In and Around Park Forest Week of October 28, 2013

Ed Fizer, Rev. Terry Johnson, James Worthington
Congressional Gold Medal recipient and Park Forest resident Ed Fizer (left) chats with Rev. Terry Johnson (standing) at St. Irenaues’ spaghetti dinner. Mr. James Worthington of University Park is also featured. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 28, 2013. The Village of 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 (CMAP) to update its zoning and subdivision ordinances. To guide this process, resident feedback is critical and the Village wants to hear from you. On Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Dining on the Green in DownTown Park Forest, a meeting will be held where participating residents will be introduced to zoning concepts and also take part in an interactive activity to provide feedback that informs the Village’s development regulations update. This meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. You can find additional information about this important meeting in the ‘Village of Park Forest’ section.

On Thursday, the Park Forest Police Department, in partnership with Community Relations, will hold the annual Safe Halloween festivities in Park Forest’s DownTown on October 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. bring the kids to mingle with other ghouls and ghosts as they take part in a costume contest, a scarecrow contest, games, and much more! Don’t miss the fun! The event is free.

For additional information, call 708-283-5621. Trick or treating hours in Park Forest this year are from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please remember to be careful of the young ghouls and ghosts when driving on Thursday. In addition, you’ll find some additional Halloween events in the special ‘Halloween Activities’ 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 28 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 villageofparkforest.com.

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

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 cmap.illinois.gov/lta/park-forest-zoning.  

Halloween Activities

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.

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.

DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus, 2324 N. Fremont Street, Chicago

Author Kathe Koja to Explore Horror and the Humanities – Monday, October 28

Best-selling horror and young adult fiction writer Kathe Koja will read her short story “At Eventide” during the Horror of the Humanities at DePaul University on Oct. 28. The 6-9 p.m. event, hosted by the DePaul Humanities Center, includes readings, Chicago ghost stories, art and a critical look at horror films. It is free and open to the public and will be held DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus in Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont St. Koja’s reading will be accompanied by an interactive, multi-media performance. Well-known for her horror fiction for adults, Koja also has written acclaimed novels for young adults, including “Under the Poppy.” Also at the Horror of the Humanities, Maryse Meijer, a novelist and fiction writer, will perform her story, “Love, Lucy.”

Ursula Bielski, a local historian, author and host of “The Hauntings of Chicago,” will discuss the connection between ghost stories and the shared Chicago history. Diem-My Bui, a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago will present on the portrayals of race and gender in horror films. From 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. there will be an avant-garde “haunted house” with performance art and art installations that examine what is already horrific about everyday life.

First Baptist Church of Park Forest, 80 North Orchard Drive

Hallelujah Night – Thursday, October 31

Join us on Thursday, October 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a safe Halloween alternative. There will be plenty of games, fun and food. Entrance fee is a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry. This event is for those 13 and under. Registration required. For additional information or to register, call 708-748-2566 or visit fbcparkforest.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, parkforesthistory.org, or call Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252.

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

Annual Halloween Family Fun Fest at PSC – Thursday, October 31

PSC’s Department of Police and Campus Safety, along with PSC students, faculty, and staff, is hosting its annual Halloween Family Fun Fest from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Prairie Center gym, located on the PSC main campus. The event features games, hayrides, balloons, popcorn, prizes, and other surprises. Members of Chicago Heights Police and Fire Departments also will be available to educate children about personal and fire safety. The event is free and open to children through age 12, accompanied by a parent, and costumes for children are encouraged. For more information, contact Gilbert Vargas at [email protected].

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

2013 Safe Halloween – Thursday, October 31

On Thursday, the Park Forest Police Department, in partnership with Community Relations, will hold the annual Safe Halloween festivities in Park Forest’s DownTown on October 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring the kids to mingle with other ghouls and ghosts as they take part in a costume contest, a scarecrow contest, games, and much more! Don’t miss the fun! The event is free. For additional information, call 708-283-5621.

