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It takes a Village Exhibit at McCord

April 10 – Saturday, May 16th Artists Reception on Friday April 17th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Come to McCord and see the unveiling of the community project from Autumn in the Park. 100 Artists and 100 canvases create a beautiful mural on display now at McCord Gallery. “American Beauties” is the name of our current exhibit showcasing the beauty of American Landscapes and interiors by artists Reven Fellars, Kathleen Newman, Terry Nicolli, Julie Skoda and Liz Wall.

Recycle & Shredding Event

A Recycle and Shred Event will be held on April 18th from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at Worth Township Building, 11601 S. Pulaski, Alsip, IL. Shredding is limited to two (2) bags per car. Residential shredding only. Electronics accepted include computers, printers, blenders, microwave oven, software, and TV’s. Shredding and Electronics will be accepted until trucks reach capacity. This event is sponsored by Senator Bill Cunningham, Representative Fran Hurley and AT&T. For more information please call 773.445.8128.

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.

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.

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…

23rd Annual Arbor Day Celebration

SPIRIT OF THE EAGLE The Village of Palos Park, Garden Guild I and the Tree Body presents the 23rd Annual Arbor Day Celebration at the KAPTUR ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER, 8999 W 123rd Street, Palos Park, IL, on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.   Our program begins with the Presentation of Colors by Palos East Girl Scout Troop # 60349 Under the direction of Nicole Milovich – Walters Followed by Our Mayor, John Mahoney, will officially begin the festivities with the reading of the 2015 Arbor Day Proclamation.   Our guest presenter, Jon “Running Deer” Jordan, will reach back into the mythology…

Midwest Half Marathon

May 3, 7:30 am Be a part of the First Midwest Half Marathon and enjoy one of the Midwest’s finest events of its kind. From world class runners to physically challenged athletes who will compete in the Walk, Run or Roll competition, the Half Marathon offers an extremely fast, flat course with chip timing, 5-year age group awards, $5,000 in cash prizes and commemorative medals for all finishers. Get all the info at: Expect road closures!

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 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.

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.

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.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Saturday, May 16 – Let’s Go Fly a Kite Spend time with the family at our newest park, Centennial Park and enjoy the freedom of kite flying. We’ll bring all the Kite supplies. Be sure to register in advance and bring a breezy day! Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Location: Centennial Park, 12216 S. Will Cook Rd, (next to Holy Family Villa) Fee: $15R/$17Upp/$21NR (per family)

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.

Paint Party Night

Wednesday, May 20 – -Paint Party Night Our talented Local Artist will instruct the featured artwork step by step while YOU relax, sip and paint along. All the art materials and light snacks will be provided for the evening (feel free to B.Y.O.B./W.) Arrive early at 6 pm to socialize, sip drinks with friends and have something to eat. The Painting will start promptly at 6:30 pm. Painting can get a little messy, so please dress appropriately. This event is a fundraiser for the Palos Park Woman’s Club. Thank You to the following Sponsors for donating to the Paint Party…

Bike the Cal-Sag Trail Celebration

Saturday, June 6 – Bike the Cal-Sag Trail Celebration – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Bike The Cal-Sag Trail Celebration is an event that brings families and cyclists together in a fun, active way. Enjoy the brand new trail recently constructed along the Cal-Sag Channel, the western segment runs from Alsip on the east to Lemont on the west. 10:00 am – Check-in opens to registered bikers ~ Chicago Christian High School (corner of Oak Park Ave and Rt. 83) to pick up your swag bag. Begin biking to Palos Park, Camp Saginaw, or Alsip. Maps will be provided (distance 3 – 20…

Concert in the Park

JUNE 18 – The Annual Concert In The Park is on Thursday, 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.

Parks & Recreation Contest

July 2015 We are Celebrating Park and Recreation Month. How do you REC-RE-ATE? The Recreation Department is hosting a contest looking for pictures capturing YOU Recreating in PALOS PARK this summer. Photos will be accepted between July 1-31. Submit pictures of you, your pets, your family REC-RE-ATING in Palos Park to Identify who is in the photo and where and when it was taken. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page (not to include personal information). The winner will receive an Autumn in The Park package including: 2 Kids Area wristbands, 4 passes into the Chili Tasting, 2 BBQ…

Christmas in July

Wednesday, July 8 – It will be Christmas all day at the Palos Park Recreation Department! Fitness classes will workout to holiday music, favorite movies on the big screen and the Village Green will be full of the WHITE STUFF?! Holiday hats, sweaters and snow gear allowed! Join us later in the evening with the Palos Park Fire District as they hook up the “snow” machine (its really bubbles made from Dawn dishwashing soap) and wear your swim suits to jump through the snow and get hosed off later! 50 cent Snow cones, games and fun prizes! Look for the schedule…

National Hot Dog Day & Pet Parade

Thursday, July 23 The Hot Dog has been around since the 1800’s and is synonymous with baseball, summer and picnics. On Thursday, July 23 we will be celebrating National Hot Dog Day! Jump on the wagon and bring the entire family down to the Village Green and enjoy a hot off the grill hot dog with all the fixings for only $1.00! You will enjoy a picnic atmosphere and live musical entertainment by Take Two. Complete meals of hot dog, chips and a drink will also be available. We hope you join us!!!!! Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm Location: Village Green…

Theatre at the Metra Depot

Sunday, August 2 – Theatre at the Metra Depot – Mark you calendar and load up the car with the family and friends for an exciting outdoor theater production featuring A Play About A Dragon presented by the Palos Youth Theatre. When a troupe of travelling players happily believe they’ve volunteered to perform their play about a dragon for King Stanley The Stern. Actually, they’ve volunteered to slay a real dragon! This play is full of humor and excitement, thrills, danger, laughterand true love. What more could you ask for? It is… a play about a dragon. Where: Palos Park Metra Depot…

Movie in the Park

Friday, August 14 – FREE Movie in the Park, 7:00 pm grounds and concessions open, movie at dusk at the Village Green. The Village Green will be transformed into Jurassic Park! We won’t tell you what movie will be showing, but our TRexplorer Students will have the park looking like the newest exhibition dig with a possible Dinosaur lurking in the trees

Dancing at Dusk

Saturday, August 22 – Dancing at Dusk – Join us for a beautiful evening of line dancing on the Village Green in Palos Park! Dee Ulrich will demonstrate different moves for line dancers as well as your favorites! Even if you are not a dancer, come out and enjoy the evening! Food,beverages and refillable light up tumbler will be available for purchase. (Event will be indoors if inclement weather) Time: Grounds open at 5:00 pm – dancing begins at 6:00 pm Fee: Free

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)…