In and Around Park Forest Week of September 16, 2013

Students participate in Interfaith celebration at Temple Anshe Sholom
Area teens participated in an Interfaith Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur/Sukkot Program at Temple Anshe Sholom in Olympia Fields Sunday. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—September 16, 2013. One of Park Forest’s annual activities that marks the start of fall is taking place on September 21 and 22 – the 58th Park Forest Art Fair. The event will take place each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in DownTown Park Forest’s Village Green. The Art Fair, which is the second oldest juried art fair in the Chicagoland region, will feature paintings in many media, etchings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and hand-blown glass. There is also an array of activities that will delight children including an art contest, tie dyeing and face painting. Live music and food vendors will also be participating. You’ll find additional information about the Park Forest Art Fair in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

Another ‘famous’ Park Forest fall event is the Kiwanis Club’s Annual Pancake Day. The 62nd Annual Pancake Day will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail in Park Forest. The event will once again feature all-you-can eat pancakes, sausage and beverages. Discount tickets can be purchased in advance of the event at Park Forest Village Hall, the Park Forest Farmers Market, Tower Cleaners, 230 Forest Boulevard, and from Kiwanis Club members. I know this is one event that I’m going to really miss now that I’m living in Oregon. So be sure to plan on meeting your neighbors for a great breakfast and lots of fun (and have a pancake for me!) Additional information about the 62nd Annual Pancake Day can be found in the ‘This & That’ section.
If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in our community during the upcoming week, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details. Submission deadline is noon on Friday of each week.

Village of Park Forest

Village Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, September 16 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. In conjunction with this meeting, the Commission on Human Relations will present its 2013 Good Egg Award to Sandra Spann. A reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Village Hall with the presentation ensuing at the Board meeting. 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: http://villageofparkforest.com and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Village Commission & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Advisory Board is scheduled to meet the week of September 16:

  • Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. – Recreation & Parks Advisory Board

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

Arts & Entertainment

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Tickets on Sale for Freedom Hall 2013 – 2014 Series

Tickets are now on sale for Freedom Hall’s 2013 – 2014 Series. Highlights of the Main Series include:

  • September 20 — The Stand-Up Comedy of Tom Dreesen and His Memories of Frank Sinatra;
  • October 29 – The Mystical Arts of Tibet’s production of ‘Sacred Music/Sacred Dance’;
  • November 15 – Shining Star’s Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute;
  • December 13 – The Freddy Cole Quartet;
  • February 22 – CALJE (Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble); and
  • March 15 – Masters of Motown.

The popular matinee series will include:

  • October 15 – ‘The Singer’ with Allen Edwards;
  • November 12 – Laura Freeman pays tribute to Doris Day;
  • December 10 – Mac Frampton;
  • February 18 – ‘Close to You – The Music of the Carpenters’;
  • March 25 – ‘Cherish the Ladies’; and
  • April 8 – ‘The King, The Killer, and The Cash,’ a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

Family Theatre shows include:

  • October 25 – ‘Be a Peace of the Puzzle;’ and
  • March 14 – P.D. Eastman’s classic picture book ‘Are you My Mother?’

For additional information or to order tickets which can be purchased at the box office, over the phone or on-line, please call Freedom Hall at 708-747-0580 or visit the website at freedomhall.org.

