In and Around Park Forest Week of April 17, 2016

Tickets are now on sale for Union Street Gallery’s 3rd Annual Derby Day Social. Source: http://www.unionstreetgallery.org

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—April 17, 2016.  Tickets are now on sale for Union Street Gallery’s 3rd Annual Derby Day Social.  Come watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7 at the Olympia Fields Country Club for an afternoon filled with lots of fun.  You will enjoy artisan made hats, music, a silent auction, and a gourmet buffet. You can take fun photos against a green screen wearing your derby hat and a Run for the Roses Raffle will be held where you can ‘bet’ on your favorite horses to win incredible prizes.  Additional information about the event can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ 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 Board Meeting – Monday, April 18

The Village Board will meet on Monday, April 18 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.

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of April 18:

  • Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. – Housing Authority

The meetings will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.

Park Forest Vehicle Sticker Sales & Animal Registration – Now on Sale

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2016-2017 year are now on sale. Vehicle stickers must be displayed prior to May 1 on all vehicles registered with the State of Illinois with a Park Forest address, even if that vehicle is not located in Park Forest. Animal registration for the 2016-2017 year also on sale.  View full vehicle sticker details.

Arts & Entertainment

All Chicago, 651 West Washington, Suite 504, Chicago

Handbags for Homes Event – Tickets Now on Sale

Handbags for Homes is a signature event for Chicago’s professional women to network, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and have fun while helping to end homelessness in Chicago. Handbags for Homes will showcase a fabulous collection of designer purses, which guests can win by buying raffle tickets.  Check out this year’s purses here. The Handbags for Homes event will be held on Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m. at the Women’s Athletic Club, 626 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Tickets are $75. Groups of 5 or more can purchase tickets for $350. Buy your tickets now!  Proceeds for this event go directly to support our work to prevent and end homelessness. To join our Host Committee or learn about sponsorship opportunities: Please contact Stefanie Skaggs via phone at 312 379-0301 x26 or email at [email protected]. About All Chicago: On any given night, more than 6,700 Chicagoans don’t have a place to call home. Tens of thousands more are just one unexpected setback away from joining them. All Chicago effectively combines immediate resources with long term strategies to address the complex issue of homelessness. Our Emergency Fund program provides critical financial assistance to people experiencing an emergency that could lead to homelessness or other crises. Our Chicago Alliance program analyzes, recommends, and collaboratively implements sustainable housing solutions for Chicago. Our Learning Center program researches leading practices and offers educational opportunities for all those working to end homelessness. To learn more about All Chicago, visit: http://www.allchicago.org/

Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park

‘Seussical’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for ‘Seussical’ which will be performed on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts. Presented by Theatreworks and adapted from the Broadway musical, The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics. Beloved classic characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous “think” ever save the day! Will the planet of Who survive? Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Children. BUY TICKETS.  For additional information, call the Box Office at 708-235-2222.

Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Marguerite Lynn Williams and the Chicago Harp Quartet – Sunday, April 17

On Sunday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago, CCPA faculty member Marguerite Lynn Williams will be joined by her ensemble, the Chicago Harp Quartet, for a concert of repertoire ranging from Baroque to works premiered in 2015.  The Chicago Harp Quartet comprises four CCPA alumni. The event is free and open to the public. Guests without a Roosevelt ID may be required to show a photo ID to enter the show.  Visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa for additional information.

University Singers – Monday, April 18

On Monday, April 18 at 3 p.m. in room 964 at Marks Hall, Auditorium Building, 430 South Michigan Avenue, the Roosevelt University singers will perform selections from Broadway musicals.  The event is free and open to the public. Guests without a Roosevelt ID may be required to show a photo ID to enter the show.  Visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa for additional information.

CCPA Large Jazz Ensemble – Monday, April 18

On Monday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase, 806 South Plymouth in Chicago, CCPA’s Large Jazz Ensemble will present jazz standards, vocal arrangements and new works composed and arranged by Marshall Vente. The event is free and open to the public. Guests without a Roosevelt ID may be required to show a photo ID to enter the show.  Visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa for additional information.

Vitamin B: Music of Bach, Bertouch, Bassani and Bustehude – Tuesday, April 19

On Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, rarely heard sacred works of Baroque composers whose last names begin with ‘B,’ will be performed including the famous Jubilate Domino by Buxtehude. The event is free and open to the public. Guests without a Roosevelt ID may be required to show a photo ID to enter the show.  Visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa for additional information.

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

‘Split Complementary’ Exhibition – Through April 24

With refined appreciation for materials, but very different approaches, the art of Dianna Frid and Richard Rezac meets on complementary grounds at DePaul Art Museum’s “Split Complementary” exhibition. The exhibition features installations, sculptures, books and wall art by the artists, as well as rare books from the Special Collections Department of DePaul’s John T. Richard Library, and a variety of objects from the DePaul Art Museum’s permanent collection. The items from the museum’s collection include a red hat from South Africa, a Turkish Ottoman miniature painting covered with written notations, South American photographs from the 1930s and other objects and images. ‘Split Contemporary’ will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum through April 24.  The DePaul Art Museum at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://bit.ly/DPAM15.

