In and Around Park Forest Week of February 18, 2013

Fish fry at St. Ireneaus 2013
Gathering at St. Irenaeus Friday for the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry are, left to right, Judy Thorne of Bollingbrook, Jane Weivman, Mary and Chuck Bulger of Park Forest. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays during Lent. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—February 18, 2013. The Village of Park Forest for the first time ever will present a group outing to the Crosstown Classic on Monday, May 27th when the White Sox take on the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field. There are a limited number of tickets for this event which go on sale Monday, February 18 at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Additional details about the event can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

The Village of Park Forest’s Commission on Human Relations will present its 2013 Black History Month program ‘Church to the Club’ on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. at Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest. Additional information about this and other Black History Month events can be found in this month’s ‘Black History Month’ 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 of Park Forest

February 18 Village Board Meeting

The Meeting of the Village Board of Trustees scheduled for Monday, February 18 has been cancelled.

Special Primary Election for 2nd Congressional District

Early Voting for February 26th Special Primary for 2nd Congressional District

For the February 26, 2013 Special Primary Election, Cook County voters may cast an early ballot at one of the County’s 11 sites. The closest locations for Park Forest residents are:

  • Matteson Village Hall, 4900 Village Commons (Route 50, turn west by the Matteson Police Department).
  • Chicago Heights City Hall, 1601 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights

Both locations will be open Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. NOTE: There will be no early voting for the Special Primary Election at Park Forest Village Hall.
Will County Early Voting for the Special Primary Election (2nd Congressional District) to be held on February 26, 2013 will be conducted in two locations.  If you reside within Crete Township, you may cast an early ballot on the Crete Township Office, 1367 Wood Street, Crete through February 22, (closed February 18).  Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. until Noon.
For all other Park Forest Will County residents you may cast an early ballot at the Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N Chicago Street Joliet.  The dates and hours of voting will be:
February 18 – February 23
Monday-Friday             8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday                         9:00 a.m. – Noon
 
Monday, February 25   8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For additional information, visit www.thewillcountyclerk.com or www.cookcountyclerk.com.

Pathway Senior Living, Chicago

2nd Congressional Candidate Forum – Tuesday, February 19

On Tuesday, February 19 at 2 p.m. at the Victory Centre of Park Forest, 101 Main Street, Pathway Senior Living will host a Candidate Forum for the 2nd Congressional District. The event is free and open to the public.

Black History Month

Park Forest Commission on Human Relations

2013 Black History Month Program ‘Church to the Club’ – Saturday, February 23

The Village of Park Forest’s Commission on Human Relations will present its 2013 Black History Month program ‘Church to the Club’ on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. The event will take place at Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest. History and our present, include musical artists who mentor our future generations through music. This program will review artists who began in the church and created a career performing, singing and dancing in the club. The performers will bring the best hits of:

  • Aaliyah,
  • Aretha Franklin,
  • Marvin Gaye,
  • Tevin Campbell,
  • Mary J. Blige,
  • Jennifer Hudson, and many more

to Freedom Hall for an electric show. The event is free and open to the public.

Park Forest Historical Society

‘Researching African American Genealogy’ a Panel Discussion – Sunday, February 24

The Park Forest Historical Society will host a panel discussion on ‘Researching African American Genealogy’ on Sunday, February 24 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Six panelists will present their own research and resources available. The program is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.parkforesthistory.org.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Celebrate Black History – Saturday, February 23

The Park Forest Public Library will feature the film series ‘African American First’ on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. For additional information about this program, call 708-748-3731 extension 22.

Potpourri of Lectures to Feature Bonnie Blue – Thursday, February 28

The Potpourri of Lectures on Thursday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Park Forest Public Library’s Ringering Room, will feature Bonnie Blue, author of ‘Emmet Till’s Secret Witness: FBI Confidential Source Speaks.’ After a 35-year journey, finally the true story behind the lynching of Emmett Till has been told. This lynching caught the attention of the world in 1955. At a time when the United States was advocating democracy and being held as the pillar for freedom and justice for all, our country suffered a self-inflicted black eye. The world watched as international media reported that justice for an innocent Black boy, so heinously lynched, went unpunished. The author will also show that the Wolf Whistle was not the reason that the boy was lunched. The surprising truth from the mouth of the leader of the lynch mob, on his death bed, was finally told. This ‘truth’ is relevant and active even today; from the everyday people on the street to the White House. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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

