In and Around Park Forest Week of March 6, 2016

Art and Artifacts of Africa
‘Ancestors: Art and Artifacts of Africa’ exhibit opens at Tall Grass Arts Association’s Gallery on March 11. (Photo: Tall Grass Arts Association)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—March 6, 2016. Governors State University (GSU) students and local members of the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education will hold a rally Monday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m., outside GSU’s main entrance to outline what’s at stake in the ongoing funding stalemate and how that is affecting and will affect campuses around the state. GSU is located at 1 University Parkway in University Park. There is a budget crisis in Illinois creating a crisis in higher education. Illinois public universities have been operating without a budget for nearly nine months. The time is now for legislators and the governor to find a solution for the stalemate over higher education funding as colleges and universities enter their ninth month without a state support. The rally is co-sponsored by Governors State University’s Student Senate, Prairie Place Hall Council, the Graduate Professional Network and the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education, a collection of business, labor, and organizations representing public and private colleges and universities coming together to urge immediate action. Illinois universities and colleges have gone without hundreds of millions of dollars in MAP grants and operational funding since July, and aid has not been included in relief packages approved by legislators and the governor since the summer. The Coalition kicked off its push in January with a Statehouse news conference. This local event is one of several around the state designed to raise awareness of the funding crisis and build pressure on policymakers for a solution.

Tall Grass Arts Association will present a major cultural and historical exhibit, ‘Ancestors: Art and Artifacts of Africa,’ from March 11 through April 16. More than seventy works of art will be on display. Most are carved of wood, others are made of ceramic, and some cast in bronze. Most of the objects date from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Art objects will be accompanied by photographic wall murals of traditional rather than modern life in Sub-Sahara Africa.  The exhibit is free and open to the public. You’ll find additional information about the exhibit can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

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

Village of Park Forest

Village Board Meeting – Monday, March 7

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

To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site here and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of March 6:

  • Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations
  • Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission
  • Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group

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

Park Forest Vehicle Sticker Sales & Animal Registration – Now on Sale

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2016-2017 year are now on sale. Vehicle stickers must be displayed prior to May 1 on all vehicles registered with the State of Illinois with a Park Forest address, even if that vehicle is not located in Park Forest. Animal registration for the 2016-2017 year also on sale. View full vehicle sticker details.

Early Voting at Park Forest Village Hall – Through March 14

Cook County residents may cast an early ballot at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, or at any of the County’s sites. A complete list of voting locations can be found at: http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/pages/default.aspx. Early voting takes place through March 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Saturday.

Will County Residents

Will County residents in Crete Township can cast a ballot at the Crete Township Office 1367 Wood Street in Crete, March 7 to March 11, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Residents of Will County in Monee Township can cast a ballot at the Monee Village Hall located at 5130 W Court St. in Monee, March 5 to March 12, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Any Will County resident can vote at Governors State University’s Hall of Governors Building, D 1 University Parkway, March 7 through March 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any Will County resident can also go to the Will County Clerk’s office 302 North Chicago Street, Joliet from:

March 7 – 11 — 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 — 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 — 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, March 14 — 8:30 am – 7 p.m.

Check the Will County Clerk’s office at www.willcountyclerk.com for details.

For more information, please call Sandi Black at 708-283-5605.

Arts & Entertainment

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

‘Eurydice’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Young love ended much too soon. Letters used for communication instead of speaking. A father-daughter relationship restored despite “the rules of the Underworld.” Characters called Stones. What more could you ask for in a good Greek tragedy? Immerse yourself in another-worldly experience on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and April 3 at 2 p.m. when GSU’s Theatre and Performance Studies department stages Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’ at Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are just $18 and $13 for students with valid I.D. The play is directed by Lydia Milman-Schmidt, who is making her debut at GSU. A retelling of the myth of Orpheus through a feminine lens: Eurydice’s point of view. Eurydice marries Orpheus, a musician who plays the most beautiful music on earth. On their wedding day, Eurydice tragically dies and enters the Underworld where she is reunited with her father.  Orpheus grieves for Eurydice and despite his trouble communicating with words, he writes her letters. Following the traditional myth, the Lord of the Underworld agrees to let Eurydice go with Orpheus under one condition: Orpheus must walk back to the world of the living without looking back. Will he? And will she go back?

