In and Around Park Forest for the Week of August 27, 2017

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Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— The Park Forest Environment Commission is looking for residents that go the extra mile to live a “green” lifestyle. If this is one of your neighbors, why not nominate them for the Park Forest Sustainability Award? Nominations considered for things like the general appearance of the property, rain barrels, rain gardens, raised planter bed, solar panels, and many other options. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, September 1. You can find additional information about the Park Forest Sustainability as well as download an entry form in the ‘Green Events’ section.

The Pantry of Rich Township will be hosting the “Let’s Stay Connected” fundraiser to benefit the food pantry on Saturday, September 2 at the Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood. Tickets are $15 for those 12 years old and under and $25 for those 13 years and older.  Cost includes bowling, bowling shoes, card games (Bid whist and Spades), food and lots of fun. Come on out for an afternoon of bowling and cards to benefit a good cause.  You’ll find additional information about the event in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in the community that you would like published, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details no later than 5 p.m. on Friday.  Thank you.

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Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park

‘Decades Rewind’ – Tickets Now on Sale

On Friday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m., the Center for Performing Arts will present ‘Decades Rewind.’ ‘Decades Rewind’ is a National touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show! It celebrates the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the most prominent decades in music history. Disco, Funk, Rock and Motown all take center stage in this brand new theatrical concert featuring over 60 songs, 100 costume changes and nostalgic video. From Aretha to Zeppelin, ‘Decades Rewind’ will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. This IS the story of your life!

Tickets and Additional Information

Tickets are priced at $49.50/$45.50/$36.50, with discounts available for students ($10 tickets), seniors 65+ ($25 tickets), groups of ten or more, and patrons purchasing three or more shows (15% off).

Online: www.CenterTickets.net

By Phone: 708-235-2222

In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL

Box Office Hours: Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 6 p.m. on Thursdays) and 2 hours prior to all performances.

Parking is free. For best GPS directions, always use the location search term “Governors State University” only.

Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street

The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of August 27:

  • Monday, August 28 at 3:30 p.m. – Teen Writing Group – Build writing skills and provide feedback to each other.
  • Monday, August 28 at 7 p.m. – Knot Just for Knitters – Share camaraderie while working on knitting, crocheting or any other type of needlework project. For adults.
  • Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m. – Knot Another Ball of Yarn! Crochet Group – Beginners, bring an H-size (5mm) crochet hook and Medium 4 weight yarn in white or any pastel color. For teens and adults of all skill levels.

For additional information or to register for an event, call 708-672-8017 or visit www.cretelibrary.org.

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton, Chicago

‘Glimpses of the Great War’ Exhibit – Through August

When U.S. President Woodrow Wilson declared war on the German Empire April 6, 1917, one Lincoln Park neighborhood family with DePaul University ties was changed forever. Now 100 years after the U.S. joined the Great War, known more commonly as World War I, the story of the Ward family — and their ties to the university, St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Chicago — is the subject of a new exhibit titled “Glimpses of the Great War.” The exhibit, which is open to the public through August, is on the first floor of the John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave. on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus in Chicago. The exhibit centers on the Ward family and their nine children who grew up on Fullerton Avenue, four blocks from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Chicago, according to Andrea Bainbridge, university archivist.  All eight male children attended DePaul Academy, a high school run by the parish. Five served in the Great War and two died. Brothers William and Joe were enrolled at the Vincentian Seminary in Perryville, Missouri, preparing to be priests, during the war, added Lisa Geiger, special collections’ archives processing assistant.  In the years following ordination, William returned to Chicago as principal of DePaul Academy as part of eight decades of service to the order that took him around the world. Joe, meanwhile, became a DePaul University English professor and later served as the coordinator of college alumni before passing away in 1978. At the time of Joe’s passing, DePaul’s enrollment had risen to more than 12,000, a significant difference from the roughly 300 who attended with the Wards in the early days of the university, according to Geiger. Bainbridge — with the help of Geiger — unearthed photos, memorabilia and letters from the 1910s to the 1970s, which reveal the changes to DePaul’s campus and the family. Items in the exhibit include:

  • Memorial cards for both Ward brothers who died in the war. William led the funeral service for his brother Albert in 1919, before William and Joe led a funeral mass together for brother Oliver in 1921.
  • A 1918 issue of The Minerval, DePaul’s bi-monthly version of a student newspaper at the time, which featured updates on soldiers with DePaul ties and letters from the front lines.
  • A series of encouraging letters to the DePaul community by then-President Francis X. McCabe, C.M., who also served as the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. One of these letters was to confirm that the university would remain open throughout the war.
  • An original copy of the Field Service Pocket Book, a U.S. military issued book small enough to fit in a pocket that covered basic procedures for expected conditions in Europe.
  • A Navy recruitment poster circa 1917.

