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In and Around Park Forest Week of November 11, 2013

  • Written by Rosemary Piser
  • Category: Latest Local News
Tuskegee Airman Virgil Poole
Tuskegee Airman Virgil Poole addresses a large gathering in Village Hall honoring veterans. More pictures from this event available here. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)-November 11, 2013. The Village of Park Forest and Police Department will hold the 10th Annual Honors Ceremony on Saturday, November 16th at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a coffee reception with the ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. The Honors Ceremony is a full dress uniform event that recognizes Police Department employees who, through their actions,have been nominated for Outstanding Service, Meritorious Service, the Medal of Valor and for the Officer of the Year awards. The Years of Service and Citizen awards will also be awarded. Residents are invited to attend the event and help honor those men and women of the Park Forest Police Department who have served at the highest level and who are, as always “Proud to Service.” For additional information about the event, please call Chief of Police Clifford Butz or Deputy Chief Christopher Manninino at 708-748-4701.

If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in our community during the upcoming week, please send an e-mail to RJPiserLPH@aol.com with the details. Submission deadline is noon on Friday of each week.

Village of Park Forest

Village Hall Closure

Park Forest Village Hall will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of the Veterans Day Holiday.

Village Commission & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions and Advisory Boards are scheduled to meet the week of November 11:

  • Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations
  • Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission
  • Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group

The meetings will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.

Village of Park Forest Requests Your ONLINE Feedback about Zoning Update

Park Forest business owners and residents are invited to visit http://parkforest.metroquest.com to share their ideas about how to update the Village's development regulations. The Village is updating its zoning and subdivision ordinances to better align with its previous planning documents and with current land use practices. To that end, a public workshop was held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Dining on the Green in DownTown Park Forest. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce zoning concepts and to ask participants for feedback about their development preferences for the future of the Village. Over 50 residents, business owners, and community leaders attended the meeting and gave their input. The Park Forest community still has the opportunity to give feedback about this zoning and subdivision update for the next few weeks. By visiting http://parkforest.metroquest.com, you can participate in an online visual preference survey, which should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey will collect feedback about preferred development in the DownTown area, along Sauk Trail, and in large redevelopment site areas. Additionally, the survey will gather input on your ideas about sustainable development options. Visit http://parkforest.metroquest.com to have your voice heard today! The website will be live for the next 30 days.

2013 Veterans Events

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

November Events Celebrating Veterans at PSC

The month of November at Prairie State College (PSC) is filled with events celebrating veterans. The community is invited to join in the celebration, and all of the events will be held at the main campus. Scheduled events are as follows:

  • Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 at 7:30 a.m. -- Missing Man Ceremony in the atrium. This commemorates those soldiers who died in action. At noon there is a Veterans Day Ceremony featuring Colonel Eugene Blackwell from VFW Post 311 in Richton Park. This event is in the auditorium in the Conference Center. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Student Veterans Center.
  • Wednesday, November 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. -- Women in Service Panel. The panel of speakers includes Maj. Lisa Patterson, team leader for the Gary Area Vet Center; Rochelle Krump, president of National Women Veterans Association; Renee Dickerson, readjustment counseling therapist, Chicago Heights Vet Center; and Lori Wilcox, Chicago Heights city clerk.
  • Wednesday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m. -- The Montford Point Marines Association will be available for a question and answer session in The Heritage Community Bank Room in the Conference Center. The Montford Point Marine Association commemorates the first African Americans trained as Marines at Montford Point Camp, Camp Lejeune, New River, North Carolina in 1942.
  • Wednesday, November 27 at 4 p.m. -- The month long series of events ends with the retirement of the Missing Man Table at 4 p.m.

For more information regarding the veterans events at PSC, please visit prairiestate.edu and access the events calendar.

National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

New Exhibit ‘Esprit de Corps’ Opens on Veterans Day – Monday, November 11

On Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will honor Veterans Day with the opening reception of Esprit de Corps, an exhibition highlighting the spirit of creative resilience. Admission to the NVAM will be free from 12 p.m. through 9 p.m. with light refreshments offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A keynote address will commence at 6 p.m. by Dr. Jack M. Bulmash, Hospital Chief of Staff of the Hines VA Hospital. At 7:30 p.m., patrons are invited downstairs to the Filament Theatre Company for the premiere of Veterans’ Voices, a documentary performance by Erasing the Distance. Esprit de Corps is taken from the French and means “spirit of the body”—in military contexts, it refers to group morale, “the capacity of a group of people to pull together persistently and consistently in pursuit of a common purpose.” Featuring art by veterans of Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, Esprit de Corps traces the process and roles of therapeutic art from the act of initial perception through expression of experience to an ultimate communal sharing and understanding of the real impact of war. Featured artists in Esprit de Corps include Vietnam veterans Joe Fornelli and Ted Gostas and post-9/11 veterans Jerry Frech, Jon Hancock, Peter Sullivan, and Erica Slone. Iraq War veteran Jerry Frech has loaned a series of journals that he kept during his service in the U.S. Air Force in Security Forces in 2006. These journals record his thoughts and observations in writing and in sketches.

