South Suburban College’s Children’s Theatre Company to Perform ‘Beauty & the Beast’
Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — Looking for something to do with the kids on these cold winter days? The Children’s Theatre Company of SSC is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with Michele L. Vacca’s enchanting and warmly amusing dramatization of the beloved tale ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Performances will take place on Saturdays, January 14 and 21, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Additional information can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.
Christmas trees are now being accepted for recycling in the parking lot of the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 North Orchard Drive. Residents may drop-off trees for recycling at any time between now and the end of the month. Additional information can be found in the ‘Green Events’ section.
If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in the community that you would like published, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details no later than 5 p.m. on Friday. Thank you.
Village of Park Forest
Village Commissions & Advisory Boards
The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of January 8:
- Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations
- Tuesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission
- Wednesday, January 11 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group
The meetings will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.
Arts & Entertainment
Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
Guitar Greats Starring Jamiah Rogers – Tickets Now on Sale
“Sweet Home Chicago Blues” was the song that brought the house down last March at GSU alongside Billy Branch, and the man behind the guitar was blues prodigy Jamiah Rogers. The standing ovation can be seen on YouTube, but true blues fans will want to witness Jamiah’s brand of blues in person. January 28 at 8 p.m. is the night when Jamiah Rogers and guest vocalist Babidoll own the stage at GSU once again in Guitar Greats, a tribute to guitar’s finest including Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and more. Jamiah Rogers, aka “Jamiah on Fire,” started playing guitar at the age of three and recorded his first CD at age six. Hailing from a musical family with father and manager Tony Rogers by his side, Jamiah has played with the likes of Buddy Guy, Billy Branch, and Billy Cox, to name a few. He’s been recognized as the “most talented kid under the age of 12” by the Chicago Music Awards multiple years. Now in his twenties, Jamiah has come into his own, bringing adoring crowds and owning the stage at multiple venues globally. Guest vocalist Babidoll is a star in her own right. Known for her five-octave singing voice and her ability to sing in seven languages, Babidoll sings R & B, jazz, pop, neo-soul, classical, opera and more. She’s collaborated with multiple Grammy Award-winning artists and been the private vocal coach for many American Idol and America’s Got Talent contestants. Don’t miss this dynamic duo performing live for an intimate crowd at GSU. This performance is one of the Center’s “on stage experiences” where patrons are seated on the stage with the performers in the midst of the action. Limited seating is available. For more information about on stage events, visit www.Govst.edu/onstage.
Tickets: $28, Seniors 65+ $23, Students $10
By Phone: 708-235-2222
In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
Box Office Hours: Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open to 6 p.m. on Thursdays) and 2 hours prior to all performances. Parking is free. For best GPS directions always use the location search term “Governors State University” only.
Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted, Chicago
A Night with Oscar Party – February 26 – Tickets Now on Sale
Center on Halsted’s A Night with Oscar party welcomes donors, patrons, and supporters to enjoy the Academy Awards presentation on Sunday, February 26 in a fun and festive atmosphere that includes cocktail service, reserved seating, buffet dinner, silent auction, and a raffle drawing. In 2016, this event was attended by over 300 participants and raised more than $80,000 to support the many programs and services of Center on Halsted. This year’s A Night with Oscar party is sure to be the best Academy Awards viewing party in the city; we look forward to seeing you On the Red Carpet!
- 6:00 p.m. Doors open for our Red Carpet Arrival
- 7:30 p.m. Academy Awards Telecast
- 9:00 p.m. Silent Auction Ends & Event Drawing
Silent Auction & Raffle
A Night with Oscar will feature a Silent Auction and Raffle Drawing. Always a highlight, our silent auction will offer vacation packages, bar and restaurants certificates, theater and sports tickets, gym and personal services, and a whole lot more! The raffle will feature top prizes that are sure to delight! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase online and at Center on Halsted as well as at the event.
Get Your Ballots Ready!
Think you know who is going to walk home with an Oscar? Submit your ballot for a chance to win a cash prize at A Night with Oscar! All guests will have a chance to submit a ballot for our Predict-the-Winner contest. Ballots will be available for $20 at registration and the person with the most correct picks will split the winnings with Center on Halsted!
Reserve your seat today! Limited quantity available for each ticket level. Click on the ticket type below to purchase your tickets online.
Green Room Ticket: $100
Toast the radiant red carpet revelers in the sparkling Green Room party for a lavishly grand celebration of live entertainment courtesy and craft cocktails and concoctions while the excitement of the Academy Awards streams live on nearby monitors. It’s A Night with Oscar that you won’t forget!
- Multi-Screen Academy Awards Broadcast
- Open Seating & Communal Lounges
- Complimentary Champagne Welcome
- 2 Drink Tickets
- Craft Cocktails
- Catered Hors d’ouevres
Screening Room Ticket: $150
For the diehard viewers and movie aficionados, pop a cork at your private cabaret table and enjoy concession treats while the Academy Awards streams live on the big screen. During commercial breaks, join your friends in the Green Room for some serious red carpet revelry.
