Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) —Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and the Park Forest Fire Department will host a ‘Briskets for Brody’ fundraiser at the Park Forest American Legion in Chicago Heights. All proceeds from the event will go to the family of Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Roberts whose son, Brody, is battling leukemia. The event will feature corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots and bread along with entertainment featuring Saxy, Crash & the Cruizin Dogs. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for kids under 12. You’ll find additional information about the event in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.
The Park Forest Library continues its celebration of Women’s History month with two programs on Saturday, March 17. At 11 a.m. Barb Warner Deane will give a presentation entitled ‘Women of WWII: On the Front Lines and the Home Front.’ At 2 p.m., Park Forest author, professor, playwright and radio host Dr. LaShonda Katrice Barnett will discuss Women’s History. The first 30 attendees to Dr. Barnett’s program will receive a special prize. You’ll find additional Library programs in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.
Be sure to check out all the other events and activities taking place In & Around Park Forest. Have a great week and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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, March 19
The Village of Park Forest Board will meet on Monday, March 19 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 March 11:
- Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Rights
- Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission
- March 14 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group
The meeting will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.
Early Voting Information
For or the March 20, 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election, traditional Early Voting will take place March 5-19. Early Voting locations and hours can be found here.
COOK COUNTY EARLY VOTING
Please note, Park Forest’s Village Hall is only an early voting location for Cook County residents. Early voting information, including early voting locations, for Will County residents is below.
Early Voting for Cook County residents at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.
March 12-16 Sunday March 11 and 18
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
To find other Cook County early voting locations visit www.cookcountyclerk/elections
WILL COUNTY EARLY VOTING
Please note, Park Forest’s Village Hall is only an early voting location for Cook County residents.
Early voting details for Park Forest residents in Will County is as follows:
The easiest way to vote is by requesting a ballot by mail. Call 815-740-4632 to request a ballot or visit www.thewillcountyclerk.com and click on Early Voting. Will County early voting locations:
Crete Township Residents:
Crete Township Office
1367 Wood Street Crete 708-672-8279
March 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monee Township Residents:
New Lenox Village Hall
Veterans Parkway New Lenox 815-462-6400
Frankfort Township Office
11000 W. Lincoln Highway
Frankfort, IL 60423 815-469-4907
Will County Clerk’s Office
302 N Chicago St Joliet 815-740-4632
Arts & Entertainment
Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee, Chicago
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 March 11:
- Monday, March 12 at 10 a.m. – Come and Play – Drop-in to explore toys, puppets, sensory bins, books, and musical instruments. For ages 0-5.
- Monday, March 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – SNAP Help – Drop-in assistance with applying for Food Stamps or Link. For adults.
- Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. – Book Club – Discussion of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. For adults.
- Monday, March 12 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, March 13 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Storytime for ages 4-5. Register.
- Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Time Stations – Parents and children will explore thematic stations together. For ages 2-3. Register.
- Thursday, March 15 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Time Stations – Parents and children will explore thematic stations together. For ages 2-3. Register.
- Thursday, March 15 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Storytime for ages 4-5. Register.
- Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. –STEAM Junior – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math program. For ages 3-5. Register.
- Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. – T(w)een Craft Night – Make a safety pin bracelet. For ages 11+.
- Thursday, March 15 at 6:15 p.m. – Film Club – For adults.
- Friday, March 16 at 10 a.m. – Babies & Books – Storytime for ages birth-24 months. Register.
- Saturday, March 17 from 1-4 p.m. – Butterfly Garden Rock Painting – Paint rocks for the library’s butterfly garden. For all ages.
- Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m. – Photo Editing 101 – Learn about winter landscape photography. 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 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.
