In and Around Park Forest Week of July 28, 2014

Meghan Mick winner, Rhonda Glover, Mary Grimm, Quality Classic Health & Fitness Center
Meghan Mick (center) wins a gift basket from Quality Classic Health & Fitness Center, presented by Rhonda Glover (left) and Mary Grimm, at Main Street Nights. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—July 28, 2014. The Village of Park Forest will host a special Job Training Program presentation for Park Forest residents on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. The CGMP job training program is designed to help you acquire quickly the skills and credentials manufacturing companies are looking for in the following careers: Punch press operator, manual machine operator, production technician for molding and casting, CNC operator trainee, quality assurance inspector, CNC machine operator, CNC machinist, CNC programmer trainee, quality assurance technician, factory automation technician, and CNC programmer. Additional information about the Job Training Program presentation can be found in the ‘This & That’ 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 Board Meeting – Saturday, August 2

The Board of Trustees will hold a Saturday Morning Rules Meeting on August 2 at 10 a.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site here.

To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site here and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Arts & Entertainment

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

Chicago Women in the Blues – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for Chicago Women in the Blues, hosted by Joan Gand and featuring the Blue Road Band. The event will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 8 p.m. This high energy blues revue showcases female performed including Shirley King (daughter of BB King), Hall-of-Fame legend HolleThee Maxwell, Demetria Taylor (daughter of Eddie Taylor), Keishia Dixon-Nelson (grand-daughter of Willie Dixon), Tracee Adams and more. Tickets are $25. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and two hours prior to performances. For more information, contact the box office at www.centertickets.net or call 708-235-2222.

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton, Chicago

‘The Common Citizenship of Forms’ New Sculpture by Jeff Carter – Through August 31

‘The Common Citizenship of Forms’ will be exhibited at the DePaul University Art Museum through August 31. Using ready-to-assemble components from the global home-furnishings store Ikea and, Jeff Carter repurposes them into architectural models that are simultaneously familiar and a bit different. Carter is an associate professor in the department of Art Media and Design at DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. His constructions replicate buildings from the now-demolished Michael Reese Hospital campus on the South Side of Chicago, exploring the formal vocabulary of Bauhaus architecture while also considering the dilemma of modern material culture: Can mass-produced consumer goods be “good” design? Which is more socially useful: inexpensive products to buy or artisanal production and jobs? The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open this summer on 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. It will be closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu.

‘Fires Will Burn’ Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection – Through December 21

‘Fires Will Burn’ will be exhibited through December 21 at DePaul University Art Museum. Drawing on DePaul’s own collection, this exhibition surveys a wide range of political expression, touching on racial prejudice, immigration issues and opposition to war. It includes Diego Rivera’s painting of the Mexican Revolution; John Wilson’s searing “Down by the Riverside,” a suite of etchings about slavery; and Gerda Meyer Bernstein’s powerful installation of “The Justice Chair.” Also included in this exhibition is a seldom-seen portfolio of prints by Chicago artists protesting the Vietnam War. Although the works vary widely in subject, scale and medium, the artists share the conviction that visual images can help to bring about social change. The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open this summer on 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. It will be closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu.

Drama Group, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘REEFER MADNESS’ – Opens August 1

The Drama Group is happy to present the "retro" political satire musical comedy REEFER MADNESS, written by Kevin Murphy & Dan Studney. REEFER MADNESS is directed by Stacy Louise, with Music Direction by Mark Jancosek and Choreography by Cathie Drakulich. Performances will be held at the Drama Group Studio Theatre on: August 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and on August 3, 9 and 10 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 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 ordered online with Brown Paper Tickets www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/240273 see details at www.dramagroup.org. There is limited handicap seating.  Please call the Drama Group box office for details about REEFER MADNESS. The Drama Group Studio Theatre is located at 330 W 202nd Street in Chicago Heights. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Web site at www.dramagroup.org. For more information and details call Tina Zagone: 708-738-1440 or Director Stacy Louise: 219-678-2021 or e-mail [email protected]

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

Alex Blomarz Jazz Quintet – Tickets Now on Sale

The 2014 summer series concludes in style on Wednesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. with an evening of jazz featuring Southland native Alex Blomarz and his quintet.  The event will take place at Ravisloe Country Club, 18231 S. Park Avenue, Homewood. Sit back, relax, and enjoy cool tunes under the stars, as the Quintet entertains you and brings another splendid summer of great music at Ravisloe to a close. This concert will take place outdoors, weather permitting. General Admission tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at: https://secure.ticketsage.net.

