In and Around Park Forest Week of October 7, 2013

India Roberts and sons
India Roberts with her sons Immanuel, 5, Elijah, 4, Xavier, 1, and Vanuvito, 9, at the 2013 Kiwanis of Park Forest Pancake Day. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 7, 2013. In conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, the annual Twilight Memorial Parade will take place in Park Forest on Thursday, October 10 beginning at 7 p.m. A short memorial service precedes this parade and begins at 6:30 PM at St. Irenaeus Church. The Memorial Parade will step off promptly at 7 PM and will head east on Indianwood Boulevard, left/north on Forest to Westwood Drive, left/west on Westwood to Orchard Drive, right/north on Orchard Drive to Indiana Street, right/east on Indiana to Illinois Street, left/north on Illinois back around to Indiana, left/south on Indiana and back around to Orchard Drive, right/south on Orchard to Westwood, right/west on Westwood around to Sauk Trail, across Sauk and south on Shabbona to Orchard Drive, left/north on Orchard back up across Sauk to Indianwood and then to the Park Forest Fire Station.

Come out along the parade route on Thursday to honor our courageous men and women who serve on the Park Forest Fire Department.

The Park Forest Fire Department will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 12. Activities for the day include station tours, fire safety and severe weather presentations in the Fire Safety Trailer, and lots more. Please come out and join the fun-filled day at the fire station. For more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit or call 708-748-5605.
The Park Forest Public Library, Park Forest Police Department and the Village’s Department of Economic Development will hold the ‘Second Annual Scarecrow Contest.’ Valuable prizes will be awarded. Entry forms are due no later than Friday, October 11. Additional information about the contest can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.

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

Village of Park Forest

Village Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, October 7 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site at

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

Village Commission & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions and Advisory Boards are scheduled to meet the week of October 7:

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

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

Park Forest Zoning Code Update: Public Meeting to be Held on October 29th

On Tuesday, October 29 from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dining on the Green 349, Main Street, in DownTown Park Forest, the Village wants to hear from you. Park Forest continues to makes strides toward providing a high quality of life for its residents, redeveloping commercial areas, and employing sustainable practices throughout the community. In order to better align its development regulations with these community priorities, the Village is now working with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to update its zoning and subdivision ordinances. To guide this process, the Village wants to hear from you! This meeting is free and open to the public. All residents, business and property owners, community leaders, and other stakeholders are invited. At this public meeting, participants will be introduced to zoning concepts and will also take part in an interactive activity to provide feedback that informs the Village’s development regulations update. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Jessica Simoncelli ([email protected] or 312-386-8631). For additional information, visit the project web page at

Arts & Entertainment

Calvary United Church, 425 North Orchard, Park Forest

1st Annual Chili Dinner – Thursday, October 31

Calvary United Church, 425 N. Orchard, Park Forest, will hold its 1st Annual Chili Dinner on Thursday, October 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Getting together on a Fall October day with friends of the community and Calvary members sounds like a great idea as we continue to grow with one another. Life is hectic but having food always seems to slow us down. Combining food and friends is Calvary’s next venture as we have planned our 1st Annual Chili Dinner! The event will feature 3 – 4 types of chili including vegetarian with all the fixins’ along with warm spiced apple cider. Trick or Treaters can come and get candy in the church parking lot where car trunks will be decorated for a frightful time. The event is free and open to the public. However, optional donations of canned good to be donated to local food pantries will be appreciated. For additional information, call 708-748-6261.

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Allen Edwards ‘The Singer’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Freedom Hall’s popular Matinee/Senior series will kick-off the season on Tuesday, October 15 at 11 a.m. Allen Edwards, a true artist of our time, will sing the songs you love with a voice you will never forget, his vocal style is reminiscent of greats like Jim Reeves, Perry Como, Eddy Arnold, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin and yet has the power and dynamics of Elvis, Englebert and Neil Diamond to name a few. This was when Allen was given the name “The Singer” due to his vocal versatility. Allen recorded a beautiful original song entitled, “Could We Please Stay in Love for A While”, that became a top requested song on radio stations and took Allen from Houston to The Show Capital of Branson, Missouri where Allen continued to perform and became one of the top requested shows. Allen’s current hit song, “First Woman I Ever Loved” written by songwriter Bill Dees, who wrote the multi-platinum hit “Pretty Woman”, is getting National attention and has taken Allen and his talent on tour all across the United States, Canada and abroad! Allen Edwards is not just a show, not just a performance, but truly an experience. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the box office, over the phone at 708-747-0580, or on-line, at

The Mystical Arts of Tibet – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m., the Mystical Arts of Tibet, featuring the multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform. This group has taken the world by storm while promoting world peach and healing through sacred performing art. They were featured on the Golden Globe nominated soundtrack of the motion picture ‘Seven Years in Tibet,’ starring Brad Pitt. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased at the box office, over the phone at 708-747-0580, or on-line, at

