In and Around Park Forest Week of September 13, 2010

Jesse Martinez

‘Good Egg’ recepient Jesse Martinez (left) talks with Village Manager Tom Mick (far right) and Mayor John Ostenburg (center). (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—September 13, 2010. Work has begun on the new mural in DownTown Park Forest. Twin brothers, Aaron and Alan Hicks, also known as the “Twin Hicks” began painting the latest mural on Friday. If you stand in the parking lot of the Chase Bank (202 Forest Blvd.) and look south, you’ll see the scaffolding and the artists busy at work. Stop by and see the work as it progresses.

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 Meetings

Commission on Human Relations

Good Egg Reception – Monday, September 13

On Monday, September 13 at 7 p.m. come out to a reception at the Village Board room to congratulate Derrill Miller, Jr., of Richton Park, and Jesse Martinez of Park Forest, the winning recipients of the 2010 Good Egg Award. Refreshments will be served. The Village Board meeting will follow. All residents are encouraged to attend.

Village Board Meeting

The Village Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, September 13 at 8 p.m. at Village Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend.  Village Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site atwww.villageofparkforest.com.

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

Park Forest Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Village Commissions will meet this week:

  • Commission on Human Relations – Tuesday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Plan Commission – Tuesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. (Note: The Plan Commission holds a second meeting each month on an as needed basis. Please call Village Hall at 708-748-1112 to determine if this meeting will be held.)

The meetings will be held at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Arts & Entertainment

55th Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Saturday & Sunday, September 18 & 19

The 55th annual Park Forest Art Fair will take place on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in DownTown Park Forest. A new generation will join venerable favorites at the juried fine art fair, which features more than 80 artists. The Fair will also feature many activities for children including:

  • Youth Art Contest operating continuously during the fair;
  • Park Forest Library will host story time and sidewalk drawing on Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Richton Park Library will host demonstrations in martial arts on Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and drawing hosted by comic book artist Justin Bagget
  • Mural painting on the windows of the former Marshall Fields Building on Saturday and Sunday.

The musical group Patchouli will perform on Saturday and Kevin Wright and James Moats of the Righteous Hillbillies will perform on Sunday near the flagpole on Main Street. Food vendors will sell a variety of foods from pizza to pork chop sandwiches. The Lions Club will host a beer garden.

An added attraction at this year’s Fair will take place on Saturday when rose gardeners from Illinois and Indiana display their best blooms in the lobby of the Illinois Theatre Center. The show is part of the fall convention of the Illinois-Indiana District of the American Rose Society. Art Fair attendees can view the rose show beginning at noon. Members of Sauk Trail Rose Society will be on hand to guide and explain the exhibits.

For additional information, visit www.tallgrasarts.org or call the Tall Grass Gallery at 708-748-3377 during gallery hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Tall Grass Arts Association, 267 Artists Walk, Park Forest

“Fabulously Focused” Exhibit Now Open

“Fabulously Focused,” an exhibit of current works of Tall Grass Gallery Artists is currently open. Eleven new artists have successfully completed the jurying process and were invited to participate in the exhibit. “Whirling Ocean Life,” an abstract watercolor by Charlotte Sasser will be raffled off during the run of the exhibit. The event if free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

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

Monday, September 13 10:30 a.m. Story Time for children ages 3 to 6
Wednesday, September 15 10:30 a.m. Lap Sit Story Times
Wednesday, September 15 10:30 a.m. Toddler Art

For more information or to register for these events, call the Park Forest Library’s Youth Services Department at 708-748-3731.

Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest

“Icons” – Through October

“Icons” exhibit at Salon Artists Gallery runs through October. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and 12 Noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, call Pat Moore or Bev Szaton at 708-833-5108.

Illinois Theatre Center, 371 Artists Walk, Park Forest

“Anna Christie” – Tickets Now On Sale

The Illinois Theatre Center will open its 35th season on Friday, September 24 with “Anna Christie,” Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize winning classic tale of an old sailor’s reunion with the daughter he abandoned as a child. This play has been thrilling audiences around the world for 90 years. The play will run through October 10. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $22 on Friday and Saturday, $20 at all other times, with a $1 discount for students and seniors. For tickets, call (708) 481-3510.

Park Forest Historical Society

Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard (Corner of Forest & Fir)

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is in an original rental townhome, built in 1947-1949 by American Community Builders. The museum provides a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane for anyone who lived in the 1950s or 1960s, or for those interested in that period. Visitors are encouraged to open drawers, cupboard and closets to discover period treasures inside. Contents of the house, furnished as though a young veteran and his family of small children occupy it, include dolls, toys, dollhouses, books, dishes, serving pieces, furniture and clothing from the period. When is the last time you said, "Hello," to Howdy Doody?

The Museum is open on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Group tours are by appointment. Call 708-748-3731.

