In and Around Park Forest Week for the May 1 through May 22, 2016 Period

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—May 1, 2016.  Summer can’t be far behind as the Park Forest Farmers’ Market will open on Saturday, May 7. 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 will be open every Saturday, rain or shine, through October.

Don’t forget that Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s Day.  Be sure to do something special for the Mom in your life.

On a personal note, I’ll be taking some time off to have some surgery so this week’s ‘In and Around Park Forest’ column covers a two-week period.  The weekly column will resume on May 22.

If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in the community, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details no later than Friday of each week.  Thank you.

Village of Park Forest

Village Board Meeting Schedule – May 2 Through May 23

The Village of Park Forest Board is currently scheduled to meet on:

  • Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.
  • Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

The Village Board meets 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 currently scheduled to meet May 2 through May 22

  • Thursday, May 5 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission
  • Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations
  • Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission
  • Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group
  • Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. – Recreation & Parks Advisory Board

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

Arts & Entertainment

All Chicago, 651 West Washington, Suite 504, Chicago

Handbags for Homes Event – Tickets Now on Sale

Handbags for Homes is a signature event for Chicago’s professional women to network, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and have fun while helping to end homelessness in Chicago. Handbags for Homes will showcase a fabulous collection of designer purses, which guests can win by buying raffle tickets.  Check out this year’s purses here. The Handbags for Homes event will be held on Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m. at the Women’s Athletic Club, 626 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Tickets are $75. Groups of 5 or more can purchase tickets for $350. Buy your tickets now!  Proceeds for this event go directly to support our work to prevent and end homelessness. To join our Host Committee or learn about sponsorship opportunities: Please contact Stefanie Skaggs via phone at 312 379-0301 x26 or email at [email protected]. About All Chicago: On any given night, more than 6,700 Chicagoans don’t have a place to call home. Tens of thousands more are just one unexpected setback away from joining them. All Chicago effectively combines immediate resources with long term strategies to address the complex issue of homelessness. Our Emergency Fund program provides critical financial assistance to people experiencing an emergency that could lead to homelessness or other crises. Our Chicago Alliance program analyzes, recommends, and collaboratively implements sustainable housing solutions for Chicago. Our Learning Center program researches leading practices and offers educational opportunities for all those working to end homelessness. To learn more about All Chicago, visit: http://www.allchicago.org/

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

2016 Gala – The HeART of Giving – Friday, May 20

The 2016 Gala – The HeART of Giving will be held on Friday, May 20.  Cocktails will begin at 7 p.m. and the dinner and program will take place at 8 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts. Formal attire is required and limited seating is available. The stage is set, and you’re invited a party unlike any other. There will be food and wine. There will be music and theatre. Now, all we need is a few giving HeARTS to pull off the performance of the season. Join us in celebrating excellence in cultural partnership and our Honoree Inge Marra.  The evening includes wine, passed hors d’oeuvres, and an elegant three-course meal featuring your choice of Pan Roasted Statler Breast of Chicken, Herb Encrusted North Atlantic Salmon, or Grilled Vegetable Napolean. Honoree Inge Marra will be awarded the 2016 Cultural and Community Ambassador Award. Inge is a woman who knows art. A GSU Alumnus, Inge earned an MA in Art History, Non-European Art and taught as an Adjunct in Art History at GSU and Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. She is also passionate about continuing education and community service, dedicating time to teach at GSU’s Adult Learning Exchange and serving on many community boards, including as the Executive Committee Chair of the Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago, Member of the Board of the Flossmoor Area Chapter of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, President of the German Language Society of Chicago and Member of GSU’s Center for Performing Arts Advisory Council. Inge’s passion for the arts and warm heart is demonstrated in her dedication to all of these local and Chicago-based organizations. The Center is excited to applaud her efforts and share her achievements with Gala attendees. Raffle prizes include destination travel, wine, food, theatre, spa packages and other great prize packages! Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted.

  • One ticket for $20
  • Three Tickets for $50
  • Seven Tickets for $100

All proceeds from the evening benefit Center’s music, theater, dance, and arts education programs, bringing diverse and accessible programs to the Southland for 20 years. RSVP TODAY
For more information contact Gina Ragland at 708-235-7559.

Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Igor Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldate (The Soldier’s Tale) – Monday, May 2

On Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the 10th floor of Curtiss Hall, 410 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, selected CCPA chamber music students will perform one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century.  This performance will feature CCPA Dean Henry Fogel as the narrator with a septet of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and percussion. The event is free and open to the public. Guests without a Roosevelt ID may be required to show a photo ID to enter the show.  Visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa for additional information.

CCPA Woodwind and Brass Chamber Music Showcase – Tuesday, May 3

On Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Selected CCPA student woodwind and brass chamber ensembles will offer a program of diverse repertoire for varied instrumentation. The event is free and open to the public. Guests without a Roosevelt ID may be required to show a photo ID to enter the show.  Visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa for additional information.

CCPA Conservatory Chorus with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago – Monday, May 16

On Monday, May 15 at 8 p.m. at the Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, enjoy a magical evening conducted by Nicholas Kraemer featuring Mendelssohn’s brilliant musical accompaniment to William Shakespeare’s play about mischievous fairies who manipulate the lives of young lovers. This special presentation will include a live performance of Shakespeare’s timeless text adapted by CSO Beyond the Score Creative Director Gerard McBurney.  Tickets are required for this event.  Tickets are free but there is a $5 processing fee per ticket.  Limit 6 tickets per household.  Tickets can be reserved online at www.cso.org, by phone at 312-294-3000, or at the Symphony Center Box Office, 220 South Michigan Avenue.  Visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa for additional information.

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

‘Barbara Rossi’s: Poor Traits’ and ‘Eye Owe You!’ Art Exhibit — Opens May 12

Chicago artist Barbara Rossi’s enigmatic drawings and meticulous Plexiglas paintings will be featured at the DePaul Art Museum May 12 through Aug. 21. ‘Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits’ is organized by Natalie Bell at the New Museum in New York and marks the most significant presentation of the artist’s work in 25 years. A companion exhibition, ‘Eye Owe You!’ will highlight Rossi’s photographs and artistic process.  DePaul Art Museum has organized a companion exhibition, “Eye Owe You!” in close collaboration with Rossi as a way to illuminate her working process. The exhibition features 124 of Rossi’s photographs that have never been exhibited before. This personal archive of visual culture has informed her work for 40 years and also captures an important bygone era in Chicago’s visual urban landscape. Rossi earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute, where she has taught drawing and painting since 1971. The images from 1971 to 1975 included in the exhibition are from Rossi’s vast collection of 35mm slides and align with the dates of the paintings in “Poor Traits.” Arranged by the artist in a specific sequence to correlate one image to the next, they document hand-painted outdoor signs and window displays in Chicago and cities around the world. A limited edition artist’s book of these images will be published by DePaul Art Museum. 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/.

‘The Secret Birds’ – Opens Thursday, May 12

Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick will bring his signature brand of witty visual repartee to the DePaul Art Museum this spring with a display of his collage series ‘The Secret Birds.’ The exhibition will run May 12-Aug. 21, 2016, and is the largest presentation of his work to date with more than 50 of his intricately layered collages as well as 40 prints from the DePaul Art Museum collection that span more than two decades of the artist’s career. In his ongoing series ‘The Secret Birds,’ Fitzpatrick meticulously draws and layers images, poetry and found materials onto the page. He combines inspiration from his working class roots in Chicago and influences from folk art, comic book characters and tattoo imagery. Each drawn collage depicts a specific species of bird, ranging from the peregrine falcon to the common starling. Several of the works are commentaries on gun violence, drug abuse and other inequities and injustices found in Chicago and beyond.  An opening reception will be held for “The Secret Birds” and another exhibition, “Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits,” May 12 from 5-8 p.m. A discussion with Fitzpatrick and Chicago Tribune writer Rick Kogan, known for his compelling takes on the city, will be held May 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. These events are free and open to the public. The DePaul Art Museum is located at 935 W. Fullerton, 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/.

DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus, 2350 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago

‘Building the Bridges of Faith’ Photo Exhibition of Papal Visits to the Holy Land – Through June 10

A photographic exploration of papal visits to Israel from 1964-2014 will be on display at DePaul University this spring in a special exhibition co-sponsored with the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. The 44 historic images depict stirring scenes as well as quiet, intimate moments during visits to the Holy Land by some of the most well-traveled popes in history: Blessed Pope Paul VI, Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.  The exhibition titled ‘Building Bridges of Faith’ features papal visits to nearly a dozen Holy Land sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is recognized as the site of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus of Nazareth; Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust; the Cenacle on Mt. Zion, traditionally held to be the site of the Last Supper; and the Western Wall. The archival images will be on display in the John T. Richardson Library, second floor, on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus in Chicago. The exhibition will be on display through June 10. The photographic exhibition at DePaul is one of three cultural events this spring co-sponsored with the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. Each is designed to engage with the broader community and illustrate the positive interreligious dialogue between Catholics and Jews.

On May 18, There will be a reading of a version of the play “Imagining Heschel: In Search of Radical Amazement,” written by Colin Greer. The performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. in The Theatre School building, 2350 N. Racine Ave. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and reception. David Y. Chack, with DePaul’s Theatre Studies faculty, is the director. Chack also is the artistic director of ShPIeL and president of the Association for Jewish Theatre.

For additional information, please contact Alice Farrell in DePaul’s Office of Mission and Values, [email protected] or 312-362-8822.

DePaul University Theatre School, 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago

Peter Pan and Wendy – Through May 28

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present Peter Pan and Wendy, adapted by Doug Rand, from the novel by J.M. Barrie, and directed by Ernie Nolan, as the final installment of the 2015-16 Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences season. The production runs through May 28, 2016, at DePaul’s historic Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E Balbo Ave in Chicago. Performances are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays 2 p.m. Special Friday performances (10 a.m.) will occur on May 13. A Sunday performance will be held on May 22 (2 p.m.). There is no Saturday performance on May 21.  Peter Pan and Wendy is recommended for all ages.  Complimentary Teacher Guides are available online for educators and interested audience members. These include activities and discussions for before and after the performance, which highlight core learning goals. Themes from Peter Pan and Wendy include: adventure; believing in something; duty and responsibility; family; fantasy vs. reality; gender roles; growing up; imagination, and storytelling. The performances on May 12 (10 a.m.) and May 14 (2 p.m.) will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Call TTY: 773.325.7975.  The performance on May 19 (10 a.m.) will include a live audio-description of the visual and physical events on-stage, for patrons who are blind or have low-vision. If patrons require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any other hearing or vision needs, please let the Box Office staff know when you reserve your tickets, so that the theatre staff can make sure your visit to our theatre is an excellent one. The performances on May 5 (10 a.m.) and 22 (2 p.m.) will be followed by a post-show discussion. Tickets are $10. Subscriptions and group rates (15 or more people) are available. DePaul employees, alumni, and college students receive a discount (with ID). Tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at 312-922-1999.  For information about parking, please contact the Box Office. The theatre is accessible via CTA busses (3-King Drive, 29 – State Street, 146 -Michigan/ Museums and others), and CTA El stops (Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple and Pink).

Translation of Likes’ – Through Sunday, May 15

The Theatre School will present the world premiere of ‘The Translation of Likes’ written by Theatre School alumna and Chicago-based playwright/actress Nambi E. Kelley.  The production opens May 6 and will run through May 15.  This new play focuses on personal identity in the age of the internet and features Class of 2016 Master of Fine Arts in acting candidates.  For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the performance on May 13 will be audio described with a pre-performance touch tour. Post-show discussions will occur on May 8 and May 12. Performances for The Translation of Likes will be Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10, and student tickets are always $5. Subscriptions and group rates (6 or more people) are available. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available by calling 773-325-7900or visiting the online box office at http://theatre.depaul.edu. The Fullerton Stage Theatre and the Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre are located within The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 North Racine Ave (at Fullerton). The school is easily accessible via the Fullerton CTA Station and the Fullerton (74) bus. Visitors and audience members can park in DePaul University’s Clifton Parking Deck, located at 2330 N Clifton Avenue. Please call the Box Office for more information or for help in planning your trip.

