In and Around Park Forest Week of October 1, 2012

4th of July 2012 on the Village Green
As daylight fades and the weather cools, here’s a blast from the recent past: dancing and revelry on the Village Green, July 4, 2012. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 1, 2012. Monday is the last day to place your orders for Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS) 2012 Bird Seed Sale. This annual event is one of the organization’s primary fund-raising projects. Proceeds from last fall’s sale helped fund the 2011 – 12 grants for south suburban projects benefiting the environment totaling $2,000. Additional information about this year’s sale, can be found in the ‘Green Events’ section.

This year’s Park Forest Safe Halloween Festivities will include the 1st Annual Scarecrow Contest and Friday, October 5 is the deadline for entering. Details on the contest can be found in the ‘This & That’ 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.

Voter Registration for November 6 Elections

Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest

Voter Registration at Village Hall – Through October 9

Eligible citizens who want to vote in the November 6, 2012 Presidential Election are reminded that registration ends on October 9th. Voter registration is currently taking place in the Administration Offices of Park Forest Village Hall (located on the second floor), Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Prospective voters should bring two pieces of identification to register, including one displaying a current address. For questions about voter registration at Village Hall, call Sandi Black at 708-748-1112. For additional information on voter registration in suburban Cook county or to verify your registration, visit:

Village of Park Forest

Village of Park Forest Advisory Board & Commission Meetings

The following Park Forest Commissions and Advisory Boards will meet the week of September 3:

  • Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group
  • Thursday, October 4 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizen Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission

The meetings will take place at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Dr. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Arts & Entertainment

Village of Park Forest Recreations & Parks, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest

Starved Rock Trolley Tour Senior Trip – Registration Deadline Wednesday, October 17

On Tuesday, October 23 seniors can enjoy a day at Starved Rock Lodge. The bus will depart from ark Forest Village Hall at 8:30 a.m. to head to Starved Rock. The day will begin with a hot lunch buffet, followed by an hour long trolley tour where you will see the beautiful colors October brings us and a narration of Starved Rock. The next stop is the Mule presentation followed by a Canal Boat ride. The day will end at the visitor’s center for time to shop or relax. The bus will return to Village Hall at approximately 5:30 p.m. The fee for this trip is $59 per person. You can register at the Recreation and Parks Department at Village Hall or by phone with a major credit card by calling 708-748-2005. You will need to provide the name, address, home phone number and emergency umber for each person registering for the trip.

For additional information or questions, call 708-748-2004.

Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

This Week’s Events at the Park Forest Library

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

  • Monday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m. – Imagine! Create! Participate! This program is designed for children ages 3-5 and will include not only a story, but the use of their imaginations. It’s designed to help children develop their creativity while interacting and connecting to other children in the community.
  • Monday, October 1 at 2 p.m. – Introduction to Computers. Learn the basics about computers – their parts and functions. Registration required.
  • Monday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. – Jazz on Monday Nights: Icons Among Us. Jazz is undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance. Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense is a documentary film series that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical revolution. Through interviews and live performance footage, we explore the thoughts and lives of the musicians spearheading today s jazz front lines. The 4-part series examines the jazz music scene today by focusing the spotlight on many current jazz icons including Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Donald Harrison Jr., Anat Cohen, Esperanza Spalding, and Medeski Martin and Wood.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Power. For children ages 3 to 5 years. During this 30-minute session, preschoolers will share stories, songs, music and age-appropriate books.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. Pajama Time. For children ages 5-10. Wear your pajamas & come join us for stories, crafts & games.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. – Tuesdays Full of Blues: Junior Wells. A newly digitally re-master release of 1988 Nightstage performance by Junior Wells.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m. – Art Club (Ages 2 -3).  Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 11:30 a.m. – Art Club (Ages 3 – 5). Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 1 p.m. – Opera in the Afternoon: Don Pasquale. We present another fine season from the Metropolitan Opera archives. All productions feature English sub-titles. Featuring Donizetti’s Don Pasquale featuring John Del Carlo in the lead role.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 4 p.m. – Art Club (Grades Pre-K – 3).  Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends.
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 5 p.m. – Art Club (Grades 4 – 8).  Do you love art? Well this club is for you and all creative kids are welcome. Come on in and join the club where you can discover new books, make wonderful art and meet new friends.
  • Thursday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. – Mother Goose Time. For babies ages 6 to 23 months accompanied by a parent or caregiver. During this 30-minute session, babies and their parents will share nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs, music and age-appropriate books.
  • Thursday, October 4 at 11 a.m. – Tales for Two. For toddlers ages 2 to 3 years accompanied by a parent or caregiver. During this 30-minute session, babies and their parents will share stories, songs, music and age-appropriate books.
  • Saturday, October 6 at 11 a.m. – Microsoft Word. An introduction to using the word processing program Microsoft Word. Registration required.
  • Saturday, October 6 at 2 p.m. – Learn to Use Your Kindle. Bring in your device to learn the basics of using it and accessing the library’s digital titles.

