In and Around Park Forest Week of October 21, 2013

Park Forest Police Station
Freedom Hall featured the Mystical Arts of Tibet Saturday night. The Buddhist monks dedicated the evening to dances, chants, and prayers for world peace, and the liberation of Tibet. More pictures are available here. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)-October 21, 2013. If you are one of the many people who are in need of health insurance and are very confused about the new healthcare law, help is on the way. On Monday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. the Park Forest Library will present information on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in the Library’s Ringering Room. A representative from the Campaign for Better Health Care will provide an overview of the major provisions of the law.

In addition, the Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC) and Faith Caucus of the Campaign for Better Health Care will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, October 24 beginning at 7 p.m. at UUCC, 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest. Valuable information will be provided on ‘Get Covered Illinois’ the official health marketplace. Those that enroll in a plan by December 15th will have healthcare coverage beginning January 1, 2014. Additional information about both of these workshops can be found in the ‘Healthy Living’ section.

Another one of Park Forest’s favorite fall activities will take place this week when St. Iraenus Catholic Church hosts its annual ‘All You Can Eat’ spaghetti dinner on Sunday, October 27. Serving times are 3:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children under 10. If you’ve never been to St. Iraenus’ spaghetti dinner, don’t miss out this year and enjoy lots of fun with your neighbors and some of the best spaghetti and meat balls you’ll ever eat. More information about the event can be found in the ‘This & That’ section.

If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in our community during the upcoming week, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details. Submission deadline is noon on Friday of each week.

Village of Park Forest

Village Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site 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 Commission & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commission is scheduled to meet the week of October 21:

  • Wednesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. – Cable Communications Commission

The meeting will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.

Park Forest Zoning Code Update: Public Meeting – Tuesday, October 29th

On Tuesday, October 29 from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dining on the Green 349, Main Street, in DownTown Park Forest, the Village wants to hear from you. Park Forest continues to makes strides toward providing a high quality of life for its residents, redeveloping commercial areas, and employing sustainable practices throughout the community. In order to better align its development regulations with these community priorities, the Village is now working with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to update its zoning and subdivision ordinances. To guide this process, the Village wants to hear from you! This meeting is free and open to the public. All residents, business and property owners, community leaders, and other stakeholders are invited. At this public meeting, participants will be introduced to zoning concepts and will also take part in an interactive activity to provide feedback that informs the Village’s development regulations update. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Jessica Simoncelli ([email protected] or 312-386-8631). For additional information, visit the project web page at www.cmap.illinois.gov/lta/park-forest-zoning.  

Arts & Entertainment

Calvary United Church, 425 North Orchard, Park Forest

1st Annual Chili Dinner – Thursday, October 31

Calvary United Church, 425 N. Orchard, Park Forest, will hold its 1st Annual Chili Dinner on Thursday, October 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Getting together on a Fall October day with friends of the community and Calvary members sounds like a great idea as we continue to grow with one another. Life is hectic but having food always seems to slow us down. Combining food and friends is Calvary’s next venture as we have planned our 1st Annual Chili Dinner! The event will feature 3 – 4 types of chili including vegetarian with all the fixins’ along with warm spiced apple cider. Trick or Treaters can come and get candy in the church parking lot where car trunks will be decorated for a frightful time. The event is free and open to the public. However, optional donations of canned good to be donated to local food pantries will be appreciated. For additional information, call 708-748-6261.

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

‘Be a Peace of the Puzzle – Friday, October 25

As part of the Children’s and Family Theatre performances at Freedom Hall, ‘Be a Peace of the Puzzle’ will be performed on Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. Child’s Play Touring Theatre’s Be a Peace of the Puzzle is an interactive performance that focuses on ways for young students to change the world around them through positive action. Five stories written by children all over the world based on the question: “What are the problems in our neighborhoods that we can do something about?” Performers gather audience suggestions to create an original story about a problem that needs to be solved, developing into an energetic and engaging stage performance right in front of their very eyes! Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the box office, over the phone at 708-747-0580, or on-line, at www.freedomhall.org.

Shining Star: Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the November 15th performance of ‘Shining Star: Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute.’ The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. The amazing re-creation of the band-the legends-the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and winners of numerous Grammy Awards- Earth Wind and Fire! Shining Star brings that special, magical era of the 70’s and 80’s to the stage capturing the vocals, horns and the energy of Earth Wind and Fire! If you close your eyes you will believe the original Earth Wind & Fire is onstage. Tickets are $24. Tickets are selling quickly so get yours today and don’t be disappointed. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, over the phone at 708-747-0580, or on-line, at www.freedomhall.org.

