In and Around Park Forest for the Week of February 12, 2017

Antique Valentine’s Card

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—Don’t forget that Tuesday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day. Be sure to let that ‘special someone’ know how much they mean to you.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, did you know that the Park Forest Historical Society’s House Museum is now featuring a special ‘Step Back to a 1950s Valentine’s Day’ exhibit? The classroom is decorated for a 1950s 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, including a display of antique Valentines, some dating to 1880. You can find out more about the exhibit in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in the community that you would like published, please send an e-mail to with the details no later than 5 p.m. on Friday.  Thank you.

Village of Park Forest

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of February 12:

  • Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations
  • Tuesday, February 14 at 7 p.m. – Youth 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

‘Drumline Live’ – Tickets Now On Sale

On Sunday, February 26 at 6 p.m., the Center for Performing Arts will present ‘Drumline Live.’ The show-stopping attraction created by the Executive Band Consultant of the hit movies Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat, brings the historically black college marching band tradition to the theatrical stage like you have never seen before. Featuring new music and choreography. A Center for Performing Arts favorite, Drumline electrifies, and hits all the right notes! Tickets are $55, $42, $39 and $35. Buy Tickets. Tickets can also be purchased:

  • By Phone: 708-235-2222
  • In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway in University Park.

Box Office Hours: Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open to 6 p.m. on Thursdays) and 2 hours prior to all performances. Parking is free. For best GPS directions always use the location search term ‘Governors State University’ only.

Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted, Chicago

A Night with Oscar Party – February 26 – Tickets Now on Sale

Center on Halsted’s A Night with Oscar party welcomes donors, patrons, and supporters to enjoy the Academy Awards presentation on Sunday, February 26 in a fun and festive atmosphere that includes cocktail service, reserved seating, buffet dinner, silent auction, and a raffle drawing. In 2016, this event was attended by over 300 participants and raised more than $80,000 to support the many programs and services of Center on Halsted. This year’s A Night with Oscar party is sure to be the best Academy Awards viewing party in the city; we look forward to seeing you On the Red Carpet!

  • 6:00 p.m. Doors open for our Red Carpet Arrival
  • 7:30 p.m. Academy Awards Telecast
  • 9:00 p.m. Silent Auction Ends & Event Drawing

Silent Auction & Raffle
A Night with Oscar will feature a Silent Auction and Raffle Drawing. Always a highlight, our silent auction will offer vacation packages, bar and restaurants certificates, theater and sports tickets, gym and personal services, and a whole lot more! The raffle will feature top prizes that are sure to delight! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase online and at Center on Halsted as well as at the event.

Get Your Ballots Ready!
Think you know who is going to walk home with an Oscar? Submit your ballot for a chance to win a cash prize at A Night with Oscar! All guests will have a chance to submit a ballot for our Predict-the-Winner contest. Ballots will be available for $20 at registration and the person with the most correct picks will split the winnings with Center on Halsted!

Reserve your seat today! Limited quantity available for each ticket level. Click on the ticket type below to purchase your tickets online.

Green Room Ticket: $100
Toast the radiant red carpet revelers in the sparkling Green Room party for a lavishly grand celebration of live entertainment courtesy and craft cocktails and concoctions while the excitement of the Academy Awards streams live on nearby monitors. It’s A Night with Oscar that you won’t forget!

  • Multi-Screen Academy Awards Broadcast
  • Open Seating & Communal Lounges
  • Complimentary Champagne Welcome
  • 2 Drink Tickets
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Catered Hors d’ouevres

Screening Room Ticket: $150
For the diehard viewers and movie aficionados, pop a cork at your private cabaret table and enjoy concession treats while the Academy Awards streams live on the big screen. During commercial breaks, join your friends in the Green Room for some serious red carpet revelry.

  • Private Cabaret Table
  • Large Screen Viewing
  • Champagne
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Drink Tickets
  • Popcorn & Concession Treats
  • Catered Hors d’ouevres
  • Unlimited Access to the Green Room Party

Premier Lounge Ticket: $2,000
For the real red carpet experience, sink into the comfort of your private lounge with up to eight of your closest companions with large screen viewing of the Academy Awards. Specially crafted Canapés will await your arrival and your private valet will ensure that your glass is never empty.

  • Private Lounge
  • Large Screen Viewing
  • Open Bar
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Champagne + Bottle Service Attendant
  • Popcorn & Concession Treats
  • Catered Hors d’oeuvres
  • Unlimited Access to the Green Room Party

The Center on Halsted is located at 3656 North Halsted Street in Chicago. For additional information call 773-472-6469 or visit No physical tickets will be mailed for this event. Names will be held at the door. Tickets are non-refundable and seating is limited. Garage parking is available on Addison directly west of Center on Addison. All but $55 of each Green Room ticket, $150 of each Screening Room ticket, and $440 of each Premier Lounge ticket is tax deductible.

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

‘One Day This Kid Will Get Larger’ – Through April 2

For a rising generation of young, contemporary artists, the AIDS crisis has always been part of their lives. This winter, DePaul Art Museum will present “One Day This Kid Will Get Larger,” a group exhibition that examines HIV and AIDS through the lenses of childhood, youth culture and marginalized communities. It runs through April 2. Curated by Danny Orendorff, the exhibition complements the Alphawood Foundation’s presentation of “Art AIDS America,” now on display down the street from DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Museum hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit

‘Four Saints in Three Acts’ – Through April 2

Art and the representation of saints have been intertwined for centuries. An upcoming winter exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum, “Four Saints in Three Acts,” will feature works by contemporary artists who use religious imagery to consider their own relationship to religion, belief and faith. A complementary show, “The Many Faces of Vincent de Paul: Nineteenth-Century French Romanticism and the Sacred,” will examine how artists depicted DePaul University’s patron saint in material culture and decorative arts. Both exhibitions run through April 2. DePaul University holds the world’s largest collection of material culture related to St. Vincent de Paul. Artifacts on display from the university’s collection reflect the varying quality and artistry of devotional items from the period. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Museum hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit

DePaul University Humanities Center to Feature Ballet, Comedy and the Bible – Ongoing Events

Events featuring space exploration, improv comedy, Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson and the temptations of Christ are slated for the DePaul University Humanities Center’s 2017 winter season. Events are free and open to the public. Events include:

“Metamorphosis” ballet screening and discussion with Edward Watson
February 16, DePaul Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
Film screening and discussion 6:30-9 p.m.

When Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson dances the role of Gregor Samsa in Arthur Pita’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s novella, “Metamorphosis,” it is not only a man that transforms into an insect on stage, but an audience that is transformed in the presence of a master and a masterpiece. Interpreting choreography that ingeniously reveals Samsa’s inner experience and intersubjective embodiment, Watson lets Kafka’s story settle into his flesh in a virtuoso performance, proving why he is one of the greatest dancers working today. After a screening of the film of the ballet, Watson joins Steeves on stage for a conversation about the film.

The Scholar’s Improv 2: Academic Boogaloo
February 22, DePaul Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
Performances and presentations 7-8:30 p.m.

DePaul faculty members and a troupe of professional Chicago comedians perform improv as the scholars are challenged to lecture extemporaneously on surprise topics. Led by improv comic Pete Parsons, comedians Lisa Burton, Tim Dunn, and Alaina Hoffman will present six improvised scenes, showcasing their talent, quick minds and artistry. These moments will be interspersed with five mini-lectures by DePaul academics, each accompanied by a PowerPoint slide presentation in their field but which they has not seen before. DePaul faculty participating include:

  • Anna Souchuk, associate professor of German.
  • Paul Booth, associate professor of media and cinema studies.
  • Amy Tyson, associate professor of history.
  • Nancy Grossman, associate director of the Honors Program.
  • Rick Lee, professor of philosophy.

The DePaul University Humanities Center aims to create visibility of the work in humanities and foster discussion among the greater community. Learn more about the center and upcoming events at

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre Presents ‘Biscuit’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Freedom Hall will host the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre performance of ‘Biscuit’ on Thursday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A Little Girl is thrilled when she receives ‘Biscuit’ as a birthday present, but will this rambunctious puppy learn how to behave and accept being part of a family? ArtsPower’s popular musical features a frolicking little puppy who loves exploring, making new friends, and even stirring up some mischief. With over 17 million books in print, ‘Biscuit’ is a modern classic! Tickets are $7 – Pre-K-2 – school groups. Tickets can be purchased online at: For additional information, call 708-747-0580 or visit

‘Route 66’ – Tickets Now On Sale

On Tuesday, February 28, Freedom Hall will present ‘Route 66’ at 11 a.m. as part of its matinee series.  A rip-roaring, pedal-to-the-medal road trip down memory lane featuring hits such as “Dead Man’s Curve,” “King of the Road,” “Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” “Six Days on the Road,” “GTO,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around” and, of course, “Route 66.” Four snappy young pump jockeys take the audience to various stops along the historic “Mother Road” where a menagerie of characters sing and dance to timeless pop and country tunes. This is the road trip of a lifetime with solid harmonies, dazzling quick-changes, flashy dance numbers and hilarious comedic timing. “Get your kicks…..on Route 66.”  Tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased online at: For additional information, call 708-747-0580 or visit

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

‘Opposites Attract’ – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m., conductor candidate Maestro Darko Butorac will lead the IPO in a presentation entitled ‘Opposites Attract’ — a program of considerable contrasts.  Excerpted from Verdi’s tangled tale, La forza del destino, the overture introduces multiple melodies from the charming Italian opera.  Soloists Jasmine Lin and Matthew Lipman, who both hail from the Chicago Southland, appear together on Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, which is considered one of his early masterpieces.  On the program’s second half, Maestro Butorac says of Prokofiev’s fifth symphony, “This is a work of incredible positive energy written during one of the darkest periods of human history, deeply affected by the Second World War.”  Even while knowing its dark roots, your spirt cannot help but soar as you listen to “A hymn to the free and happy man.” The performance will take place at the Lincoln-Way West Performing Arts Center, 21701 Gougar Road in New Lenox. Shuttle Service is available to Lincoln-Way West. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online here. For additional information, call 708-481-7774 or visit

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

Vonnegut’s Odyssey’ – Through May 6

The NVAM’s exhibit, ‘Vonnegut’s Odyssey,’ explores connections between the timeless and universal story of veterans’ return from combat through the artwork of World War II veteran and famed author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Vonnegut’s selected artwork will be on view at NVAM through May 6, 2017. Exhibit curator and Iraq veteran Ash Kyrie notes, “The experience of returning home and processing the effects of war is something that is shared by all veterans, from the time of Homer’s The Odyssey, through Vonnegut’s experiences in Dresden, and continuing on today. Exhibiting the artwork of Vonnegut as an illustration of the post-war experience and as a creative processing tool for the artist highlights the process of the return and the complexity of the veteran experience.” Vonnegut enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and was deployed to fight overseas in Europe during WWII. He was later captured at the Battle of the Bulge and served as a Prisoner of War until 1945 when he returned to the U.S. and was awarded the Purple Heart. These experiences largely shaped his creative endeavors including his well-known published literature and his body of artwork. From WWII through Vietnam and beyond, Vonnegut was an active voice in American culture and society—openly discussing war and its effects publicly. After establishing himself as an important American author during the late 1960’s with the publication of Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Vonnegut later became recognized for his drawings that often accompanied his writings. These drawings vary in subject matter from his Purple Heart to his illustrious Asterisk. Building on these drawings, Vonnegut worked with printer Joe Petro III to create a prolific catalog of artwork. Presented together, these artworks reflect the connections between Vonnegut’s return home from World War II and Homer’s epic of Odysseus’s return home after the Trojan War. For additional information about the National Veterans Art Museum or the exhibit, visit, or call 312-326-0270.