‘Nexo/Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest’ – Through April 24

‘Nexo / Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest’ will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum through April 24. Drawn from museum’s permanent collection, alongside loans from private collections, the exhibition features Latin American artists in the region and explores their influences, connections and unique reflections of the people, culture and place. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 2016 Latino Art Now! Conference taking place this April. The DePaul Art Museum at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://bit.ly/DPAM15.

DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus, 2350 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago

‘Building the Bridges of Faith’ Photo Exhibition of Papal Visits to the Holy Land – Through June 10

A photographic exploration of papal visits to Israel from 1964-2014 will be on display at DePaul University this spring in a special exhibition co-sponsored with the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. The 44 historic images depict stirring scenes as well as quiet, intimate moments during visits to the Holy Land by some of the most well-traveled popes in history: Blessed Pope Paul VI, Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.  The exhibition titled ‘Building Bridges of Faith’ features papal visits to nearly a dozen Holy Land sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is recognized as the site of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus of Nazareth; Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust; the Cenacle on Mt. Zion, traditionally held to be the site of the Last Supper; and the Western Wall. The archival images will be on display in the John T. Richardson Library, second floor, on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus in Chicago. The exhibition will be on display through June 10. The photographic exhibition at DePaul is one of three cultural events this spring co-sponsored with the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. Each is designed to engage with the broader community and illustrate the positive interreligious dialogue between Catholics and Jews.

On April 18, a panel discussion titled “The Catholic Church, the Jewish People and the Jewish State” will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Richardson Library, Room 400. Speakers include the Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, professor of social ethics and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union; Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, the Rabbinic Scholar at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; and Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. The discussion will be moderated by Thomas O’Brien, associate professor and director of the Center for Religion, Culture and Community at DePaul.

On May 18, There will be a reading of a version of the play “Imagining Heschel: In Search of Radical Amazement,” written by Colin Greer. The performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. in The Theatre School building, 2350 N. Racine Ave. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and reception. David Y. Chack, with DePaul’s Theatre Studies faculty, is the director. Chack also is the artistic director of ShPIeL and president of the Association for Jewish Theatre.

For additional information, please contact Alice Farrell in DePaul’s Office of Mission and Values, [email protected] or 312-362-8822.

DePaul University Theatre School, 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago

‘The Misanthrope’ – Through April 24

The Theatre School at DePaul University presents a modern retelling of “The Misanthrope,” Molière’s classic comedy of manners and social niceties. The play is translated by Richard Wilbur and directed by Brian Balcom on the Fullerton Stage. The production runs through Sunday, April 24, 2016. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. When Alceste rails against the insincerities in his social circles, he risks losing his freedom, the attention of the lovely and flirtatious Célimène and his place in high society. This satire puts friends and gentlemen into a world of flattery and flaws in verse. What happens when we become overwhelmed by the adulation and the hypocritical buzz of our social networks? Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. Subscriptions and group rates (six or more people) are available. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available by calling 773-325-7900 or online at http://theatre.depaul.edu. The Theatre School’s 2015-16 season in Lincoln Park is supported by presenting level sponsor PNC Bank. The Theatre School at DePaul University is easily accessible via the Fullerton CTA Station and the Fullerton (74) bus. Visitors and audience members can park in DePaul University’s Clifton Parking Deck, located at 2330 N. Clifton Ave. Please call the Box Office for more information. For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the 2 p.m. performance April 24 will include audio description services, as well as a pre-performance touch tour. Call 773-325-7900. The April 24 performance will also be interpreted in American Sign Language. TTY: 773-325-7975. If patrons require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any hearing or vision needs, please let the Box Office staff know upon reservation. Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. is “USO of IL Night,” when U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families can attend the performance for free. Visit www.tixfortroops.org to reserve tickets, or call 773-325-7900 for more information. Additional special events include a post-show discussion on April 21.

Drama Group, 330 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘Mary Poppins’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is delighted to present the beloved Disney musical, ‘Mary Poppins’ directed by Andy Leahy.  Performances will be held at the Bloom Theatre in Chicago Heights on April 29 & 30 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on April 30 and May 1 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults; $20 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available.  Good seats are still available.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444 or online http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/242073. The Bloom Theatre is located at 101 W. 10th Street in Chicago Heights. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Web site at www.dramagroup.org.

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

IPO Season Finale – Tickets Now on Sale

IPO’s final concert of the 2015/2016 season will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 South Harlem Avenue in Frankfort.  Closing this spectacular season, one of the most sought after young conductors in the world makes his final appearance with the Illinois Philharmonic with Tchaikovsky’s supremely stunning Symphony No. 4. The artistry and great technical prowess of the orchestra will be fully showcased in the work’s brilliant finale. Also on the program is a piece by Wolfgang Zamastil (film composer and member of the Indie-Rock band ‘Lab of the Halo’), which pays homage to Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, whose tango-inspired ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ will delight listeners, as interpreted by charismatic violinist Lindsay Deutsch. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 and can be purchased online at: https://secure.ticketsage.net/websales.aspx?u=ipo&pid=286514.  For additional information, call 708-4810-7774.

