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In and Around Park Forest Week of June 17, 2013

  • Written by Gary Kopycinski
  • Category: Latest Local News
Ron and Ruth Erickson
Ron and Ruth Erickson, with a copy of the resultion the Village Board passed in Ron's honor. Ron is retiring after 33 years of service to the residents of Park Forest as Chief Water Plant Operator at Village of Park Forest. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—June 17, 2013. Park Forest’s Main Street Nights kicks off on Wednesday, June 20, last week’s scheduled debut being canceled because of the tumultuous downpour that his our village.

As you may have recently read in eNews Park Forest, Rosemary Piser will be moving to Eugene, Oregon this month. This will be her first move in 35 years so you can imagine the things that have accumulated in her house.

Rosemary is busy. Very, very busy with the move. She will be return to eNews Park Forest, from Oregon, on July 1.

Until then, please send any community notices and events to Gary Kopycinski at gk@enewspf.com. He will do his best to maintain this extremely comprehensive column.

Village of Park Forest

June Village Board Meetings

The Board of Trustees met on Monday, June 17, and will meet on June 24 at 7 p.m.  The meetings are 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) 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 Commission & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions/Advisory Groups will meet in June:

  • Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. – Housing Authority
  • Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission

All meetings are held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.

Arts & Entertainment

Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock Street, Park Forest

Hallelujah Temple, 1 Dogwood Street, Park Forest

Spoken Word Set – Friday, June 28

On Friday, June 28 at 9 p.m., an evening of spoken word and music will be presented by the Drama Ministry of Hallelujah Temple paying tribute to modern day poets. For additional information, call Myrna Hemdon at 708-503-6536.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Avenue, Park Forest

Last Saturday Pot Luck – Saturday, June 29

On Saturday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m., bring a dish to share and come for an evening of fun. Activities include games, movies and speakers. This event is held on the last Saturday of each month and each month is a little different from the previous one. So come out and see. For additional information call Brenda Lamon at 708-747-8388 or visit www.trinityparkforest.org.

Village of Park Forest

Main Street Nights – June Schedule of Events

Grab a blanket, pack a snack and position yourself in the Park Forest DownTown Village Green (Cunningham and Main Streets) for eight free nights of entertainment, rain or shine. In case of rain, performances will be moved to Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street. For weather related changes of cancellations, please call 708-283-5647, for general inquiries call 708-748-2005. Please note that chairs will NOT be provided. Please bring your own chair. The June schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 12 – The opening night event featuring Dave Rudolf at the Park Forest Aqua Center was rained out and will be rescheduled.
  • Wednesday, June 19 – Join us at the DownTown Village Green (Cunningham and Main Streets) at 7 p.m. for a martial art performance by Side swipe. Sideswipe Martial Arts based group blends traditional martial arts such as Karate and Tae Kwon Do, with gymnastics and acrobatics to create an extreme high flying display of talent, strength and stamina unlike anything else on the planet. At 7:45 p.m., Carla Prather and Company will bring the essence of pure soul combined with raw talent. Carla Prather and Company embodies true musicianship through their unique sound that permeates the very heart and soul of the audiences that follow them.
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Join us at the DownTown Village Green at 7 p.m. for Ken Schultz, ‘The Flying Fool.’ Ken has been dazzling audiences with his time tested, clean and positive fun that will not offend. Ken uses a symphony of juggling, physical comedy, humor and improvisation. Stunts include fire-eating, bowling ball juggling, and balancing an 8 foot table on his chin. At 7:45 p.m., the Latin group Banda Rika will take the stage with a powerful, versatile and highly entertaining dance show whose musical repertoire consists of Salsa, Merengue, Cambia and Bachata. They’ve been named the Best Suburban Latin Band by Suburban Nightlife.

