Free monthly event series kicks off at River Forest Public Library

The River Forest Township and Public Library will kick off its free monthly event series, “Let’s Celebrate Seniors All Year Long,” on Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m., according to a press release from the township.

This series, which launched just last year, resumes with a presentation of Amelia Earhart by historian Jim Gibbons at the River Forest Public Library.

“We are excited to once again partner with the River Forest Public Library in sponsoring these fun and informative programs over the next several months,” said River Forest Township Supervisor Carla Sloan. “We have made a point of scheduling a wide variety of sessions, to reach as much of the community as possible.”

Gibbons will present “Amelia Earhart: Soaring High on Wings of Success,” which is appropriate in regards to a renewed effort last month to search for Earhart’s plane in the Pacific Ocean. A historian who has made a variety of presentations on historical events and figures, Gibbons currently resides to Marengo, Ill. and shares his knowledge of history by giving presentations across Illinois and Wisconsin.

People of all ages from lands near and far are invited to attend this event series.  In other words, kids and adults are welcomed to attend whether or not they are River Forest residents. “Although the program is specially tailored to seniors, it is free and open to people of all ages, as well as those from outside River Forest and Oak Park,” said Sloan.

Future programming in the series includes:

Monday, August 17, 10 a.m., at the River Forest Public Library – Professional organizer Anna Glielmi guides audience members through the challenging but rewarding process of Downsizing and De-cluttering.

Wednesday, September 9, 7 p.m., at the River Forest Community Center  River Forest resident Chris Hauri presents Style over 60, fun and practical tips on colors, style and shopping.

Sunday, October 4, 2 p.m., at the River Forest Public Library – River Forest author and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky shares her remarkable story through her book, Strings Attached.

Tuesday, November 3, 2 p.m., at the River Forest Community Center – Charles Troy dramatizes the story behind the making of the musical Fiddler on the Roof.  Troy’s presentation comes just in time for the Broadway revival of the musical that opens in November.

To learn more about these programs, or any of the other services provided by River Forest Township, call 708-366-2029 or visit


Melissa Rohman is currently a college junior majoring in Journalism with a double minor in English and Social Media. She is also the Managing Editor of her university’s student led newspaper. Her focus with Around Media Group has a broad range, covering crime reports, features, and news.

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