2013 Veterans Day Events

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Veterans Day Ceremony – Wednesday, November 6

A Veterans Day event has been scheduled on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Focal points of this event will include a public education presentation on how to properly retire a worn/tattered American flag. Additionally, a Tuskegee Airman from the south suburbs is expected to be on hand to share some comments. Finally, a collection drive will unfold as part of this event as the Village seeks to collect hygiene items which will then be donated to the Veterans Retirement Home in Manteno. Preferred hygiene items include toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, etc. The event is open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend and bring an item to donate.

Center for Performing Arts, 1 University Parkway, University Park

144th U.S. Army National Guard Band

On Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m., the United States Army National Guard Band, one of the most versatile and inspiring musical organizations in the world, represents some of the nation’s finest musical talent will perform at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the box office by calling 708-235-2222. There is a limit of 4 tickets per household. Tickets will be held at will call. If you wish to have your tickets mailed, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Governors State University
Center for Performing Arts
1 University Pkwy
University Park, IL 60484

Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park

Veterans Writing Group to Host Oral Reading – Tuesday, November 5

The Veterans Writing Group at Governors State University will host a reception and oral reading on November 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in E-Lounge on the GSU campus. The reception and presentations are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Veterans representing every U.S. war since World War II will share their personal narratives, short stories, and reflections. A Q&A will follow. The reception is sponsored by the Intellectual Life Committee and supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information, please contact the Writing Group Coordinator, Robin Thompson at [email protected] or 708-534-4581.

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

November Events Celebrating Veterans at PSC

The month of November at Prairie State College (PSC) is filled with events celebrating veterans. The community is invited to join in the celebration, and all of the events will be held at the main campus. Scheduled events are as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 6 at 1 p.m. — public meeting and a question and answer session with the Tuskegee Airmen. This event will be held in The Heritage Community Bank Room in the Conference Center. The Tuskegee Airmen is the name of a group of African-American pilots who fought in World War II. They were the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces.
  • Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 at 7:30 a.m. — Missing Man Ceremony in the atrium. This commemorates those soldiers who died in action. At noon there is a Veterans Day Ceremony featuring Colonel Eugene Blackwell from VFW Post 311 in Richton Park. This event is in the auditorium in the Conference Center. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Student Veterans Center.
  • Wednesday, November 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Women in Service Panel. The panel of speakers includes Maj. Lisa Patterson, team leader for the Gary Area Vet Center; Rochelle Krump, president of National Women Veterans Association; Renee Dickerson, readjustment counseling therapist, Chicago Heights Vet Center; and Lori Wilcox, Chicago Heights city clerk.
  • Wednesday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m. — The Montford Point Marines Association will be available for a question and answer session in The Heritage Community Bank Room in the Conference Center. The Montford Point Marine Association commemorates the first African Americans trained as Marines at Montford Point Camp, Camp Lejeune, New River, North Carolina in 1942.
  • Wednesday, November 27 at 4 p.m. — The month long series of events ends with the retirement of the Missing Man Table at 4 p.m.

For more information regarding the veterans events at PSC, please visit prairiestate.edu and access the events calendar.

National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

New Exhibit ‘Esprit de Corps’ Opens on Veterans Day – Monday, November 11

On Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will honor Veterans Day with the opening reception of Esprit de Corps, an exhibition highlighting the spirit of creative resilience. Admission to the NVAM will be free from 12 p.m. through 9 p.m. with light refreshments offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A keynote address will commence at 6 p.m. by Dr. Jack M. Bulmash, Hospital Chief of Staff of the Hines VA Hospital.

At 7:30 p.m., patrons are invited downstairs to the Filament Theatre Company for the premiere of Veterans’ Voices, a documentary performance by Erasing the Distance. Esprit de Corps is taken from the French and means “spirit of the body”—in military contexts, it refers to group morale, “the capacity of a group of people to pull together persistently and consistently in pursuit of a common purpose.” Featuring art by veterans of Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, Esprit de Corps traces the process and roles of therapeutic art from the act of initial perception through expression of experience to an ultimate communal sharing and understanding of the real impact of war. Featured artists in Esprit de Corps include Vietnam veterans Joe Fornelli and Ted Gostas and post-9/11 veterans Jerry Frech, Jon Hancock, Peter Sullivan, and Erica Slone. Iraq War veteran Jerry Frech has loaned a series of journals that he kept during his service in the U.S. Air Force in Security Forces in 2006. These journals record his thoughts and observations in writing and in sketches.