For additional information, call 708-481-7774.

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

Espirit de Corps Exhibition – Through August 1, 2014

NVAM is celebrating its first anniversary in its Milwaukee Avenue location with its art exhibition, Esprit de Corps, an exhibition highlighting the spirit of creative resilience. Esprit de Corps features art by nine veterans of Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror. The NVAM will be free and open to the public through August 1, 2014. Esprit de Corps is sponsored by Omicron, Bank of America and Paratech Incorporated. Drawing on breakthroughs in using art to assist with reintegration of veterans and for therapeutic expression, Esprit de Corps traces the process and roles of therapeutic art from the act of initial perception through expression of experience to an ultimate communal sharing and understanding of the real impact of war. Featured artists include Joseph Fornelli, Jerry Frech, Jonathan Hancock, Peter Sullivan, Benjamin Suarez, Thomas Gilbertson, Theodore Gostas, Richard Williams and Erica Slone. High resolution images of work in the show are available through the NVAM’s Dropbox. For additional information and hours, visit the museum’s website at www.nvam.org

Surrealism and War – Through November 1

Surrealism and War, an exhibition of veterans’ artwork that explores the relationship between surrealism and the experience of war will be on display at the NVAM through November 1. Surrealism and War includes the seminal work “The Earth Lies Screaming” by Jim Leedy, a Korean War veteran who was one of only two Americans invited to participate in the largest Surrealist exhibition ever assembled at the Retretti Art Center, Finland, an exhibition that began with Miro, Dali, and DuChamp, and culminated with several works by Mr. Leedy. Surrealism is an attempt to revolt against the inherent contradictions of a society ruled by rational thought while dominated by war and oppression. Surrealism seeks expression of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason and free of aesthetic and moral preoccupation. It is this same absence of control exercised by reason that many combat veterans seek to explore and express after their experiences in war. Surrealism and War features the artwork of nine veteran artists that intentionally and unintentionally use and explore Surrealist processes and concepts.  Featured artists include Korean War veteran Jim Leedy, Vietnam War veterans William Dugan, Stan Gillett, Michael Helbing, and Richard Yohnka, Gulf War veteran Ehren Tool, Kosovo veteran Giuseppe Pellicano, and Iraq War veterans David Keefe and Robynn Murray. The National Veterans Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit www.nvam.org. Patrons of the museum can access art from the permanent collection and biographical information on the artists through the NVAM Collection Online, a recently launched online and high-resolution archive of every piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The NVAM Collection Online can be found at www.nvam.org.

Park Forest Community Relations, 350 Victory Drive

Wine and Chocolate Tasting – Tickets Now on Sale

The Village of Park Forest, in collaboration with the Village of Richton Park, will host an outdoor Wine and Chocolate Tasting event on Friday, August 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in DownTown Park Forest at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street. The event will feature live music, contour art, wine, chocolate, dancing and more!

Advance ticket packages include:

  • VIP package with a personal bartender (to eliminate wait times for wine): $35 per person
  • Reserved tables for four: $25 per person
  • Group rate (bring your own chair): $15 per person
  • Individual tickets: $20 per person

This event sells out quickly so get your tickets early.

Tickets purchased the day of the event and at the door (if any tickets remain) are $25 per person. No ticket packages and/or group discounts will be available at the door. In the event of rain, all activities will be moved inside the Sapphire Room, located at 300 Victory Drive, just steps away from Dining on the Green. For questions, or to purchase your tickets, contact Park Forest Community Relations Coordinator Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or email [email protected].

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Paws for Fines – Through July 31

Bring in pet food, a new pet toy, collar, leash, dish, etc. and for each item you bring in the Park Forest Public Library will waive $2.00 in Fines (up to 5 items—$10.00). This is however not valid on lost or replacement items. On July 31st, the close of Summer Reading, all items will be donated to the South Suburban Humane Society. Please help our homeless friends.

