In and Around Park Forest Week of June 14, 2010


Commissioner Jim Saxton explains the rain barrel concept at a workshop in Village Hall. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)–June 14, 2010. If you were one of the 200+ Park Foresters that have already purchased a rain barrel, this spring’s rain fall has provided enough ‘free’ water for all your gardening needs. Keep in mind that a 1,000 square foot roof accepts approximately 310 gallons of water in a half-inch rainfall. If the roof has 4 downspouts each accepting roughly the same amount of water, one downspout will accept approximately 75 gallons of water.  

The Park Forest Environment Commission is selling rain barrels again this year on the first Saturday of the month at the Farmers Market. Rain barrels are available in 55 gallon size for $55.00 and 30 gallon size for $45.00. Rain barrels are available in black, blue, terra cotta, brown and grey. You can pre-order a rain barrel in the color of your choice at the Parks & Recreation department at Village Hall or purchase one directly at the Farmers Market from the available stock on hand. Various accessories for your rain barrel will also be available for sale. Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and save money on your water bill by using Mother Nature’s water supply.

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 Board Meeting

The Village Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 14 at 8 p.m. at Village Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend. The first reading and public hearing on the Village’s 2010/2011 Budget will take place at this Monday’s meeting. 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 this link: http://www.villageofparkforest.com and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Park Forest Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Village Commissions will meet this week:

  • Plan Commission – Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. (Note: The Plan Commission holds a second meeting each month on an as needed basis. Please call Village Hall at 708-748-1112 to verify if this meeting will take place.)
  • Housing Authority – Thursday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m.

All meetings are held at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Arts and Entertainment

Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

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

  • Monday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. – Story Lab for children ages 2 – 7.
  • Monday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. – READ Aloud/READ to Me Time – a great program to help readers.
  • Tuesday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m. – Wii Video Games and Movies for kids.
  • Wednesday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. – Lap Sit Story Time.
  • Wednesday, June 16 at 11:15 a.m. – Toddler Art – come for the art, stay for the bubbles.
  • Wednesday, June 16 at 2:30 p.m. – Sock Monster Mayhem – a great craft program for kids. Free of charge.
  • Thursday, June 17 at 10:15 a.m. – Discover Time for children ages 3 to 7 – learn about magnets.
  • Thursday, June 17 at 3:30 p.m. – Teen Madness for ages 12 and up. Subject: Altered Books.
  • Friday, June 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Kids can enjoy an afternoon of games, puzzles and more.
  • Saturday, June 19 at 2 p.m. – Haunted History – this is a free family program.

For additional information, call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

Park Forest Library Temporary Closing – Beginning Monday, June 21

As part of the continuing renovations at the Park Forest Library, the building will be closing temporarily beginning Monday, June 21 to allow for asbestos abatement and to erect some necessary partition walls before the final phase of construction can be completed. The library will remain closed until Tuesday, July 6 at 10 a.m. Books and other library materials may be returned during this time at the book drop located on the west side of the building near the rear entrance. During the closing no book donations can be accepted. For more information, call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Common Ground, Diverse Approaches: Works on Paper – Through June 27

Artists include Mary Bookwalter, Sergio Gomez, Tyler Hewitt, Jane Hudak, Erik LaGattuta, Chelise Slowik, Jerry Slowik, Jeff Stevenson, Jessica VanSwol, and Carol Weber. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please call 708-748-3377.

Park Forest Historical Society

“When Did your Family Get Here?” – Sunday, June 27

As part of its 25th Anniversary events, the Park Forest Historical Society will hold a special social event, “When Did Your Family Get Here?” on Sunday, June 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. A panel of speakers will share stories of how some families arrived in the Park Forest area, by horse and wagon or by Metra. This will be followed by sharing of stories from some of the audience on how their families came to the Park Forest area. All are invited to share stories over refreshments after the formal program. Anyone who would like to bring photos or documents to share should contact Jerry Shnay, at 708-747-3571 or Jane Nicoll at [email protected].

Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard (Corner of Forest & Fir)

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is in an original rental townhome, built in 1947-1949 by American Community Builders. The museum provides a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane for anyone who lived in the 1950s or 1960s, or for those interested in that period. Visitors are encouraged to open drawers, cupboard and closets to discover period treasures inside. Contents of the house, furnished as though a young veteran and his family of small children occupy it, include dolls, toys, dollhouses, books, dishes, serving pieces, furniture and clothing from the period. When is the last time you said, "Hello," to Howdy Doody?

The Museum is open on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Group tours are by appointment. Call 708-748-3731.

Illinois Theatre Center, 371 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Summer Fest Musical Fund Raiser – Tickets Now on Sale

A fundraiser benefiting the South Suburban Hunger Network will be held on Saturday, July 24 at the Illinois Theatre Center. Tickets are $20 and include light appetizers, desserts, wine, pop and water. The event and musical are family friendly. Tickets are on sale at the Rich Township Food Pantry, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park, IL.

Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway

Sol-a-Bration 2010 – Saturday, June 19

Sol-a-Bration 2010 will take place on Saturday, June 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at GSU’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park (NMSP). The event will have something for summertime fans of all ages. Admission and parking are free. Planned events include:

  • Performances by the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet, the Prairie State College Jazz Band, and South Suburban Dulcimer and Folk Music Society;
  • Kite flying with kits provided;
  • Snow Cone Sculptures out of shaved ice;
  • Drawing materials for young people;
  • Photographers can enter their pictures of NMSP sculptures in a contest;
  • Sculpturing opportunities for the kids;
  • Croquet; and
  • Body rolling derby on one of the sculpture park hills.

Food will be available for purchase at the GSU cafeteria. Water and soft drinks will also be sold in the sculpture park. Golf carts will be on hand for persons who have trouble getting around the sculpture park.

For additional information, including times for the musical performances, visit the NMSP website at www.govst.edu/sculpture.

‘A Whole New Mind 2010 BRAINSTORM’ – Through June 24

The Intellectual Life Committee at GSU is sponsoring a national juried art competition titled ‘A Whole New Mind 2010 BRAINSTORM’ through June 24 in the Visual Arts Gallery. Fifty-nine art works by 45 artists will compete for $2,000 in prize money. Susan Aurinko (artist, photographer, independent curator, and former owner of FLATFILEgalleries, Chicago) and Tricia Van Eck (Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago) are serving as the competition’s jurors.

A reception and award ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. This Visual Arts Gallery is open Monday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For an appointment call, 708-534-4021.

Center For Performing Arts at GSU

Juke Box Musical Theatre – Tickets Now On Sale

The Center for Performing Arts at GSU welcomes Emerald City Theatre of Chicago to present its annual summer theatre musical for kids. The only public performance of “Juke Box Musical Theatre” will be held at The Center on Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m. All seats are $10. For more information, call 708-235-2222 or visit www.govst.edu/center.

Peter Pan – Tickets Now On Sale

Peter Pan, the classic adventure about a boy who won’t grow up, comes to the Center for Performing Arts at GSU for a single performance on Thursday, July 15 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $9 each for individuals and $7 each for groups of 20 or more. For tickets, call the Center box office at 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

CAUTION – Featuring Songs of the Grateful Dead

Harte’s Saloon – Thursday, June 17

CAUTION will be playing every Thursday night at Harte’s Saloon, 9858 S. Artesian. If you are a fan of the Grateful Dead, Phish and great musical jams, check out this band. For more information, call Harte’s Saloon at 708-424-2618.

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

PSC Faculty Jazz Ensemble – Saturday, June 19

The PSC Faculty Jazz Ensemble will perform as part of the Sol-a-Bration Summer Solstice at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, on Saturday, June 19 at 4 p.m.

Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights, IL

Symphonic Band on 98.7 WFMT Rebroadcast – Thursday, June 17

On Thursday, June 17 at 10 p.m., radio station 98.7 WFMT will rebroadcast the award winning Marian Catholic High School Symphonic Band’s performance that originally aired on June 12. The band’s performance is part of WFMT’s Introductions program that spotlights the area’s finest young musicians. The program is also available for on-demand listening at www.wfmtintroductions.com.

Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, IL

‘Not Far Off’ by Nina Weiss – Through July 9

Union Street Gallery is proud to announce its presentation of ‘Not Far Off’ a solo exhibit of recent landscapes in oil by nationally recognized artist Nina Weiss. A reception will be held on Friday, July 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For gallery hours or additional information, call 708-754-2601.

‘The Past and The Promise’ – Introspective Photography by John Spomar – Through July 9

‘The Past and The Promise,’ a solo exhibit of black and white photography by regional artist John Spomar II will be shown through July 9. A reception will be held on Friday, July 9 from 6 p.m. to 9.p.m. For gallery hours or additional information, call 708-754-2601.

‘A Little Garden Art’ Garden Walk – Tickets Now on Sale

Union Street Gallery will present its 6th Annual ‘A Little Garden Art’ Garden Walk on Saturday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ten beautiful and unique gardens from Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort and Olympia Fields are lined up for your pleasurable viewing. A working artist will be present at each garden making art inspired by the gardens and the gardeners. Each garden will also be hosted by volunteers and gardeners who will guide and answer your questions. Come to the Gallery in the morning before you head out for the gardens for some coffee and donuts. You can also view the landscape and garden paintings by nationally recognized artist Nina Weiss. The Gallery will be open at 8:45 a.m. the day of the event. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the Garden Walk. For additional information, call 708-754-2601.

Holiday Star Theater, 340 Main St., Park Forest

Twilight Fans: Win an All Expense Paid Trip to Forks, Washington

With the anticipated release of Eclipse, the third installment in the Twilight series, The Holiday Star Theatre is giving Twilight fans the opportunity to not only view the first two movies in the Twilight series, Twilight and New Moon, and a documentary on Forks, Wa. (Twilight in Forkshttp://www.popcrunch.com/forks-washington-documentary-twilight-in-forks-on-sale-march-20/), but also several chances to enter a drawing with an amazing prize package.
The triple-feature of Twilight, New Moon and Twilight in Forks will be shown with 10 minute intermissions between them. The nights the movies will be shown are

  • Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, June 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m.
  • DRAWING: Tuesday, June 29th at 7 p.m.

During each triple-feature, fans will have the chance to enter the grand prize drawing for a trip to Forks, Wa., along with various other supplementary prizes including:

  • Three-day rental car voucher (all vendor service restrictions apply)
  • Two night stay at the “Real” Cullen House, breakfast included
  • http://www.afterthebite.com/Forks-Twilight-Tour-Cullen-House-2506476
  • Dazzled by Twilight Tour for 2
  • http//dazzledbytwilight.rezgo.com/tour, choose any tour, $39 value
  • Dinner at the Bella Italia Restaurant, the setting of Edward and Bella’s first date
  • $100 gift certificate to Newton’s (A.K.A. Forks Outfitters), where Bella worked part-time
  • Personalized autographed pictures from the stars who play Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner)

(Please note the prize is subject to hotel and flight availability and must be taken within one year of winning the award.)

The drawing will take place the day before Eclipse makes it debut, June 29, at The Holiday Star at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live over the Internet. Fans will only be able to sign up at the theater during one of the Triple-Feature dates listed above.

Fans can find out more about the events taking place via the theatre’s website, http://theholidaystartheater.net, on Facebook by friending Holiday Star-Theater and on Twitter via @theholidaystar.

GLBT Movie Series: Were the World Mine – Saturday, June 19

As part of our ongoing effort to provide entertainment for each of its members, The Holiday Star will begin showing the first in a series of gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgendered (GLBT) movies next Saturday night, June 19th at 7 p.m. We will feature “Were the World Mine,” a story of gay empowerment, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Join us on June 19th — costumes are encouraged!

