In and Around Park Forest for the Week of February 26, 2017

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) —Did you know that March is Resident Appreciation Month in Park Forest? There are an array of events, activities and chances to win some big prizes. The month kicks off with an opportunity for three lucky Park Forest residents to win $150 off there next water bill by stopping by Village Hall March 1 through 4 and entering the raffle.  You’ll find a complete listing of the Resident Appreciation Month events in the special “Park Forest Resident Appreciation Month Events.”

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2017-18 year go on sale March 1.  Stickers may be purchased at Village Hall or online by visiting www.villageofparkforest.com. In addition, the Park Forest Aqua Center is offering great pre-season rates. Winter special rates are now being offered through March 31. You’ll find additional information about Park Forest vehicle stickers and Aqua Center in the ‘This & That’ 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.

Village of Park Forest

Village Board Meetings – Monday, February 27 & Saturday, March 4

The Village of Park Forest Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m. In addition, the Board will hold a Saturday Morning Rules Meeting on March 4 at 10 a.m. Both meetings will be held at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.  Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers).

Please note: The Saturday Rules Meeting for the month of March has been cancelled.

To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site here and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of February 26:

  • Thursday, March 2 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission

The meetings will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.

Arts & Entertainment

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

GSU Dance Company’s Annual Dance Festival ‘Inspired by Prince’ – Saturday, March 4

GSU students are inspired by the music of Prince and others, and celebrating with a variety of dance disciplines including jazz, contemporary, African, modern, and hip-hop. The GSU Dance Company’s annual Dance Festival takes the stage March 4 at 7:30 p.m. with ’Inspired by Prince. ‘The man who made Purple Rain a household name, the legendary Prince, was inspired by icons like James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, the Beatles, and Michael Jackson. His rhythms, style and voice captivated a nation. This dance festival showcase celebrates his legacy and that of other musicians like Andra Day, A.R. Rahman, Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun. Patrons will enjoy stunning choreography by Director Megan Lindsay and featured work from GSU student dancers: Christal Burton, Isabella Hollingsworth, Courtney Heiskell, Tyra Barnes, Catherine Bernhardt, Tashona Butts, Tianna Smith, Saiye Pierre, Kerby Wells, A’daja Hampton, Miyah Booker, Nia C Brown, Ashanti Harris, Tamond Hill and Marlin Pierre. A guest performance by Fatal Dance Academy, Dance Expressions Dance Studio and Dunamis Dance Team will also be featured. Dance Festival is produced by GSU’s Theatre and Performance Studies (T.A.P.S) Program. GSU’s T.A.P.S. bachelor’s degree is the only degree combining the two disciplines at a public state university in Illinois. For information on the GSU Dance Company, contact Megan Lindsay at [email protected].

Tickets and Other Information

Tickets: $15, Students $10 (with valid ID)

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 through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open to 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.

CHIditarod Foundation, Chicago

12th Annual CHIditarod Shopping Cart Race – Saturday, March 4

On Saturday, March 4, giant muppet heads, birthday cakes, and mobile diners will once again brave the cold to celebrate the CHIditarod’s twelfth anniversary in what’s expected to be its most rambunctious year yet. The CHIditarod – a 100% volunteer driven organization – has raised more than 150,000 pounds of food for Chicago’s hungry and more than $145,000 for local nonprofits fighting hunger in the Chicago area.  Since the beginning of the CHIditarod Foundation’s grant program, $95,000 has been given out to like-minded nonprofits who have new and creative ways of solving food scarcity.  This rollicking yearly event raises thousands of pounds of food and donations to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and local organizations. Gleefully referring to itself as “possibly the world’s largest mobile food drive,” the CHIditarod unites many Chicago communities including cyclists, artists, activists, students, professionals, enthusiastic leisurists, and everyone in-between. This whimsical urban shopping cart race involves teams of five which elaborately decorate their cart and themselves, usually around a theme. Each team is required to show up with their cart full of food to be donated. Part competition, part carnival, the CHIditarod is probably the world’s largest mobile food drive. This year, more than 100 teams of five people in costumes will race decorated shopping carts for a good cause. Registration to participate in this year’s event is now closed but spectators and well-wishers are invited to witness the event which will take place on Saturday, March 4 at 1900 W. Hubbard in Chicago (northwest corner of Hubbard and Wolcott). Teams can begin arriving at 9:45 a.m. The pre-race festivities include performances by local eclectic marching band Environmental Encroachment. Race start is expected at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, visit: www.chiditarod.org

About the CHIditarod Foundation

CHIditarod continues to expand its fundraising efforts to compliment the food drive that has been in operation since its first year (2006). In ten years, CHIditarod has donated more than 150,000 lbs. of food to local food pantries, in addition to raising more than $145,000 for local non-profits. In 2012, race organizers formed the CHIditarod Foundation to award funds raised through CHIditarod’s events to local Chicago-based charities dedicated to eradicating hunger in their communities. CHIditarod is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is a 100% volunteer driven event and organization.

