Explore the night sky
Meet an astronomer and travel to the moon and stars at this virtual event hosted by the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on Thursday, Jan. 13 from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
The event is geared specifically to kids at 8 to 10 years old and is being presented by the team at Triton College’s Earth and Science Center.
This virtual program will be presented live but anyone unable to make the time work can catch a replay on the library’s Facebook page or via FPPL TV (tv.fppl.org).
Lego model exhibit
Check out this “showcase of Lego excellence” at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ChiLUG, the Chicago Lego Users Group, returns for this event that is sure to impress Lego enthusiasts and even budding Lego masters. The exhibition is open to kids and adults of all ages and Lego passions.
Registration is not required but, for safety reasons, the Austin Meeting Room will be limited to two families at a time.
Because this is an in-person event, all attendees age 2 and older must wear a face covering at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
Winter scavenger hunt
Families are invited to get outdoors at the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest, on Sunday, Jan. 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The event begins with a self-guided scavenger hunt for animal and plant life, then gather around the campfire and partake in some delicious fireside snacks.
Pre-registration is required by calling 708-366-6530. All visitors inside the museum (age 2 and older) must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
National Day of Racial Healing
One day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, join the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Forest Park Public Library in observing the sixth annual National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The day is billed as an opportunity to bring people together in “common humanity” and inspire actions that can make the world a more just and equitable place.
The library is hosting a virtual watch party on their big screen, but the event will also be broadcast on the Kellogg Foundation’s YouTube Channel (youtube.com/kelloggfoundation) if you’d rather watch from home.
In-person seating at the library will be limited, so pre-registration is requested at fppl.org.
See Jane, Drink Wine
The Park District of Forest Park’s Sips and Crafts series continues with See Jane, Drink Wine on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
At this class, open only to those age 21 and older, attendees will learn about three of certified sommelier Jane’s favorite wines and promises to appeal to “every level of wine lover and please all budgets.”
Students will pick up a sturdy foundation of wine-tasting knowledge. They’ll be taught how to judge aromas, flavors, grape varietals and pairings, and learn tips for identifying and articulating your favorite style of wine so you can pick the perfect bottle the next time you’re ordering a drink.
Tickets to the event, hosted on the second floor of the park district’s administrative building at 7501 W. Harrison St., are $40 to $45 per person and are available now at pdofp.org.