Center For Performing Arts at GSU, 1 University Parkway

Lyric Opera Preview – Tickets Now On Sale

Add some grandeur to your afternoon on Sunday, September 26 at 4 p.m. with this preview event of the Lyric Opera’s unprecedented 56th Season. Four of the Opera Chorus’ featured artists will be on hand to present arias, duets, and ensembles from the upcoming season.

  • Verdi’s Macbeth andA Masked Ball
  • Bizet’s Carmen
  • Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado
  • Puccini’sThe Girl of the Golden West
  • Wagner’s Lohengrin
  • Handel’s Hercules

Viennese pastries and coffee will be offered during this intimate performance on The Center’s stage. Tickets are $37. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Center box office at 708-235-2222 or visitwww.centertickets.net.

Tickets Now on Sale for 2010-2011 Season

The Center for Performing Arts is now selling series tickets for the 2010-2011 Season. Artists range from musical performers, ballet, plays, cabaret acts and events especially for children. Special offers are provided for those purchasing 3, 4, or 5 shows in the series including 15% off regular ticket prices, priority seating, ticket exchange privileges and dining discounts. Treat yourself to this amazing 16th Season at the Center and give back to your community at the same time. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Center box office at 708-235-2222 or visitwww.centertickets.net.

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

“Hidden Splendor of Color” – Opens Monday, September 13

The Visual Arts Gallery at GSU will present “Hidden Splendor of Color,” an exhibit of photographs by Kankakee resident Jeremy Spence, a recent graduate of GSU’s Master of Fine Arts program. Spence’s panoramic works turn everyday landscapes into vivid habitats that become eye candy for the viewer. Through the use of richly saturated colors, Spence reveals the beauty of hidden colors that exist only at night. The solo exhibit will open on September 13 and run through September 22. A closing reception will be held on Wednesday, September 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Hours at the Visual Arts Gallery are Monday and Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Gallery is located adjacent to GSU’s E Lounge. For more information, call 708-534-4017 or visit:www.gsuvisualartsgallery.blogspot.com.

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at GSU

Neil Goodman Sculptures On Display Through October

Five dramatic sculptures by Chicago artist Neil Goodman are currently on display at GSU’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Goodman’s sculptures have been commissioned and collected by museums, corporations, convention centers, parks, synagogues, universities and private residences. For more information aboutNeil Goodman in the Park call 708-534-4486 or visit[email protected].

CAUTION – Featuring Songs of the Grateful Dead

Harte’s Saloon – Thursday, September 16

CAUTION will be playing every Thursday night at Harte’s Saloon, 9858 S. Artesian. If you are a fan of the Grateful Dead, Phish and great musical jams, check out this band. For more information, call Harte’s Saloon at 708-424-2618.

Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, IL

The Artists’ Marks – Through September 24

The Artists’ Marks is a survey of the drawings, paintings and prints of Richard Benoit, Akiko Matsuoka-Thorson, and Gary Thomas, three artists who are often identified by their own personal technical processes of transforming a blank work surface into a meaningful image. The Artists’ Marks gives viewers an opportunity to gain insight into the unique mark-making processes of these three artists. The exhibit will run through September 24. A reception for the Artists’ Marks will be held on Friday, September 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. when the artists will be present to discuss their work and their processes. For additional information and gallery hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit:www.unionstreetgallery.org.

“Objects of Affection” – Through September 24

Objects of Affection,” a juried exhibition dedicated to the study, portrayal, and artistic interpretation of arranged objects will run through September 24. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For additional information and gallery hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit:www.unionstreetgallery.org

‘Green’ Events

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS)

Field Trip to Homewood Izaak Walton & Wampum Lake – Wednesday, September 15

On Wednesday, September 15 at 8 a.m. meet at Homewood Izaak Walton & Wampum Lake (Ridge Road in Homewood just west of Halsted Avenue), which is a good site for all sorts of migratory birds, such as mergansers and Grebes, along with a myriad of wonderful prairie flowers; New England Asters, Rattlesnake Master, all the Goldenrods. Please notify Pat Strange at 219-923-5164, or Al Thomas at 708-957-9847, if you plan to attend so you can be notified in case of a change of plans. For additional information, if you need a ride or want to car pool, or learn how to become a member of TCAS, call Al Thomas or visit TCAS website at:www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org.

Field Trip to Wooded Island – Saturday, September 18

On Saturday, September 18 at 7 a.m., Glyn Dawson will lead a trip to help sort out those confusing fall warblers on their way south. After a pleasant and productive meander through the park, we’ll head for Café Florian and a delectable brunch to celebrate our sightings. Meet at the Clarence Darrow Bridge, located south of the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Please notify Glyn Dawson Habecker at 708-747-6061 if you plan to attend so you can be notified in case of a change of plans. For additional information, if you need a ride or want to car pool, or learn how to become a member of TCAS, visit TCAS website at:www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org.

