Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — Easter is just around the corner and the Park Forest Library has some special craft projects this week that will help get you in the holiday mood. On Monday, March 26, Teens can celebrate Easter with a creative twist on a classic tradition during the Teen DIY: Easter Craft activity. On Saturday, March 31, the Library will host a DIY Easter Craft program for ages 12 and under where they can decorate plastic eggs and a lot more. All craft materials will be provided while supplies last. You can find additional information about these activities, as well as other programs the Library is offering this week in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.
On Wednesday, March 28, Prairie State College will wrap up its Women’s History Month programs with a discussion by a panel of distinguished alumni and faculty of the college who will share their experiences as professional women in the workforce. Panelists include Debbie Halvorson, PSC alumna, former U.S. representative for Illinois’ 11th Congressional District and president of American Eagle Logistics; Pat Martin, PSC alumna and former CEO of South Suburban Hospital; Lori Wilcox, PSC alumna, U.S. Army Reserves veteran and public servant; Dr. Christine Brooms, PSC associate professor/coordinator, chemistry and department chair, natural sciences; LaLinda De La Fuente, PSC associate professor, sociology, and coordinator, social sciences; and Diane DeSousa, PSC associate professor/coordinator, psychology. The event is open to the public. You’ll find additional information about the program in the ‘Educational Lectures & Opportunities’ section.
Be sure to check out all the other events and activities taking place In & Around Park Forest. Have a great week!
Events and activities featured in ‘In and Around Park Forest’ take place in Park Forest, the surrounding suburbs and locations that are just a short drive or train ride away. You’ll find that many of these events are free or of a nominal charge.
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Administration — Village of Park Forest
Village Board Meeting – Monday, March 26
The Village of Park Forest Board will meet on Monday, March 26 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.
Arts & Entertainment
Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park
‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ – Tickets Now on Sale
GSU Theatre and Performance Studies presents ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,’ a chore poem by Ntozake Shange on Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m., Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m. Stories featured about of love, empowerment, struggle, and loss represent sisterhood in a racist and sexist society. ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ contains mature content—and this is intentional. With poems that explore losing one’s virginity, abortion, and love lost, and the use of explicit language, Shange wants to ensure that, if such important issues are not being discussed at home or under the guidance of careful mentorship, the production serves as a lesson, a cautionary tale, to those coming of age. In fact, Shange wrote the work with an intended audience in mind—12 year old girls. That said, guardians are encouraged to use their own discretion about whether or not it is appropriate for a younger audience. On stage, Limited Seating! Tickets are $15 and $10 for Students with ID. Buy Tickets For additional information, call 708-534-5000.
Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street
The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of March 25:
- Monday, March 26 at 10 a.m. – Come and Play – Drop in for dancing, singing, and rhythm. For ages 0-5.
- Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m. – Pokemon Club – Pokemon themed activities for ages 6+. Register.
- Monday, March 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, March 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.
- Wednesday, March 28 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Time Stations – Parents and children will explore thematic stations together. For ages 2-3. Register.
- Wednesday, March 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, March 28 from 6-8 p.m. – Adult Drop-In Coloring – Come relax and create. Bring your own supplies or use ours.
- Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Time Stations – Parents and children will explore thematic stations together. For ages 2-3. Register.
- Thursday, March 29 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Number recognition, alphabet, books, music and craft projects for learning early literacy skills. For ages 4-5. Register.
- Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. – STEAM Junior – A Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math program for ages 3-5. Register.
- Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. – Knot Another Ball of Yarn! Crochet Group – Learn to crochet or bring your own crochet project. For teens/adults.
- Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. – Babies & Books – Storytime for ages birth-24 months. Register.
For more information or to register for a program, please call the Crete Public Library at 708-672-8017 or visit www.cretelibrary.org.
DePaul University Theatre School, 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago
Anton Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’ – Tickets Now on Sale
The Theatre School at DePaul University will present Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” directed by graduate student Jacob Janssen. The production opens April 13 and runs through April 22 on the Fullerton Stage at 2350 N. Racine Ave. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Previews are 7:30 p.m. on April 11 and 12. “Three Sisters” chronicles the Prozorov siblings over several years and their interactions with Russian military members who enter their lives. Olga, Masha, Irina and their brother, Andrey, search for meaning in Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece about broken dreams, inertia and missed opportunities. A post-show discussion will follow the April 15 and 19 productions. The April 20 performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language. The April 22 performance will include audio description services and a pre-performance touch tour. Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. Active military and their families can receive discounted tickets with valid ID. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 773-325-7900 or visiting http://theatre.depaul.edu.
