In and Around Park Forest for the Week of February 4, 2018

Dave Rudolf
Dave Rudolf will launch his new CD on Feb. 10 at Edgar’s Place Coffee House. (Photo Source: ssc.edu)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— If you are a fan of Dave Rudolf, Edgar’s Place Coffeehouse located in Park Forest’ Unitarian Universalist Community Church has a show on Saturday, February 10th that is a must see. Dave will be celebrating the release of his 35th CD, ‘British Reinvasion,’ which includes songs of the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones and more. Dave and keyboardist extraordinaire, John Chorney, along with bassist Ryan Rudolf and guitarist, Marc Adrian will be playing songs from the new CD as well as other Dave favorites that you know and love. And your admission price of $15 not only gets you an evening of great music, but a free Dave Rudolf CD of your choice. Check out the details in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

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.

Village of Park Forest Administration

Village Board Meeting – Monday, February 5

The Village of Park Forest Board will meet on Monday, February 5 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). 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.

Please Note: The Village Board at the Monday, February 5 meeting will consider a resolution to discontinue the home healthcare and clinical services of the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus at the end of the current fiscal year. (This Monday’s meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is not scheduled to begin with a Public Hearing, contrary to a flyer circulated on social media, unless the mayor waives the agenda and decides to allow the public to speak at the beginning of the meeting. Otherwise, time for public comment is on the agenda.) Board members arrived at consensus to proceed with a formal discussion to “sunset” many of the services of the Health Department at a workshop held last Monday, January 29. Please plan on attending this very important meeting.

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of February 4:

  • Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Thursday, February 8 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, February 8 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, 1 University Parkway, University Park

GSU’s Dance Company to Present ‘Dance to the Movies’ — Tickets Now on Sale

GSU’s Dance Company will present ‘Dance to the Movies’ on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts. Celebrate dance, as seen on the big screen, through a variety of dance disciplines including contemporary, Broadway musicals, jazz, ballet, tango, hip-hop, and more. Patrons will enjoy movie clips brought to life on stage through stunning choreography by Director Megan Lindsay and featured work from GSU student choreographers and dancers, and special guest troupe Fatal Dance.

Tickets & Additional Information

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for Students

Buy Tickets

By Phone: 708-235-2222

In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL

Box Office Hours: Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open to 6p.m. on Thursdays) and 2 hours prior to all performances.

Parking is free.

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

Chicago Design Museum, 108 North State Street, Chicago

‘Hey! Play! Games in Modern Culture’ — Through February 17

An interactive exhibition that encourages play and offers guests a look at the world of games beyond what’s found on Xbox or Steam is now open at the Chicago Design Museum. Co-curators Brian Schrank and LeAnne Wagner, both School of Design faculty members, created “Hey! Play! Games in Modern Culture,” with all ages and experience levels in mind. The exhibition features nine games that range across three big areas in gaming: high art, outsider art and indie games, said Schrank. High art games can help connect history and art and incorporate elements of graphic art, music or story. Outsider art involves individuals who aren’t necessarily trained in the arts and won’t be in the elite art galleries or museums, but involve art done out of obsessiveness. Small studios or independent artists who are blending art and commercialization make indie games. A few of the games on display and available to play at the exhibition include Robin Arnott’s “Sound-Self,” Feng Mengbo’s “Long March: Restart,” and Champlain College Emergent Media Center’s “Spacebox.”  The other games on display include “SuperBetter” by Jane McGonigal, “Slapsie” and “Parachute Game” by Bernie DeKoven, “Videoball” by Tim Rogers, “Untitled Game” by JODI, a collection of games by Anna Anthropy, and Terry Davis’s TempleOS operating system ready for play on a desktop computer. Founded in 2012, the Chicago Design Museum is located on the third floor of the Block Thirty-Seven mall at 108 N. State St. It’s open from noon to 7p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. “Hey! Play! Games in Modern Culture” runs through Feb. 17, 2018. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are encouraged. For additional information on the Chicago Design Museum is at https://chidm.com/.

Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street

The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of February 4:

  • Monday, February 5 at 10 a.m. – Come and Play – Drop in and explore toys, puppets, sensory bins, books, and musical instruments.  For ages 0-5.
  • Monday, February 5 at 11 a.m. – Facebook Basics – Learn how to find friends, post, and respond to comments. For adults. Register.
  • Monday, February 5 at 6 p.m. – Game Night at the Library – Play board and card games with your family. For families with children ages 8+.
  • Monday, February 5 at 7 p.m. – Adult Writing Group – This month’s topic is writing about History in Fiction and Non-fiction. Bring your materials or just bring yourself. Open to both beginning and experienced writers.
  • Tuesday, February 6 at 10 a.m. – Knot Just for Knitters at Benton St. Bakery – Get together to share camaraderie while working on knitting, crocheting, or any other type of needlework project. For adults.
  • Tuesday, February 6 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Storytime for ages 4-5. Register.
  • Wednesday, February 7 at 10 a.m. – Toddler Time Stations – Parents and children will explore thematic stations together. For ages 2-3. Register.
  • Wednesday, February 7 at 3:30 p.m. – Library Teen Council (LTC) Meeting – Bring suggestions for books to order or programming you want to attend. New members welcome.
  • Thursday, February 8 at 1 p.m. – Preschool Storytime – Storytime for ages 4-5. Register.
  • Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m. – STEAM Kids – A Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math program for ages 6-8. Register.
  • Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m. – Knot Another Ball of Yarn! Crochet Group – For teens and adults.
  • Friday, February 9 at 10 a.m. – Babies & Books – Storytime for ages birth-24 months. Register.
  • Friday, February 9 at 2 p.m. – Friday Afternoon Films – Showing The Help. For adults.
  • Friday, February 9 at 3 p.m. – Anime Club – Anime screenings, trivia contests, and manga-inspired games. For ages 12+.

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

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago

3 Winter Exhibitions – Through Sunday, March 25

Printed works from various artists will be on display at DePaul Art Museum this winter. Three exhibitions will include works by lithographers Clinton Adams and June Wayne of the Tamarind Institute, as well as by Chicago artists Barbara Jones-Hogu and Jose Guerrero, from the city’s South Side and Pilsen neighborhood, respectively. The exhibitions run through March 25.

Rock, Paper, Image: Lithographs by Clinton Adams and June Wayne from the Belverd and Marian Needles Collection

Clinton Adams and June Wayne are widely credited with reviving interest in lithography in the mid-20th century. As co-founders of the Tamarind Institute, a center for lithography based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, they instructed artists and shared innovative techniques while simultaneously pursuing their own independent practices. This exhibition presents a selection of both artists’ work from the 1950s through the 1990s, showcasing how their approaches to subjects, ranging from landscapes and color to literature and politics, evolved over time. Adams is best known for his work in modernist abstraction, with an emphasis on the Southwestern landscape. Wayne’s work shows an interest in science, natural phenomena, the cosmos, genes and social justice. She was feminist and a strong advocate for women artists.

Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975

The first solo museum exhibition by Barbara Jones-Hogu, who died Nov. 14, 2017, features works on paper including woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and screen prints. Jones-Hogu, a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) and a central figure of the Black Arts Movement, was a Chicago-based artist, filmmaker and educator. She was a contributor to Chicago’s “Wall of Respect” mural, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. The exhibition boasts over 20 pieces and includes Jones-Hogu’s print work from 1968-75 as well as screen prints and sketches, ranging from black-and-white images to colorful works. One of Jones-Hogu’s most famous works of art is a screen print on paper titled “Unite.” The work was made in 1971 and features several African-American persons holding their clinched fists in the air with the word unite written out repeatedly.

