Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — The Kentucky Derby’s ‘Run for the Roses’ takes place on Saturday and Union Street Gallery will be bringing some Kentucky Charm to the south suburbs at its annual Derby Day event on May 6. The festivities will take place at the Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive. You can enjoy the pageantry and good company associated with the Derby while raising funds for the Gallery. You’ll find additional information about the event in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ Section.
Please Note: I’ll be taking some time off to celebrate my birthday so next week’s column will include the May 7 through 20th period. 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 [email protected] with the details no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5. In & Around Park Forest will resume its regular weekly schedule on May 21. Thank you.
Village of Park Forest
Norwood Drive to be Closed — Monday, May 1
The westbound lanes of Norwood Drive at Western Avenue will be closed Monday, May 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for IDOT utility work. Residents who reside on Indianwood Drive are also alerted to construction now moving to the opposite side of the roadway from its current location, resulting in no parking and no access to driveways. For additional information, call Park Forest Village Hall at 708- 748-1112.
Hydrant Flushing — Begins Monday, May 1
The Park Forest Department of Public Works will conduct hydrant flushing from May 1 to May 31, beginning at 9 a.m., weekdays only. No flushing will be done on the weekends. Hydrants are flushed to ensure that water does not stagnate in the system. During flushing, your water may become discolored from iron (rust) in the pipes. There are no known health risks associated with consuming discolored water caused from iron (rust) in the pipes, but Public Works recommends that you refrain from using discolored water until it runs clear. It is also recommended that you not wash clothes when your area is being flushed. If your laundry becomes discolored, keep the items wet and pick-up a free bottle of Red-B-Gone at Village Hall. Flushing signs will be placed throughout neighborhoods to alert you of when an area is to be flushed. Flushing begins in the north part of town (near the intersection of Route 30 and Orchard Drive) and proceeds south. Track the progress of crews at villageofparkforest.com/hydrantflushing or call 708-503-7702 for questions.
Village Board Meeting – Monday, May 1 & Saturday, May 6
The Village of Park Forest Board will meet on Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m. In addition, the Board will hold a Saturday Morning Rules meeting on May 6 at 10 a.m. The meetings will be held at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers).
To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site here and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.
Village Commissions & Advisory Boards
The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of April 30:
- Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
- Thursday, May 4 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
- Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission
The meetings will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.
Arts & Entertainment
Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 Orchard Street, Park Forest
Women’s Spring Fling – Sunday, May 28
Calvary United Protestant Church will host the annual Women’s Spring Fling on Sunday, May 28 from noon to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this special event. Attendees will have the chance to hear from other women about family, business and networking with others to inspire and learn. There will also be raffles, vendors and guest speakers. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register or for additional information, contact Vernice Warren at [email protected].
Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street
The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of April 30:
- Monday, May 1 at 2 p.m. — Introduction to the Internet — Learn basic internet functions and how to navigate websites. Also learn about the different types of websites and the differences between browsers and how to use each of them. This is a demonstration class. Registration required.
- Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. —Crocheting with Barb — Barb Bakun teaches beginners how to crochet and offers tips and tricks to experienced crocheters. Registration required.
- Wednesday, May 3 at 3 p.m. —Library Teen Council Meeting — Bring suggestions for books to order or programming you want to attend. New members welcome.
- Thursday, May 4 at 3 p.m. —Teen Board Game Afternoon — Drop in to play board games, card games, or even tabletop RPG games.
- Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. —Teen Open Mic Night— Perform music, tell jokes, make art, read your writings, or just hang out with friends.
For additional information or to register for an event, call 708-672-8017 or visit www.cretelibrary.org.