Free Movie Camp – Kids Movies Every Tuesday at 9:30 AM

Starting this month, the Holiday Star Theater in Park Forest, IL will begin showing a free movie for kids every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. For details, call the theater at  (708) 283-9098. The Holiday Star Theater is located at 340 Main Street, Park Forest, IL.

Free Movie Every Tuesday for Seniors

Every Tuesday at 1 p.m., Seniors can attend a free movie at the Holiday Star Theater. Afternoon tea will be served following the movie. Call 708-283-9096 for each week’s scheduled movie.

Free Popcorn Tuesdays

If you love popcorn, bring your own popcorn bowl to the Holiday Star Theater any Tuesday and they will fill it up for you with a drink purchase. For information on ticket prices and/or movie times, call 708-283-9096.

Doomsday Zombie Fest 2010

The Holiday Star Theater will be hosting Doomsday Zombie Fest 2010. The goal is to break the current Guinness World Record for the most Zombies gathered at a single location. Starting Friday, October 22 at 5 p.m., the Holiday Star Theater will be showing Zombie Movies for 72 straight hours on huge outdoor screens. Zombies are encouraged to bring their tents and camp out.

On Saturday, October 23, the attempt to beat the World Record will take place. Bring your best Zombie costume, make-up and props. There will be prizes, contests, ‘Zombie Walk,’ vendors, and on-site make-up artists.

This event is free and open to the public however, the Holiday Star Theater requests that you bring a non-perishable food or household item for charity. Additional information about the event can be found at http://doomsdayzombiefest.com/.

Shop Locally

Salon Artist’s Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest

Father’s Day Art Sale Extended

Salon Artist’s Gallery has extended its Father’s Day Art Sale. Store Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, June 15, 16, and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Don’t miss out on your chance to save. 20% to 50% off specially marked items. For additional information call 708-833-5108 or 708-748-3946.

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.

Park Forest Farmers Market

The Park Forest’s Farmers Market will be held each Saturday through October from 7 a.m. until noon, rain or shine. Fresh garden plants and produce, bakery goods, gourmet cheeses, herbs and eggs will be available for sale. Local businesses will also be on hand with a variety of artwork, garden ornaments, candles and more. Meet your friends at the Farmers Market for breakfast or lunch and shop locally.

During the Farmers Market, local civic groups can give demonstrations, hold fundraisers or other events at no charge but must register in advance. For more information, call 708-748-1118 or visit www.pfhealth.net.

Governors State University, 1 University Parkway , University Park, IL

Farm Fresh Market –Thursday, June 17

Fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables are coming to GSU at its first-ever outdoor farmers market on Thursday, June 17 at the south end of Parking Lot D. Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. The Farmers Market will be held on Thursdays through September.

Greening of Park Forest

B3 Bottles, Park Forest

The United Sates leads in consuming bottled water, drinking 26 billion liters a year (that’s only one, 8 ounce glass per day). It is estimated that Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour with 86% of the plastic bottles used never getting recycled. B3 Bottles, a local Park Forest business, has a solution to this problem. B3’s stainless steel bottles can be filled with Park Forest’s award winning water or other hot/cold beverages of your choice, and then cleaned and re-used for a lifetime. To learn more about B3 Bottles and pricing information, call Laura Fitzgerald at 708-748-0934.

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.

Go Green with a Free Tote Bag

The Village of Park Forest encourages residents to visit Village Hall to pick up an environmentally friendly canvas bag that can be used for your day-to-day shopping needs. These bags are free while supplies last with only two expectations: 1) that residents have a valid email address so that future environmentally conscious concepts can be shared by the Village’s Environment Commission; and 2) that bags are limited to one per household. For more information on this program, visit the Village Manager’s Office on the second floor of Village Hall of call 708-748-1129.

