In and Around Park Forest Week of January 31, 2016

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Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—January 31, 2016. February is Black History Month, or National African American History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. You’ll find a special ‘Black History Month Events’ section outlining the many Black History Month activities taking place in the south suburbs this month.

The weather outside may be frightful, but delightful, warm weather events are on the horizon. To that end, the Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department will hold its Annual Parks Pavilion Permit Lottery on Saturday, February 6, beginning at 9 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall. Additional details about the Pavilion Permit Lottery can be found in the ‘This & That’ section.

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 Board Meeting – Monday, February1

The Village Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, February 1 at 7 p.m. In addition, the Board will hold a Saturday Morning Rules Meeting on February 6 at 10 a.m. The meetings will be held at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers).

To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site here and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of January 31:

  • Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Thursday, February 4 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, February 4 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission

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

Arts & Entertainment

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

A Night of Spanish Dance – Saturday, February 6

The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater will present A Night of Spanish Dance featuring “Bolero” and “Mil Clavos” on Saturday, February 6 at 8 p.m. Go on an epic journey through Spain with Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater’s celebration of Flamenco, classical, folkloric, and contemporary dance, set to traditional Spanish rhythms. In this 40th anniversary tribute, the company highlights Maurice Ravel’s most popular work, the Bolero, which premiered in Paris in 1929. Combining flamenco and contemporary dance styles, choreographer and rising star Ron de Jesus creates “Mil Clavos – One Thousand Nails.” Mil Clavos presents traditional Spanish dance in a modern context, referencing the clavos, or the nails that are pounded into the bottom of the dancer’s shoes. It affirms that the “nail” that holds time-honored traditions and modern sensibilities together is found in the artist’s dedication to their craft. Tickets are $28 which includes a sampling of regional food at 6:30 p.m. BUY TICKETS  For additional information, visit: http://www.govst.edu/About/Center_for_Performing_Arts/All_Events_by_Date/ or call 708-235-2222.

‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Southland Area Theatre Ensemble (SLATE) will present ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ on Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts. Hailed by the Associated Press as a “revelatory revue full of wonderful moments” and by USA Today as a “funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist,” ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words… and music. An all-star cast of Slate veterans and new artists take on new arrangements of over two-dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure, interspersed with beautiful video commentary by the composer himself, who reveals fascinating details about his life and his art. Stephen Sondheim’s final word on his unparalleled body of work has been preserved in this classic new revue nominated for both the Tony and Grammy award. Songs include: “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story, “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” and “Being Alive” from Company, “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music, “Children Will Listen” from Into the Woods, and many more! Tickets are $28. BUY TICKETS  For additional information, visit: http://www.govst.edu/About/Center_for_Performing_Arts/All_Events_by_Date/ or call 708-235-2222.

Seeking Applications for High School Theatre Collaborative – Submissions Due by Tuesday, March 1

GSU seeks applications for its Theatre & Performance Studies (T.A.P.S.) High School Theatre Collaborative (HSTC). The Collaborative, under the direction of the GSU’s Division of Communication, Visual and Performing Arts and its Theatre and Performance Studies program aims to produce inspiring theatre that helps young actors enhance their craft through active learning experiences and collaborations with Governors State University, area high schools, and the community. Each spring, high school theatre groups may submit a proposal to GSU with the production concept that they wish to present in the summer. The T.A.P.S. program staff will review proposals and select a different partner each year to perform a full scale production on the stage of the Center for Performing Arts.  Last summer, GSU kicked off the program with Crete Monee’s Enrichment program producing SHREK The Musical; a production which attracted over 1400 community members. To Apply — Visit www.govst.edu/cas/taps/hstc. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016. Along with its annual summer production, HSTC will be offering in-school theatre workshops, information sessions and outreach programs for high school aged youth who are interested in pursuing theatre or performance as a career path. In 2014, The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved Theatre and Performance Studies as a Bachelor’s Degree at GSU; the only such degree combining the two disciplines at a public state university in Illinois. The T.A.P.S. High School Theatre Collaborative invites high school and college students to explore theatre with the support and mentorship of GSU’s professional educators and unique program perspective. To stay connected and receive program updates, visit www.govst.edu/cas/taps and “like” us at facebook.com/TAPSGSU.

DePaul University Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 East Balbo Avenue, Chicago

‘Prospero’s Storm’ – Through February 20

DePaul University’s Merle Reskin Theatre will present ‘Prospero’s Storm’ through February 20th. ‘Prospero’s Storm’ has been adapted from William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and recommended for those ages 8 and up. Wizard Prospero wields crashing sea-storms, airy spirits, savage ghost hounds, and terrifying creatures to exact revenge on his enemies—trapping them on his magical island. Will he learn mercy from his teenage daughter, or sink everyone into the sea? This vaudeville adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ uses puppets, singing, slapstick, and magic to weave an enchanting tale of fatherhood and forgiveness. Performances will take place on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10 a.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Please check the DePaul calendar (www.theatre.depaul.edu) for specific performance dates. Tickets are $10. College students with ID can purchase tickets for $5. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 312-922-1999.

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

‘Split Complementary’ Exhibition – Through April 24

With refined appreciation for materials, but very different approaches, the art of Dianna Frid and Richard Rezac meets on complementary grounds at DePaul Art Museum’s “Split Complementary” exhibition. The exhibition features installations, sculptures, books and wall art by the artists, as well as rare books from the Special Collections Department of DePaul’s John T. Richard Library, and a variety of objects from the DePaul Art Museum’s permanent collection. The items from the museum’s collection include a red hat from South Africa, a Turkish Ottoman miniature painting covered with written notations, South American photographs from the 1930s and other objects and images. ‘Split Contemporary’ will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum through April 24. The DePaul Art Museum at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://bit.ly/DPAM15.

