#TimStrong: In and Around Park Forest Week of April 10, 2016

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Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—April 10, 2016.  The Olympia Fields McDonald’s, 2400 West Lincoln Highway, is hosting a community effort to provide financial assistance to the family of critically wounded Park Forest Police Officer Tim Jones. The McDonald’s plans to donate 30 percent of sales on Monday, April 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is being organized by the Olympia Fields McDonald’s with assistance from south suburban police departments. The Rich East High School Band is scheduled to perform as part of the fundraiser. So grab the family and neighbors and head over to McDonald’s Monday night for dinner and help out.

April is Earth Month and there are many environmentally friendly activities taking place around town all month.  You can find details about upcoming Earth Month events in the ‘Green Events’ section.

The Village of Park Forest Scholarship helps provide financial assistance to Park Forest residents.  Recipients of the Park Forest Scholarship demonstrate strong academic ability and a high level of character. The deadline for applying for one of the Village’s scholarships is Friday, April 15.  Additional information about the scholarship opportunities and how to apply can be found in the ‘Educational Lectures & Opportunities’ section.

If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in our community during the upcoming week, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details. Submission deadline is noon on Friday of each week.

Village of Park Forest

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of April 10:

  • Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations
  • Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission
  • Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group

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

Park Forest Vehicle Sticker Sales & Animal Registration – Now on Sale

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2016-2017 year are now on sale. Vehicle stickers must be displayed prior to May 1 on all vehicles registered with the State of Illinois with a Park Forest address, even if that vehicle is not located in Park Forest. Animal registration for the 2016-2017 year also on sale.  View full vehicle sticker details.

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

‘Seussical’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for ‘Seussical’ which will be performed on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts. Presented by Theatreworks and adapted from the Broadway musical, The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics. Beloved classic characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous “think” ever save the day! Will the planet of Who survive? Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Children. BUY TICKETS.  For additional information, call the Box Office at 708-235-2222.

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

CCPA Latin Jazz Ensemble – Monday, April 11

CCPA’s Latin Jazz Ensemble will present an exciting mix of Afro-Cuban styles guaranteed to get audience members on their feet.  The event will take place on Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase, 806. S. Plymouth, Chicago.  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 New Deal Jazz Ensemble – Tuesday, April 12

New Deal, CCPA’s vocal jazz ensemble performs a mixture of traditional and contemporary styles.  The event will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase, 806 South Plymouth, Chicago.  Expect anything from Duke Ellington to Joni Mitchell – and even original student compositions – during this exciting evening of vocal jazz.  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 Student Composition and Dance Collaboration – Friday, April 15

On Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue, CCPA composition and dance students collaborate to showcase some of their newest works in a wide variety of styles.  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 Freshman and Sophomore Vocal Showcase: ‘Va, pensiero!’ – Saturday, April 16

On Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue, 7th floor, join CCPA freshman and sophomores voice students as they present scenes from operas, operettas and musicals that made a difference in our understanding of social justice. 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.

Marguerite Lynn Williams and the Chicago Harp Quartet – Sunday, April 17

On Sunday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago, CCPA faculty member Marguerite Lynn Williams will be joined by her ensemble, the Chicago Harp Quartet, for a concert of repertoire ranging from Baroque to works premiered in 2015.  The Chicago Harp Quartet comprises four CCPA alumni. 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.

University Singers – Monday, April 18

On Monday, April 18 at 3 p.m. in room 964 at Marks Hall, Auditorium Building430 South Michigan Avenue, the Roosevelt University singers will perform selections from Broadway musicals.  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 Large Jazz Ensemble – Monday, April 18

On Monday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase, 806 South Plymouth in Chicago, CCPA’s Large Jazz Ensemble will present jazz standards, vocal arrangements and new works composed and arranged by Marshall Vente. 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.

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

‘Split Complementary’ Exhibition – Through April 24

With refined appreciation for materials, but very different approaches, the art of Dianna Frid and Richard Rezac meets on complementary grounds at DePaul Art Museum’s “Split Complementary” exhibition. The exhibition features installations, sculptures, books and wall art by the artists, as well as rare books from the Special Collections Department of DePaul’s John T. Richard Library, and a variety of objects from the DePaul Art Museum’s permanent collection. The items from the museum’s collection include a red hat from South Africa, a Turkish Ottoman miniature painting covered with written notations, South American photographs from the 1930s and other objects and images. ‘Split Contemporary’ will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum through April 24.  The DePaul Art Museum at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://bit.ly/DPAM15.

