In and Around Park Forest Week of April 24, 2016

David Jagodzinski, Mary Ann Trzyna and David Carter

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—April 24, 2016.  ‘From Earth,’ a juried exhibition of fifty-three artists presenting images inspired by, derived from, portraying or interpreting plants will open at Tall Grass Arts Association’s Gallery on Saturday, April 30 with a reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit presents examples of drawing; painting; printmaking; photography; digital work; mixed media; encaustic; fiber and handmade paper pieces; ceramics; silver, marble and limestone sculptures; jewelry and other media. Many are powerful, technically superior, large scale compositions. Just as compelling are smaller works that are quiet, meditative, intimate personal visions. You can learn more about the exhibit in the ‘Arts and Entertainment’ section.

Attention All Procrastinators: Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2016-2017  must be displayed no later than Sunday, 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 period is also required by May 1.  Both the vehicles stickers and animal registration can be taken care of online or in person at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.  Village Hall hours are Monday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Village Hall will also have special hours on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  View full vehicle sticker details.

On a personal note, I’ll be taking some time off to have some surgery so next week’s ‘In and Around Park Forest’ column will cover a two-week period.  So, if your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in the community during the May 1 through May 22 period, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details no later than Friday, April 29 for publication in the May 1st column.  Thank you.

Village of Park Forest

Village Board Meeting Cancellation – Monday, April 25

The Village Board previously scheduled for Monday, April 25 has been cancelled.  The next Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 2 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.

Park Forest Vehicle Sticker Sales & Animal Registration – Required by Sunday, May 1

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’ – Sunday, May 1

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

Classical Guitar Ensemble – Tuesday, April 26

On Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago, students from the CCPA Classical Guitar Program will present a recital of chamber works featuring the guitar.  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.

Wind Ensemble – Thursday, April 28

On Thursday, April 28 at Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago, the CCPA Wind Ensemble will feature the work of composer Mark Engebretson.  The program will also feature two world premieres, one by CCPA composition faculty member Stacy Carrop and the other by Zachary Robertson, winner of the CCPA Student WIND Ensemble Composition Competition. 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.

String Chamber Music Showcase – Friday, April 29

On Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago, CCPA student string chamber ensembles selected through a competitive process will offer a program of chamber music repertoire.  This concert will also feature students performing with guest faculty member violinist Toby Appel.  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.

JazzFest – Saturday, April 30

On Saturday, April 30 at 12 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase, 806 South Plymouth in Chicago, you can hear all the CCPA jazz and contemporary combos performing at Chicago’s premier jazz venue. Stop by for some of the event of stay for the whole show.  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

‘Barbara Rossi’s: Poor Traits’ and ‘Eye Owe You!’ Art Exhibit — Opens May 12

Chicago artist Barbara Rossi’s enigmatic drawings and meticulous Plexiglas paintings will be featured at the DePaul Art Museum May 12 through Aug. 21. ‘Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits’ is organized by Natalie Bell at the New Museum in New York and marks the most significant presentation of the artist’s work in 25 years. A companion exhibition, ‘Eye Owe You!’ will highlight Rossi’s photographs and artistic process.  DePaul Art Museum has organized a companion exhibition, “Eye Owe You!” in close collaboration with Rossi as a way to illuminate her working process. The exhibition features 124 of Rossi’s photographs that have never been exhibited before. This personal archive of visual culture has informed her work for 40 years and also captures an important bygone era in Chicago’s visual urban landscape. Rossi earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute, where she has taught drawing and painting since 1971. The images from 1971 to 1975 included in the exhibition are from Rossi’s vast collection of 35mm slides and align with the dates of the paintings in “Poor Traits.” Arranged by the artist in a specific sequence to correlate one image to the next, they document hand-painted outdoor signs and window displays in Chicago and cities around the world. A limited edition artist’s book of these images will be published by DePaul Art Museum. The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. The museum hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu/.