F.A.M.E., 1017 West Washington Boulevard, Suite 2C, Chicago
‘A Dinner Dance Gala’ – Tickets Now on Sale
F.A.M.E. will host its seventh annual fundraiser “A Dinner Dance Gala” to support Chicagoland aspiring artists. The gala will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Chicago Yacht Club Belmont, 300 West Belmont Avenue in Chicago. This night of dinner and dancing will be the finale of F.A.M.E.’s 2018 Annual Talent Competition. One dancer and one singer will be awarded $1200 each. The Gala will also have multiple raffles valued more than $5,000. This year, the audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancer and singer! Celebrity judges include:
- Candace Jordan, Celebrity media contributor
- Michael McStraw, Executive Director of Nan Giordano,
- David O’Connor, Owner/Director of O’Connor Casting Company, and
- Denise Tomasello, known as the Queen of Chicago’s Cabaret.
Notorious comedian Kelsie Huff will be the MC for the night. Invite your family (ages 18 and up) and friends for a night filled with excitement, thrills and entertainment. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online here or at the door (Cash only). Ticket price includes dinner, entertainment and one complimentary drink ticket. For more information visit F.A.M.E.’s website. Since 2010, the diverse F.A.M.E. team of experienced professionals has been dedicated to mentoring artists all while hosting multiple fundraising events each year. F.A.M.E.’s mission is to provide young, deserving Chicagoland performers with funding and mentorship to advance their artistic careers.
Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest
Travis LeDoyt ‘A Tribute to the King’ – Tickets Now on Sale
On Tuesday, April 10 at 11 a.m., Travis LeDoyt will perform ‘A Tribute to the King.’ Travis LeDoyt is one of America’s most convincing, jaw-dropping tribute acts to ever grace the stage. Through his remarkable resemblance and his incredible talent to emulate the voice and style, Travis flawlessly captures the essence of Elvis in his prime, offering for those who never saw the King, the next best thing. “This is as close as you’re going to get to seeing an Elvis Presley concert in the 50’s” – D. J. Fontana (Elvis Presley’s drummer in the 50’s) after playing a show with Travis. View a video of Travis LeDoyt Tribute to the King. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Freedom Hall, by phone at 708-747-0580 or online at www.freedomhall.org.
National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Spring Ice Breaker – Tickets Now on Sale
NVAM will hold its Spring Ice Breaker on Wednesday, April 18. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Copernicus Center, 5216 West Lawrence Avenue, in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago. (View Map) The Spring Ice Breaker will be a great opportunity to engage with the veterans, artists, and the amazing supporters in our community. By coming together under the banner of Veteran Fine Arts, you help us to celebrate the voices of our Veterans and share their experiences with the world. All proceeds from the Spring Ice Breaker will go directly to NVAM to support its mission to collect, preserve, exhibit and engage with art created by veterans. By attending the Spring Ice Breaker, you will help NVAM in accomplishing its mission by spending an evening of celebration. Advance tickets are $20, or $25 the night of the event. Ticket price includes an open bar and food. Purchase tickets here. If you can’t attend the Spring Ice Breaker, consider sponsoring a ticket for a veteran. By paying the ticket price for a veteran or group, we will offer the free tickets to veterans in the community so they can attend the Ice Breaker in your place. Purchase a ticket to sponsor a veteran here. Learn more about the Museum here.
Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road
“Step Back into the 1950s” – Wednesdays & Saturdays
The 1950s Park Forest House Museum invites you to “Step Back into the 1950s.” The Park Forest House Museum is decorated to reflect what the town looked like when it first began. One room represents a classroom in Forest Boulevard School, which was set up in a row of townhomes. Admission is Adults $5; children 12 and under free. Park in the small lot by the flagpole and knock on the classroom door next to the museum sign. A guide will tell village history, and social and fashion trends of the era. The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule a tour, please call Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252, or Michael Gans at 708-305-3308 or visit: www.parkforesthistory.org.
Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard
The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of March 25:
- Sunday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. – Create Zone Craft — March is Youth Art Month! Drop-In and show off your creativity. For ages 12 and under.
- Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. – Morning Pages Circle — Interested in unlocking your creativity? Join us for wisdom and conversation.
- Monday, March 26 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Join us for a delightful morning of stories!
