Former directors at the 60th Anniversary of the Park Forest Health Department: Dr. Alice Racher, Christine Blue, Neena ‘Bonnie’ Longley, Lois Coxworth-Gallagher. More photos here. (Photo: ENEWSPF)
Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—June 4, 2012. Opening day at the Park Forest Aqua Center is Saturday, June 9. There will be open swim, music and fun from noon to 7 p.m. on opening day. Season membership or daily fee is required. For information on daily pass fees or memberships, call 708-747-9490 or 708-748-2005.
If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in our community during the upcoming week, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details. Submission deadline is noon on Friday of each week.
Village of Park Forest
Village Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Village Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site at www.villageofparkforest.com.
To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site at: http://www.villageofparkforest.com and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.
Village of Park Forest Advisory Board & Commission Meetings
The following Park Forest Commissions and Advisory Groups will meet the week of June 4:
- Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
- Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group
- Thursday, June 7 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
- Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission
The meetings will take place at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Dr. Residents are encouraged to attend.
Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Dr., Park Forest
‘Toxics to Treasure’ Eco-Tour – Saturday, June 9
On Saturday, June 9, the Green Sanctuary and Earth Care Forum of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church will host a ‘Toxics to Treasures’ Eco-Tour. You will spend 3 hours touring southeast Chicago on a comfortable coach bus with the Task Force. Learn about waste management and other industries woven in with natural areas. See the controversial site of the proposed Chicago Police Department outdoor shooting range and the Lucadia coal gasification plant. Based on the participant’s interests, tour leaders and time constraints, the our can also include: CID landfills, water reclamation, Chicago’s auto pound, cluster/superfund site, Paxton landfills, Hegewisch Marsh, Harborside Golf Course, Lake Calumet, Big Marsh, Wolf Lake, and Indian Ridge Marsh. The cost or the Eco-Tour is $30 per person and includes lunch at Club 81, a local establishment. Space is limited. You must call to reserve your seat(s). The bus will depart from UUCC at 10 a.m. and return at approximately 2 p.m. For more information contact Robin at 314-583-2284. You can pay online at: www.setaskforce.blogspot.com.
Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Rd., Park Forest
Wednesday Morning Walkers –June 6
Those ages 11 through adult are invited each Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. through June 13, to follow the forest’s spring changes on Thorn Creek’s trails. Trails can be wet or muddy so please wear sturdy shoes. The terrain is moderate. Registration is not required. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.
Feathered Frenzy – Registration Required
On Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to noon, those of all ages are invited to ‘Feathered Frenzy.’ Family tie is at a frenzied pace for our feathered friends in Will County. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce your family and friends to bird watching on a morning bird hike. Come along with an experienced naturalist to discover what the feathered frenzy is all about. Learn about the birds that you see and hear through exploration that will include a fun activity and a hike. Registration is required. The event is free. The program will include hiking preserve trails over uneven terrain. For additional information or to register, call 708-946-2216.
Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS), Park Forest
Prairie and Wetland Plant Identification at Bartel Grassland – Wednesday, June 9
On Wednesday, June 9 at 8:30 a.m., Any Neill, a plant expert will show us important prairie and wetland plants. To attend please RSVP Dick Riner at [email protected] or call 708-720-5683. Park in the lot at the corner of Flossmoor Road and Central Avenue. The program is free and open to the public.
Arts & Entertainment
Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest
The following events will be held this week at the Park Forest Library:
- Monday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime.
- Tuesday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime.
- Tuesday, June 5 at 1 p.m. – Best of the Web.
- Friday, June 8 at 2:30 p.m. – Movie Day: ‘Tangled’
For additional information or to register for these events, call the Park Forest Library’s Youth Services Department at 708-748-3731.
Park Forest Recreation & Parks, Park Forest
Senior Trip to New, Historic Route 66 Tour – Registration Deadline Monday, June 4
On Wednesday, June 13, travel the famous Mother Road with award winning Route 66 author, John Weiss. Visit historic sites (Joliet to Pontiac); enjoy a little shopping in a few quaint towns, and look forward to lots of surprises! Be sure to bring your camera. This “all inclusive” tour includes two snack stops, plus a full family style lunch (broasted chicken, vegetable, mashed potatoes, bread, coleslaw, salad, pop, coffee and tea) at the Route 66 Family Restaurant in Dwight, IL. You will learn and feel the history of this magical ribbon of highway as we “Get your kicks on Route 66!” The trip fee is $67 per person which includes round-trip coach bus, snacks, lunch and the tour. The bus will depart at 8 a.m. from Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, and return at approximately 6:30 p.m. Registration deadline: Monday, June 4, 2012. Register in person at the Recreation & Parks Department at Village Hall or by phone with a credit care by calling 708-748-2005. Mention Code: 248470-1 when registering.
