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In and Around Park Forest for the Week of September 30, 2018

The colors of autumn (Source: Pinterest)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — On Wednesday, October 3 at 5 p.m., the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, will present a program entitled “Contagious Visions: Anti-Bullying and Educational Symposium — The Dream Maker on Fire.” Author Julius Mercer will discuss how to build a defense against a sub-culture of other teens who negatively affect the youth. While this program is geared towards teens, all are welcome to participate. A few years ago, my youngest God-son was the victim of a bullying attack that left him hospitalized with numerous broken facial bones and a broken arm. While we have become more aware of this problem it still sadly exists. Parents and teens are strongly encouraged to attend this informative program.

Be sure to check out all the other events and activities taking place In & Around Park Forest. Have a great week!


Events and activities featured in ‘In and Around Park Forest’ take place in Park Forest, the surrounding suburbs and locations that are just a short drive or train ride away. You’ll find that many of these events are free or of a nominal charge.

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 [email protected] with the details no later than 5 p.m. on Friday.  Thank you.

Administration — Village of Park Forest

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Public Meeting to Discuss Future Ready 2022 Plan for School District 201-U – Monday, October 1

Park Forest residents are learning more about the Future Ready 2022 plan adopted by School District 201-U in June. The plan aims to prepare students for a changing world – inside of new and newly renovated facilities in Monee and Crete – while shoring up financial shortfalls through the closure of several schools, including one in Park Forest. Interim Superintendent Dr. Kara Coglianese officially introduced District 201-U’s plan to Park Forest stakeholders at Park Forest’s Board of Trustees meeting on September 17. The Future Ready 2022 Plan focuses on student learning in seven key areas: STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) labs, equity for all, cultural competency, technology, financial literacy, critical thinking, and global/local connections. The district dovetailed its plan to bring about changes to student learning with its addressing of financial woes. The consolidation calls for the shuttering of several district schools, including Park Forest Forest’s Talala School. The district would also borrow an estimated $85 million dollars for construction and renovation work where the consolidated schools would be located in Crete and Monee. Enhancements to the schools call for technology-focused classrooms with increased natural lighting and flexible seating. The plan’s estimated impacted on Park Forest taxpayers, due to the spreading out of costs over 20 years, amounts to two dollars, the interim superintendent said. Park Forest Mayor John Ostenburg said Village officials needed time to evaluate the plan and analyze resident feedback. Park Forest board members are expected to meet with District 201-U officials to further discuss the plan during a public meeting on Monday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room of Park Forest’s Village Hall. The school district is now seeking the feedback of area stakeholders prior to an October 6 meeting. Residents are encouraged to complete a survey about the plan at www.cm201u.org. Talala Elementary School is attended by just close to 320 students who live in the Will County section of Park Forest located south of Sauk Trail. Park Forest officials adopted a resolution supporting local school in the community at the September 17 meeting and sent letters to 1,100 residents who stand to be impacted by the plan.

Hydrant Flushing – Begins Monday, October 1

Hydrant flushing will be conducted Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 19. Flushing takes place on weekdays at 8:30 a.m. No flushing is done on weekends. Hydrants are flushed to ensure that water does not stagnate in the system. During flushing, your water may become discolored from iron in the pipes. There are no known health risks associated with consuming discolored water caused from iron 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 began in the north part of town and proceeds south. Click on the below link to track progress of hydrant flushing by viewing the hydrant flushing map. The map will be updated as the flushing process progresses. For questions call 708-503-7702. View hydrant flushing page with map

Village Board Meeting Cancellation – Monday, October 1

The meeting of the Park Forest Board scheduled to take place on Monday, October 1 has been cancelled. 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.

Saturday Morning Rules Meeting – October 6

The Park Forest Board is scheduled to hold a Saturday Morning Rules Meeting on October 6 at 10 a.m.

at Village Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend. 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.