‘Nexo/Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest’ – Through April 24

‘Nexo / Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest’ will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum through April 24. Drawn from museum’s permanent collection, alongside loans from private collections, the exhibition features Latin American artists in the region and explores their influences, connections and unique reflections of the people, culture and place. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 2016 Latino Art Now! Conference taking place this April. The DePaul Art Museum at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://bit.ly/DPAM15.

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 April 18, a panel discussion titled “The Catholic Church, the Jewish People and the Jewish State” will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Richardson Library, Room 400. Speakers include the Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, professor of social ethics and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union; Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, the Rabbinic Scholar at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; and Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. The discussion will be moderated by Thomas O’Brien, associate professor and director of the Center for Religion, Culture and Community at DePaul.

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

‘The Misanthrope’ – Previews Begin Wednesday, April 13

The Theatre School at DePaul University presents a modern retelling of “The Misanthrope,” Molière’s classic comedy of manners and social niceties. The play is translated by Richard Wilbur and directed by Brian Balcom on the Fullerton Stage. The production opens Friday, April 15, and runs through Sunday, April 24, 2016. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are April 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. When Alceste rails against the insincerities in his social circles, he risks losing his freedom, the attention of the lovely and flirtatious Célimène and his place in high society. This satire puts friends and gentlemen into a world of flattery and flaws in verse. What happens when we become overwhelmed by the adulation and the hypocritical buzz of our social networks? Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. Subscriptions and group rates (six or more people) are available. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available by calling 773-325-7900 or online at http://theatre.depaul.edu. The Theatre School’s 2015-16 season in Lincoln Park is supported by presenting level sponsor PNC Bank. The Theatre School at DePaul University 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 Ave. Please call the Box Office for more information. For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the 2 p.m. performance April 24 will include audio description services, as well as a pre-performance touch tour. Call 773-325-7900. The April 24 performance will also be interpreted in American Sign Language. TTY: 773-325-7975. If patrons require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any hearing or vision needs, please let the Box Office staff know upon reservation. Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. is “USO of IL Night,” when U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families can attend the performance for free. Visit www.tixfortroops.org to reserve tickets, or call 773-325-7900 for more information. Additional special events include an Opening Night reception following the April 15 performance, and post-show discussions April 17 and 21.

Drama Group, 330 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘Mary Poppins’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is delighted to present the beloved Disney musical, ‘Mary Poppins’ directed by Andy Leahy.  Performances will be held at the Bloom Theatre in Chicago Heights on April 29 & 30 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on April 30 and May 1 at 2:00 p.m. 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 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/242073. The Bloom Theatre is located at 101 W. 10th Street in Chicago Heights. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Web site at www.dramagroup.org.

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

IPO Season Finale – Tickets Now on Sale

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 Garden Club

Membership and Guest Tea – Tuesday, April 12

The Park Forest Garden Club hosts a membership and guest tea on Tuesday, April 12 at 12 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 227 Monee Road, in Park Forest. The program, titled “Worms Eat My Garbage” will be presented by U of I Extension Master Gardeners. Refreshments will be served. For questions, call 708-748-6333 or 708-747-3847.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest

‘Step Back into a 1950s Easter’ Through April 23

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 227 Monee Road, (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church) Park Forest, spring exhibit, “Step Back into a 1950s Easter,” will run from March 12 through April 23. Decorations include Easter die cuts, honeycomb rabbits and baskets, plastic and tin decorations, children’s books and Easter baskets. 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 the week of April 10:

  • Monday, April 11 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, April 11 at 3 p.m. — kids’ zone Science Club – Making a Scene: The Science of Movies — Lights, Camera, Action! Join us as we explore the scientific principles behind animation, perception, light, and sound. Participants will have an opportunity to create a collaborated PSA (Public Service Announcement). Registration is required. Grades 3rd – 5th.
  • Monday, April 11 at 4 p.m. — Teen DIY: Popsicle Stick Bracelets — Show your style with these one of a kind bracelets! Create unique designs for you or your friends.
  • Monday, April 11 at 6: 30 p.m. – Family Movie Night Featuring ‘The Peanuts Movie’ — Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.
  • Tuesday, April 12 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, April 12 at 6:30 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, April 13 at 11 a.m. – Baby Time — Story time for infants to 35 months of age with an adult. This story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and more.
  • Wednesday, April 13 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. Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. — Movie Night for Adults: ‘Concussion’ — “In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.”
  • Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. – Writer’s Workshop — Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.
  • Thursday, April 14 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. Ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, April 14 at 4 p.m. – Art in the Afternoon — Unleash your inner artist! Drop in to create an amazing project of your own. Ages 12 and under.
  • Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m. — The Hunger Games: April Marathon — Enjoy each Hunger Games movie, in order, on Thursdays ending April 28th with Mockingjay Part 2.
  • Friday, April 15 at 3 p.m. – Teen Game Day — Show off your competitive side with your friends! From board games to video games, there will be plenty of fun!
  • Friday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. – Kids Coloring Circle — Our new circle is the perfect way to step back from a day at school and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
  • Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. – Mason Jar Terrarium — Drop in and create a moss terrarium and take home a Magenta Crabtree to plant in your own backyard. You’re taking home a tree courtesy of the Park Forest Gardening Club. All ages welcome! Materials provided while supplies last.