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

‘One Day This Kid Will Get Larger’ – Through April 2

For a rising generation of young, contemporary artists, the AIDS crisis has always been part of their lives. This winter, DePaul Art Museum will present “One Day This Kid Will Get Larger,” a group exhibition that examines HIV and AIDS through the lenses of childhood, youth culture and marginalized communities. It runs through April 2. Curated by Danny Orendorff, the exhibition complements the Alphawood Foundation’s presentation of “Art AIDS America,” now on display down the street from DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Museum hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu/.

‘Four Saints in Three Acts’ – Through April 2

Art and the representation of saints have been intertwined for centuries. An upcoming winter exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum, “Four Saints in Three Acts,” will feature works by contemporary artists who use religious imagery to consider their own relationship to religion, belief and faith. A complementary show, “The Many Faces of Vincent de Paul: Nineteenth-Century French Romanticism and the Sacred,” will examine how artists depicted DePaul University’s patron saint in material culture and decorative arts. Both exhibitions run through April 2. DePaul University holds the world’s largest collection of material culture related to St. Vincent de Paul. Artifacts on display from the university’s collection reflect the varying quality and artistry of devotional items from the period. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Museum hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu/.

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

‘Route 66’ – Tuesday, February 28

On Tuesday, February 28, Freedom Hall will present ‘Route 66’ at 11 a.m. as part of its matinee series.  A rip-roaring, pedal-to-the-medal road trip down memory lane featuring hits such as “Dead Man’s Curve,” “King of the Road,” “Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” “Six Days on the Road,” “GTO,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around” and, of course, “Route 66.” Four snappy young pump jockeys take the audience to various stops along the historic “Mother Road” where a menagerie of characters sing and dance to timeless pop and country tunes. This is the road trip of a lifetime with solid harmonies, dazzling quick-changes, flashy dance numbers and hilarious comedic timing. “Get your kicks…..on Route 66.”  Tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased online at: ticke[email protected]. For additional information, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

Tom Sharpe Ensemble – Friday, March 10

The Tom Sharpe Ensemble will perform at Freedom Hall on Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tom Sharpe is the drummer for the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller and an internationally recognized, critically acclaimed composer and the creator of his own group, the Tom Sharpe Ensemble. His original music is a percussive symphony – a sonic and visual feast for the senses. Weaving together powerful elements of sound and rhythm, Tom is equally proficient on a vast array of percussion and keyboard instruments. Seamlessly blending genres from Middle Eastern, African, orchestral, and rock music. Tom’s high energy, passion, and emotion, combined with superb musicality, leave audiences amazed and inspired! Tickets are $25 or $21 for season subscribers. Tickets can be purchased online at: [email protected]. For additional information, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

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

Vonnegut’s Odyssey’ – Through May 6

The NVAM’s exhibit, ‘Vonnegut’s Odyssey,’ explores connections between the timeless and universal story of veterans’ return from combat through the artwork of World War II veteran and famed author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Vonnegut’s selected artwork will be on view at NVAM through May 6, 2017. Exhibit curator and Iraq veteran Ash Kyrie notes, “The experience of returning home and processing the effects of war is something that is shared by all veterans, from the time of Homer’s The Odyssey, through Vonnegut’s experiences in Dresden, and continuing on today. Exhibiting the artwork of Vonnegut as an illustration of the post-war experience and as a creative processing tool for the artist highlights the process of the return and the complexity of the veteran experience.” Vonnegut enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and was deployed to fight overseas in Europe during WWII. He was later captured at the Battle of the Bulge and served as a Prisoner of War until 1945 when he returned to the U.S. and was awarded the Purple Heart. These experiences largely shaped his creative endeavors including his well-known published literature and his body of artwork. From WWII through Vietnam and beyond, Vonnegut was an active voice in American culture and society—openly discussing war and its effects publicly. After establishing himself as an important American author during the late 1960’s with the publication of Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Vonnegut later became recognized for his drawings that often accompanied his writings. These drawings vary in subject matter from his Purple Heart to his illustrious Asterisk. Building on these drawings, Vonnegut worked with printer Joe Petro III to create a prolific catalog of artwork. Presented together, these artworks reflect the connections between Vonnegut’s return home from World War II and Homer’s epic of Odysseus’s return home after the Trojan War. For additional information about the National Veterans Art Museum or the exhibit, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.