‘The Women Eat Chocolate’ – Tickets Now on Sale

To conclude the season, the Theatre School is please to present the world premiere of ‘The Women Eat Chocolate’ by Caroline Macon.  The production will open on May 20 with previews on May 18 and 19.  The play will run through May 28. Tickets are $10 for the preview performances and $15 for the May 20 – 28 performances.  Performances will be Wednesday through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Selected by the Theatre School’s faculty for production as the official New Playwrights Series installment of the 2015 -16 season, Macon’s new play focuses on two sisters struggling to reclaim love and innocence while navigating the iciness of puberty. At age 13, Alexandra Appleton is certain she’s a poet. Her life spirals out of control when her younger sister, Dot, passes her in the race to womanhood. After a psychedelic trip, Alex struggles to distinguish fantasy from reality. Are the adults in Alex’s life out to get her? Is her poetry teacher more than just a friendly mentor? And most importantly, will Alex’s body catch up with her brains? For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 773-325-7900 or visit: http://theatre.depaul.edu/on-stage/productions/2015-2016/Pages/NPS.aspx.

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

IPO Season Finale – Saturday, May 7

IPO’s final concert of the 2015/2016 season will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 South Harlem Avenue in Frankfort.  Closing this spectacular season, one of the most sought after young conductors in the world makes his final appearance with the Illinois Philharmonic with Tchaikovsky’s supremely stunning Symphony No. 4. The artistry and great technical prowess of the orchestra will be fully showcased in the work’s brilliant finale. Also on the program is a piece by Wolfgang Zamastil (film composer and member of the Indie-Rock band ‘Lab of the Halo’), which pays homage to Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, whose tango-inspired ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ will delight listeners, as interpreted by charismatic violinist Lindsay Deutsch. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 and can be purchased online at: https://secure.ticketsage.net/websales.aspx?u=ipo&pid=286514.  For additional information, call 708-4810-7774.

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

‘Operation Mom’s Couch’ – Through August 27

The NVAM announces the opening of its solo exhibition ‘Operation Mom’s Couch’ —the newest exploration of the veteran experience through the lens of an Airman and his cultural consumption of war stemming back to early childhood memories, juxtaposed with his lived authentic enlisted experience. The way in which war is broadcast to the public and consumed on couches all across the world—becoming a daily part of the home environment—is a phenomenon explored by retired Air Force veteran, and award-winning artist: Eric J. Garcia. The exhibit will run through August 27.  Known for mixing history and culture with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia creates art that expands the genre beyond aesthetics.  Garcia has shown in numerous national and international exhibitions, has received many awards such as the prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship and is currently an artist in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center.  Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Garcia came to Chicago in 2007, to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree.  A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from hand-printed posters, to published political cartoons, to sculptural installations, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging. While the NVAM is one of the only museums in the world to collect and exhibit artwork exclusively created by veterans in a permanent exhibition, it also provides important programming for veterans, their families, and the community. For more information about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest

Step Back into the 1950s at the Park Forest House Museum

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 227 Monee Road, (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church) in Park Forest, will give you a nostalgic look of what a Park Forest home and classroom once looked like.  The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and can also be open at other times by appointment for group tours. Donation is Adults $5; 12 & under free with an adult. Scout and school tours are priced individually.  For details, to arrange a special group tour, or to volunteer, visit the Park Forest Historical Society website, www.parkforesthistory.org, or call Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled for the period of May 1 through May 22:

To view programs scheduled for the May 1 through May 22 period, visit: http://il.evanced.info/pfpl/lib/eventcalendar.asp. For additional information call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

Friends of the Library Meeting – Tuesday, May 3

The Friends of the Library will meet on Tuesday, May 3 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].

Friends of the Library Mother’s Day Basket Raffle – Drawing Saturday, May 7

The Friends of the Library will hold a Mother’s Day Basket Raffle. The drawing will take place at 2 pm on Saturday, May 7th. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Winner must be present on May 7th to win.

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

2016 Graduate Exhibition – Opens Monday, May 2

PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery will host the 2016 Graduate Exhibition opening on Monday, May 2 and running through Wednesday, May 25.  There will be a reception on Wednesday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Gallery.  Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The 2016 Graduate Exhibition will feature works by Janice Black, Nicole Brassfield, Sarah Chapman, Maria Forbes, Monica Gideon, Anthony Manson, Kenya Moffett-Garner, Annabelle Mullennix, Akosua Nartey, Alexandria Reed, Luke Rhodes, Amy Roesch, Alex Rosales, and Carl Sago.  The exhibit is curated by Professor Paul Rinaldi. Regular hours for the Christopher Art Gallery are Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday: 5 – 7 p.m., or by appointment.  For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, phone 708-709-3636. The Christopher Art Gallery is located on PSC’s main campus in Chicago Heights.

