In and Around Park Forest Week of August 4, 2014

The Big Bopper
The Big Bopper entertains recently at Main Street Nights. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—August 4, 2014. With the stores now holding ‘Back to School’ sales, it’s a sure sign that summer is nearly over. Hopefully this winter won’t be as brutal as the one we just experienced, but just in case … it’s time to get outside and enjoy what’s left of summer.

If you have not attended any of Park Forest’s 2014 Main Street Night events, this Wednesday, August 6 is your last chance. The final event will feature the Blooze Brothers – voted the #1 Blues Brothers tribute band. The band will take the stage in DownTown Park Forest at 7 p.m. At dusk, the LEGO Movie will be screened. So grab your chairs and blankets and enjoy a lovely evening of music and fun. You’ll find additional information about this week’s Main Street Night in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

Beginning Thursday, August 7 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 70 Sycamore Drive, will host Quigong with Jim Kobus. Jim teaches Qigong in the Hazel Crest Park District and other locations. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Additional information about this 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 Commission & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions and Advisory Boards are scheduled to meet the week of August 4:

  • Tuesday, August 5 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
    • The Plan Commission meeting will include a presentation on a proposal for the former Hidden Meadows golf course property.
  • Thursday, August 7 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, August 7 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission

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

Arts & Entertainment

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

Chicago Women in the Blues – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for Chicago Women in the Blues, hosted by Joan Gand and featuring the Blue Road Band. The event will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 8 p.m. This high energy blues revue showcases female performed including Shirley King (daughter of BB King), Hall-of-Fame legend HolleThee Maxwell, Demetria Taylor (daughter of Eddie Taylor), Keishia Dixon-Nelson (grand-daughter of Willie Dixon), Tracee Adams and more. Tickets are $25. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and two hours prior to performances. For more information, contact the box office at or call 708-235-2222.

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton, Chicago

‘The Common Citizenship of Forms’ New Sculpture by Jeff Carter – Through August 31

‘The Common Citizenship of Forms’ will be exhibited at the DePaul University Art Museum through August 31. Using ready-to-assemble components from the global home-furnishings store Ikea and, Jeff Carter repurposes them into architectural models that are simultaneously familiar and a bit different. Carter is an associate professor in the department of Art Media and Design at DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. His constructions replicate buildings from the now-demolished Michael Reese Hospital campus on the South Side of Chicago, exploring the formal vocabulary of Bauhaus architecture while also considering the dilemma of modern material culture: Can mass-produced consumer goods be “good” design? Which is more socially useful: inexpensive products to buy or artisanal production and jobs? The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open this summer on 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. It will be closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit

‘Fires Will Burn’ Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection – Through December 21

‘Fires Will Burn’ will be exhibited through December 21 at DePaul University Art Museum. Drawing on DePaul’s own collection, this exhibition surveys a wide range of political expression, touching on racial prejudice, immigration issues and opposition to war. It includes Diego Rivera’s painting of the Mexican Revolution; John Wilson’s searing “Down by the Riverside,” a suite of etchings about slavery; and Gerda Meyer Bernstein’s powerful installation of “The Justice Chair.” Also included in this exhibition is a seldom-seen portfolio of prints by Chicago artists protesting the Vietnam War. Although the works vary widely in subject, scale and medium, the artists share the conviction that visual images can help to bring about social change. The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open this summer on 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. It will be closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit

Drama Group, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘REEFER MADNESS’ – Through August 9

The Drama Group is happy to present the “retro” political satire musical comedy REEFER MADNESS, written by Kevin Murphy & Dan Studney. REEFER MADNESS is directed by Stacy Louise, with Music Direction by Mark Jancosek and Choreography by Cathie Drakulich. Performances will be held at the Drama Group Studio Theatre on: August 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and on August 9 and 10 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 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 ordered online with Brown Paper Tickets see details at There is limited handicap seating. Please call the Drama Group box office for details about REEFER MADNESS. The Drama Group Studio Theatre is located at 330 W 202nd Street in Chicago Heights. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Web site at For more information and details call Tina Zagone: 708-738-1440 or Director Stacy Louise: 219-678-2021 or e-mail [email protected]

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

Alex Blomarz Jazz Quintet – Tickets Now on Sale

The 2014 summer series concludes in style on Wednesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. with an evening of jazz featuring Southland native Alex Blomarz and his quintet. The event will take place at Ravisloe Country Club, 18231 S. Park Avenue, Homewood. Sit back, relax, and enjoy cool tunes under the stars, as the Quintet entertains you and brings another splendid summer of great music at Ravisloe to a close. This concert will take place outdoors, weather permitting. General Admission tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at: For additional information, call 708-481-7774.

