Community Center donates 160 dinners, toys for Christmas

Forest Park’s Howard Mohr Community Center delivered 160 dinners and presents as part of its annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive Dec. 22. All toys came from Mayor Anthony Calderone’s annual Toy Drive and McGaffers Saloon’s Toys for Tots fundraiser.  For Christmas dinner, families received a ham—with all the fixin’s, said center director Karen Dylewski—as well as dessert. Each child received several toys. Forest Park firefighters were among those who volunteered their time to help load and pack boxes to deliver to families.  “There are so many people who volunteer with food drives to help us keep our pantry full and be able to feed so many at this time of year,” Dylewski said. “We really could not do this without the support of this great community.”

Work off that holiday gut

The Forest Park Park District will play host another Fitness Demo Day for pilates at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8. at 7501 W. Harrison St. First-timers are free. Register online at or show up at the door. 

Book Club

The Forest Park Public Library’s monthly teen book club will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 28 at 7555 Jackson Blvd. The group will discuss New York Times bestseller “When Dimple Met Rishi,” a coming-of-age novel about two Indian teens. Register online at 

Friday Night Movie Night

The Forest Park Park District will play host another Friday Night Movie Night for children grades kindergarten through fifth at 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 5 at 7501 W. Harrison St. The Park District did not mention which movie will be screened, although it promises that any movie will be G or PG. Either a hot dog or pizza dinner will be provided, along with popcorn of course! Register online at or show up at the door. Tickets for residents are $5, nonresidents $7. 

School is in session

Forest Park District 91 schools will resume from winter break on
January 8.

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