Wireless Emergency Alert System and Emergency Alert System Joint Test – Wednesday, October 3

The first-ever joint test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA), Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place nationwide on Wednesday, October 3rd. A nationwide test of the WEA system will commence at 1:18 p.m. CT., followed by a national test of the EAS at 1:20 p.m.  The WEA test message will read:  THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System.  No action is needed. While each message will clearly state THIS IS A TEST, and will make note that no action is needed, Illinois State Police will work with local law enforcement and 9-1-1 call centers prepare for the possibility of an increased call load.  Additionally, the Illinois State Board of Education is working with schools to ensure parents and school children are aware that the test will occur during school hours. For more information about the upcoming Presidential Alert, including a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) in English and Spanish, visit www.ready.illinois.gov.

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of September 30:

  • Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Thursday, October 4 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Board
  • Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission

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

Second City’s ‘Made in America: Some Assembly Required’ – Tickets Now on Sale

You know The Second City by the many famous faces you see on TV, from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, to Mike Meyers, Steve Carell, and Dan Ackroyd. Now, meet the next generation of comedy greatness when The Second City’s Blue Company brings ‘Made in America: Some Assembly Required’ to Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University on Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m. A certified American comedy institution since 1959, The Second City’s laughs are 100% USA-made in this latest take on our great, big dysfunctional nation! The lauded company is sending satire down the conveyor belt and celebrating what makes us all tick in a hilarious revue that will leave you breathlessly ready to face the future…and all its loose screws. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny​,​ The Second City is celebrating nearly sixty years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest. No topic is off limits. This cast of six believes in equal opportunity, so audience be warned, you are not immune. Political aficionados will be pleased to see that no sides are taken, and the cast offers a fearless and witty point-of-view. From race and gender, to political sex scandals and the cyclical nature of the beast, audience members will leave with a renewed sense of optimism. Tickets for The Second City are $28 and can be purchased:

  • Online here
  • By phone at 708-235-2222.
  • At the Box Office, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
    Hours: Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. & 2 hours prior to all performances.

Discounts are available for students, children, seniors 65+, groups of 10+, and patrons purchasing three or more shows. Like us on Facebook @centeratgsu for updates on events, offers and more. Share your experience at the Center on Instagram #govstatearts. Parking is free. For best GPS directions, use the location search term “Governors State University.” For additional information, visit www.govstate.edu.

Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street

The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of September 30:

  • Monday, October 1 at 7 p.m. – Adult Writing Group – Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. Bring your materials or just bring yourself.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 10 a.m. – Knot Just for Knitters at Benton St. Bakery – Share camaraderie while working on knitting, crocheting or any other type of needlework project. For adults.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Number recognition, alphabet, books, music, and craft projects that are all geared in learning early literacy skills. For ages 4-5. Register.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 3:30 p.m. – Library Teen Council – If you have suggestions for books to order or programming you want to attend, stop on by. New members welcome. For grades 6-12.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. – Sears Homes in Crete –Learn about the different Sears homes and where they are located in Crete. Presented by Phyllis Monks of the Crete Historical Society. For adults, register.
  • Thursday, October 4 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Number recognition, alphabet, books, music, and craft projects that are all geared in learning early literacy skills. For ages 4-5. Register.
  • Thursday, October 4 at 3 p.m. – T(w)een Board Game Afternoon – Drop in for board games, card games, or tabletop RPG games. Feel free to bring your own games. For ages 11-18.
  • Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. – CRAVE Club –  Prepare and bring a dish based on the month’s theme of appetizers, then share samples with club members. For adults.
  • Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. – T(w)een Trivia Thursdays – Test your knowledge on various bits of trivia. Compete on teams of two to four people. Prizes will be awarded to the first place team. For grades 6-12, register.
  • Friday, October 5 at 10 a.m. – Babies & Books – Join us weekly for a storytime that integrates the power of structured play with stories and songs. This program will provide guidance in how to read with your little one and other early literacy concepts. Register.
  • Friday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Walgreen’s Flu Shot Clinic – Walgreen’s will be at the library offering flu shots. Drop-in, no need for an appointment. Charges may apply. Call Walgreen’s at (708) 755-0058 for details.

For more information or to register for a program, please call the Crete Public Library at 708-672-8017 or visit www.cretelibrary.org.

