In and Around Park Forest Week of November 17, 2014

Kathy Bohlen and Justin at the PF Country Squire
Kathy Bohlen and Justin serve up poultry Saturday in Park Forest’s first Country Squire grocery store. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—November 17, 2014. If you’re confused by some of the information being reported about the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, the Park Forest Health Department is hosting an educational event that will help clear up the confusion. On Monday, November 17 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd., you can learn how you can protect yourself against the virus and what the latest news is on the risk of the spread of the virus. For questions, contact the Park Forest Health Department at 708-748-1118. Download the flier!  

In addition, the Open Enrollment period form the Affordable Health Care Act began on Saturday, November 15. The Park Forest Library will be hosting educational forums throughout the open enrollment period to help answer your health insurance questions. Learn more about this events in the Park Forest Public Library section of 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, November 17

The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, November 17 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 on the Village web site here.

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.

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

Public Open House for Bike & Pedestrian Plan – Wednesday, November 19

On Wednesday, November 19, the Village of Park Forest will host a public open house for its draft bicycle and pedestrian plan at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The draft plan will guide the Village’s decisions to expand its non-motorized transportation network. At this public open house, the draft plan will be available for public review and comment before beginning the formal review process with the Village Board and other officials. Representatives from the Village and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning staff will be available to answer questions and provide clarification. Local residents, business owners, community leaders, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend this exciting community planning event. Please contact Emily Plagman with questions about the open house event at [email protected] or 312-386-8689. View more details about the plan!

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Advisory Group is scheduled to meet the week of November 17:

  • Tuesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. – Recreation & Parks Advisory Board

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

Arts & Entertainment

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

‘Chicago Live!’ – Thursday, November 20

Hosted by Rick Kogan and featuring The Second City, ‘Chicago Live!’ returns to Center for Performing Arts for a one-night-only show on Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m. ‘Chicago Live!,’ The Chicago Tribune’s radio and stage show is taped for broadcast on WGN Radio. Back by popular demand for the third year in a row, the south suburbs are in for a night of news and entertainment like no other. This event is always original, never boring and in characteristic Rick Kogan fashion, full of timely news delivered with insightful commentary and probing wit. Last year, the crowd was moved by blues icon Otis Clay and entertained to tears of laughter by The Second City. The crowd was also illuminated by guest artist Charles Lotton, as one of his stunning pieces of glasswork lit the lobby of Center for Performing Arts. This year’s lineup does not disappoint, featuring:

  • Comedy from The Second City
  • Master puppeteer Blair Thomas with a performance and also a preview of the International Puppet Theater Festival
  • Players and the manager from Jackie Robinson West, 2014 United States Little League champions.
  • Chicago Tribune Editorial Page Editor Bruce Dold with editorial board member Kristen McQueary and columnist Eric Zorn to discuss the outcome of the November 4 election and look ahead to Chicago’s mayoral election in February, 2015.
  • The Chicago two-piece band Redgrave will deliver – in enormous punches – their new take on blues-infused rock.
  • The Almanac, and
  • much more.

Tickets are $20. A $75 VIP ticket is also available that includes preferred seating, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with Chicago Tribune editorial staff and special guests. Proceeds from this reception support scholarships for deserving GSU students. Visit or call GSU’s Center for Performing Arts box office at 708-235-2222. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and two hours prior to performances.

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton, Chicago

‘Ink, Paper, Politics: WPA-era Printmaking from the Needles Collection’ Exhibit – Through December 21

