Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)
By: Rosemary Piser
The Park Forest Historical Society will host the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Reception honoring the 2018 Park Forest Hall of Fame Inductees. The event, which is open to the public, will take place on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard. Congratulations to the 2018 Inductees: Gregory C. Baker, Mary Dankowski, Deloris Janota, Yvonne Gavin Robinson, Douglas C. Ulreich, and Committee for Non-Partisan Local Government. Congratulations to all the inductees.
Park Forest’s 2018 Earth Week events continue this week throughout town. You’ll find a complete listing of events and activities in the ‘Green Events’ 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 16
The Village of Park Forest Board will meet on Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. The meeting 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 15:
- Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. – Plan CommissionThursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. – Housing Authority
The meetings will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.
Park Forest Vehicle Stickers and Animal Tags Now On Sale
The 2018-19 Village of Park Forest vehicle stickers went on sale beginning March 1. Just a reminder that vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles registered in the Village of Park Forest by the end of the business day on April 30, 2018 to avoid late fees and fines. Vehicle stickers must be displayed on every vehicle registered in the Village of Park Forest prior to May 1, even if that vehicle is not located in the Village. Vehicles not displaying the correct vehicle sticker prior to May 1 are subject to late fees and fines.
Vehicles must display a current Village of Park Forest sticker:
- Within 30 days of a new resident moving into the Village
- Within 30 days of purchasing a vehicle (as soon as you receive the plates)
- If the vehicle is registered with the State of Illinois with a Park Forest address
A late fee of $25 will be assessed to all vehicle sticker purchases made on or after May 1. A late fee of $50 will be assessed to all vehicle sticker purchases made on or after August 1. Vehicle stickers may be purchased at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, the Park Forest Currency Exchange, 98 South Orchard Drive or online here. Scroll down to Park Forest and follow the instructions. Please note that a convenience fee will be added to your transaction. Your sticker will be mailed to you. Please also note that if you are eligible for a discount, you will need to visit Village Hall to purchase your sticker.
Village Hall Hours
Monday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Hours on Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fill out the application available at the Customer Service window on the first floor. Submit your payment and receive your sticker immediately. To expedite the process, be sure to avoid waiting until the final days leading up to the April 30 deadline due to increased wait time from longer than normal lines. To further reduce your wait, download the application and bring the completed application in to Village Hall with you.
Animal tags are also due by April 30. There is a fee of $10 per tag, per animal. Animal registration requires that you provide a current rabies vaccination certificate.
View full details including rates for vehicle stickers and animal registration.
Hydrant Flushing Continues – Through May 9
Park Forest’s Department of Public Works will conduct hydrant flushing through 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
The Blues Hip Hop Experience – Saturday, April 21
Join us on Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. for a dynamic evening exploring the rich blues legacy of our region and its parallels to hip-hop. This multi-generational concert combines poetry, performance and perspective in one unforgettable evening. Music has long served as a vehicle to give voice to the plight of the people, and to their triumphs. Two all-American genres have played a critical role in sharing stories of African Americans and everyday people: Blues and Hip Hop. The evening is co-hosted by three-time Grammy-nominee and hometown harmonica hero, Billy Branch, and award-winning journalist and PBS TV personality, Sylvia Ewing. Billy’s band, The Sons of Blues will be joined by an all-Chicago collection of vocalists, hip-hop artists and performance poets. Guest vocalists include blues artists Lucy Smith and Melody Angel, hip-hop collective artists avery r. young, international music star Ugochi, and hip hop artists FM Supreme, Sense, and HSHBRWN. Urbanized Music featuring Amina Norman Hawkins and Coolout Chris make a special appearance! This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street
The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of April 15:
- Monday, April 16 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 16 at 3 p.m. – T(w)een Microwave Cooking – Make grilled hot dogs, taco dip, and caramel corn. For ages 11+. Register.
- Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m. – Teen Movie Night – Call the library for the film title. For ages 13+.
- Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. – Main Street, IL – A memorable and fun-filled tour of the charms, traditions, and personalities of our Illinois towns led by the only person who has visited and photographed all of them. Register.
- Wednesday, April 18 at 3 p.m. – Photo Editing 101 – Learn how to combine two photographs into one. For teens/adults. Register.
- Thursday, April 19 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Storytime for ages 4-5. Register.
- Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. – Babies & Books – Storytime for ages birth-24 months. Register.
- Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. – The Young Adult (for Adults) Book Club – Get laughs, tears, and angst without ever having to step inside a high school. Group meets at Benton St. Bakery, 1375 Benton St., Crete.
- Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. – Photo Editing 101 – Learn how to combine two photographs into one. For teens/adults. 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’ – Through April 22
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. “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 19 production. 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.
National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Spring Ice Breaker – Wednesday, April 18
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
2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – Sunday, April 15
The Park Forest Hall of Fame will hold an Awards Ceremony and Reception honoring the 2018 Park Forest Hall of Fame Inductees. The event will take place on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard. The 2018 Inductees are:
- Gregory C. Baker
- Mary Dankowski
- Deloris Janota
- Yvonne Gavin Robinson
- Douglas C. Ulreich
- Committee for Non-Partisan Local Government.
Members of the community are invited to attend the event. For additional information, call Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252 or Mike Gans at 708-305-3308. You can learn more about the Park Forest Historical Society here.
‘Step Back into a 1950s Easter’ – Wednesdays & Saturdays
Visit the 1950’s Park Forest House Museum through April 28th to experience a 1950s Easter. Check out photos of past Easter exhibits. 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
The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of April 15:
- Sunday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m. — Create Zone Craft! — Stop in kids’ zone and create something special today.
- Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. — Book Talk with Best Selling Author Mary Kubica — Join New York Times Bestselling author Mary Kubica. First 50 attendees will receive a special gift.
- Monday, April 16 at 11 a.m. –Story Time Stars — Rise and Shine Little Movers. Parents, jump start your day with stories and a craft.
- Monday, April 16 at 1 p.m. – Drop In Days — Join us for a spur-of-the-moment activity in Teen Tech Zone.
- Tuesday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m. – Being Safe Online: Accounts and Passwords — Learn the basics of how to stay safe and secure on the internet. Registration Required.
- Tuesday, April 17 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 17 at 4 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 17 at 6 p.m. – Night Time Storytime — JAM OUT in your PJ’s with stories, crafts, music and more.
- Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. — Ken Burns Documentary: The Vietnam War — Watch the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick series “The Vietnam War”
- Wednesday, April 18 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 18 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 18 at 4 p.m. – Adult Coloring — Join us as we spend some time unwinding and relaxing with adult coloring books.
- Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Movie Night for Adults — Join us as we watch ‘Dunkirk.’
- Thursday, April 19 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 19 at 3:30 p.m. – Create Zone Craft – April 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 19 at 4 p.m. – Teen Movie: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” — Come and watch popular films with other teens! Crafts and games will be available during the film, too!
- Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. – Being Safe Online: Accounts and Passwords — Learn the basics of how to stay safe and secure on the internet. Registration Required.
- Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. – PJ Storytime — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. For ages 12 and under.
- Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. – Earth Week Concert: “A Concert for Peace as an Environmental Issue”-Tom Nielson — Come and enjoy this Earth Week concert.
- Friday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. – Fun Game Day: Board Games — Drop-in for an afternoon of your favorite classic board games.
- Friday, April 20 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 21 at 11 a.m. — Be Good to the Earth, Be Good to Yourself — Join us and learn how to create an edible garden. Learn all about our seed library! First 30 attendees will go home with a special gift! Followed by the seed social.
- Saturday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. – Practical Application Circle — Join us as we read “Here is Real Magic” by Nate Staniforth.
- Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. – Earth Day: Make and Take — Join us for an earth friendly project in honor of Earth Day! All materials provided. While supplies last. For ages 12 and under.
- Sunday, April 22 at Morning Pages Book Circle — Join us as we read and discuss “Journal Sparks” by Emily K. Newburger.
For additional information, or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
Arbor Day Celebration at the Park Forest Library – Saturday, April 21
On Saturday, April 21 beginning at 10 a.m. the Garden Club of Park Forest will be giving away FREE Trees and Milkweed Seeds for Monarch Butterflies. Stop in the Library today from 10 a.m. to noon or while supplies last. Swing by kids’zone for a special Arbor Day Craft!
