In and Around Park Forest for the Week of June 18, 2017

Father's Day 2017

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — Wishing all our Dads a very Happy Father’s Day. And if you’re still trying to figure out what to give your dad on this special occasion, consider writing him a card expressing some of the things you love and admire about him. Nothing mushy. Just tell him that you’re glad to be his son or daughter. These are the gifts that he will remember forever.

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 Meeting – Monday, June 19

The Village of Park Forest Board will meet on Monday, June 19 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 Commission is scheduled to meet the week of June 18:

  • Tuesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission

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

Arts & Entertainment

All Chicago, 651 West Washington, Suite 504, Chicago

Handbags for Homes 2017 – Thursday, June 22

Join All Chicago on Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. at the Woman’s Athletic Club, 626 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago for ‘Handbags for Homes 2017.’ ‘Handbags for Homes 2017’ will be a fun night of fashion, food, friends, while preventing and ending homelessness in Chicago.  All are invited to attend. ‘Handbags for Homes’ showcases a fabulous collection of designer purses, which guests can win by buying raffle tickets. Check out photos from last year’s event and our 2016 purses. Your $100 ticket purchase will give you one entry into an exclusive purse raffle! Buy your tickets here! For additional information, visit: All Chicago.

Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street

The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of June 18:

  • Monday, June 19 at 10 a.m. — Getting to Know Lynda.com — How to get started with the com database. Demonstration class for adults. Register.
  • Monday, June 19 at 3 p.m. – Teen Microwave Cooking – Make summertime nibbles: meatballs, fruit salad, and mug brownie. For teens. Register.
  • Monday, June 19 at 4:30 p.m. – Yoga for Tweens – Meditation and relaxation exercises for ages 8 and up. Register.
  • Monday, June 19 at 6 p.m. – Teen Movie Night – Showing “Doctor Strange”.
  • Tuesday, June 20 at 1 p.m. – Art by Design – Create city landscapes using oil pastels and water colors. For ages 9-12. Register.
  • Wednesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. – Jim Gill’s Nationwide Campaign for Play – Musical performance for children of all ages. Register.
  • Wednesday, June 21 at 2 p.m. – Introduction to Word 2016 – Hands-on class for adults. Register.
  • Thursday, June 22 from 6-8 p.m. – Game Night at the Library – Drop-in and play one of our board games with your family.
  • Friday, June 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Open Build – Drop-in and complete our building challenges using a variety of objects. For children of all ages, accompanied by a parent.
  • Saturday, June 24 at 1 p.m. – Summer STEAM – A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program with hands-on activity stations and stories. For children ages 6-8. Register.

For additional information or to register for an event, call 708-672-8017 or visit www.cretelibrary.org.

DePaul University Theatre School, 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago

‘Glimpses of the Great War’ Exhibit – Through August

When U.S. President Woodrow Wilson declared war on the German Empire April 6, 1917, one Lincoln Park neighborhood family with DePaul University ties was changed forever. Now 100 years after the U.S. joined the Great War, known more commonly as World War I, the story of the Ward family — and their ties to the university, St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Chicago — is the subject of a new exhibit titled “Glimpses of the Great War.” The exhibit, which is open to the public through August, is on the first floor of the John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave. on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus in Chicago. The exhibit centers on the Ward family and their nine children who grew up on Fullerton Avenue, four blocks from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Chicago, according to Andrea Bainbridge, university archivist.  All eight male children attended DePaul Academy, a high school run by the parish. Five served in the Great War and two died. Brothers William and Joe were enrolled at the Vincentian Seminary in Perryville, Missouri, preparing to be priests, during the war, added Lisa Geiger, special collections’ archives processing assistant.  In the years following ordination, William returned to Chicago as principal of DePaul Academy as part of eight decades of service to the order that took him around the world. Joe, meanwhile, became a DePaul University English professor and later served as the coordinator of college alumni before passing away in 1978. At the time of Joe’s passing, DePaul’s enrollment had risen to more than 12,000, a significant difference from the roughly 300 who attended with the Wards in the early days of the university, according to Geiger. Bainbridge — with the help of Geiger — unearthed photos, memorabilia and letters from the 1910s to the 1970s, which reveal the changes to DePaul’s campus and the family. Items in the exhibit include:

  • Memorial cards for both Ward brothers who died in the war. William led the funeral service for his brother Albert in 1919, before William and Joe led a funeral mass together for brother Oliver in 1921.
  • A 1918 issue of The Minerval, DePaul’s bi-monthly version of a student newspaper at the time, which featured updates on soldiers with DePaul ties and letters from the front lines.
  • A series of encouraging letters to the DePaul community by then-President Francis X. McCabe, C.M., who also served as the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. One of these letters was to confirm that the university would remain open throughout the war.
  • An original copy of the Field Service Pocket Book, a U.S. military issued book small enough to fit in a pocket that covered basic procedures for expected conditions in Europe.
  • A Navy recruitment poster circa 1917.

All told, 584 people with DePaul ties including undergraduates, alumni and faculty members served in the military during World War I, according to Bainbridge. For additional information, visit www.depaul.edu

Firelei Báez, Hương Ngô Bring Their Work to DePaul Art Museum – Through August 6

Caribbean and Asian influences will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum this spring with Miami artist Firelei Báez and Chicago artist Hương Ngô. The pair will provide their respective works for two exhibitions set to run through August 6 at the museum on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. Báez’s exhibition, “Vessels of Genealogies,” tells stories of identity, history and politics through bright colors, patterns, hairstyles and textiles depicted in her large-scale paintings and tapestries, said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, the museum’s director and chief curator. “Vessels of Genealogies” will be the main exhibition on the first floor of the museum. The second exhibition will feature Ngô’s new work on Vietnamese anti-colonial organizer Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai. The works were inspired by Ngô’s trips to Vietnam and France, according to Widholm. “To Name It Is To See It” will touch on topics including colonialism, political activism, women’s rights, surveillance, class, language and Vietnamese history. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located 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/.

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

‘From Sea to Shining Sea’– Tickets Now on Sale

Summer evening small ensemble concerts held at the beautiful and historic Ravisloe Golf Course, 18231 Park Avenue, in Homewood. Special on site pre-concert offerings to be announced soon at www.ipo.org. A la carte dinner available on site in the Bunker Bar & Grill from 5-7PM or show your Ravisloe tickets for 10% food and drink at the elegantly trendy La Voute in La Banque Hotel, 2034 Ridge Rd., just 5 minutes from Ravisloe. Tickets are now on sale for the June 28th performance of Brass 1 ‘From Sea to Shining Sea.’ Celebrate the U.S.A.’s birthday with a program of American and patriotic music with the always entertaining brass ensemble under the leadership of IPO trumpet Greg Fudala. Single tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door if available. Individual student tickets, $10. Tickets can be purchased here or by phone, 708-481-7774.

Pre-concert dining options include:

La Voute in La Banque Hotel at 2034 Ridge Rd., Homewood. Show your concert tickets on concert night and receive 10% off your bill (food and beverage). Reserve through opentable.com or call 708-798-6000. Or, a la carte dining is available in the Bunker Bar & Grill at Ravisloe beginning at 5PM. Call for a reservation, 708.798.5600.

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

Vietnam Transformed: The Art of Richard J. Olsen – Through August 12

The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) presents its newest exhibition–Vietnam Transformed: The Art of Richard J. Olsen as Symbolic Reality. The exhibition features work spanning the artist’s career, and will be on view through August 12th. The exhibit is free and open to the public. In collaboration with curators Andrew and Hathia Hayes, and with the curatorial assistance of Anthony F. Janssen, the National Veterans Art Museum is proud to feature an exhibition of work from throughout the career of longtime NVAM-artist and veteran, Richard J. Olsen. In his work, Richard Olsen conveys underlying themes such as the tension between good and evil, the experience of war, and his immediate environment–his studio–by embedding images that are symbolic and allegorical without relying on representation. Olsen began using symbolism early in his career, but this approach for conveying meaning came to the forefront during his mature period during which he creating paintings based on his wartime experiences as a transport helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. The exhibition will showcase work spanning the artist’s career, but will highlight his “Wall” series, for which he is probably best-known. For additional information, 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 June 18:

  • Monday, June 19 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Storytime — Join us for a delightful morning of stories!
  • Monday, June 19 at 1 p.m. – Inventor’s Adventures — Join us for a new engaging Science experience. Each week we will try something new and exciting! Don’t miss out!
  • Monday, June 19 at 3 p.m. – Artistic Designs — Create masterpieces in our hands on art sessions. We’ll provide the materials, you bring your creativity!
  • Monday, June 19 at 4 p.m. – Teen DIY — Create, learn, and engage in new activities with teens!
  • Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. – Maker’s Mindfulness Mondays — Join us each week as we learn how to become more tranquil and mindful in our lives.
  • Tuesday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. – Meet the Gardener — Join our resident gardener Victoria in the Library garden. Identify specimens in our plantings. Harvest flowers and herbs for future PFPL programs. Learn to spot fellow visitors including native butterflies, honey bees, and birds.
  • Tuesday, June 20 at 11 a.m. – Creators in the Making — Drop in and discover your inner artist with one of our amazing projects.
  • Tuesday, June 20 at 1 p.m. – Designer’s B.I.N.G.O. — Drop in and enjoy this timeless classic. Don’t miss out on the fun!
  • Tuesday, June 20 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!
  • Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. — Ravinia Concert – Julliard String Quartet — Come to the Info Zone desk to inquire about tickets to today’s Ravinia show taking place at the Martin Theatre. First come, first serve basis. Location: Ravinia in Highland Park, IL
  • Wednesday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. – Baby Time — Join us for a weekly story-time designed exactly for your baby. Parents or caregivers are invited to read, sing and grow. This program is geared toward babies 0 – 36 months with an accompanying adult.
  • Wednesday, June 21 at 1 p.m. – Wii U Wednesday —  Join us for fun afternoon of wild and crazy fun with the Wii U! Are you up to the challenge?
  • Wednesday, June 21 at 4 p.m. – Drop In Coloring for Adults — Our grown-up 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, June 21 at 4 p.m. – Drop In Days — Do you have some time to spare after school? Stop by Teen Tech Zone for a spur-of-the-moment activity!
  • Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. – Practical Application Circle — Join us as we discuss Admiral William H. McRaven’s runaway hit… Make Your Bed.
  • Thursday, June 22 at 11 a.m. – Toddler Time — Bring your imagination, creativity, and throw on some old clothes to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… Some projects may involve paint. Ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, June 2 at 11:30 a.m. – Drop In Crafter’s Corner — Drop in and find a new craft, try a new technique or get inspired with a new trend, all while having fun!
  • Thursday, June 22 at 1 p.m. — Movie Matinee: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ — Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.
  • Friday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. – Butterfly Club — Join us to track butterflies in our backyard including the Monarch! We will learn to identify host nectar plants, collect and raise caterpillars, watch them transform into chrysalides and release butterflies! Registration Required. Children under 7 must have a chaperone. Covered shoes, socks, water bottle and sunscreen recommended.
  • Friday, June 23 at 12 p.m. – Color Me Happy Kids — Travel to a world of relaxation and endless creativity. Color yourself happy in our kids’ coloring circle.
  • Friday, June 23 at 1 p.m. – Builder’s Board Game Bonanza — Unplug from those devices and drop in and play some classic tabletop favorites.
  • Friday, June 23 at 3 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, June 24 at 1 p.m. – Drop In Craft Day — Drop in and find out what we’re whipping up!
  • Saturday, June 24 at 1 p.m. – Practical Application Circle — Join us as we discuss Admiral William H. McRaven’s runaway hit… Make Your Bed.

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

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

Chicago Sculpture International – Through July 13

The Chicago Sculpture International exhibit will be at PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery through Thursday, July 13.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will feature curated works by a cooperative of over 150 sculptors from Chicago, the U.S. and abroad.  The group focuses on the advancement and appreciation of sculpture through exhibitions, workshops and collaborations. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on days when the college is open.  For additional information, call 708-709-3636 or visit www.prairiestate.edu/artgallery.

Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Rich Township Summer Lunch Program for Seniors — Through July 19

Park Forest seniors can enjoy a great meal and great company in the Village now through July 19 thanks to the Rich Township Senior Center’s Summer Lunch Program. Lunch is served every Monday and Wednesday beginning at noon for a cost of $3 per meal. Meals are available for dine-in or carry-out. Dine-in seating is limited. The Rich Township Senior Center is located at 297 Liberty Drive in DownTown Park Forest. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 708-228-5046.