DePaul University Theatre School, 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago
‘Glimpses of the Great War’ Exhibit – Through August
When U.S. President Woodrow Wilson declared war on the German Empire April 6, 1917, one Lincoln Park neighborhood family with DePaul University ties was changed forever. Now 100 years after the U.S. joined the Great War, known more commonly as World War I, the story of the Ward family — and their ties to the university, St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Chicago — is the subject of a new exhibit titled “Glimpses of the Great War.” The exhibit, which is open to the public through August, is on the first floor of the John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave. on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus in Chicago. The exhibit centers on the Ward family and their nine children who grew up on Fullerton Avenue, four blocks from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Chicago, according to Andrea Bainbridge, university archivist. All eight male children attended DePaul Academy, a high school run by the parish. Five served in the Great War and two died. Brothers William and Joe were enrolled at the Vincentian Seminary in Perryville, Missouri, preparing to be priests, during the war, added Lisa Geiger, special collections’ archives processing assistant. In the years following ordination, William returned to Chicago as principal of DePaul Academy as part of eight decades of service to the order that took him around the world. Joe, meanwhile, became a DePaul University English professor and later served as the coordinator of college alumni before passing away in 1978. At the time of Joe’s passing, DePaul’s enrollment had risen to more than 12,000, a significant difference from the roughly 300 who attended with the Wards in the early days of the university, according to Geiger. Bainbridge — with the help of Geiger — unearthed photos, memorabilia and letters from the 1910s to the 1970s, which reveal the changes to DePaul’s campus and the family. Items in the exhibit include:
- Memorial cards for both Ward brothers who died in the war. William led the funeral service for his brother Albert in 1919, before William and Joe led a funeral mass together for brother Oliver in 1921.
- A 1918 issue of The Minerval, DePaul’s bi-monthly version of a student newspaper at the time, which featured updates on soldiers with DePaul ties and letters from the front lines.
- A series of encouraging letters to the DePaul community by then-President Francis X. McCabe, C.M., who also served as the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. One of these letters was to confirm that the university would remain open throughout the war.
- An original copy of the Field Service Pocket Book, a U.S. military issued book small enough to fit in a pocket that covered basic procedures for expected conditions in Europe.
- A Navy recruitment poster circa 1917.
All told, 584 people with DePaul ties including undergraduates, alumni and faculty members served in the military during World War I, according to Bainbridge. For additional information, visit www.depaul.edu
Firelei Báez, Hương Ngô Bring Their Work to DePaul Art Museum – Through August 6
Caribbean and Asian influences will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum this spring with Miami artist Firelei Báez and Chicago artist Hương Ngô. The pair will provide their respective works for two exhibitions set to run through August 6 at the museum on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. Báez’s exhibition, “Vessels of Genealogies,” tells stories of identity, history and politics through bright colors, patterns, hairstyles and textiles depicted in her large-scale paintings and tapestries, said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, the museum’s director and chief curator. “Vessels of Genealogies” will be the main exhibition on the first floor of the museum. The second exhibition will feature Ngô’s new work on Vietnamese anti-colonial organizer Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai. The works were inspired by Ngô’s trips to Vietnam and France, according to Widholm. “To Name It Is To See It” will touch on topics including colonialism, political activism, women’s rights, surveillance, class, language and Vietnamese history. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Museum hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu/.
‘A Matter of Conscience’ and ‘Stranger Things’ – Through June 18
A pair of smaller exhibitions drawn primarily from the DePaul Art Museum collection, including selections from Chuck Thurow’s 2016 gift, will be on display during the spring exhibitions. “A Matter of Conscience” will run through June 18 and presents works that reflect varying artistic approaches to politically charged content and pressing social issues. Mia Lopez, DePaul Art Museum assistant curator, is curating the exhibition. Featured artists are Siah Armajani, Margaret Burroughs, Alan Cohen, Paul D’Amato, Ester Hernandez, Michael Hernandez de Luna, Max King Cap, Rudzani Nemasetoni, Betye Saar, Aram Han Sifuentes, Andy Warhol and Garry Winogrand. “Stranger Things” will follow from June 21 to August 6 and includes artists who work against representational traditions in sculpture, drawing and painting to create forms that are at once familiar yet difficult to name. Widholm is curating the exhibition. Featured artists are Robert Bladen, Miriam Bloom, Alex Chitty, Chris Garofalo, Magalie Guerin, David Jackson, Paul LaMantia, Sterling Lawrence, Jim Lutes, Sandra Perlow, Richard Rezac and David Richards. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Museum hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu/.
