Sarah's Inn is hosting a holiday gift drive through Nov. 3. File photo

Stand with Asian Americans through Mindfulness and Hawaiian Chant

Tuesday, May 25, from 7 to 8 p.m. Join the Forest Public Library on Zoom as it hosts Sensi (Zen teacher and priest) and Kumu Hula (master hula teacher). June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue is an Asian American born in Hawaii.  She’ll talk about mindfulness and teach a gentle yet strong mindful movement dance and chant. Visit to register. You will receive a link to participate by email one day prior to the event.

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue

An introduction to Trauma with Sarah’s Inn

On May 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sarah’s Inn is hosting an interactive virtual event with the Forest Park Public Library. Sarah’s Inn will provide an introduction to understanding trauma and trauma-informed approaches. Join us to explore how each of us can build empathy with survivors of trauma and consider how trauma-informed approaches can inform our day-to-day interactions with others and ourselves. This event will include opportunities for questions, conversation, and critical engagement with recent examples from the media to put this understanding into practice. All are welcome! Visit for more information.

Reading Awake Book Club: ‘The Women in Black’

Join a virtual discussion of “The Women in Black” by Madeleine St. John on May 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. Register on the Forest Park Public Library’s website at or contact Sky at for more information. The group will meet over Zoom; participants will receive a link by email one day prior to the event. Other upcoming book discussions include: “Right after the Weather” by Carol Anshaw (on June 30) and “The Five Wounds” by Kristin Valdez Quade (on July 28).

Monarch Thursdays

Join the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest, for another Monarch Thursday on May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. Stop by Trailside Museum to learn how you can bring beauty and butterflies to your yard through planting native plants. The University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalists will get you started with plants and seeds (while supplies last). There will also be children’s activities. Masks must be worn to these outdoor drop-in events. Contact 708-366-6530 or email for more information on this free event.

Forest Park Bulk Items Pickup and Electronics Recycling

Bulk Items: From Monday, May 17 to Saturday May 22, public works personnel will be out removing bulk items off the parkways.

Electronics Recycling Program: From Monday, May 17 to Saturday, May 22, residents (ID required) can drop off electronics in person at the public works headquarters, 7343 15th St. in Forest Park.

Visit for details on what items will be accepted. Call 70-366-2323 for more information.

Forest Park Community Cleanup

The village, led by the public works department, is sponsoring a community-wide clean up event on Saturday, May 22. Check-in is at 8 a.m. behind the Roos, 7329 Harrison St. Clean-up begins at 9 a.m. Volunteers 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, and masks are mandatory. Volunteers must register in advance. Visit for details or call 708-366-2323 for more information.