This Week’s Events at the Park Forest Public Library

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

  • Tuesday, July 29 at 6 p.m. — Paws for the Cinema: ‘We Bought a Zoo’ — Following the death of his wife, a Boston newspaper columnist (the father of 13-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl) buys a dilapidated New Hampshire zoo in hopes of making a new start.
  • Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. — Goodnight Zoo — Wear your PJs out on the town! Bring along a fuzzy friend and your blanket too! Stories, crafts, and more… Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, July 30 at 11 a.m. – Storypalooza — Grab some carpet and discover some books you will go wild about! Ages 10 and under.
  • Wednesday, July 30 at 1:30 p.m. – Wild about Wii — Come hang out and play some wild games on the Wii. Impress your friends with your stellar hand-eye coordination. Ages 12 and under.
  • Thursday, July 31 at 6 p.m. — Summer Reading Finale: Paws on Parade — Join us for our Summer Reading Finale. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to bounce and parade around the library. Also, prepare for a visit from Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty! Take a selfie with this naughty feline as you parade around the library.

For additional information or to register for certain events, please call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org/

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

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

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 141 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, is open Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The museum can also be open for groups by appointment, at other times. Donation is Adults $5; Children 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 at 708-481-4252.

Park Forest Plaza Print for Sale

Annabelle Gould’s print of the Park Forest Plaza is available for sale at the Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard. The vibrant print is from an original watercolor, showing kids and their moms in the Park Forest Plaza, in front of the old Holiday Theatre and Golden Hanger Shop. The print can be purchased at the House Museum during normal hours of operation on Wednesdays and Saturdays or through the Society’s online store on their website at www.parkforesthistory.org. Prints are $15 each. Online purchases also required an additional $6 fee for postage and handling. For additional information on other items for sale by the Society, visit www.parkforesthistory.org.

Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Chicago Street Scenes iPhone Photography Exhibit – Through August 30

Shooting from the Hip, an exhibit of iPhone-photographed Chicago street scenes by award-winning Chicago Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante, will be on display through August 30 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery. The exhibit of 50 black-and-white photographs shot by Strazzante with an iPhone that he holds unassumingly just above the hip, captures and celebrates street life – unbeknownst to passersby along the city’s Michigan Avenue as well as nearby downtown locations that are within walking distance of the Gage Gallery. The winner of 11 Illinois Photographer of the Year awards in the last 14 years, including taking top honors the last three years in the Illinois Press Photographers’ Camera Phone category, Strazzante uses an iPhone application called Hipstamatic and a technique in which he never looks at his screen in order to frame and capture photos of people and news as it happens on city streets. Free and open to the public, Shooting from the Hip opens a day before Taste of Chicago and is expected to draw tourists as well as festival goers who are interested in a taste of Chicago’s street scene as well as its food.  Gage Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.  For information, visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery or call 312-281-3220.

Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest

‘Mythology & Ornithology’ – Opens August 8

Experience the bright and bold paintings and drawings of Mari Beth Hudzik in the exhibit ‘Mythology & Ornithology’ which will open on August 8 and run through August 31. An opening reception will be held on August 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with refreshments and music. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information and Gallery hours, call 708-833-5108.

SPAA Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 371 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘It’s Not Unusual: The Tom Jones Story’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The SPAA Theatre & Performing Arts Center is proud to present the life story of one of the greatest singers of the 60’s & 70’2, Tom Jones. Bronson performer and Tom Jones Impersonator, Jeff Gordon, will play the featured role. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 22 & 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 24 at 6 p.m. Park Forest’s Mayor John Ostenburg will make a cameo appearance as Tom Jones’ father at the performance on Friday, August 22. Other special guest cameo appearances to be announced. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Seating is limited. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-785-7371 or visit www.spaatheater.org.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Annual Gallery Artists Exhibit – Through September 20

Tall Grass Arts Association’s annual Gallery Artists Exhibit will run through September 20. The exhibit features a varied collection of work created by Tall Grass Juried Artists including works that have never been exhibited in the Gallery before. This exhibit also features several newly juried artists exhibiting in Tall Grass for the first time. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information please visit the Tall Grass website www.tallgrassarts.org or call the Gallery at 708-748-3377.

Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

Strokin’ V – Fifth Biennial Member Juried Exhibition of Chicago Pastel Painters – Opens August 6

Strokin’ V, the Fifth Biennial Member Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Pastel Painters will open at the Gallery on August 6 and run through September 6. A reception will be held on August 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Strokin’ V will feature 59 works of art from the most elite pastel painters from across the country. A diversity of visual styles and subject matter will be represented, showcasing the broad range of the medium. Many of the exhibiting artists are from right here in the Chicagoland area and will be present at the reception to discuss their work. The exhibition is curated by Pastel Society of America’s Master Pastelist Jimmy Wright, and awards will be chosen by Victoria Sancho Lobis, the Prince Trust Associate Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Main Street Nights – Wednesday, July 30

The Village of Park Forest is once again sponsoring free entertainment in downtown Park Forest this summer. The family oriented Main Street Nights features local and regional entertainers on stage in the Village Green located at Cunningham and Victory Boulevard. Vendors include civic groups selling snacks and beverages, plus Dunagains Irish Pub featuring grilled items and sides. Children can play in a bounce house provided by the Wiggle Room. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the free entertainment under the stars! In case of rain, performances will be moved to Dining on the Green, next to the outdoor site. 

Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m., United We Drum – This event celebrating the drum will be led by Muntu Dance Theatre’s drum orchestra. Perfect for the whole family, it features presentations by diverse drummers and culminates in a festive open community drum and dance circle. So grab your drum or dancing shoes and join us for this uplifting event.

Wednesday, July 30 at 7:45 p.m., Mr. Myers takes the stage blending the tropical sounds of calypso and ska, the rhythms of reggae and a little rock-n-roll with some favorite classic tunes to create their own special style of music – Caribbean Rock. Mr. Myers’ unique combination of musical styles may be difficult to define and perhaps challenging to play, but it never fails to entertain audiences everywhere, young and old. Their cleverly arranged cover tunes and energetic original songs get audiences on their feet in no time.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

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, Chicago Heights

Registration Open for Fall 2014 Credit & Non-credit Courses

Registration for fall 2014 is open at Prairie State College (PSC). Credit courses begin Monday, Aug. 18. Non-credit courses include a variety of single-day and multiple-session offerings that begin throughout the fall. Both credit and non-credit courses are listed in the fall class schedule, available on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. The schedule also is available at area public libraries and online at www.prairiestate.edu/enroll. To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person at the college or online at www.prairiestate.edu/start. Through Friday, Aug. 8, Enrollment Services is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the college is closed on Fridays. Beginning Monday, Aug. 11, Enrollment Services will resume regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Current students can register for credit courses online or in person. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person. To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to prairiestate.edu and select How To Register for Non-Credit Courses from the A-Z Index. Another option is to complete the registration form available online at prairiestate.edu/noncredit or in the back of the printed course schedule. Students also can register for non-credit courses in person at the Matteson Area Center (MAC), located at 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson, or in the Enrollment Services Office on the PSC main campus. Through Aug. 8, the MAC is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Beginning Monday, Aug. 11, the MAC will resume regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information about registering for courses, visit www.prairiestate.edu or call 708-709-3500.

Opt In to Technology at PSC

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Park Forest School District 227

3rd Annual Parenting in the 21st Century Conference – Saturday, August 16

On Saturday, August 16, School District 227 will host the 3rd Annual Parenting in the 21st Century Conference at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Matteson, IL. Parents may log on to www.rich227.org to register for the free conference. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided at no additional cost. College and Career Readiness and Effective Communication continue as the overall theme for the conference, which is open to all District 227 parents, including Districts 159, 160, 162, 163, and seventh and eighth grade parents. Comprehensive workshops will be facilitated by experienced, diverse professionals on topics including: Family Communication and Engagement, Parental Drug Awareness/Avoiding the Path to Prison, Career Pathways and College Scholarships, and a Citizenship component that focuses on Interpersonal Communication, Bullying and Cyberbullying, and Social Media Platform Awareness. The keynote address will be delivered by international motivational speaker Dwayne Bryant, Chief Executive Officer of Inner Vision International, Inc. To assist parents in supporting students in a digital society, all participants will have an opportunity to receive a tablet or mobile device to maximize anytime, anywhere learning for their student.

