In and Around Park Forest for the Week of July 23, 2017

Owen Rose Garden
Owen Rose Garden, Eugene, Oregon (Source: Flickr)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) —As much as we hate to admit it, seeing all the back to school and summer clothing sales currently taking place reminds us that summer is nearly over. There are still plenty of summer activities taking place in Park Forest and the neighboring suburbs. Check out the events in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

The Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy is an invaluable nine-month experience that allows residents to meet area leaders, hear their stories, become more familiar with your community, and take part in informational briefings on the realities and challenges of local decision-makers and the organizations they lead. Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, July 31. Additional information about the Civic Leadership Academy can be found 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 Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commission is scheduled to meet the week of July 23:

  • Wednesday, July 26 – Cable Communications Commission

The meeting 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

‘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.

Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago

Benefit Concert for Russian-Born LGBTQ Violinist, Artem Kolesov – Tickets Now on Sale

Notable Chicago LGBTQ community leaders are hosting a benefit concert for Artem Kolesov, a 23-year old gay man who caught the world’s attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian “Children-404” project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and discuss LGBT issues in Russia. In most of their photos and videos, participants shield their identities by holding up a sign in front of their faces, but Kolesov did not.  While his courageous move caught international attention, it also means that he can never return home. His dream, therefore, is to insure his safety by obtaining U.S. citizenship. Kolesov now lives in Chicago, where he is first violinist in the Yas Quartet, which is in residence at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. Earlier this summer, Kolesov was honored recently at the Logo TV Trailblazers Awards; last year his ensemble took third prize in the Chamber Division at the Schoenfeld International String Competition held in Harbin, China.
The concert “From Russia with Love: A benefit concert for Artem Kolesov and other LGBTQ refugees fleeing persecution” will enjoy a performance by Kolesov and the YAS Quartet and others.  All proceeds will benefit legal costs associated with Kolesov’s pursuit of U.S citizenship; American Friends of Rainbow Railroad; and Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program (CLASP).
Tickets & Additional Information 
Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613
Ticket prices start at $50

To purchase tickets visit:  https://community.centeronhalsted.org/pages/from-russia-with-love  .

Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street

The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of July 23:

  • Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m. – Knot Just for Knitters – Share camaraderie while working on knitting, crocheting or any other type of needlework project. For adults.
  • Tuesday, July 25 at 10 a.m. – Tiny Tots Workshop – Stories for ages birth-5. Register.
  • Tuesday, July 25 from 6-8 p.m. – Game Night at the Library – Drop-in and play one of our board games with your family. Recommended for children 8+.
  • Wednesday, July 26 at 1 p.m. – Chris McBrien: Read, Design, Succeed – Puppetry and science for children of all ages. Register.
  • Thursday, July 27 at 1 p.m. – Book Tasting – Eat, taste, and read. Hamburgers will be served. For ages 9-13. Register.
  • Thursday, July 27 at 4:30 p.m. – Knitting 101– Learn the basics of knitting and crocheting or improve your skills in this class for ages 7+. Register.
  • Thursday, July 27 at 6:15 p.m. – Summer Film Club Festival – Showing Moon with a discussion afterwards. For adults.
  • Thursday, July 27 at 6 p.m. – Medical Cannabis Seminar – Learn about the Illinois Medical Cannabis Program, qualifying conditions, how to sign up, physician certifications, consumption methods, and the dispensary experience. Register
  • Thursday, July 27 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.
  • Friday, July 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Open Build – Drop-in and complete our building challenges using a variety of objects. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult.
  • Friday, July 28 at 3 p.m. – Current Events Cafe – Discussion of politics and the news. For teens.