Foundation of Artists Mentored in Entertainment (F.A.M.E.), 1017 West Washington Boulevard, Suite 2C, Chicago
‘A Dinner Dance Gala’ – Tickets Now on Sale
F.A.M.E. will host its seventh annual fundraiser “A Dinner Dance Gala” to support Chicagoland aspiring artists. The gala will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Chicago Yacht Club Belmont, 300 West Belmont Avenue in Chicago. This night of dinner and dancing will be the finale of F.A.M.E.’s 2018 Annual Talent Competition. One dancer and one singer will be awarded $1200 each. The Gala will also have multiple raffles valued more than $5,000. This year, the audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancer and singer! Celebrity judges include:
- Candace Jordan, Celebrity media contributor
- Michael McStraw, Executive Director of Nan Giordano,
- David O’Connor, Owner/Director of O’Connor Casting Company, and
- Denise Tomasello, known as the Queen of Chicago’s Cabaret.
Notorious comedian Kelsie Huff will be the MC for the night. Invite your family (ages 18 and up) and friends for a night filled with excitement, thrills and entertainment. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online here or at the door (Cash only). Ticket price includes dinner, entertainment and one complimentary drink ticket. For more information visit F.A.M.E.’s website. Since 2010, the diverse F.A.M.E. team of experienced professionals has been dedicated to mentoring artists all while hosting multiple fundraising events each year. F.A.M.E.’s mission is to provide young, deserving Chicagoland performers with funding and mentorship to advance their artistic careers.
Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest
Mokoomba – Friday, March 16
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.
Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road
“Step Back into the 1950s” at the Park Forest House Museum – Wednesdays & Saturdays
The 1950s Park Forest House Museum invites you to “Step Back into the 1950s.” The Park Forest House Museum is decorated to reflect what the town looked like when it first began. One room represents a classroom in Forest Boulevard School, which was set up in a row of townhomes. Admission is Adults $5; children 12 and under free. Park in the small lot by the flagpole and knock on the classroom door next to the museum sign. A guide will tell village history, and social and fashion trends of the era. The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule a tour, please call Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252, or Michael Gans at 708-305-3308 or visit: www.parkforesthistory.org.
Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest
‘Briskets for Brody’ – Saturday, March 17
On St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, the Park Forest Fire Department will host a fundraiser for Brody Roberts, son of Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Roberts. ‘Briskets for Brody’ a will take place on from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Park Forest American Legion, 1631 Western Avenue in Chicago Heights. The event will feature corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots and bread. There will be entertainment beginning 8 p.m. featuring Saxy, Crash & the Cruizin Dogs. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for kids under 12. Carry outs will be available. All proceeds from the event will go to the Roberts family as young Brody continues his fight against leukemia. For more details, visit the Park Forest Fire Department’s Facebook page or call the American Legion at 708-481-3055.
Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard
The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of March 11:
- Sunday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. – Create Zone Craft — March is Youth Art Month! Drop-In and show off your creativity.
- Monday, March 12 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Join us for a delightful morning of stories!
- Monday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m. – kids’ zone Science Club — Get Ready for another exciting Science as we explore Earth. The Living Planet: Exploring Earth’s Systems. For grades 3 through 5. Registration Required.
- Monday, March 12 at 4 p.m. – Explore the World of Wonder — Drop in to the Explore space and discover something new.
- Monday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. – Family Movie Night — Now Showing: Disney ‘PIXAR: COCO’
- Tuesday, March 13 at 12:30 p.m. – Digital Literacy Workshop: Intro to Internet — Introduction to how to use your email. Registration Required.
- Tuesday, March 13 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, March 13 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, March 13 at 6 p.m. – Night Time Storytime — JAM OUT in your PJ’s with stories, crafts, music and more.
- Wednesday, March 14 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, March 14 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, March 14 at 4 p.m. – Adult Coloring — Join us as we spend some time unwinding and relaxing with adult coloring books.
- Wednesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. – Magical Movie and a Treat for Teens — Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a holiday film favorite! We’ll also be making a tasty snack to enjoy during the movie.
- Wednesday, March 14 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 15 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 15 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 15 at 5:30 p.m. — Digital Literacy Workshop: Internet — Introduction to how to use your email. Registration Required.
- Thursday, March 15 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 16 at 3:30 p.m. – DIY Art Project — Jump Start your weekend with a special “do it yourself” project.
- Friday, March 16 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 17 at 11 a.m. – Women’s History: Women of WWII: On the Front Lines and the Home Front — Join Barb Warner Deane for a presentation on women’s history.
- Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. — DIY: St. Patrick’s Day Craft — Drop-In today for an exciting St. Patrick’s Day activity. For ages 12 and under.
- Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. – Celebrate Women’s History — Join Park Forest’s very own author, professor, playwright, and radio host Dr. LaShonda Katrice Barnett. *First 30 attendees will receive a special prize.
- Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m. — Youth Art Month: Make & Take — We’re Celebrating Youth Art Month! Join us for an afternoon of colorful canvas painting. All Materials provided. While supplies last. For ages 12 and under.
For additional information, or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
Potpourri of Lectures Series – Thursday, March 15
The Potpourri of Lectures series will continue on Thursday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. This week’s lecture is “Planting with Purpose: Gardening Support Biodiversity” presented by Park Forest Public Library Staff Member Victoria Wittig. Light refreshments will be served. 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.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland
2018 Chicago Women’s Conference & Expo – Friday, March 16
SSC proudly announces Felicia Houston as the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Chicago Women’s Conference on Friday, March 16, located at the college’s Main Campus in South Holland, Illinois. Ms. Houston is the current President of the Professional Women’s Network and is passionate about inspiring and empowering women to make self-care a priority. Through dynamic workshops and presentations, Felicia educates her audiences about mental health, wellness and the importance of work-life balance. With more than 20 years of experience in the mental health field, a BA in Psychology and an MA in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, Felicia is currently the Community Development Liaison for UChicago Medicine at Ingalls Hospital. She also believes in the value of volunteerism and is a member of several community and national organizations. This year’s theme “Be Your Own Superhero!” marks the 10th annual event planned through the college’s Business and Career Institute (BCI). Women of all backgrounds ages 18 and up are welcome to come together for one day dedicated exclusively to women. What started off as a small series of workshops in 2009, has turned into a yearly event that continues to grow. Last year over 350 participants and 50 vendors attended this truly unique opportunity. SSC invites all women to join in the experience, celebrate our 10th anniversary with us and connect with hundreds of other women this March. In addition to an exciting keynote from Ms. Houston, this year’s event will again include networking, shopping, and will present over 15 speakers on topics including Personal Empowerment, Health & Wellness, and Business & Finance. Also featured is a “Women in Leadership” panel that will include a poignant discussion with powerful women who rose to the challenge and are making profound differences in their communities. We will also be bestowing our annual STAR awards to two well-deserving women. Additional information about our speakers and vendors can be found at www.TheChicagoWomensConference.org. The cost of admission is just $25 per person with advance registration, or $35 at the door. The conference fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and admission to all of the break-out sessions. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket with numerous chances to win prizes donated by our vendors, so get your best gal pals together and make a day of it! If you plan to attend, please support this year’s charitable recipient, Reclaim13, an organization devoted to ending human trafficking. We will be collecting $10 gift cards to a major retailer (i.e. Target, Walmart or Meijer) to help these young girls get back on their feet. For more information, or to register for the 2018 Chicago Women’s Conference, please call 708- 596-2000, ext. 6055 or visit www.TheChicagoWomensConference.org.
South Suburban Diversity Dinners
2018 South Suburban Diversity Dinners –Tickets Now on Sale
On Saturday, April 21, the South Suburban Diversity Dinners will celebrate their 21st anniversary with the theme: “The State of Diversity in the South Suburbs: Have We Progressed?” The dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Rich South High School, 5000 Sauk Trail in Richton Park. This year’s featured speaker will be Troy Cicero, President of MulticultuReal Communications, whose unique presentation style ensures that his audience will be motivated to seek “real” change by engaging in “real” conversations. His dynamic message will be the cornerstone of a new interactive component to the 2018 Diversity Dinner. Following Mr. Cicero’s presentation, trained facilitators at each table will lead guests in an exercise designed to provide an environment that encourages inclusive, open communication and self-reflection of who we are in our everyday interactions. The 2018 Diversity Dinner promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased here or send your check payable to: Diversity Dinners of the South Suburbs, P. O. Box 605, Homewood, IL 60430 by April 6th. For more information please visit: www.DiversityDinners.com.