Senior Trip to the Pyramid House & Lunch — 2nd Date Added – Registration Deadline Monday, June 11
The upcoming Senior trip to the Pyramid House and lunch was so popular, a second trip has been scheduled on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Drive down Dilleys Road and you’ll notice something straight out of the days of the Pharohs in Wadsworth, IL. Join us for this unique tour of The Golden Pyramid House. The Golden Pyramid House was built in 1977 by Jim and Linda Onan as a private residence for his family in Wadsworth, Illinois. And enormous statue of Ramses II guards and featuring a three pyramid garage, this 17,000 square foot 6 story structure that is surrounded by a moat. Visitors can visit King Tuts tomb, tour the inside of the pyramid, and discover exciting artifacts in the gift shop. Following the 2 hour guided tour, we will enjoy a delicious lunch at The Shanty Restaurant (featured on Food Network and ABC – 190 North) where we will dine on soup or salad, and your choice of Whisky Shrimp, Apple-Wood Smoked Pulled Pork, Crab Cake Salad or Chicken Linguini Tomato Vodka. Please mention your entrée preference when registering. Seats are limited, so sign up today. The fee for the trip is $61 which includes round-trip coach bus, admission to the Pyramid House and lunch. The bus will depart from Par Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Monday, June 11, 2012. Register in-person at the Park Forest Recreation & Parks Department, Village Hall, or over the phone with a credit card by calling 708-748-2005. Reference code 248680-2 when calling to make your reservation.
Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest
Park Forest House Museum
The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard, is decorated to depict life in Park Forest when it was first built. One room represents a classroom in the first school, Forest Boulevard School, which was set up in a row of townhomes in 1949. The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Donation is Adults- $5; 12 & under free. The tour is free with the purchase of a Marshall Field’s Park Forest Store brick at 1 for $15; 2 for $25. Convenient, free, street parking is available right outside the front door. For additional information, visit www.parkforesthistory.org.
Volunteers Needed for Increased Hours and Work on Archival Collection
The Park Forest Historical Society needs many more volunteers to cover the additional hours at the House Museum and to trim, photocopy and label article and documents for the archival collection. Some of the collection is in the Park Forest Library. Projects will include filing photocopied articles and documents at the library, and searching the files for answers to questions from out of town. Publicity volunteers are needed to design or distribute fliers, and help blog and fill in announcements on social media sites. If you have a talent to offer or need to put in some public service time for school, please contact Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252 or contact the society by e-mail through the website at www.parkforesthistory.org.
Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest
Father’s Day Art Sale – June 9 – 16
You can purchase a memorable gift for your father at Salon Artists Gallery’s art sale which will be held from June 9 through 16. Pens, bowls, boxes, pottery, painting, and other handmade items will be included in this special sale. 10% off art objects prices at $30 or more. For gallery hours or additional information, call Patricia Moore at 708-833-5108 or Bev Szaton at 708-748-3946.
‘June Moon’ – Through June 30
Join Salon Artists Gallery for this wonderful exhibit entitled ‘June Moon.’ The exhibit will run through June 30 and is free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery hours, call Patricia Moore at 708-833-5108 or Bev Szaton at 708-748-3946.
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest
‘Outside of the Box: Mixed Media Approaches to Photography’ – Opens Friday, June 8
Tall Grass Arts Association will host ‘Outside of the Box: Mixed media Approaches to Photography’ beginning Friday, June 8 with an opening reception. The exhibit will run through August 5. Debate has raged for years about whether photography is a technology or a medium for producing fine art. This juried exhibit will focus on the many inventive ways both traditional and modern photographic processes and materials are being mixed with other mediums to produce fine art. This regional show will feature artists from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit http://www.tallgrassarts.org.
Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
‘Ways of Making’ National Juried Exhibition – Opens June 4
The Visual Arts Gallery at GSU continues its ‘Ways of Making’ series with a National Juried Exhibition that opens on June 4 and closes with a reception on Saturday, June 23. The reception is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with remarks and awards at 6 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibition series focuses on art making media taught in the art program and includes work on paper, photography, painting, sculpture and digital media. The Visual Arts Gallery is open Mondays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-534-4021.
Monkey Mind Art Studio, 3 W. Nebraska St., Frankfort
‘Strange & Beautiful’ Paintings & Drawings by Javier Chavira – Through June 14
‘Strange & Beautiful,’ an exhibition of paintings and drawing by Javier Chavira will run through Thursday, June 14. A closing reception will be held on Friday, June 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For Gallery Hours or additional information, call 815-464-8818 or visit www.monkeymindartstudio.com.
Prairie State College (PSC), 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights
“Location Impulsion” Exhibit – Opens Monday, June 4
The PSC Foundation is presenting "Location Impulsion," from June 4 through July 26, at the Christopher Art Gallery, located on the PSC main campus. The work of artists Bonnie Peterson, Nina Weiss, and Michael X. Ryan will be highlighted during the exhibition, which features their works that are created directly in response to location. An artists’ reception is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9, in the gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Christopher Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday. Showings are available by appointment at 708-709-3636. The gallery will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.
Union Street Gallery (USG), 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights
‘A Little Garden Art’ – Tickets Now On Sale
On Saturday, July 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., USG is showcasing eight inspiring gardens in Chicago Heights and Flossmoor. Working artists in every garden reflect the beauty and peace of each environment through painting, drawing, sculpting or the written word. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. All proceeds from the garden walk benefit USC, a not-for-profit arts center. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.uniionstreetgallery.org.
Educational Lectures & Opportunities
Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
Family Development Center (FDC) Open House, June 6, 7, 12 and 13
The FDC at GSU is opening its doors for tours, information, and pre-enrollment screening for pre-kindergarteners. Parents and their three to five year-old children are invited to Visit the FDC on June 6, 7, 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about the full and half day pre-kindergarten programs offered at the state-of-the-art facility in University Park. The pre-kindergarten program boasts of a low student to teacher ratio and classrooms led by highly qualified educators who follow an enriching curriculum. Before and after school childcare is available and reduced fees are available to eligible families. For additional information, call 708-235-7300.
Bachelor of Social Work Program Information Session – Tuesday, June 19
GSU will host an information session for the Bachelor of Social Work program offered at Triton College on Tuesday, June 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The information session will take place in the university center located in Building A, Room 105 in the lower level of the library of Triton College, 2000 Fifth Avenue, River Grove. The GSU Social Work program offered at Triton College is a part-time program leading to a bachelor’s degree. To be eligible for the program, prospective students must have completed an associate’s degree or earned a minimum of 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Students need not have attended Triton or live in the Triton Community College district to be eligible. Additional information about the GSU Social Work degree program can be found at www.govst.edu/chhs/bsw. For additional information, call 708-534-4086 or e-mail [email protected].
‘The Literacy Zone’ Reading Tutoring Available at GSU – Enrollment is Limited
GSU’s Graduate Program in Reading is sponsoring The Literacy Zone, a reading tutorial program for students in grades two through five, Mondays through Thursdays, from July 5 through July 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This four-week, one-to-one program brings students experiencing reading problems together with teachers who have the skills to help them. Students meet on the GSU campus with certified, experienced teachers enrolled in the Master of Arts Reading Program at GSU. Students are expected to attend every session. Enrollment is limited and based on the number of tutors. There is a $70 registration fee. Students will be accepted in the order in which the completed application and registration fee are received. Transportation is not provided. For additional information, call 708-534-4122 or e-mail [email protected].
Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday At GSU
The Mobile Workforce Center’s mobile unit will be at GSU every Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., parked near the university’s front entrance. Center services include resume development, access to online job boards and websites, instruction in how to conduct an online job search and improve keyboarding skills, and assistance of staff. The center is equipped with 11 computer stations with Internet access, printer, and copy machines, and is wheelchair accessible. Services are free and available to residents in all counties. For additional information, contact the Workforce Services Division of Will County at 815-727-4980.
