Tale of the Tombstones

Sunday, Oct. 16, starting at 1 p.m., Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park:

The silver anniversary of the annual two-hour walking tour, sponsored by the Historical Society of OP-RF, has been held on the third Sunday of every October since 1992. This year the spotlight falls on men and women who were stars in politics, sports, religion, and business. The theme is “The Big Show.” Actors reincarnate characters who call Forest Home their final home. Baseball-playing evangelist Billy Sunday makes his return to the tour along with record-setting member of the U.S. House of Representatives Adolph Sabath, who makes his undead debut. Tickets are $15, members $10 and go on sale at 12:30 that day. Desplaines Avenue, south of I-290. For more information, call 708-848-6755 or email oprfhistorymatters@sbcglobal.net. 

Pumpkin decorating

Sunday, Oct. 16, Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor, 7347 Madison: 

Call or come into the store to reserve a time for Brown Cow’s Annual Great Pumpkin Contest. Kids age 2-12 will decorate a pumpkin, enjoy a spooky treat and possibly win free ice cream for a year. For more information and times, call 708-366-7970.

Scooby-Doo Marathon

Sunday, Oct. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., Forest Park Public Library Austin Room:

Scooby, Scooby Doo … where are you? At the library this Sunday. Scooby Doo episodes will be showcased. Popcorn will be provided. For families and all ages. This is a drop-in event; no advance registration is required. 7555 Jackson Blvd. Call 708-366-7171 for more information.

Goulash dinner

Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., First United Church of Christ:

First United is holding a Hungarian Goulash dinner with authentic beef goulash, Hungarian style, traditional Czech-style cabbage with broad noodles, a relish tray and several desserts and beverages. 1000 Elgin Ave. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 children. Call 708-771-8456.

Latin jazz quartet

Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m., Main Library, 834 Lake St.:

Latin Suenos Jazz Quartet will perform a concert for the NEA Big Read program, events centered on the novel The Beautiful North. Comprising some of Chicago’s finest jazz and Latin musicians and led by bassist/composer Steven Hashimoto, the group has been active in Chicago’s vital jazz scene for 10 years and combines jazz improvisation with Latin and Caribbean rhythms. More: oppl.org/bigread.

Coat drive

Ascension Parish is sponsoring a coat drive for those in need on Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Ascension Gym. Gently used or new coats are needed in all sizes for men, women and children. Drop off your donations in the box at the East Avenue (and Van Buren) church entrance.

If you have any questions about the coat drive or lunch served, call Bob Kutela at 630-863-1046 or Ann Devitt at 708-848-2003.

Live Lit

Sunday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m., Counter Coffee, 7324 Madison:

Counter Coffee’s Live Lit Storytelling evening opens the mic to readers who share stories. If you’d like to be a reader, email hello@drinkcountercoffee.com.

Calendar Events

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