In and Around Park Forest Week of April 3, 2016

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—April 3, 2016.  The Rev. Michael Pfleger and Roosevelt University Journalism Professor John Fountain will weigh In on Spike Lee’s controversial film, ‘Chiraq,’ on Wednesday, April 6 at the University. The film continues to be controversial in large part because of its name suggesting Chicago is a warzone, similarly to Iraq. The Rev. Pfleger and Professor Fountain both have frequently spoken publicly about the film and its provocative name. The two will give an authentic discussion about the circumstances that gave rise to the movie and what it will take to make real change so that the term “Chiraq” no longer carries meaning. The event is free and open to the public. Additional information about the event can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

As part of the Our Village Circle series, State Representative Anthony DeLuca will take part in a conversation at the Park Forest Public Library on Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. DeLuca will provide an update on where things stand with the state budget, issues impacting the region, and his background leading up to becoming a state representative. Additional information about the event can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

Attention all bicycle riders.  Registration is now taking place for the Folks on Spokes 35th Annual Easter Ride scheduled for Sunday, April 24. 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. Additional information about the event can be found in the ‘This & That’ section.

If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in our community during the upcoming week, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details. Submission deadline is noon on Friday of each week.

Village of Park Forest

Village Board Meeting – Monday, April 4

The Village Board will meet on Monday, April 4 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 3:

  • Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Thursday, April 7 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission

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

GSU Dance Company’s Dance Festival – Thursday, April 7

The GSU Dance Company’s Dance Festival, featuring guest performers Fatal Dance, will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.  The GSU Dance Company’s second production features an eclectic array of dance styles including contemporary, musical theatre jazz, afro-modern, and hip-hop. The Festival is produced by the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.  Tickets are $18 and $13 for students. BUY TICKETS.  Please note that student tickets are not available online, but can be purchased at the Box Office or by calling 708-235-2222.

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

‘The Coronation of Poppea’ – Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10

The CCPA Symphony Orchestra will perform on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. p.m. at the Studebaker Theater, 410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago.  The event is free and open to the public. The opera follows the story of Poppea, mistress of Roman Emperor Nero, and how she is able to achieve her ambition to be crowned empress. Performed by the entire graduate class of CCPA, voice majors with period instruments and member of the CCPA Symphony Orchestra, our production will be presented in the recently renovated Studebaker Theater in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building. 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 Piano and Composition Collaboration Concert – Thursday, April 7

In this recital, CCPA composition students collaborate with piano students for concert of eclectic new works for piano.  The concert will take place on Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. on the 7th floor of Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. 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 Latin Jazz Ensemble – Monday, April 11

CCPA’s Latin Jazz Ensemble will present an exciting mix of Afro-Cuban styles guaranteed to get audience members on their feet.  The event will take place on Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase, 806. S. Plymouth, Chicago.  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 New Deal Jazz Ensemble – Tuesday, April 12

New Deal, CCPA’s vocal jazz ensemble performs a mixture of traditional and contemporary styles.  The event will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase, 806 South Plymouth, Chicago.  Expect anything from Duke Ellington to Joni Mitchell – and even original student compositions – during this exciting evening of vocal jazz.  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.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, 1701 E. Woodfield Rd., Suite 704, Schaumburg

2016 Congressional Art Competition Eight District – Submissions Due by Friday, April 8

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) calla on students throughout the Eighth District wishing to show off their artistic talents to enter her newly-announced 2016 Congressional Art Competition, which is now accepting submissions here. Each year since arriving in Congress, Duckworth has hosted this competition to give Eighth District students a chance to compete for a trip to Washington, D.C., and to have their artwork displayed in the Halls of Congress for visitors and Members of Congress to see. The deadline for submissions into this year’s competition is April 8th, 2016. Once all entries have been received, a panel of talented local judges from the Eighth District will select the winner, in conjunction with an online poll where residents will have an opportunity to have their say as well. The Congresswoman’s office will host a reception at a later date to announce the winner and honorable mentions. Students interested in participating in this year’s competition should visit the Congresswoman’s website for more information about how to enter.