Keynote speaker Dr. Jack M. Bulmash is the Hospital Chief of Staff of the Hines VA hospital. He joined the VHA and Hines VA Hospital on July 7, 2007 as Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care after a thirty-year practice in Geriatrics within the private sector. Dr. Bulmash graduated from the University of Illinois with an MD degree and after his internship joined the United States Army serving in Vietnam as a Battalion Surgeon. NVAM Executive Director Levi Moore celebrated Dr. Bulmash’s keynote address, noting, “We welcome Dr. Bulmash to speak directly to issues of art therapy and therapeutic art and their potential for helping servicemen and women grow and develop following their military experiences.”

Veterans Voices’ was created with students from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and focuses on the mental health issues facing servicemen and women, veterans, and their families. Of the Veterans Day collaboration, Susan Zielinski, Therapeutic Art Coordinator for the NVAM says, “We are so pleased to have an opportunity to work with Erasing the Distance to expand the ways in which people look at and think about veteran experiences, especially the creative resilience behind many of the visual and performing arts.” Veterans’ Voices will be performed on November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. The NVAM will be free and open to the public from 10 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. on November 12, 13, 19 and 20. Esprit de Corps will be on display from November 11, 2013 to August 1, 2014.

For additional information, visit the museum’s website at nvam.org

Arts & Entertainment

Church of the Holy Family, 102 Marquette Street, Park Forest

Leonardo Leo and Friends: Choral Music from the Galant – Sunday, November 3

On Sunday, November 3 at 4 p.m., the Midwest Motet Society, under the direction of Marie Amenta, will sing choral music from the Galant period. The MMS will also perform the ‘Messe Completa’ (Complete Mass) of Leonardo Leo. This is the Midwest premier of this mass. In addition, organists Ben Amenta and Mark Downey will perform several organ works, played on the Berghaus 23-rank pipe organ. Tickets are $7 at the door. A reception will follow the concert. For addit6ional information, call mark Downey at 815-723-1996 or e-mail [email protected].

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

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 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 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: ipomusic.org/index.php/concerts.html. For additional information, call 708-481-7744 or visit 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 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 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 28 at 12 p.m. — Friends Book Discussion: "Falling Leaves" — Discuss "Falling Leaves" by Adeline Yen Mah. Books will be available at Patron Services one month in advance. The club will continue to meet the fourth Monday of the month.
  • Wednesday, October 30 at 4 p.m. – Basic Email Practice — The first five people to come may attend. There is no registration for the practice sessions.
  • Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. – Mad Monster Trivia — They’re creepy and they’re kooky. Mysterious and spooky, altogether ooky…. Join us for Mad Monster Trivia!
  • Friday, November 1 at 2 p.m. – Microsoft Publisher Practice — The first five people to come may attend. There is no registration for the practice sessions.
  • Saturday, November 2 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, November 2 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, November 2 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 pfpl.org/

Potpourri of Lectures, Thursday, October 31

This week’s lecture is entitled "Chicago Heights Italian Americans" with Dominic Candeloro. The lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Library’s Ringering Room.

Holiday Toy Drive

Beginning November 4, and continuing to December 8, the Park Forest Public Library will be collecting NEW toys that will be given away during this holiday season. Please drop off new unwrapped toys or Toys R Us gift cards here at the library. We cannot accept any stuffed toys for this collection. We will make sure that these toys get into the neediest children’s hands. For more information call 708.748.3731 extension 22.

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

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 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 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 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 tallgrassarts.com or call 708-748-3377.