Park Forest Recreation & Parks

Enjoy Bingo and a White Sox Game – Wednesday, September 18

Join us on Wednesday, September 18 for an afternoon of food, fun, bingo and baseball. The trip includes buffet lunch, beer, wine and soft drinks, bingo, afternoon baseball game and transportation.  We will depart from Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, at 10 a.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person. You can register in-person at the Recreation & Parks Department at Village Hall or by calling 708-748-2005 to register over the phone with a credit card. Please note: We will need name, address, home phone number, emergency number, and signed waiver for each person registering for the trip.  Mention Code:  348730-1 when you register. For additional information, 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, September 16 at 10:30 a.m. — Imagine! Create! Participate! — Is your preschooler all about the drama? Do they enjoy singing and dancing? This program is just what they need. Designed to help boost creativity and imagination, children will enjoy acting out their favorite stories on the kids’ zone stage.
  • Monday, September 16 at 11 a.m. — 3M Book Club: The Onion Field — Joseph Wambaugh’s best seller. The story of the kidnapping of two plainclothes LAPD officers by a pair of criminals during an evening traffic stop and a subsequent murder.
  • Monday, September 16 at 6 p.m. — Classic Movie Monday Nights: ‘The Onion Field’ — Taken from the Joseph Wambaugh book. ‘The Onion Field’ is a true story about a case that changed LAPD policies forever. More than a simple police procedural, though, the film is a character study that follows the aftermath of the murder for all involved. John Savage, as the surviving officer, is called on over and over to reenact the event in court, chided by his superiors and eventually fired from the force, with redemption a long way off. He does a great job in a harrowing role as frustration, guilt, and depression cause his life and career to disintegrate over time. There are impressive early performances by Ted Danson and James Woods.
  • Tuesday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. — Yoga Movement and Me — In this series of programs children to explore basic yoga movements with the help of stories, games, and poses.
  • Tuesday, September 17 at 4 p.m. – Lights! Camera! Action!: "Bully" — Join the discussion and the movement that’s spreading across America! The library is taking a stand against bullying with the movie Bully. Teens will watch this hard-hitting documentary then discuss its impact and consequences. Parents should be advised that Bully is rated PG-13 and contains some language and possibly emotionally disturbing content, therefore this program is designed for tweens and teens 12 years old and up.
  • Tuesday, September 17 at 6 p.m. – PJ Storytime —  Wear your pajamas & come join us for stories, crafts & games.
  • Wednesday, September 18 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Art — Children will have the opportunity to listen to a story and complete an art project related to the story. Registration Required.
  • Wednesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. – Art Studio — Children will have the opportunity to listen to a story and complete an art project related to the story. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. – Babygarten — Babygarten is an educational curriculum for caregivers and their babies that teaches parents how and why to read to babies. Infants and their caregivers share nursery rhymes, songs and books followed by a free-play/activity period.
    Babygarten is primary focus is the healthy development of infants aged 0-18 months old with an emphasis on language acquisition and enrichment and pre-literacy skills. During Babygarten, we provide an environment that nurtures and stimulates babies and toddlers with a wide variety of experiences including: Nursery rhymes and songs, Fingerplays, Book Sharing /Univon Reading, Early Literacy Tips for Parents and Caregivers, and Free Play. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, September 19 at 11 a.m. — Toddlers & Terrific Twos Storytime — For ages 18-36 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, September 19 at 6 p.m. – LEGO Club — Play and learn with LEGOs at the Park Forest Public Library! The creations the children make will be on display in kids’ zone.
  • Friday, September 20 at 3 p.m. – Wii Games — Meet up with your friends at the library for some gaming fun. The library will provide some games — YOU bring a friend. If you have a favorite game, bring it along to teach and share. Join us after school as we take a little time to have some fun!

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

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

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

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

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

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

Park Forest Plaza Print for Sale

Annabelle Gould’s print of the Park Forest Plaza is available for sale at the Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard. The vibrant print is from an original watercolor, showing kids and their moms in the Park Forest Plaza, in front of the old Holiday Theatre and Golden Hanger Shop. The print can be purchased at the House Museum during normal hours of operation on Wednesdays and Saturdays or through the Society’s online store on their website at 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

‘Digital Divas’ – Through September 28

‘Digital Divas’ featuring the digitally manipulated images of Faye Zalecki and Janet Pratt will run through September 28. 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

58th Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22

Boasting a rich history and wealth of gifted artists, along with status as one of the Southland’s most valued annual treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, sponsored by Tall Grass Arts Association, this month celebrates its 58th year, Sept. 21 and 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, in Downtown Park Forest on the Village Green. The artists come from as far as California and Florida. And they hail from all over the metropolitan area, especially the South Suburbs including Chicago Heights, Crete, Frankfort, Glenwood, Homewood and Kankakee. More arrive from Matteson, Monee, Olympia Fields, Peotone, South Holland, Tinley Park and of course, Park Forest. The eclectic nature of the fair is quickly visible to visitors who will see ceramics, etchings, sculpture, photographs, paintings in many media, digital art works, jewelry featuring original elements, and hand-blown glass.

A glass blower will demonstrate this ancient art.

A vast range of activities always delight the younger set, including the almost legendary Children’s Art Contest, tie dyeing, mural painting and a huge favorite, face painting. A musical potpourri, sponsored by the village, fills Saturday’s fair hours and fest favorite Patchouli, a popular Chicagoland folk duo, performs Sunday with a performance by the Grande Prairie Choral Arts group at 1:00 p.m.  Food vendors will be on site as well. The acclaimed Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery, 367 Artists Walk in Downtown, will be open during the fair with a traditional summer exhibit of works by gallery artists.  More information is online at tallgrassarts.org, on the Tall Grass Facebook page and by calling the gallery, 708-748-3377.

