In and Around Park Forest Week of September 28, 2015

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Source: www.villageofparkforest.com

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—September 28, 2015. Attention all pancake lovers – the 64th annual Pancake Day in Park Forest will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rich East High School Cafeteria, 300 Sauk Trail. Enter at Door 11 – this is the east entrance off Sauk Trail. Pre-Sale tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. At the door, tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. The cost includes all the pancakes and sausage you can eat. Net proceeds benefit community activities. For additional information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/parkforestkiwanis.

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 Meetings – Monday, September 28 & Saturday, October 3

The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, September 28 at 7 p.m. In addition, the Board will hold a Saturday Morning Rules Meeting on October 3 at 10 a.m. Both meetings will be held 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.

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

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of September 28:

  • Thursday, October 1 at 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. – Environment Commission

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

Arts & Entertainment

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

‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ – Tickets Now on Sale

You’ve seen the TV show, and laughed your head off. Now, come enjoy the all-stars of improv comedy live on stage! Four comedic veterans of “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray from TV’s “Mad Men” and “Dharma & Greg,” bring their distinctive brand of improvisation to Governors State University on October 16that 8 p.m. The popular TV show aired on ABC from 1998 to 2004 and returned to the airwaves in 2013 where it’s currently enjoying success on The CW with Aisha Tyler as the host. Don’t miss your chance to get in on the act, as audience participation is part of the hilarity. Featuring games made famous on the Emmy-nominated show and some new ones, this daring foursome makes up elaborately funny songs and skits before your very eyes. Tickets start at $38, up to $48 for the best seats. Box seats are additional upon request. Tickets can be purchased:

Online: www.CenterTickets.net

By Phone: 708-235-2222

In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL

Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open to 6 p.m. on Thursdays) & 2 hours prior to all performances

Groups of 10 or more, students, seniors and patrons who purchase a flex package of four or more shows are eligible for discounts.

Curious George Live On Stage – Tickets Now on Sale

Curious George: The Golden Meatball, a new musical based on the books by Margret and H.A. Rey, and the play owned by Universal Stage Productions, will be performed at GSU’s Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, October 17th at 11 a.m. Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical about All – You – Can – Eat Meatball Day. On Meatball Day, George helped his friend Chef Pisghetti cook some delicious meatballs, and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, something was keeping people away. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world – famous Golden Meatball Contest….in Rome. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome…and meatballs…and the “secret ingredient” to cooking, than he’d ever imagined! Tickets are just $15 for adults and $10 for children. This 50-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 4 and up. Tickets can be purchased:

Online: www.CenterTickets.net

By Phone: 708-235-2222

In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL

Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open to 6 p.m. on Thursdays) & 2 hours prior to all performances

Groups of 10 or more, students, seniors and patrons who purchase a flex package of four or more shows are eligible for discounts.

DePaul University Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton, Chicago

‘Idol Structures’ – Through December 20

Advertisements permeate public landscapes with billboards, signs and different forms of mass media. ‘Idol Structures,’ an exhibition of sculpture and photography by Chicago artist Matt Siber will run through December 20 at the DePaul Art Museum. This new body of work emphasizes the physical structures that are meant to stay invisible and passive while helping to relay the image, text, or graphic to the consumer. The sculptures and photographs featured in the exhibition are designed to make you more aware of your environment as you go about your daily life. Siber, who teaches advanced digital imaging at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has been working on this type of artwork since he was a graduate student. The sculptures are modeled after the photographs by using fine craftsmanship to reconstruct the signs out of wood and florescent tubes. Some of the sculptures are almost to scale, with the largest one measuring 14 feet tall. ‘Idol Structures’ is supported by a grant from the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. More about Matt Siber at http://siberart.com/projects/structures. The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu.

