In and Around Park Forest for the Week of September 10, 2017

Park Forest Art Fair 2017
Source: Tall Grass Arts Association

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—The Park Forest Art Fair returns for its 62nd year on September 16 &17 in DownTown Park Forest. The Park Forest Art Fair is the second oldest juried art fair in the Chicago area. The finest artists in the Midwest show a variety of artworks including paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, glass, wood, sculpture and fiber arts. The fair also includes many activities for children. Live musical performances will take place on Saturday, September 16. For additional information, visit the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area will be hosting its Fall Kick-Off Pot Luck Dinner on Wednesday, September 13 at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive in DownTown Park Forest. Following the pot luck dinner a guest speaker will provide an update on health care in the Southland. Come for an evening of good food, lively conversation and an informative presentation. You’ll find additional details about the event 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.

Patriot’s Day, Monday, September 11

Former Governor Pat Quinn will commemorate Patriot Day – and the 16th anniversary of 9/11 – by opening the “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit at the Columbia College Chicago Library Reading Room 301 at 12:30 p.m. The Library is located at 624 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. The event is free and open to the public. The display features hand-drawn portraits of 291 Illinois men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. The unique exhibit – which seeks to put faces to the names of the fallen – is comprised of portraits created by artist Cameron Schilling of Mattoon, Illinois. The project began when Schilling drew a portrait of fellow Mattoon resident U.S. Army Spc. Charles Neeley after Neeley lost his life in Iraq. Schilling – then a student at Eastern Illinois University – committed himself to drawing a portrait of every Illinois servicemember killed in the Global War on Terror. Each portrait is lovingly done in Schilling’s evocative style. His efforts caught the eye of then-Lieutenant Governor Quinn, who established the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial exhibit in 2004, and began taking the display to venues across Illinois. “Portrait of a Soldier” will be on display in the Library the week of Monday, September 11. For additional information, visit: http://colum.edu/.

 

Village of Park Forest

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of September 10:

  • Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations
  • Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission
  • Wednesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group

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’ – Friday, September 15

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.

Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street

The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of September 10:

  • Monday, September 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – SNAP Help – Assistance provided with filling out applications for the Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). No appointment needed, drop-in.
  • Monday, September 11 at 3 p.m. – Internet Basics – Topics for this demonstration class include understanding browsers, using bookmarks, viewing websites and more. Pre-registration required.
  • Monday, September 11 at 6 p.m. – Game Night at the Library – Drop-in and play one of our board games with your family. Recommended for children 8+.
  • Monday, September 11 at 7 p.m. – Book Club – Discussion of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. For adults.
  • Monday, September 11 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, September 14 at 6 p.m. – STEAM Kids – A Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math program geared for kids ages 6-8. Register.
  • Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. – Meet Abraham Lincoln – Kevin Wood will portray President Lincoln and share some of his favorite stories, anecdotes, and jokes. For adults and teens (ages 12+). Pre-registration requested.
  • Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. – Knot Another Ball of Yarn! Crochet Group – Learn to crochet or bring your own crochet to this group for teens and adults. Beginners, please bring an H-size (5mm) crochet hook and a Medium 4 weight yarn in white or any pastel color.
  • Friday, September 15 at 1 p.m. – How to Avoid Scams on the Internet – Learn how to spot and avoid common technology scams. For adults. Pre-registration required.
  • Saturday, September 16 at 1 p.m. – Antiques Appraisal – Rex Newell will appraise antiques for free. Pre-register to have an item appraised. Restrictions apply.

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

Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures’ – Through December 10

In the 1970s, artist Senga Nengudi would carry pantyhose and other supplies for her “R.S.V.P.” series of sculptures around in her bag. Born in Chicago and a pioneer of performative art, Nengudi would stage choreographic actions within the works of nylon and sand. DePaul Art Museum will host a touring exhibition of Nengudi’s work, including documentation of her earliest performances. “Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures” will be held on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus through December 10 and is co-organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and the Gallery of Contemporary Art at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The exhibition is co-curated by Windgate Research Curator Elissa Auther of the Museum of Design, and Nora Burnett Abrams of MCA Denver. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free. Additional information at http://museums.depaul.edu​ or 773-325-7506.