‘Crossroads of Freedom’

The theme of GSU’s Black History Month 2013 is ‘Crossroads of Freedom’ marking two important anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States – the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Black History Month events at GSU the week of February 18 include:

  • Monday, February 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Lobby – ‘cracking the Codes – The System of Racial Inequality’ film screening sponsored by the Academic Resource center, College of Arts and Sciences, and the GSU Intellectual Life Committee.
  • Tuesday, February 19 & Tuesday, February 25 from Noon to 4 p.m. in the Hall of Governors – ‘Test Your Knowledge of African American History’ event sponsored by Student Life.
  • Wednesday, February 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cafeteria Annex – Taste of BS –Soul Food Lunch – There is a charge for food items. This event is sponsored by the Black Student Union.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are presented free of charge and are open to the public.

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

Celebrate Black History Month at PSC

PSC is hosting several events in February in celebration of Black History Month. All events will be held on the college’s main campus.

  • Monday, February 18 & Tuesday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Atrium – Vendor Fair sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Multicultural Affairs.
  • Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Auditorium – The 25th Annual Jazz Fest sponsored by the Music Department. Tickets are available in the Business Office before the concert or at the door on February 22. Tickets are $15 for the general public or $10 for students and senior citizens.
  • Thursday, February 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Conference Center Auditorium – The 9th Annual PSC Idol Contest sponsored by the Black Student Union.

More events may be added. For additional information, visit the Student Leadership Center in room 1260 or call 708-7709-3910 or visit www.prairiestate.edu and view the events calendar.

Arts & Entertainment

Park Forest Parks & Recreation

Crosstown Classic – Cubs versus White Sox Trip – Limited Tickets on Sale Monday, February 18

On Monday, May 27, 2013, the Village of Park Forest for the first time ever presents a group outing to the Crosstown Classic! Don’t miss your opportunity to see the North-Siders invade the South Side, as the Cubs face off against the White Sox. This Memorial Day is the opening game of the 4 game series.  There are only 30 tickets available to this premium game, so take advantage and register today!  Tickets are $45 each (all ages). Children under 13 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Fee includes ticket to the game and round-trip school bus transportation. Due to the limited number of tickets available, a MAXIMUM of 3 tickets can be sold per household. The bus will depart from Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, at 4:30 p.m. and head to U.S. Cellular Field for the game. The bus will return to Village Hall at approximately 9:30 p.m. TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY FEBRUARY 18th.  You can register in-person at the Park Forest Recreation & Parks Department at Village Hall or over the phone with a credit card. You will need to provide the name, address and phone number of each person you are registering. Payment is due at the time of registration. For additional information, call Kevin Adams at 708-748-2005.

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, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. – Imagine! Create! Participate! — This program is designed for children ages 3-5 and will include not only a story, but the use of their imaginations. It’s designed to help children develop their creativity while interacting and connecting to other children in the community. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Monday, February 18 at 6 p.m. – Live Acoustic Blues Jam – Players from all age groups are invited. No Drum Kits, No Amps, No Egos, Bad Attitudes, or Monkey Business Allowed. Electric Piano provided. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
  • Tuesday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m. – Movement & Me — Come in and enjoy time with your preschooler during this class combining movement with adventure and stories. Exercise is a key to living a healthy lifestyle. In this class parents and caregivers are able to move with their children while having a great time. (Ages 3-5). Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. – P.J. Story Time — Wear your pajamas & come join us for stories, crafts & games. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Wednesday, February 20 at 10:30 a.m. — Art Club (Ages 2 – 5) — Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Wednesday, February 20 at 5 p.m. – Art Club (Grades K – 3) — Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Wednesday, February 20 at 6 p.m. – Art Club (Grades 4 – 6) — Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. – Reader’s Theater – Do you love dancing, acting, and singing? Would you like to put on a show for your friends and family to see? Join us every Wednesday for Reader’s Theater, where we will bring out the artist in you! Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Thursday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. – Mother Goose Time — During this 30-minute session, babies and their parents will share nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs, music and age-appropriate books. For babies ages 2 and under accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Thursday, February 21 at 5 p.m. – LEGO Club — Play and learn with LEGOs at the Park Forest Public Library! The creations the children make will be on display at the library. For boys and girls in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31. The library is looking for donations of new or used LEGOs. Please contact the library if you would like to help with this project.
  • Friday, February 22 at 1 p.m. – Senior Travelogue —  Botswana: in the footsteps of the Number 1 Ladies Detective with Alexander McCall-Smith.
  • Friday, February 22 at 3 p.m. – Wii Games — Meet up with your friends at the Park Forest Public Library for some gaming fun. The library will provide some games — YOU bring a friend. If you have a favorite game, bring it along to teach and share. Join us after school as we take a little time to have some fun! Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 3
  • Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m. – Art Club (Grades K – 3) — Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.
  • Saturday, February 23 at 12 p.m. – Art Club (Grades 4 – 6) — Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends. Registration required for groups, please call 708-748-3731 ex. 31.

