In and Around Park Forest for the Week of October 22, 2017

Park Forest Farmers Market
(Source: Facebook)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — The Park Forest Farmers’ Market will be open for its final Saturday of the season on October 28 from 7 a.m. to noon.  The Market is located on the corner of Lakewood Boulevard & Cunningham Drive in DownTown Park Forest. There will be special activities to mark the close of the season. Be sure to stock up on your favorite items or start your holiday shopping at the Market.

On Saturday, October 28, Prairie State College’s Athletic Department will host, “Hoopin’ For A Hero,” a charity basketball game to benefit injured police officer Tim Jones of the Park Forest Police Department. The contest will pit the PSC men’s basketball team against an assembled squad of police officers from various south suburban departments. All of the proceeds from the game will go directly to Jones, who suffered a gunshot wound while in the line of duty in March 2016. The game is the brainchild of PSC Director of Athletics and former Chicago Bear Chris Zorich, who has built a well-deserved reputation of helping the needy and less fortunate in the Chicagoland area throughout his twenty-plus years of being in the public eye. Participating in the contest will be law enforcement personnel from Park Forest, PSC, Country Club Hills and Chicago Heights. In addition to the basketball game, there will also be a halftime free-throw shooting contest.  The winner of the contest will receive a basketball signed by the 2017-2018 Chicago Bulls. You can find additional information about the event in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

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

Village of Park Forest

Hydrant Flushing — Through November 16

Hydrant flushing continues through Thursday, November 16. Residents should expect a temporary impact to water service in your neighborhood as crews make their way through town. Flushing takes place on weekdays at 9 a.m. No flushing will be done on the weekends. Hydrants are flushed to ensure that water does not stagnate in the system. During flushing, your water may become discolored from iron (rust) in the pipes. There are no known health risks associated with consuming discolored water caused from iron (rust) in the pipes, but it is recommended that you refrain from using discolored water until it runs clear. It is also recommended that you not wash clothes when your area is being flushed. If your laundry becomes discolored, keep the items wet and pick-up a free bottle of Red-B-Gone at Village Hall. Flushing signs are placed throughout neighborhoods to alert you of when an area is to be flushed. Flushing begins in the north part of town and proceeds south. Track flushing progress by clicking on the hydrant flushing map below or call 708-503-7702 for questions. View hydrant flushing map

Village Board Meeting – Monday, October 23

The Village of Park Forest Board will meet on Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.  Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers).

To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site here and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commission is scheduled to meet the week of October 22:

  • Wednesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. – Cable Communications Commission

The meeting 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

Madman of Mind Magick – Friday, October 27

On Friday, October 27, the Center for Performing Arts at GSU will host Israel Mandrake and members of the League of Uncensored Gentlemen, a Las Vegas magic and comedy show, during a fundraising event for the Order of the Rose Scholarship fund. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Order of the Rose Scholarship was established in 2017 by Steve Hyzny, University Lecturer of Information Technology in the College of Arts and Sciences at GSU. The scholarship benefits undergraduate students in the university’s Computer Science and Information Technology programs. Students in both programs receive hands-on professional training while engaging a rigorous academic curriculum, many of them competing in cyber-defense events and earning accolades regionally, statewide, and even nationally. Israel Mandrake, known as “The Madman of Mind Magick,” performs Houdini-style stage magic with a unique twist of modern sensibility and humor. He tours nationally, booking clubs from Los Angeles to the Florida Keys, and has even performed for former President Jimmy Carter. Mandrake is donating his performance and all proceeds to the Order of the Rose Scholarship.  Tickets range from $10 – $30 and can be purchased online or at the box office at GSU, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL. The box office can be reached at 708-235-2222. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 6p.m. on Thursdays) and two hours prior to all performances. 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 October 22:

  • Monday, October 23 at 10 a.m. – Music & Movement – Drop in for dancing, singing, and rhythm.  For ages 0-5.
  • Monday, October 23 at 1 p.m. – Pinterest Basics – Topics include making your own board, searching for items, pinning and sharing with others. For adults. Register.
  • Monday, October 23 at 6 p.m. – Pokemon Club – Pokemon themed activities for ages 6+. Register.
  • Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. – Knot Just for Knitters – Share camaraderie while working on knitting, crocheting or any other type of needlework project. For adults.
  • Wednesday, October 25 at 4:45 p.m. – Art by Design – Learn the elements of design using a variety of art techniques. For ages 6-8. Register.
  • Wednesday, October 25 at 5 and 7 p.m. – Film Club Horror Fest – Showing “The Guest” and “The Witch”. For adults.
  • Wednesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. – Basic Car Maintenance – Learn how to change oil, check tire pressure, and more. For teens/adults. Register.
  • Thursday, October 26 at 5 and 7 p.m. – Film Club Horror Fest – Showing “Don’t Breathe” and “Get Out”. For adults.
  • Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m. –Tween STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math program. For ages 9-12. Register.
  • Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. – Knot Another Ball of Yarn! Crochet Group – For teens and adults.
  • Friday, October 27 at 10 a.m. – Babies & Books – Storytime for ages birth-24 months. Register.
  • Friday, October 27 at 3 p.m. – Current Events Cafe – Discussion on politics and the news for teens.