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

‘Operation Mom’s Couch’ – Through August 27

The NVAM announces the opening of its solo exhibition ‘Operation Mom’s Couch’ —the newest exploration of the veteran experience through the lens of an Airman and his cultural consumption of war stemming back to early childhood memories, juxtaposed with his lived authentic enlisted experience. The way in which war is broadcast to the public and consumed on couches all across the world—becoming a daily part of the home environment—is a phenomenon explored by retired Air Force veteran, and award-winning artist: Eric J. Garcia. The exhibit will run through August 27.  Known for mixing history and culture with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia creates art that expands the genre beyond aesthetics.  Garcia has shown in numerous national and international exhibitions, has received many awards such as the prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship and is currently an artist in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center.  Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Garcia came to Chicago in 2007, to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree.  A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from hand-printed posters, to published political cartoons, to sculptural installations, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging. While the NVAM is one of the only museums in the world to collect and exhibit artwork exclusively created by veterans in a permanent exhibition, it also provides important programming for veterans, their families, and the community. For more information about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest

‘Step Back into a 1950s Easter’ Through April 23

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 227 Monee Road, (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church) Park Forest, spring exhibit, “Step Back into a 1950s Easter,” will run from March 12 through April 23. Decorations include Easter die cuts, honeycomb rabbits and baskets, plastic and tin decorations, children’s books and Easter baskets. The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and can also be open at other times by appointment for group tours. Donation is Adults $5; 12 & under free with an adult. Scout and school tours are priced individually.  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 Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled the week of April 17:

  • Monday, April 18 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Jump start your morning with a series of stories that are sure to get you moving. Ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, April 18 at 3 p.m. — kids’ zone Science Club – Lights, Camera, Action! Join us as we explore the scientific principles behind animation, perception, light, and sound. Participants will have an opportunity to create a collaborated PSA (Public Service Announcement). Registration is required. Grads 3rd – 5th.
  • Tuesday, April 19 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Are you a teen looking to take a break after school with a fun, fresh activity? Come relieve stress and show your creativity with other teens in our coloring circle!
  • Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. – Pajama Story Time — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. Wear your pj’s and wind down from a busy day. Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, April 20 at 11 a.m. – Baby Time — Story time for infants to 35 months of age with an adult. This story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and more.
  • Wednesday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Extreme! — We’re taking art to the EXTREME! Explore a wide range of art through painting, drawing, building and more! Art has never been this fun. You don’t want to miss out. Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m. – Teen DIY: Bouncy Balls — Get your hands messy making this throwback item we knew and loved growing up!
  • Thursday, April 21 at 11 a.m. – Toddler Art — Bring your imagination, creativity, and throw on some old clothes to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… Some projects may involve paint. Ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, April 21 at 4 p.m. – Art in the Afternoon — Unleash your inner artist! Drop in to create an amazing project of your own. Ages 12 and under.
  • Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. — The Hunger Games: April Marathon — Enjoy each Hunger Games movie, in order, on Thursdays ending April 28th with Mockingjay Part 2.
  • Friday, April 22 at 1 p.m. – Fun Friday — Hang out and show off your gaming skills on the Wii U. Bring your friends. Make new friends and impress each other with your gaming techniques! Ages 12 and under.
  • Friday, April 22 at 3 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!
  • Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. — DIY Milk Jug Garden — Join us and build your own milk jug garden to take home!

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

Friends of the Library Mother’s Day Basket Raffle – Tickets Now on Sale

The Friends of the Library will hold a Mother’s Day Basket Raffle. The drawing will take place at 2 pm on Saturday, May 7th. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Winner must be present on May 7th to win.

Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Thursday Game Days

Come join us at the Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, in DownTown Park Forest every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to play games with old friends and new friends.  We have a few games on hand, Trivial Pursuit, Racko, Pente, Chess, Pictionary, High Hand and Rummikub.  If none of these suit your taste, feel free to bring in your favorites.  Come join in the fun.  This is a new program, so please help to spread the word.

Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality’ – Through May 28

At a time when studies suggest the gap between rich and poor is growing, Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery will present a provocative and artistically driven photo exhibit that examines wealth and privilege around the world today. Opening for the first time in the United States, ‘One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality’ features images by some of the world’s best photographers who have captured affluence in many different settings and situations. The exhibit will run through May 28. Featuring the work of more than 30 photographers who are known internationally, the exhibit is based on the book, One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality. The show has been touring the world since September 2015 when it opened at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, making stops in Dubai, Germany, Nigeria, Guatemala, France and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sponsored by Roosevelt’s Department of Economics and College of Arts and Sciences, One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality is possible thanks to generous financial support of Susan B. Rubnitz and Elyse Koren-Camarra. Exhibit viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 312-341-6458 or visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery.

Roosevelt University’s Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 East Balbo, Chicago

‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ – Opens Thursday, April 21

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present ‘Peter Pan and Wendy,’ adapted by Doug Rand from the cherished J.M. Barrie novel and directed by Ernie Nolan, as the final installment of the 2015-16 Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences season. The production opens April 21 and runs through May 28 at DePaul’s historic Merle Reskin Theatre. Performances are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Special Friday performances will occur at 10 a.m. on April 29 and May 13, and a Sunday performance will be held on May 22 at 2 p.m. There is no Saturday performance on May 21. ‘Peter Pan’ is the classic tale of three children who are whisked away to the fantasy world of Neverland by its titular boy hero. ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ is recommended for all ages, and complimentary teacher guides are available online for educators and interested audience members.  DePaul University’s Merle Reskin Theatre is located at 60 E. Balbo Drive, in Chicago. For information about parking, please contact the box office at 312-922-1999. The theatre is accessible via CTA busses (3-King Drive, 29-State Street, 146 Michigan/Museums and others), and CTA ‘L’ stops (Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple, and Pink). Tickets are $10. Subscriptions and group rates (15 or more people) are available. DePaul employees, alumni, and college students receive a discount with a valid ID. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office. For patrons who are blind of have low vision, the performance on May 19 at 10 a.m. will include a live audio description of the visual and physical events onstage. The performances on May 12 at 10 a.m. and May 14 at 2 p.m. will be interpreted in American Sign Language. TTY: 773-325-7975. If patrons require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any other hearing or vision needs, please let the box office staff know upon ticket reservation. April 23 is USO of Illinois Day. U.S. Armed Forces personnel with a valid military ID and their families can attend the performance for free. Visit www.tixfortroops.org to reserve tickets or call 773-325-7900 for more information. Additional special events include an autograph session with the cast following the 2 p.m. performance on April 23, and post-show discussions on May 5 and 22.

