In and Around Park Forest for the Week of October 2, 2016

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Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will mount a Celebration of Learning Parade for its students and the community on Tuesday, October 4, beginning at 9:45 a.m. The parade will feature students and the floats they built from all six District 163 schools, kindergarten through eighth grade. Students will be dressed in costumes representing book characters. Floats will indicate the educational goals in the District. This event is a Celebration of Learning that involves parents and the community. The parade steps off from Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts, 530 Lakewood, Park Forest, and winds through Village streets. Additional information about the event can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

If you’re looking for ways to minimize the stress in your life, you can get a better understanding of how to accomplish this goal at the De-stress Community Forum taking place on October 20th at Park Forest Village Hall.  Jenise Ervin, Director of the Park Forest Health Department, along with other health care experts will conduct the forum which will also include ways to identify signs of stroke or heart attack.  Learn more about the Forum in the ‘Healthy Living’ section.

One cannot underestimate the importance of the 2016 elections.  With talks of voter suppression, computer hacking, and administrative issues, it’s extremely important to determine if you are registered to vote. If you have already registered to vote, click on the link below to make certain that you are registered to vote in the upcoming election. Are you registered to vote? Click here to make sure. #KnowYourStatus If you have recently turned 18, or have never registered to vote, take a few minutes to register online now. It only take a few minutes to complete the voter registration form so you can vote in November. Remember, you can’t vote unless you’re registered. Register to vote here

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 Meeting – Monday, October 3

The Village of Park Forest Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, October 3 at 7 p.m. 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).

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 October 2:

  • Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Thursday, October 6 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission

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

Water Main Replacement Project – Now in Progress

Construction continues in Park Forest as part of a year-long four-mile water main replacement project.

Residents should be aware that parking is not permitted on streets with JULIE/utility paint markings and flags. For questions about the project, contact Public Works at 708-503-7702.

Arts & Entertainment

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

Out of Bounds (Public Version) – Tuesday, October 18

This public version of Out of Bounds accompanies our Arts in Education show Out of Bounds (Youth Version) which will take place at 11 a.m. at the Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, October 18 for school groups. This version is a full-length show appropriate for all ages – families are encouraged to see it together so they can talk about the play afterwards. This play is based on the same story as the youth version, however it also includes the perspectives of Amy’s mother and adults at her school. The play has a running time of 1 hour, 20 minutes.  A National Theatre Project Award Winner, the public performance of Out of Bounds confronts the effects of cyber-bullying from a school parent’s point of view. Allison is a single mother who spends a whole school year trying to fight her daughter’s bullies while being haunted by memories of her own experiences growing up.  Humorous, thoughtful and honest, Out of Bounds weaves together video, comic books and interviews to tell the stories of kids stuck on the outside and the adults who feel powerless to help them.  This show is free and open to the public but reservations are required.  Reservations can be made here.

Chicago Dance Crash – Tickets Now on Sale

Audiences in Chicago’s Southland will be the first to experience a contemporary take on the classic struggle between right and wrong, this time depicted in the form of hip hop or street dance. GSU’s Center for Performing Arts will welcome Chicago Dance Crash back to its stage to perform the dance theatre piece Evil and Good on October 22 at 8 p.m. Lead by artistic director Jessica Deahr, Chicago Dance Crash has emerged as the premier fusion-style contemporary dance company in the Midwest. Emphasizing a unique mission of both athleticism and accessibility, the Crash aesthetic is most notably recognized by its combination of concert and hip hop techniques in works ranging from full length productions to repertory pieces and freestyles. The seven company dancers include David Ingram, KC Bevis, Brian Humpherys, Kaitlin Webster (Rehearsal Director), Kelsey Reiter, Zac McMahon, and Porsha Spells.

Ticket Information

Tickets: $28, students $10, high school students $5 (I.D. required, discounts valid only at the box office)

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 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.

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

International Art Exhibition ‘On Space and Place’ – Through December 18

For the first time, viewers of the ART21 or “Art in the Twenty-First Century” television series will be able to see work by artists featured in the new season at the DePaul Art Museum on the Lincoln Park Campus of DePaul University. The exhibition will provide a multi-layered opportunity to learn about the artists on PBS stations, including Chicago’s WTTW-Channel 11, then experience the work in person. The DePaul Art Museum collaborated with the Peabody Award-winning documentary series ART21 to exhibit the 16 artists featured in the show’s eighth season. The exhibition, “On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver,” curated by Widholm, will run through December 18 at the DePaul Art Museum. The featured artists, chosen by ART21 curator Wesley Miller, are grouped by their unique and revealing relationships to the places where they live, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver, to showcase their cities as vibrant and diverse centers for art.

16 innovative artists from 4 dynamic cities:

  • Chicago artists: Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kasten, Chris Ware
  • Mexico City artists: Natalia Almada, Minerva Cuevas, Damián Ortega, Pedro Reyes
  • Los Angeles artists: Edgar Arceneaux, Liz Larner, Tala Madani, Diana Thater
  • Vancouver artists: Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor, Jeff Wall

To view a trailer and learn more about ART21 and television dates visit http://www.pbs.org/art21/.  The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. The 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 the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu/.

Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Shemekia Copeland – Tickets Now on Sale

Back by popular demand, Queen of the Blues Shemekia Copeland will perform at Freedom Hall on Friday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. Shemika will rock the house, pounding out the Rhythm and Blues.  Shemekia Copeland’s passion for the blues gives her music power and a heart-pounding urgency. Dubbed as the new “Queen of the Blues,” she has headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, and has performed at the White House for President Barack Obama.  “Copeland embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops.” says National Public Radio. Tickets are $30, or $26 for season subscribers. For additional information or to purchase tickets, phone 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

Masters of Soul at Freedom Hall — December 2

Back by popular demand, Masters of Soul will perform 2 shows at Freedom Hall on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, (SOLD OUT) at 7:30 p.m. This encore performance for Masters of Soul with a holiday twist is always a sell out at Freedom Hall! Masters of Soul is a celebration of the Motown era featuring hits from the Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Aretha Franklin, the Four Tops, Diana Ross & the Supremes and many more. The show features stylishly costumes, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live Motown band. Tickets are $30 or $26 for season subscribers. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the box office or online at: https://tickets.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1492 Get your tickets today before they are sold out.  For additional information, phone 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

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

IPO Debuts 39th Season – Saturday, October 15

Who will be the IPO’s next Music Director?  During IPO’s 2016-17 season, you will have the opportunity to see and hear all five finalists. The IPO’s 39th season debuts on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. with

‘Beethoven 3 and the Search for Greatness.’ The concert will take place at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway in University Park. Leading the program will be New Zealand-born Maestra Holly Mathieson who currently serves as the Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra. The program is guaranteed to pluck at your heartstrings beginning with Ives’ haunting and poignant work. Next, guest violinist Stefan Milenkovich joins the IPO for Sibelius’ thrilling violin concerto, a signature work by the Finnish master.  The second half of the program is dedicated to Beethoven’s revolutionary third symphony (the “Heroic”), one of the greatest symphonies in the entire repertoire. For additional information or to purchase tickets online visit: www.ipomusic.org or call 708.481.7774.

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

Exhibit of Work by Chicago Veteran Artist George Klauba – Through October 29

NVAM announces the opening of its newest solo exhibition featuring the work of Chicago veteran artist, George Klauba. The exhibition comprises two series of paintings: ‘Nerves on Fire: Reflections on WWII’ and ‘Cuba: Rebels, Orishas & 26 Julio.’ Klauba’s first exhibition at NVAM will run through Saturday, October 29. This exhibit is open to the public.  Klauba’s work recalls the impact of witnessing the homecoming of WWII veterans and making the daily sacrifices to support the war effort on his childhood. He remembers the reverence he felt for the objects brought back from war, and the curiosity invoked by the exotic names of locations in the Pacific. These objects and stories from his childhood eventually merged with an adult understanding of the sorrow and loss experienced by both sides. Klauba masterfully illustrates these vignettes and empathetically weaves them throughout his paintings which he describes as memorials. Nerves on Fire is dedicated to the men and women who were deeply affected by the Second World War. ‘Cuba: Rebels, Orishas & 26 Julio’ is inspired by the indelible experiences Klauba had as a young sailor stationed in Cuba during the revolution. Klauba enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent a month in Guantanamo Bay during one of his deployments. His personal accounts and first-hand understanding of the political atmosphere of the time lays the contextual foundation for the unique mix of factual and fantastical imagery found in this series. Side by side these two series of paintings offer a glimpse into the way in which military service has both defined the artist’s life and driven decades of contemplation about the impact that war has had on his and others’ lives. For more information about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163

Celebration of Learning Parade – Tuesday, October 4

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will mount a Celebration of Learning Parade for its students and for the community on Tuesday, October 4, at 9:45 a.m. The parade will feature students and the floats they built from all six District 163 schools, kindergarten through eighth grade. Students will be dressed in costumes representing book characters. Floats will indicate the educational goals in the District. This event is a Celebration of Learning that involves parents and the community. The parade steps off from Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts, 530 Lakewood, Park Forest, and winds through Village streets. The parade will be preceded by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. for the community to introduce Michelle Obama’s new addition, which features classrooms, commons area and gymnasium. Organizers says the parade is a unique way of kicking off the school year and involving community members in their children’s education and activities. The sixth through eighth grades students in the District’s Communication Media Arts class at Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM, who produce a weekly podcast at their school, will broadcast from along the parade route and provide commentary. For questions, contact Denise Faris at [email protected].

