In and Around Park Forest Week of September 23, 2013

Camille, age 5, gets her face painted
Camille, age 5, gets her face Sunday painted by an artist at the Park Forest Art Fair. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—September 23, 2013. This Saturday, September 28, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s Ninth Annual ‘Museum Day Live!’ event. The museum will open its doors free of charge for visitors to explore the NVAM which is dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The NVAM addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

If you have never been to the NVAM, I would encourage you to make the visit. Additional information about the NVAM and ‘Museum Day Live!’ can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ 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 23 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site at villageofparkforest.com.

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

Arts & Entertainment

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Allen Edwards ‘The Singer’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Freedom Hall’s popular Matinee/Senior series will kick-off the season on Tuesday, October 15 at 11 a.m. Allen Edwards, a true artist of our time, will sing the songs you love with a voice you will never forget, his vocal style is reminiscent of greats like Jim Reeves, Perry Como, Eddy Arnold, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin and yet has the power and dynamics of Elvis, Englebert and Neil Diamond to name a few. This was when Allen was given the name “The Singer” due to his vocal versatility. Allen recorded a beautiful original song entitled, “Could We Please Stay in Love for A While”, that became a top requested song on radio stations and took Allen from Houston to The Show Capital of Branson, Missouri where Allen continued to perform and became one of the top requested shows. Allen’s current hit song, "First Woman I Ever Loved" written by songwriter Bill Dees, who wrote the multi-platinum hit "Pretty Woman", is getting National attention and has taken Allen and his talent on tour all across the United States, Canada and abroad! Allen Edwards is not just a show, not just a performance, but truly an experience. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the box office, over the phone at 708-747-0580, or on-line, at freedomhall.org.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m., the Mystical Arts of Tibet, featuring the multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform. This group has taken the world by storm while promoting world peach and healing through sacred performing art. They were featured on the Golden Globe nominated soundtrack of the motion picture ‘Seven Years in Tibet,’ starring Brad Pitt. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased at the box office, over the phone at 708-747-0580, or on-line, at freedomhall.org.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest

2013 Opening Night Prelude Dinner – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, October 19 at 4:30 p.m., join Maestro Danzmayr, friends and family for this pre-concert dinner party to celebrate the opening of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season! The dinner will be held at the Prestwick Country Club, 601 Prestwick Drive, Frankfort. Win VIP Parking for the season! Only two parking spots are available — just steps away from the main entrance. Purchase raffle tickets with your reservation(s). Winner will be announced at the dinner. Dinner tickets are $75 per person. Raffle tickets are $25 each. Both dinner and raffle tickets can be purchased online at: ipomusic.org/index.php/concerts.html. For additional information, call 708-481-7744 or visit ipomusic.org.

Opening Night Performance, October 19 – Tickets Now on Sale

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will kick-off its 2013 -2014 Season on Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S. Harlem, Frankfort. Join us when David Danzmayr, Conductor and estimable pianist, Terrence Wilson performs the Grammy award-winning piano concerto of Michael Daugherty. Also not to be missed is ‘Scheherazade’ – the dramatic story of the Persian Queen and main character from the ‘Arabian Nights.’ Tickets are priced at $55, $45 and $35 and can be purchased online at: ipomusic.org/index.php/concerts.html. For additional information, call 708-481-7744 or visit ipomusic.org.

