August has arrived and summer is heading into its home stretch, but there’s still plenty to do. Here are some highly selective highlights for your week ahead:

17th International Clown Week at Showmen’s Rest

Sunday, Aug. 7 from 1 till 3 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, 7750 W. Cermak Road in Forest Park (east of Desplaines, western end of the cemetery). Free for all ages. “A loving and festive remembrance of circus artists past, held in the nation’s most well-known final resting place for circus artists.” Event includes speakers, circus arts performances, kids’ activities and entertainment, snacks and drinks, “and many, many, many clowns.” Bring lawn chairs and blankets “and a youthful attitude.” For more, visit

Hawaiian Luau at the Aquatic Center

Aug. 3, from 6:30 till 8 p.m. 

“What better way to celebrate than with a Hawaiian Luau? Join us for a traditional pig roast dinner and stay for Hawaiian-themed dancing and fun!” 

Fee: Resident and pool pass holders $5/non-residents $7.

Dog Days of Summer 

Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Madison Street pays homage to man’s best friend and the Animal Care League of Oak Park. Dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Dog contests and treats, canine fun and special savings. Many shops will donate 5% of sales to Animal Care League. Sponsored by the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce.

100 Artists Project Lab

Aug. 6 from 10:30 a.m. till noon, Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

“Get creative for a special community art project in celebration of the library’s 100th anniversary. Join us at the library to work on an art board that will be a part of the 100 Artists Project. We will have some supplies (paint, collage materials, etc.) but feel free to bring your own. Artwork will stay with the library until after the gallery show.” For more info, go to or call 708-366-7171. Next lab: Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 6:30 till 8 p.m.

‘Meet Your Neighbor’ community dinner 

Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., 142 Rockford. Here’s the pitch: “Interested in meeting more neighbors and opening your mind? Inspired by the Diversity Committee, we wanted to do something to bring Forest Park residents together around a dinner table. Rather than a formal meeting with an agenda, come and break bread with one another and learn from each other’s different experiences. Forest Park is diverse and vibrant and we want to include people of different ages, races, religions, education levels, child-having status, time in Forest Park and more. Let’s connect to forge relationships to strengthen our town and learn from one another. Bring a dish, beverage, a friend, or just yourself.”  For more information, call Jill at 708-271-0128.


The Kingdom Running Club (KRC) of the Living Word Christian Center will hold its Miles4Missions Run-Walk and Health Fitness Fair this Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7600 W. Roosevelt Road. The 5K Run-Walk starts at, brace yourself, 6:30 a.m. Now that’s a sense of mission. For more information, call 708-697-5000 or visit the Living Word website.