In and Around Park Forest for the Week of March 19, 2017

Community gardens

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Do you like to garden? Do you want to know more about gardening? Do you love free stuff? Come to the Park Forest Library’s Community Gardening Festival on Saturday, March 25 from 1 p.m. 3 p.m. and pick up free gardening resources, sign up to start a community garden in your neighborhood, and meet with community leaders and gardening experts. Interested Park Forest individuals or gardening groups can apply to garden on an available vacant lot owned by the Village of Park Forest.  In exchange for maintaining the lot for the entire growing season, gardeners can receive a reimbursement of up to $250 for garden-related costs.  Additionally, garden groups may apply for a Village Community Garden Grant to receive up to $100 for community garden creation and development on properties belonging to their school, house of worship, or place of business. Additional information can be found in the ‘Green Events’ 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 RJPiserLPH@aol.com with the details no later than 5 p.m. on Friday.  Thank you.

Village of Park Forest

Village Board Meetings – Monday, March 20

The Village of Park Forest Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The meeting 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 March 19:

  • Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. – Recreation& Parks Advisory Board

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

‘The Scottsboro Boys’ – Pre-Show Forum on March 21; Play on Saturday, March 25

It was the legal case that could be considered the fuel that ignited the modern civil rights movement. A train ride to Scottsboro, a tiny town in Alabama, not only changed the course of nine lives but the entire nation. See the true-life story come to life as Porchlight Music Theatre presents its Chicago Premiere production, ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ at Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University on March 25 at 8 p.m. The thrilling, final collaboration by the creators of Cabaret and Chicago,’ The Scottsboro ‘Boys has been hailed as one of the most visionary and controversial musicals to grace the stages of Broadway and London. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and presented in the style of the notorious “minstrel show,” this is the true-life story of nine African American teenagers accused and put on trial for a crime they did not commit. The use of minstrelsy is to demonstrate the dehumanizing effect this kind of gesture had in this old form of show business and how the race relations of the era looked to erase the individuality of certain groups. Based on the book by David Thompson, and music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb. In addition, four days before the presentation of ‘Scottsboro Boys,’ a pre-show public forum, ‘Convicted,’ will be open to the community. ‘Convicted’ looks at American Justice from the Scottsboro Boys Trial to the Black Lives Matter Movement.  ‘Convicted’ takes place Tuesday, March 21 at 5 p.m. in GSU’s Sherman Hall.

Tickets and Other Information

Tickets: $38/$28 (depending on seating location) $23 Seniors, $10 Students
Online: www.CenterTickets.net
By Phone: 708-235-2222
In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
Box Office Hours: Monday through 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.

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 http://museums.depaul.edu/.

‘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 http://museums.depaul.edu/.

Diversity Dinners of the South Suburbs

20th Anniversary Diversity Dinner – Saturday, April 22

On Saturday, April 22, the Diversity Dinners of the South Suburbs will celebrate its 20th Anniversary.  This year’s dinner will be held at Rich South High School, 5000 Sauk Trail in Richton Park, and will include a unique theatrical production, “Incognito” performed by author and activist, Michael Fosberg. For two decades, Diversity Dinners has brought together people of different races, religions, ethnicities, lifestyles and ages to enjoy a delicious meal, discuss their common goals, understand differences, address misconceptions and offer solutions to strengthen our communities.  This experience highlights one of the priceless assets of the South Suburbs:  its diversity.  For one evening, we slow the pace and take the time to reflect and celebrate the unique opportunity of living in the south suburbs. The event is funded by contributions of individuals, businesses and local organizations, is coordinated by the villages of Flossmoor, Park Forest, Homewood, Richton Park and Olympia Fields; Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233, Rich Township High School District 227, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, League of Women Voters Homewood-Flossmoor Area, League of Women Voters Park Forest Area, Center for Multicultural Communities and the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). Please plan to join other area residents on April 22nd at the Diversity Dinners for a stimulating evening, as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Tickets are reasonably priced at $15.00 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.diversitydinners.com.  If you have questions, please contact Diane Hodges at 708-720-5954 or via email: diane-hodges@comcast.net.

