Chili & Beer Fest

Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Park District of Forest Park, 7501 W. Harrison St.:

Chili Cookoff, beer and food tents, touch-a-truck, kids’ games, chili tasting, wagon rides, and magic show. Musical entertainment from 12:30 to 8 p.m. Chili Cookoff winners announced at 5:45 p.m. For more information, call Rachell Entler, 708-366-7500, or email Visit

Pig Roast

Saturday, Oct. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m., Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St.:

A fundraiser to honor Terese Klein, who died of Crohn’s disease in 2009. Proceeds benefit Camp Oasis for kids suffering from Crohn’s disease. $40 covers food, beer and wine.

Annual Game Night 

Friday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m., Betsy Ross Elementary School, 1315 Marengo Ave.: 

Sponsored by families from South PTO (Betsy Ross & Field Stevenson), all local school students are welcome to play board games and team games throughout Betsy Ross at the PTO’s annual “friend-raiser.” There is no charge to attend the event and Forest Park Community Center Staff will help staff the rooms. Walking tacos, fruit and juice will be sold at a small cost.

Open House

Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy: 

PMSA, First Avenue and Roosevelt Road, hosts an open house for prospective students for the Class of 2021 and their families.

Don’t forget

  • This week is National Banned Book Week
  • Next week Forest Park leaf pick-up begins (Friday, Oct. 7)
  • Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown, Oct. 2
  • October is National Principal Appreciation Month
  • National Fire Prevention Week begins Oct. 10

The twain shall meet

Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m., Proviso West High School, Harrison Street and Wolf Road:

 East meets West … on the gridiron. The Proviso East vs. West football game is this Saturday. Sophomores play at 11 a.m., followed by the varsity at 1:30 p.m.