Keynote speaker Dr. Jack M. Bulmash is the Hospital Chief of Staff of the Hines VA hospital. He joined the VHA and Hines VA Hospital on July 7, 2007 as Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care after a thirty-year practice in Geriatrics within the private sector. Dr. Bulmash graduated from the University of Illinois with an MD degree and after his internship joined the United States Army serving in Vietnam as a Battalion Surgeon. NVAM Executive Director Levi Moore celebrated Dr. Bulmash’s keynote address, noting, “We welcome Dr. Bulmash to speak directly to issues of art therapy and therapeutic art and their potential for helping servicemen and women grow and develop following their military experiences.” Veterans Voices’ was created with students from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and focuses on the mental health issues facing servicemen and women, veterans, and their families. Of the Veterans Day collaboration, Susan Zielinski, Therapeutic Art Coordinator for the NVAM says, “We are so pleased to have an opportunity to work with Erasing the Distance to expand the ways in which people look at and think about veteran experiences, especially the creative resilience behind many of the visual and performing arts.” Veterans' Voices will be performed on November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. The NVAM will be free and open to the public from 10 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. on November 12, 13, 19 and 20. Esprit de Corps will be on display from November 11, 2013 to August 1, 2014. For additional information, visit the museum’s website at www.nvam.org

Arts & Entertainment

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Sentimental Journey: the Music of Doris Day – Tuesday, November 12

Freedom Hall’s Senior Series will continue on Tuesday, November 12 at 11 a.m. with the performance of ‘Sentimental Journey: the Music of Doris Day.’ Chicago cabaret favorite, Laura Freeman presents a celebration of her music. Miss Freeman…” becomes the character reflected in the song. It shines in her face, in her voice, and above all, in her heart.” (Carla Gordon, Cabaret Scenes). Having recorded over 600 songs, Day is known for such hits as Sentimental Journey, Secret Love and Everybody Loves a Lover. Doris was not just a pretty voice and a pratfall. She represents the spirit of us all, at various times in history. She was the voice of the returning service men from World War II and of the early women’s lib movement. Join us in celebrating this amazing lady starring Laura Freeman with Musical Director Beckie Menzie. Visit Laura Freeman's website to her the music of Doris Day.Tickets are $13and can be purchased at the box office, over the phone at 708-747-0580, or on-line, at www.freedomhall.org

Shining Star: Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute – Friday, November 15

Tickets are now on sale for the November 15th performance of ‘Shining Star: Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute.’ The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. The amazing re-creation of the band-the legends-the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and winners of numerous Grammy Awards- Earth Wind and Fire! Shining Star brings that special, magical era of the 70’s and 80’s to the stage capturing the vocals, horns and the energy of Earth Wind and Fire! If you close your eyes you will believe the original Earth Wind & Fire is onstage. Tickets are $24. Tickets are selling quickly so get yours today and don’t be disappointed. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, over the phone at 708-747-0580, or on-line, at www.freedomhall.org.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Austrian Classics with an American Twist – Saturday, November 16

Tickets are now on sale for ‘Austrian Classics with an American Twist’ which will be performed on Saturday, November 16 at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S Harlem Avenue, Frankfort. French violinist, Alexandra Soumm, makes her Chicago debut performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Maestro David Danzmayr leads the orchestra in Beethoven's popular "Pastoral" Symphony.  Also scheduled to be performed is William Bolcom’s - Commedia for an (almost) 18th Century Orchestra. Tickets are priced at $55, $45, and $35 and can be purchased online at: http://www.ipomusic.org/index.php/concerts.html. For additional information, call 708-481-7744 or visit www.ipomusic.org.

Park Forest Recreation & Parks

‘Hello Dolly!’ at the Rialto Theater & Dinner at The Department – Registration Deadline Friday, December 20

On Thursday, January 23 we’ll be heading Joliet’s beautiful Rialto Theater to see ‘Hello Dolly!’ Prior to the show, we’ll enjoy a delectable buffet dinner of pot roast, chicken, and various sides at The Department in Joliet. Winner of ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, ‘Hello, Dolly!’ is one of the most enduring Broadway classics. Emmy-award winning Sally Struthers (All In the Family, Gilmore Girls) stars as the strong willed matchmaker Dolly, as she travels to Yonkers, NY to find a match for the ornery “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Featuring an irresistible story and an unforgettable score including the title song, “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “It Only Takes A Moment,” and the show stopping “Before the Parade Passes By,” Hello, Dolly! has been charming audiences around the world for nearly 50 years. The bus will leave at 4 p.m. from Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive and return at approximately 11 p.m. The fee for this trip is $95 per person and includes round-trip transportation, buffet dinner and ticket to the Theater. Registration deadine is Friday, December 20. Register in person at the Recreation and Parks Department at Village Hall or over the phone with a credit card by calling 708-748-2005. Mention code 348770-1 when you register.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Library Closure – Monday, November 11

The Park Forest Public Library will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of the Veterans Day Holiday. The Library will re-open on Tuesday, November 12 at noon.

