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Posted on: September 26, 2023

Village hosts several events in October

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The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health starts the month with a trip to the Studebaker Theater to watch "The Color Purple" musical on Sunday, Oct 1. 

For $130, you can travel via a luxury coach bus departing from Village Hall to enjoy the musical from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. Additionally, the group will eat lunch at Time Out Market Chicago

That's just one trip the department is hosting in October. On Oct 5., you can join the Dept. of Recreation, Parks, and Community Health at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet to watch "Simply Elton: A Tribute to Legendary Elton John." The event costs $90. 

To learn more about both events, click here

On Oct 7., the Park Forest Sustainability Office is hosting its annual Fall Shredding and Drug Take Back event. From 10 a.m. until noon, people are invited to come to the Village Hall's parking lot - 350 Victory Drive - to drop off prescription drugs or paper. 

For more details on this event, click here.

The Park Forest Fire Department is participating in Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Oct 8-14. The Park Forest Fire Department will also host a pop-up event at Somonauk Park on Oct 11., from 4 to 6 p.m. to promote fire safety during Fire Prevention Week.

The fire department hosts several family-friendly themes at the open house, which is Friday, Oct 13., from 4 30 to 8 p.m., including giveaways, food, bounce houses, and more. Additionally, residents will see fire prevention demonstrations and can tour the fire station. For more information about Fire Prevention Week, and the poster contest PFFD is hosting, click here.

Later in the month, on Oct 18., the Senior Citizens Advisory Commission is hosting the Cybersecurity Awareness Seminar in recognition of National Cybersecurity Month. 

Attendees will learn more than just the do's and don'ts online. They'll know how corporations and other data aggregators collect and use people's personal information and how they can mitigate the potential damage. 

The Cybersecurity Awareness Seminar will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the boardroom at Village Hall. 

For more information, click here.

On the next day, on Oct 19., the Village is hosting its annual Give Blood! Blood Drive. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the boardroom at Village Hall. All are encouraged to donate, as there's a shortage of blood currently. For more information, click here.

Also in October, Freedom Hall's fall and winter concert series kicks-off with the first show on Oct 21., "Wonderlove - The Stevie Wonder Experience." Tickets are available, and people can enjoy musicals and Broadway performances without going to downtown Chicago by attending these events at Freedom Hall - 410 Lakewood Blvd.

To end the month, The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health is hosting free walk-up COVID testing at Village Hall on Oct 24., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. No appointment is needed. Residents are encouraged to get tested for the virus and know their status as the holiday season nears.

More information about the free walk-up COVID testing event can be found here. 

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