Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — June is Resident Appreciation Month in Park Forest. There are special events, music, dancing, good food, raffles and lots of fun for everyone. You’ll find the complete list of Resident Appreciation Month activities in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.
Park Forest’s annual Main Street Nights returns beginning on Wednesday, June 14th. As in the past, the events will take place at Cunningham and Victory Boulevard in DownTown Park Forest. The eight week-long event sponsored by the Village of Park Forest and Freedom Hall will not only have returning artists from previous years, but will also feature new performances to the venue. There will also be a host of side events, like Touch a Truck, and CN Railroad’s Little Obie. And there will also be lots of food options available to purchase. You’ll find information on this week’s events in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section.
On Thursday, June 15 at 1 p.m., Corporal Moore of the Park Forest Police Department will discuss ‘Summer Safety Awareness’ at the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard. Drop in and pick up tips on how to stay safe this summer. All ages are welcome.
If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in the community that you would like published, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with the details no later than 5 p.m. on Friday. Thank you.
Village of Park Forest
Village Commissions & Advisory Boards
The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of June 11:
- Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. – Commission on Human Relations
- Tuesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. – Youth Commission
- Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. – Economic Development Advisory Group
- Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. – Housing Authority
The meetings will be held at Park Forest Village Hall and residents are encouraged to attend.
CMAP Public Workshop on Alternative Futures – Tuesday, June 13
To shape the ON TO 2050 comprehensive regional plan, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is conducting extensive public engagement around five Alternative Futures:
• Changed Climate
• Walkable Communities
• Innovative Transportation
• Constrained Resources
• Transformed Economy
Each has distinct factors that could significantly shape our region for decades to come.
On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Village of Park Forest and CMAP will host a public workshop to discuss ON TO 2050 and the Alternative Futures at the Dining on the Green Banquet Hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Take part in a conversation about the five futures and to share your feedback on how planning today can help shape the future of the region. CMAP will carefully consider all input while drafting the comprehensive regional plan prior to its adoption in October 2018. The meeting will take place at Dining on the Green Banquet Hall, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. More on Alternative Futures & how to get involved
Arts & Entertainment
All Chicago, 651 West Washington, Suite 504, Chicago
Handbags for Homes 2017 – Thursday, June 22
Join All Chicago on Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. at the Woman’s Athletic Club, 626 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago for ‘Handbags for Homes 2017.’ ‘Handbags for Homes 2017’ will be a fun night of fashion, food, friends, while preventing and ending homelessness in Chicago. All are invited to attend. ‘Handbags for Homes’ showcases a fabulous collection of designer purses, which guests can win by buying raffle tickets. Check out photos from last year’s event and our 2016 purses. Your $100 ticket purchase will give you one entry into an exclusive purse raffle! Buy your tickets here! For additional information, visit: All Chicago.
Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street
The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of June 11:
- Monday, June 12 at 10 a.m. — Music and Movement — Children, ages 0-5, and their parents are encouraged to join us for a morning of dancing, singing, and rhythm with scarves, ribbons, and instruments. Register.
- Monday, June 12 at 3:45 p.m. – Little Yogis – Meditation and relaxation exercises for ages 5-7. Register.
- Monday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m. – Yoga for Tweens – Meditation and relaxation exercises for ages 8 and up. Register.
- Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. – Knot Just for Knitters – The library’s regular group of needleworking patrons who get together to share camaraderie while working on knitting, crocheting, or any other type of needlework project.
- Tuesday, June 13 at 5:45 p.m. – Summer STEAM – Program on science, technology, engineering, art, and math for ages 3-5. Register.
- Tuesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. – Seasonal Skies – Take a tour through the current night sky to find out if constellations, planets, comets, or meteor showers can be seen. Register.
- Thursday, June 15 at 1 p.m. – Traveling World of Reptiles – Learn about reptiles and amphibians from around the world in this up-close, hands-on experience.
- Saturday, June 17 at 1 p.m. – Summer STEAM – Program on science, technology, engineering, art, and math for ages 9-12. Register.
For additional information or to register for an event, call 708-672-8017 or visit www.cretelibrary.org.
Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles — Thursday, June 15
The Crete Public Library will host Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles on Thursday, June 15 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Reptiles may be the most feared and misunderstood creatures on Earth. Many of their species are facing extinction. The Traveling World of Reptiles’ mission is to dispel myths and inform audiences of the value and importance of these animals. The Traveling World of Reptiles show is an entertaining, educational experience for children of all ages, featuring reptiles and amphibians from around the world. While up-close, live and “hands on”, the 60-minute show is also safe and professional. No one is forced to touch or handle the animals if they choose not to. Learn more about the show at http://www.travelingworldofreptiles.com. Registration for this program opens June 1st and is limited to Crete Public Library District card holders only until June 8th. After that date, anyone with a library card may register to attend. For more information, please call the Crete Public Library at 708-672-8017.
DePaul University Theatre School, 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago
‘A Matter of Conscience’ and ‘Stranger Things’ – Through June 18
A pair of smaller exhibitions drawn primarily from the DePaul Art Museum collection, including selections from Chuck Thurow’s 2016 gift, will be on display during the spring exhibitions. “A Matter of Conscience” will run through June 18 and presents works that reflect varying artistic approaches to politically charged content and pressing social issues. Mia Lopez, DePaul Art Museum assistant curator, is curating the exhibition. Featured artists are Siah Armajani, Margaret Burroughs, Alan Cohen, Paul D’Amato, Ester Hernandez, Michael Hernandez de Luna, Max King Cap, Rudzani Nemasetoni, Betye Saar, Aram Han Sifuentes, Andy Warhol and Garry Winogrand. “Stranger Things” will follow from June 21 to August 6 and includes artists who work against representational traditions in sculpture, drawing and painting to create forms that are at once familiar yet difficult to name. Widholm is curating the exhibition. Featured artists are Robert Bladen, Miriam Bloom, Alex Chitty, Chris Garofalo, Magalie Guerin, David Jackson, Paul LaMantia, Sterling Lawrence, Jim Lutes, Sandra Perlow, Richard Rezac and David Richards. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Museum hours are 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. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu/.
‘Glimpses of the Great War’ Exhibit – Through August
When U.S. President Woodrow Wilson declared war on the German Empire April 6, 1917, one Lincoln Park neighborhood family with DePaul University ties was changed forever. Now 100 years after the U.S. joined the Great War, known more commonly as World War I, the story of the Ward family — and their ties to the university, St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Chicago — is the subject of a new exhibit titled “Glimpses of the Great War.” The exhibit, which is open to the public through August, is on the first floor of the John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave. on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus in Chicago. The exhibit centers on the Ward family and their nine children who grew up on Fullerton Avenue, four blocks from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Chicago, according to Andrea Bainbridge, university archivist. All eight male children attended DePaul Academy, a high school run by the parish. Five served in the Great War and two died. Brothers William and Joe were enrolled at the Vincentian Seminary in Perryville, Missouri, preparing to be priests, during the war, added Lisa Geiger, special collections’ archives processing assistant. In the years following ordination, William returned to Chicago as principal of DePaul Academy as part of eight decades of service to the order that took him around the world. Joe, meanwhile, became a DePaul University English professor and later served as the coordinator of college alumni before passing away in 1978. At the time of Joe’s passing, DePaul’s enrollment had risen to more than 12,000, a significant difference from the roughly 300 who attended with the Wards in the early days of the university, according to Geiger. Bainbridge — with the help of Geiger — unearthed photos, memorabilia and letters from the 1910s to the 1970s, which reveal the changes to DePaul’s campus and the family. Items in the exhibit include:
- Memorial cards for both Ward brothers who died in the war. William led the funeral service for his brother Albert in 1919, before William and Joe led a funeral mass together for brother Oliver in 1921.
- A 1918 issue of The Minerval, DePaul’s bi-monthly version of a student newspaper at the time, which featured updates on soldiers with DePaul ties and letters from the front lines.
- A series of encouraging letters to the DePaul community by then-President Francis X. McCabe, C.M., who also served as the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. One of these letters was to confirm that the university would remain open throughout the war.
- An original copy of the Field Service Pocket Book, a U.S. military issued book small enough to fit in a pocket that covered basic procedures for expected conditions in Europe.
- A Navy recruitment poster circa 1917.
