Choir celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Oak Park and River Forest High School Gospel Choir will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a concert, 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave.
“We plan on honoring Dr. King with a few gospel songs, poetry and dance,” said LaTonia Brown, director of the 40-member choir. “We will be doing ‘Oh, Happy Day,’ ‘Precious Lord’ and ‘Amazing Grace.’ ” The rest of the selections for the hour-long program hadn’t been determined at press time. Brown said that the students choreograph their own praise dancing.
This is the 31st year that the Gospel Choir has been in existence. Brown has led it for seven years. She noted that the group includes members from different gospel backgrounds and some without gospel experience who just like the music. They rehearse once a week; twice weekly before performances.
“It’s like one little family,” Brown said.
For details, call (708) 366-5205 or go to www.riverforestlibrary.org.
IT’S SNOW FUN
Kids ages 4-7 will hear snow stories, do a snowy craft project and snack on melted snowmen cookies, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Registration is required for Saturday Snow Stories.
For details, call (708) 848-0770 or go to www.magictreebooks.com.
ZOO WILL CELEBRATE, TOO
Make the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday meaningful for your kids by bringing them to Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue between I-55 and I-290, on Monday, Jan. 21. At noon, in the Discovery Center, your family can watch a film of King delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Admission will be free that day.
For details, call (708) 688-8000 or go to www.czs.org.
MAN OF STEEL
Families will hear stories of his life from a legendary steel driving man at Meet John Henry, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. It was said that the African American folklore hero could do the work of 10 men. Registration is required for this family program.
For details, call (708) 452-3420 or go to www.oppl.org.
IT’S GREAT TO CREATE
Creative play guided by Wonder Works’ artist in residence Michell Martinez make Paint Covered Wednesdays educational and fun for children. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park, participants experiment with a variety of materials to strengthen their imagination and learn artistic concepts. The activity is included with general admission.
For details, call (708) 383-4815 or go to www.wonder-works.org.~.