In and Around Park Forest Week of October 22, 2012

farmers market
Saturday marks the end of the 2012 Farmers Market. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 22, 2012. Ever wonder what all those strange charges listed on your phone bill are for? Want to find ways to reduce your phone bill? Grab your phone bill and head over to the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, on Tuesday, October 23 from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. when C.U.B. experts will conduct a free "Phone-Bill Clinic." Additional information on this event can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

The 32nd Annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 28 in the gym of St. Irenaeus Church, 207 S. Orchard. If you have never experienced the ‘special’ spaghetti sauce, you are in for a real treat! Additional information about the event 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.

Early Voting for November 6 Elections

Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest

Early Voting To Begin on October 22

Early voting will begin in Cook County on Monday, October 22 and end on Saturday, November 3. Early voting will take place at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday during the early voting period. For a complete list of locations where early voting will be taking place, visit: http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/earlyvoting.

To find the locations of other early voting sites beyond Cook County, visit: EV_flyer.pdf.

Be sure to exercise your right to vote in this important election. Keep in mind that you will be required to provide a government issued, photo ID to verify your identity.

Village of Park Forest

Village of Park Forest

39th Annual Farmers’ Market – Final Saturday — October 27

Hard to believe but the 39th Annual Farmers’ Market season comes to an end on Saturday, October 27. The Market will be held from 7 a.m. to 12 noon on the corner of Lakewood & Cunningham Drive.

Park Forest Trustee and Park Forest Public Library Trustee Petition Packets Available

Park Forest Clerk Sheila McGann announces that petition packets are now available for Park Forest residents interested in running for the office of Village Trustee or Library Trustee in the April 9, 2013 election.  The filing dates for those petitions are December 17 through December 24, 2012. There will be three (3) Village Trustees seats up for election and each has a four (4) year term. There are three (3) Library Trustees seats open, each for a six (6) year term. Please call Sandra Black at 708-283-5605 for more information.

Village Board Meeting – Monday, October 22

The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Village 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 at www.villageofparkforest.com.

To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site at: http://www.villageofparkforest.com and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.

Village of Park Forest Advisory Board & Commission Meetings

The following Park Forest Commission will meet the week of October 22:

  • Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. — Cable Communications Commission

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

Park Forest Senior Citizen’s Advisory Commission Looking for Volunteers

The Park Forest Senior Citizen’s Advisory Commission is comprised of nine members, all of whom must be residents of Park Forest. Park Forest residents interested in serving on the Senior Citizen’s Advisory Commission may complete an application with the Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Appointments to the Commission are made by the Village Board for a term of three years. For additional information on applying and serving on the Commission, please call 708-283-5605.

Arts & Entertainment

Halloween Events in the South Suburbs

Village of Park Forest

‘Halloween Spooktacular’ 2012 Safe Halloween Event – Wednesday, October 31

Park Forest’s 2012 Safe Halloween event ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ will be held on Wednesday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street, in DownTown Park Forest. There will be a costume contest for all ages. You can enter raffles to win gift baskets, gift cards and more. There will also be food, prizes, you can vote for the winners for the Community wide Scarecrow contest, and much more. There will be an on-site pumpkin carving contest for the 1st 20 entries. Carving accessories will be provided. Bring your ideas. For additional information, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or email, [email protected]. The event is sponsored by the Park Forest Police, Park Forest Economic Development and Planning Department, and Park Forest Library.

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

‘Owls & Bats: Young Artists Scratch the Surface’ – Registration Required by Friday, October 26

Children of all ages are invited to attend ‘Owls & Bats: Young Artists Scratch the Surface’ which will be held on Sunday, October 28 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This class of artistic and spooky fun is for children who love nature and Halloween. Teacher and artist Pat Moore will help young artists capture the after-dark lives of owls and bats. Students will draft from nature, studying real taxidermy specimens to create their own high-relief scratchpaper scenes. Scratchpaper is made from paper covered with a thin layer of clay or chalk underneath a hard outer black coating. To create their owl or bat nightscapes, students will use special child-safe tools to chip away the black surface and expose striking lines of white and silver. Charcoal and other drawing supplies will also be available for creating different nighttime scenes. Participating children should be able to sit and concentrate for at least a half hour. All art materials will be provided and refreshments will be served. There is a fee of $5 per child. Registration is required by Friday, October 26. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

Park Forest House Museum, 141 Forest Boulevard, Park Forest

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 www.parkforesthistory.org.