‘Nexo/Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest’ – Through April 24

‘Nexo / Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest’ will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum through April 24. Drawn from museum’s permanent collection, alongside loans from private collections, the exhibition features Latin American artists in the region and explores their influences, connections and unique reflections of the people, culture and place. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 2016 Latino Art Now! Conference taking place this April. The DePaul Art Museum at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://bit.ly/DPAM15.

DePaul University Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre, 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago

‘God’s Ear’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present ‘God’s Ear,’ written by Jenny Schwartz and directed by Andrew Peters, on the Fullerton Stage on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The production opens February 12 and runs through February 21. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are Feb. 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. ‘God’s Ear’ centers on a child who dies and a family that shatters. Two parents grapple with the language of loss as they fight to pull their family back together. The couple navigates their new reality using dark humor, disjointed poetry, rampant clichés and an occasional visit from the Tooth Fairy and G.I. Joe. Additional special events for the play include an opening night reception following the performance on February 12, and post-show discussions on February 14 and 18. Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5 with a valid ID. Subscriptions and group rates for six or more people are available. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available by calling 773-325-7900 or visiting http://theatre.depaul.edu. The performance will be audio described with a pre-performance touch tour for blind and low vision patrons, February 21 at 2 p.m. for additional information call 773-325-7900. The Feb. 21 performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language. TTY: 773-325-7975. February 17 at 7:30 p.m. is United Service Organizations of Illinois Night. U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families with a valid military ID may attend the performance for free. For additional information or to reserve tickets, visit www.tixfortroops.org or call 773-325-7900. The Theatre School is accessible via the Fullerton CTA Station and the Fullerton 74 bus. Visitors and audience members can park in DePaul University’s Clifton Parking Deck at 2330 N. Clifton Ave.

Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘Bleacher Bums’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is excited to present the rollicking sports comedy, ‘Bleacher Bums’ directed by Michael J Renzi. Performances will be held at the Drama Group Studio Theatre on February 26, 27, March 3, 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on February 28 & March 6 at 2:00 p.m. ‘Bleacher Bums’ takes place in the bleachers of Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The characters are a bunch of die-hard Chicago Cubs fans, watching a game in progress on a summer afternoon. The rowdy group consisting of a rabid cheerleader, a blind man, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other local denizens, have been gathering religiously for some time and know each other; even if they might not necessarily like or tolerate each other. Beer is being drunk, hot dogs are being eaten, and friendly wagers start to take on increasing importance. Conceived by Joe Mantegna and written by The Organic Theatre Company of Chicago in 1977. Tickets are $20 for adults; $19 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available.  Good seats are still available.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444 or online at:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/242073. For additional information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Web site at: www.dramagroup.org.

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Glenn Miller Orchestra – Tuesday, February 9

Freedom Hall’s Senior Series will present the Glenn Mill Orchestra on Tuesday, February 9 at 11 a.m. The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Tickets are $25. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580.

Children’s’ Theatre to Present ‘Chicken Dance’ – Friday, February 12

The ArtsPower National Touring Theatre will present ‘Chicken Dance’ at Freedom Hall on Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m. Based on the award winning book “Chicken Dance”, this musical for young audiences portrays the colorful story of Marge and Lola, two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks who seem to have the contest locked up. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest? Tickets are $10. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest

The Big Easy: Gala 2016 – Saturday, February 6

The Big Easy: Gala 2016 will take place on Saturday, February 6 at 6 p.m. at the Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Dr. Join Maestro Danzmayr and the IPO family as we warm up winter with pre-Mardi Gras merriment including:

  • Bourbon tastings by Frankfort Spirits
  • New Orleans-style jazz entertainment featuring the Chicago Diamond Trio
  • A 5-star French Quarter-inspired menu
  • Whimsical theme entertainment stations
  • A fabulous silent auction with exclusive small vineyard wines, theater and dining certificates, vacation lodging, sports memorabilia and more

Reservations are $150/person (a portion is tax deductible). Proceeds benefit the artistic and education programs of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit https://secure.ticketsage.net/websales.aspx?u=ipo&pid=296594 or call 708-481-7744.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest

‘Step Back Into a 1950s Valentines Day’ – Begins Wednesday, February 3

From February 3 to March 5, the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 227 Monee Road (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church) in Park Forest, Illinois is decorated with vintage valentines and decorations, in the exhibit, ‘Step Back Into a 1950s Valentines Day.’ The classroom, representing Park Forest’s first school, is decorated for a 1950s Valentines Day class party with crepe paper candy baskets, and construction paper heart-shaped valentine “mailboxes” on each desk. Red honeycomb, puffy hearts and vintage valentines are on display throughout the house.  This year, the exhibit will include a display of antique Valentines, some dating to 1880. Hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and by appointment on other days. There is a donation of $5 per adult; children 12 & under free with adult. For additional information, contact: Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252 or Mike Gans at 708-305-3308 or visit www.parkforesthistory.org.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled the week of January 31:

  • Monday, February 1 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Jump start your morning with a series of stories that are sure to get you moving. Ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, February 1 at 3 p.m. – Valentine’s Day Service Project — Join us as we dedicate an entire week to support the JourneyCare Organization. Drop in each day to create a special Valentine’s Day card, bookmark, and more.
  • Tuesday, February 2 at 3 p.m. – Valentine’s Day Service Project — Join us as we dedicate an entire week to support the JourneyCare Organization. Drop in each day to create a special Valentine’s Day card, bookmark, and more.
  • Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m. – Friends of the Library Meeting — The Friends of the Park Forest Library enhance and support the operations of the library. In order for the Friends to operate, we need you involved! You can sign up for membership by asking at the Patron Services or Info Zone desk.
  • Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m. – Pajama Storytime — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. Wear your pj’s and wind down from a busy day. Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 11 a.m. – Baby Time — Story time for infants to 35 months of age with an adult. This story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and more.
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 3 p.m. – Valentine’s Day Service Project — Join us as we dedicate an entire week to support the JourneyCare Organization. Drop in each day to create a special Valentine’s Day card, bookmark, and more.
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 3:30 p.m. — Crazy 8’s Math Club — Crazy 8’s is an over-the-top after school club that’s designed to get you fired up about math! This is an 8 week program. Every week you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess, and make friendships at the same time. It’s time for math to become the cool thing to do after school. Sign up today! Registration is required.
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 4 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle — Our new circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
  • Thursday, February 4 at 11 a.m. – Toddler Art — Bring your imagination, creativity, and throw on some old clothes to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more. Some projects may involve paint. Ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, February 4 at 3 p.m. – Valentine’s Day Service Project — Join us as we dedicate an entire week to support the JourneyCare Organization. Drop in each day to create a special Valentine’s Day card, bookmark, and more.
  • Thursday, February 4 at 3:30 p.m. – Art in the Afternoon — Unleash your inner artist! Drop in to create an amazing project of your own. Ages 12 and under.
  • Friday, February 5 at 3 p.m. – Valentine’s Day Service Project — Join us as we dedicate an entire week to support the JourneyCare Organization. Drop in each day to create a special Valentine’s Day card, bookmark, and more.
  • Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. — Special Art in the Afternoon: Dedication to Black History Month — Stop in for a project we are dedicating to the Black History Month and Civil Rights Leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
  • Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. — From Our Hearts to Yours Service Project — Make a difference this Valentine’s Day by joining us in a service project for the Kids Who Care Program for adults (in the Commons) and kids.

For additional information or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

Friends of the Library Meeting – Tuesday, February 2

The Friends of the Library will meet on Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m. at the Park Forest Public Library. Support our mission to open doors to a world of information, education, and recreation. The event is open to the public. For additional information, contact Barbara Osuch at 708-748-3731, extension 16 or email Barbara.Osuch@pfpl.org.

Digital Services Coordinator Position – Applications Now Being Accepted

The Park Forest Public Library is looking for an energetic, tech-savvy information professional to fill the full-time position of Digital Services Coordinator. To view the job posting, which explains duties, requirements, and how to apply, click here.

Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department, 350 Victory Drive

‘Getting to the Heart of the Matter Valentine Dance’ – Registration Required by Monday, February 8

On behalf of American Heart Month, the Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department and Wright Fit Coaching will present ‘Getting to the Heart of the Matter Valentine Dance’ on Frida, February 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Dining on The Green, 349 Main St., Park Forest. The event will include a night of food, dancing, raffles, photos and much more. The cost is $25 per person. This event is for adults only 21 and up. Registration deadline is Monday, February 8. To register call 708-748-2005 or online at www.villageofparkforest.com.

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

‘Memory: An Exhibition of Portraiture Evoking Memory’ – Opens Monday, February 8

PSC is hosting, ‘Memory: An Exhibition of Portraiture Evoking Memory,” in the Christopher Art Gallery on the main campus in Chicago Heights. The exhibit opens Monday, February 8 and will run through Wednesday, March 9. The exhibit features works from artists Ellen Holtzblatt, Judith Roth, John P. Smolko, Joseph Taylor and Julian Williams. There will be an artists’ reception from 4:30 p.m.to 7 p.m., Thursday Feb. 11 in the gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Christopher Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits also can be made by appointment. For additional information about the gallery, upcoming exhibits or to make an appointment for a visit, call (708) 709-7738 or visit prairiestate.edu/artgallery.

28th Annual Jazz Fest – Tickets Now on Sale

Some of the nation’s top jazz artists will perform at PSC’s 28th Annual Jazz Fest at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium in the Conference Center of the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. Featured musicians include Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis, drummer Ernie Adams, bassist Junius Paul and saxophonist Ed Petersen, as well PSC’s Professor of Music Valerie Nicholson on piano. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission. Students and senior citizens tickets are $10 each. Tickets are available in advance in the PSC Business Office Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert. Those who attend the evening concert also are invited to join the Jazz Fest musicians for a VIP reception before the concert at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the PSC Student Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased in advance at the PSC Business Office or the night of the event. The reception is sponsored by the PSC Foundation. For more information, email foundation@prairiestate.edu. The Friday performance is part of the annual two-day festival hosted by PSC, which also includes instrumental clinics led by the featured artists. The clinics are for local junior high and high school jazz musicians. It is an opportunity for students to receive instruction in technique and performance from the jazz masters. Select students from the instrumental clinics also will be invited to perform with the guest artists during the Friday evening performance. The seventh annual Howard Luckey Excellence in Jazz Leadership Award also will be announced. The award goes to a community member who has provided extensive and consistent support of jazz through teaching, performing, or organizing in a spirit of humility and community. The award was established in memory of Howard Luckey, a PSC social science faculty member who volunteered to assist with the festival for years until he passed away in 2010. For more information on the Jazz Festival, or to purchase tickets to the concert, call 708-709-3500.

