In and Around Park Forest Week of October 10, 2011

Old Plank Trail entrance on Western Avenue
The weather is wonderful, Park Forest. Perfect time to hit the trail. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 10, 2011. When many people think of attending an art or entertainment event, they mistakenly believe that they must head to Chicago. But those of us living in the south suburbs know that some of the best entertainment can be found right here in our own community. One of the best venues to hear great music is at the Nathan Manilow Theatre located in Park Forest’s Freedom Hall.

Freedom Hall’s 2011/2012 season will kick off on Friday, October 14 with Santana tribute band, Abraxas. Special Guest, Alex Ligertwood, the former lead vocalist for Santana, will join the band. Additional information about this event can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section below.

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.

Park Forest Fire Department Celebrates National Fire Prevention Week – October 9 – 15

Firefighters’ Memorial Parade – Thursday, October 13

The annual Twilight Memorial Parade, held in honor of those firefighters who have lost their lives protecting ours, will be held Thursday, October 13 beginning at 7 p.m. Approximately 40 – 50 pieces of fire equipment generally participate in this moving memorial parade. The parade begins at Calvary United Protestant Church (corner of Orchard Drive and Lincoln Highway) and heads south on Orchard Drive. Take a moment to come out and show your appreciation of the sacrifices of firefighters and paramedics.

Open House – Saturday, October 15

The annual Park Forest Fire Department Open House will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring the family for a fun-filled day, including tours, displays and demonstrations.
To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, log-on to the National Fire Protection Association’s website at www.nfpa.org.

Village Meetings

Village of Park Forest Advisory Board & Commission Meetings

The following Park Forest Advisory Boards will meet the week of October 3:

  • Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission
  • Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations

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

Arts & Entertainment

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

Abraxas – Santana Tribute Band, With Special Guest, Alex Ligertwood – Friday, October 14

Freedom Halls’ 2011 – 2012 Season kicks off on Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m. Abraxas – Santana Tribute Band performing a musical tribute to Carlos Santana covering five decades of Santana hits. Special Guest, Alex Ligertwood, the former lead vocalist for Santana, will join the band and reprise some of his and Santana’s greatest hits, such as ‘Winning,’ ‘All I Ever Wanted,’ ‘Hold on,’ ‘Open Invitation,’ ‘E Papa Re,’ and many more. Tickets are $24. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

‘3 Blonde Moms’—Tickets Now on Sale

Freedom Halls’ Senior Series will kick off on Tuesday, October 18 at 11 a.m. with ‘3 Blonde Moms.’ If you have a family, or know a family, this show is for you. This top-notch high energy standup comedy show is jam packed full of hysterical material about being a mom, having a mom, kids, husbands, neighbors, in-laws, and more. ‘3 Blonde Moms’ resume includes performing at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal to four sold out audiences at Theatre Gesu. The show as voted ‘hit of the festival’ and ‘most buzz worthy’ in many variety entertainment industry trade publications including the Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety. The show has been selling out large venues all over the country so don’t delay to get your tickets. Tickets are $11. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

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

  • Monday, October 10 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
  • Monday, October 10 at 1:30 pm. – Computer Class ‘Basic Internet’ *
  • Monday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. – Jazz on Monday Nights: Swing Drummers featuring Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and ‘Philly’ Joe Jones.
  • Tuesday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
  • Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. – PJ Storytime for all ages
  • Tuesday, October 11 at 7:15 p.m. – Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – ‘Finding Nouf’ by Joe Ferraris
  • Wednesday, October 12 at 1 p.m. – Opera in the Afternoon – ‘Pagliacci’ by tenor Placido Domingo
  • Wednesday, October 12 at 3:30 p.m. – Afterschool Games/Crafts
  • Wednesday, October 12 at 7:15 p.m. – Computer Class ‘Microsoft Excel’ *
  • Thursday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m. – LapSit Storytime for those ages 0 – 35 months with caregiver
  • Thursday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m. – Potpourri of Lectures – ‘Brunei’ by world traveler Yuan Liang
  • Thursday, October 13 at 11:15 a.m. – Toddler Art for those ages 2 – 4 with caregiver
  • Thursday, October 13 at 1 p.m. – The Soloists: Yo Yo Ma performs Bach cello suites
  • Thursday, October 13 at 4 p.m. – Email Sign Up/Internet Practice — The first ten people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration for the practice sessions.
  • Thursday, October 6 at 4 p.m. – Thursday Book Chats: “Your Favorite Anime”
  • Friday, October 14 at 3:30 p.m. – Teen Time – Each Friday we’ll feature a teen craft, Wii games, board game competitions, or maybe even a classic TV rerun. Bring a friend!
  • Saturday, October 14 at 3:30 p.m. – Annual Fall Festival ‘Corn Craziness.’ Family program with crafts, stories, hands-on demonstrations. Learn everything there is to know about popcorn.