For more information, please call the Crete Public Library at 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.

DePaul University Humanities Center, 2250 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

The Horror of the Humanities V — Monday, October 30

6-6:30 p.m. “Haunted House” interactive Halloween exhibit
6:30-7:45 p.m. Screening of “The Eyes of My Mother”
7:45-9 p.m. Conversation with director Nicolas Pesce
The Humanities Center’s fifth annual Halloween event marks the return of its version of a haunted house where the “terrors” may be interactive displays and exhibitions on such topics as genetically modified food or student debt. The evening culminates with a screening of the 2016 black and white horror film “The Eyes of My Mother” and a discussion with director Nicolas Pesce.

The 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution — November 8 — 7-9:15 p.m.
A century has passed since Bolshevik workers and soldiers rose up against Russia’s provisional government, and there are still lessons that can be learned from the revolution. The Humanities Center examines the event with live performances and the trial of a fictional character. Guest speakers include:
•    Helena Goscilo, an Ohio State professor with an expertise in Russian culture, will speak on the pivotal role women played in the Bolshevik revolution.
•    Zachary Cahill, a Chicago-based multi-media artist, will present his “The Parapsychology Initiative” project.
•    William Nickell, an associate professor and chair of the Slavic Department at the University of Chicago, will discuss the challenges of cultural transformation.
•    The Bach & Beethoven Ensemble will provide live musical performances of pre- and post-revolutionary music.

There’s an interactive component, as well, with the audience seated in a manner that resembles a Neo-futurist Russian painting.

More events are scheduled for winter and spring, including a Jan. 29 discussion with actor Michael Shannon and sessions addressing fake art, fake personas and fake illnesses. Learn more about the center and upcoming events at http://bit.ly/DPUHmCtr.

Forgotten Chicago

Chicago & the Rise of Barack Obama (1985-2008) Bus Tour – Thursday, October 26

Forgotten Chicago and Pullman-area native Tom Shepherd are proud to present an exclusive tour of sites and people crucial to the rise of Barack Obama in Chicago in the years before his first election to the White House in 2008. Join us on Thursday, October 26, for a unique and enlightening bus tour highlighting many Chicago sites that helped shape Obama and his historic rise to the presidency between 1985 and 2008. This exclusive tour is a rare opportunity to visit little-known sites related to Obama’s years in Chicago and to hear from those who worked with Obama during his early career. This tour will drive past some of the sites critical to Obama’s later Chicago career. The motor coach tour will last approximately 5 1/2 hours (including a couple blocks of walking in Hyde Park).  The tour includes a cafeteria lunch at Valois, one of the President’s favorite restaurants. Check-in by 10:00 a.m. The bus will leave from Olympia Fields Park District, 20712 Western Avenue at 10:15 a.m. sharp and will make a second stop at 10:30 a.m. sharp at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive (get directions here). We will be returning at approximately 4 p.m. The tour will take place rain or shine. Tickets are $80 and include the tour and a cafeteria lunch at Valois. You can purchase a ticket online here. For additional information or to register by phone, call the Olympia Fields Park District at 708-481-7313.

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Try A Little Tenderness: Michael Ingersoll in Concert – Tickets Now on Sale

Michael Ingersoll will perform at Freedom Hall on Tuesday, November 7 at 11 a.m. PBS television star and nationally-touring concert artist Michael Ingersoll invites you to sing along to the songs you can’t forget. Ingersoll is known for starring in Jersey Boys (Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco) and as a member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp on PBS. More than a singer, Ingersoll is an endearing storyteller brimming with humor, sincerity, and generosity of spirit. Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “He’s got star written all over him.” Leading a band of Chicago’s finest musicians, Ingersoll soothes the soul with familiar favorites by James Taylor, Sam Cooke, Elton John, and more. Presented by Artists Lounge Live. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. For additional information, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org