National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Vonnegut’s Odyssey’ – Through May 6
The NVAM’s exhibit, ‘Vonnegut’s Odyssey,’ explores connections between the timeless and universal story of veterans’ return from combat through the artwork of World War II veteran and famed author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Vonnegut’s selected artwork will be on view at NVAM through May 6, 2017. Exhibit curator and Iraq veteran Ash Kyrie notes, “The experience of returning home and processing the effects of war is something that is shared by all veterans, from the time of Homer’s The Odyssey, through Vonnegut’s experiences in Dresden, and continuing on today. Exhibiting the artwork of Vonnegut as an illustration of the post-war experience and as a creative processing tool for the artist highlights the process of the return and the complexity of the veteran experience.” Vonnegut enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and was deployed to fight overseas in Europe during WWII. He was later captured at the Battle of the Bulge and served as a Prisoner of War until 1945 when he returned to the U.S. and was awarded the Purple Heart. These experiences largely shaped his creative endeavors including his well-known published literature and his body of artwork. From WWII through Vietnam and beyond, Vonnegut was an active voice in American culture and society—openly discussing war and its effects publicly. After establishing himself as an important American author during the late 1960’s with the publication of Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Vonnegut later became recognized for his drawings that often accompanied his writings. These drawings vary in subject matter from his Purple Heart to his illustrious Asterisk. Building on these drawings, Vonnegut worked with printer Joe Petro III to create a prolific catalog of artwork. Presented together, these artworks reflect the connections between Vonnegut’s return home from World War II and Homer’s epic of Odysseus’s return home after the Trojan War. For additional information about the National Veterans Art Museum or the exhibit, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.
Vietnam Transformed: The Art of Richard J. Olsen – Opens Friday, May 19
The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) presents its newest exhibition–Vietnam Transformed: The Art of Richard J. Olsen as Symbolic Reality. The exhibition features work spanning the artist’s career, and will be on view from Friday, May 19th through August 12th. The exhibit is free and open to the public. In collaboration with curators Andrew and Hathia Hayes, and with the curatorial assistance of Anthony F. Janssen, the National Veterans Art Museum is proud to feature an exhibition of work from throughout the career of longtime NVAM-artist and veteran, Richard J. Olsen. In his work, Richard Olsen conveys underlying themes such as the tension between good and evil, the experience of war, and his immediate environment–his studio–by embedding images that are symbolic and allegorical without relying on representation. Olsen began using symbolism early in his career, but this approach for conveying meaning came to the forefront during his mature period during which he creating paintings based on his wartime experiences as a transport helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. The exhibition will showcase work spanning the artist’s career, but will highlight his “Wall” series, for which he is probably best-known. For additional information, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.
Park Forest Historical Society
Park Forest House Museum Lets You ‘Step Back into the 1950s’
The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 227 Monee Road (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church), Park Forest, Illinois, invites you to “Step Back into a 1950s.” The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m.; other times by appointment. 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. Special tours can be arranged by calling Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252, or Michael Gans, 708-305-3308. Information on the society and museum, and email contact is at www.parkforesthistory.org.
Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard
The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of April 30:
- Monday, May 1 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Jump start your morning with a series of stories that are sure to get you moving. For ages 12 and under.
- Monday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m. – Art in the Afternoon — Unleash your inner artist. Drop in to create a masterpiece your own that will be displayed on the wall in kids’ zone. For ages 12 and under.
- Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. – Family Movie Night — Now Showing: Disney, ‘The BFG,’ Rated: PG
- Tuesday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Studio — It’s time to BE CREATIVE! Each week we will explore different concepts of art. Materials will be provided. While supplies last. For ages 12 and under.
- Tuesday, May 2 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Relax a bit and take a load off before starting your homework. Learn different media of art and share your creativity with other teens!
- Wednesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. – Lap Sit Story Time — Its Lap Sit Story 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, May 3 at 3:30 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle (for kids) — Travel to a world of relaxation for kids. Lose yourself in patterns, curved flowers or even runaway stems. Color yourself Happy in our kids’ coloring circle. For ages 12 and under.
- Wednesday, May 3 at 4 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle — Our coloring circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
- Thursday, May 4 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Art — Bring your imagination, creativity, and throw on some old clothes to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… Some projects may involve paint. For ages 3-5.
- Thursday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. – Drawing Theory — Do you enjoy Drawing and Sketching? Learn how to draw your favorite animations and more. For ages 12 and under.
- Thursday, May 4 at 4 p.m. – Plant the Seeds — Plant heirloom and organic seeds to grow herbs, flowers, and veggies that nurture healthy bodies and their environment.
- Friday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. — Cinco De Mayo Craft — Join us at the create zone for a Cinco De Mayo Craft! Celebrate the holiday.
