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Dekker: Busy October planned in downtown Tinley Park

Julie Dekker

Julie Dekker

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Updated: October 30, 2013 6:11AM



Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Not in Tinley Park, where it seems there’s always lots to do. October is no exception.

October is Fire Prevention Month, and the Tinley Park Fire Department has been busy. Throughout September, the department’s public education coordinator, Bill Proper, and firefighters have been visiting schools to meet with students about fire safety and familiarize them with the department and its equipment.

Students have been working on posters for the annual fire prevention poster contest. This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” The department is also preparing for its annual community open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at Fire Station 1, 17355 S. 68th Court.

If you’ve never attended the event, I urge you to bring the entire family to this one. There’s a lot to be learned, and the kids will have a blast. Beside touring the fire station, children can shoot a real firehose at targets, crawl through a smoke-filled room, climb inside the fire trucks and ambulances and qualify to win a ride to school on a fire truck.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the open house will have displays and demonstrations on cooking safety. At 1 p.m., you can watch a demonstration of how effective sprinkler systems are. Firefighters ignite two full-size rooms on fire, one has a sprinkler system and one does not. If you ever wanted to impress upon your kids how fast a house goes up in flames, this is your chance.

The winning fire prevention posters will be on display at the open house, and clowns Cazoo and Loopy will be on hand to add to the festivities. Even better, this event is free.

American
Legion Fest

A new event this fall is the American Legion Fest and Carnival, hosted by American Legion Post 615 from Oct. 3-6 at 175th Street and Oak Park Avenue.

Besides the carnival games and rides at that site, there will be live entertainment each day inside Post 615, 17423 S. 67th Court.

The fest hours are 5 to
10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

There are unlimited ride specials offered each day at the carnival. For more information, visit
www.post615.com.

Vogt Visual
Arts Center

The Vogt Visual Arts Center will feature the photography of the Foresters Camera Club during October. The Foresters are renown for their innovative talent and quality and boast some of the finest photographers in the Southland.

There will be a reception for the artists from 7 to
9 p.m. Oct. 11. Light refreshments will be served and you can meet the artists. Admission is free. The center is at 17420 S. 67th Court.

Regular gallery hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday,
4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. All other times are by appointment. For more information, call (708) 309-4371.

Downtown Tinley Boo Bash

It’s not too early to start working on that Halloween costume. The Downtown Tinley Boo Bash is coming up. It will be from noon to
3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Oak Park Avenue Metra station.

Enjoy trick or treating, compliments of local businesses, along with games, prizes and fun activities. You can take a scary walk through the haunted train station, take part in a thriller dance and be a part of the biggest costume parade anywhere.

There will be awards for best costume in different categories, and the event is free. So get the whole family dressed up, including the pets.

To find out about everything happening in Tinley Park’s downtown, visit downtowntinley.com and sign up for the monthly email so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.



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