Have you spent time at Park Forest’s Rail Fan Park recently? (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)
Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—September 15, 2014. DownTown Park Forest will be the ‘happening place’ this upcoming weekend with a variety of activities and events taking place. Tall Grass Arts Association will host the 59th Annual Park Forest Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 & 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The Park Forest Art Fair is the second oldest juried fair in the Chicagoland area. Artists come from all over the United States to participate and visitors coming from all over the Chicagoland area to enjoy the fair. The participating artists work in a variety of media from painting, printmaking and photography to jewelry, wood, metal and fiber arts. There are many activities for children including the traditional art contest, tie dying, face painting and story times and art projects hosted by the Park Forest Library. Additional information about the Art Fair can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.
The Village, in conjunction with the 59th Annual Park Forest Art Fair, will host a music festival on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from noon to 5:30 p.m. The lineup of bands performing includes an eclectic mix of renowned artists from Chicago and the Southland area. Come on out to DownTown Park Forest for a day of rock, jazz, blues and more! Admission is free. The listing of participating artists can be found in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.
Also taking place in conjunction with the Park Forest Art Fair is the Village-wide garage sale. Do you have items in your home you no longer need that could become someone else’s treasures? Do you love a good deal and enjoy a great garage sale or flea market? Park Forest’s village-wide garage sale, being held September 19 – 21, brings together buyers from near and far for one large garage sale, and the entire community is the garage. Additional information about the event can be found in the ‘This & That’ section.
You might also want to check out Calvary United Protestant Church’s Annual Good Neighbor Day on Saturday, September 20. The event will feature games for the kids, free food, community information, CEDA, DHS information and more! Additional details about the event are in the ‘This & That’ section.
If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in our community during the upcoming week, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details. Submission deadline is noon on Friday of each week.
Village of Park Forest
Village Board Meeting – Monday, September 15
The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, September 15 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers) as well as on the Village web site here.
To view previously held Board Meetings, visit the Village’s web site here and click on the date of the meeting you wish to watch.
Village Commission & Advisory Boards
The following Park Forest Commissions and Advisory Boards are scheduled to meet the week of September 15:
- Tuesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. – Recreation & Parks Advisory Board
- Tuesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission
The meetings will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.
Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
Lyric Opera Preview – Sunday, September 21
A Lyric Opera Preview will take place on Sunday, September 21 at 4 p.m. This event is part of the ‘Opera Up Close’ series where you can sample a café-style opera from the unique vantage point of your table on the stage where you’ll be looking out into the theater at as the stories unfold. The event will be hosted by John Concepcion. Tickets are $35. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and two hours prior to performances. For more information, contact the box office at www.centertickets.net or call 708-235-2222.
Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway – Tickets Now on Sale
On Saturday, September 27 at 8 p.m., Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway will take the Center’s main stage. 101 years of Broadway features favorite Broadway hits from blockbusters such as ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Cats,’ ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ ‘Wicked,’ and more. Neil Berg brings the best of Broadway classics and today’s newest hits to life. Tickets are $40, $35, $30, and $25. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and two hours prior to performances. For more information, contact the box office at www.centertickets.net or call 708-235-2222.
DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton, Chicago
‘Ink, Paper, Politics: WPA-era Printmaking from the Needles Collection’ – Through December 21
The exhibition ‘Ink, Paper, Politics: WPA-era Printmaking from the Needles Collection’ featuring images of city life, labor and the workplace, and protests against social injustice will be among the fine-art prints runs through December 21. The 56 prints in the exhibition were produced during the Depression, when the federal government was providing financial support to a wide range of artistic projects, from fiction to fine art, through the Works Progress Administration-Federal Arts Project (WPA-FAP). Many works addressed the nation’s economic inequality, leading some politicians to denounce the WPA as subversive, according to Lincoln. A congressional committee investigated the program as a Communist threat, and a 1938 story in the Chicago Tribune called it “a vampire political machine.” The exhibition includes works by such well-known artists as Stuart Davis and Rockwell Kent, and is drawn from a donation of 100 prints to the museum from the collection of Belverd Needles Jr. and Marian Powers Needles. Belverd Needles is the EY Distinguished Professor of Accountancy at the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University; Marian Needles is an adjunct professor of executive education at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. On October 15, a lecture on the controversies over political content in the prints will be presented by Liz Seaton, curator at Kansas State University’s Beach Museum of Art. The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit www.depaul.edu/museum.
‘Fires Will Burn’ Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection – Through December 21
‘Fires Will Burn’ will be exhibited through December 21 at DePaul University Art Museum. Drawing on DePaul’s own collection, this exhibition surveys a wide range of political expression, touching on racial prejudice, immigration issues and opposition to war. It includes Diego Rivera’s painting of the Mexican Revolution; John Wilson’s searing “Down by the Riverside,” a suite of etchings about slavery; and Gerda Meyer Bernstein’s powerful installation of “The Justice Chair.” Also included in this exhibition is a seldom-seen portfolio of prints by Chicago artists protesting the Vietnam War. Although the works vary widely in subject, scale and medium, the artists share the conviction that visual images can help to bring about social change. The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open this summer on Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It will be closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu.