Park Forest Family Fitness Fest – Saturday, June 22

On Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the DownTown Village Green (Cunningham and Main Streets), the Park Forest Family Fitness Fest will focus on helping families live a happier and healthier life. Brought to you by Wright Fit Coaching and the Recreation and Parks Department, the event will feature exercise demonstrations, health screenings, fitness challenges, food, prizes, entertainment and more. For additional information, contact Camille Wright ad writefitcoaching@sbcglobal.net.

Park Forest Community Relations

Dance Mania – Every Friday During the Month of June

On every Friday night during the month of June from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street, Park Forest, you can learn to dance. If you love to dance of just want to get out for the night, we will provide a dance instructor for a different type of dance each Friday. During the first hour, you get lessons and for the remainder of the night, put it into action. We will have a D.J., raffles, and much more. Cost is $5 per week or package rates are available for the entire month. The schedule is:

  • June 21 – Line Dancing
  • June 28 – Open dance.

For additional information, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or e-mail esterling@vopf.com.

Park Forest Recreation & Parks

Senior Trip: Milwaukee Countryside Tour - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

See the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Countryside as you have never seen it before! The day will include a step-on guide with stops at East Troy Electric Railroad for a short, scenic ride; The Elegant Farmer where you will find all the goodness of homemade fresh picked and delicious offerings from their Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli and Market; the Ginger Blossom, which sells crafts, home furnishings, art and textiles to name a few. Lunch will be held at the Baker House, a 17,000 square foot mansion built in 1885. We will depart on Wednesday, June 26 at 7 a.m. from Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive and return to Village Hall at approximately 4:30 p.m. Fee is $87 per person. The program number is 248710-1. Register for the trip at Park Forest Recreation & Parks Department, 350 Victory Dr., Park Forest (Village Hall) or call 708-748-2005 to register over the phone with a credit card. Please note - We will need name, address, home phone number, emergency number, and signed waiver for each person registering for the trip. Not able to participate in this Senior trip?

Click here to be directed to a listing of additional trips! 

Trip to Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, and Black Hills of South Dakota in August

Visit Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, and Black Hills of South Dakota in August 11 through August 17. This 7 day and 6 night trip is $660 per person, based on double occupancy. Depart on Sunday, August 11 at 8 a.m. from Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. To download the complete details, click here. Please note that a $200 deposit is due upon registering for the trip. Register at Park Forest Recreation & Parks Department at Village Hall or call 708-748-2005 to register over the phone with a credit card.  Please note - Name, address, home phone number, emergency number, and signed waiver will be required from each person registering for the trip. Please mention program # 246510-1 when you register.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

June Library Programs

For a complete list of June programs and activities at the Park Forest Public Library, visit: http://il.evanced.info/pfpl/lib/eventcalendar.asp

Museum Adventure Pass

Visit the Park Forest Public Library and check out a museum! View the list of participating museums for details on each destination. Find out what discoveries await you, get directions to the museum, and review each museum's pass entry offer (including any restrictions that may apply). Come into the library with your Park Forest library card to check out a pass today.

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

‘The History of Hollymatic Corporation’ – Sunday June 23

The Park Forest Historical Society will present ‘The History of Hollymatic Corporation’ with speaker Bob Chura on Sunday, June 23 at 2:20 p.m. at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Bob ‘the Burger’ Chura, frequently seen on WTTW’s ‘Chicago Tonight,’ will talk about the history of Hollymatic, which had its factory in park Forest at the corner of North Street and Orchard Drive from 1962 through 1982. Chura is the great-grandson of Harry Holly, who founded Hollymatic in 1937. The event is free and open to the public.

Park Forest House Museum

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 141 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, is open Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the museum can also be open for groups by appointment, at other times. Donation is $5 for adults; children 12 and under free with an adult. Scout and school tours are priced individually. For details, to arrange a special group tour, or to volunteer, visit the Park Forest Historical Society website, www.parkforesthistory.org, or call Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252.