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Glenn Miller Orchestra – Tickets Now on Sale

The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at Freedom Hall on Tuesday, April 4 at 11 a.m. 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 all around the world. View a video of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Tickets for this matinee performance are $25 and can be purchased at the Freedom Hall box office or by the phone at 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

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

‘Obsession+Improvisation+Collaboration’ Exhibit Inspired by Jazz Music – Through March 31

You might think it difficult to find ways to relate jazz music to the visual arts, but really there are many connections—obsession, improvisation and collaboration. Explore these principles in artmaking at Governors State University’s Visual Arts Gallery at the ‘Obsession+Improvisation+Collaboration,’ an exhibit inspired by the traditions and practices of Jazz music. The exhibit is free of charge and features the work of six Chicago-based artists: Victoria Bradford, Jan Meister & Jaime Foster, Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger and Michael K. Paxton. As part of the Southland Arts Municipalities and Business Alliance (S.A.M.B.A.), the Visual Arts Gallery at GSU is taking part in the Chicago Southland’s “Let Them Eat Jazz” festival, a multi-month celebration of jazz commemorating the 100-year birthday of many jazz icons. S.A.M.B.A. is a newly formed arts and business collaboration, designed to showcase the power of the arts to drive people to the Southland region. Artists were chosen specifically to showcase obsessive qualities in their art making practices, improvisation that pushes the boundaries of their work, and collaboration as a significant part of their primary art making practices. The exhibit runs through March 31. For more information, contact Jeff Stevenson, Director, GSU Art Gallery at jstevenson@govst.edu or visit the web site at www.govst.edu/gallery. For a complete schedule of jazz-inspired events, visit http://CSJazzFestival.org. Thank you to our sponsors BMO Harris Bank, Standard Bank and Providence Bank & Trust.

Grande Prairie Singers, 266 Somonauk, Park Forest

An Afternoon of Rodgers and Hammerstein – Sunday, March 26

The Grande Prairie Singers along with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra will present ‘An Afternoon of Rodgers and Hammerstein’ on Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Christian College, 6601 West College Drive in Palos Heights.  The event will feature many of the best-loved Rodgers & Hammerstein classics from Carousel, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma and others arranged for solo and chorus. Tickets are $21 for adults; $16 FOR Seniors; and $6 for Students with an ID. To order tickets for this concert, call the Southwest Symphony at 708-802-0686 or visit the orchestra’s website at: www.southwestsymphony.com.

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

Season Finale ‘American Perspectives’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The IPO will perform ‘American Perspectives’ on Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way Central Performing Arts Center, 1801 East Lincoln Highway in New Lenox.  In this Season Finale, conductor candidate Maestro Sean Newhouse leads the IPO in a captivating musical journey from “sea to shining sea.” Pieces to be performed are: Copland’s “Buckaroo Holiday” and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “New World.” All three of these works were written in America, but by composers of diverse backgrounds.  The American-born Copland’s “Buckaroo Holiday” instantly conjures up images of the historical American West, while virtuoso double bassist Edgar Meyer’s captivating and touching Violin Concerto marries an earthy, folk-like feel with toe tapping contemporary rhythms.  Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony, written during his American sojourn, embodies the inspiration he found in African-American spirituals and American Indian legends, as well as the musical heritage of his Czech homeland and the German symphonic tradition.  Kentucky-born Tessa Lark joins the IPO for Meyer’s Concerto. Tickets are $55 ad can be purchased online at www.ipomusic.org or by phone at 708-481-7774.