Freedom Hall, Nathan Manilow Theatre, 401 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest
2014 – 2015 Season – Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets are now on sale for Freedom Hall’s 2014 – 2015 Season. The Theatre’s Main Series will feature the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago on October 11; The Slide Brothers on November 7; Winder Wonderland with Mandy Barnett on December 12; Masters of Soul on February 13; C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band on March 13; and Dana Leong Trio on March 27.
The Children’s Theatre will present Harry The Dirty Dog on November 14 and The Rainbow Fish on February 27.
The Matinee/Senior Theatre will feature Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective on October 21; All Hands on Deck on November 4; Lisa Rock, Carpenters Holiday Show on December 16; Two of Hearts on February 3; Two on Tap on March 17; and Allen Edwards, the Singer on April 14.
Choose 3 Main Series shows and save $12 or subscribe to all 6 shows and save $24. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.
National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Surrealism and War – Through November 1
Surrealism and War, an exhibition of veterans’ artwork that explores the relationship between surrealism and the experience of war will be on display at the NVAM through November 1. Surrealism and War includes the seminal work “The Earth Lies Screaming” by Jim Leedy, a Korean War veteran who was one of only two Americans invited to participate in the largest Surrealist exhibition ever assembled at the Retretti Art Center, Finland, an exhibition that began with Miro, Dali, and DuChamp, and culminated with several works by Mr. Leedy. Surrealism is an attempt to revolt against the inherent contradictions of a society ruled by rational thought while dominated by war and oppression. Surrealism seeks expression of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason and free of aesthetic and moral preoccupation. It is this same absence of control exercised by reason that many combat veterans seek to explore and express after their experiences in war. Surrealism and War features the artwork of nine veteran artists that intentionally and unintentionally use and explore Surrealist processes and concepts. Featured artists include Korean War veteran Jim Leedy, Vietnam War veterans William Dugan, Stan Gillett, Michael Helbing, and Richard Yohnka, Gulf War veteran Ehren Tool, Kosovo veteran Giuseppe Pellicano, and Iraq War veterans David Keefe and Robynn Murray. The National Veterans Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit www.nvam.org. Patrons of the museum can access art from the permanent collection and biographical information on the artists through the NVAM Collection Online, a recently launched online and high-resolution archive of every piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The NVAM Collection Online can be found at www.nvam.org.
Park Forest Historical Society, 141 Forest Boulevard, Park Forest
Celebrate a 1940s Halloween at the Park Forest House Museum
"It’s Halloween," 1950s vintage Halloween decorations, including die-cuts and Gurley Candles, will be on exhibit at the 1950s Park Forest House Museum from September 13 to November 8. Visit for a nostalgic look at Halloween in the 1950s. Open Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 to 3:30 p.m.; or by appointment. Adults $5; kids 12 and under free with adults. Additional information is with Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252 or visit www.parkforesthistory.org.
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.
Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard
The following events will be held this week at the Park Forest Library:
- Monday, September 15 at 11 a.m. – Storypalooza — A fun story time for all kids through the age of 6 with an adult. Siblings are welcome.
- Tuesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. — PJ Story Time — Wear your PJs out on the town! Bring along a fuzzy friend and your blanket too! Stories, activities, and more… Ages 12 and under. Theme: Stupendous Back to School.
- Tuesday, September 16 at 7:15 p.m. — Microsoft Excel 2013 — An introduction to using the spreadsheet program Microsoft Excel. Registration Required.
- Wednesday, September 17 at 11 a.m. — Baby Time — Story time for infants to 35 months of age with an adult. This story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and more.
- Thursday, September 18 at 11 a.m. — Toddler Art — Bring your little artist ages 3 to 5 to create their very own masterpiece! We may get a little messy so wear play clothes.
- Friday, September 19 at 3:30 p.m. — DIY – Do It Yourself — Unleash your creativity and build something awesome!
- Saturday, September 20 at 1 p.m. — Internet Basics — Learn to the basics of using the internet, including safe browsing and getting driving directions. Registration Required.
For additional information or to register for a program, call 708-748-3731 or visit http://www.pfpl.org/.
Library Board Vacancy
A position on the Park Forest Library Board of Trustees is now vacant until the next election, which will be held in April 2015. The vacancy can be filled until that time by appointment by the Park Forest Library Board. Click here for more information.
