Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Park Forest Economic Development and Planning Department will begin kick-off the month of April with its ‘Water Bill Buck Buster.’ Spend $150 or more each quarter at local Park Forest businesses and you can enter a raffle for a $100 water bill credit. You can also win Village swag with the first $50 in receipts in each quarter. Not sure what businesses are located in Park Forest? Check out the ‘Park Forest Shopping & Service Guide’ here for a complete listing of local businesses. You’ll find additional information about the ‘Water Bill Buck Buster’ in the ‘This & That’ section.
Are your children home for Spring Break and looking for something constructive to do? The Park Forest Library is hosting a Spring Break Craft Week April 2nd through 6th. The Library will provide crafty creations that children ages 12 and under will enjoy. You’ll find additional information in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.
Be sure to check out all the other events and activities taking place In & Around Park Forest. Have a great week!
Events and activities featured in ‘In and Around Park Forest’ take place in Park Forest, the surrounding suburbs and locations that are just a short drive or train ride away. You’ll find that many of these events are free or of a nominal charge.
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 RJPiserLPH@aol.com with the details no later than 5 p.m. on Friday. Thank you.
Administration — Village of Park Forest
Village Board Meeting – Monday, April 2 & Saturday, April 7
The Village of Park Forest Board will meet on Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m. In addition, the Board will hold a Saturday Morning Rules meeting on April 7 at 10 a.m. The meetings will be held 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). To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site here and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.
Village Commissions & Advisory Boards
The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of April 1:
- Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
- Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
- Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission
The meetings will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.
Hydrant Flushing – Begins Monday, April 9
Park Forest’s Department of Public Works will conduct hydrant flushing from April 9 to May 9, beginning at 9 a.m., weekdays only. No flushing will be done on the weekends. Hydrants are flushed to ensure that water does not stagnate in the system. During flushing, your water may become discolored from iron (rust) in the pipes. There are no known health risks associated with consuming discolored water caused from iron (rust) in the pipes, but Public Works recommends that you refrain from using discolored water until it runs clear. It is also recommended that you not wash clothes when your area is being flushed. If your laundry becomes discolored, keep the items wet and pick-up a free bottle of Red-B-Gone at Village Hall. Flushing signs will be placed throughout neighborhoods to alert you of when an area is to be flushed. Flushing begins in the north part of town (near the intersection of Route 30 and Orchard Drive) and proceeds south. Keep up with the progress of crews at www.villageofparkforest.com/hydrantflushing to best determine when your area will be flushed, or call 708-503-7702 for any additional questions or water quality concerns.
Arts & Entertainment
Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park
‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ – April 5, 6 & 7
GSU Theatre and Performance Studies presents ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,’ a chore poem by Ntozake Shange on Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m., Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m. Stories featured about of love, empowerment, struggle, and loss represent sisterhood in a racist and sexist society. ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ contains mature content—and this is intentional. With poems that explore losing one’s virginity, abortion, and love lost, and the use of explicit language, Shange wants to ensure that, if such important issues are not being discussed at home or under the guidance of careful mentorship, the production serves as a lesson, a cautionary tale, to those coming of age. In fact, Shange wrote the work with an intended audience in mind—12 year old girls. That said, guardians are encouraged to use their own discretion about whether or not it is appropriate for a younger audience. On stage, Limited Seating! Tickets are $15 and $10 for Students with ID. Buy Tickets For additional information, call 708-534-5000.
Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street
The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of April 1:
- Monday, April 2 at 10 a.m. – Come and Play – Drop-in to explore toys, puppets, sensory bins, books, and musical instruments. For ages 0-5.
- Monday, April 2 at 6 p.m. – Game Night at the Library – Take a break from technology and come play our board and card games. For families with children ages 8+.
- Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m. – Adult Writing Group – This month’s topic is travel writing. Bring your materials or just bring yourself. Open to both beginning and experienced writers.
- Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m. – Knot Just for Knitters at Benton St. Bakery – Get together to share camaraderie while working on knitting, crocheting, or any other type of needlework project. For adults.
- Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Time Stations – Parents and children will explore thematic stations together. For ages 2-3. Register.
- Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. – Library Teen Council (LTC) Meeting – Bring suggestions for books to order or programming you want to attend. New members welcome.
- Thursday, April 5 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Time Stations – Parents and children will explore thematic stations together. For ages 2-3. Register.
- Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Storytime for ages 4-5. Register.
- Thursday, April 5 from 3-5 p.m. – T(w)een Board Game Afternoon – Drop in for board games, card games, or tabletop RPG games. Feel free to bring your own games. For ages 11+.
- Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. – CRAVE Club – Prepare and bring a dish based on this month’s theme of “celebrate color with food”, then share samples and recipes with club members.
- Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. – T(w)een Trivia Thursdays – Theme is Name That Place. Compete in teams of two-four people. The first place team will win a prize. For grades 6-12. Register.
- Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. – Babies & Books – Storytime for ages birth-24 months. Register.
- Friday, April 6 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Adult Drop-in Coloring – Come relax and create. Bring your own supplies or use ours.
- Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. – LEGO WeDo Robotics – Build LEGO creations and program them with a computer. For ages 6+. Register.
- Saturday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. – Super SCRATCH Saturdays – Create animations, video games, stories and art through a fun and simple programming language using the software Scratch. For ages 8+. Register.
For more information or to register for a program, please call the Crete Public Library at 708-672-8017 or visit www.cretelibrary.org.
DePaul University Theatre School, 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago
Anton Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’ – Tickets Now on Sale
The Theatre School at DePaul University will present Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” directed by graduate student Jacob Janssen. The production opens April 13 and runs through April 22 on the Fullerton Stage at 2350 N. Racine Ave. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Previews are 7:30 p.m. on April 11 and 12. “Three Sisters” chronicles the Prozorov siblings over several years and their interactions with Russian military members who enter their lives. Olga, Masha, Irina and their brother, Andrey, search for meaning in Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece about broken dreams, inertia and missed opportunities. A post-show discussion will follow the April 15 and 19 productions. The April 20 performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language. The April 22 performance will include audio description services and a pre-performance touch tour. Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. Active military and their families can receive discounted tickets with valid ID. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 773-325-7900 or visiting http://theatre.depaul.edu.
F.A.M.E., 1017 West Washington Boulevard, Suite 2C, Chicago
‘A Dinner Dance Gala’ – Tickets Now on Sale
F.A.M.E. will host its seventh annual fundraiser “A Dinner Dance Gala” to support Chicagoland aspiring artists. The gala will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Chicago Yacht Club Belmont, 300 West Belmont Avenue in Chicago. This night of dinner and dancing will be the finale of F.A.M.E.’s 2018 Annual Talent Competition. One dancer and one singer will be awarded $1200 each. The Gala will also have multiple raffles valued more than $5,000. This year, the audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancer and singer! Celebrity judges include:
- Candace Jordan, Celebrity media contributor
- Michael McStraw, Executive Director of Nan Giordano,
- David O’Connor, Owner/Director of O’Connor Casting Company, and
- Denise Tomasello, known as the Queen of Chicago’s Cabaret.
Notorious comedian Kelsie Huff will be the MC for the night. Invite your family (ages 18 and up) and friends for a night filled with excitement, thrills and entertainment. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online here or at the door (Cash only). Ticket price includes dinner, entertainment and one complimentary drink ticket. For more information visit F.A.M.E.’s website. Since 2010, the diverse F.A.M.E. team of experienced professionals has been dedicated to mentoring artists all while hosting multiple fundraising events each year. F.A.M.E.’s mission is to provide young, deserving Chicagoland performers with funding and mentorship to advance their artistic careers.
Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest
Travis LeDoyt ‘A Tribute to the King’ – Tickets Now on Sale
On Tuesday, April 10 at 11 a.m., Travis LeDoyt will perform ‘A Tribute to the King.’ Travis LeDoyt is one of America’s most convincing, jaw-dropping tribute acts to ever grace the stage. Through his remarkable resemblance and his incredible talent to emulate the voice and style, Travis flawlessly captures the essence of Elvis in his prime, offering for those who never saw the King, the next best thing. “This is as close as you’re going to get to seeing an Elvis Presley concert in the 50’s” – D. J. Fontana (Elvis Presley’s drummer in the 50’s) after playing a show with Travis. View a video of Travis LeDoyt Tribute to the King. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Freedom Hall, by phone at 708-747-0580 or online at www.freedomhall.org.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest
Season Finale: ‘Heart and Soul’ – Tickets Now on Sale
IPO’s Season Finale, ‘Heart and Soul’ will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College, 6601 West College Drive in Palos Heights. In IPO’s Season Finale, Maestro Kirov introduces patrons to “an outstanding young composer gaining national and international recognition” with Gity Razaz and her composition, Arizona Dreams. This work pairs with Dvorˇák’s folk-inspired, nature themed Czech Suite. The evening ends with Tchaikovsky’s expressive Fifth Symphony and a finale of musical fireworks. About Gity Razaz: Hailed by the New York Times as ‘ravishing and engulfing,’ Gity Razaz’s music ranges from concert solo pieces to large symphonic works. Ms. Razaz’s music has been commissioned and performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra and others. Her original score for Ballet Moscow had its world premiere in June 2017, as well as a work for the classical guitar duo, Duo Noire. Tickets are $37 and $57 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
Spring Ice Breaker – Tickets Now on Sale
NVAM will hold its Spring Ice Breaker on Wednesday, April 18. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Copernicus Center, 5216 West Lawrence Avenue, in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago. (View Map) The Spring Ice Breaker will be a great opportunity to engage with the veterans, artists, and the amazing supporters in our community. By coming together under the banner of Veteran Fine Arts, you help us to celebrate the voices of our Veterans and share their experiences with the world. All proceeds from the Spring Ice Breaker will go directly to NVAM to support its mission to collect, preserve, exhibit and engage with art created by veterans. By attending the Spring Ice Breaker, you will help NVAM in accomplishing its mission by spending an evening of celebration. Advance tickets are $20, or $25 the night of the event. Ticket price includes an open bar and food. Purchase tickets here. If you can’t attend the Spring Ice Breaker, consider sponsoring a ticket for a veteran. By paying the ticket price for a veteran or group, we will offer the free tickets to veterans in the community so they can attend the Ice Breaker in your place. Purchase a ticket to sponsor a veteran here. Learn more about the Museum here.
‘Vietnam – The Defining Moment’ – Through April 28
The latest exhibit at the NVAM is ‘Vietnam –The Defining Moment.’ This exhibit is part of NVAM’s decade-long anniversary marking 50 years since the Vietnam War, The exhibit features artwork created by over 30 Vietnam veterans exploring the specific moments that transformed and shaped the lives of the military veterans and those close to them. The exhibit will run through April 28 and is free and open to the public. The defining moment in life is the point when internal and external forces combine to make fundamental changes in who we are. This transformation reveals our true character and determines the course of our future. Each man and woman touched by the Vietnam War had a defining moment and came home a different person than the one that left. For some it came suddenly, with hot searing pain. For others, it came slowly, with the soul wearying grind of war. Artists featured in ‘Vietnam – The Defining Moment’ have captured the nature of these transformations, portraying both their own changes and those they witnessed. The artwork was created over a period of fifty years, some in the heat of battle and some only after years of reflection. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For additional information, call 3121-326, 0270, email email@example.com or visit www.nvam.org.
Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road
“Step Back into the 1950s” – Wednesdays & Saturdays
The 1950s Park Forest House Museum invites you to “Step Back into the 1950s.” The Park Forest House Museum is decorated to reflect what the town looked like when it first began. One room represents a classroom in Forest Boulevard School, which was set up in a row of townhomes. Admission is Adults $5; children 12 and under free. Park in the small lot by the flagpole and knock on the classroom door next to the museum sign. A guide will tell village history, and social and fashion trends of the era. The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule a tour, please call Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252, or Michael Gans at 708-305-3308 or visit: www.parkforesthistory.org.
Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard
Library Closure – Sunday, April 1
The Park Forest Library will be closed on Sunday, April 1 in observance of the Easter Holiday.
The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of April 1:
- Monday, April 2 at 11 a.m. –Story Time Stars — Rise and Shine Little Movers. Parents, jump start your day with stories and a craft.
