17th Annual Campin' Out
From Sept. 15 to 16, the Park District of Forest Park will turn its ball fields into campgrounds. Come for hotdogs, beans, smore's and more. Event begins at 2 p.m.; Park District activities start at 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 at 7501 Harrison. Register online at pdofp.org.
International Faith Conference
Bill Winston Ministries will hold its annual International Faith Conference from Sept. 9 to Sept. 14 at Living Word Christian Center, 7600 W. Roosevelt.
Parents and Teachers as Allies
Learn to empathize with teens, and how adults can serve and support them during their life stage, with officials from NAMI and the Loyola School Based Health Center. Class runs from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.
Roaring 20's Silent Movie
Join officials from the Howard Mohr Community Center in travelling to Elkhart, Ind. for a silent movie on Sept. 13. Allow the picture to transport you through time, to the crowds at The Lerner did nearly 100 years ago. Visit includes a 1920s vintage lawn party, and a stop at Coppes Common for rocket science ice cream and a trip to their bulk food store. Lunch included. Tickets $86 residents; $90 non-residents. Reservations required. Call the community center to reserve your space, and learn more: 708-771-7737.
Be a Smart Voter!
Officials from the Forest Park Public Library will outline all the races in the next election from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 at 7555 Jackson Blvd.
Autism and Friendship
Officials from the University of Illinois teach kids what it means to be on the autism spectrum, and learn ways they can be an ally to friends and family who may fall on the spectrum. Program runs from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.
Historic Progressive Dinner
Join the Historic Society of Forest Park for a progressive dinner that starts with drinks McGaffers Saloon, heads to Golden Steer for dinner and then ends at Nadeau's Ice House for dessert, courtesy of the Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor. Tickets $75. Fun starts at 6:30 p.m. on Sept 14. Visit forestparkhistory.org for more information.
Join author Kim Brooks for a reading and discussion of "Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear," which unpacks how a culture of fear and competition has altered the experience of parents and children. Called "striking" by the New York Times Book Review, "unflinching" by National Public Radio and more, the talk runs from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.
The Bug Jar
Author Ava Black with sign and discuss her new book "The Bug Jar," a psychological thriller about a woman having an affair with a corrupt Chicago mayoral candidate, who may have committed murder. Book launch and signing will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St.
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