Rich Township Senior Services, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Senior Trips – Tickets Now on Sale

Rich Township Senor Services has two seats left for the February 9th Trip to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest.  Following the concert we will eat at Scrementi’s Restaurant, 3760 Chicago Rd in Steger.  Because this is a local trip, transportation is on your own.  Call 708-748-5454 to reserve your seat.  The cost of the trip is $42.

On March 16, the Rich Township Senior Services will shuffle off to Buffalo, New Buffalo that is, to enjoy a day at the Four Winds Casino in Michigan.  The cost of the trip is $27.  You will receive $15 in free slot play as well as $10 off your lunch.  Please call 708-748-5454 to reserve your seat.

Tall Grass Art Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Getting There’ Exhibit – Through February 27

Tall Grass Arts Association exhibit ‘Getting There’ will run through February 27. The exhibit is free and open to the public. ‘Getting There’ is an exhibit of sixty-seven works which present a broad range of images to interpret the idea of moving, traveling seeking the curious and beautiful, and enjoying the adventure of moving down the highways, across the water, over the rails and through the skies. The works in ‘Getting There’ include evocative, highly detailed black and white and color photographs; digitally manipulated images; drawings; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; woodcut and silkscreen prints; mixed media, collage and assemblage works; and sculpture pieces in metal, wood, and ceramic. Ranging from small 8″ squares to a large installation sculpture piece that measures 10′ by 10′ by 7′, the exhibit provides realistic looks at historic train engines, police cars, and three-mast tall ships. Also on view will be abstract, inventive, whimsical, and mysterious compositions based on the blur of Marathon racers, the geometry of bicycle tracks, the overlapping fractions of images we experience speeding down the Interstate, and many other aspects of travel, time passing, and dreams of flight, the unknown, and freedom. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. For additional information, visit www.tallgrassarts.org or call 708-748-3377.

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

‘Not Serious’ – Through February 6

USG will feature the exhibit ‘Not Serious,’ a sculptural and installation-based work that is functional insofar as it provokes, allows, or promotes play. The exhibit will run through February 6. A closing reception will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. ‘Not Serious’ features six artists interested in the complex and at times contradictory experiences of art and play. And by play, we mean literal rather than some kind of diffuse metaphorical sense of play.  This is going to be a fun, high-energy show. Featured artists include: Cecilia Iwata, George Larson, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Alexander DeGraaf/Pastel Fractal, Kaleigh Moynihan and Lane Preston. 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 708-748-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Exhibit – Through February 6

USG’s first floor is currently featuring an exhibit highlighting members of Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. The exhibit will run through February 6. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative exhibit features work from: Chris Blume, Matt Bodett, Gabriella Boros, Jeff Lassahn, Kim Laurel, Andrea Schumacher, Megan Sterling, and Deborah Maris Lader. 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 708-748-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

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

Chris Farrell & Dean Milano to Perform at Edgar’s Place Coffee House – Saturday, February 13

Edgar’s Place Coffee House will proudly present Chris Farrell and Dean Milan on Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. Edgar’s Place is located at the UUCC in Park Forest. For over 35 years, Chris Farrell has been a mainstay of Chicago’s famed singer-songwriter scene. Honing his writing and performing skills while sharing the stage with music legends Steve Goodman, John Prine, Bob Gibson and others, Chris has emerged with his own distinct brand of songwriting and showmanship to carry on this proud tradition. Dean Milan’s songs reflect his extensive background in music in multiple genres, and are sparkling compositions that range from humorous to introspective, solid melodic tunes that cover a wide-range of topics. Tickets are $15 per person. Edgar’s Place is a fundraiser for the UUCC. For additional information, visit www.uuccpf.org or call 708-481-5339.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

‘Our Village Circle’ – Saturday, February 13

‘Our Village Circle’ continues at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, continues on Saturday, February 13 at 1 p.m. with a conversation with former Community Relations Director Barbara Moore on the history of the integration of Park Forest. Park Forest Hall of Fame Inductee Therese Goodrich is slated to be the featured speaker in March. The series takes place on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Park Forest Public Library. The conversations are free to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Park Forest Public Library at 708-748-3731. Click to download the flyer!

Black History Month Events

Matteson Area Public Library District, 801 School Avenue, Matteson

Black History Month Events at the Matteson Public Library

This year, to celebrate Black History Month, The Matteson Area Public Library District, is hosting speakers that will entertain and inform our community on different topics covering Black History. The events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 5 – ‘The Life and Import of Fannie Lou Hamer’

‘The Life and Import of Fannie Lou Hamer’ will take place at beginning at 1:00pm, on Saturday, February 6. Poet and educator Treasure Shields Redmond will present her original poems about the life and social impact of Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer, a native of rural Mississippi and grassroots Civil Rights activist, helped to organize the 1964 Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as the vice-chairperson of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Redmond will intersperse her poetry with freedom songs, gospel songs, and spirituals, examining, through African American expressive culture, the lasting significance of Hamer’s work and the movements to which she contributed. Hamer’s legacy resonates with the experiences of many Illinoisans who traveled south to participate in Freedom Summer or were involved in the pursuit of Civil Rights in Cairo, East St. Louis, Chicago, and many other communities throughout our state. Register for the event at http://bit.ly/1RMoUzW

Saturday, February 27 – History of Bid Whist

Ronald Allen will talk about the History of Bid Whist at 1 p.m. Mr. Allen is the author of “The Evolution of Bid Whist” His book  combines both a thorough investigation of the origins of Bid Whist and an interesting and informative presentation of how the game has evolved and continued to grow from slavery into the 21st century. Register for the event at http://bit.ly/1Si72LW

For additional information visit: http://www.mattesonpubliclibrary.org or contact Lisa Korajczyk at 708-748-4431, or email lkorajczyk @mapld.org.