- Monday, March 26 at 12 p.m. – Friends of the Library Book Discussion — Discussion of the book “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown
- Monday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. — Discussion of the book “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown — Jump Start the afternoon with creative art projects! For ages 12 and under.
- Monday, March 26 at 4 p.m. – Explore the World of Wonder — Drop in to the Explore space and discover something new.
- Monday, March 26 at 4 p.m. – Teen DIY: Easter Craft — Celebrate Easter with a creative twist on a classic tradition!
- Tuesday, March 27 at 12: 30 p.m. – Drop In Art Day — Jump Start the afternoon with a creative art projects! For ages 12 and under.
- Tuesday, March 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, March 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, March 27 at 6 p.m. – Night Time Storytime — JAM OUT in your PJ’s with stories, crafts, music and more.
- Wednesday, March 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, March 28 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 28 at 4 p.m. – Adult Coloring — Join us as we spend some time unwinding and relaxing with adult coloring books.
- Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. – Earth Wise Movie Night — Join us as we watch ‘Winged Migration’
- Wednesday, March 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 29 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 29 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 29 at 6 p.m. – PJ Storytime — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. For ages 12 and under.
- Friday, March 30 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 30 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 31 at 1 p.m. – DIY Easter Craft — Hop in kids’ zone and create projects for Easter! Decorate plastic eggs and more! 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.
Teen Advisory Board Meeting – Wednesday, March 28
The Teen Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m. We want YOU to join our new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and help plan and design this new space for PF/OF teens. Ask for an application in Teen Tech Zone. For additional information, call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
Prairie State College (PSC), 202 South Halsted, Chicago Heights
‘Reflections’ Exhibit – Through Wednesday, April 18
PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery’s next exhibit is entitled ‘Reflections.’ This yearly juried exhibit features the work of high school students from District 515 in a wide range of media, including sculpture, photography, drawing, and painting. The exhibit is curated by PSC Art Faculty, associate professor Rebecca Slagle. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, April 18. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, phone 708- 709-3636 or visit www.prairiestate.edu/christopher-art-gallery.
Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest
Lunch at the Senior Center – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
The Rich Township Senior Center will be serving lunch at 12 Noon, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Rich Township School District 227 is preparing delicious meals for a cost of $3.00. You MUST make your reservation two days in advance by stopping in, or calling 708-748-5454. Lunch Menu examples: Chicken, Hamburger, Turkey Sandwich, all served with Soup & Chips. Also we have Pasta dishes, side salads, desserts. Optional: Chef Salad. All served with Lemonade.
South Suburban Diversity Dinners
2018 South Suburban Diversity Dinners –Tickets Now on Sale
On Saturday, April 21, the South Suburban Diversity Dinners will celebrate their 21st anniversary with the theme: “The State of Diversity in the South Suburbs: Have We Progressed?” The dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Rich South High School, 5000 Sauk Trail in Richton Park. This year’s featured speaker will be Troy Cicero, President of MulticultuReal Communications, whose unique presentation style ensures that his audience will be motivated to seek “real” change by engaging in “real” conversations. His dynamic message will be the cornerstone of a new interactive component to the 2018 Diversity Dinner. Following Mr. Cicero’s presentation, trained facilitators at each table will lead guests in an exercise designed to provide an environment that encourages inclusive, open communication and self-reflection of who we are in our everyday interactions. The 2018 Diversity Dinner promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased here or send your check payable to: Diversity Dinners of the South Suburbs, P. O. Box 605, Homewood, IL 60430 by April 6th. For more information please visit: www.DiversityDinners.com.
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest
‘Stalking Light, Embracing Shadow’ – Through April 14
‘Stalking Light, Embracing Shadow,’ an exhibit of black and white photography will run through April 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Black and white photography can be dramatic, nuanced, boldly detailed, mysteriously subtle, an ultra-specific image that documents reality, or an invitation to imagine a lost or yet to be discovered place and time. A photograph devoid of color can clarify and make more absolute, or present an enigma, a perplexing secret shared in a not-quite-familiar language. The exhibit of black and white photographic features works by a select group of well-respected regional photographers: Richard Ainsworth, Jay Anderson, Jon W. Balke, Richard Burd, Irene Ganas, Claudia McCarthy, Kristen Olivares, Stuart Pearson, and John P. Spomar III. Each has created and continues to create hundreds of wonderful prints within a broad range of subjects and styles. Their images include people, places, events, objects, abstract compositions; distant views and extreme close-ups; documents of specific moments; narratives or set pieces to illustrate a concept, story, myth, or invented scenario; and experiments with light, contrast, and composition. Images have been produced through traditional camera and dark room techniques, with digital cameras, with pinhole cameras, and even as photograms, but none have been created exclusively on a computer. It is hoped that visitors will gain a greater appreciation for both the diverse ways artists’ visions can be expressed through photography in general, and these particular photographers’ technical mastery as well as the thoughtful choices they have made through what they look at, look for, and how they interpret what they see. Gallery hours are 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.