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

Arbor Day Celebration – Saturday, April 16

Magenta Flowering Crab Trees will be given away by the Garden Club of Park Forest on Saturday, April 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. while quantities last. Plant a tree and celebrate Arbor Day.

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

‘Synergy’ High School Juried Art Exhibit – Through April 14

PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery will exhibit ‘Synergy,’ a juried art competition for high school students in Community College District 515. The exhibit will run through April 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit will feature computer art, drawing, graphic design, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. Christopher Art Gallery is located on PSC’s main campus in Chicago Heights. Gallery 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, please call 708-709-3636.

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.

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.

Roosevelt University’s Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 East Balbo, Chicago

‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present ‘Peter Pan and Wendy,’ adapted by Doug Rand from the cherished J.M. Barrie novel and directed by Ernie Nolan, as the final installment of the 2015-16 Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences season. The production opens April 21 and runs through May 28 at DePaul’s historic Merle Reskin Theatre. Performances are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Special Friday performances will occur at 10 a.m. on April 29 and May 13, and a Sunday performance will be held on May 22 at 2 p.m. There is no Saturday performance on May 21. ‘Peter Pan’ is the classic tale of three children who are whisked away to the fantasy world of Neverland by its titular boy hero. ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ is recommended for all ages, and complimentary teacher guides are available online for educators and interested audience members.  DePaul University’s Merle Reskin Theatre is located at 60 E. Balbo Drive, in Chicago. For information about parking, please contact the box office at 312-922-1999. The theatre is accessible via CTA busses (3-King Drive, 29-State Street, 146 Michigan/Museums and others), and CTA ‘L’ stops (Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple, and Pink). Tickets are $10. Subscriptions and group rates (15 or more people) are available. DePaul employees, alumni, and college students receive a discount with a valid ID. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office. For patrons who are blind of have low vision, the performance on May 19 at 10 a.m. will include a live audio description of the visual and physical events onstage. The performances on May 12 at 10 a.m. and May 14 at 2 p.m. will be interpreted in American Sign Language. TTY: 773-325-7975. If patrons require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any other hearing or vision needs, please let the box office staff know upon ticket reservation. April 23 is USO of Illinois Day. U.S. Armed Forces personnel with a valid military ID and their families can attend the performance for free. Visit www.tixfortroops.org to reserve tickets or call 773-325-7900 for more information. Additional special events include an autograph session with the cast following the 2 p.m. performance on April 23, and post-show discussions on May 5 and 22.

The Baker’s Wife – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the musical ‘The Baker’s Wife’ which will be performed on Thursday, April 28 through Saturday April 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. This gently bittersweet and offbeat fable of life, love and bread begins with the bickering residents of a rural French village in 1935, who have been without a baker for weeks.  They finally find a new baker with an attractive young wife. When his wife is turned away by a young gigolo, the baker loses all zest for life and refuses to bake.  The villagers must work as a tem to bring the couple back together.  Tickets are $12. The performances will take place at Roosevelt University’s O’Malley Theatre, 430 South Michigan Avenue, 7th Floor in Chicago.  To purchase tickets or for additional information, call 312-341-3831.  Please note that government photo I.D. may be required for entrance to the building.

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

‘Iowa Insect Series’ – Through April 21

SSC’s Dorothea Thiel Gallery will host an exhibition of 10 large-scale digital montage images from the “Iowa Insect Series,” a collection of artworks created in collaboration between graphic design professors Roy R. Behrens and David M. Versluis. The exhibit, Graphic Designers Collaborate: Attention to Detail, will be held in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery through April 21. The exhibit features digital montage collaborations created by Graphic Design professor Roy Behrens, University of Northern Iowa, and Art & Graphic Design professor David Versluis, Dordt College. The exhibit’s artworks “Combine rich imagery as they juxtapose representational imagery with formal graphic elements to create a strong visual dynamic,” says Larry Bradshaw, Emeritus Professor of Art, University of Nebraska Omaha. Various artworks from the Iowa Insect Series have been exhibited in group shows at the Washington Pavilion Visual Art Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, Minnesota; University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art in Cedar Falls, Iowa; and the 27th McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition at McNeese State University Grand Gallery in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This exhibit at South Suburban College is one of the first times that the collection Iowa Insect Series will be shown together. Professor Versluis will be at the college as visiting artist in the digital arts lab and Dorothea Thiel Gallery for a 1:00 p.m. reception on Thursday April 21st. The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition and reception at no charge. The Thiel Gallery is located on the 4th floor in the Art & Design hallway, Room 4333. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2316, or visit www.ssc.edu/art.