*Register in Adult Services Department.

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

Park Forest Recreation & Parks

December Senior Trip – Sound of Music Show & Lunch at Drury Lane Theatre (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)

On Wednesday, December 14th come see the final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein, one of the world’s most cherished musicals. Based on an inspiring true story, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” is one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved musicals. Set in Austria on the brink of WWII, Maria a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life and is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain. This beloved story features many memorable tunes, including “Climb Every Mountain”, “My Favorite Things”, “Do Re Mi”, and “Edelweiss”. 

Lunch is included before the show and will consist of an entrée (your choice of Baked Tilapia or Sirloin of Beef), vegetables, potato or rice, fresh baked bread, dessert and choice of beverage.  Vegetarian option available upon request.  Please mention your entrée choice when registering.  Cost of the trip is $65 per person which includes lunch, the play and round trip bus transportation that will depart from Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., and return at approximately 5 p.m. Registration Deadline:  November 22, 2011.  Register in person or over the phone with a credit card.  Register at the Recreation and Parks Department, Village Hall
350 Victory Drive, or by phone with a credit card at 708-748-2005.

Park Forest Community Relations

Park Forest Idols – Battle of the Suburbs – Audition Entry Form Deadline – November 14

This year’s Park Forest Idols showcase will be opening its auditions to the entire South Suburbs. Entry forms are now available and must be submitted by November 14. There will be a $300 prize for the first place winner in each category. Categories include: singing, rapping, and dancing. Each contestant will be expected to audition to be selected for the Battle. For additional information or to get an entry form, call 708-283-5621 or e-mail Evelyn Sterling at [email protected].

Garden Club of Park Forest

‘Falling Leaves Festival’ – Tuesday, October 11

On Tuesday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m., come join the Park Forest Garden Club for a day of fun, shopping and gardening experience. The event will be held at Celebration Ministries, 424 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest. There will be crafts, door prizes, bake sale, white elephant sale and plenty of food. A gardening program will be conducted by Master Gardener, Nancy Kuhajda. There is a charge of $6 for non-members. For additional information on the event or membership, call 708-748-3654 or 815-926-2193.

Illinois Theatre Center, 371 Artists Walkway, Park Forest

‘Heroes’ by Tom Stoppard – Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for ‘Heroes’ by Tom Stoppard, a play adapted from ‘Le Vent Des Peupliers’ by Gerard Dibieyras. The play will open on Friday, October 28 and run through Sunday, November 13. You’ll love this wistful comedy about three veterans of the First World War living out their golden years at an Old Soldiers’ Home in the French countryside. To fight off boredom and keep their spirits up, the trio plans one last great adventure. Tickets are priced at $22 and $20. There is a $1 discount for students and seniors. For additional information, show times, or to purchase tickets, call 708- 481-3510 or visit www.ilthctr.org.

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

Park Forest House Museum

New Fall Hours – Open on Wednesdays & Saturdays Through November

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Blvd. Park Forest, is increasing its hours through November. The Museum will be open on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from Noon to 3 p.m. Group tours can be arranged for other times by appointment. It is an original rental townhome decorated as it might have looked from 1946 – 1953 during the first five years of Park Forest. Donation is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. For additional information, visit www.parkforesthistory.org or call Jane Nicoll, Museum Director, at 708-481-4252 or email at [email protected].

Volunteers Needed At Park Forest House Museum

With its hours expanding for Fall 2011, the Park Forest House Museum is in need of volunteers to help cover the increased hours. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail Jane Nicoll, Museum Director at [email protected].

Bricks from Former Marshall Field’s Store for Sale

Bricks from the former Marshall Field’s Store in DownTown Park Forest are on sale at the Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard. Bricks are $15 each or two for $25. Each brick comes with a certificate of authenticity and a brief history of the store. Bricks can be purchased at the Museum during Museum hours which are Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information, visit: www.parkforesthistory.org.

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

‘A Symphony of Style: The Best Friends Fashion Show and Luncheon’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Friends of the IPO invite you to join them for Symphony of Style, the 21st Annual Best of Friends Fashion Show and Luncheon to be held on Saturday, October 29, 2010. The gala begins at 10:30 a.m. at Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Highway, Flossmoor, with shopping and time to connect with old and new friends before the scrumptious luncheon followed by a gala stream of fashions. Hansen’s Villa in Manhattan, My Sisters and Me Boutique in Frankfort, and Kluger Furs in Flossmoor will provide the fashions and accessories for the models, all from our own Southland. All proceeds benefit the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and its educational programs, including musical scholarships for Junior High School students. Admission includes:

  • 10:30 am Jewelry Bazaar
  • 12:00 pm Luncheon and Fashion Show

Keyboard entertainment will be provided by Roger Pampel. Contact the IPO office at (708) 481-7774 for ticket information.

Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest

Works of the Late Sylvia Hertz – Through October 30

A retrospective exhibit featuring the works of the late Sylvia Hertz will run through October 30. For additional information or gallery hours, call 708-703-7806.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Reflect & Rediscover: Highlighted Works from the Permanent Collection’ –Through November 5

‘Reflect & Rediscover: Highlighted Works from the Permanent Collection’ runs through Saturday, November 5. The exhibit features many of the works in the Tall Grass Arts Association’s Permanent Collection. Traditionally, each year at the Park Forest Art Fair, Tall Grass purchases one work of art for the collection. The tradition began during the 1960s. The collection contains many two and three-dimensional works which are exhibited, on a rotating basis, in many public venues such as the Park Forest Public Library, the Homewood Library, Iron Oaks, Park Forest Village Hall, the Park Forest Health Department and more. The exhibit was curated by Sevena Merchant, Colleen Newquist and Michael Weiss. The reception is free and open to the public. For additional information or gallery hours, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

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

‘Visible’ Exhibit – October 20 Through October 31

GSU students are presenting ‘Visible,’ from October 20 to 31 in the Center for Performing Arts balcony exhibition area at GSU. An opening reception celebrating the artists from Austin Special will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. ‘Visible’ showcases the works of Austin Special artists. Austin Special is a Chicago facility for developmentally disabled adults.  For additional information, e-mail Tim Vitek at [email protected].

Center for Performing Arts, 1 University Parkway, University Park

Ailey II Dance Company – Tickets Now on Sale

On Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m., “Generations” explores the company’s past (Alvin Ailey’s Quintet), present (Judith Jamison’s Divining) and future (Robert Battle’s The Hunt).  It’s a dance revolution…whenever the Ailey II Dance Company takes the stage. This long-celebrated dance company combines the hottest young talent with the creative vision of today’s most outstanding choreographers. "The entire company looks terrific. Clearly, the future is theirs” – The New York Times. Tickets are priced at $15 to $62. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call 708-235-2222 or visit: www.centertickets.net.

Rich Township Food Pantry

22nd Annual Fall Fashion Show Fundraiser –Sunday, October 16

The Rich Township Food Pantry’s 22nd Annual Fall Fashion Show Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, October 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the Tinley Park Holiday Inn Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem, Tinley Park, IL. All proceeds raised from the fashion who go directly to purchase food that is distributed to more than 800 families in need every month. Tickets are $35 which includes a delicious sit-down luncheon, a fabulous fashion show, and a silent auction with hundreds of incredible items, such as valuable artwork, jewelry, gift baskets, and much more. There will also be door prizes and raffles. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call 708-748-6722.

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

‘Being Human’ National Juried Exhibit –Through Saturday, November 12

Join us as we celebrate this excellent showing of contemporary figurative work from across the nation. Out of 200 very talented artists that entered high quality work, 65 were chosen to exhibit, representing 21 different states. Work exhibited includes painting, drawing, print, digital media, mixed media, fiber art, and sculpture. The exhibit runs through November 12. A reception for ‘Being Human’ will be held on Friday, October 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Awards and recognition will be presented at the reception. The juror, Dan Addington, and many of the exhibiting artists will be present to engage the public. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information or gallery hours, call 708-754-2601.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

Park Forest Nurses Club

10th Annual Seminar – Saturday, October 15

The Park Forest Nurses Club will present its 10th Annual Seminar on Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel, 9333 S. Cicero, Oak Lawn, IL. ‘Chaos & Confusion of Cardiac Drugs (Clarifying by Classifying & Newest Drugs)’ will be the topic presented by Deborah Panozzo Nelson, RN, MSN, APN, CCRN. The program is approved for 4 CEUs (CERPs) by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Fees are $65 for RN’s and $30 for Student RNs with ID. The door fee is $75.  For additional information, please call Elenore Burns at 708-747-1216 or Pat O’Donnell at 708-633-1562.

Monthly Meeting – Thursday, October 20

The Park Forest Nurses Club will meet on Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 N. Orchard (corner of Lincoln Highway and Orchard Drive), Park Forest. ‘Culture Changes in Long Term Care’ will be presented by Becky Haldorson, MS, LNHA from the Illinois Pioneer Coalition. All Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses are invited to attend. For additional information, please call, 708-481-8387.