DePaul University Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 East Balbo Drive, Chicago

‘Esperanza Rising’ – Opens October 8

The Theatre School at DePaul University will open the 2015-16 Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences series with ‘Esperanza Rising’ by Lynne Alvarez, based on the book by Pam Muñoz Ryan, music by Victor Zupanc, directed by Lisa Portes and with musical direction by Mark Elliott. Based on the award-winning book, ‘Esperanza Rising’ is recommended for ages 8 and up. Esperanza loves fancy dresses, pretty dolls and birthday parties, but when tragedy hits her home in beautiful Mexico, she is forced to flee to the United States where things are very different for her. Facing new challenges, Esperanza learns to take care of herself and her family. In the process, she discovers her own power to create a new home. Complimentary teacher guides for ‘Esperanza Rising’ are available online for educators and interested audience members. These include activities and discussions for before and after the performance, which highlight core learning goals. Themes from this production include: culture, customs and traditions, home, hopes and dreams, immigration, justice, perseverance, prejudice, principles, social studies, society and class. The production will open October 8 and run through November 14 at DePaul’s historic Merle Reskin Theatre. Performances are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Special Friday performances will occur at 10 a.m. on October 23 and November 6.  A Sunday performance will be held on November 1 at 2 p.m. There will be no Saturday performance on October 31. The performances on October 29 and November 1 will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Call TTY at 773-325-7975 for more information. October 10 is United Service Organization Day in Illinois. U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families can attend the performance for free with a valid military ID. Visit www.tixfortroops.org to reserve tickets, or call 312-922-1999 for more information. Join the cast for a post-performance autograph session on Oct. 10. The performances on October 22 and November 7 will be followed by a post-show discussion. Visit the website or call the box office for additional details. Tickets are $10. Subscriptions and group rates (15 or more people) are available. DePaul employees, alumni and college students receive a discount (with ID). Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 312-922-1999. If patrons require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating or have any other hearing or vision needs, please let the box office agent know when reserving tickets, so that the theatre staff can ensure an excellent visit to the theatre. DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre is located at 60 E. Balbo Dr., in Chicago. For information about parking, please contact the box office. The theatre is accessible via CTA busses (3-King Drive, 29-State Street, 146-Michigan/Museums and others), and CTA ‘L’ stops (Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple and Pink).

The Drama Group, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights

‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ – Tickets Now on Sale

The Drama Group is very excited to open its 85th Season with the Tony Award-winning campy musical, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone,’ directed by Mary Ellen Fawk, Choreography by Joe Clair and Musical Direction by Lisa Kristina. ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is a musical parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record, the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Performances will be held at the Drama Group Studio Theatre on October 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on October 18, 24 & 25 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults; $20 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available.  Good seats are still available.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444 or online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/242073. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Web site at:www.dramagroup.org.

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Booker T. Jones – Friday, October 2

Freedom Hall Main Series kicks off the season with the R&B legend Booker T. Jones in its Nathan Manilow Theatre on Friday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. The recently released album Sound the Alarm, finds the Hammond B3 organ master looking ahead yet again, laying down his distinctive bedrock grooves! View a video of Booker T. Jones. Tickets are $35 (Season Subscriber ticket price is $31). For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

‘Girls Like Us – Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Carole King Tribute’ – Tickets Now on Sale

Freedom Hall kicks off its 2015/2016 Senior Series on Tuesday, October 13 at 11 a.m. with ‘Girls Like Us,’ a tribute to the ground-breaking music of Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King. Inspired by the book ‘Girls Like Us,’ Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie and Marianne Murphy Orland showcase the music and stories of three iconic singers, rock superstars, and adventurers of the heart and soul. Tickets are $15. Call Freedom Hall at 708-747-0580 to order tickets or visit www.freedomhall.org.

Garden Club of Park Forest

‘Falling Leaves Festival’ – Tuesday, October 13

The Garden Club of Park Forest will host its annual ‘Falling Leaves Festival’ on Tuesday, October 13 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest. The event will feature great holiday gifts and more such as raffles, bake sale, white elephant sale and one-of-a-kind pressed flower note cards. In addition, there will be a program by the University of Illinois Extension on ‘Blooming Bulbs.’ Tickets are $8 at the door. Dorr prizes, finger sandwiches and desserts are included. For additional information, call 708-748-6333 or 708-747-3847.

