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Now through January 1, 2016. The Palos Park Cadet program will be holding their 15th Annual Holiday Food Drive. They are looking for donations of non-perishable foods such as canned goods or boxed goods. The cadets will accept donations at the Palos Park Police Department located at 8999 W. 123rd Street. This is another way to give back to community and help families that are in need. All donations will go to the Palos Township Food Pantry located at 10802 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills, which helps out families that are within the Palos Township border, which include Palos Heights, Palos Hills,…

Toys For Tots

The Palos Park Police Department invites the community to contribute new, unwrapped toys for the 2015 Toys for Tots program, hosted by the US Marine Corps Reserve. Toys will be collected at the Palos Park Police Station located at 8999 W. 123rd Street, Palos Park All toys donated must be new and sealed in its original package. No stuffed animals please!!

Community Tree Decorating Contest

Through December 3. Be a Part of the Community Tree Decorating Contest. You Could Take Home an award & bragging rights for 1 year! Here is all you do:  Contest is open to all Palos Park residents, businesses, and groups.  Fill out the application below to adopt a live 6-foot tree, with lights, and already in a stand.  Return the application to the Recreation Center with the $25 fee by November 25.  Trees will be located at the Recreation Center 8901 West 123rd Street.  Decorating can begin Wednesday, November 25 and must be completed by 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 3 to…

Holiday Shoppe at McCord

Through 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!

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 28. Shop Small Business today! Show your love at our local retailers  today. Traditionally shoppers support their neighborhood businesses like never before, continuing to embrace the day as a holiday shopping tradition.

Food for Fines at the Library

December 1 to 31 Bring one nonperishable food item for every dollar owed in overdue fines and the library will donate these items to the Palos Park Police Cadet Food Drive to be distributed during this holiday season. Food donations should be unopened, nonperishable boxed or canned, and within stated expiration dates. December 1st – 31st. Call the library for more information at 708-448-1530.

Tree Lighting & Holiday Market

Friday, December 4, 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W. 123rd Street. Gather together for the annual Village Tree Lighting. Enjoy the sounds of the season by local choral groups. Toast with family and friends. Shop for that special gift and Visit with Santa.   5:00 to 9:00 pm Holiday Merchants, Food Vendors & Micro Brew tasting with Argus Brewery 5:00 to 7:00 pm Community Tree Decorating Voting – (winners announced at 7:30 pm) 6:00 pm Carl Sandburg Chamber Singers 6:30 pm Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive courtesy of The Center “Hayrack Express” 6:40 pm…

Santa is Coming to Town

Saturday, December 12, 10:30 – 3 pm Palos Park Metro Depot.  Santa Claus and his elves are making a stop in Palos Park from the North Pole! Children will feel the holiday excitement with a variety of crafts, activities and a special visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Each child will have the opportunity to tell Santa their Christmas wishes and receive a little early Christmas gift from Santa himself! Holiday music and stories will fill the air as you enjoy a hot meal with your family. Bring your camera for those precious candid photos. Fee: Ages 2 & under…

Christmas at Mill Creek

Saturday, December 12th, noon to 4pm. Come and enjoy Christmas at Mill Creek and whispers of Christmas past with popcorn balls, logs on the fire and warm cups of cocoa. Visit with Santa at UPS, gifts off the tree at Funkie Fashions, decorate dough ornaments and enjoy cider at Great Harvest, Santa letter writing at Great Clips, decorate ornaments at RE/MAX and enjoy some pampering at Lux 131. 9600 W. 131st Street.

Senior Club Christmas Party

December 7, 11:30 am – The Palos Park Senior Club will hold their annual Christmas Party at Hackney’s.  Members will enjoy a lovely meal followed by great entertainment by MaryAnne Burkhalter.  Her program is “REMEMBER WHEN…YULETIDE MEMORIES.”  Each member will receive a small gift.  This promises to be a great way to begin our Holiday season.

New Year’s Eve FREE Ride Home

December 31, 7:oo pm to 4:00 am. Did you know on New Year’s Eve you can call the Palos Park Police for a FREE ride home? Simply call 798-448-2191 or 708-259-1035 between the hours of 7 pm and 4 am. The Palos Park Police always have additional staff for New Year’s Eve to make sure everybody has a safe celebration. Please take advantage of it – If someone is impaired and needs a ride, we would much rather have them call us than get behind the wheel and get into an accident.

Great Candy Cane Hunt

Monday, January 4, noon to 1:30 pm. Join in the fun with this outdoor/indoor event on the last day of the Holiday Break from school! Children will search for candy canes on the Village Green Playground, sip hot chocolate, listen to holiday music and create Candy Cane Crafts. Older kids will roast marshmallows outdoors and have free time in the gym. Everyone will meet in the gym to start the event! Register through the Palos Park Recreation Department.

Senior Club for January

January 11 – In January our day will begin with lunch.  Our speaker is Karen Yarbrough from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office.  She will speak on property fraud and what you can do to prevent it.  The information shared in this program should help us all avoid falling victim to this type of fraud, but make us aware of what we can do to protect ourselves.

Senior Club for February

February 8 – In February the day begins with lunch.  Our speaker for the day is Lois Lauer from the Center here in Palos Park.  She will bring a woodcarver and basket maker to join her.  After the demonstration, we will get to try our hand at basket making and wood carving.  This should be a fun day, with many untapped talents being discovered.

It’s Chili in the Park!

Saturday, February 20. Doors open at 12:30 pm – Tasting begins at 1:15 pm. %5 to taste over 30 chilies. Join us at the Recreation Center as CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) and our local cooks come together to compete for prizes and points that will take them to their National Competitions. Enjoy live band music from “Take Two”, concessions stand by Palos Park Pedalers ! Register through the Palos Park Recreation Department

‘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)…