In and Around Park Forest for the Week of August 13, 2017

2017 Good Egg Award
Source: Village of Park Forest

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)– The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is seeking nominations for the 2017 Good Egg Award. The Good Egg award recipient is an individual who has gone beyond the call of duty to be of service to others. The award recognizes those who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities through human relations and human rights advocacy. The nomination deadline is Friday, August 25.  You can find additional information about the Good Egg Award in the ‘This & That’ 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 Meeting Cancellation – Monday, August 14

The Village of Park Forest Board meeting scheduled on Monday, August 14 has been cancelled.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 21. 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 August 13:

  • Tuesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Thursday, August 17 at 7 p.m. – Housing Authority

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

‘Decades Rewind’ – Tickets Now on Sale

On Friday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m., the Center for Performing Arts will present ‘Decades Rewind.’ ‘Decades Rewind’ is a National touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show! It celebrates the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the most prominent decades in music history. Disco, Funk, Rock and Motown all take center stage in this brand new theatrical concert featuring over 60 songs, 100 costume changes and nostalgic video. From Aretha to Zeppelin, ‘Decades Rewind’ will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. This IS the story of your life!

Tickets and Additional Information

Tickets are priced at $49.50/$45.50/$36.50, with discounts available for students ($10 tickets), seniors 65+ ($25 tickets), groups of ten or more, and patrons purchasing three or more shows (15% off).

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- Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 6 p.m. on Thursdays) and 2 hours prior to all performances.

Parking is free. For best GPS directions, always use the location search term “Governors State University” only.

Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago

Benefit Concert for Russian-Born LGBTQ Violinist, Artem Kolesov – Saturday, August 26

Notable Chicago LGBTQ community leaders are hosting a benefit concert for Artem Kolesov, a 23-year old gay man who caught the world’s attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian “Children-404” project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and discuss LGBT issues in Russia. In most of their photos and videos, participants shield their identities by holding up a sign in front of their faces, but Kolesov did not.  While his courageous move caught international attention, it also means that he can never return home. His dream, therefore, is to insure his safety by obtaining U.S. citizenship. Kolesov now lives in Chicago, where he is first violinist in the Yas Quartet, which is in residence at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. Earlier this summer, Kolesov was honored recently at the Logo TV Trailblazers Awards; last year his ensemble took third prize in the Chamber Division at the Schoenfeld International String Competition held in Harbin, China.

The concert “From Russia with Love: A benefit concert for Artem Kolesov and other LGBTQ refugees fleeing persecution” will enjoy a performance by Kolesov and the YAS Quartet and others.  All proceeds will benefit legal costs associated with Kolesov’s pursuit of U.S citizenship; American Friends of Rainbow Railroad; and Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program (CLASP).

Tickets & Additional Information

Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613
Ticket prices start at $50

To purchase tickets visit:  https://community.centeronhalsted.org/pages/from-russia-with-love  .

Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street

The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of August 13:

  • Monday, August 14 at 7 p.m. – Knot Just for Knitters – Share camaraderie while working on knitting, crocheting or any other type of needlework project. For adults.
  • Thursday, August 17 at 3 p.m. – Afternoon Teen Craft — Make a one-of-a-kind crayon art craft for yourself, a friend or family member. All supplies provided. Registration requested.
  • Thursday, August 17 at 6:15 p.m. – Summer Film Club Festival – Showing Gravitywith a discussion afterwards. For adults.

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

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton, 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

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park

Farm to Table Event Among Giants Featuring Limelight Catering – Saturday, September 9

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at GSU and Limelight Catering share a passion for sustainable green practices. On Saturday, September 9 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., they unite to bring the Southland an event like none before–a farm-to-table dinner in the midst of the prairie among giant contemporary sculptures. Honorary Chairs Gary and Denise Gardner (of Know Your Chicago) and the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park Board invite you to Sculpture, Wine, and Dine, a fundraising event to sustain the park’s community and educational programs. The event is hosted by Wayne Johnson, known for NBC 5’s Wayne’s Weekend and winner of The Today Show’s “Domestic Diva” contest. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, lauded as one of the top ten outdoor sculpture parks in the world, presents significant large-scale public art, inspiring visitors to experience art and nature in new and unexpected ways.

