Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — If you love photography and you love birds, you might want to consider getting outside and snapping some photos to enter in the National Audubon Society’s 2018 Photo Awards Contest. There are categories for professionals, amateurs and children. 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. Photo entries must be submitted no later than April 9. You’ll find more information about the Audubon’s Photo Contest in the ‘Green Events’ section.
A team from the Park Forest Police Department will be participating in the 2018 Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 3 The Park Forest Team is taking the plunge in honor of Officer Tim Jones who suffered gunshot wounds in the line of duty in March of 2016 and is still recovering. The 2018 Polar Plunge is scheduled to take place at the Manteno Sportsmen’s Club, 851 North Main Street in Manteno. Registration will take place at noon with the plunge at 2 p.m. Join the team by donating to a great cause and come out on March 3 and support Special Olympics Illinois! Make a donation or register for the 2018 Polar Plunge here.
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.
Village of Park Forest Administration
Village Board Meeting – Monday, February 26 & Saturday, March 3
The Village of Park Forest Board will meet on Monday, February 19 at 7 p.m. In addition, the Board will hold a Saturday Morning Rules Meeting on March 3 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 February 25:
- Thursday, March 1 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
- Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission
The meetings will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.
Arts & Entertainment
Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park
GSU’s Dance Company to Present ‘Dance to the Movies’ — Tickets Now on Sale
GSU’s Dance Company will present ‘Dance to the Movies’ on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts. Celebrate dance, as seen on the big screen, through a variety of dance disciplines including contemporary, Broadway musicals, jazz, ballet, tango, hip-hop, and more. Patrons will enjoy movie clips brought to life on stage through stunning choreography by Director Megan Lindsay and featured work from GSU student choreographers and dancers, and special guest troupe Fatal Dance.
Tickets & Additional Information
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for Students
By Phone: 708-235-2222
In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
Box Office Hours: Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open to 6p.m. on Thursdays) and 2 hours prior to all performances.
Parking is free.
For best GPS directions always use the location search term “Governors State University” only.
Clarence Darrow Symposium to Mark 80 Years Since Darrow’s Death – Tuesday, March 13
On Tuesday, March 13, the Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee marks two contributions by famed “attorney for the damned” Clarence Darrow: marking the 80th anniversary of the death of Darrow—the question “How does Darrow’s work and legacy influence you?” will be answered by three Chicago attorneys active in progressive causes: Catharine O’Daniel, Nabeela Rasheed and Scott A. Schoettes. Then, Darrow’s contribution to the issue of fair housing, and marking the 50th anniversary of Fair Housing policy in the U.S., Marisa Novara, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council will discuss the effectiveness of the Fair Housing Law after half a century, and actor Keith Butler will give a dramatic reading of Darrow’s argument on behalf of Ossian Sweet, the Michigan physician noted for his armed self-defense of his newly purchased home in a white neighborhood in 1925, against a mob trying to force him out. The program is part of a commemoration and symposium held annually on the date of Darrow’s death, beginning at the Clarence Darrow Bridge in his beloved Jackson Park where he once, as a bet, said his spirit would return, if it turned out that communication was possible from the afterworld. For more than five decades, first friends and relatives, and now descendants and fans, have been gathering on the anniversary of his death to summon his spirit, first by throwing a wreath into the water at the bridge, and then by adjourning to a room in the Museum of Science & Industry to discuss a topic still relevant today that Darrow was passionate about. Excerpts from Darrow’s dramatic argument on behalf of Ossian Sweet will be performed by Keith Butler, who starred as Kevin in the made-for-TV 3-part series Kevin’s Room, about a counselor putting together a support group for Black gay men. He has made appearances in other TV shows including How I Met Your Mother and movies including Dreamgirls. The day begins with a traditional brief ceremony and wreath-tossing near the Darrow Bridge in Jackson Park at 10 a.m. Since the actual bridge is closed due to construction, the ceremony will be just to the east of the Darrow tribute marker. After the ritual outdoor wreath-tossing, guests will move inside to the Museum of Science and Industry’s Rosenwald Room for light refreshments and the presentations at 10:45 a.m. by the attorneys, the discussion of the Fair Housing Law, and the dramatization of Darrow’s speech. The Symposium begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Museum of Science and Industry: The Rosenwald Room. Beverages and rolls will be served. NEW THIS YEAR: There is NO entrance to the Museum from the east side; we all must enter through the MAIN ENTRANCE ENTRY HALL—guests will need to check in with the officer at the base of the escalators. If you are not able to walk far, we suggest you skip the outdoor ceremony and just join us inside at the symposium. All events free and open to the public.