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

Vera Klement/Dan Ramirez: Body and Spirit – Through September 30

This is the goal of both Chicago artist iconsexploring the unknown. Vera Klement/Dan Ramirez: Body and Spirit showcases a selection of works by both artists whose contributions and reputations are firmly established in the history of art in Chicago. Their connection goes back to the 1970’s when Dan Ramirez studied under Vera Klement at the University of Chicago as an MFA student (1975-77), and he recognizes her as having had the biggest role in his career. Their paintings are visually disparate and seemingly unrelated, but when considered in dialog with each other, and when their sources of inspiration are considered, we see a stronger connection among them. The exhibit will run through Saturday, September 30 and is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit: http://www.govst.edu/gallery.

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

‘Portraits and Memories: Legacies of Service’ – Through Saturday, October 28

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 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 September 9:

  • Monday, September 11 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, September 11 at 3:30 p.m. – Art in the Afternoon — Unleash your inner artist. Drop in to create a seasonal masterpiece that will be displayed on the wall in kids’ zone. For ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, September 11 at 5:30 p.m. – “Imagine” for Teens —  Get inspired by the library’s own Ms. Kajanda. Learn about setting goals and achieving them! We’ll also be creating vision boards to get the ball rolling for envisioning your future.
  • Monday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Family Movie Night — Now Showing: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Long Haul.’ Rated PG
  • Tuesday, September 12 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Studio — Drop in and discover your inner artist with one of our guided projects.
  • Tuesday, September 12 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.
  • Tuesday, September125 at 6:30 p.m. – Night Time Storytime — Back by popular demand with a Brand New name! Jam out in your PJ’s with stories, crafts, music and more! For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, September 13 at 11 a.m. – Lap Sit Story 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 an adult.
  • Wednesday, September 13 at 1 p.m. — Homeschool STEAM: Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers in Nature — Discover the magic of numbers in nature’s design. We’ll examine the fabulous Fibonacci spirals in flowers, pine cones, ferns, galaxies and more! Registration Required.
  • Wednesday, September 13 at 3:30 p.m. – Comic Creations — Be inspired to become a graphic novelist/comic creator! Each week explore ways to create comic strips, books, graphic and more.
  • Wednesday, September 13 at 3: 30 p.m. — Teen Movie Matinee: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ — Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.
  • Wednesday, September 13 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, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. — Movie Night for Adults: ‘Megan Leavy’ — Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
  • Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. – Writer’s Workshop — Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.
  • Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. – Practical Application Circle — Join us as we read Sherly Sandberg’s Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.
  • Thursday, September 14 at 11 a.m. – Toddler Art — It’s All about Pete the Cat. Let’s get crafty with our favorite Cat!
  • Thursday, September 14 at 3 p.m. — kids’ zone Book Tasting — Share your love of reading with the kids’ zone “Book Tasting.” Each week “sample” a variety of literary genres to find your preferred “tastes” in reading.
  • Thursday, September 14 at 3:30 p.m. – Drawing Theory — Do you enjoy Drawing and Sketching? Learn how to draw your favorite animations and more. For ages 12 and under.
  • Friday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. — Seed Collecting for Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest — Join in our effort to save the Monarch butterfly! We’ll be collecting seed from milkweed and nectar plants that support the life cycle of the Monarch. Seed we’ve collected will be sent to the Pollinator Partnership – a multi-state effort to increase Monarch populations in the United States.
  • Friday, September 15 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, September 15 at 3:30 p.m. – Color Me Happy (for kids) — Travel to a world of relaxation and endless creativity. Color yourself happy in our kids’ coloring circle.
  • Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. — ScholarShop Mom Seminar — Find out how the financial aid process works, get some great tips and strategies on how to get ready for FAFSA completion.
  • Saturday, September 16 at 1 p.m. — Practical Application Circle — Join us as we read Sherly Sandberg’s Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.
  • Sunday, September 17 at 1:30 p.m. — Local Author Showcase — Join us as we celebrate our local authors. We will have author readings, Q&A sessions, and signings after each author’s presentation. Please come out and support your local community’s creativity!

