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House and Garden Walk

The Historical Society of Forest Park will host its inaugural House and Garden Walk at 10 a.m. on July 14 at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St. Attendees will receive a guidebook, tour seven homes and gardens. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at or at Centuries & Sleuths. Buy tickets the day of for $20. All proceeds will benefit the historical society. 

Author Discussion and Signing with Jack Fredrickson

Attend a discussion and book signing of local mystery writer Jack Fredrickson’s latest work, “Tagged for Murder,” which is about a private investigator’s surprising search for a murder. Talk starts at 2 p.m. on July 15 at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St.  

Author Discussion and Signing with David Krugler

Attend a discussion and book signing of local historian, novelist and teacher David Krugler’s latest work, “RIP the Angels from Heaven,” which is about naval officers struggle to stop the Soviets from getting the atomic bomb—but also trying to save himself. Talk starts at 7 p.m. on July 18 at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St. 

St. John Choristers Children’s Choir Day Camp

St. John’s will hold its annual, 10-day choir camp from July 30 to August 10. Attendees will receive training in vocal technique, stage craft, improvisation and much more. The camp is open to all children older than second grade, regardless of school or religious affiliation. The camp culminates in an informal concert to be held on August 10. Camp costs $200 and runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Device Advice 

Learn how to use your tablet, eReader, laptop and smartphone. Get one-on-one answers to questions about mobile applications, web browsers, search engines and more. Tutoring starts at 11 a.m. on July 12 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Groov’n in the Grove

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and head over to the Grove for a summer concert under the stars. Concerts are free; food and drink will be sold. “Out of Control” band will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on July 17 at the Grove, 7824 Madison St.

West Suburban Jazz Bus Tour

Healy’s Westside and Kagan & Gaines in Forest Park will join area venues in hosting jazz shows at 6 p.m. on July 25. Buy your tickets at Produced by Jazz Desires, a nonprofit that brings music to youth.

Need a Job? 

Learn how the online tools offered by the Forest Park Public Library can help you bridge your employment gap, explore career options, build and review your resume, enhance your workplace skills, aid in your job search and much more. Start searching at 3:30 p.m. on July 11 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Grow Your Family Tree

Explore the wonderful world of genealogy, and trace your family tree. Hop onto and If possible, bring birth, marriage and death dates of parents and grandparents to assist in your personal search. Exploring starts at 7 p.m. on July 17 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Computer and Internet Basics 

Instructors will teach attendees how to turn on a computer, use a mouse and visit a specific website. Talk starts at 10:30 a.m. on July 18 at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. 

Cash Mob Forest Park 

Join the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce for the first-ever Cash Mob at 5 p.m. on July 12 at Team Blonde, 7442 Madison St. Cash Mobs are like flash mobs, but instead of singing and dancing, participants spend money as a group. The group aims to target small, local businesses and spend $20 in cash. The cash mob will start at Team Blonde, head to Girlicious and then get drinks at Scratch Kitchen. 

Calendar Events

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