In and Around Park Forest Week of November 22, 2015


Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—November 22, 2015. As you know, most of us will be sitting down with family and friends on Thursday to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. While giving thanks this holiday season for all our blessings, be sure to remember those that are serving in the military and those less fortunate than ourselves. Wishing all our eNews readers a very Happy Thanksgiving.

November 28 is Small Business Saturday – your chance to make a lasting impact on your community by shopping locally. The Village of Park Forest’s 2015/16 Shopping & Services Guide gives a complete listing of all Park Forest businesses along with the services they provide. This tool can be a valuable resource as you begin your holiday shopping lists. You can find the Guide at: http://www.villageofparkforest.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/903. Remember to shop locally on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season.

Also, don’t forget to check out the special ‘Holiday Events’ section that will provide a listing of events and activities taking place in the south suburbs this holiday season.

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

Final 2015 Yard Waste Collection – Tuesday, November 24

The final day for yard waste collection, in single-family areas of Park Forest, is Tuesday, November 24. Residents must use Star Disposal yard waste bags or place Star Disposal stickers on yard waste bags that are purchased from any local store or at Village Hall. Residents in single-family homes also have an option to rent a 95-gallon yard waste cart from Star Disposal. Additional carts are available at the request of the resident. Tree branches will also be collected. Branches must be five feet in length or less, bundled, and no branch may be greater than four inches in diameter. Christmas tree pick-up service is provided in January. All ornaments, tinsel, lights, etc. must be removed. For questions, call the Department of Public Works at 708-503-7702.

Village Board Meetings – Monday, November 23

The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, November 23 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held 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.

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

Village Hall Closure – Thursday, November 26

Park Forest Village Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Arts & Entertainment

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton, Chicago

‘Idol Structures’ – Through December 20

Advertisements permeate public landscapes with billboards, signs and different forms of mass media. ‘Idol Structures,’ an exhibition of sculpture and photography by Chicago artist Matt Siber will run through December 20 at the DePaul Art Museum. This new body of work emphasizes the physical structures that are meant to stay invisible and passive while helping to relay the image, text, or graphic to the consumer. The sculptures and photographs featured in the exhibition are designed to make you more aware of your environment as you go about your daily life. Siber, who teaches advanced digital imaging at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has been working on this type of artwork since he was a graduate student. The sculptures are modeled after the photographs by using fine craftsmanship to reconstruct the signs out of wood and florescent tubes. Some of the sculptures are almost to scale, with the largest one measuring 14 feet tall. ‘Idol Structures’ is supported by a grant from the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. More about Matt Siber at http://siberart.com/projects/structures. The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu.

The Drama Group, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘Heaven Can Wait’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is pleased to present the entertaining comedy/fantasy, ‘Heaven Can Wait’ directed by Chuck Kaffka. ‘Heaven Can Wait’ tells the story of boxer, Joe Pendleton, who crashes on the way to his next fight and is sent to the Hereafter….sixty years too soon! To make matters worse, before the matter can be rectified by heavenly supervisor Mr. Jordan, his body is cremated. Instead, Joe is given the body of the very wealthy Jonathan Farnsworth, who is about to be murdered by his wife. Joe, living as Farnsworth, tries to remake Farnsworth’s unworthy life and avoid his murderous wife, while resurrecting his boxing career and falling in love. The 1978 remake, ‘Heaven Can Wait,’ with Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie and Dyan Cannon was nominated for Academy Awards. Performances will be held at the Drama Group Studio Theatre on December 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on December 6 & 13 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 online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/242073. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Web site at www.dramagroup.org.

National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

‘Tactical Formations: Collective Practice in the Veteran Art Movement’ – Through January 30

The NVAM will feature its newest exhibit, Tactical Formations: Collective Practice in the Veteran Art Movement through January 30. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Tactical Formations takes the basic military strategy of organizing troops into units to carry out tactical missions during combat and applies it to the practice of forming and operating art collectives in order to achieve socially grounded goals through artistic production. The exhibit explores three art collectives: The Vietnam Veterans Arts Group (VVAG), The Dirty Canteen, and the NVAM Teen Council. The VVAG first formed in 1981 when a group of Vietnam veterans began making artwork as an artistic response to their experiences of war. The VVAG was unique in launching the first exhibition composed exclusively of artwork made by combat veterans. The Dirty Canteen collective formed in 2013, and includes veterans from the Gulf War, Kosovo, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, who strive to create and maintain open dialogues about past and current military engagements. Finally, the NVAM Teen Council represents a growing group of high school students who create artwork while developing skills in leadership and museum practices in collaboration with veteran artists. These three groups represent NVAM’s foundation, its growing population of post-Gulf War veterans, and its future leaders and artists. For additional information, call 312-326-0270 or visit: www.nvam.org.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following event is scheduled the week of November 22:

  • Monday, November 23 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Jump start your morning with a series of stories that are sure to get you moving. Ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, November 23 at 4:30 p.m. — kids’ zone Science Club: Game Your Way to Mars! — Game your way to Mars! Jois us as we explore ways to launch/land a rocket on Mars with experiments provided by the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. We’ll also learn how to survive on Mars and even build a model rover that could explore Mars’ surface! Sign up Today! Registration is required, Grades 3rd-5th.
  • Monday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m. – Family Game Night — Join us for family game night! Have some fun playing classic games with your loved ones.
  • Tuesday, November 24 at 3 p.m. — Lego Maker Space — We’re excited to add Lego Junior Maker Space Kit to our kids’ zone activities. With Lego Maker Space, you’ll have the opportunity to build cars, planes and more! Enjoy scavenging through the wide collection of blocks, gears and wheels. Stop by kids’ zone and build with us.
  • Tuesday, November 24 at 7 p.m. –Pajama Story Time — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. Wear your pj’s and wind down from a busy day. Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, November 25 at 11 a.m. – Baby Time — Story time for infants to 35 months of age with an adult. This story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and more.
  • Wednesday, November 25 at 3 p.m. – Board Game Day — It’s game day! Find out how much fun board games can be. Bring a friend or make a new one. Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, November 25 at 4 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle — Our new circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.

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

Library Closure – Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27

The Park Forest Public Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

‘Action/Reaction’ Exhibit – Through December 3

PSC is hosting “Action/Reaction,” works by a collective of veteran artists who call themselves Dirty Canteen through Thursday, December 3, in the Christopher Art Gallery, located on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights. An artists’ reception is scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 12. Veteran musician Eugene Vineyard will perform. The Christopher Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits also can be made by appointment. The gallery will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26. For more information about the exhibit or to make an appointment for a visit, call 708-709-7738.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Information Session – Tuesday, December 1

GSU’s Master of Public Administration degree program is planning to offer this program at the New Lenox Police Department starting fall 2016. An information session at the New Lenox Police Department, 200 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL, will take place on Tuesday, December 1, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Governors State University representatives will be present to answer questions about the program. For more information, contact Nancy Kaczmarczyk at 708-235-3983 or [email protected].  If you are interested in obtaining more information about the program, please visit: www.govst.edu/cas.

Representative Robin Kelly, 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson

Congressional App Competition for High School Students – Submission Deadline January 15

Representative Robin Kelly announced a Congressional App Challenge for high school students in the 2nd Congressional District. The competition is aimed at encouraging and recognizing young programming talent and highlighting the importance of computer science in the Digital Age. The competition is open to students of all skill levels. Winners of the App Challenge will be recognized and honored by Congresswoman Kelly. The winning apps will be displayed on the Congressional App Challenge website, and winners will have their apps exhibited on a digital display in the Capital Building for a year. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016. For more information and to register for the App Challenge, go to https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/congressional-app-challenge-il-02-rep-kelly/ or call Rep. Kelly’s Matteson Office at 708-679-0078.

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.

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

Veterans Day Events – Through December 3

PSC has several events planned on campus in recognition of Veterans Day next month. Most events are taking place on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights. The Missing Man Table will remain displayed in the college’s atrium through Wednesday, November 25. The November Christopher Art Gallery exhibit, “Action/Reaction,” features works from a collective of veteran artists who identify themselves as “Dirty Canteen.” The exhibit runs through Thursday, December 3. Tuesday, November 24, is Veterans Night at the PSC basketball games being held in the Pioneer Fieldhouse on Vollmer Rd. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m., and the men’s game starts at 7:30 p.m. The month’s events end on Wednesday, November 25, with a ceremony retiring the Missing Man Table at 2:30 p.m. in the atrium. For more information on any of the events, contact Georges Sanon, coordinator, Student Veterans Center at [email protected].

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.

Green Events

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – November 25

Wednesday Morning Walkers can enjoy the early morning and late summer’s floral delights on these leisurely (or brisk – take your choice) trail walks. The group walks on Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. Age 13 through adult are invited. Registration is required two days before you walk the first time. For additional information or to register, call 815-727-8700.

Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’

Friends of Thorn Creek Woods is the citizen activist group responsible in very large part for preserving and securing the dedication of the Thorn Creek Woods as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Friends’ volunteers continue to provide support in so many ways: staff the nature center on weekends; trail work; displays; leading hikes; special events; cleaning; pruning; artwork; music; research; and so on. Friends is a voice for the Woods and preservation values, donates funds for equipment and sponsors an annual meeting, Garlic Fest and Earth Day. Members receive a quarterly newsletter. Annual membership in Friends is $10. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

Thorn Creek Nature Center is housed in a historic building, originally Immanuel Lutheran Church of Matteson, Illinois built in 1862, and later Village Bible Church of Park Forest. A gothic frame country church, its notable architectural features include curved ceiling, tongue-and-groove paneling and a raised pulpit. Its current attractions are displays of the preserve’s flora and fauna, a bird feeder viewing area, Eugene E. Schwartz reference library and an expanded children’s section. The Nature Center is open Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Trails are open daily year-round, dawn to dusk. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Healthy Living

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

Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program

GSU’s Psychology Department is offering free psychotherapy services to members of the community. Conversations with a psychotherapist can help people cope with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, and life transition problems. Confidential, one-on-one sessions are held with a GSU graduate student in psychology under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Individuals and couples, 18 years and older, are eligible. All sessions are conducted in Matteson, IL. The number of sessions is determined by the client’s needs. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-235-2841.

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

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.

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

Yoga Classes by Karen Nielsen – Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

Yoga classes by Karen Nielsen are available at UUCC on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No reservations needed. Drop-in fee is $10 per class and the 6th one is free. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Qigong with Jim Kobus – Most Thursdays

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

Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays

Learn to enjoy the simple and straight-forward practice of meditation. Please join us for sitting and walking meditation in the Zen and Theravadan Buddhist traditions. This is an on-going event led by Steve McCabe and Beverly Feldt will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at UUCC. There is no cost but a free will offering is most appreciated (proceeds go to UUCC). For additional information contact Steve McCabe at 708-465-3116 or Beverly Feldt at [email protected].

Holiday Events

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

Salt Creek Ballet Performs ‘The Nutcracker’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Salt Creek Ballet will perform ‘The Nutcracker’ on Saturday, December 5 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. ‘The Nutcracker’ is a magical tale featuring Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, a brand new set & costumes – along with waltzing flowers, giant mice, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages! Photos with Santa will be available at 3 p.m. Tickets are $43, $33 and $23 for Adults and $23 for children under age 16. BUY TICKETS

‘An Evening with Take 6’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for ‘An Evening with Take 6’ taking place on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. As winners of 10 Grammy Awards and 10 Dove Awards, the multi-platinum selling a cappella group, Take 6, is beloved throughout the musical universe. These six virtuosic voices unite in crystal clear harmony for an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet is recognized as the preeminent a capella group in the world. Join Take 6 for an evening of holiday favorites including “White Christmas,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Christmas Time is Here,” “Jingle Bells,” “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” and man more! Tickets are priced at $48, $43 and $38. Come early for a pre-show holiday cocktail party, and get your SIX SIP PASS of tasting wine! $20 for pass. BUY TICKETS

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Masters of Soul with a Holiday Twist — December 4 & 5

An encore performance for Masters of Soul with a holiday twist! In the early 60s some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, MI, better known simply as MOTOWN. MASTERS OF SOUL is a celebration of these artists, their music and style. The show features stylishly costumed fully choreographed tributes to both male and female groups backed by a live band. MOM performs: Temptations – Gladys Knight & the Pips – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Four Tops – Diana Ross & Supremes Jackson Five – Martha Reeves & Vandellas – Stevie Wonder – Commodores And many more. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by phone at: 877-840-0457 or 708-747-0580 or online at: https://tickets.ticketforce.com/orderticketsarea.asp?p=4839&a=6567

‘‘Tis the Season’ Starring Mac Frampton – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for ‘’Tis the Season’ starring Mac Frampton taking place on Tuesday, December 1 at 11 a.m. A heartwarming homage to everybody’s favorite Holiday music, sprinkled with great music for all seasons. Mac Frampton’s played the huge arenas and the concert halls, soloed with the great orchestras, and released scores of recordings. Now, in the fullness of artistic maturity, after nearly four thousand performances worldwide, Mac Frampton returns to his roots, back to the basics: a concert grand piano, the passion to perform, and an expectant audience. Mac Frampton and his music – an unbeatable combination! Join us as Mac plays the standards and Holiday Classics for this special show! Tickets are $15. Call Freedom Hall at 708-747-0580 to order tickets.