- Private Cabaret Table
- Large Screen Viewing
- Craft Cocktails
- Drink Tickets
- Popcorn & Concession Treats
- Catered Hors d’ouevres
- Unlimited Access to the Green Room Party
Premier Lounge Ticket: $2,000
For the real red carpet experience, sink into the comfort of your private lounge with up to eight of your closest companions with large screen viewing of the Academy Awards. Specially crafted Canapés will await your arrival and your private valet will ensure that your glass is never empty.
- Private Lounge
- Large Screen Viewing
- Open Bar
- Craft Cocktails
- Champagne + Bottle Service Attendant
- Popcorn & Concession Treats
- Catered Hors d’oeuvres
- Unlimited Access to the Green Room Party
The Center on Halsted is located at 3656 North Halsted Street in Chicago. For additional information call 773-472-6469 or visit http://centeronhalsted.org
No physical tickets will be mailed for this event. Names will be held at the door. Tickets are non-refundable and seating is limited. Garage parking is available on Addison directly west of Center on Addison. All but $55 of each Green Room ticket, $150 of each Screening Room ticket, and $440 of each Premier Lounge ticket is tax deductible.
DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago
‘One Day This Kid Will Get Larger’ – Opens Thursday, January 26
For a rising generation of young, contemporary artists, the AIDS crisis has always been part of their lives. This winter, DePaul Art Museum will present “One Day This Kid Will Get Larger,” a group exhibition that examines HIV and AIDS through the lenses of childhood, youth culture and marginalized communities. It opens Jan. 26 and runs through April 2. Curated by Danny Orendorff, the exhibition complements the Alphawood Foundation’s presentation of “Art AIDS America,” now on display down the street from DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Museum hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu/.
‘Four Saints in Three Acts’ – Opens Thursday, January 26
Art and the representation of saints have been intertwined for centuries. An upcoming winter exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum, “Four Saints in Three Acts,” will feature works by contemporary artists who use religious imagery to consider their own relationship to religion, belief and faith. A complementary show, “The Many Faces of Vincent de Paul: Nineteenth-Century French Romanticism and the Sacred,” will examine how artists depicted DePaul University’s patron saint in material culture and decorative arts. Both exhibitions open January 26 and run through April 2. DePaul University holds the world’s largest collection of material culture related to St. Vincent de Paul. Artifacts on display from the university’s collection reflect the varying quality and artistry of devotional items from the period. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Museum hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu/.
Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Tickets Now on Sale
On Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m., Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at Freedom Hall. For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving. Over the years, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony to millions. The newer members have infused the group with their youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala looks to these young men to carry on his dream to “keep South Africa alive in people’s hearts” for years to come. “Mr. Shabalala, singing above the basses, has a sweet, hushed tenor that whispers and swoops and quivers, gentle yet fervent. In the formality of Carnegie Hall, the songs came across not as jovial workers’ entertainment, but as something more somber: music that had survived sorrows to find benedictions in the aftermath.” — New York Times. Read more about Ladysmith Black Mambazo and view videos. Tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online at: [email protected]. For additional information, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest
Emagine Grand Opening Party Fundraiser – Tickets Now on Sale
It’s showtime! Be a part of the action and get your exclusive grand opening party pass for Emagine’s new luxury theater located at 19965 South LaGrange Road in Frankfort opening on January 19. Adult passes are $100. Youth passes (age 10-18) are $50. Thanks to the generosity of Emagine, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will keep 100% of the proceeds. We only have 100 party passes so reserve yours today! Party pass includes:
- entry to the ribbon cutting ceremony
- a gourmet strolling dinner
- adult (alcoholic) beverages
- musical entertainment
- a movie screening
- additional surprises to be revealed
- individual leather recliner seating
- reserved seating
- full bar service with cocktail delivery to your seat on the weekends
- gourmet food selections, as well as movie food favorites
Don’t miss the unique opportunity to experience Emagine before the general public. Passes may be given as gifts. We will just need your recipients’ names for the guest list.
To reserve passes, call the IPO office Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 708-481-7774 or email Rachel with your name and number of adult and youth passes requested along with a phone number where she can reach you to process your request.