Toronzo Cannon – Tickets Now on Sale

Toronzo Cannon will perform at Freedom Hall on Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m. Chicago-born-and-raised blues guitarist /vocalist/ songwriter Toronzo Cannon is ready to write his own story as he claims his place as one of the city’s most popular and innovative blues musicians. Cannon’s unofficial launch from local hero to national star took place on June 13, 2015 at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival, where he performed as a festival headliner for the massive crowd. After announcing that he had just signed with Alligator Records, he delivered a riveting set, instantly earning tens of thousands of new fans. Of the performance, The Chicago Tribune said, “Cannon made the most of his opportunity as a festival headliner to win over a new audience.” Says Cannon, “I’m proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me.” The performance begins at 7:30. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.  For additional information, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org

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

Friends of the IPO 26th Annual Fashion Show – Saturday, October 28

The Friends of the IPO will host the 26th Annual Fashion Show on Saturday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Highway in Flossmoor. Tickets are $50. For additional information, call 708-481-7774 or visit www.ipomusic.org

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 October 22:

  • Sunday, October 22 at 1:30 p.m. – Kids DIY Project — Join us for a special “do it yourself” project! All material provided. While supplies last. For ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, October 23 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, October 23 at 12 noon — Friends of the Library Book Discussion — This month’s topic of discussion will be Susan Crandall’s book “Whistling Past the Graveyard.”
  • Monday, October 23 at 3:30 p.m. — kids’ zone Science Club: Engineering Design Cycle — Join us for another session of Science Club Minors. Topic: Work in Progress: Engineering Design Cycle. Sign up and discover something new. Registration Required.
  • Monday, October 23 at 4 p.m. – Drop In Days — Take a break from schoolwork for a fun, spur-of-the-moment activity in Teen Tech Zone.
  • Tuesday, October 24 at 11 a.m. — Electronic Resource Workshop: A Guide to Media on Demand – A beginner’s guide to checking out ebooks, audiobooks, and videos on your computers, phones, and tablets/Ipads through Media on Demand. Bring your own devices. Registration Required.
  • Tuesday, October 24 at 12:30 p.m. – Make & Take — Drop- In and see what we are creating today! For ages 12 and under.
  • Tuesday, October 24 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Studio — Drop in and discover your inner artist with one of our guided projects.
  • Tuesday, October 24 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Take a load off before starting your homework! Learn different media of art and show your creativity with other teens!
  • Wednesday, October 25 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 adult.
  • Wednesday, October 25 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.
  • Wednesday, October 25 at 4 p.m. — Teen DIY: Fall Craft — Enjoy a touch of fall with a cool, 3D art project.
  • Wednesday, October 25 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, October 25 at 4:30 p.m. – Teen Advisory Board Meeting — We want YOU to join our new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and help plan and design this new space for PF/OF teens. Ask for an application in Teen Tech Zone.
  • Wednesday, October 25 at 6 p.m. — Live Arts: Basket Weaving with Master Weaver, Jane Dwyer — Watch the ancient tradition of basket weaving take shape before your eyes in this live demonstration from local master weaver, Jane Dwyer.
  • Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. – Writers’ Workshop — Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.
  • Thursday, October 26 at 11 a.m. – Toddler Art — Bring your imagination and creativity to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… Some projects may involve paint. For ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, October 26 at 3:30 p.m. – Drawing Theory — Do you enjoy Drawing and Sketching? Learn how to draw your favorite animations and more. For ages 12 and under.
  • Thursday, October 26 at 11 a.m. — Electronic Resource Workshop: A Guide to Media on Demand – A beginner’s guide to checking out ebooks, audiobooks, and videos on your computers, phones, and tablets/Ipads through Media on Demand. Bring your own devices. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. — The Vietnam War By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick — Join us as we watch the PBS Documentary: The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
  • Friday, October 27 at 11 a.m. – Falling into Autumn Leaves Part 3 – Create a book of your pressed fall leaves collected two weeks earlier. In addition to crafting, we will record the names of the species to aid in future identification and lifelong learning. Registration Required.
  • Friday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m. – Fun Friday: Art Project – Drop in to kids’ zone and see what we are creating today! For ages 12 and under.
  • Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. – Earth Wise Circle — Uncover the secrets of a scientist in love with trees! We’ll be reading the powerfully inspirational memoir “Lab Girl,” by Hope Jahren.
  • Saturday, October 28 at 2 p.m. — Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques 101 — Learn how to practice mindfulness techniques and meditation in your everyday life. This workshop is designed for four weeks of participation. Patrons must commit to coming to all four session. Registration is Required. Space is limited.
  • Sunday, October 29 at 1:30 p.m. – Morning Pages Circle — Join us as we begin our newest book circle. Each month we will select a book that inspires your creativity.

