Author Discussion with Kim Brooks

Opportunity Knocks Classic Softball Tournament

 Attend the 12th annual Opportunity Knocks Charity Softball tournament from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St.

Pig Roast

Pig out at the ninth Pig Roast benefitting the TK Camp Fund, a fundraiser for children who suffer from Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. $40 ticket buys unlimited food and drinks. Visit for more information or to make a donation. Party runs from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St.

Author Discussion with Kim Brooks

Join officials from Centuries & Sleuths and the Forest Park Public Library in
welcoming Kim Brooks to town, author of “Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear.” The New York Times-noted article will read a section from her book and then discuss it with audience members. Talk runs from
7 to 8 p.m. on Sept 18 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Dodgeball Tournament and Chili & Beer Fest

The Park District of Forest Park will hold its Dodgeball Tournament and Chili & Beer Fest from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 at 7501 Harrison. Participation in the tournament costs $40 and registration closes Sept. 22. Email Athletic Supervisor Andrew Doss or call at 708-366-7500 for more information.  

WaistWatchers: The Musical

Join officials from the Howard Mohr Community Center in traveling to The Royal George Theater from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. Attendees will enjoy lunch at Carnivale, and cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes on the way home. $88 for residents; $90 non-residents. Reservations required. Call 708-771-7737 to sign up.

Banned Books Week Family Read-In

Celebrate the freedom to read by dropping in and reading with your family. Enjoy snacks and a special appearance by therapy dogs. A prize will be awarded to the family who reads the most books during the read-in. Read-In runs from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Explore Forest Park: Carver Innovation Center

Explore the Carver Innovation Center with officials from the Forest Park Public Library, and learn how inventors, small businesses and hobbyists can create with a 3D printer, Laser designer and cutter and a signage vinyl cutter. Fun runs from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Carver Innovation Center, 7600 W. Roosevelt Rd. 

Business After Hours

The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures, 7623 Roosevelt.

Puberty 411 for Parents

Time to talk to kids about puberty but unsure about how to start the conversation? The Forest Park Public Library is holding a class for guardians of youth aged 8 to 13 that will provide information, tools and strategies to give parents the skills to discuss the topic comfortably. Class runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Proviso East Homecoming Parade

Proviso East High School will hold its 107th Homecoming Parade at 9 a.m. on Sept. 22. If you would like to participate, call Rodney Smith at 708-449-9281.

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.