Sentimental Journey: the Music of Doris Day – Tickets Now on Sale

Freedom Hall’s Senior Series will continue on Tuesday, November 12 at 11 a.m. with the performance of ‘Sentimental Journey: the Music of Doris Day.’ Chicago cabaret favorite, Laura Freeman presents a celebration of her music. Miss Freeman…” becomes the character reflected in the song. It shines in her face, in her voice, and above all, in her heart.” (Carla Gordon, Cabaret Scenes). Having recorded over 600 songs, Day is known for such hits as Sentimental Journey, Secret Love and Everybody Loves a Lover. Doris was not just a pretty voice and a pratfall. She represents the spirit of us all, at various times in history. She was the voice of the returning service men from World War II and of the early women’s lib movement. Join us in celebrating this amazing lady starring Laura Freeman with Musical Director Beckie Menzie.

Visit Laura Freeman’s website to her the music of Doris Day.

Tickets are $13and can be purchased at the box office, over the phone at 708-747-0580, or on-line, at www.freedomhall.org.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Austrian Classics with an American Twist – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for ‘Austrian Classics with an American Twist’ which will be performed on Saturday, November 16 at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S Harlem Avenue, Frankfort. French violinist, Alexandra Soumm, makes her Chicago debut performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Maestro David Danzmayr leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s popular “Pastoral” Symphony. Also scheduled to be performed is William Bolcom’s – Commedia for an (almost) 18th Century Orchestra.

Tickets are priced at $55, $45, and $35 and can be purchased online at: http://www.ipomusic.org/index.php/concerts.html. For additional information, call 708-481-7744 or visit www.ipomusic.org.

Park Forest Community Relations

Park Forest Idols Showcase Auditions – Entry Form Submission Through November 1

Its back – the 2014 Park Forest Idols Showcase is being planned and those of all ages are invited to register for auditions. Auditions are open to the entire south suburban area. Auditions will take place for singers, dancers rappers, new musicians and new hosts. Entry forms are now available and are due no later than November 1. The grand prize will be $300. For additional information or to get an entry form, contact Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.villageofparkforest.com.

Park Forest Recreation & Parks

Horseshoe Casino Trip – Registration Deadline October 30

Adults 21 and older are invited to the Horseshoe Casino Trip that will be held on Thursday, November 14. When you step into the Horseshoe Casino, you will have your pick of the most slots in Chicagoland, including 1,500 penny slots. The bus will depart from Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, at 9:30 a.m. and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $32 per person and includes 5 hours at the casino, $10 in gaming, lunch buffet and round-trip motor coach transportation. Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 30. Mention Code number 346030-1 when you register. For additional information or to register, call 708-748-2005 or visit www.villageofparkforest.com.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