DIRECTIONS TO THE EVENTS
Wreath-tossing and remarks are at 10 a.m. just EAST of the Clarence Darrow Bridge in Jackson Park (the bridge is under construction) The Darrow Bridge is behind the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 South Lake Shore Drive: Driving south on Lake Shore Drive, pass the light at 57th Drive and turn right at the next light [Science Drive]. You will come almost immediately to Columbia Drive. If you turn left and follow Columbia Drive there is parking near the bridge. For more information, see http://www.facebook.com/DarrowBridgeorg-207085072651434/
or www.darrowbridge.org or call 773-387-2394
Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street
The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of February 25:
- Monday, February 26 at 10 a.m. – Come and Play – Drop in for dancing, singing, and rhythm. For ages 0-5.
- Monday, February 26 at 11 a.m. – Pinterest Basics – Topics include making your own board, searching for items, pinning and sharing with others. For adults. Register.
- Monday, February 26 at 6 p.m. – Pokemon Club – Pokemon themed activities for ages 6+. Register.
- Monday, February 26 at 6 p.m. – T(w)een Writers Group – A writing group where tweens and teens can build writing skills and provide feedback to one another.
- Monday, February 26 at 7 p.m. – Knot Just for Knitters – Share camaraderie while working on knitting, crocheting or any other type of needlework project. For adults.
- Tuesday, February 27 & Wednesday, February 28 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – AARP Smart Driver – An 8-hour refresher course designed for drivers age 50 and older. Fee is $20 ($5 discount for AARP members). Register.
- Tuesday, February 27 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Number recognition, alphabet, books, music and craft projects for learning early literacy skills. For ages 4-5. Register.
- Wednesday, February 28 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Time Stations – Parents and children will explore thematic stations together. For ages 2-3. Register.
- Wednesday, February 28 at 4:45 p.m. – Art by Design – Learn the elements of design using a variety of art techniques. For ages 6-8. Register.
- Wednesday, February 28 from 6-8 p.m. – Adult Drop-In Coloring – Come relax and create. Bring your own supplies or use ours.
- Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. – Organizing for Your Personality Type – Find out if you are left-brained or right-brained and the organizing style that will work best based on your personality type. For adults. Register.
- Thursday, March 1 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Number recognition, alphabet, books, music and craft projects for learning early literacy skills. For ages 4-5. Register.
- Friday, March 2 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. – Adult Drop-In Coloring – Come relax and create. Bring your own supplies or use ours.
- Friday, March 2 at 10 a.m. – Babies & Books – Storytime for ages birth-24 months. Register.
- Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. – LEGO WeDo Robotics – Build LEGO creations and program them with a computer. For ages 6+. Register.
- Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. – Make a Mug Rug – Learn how to sew a mini-placemat. All materials provided. Register.
- Saturday, March 3 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 Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago
3 Winter Exhibitions – Through Sunday, March 25
Printed works from various artists will be on display at DePaul Art Museum this winter. Three exhibitions will include works by lithographers Clinton Adams and June Wayne of the Tamarind Institute, as well as by Chicago artists Barbara Jones-Hogu and Jose Guerrero, from the city’s South Side and Pilsen neighborhood, respectively. The exhibitions run through March 25.
Rock, Paper, Image: Lithographs by Clinton Adams and June Wayne from the Belverd and Marian Needles Collection
Clinton Adams and June Wayne are widely credited with reviving interest in lithography in the mid-20th century. As co-founders of the Tamarind Institute, a center for lithography based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, they instructed artists and shared innovative techniques while simultaneously pursuing their own independent practices. This exhibition presents a selection of both artists’ work from the 1950s through the 1990s, showcasing how their approaches to subjects, ranging from landscapes and color to literature and politics, evolved over time. Adams is best known for his work in modernist abstraction, with an emphasis on the Southwestern landscape. Wayne’s work shows an interest in science, natural phenomena, the cosmos, genes and social justice. She was feminist and a strong advocate for women artists.
Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975
The first solo museum exhibition by Barbara Jones-Hogu, who died Nov. 14, 2017, features works on paper including woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and screen prints. Jones-Hogu, a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) and a central figure of the Black Arts Movement, was a Chicago-based artist, filmmaker and educator. She was a contributor to Chicago’s “Wall of Respect” mural, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. The exhibition boasts over 20 pieces and includes Jones-Hogu’s print work from 1968-75 as well as screen prints and sketches, ranging from black-and-white images to colorful works. One of Jones-Hogu’s most famous works of art is a screen print on paper titled “Unite.” The work was made in 1971 and features several African-American persons holding their clinched fists in the air with the word unite written out repeatedly.
Jose Guerrero, Presente: A Memorial Print Portfolio
Jose Guerrero, who died in 2015, was an artist and leader who influenced his community through printmaking, mural painting and activism. He is best known for his work in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, where his studio and workshop was a hub for art classes, mural tours and political organizing. The exhibition “Jose Guerrero, Presente” features a portfolio of prints made in his memory by 25 Chicago artists, as well as some of his own works on paper. Artists include: Monserrat Alsina, Rene Arceo, Cathy Cajandig, Viky Cervantes, Héctor Duarte, Nicolas De Jesus, Roberto Ferreyra, Eric Garcia, José L Gutierrez, Salvador Jimenes, Alexy Lanza, Edgar Lopez, Alfredo Martinez, Dolores Mercado, Luis Montenegro, José L Pina Morales, Oscar Moya, Art Olson, Antonio Pazaran, Kate Perryman, Eufemio Pulido, Erik Salgado, Diana Solis, Benjamin Varela, Gabriel Villa and John Pitman Weber. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Guerrero moved to Chicago in 1964. He was a popular artist who infused activism and political organizing into community art making by opening his own print studio and leading mural tours in the Pilsen neighborhood, teaching people about the symbols and meaning behind cultural imagery, explained Lopez. Included in the 26-piece portfolio by Guerrero’s students, colleagues and friends are screen prints, woodcuts and linocuts. Themes that were central to Guerrero’s artistic practice and life’s work, including labor rights, displacement and gentrification, immigrant’s rights and social equality, are expressed in the collection. An iconic image in the exhibition is a linocut titled “Migrant” by Weber, founder of the Chicago Public Art Group. “Migrant” illustrates a man raising his arms over his head in a moment of strife.
Hours for the DePaul University Library are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free. Additional information at http://museums.depaul.edu or 773-325-7506.
Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest
‘Cherish the Ladies’ – Tickets Now on Sale
Freedom Hall’s Matinee Series will present ‘Cherish the Ladies’ on Tuesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do”, says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, and recorded 16 outstanding albums. They are in constant demand worldwide as their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Freedom Hall, by phone at 708-747-0580 or online at www.freedomhall.org.
Mokoomba – Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets are now on sale for the performance on Friday, March 16th by Mokoomba. The event will take place beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mokoomba is one of Africa’s most exciting young bands to emerge from the African continent in the past 10-15 years. Hailing from Zimbabwe, they are setting dance-floors ablaze with their unique mix of traditional Tonga and pan -African music cultures with dashes of Rap, Ska, Soukous and Afro-Cuban music. Mokoomba has toured more than 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. 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
‘Watershed Works’ – Tickets Now on Sale
On Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., the IPO will perform ‘Watershed Works’ at the Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College, 6601 West College Drive in Palos Heights. Paired with Mahler’s stunning Symphony No. 1 are Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Beloved as both a composer and a conductor, orchestras and their patrons around the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth this year by programming his own pieces or those of composers he championed, like Mahler. Both of these “watershed works” have appeared on IPO programs numerous times over the past 40 years. Tickets are $37 and $57 and can be purchased online here. For additional information, call 708-481-7774 or visit www.ipomusic.org.
Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road
Program on ‘The Great Migration’ – Sunday, February 25
The Park Forest Historical Society will host a program on ‘The Great Migration’ on Sunday, February 25 at 2:30 p.m. The program will be held at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive in DownTown Park Forest. The event is free and open to the public. The Great Migration, the collective movement of millions of African Americans from the South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West between 1916 and 1970, was one of the most remarkable geographical and social upheavals in American history. It changed the way African Americans saw themselves and how they were perceived by others in American society. In this presentation, Dr. David Golland of Governors State University will explore the history and background of the people who participated in the Great Migration, its causes, incidents, and effects. Dr. David Golland is the Associate Professor and Chair of History, Co-chair of American Studies and Coordinator of the Department of Humanities at Governors State University. For additional Information, call Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252 or visit www.parkforesthistory.org.
“Step Back into a 1950s Valentine’s Day” Exhibit – Through March 7
The 1950s Park Forest House Museum invites you to “Step Back into a 1950s Valentine’s Day,” through March 7. One room represents a classroom in Forest Boulevard School, which was set up in a row of townhomes. The classroom is decorated for a 1950s Valentine’s Day party with crepe paper candy baskets, and construction paper heart-shaped Valentine “mailboxes” on each desk. Red honeycomb, puffy hearts and vintage Valentines are on display throughout the house. “Boomer Toys & Dolls” exhibit is also on display. 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 February 25:
- Sunday, February 25 at 1 p.m. — Morning Pages Circle — Discussion of the book “Your Heart’s Desire Instructions for Creating the Life You Really Want” by Sonia Choquette.
- Monday, February 26 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Join us for a delightful morning of stories!
- Monday, February 26 at 12 p.m. – Friends of the Library Book Discussion — Discussion of the Book “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.
- Monday, February 26 at 6 p.m. – Armchair Astronomer — Join us as we learn how to chart stars and planets in the winter night sky. Bring hats and gloves – we’ll be outside stargazing if the skies are clear!
- Tuesday, February 27 at 12:30 p.m. – Drop In Craft — Get creative with a variety of crafts and projects on hand. No sign up or registration needed. Just bring your creativity. We’ll do the rest. For ages 12 and under.
- Tuesday, February 27 at 1 p.m. — Youth Astro Net — Youth ages 9-12 are invited to register for an awesome opportunity to remotely access Harvard telescopes, request images of celestial objects and process images using the same software that astronomers use. Registration is limited and parental consent is required.
- Tuesday, February 27 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, February 27 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, February 27 at 6 p.m. – Night Time Storytime — JAM OUT in your PJ’s with stories, crafts, music and more.
- Wednesday, February 28 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, February 28 at 3:30 p.m. — Kids Color Me Happy — Travel to a world of relaxation for kids. Lose yourself in patterns, curved flowers or even runaway stems. Color yourself Happy in our kids’ coloring circle. For ages 12 and under.
- Wednesday, February 28 at 4 p.m. – Adult Coloring — Join us as we spend some time unwinding and relaxing with adult coloring books.
- Wednesday, February 28 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.
- Wednesday, February 28 at 4 p.m. – Teen Craftapalooza — Was there a program that you wanted to attend but could not? Help us clear out the old to bring in the new and enjoy a mish-mash of past crafts of all different kinds.
- Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m.—Writers’ Workshop — Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.
- Thursday, March 1 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, March 1 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, March 1 at 6 p.m. – PJ Storytime — Pajama Story Time is Back on a New Day and Time! Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. For ages 12 and under.
- Friday, March 2 at 1 p.m. – Family Movie Matinee — Drop in to see what film we’re showing from the past. Some films are rated: G, PG or PG 13.
- Friday, March 2 at 3:30 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, March 3 at 1 p.m. – Mindfulness Eating — Join us as we read Jan Chozen Bays Mindful Eating.
For additional information, or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
Potpourri of Lectures Series – Thursday, March 1
The Potpourri of Lectures series will continue on Thursday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. This week’s lecture is “Adventure Cycling in Nepal” presented by Renee Thakali. The Lecture will be held in the Library’s Ringering Room and is open to the public. For additional information, call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
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.