Annual Birdseed Sale – Orders Accepted Until October 1

Thorn Creek Audubon Society’s annual birdseed sale is now underway. Orders will be accepted until October 1. Pickup date is Saturday, October 23 at the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard Dr., Park Forest. Prices are especially good this year. Seed will include black oil sunflower seed, safflower seed, nyjer (thistle) seed and a variety of seed blends. Also for sale are pine bluebird boxes and suet cakes. To obtain an order form, call Al Thomas at 708-957-9847 or visit:www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org. Sale proceeds help fund conservation and environmental education for children and adults.

Park Forest Environment Commission

 ‘A Chemical Reaction’ Film Screening – Save the Date

On Saturday, October 2 beginning at 1 p.m., the Park Forest Environment Commission, Thorn Creek Audubon Society and Governors State University (GSU) will host a screening of the documentary movie, ‘A Chemical Reaction’ in GSU’s Sherman Hall, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL. ‘A Chemical Reaction’ explores how the elimination of lawn pesticides transformed one community in Canada, and how their actions impacted the chemical lawn care industry in North America. Following the screening, there will be a discussion by industry experts about activity occurring in the State of Illinois to reduce the amount of chemical pesticides being used by local governments and communities. There is a suggested donation of $10 with no charge for GSU students with ID. For more information, call Rosemary Piser at 708-747-1991.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

Garden Club of Park Forest, 424 Indianwood Blvd.

Native Plants to the Landscape – Tuesday, September 14

On Tuesday, September 14 from 12 noon to 2 p.m., the Garden Club of Park Forest will meet and provide a program by Connor Shaw. For more information, call Margaret Warden at 708-572-7928.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Dr., Park Forest

Job Readiness Program – Starting Thursday, September 16

Four days of preparation for your next job will begin on Thursday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Park Forest Village Hall. Sessions will be held each Thursday through October 7. Scheduled sessions are:

  • Thursday, September 16 – Resume & Cover Letter Do’s and Don’ts;
  • Thursday, September 23 – Resume Review and Follow-up Interview Skit and Tips;
  • Thursday, September 30 – Mock Interviews; and
  • Thursday, October 7 – Networking, Interviews and Mentoring.

Don’t miss out on this free opportunity. Reserve your spot today by calling 708-748-2005 as only 50 spots are available.

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

Little Twigs Nature Playtimes – Through November 18

Each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through November 18, young children ages 2 – 4 can participate in this hands-on exploratory program that teaches young children about the environment through hikes, stories and crafts. There is a fee of $5 per child (no fee for parents). Bring your child or grandchild out for this wonderful program. Snacks are provided. Registration is not required. For more information, call 708-747-6320.

Junior Ecologist Club – Saturday, September 18

On Saturday, September 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, children ages 11 through 15 can discover the woods in a new way and join naturalists to explore the woods and track seasonal changes. This event is held on the third Saturday of each month and there is a fee of $5 per child per month. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Free Basic Computer Classes for Rich Township Residents

Rich Township is offering free basic computer skills 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, resume building skills, and more. For additional information, call Mark Mason or Joe Moran at 708-748-6722.

Shop Locally

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.

Park Forest Farmers Market

The Park Forest’s Farmers Market will be held each Saturday through October from 7 a.m. until noon, rain or shine. Fresh garden plants and produce, bakery goods, gourmet cheeses, herbs and eggs will be available for sale. Local businesses will also be on hand with a variety of artwork, garden ornaments, candles and more. Meet your friends at the Farmers Market for breakfast or lunch and shop locally.

During the Farmers Market, local civic groups can give demonstrations, hold fundraisers or other events at no charge but must register in advance. For more information, call 708-748-1118 or visitwww.pfhealth.net.

Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL

Farm Fresh Market –Thursday, September 16

Fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables are coming to GSU at its first-ever outdoor farmers market on Thursday, September 16 at the south end of Parking Lot D. Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. The Farmers Market will be held on Thursdays through September.

Healthy Living

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – Through November 17

Those ages 11 through adult can enjoy light exercise as you meander through Thorn Creek Woods every Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. through 8:30 a.m. through November 17.  Experience the arrival of fall first hand as you walk the 1 mile loop through woodlands and ravines. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. Terrain is moderate. Registration is not required. For more information, call 708-747-6320.

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

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.

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 visitwww.govst.edu/counselinglab.

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 visithttp://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

Kiwanis Pancake Day – Tickets Now On Sale

The 59th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, a Park Forest tradition, will take place this year on Saturday, September 24 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot outside Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Enjoy pancakes and sausages from the amazing pank-a-tron machine under the big white tent. Tickets can be purchased at the Farmers Market during September and at Village Hall. For more information, call Michele Johnson at 708-278-0008.

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.