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest
61st Annual Beaux Arts Ball – Saturday, March 17
Tall Grass Arts Association invites you to its 61st Annual Beaux Arts Ball Fundraiser to benefit the Tall Grass Gallery and school. The Ball will be held on Saturday, March 17 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 here or by calling 708-748-3377. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or email email@example.com.
‘Stalking Light, Embracing Shadow’ – Through April 14
‘Stalking Light, Embracing Shadow,’ an exhibit of black and white photography will run through April 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Black and white photography can be dramatic, nuanced, boldly detailed, mysteriously subtle, an ultra-specific image that documents reality, or an invitation to imagine a lost or yet to be discovered place and time. A photograph devoid of color can clarify and make more absolute, or present an enigma, a perplexing secret shared in a not-quite-familiar language. The exhibit of black and white photographic features works by a select group of well-respected regional photographers: Richard Ainsworth, Jay Anderson, Jon W. Balke, Richard Burd, Irene Ganas, Claudia McCarthy, Kristen Olivares, Stuart Pearson, and John P. Spomar III. Each has created and continues to create hundreds of wonderful prints within a broad range of subjects and styles. Their images include people, places, events, objects, abstract compositions; distant views and extreme close-ups; documents of specific moments; narratives or set pieces to illustrate a concept, story, myth, or invented scenario; and experiments with light, contrast, and composition. Images have been produced through traditional camera and dark room techniques, with digital cameras, with pinhole cameras, and even as photograms, but none have been created exclusively on a computer. It is hoped that visitors will gain a greater appreciation for both the diverse ways artists’ visions can be expressed through photography in general, and these particular photographers’ technical mastery as well as the thoughtful choices they have made through what they look at, look for, and how they interpret what they see. Gallery hours are 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.
The Drama Group, 339 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights
‘A New Brain’ – Through Sunday, March 18
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 15, 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on March 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.
Union Street Gallery (USC), 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights
‘Pen & Ink’ Exhibit – Through Saturday, March 24
The ‘Pen & Ink,’ USG’s latest exhibit will run through March 24. Juror, Kate Lewis, has selected pieces that highlight the variety of ways artists utilize pen and ink. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 .m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.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/
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest
Easter Egg-stravaganza – Registration Now in Progress
The Recreation & Parks Advisory Board is planning an Easter Egg-stravaganza from 11 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, March 24th on the Village Green in DownTown Park Forest. Intended for kids ages 13 and younger, the event is open to the public and free of charge. However, registration is required prior to the event. For additional information or to register for the event, call the Recreation & Parks Department at 708-748-2005.
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
Annual Networking Event for Men of Color – Thursday, March 22
The Male Success Initiative (MSI) program at PSC will host its 12th annual “Ties That Bind” event from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018, in the PSC Conference Center on the main campus in Chicago Heights. This event is open to males in the community who are hoping to pursue a college education. Participants will have the opportunity to sharpen their networking skills and learn how to build professional relationships. Mentors will provide students with career advice, tips on how to dress, interviewing techniques, and information on how to succeed in college. The event is free open to the public. All participants are encouraged to dress in business attire. Light appetizers will be served. Professionals interested in participating in the event should contact William Berkley, at 708-709-2946 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The purpose of the MSI program is to recruit, enroll, retain and support males of color in their pursuit of all educational endeavors. The program helps students to achieve their educational goals through various workshops, mentoring and career planning. For more information, visit www.prairiestate.edu/msi.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15080 South State Street, South Holland
2017-2018 Annual Faculty Appreciation Awards – Nominations Due by Friday, March 30
SSC’s Faculty Development Committee is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Faculty Appreciation Awards. Please take a few minutes to fill out a nomination ballot in recognition of the excellent service you have observed from one of your colleague’s or from a team of colleagues at SSC. All nominations must be received by Friday, March 30, 2018. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the close of the spring semester. You may nominate a colleague or team for the following awards:
This award recognizes a full-time faculty member for excellent instruction, college committee involvement and the positive impact he or she has on students. This award further recognizes a full-time faculty member for their contribution to their department, the college and the SSC community
This award recognizes an adjunct faculty member who exhibits dedication to student learning, department and college initiatives, while advancing their skill in teaching the subject matter.
