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Jonathan Alter with Bill Young
Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 2:00pm CST 

Through a collaboration with Writing Matters and The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, Bill Young and Jonathan Alter will discuss Alter's new book, His Very Best. His Very Best is "... a sweeping biography of 95-year-old Jimmy Carter, from his farm-boy childhood in the 1920s, through his single-term presidency and his innovative post-presidency as a champion for human rights. The biography promises to 'change your understanding of perhaps the most misunderstood president in American history' -- and one whose decency stands out in today's political climate." - Chicago Tribune

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2020-21 Monday Enrichment Program Opener:
Music of Hope and Healing
Monday, October 5, 2020 at 1:30pm CST 

Christine Steyer, soprano, Brian Hoffman, cello & Marta Johnson, piano present Music of Hope and Healing. Join us for an afternoon of exquisite and powerful music highlighting female poets who offer us comfort and wisdom during the dramatic events of 2020. The recital will feature music set to the poems of Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg and Chicago youth set by Previn, Sydeman and Steyer. One of the program highlights will be the aria Red is a Trick from the new opera Future Perfect by David Shenton set to premiere in Chicago in 2021. This text for this aria is drawn from five years of workshops with 1,300 Chicago area youth in response to gun violence and was recently featured on WFMT’s Music of Healing and Peace. The program will also include music by Mozart, Saint-Saën, and Bernstein.
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Fading Ads of Chicago

Literature: Fading Ads of Chicago

Monday, October 12, 2020 at 1:30pm CST  

For more than a century, the brick walls of the city served as a ready canvas for advertisements that married artistic experimentation and commercial endeavor. Since author Joseph Marlin began documenting the city’s advertisements more than thirty years ago, many of them have completely vanished beneath the onslaught of blizzard and bulldozer. From national brands to mom-and-pop shops, his collection of advertisements offers the last glimpse of a bygone era.


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Notable Neighbors: Lamar Johnson with Al Parchem
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6:30pm CST  

Lamar currently heads up his own architectural firm, the Lamar Johnson Collaborative ( He was an integral to the start and growth of what is now a well- established, large Chicago office of an international architectural practice. Lamar is a person of strong opinions diplomatically expressed, usually. When asked what is the purpose of architecture, he says that what the architect ultimately does is solve problems. What in the world does he mean? What about beautiful buildings and spaces? Join the conversation with Lamar and Al Parchem and be enlightened by this fascinating, thoughtful iconoclast,


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WOODY'S TAKE HOME (scroll down for Woody's Thanksgiving to Go menu!)

Wednesday, September 30
Deadline to order for Wednesday, September 30 is Friday, September 25 at 5pm. 
Thank you to everyone who has supported our organization this year by ordering!

Soup (pint) $7 each – Butternut squash
Pasta dish (feeds 2) $14 each – Egg noodles with roasted fall vegetables with Brussel sprouts, squash and goat cheese
Entrée (feeds 1) $15 each – 1/2 rack of baby back ribs with roasted yukon gold potatoes
Dessert (feeds 1) $7 each – Churro cake with cream cheese frosting 

You can either order all four items together for $39 or individual items.  

Payment must be made over the phone with a credit card (708-386-2729 x 3 with Erin) or you can mail a check made out to NCCA to 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301. You cannot pay onsite when you pick up your food.

  • You will be able to pick up your meal between 11:00am-12:30pm on Wednesday, September 30 only.
  • Please pull into the circle drive when you arrive. Erin will bring your meal to your car. When she comes out, please pop your trunk so she can place the food inside.
  • Please stay inside your car; we know you miss the building and all of your fellow members. We miss you too. But your health is our foremost concern and we ask that you practice safe social distancing.
  • If you are picking up food for a friend, please let Erin know prior to Wednesday so she can have all of the correct food ready.

  Please email Erin Payton at [email protected] or call 708-386-2729 x 3 with your order or with questions.

Thanksgiving Menu 2020