This Week’s Events at the Park Forest Public Library

The following events will be held this week at the Park Forest Public Library:

  • Tuesday, November 12 at 3:30 a.m. – Teen Coffee House -- This is a time for teens to share poetry, paint, draw, create art on computers or phones and play video games. This is a laid back space to sip coffee and tea while creating and sharing with other teens.
  • Tuesday, November 12 at 6 p.m. – PJ Storytime -- Wear your pajamas & come join us for stories, crafts & games.
  • Wednesday, November 13 at 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Art Studio -- Children will have the opportunity to listen to a story and complete an art project related to the story. Registration required.
  • Wednesday, November 13 at 3:30 p.m. – Wacky Wednesdays -- Why are Wednesday's wacky?? Well thanks to Dr. Seuss we know many things can be Wacky and they can be even more so in the library. Rotating programs will ensure that Hump Day is never a bore. There will be virtual talent shows, Weird Science, Project Runway, Top Chef and more.
  • Wednesday, November 13 at 6 p.m. – Art Studio -- Children will have the opportunity to listen to a story and complete an art project related to the story. Registration required.
  • Thursday, November 14 at 10:30 a.m. – Babygarten -- Babygarten is an educational curriculum for caregivers and their babies that teaches parents how and why to read to babies. Infants and their caregivers share nursery rhymes, songs and books followed by a free-play/activity period. Babygarten is primary focus is the healthy development of infants aged 0-18 months old with an emphasis on language acquisition and enrichment and pre-literacy skills. During Babygarten, we provide an environment that nurtures and stimulates babies and toddlers with a wide variety of experiences including: Nursery rhymes and songs; Fingerplays; Book Sharing /Univon Reading;
    Early Literacy Tips for Parents and Caregivers; and Free Play. Registration required.
  • Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m. -- Toddlers & Terrific Twos Storytime -- For ages 18-36 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration required.
  • Thursday, November 14 at 4 p.m. – Microsoft Excel Practice -- The first five people to come may attend. There is no registration for the practice sessions.
  • Thursday, November 14 at 5 p.m. – LEGO Club -- Play and learn with LEGOs at the Park Forest Public Library! The creations the children make will be on display in kids’ zone.
  • Friday, November 15 at 1 p.m. -- Senior Travelogue – Topic to be announced.
  • Friday, November 15 at 3 p.m. – Wii Games -- Meet up with your friends at the Park Forest Public Library for some gaming fun. The library will provide some games — YOU bring a friend. If you have a favorite game, bring it along to teach and share. Join us after school as we take a little time to have some fun!
  • Saturday, November 16 at 1 p.m. – Fun With Scrabble -- A new twist on an old board game. Fun for the entire family!
  • Saturday, November 16 at 1 p.m. -- Super Science Saturdays (Session 2) -- For grades 3-5. Join us for 6 meetings of fun hands-on experiments provided by the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. For our last meeting, we will take a trip to the Museum's Family Day on December 7th. NOTE: Attendee must be between the grades of 3 and 6. Registration required.
  • Saturday, November 16 at 3 p.m. -- Super Science Saturdays (Session 3) -- For grades 3-5. Join us for 6 meetings of fun hands-on experiments provided by the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. For our last meeting, we will take a trip to the Museum's Family Day on December 7th. NOTE: Attendee must be between the grades of 3 and 6. Registration required.

For additional information or to register for certain events, please call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org/

Potpourri of Lectures, Thursday, November 14

This week’s lecture is entitled "Thorn Creek Nature Center" with Judy Dolan Mendelson. The lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Library’s Ringering Room.

Holiday Toy Drive

Through December 8, the Park Forest Public Library will be collecting NEW toys that will be given away during this holiday season. Please drop off new unwrapped toys or Toys R Us gift cards here at the library. We cannot accept any stuffed toys for this collection. We will make sure that these toys get into the neediest children's hands. For more information call 708-748-3731 extension 22.

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

Thanksgiving Exhibit at 1950s Park Forest House Museum – Through November 24

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 141 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, will be decorated with Thanksgiving Gurley candles, with a few extra special touches. Visit for a nostalgic look at these familiar Thanksgiving decorations from the 1950s and 1960s. The Museum is open Wednesday and Sunday 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.

Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park

‘Chicago Live!’ Hosted by Rick Kogan & Featuring the Second City – Tickets Now on Sale

On Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m., grab a seat behind the headlines of Chicago's biggest stories at Chicago Live!, a stage and radio show produced by the Chicago Tribune. The show is hosted by veteran Chicago reporter, author and radio/TV personality Rick Kogan. Join Rick Kogan, as he brings a newspaper to life with the help of editorial, musical and comedic guests, including skits from the Second City Comedy Troupe, music by The Otis Clay Revue, and returning WGN favorites Kathy O'Malley and Judy Markey from "The Kathy and Judy Show." Audience members even get a chance to rub elbows with special guests, Chicago Tribune news personalities and cast after the show. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, or for further information, contact GSU Center’s box office at www.CenterTickets.net or call 708-235-2222.

The Drama Group, 330 W. 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

The Drama Group Daytime Children’s Theatre to Present ‘The Adventures of Hansel & Gretel’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is excited to present the classic fairy tale ‘The Adventures of Hansel & Gretel’as the first in a series of the Children's Theatre program. Performances will be held at the Drama Group Studio Theatre, in Chicago Heights on: November 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 - Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 9:30am and Noon; Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. only. Tickets are $6.00 in advance or $7.00 at the door. Group discount rates are $5.00 for groups of 25+. There is limited handicap seating. Please call the Drama Group box office for details. This is the perfect outing for churches, kindergarten and grade schools to Grade 5; also, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, daycare centers and any other children's group organizations. It is recommended to call the Drama Group box office at 708-755-3444 for advance sales. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit the Drama Group’s Web site at www.dramagroup.org.

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

‘Ways of Making: Installation Art’ at GSU Gallery – Through December 2

The Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University is presenting “Ways of Making: Installation Art,” featuring the work of artists Barbara Hashimoto and Dana Major and the students from the Theater and Performance Studies program under the direction of Dr. Patrick Santoro through December 2, 2013. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibition, the first in the gallery’s 2013-14 “Ways of Making” series, features two professional artists who focus on the connections between performance art and installation art in a gallery setting, as well as student work. The “Ways of Making” series of exhibitions seeks to explore the disciplines and practices taught in the art program at GSU. “Ways of Making: Installation Art” was inspired by the recent addition of Theater and Performance Studies program at GSU. GSU Art Gallery curator, Jeff Stevenson said, “I selected artists Barbara Hashimoto and Dana Major because they used installation as their primary form of expression, not just an occasional or one-off installation here and there.” Barbara Hashimoto’s visual and performance work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, Mexico, and the Middle East. It is in more than 300 collections, including The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago (Joan Flasch Collection), The Museum of Arts and Design, and The National Museum for Women in the Arts. Working in a broad array of media, she is particularly known for both her ceramic- and paper-based work of intimate scale as well as and her large-scale installations and expansive environmental art projects embracing activism and community engagement.

Barbara’s work in the exhibit is "underfoot", has tangible and conceptual aspects to it, and activates the space. Dana Major is a multi-media artist and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Major has been exhibiting her work since 1997 across the United States, particularly in Kentucky, Philadelphia and Chicago. Her work is informed by the look of the natural world at all scales, and ways of seeing, from microscopy to astronomy. Dana’s work in this exhibit is “overhead,” uses light, shadow and an interplay of real and imagined, which contrasts Hashimoto’s work. The Visual Arts Gallery hours are Monday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, call 708-534-4021or visit www.govst.edu/gallery.

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago

‘Histories/Photographies’ Exhibition of Works by Local Artists – Through December 8

The DePaul Art Museum examines photography and its relational place in time and history with “Histories/Photographies,” a new exhibition of works by local artists. The exhibition will run through December 8. Through an array of strategies, these artists record the traces of the past that exist in the present, mine the telling and dissemination of photography’s own history, and engage with the ever-evolving materiality of photographs. Their work reveals that history, and the history of photography in particular, is not merely an episodic succession of events, innovations, and movements, but rather a far more complex layering of recordings, encounters and perspectives through and across time. The artists featured in the exhibition include: Jeremy Bolen, Alan Cohen, Adam Ekberg, Myra Greene, Shane Huffman, Barbara Kasten, Jason Lazarus, Aspen Mays, John Opera, Jason Reblando, David Schalliol, Matthew Schlagbaum and Adam Schreiber. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave., just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. The museum is free and open to the public every day. The exhibition runs through December 8. The DePaul Art Museum is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit www.depauledu/museum.

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

‘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.

