Edible Garden Design
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Edible Garden Design

Have you been thinking about gardening with native plants? Whether you have experience gardening with native plants, or are looking to learn the basics join the Deep Roots Project at the Oak Park Main Library on from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Native plants provide food, water, and shelter for native fauna, creating and reconnecting fragmented habitat areas without sacrificing functionality and aesthetics! You can garden with native plants, and the Deep Roots Project wants to teach you how!

Kurt Hansen, an environmental resource specialist with Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd., can teach or assist with classes and presentations for any age group covering a range of environmental: native plant/tree identification, restoration, controlled burns, stormwater, topography, birds, insects, small mammals, nutrient cycles, and sustainability.

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The Monarch and Its Migration
May
26
2:30 PM14:30

The Monarch and Its Migration

The life cycle of the monarch, the best known butterfly species in the world, is closely tied to its amazing migration. Doug Taron will explore both the life cycle and the migration, discussing:

  • the butterfly’s behavior on its wintering grounds in Mexico,

  • efforts both in Mexico and Illinois to track population fluctuations,

  • conservation issues surrounding the monarch.

Learn what you can do from your own home to aid in conserving this iconic insect.

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Adult Archery
May
30
12:00 PM12:00

Adult Archery

Stay active and try your hand at a new or old pastime. Enjoy a brief nature hike on the trails while you wait for your next turn. Ages 18 & up. Brought to you by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Registration required for groups of 10 or more. Call 708-386-4042.

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Healthy Diet, Healthy Life Workshop
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Healthy Diet, Healthy Life Workshop

A whole-foods, plant-based diet is a way of eating that celebrates plant foods and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains. Plant-based diets have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline.

These diets are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, and help maintain a healthy weight, all of which can lower your risk of heart disease. Yet, the types of plant foods and their sources are also important.

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Kayak the Pond
Jun
5
2:00 PM14:00

Kayak the Pond

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Kayak the Pond #2
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Kayak the Pond #2

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Organic Pest Control Workshop
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Organic Pest Control Workshop

Join Deep Roots Project to learn many tips on how to prevent pest in your edible garden. Preventing garden pests is far easier (and more fun!) than dealing with pest outbreaks after they show up. Even some natural sprays can harm your soil and your plants. So creative, vigilant and knowledgeable prevention is best. If you fail at preventing pests, then learn from them.

One of the keys to natural pest management is patience. In a new edible garden healthy soil organisms need to mature and gain dominance over pests. The beneficial soil microbes help feed plants, keeping them healthy and well-protected against pests. If you spray, it could disrupt their maturing process and delayed the balance needed.

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Tour of Wolf Road Prairie
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Tour of Wolf Road Prairie

Designated an Illinois Nature Preserve, Wolf Road Prairie contains several native communities, including mesic prairie, mesic savanna and wetland. It is home to more than 360 native plant species. The resident migratory birds, amphibians, insects, butterflies and mammals are too numerous to count. In combination, the ecosystem features of the site make for a one-of-a-kind natural area, unlike any in the world. The prairie remnant at Wolf Road Prairie is considered the largest and best quality black soil or mesic prairie east of the Mississippi River. The wetland on site is considered of high aquatic quality.

Please register for this free program presented by West Cook Wild Ones.

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Oak Park Conservatory 90th Birthday
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Oak Park Conservatory 90th Birthday

The Oak Park Conservatory is turning 90 years young! You are invited to the celebration as they cut the birthday cake and flip the switch to mark the completion of many new sustainable features recently installed at the Conservatory. As a result of over 1,000 sustainability pledges from our community, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club donated $100,000 towards solar panels, bee hives, a compost tea system, and 5 cisterns. Join us for kids activities, tours, and fun giveaways as we celebrate 90 years and look forward to 90 more!

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26th Annual Garden Walk
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

26th Annual Garden Walk

Prepare for an exciting self-guided tour of eight unique private gardens plus a public space. The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest are happy to co-sponsors the 26th Annual Garden Walk on Sunday, June 23 – rain or shine.  Once again a “plein air” artist will be demonstrating their amazing creativity. Transportation is needed and  bicycles are a good option.   