Slavic Soul – Saturday, January 21
Slavic Soul will be performed by the IPO on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way East Performing Arts Center, 201 Colorado Avenue in Frankfort. The IPO rings in the New Year with conductor candidate Stilian Kirov, Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C, with an exciting program of Eastern European works. Kodaly, like his peer Bartok, was a master of incorporating Hungarian folk melodies into his compositions, and the Dances of Galanta are no exception. Written as recruiting songs to show a soldier’s life as endless “fun,” these dances will delight. Similarly, Ligeti’s work draws on his Transylvanian heritage with tuneful folk melodies. Closing the evening is Rachmaninoff’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring guest pianist Sean Chen. This work was featured in the movie Shine, the true story of Australian concert pianist David Helfgott. Rachmaninoff’s piece is one of the most challenging of all Romantic-era concertos…and the most exhilarating. Truly, this concert will set your soul on fire! Maestro Kirov is currently the Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C in New Jersey and a 2015 Malko Competition prizewinner. Read his full bio! Tickets are $55 and can be purchased here. For additional information, call 708-481-7774 or visit www.ipomusic.org.
National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Vonnegut’s Odyssey’ – Through May 6
The NVAM’s exhibit, ‘Vonnegut’s Odyssey,’ explores connections between the timeless and universal story of veterans’ return from combat through the artwork of World War II veteran and famed author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Vonnegut’s selected artwork will be on view at NVAM through May 6, 2017. Exhibit curator and Iraq veteran Ash Kyrie notes, “The experience of returning home and processing the effects of war is something that is shared by all veterans, from the time of Homer’s The Odyssey, through Vonnegut’s experiences in Dresden, and continuing on today. Exhibiting the artwork of Vonnegut as an illustration of the post-war experience and as a creative processing tool for the artist highlights the process of the return and the complexity of the veteran experience.” Vonnegut enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and was deployed to fight overseas in Europe during WWII. He was later captured at the Battle of the Bulge and served as a Prisoner of War until 1945 when he returned to the U.S. and was awarded the Purple Heart. These experiences largely shaped his creative endeavors including his well-known published literature and his body of artwork. From WWII through Vietnam and beyond, Vonnegut was an active voice in American culture and society—openly discussing war and its effects publicly. After establishing himself as an important American author during the late 1960’s with the publication of Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Vonnegut later became recognized for his drawings that often accompanied his writings. These drawings vary in subject matter from his Purple Heart to his illustrious Asterisk. Building on these drawings, Vonnegut worked with printer Joe Petro III to create a prolific catalog of artwork. Presented together, these artworks reflect the connections between Vonnegut’s return home from World War II and Homer’s epic of Odysseus’s return home after the Trojan War. For additional information about the National Veterans Art Museum or the exhibit, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.
Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard
The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of January 8:
- Monday, January 9 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Jump start your morning with a series of stories that are sure to get you moving. For ages 12 and under.
- Monday, January 9 at 3:30 p.m. – Comic Creation — Be inspired to become a graphic novelist/comic creator! Each week explore ways to create comic strips, books, graphic and more.
- Monday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. – Family Movie Night ‘Pete’s Dragon’ — When a mysterious 10-year old boy turns up claiming to live in the woods with a giant green dragon, it’s up to a forest ranger, Grace and young Natalie to learn where the boy came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this magical dragon. All Ages Welcome. Movie Rated: PG
- Monday, January 9 at 7 p.m. – Mindfulness Mondays — Come join us as we begin each Mindfulness Monday with a relaxing breathing technique followed by a short guided meditation. Then center yourself through the practice of mindfulness (being present in the moment) by participating in one of our creative art-form projects.
- Tuesday, January 10 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Studio — It’s time to “BE CREATIVE! Each week we will explore different concepts of art. Materials will be provided. While supplies last. For ages 12 and under.
- Tuesday, January 10 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Relax a bit and take a load off before starting your homework. Learn different media of art and show your creativity with other teens in our coloring circle!
- Tuesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. – Pajama Story Time — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. Wear your pj’s and wind down from a busy day. For ages 12 and under.
- Wednesday, January 11 at 11 a.m. – Lap Sit Story Time — Its Lap Sit Story Time! Babies and their parents or caregivers are invited to read, sing and grow in this weekly story time. This program is geared toward babies 0 – 36 months with an accompanying adult. This is the perfect time for families to bond with their child/children.
- Wednesday, January 11 at 1 p.m. – Writers’ Workshop — Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.
- Wednesday, January 11 at 3:30 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle (for kids) — Travel to a world of relaxation for kids. Lose yourself in patterns, curved flowers or even runaway stems. Color yourself Happy in our kids’ coloring circle. For ages: 12 and under.
- Wednesday, January 11 at 4 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle — Our coloring circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
- Wednesday, January 11 at 4 p.m. – Teen DIY — Create, learn, and engage in new activities with teens!
- Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Movie Night for Adults — Monthly featured film for grown-ups.
- Thursday, January 12 at 11 a.m. – Toddler Art — Bring your imagination, creativity, and throw on some old clothes to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… Some projects may involve paint. For ages 3-5.
- Thursday, January 12 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Extreme — We’re taking art to the EXTREME! Explore a wide range of art through painting, drawing, building and more! Art has never been this fun. You don’t want to miss out. Ages 12 and under.