Featuring a locally-sourced menu from Limelight Catering, guests will experience the finest in the culinary arts accompanied by an unparalleled setting surrounded by sculpture. Tickets are $125 per person. Guests are invited to stay for an Afterglow Party starting at 6:30 p.m. that includes live music, wine, coffee, and dessert on the Patio near E-Lounge. The adjacent Visual Arts Gallery will be featuring the work of Vera Klement and Dan Ramirez. Attendees will also be some of the first to preview “Searching for Lady Day: A Portrait in Steel”; a film documentary celebrating the work of sculptor Mark di Suvero. Di Suvero’s monumental “Yes, for Lady Day,” with its distinctive railroad tank car and steel I-beam construction is a favorite among park visitors (1968–69). The sculpture was a gift from philanthropist Lewis Manilow.

This museum-in-the-prairie is a free public resource for the community. Here, you are invited to explore the connection of art and nature, where wonder emerges around every corner. Trailblazing visionaries, advocates, and supporters bring the three pillars of the park’s mission to –life—art, conservation and education. Sculpture, Wine, and Dine guests and the event’s generous sponsors—including lead sponsor BMO Harris Bank, Bimba Manufacturing, and social media sponsor AT & T—are investing in the future growth of the park and its community programs. To RSVP call Gina Ragland at 708.235.7559 or gragland@govst.edu. For more information, visit the web site at www.govst.edu/sculpture

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

‘Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service’ – Opens August 22

The NVAM is proud to present its upcoming exhibition,’ Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service’ by Chicago-area artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner. ‘Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service’ will be on display beginning Tuesday, August 22th through Saturday, October 28th, 2017 with an opening reception Friday, October 25th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will showcase two series of oil paintings: ‘Portraits of American Veterans,’ and ‘Memories of an Era: Reflections of Our Time.’ ‘Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service’ presents a unique perspective on an experience of military service that is often overlooked–that of the spouse, parent, sibling, or child of an active duty service member or veteran. The juxtaposition of veteran portraits with scenes of family life highlights an integral aspect of military culture that is rarely explored.

Jeanine Hill-Soldner grew up in a military family. Her father, Sgt. Maj. Dan L. Hill, was a 30-year U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who served in WWII, Korea, and completed two tours in Vietnam. After he passed away, the artist felt compelled to create work that honored his service and experiences along with those of other military veterans and members of their communities. Personal stories and memory are integral to her work as Hill-Soldner links the experiences of veterans and those of their loved ones through a poignant visual program. For more information about the National Veterans Art Museum, 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 August 13:

  • Monday, August 14 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Join us for a delightful morning of stories! Weather Permitted, Join us out doors for Story Time in our Beautiful Butterfly Garden.
  • Monday, August 14 at 3:30 p.m. – Do It Yourself Designs — Create, learn, and engage in new activities with teens!
  • Monday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Mindfulness Mondays — Join us as we learn how to become more tranquil and mindful in our lives.
  • Tuesday, August 15 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, August 15 at 12:30 p.m. – Lego Builders — Drop in and see if you have what it takes to make the best Lego creation.
  • Tuesday, August 15 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle – 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, August 16 at 12:30 p.m. – Comic Creation — Be inspired to become a graphic novelist/comic creator! Each week explore ways to create comic strips, books, graphic and more.
  • Wednesday, August 16 at 3:30 p.m. – DIY Designs — Create, learn, and engage in activities with other teens!
  • Wednesday, August 16 at 4 p.m. — Color Me Happy Adult Coloring — 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, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. – Movie Night for Adults: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ — The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When the Germans invade their country, they are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance.
  • Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. – Ravinia Concert — Vladimir Feltsman (piano) — Come to the Info Zone desk to inquire about tickets to today’s Ravinia show taking place at the Pavilion. First come, first serve basis. Location: Ravinia in Highland Park, IL
  • Thursday, August 17 at 11 a.m. — PETE THE CAT Story Time — Join Us as we CELEBRATE…. PETE THE CAT! Enjoy Stories and a light craft ALL about Pete.
  • Thursday, August 17 at 1 p.m. – Drop In Craft — Drop in to kids’ zone and see what we are creating today!
  • Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. – Ravinia Concert — The Knights — Come to the Info Zone desk to inquire about tickets to today’s Ravinia show taking place at the Pavilion. First come, first serve basis. Location: Ravinia in Highland Park, IL
  • Friday, August 18 at 12:30 p.m. – DIY Project — It’s Do it yourself Time! Stop in kids’ zone and see what we’re designing with a wide variety of up cycled materials. For ages 12 and under.
  • Friday, August 18 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!
  • Friday, August 18 at 3:30 p.m. – Reader’s Theater — Join our kids ‘zone Theater Group! Learn how to put on skits, musicals and more! Bring your energy. We’ll provide the rest! For ages 12 and under.
  • Saturday, August 19 at 1 p.m. – Back to School Creative Project – Kick off the school year in style. Design your own personalize note book to journal a Major Test or an important about! You can even design a note just for personal use.