Coffee Connection is Back – Monday through Thursday During School Year

With school back in session, Coffee Connection at the Crete Public Library has just begun its 17th year of providing refreshments for library visitors. Coffee Connection began in 2002 with a grant written by then-director Jane Schulten, as a partnership with the Special Education Department at Crete-Monee 201-U. Students from the high school come to the library to serve a selection of hot and cold beverages, including coffee, tea, cocoa, juice, and bottled water, and offer prepackaged biscotti and Nutrigrain bars. Under the supervision of Brigitte Calgaro, Job Coach, the students brew the coffee, run the cash register, bus tables, and practice their customer service skills. They also set out small vases of fresh flowers, provided by The Finishing Touch florist in Crete. This endeavor provides a unique opportunity to the students, who gain experience interacting with the public, preparing the coffee, and handling money.  Many of the program’s past participants have gone on to secure paying jobs in the community after graduation. Coffee Connection is open from 10 a.m. until noon, Monday through Thursday, during the school year on days that school is in session. Please stop by the library to visit us!

DePaul Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago

Fall Art Exhibits – Through Sunday, December 16

DePaul University has announced its Fall 2018 Art Exhibitions. The exhibitions will run through Sunday, December 16, 2018, at DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus are free and open to the public.

Brendan Fernandes: “The Living Mask”
A classically trained ballet dancer, Fernandes started thinking more critically about the profession after he left it. Born in Kenya to descendants from Goa — a former Portuguese colony in India — Fernandes and his family left Kenya for Toronto in 1989 due to political unrest in the country. That background plays strongly into Fernandes’ work as he continues to explore his African heritage through art. Among the pieces Fernandes provided for the exhibition are several black-and-white photographs from his “As One” series taken in 2017. The images show white ballet dancers in poses alongside African masks positioned on stands. The ballet poses are specific and intentional and show deference to the masks, Fernandes explained. Three African masks made with neon lights also are displayed in the exhibition. Fabricated African masks sold as tourist souvenirs on Canal Street in New York City, but based on objects in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection inspired Fernandes to create these pieces. Nine African objects from DePaul’s collection, including masks from the Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Nigeria, round out the exhibition.

Yasuhiro Ishimoto: “Someday, Chicago”
Born in the United States and raised in Japan, Ishimoto returned to the U.S. in his late teens. Only a few years later he became one of more than 115,000 Americans with Japanese ancestry forced into internment camps during World War II. It was in the internment camp where he first developed an interest in photography, showing a formal rigor and keen eye for composition, according to the exhibition’s guest curators, Jasmine Alinder and John Tain. Alinder is an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Tain is head of research at the Art Asia Archive in Hong Kong. Following his release at the end of the war, the U.S. government sent Ishimoto to Chicago, where he developed a lifelong love of the city and continued his work with photography. Living in the city from 1945-52 and then again from 1958-61, Ishimoto developed his unique modernist vision. He studied at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology and took photographs on the city’s streets, creating images of iconic Chicago landmarks like the Loop and the ‘L’ train, and also of everyday life — people walking to work or a car driving by. He went into segregated neighborhoods to take photographs of daily life, as well as public spaces where racial and class mixing more commonly occurred. A well-known artist internationally, Ishimoto is considered a master of black-and-white photography. After returning to Japan in 1961, he revisited his earlier interest in architectural photography and later turned to Cibachrome photography, which was an innovative color process he utilized to create abstract images. Though Ishimoto visited Chicago numerous times, he lived primarily in Japan until his death in 2012. The DePaul Art Museum exhibition “Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Someday, Chicago” features more than 50 works that include both black-and-white photographs from his work in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s in Chicago and his Cibachrome photographs from the early 1980s. The exhibition is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Whitney Bradshaw: “Outcry”
Defined as a loud, piercing cry or cries expressing excitement, great emotion or pain, a scream can be a powerful tool for the overlooked to express public anger or disapproval. In her exhibition for DePaul Art Museum, Bradshaw’s “Outcry” features 108 portraits of women screaming that she’s photographed since Jan. 20, 2018, the day of the Women’s March on Washington. Each photograph is a document of much more involved events created by Bradshaw in her home studio where she invites groups of women to scream in response to the silencing they’ve experienced. “Outcry” challenges stereotypes around women and femininity, while celebrating their resilience and insisting on a reconsideration of beauty and power, she said. Bradshaw developed the idea of exploring the silence surrounding sexual violence and harassment while working with the local nonprofit organization Rape Victim Advocates when she was in her 20s. With the recent rise of the #MeToo movement, Bradshaw felt the time was right for the project since she had identified a way to explore these difficult issues that was positive, therapeutic, empowering and fun for the women involved, she said. In addition to the images on display, Bradshaw will hold two scream sessions at the museum Sept. 21 and Nov. 10. Just as in her home studio, Bradshaw will work with small groups of 10-20 women who don’t know one another to create a safe space in which each can practice expressing themselves unencumbered. She will make individual portraits of each woman as they take turns screaming in front of the camera while being encouraged by the others in the group. These portraits will be added to the installation over the duration of the exhibition along with any new portraits she makes during her continuous home studio sessions.