Park Forest Garden Club

Falling Leaves Festival – Tuesday, October 11

The Garden Club of Park Forest invite you to the annual Falling Leaves Festival on Tuesday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 227 Monee Road in Park Forest.  The Festival is open to the public and will feature a program presented by U. of I. Extension Master Gardener Linda Anderson on beekeeping. Tickets are $8 at the door. Door prizes, sandwiches and desserts are included. For additional information, call 708-748-6333 or 708-747-3847.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest

Step Back into a 1950s Halloween — Through November 9

It’s Halloween at the 1950s Park Forest House Museum. Halloween decorations will be on display through November 9. The Museum, located at 227 Monee Road in Park Forest (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church), is open Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Donation is Adults $5; 12 & under free with an adult. Scout and school tours are priced individually. For additional information or to schedule an appointment for a tour, call Mike Gans at 708-305-3308 or Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252 or visit the Website.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of October 2:

  • Monday, October 3 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Jump start your morning with a series of stories that are sure to get you moving. Ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, October 3 at 4 p.m. — Captain America Trilogy — Captain America: The First Avenger – It is 1941 and the world is in the throes of war. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to do his part and join America’s armed forces, but the military rejects him because of his small stature. Finally, Steve gets his chance when he is accepted into an experimental program that turns him into a super-soldier called Captain America. Joining forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Captain America leads the fight against the Nazi-backed HYDRA organization.
  • Tuesday, October 4 at 2 p.m. – Art Studio — It’s time to create! Materials will be provided. For ages 12 and under.
  • Tuesday, October 4 at 4 p.m. – Captain America Trilogy — Captain America: The Winter Solider- After the cataclysmic events in New York with his fellow Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), lives in the nation’s capital as he tries to adjust to modern times. An attack on a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague throws Rogers into a web of intrigue that places the whole world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new ally, the Falcon, Rogers struggles to expose an ever-widening conspiracy, but he and his team soon come up against an unexpected enemy.
  • Tuesday, October 4 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Are you a teen looking to take a break after school with a fun, fresh activity? Come relieve stress and show your creativity with other teens in our coloring circle!
  • Tuesday, October 4 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. Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, October 5 at 11 a.m. – 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, October 5 at 3:30 p.m. — Art Extreme — We’re taking art to the EXTREME! Explore a wide range of art through painting, drawing, building and more! Art has never been this fun. You don’t want to miss out. For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, October 5 at 4 p.m. – Captain America Trilogy — Captain America: Civil War – Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.
  • Wednesday, October 5 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, October 5 at 4 p.m. – Teen Project Picks — You picked them, so let’s try them! Check out requested projects from our teens and take home something new!
  • Thursday, October 6 at 11 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.
  • Friday, October 6 at 3 p.m. — Fall Luminaries — It’s Fun Friday Time! Turn a plain mason jar into a fall or Halloween home décor. All material provided. While supplies last. For ages 12 and under.
  • Friday, October 3 at 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, October 8 at 1:30 p.m. – ‘Bones on Stage’ Halloween Centerpiece Creations — Bring your backbone and your imagination, because you are the producer. Create a humorous Halloween “stage scene”. No bones about it! Enjoy a hilarious time with Kathleen Obirek, floral designer and educator. Dare you to attend! For ages 12 and under. Registration Required.
  • Sunday, October 8 at 3 p.m. — Glitzy Halloween Centerpiece Creations — Glamorize your Halloween decor with this dazzling high-style center piece that you will make. Join in the fun as Kathleen Obirek, floral designer and educator, show you how to incorporate design with drama in making this artistic arrangement. Registration is required, so don’t miss out!

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

Friends of the Library Meeting – Tuesday, October 4

The Friends of the Library will meet on Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. at the Park Forest Public Library.  Support our mission to open doors to a world of information, education, and recreation.  The event is open to the public.  For additional information, contact Barbara Osuch at 708-748-3731, extension 16 or email [email protected].

Park Forest Rotary Club

Paint & Sip – Tickets Now on Sale

The Park Forest Rotary Club will host a Paint & Sip event on Saturday, October 15 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Tall Grass Art Association, 367 Artist Walk in DownTown Park Forest.  The event is a fundraiser that will benefit local music programs. The instructor is Javier Chavira. B.Y.O.B. – snacks will be provided.  Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.  For additional information or to purchase tickets, call Sharon Newman at 708-64105846 or Tiffani Graham at 708-275-4009.

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

Fossil, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show – Saturday, October 15

Exhibits featuring fossils, crystals, jewelry, and fluorescent stones will be on display for the two-day Fossil, Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Prairie Center Gym, located on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. This family-friendly event is free and offers educational opportunities for all ages, including special presentations by NASA Ambassador, Joel Knapper. Knapper will present about Pluto and NASA programs on both days. There also are opportunities for gem and fossil enthusiasts to meet the experts, get a close look at the latest finds, and learn about the geological history of the area. Exhibits will include fossils from Mazon Creek and Thornton Quarry, minerals, jewelry, lapidary, crystals, artifacts and Illinois meteorites. Handmade jewelry, precious stones, fossils, crystals and more will be available for purchase. Scouts also will have the opportunity to earn their geology badges. The show is co-hosted by PSC’s Department of Natural Sciences and the South Suburban Earth Science Club. For more information, contact Burrough at [email protected] or Jan Podbielski at [email protected].