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

Friends of the Library Meeting – Tuesday, September 12

The Friends of the Park Forest Library will meet on Tuesday, September 12 at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. The Friends of the Park Forest Library enhance and support the operations of the library. In order for the Friends to operate, we need you involved! You can sign up for membership by asking at the Patron Services or Info Zone desk. Also, membership forms can be printed here, filled out and brought to the library.11

Prairie State College (PSC), 202 South Halsted Street8, Chicago Heights

‘Annual Photographer of the Year and Student Exhibition’ – Through Thursday, September 14

PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery will host the ‘Annual Photographer of the Year and Student Exhibition.’ The exhibit will feature the works by Jessica Heing, Photographer of the Year. The exhibit will run through Thursday, September 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday Evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule and by appointment, call 708-709-3636 or visit www.prairiestate.edu.

Ensembles Open to Students and Community

PSC Music Department invites students and community members to participate in PSC’s music ensembles this fall. Ensembles explore a variety of music styles and are open to the college community, whether participants are majoring in music or not. Beginning Sept. 9, the Latin Music Ensemble (Latin Jazz), directed by Ruben Alvarez, will meet on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in room 105 of the K Building (K-105), located on the north side of Vollmer road across from the college’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. On Sept. 11, the Wind Ensemble, directed by Phil Crews, will meet on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:40 p.m. in K-105. Performers interested in joining the Wind Ensemble must be playing at an intermediate or higher level. Jazz Choir, directed by Toni Elliot Bell, will meet on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:40 p.m., beginning Sept. 11, in room 3275 of the main building. Veteran jazz musician Eugene Vinyard will direct the Jazz Ensemble on Tuesdays from 7 to 9:50 p.m., beginning Sept. 12, also in room 3275. The Concert Choir, directed by Jo Rodenberg, will meet on Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m., beginning Sept. 12, at Temple B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, located at 1424 183rd St, in Homewood. To join the choir, an audition is required. To set up an audition, call 708-709-3742. The fee to join each ensemble is the cost of one credit hour at the college and offers one college credit for performers who are interested. Performers ages 65 and older can take the credit courses at no charge. An audition for placement may be requested. For more information, contact Valerie Nicholson, Coordinator, Performing Arts/ Professor, Music at vnicholson@prairiestate.edu or call 708-709-3742.

Touch-a-Truck Event — Saturday, September 23

PSC and KLLM Driving Academy, Inc. are hosting a Touch-a-Truck community event on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the college’s Transportation, Warehousing, and Logistics Building, located at 191 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. Children of all ages can explore and touch trucks, emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery and more. Hot dogs, chips and water will be provided on a first come, first served basis. There also will be plenty of great photo opportunities and a chance to learn about programs and services offered at PSC. Because of the generous support of several community organizations, admission to the event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Respond Now. Advance registration is requested at www.prairiestate.edu/cdl. For more information about the Touch-a-Truck event, contact the event coordinator at 708-709-7711 or mmoody@prairiestate.edu.

Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Thursday Game Days

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

Adult Coloring

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

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

Photo Exhibit on Plight of World’s Stateless Children — Opens Thursday, September 14

Few can imagine what it is like to be stateless. Now a new photo exhibit “Nowhere People,” opening Thursday, September 14 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery Chicago, tells the story. With its first showing ever in Chicago, “Nowhere People” by photographer Greg Constantine features 39 black-and-white photographs of children who have no citizenship, and therefore, no place to call their true home. A native of Carmel, Ind., Constantine spent 10 years photographing thousands of stateless people in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, Serbia, Italy, the Netherlands, Iraq Kuwait and Lebanon. He will speak about his experiences and the importance of the exhibit at an opening reception that begins at 5 p.m. September 14 at Gage. While the United Nations has estimated 10 million people around the world today are stateless, Constantine believes that number is much higher. In addition, he believes that children of those without citizenship are impacted the most, which makes the Roosevelt exhibit not only unique, but also extremely powerful. The exhibit runs until December 2 and is free and open to the public. Gage Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery or call 312-341-6458.

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

PAC Rats Spoof Hitchcock with “Wrong Window” – Opens Friday, September 15

The PAC Rats Theatre Company of South Suburban College will present the comedy whodunit, “Wrong Window.” Performances will take place in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the main campus on September 15 and 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and September 16, 23 and 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. “Wrong Window” is the work of former television writers Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore (“The Wayans Brothers, “Suddenly Susan,” “Martin”). The pair has created several popular off-Broadway farces like “You’ve Got Hate Mail” and perhaps their best-known opus, “Love, Sex and the I.R.S.” Loosely based on Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic movie, “Rear Window,” the play centers around estranged couple Jeff (Charlie Furtek of Lansing) and Marnie Elbies (Jennifer Crick of Homewood), who are getting back together after a brief separation. Tickets are just $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 55 or better, $6 for students. South Suburban College staff and students will enjoy a buy one, get one offer with an I.D. Call the 24/7 box office voicemail line at 708-210-5741. You may also reserve tickets by e-mail at boxoffice@ssc.edu.  Group rates are also available.