Neon art piece: “Tourist/Refugee”
One additional work of art will hang in the West-facing window closest to the Fullerton ‘L’ stop between the summer and fall exhibitions in August and then again in December between the fall and winter exhibitions. Called “Tourist/Refugee,” the piece is a blinking neon light that flashes the word tourist followed by the word refugee. Chicago-based artists Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson, who call themselves “Industry of the Ordinary,” designed the piece in order to address the implications of foreign policy on the movement of people across borders and the humanitarian responsibility of providing aid for refugees. On Oct. 8, Columbus Day — or Indigenous People’s Day — Industry of the Ordinary will hold a silent vigil at 5:30 p.m. at Saint Vincent de Paul Church in remembrance of the many thousands of displaced people who have recently tried, and often failed, to find safe harbor. Titled “Genuflect,” the procession will then head east to Lake Michigan.

DePaul Art Museum is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. 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’s Center for Black Diaspora, 2324 North Fremont Street, Chicago

Author Richard Rothstein to Discuss ‘The Color of Law’ – Thursday, October 4

Government policy at the local, state and federal levels has played — and continues to play — a critical role in the segregation that’s seen in major cities across the U.S., argues author Richard Rothstein in his 2017 book “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America.” The housing policy expert will speak Oct. 4 at DePaul University on governmental roles in creating and enforcing racially discriminatory housing and lending policies and the legacies of such policies today. The talk, co-hosted by DePaul’s Center for Black Diaspora, department of geography and the School of Public Service commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968. Rothstein is a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute; and Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In addition to “The Color of Law,” Rothstein is the author of “Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right,” “Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap” and “The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement.” He has co-authored “The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement” and “All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different?” Rothstein’s talk begins at 6 p.m. with an opening reception set for 5:30 p.m. at Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont St. (between Fullerton Ave. and Belden Ave.), on the university’s Lincoln Park Campus. The event is slated to last until 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. More information and registration available at: http://bit.ly/richard_rothstein. The lecture is one of several events hosted by DePaul’s Center for Black Diaspora this fall that has ties to 1960s black America. Other events include discussions on black theater, music and fashion during the decade. More information available at: http://bit.ly/center_for_black_diaspora.

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

‘Original Warrior’ Exhibition – Opens Saturday, October 6

The NVAM is proud to announce ‘Original Warrior,’ an exhibit created to explore the complex Native American relationship between warrior and community, warrior and war, and warrior and service. The exhibit will open on Saturday, October 6 and run through Saturday, April 22. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature brief statements from the artists and curators. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Native American nations have a long tradition of honoring and welcoming veterans back into their community after a time of war. Even now, pow wows have kept their focus on celebrating community and culture traditions while evolving fabrics, colors and songs emerge throughout the years. Co-curated by Tom Jones and Ash Kyrie, ‘Original Warrior’ features the work of Native American artists Rick Bartow, Miridith Campbell, T.C. Cannon, Melissa Doud, Teri Greeves, John Hitchcock, Tom Jones, Monty Little, Clarence Monegar, Lloyd Kiva New, and Horace Poolaw. Many of the artists in the exhibit are military veterans who weave the experiences they had while serving into their current cultural perspectives as Native Americans. ‘Original Warrior’ also includes civilian Native American artists who each create works reflecting the identity and roles of the warrior within their own communities. For more information on ‘Original Warrior’ visit: www.nvam.org’ NVAM is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For group admission reservations visit www.nvam.org.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road