‘Odwindifuor Expressions: Works from Ghana, West Africa’ – Through October 27

‘Odwindifuor Expressions: Works from Ghana, West Africa,’ is the current exhibit at the PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery through October 27. A reception will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gallery.  The exhibition features works in various media by artists and artisans from Aburi, in Ghana, West Africa, offered in partnership with the Chicago Heights Sister Cities Program. Works include wood carvings, masks, textiles and beaded jewelry. Additional information about the exhibit can be found in the Gallery Guide.  The Christopher Art Gallery Regular Hours are Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and by appointment.  For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit phone 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 Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘Not Forgotten: Chicago Street Memorials’ – Through December 3

‘Not Forgotten: Chicago Street Memorials,’ a new exhibit featuring photos and interviews about Chicago street memorials will be exhibited at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery through December 3. A joint project by Roosevelt University journalism professor Anne-Marie Cusac and Wisconsin photographer Thomas Ferrella, ‘Not Forgotten: Chicago Street Memorials’ explores the story behind 35 organic and largely obscure memorials that remember primarily those killed in Chicago neighborhoods. Cusac and Ferrella spent more than a year traveling some of Chicago’s most violence-prone streets in order to gain an understanding of the kind of grieving that goes on in communities long after the violence is over. Gage Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery or call 312-341-6458

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

‘Graffiti aHEAD: A Documentation of the Midwest Graffiti Writers’ Exhibit – Through October 13

The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to announce a special guest artist exhibition titled “Graffiti aHEAD: A Documentation of Midwest Graffiti Writers,” by East Chicago artist Felix “Flex” Maldonado Jr. in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery through October 13th. The Gallery is located on the 4th Floor of SSC’s Main Campus. A proud native of East Chicago, Felix is a self-taught artist with 25+ years’ experience in painting, murals and graffiti art. In 1995, he received his BFA in Advertising from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. His work has landed him at several ad agencies in Chicago directing and producing award-winning spots for companies like Culligan Water, Peoples Energy, Roto-Rooter, Head Tennis and ATA Airlines. Felix Maldonado is an artist in every sense of the word. His passion and enthusiasm for this subject is evident in everything he makes. One particular body of work, that demonstrates many of his abilities and could quite possibly be his strongest work, is a series of portraits of graffiti artists entitled “Graffiti aHead.” Felix has chosen these people to paint because of his admiration and respect for them as graffiti artists. This comes across in the work in various ways, first and foremost the size of the works.  SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or visit www.ssc.edu/art.

‘Magnetic Line of Force’ – Through Thursday, October 20

The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to present a new exhibition located in the Dulgar Gallery on SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland. This exhibition of art works by Jeff Stevenson titled ‘Magnetic Line of Force’ is on display through October 20. ‘Magnetic Line of Force,’ a title taken from one of the pieces in the show, is “an imaginary concept that provides a very useful way to not only represent but also to define the properties of the magnetic field being evaluated, says Stevenson. “Using imaginary concepts to explore things that are unseen could describe my art making process and also much of our interactions as humans in this magical world.” This exhibition features my “Exquisite Corpse” inspired large scale scroll works on paper from 2012, other works on canvas and paper from 2014, and two from my most recent series of cut and combined paintings of found selfies from 2016. Jeff Stevenson is an award winning artist who has been honored with an Artist’s Residency at Ragdale, a solo exhibition at the Union League Club of Chicago, the “Patron Award” by artist Philip Pearlstein at the Northern National Competition, the “Curator’s Choice Award” at the Chicago Art Open, the “Figurative Award” at the Beverly Arts Center and others. The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition at no charge. The Dulgar Gallery is on the first floor. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or ext. 2316, or visit www.ssc.edu/art.

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

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is excited to present the gleefully gruesome musical, ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ directed by Mary Ellen Fawk and Andy Leahy. Performances will be held at The Drama Group Studio Theatre on October 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on October 23, 29 and 30 at 2:00 p.m. Seymour is a poor florist assistant who has acquired a plant he has named Audrey II, after the love of his life, Audrey. However, his plant is no normal plant, having come from outer space and requiring a diet of fresh blood. Seymour’s craving for love, fame and fortune lures him into nurturing a horticultural horror with a carnivorious appetite. A fun spoof of ’60’s sci-fi movies, full of rock and roll, doo-wop and Motown. 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 at:http://www.brownpapertickets.com. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit www.dramagroup.org.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

College Art Faculty Show – Through November 5

The College Art Faculty Show will be exhibited at Tall Grass Arts Association through Saturday, November 5.  An Artists’ Talk will take place on Saturday, October 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit and Artists’ Talk are free and open to the public.  This invitational show features the work by art faculty from seven area colleges. All full time and part time art faculty from the seven schools were invited to show their two and three dimensional artwork. Governors State University, Joliet Junior College, Kankakee Community College, Moraine Valley Community College, Olivet Nazarene University, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College are represented. Curated by Gail Otterson and Mary Bookwalter. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Adult and student groups are welcome to tour the exhibit by appointment. For additional information or to arrange for a tour, please call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