‘Silent Witnesses’ Art Exhibition – Through October 11

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to present a solo exhibition entitled ‘Silent Witnesses’ by Carmen Chami. The exhibition will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery through October 11. On September 21, Ms. Chami will deliver an art historical lecture on traditional pictorial techniques popularized in the XVII century and their relationship to her artistic techniques at 12:15 p.m. in room 4340 with an artist reception to follow at 1 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Carmen Chami (Mexico City, 1974) graduated with a degree in Art Restoration. Her education specialized in the great Masters of the seventeenth century of New Spanish Baroque (Mexican Baroque) style and she was able to discover that it is a very particular way in which that they applied the color on the canvas with a precise order. The great masters she studied only used 8 pigments in most cases and the result was an art wonderfully rich in color and light. She translated all of this knowledge into her own pictorial language, with color being an invaluable resource and a powerful and dramatic expression. Chami’s paintings belong to important institutions such as the Mexican Presidency; Marines Secretary; National University of Mexico; Milenio Group and the National Death Museum. Chami is currently part of the National Creators System supported by the Mexican government, which obtained a grant for three years to develop the theme “Adlateres Migrantes” (Migrant Minions). Additional images and information are available at the artist’s website www.carmenchami.com. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. The Dorothea Thiel Gallery is located on the fourth floor and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The galleries are supported in part by the SSC Foundation. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. For more information contact 708-596-2000 ext. 2316. Para Información En Español Llame: 708- 210-5740.

Tom Dreesen to Perform Special “From Here to Hollywood” Show – Saturday, September 23

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 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.

Susan L. Moore a Solo Exhibition “Light Rendering Space” – Through October 5

The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to announce a special guest artist exhibition titled “Light Rendering Space,” by artist Susan L. Moore in the Photo Four Gallery through October 5. The Photo Four Gallery is located in Room 4338 on the 4th Floor of SSC’s Main Campus. Susan L. Moore received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College in Chicago, a Masters in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and most recently, in 2003, she earned a Masters in Fine Art from Washington University, School of Art in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently, Moore is a Professor at Indiana University South Bend where she teaches photography and serves as Chair of the Fine Arts Department. Moore’s photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally in individual shows as well as juried exhibitions. Her recent landscape images were selected for exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art and she has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission to support her landscape photography projects. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or visit www.ssc.edu/art.

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.

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

‘Wait Until Dark’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is pleased to present the Broadway thriller ‘Wait Until Dark’ by American playwright Frederick Knott and directed by M.J. Renzi. Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre on September 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on September 24 & October 1 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults; $19 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available. Good seats are still available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444 or online http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3063992   The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre is located at 330 W. 202nd Street in Chicago Heights. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit www.dramagroup.org.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Art Fair – September 16 & 17

The Park Forest Art Fair returns for its 62nd year on September 16 &17 in DownTown Park Forest (on Main Street between Western Avenue and Orchard Drive). The Park Forest Art Fair is the second oldest juried art fair in the Chicago area. The finest artists in the Midwest show a variety of artworks including paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, glass, wood, sculpture and fiber arts. The fair includes many activities for children. The eclectic nature of the fair is quickly visible to visitors who will see ceramics, etchings, sculpture, photographs, paintings in many media, digital art works, jewelry featuring original elements, and hand-blown glass. A glass blower will demonstrate this ancient art. A new addition to the fair is the Kids’ Art Alley. It will offer a vast range of activities to delight the younger set, including the almost legendary Children’s Art Contest, self-portraits, castle building, crafts and more. Music plays an important role in the Park Forest Art Fair. For the fourth year in a row, the Village will host a music fest on Saturday, September 16 on the Village Green (see details below.) The acclaimed Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery, 367 Artists Walk in Downtown, will be open during the fair with a traditional summer exhibit of works by gallery artists. For information, call the Gallery at 708-748-3377.

