Hawaiian Luau Daddy Daughter Dance

Families and children age 4 to 12 can enjoy the Park District of Forest Park’s annual “Daddy Daughter Dance” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the park district’s second and third floors, 7501 Harrison St. Night includes dinner, games and dancing to your favorite tunes. Dress for the occasion in favorite luau outfits. Each child will receive a special gift and couples will receive a photo to remember the occasion. Tickets $36 per couple for residents; $46 per couple for non-residents. Extra children cost $9. 

Shelly Day Storytime 

The Forest Park Public Library will celebrate everyone’s favorite staff member, Shelly the Library Turtle, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 25 at 7555 Jackson Blvd. Children age 5 and under can enjoy turtle-themed stories, dances and a photo opportunity with the library’s “life-sized Shelly.” 

Books on the Chopping Block

Are you anti-censorship? Love to read widely? Experience a performance by City Lit Theater showcasing readings of short excerpts from the top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2017, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. A brief discussion and question and answer session with the audience and actors will follow the performance. 

Meet L.D. Barnes

Meet author L.C. Barnes and discuss her latest book, “The 107th St. Murder,” at 2 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St. 

Trivia Night 

Join officials from the Forest Park Public Library for trivia night at The Beacon Pub. Compete as a team of five or less to win prizes. Members must be age 21 or older. Fun runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 24 at The Beacon Pub, 101 Circle Ave. 

Interactive Movie: Enchanted

Families and children age 12 and under can rediscover the magic of “Enchanted” with an interactive presentation that includes props and instruments from 3 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Potawatomi Casino 

Join the Howard Mohr Community Center for a trip to the Potawatomi Casino in Wisconsin from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 30. Try your hand at machines that’s cost to play range from a penny to $100 per game. Cost $40 resident; $44 non-resident. Attendees will receive a $10 slot credit and $10 lunch credit, as well as round-trip transportation. To participate, you must have a valid state ID or driver’s license. Reservations required. Call the community center at 708-771-7737 to reserve your space.

Reading Awake Book Group: The Hate U Give 

Join fellow book lovers for a discussion of the best-selling “The Hate U Give” young-adult novel, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. Check out a copy of the book at the library’s Patron Services desk. 

The History Discussion Group

Join fellow history-lovers in discussing “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St. 

Sisters in Crime Meeting 

Lori Rader-Day, an award-winning author and national vice president of the Sisters in Crime, will lead a session on tips and tools for improving your writing productivity, keeping yourself motivated, and getting the help you need to finish your next project, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St. Bring a notebook, pen and calendar. 

Calendar Events

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