“Step Back into a 1950s Halloween” –Through Wednesday, November 7

Vintage Halloween decorations are on display in the 1950s Park Forest House Museum through Wednesday, November 7.  Located at in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 227 Monee Road, the museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; or for groups by appointment. Display items include Gurley Halloween candles, die-cut decorations, and a boxed costume with mask.  Park Forest 70th Anniversary Exhibits are on display throughout 2018-2019, including “Design through the Decade, 1948-1958.”  The museum always tells the story of how Park Forest was developed and describes life in the village in its first 5 years, 1948-1953. Toys, dolls, books, clothing and household furnishings all help portray life in the early 1950s to 1960s. September marks the 20th Anniversary of the museum, which was started for the 50th Anniversary of Park Forest. Information is on the website at http://www.parkforesthistory.org and with Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252, or Mike Gans at 708-305-3308.  Admission donation is adults $5; children 12 and under free with an adult.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of September 30:

  • Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m. – Drop In Craft — Drop in to kids’ zone and see what we are creating today. For ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, October 1 at 11 a.m. – Story Time Stars — Rise and Shine! Parents can jump-start the day with stories and a craft for your little one. Ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, October 1 at 3:30 p.m. – Kids 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.
    Ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, October 1 at 4 p.m. – All Day Drop In Projects –Stop by the Lab for a spur-of-the-moment activity.
  • Monday, October 1 at 4 p.m. – Explore This World of Wonder —  Drop in to the Explore space and discover something new.
  • Monday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. — Navigating the College Planning Process — Join us as the My College Planning Team gives tips and tricks on how to successfully plan for college. Teens and parents of teens are strongly encouraged to attend, however, all are welcomed.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 3:30 p.m. – Kids Art Studio — Drop in and discover your inner artist with one of our guided projects. For ages 12 and under.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 4 p.m. – Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Cool down inside from the summer heat with a fun activity that helps you to unwind and relax.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 6 p.m. – PJ Storytime — Pajama Story Time is Back on a New Day and Time. Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 11 a.m. – Baby Time — Babies and their parents or caregivers are invited to read, sing and grow in this weekly story time. This program is geared toward babies 0 – 36 months with an accompanying adult. This is the perfect time for families to bond with their child/children.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 3:30 p.m. – Color Me Mine — Travel to a world of relaxation for kids. Lose yourself in patterns, curved flowers or even runaway stems. Color yourself Happy in our kids’ coloring circle. For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 4 p.m. – Adult Coloring — Join us and relax a bit with our coloring circle. All supplies are provided.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 4 p.m. – All Day Drop In Projects — Stop by the Lab for a spur-of-the-moment activity.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 5 p.m. — Contagious Visions: Anti-Bullying and Educational Symposium — The “Dream Maker on Fire”, author Julius Mercer, helps to build a defense against a sub-culture of other teens who negatively affect the youth. This is a program geared towards teens, but all are welcome to participate.
  • Thursday, October 4 at 11 a.m. – Toddler Art — Bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… Some projects may involve paint. Ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, October 4 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 4 at 4 p.m. – Teen Movie — Cool down this summer with a featured film.
  • Friday, October 5 at 3:30 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.
  • Saturday, October 6 at 11 a.m. — Local Author Group Meet-up — Meet up with local authors and share your insights.
  • Saturday, October 6 at 1 p.m. – Paint and Sip: Coyote Art — Join artist Dana Bloede and learn how to paint the elusive coyote. Registration Required.

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

Friends of the Park Forest Public Library Social – Tuesday, October 2

On Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. the Friends of the Park Forest Library will host a social in the Library’s Lab. 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.