‘Showing Off’ – Annual Gallery Artists’ Exhibition – Through September 22

Tall Grass Arts Association’s annual Gallery Artists’ Exhibition ‘Showing Off’ will be featured through September 22. This show is a varied collection of work in all media, created by our Tall Grass Juried Artists that has never been exhibited in the gallery before. There are 3 exciting raffle opportunities available during this exhibit. Visit the gallery for your chance to win. Raffle drawings will take place at the exhibit closing September 22, 2013 at 4 p.m. Winners need not be present. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit tallgrassarts.com or call 708-748-3377.

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

 ‘Opera Up Close’ – Sunday, September 22

For the fourth consecutive year, the ‘Opera Up Close’ series opens with the celebrated quartet of singers from the Lyric Opera of Chicago who will perform highlights of the 2013 – 14 season at Lyric Opera. The event will take place on Sunday, September 22 at 4 p.m. Selections will include arias and ensembles from:

  • La Traviata (Verdi)
  • Otello (Verdi)
  • Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
  • La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
  • Die Fledermaus (Strauss)
  • Barber of Seville (Rossini)

Host and narrator John Concepcion will, once again, provide insight into each opera and its highlights taking the audience on a musical journey across the world and through the ages. Don’t miss this audience favorite event. Sample a Café style opera. From your unique vantage point of your table on the stage, you’ll be looking out into the theater as the operatic stories unfold. Viennese pastries and coffee will be offered during this intimate performance on the Center’s stage. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the box office or online at: http://centertickets.net. For additional information, call 708-235-2222.

‘The Long and Winding Road’ Starring Jim Witter – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m., take a memorable trip with Jim Witter in this multimedia presentation featuring over 30 hits of the Beatles including ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Yesterday,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’ ‘Penny Lane,’ and Jim’s favorite the Abbey Road medley. Jim is an award-winning country music and Christian music singer/songwriter. Ten of Witter’s songs reached the top 10 on Canadian country radio. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office or online at: http://centertickets.net. For additional information, call 708-235-2222.

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University (GSU) 1 University Parkway, University Park

Carts & Cocktails 2013 – Saturday, September 21

GSU is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bruce Nauman’s ‘House Divided’ and the 35th anniversary of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park (NMSP) at Carts & Cocktails 2013 on Saturday, September 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Following cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a lakeside tent, guests at the event will take a motorized tour of the sculpture park, where a breathtaking prairie landscape is home to 28 monumental works by some of the world’s most distinguished sculptors, including the newest addition to the collection, ‘Windwaves,’ by Mexican artists Yvonne Domenge. Rick Kogan will be a guest speaker at the event. Tickets for the event are $100 per person. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or additional information, contact NMSP at govst.edu/sculpture. The NMSP is located at GSU’s main campus. The park is free of charge and open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.

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

Photographer of the Year & 2013 Annual Student Art Exhibition – Through September 19

PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery is hosting the Photographer of the Year and 2013 Annual Student Exhibition through Thursday, September 19. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, August 28 from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, photographs, and mixed-media works that were produced by PSC students in the 2012 -2013 academic year. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For Gallery hours or additional information, call 708-709-3636.

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

‘Discusiones de Ninos’ – Opens Wednesday, September 18

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, an exhibition of Saul Aguirre’s art works entitle ‘Discusiones de Ninos’ will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery from September 18 through October 17. There will be an artist reception on Wednesday, September 25 from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m. ‘Discusiones de Ninos’ concentrates on the crucial years of child development in a creative way. Mr. Aguirre has been able to capture the different types of discussions in a child’s lifestyle and activities. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Thiel Gallery is on the fourth floor I the Art & Design hallway and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-596-2000, extension 2445.

‘1 & One’ – Opens Monday, September 23

An exhibition by Joanne Aono entitled ‘1 & One’ will be on display in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery from September 23 through October 18. There will be an artist reception on Wednesday, October 2 at 12:30 p.m. Ms. Aono studied in the Studios Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and holds a B.F.A. from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around Chicago, where she currently resides. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Dulgar Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-596-2000, extension 2445.