All told, 584 people with DePaul ties including undergraduates, alumni and faculty members served in the military during World War I, according to Bainbridge. For additional information, visit www.depaul.edu

Friends of the Debs Pullman Monument, Chicago

Labor Day Celebration in Pullman, Monday, September 4

Celebrate Labor Day in historic Pullman, where the holiday was born.  The celebration will take place on Monday, September 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pullman National Monument in front of the Florence Hotel, 11111 South Forrestville in Chicago. Please join labor activists from the Pullman community and throughout Chicago to kick off our effort to establish a monument to honor Eugene Debs, pioneering union leader who played a crucial role in the Pullman strike and in organizing railroad workers. There will be food, music, walking tours of Historic Pullman, and opportunities for tabling of books, labor-related materials, and publicizing social justice issues. For additional information, visit: www.Pullmandebsmonument.org

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park

Farm to Table Event Among Giants Featuring Limelight Catering – Saturday, September 9

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at GSU and Limelight Catering share a passion for sustainable green practices. On Saturday, September 9 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., they unite to bring the Southland an event like none before–a farm-to-table dinner in the midst of the prairie among giant contemporary sculptures. Honorary Chairs Gary and Denise Gardner (of Know Your Chicago) and the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park Board invite you to Sculpture, Wine, and Dine, a fundraising event to sustain the park’s community and educational programs. The event is hosted by Wayne Johnson, known for NBC 5’s Wayne’s Weekend and winner of The Today Show’s “Domestic Diva” contest. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, lauded as one of the top ten outdoor sculpture parks in the world, presents significant large-scale public art, inspiring visitors to experience art and nature in new and unexpected ways. Featuring a locally-sourced menu from Limelight Catering, guests will experience the finest in the culinary arts accompanied by an unparalleled setting surrounded by sculpture. Tickets are $125 per person. Guests are invited to stay for an Afterglow Party starting at 6:30 p.m. that includes live music, wine, coffee, and dessert on the Patio near E-Lounge. The adjacent Visual Arts Gallery will be featuring the work of Vera Klement and Dan Ramirez. Attendees will also be some of the first to preview “Searching for Lady Day: A Portrait in Steel”; a film documentary celebrating the work of sculptor Mark di Suvero. Di Suvero’s monumental “Yes, for Lady Day,” with its distinctive railroad tank car and steel I-beam construction is a favorite among park visitors (1968–69). The sculpture was a gift from philanthropist Lewis Manilow. This museum-in-the-prairie is a free public resource for the community. Here, you are invited to explore the connection of art and nature, where wonder emerges around every corner. Trailblazing visionaries, advocates, and supporters bring the three pillars of the park’s mission to –life—art, conservation and education. Sculpture, Wine, and Dine guests and the event’s generous sponsors—including lead sponsor BMO Harris Bank, Bimba Manufacturing, and social media sponsor AT & T—are investing in the future growth of the park and its community programs. To RSVP call Gina Ragland at 708.235.7559 or [email protected]. For more information, visit the web site at www.govst.edu/sculpture

National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

‘Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service’ – Through Saturday, October 28

The NVAM is proud to present its upcoming exhibition,’ Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service’ by Chicago-area artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner. ‘Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service’ will be on display through Saturday, October 28th, 2017 with an opening reception Friday, October 25th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will showcase two series of oil paintings: ‘Portraits of American Veterans,’ and ‘Memories of an Era: Reflections of Our Time.’ ‘Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service’ presents a unique perspective on an experience of military service that is often overlooked–that of the spouse, parent, sibling, or child of an active duty service member or veteran. The juxtaposition of veteran portraits with scenes of family life highlights an integral aspect of military culture that is rarely explored. Jeanine Hill-Soldner grew up in a military family. Her father, Sgt. Maj. Dan L. Hill, was a 30-year U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who served in WWII, Korea, and completed two tours in Vietnam. After he passed away, the artist felt compelled to create work that honored his service and experiences along with those of other military veterans and members of their communities. Personal stories and memory are integral to her work as Hill-Soldner links the experiences of veterans and those of their loved ones through a poignant visual program. For more information about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.

Pantry of Rich Township, Inc., 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park

‘Let’s Stay Connected’ Fundraiser — Saturday, September 2

The Pantry of Rich Township will host the “Let’s Stay Connected” fundraiser for the food pantry on Saturday, September 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at Lynwood Bowl, 2581 Glenwood-Lansing Road #A in Lynwood. Tickets are $15 for those 12 years old and under and $25 for those 13 years and older.  Cost includes bowling, bowling shoes, card games (Bid whist and Spades), food and lots of fun. For additional information call Denise Heath at 708-602-1133 or email [email protected].