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’ – Tickets Now on Sale

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 opens Friday, April 15, and runs through Sunday, April 24, 2016. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are April 13 and 14 at 7:30 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 an Opening Night reception following the April 15 performance, and post-show discussions April 17 and 21.

Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock Street, Park Forest

Northern Illinois University Steel Drum Band Performance – Friday, April 8

The Northern Illinois University Steel Drum Band will perform on Friday, April 8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at Faith United Protestant Church in Park Forest. NIU Steel Band has performed throughout the US and around the world.  The band is a 35-member group and is mainly comprised of steelpan and percussion majors, and play way beyond the scope of Caribbean style music. Tickets may be purchased at Faith Church office by calling 708-747-1330, or at the door Friday evening. Admission price is $12.00 for Adults and $8.00 for Students.

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

Insider’s View of Hyde Park: The Art-Lovers Community – Limited Seating – Registration Now in Progress

Hyde Park is the quintessential arts community. Known for its acclaimed museums and dynamic neighborhood centers, Hyde Park is a haven for artists, curators and casual connoisseurs. Peter Slevin, Washington Post staff writer has said that “Hyde Park is all about the mix.” Get an insider’s view of this vibrant destination on Saturday, April 16 on an all-day tour with Governors State University’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park Director Geoff Bates. The tour will focus on exploring significant works of sculpture and design. The chartered bus tour, “Hyde Park: Public & Private,” runs from 8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. and includes:

  • A Visit to the Hyde Park Art Center, featuring exhibits “Who Cares for the Sky?” and “Rodrigo Lara Zendejas’ La Paz”
  • A visit to University of Chicago’s Smart Museum
  • Lunch at The Currency Exchange Café
  • A Tour of Theaster Gates most recent project, the celebrated Stony Island Arts Bank
  • A visit to Chicago master sculptor Lorado Taft’s Fountain of Time sculpture

The day will conclude with a wine reception at the home of retired professor and collector Dan Parker, who will share insights on his private collection of African and African-American art. The all-inclusive fee for the tour is $125, and seating is limited. Reservations for the tour can be made by contacting 708-235-7559. Chicago residents who are interested in joining the group in Hyde Park will be provided with directions for meeting the bus when they make their reservations. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University presents important artwork by a variety of nationally and internationally recognized sculptors. Thirty-two large-scale works are currently sited across over 100 acres of prairie landscape and are accessible to the public free-of-charge from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. For more information about the park and its programs, visit our website at www.govst.edu/sculpture.

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

‘Soaring Sounds’ – Saturday, April 9

‘Soaring Sounds’ will be performing on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. at the Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College, 6601 West College Drive, Palos Heights. ‘Soaring Sounds’ featuring the Roosevelt University Conservatory Chorus, will feature: Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture; Golijov’s Night of the Flying Horses and Schubert’s Mass No. 5 in A-flat Major with Chorus. For additional information, visit: www.ipomusic.org or call 708-481-7774.

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 Garden Club

Membership and Guest Tea – Tuesday, April 12

The Park Forest Garden Club hosts a membership and guest tea on Tuesday, April 12 at 12 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 227 Monee Road, in Park Forest. The program, titled “Worms Eat My Garbage” will be presented by U of I Extension Master Gardeners. Refreshments will be served. For questions, call 708-748-6333 or 708-747-3847.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest

Annual Park Forest Hall of Fame Induction to be Held on April 10

The Park Forest Historical Society will hold its annual Park Forest Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. in Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd, Park Forest. The Class of 2016 Inductees represent, once again, some of the finest people who have made substantial, beneficial and consistent contributions to the life and well-being of Park Forest over a considerable span of time. The event is free and open to the general public. The 2016 Inductees will be Don DeMarco, Mary and Larry Lubertozzi, Kathy Cardona McDonough, Michael McNamara, Herbert E. and Patricia M. Tieder, and the Grande Prairie Singers. You can learn more about the 2016 Inductees at: https://enewspf.com/2016/03/27/annual-park-forest-hall-of-fame-induction-to-be-held-on-april-10/. For information on the Park Forest Hall of Fame, visit www.parkforesthistory.org, or call Jane Nicoll, PFHS President, 708-481-4252.