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

Halloween Family Fun Fest – Wednesday, October 31

PSC is hosting a Halloween extravaganza filled with popcorn, hay rides, carnival games, prizes and more on Wednesday, October 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the college’s gym. Halloween Family Fun Fest is free for children through age 12 and their families. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Members of the Chicago Heights police and fire departments will also be providing information about fire and personal safety. For additional information, call 708-709-3500 or e-mail [email protected].

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

Rialto Theatre’s Festival of Trees and Lunch – Registration Deadline Tuesday, November 6

On Wednesday, November 21, we will depart from Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, for a visit to the Rialto Theatre’s Festival of Trees. The Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet is transformed with the most beautifully decorated holiday trees you will see in one place. We will enjoy the variety and array of trees before we are entertained with a live organ concert in the historical theatre.  Following the festival we will travel to Merichka’s Restaurant, another historical landmark in Joliet, where we will enjoy lunch. Your choices will be 1/2 fried chicken, famous poor boy, baked fish, jumbo shrimp or a yodel burger (with Swiss cheese on French bread).  All meals include salad, choice of potato and dessert and coffee, tea or soda (please mention meal choice when registering). We will return to Park Forest Village Hall at approximately 4:30 p.m. Fee is $55 per person and includes round-trip motor coach transportation, admission and lunch. Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 6. You can register at the Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department at Village Hall, or with a credit card over the phone by calling 708-748-2005. Mention Code: 348690-1 

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 22 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 22 at 12 p.m. — Friends Book Discussion “Unsaid.” Discuss "Unsaid" by Neil Abramson. You may check out the book from the Patron Services desk three weeks in advance of the discussion date. The club will continue to meet the forth Monday of the month.
  • Tuesday, October23 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 23 at 6:30 p.m. — Pajama Time. For children ages 5-10. Wear your pajamas & come join us for stories, crafts & games.
  • Tuesday, October 23 at 7:15 p.m. – Best of the Web. Find out about some of the best web sites around like Pinterest and others! Registration required.
  • Wednesday, October 24 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 24 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 24 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 24 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 25 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 25 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.
  • Thursday, October 25 at 4 p.m. – Microsoft Word Practice. The first ten people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration for the practice sessions.
  • Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. – Family Game Night.  Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the fun on this special night once a month!
  • Friday, October 26 at 1 p.m. – Senior Travelogue. Featuring New Zealand.
  • Friday, October 26 at 2 p.m. – Learn to Use Your Kindle Fire. Bring in your device to learn the basics of using it and accessing the library’s digital titles. Registration required.
  • Friday, October 26 at 3 p.m. – Wii Game Day.  Meet up with your friends at the Park Forest Public Library for some gaming fun. The library will provide some games — YOU bring a friend. If you have a favorite game, bring it along to teach and share. Join us after school as we take a little time to have some fun! Grades K-8.
  • Saturday, October 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Halloween Film Fest. The classics will be featured in during this not-so-spooky film fest. There will also be crafts to take home. All Ages.

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

Citizens Utility Board Phone-Bill Clinics – Tuesday, October 23

On Tuesday, October 23 from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Ringering Room, C.U.B. will conduct a free "Phone-Bill Clinic." There is no registration required to attend. Bring your phone bill and a C.U.B. expert will sit down with you one-on-one, explain all the confusing charges and give you money-saving tips. Many people learn how to cut their calling costs by about $200 a year.

Potpourri of Lectures Series Begins Thursday, October 25

On Thursday October 25th at 10:30 a.m. the Potpourri of Lectures Series continues with “Chinese Art and The Chinese Museum” by Yuan Liang. The lecture will be held in the Library’s Ringering Room. Please plan to join us for some enlightening conversation. Light refreshments are served.

