Build a Stuffed Animal Storytime
Library officials teach your kid how to build an Arctic stuffed animal and read aloud such Jan Brett classics as, "The Three Snow Bears," at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Austin Room of the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. Available for Kids 8-years-old and under. Register online at fppl.org.
Relieve Stress with your breath
Spend an evening learning simple breathing techniques that will help you relieve stress and anxiety. Library officials will also lead you through a simple guided visualization meditation to help you feel more calm. The group will also be doing gentle stretching at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. Register online at fppl.org.
Attend a meet and greet with author Robert Goldsborough, who will be signing and discussing passages from his latest book, "Stairway to Nowhere: A Snap Malek Reader." Goldsborough's latest novel is about a Chicago Tribune columnist who gets caught in the real-life implications of one of his feature stories. Discussion occurs at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St.
Mayor Anthony Calderone will host his annual Community Toy Drive at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Cocina Lobos, 7321 W. Madison St. Bring a new and unwrapped gift, and stay for appetizers and drinks after. Questions? Call the Forest Park Community Center 708-771-7737.
Mystery Discussion Group
Join fellow book lovers in discussing "The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories" by bestselling author P.D. James. The book tells a story of a newly-appointed sergeant who is coerced into not serving as a murder witness, and the adventures that unfold from there. Discussion occurs at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St.
Attend the Best of Proviso annual "Fun-Drive" at 10a.m. Dec. 16 at 11031 Roosevelt Rd., and help community members raise money and gift items for needy residents. Donations accepted include: CDs, clothing, kitchen items, sporting goods and more. For more information contact Rajeska Jackson at 708-397-6604.
Grown-Up Game Night
Spend an evening playing board and card games with community members at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Austin Room of the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. Games include Scrabble, Exploding Kittens and Flashpoint.
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