In and Around Park Forest Week of October 31, 2011

Last Farmers Market of the season
Saturday saw the last Farmers Market of the 2011 season. The market returns in six short months of lovely Chicago weather. (ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)-October 31, 2011. If you are new to Park Forest or have never attended the annual Safe Halloween event, take a look at the video below to see what you’ve been missing. Details about this year’s event can be found in the ‘Halloween Activities’ section below.

The Park Forest Fire Department would like to remind all residents that they need to ‘fall behind’ on November 6 and move your clocks back one hour and also change the batteries in all your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. Did you know as many as half of America’s smoke detectors are not working because of old, disconnected or missing batteries? Remember to change the batteries and test your detectors.

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.

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.! 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.

Village of Park Forest

Village Meetings

Village Board Meeting

The Village Board is scheduled to hold a Saturday Morning Rules meeting on November 5 at 10 a.m. at Village Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend. Village Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site at www.villageofparkforest.com.
To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site at: http://www.villageofparkforest.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=BoardMtgArchive&category=Village%20Government and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Village of Park Forest Advisory Board & Commission Meetings

The following Park Forest Advisory Boards will meet the week of October 31:

  • Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group
  • Thursday, November 3 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission

The meetings 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.

Arts & Entertainment

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

Mac Frampton – Tickets Now on Sale

On Tuesday, November 15 at 11 a.m., the Senior Series will continue with Mac Frampton. Back by popular demand, Mac Frampton’s credits include the Van Cliburn Competition, the Boston Pops, 22 albums, 10 original revues, reams of critical raves, unprecedented return engagements, and accolades abound. A tour de force, from Rhapsody in Blue to Blue Suede Shoes, Mac Frampton redefines the piano with power, precision, and playfulness. This concert will include a stirring, evocative homage to our homeland including America the Beautiful, God Bless America and many more. Tickets are $11. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

The Marcya Daneille “6” featuring Chris Greene in “All of Me” – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m., Park Forest native jazz vocalist Marcya Daneille and her sextet “6” will return to Freedom Hall along with featured artist, Chicago area rising star saxophonist Chris Greene. Marcya’s melodious voice has been described as “…the perfect blend of Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan with a dash of Billie Holiday.” Chris Greene has been described as”…an almost impossibly nimble sax player…” “All of Me” promises a soulful journey through classic jazz standards, heartfelt gospel and contemporary crowd pleasing grooves. Tickets are $28. 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 31 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
  • Monday, October 31 at 1:30 pm. – Computer Class ‘Basic Internet’*
  • Tuesday, November 1 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime
  • Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. – PJ Storytime for all ages
  • Wednesday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m. – Afterschool Games/Crafts
  • Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. – Computer Class ‘Microsoft PowerPoint’ *
  • Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. – LapSit Storytime for those ages 0 – 35 months with caregiver
  • Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. – Potpourri of Lectures – ‘Turkey: History and Its Influence in the Middle Eastern World’ by Nissim Eskenazi
  • Thursday, November 3 at 11:15 a.m. – Toddler Art for those ages 2 – 4 with caregiver
  • Thursday, November 3 at 4 p.m. – Email Sign Up/Internet Practice — The first ten people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration for the practice sessions.
  • Friday, November 4 at 3:30 p.m. – Teen Time – Each Friday we’ll feature a teen craft, Wii games, board game competitions, or maybe even a classic TV rerun. Bring a friend!
  • Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m. – Fall Session ‘Day of Community Service’ – Do something good for your community. We’re making Muffin in a Jar Mixes to donate to the local food pantry. Sign up to help. All ages welcome.

*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 worlds’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 – Through November 13

‘Heroes’ by Tom Stoppard, a play adapted from ‘Le Vent Des Peupliers’ by Gerard Dibieyras will 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

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

‘From Russia With Love’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s 34th Season debuts on Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort. A matinee performance beginning at 3 p.m. will take place on Sunday, November 20. The concerts will feature Maestra Rei Hotoda, assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, who will lead a concert of masterpieces that run the gamut of human emotion. Both concerts will feature Stravinsky’s Russian folk music ballet, Petrushka, overflows with the colors of a Russian fair and a pathetic, lovelorn puppet that comes to life. Fauré’s Penelope Prelude depicts the dramatic reunion of lovers Ulysses and Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey. Beethoven’s triumphal Symphony No. 5 follows with its rhythmic punch and one of the most popular opening themes of all time. Don’t miss this explosive start to the IPO’s exciting season. Tickets are priced at $30, $40 and $50 for the November 19 performance and $25 and $30 for the November 20 matinee. To purchase tickets, visit: https://secure.ticketsage.net/EventsPage.aspx?ws=1. For additional information, call the IPO office at (708) 481-7774 or visit: http://ipomusic.org/

PRELUDE: An Opening Night Celebration and Dinner Party – Tickets Now on Sale

Celebrate the start of IPO’s 34th Concert Season at an Opening Night Celebration and Dinner Party to be held on Saturday, November 19 at Prestwick Country Club, 601 Prestwick Drive, Frankfort, IL. Cocktail service will begin at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m.
Keyboard entertainment will be performed by Roger Pampel. Tickets are $75 per person. Call the IPO Box Office for reservations at 708-481-7774.