Park Forest Historical Society

Park Forest House Museum Lets You ‘Step Back into the 1950s’

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 227 Monee Road (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church), Park Forest, Illinois, invites you to “Step Back into a 1950s.” The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m.; other times by appointment. One room represents a classroom in Forest Boulevard School, which was set up in a row of townhomes. Admission is Adults $5; children 12 and under free.  Park in the small lot by the flagpole and knock on the classroom door next to the museum sign. A guide will tell village history, and social and fashion trends of the era. Special tours can be arranged by calling Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252, or Michael Gans, 708-305-3308.  Information on the society and museum, and email contact is at www.parkforesthistory.org.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of August 27:

  • Monday, August 28 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Join us for a delightful morning of stories! Weather Permitted, Join us out doors for Story Time in our Beautiful Butterfly Garden.
  • Monday, August 28 at 3: 30 p.m. – Art in the Afternoon — Unleash your inner artist. Drop in to create a masterpiece your own that will be displayed on the wall in kids’ zone. For ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, August 28 at 3:30 p.m. – Do It Yourself Designs — Create, learn, and engage in new activities with teens!
  • Monday, August 28 at 6 p.m. — Earth Wise: Summer Book Club — Join us for tea and discussion in the Library gardens. We will be reading Braiding Sweetgrass: The Wisdom of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
  • Monday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. – Family BINGO Night — It’s Family Fun Night! Drop in and enjoy this timeless classic. Bring your family or friends, or make a new one.
  • Tuesday, August 29 at 10:30 a.m. – Meet the Gardener– Join our resident gardener Victoria in the Library garden. Identify specimens in our plantings. Harvest flowers and herbs for future PFPL programs. Learn to spot fellow visitors including native butterflies, honey bees, and birds.
  • Tuesday, August 29 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Studio — Drop in and discover your inner artist with one of our guided projects.
  • Tuesday, August 29 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle – Our grown-up coloring circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
  • Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. – Night Time Storytime — Back by popular demand with a Brand New name! Jam out in your PJ’s with stories, crafts, music and more! For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, August 30 at 11 a.m. – Lap Sit Story Time — Join us for a weekly story-time designed exactly for your baby. Parents or caregivers are invited to read, sing and grow. This program is geared toward babies 0 – 36 months with an accompanying an adult.
  • Wednesday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. – Color Me Happy (for Kids) — Travel to a world of relaxation for kids. Lose yourself in patterns, curved flowers or even runaway stems. Color yourself Happy in our kids’ coloring circle. For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. – DIY Designs — Create, learn, and engage in activities with other teens!
  • Wednesday, August 30 at 4 p.m. – Color Me Happy Adult Coloring — Our grown-up coloring circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
  • Thursday, August 31 at 11 a.m. – Toddler Art — It’s All about Pete the Cat. Let’s get crafty with our favorite Cat!
  • Thursday, August 31 at 3:30 p.m. – Drawing Theory — Do you enjoy Drawing and Sketching? Learn how to draw your favorite animations and more. For ages 12 and under.
  • Friday, September 1 at 10:30 a.m. — Seed Collecting for Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest — Join in our effort to save the Monarch butterfly! We’ll be collecting seed from milkweed and nectar plants that support the life cycle of the Monarch. Seed we’ve collected will be sent to the Pollinator Partnership – a multi-state effort to increase Monarch populations in the United States.
  • Friday, September 1 at 3 p.m. – Fun Friday Game Day — It’s Game Day! Find out how much fun board games can be. For ages 12 and under.
  • Friday, September 1 at 3 p.m. – Teen Game Day — Show off your competitive side with your friends! From board games to video games, there will be plenty of fun!
  • Saturday, September 2 at 1 p.m. – Drop In Craft Day — Drop in to kids’ zone and see what we’re creating today!

For additional information, or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

Prairie State College (PSC), 202 South Halsted Street8, Chicago Heights

‘Annual Photographer of the Year and Student Exhibition’ – Through Thursday, September 14

PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery will host the ‘Annual Photographer of the Year and Student Exhibition.’ The exhibit will feature the works by Jessica Heing, Photographer of the Year.  The exhibit will run through Thursday, September 14.  The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday Evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule and by appointment, call 708-709-3636 or visit www.prairiestate.edu.

Ensembles Open to Students and Community

PSC Music Department invites students and community members to participate in PSC’s music ensembles this fall. Ensembles explore a variety of music styles and are open to the college community, whether participants are majoring in music or not. Beginning Sept. 9, the Latin Music Ensemble (Latin Jazz), directed by Ruben Alvarez, will meet on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in room 105 of the K Building (K-105), located on the north side of Vollmer road across from the college’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. On Sept. 11, the Wind Ensemble, directed by Phil Crews, will meet on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:40 p.m. in K-105. Performers interested in joining the Wind Ensemble must be playing at an intermediate or higher level. Jazz Choir, directed by Toni Elliot Bell, will meet on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:40 p.m., beginning Sept. 11, in room 3275 of the main building. Veteran jazz musician Eugene Vinyard will direct the Jazz Ensemble on Tuesdays from 7 to 9:50 p.m., beginning Sept. 12, also in room 3275. The Concert Choir, directed by Jo Rodenberg, will meet on Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m., beginning Sept. 12, at Temple B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, located at 1424 183rd St, in Homewood. To join the choir, an audition is required. To set up an audition, call 708-709-3742. The fee to join each ensemble is the cost of one credit hour at the college and offers one college credit for performers who are interested. Performers ages 65 and older can take the credit courses at no charge. An audition for placement may be requested. For more information, contact Valerie Nicholson, Coordinator, Performing Arts/ Professor, Music at [email protected] or call 708-709-3742.

Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Thursday Game Days

Come join us at the Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, in DownTown Park Forest every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to play games with old friends and new friends.  We have a few games on hand, Trivial Pursuit, Racko, Pente, Chess, Pictionary, High Hand and Rummikub.  If none of these suit your taste, feel free to bring in your favorites.  Come join in the fun.  This is a new program, so please help to spread the word.

Adult Coloring

On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday morning of each month at 10 a.m., come to the Senior Center to participate in the new Adult Coloring Group.  The Center has supplies and several types of mediums to color with.  For additional information, call 708-748-5454.

South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland

Tom Dreesen to Perform Special “From Here to Hollywood” Show – Tickets Now on Sale

SSC alumnus Tom Dreesen is putting together an unforgettable show titled “From Here to Hollywood” to be held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the college’s main campus in South Holland. This special one-night show will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s 400-seat Kindig Performing Arts Center. General Admission Tickets are just $30 and there are limited $500 Premier Row Sponsorships available including 10 tickets with an after-show Meet & Greet. In this unforgettable performance, comedian Tom Dreesen will take you from his childhood of shining shoes in bars in his hometown of Harvey, Illinois, hearing Frank Sinatra on the jukebox, to one day touring the nation as Sinatra’s opening act, flying in his private jet and staying up with Frank till dawn, night after night. He takes you to Frank’s last performance and the last song he ever sang and then to his last days on earth. Dreesen’s keen insight to arguably the greatest career show business has ever known, and the lessons he learned from the legendary star, promises to move the audience! Dreesen is a proud Thornton Junior College (TJC) alumnus with appearances on the Tonight Show plus guest hosting for David Letterman. The show is sponsored by – and proceeds to benefit – South Suburban College Foundation. (Tickets are tax-deductible.) Purchase tickets online from www.ssc.edu/foundation or call 708-596-2000 x2463. The Kindig Performing Arts Center is located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland.

Susan L. Moore a Solo Exhibition “Light Rendering Space” – Through October 5

The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to announce a special guest artist exhibition titled “Light Rendering Space,” by artist Susan L. Moore in the Photo Four Gallery through October 5. The Photo Four Gallery is located in Room 4338 on the 4th Floor of SSC’s Main Campus. Susan L. Moore received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College in Chicago, a Masters in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and most recently, in 2003, she earned a Masters in Fine Art from Washington University, School of Art in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently, Moore is a Professor at Indiana University South Bend where she teaches photography and serves as Chair of the Fine Arts Department. Moore’s photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally in individual shows as well as juried exhibitions. Her recent landscape images were selected for exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art and she has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission to support her landscape photography projects. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or visit www.ssc.edu/art.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Creative Imaginations’ Exhibit – Through September 17

Tall Grass Arts Association exhibit ‘Creative Imaginations’ will run through Sunday, September 17. This annual show features works by of Tall Grass Juried Artists. The exhibit is free and open to the public. ‘Creative Imaginations’ features a range of media, subjects and styles and includes drawings, paintings, photographs, digital works, prints, mixed media, and sculpture from realistic to abstract approaches, from figurative to symbolic images. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information or questions about Tall Grass, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

Union Street Gallery (USG), 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

16 X 16 – Through Saturday, September 9

USG’s exhibit 16 X 16 runs through Saturday, September 9.  A reception will be held on Saturday, September 9 from noon to 3 p.m.  Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday & Friday from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

Women Bring Change, Inc., 526 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago

Chicago Nasty Women to Benefit for Planned Parenthood — Friday, September 8

Chicago Nasty Women is hosting a one-night blowout exhibition of work by Nasty Women artists on Friday, September 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The exhibition is hosted by Stan Mansion, an architectural wonder located at 2408 North Kedzie Boulevard, in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.  This event brings together women, artists and change-makers across the city in support of Planned Parenthood.  Women Bring Change is a nonprofit focused on raising money for causes pertaining to women.  This Nasty Women exhibition aims to double the participation of a similar exhibit Women Bring Change held this May, which raised $30,000 for Planned Parenthood in 5 hours with 1700 attendees.  With a venue triple in size and a fabulous line up of entertainment, this event is going to be amazing. Beginning at 4 p.m. our VIP guests will enjoy champagne and cocktails along with live entertainment, an art auction and the opportunity to purchase collected artworks for the main event before the doors open. Come be a part of this collaboration among some of Chicago’s most recognized women-owned small businesses, community leaders, artists, and activists. The main event runs 5:30 p.m.to 10:30 p.m. Nasty Women Chicago will offer works of art by hundreds of local and national women artists, sold exclusively at an evening exhibition of work by Women Artists. The main event is free to all attendees with a suggested donation of $5 upon entrance. Various interactive installations will be present throughout the 20,000 square foot event space engaging guests in an evening of art, live music and culture with the option to purchase items from local vendors including food, libations and artists. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to Planned Parenthood to continue the advocacy of honoring women’s bodies and defending women’s rights. Please RSVP by August 20 via email:  [email protected] Find more information at: www.nastywomenchicago.org and http://tinyurl.com/y8ob5j4o If you are unable to attend the event, you can make a donation to benefit Planned Parenthood here.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

Online Educational Resources

Online college programs are a great way for today’s busy people to complete or earn a degree. To find an online college program in Illinois, visit http://www.onlineschools.org/guides/Illinois/ where you will find a compilation of every college program offered online in Illinois offered on a full or part-time basis.

Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago

Major Conference on the American Dream – Registration Now in Progress

What does the American Dream mean today? Great minds from across the nation and all walks of professional life will tackle the timely question during Roosevelt University’s 2nd annual American Dream Reconsidered conference on September 11-14 in Chicago. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be among distinguished leaders, scholars and CEOs who will share their viewpoints on the American Dream and its impact on immigration, health care, equality, politics and more. This year’s conference includes “A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” which will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11 in the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. This event is SOLD OUT, but space is available at all remaining American Dream Reconsidered Conference events.  To register for the conference, visit www.roosevelt.edu/americandream. Conference speakers include David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, and Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard. They will discuss the meaning of the American Dream through the lens of politics in a session entitled “It Did Happen Here – Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election and its Aftermath.” (Sept. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.)

Additional lectures and discussions include:

  • “Cuz:  The Untimely End of an American’s Dream and A Conversation about Race, Justice, Incarceration and the Loss of a Generation” with Danielle Allen, Harvard University professor, MacArthur Fellow and author of the new book, Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.  (Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m.)
  • “A Conversation about Health Care in America” with American Medical Association CEO James Madara, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois President Maurice Smith and Eric Zimmerman, president of the American Health Lawyers Association. (Sept. 12, 9:30-10:45 a.m.)
  • “The Jack Miller Center Conversation on the American Dream” with Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University and author of the book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. (Sept. 13, 3:30-5 p.m.)
  • “Coming to America:  Immigration in a New World” with Maria Blanco, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Services Center at the University of California, and Aziz Huq, the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. (Sept. 11, 3:30-5 p.m.)

There will also be a discussion with alumni from Roosevelt’s economics program on “Economic Justice and the American Dream” (Sept. 12, 12:30-1:45 p.m.), an American Dream Service Day of volunteer opportunities (Sept. 14, 8:30-3 p.m.) and the opening of a photo exhibit,  “Nowhere People: The Children” by photographer Greg Constantine from 5-7 p.m. in the Gage Gallery’s new space at Wabash Avenue and Congress Parkway in Roosevelt’s historic landmark Auditorium Building.

South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 State Street. South Holland

Free Adult Education Classes – Registration Now in Progress

SSC’s Adult Education Department is offering a wide range of opportunities for adults to build the basic skills required for success. Adult Basic Education (ABE) helps men and women whose skill levels are below the ninth grade. ABE students improve their skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Many adults choose to further build on these skills and pursue a high school education through the High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) program. The HSE program will develop the skills required to pass the High School Equivalency exams. Studies will include Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and the US and Illinois Constitutions. Additionally, English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels. Most of the Adult Education programs are offered both full and part-time at the Main Campus in South Holland or the Oak Forest Center. At the time of registration, all students will take a Placement Test. The complete schedule of locations for registrations and classes is as follows:


SSC Adult Education Center
South Suburban College (SSC)
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL 60473

Part-time ABE/ASE/GED®/HSE:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (September 18 – December 15, 2017)
Register: September 11, 12, 13, 2017 at 6:00pm in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm in Room L233

**NEW** Full-time ABE/ASE/GED®/HSE:
Monday through Friday (September 18 – December 15, 2017)
Register: September 11, 12, 13, 2017 at 9:00am in Room 1243B
Classes Begin: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm in Room 1243B

Part-time ABE/ASE/GED®/HSE:
Monday through Friday (September 18 – December 15, 2017)
Register: September 11, 12, 13, 2017 at 9:00am in Room 1243B
Classes Begin: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm in Room 1243B

