In and Around Park Forest Week of June 15, 2015

Threatening skies over Park Forest
A brief glimmer of clarity through threatening clouds Sunday. Forecasts call for rain throughout the week. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—June 15, 2015. On Sunday, June 21st we will be celebrating Father’s Day – a day set aside to honor the contributions that fathers and father figures make in their children’s lives. Be sure to take some time to thank that special person in your life. Wishing all our eNews Dads a great day.

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, June 15

The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as.

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 June 15:

  • Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m. – Housing Authority

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

Arts & Entertainment

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton, Chicago

‘Liminal Infrastructure’ – Through August 9

A massive shipping container rolled through Chicago last fall, but instead of carrying cargo, it was taking stunning photographs of the city and its surrounding waterways. The resulting images are part of the exhibition, ‘Liminal Infrastructure,’ that will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum through August 9. Organized in collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Festival, the photographs were created using one of the world’s largest pinhole cameras, the Liminal Camera, by artists Lauren Bon, Richard Nielsen and Tristan Duke during their exploration of the Great Lakes region last October. The exhibition will include large-scale photographs of the Chicago landscape, measuring up to 8 feet on the longest side, according to Harris. The dramatic proportions are uniquely suited for extreme horizontal and vertical photos. Perfect for the prairie city that gave birth to the skyscraper, he said. The photos on display are part of the latest chapter of the Liminal Camera’s expedition across the Great Lakes region. During the Chicago Humanities Festival last fall, the artists invited people inside the Liminal Camera to experience the camera obscura technique in action and to see how they perform the photographic process. On May 14 at 4:30 p.m., the artists will recount their experience and unveil the photographs they took with the Liminal Camera in and around Chicago last fall. A public reception will follow beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is part of the Chicago Humanities Festival 2015 spring schedule and is free and open to the public. The DePaul Art Museum is located 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. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://bit.ly/DPAM15.

‘Glowing Wavelengths In Between’ – Through August 9

The DePaul Art Museum will be artist Sonja Thomsen’s ‘Glowing Wavelengths In Between,’ through August 9. In her exhibition, Thomsen utilizes an array of materials that refract and reflect light as means to creative discovery. The resulting pieces are vibrant color photographs, immersive photographic murals and faceted metallic sculptures. Thomsen’s layered works create an interactive experience for the viewer that provokes an awareness of light, space and time. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The DePaul Art Museum is located 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. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://bit.ly/DPAM15.

Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

Performance of Pulitzer Prize Nominated Play ‘Other Desert Cities’ – Through June 21

The Drama Group is pleased to present the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, ‘Other Desert Cities’, directed by Warren Sampson, with set design by Jane Nix. Performances will be held at the Drama Group Studio Theatre on June 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. and June 21 at 2:00 p.m. Set in Palm Springs, California, this award-winning compact family drama addresses the notions of deception, trust, loyalty, privacy and integrity using a deliciously straightforward setup. ‘Other Desert Cities’ received five nominations for the 2012Tony Awards, including for Best Play, Best Actress in a Play, Best Scenic Design, and Best Lighting Design. Tickets are $20 for adults and $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 online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com or see details at www.dramagroup.org. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit www.dramagroup.org.

Governors State University (GSU) Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, 1 University Parkway, University Park

Saturdays in the Park – Registration Required

GSU’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park welcomes visitors to summer Saturdays in the Park. Explore the nationally-recognized park on one of four FREE guided mini-tours, ideal for families, art or outdoor enthusiasts. Tours start at 10 a.m., and take about 90 minutes. All tours are subject to weather conditions and will be cancelled with inclement weather. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park provides the Chicagoland region with a premier presentation of large-scale contemporary sculpture. Big, bold art is set amidst a natural prairie landscape for a truly different outdoor museum experience. Children and adults alike will appreciate the master works and the unique setting. The park is open dawn until dusk, year-round.

Saturdays Schedule

June 27 — South Side
Families will love this collection of six eccentric shapes and materials including rice paper, welded steel, limestone, wood and more. Level: Moderate activity.

