Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon to midnight, Exit Strategy Brewing Company, 7700 Madison St.:

Exit Strategy Brewery hosts a music and bacon festival featuring music from the 92s, 13-Monsters, Parasites, Vortis, and more. And, of course, lots of bacon.

Peanut Days

Since 1956, local Forest Park Kiwanis Club has been collecting donations to help fund local and international missions. The local Kiwanis Club supports youth groups, including Little League, soccer, Windmills Softball, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, the Historical Society and more. Volunteers will be collecting donations at corners around town, Thursday through Sunday. Kiwanis splits the collections with local groups.

Solving the mystery

Sunday, Sept. 25, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St.:

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) meets at noon, featuring a conversation between Laura Caldwell and Jovan Mosley. Caldwell is a mystery author and an attorney for the Life After Innocence Project. Mosley is an exoneree and attorney. Clio’s Chroniclers (a history discussion group) meets at 2 p.m. with Judy Miller leading a discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. For more, email or visit

OK Classic

Saturday, Sept. 24 from 7:30 a.m. till 10 p.m. at The Park, Beloit and Harrison:

The 10th Annual OK Classic Charity Softball Tournament takes place this Saturday on the softball fields of The Park in Forest Park. The one-day, 20-team, co-ed, 14-inch charity softball tournament and festival benefits the “warriors” at Opportunity Knocks, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities. While the games are played, kid games, crafts, a bounce house and live entertainment will be offered. Plus food, of course.

Sidewalk sale on Madison

Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.:

This is a big deal, or at any rate there are big deals all along Madison Street. The annual event is sponsored by the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce. Boutiques, specialty shops, and, of course, plenty of eateries.

Destiny Rescue

Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m., St. Paul Thai Lutheran Church, 7416 Dixon St.:

Tony Kirwan, the founder of Destiny Rescue, shares his experiences “from the front lines of the fight against child exploitation and sexual slavery.” Destiny Rescue was founded in 2001 and is a Christian-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing children from sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Calendar Events

As you’ve likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can’t publish everything, but we’ll do our best to feature the week’s highlights.