How to Buy Tickets

Online: CenterTickets.net
By Phone: 708-235-2222
In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 2 hours prior to performances. Thursdays the Box office is open until 6p.m.
Download the Center’s APP: goo.gl/nqy4ul

A portion of GSU’s arts programming is supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson

2nd Congressional District Art Competition – Submission Deadline Thursday, March 31

Congresswoman Robin Kelly is sponsoring the annual Congressional Art Competition open to high school students residing or attending a school within the Second Congressional District. The winner will have the opportunity to attend a ceremony this summer in Washington D.C., where his or her artwork will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year. The artwork of second- and third-place winners will be displayed in Rep. Kelly’s district offices. Students may submit their artwork from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Congresswoman Kelly’s Matteson Office, located at 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Suite 505; at the Chicago Office, 9200 South Commercial Avenue, Suite 415; or to the satellite office located on the lower level of Kankakee City Hall. Please call Alan Banks at 708-679-0078 to arrange a drop-off time. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. Artwork must be two dimensional, framed no larger than 28” x 28” x 4” and can include paintings, drawings, collages, prints, photographs, computer generated art, or mixed media.  All artwork must be original. Contest entry rules can be found at http://robinkelly.house.gov/services/art-competition. Congresswoman Kelly will host a reception where she will announce the winner and runners-up on April 9, beginning at 9 a.m., in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery at South Suburban College, 15800 State Street, South Holland. For more information, call Alan Banks at 708-679-0078. The high school art competition was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 to acknowledge and support the artistic talent of America’s young adults.

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

‘Split Complementary’ Exhibition – Through April 24

With refined appreciation for materials, but very different approaches, the art of Dianna Frid and Richard Rezac meets on complementary grounds at DePaul Art Museum’s “Split Complementary” exhibition. The exhibition features installations, sculptures, books and wall art by the artists, as well as rare books from the Special Collections Department of DePaul’s John T. Richard Library, and a variety of objects from the DePaul Art Museum’s permanent collection. The items from the museum’s collection include a red hat from South Africa, a Turkish Ottoman miniature painting covered with written notations, South American photographs from the 1930s and other objects and images. ‘Split Contemporary’ will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum through April 24. The DePaul Art Museum at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://bit.ly/DPAM15.

‘Nexo/Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest’ – Through April 24

‘Nexo / Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest’ will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum through April 24. Drawn from museum’s permanent collection, alongside loans from private collections, the exhibition features Latin American artists in the region and explores their influences, connections and unique reflections of the people, culture and place. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 2016 Latino Art Now! Conference taking place this April. The DePaul Art Museum at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more on the DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://bit.ly/DPAM15.

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

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group Daytime Children’s Theatre proudly presents ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ Wednesday, March 16 through Sunday, March 20, 2016. Come see this timeless musical inspired by Margery Williams classic story of a stuffed toy rabbit made real by a child’s enduring love. A family favorite comes to life! Introduce LIVE theatre to young children, schools, scout troops and daycare. Performances are Wed., Thurs., Fri., March 16, 17 and 18 at 9:30 am and 12 noon – Sat., March 19 at 10 am and 1 pm – Sunday, March 20 at 1 pm at The Drama Group Studio Theatre 330W. 202nd Street in Chicago Heights – 1 block North of Marian Catholic High School. Tickets are only $6.00 in advance, $5.00 for groups of 25+ and $7.00 at the door. Activity Guides are available as well as a Question and Answer Session and Photo Opportunity with the cast immediately following each performance. Call the Box Office at 708-755-3444 to purchase your tickets today! Visit our website at www.dramagroup.org and navigate through all of the entertainment options available. The Drama Group has been bringing Broadway to the South Suburbs since 1931 and was the sole recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Community Theater. The children’s theatre began in 1994 as a way to introduce LIVE theatre to families and younger members of the surrounding communities. A summer Kids Camp and free Staged Readings have been added to our continuing schedule of musicals, plays, comedies and dramas. The Drama Group is an all-volunteer Community Theatre and can always use a helping hand. If you are interested in becoming part of the Drama Group, please contact us. You’ll be glad you did!