Spring Gala – Friday, April 29

Each year the South Suburban College Foundation (SSCF) has an annual spring gala from which all proceeds benefit scholarship programs. The SSCF is now seeking support from local residents, friends and partners for Showcase 2016: Dreams & Destinations, to be held on April 29, 2016, at Glenwoodie Golf Club, 19301 S State St, Glenwood. With the cost of higher education on the rise and the level of state funding on the decline, students are finding it more and more difficult to afford a full-time college education. The SSC Foundation’s support is often critical for students to begin or continue their college education. Individuals and local businesses can support this mission while marketing themselves to approximately 300 guests through tax-deductible sponsorships and auction gifts. Tickets are also available for $125 each. This year, South Holland’s John “Doc” Magon will receive the 2016 SSC Foundation Cornerstone Award and a portion of the Silent Auction proceeds will benefit the Patricia Chase Magon Scholarship Fund. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and features an open bar and plated dinner, silent auction, dancing, and the outstanding music of Rhonda High Browne & Pieces. Donations for this cause are fully tax deductible. Registrations and sponsorships can be made online from www.ssc.edu/foundation. The Foundation Staff will pick up donations for auction. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2463 or email [email protected].   The SSC Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors composed of 26 of the south suburban area’s finest business, civic and community leaders. The SSCF has now awarded over $1.6 million in scholarships since 1989. In 2015, over $100,000 in scholarship funds were awarded to SSC students.

Spring Music Events – Begin April 22

SSC will host the following Spring Music Events:

April 22, 2016
SSC Music Competition for Young Musicians
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Room 1137

April 23, 2016
SSC Music Competition for Young Musicians
10:00am – 12:00pm – Room 1137

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

‘Ancestors: Art and Artifacts of Africa’ – Through April 16

Tall Grass Arts Association will present a major cultural and historical exhibit, ‘Ancestors: Art and Artifacts of Africa,’ through April 16.  The will also be a lecture and opportunity to meet the collector on Wednesday, March 30, 7 p.m. The exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public.  All traditional African Art objects in an extended sense refer to ancestors whether they are intended to depict them or not.  Some symbolize spirits, others represent powerful objects of magic or reference ancestral wisdom, yet undoubtedly ancestors continue as intermediaries. More than seventy works of art will be on display. Most are carved of wood, others are made of ceramic, and some cast in bronze. Most of the objects date from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Art objects will be accompanied by photographic wall murals of traditional rather than modern life in Sub-Sahara Africa.  Objects have been loaned to Tall Grass Arts Association by several prominent private collectors, namely, Dr. Peter Gould of Haddonfield, New Jersey, and others.  Dr. Arthur P. Bourgeois, of Governors State University, and Mr. Scott Rodolitz, of Keene, New Hampshire, serve as both organizers and curators of this exhibition which includes a published catalog. 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.

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

Rainbow Café – Friday, April 15

The Rainbow Café will meet on Friday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at UUCC.  The film ‘Pride’ will be shown.  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 decide to raise money to support the families of the striking miners.  But there is a problem.  The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.  The Rainbow Café 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.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Graduate Program Open House – Saturday, April 16

GRE test-taking strategies, choosing the right graduate program, and financing your education are all topics that will be discussed at the Graduate Program Open House at Governors State University on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will learn from experts in breakout sessions designed to answer questions about these important issues. GSU offers master’s degree programs, specialist degree program and professional doctoral degree programs as well as graduate-level certificates in a variety of areas from healthcare to business and education to arts and sciences. Prospective students who attend the Graduate Program Open House will receive a waiver code for their application fee. Programs requiring application through the CAS system are excluded from this offer. The GSU Graduate Open House is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested by April 8. To register, go to www.govst.edu/grad-openhouse. For more information, call 708-534-4086 or [email protected].