- Monday, April 2 at 12:30 p.m. – Spring Break Craft Week – Spring into action April 2nd – 6th. We’re providing crafty creations that children will enjoy. For ages 12 and under.
- Monday, April 2 at 1 p.m. – Drop In Days — Join us for a spur-of-the-moment activity in Teen Tech Zone.
- Monday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. – kids’ zone Science Club — Get Ready for another exciting Science as we explore Earth. The Living Planet: Exploring Earth’s Systems. Grades 3 through 5. Registration Required.
- Tuesday, April 3 at 12:30 p.m. — Spring Break Craft Week – Spring into action through April 6th. We’re providing crafty creations that children will enjoy. For ages 12 and under.
- Tuesday, April 3 at 1 p.m. – Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Take a load off before starting your homework! Learn different media of art and show your creativity with other teens.
- Tuesday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m. – Kids Art Studio — Drop in and discover your inner artist with one of our guided projects. For ages 12 and under.
- Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. – Night Time Storytime — JAM OUT in your PJ’s with stories, crafts, music and more.
- Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. — Ken Burns Documentary: ‘The Vietnam War’ — Watch the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick series ‘The Vietnam War.’
- Wednesday, April 4 at 12:30 P.M. — Spring Break Craft Week – Spring into action through April 6th. We’re providing crafty creations that children will enjoy. For ages 12 and under.
- Wednesday, April 4 at 11 a.m. – Baby 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, April 4 at 1 p.m. – Teen DIYs — Create, learn, and engage in new activities with teens.
- Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Palooza — We’re EXPLODING with Creativity! Join us each week as we explore/craft different elements of Art. For ages 12 and under.
- Wednesday, April 4 at 4 p.m. – Adult Coloring — Join us as we spend some time unwinding and relaxing with adult coloring books.
- Thursday, April 5 at 11 p.m. – Toddler Art — Bring your imagination and creativity to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more. Some projects may involve paint. Ages 3-5.
- Thursday, April 5 at 12:30 p.m. — Spring Break Craft Week – Spring into action through April 6th. We’re providing crafty creations that children will enjoy. For ages 12 and under.
- Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m. — Teen Movie: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ — Come and watch popular films with other teens! Crafts and games will be available during the film, too.
- Thursday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m. – Create Zone Craft — March is Youth Art Month! Drop-In Every Thursday at 3:30 pm to create a one of a kind creation! For ages 12 and under.
- Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. – PJ Storytime — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. For ages 12 and under.
- Friday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m. — Spring Break Craft Week – Spring into action through April 6th. We’re providing crafty creations that children will enjoy. For ages 12 and under.
- Friday, April 6 at 1 p.m. – Teen Game Day — Show off your competitive side with your friends! From board games to video games, there will be plenty of fun.
- Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. — Create Zone Craft — Stop in kids’ zone and create something special today.
- Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. — Mindful Eating Circle — Join us as we read and discuss “The Rules of Normal Eating, A Commonsense Approach for Dieters, Overeaters, Underaters, Emotional Eaters, and Everyone in Between” by Karen Koeing.
For additional information, or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
Friends of the Park Forest Library Meeting – Tuesday, April 3
The Friends of the Park Forest Library will meet on Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. For additional information, call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
Prairie State College (PSC), 202 South Halsted, Chicago Heights
‘Reflections’ Exhibit – Through Wednesday, April 18
PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery’s next exhibit is entitled ‘Reflections.’ This yearly juried exhibit features the work of high school students from District 515 in a wide range of media, including sculpture, photography, drawing, and painting. The exhibit is curated by PSC Art Faculty, associate professor Rebecca Slagle. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, April 18. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 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, phone 708- 709-3636 or visit www.prairiestate.edu/christopher-art-gallery.
Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest
Lunch at the Senior Center – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
The Rich Township Senior Center will be serving lunch at 12 Noon, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Rich Township School District 227 is preparing delicious meals for a cost of $3.00. You MUST make your reservation two days in advance by stopping in, or calling 708-748-5454. Lunch Menu examples: Chicken, Hamburger, Turkey Sandwich, all served with Soup & Chips. Also we have Pasta dishes, side salads, desserts. Optional: Chef Salad. All served with Lemonade.