**NEW** Part-time GED®/HSE Technology Bridge Classes:
Monday through Thursday (October 2 – December 14, 2017)
Register: September 25, 26, 27, 2017 at 10:00am in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm in Room L233

High School Equivalency (HSE) for ESL Students

Full-time ABE/ASE/GED®/HSE:
Monday through Friday (September 18 – December 15, 2017)
Register: September 11, 12, 13 2017 at 9:00am in Room 2452
Classes Begin: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm in Room 2452

Oak Forest Center, Room 5240
16333 South Kilbourn Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 225-6029

Part-time ABE/ASE:
Monday through Friday (September 18 – December 15, 2017)
Register: September 11, 12, 13, 2017 at 9:00am in Room 5240
Classes Begin: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 9:00am-11:30am in Room 5240 OR 12:00pm-2:30pm in Room 5240

**NEW** Part-Time ABE/ASE/GED®/HSE:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (October 2 – December 14, 2017)
Register: September 25, 26, 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in Room 5240
Classes Begin: Monday, October 2, 2017
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm in Room 5240

SSC Adult Education in Riverdale, IL
Thornton Township Center
14323 S. Halsted St.
Riverdale, IL 60827

Part Time ABE/ASE/HSE:
Monday through Thursday (October 2 – December 14, 2017)
Register: September 25, 26, 27, 2017 at 10:00am
Classes Begin: Monday, October 2, 2017
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm


SSC Adult Education Center
South Suburban College (SSC)
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL 60473

Full Time ESL:
Monday through Friday (September 18 – December 15, 2017)
Register: September 11, 12, 13, 2017 at 9:00am in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm in Room L233

Part-time ESL:
Monday through Friday (September 18 – December 15, 2017)
Register: September 11, 12, 13, 2017 at 9:00am in Room L233
Classes Begin: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 9:00am-11:00am in Room L233

Part-time ESL:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (September 18 – December 15, 2017)
Register: September 11, 12, 13, 2017 at 6:00pm in Room 1243 B
Classes Begin: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm in Room 1243 B


Oak Forest Center
Rooms 5240 & 5320
16333 South Kilbourn Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 225-6029

Part Time ESL:
Monday through Friday (September 18 – December 15, 2017)
Register: September 11, 12, 13, 2017 at 9:00am in Room 5320
Classes Begin: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 9:00am-11:30am in Room 5320 OR 12:00pm-2:30pm in Room 5320

All courses are offered free of charge. For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal funds of $395,020 provides approximately 37% of the support of these programs. Indiana residents are not eligible to participate in the Adult Education programs.

Para Información En Español Llame: 708-210-5740. To request ADA accommodations allow three weeks. Please contact: Gail Bonds-Carpenter, ADA Coordinator, 708-596-2000, ext. 2691. For enrollment and class information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2385 or ext. 2240, or visit www.ssc.edu under “Adult and Continuing Education, Adult Education.”

Top U.S. Universities

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Green Events

Park Forest Environment Commission

Nominate Your Neighbor for the Park Forest Sustainability Award – Applications Due by Friday, September 1

Nominations are now being accepted for the Park Forest Sustainability Award. Nominations accepted for any of the following including general appearance of property, rain barrels, rain gardens, raised planter beds (for raising produce), solar panels, minimal use of lawn chemicals (verified) and many other award options.  Download form with complete details. Form Applications are due by September 1 to the Department of Public Works, 350 Victory Drive.

Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest

Nature Education Programs at Thorn Creek Nature Center

Calling all schools, home school groups, day cares, preschools, youth, adult and family groups! Nature Education Programs are offered at Thorn Creek Nature Center throughout the year where your group can discover the plants and animals of Thorn Creek Woods. These Nature Education Programs are sponsored by the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. The Audubon Society and the Thorn Creek Nature Center announce their new Partnership for Programming to further the Society’s environmental education mission and give valuable assistance to Thorn Creek Nature Center in providing nature programming for groups of area children and adults. Some of the nature education programs offered this year include Birding by Sight and Sound, Creek Walk (the world of aquatic insects and metamorphosis), Trees Big and Small (identification by leaves and bark), Insects (what makes an insect unique), the Web of Life (interdependence of producers, consumers, predators and decomposers), Soils Hike (how soil fuels and supports life), and Night Hikes. On the Fall Color Hike learn why leaves change colors and what trees do to prepare for the long months of winter. Discover clues to wild animals’ identities and behavior by trails and trails in Wild Animal Tracks. Make your own track replica. On Vixen’s Trek you are the fox following your daily routines on Thorn Creek trails. Or visit the Historic Farm in the woods to explore an early 1900’s woodland farm. Groups can also arrange for a naturalist to come to your location for programs such as Wild Animal Tracks, Web of Life, Woodland Wildflowers, Soils, History of Thorn Creek Woods, and the like. The new partnership has already collaborated in sponsoring three programs: the Learn 70 Birds by Spring class, which runs from January through March; the Great Backyard Bird Count Open House that was held in February; and the Build a Gourd Birdhouse sessions to be held in March.  For information about Thorn Creek Audubon Society membership, events and projects: Thorn Creek Audubon Society, P. O. Box 895, Park Forest, Il 60466, or www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org.