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

Edgar’s Place Coffee House to Present the Schticklers – Saturday, November 9

Edgar’s Place Coffee House proudly presents The Schitcklers on Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m. Edgar’s Place Coffee House is located in the UUCC. The accomplished musicians that make up The Schticklers are Barb Silverman, lively vocalist of the Teflons and the legendary Laketown Buskers, Jon Spiegel, slide guitar player extraordinaire, Stuart Rosenberg, former host of Radio Gumbo, Joel Frankel, award winning children’s artist, and washtub bass guru Bob Stelnicki. They combine their talents on dynamic fiddle and dobra, swing and sock guitar, washtub and washboard, five-part harmony, clogging, and the playful warmth of Jewish humor. Let The Schticklers warm your ears and your heart too and make you feel a little more Jewish. To learn more about The Schticklers, visit silverbeammusic.com.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. This event is a fundraiser for the UUCC.

For additional information, call 708-481-5339.

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

Virginia Repertory Theatre Presents ‘Johnny Appleseed’ – Sunday, November 3

On Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m., the Virginia Repertory Theatre will perform ‘Johnny Appleseed.’ This rousing, funny new frontier musical of the legendary folk hero who planted apple orchards throughout the Midwest, is part rollicking adventure, part history, and 100% All-American. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, or for further information, contact GSU Center’s box office at CenterTickets.net or 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 CenterTickets.net or call 708-235-2222.

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

‘Ways of Making: Installation Art’ at GSU Gallery – Artists Reception Wednesday, October 30

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 through 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 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: 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 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 prairiestate.edu/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.

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 nvam.org.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

DePaul University College of Law, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago

Animals as Food: Symposium Explores Ethics and Regulations – Wednesday, October 30

Is it possible to ensure humane treatment for animals raised for consumption? Are current regulations enough? Are genetically modified foods plainly identifiable to consumers? The Center for Animal Law in DePaul University’s College of Law explores these questions at a daylong symposium, Animals as Food: The Legal Treatment of Animals in Contemporary Agribusiness and Factory Farming. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 at the DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago. “Our aim is to facilitate a balanced dialogue about the raising and slaughtering of farm animals,” said Professor Margit Livingston, faculty director for the Center for Animal Law. “The symposium will take a look at the law’s role in protecting animals destined for consumption, the emergence of genetically modified food choices in the marketplace and the importance of clear and accurate food labeling.” Gary Francione, professor of law at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, will deliver the keynote address.

A well-known leader in the modern animal rights movement, Francione will present some of the legal challenges in animal law when animals are viewed as property. “If we really believe animals have moral value, if we really believe that animals are not just things, we must fundamentally change our behavior and seriously look at the matter of animal use and not just the matter of animal treatment,” said Francione. Panel discussions will focus on topical issues involving animals in today’s agribusiness practices, including the raising and slaughtering of farm animals, anti-whistleblower or “ag-gag laws,” food labeling and regulatory issues. More information about the symposium topics, speakers and registration is available at law.depaul.edu/cal2013event.

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

James Meredith, First African American to Attend Ole Miss. To Speak at PSC – Monday, November 4

James Meredith, the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, is speaking at Prairie State College (PSC) on the anniversary of his ground breaking civil rights act. On Monday, Nov. 4, Meredith is speaking at 11 a.m. and at 7 p.m. in the Conference Center Auditorium on the PSC main campus at 202 S. Halsted Street in Chicago Heights, Ill. Both events are open to the public. During the 11 a.m. event, Illinois House Representative Al Riley will be presenting Meredith with an Illinois House resolution honoring him for his legendary civil rights service. “We are both excited and honored to host Mr. Meredith; this is a wonderful opportunity for our students and community members to learn about a historic change in the lives of so many people,” said PSC President Dr. Terri Winfree.

Meredith is a United States Air Force veteran who was rejected twice from admission to the University of Mississippi. After a court battle, Meredith was admitted to the university in 1962. Regardless of being the target of many threats, and needing the protection of federal marshals on campus, Meredith graduated from the university in 1964. Also that day, PSC’s new Male Success Initiative (MSI) will be announced. The purpose of the MSI at PSC is to recruit, enroll, retain, and support males of color in their pursuit of all educational endeavors. For more information, contact William Berkley at (708) 709-2946, or [email protected].