Purchase tickets at this website, www.gcoprf.org. Or purchase tickets in person starting June 1st at the Oak Park Conservatory (cash/check only) .

Prior to the event tickets are $15.  FOPCON Members receive a discount. 

Day of tickets (regardless of membership) will be $20 and may be purchased at either the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park) OR the Oak Park Conservatory (815 Garfield Street, Oak Park).

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Kayak the Pond #3
Jul
17
2:00 PM14:00

Kayak the Pond #3

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Kayak the Pond #4
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Kayak the Pond #4

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Kayak the Pond #5
Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Kayak the Pond #5

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Kayak the Pond #6
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Kayak the Pond #6

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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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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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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Migration Walk
May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Migration Walk

Enjoy a spring walk that will focus on identifying birds as well as the phenomenon of migration. Led by John Elliott of Chicago Audubon. We have some pairs of binoculars to lend. brought to you by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Wild Ones Native Plant Sale--Last Day to Order
May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Wild Ones Native Plant Sale--Last Day to Order

May 19 is the last day to place your order for the native plant sale. Choose from over 100 species of native flowering plants, ferns, grasses, and sedges. They will provide beauty, habitat, and food for wildlife, as well as absorbing storm water and carbon.

Order on our shopify site. Pickup is Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church parking lot, 405 S. Euclid Ave. in Oak Park.

Members save 10 percent. Your purchase supports West Cook Wild Ones programs.

Too many choices? Try one of our easy-gardening kits of 10 pants:

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Spring Perennial & Tool Exchange
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

Spring Perennial & Tool Exchange

Have too much monarda? Way too much vinca? How about too many hosta? If so, then come to the perennial plant, houseplant, and garden tool exchange. Drop off potted and labeled perennial plants at the Conservatory from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Return between noon and 12:30 p.m. to pick from the perennials donated by others.

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Made from Bees
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Made from Bees

Bees are all the buzz these days. From pollinating many of the plants that we eat to making the honey that we enjoy, bees are an important part of our lives! Learn all about these buzz worthy creatures and beeee inspired to make candles, lip balm and more out of honey and wax! Register here: https://www.pdop.org/events/264337/

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants Workshop
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants Workshop

Healthy soil is dark, well-drained and loose. Once you’ve established your perfect garden, it is important that you maintain the health of your garden’s soil. The Natural Resource Conservation Service defines soil health as a soil’s capacity to function as an ecosystem that supports plants, animals, and humans. Indicators of healthy soil include loose granular structure, well-drained but moist soil, and a relatively dark soil color (influenced by organic matter).

Managing for soil health is one key step toward having a successful garden this summer. Avoiding compaction, covering with dense leaf mulch, applying organic matter, adding biochar, and keeping the soil covered are simple tips that will reap great rewards.

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Spring Festival
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Spring Festival

Celebrate spring with a fun day of activities for all ages, including animal encounters, kids’ tree climb, guided spring wildflower walks, bird banding, dip netting, seed planting, a kid’s craft, building a bird house to take home and much more! Brought to you by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Food as Medicine CME Symposium
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Food as Medicine CME Symposium

Join the fourth annual Food as Medicine Symposium, featuring a day of cutting edge nutritional medicine from expert, nationally renowned specialists. This symposium is perfect for any person desiring a deeper understanding of how to improve mental well-being and brain health. Learn self care practices for improved quality of life. Cooking demonstrations by chef trained doctors, a delicious plant based lunch, and CME credit are offered. Parking included.

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Promise to Protect Activism Training
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Promise to Protect Activism Training

The Promise to Protect is a commitment to resist fossil fuels where you live and prepare to take creative action along the Keystone XL pipeline route or along Enbridge pipeline when called upon by indigenous leaders. With millions of dollars being poured into fossil fuel projects each year and TransCanada planning to begin pipeline construction this June, people are preparing to mobilize and fight back to protect the land, air, and water.