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

Summit on Dual Credit Programs – Friday, April 22

PSC is hosting the inaugural Illinois Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (ILACEP) Summit, the statewide conference for dual credit programs, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 22. The summit will be held in the Conference Center of the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights, and will feature speakers from the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Office of Community College Research and Leadership, and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). ILACEP is the new state chapter of NACEP, the national accrediting body of dual credit programs. PSC Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dave Naze says the summit is an opportunity for stakeholders in dual credit programs in Illinois to collaborate on topics regarding early college access for high school students. It is the first conference of its kind to be held at PSC. The fee to attend is $25, and attendees must be ILACEP members. The Dual Credit program at PSC allows college ready high school students to take qualified high school courses and earn both high school and college credit – at the same time. The credits earned are transferrable to PSC as well as many other four-year colleges and universities. For more information on PSC’s Dual Credit program or the April 22 summit, contact Naze at [email protected].

Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Area Experts to Discuss Future of TIFs and Illinois’ 2016 Fiscal Crisis – Thursday, April 14

Area experts will weigh in on the future of tax increment financing (TIF) in Chicago in relation to the city’s growing fiscal crisis at 5 p.m. on April 14 at the Gerald Fogelson Forum on Real Estate at Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago. As discussions swirl about the possibility of “capturing” TIF balances to address Chicago’s municipal and school fiscal crises, a panel of experts will provide perspectives on the future of TIF as an economic tool at the forum being hosted by Roosevelt’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate.

Panelists include:

  • David L. Reifman, commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD), including the TIF Administrative Division.  A native Chicagoan, Reifman is responsible for leading the department’s Housing, Economic Development, and Planning & Zoning bureaus while fostering community-improvement projects and initiatives throughout the city. As commissioner of DPD, he serves on the Chicago Plan Commission, Community Development Commission and Commission on Chicago Landmarks, among other public agencies.
  • Rachel N. Weber, professor of Urban Planning and Policy Program at the University at Illinois at Chicago where she conducts research in economic development, real estate and public finance.  She is author of the new book, “Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago” (2015) and co-editor of the Oxford University Press Handbook of Urban Planning.  Weber was appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Tax Increment Financing Reform Task Force and was a member of the Urban Policy Advisory Committee for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.
  • Graham C. Grady, partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and an advisor to municipal governments as well as private developers and investors in Chicago development. With a focus on the City of Chicago and Cook County, he helps secure necessary approvals for land developments in the Chicago metropolitan area. A consensus builder and negotiator, Grady maintains relations with community organizations, local elected officials and other stakeholders. He also provides legal counsel on compliance, regulatory and public policy matters involving zoning, land use, licensing, government contracts, procurement and legislative approvals.

The Gerald Fogelson Forum on Real Estate was founded in 1999 to provide industry professionals and students an opportunity to participate in discussions and presentations by leaders in all areas of commercial real estate development. The forum begins with a 5 p.m. reception with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. The panel discussion will follow from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Wabash Building, Room 418.  Cost is $25 per person. To register, visit here. Since its founding in 2002, the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate has grown to become one of the largest graduate real estate programs in the country with more than 50 current students and over 600 graduates. Degrees that are offered include the Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and the Master of Science in Real Estate.

Montesquieu Forum — April 14 – 15

David Womersley, the Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature and editor of The Review of English Studies at the University of Oxford, will give the keynote speech at the Roosevelt University Montesquieu Forum conference on philosophy and historiography in the Eighteenth Century. Womersley’s speech will be at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Sullivan Room, on the second floor of Roosevelt, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.  His talk and the entire conference are free and open to the public. The conference continues on April 15 in room 720  at Roosevelt with lectures by Thomas Merrill, professor in the Department of Government at American University, on “Hume on Commerce,” and Michael Zuckert, professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, on “Montesquieu on Money,” at 9:15 a.m.; Darren Staloff, History professor at The City College of New York, on “Postures of the American Enlightenment,” and Alan Levine, professor in the Department of Government at American University, on “European Views of America: 1492–9/11,” at 11 a.m.; and Helena Rosenblatt, professor of History in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, on “Constant’s Liberalism, Then and Now,” commented on by Carolyn Purnell, visiting assistant professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, at 1:45 p.m. The conference will conclude with a lecture by Mary Sue Morrow, professor of musicology at the University of Cincinnati, about “Haydn and the Business of Music,” which will bring the topic closer to music and will also be interspersed by a live performance by the Yas String Quartet from Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and by Ben Lynerd and the Ad Hoc Singers, at 4 p.m. in the Sullivan Room. The conference is sponsored by the Jack Miller Center and the John Templeton Foundation.

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

Elevation Leadership Summit – April 25

The SSC Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents an Elevation Leadership Summit: Taking Faith-Based and Non-Profit Leadership to Loftier Heights! on Monday, April 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 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

Reasons to Attend:

  • 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

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 April 15th) and $65 thereafter. This includes a continental breakfast. For more information or to register, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 3254 or email [email protected].