For additional information, or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
Friends of the Library Meeting – Tuesday, May 2
On Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Library will hold its monthly meeting. The meeting is open to the public. The Friends of the Park Forest Library enhance and support the operations of the library. In order for the Friends to operative, we need your involvement. You can sign up for membership by asking at the Patron Services or Info Zone desk. Also, membership forms can be found on the Library’s website that you can fill out and bring to the library. For additional information call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
Vacant Park Forest Public Library Board of Trustee Position – Submit Letter of Intent by Monday, May 15
A position on the Park Forest Library Board of Trustees is now vacant until the next election, which will be held in April 2019. The vacancy can be filled until that time by appointment by the Park Forest Library Board. Park Forest residents interested in applying for this Library Board Trustee vacancy may do so by submitting a letter to the Park Forest Public Library Board, c/o Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL 60466 no later than Monday, May 15. The letter should include a description of the applicant’s background and experience, a short history of the applicant’s community involvement and a statement explaining why the applicant is interested in serving on the Library Board. The Library Board normally meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. For further information, please contact Sevena Merchant at 708-228-9186.
Prairie State College (PSC), 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights
Spring Concert Series – Begins Monday, May 1
PSC is hosting a Spring Concert Series in May. All performances are free and open to the public and scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center on the college’s main campus, in Chicago Heights. All of the ensembles are comprised of PSC students, community members, and advanced high school musicians. The schedule is as follows:
- Monday, May 1 — Toni Bell will direct the Jazz Choir and select soloists performing songs from the great American songbook, in a casual cabaret setting.
- Monday, May 8 – Features the Wind Ensemble, directed by Philip Crews. Pieces programed include “Celebration and Interlude” by local composer Darrell Dalton settings of familiar tunes “Scarborough Fair,” arranged by Andrew Boysen, Jr., and “We Shall Overcome,” arranged by Bill Locklear.
- Tuesday, May 9 — The Jazz Pioneers Combo will perform jazz standards and songs in a club atmosphere, under the direction of Eugene Vinyard.
Graduate Students Exhibition 2017 – Through May 24
PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery is now exhibiting its Graduate Students Exhibition 2017. The exhibited works are presented from Professor Rinaldi’s portfolio class of PSC graduating students. Each student is asked to choose his or her best work for exhibition. Students design both the postcard and exhibition poster. The exhibit will run through Wednesday, May 24. A reception will be held on Wednesday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Christopher Art Gallery Regular hours are Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday: Evening 5 – 7 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection phone 708-709-3636 or visit http://prairiestate.edu/christopher-art-gallery/.
Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest
Thursday Game Days
Come join us at the Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, in DownTown Park Forest every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to play games with old friends and new friends. We have a few games on hand, Trivial Pursuit, Racko, Pente, Chess, Pictionary, High Hand and Rummikub. If none of these suit your taste, feel free to bring in your favorites. Come join in the fun. This is a new program, so please help to spread the word.
On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday morning of each month at 10 a.m., come to the Senior Center to participate in the new Adult Coloring Group. The Center has supplies and several types of mediums to color with. For additional information, call 708-748-5454.
Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
‘Rooftop: Second Nature’ Photo Exhibit – Through May 6
The public will get a rare look at green roofs in Chicago and beyond when photographer Brad Temkin’s Rooftop: Second Nature runs through May 6 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery in Chicago. Approximately 20 large-scale images of green rooftops in Chicago and other major cities around the world are the focus of the exhibit by Temkin, a Chicago-based artist whose photos taken between 2009 and 2016 tell a story of architecture and sustainability in the making. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Roosevelt’s Sustainability Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Physical Resources, the exhibit provides a look at green roofs atop Chicago’s City Hall, Roosevelt’s Wabash Building, the new Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital and the Chicago Cultural Center, to name just a few Chicago locations. Green rooftops at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., Millennium Hall at Drexel University in Philadelphia and atop buildings in Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and Moscow are among other sites visited and photographed by Temkin, and are included in his new book Rooftop, which was published in 2015. Rooftop: Second Nature will run through May 6 at the Gage Gallery. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 312-341-6458 or visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest
‘Urban Spaces’ Exhibit – Through June 3
Tall Grass Arts Association’s exhibit ‘Urban Spaces’ runs through June 3. The exhibit is free and open to the public. ‘Urban Spaces’ is an invitational show of images by Jon W. Balke, Jennifer Cronin, Val Fischer, Pat Huss, Rose Lyons, BettyAnn Mocek, Dennis O’Malley, Carey Primeau, Carol Rose and John Spomar. The exhibit is curated by Maureen Cribbs and Janet Muchnik. ‘Urban Spaces’ focuses on the works of artists who portray buildings, facades, bridges, landmarks, as well as rooms and abandoned spaces inside a variety of offices, apartments, theaters, concert halls, churches, train stations, waiting rooms, and other places that might once have seen a lot of human traffic and activity, but now are quiet, empty or past their prime. The works in Urban Spaces are reminders of the wonderful architectural design and attention to detail that can be found in historic and modern structures, as well as the abstract qualities images of them convey, and the personal, even spiritual meanings some suggest. Many will no doubt stir memories of important moments of our lives spent near or within those spaces. Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Adult and student groups are welcome to tour our exhibits. More information about the shows and tours can be found on the Tall Grass website, www.tallgrass.org or by calling Tall Grass Gallery at 708-748-3377.
Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights
Derby Day Fundraising Event – Saturday, May 6
Union Street Gallery will be bringing some Kentucky Charm to the south suburbs at its annual Derby Day event on Saturday, May 6. The event will be held at the Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive. Enjoy the pageantry and good company associated with the Derby. We have hats, food, drinks, good company, and of course the race. Olympia Fields Country Club is a beautiful place to spend the day with Union Street Gallery. This is one of our two main fundraisers for the year. Purchase your ticket today to support our continued efforts to bring a variety of high quality art exhibitions and art programming to the south suburbs. Tickets are $65 per person and include a bird’s eye view of the race and deli buffet. There will also be a cash bar. A variety of artists associated with Union Street Gallery donate some fabulous hats for us to sell at the Derby Day fundraiser. Pick out your favorite one of a kind Derby hat to wear during the event. Hats start around $40. Guests are invited to bet on the winning horse. Stay tuned for more information on the raffle prizes that will be available during the event. If you are interested in donating a raffle prize, contact us at [email protected]. Country club attire is required at the event. You can learn more, including information on sponsorship of the event, and purchase your tickets online, or by stopping in the Gallery.
Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest
Edgar’s Place Coffee House Proudly Presents Mark Dvorak with Tom Rasely – Saturday, May 13
Edgar’s Place Coffee House will presents Mark Dvorak with Tom Rasely on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Edgar’s Place is located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Park Forest. Mark Dvorak is a modern-day troubadour who has never stopped performing, writing and recording. He has been called “a folk singer’s folk singer” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional songs.” His original songs are described as “wondrous” and “profound.” Tom Rasely began playing the guitar in 1964. Tom has had vast training in music theory, and has taught thousands of players. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. There will also be a raffle for some great prizes. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.
Educational Lectures & Opportunities
Online Educational Resources
Online college programs are a great way for today’s busy people to complete or earn a degree. To find an online college program in Illinois, visit http://www.onlineschools.org/guides/Illinois/ where you will find a compilation of every college program offered online in Illinois offered on a full or part-time basis.
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights
[email protected] Returns This Summer to PSC – Registration Now in Progress
Are you looking for fun summer activities to keep your kids busy this summer? Let learning and fun continue year round at Prairie State College (PSC). The [email protected] Summer Program at PSC is designed to enhance the problem solving skills of children grades K-6. Participants will use fun, hands-on, STEAM based activities that encourage creativity in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, math and team building. Additional weeks include inventions, performing arts, and athletics. The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from June 19 through August 3, at the college’s Matteson Area Center, located at 4821 Southwick Drive. [email protected] at PSC offers 7-weeks of fun-filled learning opportunities including an engaging curriculum taught by certified teachers. Each week is tailored to intrigue students and provide them with a chance to explore, build and learn. Half- and full- day options are available. Cost per child for full day is $138 a week, half day is $75 a week, and a 7-week full-day deal is offered for $825. Payment plan options and before and after care are available. New this summer is the Prairie State Star Studded Theatre (PSST), a two-week drama camp, where students will be introduced to playwriting, acting for the camera, improvisation, staging, set design and musical production. The theme is “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and students will participate in an original performance on June 22. The cost is $199 and will be held at the main campus, located at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. In addition to the full- and half-day options, PSC is offering à la carte, one-day courses with a variety of classes to choose from, including game design, digital filmmaking, Spanish and more. For more information about the [email protected] program, visit prairiestate.edu/kids or call 708-709-3750.
