In and Around Park Forest Week of October 24, 2011

CN Train on new tracks in Matteson/Park Forest
The first Canadian National train recently took to the tracks at the new exchange near the Matteson Metra station. (SUPPLIED)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 24, 2011. CenterPoint at Governors State University will host its semiannual, award-winning Veterans Entrepreneurial Boot Camp on Wednesday, November 15. Designed by military veterans, the full-day event is the only one of its kind to be held in the Chicago southland and offers support to the families and business partners of our service men and women currently on active duty. Seating is limited to 100 participants and pre-registration is required. To learn more about the event, see the ‘Educational Lectures & Opportunities’ 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 of Park Forest

Village Meetings

Village of Park Forest Advisory Board & Commission Meetings

The following Park Forest Commission will meet the week of October 24:

  • Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. – Cable Communications Commission

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

Park Forest Military Recognition Event to be Held Monday, November 7

The Village of Park Forest, long known as the original ‘GI Town’ has not forgotten its heritage. Each year around the Veteran’s Holiday, the Village hosts a Military Recognition ceremony. This ceremony serves two distinct purposes. The first is to honor and recognize any local service men or women who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces and might be in harms way. The ceremony salutes these individuals and also acts as a support mechanism to family members who live every day with the concerns that come with a loved one who is serving abroad in the U.S. Military. The second and equally important purpose of the Military Recognition Event is to offer appreciation for any local Veterans who might be in attendance. The 2011 Military Recognition Event is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 7 at 6 p.m. in the Board Room of the Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. All residents are encouraged to attend. Park Forest residents who have family currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are encouraged to call Village Manager Tom Mick at 708-748-1129 so that they can be properly recognized.

Halloween Activities

Talala School, 430 Talala Street, Park Forest

Talala PTO Coordinating Food Drive and Sponsoring Haunted House to Support Local Food Pantries

Talala PTO has partnered again with Talala Student Council, Haunts Against Hunger, Chicagolandhalloween.com, Rich Township Food Pantry, and GKC Wheel of Crafts to restock the shelves to benefit the needy of the community. Needed items are those high in protein, canned meats, stew, soups, chili and peanut butter. Also needed are canned vegetables and fruits, rice, pasta and cereal.

Through October 31, residents can drop off canned foods at Talala Elementary, 430 Talala Street, Park Forest. In addition, through October 30, items can also be dropped off at 127 Shabbona Drive, Park Forest, while viewing a yard of Haunted Sights. Or, bring your donated items to the Talala Haunted House on October 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.!  The cost is $1 per entry or 50 cents if you bring a canned good to help the Monee and Rich Township’s Food Pantries. For additional information, call 708-367-2560.

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.

First Baptist Church of Park Forest, 80 N. Orchard, Park Forest

Hallelujah Night – Monday, October 31

Hallelujah Night will be held at First Baptist Church of Park Forest on Monday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Designed as an alternative to “Trick or Treating,” activities include games, face painting and songs. Older children will participate in an indoor scavenger and Bible passage hunt. A hot dog dinner will be served. Although children of all ages are invited, only those under 10 are encouraged to wear costumes. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. For additional information or to register, call Sandra Richards at 708-748-2566 or visit www.fbcparkforest.org.

Arts & Entertainment

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

Paper Masks Workshop with Michael Cooper – Saturday, October 29

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 – Saturday, October 29

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 24 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
  • Monday, October 25, at Noon – Friends Book Discussion ‘Sarah’s Key’ by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Monday, October 24 at 1:30 pm. – Computer Class ‘Basic Mouse’*
  • Tuesday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
  • Tuesday, October 25 at Noon – Time Out for the Holidays. Join us for the first session of this seasonal book club. Stop in and check out one of our Fall Picks. Then come for the lunchtime holiday party to share with all. Registration required.
  • Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. – PJ Storytime for all ages
  • Tuesday, October 25 at 7:15 p.m. – Tuesday Evening Book Club ‘Finding Nouf.’ Note: This meeting has been rescheduled from the original date of October 11.
  • Wednesday, October 26 at 3:30 p.m. – Afterschool Games/Crafts
  • Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m. – LapSit Storytime for those ages 0 – 35 months with caregiver
  • Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m. – Potpourri of Lectures – ‘Demythologizing Lincoln’ by Bill Mitchell
  • Thursday, October 27 at 11:15 a.m. – Toddler Art for those ages 2 – 4 with caregiver
  • Thursday, October 27 at 4 p.m. – Mouse Practice — The first ten people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration for the practice sessions.
  • Friday, October 28 at 1 p.m. – Senior Travelogue: ‘Istanbul and the Turquoise Coast’
  • Friday, October 28 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!