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

‘Politics Now: the Art of Sausage Making’ – Through Saturday, October 29

USG’s national juried exhibition, ‘Politics Now: the Art of Sausage Making,’ will run through Saturday, October 29. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibiting Artists: Scott Anderson, George Larsen, Jeff Lassahn, Dawn Leader-Peloso, Laura Lein-Svencner, David Levenson, Michael Pohlman, Jenna Rothstein, Gary Schirmer, Brian Spies, Kelly Witte, Yuanqing Zhao, and Regina Ziemann. Gallery hours are: Wednesday noon to 4 p.m., Thursday noon to 7 p.m., Friday noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday 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

Claudia Nygaard – Saturday, October 8

Edgar’s Place Coffeehouse proudly presents Claudia Nygaard on Saturday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. Claudia Nygaard’s affable connection with an audience has led reviewers to describe her as “Will Rogers without the rope.” She is a born storyteller, and with her quick wit and a disarming emotional vulnerability, she introduces her songs with tales nearly as captivating as the songs themselves. To learn more about Claudia and hear some of her music, visit her website at claudianygaard.com. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for children.  For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

University of Chicago, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago

Ear Taxi Festival – October 5 – 10

The inaugural Ear Taxi Festival, which will celebrate and premiere contemporary classical music, has announced its complete lineup. The Chicago-centric concert series is set to feature more than 300 musicians, 53 world premieres and a two-day “New Music Marathon,” which feature work in part by composer Shulamit Ran, the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor of Music. The festival will run October 5 to 10 at multiple venues throughout Chicago, including the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago Cultural Center, Constellation and Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. Performances will be presented at more than 30 festival events, scheduled in 30- to 90-minute sets. Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor of Composition in Music and the College, had a central role envisioning and leading Ear Taxi Festival, which was co-curated by conductor Stephen Burns as well as a curatorial committee of Chicago’s leading new music artists and intellectuals. Along with Patricia Barber, International Contemporary Ensemble and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the roster of Chicago’s new music performers includes Spektral Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, Chicago Harp Quartet, Arcomusical and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music Contemporary Ensemble. University Carillonneur Joey Brink will perform the world premiere of a piece by composer Tomas Gueglio-Saccone on October 6 at Rockefeller Chapel. In addition to concert programming, the festival will include five unique sound art installations around the city; community partnerships, including public micro-performances; a series of “Meet the Artists” events, featuring moderated panel discussions and cocktails; and a “NewMusicBox LIVE!” event focused on Chicago-based composers and streamed online. Events held at the Chicago Cultural Center, Rockefeller Chapel and Curtiss Hall are free. For other events, passes and tickets are available at http://www.eartaxifestival.com/tickets.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Haunted House – October 28, 29, 30 & 31

The Village of Park Forest and Haunts Against Hunger will present a 4-day Haunted House on October 28, 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and October 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. Pre-Ticket sales are available at Village of Park Forest, Recreation & Parks counter, 350 Victory Drive, starting October 1 or visit their website. Tickets are $5 per person with a canned good donation or $8 per person without a canned good donation. Proceeds from the event will help support the Rich Township and Monee Township Food Pantries. For additional information, call 708-748-2005 or 708-283-5621.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

DePaul University Daley Building, 247 South State Street, Chicago

Annual Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference – Saturday, October 8

Entertainers, producers and screenwriters will join the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts for the annual Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference. Held on DePaul’s Loop Campus, Courier 12 is the premier Midwest screenwriting event and will feature panel discussions from leading writing talent in the entertainment industry. The conference will take place Saturday, October 8, from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in DePaul’s Daley Building in Chicago. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Panels include:

Project development
1 p.m.
Brian Banks, executive in charge of production at Nickelodeon; and Samantha Olsson Shear, head of development at Feature Film, discuss project development in the entertainment industry. Screenwriter and DePaul faculty member Chris Parrish will moderate.

Strategies for emerging writers
2:30 p.m.
DePaul University professor Anna Maria Hozian will discuss strategies for emerging writers and feature a panel with “Thor: Ragnorak” screenwriter Stephany Folsom, script coordinator Zach Cannon, and Marc Manus from Zero Gravity Management.

Writing for diversity in Hollywood
4 p.m.
Brad Riddell, a DePaul faculty member, will discuss diversity issues in Hollywood with “Friday Night Lights” producer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and “Law and Order: SVU” screenwriter Kam Miller.

Screenwriting for blockbuster Hollywood films 
5:30 p.m.
Screenwriter Jack Epps Jr., known for films including “Top Gun” and “Legal Eagles;” and writer and producer Steven E. de Souza, who wrote “Die Hard,” will discuss screenwriting for blockbuster Hollywood films.

For more information visit, http://facebook.com/C12Conference.

