Free Groceries 

The Living Word Christian Center, 7600 Roosevelt Rd., is giving away free groceries, including fresh produce, meat and dairy. This event is open to the public and on a first come, first served basis on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It Starts with Art

Join Trends Oak Park on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. for a fall fashion virtual event to celebrate Women Small Business month and raise money for Beyond Hunger. Hang out at to shop for locally created art by Kristina Bailey and one-of-a-kind outfits. Ten percent of the sale of all paintings and prints will go to Beyond Hunger.

Election Day 

Nov. 3 is election day. Find out where your polling place is by visiting:

Full Size Candy Bars

Trick-or-treat at Charlie’s Restaurant, 7427 Roosevelt Rd., on Oct. 31 from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. for a full-size candy bar!

Monster Mash Dance Party

Join the Forest Park Library for on online Halloween party on Oct. 30 for pre-school aged kids from at 10:30 to 11 a.m. Show off your costumes by sending photos, and they’ll be included in the virtual costume parade slideshow during the event. Get your photos in by Thursday, Oct. 29. More information on how to sign up is available on the library’s events page at

Scary Stories with the Library 

On Oct. 31 from 8 to 8:30 p.m., the library will dip into dark and spooky areas of their collection, reading about ghosts and hauntings and all the things that go bump in the night. This event is online and designed for kids ages 10 and up. Registration is required. Go to to sign up.

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts Nov.1. Join writers around the world aiming to write a 50K word novel in 30 days. Head on over to to sign up! And join the Forest Park Public Library for a virtual write-in on Nov. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit for more on library events related to NaNoWriMo.

Meet the Artist

Meet Forest Park artist Jay Boersma, an artist and photographer with works in the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago. He is the first artist participating in Forest Park Arts Alliance’s Meet the Artist Series. Boersma will be discussing his work via Zoom on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. If you’re interested in attending, email for the Zoom link and information. More information on Boersma can be seen at