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

Park Forest Library Parking Lot Project – Ongoing

The Park Forest Library is currently resurfacing and restriping the parking lot. There will be easy access curbs installed. Two-way traffic will be allowed along with a drive up book drop. The plan is to complete the project by November 10. The Library staff are working hard with the construction team to make sure that there is minimal disruption to Library services. The parking lots will be completely closed during the renovation. Library patrons can park in the lots at the Aqua Center or Freedom Hall. There is a book drop located in front of Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. The Library staff apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this will cause for Library patrons. Please be patient during the constructions.

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

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Art Exhibition – Through Thursday, October 26

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Christopher Art Gallery at PSC presents La Pasión del Artista, an art exhibition featuring the works of three Hispanic artists. The exhibit will be on display, through October 26, in the gallery, located on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. La Pasión del Artista, which means “Passion of the Artist,” is a representation of works by artists Carlos Barberena, Oscar Martinez and Paul Sierra, all of whom use extremely expressive visual means to convey their ideas, whether it be through exaggerated color, strongly textural brush strokes, large scale or attention to detail. The Christopher Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits also can be made by appointment. For more information about the gallery, upcoming exhibits or to make an appointment for a visit, call 708-709-7738 or visit www.prairiestate.edu/artgallery.

Veterans Center Screening ‘Battle Scars’ Movie – Friday, October 27

PSC is hosting a screening of the movie “Battle Scars,” at 6 p.m., Friday, October 27, in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights. A panel discussion will follow the screening. The event is open to the public. The 2015 film depicts the many challenges veterans face upon returning home from battle. After the screening, Dr. Richard Doss, a licensed clinical psychologist with the Chicago Heights Veterans Center, will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists include Lane Carlson, producer of the film; Ignacio Ramos, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Vietnam War and a retired readjustment therapist for the Department of Veterans Affairs; Jeffrey Henke, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War; Vincent Anyaso, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm and subsequent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is now an attorney; Jenifer McCarter, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan; and Theresa Gordon-Richmond,  a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm and in subsequent operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Chicago Heights Veterans Center, Cook County Veterans Affairs and VFW Post 311. For more information about the event, contact Georges Sanon, coordinator of the Student Veterans Center at PSC, at 708-709-3567.

‘Hoopin’ For a Hero’ to Benefit Park Forest Police Officer Tim Jones – Saturday, October 28

PSC’s Athletic Department will host, “Hoopin’ For A Hero”, a charity basketball game to benefit injured police officer Tim Jones of the Park Forest Police Department, at 4 p.m., Saturday, October 28, in the PSC Fieldhouse (at 100 197th Place in Chicago Heights, Ill.). The contest will pit the PSC men’s basketball team against an assembled squad of police officers from various south suburban departments. Tickets for the event will be $10 for adults and $5 for children, students and senior citizens.  All of the proceeds from the game will go directly to Jones, who suffered a gunshot wound while in the line of duty in March 2016. The game is the brainchild of PSC Director of Athletics and former Chicago Bear Chris Zorich, who has built a well-deserved reputation of helping the needy and less fortunate in the Chicagoland area throughout his twenty-plus years of being in the public eye. Participating in the contest will be law enforcement personnel from Park Forest, PSC, Country Club Hills and Chicago Heights. In addition to the basketball game, there will also be a halftime free-throw shooting contest.  The winner of the contest will receive a basketball signed by the 2017-2018 Chicago Bulls. The 25-year-old Jones, who had served less than a year with the Park Forest Police Department, was shot in the head on March 19, 2016 while responding to a burglary call.  The former football standout at Tinley Park High School and the University of Indianapolis went through an extensive stay at the Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center and is still making progress with hopes of returning to police work in the future. The PSC men’s basketball team is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as well as the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC).

Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Lunch at the Senior Center – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

The Rich Township Senior Center will be serving lunch at 12 Noon, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Rich Township School District 227 is preparing delicious meals for a cost of $3.00. You MUST make your reservation two days in advance by stopping in, or calling 708-748-5454. Lunch Menu examples: Chicken, Hamburger, Turkey Sandwich, all served with Soup & Chips.  Also we have Pasta dishes, side salads, desserts. Optional: Chef Salad. All served with Lemonade.