Park Forest Commission on Human Relations

Black History Month Play and Panel Discussion — Saturday, February 25

In celebration of Black History Month, the Park Forest Commission on Human Relations will present a stage play followed by a panel discussion on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest. The 65-minute stage play touches on stopping the violence and spreading peace, love, and community.  The cast from the show will join panelists following the play to discuss solutions and to answer questions from the audience. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Park Forest Mayor John Ostenburg
  • Park Forest Police Chief Pete Green
  • Hazel Crest Police Chief Mitch Davis
  • Park Forest Youth Commission Interim Chair Randall Whilte
  • Writer/Producer Phoenix Tyler
  • Historian Tammy Gibson

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-283-5621.

Park Forest Historical Society

‘Step Back into a 1950s Valentines Day’ – Through March 4

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 227 Monee Road (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church), Park Forest, Illinois, invites you to “Step Back into a 1950s Valentines Day,” through March 4. The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m.; other times by appointment. One room represents a classroom in Forest Boulevard School, which was set up in a row of townhomes. The classroom is decorated for a 1950s Valentines Day 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, including a display of antique Valentines, some dating to 1880.   Admission is Adults $5; children 12 and under free.  Park in the small lot by the flagpole and knock on the classroom door next to the museum sign. A guide will tell village history, and social and fashion trends of the era. Special tours can be arranged by calling Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252, or Michael Gans, 708-305-3308.  Information on the society and museum, and email contact is at

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of February 12]:

  • Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. – Valentine’s Day Make and Take — Surprise that special someone with a gift made with love. For ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, February 13 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Jump start your morning with a series of stories that are sure to get you moving. For ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, February 13 at 3:30 p.m. – Comic Creation — Be inspired to become a graphic novelist/comic creator! Each week explore ways to create comic strips, books, graphic and more.
  • Monday, February 14 at 4 p.m. – Teen DIY: Valentine’s Day Gifts — Stumped on gift ideas for your Valentine’s Day? Swing by Teen Tech Zone and create awesome gifts for that special someone!
  • Monday, February 13 at 7 p.m. – Mindfulness Mondays — Come join us as we begin each Mindfulness Monday with a relaxing breathing technique followed by a short guided meditation. Then center yourself through the practice of mindfulness (being present in the moment) by participating in one of our creative art-form projects.
  • Tuesday, February 14 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Studio — It’s time to BE CREATIVE! Each week we will explore different concepts of art. Materials will be provided. While supplies last. For ages 12 and under.
  • Tuesday, February at 14 p.m. – Pajama Story Time — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. Wear your pj’s and wind down from a busy day. For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 11 a.m. – Lap Sit Story Time — Its Lap Sit Story Time! Babies and their parents or caregivers are invited to read, sing and grow in this weekly story time. This program is geared toward babies 0 – 36 months with an accompanying adult. This is the perfect time for families to bond with their child/children.
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 3:30 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle (for kids) — Travel to a world of relaxation for kids. Lose yourself in patterns, curved flowers or even runaway stems. Color yourself Happy in our kids’ coloring circle. For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 4 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle — Our coloring circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Relax a bit and take a load off before starting your homework. Learn different media of art and show your creativity with other teens!
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. – Zen Art — Learn the art of relaxation while creating beautiful, simple designs that are inspired by zentangle, zen doodle art, and mandalas. Materials will be provided.
  • Thursday, February 16 at 20 a.m. – Toddler Art — Bring your imagination, creativity, and throw on some old clothes to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… Some projects may involve paint. For ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, February 16 at 3:30 p.m. – Drawing Theory — Do you enjoy Drawing and Sketching? Learn how to draw your favorite animations and more. For ages 12 and under.
  • Thursday, February 16 at 3:30 p.m. – “Center Stage” Readers Theater — Join our kids ‘zone Theater Group! Learn how to put on skits, musicals and more! Bring your energy. We’ll provide the rest. Hosted by: kids’ zone staff, Ms. Maranda. For ages 12 and under.
  • Friday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m. – Teen Game Day — Show off your competitive side with your friends! From board games to video games, there will be plenty of fun! Are you up for the challenge?
  • Saturday, February 18 at 12:20 p.m. — Beginning Reader Book Club: You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You — We’re providing an engaging & interactive reading experience. Children will have the opportunity to read-a loud from the monthly book selection, take turns reading and/or share their favorite passage from the book. We’ll even offer a one on one reading session if children are interested.
  • Saturday, February 18 at 1 p.m. – Practical Application Circle — Join us as we discuss Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

For additional information, or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit

Potpourri of Lectures – Thursday, February 16

The Potpourri of Lectures Winter 2017 series continues on Thursday, February 16 at 10:30 p.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room.  This week’s lecture is: “How Technology is Changing the Way Our Minds Work.”

Library Board Meeting – Thursday, February 16

The Park Forest Public Library Board of Trustees is elected to set policies and oversee the operation of the Library. The Trustees will meet in the library on Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m. The Board meets on the third Thursday of each month. The meetings are open to the public.

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

29th Annual Jazz Fest – Friday, February 17

PSC’s 29th Annual Jazz Fest, featuring some of the nation’s top jazz musicians, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 17, in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium in the Conference Center of the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. Featured musicians include trumpeter Orbert Davis, drummer Ernie Adams, bassist Larry Gray, saxophonist Ed Petersen and percussionist Rubén P. Alvarez and PSC’s Professor of Music Valerie Nicholson on piano. In addition, there will be special guest appearances by percussionist Rubén P. Alvarez and select young musicians. Those who attend the evening concert also are invited to join the Jazz Fest musicians for a VIP reception hosted by the PSC Foundation before the event at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the PSC Student Jazz Ensemble. The ticket package for the concert and reception is $25 per person. For more information, email or call (708) 709-3631. Ticket prices for the concert only are $15 for general admission. Students and senior citizens tickets are $10 each. All tickets are available in advance in the PSC Business Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert.