South Suburban Diversity Dinners
2018 South Suburban Diversity Dinners –Tickets Now on Sale
On Saturday, April 21, the South Suburban Diversity Dinners will celebrate their 21st anniversary with the theme: “The State of Diversity in the South Suburbs: Have We Progressed?” The dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Rich South High School, 5000 Sauk Trail in Richton Park. This year’s featured speaker will be Troy Cicero, President of MulticultuReal Communications, whose unique presentation style ensures that his audience will be motivated to seek “real” change by engaging in “real” conversations. His dynamic message will be the cornerstone of a new interactive component to the 2018 Diversity Dinner. Following Mr. Cicero’s presentation, trained facilitators at each table will lead guests in an exercise designed to provide an environment that encourages inclusive, open communication and self-reflection of who we are in our everyday interactions. The 2018 Diversity Dinner promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased here or send your check payable to: Diversity Dinners of the South Suburbs, P. O. Box 605, Homewood, IL 60430 by April 6th. For more information please visit: www.DiversityDinners.com.
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest
‘Stalking Light, Embracing Shadow’ – Through April 14
‘Stalking Light, Embracing Shadow,’ an exhibit of black and white photography will run through April 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Black and white photography can be dramatic, nuanced, boldly detailed, mysteriously subtle, an ultra-specific image that documents reality, or an invitation to imagine a lost or yet to be discovered place and time. A photograph devoid of color can clarify and make more absolute, or present an enigma, a perplexing secret shared in a not-quite-familiar language. The exhibit of black and white photographic features works by a select group of well-respected regional photographers: Richard Ainsworth, Jay Anderson, Jon W. Balke, Richard Burd, Irene Ganas, Claudia McCarthy, Kristen Olivares, Stuart Pearson, and John P. Spomar III. Each has created and continues to create hundreds of wonderful prints within a broad range of subjects and styles. Their images include people, places, events, objects, abstract compositions; distant views and extreme close-ups; documents of specific moments; narratives or set pieces to illustrate a concept, story, myth, or invented scenario; and experiments with light, contrast, and composition. Images have been produced through traditional camera and dark room techniques, with digital cameras, with pinhole cameras, and even as photograms, but none have been created exclusively on a computer. It is hoped that visitors will gain a greater appreciation for both the diverse ways artists’ visions can be expressed through photography in general, and these particular photographers’ technical mastery as well as the thoughtful choices they have made through what they look at, look for, and how they interpret what they see. Gallery hours are 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.
Educational Lectures & Opportunities
Chicago City of Learning
Spring Into Summer Fair – Saturday, April 14
Join Chicago City of Learning for the Spring into Summer Fair, a FREE festival where youth of all ages can sample and sign up for Summer programs offered citywide to meet every interest. The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th at Jones College Prep, 700 South State Street in Chicago. The Spring Into Summer Fair will feature activities geared toward youth (ages 4 – 24) that offer a glimpse at just some of the opportunities available throughout the summer. Attendees will also have a chance to win iPad Minis every hour. RSVP for the event at tinyurl.com/SISFair
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.
Prairie State College (PSC), 202 South Halsted, Chicago Heights
Union Trades Career Information Fair – Tuesday, April 17
PSC will be hosting a Union Trades Career Information Fair on Tuesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Atrium of the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights. Participants will learn about union trades and how they can help in the pursuit of a new career. Many union trades and apprenticeship programs have signed up to participate in the program. The fair is being conducted in partnership with the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, Illinois Department of Employment Security, National Able Network, Construction Industry Service Corporation, Jeff Morden and Donna Miller. The event is free and open to the public. Parking for attendees is available in lot D on the south west corner of Vollmer Rd. and Halsted St. For more information, contact Esther Pacheco at 708-709-3503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast – Registration Now in Progress
William A. Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will be the featured speaker at the Prairie State College (PSC) Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, scheduled on April 20, 2018. In addition to providing a prominent expert’s analysis of the economy to the south suburban business community, the annual Economic Forecast Breakfast also raises scholarship money for PSC students. 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, followed by the speaker presentation at 8:15 a.m. A question and answer session follows. Individual tickets to the event are $25. Sponsorships for the event also are available. A $1,500 Scholarship Sponsorship includes a 7 a.m. VIP reception 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. To register or for more details, visit https://give.classy.org/PSCBreakfast or call the PSC Foundation Office at 708-709-3631. The PSC Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to excellence in education by promoting PSC and enhancing opportunities for students. Dedicated to helping deserving PSC students seeking job skills through academic achievement, PSC Foundation scholarships encourage the process of lifelong learning. 501(c) 3 not-for-profit status assures tax deductibility for donors. For more information, contact the PSC Foundation office at 708-709-3631.
