In and Around Park Forest Week of March 11, 2013

Shawn Carroll with son Rider
Shawn Carroll, and his son Rider, at the South Side Irish Parade. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—March 4, 2013. Nothing says spring better than baseball! The final registration date for the 2013 season of Park Forest Baseball is Friday, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This program is open to both boys and girls from age 4 through 14. Park Forest Baseball’s opening day will be on Saturday, April 13 with a parade and other festivities. Additional information about the Park Forest Baseball registration can be found in the ‘This & That’ section.

A concert honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest. For additional information, call 708-747-0580.

If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in our community during the upcoming week, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details. Submission deadline is noon on Friday of each week.

Village of Park Forest

Village of Park Forest

Village Board Meetings

The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m. 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) as well as on the Village web site at www.villageofparkforest.com.

To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site at: http://www.villageofparkforest.com and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Village Commission & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions/Advisory Groups will meet the week of March 11:

  • Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission
  • Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations

Meetings are held at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Park Forest Non-Partisan Committee

Candidate Forums

The final Candidates’ Forum hosted Park Forest Non-Partisan Committee will be held on Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive for the Library Trustees and Village Trustee Candidates. This Forum is being co-sponsored by the Park Forest Cooperatives.
Previously held Candidate’s Forums can be viewed at: CandidateForums.

Arts & Entertainment

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

This Week’s Events at the Park Forest Public Library

The following events will be held this week at the Park Forest Public Library:

  • Monday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. – Imagine! Create! Participate! — This program is designed for children ages 3-5 and will include not only a story, but the use of their imaginations. It’s designed to help children develop their creativity while interacting and connecting to other children in the community. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Monday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. – 3M Book Club: Janet Evanovich — Given the popularity of mysteries, our newest book club will have you turning your magnifying glass on novels filled with twists, trap doors and new whodunits each month. This month’s selection: "Wicked Business: a Lizzy and Diesel novel" by Janet Evanovich.
  • Monday, March 11 at 2 p.m. – Basic Mouse — Learn to the basics of using a computer mouse through fun and interactive "Mouse Aerobics." Registration required.
  • Monday, March 11 at 6 p.m. — Classic Movie Monday Nights: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ — Frank Capra made this film in 1941 before he went off to make films for America’s war effort, but it wasn’t released until 1944. Adapted from the hit play by Joseph Kesselring, this frantic black comedy shows Capra at his best as a master of mood and timing. Actresses Josephine Hull and Jean Adair reprise their Broadway performances as two gentle old ladies who poison men with elderberry wine to put them out of their misery. Cary Grant plays one nephew, a normal guy who just gets wind of their little hobby and tries to get them to stop, while Raymond Massey plays another, a villain just escaped from jail.
  • Tuesday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. – Movement & Me — Come in and enjoy time with your preschooler during this class combining movement with adventure and stories. Exercise is a key to living a healthy lifestyle. In this class parents and caregivers are able to move with their children while having a great time. (Ages 3-5). Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. – P.J. Story Time — Wear your pajamas & come join us for stories, crafts & games. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. — Facebook Practice — The first five people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration required.
  • Wednesday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. — Art Club (Ages 2 – 5) — Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Wednesday, March 13 at 5 p.m. — Mouse Practice — The first five people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration required.
  • Wednesday, March 13 at 5 p.m. – Art Club (Grades K – 3) — Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Wednesday, March 13 at 5 p.m. — Women in STEM: Spotlight on Aviation — Women in Aviation will be explored. Featuring Dr. Mae Jamison, Bessie Colman, & Amelia Earhart. Join us for stories, discussion and STEM activities based on flight.
  • Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. – Art Club (Grades 4 – 6) — Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. – Reader’s Theater – Do you love dancing, acting, and singing? Would you like to put on a show for your friends and family to see? Join us every Wednesday for Reader’s Theater, where we will bring out the artist in you! Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Thursday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. – Mother Goose Time — During this 30-minute session, babies and their parents will share nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs, music and age-appropriate books. For babies ages 2 and under accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Thursday, March 14 at 5 p.m. – LEGO Club — Play and learn with LEGOs at the Park Forest Public Library! The creations the children make will be on display at the library. For boys and girls in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31. The library is looking for donations of new or used LEGOs. Please contact the library if you would like to help with this project.
  • Thursday, March 14 at 7:15 p.m. – Microsoft Word II — After the introductory Microsoft Word I, learn more about the word processing program. Registration required.
  • Friday, March 15 at 3 p.m. – Wii Games — Meet up with your friends at the Park Forest Public Library for some gaming fun. The library will provide some games — YOU bring a friend. If you have a favorite game, bring it along to teach and share. Join us after school as we take a little time to have some fun! Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 3
  • Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. – Art Club (Grades K – 3) — Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Saturday, March 16 at 12 p.m. – Art Club (Grades 4 – 6) — Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. — Microsoft Word II Practice — The first five people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration required.
  • Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. — St. Patty’s Day Celebration – Those of all ages can enjoy holiday stories, crafts and music.