All told, 584 people with DePaul ties including undergraduates, alumni and faculty members served in the military during World War I, according to Bainbridge. For additional information, visit www.depaul.edu
Firelei Báez, Hương Ngô Bring Their Work to DePaul Art Museum – Through August 6
Caribbean and Asian influences will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum this spring with Miami artist Firelei Báez and Chicago artist Hương Ngô. The pair will provide their respective works for two exhibitions set to run through August 6 at the museum on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. Báez’s exhibition, “Vessels of Genealogies,” tells stories of identity, history and politics through bright colors, patterns, hairstyles and textiles depicted in her large-scale paintings and tapestries, said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, the museum’s director and chief curator. “Vessels of Genealogies” will be the main exhibition on the first floor of the museum. The second exhibition will feature Ngô’s new work on Vietnamese anti-colonial organizer Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai. The works were inspired by Ngô’s trips to Vietnam and France, according to Widholm. “To Name It Is To See It” will touch on topics including colonialism, political activism, women’s rights, surveillance, class, language and Vietnamese history. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Museum hours are 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. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more on DePaul Art Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, call 773-325-7506 or visit http://museums.depaul.edu/.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest
IPO @ Ravisloe 2017 – Tickets Now on Sale
Summer evening small ensemble concerts held at the beautiful and historic Ravisloe Golf Course, 18231 Park Avenue, in Homewood. Special on site pre-concert offerings to be announced soon at www.ipo.org. A la carte dinner available on site in the Bunker Bar & Grill from 5-7PM or show your Ravisloe tickets for 10% food and drink at the elegantly trendy La Voute in La Banque Hotel, 2034 Ridge Rd., just 5 minutes from Ravisloe.
5-pack subscription: $125
Single tickets, $30 in advance or $35 at the door if available. Individual student tickets, $10.
Tickets can be purchased here or by phone, 708-481-7774.
June 14 — Strings — Musical Mystery Tour
Drawing on the lively, melodic music of Eastern Europe, this program celebrates the heritage of our new Music Director, Maestro Stilian Kirov, who was born in Bulgaria and now lives in the U.S.
The IPO Strings will perform Hungarian dances, Romanian dances and gypsy music by Bartok, Glazunov, Chopin, Brahms and others.
June 28 — Brass 1 — From Sea to Shining Sea
Celebrate the U.S.A.’s birthday with a program of American and patriotic music with the always entertaining brass ensemble under the leadership of IPO trumpet Greg Fudala.
July 12 — Woodwinds — Parisian Nights
The IPO Wind Quintet will perform a program of delightful works by French composers like Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Milhaud, Faure and Ibert. Watch for details on a complimentary pre-concert wine tasting at Ravisloe with sampled selections available for purchase by the glass during the concert!
July 26 — Brass 2 — Bach, Brass and Bier
The IPO Brass Quintet will transport you to the biergartens of Germany with festive selections by German and Austrian composers. Watch for details on a complimentary pre-concert craft beer tasting with sampled selections available for purchase during the concert.
August 9 — Jazz with Ben Clark and Friends — Celebrating IPO’s 40th with Music from the 40’s
Ben Clark and Friends return to the courtyard to help IPO celebrate its 40th anniversary with a selection of jazz standards from the swinging 40’s!
Pre-concert dining options include:
La Voute in La Banque Hotel at 2034 Ridge Rd., Homewood. Show your concert tickets on concert night and receive 10% off your bill (food and beverage). Reserve through opentable.com or call 708-798-6000. Or, a la carte dining is available in the Bunker Bar & Grill at Ravisloe beginning at 5PM. Call for a reservation, 708.798.5600.
National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Vietnam Transformed: The Art of Richard J. Olsen – Through August 12
The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) presents its newest exhibition–Vietnam Transformed: The Art of Richard J. Olsen as Symbolic Reality. The exhibition features work spanning the artist’s career, and will be on view through August 12th. The exhibit is free and open to the public. In collaboration with curators Andrew and Hathia Hayes, and with the curatorial assistance of Anthony F. Janssen, the National Veterans Art Museum is proud to feature an exhibition of work from throughout the career of longtime NVAM-artist and veteran, Richard J. Olsen. In his work, Richard Olsen conveys underlying themes such as the tension between good and evil, the experience of war, and his immediate environment–his studio–by embedding images that are symbolic and allegorical without relying on representation. Olsen began using symbolism early in his career, but this approach for conveying meaning came to the forefront during his mature period during which he creating paintings based on his wartime experiences as a transport helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. The exhibition will showcase work spanning the artist’s career, but will highlight his “Wall” series, for which he is probably best-known. For additional information, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.