This Week’s Events at the Park Forest Public Library

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

  • Monday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m. — Imagine! Create! Participate! — Is your preschooler all about the drama? Do they enjoy singing and dancing? This program is just what they need. Designed to help boost creativity and imagination, children will enjoy acting out their favorite stories on the kids’ zone stage.
  • Tuesday, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. — Yoga Movement and Me — In this series of programs children to explore basic yoga movements with the help of stories, games, and poses.
  • Tuesday, October 22 at 6 p.m. – PJ Storytime — Wear your pajamas & come join us for stories, crafts & games.
  • Wednesday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Art — Children will have the opportunity to listen to a story and complete an art project related to the story. Registration Required.
  • Wednesday, October 23 at 4 p.m. – Basic Internet Practice — The first five people to come may attend. There is no registration for the practice sessions.
  • Wednesday, October 23 at 6 p.m. – Art Studio — Children will have the opportunity to listen to a story and complete an art project related to the story. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. – Babygarten — Babygarten is an educational curriculum for caregivers and their babies that teach parents how and why to read to babies. Infants and their caregivers share nursery rhymes, songs and books followed by a free-play/activity period.
    Babygarten is primary focus is the healthy development of infants aged 0-18 months old with an emphasis on language acquisition and enrichment and pre-literacy skills. During Babygarten, we provide an environment that nurtures and stimulates babies and toddlers with a wide variety of experiences including: Nursery rhymes and songs, Fingerplays, Book Sharing /Univon Reading, Early Literacy Tips for Parents and Caregivers, and Free Play. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, October 24 at 11 a.m. — Toddlers & Terrific Twos Storytime — For ages 18-36 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, October 24 at 6 p.m. – LEGO Club — Play and learn with LEGOs at the Park Forest Public Library! The creations the children make will be on display in kids’ zone.
  • Thursday, October 24 at 6 p.m. – Knit Lit — Please join our monthly discussion group for knitters or readers of knitting fiction. We will exchange stories, share our favorite book moments, and even swap knitting ideas. This month we’ll be reading the Knitting Mystery Series by Maggie Sefton. Multiple copies are available for checkout at Patron Services.
  • Friday, October 25 at 1 p.m. — Senior Travelogue – Topic to be determined.
  • Friday, October 25 at 3 p.m. – Wii Games — Meet up with your friends at the library for some gaming fun. The library will provide some games — YOU bring a friend. If you have a favorite game, bring it along to teach and share. Join us after school as we take a little time to have some fun!
  • Saturday, October 26 at 11 a.m. — Super Science Saturdays (Session 1) — For grades 3-5. Join us for 6 meetings of fun hands-on experiments provided by the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. For our last meeting, we will take a trip to the Museum’s Family Day on December 7th. NOTE: Attendee must be between the grades of 3 and 6. Registration required.
  • Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m. — Super Science Saturdays (Session 2) — For grades 3-5. Join us for 6 meetings of fun hands-on experiments provided by the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. For our last meeting, we will take a trip to the Museum’s Family Day on December 7th. NOTE: Attendee must be between the grades of 3 and 6. Registration required.
  • Saturday, October 26 at 3 p.m. — Super Science Saturdays (Session 3) — For grades 3-5. Join us for 6 meetings of fun hands-on experiments provided by the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. For our last meeting, we will take a trip to the Museum’s Family Day on December 7th. NOTE: Attendee must be between the grades of 3 and 6. Registration required.

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

Potpourri of Lectures, Thursday, October 24

This week’s lecture is entitled “A Guided Tour to the Holy Land” with Yuan Liang, World Traveler. The lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Library’s Ringering Room.

Freegal: Free Music Downloads – Available with Your PF Library Card

Freegal is a music download service offered to Park Forest Library cardholders for free! Using your library card and PIN number, you can download three songs a week to your computer and transfer
them to other devices. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s free. To learn more about Freegal, visit: www.pfpl.org.

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

It’s Halloween Time at the 1950s Park Forest House Museum – Through November 2

Vintage Halloween decorations are on display in the 1950s Park Forest House Museum from September 14 through November 2. The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 141 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, is open Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the museum can also be open for groups by appointment, at other times. Donation is $5 for adults; children 12 and under free with an adult. Scout and school tours are priced individually. For details, to arrange a special group tour, or to volunteer, visit the Park Forest Historical Society website, www.parkforesthistory.org, or call Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252.

Park Forest Plaza Print for Sale

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

For additional information on other items for sale by the Society, visit www.parkforesthistory.org.

Salon Artists Gallery, 249 Main Street, Park Forest

‘My Favorite Time of the Year’ – Through October 29

‘My Favorite Time of the Year,’ an exhibit by water colorist Graydon Cafarella will run through October 29. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery hours, call Patricia Moore at 708-833-5108 or Bev Szalon at 708-748-3946 or visit www.salonartistsgallery.com.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Signs, Symbols and Stories: Graphic Novels, Street and Graffiti Inspired Art’ —Through November 10

Congressman John Lewis of the 5th District of Georgia openly admits that his reading of a comic book called “The Montgomery Story” about Dr. Martin Luther King inspired his participation in the civil rights movement. So, it was not unimaginable that Lewis would turn to the graphic comic format to describe his own role in that movement. The first in a planned trilogy “March: Book One” was recently published. Written by Congressman Lewis and his staffer Andrew Aydin, the book was illustrated by Nate Powell. Original illustrations from “March” will be featured by an exhibit entitled “Signs, Symbols, Stories: Graphic Novel, Street and Graffiti-Inspired Art” that will run through November 10. It also features the works of artists Dave Acosta, Jessica Flores, Chris Hammer, Rob Hassan, Gretchen Jankowski, Corinne Mucha, Shannon O’Leary, Turtel Onli, Stephanie Rattanachane, Joan Reilly and Elliott Scott. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.tallgrassarts.com or call 708-748-3377.