‘Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night’ – Tuesday, May 3

PSC is welcoming the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) to the college to perform ‘Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night,’ at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium, located on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. The 75-minute abridged version of William Shakespeare’s original play is adapted and directed by Kirsten Kelly, and is part of the CST’s 2016 Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration. The show will be followed by a question and answer session with the actors. The production is supported by the PSC Foundation and the Division of Academic Affairs. Tickets are being sold before the event in the Business Office in room 1110. Tickets also will be available at the door the morning of the performance. CST produces award-winning plays on their home stage on Navy Pier, as well as throughout Chicago’s schools and neighborhoods and on stages around the world. The company has been honored with numerous national and international awards, including the Regional Theater Tony Award, three Laurence Olivier Awards, and seventy-seven Joseph Jefferson Awards. CST was the 2012 recipient of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national Shakespeare Steward Award for innovative teaching of Shakespeare in American classrooms. For more information, contact Vidovic at 708-709-7981 or email [email protected].

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.

Annual Rich Township Senior Fair to be Held on May 6

The Rich Township Senior Fair is an annual fair that brings information to area seniors on a large number of available services, including transportation, recreation, restaurants, health care, and legal. In 2015, the Senior Fair was held in a new venue, the Richton Park Community Center. The easily accessible, large space on Sauk Trail allowed attendees to comfortably browse the various tables and interact with vendors. The Rich Township Senior Fair returns to the Richton Park Community Center, located at 4455 Sauk Trail in Richton Park, on Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to attend and is highly recommended for area seniors.

The Rich Township Senior Fair is sponsored by the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus, Rich Township, and the Park Forest Rotary Club.

Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality’ – Through May 28

At a time when studies suggest the gap between rich and poor is growing, Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery will present a provocative and artistically driven photo exhibit that examines wealth and privilege around the world today. Opening for the first time in the United States, ‘One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality’ features images by some of the world’s best photographers who have captured affluence in many different settings and situations. The exhibit will run through May 28. Featuring the work of more than 30 photographers who are known internationally, the exhibit is based on the book, One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality. The show has been touring the world since September 2015 when it opened at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, making stops in Dubai, Germany, Nigeria, Guatemala, France and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sponsored by Roosevelt’s Department of Economics and College of Arts and Sciences, One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality is possible thanks to generous financial support of Susan B. Rubnitz and Elyse Koren-Camarra. Exhibit viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 312-341-6458 or visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery.

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

Spring Music Events – Through May 10

SSC will host the following Spring Music Events:

May 4, 2016
Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo Concert
7:00pm – Performing Arts Center

May 6, 2016
Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert
7:00pm – Performing Arts Center

May 9, 2016
String Orchestra and SSC Voices Concert, with special guests the Grande Prairie Children’s Choir, directed by Oksana Rodak and Rob Calhoon
7:00pm – Performing Arts Center

May 10, 2016
Student Recital
2:00pm – Performing Arts Center

For more information or to confirm dates/time, call 708-596-2000, ext. 2316 or email [email protected]. While all concerts are free admission, donations to the Music Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated!

Tall Grass Art Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘From Earth’ Exhibit – Through June 4

‘From Earth,’ a juried show featuring fifty-three artists, will open on Saturday, April 30 and run through June 4. There will be an opening night reception on Saturday, April 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The artists present Images inspired by, derived from, portraying or interpreting plants. Works might accurately describe the beauty and mystery of the world of plants as well as create expressive, inventive or abstract responses to various stages and forms of plant life. Curated by Claudia Craemer and juried by Nikkole Huss and Claudia Craemer.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. For additional information, visit www.tallgrassarts.org or call 708-748-3377.