Grande Prairie Singers, 266 Somonauk, Park Forest

‘Winterlude 2015’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Grande Prairie Singers will present ‘Winterlude 2015’ – a family tradition holiday concert on Sunday, December 13 at 4 p.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, 4101 St. Lawrence Avenue, Matteson. Tickets are $15 in advance; $10 for students with ID; $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by mail, 266 Somonauk, Park Forest, IL 60466; by phone at 708-481-8684; or online at www.grandeprairiechoral.org.

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

‘A Very Merry Holiday Spectacular’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the IPO’s ‘A Very Merry Holiday Spectacular’ taking place on Saturday, December 19 at 8 p.m. at the Lincolnway North Performing Art Center, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort. Celebrate the season with your favorite holiday classics, including the familiar strains of Waltz of the Flowers and other jewels from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, along with Humperdinck’s charming Hansel and Gretel and the festive Sleigh Ride. Tickets are priced at $55, $45, and $35 for adults. Special pricing for students and with the IPO’s new ‘We Pick the Seats’ program. For additional ticket information, visit: www.ipomusic.org/index.php/concerts.html.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road

1950s Park Forest House Christmas Exhibit — Opens Wednesday, December 2

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum now located in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, invites you to “Step Back into a 1950s Christmas!” exhibit, open December 2, 2015 through January 2, 2016. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of 21st Century preparations to spend quality time getting a dose of Holiday Nostalgia. Vintage decorations are in every room. The museum features a musical, Black Forest green, aluminum, rotating tree–a Brilliant Noble Fir, made by the C. Sincere Company in Chicago, decorated with Mid-century modern ornaments. Gurley Candles and Rosbro plastic figurines, dolls, toys, and games will bring back memories to share. The museum will also have some Hanukkah decorations on display. The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and by appointment, when possible. Call to confirm open hours for Saturday, December 26. Admission/donation is $5 for adults and free for those 12 and under. One adult is free with the purchase of a Marshall Field’s Brick. Parking is in the small lot by the flagpole. Knock on the door next to the museum sign to be admitted. Call Jane Nicoll, Museum Director, at 708-481-4252 to confirm opening in the case of extreme weather. The museum is operated by the Park Forest Historical Society. Questions on the museum and exhibits should be sent to Director, Jane Nicoll through the email on the website. “Like” the 1950s Park Forest House Museum and the Park Forest Historical Society at their pages on Facebook! Follow @1950smuseum on Twitter.

Bricks from Marshall Field’s Park Forest Store For Sale – Makes Unique Holiday Gift

The Park Forest Historical Society is selling bricks from the Marshall Field’s Park Forest Store to support the 1950s House Museum and the mission of preserving and sharing Park Forest history. The Marshall Field’s Park Forest Store was the first to be in a shopping center, beginning the long association between Philip M. Klutznick and the Field’s company which led up to Water Tower Place. Bricks are $15 each; 2 for $25, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity and a history of the Marshall Field’s Park Forest Store. Shipping and handling for bricks is $12. For information on Marshall Field’s Bricks, contact the Society’s Business Manager, Mike Gans, at 708-305-3308. Bricks may also be purchased during open hours at the Recreation and Parks desk at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

Watercolor of Park Forest Plaza and Holiday Theatre For Sale

Prints of Annabelle Gould’s vibrant watercolor showing the Park Forest Plaza and Holiday Theatre are on sale for $15—quantities of the print may be limited. Books and other items on Park Forest are also available at the 1950s House Museum and in the online store, at www.parkforesthistory.org. Shipping and handling for prints is $6. Prints may also be purchased during open hours at the Recreation and Parks desk at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard

Toys for Tots Charity Drive – Through Monday, December 21

The Park Forest Police Department is proud to again be taking part in a toy drive to benefit needy children this holiday season through the Toys for Tots charity. Interested residents should drop off their unwrapped gifts at the Park Forest Police Department before December 21.