The Baker’s Wife – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the musical ‘The Baker’s Wife’ which will be performed on Thursday, April 28 through Saturday April 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. This gently bittersweet and offbeat fable of life, love and bread begins with the bickering residents of a rural French village in 1935, who have been without a baker for weeks.  They finally find a new baker with an attractive young wife. When his wife is turned away by a young gigolo, the baker loses all zest for life and refuses to bake.  The villagers must work as a tem to bring the couple back together.  Tickets are $12. The performances will take place at Roosevelt University’s O’Malley Theatre, 430 South Michigan Avenue, 7th Floor in Chicago.  To purchase tickets or for additional information, call 312-341-3831.  Please note that government photo I.D. may be required for entrance to the building.

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

‘Iowa Insect Series’ – Through April 21

SSC’s Dorothea Thiel Gallery will host an exhibition of 10 large-scale digital montage images from the “Iowa Insect Series,” a collection of artworks created in collaboration between graphic design professors Roy R. Behrens and David M. Versluis. The exhibit, Graphic Designers Collaborate: Attention to Detail, will be held in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery through April 21. The exhibit features digital montage collaborations created by Graphic Design professor Roy Behrens, University of Northern Iowa, and Art & Graphic Design professor David Versluis, Dordt College. The exhibit’s artworks “Combine rich imagery as they juxtapose representational imagery with formal graphic elements to create a strong visual dynamic,” says Larry Bradshaw, Emeritus Professor of Art, University of Nebraska Omaha. Various artworks from the Iowa Insect Series have been exhibited in group shows at the Washington Pavilion Visual Art Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, Minnesota; University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art in Cedar Falls, Iowa; and the 27th McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition at McNeese State University Grand Gallery in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This exhibit at South Suburban College is one of the first times that the collection Iowa Insect Series will be shown together. Professor Versluis will be at the college as visiting artist in the digital arts lab and Dorothea Thiel Gallery for a 1:00 p.m. reception on Thursday April 21st. The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition and reception at no charge. The Thiel Gallery is located on the 4th floor in the Art & Design hallway, Room 4333. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2316, or visit www.ssc.edu/art.

Spring Gala – Friday, April 29

Each year the South Suburban College Foundation (SSCF) has an annual spring gala from which all proceeds benefit scholarship programs. The SSCF is now seeking support from local residents, friends and partners for Showcase 2016: Dreams & Destinations, to be held on April 29, 2016, at Glenwoodie Golf Club, 19301 S State St, Glenwood. With the cost of higher education on the rise and the level of state funding on the decline, students are finding it more and more difficult to afford a full-time college education. The SSC Foundation’s support is often critical for students to begin or continue their college education. Individuals and local businesses can support this mission while marketing themselves to approximately 300 guests through tax-deductible sponsorships and auction gifts. Tickets are also available for $125 each. This year, South Holland’s John “Doc” Magon will receive the 2016 SSC Foundation Cornerstone Award and a portion of the Silent Auction proceeds will benefit the Patricia Chase Magon Scholarship Fund. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and features an open bar and plated dinner, silent auction, dancing, and the outstanding music of Rhonda High Browne & Pieces. Donations for this cause are fully tax deductible. Registrations and sponsorships can be made online from www.ssc.edu/foundation. The Foundation Staff will pick up donations for auction. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2463 or email [email protected].   The SSC Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors composed of 26 of the south suburban area’s finest business, civic and community leaders. The SSCF has now awarded over $1.6 million in scholarships since 1989. In 2015, over $100,000 in scholarship funds were awarded to SSC students.

Spring Music Events – Begin April 22

SSC will host the following Spring Music Events:

April 22, 2016
SSC Music Competition for Young Musicians
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Room 1137

April 23, 2016
SSC Music Competition for Young Musicians
10:00am – 12:00pm – Room 1137

May 4, 2016
Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo Concert
7:00pm – Performing Arts Center

May 6, 2016
Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert
7:00pm – Performing Arts Center

May 9, 2016
String Orchestra and SSC Voices Concert, with special guests the Grande Prairie Children’s Choir, directed by Oksana Rodak and Rob Calhoon
7:00pm – Performing Arts Center

May 10, 2016
Student Recital
2:00pm – Performing Arts Center

For more information or to confirm dates/time, call 708-596-2000, ext. 2316 or email [email protected]. While all concerts are free admission, donations to the Music Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated!