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.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Solace: Works of Calm, Quiet and Restoration” – Through July 22

‘Solace: Works of Calm, Quiet and Restoration” will run through Saturday, July 22.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.  The exhibit of drawings, paintings, sculpture and installation pieces by Sherri Denault, Margie Glass Sula, and Patty McWilliams will focus on the interaction, complementing relationships and conversations between the three artists’ works. Creating an environment of stillness through hand-crafted nature-inspired forms, the artists hope their works will serve as a means of contemplation, meditation, and relaxation within a kind of visual sanctuary. They aim to transform the gallery space into a place removed and safe, private and away from the speed and noise of our fast-paced, device- driven and stressful world. As visitors spend time in the space, they may feel it suggests a kind of refuge, shelter or retreat. Within the quiet and secluded haven, they will discover mysterious images of natural forms emerging from drawings and paintings on the walls, delicately interlaced relief and sculpture pieces embedded in tangles of thread and translucent papers, and installations that suspend branches, bones and feathers in states of fragile equilibrium. Denault, Glass Sula and McWilliams, familiar to many in our region, are recognized as dedicated educators and prolific, award-winning artists who have exhibited in numerous regional and national shows and have been involved as gallery directors, jurors and curators for several years. Their shared inspirations in the simplicity, beauty and spiritual power of nature’s patterns and cycles; their commitment to seeking and creating quiet images of unity and balance; and their ongoing experimentation with new materials and means of presenting their images, in both outdoor and indoor venues, have made the joint exhibits of their works compelling destinations and enriching experiences. Curated by Claudia Craemer. Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  Closed Sunday and Monday. Adult and student groups are welcome to tour our exhibits. More information about the shows and tours can be found on the Tall Grass website, www.tallgrass.org or by calling Tall Grass Gallery at 708-748-3377.

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

‘From the Ashes’ Screening and Discussion – Friday, June 23

UUCC will screen the documentary movie ‘From the Ashes’ on Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m.  A discussion will follow the film. ‘From the Ashes’ looks at Americans across the country as they wrestle with the legacy and future of the coal industry.  This film looks at what’s at stake for our economy, health and climate. Free coffee, tea, and popcorn.  Bring a snack to share if you wish. Optional donations greatly appreciated.  UUCC is located just east of Western Ave., and south of Steger Road.  For additional information, call 708-481-5993 or visit: www.uuccpf.org.

Summer Solstice Celebration – Saturday, June 24

Join us for a family friendly ritual to welcome summer on Saturday, June 24.  We will gather at 5:30 p.m. with the ritual beginning at 6 p.m.  There will be a potluck dinner.  Please bring a dish to share.  A $5 donation is requested.  Presented by Four Winds CUUPs.  For additional information, call 708-481-5993 or visit: www.uuccpf.org.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

June Resident Appreciation Month Activities

Week of June 19-23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Raffle: Win a Basket of Village “SWAG” Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Enter your name in a raffle for a chance to win a basket of Park Forest “SWAG.” Raffle box will be in the lobby all week during business hours. Winner will be notified by email or phone.

Week of June 26-30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Raffle: $50 towards your Water Bill, Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Stop in at Village Hall and enter your household for your chance to win $50 off of your next Park Forest water bill. Three lucky Park Forest households will be selected. Winner will be drawn and contacted on Monday, July 3. Proof of residency will be required to collect the prize.

Saturday, June 24, 6 – 11 p.m. ** Date Change!
Dancing Under the Stars: House Music, On the Green, 349 Main Street (Behind Village Hall). Calling all “House Heads.” Four different DJs. Mike Love and DJ Lil’ John from 106.3 on the turn tables; DJ Wyldchyld and International DJ Jonathan Newman will also be spinning it up for you. Wear your dancing shoes and be ready to have a blast! Free! Bring your own chair! Food vendors will be present

NOTE:  Please check the Village of Park Forest’s website for any changes to this schedule.

Main Street Nights 2017 – Wednesday, June 21

Main Street Nights in Park Forest 2017 continues through August 9th. As in the past, the events will take place at Cunningham and Victory Boulevard in DownTown Park Forest. Main Street Nights focuses on bringing the community together through music, games, food, etc. during these summer nights. Venders such as Dunagains Irish Pub will sell grilled items, sides, snacks, and beverages to the public. Every Wednesday, Main Street Nights will start between 5 o’clock and 6:30 p.m. depending on the day. Specific times are listed on the freedom hall website (www.freedomhall.org). In case of rain, performances will be relocated to the Dining on the Green, which is located at 349 Main Street. This week’s scheduled events are:

Wednesday, June 21

6:30 p.m. – Popeye & Sailor
Alex “Popeye” Rothacker and his amazing dog act have performed throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than 20 years. They have made numerous TV appearances, including three times on “Late Show with David Letterman” and another on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” where the audience voted Sailor the “Smartest Dog in the World.”