Third Annual Law Day – Friday, April 29

The SSC Legal Studies Department will host their third annual Law Day on Friday, April 29, 2016. This year’s event will feature a special live court case. Oral arguments for a real criminal First District Appellate Court case will be heard in the Performing Arts Center. This is a rare opportunity for the community to observe the First District at work at an off-site location. The general public–especially educators and students–is encouraged to attend this unique opportunity to witness some of the area’s most talented, professional litigators in action. Opening remarks will begin at 10:00 a.m. with doors opening at 9:30. Following the arguments, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the Appellate Prosecutor and Appellate Defender. The justices will return to the PAC for another question and answer session at approximately 11:30 a.m. Attendees are welcome to stay for a Mock Crime Scene Demonstration from 12 noon–2:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Main Campus, as well as a Court Reporting Demonstration from 12 noon–2:00 p.m., in the Heritage Room. This event also provides guests with an opportunity to find out more about educational and career opportunities in the judicial field, and to learn about SSC’s Paralegal, Court Reporting and Criminal Justice programs. For more information about Law Day, or to RSVP for the day’s events, please email [email protected] or contact Jason M. Cieslik, J.D., Paralegal Coordinator, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2579.

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.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Applications for 2016 Village of Park Forest Scholarships – Application Deadline Friday, April 15

The Village of Park Forest Scholarship helps provide financial assistance to Park Forest residents.  Recipients of the Park Forest Scholarship demonstrate strong academic ability and a high level of character.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Must be a Park Forest resident
Must be a graduating high school senior
Must be able to illustrate your educational and career goals
Must submit only one application
Must be willing to have your story told

Park Forest Scholarship: Minimum G.P.A. of 2.75

Dr. Ken W. Kramer Scholarship: Minimum G.P.A of 3.75

Scholarship Awards
Park Forest will award three Park Forest Scholarships in the amount of $500 to first-year college students with a high school G.P.A. of at least 2.75.

Park Forest will award one Dr. Ken W. Kramer Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a first-year college student with a high school G.P.A of at least 3.75.

*Applicants do not need to specify which award they are applying for.

The selection process takes into consideration academic performance, activities and involvement outside of the classroom, need, as well as academic improvement.

April 15, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Disbursement of Awards
Unless requested to be applied towards a different term, funds will be paid directly to the educational institution of each respective award recipient during the first term. Should a student request to have funds applied to a different term during the first year of coursework, scholarship dollars must be applied to the student’s account no later than May 31, 2017 or the dollars are forfeited.  Students will not receive cash.

Additional scholarships available! 
The Park Forest Youth Commission has two scholarship awards available to Park Forest residents; one for high school seniors and a second for continuing college students.  To apply now, click here.

Green Events

Green Community Connections, 166 North Humphrey Avenue, Oak Park

Free Earth Day Film and Star Gazing — Friday, April 22

You are invited to continue the One Earth Film Festival fun and celebrate Earth Day with us by watching the award-winning film, “Growing Cities” on Friday, April 22, at Chicago’s official Earth Day celebration in two locations. This 60-minute film is friendly for all ages. The event will take place at:

Adler Planetarium, Johnson Star Theater
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
6:30 p.m. for refreshments
7 p.m. film screening
8:30-10 p.m. telescope observing (weather permitting); OR

Clarendon Park Community Center (Gymnasium)
4501 N. Clarendon Ave., Chicago
6 p.m. for refreshments
7 p.m. film screening
8:30 p.m. star gazing activity (weather permitting)

View complete details and reserve your free tickets now! Seating is limited; reservations strongly recommended. According to director/producer Dan Susman, “Growing Cities” shows, “. . . cucumbers peering through chain link fences, skyscrapers towering over compost piles, and the cacophony of subwoofers and roto-tillers on the same block. It’s the power of this tension, this seeming impossibility which we use to bring viewers into a world of new possibility–where together we can create healthier, more sustainable, and livable communities.” View film trailer. For additional information, call 773-315-1109 or visit: http://www.greencommunityconnections.org/.

Park Forest Environment Commission, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest

Free Organic Vegetable Gardening Class to be Held on April 16

Park Forest’s Saturday Morning Gardening Series continues April 16 with a session on organic vegetable gardening. Organic gardening isn’t difficult or complicated. Learn tips to make your landscape work for you with a partly edible, partly ornamental garden. The session is free and takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Wetlands Discovery Center located at the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, in Park Forest.