For additional information or to register for programs, please call 708-748-3731.

Library to Host Scrabble Tournament in Memory of Stephanie Fisher – Registration Required

The Park Forest Library will host a Scrabble tournament for ages 12 and up on November 3 and 4. Players will compete for prizes and bragging rights in two age categories, 12 – 17 and 18 and up. To make this a special event, the Library will use the custom made Scrabble table for the final games of the tournament. This table was made possible with donations from the family and friends of Stephanie Fisher, an avid Scrabble player. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required no later than October 15. You can register in person at the Library, or call 708-748-3731, extension 15, or register online at  

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

‘Second City for President’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Freedom Hall’s 2012 – 2013 season kicks off on Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. with ‘Second City for President.’ Do you have electoral fatigue? Do polling numbers and spin doctors have you reeling? Then the Second City has the perfect remedy, ‘Second City for President’ a gut-busting comedy revue that doles out laughter at the expense of both sides of the aisle as well as comedy that is decidedly apolitical, uncensored and unabashedly hilarious. ‘Second City for President’ runs on a strictly pro-comedy platform. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 708-747-0580 or in-person at the Box Office. 

Grande Prairie Choral Arts, 266 Somonauk, Park Forest

2012 – 2013 Season Announced – Tickets Now on Sale

Based in Park Forest since 1977 but drawing singers from the entire Chicago Southland, the Grande Prairie Singers are led by Artistic Director Jo Rodenburg, now in her third season with the chorus. The 2012-13 season includes three Sunday-afternoon concerts:

  • “Winterlude,” December 9;
  • “On This Island: Music of the British Isles,” March 3, 2013; and
  • “American Choral Music Today,” May 19, 2013.

Season tickets are available for $40. For more information on the Singers or Grande Prairie Choral Arts’ Children’s Choral Workshop, call 708-481-8684, e-mail at [email protected], or visit:

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

Park Forest Plaza Print for Sale

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

It’s Halloween at the Park Forest House Museum

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard, is ready for Halloween visitors. Vintage Halloween decorations will be on display through October 31. The display includes a collection of Gurley Halloween candles, die-cut decorations, and a boxed costume with mask. The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or for small groups by appointment. Donation is Adults- $5; 12 & under free with a paying adult. Group tours may be subject to special pricing. The tour is free with the purchase of a Marshall Field’s Park Forest Store brick at 1 for $15; 2 for $25. Convenient, free, street parking is available right outside the front door. The museum is operated by the Park Forest Historical Society and sponsored by Andrew Brown of Central Park Townhomes. For additional information, visit

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Luminosity’ – Through October 7

‘Luminosity,’ the Gallery Artists Annual Exhibit runs through October 7. The exhibit features more than 50 artists. The works presented are in a variety of media including watercolors, oils and acrylics, and photography pastels and pencil. In addition to the two-dimension works, there are several three dimensional works including hand-painted gourds and painted porcelain. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information and Gallery hours, call 708-748-3377 or visit

‘Luminosity’ Raffle – Closes October 7

If you have not purchased raffle tickets for the beautiful items from ‘Luminosity,” there are just a few days left. The exhibit closes on October 7 and the winners of the raffle will be ‘pulled’ on the closing day of the exhibit. Winners will be notified by phone. So, be sure to visit the Gallery, which is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and get your raffle ticket now. Tickets are just $5 each and proceeds will help support the Tall Grass Gallery Exhibits.

