Mandela : Struggle For Freedom

Join the Forest Park Public Library for this virtual tour with the Illinois Holocaust Museum on March 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. The history of apartheid in South Africa is traced, with Nelson Mandela as the central character. With immersive environments, such as a recreation of Mandela’s cell on Robben Island, Mandela promotes human rights with a central message: all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Please register in advance at A zoom link will be sent to participants after registration and up to a day before the event.

Free COVID-19 testing at Village Hall

Free COVID-19 testing is available in the lower level of village hall, 517 Desplaines Ave., every Saturday and Sunday until the end of March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. See for more details.

Chicago Food Tour

On March 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., join the Forest Park Public Library for a virtual tour of some of the most iconic restaurants and culinary creations in Chicago, from Lou Malnati’s to Garrett’s Popcorn. Pull up a chair for some Chicago food history and nostalgia with presenter Hillary Marzec, as she takes guests on a virtual tour of classic foods, like deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and Italian beef.

This program will take place over Zoom and you will receive a link the day before the event. Visit for more information or to sign up.

Mystery Discussion Group

Join leader (and bookstore owner) Augie Aleksy for a discussion of the book “The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D.” on March 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Centuries and Sleuths, 7419 Madison St.

Virtual Support from NAMI

The West Metro chapter of NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) is offering virtual support for parents and families. A support groups meets via WebEx every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Sign up for WebEx, then use Meeting # 126 188 5330 and the password CONNECT. There is also a private Facebook group and phone sessions available. Visit for more information.

Forest Park Shamrock Hunt

Help the Park District of Forest Park turn Forest Park green (or whatever colors you choose) with a good old fashioned Shamrock Hunt! All you have to do is print and color a shamrock. Then hit the streets and see how many shamrocks you can find. A printable template is available at