‘Jazz at the Vanderpoel’
The John H. Vanderpoel Art Association (VAA) and the Chicago Park District will present “Jazz at the Vanderpoel” on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Ridge Park Fieldhouse, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.
The free reception is open to the public and will feature Joel Barr’s band performing live in the Vanderpoel Gallery in celebration of renowned artist John Vanderpoel’s 162nd birthday.
In addition, the VAA will unveil an 1890s acquisition, “Portrait of a Lady.”
The VAA is in residency at Ridge Park through the Chicago Park District Arts Partners in Residence Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks.
For more information, visit the website for the Vanderpoel Art Museum.
Mt. Greenwood Branch Library
Toddler Story Time will be held on Mondays, Nov. 11, 18 and 25, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., at the Mt. Greenwood branch library, 11010 S. Kedzie Ave.
The program is for children ages 18 to 35 months, and it will include stories, songs, stretches and a craft.
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Join the library for Preschool Story Time on Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 27, from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Children, ages 3 to 5, will enjoy stories, stretches, songs and a craft.
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Junior Book Club, for children in grades two to four, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Read this month’s selection, “March of the Mini Beasts,” by Ada Hopper, and then join the library for a discussion and other activities.
Bring a snack. Juice and water will be provided. Books are available at the front desk.
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Children, ages 10 and older, can join the Rube Goldberg Club on Monday, Nov. 11, from 4 to 5 p.m., to create some wild inventions to solve everyday problems. All supplies will be provided.
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Join the library for the ASL book and film discussion to delve into “The Blind Side,” by Michael Lewis, along with “I Beat the Odds,” by Michael Oher, “The Blind Side” football star’s story in his own words, on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Discussion will be facilitated by an ASL fluent librarian.
Books are available for checkout at the front desk.
For more information, call (312) 747-2805.
The Oak Lawn Park District will host its 25th annual Turkey Shoot on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Community Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave., from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Each team will receive 10 free throws for a chance to win a turkey to gobble up for Thanksgiving dinner. Teams will consist of a parent and child, ages 4 and up, and will be divided into appropriate age groups. The team making the most shots in each division wins.
Mini-basketballs and nets will be available for younger children. There will be raffle prizes for all children. Parents may compete with more than one child.
This event is free for residents. The fee for non-residents is $6.
For more information or to register, call (708) 857-2420 or visit the website at olparks.com.
Beverly Branch Library
“Rumble: Indians who Rocked the World” will be screened on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m., at the Beverly branch library, 1962 W. 95th St., as part of Native American Heritage Month.
In this movie, filmmaker Catherine Bainbridge exposes a critical missing chapter in contemporary music history, and she shows how indigenous musicians helped influence popular culture.
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The next meeting of Poets United will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This local group of poets and authors meets monthly. New members are always welcome.
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Bridge for seniors will be held on Tuesdays, Nov. 19 and 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information, call (312) 747-9673.
Oak Lawn Public Library
A Community Family Reading Night will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave.
Students from Oak Lawn will read to kids, and the library’s youth services staff will share tips about reading as a family.
Families also can enjoy children’s literacy games and activities.
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Have a royal good time celebrating princes, princesses and knights with crafts, games and stories in this all-ages event, to be held from 2 to 3 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 17. Dressing in costume is welcomed.
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The next Sunday With Friends concert will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy a polka party with Eddie Korosa, Jr., and the Boys from Illinois. The band will entertain with polkas and favorite standards, from big-band waltzes and swing to rock ’n’ roll and country, from the 1920s to ’70s.
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Computer Center genealogy classes will be held on Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Topics include “Discover Your Chicago Catholic Roots,” on Nov. 6; “Exploring Familysearch.org,” on Nov. 13; and “Unusual Internet Sites for Genealogy Research,” on Nov. 20.
For more information about library programs, call (708) 422-4990 or visit olpl.org.
The Gaelic Park Players will debut “Dooley’s Raid,” an original play written and directed by Brian Leo, on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16, at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Nov. 10 and 17, at 3 p.m., at Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., in Oak Forest.
“Dooley’s Raid,” set in an Irish pub in Chicago amid traditional and contemporary Irish music, tells the story of an Irish gentleman who conspires with an off-duty policeman, a bartender and two musicians to kidnap the queen of England during her upcoming visit to Kentucky.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids under 12 for the theater performance. Tickets for theater and pub dinner on Fridays and Saturdays are $22, and tickets for the theater and Classic Carvery dinner on Sundays are $27.
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The Gaelic Park Junior Players will present “Taddy, Spirit of Ireland,” on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m.
Set in rural Tennessee in 1964, “Taddy, Spirit of Ireland” tells the story of a group of young people who learn lessons about friendship and the power of forgiveness.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids under 12.
For more information or reservations, call (708) 687-9323.
A stacked-rings jewelry workshop will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Hwy., in Palos Park.
Instructor Liz Credio will help students create intricate stacked rings out of copper wire. These can be left as natural copper, or patina can be added to change the look.
The workshop fee is $15, plus a $4 materials fee.
For more information, call (708) 361-3650.
Evergreen Park Library
After Hours Jazz with Chicago artist and author Neil Shapiro will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, at 6:40 p.m., at the Evergreen Park Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave.
Shapiro will discuss his new book, “The Jazz Alphabet.” Attendees will enjoy jazz, wine and cheese. This event is for those 21 and older.
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Author Terri Guldan will discuss her novel, “The Letter,” on Saturday, Nov. 9.
“The Letter” is a loving and caring monument to the people who fought in the war zones of Vietnam and at home.
Join the library for tea and light refreshments starting at 12:30 p.m., and at 1 p.m., Guldan will share her family story, which begins in 2003, when two sisters find a 33-year-old unopened letter.
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Author and photographer Lee Bey will discuss his book, “Southern Exposure: the Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side,” on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Bey’s book is the first devoted to the quality architecture and urban design on the South Side. The book highlights more than 60 significant places and spaces on the South Side.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
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An award-winning newspaper columnist and bestselling author of ten books, Rochelle Pennington will discuss the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Pennington will discuss the various theories and viewpoints of underwater detectives who are still trying to solve the mystery of what led to the demise of the ship and its 29-man crew.
For more information or to register, call (708) 422-8522 or visit the website at evergreenparklibrary.org.