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest

2013 Opening Night Prelude Dinner – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, October 19 at 4:30 p.m., join Maestro Danzmayr, friends and family for this pre-concert dinner party to celebrate the opening of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season! The dinner will be held at the Prestwick Country Club, 601 Prestwick Drive, Frankfort. Win VIP Parking for the season! Only two parking spots are available — just steps away from the main entrance. Purchase raffle tickets with your reservation(s). Winner will be announced at the dinner. Dinner tickets are $75 per person. Raffle tickets are $25 each. Both dinner and raffle tickets can be purchased online at: For additional information, call 708-481-7744 or visit

Opening Night Performance, October 19 – Tickets Now on Sale

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will kick-off its 2013 -2014 Season on Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S. Harlem, Frankfort. Join us when David Danzmayr, Conductor and estimable pianist, Terrence Wilson performs the Grammy award-winning piano concerto of Michael Daugherty. Also not to be missed is ‘Scheherazade’ – the dramatic story of the Persian Queen and main character from the ‘Arabian Nights.’ Tickets are priced at $55, $45 and $35 and can be purchased online at: For additional information, call 708-481-7744 or visit

Park Forest Recreation & Parks

Trip to the Annual Way of Way of Lights Christmas Display and Anheuser-Busch Brewery – Registration Now in Progress

Join us on December 11 and 12 for a trip to Our Lady of the Snows Annual Way of the Lights Christmas display and tour of Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Wintertime sparkles at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows as the Annual Way of Lights Christmas display illuminates the grounds. Since 1970, The Oblates Missionary in Belleville, Illinois has invited one and all to make the Way of Lights a part of their family tradition. This breathtaking display focuses on the story of Creation with a mile-and-a-half drive with over one million lights electro-art displays and life-size biblical statues which take you on a scriptural Journey to Bethlehem. Trees from decorators and designers from the St. Louis/Metro Area will display their best creations showcasing ‘Songs of the Season’. Community Choirs will perform in the Visitors Center and guest can enjoy other indoor attractions and shop at in the Holiday Shop. Overnight Accommodations are at the Shrine Hotel.

On the second day, December 12 guest will visit St. Louis, Mo. The activities planned in St. Louis include: The Gateway Arch, Forest Park, once home to the 1904 World’s Fair. Take a tour of the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery where you can visit the Budweiser Clydesdales and sample a variety of premium brands.  Trip includes Luxury Motor Coach Transportation, overnight accommodations at the Shrine Hotel, four meals and all entrances fees! There will be one lunch on your own.  Cost of the trip is $210 per person for double occupancy and $250 per person for single occupancy. The bus will depart from Park Forest Village Hall on Wednesday, December 11 at 9 a.m. and return on Thursday, December 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Mention Code number 348760-1 when you register. For additional information or to register, call 708-748-2005 or visit

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Second Annual Scarecrow Contest – Entry Forms Due by Tuesday, October 11
The Park Forest Public Library, Park Forest Police Department and the Village’s Department of Economic Development will hold the Second Annual Scarecrow Contest. Prizes for the contest will be:

  • 1st Place: $200
  • 2nd Place: $125
  • 3rd Place: $50 Gas Card

Entry forms are due by Tuesday, October 11. Scarecrows must be completed by October 28. For additional information or questions, call Evelyn Sterling at 708-283-5621 or e-mail [email protected].