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

Library Board Meeting – Thursday, August 17

The Park Forest Library Board will meet on Thursday, August 17 at 7 p.m. The Park Forest Public Library Board of Trustees is elected to set policies and oversee the operation of the Library. The Trustees meet in the library at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month. The meetings are open to the public.

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.

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

Tom Dreesen to Perform Special “From Here to Hollywood” Show – Tickets Now on Sale

SSC alumnus Tom Dreesen is putting together an unforgettable show titled “From Here to Hollywood” to be held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the college’s main campus in South Holland. This special one-night show will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s 400-seat Kindig Performing Arts Center. General Admission Tickets are just $30 and there are limited $500 Premier Row Sponsorships available including 10 tickets with an after-show Meet & Greet. In this unforgettable performance, comedian Tom Dreesen will take you from his childhood of shining shoes in bars in his hometown of Harvey, Illinois, hearing Frank Sinatra on the jukebox, to one day touring the nation as Sinatra’s opening act, flying in his private jet and staying up with Frank till dawn, night after night. He takes you to Frank’s last performance and the last song he ever sang and then to his last days on earth. Dreesen’s keen insight to arguably the greatest career show business has ever known, and the lessons he learned from the legendary star, promises to move the audience! Dreesen is a proud Thornton Junior College (TJC) alumnus with appearances on the Tonight Show plus guest hosting for David Letterman. The show is sponsored by – and proceeds to benefit – South Suburban College Foundation. (Tickets are tax-deductible.) Purchase tickets online from www.ssc.edu/foundation or call 708-596-2000 x2463. The Kindig Performing Arts Center is located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland.

SPAA Theater for Performing Arts, 371 Artists Walk

D-Erania Jazz Series – Friday, August 18

Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist & Grammy Nominee, D-Erania founded and launched the D-Erania Jazz Series in 2017; a dynamic live performance concert series designed to create an unforgettable experience for audiences, and to connect them with outstanding artists and musicians from around the world. There are four concerts scheduled per year; one per quarter, and take place at the beautiful SPAA Theater for Performing Arts in DownTown Park Forest. The performances showcase D-Erania and her live band with special guest, international artists. Two of the performances took place this past February and May. The exceptional lineup remaining for 2017 is:

  • Friday, August 18th for show #3, D-Erania will be joined by the soulful, international jazz violinist, Christian Howes.
  • The 2017 finale concert on Saturday, November 4th the D-Erania Jazz Series will feature vocalist, Tina Crawley for the benefit of ShoVal & More, NFP, the producer of The Gold Rush Women’s Conferences

For more information about D-Erania and the D-Erania Jazz Series please visit: www.d-erania.com.  Tickets for any of the upcoming concerts can be purchased from her website under the “D’s Jazz Series” link. D-Erania can also be contacted via email: derania@sbcglobal.net

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Creative Imaginations’ Exhibit – Through September 17

Tall Grass Arts Association exhibit ‘Creative Imaginations’ will run through Sunday, September 17. This annual show features works by of Tall Grass Juried Artists. The exhibit is free and open to the public. ‘Creative Imaginations’ features a range of media, subjects and styles and includes drawings, paintings, photographs, digital works, prints, mixed media, and sculpture from realistic to abstract approaches, from figurative to symbolic images. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information or questions about Tall Grass, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