Tall Grass Art Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘From Earth’ Exhibit – Opens Saturday, April 30

‘From Earth,’ a juried show featuring fifty-three artists, will open on Saturday, April 20 and run through June 4. There will be an opening night reception on Saturday, April 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The artists present Images inspired by, derived from, portraying or interpreting plants. Works might accurately describe the beauty and mystery of the world of plants as well as create expressive, inventive or abstract responses to various stages and forms of plant life. Curated by Claudia Craemer and juried by Nikkole Huss and Claudia Craemer.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. For additional information, visit www.tallgrassarts.org or call 708-748-3377.

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

3rd Annual Derby Day Social – Tickets Now on Sale

Union Street Gallery’s third annual Derby Day Social is quickly approaching. It will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive, on May 7th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Derby Day attendees can purchase a hat or fascinator made by Union Street Gallery affiliated artists and volunteers to support the gallery. Entertainment includes viewing the Derby, bourbon tasting, a magician, a DJ, a photo booth, a silent auction, and numerous hats to try on. Spend the afternoon with your Union Street friends and family, while supporting the gallery! Pre-game with USG and One Trick Pony on April 23, 2016. Beer, pizza, and music – It’ll be a great Saturday night! Get ready for the ponies with a local pony. One Trick Pony will be doing a beer tasting at the gallery. The first 40 people will get a free commemorative mug for the event. Music will be provided Chris Winters and Adam Ruhe. Derby tickets and sponsorships are available now.  You can find more information here. Derby Tickets are currently available for $65 each. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

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

Free Movie and Discussion Night – Saturday, April 23

On Friday, April 23rd at 7 p.m., UUCC will screen ‘The History of Homewood Isaac Walter Preserve.’
Come join us to celebrate Earth Day a day late and learn the fascinating history of our local nature
preserve, once a sand burrow pit owned by the CNN Railroad, now operated by volunteers.
Join in the lively discussion following the film. Free tea, coffee, and snacks.  Optional: bring a snack to share. Invite friends! Optional donations will be gratefully accepted.  For additional information, call 708-481-5339.

Village Leadership Academy, 800 South Wells Street, Chicago

World Scholarship Gala – Friday, April 22

Chicago’s premier social justice school, Village Leadership Academy (VLA), will send 27 South and Westside youth, ages 8 to 14, to Cuba this summer from June 16th – 23rd, as part of their annual World Scholars Program (WSP).  VLA is not only at the forefront of transformative education in Chicago, but it has also been steadfastly positioning marginalized youth for global leadership over the past seven years through study abroad opportunities in Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Panama. This year, Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson and State Representative La Shawn K. Ford will lead VLA’s youth delegation to Havana and Santiago de Cuba. The delegation will explore the unique history and culture of each region and engage with Cuban artists, entrepreneurs, educators, youth leaders, and rural residents to better understand the Republic of Cuba’s emerging relationship with the U.S. and how imperialism, globalization, and sustained resistance have shaped Cuban culture and life. After previous WSP trips, our students have been inspired to work towards becoming U.S. Senators, principals of schools within their own communities, scientists who want to find alternative forms of energy, and founders of international corporations. Due to the recent advancement in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the Republic stands central to our understanding of globalization.  Travel to Cuba provides unprecedented learning opportunities and cross-cultural exchange for VLA students, who are being shaped as global leaders of tomorrow, today. Support VLA’s World Scholars Program Youth Delegation to Cuba by:

For more information about the WSP Youth Delegation to Cuba, please contact Dayo Harris at 312-432-0096 or email at [email protected].

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Summit on Dual Credit Programs – Friday, April 22

PSC is hosting the inaugural Illinois Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (ILACEP) Summit, the statewide conference for dual credit programs, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 22. The summit will be held in the Conference Center of the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights, and will feature speakers from the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Office of Community College Research and Leadership, and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). ILACEP is the new state chapter of NACEP, the national accrediting body of dual credit programs. PSC Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dave Naze says the summit is an opportunity for stakeholders in dual credit programs in Illinois to collaborate on topics regarding early college access for high school students. It is the first conference of its kind to be held at PSC. The fee to attend is $25, and attendees must be ILACEP members. The Dual Credit program at PSC allows college ready high school students to take qualified high school courses and earn both high school and college credit – at the same time. The credits earned are transferrable to PSC as well as many other four-year colleges and universities. For more information on PSC’s Dual Credit program or the April 22 summit, contact Naze at [email protected].

Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Reading by Noted Writer Tom Williams – Monday, April 18

Tom Williams, whose book Among the Wild Mulattos was named one of the best of 2015 by National Public Radio, will read from his work at 5 p.m. Monday, April 18 in Roosevelt University’s seventh floor Gage Building, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. His most recent work, a short story collection titled Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales, was published in 2015 by Texas Review Press and has since put him on the map as one of today’s promising writers. Currently the chair of English at Morehead State University in Kentucky, Williams is also the author of The Mimic’s Own Voice, published in 2011, and Don’t Start Me Talkin’ in 2014. His story “Dear Dad” appeared in the anthology Daddy Cool in 2013 and he was also a collaborator on Four Fathers in 2014. Part of Roosevelt’s Spring Reading Series, the event is free and open to the public. Sponsors include the University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, the University’s literary magazine, Oyez Review, and Roosevelt’s Department of Literature and Languages. For more information, contact Christian Tebordo at [email protected] or 312-341-2417.

