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In and Around Park Forest Week of April 22, 2013

Central Park torched observation deck
The torched remains from the Central Park Observation Deck after it was set on fire last June. The newly rebuilt Observation Deck will be dedicated Saturday. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—April 22, 2013. Last June a fire completely destroyed the Central Park Wetlands Observation Deck in Park Forest. A grassroots fundraising effort was undertaken in which more than $5,000 was collected to replace the deck. These efforts were led by the Park Forest Rotary Club, the Park Forest Recreation and Parks Advisory Board and the Park Forest Environment Commission. Village crews have been working diligently on rebuilding the observation deck to make it better than ever. On Saturday morning, April 27 at 9 a.m., a brief rededication ceremony will take place at the site of the Centrals Park Wetlands Observation Deck. Residents are encouraged to attend and see the spirit of Park Forest in action.

The Park Forest Environment Commission has arranged for Chef Kate Bradley to provide an overview of basic canning techniques 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 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, call Rosemary Piser at 708-747-1991 or e-mail [email protected]

Remember, 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 22 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site at www.villageofparkforest.com.

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

Earth Week 2013

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Earth Day Storytime Art – Monday, April 22

On Monday, April 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., preschoolers with caregivers are invited to a special Earth Day Storytime program where children will make art and a special take home craft that’s great for the environment. The event will take place in the kids’ zone. For additional information, please call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org/

Little Diggers – Monday, April 22

On Monday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children of all ages will enjoy the Little Diggers drop-in program! Bring in an empty water bottle and we’ll fill it with something that the children can watch grow until the fall. The event will take place in the kids’ zone. For additional information, please call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org/

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

Earth Week Celebration Begins at PSC April 22

PSC is hosting many events to celebrate Earth Week from Monday, April 22 through Saturday, April 27. All events are free and open to the public and will be held on the PSC main campus.
Monday, April 22

  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – “Cooking with Local Foods’ presented by Adrian Martino and Marco Caso of Fratellos. Location – Conference Center Rotunda.
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Tree Planting Ceremony, featuring a special poem reading by the Earth Day Poetry Contest winner. Participants should meet in the Conference Center Rotunda. In the event of rain, an alternative date has been scheduled on Thursday, April 25.

Tuesday, April 23

  • 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Green Vendor Fair, featuring more than 20 green vendors. Location – Atrium.
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – ‘It’s Easy Wearing Green Fashion Show: Eco-friendly Trends for Pets and Their Humans.’ Location – Atrium.
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – ‘How is Our Local Community Responding to and Stimulating the Green Economy.’ – Location – Conference Center Auditorium.

Wednesday, April 24

  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – ‘Greening Your Body,’ presented by Jan Dowell. Location – Atrium.
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Nature Preserve Clean Up. A rain date for the clan up has been slated for Thursday, April 25.

Thursday, April 25

  • Noon to 2 p.m. – ‘Jobs in Energy Efficiency,’ presented by Will Baker or Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Location – PSC Conference Center.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – ‘Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures: Conservation Through Education.’ Location – Atrium.
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Movie Presentation of Dr. Suess’ ‘The Lorax.’ Location – Conference Center Heritage Bank Room.

Saturday, April 27

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – SouthStar Services’ EcoSafe Processors will collect e-waste, batteries, paint, light bulbs, clothes, and shoes.

For additional information, contact Allessandra Cairo, PSC’s Sustainability Coordinator at 708-709-3764 or e-mail [email protected].

Arts & Entertainment

Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock Street, Park Forest

Northern Illinois University Steel Drum Band – Friday, April 26

On Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m., the Northern Illinois University Steel Drum Band will perform at Faith United Protestant Church. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Ten percent of the ticket proceeds will go to PADS. For additional information or to reserve tickets, call the church office at 708-747-1130.