‘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 3:

  • Monday, April 4 at 3 p.m. — kids’ zone Science Club – Making a Scene: The Science of Movies — 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. Grades 3rd – 5th.
  • Tuesday, April 5 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!
  • Wednesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. — Teen DIY: Magnetic Slime — Explore magnetism with this cool slimy experiment!
  • Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. — The Hunger Games: April Marathon — Enjoy each Hunger Games movie, in order, on Thursdays starting April 7th and ending April 28th with Mockingjay Part 2.
  • Friday, April 8 at 11 a.m. – Fiber Arts Circle — Meet and mingle with local fiber arts enthusiasts! Share stories, swap yarns, and more.
  • Friday, April 8 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 1 at 3:30 p.m. – Kids 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.

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

Friends of the Library Meeting – Tuesday, April 5

The Friends of the Library will meet on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Park Forest Public Library.  Support our mission to open doors to a world of information, education, and recreation.  The event is open to the public.  For additional information, contact Barbara Osuch at 708-748-3731, extension 16 or email [email protected].

Potpourri of Lectures Series – Thursday, April 7

The Potpourri of Lectures Series will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 10:30 p.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room.  This week’s lecture is “Biking Spain’s Costa Brava, Home of Dali, Miro, and Gaudi” with Al Sturges. For additional information call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

Our Village Circle – Saturday, April 9

State Representative Anthony DeLuca takes part in a conversation at the Park Forest Public Library on Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. DeLuca will provide an update on where things stand with the state budget, issues impacting the region, and his background leading up to becoming a state representative. The conversation is part of the Our Village Circle series which features notable names in and around Park Forest leading conversations over light refreshments. The series takes place on the second Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd. The conversations are free to attend. For more information, call the Park Forest Public Library at 708-748-3731.

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

Faculty Showcase Event – Tuesday, April 5

PSC is hosting a Faculty Showcase, featuring outstanding PSC faculty members, from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights.  Featured faculty members are PSC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Christine Brooms, who was one of the 2015 Illinois Community College Trustees Association’s (ICCTA) Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award winner, and PSC Assistant Professor of HVAC/Fire Science Chad Vlietstra, who was the 2015 ICCTA Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award nominee from PSC. The event is free to attend. Both faculty members will give a presentation about how their discipline impacts higher education. Refreshments will follow. For more information, contact PSC Associate Dean Dave Naze at [email protected].

 ‘Synergy’ High School Juried Art Exhibit – Through April 14

PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery will exhibit ‘Synergy,’ a juried art competition for high school students in Community College District 515. The exhibit will run through April 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit will feature computer art, drawing, graphic design, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. Christopher Art Gallery is located on PSC’s main campus in Chicago Heights. Gallery Hours are Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and by appointment.  For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 708-709-3636.

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’ – Tickets Now on Sale

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.

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.

Tall Grass Art Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Ancestors: Art and Artifacts of Africa’ – Through April 16

Tall Grass Arts Association will present a major cultural and historical exhibit, ‘Ancestors: Art and Artifacts of Africa,’ through April 16.  The will also be a lecture and opportunity to meet the collector on Wednesday, March 30, 7 p.m. The exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public.  All traditional African Art objects in an extended sense refer to ancestors whether they are intended to depict them or not.  Some symbolize spirits, others represent powerful objects of magic or reference ancestral wisdom, yet undoubtedly ancestors continue as intermediaries. More than seventy works of art will be on display. Most are carved of wood, others are made of ceramic, and some cast in bronze. Most of the objects date from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Art objects will be accompanied by photographic wall murals of traditional rather than modern life in Sub-Sahara Africa.  Objects have been loaned to Tall Grass Arts Association by several prominent private collectors, namely, Dr. Peter Gould of Haddonfield, New Jersey, and others.  Dr. Arthur P. Bourgeois, of Governors State University, and Mr. Scott Rodolitz, of Keene, New Hampshire, serve as both organizers and curators of this exhibition which includes a published catalog. 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.