- Friday, January 13 at 3:30 p.m. – Fun Friday, Wii U Game Day — T.G.I.F! Join the fun with WII U! Bring a friend or makes new ones! For ages 12 and under.
For additional information, or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
Park Forest Public Library Closures
The Park Forest Public Library will be closed on Sunday & Monday, January 15 & 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, January 17 at 10 a.m.
Prairie State College (PSC), 202 South Halsted, Chicago Heights
‘Small Works’ – Through January 26
‘Small Works,’ a national juried show of works of 34 artists chosen by Aron Packer, gallerist and curator will run through Thursday, January 26 at the Christopher Art Gallery. A reception will be held on Thursday, January 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. ‘Small Works’ will feature works no larger than 24” x 24” by artists throughout the United States. The Christopher Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call 708-709-3636 or visit http://prairiestate.edu/christopher-art-gallery.
Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest
Thursday Game Days
Come join us at the Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, in DownTown Park Forest every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to play games with old friends and new friends. We have a few games on hand, Trivial Pursuit, Racko, Pente, Chess, Pictionary, High Hand and Rummikub. If none of these suit your taste, feel free to bring in your favorites. Come join in the fun. This is a new program, so please help to spread the word.
On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday morning of each month at 10 a.m., come to the Senior Center to participate in the new Adult Coloring Group. The Center has supplies and several types of mediums to color with. For additional information, call 708-748-5454.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland
Beauty and the Beast – Tickets Now on Sale
The Children’s Theatre Company of SSC is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with Michele L. Vacca’s enchanting and warmly amusing dramatization of the beloved tale Beauty and the Beast. Performances will take place on Saturdays, January 14 and 21, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Florabunda, the Enchantress (Sandy Wagner of Lansing), begins the play by gathering a troupe of players about her, and assigning them roles. Belinda, the heroine (Catherine Hundt of Thornton), is a young woman of strong opinions, education and talent. Belinda’s father Henry Beaumont (Pat Nevins of Homewood), is the prosperous merchant. In an effort to gain money for festivals and a new swimming pond, arrogant Prince Philip (Rykeil Knights of Riverdale) seizes all of Beaumonts’ property and they are forced to declare bankruptcy. To teach him a lesson, Florabunda works her magic and turns Philip into a hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. One day, Henry mistakenly wanders into the garden of the legendary Beast (Eric Atkinson of Chicago). The angry Beast reluctantly promises to spare Henry’s life, but only if Belinda agrees to live in his castle. Despite Henry’s objections, Belinda insists upon doing as the Beast requests. With the help of his servants (Juniper DeYoung of Thornton, Angela Martin of Midlothian and Heather Young of Chicago), Belinda begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Gradually, they become friends and inseparable companions. Tickets for Beauty and the Beast are $5 per person. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the 24/7 box office voicemail line at 708-210-5741. Leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call. You may also reserve tickets by e-mail at [email protected].
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest
‘Wings’ Exhibit — Opens Friday, January 20
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk in DownTown Park Forest, will host ‘Wings,” a juried show of 2D and 3D visual artwork inspired by the flight of winged creatures. The exhibit will open on Friday, January 20 and run through February 25. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Artists participating in ‘Wings’ are Melinda Arce-Gudino, Judi Boehner, Rose Blouin, Randy Buvala, Claudia Craemer, David Crunelle, June Finnegan, Andrea Fox, Robert Fritz, Susan Frost, Lea Goldman, Margaret Hafer, Linda P. Hancock, Fran Hollander, Cheryl Holz, Donna Johnston, Sarah Kaiser, Kristina Knowski, Kim Laurel, Laura Lein-Svencner, Ruth Marcanti, Roberta Masciarelli, Kevin Mason, Janice Meister, Karen Musgrave, John Nester, Joshua Newth, Molly Marie Nuzzo, Bruce Peerson, Gisele Perreault, Michael Perrott, Amber Pipkorn, Ayanna Proctor, Sruti Rajagopalan, Don Sala, Lindsay Sandbothe, Richard Schmidt, Susan Snell, Patrick Thompson, Carla Toth, Joan Tweedell, Nancy VanKanegan, Nicole Sharlow Willber, and Patricia Wiseman. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrass.org.