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 – Saturday, April 21
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
‘Heartland: Images of Small Town and Rural Midwest’ – Opens Friday, April 27
Tall Grass’ exhibit ‘Heartland: Images of Small Town and Rural Midwest’ opens on Friday, April 27 and will run through June 2. The exhibit is free and open to the public. ‘Heartland’ is a display of images of and about life in and around small towns, farms, and rural areas. Images might represent historic buildings, railway stations, gas stations, grain elevators, stores, farms, barns, landscapes, wide open spaces and skies, fields, crops, machines, animals, fairs, parades, people working, celebrations, special events. 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.
The Drama Group, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights
‘Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike’ – Tickets Now on Sale
The Drama Group is will present ‘Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike,’ a zany comedy by Christopher Durang and directed by Mary Ellen Fawk. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. Some of the show’s elements were derived from works of Anton Chekov, including several character names, the play’s setting in a cherry orchard and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home. Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre on May 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on May 6 & 13 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults; $19 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available. Good seats are available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444 or online here. For additional information, call 708-755-3444 or visit: www.dramagroup.org.
Union Street Gallery (USC), 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights
‘Pantone: Little Boy Blue’ Exhibit – Through May 4
USG’s exhibit ‘Pantone: Little Boy Blue’ will run through Friday, May 4. The exhibit is open to the public. ‘Pantone: Little Boy Blue’ features works of art that are predominantly the color, Little Boy Blue. The works are created by artists of all levels and mediums. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
Rare Color Photographs of King, Jr. in Chicago on Display — Through April 30
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. moved to Chicago in 1966 to further the Civic Rights Movement, a priest from Wheaton – also an amateur photographer – captured rare color images of King in the Windy City which now are on display at Park Forest’s Village Hall. Bernard Kleina took the color photographs some 53 years ago when black and white photography was the standard. The photographs, which capture the King-led Chicago Freedom Movement rally in August of 1966, Kleina later explained, were taken to document that the demonstrators were peaceful and not the ones provoking the riots.
Kleina would eventually leave the priesthood for a career as a fair housing advocate. He also became a professional photographer. Kleina’s photographs will be on display at Village Hall through the end of the month. For additional information, visit www.villageofparkforest.com.
Educational Lectures & Opportunities
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 – Friday, April 20
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.
Sexual Harassment Workshop to Support #MeToo and #Time’sUp Movements – Registration Now in Progress
Sexual harassment and discrimination prevention in the workplace has been on the training delivery agenda of many employers for years. Supporting the efforts of #MeToo and #Time’sUp movements, PSC, in collaboration with Favaro & Gorman, Ltd., an employment law firm in Chicago, is presenting “It’s a New Day,” a highly informative workshop designed to equip participants with the ability to identify sexual harassment and understand reporting responsibilities and rights, as well as assist in establishing the basis for creating a worry-free working environment. The workshop will provide training and discussion platforms on recognizing harassment and discrimination, reporting responsibilities for victims and witnesses, support resources for survivors, helpful information on confronting and managing workplace harassment and more. The workshop will be held in the PSC Conference Center on Tuesday, April 24. The morning opens at 7:30 a.m. with registration and breakfast, and the day’s activities will end at noon. The fee to attend is $49 per registrant. A keynote address at 8 a.m. will be presented by Dennis R. Favaro, employment law attorney, and will feature an overview of sexual harassment. The keynote will be followed by two, hour-long breakout sessions and a final wrap up and question and answer panel. Professional Development or Continuing Education Units are available for an additional fee. To register or for more information, visit prairiestate.edu/new-day.
Summer 2018 Registration – Now in Progress
Summer registration is now open at PSC. Students looking to start, continue or complete their degree or certificate, or for those who want to get ahead or take classes to enhance their skills, can now register for five- or eight- week credit sessions or select from a number of non-credit courses this summer. To accommodate busy schedules, PSC offers daytime, evening and online courses, with flexible start times. The eight-week credit session runs from May 29 through July 19. The first five-week credit courses begin May 29 and end June 28.The second five-week credit summer session runs from July 2 through Aug. 2. To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person at the college, located at 202 S. Halsted St., in Chicago Heights, or online at www.prairiestate.edu by selecting Apply, Register, Pay. Current students can register for credit courses in person or online on WebAdvisor. Guest students who are seeking credit courses are encouraged to enroll in summer courses at PSC. This gives students the opportunity to fulfill general education requirements at a fraction of the cost, and they can transfer the credits back to their home college. Available courses include English, speech, biology, chemistry, history, math and more. For more information, visit www.prairiestate.edu/summeronly. High school students who plan to go away in the fall can get ahead by taking classes this summer and then transferring the credits to their college or university. PSC also offers non-credit courses that begin throughout the summer. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person. To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to prairiestate.edu, select Apply, Register, Pay, and then choose How to Enroll. Another option is to complete the registration form available online or in the back of the printed non-credit course schedule. Students also can register for non-credit courses in person at the Matteson Area Center (MAC), located at 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson, or in the Enrollment Services Office on the PSC main campus. The MAC 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. All available summer courses are listed online at www.prairiestate.edu/courseschedule. Print copies are available by completing the request form online. Non-credit courses also are listed in the 2018 non-credit course schedule. Copies can be found on the main campus and at the MAC or online at www.prairiestate.edu/noncredit.