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

‘Materiality’ Exhibit – Opens Monday, October 1

The ‘Materiality’ exhibit will open at PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery on Monday, October 1 and run through Thursday, October 25. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Visiting artist Nnenna Okore will be at the Gallery on October 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. ‘Materiality’ features works by Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir, Nnenna Okore, Marjorie Woodruff, Mille Guldbeck, Margi Weir, and Ann Rosen. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday: evening from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, phone 708-709-3636 or visit www.prairiestate.edu/christopher-art-gallery.

Fossil, Gem and Mineral Show — October 20 and 21

Exhibits featuring fossils, crystals, jewelry, and fluorescent stones will be on display for the two-day Fossil, Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show on Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Prairie Center Gym, located on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. This family-friendly event is free and offers educational opportunities for all ages including a special presentation during Sunday’s show featuring NASA Ambassador, Joel Knapper. Gem and fossil enthusiasts will get the chance to meet the experts, get a close look at the latest finds, and learn about the geological history of the area. Exhibits will include fossils from Mazon Creek and Thornton Quarry, minerals, jewelry, lapidary, crystals and artifacts. Handmade jewelry, precious stones, fossils, crystals and more will be available for purchase.  The show is co-hosted by PSC’s Department of Natural Sciences and the South Suburban Earth Science Club. For more information, contact Burrough at [email protected] or Jan Podbielski at [email protected].

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.

Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest

‘Made In America’ Exhibit – Opens Wednesday, October 3

The ‘Made in America’ Exhibit will open on Wednesday, October 3 and will run through Tuesday, November 13. A reception will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gallery featuring live music by “Bout Time” jazz ensemble, refreshments and conversation. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. For additional information and Gallery hours, visit www.salonartistsgallery.com or call 708-703-7806.

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

‘Day By Day’ Exhibit – Through Thursday, October 11

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to present a solo exhibition entitled ‘Day By Day, Artworks by Daniela Kovačić.’ The exhibition will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery through Thursday, October 11. On September 26, Ms. Kovačić will deliver an Artist Lecture at 12 noon 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. Born and raised in the Chilean Patagonia, Daniela has dedicated her career to oil painting. Her work explores different topics around self-identity, largely through the depiction of women and children. She has a master’s degree from the New York Academy of Art and a bachelor’s degree from Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile. Daniela has received prestigious awards and scholarships such as Fulbright, Becas Chile, Robert Gamblin Painting Award, NYAA scholarships and a residency from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally since 2005.  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. For more information contact 708-596-2000 ext. 2316. Para Información En Español Llame: 708-210-5740.

SSC Music Events – October 2018

Please note: This calendar is correct at the time of publication and is subject to change. All events are held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center (PAC) on SSC’s Main Campus and admission is FREE (donations are appreciated to benefit the Music Scholarship Fund).

October 10, 2018 – 7 pm – PAC
Jazz Orchestra Concert
Under the direction of Prof. Sam Hankins, the SSC Jazz Orchestra will be performing our first concert.

October 15, 2018 – 7:00 pm – PAC
Orchestra & Chamber String Ensemble Concert
The concert will feature the two new music ensembles in the Music Department: the SSC Chamber String Ensemble (directed by Prof. David Howard) and the SSC Orchestra. Under the direction of Prof. Phil Bauman, the Orchestra will present a diverse program of string music encompassing a wide range of musical styles, including the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with memorable selections from West Side Story and other favorite composers of “Lenny.”

October 17, 2018 – 12:00 pm – PAC
Lecture Recital: “Joy and Sorrow”
Through the lens of music, we will explore the complex mixture of joys and sorrows that comprise the human experience. SSC cellist Patricia White, guest violinist Tamara Ringas and SSC pianist Marilyn
Bourgeois will present, in various combinations, an assortment of works of music that give voice, as only richly glorious music can, to the emotional spectrum.

October 19, 2018 – 7:00 pm – PAC
SSC Voices & Symphonic Band Concert
The SSC Voices, under the direction of Prof. Doug Ulreich, will be performing famous choral works, including Up, Up and Away, Twilight Time, Hush! Somebody’s Calling My Name, The Joy of Living, and I Know that My Redeemer Lives. Under the direction of Prof. Jeff Brath, the SSC Symphonic Band will present various styles of band music.