During arguably one of the more difficult times in American history — the Great Depression — artists were commissioned to help inspire the nation. "Ink, Paper, Politics: WPA-era Printmaking from the Needles Collection," on display at the DePaul University Art Museum in Chicago, provides a window into the 1930s — a time of economic hardship and struggle. The 56 prints in the exhibition were produced during the Depression, when the federal government provided financial support to a wide range of artistic projects, from fiction to fine art, through the Works Progress Administration-Federal Arts Project (WPA-FAP). When the stock market collapsed in 1929 and many people were out of work the federal government set up programs to provide jobs for people and interestingly, the initiative included artists, explained curator Louise Lincoln, director of the museum on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. When the WPA was established in 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt wanted to use the arts as a way to help people identify themselves as Americans and have a project in common to get through the depression and back to prosperity. Roosevelt quite deliberately encouraged the WPA to promote art that celebrated workers, the nation as a whole, and a certain history and politics, explained Lincoln. The exhibition offers a detailed look into what people’s lives were like in a time of real hardship. California artist Millard Owen Sheets brought that sentiment to life with his lithography "Family Flats," which depicts a New York housing tenement. The exhibition, which runs through December 21, also includes works by well-known east coast artists Stuart Davis, who designed the abstract lithography "Anchor," and Rockwell Kent, who created the ominous lithography "Nightmare," which depicts a man jumping off a ledge. The collection is drawn from a donation of 100 prints to the museum from the collection of Belverd Needles Jr. and Marian Powers Needles. Belverd Needles is the EY Distinguished Professor of Accountancy at the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University; Marian Needles is an adjunct professor of executive education at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Additional information is available at 773-325-7506 or online at

Freedom Hall, Nathan Manilow Theatre, 401 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Winter Wonderland With Mandy Barnett – Tickets Now on Sale

On Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m., acclaimed recording artist and performer Mandy Barnett celebrates the warmth and joy of the holiday season, featuring classic ballads like “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” along with spirited standards like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Marshmallow World,” and “Winter Wonderland.” Barnett’s robust delivery on her contemporary yet retro-sounding country and pop-tinged material harkens back to the likes of all-time great female singers and timeless sounds. Among the many publications praising Barnett’s talents, the Los Angeles Times has heralded her “pipes of steel,” “big, brassy voice and vintage-sounding arrangements.” USA Today calls Barnett one of the “finest classic country and torch singers” to come out of Nashville. Here, Barnett takes her cue from the enduring Christmases of the golden era — imagine the smooth and sophisticated sounds of Perry Como, Brenda Lee, Burl Ives, and Connie Francis updated with Barnett’s soaring, sparkling vocals. Barnett’s commanding voice and stage presence are sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Read more about Mandy Barnett. Tickets are $24. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580 or visit

Lisa Rock’s Carpenters’ Holiday Show – Tickets Now on Sale

On Tuesday, December 16 at 11 a.m., Freedom Halls’ Matinee/Senior Theatre will present Lisa Rock’s Carpenters’ Holiday Show. One of the great holiday TV specials was that of The Carpenters. Now, singer Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band are keeping the tradition alive and bringing their unforgettable holiday songs to the stage. Based on the music from The Carpenters two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, it’s a concert that spreads joy and cheer to all! Tickets are $13. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580 or visit

Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park

Respond to Violence: Reaching Our Youth Multi-media Event – Tuesday, November 18

Respond to Violence: Reaching Our Youth – a live multi-media event – will take place in GSU’s Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. Respond to Violence is a violence prevention initiative of GSU’s new Civic Engagement and Community Service Center. The program will include a performance from the book, “How Long Will I Cry,” written by GSU theater and media students. A panel featuring Dr. Garrard McClendon, Rap Activist Rhymefest, Hip Hop Peace Activist FM Supreme and Rap Activist Che "Rhymefest" Smith will follow the performance. The program will also include musical performances by FM Supreme, with a special guest appearance by Rapper DLOW, creator of the internet dance craze, the DLOW Shuffle. Each year, Respond to Violence develops videos, televised forums and web-based content in partnership with the GSU Department of Digital Media, Marketing and Communication. These projects explore various forms of violence and feature grassroots organizations, community and civic leaders, academic and care professionals. Respond to Violence: Reaching Our Youth is a free event open to area high school and college students, as well as the community. Seats for the November 18 event can be reserved at

