Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to noon, starting at Constitution Park, River Forest:

The River Forest Service Club, River Forest Parks Foundation, River Forest Park District, and the village of River Forest sponsor the 92nd Annual Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. and travels from Constitution Park south on Ashland Avenue to Lake Street, then west to Keystone Park, where it will finish with a free hotdog lunch. The parade grand marshal is Captain John Gall, U.S. Army, 1969-1972.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29 at 2 p.m., The Park:

The annual Forest Park Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in front of the Park District of Forest Park Administration Building, 7501 Harrison St. 

Fix ‘er up, clean ‘er up

Ending Saturday, May 20:

Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up Week runs through Saturday, May 20-27. Dispose of all unwanted household items free of charge! This includes lightbulbs, tires, televisions, household construction materials, all types of batteries, cellphones, eye glasses, hearing aids, all electronic equipment, unused paint (latex and oil based), and large items such as sofas and washing machines, and more. Staff will be present at Public Works, 7343 W. 15th Street, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with extended hours on Wednesday to 7 p.m. Bulk items, such as sofas and washing machines, can be left curbside. Public works will be making regular checks throughout town to pick up bulk items all week long. They’ll even have a veterans container to collect old flags for appropriate disposal. McAdam Landscaping, Empowering Gardens, Shauer Hardware and Paulson’s Paint will offer Forest Park residents a 10% discount on all home improvement items and florals purchased during the week to encourage beautification of their properties. Forest Park residents only, must show I.D. No appointment necessary. Please sort items before arriving (e.g. rechargeable batteries vs. single use; latex paint vs. oil-based, etc.). Maximum of 5 gallons of paint per household.

*Note, all unwanted medications should be dropped off at the Police Department for proper disposal. Please do not flush your medicine or throw it in the garbage. Over time these medicines seep into our ground water and can affect our drinking water.

Into the Beautiful North

Thursdays and Fridays, 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., through June 17, 16th St. Theater, Berwyn:

The play by Karen Zacarias, based on the novel of the same name, set in the dangerous world of the U.S.-Mexico border, has been extended through June 17. Tickets are $22/ $18 seniors, students. 6420 16th St., Berwyn. or call 708-795-6704.

Clio’s Chroniclers

Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m., Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore:

Clio’s Chroniclers, the history discussion group will discuss Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn. 7419 Madison St. Call 708-771-7243 or visit

Free Writing Workshop

Saturday, May 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Forest Park Public Library Austin Room:

“Fiction! That’s Where I’m a Viking!” (with apologies to Ralph Wiggum of The Simpsons) is a workshop in which we will talk about the single most important characteristic of good fiction — Courage. How does one muster the courage to embark upon a Big Project? What does it mean to write courageous fiction? What are some examples of such work? And most importantly, how can we dig down deep, wrap our fingers around courage, and yank it out of the darkness? Together, and well-armed with the work and wisdom of other authors, we’ll talk about Courage and Fiction with an emphasis on craft and practical strategies.

Celebrating Seniors Luncheon

Wednesday, May 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Park District Administrative Building:

The Szurko Trio, a local favorite who pride themselves on playing a great variety of music from many different eras, will perform. They began over four years ago playing various venues on Madison Street in Forest Park so they welcome the opportunity to play “where it all started.” A lunch buffet will be served. Give-a-ways and a chance to win a 2017 Forest Park Aquatic Center Season Pool Pass is included. Ages 60 and up. Call 708-366-7500.

Friday Afternoon Movie

Friday, May 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Forest Park Public Library:

Join us for a classic film on Friday afternoons in the Austin Room. Popcorn will be served! This Friday we will be watching The Big Sleep. For more, call 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.