Our Lady of the Angels

The John T. Farrell Sr. Forum of the Renaissance Academy will host its fall 2019 forum on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m., in the Butler Reception Room at St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103 St.

Historian Jim Gibbons will give a presentation about the 1958 tragic fire at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago during which three nuns and 92 children perished.

Admission to the forum is free.

For more information, visit the website at sxu.edu.

Vintage Home Seminar

The Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) will host a seminar as part of the Chicago Public Library’s 2019-2020 “One Book, One Chicago” season, which explores the theme “Season For Change” through the book, “The Sixth Extinction,” by Elizabeth Kolbert.

The seminar, “Improving the Efficiency, Comfort and Sustainability of Your Vintage Home,” will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Wrightwood-Ashburn Public Library, 8530 S. Kedzie Ave.

Carla Bruni, CBA preservation and resiliency specialist, will share strategies for improving the efficiency, comfort and longevity of a bungalow or vintage home. Bruni will talk about why older homes are fabulous and inherently sustainable, as well as how to make them “healthier” and more energy-efficient.

For more information or to register, visit the website at chicagobungalow.org.

Classical Music

The Ostrega Uhl Project will present “A Duo Recital: Fall For Classics,” featuring Brian Ostrega on violin and Stephen Paul-Uhl on piano, on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 
2 to 3:30 p.m., at the John H. Vanderpoel Gallery, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.

The duo will perform works by Saint Saens, Saraste and Schubert.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Log Cabin Center

An abstract fall photography workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Hwy., in Palos Park.

Instructor Lauren Becker will help students learn the ins and outs of a camera and what it takes to get a good picture. Workshop fee is $20.

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“Autumn Folk Art Workshop: Grapevine Wreaths” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., or 6 to 8 p.m.

Students will create a wreath and decorate it with berries, wheat, cattails and an autumn ribbon.

Class fee per workshop is $20, plus a $5 materials fee.

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Basketmaking classes will be held on five Thursdays beginning Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Instructor Jane Dwyer will have the class begin by making an easy and beautiful wood-bottomed basket with a choice of colored trim. Students will continue to learn techniques for weaving a variety of shapes and sizes of baskets, then choose a project. Students can expect to make two to three baskets in five weeks.

Class fee is $90, plus a $25 materials fee.

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Drawing classes will be held on six Thursdays beginning Oct. 17, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Instructor Lois Hrejsa will help students work in pencil or pen and ink to achieve a realistic three-dimensional effect on a two-dimensional surface. Value, perspective, composition, landscape, still life and portraiture will be explored.

Class fee is $130. A list of required supplies is available in the office.

For more information or to register, call (708) 361-3650.

Beverly Branch Library

A “Pisanki Craft and Family Story Time” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m., at the Beverly branch library, 1962 W. 95th St.

Join the library for this special Polish heritage family story time. Participants will make a special Pisanki craft to take home.

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The Laboratory Collective of Chicago will present a Halloween-themed science program for children ages 7 and older on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m.

Participants will use hands-on experiments to explore the science behind invisibility, writing secret messages, glowing objects and more.

Registration is required.

For more information or to register, call (312) 747-9673.

Mt. Greenwood Branch Library

Preschool story time, for children ages 3 to 5 years, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., at the Mt. Greenwood branch library, 11010 S. Kedzie Ave.

Join the library for this 40- to 45-minute program of stories, songs, stretches and a craft.

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Toddler story time, for children ages 18-35 months, will be held Mondays, Oct. 14 and 21, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

This 30-minute program will include stories, songs, stretches and a craft.

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Visitors ages 10 and up can join the Rube Goldberg Club on Monday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 5 p.m., to create some wild inventions to solve everyday problems. Each month participants will be given a challenge to meet.

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The library will host an “Art Buffet” for visitors of all ages on Monday, Oct. 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

People who are feeling creative can drop in and get making. All materials will be provided.

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Visitors ages 9 and older who are interested in learning how to make a scrapbook can bring 15 to 20 photos on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., to create several 12-inch-by-12-inch pages. The library will provide the rest of the supplies.

Refreshments will be served. There will also be a drawing for a scrapbook.

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Come in costume for a spooky celebration on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants will listen to a few Halloween stories, play a game or two and make some crafts.

This program is for ages 3 and up.

For more information, call (312) 747-2805.