In and Around Park Forest Week of October 8, 2012

Marva King at Garlic Fest 2012
Mrs. Marva King volunteers at Thorn Creek Nature Center’s 2012 Garlic Fest Saturday. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 8, 2012. This week is National Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, “Have 2 Ways Out!,” focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. From October 7-13, fire and life safety educators across the country will bring these important safety messages to their communities, showing them simple ways they can heed the theme “Have 2 Ways Out." The Park Forest Fire Department will be hosting several events this week including the 32nd Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Parade on October 11. Details on this week’s events, can be found in the ‘Village of Park Forest’ section.

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

Voter Registration for November 6 Elections

Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest

Voter Registration at Village Hall – Through October 9

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

Village of Park Forest

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 of Park Forest Advisory Board & Commission Meetings

The following Park Forest Commissions will meet the week of October 8:

  • Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations
  • Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission

The meetings 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.

Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest

32nd Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Parade – Thursday, October 11

The Fire Department will host the 32nd Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Parade. This parade of silent, lights-only fire equipment and ambulances is dedicated to those who have lost their lives protecting ours. A short memorial service will be held at St. Irenaeus Church (located at the corner of Indianwood Blvd. & Orchard Drive) beginning at 6:30 p.m. The parade should step off at approximately 7 p.m. Due to construction around town this year, the parade route has been changed and will be as follows:

The parade will kick-off in the Village Hall parking lot (across from St. Irenaeus Church) and turn left to travel east on Indianwood Boulevard to Forest Boulevard, turn left onto Forest Boulevard and continue north to Westwood Drive. Turn left and travel west on Westwood Drive to Sauk Trail where the parade will veer to the left and then right on to Shabbona Drive. Follow Shabbona to Orchard Drive, take Orchard Drive and follow to Indianwood Boulevard. Turn right on to Indianwood Boulevard and follow to the parking lot entrance just west of the fire station, completing at the Village Hall parking lot.

Be sure to come out to a curb along the parade route to show your support for our local heroes in the Fire Service.

Park Forest Fire Department Open House – Saturday, October 13

The annual Park Forest Fire Department Open House will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your family out for a fun filled day including tours, displays and demonstrations. Kids love this event! The Park Forest Fire Department is located at 156 Indianwood Blvd.

Arts & Entertainment

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

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

On Tuesday, October 23 seniors can enjoy a day at Starved Rock Lodge. The bus will depart from ark Forest Village Hall at 8:30 a.m. to head to Starved Rock. The day will begin with a hot lunch buffet, followed by an hour long trolley tour where you will see the beautiful colors October brings us and a narration of Starved Rock. The next stop is the Mule presentation followed by a Canal Boat ride. The day will end at the visitor’s center for time to shop or relax. The bus will return to Village Hall at approximately 5:30 p.m. The fee for this trip is $59 per person. You can register at the Recreation and Parks Department at Village Hall or by phone with a major credit card by calling 708-748-2005. You will need to provide the name, address, home phone number and emergency umber for each person registering for the trip. For additional information or questions, call 708-748-2004.

Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

This Week’s Events at the Park Forest Library

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

  • Monday, October 8 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 8 at 2 p.m. – Basic Mouse. Learn to the basics of using a computer mouse through fun and interactive "Mouse Aerobics". Registration required.
  • Tuesday, October 9 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 9 at 6:30 p.m. Pajama Time. For children ages 5-10. Wear your pajamas & come join us for stories, crafts & games.
  • Wednesday, October 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 at 4 p.m. – Basic Mouse Practice. The first ten people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration for the practice sessions.
  • Wednesday, October 10 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 11 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 11 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 11 at 1 p.m. – Facebook Practice. The first ten people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration for the practice sessions.
  • Thursday, October 11 at 7:15 p.m. – Microsoft Excel. An introduction to using the spreadsheet program Microsoft Excel. Registration required.
  • Friday, October 12 at 2 p.m. – Get Connected and Read. Drop in and learn how to check out Ebooks and digital audio books, access digital magazines, and register for library programs online. Featuring Digital Library Services: Media on Demand, Zinio, and Evanced.
  • Friday, October 12 at 3 p.m. – 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 13 at 11 a.m. – Microsoft Excel Practice. The first ten people to come may attend these practice sessions. There is no registration for the practice sessions.

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

5th Annual Fall Harvest Festival – Saturday, October 13

On Saturday, October 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., join us for our 5th annual Fall Harvest Festival, there will be crafts, games, harvest tastings, and pumpkin picking. For additional information, please call 708-748-3731.

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

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

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

‘Tribute to the King’ – Tuesday, October 9

Freedom Hall’s Senior Series kicks off on Tuesday, October 9 at 11 a.m. when Travis LeDoyt will perform his ‘Tribute to the King’ LeDoyt is fast becoming one of America’s most convincing, jaw-dropping tribute acts to ever grace the stage. Through his remarkable resemblance and his incredible talent to emulate the voice and style, Travis flawlessly captures the essence of Elvis in his prime. Specializing in the 1954-1959 years, he performs a historic concert tribute with his band. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at www.freedomhall.org, by phone at 708-747-0580 or in-person at the Box Office. 