Prairie State College (PSC), 202 S. Halsted, Chicago Heights
Opt In to Technology at PSC
You can bridge the gap between technology and a new you at PSC’s new Opt In program that consists of two computer training centers and free classes to teach basic technological skills. One location is at the Adult Training and outreach Center in Room A145 at PSC’s main campus. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The other location is at the Matteson Area Center’s Computer Training Lab located at 4821 Southwick Dr., Matteson. Hours for this location are Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. No matter what skill level you have or want to have, Opt In can help. Both computer labs and on-site tutors are free and open to the public. For additional information, call Lisa Zeigler at 708-709-3548 or e-mail [email protected].
Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults
Rich Township is offering free basic computer skill classes for adults every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Leonard Robinson Family Services Center, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park. Participants will learn Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet skills, résumé building skills, and more. Classes are open only to residents of Rich Township. For additional information, call Mark Mason or Joe Moran at 708-748-6722.
Village of Park Forest
39th Annual Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday Through October 27
The 39th Annual Farmers’ Market will be held from 7 a.m. to 12 noon on the corner of Lakewood & Cunningham Drive through October 27. The market offers local fresh vegetables, fruits, organic breads, cookies, specialty produce, garden bedding plants, perennials, garden ornaments, salsas, BBQ pork chops, hamburgers, Polish sausage, fresh tamales, jewelry, funnel cakes, and fundraising products from a variety of individuals and civic groups. For additional information, call Brenda Walker at 708-748-1118 or e-mail [email protected] or visit www.pfhealth.net.
Church of the Holy Family, 102 Marquette Street, Park Forest
Open House & Health Fair – Saturday, June 16
On Saturday, June 16 from 12 noon until 4 p.m., the Church of the Holy Family will hold an Open House and Health Fair. Events will include:
- Health and Wellness Check for Adults
- Children’s Dental Screening
- Health Vendors and Giveaways
- Adult and Children’s Games
- Free Refreshments
- Tour of the Church
For additional information, call 708-748-1100.
Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
‘Sexual Intimacy for Individuals and Couples’ – Registration Deadline June 19
Explore one of life’s most complex and personal issues during ‘Sexual intimacy for Individuals and Couples,’ on Thursday, June 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. n the Hall of Honors at GSU. This workshop is ideal for both individuals and couples. With humor and understanding, Dr. David Schnarch, world-renowned sex and marital therapist, and international bet-selling author, will discuss what it means to be sexually normal, have normal problems with intimacy and sex, and how to love on life’s terms. The presentation is sponsored by GSU’s Division of Psychology and Counseling. Admission to the presentation is $20 for single personas and $35 for couples. To register, contact www.gsu-couples-desidre.eventbrite.com/. The registration deadline is June 19.
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.
Shirley J. Green Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest
Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch at the Senior Café
Senior citizens of all income levels are invited to lunch weekdays at the Community Nutrition Network (CNN) site located inside the Rich Township’s Shirley J. Green Senior Center. The CNN site is open to all south suburban residents, including those living outside of Rich Township. Participants must be 60 years of age or older. The suggested donation for lunch is $2.50. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon. Bingo begins at 11 a.m. For additional information or to make a reservation for lunch, call 708-747-2700.
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.
This & That
Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock, Park Forest
Faith Community Fest – Saturday, June 9
Come one, come all and join us for fun, food and frolic on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games will be played, free food will be served, and fun available for all ages. For additional information, call 708-747-1330.
Illinois Theatre Center, 371 Artists Walk, Park Forest
Estate Sale – June 9 and 10
The Illinois Theatre Center will hold an estate sale on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from noon to 5 p.m. Items for sale will include pianos, set pieces, props, furniture, vintage clothing, antiques, purses, shoes, jewelry, electronics, records, DVDs, books, art, posters, collectibles, sporting goods, bikes, household items and Illinois Theatre memorabilia. The sale will be held at the Theatre. For additional information, call 708-481-3510.
Park Forest Baseball
Baseball Outing on June 20 – Tickets Now on Sale
Park Forest Baseball will hold a baseball outing on Wednesday, June 20 at Standard Bank Stadium, 14011 S. Kenton, Crestwood, when the Windy City ThunderBolts take on the Traverse City Beach Bums. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $10. Hot dogs and sodas will be available for $1 each. A portion of all tickets sold will benefit Park Forest Baseball. If 100 tickets are sold, a Park Forest player will get the chance to escort a ThunderBolt player to their position. If 300 tickets are sold, Park Forest Baseball may have a chance at other ThunderBolts in-park activities. Advocate South Suburban Hospital will also be hosting a free health clinic on the ballpark concourse that evening. And after the game, all kids are allowed to run the bases! For additional information or to purchase tickets, call Booster Club Members, Tom Mick at 708-516-7140 or Dan Wieringa at 708-441-5408.