Jose Guerrero, Presente: A Memorial Print Portfolio

Jose Guerrero, who died in 2015, was an artist and leader who influenced his community through printmaking, mural painting and activism. He is best known for his work in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, where his studio and workshop was a hub for art classes, mural tours and political organizing. The exhibition “Jose Guerrero, Presente” features a portfolio of prints made in his memory by 25 Chicago artists, as well as some of his own works on paper. Artists include: Monserrat Alsina, Rene Arceo, Cathy Cajandig, Viky Cervantes, Héctor Duarte, Nicolas De Jesus, Roberto Ferreyra, Eric Garcia, José L Gutierrez, Salvador Jimenes, Alexy Lanza, Edgar Lopez, Alfredo Martinez, Dolores Mercado, Luis Montenegro, José L Pina Morales, Oscar Moya, Art Olson, Antonio Pazaran, Kate Perryman, Eufemio Pulido, Erik Salgado, Diana Solis, Benjamin Varela, Gabriel Villa and John Pitman Weber. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Guerrero moved to Chicago in 1964. He was a popular artist who infused activism and political organizing into community art making by opening his own print studio and leading mural tours in the Pilsen neighborhood, teaching people about the symbols and meaning behind cultural imagery, explained Lopez. Included in the 26-piece portfolio by Guerrero’s students, colleagues and friends are screen prints, woodcuts and linocuts. Themes that were central to Guerrero’s artistic practice and life’s work, including labor rights, displacement and gentrification, immigrant’s rights and social equality, are expressed in the collection. An iconic image in the exhibition is a linocut titled “Migrant” by Weber, founder of the Chicago Public Art Group. “Migrant” illustrates a man raising his arms over his head in a moment of strife.

Hours for the DePaul University Library are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 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 Student Center, 2250 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

Welcome Year of the Dog – Registration Required

Chinese New Year is all about family, food and firecrackers. This year, it’s also about Fido.
The holiday, also known as Lunar New Year throughout Asia, begins on Feb. 16 and it’s the “Year of the Dog” based on the Chinese astrological signs of 12 animals. The last year of the dog was in 2006.
Chinese New Year in China is akin to Christmas in the United States, said Li Jin, director of DePaul University’s Chinese Studies program and an associate professor of Chinese. The event, which is open to the public, requires registration, and starts at 6 p.m. February 16 in the Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 120 on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The free event includes cultural performances by DePaul students and traditional Chinese New Year food. Details and registration can be found at http://2018chinesenewyear.eventbrite.com. More information about DePaul’s Chinese Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is at http://bit.ly/DPU_ChineseStudies

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

‘The Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett’ – Tuesday, February 13

Freedom Hall’s Matinee Series will present ‘The Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett’ on Tuesday, February 13 at 11 a.m. The world has enjoyed a love affair with Carol Burnett for years. Her peerless, fearless character acting and delightful, self-effacing personality made her Lucille Ball’s rightful successor as the red-headed Queen of Television Comedy. Carol can do it all — sing, dance, act, make you laugh [insert Tarzan yell here], and break your heart. But it was the laughs that led her from hardship and poverty to becoming the shining star that audiences fell head over heels for (often while Carol was doing just that!). Take a stroll with Hilary Ann Feldman (“…a tour de force of cabaret, opera and jazz” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune) into that famous little circle of light, as she guides your tour of Carol Burnett’s life and laughs. Oh, and laughter is better shared (just ask Tim and Harvey), so bring a friend! You’ll be so glad you had this time together. Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased at Freedom Hall, by phone at 708-747-0580 or online at www.freedomhall.org

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

Expect the Unexpected – All Beethoven Show – Saturday, February 10

You can expect the unexpected at the IPO’s All Beethoven Show taking place on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College, 6601 West College Drive in Palos Heights. Currently Chief Conductor of the Münster Symphony Orchestra in Germany, Stefan Veselka will lead the orchestra in an all-Beethoven program, beginning with the dramatic Coriolan Overture. Chicago based pianist Winston Choi joins IPO for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a repertoire favorite of Bernstein, as he both conducted and performed the solo piano part. On the second half, IPO presents Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony with its distinctive use of rhythm and harmony that surprised audiences of Beethoven’s time. This visionary masterwork was also the last piece that Bernstein ever conducted (with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood). Tickets are priced at $10 through $57 and can be purchased online here. For additional information, call 708-481-7774 or visit www.ipomusic.org.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road