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.
Park Forest Environment Commission, 350 Victory Drive
Earth Week 2018 Events – April 14 through 22
The Park Forest Environment Commission has announced its Earth Week 2018 events to take place April 14 – 22. The schedule is as follows:
Gardening Series: Basic Beginning Gardening 2: What’s the difference between annual/perennial, or raised bed vs. digging in the ground? Also basic tools. 10:30 a.m. Wetland Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive
Opening of the Earth Week Recycle Exhibit Artwork to be displayed from the public accepted starting April 10th. Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street
Tom Nielson, award-winning satirical and social commentary singer, performs at 7:30 p.m.
$15 donation requested. Edgar’s Place Coffee House inside Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Avenue
Tom Nielson performs at 10 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Avenue
Peace Service held at the Peace Pole at 6 p.m. Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Blvd.
Gardening Series: Know-Maintenance Gardening: the newest way to garden sustainably at 7 p.m.
Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive
Tom Nielson performs at 2 p.m. Prairie State College Heritage Room, 202 S. Halsted, Chicago Heights
At Peace with the Earth: A Blessing Ceremony. A guided tour of the new Village Green will be at
6:30 p.m. and community ceremony will begin at 7 pm. Village Green, DownTown Park Forest
Gardening Series: Rain Gardens: Keep water out of the sewer and in your plants at 7 p.m.
Wetland Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive
Tom Nielsen, Peace as an Environmental Issue at 6:30 p.m. Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd.
Tree Planting Ceremony in the memory of Katherine Armstrong, former Village Trustee and Environment Commission member at 2 p.m. Park Forest Dog Park, 218th Street and Wildwood
Earth Day at Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road: Wild Water 1-4 pm
Gardening Series: Build a Bird House: Learn how to attract birds to your yard, decorate a birdhouse to keep at 12 p.m. Location: Wetland Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive
Earth Day Closing Ceremony from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments to be provided. Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street
For additional information, visit www.villageofparkforest.com.
Sauk-Calumet Sierra Club Group, Matteson
Joliet Junior College Biologist to Speak About Wetland – Monday, April 9
The next meeting of the Sauk-Calumet Sierra Club Group will be on Monday, April 9th, at the Frankfort Public Library, 21119 Pfeiffer Rd. in Frankfort at 7:15 pm. The program at this meeting will feature Andy Neill, a biologist at Joliet Junior College. Neill is spearheading the movement to protect a rare wetland on land owned by the College, called a fen. He will show slides of some of the rare plants and animals that inhabit this small but unique place. The site is currently threatened by development. After the presentation attendees will learn some simple things they can do to help protect this rare habitat. All meetings are open to members and the general public. For more info or for questions about the Club and it activities email Patrick Coffey at email@example.com.
Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest
Audubon 2018 Photo Awards Contest – Entries Accepted Through April 9
The National Audubon Society, in association with Nature’s Best Photography, announces its annual bird photography contest: the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards. Judges include birding legend Kenn Kaufman and 2015 Grand Prize winner Melissa Groo, as well as Allen Murabayashi, chairman and cofounder of PhotoShelter. Winning photographs will be published in Audubon magazine and Nature’s Best Photography magazine, and they will also be displayed within the 2018 Nature’s Best Photography Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. More information on the contest, prizes, and submission guidelines can be at www.audubon.org/photoawards.
- Professional (individuals currently earning $5,000 or more per year selling photography)
- Amateur (individuals currently earning less than $5,000 per year selling photography)
- Youth (individuals aged 13 to 17 who are making less than $5,000 a year selling photography; children 12 years old or younger are not eligible)
January 8 – April 9, 2018.