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 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

Peter Pan and Wendy – Through May 28

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present Peter Pan and Wendy, adapted by Doug Rand, from the novel by J.M. Barrie, and directed by Ernie Nolan, as the final installment of the 2015-16 Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences season. The production runs through May 28, 2016, at DePaul’s historic Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E Balbo Ave in Chicago. Performances are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays 2 p.m. Special Friday performances (10 a.m.) will occur on April 29 and May 13. A Sunday performance will be held on May 22 (2 p.m.). There is no Saturday performance on May 21.  Peter Pan and Wendy is recommended for all ages.  Complimentary Teacher Guides are available online for educators and interested audience members. These include activities and discussions for before and after the performance, which highlight core learning goals. Themes from Peter Pan and Wendy include: adventure; believing in something; duty and responsibility; family; fantasy vs. reality; gender roles; growing up; imagination, and storytelling. The performances on May 12 (10 a.m.) and May 14 (2 p.m.) will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Call TTY: 773.325.7975.  The performance on May 19 (10 a.m.) will include a live audio-description of the visual and physical events on-stage, for patrons who are blind or have low-vision. If patrons require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any other hearing or vision needs, please let the Box Office staff know when you reserve your tickets, so that the theatre staff can make sure your visit to our theatre is an excellent one. The performances on May 5 (10 a.m.) and 22 (2 p.m.) will be followed by a post-show discussion. Tickets are $10. Subscriptions and group rates (15 or more people) are available. DePaul employees, alumni, and college students receive a discount (with ID). Tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at 312-922-1999.  For information about parking, please contact the Box Office. The theatre is accessible via CTA busses (3-King Drive, 29 – State Street, 146 -Michigan/ Museums and others), and CTA El stops (Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple and Pink).

Translation of Likes’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Theatre School will present the world premiere of ‘The Translation of Likes’ written by Theatre School alumna and Chicago-based playwright/actress Nambi E. Kelley.  The production opens May 6 with previews on May 4 and 5.  The play will run through May 15.  This new play focuses on personal identity in the age of the internet and features Class of 2016 Master of Fine Arts in acting candidates.  For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the performance on May 13 will be audio described with a pre-performance touch tour. Post-show discussions will occur on May 8 and May 12. Performances for The Translation of Likes will be Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10, and student tickets are always $5. Subscriptions and group rates (6 or more people) are available. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available by calling 773-325-7900or visiting the online box office at http://theatre.depaul.edu. The Fullerton Stage Theatre and the Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre are located within The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 North Racine Ave (at Fullerton). The school 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 Avenue. Please call the Box Office for more information or for help in planning your trip.

Drama Group, 330 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘Mary Poppins’ – Opens Friday, April 29

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 the 1950s at the Park Forest House Museum

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 227 Monee Road, (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church) in Park Forest, will give you a nostalgic look of what a Park Forest home and classroom once looked like.  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 24:

  • Monday, April 25 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 25 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.
  • Monday, April 25 at 4 p.m. – Kid’s Checker Tournament — It’s time to play some checkers! Register now for a spot in the tournament. Ages 8 to 12.
  • Tuesday, April 26 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 26 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 27 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 27 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 27 at 4:30 p.m. – Teen Advisory Board Meeting — We want YOU to join our new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and help plan and design this new space for PF/OF teens. Ask for an application in patron services.
  • Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. – Writers’ Workshop — Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.
  • Thursday, April 28 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 28 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 28 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 29 at 1 p.m. — Senior Travelogue: Great Cemeteries of the World — This month’s travelogue takes us to some of the most well-known and ornate cemeteries on Earth.
  • Friday, April 29 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!
  • Friday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. – Kid’s Coloring Circle — Our new circle is the perfect way to step back from a day at school and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
  • 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.

Annual Rich Township Senior Fair to be Held on May 6

The Rich Township Senior Fair is an annual fair that brings information to area seniors on a large number of available services, including transportation, recreation, restaurants, health care, and legal. In 2015, the Senior Fair was held in a new venue, the Richton Park Community Center. The easily accessible, large space on Sauk Trail allowed attendees to comfortably browse the various tables and interact with vendors. The Rich Township Senior Fair returns to the Richton Park Community Center, located at 4455 Sauk Trail in Richton Park, on Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to attend and is highly recommended for area seniors. The Rich Township Senior Fair is sponsored by the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus, Rich Township, and the Park Forest Rotary Club.