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 ensembles. 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.  For more information on the Jazz Festival, or to purchase tickets to the concert, call 708-709-3500.

Annual High School Art Exhibit – Through Thursday, February 23

This yearly exhibit features the work of High School students from District 515 in a wide range of media, including sculpture, photography, drawing and painting.  The exhibit will run through Thursday, February 23. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Christopher Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment.  For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call 708-709-3636 or visit

Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Thursday Game Days

Come join us at the Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, in DownTown Park Forest every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to play games with old friends and new friends.  We have a few games on hand, Trivial Pursuit, Racko, Pente, Chess, Pictionary, High Hand and Rummikub.  If none of these suit your taste, feel free to bring in your favorites.  Come join in the fun.  This is a new program, so please help to spread the word.

Adult Coloring

On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday morning of each month at 10 a.m., come to the Senior Center to participate in the new Adult Coloring Group.  The Center has supplies and several types of mediums to color with.  For additional information, call 708-748-5454.

Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘Rooftop: Second Nature’ Photo Exhibit – Through May 6

The public will get a rare look at green roofs in Chicago and beyond when photographer Brad Temkin’s Rooftop: Second Nature runs through May 6 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery in Chicago. Approximately 20 large-scale images of green rooftops in Chicago and other major cities around the world are the focus of the exhibit by Temkin, a Chicago-based artist whose photos taken between 2009 and 2016 tell a story of architecture and sustainability in the making. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Roosevelt’s Sustainability Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Physical Resources, the exhibit provides a look at green roofs atop Chicago’s City Hall, Roosevelt’s Wabash Building, the new Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital and the Chicago Cultural Center, to name just a few Chicago locations. Green rooftops at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., Millennium Hall at Drexel University in Philadelphia and atop buildings in Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and Moscow are among other sites visited and photographed by Temkin, and are included in his new book Rooftop, which was published in 2015. Rooftop: Second Nature will run through May 6 at the Gage Gallery. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 312-341-6458 or visit

Sleep In Chicago

Out in the Open Sleep In – Friday, February 24

Chicago’s youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit from the Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, February 24 in Chicago’s South Loop. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not just overnight shelter. The event will feature music and art, with speeches by youth who have experienced housing instability. New work by artist Erik R. Sosa-Kibby will be for sale, with 100% of proceeds being split among the nonprofits. This is the second event raising funds for these agencies. The first was held during a blizzard in November 2015, and raised more than $44,000. The event works like other pledge-related events. People sign up for teams that select which agency they are raising funds for. Individuals can join any team to benefit any of the partner agencies. Team names should also include the beneficiary agency. Team members sleep in overnight at the church, in the gym and other spaces. Chicago-based rapper Taylor Bennett, who is releasing his new album the same date, has created a team to raise funds for three South Side-serving youth agencies. This year, the event is also able to accommodate satellite events anywhere, with people creating their own event in the city or suburbs, and selecting which agencies to raise funds for. This is perfect for schools, religious organizations or families to build their own Sleep In and be part of the benefit, connecting through live social media posts during that evening. During the 7-10 p.m. program, attendees will hear from individual youth and participate in a variety of activities. There will also be dozens of entertainers performing during the event, including Melo Makes Music, Lucy Smith, Jess Godwin, Yohan Stevenson, Alma Mendoza, Sami Grisafe, and on the church’s beautiful organ, University of Chicago student Chelsea Coren. Poet e. nina jay will read from her work. Fawzia Mirza, fresh off MC-ing the 250,000-strong Women’s March on Chicago, will serve as MC, along with NBC Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter. In addition to youth of lived experience, there will be three special guest political speakers: Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Illinois state Rep. Juliana Stratton and Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell. This year’s partner agencies are: The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Broadway Youth Center of Howard Brown Health, Center on Halsted, Chicago Youth Storage Initiative, El Rescate, La Casa Norte, LYTE Collective, New Moms, The Night Ministry, Pride Action Tank, Teen Living Programs and Unity Parenting. The event is hosted by Pride Action Tank, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Edelman, agencyEA, Windy City Times newspaper, Second Presbyterian Church, along with a wide range of other partners. To donate or sign up for this event as well as to learn more about individual teen’s stories, please visit To volunteer or for information on team signups, contact Jackie Thaney: For information on sponsorships, email Tracy Baim, Facebook:

Southland Arts, Municipalities, and Business Alliance (S.A.M.B.A.)

‘Let Them Eat Jazz’ Festival – Begins Friday, February 17

1917 was the birth of many jazz masters, and the birth of a new era of sound. Ella Fitzgerald, “Dizzy” Gillespie, Lena Horn, Thelonious Monk, and so many more forever changed the musical landscape with their soulful, improvisational styles. Today, nearly 100 years later, their groundbreaking vocals and instrumentals continue to shape the experience of artists and fans alike. It would take an event of monumental proportion to adequately represent the vast influence of these centennial masters. So, in spring 2017, a new group in Chicago’s Southland is rising to the challenge. S.A.M.B.A. will present the Chicago Southland’s ‘Let Them Eat Jazz’ Festival as their inaugural project-bringing together over 15 organizations, 9 venues, 5 hotels, and multiple restaurants in a 72-day festival of jazz and food. The festival will kicked off with the 29th Annual Prairie State College Jazz Festival on February 17, and will close at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts with the Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic on April 29, 2017. The 70+ days in between will showcase events, all celebrating 100 years of jazz in unique ways, through visual arts, sculpture, choral and instrumental ensembles, themed jazz dinners, brunches, and more. S.A.M.B.A. is partnering with area hotels to accommodate out-of-town guests or locals who wish to plan a weekend stay-cation. Festival attendees will receive discounted rates at select hotels by using the Password EATJAZZ. For a complete schedule of events, hotel booking and area information, visit

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

Black History Month Events at SSC – Throughout February

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

African American History 101 for Everyone
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Place: Kindig Performing Arts Center
This is one presentation you will not want to miss! Retired SSC History Professor Art Burton will share with you some unknown facts about African American 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 Africa American experience beginning with Mother Africa (the cradle of civilization) to our present. Mr. Burton is the author of three award-winning books and is a highly regarded African American history consultant and lecturer.