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Operation Mom’s Couch’ – Through August 27

The NVAM announces the opening of its solo exhibition ‘Operation Mom’s Couch’ —the newest exploration of the veteran experience through the lens of an Airman and his cultural consumption of war stemming back to early childhood memories, juxtaposed with his lived authentic enlisted experience. The way in which war is broadcast to the public and consumed on couches all across the world—becoming a daily part of the home environment—is a phenomenon explored by retired Air Force veteran, and award-winning artist: Eric J. Garcia. The exhibit will run through August 27. Known for mixing history and culture with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia creates art that expands the genre beyond aesthetics.  Garcia has shown in numerous national and international exhibitions, has received many awards such as the prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship and is currently an artist in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center.  Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Garcia came to Chicago in 2007, to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree.  A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from hand-printed posters, to published political cartoons, to sculptural installations, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging. While the NVAM is one of the only museums in the world to collect and exhibit artwork exclusively created by veterans in a permanent exhibition, it also provides important programming for veterans, their families, and the community. For more information about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest

‘Step Back Into a 1950s Easter’

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 227 Monee Road (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church) in Park Forest, Illinois currently has Easter baskets with period books, candy and decorations on display in the spring. Hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and by appointment on other days. There is a donation of $5 per adult; children 12 & under free with adult. For additional information, contact: Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252 or Mike Gans at 708-305-3308 or visit www.parkforesthistory.org.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled the week of March 6:

  • Monday, March 7 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Jump start your morning with a series of stories that are sure to get you moving. Ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, March 7 at 3 p.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Service Project — Support the Kids Who Care Organization by making various crafts such as bookmarks, shamrock door hangers, and much more!
  • Tuesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Service Project — Support the Kids Who Care Organization by making various crafts such as bookmarks, shamrock door hangers, and much more!
  • Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. – Pajama Storytime — 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, March 9 at 3 p.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Service Project — Support the Kids Who Care Organization by making various crafts such as bookmarks, shamrock door hangers, and much more!
  • Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. — Movie Night for Adults: ‘Creed’ — The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
  • Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. – Writer’s Workshop — Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.
  • Thursday, March 10 at 3:30 a.m. – Art in the Afternoon — Unleash your inner artist! Drop in to create an amazing project of your own. Ages 12 and under.
  • Friday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. – Fiber Arts Circle — Meet and mingle with local fiber arts enthusiasts! Share stories, swap yarns, and more.
  • Friday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. – Kids Coloring Circle —  Our new circle is the perfect way to step back from a day at school and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
  • Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. — DIY Miniature Garden — Join us for a hands-on gardening project! Make a marvelous miniature tabletop garden. Plant and decorate a miniature garden using succulent plants, design a path under an arbor and install a small pond. You don’t want to miss this! All materials provided. Registration is required. Ages 12 and under.

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

Potpourri of Lectures Series – Thursday, March 10

The Potpourri of Lectures Series will be held on Thursday, March 10 at 10:30 p.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room. This week’s lecture is “S.Y. Agnon and Yochi Brandes: Israeli Authors: Past and Present” with Rabbi Carmit Harari. For additional information call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

Digital Services Coordinator Position – Applications Now Being Accepted

The Park Forest Public Library is looking for an energetic, tech-savvy information professional to fill the full-time position of Digital Services Coordinator. To view the job posting, which explains duties, requirements, and how to apply, click here.