National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

‘Tactical Formations: Collective Practice in the Veteran Art Movement’ – Through January 30

The NVAM will feature its newest exhibit, Tactical Formations: Collective Practice in the Veteran Art Movement through January 30. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Tactical Formations takes the basic military strategy of organizing troops into units to carry out tactical missions during combat and applies it to the practice of forming and operating art collectives in order to achieve socially grounded goals through artistic production. The exhibit explores three art collectives: The Vietnam Veterans Arts Group (VVAG), The Dirty Canteen, and the NVAM Teen Council. The VVAG first formed in 1981 when a group of Vietnam veterans began making artwork as an artistic response to their experiences of war. The VVAG was unique in launching the first exhibition composed exclusively of artwork made by combat veterans. The Dirty Canteen collective formed in 2013, and includes veterans from the Gulf War, Kosovo, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, who strive to create and maintain open dialogues about past and current military engagements. Finally, the NVAM Teen Council represents a growing group of high school students who create artwork while developing skills in leadership and museum practices in collaboration with veteran artists. These three groups represent NVAM’s foundation, its growing population of post-Gulf War veterans, and its future leaders and artists. For additional information, call 312-326-0270 or visit: www.nvam.org.  

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following event is scheduled the week of September 28:

  • Monday, September 28 at 11 a.m. – Sunrise Story Time — Jump start your morning with a series of stories that are sure to get you moving. Ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, September 28 at 3:30 p.m. – Art in the Afternoon —  Unleash your inner artist. Drop in to create an amazing project of your own. Ages 12 and under.
  • Monday, September 28 at 5 p.m. – Healthy Cooking Club — “Healthy Cooking Club” – practice new skills and learn to put together new healthy snack choices with Park Forest & Olympia Field’s favorite cook, Ms. Cari. Participants will get to enjoy small samples of their creations, just in time to get home before dinner.
  • Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m. — Pajama Story Time — Share special moments with your child through stories, crafts, and more. Wear your pj’s and wind down from a busy day. Ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, September 30 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.
  • Wednesday, September 30 at 4 p.m. — Color Me Happy Circle — Our new circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
  • Thursday, October 1 at 11 a.m. — Toddler Art — Bring your imagination, creativity, and throw on some old clothes to bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more… Some projects may involve paint. Ages 3-5.
  • Thursday, October 1 at 3:30 p.m. – Art in the Afternoon — Art in the Afternoon has been moved to Thursdays! Unleash your inner artist. Drop in to create an amazing project using different tools and techniques with oil pastels. Ages 12 and under.
  • Thursday, October 1 at 6 p.m. – Teen Advisory Board Meeting — We want YOU to join our new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and help plan and design this new space for PF/OF teens. Ask for an application in patron services.
  • Friday, October 2 at 3 p.m. – Wii U Friday — Hang out and show off your gaming skills on the Wii U. Bring your friends. Make new friends and impress each other with your gaming techniques! Ages 12 and under.
  • Friday, October 2 at 3:30 p.m. — Unplugged Game Day! — It’s game day! Find out how much fun board games can be. Come and test your skills on our “Unplugged” games.

For additional information or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

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

‘Public/Private’ Exhibition – Through October 22

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, PSC is hosting “Public/Private,” an exhibition of Hispanic mural artists showing studio work through Thursday, October 22. The exhibit is being held in the Christopher Art Gallery, located on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. The exhibit features artists Hector Duarte, José Guerrero and José L. Piña Morales. All three are widely known in Chicago for their community mural work, found primarily in Pilsen. 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. Visits also can be made by appointment. For more information about the exhibit or to make an appointment for a visit, call 708-709-7738.

Professional Women’s Network, Tinley Park

‘Smart Chicks Luncheon’ – Thursday, October 8

What Is Your Story? An accomplished panel of published authors will discuss how they found their story at the annual Professional Women’s Network Smart Chicks Luncheon to be held Thursday, October 8 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at Balagios, 17501 Dixie Highway, Homewood. Smart Chick panelists include Sara Eckel, author of It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single; Wendy Sand Eckel, author of Educating Tiger and Murder at Barclay Meadow: A Mystery; Amy Sue Nathan, author of Glass Wives and The Good Neighbor; and Jenniffer Weigel, author of Stay Tuned, I’m Spiritual Dammit, and This Is Not The Life I Ordered. Published author Kim Olver, who wrote Secrets of Happy Couples and Leveraging Diversity at Work, is the moderator for the event. Books will be offered for purchase and after the event the authors will be available for book signings. Register early to receive Early Bird pricing of $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Or pay $150 for an annual membership and lunch. A table for eight is $250 and includes table signage. Visit pwncentral.com today to register. Annual sponsors of the PWN are Wish Photography and Doranita Tyler’s American Family Insurance agency. The mission of the Professional Women’s Network is to help women develop their careers, enhance their businesses and mentor the next generation of women business leaders through educational programs, resource sharing, and networking opportunities. Additional information on all events is available at pwncentral.com

Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Photo Exhibit Sheds Light on Chicago Protest Movements – Through December 19

A groundbreaking documentary photo exhibit that sheds new light on protest movements in Chicago between the late 1940s and early 1970s will be presented this fall from through December 19 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit features the work of Art Shay, one of the world’s great living photographers. Shay opened his mammoth archive in Deerfield, Ill., to Roosevelt University historian Erik Gellman, whose research focuses on 20th Century protest movements in America. The unusually organized show is centered on a 12-inch-high strip, comprised of hundreds of Shay’s most telling protest images. The photo strip traverses around Gage Gallery’s spaces. Above and below it are larger break-out shots by Shay of history-making street activism. A photographer for Life magazine, Time, Sports Illustrated and many other national publications, Shay has photographed seven U.S. Presidents and also is well-known for his long friendship and collaboration in documenting Chicago with the late writer Nelson Algren. Now entering its 15th year, Roosevelt’s Gage Gallery has been cited as one of the top photo galleries in Chicago by Chicago Magazine, New City and the Chicago Reader.  Free and open to the public, Gage Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.  For information, call 312-341-6458 or visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery.

Roosevelt University Ganz Hall, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘Soul of a Nation’ – October 14 & 15

Composer Victoria Bond’s ‘Soul of a Nation,’ a concerto for violin and string orchestra about Thomas Jefferson, will be performed by Roosevelt University artist faculty member Frank Almond and the Chicago College of  Performing Arts (CCPA) Chamber Orchestra on October 14 in Elmhurst and October 15 in Chicago. The piece includes a narrator who will read from a script by Dr. Myles Lee who based the words on Thomas Jefferson’s writings. Capturing Jefferson’s expressiveness as a poet and writer as well as his love for the violin, ‘Soul of a Nation’ is one of the highlights of two evenings of classical music by some of the region’s most promising young high school and college musicians. On October 14 at the York Community High School Auditorium, 355 St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, the CCPA Chamber Orchestra and the York High School orchestras will perform side-by-side on Overture to Dream A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn and the finale of Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D Major, “Haffner.” Then on October 15, the concert featuring the CCPA Chamber Orchestra comes to Roosevelt’s seventh floor Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Free and open to the public, both shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be led by Roosevelt University principal conductor Emanuele Andrizzi. Soul of a Nation, with text adapted from Jefferson’s writings by Lee, will be narrated by CCPA Dean Henry Fogel. It is one of a series of pieces that Bond, a leading American composer and conductor, has written about U.S. presidents. The Elmhurst program will include a number of pieces performed by York High School musicians including:  J.S. Bach’s Chorale, Come Sweet Death, performed by York’s Cadet Orchestra; Handel’s Overture to  Music from The Royal Fireworks, performed by York’s Concert Orchestra; and works by Mendelssohn and Mozart, performed by York’s Symphony Orchestra and Roosevelt’s CCPA Orchestra. Roosevelt’s and York’s brass sections will collaborate on Fanfare: La Peri by Paul Dukas. Rounding out the program in both Elmhurst and Chicago will be the CCPA Orchestra performing Bach’s Fugue (Ricercar) for six voices from The Musical Offering, as arranged by Anton Webern, and Darius Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof). For more information, visit www.roosevelt.edu or call Roosevelt’s Performance Activities Office at 312-341-2238.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Stillness’ — Six Contemporary Artists of Still Life – Opens October 2