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

‘Stranger Things’ Summer Exhibition – Through August 6

Art is meant to stimulate discussion and that is precisely the goal of DePaul Art Museum’s “Stranger Things” exhibition, which encourages patrons to ask: What is it? The “Stranger Things,” runs through August 6, and draws from the museum’s permanent collection and features sculpture, paintings and drawings from several Chicago-based artists. Most of the artworks in the exhibition are part of the collection donated to the museum last year from Chuck Thurow, former director of the Hyde Park Art Center. Featured works also came from Suzanne Rose, a former Chicago gallery owner, and from private collections. The artists in “Stranger Things,” create art that hovers between “abstraction and figuration,” Widholm said. “They create forms that are vaguely familiar but impossible to name.” Some works may make viewers think of plants, building, animals or body parts, she said. Artists featured in the exhibition include Richard Rezac, Magalie Guerin, Sterling Lawrence, Chris Garofalo, Sandra Perlow, Alex Chitty, Miriam Bloom, Jim Lutes, Paul LaMantia, David Richards, Robert Bladen and David Jackson. “Stranger Things” accompanies two ongoing solo artist exhibitions at the museum: “Vessels of Genealogies,” featuring works by Dominican-American artist Firelei Báez, and “To Name It Is To See It,” featuring art by Chicago-based artist Hương Ngô. All three exhibitions close on Aug. 6. The museum is located at 935 W. Fullerton Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Friday, Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. Additional information at http://museums.depaul.edu or 773-325-7506.

Firelei Báez, Hương Ngô Bring Their Work to DePaul Art Museum – Through August 6

Caribbean and Asian influences will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum this spring with Miami artist Firelei Báez and Chicago artist Hương Ngô. The pair will provide their respective works for two exhibitions set to run through August 6 at the museum on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. Báez’s exhibition, “Vessels of Genealogies,” tells stories of identity, history and politics through bright colors, patterns, hairstyles and textiles depicted in her large-scale paintings and tapestries, said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, the museum’s director and chief curator. “Vessels of Genealogies” will be the main exhibition on the first floor of the museum. The second exhibition will feature Ngô’s new work on Vietnamese anti-colonial organizer Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai. The works were inspired by Ngô’s trips to Vietnam and France, according to Widholm. “To Name It Is To See It” will touch on topics including colonialism, political activism, women’s rights, surveillance, class, language and Vietnamese history. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located 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/.

 ‘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

HotHouse, Chicago

Legendary Cuban Group Septeto Santiaguero – Tickets Now on Sale

HotHouse is Chicago’s premiere presenter of arts and culture from the island of Cuba. Saturday August 5, HotHouse presents Septeto Santiaguero, the foremost son music ensemble on the current Cuban scene. Founded in 1995 by tres guitar virtuoso Fernado Dewar, Septeto has recorded 8 records in their two decade history. Their most recent release, Tributu a Los Compadres, is a collaboration with Jose ‘El Canario’ Alberto and was blessed with a 2016 Grammy nomination in the Tropical Latin category and a 2015 Latin Grammy win. This current tour supports their new cd No Queiro Llanto – Tributo a Los Compadres expected to be released this summer. As part of this endeavor, Zenen Zeferino Huervo will open the first program at Martyrs’.

Tickets and Additional Information

Doors: Open at 7 p.m. Concert begins at 8 p.m.

Location: Martyrs’ 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

Tickets: $25

Tickets available: www.hothouse.net and: www.martyrslive.com

Venue web-site: www.martyrslive.com

Presenter Web-site: www.hothouse.net

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘’Brass 2 – Bach, Brass and Bier’ – Wednesday, July 26

Summer evening small ensemble concerts held at the beautiful and historic Ravisloe Golf Course, 18231 Park Avenue, in Homewood. Special on site pre-concert offerings to be announced soon at www.ipo.org. A la carte dinner available on site in the Bunker Bar & Grill from 5-7PM or show your Ravisloe tickets for 10% food and drink at the elegantly trendy La Voute in La Banque Hotel, 2034 Ridge Rd., just 5 minutes from Ravisloe. Tickets are now on sale for the July 26 — Brass 2 — Bach, Brass and Bier

The IPO Brass Quintet will transport you to the biergartens of Germany with festive selections by German and Austrian composers. Watch for details on a complimentary pre-concert craft beer tasting with sampled selections available for purchase during the concert. Single tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door if available. Individual student tickets, $10. Tickets can be purchased here or by phone, 708-481-7774.

Pre-concert dining options include:

La Voute in La Banque Hotel at 2034 Ridge Rd., Homewood. Show your concert tickets on concert night and receive 10% off your bill (food and beverage). Reserve through opentable.com or call 708-798-6000. Or, a la carte dining is available in the Bunker Bar & Grill at Ravisloe beginning at 5PM. Call for a reservation, 708.798.5600.