Kids@College Summer Program – Registration Now in Progress
Are you looking for fun activities to keep your kids busy this summer? Let learning and fun continue year round at Prairie State College (PSC). The Kids@College Summer Program at PSC is designed to enhance the problem solving skills of children ages 5 through 10. Participants will use fun, hands-on, iSTEAM based activities that encourage creativity in the areas of inventions, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from June 25 through Aug. 9, at the college’s Matteson Area Center, located at 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson. There will be no programming during the week of July 2. Kids@College at PSC offers six weeks of fun-filled learning opportunities including an engaging curriculum taught by certified teachers. Each week is tailored to intrigue students and provide them with a chance to explore, build and learn. Half- and full- day options are available. Cost per child for full day is $138 a week, half day is $75 a week, and a 6-week, full-day deal is offered for $725. Payment plan options and before and after care are available. For more information about the Kids@College program, visit www.prairiestate.edu/kids, call 708- 709-3750 or email email@example.com.
Top U.S. Universities
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One Earth Film Festival, Oak Park
Free Screenings of ‘Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution’ – April 19 through 21
The City of Chicago and One Earth Film Festival will host free screenings of ‘Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution’ in the city’s colleges, monuments and parks during the weekend of Earth Day, from April 19 to 22. Film Overview: When the issue of renewable energy comes up, it’s common to think, “that’s a future thing. It’s like sci-fi.” Well, this film is here to tell you, the clean energy revolution is happening right now. Director James Redford, an award-winning filmmaker . . . and, yes, Hollywood legend Robert Redford’s son . . . takes us on his personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier. “Reaching well beyond a story of technology and innovation, Happening explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival,” says Redford. Watch trailer for the film here. A listing of the locations of the 5 screenings where you can reserve your seat can be found here. Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the film for refreshments, registration, and best seating. For additional information, visit: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/earth-day-2018/
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:
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 DriveApril 18
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.
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 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.
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Chicago Cares, 2 North Riverside Plaza, Suite 1800, Chicago
25th Annual Serve-a-thon, the City’s Largest Day of Service – Registration Now in Progress
Chicago Cares, the city’s largest volunteer organization, is celebrating a milestone in 2018 as it kicks-off registration for its 25th Annual Serve-a-thon (SAT). Those looking to make an impact in communities throughout Chicago can sign up to fill one of 5,000 volunteer spots for the June 23rd SAT activities. The Chicago Cares volunteer experience is a powerful tool for bringing people together from all walks of life to build empathy and understanding for one another and their communities. More than 5,000 volunteers will work together in unity to serve communities in need throughout the city as part of the annual SAT They will be painting, planting, cleaning, doing light construction and other hands-on work at dozens of elementary and public high schools in the Chicago Public School system. By choosing to volunteer during the Chicago Cares 25th Annual Serve-a-thon, volunteers will have the chance to come together across lines of difference and create opportunities to build goodwill and better communities. Those looking to volunteer should head to event.ChicagoCares.org where they can register. Volunteers will start their morning on the 23rd at Daley Plaza before heading out on school buses to their volunteer destination for the day. After their activities have come to an end, they will head back to Daley Plaza for a volunteer appreciation party. For more than 25 years, Chicago Cares has engaged with over 600,000 volunteers through 200 monthly programs, corporate programming and annual events. Chicago Cares has been making an impact on communities in need thanks to the generous support of volunteers and corporate sponsors, including this year’s SAT sponsors – PepsiCo, GCM Grosvenor, Winston & Strawn LLP, Discover Financial Services, IRI, and Epsilon Conversant.
