Self defense for women

Saturday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m., Forest Park Public Library: 

Impact Chicago leads a self-defense workshop. Learn basic self-defense principles: strong voice, safe distance, powerful physical tools, bystander support, and getting to safety. Open to adults, 18 and up (16-17, if accompanied by a guardian). Space is limited.  Registration required. A signed waiver is required to participate.

Crafty parenting: Is there an app for that?

Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m., Forest Park Public Library:

Our staff picks the best parenting apps, podcasts, and feeds to follow on social media. Kids are welcome to participate in the adjoining craft program.

One Earth Film Festival

March 8-12 at various local venues:

Green Community Connections and a volunteer throng of 300 have created the 6th annual One Earth Film Festival, 30 films in 39 venues across Chicagoland, many of them local, now going into its final weekend. Each film has a facilitated program afterward. Check out the films and schedule on or see the brochure for the local viewings

Remaining local screenings:

1. “Shifting Sands,” 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9, Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake St., Oak Park

2. “Years of Living Dangerously: Race Against Time,” 12 p.m., Saturday, March 11, Loretto Hospital, Auditorium-6th Floor

3. “Chicago’s True Nature,” 11 a.m., Sat., March 11, Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest

4. “Toxic Chemicals: Kids in Danger,” 3 p.m., March 11, Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake St., Oak Park

5. Festival Closing Celebration, 3 p.m., Sunday, March 12, Garfield Park Conservatory, Jensen Room, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago. Includes screening of Conversation International’s virtual reality short film “Under the Canopy.”

Cover our Rust

Applications due, March 17; painting day, May 13:

An outdoor art project is being planned for this spring to spruce up the concrete walls of the Circle Avenue bridge. Applications are now being accepted. All are welcome, from artists to families, and everyone in between. The bridge will be closed for a day filled with music, food, and creativity. Each person or group will have a 10-foot section of bridge to work with. A $30 entry fee buys you your kit, containing your paint, brushes, and a commemorative tote bag. You have from morning till evening to work on your design. Download the application from the village website or email

7th Annual Seed Swap

Saturday, March 11 from 2 to 4 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church:

Forest Park Community Garden’s annual Seed Swap is free if you RSVP at For more information, email 305 Circle Ave.

St. Patrick’s Day Dance 

Friday, March 10 from 7 to 9 p.m., Park District of Forest Park: 

Everyone dressed in green will receive a door prize and receive a ticket to win a raffle prize. A signed permission slip with a parent/guardian signature is required. Grades 3-5. Administrative building, 3rd floor, 7501 Harrison St. Fee: $5 per person.

Songs of Solidarity 

Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m., Outtaspace in Berwyn:

Echo Theater Collective presents Sing! Women Unite! part of the Echolove series, celebrating the power and achievements of women. Thirty percent of the proceeds will go to TraffickFree (, a Chicago-based organization that combats sex trafficking and helps survivors rebuild their lives. Tickets are $20 at Brown Paper Tickets. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at 6840 32nd St in Berwyn. Visit

My Voice, My Story 

Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m., Forest Park Public Library:

Holi, the festival of colors, celebrates the passing of winter and arrival of spring. It welcomes new friendships and encourages forgiveness. Join us for stories and fun. All ages.

Fact-checking in the age of ‘fake news’

Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m., Forest Park Public Library:

Join the Forest Park Public Library for a special event with Laura M. Browning, managing editor of The AV Club and American Copy Editors Society board member, to learn how to fact-check ourselves so that we’re consuming, interpreting, and sharing news responsibly.

Counter Coffee open mic 

Thursday, March 9 from 7-10 p.m., Counter Coffee: 

Piano accompanist Mark Burnell coordinates the open mic evening and will play any music you bring. Light dinner options: paninis and wraps. 7324 Madison St.

Save your files to the cloud

Thursday, March 9 at 6 p.m., Forest Park Public Library:

Learn how to back up your documents, music, and photos to online cloud solutions, many of which are cheap or free. Useful for safety and sharing. Basic knowledge of internet navigation and email account are required.

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.