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

Vonnegut’s Odyssey’ – Through May 6

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

Park Forest Historical Society

Park Forest House Museum Lets You ‘Step Back into the 1950s’

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

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of March 19:

  • Monday, March 20 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, March 20 at 3 p.m. — kids’ zone Science Club — A BIG BAG OF TRICKS! We’re exploring the Science behind Magic and Illusions. Students will use powers of observation and investigation to explain phenomenon, illusions, and tricks that seem impossible but are grounded in Science and can be understood with critical thinking. For Grades 3rd through 5th. Registration Required.
  • Monday, March 20 at 4 p.m. – Teen DIY – Create, learn, and engage in new activities with teens!
  • Monday, March 20 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, March 21 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, March 21 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Relax a bit and take a load off before starting your homework. Learn different media of art and share your creativity with other teens!
  • Wednesday, March 22 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, March 22 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, March 22 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, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. – Writers’ Workshop — Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.
  • Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Art — Bring your imagination, creativity, and throw on some old clothes to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… Some projects may involve paint. For ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, March 23 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.
  • Friday, March 24 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.
  • Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. – Pete the Cat Project – It’s all about Pete the Cat! Join us for a day all about the famous Cat Pete! For ages 12 and under.

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

Teen Advisory Board Meeting – Wednesday, March 22

The Library’s Teen Advisory Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Teen Tech Zone. We want YOU to join our new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and help plan and design this new space for PF/OF teens. Ask for an application in Teen Tech Zone.

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

2017 Skyway Juried Art Exhibition – Through April 8

PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery will host the 2017 Skyway Juried Art Exhibition. Each year, students from various community colleges submit for this juried competition, and works chosen are exhibited at one of the colleges. This year, it is hosted at PSC. The exhibit will run through Saturday, April 8.  The exhibit will feature: ceramics, drawing, design, electronic imagery, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Participating Colleges include: College of Lake County, Elgin Community College, McHenry County College, Moraine Valle Community College, Morton College, Oakton Community College, Prairie State College, and Waubonsee Community College. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, April 8 beginning at 11 a.m.  Awards will be given at noon. Both the exhibit and reception are 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 http://prairiestate.edu/christopher-art-gallery.

Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Thursday Game Days

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

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 www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery

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

‘Recent Drawings’ Art Exhibition – Artist’s Reception Monday, March 27

The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to present an exhibition of art works by Gregg Hertzlieb titled ‘Recent Drawings’ on display through April 21, 2017. There will be an afternoon reception for the artist on March 27th at 12:30 p.m. Gregg Hertzlieb is the director/curator of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. He has a master’s degree in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. An exhibiting artist working primarily in watercolor and pen and ink, Hertzlieb has shown his art in numerous exhibitions. His work is in both public and private collections. The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition and reception at no charge. The Dulgar Gallery is on the first floor. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or ext. 2316, or visit www.ssc.edu/art.

‘Salt of the Earth’ Exhibit— Through March 28

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to present a solo exhibition entitled ‘Salt of the Earth’ by Margie Glass Sula. The exhibition will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery through March 28th. Margie Glass Sula creates artworks that reintroduce the curious world of nature through her visual interpretation of simple forms, and exploration of art making materials. Her works range from drawing, painting, to abstract sculptures, which often change venues from indoor to outdoor. Glass Sula’s works all convey the same strange, quiet, and intriguing world that often lurks in nature that we fail to see, and have led to her becoming an award-winning visual artist; exhibiting work at the national level, along with landing works in public, as well as numerous private collections. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL, a WSSC Artist in Batavia, IL, a Juried artist showing works at Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest, IL, and member of the National Women’s Caucus for Art, who have published her works in numerous exhibition catalogues. To view a gallery of her work, please visit margieglasssula.com. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. The Dorothea Thiel Gallery is located on the fourth floor and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The galleries are supported in part by the SSC Foundation. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. Contact 708-596-2000 ext. 2316.