Park Forest Plaza Print for Sale

Annabelle Gould’s print of the Park Forest Plaza is available for sale at the Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard. The vibrant print is from an original watercolor, showing kids and their moms in the Park Forest Plaza, in front of the old Holiday Theatre and Golden Hanger Shop. The print can be purchased at the House Museum during normal hours of operation on Wednesdays and Saturdays or through the Society’s online store on their website at www.parkforesthistory.org. Prints are $15 each. Online purchases also required an additional $6 fee for postage and handling. For additional information on other items for sale by the Society, visit www.parkforesthistory.org.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Material World Three Dimensional, Sculptural Artwork – Through July 21    

This exhibit features three dimensional, sculptural artwork made with materials as diverse as the artists who created them.  Fabric, fiber, clay, glass, fiberglass, steel, aluminum and plaster were used by local, regional, national, and international artists to create pieces that range from 3 1/2 inches to 21 feet.  The exhibit will run through July 21, 2013. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.   

Park Forest Art Fair T-Shirt Designs Being Solicited – Deadline July 27

For many years, the Park Forest Art Fair created t-shirts, which were sold to exhibiting artists, volunteers, board members and anyone else who wanted them. For the past several years, the practice has fallen by the wayside. This year, for the 58th Annual Park Forest Art Fair, the art fair committee would like to revive the practice; however, it needs a design. Artists who would like to create a design are invited to submit them by Friday, July 27 to:
Art Fair Committee – T-Shirt Design
Tall Grass Arts Association
367 Artists Walk
Park Forest, IL 60466

The design can be submitted on paper or dis. Or the design can be submitted by email to tallgrassexhibit@gmail.com. Please use the words ‘T-Shirt Design’ in the subject line. All submissions become the property of Tall Grass Arts Association but would only be used with the permission of the artist. Artists should incorporate their names into the design and will receive recognition in the Art Fair program. For additional information, visit www.tallgrassarts.com or call 708-748-3377.

Center for Performing Arts, 1 University Parkway, University Park

Summer Musical Theatre Camp to Feature Songs, Dances from the Wonderful Land of Oz – Registration Now in Progress

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to this summer’s Musical Theatre Camp at GSU’s Center for Performing Arts. This year’s camp, from June 17 to 21, takes its inspiration from “The Wizard of Oz” as young participants learn classic songs like “Over the Rainbow” and valuable theater skills. Campers develop a mini-musical based on “The Wizard of Oz” and perform a one-time-only production at the center on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. During the camp, students will learn songs, choreography, and scenes from the play. Professional coaches will work with campers on scene study, voice, diction, improvisation, singing and dancing. Musical Theatre Camp is open to children ages 7 to 13. Camp takes place six hours each day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $250 for the week; the price of the camp also includes four tickets for the Friday night performance. Additional tickets for the performance are $10. To reserve a spot at Musical Theatre Camp, call the box office at 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

Prairie State College (PSC), 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights

Union Street Gallery (USG), 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

Annual Exhibit of Insider Art – Opens June 19

USC’s annual exhibit of insider art will open on June 19 and run through July 20. A reception will be held at the Gallery on June 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

‘Tenacity and Truth: People, Places and Memories’ – Through Labor Day

NVAM will host the exhibit ‘Tenacity and Truth: People, Places and Memories’ on through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. The exhibit features work that was created by artists both trained and untrained who share in the overwhelming need to express their experiences through a visual language and explores the creative process behind veteran art. For additional information, visit the museum’s website at www.nvam.org.

‘Not About Bombs’ – Through Fall 2013

The NVAM will host the opening of ‘Not About Bombs,’ a celebrated exhibit featuring the work by five Iraqi women artists through Fall 2013. The show will be open to the public through Fall 2013. For additional information, visit the museum’s website at www.nvam.org.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Village of Park Forest Scholarship – Application Deadline Friday, June 28

The Village of Park Forest Scholarship applications are currently available online at www.villageofparkforest.com and at Village Hall. The application deadline is Friday, June 28 at 4 p.m. If you, or a Park Forest resident you know, graduated high school with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and is entering their first year of college in the fall, the Park Forest Scholarship can provide some helpful financial assistance. Additional information about the scholarship can be found at: ScholarshipApplication2013.pdf

Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course – Registration Now in Progress

Business professionals can learn methods of project planning and statistical tools during the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course offered this summer at GSU. The course will take place at GSU on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, between July 6 and August 17. Students will learn how to integrate theories of business, statistics, and the elimination of waste to achieve tangible results. Instruction will take place in class and online, and will include projects, discussions, and hand-o9n applications. Participants will be awarded a Six Sigma Green Belt certificate after passing the final exam. This course is ideal for executives, managers, frontline supervisors, business owners, engineers, and practitioners of continuous improvement. Prerequisites are a bachelor’s degree and a basic understanding of mathematics. The cost of the course is $1,500 plus the cost of textbook and software. For more information, contact continuinged@govst.edu or call 708-534-4099.

Dynamic Leadership Lecture Series June Events

GSU is sponsoring a Dynamic Leadership Lecture Series that is free and open to the public. The featured speakers will discuss aspects of management and governance related to their own lives as successful leaders. The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall – Pat5rick Rea will speak on ‘Is There a Difference Between Leadership in Military and Corporate Leadership?’
  • Monday, June 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts – Congresswoman Robin Kelly will present ‘Political Leadership Through Turbulent Times.’

All lectures are free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required.

Dr. Harry Wong to Educate the Educators – Registration in Progress

The definitive voices on classroom management, Dr. Harry Wong and his wife, Dr. Rosemary Wong, will provide important insight, information and strategies to administrators and teachers on June 24 and 25 at the Holiday Inn, 500 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson. The workshops are sponsored by GSU’ Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education (MILE) of the College of Education in collaboration with Louisiana State University College of Human Sciences and Education. The first day of the workshop series is geared toward helping school and district administrators and board members, “How to Create an Effective School in Less than Two Years” will be held on June 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wongs will lead a day full of ready-to-implement, practical plans to improve student achievement at very little cost. On June 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Wongs will share strategies on what teachers can do to improve student achievement in “How to Be an Effective and Successful Teacher.” This workshop will be beneficial to teachers, administrators, staff developers, professors, and pre-service teachers. The rate for June 24 is $185. The rate for June 25 is $99. Full time students may attend for $49. A special two day rate is available. For additional information, call 708-534-4024. To register, visit, www.regonline.com/WongGSULSU2013.

Summer 2013 Astronomy Workshops – Registration Now in Progress

GSU is offering three one credit hour astronomy workshops at the Merrillville Community Planetarium, Pierce Middle School, 199 East 70th Avenue, Merrillville, Indiana. Current GSU tuition and fees for one credit hour per course apply. Each workshop will meet for two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are: Stars and Nebulas ASTR 5361-01) on June 8 & 15; History of Space Exploration (ASTR 5149-01) on June 22 & 29; and Charting the Night Sky (ASTR 5201-02) on July 27 & August 3. For additional information, contact Nancy Kaczmarczyk at 708-235-3983 or email nkaczmarczyk@govst.edu.

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 lzeigler@prairiestate.edu.

South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland

‘College for Kids’ Classes -- Begin Week of June 17

SSC’s Continuing Education Department is offering courses to help fill the summer days with activities that will entertain and challenge children and young adults. The majority of the College for Kids classes scheduled for this summer will begin the week of June 17th at SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland and the University & College Center in Oak Forest. In addition, SSC will offer a Jam Session Day Camp for $329 beginning on June 17. This four-week summer school program is less than $5 per hour for academics and fun enrichment programs three days a week. Math will consist of review and instruction of the basic arithmetic skills. In addition to Reading and Math, students will enjoy a variety of other stimulating activities such as Spanish and Art. For additional information or a complete list of classes, visit “Continuing Education” online at http://www.ssc.edu/en_US or call 708-596-2000, ext. 2231.