7:30 p.m. – R-Gang
R-Gang combines musical expertise and showmanship to provide your event with the very best in entertainment. Specializing in Motown/R&B, they’ve played with nationally known artists as Survivor, to writing and recording for groups like The Doobie Brothers & Marvin Staples, the musicians in R-Gang hold years of experience between them.

Summertime Bingo – Through July 31

Have fun while exploring Park Forest this summer!  Complete 5 tasks and/or activities across, down or diagonal (center is free square) for Bingo. Submit completed Bingo card along with proof of completion and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 VISA Card. Game goes through July 31.  The winners will be announced during the August 9 Main Street Nights event.  There will be four winners. The tasks will involve visiting businesses and places of interest in Park Forest. Details can be found here. The Bingo cards with complete details about proof of task completion will be available in Village Hall and on our website starting June 1. In the meantime, please direct questions about the event to Monica DeLord at 708-283-5617 or mdelord@vopf.com.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Summer Camp with “Edu-tainment” for Your Creative Genius Ages 11 – 16 – Registration Now in Progress

Are you having a hard time finding the right camp that will engage your child’s brain and keep him/her entertained? Look no further — STEAM camp at GSU to the rescue. Faculty and staff in GSU’s College of Arts and Sciences have collaborated to bring middle and high school students, ages 11 to 16, a one-week, interactive learning experience. Each day of camp will be split into two sessions — with the morning focused on the sciences and the afternoon on the arts. In the morning, campers will discover robotics, explore the world of computer programming, and launch water rockets using hydraulic pressure. They’ll explore the natural world in the renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park in the midst of the prairie on campus grounds. Afternoon sessions will include the technology of the theater, dronography, backstage tours at Center for Performing Arts, ceramics, and more. Camps are held on two different weeks, and students may register for one or both sessions:
Week 1: July 17 – 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Week 2: July 24 – 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each session is $200 per camper. For those in need, a limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each week offers different activities. Please visit www.govst.edu/steamcamp or call us at 708-534-4088 for specific details.

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

19th Annual Summer Speech Camp – Registration Now in Progress

PSC is hosting its 19th Annual Summer Speech Camp, Monday, July 10, through Thursday, July 20.  The camp meets from 1:15 to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights, and is intended to prepare high school varsity and novice speech team competitors for fall competition. Week one will focus on interpretation, finding material, cutting material, discovering delivery advantages, public speaking, generating ideas and humor and citing sources. Week two will focus on practicing, polishing and performing. The camp will conclude with a performance showcase with awards. The camp fee is $275 per student. For more information or to apply, visit prairiestate.edu/speechcamp, or contact PSC Professors: Ed Schwarz at 708-709-3772 or eschwarz@prairiestate.edu; Dana Trunnell at 708-09-3798 or dtrunnell@prairiestate.edu; or Joshua Green at 708-709-2958 or jgreen18@prairiestate.edu.

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

Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program – Orientation Begins June 20

SSC will be offering a Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program this summer at their Oak Forest Campus. Orientation and Assessment Testing will be June 20-22 at the Oak Forest Center, with the program set to begin on July 17, 2017. The Highway Construction Careers Training Program has been implemented to increase the number of minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals working on IDOT highway construction projects. The training consists of an intensive 12-week program to learn the skills necessary for acceptance into the highway construction trades and gives the opportunity for a career with high wage potential.

Career Opportunities Include: Cement Mason, Electrician, Pipefitter, Carpenter, Laborer, Equipment Operator

Requirements: Valid driver’s license, 18 years or older, High School diploma/GED, Interest working in the Construction Trades

Construction will always be needed for new buildings, roads, bridges, and other structures. Some of the more skilled construction careers such as engineer require higher education while others such as cement masonry can be learned as an on-the-job apprentice. All candidates MUST have a valid driver’s license with them to attend orientation. For more information or to download a copy of the study guide for the assessment test, please visit our website at www.ssc.edu/hcctp, or call 708-708-225-6004, or email hcctp@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: 708-210-5740. All orientation and assessment testing will be held at the Oak Forest Center. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue in Oak Forest. The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Community College Board, and the participating community colleges do not guarantee employment upon trainees’ graduation from the Highway Construction Careers Training Program.

