oak Park Ave., in Oak Park.

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Global and Chicago Youth Climate Strike
Sep
20
11:00 AM11:00

Global and Chicago Youth Climate Strike


In solidarity with the Global Climate Strike, a kid-friendly, peaceful Chicago Youth Climate Strike will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, September 20, starting at the south end of Grant Park (intersection of Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Rd.). Some time after 11 a.m., a march will begin to Federal Plaza where there will be a rally with performers and speakers.

All ages are welcome. Youth worldwide will demand immediate action to address the climate crisis. Supporting organizations are Illinois Youth Climate Strike, Sunrise Movement Chicago, 350 Chicago, and Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action.

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Screening 'Youth Unstoppable'
Sep
17
6:00 AM06:00

Screening 'Youth Unstoppable'

“Youth Unstoppable” is an award-winning film documenting the youth climate crisis movement. This film screening is the kick-off for “It’s Our Future,” a project developed to equip youth from Oak Park, River Forest and beyond to advocate for climate crisis solutions and their futures.

“Youth Unstoppable” takes us inside the rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement. Slater Jewell-Kemker was 15 when she began documenting the untold stories of youth on the front lines of climate change who refused to let their futures slip away. Over the course of 11 years and set against stunning visuals of a planet in crisis, “Youth Unstoppable” follows the evolution of a diverse network of youth rising up to shape the world they will live in. “Youth Unstoppable” premiered at Michael Moore's invite-only Traverse City Film Festival, going on to screen at dozens of festivals around the world and garnering eight awards.

PLEASE RSVP with Amy at amy@sevengenerationsahead.org. Food will be provided.

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Plant Blindness
Sep
15
2:30 PM14:30

Plant Blindness

We could not survive without plants. Yet, the public largely overlooks this entire set of organisms. Children recognize conspicuous animals or the Nike swish, but will struggle to name more than a few plants. Botanist Chris Benda will introduce the concept of “plant blindness”: the inability to notice and understand the amazing diversity of plants that surround us every day. How can we change this trend? Chris will share his ideas. Sponsored by West Cook Wild Ones.

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Migrating Monarchs Celebration
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Migrating Monarchs Celebration

Journey with the monarch butterflies as they begin their migration to Mexico. Watch live monarch butterflies being tagged and released, enjoy music, crafts, and activities. Get gardening information and learn how you can help save this butterfly. Food available for purchase. Sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Edible Gardening Checklist for Success + Q & A
Sep
7
2:00 PM14:00

Edible Gardening Checklist for Success + Q & A

Deep Roots Project Edible Gardening Methods in Review

It’s time to share lessons learned this edible gardening season (and previous seasons too). Bring your gardening questions, discoveries, successes, mistakes and experiences.

Time to review the Deep Roots edible garden checklist for success.

The goal is to make gardening both fun and efficient. Deep Roots Project is always thinking of new ways to save time and money. Many members of the Deep Roots community like to learn edible gardening by trying out new methods and tweaking old ones.

Bring your gardening stories and questions.

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Fall Perennial & Tool Exchange
Sep
7
9:30 AM09:30

Fall Perennial & Tool Exchange

Presented by Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON).

Join other gardeners and share your favorite perennials, houseplants and extra garden tools at FOPCON’s annual Fall Exchange. Drop off materials from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Conservatory. Come back to pick up items from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

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Wolf Road Prairie Talk, Tour, and Fest
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Wolf Road Prairie Talk, Tour, and Fest

Celebrate the history of the Midwest and the beautiful Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve at this FREE summer festival. Enjoy learning about Wolf Road Prairie ecology and restoration efforts from the prairie ecologist and explore the prairie with a knowledgeable guide. Program offered at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Event also includes: visits with live raptors (10:30am – 12:30pm), crafts and art for sale, historic re-enactors, dulcimer players, genealogy advice, quilt displays, Greek traditional dancers, music, food, and more.

Please rsvp for the prairie program and tour at https://bitly.com/wolfroadprairie.

For more information about the fest, send an email to r.cabe@sbcglobal.net . Sponsored by Save the Prairie Society.

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River Kayaking 101
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

River Kayaking 101

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Introductory class for new river kayakers. Technique and instruction provided prior to a short hands-on paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Shuttle provided back to Trailside Museum.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call 312-533-5751.

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River Kayaking 101
Aug
23
1:00 PM13:00

River Kayaking 101

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Introductory class for new river kayakers. Technique and instruction provided prior to a short hands-on paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Shuttle provided back to Trailside Museum.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call 312-533-5751.

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Peace in the Park #3
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

Peace in the Park #3

Feeling stressed out by the fast pace on your daily routine? What better way to reset your clock than by taking the time to reconnect with the natural world around you. Join the Park District of Oak Park for this relaxing program at Austin Gardens. Each session will focus on a new way of slowing down and taking time to relax. From yoga and meditation to sketching and journaling you're sure to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Cost is $15 for residents and $19 for non-residents.

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