Park Forest Historical Society

‘Step Back into a 1950s Valentines Day’ – Through March 4

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 Valentines Day,” through March 4. 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. The classroom is decorated for a 1950s Valentines Day party with crepe paper candy baskets, and construction paper heart-shaped Valentine “mailboxes” on each desk.  Red honeycomb, puffy hearts and vintage Valentines are on display throughout the house, including a display of antique Valentines, some dating to 1880.   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 February 26:

  • Sunday, February 26 at Do It Yourself (DIY) Project — Join us for a special “do it yourself” project! All material provided. While supplies last.
  • Monday, February 27 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Jump start your morning with a series of stories that are sure to get you moving. For ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, February 27 at 3:30 p.m. – Comic Creation — Be inspired to become a graphic novelist/comic creator! Each week explore ways to create comic strips, books, graphic and more.
  • Monday, February 27 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Relax a bit and take a load off before starting your homework. Learn different media of art and show your creativity with other teens!
  • Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m. – Mindfulness Mondays — Come join us as we begin each Mindfulness Monday with a relaxing breathing technique followed by a short guided meditation. Then center yourself through the practice of mindfulness (being present in the moment) by participating in one of our creative art-form projects.
  • Tuesday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m. – Drop-In Craft — Be inspired with a few simple tools. No sign up or registration needed. Just bring your creativity. We’ll do the rest. For ages 12 and under.
  • Tuesday, February 28 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Studio — It’s time to BE CREATIVE! Each week we will explore different concepts of art. Materials will be provided. While supplies last. For ages 12 and under.
  • Tuesday, February 28 at 4 p.m. — Mardi Gras Crafts — Celebrate Mardi Gras with creative crafts to get you in the festive spirit!
  • Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. – Pajama Story Time — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. Wear your pj’s and wind down from a busy day. For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, March 1 at 11 a.m. – Lap Sit Story Time — Its Lap Sit Story Time! Babies and their parents or caregivers are invited to read, sing and grow in this weekly story time. This program is geared toward babies 0 – 36 months with an accompanying adult. This is the perfect time for families to bond with their child/children.
  • Wednesday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle (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, March 1 at 4 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle — Our coloring circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
  • Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. – Zen Art — Learn the art of relaxation while creating beautiful, simple designs that are inspired by zentangle, Zen doodle art, and mandalas. Materials will be provided.
  • Thursday, March 2 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Art — Bring your imagination, creativity, and throw on some old clothes to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… Some projects may involve paint. For ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, March 2 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, March 3 at 12:30 p.m. – Drop-In Art Project — We’re Celebrating: Youth Art Month! We’re getting crafty and creative!
  • Friday, March 3 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! Are you up for the challenge?
  • Sunday, March 5 at 1 p.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Service Project — Join us for another service project with Journey Care. We’re making bookmarks, shamrock door hangers, and much more!

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

Potpourri of Lectures – Thursday, March 2

The Potpourri of Lectures Winter 2017 series continues on Thursday, March 2 at 10:30 p.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room.  This week’s lecture is:  “Health Services for Seniors in Park Forest.”

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

Annual Prairie State College Foundation Special Event – Saturday, March 4

Each year, hundreds of PSC students turn to the Foundation for assistance paying for tuition and textbooks. To help meet these needs, the PSC Foundation hosts an annual special event to raise money for scholarships through donations, dinner reservations, and a silent auction. The 2017 event is scheduled at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at the Olympia Fields Country Club, located at 2800 Country Club Drive in Olympia Fields. The theme is ‘Set Sail for Scholarships,’ and begins with cocktails and a ‘Captain’s Dinner,’ followed by entertainment, including a piano lounge, casino, and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships at PSC. Special “Spotlight Scholars” will be recognized during the annual “Stand Up for Scholarships” presentation. This year, the Foundation also is bidding a special ‘bon voyage’ to Dottie Bauer, who is stepping down from the Foundation board after more than 20 years of service. Reservations are still available. For more information, contact the PSC Foundation at 708-709-3631.

2017 Skyway Juried Art Exhibition – Opens Monday, March 6

PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery will host the 2017 Skyway Juried Art Exhibition. Each year, students from various community colleges submit for this juried competition, and works chosen are exhibited at one of the colleges. This year, it is hosted at PSC. The exhibit will run through Saturday, April 8.  The exhibit will feature: ceramics, drawing, design, electronic imagery, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Participating Colleges include: College of Lake County, Elgin Community College, McHenry County College, Moraine Valle Community College, Morton College, Oakton Community College, Prairie State College, and Waubonsee Community College. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, April 8 beginning at 11 a.m.  Awards will be given at noon. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Christopher Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment.  For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call 708-709-3636 or visit http://prairiestate.edu/christopher-art-gallery.

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.

Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘Rooftop: Second Nature’ Photo Exhibit – Through May 6

The public will get a rare look at green roofs in Chicago and beyond when photographer Brad Temkin’s Rooftop: Second Nature runs through May 6 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery in Chicago. Approximately 20 large-scale images of green rooftops in Chicago and other major cities around the world are the focus of the exhibit by Temkin, a Chicago-based artist whose photos taken between 2009 and 2016 tell a story of architecture and sustainability in the making. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Roosevelt’s Sustainability Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Physical Resources, the exhibit provides a look at green roofs atop Chicago’s City Hall, Roosevelt’s Wabash Building, the new Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital and the Chicago Cultural Center, to name just a few Chicago locations. Green rooftops at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., Millennium Hall at Drexel University in Philadelphia and atop buildings in Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and Moscow are among other sites visited and photographed by Temkin, and are included in his new book Rooftop, which was published in 2015. Rooftop: Second Nature will run through May 6 at the Gage Gallery. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 312-341-6458 or visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery

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

Black History Month Event at SSC – Tuesday, February 28

SSC’s Office of Student Life & Leadership presents its final program open to the public at no charge in honor of African American History Month.

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Kindig Performing Arts Center
Students, Faculty and Staff are invited to a musical concert and cultural immersion featuring the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. Founded in 1972, the Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African American dance, music and folklore. Immediately following the performance, participants will be given tickets to join us for a “Taste of Soul” in the Kindig Performing Arts Center Lobby.

For more information on these events, please contact Corrie Gray of Student Programming, at 708- 596-2000, ext. 2499.

‘Salt of the Earth’ Exhibit—Opens Monday, March 6

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to present a solo exhibition entitled ‘Salt of the Earth’ by Margie Glass Sula. The exhibition will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery March 6 – March 28th with an artist reception on March 7th from noon-1:30. Margie Glass Sula creates artworks that reintroduce the curious world of nature through her visual interpretation of simple forms, and exploration of art making materials. Her works range from drawing, painting, to abstract sculptures, which often change venues from indoor to outdoor. Glass Sula’s works all convey the same strange, quiet, and intriguing world that often lurks in nature that we fail to see, and have led to her becoming an award-winning visual artist; exhibiting work at the national level, along with landing works in public, as well as numerous private collections. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL, a WSSC Artist in Batavia, IL, a Juried artist showing works at Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest, IL, and member of the National Women’s Caucus for Art, who have published her works in numerous exhibition catalogues. To view a gallery of her work, please visit margieglasssula.com. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. The Dorothea Thiel Gallery is located on the fourth floor and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The galleries are supported in part by the SSC Foundation. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. Contact 708-596-2000 ext. 2316.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

60th Annual Beaux Arts Ball & Fundraiser ‘A Night with Marie Antoinette: Let Them Eat Cake’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Tall Grass Arts Association will host its 60th Annual Beaux Arts Ball and fundraiser ‘A Night with Marie Antoinette: Let Them Eat Cake’ on Saturday, March 11 at Ravisloe Country Club 18231 Park Avenue in Homewood. Proceeds will benefit the Tall Grass Gallery and School. The event’s activities will include a silent auction, live auction with dinner and dancing.  Guests will have the opportunity to support Tall Grass’ mission: to cultivate and promote artists and the arts. The event will feature electronic bidding for auction items.  All bidding will be done through your cell phone or computer.  You can bid from anywhere, anytime before the close of the auction on March 11th 2 9:30 p.m. CST from your own device.  You can event get an update if you are outbid.  Register for the event at www.tallgrass.gesture.com to view the auction items and begin bidding.  No cell phone? No problem. Volunteers will be available at the Ball to act as your personal shopper. This year, Tall Grass is inviting its guest to stay at the luxurious La Banque Hotel in Homewood.  By mentioning you are attending the Tall Grass Arts Ball at Ravisloe, special pricing will be available and you will receive free complementary shuttle service to and from the event.  To reserve a room, please call 708-708-6000 as soon as possible as there are a limited number of rooms that will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Program for the Evening

6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction

7:00 p.m. – Tribute to Honoree Janet Muchnik

7:15 p.m. – Invocation and Dinner followed by music and dancing.

This year’s Honoree, Janet Muchnik is a well-known champion of the arts and culture.  Janet is a long-time supporter and promoter of artists, art exhibits, Tall Grass Arts Association, the Tall Grass Gallery and School, the Park Forest Art Fair, and various other arts events and groups.  She has made significant contributions to several regional communities through her service, volunteerism, and leadership. Individual tickets are $125 each.  You can also sponsor a table for 10 for $1,250.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Please make your reservation no later than Friday, February 24. Reservations can be made online here or by calling 708-748-3377.  Reservations can be paid by cash, check or charge on Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card. For additional information call the Gallery at 708-748-3377 or email [email protected].