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 22 at 12 p.m. — Friends Book Discussion: "The Year of Living Biblically" — Discuss "The Year of Living Biblically" by A.J. Jacobs. You may check out the book from the Patron Services desk three weeks in advance of the discussion date. The club will continue to meet the fourth Monday of the month.
  • Monday, April 22 at 2 p.m. – Art with Pat Moore — Well-known local artist Pat Moore of Pat Moore Studios will lead children 9-12 years old in a water painting which will be displayed in the library.
  • Monday, April 22 at 2 p.m. — Basic Email — 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, April 22 at 5 p.m. – Science Explorers (Grades 3-5) — Students 3rd – 5th grade are invited to join us as we explore the fascinating world of science. Be curious! Think — Do — Learn. Registration required.
  • Tuesday, April 23 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 23 at 1 p.m. — South Suburban Humane Society — To help us learn more about the Prevention of Animal Cruelty month, a representative from the South Suburban Humane Society will teach patrons all about animal care and what to do if they see an abused or neglected animal.
  • Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m. — Monsters in the Library (Ages 6-9) — If you like monsters, vampires, and ghosts, this program is for you! In it we will check out books, learn where they come from and what makes them so scary.
  • Tuesday, April 23 at 5 p.m. — Science Explorers (Grades 6-8) — Students 6th – 8th grade are invited to join us as we explore the fascinating world of science. Be curious! Think — Do — Learn. Registration required.
  • Tuesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. — Monsters in the Library (Ages 10-13) — If you like monsters, vampires, and ghosts, this program is for you! In it we will check out books, learn where they come from and what makes them so scary.
  • Wednesday, April 24 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 24 at 1 p.m. — Opera in the Afternoon: Massenet: Thais — Renee Fleming triumphs as the glamorous courtesan Thaïs in Massenet’s romantic tragedy set in fourth century Alexandria and the Egyptian desert. The timeless struggle between earthly desire and spiritual redemption finally destroys the resolve of the monk Athanaël (Thomas Hampson), just as the newly penitent Thaïs ascends heavenward.
  • Wednesday, April 24 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. Registration required.
  • Wednesday, April 24 at 5 p.m. — Science Explorers (Grades 3-5) — Students 3rd – 5th grade are invited to join us as we explore the fascinating world of science. Be curious! Think — Do — Learn. Registration required.
  • Wednesday, April 24 at 7 pm. — Arbor Day Play — Children 4th -8th grade are invited to sign up at the library to participate in a play in honor of Arbor Day. Registration required.
  • Thursday, April 25 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 25 at 11 a.m. — Duct Tape Crafts — Did you know that duct tape has been labeled one the most versatile products known to man? In the 70 years since its arrival in WWII, duct tape has inspired a vast number of creative and imaginative applications. Come try your hand at duct tape crafting and see what masterpiece you can create! Registration required.
  • Thursday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. — Red Dragon Martial Arts Demo — Are you interested in martial arts? Red Dragon Martial Arts School of Richton Park will come in to perform a demonstration class. Dress comfortable and ready to move for this action packed program designed to get your heart pumping. This program is designed for school aged children. Contact 708-747-5750 for more information.
  • Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m. — Microsoft Word II Practice — The first five people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration required.
  • Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m. — T-Shirts for Tweens — Bring in an old T-Shirt to learn how to turn that old T-Shirt into something new in this program designed for children in Grades 6-8th.
  • Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m. – Science Explorers (Grades 6-8) — Students 6th – 8th grade are invited to join us as we explore the fascinating world of science. Be curious! Think — Do — Learn. Registration required.
  • Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. — Knit Lit — Please join our brand-new discussion group for knitters and readers of knitting fiction. We will exchange stories, share our favorite book moments, and even swap knitting ideas. Read any fiction or non-fiction knitting selection and come back to join us for a great evening. Multiple book selections are available for checkout at Patron Services.
  • Friday, April 26 at 1 p.m. – Senior Travelogue: Switzerland – Event in the Ringering Room.
  • Saturday, April 27 at 12 p.m. – Mother Goose Kids Puppet Showcase — The kids are the stars of this classic fairy tale puppet show! Come in and make your own puppets so you can put on a show for your friends and families. Then join us on the kids’ zone stage as we act out other classic fairy tales for all to see.
  • Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. — Microsoft Publisher Practice — The first five people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration required.
  • Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. – Dance, Dance Revolution Tournament — Calling all Tweens 6th-8th Grade! Entering is free! The winner will receive a prize! Registration required.