Healthy Living

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – June 16

On Wednesday, June 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., those ages 11 – adult can enjoy light exercise as you meander through Thorn Creek Woods. Experience the arrival of spring first-hand as you walk the 1.5 mile loop with a naturalist. Trails can be wet or muddy so please wear sturdy shoes. Terrain is moderate. The Walkers will meet each Wednesday through June 16 and there is a fee of $2 per week. For more information, call 708-747-6320.

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

Back to School Physicals

Low cost school physicals and immunizations are available at the Park Forest Health Department. For more information, please call 708-748-1118 or visit www.pfhealth.net.

H1N1 Vaccine Available at Park Forest Health Department

The Park Forest Health Department has a limited supply of H1N1 vaccines available. H1N1 vaccines will be given by appointment only on Mondays and Fridays while supplies last. The fee for the vaccine is $15 and must be paid in cash at the time the vaccine is given. Medicare primary is accepted and Medicaid accepted for those 6 months through 18 years of age. No Managed Care enrollees accepted.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 708-481-1118. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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.

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

Free Counseling Services Available

Today, individuals and families face economic and social pressures as well as communication difficulties that frequently disrupt family unity and the ability to cope. Counseling is one of the most important tools for understanding and coping. Free, individual, family and vocational counseling is available through GSU’s Division of Psychology and Counseling as part of its training program for advanced graduate counseling students. Faculty members, who are also licensed counselors, supervise the sessions. Counseling sessions are conducted on campus in total confidentiality. For more information, call 708-534-4545 or visit www.govst.edu/counselinglab.

This & That

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.

Rainbow Café

Monthly Meeting – Saturday, June 19

The Rainbow Café is an opportunity for single or partnered gays, lesbians, bisexuals or other sexual minorities, and their allies, over age 18 to meet one another and socialize in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Those attending are encouraged to bring some non-alcoholic drinks and a dessert or snack to pass, or bring a financial donation. However, neither is mandatory.

The Rainbow Café is held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Unitarian-Universalist Community Church, 70 Sycamore Dr. For more information, call 708-481-5539 and connect to the Rainbow extension.

U.S. Cellular’s $10,000 Speed Text Tournament

U.S. Cellular wants to put your texting skills to the test and find the country’s fastest texter. The U.S. Cellular $10,000 Speed Text Tournament is coming to Tinley Park, South Holland and Lansing on June 16 through June 18. The fastest texter will win a $10,000 grand prize, and the second through fifth-place finishers will receive $500 gift cards. Participants compete individually or head-to-head using an HTC Touch Pro 2 handset. The tour will be at:

  • Tinley Park – Wednesday, June 16 – Wireless Central, 7101 W. 183rd St. from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.;
  • South Holland — Thursday, June 17 – Wireless Central, 1056 E. 162nd St. from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and
  • Lansing – Friday, June 18 – U.S. Cellular Store, 16925 Torrence Ave. from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Throughout the rest of 2010, the traveling tour will make stops at festivals, fairs, concerts and U.S. Cellular retail stores. The event schedule and latest tournament rankings will be updated every Wednesday and Friday at www.uscellular.com/speedtext and the score to beat will be available at every stop.

Celebration Ministries, 424 Indianwood, Park Forest

Connect Café – Thursday, June 17

On Thursday, June 17 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., the Connect Café is a place for the community to hang out, have a cup of coffee, latte, or hot chocolate, listen to music, talk, play a game of chess, or just relax. Kid friendly, also for Mom’s and Dad’s. This event will be held every Thursday. For more information, call 708-748-1995.

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.

Sources:  Park Forest 2010 Summer Recreation Programs & More; Park Forest Winter/Spring 2010 Recreation Programs & More, Village of Park Forest, Governors State University, Prairie State College, Marian Catholic High School, Tall Grass Arts Association, Union Street Gallery, Park Forest Rotary Club, South Suburban Family Shelter, Park Forest Historical Society, CAUTION, and Holiday Star Theater websites.