Spring 2017 Registration – Now in Progress
Registration for summer courses at Prairie State College is currently underway. Course offerings include credit and non-credit options and courses for students from four-year colleges or universities that are home for the summer. Credit courses include two eight-week summer sessions. The first session begins May 30 and ends July 20. The second session begins June 12 and ends Aug. 3. Classes are offered days, evenings and online. To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person at the main campus in Chicago Heights, or online at www.prairiestate.edu by selecting Apply, Register, Pay. Current students can register for credit courses in person or online on WebAdvisor. Credit courses provide students home from college for the summer the opportunity to fulfill general education requirements at a fraction of the cost, and transfer the credits back to their home college. Classes available include English, speech, biology, chemistry, history and math. For more information, visit prairiestate.edu/summeronly. PSC also offers non-credit courses that begin throughout the summer with a variety of course options for everyone, including kids, adults and seniors. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person. To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to prairiestate.edu, select Apply, Register, Pay, and then choose How to Enroll. Another option is to complete the registration form available online or in the back of the printed course schedule. Students also can register for non-credit courses in person at the Matteson Area Center (MAC), located at 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson, or in the Enrollment Services Office on the PSC main campus. The MAC is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The summer course schedule is available online at prairiestate.edu. For more information, call the college at 708-709-3500 or visit www.prairiestate.edu.
Nominations for Community Service Awards – Through Friday, May 12
Thousands of people in the PSC district give generously of their time and talent to make the community a better place. To honor these individuals, PSC is accepting nominations for two community service awards, one to honor a community member and another to honor a PSC graduate. The first is the Dr. James H. Griffith Community Service Award, given to a 2017 PSC graduate. Nominees should be a person or group who has contributed in an extraordinary way to the community. The award is named after former Trustee Dr. James H. Griffith, who served for 25 years on the PSC Board of Trustees. The second award is the Michael R. Monteleone Community Service Award, given to a community member of the PSC district. Nominees must be a person or group who has contributed in an extraordinary way to education through community service, as either a volunteer or a community leader. A nominee’s service efforts should be within the PSC district, although additional activities in other areas would be recognized. Also, the nominee should not be employed in the community service or public service field. The award is named after former Trustee and Board Chair Michael R. Monteleone, who served on the Board of Trustees for 21 years, from 1981 to 2002. All nominations must arrive at the PSC President’s Office no later than Friday, May 12. To receive a nomination form or for more information, call Pat Trost, administrative director, president’s office and Board of Trustees, at 708-709-3627.
Rich Township Food Pantry, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park
Southland Community Resource Fair – Friday, May 12
The Southland Community Resource Fair will be held on Friday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature more than 50 businesses, organizations and service providers who have something to offer all age groups. Come out and gather information and find out what’s available in your neighborhood. Talk with the experts about a variety of topics. The Fair will be at the Village of Richton Park’s Community Center located at 4455 Sauk Trail in Richton Park. The day is hosted this year by Park Forest Rotary, The Pantry of Rich Township and the Village of Richton Park. This exhibition is free to attendees and refreshments will be available. There will be a raffle at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information or to reserve your table, call Candi Kleindorfer at 708-228-5033.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland
Live First District Court Oral Arguments at 4th Annual Law Day – Tuesday, May 2
SSC’s Legal Studies Department will host their fourth annual Law Day on Tuesday, May 2. This year’s event will feature a special live court case. Oral arguments for a real criminal First District Appellate Court case will be heard in the Performing Arts Center. This is a rare opportunity for the community to observe the First District at work at an off-site location. The general public–especially educators and students–is encouraged to attend this unique opportunity to witness some of the area’s most talented, professional litigators in action. Opening remarks will begin at 10:00 a.m. with doors opening at 9:30. Following the arguments, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the Appellate Prosecutor and Appellate Defender. The justices will return to the PAC for another question and answer session at approximately 11:30 a.m. Attendees are welcome to stay for a Mock Crime Scene Demonstration from 12 noon–2:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Main Campus, as well as a Court Reporting Demonstration from 12 noon–2:00 p.m., in the Heritage Room. This event also provides guests with an opportunity to find out more about educational and career opportunities in the judicial field, and to learn about SSC’s Paralegal, Court Reporting and Criminal Justice programs. For more information about Law Day, or to RSVP for the day’s events, please email [email protected] or contact Jason M. Cieslik, J.D., Paralegal Coordinator, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2579.