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest
61st Annual Beaux Arts Ball – Tickets Now on Sale
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walkway in DownTown Park Forest, invites you to its 61st Annual Beaux Arts Ball Fundraiser to benefit the Tall Grass Gallery and school. The Ball will be held at the Lincolnshire Country Club, 390 East Richton Road in Crete (View Map). Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. with the program and dinner beginning at 7 p.m. followed by music and dancing followed by music and dancing. This year’s honorees are State Representative Al Riley and Barbara and Al Sturges. The evening will include a silent auction as well as a live auction. As in the past, bidding will be done through your cell phone or computer before the close of the auction on March 17 at 9:30 p.m. No electronic device? No problem. Gesture a team member dressed in GREY to make your bid. You can register for the auction and begin bidding on the auction items here. Tickets are $125 per person and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please make reservations no later than Friday, February 23 here or by calling 708-748-3377. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Drama Group, 339 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights
‘A New Brain’ – Tickets Now on Sale
The Drama Group is very excited to bring this leading-edge musical ‘A New Brain,’ to the south suburban audience directed by Jeannie Markionni. Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre in Chicago Heights on March 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on March 11, 17 & 18 at 2:00 p.m. ‘A New Brain,’ by the Tony-award winning authors of Falsettos, William Finn and James Lapine, is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapse into his lunch and awakes in the hospital surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing music for a children’s television show that features a frog Mr. Bungee and the spectre of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal. What was thought to be a tumor turns out to be something more operable and Gordon recovers, grateful for a chance to compose the songs he yearns to produce. Jeannie Markionni has waited years to bring this show to our stage. She has been consumed by the challenge and the joy of creating a new edgy work that is rarely produced by community theatres because of the enormity of talent requirements. Tickets are $21 for adults; $20 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 directions and other information, please visit our www.dramagroup.org
‘Little Red Riding Hood’ – Tickets Now on Sale
The Drama Group is always pleased to present quality live theatre for children, schools and daycare. This season The Drama Groups’ Children’s Theater brings you the beloved classic, ‘Little Red Riding Hood,’ directed by Charlie Misovye. Performances will be held on March 21, 22 & 23 at 9:30 a.m. and noon; Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, March 25 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance; $5 for groups of 25+ and $7 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit www.dramagroup.org.
University of Chicago Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago
Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt – Through March 31
In ancient Egypt, you did not go to the afterlife empty-handed. The Book of the Dead, a collection of spells and charms, was there to guide you. Now through March 31, visitors to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago will have a unique opportunity to peruse copies of the Book of the Dead: Two 2,200-year-old papyri, each more than 30 feet long and beautifully illustrated with texts and images. They are on display in their entirety for the first time at a museum, accompanied by the mummy of a woman who lived over 2,000 years ago, as well as statues, stelae, scarabs, magic bricks, ushabtis (small funerary figurines) and other artifacts. The exhibit presents 76 artifacts that demonstrate how religious beliefs shaped the lives and material culture in Egypt over a period of more than 2,000 years (from 2500 B.C. to 100 A.D). Most are from the permanent collection of the Oriental Institute, whose museum holds the Chicago area’s largest collection of Egyptian art and artifacts, as well as galleries devoted to the other cultures of the ancient Middle East. A central feature of the exhibit is an enclosure featuring the mummy of an ancient Egyptian woman from the city of Akhmim. In the display, she is surrounded by mortuary objects inscribed with Book of the Dead spells—typical for an Egyptian burial chamber, where multiple copies of the same spells could be found. Long strips of linen inscribed with Book of the Dead spells reveal how ancient Egyptian priests wrapped the Book of the Dead around the body to protect it within an amuletic cocoon of powerful religious texts. The two Book of the Dead papyri on display, from two different regions of Egypt, were painstakingly hand-produced by a team of skilled scribes and illustrators. Seeing the papyri laid out end-to-end makes their compilation starkly apparent, the curators said; each Book of the Dead papyrus is not a single book at all, but a collection of shorter spells compiled together in a single manuscript. The Field Museum of Natural History has loaned several rarely displayed objects, including several limestone blocks inscribed with large Book of the Dead spells from the tomb of a man named Bakenrenef, as well as a papyrus inscribed with a composition known as the First Book of Breathing. Over the course of the second and first centuries B.C., the Book of the Dead was largely abandoned in favor of the Books of Breathing; they represent the last documents in a tradition of funerary literature stretching back more than 2,500 years. A companion catalog contains essays by 13 prominent scholars with expertise in religion and the use of funerary literature in ancient Egypt. It includes complete photographic documentation of the two Book of the Dead papyri from the Oriental Institute in color for the first time. “Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt” runs through March 31, 2018 at the museum. Admission to the Oriental Institute is free, however, there is a suggested donation: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children under 12. For groups of 8 or more people visiting the museum, please register by completing and submitting the following form: Tour Reservation Form. Learn more about the Oriental Institute here. https://oi.uchicago.edu/