“Step Back into a 1950s Valentine’s Day” Exhibit – Through March 7

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum invites you to “Step Back into a 1950s Valentine’s Day,” through March 7. One room represents a classroom in Forest Boulevard School, which was set up in a row of townhomes. The classroom is decorated for a 1950s Valentine’s Day party with crepe paper candy baskets, and construction paper heart-shaped Valentine “mailboxes” on each desk.  Red honeycomb, puffy hearts and vintage Valentines are on display throughout the house. “Boomer Toys & Dolls” exhibit is also on display. Admission is Adults $5; children 12 and under free.  Park in the small lot by the flagpole and knock on the classroom door next to the museum sign. A guide will tell village history, and social and fashion trends of the era. The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule a tour, please call Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252, or Michael Gans at 708-305-3308 or visit: www.parkforesthistory.org.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of February 4:

  • Monday, February 5 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Join us for a delightful morning of stories!
  • Monday, February 5 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. For ages 12 and under.
  • Tuesday, February 6 at 12:30 p.m. – Navigating Your Way Around a Windows Computer — Learn the basics of a Microsoft Windows Operating System. The computers that we will work on will be using Windows 10. Registration Required.
  • Tuesday, February 6 at 1 p.m. — Youth Astro Net — Youth ages 9-12 are invited to register for an awesome opportunity to remotely access Harvard telescopes, request images of celestial objects and process images using the same software that astronomers use. Registration is limited and parental consent is required.
  • Tuesday, February 6 at 3:30 p.m. – kids Art in the Afternoon — Drop in and discover your inner artist with one of our guided projects. For ages 12 and under.
  • Tuesday, February 6 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Take a load off before starting your homework! Learn different media of art and show your creativity with other teens.
  • Tuesday, February 6 at 6 p.m. – Night Time Storytime — JAM OUT in your PJ’s with stories, crafts, music and more.
  • Wednesday, February 7 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, February 7 at 3:30 p.m. — kids Color Me Happy — 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, February 7 at 4 p.m. – Adult Coloring — Join us as we spend some time unwinding and relaxing with adult coloring books.
  • Wednesday, February 7 at 4 p.m. – Teen DIY: Mardi Gras Craft — Celebrate Mardi Gras with creative crafts to get you in the festive spirit!
  • Wednesday, February 7 at 5:30 p.m. Community Craft Swap — Have a collection of craft projects that have lost their inspirational luster and are just collecting dust? Donate gently used craft materials for a community craft swap! Great materials include knitting, crochet, and/or needlework material, art projects, and more. Maybe you’ll find the craft you’ve been looking for during the exchange.
  • Thursday, February 8 at 11 p.m. – Toddler Art — Bring your imagination and creativity to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more. Some projects may involve paint. Ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, February 8 at 3 p.m. – Throwback Thursday Movie Matinee — Join us for movies from various generations. Some movies will be Rated: PG 13
  • Thursday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m. – Navigating Your Way Around a Windows Computer — Learn the basics of a Microsoft Windows Operating System. The computers that we will work on will be using Windows 10. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, February 8 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.
  • Friday, February 9 at 3 p.m. – Explore a World of Wonder — Drop by the new PFPL Explore Space to discover and engage in interactive materials on display. Bring your questions with you. Impromptu exploration is welcome.
  • Friday, February 9 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, February 10 at 1 p.m. – Valentine’s Day Make and Take — Surprise that special someone with a gift made with love. For ages 12 and under.
  • Sunday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m. – Library Lovers Project — It’s Library Lovers Month!
    Create a special card or bookmark to show your appreciation.