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

Black History Month Events at PSC

PSC is celebrating Black History Month in February with a few events around campus. All events are free and open to the public, and will be held on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights.

Monday, February 1

The Charles Drew/Heartland Blood Drive is scheduled on Monday, February 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium. The annual event is sponsored by the Student Government Association, and celebrates Charles R. Drew, an American physician, surgeon and medical researcher. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments also can be made at heartlandbc.org or by contacting Helen Manley, coordinator, Student and Campus Life, at (708) 709-3910 or hmanley@prairiestate.edu.

Wednesday, February 3

On February 3, the Student Veterans Center, in conjunction with Male Success Initiative (MSI), Protégé Club and the Center for Multicultural Communities, will honor black and Latino military veterans during an 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. event in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium. The event features a viewing of a short video followed by a question and answer session with two of the Tuskegee Airmen, as well members of the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. Representatives from Benjamin O. Davis VFW Post 311 will conclude the event with a commentary about black and Latino U.S. Medal of Honor recipients, including some dating back to the Civil War. For more information on the event, contact Georges Sanon, coordinator of the Student Veterans Center at (708) 709-3567 or gsanon@prairiestate.edu.

Tuesday, February 16

The college is welcoming internationally recognized public speaker Marcus Gentry, founder and president of A MasterMind Creation, to the college from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday February 16, for his presentation, “I Have a Dream: A King’s Journey.” The event is presented by the MSI, and features Gentry telling the story of the people and events that surrounded the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, contact William Berkley, coordinator of MSI, at (708) 709-2946 or email wberkley@prairiestate.edu.

Wednesday, February 24

From 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on February 24, the PSC Library is hosting an African American Read-In, offered in partnership with Professor Alanna Cotch’s African American Literature class. Students will perform public readings that feature African American writers. The event is part of the National African American Read-In, hosted by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and NCTE, and is designed to bring friends and community members together to share books and promote literacy.

The events are free and open to the public. Additional information is available at www.ncte.org/aari.

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

Black History Month Events at SSC

SSC’s Office of Student Life & Leadership presents four programs open to the public at no charge in honor of Black History Month.

Afro Blues Ensemble presents “A Tribute to Miles Davis”
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Kindig Performing Arts Center
The Afro Blues Ensemble is a collective of world-class and world-traveled musicians. The ensemble director, Art “Turk” Burton, has selected tunes from Miles Davis’ repertoire that are sure to please. John Watson Jr., Director of Economic Development for the Village of South Holland, will bring Miles Davis to life with commentary and historical highlights. Immediately following the performance, participants will be given tickets to join us for a “Taste of Soul” in the Kindig Performing Arts Center Lobby.

“Don’t Give Up Your Right to Vote” – Voter Registration with Thornton Township Clerk, Jackie Rivera
Thursday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 16th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Cafeteria – Directly in Front of SGA (Student Government Association) Office
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 overcame legal barriers at the State and Local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Voting is an essential public duty. If you are not registered, please join us and get registered today. Bring a current ID with your address.

Black History 101 for Everyone
Wednesday, February 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Kindig Performing Arts Center
Retired SSC History Professor Art Burton will share with you some unknown facts about Black History that you should know but probably never heard of. You will be entertained, educated, and fascinated as he gives you exciting true facts about the African American experience beginning with Mother Africa (the cradle of civilization) to our present.

“How to Feel Good About Yourself”
Tuesday, February 23, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Kindig Performing Arts Center
Yusuf Ali El has published five books in the last three years. “How to Feel Good About Yourself,” a self-empowerment manual, is his current pride and joy. Yusuf received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters in Literature from Governors State University. Please join us for this exciting presentation. All students will receive a raffle ticket to win his manual. Ten winners will be selected and additional copies of his book will be available for purchase.

For more information on these events, please contact Corrie Gray of Student Programming, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2499.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

One Book One University Event to Feature David Axelrod – Thursday, February 4

David Axelrod will discuss his experiences navigating the U.S. political system, including his time as a strategist with President Barack Obama at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4 in Roosevelt University’s 10th floor Murray Green Library, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. A former Chicago Tribune journalist, campaign consultant and senior advisor to Obama, Axelrod will discuss and sign his new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, during the One Book One University event that is sponsored by Roosevelt’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation. Axelrod’s autobiography, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, has been called “a well-written and often moving account of how a committed liberal measures his principles against the bruising imperatives of high-stakes politics” by the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune has found some of its most compelling parts to be “inside views of Obama as he decides to run for U.S. Senate and during his subsequent two White House campaigns.” To obtain the book, visit Roosevelt University’s libraries, the Mansfield Institute office or www.amazon.com. The One Book One University event is free and open to the public. To register for this event, visit Axelrod Lecture Registration or for more information, contact Nancy Michaels at nmichaels@roosevelt.edu or 312-341-2150. Media who are interested in attending should contact Laura Janota at ljanota@roosevelt.edu or 312-341-3511.

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

Information Session on Sports Careers – Registration Now in Progress

SSC’s Department of Continuing Education is presenting information sessions for those interested in developing their Leadership Skills, or Athletes interested in a career in the Coaching profession and Concussions in Sports Education. The sessions are led by Hall of Fame Football Player Michael Jennings and the schedule is as follows:

Lobby – Oak Forest Center
Monday, February 1, 2016 – Time: 4:30-5:30pm

SSC Athletics Facility
Monday, February 8, 2016 – Time: 4:30-5:30pm
Thursday, February 11, 2016 – Time: 4:30-5:30pm

Information Sessions are offered free of charge. For more information or to RSVP contact the South Suburban College Department of Continuing Education at 708-596-2000, ext. 2231.

