Mother’s Day Stories and Crafts. 4 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. School age children are invited to listen to stories and complete a craft in celebration of Mother’s Day! Open to children ages 5 and up.
First Thursday Networking. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St. Join us for Hyde Park’s premier monthly networking session! Enjoy spirits and hors d’oeuvres from Ancien Cycle and Café, Packed and Yusho Hyde Park.
First Thursday. 6-9 p.m. Businesses on 53rd, 55th and 57th streets. For a full list of participating businesses and available deals, visit www.firstthurs.com.
Poet Fred Moten. Free. 6 p.m. Logan Center, Terrace Seminar Room, 915 E. 60th St. Fred Moten reads from his forthcoming collection, “The Service Porch.”
On Doubt. Free. 7 p.m. University of Chicago, Social Sciences 122, 1126 E. 59th St. University of Chicago professor James Conant, a philosopher who has written extensively on language, ethics, and metaphilosophy, discusses the ways in which doubt has been understood historically and in contemporary philosophy. This talk is followed by a conversation between professors Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer and Robert J. Richards on the value of doubting our assumptions about sex, science, and democracy. Part of the Renaissance Society’s “Between the Ticks of the Watch” event series.
Taize Worship Service. 7 p.m. Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. First Fridays of every month, come for a ecumenical worship in the Spirit of Taize.
Chicago Improv Festival. 8 p.m. The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St. The 19th Annual CIF presents an evening of Chicago’s best improv comedy with a diverse roster of shows that includes: The Southside Ignoramus Quartet; a reunion of the influential Hyde Park Troupe, Sheila, and the incomparable Claudia Wallace’s House Guest.
Friday Staged Readings. $5. 8 p.m. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Hyde Park Community Players presents monthly staged readings the first Friday of each month. The night will consist of a one-hour staged reading, followed by snacks and a moderated discussion. Modeled after a literary salon, the presentations give actors, directors, writers and audience an opportunity to explore different kinds of theater in a relaxed, friendly setting. Amelia Snoblin will direct songs from the recent Broadway hit musical with some text from the original source play written by Frank Wedekind in 1891.
Tour. Private Spaces Tour of the Robie House. 9 a.m., every Saturday and Sunday, Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., 312-994-4000, flwright.org, $55 non-members, $45 members. Tour includes spaces not normally open to the public, including the servant’s wing and billiards room, and the third floor.
Game Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Play board games all day long. Learn new games and enjoy some of your old favorites. For adults and kids ages 9 and up.
Red Cross Blood Drive. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints, 5200 S. University Ave. Walk-ins are welcome. A photo I.D. is required. For more details, or to sign up in advance to donate blood, please go to the Red Cross website at: http://www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearchList.jsp?zipSponsor=JCLDS.
YoMosas Yoga. $20. 12:30 p.m. The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Stretch out your weekend at the Promontory with midday yoga class in our beautiful music venue. All levels are welcome, and all participants are welcome to enjoy a complimentary mimosa and pastry after the class. Please bring your own mat.
Community Forum: “Aging in Community.” 1-3 p.m. Community Programs Accelerator, 5225 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Learn from panelists about different models operating on the South Side of Chicago for age friendly communities, and discuss policy and practice recommendations. This event is presented by the Hyde Park OWL Chapter.
OWL Mother’s Day Report. 1-3 p.m. Community Programs Accelerator, 5225 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The event includes a written report on aging in community and a panel of experts speaking on different models for aging in community with a discussion of policy and practice recommendations. Reception will follow. To register, call CHPV at: 773-363-1933.
Pinata-Rama. Free. 1-4 p.m. Smart Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. This Saturday, make paper mâché monsters by mixing human and animal forms. At 3 pm, join us in the courtyard to take a swing at a piñata filled with candy. Activities are best for kids ages 4-12, accompanied by an adult.