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 www.pfpl.org.  

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

 ‘Kids for President’ – Friday, October 26

On Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m., Child’s Play Touring Theatre of Chicago will present ‘Kids for President.’ This show, timed to coincide with children’s election year curiosity and excitement, runs the gamut from silly to serious with campaign speeches, suggestions for improving the world, and kids’ own ideas on what it’s like to be the President. This show will win the hearts and votes of both children and adults. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at www.freedomhall.org, by phone at 708-747-0580 or in-person at the Box Office.

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band – Tickets Now on Sale

On Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m., C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band will take the stage at Freedom Hall. C. J. Chenier, son of the “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier, joined his father’s Red-Hot Louisiana Band playing saxophone at the age of 1. After Clifton’s death in 1987, C.J. picked up the accordion and took charge of his father’s ministry – to spread the word of Zydeco music to the world. The Boston Globe has called him “the crown prince of Zydeco,” and Living Blues magazine hails him as “the best living Zydeco singer and accordionist.” His musical style range from the traditional Zydeco of Clifton Chenier right on up to modern funk with healthy doses of blues, R&B, swamp pop and even country. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased online at www.freedomhall.org, 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: www.grandeprairiechoral.org.

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 www.parkforesthistory.org. 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 www.parkforesthistory.org.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Spirits, Saints and Souls’ –Special Event on Thursday, October 28

‘Spirits, Saints, and Souls,’ running through November 11, is an invitational exhibit that will explore some of the many interpretations of the theme. Instead of an opening reception, on October 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., lead artist Sergio Gomez will do a moving performance piece in which he will create a large-scale charcoal drawing while Erica Lessie plays the cello. This is the first time a Tall Grass exhibit will include performance art. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information and Gallery hours, call 708-748-3377 or visit http://www.tallgrassarts.org.

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

U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus – Free Concert Event on October 30

On Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m., the United States Army Field Band, one of the most versatile and inspiring musical organizations in the world, will present a free concert. The program at GSU will include a mix of marches and patriotic music, classical selections, and music by popular songwriters like Stephen Sondheim and Barry Manilow. The Field Band will be accompanies by the 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus, a mixed choral ensemble that travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing as a separate component and in joint concerts with the band. Tickets are limited to 4 per household. For additional information or to reserve tickets, visit www.centertickets.net or call the box office at 708-235-2222.

SLATE Production of ‘8’ – October 25 & 26

‘8,’ a production of the Southland Area Theater Ensemble (SLATE), chronicles the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, is coming to GSU for two performance in Sherman Hall, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26. The play is being presented with license from the American Federal for Equal Rights (AFER). The play is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the freedom to marry. Following both performances of the play, GSU Provost Terry Allison will lead a panel discussion on civil discourse, civil rights, and marriage equality. Admission to ‘8’ is free with reservations. To reserve tickets, contact the GSU Center for Performing Arts at www.centertickets.net or call 708-235-2222.

[title of show] – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for [title of show] which will be performed by the SLATE ensemble on Saturday, November 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 at 4 p.m. Two nobodies decide to write an original musical, and to their surprise, it becomes a Broadway hit. Tickets are $27. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.centertickets.net or call the box office at 708-235-2222.

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

’12 Angry Men’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Drama Group’s production of ’12 Angry Men’ that will take place November 30 through December 9. On a hot summer day jurors are asked to deliberate on a case involving a young man accused of killing his father. An initial vote is taken, and there are 11 votes for guilty and one vote for not guilty. One man stands alone against the others’ preconceptions, bias and prejudice. ’12 Angry Men’ has been described as “a classic drama; a riveting study of courage, bias and the American legal system.” Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for students with identification. Group discount rates are also available. For additional information, ticket prices, or to purchase tickets, call 708-755-3444 or visit www.dramagroup.org.

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

‘Narrative’ – Through November 1

‘Narrative’ an exhibit to celebrate Chicago Artists Month runs 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. Biographies of the featured artists can be found at www.prairiestate.edu/artgallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 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.