For additional information, please call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org/

Potpourri of Lectures – Thursday, February 21

On Thursday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room, the Potpourri of Lecture Series continues with "From Dark to Light, 19th Century French Art" by Maureen Cribbs and Elly Frew.

Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Switchback – American Roots – Celtic Soul – Tickets Now on Sale

Freedom Hall’s Senior Series will continue on Tuesday, March 12 at 11 a.m. when Switchback takes the stage. For over two decades, the musical partnership of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, has been entertaining audiences around the world with the unique American Roots music blended with Celtic Soul. Tickets are $12 and can be purchase in-person at the box office, or online at www.freedomhall.org. For additional information, call 708-747-0580.

Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m., Freedom Hall will present ‘Hand and My Honky Tonk Heroes.’ This nostalgic look at Hank Williams and his influence on country music is amazing. Jason Petty pays tribute to those who influenced Hank and those Hank influenced. Don’t miss Jason’s Obie Award winning performance as he brings Hank’s music back to life in this insightful and energetic show. Audiences and critics alike were taken back by Petty’s amazing acting ability in his portrayal of Hank Williams. The New York Post stated it best, “At times it sees as if Petty is not just offering an impression of Williams, but channeling his ghost.” Tickets are $24 and can be purchase in-person at the box office, or online at www.freedomhall.org. For additional information, call 708-747-0580.

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

Step Back into the 1950s Valentine’s Day Exhibit at the Park Forest House Museum

Throughout February, the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard, will be decorated with vintage valentines and decorations. The on-room classroom featured in the Museum will be decorated for a 1950s Valentine’s Day party with crepe paper candy baskets, and construction paper heart-shaped valentine ’mailboxes’ on each desk. Red honeycomb, puffy hearts and vintage valentines are on display throughout the house. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of 21st century and revisit your past in this gem of a museum, just down the street. The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays in December from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or by appointment. The admission is $5 for adults; 12 and under are free. The museum tour is free with the purchase of a Marshall Field’s Brick. Park Forest related gift ideas are available at the museum and in the online store at www.parkforesthistory.org. Convenient street parking is available in front of the museum. For additional information, call 708-481-4252.

Park Forest Plaza Print for Sale

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

Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest

‘Hearts and Flowers’ the Work of Ann Bonzani – Through February 28

The February exhibit at Salon Artists Gallery will be ‘Hearts and Flowers’ featuring the work of Ann Bonzani. The exhibit will run through February 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-833-5108 or 708-703-7806.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Luise Renner Retrospective’ – Through March 31

The exhibit, ‘Luise Renner Retrospective,’ will run at Tall Grass Arts Association through March 31.    The exhibit was curated by Richard Schmidt with assistance from Richard Renner.  It will feature the two and three-dimensional works of artist/illustrator Luise Renner who frequently exhibited in galleries in the Chicago area and southern suburbs.  Luise died in December of 2009 at the young age of 63. She left behind a large body of work.   This is the first time some of her works have been exhibited.  The exhibit is dedicated to her memory and presented in homage to her.   The exhibit features original paintings and custom tablecloths created by Luise. Unmounted high-quality prints (giclees) will be available for purchase. The collection displays approximately 60 works. The Tall Grass Gallery is located in Downtown Park Forest, adjacent to Village Hall.  Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  The Gallery is open to the public, free of charge.  For additional information, call the gallery at 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