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

Ailey II – Friday, October 25

On Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m., the dancer of Ailey II will perform at the Center. Ailey II merges the spirit and energy of the most talented young dancers with the passion and creative vision of today’s emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974, the company embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters, Ailey II flourished into one the most popular dance companies in the country. With new Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II will continue to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company. Featuring the world premiere of Wings, Virtues and Revelations. View complete program notes here. Tickets are priced at $25, $35 and $45. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at: http://www.centertickets.net. For additional information, call 708-235-2222.

‘A…My Name is Alice’ – Tickets Now on Sale — Limited Seating Available for Each Performance

‘A…My Name is Alice’ is a musical revue conceived by Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd. Playful, funny, sophisticated, and insightful, it consists of a series of songs and sketches portraying women of all ages and types in a variety of situations and relationships. Alice made its Off-Broadway debut in 1983 and offers us a glimpse into the historical fight for gender equality while also asking us to consider women’s experiences and how they have shifted in the last 30 years. The play features a cast of staff and students from GSU and community members. “A…My Name is Alice” will be presented for three nights only, on November 6, 7 and 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $10 for the public and $5 for students. Patrons will be seated on the stage, with performers up close, so only 90 people will be admitted per night. To purchase tickets, or for further information, contact GSU Center’s box office at www.CenterTickets.net or call 708-235-2222.

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

‘Ways of Making: Installation Art’ at GSU Gallery — Opens Monday, October 21

The Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University is presenting “Ways of Making: Installation Art,” featuring the work of artists Barbara Hashimoto and Dana Major and the students from the Theater and Performance Studies program under the direction of Dr. Patrick Santoro, from October 21 – December 2, 2013. An artist’s reception celebrating the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, October 30, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The exhibition, the first in the gallery’s 2013-14 “Ways of Making” series, features two professional artists who focus on the connections between performance art and installation art in a gallery setting, as well as student work. The “Ways of Making” series of exhibitions seeks to explore the disciplines and practices taught in the art program at GSU.

“Ways of Making: Installation Art” was inspired by the recent addition of Theater and Performance Studies program at GSU. GSU Art Gallery curator, Jeff Stevenson said, “I selected artists Barbara Hashimoto and Dana Major because they used installation as their primary form of expression, not just an occasional or one-off installation here and there.” Barbara Hashimoto’s visual and performance work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, Mexico, and the Middle East. It is in more than 300 collections, including The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago (Joan Flasch Collection), The Museum of Arts and Design, and The National Museum for Women in the Arts. Working in a broad array of media, she is particularly known for both her ceramic- and paper-based work of intimate scale as well as and her large-scale installations and expansive environmental art projects embracing activism and community engagement.

Barbara’s work in the exhibit is “underfoot”, has tangible and conceptual aspects to it, and activates the space. Dana Major is a multi-media artist and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Major has been exhibiting her work since 1997 across the United States, particularly in Kentucky, Philadelphia and Chicago. Her work is informed by the look of the natural world at all scales, and ways of seeing, from microscopy to astronomy. Dana’s work in this exhibit is “overhead,” uses light, shadow and an interplay of real and imagined, which contrasts Hashimoto’s work. The Visual Arts Gallery hours are Monday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, call 708-534-4021or visit www.govst.edu/gallery.

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago

‘Histories/Photographies’ Exhibition of Works by Local Artists – Through December 8

The DePaul Art Museum examines photography and its relational place in time and history with “Histories/Photographies,” a new exhibition of works by local artists. The exhibition will run through December 8. Through an array of strategies, these artists record the traces of the past that exist in the present, mine the telling and dissemination of photography’s own history, and engage with the ever-evolving materiality of photographs. Their work reveals that history, and the history of photography in particular, is not merely an episodic succession of events, innovations, and movements, but rather a far more complex layering of recordings, encounters and perspectives through and across time. The artists featured in the exhibition include: Jeremy Bolen, Alan Cohen, Adam Ekberg, Myra Greene, Shane Huffman, Barbara Kasten, Jason Lazarus, Aspen Mays, John Opera, Jason Reblando, David Schalliol, Matthew Schlagbaum and Adam Schreiber. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave., just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. The museum is free and open to the public every day. The exhibition runs through December 8. On Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the museum will host a day-long symposium in conjunction with the “Histories/Photographies” exhibition. The symposium will be the inaugural event of the recently formed Chicago Photography Working Group ([email protected]).

This event will bring together scholars, curators and practitioners of the medium from across the Chicago area for wide-ranging discussions of the relationship between history and photography. The day will include a panel of scholarly papers, featuring a keynote address by Blake Stimson, a set of conversations pairing artists and scholars and a concluding group discussion of the day’s themes. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, please email [email protected] by October 17.