Educational Lectures & Opportunities
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights
Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast – Friday, February 3
Charles L. Evans, the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will be the featured speaker at Prairie State College’s Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, scheduled on Feb. 3. The event will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club, located at 2800 Country Club Dr. in Olympia Fields. The morning begins with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast buffet, followed by the speaker presentation at 8:15 a.m. A question and answer session follows. Sponsorships for the event are available. A $1,500 Scholarship Sponsorship includes a 7 a.m. Meet and Greet with PSC President Dr. Terri L. Winfree, reserved seating for 10, breakfast and recognition in the program and event signage. A $300 Table Sponsorship will reserve a table for 10, and includes breakfast and recognition in the program and event signage. A $75 Friend Sponsorship will reserve two seats, and includes breakfast and recognition in the program and event signage. As CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Evans serves on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve System’s monetary policymaking body. He oversees the work of approximately 1,400 employees in Chicago and Detroit who conduct economic research, supervise financial institutions and provide payment services to commercial banks and the U.S. government. Before becoming president of the bank in 2007, Evans served as director of research and senior vice president, supervising the bank’s research on monetary policy, banking, financial markets and regional economic conditions. Before that, he was a vice president and senior economist with responsibility for the macroeconomics research group. The cost to attend the breakfast is $25 per person, and advance registration is required by email at [email protected]. In addition to providing a prominent expert’s analysis of the economy to the south suburban business community, the breakfast also raises scholarship money for PSC students. For more information, contact the PSC Foundation office at 708-709-3631.
PSC Trustee Candidacy Petitions – Now Available
Candidacy petitions for three, six-year, non-compensated terms and one, two-year unexpired, non-compensated term on the Prairie State College (PSC) Board of Trustees are now available. The petition packages can be picked up from the President’s Office, located in room 2270 on PSC’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The vacant positions are for those of Christopher Baikauskas, Brunetta Hill-Corley, Wendell Mosby and Marc Wiley, whose terms expire in April 2017. In order to qualify, a candidate must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, have resided in Illinois Community College District 515 for at least one year, be a registered voter, and have petition signatures from a minimum of 50 registered voters who live in the district. Petitions with the required number of signatures will be accepted in the PSC President’s Office by the secretary of Community College District 515, or a designated representative, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 through Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Petitions also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. A Statement of Candidacy and optional Loyalty Oath also must be filed at that time. Additionally, a Statement of Economic Interests must be filed with the county clerk of the candidate’s residence. The resulting receipt must then be filed with the secretary of Community College District 515 or a designated representative no later than Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Persons elected on April 4 will be seated at the April Board of Trustees meeting. For more information, contact Patricia Trost, administrative director, president’s office and board of trustees at 708-709-3637.
Spring 2017 Registration – Classes Begin Tuesday, January 17
Registration for the spring 2017 semester at PSC is now open. Students are encouraged to register early as classes will fill quickly. PSC offers convenient, flexible scheduling options for credit courses, including 16, 14, 12 and eight-week courses. Classes are offered days, evenings, weekends and online to accommodate busy schedules. Non-credit courses include a variety of single-day and multiple-session offerings that begin throughout the semester. The 16-week courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 17, 14-week courses begin Monday, Jan. 30, and. The 12-week courses begin Friday, Feb. 10. All 16-, 14- and 12-week courses end Thursday, May 11, and offer the same course material and credit hours. The shorter the number of weeks, the longer the class period. PSC also offers two eight-week course options. The first eight-week courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 17 and end Friday, March 10. Second eight-week courses begin Monday, March 20 and end Thursday, May 11. The eight-week courses typically are fewer credit hours. Many of the college certificate programs offer eight-week courses, allowing students to fit two courses in one semester and to make progress towards that certificate. Both credit and non-credit courses are listed in the spring class schedule, available on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. The schedule also is available at area public libraries and online at www.prairiestate.edu. To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person or online. Current students can register in person or log into WebAdvisor. Enrollment Services is open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person. To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to prairiestate.edu and follow the directions to choose How To Enroll under continuing education courses. Another option is to complete the registration form available in the back of the printed course schedule. Students also can register for non-credit courses in person at the Matteson Area Center, located at 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson, or in the Enrollment Services Office on the PSC main campus. The Matteson Area Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about registering for courses at PSC, visit prairiestate.edu or call 708-709-3500.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 State Street, South Holland
Paralegal Program Open House – Tuesday, January 10
SSC will be hosting an Open House for its Paralegal Program on Tuesday, January 10, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Room 5190 at the Oak Forest Center located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue. Attendees will learn about an exciting career that is expected to grow 18% through 2020 according to the US Department of Labor. Information will be provided about SSC’s Paralegal/Legal Assistant curriculum, including the Associate Degree and certificate programs. In addition, former students from the program, working as paralegals, will be present to answer questions. The curriculum prepares students to work in a variety of legal environments including civil and criminal litigation, insurance, banking, public and governmental agencies, law offices and corporate legal departments. Emphasis is placed on the development of core skills in legal research and writing techniques including compilation and analysis of data, understanding legal vocabulary, law office technology, and preparation of legal documents. SSC has the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal program in the Chicago Southland region, giving graduates a huge advantage when entering the workforce. The college also requires that all of the instructors in the program are lawyers or judges to ensure the quality of instruction. While the majority of the paralegal classes are offered at the Oak Forest Center, some classes are offered online and some are offered at the Main Campus in South Holland. For more information, please contact Mr. Jason Cieslik at 708-596-2000, ext. 2579 or email [email protected].