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

Vietnam Transformed: The Art of Richard J. Olsen – Through August 12

The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) presents its newest exhibition–Vietnam Transformed: The Art of Richard J. Olsen as Symbolic Reality. The exhibition features work spanning the artist’s career, and will be on view through August 12th. The exhibit is free and open to the public. In collaboration with curators Andrew and Hathia Hayes, and with the curatorial assistance of Anthony F. Janssen, the National Veterans Art Museum is proud to feature an exhibition of work from throughout the career of longtime NVAM-artist and veteran, Richard J. Olsen. In his work, Richard Olsen conveys underlying themes such as the tension between good and evil, the experience of war, and his immediate environment–his studio–by embedding images that are symbolic and allegorical without relying on representation. Olsen began using symbolism early in his career, but this approach for conveying meaning came to the forefront during his mature period during which he creating paintings based on his wartime experiences as a transport helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. The exhibition will showcase work spanning the artist’s career, but will highlight his “Wall” series, for which he is probably best-known. For additional information, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.

‘Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service’ – Opens August 22

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 beginning Tuesday, August 22th 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.

Park Forest American Legion, 1631 South Western Avenue, Chicago Heights

Street Dance Fundraiser to Benefit Park Forest Officer Tim Jones – Saturday, August 12

The Park Forest American Legion will hold a street dance fundraiser to benefit Officer Tim Jones. The event will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 1631 South Western Avenue, Chicago Heights. The Officer Timothy Jones Inaugural First Responders Street Dance will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a “First Responders Waterball Competition.” 4:00 p.m. will feature “The Tim Man.” At 5:00 p.m., the look for “The Fabtones,” at 7:30 p.m. “Richy Z,” and at 9:30 p.m. “Bernie Glim & Country Roads.” Officer Tim Jones was shot on March 19, 2016 and left the rehab facility where he had been recovering, heading for his parents’ home, on May 26, 2017. All proceeds from the gathering will aid in the continued rehabilitation and recovery of Park Forest Police Officer Timothy Jones. There is a $10.00 donation for the event.

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 July 23:

  • Monday, July 24 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Storytime — Join us for a delightful morning of stories!
  • Monday, July 24 at 1 p.m. – Inventor’s Adventures — Join us for a new engaging Science experience. Each week we will try something new and exciting! Don’t miss out!
  • Monday, July 24 at 3 p.m. – Artistic Designs — Create masterpieces in our hands on art sessions. We’ll provide the materials, you bring your creativity!
  • Monday, July 24 at 3: 30 p.m. – Do It Yourself Designs — Create, learn, and engage in new activities with teens!
  • Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m. – Maker’s Mindfulness Mondays — Join us each week as we learn how to become more tranquil and mindful in our lives. We will also be making something to take home.
  • Monday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. — Ravinia Concert – Emerson String Quartet & Calidore String Quartet — Come to the Info Zone desk to inquire about tickets to today’s Ravinia show taking place at the Martin Theatre. First come, first serve basis. Location: Ravinia in Highland Park, IL
  • Tuesday, July 25 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, July 25 at 11 a.m. – Creators in the Making — Drop in and discover your inner artist with one of our guided projects.
  • Tuesday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m. — Designer’s RUBIK’S CUBE Challenge — Join in the fun of with this classic puzzle game!
  • Tuesday, July 25 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Creator’s Circle — Take a load off from your summer activities and learn different media of art with other teens!
  • Tuesday, July 25 at 8 p.m. — Ravinia Concert – Celebrating John Adams at 70- One Score, One Chicago — Come to the Info Zone desk to inquire about tickets to today’s Ravinia show taking place at the Pavillion. First come, first serve basis. Location: Ravinia in Highland Park, IL
  • Wednesday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m. – Baby 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 adult.
  • Wednesday, July 26 at 1 p.m. – Wii U Wednesday — Join us for fun afternoon of wild and crazy fun with the Wii U! Are you up to the challenge?
  • Wednesday, July 26 at 4 p.m. – Drop In Coloring for Adults — 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.
  • Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. – Writers’ Workshop — Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.
  • Thursday, July 27 at 11 a.m. – Toddler Time — 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. Ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, July 27 at 11:30 a.m. – Drop In Crafter’s Corner — Drop in and find a new craft, try a new technique or get inspired with a new trend, all while having fun!
  • Thursday, July 27 at 1 p.m. – Movie Matinee: ‘Spare Parts ‘– Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT.
  • Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. — Ravinia Concert — Apollo’s Fire (The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra) — Come to the Info Zone desk to inquire about tickets to today’s Ravinia show taking place at the Pavillion. First come, first serve basis. Location: Ravinia in Highland Park, IL
  • Friday, July 28 at 1 p.m. – Innovator’s Corner — Drop by and embrace your creativity with our family-friendly crafts and much more.
  • Friday, July 28 at 3 p.m. – Generator’s Gaming Group — Show off your competitive side with your friends! From board games to video games, there will be plenty of fun!