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Thorn Creek Garlic Fest – Saturday, October 6

On Saturday, October 6 from noon to 4 p.m., celebrate the wonders of the garlic bulb and the world of organic growing. Come taste different varieties of garlic, and gather information on garlic, its uses, planting techniques, organic gardening and garlic cooking. All garlic is organically grown on Thorn Creek’s Historic Farm and many refreshments include organic garlic in them. Enjoy demonstrations on garlic preparation and try your hand at garlic braiding. Organic garlic bulbs of over 30 varieties for sale. Parking is located in the field across from Thorn Creek Nature Center. Bring the entire family out for a day of fun. Admission fee is $5 per car or $1 per bicycle. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

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

Edgar’s Place Coffee House Presents ‘Dyed in the Wool’ – Saturday, October 13

On Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m., Edgar’s Place Coffee House will present ‘Dyed in the Wool.’ Rick Kogan, of the Chicago Tribune, says “There are a lot of bands in Chicago, a lot of very good bands. Among the very best is Dyed in the Wool, a gathering of grand musical talents and sweet sensibilities that can handle traditional tunes in ways that make them fresh and vibrant and create original tunes that will stay with you forever.” Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Edgar’s Place is a fundraiser for UUCC. To learn more about Dyed in the Wool, visit:

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

Muntu Dance Theatre – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for Muntu Dance Theatre’s performance on Saturday, October 12 at 8 p.m. In the Bantu language, “muntu” means “the essence of humanity.” The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre preforms authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. Muntu’s unique synthesis of dance, rhythm, and song will uplift and inspire you. Tickets range in price from $15 to $52. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 708-235-2222 or visit

Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘Avenue Q the Musical’—Opens October 4

Tickets are now on sale for the Drama Group’s presentation of ‘Avenue Q the Musical.’ Performances will be held at the Drama Group Studio on October 4, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and on October 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. ‘Avenue Q’ is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There he meets Kate Monster (the girl next door), Rod (the button-down Republican), Trekkie Monster (the internet sexpert), Lucy the Slut (need we say more?) and other colorful characters (some human, and some of the talking friendly furry monster variety) who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life. The play contains adult themes, language and content so it may not be appropriate for young children. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, and $15 for students with identification. Group discount rates are also available. Due to brisk ticket demand, some performances are already sold out so don’t wait to get your tickets.

For additional information, ticket prices, or to purchase tickets, call 708-755-3444 or visit

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

‘Narrative’ – Opens October 1

‘Narrative’ and exhibit to celebrate Chicago Artists Month will open on Monday October 1 and run through November 1. The exhibit is featuring the works of three prominent Chicago artists whose works have been shown and are owned by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as other prominent museums and galleries. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Biographies of the featured artists can be found at PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery is located on the main campus, 202 S. Halsted Street and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Visits can also be made by appointment. For additional information about the exhibit or to make an appointment for a visit, call 708-709-3636.

Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights

31st Annual Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Show – Sunday, October 7

It may be a sign that fall is truly here or that Halloween is on the horizon, but it’s also a great opportunity to get a jump on Christmas shopping. Whatever the motivation, the 31st Annual Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Show will provide something for everyone. The event will be held on Sunday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature a multitude of crafters with a tremendous array of items. Along with amazing crafting, the $1 admission (free for senior citizens and children under age 12) will also include prize drawings, homemade baked goods for sale, wonderful homemade German food and music from the Marian Band Ensembles. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will help fund the band’s travel, including Bands of America Regionals and Grand Nationals in Indianapolis and eventually the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For additional information, call Lisa Collins at 708-502-5472.

