Brainy Preschool Story Time. 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. This program will be designed around a theme and include picture books, songs, action activities, flannel board stories and a simple craft. This program is designed for children ages 3 to 5 years. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
5th Ward Monthly Meeting. 6 p.m. Treasure Island Foods, 5450 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. Join 5th Ward Alderman Leslie A. Hairston for the monthly 5th Ward meeting. For more information visit www.leslieahairston.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.
Coffee, Tea + Chat. 10 a.m. – noon. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E. 70th St. Free. 312-857-5561. Meet your neighbors, build community, and brainstorm ways to collaborate for change on the South Side. Discover and cultivate the power of femininity through healing beauty rituals with Akua Auset, founder of AUSET : BEAUTY. This monthly series will feature tea and tutorials to cultivate inter-generational conversation between women and girls, while teaching practical self-care tools to last a lifetime. For more information visit www.rebuild-foundation.org.
Family Program: What’s Up, King Tut? 10 a.m. – noon. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. Free. 773-702-9520. King Tut wasn’t the only boy king? Find out the real story of what makes King Tutankhamun famous, find his artifacts in our gallery, and decipher the hieroglyphs on his 17-foot-tall statue. Registration recommended. For more information visit www.oi.uchicago.edu.
Chicago Style Steppin’ Learn It- Dance It. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. $10/class or $80/12wks, Seniors (60+) and college students with ID: $7/class or $56/12wks. 773-493-6451. Celebrate Steppin Productions, in partnership with Chicago Hyde Park Village and Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, presents “Chicago Style Steppin”, a 12-week dance class that promises to be a fun, social and fitness event. Get ready to “Go all out on the Dance Floor” as instructor Steppin’ Rick Ball “steps” you into a healthier routine. Beginners welcome. For more information visit www.chpv.clubexpress.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.
Fantastic Family Story Hour. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. This program will include weekly activities designed for family fun for all ages including stories, games and make-and-take crafts to share with others. Open to children of all ages. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Marvelous Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. This program features the theme superheroes near and far and includes picture books, songs, action activities or flannel board stories. For children ages 18 months to 3 years. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Parent Cooperative for Early Learning (Parent Co-op) Open House. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. 5300 S. Shore Dr. 773-684-6363. Parent Co-op is hosting an open house. Parent Co-op is a not for profit preschool designed by working families, for working families. The school currently accepts students between the ages of 2 to 5 and will soon accept 15 month olds as well. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://parentcoop.squarespace.com/.
Tsukasa Taiko Community Ensemble. 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Free. 773-256-1248. Taiko drum and dance with the intergenerational group of Asian Improv aRts Midwest performers. Join Asian Improv aRts Midwest as they demonstrate taiko drumming and the difference between traditional festival taiko and the kind of performance taiko that has developed in the U.S. since the 1970’s. In traditional costumes and with traditional drums and bachi, every age group is represented, from 4 to 64, demonstrating that taiko is for everyone. For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
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 www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Harvest Tables at Gary Comer Youth Center. 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Gary Comer Youth Center South entrance, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave. We offer an array of seasonally picked produce, herbs and flowers grown and harvested by our youth. We double up LINK purchases and accept WIC/Senior Farmers Market coupons. For more information visit www.garycomeryouthcenter.org.
Movies in the Parks: The Lego Batman Movie. 8:15 p.m. – 10 p.m. Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-7138. Movies in the Parks is Chicago’s favorite summertime tradition, bringing big-screen entertainment to a park near you! For more information visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
African Festival of the Arts. 10 a.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.
Coffee Tea + Chat. 10 a.m. – noon. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E. 70th St. Free. 312-857-5561. Please join us for a weekly discussion over coffee and tea. This group is comprised of neighborhood residents and artists who are invested in revitalizing the community. For more information visit www. rebuild-foundation.org.
Committed Knitters. Noon – 3 p.m. Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Free. Learn the basics of knitting and crocheting or make an experienced project and share ideas. All supplies provided. For more information contact email@example.com.
Fantastic Family Story Hour. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. This program will include weekly activities designed for family fun for all ages including stories, games and make-and-take crafts to share with others. Open to children of all ages. For more information visit www.chipublib.bibliocommons.com.
Visiting Artist Arrival: Gabriel Martinez. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free. 773-324-5520. Please join us for a talk with Jackman Goldwasser Resident artist, Gabriel Martinez from Houston, Texas as he discusses his recent projects around DIY art spaces, music, comics & atomic bomb research. We promise they all make sense together! Come for snacks, sips & synergy. For more information visit www.hydeparkart.org
Midweek on the Midway 2017: Escape from Planet Earth. 7 p.m. Midway Plaisance, 1300 Midway Plaisance. The Office of Civic Engagement’s summer movie series continues with “Escape from Planet Earth.” Before the movie, compare the movie’s hero astronaut Scorch Supernova to critters walking our planet. See yourself as a South Pole explorer in our selfie booth. Pre-movie fun provided by UChicago’s Department of Astronomy, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and Boy Scout Troop 599. Activities begin at 7. Movies begin at dusk. For more information visit www.civicengagement.uchicago.edu.