Educational Lectures & Opportunities
Greenville University, 315 East College Avenue, Greenville, Illinois
Forensics Conference – Registration Now in Progress
The first annual Greenville University Forensics Conference, hosted Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 by the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Criminal Justice, will increase awareness of the important role forensic science plays in the administration of justice in today’s legal system. Forensic science is the application of scientific principles and techniques to matters of criminal justice especially as they relate to the collection, examination and analysis of physical evidence. The conference begins Friday evening with keynote speaker John Pistole, former deputy director of the FBI. In 2007 he received the Department of Justice Edward H. Levi Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity. Saturday will feature several sessions from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring presentations by current and former members of the FBI, ATF and CSI agencies. Saturday will feature several sessions from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring presentations by current and former members of the FBI, ATF and CSI agencies. Scheduled speakers include:
- Peter A. Smerick, retired FBI profiler and forensic scientist, and his wife, Jill B. Smerick, retired FBI DNA analyst, will share from their extensive history with high profile cases across the country.
- Forensic pathologist and expert witness Dr. Gary Cumberland, an East Saint Louis High School alumnus with graduate and medical degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has performed over 4,500 autopsies and testified in over 300 court appearances.
- Special Agent Craig Holloway is an assistant country attache for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Additional information about the conference can be found here. The conference format will include large group presentations, breakout sessions, panel discussion and opportunities for meaningful connection among participants. College and university students, area high school students and their parents, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, judges and the public are invited to register. Registration is $10 for high school or college students, $15 for an adult accompanying a student, $20 for first responders, law enforcement and veterans, and $30 for all others. Space is limited. Register online by April 1.
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
Black History Month Event: Engineering Conflict —Tuesday, February 27
In recognition of Black History Month, PSC is hosting a special guest speaker, Dr. David Stovall of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), who will present “Engineering Conflict: Distractions, Conflict and the Future of Black Life,” from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27. Dr. Stovall’s presentation is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights. Stovall will discuss concrete examples of the challenges and contradictions of dealing with conflict and distractions central to education. A panel discussion focusing on the relevance of these lessons for students, community and families, as well as educational leaders and teachers of all subjects and grade levels will follow Stovall’s presentation. Stovall is a professor of educational policy and African-American studies at UIC. His research interests include critical race theory, the relationship between housing and education, the intersection of race, place and school and the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. The event is supported by PSC TRiO Student Support Services and Male Success Initiate (MSI), as well as the MSI program at Governors State University. For more information, visit www.prairiestate.edu/msi-events.
Transfer Fair – Wednesday, March 7
Students planning to transfer to a public or private college or university will have the opportunity to engage with institutions at the upcoming Transfer Fair at Prairie State College (PSC). The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, and will be held in the atrium of the main campus in Chicago Heights. More than 60 schools will be represented at the fair to provide attendees with materials about their institution, and discuss transfer information, including application procedures, course planning and scholarship opportunities. “This event is an excellent opportunity for students who may have questions or concerns about transferring to a four-year college or university,” said Sarah Hein, Counselor and Transfer Coordinator at PSC. “Attendees will be able to walk around and speak with representatives from various institutions, which gives them a chance to explore several options.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to view a list of participating schools, visit www.prairiestate.edu/collegefairs.