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

Earth Month Events at PSC – Through April 30

PSC will host the following 2016 Earth Month activities:

April 13
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Conference Center, Room 1315
Comfort Zone

Join the sustainability club to watch Comfort Zone, a documentary with a unique approach to stimulating dialogue about climate change. The film is non-partisan, scientifically rigorous, and fun to watch. It’s the story of three ordinary Americans each trying to find their own way to deal with the reality of climate change. It is also the story of how climate change will affect daily life in a typical Great Lakes setting.

April 18
3 – 4 p.m.
Parking Lot A
Get Trashed! Campus Clean Up

Join the sustainability club in this friendly competition to see who can pick up the most trash around campus. The winning class or club will receive a trophy and pizza party.

April 19
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Clear the Air

Stop by the Atrium to learn about PSC’s Smoke/Tobacco Free initiative. You’ll learn about PSC’s policy regarding tobacco use and have chance to play games for prizes. Want to Quit Cold Turkey? Now’s your chance. Turn in your full or nearly full pack of cigarettes, make a pledge to Quit Cold Turkey and we’ll give you a turkey sandwich and Subway gift card.

April 19
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Homewood Public Library
How Should Our Communities Be Prepared for Emergency Crises Ahead?

Allessandra Kummelehne, sustainability coordinator at Prairie State College will lead a discussion on climate change and its effects on our local community. The discussion will focus on: Severe Weather Affecting Our Region; Local Health Concerns; and Resources for Residents.

April 20
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Room 4105
The Story of the Monarch

Please join, Dolly Foster, Horticulturist and Monarch enthusiast, for this one-hour presentation on Monarch Butterflies. Learn about their life cycle, habitat and migration pattern, and what you can do to help!

April 30
9 – 11 a.m.
Matteson Area Center
Kids @ College Go Green! Earth Day Celebration

Join us for a morning full of fun as we celebrate Earth Day at the MAC!

If you are between the ages of 4-13, join us for this FREE event where you will participate in hands- on activities, science experiments, and take home art projects. A special visit from the Matteson Fire Department is planned as well. R.S.V.P. by calling 708-709-3750 or emailing [email protected]. Please include your child’s name and age. You may register multiple children in one email.

Sauk-Calumet Sierra Club Group, Matteson

‘Biking the Camino de Santiago’ Presentation – Monday, April 11

The April meeting of the Sauk-Calumet Sierra Club Group will be held on Monday, April 11th at 7:15 pm at the Frankfort Public Library.  This month’s presentation will be ‘Biking the Camino de Santiago.’ With a slide show of beautiful pictures, Al Sturges will take us vicariously on his 490-mile bike trip on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain, which pilgrims have been traveling since the Middle Ages.  Hundreds of people now travel the main pilgrimage route each year from the foothills of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela near the Atlantic.  Al is an active bicyclist and a board member of the South Suburban Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club. Meetings are held at 7:15 pm on the second Monday of every month at the Frankfort Library (21119 Pfeiffer Rd, Frankfort, IL) with the exception of June, July and August. There are no meetings in June, July or August.  All meetings are free and open both to Sierra Club members and to the public.  For more information about the program or Club activities, contact Patrick Coffey at [email protected].

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – April 13

Discover the wonders of spring in a weekly morning walk.  Wednesday Morning Walkers meets 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

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).

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson

Youth Job & Resource Expo – Saturday, April 16

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Youth Job and Resource Expo for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Thornton Township High School, 15001 Broadway Ave., Harvey. More than 40 companies and agencies will be accepting applications for active job openings, summer internships and apprenticeships. This year’s participants include Chase Bank, Illinois Department of Transportation and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Also participating will be organizations offering a variety of youth services and programs. Prior to the Expo, Rep. Kelly will sponsor a job readiness training session designed to help young people prepare for the hiring event and job interviews.

  • Tuesday, April 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thornton Township High School, Technical Building, 15001 Broadway Ave., Harvey.

To pre-register, or to view a list of participating companies, visit reprobinkelly.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 708-679-0078 or visit robinkelly.house.gov.

2nd Annual College Saving Night – Monday, April 25

Parents can learn about two economical college savings programs during Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s 2nd annual College Savings Night on Monday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Country Club Hills City Hall, Downstairs Room 105/106, located at 4200 W. 183rd Street. Representatives will explain College Illinois and Bright Start, two college savings programs offered by the State of Illinois, and provide information on tax breaks obtainable through the 529 Savings Plan. Parents with children of all ages are encouraged to attend. To register online, please visit www.reprobinkelly.eventbrite.com. Capacity is limited; early registration is encouraged. For additional information, please call Tony Presta at 708-679-0078.

Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club

35th Annual Easter Ride — Sunday, April 24

The 35th Annual Easter Ride is scheduled for Sunday, April 24 from the Park Forest Village Hall on 350 Victory Drive in Park Forest.  The ride, sponsored by the Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club, will start between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. Riders can choose from five routes of 17, 26, 37, 53 and 70 miles on lightly traveled, paved roads over gently rolling countryside.  Rest stops along the route provide riders with fruit, drinks, sandwiches, and homemade cookies.  After the ride, participants are invited to stop in at Village Hall for music, a massage (for a fee) and more refreshments, including traditional Easter egg salad sandwiches. The fee for the ride is $20 for pre-registrants before April 16 and $25 thereafter.  The fee entitles riders to a map of the routes, access to all rest stops, SAG support, and parking.  Short and long sleeve t-shirts with this year’s Easter Ride logo may be ordered for an additional fee with pre-registration.  A registration form is available at local bike shops or may be downloaded from http://www.folksonspokes.com.  Folks on Spokes encourages riders to obey all traffic laws, practice courtesy, communicate with fellow riders, ride single file when vehicles are approaching from either direction – and complete the adult or child bike safety quiz at www.bikesafetyquiz.com.  Proceeds from the ride help fund the club’s activities throughout the year and support bicycle advocacy and other organizations.  Last year, donations were made to the League of American Bicyclists, Ride Illinois, the Active Transportation Alliance, Trails for Illinois, Bicycle Indiana, Friends of the Cal Sag Trail, Working Bikes Co-op and West Town Bikes. Folks on Spokes members live across the south suburbs and northeastern Indiana.  Group rides start in a variety of locations with most starting in Frankfort.

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

Spring Career and Internship Fair – Thursday, April 14

The Spring Career and Internship Fair at GSU is a chance for job seekers to meet with potential employers and discover job and internship opportunities. The Office of Career Services at GSU is sponsoring the fair for people interested in jobs and internship opportunities in communications, technology, business, public administration, criminal justice, addiction studies, community health, and education. The Spring Career and Internship Fair will be held on Thursday, April 14, from 2-5 p.m., in the Hall of Governors and the Center for Performing Arts Lobby on the university’s main campus. This is an opportunity to match jobs and internships positions with qualified personnel. This event is free and open to the public. Current students, alumni, and community members are invited to attend. Potential employers are also invited to register as participants through the Office of Career Services by the employee registration deadline of March 18, 2016.

League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area

Millennium Reserve Presentation – Tuesday, April 12

Please join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area for a presentation by Sarah Coulter, Senior Program Manager for the Millennium Reserve. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard. The Millennium Reserve is a high level collaboration of environmental organizations, foundations, community-based groups and representatives from state, county and local governments.  The Millennium Reserve’s geography includes 20 Chicago south side neighborhoods and 36 south suburban municipalities, including over 15,000 acres of open space, waterways and remnants of formerly vast wetlands, nationally historic landmarks and districts, and critically important reminders of the region’s contemporary and historic status as a mid-continental hub of industry and transportation. The mission of the Reserve is to provide the catalyst for innovative actions that stimulate economic growth, restore and enhance natural ecosystems, support healthy and prosperous communities and honor the region’s cultural and industrial past. If you would like more information on the Millennium Reserve, visit: www.millenniumreserve.org. For more information about the event you may contact Diane Hodges at [email protected] or Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251. The program is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about this important issue. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information visit League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area at www.lwvpfa.org.

North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC), Chicago

Community Planning Meeting – Saturday, April 16

NLCCC will kick off the second phase of its comprehensive community planning process by hosting its first Annual North Lawndale Community Planning Conference on Saturday, April 16, at DRW College Preparatory High School, 931 S. Homan Avenue, Chicago. The conference will start at 11 a.m. and go until 3 p.m.  Over 200 community stakeholders are expected to participate, including elected officials, heads of public agencies, local residents, leaders of community-based organizations, students and educators, business owners and faith-based leaders. This is the first comprehensive planning effort for the North Lawndale in over 50 years, and the community’s very first planning conference ever.  The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will provide an overview of the comprehensive planning process as it relates to the physical environment, and then will facilitate a workshop to guide the community through a discussion of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities that the planning process could bring. Members of NLCCC will facilitate breakout sessions to identify community needs and develop very high level goals and objectives within various quality of life sectors.  There will be activities for children ages 3-12; youth ages 13-18 and adults.  Admission is free event and lunch will be provided. To register or for more information, visit www.nlcccplanning.org/register, or call Dorine Poole at 773-826-1636.

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.