July 25 — The Wild West
If you’re new to sculpture, this is the tour for you! With names of flying objects, a lumberjack and more, this collection of six is for the curious. Level: Moderate activity.                   

Aug 22 — Into the Prairie
Hiking deeper into the prairie, this tour is for the art lover who enjoys a good hike, and features works from Bruce Nauman, Mark DiSuvero and more. Level: Advanced, more walking.
Capacity is limited to 20 people per tour so reserve your spot early.
RSVP to 708-534-3084 or [email protected].

National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

NVAM to Observe Memorial Day 2015 with New Exhibition – Through August 28

The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will exhibit The Joe Bonham Project through August 28. The Joe Bonham Project aims to keep the dedication, sacrifices and indomitable spirit of our wounded warriors present and accounted for with more than a hundred drawings and illustrations created during the time spent patients at VA Hospitals throughout the United States. The Joe Bonham Project is named after the central character in Dalton Trumbo’s 1938 novel Johnny Got His Gun. Joe loses all his limbs and his face to an artillery explosion, yet survives only to be eventually ‘warehoused’ beyond human interaction. Featuring artwork created in a variety of media by fifteen combat and civilian artists, The Joe Bonham Project seeks to show the real face of war and its aftermath to the public with images that portray the realities and human consequences of combat. Several of the artists in The Joe Bonham Project are seasoned war artists including Michael Fay, Richard Johnson, Steve Mumford, Kristopher Battles, Victor Juhasz, Roman Genn, and Robert Bates. Other artists, such as Jeffery Fisher, Fred Harper, Jess Ruliffson, Ray Alma, Bill Harris, and Josh Korenblat, have friends and family who have, or are currently serving in the armed forces. Working primarily at in-patient surgical shock-trauma wards, these artists have spent significant amounts of time with some of the most physically battle damaged soldiers, sailors and Marines. Most have endured multiple traumatic amputation injuries and disfiguring facial wounds, and will endure months of operations and challenging physical therapy. With them on this journey back to wholeness are often equally traumatized family members. All have volunteered to be sketched. For additional information, call 312-326-0270 or visit: www.nvam.org

‘The Things They Carried’ – Permanent Exhibit

The National Veterans Art Museum reopened its permanent exhibit ‘The Things They Carried’ in a brand new gallery space meant to be more immersive for viewers. Inspired by Tim O’Brien’s book ‘The Things They Carried,’ this exhibit serves as a visual companion that illustrates the narrative with fine art and photography from veterans that lived the stories in the novel. Much like the book, the exhibit explores the concept of storytelling and questions how one might share the story of the Vietnam experience. The exhibit takes as its central question “how to tell a true war story” and prompts viewers to consider their personal stories and contemplate how they might share their own narratives. By literally incorporating the essential elements of storytelling: Who, Where, When, and What, ‘The Things They Carried’ begins by chronicling the Vietnam conflict through first-hand visual accounts and descriptions. The exhibit culminates in the re-creation of an authentic Vietnam-era tented shelter to bring viewers into the intimate physical experience of sleeping, living and working in the field during that time. With artworks and objects created and collected by over twenty Vietnam veteran artists, ‘The Things They Carried’ also provides visual interpretations to viewers, illustrating the war by those who were there. This form of pictorial storytelling offers insights into the individual personalities of those who served, where they were in Vietnam both geographically and environmentally, and what the cultural climate of the time looked like. Representations and artifacts come together in ‘The Things They Carried’ to offer an individuated and holistic presentation of the social and historical context of the Vietnam War. With didactic guides and lesson plans that accompany the artwork and artifacts, visitors of all ages can gain a better understanding of “how to tell a true war story” as explored in Tim O’Brien’s book, as well as explore possibilities and benefits of personal storytelling. Featured artists include László Kondor, Dean Sharp, Charles Shobe, William Myles, James McJunkin, John Hosier, Michael Harac, and Arthur Jacobs. The Museum is open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers free admission year-round. For additional information, call 312-326-0270 or visit: www.nvam.org