Prairie State College (PSC), 202 South Halsted, Chicago Heights
Photographer of the Year & Annual Student Work Exhibition – Through September 18
A selection of works from PSC Photographer of the Year honoree Carole Rose will be on display through Thursday, September 18, in the Christopher Art Gallery on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights. The Photographer of the Year award is given annually to an outstanding PSC photography student. In addition to being the featured artist in the student show, Rose also will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Rose is an active member of the college’s Photo Society, and is currently serving as vice president. The club sponsors the Photographer of the Year scholarship award. Additional PSC students who will have their work highlighted during the show include Demarkus Nelson, Dominique Tolbert and Raymond Thompson of Park Forest; Robert Walker, William Billingsly and Diante Mitchell of Matteson; Daniel Lagor, Melinda Arce-Gudino, Asha Brumfield, Luke Rhodes and Ian Brockman of Homewood; Jamie Jenkins and Carol Bruns of Beecher; Syd Sanchez and Amy Roesch of Chicago Heights; Carly Harnisch of Chicago; and Robert Villarreal of Flossmoor. The Christopher Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The gallery will be closed on Labor Day, Sept. 1. Visits also can be made by appointment. For more information about the exhibit or to make an appointment for a visit, call 708-709-3636.
Roosevelt University, 430 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago
William Shakespeare’s Comedy ‘As You Like It’ – Tickets Now on Sale
William Shakespeare’s comedy ‘As You Like It’ will be performed on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 28 at 2 p.m. at the Patrick O’Malley Theatre, 430 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Meet us in the Forest of Arden, where things are not as they usually seem. Young love (and a few well-crafted disguises) transform women into men, clowns into philosophers, and foes into friends. Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy takes us on a delightful jaunt through the foibles of love. The production will be directed by Lavina Jadhawani, a freelance Chicago-based director who was recently named as Time Out Chicago’s Best Next Generation Stage Director, and Kevin Kingston, who is a member of Chicago’s Griffin Theatre Company. For ticket prices or additional information, call 312-341-3831 or visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa.
Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
‘Faith, Focus, Flight: A John H. White Retrospective’ – Opens September 18
Photos taken over the last four decades by award-winning Chicago photojournalist John H. White will be on display beginning September 18 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery. Running through Dec. 20, ‘Faith, Focus, Flight: A John H. White Retrospective’ will feature the recognizable and award-winning photography of White, a photojournalist since 1969 for the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times and the winner of more than 300 professional awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1982. There are 76 photos in the exhibit that opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at Gage with a reception and presentation by White, 72, who will discuss his photography and many years in Chicago journalism. Iconic shots of Walter Payton, Muhammed Ali, Nelson Mandela, Jessie Jackson, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Archdiocese of Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin are included in the exhibit, which is the first of three shows featuring Chicago photojournalism that will be presented at Gage during the 2014-15 academic year. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information on the White show and/or the upcoming series, call 312-341-6458 or visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery.
Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main Street, Park Forest
‘Noir’ Exhibit – Through October 1
‘Noir,’ an exhibit by Colorado artist, and former Park Forest resident, Leslie Aguillard, will run through October 1 at the Gallery. Aguillard’s exhibit brings her interpretations of segments of old films and their characters. A reception will be held on Friday, September 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gallery featuring refreshments and music. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For additional information and Gallery hours, call 708-833-5108.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois
‘Moon Over Buffalo’ – Opens September 19
The PAC Rats Theatre Company of SSC will present ‘Moon Over Buffalo,’ Ken Ludwig’s madcap backstage comedy. Performances will take place in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the Main Campus on September 19, 20 and 26 at 8:00 p.m., September 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and September 28 at 2:00 p.m. It’s 1953 and fading stars George and Charlotte Hay (Paul Braun of Lansing and Heather Young of Burnham) are on tour in Buffalo, NY with a repertory consisting of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ and Noel Coward’s ‘Private Lives.’ On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue (Ashley Orendorff of Thornton), they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel.‘ Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Enabled by Charlotte’s deaf old stage manager mother, who hates every bone in George’s body (Betty Owens of Glenwood), a case of mistaken identity causes hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing. Richard (Martell Jefferson of South Holland), Charlotte’s would-be suitor, makes an appearance and tries to woo her away from George. Meanwhile, the Hays’ temperamental daughter Rosalind (Cathy Hundt of Thornton) splits time between fiancé Howard (Kevin Hathaway of Park Forest) and ex-fiancé Paul (Charlie Furtek of Lansing), who works as the company’s stage manager. The hopeful actors sprint through the tangle of confusion to produce a woefully misbegotten mixture of two different plays in their hoped-for presentation piece, and in the play’s climactic scene, manage to set everything right by still more series of coincidences and mishaps. The play is directed by Lansing resident Sandra Wagner. Set design is by Dean Scalzitti of Hegewisch. Lighting design and fight choreography are by Laura Tiemens of South Holland. The costume designer is JoAnna Tassin of Park Forest, with Melody Jones of Calumet City as her assistant. Angela Martin of Midlothian is the stage manager. June Wagner of Lansing is designing the props for the production and Jordan Swierczyna of Robbins is the sound designer. Tickets are just $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 55 or better, $6 for students. Call the 24/7 box office voicemail line at 708-210-5741. You may also reserve tickets by e-mail at [email protected]. South Suburban College student and employee discounts, as well as group rates are also available. SSC is located between Sibley Boulevard and 159th Street. The campus is convenient to Routes 94, 80, 57, and 294. Free, ample, well-lit parking is available.