Monkey Mind Art Studio, 3 West Nebraska, Frankfort

‘Seasons of My Life’ – Through October 8th

The exhibit ‘Seasons of My Life’ will be featured at the Gallery through October 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 815-464-8818 or visit

‘The Pantry’ of Rich Township, 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park

20th Annual ‘Fall Into the Holidays’ Fashion Show – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for ‘The Pantry’ of Rich Township’s 20th Annual Fall Fashion Show, ‘Fall Into the Holidays.’ The event will be held on Sunday, October 17 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with a Social Hour. Luncheon will be served at 1:30 p.m. and the Fashion Show will begin at 2:15 p.m. There will be raffles and a Silent Auction where you can bid on items including sports memorabilia, celebrity autographed items, gift baskets, jewelry, and more. Tickets are $35. Please R.S.V.P. no later than October 4, 2012. Proceeds from the event will benefit ‘The Pantry’ of Rich Township. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please call Vicki Line or Carol Pivoney at 708-748-6722.

Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

‘Wanna Play’ Exhibit – Through October 27

‘Wanna Play’ an exhibit featuring forty-nine works of art from around the Nation that are all about toys and games will run through October 27. For additional information and Gallery hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Alternative Teacher Certification Information Session – Thursday, October 2

On Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m. in GSU’s E-Lounge, you can learn how to earn elementary or secondary (biology, chemistry, or mathematics) teacher certification and secure a teaching position through GSU’s Alternative Certification Program.  This program offers a way to earn a teaching certificate and embark on a new, rewarding career in education. The Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) leads to a Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) in Urban Teacher Education in elementary or secondary. TQP provides an opportunity to co-teach for a year with a certified teacher, a $30,000 stipend, and a 25% reduction in tuition. TWP is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This program is open to college graduates with a bachelor’s degree. The application deadline for the Alternative Certification program, beginning Spring 2013, is November 15, 2012. For additional information, call 708-534-4399 or visit

‘The Changing Political Terrain of American Elections’ – Monday, October 8

GSU’s Political and Justice Studies Program and the Consortium for Civic Engagement will present “The Changing Political Terrain of American Elections’ on Monday, October from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Sherman Hall. Panelists include Dr. Larry Levinson, professor of political science; Dr. Donald Culverson, associate professor of political and justice studies; Sr. Chelsea Haring, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Daniel Cortese, assistant professor of political and justice studies; and Dr. Debbie James, assistant professor of media and communications. The forum is free and open to the public.

GSU Offers Computer Networking Series

Computer Network training is now available at GSU this fall. The Computer Networking Series enables participants to gain career enhancing skills through non-credit courses. Students will receive training preparing them for certifications in Comptia’s A+ and Cisco’s Certified Network Administration. Courses may be taken individually or in sequence, depending on individual career and education goals. Course topics include Computer Hardware, Networking Fundamentals, Networking Switches and Routing, Wireless Networking, Windows Seven Operating System, and Windows Server Operating System. For additional information about the Computer Networking Series, contact the School of Continuing Education at 708-534-4099.

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday at GSU

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

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

Opt In to Technology at PSC

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

Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults

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

Online Educational Resources

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Top U.S. Universities

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Green Events

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS), Park Forest

Thorn Creek Audubon Society 2012 Fall Bird Seed Sale – Order Deadline Monday, October 1

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS) 2012 Bird Seed Sale is one of the organization’s primary fund-raising projects. Proceeds from last fall’s sale helped fund the 2011 – 12 grants for south suburban projects benefiting the environment totaling $2,000. The DeLong Company, one of the largest in the Midwest, will supply the seed this fall. All orders must be received by October 1st. Pick-up date is Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive. All orders MUST be picked up on delivery day. For a complete list of available items and pricing, visit: For additional information, call Al Thomas at 708-957-9847.