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

Surrealism and War – Through November 1

Surrealism and War, an exhibition of veterans’ artwork that explores the relationship between surrealism and the experience of war will be on display at the NVAM through November 1. Surrealism and War includes the seminal work “The Earth Lies Screaming” by Jim Leedy, a Korean War veteran who was one of only two Americans invited to participate in the largest Surrealist exhibition ever assembled at the Retretti Art Center, Finland, an exhibition that began with Miro, Dali, and DuChamp, and culminated with several works by Mr. Leedy. Surrealism is an attempt to revolt against the inherent contradictions of a society ruled by rational thought while dominated by war and oppression. Surrealism seeks expression of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason and free of aesthetic and moral preoccupation. It is this same absence of control exercised by reason that many combat veterans seek to explore and express after their experiences in war. Surrealism and War features the artwork of nine veteran artists that intentionally and unintentionally use and explore Surrealist processes and concepts.  Featured artists include Korean War veteran Jim Leedy, Vietnam War veterans William Dugan, Stan Gillett, Michael Helbing, and Richard Yohnka, Gulf War veteran Ehren Tool, Kosovo veteran Giuseppe Pellicano, and Iraq War veterans David Keefe and Robynn Murray. The National Veterans Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit Patrons of the museum can access art from the permanent collection and biographical information on the artists through the NVAM Collection Online, a recently launched online and high-resolution archive of every piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The NVAM Collection Online can be found at

Park Forest Community Relations, 350 Victory Drive

Wine and Chocolate Tasting – Friday, August 8

The Village of Park Forest, in collaboration with the Village of Richton Park, will host an outdoor Wine and Chocolate Tasting event on Friday, August 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in DownTown Park Forest at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street. The event will feature live music, contour art, wine, chocolate, dancing and more!
Advance ticket packages include:
– VIP package with a personal bartender (to eliminate wait times for wine): $35 per person
– Reserved tables for four: $25 per person
– Group rate (bring your own chair): $15 per person
– Individual tickets: $20 per person
This event sells out quickly so get your tickets early.
Tickets purchased the day of the event and at the door (if any tickets remain) are $25 per person. No ticket packages and/or group discounts will be available at the door. In the event of rain, all activities will be moved inside the Sapphire Room, located at 300 Victory Drive, just steps away from Dining on the Green. For questions, or to purchase your tickets, contact Park Forest Community Relations Coordinator Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or email [email protected].

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

This Week’s Events at the Park Forest Public Library

The following events will be held this week at the Park Forest Public Library:

  • Monday, August 4 at 4:30 p.m. — KZ Science Club: You Build It! — For grades 3-6. Join us all week long for fun hands-on experiments provided by the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago.
  • Tuesday, August 5 at 4:30 p.m. — KZ Science Club: You Build It! — For grades 3-6. Join us all week long for fun hands-on experiments provided by the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago.
  • Wednesday, August 6 at 4:30 p.m. — KZ Science Club: You Build It! — For grades 3-6. Join us all week long for fun hands-on experiments provided by the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago.
  • Thursday, August 7 at 4:30 p.m. — KZ Science Club: You Build It! — For grades 3-6. Join us all week long for fun hands-on experiments provided by the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago.

For additional information or to register for certain events, please call 708-748-3731 or visit

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

Step Back Into the 1950s at the Park Forest House Museum

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 141 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, is open Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The museum can also be open for groups by appointment, at other times. Donation is Adults $5; Children 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,, or call Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252.