Park Forest Commission on Human Relations
Dance Mania – Learn Stepping on June 8
If you love to dance or just want to get out for the night, come and join us every Friday in June from 7 pm. to 10 p.m. at 300 Victory Drive, Park Forest, for ‘Dance Mania.’ We will provide a different dance instructor each Friday. During the first hour, you will be provided lessons and for the remainder of the night, put it into action. We will have a DJ, raffles and much more. Come out and have fun. The cost is $5, package rates are available for the entire month. For additional information, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or e-mail [email protected] or visit the Community Relations tab at www.villageofparkforest.com.
Meet n’ Greet Ice Cream Social – Saturday, June 9
If you live in Park Forest and would like to meet your neighbors, come out for free ice cream, music and a friendly spirit on Saturday, June 9 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Village Green of DownTown Park Forest (outside Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street). For additional information, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or e-mail [email protected].
Seeking Nominations for Good Egg Award – Nominations Accepted Through August 13
The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is looking for people who have gone beyond the call of duty for the Good Egg Award. The award honors youth and adults who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities through human relations and human rights advocacy. The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 13. To request a nomination form, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or e-mail [email protected] or visit the Community Relations tab at www.villageofparkforest.com.
Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 S. Orchard, Park Forest
W.O.M.E.N. Community Outreach – Saturday, June 9
On Saturday, June 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Calvary United Protestant Church, women of the South Suburban area are invited to attend W.O.M.E.N. W.O.M.E.N. is open to women of the community to work as a peer spiritual support group of women. It is a time to eat, share and discuss issues that affect the female gender of all ages. Each participant will receive an opportunity to win a gift certificate to Tender Care Day Care in Park Forest for children ages 4 years to 12 years. For additional information or to reserve your spot please call 708-748-6261. This event is held on the second Saturday of each month.
Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock St., Park Forest
Free Java Tuesdays
All are invited to Faith United Protestant Church for FREE Java Tuesdays. Visitors are asked to go to the Indianwood Boulevard side entrance between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for free curbside service or to come and sit a bit. The event will continue each Tuesday as a form of outreach to the community throughout the summer and fall. For more information, call 708-747-1330.
Garden Club of Park Forest
"A Gardener’s Cookbook"
To celebrate their 55th anniversary, the Park Forest Garden Club offers this cookbook filled with memories, gardening tips, flowery sayings and of course recipes. Makes a great gift. All proceeds go to the club and are used toward community contributions. Cookbooks are $9 and are available at the Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department, 350 Victory Drive. Call 708-748-2005 for additional information.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western, Park Forest
Midwest Motet Society Spring Concert – Sunday, June 10
On Sunday, June 10 at 4 p.m., the Midwest motet Society will present their 2012 Spring Concert, ‘From Venice to Vienna: Music from the Salon.’ For additional information call Marie Grass Amnta at 708-206-0380 or e-mail [email protected].
First Christian Church, 1045 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights
Huge Book Sale and Café – June 9 and 10
First Christian Church will hold a huge book sale and café on:
- Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (bag sale)
Thousands of books, sorted, categorized and reasonably priced will be available. Rare and vintage books will also be on sale. Other items for sale will include audio books, records, cassettes, CDs, puzzles, greeting cards and DVDs. You can enjoy a bakery item and a beverage in a pleasant setting while browsing through your purchases. For additional information, call 708-754-3792.
American Islamic Association (AIA), 8860 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort
Annual Community Picnic – Sunday,
The AIA of Frankfort, IL is pleased to invite residents of Frankfort and the surrounding communities to its annual Community Picnic on Sunday, June 10 from noon to 4 p.m. for a day of fun, great food, and fellowship. The event is free and open to all. Activities to enjoy will include American and ethnic foods, free health checkup, games for children and adults, pony rides, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and 3-point shootout competitions, interactive tours of the mosque, which will give visitors a chance to ask questions and get an up-close and personal glimpse inside the building, and various vendors selling clothes from the subcontinent, jewelry, and cosmetics. LifeSource will also be conducting a blood drive during the event. For additional information, call 815.469.1551.