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

Annual High School Art Exhibition 2016 – Opens March 17

This yearly exhibit features the work of high school students from District 515 will feature a wide range of media, including sculpture, photography, drawing, and painting. There will be a reception on Thursday, March 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with awards being given at 6 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception 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 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits also can be made by appointment. For additional information about the gallery, upcoming exhibits or to make an appointment for a visit, call (708) 709-7738 or visit prairiestate.edu/artgallery.

Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

Monthly Movie ‘Martian’ — Wednesday, March 9

On Wednesday, March 9 at 1 p.m., we will be showing “Martian” starring Matt Damon.  The movie will be shown at the Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, in DownTown Park Forest. After an exploratory mission goes awry, a lone astronaut, Mark Watney, is left for dead on the hostile surface of Mars and must use his scientific ingenuity to homestead an enclosed habitat where he can survive.  Rated PG-13, 2 hours/24 minutes in length.  Please call 708-748-5454 to make your reservation.  Popcorn will be served.

Senior Trip to New Buffalo – Tickets Now on Sale

On March 16, the Rich Township Senior Services will shuffle off to Buffalo, New Buffalo that is, to enjoy a day at the Four Winds Casino in Michigan.  The cost of the trip is $27.  You will receive $15 in free slot play as well as $10 off your lunch.  Please call 708-748-5454 to reserve your seat.

St. Patrick’s Day-After Party — Friday, March 18

On Friday, March 18 at Noon, Jim’s Catering for You will be serving a traditional St. Patrick’s Feast complete with corned beef and cabbage, potatoes and carrots.  The event will take place at the Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, in DownTown Park Forest. After lunch we will be entertained by the wonderful music and magic of The Great Frankini!!  There will also be raffle prizes O’plenty!  Cost for the party is $10.  Reservations are now being taken at 708-748-5454.

Thursday Game Days

Come join us at the Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, in DownTown Park Forest every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to play games with old friends and new friends.  We have a few games on hand, Trivial Pursuit, Racko, Pente, Chess, Pictionary, High Hand and Rummikub.  If none of these suit your taste, feel free to bring in your favorites.  Come join in the fun.  This is a new program, so please help to spread the word.

Roosevelt University College of Performing Arts, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘The 39 Steps’ – Tickets Now on Sale

‘The 39 Steps,’ a mystery thriller adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan, will be performed on March 18, 19 and 20th. Performances on March 18 & 19 are at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on March 20 at 2 p.m. A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home she is murdered. Soon a mysterious organization called ‘The 39 Steps’ is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finales. Tickets are $10. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa or call 312-341-3831.

Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality’ – Through May 28

At a time when studies suggest the gap between rich and poor is growing, Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery will present a provocative and artistically driven photo exhibit that examines wealth and privilege around the world today. Opening for the first time in the United States, ‘One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality’ features images by some of the world’s best photographers who have captured affluence in many different settings and situations. The exhibit will run through May 28. Featuring the work of more than 30 photographers who are known internationally, the exhibit is based on the book, One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality. The show has been touring the world since September 2015 when it opened at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, making stops in Dubai, Germany, Nigeria, Guatemala, France and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sponsored by Roosevelt’s Department of Economics and College of Arts and Sciences, One Percent: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality is possible thanks to generous financial support of Susan B. Rubnitz and Elyse Koren-Camarra. Exhibit viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 312-341-6458 or visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery.

