Everyday Heroes. 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Avenue. Free. 312-747-0511. Learn about and meet some of our community heroes that help us in our daily lives. Open to children of all ages. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
August 23 and 24, Wednesday and Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) presents updated concepts for road and other infrastructure in Jackson Park. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.
Super Babies Lapsit Story Time. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free . 312-747-0511. Lapsit story time is an interactive program with simple picture books, nursery rhymes, puppets, musical instruments and movements recommended for children ages 0-18 months. This fun, baby program is typically 25 to 30 minutes. For more information visit chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
61st Street Farmers Market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. 773-241-6044. 61st Street Farmers Market has grown to over 30 vendors and serves an average of 1,200 customers each market day! Not only that, the 61st Street Farmers Market has also been Illinois’ leader in serving a low-income population since 2009! The Market both leads all other markets in the state in SNAP and Double Value Coupon purchases and, thanks to several terrific Market managers, has built a robust year-round food education program for neighboring children and. For more information visit www.experimentalstation.org
August 26, Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m. Soccer Clinic, learn-to-play and sign up for kids ages 3-14, sponsored by Hyde Park AYSO. 63rd/Hayes / Lake Shore Drive fields. email@example.com.
August 26, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1pm. Wooded Island Workday in Jackson Park. Help remove overgrown invasive plants such as Primose and help advance a healthy, beautiful natural habitat while learning to distinguish plants.Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org
Free Tours Of Sites From The Columbian Exposition In Jackson Park. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 1766 Columbia Drive, on the east side of the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge in the Chicago Park District Parking Lot on Science Drive immediately south of the Museum of Science and Industry. Free. Friends of The White City in cooperation with the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) are again conducting our popular FREE tours of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition right where it all happened! For registration and parking information visit www.friendsofthewhitecity.org.
Lakeside Lawn Bowling. 12:30 p.m. Near Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park at Science Drive and South Lake Shore Drive, the first stoplight south of 57th Street and north of 63rd Street. Open play and instruction is free, equipment is loaned while learning. Lawn bowls is not a strenuous activity. Both men and women can play it. Although the basics can be learned in an afternoon and it seems innocently simple, it can be challenging. It can be played at any level of skill. For more information visit www.lakesidelawnbowling.webs.com.
Three Week Jazz Series: Thaddeus Tukes Vibes Group. 10 a.m. Hyde Park Union Church North Entrance, 5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue. Free. Our summer series will feature our jam hosts, our own Chris Mahieu on piano and see the return of Thaddeus Tukes on Vibraphone. For more information visit www.chpv.clubexpress.com.
Summer Sunday Concert Series: Tangleweed. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. Free. Nichols Park Advisory Council & the Chicago Park District proudly present the 2017 George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series. This concert will feature acoustic Americana band Tangleweed. Open lawn seating, bring your own chairs. For more information visit www.hydeparkchamberchicago.org.
Knitting Circle. 6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Bring your current project and get inspiration to finish it. Meet other knitters and needle crafters in the community. Enjoy great conversations and share tips and resources. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Kizomba Class. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. $10 donation. 773-947-0024. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. Kizomba lesson with Shafeeha Monae. For more information visit www.thesilverroom.com.
“Office Hours” with Nikki Patin. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Currency Exchange Café, 305 E. Garfield Blvd. Free. 773-855-9163. As the Community Arts Engagement Manager at Arts + Public Life, part of what I do is listen to people and their thoughts about a lot of things: art, community, Washington Park, organizing, activism and so much more. Anyone can come and join me at my table. You can ask me questions about what’s going on at APL, tell me about what you’re working on or chat with me about your current fascinations/curiosities/interests. All ages and identities welcome. For more information visit www.chpv.clubexpress.com. This event occurs weekly on Wednesdays.
Mobilize Creative Collaborative at Washington. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Free. 773-256-1248. Through this community workshop series, join us and each other for DIY visual art, music, and toy re-design collaborations. Improvise beats, screen-print posters, or remix action figures as you make and share with the Mobile Music Box (Aquil Charlton), Mobile Street Art Cart (William Estrada), and FrankenToyMobile (Andrés Lemus-Spont and Marya Spont-Lemus). For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Tango Class. 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. $10 Enter the classy underground realm of social tango as done in Buenos Aires and around the world. Drop in anytime. You do not need a dedicated partner but gender balance is important, so fellas bring your guy crew and ladies bring as many guy friends as you bring girlfriends. Taught by Ernest Williams. For more information visit www.thesilverroom.com.
The Downtown Hyde Park Farmers Market. 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Court. The Hyde Park Farmers Market will feature more than a dozen local and regional farms and Hyde Park area vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, homemade crafts, plants, flowers and more. With new vendors and a highly visible location, the Hyde Park Farmers Market promises to increase the variety and convenience for shoppers, inviting residents and tourists to “Get Fresh!” this season in Hyde Park. For more information visit www.secc-chicago.org.
Community Yoga with Chaturanga Seeds. 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Boulevard. 773-702-9724. Beginner Yoga is designed with the absolute yoga beginner in mind. The focus is an introduction to basic yoga poses and healthy alignment. Here you will practice standing asana (poses) as well as seated poses. Beginner yoga also incorporates yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques & great for stress relief and overall relaxation. For more information visit www.arts.uchicago.edu.
African Festival of the Arts. 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave. $15 for general admission (ages 13-64), $10 for seniors, $5 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5. Family passes and 4 day ticket options available. 773-955-2787. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich handwoven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors and Quilting, and the African Marketplace. Runs through Sept. 4. For more information visit www.aihusa.org.
Inferno Movements at 63rd St. Beach. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. Free. 773-256-0903. Hosted by Rob Frye/Flux Bikes. Inferno and Flux Bikes present Movements, a series of participatory musical events, hosted by experienced Chicago sound innovators and mentors. Situated in natural gathering places and thoroughfares, our artists engage and collaborate with the public in building one-of-a-kind sound experiences on site. For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.