For additional information or to register for certain events, please call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org/

Potpourri of Lectures – Thursday, March 14

The Potpourri of Lectures series continues on Thursday, March 14 at 10: 30 a.m. with The Tradition of Non-Violent Resistance as Demonstrated in the Life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung Suu Kyi, Myanmar" by June Gerrish. The lecture will be held in the Library’s Ringering Room. Light refreshments will be served.

Museum Adventure Pass

Visit the Park Forest Public Library and check out a museum! View the list of participating museums for details on each destination. Find out what discoveries await you, get directions to the museum, and review each museum’s pass entry offer (including any restrictions that may apply). Come into the library with your Park Forest library card to check out a pass today.

Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Switchback – American Roots – Celtic Soul – Tuesday, March 12

Freedom Hall’s Senior Series will continue on Tuesday, March 12 at 11 a.m. when Switchback takes the stage. For over two decades, the musical partnership of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, has been entertaining audiences around the world with the unique American Roots music blended with Celtic Soul. Tickets are $12 and can be purchase in-person at the box office, or online at www.freedomhall.org. For additional information, call 708-747-0580.

Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m., Freedom Hall will present ‘Hand and My Honky Tonk Heroes.’ This nostalgic look at Hank Williams and his influence on country music is amazing. Jason Petty pays tribute to those who influenced Hank and those that Hank influenced. Don’t miss Jason’s Obie Award winning performance as he brings Hank’s music back to life in this insightful and energetic show. Audiences and critics alike were taken back by Petty’s amazing acting ability in his portrayal of Hank Williams. The New York Post stated it best, “At times it sees as if Petty is not just offering an impression of Williams, but channeling his ghost.” Tickets are $24 and can be purchase in-person at the box office, or online at www.freedomhall.org. For additional information, call 708-747-0580.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Cellist Joshua Roman to Perform with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S. Harlem Avenue, Frankfort, David Danzmayr, Music Director will present ‘Oberon’ by Carl Maria von Weber, ‘Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op.107’ by Dmitri Shostakovich featuring Joshua Roman, Cello, and ‘Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73’by Johannes Brahms. Tickets are priced at $55, $43, and $35 and can be purchased online at http://www.ipomusic.org/index.php/concerts.html. For additional information, call 708-481-7774 or visit www.ipomusic.org.

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

Step Back into the 1950s at the Park Forest House Museum

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of 21st century and revisit your past in this gem of a museum, just down the street. The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays in December from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or by appointment. The admission is $5 for adults; 12 and under are free. The museum tour is free with the purchase of a Marshall Field’s Brick. Park Forest related gift ideas are available at the museum and in the online store at www.parkforesthistory.org. Convenient street parking is available in front of the museum. For additional information, call 708-481-4252.

Park Forest Plaza Print for Sale

Annabelle Gould’s print of the Park Forest Plaza is available for sale at the Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard. The vibrant print is from an original watercolor, showing kids and their moms in the Park Forest Plaza, in front of the old Holiday Theatre and Golden Hanger Shop. The print can be purchased at the House Museum during normal hours of operation on Wednesdays and Saturdays or through the Society’s online store on their website at www.parkforesthistory.org. Prints are $15 each. Online purchases also required an additional $6 fee for postage and handling. For additional information on other items for sale by the Society, visit www.parkforesthistory.org.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Luise Renner Retrospective’ – Through March 31