How to Feel Good About Yourself
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Place: Kindig Performing Arts Center
If you like feeling good (and who doesn’t) then this event is for you. Poetry is Yusef’s first love, but “How to Feel Good about Yourself,” a self-empowerment manual, is his current pride and joy. Yusef writes what he feels; he hopes you feel what he writes. Yusef Ali El was born in Chicago and grew up in Pembroke Township, Illinois. He received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters in Literature from Governors State University. He has published five books in the last three years. Please join us for this exciting presentation.

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Kindig Performing Arts Center
Students, Faculty and Staff are invited to a musical concert and cultural immersion featuring the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. Founded in 1972, the Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African American dance, music and folklore. Immediately following the performance, participants will be given tickets to join us for a “Taste of Soul” in the Kindig Performing Arts Center Lobby.

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

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Wings’ Exhibit – Through February 25

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk in DownTown Park Forest, will host ‘Wings,” a juried show of 2D and 3D visual artwork inspired by the flight of winged creatures. The exhibit will open run through February 25. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Artists participating in ‘Wings’ are Melinda Arce-Gudino, Judi Boehner, Rose Blouin, Randy Buvala, Claudia Craemer, David Crunelle, June Finnegan, Andrea Fox, Robert Fritz, Susan Frost, Lea Goldman, Margaret Hafer, Linda P. Hancock, Fran Hollander, Cheryl Holz, Donna Johnston, Sarah Kaiser, Kristina Knowski, Kim Laurel, Laura Lein-Svencner, Ruth Marcanti, Roberta Masciarelli, Kevin Mason, Janice Meister, Karen Musgrave, John Nester, Joshua Newth, Molly Marie Nuzzo, Bruce Peerson, Gisele Perreault, Michael Perrott, Amber Pipkorn, Ayanna Proctor, Sruti Rajagopalan, Don Sala, Lindsay Sandbothe, Richard Schmidt, Susan Snell, Patrick Thompson, Carla Toth, Joan Tweedell, Nancy VanKanegan, Nicole Sharlow Willber, and Patricia Wiseman. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit

60th Annual Beaux Arts Ball & Fundraiser ‘A Night with Marie Antoinette: Let Them Eat Cake’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Tall Grass Arts Association will host its 60th Annual Beaux Arts Ball and fundraiser ‘A Night with Marie Antoinette: Let Them Eat Cake’ on Saturday, March 11 at Ravisloe Country Club 18231 Park Avenue in Homewood. Proceeds will benefit the Tall Grass Gallery and School. The event’s activities will include a silent auction, live auction with dinner and dancing.  Guests will have the opportunity to support Tall Grass’ mission: to cultivate and promote artists and the arts. The event will feature electronic bidding for auction items.  All bidding will be done through your cell phone or computer.  You can bid from anywhere, anytime before the close of the auction on March 11th 2 9:30 p.m. CST from your own device.  You can event get an update if you are outbid.  Register for the event at to view the auction items and begin bidding.  No cell phone? No problem. Volunteers will be available at the Ball to act as your personal shopper. This year, Tall Grass is inviting its guest to stay at the luxurious La Banque Hotel in Homewood.  By mentioning you are attending the Tall Grass Arts Ball at Ravisloe, special pricing will be available and you will receive free complementary shuttle service to and from the event.  To reserve a room, please call 708-708-6000 as soon as possible as there are a limited number of rooms that will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Program for the Evening

6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction

7:00 p.m. – Tribute to Honoree Janet Muchnik

7:15 p.m. – Invocation and Dinner followed by music and dancing.

This year’s Honoree, Janet Muchnik is a well-known champion of the arts and culture.  Janet is a long-time supporter and promoter of artists, art exhibits, Tall Grass Arts Association, the Tall Grass Gallery and School, the Park Forest Art Fair, and various other arts events and groups.  She has made significant contributions to several regional communities through her service, volunteerism, and leadership. Individual tickets are $125 each.  You can also sponsor a table for 10 for $1,250.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Please make your reservation no later than Friday, February 24. Reservations can be made online here or by calling 708-748-3377.  Reservations can be paid by cash, check or charge on Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card. For additional information call the Gallery at 708-748-3377 or email

The Drama Group, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘Good People’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is proud to present the 2011 Tony Award-Winning comedy, ‘Good People,’ by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Tony Labriola.  Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre on February 24, 25, March 2, 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on February 26 and March 5 at 2:00 p.m. ‘Good People’ tells the story of Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. And as we, in Illinois struggle through our own financial insecurity and economic desperation, this play speaks to us.  It speaks with lots of laughter and a few tears. Somewhere between Golden Girls and Angie Tribeca, with a bit of Grace & Frankie thrown in for good measure, it rings with the honest voices and wonderful personalities of ‘Good People.’  It’s wild, rough and genuinely funny.  It will be a great night in the theatre. 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 For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Website

Auditions for ‘Buried Child’ – February 28 & March 1

The Drama Group announces auditions for ‘Buried Child’ by Sam Shepard on February 28 and March 1 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  This Pulitzer Prize winning play takes a hard look at the American Dream.  An estranged grandson comes home to find his family in pieces and bound to a horrible secret they have buried. For further information go to our website:

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

Rainbow Café – Friday, February 17

The Rainbow Café will screen the movie ‘What’s the Matter with Gerald’ on Friday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. The movie tells the story of Gerald, a semi-alcoholic trust-fund baby, who wakes up every morning in some sort of pain, and can’t figure out why.  His doctors are just as stumped. He’s tried everything from acupuncture to reflexology with no results.  Is Gerald really ill? Or is he merely a hypochondriac? At his wits’ end, and against the explicit withes of his practical partner, Charles, Gerald takes the advice of a friend and consults with an energy healer.  He visits May, a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking jeweler, and is shocked when the gemstones she sells him magically ease his pain.  This unexpected stroke of luck prompts Gerald to reexamine his life in new and unexpected ways.  Rainbow Café 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.  The Café is open every 3rd Friday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For additional information, call UUCC at 708- 481-5339 or visit

‘Salam Neighbor’ Movie & Discussion – Friday, February 24

On Friday, February 24 at 7 p.m. UUCC will screen the documentary film ‘Salam Neighbor,’
an award winning film about Syrian refugees, told by two young filmmakers who fully embed themselves in a Syrian refugee camp, providing an intimate look at our world’s most dire humanitarian crisis. Join in the lively discussion following this documentary film. Free coffee, tea, and popcorn. Invite friends. Donations appreciated. For additional information, call UUCC at 708- 481-5339 or visit

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Food & Justice Symposium – Begins Tuesday, February 21

A Food and Justice Symposium will be held at Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway in University Park.  The symposiums will take place on February 21, 23 and 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day in GSU’s Engbretson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The themes for each day are:

  • February 21: Food Insecurity and Poverty in the United States
  • February 23: Food Inequality, Underdevelopment, and Globalization
  • February 28: What Now? Food Justice and Activism

Please plan on participate in this consciousness elevating event on food and justice. This event is funded by an Intellectual Life Grant from GSU. For additional information, call John Franzese at 708 983 9084.

Graduate Open House – Saturday, February 25

GRE test-taking strategies, choosing the right graduate program, and financing your education are all topics that will be discussed at the Graduate Program Open House at GSU on Saturday, February 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in E-Lounge. Attendees will learn from experts in breakout sessions designed to answer questions about these important issues and about specific graduate degree programs. GSU offers master’s degree programs, specialist degree program, and professional doctoral degree programs as well as graduate-level certificates in a variety of areas including business, healthcare, human services, education, and the arts and sciences. Prospective students who attend the Graduate Program Open House will receive a waiver code for their application fee. Programs requiring application through the Centralized Application System (CAS) are excluded from this offer. The GSU Graduate Open House is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested by February 22. To register, go to For more information, call 708-534-4086 or

Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights

PSC Trustee Candidacy Petitions – Now Available

Candidacy petitions for three, six-year, non-compensated terms and one, two-year unexpired, non-compensated term on the Prairie State College (PSC) Board of Trustees are now available. The petition packages can be picked up from the President’s Office, located in room 2270 on PSC’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The vacant positions are for those of Christopher Baikauskas, Brunetta Hill-Corley, Wendell Mosby and Marc Wiley, whose terms expire in April 2017. In order to qualify, a candidate must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, have resided in Illinois Community College District 515 for at least one year, be a registered voter, and have petition signatures from a minimum of 50 registered voters who live in the district. Petitions with the required number of signatures will be accepted in the PSC President’s Office by the secretary of Community College District 515, or a designated representative, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 through Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Petitions also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. A Statement of Candidacy and optional Loyalty Oath also must be filed at that time. Additionally, a Statement of Economic Interests must be filed with the county clerk of the candidate’s residence. The resulting receipt must then be filed with the secretary of Community College District 515 or a designated representative no later than Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Persons elected on April 4 will be seated at the April Board of Trustees meeting. For more information, contact Patricia Trost, administrative director, president’s office and board of trustees at 708-709-3637.

Online Educational Resources

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Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan, Chicago

‘From Civil Rights to Black Power: Tracing the African American Freedom Struggle’ – Friday & Saturday, February 17 & 18

Fifty years after the first shout of “Black Power” rang out during a pivotal Mississippi civil rights march, Roosevelt University will host a conference, “From Civil Rights to Black Power: Tracing the African American Freedom Struggle” on February 17 and 18. Presented by Chicago Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) History Project, this Black History Month conference will celebrate the international Black Power/Black Liberation movement that began with a shout for “Black Power” in 1966 during a march in support of James Meredith. The first African American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi, he was shot at the march by a white nationalist. Willie (Mukassa) Ricks, who first shouted “Black Power” at hecklers, will be one of the presenters at the conference. The two-day event includes: a roundtable discussion of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party’s challenge to the 1964 Democratic National Convention; the organizing of the Lowndes County Freedom movement and emergence of the Black Panther symbol; and a look at the Meredith March Against Fear, including involvement by SNCC chair Stokely Carmichael. A screening of the new film “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” and a discussion of the new book The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party in Oakland also will be featured. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18 at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. To register, visit: The conference is free to members of the Roosevelt community.  For more information, contact Al Bennett, director of Roosevelt’s St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies at

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

HR Essentials for Small Businesses – February 16

SSC’s Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents a Breakfast with BCI Workshop titled ‘HR Essentials for Small Businesses,’ on Thursday, February 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., with check-in and continental breakfast to begin at 8:45 a.m. This workshop will be held in the South Suburban College Main Campus in the MB Financial Suite on the 1st floor, and will be facilitated by Attorney Sonia D. Coleman and Alexandra Glumac, SSC Client Solutions Specialist. A functioning and effective Human Resources department is critical to business success. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to ensuring best HR practices. Whether you’re a recently appointed HR manager, are new to HR or have a non-HR job with HR responsibilities, this workshop is worth the investment. In this half-day session, participants will:

  • Receive updates and gain understanding on issues related to EEO, ADA and FMLA.
  • Obtain critical guidance on how to create effective policies and procedures.
  • Learn essential components of handbooks, job descriptions and employee evaluation systems.

