Proviso Back to School Bash

Come celebrate the beginning of a new school year the District 209 way, with free face painting, food, music by DJ Fresh Tone and, of course, band performances by Proviso East and Proviso West. Fun runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the D209 District Office, 8601 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Forest Park Virtual Cemetery Tour

Join officials from the Forest Park Public Library for a virtual tour of the village’s cemeteries led by Kenneth J. Knack, author of Forest Park, IL from the Images of America series. Knack will explain cemetery history and tell the stories of notable people who are part of them. Talk runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 at 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Mystery Discussion Group

Join other mystery lovers in discussing author Josephine Tey’s “The Daughter of Time,” a novel The New York Times has named “one of the best mysteries of all time.” Discussion runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St. 


Instructors from Skyline Athletes Staff will teach those 14 and older the basics of tennis from 10 to 11 a.m. every Saturday through August 23 at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St.

D91 Back to School Block Party 

Forest Park District 91 schools will host their annual Back to School Block Party, with appearances by JG’s reptile show, the Proviso East Marching Band, a video game truck and more. The final day to register for classes is at the Block Party. Fun runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 26 at Forest Park Middle School, 925 Beloit Ave. 

Courageous Women of the Vietnam War with Kathryn Atwood

Local author Kathryn Atwood will read and discuss her latest book “Courageous Women of the Vietnam War,” a collection of biographies that feature women who made courageous choices in the midst of war and occupation. Reading runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on August 15 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Author Discussion and Signing with Max Allan, Barbara Collins and A. Brad Schwartz

Listen and meet award-winning authors Allan, Collings and Schwartz read passages from their books “Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness and the Battle for Chicago;” “Antiques Wanted (A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery #12);” “Killing Town;” and “Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News.” Talk starts at 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St. 

Yoga for Everyone 

Instructor Mari Morales will teach those 15 and older the basics of yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. every Monday through August 24 at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St. 

Garage Galleries

Walk the town and take in art during the fifth Garage Galleries, where neighbors turn their garages into galleries that showcase local artists wares. Walk runs from 2 to 7 p.m. on August 25. Pick up a printed copy of Garage Gallery locations at Creativita, 7512 Madison St. Learn more at 

Legally Blonde

The travelling seniors of Forest Park will head to Paramount Theater in Aurora on Sept. 5 to see Legally Blonde, a musical about a woman who rises to the challenge of becoming a lawyer, all while looking fabulous. Lunch at The Paramount is included. A cash bar will be available at the theater. Cost is $85 for residents, $89 for non-residents. Reservations required. Please call the Howard Mohr Community Center at 708-771-7737 to sign up.

Calendar Events

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