This training tour is supported by: Brave Heart Society, Dakota Rural Action, Wiconi Un Tipi, Native Organizers Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, and 350.org

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Promise to Protect Activism Training
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Promise to Protect Activism Training

The Promise to Protect is a commitment to resist fossil fuels where you live and prepare to take creative action along the Keystone XL pipeline route or along Enbridge pipeline when called upon by indigenous leaders. With millions of dollars being poured into fossil fuel projects each year and TransCanada planning to begin pipeline construction this June, people are preparing to mobilize and fight back to protect the land, air, and water.

This training tour is supported by: Brave Heart Society, Dakota Rural Action, Wiconi Un Tipi, Native Organizers Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, and 350.org

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Recycling Extravaganza
May
4
8:00 AM08:00

Recycling Extravaganza

The Village of River Forest will collect a wide assortment of items from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at River Forest United Methodist Church, 7970 Lake St. Electronics, scrap metal, housewares, batteries, light bulbs, school supplies, working bikes, medical equipment, pet supplies, and many other items will be accepted.

To see the full list, go here: https://www.vrf.us/uploads/cms/documents/events/recycling_extravaganza_flyer_2019.pdf

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Nature Book Club
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Nature Book Club

Discuss the book “How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir of 13 Animals” by Sy Montgomery along with leaders from the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Call for details. Ages 18 & up.

Photo courtesy of Hougton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Healthy Diet, Healthy Long Life Workshop
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Healthy Diet, Healthy Long Life Workshop

A whole-foods, plant-based diet is a way of eating that celebrates plant foods and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains. Plant-based diets have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline.

These diets are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, and help maintain a healthy weight, all of which can lower your risk of heart disease. Yet, the types of plant foods and their sources are also important.

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Earth Words: A Nature Writing Workshop
Apr
28
2:30 PM14:30

Earth Words: A Nature Writing Workshop

Learn to write about the nature where you live: in nearby parks and nature preserves; along rivers, lakes, and ponds; and in your own backyard. Whether in a private journal or for publication, you will learn techniques for describing the flora and fauna you encounter, and also recording and reflecting on the meaning they have for you.

All are welcome to attend, no matter your experience in journal writing or writing for others.

Presenter Carol LaChapelle is a writer, teacher, and the author of Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories (Marion Street Press, 2008).  Her essays have appeared on the Center for Humans & Nature’s City Creatures blog, Chicago Wilderness Magazine, and Next Avenue.

Brought to you by West Cook Wild Ones.

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Forest Bathing
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Forest Bathing

Join Roberta Jannsen for a forest therapy walk and experience nature in a healthy way that will help you get out of your head, live in our body and reduce stress in your life. For adults and teens. Space is limited.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Screening 'Before the Flood'
Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

Screening 'Before the Flood'

Fisher Stevens/2016/93 min/Climate Change

FILM DESCRIPTION: If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

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Young Filmmakers Screenings
Apr
27
2:00 PM14:00

Young Filmmakers Screenings

Join One Earth Film Fest for a screening of several honorable mention films from the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest. These shorts explore a range of sustainability topics (plastic pollution, water conservation, edible gardens, food waste, and more) and were written, directed and edited by youth ages 8 to 25.

Student entrants were asked to create a 3 to 8-minute film about one of six sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. Out of 157 submissions, 22 jurors chose 4 first place prizes and 15 honorable mentions.

On March 2, the top winning films screened at the Gene Siskel Center in Chicago, but time was too short to screen all winning honorable mentions. This follow up event will highlight some student winners from local schools: Lincoln Elementary School in River Forest, L.J. Hauser Junior High School in Riverside, Grace Lutheran School in River Forest, York High School in Elmhurst, Maine West High School in DesPlaines, and Northwestern University in Evanston.

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Screening 'Sustainable'
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Screening 'Sustainable'

Matt Wechsler/2016/52 min/Food-Agriculture

FILM DESCRIPTION: A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

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Sacred Wandering
Apr
27
8:30 AM08:30

Sacred Wandering

PLEASE NOTE, THIS DATE WAS CHANGED FROM APRIL 20 TO APRIL 27.

Join us as we explore meditation-in-nature with Sacred Wandering. Simplicity and reverence will be our guides. Join Terry Kinsey and Krista Mikos as they explore a new way of experiencing nature – the Sacred Wandering Way.

