Take a Hike

The Forest Preserves of Cook County are encouraging residents to bundle up and get outdoors this week on National Take a Hike Day, Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The annual event, promoted by the American Hiking Society, claims hiking lowers the risk of heart disease and reduces stress.

Special events will be hosted throughout the forest preserve system, including at the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest. Beginning at 1 p.m., volunteer Roberta Jannsen will host a “mindful and meditative guided nature walk” for those 18 and older, a hike intended to refresh body and soul.

Registration is required and can be reserved by calling 708-366-6530. Hikers are advised to wear comfortable shoes and bring a backpack with water and snacks to stay nourished.

Sleep like a baby

Diane Grimard Wilson

Author Diane Grimard Wilson will be sharing her secrets to a better night’s sleep at this virtual event hosted by the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The program, Sleep Like a Baby: Brain Training and Effortless Sleep, is based on Grimard Wilson’s best-selling book, “Brain Dance,” and teaches restless sleepers to “rewire” and get the best sleep possible.

To register and receive a Zoom like to tune in, visit fppl.org, or contact Skye Lavin at slavin@fppl.org. The first 15 registrants will receive a free Sleepytime kit from the library.

Forest Preserve clean-up day

The Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest, is giving volunteers a chance to keep their natural Forest Preserves of Cook County grounds beautiful on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trash bags and gloves will be provided to volunteers, who will also be directed to the spots in most desperate need of cleanup. This is a service opportunity that organizers say is perfect for individuals, groups and families.

Author discussion and signing panel

Four authors will be on hand to discuss their work and sign copies of their books at Centuries & Sleuths bookstore, 7419 Madison St. in Forest Park, on Sunday, Nov. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Featured authors include:

  • Pat Camalliere (“The Mystery at Mount Forest Island,” “The Mystery at Sag Bridge,” “The Mystery at Black Partridge Woods”)
  • Luisa Buehler (“On My Honor,” “Rosary Bride: A Cloistered Death,” “Lion Tamer”)
  • Lee Williams (“Nighthawk,” “In His Blood,” “Sins of the Father”)
  • Mim Eichmann (“A Sparrow Alone,” “Muskrat Ramble”)

Masks are required at this indoor event.

Switch gaming

Kids ages 8 and older can reserve one of the Forest Park Public Library’s Nintendo Switch consoles for solo play or gaming with friends on Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The library’s gaming room can be reserved for up to four guests and both the room and the consoles are free to use. Gaming slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis and gaming sessions are limited to one hour unless demand allows a longer stay. Sign-ups begin at 3:15 p.m. at the library and 7555 Jackson Blvd.

Call 708-689-6126 or email sfarnum@fppl.org for more information or to coordinate any accessibility needs.