Breakfast with BCI Workshop Series ‘Writing for Social Media’ – Wednesday, June 19

SSC’s Business & Career Institute will present a Breakfast with BCI Workshop facilitated by Allen Babiarz titled ‘Writing for Social Media’ on Wednesday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University & College Center, 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest. Check-in time is 8:15 a.m. There is quite a difference between writing for a personal Facebook page and a company’s Facebook page. Writing a professional message in 140 characters can be difficult. Attendees will learn how to skillfully express ideas and thoughts while staying within the boundaries of social media for business etiquette. Facebook and Twitter will be discussed. The cost of the event and continental breakfast is $15 per person or $10 per person if three or more individuals from the same company attend. RSVP is required by 5 p.m. on June 17. To register, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2346 or email AGlumac@ssc.edu.

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.

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.

Top U.S. Universities

Choosing what college or university to attend can be a very daunting experience. With educational costs continually increasing, it’s more important than ever to choose a university that meets your specific educational needs. At http://www.topschools.com/, you will find a comprehensive resource that ranks each university throughout the nation by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission, graduation and retention rates.

Healthy Living

Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest

Vegan Potluck and Movie – Saturday, June 22

On Saturday, June 22 UUCC will host a vegan potluck and movie. At 6 p.m. the vegan potluck will begin and at 7 p.m., the movie ‘Raw Food Made Easy’ will be screened. A discussion will follow the movie. The event is free and open to the public. You can bring a vegan dish for the potluck or a healthy snack to share during the movie if you wish (please bring along the recipe as well).  Coffee, tea and popcorn will be provided. Optional donations will be accepted. For additional information, call 708—481-5339.

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

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

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.

Green Events

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – Through June 19

Every Wednesday morning through June 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., those ages 11 through adult can follow the forest’s spring changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature firsthand on Thorn Creek’s winding trails. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. Hiking is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. There is no fee. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Visions and Voices: A Benefit for Thorn Creek Woods – Sunday, June 23

Visions and Voices: A Benefit for Thorn Creek Woods will take place on Sunday, June 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5. This open house at Thorn Creek Nature Center will feature local artist Marikay Peter Witlock and musician Patricia Caldwell. Meet the artist who was inspired by the Nature Center to create ‘Prairie Chapel’ an original graphic drawing featuring the iconic 1860s church. Enjoy songs of inspiration and humor by Patricia Caldwell. Hammered dulcimer musician Jerry Santoni will evoke memories of long-ago with his poignant melodies. There will be refreshments and a silent auction. Proceeds of sales of ‘Prairie Chapel’ prints and donations will benefit the Nature Preserve. Call the Nature Center at 708-747-6320 for additional program details.

‘Fire Flies Night Hike’ – Registration Required by Wednesday, June 25

On Friday, June 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., those of all ages are invited to the ‘Fireflies Night Hike.’ Let the magic of ‘lightning bugs’ entrance you on this summer night adventure. Come and discover why fireflies flash back and forth to each other. We’ll hunt for the little phosphorescent insects, and learn why they developed their nocturnal signals, how they emit their glow, and what their coded messages mean. Participants should be prepared to walk over 1 mile outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. The event is free and open to the public. However, registration is required by Wednesday, June 25. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

‘Women of the Woods: A Nature Retreat’ – Registration Required by Thursday, June 27

On Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., adult women are invited to ‘Women of the Woods: A Nature Retreat.’ Celebrate the beauty of the summer solstice woods in this program for women only. Discover the naturalist in you as you explore the woods, observing birds and insects, identifying trees and flowers, following tracks and much more. Participants will enjoy a hike on natural surface trails over uneven terrain for approximately 2 miles.  There is a fee of $5 per person. Registration is required by Thursday, June 27. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

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.

