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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…

Book and Film at the Library

July 8 at 2pm. Join us for a brief discussion then watch the movie based on the book. “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. Reese Witherspoon stars in the Oscar nominated film based on the bestselling book about one woman’s 1100 mile solo hike up the Pacific Crest Trail. Runtime 115 minutes. Register at

Creating a Bird Oasis in Your Backyard

July 14, 7:00 pm – At the Library Mel Tracy, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, will show how to create a backyard habitat for the top 20 birds in the area. Learn how to provide for nesting and areas safe from predators, how to provide food and water needs, and how to attract favorite bird types such as goldfinches and hummingbirds. Tracy will also discuss how to become a citizen-scientist through Project Bird Watcher. Register at

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…

Remembering the Eastland

July 28, 7:00 pm – At the Library Loyola University History Professor Ted Karamanski will discuss the events that led to the sinking of the passenger ship, Eastland, while it was docked on the Chicago River to mark the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s greatest disaster in loss of life in the city’s history. Register at 708-448-1530.

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…

The Music & Influence of Hank Williams

August 11, 7:00 pm – At the Library Hank Williams’ songs are known and loved throughout the world of country, blues and rock-n-roll and he remains one of the most influential singers and songwriters of the 20th century. Join musician Steve Justman as he brings the music of Hank Williams to life. The Summer Reading prizes will be awarded.Register at 708-448-1530.

Book and Film at the Library

August 12th at 2 pm. Join us for a brief discussion then watch the movie based on the book. “The Two Faces of January” by Patricia Highsmith. All is not what is seems in this thriller with Hitchcockian plot twists centered on a vacationing married couple and their guide on a summer trip to Athens. Runtime 96 minutes Register at

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,…

McCord’s Black & White Gala

November 7 This annual fundraiser is to support “welcoming home for the arts”. Held at Midlothian Country Club with silent and live auction, great food and dancing to live Nuclear Jazz Quarktet. Call 708-671-0648 for information.

‘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)…