‘Flight of Obscurity X’ Exhibit — Opens Saturday, March 11

Tall Grass Arts Association will host a very different kind of exhibit in its Gallery from March 11 through April 15. ‘Flight of Obscurity X’ is an imposing solo show of sculptures and various installation elements created by Ohio artist Nathaniel Foley and presented in a significantly transformed space. A Workshop and Demonstration will be held in connection with the Flight of Obscurity X Exhibit on Saturday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m., following the Artist’s Reception at 2 p.m. Nathaniel’s sculpture focuses primarily on aviation process, materials and language. He creates forms with his own hands, and has mastered construction techniques and processes such as riveting and sheet metal fabrication that have been used throughout aviation history. Nathaniel will lead the workshop following the Opening Reception for the exhibit that runs from 12 – 2 p.m. He plans to introduce the history of the field rivet, talk about his process, and show examples to the participants. He will demonstrate a key chain project and give everyone an opportunity to plan, drill, rivet and stamp two pieces of aluminum, resulting in a key chain they can take with them. The participants will be able to choose between hand squeezing or bucking the rivets, moving through several stations during the process. All abilities are welcome, and no experience with power tools is necessary. The workshop should run about an hour to an hour and a half. There will be space for 15 participants in the workshop, with a small fee of $10 requested for supplies.  Those wishing to learn about and try their hands at riveting and other techniques used in the construction of Nathaniel Foley’s sculptures are asked to pre-register with Cody Ziebell, Tall Grass Executive Director, at 708-748-3377 before March 11. You can also register for the workshop on the Tall Grass Web Site at www.tallgrassarts.org. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrass.org.

The Drama Group, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘Good People’ – Through March 5

The Drama Group is proud to present the 2011 Tony Award-Winning comedy, ‘Good People,’ by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Tony Labriola.  Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre on March 2, 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on February 26 and March 5 at 2:00 p.m. ‘Good People’ tells the story of Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. And as we, in Illinois struggle through our own financial insecurity and economic desperation, this play speaks to us.  It speaks with lots of laughter and a few tears. Somewhere between Golden Girls and Angie Tribeca, with a bit of Grace & Frankie thrown in for good measure, it rings with the honest voices and wonderful personalities of ‘Good People.’  It’s wild, rough and genuinely funny.  It will be a great night in the theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults; $19 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available.  Good seats are still available.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444 or online http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2766445. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Website   www.dramagroup.org.

Auditions for ‘Buried Child’ – February 28 & March 1

The Drama Group announces auditions for ‘Buried Child’ by Sam Shepard on February 28 and March 1 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  This Pulitzer Prize winning play takes a hard look at the American Dream.  An estranged grandson comes home to find his family in pieces and bound to a horrible secret they have buried. For further information go to our website: www.dramagroup.org.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

DePaul University, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago

International Catholic Scholars to Address the Reformation, Marriage, Democracy – Through March 30

A diverse group of Catholic scholars from around the world are slated to speak at DePaul University’s Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology in the coming months about issues ranging from democracy to peace and marriage. Events include a panel on Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), a discussion of the legacy of the Berrigan brothers, and an international conference reflecting on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and its lingering impact on Asia, Latin America and Africa. Events are free and open to the public.

Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents
March 8, John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Room 300
Book discussion 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Editors and theologians Michael Schuck and John Crowley-Buck will discuss the three years of research in Indonesia, Lithuania, Peru and the U.S. that culminated in the publication of a book of essays. Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents explores how each of these nations have experienced times of political, social and religious oppression, oscillating between periods of liberation, tolerance and religious freedom. Schuck is associate professor of theology at Loyola University Chicago and co-director of the International Jesuit Ecology Project; Crowley-Buck is a doctoral candidate in theology at Loyola.

Love, Joy and Sex: Reflections on Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia in a Divided Church
March 30,  Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 314B
Panel discussion 5:30-8 p.m.
Love, joy and sex all play a part in Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation on love in the family that Pope Francis released in 2016. On its one-year anniversary, this roundtable will explore what it all means, especially for lay and clergy Catholics in the global South Asia, Africa and Latin America. Panelists are:

  • Carolyn Chau, associate director of the Center for Advanced Research on Catholic Thought at King’s University College at Western University.
  • Nicholaus Segeja, head of the pastoral theology department at Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
  • Teresa Delgado, associate professor and chair of the religious studies department at Iona College.

The Berrigan Brothers and the World Church April 5, Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 314B

Lecture 6-8 p.m.
Daniel Berrigan, an American Jesuit, and his brother Philip were lifelong Catholic pacifists, committed to the abolition of war, nuclear weapons and all forms of violence. No strangers to jail time, they led the anti-war and anti-draft movements in U.S. during the Vietnam War.  In this talk, Michael Baxter, former national secretary of the Catholic Peace Fellowship and former visiting associate professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University, will discuss the worldwide reach of the Berrigan brothers legacy of radical peace activism.