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

Home Concert with Political Satirist Tom Neilson – Sunday, April 10 — Limited Seating

Political satirist Tom Neilson will perform a home concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 at the Waters Edge Condo, 3505 Lakeview Drive in Hazel Crest. Tom provides a voice for those who believe in the power of folk music to effect change. His award-winning songs of humor and compassion have been performed in 21 countries on 5 continents. His lyrics are celebrated for their sophistication, political astuteness, & wit.  There is a suggested donation of $10 – $20. Bring along snacks/drinks to share if you wish. Space is limited.  Send your check to:

Tom Neilson c/o Bartlett

66 Water Street

Park Forest, IL 60466

For additional information or questions, call 708-363-1188 or email [email protected].

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Graduate Program Open House – Registration Now in Progress

GRE test-taking strategies, choosing the right graduate program, and financing your education are all topics that will be discussed at the Graduate Program Open House at Governors State University on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will learn from experts in breakout sessions designed to answer questions about these important issues. GSU offers master’s degree programs, specialist degree program and professional doctoral degree programs as well as graduate-level certificates in a variety of areas from healthcare to business and education to arts and sciences. Prospective students who attend the Graduate Program Open House will receive a waiver code for their application fee. Programs requiring application through the CAS system are excluded from this offer. The GSU Graduate Open House is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested by April 8. To register, go to www.govst.edu/grad-openhouse. For more information, call 708-534-4086 or [email protected].

Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Founders of Black Lives Matter Lecture – Monday, April 4

Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, two of the three women who started the Black Lives Matter Movement, will speak about their experiences in founding and moving the organization forward at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 4 at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. This Roosevelt University community event will be held in the second-floor Congress Lounge. The lecture will be followed by a meet and greet reception with students. Started as a Twitter hashtag in 2013, Tonetti and Garza, along with Patrisse Cullors, began Black Lives Matters as a means to challenge law enforcement’s frequent unfair treatment of African Americans. During its first year, Black Lives Matter raised awareness about the issue considerably, with the share of people who believe whites and blacks don’t have the same rights reportedly increasing from 46 to 60 percent.  Today, Black Lives Matter has become a civil rights phenomenon and hotbed of activism that is engaging increasing numbers of the nation’s socially conscious citizens. Organized by Student Programming for Enrichment, Enlightenment and Development (SPEED), the event is the highlight of Social Justice Week, being held April 4-8 at Roosevelt. Other Social Justice Week events include:

  • Wednesday, April 6 at 10 a.m. — What Does Social Justice Mean to You? — second-floor Fainman Lounge.
  • Wednesday, April 6 at 1 p.m. & Thursday, April 7 at 1 p.m. — RU Proud:  Safe Space and Allyl Training, in Wabash Room 317.
  • Wednesday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. — Creating Homeless Kits for the Homeless, Wabash Room 317
  • Thursday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. — Sexual Violence Speaker Suzette Walden Cole, Wabash Room 317
  • Friday, April 8 at 9 a.m. — Service Learning Trip to Urban Ministries Men’s and Women’s Shelters, sign up in Wabash Room 323.