Main Street Music Fest Returns — Saturday, September 16

The Village of Park Forest, in conjunction with the 62nd Annual Park Forest Art Fair, will host a “music fest” on Saturday, September 16 from 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. The lineup of bands performing includes an eclectic mix of renowned artists from Chicago and the Southland area. Come on out to downtown Park Forest for a day of rock, jazz, blues and more! Admission is free.

Rhythm System (11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)

Teenage 3 piece Blues, RnB, and Neo-soul conglomerate that loves to bring the groove to their audience!

Kaben Kafö (Noon – 1 p.m.)

Kaben Kafö, created by Taylor, is a djembe ensemble comprised of some of Chicago’s most studied and gifted djembe/dunun professionals, getting together to breathe deeply with the intricacies, complexities and depth that is part of the deeper recesses of djembe music. Come experience a unique concert and bring your djembe drum with you for portions of the concert that will be interactive!

Michele Thomas and SoulMeme (1:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

SoulMeme is a contemporary jazz-, R&B-, and pop-influenced ensemble featuring the talents of singer/songwriter Michele Thomas, drummer Darren Scorza, guitarist Neal Alger, and bassist Clark Sommers. Working in the Chicago jazz scene from the late nineties, these longtime friends and collaborators have performed together on various projects including the most recent release from Michele Thomas called “Messenger”- a collection of Stevie Wonder songs treated with new and imaginative arrangements by Thomas, Scorza and Alger. SoulMeme stirs the jazz pot and continues the evolution of this most progressive of improvised idioms. Expect the kind unapologetic and joyous grooves inspired by artists like Jon Batiste & Stay Human, thinly veiled in the jazz-funk of Herbie Hancock and fortified with the soulful lyricism of Bill Withers.

Switchback (2:50 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers, & Simon and Garfunkel. Music Connection Magazine said: “The words ‘American Roots & Celtic Soul’ only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique. There is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo.”

The Big Boppers (4:20 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.)

The Big Boppers evolved out of the 1970’s local rock ‘n’ roll band, “Midnight Express.” John Falstrom (bass guitar), Frank Anastos (guitar/vocals), Phylis Renee Marconi (vocals/acoustic guitar), Gene Vinyard (sax/percussion) & Dennis Leahy (drums/cajons/percussion) will be playing rock ‘n’ roll from the 1950’s all the way to today’s top hits.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 708-747-0580.

 

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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.

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

Free Citizenship Classes – Registration Begins September 25

Free Citizenship Classes will be offered at SSC’s main campus in Room 1243 on Thursday evenings October 5 to December 14 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Registration will be held September 25, 26 and 27th at 6:00pm in Room 1243.

You will learn how to:

  • Interview for the Citizenship Exam
  • Study for the Civics Test
  • Practice for the English Exam

You qualify if:

  • You are 18 years or older
  • You have not committed a crime
  • You read, write, and speak basic English
  • You have had a green card
  • Your spouse is a US citizen and you have had a green card

The information provided will be kept confidential in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380). For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal Funds of $395,020 provides approximately 38% of the support of these programs. For more information please contact the Department of Adult Education at 708-596-2000, ext. 2385. Para Información En Español Llame: 708-210-5740.

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

Sauk-Calumet Sierra Club Group, Matteson

‘Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes’ Screening – Monday, September 11

The Sauk-Calumet Sierra Club Group will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, September 11th, at 7:15 p.m. at the Frankfort Public Library, 21119 Pfeiffer Rd. The program will be a new documentary on the problem of invasive species in the Great Lakes. The documentary, “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes” will take viewers below the surface of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem and into the middle of a complex war for survival. Narrated by Bill Kurtis, “Making Waves” joins researchers on the front lines as they combat invasive species and work to restore native species in an effort to prevent a biological takeover of the Great Lakes. The film’s producers, Brendan and Jessica Walsh, will be on hand to answer questions about the film and about the Great Lakes. You can see a trailer of “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes” here.

https://www.youtube.com/__walysaep0

Sierra Club meetings are free and open to the public. People interested in outdoor activities and protecting the environment are encouraged to attend. For more information about the Club and its activities, contact Patrick Coffey at patrick.coffey@illinois.sierraclub.org.