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

Friends of the Park Forest Library Meeting – Tuesday, February 6

On Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Park Forest Library will meet. 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. For additional information, call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

Potpourri of Lectures Series – Thursday, February 8

The Potpourri of Lectures series will continue on Thursday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m.  This week’s lecture is “The Underground Railroad” presented by Tom Shepherd. The Lecture will be held in the Library’s Ringering Room. For additional information, call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

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

‘Altered: Works’ — Opens Monday, February 12

The next exhibit at PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery is ‘Altered: Works’ by Kate Ingold, Katsy Johnson, Javier Chavira, and Rose Camastro-Pritchett. The Exhibit will open on Monday, February 12 and run through Thursday, March 15. A reception will take place on Thursday, February 15 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are open to the public. Artists in this exhibition use found imagery and make it their own through various means of alteration. The media and techniques vary greatly from artist to artist, but in each we recognize a source of imagery that has been changed and individualized. Gallery hours are Monday & Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday & Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to visit the Gallery, call 708-709-7738 or visit www.prairiestate.edu/christopher-art-gallery.

30th Annual Jazz Fest – Tickets Now on Sale

PSC is celebrating its 30th Annual Jazz Fest in 2018. Some of the nation’s top jazz artists will perform during the special concert event at 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 16, in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium in the Conference Center located on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights.  Featured musicians include Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis, drummer Ernie Adams, percussionist Rubén P. Alvarez, bassist Larry Gray and saxophonist Ed Petersen, as well PSC’s Professor of Music Valerie Nicholson on piano. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission. Student and senior citizen tickets are $10 each. Tickets are available in advance online at https://give.classy.org/prairiestatejazzfest, or by visiting the PSC Foundation Office in room 2266 of the main campus. Tickets also can be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert. Those who attend the evening concert also are invited to join the Jazz Fest musicians for a pre-concert VIP reception at 6 p.m. A $30 VIP and Concert Package ticket can be purchased in advance or on the night of the event. VIP guests will enjoy heavy hors d’ oeuvres, refreshments and entertainment, as well as the opportunity to meet the jazz fest masters. The reception is sponsored by the PSC Foundation. For more information, email [email protected]. The Friday performance is part of the annual festival hosted by PSC, which also includes instrumental clinics led by the featured artists. The clinics are for local junior high and high school jazz musicians. It is an opportunity for students to receive instruction in technique and performance from the jazz masters. Select students from the instrumental clinics also will be invited to perform with the guest artists during the concert. For more information on the Jazz Festival, or to purchase tickets to the concert, call 708-709-3631.

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.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Water, Fire, Ice, Earth and Air’ – Through February 24

Tall Grass Arts Association’s exhibit ‘Water, Fire, Ice, Earth and Air’ will run through Saturday, February 24. This exhibit is free and open to the public. This invitational show features artists Elizabeth Busey, Lorna Filippini, Cheryl Holz, Beth Shadur and Valerie Taglieri and includes drawings, paintings and prints inspired by natural forms and forces, concern for the environment, and unexpected methods and materials to represent nature’s elements. Curated by Claudia Craemer.  Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. The Gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

The Drama Group, 339 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘Little Red Riding Hood’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is always pleased to present quality live theatre for children, schools and daycare. This season The Drama Groups’ Children’s Theater brings you the beloved classic, ‘Little Red Riding Hood,’ directed by Charlie Misovye. Performances will be held on March 21, 22 & 23 at 9:30 a.m. and noon; Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, March 25 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance; $5 for groups of 25+ and $7 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit www.dramagroup.org.