Park Forest Historical Society, 141 Forest Boulevard

‘Preserving Family Photographs’ – Sunday, June 28

The Park Forest Historical Society will host a program on ‘Preserving Family Photographs’ presented by Judi Weber, owner of Quality Plus Photo Design Center, will be the Park Forest Historical Society program Sunday, June 28, at 2:30 p.m. at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Our family photos are in danger! Sharing family photographs helps keep the story of our ancestry alive. Most families have hundreds of disorganized photos deteriorating in their homes. Judi will share secrets to help you get your valuable memories back into your life. Judi Weber is a mother, grandmother and photo lover. Certified as a Personal Photo Organizer, she has owned Quality Plus Photo Design Center in Worth for 33 years. Her passion is saving photo memories and memorabilia. She will share that on June 28. This program is free and open to the general public. For information on the program, call Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252. Work of the Park Forest Historical Society can be seen at www.parkforesthistory.org.

Park Forest House Museum – Moving to New Location

The Park Forest House Museum is now closed while moving from its current location at, 141 Forest Boulevard to 227 Monee Road. It is anticipated that the re-opening will take place in June and the specific date announced soon. For additional information, 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 event is scheduled the week of June 15:

  • Monday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. — Summer Reading Kick-Off — “Drum Up” Summer Reading at the Park Forest Library! Join us for an engaging, interactive, family fun show with a live performance by Mystic Drums. Sign up for Summer Reading, prizes, and more.
  • Tuesday, June 16 at 1 p.m. — Summer Safety — Sound off to summer safety with the PFPD. Officer Taylor will share important information and helpful tips about staying safe while enjoying the outdoors. Stories and crafts to follow.
  • Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. – PajamaRama — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. Wear your pj’s and wind down from a busy day. Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, June 17 at 11 a.m. – Movement & Me — Get on your feet and move to the rhythm of your favorite songs! This story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories and more. Open to children ages 1 month to 12 years old.
  • Wednesday, June 17 at 1 p.m. — Game On! Wii U Wednesday — Hang out and show off your gaming skills on the Wii U. Bring your friends. Make new friends as you impress each other with your gaming techniques… Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. — Film Matinee for Adults: “Get on Up” — Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
  • Thursday, June 18 at 11 a.m. — Art in Motion — Bring your imagination, creativity, and throw on some old clothes to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… some projects may involve paint. Ages 12 and under.
  • Thursday, June 18 at 1 p.m. — TGIT: Thank Goodness it’s Thursday! – Lego Mania — Are you ready for the weekend? Get a jump start with Lego Mania .Come build something awesome with your collection of Legos. Create on your own or help build a joint Lego masterpiece. Enjoy watching the Lego Movie on our smart board in kids’ zone at 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 18 at 3 p.m. – Teen Theatre Thursday: Guardians of the Galaxy — Stop by for a mid-day movie! This week’s movie is Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Friday, June 19 at 1 p.m. – Family Matinee Movie: ‘Annie’ (2014) — A foster kids, who lives with her mean foster mother, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.
  • Saturday, June 20 at 1 p.m. – My Dad, My Hero — Join in as we create something awesome for dads, stepdads, grandpas, uncles or older brothers. Stories, crafts, and more! Ages 12 and under.
  • Saturday, June 20 at 2 p.m. — Patriotic Wreath Tutorial — Celebrate independence in style as you create a patriotic wreath to decorate your home using everyday summer objects. Space is limited, ages 12 and up.

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

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

‘Expansive Visions: Encaustic Works by FUSEDChicago’ – Through July 9

PSC’ Christopher Art Gallery is hosting ‘Expansive Visions: encaustic works by FUSEDChicago,’ through July 9, in the gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Artists participating include Sue Cahill, Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Shelley Gilchrist, Carol Hamilton, Brad Hook, Katsy Johnson, Pat Lagger, Ahavani Mullen, Julie Ris, Kathy Blankley Roman, Mary Krebs Smyth, Michele Thrane, Karen Tichy, Kathleen Waterloo, and Donna Zarbin-Byrne. The Christopher Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits also can be made by appointment. For more information about the exhibit or to make an appointment for a visit, call 708- 709-3636.

Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Golden Age of Photography at the Chicago Reader – Through August 28

For more than 30 years, the Chicago Reader was a trailblazer and signature example of the kind of creative freedom in both photography and design that alternative weekly newspapers all over the country came to embrace and showcase. Now, in a new exhibit that runs through Aug. 28 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, the public can experience what the golden age of photography and design once was like at one of the nation’s leading alternative weeklies, the Chicago Reader. Featuring 80 black-and-white photographs taken between 1971 and 2004 by more than a dozen photographers who were freelancers for the Chicago Reader during its golden age, the exhibit is the largest group photo show ever presented at Gage. More than just a photo exhibit, Chicago Reader in Black & White features famous layouts from the alternative weekly including “Faces of AIDS,” which was an in-depth, four-page look at AIDS hospice care in Chicago at the height of the AIDS crisis. A short documentary with the views of 14 former freelance Chicago Reader photographers also is part of the exhibit. The exhibit is the final installation in Gage Gallery’s yearlong Above the Fold: 10 Decades of Chicago Photojournalism series that is sponsored by Roosevelt’s College of Arts and Sciences and made possible by the generosity of donor Susan Rubnitz. Free and open to the public, 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, call 312-341-6458 or visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Motives and Materials’ Exhibit – Opens June 20

‘Motives and Materials’ exhibit features the work of four award-winning artists, Chris Cicala, Chawne Kimber, Laura Lein-Svencner, and Alison Oakes. Their works are in collage, fabric, paint and metal. The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 20 and will run through July 25. An Artists’ Open House will be held on Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at the Gallery. Both the exhibit and open house are free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org

Union Street Gallery (USG), 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

‘Insider Art’ – Opens June 17

USG’s Annual Studio and Guild Artists Exhibit ‘Insider Art’ will open on Wednesday, June 17 and run through July 18. A reception will be held on Friday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

Annual Garden Walk ‘A Little Garden Art’ – Tickets Now on Sale

USG will present its Annual Garden Walk ‘A Little Garden Art’ on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – rain or shine. Enjoy an enchanting day experiencing beautiful and unique landscapes right here in the south suburbs. There are 9 gardens located in Homewood, Flossmoor, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, and Crete. This is more of a “garden drive” than a walk, so transportation is necessary. To delight even further, each garden will have a working artist creating art inspired by their surroundings. Garden Walkers are encouraged to stop and watch the artists as they work. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Gallery, Art 4 Soul, 18135 Harwood Avenue #1, Homewood, and Fresh Starts Restaurant, 1040 Sterling Avenue, Flossmoor. Additional information about the garden walk, including a list of sponsors, visit: http://www.unionstreetgallery.org/GardenWalk2014.htm or call the Gallery at 708-754-2601.

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

Rainbow Café – Friday, June 19

The Rainbow Café will meet on Friday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at UUCC. The movie ‘Albert Nobbs’ will be shown. Having for decades disguised herself as a man while working as a butler in a posh 19th-century Dublin hotel, a woman calling herself Albert Nobbs reconsiders her charade when a handsome painter arrives on the scene. The event is free and open to the public. Rainbow Café is a social event that provides a safe and welcoming environment for single or partnered gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults and their allies, by creating a space where they are able to socialize outside of the usual bars. The Café is open every third Friday of the month. For additional information, call Dave Matteson at 708-672-8837 or 714-930-6134.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

2015 Main Street Nights – Wednesday, June 17

The Village of Park Forest is sponsoring free entertainment in downtown Park Forest for seven weeks this summer. The family oriented Main Street Nights features local and regional entertainers on stage in the Village Green located at Cunningham and Main Street. 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!