Adult-Child Baseball Camps – Registration Now in Progress

SSC’s Baseball Program and Head Coach Steve Ruzich will be conducting Adult-Child Baseball Camps in February for boys and girls ages 6 thru 14. The camps will feature sessions for pitching, catching, hitting and fielding while providing adults and children the opportunity to improve their knowledge of baseball skills and techniques. Kids will be given expert instruction and time to practice and improve their skills through a variety of station drills. Adults will be taught how to use effective teaching methods, provide instruction using proper skill techniques, and utilize effective drills. The campers will work together, have fun, and develop talents in a wholesome, supportive environment. Ruzich has coached the SSC Baseball Program for the past 29 years with a winning record of 1045-607. Not only has he enjoyed success as a college coach and player, he has also established himself as a reputable youth baseball camp director around the state. In addition to Ruzich’s instruction, SSC baseball players will be on hand to help the campers develop and improve their skills. The players’ enthusiasm and expertise always adds to the camp’s success. The cost is $45 for one adult and one child per camp, and $40 per camp if enrolled in more than one. The cost is $30 for each additional child. The camp schedule is as follows:

PITCHING:

  • Friday, February 12: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 20: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

HITTING:

  • Saturday, February 13: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 14: 12 noon – 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 21: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

ADVANCED HITTING:

  • Sunday, February 21: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

FIELDING:

  • Sunday, February 14: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 19: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Checks should be made payable to:

South Suburban College Baseball
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL 60473

The camps are located at Bulldog Field on SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland. For more information or to register, contact Coach Ruzich at 708-225-5843, or email sruzich@ssc.edu.

Concussion Seminars – Registration Now in Progress

SSC’s Department of Continuing Education is holding a seminar series on Concussions. This 2-day seminar is a must-attend event for coaches, parents, volunteers, trainers, student-athletes or others involved in sports. A concussion is not just a football related injury. It’s better to miss one game than miss a lifetime of fun. The seminars are led by Hall of Fame Football Player Michael Jennings and topics include:

  • Concussion Facts
  • Concussion Symptoms
  • Don’t hide it, Don’t ignore it, Report it!
  • Take Care Of Your Brain!

Class times are from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and run during February and March. The cost is $69. For more information contact the South Suburban College Department of Continuing Education at 708-596-2000, ext. 2231. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn.

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.

Green Events

One Earth Film Festival, Chicago

5th Annual One Earth Film Festival – Tickets Now on Sale

One Earth Film Festival returns for its fifth year, March 4-6, 2016, bringing you 35+ films and more than 40 screenings throughout the Chicagoland area. The festival continues its tradition of showcasing top-issue environmental films accompanied by engaging festival programming. See One Earth’s official film list along with trailers and descriptions and begin planning your weekend! Leading up to the big weekend, we start with our first pre-event screening: “This Changes Everything,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 11, at Dominican University. Filmed over 211 days in nine countries over four years and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestselling book, this film confronts the challenge of climate change head on. Get tickets for this pre-event screening today!

Advance Screenings — An Engaging Schedule of Pre-Event Screenings

As you gear up for the festival weekend, enjoy advance screenings throughout the month of February. Screenings are free! A $5 donation per film is appreciated. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now! Stay tuned to One Earth’s Guide for up-to-date information on all screening events. Currently, advance screenings are as follows:

Please see the Advance Screenings page for complete details.

For Families, Kids, and Teens — One Earth Brings Films & Programs for the Whole Family!

One Earth Film Festival 2016 has something for everyone, even the youngest environmentalists. General audiences, children, families, and teens are all welcome to attend our family programming. Parents are invited to view “Saving My Tomorrow” with their children. This film sparks rich conversation, with its collection of songs, activism and heartfelt tips for protecting the Earth for the children who will inherit it. See the trailer and get tickets here.

Discarded to Regarded — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Through Art

How do we create treasure from trash? In February, artists and Oak Park arts organizations are working together to teach the public how to reduce, reuse and recycle through the visual mediums of art and film. Oak Park Art League (OPAL) is calling on artists for its gallery exhibition, Discarded to Regarded, for which artists submit one-of-a-kind works created from found objects or recycled materials. Artists can drop off work at Oak Park Art League starting Feb. 6. Read more about OPAL’s call for entries and gallery exhibition.

This year, One Earth Film Festival features two inspiring documentaries that tell moving trash-to-treasure stories. “Landfill Harmonic” shows how trash from a landfill in Paraguay is used to create something truly beautiful (watch the trailer below!). And Garbage Warrior tells the rich story of sustainable architect Michael Reynolds and his life’s work of building Earthships to turn garbage into sustainable homes.

For additional information, visit: www.oneearthfilmfestival.org.

Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club, Matteson

Discussion of the ‘Life and Work of Sigurd Olsen’ – Monday, February 8

The Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club invites you to its next meeting. Avid canoeist Lois Lauer will talk about the life and work of Sigurd Olsen, who led the struggle to protect the Boundary Water Canoe Wilderness near Ely, Minnesota, a million-acre wilderness that contains no roads or motorized traffic.   Last summer Lois visited Sigurd Olsen’s wilderness sanctuary called “Listening Point” which inspired much of his writing, before she took off with three other women for a weeklong canoe trip in the wilderness about which Olsen wrote so poetically.  Lois will share photos and stories and read some of Olsen’s reflections about the spiritual value of wilderness and solitude for our souls. The meeting will be on Monday, February 8th at 7:15 p.m.  The meeting is at the Frankfort Public Library.  The Frankfort Public Library is visible from Lincoln Hwy. at the corner of Lincoln Hwy. and Pfeiffer Rd.  Pfeiffer Rd. is about a mile east of LaGrange Rd. on Rt. 30. The address is 21119 Pfeiffer Rd. in Frankfort. Monthly meetings usually start with announcements with the program following.  Programs are about nature or an environmental issue.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  For directions or more information about the Club and its activities, contact Patrick Coffey at pjc1000@comcast.net.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Junior Ecologists Club Meeting – Registration Required by Thursday, February 4

Thorn Creek’s Junior Ecologists Club offering monthly fun-filled nature activities for young people age 9 to 12 has its next meeting Saturday, February 6 from noon to 3 p.m. They will explore winter animal tracks and create their own animal track replicas. Young people should be prepared to get muddy, dress for the weather, wear boots and long pants. Junior Ecologists Club is a free program and registration is required by Thursday, February 4. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

‘Tracking Animals in Winter’ Hike – Registration Required by Friday, February 5

Celebrate our creatures living in Thorn Creek Woods at ‘Tracking Animals in Winter’ on Sunday, February 7, 1-3 p.m. How do these animals survive winter’s chills? What adaptations have they developed to keep warm and find food? We’ll put ourselves in the paws of active woodland creatures and follow the trails in search of tracks and other spoor. We’ll even make plaster replicas of tracks to take home. Participants should be prepared for the cold weather and be able to walk a mile outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven and possibly snow-covered ground. The ‘Tracking Animals in Winter’ program is free and open to all ages, but registration is required by February 5. If weather is inclement this program will still take place inside the Nature Center. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’

Friends of Thorn Creek Woods is the citizen activist group responsible in very large part for preserving and securing the dedication of the Thorn Creek Woods as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Friends’ volunteers continue to provide support in so many ways: staff the nature center on weekends; trail work; displays; leading hikes; special events; cleaning; pruning; artwork; music; research; and so on. Friends is a voice for the Woods and preservation values, donates funds for equipment and sponsors an annual meeting, Garlic Fest and Earth Day. Members receive a quarterly newsletter. Annual membership in Friends is $10. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

Thorn Creek Nature Center is housed in a historic building, originally Immanuel Lutheran Church of Matteson, Illinois built in 1862, and later Village Bible Church of Park Forest. A gothic frame country church, its notable architectural features include curved ceiling, tongue-and-groove paneling and a raised pulpit. Its current attractions are displays of the preserve’s flora and fauna, a bird feeder viewing area, Eugene E. Schwartz reference library and an expanded children’s section. The Nature Center is open Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Trails are open daily year-round, dawn to dusk. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Healthy Living

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

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

If you, or someone you know, are struggling to pay for medications every month, they may be able to get the medicines they need for free or almost free through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. If you live in Illinois, you can get access to more than 475 public and private program available to help you pay for your medicines. Simply visit http://www.pparx.org/en/click_illinois to find out if you can apply to any of these great programs and to get connected with 10,000 free clinics and doctors.

Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip

Free Community Education and Prevention Programs about Mental Health

Sertoma Centre’s Mental Health Services facility is offering community mental health seminars, free of charge to community groups, schools, law enforcement agencies, religious organizations, and other community groups at their location in Matteson or facility. Education Programs will include: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) which increases public awareness of suicide and improves one’s ability to identify and refer those at risk for suicide. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education course that helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance disorders. Also included is Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Anxiety/Depression Screenings. Thanks to a grant, these educational opportunities are available at no cost to you or your organization. To arrange a free educational opportunity for your club, group, workplace, organization, or church, call Gia Washington at 708-748-1951, Ext. 418 or email at gwashington@sertomacentre.org.

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

Yoga Classes by Karen Nielsen – Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

Yoga classes by Karen Nielsen are available at UUCC on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No reservations needed. Drop-in fee is $10 per class and the 6th one is free. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Qigong with Jim Kobus – Most Thursdays

UUCC will host Qigong with Jim Kobus on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the church. This class will usually meet on Thursdays but there may be exceptions, so if you are interested in attending, please send an email to Jim Kobus at emiton1@gmail.com so he can notify you when class will NOT be held. There is a suggested donation of $5 per class. Please bring your own water. It is recommended that you eat dinner after class, not before. For additional information, please call 708-799-1925 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays

Learn to enjoy the simple and straight-forward practice of meditation. Please join us for sitting and walking meditation in the Zen and Theravadan Buddhist traditions. This is an on-going event led by Steve McCabe and Beverly Feldt will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at UUCC. There is no cost but a free will offering is most appreciated (proceeds go to UUCC). For additional information contact Steve McCabe at 708-465-3116 or Beverly Feldt at bevfeldt@gmail.com.