Sertoma Centre, Inc., 4343 W. 123rd St., Alsip
Good As New Thrift Store – Seeking Donations
The Sertoma Centre’s Good As New Thrift Store, 4331 Lincoln Highway, Matteson, is seeking donations of gently used furniture and other household items in good condition. Proceeds from the sale of items at the Thrift Store go directly to supporting the 14 programs offered by Sertoma Centre. The store also serves as a training program for consumers at Sertoma to allow them to gain experience and transition into permanent retail jobs. The Thrift Store will pick up furniture donations within the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago free of charge. To make an arrangement to make a tax deductible donation of furniture to Good As News, call 708-481-5627. For additional information, to schedule a tour, volunteer or to make a donation, please call Amy Chmura at 708-730-6206 or e-mail [email protected].
Rotary Club of Park Forest
The Rotary Club of Park Forest urges you to purchase a Golden Opportunities 2012 book to help support its youth activities. Books are only $25 and are now available for purchase at the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd.
Donate Unused Air Miles to Support Families of Wounded Servicemembers
"Operation Hero Miles" collects unused frequent flyer miles to help military families visit service members who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan and are recovering in military hospitals around the world. Airline partners are: AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American, Frontier, Midwest, Northwest, United, and US Airways. To donate airline miles, visit www.FisherHouse.org.
Donate to Troops Serving Abroad
The Village of Park Forest is currently seeking the names and addresses of local military personnel currently serving overseas so that they may receive packaged donations from Park Forest residents. If you are a Park Forest resident and have a family member from your household currently deployed or if you have recently returned from a tour of duty, please call Judi Lancaster at 708-283-5608 or stop by the Manager’s Office at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.
Greening of Park Forest
Sertoma Centre, Inc., 4343 W. 123rd St., Alsip
Recycle Unused Wheelchairs
If you have a used motorized wheelchair that you no longer need and would like to help a person with a disability, the Sertoma Centre will accept your donation. Contact Melanie Jones at 708-730-6206 for additional information.
South Suburban Family Shelter Used Cell Phone Collection Drive
South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) is seeking cell phone donations for their ongoing fundraising program. Proceeds from the collection fund the critical programs and services provided to families who experience domestic violence. All victim services are provided free of charge and are available in English and Spanish. Cell phone collection sites currently include:
- SSFS Administrative Office, 18139 Harwood, Homewood, IL
- Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, IL
- Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Rd., Flossmoor, IL
All donations are tax deductible and receipts are available at collection sites. For more information about SSFS or the fundraising drive, please contact Ms. Meilach at 708-794-2140, extension 303.
Local Recycling Resources and Proper Disposal of Unused Medicine
Do you have old televisions, computers, video games or other electronics or household appliances that need to be recycled? Want to know how to properly dispose of old or unused medication? Click on the "Recycling" icon found on the top of eNews Park Forest and you will find useful information on proper recycling/disposal that will not only be good for the environment, but in some cases, earn you a few dollars as well.
Safe Disposal Program – Bio-waste
The Park Forest Health Department and Environment Commission have partnered to provide information on the proper disposal of bio-waste such as used syringes or lancets (medical sharps). Begin by purchasing a Sharps container to dispose of your medical sharps for $10 at the Park Forest Health Department. Return the filled container to the Park Forest Health Department and purchase a new container. Call Brenda Walker at 708-748-1118 for more information.
Recycle Used Cell Phones and Cell Phone Accessories
The Rotary Club of Park Forest is conducting a used cell phone and accessory collection drive to benefit the families and programs of the South Suburban Family Shelter. Donated items can be placed in the collection box located in the lobby of Village Hall. For more information, call Denyse Carreras at 708-283-5603.
Sources: Park Forest 2012 Summer Recreation Programs & More Brochure, 2012 Park Forest Spring/Summer Calendar, Park Forest ‘Discover’ magazine, Rich Township Report, Park Forest Historical Society, Village of Park Forest, Governors State University, Prairie State College, Center for Performing Arts, South Suburban Family Shelter, Park Forest Historical Society, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Theatre Center, Sertoma Centre, Inc., Union Street Gallery, Monkey Mind Art Studio, Thorn Creek Audubon Society, and Tall Grass Arts Association websites.
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