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

Manufacturing Day – Wednesday, October 5

PSC is hosting Manufacturing Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, in the Atrium on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights. Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It officially occurs on the first Friday in October. The morning opens with a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon, where PSC students and community members can meet with employers about job opportunities in the manufacturing fields. There are currently more than 1500 manufacturing jobs available in the Chicago Southland area. To register for the job fair, visit www.prairiestate.edu/jobfair. Additionally, regional high school students will tour local manufacturing companies. High school students will culminate at PSC with an afternoon tour of the manufacturing labs on campus and experience demonstrations and see products made from manufacturing equipment, as well as learn about the training and education opportunities offered at PSC. The free event is being offered in partnership with PSC, South Suburban College, OAI, Inc., Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, Bloom Township High School, Bloom Trail High School, Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Rich East High School, Rich South High School, Rich Central High School, Crete-Monee High School, Marian Catholic High School, Glenwood Academy, Career Preparation Network, National Able Network, and Illinois  Manufacturing Excellence Center, and is made possible by DOL TAACCCT Funds. For more information on manufacturing at PSC, visit www.prairiestate.edu.

Illinois Regional College Fair – Tuesday, October 11

PSC is hosting the Illinois Regional College Fair from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, October 11, in the Atrium on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. Community members, high school students and their families, PSC students and anyone else interested in learning about opportunities to earn their bachelor’s degree are welcome to attend. More than 100 representatives from in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities will be on hand to answer questions about programs, campus activities, and admission requirements. There will be two financial aid seminars about applying for federal financial aid at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium in the college’s Conference Center. The annual event is organized by the South Suburban Counselors Fair Committee, which includes counselors from PSC, Bloom High School, Bloom Trail High School, Crete-Monee High School, Marian Catholic High School, Peotone High School, Rich Central High School, Rich East High School, and Rich South High School. The event is sponsored by Country House and Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The fair is free and open to the public. For a complete listing of colleges and universities attending the fair, visit www.prairiestate.edu/collegefairs. For more information call PSC’s Counseling and Academic Advising Center at 708-709-3506.

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

Women Inspiring Success Event – Thursday, October 13

The Chicagoland Speakers Network (CSN) will hold its Women Inspiring Success Event, WISE 2016, on Thursday, October 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Oak Forest campus of South Suburban College, located at 16333 Kilbourn Avenue in Oak Forest. The six scheduled featured presentations are: “Cultivating Radiance Inside & Out,” presented by Licensed Dietician Erin Dubich; Professional Organizer Colleen Klimczak on “Strategies for Clarity and Focus;” the “Fundamentals of Financial Management” by Attorney Sonia Coleman; Professional Speaking Coach Lori Klinka, with “Snapshots to Success: Living One Frame at a Time; “Creativity is a Choice,” presented by Artist Starla Snead; and Licensed Massage Therapist Sabrina Schottenhamel will present “Mindful Self-Care: Me TLC.” The Conference fee, which includes a light breakfast and lunch, is $59 until September 30, and $69 thereafter, or at the door. Registration is available on EventBrite.com and through the CSN website at www.chicagolandspeakersnetwork.com. Individuals preferring to pay by check, made payable to Chicagoland Speakers Network, are encouraged to contact Erin Dubich, CSN President, via email at [email protected].

Elevation Leadership Summit – Monday, October 17

SSC’s Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents an Elevation Leadership Summit Taking Faith-Based and Non-Profit Leadership to Loftier Heights will be held on Monday, October 17th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This conference will be held in the South Suburban College Performing Arts Center with the keynote address by Roy Worley, Missionary & Pastor, and includes a Special Appearance by Atmosphere of Heaven. In today’s uncertain and ever-changing times, serving in a leadership role for a faith-based or non-profit organization can be tumultuous and challenging. It is not uncommon for these trials and tribulations to take a toll on one’s energy, confidence and conviction, On the other hand, challenging times can also re-energize and increase our passion to spread the word of faith and hope. Regardless of where you are on the spectrum, please join us for a day of fellowship, inspiration and knowledge. We have a fantastic keynote speaker, wonderful presenters and panelists who plan to share their best practices designed to take your leadership to loftier heights.

Who Should Attend:

  • Faith-based organization administrators, leaders
  • Non-profit organization administrators, leaders
  • Anyone who holds a position of responsibility in a faith-based or non-profit organization
  • Anyone passionate about leadership

Reasons to Attend:

  • Pastor Roy will help you better understand the “real battle” and provide you with the tools to fight it
  • Pastor Troy O’Quin will share his insights and experience that will unlock your team’s potential
  • Mary Erlain, prominent coach and author, will help bridge the generational gap to create a stronger team
  • Access to other leadership experts sharing knowledge designed to strengthen skillsets
  • Door prizes and networking opportunities galore!

We are offering two options regarding booths at the Elevation Leadership Summit. The first is a sponsorship option for $250 and the other option is $100. Please use the contact information below to obtain further information if you are interested in either opportunity. The cost is $50 per person (early bird fee until September 30th) and $65 thereafter; $75 at the door. The cost includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, please visit www.elevation2016.com or to register, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 3254 or email [email protected].