This award recognizes outstanding service to SSC’s Community Education students through longevity, dedication to students’ goals, student persistence and outcomes.
The award is named in honor of our late colleague who embraced technology and creative innovations at SSC. This award honors a full-time faculty member who has implemented creative innovations in the classroom technological or otherwise
This award is in honor of SSC’s first President, Dr. William E. McVey. It took the teamwork of many dedicated people to allow this college to grow and thrive, which is why this award honors teamwork at SSC. This award recognizes a team of administrators/faculty/staff who have worked together on a committee or in a group to develop and implement a new initiative in their department or at the college. This initiative should enhance the growth and development of the college while embodying the college’s mission to serve students and the community through lifelong learning.
Top U.S. Universities
Choosing what college or university to attend can be a very daunting experience. With educational costs continually increasing, it’s more important than ever to choose a university that meets your specific educational needs. At http://www.topschools.com/, you will find a comprehensive resource that ranks each university throughout the nation by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission, graduation and retention rates.
Sauk-Calumet Group of Sierra Club, Matteson
Al Gore Film ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ – Monday, March 12
The next meeting of the Sauk-Calumet Sierra Club Group will be on Monday, March 12th, at the Frankfort Public Library, 21119 Pfeiffer Rd. in Frankfort at 6:45 pm. Please note: The meeting starts 30 minutes before the regular time to allow for the 100 minute film. The program will be the film, ‘An Inconvenient Sequel,’ Al Gore’s newest documentary about climate change. The film is an informative, inspirational, passionate appeal that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Discussion to follow. All meetings are open to members and the general public. For more information or for questions about the Club and its activities, email Patrick Coffey at email@example.com.
Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest
Audubon 2018 Photo Awards Contest – Entries Accepted Through April 9
The National Audubon Society, in association with Nature’s Best Photography, announces its annual bird photography contest: the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards. Judges include birding legend Kenn Kaufman and 2015 Grand Prize winner Melissa Groo, as well as Allen Murabayashi, chairman and cofounder of PhotoShelter. Winning photographs will be published in Audubon magazine and Nature’s Best Photography magazine, and they will also be displayed within the 2018 Nature’s Best Photography Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. More information on the contest, prizes, and submission guidelines can be at www.audubon.org/photoawards.
- Professional (individuals currently earning $5,000 or more per year selling photography)
- Amateur (individuals currently earning less than $5,000 per year selling photography)
- Youth (individuals aged 13 to 17 who are making less than $5,000 a year selling photography; children 12 years old or younger are not eligible)
April 9, 2018.
- $15 per image from 12:00 p.m. EST on January 8 through 11:59 a.m. EST on April 2
- $20 per image from 12:00 p.m. EST on April 2 through 11:59 p.m. EST on April 9
- No fee for Youth category entries or entries submitted via the mail
- No limit to number of images submitted
- Grand Prize: $5,000 USD
- Professional Prize: $2,500 USD
- Amateur Prize: $2,500 USD
- Youth Prize: Six days at Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp (Arts and Birding/Photography Track) on July 8–13, 2018 for the winner and one parent/legal guardian.
How to Enter:
- Read the official rules for the Audubon Photography Awards.
- Read Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography.
- Submit your digital images here and pay a fee, or
- Mail prints for free. Download printable entry form here.
Judges will score eligible photographs using the following criteria: a) Technical Quality (30 percent); b) Originality (30 percent); and c) Artistic Merit (40 percent). Judges include:
- Kevin Fisher, creative director, National Audubon Society
- Steve Freligh, publisher, Nature’s Best Photography
- Melissa Groo, wildlife photographer and 2015 grand prize winner
- Kenn Kaufman, bird expert and Audubon field editor
- Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society
- Allen Murabayashi, chairman and cofounder, PhotoShelter
For more information on the Audubon Photography Awards, please read the contest rules and Frequently Asked Questions. Last year’s winners can be found here. Contest begins January 8, 2018 and ends April 9, 2018. Must be at least 13 years of age and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or Canada (excluding Quebec) to enter. Entrants under the age of majority must get permission from their parent or legal guardian to enter. Subject to Official Rules, which will be posted 1/8/2018. Void where prohibited.