World Catholicism Week 2017
Gathered in My Name: Ecumenism and the World Church
April 28-30, Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 314B
In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Reformation. Now, 500 years later, Stan Chu Ilo, an assistant professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul, will join speakers from India, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile and Sri Lanka to address the Reformation’s lingering repercussions in the global South and efforts there to bridge ecclesial divides. Keynote speakers will be Paul D. Murray, a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and editor of Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning; Sister Teresa Okure, SHJC, the sole representative of Catholic Africa on the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission; and the Rev. Felix Wilfred, president of Concilium: International Journal of Theology and chief editor of the International Journal of Asian Christianity.

The Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology seeks to be at the forefront of the discussion about the relationship between globalization and the Catholic Church’s future as a truly worldwide Church. For more information visit: http://las.depaul.edu/cwcit.

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.

Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights

PSC Trustee Candidacy Petitions – Now Available

Candidacy petitions for three, six-year, non-compensated terms and one, two-year unexpired, non-compensated term on the Prairie State College (PSC) Board of Trustees are now available. The petition packages can be picked up from the President’s Office, located in room 2270 on PSC’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The vacant positions are for those of Christopher Baikauskas, Brunetta Hill-Corley, Wendell Mosby and Marc Wiley, whose terms expire in April 2017. In order to qualify, a candidate must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, have resided in Illinois Community College District 515 for at least one year, be a registered voter, and have petition signatures from a minimum of 50 registered voters who live in the district. Petitions with the required number of signatures will be accepted in the PSC President’s Office by the secretary of Community College District 515, or a designated representative, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 through Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Petitions also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. A Statement of Candidacy and optional Loyalty Oath also must be filed at that time. Additionally, a Statement of Economic Interests must be filed with the county clerk of the candidate’s residence. The resulting receipt must then be filed with the secretary of Community College District 515 or a designated representative no later than Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Persons elected on April 4 will be seated at the April Board of Trustees meeting. For more information, contact Patricia Trost, administrative director, president’s office and board of trustees at 708-709-3637.

StoryCorps, Chicago

‘Dismantling Barriers to Life: A Speak Out on Mass Incarceration’ – Saturday, March 11

StoryCorps in Chicago is partnering with several Chicago community-based organizations for an upcoming event on March 11th, “Dismantling Barriers to Life: A speak out on mass incarceration,” to explore the impacts of mass incarceration within the Chicago community. The event will take place at the First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 West Washington Boulevard in Chicago.  Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Co-hosts for the event include Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, Community Renewal Society, Growing Home, and Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois. These organizations are among those in Illinois providing direct services to individuals and families impacted by mass incarceration. They have also partnered with StoryCorps in Chicago to record first-person accounts so that these experiences are preserved in this nation’s historical record. Some of these interviews have aired on WBEZ and are archived at StoryCorps, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Museum. The StoryCorps Justice Project is a grant recipient of the Safety + Justice Challenge Network, an initiative of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. To RSVP, please visit our eventbrite, dismantlingbarriers.eventbrite.com. SOCIAL MEDIA:  #dismantlingbarriers #storycorps. Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427167563961663/. Playlist of stories: https://soundcloud.com/storycorpschicago/sets/dismantling-barriers-to-life

For accessibility needs please contact [email protected].

Top U.S. Universities

Choosing what college or university to attend can be a very daunting experience. With educational costs continually increasing, it’s more important than ever to choose a university that meets your specific educational needs. At http://www.topschools.com/, you will find a comprehensive resource that ranks each university throughout the nation by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission, graduation and retention rates.

Green Events

Lake Calumet Partnership, Chicago

‘Lake Calumet Then & Now’ Presentation — Thursday, March 2

The Calumet Heritage Partnership and Calumet Ecological Park Association will host a presentation ‘Lake Calumet Then & Now’ on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m.  The event will be held at the Chicago Police 5th District Station Community Room, 727 East 111th Street in Chicago. Safe, free parking is available in the police station parking lot. Roseland and Pullman historian Paul Petraitis will bring a lively, fresh presentation about Lake Calumet.  Petraitis will be joined by Tom Shepherd of the Lake Calumet Vision Committee. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer period. The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served. Share your Lake Calumet stories of fishing, hunting, swimming, exploring, etc. to make this a fun night to reminisce and to learn about future plans. For additional information, call Tom Shepherd at 773-370-3305.