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.
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.
ACLU of Illinois
Tele-Town Hall on Reproductive Rights — Thursday, March 1
January 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade – a decision that freed women across the United States to make the most important decision in life: if and when to become a parent. In the four-plus decades since the court issued its decision, we have seen two things happen. Women have advanced in our society – in business and industry, education, and in a host of other spheres. And, we have seen anti-abortion advocates conspire and scheme to undermine this fundamental right. What have we learned during the past 45 years, and what is the current state of reproductive freedom in the United States and here in Illinois? Get answers to these and other questions by joining me for a phone conversation on Thursday, February 1 with my colleague, Lorie Chaiten, director of the ACLU of Illinois Women and Reproductive Rights Project. RSVP today! Participants will receive a call from Stones Phones, our communication technology partner at the start of the event. When you answer the call, you will be connected to the tele-town hall. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to a moderator during the call by using the touchtone keypad on your phone. We hope you are able to join us for this celebration of 45 years under Roe and a look at our work ahead. For additional information, visit: ACLU of Illinois.
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 email@example.com.
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
Host 5th Annual Housing Expo – Registration Now in Progress
Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Housing Expo on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Participants will learn about the Hardest Hit Program, the process of obtaining a loan, and improving your credit. First-time homebuyers will receive guidance and learn more about property taxes and tax cuts associated with home buying. Agencies on hand to assist homeowners include Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), the South Suburban Housing Center, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), BMO Harris and more. Register by visiting http://reprobinkelly.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Alan Banks at 708-679-0078 or email Alan.Banks@mail.house.gov.
Knights of Columbus, Park Forest
Annual Fish Fry – Through March 23
The Knights of Columbus want you to know they have dinner for you on Fridays during Lent. Their annual Fish Fry will begin at St. Irenaeus Gym, 78 Cherry Street, Park Forest February 16. The rest of the calendar for this year’s feasts include February 23, and March 2, 9, 16, and 23. The menu includes all you can eat fish for $9.00, or six pieces of shrimp for $9.00. A combo meal with two fish and three shrimp costs $11.00. Soda or water are $1.00 each. All meals include mac & cheese, green beans, cole slaw, bread and butter. Coffee and tea are complimentary. Food is served between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Carry-outs are available, and there’s usually a 50-50 raffle or two or three happening each evening.
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.” A separate nationwide walkout event sponsored by organizers of the Women’s March is scheduled for March 14. Rather than a day-long event, that action is scheduled to take place “for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone … to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.” On Twitter the National School Walkout explains, “For those of you concerned on the separate dates of our protest and @womensmarch ‘s. We agree that there is strength in numbers. That is why we have contacted them and are waiting for their response. We all would prefer a full day to 17 minutes.”
Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard
Park Forest Team Participating in Special Olympics Polar Plunge Seeking Support – Saturday, March 3
The Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO’s 2018 Polar Plunge provides a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap into the frigid waters of Manteno Lake located in Kankakee County. Each participant must raise $100 in donations from friends, family, neighbors and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters. The Park Forest Team will be taking the plunge in honor of Officer Tim Jones who suffered gunshot wounds in the line of duty in March of 2016 and is still recovering. The 2018 Polar Plunge is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 3 at the Manteno Sportsmen’s Club, 851 North Main Street in Manteno. Registration will take place at noon with the plunge at 2 p.m. Join the team by donating to a great cause and come out on March 3 and support Special Olympics Illinois! Make a donation or register for the 2018 Polar Plunge here.
Park Forest Toastmasters Club
Meeting – Tuesday, March 6
The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, March 6 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
Business Attire Wanted – Collection Now in Progress
The Village of Park Forest is collecting gently used or new men and women business attire. Clean out your closet and contribute to a good cause. This project will provide business attire for any constituent looking to dress professional for work or interviews. Donations may include:
- Suits for men and women
- Ties, belts and shoes
- Dress pants,
- Dress shirts
- Dresses and skirts, and
- Clothing Racks and Hangers
Drop off is by appointment only. For additional information or to schedule a drop-off appointment, call or email Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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