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

‘Abstract Impact’ Exhibit at Christopher Art Gallery – Opens Monday, November 11

PSC is hosting “Abstract Impact,” from Monday, November 11 through Thursday, December 12, in the Christopher Art Gallery, located on the PSC main campus. The exhibit features Midwest artists Zach Mory, Steve Leavitt, Sharon Swidler, Barbara Cooper, Michael Hopkins, Mary Burke, Cristal Tucker, and Shelley Gilchrist. An artists’ reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 14. The Christopher Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits also can be made by appointment. The gallery will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information about the exhibit or to make an appointment for a visit, call 708-709-3636.

Roosevelt University O’Malley Theatre, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Musical Thriller ‘‘Ripper’ -- November 14 -17

‘Ripper, a new musical thriller that is based loosely on the story of Jack the ‘Ripper’ by Chicago playwright Duane Nelsen, will make its Chicago/Midwest debut on November 14-17 at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Part mystery, part tragedy and part romance, ‘Ripper’ is set in London’s East End against the backdrop of the infamous Jack the ‘Ripper’ murders in 1888 and is ultimately a story of hope, with the play’s Dickensian characters attempting to triumph over senseless acts of violence that plague society then and now. There are 29 cast members in the production, which is being staged by the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University in the 7th floor O’Malley Theatre. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, November 14 and 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 16 and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 17. For tickets or more information, call 312-341-3831.

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

New Art Exhibitions at SSC’s Thiel and Dulgar Galleries – Through November 19

The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to present two exhibitions in galleries on the college’s Main Campus in South Holland. First, Mark Holmes is exhibiting “Moves and Measures” through Tuesday, November 19th in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery with a closing reception on November 19th at 1:00 p.m. “Moves and Measures” features 18 objects that represent four bodies of work. Holmes explores similar visual themes through the distinct groups, giving the viewer insight into his sculptural oeuvre. He constructs different spaces with color, surface, planes and edges that invite the audience to witness perceptual ambiguities colliding with tactile realities. Mark Holmes holds a BA from Hope College, and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. He currently chairs the Department of Art and Art History at Knox College, where he has taught since 2004. A second exhibition of oil paintings by emerging artist George Peterson titled “Mode In Medium” is on display in the Dorothea Theil Gallery through November 14, 2013. The exhibition will feature selected paintings executed before, during, and after his time in graduate school. Peterson received his MFA in painting at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, MA. He has worked under established artists such as Angela Dufresne, Tony Apesos, and Joe Wardwell. Peterson has exhibited with artists such as Eric Finzi, Annette Wehrhahn and Eliza Burke Greene. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. The Thiel Gallery is on the fourth floor in the Art & Design hallway and is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Dulgar Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. Call 708-596-2000, extension 2445 or extension 2300 for more information.

Union Street Gallery, 527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

Union Street Gallery Annual Members Exhibit – Opens Wednesday, November 13

Union Street Gallery will showcase recent artwork by our artist members in this captivating annual exhibit. Art exhibiting includes painting, photography, and sculpture. Artist members exhibiting are Chet Chylinski, Karen DelSanto, Ron Karlic, Peggy Lehocky, Selma Lisit, Jim O'Leary, William Marquardsen, Jaqueline Nalls, Don Sala. The exhibit opens on November 13 and runs through December 21. An Artists Reception will be held on Saturday, November 23 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m.; Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-754-2601.

‘Twelfth Month’ Annual Exhibit & Boutique – Opens Wednesday, November 13

‘Twelfth Month’ is a charming and eclectic exhibit featuring over 50 talented local and regional artists exhibiting a wide variety of art and craft including paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, sculptures, glass art, and found object art. An array of smaller works of art will be for sale in the boutique areas of this exhibit including hand-made cards, small prints, jewelry, pottery, artist made accessories, blown glass, ornaments and more! The exhibit will open on November 13 and run through December 21.

The Opening Reception for Twelfth Month will be Saturday, November 23rd, from 12-3pm.

Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Visitors will enjoy coffee, cider, and sweet treats while they shop and mingle with exhibiting artists, friends, and members of the Union Street Community. Gallery hours are Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m.; Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-754-2601.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Celebrating International Education Week, Global Entrepreneurship Week and Multicultural Fest – Beginning Monday, November 11

Prepare to be impressed by the diverse and rich culture that surrounds us. Governors State University offers a colorful mixture of music, dance, food and fun during International Education Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S Department of State and the U.S department of Education to celebrate and promote international education and exchange all around the world. Multicultural Festival begins the celebration on Monday, November 11, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Hall of Governors. The Multicultural Festival continues through November 15. This year the theme is “Around the World in 80 Days” Although the event showcases multiple unique ethnic students and organizations, together the diversity creates a complete representation of many underrepresented groups on the GSU campus. Planning the Multicultural Festival this year proved possible with the collaboration of student organizations and international students as well as local performers and restaurants. The celebration includes performances by GSU’s International Dance Troup, Storyteller Greg Weiss, Akwaaba Duo from the Old Town School of Folk Music, and Performance by Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts. Admission to the festival is free. People interested in attending are encouraged to bring their friends and family — and become a part of this annual event. In addition to the Multicultural Festival, GSU also has other events open to the public, which celebrate International Education Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week:

November 11
·  Small Business Development Center presentation on services and programs offered, 2 to 3 p.m., in D2444. Sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center
·  Multicultural Festival, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ 4 to 7 p.m., in the Hall of Governors with performances, food and cultural activities

November 12
·  Funding your Education Abroad, presented with Financial Aid, 2 to 3 p.m., in D34050
·  What It Means to be a Global Citizen’, Panel Discussion with GSU faculty members: Dr. Larry Levinson, Dr. Donald Culverson, and Dr. Khalil Marrar, in Hall of Honors, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., sponsored by School of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Services

November 13
·  Film Screening of “The Bicycle Thief,” 6 to 9 p.m., in E Lounge, sponsored by Student Life and the Office of International Services. Popcorn and refreshments served.
Veteran’s Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center in Hall of Governors and E Lounge

November 14
·  Presentation, ‘The Unique Ethiopian Writing’ by Dr. Beyene Petros, visiting scholar, 1 to 2:30 p.m., in D34090. Sponsored by the Office of Continuing Education. Refreshments
· Globalization of Business Open Lecture, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., in the Hall of Honors
· International Potluck and International Student Panel, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., in A2110. Sponsored by International Cultural Organization. Bring a dish of food and join in the conversation!

If you have any questions, stop by the Office of International Services, C3370 or contact Katherine Haan at 708-235 7611, khaan@govst.edu.

Information Session on Educational Specialists Degree in School Psychology – Friday, November 15

Learn how to earn your Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree in School Psychology at Governors State University at a special informational open house on Friday, November 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., in room D1497. Classes in this new degree program will begin in the Fall 2014, preparing students to be highly effective school psychologists, delivering services to children, adolescents, families, and school communities. Classes will be held in the evenings to accommodate working educators and therapists.

For more information, contact Dr. Shaalein Lopez at slopez5@govst.edu or 708-534-4379. Additional information may be found at www.govst.edu/coe.

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.

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

New Deal Lecture to Reflect on State of Labor Movements in America Today – Thursday, November 14

Since 1992, Roosevelt University’s Center for New Deal Studies has presented lectures or programs reflecting on issues related to the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Deal. This year’s event will analyze “The Past, Present and Future of the American Labor Movement.” Free and open to the public, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m., in Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, 7th floor, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Chicago native Dorian T. Warren, who specializes in the study of inequality, American politics and labor, will deliver the lecture. He is as an associate professor in the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. In addition, he is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Warren appears regularly on television and radio shows, including NBC Nightly News, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, BET, BBC and NPR. Included on the 2013 list of NBC’s 100 People Making History. Today, he is an expert on labor relations at WalMart and has a book coming out on the topic later this fall. Warren’s lecture will reflect on labor movements in America, given the social movements and protests of the last several years, including the Occupy Movement and the Chicago teachers strike. In previous years, the format of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture has varied from formal lectures to theatrical performances and topics have ranged from media regulations to immigration rights. Last year, Jeff Madrick presented “Rediscovering Government” and in 2008 Professor William Leuchtenburg lectured on the FDR coalition from 1936 to 2008. Past participants have included Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, New Deal expert and writer Studs Terkel, former FCC commissioner Newton Minow, Liberian human rights activist Krubo Kollie and news analyst and reporter Cokie Roberts. “While presentation topics and styles have been diverse, they have always sparked a lively discussion with an active and engaged audience,” said Roosevelt history professor Margaret Rung, who is the University’s director of the Center for New Deal Studies. For more information, contact Rung at mrung@roosevelt.edu and to RSVP, email fdrlecture@roosevelt.edu or call 312-341-3838.

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

Open Registration Now in Progress for 2014 Spring Semester

Open Registration for the Spring 2014 Semester at South Suburban College is now in progress with classes starting on Monday, January 13, 2014. Students are encouraged to register early to ensure a seat in a class section of choice. Students who plan to use financial aid as payment 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. New students should visit the Admissions Office in Room 2348 to complete the Application Form, or download it from www.ssc.edu and fax to (708) 225-5823 along with a current state issued ID 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 allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. A comprehensive schedule of evening and weekend classes will also be made available this spring at the college’s Oak Forest extension site–located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois. For more information about all of SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit www.ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office at 708-210-5718.