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

Photo Exhibit on Plight of World’s Stateless Children – Through December 2

Few can imagine what it is like to be stateless. Now a new photo exhibit “Nowhere People,” 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. 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

Steve Sherrell Art Exhibition – Through November 17

The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to present a solo exhibition entitled 25 Years of Computer Art Exploration by Steve Sherrell. The exhibition will be on display in both the Dorothea Thiel and Photo Four Galleries through Friday, November 17. On November 1, Mr. Sherrell will deliver a lecture at 12:15 in room 4431 with an artist reception to follow. After studying at the School of the Art Institute with Ray Yoshida, Sherrell began exhibiting on a regular basis at many of the city’s great galleries: locally, nationally and internationally. In the early 1990’s he began doing digital artwork on an Amiga computer and taught Computer Art for 20 years. His experimental nature has led him to explore ways that hand-made techniques could merge with computer generated visuals to create unusual and original hybrids. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. The Dorothea Thiel and Photo Four Galleries are located on the college’s fourth floor and are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. They are closed on weekends and holidays. The galleries are supported in part by the SSC Foundation. For more information contact 708-596-2000 ext. 2316.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Mark of the Hand’ – Through Saturday, November 4

Tall Grass Arts Association exhibit ‘Mark of the Hand’ runs through Saturday, November 4.  The exhibit is free and open to the public. ‘Mark of the Hand’ is a juried exhibition of original artwork at Tall Grass Gallery. From prehistory, humans have told their story by literally leaving marks with their hands. Direct mark making and hand forming are the theme of the art show. ‘Mark of the Hand’ will include two and three-dimensional art which celebrates the legacy of traditional, pre-1800 art tools and processes. The artwork will show evidence of being made directly by the human hand. 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

‘Eating Raoul, The Musical’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is delighted to present the zany Broadway musical ‘Eating Raoul,’ original music & lyrics by Jed Feuer & Boyd Graham and directed by Stacy Jancosek with music direction by Mark Jancosek.  Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre on November 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on November 12, 18 & 19 at 2:00 p.m. The cult film classic has new life as a zany musical. The Blands want to open a restaurant, but they need cash. Suppose they lure weirdos to their apartment to kill and rob them? Soon, they are a financial success, but disposing of the bodies is a problem. Enter their devious apartment super, Raoul, with a proposition: he will take care of the corpses for a cut (when he’s not performing at a tacky nightclub) as well as seduce Mary right under Paul’s nose. The partnership runs amok, and Mary ultimately has to decide who to spend her life with. Who will win her heart? Will the restaurant dream become reality? And what or who is the main course? Tickets are $21 for adults; $20 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 here. The Drama Group’s ‘Eating Raoul’ is “FEEDING AMERICA” thru the Chicago Food Depository just in time for the holidays. Donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items will be accepted at the Drama Group studio building during the entire performance run of EATING RAOUL; in the evenings of November 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 beginning at 6:30 pm and in the afternoons of November 12, 18 & 19 beginning at 1:00 pm. Donation bins will be in the studio lobby. All donations will be recognized by a $5.00 discount on tickets only for the second Thursday performance on November 16 or the Saturday matinee performance on November 18. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit: www.dramagroup.org.

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

National Collage Society’s 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition – Through Saturday, October 28

USG is hosting the National Collage Society’s 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition. The exhibit runs through Saturday, October 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public. You can learn more about the about the organization at their website, National Collage Society. Gallery hours are: Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

Get Spooky for Halloween – Saturday, October 28

USG will host a Halloween Fundraiser on Saturday, October 28 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Help us set the tone for future years. Our theme is Beetlejuice, but any Halloween costumes are appreciated but not required. The event will include appetizers, wine, beer, two themed cocktails, music and great company. Tickets are $30 is purchased before the 28th, $25 for USG members. Tickets will be $40 the day of or at the door for everyone. When you buy your tickets in person, you will get a hard copy ticket. If you purchase your ticket online or through the mail, you will be added to a guest list. Click Here to purchase your tickets today before we reach capacity! If you are interested in being a sponsor, contact the gallery director at director@unionstreetgallery.org.  For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit: www.unionstreetgallery.org.

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

Screening of Documentary ‘13th’ — Friday, October 27

UUCC will screen the documentary film ‘13th’ on Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow the screening. The documentary ‘13th’ explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.  It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery, unless as punishment for a crime. Free coffee, tea and popcorn will be provided.  Bring a snack to share if you wish.  Optional donations appreciated. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