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

‘Recollection’ Exhibit – Through Saturday, February 10

USG begins 2018 with an exhibition entitled ‘Recollection.’ The exhibit will run through Saturday, February 10. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Memories, dreams, déjà vu, nightmares…. What’s your recollection? This USG exhibit features works that depict the scene, person, item, emotion, or essence of the artists’ recollection. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that the Gallery is open by appointment only through Thursday, January 4. For addition information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

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

Dave Rudolf Album Release Party at Edgar’s Place Coffee House – Saturday, February 10

Join Gold Record, Grammy nominated artist Dave Rudolf to celebrate the release of his new album ‘British Reinvasion,’ his 35th album which includes songs of the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones and more. Joining Dave will be keyboardist extraordinaire, John Chorney, on bass the extremely talented Ryan Rudolf and guitarist Marc Adrian. The concert will take place on Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. Edgar’s Place Coffee House which is located at the UUCC in Park Forest. This concert is sure to be a total blast! Dave and friends are going to play songs from his latest British Invasion CD, as well as other Dave favorites we know and love and maybe some you haven’t heard yet. And, some bonus goodies: you will get the free Dave Rudolf CD of your choice with the price of admission. There will be a lot to choose from. Plus, any additional CDs you want to buy are only $5 each. BUT WAIT!…There’s more! There will also be a swap table where you can bring any “white elephants” to trade. We’re asking that you try to keep your items in the ’60s or ’70s theme. They don’t have to actually be from that time period, (but that would be extra groovy). They can also represent that era. Records, posters, buttons, lava lamps, love beads, etc. You get the picture. Finally, you’ll get to experience a fresh new act that Dave is going to have as his guest musicians at this show, Ashley and Simpson. They are Jen Ashley and Joel Simpson, and they are delightful. Lots of reasons to not miss this show! Tickets are $15 at the door (cash only) and don’t forget the ticket not only gets you admission to the event but a free CD. What a deal! For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

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

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

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

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

BCI Workshop Presents – Crucial Conversations: The Crisis of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Tuesday, February 13

SSC’s Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents a Breakfast with BCI Workshop titled Crucial Conversations: The Crisis of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, on Tuesday, February 13, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 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. Allegations of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct permeated the news in 2017. As a result, several movements have been created to bring awareness to the egregious improprieties taking place in many industries. In order to support these initiatives, Attorney Sonia D. Coleman and HR Consultant Alexandra Glumac will answer three important questions:

  • What is sexual harassment?
  • What do you do if you experience or witness it?
  • Whose responsibility is it to stop it?

Join us for this frank 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 $25 per person or $20 per person if 3 or more from the same company attend. Reservations are required by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9th. To register, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 3254 or email [email protected].

Seeking Star Awards Nominations for the Chicago Women’s Conference – Nominations Through February 13

SSC is seeking nominations for The Star Awards, which will be presented at the 10th Annual Chicago Women’s Conference being held at South Suburban College on Friday, March 16. The two awards recognize women for their outstanding leadership in business, community activities and/or education and their encouragement of others to also be STARS. One of the awards recognizes lifetime achievement of a South Suburban College alumna. STAR awardees are role models because they not only focus on achieving their own goals, but through inspiring actions profoundly motivate others to do the same. Applications are being accepted through February 13 and are available on the website: www.thechicagowomensconference.org. This year marks the third year of the Star Awards. This year’s conference theme is “You Can Be Your Own Superhero.” Last year’s Star Award winners were SSC Lifetime Alumna winner Janice Crowe, a graduate of the college’s nursing program and Star Award winner Bridgett Annicks, an outstanding elementary school educator. Women can nominate themselves and others by going to the website for more information visit: www.thechicagowomensconference.org and register now to come to the event on March 16.

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

Audubon 2018 Photo Awards Contest – Entries Accepted Through April 9

The National Audubon Society, in association with Nature’s Best Photography, announces its annual bird photography contest: the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards. Judges include birding legend Kenn Kaufman and 2015 Grand Prize winner Melissa Groo, as well as Allen Murabayashi, chairman and cofounder of PhotoShelter. Winning photographs will be published in Audubon magazine and Nature’s Best Photography magazine, and they will also be displayed within the 2018 Nature’s Best Photography Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  More information on the contest, prizes, and submission guidelines can be at www.audubon.org/photoawards.

