Book discussions at Centuries and Sleuths

Zombie Pub Crawl

Dress like a zombie, walk like a zombie and drink like a zombie at the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce’s Madison Street Zombie Pub Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy blood-curdling drink specials, an after party at Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St., starting at midnight and other zombie-related fun at your favorite Madison Street watering hole. Check-in at Healy’s Westside, 7321 Madison St., starting at 7 p.m. to get your Zombie Pub Crawl glow-in-the-dark commemorative mug, wrist band and map (which you’ll need in order to participate.

Casket Races return

It’s too late to register to participate, but it sure isn’t too late to go ahead and enjoy the competition at the 6th Annual Forest Park Chamber of Commerce Casket Races on Saturday, Oct. 28. Races begin at 11 a.m. on Beloit Avenue just south of Madison Street. 

Food vendors will be available at the event. Come out and cheer on the defending champs from the Forest Park Review.

Following the Casket Races, bring the kids to Trick-or-Treat on Madison Street from noon to 2 p.m. Look for the signs in the windows of participating businesses.

Tickets are $10. Call 708-366-2543 for more information.

Cindy Lyons Health Fair 

Senior citizens and all other members of the community are invited to the annual Cindy Lyons Health Fair at the Howard Mohr Community Center, 7640 Jackson Blvd. (at Desplaines Avenue) on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be more than 50 vendors at the event, providing information on senior care, home health care, hospice care, heart disease, tax appeals, phone services, Social Security and resources for seniors.

Representatives from the Illinois Treasurer’s Office (Cash Dash), the Cook County State’s Attorney, all village of Forest Park departments, the Cook County Sheriff, the Park District of Forest Park will also be on hand.

In addition, the Illinois Secretary of State will provide driver’s license renewal vision screenings and attendees can avail themselves of a variety of free testing and exams, including cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, cataracts/glaucoma, hearing and more. Flu shots will be available from Rush Oak Park Hospital. All testing is free.

There will also be raffles and healthy food samples.

For more information or to arrange transportation to the health fair, call 708-771-7737.

Book discussions at Centuries and Sleuths

Join in a discussion “Approaching Truth through Fact and Fiction” with journalist/author Ted Gregory and crime novelist Jack Fredrickson on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St.

And on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. come by for an author discussion and book signing with Michael Stanley in conjunction with the publication of his sixth Detective Kubu novel Dying to Live.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Connect with elected officials

Have you ever picked up the phone and called your Senator or Congressman? Have you wanted to but were not sure what to say? Do you know who your state senator and state congresspersons are?

Find out more at “How to Communicate with Your Elected Officials: A Civics Workshop” in the Austin Room of the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

 Panel members will include Larry Shapiro, suburban staffer for Congressman Danny Davis; Marla Skinner, staffer for state Sen. Kimberly Lightford; Rachell Entler, commissioner of public property for the village of Forest Park; and Elizabeth Van Holt, staffer for Gov. Bruce Rauner. The panel is moderated by Etta Worthington, local activist, filmmaker, and writer.

Calendar Events

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