Candlelight March

 Saturday evening, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., starting at the Park District building:

From Anna Felicity Friedman: “I’d like to invite my fellow Forest Parkers and our surrounding neighbors to a candlelight march that celebrates unity and diversity. It’s a BYOC event (bring your own candle), and I highly recommend electronic candles for kids to reduce risk of injury (I’ll have some extras, come find me if you need one). We’ll start at the park district, walk up Circle, down the south side of Madison to Desplaines, and then up the north side of Madison to Brown Cow for ice cream and to talk with neighbors. Please join us.” Rain date: Sunday the 20th. You can find out more at

Candy Cane Lane

Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Park District of Forest Park:

The Candy Cane Lane Craft Fair and Holiday Market features over 25 crafters and vendors on two floors at the administration building, 7501 Harrison St. Admission is free and so is parking. The building is ADA accessible and has an elevator. The proceeds support the Park District Foundation. For more, call 708-366-7500 or visit


Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church:

The Christmas season begins with Hodie! a concert by the Oak Park Concert Chorale, directed by Paul Lindblad, featuring carols, ancient and modern, five of which will be premiered here. 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park. General admission is $18 in advance, $20 at the door; seniors/students $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. For more, call 708-848-2130 or visit

Arts & Crafts & Beer

Friday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m., Pleasant Home:

Pleasant Home Foundation hosts an Arts & Crafts Beer Parlour. Three local microbreweries are showcased in the opulent architecture of historic Pleasant Home. Guests will find a bit of craft beer heaven in each of the mansion’s awe-inspiring rooms while a local musician adds to the atmosphere. Contributing breweries are Exit Strategy of Forest Park, and Kinslagher and Oak Park Brewing Company in Oak Park. Tickets are $35 ($30 for Pleasant Home Foundation members). Tasting times: 6-7:30 p.m. or 8-9:30 p.m. Guests must be 21 or over. Purchase tickets at 217 Home Ave. For more, call 708-383-2654. Proceeds benefit the Pleasant Home Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

Student recitals

Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3, 4:15 and 5:15 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church:

The Gasse School of Music in Forest Park holds the second of its Fall Students Recitals at Good Shepherd, 618 Randolph St., Oak Park. Free admission.

PMSA Shadow Day

Thursday, Nov. 17, Proviso Math & Science Academy: 

Students and parents of eighth-graders are invited to PMSA to spend part of the day experiencing everything PMSA has to offer. Registration required by contacting the PMSA Main Office at 708-338-4100.

Mind Your Business

Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5-8 p.m., Forest Park Plaza Mall:

Thinking of becoming a business owner? Hear success stories, get advice, and have your questions answered by leading national and state entrepreneur support agencies at Mind Your Business – Best Practices of Entrepreneurship, an interactive event. And enjoy some food. IL Small Business Development Center, Joseph School of Business, Room 151A, 7600 Roosevelt Road. Call the Forest Park Public Library for more information at 708-366-7171.

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.