Park Forest Recreation & Parks

Trip to the Annual Way of Way of Lights Christmas Display and Anheuser-Busch Brewery – Registration Now in Progress

Join us on December 11 and 12 for a trip to Our Lady of the Snows Annual Way of the Lights Christmas display and tour of Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Wintertime sparkles at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows as the Annual Way of Lights Christmas display illuminates the grounds. Since 1970, The Oblates Missionary in Belleville, Illinois has invited one and all to make the Way of Lights a part of their family tradition. This breathtaking display focuses on the story of Creation with a mile-and-a-half drive with over one million lights electro-art displays and life-size biblical statues which take you on a scriptural Journey to Bethlehem. Trees from decorators and designers from the St. Louis/Metro Area will display their best creations showcasing ‘Songs of the Season’. Community Choirs will perform in the Visitors Center and guest can enjoy other indoor attractions and shop at in the Holiday Shop. Overnight Accommodations are at the Shrine Hotel. On the second day, December 12 guest will visit St. Louis, Mo. The activities planned in St. Louis include: The Gateway Arch, Forest Park, once home to the 1904 World’s Fair. Take a tour of the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery where you can visit the Budweiser Clydesdales and sample a variety of premium brands. Trip includes Luxury Motor Coach Transportation, overnight accommodations at the Shrine Hotel, four meals and all entrances fees! There will be one lunch on your own. Cost of the trip is $210 per person for double occupancy and $250 per person for single occupancy. The bus will depart from Park Forest Village Hall on Wednesday, December 11 at 9 a.m. and return on Thursday, December 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Mention Code number 348760-1 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 23 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 23 at 12 p.m. — Friends Book Discussion: "In the Time of Butterflies" — Discuss "In the Time of Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez. Books will be available at Patron Services one month in advance. The club will continue to meet the fourth Monday of the month.
  • Tuesday, September 24 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 24 at 6 p.m. – PJ Storytime — Wear your pajamas & come join us for stories, crafts & games.
  • Wednesday, September 25 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 25 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 26 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 26 at 11 a.m. — Toddlers & Terrific Twos Storytime — For ages 18-36 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, September 26 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.
  • Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. – Knit Lit — Join our new discussion group for knitters and readers of the popular knitting fiction. We will exchange stories, share our favorite book moments, and even swap knitting ideas. Multiple book selections are available for checkout at Patron Services.
  • Friday, September 27 at 1 p.m. — Senior Travelogue — Featuring America’s Castles: Hudson River Valley Estates.
  • Friday, September 28 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

‘Emerging Artists: Graffiti and Graphic Novels’– Opens Friday, September 27

‘Emerging Artists: Graffiti and Graphic Novels’ opens on Friday, September 27 and will run through November 109. This exhibit, curated by Jeff Stevenson and Jasmine Henderson, will feature artwork from street to gallery as an intermingling of graffiti and graphic novel art showcasing the art of storytelling in its urban form. This show promises to be as wild and colorful as the streets of Chicago. There will be an open house on September 28 at 11 a.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit tallgrassarts.com or call 708-748-3377.

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

‘Bidder 70’ Film Screening – Saturday, September 28

The documentary film ‘Bidder 70’ will be screened at UUCC on Saturday, September 28. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with an optional vegetarian pot luck dinner. The movie screening will begin at 7 p.m. with a discussion following the film. ‘Bidder 70’ is about Tim DeChristopher, the college student who derailed an illegal Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas lease auction in 2008, bidding $1.8 million to save 22,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness with no intention to pay or drill. ‘Bidder 70’ is Tim’s journey from economics student, to climate justice leader, to incarcerated felon. Since his release from prison, Tim has enrolled in Unitarian Universalist Ministerial School. Free coffee, tea, and popcorn will be provided. Ring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck dinner if you wish. The event is free and open to the public. Optional donations appreciated. For additional information, call 7080-481-5339 or visit uuccpf.org.

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

‘The Long and Winding Road’ Starring Jim Witter – Saturday, September 28

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: centertickets.net. For additional information, call 708-235-2222.