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

16 X 16 – Opens Wednesday, August 16

USG’s exhibit 16 X 16 opens on Wednesday, August 16 and runs through Saturday, September 9.  A reception will be held on Saturday, September 9 from noon to 3 p.m.  Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday & Friday from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

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

Rainbow Café – Friday, August 18

This month’s Rainbow Café meets on August 18th. Movie shown will be “Lazy Eye.” Passions reignite and secrets are revealed when a graphic designer reconnects with an ex-lover he hasn’t heard from in 15 years. Over the course of a weekend at a house in the desert, they must determine whether or not they have a future together. Rainbow Cafe is a social event that provides a safe and welcoming environment for single or partnered gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender adults and their allies, by creating a space where they are able to socialize outside of the usual bars. The Café is open every 3rd Friday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Edgar’s Place Coffeehouse 25th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, August 26

Edgar’s Place Coffeehouse celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an outdoor Acoustic Mini Festival on Saturday, August 26th starting at 1:00 p.m. Edgar’s Place is located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Park Forest, 70 Sycamore Drive in Park Forest.

Scheduled performances:

1 p.m. Beverly Feldt
Moose River Band
1:45 p.m. Danny Fox
2:15 p.m. Anna Stange
2:45 p.m. Ryan Rudolf
3:30 p.m. Weeds, Bob and Bill Macy
4:30 p.m. Small Potatoes
5:30 p.m. Eric Lambert
6:30 p.m. Dave Rudolf and Friends

Bring lawn chair and blankets. Great indoor venue in case of inclement weather.  $15 Donation for the entire day! For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Women Bring Change, Inc., 526 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago

Chicago Nasty Women to Benefit for Planned Parenthood — Friday, September 8

Chicago Nasty Women is hosting a one-night blowout exhibition of work by Nasty Women artists on Friday, September 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The exhibition is hosted by Stan Mansion, an architectural wonder located at 2408 North Kedzie Boulevard, in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.  This event brings together women, artists and change-makers across the city in support of Planned Parenthood.  Women Bring Change is a nonprofit focused on raising money for causes pertaining to women.  This Nasty Women exhibition aims to double the participation of a similar exhibit Women Bring Change held this May, which raised $30,000 for Planned Parenthood in 5 hours with 1700 attendees.  With a venue triple in size and a fabulous line up of entertainment, this event is going to be amazing. Beginning at 4 p.m. our VIP guests will enjoy champagne and cocktails along with live entertainment, an art auction and the opportunity to purchase collected artworks for the main event before the doors open. Come be a part of this collaboration among some of Chicago’s most recognized women-owned small businesses, community leaders, artists, and activists.

The main event runs 5:30 p.m.to 10:30 p.m. Nasty Women Chicago will offer works of art by hundreds of local and national women artists, sold exclusively at an evening exhibition of work by Women Artists. The main event is free to all attendees with a suggested donation of $5 upon entrance. Various interactive installations will be present throughout the 20,000 square foot event space engaging guests in an evening of art, live music and culture with the option to purchase items from local vendors including food, libations and artists. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to Planned Parenthood to continue the advocacy of honoring women’s bodies and defending women’s rights. Please RSVP by August 20 via email:  nastywomenchicago@gmail.com Find more information at: www.nastywomenchicago.org and http://tinyurl.com/y8ob5j4o If you are unable to attend the event, you can make a donation to benefit Planned Parenthood here.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Business Workshops — August 18 & 25

GSU’s School of Extended Learning, in partnership with Robinson Engineering, Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, and Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce, will present two workshops: Increase Your Revenue with Strategic Planning on Friday, August 18 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Exceptional Customer Service Starts with You on Friday, August 25 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Robinson Engineering’s Frankfort, IL location. For workshop details and registration, please visit the School of Extended Learning and click Business Strategy and Customer Service.

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.

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163

2017-2018 Registration – Through August 16

Walk-in registration for the 2017-2018 school year for Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will be conducted in the 21st Century Primary Center’s Media Center, 240 S. Orchard Drive, Park Forest, on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, August 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, August 16, 4 – 7 p.m.

