Mia Manasala

Author event at Centuries & Sleuths

Centuries & Sleuths bookstore, 7419 Madison St., invites you to an afternoon with Mia P. Manansala, author of “Arsenic and Adobo: A Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery” on Saturday, July 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

One of BuzzFeed’s highly anticipated mystery novels of 2021, it’s Manansala’s first book in a culinary series of sharp humor and delectable dishes — one that might just be killer.

Tracy Clark, author of the Cass Raines Chicago mystery series, will interview Manansala and both will sign books afterwards.

Progress Center offers support programs

Progress Center for Independent Living, which “works to provide people with all types of disabilities the tools and resources to be independent in their own homes” invites you to join a weekly virtual meeting, on July 22 from 10 to 11 a.m., where participants share art and connect with others. Bring art to the meeting to share over Zoom screen or send a picture of the art to the garnold@progresscil.org ahead of time.

There’s also Dynamic People with Disabilities, a monthly support group open to all people with disabilities through the Progress Center. The group’s meetings are on the on the fourth Tuesday of each month, next on July 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. 

For more information and to register, contact Kim Liddell at kliddell@progresscil.org

Get started with nature journaling

Join the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest, on Thursday, July 22 at 6 p.m. to learn the essentials of keeping an illustrated nature journal, to deepen your observations and connection to nature wherever you find it.

No drawing or journaling experience is necessary. The program is presented by Maureen Clare Murphy, University of Illinois Extension master naturalist and geared for all ages over 13.

Registration required. Call 708-366-6530 or visit online.

Madison Street sidewalk sale

Hunt for bargains while enjoying a stroll down Forest Park’s downtown during the Chamber of Commerce’s Madison Street Sidewalk Sale from July 23-25.

Bring your friends and browse our unique boutiques and specialty shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the local eateries.

Participating business are Jayne, Scratch Kitchen, Todd & Holland Tea Merchants, Play It Again Sports, Centuries & Sleuths, Model Esteem and Shanahan’s.

Family nature scavenger hunt challenge

Forest Park Public Library invites families to search for interesting things in the natural world and hone your nature photography during their family scavenger hunt, which runs through July 25.

The library will provide a map and a list of what to look for, as well as access to a Padlet for sharing pictures of what you found on your walk. Children of all ages and their families are welcome.

Maps are available in the Youth Services Department at the Forest Park Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., or by downloading through the library’s website.