See more at: www.museums.depaul.edu/news/events. The DePaul Art Museum is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit www.depauledu/museum.

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

‘Phantasmagoria’ Art Exhibit – Through October 31

PSC is hosting ‘Phantasmagoria: The Imaginations of Kathy Weaver, Sharon Bladholm and John A. Kurtz’ through October 31 in the Christopher Art Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public.  The works presented will fascinate and delight the viewers with their imaginative images based on the fantastic and bizarre, and use of sense of assemblage in their combinations of image. More information on the exhibit and full biographies of the featured artists are available at christopher-art-gallery. The Christopher Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits can also be made by appointment. For additional information or to schedule a visit, call 708-709-3636.

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

‘JumpstART Your Weekend’ – Thursday, October 24

The South Suburban Small Business Association (SSBA) is hosting a ‘JumpstART Your Weekend’ event at SSC on Thursday, October 24 from 5:30 p.m. To 7 p.m. This event will showcase the South Suburban Chorale. The ‘JumpstART Your Weekend’ events offer business members of the SSBA n informal introduction to some of the south suburbs’ most fascinating and though-provoking arts organizations. These events are hosting on the first Thursday of the month. The 130-voice South Suburban Chorale has established itself as one of the premiere singing ensembles of the Chicago Southland. Under the direction of SSC’s own music faculty member, Albert M. Jackson, the Chorale has performed in concerts throughout the Chicago south suburbs and Northwest Indiana. The cost of attending the event is just $5 and includes refreshments and entertainment. RSVP to Mr. Jackson at 708-596-2000, extension 2340 or email [email protected].

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

‘Not About Bombs’ – Through Fall 2013

The NVAM will host the opening of ‘Not About Bombs,’ a celebrated exhibit featuring the work by five Iraqi women artists through Fall 2013. The show will be open to the public through Fall 2013. For additional information, visit the museum’s website at www.nvam.org.

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

‘The Machine’ – Through October 26

‘The Machine,’ a National Juried Exhibit will run through October 26. ‘The Machine’ consists of 35 talented artists from different states exhibiting 45 pieces of artwork that have everything and anything to do with machines. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery Hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday at GSU

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

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

Annual College Fair at PSC – Tuesday, October 29

PSC is hosting the Illinois College Exposition Fair (ICE) from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 29, in the Atrium on the PSC main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. More than 120 representatives from in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities will be on hand to answer high school students’ and their parents’ questions about programs, campus activities, and admissions requirements. Current PSC students who are thinking about transferring to earn a bachelor’s degree also can learn about their transfer options. There will be two financial aid seminars about applying for federal financial aid at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. in the Conference Center Auditorium. A seminar on athletic eligibility and scholarships also will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center room 1315.

The annual event is organized by the South Suburban Counselors Fair Committee, which includes counselors from PSC, Bloom High School, Bloom Trail High School, Crete-Monee High School, Marian Catholic High School, Peotone High School, Rich Central High School, Rich East High School, and Rich South High School. Sponsors for this year’s fair include Country House and Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The fair is free and open to the public. For a complete listing of colleges and universities attending the fair, visit prairiestate.edu, select Transfer Students from the A-Z index, and then click on College Fairs at the top of the page. For more information call PSC’s Counseling and Academic Advising Center at 708-709-3506.

Opt In to Technology at PSC

You can bridge the gap between technology and a new you at PSC’s new Opt In program that consists of two computer training centers and free classes to teach basic technological skills. One location is at the Adult Training and outreach Center in Room A145 at PSC’s main campus. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The other location is at the Matteson Area Center’s Computer Training Lab located at 4821 Southwick Dr., Matteson. Hours for this location are Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. No matter what skill level you have or want to have, Opt In can help. Both computer labs and on-site tutors are free and open to the public. For additional information, call Lisa Zeigler at 708-709-3548 or e-mail [email protected].

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Writing on Chicago’s Early Black Experience – Tuesday, October 22

Brian Dolinar, editor of a new book featuring never-before-published reflections of African-American writers living in Chicago during the 1930s, will speak about the newly edited book, The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers at an Oct. 22 lecture at Roosevelt University. The lecture entitled Bound for Freedom: Black WPA Writers Document Chicago’s South Side is free and open to the public and will be held at 4 p.m. in the University’s 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. The second in Roosevelt’s 2013-14 St. Clair Drake lecture series, the event will look back in time to when President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration put promising black writers to work in Illinois on a project to chronicle aspects of Chicago’s African-American experience. Major black writers of the day, including Harlem Renaissance poet Arna Bontemps, white proletarian writer Jack Conroy, Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, Katherine Dunham, Fenton Johnson, Frank Yerby and Richard Durham wrote at the time about everything from public and domestic life to politics, religion, literature and the performing arts.