The Drama Group, 339 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights
‘Little Red Riding Hood’ – Through Sunday, March 25
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. The final performance will be held on 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
Women’s History Month Event — Wednesday, March 28
PSC will host a panel of distinguished alumni and faculty of the college who will share their experiences as professional women in the workforce. This program will be held on Wednesday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the College’s Barnes & Noble College Auditorium located on the main campus in Chicago Heights. The event is free and open to the public. Panelists include Debbie Halvorson, PSC alumna, former U.S. representative for Illinois’ 11th Congressional District and president of American Eagle Logistics; Pat Martin, PSC alumna and former CEO of South Suburban Hospital; Lori Wilcox, PSC alumna, U.S. Army Reserves veteran and public servant; Dr. Christine Brooms, PSC associate professor/coordinator, chemistry and department chair, natural sciences; LaLinda De La Fuente, PSC associate professor, sociology, and coordinator, social sciences; and Diane DeSousa, PSC associate professor/coordinator, psychology.
Union Trades Career Information Fair – Tuesday, April 17
PSC will be hosting a Union Trades Career Information Fair on Tuesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Atrium of the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights. Participants will learn about union trades and how they can help in the pursuit of a new career. Many union trades and apprenticeship programs have signed up to participate in the program. The fair is being conducted in partnership with the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, Illinois Department of Employment Security, National Able Network, Construction Industry Service Corporation, Jeff Morden and Donna Miller. The event is free and open to the public. Parking for attendees is available in lot D on the south west corner of Vollmer Rd. and Halsted St. For more information, contact Esther Pacheco at 708-709-3503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15080 South State Street, South Holland
“100 Years of American History” – Tuesday, March 27
A three-hour seminar touring through Illinois community colleges that recounts the past 100 years of American history in news photos and Hollywood film clips will be presented by the Continuing Education department of South Suburban College on Tuesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. at its main campus in South Holland. Everyone is invited to register to attend. “U.S. History and Today,” is a fast-paced, visually-rich presentation that features 600 historic photographs and 44 popular film and music clips highlighting American life between 1914 and present day. Topics range from both World Wars and The Great Depression to Vietnam, the turbulent 1960s, and surprising presidential elections. Entertainment highlights include Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Elvis Presley, Emma Stone, scenes from “Back to the Future, “The Andy Griffith Show” and more. The show is presented by John LeGear, a builder and promoter of national not-for-profit organizations who turned his attention to American history late in his career. He employs skills acquired as a journalist, photographer, video editor and public speaker to assemble the presentation. LeGear created the show to lend balance and historical perspective to today’s rollercoaster ride of news events. The seminar is suitable for audiences of high school age and over. Senior citizens have been especially supportive of the show, often describing it as “a walk down memory lane.” “U.S. History and Today” is a visually-rich three-hour show that is touring through 15 Illinois community colleges this year. A registration fee of $10 is required. SSC’s Continuing Education members can enroll online. In-person registration is welcomed from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, and until 3:45 pm on Friday. For more information, call the Oak Forest Center at 708-225-6000 or SSC’s Deborah Ravazee at 708-596-2000 (ext. 2231). For information about all of SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit www.ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office at 708-210-5718.
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.
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Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest
Audubon 2018 Photo Awards Contest – Entries Accepted Through April 9
The National Audubon Society, in association with Nature’s Best Photography, announces its annual bird photography contest: the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards. Judges include birding legend Kenn Kaufman and 2015 Grand Prize winner Melissa Groo, as well as Allen Murabayashi, chairman and cofounder of PhotoShelter. Winning photographs will be published in Audubon magazine and Nature’s Best Photography magazine, and they will also be displayed within the 2018 Nature’s Best Photography Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. More information on the contest, prizes, and submission guidelines can be at www.audubon.org/photoawards.
