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Palos Fine Arts Scholarship 2015

Palos Fine Arts was founded in 1984 to stimulate, promote and present the arts in the Palos area.  By recognizing the importance of the arts in everyone’s life, it was natural to establish a scholarship program. Palos Fine Arts has been awarding scholarships since 1991.  What better way to stimulate the arts than to support young artists or educators as they pursue knowledge in their chosen art form.   

Academy Award Contest at the Library

Jan. 19th – Feb. 22nd Predict the winners of the 87th Academy Awards and win a DVD of the “Best Film”. Palos Park Library cardholders may pick up an entry form at the Front Desk. Winner will be announced by March 2nd. Call the library with any questions at 708-448-1530.

Turning 65: Understanding Medicare Program

Turning 65: Understanding Medicare Parts A & B,and Medicare Supplements Tuesday, Jan. 27th, 7 p.m. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Community Relations Specialist Diane Adduci will present an educational program covering eligibility, the benefits of Medicare Parts A and B, and the standardized Medicare Supplemental Plans available in Illinois. Call the library to register at (708) 448-1530 or visit the library online at .

Book Party at the Library

January 28, 11:00 am Book Party- Each member will discuss their favorite book and all members will leave with a list of recommend reads for the new year!

Annual Magazine Sale at Library

Jan. 29th – Feb. 2nd The magazine sale is back! Choose from a selection of past issues of popular magazines for all ages. 3 magazines for $1.00 or $.50 per magazine. Call the library for more information at 708-448-1530.

Slow Cooker Secrets Program

Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, 7 p.m. Winter is the perfect time to get out the slow cooker and create satisfying and healthy meals that virtually prepare themselves. Learn some secrets and tips that will ensure success with a slow cooker. Tasting and recipes will be provided. Call the library to register at (708) 448-1530 or visit the library online at .

Chili in the Park

Saturday, February 7 Doors Open at 12:30 pm Public Tasting 1:15 pm – $5.00 to taste over 30 chilies. Join us at the Recreation Center as the CASI and ICS associations come together to compete for prizes and points that will take them to their National Competitions. Cook-off competition includes red chili, green chili, and salsa. The cooks start at 8:00 am preparing batches of homemade chilies for judging and for YOU. Your entry fee will help support the Palos Pedalers and their efforts for safe bike routes throughout Palos Park.   Download your applications here: ICS Application CASI Application…

Chocolate Truffle Making Class

Saturday, February 7th , 11 a.m. Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a chocolate truffle demonstration by chocolatier Sue Roula. Learn about the history of chocolate, how to make different truffles, and take home recipes of finished chocolate creations. Call the library to register at (708) 448-1530.

Introduction to Genealogy

Tuesday, February 17th, 7 p.m. at the Library Tracing family history is one of America’s most popular hobbies. Reference Librarian Kathleen O’Leary will show how to search vital records, census records and genealogical websites to find historic family information. Call the library to register at (708) 448-1530

Certified BBQ Judges Class

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015, Registration begins at 9 am, Class begins at 10 am Become a Kansas City Barbeque Society Certified Judge class in Westmont on February 21st . This training will enable people to be BBQ judges at the 2015 Autumn In The Park Festival. Download the Class Registration Form  

Lincoln & the Civil War Exhibit at McCord Gallery

Wednesday, March 11 until Sunday, March 15 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Admission $12, Members $10, Students and Children Free The McCord has been filled their exhibit space with quality artifacts from Lincoln and The Civil War including rare uniforms and relics from the battle of Gettysburg. History will come come alive on the weekend as re-enactors explain the every day life of the soldiers. Special Evening Lecture Friday, March 13, 7:00 pm, $50 per guest The special event will be presented by well known historian, Dr. Ted Karamanski. More information availabe at

Battlefield Balladeers Concert

Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm Come to the Library to celebrate the Lincoln Exhibit at McCord Gallery. This is a concert of Civil War music featuring the “Battlefield Balladeers” whose repertoire consists of the patriotic, sentimental and comic songs of the perios along with minstrel favorites and the melodies of Stemphen Foster. Playing a variety of acoustic instruments the performers in museum quality uniforms will bring to life the sound of the Blue and Gray. Register

Dyed in the Wool Concert

Thursday, March 12th , 7 p.m. at the library Back by popular demand, the four piece American folk group Dyed in the Wool will flash their Celtic edge in an evening of traditional and contemporary song with live music that is sure to get all in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Call the library to register at (708) 448-1530

Golf Instructional Seminar

Tuesday, March 31st, 7 p.m. at the library Golf instructor Ken Malmar will present a seminar designed to improve golf skills and knowledge of the game. Learn about proper warm ups, setup positions for different golf clubs the cause and effect of different golf swings, and how to make self-corrections. Call the library to register at (708) 448-1530

Spring Run in the Park

Saturday, April 18 Join us for our annual spring fun run which winds through the scenic residential neighborhoods of Palos Park. The USATF certified course (# IL-03074-JW) features gently rolling hills and is an excellent course to challenge all runners. There will be a Kid’s 1-Mile run prior to the 5K main event. Walkers and runners of all skills are encouraged to participate. Awards will be presented to the overall Kid’s 1-Mile boy and girl finishers and medals for the top finishers in each age category. All finishers in the Kid’s 1-Mile run will receive a race ribbon. Trophies will…

‘Images of America’ Palos Park

by Jeannine Kacmar, the Palos Park Library, and the Village of Palos Park To celebrate the centennial anniversary of Palos Park in 2014, the Village of Palos Park and the Palos Park Public Library have partnered together to publish a book with Arcadia Publishing highlighting the fascinating history of Palos Park. The book, written by Palos Park librarian Jeannine Kacmar, features photographs and stories donated from private collections of local residents, businesses, and organizations.  The book is available for purchase for $21.99 at the Village Hall and  the Palos Park Library. Call the library (708-448-1530) or the Village Hall (708-671-3700)…