The Negro in Illinois project never came to fruition as a publication until several months ago due to the painstaking efforts by Dolinar, who reconstructed the project from papers in the Vivian G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History and Literature kept at the Carter G. Woodson Library in Chicago and other archives across the country. Sponsored by Roosevelt’s St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies, the lecture is being presented as part of a lecture series that honors and reflects upon the significant speeches Drake make in 1963 – 100 years after Emancipation. Dolinar will discuss the significance of Drake’s relationship to the Negro in Illinois writers and the Black Chicago Renaissance they were part of. The Bound for Freedom lecture is supported by a generous gift from Roosevelt alumnus Robert Johnson and his wife, Rose. For more information and/or to attend, contact Erik Gellman, associate director of the St. Clair Drake Center at [email protected] or 312-322-7138.

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

Two Non-credit CNA Sections at SSC – Classes Begin Monday, October 21

SSC’s Office of Continuing Education is offering two new sections for the CNA–Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program, which is now available only as a non-credit course. Successful completion of the CNA course is required in order to become eligible to take the State of Illinois Nursing Assistant Certification Examination, and is the first step towards entrance into the SSC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The CNA program will consist of 147 hours of training. By the end of this eight-week course, students will demonstrate 21 Critical Basic Nursing Skills through a combination of lecture, lab and supervised clinical experiences at a long-term health care facility. Each individual who successfully passes the certification exam will then be placed on the State Registry for Health Care Workers.

The two new class sections will run from October 21st through December 12th at the University & College Center in Oak Forest–morning and afternoon options will be offered. The morning section will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. with Labs on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; the afternoon section will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. with Labs on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Students must submit a health physical, proof of health insurance or signed release of liability waiver, and completion of a fingerprint criminal history record. The total cost of the program is $999 with books and supplies included (Financial Aid does not cover the cost of this program, nor the physical and background check).

Please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2497 for more information or to sign up.

Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults

Rich Township is offering free basic computer skill classes for adults every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Leonard Robinson Family Services Center, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park. Participants will learn Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet skills, résumé building skills, and more. Classes are open only to residents of Rich Township. For additional information, call Mark Mason or Joe Moran at 708-748-6722.

Online Educational Resources

Online college programs are a great way for today’s busy people to complete or earn a degree. To find an online college program in Illinois, visit http://www.onlineschools.org/guides/Illinois/ where you will find a compilation of every college program offered online in Illinois offered on a full or part-time basis.

Top U.S. Universities

Choosing what college or university to attend can be a very daunting experience. With educational costs continually increasing, it’s more important than ever to choose a university that meets your specific educational needs. At http://www.topschools.com/, you will find a comprehensive resource that ranks each university throughout the nation by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission, graduation and retention rates.

Healthy Living

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, DC

Information on Health Insurance & the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Visit healthcare.gov for information about Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act. The following paper applications are available to print out: Individual Short Form, Individual without Financial Assistance, and the Family Form.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Understanding the Affordable Care Act – Monday, October 21

On Monday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room, a representative from the Campaign for Better Health Care will give an overview of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Learn how getting health insurance is changing under the new law and what it means for you and your family.

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

Informational Workshop on ‘Get Covered Illinois: the Official Health Marketplace’ – Thursday, October 24

UUCC and the Faith Caucus of the Campaign for Better Health Care invite you to an informational workshop on ‘Get Covered Illinois: The Official Health Marketplace.’ The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at UUCC, 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest. Jessica Palys, Director of Faith Initiatives, Campaign for Better Health Care will be the speaker. Starting the October, individuals, families and small business owners will be able to visit ‘Get Covered Illinois: The Official Health marketplace’ to find the health insurance plan that’s right for them Having health insurance means being there for your family when they need you. The Marketplace will connect Illinoisans with plans that cover important benefits like doctor visits, hospital stays, prescriptions and more, as well as preventive care at no cost. Most people will get help paying for their health plan, and many may be eligible for low-cost or free coverage. If you enroll in a plan by December 15, 2013, coverage kicks in on January 1, 2014.