Advocate for Music as Change Agent in Prisons and Beyond to Speak at Roosevelt University – Monday, April 4

André de Quadros, an internationally known music professor, conductor and human rights activist who believes music has power to make social change, will speak about the idea of saving the world with music on Monday, April 4 at Roosevelt University in Chicago. A researcher and performer who has studied and spoken globally about the importance of the arts to health and rehabilitation of those who are incarcerated, de Quadros will speak on “Saving the World through Music – Really?” at 5:30 p.m. in the University’s 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The event is free and open to the public. For information, email [email protected] or [email protected] or call 312-341-2041. Arguing that the arts have the potential to mobilize communities, providing opportunities for empowerment, de Quadros is Roosevelt’s first Social Justice in the Performing Arts resident. During his keynote, de Quadros is expected to argue that musicians have a social justice responsibility to use their talents as a means of dealing with and solving the world’s societal problems. He will discuss his efforts to bring music into U.S. prisons and also will talk about music as a tool of conflict resolution in the ongoing Arab-Israeli dispute.

During his three-day visit, the Boston professor will be meeting with a variety of Roosevelt University community members, including Michael Schneider, a Roosevelt master’s in Viola Performance student who recently developed a new social justice opportunity and program that will enable CCPA student musicians to perform and discuss music with juveniles serving time at the Illinois Youth Center in Chicago. A panel presentation that will look at Schneider’s new program as well as the impact of music on capital punishment and incarceration will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6 in Room 925 of Roosevelt’s Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave.  The event is free and open to the public.  Panelists include de Quadros, Schneider and University of Illinois PhD student Michael Siletti, who has been working on a doctorate about the impact of music on incarceration. These events and Roosevelt’s new Social Justice in the Performing Arts Residency are sponsored by CCPA, its Center for Arts Leadership and Roosevelt’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation.

Chicago vs. Chiraq: The Rev. Michael Pfleger & Professor John Fountain Weigh In – Wednesday April 6

Spike Lee’s most recent film, Chiraq, continues to be controversial in large part because of its name suggesting Chicago is a warzone, similarly to Iraq. The Rev. Michael Pfleger and Roosevelt University Journalism Professor John Fountain both have frequently spoken publicly about the film and its provocative name. Now the two will take the podium at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 in Roosevelt University’s second-floor Congress Lounge for an authentic discussion about the circumstances that gave rise to the movie and what it will take to make real change so that the term “Chiraq” no longer carries meaning. The event is free and open to the public. “A lot of students are outraged by this movie, and many don’t understand the term and why Spike Lee would come here and make a film like this,” said Ashanti McCall, president of Roosevelt’s Black Student Union.  “We hope this event will add context to the issues at hand and clear the air about the film.”

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

Elevation Leadership Summit – 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 [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.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Applications for 2016 Village of Park Forest Scholarships — Now Being Accepted

The Village of Park Forest Scholarship helps provide financial assistance to Park Forest residents.  Recipients of the Park Forest Scholarship demonstrate strong academic ability and a high level of character.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Must be a Park Forest resident
Must be a graduating high school senior
Must be able to illustrate your educational and career goals
Must submit only one application
Must be willing to have your story told

Requirements
Park Forest Scholarship: Minimum G.P.A. of 2.75

Dr. Ken W. Kramer Scholarship: Minimum G.P.A of 3.75

Scholarship Awards
Park Forest will award three Park Forest Scholarships in the amount of $500 to first-year college students with a high school G.P.A. of at least 2.75.

Park Forest will award one Dr. Ken W. Kramer Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a first-year college student with a high school G.P.A of at least 3.75.

*Applicants do not need to specify which award they are applying for.

The selection process takes into consideration academic performance, activities and involvement outside of the classroom, need, as well as academic improvement.

Deadline
April 15, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Disbursement of Awards
Unless requested to be applied towards a different term, funds will be paid directly to the educational institution of each respective award recipient during the first term. Should a student request to have funds applied to a different term during the first year of coursework, scholarship dollars must be applied to the student’s account no later than May 31, 2017 or the dollars are forfeited.  Students will not receive cash.

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Additional scholarships available! 
The Park Forest Youth Commission has two scholarship awards available to Park Forest residents; one for high school seniors and a second for continuing college students.  To apply now, click here.