‘Second City for President’ – Tickets Now on Sale

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

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.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Spirits, Saints and Souls’ –Opens October 12

‘Spirits, Saints, and Souls,’ which will run from October 12 to 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.

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

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

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

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

Muntu Dance Theatre – Friday, October 12

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

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

‘Avenue Q the Musical’—Through October 14

Tickets are now on sale for the Drama Group’s presentation of ‘Avenue Q the Musical.’ Performances will be held at the Drama Group Studio on October 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and on October 14 at 2 p.m. ‘Avenue Q’ is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There he meets Kate Monster (the girl next door), Rod (the button-down Republican), Trekkie Monster (the internet sexpert), Lucy the Slut (need we say more?) and other colorful characters (some human, and some of the talking friendly furry monster variety) who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life. The play contains adult themes, language and content so it may not be appropriate for young children. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, and $15 for students with identification. Group discount rates are also available. Due to brisk ticket demand, some performances are already sold out so don’t wait to get your tickets. For additional information, ticket prices, or to purchase tickets, call 708-755-3444 or visit 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/narrative/index.html#gladysnillson. 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

‘Seasons of My Life’ – Through October 8th

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

‘Stranded’ – Opens Tuesday, October 9

‘Stranded,’ an exhibit featuring the works of artists Sherri Denault and Margie Glass-Sula, will open on October 9 and run through November 4. An artists’ reception will be held on Friday, October 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 815-464-8818 or visit www.monkeymindartstudio.com.

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

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

Tickets are now on sale for ‘The Pantry’ of Rich Township’s 20th Annual Fall Fashion Show, ‘Fall Into the Holidays.’ The event will be held on Sunday, October 21 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with a Social Hour. Luncheon will be served at 1:30 p.m. and the Fashion Show will begin at 2:15 p.m. There will be raffles and a Silent Auction where you can bid on items including sports memorabilia, celebrity autographed items, gift baskets, jewelry, and more. Tickets are $35. Proceeds from the event will benefit ‘The Pantry’ of Rich Township. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please call Vicki Line or Carol Pivoney at 708-748-6722.

Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights

‘Wanna Play’ Exhibit – Through October 27

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

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

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

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

Graduate Business Programs Open House – Tuesday, October 9

On Tuesday, October 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the E-lounge, GSU’s College of Business and Public Administration will host a graduate programs open house. Information on graduate programs in Business Administration, Public Administration, Management Information Systems, and Accounting, as well as information about the new accelerated, on-line MBA in Supply Chain Management will be presented. Admissions counselors, program advisors and faculty will also be available to answer questions and discuss admission requirements. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with current students and industry and civic leaders. Attendees are encouraged to bring official or unofficial transcripts for review. Refreshments will be served and tours of the campus will be offered. For additional information, call 708-534-4391.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Rony Berger to Speak at GSU – Monday, October 15

In a special presentation, GSU will host Dr. Rony Berger, clinical psychologist, family and child therapist, and internationally recognized expert in dealing with the psychological preparation for and aftermath of terrorism and other major disasters, who will discuss ‘Fostering Psychological Healing in the Aftermath of Terrorism and Other Major Disasters,’ on Monday, October 15 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in GSU’s Sherman Hall. The event will also include a screening of the trailer for the film, “10-Percent: What Makes a Hero? – A Documentary,” which focuses on Dr. Berger’s collaborative research with Stanford Professor Phillip Zimbardo. The film, currently in production, is being directed by Yoav Shamir and produced by Michael Moore. The event is free and open to the public.

GSU Offers Computer Networking Series

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

Job Search Assistance Every Tuesday at GSU

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

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

Opt In to Technology at PSC

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

Rich Township Free Basic Computer Classes for Adults

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

Online Educational Resources

Online college programs are a great way for today’s busy people to complete or earn a degree. To find an online college program in Illinois, visit http://www.onlineschools.org/guides/Illinois/ where you will find a compilation of every college program offered online in Illinois offered on a full or part-time basis.

Top U.S. Universities

Choosing what college or university to attend can be a very daunting experience. With educational costs continually increasing, it’s more important than ever to choose a university that meets your specific educational needs. At http://www.topschools.com/, you will find a comprehensive resource that ranks each university throughout the nation by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission, graduation and retention rates.

Green Events

Village of Park Forest

Donations Still Needed to Help Rebuild Central Park Wetlands Observation Deck

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

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

Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS), Park Forest

Thorn Creek Woods Trail Walk – Wednesday, October 10

On Wednesday, October 10 at 8 a.m., walk the trails at the Thorn Creek Nature Center, birding and monitoring the condition of the trails. Some interesting ducks might be stopping at Owl Lake this month. Thorn Creek Nature Center is located at 247 Monee Road, Park Forest. For additional information, call Mary Anne McLean at 708-672-5494 or e-mail [email protected].

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

6th Annual Ladybug Bash – Tickets Now on Sale

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

Healthy Living

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

Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program

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

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers –Wednesday, October 10

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

Village of Park Forest

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

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

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 12

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.

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.