‘Welcome to Earth’ Art Exhibition – Through September 17
SSC’s Art & Design Department will to present a new exhibition titled ‘Welcome to Earth,’ a select body of ceramic sculptures from Chicago based artist Matthew Groves will be on display in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery at the South Holland Campus through September 17. A closing reception for the artist will be held on September 17 at 11 a.m. Figurative and narrative, the work reflects Groves’ unique point of view, demonstrates his passion for craft and traditional forms, and recognizes ceramics as a vital cultural medium. Both the exhibit and closing reception are free and open to the public. The Thiel Gallery is on the 4th floor in the Art & Design hallway. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or visit www.ssc.edu/art.
‘Trail to Arcadia’ – Through September 17
The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to present a new exhibition titled ‘Trail to Arcadia’ on display through September 17th at the Dulgar Gallery. A closing reception for the artist will be held on September 17, 2014 at 12 noon. ‘Trail to Arcadia’ is an exhibition of watercolor paintings from Chicago-based artist Anna Zanic. In this body of work, the abstracted notion of atmospheric landscape is a metaphorical expression of life’s mysterious and elusive path. Works are built with layers of watercolor washes, intermixed with dynamic lines, scribbles and marks of ink drawing. There is a quiet tension between the watercolor’s fluidity, softness and calm, vs. the dynamic, rhythm and energy of drawing. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and reception at no charge. The Dulgar Gallery is located on the 1st Floor near the Atrium and the Thiel Gallery is on the 4th floor in the Art & Design hallway. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or visit www.ssc.edu/art
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest
59th Annual Park Forest Art Fair – September 20 & 21
The 59th Annual Park Forest Art Fair will be held on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in DownTown Park Forest. The Park Forest Art Fair is the second oldest juried fair in the Chicagoland area. Artists come from all over the United States to participate. Visitors come from all over the Chicagoland area to enjoy the fair. The participating artists work in a variety of media from painting, printmaking and photography to jewelry, wood, metal and fiber arts. There are many activities for children including the traditional art contest, tie dying, face painting and story times and art projects hosted by the Park Forest Library. The Village will host a music fest all day Saturday. The musical groups include Neal Alger playing Brazilian music, Lexus BMI playing R & B, Soul and Pop, TL Williams with Jazz, Funk and Soul and, back by popular demand, Blue Willie T and Da Midnight Lovers, playing Jazz. On Sunday, fest favorite, Patchouli, will play folk music. The Tall Grass Gallery will be open all day. The exhibit, in the gallery, "Explosive Impressions", presents the works of approximately 60 juried, Tall Grass Artists. The Gallery is open to the public, free of charge. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.
Annual Gallery Artists Exhibit – Through September 21
Tall Grass Arts Association’s annual Gallery Artists Exhibit will run through September 21. The exhibit features a varied collection of work created by Tall Grass Juried Artists including works that have never been exhibited in the Gallery before. This exhibit also features several newly juried artists exhibiting in Tall Grass for the first time. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For additional information please visit the Tall Grass website www.tallgrassarts.org or call the Gallery at 708-748-3377.
Union Street Gallery (USC), 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights
‘Connections’ Exhibit – Through September 28
‘Connections,’ an exhibit of work by Union Street Gallery Studio and Guild Artists runs through September 28. This exhibit will be on display on USG’s Pop-Up Gallery located at 305 Main Street, Park Forest. Pop-Up Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
Music Festival – Saturday, September 20
The Village of Park Forest, in conjunction with the 59th Annual Park Forest Art Fair, will host a music festival on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from Noon – 5:30 p.m. The lineup of bands performing includes an eclectic mix of renowned artists from Chicago and the Southland area. Come on out to DownTown Park Forest for a day of rock, jazz, blues and more! Admission is free.
Luciano Antonio Quartet featuring Neal Alger – Noon – 1 P.M.
Blessed with a beautiful voice, exquisite guitar skills, and a penchant for finding meaty yet lyrical tunes from the vast Brazilian music canon, Luciano Antonio has led a variety of groups in Chicago that perform "Brazilian jazz" at its finest. His quartet, however, is large enough to deliver the captivating rhythms of that beloved South American country but small enough to capture the intimacy that both great bossa nova and creative jazz possess. Featuring Park Forest native Neal Alger on electric guitar, Luciano’s quartet also spotlights long-time Chicago drummer/percussion marvel Hector Garcia and the melodic electric bass of Jack Zara.
Two Five One – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The talented teaching staff of Park Forest’s very own MuzicNet School of Music will perform smooth jazz and R & B. When not sharing their love of music with students, these musicians have performed world-wide with top bands and musicians. They combine their talent for this special performance.
“Blu” Willie T & da Mid-Nite Lovers – 3 p.m.- 4 p.m.
“Blu” Willie T started with his brothers as “Pretty” Willie & the Delta blues Band. Playing the blues clubs of Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis, “Blu” Willie T made a name for himself as a young firebrand on guitar and as a gifted vocalist. He’s performed alongside Muddy Waters, Lefty Diz, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells and other blues greats from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. “Blu” Willie and his band members Bradley “D”, Mo Thirus, and Chuck Franklin, perform blues standards and original material.