‘Birds of South Texas’ – Wednesday, October 3

On Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, TCAS members Larry and Linda Layne will discuss ‘Birds of South Texas.’ The Laynes go birding at least four times a week during the winters at their south Texas winter home. They are about 30 minutes from most of the well-known birding sites in south Texas, such as Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuse, Bensten-Rio Grande Valley State Park, and Estero Llano Grande State Park, all in the Rio Grande Valley. They are only an hour from Padre Island and have also taken the bird walk at King Ranch, a large private estate which gives birding routes. Larry, who describes himself as a “hard-core birder,” is the photographer but says Linda is usually the better spotter. The event is free and open to the public.

Village of Park Forest

Donations Still Needed to Help Rebuild Central Park Wetlands Observation Deck

As Park Forest residents know, a fire occurred in the Central Park Wetlands on June 27 that resulted in approximately $10,000 in damages. Unfortunately, the deductible on the Village’s insurance policy is higher than the damages, so an insurance claim cannot be made. The observation deck was used by many in the south suburbs – young and old alike, to enjoy the beauty of the Central park Wetlands’ variety of native plants and view the more than 100 species of birds that have been identified by volunteers from the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. In the true spirit of Park Forest, a grassroots effort to rebuild the observation deck has been started by George and Connie Manno. In addition, the Environment Commission, Recreation & Parks Advisory Board and Park Forest Rotary Club are assisting with the fundraising. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please send a check payable to the Village of Park Forest indicating in the memo section ‘observation deck donation’ and send to:

Village of Park Forest
Recreation & Parks Department
350 Victory Drive
Park Forest, IL 60466.

Safer Pest Control Project, 4611 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago

6th Annual Ladybug Bash – Tickets Now on Sale

Safer Pest Control Project will be hosting its 6th Annual Ladybug Bash on Thursday, October 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago. This year’s event will be honoring Kim Stone for her activism over the past two decades to improve community and environmental health. Guests will be treated to organic wine from Frey Vineyards, music and craft beer. WXRT morning DJ Lin Brehmer will MC the evening and preside over the live auction, which features items from City Provisions, Organic Valley, and Patagonia. Special musical guest, Ms. Ladybug, will sing as well. Tickets are $65 if purchased by October 4 or $75 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 773-878-7378.

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.

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers –Wednesday, October 3

Each Wednesday through November 14, those 11 through adult can follow the forest’s fall changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature firsthand on Thorn Creek’s autumn trails. The walk will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. each week. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. The terrain is moderate. Registration is not required. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Village of Park Forest

39th Annual Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday Through October 27

The 39th Annual Farmers’ Market will be held from 7 a.m. to 12 noon on the corner of Lakewood & Cunningham Drive through October 27. The market offers local fresh vegetables, fruits, organic breads, cookies, specialty produce, garden bedding plants, perennials, garden ornaments, salsas, BBQ pork chops, hamburgers, Polish sausage, fresh tamales, jewelry, funnel cakes, and fundraising products from a variety of individuals and civic groups. For additional information, call Brenda Walker at 708-748-1118 or e-mail [email protected] or visit

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

Senior Citizen Weekday Lunch at the Senior Café

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

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

Assistance With Medications & Health Services

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

This & That

Village of Park Forest

1st Annual Scarecrow Contest – Entries Must be Submitted by Friday, October 5

This year’s Park Forest Safe Halloween Festivities will include a scarecrow contest. The contest is open to all ages, individuals, families, clubs, groups, schools and businesses. An adult may assist younger children, but the majority of the work must be completed by a child (children). There are 3 entry categories; Traditional (most likely to scare a crow), Any Other (monsters, gruesome, bloody or scary), and Favorite Character/Person (whimsical, fairytale, humorous, fantasy, celebrity, etc.) There will also be a special award for the ‘Resident Choice’ determined by votes from the community. There are prizes for each category. Completed scarecrows will be placed outside Dining on the Green in DownTown Park Forest where residents can vote for their favorite entries. An entry box will be available for submitting votes. Final judging will take place on October 31. For the complete list of contest rules and to download an entry form, visit:

For additional information or question, please call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or e-mail [email protected].

