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 A $15 donation for non-members is suggested. Your generous donations allow us to continue to provide quality programming like the ones below.  Please click the DONATE button: 


Jesse Driscoll

Notable Neighbors Interviews: Jesse Driscoll with Brian Flora
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 6:30pm CST 

Up until COVID-19, Jesse Driscoll had an interesting commute:  he flew to San Diego to fulfill his professorial teaching responsibilities at the University of California, San Diego. His area of expertise is nation-building (or not) in the post-soviet era. Do you know where Tajikistan is? Jesse was boots on the ground there doing field research. Jesse has studied the country of Georgia, just finished a book on the Ukraine, and has at least two more in the works. To gain an appreciation of the breadth of his scholarly pursuits visit his home page. Jesse and Brian make a power-packed duo given Brian’s lifelong career in the foreign service.  

                          Please Register for this Zoom Program by clicking here 


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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Thank you to everyone who ordered Woody’s Take Home this week.  Beginning next week, Woody's Take Home moves to Wednesdays. Deadline to order for Wednesday, September 30 is Friday, September 25 at 5pm.

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 with your order or with questions.