One Book One Community Main Event Features ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ – Thursday, November 7

PSC is hosting a “One Book One Community” event, featuring a four-person panel of experts discussing various aspects of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, November 7. The discussion is free and open to the public, and is being held in the Conference Center Auditorium, located on the PSC main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.

Panelists include Russel Higgins, a University of Illinois professor of agriculture; Todd Jones, founder of Every Last Morsel; Jennifer Breckner, vice president of Slow Food Chicago; and Timothy Murakami, a local farmer for local not-for-profit Growing Home. The nonfiction book at the center of discussion was published in 2006. In the book, Pollan asks the question of what we should have for dinner. He discusses each of the food chains: industrial, organic, alternative, and self-foraged, and describes the American way of eating. For more information, contact Matthew Steele at 708-709-3560 or [email protected].

PSC Foundation Seeking Support for Scholarship Fundraiser – Friday, November 8

Each year hundreds of PSC students turn to the PSC Foundation for assistance paying for tuition, fees, and textbooks. To provide financial assistance for current and future PSC students, the PSC Foundation is hosting its annual scholarship fundraiser from 5:30 to 11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at the Olympia Fields Country Club, located at 2800 Country Club Drive. This year, the PSC Foundation is celebrating 40 years of providing scholarships to students. “When PSC students face financial struggles, including job loss, medical bills, or children’s school expenses that take priority over their own—the PSC Foundation is able to assist students to achieve their educational goals,” said Foundation President Dr. Anthony Maoloni, who chairs the event. “With the generosity of community supporters who will join us for this celebration of scholarships, no PSC student will have to choose between paying a medical bill or buying a textbook.”

The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and a performance by the PSC Pioneer Jazz Band featuring students and led by Eugene Vinyard. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Directors emeriti will be honored, including Calvin Bellamy, Pamela Caddick, Robert Christopher, Chuck Gruberman, William Kiehl, Dr. E. Timothy Lightfield, Dr. Judith Marwick, Charles M. Peters, and James M. Troutman. The PSC Foundation also will recognize its newly designated directors emeriti, including Lois Anthonisen, Martha Kabbes Hesse, Dr. Keith Reich, and Anne Oppenheimer. Also during dinner, members of the college’s award-winning speech team will present dramatic readings of student scholarship essays, and the “Stand Up for Scholars” quick pledge event will be highlighted. After dinner, the Southland Jazz Collective will perform. Auction items include two hours of landscape consultation, a weekend in a Gold Coast condo, tickets to various sporting events and other performances, lessons in watercolor painting, holiday gift wrapping, day for four at the Morton Arboretum, electronics, various themed gift baskets, gift cards; and much more. Information on how to donate is available at prairiestate.edu/special-event.

Reservations currently are being accepted, but space is limited. Individual tickets are $175. A portion of each ticket may be tax deductible. A vegetarian meal option also is available by advance reservation. For more information, to purchase tickets for the event, or to donate to the PSC Foundation, call 708-709-3631.

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

Truth About False Confessions: A Former Prosecutor’s View – Wednesday, November 6

Robert Milan, a former prosecutor for offices of the Cook County State’s attorney and the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, will share experiences involving false confessions and wrongful convictions as Roosevelt University continues the fall Wrongful Convictions Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 6. The lecture, “A Prosecutor’s Journey into the World of False Confessions and Wrongful Convictions,” will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Roosevelt’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Milan was featured in a 60 Minutes segment about Chicago as the false confession capital of the country. A former first assistant in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and a special assistant and assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Milan also developed a training program that enables prosecutors to identify false confessions so that wrongful convictions can be avoided.

