In and Around Park Forest Week of April 1, 2013

Blackhawk Drive before reconstruction
We’re calling this photo "Blackhawk Drive Before Resurfacing." The construction project is slated to begin April 15. A letter will be sent next week to all residents of Blackhawk Drive with details. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—April 1, 2013. The April 15th tax deadline is right around the corner. Did you know that you can have your taxes prepared free of charge through April 13th at Prairie State College? Additional information about the tax services provided at Prairie State can be found in the ‘This & That’ section.

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, April 1 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. In addition, a Saturday morning Rules Meeting will be held on April 6 at 10 a.m. at Village Hall. 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: BoardMtgArchiv 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 April 1:

  • Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group
  • Thursday, April 4 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission

All meetings are held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.

Early Voting – Through April 6

Early voting for the April 9th consolidated election and 2nd Congressional District Special election is now taking place through Saturday, April 6. State law requires early voters to provide a valid photo identification to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include: a current driver’s license, state-issued ID card, university/college ID or another government-issued ID with a photograph. Early voting will take place at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For additional voting information for Cook County, visit: EarlyVotingLocations.aspx.  

For voting information about Will County, visit: thewillcountyclerk.com.

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, April 1 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, April 1 at 2 p.m. – Basic Internet — Learn to the basics of using Gmail Email. If you do not have a Gmail account, please sign up before the class. Registration required.
  • Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. – Jazz on Monday Nights: Modern Jazz Quartet — MJQ’s music-making allowed each individual member the space to improvise with an exciting vibrancy, yet as the group they specialized in genteel classical counterpoint. Their approach to jazz attracted promoters who sponsored "jazz packet" concerts during the 1950s. One show would consist of several contrasting groups. The MJQ were ideal participants because no other group sounded like them. They provided a visual contrast as well, formally attired in their customary tuxedos. The group played blues as much as they did fugues, but the result was tantalizing when you consider the hard-swinging potential of each individual player.
  • Tuesday, April 2 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, April 2 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, April 2 at 7:15 p.m. – Microsoft Publisher — An introduction to using the desktop publishing program Microsoft Publisher.
  • Wednesday, April 3 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, April 3 at 1 p.m. – Fine Art Matinee: Alberto Giacometti — The son of a painter, Alberto Giacometti was born in 1901 in Italian-speaking Switzerland. At 18, he left school to find himself. Soon after, he announced that he would devote his life to art. Though he is often identified as an Existentialist, Giacometti was initially involved with the Surrealist movement, from which he was formally expelled in the 1930’s.
  • Wednesday, April 3 at 4 p.m. – E-mail Practice — The first five people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration required.
  • Wednesday, April 3 at 4 p.m. – Open Mic Night — Join us at the Park Forest Public Library for a month long celebration of Poetry and Rhythm! If you are a poet or musician and are between the ages of 9-14 we invite you to show skills on the kids zone stage. Those interested in performing are asked to register online or at the kids desk. All ages are welcome.
  • Wednesday, April 3 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, April 3 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, April 3 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, April 4 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, April 4 at 4 p.m. – Microsoft Publisher Practice — The first five people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration required.
  • Thursday, April 4 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.
  • Friday, April 5 at 2 p.m. – Best of the Web — Find out about some of the best web sites around like Pinterest and others.
  • Friday, April 5 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, April 6 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, April 6 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.

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

Potpourri of Lectures – Thursday, April 4

The Potpourri of Lectures series continues on Thursday, April 4 at 10: 30 a.m. with "Reinventing and Rebranding Yourself for the New Economy"? by Jim Perez. The lecture will be held in the Library’s Ringering Room. Light refreshments will be served.

Spring Indoor Yard Sale – Saturday, April 6

On Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. the Park Forest Public Library will hold a Spring Indoor Yard Sale. The lower level of the Library will be filled with discarded items priced right for quick sales. This is a cash and carry sale – no checks or credit cards will be accepted.

One Book, One Community Book Discussion – Friday, April 12 at 12 p.m.