Park Forest Plaza Print for Sale

Annabelle Gould’s print of the Park Forest Plaza is available for sale at the Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard. The vibrant print is from an original watercolor, showing kids and their moms in the Park Forest Plaza, in front of the old Holiday Theatre and Golden Hanger Shop. The print can be purchased at the House Museum during normal hours of operation on Wednesdays and Saturdays or through the Society’s online store on their website at Prints are $15 each. Online purchases also required an additional $6 fee for postage and handling. For additional information on other items for sale by the Society, visit

Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Chicago Street Scenes iPhone Photography Exhibit – Through August 30

Shooting from the Hip, an exhibit of iPhone-photographed Chicago street scenes by award-winning Chicago Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante, will be on display through August 30 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery. The exhibit of 50 black-and-white photographs shot by Strazzante with an iPhone that he holds unassumingly just above the hip, captures and celebrates street life – unbeknownst to passersby along the city’s Michigan Avenue as well as nearby downtown locations that are within walking distance of the Gage Gallery. The winner of 11 Illinois Photographer of the Year awards in the last 14 years, including taking top honors the last three years in the Illinois Press Photographers’ Camera Phone category, Strazzante uses an iPhone application called Hipstamatic and a technique in which he never looks at his screen in order to frame and capture photos of people and news as it happens on city streets. Free and open to the public, Shooting from the Hip opens a day before Taste of Chicago and is expected to draw tourists as well as festival goers who are interested in a taste of Chicago’s street scene as well as its food. Gage Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For information, visit or call 312-281-3220.

Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest

‘Mythology & Ornithology’ – Opens August 8

Experience the bright and bold paintings and drawings of Mari Beth Hudzik in the exhibit ‘Mythology & Ornithology’ which will open on August 8 and run through August 31. An opening reception will be held on August 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with refreshments and music. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information and Gallery hours, call 708-833-5108.

SPAA Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 371 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘It’s Not Unusual: The Tom Jones Story’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The SPAA Theatre & Performing Arts Center is proud to present the life story of one of the greatest singers of the 60’s & 70’2, Tom Jones. Bronson performer and Tom Jones Impersonator, Jeff Gordon, will play the featured role. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 22 & 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 24 at 6 p.m. Park Forest’s Mayor John Ostenburg will make a cameo appearance as Tom Jones’ father at the performance on Friday, August 22. Other special guest cameo appearances to be announced. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Seating is limited. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-785-7371 or visit

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Annual Gallery Artists Exhibit – Through September 21

Tall Grass Arts Association’s annual Gallery Artists Exhibit will run through September 21. The exhibit features a varied collection of work created by Tall Grass Juried Artists including works that have never been exhibited in the Gallery before. This exhibit also features several newly juried artists exhibiting in Tall Grass for the first time. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information please visit the Tall Grass website or call the Gallery at 708-748-3377.

Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

Strokin’ V – Fifth Biennial Member Juried Exhibition of Chicago Pastel Painters – Opens August 6

Strokin’ V, the Fifth Biennial Member Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Pastel Painters will open at the Gallery on August 6 and run through September 6. A reception will be held on August 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Strokin’ V will feature 59 works of art from the most elite pastel painters from across the country. A diversity of visual styles and subject matter will be represented, showcasing the broad range of the medium. Many of the exhibiting artists are from right here in the Chicagoland area and will be present at the reception to discuss their work. The exhibition is curated by Pastel Society of America’s Master Pastelist Jimmy Wright, and awards will be chosen by Victoria Sancho Lobis, the Prince Trust Associate Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Main Street Nights Final Summer Event – Wednesday, August 6

The Village of Park Forest is once again sponsoring free entertainment in downtown Park Forest this summer. The family oriented Main Street Nights features local and regional entertainers on stage in the Village Green located at Cunningham and Victory Boulevard. Vendors include civic groups selling snacks and beverages, plus Dunagains Irish Pub featuring grilled items and sides. Children can play in a bounce house provided by the Wiggle Room. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the free entertainment under the stars! In case of rain, performances will be moved to Dining on the Green, next to the outdoor site.

Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m., The Blooze Brothers – Those wacky but soulful Blooze Brothers are on the loose again! This high powered choreographed 12-piece show band covers Motown, R&B, Soul, current favorites and of course the music and crazy antics of the famous original Blues Brothers. The Blooze Brothers Who Band perform to over ½ million excited fans per year. As headliners and/or working with names such as: The Supremes, Lonestar, Doobie Brothers, Weird Al Yankovic, ZZ Top… to name a few, the band has been acknowledged as the Nation’s #1 Blues Bothers tribute band.