Tall Grass Art Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Ancestors: Art and Artifacts of Africa’ – Opens March 11

Tall Grass Arts Association will present a major cultural and historical exhibit, ‘Ancestors: Art and Artifacts of Africa,’ from March 11 through April 16. An opening night reception will be held on Friday, March 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.   The will also be a lecture and opportunity to meet the collector on Wednesday, March 30, 7 p.m. The exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public. All traditional African Art objects in an extended sense refer to ancestors whether they are intended to depict them or not.  Some symbolize spirits, others represent powerful objects of magic or reference ancestral wisdom, yet undoubtedly ancestors continue as intermediaries. More than seventy works of art will be on display. Most are carved of wood, others are made of ceramic, and some cast in bronze. Most of the objects date from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Art objects will be accompanied by photographic wall murals of traditional rather than modern life in Sub-Sahara Africa.  Objects have been loaned to Tall Grass Arts Association by several prominent private collectors, namely, Dr. Peter Gould of Haddonfield, New Jersey, and others.  Dr. Arthur P. Bourgeois, of Governors State University, and Mr. Scott Rodolitz, of Keene, New Hampshire, serve as both organizers and curators of this exhibition which includes a published catalog. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. For additional information, visit www.tallgrassarts.org or call 708-748-3377.

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

‘A Curious Reality’— Through March 26

USG will be hosting a National Juried Exhibit ‘A Curious Reality’ which has works that portray alternate universes and realities. In an era of pop culture that feeds us both mythological creatures and the apocalypse, Union Street Gallery will be exhibiting art that not only challenges the perceptions of reality but also engages in artistic expression within science fiction, mythology, gaming, and futuristic themes. For those of us who have grown up with the X-Files and video gaming, these conceptions of imagined futures, alternate realities, and alien life have influenced our awareness of these possibilities. Artists from all over the country have submitted works such as full scale models of androids to re-imagined versions of classic art with a science fiction twist. The exhibit will run through March 26. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit http://www.unionstreetgallery.org

Veterans for Peace, Chicago

Screening of Documentary Film ‘Of Men and War’ – Thursday, March 31

Veterans for Peace will host a one night only showing of the documentary ‘Of Men and War’ on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kerasotes ShowPlace Icon Theater, 1011 South Delano Ct., Chicago. A question and answer session will follow the film screening. The warriors in ‘Of Men and War’ have come home to the United States, but their minds remain on the battlefield. Anger consumes them long after their return from the front. Like figures from a Greek tragedy, all have traumatic memories that haunt them to this day. At The Pathway Home, a first-of-its-kind PTSD therapy center, the film’s subjects resolve to end the ongoing destruction of their well-being. Their therapist, who is also a Vietnam Vet, helps the young men forge meaning from their trauma. Over years of therapy, the film explores their grueling paths to recovery, as they attempt to make peace with their past, their families and themselves. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at: https://www.tugg.com/events/92478. Please Note: This event will only take place if 60 or more tickets are sold via the above link.  Please purchase your tickets today. Bring a friend or give them to someone who needs to understand the effects of war on veterans. Veterans For Peace is an international 501(c) 3 organization of veterans and allies whose primary purpose is world peace.  We are the only veteran’s organization in the world that is recognized by the United Nations.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Women in the Mexican Revolution Multi-media Event Presented by Jesus ‘Chuy’ Negrete – Tuesday, March 8

ALAS and the History and Latino Studies Programs will present a multimedia exploration of women’s roles in the Mexican Revolution on March 8 at 4:30 p.m. at GSU’s Engbretson Hall.  The event is free and open to the public. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Negrete – a historian, musician, and ethnomusicologist hailed by Studs Terkel as “the Chicano Woody Guthrie” – will use a combination of oral histories, photographs, and his guitar to reveal the causes and major events of the Mexican Revolution through women’s experiences. Negrete is a Smithsonian Institution Fellow. He founded the Mexican Culture Institute and serves as its director. This event is co-sponsored by ALAS and the History and Latino Studies Programs and supported by GSU’s Intellectual Life Committee. For additional information, contact Ellie Walsh.