University of Chicago Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago

Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt – Through March 31, 2018

In ancient Egypt, you did not go to the afterlife empty-handed. The Book of the Dead, a collection of spells and charms, was there to guide you. Now through March 31, 2018, visitors to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago will have a unique opportunity to peruse copies of the Book of the Dead: Two 2,200-year-old papyri, each more than 30 feet long and beautifully illustrated with texts and images. They are on display in their entirety for the first time at a museum, accompanied by the mummy of a woman who lived over 2,000 years ago, as well as statues, stelae, scarabs, magic bricks, ushabtis (small funerary figurines) and other artifacts. The exhibit presents 76 artifacts that demonstrate how religious beliefs shaped the lives and material culture in Egypt over a period of more than 2,000 years (from 2500 B.C. to 100 A.D). Most are from the permanent collection of the Oriental Institute, whose museum holds the Chicago area’s largest collection of Egyptian art and artifacts, as well as galleries devoted to the other cultures of the ancient Middle East. A central feature of the exhibit is an enclosure featuring the mummy of an ancient Egyptian woman from the city of Akhmim. In the display, she is surrounded by mortuary objects inscribed with Book of the Dead spells—typical for an Egyptian burial chamber, where multiple copies of the same spells could be found. Long strips of linen inscribed with Book of the Dead spells reveal how ancient Egyptian priests wrapped the Book of the Dead around the body to protect it within an amuletic cocoon of powerful religious texts. The two Book of the Dead papyri on display, from two different regions of Egypt, were painstakingly hand-produced by a team of skilled scribes and illustrators. Seeing the papyri laid out end-to-end makes their compilation starkly apparent, the curators said; each Book of the Dead papyrus is not a single book at all, but a collection of shorter spells compiled together in a single manuscript. The Field Museum of Natural History has loaned several rarely displayed objects, including several limestone blocks inscribed with large Book of the Dead spells from the tomb of a man named Bakenrenef, as well as a papyrus inscribed with a composition known as the First Book of Breathing. Over the course of the second and first centuries B.C., the Book of the Dead was largely abandoned in favor of the Books of Breathing; they represent the last documents in a tradition of funerary literature stretching back more than 2,500 years. A companion catalog contains essays by 13 prominent scholars with expertise in religion and the use of funerary literature in ancient Egypt. It includes complete photographic documentation of the two Book of the Dead papyri from the Oriental Institute in color for the first time. “Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt” runs  through March 31, 2018 at the museum. Admission to the Oriental Institute is free, however, there is a suggested donation: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children under 12. For groups of 8 or more people visiting the museum, please register by completing and submitting the following form: Tour Reservation Form. Learn more about the Oriental Institute here. https://oi.uchicago.edu/

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Halloween Activities in Park Forest – Begin Thursday, October 26

Games, a costume contest, a fall fest, and a wildly popular haunted house are some of the activities planned for Halloween week, October 26 – 31.

Haunted House
Thursday, Oct. 26 – Oct. 31
Come support a good cause and visit our Haunted House. Every year has a different twist to it. Haunts Against Hunger collects canned goods and funds to donate to the local Rich and Monee Township Food Pantries.

Tickets are $5 with canned goods or $8 without canned goods. Purchase group admission (for a group of 10 or more) for $40. Tickets can be purchased at the Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest (Rec & Parks Counter, 1st Floor/Lobby), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., ticket sales will be from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., depending on closing of Haunted House, in the Lobby of Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. For questions, call 708-748-2005 or 708-283-5621.

Hours of operation:
Oct. 26 — 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Oct. 27 — 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Oct. 28 — 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Oct. 29 — 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Oct. 30 — 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Oct. 31 — 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Masquerade Ball
Saturday, Oct. 28
A family friendly masquerade ball takes place from 2 – 6 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 28. Call to rsvp for your friends and family at 708-283-5621.

Fall Festival 
Sunday, Oct. 29
An evening of games, entertainment and fun. Karoake, hot apple cider, face painting, a zombie scavenger hunt, and more. Call to rsvp for your friends and family at 708-283-5621.

Virtual Reality
Monday, Oct. 30
Come out and play a game of Brook Haven: Zombie Assylum virtual game! Gift cards are up for grabs for those who can hang in the longest. Open to all ages.

Halloween Costume Contest and Candy Walk
Tuesday, Oct. 31
A costume contest takes place for ages 1-14 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. A candy walk takes place from 3 – 6 p.m.

For questions about any of these events, call 708-283-5621.

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.

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

Free Financial Aid Workshops – Through December 6

PSC is offering free workshops to help students and their parents complete and file the 2018/19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The workshops are being held in the Learning Achievement Center on the PSC main campus, located in Chicago Heights.  The FAFSA workshops are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday through December 6. There will be no workshops on November 21 and 22, and only one workshop will be held on November 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. Representatives from the office of Financial Aid will be available during the workshops to assist and answer questions. The workshops are open to the public. Registration is requested at www.prairiestate.edu/facheckup or sign-up by emailing your name, student ID, phone number and desired session to financial-aid@prairiestate.edu. In order to complete the FAFSA, students will need to provide their 2016 tax information. Other required documents and available workshop dates can be found at www.prairiestate.edu/finaid.