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Family Pops Concert ‘Music from the Movies’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the performance of ‘Music from the Movies’ that will take place on Saturday, December 20 at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S. Harlem Avenue, Frankfort. Lights! Instruments! Action! It’s Family Movie Night with an orchestral twist! Maestro Danzmayr, himself a film music fan, leads the IPO in a program of heart-pounding, awe-inspiring music from some of the greatest Hollywood blockbusters, including Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Tickets are priced at $55, $45, and $35 and can be purchased online at For additional information call 708-481-7774 or visit

NOTE: This performance repeats at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, at the Rialto Square Theatre, 15 East Van Buren Street, Joliet. For ticket pricing or additional information, call the Rialto Square Box Office at 815-726-6600 or visit

National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

‘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:

Park Forest Historical Society, 141 Forest Boulevard

Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is in an original rental townhome as it might have been, 1943 – 1953. Open Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 to 3:30 p.m.; or by appointment. Adults $5; kids 12 and under free with adults. For additional information visit

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

Holiday Toy Drive – Through Sunday, December 14

Through December 14th, Santa’s helpers at the Park Forest Library will be accepting new unwrapped toys for children ranging in age from infants to 13 years old. Please no stuffed animals.

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

  • Monday, November 17 at 11 a.m. – Storypalooza — A fun story time for all kids through the age of 6 with an adult. Siblings are welcome.
  • Monday, November 17 at 3 p.m. – Internet Basics — Learn to the basics of using the internet, including safe browsing and getting driving directions. Registration Required.
  • Monday, November 17 at 4:30 p.m. — Power Up! The Science of Energy Transfer — Hands on science is back this fall! Park Forest Library’s Science explorers is open to kids grades 3 through 5.
  • Monday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. — Family Movie Night: Maleficent — A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Rated PG.
  • Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m. — Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club — Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess… it’s a totally new kind of math club. Be ahead of the curve! No need to sign up; just show up.
  • Tuesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. – PJ Storytime — Wear your PJs out on the town! Bring along a fuzzy friend and your blanket too! Stories, activities, and more… Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, November 19 at 11 a.m. — Baby Time — Story time for infants to 35 months of age with an adult. This story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and more.
  • Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m. — Toddler Art — Bring your little artist ages 3 to 5 to create their very own masterpiece! We may get a little messy so wear play clothes.
  • Thursday, November 20 at 6 p.m. – Family Reading Night — Stop by for Family Reading Night, sponsored by the Secretary of State. Libraries state wide will be holding Family Reading Nights.
  • Friday, November 21 at 1 p.m. — Senior Travelogue — Topic: Bangladesh.
  • Saturday, November 22 at 1 p.m. — Gmail Basics — Learn to the basics of using Gmail Email. If you do not have a Gmail account, please sign up for one before attending the class. Registration Required.
  • Saturday, November 22 at 1 p.m. — Tail Waggin’ Readers — Drop by and read to our friends Mikela and Lipton! Reading to a licensed therapy dog is a great way to practice reading, develop reading fluency, and have fun with a warm furry friend.

For additional information or to register for a program, call 708-748-3731 or visit

Potpourri of Lectures – Thursday, November 20

The Potpourri of Lectures series continues on Thursday, November 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room. This week’s topic is “Columbia Now” with Larry Lubertozzi. For additional information call 708-748-3731 or visit

Affordable Healthcare Open Enrollment Events

The Park Forest Library will be hosting the following healthcare-related events the week of November 17:

  • Monday, November 17 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Get Covered Illinois — Sessions available by appointment only. Please call Jessica Palys at 312-415-0280 to schedule an appointment. Are you without health insurance? Do you need assistance in learning about your health care options under the Affordable Care Act? Meet with a State-certified Navigator. Location: Racher Room.
  • Tuesday, November 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Health Care Counseling — Confused by Health Care? We’ve got you covered. Stop in to speak with one of Aunt Martha’s certified In-Person Counselors. First come, first serve. Location: Racher Room.