Krista teaches Environmental Justice and Advocacy at DePaul University and is a 25 year practitioner of Qi Gong. Terry has led numerous outdoor retreats and has been a practicing Unitarian Universalist-Buddhist for 2 decades as well.

We will meet at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest, on the 3rd Saturday of the month rain or shine from 8:30 to 10 a.m. We are starting a modern-day movement. Join us!

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Columbus Park Bio Blitz
Apr
27
7:30 AM07:30

Columbus Park Bio Blitz

Join the Columbus Park 2018 Bioblitz! Bring your sense of curiosity and a smartphone (or other camera). You do not need to be an expert. The goal is to record as many living organisms as possible in a limited timeframe. Bioblitzes are a wonderful citizen science opportunity because your records/observations will be used by scientists.

To get the most out of the Bioblitz, we recommend installing the iNaturalist App and practice using it before the event. Here is a short video demonstrating use of the app: https://vimeo.com/162581545. Having the app on your smartphone makes taking pictures and recording data extremely simple. If you have a Macro lens for your smartphone, that's helpful for smaller organisms.

Please be sure to join our iNaturalist project: Columbus Park Bioblitz 2019.

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Learn & Grow: Culinary Herbs
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Learn & Grow: Culinary Herbs

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory Master Gardeners will highlight plants that will be available at this year's 30th Annual Plant Sale. Learn how to successfully grow culinary herbs from Sandy Lentz. All lectures at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory. Registration is free to the public. Register here: https://www.pdop.org/events/235247/

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A Community Conversation About Climate Change
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

A Community Conversation About Climate Change

Local residents care deeply about climate change - not only from a global perspective, but because a healthy environment is essential to strong, thriving neighborhoods. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, community members can learn how to take action with the Chicago Climate Report. Presented by the Interfaith Green Network at the Oak Park Main Library Veterans’ Room, the talk will feature Jamie Ponce, one of the leaders in Chicago Climate Partnership.

Ponce is Director of Strategic Partnerships with the City Tech Collaborative and previously served as Director of Innovation with the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Ponce will give a presentation about progress with the Chicago Community Climate Partnership. Immediately following the presentation, participants will engage in a ​community conversation about what we can do individually and collectively about our rapidly changing world.

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Screening 'Happening'
Apr
22
6:30 PM18:30

Screening 'Happening'

James Redford/2017/71 min/Energy

FILM DESCRIPTION: Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while James’ discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.

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Repair Cafe
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Repair Cafe

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. We 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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Sugar Beet Winter Farmers' Market
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Sugar Beet Winter Farmers' Market

Get your Farmers’ Market fix during the off-season. Visit with favorite farmers and producers, and maybe meet a new favorite. These take place monthly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, and April 20. Markets are held in the Sugar Beet Food Co-op entrance on Grove, just north of the store entrance.

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Learn & Grow Lectures: Container Gardens
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Learn & Grow Lectures: Container Gardens

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory Master Gardeners will highlight plants that will be available at this year's 30th Annual Plant Sale. Learn how to successfully grow container gardens from Ellen Kuner. All lectures at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory. Registration is free to the public. To register, go here: https://www.pdop.org/events/learn-and-grow-lectures-container-gardens/

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Screening 'The Biggest Little Farm'
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Screening 'The Biggest Little Farm'

(Part of the Doc10 Film Festival)
Director: John Chester
91 min, U.S., 2018

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, “The Biggest Little Farm” is the inspirational story of two dreamers, John and Molly Chester, who move from the city out to the country to build one of the most diverse and sustainable farms of its kind in complete coexistence with the elements. Chronicling nearly eight years of epic ups and downs and startling trials and errors, the film is a “gorgeous and often devastating look at good intentions slamming into harsh practical challenges” (Indiewire) as the Chesters persevere through coyote attacks, insect infestations, floods, fires, and much more to build their utopia. Winner of multiple film festival Audience Awards, The Biggest Little Farm is “stunning” (Variety), and “genuinely involving and heartening” (The Hollywood Reporter).

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