South Suburban College (SSC), 158080 South State Street, South Holland

National Information Literacy Awareness Month – Through October

On October 1, 2009, President Barack Obama issued the first National Proclamation establishing October as “National Information Literacy Awareness Month.” This was the first time this important 21st century skill set received federal attention at the National Level. In today’s digital world, people who are information literate know how to find, access, and evaluate information to improve their health, their environment, their education and workplace performance. Having this skill set empowers them to interpret and make informed decisions about their lives, in essence, taking more responsibility for their own individual welfare and that of our nation. Events are as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 24, at 1 p.m. in the Library “back by popular demand” Genealogy Workshop conducted by two members from the Afro-American Genealogical & Historical Society of Chicago: Ms. Angela McGhee and Mr. Paul Holmes. It will be followed by the announcement of the Essay Contest Winners with prizes awarded. Refreshments will be served.

For more information on the SSC Library visit: http://libguides.ssc.edu/libguideshome or Marilyn Wells, Librarian and Coordinator of Information Literacy Month at mwells@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: 708-210-5740. For more information about all of SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit www.ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office 708-210-5718.

Paralegal Program Open House – Saturday, November 4

SSC will be hosting an Open House for its Paralegal Program on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at their Oak Forest Center, 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Room 5190. Information will be provided about SSC’s Paralegal/Legal Assistant curriculum, including the Associate Degree and certificate programs. In addition, former students from the program, working as paralegals, will be present to answer questions. The curriculum prepares students to work in a variety of legal environments including civil and criminal litigation, insurance, banking, public and governmental agencies, law offices and corporate legal departments. Emphasis is placed on the development of core skills in legal research and writing techniques including compilation and analysis of data, understanding legal vocabulary, law office technology, and preparation of legal documents. SSC has the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal program in the south and southwest suburban Chicago region, giving graduates a huge advantage when entering the workforce. The college also requires that all of the instructors in the program are lawyers or judges to ensure the quality of instruction. While the majority of the paralegal classes are offered at SSC’s Oak Forest Center, some classes are offered online. For more information, please contact Mr. Jason Cieslik at 708-596-2000, ext. 2579 or email JCieslik@ssc.edu

Free Family Reading Night – Tuesday, November 14

SSC’s Adult Volunteer Literacy Program is hosting their annual Family Reading Night event on Tuesday, November 14th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the SSC Performing Arts Center Lobby of the South Holland campus. The public is invited to join SSC for this FREE event to find out about community literacy while enjoying stories and presentations. There will also be free books for children, raffles and refreshments. The event will feature an activity table full of arts and crafts for the little ones to enjoy and a story time puppet show by Puppet Master Eric Stiles. The wonderful Storyteller Patrick Nevins will be here with some delightful stories to share. We are also pleased to announce that Mr. Joseph Whittington Jr., who has served as a member of the SSC Board of Trustees since 2005 and serves as Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee, will also be in attendance. We are pleased to be having this event again; the activities and speakers are something you will NOT want to miss! Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults and children who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. SSC’s Adult Education Department administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE/GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). For more information about Family Reading Night or the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, please contact Raylynn Stokes, coordinator, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2558, or email rstokes@ssc.edu. Para Información En Español Llame: 708-210-5740. This event is sponsored by the SSC Foundation.

Top U.S. Universities

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

Green Events

Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest

Nature Education Programs at Thorn Creek Nature Center

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

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

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

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign — Through October

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Park Forest Health Department is providing free self- breast examination instructions. These instructions will teach women the proper way to do their monthly self-breast exams properly. Stop by Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to see a nurse.  Every participant will receive a free gift for stopping in.  No appointment is required. Remember: the life you save may be your own. For additional information, call 708-748-1118. The Park Forest Health Department is located in the lower level of Village Hall in DownTown Park Forest.

Flu Shots Now Available

Flu shots are available now at the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus. The cost is $30 for those ages 19 through 64, $20 for those 18 years and under, and free for Medicare Part B recipients (must bring copy of card).  No appointment is necessary. Shots are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus, located in the lower level of Village Hall. For additional information, 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.