Tall Grass Art Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Tall Grass Art Association’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale – Through Saturday, January 9

Tall Grass Art Association’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale will run through Saturday, January 9. The show is free and open to the public. The show will feature affordable art for the holidays by Tall Grass Gallery Artists including drawings, paintings, mixed media works, prints, photographs, fiber works, ceramics, jewelry, ornaments, cards and many other handmade art and craft items perfect for gift-giving. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Annual Food Drive for Rich Township Food Pantry – Donations Accepted Through December 12

Thorn Creek Nature Center is hosting its annual holiday food drive for the Rich Township Food Pantry. Beginning now through Saturday, December 11, donation items can be dropped off at the Nature Center during open hours (Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.). Acceptable items are: non-perishable food items (including boxed, canned and dry foods) especially cereals and peanut butter; personal care items for men and women, especially toothpaste, deodorants and razors; ziplock quart and gallon size bags, baby formula, and disposable diapers (adult and infant). For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

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

2015 ‘Twelfth Month’ Handmade & Artisanal Market – Through December 23

USG will host its 2015 ‘Twelfth Month’ Handmade and Artisanal Market will run through December 23. Formally known as ‘Twelfth Month,’ USG’s Handmade and Artisanal Market will showcase beautiful art from USG affiliated artists and friends. As in the past, there will also be boutique items that are perfect for your holiday shopping. Please come in and browse all the wonderful work available in the gallery this holiday season! There will also be special events featured during the Market. The schedule includes:

  • Saturday, November 28-– Homewood Kitchen Gardens (facebook.com/homewoodkitchengardens) — Freshly harvested, locally grown, chemical free produce and handcrafted personal care items – lip balm, body wash, lotion bars, and more!
  • Coffee & Conversations — Join us on Saturday for a cup of coffee while viewing the art. Strike up a conversation with someone else visiting the gallery, our volunteers, or staff.
  • Saturday, December 5 — Coffee & Conversations — Join us on Saturday for a cup of coffee while viewing the art. Strike up a conversation with someone else visiting the gallery, our volunteers, or staff.
  • Friday, December 11-– Matt Bailey (mgbaley.com/onemandband) Bring your friends and enjoy music from Matt Bailey from 7 p.m.to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 12– Blade & Bloom — Come check out Blade & Bloom’s (bladandbloom.com) simple, elegant, high quality beauty products at USG.
  • Coffee & Conversations — Join us on Saturday for a cup of coffee while viewing the art. Strike up a conversation with someone else visiting the gallery, our volunteers, or staff.
  • Saturday, December 19 – Coffee & Conversations — Join us on Saturday for a cup of coffee while viewing the art. Strike up a conversation with someone else visiting the gallery, our volunteers, or staff.
  • Wednesday, December 23 –– Closes!

Gallery hours are Wednesday & Thursday noon to 5 p.m.; Friday noon to 6 p.m.; and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

United Service Organization (USO) of Illinois, 333 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago

Holiday Card Drive for the Military – Holiday Cards Accepted Through November 30

This year’s Holiday Card Drive for the Military will be done in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois. Illinois citizens should send holiday cards for U.S. service members to the USO of Illinois as early as possible and thanked the USO of Illinois for helping to distribute the holiday cards to troops and for all the USO does to lift the morale and increase the well-being of our military members throughout the year. Holiday cards will be accepted through mail delivery only from now through November 30th to:

USO of Illinois

333 S. Wabash Ave., 16th Floor

Chicago, IL 60604

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Holiday Tree Lighting – Friday December 4

The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting takes place Friday, December 4, beginning at 5 p.m., at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street. The event features arts, crafts, and refreshments for kids from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The lighting of the Holiday Tree happens just after 6 p.m. on the Village Green, just steps outside of Dining on the Green. The event is free and very popular with families looking to get into the holiday spirit. Sponsored by the Village of Park Forest and the Park Forest Public Library.

This & That

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road

Nominations Being Accepted for 2016 Park Forest Hall of Fame Class – Through December 30

The Park Forest Historical Society will be accepting nominations for the Park Forest Hall of Fame until December 30, 2015. The official form, which must accompany the nomination, is available at the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road on Wednesday and Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m., or at the Archive Office, 227 Monee Road on Friday 10-12, in the lobby of Village Hall or on the society’s website at www.parkforesthistory.org. Nominations may be mailed to the historical society or delivered to the museum or archive in person. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, persons nominated must have made substantial, beneficial, and consistent contributions to the life and well-being of Park Forest over a considerable span of time. Nominees may now live elsewhere, or be deceased. Individuals or couples may be nominated. The person making the nomination does not have to live in Park Forest, and does not have to be a member of the society. Persons may only make one nomination each year. The official nomination form is required along with separate sheets indicating why the person is being nominated, and in convincing and thorough detail, describing the nominee’s qualifications and contributions which fit the criteria. A list of those already in the Hall of Fame is on their website. Inductees will be chosen from among the eligible nominees by the Park Forest Historical Society, and announced early in 2016. The induction ceremony will be held at Freedom Hall on April 10, 2016. For information, call society president Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252, or email the society via the website, www.parkforesthistory.org. Visit the Park Forest Historical Society’s webs