For additional information, call 708-748-3731 or visit

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

November Veterans Day Events at PSC

In honor of Veterans Day, PSC will be celebrating veterans throughout the month of November with on- and off-campus activities. All activities will be held at the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights.

  • Tuesday, November 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Auditorium, there will be a screening of “The Invisible War.” The movie deals with the issue of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes and conveys women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice.
  • Wednesday, November 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Forum, a panel discussion led by PSC faculty members.

Veterans are supported throughout the year at PSC. Student veterans are eligible for early registration, in-district tuition rates (regardless of where they live), and one-on-one assistance navigating college life. These services extend to all service members, regardless of when they served or whether it was active, reserve, or National Guard component. Whether an individual is a new student, returning student, or deployed on active duty, PSC offers assistance so veterans can achieve their academic goals. PSC also has a Student Veterans Center, which offers veterans a place to study and socialize with other veterans and find out information on services available to them both at PSC and in the community.
For more information on the Veterans Day celebrations being held on campus or for more information about the services PSC offers to veterans, contact Paul Pipik, coordinator, student veterans center, at 708-709-3567 or [email protected].

Suite Prints: 25 Years of Chicago Printmakers Collaborative – Through December 19

Suite Prints: 25 Years of Chicago Printmakers Collaborative will run through Friday, December 19 at PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery. There will be a reception on Thursday, November 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Works in various methods of printmaking from an important and influential Chicago studio and collective. The curated show will feature prints in various media, from silkscreen to intaglio, by members of this Collaborative. For additional information or gallery hours, call 708-709-3636 or visit

Roosevelt University, 430 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago

‘Assassins’ – Opens Thursday, November 20

‘Assassins,’ the musical with book by John Weidman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim will be performed on November 20, 22 and 23. Performances will take place at Roosevelt University’s O’Malley Theatre, 430 S Michigan, 7th floor Chicago, at 7:30 p.m. on November 20 & 22 and at 2 p.m. on November 22 & 23. ‘Assassins’ lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. In one-act historical ‘revusical’ that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth the rules of time and space are bent, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact, and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream. Please call 312-341-3831 for reservations. Government photo I.D. may be required for entrance to building.

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

LIGHTFALL Exhibit – Through November 18

The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to announce a new exhibition on display in the Photo Four Gallery on the college’s Main Campus in South Holland. The exhibition, entitled LIGHTFALL, is a series of photographs by Kevin Nance. LIGHTFALL will exhibit through a closing reception with Nance on Tuesday, November 18th at 12:30 p.m. Kevin Nance is a Chicago-based photographer, journalist and critic. His photographs have been shown in solo exhibitions in Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky, as well as in group shows in Portland, Oregon; Danville, Kentucky; and Park Ridge, Illinois. Nance’s writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times (where he served as the art and architecture critic), the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Gallery News, Art in America, ArtNEWS, Art + Auction, and many other publications. To see more of his images—whose genres range from street photography and portraiture to landscapes and art photography—visit SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or visit

‘The X-Ray Series’ – Through November 17

An exhibition titled ‘The X-Ray Series’ will be on display through a closing reception with artist Michael Hopkins on November 17th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Hopkins has exhibited throughout the United States, in Canada and Europe. He has art in numerous museum permanent collections including The Art Institute of Chicago. ‘The X-Ray Series’ was completed between 2004 and 2007. The media is white ink on slate comprised of slightly altered images of both human and animal X-rays. Twenty (20) pieces from ‘The X-Ray Series’ will exhibit at SSC as part a larger collection on display internationally including The Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, Ohio–rated as one of the best collections by Forbes Magazine, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin, and permanent collections at The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor Michigan and The Wellcome Trust Collection, London, England–Nobel Peace Prize winner James Watson spoke at the opening. ‘The X-Ray Series’ can be viewed during gallery hours in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery on the 4th floor in the Art & Design hallway. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, extension 2445 or visit