Habitat for Humanity, 180 W. Joe Orr Road, Chicago Heights

World Habitat Day Garage Sale and Community Celebration – Saturday, October 6

On Saturday, October 6 from noon to 4 p.m., the World Habitat Day Garage Sale and Community Celebration will be held at the Chicago Heights Habitat ReStore. The event will include vendors, a garage sale and a bounce house for the children. Please come out and show your support.

Park Forest Rotary Club

Winter Clothing Items Needed to Distribute to Homeless Veterans at November Stand Down Day

Stand Down Day is a time when homeless veterans from the Chicago land area will have access to comprehensive social and medical services that help to prepare them for the harsh winters of Chicago. The veterans will also be treated to a hot meal from Robinson’s Ribs. Rotary Clubs have joined together with the Hines and Jesse Brown Medical Centers, several Chicago area veterans groups and community organizations to collect coats, hats, and gloves for distribution to our veterans at this annual event. The organizing partners of Stand Down Day are expecting more than 850 veterans to attend this year’s event. The Park Forest Rotary Club will be collecting coats, hats and gloves in good condition to provide to the veterans. Donated items can be dropped off at:

  • Village Manager’s Office, 2nd floor of Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, or
  • Tower Cleaners, 230 Forest Boulevard, in DownTown Park Forest.

Donations should be made by November 5. In addition, volunteers are needed to help at the Stand Down Day event. If you would like to volunteer, please call Tom Mick, at 708-748-1129.

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG)

Seeking Nominations for 2012 Business Person of the Year – Nomination Deadline is October 31

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from individuals, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service.  Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made a difference for you or someone you know?  Submit your completed nomination form to EDAG in care of the Village of Park Forest no later than October 31, 2012.  Contact Sandra Zoellner at [email protected] or 708-283-5623.

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

Free Java Tuesdays

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

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

Rainbow Café Monthly Meeting – Saturday, October 6

The Rainbow Café is an opportunity for single or partnered gays, lesbians, bisexuals or other sexual minorities, and their allies, over age 18 to meet one another and socialize in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Those attending are encouraged to bring some non-alcoholic drinks and a dessert or snack to pass, or bring a financial donation. However, neither is mandatory. The Rainbow Café is held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the 1st Saturday of each month at the Unitarian-Universalist Community Church, 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest.

Garden Club of Park Forest

“A Gardener’s Cookbook”

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

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

Good As New Thrift Store – Seeking Donations

The Sertoma Centre’s Good As New Thrift Store, 4331 Lincoln Highway, Matteson, is seeking donations of gently used furniture and other household items in good condition. Proceeds from the sale of items at the Thrift Store go directly to supporting the 14 programs offered by Sertoma Centre. The store also serves as a training program for consumers at Sertoma to allow them to gain experience and transition into permanent retail jobs. The Thrift Store will pick up furniture donations within the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago free of charge. To make an arrangement to make a tax deductible donation of furniture to Good As News, call 708-481-5627. For additional information, to schedule a tour, volunteer or to make a donation, please call Amy Chmura at 708-730-6206 or e-mail [email protected].

Rotary Club of Park Forest

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

Donate Unused Air Miles to Support Families of Wounded Servicemembers

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

Donate to Troops Serving Abroad

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

Greening of Park Forest

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

Recycle Unused Wheelchairs

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

South Suburban Family Shelter Used Cell Phone Collection Drive

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

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

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

Local Recycling Resources and Proper Disposal of Unused Medicine

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

Safe Disposal Program – Bio-waste

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

Recycle Used Cell Phones and Cell Phone Accessories

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

Sources: Park Forest 2012 Autumn Recreation Programs & More Brochure, 2012 Park Forest Spring/Summer Calendar, Park Forest ‘Discover’ magazine, Rich Township Report, Park Forest Historical Society, Village of Park Forest, Governors State University, Prairie State College, Center for Performing Arts, South Suburban Family Shelter, Park Forest Historical Society, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Theatre Center, Sertoma Centre, Inc., Union Street Gallery, Monkey Mind Art Studio, Thorn Creek Audubon Society, and Tall Grass Arts Association websites.