Center for Performing Arts, 1 University Parkway, University Park

Sing Along ‘Sound of Music’ – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m., get your vocal chords warmed up for this screening of the Academy Award-winning movie musical, ‘The Sound of Music’ in glorious full-screen Technicolor, and complete with subtitles so the whole audience can sing along. Come dressed as your favorite character. Audience participation kits are included with each ticket. Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call the GSU Center Box Office at 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic – Tickets Now on Sale

On Sunday, March 10 at 4 p.m., music from the Emmy Award-winning soundtrack from the critically acclaimed WTTW public television documentary "DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis" will be performed LIVE by the CJP Chamber Ensemble, led by Orbert Davis. The presentation will integrate video highlights from the documentary, telling a timeless story of Chicago’s African-American history through its most leading citizens, scholars, artists, politicians, and business leaders. Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call the GSU Center Box Office at 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

The Drama Group, 330 W. 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘Superior Donuts’ – Through February 24

Tickets are now on sale for ‘Superior Donuts,’ a comedy-drama about facing your demons and the redemptive power of friendship. Performances will be held through February 24. When a loner hippie and Chicago donut shop owner meets a young charismatic black teenager full of dreams and bright ideas, the writing is on the wall that things are going to change – watch this combust into a reawakening, salvation, and a love of life found. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced at $19 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for students with I.D. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-755-3444 or visit www.dramagroup.org.

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

‘Collaborative Vision: Selections from the Poetic Dialogue Project’ – Artists’ Reception Thursday, February 21

The PSC Foundation is hosting ‘Collaborative Vision: Selections from the Poetic Dialogue Project,’ featuring collaborative works by teams of artists and poets, through Thursday, March 7 in the Christopher Art Gallery located on PSC’s Chicago Heights campus. Artist and poet pairs whose art will be displayed are Beth Shadur and Lois Roma-Deeley, James Mesple and Jeffrey Levine, Lynn Takata and LR Berger, LaShawnda Crowe Storm and M. Eliza Hamilton Abegunde, Betty Ann Mocek and Michael Heller, Annette Turow and Steve Orlen, Mirjana Ugrinov and Cynthia Hogue, Kim Laurel and Michael Burkard, Charlotte Segal and Margaret Rozga, Granite Amit and Jan Beatty, and Anna Fernandez and Kathyrn Dohrmann. An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. The Christopher Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits can also be made by appointment. For additional information about the exhibit or to make an appointment for a visit, contact the PSC Foundation at 708-709-3636.

PSC Presents 25th Annual Jazz Fest – Friday, February 22

Some of the nation’s top jazz artists will perform at PSC’s 25th Annual Jazz Fest to be held on Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the college. Featured musicians include Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis, drummer Ernie Adams, and bassist Larry Gray, as well as New Orleans saxophonist Ed Petersen and PSC’s professor of music, Valerie Nicholson, on piano. The concert also will include a performance by the Southland Jazz Ensemble, a big band comprised of some of the finest professional musicians in Chicago and the south suburbs. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission. Students and senior citizens tickets are $10 each. Tickets are available in advance in the PSC Business Office from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets also can be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert. For additional information on the Jazz Fest, or to purchase tickets to the concert, call the college at 708-709-3500.

National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

IN WAR Series – Through Memorial Day 2013

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

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

GSU Education and Internship Career Fair – Thursday, February 21

GSU’s Office of Career Services is sponsoring a career fair for people interested in employment and internship opportunities in education and related fields on Thursday, February 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Current students, alumni, and community members are invited to attend. Potential employers are also invited to register as participants. This is an opportunity to match job and internship positions with qualified personnel. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 708-235-3974.

Graduate Business Programs Information Session – Tuesday, February 26

GSU’s College of Business and Public Administration is hosting a graduate programs information session on February 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria Annex. Information on graduate programs in Business Administration, Public Administration, Management Information Systems, and Accounting, as well as information about the new accelerated, on-line MBA in Supply Chain Management will be presented. Admissions counselors, program advisors, and faculty will also9 be available to answer questions and discuss admission requirements. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with current students. Attendees are encouraged to bring official or unofficial transcripts for review. Refreshments will be served and tours of the campus will be offered. For additional information or to RSVP by February 20, call 708-534-4391.