Connie Wolfe Exhibit ‘Faint Perceptions – Through November 20

‘Faint Perceptions’ is an exhibition by artist Connie Wolfe that will run through the closing reception on November 20th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Three installations will be featured in the exhibit. Wolfe earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Wolfe is inspired by the rich colors and textures in natural environments that typically go unnoticed in the everyday rituals of our society. ‘Faint Perceptions’ will be exhibiting in the Lee Dulgar Gallery on the first floor near the college Atrium. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, extension 2445 or visit

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Annual Holiday Show – Begins Friday, November 21

The Annual Holiday Show will open at Tall Grass Arts Association on Friday, November 21 with a reception from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The show will feature one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry and other items, perfect for gift giving. Curated by Giselle Pereault, the entire gallery will be magically converted into a gift shop. Mark your calendar and begin your holiday shopping with a visit to the Tall Grass Gallery. For additional information, visit: or call 708-748-3377.

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

Annual Twelfth Month Art Exhibit & Boutique – Through December 20

Union Street Gallery will hold its Twelfth Month Annual Art Exhibit & Boutique through December 20. Twelfth Month is Union Street Gallery’s much anticipated annual exhibit of local and regional fine art and fine craft. Twelfth Month combines both a traditional gallery style exhibit and a gallery gift shop with boutique style displays of smaller works of art spread throughout the exhibit. This provides a dynamic and unique way for visitors to view and shop the exhibit. Twelfth Month is an inspiring and eclectic exhibit that highlights local talent and introduces the public to a broad range of styles, mediums, and concepts. This exhibit also promotes hand-made gifts and supporting the local art scene. Some art exhibiting and for sale includes: paintings, drawings, collages; sculpture, large and small; prints and reproductions; handmade cards; pottery; hand painted wooden bowls; handmade hats, scarves, purses; jewelry; ornaments – glass, metal, felt; hand-made home décor; and so much more! Join us for the reception Saturday November 22, from noon to 3 p.m. Visitors will enjoy music and refreshments as they view the exhibit, shop the boutique, and mingle with exhibiting artists, friends, and family. To keep it warm and festive, hot chocolate and wine will be served. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit

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

Rainbow Café – Friday, November 21

UUCC will host the Rainbow Café on Friday November 21 at 6:30 p.m. The Rainbow Café is an opportunity for singe or partnered gays, lesbians, bisexuals or other sexual minorities, and their allies, to meet one another and socialize in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Adults over 18 who identify as gay, bisexual, lesbian, or other sexual minorities, or who are exploring their sexual identify, or those who are supportive of such persons are welcome to attend. Those attending are encouraged to bring some non-alcoholic drinks and a desert or snack to pass, or bring a financial donation. However, neither is mandatory. Those who wish can participate in a small group discussion. For more information, call 708-481-5339 and connect to the Rainbow extension.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday at GSU

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

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

2015 Spring Registration Now Open

Registration for the spring 2015 semester is now open at PSC. New this semester at PSC is Flexible Scheduling – classes starting at different times during the semester. Students can choose their schedule, their class, their time. Hundreds of courses are offered days, evenings, weekends, and online to accommodate busy schedules. The traditional 16-week course option is still available with a start date of Jan. 12 and end date of May 7. New this spring is the 14-week course, with a start date of Jan. 26 and end date of May 7. What were formerly called late start courses are now called 12-week courses with a start date of Feb. 6 and end date of May 7. All of these courses — 16-week, 14-week, and 12-week — offer the same course material with the same credit hours. The shorter the number of weeks, the longer the class period. Also for spring, PSC is offering two different eight-week courses. First eight-week courses start Jan. 12 and end March 9. Second eight-week courses start March 10 and end May 7. The eight-week courses typically are fewer credit hours. Many of the college certificate programs offer eight-week courses, allowing students to fit two courses in a semester and to make progress towards that certificate. Spring registration began Oct. 20 for current students. New students can begin registering on Oct. 27. Students are encouraged to register early as classes will fill quickly. Both credit and non-credit courses are listed in the spring class schedule, available on the PSC main campus, located at 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. The schedule also is available at area public libraries and online at To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person at the college or online. Enrollment Services is open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Current students can register for credit courses in person or online. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person. To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to and follow the directions to choose How To Enroll under continuing education courses. Another option is to complete the registration form available in the back of the printed course schedule. Students also can register for non-credit courses in person at the Matteson Area Center, located at 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson, or in the Enrollment Services Office on the PSC main campus. The Matteson Area Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about registering for courses, visit or call 708-709-3500.