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

Thorn Creek Chamber Music Fall Concert — Limited Seating; Registration Required by Wednesday, September 13

As the leaves fall come celebrate the woods with a concert on Friday, September 15 at 7 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. Music by cellist Ingrid Krizan and pianist Dan Surma will feature Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in b minor. Tickets are on sale now for this popular event. All proceeds will directly benefit Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve and Nature Center. Join us for a fun evening as the music echoes through the autumn woods. Refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited and registration is required by Wednesday, September 13.  Cost is $10 per person. Program is for those older than 12 years. For additional information or to register for the event, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Know Your Oaks Hike — Registration Required by Friday, September 15

Oak trees are common in area woodlands, but are they all the same? Find out which oaks are found in our region and how you can tell them apart even when the leaves are gone. Join our naturalist on Sunday, September 17 from 1-3 p.m. for the Know Your Oaks Hike through Thorn Creek Woods. This program is free and for all ages, and will take place on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Registration is required for this program by Friday, September 15. For more information or to register for programs, contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Rd, Park Forest, 708-747-6320, email thorn_creek@att.net, tcwoods.org or stop in the nature center between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday or Sunday. Three and a half miles of Thorn Creek trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. For additional information or to register for the event, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’

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

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

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

 

Healthy Living

Cancer Support Center, 19657 South LaGrange Road, Mokena, and 2028 Elm Road, Homewood

Survivor Camp – Saturday, September 16

On Saturday, September 16, The Cancer Support Center will host their first ever Survivor Camp. The event is free and will be held at The Conference Center at Prairie State College at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the event will start at 9 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. The event will feature guest speakers from some of the most well-known healthcare professionals in the area including Rev. Carl Williamson from Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Betsy Campione PT, DPT, CLT-LANA from Balance Fitness for Life and Liz Gold, MS, RDN, from Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment. Additionally, there will be a resource fair for participants to gather information regarding potential beneficial services. This event is entirely free and is open to anyone who has battled or is currently battling cancer. Caregivers are welcome to join and take part in the sessions as well. To register for the conference, please visit http://cancersupportcenter.org/programs-activities/conference-registration/.  The Cancer Support Center gives strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones. The Center is a community-based, volunteer-driven, donor-supported organization. Programs, resources and services are delivered by professional therapists, counselors, nutritional educators, and experts; and are provided in a warm, nurturing setting at no cost to participants. The Center has two locations, 19657 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena, and 2028 Elm Road, Homewood. For more information about The Cancer Support Center, please email Brandon Newberry at bnewberry@cancersupportcenter.org or call 708-798-9171. For more information about Prairie State College, visit prairiestate.edu or contact Andrea Small at 708-709-2948.

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. NOTE: Yoga classes will NOT be held on Monday, September 4 due to the Labor Day Holiday.

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

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

GSU Addiction Studies Alumni Club to Host Sixth Annual Recovery Walk – Saturday, September 16

In celebration of National Recovery Month, the Governors State University Addictions Studies Alumni Club will sponsor their sixth annual Walk for Recovery on Saturday, September 16, at GSU. The Walk for Recovery is designed to honor individuals in recovery or who are seeking recovery. The event also celebrates the treatment and support service providers who are committed to helping them, and to increasing awareness surrounding addiction issues. This free event begins with registration from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., followed by a program at 9 a.m. The two or three-mile walk (optional) will commence at 10 a.m. In addition, a resource fair featuring many organizations in the fields of addictions recovery will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. Featured at the 9 a.m. program will be the following speakers:

  • Peter Palanca, Governors State University Professor and Immediate Past Executive Vice President and COO of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC, Inc.), who will serve as Master of Ceremonies;
  • Congressman Danny K. Davis, who, in addition to his public service, has had productive careers as an educator, community organizer, health planner/administrator, and civil rights advocate

The event will also feature door prizes, refreshments, music and entertainment. This event is generously sponsored by Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC, Inc.), the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, the Illinois Certification Board (IAODAPCA), Stepping Stones, Elite Treatment Center, Walt’s Finer Foods, Chicago Dough Richton Park, Aurelio’s Crete, and Sunrise Greenhouses, among others. Those who register online at www.govst.edu/alumniwalk will be entered for a special door prize. Additional information may be obtained by calling GSU Alumni Relations at 708-534-7892.