One Earth Film Festival, Oak Park

Sixth Annual Green Carpet Gala – Friday, March 3

Mingle with like-minded friends who believe in sustainability and creativity. Meet leaders of the environmental movement and filmmaking community. This is a place where ideas and art merge, where people who care about the planet express themselves frankly and elegantly. Join us for our Sixth Annual Green Carpet Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s sparkling contemporary addition: the LEED-certified Gratz Center. Completed in 2013, this sleek space honors the original, neo-Gothic, 1914 structure via large overlooking windows. This is the perfect venue to kick off our festival weekend, where we will introduce our line-up of over 30 thought- and action-provoking films, in addition to celebrating our volunteers, sponsors, venues and strategic partners. Test drive Nissan’s all-electric Leaf! Attire is business casual or business casual or cocktail attire. Tickets are $70 per person in advance, and $80 per person at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.  Can’t attend the Gala but still want to help the One Earth Film Fest? Make an online donation

$8 parking validation passes will be available at the event reception for those who park in the 900 N. Michigan Avenue Garage. Enter the garage one block west of the Gratz Center, on the north side of Delaware St.

2017 One Earth Film Festival – Festival Begins March 3

One Earth Film Festival has just announced the schedule for its sixth year of bringing outstanding and solution-oriented environmental documentaries and programs to the Chicago region. Expanded to include two weekends for the first time, the festival runs March 3 through 12. Among other films on this year’s schedule are: “The Age of Consequences,” “Before the Flood,” “SEED: The Untold Story,” “Can You Dig This?” “Minimalism,” “Crying Earth Rise Up,” “Dive!” and the Young Filmmakers Contest winners. Through its tailor-made post-film programs, One Earth Film Festival addresses issues surrounding water, energy, transportation, food, waste and recycling, environmental advocacy, social justice and climate change. Programs are built around full-feature or a mix of short films, followed by action-oriented discussions led by environmental experts and advocates. Some festival programs are designed specifically with families and children in mind. Two pre-event screenings will be held at Loyola University and Dominican University before the official festival kick-off. The Green Carpet Gala, the festival’s signature opening event, will be held at the beautiful LEED® Silver certified Gratz Center of Fourth Presbyterian Church, 115 E. Delaware Place, in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood. Most screenings are free with a suggested $6 donation. Reservations for all programs can be made through Eventbrite. For additional information, visit: http://www.oneearthfilmfest.org

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 Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – Resumes March 1

The Wednesday Morning Walkers will resume on March 1 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.

Making a Gourd Birdhouse – Registration Required by Friday, March 3

Come out to Thorn Creek on Sunday, March 5 to make a gourd birdhouse.  There will be two sessions: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., or 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  This is a fun, family workshop to create a welcoming nesting space for birds in your own backyard.  Join artist and teacher Pat Moore to make a natural style birdhouse from a gourd.  Birdhouses are increasingly important to cavity nesters like wrens and chickadees. This is a Partnership for Programming event sponsored by the Thorn Creek Audubon Society.  There is a fee of $10 per birdhouse; limit one per person.  All materials will be provided.  Registration is required no later than Friday, March 3.  This program will take place indoors in an accessible facility. 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.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Free Rain Barrels for Park Forest Will County Residents – While Supplies Last

Free rain barrels are available to Village residents in the Will County section of Park Forest. Last year, a free rain barrel program was offered for Cook County residents. Now, Will County residents can get in on the free rain barrels. Rain barrels are large containers that capture rainwater from your roof, typically via downspouts, for you to use when you need it. The most common use for rain barrel water is for the watering of lawns or gardens, and for washing cars. The free rain barrels are available while supplies last. For questions about the program, contact Public Works at 708-503-7702 or visit: http://villageofparkforest.com.

Healthy Living

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 Nurses’ Plus, 350 Victory Drive

April Food Day Drive – Donations Now Being Accepted

The Park Forest Health Department is asking for the community’s support in an annual effort sponsored by the United Way. The United Way’s April Food Day is a push to promote awareness of food pantries by bringing the community together to participate in a local food drive. Suggested items to donate include canned fruits and vegetables, dried good, and personal care items. No glass items or expired items can be accepted. Items can be dropped off at the Park Forest Health Department between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, through March 31. This year is the Park Forest Health Department’s third year serving as a drop-off location for April Food Day. The Park Forest Health Department is located in the lower level of Park Forest’s Village Hall.

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 (MCEA) Meeting – Sunday, March 5

The MCEA will meet at UUCC at 12 noon on Sunday, March 5.  The group meets every first Sunday of the month.  Come out and learn about the benefits of cannabis. For additional information, call 708-755-3577 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Park Forest Resident Appreciation Month Events

Enter to Win $150 Off Your Next Water Bill – March 1 – 4

Stop by Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, and enter your household for your chance to win $150 off your next water bill.  Hurry in today.  3 lucky households will be selected.  Winners will be drawn and contacted on Monday, March 6.  Proof of residency will be required to collect the prize.

For additional information, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621.

Spin the Wheel Raffle – Friday, March 10

Stop by Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, and spin for your chance to win a raffle prize. You may win money, a gift card or Village “Swag.” You will never know until you come in and give it a spin.  The first spin will begin at 10 a.m. in the lobby of Village Hall and will continue until exhausted or end of the business day at 5 p.m. For additional information, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621.