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

Teen Advisory Board Meeting – Wednesday, July 26

The Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet in Wednesday, July 26 at 4:30 p.m. We want YOU to join our new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and help plan and design this new space for PF/OF teens. Ask for an application in Teen Tech Zone.

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.

SPAA Theater for Performing Arts, 371 Artists Walk

D-Erania Jazz Series – Tickets Now on Sale

Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist & Grammy Nominee, D-Erania founded and launched the D-Erania Jazz Series in 2017; a dynamic live performance concert series designed to create an unforgettable experience for audiences, and to connect them with outstanding artists and musicians from around the world. There are four concerts scheduled per year; one per quarter, and take place at the beautiful SPAA Theater for Performing Arts in DownTown Park Forest. The performances showcase D-Erania and her live band with special guest, international artists. Two of the performances took place this past February and May. The exceptional lineup remaining for 2017 is:

  • Friday, August 18th for show #3, D-Erania will be joined by the soulful, international jazz violinist, Christian Howes.
  • The 2017 finale concert on Saturday, November 4th the D-Erania Jazz Series will feature vocalist, Tina Crawley for the benefit of ShoVal & More, NFP, the producer of The Gold Rush Women’s Conferences

For more information about D-Erania and the D-Erania Jazz Series please visit: www.d-erania.com.  Tickets for any of the upcoming concerts can be purchased from her website under the “D’s Jazz Series” link. D-Erania can also be contacted via email: [email protected]

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Call for Entries for Upcoming ‘MARK of the HAND’ Juried Exhibition – Deadline Friday, August 11

Tall Grass Arts Association is calling for entries for its upcoming juried exhibition entitled ‘MARK of the HAND.’  The exhibit will be held September 29 through November 4. Entry deadline is Friday, August 11. From prehistory, humans have told their story by literally leaving marks with their hands. Direct mark making and hand forming are the theme of the ‘MARK of the HAND’ art show. ‘MARK of the HAND’ will include two and three-dimensional art which celebrates the legacy of traditional, pre-1800 art tools and processes. The artwork will show evidence of being made directly by the human hand. Media includes (but not limited to) painting, drawing, original printmaking (etchings, engravings, woodcuts and lithographs), sculpture, ceramics, metals, fiber, glass, and wood. Cash “Awards of Excellence” will be given.  Curated and juried by Gail Otterson, MFA and Bill Wild, BA, GIA.  Please Note: ‘MARK of the HAND’ will not include photography or digital art.  As a complement to this handmade show, Tall Grass Gallery will host a digital art show in April 2018. Additional information can be found here. There is an entry fee of $25 for the submission of three artworks. Submit entries through EntryThingy: http://www.entrythingy.com/d=tallgrassarts.org#show=3838. For additional information or questions about Tall Grass, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

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

‘Heathers, the Musical’ – Opens Friday, July 28

The Drama Group is totally jazzed to present the hilariously dark musical comedy, HEATHERS, The Musical, brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy, Laurence O’Keefe and Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, Legally Blonde and Desperate Housewives); and directed by the dynamic duo of Curt & Tammy Lang. Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre on July 28, 29, August 3, 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on July 30, August 5 & 6 at 2:00 p.m. ‘Heathers, The Musical’ is the darkly delicious musical of teen love and angst with an 80’s rock beat. A brainy, beautiful teenage misfit hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers, but is pressured into acts of cruelty…until her boyfriend helps her get revenge. ‘Heathers The Musical’ is a hilarious, heartfelt show based on the most twisted teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers will be the most popular new musical this summer. Are you in, or are you out? NOTE: Adult Theme & Language. Tickets are $21 for adults; $20 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 here For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit website: www.dramagroup.org.

Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

Union Street Gallery Invitational 2017 – Through July 29

USG’s Invitational 2017 exhibit will run through Saturday, July 29.  There will be a reception on Saturday, July 15 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.

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

Screening of Michael Moore’s Documentary ‘Where to Invade Next’ — Friday, July 28

UUCC will screen Michael Moore’s documentary film ‘Where to Invade Next’ on Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow the film screening. To build America up, Michael Moore playfully “invades” other countries to see what they do well and how we can do better, including: education, health care, prison reform, senior living, and worker benefits. Coffee, tea and popcorn will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Edgar’s Place Coffeehouse 25th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, August 26

Edgar’s Place Coffeehouse celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an outdoor Acoustic Mini Festival on Saturday, August 26th starting at 1:00 p.m. Edgar’s Place is located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Park Forest, 70 Sycamore Drive in Park Forest.

Scheduled performances:

1 p.m. Beverly Feldt
Moose River Band
1:45 p.m. Danny Fox
2:15 p.m. Anna Stange
2:45 p.m. Ryan Rudolf
3:30 p.m. Weeds, Bob and Bill Macy
4:30 p.m. Small Potatoes
5:30 p.m. Eric Lambert
6:30 p.m. Dave Rudolf and Friends

Bring lawn chair and blankets. Great indoor venue in case of inclement weather.  $15 Donation for the entire day! For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Main Street Nights 2017 – Wednesday, July 26

Main Street Nights in Park Forest 2017 continues through August 9th. As in the past, the events will take place at Cunningham and Victory Boulevard in DownTown Park Forest. Main Street Nights focuses on bringing the community together through music, games, food, etc. during these summer nights. Venders such as Dunagains Irish Pub will sell grilled items, sides, snacks, and beverages to the public. Every Wednesday, Main Street Nights will start between 5 o’clock and 6:30 p.m. depending on the day. Specific times are listed on the freedom hall website (www.freedomhall.org). In case of rain, performances will be relocated to the Dining on the Green, which is located at 349 Main Street. This week’s scheduled events are:

Wednesday, July 26

6:30 p.m. – Ken Schultz “ The Flyin’ Fool”
Ken Schultz is the master of comedy manipulation who will dazzle all audiences with his effervescent juggling routines of various items, from bowling balls to rubber chickens to whatever else he may borrow from an audience member.

7:30 p.m. – Generation
Generation… “the Sixties Experience”, takes the audience on a Musical, Magical Sight and Sound Flashback to the 60’s, performing the Great Classic Rock hits from the 1964 British Invasion to the American Male and Female 60’s Artists, Including the “Blue Eyed Soul” groups and on through the birth of early 70’s Arena Rock. A GENERATION…”the Sixties Experience” performance is “Where the Action’s at!

Summertime Bingo – Through July 31

Have fun while exploring Park Forest this summer!  Complete 5 tasks and/or activities across, down or diagonal (center is free square) for Bingo. Submit completed Bingo card along with proof of completion and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 VISA Card. Game goes through July 31.  The winners will be announced during the August 9 Main Street Nights event.  There will be four winners. The tasks will involve visiting businesses and places of interest in Park Forest. Details can be found here. The Bingo cards with complete details about proof of task completion will be available in Village Hall and on our website starting June 1. In the meantime, please direct questions about the event to Monica DeLord at 708-283-5617 or [email protected].

4th Annual Carnival – August 10 through 13

Park Forest’s Youth Commission will host its 4th Annual Carnival on August 10 through 13 in DownTown Park Forest (corner of Indianwood Boulevard and Orchard Drive).  There will be games, rides, food and lots of fun for the whole family. Additional information can be found 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.

