In and Around Park Forest Week of June 21, 2010

Schubert's Woods

The trail at Schubert’s Woods, here just off of Chestnut Street, has been completely replaced. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County really did a wonderful job. Take a walk or a bike ride! (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—June 21, 2010. Park Forest’s DownTown Village Green (Cunningham and Main Streets) will be the location for the kick-off of summer entertainment this week when Main Street Nights begins on Wednesday, June 23. The Illinois Theatre Center presents Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on June 25, 26 and 27. You can find details about these events in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section below.

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.

Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

Park Forest Library Temporary Closing – Beginning Monday, June 21

As part of the continuing renovations at the Park Forest Library, the building will be closing temporarily beginning Monday, June 21 to allow for asbestos abatement and to erect some necessary partition walls before the final phase of construction can be completed. The library will remain closed until Tuesday, July 6 at 10 a.m. Books and other library materials may be returned during this time at the book drop located on the west side of the building near the rear entrance. During the closing no book donations can be accepted. For more information, call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

Arts & Entertainment

Main Street Nights

Fieldcrest, Park Forest Idols Top Finalists, 7th Heaven – Wednesday, June 23

Starting at 7 p.m., Fieldcrest will kick off the evening showcasing the best from the 2010 performances of local talent from Fieldcrest School of Performing Arts. At 7:30 p.m., the top finalists from the 1st Annual Park Forest Idol Contest will share their talent. At 8 p.m., 7th Heaven, featuring recent Chicago American Idol gold-ticket winner Keith Semple, will perform music by the Beatles, Bon Jovi, Journey, U2 and original material at a frenetic pace that will drive the audience to be dancing in the streets.

Grab a blanket, pack a snack and position yourself in Park Forest’s DownTown Village Green, (Cunningham and Main Streets) for FREE entertainment. In case of rain, performances will be moved to Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd. Call the recorded message at 708-283-5647 for weather-related changes or cancellations. For additional information, call the Recreation office at 708-748-2005.

Illinois Theatre Center, 371 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet – Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, June 25, 26, 27

The cast of the Illinois Theatre Center will perform William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for three free outdoor performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 25, 26, and 27 on the Village Green stage in DownTown Park Forest. Audiences are encouraged to come early and bring blankets and picnic suppers. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will move indoors to the Illinois Theatre Center, directly adjacent to the Village Green. For more information, call 708-481-3510.

Summer Fest Musical Fund Raiser – Tickets Now on Sale

A fundraiser benefiting the South Suburban Hunger Network will be held on Saturday, July 24 at the Illinois Theatre Center. Tickets are $20 and include light appetizers, desserts, wine, pop and water. The event and musical are family friendly. Tickets are on sale at the Rich Township Food Pantry, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park, IL.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Common Ground, Diverse Approaches: Works on Paper – Through June 27

Artists include Mary Bookwalter, Sergio Gomez, Tyler Hewitt, Jane Hudak, Erik LaGattuta, Chelise Slowik, Jerry Slowik, Jeff Stevenson, Jessica VanSwol, and Carol Weber. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please call 708-748-3377.

Spring 2010 Art Film Discussion Series Concludes – Sunday, June 27

Tall Grass’ Spring 2010 Art Film Discussion Series will conclude on Sunday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. with the screening of ‘The White Ribbon.’ A discussion will follow the movie. The film will be shown at the Marcus Theatre, 1301 Hilltop Avenue, Chicago Heights. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 708-748-3377.

Park Forest Historical Society

“When Did your Family Get Here?” – Sunday, June 27

As part of its 25th Anniversary events, the Park Forest Historical Society will hold a special social event, “When Did Your Family Get Here?” on Sunday, June 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. A panel of speakers will share stories of how some families arrived in the Park Forest area, by horse and wagon or by Metra. This will be followed by sharing of stories from some of the audience on how their families came to the Park Forest area. All are invited to share stories over refreshments after the formal program. Anyone who would like to bring photos or documents to share should contact Jerry Shnay, at 708-747-3571 or Jane Nicoll at [email protected].

Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard (Corner of Forest & Fir)

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is in an original rental townhome, built in 1947-1949 by American Community Builders. The museum provides a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane for anyone who lived in the 1950s or 1960s, or for those interested in that period. Visitors are encouraged to open drawers, cupboard and closets to discover period treasures inside. Contents of the house, furnished as though a young veteran and his family of small children occupy it, include dolls, toys, dollhouses, books, dishes, serving pieces, furniture and clothing from the period. When is the last time you said, “Hello,” to Howdy Doody?

The Museum is open on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Group tours are by appointment. Call 708-748-3731.

Volunteers Needed

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity? The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is looking for you. It is fun to show the museum and share stories with the visitors. You don’t have to live in Park Forest, or ever have lived here to be able to show the museum. You don’t have to have lived through the 1950s to enjoy it. There is a script, but you don’t have to memorize it. If you have some time to help out, contact Jane Nicoll at [email protected].

Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway

‘A Whole New Mind 2010 BRAINSTORM’ – Through June 24

The Intellectual Life Committee at GSU is sponsoring a national juried art competition titled ‘A Whole New Mind 2010 BRAINSTORM’ through June 24 in the Visual Arts Gallery. Fifty-nine art works by 45 artists will compete for $2,000 in prize money. Susan Aurinko (artist, photographer, independent curator, and former owner of FLATFILEgalleries, Chicago) and Tricia Van Eck (Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago) are serving as the competition’s jurors.

A reception and award ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. This Visual Arts Gallery is open Monday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For an appointment call, 708-534-4021.

Center For Performing Arts at GSU

Juke Box Musical Theatre – Friday, June 25

The Center for Performing Arts at GSU welcomes Emerald City Theatre of Chicago to present its annual summer theatre musical for kids. The only public performance of “Juke Box Musical Theatre” will be held at The Center on Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m. All seats are $10. For more information, call 708-235-2222 or visit www.govst.edu/center.

Peter Pan – Tickets Now On Sale

Peter Pan, the classic adventure about a boy who won’t grow up, comes to the Center for Performing Arts at GSU for a single performance on Thursday, July 15 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $9 each for individuals and $7 each for groups of 20 or more. For tickets, call the Center box office at 708-235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net.

CAUTION – Featuring Songs of the Grateful Dead

Harte’s Saloon – Thursday, June 24

CAUTION will be playing every Thursday night at Harte’s Saloon, 9858 S. Artesian. If you are a fan of the Grateful Dead, Phish and great musical jams, check out this band. For more information, call Harte’s Saloon at 708-424-2618.

Bobby McGee’s — Saturday, June 26

If you weren’t lucky enough to score tickets for Saturday’s Crossroads Festival at Toyota Park, or looking for something to do after the concert, check out CAUTION at Bobby McGee’s, 10139 S. Harlem, Chicago Ridge.  For more information, call Bobby McGee’s at 708-529-3526.

Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, IL

‘Not Far Off’ by Nina Weiss – Through July 9

Union Street Gallery is proud to announce its presentation of ‘Not Far Off’ a solo exhibit of recent landscapes in oil by nationally recognized artist Nina Weiss. A reception will be held on Friday, July 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For gallery hours or additional information, call 708-754-2601.

‘The Past and The Promise’ – Introspective Photography by John Spomar – Through July 9

‘The Past and The Promise,’ a solo exhibit of black and white photography by regional artist John Spomar II will be shown through July 9. A reception will be held on Friday, July 9 from 6 p.m. to 9.p.m. For gallery hours or additional information, call 708-754-2601.

‘Synergy, Works by Union Street Artists’ – Through July 29 at Prairie State College

‘Synergy, Works by Union Street Artists,’ is a diverse collection of drawings, paintings, mixed media, and sculpture pieces by nine of the resident studio artists of Union Street Gallery. The exhibit will be on display from June 21 through July 29 at Prairie State College’s Christopher Art Gallery, located at the college’s main campus, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visits can be made by appointment. For more information about the exhibit, or to make an appointment for a visit, contact the Prairie State College Foundation at 708-709-3636.

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

Union Street Gallery will present its 6th Annual ‘A Little Garden Art’ Garden Walk on Saturday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ten beautiful and unique gardens from Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort and Olympia Fields are lined up for your pleasurable viewing. A working artist will be present at each garden making art inspired by the gardens and the gardeners. Each garden will also be hosted by volunteers and gardeners who will guide and answer your questions. Come to the Gallery in the morning before you head out for the gardens for some coffee and donuts. You can also view the landscape and garden paintings by nationally recognized artist Nina Weiss. The Gallery will be open at 8:45 a.m. the day of the event. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the Garden Walk. For additional information, call 708-754-2601.

Holiday Star Theater, 340 Main St., Park Forest

Twilight Fans: Win an All Expense Paid Trip to Forks, Washington

With the anticipated release of Eclipse, the third installment in the Twilight series, The Holiday Star Theatre is giving Twilight fans the opportunity to not only view the first two movies in the Twilight series, Twilight and New Moon, and a documentary on Forks, Wa. (Twilight in Forkshttp://www.popcrunch.com), but also several chances to enter a drawing with an amazing prize package.

The triple-feature of Twilight, New Moon and Twilight in Forks will be shown with 10 minute intermissions between them. The nights the movies will be shown are

  • Monday, June 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m.
  • DRAWING: Tuesday, June 29th at 7 p.m.