Adult Volunteer Literacy Program Seeking Volunteer Tutors – Training Classes Begin Monday, May 22
SSC is seeking tutors and participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. SSC is encouraging residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program. New tutor SUMMER FUN training sessions will take place at the Main Campus in South Holland on May 15 & 17 from 5pm until 7pm and May 22 & 24 from 5pm until 7pm. Come join our Literacy Program and help us start the summer off right!! The tutor training is an 18-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. We also offer online training as well. Once certified, the tutors will go out to visit their adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring sites have already been established at the following locations: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library. Tutoring is scheduled by the availability of the tutors and the learners, and the availability of space and hours of the tutoring sites. Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). Tutors will receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy. If you would like to register for the upcoming volunteer tutor training class please register, or if you know someone who could benefit from tutoring services, please contact Raylynn Stokes, Literacy Coach of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2558, or email [email protected]. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois. Contáctanos al 708-210-5740 o a [email protected].
Online Summer Registration Begins – Now in Progress
Summer is a great time to take a few classes and our schedule is now available online at www.ssc.edu. . Summer classes begin Monday, June 6th at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. Don’t wait; classes fill quickly. The summer session allows students to begin or continue their college experience with SSC, or to come home from their four-year institution to take additional credits conveniently and at a more affordable rate. SSC is also offering a special 50% discount for summer classes at the Oak Forest Center. The discount is only applicable at the Oak Forest Center in order to promote expanded offerings at this location, and is good for all credit classes on a first come, first served basis. Current and prospective students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) now to increase opportunities for funding assistance, enroll early and create their preferred schedule at SSC. Visit www.fafsa.gov to apply for financial aid using institution code 001769. Additionally, the SSC Foundation 2017 Scholarship Books and Applications are available online at www.ssc.edu/foundation. The primary SSC scholarship application deadline is Friday, March 31st, however, graduating high school seniors can continue to apply for high school graduate scholarships throughout the spring and summer months. Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for summer classes must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope. Prospective students should complete the Online Application Form at www.ssc.edu to begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. The My SSC portal also allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods. You will also want to register early for fall to get the courses you want when you want them. Our fall schedule will be available online beginning Monday, April 3, 2017 with registration opening on Monday, April 17, 2017. Contact the Office of Admissions at 708-210-5718 for enrollment and waiver information, or email the Foundation Office at [email protected] with questions about scholarship opportunities. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.
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Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest
Nature Education Programs at Thorn Creek Nature Center
Calling all schools, home school groups, day cares, preschools, youth, adult and family groups! Nature Education Programs are offered at Thorn Creek Nature Center throughout the year where your group can discover the plants and animals of Thorn Creek Woods. These Nature Education Programs are sponsored by the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. The Audubon Society and the Thorn Creek Nature Center announce their new Partnership for Programming to further the Society’s environmental education mission and give valuable assistance to Thorn Creek Nature Center in providing nature programming for groups of area children and adults. Some of the nature education programs offered this year include Birding by Sight and Sound, Creek Walk (the world of aquatic insects and metamorphosis), Trees Big and Small (identification by leaves and bark), Insects (what makes an insect unique), the Web of Life (interdependence of producers, consumers, predators and decomposers), Soils Hike (how soil fuels and supports life), and Night Hikes. On the Fall Color Hike learn why leaves change colors and what trees do to prepare for the long months of winter. Discover clues to wild animals’ identities and behavior by trails and trails in Wild Animal Tracks. Make your own track replica. On Vixen’s Trek you are the fox following your daily routines on Thorn Creek trails. Or visit the Historic Farm in the woods to explore an early 1900’s woodland farm. Groups can also arrange for a naturalist to come to your location for programs such as Wild Animal Tracks, Web of Life, Woodland Wildflowers, Soils, History of Thorn Creek Woods, and the like. The new partnership has already collaborated in sponsoring three programs: the Learn 70 Birds by Spring class, which runs from January through March; the Great Backyard Bird Count Open House that was held in February; and the Build a Gourd Birdhouse sessions to be held in March. For information about Thorn Creek Audubon Society membership, events and projects: Thorn Creek Audubon Society, P. O. Box 895, Park Forest, Il 60466, or www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org.
Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest
Wednesday Morning Walkers
The Wednesday Morning Walkers takes place each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This free activity is for those ages 13 and older. Follow the forest’s seasonal changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature first-hand on 2 miles of Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve’s winding trails. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. Hiking is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Registration is required two days before your first walk. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.
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.
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
Recycling Events – Saturday, May 6
Two upcoming events on Saturday, May 6 offer an opportunity to Park Forest residents looking to dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics.
Will County Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Drop-Off Event
On Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Will County Land Use Department Resource Recovery and Energy Division hosts a Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Drop-off Event in Beecher, Illinois at the Washington Township Center, 30200 Town Center Rd. Accepted items include various types of electronics and household hazardous waste including televisions (limit 2 per vehicle), used oil, household chemicals, and aerosol paints. For a full list of accepted items, click here and scroll down to the second page. The event is open to Will County residents only. With Park Forest located in two counties, including Will, Park Forest residents may participate.
Recycle Palooza in Flossmoor
Also on May 6, the Village of Flossmoor Green Committee, HF Intergovernmental Green Committee and HF Libraries host Recycle Palooza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Parker Junior High School, 2810 School St. Some of the accepted items include televisions (for a cost of $20 per set), various electronics, clothes, metals, eyeglasses, sporting goods, and paper/magazines. For a complete list of accepted items, click here.
Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
Find Your Zen in the Prairie at GSU’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park – Classes Begin June 10
Are you looking for a twist on your fitness routine? How about doing downward dog among sculptural giants outside in the prairie? The renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park on the campus of GSU is the perfect place to roll out your yoga mat and connect with the beauty of art and nature. Find your inner yogi in a new four-week class, Yoga in the Park, on Saturday mornings from June 10 to July 1 at 10 a.m. Instructor Jennifer Kloos invites all ages and abilities to join her for four weekly morning sessions of yoga. Each week, she’ll target a new way to refresh your fitness routine. Class schedule:
June 10 – Alignment
June 17 — Sculpting
June 24 — Balance
July 1 – Restoration
Jennifer leads students safely through the yoga poses, providing modifications as needed, while challenging physical limits. Jennifer earned her certification for instruction through the Chicago School of Yoga. The four-class series is $50. The drop-in class fee is $15 per class. To sign up, email Gina Ragland at [email protected] or call 708-235-7559.
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
Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard
Registration for P.A.A.C. Summer Youth Program – Now in Progress
The Park Forest Police Department’s summer youth program, celebrating 20 years this year, is registering now. The Police Athletic Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) is an athletic-based summer youth program for ages 10 to 15, beginning held June 10 to July 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday evenings, at Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail in Park Forest. The program teaches sportsmanship, leadership, and character development through sports activities. For questions, contact Corporal Julius Moore at [email protected] or call 708-748-9536. Applications are available at the Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
Assistance With Medications & Health Services
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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 protected].
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.
Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays
Learn to enjoy the simple and straight-forward practice of meditation. Please join us for sitting and walking meditation in the Zen and Theravadan Buddhist traditions. This is an on-going event led by Steve McCabe and Beverly Feldt will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at UUCC. There is no cost but a free will offering is most appreciated (proceeds go to UUCC). For additional information contact Steve McCabe at 708-465-3116 or Beverly Feldt at [email protected].
Sterling at 708-283-5621.
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Park Forest People of Faith
Peace Prayers – Wednesday, May 3
Park Forest People of Faith will gather for Peace Prayers on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Irenaeus Church, 8 Cherry Street in Park Forest. All are invited to attend. The group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month.
Park Forest Toastmasters Club
Meeting – Tuesday, May 2
The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest. The meeting is open to the public. Toastmaster members develop speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. For additional information, visit:
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
2017 Park Forest Aqua Center Early Bird Specials – Through Friday, June 2
The Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 North Orchard Drive, is now offering Early Bird Specials April 1 through June 2. Save now on family memberships as well as individual membership rates. Prepare for the warmth of summer with these HOT Aqua Center Deals! Additional information can be found below or on the Aqua Center Website.
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