The exhibit, ‘Luise Renner Retrospective,’ will run at Tall Grass Arts Association through March 31.    The exhibit was curated by Richard Schmidt with assistance from Richard Renner.  It will feature the two and three-dimensional works of artist/illustrator Luise Renner who frequently exhibited in galleries in the Chicago area and southern suburbs.  Luise died in December of 2009 at the young age of 63. She left behind a large body of work.   This is the first time some of her works have been exhibited.  The exhibit is dedicated to her memory and presented in homage to her.   The exhibit features original paintings and custom tablecloths created by Luise. Unmounted high-quality prints (giclees) will be available for purchase. The collection displays approximately 60 works. The Tall Grass Gallery is located in Downtown Park Forest, adjacent to Village Hall.  Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  The Gallery is open to the public, free of charge.  For additional information, call the gallery at 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

Center for Performing Arts, 1 University Parkway, University Park

Aesop’s Dinosaur Puppets – ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m., Aesop’s Dinosaur Puppets will bring fun for the entire family with the presentation of ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant.’ This production is by the Bits ‘N Pieces, America’s Giant Puppet Theatre. This spirited musical features singing and dancing by six giant prehistoric puppets – and wee TryANTasaurus – the play teaches children that “it’s better to prepare today for tomorrow.” Tickets are $12 and $17. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call the GSU Center Box Office at 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

‘Celtic Crossroads’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Just when you think that you have seen the best that Irish music has to offer, a fresh new show from Ireland is taking the art form to a spectacular level of innovation and virtuosity. ‘Celtic Crossroads’ will be performed on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and does for Irish music what ‘Riverdance’ has done to Irish dance. ‘Celtic Crossroads’ incorporating seven world-class musicians playing more than 20 instruments on stage, is a fantastic spectacle. From start to finish, the performers present a captivating fusion of genres in the Irish music family – Eastern European Gypsy, North American bluegrass, classical and jazz, and the various forms of Celtic music from around Europe and the rest of the world. Tickets are $15 to $55. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call the GSU Center Box Office at 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

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

‘Ways of Making: Digital Art’ – Through March 27

The Visual Arts Gallery at GSU is presenting ‘Ways of Making: Digital Art,’ featuring the work of artists Kate Friedman, Kate Ingold, and Anne Hayden Stevens, through March 27. A closing reception celebrating the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, March 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 708-534-4021 or visit www.govst.edu/gallery.

The Drama Group, 330 W. 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group Children’s Theatre production of ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ will run from March 20 through March 24. See the puppet who longs to be a ‘real’ boy in his many adventures. His conscience is ever present to remind him to “always tell the truth.” Good deeds and unconditional love are rewarded in the end. This one-hour attention-span-friendly children’s show will thrill young and old alike. There will be a ‘Meet & Greet’ with the characters after each show so bring your camera. Advance tickets are $6 for adults, Senior and children. Tickets at the door are $7. Groups of 25 or more can purchase tickets from $5 each. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-755-3444 or visit www.dramagroup.org.

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

PSC Annual High School Exhibition – Opens March 18

Student artists from regional high schools will have their work on display during the PSC Annual High School Exhibition from Monday, March 18 through Thursday, April 11 at the Christopher Art Gallery on the PSC main campus. A reception for the artists and their families will be held at 5 pm. on Thursday, March 21 and features an award ceremony at 7 p.m. Student submissions will include works in computer art, drawing, painting, mixed media, graphic design, sculpture, and photography. High schools represented in previous years include Rich Central, Rich East, Rich South, Bloom, Bloom Trail, Crete-Monee, Beecher, and Homewood-Flossmoor. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Christopher Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits can also be made by appointment. For additional information about the exhibit or to make an appointment for a visit, contact the PSC Foundation at 708-709-3636.

Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

‘Mad World’ Exhibit – Through April 6

Union Street Gallery will present its Spring National Juried Exhibit ‘Mad World’ which will feature art that is absurd, surreal, and simply MAD! 35 artists from 11 different states will be exhibiting a wide variety of art including large sculpture. ‘Mad World’ will run through April 6. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information, and Gallery hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

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

IN WAR Series – Through Memorial Day 2013

In light of the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the rising need for mental health care for returning veterans, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) is proud to hold its third annual IN WAR series in its new location at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. The third annual INWAR series examines intergenerational trauma: the passing of mass traumas from one generation to the next. Trauma takes a profound psychological and physical toll on survivors that has ramifications for decades. For additional information about the exhibit or museum hours, visit: www.nvam.org.