- Professional (individuals currently earning $5,000 or more per year selling photography)
- Amateur (individuals currently earning less than $5,000 per year selling photography)
- Youth (individuals aged 13 to 17 who are making less than $5,000 a year selling photography; children 12 years old or younger are not eligible)
January 8 – April 9, 2018.
- $15 per image from 12:00 p.m. EST on January 8 through 11:59 a.m. EST on April 2
- $20 per image from 12:00 p.m. EST on April 2 through 11:59 p.m. EST on April 9
- No fee for Youth category entries or entries submitted via the mail
- No limit to number of images submitted
- Grand Prize: $5,000 USD
- Professional Prize: $2,500 USD
- Amateur Prize: $2,500 USD
- Youth Prize: Six days at Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp (Arts and Birding/Photography Track) on July 8–13, 2018 for the winner and one parent/legal guardian.
How to Enter:
- Read the official rules for the Audubon Photography Awards.
- Read Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography.
- Submit your digital images here and pay a fee, or
- Mail prints for free. Download printable entry form here.
Judges will score eligible photographs using the following criteria: a) Technical Quality (30 percent); b) Originality (30 percent); and c) Artistic Merit (40 percent). Judges include:
- Kevin Fisher, creative director, National Audubon Society
- Steve Freligh, publisher, Nature’s Best Photography
- Melissa Groo, wildlife photographer and 2015 grand prize winner
- Kenn Kaufman, bird expert and Audubon field editor
- Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society
- Allen Murabayashi, chairman and cofounder, PhotoShelter
For more information on the Audubon Photography Awards, please read the contest rules and Frequently Asked Questions. Last year’s winners can be found here. Contest begins January 8, 2018 and ends April 9, 2018. Must be at least 13 years of age and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or Canada (excluding Quebec) to enter. Entrants under the age of majority must get permission from their parent or legal guardian to enter. Subject to Official Rules, which will be posted 1/8/2018. Void where prohibited.
Nature Education Programs at Thorn Creek Nature Center
Calling all schools, home school groups, day cares, preschools, youth, adult and family groups! Nature Education Programs are offered at Thorn Creek Nature Center throughout the year where your group can discover the plants and animals of Thorn Creek Woods. These Nature Education Programs are sponsored by the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. The Audubon Society and the Thorn Creek Nature Center announce their new Partnership for Programming to further the Society’s environmental education mission and give valuable assistance to Thorn Creek Nature Center in providing nature programming for groups of area children and adults. Some of the nature education programs offered this year include Birding by Sight and Sound, Creek Walk (the world of aquatic insects and metamorphosis), Trees Big and Small (identification by leaves and bark), Insects (what makes an insect unique), the Web of Life (interdependence of producers, consumers, predators and decomposers), Soils Hike (how soil fuels and supports life), and Night Hikes. On the Fall Color Hike learn why leaves change colors and what trees do to prepare for the long months of winter. Discover clues to wild animals’ identities and behavior by trails and trails in Wild Animal Tracks. Make your own track replica. On Vixen’s Trek you are the fox following your daily routines on Thorn Creek trails. Or visit the Historic Farm in the woods to explore an early 1900’s woodland farm. Groups can also arrange for a naturalist to come to your location for programs such as Wild Animal Tracks, Web of Life, Woodland Wildflowers, Soils, History of Thorn Creek Woods, and the like. The new partnership has already collaborated in sponsoring three programs: the Learn 70 Birds by Spring class, which runs from January through March; the Great Backyard Bird Count Open House that was held in February; and the Build a Gourd Birdhouse sessions to be held in March. For information about Thorn Creek Audubon Society membership, events and projects: Thorn Creek Audubon Society, P. O. Box 895, Park Forest, Il 60466, or www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org.
Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest
Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’
Friends of Thorn Creek Woods is the citizen activist group responsible in very large part for preserving and securing the dedication of the Thorn Creek Woods as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Friends’ volunteers continue to provide support in so many ways: staff the nature center on weekends; trail work; displays; leading hikes; special events; cleaning; pruning; artwork; music; research; and so on. Friends is a voice for the Woods and preservation values, donates funds for equipment and sponsors an annual meeting, Garlic Fest and Earth Day. Members receive a quarterly newsletter. Annual membership in Friends is $10. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.
Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center
Thorn Creek Nature Center is housed in a historic building, originally Immanuel Lutheran Church of Matteson, Illinois built in 1862, and later Village Bible Church of Park Forest. A gothic frame country church, its notable architectural features include curved ceiling, tongue-and-groove paneling and a raised pulpit. Its current attractions are displays of the preserve’s flora and fauna, a bird feeder viewing area, Eugene E. Schwartz reference library and an expanded children’s section. The Nature Center is open Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Trails are open daily year-round, dawn to dusk. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.