Categories:

  • Professional (individuals currently earning $5,000 or more per year selling photography)
  • Amateur (individuals currently earning less than $5,000 per year selling photography)
  • Youth (individuals aged 13 to 17 who are making less than $5,000 a year selling photography; children 12 years old or younger are not eligible)

Entry Period:

January 8 – April 9, 2018.

Entry Fees:

  • $15 per image from 12:00 p.m. EST on January 8 through 11:59 a.m. EST on April 2
  • $20 per image from 12:00 p.m. EST on April 2 through 11:59 p.m. EST on April 9
  • No fee for Youth category entries or entries submitted via the mail
  • No limit to number of images submitted

Contest Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $5,000 USD
  • Professional Prize: $2,500 USD
  • Amateur Prize: $2,500 USD
  • Youth Prize: Six days at Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp (Arts and Birding/Photography Track) on July 8–13, 2018 for the winner and one parent/legal guardian.

How to Enter:

Judges will score eligible photographs using the following criteria: a) Technical Quality (30 percent); b) Originality (30 percent); and c) Artistic Merit (40 percent). Judges include:

  • Kevin Fisher, creative director, National Audubon Society
  • Steve Freligh, publisher, Nature’s Best Photography
  • Melissa Groo, wildlife photographer and 2015 grand prize winner
  • Kenn Kaufman, bird expert and Audubon field editor
  • Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society
  • Allen Murabayashi, chairman and cofounder, PhotoShelter

For more information on the Audubon Photography Awards, please read the contest rules and Frequently Asked Questions. Last year’s winners can be found here. Contest begins January 8, 2018 and ends April 9, 2018. Must be at least 13 years of age and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or Canada (excluding Quebec) to enter. Entrants under the age of majority must get permission from their parent or legal guardian to enter. Subject to Official Rules, which will be posted 1/8/2018. Void where prohibited.

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

ACLU of Illinois

Tele-Town Hall on Reproductive Rights — Thursday, March 1

January 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade – a decision that freed women across the United States to make the most important decision in life: if and when to become a parent. In the four-plus decades since the court issued its decision, we have seen two things happen. Women have advanced in our society – in business and industry, education, and in a host of other spheres. And, we have seen anti-abortion advocates conspire and scheme to undermine this fundamental right. What have we learned during the past 45 years, and what is the current state of reproductive freedom in the United States and here in Illinois? Get answers to these and other questions by joining me for a phone conversation on Thursday, February 1 with my colleague, Lorie Chaiten, director of the ACLU of Illinois Women and Reproductive Rights Project. RSVP today! Participants will receive a call from Stones Phones, our communication technology partner at the start of the event. When you answer the call, you will be connected to the tele-town hall. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to a moderator during the call by using the touchtone keypad on your phone. We hope you are able to join us for this celebration of 45 years under Roe and a look at our work ahead. For additional information, visit: ACLU of Illinois.

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

Candidates for Districts 5 & 6 Forums – Saturday, February 10

Candidates for Districts 5 and 6 for the Democratic Cook County Commissioners races will be featured at one of two forum on Saturday, February 10 at the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard. Candidates for District 6 will present their candidacies to the voters from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and those for District 5 will speak from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The forum is open to the public. These forums are co-sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area and Homewood-Flossmoor. For further information, contact LWVPFA Candidate Forum Coordinator, Judy Lohr-Safcik at 708-363-9052. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information visit lwvpfa.org

Candidate Forum for 38th Congressional District State Representative – Sunday, February 18

The League of Women Voters will host a Candidate Forum for the 38th Congressional District State Representative on Sunday, February 18 at 2 p.m. The Forum will be held at the Matteson Community Library, 701 School Avenue in Matteson. The event is open to the public. Come out and meet the candidates to find out where they stand on important issues in a written question and answer format with moderator. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, and the League of Women Voters of the Homewood-Flossmoor and Park Forest Area. For additional information contact Diane Hodges at [email protected] or Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information visit lwvpfa.org

Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard

Park Forest Team Participating in Special Olympics Polar Plunge Seeking Support – Team Racing in Honor of Officer Tim Jones

The Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO’s 2018 Polar Plunge provides a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap into the frigid waters of Manteno Lake located in Kankakee County. Each participant must raise $100 in donations from friends, family, neighbors and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters. The Park Forest Team will be taking the plunge in honor of Officer Tim Jones who suffered gunshot wounds in the line of duty in March of 2016 and is still recovering. The 2018 Polar Plunge is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 3 at the Manteno Sportsmen’s Club, 851 North Main Street in Manteno. Registration will take place at noon with the plunge at 2 p.m. Join the team by donating to a great cause and come out on March 3 and support Special Olympics Illinois!  Make a donation or register for the 2018 Polar Plunge here.

Park Forest Toastmasters Club

Meeting – Tuesday, February 6

The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, February 5 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

Prayers for Peace – Wednesday, February 7

Park Forest People of Faith will gather for peace prayers at St. Irenaeus Church on Wednesday, February 7 at 7 p.m.  All are invited to attend.

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

SSC Bulldogs Baseball Program to Host Adult-Child Baseball Camps – Camps Begin on Friday, February 9

The SSC Baseball Program and Head Coach Steve Ruzich will be conducting Adult-Child Baseball Camps February 9, 10, 16, 17 and 18 for boys and girls ages 6 thru 14. The camps will feature sessions for pitching, catching, hitting and fielding while providing adults and children the opportunity to improve their knowledge of baseball skills and techniques. Kids will be given expert instruction and time to practice and improve their skills through a variety of station drills. Adults will be taught how to use effective teaching methods, provide instruction using proper skill techniques, and utilize effective drills. The campers will work together, have fun, and develop talents in a wholesome, supportive environment. Ruzich has coached the SSC Baseball Program for the past 31 years with a winning record of 1112-654. Not only has he enjoyed success as a college coach and player, he has also established himself as a reputable youth baseball camp director around the state. In addition to Ruzich’s instruction, SSC baseball players will be on hand to help the campers develop and improve their skills. The players’ enthusiasm and expertise always adds to the camp’s success. The cost is $45 for one adult and one child per camp, and $40 per camp if enrolled in more than one. The cost is $30 for each additional child. Checks should be made payable to South Suburban College Baseball.

CAMP SELECTION

  • Pitching — Friday, Feb. 9 • 6:30 pm-9:00 pm & Saturday, Feb. 17 • 9:00 am-11:30 am
  • Hitting — Saturday, Feb. 10 • 9:00 am-11:30 am & Sunday, Feb. 18 • 11:00 am-1:30 pm
  • Fielding — Friday, Feb. 16 • 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

The camps are located at Bulldog Field on SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland. For more information or to register, contact Coach Ruzich at 708-225-5843, or email [email protected].

Village of Park Forest’s Economic Development & Planning Dept.

Presentation on Impact of Tax Reform on Business’ Bottom Line – Registration Now in Progress

The Village of Park Forest’ Economic Development & Planning Department will host a presentation on ‘What Tax Reform on Your Bottom Line’ on Thursday, February 15. The event will be held at Dining on The Green Banquet Hall, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. This free event is open for community businesspersons and their associates. NeDonya Jackson, CPA, MBA of Accurate One Tax & Accounting Services, Inc. Will discuss the new business tax rate and best practices of record management. A complimentary full breakfast and networking is scheduled from 7:45 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. The presentation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. To register, visit www.pfjanbustax.eventbrite.com, or call Monica DeLord at 708-284-5617 or email [email protected].

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Business Attire Wanted – Collection Now in Progress

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

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

Drop off is by appointment only. For additional information or to schedule a drop-off appointment, call or email Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or [email protected].