 ‘Move Over, Mrs. Markham’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The PAC Rats Theatre Company of SSC will present ‘Move Over, Mrs. Markham,’ written by John Chapman and Ray Cooney. Performances will take place in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the college’s Main Campus on September 20, 21 and 27 at 8 p.m., and September 28 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and September 29 at 2 p.m. Set in a top floor flat in London, ‘Move Over, Mrs. Markham,’ is a hilarious adult comedy revolving around misunderstandings, mix-ups and mistaken identities. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 55 or better, and $6 for students. To purchase tickets, call the 24/7 box office voicemail line at 708-210-5471 or reserve tickets by e-mail at [email protected]. Group rates also are available.

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.

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

‘The Machine’ – Opens September 25

‘The Machine,’ a National Juried Exhibit will open on September 25 and run through October 26. ‘The Machine’ consists of 35 talented artists from different states exhibiting 45 pieces of artwork that have everything and anything to do with machines. A reception will be held on Friday, September 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery Hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit unionstreetgallery.org.

 ‘Anthology’ Works by Unions Street Gallery Studio Artists – Through October 4

‘Anthology’ is a group show that includes drawings, paintings, sculpture and fiber pieces by Unions Street Studio Artists Clausia Craemer, Pam Eberlin, Dorita Fuller, Linda Lane Haynes, Eve Jensen, Renee Klyczek Nordstrom, Donna Radcliffe, Ginny Rafery, Jean Schuster, and Marikay Peter Witlocki. The exhibit will run through October 4 at Gallery 7, 116 N. Chicago Street, Joliet. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit unionstreetgallery.org.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

State Senator Kimberly Lightford, 10001 W. Roosevelt Road, Westchester

‘Connect With Your Future College Fair’ – Saturday, September 21

On Saturday, September 21, State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford will host the Connect With Your Future College Fair. The event will be held at 10001 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 222, Westchester from noon to 3 p.m. Representatives from colleges and universities from around the state will be on hand with information about their schools and will give personal consultations. There also will be presentations from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and Athena Williams will give a workshop on money management. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Those 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Sen. Lightford’s district office at 708-343-7444 or visit http://senatorlightford.com.

DePaul University, 525 S. State Street, Chicago

Crain’s 40 Under 40 Honorees to Discuss ‘Ripple Effect’ – Wednesday, September 18

Business owners will learn how to reshape their company culture to manage less and accomplish more during a two-part workshop on September 18 presented by the Chicago Family Business Council and Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University. The program begins at 4 p.m. with a session on defining character traits and the importance of values-driven leadership in the workplace. Mary Deibert, president of KIARA, will explain how to create character-based leaders and value-driven performance in business environments. There also will be information on identifying prominent character traits and adapting a company’s culture. The second part of the program begins at 6 p.m., after a 5 p.m. reception. A panel discussion titled ‘Multiple Your Ripple Effect: Defining Your What, Why, and How’ will feature four of the Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 honorees revealing the strategies that led to the development of their innovative business ventures. Panelists will plunge into the methods of settling and achieving goals, increasing efficiencies and making a bigger splash in their communities. Attendees will discover how to radically expand and increase output from their company while also staying true to their vision. Jill Hebert, CEO and founder of Matrex Exhibits, the largest woman-owned exhibit agency in the U.S. will moderate. Attendees may sign up for either the two-part program or separate sessions. The fee is $50, free to the CFBC and DePaul communities, and special discount for Crain’s subscribers and 1871 members. Registration is required at tinyurl.com/UncommonQuestions2.

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

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].

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

Tutors and Participants Needed for Adult Volunteer Literacy Program

SSC is seeking tutors and participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. SSC is encouraging residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of this free program. New tutor training sessions will take place on SSC’s Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from September 17 through October 1. The tutor training is an 18-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. Once certified, tutors will go out to visit their adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods throughout the south suburban area. Tutors will receive one free professional development hour through this program in Adult Education, Reading, Writing, and many other subjects. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. If you would like to volunteer or know someone who would benefit from these services, contact Christopher McElroy at 708-596-2000, extension 2558 or email [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 12 p.m. at the Leonard Robinson Family Services Center, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park. Participants will learn Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet skills, résumé building skills, and more. Classes are open only to residents of Rich Township. For additional information, call Mark Mason or Joe Moran at 708-748-6722.