- $15 per image from 12:00 p.m. EST on January 8 through 11:59 a.m. EST on April 2
- $20 per image from 12:00 p.m. EST on April 2 through 11:59 p.m. EST on April 9
- No fee for Youth category entries or entries submitted via the mail
- No limit to number of images submitted
- Grand Prize: $5,000 USD
- Professional Prize: $2,500 USD
- Amateur Prize: $2,500 USD
- Youth Prize: Six days at Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp (Arts and Birding/Photography Track) on July 8–13, 2018 for the winner and one parent/legal guardian.
How to Enter:
- Read the official rules for the Audubon Photography Awards.
- Read Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography.
- Submit your digital images here and pay a fee, or
- Mail prints for free. Download printable entry form here.
Judges will score eligible photographs using the following criteria: a) Technical Quality (30 percent); b) Originality (30 percent); and c) Artistic Merit (40 percent). Judges include:
- Kevin Fisher, creative director, National Audubon Society
- Steve Freligh, publisher, Nature’s Best Photography
- Melissa Groo, wildlife photographer and 2015 grand prize winner
- Kenn Kaufman, bird expert and Audubon field editor
- Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society
- Allen Murabayashi, chairman and cofounder, PhotoShelter
For more information on the Audubon Photography Awards, please read the contest rules and Frequently Asked Questions. Last year’s winners can be found here. Contest begins January 8, 2018 and ends April 9, 2018. Must be at least 13 years of age and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or Canada (excluding Quebec) to enter. Entrants under the age of majority must get permission from their parent or legal guardian to enter. Subject to Official Rules, which will be posted 1/8/2018. Void where prohibited.
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 Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest
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.
Will County Green, 58 East Clinton Street, Joliet
Recycling in the South Suburbs — Ongoing
Have old electronics, TVs or computer monitors sitting around your house gathering dust? Want to get rid of them for free? There are places in Will County where you can properly dispose of them. Each recycling location will accept only 2 televisions per vehicle. ID will be required to prove that you are a Will County resident. However, Park Forest residents residing in either Will OR Cook Counties may participate.
|Richton Park Donation Drop Spot||Peotone Police Department||New Lenox Township|
|Richton Park Village Hall||208 E. Main Street||1100 S. Cedar Road|
|4455 Sauk Trail (Located along Latonia Lane)||1st & 3rd Wednesdays||2nd & 4th Wednesdays|
|7 a.m. to 7 p.m.||5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (lines will be cut off at 7 p.m.)||5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (lines will be cut off at 7 p.m.|
|7 days a week||Closed on Holidays||Closed on Holidays|
For additional information, visit www.countygreen.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
This & That
Congresswoman Robin Kelly, 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Suite 505, Matteson
5th Annual Youth Job and Resource Expo – Thursday, April 19 and April 21
Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Youth Job and Resource Expo for young men and women between the ages of 16 and 24 on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Thornton Township High School, 15001 Broadway Avenue in Harvey. More than 50 companies and agencies will be accepting applications for available jobs, summer internships and apprenticeships. Representatives from various Youth Services will also be on hand to talk with young people about program offerings that will help them succeed. Participating employers and agencies include Nike, Gamestop, Walmart, VILLA, DTLR, Walgreens, UPS, Chase Bank, One Summer Chicago and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Prior to the Expo, Rep. Kelly is sponsoring a Job Readiness Training Session to help young people enhance their interview skills. The session takes place Thursday, April 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Technical Building of Thornton Township High School. To pre-register, visit reprobinkelly.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Vaughn Roland at 708- 679-0078 or at Vaughn.email@example.com, or visit robinkelly.house.gov.