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163

Ronald McDonald Health Van – Thursday, July 27

The Ronald McDonald Health Van will be available for Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 students’ medical needs: school physical examinations and immunizations at 21st Century Primary Center, 240 S. Orchard Drive, Park Forest, on Thursday, July 27, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, August 15, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. These services are free with a current Medicaid card. Title 19 students receive free inoculation. Families must bring previous inoculation records. The Heart that Smiles Mobile dentist will be available for District 163 students at 21st Century Preparatory Center on July 19, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

2017-2018 Registration – Begins Thursday, July 27

Walk-in registration for the 2017-2018 school year for Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will be conducted in the 21st Century Primary Center’s Media Center, 240 S. Orchard Drive, Park Forest, on the following dates and times:

Thursday, July 27, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 – 4 p.m.

Monday, July 31, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday, August 2, 4 – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, August 16, 4 – 7 p.m.

To register, new students must have the Illinois State transfer form if coming from a school within Illinois, three proofs of residency, and a birth certificate. Qualifying documents for registration should include two from this list: current lease (signed and dated), current mortgage, or current 30-day utility (gas, water, electric) bill; and one from this list: homeowners’/renters’ insurance, auto insurance, SSN/disability letter (date and address), Department of Children and Family Services voucher, or current payroll/unemployment stub. Students must have the physical and immunization forms in compliance with state requirements. Physical examinations must be dated within one year at the time of registration. Kindergarten, sixth grade, and new students will not be allowed to register or start the school year without a current physical examination and an up to date immunization record. The registration fee is $50. Other fees include $10 student enrichment, $10 field trip, and $10 for gym suits for seventh and eighth grade students. Fees may be paid with cash, money order/cashier’s check, or credit/debit card. Personal checks will not be accepted.

Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights

English as a Second Language – Registration Now in Progress

PSC Bridge to Healthcare Careers program prepares high-intermediate to advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) students to begin a successful career in the healthcare industry. The course is tuition free and open to non-native English speakers only. Registration is on Wednesday Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m. Students also can register on Thursday, August 3, at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, August 16, at 9:30 a.m.; and Thursday, August 17 at 6 p.m. Registration for new students will take approximately three hours.  To register, students will need a photo ID card indicating an address in the PSC district. All participants are required to arrive on time. Children are not permitted during registration. Students interested in taking the Bridge to Healthcare Careers course must earn a passing score on the placement test in order to enroll. Classes take place Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The 12-week semester begins on Monday, September 11. Students in the Bridge to Healthcare course will get the opportunity to develop their English language skills, and improve on reading, writing and math. The class assists students in choosing a career in healthcare such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Pharmacy Technician, Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Phlebotomy Technician and Medical Billing and Coding Professional. The class also helps prepare participants for college-level courses and test taking, and gives them tools needed to effectively conduct a job search. For more information about the ESL Bridge to Healthcare Careers course, call 708-709-3722 or email [email protected]. To learn more about classes offered through the Adult Education Department at PSC, visit prairiestate.edu/adulted.

Fall 2017 Registration – Begins August 21

Registration for fall 2017 is open at Prairie State College (PSC). Credit courses begin Monday, August 21. Non-credit courses include a variety of single-day and multiple-session offerings that begin throughout the fall. Both credit and non-credit courses are listed in the fall class schedule, available on the PSC main campus, located at 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. The schedule also is available at area public libraries and online at prairiestate.edu. To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person at the college or online. Current students can register for credit courses online or in person. Through Friday, Aug. 11, Enrollment Services is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the college is closed on Fridays. Beginning Monday, Aug. 14, Enrollment Services will resume regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person. To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to prairiestate.edu and select How To Register for Non-Credit Courses from the A-Z Index. Another option is to complete the registration form available online at prairiestate.edu/noncredit or in the back of the printed course schedule. Students also can register for non-credit courses in person at the Matteson Area Center (MAC), located at 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson, or in the Enrollment Services Office on the PSC main campus. Through Aug. 11, the MAC is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Beginning Monday, Aug. 14, the MAC will resume regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information about registering for courses, visit prairiestate.edu or call 708-709-3500.South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland

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

Paralegal Open House at Oak Forest Campus – Tuesday, August 8

SSC will be hosting an Open House for its Paralegal Program on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Room 5190 at the Oak Forest Center. Attendees will learn about an exciting career that is expected to grow 18% through 2020 according to the US Department of Labor. Information will be provided about SSC’s Paralegal/Legal Assistant curriculum, including the Associate Degree and certificate programs. In addition, former students from the program, working as paralegals, will be present to answer questions. The curriculum prepares students to work in a variety of legal environments including civil and criminal litigation, insurance, banking, public and governmental agencies, law offices and corporate legal departments. Emphasis is placed on the development of core skills in legal research and writing techniques including compilation and analysis of data, understanding legal vocabulary, law office technology, and preparation of legal documents. SSC has the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal program in the Chicago Southland region, giving graduates a huge advantage when entering the workforce. The college also requires that all of the instructors in the program are lawyers or judges to ensure the quality of instruction. While the majority of the paralegal classes are offered at the Oak Forest Center (conveniently located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue), some classes are offered online and some are offered at the Main Campus in South Holland. For more information, please contact Mr. Jason Cieslik at 708-596-2000, ext. 2579 or email [email protected].

2017 Fall Registration & Open House Schedule – Now in Progress

Open Registration for the Fall 2017 Semester at SSC is in progress. Fall classes begin Monday, August 21st at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. The schedule is available online at www.ssc.edu.  SSC will also host a College-Wide Open House on Thursday, August 3rd from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. featuring tours, demonstrations, and information about the college’s wide range of options, programs and student services. Prospective students 18 and over will be entered in an Open House Raffle for: 1st prize $300 Visa Gift Card, 2nd prize $200 Visa Gift Card, 3rd prize $100 Visa Gift Card. Representatives from our new Latino Help Center will be available to offer excellent customer service to prospective and current students and parents by providing interpretation (English/Spanish). SSC is now offering a Free Class to first time credit students who reside within South Suburban College District 510, qualify for our Lake County, IN or Chicago regional rates or work for an employer within South Suburban College District 510. The Free Class applies to tuition only, and does not apply to courses of more than 5 credit hours. Individuals must not be receiving any state or federal financial aid or employer subsidies. More information is available at www.ssc.edu/freeclass. Our Dual Credit option saves parents and students time and tuition money. Your child can earn credit for both high school graduation and college credit at the same time. Dual Credit at SSC is completely free and is a great opportunity for your child to get a jump start on their college education. Dual Credit is only available for specific high school courses. For more information, please contact your child’s high school counselor. Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for fall classes must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope. Prospective students should complete the Online Application Form at www.ssc.edu to begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. The My SSC Portal also allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods. The complete upcoming open house schedule at SSC is as follows:

  • Court Reporting Open House, Thursday, July 27th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Oak Forest Center, [email protected]
  • Paralegal Studies Open House, Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Oak Forest Center Room 5190, [email protected]
  • SSC College-Wide Open House, Thursday, August 3rd, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Main Campus, ssc.edu

Contact the Office of Admissions at 708-210-5718 for enrollment information.

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 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

Nature Camp for Seniors – Registration Required by Saturday, August 5

Calling all kids ages 50 years and older!   Join us for Nature Camp for Seniors: Wild Animal Tracks on Monday, August 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.   We’ll put ourselves in the paws of Thorn Creek’s woodland creatures to discover clues to wild animals’ identities and explore adaptations animals have developed to find food and survive through the different seasons. We’ll make plaster replicas of tracks to take home. Lunch will be provided.  Participants should be prepared to walk ½ mile outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven terrain.  Program is open to those age 50 years and up.  Fee is $5 per person and registration is required by Saturday, August 5. Thorn Creek Nature Center is open Friday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.  Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.  For more information call 708-747-6320, email [email protected] or visit www.tcwoods.org.

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

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 – 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. Dates available are: July 25, Aug. 4, Aug. 9, and Sept. 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].