"One Book, One Community" is a community-wide reading program aimed at ten area libraries and Prairie State College. We will be discussing this year’s selection: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. The book is an account of origin of the HeLa cells, whose existence has increased knowledge about science, genetics, and cancer – despite the fact that the cells were taken without permission. It is a rich and fascinating book that was chosen to increase our community’s knowledge on global problems, diversity issues and to facilitate interactions within the community. Multiple copies are available to checkout at Patron Services.

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

Billy Elton – Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel and Elton John – Tickets Now on Sale

Freedom Hall’s Senior Series will present Billy Elton on Tuesday, April 9 at 11 a.m. Billy Elton transports you to the excitement of Billy Joel and Elton John in concert. All of the energy and all of the hits come alive, expertly performed by virtuoso pianist/vocalist Reid Spears. Audience members sing and sway along with each timeless song in this high-energy show. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in-person at the box office, or online at www.freedomhall.org. For additional information, call 708-747-0580.

Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., Julie Fowlis will bring the Music of the Scottish Isles to Park Forest. Julie Fowlis is no stranger to awards and distinctions, winning Gaelic Singer of the Year and Album of the Year at the Scots Trod Music Awards 2007 and nominated for the third year in a row as BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year — the first ever Scottish Gaelic singer to win this prestigious award when given the title in 2008. She is perhaps most proud of her award as Scotland’s Gaelic Ambassador bestowed by the Scottish Parliament in 2008, the first person to ever receive this honor. She is feature on the soundtrack of Disney’s PIXAR film, ‘Brave.’ Tickets are $28 and can be purchased in-person at the box office, or online at www.freedomhall.org. For additional information, call 708-747-0580.

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

Park Forest House Museum — Step Back into a 1950s Easter – Through May 4

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 141 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, will have up its spring exhibit, "Step Back into a 1950s Easter," from March 6 through May 4, 2013. Open Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the museum can also be open for groups by appointment, at other times. Donation is $5 for adults; children 12 and under free with an adult. Scout and school tours are priced individually. Decorations include Easter die cuts, honeycomb rabbits and baskets, plastic and tin decorations, children’s books and Easter baskets with candy available in the 1950s. There is a very special display of hand blown, hand-painted eggs brought back from World War II. For details, to arrange a special group tour, or to volunteer, visit the Park Forest Historical Society website, www.parkforesthistory.org, or call Jane Nicoll, 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.

Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest

‘Blooming Colors’ – Opens Friday, April 5

‘Blooming Colors’ an exhibit showcasing artists Sandra Evers and Linda Curl opens on Friday, April 5 and will run through April 30th. An Opening Night Reception will be held on Friday, April 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring live music and refreshments. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-703-7806.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Beaux Arts Ball ‘Glitz ‘n Glam’ – Saturday, April 6

A Beaux Arts Ball, the annual fundraiser for the Tall Grass Arts Association, is scheduled for Saturday evening, April 6th at Glenwoodie Golf Course, 19301 S. State Street, Glenwood. The event is titled ‘Glitz ‘n Glam.’ For ticket information, or to contribute a donation to this endeavor, call the Tall Grass Gallery at 708-748-3377, Janet Muchnik at 708-748-5123 or visit Beaux-Arts-Ball-April-6–2013.

Center for Performing Arts, 1 University Parkway, University Park

Summer Musical Theatre Camp to Feature Songs, Dances from the Wonderful Land of Oz – Registration Now in Progress

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to this summer’s Musical Theatre Camp at GSU’s Center for Performing Arts. This year’s camp, from June 17 to 21, takes its inspiration from “The Wizard of Oz” as young participants learn classic songs like “Over the Rainbow” and valuable theater skills. Campers develop a mini-musical based on “The Wizard of Oz” and perform a one-time-only production at the center on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. During the camp, students will learn songs, choreography, and scenes from the play. Professional coaches will work with campers on scene study, voice, diction, improvisation, singing and dancing. Musical Theatre Camp is open to children ages 7 to 13. Camp takes place six hours each day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $250 for the week; the price of the camp also includes four tickets for the Friday night performance. Additional tickets for the performance are $10. To reserve a spot at Musical Theatre Camp, call the box office at 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