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

3rd Annual Derby Day Social – Saturday, May 7

Union Street Gallery’s third annual Derby Day Social is quickly approaching. It will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive, on May 7th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Derby Day attendees can purchase a hat or fascinator made by Union Street Gallery affiliated artists and volunteers to support the gallery. Entertainment includes viewing the Derby, bourbon tasting, a magician, a DJ, a photo booth, a silent auction, and numerous hats to try on. Spend the afternoon with your Union Street friends and family, while supporting the gallery! Pre-game with USG and One Trick Pony on April 23, 2016. Beer, pizza, and music – It’ll be a great Saturday night! Get ready for the ponies with a local pony. One Trick Pony will be doing a beer tasting at the gallery. The first 40 people will get a free commemorative mug for the event. Music will be provided Chris Winters and Adam Ruhe. Derby tickets and sponsorships are available now.  You can find more information here. Derby Tickets are currently available for $65 each. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

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

Concert by Anne Hills at Edgar’s Place Coffee House – Saturday, May 14

Edgar’s Place Coffee House will proudly present musician Anne Hills on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Edgar’s Place Coffee House is located in the UUCC Park Forest. Anne Hills has become one of the better known voices of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving award and recognition for her live performances, her unique solo and collaborative recording projects, and her overall artistry and benefit work. Her song “Follow That Road” was the title cut of the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter Retreat and has enchanted audiences for over a decade. Though collaborative work is the keystone in Anne’s Career, it is her singing and interpretive gifts that have received the most attention. 1998 saw the release of Anne’s performances on two of the most talked about compilations of the year, placing her voice alongside Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and The Indigo Girls. To learn more about Anne Hills, visit: http://www.annehills.com/.  Tickets are $15. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Rainbow Café Presents the Movie ‘Pride’ – Friday, May 20

The Rainbow Café will meet on Friday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at UUCC.  There will be a screening of the film ‘Pride.’ It’s the summer of 1984 Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. View the trailer for the film at: https://youtu.be/kZfFvsKDuUU. Rainbow Cafe is a social event that provides a safe and welcoming environment for single or partnered gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender adults and their allies, by creating a space where they are able to socialize outside of the usual bars. The Café is open every 3rd Friday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

DePaul University, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago

2-day institute: ‘Learning Agility and the Brain’ – Registration Now in Progress

Results of an executive survey released this month by the Futurestep division of the global management consulting firm Korn Ferry found that 43 percent of respondents ranked learning agility as the top attribute they seek in recent college grads. Other studies rank learning agility as the greatest predictor of long term career success, noted Pamela Meyer, director of the Center to Advance Education for Adults at DePaul University’s School for New Learning. Founded to share imaginative strategies for better learning, the center is hosting a two-day institute May 16-17 at DePaul’s Loop Campus. The institute is structured to provide strategies for learning and development professionals in all settings who are seeking to help their learners become more learning agile. Drawing on innovative facilitation practices and brain-aware strategies, institute participants will learn to help adult learners become more effective in the changing world. The institute will be facilitated by Meyer and Catherine Marienau, professor and coordinator of the Master of Arts program in educating adults at DePaul. Attendees will learn techniques to enhance learning in formal classroom and training settings, as well as informal work settings. The institute aims to teach and apply brain-aware learning and facilitation strategies and ways for individuals to connect learning agility, the ability to learn and adapt in changing contexts, to personal and organizational success. Meyer and Marienau will use a variety of learning and facilitation techniques, including large and small group discussions, participatory lectures, learning agility demonstrations, graphic facilitation and experiential learning activities. Meyer specializes in organizational agility and innovation. Outside of the classroom, she is the president of Meyer Creativity Associates, where she works with organizations to find ways to increase innovation and agility. She is the author of several books on innovation, learning and change, including, “The Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams and Organizations” (2015). Marienau teaches, writes and consults in the areas of adult learning and development, experiential learning, outcomes-based curriculum and assessment, self-assessment and women’s development. She has co-authored several books and articles on adult learning, including her newest with Kathleen Taylor, “Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind: A Conceptual and Practical Guide.” The two-day institute includes a materials packet, access to online resources for a continuing dialogue, a copy of “Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind” and “The Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams and Organizations.” The institute was designed for higher education faculty, academic advisers, student services providers, workplace learning and talent development professionals, graduate students, HR professionals, and students in DePaul’s School for New Learning. The institute will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. On May 16, the program will be held at 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 801. On May 17, it shifts location to 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1451. The registration fee is $595. To register or for additional information, visit http://bit.ly/1omRHON.