‘Recovery From Dominate Culture’ Support Group – Through November 14

Times are very difficult in the United States. From the recent mass shootings in Las Vegas, health insurance insecurity, to threats of nuclear war, most of us long for loving, healthy and compassionate support. UUCC will be hosting a ‘Recovery From Dominate Culture’ support group will meet on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Tuesday, November 14 led by Jackie Tonkel who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from San Jose, California who has served on two peach and social justice centers board of directors in the San Francisco Bay Area. ‘Recovery From Dominate Culture’ or (RDC) is based on the 12 Step support group meetings. The meetings are free and open to the public. Optional donations appreciated. For additional information, please call Jackie Tonkel at 408-348-3791.

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

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Suite 505, Matteson

5th Annual Hiring Event – Friday, October 27

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host her 5th Annual Hiring Event for residents of the 2nd Congressional District on Friday, October 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the gymnasium of South Suburban College, 15800 State St., South Holland. Last year, more than 85 employers with active job openings met more than 400 job seekers.  Companies and agencies participating this year include UPS, ComEd, Metra Rail, Comcast, the CTA, the U.S. Post Office, Pace, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Job seekers can visit www.reprobinkelly.eventbrite.com to register. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information about the Hiring Event, call Alan Banks or Jazmin Alvarez at 708-679-0078 or access www.robinkelly.house.gov.

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

Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard

Help Park Forest Police Department Win K9 Grant

When K9 Tobi retired from service this summer, the Park Forest Police Department’s K9 unit, which had been active for the past 25 years or more, came to a hiatus. As the Department looked to find and fund ways to continue the use of police work dogs- an incredibly valuable tool to law enforcement- they became aware of a contest awarding a grant of up to $5,000 towards a K9 unit. If you’d be so inclined, you can click on the link below to vote for the Park Forest Police Department to win this grant. You can vote once every 24 hours. Please share this link.  Thanks for your support! Vote today

Park Forest Toastmasters Club

Meeting – Thursday, October 26

The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, October26 at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 North Orchard Drive in Park Forest.  The meeting is open to the public.  Toastmaster members develop speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.  For additional information, visit: http://parkforesttoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org/

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

Mexican Consulate Mobile Unit Offering Consular Services — October 25 Through 29

PSC is hosting the Mobile Unit of the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, October 25 through 29, in the Prairie Center Gym, located on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. Parking will be available in Lot D, located off Vollmer Rd. The Mobile Unit brings consular services to areas outside of Chicago. These services include processing of Mexican passports, consular IDs, and voter registration and IDs. In order to access the services on PSC’s campus, attendees must first make an appointment. For transactions regarding consular IDs, passports and voter ID, call 877-MEXITEL (639-4835) or visit mexitel.sre.gob.mx/citas.webportal/. No services will be provided to an attendee who has not made an appointment. On the day of the appointment, attendees must bring an original birth certificate, official photo ID and proof of address with name of applicant. All documents are subject to verification, and additional documents may be requested. For more information, visit consulmex2sre.gob.mx/chicago/ or call 312-738-2383.

Representative Anthony DeLuca, 195 West Joe Orr Road, Chicago Heights

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar — Saturday, October 28

State Representative Anthony DeLuca will host a Women’s Self-Defense Seminar on Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rich East High School Gymnasium, 300 Sauk Trail in Park Forest.

The Seminar will be conducted by Master Daniel M. Kocsis, 5th degree Black Belt. Participants will:

  • Receive hands-on self-defense training
  • Learn how to protest yourself

The event is free and for all ages. Space is limited. For additional information or to register, call 708-754-7900 or email RepDeLuca@sbcglobal.net.

She Votes Illinois

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates’ Women’s Forum – Thursday, October 26

A grassroots coalition of Illinois women has formed to host a panel discussion on issues important to women with the Democratic candidates for Governor of Illinois. Candidates will share a stage to answer questions about their viewpoints, policy ideas, and past engagement with progressive issues such as equal pay, equal representation, reproductive health access, and more. The event is free and open to the public. The Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates’ Women’s Forum will take place on Thursday, October 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the University of Illinois Student Center, 750 Halsted Street in Chicago. The hosting organizations are Women’s March Illinois, Indivisible Illinois, and She Votes Illinois. She Votes Illinois is a newly formed political organization aimed at highlighting the importance of women’s issues in elections and policymaking. Each of these groups formed in the wake of the 2016 presidential election as part of a national wave of new activism and citizen engagement that is now shaping the local and national political landscape. The all-women planning committee for the Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates’ Women’s Forum are thrilled to be combining their energy and passion to host a large-scale event that brings women’s voices front and center to the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial race. This event is the premier opportunity for Illinoisans to see all of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates together on one stage and wholly focused on the diverse and vital issues most important to Illinois women. Additional information can be found at: Facebook: @SheVotesIL or Twitter: @SheVotesIL

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

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.