Open House for Parents – Wednesday, November 13

SSC is planning a special open house event for parents designed to showcase the programs, services and financial advantages that SSC offers students of all ages. This is an SSC Parental Engagement & Networking Support event, or “PENS.” This first annual PENS Open House will take place Wednesday, November 13, 2013, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the South Holland Campus. The PENS Open House will offer a wide range of information, demonstrations, tours, giveaways and raffle prizes for attendees. All guests will receive a gift bag and will be entered in a raffle for gas cards and other gift certificates, while “preregistered” guests will also be entered in a raffle for the chance of winning an I-Pad and a Galaxy Tablet. Additionally, most attendees will qualify for a free credit class through the Over 25 Tuition Waiver (some restrictions apply). There will be two welcome presentations to accommodate guests of different arrival times in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the first floor at 5:45 p.m. and 7:10 p.m., followed by informational sessions, table visits and tours starting in the Atrium, including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Admissions and Registration,
  • Art & Design,
  • Business, Engineering and Technology,
  • Counseling,
  • Financial Aid,
  • Health Professions and Nursing,
  • Legal Studies–Paralegal and Court Reporting,
  • Scholarships and Tuition Waivers,
  • and much more.

To pre-register, or for more information, please email pens@ssc.edu or call 708-596-2000, extension 2315.

SSC Seeks Tutors and Participants for Adult Volunteer Literacy Program

SSC is currently 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 this free program. New tutor-training sessions will take place on the Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. from November 19th through December 12th in Room 1243c. The tutor training is an 18-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. 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; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; University and College Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton 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. Tutors will receive one free professional development hour through this program in Adult Education, Reading, Writing, and many other subjects. 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. In just its four year of operation, SSC’s Adult Volunteer Literacy Program has enlisted hundreds of volunteers to date and is already an award-winning program, earning two prestigious Spotlight (SOS) Awards from the Secretary of State and Illinois Press Association. Volunteer tutor Mary Gercken won a Spotlight on Service SOS Award in 2012 and a literacy learner Tennie Fitts won the Spotlight on Achievement SOS Award in 2013. Gerken and Fitts are featured in a video accessible on YouTube entitled Improving Lives through Literacy. Also featured is author Ruth J. Colvin–a 95 year old SSC alumnus. (Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttli_Xa73pc to see the video or access it from www.ssc.edu under the “Adult Education” link.) If you would like to volunteer or know someone who would benefit from these services, please contact Christopher McElroy, Coordinator of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2558, or email cmcelroy@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

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, DC

Information on Health Insurance & the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Visit healthcare.gov for information about Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act. The following paper applications are available to print out: Individual Short Form, Individual without Financial Assistance, and the Family Form.

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

Park Forest Area League of Women Voters

Meeting on Lake Michigan Issues – Wednesday, November 13

The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area will host an educational meeting on the topic of issues facing Lake Michigan on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:00 PM at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest. This program will be about the threats and opportunities for Lake Michigan. Henrietta Saunders, President of the Lake Michigan League of Women Voters, will be the speaker. The Lake Michigan League of Women Voters is an Inter-League Organization made up of the local Leagues of Women Voters within the Lake Michigan watershed and/or regional planning areas. LMLWV works to educate the public on the problems of Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes; encourage public participation in planning for the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes; support scientific research for the Great Lakes; and encourage shoreline management planning and implementation.

LMLWV also just received, with the LWVIL Education Fund, a grant from the state of Illinois to implement a campaign to educate citizens about problems associated with storm water runoff, emphasizing action that individuals, communities and regions may take to prevent and alleviate flooding after rain storms, with an emphasis on green infrastructure, and the speaker will provide an update on that project as well. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about this important issue. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information about the program or membership in the League, please contact Mary Lubertozzi, 708-747-1359.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Clothing and Textile Recycling Drive – Saturday, November 16

In celebration of America Recycles Day, a day dedicated to the act of recycling, the Village of Park Forest will hold a clothing and textile recycling drive in the parking lot of Village Hall on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can bring the following items to be recycled:

  • Women’s, men’s and children’s pants, shirts, jackets, undergarments, pajamas, skirts, dresses, blouses;
  • Shoes, purses, belts, ties, hats; and
  • Linens, towels, sheets, blankets and curtains.

Ensure items are clean and dry ad placed in plastic bags. We will accept items that are slightly stained or torn. Recycling efforts are being handled by the Chicago Textile Recycling (www.chicagotextilerecycling.com.)

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Full Moon Night Hike – Registration Required by Friday, November 15

Join us for a nocturnal exploration of the woods on the Full Moon Night Hike on Sunday, November 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. As you walk through the woods at night, your senses become heightened to what is happening around you. Learn to discern the different sounds of the fall woods at night. The hike is free and for all ages. Registration required by Friday, November 15. For additional information or to registration, call the Nature Center at 708-747-6320.