Family Reading Night – Tuesday, April 4

SSC’s Adult Volunteer Literacy Program is hosting their annual Family Reading Night event on Tuesday, April 4th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the SSC Performing Arts Center Lobby. The public is invited to join SSC to find out about community literacy while enjoying stories and presentations. There will also be free books for children, raffles and refreshments. The event will feature 30 minutes of FREE face painting as well as a 30-minute puppet show. Adding more excitement to this fun-filled night will be the Arts and Crafts table set up to allow children to make their own little books. This year at Family Reading Night, SSC will hand out FREE children’s books to all children attending. Raffle gift cards will be issued and interactive games and reading stations will be hosted. Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults and children who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. SSC’s Adult Education Department administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE/GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). This year’s event promises to be exciting for all ages! We hope to see you there! For more information about South Suburban College’s Family Reading Night or the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, please contact Raylynn Stokes, coordinator, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2558, or email rstokes@ssc.edu.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Flight of Obscurity X’ Exhibit – Through April 15

Tall Grass Arts Association will host a very different kind of exhibit in its Gallery through April 15. ‘Flight of Obscurity X’ is an imposing solo show of sculptures and various installation elements created by Ohio artist Nathaniel Foley and presented in a significantly transformed space. Nathaniel’s sculpture focuses primarily on aviation process, materials and language. He creates forms with his own hands, and has mastered construction techniques and processes such as riveting and sheet metal fabrication that have been used throughout aviation history. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrass.org.

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

‘The Wizard of Oz’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is always pleased to present quality live theatre for children, schools and daycare. This season we bring you the beloved classic, ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ directed by Charlie Misoyve. Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre on April 5, 6 & 7 at 9:30 a.m. and noon; Saturday, April 8 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. The search for a brain, a heart and courage will delight audiences of all ages and reminds us that there is no place like home.  Click your heels and relive this timeless classic! Tickets are $6 in advance; $5 for groups of 25+ and $7 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Website: www.dramagroup.orgUnitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest

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

Screening of Documentary ‘Children of Syria’ – Friday, March 24

UUCC will screen the documentary film ‘Children of Syria – How Four Child Refugees Said Goodbye to Syria’ on Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m.  There will be a discussion following the film. The film depicts a startling, intimate look at the Syrian war and the refugee crisis, through the eyes of some of the youngest people living through them.  The story of four children surviving in war-torn Aleppo, and their escape to a new life in Germany. The event is free and open to the public.  Donations appreciated. Coffee, tea and popcorn will be provided.  For additional information, call 708- 481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

DePaul University, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago

International Catholic Scholars to Address the Reformation, Marriage, Democracy – Through April 30

A diverse group of Catholic scholars from around the world are slated to speak at DePaul University’s Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology in the coming months about issues ranging from democracy to peace and marriage. Events include a panel on Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), a discussion of the legacy of the Berrigan brothers, and an international conference reflecting on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and its lingering impact on Asia, Latin America and Africa. Events are free and open to the public.

Love, Joy and Sex: Reflections on Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia in a Divided Church
March 30,  Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 314B
Panel discussion 5:30-8 p.m.
Love, joy and sex all play a part in Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation on love in the family that Pope Francis released in 2016. On its one-year anniversary, this roundtable will explore what it all means, especially for lay and clergy Catholics in the global South Asia, Africa and Latin America. Panelists are:

  • Carolyn Chau, associate director of the Center for Advanced Research on Catholic Thought at King’s University College at Western University.
  • Nicholaus Segeja, head of the pastoral theology department at Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
  • Teresa Delgado, associate professor and chair of the religious studies department at Iona College.

The Berrigan Brothers and the World Church April 5, Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 314B

Lecture 6-8 p.m.
Daniel Berrigan, an American Jesuit, and his brother Philip were lifelong Catholic pacifists, committed to the abolition of war, nuclear weapons and all forms of violence. No strangers to jail time, they led the anti-war and anti-draft movements in U.S. during the Vietnam War.  In this talk, Michael Baxter, former national secretary of the Catholic Peace Fellowship and former visiting associate professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University, will discuss the worldwide reach of the Berrigan brothers legacy of radical peace activism.