‘Stillness’ featuring the still life work of six contemporary artists will open on Friday, October 2 and run through November 7. An Artists’ reception and talks will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. This large exhibit of more than 70 works by regional artists Maureen Andrews, Michael Chelich, RexAnne Coad, Julie Dekker, Kathleen Farrell, and Mary Ann Trzyna illustrates their dedication to portraying objects in a representational style, from extremely realistic to expressive interpretations.  All six artists have made long-term commitments to creating still life images, and have had their work exhibited and awarded honors in numerous regional, national and international shows. They also have been commissioned for many projects in the worlds of business, science, health, education, and government. For additional information or Gallery hours, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org

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

‘Re-Picturing Photography’ National Juried Exhibit – Through October 24

‘Re-Picturing Photography,’ a National Juried Exhibit will run through October 24. The exhibit is free and open to the public. In a fast moving world where current events are fed to us digitally and instantly, photography has gained massive exposure in our contemporary climate.  Union Street Gallery believes a still image has power that resonates beyond a domestic and digital platform and seeks to address a renaissance of visual narratives.  We are looking to exhibit a diverse range of photographic processes and techniques, which effectively documents stories and/or intensify unobserved or ignored realities. Participating art works may include: documentary photography, conceptual photography, candid portraiture, photojournalism, time-lapse photography, environmental portraits or landscapes among others. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Information Session on Graduate Degree Program in Public Administration & Political and Justice Studies – Tuesday, October 6

The graduate degree programs in Public Administration and Political and Justice Studies at GSU is sponsoring an information session at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago. The information session will take place on Tuesday, October 6, in room 2-026 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is free, open to the public. Governors State University representatives will be present to answer questions about the programs. For more information, contact Nancy Kaczmarczyk at 708-235-3983 or [email protected]  If you are interested in obtaining more information about the programs, please visit: www.govst.edu/cas.

Family and Friends Weekend – October 8 – 10

GSU is hosting its Family and Friends Weekend October 8–10 for GSU students, alumni, family and friends. Planned events on Friday, Oct. 9 include a Jaguar Jamboree and GSU basketball games, and a Step Show featuring Power 92 “The Hot Boys.” Events on Saturday, Oct. 10 include a Student Variety Show hosted by Comedian “Just Nesh”, and a Jazz Brunch with GSU President Elaine Maimon. There also be events for children including Story Time Wonderland, face painting, Stuff-A-Bear, and a screening of “MINIONS the movie.” New this year for GSU alumni is a Generation Meet and Greet: All College Alumni Social on Friday, Oct. 9 from 6:30-9 p.m. Visit www.govst.edu/weekend for a complete schedule of events. Registration is free for parents, family members, alumni and friends of GSU; space is limited for some events, and there is a minimal cost for some activities. Online registration is now available at www.govst.edu/weekend.

Community Health Information Sessions – Thursday, October 22

Individuals interested in pursuing a degree in Community Health are invited to attend a free information session offered by the College of Health and Human Services at GSU. The information sessions will be held Thursday, October 22, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the university’s Hall of Honors, and again from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall. A panel discussion among faculty, alumni, and current students enrolled in the Community Health program will be held. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Joseph Day at [email protected], or 708-235-7389.

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

Three-part Leadership Series Featuring Renowned Expert Lee Ann Piano – Registration Now in Progress

PSC’s Corporate and Continuing Education Department is hosting a three-part leadership series to provide attendees with the tools necessary to be a successful leader. The three main topics covered include “Making Managers Stronger Leaders,” “Handling Hard to Handle People” and “Becoming Great in the Workplace.” Each topic includes two parts, spread over two half-day sessions, and features Lee Ann Piano, a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer, coach and empowerment expert.  All sessions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and are being held in the Conference Center on the PSC main campus in Chicago Heights. During Making Managers Stronger Leaders Part 1, scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, Piano will address “Character, Credibility, & Integrity,” and “Coaching & Delegating.” During Part 2, on Tuesday, September 29, Piano will discuss “Assertiveness” and “Motivating Teams.”  Handling Hard to Handle People Part 1 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13. Piano will address “Managing Emotions” and “Neutralizing Negativity.” During Part 2, scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, she will discuss “Responding to Conflict” and “Stop Stressing!” On Tuesday, November 10, Piano will present Becoming Great in the Workplace Part 1, which will focus on “GREAT Principles for Workplace Success” and “Pin Pointing Personality Styles.” During part 2 on November 24, Piano will address “Breaking Bad Communication Habits” and “Getting It All Done.” Piano is a former top seminar leader with Fred Pryor/Career Track and now is owner of Fine Tuning for Success. She has helped thousands rise higher and achieve more personally and professionally. As an experienced executive trainer and leadership coach, she has delivered more than 600 seminars nationally and internationally.  Her specialty is creating customized training resulting in stronger leaders and a more engaged workforce.  Piano’s focus includes dynamic content delivery, aligning human behaviors with organizational values and objectives as well as providing clear communication, both written and oral. There is a registration fee of $299 for each two-part session, or $849 to attend the entire series. For more information or to register call Michelle Guiliani at 708-709-7957 or email [email protected].   

