Entrepreneur Knowledge Exchange

Thursday, May 4 from 5 to 8 p.m., Forest Park Public Library:

Local entrepreneurs, learn what it takes to start a business, how to turn your idea into a profitable venture, and get tips on what to do and what to avoid when pursuing your own business endeavor. Speakers include: Diane Brown, PQR Consulting LLC; Joana Fischer, Twisted Cookie; Paul McKenna, Starship Restaurant & Catering; Jim Nadeau, Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures Inc.; and Sue Reardon, Suite Spotte Coworking. This event is a part of Crain’s Small Business Week. Register at http://bit.ly/2oJPvmg.

Cinco de Mayo Party 

Friday, May 5, hosted by FatDuck Tavern & Grill: 

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with tastings of our Beer of the Month, Grandes Lagos Mexican Lager, Great Lakes Brewing Company. Authentic Mexican food specials, the return of white sangria & new “signature” spring/summer cocktails & drink specials.

Other restaurants likely to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo: Axcan, Cocina de Los Lobos, La Casa de Frida. 

Go fly a kite

Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Park:

The Park District of Forest Park hosts a family-oriented kite fly as part of the Illinois Association of Park District’s (IAPD) statewide “Flying 4 Kids” event, which will feature kite contests and more. Participants are encouraged to bring their own kites.

WSSRA Derby Gala

Saturday, May 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Turf Club, Hawthorne Race Course, Cicero:

West Suburban Special Recreation Association will be hosting their annual Derby Gala fundraiser at 3501 S. Laramie. A light dinner, beer and wine, a derby hat and tie contest, raffles and a silent auction are included. Guests can view a simulcast of the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby. Tickets can be purchased online at wssra.net or by calling the office at 847-455-2100. Event tickets are $90 each.

Movie and hot dogs

Friday, May 5 from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., Park District building: 

Tween/teen movie night, 5th-8th graders, movie and hot dogs at The Park. Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. $7 resident includes hot dogs or pizza, chips, and beverage. Signed permission slip required at drop off.