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

Fall 2016 Registration Open at PSC

Registration for fall 2016 is open at PSC. Credit courses begin Monday, Aug. 22. Non-credit courses include a variety of single-day and multiple-session offerings that begin throughout the fall. PSC offers convenient, flexible scheduling options. Students can choose their schedule, their class and their time. Hundreds of courses are offered days, evenings, weekends and online to accommodate busy schedules. The 16-week courses begin Monday, Aug. 22. On Tuesday, Sept. 6, 14-week courses begin. The 12-week courses begin Friday, Sept. 16. All of these courses — 16-week, 14-week, and 12-week – end on Thursday, Dec. 8, and offer the same course material with the same credit hours. The shorter the number of weeks, the longer the class period. PSC also offers two different eight-week course sessions. First eight-week courses start Monday, Aug. 22, and end Friday, Oct. 14. Second eight-week courses start Monday, Oct. 17, and end on Thursday, Dec. 8. The eight-week courses typically offer fewer credit hours. Many of the college certificate programs offer eight-week courses, allowing students to fit two courses in a semester and to make progress towards that certificate. 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 in person or online at prairiestate.edu/start. Beginning Friday, May 27, and through Friday, Aug. 12, 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. 15, 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. The college also will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. 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. Beginning Friday, May 27, and through Friday Aug. 12, the MAC is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Beginning Monday, Aug. 15, 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. The MAC also will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. For more information about registering for courses, visit prairiestate.edu or call 708-709-3500.

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.

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

An Evening of Cannabis Education and Advocacy Training – Tuesday, May 17

The Medical Cannabis Education Association presents an evening of cannabis education and advocacy training co-hosted by Illinois Women in Cannabis at UUCC on Tuesday, May 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Illinois Women in Cannabis is a non-profit organization encouraging medical cannabis advocacy, empowerment, and education for women (and men) in Illinois. This free educational event is open to the public. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Green Events

Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club, Matteson

Mel Tracy Bird Lecture – Monday, May 9

The Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, May 9th, at 7:15 pm at the Frankfort Public Library, 21119 Pfeiffer Rd. The program will be given by Mel Tracy of Wild Birds Unlimited.  Mel will show slides and talk about how to offer food, water, space, and protection for visiting and breeding birds in your backyard, including strategies for attracting orioles and hummingbirds, plus how to deter squirrels and raccoons from your birdfeeders, and how to clean and maintain feeders and birdbaths.   Mel will talk about warblers and other birds that will be migrating through our area in May, their amazing long distance migration journeys, good locations for viewing them, and the effect of climate change on breeding sites. Meetings begin with announcements and then the program.  Programs are usually about nature or the environment.  Meetings are open to both Sierra Club members and the public.  For questions about the Club, its programs or activities, email Patrick Coffey at [email protected].

Park Forest Environment Commission, 350 Victory Drive

Rain Gardens – Saturday, May 21

The Saturday Morning Gardening Series will continue on May 21 at 10:30 a.m. with a lecture on rain gardens.  The event will take place at the Wetlands Discovery Center located at the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 North Orchard Drive.  The event is free and open to the public.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

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.

Junior Ecologists Club – Saturday, May 7

Thorn Creek’s Junior Ecologists Club offers fun-filled nature activities Saturday, May 7, noon – 3 p.m. for young people ages 9 to 12. They explore the woods, track seasonal changes and discover woodland plants and animals. Young people should be prepared to get a muddy, wear boots and long pants, and bring a water bottle and insect repellent. Junior Ecologists Club is a free program and registration is required two days before program. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Spring Wildflowers Hike – Saturday, May 14

Discover the wonders of spring on the Spring Wildflowers Hike, Saturday, May 14 from 1-4 p.m. Hike our woodland trails looking for wildflowers called spring ephemerals that bloom before the trees leaf out. You’ll learn the names and physical appearance of 10 common woodland flowers. The hike is free for all ages and registration is required. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Thorn Creek Trail Workday – Sunday, May 15