Wednesday, August 7 at Dusk — The Lego Movie – Emmet, an average LEGO is drafted on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. The movie is Rated PG.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday at GSU

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

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

New Directions for Returning Adults Information Session – Tuesday, August 12

PSC is hosting a New Directions information session for returning adult students from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 12, in the Conference Center on the college’s main campus. The event is designed to ease the transition for adults who are returning to college after an absence or enrolling in college for the first time several years after graduating high school. Returning adult students should attend New Directions to find out more about the many academic programs and resources available at PSC. Individuals who attend the New Directions information session will be entered into a drawing for a free, three-credit hour class good for one year. To register for the event, visit For more information, contact Janowiak at 708-708-3603 or [email protected]

Registration Open for Fall 2014 Credit & Non-credit Courses

Registration for fall 2014 is open at Prairie State College (PSC). Credit courses begin Monday, Aug. 18. Non-credit courses include a variety of single-day and multiple-session offerings that begin throughout the fall. Both credit and non-credit courses are listed in the fall class schedule, available on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. The schedule also is available at area public libraries and online at To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person at the college or online at Through Friday, Aug. 8, 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. 11, 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. Current students can register for credit courses online or in person. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person. To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to 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 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. Through Aug. 8, the MAC is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Beginning Monday, Aug. 11, 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. For more information about registering for courses, visit or call 708-709-3500.

Park Forest School District 227

3rd Annual Parenting in the 21st Century Conference – Saturday, August 16

On Saturday, August 16, School District 227 will host the 3rd Annual Parenting in the 21st Century Conference at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Matteson, IL. Parents may log on to to register for the free conference. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided at no additional cost. College and Career Readiness and Effective Communication continue as the overall theme for the conference, which is open to all District 227 parents, including Districts 159, 160, 162, 163, and seventh and eighth grade parents. Comprehensive workshops will be facilitated by experienced, diverse professionals on topics including: Family Communication and Engagement, Parental Drug Awareness/Avoiding the Path to Prison, Career Pathways and College Scholarships, and a Citizenship component that focuses on Interpersonal Communication, Bullying and Cyberbullying, and Social Media Platform Awareness. The keynote address will be delivered by international motivational speaker Dwayne Bryant, Chief Executive Officer of Inner Vision International, Inc. To assist parents in supporting students in a digital society, all participants will have an opportunity to receive a tablet or mobile device to maximize anytime, anywhere learning for their student.

Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults

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

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

Basic Nurse Assistant Training Classes – Begin Monday, August 11th

SSC’s non-credit Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (CNA) is running a daytime cohort session from August 11th through October 2nd at the Oak Forest Center. Successful completion of this non-credit course is required in order to become eligible to take the State of Illinois Nursing Assistant Certification Examination–SSC offers more contact hours for training than traditional CNA programs along with an additional free refresher course the week prior to the critical certification exam. Instruction includes basic nursing skills through lecture, campus laboratory and supervised clinical experiences at a long-term health care facility. The classes meet at the Oak Forest Center on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with lab and clinical instruction rotating on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., respectively. Each individual who successfully passes the certification exam will then be placed on the State Registry for Health Care Workers. Students must submit a health physical, proof of health insurance or signed release of liability waiver, and completion of a fingerprint criminal history record. The total cost of the program is $1,299.00 which includes tuition, textbook/workbook, stethoscope and blood pressure cuff, gait belt and the cost of the state competency exam upon successful completion of the course. (Financial Aid cannot cover the cost of this program, nor the physical and background check.) There will also be another round of fall sessions running in both the daytime and evening from October 14th through December 4th. Please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2497 or email [email protected] for more information. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. 