‘Not About Bombs’ – Through Fall 2013

The NVAM will host the opening of ‘Not About Bombs,’ a celebrated exhibit featuring the work by five Iraqi women artists through Fall 2013. The show will be open to the public through Fall 2013. For additional information, visit the museum’s website at www.nvam.org.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

‘Generating Hope: Struggles, Challenges, Change…Facing Life in Spite of our Past’ – Monday, March 11

Growing up in Chicago’s now demolished Robert Taylor Homes on the city’s south side, Terry Banies learned at an early age that “black men weren’t supposed to live past the age of 23.” Banies “tried to prove them right,” but fortunately did not succeed. Today, in his second life, Banies is busy completing his Bachelor of Social Work degree and applying for admission to the Master of Social Work program at GSU. Banies is just one of several panelists to be featured at an open forum, ‘Generating Home: Struggles, Challenges, Change…Facing Life in Spite of Our Past,’ to be held on Monday, March 11 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in GSU’s Engbretson Hall. The forum will focus on the challenges and struggles of the formerly incarcerated, as well as their family members. Sponsored by GSU’s Social Work Department, and made possible by a grant from the GSU Intellectual Life Committee, the program is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Dr. Lorri Glass at [email protected].

Spring Knowledge Exchange Classes at GSU – Registration Underway

“Never stop learning” could be the mantra of students in The Knowledge Exchange, a program from the School of Extended Learning at GSU. Classes are offered for adults on a wide range of topics. Registration for spring classes is underway. Classes begin on April 5, and are held on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., through May 24. The Knowledge Exchange course offerings encompass a variety of interests, including history classes focusing on the Civil War and the history and culture of Native North America, as well as a Cinema Studies course based around globally and socially relevant documentaries. There is also a course of play readings in which participants read roles aloud and discuss aspects of the works. In another course offering, participants use film and readings in “Achieving Wholeness and Wellness Through a Study of Carl Jung.” The Knowledge Exchange is also offering all participants a free special presentation “Climate Change: The Earth Calls to Us,” on Friday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. This informational session on climate change includes an enlightening Power Point presentation with accompanying lecture by Richard Treptow, an environmental services professional. The Knowledge Exchange is a continuation of the former Adult Learning Exchange (T.A.L.E.) with the same focus – to continue to offer unique and diverse non-credited courses at a reasonable priced ($73 per class, $28 for an additional class). Classes are designed for participants aged 55 years and over and provide a relaxed and friendly environment, open to shared learning, and the free exchange of opinions and ideas. Classes are peer-led by a community of dedicated volunteers including GSU faculty and many former Exchange students. Call Suzanne Patterson in the Office of Continuing Education at 708-534-4393 for more information or to register.

Undergraduate Program Instant Admission Day – Saturday, March 23

GSU’s Office of Admission and Student Recruitment is hosting an Undergraduate Program Instant Admission Day on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Representatives from the Offices of Admission, Financial Aid, and Career Services will be on hand to answer questions and guide prospective students through the application process. Academic advisors will be available to answer questions about fully-accredited, high quality bachelor’s degree programs offered in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Education, and Health and Human Services. Applications for all undergraduate programs, except art and nursing, will be accepted and processed immediately. Attendees are asked to bring official transcrip0ts. The undergraduate application fee is $25. Applications deadlines apply to some undergraduate programs. Visit www.govst.edu/degree for admission and deadline information about programs of interest. Campus tours and financial aid information sessions for full and part-time students will also be available at Instant Admission Day. For additional information, call 708-534-4490.

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday at GSU

The Mobile Workforce Center’s mobile unit will be at GSU every Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., parked near the university’s front entrance. Center services include resume development, access to online job boards and websites, instruction in how to conduct an online job search and improve keyboarding skills, and assistance of staff. The center is equipped with 11 computer stations with Internet access, printer, and copy machines, and is wheelchair accessible. Services are free and available to residents in all counties. For additional information, contact the Workforce Services Division of Will County at 815-727-4980.