Award-winning Author for Immigrants’ Fights to Give Freeman Lecture – Monday, April 25

Margaret Regan, an award-winning journalist and author whose life’s work has been to raise awareness and make change to draconian U.S. immigration practices, will deliver a lecture on the horrors that growing numbers of immigrants and their families face at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 25 in Roosevelt’s 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The Matthew Freeman lecture is free and open to the public. The author of the books Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire and The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands, Regan is the winner of a dozen journalism awards for border reporting, including two national prizes. Addressing the growing trend in which immigrants and their families, many who have lived in the U.S. for many years, are being detained and deported by the U.S. government, their lives altered and their dreams shattered forever, Regan is this year’s Matthew Freeman lecturer. Named for the late Roosevelt student Matthew Freeman, the annual lecture highlights transformational social justice initiatives as well as the exemplary work of Roosevelt students who are living the University’s social justice mission. During the event, two Roosevelt students will receive the Matthew Freeman Social Justice Award, which is one of the University’s highest honors for student achievement in social justice. This year’s recipients are: Michael Schneider, a graduate viola performance major responsible for a new program that is paving the way for Chicago College of Performing Arts students to share their music with juveniles detained at the Illinois Youth Center; and Ashanti McCall, a psychology major who works with trauma survivors, and is president of Roosevelt’s Black Student Union as well as a peer mentor in the University’s Academic Success Center. To register, visit www.roosevelt.edu/misjt  or contact Nancy Michaels at [email protected] or 312-341-2150.

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

Elevation Leadership Summit – Monday, April 25

The SSC Business & Career Institute (BCI) presents an Elevation Leadership Summit: Taking Faith-Based and Non-Profit Leadership to Loftier Heights! on Monday, April 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This conference will be held in the South Suburban College Performing Arts Center with the keynote address by Roy Worley, Missionary & Pastor, and includes a Special Appearance by Atmosphere of Heaven. In today’s uncertain and ever-changing times, serving in a leadership role for a faith-based or non-profit organization can be tumultuous and challenging. It is not uncommon for these trials and tribulations to take a toll on one’s energy, confidence and conviction, On the other hand, challenging times can also re-energize and increase our passion to spread the word of faith and hope. Regardless of where you are on the spectrum, please join us for a day of fellowship, inspiration and knowledge. We have a fantastic keynote speaker, wonderful presenters and panelists who plan to share their best practices designed to take your leadership to loftier heights.

Who should attend?

  • Faith-based organization administrators, leaders
  • Non-profit organization administrators, leaders
  • Anyone who holds a position of responsibility in a faith-based or non-profit organization

Reasons to Attend:

  • Pastor Troy O’Quin will share his insights and experience that will unlock your team’s potential
  • Mary Erlain, prominent coach and author, will help bridge the generational gap to create a stronger team
  • Access to other leadership experts sharing knowledge designed to strengthen skillsets

We are offering two options regarding booths at the Elevation Leadership Summit. The first is a sponsorship option for $250 and the other option is $100. Please use the contact information below to obtain further information if you are interested in either opportunity. The cost is $50 per person (early bird fee until April 15th) and $65 thereafter. This includes a continental breakfast. For more information or to register, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 3254 or email AGluma[email protected].

Third Annual Law Day – Friday, April 29

The SSC Legal Studies Department will host their third annual Law Day on Friday, April 29, 2016. This year’s event will feature a special live court case. Oral arguments for a real criminal First District Appellate Court case will be heard in the Performing Arts Center. This is a rare opportunity for the community to observe the First District at work at an off-site location. The general public–especially educators and students–is encouraged to attend this unique opportunity to witness some of the area’s most talented, professional litigators in action. Opening remarks will begin at 10:00 a.m. with doors opening at 9:30. Following the arguments, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the Appellate Prosecutor and Appellate Defender. The justices will return to the PAC for another question and answer session at approximately 11:30 a.m. Attendees are welcome to stay for a Mock Crime Scene Demonstration from 12 noon–2:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Main Campus, as well as a Court Reporting Demonstration from 12 noon–2:00 p.m., in the Heritage Room. This event also provides guests with an opportunity to find out more about educational and career opportunities in the judicial field, and to learn about SSC’s Paralegal, Court Reporting and Criminal Justice programs. For more information about Law Day, or to RSVP for the day’s events, please email [email protected] or contact Jason M. Cieslik, J.D., Paralegal Coordinator, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2579.

Online Educational Resources

Online college programs are a great way for today’s busy people to complete or earn a degree. To find an online college program in Illinois, visit http://www.onlineschools.org/guides/Illinois/ where you will find a compilation of every college program offered online in Illinois offered on a full or part-time basis.

Top U.S. Universities

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

Green Events

Green Community Connections, 166 North Humphrey Avenue, Oak Park

Free Earth Day Film and Star Gazing — Friday, April 22

You are invited to continue the One Earth Film Festival fun and celebrate Earth Day with us by watching the award-winning film, “Growing Cities” on Friday, April 22, at Chicago’s official Earth Day celebration in two locations. This 60-minute film is friendly for all ages. The event will take place at:

Adler Planetarium, Johnson Star Theater
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
6:30 p.m. for refreshments
7 p.m. film screening
8:30-10 p.m. telescope observing (weather permitting); OR

Clarendon Park Community Center (Gymnasium)
4501 N. Clarendon Ave., Chicago
6 p.m. for refreshments
7 p.m. film screening
8:30 p.m. star gazing activity (weather permitting)

View complete details and reserve your free tickets now! Seating is limited; reservations strongly recommended. According to director/producer Dan Susman, “Growing Cities” shows, “. . . cucumbers peering through chain link fences, skyscrapers towering over compost piles, and the cacophony of subwoofers and roto-tillers on the same block. It’s the power of this tension, this seeming impossibility which we use to bring viewers into a world of new possibility–where together we can create healthier, more sustainable, and livable communities.” View film trailer. For additional information, call 773-315-1109 or visit: http://www.greencommunityconnections.org/.