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday at GSU

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

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

Opt In to Technology at PSC

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

Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults

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

Online Educational Resources

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

Top U.S. Universities

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

Healthy Living

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

Social Issues Movie Night Featuring Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s ’The Failure of Modern Medicine’ and ‘Nutritional Science Can Save Your Life’

On Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC) Social Issues Movie Night will feature Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s ’The Failure of Modern Medicine’ and ‘Nutritional Science Can Save Your Life.’ Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., seen on Channel 11 TV, educates and inspires us to improve our health and longevity with superior nutrition and lifestyle changes. Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendations help us achieve overall wellness, rather than merely trying to manage symptoms with medications. This is Part Two and Part Three of a series continued from last month. A discussion will follow the film screening. The event is free and open to the public. Coffee, tea and popcorn will be provided. Bring a healthy snack to share if you wish. Donations will be accepted.  UUCC is located at 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

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

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

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch at the Senior Café

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

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

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

Green Events

Park Forest Environment Commission

‘Basic Canning’ Presentation – Limited Tickets Now on Sale

Based on numerous requests from members of the community, the Park Forest Environment Commission has arranged for Chef Kate Bradley to give a presentation on ‘Basic Canning’ on Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Kate will provide an overview of basic canning techniques and familiarize participants with the equipment needed to successfully can the fruits of your summer gardens for enjoyment in the cold winter months. Participants will also enjoy light refreshments canned from Kate’s garden. Seating for this event is limited. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or on the night of the event if any remain. Proceeds from the event will be used for the benefit of the Park Forest Community Garden project. To purchase advance tickets or for additional information, call Rosemary Piser at 708-747-1991 or e-mail [email protected].

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Make a Gourd Birdhouse – Registration Required

On Sunday, March 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., those of all ages can participate in this fun family workshop to create a welcoming nesting space for birds in your own backyard. Join artist Pat Moore to make a natural style birdhouse from a gourd. Birdhouses are increasingly important to cavity nesters like wrens and chickadees. All materials are provided. This program will be held indoors. There is a fee of $10 per house; limit one house per person. Registration is required by Friday, March 1. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

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

Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

‘Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh’ – Screening February 26

The documentary film ‘Everglades of the North’ will be screening on Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. at the Field Museum of Natural History. The Grand Kankakee Marsh or ‘everglades of the North’ was one of the largest wetlands in North America. With interlocking wetlands, prairies, savannas and woodlands it was home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. Following the screening, Doug Stotz of the Field Museum will moderate a discussion by a panel of experts on the Kankakee Region, including:

  • John Rogner, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,
  • Jim Sweeney, Friends of the Kankakee,
  • Marianne Hahn, Friends of the Kankakee, and
  • Jeff Manes, Producer/Writer.

The event is free and open to the public. Please enter the Museum at the West door. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Paid parking is available at Soldier Field for approximately $19. Public transit is recommended. For additional information, e-mail [email protected].

This & That

Park Forest Baseball

Registration for 2013 Season – Now in Progress

Registration for the 2013 season of Park Forest Baseball is now in progress. This program is open to both boys and girls from age 4 through 14. The registration will be at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive on the following Saturdays:

  • Saturday, February 23 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Complete details about registration can be found at www.ParkForestBaseball.org or call Alan or Mary Kay Joens at 708-503-1944.

Knights of Columbus-Nina Council #3602, Park Forest

Annual Lenten Fish Fry – Begins Friday, February 22

The Knights of Columbus-Nina Council $3602 will hold their annual Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, February 22 at St. Irenaeus Church’s School Gym located at south Orchard and Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest. Serving is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each week. There is plenty of free parking. All are invited.

Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock St., Park Forest

Free Java Tuesdays

All are invited to Faith United Protestant Church for FREE Java Tuesdays. Visitors are asked to go to the Indianwood Boulevard side entrance between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for free curbside service or to come and sit a bit. The event will continue each Tuesday as a form of outreach to the community throughout the summer and fall. For more information, call 708-747-1330.

Park Forest American Legion Post 1198, 1631 Western Ave., Chicago Heights

Friday Fish Fry – Friday, February 22

Join Park Forest’s American Legion Post 1198 for fish, shrimp, wings, beef and appetizers on Friday, February 22 beginning at 6 p.m. Carry outs are available. For additional information, call Jesse Rodriguez at 708-481-3055.