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers

The Wednesday Morning Walkers takes place each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This free activity is for those ages 13 and older.  Follow the forest’s seasonal changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature first-hand on 2 miles of Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve’s winding trails.  Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes.  Hiking is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain.  Registration is required two days before your first walk.  For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’

Friends of Thorn Creek Woods is the citizen activist group responsible in very large part for preserving and securing the dedication of the Thorn Creek Woods as an Illinois Nature Preserve.  Friends’ volunteers continue to provide support in so many ways: staff the nature center on weekends; trail work; displays; leading hikes; special events; cleaning; pruning; artwork; music; research; and so on.  Friends is a voice for the Woods and preservation values, donates funds for equipment and sponsors an annual meeting, Garlic Fest and Earth Day.  Members receive a quarterly newsletter.  Annual membership in Friends is $10.  For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

Thorn Creek Nature Center is housed in a historic building, originally Immanuel Lutheran Church of Matteson, Illinois built in 1862, and later Village Bible Church of Park Forest. A gothic frame country church, its notable architectural features include curved ceiling, tongue-and-groove paneling and a raised pulpit. Its current attractions are displays of the preserve’s flora and fauna, a bird feeder viewing area, Eugene E. Schwartz reference library and an expanded children’s section. The Nature Center is open Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Trails are open daily year-round, dawn to dusk. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Healthy Living

Cancer Support Center, 19657 South LaGrange Road, Mokena, and 2028 Elm Road, Homewood

Survivor Camp – Saturday, September 16

On Saturday, September 16, The Cancer Support Center will host their first ever Survivor Camp. The event is free and will be held at The Conference Center at Prairie State College at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the event will start at 9 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. The event will feature guest speakers from some of the most well-known healthcare professionals in the area including Rev. Carl Williamson from Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Betsy Campione PT, DPT, CLT-LANA from Balance Fitness for Life and Liz Gold, MS, RDN, from Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment. Additionally, there will be a resource fair for participants to gather information regarding potential beneficial services. This event is entirely free and is open to anyone who has battled or is currently battling cancer. Caregivers are welcome to join and take part in the sessions as well. To register for the conference, please visit http://cancersupportcenter.org/programs-activities/conferenceregistration/.  The Cancer Support Center gives strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones. The Center is a community-based, volunteer-driven, donor-supported organization. Programs, resources and services are delivered by professional therapists, counselors, nutritional educators, and experts; and are provided in a warm, nurturing setting at no cost to participants. The Center has two locations, 19657 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena, and 2028 Elm Road, Homewood. For more information about The Cancer Support Center, please email Brandon Newberry at [email protected] or call 708-798-9171. For more information about Prairie State College, visit prairiestate.edu or contact Andrea Small at 708-709-2948.

Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park

Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program

GSU’s Psychology Department is offering free psychotherapy services to members of the community. Conversations with a psychotherapist can help people cope with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, and life transition problems. Confidential, one-on-one sessions are held with a GSU graduate student in psychology under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Individuals and couples, 18 years and older, are eligible. All sessions are conducted in Matteson, IL. The number of sessions is determined by the client’s needs. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-235-2841.

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest

CPR Classes

CPR classes are available at the Park Forest Fire Department. Click on the following link for more details: http://pffd.vopf.com/cpr-classes.html

Park Forest Health Department, 350 Victory Drive

School Physicals Through September 9 – Appointment Required

The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus offers affordable school physicals required for children entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade. Physical exams are conducted by a family nurse practitioner. The last date for physicals is September 9. Times vary by date. For an appointment, call 708-748-1118. Parents should bring immunization records to the appointment. Learn more about the Park Forest Health Department

Walk About for Healthy Hearts – Every Saturday

Are you trying to be more active?  The Park Forest Health Department is hosting a walk about for healthy hearts every Saturday, at 9 a.m. The walks will begin at the Park Forest Village Green in DownTown Park Forest. All you need are your walking shoes! The walks will last 30 minutes and are more enjoyable if you:

  • Wear comfortable clothes,
  • Bring a friend to pass the time,
  • Make sure to stretch those muscles, and
  • Move your arms and maintain good posture.

Don’t forget a water bottle to stay hydrated. For additional information or to register for the weekly walks, call 708-748-1118.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

If you, or someone you know, are struggling to pay for medications every month, they may be able to get the medicines they need for free or almost free through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. If you live in Illinois, you can get access to more than 475 public and private program available to help you pay for your medicines. Simply visit http://www.pparx.org/en/click_illinois to find out if you can apply to any of these great programs and to get connected with 10,000 free clinics and doctors.

Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip

Free Community Education and Prevention Programs about Mental Health

Sertoma Centre’s Mental Health Services facility is offering community mental health seminars, free of charge to community groups, schools, law enforcement agencies, religious organizations, and other community groups at their location in Matteson or facility. Education Programs will include: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) which increases public awareness of suicide and improves one’s ability to identify and refer those at risk for suicide. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education course that helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance disorders. Also included is Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Anxiety/Depression Screenings. Thanks to a grant, these educational opportunities are available at no cost to you or your organization. To arrange a free educational opportunity for your club, group, workplace, organization, or church, call Gia Washington at 708-748-1951, Ext. 418 or email at [email protected].

Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest

Yoga Classes by Karen Nielsen – Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

Yoga classes by Karen Nielsen are available at UUCC on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  No reservations needed.  Drop-in fee is $10 per class and the 6th one is free.  For additional information, call 708-755-3577 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays

Learn to enjoy the simple and straight-forward practice of meditation.  Please join us for sitting and walking meditation in the Zen and Theravadan Buddhist traditions.  This is an on-going event led by Steve McCabe and Beverly Feldt will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at UUCC.  There is no cost but a free will offering is most appreciated (proceeds go to UUCC).  For additional information contact Steve McCabe at 708-465-3116 or Beverly Feldt at [email protected].

Medical Cannabis Education Association Meeting – Sunday, September 3

The Medical Cannabis Education Association will meet on Sunday, September 3 at 12 noon at UUCC.  The meeting is open to the public.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Farmers’ Market – Through October 28

The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday thereafter through October 28 from 7 a.m. to noon.  The Market is located on the corner of Lakewood Boulevard & Cunningham Drive in DownTown Park Forest. Since 1974, the Park Forest Farmers’ Market has been connecting area residents with local farmers, food vendors and businesses.  The Market hosts 22 full spaces with a variety of fresh flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery goods, herbs and dairy products.  Local businesses are also on hand at the Market selling artwork, garden ornaments, jewelry and more. The Market accepts LINK/Snap card as well as Double Value Coupons & Senior Nutrition Coupons. Additional information about the Park Forest Farmers’ Market can be found here. If you are you a farmer, food vendor, or civic group who would be interested in a booth at the Park Forest Farmers’ Market, call the Park Forest Health Department for additional information at 708-748-1118.

This & That

Grande Prairie Choral Arts, 266 Somonauk Street, Park Forest

Open Auditions –Saturday, September 9

The Grande Prairie Singers will be holding open auditions for new singers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 at Grace Church located at 266 Somonauk, Park Forest. Schedule your audition and/or request additional information for Grande Prairie Singer, Website

League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area

Fall Kick-Off Pot Luck Dinner — Wednesday, September 13

Please join the League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area at its Fall Kick-Off Pot Luck Dinner on Wednesday, September 13. The event will be held at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive in DownTown Park Forest. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. a guest speaker will provide an update on health care in the Southland. Please bring your favorite dish to share over lively conversation and hear an informative presentation. The program is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend this fall program. For more information, contact Diane Hodges at [email protected]  or Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information visit lwvpfa.org

Park Forest Toastmasters Club

Meeting – Tuesday, September 5

The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest.  The meeting is open to the public.  Toastmaster members develop speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.  For additional information, visit:


South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 State Street. South Holland

Golf Outing – Friday, September 15

The 2017-18 South Suburban College Baseball Team is hosting their 12th Annual Bulldog Baseball Golf Outing to raise funds for athletic equipment and travel costs for nationwide tournaments. The Bulldog Golf Outing will take place on Friday, September 15, 2017, at Lincolnshire Country Club, 390 E. Richton Road in Crete. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $150.00 per golfer or $500 for a foursome, which includes golf (four‐man scramble) with dinner and door prizes to follow. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100.00.  For more information please contact Head Coach Steve Ruzich at 708-596‐2000, ext. 2413, or email [email protected]. Checks should be made payable to “South Suburban College Baseball” and delivered to 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473. Hole sponsors should indicate what to display on the sponsorship when sending in the check, and must be returned by September 11th.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Village-wide Garage Sale — Registration required by Friday, September 8

Back by popular demand, the Village-wide Garage Sale returns September 15 – 17.  Do you have items in your home you no longer need that could be sold for a few dollars? Do you love discovering a great deal at a garage sale? The Village-wide Garage Sale allows both sellers and buyers the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of over 100 sales within blocks of each other. Residents interested in participating as a seller should call (708-283-5605) or visit the Village Manager’s Office at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 8 to register. Online registration will not be offered.  A list of participating locations will be made available at Village Hall and on the Village’s website the week of the sale. Please note that residents are welcome to hold a garage sale anytime during the year, and permits are not required for holding a garage sale.

Summer and Fall at Prairie State College