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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.   

Easter Bunny Visit and Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 28th Hop on over to the Palos Park Recreation Center for the annual visit with the Easter Bunny and egg hunt. Miss Belinda from the library will bring her pet bunnies. Families can check in at the Portico on the Village Green. The Easter Bunny will arrive by fire truck and greet all the kids. Bring your cameras and have your picture taken with Mr. Bunny. Pre-registration is required by Friday, March 20th. Adults are free, fees are for each participating child – $6 for residents/$8 for unincorporated Palos Park/ $9 for nonresidents. This is for ages 0-9….

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

NCAA Basketball Semifinals Games Event

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 4:00 pm District 230 Foundation Final Event games on giant TVs, unlimited Food & Drink, 21 and older, prizes, super raffle drawing, $22,000.00 in Cash prizes, games and attractions. $25 advance tickets, $30 at the door. Proceeds support innovative learning at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools through the District 230 Foundation.

McCord’s Annual Tea

“Into the Wilderness with Juliette Kinzie” Sunday, April 12 – Seatings at 1:00pm and 3:30pm – $35 per person More information at McCord Gallery & Cultural Center (708)671-0648 9602 W. Creek Rd. Palos Park, IL 60464

Writing Your Life Program at the Library

Tuesday, April 7th, 7 p.m. This writing workshop will provide tips and examples for ways to write about your life in a variety of ways using the techniques of professional poets and writers. Presenter, Charlie Rossiter, has authored numerous books and has many years of experience leading workshops and writing autobiographically. Register at

Essential Chicago Fire

Tuesday, April 14th, 7 p.m. Author and entertainer William Pack will weave together the technical details of the greatest fire of Chicago’s history with vivid firsthand accounts from those who lived through the conflagration of 1871, bringing alive all the excitement and terror in a multi-media storytelling event that will not soon be forgotten. Register at

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…

Reverse Mortgages Program at the Library

Thursday, April 23rd, 7 p.m. Standard Bank Loan Specialist Terri Brady will answer the many questions about reverse mortgages. Find out who is eligible, how the money can be used, and how safe and affordable are reverse mortgages. Register at

Rid Litter Day in Palos Park

Saturday, April 25th at 9:00 am Did you know an estimated 51 billion pieces of litter wind up on America’s roads and roadsides every year, according to the non-profit group Keep America Beautiful? Sad but true. Businesses spend about $9 billion to clean that up and governments and non-profit organizations spend another $2 billion on litter pickup. Litter prevention measures are in place in communities across the U.S. and around the world, as are programs to raise awareness of the threats litter pose to the environment, property values and overall quality of life. Please join in the annual village-wide “Rid…

Antique Appraisal with Rex Newell

Tuesday, May 5th, 7 p.m. Antiques dealer Rex Newell will discuss current trends in the antiques market and offer a suggested value of your collectible at the Library. Each person attending is allowed to bring ONE item for evaluation due to time constraints. Seating is limited; register early at or by phone at (708) 448-1530.

Lincoln’s Funeral in Chicago Program at the Library

Thursday, May 7th, 7 p.m. To mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, David Carroll, winner of the National Abraham Lincoln Teacher Scholarship from the Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg and photographic consultant for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, will give a presentation about Lincoln’s funeral in Chicago. This lecture will include original and unpublished images of Abraham Lincoln. Register at

eRead Illinois Petting Zoo and FAQs

Saturday, May 9th, 11 a.m. Curious to learn more about downloading free digital books through the eRead Illinois Axis 360 platform at the Library? Do you have questions about the different compatible devices to use? E-book trainer Natalie DeJonghe will answer questions on how to download free digital books and will demonstrate on a variety of portable devices. Register at

Travel with Palos Fine Arts and Discover BELLA ITALIA!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:00 am-5:00 pm Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Mario Batali’s Eataly Chicago! Lunch at Francesca’s on Taylor   Celebrate Italian Heritage in Chicago. Discover the important cultural influences made by immigrants from Italy and their descendants. Enjoy a guided motorcoach tour that will take you through the streets of Little Italy, as well as the Historic Tri-Taylor District. Of great importance to the Italian immigrants in Chicago was the Jane Addams Hull House Museum. Tour this 1856 House Museum and hear how the founders Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr and…

Herbs for Home & Health Program at the Library

Tuesday, May 12th, 7 p.m. Herbs add garden interest with captivating colors and delightful tastes. Plan an herb garden by learning what to grow in small containers or garden beds. Use the herbs from your garden for culinary and restorative purposes. Take home tips, techniques and even a few recipes from the Prairie Godmother that will enhance your home and health. Register at

Mobile Driver Services

The Secretary of State Mobile Driver Services Facility will be at Palos Park’s Village Hall on Tuesday, May 19th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The following services will be provided: driver’s license renewal, state ID Cards, duplicate licenses, and vehicle sticker sales. Any Illinois resident can attend. License and state ID cards can be renewed up to one year in advance.

Concert in the Park

The Annual Concert In The Park is on Thursday, June 18th on the Village Green. Picnicking will begin at 5:00 PM, bring your picnic or have it provided. Local food vendors will be present and the Village will have adult beverages available for purchase. A magician will roam the grounds from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, and games for the kids will be available beginning at 5:00 PM. 2015 Chicago Music Award, Best Jazz Singer, Peter Oprisko and his Pop/Jazz Band will take the stage from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Autumn in the Park Festival 2015

Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19 Autumn In The Park Festival 2014 was a tremendous success attracting festival goers from all over the region. We were thrilled at the number of people who attended and the positive response we received to this wonderful fall event. By popular demand we are again expanding this event to include musical entertainment, food and spirits on Friday evening September 18, in addition to a full-day of events on Saturday, September 19. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the 2015 Autumn In The Park Festival. Our event will begin on Friday evening, September 18,…

‘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)…