In and Around Park Forest Week of October 17, 2011

A few leaves on the ground near a sign advertising the Neighborhood Meeting on October 26 at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall. (ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 17, 2011. Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs will be hosting an orientation session on Saturday, October 22 for those interested in participating in the Habitat for Humanity home ownership program. Additional information, as well as income qualifications, can be found in the ‘This & That’ section below.

Hard to believe but the 2011 Farmers Market Season comes to a close on Saturday, October 29. Before it does, be sure to stop over and take advantage of the great offerings at one of the oldest and best Farmers’ Markets in the southern suburbs. More information on the Farmers’ Market can be found in the ‘Green Events’ 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.

Village Meetings

Village Board Meeting

The Village Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, October 17 at 8 p.m. at Village Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend. Village Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site at www.villageofparkforest.com.

To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site at: http://www.villageofparkforest.com and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Village of Park Forest Advisory Board & Commission Meetings

The following Park Forest Advisory Board will meet the week of October 17:

  • Thursday, October 20 at 6 p.m. – Housing Authority

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

Arts & Entertainment

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

‘Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration’ – Saturday, October 22

On Saturday, October 22 at 7 p.m., UUCC will screen the movie ‘Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration.’ A discussion will follow the film screening. ‘Border War’ documents the lives of five individuals affected by the massive rise in illegal immigration, primarily via the porous U.S. southern border. With human and drug trafficking, dangers have escalated on both sides of the issues. Free coffee, tea, and popcorn will be served. Optional donations will be gratefully accepted. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit: www.uuccpf.org. UUCC is located ½ mile south of Steger Road, running east from Western Avenue.

Park Forest Police & Community Relations Departments

Park Forest Safe Halloween 2011 – Monday, October 31

The Park Forest Police Department, in partnership with the Community Relations Department, will hold the annual Safe Halloween festivities in Park Forest’s DownTown on Monday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bring the kids to mingle with other ghouls and ghosts, and to take part in a costume contest, dancing, tons of candy eating, and a haunted house. Come early and avoid the lines and have a ‘spooktacularly’ great time. Don’t miss this fun, family event. For additional information, call 708-283-5621. Please remember that trick or treating hours in Park Forest this year are from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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

‘3 Blonde Moms’— Tuesday, October 18

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.

Paper Masks Workshop with Michael Cooper – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, October 29 at 3 p.m., Michael Cooper will hold a paper mask workshop. Masks are fun. Everyone loves to play ‘dress up.’ Why? Becoming another person or animal gives children and adults a freedom seldom found in the regular world. Along with body and voice, masks are one of the oldest and most important tools in theatre. Each participant will make their own paper mask, learning how to conceptualize 3 dimensions, the essence of sculpture. Tickets are $15. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels & Wondertales – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Family Theatre presentation of Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels & Wondertales which will take place on Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m. Michael Cooper is an eye popping visual artist and virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances have dazzled audiences for almost thirty years. His one-man extravaganza combines breathtaking handcrafted masks, stories of courage and wonder, outlandish stilt dancing and physical repertoire that ranges from the madcap to the sublime. The result is ‘moving sculpture’ and tales and stories using an unusual and colorful cast of characters. A show for all ages and an unforgettable experience. Tickets are priced at $14. 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 17 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
  • Monday, October 17 at 1:30 pm. – Computer Class ‘Basic Yahoo Email’ *
  • Tuesday, October 18 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
  • Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Tuesdays Full of Blues: Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. A film of the digitally re-mastered 1983 documentary of their one and only concert together will be shown.
  • Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. – PJ Storytime for all ages
  • Wednesday, October 19 at 3:30 p.m. – Afterschool Games/Crafts
  • Thursday, October 20 at 10:30 a.m. – LapSit Storytime for those ages 0 – 35 months with caregiver
  • Thursday, October 20 at 10:30 a.m. – Potpourri of Lectures – ‘A Personal Saga: Surviving the Ravages of War” by Shoshana Falk
  • Thursday, October 20 at 11:15 a.m. – Toddler Art for those ages 2 – 4 with caregiver
  • Thursday, October 20 at 1 p.m. – The Soloists: Itzhak Perlman performs the Beethoven and Brahms violin concertos
  • Thursday, October 20 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 20 at 4 p.m. – Thursday Book Chats: “A Good Scare”
  • Friday, October 21 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 22 at 11 a.m. – Computer Class ‘Microsoft Publisher’ *
  • Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. – Pumpkin Decorating Competition. This year’s challenge – decorating your pumpkin with found household items. Pick up your entry blank and rules and free pumpkin for all participants.
  • Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. – Resume Workshop

*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].

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.

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

‘Entanglement’ Art Series – Through November 3

‘Entanglement,’ an art series of encouragement and strength will be exhibited at the Gallery through Thursday, November 3. For additional information or Gallery hours, phone 815-464-8818 or visit www.monkeymindartstudio.com.

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

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.

League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area

Public School Funding and Equity – Saturday, October 22

On Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Palos Heights Library, 12501 South 71st Avenue (one block east of Harlem) in Palos Heights, Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability will explain public school funding and equity. Mr. Martire will speak about how local, state, and federal funds support our public schools and how opportunities differ between schools. This meeting is open to the public. For additional information, please contact Syvia Tillman at [email protected] or Mar Lubertozzi at [email protected].