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

‘ATTITUDE: The Cornerstone of Leadership’ – Registration Now in Progress

Pat Sullivan, author of ‘ATTITUDE: The Cornerstone of Leadership,’ will be the guest speaker for a Friday, March 18 event, hosted by the PSC Corporate and Continuing Education Department. The program is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Conference Center of the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, the program is intended to teach attendees the simple, practical concepts and attitude adjustments that lead to true leadership success, allowing business leaders and their teams to meet their goals. Guests will learn the acronym, ATTITUDE, through easy-to-remember keys to success and daily behavioral adjustments. Sullivan has dedicated his career to inspiring people. He has more than four decades of collegiate and high school coaching experience, and has been inducted into six different halls of fame. The cost to attend is $45, and includes a networking lunch after Sullivan’s presentation. For more information or to register, contact Susan Sebastian, manager, business solutions, corporate education, at 708-709-7895 or [email protected]. PSC offers a wide variety of non-credit courses, seminars, and workshops as part of a commitment to serve the community by providing educational, informational, cultural, and recreational activities that appeal to special interests. Students may learn vocational skills, enhance their personal growth, or explore career options. For more information, visit www.prairiestate.edu/training.

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

Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program – Registration Now in Progress

The SSC non-credit Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (BNATP) is running a daytime cohort session from March 21st through May 10th at the Oak Forest Center. Successful completion of this non-credit course is required in order to become eligible to take the State of Illinois Nursing Assistant Certification Examination. SSC offers more contact hours for training than traditional CNA programs along with an additional free refresher course prior to the state certification exam. Each individual who successfully passes the certification exam will then be placed on the State Registry for Health Care Workers. Instruction includes basic nursing skills through lecture, campus laboratory and supervised clinical experiences at a long-term health care facility. The classes meet at the Oak Forest Center on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with lab and clinical instruction rotating on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., respectively. Students must submit a health physical, proof of health insurance and completion of a Livescan fingerprint criminal history record. The total cost of the program is $1,299.99 which includes tuition, textbook/workbook, stethoscope and blood pressure cuff, gait belt and the cost of the state competency exam upon successful completion of the course. (Financial Aid cannot cover the cost of this program, nor the physical and background check.) There will also be another round of classes running in the summer from June 6th through July 28th. Please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2497 or email [email protected] for more information. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue. Please visit our website at www.ssc.edu for more information.

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.

Green Events

Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club, Matteson

Home Sustainability Expert to Talk at Sierra Club Meeting – Monday, March 14

The Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club has its next meeting on Monday, March 14th at 7:15 pm.  The meeting is at the Frankfort Public Library at 21119 Pfeiffer Rd. in Frankfort. Our featured speaker will be local success story, William Lorch of Joliet.  Mr. Lorch installed photovoltaic panels for his electricity and a solar thermal system to heat his hot water and warm his house, and he recouped his investment in three years!  In addition to his energy independence, Mr. Lorch has a fruit orchard, garden, and honeybee hives.  Come and meet this man who has figured out some successful ways to live more sustainably. Monthly meetings start with announcements with the program following.  Programs are usually about nature or an environmental issue.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  For directions or more info about the Club and its activities, contact Patrick Coffey at [email protected].

Park Forest Environment Commission, 350 Victory Drive

Discussion on Community Gardening – Saturday, March 12

The Park Forest Environment Commission invites you to learn gardening with eight free instructional sessions. The first session will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. with a discussion on community gardens. This year’s sessions will take place in a new location, the Wetlands Discovery Center, at the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Woods Music Concert – Tickets Now on Sale