Online Educational Resources

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

Top U.S. Universities

Choosing what college or university to attend can be a very daunting experience. With educational costs continually increasing, it’s more important than ever to choose a university that meets your specific educational needs. At http://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 Weight Watchers

Open House – Thursday, September 19

The Park Forest Weight Watchers Club is now an Award-winning Club. To celebrate its success, the Club will be holding an Open House at St. Irenaeus Church, 78 Cherry Street, Park Forest, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. St. Irenaeus is located on the corner of Orchard and Indianwood. The public is invited to hear the success stories of its previous members. Recently, two members have each lost 100 pounds. The Club will teach you how to meet your weight loss goals no matter how much you have to lose. If you can’t attend the Open House, the Club meets ever Thursday at St. Irenaeus Church from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For additional information, email Barb Jackson at [email protected].

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, 1000 E. 111th Street, Chicago

Informational Forums on the Affordable Care Act – September 16 & 23

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will provide constituents with valuable information on the Affordable Care Act during Town Hall meetings to be held on:

  • Monday, September 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of University Park, 450 University Parkway; and
  • Monday, September 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kankakee Public Library, 201 E. Merchant Street.

Participants will learn about the new federal health care law and how it will benefit individuals and families. In addition, participants will learn about the Illinois Marketplace and what the health care law means for small businesses. For additional information, call 708-679-0078.

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: http://pffd.vopf.com/cpr-classes.html

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

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch at the Senior Café

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

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

If you, or someone you know, are struggling to pay for medications every month, they may be able to get the medicines they need for free or almost free through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. If you live in Illinois, you can get access to more than 475 public and private program available to help you pay for your medicines. Simply visit http://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

Park Forest Area League of Women Voters

Impact of Fracking for Natural Gas in Illinois – Wednesday, September 18

On Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m., the Park Forest Area League of Women Voters will host a meeting at the home of Mary Lubertozzi, 3434 Attica Rd., Olympia Fields. The event will begin with a potluck dinner followed by a discussion by Jennifer Hensley, Program Manager for the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club on the impact of fracking for natural gas in Illinois. Fracking is a process where high pressure water is pumped underground to fracture geologic formations to release natural gas.  Fracking poses threats to drinking water and other water resources. There are no federal regulations on this industry, so responsibility for protecting the environment from this activity has become the responsibility of individual states. The League of Women Voters supports efforts to control pollution of our natural resources in order to preserve the physical, chemical and biological inte4grity of ecosystems and to protect public health. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about this important issue. For additional information about the program or membership in the League, please call Mary Lubertozzi at 708-747-1359.

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS), Park Forest

Annual Birdseed Sale

Thorn Creek Audubon Society’s Annual Birdseed sale is currently under way. Orders are being accepted from now until October 1. Seeds must be picked up on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard Dr., Park Forest. We have a top supplier and competitive prices for a variety of seeds. To obtain an order form, call Al Thomas at 708-957-9847 or visit thorncreekaudubonsociety.org. Sale proceeds fund environmental projects in the south suburban area.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – September 18

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.

Fall Clean-Up Day – Sunday, September 22

You are invited to come and lend a helping hand and join volunteers for the annual Fall Clean-up Day on Sunday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Come out and have fun sprucing up the nature center, doing outdoor cleanup and trail repairs. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served. Registration for a group of 6 people or more is required. For additional information or to register a group, call 708-747-6320.

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

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

Village of Park Forest

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

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

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Kiwanis Club

62 Annual Pancake Day – Tickets Now on Sale

The Kiwanis Club will host its 62nd Annual Pancake Day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 at Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest. The event will feature all you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, mil and lots of fun. Advance tickets are now available and are priced at $5 for adults and $2 for children. Tickets can be purchased at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, Tower Cleaners, 230 Boulevard, park Forest, the Park Forest Farmer’s Market held each Saturday in DownTown Park Forest, and from Kiwanis Club Members. Tickets on the day of the event will be priced at $6 for adults and $3 for children. For additional information, visit facebook.com/pankatron.

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG)

Seeking Nominees for 2013 Business Person of the Year

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

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

Friday Fish Fry

Join Park Forest’s American Legion Post 1198 for fish, shrimp, wings, beef and appetizers on Friday, September 20 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.

Sources: Park Forest Summer 2013 Recreation Programs & More Brochure, Park Forest ‘Discover’ magazine, Rich Township Report, Park Forest Historical Society, Village of Park Forest, Governors State University, Prairie State College, Center for Performing Arts, South Suburban Family Shelter, Park Forest Historical Society, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Theatre Center, Sertoma Centre, Inc., Union Street Gallery, Monkey Mind Art Studio, Thorn Creek Audubon Society, and Tall Grass Arts Association websites.