To register, new students must have the Illinois State transfer form if coming from a school within Illinois, three proofs of residency, and a birth certificate. Qualifying documents for registration should include two from this list: current lease (signed and dated), current mortgage, or current 30-day utility (gas, water, electric) bill; and one from this list: homeowners’/renters’ insurance, auto insurance, SSN/disability letter (date and address), Department of Children and Family Services voucher, or current payroll/unemployment stub. Students must have the physical and immunization forms in compliance with state requirements. Physical examinations must be dated within one year at the time of registration. Kindergarten, sixth grade, and new students will not be allowed to register or start the school year without a current physical examination and an up to date immunization record. The registration fee is $50. Other fees include $10 student enrichment, $10 field trip, and $10 for gym suits for seventh and eighth grade students. Fees may be paid with cash, money order/cashier’s check, or credit/debit card. Personal checks will not be accepted.

Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights

Fall 2017 Registration – Begins August 21

Registration for fall 2017 is open at Prairie State College (PSC). Credit courses begin Monday, August 21. Non-credit courses include a variety of single-day and multiple-session offerings that begin throughout the fall. Both credit and non-credit courses are listed in the fall class schedule, available on the PSC main campus, located at 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. The schedule also is available at area public libraries and online at prairiestate.edu. To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person at the college or online. Current students can register for credit courses online or in person. Through Friday, Aug. 11, Enrollment Services is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the college is closed on Fridays. Beginning Monday, Aug. 14, Enrollment Services will resume regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person.

To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to prairiestate.edu and select How To Register for Non-Credit Courses from the A-Z Index. Another option is to complete the registration form available online at prairiestate.edu/noncredit 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. Through Aug. 11, the MAC is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Beginning Monday, Aug. 14, the MAC will resume regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information about registering for courses, visit prairiestate.edu or call 708-709-3500.South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland

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

2017 Fall Registration & Open House Schedule – Classes Begin Monday, August 21

Open Registration for the Fall 2017 Semester at SSC is in progress. Fall classes begin Monday, August 21st at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. The schedule is available online at www.ssc.edu.  SSC will also host a College-Wide Open House on Thursday, August 3rd from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. featuring tours, demonstrations, and information about the college’s wide range of options, programs and student services. Prospective students 18 and over will be entered in an Open House Raffle for: 1st prize $300 Visa Gift Card, 2nd prize $200 Visa Gift Card, 3rd prize $100 Visa Gift Card. Representatives from our new Latino Help Center will be available to offer excellent customer service to prospective and current students and parents by providing interpretation (English/Spanish). SSC is now offering a Free Class to first time credit students who reside within South Suburban College District 510, qualify for our Lake County, IN or Chicago regional rates or work for an employer within South Suburban College District 510. The Free Class applies to tuition only, and does not apply to courses of more than 5 credit hours. Individuals must not be receiving any state or federal financial aid or employer subsidies. More information is available at www.ssc.edu/freeclass.

Our Dual Credit option saves parents and students time and tuition money. Your child can earn credit for both high school graduation and college credit at the same time. Dual Credit at SSC is completely free and is a great opportunity for your child to get a jump start on their college education. Dual Credit is only available for specific high school courses. For more information, please contact your child’s high school counselor. Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for fall 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. Contact the Office of Admissions at 708-210-5718 for enrollment information.

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Green Events

Park Forest Environment Commission

Nominate Your Neighbor for the Park Forest Sustainability Award – Applications Due by September 1

Nominations are now being accepted for the Park Forest Sustainability Award. Nominations accepted for any of the following including general appearance of property, rain barrels, rain gardens, raised planter beds (for raising produce), solar panels, minimal use of lawn chemicals (verified) and many other award options.  Download form with complete details. Form Applications are due by September 1 to the Department of Public Works, 350 Victory Drive.

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 Center, 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.

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

School Physicals Through September 9 – Appointment Required

The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus offers affordable school physicals required for children entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade. Physical exams are conducted by a family nurse practitioner. The last date for physicals is September 9. Times vary by date. For an appointment, call 708-748-1118. Parents should bring immunization records to the appointment. Learn more about the Park Forest Health Department

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.