Come celebrate the early spring woods with music at the annual Woods Music concert on Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. The evening will feature music performed by Seth Whitson with vocals and guitar, Christopher Kondrath and Julian Pat Romane on acoustic and upright basses, the Molly Rose Trio, and Ingrid Krizan on cello. Seth Whitson is a native of Park Forest and life-long appreciator of Thorn Creek Woods, who inspires kids to hone their rock band talents at the Melody Mart in Homewood, will regale us with his own take on traditional vocal melodies and guitar strumming. It’s all about that bass as Christopher Kondrath and Julian Pat Romane regale us with their unique blend of improv tunes. Christopher formerly played with “The Flock” and served as sideman for the legendary Elmo James, among others. Julian, Professor of DoubleBass at Bradley University and freelancer in many regional professional orchestras, feels equally at home playing Rush or Rachmaninoff. The Molly Rose Trio plays everything from great American songbook tunes to jazzified pop covers, straight-ahead jazz standards, and fresh original music. This fresh, fun jazz combo is helmed by Molly Rose on guitar and vocals and propelled forward by guitarist Frank Lozich and bassist Bill Brier. Ingrid Krizan, naturalist by day, cellist by night, likes to mix and match her two careers of choice at any appropriate opportunity. Her “Bach & I” musical stories combine the unaccompanied cello music of J.S. Bach with her own written narratives. This time expect a combination of Stravinsky and Thorn Creek Spring. With the generous donation of the musicians’ time and expertise all proceeds will directly benefit Thorn Creek Woods and Nature Center. Join us for a fun evening as the music echoes through the woods. This year there also is a fabulous Earth Day raffle. Woods Music tickets are on sale now!  Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased in advance. Cost is $10 per person. Program is for those older than 12 years. Additional parking is available at New Community Church just north of the nature center. Performance will begin at 7 p.m. so allow time for parking. For more information or to purchase tickets call 708-747-6320 or email [email protected]. 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 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

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

Healthy Living

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

Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program

GSU’s Psychology Department is offering free psychotherapy services to members of the community. Conversations with a psychotherapist can help people cope with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, and life transition problems. Confidential, one-on-one sessions are held with a GSU graduate student in psychology under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Individuals and couples, 18 years and older, are eligible. All sessions are conducted in Matteson, IL. The number of sessions is determined by the client’s needs. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-235-2841.

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest

CPR Classes

CPR classes are available at the Park Forest Fire Department. Click on the following link for more details: http://pffd.vopf.com/cpr-classes.html

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

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

Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip

Free Community Education and Prevention Programs about Mental Health

Sertoma Centre’s Mental Health Services facility is offering community mental health seminars, free of charge to community groups, schools, law enforcement agencies, religious organizations, and other community groups at their location in Matteson or facility. Education Programs will include: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) which increases public awareness of suicide and improves one’s ability to identify and refer those at risk for suicide. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education course that helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance disorders. Also included is Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Anxiety/Depression Screenings. Thanks to a grant, these educational opportunities are available at no cost to you or your organization. To arrange a free educational opportunity for your club, group, workplace, organization, or church, call Gia Washington at 708-748-1951, Ext. 418 or email at [email protected].

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

Yoga Classes by Karen Nielsen – Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

Yoga classes by Karen Nielsen are available at UUCC on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No reservations needed. Drop-in fee is $10 per class and the 6th one is free. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Qigong with Jim Kobus – Most Thursdays

UUCC will host Qigong with Jim Kobus on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the church. This class will usually meet on Thursdays but there may be exceptions, so if you are interested in attending, please send an email to Jim Kobus at [email protected] so he can notify you when class will NOT be held. There is a suggested donation of $5 per class. Please bring your own water. It is recommended that you eat dinner after class, not before. For additional information, please call 708-799-1925 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays

Learn to enjoy the simple and straight-forward practice of meditation. Please join us for sitting and walking meditation in the Zen and Theravadan Buddhist traditions. This is an on-going event led by Steve McCabe and Beverly Feldt will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at UUCC. There is no cost but a free will offering is most appreciated (proceeds go to UUCC). For additional information contact Steve McCabe at 708-465-3116 or Beverly Feldt at [email protected].

This & That

League of Women Voters Park Forest Area

Illinois State 19th Senatorial District Candidate Forum – Monday, March 7

The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area and Homewood Flossmoor Area in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Lambda Tau Omega Chapter for a Candidate Forum on Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Democratic candidates for the Illinois State 19th Senatorial District that will be present are McStephen O. A. “Max” Solomon and Michael E. Hastings. The Forum will be held in the Mable Murphy Meeting Room on the first floor of the Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, Homewood. The program is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about this important issue. For more information you may contact Claudette Hall at [email protected] or Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251.