Green Events

Park Forest Environment Commission, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest

Free Organic Vegetable Gardening Class to be Held on April 16

Park Forest’s Saturday Morning Gardening Series continues April 16 with a session on organic vegetable gardening. Organic gardening isn’t difficult or complicated. Learn tips to make your landscape work for you with a partly edible, partly ornamental garden. The session is free and takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Wetlands Discovery Center located at the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, in Park Forest.

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

Earth Month Events at PSC – Begin April 8

PSC will host the following 2016 Earth Month activities:

April 7, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Atrium
Around the World

The effects of climate change can be felt around the world. Meet the sustainability club in the Atrium, get your passport ready, and go around the world to learn about various endangered species. Pick up your passport in the Atrium any time during the event. Visit all seven continents for your chance to be entered into our Around the World drawing for a Red Solo Cup and $10 McDonald’s Gift Card. Two winners will be chosen.

April 8
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
South Suburban College
South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium Student Sustainability Summit

Join us for the 5th annual Student Sustainability Summit created for students – by students.

Students from all 12 SMHEC colleges are invited to learn about sustainability outside their colleges, network with peers and have an opportunity to meet with professionals in the field. You will learn more about the green workforce, volunteer and internship opportunities during the share fair and you’ll enjoy a delicious and sustainable lunch. Advanced registration is required. Register at http://tinyurl.com/Small2Big2016. We are looking for student presenters! Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/StuApp16.

April 13

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Conference Center, Room 1315
Comfort Zone

Join the sustainability club to watch Comfort Zone, a documentary with a unique approach to stimulating dialogue about climate change. The film is non-partisan, scientifically rigorous, and fun to watch. It’s the story of three ordinary Americans each trying to find their own way to deal with the reality of climate change. It is also the story of how climate change will affect daily life in a typical Great Lakes setting.

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 Audubon Society, Park Forest

Acclaimed Photographer, Tom Ulrich to Speak – Wednesday, April 6

Thorn Creek Audubon Society will host Tom Ulrich, an acclaimed professional photographer, on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest. Tom will take us through a dozen countries where we’ll see amazing photos of birds, butterflies, mammals and reptiles. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Optional donations will be gratefully accepted.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – April 6

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.

‘March Into Spring’ Hike – Registration Required by Friday, April 8

Shed off winter and enjoy a march into the woods to look for signs of springtime on ‘March Into Spring’ hike on Sunday, April 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for all ages. We’ll search for vernal indicators like early wildflowers re-sprouting, tree buds unfurling, returning migrant birds or animals emerging from hibernation, choruses of frogs and tender green shoots peeking through last year’s dead leaves. The trail may be muddy or icy; sturdy boots are recommended. Registration is required by Friday, April 8, and the program is free for all ages. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6360.

Trail Workday – Saturday, April 9

Workdays are a fun way to give back to Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve! Join the Thorn Creek Trail Work crew in building and repairing boardwalks and maintaining the trails throughout the preserve. Trail Workday is Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is for ages 15 and older. Bring a lunch and gloves and dress for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. Refreshments will be provided. Outdoor work is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Registration for the April Workday is required by Wednesday, April 6 and make sure to let us know of a group of 4 people or more. Community groups are welcome. For more information, contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, at 708-747-6320 or [email protected]. Visit our website www.tcwoods.org. The Nature Center is open Friday -Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and trails are open daily, dawn to dusk.

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

Youth Job & Resource Expo – Saturday, April 16

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Youth Job and Resource Expo for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Thornton Township High School, 15001 Broadway Ave., Harvey. More than 40 companies and agencies will be accepting applications for active job openings, summer internships and apprenticeships. This year’s participants include Chase Bank, Illinois Department of Transportation and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Also participating will be organizations offering a variety of youth services and programs. Prior to the Expo, Rep. Kelly will sponsor three job readiness training sessions designed to help young people prepare for the hiring event and job interviews.