At this workshop you will learn more about:

  • What the Marketplace is and how it applies to you;
  • Who qualifies for health coverage under the Marketplace;
  • How does the Marketplace make health insurance affordable; and
  • How you can enroll in new health coverage through the Marketplace.

The event is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health. For additional information, please visit: www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov.

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

Veterans Writing Group – Available at GSU

Governors State University invites veterans to the Fall meeting of the Veterans Writing Group, where Veterans can engage in the craft of narrative writing in a small group setting. Veterans will enhance and learn new skills and share camaraderie with other vets in a supportive, workshop environment.
“Narrative writing helps veterans bridge the cultural divide between their military and civilian life,” explains Robin Thompson, University Lecturer and Coordinator of the program. Their stories are important and should be preserved for family or the community – everyone benefits.”
There is no charge for participation in the Veterans Writing Group. To register, contact Thompson at (708) 534-4581 or [email protected].

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.

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

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

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch at the Senior Café

Senior citizens of all income levels are invited to lunch weekdays at the 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.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

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

Green Events

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – October 23

Walkers can enjoy the early morning and late summer’s floral delights on these leisurely (or brisk) trail walks. The group walks on Wednesday’s from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. This event is for those ages 11 through adult. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Thorn Creek Chamber Players Fall Concert – Registration Required by Wednesday, October 23

As the leaves fall come celebrate the woods with a concert by Ingrid Krizan and the Thorn Creek Chamber Players on Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. Ingrid is a classically trained professional cellist who weaves seasonal nature narratives into her music. Bringing this music, these ideas and live performances to a wide audience are her passions. Her unique “Bach & I” performances are very popular in the area and particularly at our Thorn Creek music events. The newly formed Thorn Creek Chamber Players will perform in the warm wooded acoustics of our 1860’s nature center building. All proceeds will directly benefit Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve and Nature Center. Join us for a fun evening as the music echoes through the woods. Refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited and registration is required by Wednesday, October 23. Cost is $10 per person. Program is for those older than 12 years. For more information or to register call 708-747-6320 or email [email protected]. The nature center is open Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and trails are open daily, dawn to dusk.

Drawing Pictographs – Registration Required by Friday, October 25

Ancient people painted real and imaginary creatures on stones and cave walls. Called pictographs and petroglyph, these drawings illustrated stories, marked the passage of time and summoned magic and luck. Join us at Thorn Creek Nature Center Sunday, October 27, for Drawing Pictographs to learn this ancient Native American art. There are two session available 1-2 p.m. or 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Internationally-known artist Pat Moore, an instructor at the Tall Grass Arts Association that serves all of the South Suburbs, will guide young artists in painting symbolic representations of native plants and animals on stones and bark paper to take home, suitable for display. We’ll create fanciful creatures, exploring the shapes and lines. Colors can be used to express warmth, sunlight, the earth and more.

This program is inspired by the work and interests of the late Jim Marzuki, local artist, teacher and naturalist. He thought that Native Americans were recording their natural history – that the pictographs and petroglyphs were pictures of plants and animals of their shared environment. In his publication “Native American Natural History” he reproduced many of these drawings and assigned species names to them. “Drawing Pictographs” is open to all ages; children under age 6 should be accompanied by an adult. All art materials will be supplied and refreshments will be served. There is a $5 fee per child per session to participate. Participants must register by Friday, October 25. For more information or to register for this program, please call, email or visit Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest at 708-747-6320 or [email protected].

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

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

Village of Park Forest

Park Forest Farmers’ Market 40th Season – Every Saturday Through October 26

Every Saturday morning through October 26th, you’ll find that the Park Forest Farmers’ Market has something for everyone. The Market opens at 7 a.m. and ends at noon. Rain or shine, come and enjoy fresh produce, bakery items, gourmet cheeses, and herbs. In addition, your favorite local businesses set up shop under their awnings with artwork, garden ornaments, candles and more! Come to the Market and see what’s new and take time to meet new friends, chat, browse, have breakfast or lunch, and shop around.  Local civic groups are welcome to give demonstrations, hold fundraisers and other small events at the Market for no charge but must be registered in advance. The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is located in the parking lot one block east of Walgreens; just across from the Park Forest Police Department. Electronic payment (debit and credit cards) as well as Link, WIC and Senior program coupons now accepted. For more information, call 708-748-1118 or visit the Farmers’ Market page at www.pfhealth.net.