Prairie State College (PSC), 202 S. Halsted, Chicago Heights

Opt In to Technology at PSC

You can bridge the gap between technology and a new you at PSC’s new Opt In program that consists of two computer training centers and free classes to teach basic technological skills. One location is at the Adult Training and outreach Center in Room A145 at PSC’s main campus. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The other location is at the Matteson Area Center’s Computer Training Lab located at 4821 Southwick Dr., Matteson. Hours for this location are Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. No matter what skill level you have or want to have, Opt In can help. Both computer labs and on-site tutors are free and open to the public. For additional information, call Lisa Zeigler at 708-709-3548 or e-mail [email protected].

Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults

Rich Township is offering free basic computer skill classes for adults every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Leonard Robinson Family Services Center, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park. Participants will learn Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet skills, résumé building skills, and more. Classes are open only to residents of Rich Township. For additional information, call Mark Mason or Joe Moran at 708-748-6722.

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.

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.

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

Shirley J. Green Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch at the Senior Café

Senior citizens of all income levels are invited to lunch weekdays at the Community Nutrition Network (CNN) site located inside the Rich Township’s Shirley J. Green Senior Center. The CNN site is open to all south suburban residents, including those living outside of Rich Township. Participants must be 60 years of age or older. The suggested donation for lunch is $2.50. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon. Bingo begins at 11 a.m. For additional information or to make a reservation for lunch, call 708-747-2700.

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.

Green Events

Park Forest Environment Commission

‘Basic Canning’ Presentation – Limited Seating — Tickets Now on Sale

Based on numerous requests from members of the community, the Park Forest Environment Commission has arranged for Chef Kate Bradley to give a presentation on ‘Basic Canning’ on Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard, Park Forest (located on the west side of the Park Forest Aqua Center). Kate will provide an overview of basic canning techniques and familiarize participants with the equipment needed to successfully can the fruits of your summer gardens for enjoyment in the cold winter months. Participants will also enjoy light refreshments canned from Kate’s kitchen. Seating for this event is limited. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or on the night of the event if any remain. Proceeds from the event will be used for the benefit of the Park Forest Community Garden project. To purchase advance tickets or for additional information, call Rosemary Piser at 708-747-1991 or e-mail [email protected].   NOTE: The location of this event has been changed from Park Forest Village Hall to the Wetlands Discovery Center.

2013 Park Forest Community Garden Project

The Village of Park Forest will once again offer residents the opportunity to use vacant, Village-owned property for purposes of developing a community garden. Gardening groups using Village-owned lots will be reimbursed up to $370 for allowable gardening expenditures. This $370 reimbursement represents the amount that the Village would pay to have the lot maintained over the course of the summer. For additional information about the Community Garden Project, please e-mail Rosemary Piser at [email protected] or Sarah Coulter, the Village’s Sustainability Consultant at [email protected].

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS), Park Forest

Woodcocks Spring Sky Dance – Friday, March 22

On Friday, March 22 area birders will have the opportunity to watch the spectacular sky dance of the male American Woodcock at the Goodenow Grove Preserve. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher, with an explanation of the woodcock’s unique habits, followed by a short, easy walk to the viewing site. At sunset the male woodcock lands on the bare, mossy grounds and begins to strut around while making a series of throaty “peents.” Suddenly the peenting stops and the bird flutters skyward in a series of wide spirals while emitting a musical twitter. Higher and higher he goes while the twitter gets louder and louder, unti8l the bird is just a speck in the sky. Then, without warning, he tumbles down while making a soft, liquid warble. At a few feet from the ground he levels off, returns to the same mossy spot where the performance began, and resumes the peenting, strutting dance. The ritual display continues for an hour in the dark. At daybreak the whole show is repeated. And where is the female during this performance. This display is one of nature’s most unusual mating rituals. Don’t miss the show!

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Spring Clean Up Day at Thorn Creek Woods – Saturday, March 16

On Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., those of all ages are invited to shake the winter blahs and come help in the annual spring cleaning of Thorn Creek Nature Canter. There will be indoor and outdoor work to be done in preparation for the spring season. Bring a lunch and glove and dress for the weather. Refreshments will be provided. Parts of this program will be held indoors. Outdoor work is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for a group is required. For additional information or to register a group, call 08-747-6320.