Seeking Tutors & Participants for Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring 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 the free program. New Year new Beginnings! There will be new tutor training sessions taking place at the Main Campus on January 17th, 19th, 24th and the 26th of 2016. The tutor training is an 18-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. Once certified, the tutors will go out to visit their adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring sites have already been established at the following locations: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Public Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library. Tutoring is scheduled by the availability of the tutors and the learners, and the availability of space and hours of the tutoring sites. Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). Tutors will receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy. If you would like to register for volunteer tutor training class, or if you know someone who could benefit from tutoring services, please contact Raylynn Stokes, Literacy Coach of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2558, or email [email protected].
Registration for Spring 2017 Semester – Classes Begin Tuesday, January 17
Open Registration for the Spring 2017 Semester at SSC is in progress. Spring classes begin Tuesday, January 17, at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. The deadline to submit an application for financial aid for the Spring semester at SSC is January 3, 2017. Apply online at www.ssc.edu to begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. The “My SSC” portal also allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods. Current and prospective students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov using institution code 001769. Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for fall classes must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope. Contact the Office of Admissions at 708-210-5718 for enrollment information. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.
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://www.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://www.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.
Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club, Matteson
Members’ Slides Night – Monday, January 9
The January meeting of the Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club will be on Monday, January 9th. The meeting will be at 7:15 pm, at the Frankfort Public Library. This meeting’s program will be Members’ Slides Night. This is the one meeting in the year when members bring slides (film or digital images) or prints of their latest outdoor experience, and show them to the group. Whether members or the general public – all are welcome to show their work. To participate call Lois Lauer, the group’s chairperson, at 708-923-1550. Afterwards, those who wish will visit Durbin’s in Frankfort for discussion and pizza. The Library is at 21119 Pfeiffer Rd. in Frankfort, visible from Rt. 30, a half mile or so east of LaGrange Rd. For questions about the group’s activities or better directions to the Library, email Patrick Coffey at [email protected].
Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest
Nature Education Programs at Thorn Creek Nature Center
Calling all schools, home school groups, day cares, preschools, youth, adult and family groups! Nature Education Programs are offered at Thorn Creek Nature Center throughout the year where your group can discover the plants and animals of Thorn Creek Woods. These Nature Education Programs are sponsored by the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. The Audubon Society and the Thorn Creek Nature Center announce their new Partnership for Programming to further the Society’s environmental education mission and give valuable assistance to Thorn Creek Nature Center in providing nature programming for groups of area children and adults. Some of the nature education programs offered this year include Birding by Sight and Sound, Creek Walk (the world of aquatic insects and metamorphosis), Trees Big and Small (identification by leaves and bark), Insects (what makes an insect unique), the Web of Life (interdependence of producers, consumers, predators and decomposers), Soils Hike (how soil fuels and supports life), and Night Hikes. On the Fall Color Hike learn why leaves change colors and what trees do to prepare for the long months of winter. Discover clues to wild animals’ identities and behavior by trails and trails in Wild Animal Tracks. Make your own track replica. On Vixen’s Trek you are the fox following your daily routines on Thorn Creek trails. Or visit the Historic Farm in the woods to explore an early 1900’s woodland farm. Groups can also arrange for a naturalist to come to your location for programs such as Wild Animal Tracks, Web of Life, Woodland Wildflowers, Soils, History of Thorn Creek Woods, and the like. The new partnership has already collaborated in sponsoring three programs: the Learn 70 Birds by Spring class, which runs from January through March; the Great Backyard Bird Count Open House that was held in February; and the Build a Gourd Birdhouse sessions to be held in March. For information about Thorn Creek Audubon Society membership, events and projects: Thorn Creek Audubon Society, P. O. Box 895, Park Forest, Il 60466, or www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org.
Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest
Wednesday Morning Walkers
Discover the wonders of spring in a weekly morning walk. Wednesday Morning Walkers meet every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and is free for ages 13 years to adult. Walkers new to the program must register two days before they first hike. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6360.
Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’
Friends of Thorn Creek Woods is the citizen activist group responsible in very large part for preserving and securing the dedication of the Thorn Creek Woods as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Friends’ volunteers continue to provide support in so many ways: staff the nature center on weekends; trail work; displays; leading hikes; special events; cleaning; pruning; artwork; music; research; and so on. Friends is a voice for the Woods and preservation values, donates funds for equipment and sponsors an annual meeting, Garlic Fest and Earth Day. Members receive a quarterly newsletter. Annual membership in Friends is $10. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.
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 or visit www.tcwoods.org.