Lexus BBM – 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Lexus BBM was formed in 1999. Lead by Henry Smith, the founder and Musical Director, Lexus BBM specializes in old school and contemporary R &B and features many top musicians from the Chicagoland area. Great musicians to play with Lexus BBM have included musicians who have also played with Kool & the Gang and the Ohio Players. The Band has been honored to play for the Department of Children and Family Services, Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, Black on Black Love and the Indiana Delegation for the Obama Inauguration Party in Washington D.C.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 708-747-0580.
Educational Lectures & Opportunities
Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
Juan Gonzalez to Deliver Keynote Address – Friday, September 26
He’s sat down with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; authored three books and spent his more than 30-year career as a crusader for racial equality in journalism. GSU is pleased to welcome the co-host of “Democracy Now” and “New York Daily News” columnist, Juan Gonzalez, to deliver the keynote address at the Midwest History Association Conference on September 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. This event, though part of the conference, is free and open to the public. Gonzalez, one of the founding members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and UNITY: Journalists of Color contributes his vast knowledge on labor relations, the environment, race relations, urban policy and media from years of acclaimed investigative reporting, co-hosting and writing on some of the most prolific figures of our time. He has authored three books: the critically acclaimed “Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America;” “Roll Down Your Window: Stories from a Forgotten America;” and “Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse.” The community is welcome to attend his address in Sherman Hall at 7 p.m. RSVP’s are requested to reserve space by emailing [email protected]. Attendees are also welcomed at a themed Art Gallery Exhibit before the keynote event from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery entitled I AMerican, curated by Sergio Gomez. This multi-media exhibition explores what it means to be an "American" from the perspective of bi-cultural artists living in the United States. Heavy appetizers will be served. This event is free and no RSVP is required. For more information on the Midwest History Association, visit http://www.mwwha.org.
Chicago Southland Graduate Fair 2014 – October 1
The Chicago Southland Graduate Fair 2014 is a perfect opportunity to learn about graduate school programs and opportunities offered by colleges and universities from the region and the nation. The fair takes place on October 1, from 3 to 7 p.m. at GSU. More than 35 graduate schools will have information available on their programs, admission process, and financial aid and scholarship opportunities. The Chicago Southland Graduate Fair 2014 is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not necessary. For more information, call 708-534-4490.
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.
Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland, Chicago Heights
Accelerated Weekend Experience – Registration Now Taking Place
Marian Catholic is offering a unique learning opportunity for academically talented students in grades 5 through 8. In collaboration with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, the Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) program provides challenging, hands-on, in-depth exploration for those passionate about the subjects of (Materials Science & Engineering: Sports Materials and Forensic Science). The two-day AWE courses will be held at Marian Catholic on October 25 & 26, 2014, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. (Materials Science & Engineering: Sports Materials) is for students in grades 5 and 6, and (Forensic Science) for grades 7 and 8.
Materials Design & Engineering: Sports Materials (Grades 5 & 6)
Engineering bridges the gap between imagination and the laws of nature. In this project-based course, students learn about the attributes and advantages of sports materials by engaging in scientific inquiry and a culminating design project. Activities include exploring ball design & materials, measuring the rebound of sports balls, investigating energy absorption of materials, comparing rolling friction on different surfaces, and researching sports materials to design new sports equipment or a mini-golf game. Topics in chemistry, physics, biology, engineering and materials science unite in the world of sports.
Subject area: Engineering
Forensic Science (Grades 7 & 8)
Forensic Scientists use skills and techniques that come from a variety of disciplines—logic, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and technology—to solve mysteries. This course covers observational skills, perceptual fallacies, codes and code breaking, osteology, chromatography, criminology and more. Students will extract DNA, take fingerprints, analyze blood spatters and discuss famous-and infamous-cases.
Subject area: Science
Prairie State College (PSC), 202 S. Halsted, Chicago Heights
HR Management Continuing Professional Education Course – September 17 & 18
Human Resources (HR) impacts every aspect of your business organization. Understanding the role HR plays and implementing effective HR policies and practices can keep your organization out of the courtroom, avoid needless litigation and create a more satisfying work environment for your employees and staff. PSC, in partnership with Northern Illinois University (NIU), will host the two-day “SHRM’s Essentials® of HR Management” course from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Conference Center of the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. The course is a perfect fit for new and junior HR professionals, business owners and office managers, managers and supervisors with employee management responsibilities, job seekers wanting to transition in a career in HR and HR professionals seeking to update their current HR knowledge. Attendees will learn about the complex, real-world and legal issues HR professionals face. Topics include employment law, selecting qualified employees, compensation basics, orientation and training of employees and performance management. John Newton SPHR, president of John Newton and Associates, will be the instructor for this course. Newton brings a wealth of real-world practical HR experience to the classroom through his entertaining and engaging presentation style. The cost to attend is $650, or $600 for SHRM members or NIU alumni for registrations completed at least 14 days in advance of the course start date. A $100 late fee applies to registrations within 14 days. The course fee includes course materials and online access to resources you can use in the workplace and catering services. To register, visit www.hrcourses.niu.edu or call 800-345-9472. Make certain to enter the promo code PSC914 when registering. For more information about this and other NIU HR Programs, contact Donna Mann, director, credentialing programs at NIU, at (815) 732-6249 or [email protected].