This & That

American Red Cross, Chicago

World Roller Derby Week & Blood Drive — August 13 through 19

Athletes from across the Midwest will launch World Roller Derby Week, Aug. 13-19, on the 82nd anniversary of Chicagoan Leo Seltzer presenting his creation, Roller Derby, at the Chicago Coliseum Aug. 13, 1935. The inaugural World Roller Derby Week will include a public birthday celebration, a retro roller derby game played with the rules and uniforms of the 1970s, and a donor pledge campaign for a national roller derby blood drive. One of only three major sports invented in the United States, roller derby has inspired generations of athletes and fans. Currently, almost 2000 women’s, men’s and junior leagues are skating, competing and giving back to their communities worldwide. The kick-off event for World Roller Derby Week will be a public Roller Derby Birthday event Aug. 13 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the place where the sport was invented, Coliseum Park, 1513 South Wabash.  Athletes from roller derby organizations across Chicagoland will be invited to skate in uniform, while junior skaters will serve birthday cake. Donor registrations for “First Blood,” a roller derby themed blood drive will be part of the celebration. A commemorative roller derby double-header game played under the 1970s rules and the classic uniforms of the Midwest Pioneers and the Chicago Westerners, and a Junior Roller Derby game under the most modern rules will be the highlight of the celebration, Aug. 19 from 2-6 p.m. at Fleetwood Roller Rink, 7231 W Archer Ave, Summit, Illinois.

A limited number of tickets are available online through World Roller Derby Week partner Brown Paper Tickets at http://timehop2017.bpt.me/. World Roller Derby Week will help to save lives by signing-up donors to give blood at the First Blood roller derby blood drive, Sunday, Oct. 29 at the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois, 2200 West Harrison Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Like other blood drives in the national series, derby athletes at the event will offer autographs, photo opportunities, and other promotional give-a-ways to attract donors, a formula that has made these themed community service events from coast to coast the most popular blood drives of the year in many of the cities where they are hosted. To register to donate blood and save a life, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “Derby.” Follow the Time Hop event at #TimeHop2017 and the roller derby blood drives at #makeembleed and #firstblood. Any roller derby league wishing to bring the roller derby blood drive series to their hometown should email organizers at derbyblooddrive@gmail.com

Grande Prairie Choral Arts, 266 Somonauk Street, Park Forest

Open Auditions – Tuesday, August 22 & Saturday, September 9

The Grande Prairie Singers will be holding open auditions. Children’s Choir auditions begin on Tuesday, August 22. Open auditions for new singers will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 at Grace Church located at 266 Somonauk, Park Forest. Grande Prairie Children’s Choir begins their season Tuesday, August 22. Additional Information: Grande Prairie Children’s Choir, Schedule your audition and/or request additional information for Grande Prairie Singer, Website

Palos Township, 10802 South Roberts Road, Palos Hills

Rally Against Racism & Hate Speech – Monday, August 14

Palos Township residents and others will rally against racism and hate speech on Monday, August 14th, in response to current Trustee Sharon Brannigan’s hate speech attacking the growing population of Arabs and Muslims in the southwest suburbs, and more recently, Middle Eastern students. The rally will take place at the Palos Township office, 10802 South Roberts Road in Palos Hills beginning at 6 p.m. At the last Palos Township general meeting on July 10th, The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, along with local organizations, mobilized hundreds of community members, residents, and supporters to protest Brannigan, calling for her immediate resignation. Since the last meeting, TAKE ON HATE launched a petition, which has gathered close to 800 signatures. Pressure from the community, and from Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, has already forced Brannigan to resign from her post on the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. An ad hoc community coalition and allies are mobilizing for the rally at 6 p.m., and also encouraging all residents to attend the Palos Township general meeting at 7 p.m., where the coalition members’ testimonies and concerns will be voiced again. Follow the action and general meeting on Twitter using hashtags: #TakeOnHate #ResignBrannigan #ItsOurHomeToo Organized by The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE – Chicago, AMVOTE PAC, Arab American Action Network, Arab American Democratic Club, Arab American Family Services, Kiswani Law, P.C., Law Offices of Reema Odeh, and other community members and activists. See event on Facebook

Park Forest Youth Commission

18th Annual Youth Day Back 2 School Celebration — Saturday, August 19

The Park Forest Youth Commission will host the 18th Annual Youth Day Back 2 School Celebration on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DownTown Village Green (Cunningham & Main Street). The event will include a school supply giveaway (supplies are limited). Registration form must be completed onsite to receive supplies. There will also be live music, arts & craft vendor, games, food, basketball tournament& more!

