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Fall Family Campout

Friday, October 2 – Saturday, October 3 – Reserve your camp site on the Village Green for our annual Fall Family Campout. The night will be complete with games, dinner, movie, campfire, ghost stories and s’mores; all you need to bring is your tent, sleeping bags and the family. Register Here

Palos Park Senior Club

OCTOBER 12, 11:00 am – As it’s Halloween month, our topic will be “Vampires, The Creatures of the Night.” Martin Riccardo, our expert on Vampires will tell us all about the attraction of vampires in literature, movies and popular culture. He will explore the mysteries of vampires in legend, fantasy and fact. This should be a scary, but fun, meeting.   All Palos Park residents over the age 55 are invited to join this club. Your day begins with lunch and socializing with friends. Topics appealing to the group will be covered along with entertainment at some meetings. The day…

Foods of the Fall Season

October 13 at 7:00 pm at the library. Join Chef Mary Gail Bennett for a demonstration of how to make a Maple Butternut Squash Bisque along with a comforting Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding. A tasting and recipes will be provided. Register at

The Essential Edgar Allen Poe

October 20 at 7:00 pm at the Library. William Pack explores the tragic life and remarkable writings of Edgar Allen Poe through storytelling, readings, and performances that bring Poe’s disturbing stories and poetry to life. Register at

Cemeteries Around Chicagoland

October 27th at 7:00 pm at the library.  Local History Coordinator Kevin Korst explores historic cemeteries and reveals the meanings behind grave symbols and the stories and legends of what lies beneath. Register at

Halloween Parade and Party

Thursday, October 29, 6:00-7:30 pm. Calling all cowboys, princesses, ghosts and goblins to join us on the Village Green for our first annual outdoor judged costume parade. Following the parade we will move into the gym for a night for fun games, surprises, crafts and more. Pre-register your child for the event and save $2. $3 pre-registration/$5 at the door.   6:00 pm Check-in for the Halloween parade for judging to win prizes 6:15pm Parade begins around the Village Green 6:30pm Enter the gym for fun games, surprises, winners announced and more Register Here

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.

Palos Park Senior Club

NOVEMBER 9 at 11:00am – Karen Kruse, a descendant of three generations of Chicago firefighters, has many interesting stories to relate about fighting fires in Chicago. She has authored a book on the subject with a forward by Mike Ditka.   All Palos Park residents over the age 55 are invited to join this club. Your day begins with lunch and socializing with friends. Topics appealing to the group will be covered along with entertainment at some meetings. The day ends with a raffle. All meetings are held in the lower level of the Recreation Center, 8901 W. 123rd St.,…

Remembering Strawberry Fields – Author Visit

November 7, 11:00 am at the library. Local author, Mary E. Matury Gibson, will discuss her debut memoir and her life as a first-generation American coming of age in a small rural town. Register at

Honoring our Veterans Program

Wednesday, November 11, Noon – 2:00 pm. Join us in honoring our Military Veterans with formal presentation at the Palos Park VFW Memorial followed by a luncheon and a patriotic entertainment show from the Gilhooley’s on the Village Green – Free to all Veterans and welcoming in their families and friends. Veterans Free $10 for all others.  Call (708) 671-3760 to reserve your spot.

Gifts From Your Kitchen

November 17, 7:00 pm at the library.  Pastry Chef Rose Deneen will demonstrate how to create and package unique homemade gifts for the holiday season. Included are how to make vanilla extract, white chocolate popcorn and candied pecans. Samples and recipes will be provided. Register at

Paint Party Night

Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 pm. Back by popular demand! Artist Beth Leahy, instructor from the McCord Gallery will instruct yet another 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…

Holiday Shoppe at McCord

Friday, November 27 – Tuesday, December 22, Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, closed Sundays. The McCord House will be transformed into a warm and welcoming place for holiday shopping. We’ll deck the halls with silk scarves, jewelry, fused glass dishes, picture frames, pen sets, and many more fine crafts. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list and best of all you’ll be supporting local artists!

‘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)…