The cost of the workshop with continental breakfast is $45 per person or $40 per person if 3 or more from the same company attend. Reservations are required by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14. To register, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 3254 or email

Free Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Workshop — Begins Tuesday, February 21 – Limited Seating

Do you have a handcrafted item you’d like to sell? Not sure how to sell online or want to improve your results? Want some extra income from your hobby, or want to build a business around your designs or skills? South Suburban College is offering an Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Workshop on Tuesday evenings, February 21 through March 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at South Suburban College’s Oak Forest Center. Whether you’re new to selling handmade items or not, you’ll benefit from this free* course:

  • Etsy’s proprietary program taught by a successful Etsy seller
  • Photographer to help build your eye-catching Etsy store
  • Access to design and manufacturing through our MakerLab
  • Only certified Etsy training program in Chicagoland
  • Additional business consulting provided by Women’s Business Development Center consultants

Register now, only 20 seats available! To register or for more info please visit or contact *A refundable deposit is required. The SSC Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, IL.

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Green Events

One Earth Film Festival, Oak Park

Sixth Annual Green Carpet Gala – Friday, March 3

Mingle with like-minded friends who believe in sustainability and creativity. Meet leaders of the environmental movement and filmmaking community. This is a place where ideas and art merge, where people who care about the planet express themselves frankly and elegantly. Join us for our Sixth Annual Green Carpet Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s sparkling contemporary addition: the LEED-certified Gratz Center. Completed in 2013, this sleek space honors the original, neo-Gothic, 1914 structure via large overlooking windows. This is the perfect venue to kick off our festival weekend, where we will introduce our line-up of over 30 thought- and action-provoking films, in addition to celebrating our volunteers, sponsors, venues and strategic partners. Test drive Nissan’s all-electric Leaf! Attire is business casual or business casual or cocktail attire. Tickets are $70 per person in advance, and $80 per person at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.  Can’t attend the Gala but still want to help the One Earth Film Fest? Make an online donation

$8 parking validation passes will be available at the event reception for those who park in the 900 N. Michigan Avenue Garage. Enter the garage one block west of the Gratz Center, on the north side of Delaware St.

2017 One Earth Film Festival – Festival Begins March 3

One Earth Film Festival has just announced the schedule for its sixth year of bringing outstanding and solution-oriented environmental documentaries and programs to the Chicago region. Expanded to include two weekends for the first time, the festival runs March 3 through 12. Among other films on this year’s schedule are: “The Age of Consequences,” “Before the Flood,” “SEED: The Untold Story,” “Can You Dig This?” “Minimalism,” “Crying Earth Rise Up,” “Dive!” and the Young Filmmakers Contest winners. Through its tailor-made post-film programs, One Earth Film Festival addresses issues surrounding water, energy, transportation, food, waste and recycling, environmental advocacy, social justice and climate change. Programs are built around full-feature or a mix of short films, followed by action-oriented discussions led by environmental experts and advocates. Some festival programs are designed specifically with families and children in mind. Two pre-event screenings will be held at Loyola University and Dominican University before the official festival kick-off. The Green Carpet Gala, the festival’s signature opening event, will be held at the beautiful LEED® Silver certified Gratz Center of Fourth Presbyterian Church, 115 E. Delaware Place, in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood. Most screenings are free with a suggested $6 donation. Reservations for all programs can be made through Eventbrite. For additional information, visit:

Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest

Nature Education Programs at Thorn Creek Nature Center

Calling all schools, home school groups, day cares, preschools, youth, adult and family groups! Nature Education Programs are offered at Thorn Creek Nature Center throughout the year where your group can discover the plants and animals of Thorn Creek Woods. These Nature Education Programs are sponsored by the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. The Audubon Society and the Thorn Creek Nature Center announce their new Partnership for Programming to further the Society’s environmental education mission and give valuable assistance to Thorn Creek Nature Center in providing nature programming for groups of area children and adults. Some of the nature education programs offered this year include Birding by Sight and Sound, Creek Walk (the world of aquatic insects and metamorphosis), Trees Big and Small (identification by leaves and bark), Insects (what makes an insect unique), the Web of Life (interdependence of producers, consumers, predators and decomposers), Soils Hike (how soil fuels and supports life), and Night Hikes. On the Fall Color Hike learn why leaves change colors and what trees do to prepare for the long months of winter. Discover clues to wild animals’ identities and behavior by trails and trails in Wild Animal Tracks. Make your own track replica. On Vixen’s Trek you are the fox following your daily routines on Thorn Creek trails. Or visit the Historic Farm in the woods to explore an early 1900’s woodland farm. Groups can also arrange for a naturalist to come to your location for programs such as Wild Animal Tracks, Web of Life, Woodland Wildflowers, Soils, History of Thorn Creek Woods, and the like. The new partnership has already collaborated in sponsoring three programs: the Learn 70 Birds by Spring class, which runs from January through March; the Great Backyard Bird Count Open House that was held in February; and the Build a Gourd Birdhouse sessions to be held in March.  For information about Thorn Creek Audubon Society membership, events and projects: Thorn Creek Audubon Society, P. O. Box 895, Park Forest, Il 60466, or