For more information or to confirm dates and times, call 708-596-2000, ext. 2316.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Soundwaves – Colorcodes – Natureforms’ Exhibit – Through Saturday, November 3

The ‘Soundwaves – Colorcodes – Natureforms’ exhibit feature the work of four artists who interpret objects and ideas through abstract imagery. The exhibit includes paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by artists who have created a large body of work that is primarily abstract; who explore concepts related to music, sound, natural forms and pure geometric design. Works represent a clearly identifiable and personal language of form, shape, color, texture, imagery and mark-making or process. Artists include: James Bowden, Bill Dixon, Linda Haynes, and Patricia Moore. The exhibit will run through Saturday, November 3. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

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

‘Sister Act, the Musical’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group opens its 88th Season with the blockbuster musical, ‘Sister Act, the Musical’ directed by Darcelle Williams.  Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Studio Theatre on October 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on October 14 & 21 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $23 for adults; $21 for seniors and $17 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available. Some of the performances are already “sold out,” but good seats are still available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444 or online here. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit www.dramagroup.org

Synopsis ‘Sister Act,’ the Musical

‘Sister Act’ pits disco-dancing nuns against dangerous gangsters in a joyous feel-good musical comedy. It celebrates the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music. Based on the hit film starring Whoopie Goldberg, and nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When disco diva Deloris VanCartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. This year The Drama Group is pleased to be a member of S.A.M.B.A. [Southland Arts Municipalities Business Alliance] and a participant in the MADE IN AMERICA Festival with the other 21 arts organization taking part. See details at www.southlandarts.org.

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

‘Understanding Workers’ Compensation: What You Need to Know to Minimize Risk’ – Thursday, October 4

The South Suburban College Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents a Breakfast with BCI Workshop titled ‘Understanding Workers’ Compensation: What You Need to Know to Minimize Risk’ on Thursday, October 4, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., with check-in and continental breakfast to begin at 8:15 a.m. This workshop will be held in the South Suburban College Main Campus in the MB Financial Suite on the 1st floor, and will be facilitated by Attorney Sonia D. Coleman and Alexandra Glumac, SSC Client Solutions Specialist. With job-related injuries and illnesses on the rise, the onus is on managers, supervisors and the HR team to make certain protocols are followed and documentation is timely and accurate. In order to minimize the possibility of lawsuits and other legal actions, those in leadership positions must be knowledgeable about best practices. In this workshop, employment law attorney Sonia D. Coleman, PC and HR specialist Alexandra Glumac, SHRM-CP will review the “whats”, “wheres”, “hows”, and “whys” to successfully managing a workers’ compensation claim from injury to resolution. Join BCI for this informative discussion on a crucial workplace topic. Business owners, C-Suite executives, HR managers, supervisors and employees are encouraged to attend. The cost of the workshop with continental breakfast is $15 per person or $10 per person if three or more from the same company attend. Reservations are required by 4 p.m. on Friday, Monday, October 1st. To register, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 3254 or email [email protected]. The Business & Career Institute is a regional headquarters for workforce preparation, employee training and business development. BCI provides assessment and training, consulting, and economic and business development resources for the Chicago Southland. BCI works with a number of industries including agriculture, business and information, construction, education, health services, hospitality, manufacturing and transportation.

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.

Will County Green, 58 East Clinton Street, Joliet

Recycling in the South Suburbs — Ongoing

Have old electronics, TVs or computer monitors sitting around your house gathering dust? Want to get rid of them for free? There are places in Will County where you can properly dispose of them. Each recycling location will accept only 2 televisions per vehicle. ID will be required to prove that you are a Will County resident. However, Park Forest residents residing in either Will OR Cook Counties may participate.

Recycling Locations

Richton Park Donation Drop Spot Peotone Police Department New Lenox Township
Richton Park Village Hall 208 E. Main Street 1100 S. Cedar Road
4455 Sauk Trail (Located along Latonia Lane) 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (lines will be cut off at 7 p.m.) 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (lines will be cut off at 7 p.m.
7 days a week Closed on Holidays Closed on Holidays

For additional information, visit www.countygreen.com.