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 12 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.

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

Free Adult Education and English as a Second Language Registration and Assessment Coming to Oak Forest Center in September

SSC’s Division of Adult Education is offering a wide range of opportunities for adults to build the basic skills required for success.  Adult Basic Education (ABE) helps men and women whose skill levels are below the ninth grade, and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) helps men and women whose skill levels are between the ninth and twelfth grade. ABE/ASE students improve their skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Additionally, English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels.  New this fall, SSC is offering part-time ESL courses at the Oak Forest Center. Most of SSC’s Adult Education programs are now offered both full and part-time at the Main Campus in South Holland or the Oak Forest Center.  The registration and assessment at the Oak Forest Center for these programs this fall will take place on September 8th at 9:00 a.m. for ABE/ASE, and September 10-11th at 9:00 a.m. for ESL, with classes beginning Monday, September 15, 2014.  The Adult Ed ABE/ASE is five days per week, five hours per day from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Room 5230. The ESL class will run five days per week, two hours per day from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Room 5320.  The registration and assessments will take place in their respective classrooms.

Please Note:  An Adult education student enrolling for the first time at an SSC Adult Education Center must have:


Many adults choose to further build on these skills and pursue a high school education through the High School Equivalency (HSE) program.  The HSE program will develop the skills required to pass the GED exams.  All courses are offered free of charge.  For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal funds of $307,398 provides approximately 36% of the support of these programs.  For enrollment and class information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2385 or ext. 2240, or visit www.ssc.edu under “Non-Credit Offerings, Adult Education.”  The Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.  The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Fall Open Houses – Through August 7

SSC will be hosting several upcoming program-specific Open Houses for prospective students still weighing their college options for the Fall 2014 Semester, in addition to a comprehensive college-wide Open House on August 7th.  The remaining Open House schedule at both the Main Campus in South Holland and the Oak Forest Center is as follows:

  • Criminal Justice Open House — Monday, August 4, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Mi-Jack Room, Main Campus — Call 708-596-2000, ext. 2579 or email [email protected]
  • Paralegal/Pre-Law Open House — Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Room 5190, Oak Forest Center — Call 708-596-2000, ext. 2579 or email [email protected]
  • South Suburban College Open House:  Get to Know Your Community College — Thursday, August 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Main Campus Atrium — Call (708) 210-5718 or email [email protected]

Open Registration for the Fall 2014 Semester at SSC is in progress.  Fall classes begin Monday, August 18th at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center.  Contact the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 for enrollment information, or visit www.ssc.edu.  SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.  The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. 

Fall 2014 Registration – Now in Progress

Open Registration for the Fall 2014 Semester at SSC is in progress.  Fall classes begin Monday, August 18th at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center.  SSC will also host an end-of-summer Open House on August 7th from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. featuring tours, demonstrations, and information about the college’s wide range of options, programs and student services.  Prospective students ages 18 and over attending the Open House will be entered in a drawing for a trip for two to the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas September 19 and 20th. New students should visit the Admissions Office in Room 2348 to complete the Application Form, or apply online www.ssc.eduto begin the enrollment process.  New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration.  The “My SSC” portal also allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods.  Current and prospective students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.govusing institution code 001769.  Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for fall classes must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope. Contact the Office of Admissions at 708-210-5718 for enrollment information.  SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.  The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. 

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.

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.

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].

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest

CPR Classes

CPR classes are available at the Park Forest Fire Department. Click on the following link for more details: http://pffd.vopf.com/cpr-classes.html

Park Forest Nurses Plus, 350 Victory Drive

School Physicals Available Now – Appointment Required

The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will hold school physicals for children on the following dates this summer: July 19, July 25, August 8, August 9, August 15, and August 23. Times vary. Appointments are required. Physical exams are conducted by a Family Nurse Practitioner. The exams cover: height and weight; screening for lead (6 years old and under only; hemoglobin; urinalysis; and dental exam/cleaning. Parents must bring child’s immunization record to the appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-748-1118.

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

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch at the Senior Café

Senior citizens of all income levels are invited to lunch weekdays at the Rich Township Senior Café 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 10 a.m. For additional information or to make a reservation for lunch, call 708-747-2700.