Park Forest Historical Society
Park Forest House Museum Lets You ‘Step Back into the 1950s’
The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 227 Monee Road (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church), Park Forest, Illinois, invites you to “Step Back into a 1950s.” The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m.; other times by appointment. One room represents a classroom in Forest Boulevard School, which was set up in a row of townhomes. Admission is Adults $5; children 12 and under free. Park in the small lot by the flagpole and knock on the classroom door next to the museum sign. A guide will tell village history, and social and fashion trends of the era. Special tours can be arranged by calling Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252, or Michael Gans, 708-305-3308. Information on the society and museum, and email contact is at www.parkforesthistory.org.
Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard
The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of June 11:
- Monday, June 12 at 4 p.m. – Teen DIY — Create, learn, and engage in new activities with teens!
- Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. – Summer Reading Kick-off — Join us as we kick off Summer Reading! A surprise mystery guest will be here to help with the festivities!
- Tuesday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. – Meet the Gardener — Join our resident gardener Victoria in the Library garden. Identify specimens in our plantings. Harvest flowers and herbs for future PFPL programs. Learn to spot fellow visitors including native butterflies, honey bees, and birds.
- Tuesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. – Creators in the Making — Drop in and discover your inner artist with one of our amazing projects.
- Tuesday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. – Designer’s Lego Challenge — Drop in and see if you have what it takes to make the best Lego creation.
- Tuesday, June 13 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Relax a bit and take a load off before starting your homework. Learn different media of art and share your creativity with other teens!
- Wednesday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. – Baby Time — Join us for a weekly story-time designed exactly for your baby. Parents or caregivers are invited to read, sing and grow. This program is geared toward babies 0 – 36 months with an accompanying adult.
- Wednesday, June 14 at 1 p.m. – Wii U Wednesday — Join us for fun afternoon of wild and crazy fun with the Wii U! Are you up to the challenge?
- Wednesday, June 14 at 4 p.m. – Drop In Coloring for Adults — Our grown-up coloring circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.
- Wednesday, June 14 at 4 p.m. – Teen DIY Father’s Day Craft — Surprise Dad on Father’s Day with a special gift personalized just for him!
- Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Movie Night for Adults – ‘Lion’ A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
- Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Writers’ Workshop — Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.
- Thursday, June 15 at 11 a.m. – Toddler Time — 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, June 15 at 11:30 a.m. – Drop In Crafter’s Corner — Drop in and find a new craft, try a new technique or get inspired with a new trend, all while having fun!
- Thursday, June 15 at 1 p.m. — Summer Safety Awareness with Park Forest Police Department — Drop in and pick up tips on how to stay safe this Summer with Corporal Moore from the Park Forest Police Department. All Ages are welcome!
- Friday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. – Butterfly Club — Join us to track butterflies in our backyard including the Monarch! We will learn to identify host nectar plants, collect and raise caterpillars, watch them transform into chrysalides and release butterflies! Registration Required. Children under 7 must have a chaperone. Covered shoes, socks, water bottle and sunscreen recommended.
- Friday, June 16 at 1 p.m. – Innovator’s Corner — Drop by and embrace your creativity with our family-friendly crafts and much more…
- Friday, June 16 at 3 p.m. – Teen Game Day — Show off your competitive side with your friends! From board games to video games, there will be plenty of fun! Are you up for the challenge?
- Saturday, June 17 at 1 p.m. – Dad’s Rock — Join us for a special craft that is sure to make dad proud!
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 Street, Chicago Heights
Chicago Sculpture International – Through July 13
The Chicago Sculpture International exhibit will be at PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery through Thursday, July 13. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit will feature curated works by a cooperative of over 150 sculptors from Chicago, the U.S. and abroad. The group focuses on the advancement and appreciation of sculpture through exhibitions, workshops and collaborations. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on days when the college is open. For additional information, call 708-709-3636 or visit www.prairiestate.edu/artgallery.
Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest
Rich Township Summer Lunch Program for Seniors — Through July 19
Park Forest seniors can enjoy a great meal and great company in the Village now through July 19 thanks to the Rich Township Senior Center’s Summer Lunch Program. Lunch is served every Monday and Wednesday beginning at noon for a cost of $3 per meal. Meals are available for dine-in or carry-out. Dine-in seating is limited. The Rich Township Senior Center is located at 297 Liberty Drive in DownTown Park Forest. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 708-228-5046.