World Catholicism Week 2017
Gathered in My Name: Ecumenism and the World Church
April 28-30, Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 314B
In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Reformation. Now, 500 years later, Stan Chu Ilo, an assistant professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul, will join speakers from India, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile and Sri Lanka to address the Reformation’s lingering repercussions in the global South and efforts there to bridge ecclesial divides. Keynote speakers will be Paul D. Murray, a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and editor of Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning; Sister Teresa Okure, SHJC, the sole representative of Catholic Africa on the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission; and the Rev. Felix Wilfred, president of Concilium: International Journal of Theology and chief editor of the International Journal of Asian Christianity.

The Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology seeks to be at the forefront of the discussion about the relationship between globalization and the Catholic Church’s future as a truly worldwide Church. For more information visit: http://las.depaul.edu/cwcit.

Online Educational Resources

Online college programs are a great way for today’s busy people to complete or earn a degree. To find an online college program in Illinois, visit http://www.onlineschools.org/guides/Illinois/ where you will find a compilation of every college program offered online in Illinois offered on a full or part-time basis.

Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights

‘Unsung Heroes’ of Healthcare Celebration – Registration Required by Wednesday, March 22

PSC is honoring healthcare professionals and students in the healthcare field with a day of recognition and professional development. The Unsung Heroes of Healthcare conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 30, on the main campus located in Chicago Heights. The conference features sessions on empathy practices, congestive heart failure, caregiver care, safe patient movements and animal comfort care. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about industry specific topics and leave with tools and strategies to implement with their patients. All participants will get the chance to connect with exhibitors to obtain new resources and learn ways to enhance their roles in healthcare. General registration for the conference is $20, and includes lunch, a certificate of participation from PSC and a chance to win raffle prizes. Student registration is $15. For an additional $10, social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical professional counselors, nursing home administrators and nurses can add 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The registration deadline is March 22. Online registration is available at www.prairiestate.edu/webadvisor. Click on “Instant Enrollment” and select “register and pay for non-credit courses and programs.” For general registration, use code PICOR-012-C1. For student registration, use code PICOR-012-C2. To add CEUs, use code PICOR-012-C3. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available. For more information, contact Stephanie Seeley at 708-709-7950 or sseeley@prairiestate.edu. For registration questions, contact Esther Pacheco at 708-709-3503 or epacheco@prairiestate.edu. To learn more about the Unsung Heroes of Healthcare conference, or upcoming Continuing Professional Education events, visit prairiestate.edu/corporate-continuing-education/continuing-professional-education/index.aspx.

Spring 2017 Registration – Now in Progress

Registration for summer courses at Prairie State College is currently underway. Course offerings include credit and non-credit options and courses for students from four-year colleges or universities that are home for the summer. Credit courses include two eight-week summer sessions. The first session begins May 30 and ends July 20. The second session begins June 12 and ends Aug. 3. Classes are offered days, evenings and online. To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person at the main campus in Chicago Heights, or online at www.prairiestate.edu by selecting Apply, Register, Pay. Current students can register for credit courses in person or online on WebAdvisor. Credit courses provide students home from college for the summer the opportunity to fulfill general education requirements at a fraction of the cost, and transfer the credits back to their home college. Classes available include English, speech, biology, chemistry, history and math. For more information, visit prairiestate.edu/summeronly. PSC also offers non-credit courses that begin throughout the summer with a variety of course options for everyone, including kids, adults and seniors. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person. To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to prairiestate.edu, select Apply, Register, Pay, and then choose How to Enroll. Another option is to complete the registration form available online or in the back of the printed course schedule. Students also can register for non-credit courses in person at the Matteson Area Center (MAC), located at 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson, or in the Enrollment Services Office on the PSC main campus. The MAC is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The summer course schedule is available online at prairiestate.edu. For more information, call the college at 708-709-3500 or visit www.prairiestate.edu.

