Mystery Authors Book Fair

Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., will host the Mystery Writers of America Authors’ Book Fair on Sunday Nov. 5 from noon to 5 p.m.

More than a dozen authors will be on hand to meet and greet readers during two-hour time slots. From noon to 2 p.m., the authors will be Lynn Cahoon, Bryon Quertermous, D.M. Pirrone, Tim Chapman, Dan Burns, Raymond Benson and Lori Rader-Day; from 2 to 4 p.m., Libby Fisher Hellmann, Cheryl Honigford, Mary Carter, Lew Stonehouse and  Raymond Benson; and from 4 to 5 p.m., Libby Fischer Hellmann and Lew Stonehouse.

Riveredge Resources

Riveredge Hospital, 8311 Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, will host a pair of events on Friday, Nov. 3.

From 9 to 11 a.m., the hospital and the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township present Rise N’ Learn, a free event which will focus on creating trauma-informed and culturally competent child-serving systems.

Afterward, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.stick around for Riveredge’s 11th Annual Resource Fair on Friday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Discover resources available in the community and network with local mental health professionals. Light refreshments will be provided.

Visit to register for the events.

Wine tasting

Urban Pioneer Group, 7503 Madison St. hosts a wine tasting event with sommelier Michael Bottigliero, of Windy City Wine Guy Consulting, on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The event includes tasting of five wine varieties along with food pairings. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by clicking the link at

Wine Walk

The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce invites you to explore all the Madison Street has to offer while sipping wine and eating specially prepared small bites at the Fall Wine Walk and Shop event on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $40. Sign up at Famous Liquors, 7714 Madison St., or the Chamber office, 7331 Roosevelt Road or online at On the day of the event show up at registration at Forest Park National Bank, 7348 Madison St. between noon and 3 p.m. to get your wine glass, wine walk itinerary, bonus bottle card and goody bag.

Library serves up programs for all ages

Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., invites the community to a special presentation on the “Women of World War II” in the Austin Room on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

Learn about all of the ways women helped win the war, from working in war plants to serving in the American Red Cross “Clubmobile” program, essentially a mobile club, featuring doughnuts, coffee, and good old American girl-next-door friendliness, all served up at the front lines in Europe, Southeast Asia, India, and Australia – wherever the troops were to be found.

Then on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. head on over for a Dia de la Muertos After Hours Celebration. All ages can enjoy music from Cielito Lindo, food, hands on art, face painting, a photo booth and more. Participants will also create a community ofrenda with help from the folks at La Casa De Frida.

Calendar Events

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