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

‘The Baker’s Wife’ – Opens Thursday, April 28

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

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 – Through May 10

SSC will host the following Spring Music Events:

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 30 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.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Fall 2016 Registration Open at PSC

Registration for fall 2016 is open at PSC. Credit courses begin Monday, Aug. 22. Non-credit courses include a variety of single-day and multiple-session offerings that begin throughout the fall. PSC offers convenient, flexible scheduling options. Students can choose their schedule, their class and their time. Hundreds of courses are offered days, evenings, weekends and online to accommodate busy schedules. The 16-week courses begin Monday, Aug. 22. On Tuesday, Sept. 6, 14-week courses begin. The 12-week courses begin Friday, Sept. 16. All of these courses — 16-week, 14-week, and 12-week – end on Thursday, Dec. 8, and offer the same course material with the same credit hours. The shorter the number of weeks, the longer the class period. PSC also offers two different eight-week course sessions. First eight-week courses start Monday, Aug. 22, and end Friday, Oct. 14. Second eight-week courses start Monday, Oct. 17, and end on Thursday, Dec. 8. The eight-week courses typically offer fewer credit hours. Many of the college certificate programs offer eight-week courses, allowing students to fit two courses in a semester and to make progress towards that certificate. Both credit and non-credit courses are listed in the fall class schedule, available on the PSC main campus, located at 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. The schedule also is available at area public libraries and online at prairiestate.edu. To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person at the college or online. Current students can register for credit courses in person or online at prairiestate.edu/start. Beginning Friday, May 27, and through Friday, Aug. 12, Enrollment Services is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the college is closed on Fridays. Beginning Monday, Aug. 15, Enrollment Services will resume regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The college also will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person. To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to prairiestate.edu and select “How to Register for Non-Credit Courses” from the A-Z Index. Another option is to complete the registration form available online at prairiestate.edu/noncredit or in the back of the printed course schedule. Students also can register for non-credit courses in person at the Matteson Area Center (MAC), located at 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson, or in the Enrollment Services Office on the PSC main campus. Beginning Friday, May 27, and through Friday Aug. 12, the MAC is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Beginning Monday, Aug. 15, the MAC will resume regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The MAC also will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. For more information about registering for courses, visit prairiestate.edu or call 708-709-3500.

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

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

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

Earth Month Events at PSC – Through April 30

On Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Matteson Area Center, 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson, PSC will host 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.

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

Earth Awareness Activities – Wednesday, April 27th

The SSC Sustainability Committee is hosting its annual Earth Awareness Day Expo on Wednesday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Main Campus in South Holland. Vendors for the day include: Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Cook County Department of Environmental Control, Cook County Forest Preserve, Healthy Schools Campaign, One Step for Animals, Sand Ridge Nature Center, The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and others. The expo is free of charge and open to the public. The Cook County Department of Environmental Control will be hosting a prescription drug take-back throughout the day in the Atrium and there will be an e-waste collection for used electronics and computers

ACCEPTABLE ELECTRONICS – Computers, Cable Boxes, Cell Phones, Copiers, DVD Players, External Drives, Fax Machines, Keyboards, Laptops, Mice, Monitors, MP3 Players, PDAs, Printers, Radios, Remote Controls, Routers, Scanners, Servers, Stereos, Telephones, Typewrites, VCRs, Video Game Consoles.

ACCEPTABLE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS – Blenders (no glass), Bread Makers, Cameras, Carpet Sweepers, Clocks, Coffee Makers, Curling Irons, Electric Knives, Electric Toothbrushes, Fans, Flat Irons, Food Sealers, Fryers, Hair Cutters, Hair Dryers, Heaters, Irons, Holiday Lights, Massagers, Metal Tools (drills, screwdrivers, etc.), Mixers, Microwaves, Shavers, Toasters & Toasters Ovens, Vacuum Cleaners, VHS Tapes.

We Cannot Accept Clothing Washers, Clothing Dryers, Dishwashers, Refrigerators, Stoves or Televisions.

Prescription Drug Take Back • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Atrium
Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Contents should be removed from their bottles and placed in a sealable plastic bag. Aerosol pharmaceuticals such as inhalers will also be accepted.

We Cannot Accept Needles, Infectious Medical Waste, and Controlled Substances.

For more information on Earth Awareness Day, please call 708- 210-5757.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – April 27

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.

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].

Medical Cannabis Education Meeting – Sunday, May 1

The Medical Cannabis Association will host an educational event on Sunday, May 1 at 12 noon at UUCC.  For additional information, call the church office at 708-481-5339.

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).

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.