Ramen & Manga Cooking Class

Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Schoolhouse Kitchen & Studio

There’s lots of ways you can cook ramen and manga. This class will explore quite a few of them. Recommended for young anime fans from 9-12 years old. Please let them know in advance if there are any food allergies the staff needs to be mindful of, or if you register but can’t make it. 349 Ashland Ave., River Forest.

A Conversation With Novelist Jesmyn Ward

Wednesday, Oct. 12, Forest Park Public Library

This two-time National Book Award winner discusses how her literary vision and personal experiences address urgent questions about racism and social injustice. Register via the library.

Contemplative Forest Walk 

Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thatcher Woods

This group event focuses on walking through the forest as a quiet, meditative exercise. Participants will meet in the Thatcher Woods Nature Preserve parking lot. Chicago Ave. (west of Thatcher), River Forest.

The Great Geek Debate – Defend Your Favorite Horror Movie

Monday, Oct. 10, 4 – 5 p.m., Forest Park Public Library

Come join us via Zoom to discuss our favorite horror films. Which horror movie is scarier? Defend your favorite horror film in this great geek debate. Designed for ages 11-13. Register via the library to receive the link.

Ernest Hemingway: Citizen Of The World

Monday, Oct. 10, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

Nancy W. Sindelar, Ph.D, takes you on a trip through the life of this legendary author, starting from his birth and early influences in Oak Park right on up to his journeys through Kansas City, Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Cuba, and Sun Valley, Idaho. This discussion will be enhanced by rare photos and excerpts from Hemingway’s personal letters. Free, but with a suggested donation of $15 for non-members. 178  Forest Ave., Oak Park.