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

American Red Cross, Chicago

World Roller Derby Week & Blood Drive — August 13 through 19

Athletes from across the Midwest will launch World Roller Derby Week, Aug. 13-19, on the 82nd anniversary of Chicagoan Leo Seltzer presenting his creation, Roller Derby, at the Chicago Coliseum Aug. 13, 1935. The inaugural World Roller Derby Week will include a public birthday celebration, a retro roller derby game played with the rules and uniforms of the 1970s, and a donor pledge campaign for a national roller derby blood drive. One of only three major sports invented in the United States, roller derby has inspired generations of athletes and fans. Currently, almost 2000 women’s, men’s and junior leagues are skating, competing and giving back to their communities worldwide. The kick-off event for World Roller Derby Week will be a public Roller Derby Birthday event Aug. 13 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the place where the sport was invented, Coliseum Park, 1513 South Wabash.  Athletes from roller derby organizations across Chicagoland will be invited to skate in uniform, while junior skaters will serve birthday cake. Donor registrations for “First Blood,” a roller derby themed blood drive will be part of the celebration. A commemorative roller derby double-header game played under the 1970s rules and the classic uniforms of the Midwest Pioneers and the Chicago Westerners, and a Junior Roller Derby game under the most modern rules will be the highlight of the celebration, Aug. 19 from 2-6 p.m. at Fleetwood Roller Rink, 7231 W Archer Ave, Summit, Illinois. A limited number of tickets are available online through World Roller Derby Week partner Brown Paper Tickets at http://timehop2017.bpt.me/. World Roller Derby Week will help to save lives by signing-up donors to give blood at the First Blood roller derby blood drive, Sunday, Oct. 29 at the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois, 2200 West Harrison Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Like other blood drives in the national series, derby athletes at the event will offer autographs, photo opportunities, and other promotional give-a-ways to attract donors, a formula that has made these themed community service events from coast to coast the most popular blood drives of the year in many of the cities where they are hosted. To register to donate blood and save a life, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “Derby.” Follow the Time Hop event at #TimeHop2017 and the roller derby blood drives at #makeembleed and #firstblood. Any roller derby league wishing to bring the roller derby blood drive series to their hometown should email organizers at [email protected]

Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard

Unity Day – Tuesday, August 1

On Tuesday, August 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Park Forest Police Department hosts the first annual Unity Day in conjunction with National Night Out Against Crime, a community-police awareness-raising event held the first Tuesday in August each year across the country. The event is free to attend and takes place in DownTown Park Forest, behind Village Hall, on the Village Green at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive. Park Forest Police say the event is a way to thank residents for their partnership in fighting crime in the community, and is also an opportunity to continue to build ties while having a little fun. Park Forest Police will be joined by several Village boards and commissions for the event who plan to set-up tables with literature and will operate game stations, including a dunk tank and bouncy house, along with a face painting station. The event coincides with Park Forest’s Main Street Nights, the annual outdoor performing arts series, that is set to feature performances from Miss Jamie’s Farm at 6:30 p.m. and Animal Houze Band featuring Fredi Taylor at 7:30 p.m. also part of the evening’s slate of offerings. For questions, contact Corporal Julius Moore at 708-748-9536 or email [email protected].

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy — Applications Now Being Accepted Through July 31

The Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy is an invaluable nine-month experience that allows residents to meet area leaders, hear their stories, become more familiar with your community, and take part in informational briefings on the realities and challenges of local decision-makers and the organizations they lead. In this highly educational nine-month program, you’ll:

  • Explore your ability to critically think about how to resolve important issues impacting the community
  • Be part of a select group of diverse participants all focused on creating the best community possible
  • Be exposed to a host of current and future area leaders who you can add to your network
  • Discuss topics like arts, economic development, education, finance, local government, policing, and more


Must be a Park Forest resident

  • Submit your completed application before July 31, 2017
  • Be available to attend classes on the second Friday of the month, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., September to May
  • For those accepted, submit a $100 program fee by Sept. 1 to hold your seat
  • Be passionate about wanting your community to be the best it can be

More on the Park Forest Civic Leadership

Good Egg Award – Deadline for Nomination Friday, August 25

Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is seeking nominations for the Good Egg Award. The Good Egg award recipient is an individual who has gone beyond the call of duty to be of service to others. The award recognizes those who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities through human relations and human rights advocacy. To request a nomination form, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or email [email protected]. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 25.

Summer and Fall at Prairie State College

Final 2023 Mayoral Forum with Joe Woods

Final Village Trustee Forum – March 19, 2023