Wine and Whiskey
The Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association and the 95th Street Business Association will host the 111th Street Wine and Whiskey Walk on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Businesses along 111th Street between Sacramento Avenue and Pulaski Road will have two wines or whisky to sample. The event begins at Barraco’s, 3407 W. 111th St., where participants can pick up their goodie bag, wine glass and map.
Tickets are $60.
For more information, visit the website at mgcba.org.
Manhattan Short Film Festival at Library
The Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., will welcome back the Manhattan Short Film Festival, a worldwide event taking place in over 400 venues across six continents.
A premiere party with wine and cheese will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. Other showings include Saturday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 26, at 9:15 a.m., noon and 3 and 6 p.m.
The final 10 film selections screen simultaneously across the world, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences at each participating venue.
By virtue of their selection by Manhattan Short, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.
For information, visit evergreenparklibrary.org.
The Beverly branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1962 W. 95th St., will host the following upcoming programs:
Afterschool Crafternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Kids ages 6 to 9 can visit the library for a seasonal afterschool craft.
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Family Game Night, Monday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., for kids 5 to 13 and their caregivers.
Join the Beverly branch staff for a game night for the whole family.
For more information or to register, call (312) 747-9673 or visit the website at chipublib.org.
The Drama Group
The Drama Group, 330 W. 202nd St., in Chicago Heights, will kick off its 91st season with a production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” directed by Tyler McMahon.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 6, 7 and 8; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. on Oct. 2 and 9.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” tells the story of an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.
As part of The Drama Group’s ongoing community outreach programs, the group invites donations of school and art supplies to be delivered to the Chicago Heights Middle School after the run of the performances. Boxes will be set up in the lobby of the Drama Group Studio building. Donations can be dropped off on the evenings of Sept. 25 through Oct. 8.
For more information or tickets, call (708) 755-3444 or visit dramagroup.org.
Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Dr., in Palos Heights, will host Adult Fall Nature Walk: Foraging on Friday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Join naturalists to stroll the grounds of Lake Katherine looking for wild edible food. Learn how to identify and safely consume natural foodstuffs. Cost is $10 per person; pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register, call (708) 361-1873 or visit the website at lakekatherine.org.
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event includes seasonal food, beer and live Polka music.
Zoogoers of all ages can join in on the fun and dance to live Polka music on the East Mall. Bratwurst Brothers will entertain guests beginning at 11 a.m., and following a short break, Keith Stras & Polka Confetti will take the stage from 2:15 to 5 p.m. Leinie’s PolkaPedi will make its way around the park between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. offering complimentary memorabilia.
Brookfield Zoo’s Oktoberfest is free with general admission.
For more information, visit czs.org.