Creative canvas painting

Get started on one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for someone special in your life at this Tuesday, Nov. 16 class presented by the Park District of Forest Park. This session runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the park district’s administrative building, 7501 Harrison St., and is open to all guests age 10 and older.

All materials will be provided but the class will not be held unless at least five people register before Monday, Nov. 15. Registration is open now at The cost is $65 per person.

Thanksgiving food drive

The Trailside Museum of Natural History is asking the public to drop off healthy, non-perishable food items Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event is held in partnership with Proviso Partners for Health and the Maywood Park District. Donations will be collected in the parking lot.

The Trailside Museum of Natural History is located at 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest.

Dr. David Flippo

Virtual concert: David Flippo

Acclaimed performer and teacher, and Triton College faculty pianist,
Dr. David Flippo will hold a virtual recital, performing jazz, classical and original compositions, on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Pre-registration for this virtual concert held via Zoom is required and can be secured by visiting the college’s website,

Build an automaton

Curious young builders can create their own cardboard pal at this event hosted by the Forest Park Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 4-5 p.m.

Exploratoriam, Cardboard Automaton

An automaton, a precursor to what one might conceive as a humanoid robot from science fiction, is a figure that performs a predetermined action, in this case one that moves by turning a handle. Kids ages 8 to 10 will be building automatons out of cardboard, skewers, paper, glue and other supplies.

This is an in-person event and registration is open now by calling 708-689-6126. Because this is an in-person event, all attendees are required to wear a mask and social distance, regardless of vaccination status.

Ashley Simone

Tasty holiday platters

Forest Park chef and the charismatic mastermind behind Zesty Catering, Ashley Simone, is sharing tips for beautiful charcuterie, cheese and fruit platters at this pre-recorded video event on Forest Park Public Library TV on Monday, Nov. 15 from 7-7:45 p.m.

If you miss Monday’s broadcast, Simone’s class will remain viewable on FPPL TV ( after Monday’s session, and that’s also where you can catch more FPPL TV programming, including other courses led by Simone.

Laser dark side of the moon

Listen to Pink Floyd’s iconic Dark Side of the Moon album and enjoy an accompanying laser light show at Triton College in River Forest, Saturday, Nov. 13 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Pink Floyd

The show will be held at the Cernan Earth and Space Center and is part of an ongoing series. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, and free to Triton College students, faculty and staff.

For a complete schedule of upcoming Cosmic Light Shows, visit