Free Adult Education and English as a Second Language Registration and Assessment Coming to Oak Forest Center in September

SSC’s Division of Adult Education is offering a wide range of opportunities for adults to build the basic skills required for success. Adult Basic Education (ABE) helps men and women whose skill levels are below the ninth grade, and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) helps men and women whose skill levels are between the ninth and twelfth grade. ABE/ASE students improve their skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Additionally, English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels. New this fall, SSC is offering part-time ESL courses at the Oak Forest Center. Most of SSC’s Adult Education programs are now offered both full and part-time at the Main Campus in South Holland or the Oak Forest Center. The registration and assessment at the Oak Forest Center for these programs this fall will take place on September 8th at 9:00 a.m. for ABE/ASE, and September 10-11th at 9:00 a.m. for ESL, with classes beginning Monday, September 15, 2014. The Adult Ed ABE/ASE is five days per week, five hours per day from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Room 5230. The ESL class will run five days per week, two hours per day from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Room 5320. The registration and assessments will take place in their respective classrooms.
Please Note: An Adult education student enrolling for the first time at an SSC Adult Education Center must have:


Many adults choose to further build on these skills and pursue a high school education through the High School Equivalency (HSE) program. The HSE program will develop the skills required to pass the GED exams. All courses are offered free of charge. For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal funds of $307,398 provides approximately 36% of the support of these programs. For enrollment and class information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2385 or ext. 2240, or visit under “Non-Credit Offerings, Adult Education.” The Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Fall Open Houses – Through August 7

SSC will be hosting several upcoming program-specific Open Houses for prospective students still weighing their college options for the Fall 2014 Semester, in addition to a comprehensive college-wide Open House on August 7th. The remaining Open House schedule at both the Main Campus in South Holland and the Oak Forest Center is as follows:

Criminal Justice Open House — Monday, August 4, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Mi-Jack Room, Main Campus — Call 708-596-2000, ext. 2579 or email [email protected]

Paralegal/Pre-Law Open House — Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Room 5190, Oak Forest Center — Call 708-596-2000, ext. 2579 or email [email protected]

South Suburban College Open House: Get to Know Your Community College — Thursday, August 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Main Campus Atrium — Call (708) 210-5718 or email [email protected]

Open Registration for the Fall 2014 Semester at SSC is in progress. Fall classes begin Monday, August 18th at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. Contact the Office of Admissions at (708) 210-5718 for enrollment information, or visit SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.

Fall 2014 Registration – Now in Progress

Open Registration for the Fall 2014 Semester at SSC is in progress. Fall classes begin Monday, August 18th at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. SSC will also host an end-of-summer Open House on August 7th from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. featuring tours, demonstrations, and information about the college’s wide range of options, programs and student services. Prospective students ages 18 and over attending the Open House will be entered in a drawing for a trip for two to the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas September 19 and 20th. New students should visit the Admissions Office in Room 2348 to complete the Application Form, or apply online www.ssc.eduto begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. The “My SSC” portal also allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods. Current and prospective students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.govusing institution code 001769. Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for fall classes must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope. Contact the Office of Admissions at 708-210-5718 for enrollment information. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois. 

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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.

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].

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:

Park Forest Nurses Plus, 350 Victory Drive

School Physicals Available Now – Appointment Required

The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will hold school physicals for children on the following dates this summer: August 8, August 9, August 15, and August 23. Times vary. Appointments are required. Physical exams are conducted by a Family Nurse Practitioner. The exams cover: height and weight; screening for lead (6 years old and under only; hemoglobin; urinalysis; and dental exam/cleaning. Parents must bring child’s immunization record to the appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-748-1118.

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

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch at the Senior Café

Senior citizens of all income levels are invited to lunch weekdays at the Rich Township Senior Café located inside the Rich Township’s Shirley J. Green Senior Center. The CNN site is open to all south suburban residents, including those living outside of Rich Township. Participants must be 60 years of age or older. The suggested donation for lunch is $2.50. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon. Bingo begins at 10 a.m. For additional information or to make a reservation for lunch, call 708-747-2700.

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Assistance With Medications & Health Services

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Green Events

Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Matteson

4th Annual Hummingbird Festival – Saturday, August 16

The 4th Annual Hummingbird Festival will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Park Forest Discovery Center, 30 North Orchard (located next to the Park Forest Aqua Center). Here’s your chance to see Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at close range and even “adopt” one. Vernon Kleen, avian ecologist, will capture and band the “Hummers” before releasing them. The event is free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by the Village of Park Forest and Thorn Creek Audubon Society.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – August 6

On Wednesday, August 6 at 9 a.m., enjoy light exercise and experience nature firsthand on Thorn Creek’s winding trails. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. Terrain is moderator. The Wednesday morning walks will continue each week and walkers new to the program must register two days before they first hike.