‘The Piano Men’ – Tickets Now on Sale

‘The Piano Men,’ a musical journey through the ‘70s featuring the music of Billy Joel and Elton John starring Jim Witter, will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. The award-winning pianist Jim Witter and his band lead an expertly crafted tour of the 1970s. Witter unleashes his tenor voice to recreate songs by Billy Joel and Elton John. The era comes to life through projected newspaper headlines, TV footage and celebrities. Tickets are $45, $35, $30, $25, and $15. To purchase tickets or for additional information call, 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

Ed Asner as FDR – Tickets Now on Sale

On Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m., Seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner stars in this solo performance drama. This powerful play follows Franklin D. Roosevelt as he reflects on his years I office. This one-man drama explores the life of one of America’s best-loved presidents and the events and decisions that shaped a nation. Tickets are $55, $45, $40, $35, and $15. To purchase tickets or for additional information call, 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs, 139 West Joe Orr Road, Chicago Heights, IL

‘Hard Hats & High Heels’ Fundraising Event – Tickets Now on Sale

‘Hard Hats & High Heels’ a wine and beer tasting fundraising event benefitting Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs will be held on Friday, May 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will be held at the Union Street Art Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights. Food pairings, live music, freshly rolled cigars and a “Chance Auction” will be featured. Tickets are priced at $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Habitat Office, 139 W. Joe Orr Road, or online at hardhatshighheels.charityhappenings.org

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

Five Shows Coming in April to Visual Arts Gallery

As spring arrives, the Visual Arts Gallery at GSU is bustling with rousing, exciting exhibitions. The Gallery is offering four student shows in April as well as a stimulating multimedia show, “Sitting on Two Stools/You Cannot Sit on Two Stools,” that examines the meaning of home. “Sitting on Two Stools/You Cannot Sit on Two Stools” will take place between April 1 and 30 and features the work of Debbie James and Dejana Erish. An Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, April 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery. Other shows at the Gallery in April are:

  • April 1 through 14 – Karen Jania of Munster, Indiana, opens the student shows with her exhibit. A reception for Jania and her work takes place Thursday, April 4.
  • April 13 through May 15 – Monique Perry will present her work on the Big Walls Gallery in GSU’s E-Lounge Corridor. Perry’s reception is planned for Thursday, April 18.
  • April 15 through 28 – Rick Lapidus’ art will be on display with a reception taking place on Thursday, April 18.
  • April 29 through May 6 – Jamilah Adebesin Mason, or Matteson, closes the individual student shows with her exhibition. Her reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 2.

For additional information and Gallery hours, call 708-534-4021 or visit www.govst.edu/gallery.

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

PSC Annual High School Exhibition – Through April 11

Student artists from regional high schools will have their work on display during the PSC Annual High School Exhibition 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

Park Forest Area League of Women Voters, Park Forest

Educational Meeting on Drug Policy in the U.S. – Wednesday, April 10

The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area will host an educational meeting on the topic of Drug Policy in the United States on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard. A panel of speakers will address the question: Should drugs be legalized in the U.S.? Current U.S. Laws prohibit the sale, possession and/or use of certain drugs, such as marijuana, heroin and cocaine, with various criminal penalties for violating these laws. The panelists will include: Elvia Williams, Richton Park Police Chief; Dan Linn, Executive Director of the Illinois Chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML);p John DeCeault, Park Forest Police Detective; and Janet Coleman, Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. The meeting is free and open to the public. For additional information about the program or membership in the League, please contact Mary Lubertozzi at 708-747-1359.

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

‘Communicating Possibilities: Reframing the Gun Debate and Finding Common Ground’ – Thursday, April 4

GSU is hosting a panel discussion on Thursday, April 4 at 4 p.m. in Engbretson Hall that will attempt to find areas of agreement on one of the most controversial topics of our time – guns in America. The discussion, sponsored by the GSU Forensics Team, is free and open to the public. Panel members include Dr. David Rhea, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies; Dr. Donald Culverson, Associate Professor of Political Justice Studies; Dr. David Golland, Assistant Professor of History; Arness Krause; and Etta Oben, Forensics Team Graduate Assistant Coach. The discussion is part of “Enough is Enough,” a collage campaign against violence.