Wednesday Morning Walkers – November 13

Walkers can enjoy the early morning and late summer’s floral delights on these leisurely (or brisk) trail walks. The group walks on Wednesday’s from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. This event is for those ages 11 through adult. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Annual Holiday Food Drive for Rich Township Food Pantry – Through Saturday, December 14

Thorn Creek Nature Center and its Junior Ecologists Club is hosting its annual holiday food drive for the Rich Township Food Pantry. Donation items can be dropped off at the Nature Center during open hours, Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Acceptable items are: non-perishable food item (including boxed, canned and dry foods) especially cereals and peanut butter; personal care items for men and women, especially toothpaste, deodorants and razors; ziplock quart and gallon size bags; baby formula; and disposable diapers (adult and infant). Items will be accepted through Saturday, December 14.

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.

Green Community Connections, 166 N Humphrey Avenue, Oak Park

One Earth Film Festival Announces its ‘One Earth…Our Earth!’ Young Filmmakers Contest 2014 – Submission Deadline is January 12, 2014

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 One Earth…Our Earth Young Filmmakers Contest! This film contest is part of the One Earth Film Festival (www.oneearthfilmfest.org) and is open to students from grade school (third grade) through to college level. The goal of the Young Filmmakers Contest is for students to use the creative medium of film to address the issues surrounding climate change and sustainability. Students are invited to make a solution based, 3-8 minute film or short 45 second animation. Films are judged by industry professionals and leaders within the environmental community. Winners from each age category will have their film shown throughout the festival and/or at the Green Carpet opening event, in addition to being awarded a cash prize with matching grant. Deadline for film contest submissions is January 12, 2014. Additional details for the contest are available at: http://greencommunityconnections.org/contest-details/ For questions, please contact: Katie Morris at: katie.a.morris@gmail.com or Sue Crothers at: suecrothersgee@gmail.com.

This & That

Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest

Student Council Food Drive – November 12 through November 15

Support the Student Council and drop off canned goods to help the needy for their holiday dinners. Drop off new or slightly used coats as well. For additional information, call Amy Pequette at 708-679-6100 or visit www.richeast.org.

Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Bazaar & Bake Sale – Friday, November 15

On November 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Rich Township Senior Center is hosting a Holiday Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale. The sale is located in Downtown Park Forest at 297 Liberty Drive. This sale is designated for homemade craft items and baked goods. We will serve coffee and goodies throughout the day. Please join us for a day of shopping, eating and friendship. If you are 60 years of age or older and would like to have lunch at the Rich Township Café, please call 747-2700 at least one week in advance. The cost for lunch is $2.50. If you have any questions, please contact Sally Fuhrmann (Senior Center Director) at 708-228-5040.

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, November 15 beginning at 6 p.m. Carry outs are available. For additional information, call Jesse Rodriguez at 708-481-3055.

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

Women’s Interview Closet Program Opens with CAbi Fashions Show – November 13

Finding a job is not easy for anyone. Making a good first impression at an interview can be the deciding factor on whether or not you get hired. PSC has established the Women’s Interview Closet to help make the task of dressing professionally for an interview more cost effective for the female students at PSC. Gently used women’s professional clothing donations to the closet are being accepted from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, in the PSC Conference Center. Parking is available in Lots C and D. Cindy Sellentin, a fashion consultant with CAbi Fashions, will present its fall collection, along with styling tips in the Conference Center. The CAbi fashions will be available for purchase, and a portion of the sales will be donated to assist the interview closet program. CAbi Fashions features upscale career and casual apparel from an innovative design team. Because the CAbi corporate philosophy encourages giving to women in need, the company also will donate CAbi clothing to the cause. The PSC Women’s Interview Closet will be located in the A.L.L.U.R.E. resale shop, located at 410 S. Ashland Ave. PSC also will accept clothing donations on additional dates to be announced. On those future dates, clean men’s and children’s clothing, along with women’s apparel, will be accepted, along with business-appropriate shoes and accessories.

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

Drumming Circle – Friday, November 15

Join UUCC for their Open drum circle on Friday, November 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the church. If you don’t have an instrument to bring, we have a small selection of community drums for you to choose from. No experience required. A $10 love offering is requested. This event is held on the third Friday of each month. For additional information, call 708-481-5339.

Dances of Universal Peace – Saturday, November 16

On Saturday, November 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., join UUCC for an afternoon of dancing. Each dance has a chant which is sung as the dance is being performed. This event is held on the third Saturday of each month. For additional information, call 708-481-5339.

Rainbow Café – Saturday, November 16

On Saturday, November 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m., join UUCC for a Rainbow Café. This is a social event that provides a safe and welcoming environment for single or partnered gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults and their allies by creating a space where they are able to socialize outside of the usual bars. This event is held on the third Saturday of each month. For additional information, call 708-481-5339.

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.

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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