Midwest Pesticide Action Center, 4611 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago

7th Annual Ladybug Bash — Thursday, October 24

Tickets are now on sale for Midwest Pesticide Action Center (formerly known as Safer Pest Control Project) hosts its 7th annual Ladybug Bash on Thursday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago. The Ladybug Bash will feature an open bar with craft beers and organic wines, local and delicious food, a green auction, and music. The event will honor Barrett Pedersen, Mayor of the Village of Franklin Park, for his leadership and commitment to protection the health of his constituents through progressive policies. Greg Allen, playwright, director, performance artist, and founder of the Neo-Futurists will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer. Tickets are $65 per person in advance or $75 on the day of the event. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call 773-878-7378, extension 208, or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/454772.

This & That

St. Iraenus Catholic Church, 78 Cherry Street, Park Forest

Annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner – Sunday, October 27

St. Iraenus Catholic Church’s annual ‘All You Can Eat’ spaghetti dinner will be held Sunday, October 27, 2013. Serving times are 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door and at the St. Iraenus Rectory. Tickets are priced $10 for adults and $3 for children under 10. The menu includes:

  • Spaghetti & Meat Balls
  • Marinara or Meat Sauce Available
  • Bread & Butter
  • Salad
  • Dessert Table
  • Pop, Water, Ice Tea & Lemonade for purchase.

For additional information, call the Church at 708-748-6891.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Homeowners Credit Building Workshop – Tuesday, October 22

On Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Board Room of Park Forest Village Hall, a ‘Homeowners Credit Building Workshop’ will take place. At this free workshop provided by Keller Williams Preferred Realty and American Portfolio Mortgage, we will focus on the importance of credit scores, the meaning and impact of a FICO score, first time home-buying and purchasing a home after a short-sale or bankruptcy. RSVP today at http://buyingahomeworshop.eventbrite.com or call 708-283-5621.

Housing Expo & House Tour – Saturday, October 26

On Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Village of Park Forest will host a Housing Expo and House Tour at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Are you looking to buy a house or relocate? Whether it is now or later come out to hear about local programs in the area, meet local realtors and tour a few vacant properties. A shuttle will be provided for the house tour. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-283-5621.

Calvary United Church, 425 North Orchard, Park Forest

‘Haunted House Against Hunger’ Food Drive – Friday, October 25

Calvary United Church, 425 N. Orchard, Park Forest, will once again participate in the ‘Haunted House Against Hunger’ Food Drive. The event will be held on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the church on each day. The event will support the south suburban food pantries.
There will be lots of fun and activities for families and kids of all ages. The cost of the event is $2 per person if you bring a canned good for the food pantry. If you do not donate a canned good, the cost of the event is $3 per person. $1 for children 5 and under. For additional information about Calvary United Church’s ‘Haunts Against Hunger Food Drive’ event, call 708-748-6261.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Avenue, Park Forest

Last Saturday Potluck – Saturday, October 26

On Saturday, October 26 at 6 p.m., bring dish to share and join us for a fun time of fellowship. This event takes place on the last Saturday of each month and activities vary from month to month. For additional information, call 708-747-8388 or visit www.trinityparkforest.org.

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG)

Seeking Nominees for 2013 Business Person of the Year – Nominations Due by October 31

EDAG seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made a difference for you or someone you know? Submit your completed nomination form to EDAG in care of the Village of Park Forest no later than October 31, 2013. Past recipients of the Business Person of the Year award are: Janet Fiorenzo, Tower Cleaners; Alan Franklin, MuzicNet; Jim McDannel, Lifetime Automotive Repair; and, Mike Jordan, State Farm Insurance. The EDAG Business Person of the Year award is an annual award to recognize Park Forest business owners for their contributions to the community through charitable work, service and making a difference. EDAG members are: Sam Montella, Chair; Shelia Friday, Vice Chair; Andre Ahouissoussi, Michael J. Jordan, Phillip Perkins, P.C. Smith, and Zerex Veal. The Trustee Liaison is Georgia O’Neill.  To download the form click here.

Park Forest American Legion Post 1198, 1631 Western Ave., Chicago Heights

Friday Fish Fry

Join Park Forest’s American Legion Post 1198 for fish, shrimp, wings, beef and appetizers on Friday, October 25 beginning at 6 p.m. Carry outs are available. For additional information, call Jesse Rodriguez at 708-481-3055.

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.

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 Summer 2013 Recreation Programs & More Brochure, Park Forest ‘Discover’ magazine, Rich Township Report, Park Forest Historical Society, Village of Park Forest, Governors State University, Prairie State College, 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.