Workdays are a fun way to give back to Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve! Join the Thorn Creek Trail Work crew in building and repairing boardwalks and maintaining the 3.5 miles of trails through the preserve. Trail Workday is Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and is for ages 15-adult. Bring a lunch and gloves and dress for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. Refreshments will be provided. Outdoor work is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Registration for the May Workday is required and make sure to let us know of a group of 4 people or more. Community groups are welcome. For additional information, call 708-747-6320, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Prairie Sampler – Monday, May 16

Get down and dirty and help volunteers and Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Service care for our Prairie Sampler every third Monday through September. The first Prairie Sampler Workday of the season will be Monday May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is required two days before each program day and the workday is for those ages 18 and older. Bring your own gloves, hand clippers, kneelers if you like. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Refreshments will be provided. For additional information, call 708-747-6320, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Flower Moon Hike – Registration Required by Wednesday, May 18

Join us on the night of the Flower moon, Friday, May 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The abundant blooms of spring flowers and trees in May helped the Potawatomi keep track of the seasons. On our hike we’ll listen for nocturnal animals and explore the idea that darkness helps predators. Come experience Thorn Creek Woods after dark. Smell the pines, see moonlight through the trees and maybe even hear owls or frogs calling. There are lots of interesting things going on at night that you can’t experience in the daytime. This hike is free and for ages 10 and older. Registration is required by Wednesday, May 18. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.tcwoods.org.

‘Women of the Woods: A Nature Retreat’ – Registration Required by Friday, May 20

Discover the naturalist in you at ‘Women of the Woods: A Nature Retreat’ a program designed for women only and offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 at Thorn Creek Nature Center. This program will celebrate summer with hikes and nature exploration. Observe birds, identify trees, flowers, tracks and much more. Join retreat facilitator Lynda Randa, biologist, educator and nature enthusiast. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early! This program is held rain or shine, indoors and outdoors on natural surface trails over uneven terrain. Fee is $5 per person. Registration is required by Friday, May 20. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.tcwoods.org.

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

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.

Qigong with Jim Kobus – Most Thursdays

UUCC will host Qigong with Jim Kobus on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the church. This class will usually meet on Thursdays but there may be exceptions, so if you are interested in attending, please send an email to Jim Kobus at [email protected] so he can notify you when class will NOT be held. There is a suggested donation of $5 per class. Please bring your own water. It is recommended that you eat dinner after class, not before. For additional information, please call 708-799-1925 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 9:30 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].

This & That

Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 North Orchard Drive, Park Forest

Save the Date for the Annual Chat-n-Chew Bazaar: A Community Craft and Health Fair on June 11 – Call For Additional Vendors

Calvary United Protestant Church will host its annual Chat-n-Chew Bazaar: A Community Craft and Health Fair on Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bazaar will feature food, arts and crafts, music, dancing, games and lots of fun for everyone of all ages. Free yard plants will be available while quantities last. There will also be health screenings, health and wellness, information, dental, insurance and holistic medicine information. If you are a craft and/or health vendor and would like to participate in the event, please call 708-283-4190. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan on attending this fun-filled event. Calvary United Protestant Church is located at Orchard Drive and Lincoln Highway (Rt. 30).

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

Park Forest Public Library Now Hiring – Part Time Library Assistant

The Park Forest Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic, customer focused individual familiar with technology and popular culture. Duties include processing new materials for circulation, facilitating hands-on programs, checking in and out materials, answering patron questions, assisting patrons with research and computer usage, assisting in Library programs for both adults and children, shelving materials, and performing readers’ advisory. To apply and view the entire job listing, click here or check the Employment Opportunities tab on the Library’s website www.pfpl.org.

St. Irenaeus Church, 78 Cherry Street, Park Forest

A Faith Response to Homicide: Vigil for Peace – Wednesday, May 4

The distant echo of gun fire has roared its thunderous blast in our community. The weeping of Rachel for her children is now our weeping. As an expression of solidarity and peace-seeking, the faith communities of Park Forest are gathering to pray for peace in our village, our nation and our world. The event will take place at St. Irenaeus Church on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. for a vigil, and as an ongoing commitment, the first Wednesday of each month to join our hearts, our hands, and our voices for peace. See you there!

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Farmers’ Market – Opens Saturday, May 7

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., May 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.