The training program has been presented to prosecutors in Cook and DuPage counties as well as to the National College of District Attorney’s Association, the Illinois State Appellate Prosecutors and the Missouri State Prosecutors. Free and open to the public, the lecture will touch on how Milan evolved from a young prosecutor who didn’t believe that people would confess to crimes they didn’t commit to a seasoned litigator and investigator who developed special training for prosecutors designed to slow the tide of false confessions and wrongful convictions. This event is sponsored by the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Psychology. For more information or to reserve a place, contact Bethany Barratt at [email protected] or 312-341-3768 or Shari Berkowitz at [email protected] or 312- 281-3286.

New Deal Lecture to Reflect on State of Labor Movements in America Today – Thursday, November 14

Since 1992, Roosevelt University’s Center for New Deal Studies has presented lectures or programs reflecting on issues related to the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Deal. This year’s event will analyze “The Past, Present and Future of the American Labor Movement.” Free and open to the public, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m., in Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, 7th floor, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Chicago native Dorian T. Warren, who specializes in the study of inequality, American politics and labor, will deliver the lecture. He is as an associate professor in the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. In addition, he is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Warren appears regularly on television and radio shows, including NBC Nightly News, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, BET, BBC and NPR. Included on the 2013 list of NBC’s 100 People Making History. Today, he is an expert on labor relations at WalMart and has a book coming out on the topic later this fall. Warren’s lecture will reflect on labor movements in America, given the social movements and protests of the last several years, including the Occupy Movement and the Chicago teachers strike. In previous years, the format of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture has varied from formal lectures to theatrical performances and topics have ranged from media regulations to immigration rights. Last year, Jeff Madrick presented “Rediscovering Government” and in 2008 Professor William Leuchtenburg lectured on the FDR coalition from 1936 to 2008. Past participants have included Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, New Deal expert and writer Studs Terkel, former FCC commissioner Newton Minow, Liberian human rights activist Krubo Kollie and news analyst and reporter Cokie Roberts.

“While presentation topics and styles have been diverse, they have always sparked a lively discussion with an active and engaged audience,” said Roosevelt history professor Margaret Rung, who is the University’s director of the Center for New Deal Studies. For more information, contact Rung at [email protected] and to RSVP, email [email protected] or call 312-341-3838.

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

Open Registration Now in Progress for 2014 Spring Semester

Open Registration for the Spring 2014 Semester at South Suburban College is now in progress with classes starting on Monday, January 13, 2014. Students are encouraged to register early to ensure a seat in a class section of choice. Students who plan to use financial aid as payment must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope. New students should visit the Admissions Office in Room 2348 to complete the Application Form, or download it from ssc.edu and fax to (708) 225-5823 along with a current state issued ID to begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. The “MY SSC” portal allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. A comprehensive schedule of evening and weekend classes will also be made available this spring at the college’s Oak Forest extension site–located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois. For more information about all of SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office at 708-210-5718.

SSC’s Business & Career Institute to Hose Linkedin Workshop – Thursday, November 7

The South Suburban College Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents a Breakfast with BCI Workshop titled “The Do’s and Don’ts of LinkedIn: Strategically using LinkedIn to Your Advantage,” facilitated by Allen Babiarz, BCI Client Solutions & Project Manager. This event will take place at the Heritage Room of the college’s Main Campus on Thursday, November 7th from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., with a check-in time of 8:15 a.m. LinkedIn is an excellent platform for professional networking, but etiquette is important. Attendees of this workshop will learn the “do’s and don’ts” to properly and professionally get a LinkedIn profile noticed. The cost of the event and continental breakfast is $15 per person, or $10 per person if three or more individuals from the same company attend. To register, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2346 or email[email protected].

Court Reporting Open House – Thursday, November 7

SSC will host an Open House for the Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Program on Thursday, November 7th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the University & College Center (UCC) in Oak Forest, Room 5230. The SSC Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Program is fully accredited by the National Court Reporters Association. It is a comprehensive career education program that can lead to an exciting, high paying career. Upon completion of all of the courses, students receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree and are well-prepared to take the Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporter Examination–the professional certifying exam for the State of Illinois. Reporters are in high demand and may work in areas such as judicial reporting, broadcast captioning, steno interpreting and web casting. In addition to the excellent earnings, court reporters have opportunities for travel, exposure to high-profile cases, and self-employment. All of SSC’s Court Reporting classes are held at the UCC, located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. For more information, please contact LaTherese Cooke, Program Coordinator, at 708-596-2000, ext. 3217, or visit ssc.edu.