Comedy Show with Damon Williams – Tickets Now on Sale

On Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m., comedian Damon Williams will perform at the Center. Damon Williams has been featured on BET LIVE and hosted several episodes of the legendary "Showtime at the Apollo" formerly hosted by TV star Steve Harvey. In 1999, Damon performed for more than 300,000 fans as the opening act for the highly successful Kings of Comedy Tour, establishing him as one of the elite comics in the nation. In the summer of 2000, Damon headlined the Cedric the Entertainer Comedy Revue. Damon is a crowd favorite on the club and concert circuit and has performed at the Black Comedy Tour, which consists of more than 30 colleges and universities. His material is universal, and there’s something for all ages. His popularity has provided him the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in the business. His starring role in the hit musical comedy tour "Laughin’ on the Outside, Cryin’ on the Inside" generated standing ovations every performance. Tickets are priced at $30 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at the box office or online at: centertickests.net. For additional information, call 708-235-2222.

An Evening with Terisa Griffin – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, October 5 at 7 p.m., join us at the Center for an evening with Terisa Grffin. Terisa Griffin is a singer, musician, songwriter, producer and international entertainer. Cultivating a deep richness in R&B, Soul, Gospel, House and Jazz music, Mentored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jerry “Ice Man” Butler she has become one of the most sought after vocalist in the music business. She has shared the stage with legends Patti LaBelle and Isaac Hayes. In her spare time she runs a non-profit, Better Love Yourself which assists college bound students in their transition from home to school. VIP tickets are priced at $75 which includes a post-show meet and greet with Terisa Griffin. Adult tickets are priced at $35 and students $25. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at: centertickets.net. For additional information, call 708-235-2222.

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

‘Discusiones de Ninos’ – Through October 17

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 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’ – Final Performances on September 27, 28 & 29

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 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.

‘JumpstART Your Weekend’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The South Suburban Small Business Association (SSBA) is hosting a ‘JumpstART Your Weekend’ event at SSC on Thursday, October 3 from 4:30 p.m. To 7 p.m. This event will showcase the South Suburban Chorale. The ‘JumpstART Your Weekend’ events offer business members of the SSBA n informal introduction to some of the south suburbs’ most fascinating and though-provoking arts organizations. These events are hosting on the first Thursday of the month. The 130-voice South Suburban Chorale has established itself as one of the premiere singing ensembles of the Chicago Southland. Under the direction of SSC’s own music faculty member, Albert M. Jackson, the Chorale has performed in concerts throughout the Chicago south suburbs and Northwest Indiana. The cost of attending the event is just $5 and includes refreshments and entertainment. RSVP to Mr. Jackson at 708-596-2000, extension 2340 or email [email protected].

National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Ninth Annual Museum Day Live – Saturday, September 28

The NVAM will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 28 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! Museum Day Live! The Museum Day Live! Ticket is available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. For additional information, visit the museum’s website at nvam.org.

‘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

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].

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘Wrongful Conviction of Women’ – Wednesday, September 25

The causes of wrongful conviction of women will be the topic of a September 25 lecture at Roosevelt University that will feature a look at the case of Chicago resident Nicole Harris, who was recently freed from prison and exonerated in the death of her four-year-old son. Harris and attorney Karen Daniel, co-founder of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Women, will discuss the particular struggles that wrongfully convicted women face. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m. in Roosevelt’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Sponsored by Roosevelt’s Joseph Loundy Center for Human Rights and the Department of Psychology, the lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, call Sheri Berkowitz at 312-281-3286 or e-mail [email protected].

‘Rose Hum Lee, PhD: Pioneer America Woman and Scholar’ Lecture – Registration Required/Limited Seating

Roosevelt University will remember and pay tribute to founding faculty member Rose Hum Lee, the first Chinese-American woman to chair an academic department at a U.S. university, with a lecture on Lee’s life and contributions at 4:30 p.m. on October 3 in the University’s second-floor Sullivan Room. The lecture will be delivered by Evelyn Hu-DeHart, a Brown University professor of history who has studied Lee’s life, career and many achievements. The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For additional information about the event or to RSVP, please e-mail [email protected].