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

Fifth Annual Family Reading Night Event – Wednesday, November 19

SSC’s Adult Volunteer Literacy Program is hosting their fifth annual Family Reading Night event on Wednesday, November 19th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to join SSC to find out about community literacy while enjoying stories and presentations. There will also be free books for children, raffles and refreshments. This year’s event will feature three local authors, who will read excerpts from their books to the community. The first author, Sandra Dyson from Harvey, Illinois, will be reading an excerpt from her book “Sweet Water.” Next, Courtney Harris, Ph.D., will speak to the audience about the importance of family while referencing excerpts from his book titled "American Society: The Enemy of the Family Structure.” Lastly, Theo Chapman will discuss excerpts from his book "Why Do Teenagers Talk Like That”—written as a tool to help bridge the communication gap that is growing between adults and youth. All three authors will be available for questions, comments and book signings after they speak. This year at Family Reading Night, SSC will hand out free children’s books to all children attending, raffle Barnes and Nobles gift cards, and perform an Interactive Reading Activity called "Read that Word"—author Theo Chapman will have the audience journey through time, uncovering the present and past of youth vernacular. Time will also be set aside for the families to read with their children. For more information about Family Reading Night or the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, please contact Lakisha Hillard, coordinator, at 708-596-2000, extension 2558, or email [email protected]. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois. This event is sponsored in part by the SSC Foundation.

SCORE Small Business Workshops Coming to SSC – Registration Now in Progress

SSC’s Business & Career Institute and SCORE have once again partnered to bring free business workshops geared for small business developers and owners. Two new workshops will be offered this fall at the college’s Oak Forest Center. Attendees may choose to attend one or both of the workshops at no charge to help their business grow and take advantage of the networking opportunities. Registration and networking at the SCORE workshops begins at 8:45 a.m., with instruction and discussion to follow from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The upcoming workshop schedule is as follows:

Taking Your Business Idea from Concept to Reality — Wednesday, November 19, 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Coming up with ideas is the easy part; executing the idea is the hard part! Most entrepreneurs focus more on the ideas and less on how to organize for action. This two-part series workshop includes two sessions on consecutive weeks. The first session is intended to stimulate ideas into business actions. Attendees will learn to become a business thinker by examining and developing an action plan document. The second session the following week is an open panel discussion of selected summaries, also intended to stimulate business thinking. Attendees will learn to sell their ideas professionally, enthusiastically and concisely.

All workshops will be held at the 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave., Oak Forest, Illinois. To register by phone, please call Carmen Garcia at 708-596-2000, extension 2663. For more information, email [email protected].