This Week’s Events at the Park Forest Public Library

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

  • Monday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m. — Imagine! Create! Participate! — Is your preschooler all about the drama? Do they enjoy singing and dancing? This program is just what they need. Designed to help boost creativity and imagination, children will enjoy acting out their favorite stories on the kids’ zone stage.
  • Monday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m. – Basic Mouse Class — Learn to the basics of using a computer mouse through fun and interactive “Mouse Aerobics.” Registration required.
  • Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m. — Jazz on Monday Nights: Miles Davis Live in Germany — From the mid-fifties to his death in the early nineties, Miles Davis was universally recognized as one of the most innovative musicians working in Jazz. This concert was filmed in Munich in 1987.
  • Tuesday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. — Yoga Movement and Me — In this series of programs children to explore basic yoga movements with the help of stories, games, and poses.
  • Tuesday, October 8 at 3 p.m. — Socrates Café — Do you like to talk, think, and be open to other opinions? If so, come and participate in our Socrates Café Sessions. Ideas and values will be examined through a variety of short texts. There are no right or wrong answers and only your brain and experience with life is required for participation. Our discussion will be facilitated in an organized format, and yet will be very open and free. The goal is to better understand yourself and others, to think about great ideas and values, and to have fun!
  • Tuesday, October 8 at 6 p.m. — Blues for Tuesday: The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 — Unearthed some 50 years after the fact, this has to be one of the finest blues collections ever assembled on film. Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Sippie Wallace, Hammie Nixon, and more.
  • Tuesday, October 8 at 6 p.m. – PJ Storytime —  Wear your pajamas & come join us for stories, crafts & games.
  • Wednesday, October 9 at 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Art — Children will have the opportunity to listen to a story and complete an art project related to the story. Registration Required.
  • Wednesday, October 9 at 6 p.m. – Art Studio — Children will have the opportunity to listen to a story and complete an art project related to the story. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, October 10 at 10:30 a.m. – Babygarten — Babygarten is an educational curriculum for caregivers and their babies that teaches parents how and why to read to babies. Infants and their caregivers share nursery rhymes, songs and books followed by a free-play/activity period.
    Babygarten is primary focus is the healthy development of infants aged 0-18 months old with an emphasis on language acquisition and enrichment and pre-literacy skills. During Babygarten, we provide an environment that nurtures and stimulates babies and toddlers with a wide variety of experiences including: Nursery rhymes and songs, Fingerplays, Book Sharing /Univon Reading, Early Literacy Tips for Parents and Caregivers, and Free Play. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, October 10 at 11 a.m. — Toddlers & Terrific Twos Storytime — For ages 18-36 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration Required.
  • Thursday, October 10 at 6 p.m. – LEGO Club — Play and learn with LEGOs at the Park Forest Public Library! The creations the children make will be on display in kids’ zone.
  • Friday, October 11 at 3 p.m. – Kindle Fire Class — Learn how to master your Kindle Fire. Learn how to download e-books on your tablet with confidence. Come explore the basics and beyond. Registration required.
  • Friday, October 11 at 3 p.m. – Wii Games — Meet up with your friends at the 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!
  • Saturday, October 12 at 11 a.m. — Illinois State Treasurer’s I-Cash — The I-Cash team from the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office will be at the library. I-Cash, part of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division, connects state residents with their unclaimed property. The program was established in 1999 with the goal of helping Illinois residents through the process of reclaiming money or assets. It’s common for people to lose track of their assets when they move or when loved ones pass away, and businesses and banks are required to turn over unclaimed accounts to the treasurer’s office.

For additional information or to register for certain events, please call 708-748-3731 or visit

Potpourri of Lectures, Thursday, October 10

This week’s lecture is entitled “Herbert Hoover the Humanitarian, not the President” with Harry Bond. The lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m. Lectures are held in the Library’s Ringering Room.

Freegal: Free Music Downloads – Available with Your PF Library Card

Freegal is a music download service offered to Park Forest Library cardholders for free! Using your library card and PIN number, you can download three songs a week to your computer and transfer
them to other devices. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s free. To learn more about Freegal, visit:

Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest

It’s Halloween Time at the 1950s Park Forest House Museum – Through November 2

Vintage Halloween decorations are on display in the 1950s Park Forest House Museum from September 14 through November 2. The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 141 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, is open Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the museum can also be open for groups by appointment, at other times. Donation is $5 for adults; children 12 and under free with an adult. Scout and school tours are priced individually. For details, to arrange a special group tour, or to volunteer, visit the Park Forest Historical Society website,, or call Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252.

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

Salon Artists Gallery, 249 Main Street, Park Forest

‘My Favorite Time of the Year’ – Opens Friday, October 11

‘My Favorite Time of the Year,’ an exhibit by water colorist Graydon Cafarella, will open on Friday, October 11 and run through October 29. An artists’ reception will be held on October 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery hours, call Patricia Moore at 708-833-5108 or Bev Szalon at 708-748-3946 or visit

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Signs, Symbols and Stories: Graphic Novels, Street and Graffiti Inspired Art’ —Through November 10

Congressman John Lewis of the 5th District of Georgia openly admits that his reading of a comic book called “The Montgomery Story” about Dr. Martin Luther King inspired his participation in the civil rights movement. So, it was not unimaginable that Lewis would turn to the graphic comic format to describe his own role in that movement. The first in a planned trilogy “March: Book One” was recently published. Written by Congressman Lewis and his staffer Andrew Aydin, the book was illustrated by Nate Powell. Original illustrations from “March” will be featured by an exhibit entitled “Signs, Symbols, Stories: Graphic Novel, Street and Graffiti-Inspired Art” that will run through November 10. It also features the works of artists Dave Acosta, Jessica Flores, Chris Hammer, Rob Hassan, Gretchen Jankowski, Corinne Mucha, Shannon O’Leary, Turtel Onli, Stephanie Rattanachane, Joan Reilly and Elliott Scott. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit or call 708-748-3377.