‘Doing Business with Canada’ – Registration Required – Seating Limited
If you are interested in doing business with Canada or increasing the business you currently do with Canada, then don’t miss this important event, “Doing Business with Canada,” being held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 3, at the Prairie State College (PSC) Conference Center. In this 20th year anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Consul General of Canada, Dr. Roy Norton, and trade and investment staff of the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago, are presenting information for Illinois businesses on how to increase their business with Canada. The presentation will describe Illinois’ current economic relationship with Canada, discuss the business climate in Canada, and review some of the considerations that companies not currently involved in the Canadian market should know about. Consul General Norton is based in Chicago and represents Canada in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. Under his direction, the Canadian Consulate General promotes Canadian interests, including trade, investment, the environment, culture and academic relations. Canada is Illinois’ largest trading and business partner. The presentation will be helpful to exporters, importers and investors. Consul General Norton and his colleagues will be available to answer participants’ questions.
Reservations are requested for the event as seating is limited. The cost is $25. To register online visit http://prairiestate.edu/webAdvisor/ and click on the continuing education tab. The course number is PILIF 038 C1. Or you can contact Michelle Guiliani, at [email protected] or call 708-709-7957.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland
National Adult and Family Literacy Week – September 22 through 26
SSC will be celebrating National Adult and Family Literacy Week from September 22 through September 26. The week is in recognition of the growing need to address the needs of the adults who need assistance in learning the English language, working to complete their high school equivalencies or those who cannot read or who have limited reading or who lack appropriate math skills. In honor of National Adult and Family Literacy Week, the SSC Adult Education Department will sponsor the following activities:
Secretary of State Adult Volunteer Literacy Program Fall Book Sale
Tuesday, September 23, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., SSC Cafeteria
Wednesday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. AND 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., SSC Atrium
Adult Education Spelling Bee
Thursday, September 25, 11:00 a.m., Kindig Performing Arts Center
Visit www.ssc.edu and select “Non-Credit Offerings, Adult Education” for more information.
SSC’s Division of Adult Education offers a wide range of opportunities for adults to build the basic skills required for success. Adult Basic Education (ABE) helps men and women whose skill levels are below the ninth grade, and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) helps men and women whose skill levels are between the ninth and twelfth grade. Many adults choose to further build on these skills and pursue a high school education through the High School Equivalency (HSE) program which will develop the skills required to pass the GED exams. Additionally, English as a Second Language (ESL) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels. New this fall, SSC is offering part-time ESL courses at the Oak Forest Center. Most of SSC’s Adult Education programs are now offered both full and part-time at the Main Campus or the Oak Forest Center. All courses are offered free of charge. For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal funds of $307,398 provides approximately 36% of the support of these programs. For enrollment and class information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2385 or ext. 2240.
SSC also offers an Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program that is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. The program is made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State. If you would like to volunteer or know someone who would benefit from these services, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2558.
SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 S. Kilbourn, Oak Forest, Illinois.
25th Annual College & Career Expo – Wednesday, September 24
SSC is hosting Career Development System’s (CDS) 25th Annual College & Career Expo on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., in the Physical Fitness Athletic Center. This year’s Expo is an hour longer to allow more parents and students to attend. The Expo is an excellent opportunity for 8th grade, high school and SSC students, along with their parents, to explore a wide range of college and career options at one time, in one location. Admission and parking are FREE and the event is conveniently located at SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland. This cooperative venture is designed to provide the most current information available regarding post-secondary educational opportunities across the country. More than 120 universities, colleges, technical school, armed forces, and construction trades will be featured. Career programs available at SSC will be highlighted along with the "Parents’ Place" resources. Three prizes will be raffled for students attending to include the grand prize of an IPAD Mini, second prize a $100 VISA gift card, and third prize a $50 VISA gift card. The 25th Annual College & Career Expo 2014 is open to all residents of the area who are interested in furthering their education. For more information regarding the College & Career Expo 2014, visit the CDS website at: www.CareerDevelopmentSystem.org.
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.
Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
3rd Annual Walk for Recovery – Saturday, September 20
In celebration of National Recovery Month, the GSU’s Addictions Studies Alumni Club will sponsor their third annual Walk for Recovery on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the University. The Walk for Recovery is designed to honor individuals in recovery or who are seeking recovery. The event also celebrates the treatment and support service providers who are committed to helping them, and to increasing awareness surrounding addiction issues. This free event begins with registration from 8 to 9 a.m., followed by a program at 9 a.m. The two or three-mile walk will commence at 10 a.m. In addition, a resource fair will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. Featured at the 9 a.m. program will be the following speakers: Peter Palanca, Executive Vice President and COO of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC, Inc.), who will serve as Master of Ceremonies; Mark Sanders, CEO, On the Mark Consulting; and Comedian Jay Washington. The event will also feature door prizes, refreshments, music and entertainment. This event is generously sponsored by, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC, Inc.), the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, the Illinois Certification Board (IAODAPCA); Handwritten Greetings, Inc., Aurelio’s Pizza Crete, Chicago Dough Company, Starbucks Homewood and Sunrise Greenhouses. Those who register online at www.govst.edu/alumniwalk will be entered for a special door prize. Additional information may be obtained by calling GSU Alumni Relations at 708-534-7892.
Free Psychotherapy Available from GSU’s Psychology Program
GSU’s Psychology Department is offering free psychotherapy services to members of the community. Conversations with a psychotherapist can help people cope with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, and life transition problems. Confidential, one-on-one sessions are held with a GSU graduate student in psychology under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Individuals and couples, 18 years and older, are eligible. All sessions are conducted in Matteson, IL. The number of sessions is determined by the client’s needs. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-235-2841.
Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip
Free Community Education and Prevention Programs about Mental Health
Sertoma Centre’s Mental Health Services facility is offering community mental health seminars, free of charge to community groups, schools, law enforcement agencies, religious organizations, and other community groups at their location in Matteson or facility. Education Programs will include: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) which increases public awareness of suicide and improves one’s ability to identify and refer those at risk for suicide. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education course that helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance disorders. Also included is Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Anxiety/Depression Screenings. Thanks to a grant, these educational opportunities are available at no cost to you or your organization. To arrange a free educational opportunity for your club, group, workplace, organization, or church, call Gia Washington at 708-748-1951, Ext. 418 or email at [email protected].
Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Boulevard, Park Forest
CPR classes 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 Rich Township Senior Café located inside the Rich Township’s Shirley J. Green Senior Center. The CNN site is open to all south suburban residents, including those living outside of Rich Township. Participants must be 60 years of age or older. The suggested donation for lunch is $2.50. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon. Bingo begins at 10 a.m. For additional information or to make a reservation for lunch, call 708-747-2700.
Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – Saturday, September 27
The Park Forest Police Department will be accepting prescription drugs for disposal as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event will take place on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Please note: Only prescription drugs will be accepted. No needles or syringes. For additional information, please call Deputy Chief Pete Green at 708-748-4700, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.villageofparkforest.com.
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.
South Suburban Food Co-op, 208 Forest Boulevard, Park Forest
‘Do You Really Have the GUTS to be Healthy’ Presentation – Wednesday, September 17
The South Suburban Food Co-op will host a special presentation by Nancy Lee Bently, holistic health expert entitled ‘Do You Really Have the GUTS to be Health.’ The event will take place on Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. With her unique trademark wit and wisdom, innovative food and health pioneer, Nancy Lee Bentley, author ‘Truly Cultured’ and ‘Dr. Mercola’s Total Health Program,’ calls-it-like-it-is about the state of our food and health and what it takes to be healthy today. We are facing some hefty challenges yet it is not hopeless if we get together and get real with our food and selves. Get back to basics, love your guts, reduce your stress, allergies, waistline and even your grocery bill. Key points include: digestion and gut health are 70% 0 89% of immunity; all chronic diseases stem from poor digestion; and friendly bacteria are keys to good digestion, health, and more. In the face of busy lives, GMOs and politically-motivated food laws, it takes courage to be healthy There will be $1 raffle tickets sold to win a copy of Ms. Bentley’s book. Co-op members that bring a friend, will receive a free raffle ticket. Copies of Ms. Bentley’s book will also be available for purchase at the event for $20.
For additional information, please call 708-747-2256.
Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest
Qigong with Jim Kobus – Most Thursdays
UUCC will host Qigong with Jim Kobus on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the church. This class will usually meet on Thursdays but there may be exceptions, so if you are interested in attending, please send an email to Jim Kobus at [email protected] so he can notify you when class will NOT be held. There is a suggested donation of $5 per class. Please bring your own water. It is recommended that you eat dinner after class, not before. For additional information, please call 708-799-1925 or visit www.uuccpf.org.
Park Forest Environment Commission
Fall Bulb Planting – Saturday, September 20
On Saturday, September 20 at 9:30 a.m., Judy and James Theuri will discuss fall bulb planting. The event will take place at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Fall planted bulbs from garlic to tulips add color and spice to our lives. Learn how to plan for a multi-season floral blo9om, and how to be successful with garlic and onions too! This event is co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Service, Thorn Creek nature Center and the Park Forest Garden Club.
Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest
Wednesday Morning Walkers – September 17
On Wednesday, September 17 at 9 a.m., enjoy light exercise and experience nature firsthand on Thorn Creek’s winding trails. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. Terrain is moderator. The Wednesday morning walks will continue each week and walkers new to the program must register two days before they first hike.