Open House for Parents – Wednesday, November 13

SSC is planning a special open house event for parents designed to showcase the programs, services and financial advantages that SSC offers students of all ages. This is an SSC Parental Engagement & Networking Support event, or “PENS.” This first annual PENS Open House will take place Wednesday, November 13, 2013, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the South Holland Campus. The PENS Open House will offer a wide range of information, demonstrations, tours, giveaways and raffle prizes for attendees. All guests will receive a gift bag and will be entered in a raffle for gas cards and other gift certificates, while “preregistered” guests will also be entered in a raffle for the chance of winning an I-Pad and a Galaxy Tablet. Additionally, most attendees will qualify for a free credit class through the Over 25 Tuition Waiver (some restrictions apply). There will be two welcome presentations to accommodate guests of different arrival times in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the first floor at 5:45 p.m. and 7:10 p.m., followed by informational sessions, table visits and tours starting in the Atrium, including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Admissions and Registration,
  • Art & Design,
  • Business, Engineering and Technology,
  • Counseling,
  • Financial Aid,
  • Health Professions and Nursing,
  • Legal Studies–Paralegal and Court Reporting,
  • Scholarships and Tuition Waivers,
  • and much more.

To pre-register, or for more information, please email [email protected] or call 708-596-2000, extension 2315.

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 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 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

Park Forest Health Department, 350 Victory Drive

A Care Giver Seminar – RSVP by Friday, November 1

A seminar for caregivers who care for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses will be held Thursday, November 14, beginning at 1 p.m. at Village Hall. The seminar will provide a wealth of resources to caregivers and concerned citizens. Some areas to be covered at the seminar include virtual dementia simulation, estate planning, guardianship and power of attorney, adult day care, competency assessment, and respite care. RSVP by November 1 by calling 708-748-1118.

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.

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

Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program

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

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: 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 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 30

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.

Friends of Thorn Creek Wood Meeting – Sunday, November 3

Join other nature lovers for the Friends of Thorn Creek Woods Meeting on Sunday, November 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. We’ll find out what’s going on in the preserve and learn about ways to help. Capital Fundraising for painting the nature center and biding a new south bridge will be discussed. New supporters can find out what makes Thorn Creek unique. The meeting is open to the public. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Story of Landscape Hike – Saturday, November 2

In 1957 May Theilgaard Watts, naturalist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois wrote the enchanting book Reading the Landscape. She wrote “there is good reading on the land…The records are written in the forests, in fencerows, in gardens, in tree rings.” Join us on this fall hike to read the landscape of Thorn Creek Woods with John Yunger, professor of Ecology at Governors State University. The Story of the Landscape Hike is for all ages Saturday, November 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. This program is free and registration is required. For more information or to register for this program, please call Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest at 708-747-6320. For more information or to register for programs, contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 708-747-6320, email [email protected] or stop in the nature center between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. Three and a half miles of Thorn Creek trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. Trail walkers should be aware that our south bridge across Thorn Creek was badly damaged by the April storms and has been removed. The new north bridge across Thorn Creek is open and all the trails are open. Walkers should plan their hikes to allow for coming back around the trails to cross at the north bridge only. There are signs and maps at the trail head.

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.

This & That

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.

Villages of Park Forest & Richton Park

Turn Your Idea into an Invention – Saturday, November 2

On Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., at Dining on the Green, 359 Main Street, Park Forest, join the Villages of Park Forest and Richton Park for this informational session. Hear a story from an actual inventor and learn how you can move to the net level with getting your idea turned into an invention. All ages are welcome. For additional information or to RSVP, call 708-283-5621.

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, November 1 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 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.


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