Presentation on Handgun Violence & Gun Control Legislation – Tuesday, March 15

Please join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area for an informative presentation on Handgun Violence and Gun Control Legislation. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard. Our speaker is Colleen Daley, Executive Director of Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. She will cover areas such as pending legislation, existing laws and their enforcement; statistics on gun violence statewide and in the Chicago area; the impact of gun violence on overall crime rates and the recent Executive Order regarding the sale of guns by unlicensed merchants. The program is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about this important issue. For more information you may contact Diane Hodges at [email protected] or Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251.

Park Forest Baseball

Registration for 2016 Season – Through March 17

Registration for the upcoming Park Forest Baseball season will be held on the following dates:

  • March 12 from 12 to 4 p.m. at St. Ireneaus Church, 78 Cherry Street; and
  • March 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

Park Forest Baseball is a youth baseball league offering boys and girls, ages 4 to 14, the opportunity to learn the skills and fun of baseball.

Coaches and managers are needed. Call 708-975-1294 or visit www.parkforestbaseball.org for additional information including dates and fees.

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

Veterans Service Fair – Wednesday, March 16

The Student Veterans Center at PSC is hosting a Veterans Services Fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 16, in the Conference Center of the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights. Representatives from the Cook County and Illinois Departments of Veterans Affairs will be available for questions. Additional information for veterans also will be available, including housing, legal and educational information, as well as résumé writing guides and more. Veterans from any period and their families are welcome to attend to network as well as learn about available services. For more information about the fair, contact Sanon at 708-709-3567 or email [email protected]. The Student Veterans Center at PSC provides academic and social support to veterans with an emphasis on graduation and successful integration into the college. At the center, PSC student veterans can study and socialize with fellow veterans and find information about the services available to them at PSC and in the community. For more information on the Student Veterans Center and all veterans services at PSC, visit www.prairiestate.edu/veterans.

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

2016 Women’s Conference – Tickets Now on Sale

SSC proudly announces Judy Ferraro as the Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Chicago Women’s Conference on Friday, March 18, located at the college’s Main Campus in South Holland, Illinois. This year’s theme “Reach for The Stars” marks the 8th annual event that the college’s Business and Career Institute (BCI) is planning for women of all backgrounds ages 18 and up to come together for one day dedicated exclusively to women. The positive feedback and participation has grown tremendously since the event’s inception. Last year over 350 participants and 50 vendors participated in this truly unique opportunity. Judy Ferraro owned and operated her own scrap metal business and after 18 years in the industry, she decided to shed the glitz and glamour of scrap metal to form a consulting firm for personal development, sales and leadership training. Studying in Chicago’s comedy circle, Judy uses her comedic background and excellent interactive skills when building seminars that are informative and fun and emphasize the importance of listening, the art of asking good questions and the ability to laugh at oneself. In addition to an exciting keynote from Ms. Ferraro, this year’s event will again include networking, shopping, and will feature over 15 speakers on topics including Personal Empowerment, Health & Wellness, and Business & Finance, along with a panel discussion “Stars – Straight Talk About Real Stuff” that will feature poignant discussions on the many areas of a woman’s life. The cost of admission is just $25 per person with advance registration, or $35 at the door. The conference fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and admission to all of the break-out sessions. Sponsorships are also available – event sponsors to date include: Supervisor Frank M. Zuccarelli – Thornton Township, MB Financial Bank, Ed Miniat, L.L.C., Thornton Township School District 205, State Representatives Will Davis, Anthony DeLuca, Thaddeus Jones and Al Riley, Illiana Financial, State Senator Donne Trotter, State Representatives Marcus C. Evans and Elgie Sims and Cook County Commissioner Stan Moore, Judge Fredrick Bates and Pat Heneghan for Judge. For more information, or to register for the 2016 Chicago Women’s Conference, please call 708-225-6055 or visit www.TheChicagoWomensConference.org.