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.

Green Events

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – July 30

On Wednesday, July 30 at 9 a.m., enjoy light exercise and experience nature firsthand on Thorn Creek’s winding trails. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. Terrain is moderator. The Wednesday morning walks will continue each week and walkers new to the program must register two days before they first hike.

Nature Camp for Seniors – Monday, August 4

Calling all kids ages 50 years and older! Join us for Nature Camp for Seniors on Monday, August 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Did you go to camp when you were a kid? Or maybe you never did, and were always jealous of your friends that got to spend the summer away at cap. If so, then this fun-filled program is for you. Learn how to observe the trees, birds and mammals that call Thorn Creek Nature Preserve home. Camp includes nature crafts and activities too. This program will take you outside for a portion of the day, so be sure to wear your walking shoes and long pants. Cost is $5 per person. Lunch is provided. Registration for this popular program is required. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320 or email [email protected].

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.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Clothing, Shoe Recycling at Park Forest Farmers’ Market

The Park Forest Farmers’ Market will now offer clothing and shoe recycling services from 9 a.m. to noon every second Saturday through September. The dates when accepted items may be dropped off are:

  • August 9
  • September 13

USAgain, a green, for-profit company committed to protecting the environment, conserving resources, and creating green sector jobs through the collection of textiles for reuse and recycling, has agreed to collect residents’ old shoes and clothing at the Market. Items dropped off will be diverted from landfills to be re-worn, reused or recycled – reducing the carbon footprint of residents. Accepted items include men’s, women’s and kids’ shoes, boots and clothing as well as gloves, hats, bags, purses and belts. Sheets, blankets, drapes and towels are also welcome. The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays, May through October, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at 271 Lakewood Blvd, just across from the Park Forest Police Department. To learn more, call 708-748-1118.

Park Forest 41st Annual Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday through October 25

Park Forest’s 41st Annual Farmers’ Market will take place every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 25. The Market is located across the street from the Park Forest Police Station, 271 Lakewood Boulevard. The Market offers fresh vegetables, fruits, organic breads, salsa, specialty produce, garden bedding plants, perennials, garden ornaments, Amish butter, cheese and pies. A variety of food vendors, jewelry and oils will also be available for purchase. The Market accepts SNAP/Link cards, Senior Nutrition coupons and WIC. For additional information about the Farmers’ Market, call Brenda Walker at 708-748-1118, email [email protected] or visit www.villageofparkforest.com.

This & That

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard

Raffle to Win Chicago Cubs Tickets

The Park Forest Fire Department is raffling off four tickets to the Cubs vs. Pirates game to be held on Saturday, September 6. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Department’s RED Shirt Friday fund to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Fire Department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call the Fire Department at 708-748-5605.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Job Training Program Presentation – Thursday, July 31

The Village of Park Forest will host a special Job Training Program presentation for Park Forest residents on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. The CGMP job training program is designed to help you acquire quickly the skills and credentials manufacturing companies are looking for in the following careers:

Punch press operator, manual machine operator, production technician for molding and casting, CNC operator trainee, quality assurance inspector, CNC machine operator, CNC machinist, CNC programmer trainee, quality assurance technician, factory automation technician, and CNC programmer.

Why learn the skills for a career in manufacturing technology?


The Association for Manufacturing Technology’s vice president said in May 2012 that: “There’s not enough skilled labor to make things go. Orders will stay strong because technology is the only way around the 300,000 unfilled openings for skilled machinists.”

Source: AMT | www.amtdwg.org | May 2012.

WELL PAYING JOBS (with benefits!)

  • Certifications earned through CGMP can lead to:
  • Basic in Quality Assurance: $12-$14*/h
  • Basic CNC Machining/Factory Automation: $13-$17*/h
  • Advanced CNC Machining/Factory Automation: $15-$21*/h
  • AAS** in Manufacturing Technology: $60,000*/year

Learn manufacturing on either a part-time or full-time schedule. Applicants qualify based on reading & math assessment testing.

Pay range is based on averages provided on Salary.com and is not guaranteed.

**AAS: Associate degree for Applied Sciences

To apply, call OAI at 708-339-8173.