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
Christmas Tree Recycling – Through January 31
Christmas trees are now being accepted for recycling in the parking lot of the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 North Orchard Drive. Residents may drop-off trees for recycling at any time between now and the end of the month. Simply place your tree in the area of the parking lot designated for tree drop-offs. By recycling your tree you choose an environmentally beneficial alternative that results in new mulch for plants in community parks and gardens. As a reminder, a wide variety of electronic items, including holiday lights, can be dropped off for recycling in the lobby of Park Forest’s Village Hall. Drop-off your holiday lights for recycling anytime during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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 are available at the Park Forest Fire Department. Click on the following link for more details: http://pffd.vopf.com/cpr-classes.html
Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus, 350 Victory Drive
Flu & Pneumonia Shots – Now Available
Flu shots are available now at the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus. The cost is $30 for adults, $20 for those 18 years and under, and free for Medicare Part B recipients (must bring copy of card). Pneumonia shots are also available for $80. No appointment is necessary. Shots are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus, located in the lower level of Village Hall.
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://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.
Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip
Free Community Education and Prevention Programs about Mental Health
Sertoma Centre’s Mental Health Services facility is offering community mental health seminars, free of charge to community groups, schools, law enforcement agencies, religious organizations, and other community groups at their location in Matteson or facility. Education Programs will include: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) which increases public awareness of suicide and improves one’s ability to identify and refer those at risk for suicide. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education course that helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance disorders. Also included is Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Anxiety/Depression Screenings. Thanks to a grant, these educational opportunities are available at no cost to you or your organization. To arrange a free educational opportunity for your club, group, workplace, organization, or church, call Gia Washington at 708-748-1951, Ext. 418 or email at [email protected].
Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest
Yoga Classes by Karen Nielsen – Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
Yoga classes by Karen Nielsen are available at UUCC on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No reservations needed. Drop-in fee is $10 per class and the 6th one is free. For additional information, call 708-755-3577 or visit www.uuccpf.org.
Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays
Learn to enjoy the simple and straight-forward practice of meditation. Please join us for sitting and walking meditation in the Zen and Theravadan Buddhist traditions. This is an on-going event led by Steve McCabe and Beverly Feldt will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at UUCC. There is no cost but a free will offering is most appreciated (proceeds go to UUCC). For additional information contact Steve McCabe at 708-465-3116 or Beverly Feldt at [email protected].
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Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
Secretary of State Services – Tuesday, January 17
The Secretary of State’s Mobile Service Unit will be at GSU on Tuesday, January 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Hall of Governors. Services available at the mobile service unit include driver’s license and State ID renewal, replacement, and corrections; vehicle sticker sales; passenger and b-truck license plates; vehicle title and registration; parking placards for persons with disabilities; and organ/tissue donor information. In addition, vision tests and the written driver’s license exam can be taken. No driving tests will be given. The services provided are available to all qualified Illinois residents. State law allows driver’s license renewal up to one year in advance. Proper identification is required for new and duplicate driver’s licenses and state ID cards. Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit and debit cards. For information, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area
First Candidate Forum – Sunday, January 29
Please join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area for the first candidate forum for the Village of Park Forest on Sunday, January 29, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive in DownTown Park Forest. This forum is presented with the cooperation of The Committee for Local Government in Park Forest. The candidates for library board will speak from 1:30 – 2:30 and the trustee candidates will speak from 3:00 – 4:30. Everyone is welcome to attend. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information visit League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area
School Board Districts Candidate Forum – Saturday, February 11
The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area will host a candidate forum for School Board Districts 227, 201U, 163 & 162 on Saturday, February 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, in DownTown Park Forest. The program is open to the public. District 227 and District 201U candidates will appear from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and District 163 and 162 will appear from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information please contact Diane Hodges at diane-[email protected] or Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information visit League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area
‘Our Revolution,’ Flossmoor
Informational Meeting – Wednesday, January 11
The Bernie Sanders’ campaign for President has evolved into ‘Our Revolution.’ Join us for an information ‘Our Revolution’ meeting on Wednesday, January 11 at Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery’s Pub Room located at 1035 Sterling Avenue in Flossmoor. We will gather at 6:30 p.m. to socialize and order food. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Bernie’s ‘Our Revolution’ states: It’s time to get back to work. We all need to be active and keep working for progressive change. Join us as we discuss ideas, plans, and strategies for 2017. Please invite other who might be interested. For additional information about ‘Our Revolution,’ visit www.ourrevolution.com.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland
Business Communication Symposium – Thursday, January 26
The Business and Career Institute of SSC, the Chicagoland Speakers Network and Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce are partnering to provide to provide you with a Business Communication Symposium on Thursday, January 26, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This workshop is for anyone looking to improve their business communication skills in the following areas: public speaking, interpersonal (including conflict resolution) and sales. Join us for a half day of meta-presentations featuring everything from managing stress when speaking in front of an audience, to monitoring your body language, to using the right language to engaging your audience to creating an unforgettable elevator speech. The region’s most seasoned speakers share their tips and secrets for business communication that brings you success!