Thursday Game Days
Come join us at the Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, in DownTown Park Forest every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to play games with old friends and new friends. We have a few games on hand, Trivial Pursuit, Racko, Pente, Chess, Pictionary, High Hand and Rummikub. If none of these suit your taste, feel free to bring in your favorites. Come join in the fun. This is a new program, so please help to spread the word.
On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday morning of each month at 10 a.m., come to the Senior Center to participate in the new Adult Coloring Group. The Center has supplies and several types of mediums to color with. For additional information, call 708-748-5454.
Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest
‘Solace: Works of Calm, Quiet and Restoration” – Opens Friday, June 16
‘Solace: Works of Calm, Quiet and Restoration” will open on Friday, June 16 and run through Saturday, July 22. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, June 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit of drawings, paintings, sculpture and installation pieces by Sherri Denault, Margie Glass Sula, and Patty McWilliams will focus on the interaction, complementing relationships and conversations between the three artists’ works. Creating an environment of stillness through hand-crafted nature-inspired forms, the artists hope their works will serve as a means of contemplation, meditation, and relaxation within a kind of visual sanctuary. They aim to transform the gallery space into a place removed and safe, private and away from the speed and noise of our fast-paced, device- driven and stressful world. As visitors spend time in the space, they may feel it suggests a kind of refuge, shelter or retreat. Within the quiet and secluded haven, they will discover mysterious images of natural forms emerging from drawings and paintings on the walls, delicately interlaced relief and sculpture pieces embedded in tangles of thread and translucent papers, and installations that suspend branches, bones and feathers in states of fragile equilibrium. Denault, Glass Sula and McWilliams, familiar to many in our region, are recognized as dedicated educators and prolific, award-winning artists who have exhibited in numerous regional and national shows and have been involved as gallery directors, jurors and curators for several years. Their shared inspirations in the simplicity, beauty and spiritual power of nature’s patterns and cycles; their commitment to seeking and creating quiet images of unity and balance; and their ongoing experimentation with new materials and means of presenting their images, in both outdoor and indoor venues, have made the joint exhibits of their works compelling destinations and enriching experiences. Curated by Claudia Craemer. Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Adult and student groups are welcome to tour our exhibits. More information about the shows and tours can be found on the Tall Grass website, www.tallgrass.org or by calling Tall Grass Gallery at 708-748-3377.
The Drama Group, 330 West 202nd Street, Chicago Heights
‘Buried Child’ – Through June 18
The Drama Group is proud to present the Pulitzer Prize-Winning dark drama, ‘Buried Child,’ by lauded American playwright Sam Shepard directed by M.J. Renzi. Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre on June 10, 15, 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm and matinees on June 11 & 18 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults; $19 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 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2948298. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit www.dramagroup.org.
Union Street Gallery (USG), 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights
‘Plus One’ Exhibit– Through Saturday, June 17
USG will feature the exhibit ‘Plus One’ through Saturday, June 17. A Closing Party on June 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. ‘Plus One’ is the product of the networking and relationships that grew from last year’s Instagraff exhibit. Last year’s artists were offered an invitation to come back and bring a plus one. Several were available to return, but we have made new friends throughout the year as well. Confirmed artists are Alexis Moulds, Bonus Saves, Bore, Brian Shaffner, Burn353, Ethos, Frank Quintero, Glass Cuisine, Hope, Jalen Buford, Joe Nivens, Kneedy, Lisa Gray, Mike Dornseif, Mitchell Dart, Mr. Switch, Nug, Patt Knerr, Penny Pinch, Phybr, Rome Won, Sejah, Steve Rab, T-Money, Therst, Tony Rabit, Wreckzilla. Therst will be doing a blacksmithing demo on June 17 starting at 2:30pm. Stay tuned for more details regarding a closing party for this exhibit on June 17. Gallery hours are Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.usg.org.
Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest
Rainbow Café – Friday, June 16
This month’s Rainbow Care will be held on June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at UUCC. The Movie “Pride” will be shown. “Pride” is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Rainbow Café 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. The Café takes place on the 3rd Friday of every month. For additional information, call 708-481-5339.
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
June Resident Appreciation Month Activities
Wednesday, June 14, 6 p.m.