This & That

League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area

Civic Engagement Event – Wednesday, February 10

Please join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area and the staff of the Governors State University (GSU) Civic Engagement and Community Service Center for an afternoon discussion. Topics will include Civic Engagement, Service Learning and Community Service. The event will take place in Engbretson Hall on the Governors State University Campus, 1 University Parkway, University Park, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Engbretson Hall is conveniently located near the cafeteria. The program is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about this important issue. For more information you may contact Diane Hodges at diane-hodges@comcast.net or Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251. 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 of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. 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 visit lwvpfa.org

Park Forest Recreation and Parks, 350 Victory Drive

Annual Parks Pavilion Permit Lottery – Saturday, February 6

The Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department will hold its Annual Parks Pavilion Permit Lottery on Saturday, February 6, beginning at 9 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. The event is held each year to allow members of the public the opportunity to secure their preferred Park Forest park pavilion on their preferred date. New in 2016, two separate lotteries will be held for Park Forest residents and non-Park Forest residents. This new system is designed to allow Park Forest residents priority selection in what has become a popular lottery event, with an increasing number of non-Park Forest residents participating in the process. The Park Permit Lottery for Park Forest residents will begin at 9 a.m. The lottery for non-Park Forest residents will immediately follow the Park Forest resident lottery. All members of the public (Park Forest residents and non-Park Forest residents) must be present by 9 a.m. Please arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. Those in attendance by 9 a.m. will be invited to place their names in the appropriate permit lottery. Please bring a State ID to verify residency. Names will be pulled for the Park Forest resident permit lottery first, and permits will be issued in the order names are selected. Names will be drawn for the non-Park Forest resident lottery second, and permits will be issued in the order names are selected. Please note that individuals are restricted to one picnic date per person. Full payment is due at time of reserving a permit. Read more by viewing the flyer!

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

2016 Women’s Conference – Tickets Now on Sale

SSC proudly announces Judy Ferraro as the Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Chicago Women’s Conference on Friday, March 18, 2016, located at the college’s Main Campus in South Holland, Illinois. This year’s theme “Reach for The Stars” marks the 8th annual event that the college’s Business and Career Institute (BCI) is planning for women of all backgrounds ages 18 and up to come together for one day dedicated exclusively to women. The positive feedback and participation has grown tremendously since the event’s inception. Last year over 350 participants and 50 vendors participated in this truly unique opportunity. Judy Ferraro owned and operated her own scrap metal business and after 18 years in the industry, she decided to shed the glitz and glamour of scrap metal to form a consulting firm for personal development, sales and leadership training. Studying in Chicago’s comedy circle, Judy uses her comedic background and excellent interactive skills when building seminars that are informative and fun and emphasize the importance of listening, the art of asking good questions and the ability to laugh at oneself. In addition to an exciting keynote from Ms. Ferraro, this year’s event will again include networking, shopping, and will feature over 15 speakers on topics including Personal Empowerment, Health & Wellness, and Business & Finance, along with a panel discussion “Stars – Straight Talk About Real Stuff” that will feature poignant discussions on the many areas of a woman’s life. The cost of admission is just $25 per person with advance registration, or $35 at the door. The conference fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and admission to all of the break-out sessions. Sponsorships are also available – event sponsors to date include: Supervisor Frank M. Zuccarelli – Thornton Township, MB Financial Bank, Ed Miniat, L.L.C., Thornton Township School District 205, State Representatives Will Davis, Anthony DeLuca, Thaddeus Jones and Al Riley, Illiana Financial, State Senator Donne Trotter, State Representatives Marcus C. Evans and Elgie Sims and Cook County Commissioner Stan Moore, Judge Fredrick Bates and Pat Heneghan for Judge. For more information, or to register for the 2016 Chicago Women’s Conference, please call 708-225-6055 or visit www.TheChicagoWomensConference.org.

South Suburban College (SSC) Oak Forest Campus, 16333 S. Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest

Grand Opening of the SouthWorks MakerLab – Saturday, February 6

SSC, along with the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium, is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the SouthWorks MakerLab at South Suburban College. Please join us on Saturday, February 6th, from 12:00 noon – 2 p.m., Room 5160 at the Oak Forest Campus. All are welcome to take this opportunity to come and explore the possibilities. MakerLabs provide local manufacturers with access to new tools that they may not have and talent that can help them solve problems they may not be able to surmount on their own. Tinkerers, innovators and artisans develop viable businesses around the products they are able to prototype and test in the MakerLab. Some describe a MakerLab as the modern-day shop class, but it’s more than that. It is a space filled with modern and traditional tools that allow users to make just about anything. Tools are easily accessible even to middle schoolers, yet powerful enough to build industrial prototypes. In addition to the tools, MakerLabs support the collaborative ethos of the burgeoning Maker Movement. Our MakerLab currently houses two DaVinci XYZ 3D printers, a Stratasys Uprint SE Plus 3D printer, a Roland vinyl cutter, an electronics station and a Universal Laser Engraver. In addition we have a dedicated Electronics lab, CAD lab and Manufacturing lab on campus. Students master STEM subjects through hands-on learning and building. Many “find” themselves as “makers,” continuing on to engineering and manufacturing careers. Others invent. All develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, and persistence that hands-on, learning-by-doing provides and leads to success in the real world. For more information, please contact Anna Helwig at 708-596-2000, ext. 5706, ahelwig@ssc.edu or Desmond Campbell at 708-596-2000, ext. 3256.

St. Irenaeus Church, 78 Cherry Street, Park Forest

A Faith Response to Homicide: Vigil for Peace – Wednesday, February 3

The distant echo of gun fire has roared its thunderous blast in our community. The weeping of Rachel for her children is now our weeping. As an expression of solidarity and peace-seeking, the faith communities of Park Forest are gathering to pray for peace in our village, our nation and our world. The event will take place at St. Irenaeus Church on Wednesday, February 3, at 7 p.m. for a vigil, and as an ongoing commitment, the first Wednesday of each month to join our hearts, our hands, and our voices for peace. See you there!