Benefit Night for Tall Grass Arts Association at Fuddruckers – Thursday, October 10

On Thursday, October 10, Fuddruckers, 300 Town Center, Matteson, will be having a fundraiser benefit for Tall Grass Arts Association. How does it work? First, print the coupon that you’ll find at: Go to Fuddruckers on October 10 anytime between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. and decide what you’d like to eat. Present the coupon to the cashier when you order. 20% of all sales received with the coupon will be donated to Tall Grass Arts Association. So go out to Fuddruckers on October 10 and enjoy a great time and great meal with your family and friends and help raise some money for Tall Grass.

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

Flamenco Passion ‘Quejios – Cries in the Air’ – Saturday, October 12

On Saturday, October 12 at 8 p.m., take an emotional journey through the musical landscape of Spain with Chicago’s best flamenco and world music talent and guest singer Alfonso Cid. A sampling of food and wine native to the region will be offered one hour prior to the show, along with a discussion on the cultural history of Spanish flamenco. Pre-show Wine and Tapas includes:

  • Spanish wine 
  • Sangria 
  • Manchego Cheese 
  • Marinated Olives 
  • Marcona Almonds 
  • Breads and Marmalades 
  • Roasted Potatoes with Aioli and more! 

Tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at: For additional information, call 708-235-2222.

‘Im Hussein Jubilee Show’ – Tickets Now on Sale

On Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m., the ‘Im Hussein Jubilee Show’ celebrates 25 years of comedy staged by the Ajyal Theatrical Group, featuring the one and only Im Hussein. As the first Arab-American theatrical group in North America—and the first to take the show around the world—they have fulfilled their mission: to provide quality, affordable Arab theater, arts, and cultural experiences for Arab immigrants at home and abroad and to support the development of regional Arab arts and entertainment. The jubilee show showcases the best of the best skits—the zaniest of Im Hussein’s antics and activities—newly written or slightly refreshed but still providing plenty of opportunities for laughter. Cheers!  The Im Hussein Jubilee is a rental production; CPA discounts do not apply. Tickets are priced at $85, $65 and $45. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at: For additional information, call 708-235-2222.

DePaul University Theatre School, 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago

‘Our Town’ Inaugural Production in New DePaul Theatre – Through October 13

The Theatre School at DePaul University is pleased to present “Our Town” as the inaugural production in the new building, located at Racine and Fullerton on the Lincoln Park Campus. Performances will be in the Fullerton Stage theatre, a 250-seat thrust theatre located on the first floor of the school.

Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” directed by Damon Kiely, runs through Oct. 13. Each night of this production will feature a surprise appearance by special guest alumni including (in alphabetical order), Tom AmandesGillian AndersonW. Earl BrownAnn DowdMary GrillJohn HoogenakkerLisa JoyceAdam PossPJ PowersJohn C. Reilly and Lucy Sandy. About the production: 1901, in Grover’s Corners. Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this haunting and unsentimental piece shares moments from the lives of two families in their small New England town. Often called the Great American play, “Our Town” challenges us to realize life as we live it.

Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. An additional matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Previews are on Oct. 2 and 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10 and student tickets are always $5. Subscriptions and group rates (6 or more people) are available at 312-922-1999. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 312-922-1999 or visiting the online Box Office at

The Theatre School at DePaul University is located at 2350 N Racine Ave (at Fullerton). The school is easily accessible via the Fullerton CTA station and the Fullerton (74) bus. Call the Box Office for additional transit suggestions or visit the Chicago Transit Authority for specific routes from your location. Visitors and audience members can park in DePaul University’s Clifton Parking Deck, 2330 N Clifton Ave. An Opening Night Reception will be held after the performance on Oct. 4. The performance on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. will include live audio description services for patrons who are blind or have low vision, as well as a pre-performance touch tour. This performance also will be interpreted in American Sign Language. TTY 773-325-7975.

The Drama Group, 330 West 202 Avenue, Chicago Heights

‘9 – 5’ – Opens Friday, October 11

The 2013 – 2014 season of the Drama Group will begin with the play ‘9 to 5’ – the hilarious story of friendship and revenge with a hit score by Dolly Parton. Inspired by the hit film ‘9 to 5’ tells the story of three working women who live out their fantasy of firing their chauvinistic boss and give their workplace a dramatic new makeover. There are 18 original numbers that mix Broadway and pop with witty lyrics from the 7-time Grammy winner. Performances will be held on October 11 through October 20. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for Seniors and $15 for students with identification. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-755-3444 or visit

Sertoma Center, Inc., 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip

9th Annual Fall Festival – Friday, October 11

The 9th Annual Fall Festival will be hosted by the ACTION Sertoma Club on Friday, October 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Gaelic Park, 6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest. The event will feature:

  • Music by ‘Sound Barrier’
  • Open Bar
  • Dinner which will include Roasted Pig
  • Live Entertainment
  • Bean Bag Tournament.

