Arbor Day Tree Planting

Friday, April 29 at 9 a.m., Garfield School, Hannah & Jackson Blvd.

Join us for the National Arbor Day ceremony. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the tree planter’s holiday. Public Works will plant an Autumn Blaze Maple tree along the playground on Hannah Avenue. The village of Forest Park will be on hand to pass out informational pamphlets, gifts for participating students and milkweed packets.

Forest Park Community Cleanup

Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m., Roos Center

Hosted by the village of Forest Park, the Forest Park Recreation Board, the Park District of Forest Park, and Forest Park Public Works. Check in at 9 a.m. behind the Roos Center in The Park. Ages 16+ (15 and below must be accompanied by an adult). Ice cream treats around noon after the cleanup.

7th District Candidate Forum

Virtually, Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

Seventh Illinois Congressional District candidates will make brief presentations on their backgrounds, qualifications, and interest in running for office, followed by questions submitted from constituents in advance of the forum and asked by a LWV trained moderator. Register at To submit questions, send an email (and include CD7 in the Subject Box) to: Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar after registering. Sponsored by the Leagues of LaGrange Area, Oak Park & River Forest, and Chicago.

May Day

Haymarket monument

Sunday, May 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Haymarket Martyrs Monument, Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Desplaines

In celebration and remembrance of May Day, the Historical Society of Forest Park will have biographies about residents of Radical Row at various graves as well as other information about the Haymarket Affair and monument. We will be honoring our Mark Rogovin Award recipient at noon. Join us in celebrating their contribution to labor history. At 4 p.m., McGaffer’s Saloon, 7737 Roosevelt Road, for Haymarket Trivia. Can’t make it in person? Take our virtual tour.

Li’l Ed & the Blues Imperials

Tuesday, May 3, FitzGerald’s

Slashing West Side-derived blues from a longtime blues veteran who has managed to retain the same band since the 1980s, which is a world record any way you view it! Part of WDCB’s Bluesday Tuesday, hosted by Tom Marker. Free with patio reservation., 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Champion Organ Combo

Saturday, April 30, FitzGerald’s

Nothing sounds as perfect on a lazy midday Saturday like bluesy organ jazz. The Champion Organ Combo is here to fill that need. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Jeff Tweedy and Nick Offerman

Illinois Libraries Present is proudly bringing together legendary musician Jeff Tweedy along with humorist and author Nick Offerman for a virtual event hosted by the Forest Park Public Library on Wednesday, April 27 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Tweedy is the man behind the Grammy Award winning rock band Wilco and has recently released three solo albums along with two books: Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) and How to Write One Song. 

Offerman, a who grew up in Minooka, is the bestselling author of three books of his own and one of the breakout stars of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, where he played the inimitable Ron Swanson. In addition to writing and acting, Offerman is also an accomplished woodworker.

Pre-registration is required and open now. Visit for a link to the registration page hosted by Illinois Libraries Present.

Kiwanis Bowl-A-Thon

Sunday, May 1, 1-4 p.m., Circle Lanes

Come join local Kiwanis clubs to bowl a few games and buy raffle tickets. Pizza will be included. The Kiwanis Bowl-A-Thon benefits kids with developmental disabilities via the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation and YMCA Camp Independence. $20, 7244 Circle Ave., Forest Park.