Give a Gift of Scholarship This Holiday Season

The South Suburban College Foundation (SSCF) is seeking year-end gifts from those who wish to help make a difference in the lives of local college students who need assistance. The SSCF Scholarship Donor Drive will continue through the end of the year, providing both a charitable gift opportunity and tax-deduction for all donors. This support provides scholarship assistance each year to many students who otherwise would be unlikely to begin or complete their college education. One-hundred percent (100%) of Donor Drive donations benefit scholarship and student assistance funds. Whether it is a high school graduate, an unemployed resident looking for a career change, or a single parent pursuing their college degree for the first time, the SSC Foundation offers scholarship assistance to all students in need. Helping students achieve their college dream can give them the tools to improve their lives and their communities. Scholarship opportunities are critical for SSC students. Many are struggling to balance family, employment, and school responsibilities while they are often unable to receive Financial Aid. The majority of SSC scholarship recipients do not qualify for any other type of financial assistance. Scholarship money is provided primarily through the annual fall Scholarship Donor Drive. All scholarship contributions to the SSCF are 100% tax-deductible (TIN: 23- 7191736). The SSCF staff works cooperatively with individuals and organizations to develop a donor plan of any level. New scholarships can also be established with a $750 donation. Donations may be made online at, via PayPal to [email protected] or mailed to:

“SSC Foundation”
15800 S. State Street
South Holland, IL 60473

At SSC, 90% of students fall under the low income, first generation or disabled criteria. The SSCF once again awarded over $100,000 in total awards to these students in 2014, and has now granted over $1.6 million since 1987. For more information, please contact the Foundation Office at 708-596-2000, extension 2697 or [email protected].

Online Educational Resources

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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, you will find a comprehensive resource that ranks each university throughout the nation by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission, graduation and retention rates.

Healthy Living

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

Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program

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

Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip

Free Community Education and Prevention Programs about Mental Health

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

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest

CPR Classes

CPR classes are available at the Park Forest Fire Department. Click on the following link for more details:

Park Forest Health Department, 350 Victory Drive

Information Session on Ebola Virus – Monday, November 17

The Park Forest Health Department will host an information session on the Ebola virus on Monday, November 17 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd. Learn how you can protect yourself against the virus and what the latest news is on the risk of the spread of the virus. For questions, contact the Park Forest Health Department at 708-748-1118. Download the flier!  

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 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

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

Green Events

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – November 19

Wednesday Morning Walkers can enjoy the early autumn delights on these leisurely (or brisk) trail walks. The group walks on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. This event is free and open to the public ages 13 through adult. Registration is required two days before your first walk. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Annual Holiday Food Drive – Through Saturday, December 13

Thorn Creek Nature Center is hosting its annual holiday food drive for the Rich Township Food Pantry. Donation items can be dropped off at the Nature Centre during open hours through Saturday, December 13. Acceptable items are: non-perishable food items (including boxed, canned and dry foods) especially cereals and peanut butter; personal care items for men and women, especially toothpaste, deodorants and razors; zip lock quart and gallon size bags; baby formula; and disposable diapers (adult and infant). For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

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.

This & That

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

Annual Fall Vendor Fair – Wednesday, November 19

Just in time to help you get your holiday shopping done early, the GSU Civil Service Senate is sponsoring the GSU Annual Fall Vendor Fair. The shoppers’ paradise will feature arts and crafts, perfect gifts, and unique creations on November 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Hall of Governors on the university’s main campus in University Park. The event is free and open to the public. Interested vendors and crafters are encouraged to participate. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 708-235-7559.

League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area

Discussion on EPA’s Clean Power Plan – Tuesday, November 18

The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area will host a meeting to provide information on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and efforts here in Illinois to implement the plan at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18 at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard. Caroline Wooten, Conservation Organizer for the Illinois Sierra Club, will speak on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The plan will create the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Groups here in Illinois, including the Sierra Club, are working to make sure that the Clean Power Plan is implemented in Illinois in a manner that prioritizes clean energy development over fossil fuels and nuclear energy. In her work with the Sierra Club, Ms. Wooten focuses on grassroots campaigns to move Illinois beyond fossil fuels and prioritize renewable energy development. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about clean energy initiatives. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information about the program or membership in the League, please contact Mary Lubertozzi, 708-747-1359.

South Suburban Food Co-Op, 208 Forest Boulevard, Park Forest

Healthy Holidays Food Tasting – November 21 & 22

The South Suburban Food Co-Op will host a Healthy Holidays food tasting on Friday November 21 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-747-2256.