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

Prior Learning May Equal College Credit – Saturday, October 22

A Prior Learning Portfolio Seminar will take place on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in room D1496 at GSU. Students and prospective students of GSU can assess their prior learning, learn how it can be applied to a college portfolio, and how it may lead to college credit at this seminar hosted by the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and the College of Arts and Sciences. There is a $50 registration fee for the seminar, which covers the cost of materials and refreshments. To register, or for additional information, contact Tiffani Malvin at 708-534-4092 or e-mail [email protected].

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday At GSU

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

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

Homewood-Flossmoor Green Team, Flossmoor

Free Electronic Recycling – Saturday, October 22

Do you have e-waste around the house that you don’t know how to recycle? Drop it off at the Free Electronics Recycling event to be held on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Park Jr., High School Parking Lot, 2810 School Street, Flossmoor (enter off of Flossmoor Rd.). The following items will be accepted: televisions, telephones, CRT monitors, cell phones, LCD monitors, game consoles, computers, computer parts, handheld electronic devices, laptops, stereos and portable devices, keyboards and mice, speakers, microwaves, VCRs, desktop printers, fax machines, DVD players, cables, lights and other miscellaneous items. For additional information, call the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District at 708-957-0300.

Multidisciplinary Education for the Environment (ME4E)

Wetlands Discovery Center Open House – Saturday, October 22

Has your child participated in a program at the Central Park Wetlands or do you want to see what the Wetlands Discovery Center has to offer? Here is your chance to check it out. IDNR loan kits, energy bike, digital microscope, student displays, native plant gardens, field exploration packs and more will be available for your perusal. You will be able to register for upcoming programs and enter a raffle for a free wetland party ($100 value). The event will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 30 North Orchard, Park Forest. There are both indoor and outdoor areas for viewing so please dress for the weather. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call ME4E at 708-846-5763 or e-mail [email protected].

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

Know Your Oaks Hike – Registration Required

On Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., those of all ages are invited to participate in this free hike. Oak trees are common in the woods of Will County, but are they all the same? Find out which oaks are found in our region and how you can tell them apart even when the leaves are gone. Join a Forest Preserve District of Will County naturalist for this hike through Thorn Creek Woods and discover tips and tricks that will help you identify some of the different species of oak trees. This program will take place on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Registration is required. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS)

Cherry Hill Woods and Little Red School House – Wednesday, October 19

On Wednesday, October 19 at 8 a.m., we will meet at Cherry Hill Woods in Palos, IL at 104th Avenue, about ½ mile north of McCarthy Road. The entrance is at the top of the hill on the east side. There are woods and a pond but mostly prairie, and we will probably see late migrants. The Little Red School House is farther north on 104th Avenue, between 107th Street and 95th Street. Entrance is on the west side. We may see both woodland and water birds; red-headed woodpeckers are often found here. We can also visit the new nature center that opened recently. For additional information, call Joan O’Keeffe at 708-633-0467 or e-mail [email protected].

Safer Pest Control Project, Chicago

5th Annual Ladybug Bash – Tickets Now on Sale

Safer Pest Control Project cordially invites you to the 5th annual Ladybug Bash featuring an open bar with craft beers and delicious wines, local and organic food including wood-fired pizzas, a green auction, and live musing including songs from the ‘Beetles.” Please join us to celebrate efforts in reducing the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides and promoting safer alternatives. The event will be held on Friday, November 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL. Street parking is available. Tickets are $65 per person in advance ($75 per person at the door). To purchase tickets online, visit: www.spcpweb.org/donate. For additional information, call 773-878-7378, extension 208 or e-mail [email protected].

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

Rich Township Center, 297 Liberty Dr., Park Forest

Free Hearing Screening and Hearing Aid Cleaning

As part of Hearing Aid Awareness Week, October 18 – 24, Sanus Hearing Care will provide free hearing screening and hearing aid cleaning. For additional information and hours, call 708-748-5454.

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

Wednesday Morning Walkers – Wednesday, October 19

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

Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs

‘Invitation to Home Ownership’ Orientation – Saturday, October 22

If you want to be a homeowner, plan on attending Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs next orientation which will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m. Habitat for Humanity will provide an interest free mortgage for qualified families. We offer a ‘hand-up,’ not a ‘hand-out.’ Each family partner will be expected to pay for their home. Usually, mortgage payments are less than the amount now paid for rent. All partner families must save $1,500 to cover closing costs and be willing to provide a minimum of 400 hours in sweat equity. To qualify, a family must have an income level falling within the following ranges:

Family Size Minimum Income Maximum Income
1 $15,850 $41,900
2 $18,100 $47,900
3 $20,350 $53,900
4 $22,600 $59,850
5 $24,450 $64,650
6 $26,250 $69,450

If you feel you qualify, please call 708-756-2015, leave your name and mailing address and you will be sent an invitation to attend the orientation. Homeownership will change your life forever.

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG)

Seeking Nominees for Park Forest Business Person of the Year Award – Nomination Forms Due Monday, October 31

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.