Main Street Nights Events for Wednesday, June 17
CN-LITTLE OBIE Little Obie, the miniature Canadian National Locomotive along with accompanying flat car and caboose will provide rides for children and adults throughout the evening!

6:30 p.m. Barefoot Hawaiians
Barefoot Hawaiians has entertained audiences throughout the U.S. and as far away as China with their dynamic dances, dramatic drumming and vibrant costumes from the islands. The vibrant performance includes the dazzling Samoan Fire Knife dance, which features world class fire knife dancers, the thrilling visual Poi Balls dance from New Zealand and, of course, it wouldn’t be an island event without the famous Hula dance from Hawaii.

7:15 p.m. Carla Prather and Company
The sound of Carla Prather and Company permeates the very heart and soul of the audiences that follow them. They cover several genres of music, tempting every foot to tap and every finger to snap, while gaining new fans. While covering fun favorites like “Baby I’m Scared of You” by Womack and Womack, to “Respect Yourself” by the Staples Singers, to “Young Americans” by David Bowie, this band brings pure heat! Experience the hottest pure funk, jazz, R&B and soul all rolled into one!

A complete list of performances for the 2015 Main Street Nights season can be found at http://www.villageofparkforest.com.

In case of rain, performances will be moved to Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street. For weather related changes or cancellations, please call 283-5647, for general inquiries, 708-748-2005.

Park Forest Resident Appreciation Event – Saturday, June 27

As part of its annual Resident Appreciation month activities, on Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., CreARTS in the Park (face art, body art, t-shirt art, paintings, etc.) will be held on the Village Green in DownTown Park Forest. For additional information, please call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621.

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 South Halsted, Chicago Heights

[email protected] Program – Classes Begin June 22

Let learning and fun continue year round by enrolling your child in [email protected] this summer. The [email protected] Program at PSC is new and improved for 2015 with week-long classes, new times, and new topics. Students ages five to 13 will enjoy six weeks of innovative and creative, hands-on learning activities with weekly themes. The curriculum is focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) curriculum areas. Courses meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, June 22 through July 30, at the Matteson Area Center of the college, located at 4821 Southwick Dr. in Matteson. Week one’s theme is “Masterpieces,” where children can discover the masterpiece in themselves through discovery, curiosity and creativity. Week two features “The Big Idea,” where students can learn how to set goals, write their vision, and execute their plans. During week three, “Little Scientist,” students will discover the field of microbiology, examine the ocean and all the habitats, and examine the ecosystems. Week four’s theme is “Let’s Build It,” where students will discover the process of building from the ground up and the various jobs needed to complete a project. Week five will focus on “Super Heroes,” and will foster self-awareness and building self-esteem in each child. During the final week, “Mystery Madness,” children will use their critical thinking and problem solving skills to crack codes. Families have the option to choose individual weeks for $189 each per child, or all six weeks for $995 per child. Before and after care is available for $25 per child each week, or $150 per child for all six weeks. To register, visit www.prairiestate.edu/webadvisor and select Instant Enrollment, call 708-709-3750 or 708-709-3516, fax enrollment form to 708-709-7749, or visit the PSC Matteson Area Center in person. The enrollment form also is available online at www.prairiestate.edu/kids. For more information, email [email protected]

Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Requesting Public Comments – Due by September 12

In preparation for an upcoming comprehensive accreditation evaluation from its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, Roosevelt University seeks comments from the public on substantive matters related to its quality as an institution and its academic programs. Roosevelt will host a visit team from the Higher Learning Commission on October 12 and 13, 2015. The visit team will review Roosevelt’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation in addition to comments from the public. The public is invited to submit comments regarding Roosevelt to:

Public Comment on Roosevelt University
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Comments can also be sent to the Commission’s web site at:http://www.ncahlc.org/HLC-Institutions/third-party-comment.html. Comments must be in writing, signed and received by the Higher Learning Commission by September 12, 2015.