Manufacturing Day – Thursday, October 1

PSC is hosting Manufacturing Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, in the Atrium on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights. The event is being offered in partnership with PSC, South Suburban College, OAI, Bloom Township High School, Bloom Trail High School, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center and the Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing, and is made possible by DOL TAACCCT Funds. The morning opens with a job fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., where attendees can meet with employers about job opportunities in the manufacturing fields. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., community members are welcome to tour the manufacturing labs on campus and experience demonstrations and see products made from manufacturing equipment. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be various student events where attendees can explore the certificate and degree programs offered by PSC and learn how to start their career. The day’s activities are free and open to the public. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October. This year, it is October 2. For more information on manufacturing at PSC, visit www.prairiestate.edu.

Roosevelt University, 425 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago

International Criminal Lawyer to Lecture on ‘Genocide Gendered’ – Monday, October 5

Patricia Viseur Sellers, an international criminal lawyer who focuses on human rights, will lecture on “Genocide Gendered” at Roosevelt University’s annual Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture on Monday, October 5 at 11 a.m. Sellers will discuss international criminal and humanitarian laws and matters related to sexual violence and gender, especially during armed conflicts. The lecture is free and open to the public in Ganz Hall, room 745, at Roosevelt University. A visiting fellow at Oxford University, Sellers is currently a special advisor for Prosecution Strategies for the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.  She previously was a prosecutor at the Yugoslav Tribunal and co-counsel and a legal strategist at the Rwanda Tribunal, the first international case to hold sexual violence as an act of genocide and rape as a crime against humanity. During her career, she has testified as an expert witness on sexual violence in several regional human rights courts and trained judges, prosecutors and investigators on the complex aspects of international crimes of sexual violence in countries such as Columbia, Guatemala, Uganda, Nepal, Qatar, Indonesia and Kenya. Sellers has lectured extensively on humanitarian law and international criminal law at colleges and universities around the world. The Roosevelt lecturer is the author of numerous articles including “Sexual Violence and Rape,” a policy paper that analyzed non-discriminatory principles of human rights law to sex-based international crimes. She also drafted United Nations resolutions to halt child recruitment and to sanction patterns of maiming, killing and sexual violence perpetrated upon children during armed conflict. A dual United States/Belgian national, Sellers graduated from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the City University of New York. She is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish and served as a story consultant on the PBS series, “Women, War and Peace.” Sponsored by the Center for New Deal Studies at Roosevelt University, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1992.  Previous lecturers have included Ambassador William vanden Heuvel; journalist Cokie Roberts; Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D.; Allida Black of the ER Papers Project; and author and historian Studs Terkel. For further information about the October 5 lecture by Patricia Viseur Sellers, contact Margaret Rung, associate professor of history at Roosevelt University, [email protected].

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

Connect With Your Community Event – Wednesday, September 30

SSC, the Village of South Holland and the South Holland Business Association invite community stakeholders to a unique strategic-planning and networking event.  The event is sponsored by MB Financial Bank and Illiana Financial. Connect with Your Community will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, Illinois in the newly renovated MB Financial Bank Business Suite. One of the key pieces of South Suburban College’s strategic plan is partnership development with the purpose of engaging employers in targeted industries to identify, develop, and fill career pathways marked by relevant, work-driven certificates and degrees.  In an effort to create and establish these relationships, the college, the Village of South Holland and the South Holland Business Association have partnered in putting together this important community stakeholder event.  There will also be a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated MB Financial Bank Business Suite at SSC.  Refreshments will be served. To register for the event, visit: www.connectwithcommunity2015.eventbrite.com.