9:00–9:30 am: Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast
9:30–12:30 pm: Program
Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce
18230 Orland Parkway (on St. Xavier campus)
Orland Park, IL 60467
$49–Early bird; $59 at the door ($5 of each ticket will be donated to the Chicago Southland Chamber Scholarship Fund).
Adult-Child Baseball Camps – Registration Now in Progress
The SSC Baseball Program and Head Coach Steve Ruzich will be conducting Adult-Child Baseball Camps February 10, 11, 17, 18 and 19 for boys and girls ages 6 thru 14. The camps will feature sessions for pitching, catching, hitting and fielding while providing adults and children the opportunity to improve their knowledge of baseball skills and techniques. Kids will be given expert instruction and time to practice and improve their skills through a variety of station drills. Adults will be taught how to use effective teaching methods, provide instruction using proper skill techniques, and utilize effective drills. The campers will work together, have fun, and develop talents in a wholesome, supportive environment. Ruzich has coached the SSC Baseball Program for the past 30 years with a winning record of 1069-640. Not only has he enjoyed success as a college coach and player, he has also established himself as a reputable youth baseball camp director around the state. In addition to Ruzich’s instruction, SSC baseball players will be on hand to help the campers develop and improve their skills. The players’ enthusiasm and expertise always adds to the camp’s success. The cost is $45 for one adult and one child per camp, and $40 per camp if enrolled in more than one. The cost is $30 for each additional child. Checks should be made payable to South Suburban College Baseball. The camps are located at Bulldog Field on SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland. For more information or to register, contact Coach Ruzich at 708-225-5843, or email [email protected].
Vendors Needed for SSC Annual Women’s Conference
SSC is planning their Annual Women’s Conference and is seeking interested vendors who would like to promote their business. The conference is for women of all ages and is designed to help women discover how they may enhance, explore, and enrich their lives both personally and professionally. Over 200 women participated at last year’s conference and their positive responses rated the Women’s Conference a huge success. The 2017 Chicago Women’s conference will be Friday March 17, 2017. We are currently accepting applications for exhibitors for this year’s conference. To request an application please email [email protected] or contact Gervaise Edwards at 708-596-2000, ext. 6032.
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
Business Breakfast – Wednesday, January 18
The Village of Park Forest’s Business Breakfast will take place on January 18 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. A complimentary full breakfast will be served. The discussion topic will be Alternate Funding Sources: Crowdfunding and What It’s All About. Access to capital remains a huge challenge for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Illinois. For that reason, the Small Business Advocacy Council and their coalition partners drove legislation to bring intrastate equity crowdfunding to Illinois. Join us as Elliot Richardson, Founder and CEO of the Small Business Advocacy Council, presents an overview on interstate equity crowdfunding including:
- An outline of the law that became effective on January 1, 2016.
- Alternate options to raise capital outside of the traditional loan.
- How to use the unique tool of interstate equity crowdfunding to raise capital in numerous ways including expanding local businesses, community development projects and real estate development.
The event is free and open to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Your business associates are always welcome to attend with you. For additional information or to register, call Monica DeLord at 708-283-5617, email [email protected] or online (preferred) at www.pf2017janbusconnection.eventbrite.com.
Women’s Empowerment Session – Registration Now in Progress
The Village of Park Forest will host a Women’s Empowerment Session on Friday, February 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. A complimentary lunch and networking opportunity will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Women’s Empowerment Session will be facilitated by John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and life coach, Lee Ann Piano. Participants will:
- Learn how to apply principles that high achievers live by.
- Determine your challenges on your journey to success.
- Learn how to use the motto “never give up” to your advantage and discover your destiny.
This session promises to be insightful, interactive and life changing. Registration fee is $25. Registration deadline is Friday, January 27. For additional information or to register, contact Monica DeLord at 708-283-5617 or email [email protected].
Women’s March on Chicago
Rally to Defend & Further Women’s Rights – Saturday, January 21
The First Amendment is alive and well in Chicago, as thousands of women and their allies will brave the cold to rally downtown on January 21 in solidarity with others around the world who defend and further women’s rights. The Women’s March on Chicago honors women’s marches planned for Washington D.C. and dozens of other U.S. cities on January 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, to make their diverse voices heard by a new administration. Chicago marchers will stand together for women’s civil liberties and rights and to signal that their diverse communities are the strength of our country. Organizers have received conditional approval from the Chicago Park District to convene at 10 a.m. at Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park. More information on the march route and concluding rally location will follow. The grassroots effort started in mid-November 2016 when several women met online and felt compelled to combat the divisive rhetoric of the presidential campaign. In five weeks, more than 22,000 interested marchers have connected online. Nearly 10,000 people registered with the official Facebook page of the event within 48 hours of the launch earlier this week. For more information, please visit the website: womens121marchonchicago.org, or go to the Facebook page: womensmarchonchicago.
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