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

Stem-4-Kids – Class Begin June 22

SSC’s Office of Continuing Education and STEM Department are partnering to offer courses to help fill the summer days with activities that will inspire and challenge kids and young adults. SSC is pleased to offer several STEM for Kids classes at the Main Campus in South Holland in June and July for grade school and high school students.

  • Graphic Design
    Cost: $75 includes materials; open to 9th-12th grade students
    Monday through Thursday, June 22-25, 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m., Main Campus Room, 4431
    Graphic design is a class that teaches art, design and technology. In this class students will use design as a creative process in communication. Students will also explore various methods used to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. Students will use the basic elements and principles of art and also learn how to use the basics of an Apple Macintosh (MAC) computer and computer programs: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop CS6. This class teaches the basics of Graphic Design through an illustrative and corporate view.
  • PC Repair and Home Wi-Fi Installation
    Cost: $50 includes materials; open to 9th-12th grade students
    Monday through Thursday, June 29-July 2, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Main Campus, Room 3348
    Students will be introduced to the major components of a computer, how to upgrade memory, test electrical voltage in the computer, and ensure their home wall voltage outlets meet electrical standards for computers use. The students will learn the importance of certified network/Internet cables and proper installation with certification testing equipment. Students will install a home Wi-Fi router, connect an iPad to a network, setup email, and communicate with their fellow students.
  • 2-D and 3-D Design
    Cost: $75 includes materials; open to 5th-12th grade students
    Tuesday through Thursday, July 7-July 9, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m., Main Campus, Room 2368
    Students will be introduced to the field of Computer-Aided Design and Drafting; including 2D and 3D prototyping. Students will use AutoCad AutoDesk 2013 software as well as other types of software available. Students will plan and create a mechanical or architectural design.
  • Robotics and Electronics
    Cost: $75 includes materials; open to 5th-12th grade students
    Monday through Thursday, July 13-16, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Instructor will meet students inside Main Campus Student Entrance
    Students will be introduced to a variety of topics related to Robotics and Electronics such as design, programming, artificial intelligence (AI) and building. This class will teach students how to build a robot using the fundamentals from electrical and mechanical engineering and computers.

First time non-credit students should visit the Admissions Office, Room 2348, or call Continuing Education at 708-596-2000 extension 2231 to get started. For questions about these classes or STEM programs at SSC, please contact Anna Helwig, STEM Dean, at 708-210-5706.

Online Educational Resources

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Top U.S. Universities

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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: 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.

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.

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 call708-799-1925 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].

Green Events

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers

Come walk the trails with Wednesday Morning Walkers every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Follow the forest’s seasonal changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature firsthand on two miles of Thorn Creek’s winding trails. Trails can be wet or icy or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. This weekly program is free and open to those 13 years of age and older. Registration is required two days before your first walk. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

Summer Safari: Earth, Air, Water & Fire – Registration Required by Monday, June 15

Did you ever wonder where Percy Jackson’s Olympian Gods really got their power? They didn’t just beg Zeus for help-they relied on the four Greek elements-Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Join us for Summer Safari: Earth, Air, Water & Fire on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 23-25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Preserve. Children ages 7 to 10 years old and our naturalists will explore the current science of these ancient “elements” through nature study, stories, games, crafts, and investigative hikes. Cost for the three day program is $35 per child. Registration and payment required by Monday, June 15. Please make check payable to Thorn Creek Nature Center and send payment to 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, Il 60466. Children should bring a lunch and water bottle, and wear play clothes: long pants, a light, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, and sturdy shoes for exploring (not sandals). Insect repellent and sun block are also highly encouraged. Snacks will be provided. Participants should be prepared to walk 2 miles on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320, email [email protected] or visit our website at www.tcwoods.org.

Prairie Sampler Work Day – Monday June 15

On Monday, June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, get down and dirty and help volunteers and Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Service care for our Prairie Sampler. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own gloves, hand clippers and kneelers if you like. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Refreshments will be provided. For additional information call 708-747-6320, email [email protected] or visit our website at www.tcwoods.org.

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.

