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The Village of Park Forest is hosting several events in February to celebrate Black History Month.
To kick off the month, the Village will host its annual Jazz, Wine & Chocolate event at Dining on the Green on Feb. 9, presented by the Commission on Human Relations. Tickets are on sale for $10 per person and $17 for couples. The event will showcase local businesses and have live music. For ticket information, click here to get in contact with Community Relations Coordinator Evelyn Randle. The event will start at 7 p.m.
The Village will also host the Black History Month program at Freedom Hall on Feb. 10 starting at 2 p.m. The event celebrates African American history with a writing contest and a conversation with Shamier Little, world champion and Olympic silver medalist. The event is free to attend.
Later in the month, the Recreation, Parks & Community Health Department presents Celebrating Our Roots: A Journey into African American Genealogy on Feb 21., in the Village Hall boardroom at 10 a.m.
Renowned speaker Janice Gilyard will give a one-hour presentation into the rich tapestry of African American heritage through genealogy. Residents are invited to come and bring any information or stories to share about their families. To register for this free event, click here. The deadline is Feb. 14.
Lastly, the Village will host the Snow, Sips & Eats: Black Business Pop-up on Feb. 24. Residents are encouraged to visit the DownTown and support local Black businesses. There will be ongoing raffles to win gift cards and baskets. The Black Business Pop-up runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will start at Village Hall.