‘Woods Music: A Benefit for Thorn Creek Woods’ – Registration/Payment Required by Thursday, March 21

‘Woods Music: a Benefit for Thorn Creek Woods’ will be held on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. As spring begins come celebrate the woods with music. With the generous donation of the musicians’ time and expertise all proceeds will benefit Thorn Creek Nature Preserve. Refreshments will be served. This program will be held indoors. Tickets are $10 per person. Registration and ticket payment is required by Thursday, March 21. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

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.

This & That

Village of Park Forest

Park Forest Vehicle Stickers and Animal Tags Now on Sale

Vehicle stickers for the 2013-2014 year are now on sale.  Vehicle stickers must be purchased and displayed on all vehicles registered in Park Forest by April 30, 2013. Vehicle stickers can be purchased at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, the Park Forest Currency Exchange, 98 S. Orchard Drive, and the Richton Park Currency Exchange, 2710 Sauk Trail.

Stickers can now be purchased through the internet by clicking here

Scroll to Park Forest and follow the instructions.  Note that a $3 convenience fee will be added to your transaction.  Your sticker will be mailed to you. If you are eligible for a discount, you will need to come to Village Hall to purchase your sticker.

For more information on vehicle sticker sales, including details on late fees, click here.

Animal tags are also on sale and are available at Village Hall only.  Animal tags should also be purchased and made visible on your pets before April 30, 2013.  Please note: a current rabies vaccination certificate must be presented with your animal tag registration form.

Park Forest Baseball

Registration for 2013 Season – Final Registration Date, Friday, March 15

The final registration date for the 2013 season of Park Forest Baseball is Friday, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.   This program is open to both boys and girls from age 4 through 14. The registration will be held at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Complete details about registration can be found at www.ParkForestBaseball.org or call Alan or Mary Kay Joens at 708-503-1944.

Knights of Columbus-Nina Council #3602, Park Forest

Annual Lenten Fish Fry – Friday, March 15

The Knights of Columbus-Nina Council #3602 will hold their annual Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 15 at St. Irenaeus Church’s School Gym located at south Orchard and Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest. Serving is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each week. The menu includes:

  • 3 piece fish dinner — $8
  • 2 piece fish dinner — $7
  • 2 pieces fish and 3 shrimp dinner — $10
  • 6 piece shrimp dinner — $8

All seafood dinners include macaroni and cheese, green beans, coleslaw and bread. Also on the menu is a Macaroni and cheese and green bean meal for $5 for adults and $4 for children. Coffee and tea are free. Bottled water and canned pop are available for $1 each. Dessert is sold separately. There is plenty of free parking. All are invited.

Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock St., Park Forest

Job Fair – Tuesday, March 12

The National Congress of Black Women, Metro Chicago Chapter and the Village of Park Forest will present a Job Fair on Tuesday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Faith United Protestant Church. Participants should enter the door on Indianwood Boulevard next to the US Bank. You should bring at least 40 resumes, dress to impress – no jeans or gym shoes – and be ready to interview. There is plenty of free parking available and all are welcome. For additional information, call 708-317-8657, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.villageofparkforest.com.

Free Java Tuesdays

All are invited to Faith United Protestant Church for FREE Java Tuesdays. Visitors are asked to go to the Indianwood Boulevard side entrance between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for free curbside service or to come and sit a bit. The event will continue each Tuesday as a form of outreach to the community throughout the summer and fall. For more information, call 708-747-1330.

Park Forest American Legion Post 1198, 1631 Western Ave., Chicago Heights

Friday Fish Fry – Friday, March 15

Join Park Forest’s American Legion Post 1198 for fish, shrimp, wings, beef and appetizers on Friday, March 15 beginning at 6 p.m. Carry outs are available. For additional information, call Jesse Rodriguez at 708-481-3055.

Garden Club of Park Forest

"A Gardener’s Cookbook"

To celebrate their 55th anniversary, the Park Forest Garden Club offers this cookbook filled with memories, gardening tips, flowery sayings and of course recipes. Makes a great gift. All proceeds go to the club and are used toward community contributions. Cookbooks are $9 and are available at the Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department, 350 Victory Drive. Call 708-748-2005 for additional information.