Will County Green, 58 East Clinton Street, Joliet
Recycling in the South Suburbs — Ongoing
Have old electronics, TVs or computer monitors sitting around your house gathering dust? Want to get rid of them for free? There are places in Will County where you can properly dispose of them. Each recycling location will accept only 2 televisions per vehicle. ID will be required to prove that you are a Will County resident. However, Park Forest residents residing in either Will OR Cook Counties may participate.
|Richton Park Donation Drop Spot||Peotone Police Department||New Lenox Township|
|Richton Park Village Hall||208 E. Main Street||1100 S. Cedar Road|
|4455 Sauk Trail (Located along Latonia Lane)||1st & 3rd Wednesdays||2nd & 4th Wednesdays|
|7 a.m. to 7 p.m.||5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (lines will be cut off at 7 p.m.)||5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (lines will be cut off at 7 p.m.|
|7 days a week||Closed on Holidays||Closed on Holidays|
For additional information, visit www.countygreen.com.
Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program
GSU’s Psychology Department is offering free psychotherapy services to members of the community. Conversations with a psychotherapist can help people cope with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, and life transition problems. Confidential, one-on-one sessions are held with a GSU graduate student in psychology under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Individuals and couples, 18 years and older, are eligible. All sessions are conducted in Matteson, IL. The number of sessions is determined by the client’s needs. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-235-2841.
Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest
CPR classes are available at the Park Forest Fire Department. Click on the following link for more details: http://pffd.vopf.com/cpr-classes.html
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
Assistance With Medications & Health Services
If you, or someone you know, are struggling to pay for medications every month, they may be able to get the medicines they need for free or almost free through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. If you live in Illinois, you can get access to more than 475 public and private program available to help you pay for your medicines. Simply visit http://www.pparx.org/en/click_illinois to find out if you can apply to any of these great programs and to get connected with 10,000 free clinics and doctors.
Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip
Free Community Education and Prevention Programs about Mental Health
Sertoma Centre’s Mental Health Services facility is offering community mental health seminars, free of charge to community groups, schools, law enforcement agencies, religious organizations, and other community groups at their location in Matteson or facility. Education Programs will include: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) which increases public awareness of suicide and improves one’s ability to identify and refer those at risk for suicide. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education course that helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance disorders. Also included is Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Anxiety/Depression Screenings. Thanks to a grant, these educational opportunities are available at no cost to you or your organization. To arrange a free educational opportunity for your club, group, workplace, organization, or church, call Gia Washington at 708-748-1951, Ext. 418 or email at 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
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.
NASA, Washington, DC
You’re Invited to Come Aboard NASA’s First Mission to Touch the Sun – Submissions Due by April 27
Want to get the hottest ticket this summer without standing in line? NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission launching in summer 2018. The mission will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and your name will go along for the ride. “This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than six decades.” Understanding the Sun has always been a top priority for space scientists. Studying how the Sun affects space and the space environment of planets is the field known as heliophysics. The field is not only vital to understanding Earth’s most important and life-sustaining star, it supports exploration in the solar system and beyond. Submissions will be accepted until April 27. Learn more and add your name to the mission here. You can learn more about NASA’s Park Solar Probe mission here or Follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at: www.facebook.com/NASASunScience and www.twitter.com/NASASun.
National Student Walkout
Walkouts to Protest Against Political Complacency About Gun Violence – Friday, April 20
As families continue to grieve and hold funerals for the 17 victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., students and educators are calling for a nationwide day of action including school walkouts to protest lawmakers’ deadly inaction on gun control legislation. The day set for the actions is Friday, April 20, which will be the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School. The Twitter account National School Walkout, which was started Friday, declares, “We are the students, we are the victims, we are change.” The April 20 walkout, it says, will be “polite, passionate, plea for peace.” A Change.org petition, which has gathered over 6,100 signatures as of this writing, and is linked to the Twitter account, says, “There has been too much complacency on the part of politicians when it comes to gun violence. The time to act is now!” A web page calling for pledges to commit to an April 20 action and sponsored by the Network for Public Education, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and other organizations says, “The failure to enact rational laws around the purchase of guns that are designed for mass shootings is inexcusable. The time to act is now. Every child deserves to learn in a school that is safe.”
Park Forest 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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