McAdam Pumpkin Party

It’s time again for the annual McAdam Nursery and Garden Center’s Pumpkin Party, from 12 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 20 at 2001 Desplaines Ave. Expect hay rides, face painting, pumpin painting and more.

Second Annual Cemetery Scavenger Hunt

Join officials from the Historical Society of Forest Park for a scavenger hunt in Forest Home Cemetery. The group offers two options—an easier one, for children, families and newcomers to Forest Home, along with a more difficult scavenger hunt for those who already know Forest Home well. Take a picture of each item, show the photo to Historical Society officials and, once you’re done, receive a prize. Scavenger hunt runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Forest Home, 863 Desplaines Ave. Tickets $8. Reserve your space

Meeting of the G.K. Chesterton Society

Members of Metropolitan Chicago’s G.K. Chesterton Society will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., to discuss “The Thing: Why I Am Still Catholic” by author G.K. Chesterton.

Twisted Cookie Storytime

Join officials from the Forest Park Public library for storytime and a small craft from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 15 at Twisted Cookie, 7401 Madison St. Register at

Cindy Lyons Health Fair

The Howard Mohr Community Center will hold the annual Cindy Lyons Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 24 at 7640 Jackson Blvd. Learn about village services—all of the village of Forest Park departments will be on hand to answer any question—and receive information and free health screenings. Call the Community Center at 708-771-7737 for more information.  

Doll Tea Party

The Oak Park Women’s Exchange will host its 23rd annual “Doll Tea Party” from 12 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Oak Park Women’s Exchange Unique Boutique, 839 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Children ages 3 and up can enjoy snacks, crafts and “children’s tea,” or fruit punch. Tickets $2. Raffle prizes available.  

Device Advice

Let officials from the Forest Park Public Library teach you how to use your tablet, eReader, laptop or smartphone, and learn about mobile applications, search engines, web browser and more with one-on-one help. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at 7555 Jackson Blvd.

Vito Zatto Show

Join officials from the Howard Mohr Community Center in traveling to The Club Arcada for the Vito Zatto Show on Oct. 18, a show which includes stand-up comedy and celebrity impersonations. Lunch included, and officials will stop at Elburn Meat Market on the way home. Tickets $82 for residents; $86 non-resident. Reservations required. Call the Community Center at 708-771-7737 to sign-up.

Friday Fun Night Movies

Kids age 5 to 12 enjoy a movie, dinner of pizza or hotdog, and popcorn at the Park District of Forest Park’s movie night from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 12 at 7501 Harrison St. Tickets $5.

Meet local author Kathryn Atwood

Meet Forest Park’s own renaissance woman, author and musican, Kathryn Atwood for a discussion of her latest novel “Courageous Women of the Vietnam War: Medics, Journalists, Survivors and More.” Talk runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St.  


Sample German fare, take your chance at a raffle, bid in a live auction and meet some of Forest Park’s neediest hounds at the Animal Care League’s sixth annual “Barktoberfest,” from 7 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Fitzgerald’s Side Bar, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn. Tickets $65 in advance; $75 at the door. Purchase tickets online at or in-person at the Animal Care League shelter, 1011 Garfield in Oak Park. Ticket includes open bar and live music.

Grown Up Game Night

Join officials at the Forest Park Public library for board and card games. Either compete against other players, or work together, at games like Scrabble, Exploding Kittens and Flash Point. Fun runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at 7555 Jackson Blvd.

Meet author Sara Paretsky

Meet New York Times best-selling author Sara
Paretsky and hear her discuss her latest book “Shell Game” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St.

Devil in the White City: Myth and Mystery

Historian Adam Selzer will give a talk about H.H. Holmes, commonly known as “America’s first serial killer,” and how researcher separate fact from historical fiction. Talk runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.

Calendar Events

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