In and Around Park Forest Week of December 12, 2011

snow plow
Remember the blizzard, Park Forest? The snow season is so young. Here, a snow plow removes works the 211th Street Metra lot the morning of February 2, 2011. (Photo: Daniel Karwatka)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—December 12, 2011. Park Forest resident Ed Fizer will be recognized at the Village Board Meeting on Monday, December 12 at 7 p.m. for his distinguished military service as a Montford Point Marine. Congress has recently taken action to award the Congressional Gold Medal to those men who serviced in the Montford Point Marines. Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting or view the live stream at www.villageofparkforest.com.
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 Meetings

Village Board Meeting

The Village Board will meet on Monday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Village Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site at www.villageofparkforest.com.
To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site at: http://www.villageofparkforest.com and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Village of Park Forest Advisory Board & Commission Meetings

The following Park Forest Commissions and Advisory Board will meet the week of December 12:

  • Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations
  • Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m. – Housing Authority

The meetings will take place at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Dr. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Holiday Activities

Remember, when doing your holiday shopping this season, don’t forget to shop locally first. A listing of Park Forest businesses can be found in the 2011 – 2012 Business Resource Guide at: http://www.villageofparkforest.com

Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, Sauk Trail & Orchard Drive, Park Forest

Holiday Cookie & Candy Sale – Saturday, December 17

On Saturday, December 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., shop for a wide variety of homemade holiday treats. Our ‘Special Touch’ is preparing and selling nut and non-nut items separately for those with allergies. Package your own selections for gifts or personal enjoyment. For additional information, call 708-283-7118.

Freedom Hall – Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest

Maureen Christine’s Holiday Harmonies – A Caroling Trio – Tuesday, December 13

Tickets are now on sale for the Senior Series concert featuring Maureen Christine’s Holiday Harmonies that will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at 11 a.m. Beautiful three-part harmony, traditional Victorian attire, well-known carols and holiday favorites are the perfect combination to ring in the holiday with musical cheer. Led by award-winning vocalist Maureen Christine, Cecilia Adams and Cathy Robel blend their angelic voices and bring you musical fun and holiday charm. Enjoy traditional carols, holiday favorites and even a few Hanukah selections. Accompanied by full band, this warmhearted and exciting program is sure to put everyone in a very merry spirit. Tickets are $11. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

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

Harris Bank Holiday Concerts – Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18

Carmon DeLeone, Music Director Laureate, will conduct the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s Harris Bank Holiday Concerts that will be held on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18. Both concerts will begin at 3 p.m. and held at the Lincoln-Way East Performing Arts Center, 201 East Colorado Ave., Frankfort. Bring family and friends to the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual holiday event for all ages! The orchestra, choruses, and soloists celebrate the season: classic holiday tunes, sing-alongs, and magical surprises will get you into the spirit of the season. Don’t miss this special Southland holiday tradition – Hubert the Lion will greet you before the concert! Tickets are priced at $30 and $40. To purchase tickets, visit: https://secure.ticketsage.net.

Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Quilt Scrap Ornament-Making for All Ages

On Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. there will be fun for adults or kids at the Library. Make colorful patchwork ornaments simply and quickly. We’ll be sharing holiday goodies and singing songs while we craft.

Friends of the Park Forest Library Holiday Fundraiser – Pecans are Back!

The Friends of the Park Forest Library are holding their annual holiday fundraiser to benefit the Park Forest Library. This is the only fundraiser held during the year for the Library. Items available include:

  • Fresh Mammoth Pecan Halves for $10 per 1 pound package
  • Candy Pecans for $9 per package (choices include milk chocolate covered pecans, dark chocolate covered pecans, pecan clusters, cinnamon glazed pecans and glazed pecans)
  • Friends of the Library Mug – $6
  • Book Lovers’ Calendar – $6
  • Pecans and Calendar – $16
  • Pecans and Mug – $16
  • Mug and Calendar – $11

Park Forest Historical Society

Park Forest House Museum

‘Step Back Into a 1950s Christmas’ — Special December Hours

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Blvd. Park Forest, will be open in December for the exhibit ‘Step Back Into a 1950s Christmas.’ December hours will be on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays December 17 and December 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. The donation during December is $3 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. The tour donation is waived for adults that purchase a Marshall Field’s Brick. For additional information, visit www.parkforesthistory.org or call Jane Nicoll, Museum Director, at 708-481-4252 or email at [email protected].