Nature Camp for Seniors – Monday, August 4

Calling all kids ages 50 years and older!  Join us for Nature Camp for Seniors on Monday, August 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Did you go to camp when you were a kid? Or maybe you never did, and were always jealous of your friends that got to spend the summer away at cap. If so, then this fun-filled program is for you. Learn how to observe the trees, birds and mammals that call Thorn Creek Nature Preserve home. Camp includes nature crafts and activities too. This program will take you outside for a portion of the day, so be sure to wear your walking shoes and long pants. Cost is $5 per person. Lunch is provided. Registration for this popular program is required. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320 or email [email protected].

Sounds of Insects Night Hike – Registration Required by Friday, August 8

As the sun goes down many animals are just becoming active, and even though it is hard to see them with the fading light, you know they are there because of their calls. Join a naturalist at Thorn Creek Woods on Sunday, August 10, 7:30 -9:30 explore the Sounds of the Insects Night Hike on the night of the super full moon. When the moon’s path is closest to the earth during the full moon phase it’s called a super moon. The moon will appear bigger and brighter on this unique night. You can hear a very special group of insects that have the gift of song like no other. Sunset is the best time to explore and listen to these gifted songsters as we bid adieu to the day shift and welcome in the night shift!  We’ll listen and learn the distinct sounds of common local species and why they make these sounds. Please note that this program will take place outdoors, hiking preserve trails over uneven terrain. This program is free and for all ages  Registration required by August 8. For more information or to register, please call Thorn Creek Nature Center at 708-747-6320 or email [email protected].

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.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Clothing, Shoe Recycling at Park Forest Farmers’ Market

The Park Forest Farmers’ Market will now offer clothing and shoe recycling services from 9 a.m. to noon every second Saturday through September. The dates when accepted items may be dropped off are:
– August 9
– September 13
USAgain, a green, for-profit company committed to protecting the environment, conserving resources, and creating green sector jobs through the collection of textiles for reuse and recycling, has agreed to collect residents’ old shoes and clothing at the Market. Items dropped off will be diverted from landfills to be re-worn, reused or recycled – reducing the carbon footprint of residents. Accepted items include men’s, women’s and kids’ shoes, boots and clothing as well as gloves, hats, bags, purses and belts. Sheets, blankets, drapes and towels are also welcome. The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays through October, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at 271 Lakewood Blvd, just across from the Park Forest Police Department. To learn more, call 708-748-1118.

Park Forest 41st Annual Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday through October 25

Park Forest’s 41st Annual Farmers’ Market will take place every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 25. The Market is located across the street from the Park Forest Police Station, 271 Lakewood Boulevard. The Market offers fresh vegetables, fruits, organic breads, salsa, specialty produce, garden bedding plants, perennials, garden ornaments, Amish butter, cheese and pies. A variety of food vendors, jewelry and oils will also be available for purchase. The Market accepts SNAP/Link cards, Senior Nutrition coupons and WIC. For additional information about the Farmers’ Market, call Brenda Walker at 708-748-1118, email [email protected] or visit

This & That

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard

Raffle to Win Chicago Cubs Tickets

The Park Forest Fire Department is raffling off four tickets to the Cubs vs. Pirates game to be held on Saturday, September 6. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Department’s RED Shirt Friday fund to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Fire Department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call the Fire Department at 708-748-5605.

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

UUCC to Host Qigong with Jim Kobus Beginning Thursday, August 7

UUCC will host Qigong with Jim Kobus on Thursday, August 7 from 5 p.m. to p.m. Jim teaches Qigong in the Hazel Crest Park District and other locations. Jim Kobus will teach Qigong on MOST Thursdays at UUCC however, there will be exceptions, so you must send Jim your email address to let him know if you are interested in participating. Email Jim at [email protected]. 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 or questions, call 708-799-1925. UUCC is located just east of Western Avenue and south of Steger Road.