League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area

Fall Kick-Off Pot Luck Dinner — Wednesday, September 13

Please join the League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area at its Fall Kick-Off Pot Luck Dinner on Wednesday, September 13. The event will be held at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive in DownTown Park Forest. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. a guest speaker will provide an update on health care in the Southland. Please bring your favorite dish to share over lively conversation and hear an informative presentation. The program is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend this fall program. For more information, contact Diane Hodges at diane-hodges@comcast.net or Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information visit lwvpfa.org

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group

Nominations for 2017 Park Forest Business Person of the Year — Nomination Deadline is October 31

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made a difference for you or someone you know? Submit your completed nomination form to EDAG in care of the Village of Park Forest. Economic Development & Planning, no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2017. Nomination Form  Submit forms and/or questions to Sandra Zoellner at 708-283-5623 or szoellner@vopf.com

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, 195 West Joe Orr Road, Suite 201, Chicago Heights

Document Shred Day – Saturday, September 16

Please join State Representative Anthony DeLuca for a Document Shred Day on Saturday, September 16 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bloom Plaza, 1020 Dixie Highway in Chicago Heights. Help protect yourself from identity theft and bring documents that contain your personally identifiable information – such as old bank statements, tax returns, bills, receipts, credit card applications and outdated medical records – to be safely shredded.  This event is free to the public. Limit 2 boxes per car. Cardboard boxes cannot be left at the event. Residential shredding only (no commercial shredding). Shredding accepted until shred trucks reach capacity. For more information, please call 708-754-7900 or email RepDeLuca@sbcglobal.net.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Women’s Self-Defense Class – Limited Space; Registration Required

A women’s self-defense class will be held on Saturday, September 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Board Room of Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. The free class, hosted by Park Forest Trustee Jonathan Vanderbilt, will be led by Mace DeVries of Polaris Martial Arts. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, contact Dana Stevens at stevenstalentmgr@gmail.com.

Business Attire Wanted – Collection Now in Progress

The Village of Park Forest is collecting gently used or new men and women business attire. Clean out your closet and contribute to a good cause.  This project will provide business attire for any constituent looking to dress professional for work or interviews. Donations may include:

  • Suits for men and women
  • Ties, belts and shoes
  • Blazers,
  • Dress pants,
  • Dress shirts
  • Blouses,
  • Dresses and skirts, and
  • Clothing Racks and Hangers

Drop off is by appointment only. For additional information or to schedule a drop-off appointment, call or email Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or esterling@vopf.com.

Windy City Times, Chicago

Job Fair — Friday, September 29

More than 70 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted in Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The free event, which is open to all, includes two workshops. The first will be at 10 a.m. to discuss transgender hiring and workplace issues. The second will be at noon, on senior hiring issues. Both workshops will be on the second floor of the Center, while the Job Fair is in the third-floor gym. The Center on Halsted computer lab will be open during the job fair for those needing to work on and print out their resumes. The Job Fair coincides with the launch of the Windy City Times #HireTrans citywide campaign to push all employers to increase their hiring and workplace inclusion efforts for the transgender community. #HireTrans is a visibility campaign that will feature more than 60 trans and gender nonconforming people who were photographed by award-winning filmmaker Andre Perez. The Job Fair, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by Windy City Times with Center on Halsted, MB Financial Bank, US Bank, Howard Brown Health, Pride Action Tank, Chicago House, Association of Latino/as Motivating Action, Affinity Community Services, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Out & Equal Chicagoland and Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus.

Exhibitors in 2017 includes, among many others:

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • AON
  • AT&T
  • Blue Plate
  • Christy Webber Landscapes
  • CNA Insurance
  • Comcast/Xfinity
  • Conagra Brands
  • Exelon Corp.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Gap Inc. and Old Navy
  • Groupon
  • Heartland Alliance
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Hyatt Hotel
  • Mariano’s/Kroger Co.
  • MB Financial Bank
  • Northern Trust
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • United Airlines
  • Uptake
  • US Bank

This is the third WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair. The first focused primarily on youth experiencing homelessness, and in 2016 there was a special emphasis on youth, trans and seniors. This year’s fair is open to all LGBTQ and allies. Booths at the job fair are $95 for businesses, $75 for nonprofits. Deadline is Sept. 15. Email Tracy Baim for details: editor@windycitymediagroup.com, or call 773-871-7610, EXT. 401. Also see www.facebook.com/LGBTQJobFair.