REGAL Women’s Conference

Saturday, August 19 – Tickets Now on Sale

The REGAL Women’s Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 19 at the Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conference Center, 500 Holiday Plaza Drive. Relationships are at the center of human life. The focus of the conference is relationship, with God, others & most importantly yourself! The REGAL Women’s Conference, gives you the opportunity to envision the life you want to lead as a significant other and a whole woman. As an attendee you are connected to professionals, monthly workshops and networking opportunities that will consistently encourage your vision with continued support and opportunities for growth. Come prepared to have hands on development workshops and to meet engage with positive women that want to invest in others!

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

  • Presentations from popular radio personality Dr. Love McPherson (relationship expert) & well known
  • YouTube personality Ashley ‘Empowers’!
  • Local Vendors
  • Singles Vision Board Workshop
  • Being a help meet and a business woman
  • Single mothers and dating
  • Having a healthy and happy marriage
  • Forming Healthy Communication Skills
  • Healthy eating and Loving Your Body
  • Building Successful Relationships
  • Entrepreneurship Skills
  • Career Enhancement through Resume Building
  • Prizes from Essence Magazine & More
  • List of ongoing events and opportunities after the conference!

Ticket information can be found here.

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

Golf Outing – Friday, September 15

The 2017-18 South Suburban College Baseball Team is hosting their 12th Annual Bulldog Baseball Golf Outing to raise funds for athletic equipment and travel costs for nationwide tournaments. The Bulldog Golf Outing will take place on Friday, September 15, 2017, at Lincolnshire Country Club, 390 E. Richton Road in Crete. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $150.00 per golfer or $500 for a foursome, which includes golf (four‐man scramble) with dinner and door prizes to follow. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100.00.  For more information please contact Head Coach Steve Ruzich at 708-596‐2000, ext. 2413, or email sruzich@ssc.edu. Checks should be made payable to “South Suburban College Baseball” and delivered to 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473. Hole sponsors should indicate what to display on the sponsorship when sending in the check, and must be returned by September 11th.

State Representative Anthony DeLuca, Chicago Heights

Senior Information Fair & Ice Cream Social – Monday, August 21

Would you like to meet State Rep. Anthony DeLuca-Chicago Heights? Rep. DeLuca will host a Senior Information Fair and Ice Cream Social on Monday, August 21, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Frankfort Township Building, located at 11000 West Lincoln Highway in Frankfort. There will be presentations by the Veterans Assistance, Inc., Illinois Attorney General’s office, and Senior Health Insurance Program, as well as services from the Illinois Treasurer’s I-Cash program, Social Security Administration, Frankfort Fire Protection, and AARP Smart Driver. For more information, please contact DeLuca’s full-time constituent service office at 708-754-7900 or repdeluca@sbcglobal.net.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Good Egg Award – Deadline for Nomination Friday, August 25

Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is seeking nominations for the Good Egg Award.
The Good Egg award recipient is an individual who has gone beyond the call of duty to be of service to others. The award recognizes those who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities through human relations and human rights advocacy. To request a nomination form, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or email esterling@vopf.com. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 25.

Village-wide Garage Sale — Registration required by Friday, September 8

Back by popular demand, the Village-wide Garage Sale returns September 15 – 17.  Do you have items in your home you no longer need that could be sold for a few dollars? Do you love discovering a great deal at a garage sale? The Village-wide Garage Sale allows both sellers and buyers the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of over 100 sales within blocks of each other. Residents interested in participating as a seller should call (708-283-5605) or visit the Village Manager’s Office at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 8 to register. Online registration will not be offered.  A list of participating locations will be made available at Village Hall and on the Village’s website the week of the sale. Please note that residents are welcome to hold a garage sale anytime during the year, and permits are not required for holding a garage sale.