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2015 Fall Tree Planting Program

The Public Works Department takes care of the trees located in the right of ways along Village owned streets and trees located on Village properties. Each year residents are given the opportunity to have one tree planted in the right of way in front of their home through the Fall Tree Planting Program. The trees are planted through the Village’s program. If you are interested in having a tree planted please call the Village Hall at 708-448-2700 and request to be put on the Fall Tree Planting List. Requests must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30th.Please…

Rummage Sale at The Farm

August 28th and 29th, 8 am to 1 pm. The Center’s Huge Rummage Sale has something for everyone.  12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park. Click here for more information.

‘The Canal That Saved Chicago’ Program

Tuesday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the library. – The Canal That Saved Chicago – Learn about the project that reversed the flow of the Chicago River to protect the water supply for the Chicago area and Lake Michigan. Register at

Palos Park Senior Club

Monday, September 14th – The Palos Park Senior Club begins a new season. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. No lunch will be served at this meeting however, light refreshments will be available. Lunch reservations will be accepted for the October meeting. The speaker for September will be a Commissioner from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District giving an overview of water treatment, proper disposal of drugs and the Deep Tunnel. We will learn how vital their work is in making our water safe. All seniors are welcome. For more information call Marie at 708.480.4103.

Fall Bike Hike

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Fall Bike Hike for all levels Grab your bike, family, and friends for a guided ride on the new CalSag Trail. This bike hike will begin at the 86th Avenue Trailhead (Rt. 83 and 86th Avenue) The Palos Park Pedalers will lead us in the fun! When you return to the trailhead, a grilled lunch with refreshments will be provided. Bike helmets are encouraged. Beginners will ride 4 miles round trip Intermediate will ride 8 miles round trip Advanced will ride 14 miles round trip Each level will have interesting scenes along the…

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,…

Annual Book Sale at Library

September 25 to October 3. The library’s annual book sale will include fiction and non-fiction books for adults, teens, and children along with games, CDs, and DVDs. The library will take donations of gently used books for the sale.  All proceeds go to the library. Call for more information at (708) 448-1530.

Fishing Derby and 100 Bobbers Date

Saturday, September 26,   8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Papoose Lake – McCarthy Rd (123rd) West of La Grange Rd. The Village of Palos Park is helping to celebrate the Forest Preserve District of Cook County‘s (FPDCC) Centennial. As a partner we are organizing a FREE fishing derby and a special attempt to make history by having 100 fishing bobbers in Papoose Lake, here in Palos Park, at one time.   Schedule of Events: 8 am Site opens for fishing derby registration. 8:30-10:30 am Fishing Derby – Four age groups, prizes, first and second in each group 9 am-3 pm Demonstrations, concessions and casting contest 10 am Bring…

Sell It Again Palos – Plus….

Saturday, September 26, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Are your searching for that unique item but don’t want to pay top dollar?? Then you need to shop the 2nd annual Sell It Again Palos Resale & Craft Show. Come over to the Palos Park Metra Train Station and “shop the parking lot” and fill your car with sale items & crafts, then grab a coffee or breakfast snack offered in the train station by Palos Perk plus concessions outdoors. For more information call 708-480-4103. You can reserve a space by contacting the Recreation Center 708-671-3760, or online at

Palos Reads

October 1st at 7:00 pm – The 13th annual Palos Reads in partnership with The Palos Heights Library, The Palos Park Library and The Green Hills Library returns on October 1st at 7 p.m. at The Palos Country Club – 13100 Southwest Highway Meet Julia Keller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who spent 12 years as a reporter and editor for the “Chicago Tribune”, discuss SUMMER OF THE DEAD, part of a mystery series featuring prosecutor “Bell” Elkins, a crusader against the illegal prescription drug trade thriving in rural America. LAST RAGGED BREATH, Book Four in the series, available for purchase August 25th will also be discussed. Admission is Free

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

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.

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…

‘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)…