Nature Education Programs at Thorn Creek Nature Center
Calling all schools, home school groups, day cares, preschools, youth, adult and family groups! Nature Education Programs are offered at Thorn Creek Nature Center throughout the year where your group can discover the plants and animals of Thorn Creek Woods. These Nature Education Programs are sponsored by the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. The Audubon Society and the Thorn Creek Nature Center announce their new Partnership for Programming to further the Society’s environmental education mission and give valuable assistance to Thorn Creek Nature Center in providing nature programming for groups of area children and adults. Some of the nature education programs offered this year include Birding by Sight and Sound, Creek Walk (the world of aquatic insects and metamorphosis), Trees Big and Small (identification by leaves and bark), Insects (what makes an insect unique), the Web of Life (interdependence of producers, consumers, predators and decomposers), Soils Hike (how soil fuels and supports life), and Night Hikes. On the Fall Color Hike learn why leaves change colors and what trees do to prepare for the long months of winter. Discover clues to wild animals’ identities and behavior by trails and trails in Wild Animal Tracks. Make your own track replica. On Vixen’s Trek you are the fox following your daily routines on Thorn Creek trails. Or visit the Historic Farm in the woods to explore an early 1900’s woodland farm. Groups can also arrange for a naturalist to come to your location for programs such as Wild Animal Tracks, Web of Life, Woodland Wildflowers, Soils, History of Thorn Creek Woods, and the like. The new partnership has already collaborated in sponsoring three programs: the Learn 70 Birds by Spring class, which runs from January through March; the Great Backyard Bird Count Open House that was held in February; and the Build a Gourd Birdhouse sessions to be held in March. For information about Thorn Creek Audubon Society membership, events and projects: Thorn Creek Audubon Society, P. O. Box 895, Park Forest, Il 60466, or www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org.
Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest
Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’
Friends of Thorn Creek Woods is the citizen activist group responsible in very large part for preserving and securing the dedication of the Thorn Creek Woods as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Friends’ volunteers continue to provide support in so many ways: staff the nature center on weekends; trail work; displays; leading hikes; special events; cleaning; pruning; artwork; music; research; and so on. Friends is a voice for the Woods and preservation values, donates funds for equipment and sponsors an annual meeting, Garlic Fest and Earth Day. Members receive a quarterly newsletter. Annual membership in Friends is $10. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.
Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center
Thorn Creek Nature Center is housed in a historic building, originally Immanuel Lutheran Church of Matteson, Illinois built in 1862, and later Village Bible Church of Park Forest. A gothic frame country church, its notable architectural features include curved ceiling, tongue-and-groove paneling and a raised pulpit. Its current attractions are displays of the preserve’s flora and fauna, a bird feeder viewing area, Eugene E. Schwartz reference library and an expanded children’s section. The Nature Center is open Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Trails are open daily year-round, dawn to dusk. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.
Will County Green, 58 East Clinton Street, Joliet
Recycling in the South Suburbs — Ongoing
Have old electronics, TVs or computer monitors sitting around your house gathering dust? Want to get rid of them for free? There are places in Will County where you can properly dispose of them. Each recycling location will accept only 2 televisions per vehicle. ID will be required to prove that you are a Will County resident. However, Park Forest residents residing in either Will OR Cook Counties may participate.
|Richton Park Donation Drop Spot||Peotone Police Department||New Lenox Township|
|Richton Park Village Hall||208 E. Main Street||1100 S. Cedar Road|
|4455 Sauk Trail (Located along Latonia Lane)||1st & 3rd Wednesdays||2nd & 4th Wednesdays|
|7 a.m. to 7 p.m.||5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (lines will be cut off at 7 p.m.)||5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (lines will be cut off at 7 p.m.|
|7 days a week||Closed on Holidays||Closed on Holidays|
For additional information, visit www.countygreen.com.
Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program
GSU’s Psychology Department is offering free psychotherapy services to members of the community. Conversations with a psychotherapist can help people cope with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, and life transition problems. Confidential, one-on-one sessions are held with a GSU graduate student in psychology under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Individuals and couples, 18 years and older, are eligible. All sessions are conducted in Matteson, IL. The number of sessions is determined by the client’s needs. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-235-2841.
Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest
CPR classes are available at the Park Forest Fire Department. Click on the following link for more details: http://pffd.vopf.com/cpr-classes.html
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
Assistance With Medications & Health Services
If you, or someone you know, are struggling to pay for medications every month, they may be able to get the medicines they need for free or almost free through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. If you live in Illinois, you can get access to more than 475 public and private program available to help you pay for your medicines. Simply visit http://www.pparx.org/en/click_illinois to find out if you can apply to any of these great programs and to get connected with 10,000 free clinics and doctors.
Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip
Free Community Education and Prevention Programs about Mental Health
Sertoma Centre’s Mental Health Services facility is offering community mental health seminars, free of charge to community groups, schools, law enforcement agencies, religious organizations, and other community groups at their location in Matteson or facility. Education Programs will include: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) which increases public awareness of suicide and improves one’s ability to identify and refer those at risk for suicide. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education course that helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance disorders. Also included is Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Anxiety/Depression Screenings. Thanks to a grant, these educational opportunities are available at no cost to you or your organization. To arrange a free educational opportunity for your club, group, workplace, organization, or church, call Gia Washington at 708-748-1951, Ext. 418 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest
Yoga Classes by Karen Nielsen – Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
Yoga classes by Karen Nielsen are available at UUCC on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No reservations needed. Drop-in fee is $10 per class and the 6th one is free. For additional information, call 708-755-3577 or visit www.uuccpf.org.
This & That
Congresswoman Robin Kelly, 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Suite 505, Matteson
Forum on Gun Violence – Sunday, March 25
Congresswoman Robin Kelly will address issues of gun violence, both mass shootings and street incidents, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at St. Irenaeus Church in Park Forest. The program is sponsored by the interfaith Park Forest People of Faith. The church is located at the southeast corner of Orchard Drive and Indianwood Boulevard. The congresswoman is one of Washington’s strongest voices on issues relating to gun violence. The Kelly Report, which she authored, is an insightful analysis of the circumstances leading to gun deaths and injuries and ways that future incidents can be avoided. Hazel Crest Chief of Police Mitch Davis will follow the congresswoman and provide a perspective on the topic from the point of view of local law enforcement officers. The program is open to all residents of the region.
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.
League of Women Voters Park Forest Area (LWVPFA)
Village Presidents/Mayors’ Forum – Tuesday, March 13
Please join the LWVPFA for its Village Presidents & Mayors’ Forum on Tuesday, March 13. The Forum will be held at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This community forum will provide an opportunity for leaders to share information regarding current challenges faced by their respective village, new and on-going initiatives in their respective village and discuss the impact of local, state and federal policies on their local governments. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization which encourages informative and active participation in government, works to increase understanding for major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The LWV encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information visit www.lwvpfa.org.
NASA, Washington, DC
You’re Invited to Come Aboard NASA’s First Mission to Touch the Sun – Submissions Due by April 27
Want to get the hottest ticket this summer without standing in line? NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission launching in summer 2018. The mission will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and your name will go along for the ride. “This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than six decades.” Understanding the Sun has always been a top priority for space scientists. Studying how the Sun affects space and the space environment of planets is the field known as heliophysics. The field is not only vital to understanding Earth’s most important and life-sustaining star, it supports exploration in the solar system and beyond. Submissions will be accepted until April 27, 2018. Learn more and add your name to the mission here: http://go.nasa.gov/HotTicket. You can learn more about NASA’s Park Solar Probe mission here.
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.” 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 Toastmasters Club
Meeting – Tuesday, March 22
The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, March 22 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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