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

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.

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’ – Through April 30

‘Blooming Colors’ an exhibit showcasing artists Sandra Evers and Linda Curl will run through April 30th.   The exhibit is 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

‘Process and Narrative’ – Through June 2

‘Process and Narrative’ an exhibit curated by Thomas Lanham, will run through June 2. ‘Process and Narrative’ explores the process of creating a work of art and the creation of narrative themes, particularly through preliminary drawings and graphic media. The exhibit features the works of four artists: Tim Hailey, Laura Richens, Charles Rolwing and Calvin Moore. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

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.

‘Transformation’ – April 24 & 25

Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ is coming to the center fort Performing Arts for two performances on April 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. ‘Transformations’ is a production of GSU’s students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Patrick Santoro, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, is directing the play. ‘Transformations’ tackles important social, cultural, and political issues relevant to today’s world. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m., follow the Yellow Brick Road on a magical journey and share Dorothy’s fantastic adventures as the stage is transformed into a world of imagination. This production, presented by the American Family Theatre, features original songs and colorful costumes. Tickets are $17 and $12. For additional information or to purchase tickets, 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 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 through April 30 and features the work of Debbie James and Dejana Erish. Other shows at the Gallery in April are:

  • Through May 15 – Monique Perry will present her work on the Big Walls Gallery in GSU’s E-Lounge Corridor.
  • Through April 28 – Rick Lapidus’ art will be on display.
  • 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.

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

Sertoma Centre’s BIG Event – Saturday, April 27

The Walk-Ins will perform their eclectic mix of Motown, classic rock, hits from the 80’s and more at Sertoma Centre’s BIG Event to be held on Saturday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. The Walk-Ins are a group of educators from the Chicago Heights School system and talented musicians who are eager to perform at the BIG Event this year. In addition, the hottest firehouse cook-off will take place when area firehouse cooks will prepare chicken, ribs, chili and ethnic dishes for trophies and prizes. Dave Fleming the magician and juggler will perform on stage at 6:30 p.m. Boomer from the Windy City Thunderbolts will stop by and there will be children’s face painting, games and a video gaming station. Tickets are $10 for adults which include 10 food sample tickets, children 12 and under are $5 and children under 3 are free. Proceeds from the event benefit the more than 700 individuals with disabilities served by Sertoma Centre. For additional information, call 708-730-6206 or visit www.sertomacentre.org.

Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

Rediscovering Chicago Heights ‘Community Photo-Voice Project’ – Through May 11

Compiling the photographs by the citizen photographers and the two professional photographers, Union Street Gallery will present an exhibition of photography which celebrates diversity, beauty, meaning and positive aspects of the Chicago Heights community. The entire Chicago Heights community will be invited to view the exhibition through May11. The gallery will be hosting an arts & Jazz Festival Saturday May 11th to celebrate the project, the exhibit, and community of Chicago Heights. All events are free and open to the public. Along with the exhibit and festival, the gallery will be creating street banners and a book with photos and quotes by the citizen photographers that will be available for sale and distribution throughout the community. These items, which will be around for years to come, will help this project have a lasting positive impact on the community. For additional information, and Gallery hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

DePaul University, 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago

‘Bloody Sunday’ Activist to Discuss Social Entrepreneurialism – Wednesday, April 24

Don Mullan has worn many hats in is long and varied career: survivor of the infamous 1972 ‘Bloody Sunday’ tragedy in Northern Ireland; crusading investigative journalist; international human rights activist; movie producer; advocate for those like himself with dyslexia; guest lecturer and consultant at DePaul University. Mullan says it all falls under the job description of “creative social entrepreneur.” On Wednesday, April 24 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Mullan will present a talk on how he has charted his successful and varied career while working to make the world a better place. He will address his work as a human rights trail blazer dedicated to causes around the world, including Rwanda, South Africa and Brazil, and his work with other civil rights leaders, such as South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 324. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