*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., at 10 a.m. 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 – Opens Friday, October 28

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’ – Saturday, October 29

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 –Through October 31

GSU students are presenting ‘Visible,’ through October 31 in the Center for Performing Arts balcony exhibition area at GSU. The exhibit is 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 Free Lecture and Performance – Thursday, October 27

A free, special lecture and demonstration by Ailey II Dance Company members will be held on Thursday, October 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The presentation includes excerpts of repertory, onstage audience participation, introduction to the dancers, and a Q and A session. Reservations are required. To reserve seats, contact Burt Dikelsy at 708-235-2238 or e-mail [email protected].

Ailey II Dance Company – Friday, October 28

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.

‘The King’s Speech’ Screening Tuesday, November 1

The GSU Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association will screen ‘The King’s Speech’ on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Center for Performing Arts. Admission is free, but donations to benefit the Stuttering Foundation will be accepted. A question and answer session, led by Dr. Stephanie Hughes, assistant professor of Communication Disorders at GSU, will follow the movie screening. For additional information, call Dr. Hughes at 708-534-4594 or e-mail [email protected].

‘If You Give a Moose a Muffin’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Magik Theatre’s hilarious adaption of Laura Joffe Numeroff’s classic children’s gook, ‘If You Give a Moose a Muffin’ will be performed on Sunday, November 13 at 1 p.m. This enchanting show is part of the Center’s “Especially for Kids” series, providing an enjoyable afternoon of entertainment for families with children ages 3 and older. Tickets for the 50 minute performance range in price from $10.50 to $15.50. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call 708-235-2222 or visit: www.centertickets.net.

Following the play, parents can host a birthday party in a private room at GSU. For just $8 per person, you get birthday cake, soft drinks or juice, tablecloth, paper plates, napkins, and plastic cutlery. For $10 a person, guests will also receive pizza for lunch. For additional information on holding a birthday party, call 708-235-2222.

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.

A Little Somethin’ Somethin’ – Call for Artists

A Little Somethin’ Somethin’ is a juried exhibition where pieces are specially priced and sold off the wall and switched out during the run of the exhibition. Submission deadline is Saturday, November 19.

Submit up to five pieces for $30
Max Size 24 x 24
Max Price $200
Small 3-D work will be considered
Notifications for accepted work: Wednesday, November 23. For additional information e-mail: [email protected].

Click here for Application, in excel Application in word  and detailed prospectus.

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

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

CenterPoint at GSU to Hold 7th Veterans Entrepreneurial Boot Camp – Limited Seating – Pre-Registration Required

CenterPoint at GSU will host its semiannual, award-winning Veterans Entrepreneurial Boot Camp on Wednesday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Veterans Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is offered at no cost to veterans. Families and business partners of those serving in the military may attend for only $25. Designed by military veterans, the full-day event is the only one of its kind to be held in the Chicago southland and offers support to the families and business partners of our service men and women currently on active duty. The day features presentations and seminars from industry professionals, opportunities for free-one-on-one counseling, breakfast with a panel of ex-military business owners who share their entrepreneurial journey, and access to CenterPoint’s numerous entrepreneurial services and resources. Break-out workshops will focus on a variety of topics, including frugal and effective marketing, SBA business financing options and the Patriot Express Loan, doing business with government agencies, cash flow management, and business planning. Seating is limited to 100 participants and pre-registration is required. For additional information or to register, call CenterPoint at GSU at 708-534-4929 or visit www.centerpointgsu.com.

CenterPoint at GSU to Hold Business Workshops in Lemont, Manhattan on Thursday, November 3

CenterPoint at GSU is hosting ‘Starting a Business in Illinois’ workshops in Lemont and Manhattan on Thursday, November 3. These informative workshops are free and open to the public.

  • Lemont Session. Will be held at Lemont Village Hall, 418 Main Street, Lemont at 9 a.m.
  • Manhattan Session. Will be held at the Manhattan-Elwood Public Library, 240 E. Whitson, Manhattan at 6:30 p.m.

For additional information, call 708-534-4929 or visit www.centerpointgsu.com.

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday At GSU

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

Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults

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

Green Events

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

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.

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 — Final Date of the Season Saturday, October 29

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

Healthy Living

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

Wednesday Morning Walkers – Wednesday, October 26

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

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

Free Counseling Services Available

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

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

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch

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

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

Walk-In Flu & Pneumonia Clinic

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

Babies, Teens and Adults Immunization Clinics

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

Blood Pressure Screening

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

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

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

This & That

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG)

Seeking Nominees for Park Forest Business Person of the Year Award – LAST CALL — 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.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Ave., Park Forest

Last Saturday Potluck – Saturday, October 29

On Saturday, October 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., bring a dish to share and come for an evening of fun. Activities include games, movies and speakers. This event is held on the last Saturday of each month. Each Saturday is a little bit different than the previous one. Come and see for yourself! For additional information, call Brenda Lamon at 708-747-8388 or visit www.trinityparkforest.org.

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.