MakerGirl Classes – Registration Now in Progress

MakerGirl is a non-profit start-up founded by students at the University of Illinois in Champaign. They inspire elementary girls to be active in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) through 3D printing sessions. Women are underrepresented in STEAM and girls tend to lose interest in STEAM fields around middle school. The MakerGirl program sparks curiosity at an early age by providing an environment for girls to learn, create, experiment, and engage themselves in STEAM activities. MakerGirl is traveling across the Midwest to host 3D printing sessions for girls between the ages of 7-10 to learn more about STEAM, cutting edge technology, and much more. These sessions teach young girls 3D printing, while also teaching them about women leaders in STEAM fields, innovative companies, cutting edge technology, and much more. We want your MakerGirl to come to our session and depart wanting to actively participate in any and all parts of STEAM!

When: Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Session 1: 9:00am – 11:30 a.m.
Session 2: 1:00pm – 3:30 p.m.

Where: South Suburban College
Oak Forest Campus (Rm. 5310)
16333 Kilbourne St. in Oak Forest

Registration: Tickets are FREE. Please register at: http://bit.ly/makergirl-ssc or contact jaime@makergirl.us. For more information about all of SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit www.ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office at 708-210-5718.

Top U.S. Universities

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

Green Events

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

Trail Workday – Registration Required by Thursday, June 22

Workdays are a fun way to give back to Thorn Creek Nature Preserve.  Help maintain the trails throughout the preserve or come help weed and nurture our Prairie Sampler and butterfly garden.  Join us on Saturday, June 24. Workday is for ages 15 through adult.  Community, scout, gardening groups are welcome.  Ring a lunch and gloves and dress for the weather.  Wear sturdy shoes or boots.  Refreshments will be provided.  Outdoor work is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain.  There are trail tasks of all sorts – one will be just right for you.  Registration is required by Thursday, June 2.  For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

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.

Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’

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

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

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

Healthy Living

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

Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program

GSU’s Psychology Department is offering free psychotherapy services to members of the community. Conversations with a psychotherapist can help people cope with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, and life transition problems. Confidential, one-on-one sessions are held with a GSU graduate student in psychology under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Individuals and couples, 18 years and older, are eligible. All sessions are conducted in Matteson, IL. The number of sessions is determined by the client’s needs. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-235-2841.

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest

CPR Classes

CPR classes are available at the Park Forest Fire Department. Click on the following link for more details: http://pffd.vopf.com/cpr-classes.html

Park Forest Health Department, 350 Victory Drive

Walk About for Healthy Hearts – Every Saturday

Are you trying to be more active?  The Park Forest Health Department is hosting a walk about for healthy hearts every Saturday, at 9 a.m. The walks will begin at the Park Forest Village Green in DownTown Park Forest. All you need are your walking shoes! The walks will last 30 minutes and are more enjoyable if you:

  • Wear comfortable clothes,
  • Bring a friend to pass the time,
  • Make sure to stretch those muscles, and
  • Move your arms and maintain good posture.

Don’t forget a water bottle to stay hydrated. For additional information or to register for the weekly walks, call 708-748-1118.

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.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Farmers’ Market – Through October 28

The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday thereafter through October 28 from 7 a.m. to noon.  The Market is located on the corner of Lakewood Boulevard & Cunningham Drive in DownTown Park Forest. Since 1974, the Park Forest Farmers’ Market has been connecting area residents with local farmers, food vendors and businesses.  The Market hosts 22 full spaces with a variety of fresh flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery goods, herbs and dairy products.  Local businesses are also on hand at the Market selling artwork, garden ornaments, jewelry and more. The Market accepts LINK/Snap card as well as Double Value Coupons & Senior Nutrition Coupons. Additional information about the Park Forest Farmers’ Market can be found here. If you are you a farmer, food vendor, or civic group who would be interested in a booth at the Park Forest Farmers’ Market, call the Park Forest Health Department for additional information at 708-748-1118.