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

Sustainable Saturday Presentation – June 20

Park Forest’s Sustainable Saturdays continues on June 20 on ‘Body Smart Gardening.’ The presentation will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Park Forest Village Hall. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-748-1112.

Park Forest Famers’ Market – Every Saturday Through October

The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. The Market hosts 22 full spaces with a variety of fresh flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery goods, herbs and dairy products, food and entertainment. Local businesses are also on hand at the Market selling artwork, garden ornaments, jewelry and more. The Park Forest Farmers’ Market accepts EBT/Link, WIC, and Senior Nutrition Coupons. The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is located in the parking lot closest to 271 Lakewood Blvd, at the corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Cunningham Drive, just across from the Park Forest Police Department.

This & That

Folks On Spokes Bicycle Club, Flossmoor

Wednesday Evening Bike Ride – June 17

The Folks on Spoke Bicycle Club will sponsor Wednesday evening bike rides from Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Interested riders can meet at 5:45 p.m. at Village Hall. The rides will start at 5 p.m. and return at 7 p.m. One of three routes will be selecte4d: old Plank Road Trail, Thorn Creek Trail or the new Chicago Heights Trail. All are welcome but helmets are required. For additional information, visit www.folksonspokes.com or e-mail Al Sturges at [email protected].

Park Forest Commission on Human Relations, 350 Victory Drive

2015 Good Egg Award – Nominations Due Friday, August 8

The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is looking for people who have gone beyond the call of duty for the Good Egg Award. The award honors youth and adults who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities through human relations and human rights advocacy. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 8. To request a nomination form, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or email [email protected]

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

Basketball and Baseball Summer Camps – Registration Now in Progress

The SSC Basketball and Baseball Programs are currently accepting registrations for their summer camps in June. The Bulldogs will host two camps–a Championship Shooting Camp from Monday, June 22nd through Thursday, June 25th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and a Championship Basketball Camp from June 29th through July 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SSC Fitness Center/Fieldhouse. The camps are designed for Boys and Girls ages 7-17, and will be directed by Head Coach John Pigatti and current players. The cost of the Shooting Camp is $60 and the Basketball Camp is $105, with a special price of $150 for both camps. Campers will need shorts, basketball shoes, and a T-shirt or practice uniform. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase every day of the camps. The main goal of these camps is to provide each individual with an opportunity to become a better player and to have some fun along the way. In order to accomplish these goals, the emphasis will be on the fundamentals of basketball. Coach Pigatti brings over 20 years of college coaching experience from a well-rounded background. He was also the head coach of the Five Star Basketball Post Development Camp where he instructed several top 100 high school players in the country. The 2015 Bulldog Baseball Camp will take place from Monday, June 22nd through Thursday, June 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Bulldog Stadium. The camp is designed for kids ages 6-14, and is directed by Head Coach Steve Ruzich and current players. The cost of the camp is $80 per camper for all four days of instruction. Each camper should have gym shoes, spikes, sweat clothes, and bring their own equipment. Coach Ruzich has amassed over 1,000 career wins at SSC and was inducted in the NJCAA Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014. He is also well known as a director and coordinator of local baseball camps which have attracted thousands of participants. Ruzich has also worked for the Chicago White Sox as an instructor in their Fundamentals area at Cellular One Field. For more information, or to register for the Basketball Camps, please contact Coach Pigatti at 708-596-2000, ext. 2524 or email [email protected]. For more information, or to register for the Baseball Camps, please contact Coach Ruzich at 708-596-2000, ext. 2413 or email [email protected].

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

Sacred Communication Workshops – June 20

UUCC will hold a Sacred Communications Workshop on June 20th at 12 noon. The workshop will help you in identifying and dissolving mental and emotional blockages, learning to use your authentic voice, defining authentic friendships and more. For additional information, call Rev. Henrietta Byrd at 312-593-4732 or 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Veteran’s Housing, Resources and Job Fair – Tuesday, June 23

A Veteran’s Housing, Resources & Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Park Forest at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street. The event is free and open to the public. Click to view the full event details!