Garden Club of Park Forest

"A Gardener’s Cookbook"

To celebrate their 55th anniversary, the Park Forest Garden Club offers this cookbook filled with memories, gardening tips, flowery sayings and of course recipes. Makes a great gift. All proceeds go to the club and are used toward community contributions. Cookbooks are $9 and are available at the Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department, 350 Victory Drive. Call 708-748-2005 for additional information.

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

Get Your Taxes Done for Free at PSC

PSC in conjunction with the Center for Economic Progress (CEP) is offering opportunities for individuals and families meeting certain criteria to get their taxes done for free. The tax assistance will be available through April 13. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free assistance is available to individuals with incomes less than $25,000; for families with income level less than $50,000. The service is offered on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure the process goes smoothly, bring the following information: all W-2s and 1099s (if any), social security cards of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) for all family members; valid photo ID; copy of last year’s tax return (if available); bank account number and routing number for direct deposit of your refund; property tax bill; and the amount spent on college expenses. Other options offered during the tax preparation session include free help filing an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) claim, open a bank or savings account to deposit your refund, or obtain a prepaid debit card for your refund. If you have any questions, call 888-827-8511.

Rotary Club of Park Forest

The Rotary Club of Park Forest urges you to purchase a Golden Opportunities 2012 book to help support its youth activities. Books are only $25 and are now available for purchase at the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd.

Donate Unused Air Miles to Support Families of Wounded Servicemembers

"Operation Hero Miles" collects unused frequent flyer miles to help military families visit service members who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan and are recovering in military hospitals around the world. Airline partners are: AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American, Frontier, Midwest, Northwest, United, and US Airways. To donate airline miles, visit www.FisherHouse.org.

Donate to Troops Serving Abroad

The Village of Park Forest is currently seeking the names and addresses of local military personnel currently serving overseas so that they may receive packaged donations from Park Forest residents. If you are a Park Forest resident and have a family member from your household currently deployed or if you have recently returned from a tour of duty, please call Judi Lancaster at 708-283-5608 or stop by the Manager’s Office at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

Greening of Park Forest

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

Recycle Unused Wheelchairs

If you have a used motorized wheelchair that you no longer need and would like to help a person with a disability, the Sertoma Centre will accept your donation. Contact Melanie Jones at 708-730-6206 for additional information.

South Suburban Family Shelter Used Cell Phone Collection Drive

South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) is seeking cell phone donations for their ongoing fundraising program. Proceeds from the collection fund the critical programs and services provided to families who experience domestic violence. All victim services are provided free of charge and are available in English and Spanish. Cell phone collection sites currently include:

  • SSFS Administrative Office, 18139 Harwood, Homewood, IL
  • Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, IL
  • Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Rd., Flossmoor, IL

All donations are tax deductible and receipts are available at collection sites. For more information about SSFS or the fundraising drive, please contact Ms. Meilach at 708-794-2140, extension 303.

Local Recycling Resources and Proper Disposal of Unused Medicine

Do you have old televisions, computers, video games or other electronics or household appliances that need to be recycled? Want to know how to properly dispose of old or unused medication? Click on the "Recycling" icon found on the top of eNews Park Forest and you will find useful information on proper recycling/disposal that will not only be good for the environment, but in some cases, earn you a few dollars as well.

Safe Disposal Program – Bio-waste

The Park Forest Health Department and Environment Commission have partnered to provide information on the proper disposal of bio-waste such as used syringes or lancets (medical sharps). Begin by purchasing a Sharps container to dispose of your medical sharps for $10 at the Park Forest Health Department. Return the filled container to the Park Forest Health Department and purchase a new container. Call Brenda Walker at 708-748-1118 for more information.

Recycle Used Cell Phones and Cell Phone Accessories

The Rotary Club of Park Forest is conducting a used cell phone and accessory collection drive to benefit the families and programs of the South Suburban Family Shelter. Donated items can be placed in the collection box located in the lobby of Village Hall. For more information, call Denyse Carreras at 708-283-5603.

Sources: Park Forest Winter-Spring 2013 Recreation Programs & More Brochure, Park Forest ‘Discover’ magazine, Rich Township Report, Park Forest Historical Society, Village of Park Forest, Governors State University, Prairie State College, Center for Performing Arts, South Suburban Family Shelter, Park Forest Historical Society, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Theatre Center, Sertoma Centre, Inc., Union Street Gallery, Monkey Mind Art Studio, Thorn Creek Audubon Society, and Tall Grass Arts Association websites.