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

Distinguished Lecture by ‘Flow’ Director Sonita L. Surratt – November 9

GSU is hosting a distinguished lecture in conjunction with the performance of ‘Flow’ at the Center for Performing Arts. Sonita L. Surratt, director of ‘Flow,’ will appear with cast members and GSU English Professor Rashidah Muhammad on Wednesday, November 9 at 5 p.m. in Engbretson Hall. They will discuss the powerful narrative that runs through ‘Flow’ and the meaning behind the play. The distinguished lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 08-534-4552.

Center for Performing Arts, 1 University Parkway, University Park

‘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].

‘Flow’ – Tickets Now on Sale

‘Flow,’ by Will Power, comes to the center for Performing Arts on Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m.  ‘Flow’ tells the story of a young rap artists on a mission to save the African American oral tradition. He joins forces with, and takes the role of, seven community storytellers, all of whom face the pitfalls of modern urban society. As they tell their specific stories, small but significant life lessons are tossed toward the audience through compelling rhymes and rhythms. The message is clear, we must continue to tell our stories, and pass on our lessons. Tickets range in price from $15 to $39 with special $15 tickets for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 708-235-2222 or online at www.centertickets.net.

‘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 Business Workshops 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.

Instant Admission Day – Saturday, November 5

Prospective undergraduate students, with the proper transcripts, can be admitted on the spot to GSU at Instant Admission Day on Saturday, November 5 at GSU’s main campus in University Park. GSU will host the free open house event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for students interested in transferring into one of GSU’s bachelor’s degree completion programs. GSU faculty, academic advisors, and financial aid counselors will be on hand to meet with prospective students about the university, specific undergraduate programs, and financial aid. Students have the option of attending group sessions or meeting with staff personnel on a one-to-one basis. GSU is the state’s only upper division university; classes start at the junior level. GSU offers 22 bachelor’s degree programs for students with either 60 college credit hours or an associate’s degree. Courses are offered by the GSU’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Education and Health and Human Services. For additional information, call 708-534-4044.

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.

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 Street, Chicago Heights

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].

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 – Saturday, November 5 — 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.

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

‘Meeting the Challenges of a World of 7 Billion’ Forum – Sunday, November 6

A forum titled ‘Meeting the Challenges of a World of 7 Billion’ will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UUCC. The featured speaker will be John Seager, President and CEO of Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth), the national grassroots organization that educates people and advocates progressive action to stabilized world population at a level that can be sustained by the Earth’s resources. Overpopulation threatens the quality of life for people everywhere. Come hear a compelling discussion of how rising global populations impact poverty, hunger, environmental risks, energy, and resource shortages for the entire world. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-277-5923.

Safer Pest Control Project, Chicago

5th Annual Ladybug Bash – Friday, November 4

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.”
Auction items include:

  • Getaway to Harbor Country, Michigan
  • Year of Organic Valley dairy products
  • Neuton battery-powered lawn mower, organic lawn and garden care
  • Patagonia travel gear
  • Kit to brew craft beer at home
  • CSA and locally produced food provisions
  • Yoga, Pilates, Karate and kayaking experiences
  • Art, cooking and music classes for adults and kids
  • Fabulous hotel, restaurant, theatre and spa packages, and more!

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].

Healthy Living

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

Wednesday Morning Walkers – Wednesday, November 2

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.

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.

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.

Hallelujah Temple, 1 Dogwood, Park Forest

Refreshing Time Senior’s Ministry – Friday, November 4

On Friday, November 4 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., those 55 and older are invited to join us for this monthly support fellowship that combines food, interactive Christian Bible study, informative workshops, arts and crafts, and birthday celebrations. This event is held on the first Friday of each month.

Rainbow Café

Monthly Meeting – Saturday, November 5

The Rainbow Café is an opportunity for single or partnered gays, lesbians, bisexuals or other sexual minorities, and their allies, over age 18 to meet one another and socialize in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Those attending are encouraged to bring some non-alcoholic drinks and a dessert or snack to pass, or bring a financial donation. However, neither is mandatory.
The Rainbow Café is held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the 1st Saturday of each month at the Unitarian-Universalist Community Church, 70 Sycamore, Park Forest.

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.

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.