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

24th Annual College & Career Expo – Wednesday, September 25

SSC will once again host Career Development System’s 24th Annual College & Career Expo on Wednesday, September 25 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Fitness Center. The Expo is an excellent op0portunity for grade school and high school students and their parents to explore a wide range of college and career options at one time, in one location. There is no admission fee, parking is free and the event is conveniently located at SSC’s Main Campus. There will be a raffle for an Apple iPad and a $100 VISA gift card.  The event is open to all residents of the area who are interested in furthering their education. For additional information, visit the CDS website at careerdevelopmentsystem.org.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to Host Job Fair at SSC – Friday, October 4

U.S. Representative Robin Kelly will host a job fair on Friday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SSC. A wide-range of employers with available job openings will be on hand to meet job-seekers. Participating employers represent a variety of industries, including banking, healthcare, retail, insurance, government, transportation, and more. In addition, representatives from SSC will be there to inform the public about continuing education programs. For more information on the Job Fair, call 708-679-0078.

‘Increase Your Sales IQ’ Workshop – Registration Now in Progress

THE SSC Business & Career Institute (BCI) will present a breakfast with BCI Workshop entitled ‘Increase Your Sales IG,’ facilitated by Mary Eriain, president of Peak Development Strategies. The event will take place at the University and College Center, 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, on Tuesday, October 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a check-in time of 8:15 a.m. Not unlike a tax or financial audit, businesses can benefit from a comprehensive examination of the entire sales process. A sales audit is an objective review of a company’s goals, sales team, sale steps, marketing, and systems. These audits can identify needs and holes in the sales process. Outcomes of a thorough audit may include accelerated sales, reduction in costs, improvement in employee engagement, and increase market share. NOTE: This workshop is designed to be an introduction to a 5-part class to be held in 2014. Additional information will be provided at the breakfast workshop. The cost of the event and continental breakfast is $15 per person, or $10 per person if there or more individuals form the same company attend. Reservations are required by 5 p.m. on October 11. To register, please call 708-596-2000, extension 2346 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 onlineschools.org/guides/Illinois/ where you will find a compilation of every college program offered online in Illinois offered on a full or part-time basis.

Top U.S. Universities

Choosing what college or university to attend can be a very daunting experience. With educational costs continually increasing, it’s more important than ever to choose a university that meets your specific educational needs. At topschools.com/, you will find a comprehensive resource that ranks each university throughout the nation by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission, graduation and retention rates.

Healthy Living

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

Informational Forums on the Affordable Care Act – September 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 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: pffd.vopf.com/cpr-classes.html

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

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch at the Senior Café

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

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

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

Green Events

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS), Park Forest

Annual Birdseed Sale – Orders Taken Through October 1

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 25

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.

Junior Ecologists Club – Saturday, September 28

On Saturday, September 28 from noon to 3 p.m., young people ages 9 to 12 are invited to participate in Thorn Creek’s Junior Ecologists Club. Young people will explore the woods, track seasonal changes and discover woodland plants and animals. Participants should be prepared to get muddy, war boots and long pants, and bring a water bottle and insect repellant. The Junior Ecologists Club is a free program and registration is required by Thursday, September 26. For additional information or to register, 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.

This & That

Park Forest Historical Society

John Perry to Speak on ‘Blueprint for Building Community’ – Sunday, September 29

John Perry, Park Forest Village Manager from 1983 to 1989 will speak to the Park Forest Historical Society on his book ‘Blueprint for Building Community,’ on Sunday, September 29 at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. The event is free and open to the public. After his talk, Mr. Perry will sign copies of his book, which will be for sale at the event for the special price of $10. For additional information about the program, call Jane Nicoll at 708-481-425.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Avenue, Park Forest

Last Saturday Potluck – Saturday, September 28

On Saturday, September 28 at 6 p.m. bring a dish to share and join us for a fun time of fellowship. This event is held on the last Saturday of the month. Activities vary from month to month. For additional information, call Brenda Lamon at 708-747-8388 or visit trinintyparkforest.org.

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 – Nominations Due by October 31

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

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 27 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.