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

IN WAR Series – Through Memorial Day 2013

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

‘Not About Bombs’ – Through Fall 2013

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

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday at GSU

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

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

Opt In to Technology at PSC

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

Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults

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

Online Educational Resources

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

Top U.S. Universities

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

Healthy Living

Park Forest Community Relations

‘Spring Into a Better You!’ – Saturday, April 27

On Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can ‘Spring Into a Better You!’ The event will be held at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. Events will include:

  • Healthy cooking demonstration;
  • Zumba & Yoga demonstrations (wear your workout clothes);
  • Learn how to lift weights properly;
  • One-on-one personal trainers;
  • Chair massages; and
  • Health screening.

There will also be 2 workshops, ‘The Right Start: Fitness as a Lifestyle’; and ‘Lose Your Belly Fat: ABSolutely!’ You can view various health exhibits all day and participate in a scavenger hunt. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-283-5621 or visit the Community Relations tab of the Village of Park Forest’s website, www.villageorparkforest.com.

Homewood Rotary Club & Ingalls Health System

30th Annual Free Family Health Fair – Sunday, April 28

The 30th Annual Free Family Health Fair will take place on Sunday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the James Hart School in Homewood (183rd and Aberdeen, at the H-F Sports Complex). More than 30 free screenings will be offered including:

  • Total Cholesterol blood test;
  • 12-lead EKG for persons 30 and older;
  • Cancer screenings for skin, colon and breast health;
  • Screenings for osteoporosis, arthritis and join, back and neck pain;
  • Allergy tests, vision and hearing screenings; and
  • Mini-massages.

A Lipid profile (HDL & LDL, cholesterol and triglycerides) can be done for $10. This test requires a 12-hour fast. Many other discounted blood tests (prostate; thyroid, glucose, etc.) will also be offered. Please note that lab services will only be available from 9 a.m. to noon. No appointment is needed. Everyone is welcome, no residency restrictions. To register in advance, visit www.Ingalls.org/HealthFair for separate lines and shorter wait times. For additional information, call Ingalls at 800-221-2199.

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: vopf.com/cpr-classes.html

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

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch at the Senior Café

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

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

If you, or someone you know, are struggling to pay for medications every month, they may be able to get the medicines they need for free or almost free through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. If you live in Illinois, you can get access to more than 475 public and private program available to help you pay for your medicines. Simply visit http://www.pparx.org/en/click_illinois to find out if you can apply to any of these great programs and to get connected with 10,000 free clinics and doctors.

Green Events

Park Forest Environment Commission

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

Based on numerous requests from members of the community, the Park Forest Environment Commission has arranged for Chef Kate Bradley to give a presentation on ‘Basic Canning’ on Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard, Park Forest (located on the west side of the Park Forest Aqua Center). Kate will provide an overview of basic canning techniques and familiarize participants with the equipment needed to successfully can the fruits of your summer gardens for enjoyment in the cold winter months. Participants will also enjoy light refreshments canned from Kate’s kitchen. Seating for this event is limited 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].

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

 ‘Bike and Hike Benefit for Thorn Creek Woods’ – Registration Required by Thursday, May 9

On Saturday, May 11 from noon to 4 p.m., the ‘Bike and Hike Benefit for Thorn Creek Woods’ will take place. Ride your motorcycle or bicycle to Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, and savor homemade soups, tour the Nature Center and enjoy a two mile hike. Hiking is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. This benefit event is in memory of the late Joe Hanes. Joe and his wife Alice were early supporters of Thorn Creek Woods and longtime members of the Chicago Region BMW Motorcycle Owners Association. Co-sponsors of the event are: Friends of Thorn Creek Woods, Chicago Region BMW Motorcycle Owners Association, Park Forest Environment Commission, and Garden Club of Park Forest. There is a suggested donation of $20 per person. Registration required by Thursday, May 9. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

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

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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.

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 26

Join Park Forest’s American Legion Post 1198 for fish, shrimp, wings, beef and appetizers on Friday, April 26 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.

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.

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