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.
Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club
37th Annual Easter Ride – Registration Now in Progress
The Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club’s 37h Annual Easter Ride will be held on Sunday, April 29, leaving from the Park Forest Village Hall on 350 Victory Drive. Riders will start between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. his year’s ride will feature two new routes, of 17 and 27 miles that are almost all on bike trails. These routes will use the Old Plank Road Trail and Thorn Creek Trail with a rest stop at the Glenwood Oaks Rib & Chop House. Longer routes of 36, 45, 58 and 79 miles will head south on lightly traveled, paved roads over gently rolling countryside. Rest stops along the route provide riders with fruit, drinks, sandwiches, and homemade cookies. After the ride, participants are invited to stop in at Village Hall for music, a massage (for a fee) and more refreshments, including traditional Easter egg salad sandwiches. The fee for the ride is $20 for pre-registrants before April 16 and $25 thereafter. The fee entitles riders to a map of the routes, access to all rest stops, SAG support, and parking. Short and long sleeve t-shirts with this year’s Easter Ride logo may be ordered for an additional fee with pre-registration before April 15. A registration form is available at local bike shops or may be downloaded from http://www.folksonspokes.com. Click on Easter ride, then on Download the FOS Easter Ride Brochure. Folks on Spokes encourages riders to obey all traffic laws, practice courtesy, communicate with fellow riders, ride single file when vehicles are approaching from either direction – and complete the adult or child bike safety quiz at www.bikesafetyquiz.com. Proceeds from the ride help fund the club’s activities throughout the year and support bicycle advocacy and other organizations. Donations made possible by past rides were given to the League of American Bicyclists, Ride Illinois, the Active Transportation Alliance, Trails for Illinois, Bicycle Indiana, Friends of the Cal Sag Trail, Working Bikes Co-op and Slow roll Chicago. Folks on Spokes members live across the south suburbs and northeastern Indiana. Group rides start in a variety of location www.norml.orgs.
Marian Catholic High School, 700 South Ashland, Chicago Heights
Warrior Wrestling – Tickets Now on Sale
Marian Catholic will welcome professional wrestling stars from around the world for Warrior Wrestling on Friday, May 11th. The wrestling event will serve as a fundraiser for scholarships for students as well as a “fun-raiser” for the school community and surrounding area of the South Suburbs and Northwest Indiana, the school said in a release. The event will be family-friendly in content, and fans of all ages are welcome. Former WWE World Champions Alberto El Patron (Del Rio) and Jack Swagger will headline the evening’s card, which will also feature several other former-WWE stars including Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne), James Ellsworth, Hornswoggle, and Ricardo Rodriguez. Current stars of North America’s second most popular wrestling program – Impact Wrestling on PopTV –will also feature into the night’s action when Moose, oVe, DJZ, and Chelsea Green (Laurel Van Ness) take the ring in various matches. Several famed masked luchadores are traveling to Chicago Heights from Mexico specifically for this event. Among them are El Hijo de Dos Caras, El Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Fenix, and Penta El Cero Miedo. Top female competitors will also be in action, including third generation wrestler Tessa Blanchard, daughter of famed grappler Tully Blanchard, and Impact Wrestling Champion Chelsea Green (Laurel Van Ness). National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) champion Nick Aldis will also compete in the ring. Card subject to change. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.warriorwrestling.net. Prices range from $25 for general admission bleacher seats to $75 for first row ringside seats. Bell time is 7:30 on May 11th with doors opening to the public at 6:30. A VIP Fan Fest will take place before the show from 5:45 to 7:15. The VIP Fan Fest will allow attendees to meet the wrestlers as well as take pictures and receive autographs. All autographs and pictures are free in the Fan Fest, and $20 admission tickets to the Fest are also available through the Warrior Wrestling website. Food and concessions will be available for purchase, and for those fans over 21, several local breweries will have their craft beer on tap. All proceeds from the event go to benefit scholarships for local students to attend Marian Catholic High School. For additional information, visit www.marianchs.com.
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 – Through December 28
Park Forest Economic Development and Planning Department ‘Water Bill Buck Buster’ contest will continue through December 28. 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. 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 24
The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, April 24 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.
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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