Adult Volunteer Literacy Program – Volunteers Needed

SSC is seeking tutors and participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. SSC is encouraging residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program. New tutor training sessions will take place at the Main Campus in South Holland on October 25th & 27th and November 1st & 3rd. The tutor training is an 18-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. We also offer online training as well. Once certified, the tutors will go out to visit their adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring sites have already been established at the following locations: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library. Tutoring is scheduled by the availability of the tutors and the learners, and the availability of space and hours of the tutoring sites. Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). Tutors will receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy. If you would like to register for the upcoming volunteer tutor training class please register, or if you know someone who could benefit from tutoring services, please contact Raylynn Stokes, Literacy Coach of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2558, or email [email protected].

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.

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

DePaul University, 2400 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

Chicago Climate Festive – Through Monday, October 31

Chicago artists, academics and community groups will gather at DePaul University, Columbia College and other Chicago locations throughout October to address issues of climate change. Inspired by the United Nations’ annual climate talks, the Chicago Climate Festival seeks to use art to change the conversation about global warming and environmental destruction. Events will be held at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus, Colombia College Chicago, and other locations throughout the city. All events are open to the public and most have free admission. Events at DePaul University include:

Alisa Singer: Environmental Graphiti
Through Oct. 31
McGowan South, 1110 W. Belden Ave.
John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
Arts and Letters Hall, 2315 N. Kenmore Ave.
Pop-up exhibits showcasing artist Alisa Singer’s work will be displayed at several DePaul University locations. Singer uses elements of scientific charts and graphs to dramatic effect and created Environmental Graphiti to draw public attention to the critical science of climate change.

Oct. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
McGowan South, 1110 W. Belden Ave., Room 105
Melissa Brice, founder of environmental activist group Chicago 350, will present on the topic of fossil fuel divestment. Rap activist Joey FineRhyme will perform his climate rap and host an open mic session on environmental issues.

Judy Natal: Another Storm is Coming
Oct. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
McGowan South, 1110 W. Belden Ave., Room 108
Acclaimed photographer Judy Natal showcases her recent work, “Another Storm is Coming,” which highlights the devastating effects of extreme weather on residents living along the Gulf Coast. She will also screen two new videos, “Breathed on the Waters” and “Storm Redux,” which were commissioned by the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University.

Soham Dance and Randall Honold
Oct. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Arts and Letters Hall, 2315 N. Kenmore Ave., Room 413
Young students from Soham Dance Space will perform children’s classical Indian dance on an environmental theme. The evening will include student essays on climate change and photography by Randall Honold, a faculty member and India study abroad instructor at DePaul.

Values Project
Oct. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
McGowan South, 1110 W. Belden Ave., Room 104
Widely recognized ecological restoration leader Bill Jordan will give a presentation on ecology, ritual, and the arts where he discusses the theory of values for environmental thinking and practice for the future of our planet. The event will also feature a short performance.

Oct. 25 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 N. Racine Ave., Room 442
The festival will host a staged reading and discussion of the play “GROUNDSWELL” by Karen Fort. The play tells the story of a farming family struggling through a heat wave and emphasizes how climate change can dramatically impact relationships and lifestyles.

The WrapZone/Fieldworks Studios
Oct. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
McGowan South, 1110 W. Belden Ave., Room 104
Artists Amanda Speer from The Wrap Zone and Joshua Mason from Fieldworks Studios will showcase their immersive art which includes paintings, sculptures, photography and sounds in natural environments.

For a complete list of events, visit http://chicagoclimate.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

Thorn Creek Chamber Players Concert – Limited Seating; Registration Required by Wednesday, October 5

Join cellist Ingrid Krizan and pianist Daniel Surma with a foray into the world of beginnings and endings at Thorn Creek Chamber Players Concert on Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. Celebrate the cycle of Life. Begin with Shostakovich’s lyrical and youthful Sonata, Op.40. Then “End” with Elgar’s last major work, the poignant e minor Cello Concerto—and continue to other realms! Pianist Daniel Surma is an accompanist and adjunct professor of piano at St. Xavier University, music director at St. Peter’s UCC in Skokie, IL, and a freelance accompanist throughout the Chicagoland area. Ingrid is a classically trained professional cellist who weaves seasonal nature narratives into her music. She is a naturalist at Thorn Creek Nature Center. All proceeds will directly benefit Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve and Nature Center. Refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited and registration is required by Wednesday, October 5. Cost is $10 per person. Program is for those older than 12 years. Parking is at the nature center and at New Community Church just north of the nature center. For more information or to register for the program, contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Rd, Park Forest, 708-747-6320, email [email protected]tcwoods.org or stop in the nature center between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday and Sunday.

Wednesday Morning Walkers

Discover the wonders of spring in a weekly morning walk.  Wednesday Morning Walkers meet every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and is free for ages 13 years to adult.  Walkers new to the program must register two days before they first hike. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6360.

