Adult Program

Art Reception: Jennifer McNulty

Oak Park Artist Jennifer McNulty's exhibit titled "Coming Together" consists of nineteen 3D Photo Mosaics. These works combine the graphic elements of photography with the sculptural qualities of tiled mosaics. A mixed media artist, McNulty’s recent works were inspired from her love of genealogy paired with pop culture and history.

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Banned Books Week: "Books on the Chopping Block"

Celebrate Banned Books Week with City Lit Theatre Company’s “Books on the Chopping Block,” a performance of dramatic readings of excerpts of some of America’s most frequently Banned Books.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information.

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Dental Art & Suffrage: Germany's Margarete Herz and Helene Wolff

During the German Empire, dentists Margarete Herz (1872-1947) and Helene Wolff (1871-1917) were founding members of the local democratic Women's Suffrage Association in Bonn in 1909. Researcher Ingeborg Boxhammer, M.A., of Bonn, Germany will present a lecture on these women who early on promoted economic and personal independence for women as well as the democratic right to vote and healthy lifestyles. Margarete Herz had opened a vegetarian restaurant in eastern Germany, but needed to flee the country in 1938 because she was Jewish and lost all her belongings to the Nazi Regime.

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Writer Michael Czarnecki: Palm-of-Hand Workshop

Everyone has stories to share and many people have a desire to write about their life. Wanting to write and doing so are two different things. The immensity of such a project can overwhelm us. Michael Czarnecki, a poet and publisher from New York, will offer his “Palm of the Hand” Memoir Writing Workshop to help make that desire a reality.

These workshops have been very successful in helping people to write extensively about their life experiences - whether for family members or to someday be published in a book, according to Czarnecki.

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Folk Music: Lauren Heintz

Come hear folk singer/songwriter Lauren Nicole Heintz perform a free concert. Lauren is quickly becoming known for intricate and effortless finger-style guitar, distinctively deep vocals, and heartfelt and hope-filled original songs. Earlier this year, Lauren amazed the judges and audiences at the South Florida Folk Festival singer/songwriter competition and won the 2014 Vic Heyman songwriting award. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library.

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Lyric Opera Lecture: Porgy and Bess

Learn about the Lyric Opera presentation of "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin from an experienced Lyric Opera lecturer. "Porgy and Bess" is the great American opera — bursting with iconic songs that have moved easily into the worlds of jazz and pop, becoming hits again for generation after generation. Six years after its triumphant Lyric debut, Francesco Zambello's big, beautiful, epic production returns with its finely etched portrait of life in Catfish Row — a vibrant but impoverished African-American community on the South Carolina coast.

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Lyric Opera Lecture: Don Giovanni

Learn about the Lyric Opera, "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from an experienced Lyric Opera lecturer. With a list of conquests longer than a phonebook, Don Giovanni travels the world, snaring princesses and peasant girls alike. This time, his victim is the virtuous Donna Anna. And when her father tries to save her, the Don murders him. But the lecherous killer has finally gone too far — and his victims want revenge.

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Lyric Opera Lecture: Il Trovatore

Learn about the Lyric Opera production of "IL Trovatore" by Giuseppe Verdi from an experienced Lyric Opera lecturer. Emotions boil in this action-packed story that includes babies switched at birth, kidnapping, mistaken identity, poisoning, civil strife, witches burned at the stake, and a noblewoman who offers herself to a man she hates, to save the man she loves. High drama and some of the most famous music Verdi ever composed — including the "Anvil Chorus"!

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Author Janis Kearney: "Sundays with TJ"

Meet presidential diarist, newspaper publisher and author Janis F. Kearney and hear stories from her newly published book, "Sundays with TJ: 100 Years of Memories of Varner Road." Kearney writes of her father, Thomas James "TJ" Kearney, who grew up in rural southeast Arkansas in the early 1900s. His purpose-filled life included an impoverished childhood, early years as a drifter and vagabond traveling the country by train and foot, and then 70 years of working and raising 19 children on the 8-mile gravel strip called Varner Road.

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AARP Finances 50+

Every day hardworking people are struggling to make ends meet. In fact, according to research by AARP, almost 20 million people 50 and older in America are feeling overwhelmed by mounting debt, poor credit or lack of savings.

Learn to make better financial choices and to sustain good financial habits. Finances 50+ is a financial capability program designed to motivate and empower participants between 50 and 64 years old to take charge of their financial future. This two-part workshop began Sept. 15 and continues on Sept. 29.

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