Celebration Ministries, 424 Indianwood, Park Forest

Connect Café – Thursday, September 16

On Thursday, September 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the Connect Café is a place for the community to hang out, have a cup of coffee, latte, or hot chocolate, listen to music, talk, play a game of chess, or just relax. Kid friendly, also for Mom’s and Dad’s. This event will be held every Thursday. For more information, call 708-748-1995 or visitwww.celebration4.org.

C4 Underground Youth Gathering – Every Tuesday & Thursday

Youths in grades 6 and up are welcome to join us every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for fun and games, group discussion and a variety of activities. For more information, call Celebration Ministries at 708-748-1995.

Roots and Wings, 215 Nashua St., Park Forest

Current Events Topic Group – Every Monday

Join us every Monday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as we gather to talk about God, us, the world and how they all work together. Roots and Wings is located behind Celebration Ministries. For more information, contact Celebration Ministries at 708-748-1995.

Church of the Holy Family, Sauk Trail & Orchard Drive, Park Forest

Yard and Bake Sale with Silent Auction – Saturday, September 18

On Saturday, September 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Holy Family Church and St. Margaret’s Guild are presenting a vast indoor ‘yard’ sale and bake sale. Lunch will be sold in the ‘Shopper’s Cave.’ New this year: a silent auction. For more information, call 708-748-1100.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 347 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Winging with the Symphony Golf Outing and Dinner Benefit – Sunday, September 19

Lincolnshire Country Club, 390 E. Richton Road, Crete, IL, will be the location of the Winging with the Symphony Golf Outing and Dinner Benefit on Sunday, September 19 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a day of golf followed by dinner. Cocktail reception with open bar begins at 5 p.m. and beef tenderloin carving station opens at 6:30 p.m. Golf and dinner package is $150 per person. Dinner only is $50 per person. Check in at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon, and Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 708-481-7774 or visitwww.ipamusic.org.

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, visitwww.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.

Club & Organization Meetings

League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area, 33 Monee Rd., Park Forest

Kick-Off Pot Luck Meeting – Wednesday, September 15

Plan on attending the League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area’s kick-off potluck meeting at the home of Marge Freidman-Scherr. Guest Speaker will be Dr. Blondean Davis. Bring a dish to share and a friend.

Park Forest Photography Club – Wednesday, September 15

The Park Forest Photography Club, organized in 1981, is devoted to promoting an appreciation of the photographic medium as an art form and increasing general understanding of film or digital photography. The Club will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest. Membership is open to the public at $35 per year. Visitors are invited to attend a meeting free of charge. For additional information, call Allan Fritz at 708-747-0717 or Lee Martin at 708-572-7055.

Park Forest Nurses Club – Thursday, September 16

The Park Forest Nurses Club will hold its annual smorgasbord on Thursday, September 16 at Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 Orchard Drive (corner of Lincoln Highway and Orchard Drive). Guest speaker, Lois Roelofs, PhD, RN., Professor Emerita, Trinity Christian College, will discuss her memoir, “Caring Lessons: A Nursing Professor’s Journey of Faith and Self.” A book signing will follow with books for sale for $13.99. Members are asked to bring their favorite salad. Dessert and beverage will be provided. All area RN’s and LPN’s, active or inactive, are invited to attend. For additional information, call Barbara Principali at 708-481-8387.

Greening of Park Forest

B3 Bottles, Park Forest

The United Sates leads in consuming bottled water, drinking 26 billion liters a year (that’s only one, 8 ounce glass per day). It is estimated that Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottlesevery hour with 86% of the plastic bottles used never getting recycled. B3 Bottles, a local Park Forest business, has a solution to this problem. B3’s stainless steel bottles can be filled with Park Forest’s award winning water or other hot/cold beverages of your choice, and then cleaned and re-used for a lifetime. To learn more about B3 Bottles and pricing information, call Laura Fitzgerald at 708-748-0934.

Sertoma Centre, Inc., 4343 W. 123rd St., Alsip, IL

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.

Go Green with a Free Tote Bag

The Village of Park Forest encourages residents to visit Village Hall to pick up an environmentally friendly canvas bag that can be used for your day-to-day shopping needs. These bags are free while supplies last with only two expectations: 1) that residents have a valid email address so that future environmentally conscious concepts can be shared by the Village’s Environment Commission; and 2) that bags are limited to one per household. For more information on this program, visit the Village Manager’s Office on the second floor of Village Hall of call 708-748-1129.

Sources:  Park Forest 2010 Autumn Recreation Programs & More; Park Forest Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Recreation Programs & More, Village of Park Forest, Governors State University, Center for Performing Arts, Union Street Gallery, Park Forest Rotary Club, South Suburban Family Shelter, Park Forest Historical Society, Illinois Theatre Center, CAUTION, Sertoma Centre, Inc., Tall Grass Arts Association, Thorn Creek Audubon Society websites.