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 Nurses Plus, 350 Victory Drive

De-stress Community Forum – Registration Required by Friday, October 14

A hands-on, community seminar for understanding how to minimize signs of stress will take place on Thursday, October 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Board Room of Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.  Scheduled speakers at the event include Felicia Houston, Behavioral Health Consultant at Ingalls Memorial Hospital and Jenise Ervin, Director of Public Health for the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus.  How to identify signs of stroke or heart attack will also be discussed.  The event is free and open to the public.  Please register for the event no later than Friday, October 14. For additional information or to register for the event, 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 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays

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

Medical Cannabis Education Association Meeting – Sunday, October 2

The Medical Cannabis Education Association will meet on Sunday, October 2 at 12 noon.  For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

This & That

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

4th Annual Hiring Event – Registration Now in Progress

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host her 4th Annual Hiring Event for residents of the 2nd Congressional District on Friday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the gymnasium of South Suburban College, 15800 State St., South Holland. Last year, more than 85 employers with active job openings met more than 400 job seekers. Companies and agencies participating this year include UPS, ComEd, Metra Rail, Illinois Tollway Authority, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Whiting Corporation,  Jewel-Osco, Lakeside Metals, Illinois State Police, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Comcast, CMS, State of Illinois, and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. Prior to the Hiring Event, Rep. Kelly will host two Job Search Boot Camps to teach job-seekers how to find a job in 30 days or less, how to win an employer over in 30 seconds, and why you will find your next job at a job fair. The first Boot Camp will take place October 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Room A121 in the Adult Training and Outreach Center at Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. The second is on October 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Room 3371, at South Suburban College, 15800 State St., South Holland. Job seekers can visit www.reprobinkelly.eventbrite.com to register. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information about the Hiring Event, call Alan Banks at 708-679-0078 or access www.robinkelly.house.gov.

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard

36th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Parade – Thursday, October 13

The Park Forest Fire Department is readying for this year’s celebration of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 9 through October 15. The PFFD will host the 36th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Parade on Thursday, October 13. This parade of silent, lights-only fire equipment and ambulances is dedicated to those who have lost their lives protecting ours, or those who have become seriously injured in their service. A short memorial service will be held at St. Irenaeus Church (located at the corner of Indianwood Blvd. & Orchard Drive) beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The parade should step off at approximately 7:00 p.m. The parade route will be as follows: Leave the Village Hall parking lot and turn left to travel east on Indianwood Boulevard and proceed to Forest Boulevard.  Turn left onto Forest Boulevard and continue north on Forest.  The parade will then veer onto Park Street (passing Garden House), turn left onto Westwood Drive and then proceed to N. Orchard Drive.  Turn right onto N. Orchard Drive and follow to Indiana Street.  Turn right onto Indiana Street and then left on Illinois Street.  Follow Illinois Street back around to Indiana Street and turn right onto N. Orchard Drive.  Continue south on N. Orchard Drive to Westwood Drive and follow to Sauk Trail where the parade will veer to the left and then right on to Shabbona Drive.  The parade will then follow Shabbona Drive to S. Orchard Drive, where it will turn left and proceed on S. Orchard Drive to Indianwood Boulevard.  Turn right onto Indianwood Boulevard and complete at the Village Hall parking lot where the parade began. After the parade, there will be a brief reception inside the Park Forest Fire Department. Members of the public are welcome to stop by, chat with firefighters and paramedics. Be sure to thank them for their service.

Open House at the Fire Station – Saturday, October 15

On Saturday, October 15, the Park Forest Fire Department will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Activities for the day include a live fire/sprinkler demonstration at 11:00 am as well as station tours, fire safety presentations with the PFFD’s Fire Hazard House, and car seat checks, to name a few. Representatives from the Park Forest Police Department, Nurses Plus, Park Forest Library, SouthCom Dispatch, NiCor, ComEd, CN Railroad, Habitat for Humanity and ServPro will also be in attendance handing out helpful safety information. Please gather up your family and come out to join us for a fun-filled day at the fire station. You’ll be glad you did.

South Suburban Family Shelter, 18137 Harwood Avenue, Homewood

Annual Candlelight Vigil – Monday, October 3

The South Suburban Family Shelter will hold its annual Candlelight Vigil on Monday, October 3 at 6 p.m. to kick-off a month of activities in October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. The event will be held at the Irwin Community Center Band Shell at 18120 Highland, in Homewood. There will be victim testimonies, awareness exhibits will be on display, music, and a representative from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office Domestic Violence division as well. For more information about the Candlelight Vigil call Meilach at 708-794-2140, ext.303.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Farmers’ Market – Through October 29

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 Park Forest Farmers’ Market accepts EBT/Link, WIC, and Senior Nutrition Coupons.  The Market is open Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. through October, for shopping, food, and entertainment.  Learn more about the Park Forest Farmer’s Market at: http://www.villageofparkforest.com/Index.aspx?NID=98.