Monkey Mind Art Studio, 3 West Nebraska, Frankfort

‘Stranded’ – Through November 4

‘Stranded,’ an exhibit featuring the works of artists Sherri Denault and Margie Glass-Sula, will run through November 4. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 815-464-8818 or visit www.monkeymindartstudio.com.

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 www.unionstreetgallery.com.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

‘Issues of the 2012 Election’ – Monday, October 29

GSU’s Political and Justice Studies Program and the Consortium for Civic Engagement are co-sponsoring a second community forum on Monday, October 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Sherman Hall. ‘Issues of the 2012 Election’ will be discussed by panelists Dr. Larry Levinson, professor of political science; Dr. Donald Culverson, associate professor of political and justice studies; Dr. Chelsea Haring, assistant professor of political science; and Dr. David Golland, assistant professor of history. The forum is free and open to the public.

“The Courage of Equality: Love, Work, Society” – Registration Required

One of the nation’s leading social and artistic voices, Nikki Giovanni, will present “The Courage of Equality: Love, Work, Society” at GSU’s Center for Performing Arts on November 7 at 6 p.m. Immediately following the lecture, Giovanni will take questions from the audience. There will be a book signing after the presentation. Giovanni is a noted poet, writer commentator, activist, and educator. Her work has been strongly influenced by issues related to social justice and civil rights. In addition to the presentation by Giovanni, the university is also hosting a book discussion of “Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea” by Nikki Giovanni at 3:30 p.m. on November 7 in Engbretson Hall. Members of the panel include Dr. Christopher White, Assistant Professor of English and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, Assistant Professor of History. Dr. Rashidah Muhammad will serve as moderator. Dr. Muhammad will also lead students in a choral reading of the title poem. Individual students will read selected Giovanni poems. Refreshments will be served. Both the Giovanni presentation and the book discussion are free and open to the public. For additional information or to register, call 708-534-4024 or visit http://nikkigiovanni.eventbrite.com.

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

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 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

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS), Park Forest

Bird Seed Sale Pick-Up – Saturday, October 27

If you ordered bird seed to help support TCAS’ environmental projects in the south suburbs, be sure to pick it up on Saturday, October 27. Orders can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 North Orchard Drive (directly north of the Park Forest Library). All orders MUST be picked up on October 27. If you cannot be there, please make arrangements for a friend or neighbor to pick up your seed order.

Healthy Living

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

‘Food Matters’ – Free Movie & Discussion – Saturday, October 27

On Saturday, October 27 at 7 p.m., UUCC will screen the documentary film ‘Food Matters.’ A discussion will follow the film. The film exposes a growing body of scientific evidence providing that nutritional therapy can be more effective, more economical, and less harmful and less invasive than most medical treatments. ‘Food Matters’ encourages and inspires us to eat a more healthy diet. Free coffee, tea and popcorn will be provided. Optional donations will be gratefully accepted. For additional information, call 708-481-5339.

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 24

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.

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

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 http://www.pparx.org/en/click_illinois to find out if you can apply to any of these great programs and to get connected with 10,000 free clinics and doctors.

This & That

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.

Park Forest American Legion Post 1198, 1631 Western Ave., Chicago Heights

Friday Fish Fry – Friday, October 26

Join Park Forest’s American Legion Post 1198 for fish, shrimp, wings, beef and appetizers on Friday, September 28 beginning at 6 p.m. Carry outs are available. For additional information, call Jesse Rodriguez at 708-481-3055.

St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, 207 S. Orchard, Park Forest

32nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner – Sunday October 28

St. Irenaeus Parish’s 32nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner (all you can eat) will be held on Sunday October 28 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the gym. Menu includes spaghetti and meat balls in ‘special ‘sauce, bread and butter, salad and a dessert table. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Pop, beer and wine will also be available for an additional charge. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at the church rectory. For additional information, call 708-748-6861.

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 www.FisherHouse.org.

Donate to Troops Serving Abroad

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

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.