Marshall Field’s Park Forest Bricks and More for Sale at PF House Museum

Marshall Field’s Bricks and books on Park Forest are on sale for Holiday gift giving from the Park Forest Historical Society’s 1950s House Museum, 141 Forest Blvd., Park Forest. December hours will be on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays 17 and December 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Marshall Field’s Bricks can also be purchased at the Village of Park Forest’s Recreation and Parks counter, 350 Victory Drive during regular Village hours. Bricks, books and postcards are also available for sale in the online store on the Historical Society’s website at www.parkforesthistory.org.

Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest

Holiday Sale to Benefit Humane Society – Through December 22

Salon Artists Gallery’s Holiday Sale will run through December 22 and will feature original one-of-a-kind artwork and unique gifts at affordable prices. 10% off items over $30. The sale will feature many artists with pottery, photography, live performances and much more. Ten percent of the sales will benefit the Humane Society. Gallery Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-833-5108 or 708-748-3946.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artist Walk, Park Forest

Annual Holiday Sale – Through January 8

Tall Grass Arts Association’s Annual Holiday Sale will continue through January 8. Get creative for the holidays and consider giving the gift of art. At Tall Grass you will find jewelry, mirrors, casseroles, wooden bowls, prints, photographs, paintings and holiday decorations that are unique. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

Holiday Show – Gallery Artists – Through January 7

The Holiday Show exhibit will feature the artwork of Tall Grass Gallery Artists and invited artists, many of whom have shown their work nationally or internationally. The exhibit will run through January 7. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS), Park Forest

Nature Holiday Cards & Gifts

A nesting box for use by bluebirds, house wrens or chickadees is the perfect gift for your bird-loving friends. TCAS offers a well-constructed pine box with a predator guard at the entrance hole for $15. Packets of six notecards and envelopes with original pictures of bluebirds, spring birds, wildflowers of Raccoon Grove, the common loon or a group of Illinois birds sell for $4. You can also send Holiday cards with a nature message, such as winter cardinals, a wreath with six birds, a wood duck or a bluebird with a wreath. Packets of 12 cards and envelopes cost only $7. Send ‘Audubon Adventures’ to a local classroom as a gift in honor of a friend or relative. In that way you will be giving a gift to an entire group of youngsters. A special card will announce the donation. Contact Aura Duke at 708-748-6407 to purchase your cards and gifts.

Monkey Mind Art Studio & Gallery, 3 West Nebraska St., Frankfort

A Little Somethin’ Somethin’ – Through January 7

Monkey Mind Art Studio & Gallery present A Little Somethin’ Somethin’ Holiday Group Art exhibit through January 7. A reception will be held on January 7 from noon to 3 p.m. where you can meet the artists. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information and Gallery hours, call 815-464-8818 or visit: http://www.monkeymindartstudio.com/

Union Street Gallery (USC), 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights

Twelfth Month – Regional Exhibit & Holiday Art Sale – Through December 23

USG is now featuring ‘Twelfth Month,’ its annual Winter Regional Exhibit and Holiday Art Sale. This large, colorful, eclectic and exciting show of fine art and quality crafts will run through December 23rd. 30 – 40 regional artists including USG Studio and Guild Artists, have been invited to display both wall-hanging and sculpture pieces as well as smaller items such as prints, cards, jewelry, ceramics and other decorative or functional works that would be great for gifts. All work is for sale at affordable prices. The event is free and open to the public. For holiday Gallery hours or additional information, call 708-754-2601.

Arts & Entertainment

FieldCrest School of Performing Arts, Park Forest

Talent Show & Skating Party – Saturday, December 17

On Saturday, December 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., join FieldCrest School of Performing Arts of Park Forest for a day of talent showcasing and end the program with skating. The event will be held at the Glenwood Skating Rink, 656 Holbrook Road, Glenwood, IL. Admission is $10. For additional information, call Donna Davenport at 708-679-8388 or visit www.fieldcrestperarts.com.

Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

The following events will be held this week at the Park Forest Library:

  • Monday, December 12 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
  • Monday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. – Jazz on Monday Nights featuring Art ‘Jazz Piano’ Tatum
  • Tuesday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
  • Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. – PJ Storytime: “Holiday Party”
  • Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. – Introduction to E-Readers: E-Books are coming to the Park Forest Public Library! With your Park Forest Library card you’ll be able to check out books free of charge for your E-Reader. Drop in and learn about accessing these new library titles. We’ll also have a sampling of E-readers for you to look at, and an experienced user here to help you find your way through many of the features on each reader.
  • Tuesday, December 13 at 7:15 p.m. – Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – ‘The Postmistress’ by Sarah Blake
  • Thursday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. – Special Holiday LapSit
  • Thursday, December 15 at 11:15 a.m. – Special Holiday Toddler Art
  • Thursday, December 15 at 4 p.m. – Quilt Scrap Ornament-Making
  • Friday, December 16 at 1 p.m. – Senior Travelogue: Windy City Estates

*Register in Adult Services Department.

For more information or to register for these events, call the Park Forest Library’s Youth Services Department at 708-748-3731.

Illinois Theatre Center, 371 Artists Walkway, Park Forest

‘Greetings!’ by Tom Dudzick – Through December 18

Tickets are now on sale for Tom Dudzick’s ‘Greetings!’ runs through December 18. This heartwarming holiday comedy from the author of the smash hit ‘Over the Tavern’ tells the story of a young man who brings his New York Atheist-Jewish girlfriend home to meet his Pittsburgh Polish-Catholic family on Christmas Eve. Before the night is out, miracles will happen and everybody will question what they actually believe. The L.A. Times called it “a wonderful, wacky look at how cleverly a mixture of Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Age philosophy can flick on the electricity.” Tickets are priced at $22 and $20. There is a $1 discount for students and seniors. For additional information, show times, or to purchase tickets, call 708-481-3510 or visit www.ilthctr.org.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

Park Forest Area League of Women Voters

Meeting on Health Care – Wednesday, December 14

The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area will host an educational meeting on the topic of Health Care on Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. at the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard. Guest speaker Jillian Phillips, the Chicagoland Organizer for Illinois Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC) will provide an update on the elements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with a focus on the implementation schedule, and the status of challenges to the law. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about this important issue. For additional information, call Mary Lubertozzi at 708-747-1359.

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Animals in Winter – Thursday, December 29 – Registration Required

On Thursday, December 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., those ages 8 and older can learn how animals spend their winter. They may not have a cozy house and can’t make hot chocolate, but they have several adaptations that allow them to survive even our harshest Midwest winters. Participants will have an opportunity to snowshoe on the trails to search for signs of animals preparing for winter. If there is no snow, no worries. We’ll still walk the trails to search for animal signs. This program will take place on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Registration is required. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

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

Reading Tutoring Available at GSU

GSU’s Graduate Program in Reading is sponsoring The Literacy Zone, a reading tutorial program for students in grades six through high school, on Tuesdays from January 24 through April 17 from 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This 12-week, one-to-one program brings students experiencing reading problems together with teachers who have the skills to help them. Students meet on the GSU campus with certified, experienced teachers enrolled in the Master of Arts Reading Program at GSU. Enrollment is limited and based on the number of tutors. Students will be accepted in the order in which the completed application and registration fee are received. There is a $70 registration fee. Snacks are provided at each session. Transportation is not provided. For additional information or to register, call 708-534-4122 or e-mail [email protected].

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday At GSU

The Mobile Workforce Center’s mobile unit will be at GSU every Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., parked near the university’s front entrance. Center services include resume development, access to online job boards and websites, instruction in how to conduct an online job search and improve keyboarding skills, and assistance of staff. The center is equipped with 11 computer stations with Internet access, printer, and copy machines, and is wheelchair accessible. Services are free and available to residents in all counties. For additional information, contact the Workforce Services Division of Will County at 815-727-4980.

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

Opt In to Technology at PSC

You can bridge the gap between technology and a new you at PSC’s new Opt In program that consists of two computer training centers and free classes to teach basic technological skills. One location is at the Adult Training and outreach Center in Room A145 at PSC’s main campus. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The other location is at the Matteson Area Center’s Computer Training Lab located at 4821 Southwick Dr., Matteson. Hours for this location are Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. No matter what skill level you have or want to have, Opt In can help. Both computer labs and on-site tutors are free and open to the public. For additional information, call Lisa Zeigler at 708-709-3548 or e-mail [email protected].

Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults

Rich Township is offering free basic computer skill classes for adults every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leonard Robinson Family Services Center, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park. Participants will learn Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet skills, résumé building skills, and more. Classes are open only to residents of Rich Township. For additional information, call Mark Mason or Joe Moran at 708-748-6722.

Green Events

Sauk Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club

Monthly Meeting – Monday, December 12

On Monday, December 12 at 7:15 p.m. at the Frankfort Public Library, 21119 Pfeiffer Rd., the Sauk Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club will hold its monthly meeting. Peter Gorr of Palatine recently installed one of the largest residential solar electrical systems in the state. The system provides all the heating, cooling, and lighting power his home needs plus extra electricity for which he can get credit from his electric service provider. Gorr will show slides and describe how he planned for this installation, and how he will benefit from its use. The meeting is free and open to the public. People interested in enjoying outdoor activities, preserving the environment, and protecting the world in which we live, are encouraged to attend. For additional information, call Lois Lauer at 708-923-1550.

Village of Park Forest

Village of Park Forest Sustainability Plan

In April of this year, the Village of Park Forest was selected by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to participate in a local technical assistance program for the purpose of creating a Sustainability Plan.  CMAP received a three-year $4.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement their adopted regional comprehensive plan, GO TO 2040.  They are using this grant to fund around 60 local planning projects throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area that will be instrumental in the implementation of the GO TO 2040 Plan.  CMAP staff assistance is being provided to prepare the Sustainability Plan at no cost to the Village. A Sustainability Assessment has been developed over the past several months. The next step in developing the Sustainability Plan is to develop strategies to help implement the Vision and Goals contained in the Sustainability Assessment.  The public’s input is needed to ensure that this step in the Plan reflects the community’s desires for a sustainable community.  To that end, all residents and Park Forest business owners are invited to participate in a public assessment tool.  This survey will take should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, unless you have a lot of input to share. Please use the following link to access the assessment tool.

Share this information with your Park Forest friends and family.  This assessment will be available through March 2012. If you have any questions about the Sustainability Plan process, please feel free to contact Hildy Kingma, AICP, Director of Economic Development and Planning.  Hildy can be reached at [email protected] or 708-283-5622.
To learn more about the Sustainability Plan Project, visit: http://www.villageofparkforest.com/index.php?submenu=Sustainability_Plan&src=gendocs&ref=Sustainability%20Plan&category=Economic%20Development.

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.

Shirley J. Green Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch

Senior citizens of all income levels are invited to lunch weekdays at the Community Nutrition Network (CNN) site located inside the Rich Township’s Shirley J. Green Senior Center. The CNN site is open to all south suburban residents, including those living outside of Rich Township. Participants must be 60 years of age or older. The suggested donation for lunch is $2.50. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon. Bingo begins at 11 a.m. For additional information or to make a reservation for lunch, call 708-747-2700.

Park Forest Health Department, 350 Victory Drive (lower level)

Walk-In Flu & Pneumonia Clinic

On Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. flu and pneumonia immunizations will be available while supplies last. For fee information or questions, call the Park Forest Health Department at 708-748-1118.

Babies, Teens and Adults Immunization Clinics

Babies, teens and adult immunization and flu and pneumonia clinics will be held on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details or to schedule an appointment, call 708-748-1118. The Health Department is a low cost provider for children and adult immunizations.

Blood Pressure Screening

A free Blood Pressure Clinic is held at the Park Forest Health Department Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Elevated blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Walk in or call ahead at 708-748-1118.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

If you, or someone you know, are struggling to pay for medications every month, they may be able to get the medicines they need for free or almost free through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. If you live in Illinois, you can get access to more than 475 public and private programs 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.

This & That

Park Forest Historical Society, 400 Forest Blvd., Park Forest

Seeking Nominations for Park Forest Hall of Fame – Nominations Due by December 30th

Nominations for the Park Forest Hall of Fame are now being accepted from the public through December 30, 2011 by the Park Forest Historical Society. Nominees are selected for consistent, beneficial service to the citizens of Park Forest over a long span of time. The official nomination form must be used and nominations must include the requested information to be accepted. Nomination forms are available at Park Forest Village Hall, the Park Forest Public Library, or the 1950s Park Forest House Museum. The Park Forest Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be held at Freedom Hall on April 15, 2012.

Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock St., Park Forest

Free Java Tuesdays

All are invited to Faith United Protestant Church for FREE Java Tuesdays. Visitors are asked to go to the Indianwood Boulevard side entrance between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for free curbside service or to come and sit a bit. The event will continue each Tuesday as a form of outreach to the community throughout the summer and fall. For more information, call 708-747-1330.

Garden Club of Park Forest

“A Gardener’s Cookbook”

To celebrate their 55th anniversary, the Park Forest Garden Club offers this cookbook filled with memories, gardening tips, flowery sayings and of course recipes. Makes a great gift. All proceeds go to the club and are used toward community contributions. Cookbooks are $9 and are available at the Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department, 350 Victory Drive. Call 708-748-2005 for additional information.

Donate Unused Air Miles to Support Families of Wounded Servicemembers

“Operation Hero Miles” collects unused frequent flyer miles to help military families visit service members who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan and are recovering in military hospitals around the world. Airline partners are: AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American, Frontier, Midwest, Northwest, United, and US Airways. To donate airline miles, visit www.FisherHouse.org.

Donate to Troops Serving Abroad

The Village of Park Forest is currently seeking the names and addresses of local military personnel currently serving overseas so that they may receive packaged donations from Park Forest residents. If you are a Park Forest resident and have a family member from your household currently deployed or if you have recently returned from a tour of duty, please call Judi Lancaster at 708-283-5608 or stop by the Manager’s Office at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

Greening of Park Forest

Sertoma Centre, Inc., 4343 W. 123rd St., Alsip

Recycle Unused Wheelchairs

If you have a used motorized wheelchair that you no longer need and would like to help a person with a disability, the Sertoma Centre will accept your donation. Contact Melanie Jones at 708-730-6206 for additional information.

South Suburban Family Shelter Used Cell Phone Collection Drive

South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) is seeking cell phone donations for their ongoing fundraising program. Proceeds from the collection fund the critical programs and services provided to families who experience domestic violence. All victim services are provided free of charge and are available in English and Spanish. Cell phone collection sites currently include:

  • SSFS Administrative Office, 18139 Harwood, Homewood, IL
  • Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, IL
  • Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Rd., Flossmoor, IL

All donations are tax deductible and receipts are available at collection sites. For more information about SSFS or the fundraising drive, please contact Ms. Meilach at 708-794-2140, extension 303.

Local Recycling Resources and Proper Disposal of Unused Medicine

Do you have old televisions, computers, video games or other electronics or household appliances that need to be recycled? Want to know how to properly dispose of old or unused medication? Click on the “Recycling” icon found on the top of eNews Park Forest and you will find useful information on proper recycling/disposal that will not only be good for the environment, but in some cases, earn you a few dollars as well.

Safe Disposal Program – Bio-waste

The Park Forest Health Department and Environment Commission have partnered to provide information on the proper disposal of bio-waste such as used syringes or lancets (medical sharps). Begin by purchasing a Sharps container to dispose of your medical sharps for $10 at the Park Forest Health Department. Return the filled container to the Park Forest Health Department and purchase a new container. Call Brenda Walker at 708-748-1118 for more information.

Recycle Used Cell Phones and Cell Phone Accessories

The Rotary Club of Park Forest is conducting a used cell phone and accessory collection drive to benefit the families and programs of the South Suburban Family Shelter. Donated items can be placed in the collection box located in the lobby of Village Hall. For more information, call Denyse Carreras at 708-283-5603.

Sources: Park Forest 2011 Autumn Recreation Programs & More Brochure, 2011/2012 Park Forest Fall/Winter Calendar, Park Forest ‘Discover’ magazine, Rich Township Report, Park Forest Historical Society, Village of Park Forest, Governors State University, Prairie State College, Center for Performing Arts, South Suburban Family Shelter, Park Forest Historical Society, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Theatre Center, Sertoma Centre, Inc., Union Street Gallery, Monkey Mind Art Studio, Thorn Creek Audubon Society, and Tall Grass Arts Association websites.