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 educationalcosts 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Yoga Classes by Karen Nielsen – Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

Yoga classes by Karen Nielsen are available at UUCC on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No reservations needed. Drop-in fee is $10 per class and the 6th one is free. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

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.

Buddhist Meditation – Saturdays

Learn to enjoy the simple and straight-forward practice of meditation. Please join us for sitting and walking meditation in the Zen and Theravadan Buddhist traditions. This is an on-going event led by Steve McCabe and Beverly Feldt will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at UUCC. There is no cost but a free will offering is most appreciated (proceeds go to UUCC). For additional information contact Steve McCabe at 708-465-3116 or Beverly Feldt at [email protected].

Green Events

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers – September 30

Wednesday Morning Walkers can enjoy the early morning and late summer’s floral delights on these leisurely (or brisk – take your choice) trail walks. The group walks on Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. Age 13 through adult are invited. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Garlic Fest – Saturday, October 3

Mark your calendar for the annual celebration of garlic and organic growing during the Thorn Creek Garlic Fest on Saturday, October 3 from noon to 3 p.m. Join garlic lovers from all over the area in discovering the many varieties of garlic. Enjoy demonstrations on garlic preparation and try your hand at garlic braiding. Spend your time gathering information on garlic, including its uses, planting techniques and how to cook with garlic. Over 20 varieties of organic garlic will be for sale. All garlic is organically grown on Thorn Kreek’s Historic Farm. Bake sale, raffle and a nature hike will take place at 1 p.m. Garlic Fest features Art King and demonstrations on vermi-composting. The basis of all organic gardening is compost – household vegetable waste recycled into nutrient rich fertilizer. Learn from a master gardener the easy, low maintenance way to have worms do the recycling. Demonstrations, composting information and red wiggler samples throughout the day. Parking is located in the field across from the Nature Center. Admission is $5 per car; $1 per bicycle. Garlic Fest is for all ages, so bring the entire family. For additional information, call 708-747-6320 or visit www.tcwoods.org.

Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’

Friends of Thorn Creek Woods is the citizen activist group responsible in very large part for preserving and securing the dedication of the Thorn Creek Woods as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Friends’ volunteers continue to provide support in so many ways: staff the nature center on weekends; trail work; displays; leading hikes; special events; cleaning; pruning; artwork; music; research; and so on. Friends is a voice for the Woods and preservation values, donates funds for equipment and sponsors an annual meeting, Garlic Fest and Earth Day. Members receive a quarterly newsletter. Annual membership in Friends is $10. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

Thorn Creek Nature Center is housed in a historic building, originally Immanuel Lutheran Church of Matteson, Illinois built in 1862, and later Village Bible Church of Park Forest. A gothic frame country church, its notable architectural features include curved ceiling, tongue-and-groove paneling and a raised pulpit. Its current attractions are displays of the preserve’s flora and fauna, a bird feeder viewing area, Eugene E. Schwartz reference library and an expanded children’s section. The Nature Center is open Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Trails are open daily year-round, dawn to dusk. For additional information, call 708-747-6320.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Park Forest Famers’ Market – Every Saturday Through October

The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. The Market hosts 22 full spaces with a variety of fresh flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery goods, herbs and dairy products, food and entertainment. Local businesses are also on hand at the Market selling artwork, garden ornaments, jewelry and more. The Park Forest Farmers’ Market accepts EBT/Link, WIC, and Senior Nutrition Coupons. The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is located in the parking lot closest to 271 Lakewood Blvd, at the corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Cunningham Drive, just across from the Park Forest Police Department. 

This & That

Kiwanis Club of Park Forest

Kiwanis Pancake Day Returns to Park Forest – Saturday, October 3

The 64th annual Pancake Day in Park Forest will be held on Saturday, October 3. Food will be served from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rich East High School Cafeteria, 300 Sauk Trail. Enter at Door 11 – this is the east entrance off Sauk Trail. Pre-Sale tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. At the door, tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. The cost includes all the pancakes and sausage you can eat. Net proceeds benefit community activities. For additional information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/parkforestkiwanis.