Village of Park Forest

Park Forest Farmers’ Market 40th Season – Every Saturday Through October 26

Every Saturday morning through October 26th, you’ll find that the Park Forest Farmers' Market has something for everyone. The Market opens at 7 a.m. and ends at noon.  Rain or shine, come and enjoy fresh produce, bakery items, gourmet cheeses, and herbs. In addition, your favorite local businesses set up shop under their awnings with artwork, garden ornaments, candles and more! Come to the Market and see what's new and take time to meet new friends, chat, browse, have breakfast or lunch, and shop around.  Local civic groups are welcome to give demonstrations, hold fundraisers and other small events at the Market for no charge but must be registered in advance. The Park Forest Farmers' Market is located in the parking lot one block east of Walgreens; just across from the Park Forest Police Department. Electronic payment (debit and credit cards) as well as Link, WIC and Senior program coupons now accepted. For more information, call 708-748-1118 or visit the Farmers' Market page at www.pfhealth.net.

This & That

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.

Park Forest Baseball (PFBB)

Park Forest Baseball Community Baseball Outing – Wednesday, June 19

Park Forest Youth Baseball is coordinating a community baseball game outing for Wednesday evening, June 19th to go see the Windy City Thunderbolts take on the Florence Freedom from Florence, Kentucky. Tickets are $10 and Wednesdays are $1 hot dog night and $1 soda night at Thunderbolt Stadium in Crestwood.  Proceeds from this event will go toward PFBB’s goal of raising $300,000 to build a permanent indoor baseball training facility in Park Forest.  Last year’s PFBB community baseball outing saw around 125 Park Foresters attend the event.  For ticket information and other details, click on the attached flyer or visit the PFBB web site at www.parkforestbaseball.org

Park Forest Commission on Human Relations

‘Good Egg Award’ Nominations – Deadline Monday, August 12

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 12. To request a nomination form, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or e-mail esterling@vopf.com or visit the Community Relations tab at www.villageofparkforest.com.

Park Forest American Legion Post 1198, 1631 Western Ave., Chicago Heights

Friday Fish Fry

Join Park Forest’s American Legion Post 1198 for fish, shrimp, wings, beef and appetizers on Friday nights in June  beginning at 6 p.m. Carry outs are available. For additional information, call Jesse Rodriguez at 708-481-3055.

South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland

Bulldogs Baseball & Basketball Camps Coming to SSC – Camp Begins June 17

The SSC Baseball and Basketball Programs are accepting registrations for their summer camps in June. The 2013 Bulldog Baseball Camp will take place from Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Bulldog Stadium. The camp is designed for kids ages 6 – 14, and is directed by Head Coach Steve Ruzich and current players. The cost of the camp is $75 per camper for all four days of instruction. Each camper should have gym shoes, spikes, sweat clothes, and bring their own equipment. For additional information or to register, contact Coach Ruzich at 708-596-2000, extension 2413 or email SRuzich@ssc.edu.

The Bulldog Basketball Program will host two camps – a Championship Basketball Camp from June 24 through 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a Championship Shooting Camp from June 17 through 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the SSC Fitness Center. The camps are designed for boys and girls ages 7 – 17, and will be directed by Head Coach John Pigatti and players from the 2013 Bulldog Basketball Team. The cost of the Shooting Camp is $60 and the Basketball Camp is $100, with a special price of $140 for both camps. Campers will need shorts, basketball shoes, and a T-shirt or practice uniform. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase every day of the camps. The main goal of these camps is to provide each individual with the opportunity to become a better player and to have some fun along the way. In order to accomplish these goals, the emphasis will be on the fundamentals of basketball. For additional information or to register for the Basketball Camps, please contact Coach Pigatti at 708-596-2000, extension 2524 or email JPigatti@ssc.edu.

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.

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 Summer 2013 Recreation Programs & More Brochure, 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.

Park Forest Clubs and Organizations

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Historical Society
Park Forest Historical Society

Health Department

Nurses Plus

Freedom Hall

Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theater

Tall Grass

Tall Grass Arts Association

Kiwanis

Kiwanis of Park Forest

Nurses Club

Park Forest Nurses Club

Baseball

Park Forest Baseball