There will also be a raffle drawing of the “Fall Into Cash” raffle where someone will win the Grand Prize of $7,000. Tickets are $60 per person. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sertoma Centre, Inc. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call Dom Porto at 815-485-5331 or visit

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

‘Phantasmagoria’ Art Exhibit – Artists’ Reception, Thursday, October 10

PSC is hosting ‘Phantasmagoria: The Imaginations of Kathy Weaver, Sharon Bladholm and John A. Kurtz’ through October 31 in the Christopher Art Gallery. An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday, October 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The works presented will fascinate and delight the viewers with their imaginative images based on the fantastic and bizarre, and use of sense of assemblage in their combinations of image. More information on the exhibit and full biographies of the featured artists are available at The Christopher Art Gallery is open 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 or to schedule a visit, call 708-709-3636.

Fossil, Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show – October 19 & 20

The Prairie State College (PSC) Natural Science Department is hosting the 44th Annual South Suburban Earth Science Club Fossil, Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry

Show Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Prairie Center Gym on PSC’s main campus. The event is co-sponsored by the South Suburban Earth Science Club (SSESC). The annual show is an opportunity for gem and fossil enthusiasts to meet the experts, get a close look at the latest finds, learn about the geological history of the area, and purchase rare gems, fossils, and artifacts from around the world.  Scouts have the opportunity to earn their geology badges at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. on both days. Scouts should bring their scout handbooks. Additionally, Joel Knapper, NASA ambassador, will make presentations throughout the day on October 20 about past, current, and future NASA programs. The family friendly event is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. For more information, contact Lee Anne Burrough, PSC associate professor of earth science, at [email protected] or 708-709-3674, or Jan Podbielski of the SSESC at [email protected] or 708-822-0361.

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

‘Discusiones de Ninos’ – Through October 17

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, an exhibition of Saul Aguirre’s art works entitle ‘Discusiones de Ninos’ will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery through October 17. There will be an artist reception on Wednesday, September 25 from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m. ‘Discusiones de Ninos’ concentrates on the crucial years of child development in a creative way. Mr. Aguirre has been able to capture the different types of discussions in a child’s lifestyle and activities. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Thiel Gallery is on the fourth floor I the Art & Design hallway and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-596-2000, extension 2445.

‘1 & One’ – Through October 18

An exhibition by Joanne Aono entitled ‘1 & One’ will be on display in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery through October 18. There will be an artist reception on Wednesday, October 2 at 12:30 p.m. Ms. Aono studied in the Studios Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and holds a B.F.A. from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around Chicago, where she currently resides. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Dulgar Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-596-2000, extension 2445.

NOTE: SCHEDULE CHANGE ‘JumpstART Your Weekend’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The South Suburban Small Business Association (SSBA) is hosting a ‘JumpstART Your Weekend’ event at SSC on Thursday, October 24 from 5:30 p.m. To 7 p.m. This event will showcase the South Suburban Chorale. The ‘JumpstART Your Weekend’ events offer business members of the SSBA n informal introduction to some of the south suburbs’ most fascinating and though-provoking arts organizations. These events are hosting on the first Thursday of the month. The 130-voice South Suburban Chorale has established itself as one of the premiere singing ensembles of the Chicago Southland. Under the direction of SSC’s own music faculty member, Albert M. Jackson, the Chorale has performed in concerts throughout the Chicago south suburbs and Northwest Indiana. The cost of attending the event is just $5 and includes refreshments and entertainment. RSVP to Mr. Jackson at 708-596-2000, extension 2340 or email [email protected].

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

‘Not About Bombs’ – Through Fall 2013

The NVAM will host the opening of ‘Not About Bombs,’ a celebrated exhibit featuring the work by five Iraqi women artists through Fall 2013. The show will be open to the public through Fall 2013. For additional information, visit the museum’s website at

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

‘The Machine’ – Through October 26

‘The Machine,’ a National Juried Exhibit will run through October 26. ‘The Machine’ consists of 35 talented artists from different states exhibiting 45 pieces of artwork that have everything and anything to do with machines. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery Hours, call 708-754-2601 or visit

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Information Session on Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program – October 11

GSU’s Department of Occupational Therapy will host an Information Session for individuals interested in learning more about the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree program this fall. The Information Session will be held on Friday, October 11, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room G127. Room G127 is located on the first floor of Governors State University’s Faculty Office Center (FOC), otherwise known as the “G” Building. The FOC is located at the far eastern edge of the campus. Attendees are encouraged to bring unofficial copies of transcripts. For more information, contact Patricia Kalvelage at [email protected], or 708-534-7294. Additional information may be found at

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

Job Fair – Wednesday, October 16

Representatives from companies and institutions from across the metropolitan Chicago area will be recruiting for full- and part-time positions ranging from entry level to professional and managerial levels at the Prairie State College (PSC) annual fall job fair. This year’s job fair is being held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the PSC Conference Center, located at 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights.