Nominations for Community Service Awards – Through Friday, May 12

Thousands of people in the PSC district give generously of their time and talent to make the community a better place.  To honor these individuals, PSC is accepting nominations for two community service awards, one to honor a community member and another to honor a PSC graduate. The first is the Dr. James H. Griffith Community Service Award, given to a 2017 PSC graduate. Nominees should be a person or group who has contributed in an extraordinary way to the community. The award is named after former Trustee Dr. James H. Griffith, who served for 25 years on the PSC Board of Trustees. The second award is the Michael R. Monteleone Community Service Award, given to a community member of the PSC district. Nominees must be a person or group who has contributed in an extraordinary way to education through community service, as either a volunteer or a community leader. A nominee’s service efforts should be within the PSC district, although additional activities in other areas would be recognized. Also, the nominee should not be employed in the community service or public service field. The award is named after former Trustee and Board Chair Michael R. Monteleone, who served on the Board of Trustees for 21 years, from 1981 to 2002. All nominations must arrive at the PSC President’s Office no later than Friday, May 12. To receive a nomination form or for more information, call Pat Trost, administrative director, president’s office and Board of Trustees, at 708-709-3627.

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

Online Summer Registration Begins – Now in Progress

Summer is a great time to take a few classes and our schedule is now available online at www.ssc.edu   with in-person registration opening on Monday, March 20. Summer classes begin Monday, June 6th at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. Don’t wait; classes fill quickly. The summer session allows students to begin or continue their college experience with SSC, or to come home from their four-year institution to take additional credits conveniently and at a more affordable rate. SSC is also offering a special 50% discount for summer classes at the Oak Forest Center. The discount is only applicable at the Oak Forest Center in order to promote expanded offerings at this location, and is good for all credit classes on a first come, first served basis. Current and prospective students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) now to increase opportunities for funding assistance, enroll early and create their preferred schedule at SSC. Visit www.fafsa.gov to apply for financial aid using institution code 001769. Additionally, the SSC Foundation 2017 Scholarship Books and Applications are available online at www.ssc.edu/foundation. The primary SSC scholarship application deadline is Friday, March 31st, however, graduating high school seniors can continue to apply for high school graduate scholarships throughout the spring and summer months. Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for summer classes must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope. Prospective students should complete the Online Application Form at www.ssc.edu to begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. The My SSC portal also allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods. You will also want to register early for fall to get the courses you want when you want them. Our fall schedule will be available online beginning Monday, April 3, 2017 with registration opening on Monday, April 17, 2017. Contact the Office of Admissions at 708-210-5718 for enrollment and waiver information, or email the Foundation Office at foundation@ssc.edu with questions about scholarship opportunities. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

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Green Events

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

Community Gardening Festival – Saturday, March 25

Do you like to garden? Do you want to know more about gardening? Do you love free stuff? Come to the Park Forest Library on Saturday, March 25 from 1 p.m. 3 p.m. and pick up free gardening resources, sign up to start a community garden in your neighborhood, and meet with community leaders and gardening experts. Interested Park Forest individuals or gardening groups can apply to garden on an available vacant lot owned by the Village of Park Forest.  In exchange for maintaining the lot for the entire growing season, gardeners can receive a reimbursement of up to $250 for garden-related costs.  Additionally, garden groups may apply for a Village Community Garden Grant to receive up to $100 for community garden creation and development on properties belonging to their school, house of worship, or place of business. For additional information about the Park Forest Community Gardens, click here.

Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest

Nature Education Programs at Thorn Creek Nature Center

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

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers

The Wednesday Morning Walkers takes place each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This free activity is for those ages 13 and older.  Follow the forest’s seasonal changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature first-hand on 2 miles of Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve’s winding trails.  Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes.  Hiking is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain.  Registration is required two days before your first walk.  For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

Vixen’s Trek – Registration Required by Thursday, March 23

Be a fox, following your daily routine along Thorn Creek Trails during the Vixen’s Trek taking place on Saturday, March 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  We’ll look for signs of active bird and mammal neighbors.  Call and listen to find your fox mate and prey, scout out den sites for spring, sniff and mark logs, cache food, mark your territory and above all, keep out of the way of the coyotes!  This program will allow participants to see Thorn Creek Woods from the vulpine perspective and is sponsored by Thorn Creek Audubon Society in partnership with Thorn Creek nature Center to provide quality environmental education in our area.  The Vixen’s Trek is a free program for children younger than 12 years old.  Children younger than 6 years must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is required by Thursday, March 23.  For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Spring Clean Up Day – Sunday, March 26

Shake the winter blahs and come help in the annual Spring Clean Up Day on Sunday, March 26 from noon to 4 p.m.  There will be indoor and outdoor work to be done in preparation for the spring season.  Bring a lunch and gloves and dress for the weather.  Refreshments will be provided.  Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is required for a group of 6 people or more.  For additional information or to register a group, 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.

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: http://villageofparkforest.com.

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

Park Forest Health Department Nurses’ Plus, 350 Victory Drive

April Food Day Drive – Donations Now Being Accepted Through March 31

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 goods, 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 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 708-755-3577 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays

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

Park Forest Resident Appreciation Month Events

Candle Making Class – Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25

If you joined us last year, you know what to expect with the candle making class, but we added more this year.  Join us on Friday, March 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to make another or your first candle and then on Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can decorate the candle holder with art and with a little Mozart twist to it.  You will enjoy our instructors while they bring that artsy side out in you.  The classes will be held at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. Seats are limited. Call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 to RSVP today.

Jazz, Dancing & Appetizers – Friday, March 31

Join us on Friday, March 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Dining on The Green, 249 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest for an evening of LIVE jazz, dancing and appetizers.  For additional information, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621.

This & That

League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area

Prairie State College Candidate Forum – Monday, March 27

Please join the League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area for the Prairie State College (PSC) Trustee Candidate Forum on Monday, March 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 1318 at PSC’s Main Campus, 202 South Halsted Street in Chicago Heights.  This event is co-sponsored by the Park Forest Area League, the Homewood-Flossmoor League of Women Voters and the Homewood Flossmoor Chronicle.  The event is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For more information you may contact Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251.

Crete Monee School District 201U Board of Education Candidate Forum – Wednesday, March 29

The Park Forest League of Women Voters will host a forum for the District 201U Board of Education Candidates on Wednesday, March 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Crete-Monee Middle School, 635 Olmstead Road, University Park. The forum will be held in the cafeteria. There are 5 people running for 3 seats. The program is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For more information you may contact Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251.

OUR REVOLUTION, Flossmoor

Meeting – Tuesday, March 28

The Bernie Sander’s campaign that evolved into OUR REVOLUTION is meeting again on Tuesday, March 28 at the Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Avenue. The group will start gathering at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Come out and meet other progressives. We’ll be sharing the latest information about upcoming actions to RESIST TRUMP.  We value everyone’s input in order to help plan strategies for the future.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Vehicle Stickers – On Sale Now

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2017-18 year go are now on sale.  Stickers may be purchased at Village Hall or online by visiting www.villageofparkforest.com. 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.

2017 Park Forest Aqua Center Pre-Season Winter Specials – Friday, Through March 31

The Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 North Orchard Drive, is offering great pre-season rates. Winter special rates are now being offered through March 31. If you miss the Winter Specials, the Aqua Center will be offering Early Bird Specials April 1 through June 2. Save now on family memberships as well as individual membership rates. Prepare for the warmth of summer with these HOT Aqua Center Deals! Additional information can be found below or on the Aqua Center Website.