Cook County Calendar of Events Oct. 13 – 18

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Fish the entire shore for musky, catfish, walleye and bass during Lake Katherine’s annual catch-and-release fundraiser, 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at the Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

Oct. 13

We Are Enough Opening Reception
7-9 p.m.
Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park

As part of the Oak Park Art League’s Art for Social Change initiative, We Are Enough calls for art that explores the many facets of body image and its relationship to self-acceptance and love. The exhibit will continue through Nov. 3.

Oct. 14

Fall Fishing Classic
7 a.m.-noon
Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

Fish the entire shore for musky, catfish, walleye and bass during Lake Katherine’s annual catch-and-release fundraiser. The donation covers fishing, food and refreshments and supports the 85-acre non-profit park that includes woodlands, prairie, wetlands, gardens and a 10-acre lake. 

Oct. 14

Annual Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Independence Park, 2101 Central, Evanston

The annual Pumpkin Patch sale will benefit the Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association. Coldwell Banker will donate 700 pumpkins, which will be sold to raise funds for clothing and shoes for more than 600 Evanston and Skokie children in need. Refreshments, crafts and face painting will be offered at the event. 

Oct. 14

Armenian Antique Road Show
1:30 p.m.
Chicago AGBU Center, 7248 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago
Free, but $20 donation is suggested

The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) Chicago Chapter in cooperation with the Armenian Numismatic and Antiquities Society will host an Armenian Antique Road Show. Armenian artifacts will be displayed, and personal pieces may be evaluated by a panel of experts. All proceeds will support the 2018 Special Olympics in Armenia. For more information, call Deana Bargamian, (708) 860-2519, or Harry Madanyan, (708) 829-9697.

Oct. 14

The Adoption Process from A to Z
2-3:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library – Rogers Park Branch, 6907 N. Clark St., Chicago

Chicago and Northbrook attorney Sally Wildman will present fundamentals of adoption and the legal steps involved, with focus on preparation for adoption. She will share resources for choosing adoption agencies, community support and related professionals. Discussion will focus on the types of adoption and how to initiate the search for an available child. Registration is requested by Oct. 12, at For more information, call (312) 744-0156.

Oct. 15

A Play and a Pint: “Love Letters”
2 p.m.; doors open at noon
Hamburger Mary’s Bar and Grille, 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
$12 cover

In “Love Letters,” written by A. R. Gurney, Andrew and Melissa are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through different phases of life. The letters eloquently show how much they meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be. Admission includes a complimentary drink ticket.

Oct. 15

Funny, That Doesn’t Sound Jewish
4 p.m.
West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 Harlem Ave., River Forest
$35 general seating, $30 senior citizens, $15 students

From Mendelssohn to Bernstein, from European courts to Yiddish theater and the Broadway stage, many Jewish composers have wrestled with their faith. This rich musical dynamic will be explored through sublime classical works, church anthems and oratorios, American Songbook hits and Broadway novelties. The resulting music does – and doesn’t – sound Jewish.

Oct. 17

Medical Cannabis Patient Outreach
6 p.m.
Wyndham Garden Schaumburg, 1725 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg

Nature’s Care Company, a medical cannabis dispensary in Rolling Meadows, invites the public to a presentation about medical conditions in which medical cannabis is a prescribed treatment, how it can help patients and how individuals can apply for a medical cannabis registry card. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Make a reservation by calling (847) 754-4955.

Oct. 18

“The Importance of Being Funny”
7-9 p.m.
The Book Table in the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park

For Al Gini, humor is more than just foolish fun: it serves as a safety valve for dealing with reality. Gini makes a case in his book, “The Importance of Being Funny,” that joke-telling can act as both a sword and a shield to defend us from reality. This book is geared for anyone who enjoys a good laugh, but also wants to know why.


–Cook County Calendar of Events Oct. 13 – 18–