Fall Workday at Thorn Creek Woods – Sunday, September 21
On Sunday, September 21 from noon to 4 p.m. come out and have fun sprucing up the Nature Center and doing cleanup and trail repairs. There will be indoor and outdoor work to be done. Bring a lunch and work glove, and be sure to dress for the weather. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. Children 15 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320 or visit http://www.tcwoods.org.
Know Your Oaks Hike – Registration Required by Thursday, September 18
The Know Your Oaks Hike will take place on Saturday, September 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oak trees are common in Thorn Creek Woods, but are they all the same? Find out which oaks are found in our region and how you can tell them apart even when the leaves are gone. Discover tips and tricks that will help you identify some of the different species of oak trees. The event is free and open to everyone of all ages. Registration required by Thursday, September 18. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320 or visit http://www.tcwoods.org.
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, 350 Victory Drive
Park Forest 41st Annual Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday through October 25
Park Forest’s 41st Annual Farmers’ Market will take place every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 25. The Market is located across the street from the Park Forest Police Station, 271 Lakewood Boulevard. The Market offers fresh vegetables, fruits, organic breads, salsa, specialty produce, garden bedding plants, perennials, garden ornaments, Amish butter, cheese and pies. A variety of food vendors, jewelry and oils will also be available for purchase. The Market accepts SNAP/Link cards, Senior Nutrition coupons and WIC. For additional information about the Farmers’ Market, call Brenda Walker at 708-748-1118, email [email protected] or visit www.villageofparkforest.com.
Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 South Orchard Drive, Park Forest
Annual Good Neighbor Day – Saturday, September 20
Calvary United Protestant Church will be having their Annual Good Neighbor Day on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature games for the kids, free food, community information, CEDA, DHS information and more! The event is free and open to the public. Calvary United Protestant Church is located on the corner of Orchard and Route 30.
Park Forest American Legion, 1631 Western Avenue, Chicago Heights
Blood Drive – Appointments Now Being Scheduled
The Sons of the American Legion will host a blood drive on Sunday, October 12, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The drive will take place at the Park Forest American Legion in Chicago Heights. A free breakfast will be served to all donors. To schedule an appointment, please call Life Source at 1-877-543-3768.
Park Forest Historical Society, Park Forest
Annual Meeting — Sunday, September 28
The Park Forest Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and program on Sunday September 28, 2014, 2:30 p.m., in Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. A brief meeting and election by members of the 2014-15 PFHS Board of Directors will be followed by a panel of local historical society and museum leaders on, "How Local Museums Are Funded." Information on the meeting is with Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252. Information on the society and email are at www.parkforesthistory.org.
Park Forest Kiwanis Club
2014 Pancake Day – Tickets Now on Sale
The always wonderful Park Forest Kiwanis Club Pancake Day will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th at Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest. Pancake Day tickets are now on sale at Village Hall and US Bank in Park Forest. Pre-sale tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets will be $7 for adults and $4 for children on the day of the event. The menu for Pancake Day is ‘ALL YOU CAN EAT’ golden brown pancakes, sizzling sausages, coffee and milk. Don’t miss this Park Forest tradition! Proceeds from the Park Forest Kiwanis Club Pancake Day will benefit community activities. For additional information, check out the Kiwanis Club on Facebook at www.facebook.com/parkforestkiwanis.
Park Forest Area League of Women Voters
Fall Meeting – Tuesday, September 16
The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area will host their opening meeting for the fall on Tuesday, September 16, at 6:30 PM with a potluck dinner at the home of Mary Lubertozzi, 3434 Attica Rd, Olympia Fields. The guest speaker will be Mary Lou Aagaard, Election Laws Issue Specialist for the League of Women Voters of Illinois. The topic will be Election 2014: Ballot Issues and Election Law Revisions. Ms. Aargaard will review the various referenda issues that will be on the November 4 election ballot, including proposed changes to the Illinois Constitution, and several advisory referenda. She will also update the group on recent revisions made in Illinois election laws.
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 of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. The public is invited to attend the meeting. For more information about the program or membership in the League, please contact Mary Lubertozzi, 708-747-1359.
Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest
Rainbow Café – Saturday, September 20
On Saturday, September 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m., join us for a Rainbow Café. This is a social event that provides a safe and welcoming environment for single or partnered gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults and their allies by creating a space where they are able to socialize outside of the usual bars. This event is held on the third Saturday of every month. For additional information, call 708-481-5339.
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
Village-wide Garage Sale – September 19 – 21
Do you have items in your home you no longer need that could become someone else’s treasures? Do you love a good deal and enjoy a great garage sale or flea market? Park Forest’s village-wide garage sale, being held September 19 – 21, brings together buyers from near and far for one large garage sale, and the entire community is the garage. Set-up your garage sale during one of Park Forest’s busiest weekends and capitalize on thousands of out-of-towners visiting for the Park Forest Art Fair on September 20 and 21. A map of registered locations will be available on the Village webpage (http://www.villageofparkforest.com), as well as at Park Forest’s Village Hall, beginning September 17. Registration is free.