Concert in The Park

15th Annual Campin’ Out

Saturday, Sept. 17 from 5 p.m. till Sunday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. in The Park:

You don’t have to drive hours to go on a campout. The Park District of Forest Park is turning the ballfields into a campground for one night. Families are invited to pitch their tents. Do as much or as little as you like. The park district will have a chuck wagon set-up, with hot dogs and beans, and a campfire for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. There will also be a late-night movie and time to tell some ghost stories. The campout concludes the next morning with breakfast. Families only. Parents must accompany children. There is no rain date. Come any time after 2 p.m. on Saturday to set up your tent. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Fees: $35 per family/tent (limit 6), $7 for each additional participant.

Parenthesis Consignment Sale 

The annual sale benefitting Parenthesis Parent and Child Center is coming to St. John Lutheran. Drop off consignment and donations at St. John, 305 Circle Ave., starts on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The Fall/Winter Consignment Sale begins Thursday, Sept. 22 and runs through noon on Saturday, Sept. 24. 

Maternity Sale (free entry), Sept. 22 from 7 to 8 p.m.

VIP Sale ($10 entry fee): Sept. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Regular Sale (free entry): Sept. 24 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Half-Price Sale (free entry): Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m. till noon.

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Bird of the Month

Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m., Trailside Museum, Thatcher and Chicago Avenue, River Forest: 

Bird of the Month for September is the black-capped chickadee. Learn more about this tiny, but bold, bird and its history. Free.

100 Artists Gallery

Sunday, Sept. 18 noon- 4 p.m., at the Forest Park Public Library:

For its 100th anniversary, the Forest Park Public Library invited 100 artists to create art about community, creativity and libraries. 

Spend the afternoon at Bottle Rocket Gallery. Enjoy snacks and drinks while enjoying art by your neighbors.

Concert in The Park

Friday, Sept. 16 from 6-8 p.m. in The Park:

The Szurko Trio is a local favorite who pride themselves on playing a great variety of music from many different eras. Their tag line, in fact, is “Playing Classics and Oldies You Love and Miss … and More!” which suggests their ability to switch hats and play song sets for a variety of audiences. Szurko began over four years ago playing various venues on Madison Street in Forest Park so they welcome the opportunity to play “where it all started.” Hot dogs, chips and lemonade for the first 125 people.

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