Prairie State College (PSC), 202 S. Halsted, Chicago Heights

Get Your Taxes Done for Free at PSC

PSC in conjunction with the Center for Economic Progress (CEP) is offering opportunities for individuals and families meeting certain criteria to get their taxes done for free. The tax assistance will be available through April 13. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free assistance is available to individuals with incomes less than $25,000; for families with income level less than $50,000. The service is offered on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure the process goes smoothly, bring the following information: all W-2s and 1099s (if any), social security cards of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) for all family members; valid photo ID; copy of last year’s tax return (if available); bank account number and routing number for direct deposit of your refund; property tax bill; and the amount spent on college expenses. Other options offered during the tax preparation session include free help filing an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) claim, open a bank or savings account to deposit your refund, or obtain a prepaid debit card for your refund. If you have any questions, call 888-827-8511.

Rotary Club of Park Forest

The Rotary Club of Park Forest urges you to purchase a Golden Opportunities 2012 book to help support its youth activities. Books are only $25 and are now available for purchase at the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd.

Donate Unused Air Miles to Support Families of Wounded Servicemembers

"Operation Hero Miles" collects unused frequent flyer miles to help military families visit service members who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan and are recovering in military hospitals around the world. Airline partners are: AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American, Frontier, Midwest, Northwest, United, and US Airways. To donate airline miles, visit www.FisherHouse.org.

Donate to Troops Serving Abroad

The Village of Park Forest is currently seeking the names and addresses of local military personnel currently serving overseas so that they may receive packaged donations from Park Forest residents. If you are a Park Forest resident and have a family member from your household currently deployed or if you have recently returned from a tour of duty, please call Judi Lancaster at 708-283-5608 or stop by the Manager’s Office at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

Greening of Park Forest

Sertoma Centre, Inc., 4343 W. 123rd St., Alsip

Recycle Unused Wheelchairs

If you have a used motorized wheelchair that you no longer need and would like to help a person with a disability, the Sertoma Centre will accept your donation. Contact Melanie Jones at 708-730-6206 for additional information.

South Suburban Family Shelter Used Cell Phone Collection Drive

South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) is seeking cell phone donations for their ongoing fundraising program. Proceeds from the collection fund the critical programs and services provided to families who experience domestic violence. All victim services are provided free of charge and are available in English and Spanish. Cell phone collection sites currently include:

  • SSFS Administrative Office, 18139 Harwood, Homewood, IL
  • Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, IL
  • Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Rd., Flossmoor, IL

All donations are tax deductible and receipts are available at collection sites. For more information about SSFS or the fundraising drive, please contact Ms. Meilach at 708-794-2140, extension 303.

Local Recycling Resources and Proper Disposal of Unused Medicine

Do you have old televisions, computers, video games or other electronics or household appliances that need to be recycled? Want to know how to properly dispose of old or unused medication? Click on the "Recycling" icon found on the top of eNews Park Forest and you will find useful information on proper recycling/disposal that will not only be good for the environment, but in some cases, earn you a few dollars as well.

Safe Disposal Program – Bio-waste

The Park Forest Health Department and Environment Commission have partnered to provide information on the proper disposal of bio-waste such as used syringes or lancets (medical sharps). Begin by purchasing a Sharps container to dispose of your medical sharps for $10 at the Park Forest Health Department. Return the filled container to the Park Forest Health Department and purchase a new container. Call Brenda Walker at 708-748-1118 for more information.

Recycle Used Cell Phones and Cell Phone Accessories

The Rotary Club of Park Forest is conducting a used cell phone and accessory collection drive to benefit the families and programs of the South Suburban Family Shelter. Donated items can be placed in the collection box located in the lobby of Village Hall. For more information, call Denyse Carreras at 708-283-5603.

Sources: Park Forest Winter-Spring 2013 Recreation Programs & More Brochure, Park Forest ‘Discover’ magazine, Rich Township Report, Park Forest Historical Society, Village of Park Forest, Governors State University, Prairie State College, Center for Performing Arts, South Suburban Family Shelter, Park Forest Historical Society, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Theatre Center, Sertoma Centre, Inc., Union Street Gallery, Monkey Mind Art Studio, Thorn Creek Audubon Society, and Tall Grass Arts Association websites.