By attending the PSC job fair, attendees can identify potential jobs, expand networking opportunities, hone interviewing skills, gather information about companies, and more. Attendees also are encouraged to dress in business attire and bring résumés to present to recruiters for open positions.
“Job fairs are one of the most effective ways to land jobs because employers at job fairs are actively hiring,” said Tanya Norfleet, coordinator of career development services at PSC. “Attendees should take the time to show employers they are serious, and should treat their time with employers like job interviews.” The job fair is co-sponsored by UPS, the Chicagoland Regional College Program (CRCP), and the Illinois workNet Center. The fair is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged, and is available on the job fair website at For more information, contact Norfleet at (708) 709-3755 or Ramien Manson, career advisor, at (708) 709-3922. Questions also can be sent to [email protected].

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].

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Open Houses – October 12 & 19

Roosevelt University will hold open houses on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Chicago Campus and on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Schaumburg Campus. Prospective undergraduate and graduate students and their parents are invited. The open houses will be held from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Chicago Campus, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, and at the Schaumburg Campus, 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd., near Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Students and parents can meet with admission and financial aid counselors who will explain the application process and describe Roosevelt’s many scholarship opportunities.

During the Chicago Campus open house, tours will be given of Roosevelt’s new 32-story Wabash Building, the second tallest university building in the country and information will be available about Roosevelt’s 16 intercollegiate athletics teams. Further information and registration forms are available at:

Lecture On Civil Rights – Saturday, October 14

Roosevelt University will unveil rare speeches on civil rights and freedom by the late Roosevelt professor St. Clair Drake (above) during an Oct. 14 program and lecture on freedom and the March on Washington. The Drake audio tapes, which haven’t been heard since the late great Chicago sociologist delivered them in 1963, on the centennial of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, are part of a program and lecture entitled “Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The March on Washington and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights” that will be presented by guest speaker and University of Wisconsin History Professor Will Jones. Sponsored by Roosevelt’s St. Clair Drake Center for African and African-American Studies, the event will be held at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in Roosevelt’s 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. It is the first of three lectures being presented this academic year by the Drake Center. Jones is an historian of 20th Century United States and has a particular interest in race, class and work. He has also written books on African-American industrial workers in the Jim Crow South and will discuss his recent acclaimed book on the 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom.

Discovered recently at Roosevelt University and available for perusal in the archives of the University’s Murray Green Library, the audio tapes are Drake’s reflections, 100 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, on gains made and challenges that lie ahead for African Americans in pursuit of education and integration. The Drake lecture series is supported by a generous gift from Roosevelt alumnus Robert Johnson and his wife, Rose. For more information on the lecture and the Drake series, contact Erik Gellman at [email protected] or 312-322-7138.

Expert on European Economy to Lecture – Tuesday, October 15

Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist and managing director at Mesirow Financial, will address area business and real estate leaders on emerging conditions and trends in Europe that may impact the U.S. economy on Oct. 15 at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. A leading expert on the global economy who recently returned from a tour of major European capitals, Laurenti will present “What Industry and Central Bank Leaders are saying: A candid report from a September tour of European capitals” during Roosevelt’s Gerald Fogelson Forum on Real Estate. Sponsored by the University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, the Gerald Fogelson Forum on Real Estate brings together Chicago business, real estate and public-policy leaders each fall and spring to discuss issues impacting the region’s economy and local business. “While we are seeing an uptick in commercial real estate activity of all types, the economic recovery remains subject to a number of international trends and events that Mr. Laurenti understands and will be able to highlight for us,” said Jon DeVries, director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate and the moderator of the upcoming Fogelson Forum.

Cost for the fall forum is $25. Commercial real estate brokers, lenders, property managers, tax attorneys, developers, community leaders and public officials interested in economic trends and prospects are encouraged to attend. The event begins with a 5 p.m. networking reception in Roosevelt’s second-floor Congress Lounge, and will be followed by a 5:40 p.m. to 7 p.m. presentation by Laurenti, who is author of the Themes on the Global Markets newsletter and a frequent commentator in the financial press. Formerly an associate economist at LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO where he tracked economic trends in the banking sector, Laurenti was the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader for 2011, an Earhart Foundation Fellow and also received a Washington Society of Investments Analysts Scholarship and a Graduate Scholarship for Excellence in Academia from the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. For information and/or to register for the Oct. 15 Fogelson Forum, visit: or call Latosha McKinney at 312-281-3269.