League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area
‘Dialogue with Drinks’ – Tuesday, April 10
On Tuesday, April 10, the League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area will host a special meeting/reception for Ms. Bonnie Cox, President of the League of Women Voters of Illinois. The meeting, “Dialogue with Drinks,” will be held at the Park Forest Tennis and Health Club, 290 Westwood Drive in Park Forest. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. There will be a cash bar with appetizers provided. We are enthusiastic about introducing Ms. Cox to our south suburban community and to learn about the activities and positions of the League of Women Voters of Illinois. In this fun, informal setting there will be an open discussion of the league’s national and state campaign, “Making Democracy Work,” which focuses on such areas as voter education, issue advocacy and citizen participation. All are welcome to attend this event. The League of Women Voters National Convention will be held from June 28 through July 1 at the Hilton Chicago, which is another opportunity to learn about the League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informative and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The LWV 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 www.lwvpfa.org.
NASA, Washington, DC
You’re Invited to Come Aboard NASA’s First Mission to Touch the Sun – Submissions Due by April 27
Want to get the hottest ticket this summer without standing in line? NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission launching in summer 2018. The mission will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and your name will go along for the ride. “This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than six decades.” Understanding the Sun has always been a top priority for space scientists. Studying how the Sun affects space and the space environment of planets is the field known as heliophysics. The field is not only vital to understanding Earth’s most important and life-sustaining star, it supports exploration in the solar system and beyond. Submissions will be accepted until April 27. Learn more and add your name to the mission here. You can learn more about NASA’s Park Solar Probe mission here or Follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at: www.facebook.com/NASASunScience and www.twitter.com/NASASun.
National Student Walkout
Walkouts to Protest Against Political Complacency About Gun Violence – Friday, April 20
As families continue to grieve and hold funerals for the 17 victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., students and educators are calling for a nationwide day of action including school walkouts to protest lawmakers’ deadly inaction on gun control legislation. The day set for the actions is Friday, April 20, which will be the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School. The Twitter account National School Walkout, which was started Friday, declares, “We are the students, we are the victims, we are change.” The April 20 walkout, it says, will be “polite, passionate, plea for peace.” A Change.org petition, which has gathered over 6,100 signatures as of this writing, and is linked to the Twitter account, says, “There has been too much complacency on the part of politicians when it comes to gun violence. The time to act is now!” A web page calling for pledges to commit to an April 20 action and sponsored by the Network for Public Education, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and other organizations says, “The failure to enact rational laws around the purchase of guns that are designed for mass shootings is inexcusable. The time to act is now. Every child deserves to learn in a school that is safe.”
Park Forest Economic Development and Planning Department
Water Bill Buck Buster — Begins April 1
Park Forest Economic Development and Planning Department will begin its ‘Water Bill Buck Buster’ contest on April 1. Spend $150 or more each quarter at local Park Forest businesses and you can enter a raffle for a $100 water bill credit. You can also win Village swag with the first $50 in receipts in each quarter. Submit receipts from local Park Forest businesses totaling $150 or more dated within each quarter starting in April. Limit of one entry per household per quarter. Three drawings will be held in 2018:
- June 29
- September 28
- December 28
Receipts are due the day before each drawing. Locate Park Forest businesses in the Park Forest Shopping & Service Guide found here. Email your receipts and include your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off the information at Park Forest Village Hall 2nd Floor, 350 Victory Drive. For additional information, call 708-283-5617 or check your April water bill statement.
Park Forest Toastmasters Club
Meeting – Tuesday, April 3
The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 N. Orchard Drive in Park Forest. The meeting is open to the public. The Park Forest Toastmasters Club meets on the 1st and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Members develop speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. For additional information, visit: www.parkforesttoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org.
Park Forest Youth Baseball
2018 Park Forest Baseball Registration – In Progress
Registration is now open for the 2018 baseball season for Park Forest Youth Baseball. Families with kids ages 4 to 14 who might be interested can visit Park Forest Baseball online to learn more details about the upcoming season. Their web site is www.pf-baseball.club or calls can be directed to 708-627-0586.
St. Irenaeus Church, 78 Cherry Street, Park Forest
Prayers for Peace – Wednesday, April 4
Park Forest People of Faith will gather for peace prayers at St. Irenaeus Church on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
Park Forest Aqua Center Early Registration – Now in Progress
The Park Forest Aqua Center wants residents to know that they are now offering early bird registrations for the 2018 Swim Season. For more details, call visit the Village website www.villageofparkforest.com or call the Recreation and Parks Department at 708-748-2005.
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