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

Business, Administration, and Communications Career Fair – Thursday, October 13

On Thursday, October 13 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Hall of Governors, the Office of Career Services at GSU is sponsoring a career fair for people interested in business, communication, and public and business administration. In addition to employment opportunities, the fair will also include internship opportunities. Current students, alumni, and community members are invited to attend. The event is free. For additional information, call 708-235-3974.

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.

Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults

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

Green Events

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Rd., Park Forest

Friends of Thorn Creek Annual Meeting – Saturday, October 15

On Saturday, October 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join other nature lovers for a hike and program, and the Friends business meeting. Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch. Supporters, bring someone new as a guest. New supporters, find out what makes Thorn Creek unique. The event is open to the public. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS)

Thorn Creek Woods Trails Walk – Wednesday, October 12

On Wednesday, October 12 at 8 a.m., walk the trails at the Thorn Creek Nature Center, birding and monitoring the condition of the trails. Some interesting ducks might be stopping at Owl Lake this month. For additional information, call Mary Anne McLean at 708-672-5494 or e-mail [email protected].

Safer Pest Control Project, Chicago

Natural Lawn Care & Sustainable Landscapes Workshop – Thursday, October 13

On Thursday, October 13, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL, a ‘Natural lawn Care & Sustainable Landscapes Workshop’ will be held. The workshop is recommended for landscape companies, turf managers, homeowner associations, and municipalities. The workshop will include sessions on:

  • Introduction to natural lawn care;
  • Implementing a natural lawn care program;
  • What to look for in contracts;
  • Greening your ordinances; and
  • Creating a rain-friendly landscape.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how to create and implement cost-effective sustainable landscaping programs in your community. Registration is $25. For additional information or to register, call 847-548-5989 extension 33, or e-mail [email protected] or visit www.spcpweb.org.

Park Forest Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market will be held each Saturday through October, rain or shine, from 7 a.m. to 12 noon in the Holiday Star Theater parking lot (across the street from the Park Forest Police Department). Enjoy fresh produce, locally grown and just picked, organic produce, cheese, bakery goods along with an array of plants for your garden.

Healthy Living

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Rd., Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – Wednesday, October 12

On Wednesdays, through November 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., those ages 11 to adult are invited to follow the forest’s fall changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature first-hand on Thorn Creek’s autumn trails. Trails can be wet or muddy so please wear sturdy shoes. Terrain is moderate. Registration is not required. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

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.

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

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch

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

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

Walk-In Flu & Pneumonia Clinic

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

Babies, Teens and Adults Immunization Clinics

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

Blood Pressure Screening

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

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

If you, or someone you know, are struggling to pay for medications every month, they may be able to get the medicines they need for free or almost free through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. If you live in Illinois, you can get access to more than 475 public and private programs available to help you pay for your medicines. Simply visit http://www.pparx.org/en/click_illinois to find out if you can apply to any of these great programs and to get connected with 10,000 free clinics and doctors.

This & That

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG)

Seeking Nominees for Park Forest Business Person of the Year Award

Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made a difference for you or someone you know?  You can nominate individuals, civic groups, and/or businesses who are committed to community service to receive this year’s award. Completed nomination forms should be submitted to EDAG in care of the Village of Park Forest no later than October 31, 2011.  Contact Sandra Zoellner at [email protected] or 708-283-5623 for additional information.

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

Free Java Tuesdays

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

Garden Club of Park Forest

"A Gardener’s Cookbook"

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

Cook County Commission Holding Low-Cost Rabies Vaccine & Microchip Clinics Through November 9

Cook County Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy is currently sponsoring clinics that provide low-cost rabies vaccines and microchips for dogs, cats and ferrets. The clinics are for Cook County residents only and will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through November 9, from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at various locations throughout the County. Vaccines and microchips will be provided for dogs and cats for $7 for a one-year vaccine; $21 for a three-year vaccine; $9 for ferrets one-year vaccine; and $10 for microchip identification. Mobile clinic services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Pet owners must present a valid Driver’s License or State ID as proof of residency. For public safety, all pets must be leashed or caged at all times. For additional information, including a listing of dates and locations, or for transportation assistance, click here.

Donate Unused Air Miles to Support Families of Wounded Servicemembers

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

Donate to Troops Serving Abroad

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

Greening of Park Forest

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

Recycle Unused Wheelchairs

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

South Suburban Family Shelter Used Cell Phone Collection Drive

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

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

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

Local Recycling Resources and Proper Disposal of Unused Medicine

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

Safe Disposal Program – Bio-waste

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

Recycle Used Cell Phones and Cell Phone Accessories

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

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