St. Patrick’s Day with Mayor Ostenburg & Village Staff – Friday, March 17

Come on out and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with Park Forest Mayor John Ostenburg and staff at the Park Forest Village Hall Board Room, 350 Victory Drive.  Sip a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea while you munch on a festive cookie or cupcake.  Bring your questions or just come and mingle with your neighbors in the community and take a photo.  We look forward to seeing you. For additional information, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621.

Candle Making Class – Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25

If you joined us last year, you know what to expect with the candle making class, but we added more this year.  Join us on Friday, March 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to make another or your first candle and then on Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can decorate the candle holder with art and with a little Mozart twist to it.  You will enjoy our instructors while they bring that artsy side out in you.  The classes will be held at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. Seats are limited. Call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 to RSVP today.

Jazz, Dancing & Appetizers – Friday, March 31

Join us on Friday, March 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Dining on The Green, 249 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest for an evening of LIVE jazz, dancing and appetizers.  For additional information, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621.

This & That

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Suite 505, Matteson

Housing Expo — Saturday, March 4

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Housing Expo on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lan-Oak Park District, 2550 178th Street, Lansing. Participants will have the opportunity to apply for a loan modification and to learn about foreclosure prevention, first-time home-buyer programs, and how to appeal property taxes. Banks and agencies, including Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), Wells Fargo, Chase, BMO, and more will be on hand to assist homeowners and tenants. Register by visiting www.reprobinkelly.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Alan Banks at 708-679-0078 or at [email protected].

Park Forest People of Faith

Peace Prayers – Wednesday, March 1

Park Forest People of Faith will gather for Peace Prayers on Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at St. Irenaeus Church, 8 Cherry Street in Park Forest.  All are invited to attend.  The group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month.

Park Forest Toastmasters Club

Meeting – Tuesday, February 28

The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, February 28 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 South State Street, South Holland

2017 Chicago Women’s Conference – Friday, March 17

SSC proudly announces Caprice O’Bryant as the Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Chicago Women’s Conference on Friday, March 17th located at the college’s Main Campus in South Holland, Illinois. This year’s theme “You Can!” marks the 9th annual event planned through the college’s Business and Career Institute (BCI). Women of all backgrounds ages 18 and up are welcome to come together for one day dedicated exclusively to women. This year’s keynote, Caprice O’Bryant, is a walking miracle. Two serious injuries and a major illness couldn’t keep her down. After her recovery, this dynamic 23-year-old entrepreneur earned her certification as a nutrition specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, opened Excuse Free Fitness, Inc. in downtown Homewood, Illinois and has appeared on numerous television talk shows including You & Me This Morning and Windy City Live. Caprice’s motto is, “You can do ALL things!” which has inspired her followers to get healthy, increase their confidence and connect with their inner power. Caprice’s message of hope, perseverance and courage will have you believing in your own capabilities! The positive feedback and participation has grown tremendously since the event’s inception. Last year over 350 participants and 50 vendors participated in this truly unique opportunity. SSC invites all women to join in the experience and connect with hundreds of other women this March. In addition to an exciting Keynote from Ms. O’Bryant, this year’s event will again include networking, shopping, and will present over 15 speakers on topics including Personal Empowerment, Health & Wellness, and Business & Finance, along with a “We Can” panel that will feature a poignant discussion with powerful women who rose to the challenge and are making profound differences in their communities. The cost of admission is just $25 per person with advance registration, or $35 at the door. The conference fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and admission to all of the break-out sessions. For more information, or to register for the 2017 Chicago Women’s Conference, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 6055 or visit www.TheChicagoWomensConference.com.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Vehicle Stickers — Go On Sale March 1

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2017-18 year go on sale March 1.  Stickers may be purchased at Village Hall or online by visiting www.villageofparkforest.com. Vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles registered in the Village of Park Forest by the end of the business day on April 30, 2017 to avoid late fees and fines. A late fee of $25 will be assessed to all vehicle sticker purchases made on or after May 1.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed to all vehicle sticker purchases made on or after August 1. Fees will increase as follows: stickers purchased May 1 through July 31 are $75 and stickers purchased August 1 and later are $125. Vehicles will be considered delinquent after October 31.

2017 Park Forest Aqua Center Pre-Season Winter Specials – Friday, Through Mach 31

The Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 North Orchard Drive, is offering great pre-season rates. Winter special rates are now being offered through March 31. If you miss the Winter Specials, the Aqua Center will be offering Early Bird Specials April 1 through June 2. Save now on family memberships as well as individual membership rates. Prepare for the warmth of summer with these HOT Aqua Center Deals! Additional information can be found below or on the Aqua Center Website.


Final 2023 Mayoral Forum with Joe Woods

Final Village Trustee Forum – March 19, 2023