Enjoy music and ribs at the village's annual Ribfest, which will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Forest Park Picnic Grove, 7824 W. Madison St.
The Oak Park Animal Care League will play host their third annual "Mutt Strut" to raise money for homeless animals. Walk two miles with or without your dog and enjoy a post-race party, complete with massages for your four legged friend. Walk runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Maple Park, 1105 S. Maple in Oak Park. Register at animalcareleague.org.
Hamilton Fan Fest
Join the creative minds of Echo Theater and Ovation Academy in celebrating hit musical Hamilton. Battle your friends at Hamilton trivia, participate in a sing-a-long, make Hamilton-inspired crafts with your kids and don't miss the photo booth. All ages invited. Fun runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.
Faire at the Square
Enjoy a "creative-reuse carnival" with carnival-themed games made out of repurposed materials. Win prizes, learn about local plants and animals, and more. Fun runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Cummings Square, 536 N. Harlem Ave. in River Forest.
Get your questions about genealogy answered, learn about different aspects of genealogy research and share your stories from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.
Junction Diner Pop-Up Storytime
Meet officials from the Forest Park Public Library at Junction Diner and listen to stories while munching on lunch and receive a takeaway craft to do at home. Appropriate for children ages three to five. Fun runs from 12 to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Junction Diner, 7401 Madison St.
After Suicide: Rekindling Hope and Healing
Riveredge Hospital has invited Mary T. Skimming, assistant director at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, to give a talk on loss and suicide. Attendance is free. Talk runs from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 7 at Riveredge Hospital, 8311 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Home Team Basketball Training
The Park District of Forest Park is bringing back its basketball class every Sunday, from Sept. 9 to Oct. 28. Classes available for ages 6 to 14. Cost $60 residents; $70 non-residents. Visit pdofp.org for more information.
Twisted Cookie Pop-Up Storytime
Join officials from the Forest Park Public Library for a story and small craft from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 10 at Twisted Cookie, 7401 Madison St. Register at fppl.org.
Trivia Night at Beacon Pub
Teams of five compete in trivia for big prizes from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 10 at The Beacon Pub, 101 Circle. Officials from the Forest Park Public Library will be on-hand to register residents for library cards.
The Joys of Singing
The St. John Choristers will present their fall concert "The Joys of Singing" at 4 p.m. on Sept. 9 at St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave. The concert is free and open to the public.
Meeting of the G.K. Chesterton Society of Metropolitan Chicago
Discuss "Joan of Arc" by author Hilarie Belloc from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St.
Music & Meditation with Simply Vedic
Kids, teens and adults can explore ancient Vedic culture through music and meditation, courtesy of Simply Vedic. Event runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.
Students and families are invited to learn more about Proviso Township District 209 High Schools from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 6 at Proviso East High School, 807 S. First Ave. in Maywood. Meet teachers and administration officials. "Back-to-School Night is the perfect opportunity for the Proviso community to learn about the exciting initiatives that are transforming our schools. Families can visit their children's classrooms and receive information about the educational opportunities at D209 that empower students by preparing them for college, career and to serve as contributing members of a dynamic global society," Superintendent Jesse Rodriguez said in a statement.
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