  • Tuesday, April 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, 440 Forest Blvd., Park Forest.
  • Thursday, April 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Aunt Martha’s SEADAC location, 8640 S. South Chicago Ave., Chicago.
  • Tuesday, April 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thornton Township High School, Technical Building, 15001 Broadway Ave., Harvey.

To pre-register, or to view a list of participating companies, visit reprobinkelly.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 708-679-0078 or visit robinkelly.house.gov.

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

Spring Career and Internship Fair – Thursday, April 14

The Spring Career and Internship Fair at GSU is a chance for job seekers to meet with potential employers and discover job and internship opportunities. The Office of Career Services at GSU is sponsoring the fair for people interested in jobs and internship opportunities in communications, technology, business, public administration, criminal justice, addiction studies, community health, and education. The Spring Career and Internship Fair will be held on Thursday, April 14, from 2-5 p.m., in the Hall of Governors and the Center for Performing Arts Lobby on the university’s main campus. This is an opportunity to match jobs and internships positions with qualified personnel. This event is free and open to the public. Current students, alumni, and community members are invited to attend. Potential employers are also invited to register as participants through the Office of Career Services by the employee registration deadline of March 18, 2016.

League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area

Millennium Reserve Presentation – Tuesday, April 12

Please join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area for a presentation by Sarah Coulter, Senior Program Manager for the Millennium Reserve. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard. The Millennium Reserve is a high level collaboration of environmental organizations, foundations, community-based groups and representatives from state, county and local governments.  The Millennium Reserve’s geography includes 20 Chicago south side neighborhoods and 36 south suburban municipalities, including over 15,000 acres of open space, waterways and remnants of formerly vast wetlands, nationally historic landmarks and districts, and critically important reminders of the region’s contemporary and historic status as a mid-continental hub of industry and transportation. The mission of the Reserve is to provide the catalyst for innovative actions that stimulate economic growth, restore and enhance natural ecosystems, support healthy and prosperous communities and honor the region’s cultural and industrial past. If you would like more information on the Millennium Reserve, visit: www.millenniumreserve.org. For more information about the event you may contact Diane Hodges at [email protected] or Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251. The program is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about this important issue. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information visit League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area at www.lwvpfa.org.

North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC), Chicago

Community Planning Meeting – Saturday, April 16

NLCCC will kick off the second phase of its comprehensive community planning process by hosting its first Annual North Lawndale Community Planning Conference on Saturday, April 16, at DRW College Preparatory High School, 931 S. Homan Avenue, Chicago. The conference will start at 11 a.m. and go until 3 p.m.  Over 200 community stakeholders are expected to participate, including elected officials, heads of public agencies, local residents, leaders of community-based organizations, students and educators, business owners and faith-based leaders. This is the first comprehensive planning effort for the North Lawndale in over 50 years, and the community’s very first planning conference ever.  The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will provide an overview of the comprehensive planning process as it relates to the physical environment, and then will facilitate a workshop to guide the community through a discussion of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities that the planning process could bring. Members of NLCCC will facilitate breakout sessions to identify community needs and develop very high level goals and objectives within various quality of life sectors.  There will be activities for children ages 3-12; youth ages 13-18 and adults.  Admission is free event and lunch will be provided. To register or for more information, visit www.nlcccplanning.org/register, or call Dorine Poole at 773-826-1636.

St. Irenaeus Church, 78 Cherry Street, Park Forest

A Faith Response to Homicide: Vigil for Peace – Wednesday, April 6

The distant echo of gun fire has roared its thunderous blast in our community. The weeping of Rachel for her children is now our weeping. As an expression of solidarity and peace-seeking, the faith communities of Park Forest are gathering to pray for peace in our village, our nation and our world. The event will take place at St. Irenaeus Church on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. for a vigil, and as an ongoing commitment, the first Wednesday of each month to join our hearts, our hands, and our voices for peace. See you there!