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 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 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

Village of Park Forest

‘Affordable Care Act Boot Camp for Small Employers’ – Wednesday, April 3

On Wednesday, April 3 beginning at 8 a.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest, Michael E. Wojick, CLU, CFP, Senior Vice President, Horton Solutions, will present an ‘Affordable Care Act Boot Camp for Small Employers.’ Small business owners will learn what they need to know about the Affordable Care Act and what they need to do to be compliant. The session will provide information on how the Affordable Care Act will impact the healthcare world. A general overview will be provided of the Individual and Employer Mandates, Illinois Health Benefit Exchange and the Insurance marketplace Around You. A free continental breakfast will be provided. To register or for additional information by phone at 708-283-5617, e-mail [email protected], or online at 2013pfspecialaprbus.eventbrite.com.

Park Forest Senior Advisory Commission

‘Affordable Health Care Act and Its Effect on Medicare & Senior Healthcare’ – Thursday, April 4

On Thursday, April 4 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Boardroom of Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, speaker Javaite Wilson of Age Options will discuss the ‘Affordable Health Care Act and Its Effect on Medicare and Senior Healthcare.’ The event is free and open to the public. For additional information or to RSVP, call the Park Forest Health Department at 708-748-1118.

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

‘Leadership in an Era of Health Care Reform: Quality and Patient Safety Implication’ – Tuesday, April 2

On Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. in Sherman Hall, GSU is presenting ‘Leadership in an Era of Health Care Reform: Quality and Patient Safety Implications.’ Dr. Ann Scott Blouin, Executive Vice President of Customer Relations, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, will discuss health care leadership in an ever-changing environment. Dr. Blouin has more than 30 years of health care administration, consulting, and nursing experience, and has held several leadership positions. Dr. Blouin has also published and taught at nursing and medical schools and serves on the national Patient Safety Foundation Board of Governors. The program is sponsored by GSU’s Student Healthcare Management Association and is free and open to the public.

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: 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 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 and tickets are selling quickly. 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. If you would like to garden, but don’t want to take on an entire Village-owned lot, we can assist you in finding a group where you can try out your ‘green thumbs’! 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].

Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club, Matteson, IL

Monthly Meeting – Monday, April 8

The Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 8 at 7:15 p.m. at the Frankfort Public Library, 21119 Pfeiffer Road (just off Rt. 30). ‘Biking Though Holland’ will be the subject of the program. Sierra Club member Bob Hoel of Elmhurst will show slides and tell of the adventures he and his wife Nancy had as they travelled through the Dutch countryside o their tandem bicycle. The meeting is free and open to the pbulci8. People who enjoy outdoor activities, who want to protect the environment, or who wish to preserve the world in which we live, are encouraged to attend. For additional information, e-mail Patrick Coffey at [email protected].

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS), Park Forest

Special Presentation on Raptors – Thursday, April 11

Come see a Peregrine Falcon named Stella, a Red-tailed Hawk named Sky, and a Saw-whet Owl named Sophie. These are just some of the raptors that will be coming to Park Forest’s Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. during the TCAS’s Special Presentation. From nine to 13 birds of prey – various species of hawks and owls – will be displayed by Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education run by Candy and Steve Ridlbauer of Loves Park, Illinois. The program is open to everyone and is free of charge, but a donation of $5 per family is suggested. Young people are especially encouraged to attend.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

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 Commission on Human Relations

‘Money Makeover’ – Registration Now In Progress

The Commission on Human Relations is presenting a program titled ‘Money Makeover’ on Tuesday, April 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street, in DownTown Park Forest. Celebrity financial coach and author Lynn Richardson will present the program. RSVP’s are now being taken with Evelyn Sterling by calling 708-283-5621 or e-mail [email protected].

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

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, April 5

Join Park Forest’s American Legion Post 1198 for fish, shrimp, wings, beef and appetizers on Friday, April 5 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.