During each triple-feature, fans will have the chance to enter the grand prize drawing for a trip to Forks, Wa., along with various other supplementary prizes including:

  • Three-day rental car voucher (all vendor service restrictions apply)
  • Two night stay at the “Real” Cullen House, breakfast included
  • http://www.afterthebite.com/Forks-Twilight-Tour-Cullen-House-2506476
  • Dazzled by Twilight Tour for 2
  • http//dazzledbytwilight.rezgo.com/tour: choose any tour, $39 value
  • Dinner at the Bella Italia Restaurant, the setting of Edward and Bella’s first date
  • $100 gift certificate to Newton’s (A.K.A. Forks Outfitters), where Bella worked part-time
  • Personalized autographed pictures from the stars who play Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner)

(Please note the prize is subject to hotel and flight availability and must be taken within one year of winning the award.)

The drawing will take place the day before Eclipse makes it debut, June 29, at The Holiday Star at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live over the Internet. Fans will only be able to sign up at the theater during one of the Triple-Feature dates listed above.

Fans can find out more about the events taking place via the theatre’s website, http://theholidaystartheater.net, on Facebook by friending Holiday Star-Theater and on Twitter via @theholidaystar.

Free Movie Camp – Kids Movies Every Tuesday at 9:30 AM

Starting this month, the Holiday Star Theater in Park Forest, IL will begin showing a free movie for kids every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. For details, call the theater at  (708) 283-9098. The Holiday Star Theater is located at 340 Main Street, Park Forest, IL.

Free Movie Every Tuesday for Seniors

Every Tuesday at 1 p.m., Seniors can attend a free movie at the Holiday Star Theater. Afternoon tea will be served following the movie. Call 708-283-9096 for each week’s scheduled movie.

Free Popcorn Tuesdays

If you love popcorn, bring your own popcorn bowl to the Holiday Star Theater any Tuesday and they will fill it up for you with a drink purchase. For information on ticket prices and/or movie times, call 708-283-9096.

Doomsday Zombie Fest 2010

The Holiday Star Theater will be hosting Doomsday Zombie Fest 2010. The goal is to break the current Guinness World Record for the most Zombies gathered at a single location. Starting Friday, October 22 at 5 p.m., the Holiday Star Theater will be showing Zombie Movies for 72 straight hours on huge outdoor screens. Zombies are encouraged to bring their tents and camp out.

On Saturday, October 23, the attempt to beat the World Record will take place. Bring your best Zombie costume, make-up and props. There will be prizes, contests, ‘Zombie Walk,’ vendors, and on-site make-up artists.

This event is free and open to the public however, the Holiday Star Theater requests that you bring a non-perishable food or household item for charity. Additional information about the event can be found at http://doomsdayzombiefest.com/.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Rd.

Midsummers Night Hike – Thursday, June 24

On Thursday, June 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., join a naturalist and discover the significance of the summer solstice during this night hike. Open to all ages. There is a fee of $5 per person or $15 for the entire family. Registration is required. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

Summer Safari: Climate Detectives – Register by Wednesday, June 23

Children discover various aspects of the climate and learn how scientists predict the weather. Each day of this program will be filled with exciting experiments and hikes through Thorn Creek Woods. Snacks and backpacks provided. Children should dress for the weather and bring a lunch each day. Space is limited and registration and payment is due by Wednesday, June 23.

  • Safari I – Tuesday – Friday, July 6 – 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages 5 – 7 years. Cost: $55 per child.
  • Safari II – Tuesday – Friday, July 20 – 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages 8 – 10 years. Cost: $55 per child.

For more information, call 708-747-6320.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

Keep Your Home – Saturday, June 26

On Saturday, June 26 at Thornwood High School, 17101 South Park Avenue, South Holland, IL, find out how the new federal foreclosure prevention program can help you stay in your home. Get free, on-site assistance from a trusted source. You may be eligible for a loan modification if you:

  • Are behind on your mortgage or at risk of falling behind due to a hardship;
  • Are an owner-occupant of a 1 to 4 unit property;
  • Have a loan that was originated before January 1, 2009; and
  • Have income that will support monthly mortgage payments.

ALL borrowers on the loan MUST be present and should bring copies of the required documents to this session which are outlined at:

For more information, contact Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago at 773-329- 4185 (English) or 773-329-4181 (Espanola) or visit www.nhschicago.org.

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

[email protected] Program

[email protected] is a three-week summer enrichment program for children entering 2nd through 7th grade. The program will be held Monday through Thursday, July 12 – 29 from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at PSC’s Adult Training and Outreach Center located on the college’s main campus. The day is split into two sections. Morning classes include language arts, math, computers, reading, art and science. Afternoon classes include sports taught by physical education instructors and classes such as first aid, babysitting, Spanish, and study skills. More information about the [email protected] program is available in the summer class schedule at www.prairiestate.edu/bus/bus-kids.html or call Mike Moody at 708-709-7711 or email at [email protected].

Shop Locally

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.