Healthy Living

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

Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program

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

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest

CPR Classes

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

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 [email protected].

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.

This & That

League of Women Voters Park Forest Area

Voter Education – Wednesday, October 10

Please join the League of Women Voters Park Forest Area (LWVPFA) for a timely and instructive meeting on Voter Education on Wednesday, October 10.  The program will be held at the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room. The main speaker will be Mr. Al Sturges, who is a longtime member of the Park Forest Nonpartisan Committee that provide forums for candidates for office in Park Forest.  Mr. Sturges will discuss the League of Women Voters Election Guide Site and the League’s online voters’ guide: (“Vote 411”).  Also Vote Smart, which provides free unbiased, in depth information about current candidates, their funding, positions on issues, and legislation, will be highlighted.  Two league members, Dora Jacks, past Voter Service Chairperson and Deborah Orr, present Voter Service Chairperson, will discuss the logistics of voting in the statewide election to be held on November 6, 2018.  For more information contact Jos O Gallagher 708-957-3973.  The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informative and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The LWV 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 www.lwvpfa.org.

Park Forest Economic Development and Planning Department

Protect Your Company from Cyber Threats – Wednesday, October 3

Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning department will host Business Connection on Wednesday, October 3 at Dining on the Green Banquet Hall, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest (View Map). The October topic will be “Cyber Security: How to Protect Your Company from Cyber Threats.” Don’t miss this great session.


  • Overview of cyber security
  • Current cyber security threats
  • Wireless Security – Credit cards & PCI compliance
  • Endpoint Security – How to protect against BYOD (bring your own device)
  • Data back-up with disaster recovery
  • How to protect yourself from a data breach
  • Managed services vs DIY

Presentation by Protection 1 Cyber Security

  • Gerry Waterlander, Regional Cyber Security Consultant
  • Zack Morris, Cyber Security Program Manager
  • Rich Aycock, Cyber Security Operations

The session will meet from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

  • Free breakfast buffet and informal networking starts 7:45 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.
  • Announcements start at 8:25 a.m. Presentation starts at 8:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m.
  • Closing announcements and drawing until 9:30 a.m.

Your associates are always welcome. Register here today. For additional information, contact Monica DeLord at [email protected].

Water Bill Buck Buster – Final Raffle Friday, December 28

Park Forest Economic Development and Planning Department ‘Water Bill Buck Buster’ contest will continue through December 28. Spend $150 or more each quarter at local Park Forest businesses and you can enter a raffle for a $100 water bill credit. You can also win Village swag with the first $50 in receipts in each quarter. Submit receipts from local Park Forest businesses totaling $150 or more dated within each quarter.  Limit of one entry per household per quarter. The final 2018 drawing will be held on Friday, December 28. Receipts are due the day before each drawing. Locate Park Forest businesses in the Park Forest Shopping & Service Guide found here. Email your receipts and include your name, address and phone number to [email protected] or drop off the information at Park Forest Village Hall 2nd Floor, 350 Victory Drive. For additional information, call 708-283-5617 or check your water bill statement.

Park Forest Toastmasters Club

Meeting – Tuesday, October 2

The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 N. Orchard Drive in Park Forest. The meeting is open to the public. The Park Forest Toastmasters Club meets on the 1st and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Members develop speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. For additional information, visit: www.parkforesttoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org.

St. Irenaeus Church, 78 Cherry Street, Park Forest

Peace Prayers – Wednesday, October 3

Park Forest People of Faith will gather for the Peace Prayers on Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at the Church. All are invited to attend.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Main Street Market – Every Saturday through October 27

The Park Forest Main Street Market, previously known as the Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine from 7 a.m. to noon through October 27 for shopping, food and entertainment. Along with its new name, the Market has a new location at 152 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. The Market accepts Link/SNAP & Senior Nutrition Coupons. For additional information about the Market, call Brenda Walker at 708-748-1118, email [email protected] or the Market’s website.


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