Lake Calumet Vision Committee, Chicago

5th Annual Lake Calumet Earth Day Hike – Registration Required by Thursday, April 21

The Lake Calumet Vision Committee is sponsoring its 5th Annual Earth Day Hike on Friday, April 22.  This will be a unique opportunity to explore the area around Lake Calumet on the “secured” property of the Illinois International Port District. Join us to view the hoping-to-be acquired 282 acres that is being planned for hiking, fishing, boating, birdwatching, and other nature activities as part of the Millennium Reserve Initiative. We will meet at the Harborside Golf Course Club House (east bldg.), 11001 S. Doty Avenue East, Chicago (I-94 at 111th Street). There will be a briefing on the Millennium Reserve at 8:30 a.m. and a narrated tour begins at 9:15 a.m. Wear sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather. Bring your own lunch, or enjoy a meal at the Club House afterwards. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 21st.  Register via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1525498537755810/ or call 773-646-0436.

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

Earth Month Events at PSC – Through April 30

PSC will host the following 2016 Earth Month activities:

April 18
3 – 4 p.m.
Parking Lot A
Get Trashed! Campus Clean Up

Join the sustainability club in this friendly competition to see who can pick up the most trash around campus. The winning class or club will receive a trophy and pizza party.

April 19
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Atrium
Clear the Air

Stop by the Atrium to learn about PSC’s Smoke/Tobacco Free initiative. You’ll learn about PSC’s policy regarding tobacco use and have chance to play games for prizes. Want to Quit Cold Turkey? Now’s your chance. Turn in your full or nearly full pack of cigarettes, make a pledge to Quit Cold Turkey and we’ll give you a turkey sandwich and Subway gift card.

April 19
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Homewood Public Library
How Should Our Communities Be Prepared for Emergency Crises Ahead?

Allessandra Kummelehne, sustainability coordinator at Prairie State College will lead a discussion on climate change and its effects on our local community. The discussion will focus on: Severe Weather Affecting Our Region; Local Health Concerns; and Resources for Residents.

April 20
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Room 4105
The Story of the Monarch

Please join, Dolly Foster, Horticulturist and Monarch enthusiast, for this one-hour presentation on Monarch Butterflies. Learn about their life cycle, habitat and migration pattern, and what you can do to help!

April 30
9 – 11 a.m.
Matteson Area Center
Kids @ College Go Green! Earth Day Celebration

Join us for a morning full of fun as we celebrate Earth Day at the MAC!

If you are between the ages of 4-13, join us for this FREE event where you will participate in hands- on activities, science experiments, and take home art projects. A special visit from the Matteson Fire Department is planned as well. R.S.V.P. by calling 708-709-3750 or emailing [email protected]. Please include your child’s name and age. You may register multiple children in one email.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – April 20

Discover the wonders of spring in a weekly morning walk.  Wednesday Morning Walkers meets every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and is free for ages 13 years to adult.  Walkers new to the program must register two days before they first hike. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6360.

Earth Day at Thorn Creek Woods – Saturday, April 23

On Saturday, April 23 from noon to 4 p.m., celebrate Earth Day at Thorn Creek woods.  This year’s celebration focuses on amphibians.  What kinds of frogs and toad and salamanders live in Thorn Creek Woods?  How can you tell the differences?  Where can you find them?  And what sounds do they make?  At 1 p.m. join us for a slide presentation – ‘Our Local Amphibians’ – exploring the frogs and toads and salamanders of Thorn Creek Woods.  David Mauger, retired Forest Preserve District of Will County Land Management Coordinator, specialized in amphibian and reptile research and conservation and will share his insights. At 2 p.m., join Dave Mauger and our naturalists April Richards and Ingrid Krizen for a hike.  Whether frogs and toads are calling or not, this is sure to be a fun spring walk in Thorn Creek Woods.  Lots of fun for everyone including an Earth Day raffle, amphibian sounds and displays.  Make a toad house or a frog rasper.  Get your own Calling Frog and Toad Calendar.  There will be a bake sale with plenty of things to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Mark your calendars and celebrate Earth Day at Thorn Creek nature Center.  This event is sponsored by Friends of Thorn Creek Woods and the Him Marzuki Fund for Public Programming.  For additional information, call 708-747-6360.

Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’

Friends of Thorn Creek Woods is the citizen activist group responsible in very large part for preserving and securing the dedication of the Thorn Creek Woods as an Illinois Nature Preserve.  Friends’ volunteers continue to provide support in so many ways: staff the nature center on weekends; trail work; displays; leading hikes; special events; cleaning; pruning; artwork; music; research; and so on.  Friends is a voice for the Woods and preservation values, donates funds for equipment and sponsors an annual meeting, Garlic Fest and Earth Day.  Members receive a quarterly newsletter.  Annual membership in Friends is $10.  For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

Thorn Creek Nature Center is housed in a historic building, originally Immanuel Lutheran Church of Matteson, Illinois built in 1862, and later Village Bible Church of Park Forest. A gothic frame country church, its notable architectural features include curved ceiling, tongue-and-groove paneling and a raised pulpit. Its current attractions are displays of the preserve’s flora and fauna, a bird feeder viewing area, Eugene E. Schwartz reference library and an expanded children’s section. The Nature Center is open Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Trails are open daily year-round, dawn to dusk. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Healthy Living

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

Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program

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

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest

CPR Classes

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

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 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Qigong with Jim Kobus – Most Thursdays

UUCC will host Qigong with Jim Kobus on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the church. This class will usually meet on Thursdays but there may be exceptions, so if you are interested in attending, please send an email to Jim Kobus at [email protected] so he can notify you when class will NOT be held. There is a suggested donation of $5 per class. Please bring your own water. It is recommended that you eat dinner after class, not before. For additional information, please call 708-799-1925 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays

Learn to enjoy the simple and straight-forward practice of meditation.  Please join us for sitting and walking meditation in the Zen and Theravadan Buddhist traditions.  This is an on-going event led by Steve McCabe and Beverly Feldt will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at UUCC.  There is no cost but a free will offering is most appreciated (proceeds go to UUCC).  For additional information contact Steve McCabe at 708-465-3116 or Beverly Feldt at [email protected].

This & That

Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 North Orchard Drive, Park Forest

Save the Date for the Annual Chat-n-Chew Bazaar: A Community Craft and Health Fair on June 11 – Call For Additional Vendors

Calvary United Protestant Church will host its annual Chat-n-Chew Bazaar: A Community Craft and Health Fair on Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bazaar will feature food, arts and crafts, music, dancing, games and lots of fun for everyone of all ages. Free yard plants will be available while quantities last. There will also be health screenings, health and wellness, information, dental, insurance and holistic medicine information. If you are a craft and/or health vendor and would like to participate in the event, please call 708-283-4190. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan on attending this fun-filled event. Calvary United Protestant Church is located at Orchard Drive and Lincoln Highway (Rt. 30).

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson

2nd Annual College Saving Night – Monday, April 25

Parents can learn about two economical college savings programs during Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s 2nd annual College Savings Night on Monday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Country Club Hills City Hall, Downstairs Room 105/106, located at 4200 W. 183rd Street. Representatives will explain College Illinois and Bright Start, two college savings programs offered by the State of Illinois, and provide information on tax breaks obtainable through the 529 Savings Plan. Parents with children of all ages are encouraged to attend. To register online, please visit www.reprobinkelly.eventbrite.com. Capacity is limited; early registration is encouraged. For additional information, please call Tony Presta at 708-679-0078.

Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club

35th Annual Easter Ride — Sunday, April 24

The 35th Annual Easter Ride is scheduled for Sunday, April 24 from the Park Forest Village Hall on 350 Victory Drive in Park Forest.  The ride, sponsored by the Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club, will start between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. Riders can choose from five routes of 17, 26, 37, 53 and 70 miles on lightly traveled, paved roads over gently rolling countryside.  Rest stops along the route provide riders with fruit, drinks, sandwiches, and homemade cookies.  After the ride, participants are invited to stop in at Village Hall for music, a massage (for a fee) and more refreshments, including traditional Easter egg salad sandwiches. The fee for the ride is $20 for pre-registrants before April 16 and $25 thereafter.  The fee entitles riders to a map of the routes, access to all rest stops, SAG support, and parking.  Short and long sleeve t-shirts with this year’s Easter Ride logo may be ordered for an additional fee with pre-registration.  A registration form is available at local bike shops or may be downloaded from http://www.folksonspokes.com.  Folks on Spokes encourages riders to obey all traffic laws, practice courtesy, communicate with fellow riders, ride single file when vehicles are approaching from either direction – and complete the adult or child bike safety quiz at www.bikesafetyquiz.com.  Proceeds from the ride help fund the club’s activities throughout the year and support bicycle advocacy and other organizations.  Last year, donations were made to the League of American Bicyclists, Ride Illinois, the Active Transportation Alliance, Trails for Illinois, Bicycle Indiana, Friends of the Cal Sag Trail, Working Bikes Co-op and West Town Bikes. Folks on Spokes members live across the south suburbs and northeastern Indiana.  Group rides start in a variety of locations with most starting in Frankfort.

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

GSU’s Annual Spring Market – Thursday, April 21

Get ready for spring with a shopping trip to Governors State University. The GSU Civil Service Senate is hosting the Annual Spring Open Market on Thursday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Crafters and vendors will have unique items and gifts on sale just in time for shoppers to discover the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, a new graduate, birthdays, or just because. The Market is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 708-235-7559 or [email protected].

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

Park Forest Public Library Now Hiring – Part Time Library Assistant

The Park Forest Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic, customer focused individual familiar with technology and popular culture. Duties include processing new materials for circulation, facilitating hands-on programs, checking in and out materials, answering patron questions, assisting patrons with research and computer usage, assisting in Library programs for both adults and children, shelving materials, and performing readers’ advisory. To apply and view the entire job listing, click here or check the Employment Opportunities tab on the Library’s website www.pfpl.org.