Big Week Jan. 24-31

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Canning 101

Learn the fundamentals of canning in a hands-on demo with veteran gardener Anna Stange. Both water bath and pressure canning tips and techniques will be discussed. The group will prepare and can organic seasonal produce, which will be available for tasting at the conclusion of the program. Learn the basics at 7 p.m. at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on Feb. 1.

Digitize Your Memories 

Learn to convert your VHS and 8 mm video to digital movies at 3 p.m. at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on Jan. 25. Register online at 

Park District Meeting

The Park District of Forest Park will hold its board meeting at 6 p.m., Jan. 25 at 7501 Harrison St. 

History Discussion Meeting

Discuss historian David Halberstam's The Coldest Winter at 2 p.m. at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., on Jan. 28. Hablerstam won the Pulitzer Prize at age 30 for his work reporting on the Vietnam War. His last 14 books were all New York Times bestsellers. 

Sisters in Crime Meeting

The Chicago chapter's new president, author Patricia Skalka, will talk to the all-woman writing club's members about paths to publication. What writing goals do you have for 2018? Bring those and let's talk! Sisters in Crime will meet at 11a.m. at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., on Jan. 27. 

Band-A-Thon Fundraiser

The nonprofit Chicago Area Alternative Education League will host its 16th annual Battle of the Bands fundraiser at 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at Healy's Westside, 7321 Madison St. Attendees' $40 ticket includes draft beer, soda, wine, appetizers, live music, a raffle, silent auction, door prizes and more. Tickets are $35 in advance. Email Sarah at to pre-pay for tickets or donate items to the raffle.

Breaded Pork Tenderloin Fundraiser 

The First United Church of Christ will host a breaded pork tenderloin dinner with music by '50s and '60s cover band The Affects at 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at 1000 Elgin Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $8 for children aged 10 and under. Call 708-420-4413 for ticket information. 

Rapunzel Visit & Interactive Movie 

Watch a special interactive screening of Tangled that will include a special, real-life appearance by Rapunzel at 2 p.m. at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on Jan. 27. Ages 12 and under and their caregivers are welcome. Register online at 

Calendar Events

As you've likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can't publish everything, but we'll do our best to feature the week's highlights.

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