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

‘Salute to Veterans’ Informational Event – Wednesday, October 9

SSC will be hosting a ‘Salute to Veterans’ informational event on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. The event is designed to provide current veteran students and prospective veteran students with a wide range of information regarding veterans’ benefits, financial aid, SSC programs and services, and more. Additionally, the Illinois Mobile Veteran Center will be on hand for the day. The Mobile Veteran Center is the Department of Veterans Affairs latest effort to reach under-served veteran populations to discuss all matters with veterans and their families with the strictest of confidentiality. The Mobile Vet Center can access VA records on a secure system and can offer a variety of referrals.
The event will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with a keynote address from Illinois Veteran and State Senator Michael Hastings in the Performing Arts Center. Also in attendance to share information in the Atrium from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.:

  • Cook County Recorder of Deeds
  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
  • U.S. Army Recruiter, South Holland
  • Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Department of Employment Security
  • Area VFW’s and American Legions
  • STAR Truck Driving School
  • SSC programs and services

Refreshments will be served in the Mi-Jack Room courtesy of Panera Bread, South Holland. This event is for veterans only. Veterans, please RSVP to [email protected].  

‘Increase Your Sales IQ’ Workshop – Registration Required by October 11

THE SSC Business & Career Institute (BCI) will present a breakfast with BCI Workshop entitled ‘Increase Your Sales IG,’ facilitated by Mary Eriain, president of Peak Development Strategies. The event will take place at the University and College Center, 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, on Tuesday, October 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a check-in time of 8:15 a.m. Not unlike a tax or financial audit, businesses can benefit from a comprehensive examination of the entire sales process. A sales audit is an objective review of a company’s goals, sales team, sale steps, marketing, and systems. These audits can identify needs and holes in the sales process. Outcomes of a thorough audit may include accelerated sales, reduction in costs, improvement in employee engagement, and increase market share. NOTE: This workshop is designed to be an introduction to a 5-part class to be held in 2014. Additional information will be provided at the breakfast workshop. The cost of the event and continental breakfast is $15 per person, or $10 per person if there or more individuals form the same company attend. Reservations are required by 5 p.m. on October 11. To register, please call 708-596-2000, extension 2346 or email [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

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

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, DC

Information on Health Insurance & the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Visit for information about Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act. The following paper applications are available to print out: Individual Short Form, Individual without Financial Assistance, and the Family Form.

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

Veterans Writing Group – Available at GSU

Governors State University invites veterans to the Fall meeting of the Veterans Writing Group, where Veterans can engage in the craft of narrative writing in a small group setting. Veterans will enhance and learn new skills and share camaraderie with other vets in a supportive, workshop environment.
“Narrative writing helps veterans bridge the cultural divide between their military and civilian life,” explains Robin Thompson, University Lecturer and Coordinator of the program. Their stories are important and should be preserved for family or the community – everyone benefits.”
There is no charge for participation in the Veterans Writing Group. To register, contact Thompson at (708) 534-4581 or [email protected].

Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program

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

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest

CPR Classes

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

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.

Green Events

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Fall Color Hike – Saturday, October 12

On Saturday, October 12 at 1 p.m., explore Thorn Creek Woods during the fall with brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges, surrounding you. Discover not only why leaves change colors, but why different trees turn different colors. Registration required. All ages welcome. The event is free. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

Animal Homes Hike – Sunday, October 13

On Sunday, October 13 at 1 p.m., Thorn Creek Nature Center will hold an Animal Homes Hike. Have you ever wondered how animals spend their winter? Animals have several adaptations that allow them to survive even our harshest Midwest winters. We’ll walk the trails to search for signs of animals preparing for winter. Registration required. All ages welcome. The event is free. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.

Wednesday Morning Walkers – October 9

Walkers can enjoy the early morning and late summer’s floral delights on these leisurely (or brisk) trail walks. The group walks on Wednesday’s from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. This event is for those ages 11 through adult. 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.

Village of Park Forest

Park Forest Farmers’ Market 40th Season – Every Saturday Through October 26

Every Saturday morning through October 26th, you’ll find that the Park Forest Farmers’ Market has something for everyone. The Market opens at 7 a.m. and ends at noon.  Rain or shine, come and enjoy fresh produce, bakery items, gourmet cheeses, and herbs. In addition, your favorite local businesses set up shop under their awnings with artwork, garden ornaments, candles and more! Come to the Market and see what’s new and take time to meet new friends, chat, browse, have breakfast or lunch, and shop around. Local civic groups are welcome to give demonstrations, hold fundraisers and other small events at the Market for no charge but must be registered in advance. The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is located in the parking lot one block east of Walgreens; just across from the Park Forest Police Department. Electronic payment (debit and credit cards) as well as Link, WIC and Senior program coupons now accepted. For more information, call 708-748-1118 or visit the Farmers’ Market page at

Midwest Pesticide Action Center, 4611 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago

7th Annual Ladybug Bash—Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for Midwest Pesticide Action Center (formerly known as Safer Pest Control Project) hosts its 7th annual Ladybug Bash on Thursday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago. The Ladybug Bash will feature an open bar with craft beers and organic wines, local and delicious food, a green auction, and music. The event will honor Barrett Pedersen, Mayor of the Village of Franklin Park, for his leadership and commitment to protection the health of his constituents through progressive policies. Greg Allen, playwright, director, performance artist, and founder of the Neo-Futurists will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer. Tickets are $65 per person in advance or $75 on the day of the event. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call 773-878-7378, extension 208, or visit

Sauk Calumet Group Illinois Chapter Sierra Club, Matteson

Illinois River Naturalist, Thomas Lerczak, to Speak at Local Sierra Club Meeting – Monday, October 14

The Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, October 14, at 7:15 p.m. at the Frankfort Public Library, 21119 Pfeiffer Rd. (just off Rt. 30). This month meet Thomas Lerczak, writer, musician and naturalist with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, who has captured his love of birds and nature in his new book, ‘Side Channels: A Collection of Nature Writing and Memoir.’ He’ll tell stories, show slides and he may even play his guitar at the restaurant after the meeting. Sierra Club meetings are free and open to the public. People who enjoy outdoor activities, who want to protect the environment, or who wish to preserve the world in which we live, are encouraged to attend. Join us for a fun and enlightening evening!  For additional information, contact Patrick Coffey, Publicity Chair, at [email protected].

This & That

State Representative Anthony DeLuca

Senior Service Fair – Monday, October 7

State Rep. Anthony DeLuca and his Senior Advisory Committee will host a free Senior Services Fair on Monday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Frankfort Township Center located at 11000 W. Lincoln Highway in Frankfort. Participants at DeLuca’s Senior Services Fair will be able to receive free blood press monitoring and staff from Secretary of State Jesse White’s office will be available to assist in renewing driver’s licenses or acquiring a state ID card. In addition, the Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the Social Security Administration and Will County Senior Services will be present to help answer questions and provide information on their programs. Presentations will be given by representatives Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas’ office, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the Rich Township Advocate Volunteer. To RSVP, for more information or state-related questions please contact DeLuca’s full-time constituent service office at 708-754-7900 or email [email protected].

Park Forest Area League of Women Voters

Meeting on Village Achievements & Challenges – Monday, October 9

The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area will host a meeting on the topic of Village Achievements and Challenges on October 9, at 7:00 p.m. at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard. The Village Presidents and Village Managers of Park Forest, University Park and Richton Park have all been invited to speak on the significant issues that each Village is working on, including recent achievements and current challenges. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about local government issues. 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 Barbara Moore at 708-481-5251.

Calvary United Church, 425 North Orchard, Park Forest

‘Haunted house Against Hunger’ Food Drive – Friday, October 25

Calvary United Church, 425 N. Orchard, Park Forest, will once again participate in the ‘Haunted House Against Hunger’ Food Drive. The event will be held on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the church on each day. The event will support the south suburban food pantries.

There will be lots of fun and activities for families and kids of all ages. The cost of the event is $2 per person if you bring a canned good for the food pantry. If you do not donate a canned good, the cost of the event is $3 per person. $1 for children 5 and under. For additional information about Calvary United Church’s ‘Haunts Against Hunger Food Drive’ event, call 708-748-6261.

Garden Club of Park Forest

Annual Falling Leaves Festival – Tuesday, October 8

On Tuesday, October 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 3p.m. at St. Mary School, 227 Monee Road, the Garden Club of Park Forest will hold its annual Falling Leaves Festival. Items for sale will include food baskets, live plants, handmade crafts and knits and white elephant items. A special presentation will be made by Nina Kocial, entitled “What’s Old is New Again.” Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door. Door prizes and refreshments will also be available. For additional information, call 708-748-6333 or 815-926-2193.

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG)

Seeking Nominees for 2013 Business Person of the Year – Nominations Due by October 31

EDAG seeks nominees from residents, 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, 2013. Past recipients of the Business Person of the Year award are: Janet Fiorenzo, Tower Cleaners; Alan Franklin, MuzicNet; Jim McDannel, Lifetime Automotive Repair; and, Mike Jordan, State Farm Insurance. The EDAG Business Person of the Year award is an annual award to recognize Park Forest business owners for their contributions to the community through charitable work, service and making a difference. EDAG members are: Sam Montella, Chair; Shelia Friday, Vice Chair; Andre Ahouissoussi, Michael J. Jordan, Phillip Perkins, P.C. Smith, and Zerex Veal. The Trustee Liaison is Georgia O’Neill. To download the form click here.

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

Friday Fish Fry

Join Park Forest’s American Legion Post 1198 for fish, shrimp, wings, beef and appetizers on Friday, October 11 beginning at 6 p.m. Carry outs are available. For additional information, call Jesse Rodriguez at 708-481-3055.

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.

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 Summer 2013 Recreation Programs & More Brochure, 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.