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

‘Hoo Eats Whom’ – Registration Required by Friday, February 17

Entangle yourself in a group-constructed woodland web of live at ‘Hoo Eats Whom’ on Sunday, February 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Discover first-hand the interdependence of producers, consumers, predators and decomposers.  Which one would you prefer to be? Then dissect an owl pellet to examine just ‘hoo’ is the predator’s prey.  This web of life program is sponsored by Thorn Creek Audubon Society in a partnership with Thorn Creek Nature Center to provide quality environmental education in our area.  The ‘Hoo Eats Whom’ is for children 8 through 12 years old.  Children younger than 6 years must be accompanied by an adult.  Fee is $3 per person.  Registration is required by Friday, February 17. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6360 or visit

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

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

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Free Rain Barrels for Park Forest Will County Residents – While Supplies Last

Free rain barrels are available to Village residents in the Will County section of Park Forest. Last year, a free rain barrel program was offered for Cook County residents. Now, Will County residents can get in on the free rain barrels. Rain barrels are large containers that capture rainwater from your roof, typically via downspouts, for you to use when you need it. The most common use for rain barrel water is for the watering of lawns or gardens, and for washing cars. The free rain barrels are available while supplies last. For questions about the program, contact Public Works at 708-503-7702 or visit:

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:

Park Forest Health Department Nurses’ Plus, 350 Victory Drive

April Food Day Drive – Donations Now Being Accepted

The Park Forest Health Department is asking for the community’s support in an annual effort sponsored by the United Way. The United Way’s April Food Day is a push to promote awareness of food pantries by bringing the community together to participate in a local food drive. Suggested items to donate include canned fruits and vegetables, dried good, and personal care items. No glass items or expired items can be accepted. Items can be dropped off at the Park Forest Health Department between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, through March 31. This year is the Park Forest Health Department’s third year serving as a drop-off location for April Food Day. The Park Forest Health Department is located in the lower level of Park Forest’s Village Hall.

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 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

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

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

Yoga classes by Karen Nielsen are available at UUCC on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  No reservations needed.  Drop-in fee is $10 per class and the 6th one is free.  For additional information, call 708-755-3577 or visit

Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays

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

This & That

Alderman Joe Moore, Chicago

Community Meeting Featuring ACLU Director, Colleen Connell – Monday, February 20

Following on the heels of an enormously successful meeting last month featuring Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and other progressive leaders, the Democratic Party of the 49th Ward is hosting another public meeting, this time featuring Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. The event is free and open to the public. Join us Monday, February 20th, 7:00 p.m., at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf (at the Lake). The ACLU is in the forefront of the battle against Donald Trump’s ban on Muslim immigrants and is gearing up to fight Trump’s inevitable encroachments on our other freedoms and liberties, including a woman’s right to choose. Learn what the ACLU is doing to safeguard our hard-fought freedoms and how you can help. Going to meetings and learning more about the issues are great to do, but we also need people to ACT to stop the worst excesses Trump. Here’s one thing you can do. Right now Trump and the Republicans in Congress are threatening to gut the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. If they are successful, millions of Americans who currently receive health care insurance will lose their coverage. The 49th Ward Democratic Party is teaming up with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky to apply pressure to Republican Congressmen in swing districts in Illinois to leave Obamacare alone. We are running a phone bank out of the 49th Ward Democratic Party Office, 1774 W. Greenleaf, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to encourage voters in swing districts to contact their Congressional representatives and urge them to vote against any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Won’t you join us?  Sign up here to help.  If you can spare even one hour on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. you’ll have a huge impact. Please bring your cell phone for calling. If you have a laptop or tablet, bring that too so we can get more people calling. No experience is necessary. You will have a short training and our phone bank coordinator will help you with any questions. Sign up here to help. For additional information, contact Alderman Joe Moore’s office at: 773-973-4949 or email:

Our Revolution Flossmoor Group

Meeting – Thursday, February 23

Last year, Bernie Sanders and his supporters launched a new political organization called Our Revolution. It seeks to support the next generation of progressive leaders, empower millions to fight for progressive change and elevate the nation’s overall political consciousness. Our Revolution groups are forming throughout the United States. The Flossmoor group of Our Revolution will meet on Thursday, February 23 at Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Avenue. We will begin gathering at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A representative from OurRevolution has been invited to speak about future actions to resist Donald Trump and help plan a strategy for the future.  We are also are invited to participate in an Indivisible meeting on Sunday, February 12, at 3:00 p.m. at 3505 Lakeview Drive in Hazel Crest (West of the Grand Prairie Library, just south of 183rd Street — West of Kedzie, East of Pulaski/Crawford).  The meeting will be held in the lower level condo building’s meeting room. Note: residents who live in Illinois Representative Robin Kelly’s 2nd Congressional District will meet at 1 p.m. at the same location on Sunday, February 12th to plan actions, and then then join the larger Indivisible meeting at 3:00 p.m. If possible, please download and print a copy of the Indivisible Guide to bring to the meeting found at:

Additional information about Our Revolution can be found at:

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

Vendors Needed for SSC Annual Women’s Conference

SSC is planning their Annual Women’s Conference and is seeking interested vendors who would like to promote their business. The conference is for women of all ages and is designed to help women discover how they may enhance, explore, and enrich their lives both personally and professionally. Over 200 women participated at last year’s conference and their positive responses rated the Women’s Conference a huge success. The 2017 Chicago Women’s conference will be Friday March 17, 2017. We are currently accepting applications for exhibitors for this year’s conference. To request an application please email or contact Gervaise Edwards at 708-596-2000, ext. 6032.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Vehicle Stickers — Go On Sale March 1

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2017-18 year go on sale March 1.  Stickers may be purchased at Village Hall or online by visiting Vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles registered in the Village of Park Forest by the end of the business day on April 30, 2017 to avoid late fees and fines. A late fee of $25 will be assessed to all vehicle sticker purchases made on or after May 1.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed to all vehicle sticker purchases made on or after August 1. Fees will increase as follows: stickers purchased May 1 through July 31 are $75 and stickers purchased August 1 and later are $125. Vehicles will be considered delinquent after October 31.