Park Forest Farmers Market

The Park Forest’s Farmers Market will be held each Saturday through October from 7 a.m. until noon, rain or shine. Fresh garden plants and produce, bakery goods, gourmet cheeses, herbs and eggs will be available for sale. Local businesses will also be on hand with a variety of artwork, garden ornaments, candles and more. Meet your friends at the Farmers Market for breakfast or lunch and shop locally.

During the Farmers Market, local civic groups can give demonstrations, hold fundraisers or other events at no charge but must register in advance. For more information, call 708-748-1118 or visit www.pfhealth.net.

Governors State University, 1 University Parkway , University Park, IL

Farm Fresh Market –Thursday, June 24

Fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables are coming to GSU at its first-ever outdoor farmers market on Thursday, June 24 at the south end of Parking Lot D. Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. The Farmers Market will be held on Thursdays through September.

Greening of Park Forest

B3 Bottles, Park Forest

The United Sates leads in consuming bottled water, drinking 26 billion liters a year (that’s only one, 8 ounce glass per day). It is estimated that Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour with 86% of the plastic bottles used never getting recycled. B3 Bottles, a local Park Forest business, has a solution to this problem. B3’s stainless steel bottles can be filled with Park Forest’s award winning water or other hot/cold beverages of your choice, and then cleaned and re-used for a lifetime. To learn more about B3 Bottles and pricing information, call Laura Fitzgerald at 708-748-0934.

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.

Go Green with a Free Tote Bag

The Village of Park Forest encourages residents to visit Village Hall to pick up an environmentally friendly canvas bag that can be used for your day-to-day shopping needs. These bags are free while supplies last with only two expectations: 1) that residents have a valid email address so that future environmentally conscious concepts can be shared by the Village’s Environment Commission; and 2) that bags are limited to one per household. For more information on this program, visit the Village Manager’s Office on the second floor of Village Hall of call 708-748-1129.

Healthy Living

Park Forest Health Department, 350 Victory Drive (lower level)

Back to School Physicals

Low cost school physicals and immunizations are available at the Park Forest Health Department. For more information, please call 708-748-1118 or visit www.pfhealth.net.

H1N1 Vaccine Available at Park Forest Health Department

The Park Forest Health Department has a limited supply of H1N1 vaccines available. H1N1 vaccines will be given by appointment only on Mondays and Fridays while supplies last. The fee for the vaccine is $15 and must be paid in cash at the time the vaccine is given. Medicare primary is accepted and Medicaid accepted for those 6 months through 18 years of age. No Managed Care enrollees accepted.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 708-481-1118. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Babies, Teens and Adults Immunization Clinics

Babies, teens and adult immunization and flu and pneumonia clinics will be held on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details or to schedule an appointment, call 708-748-1118. The Health Department is a low cost provider for children and adult immunizations.

Blood Pressure Screening

A free Blood Pressure Clinic is held at the Park Forest Health Department Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Elevated blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Walk in or call ahead at 708-748-1118.

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

Free Counseling Services Available

Today, individuals and families face economic and social pressures as well as communication difficulties that frequently disrupt family unity and the ability to cope. Counseling is one of the most important tools for understanding and coping. Free, individual, family and vocational counseling is available through GSU’s Division of Psychology and Counseling as part of its training program for advanced graduate counseling students. Faculty members, who are also licensed counselors, supervise the sessions. Counseling sessions are conducted on campus in total confidentiality. For more information, call 708-534-4545 or visit www.govst.edu/counselinglab.

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 programs 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.

This & That

Celebration Ministries, 424 Indianwood, Park Forest

Vacation Bible School – June 21 – 25

Vacation Bible School makes a return to Celebration Ministries this week. Whether your children can attend a couple of days or all week, it’s bound to be a wonderful time. This year’s theme is “High Seas Expedition” exploring the mighty love of God. Vacation Bible School is open to children pre-school age through 6th grade (those entering 6th grade this fall). Vacation Bible School will begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, June 21 through 25th. For additional information, call Celebration at 708-748-1995 or visit www.celebration4.org.

Connect Café – Thursday, June 24

On Thursday, June 24 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., the Connect Café is a place for the community to hang out, have a cup of coffee, latte, or hot chocolate, listen to music, talk, play a game of chess, or just relax. Kid friendly, also for Mom’s and Dad’s. This event will be held every Thursday. For more information, call 708-748-1995 or visit www.celebration4.org.

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.

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.

Sources:  Park Forest 2010 Summer Recreation Programs & More; Park Forest Winter/Spring 2010 Recreation Programs & More, Village of Park Forest, Governors State University, Prairie State College, Tall Grass Arts Association, Union Street Gallery, Park Forest Rotary Club, South Suburban Family Shelter, Park Forest Historical Society, Illinois Theatre Center, CAUTION, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, and Holiday Star Theater websites.