Resident Appreciation BBQ Celebration & Main Street Nights Kick-off, Dining On the Green, 349 Main Street (behind Village Hall). Join Park Forest’s mayor, trustees, village manager and commissioners for free food and entertainment! Free hot dogs, chips and a drink for the first 500 people. Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy.
Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Father’s Chicken‘n Waffle Brunch, Village Hall Conference Room, 350 Victory Drive. Fathers, it’s your month. Bring children and family for a free mid-day treat to celebrate fathers. Call to RSVP by calling, 708-283-5621 or email [email protected]
Week of June 19-23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Raffle: Win a Basket of Village “SWAG” Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Enter your name in a raffle for a chance to win a basket of Park Forest “SWAG.” Raffle box will be in the lobby all week during business hours. Winner will be notified by email or phone.
Week of June 26-30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Raffle: $50 towards your Water Bill, Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Stop in at Village Hall and enter your household for your chance to win $50 off of your next Park Forest water bill. Three lucky Park Forest households will be selected. Winner will be drawn and contacted on Monday, July 3. Proof of residency will be required to collect the prize.
Saturday, June 24, 6 – 11 p.m. ** Date Change!
Dancing Under the Stars: House Music, On the Green, 349 Main Street (Behind Village Hall). Calling all “House Heads.” Four different DJs. Mike Love and DJ Lil’ John from 106.3 on the turn tables; DJ Wyldchyld and International DJ Jonathan Newman will also be spinning it up for you. Wear your dancing shoes and be ready to have a blast! Free! Bring your own chair! Food vendors will be present
NOTE: Please check the Village of Park Forest’s website for any changes to this schedule.
Main Street Nights 2017 – Kicks Off Wednesday, June 14
Beginning Wednesday, June 14 Main Street Nights in Park Forest returns. As in the past, the events will take place at Cunningham and Victory Boulevard in DownTown Park Forest. The eight week-long event sponsored by The Village of Park Forest and Freedom Hall will not only have returning artists from previous years, but will also feature new performances to the venue. There will also be a host of side events, like Touch a Truck, and CN Railroad’s Little Obie. Main Street Nights focuses on bringing the community together through music, games, food, etc. during these summer nights. Venders such as Dunagains Irish Pub will sell grilled items, sides, snacks, and beverages to the public. Every Wednesday, Main Street Nights will start between 5 o’clock and 6:30 p.m. depending on the day. Specific times are listed on the freedom hall website (www.freedomhall.org). In case of rain, performances will be relocated to the Dining on the Green, which is located at 349 Main Street. This week’s scheduled events are:
Wednesday, June 14
Resident Appreciation Celebration to kick-off Main Street Nights
6:30 p.m. – Sky Squad – Dazzling Acrobatic Dunks!
Sky Squad, led by Andres Baines (aka Sky Guy) has thrilled millions of fans with their aerial artistry. Dazzling acrobatic flips and twists off mini trampolines mixed with comedy antics, midair passes and dynamic slam dunking deliver non-stop pure energy excitement to audiences of all ages. These talented gymnasts travel to schools, festivals, corporate events, camps and half time shows world-wide. Sky Squad is the official dunk team for the WNBA Chicago Sky.
7:30 p.m. – SEMPLE
SEMPLE prides itself on its entertaining combination of musicianship and high energy stage performance. Fronted by Keith Semple as seen on Season 9 of NBC’s Emmy award winning show “The Voice”, you will be treated to a nonstop great time! With styles ranging from 70’s Rock to modern pop songs and everything in between, each show is packed with variety and contrast that takes the audience on a generational tour of music genres. SEMPLE features several of their own original songs in almost every show!
Great American Campout – Registration Required by Friday, June 16
Join the Park Forest Recreation and Parks Advisory Board and Recreation and Parks Department in celebrating the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout, June 23 at 4 p.m. with an overnight campout in Park Forest’s beautiful Central Park. The 13th annual Great American Campout is a nationwide event that connects people with the great outdoors. Whether this is your first camping experience or you and your family are seasoned campers, this event is a great way for friends, families and children to connect with nature, sleep under the stars and create memories of outdoor experiences. Children under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian camping with them. Dog friendly event. Dogs must be friendly, current on shots, picked up after and leashed in camping area.
- Recreation and Parks will provide grills for cooking, wood for the campfire, s’mores and activities.
- Campers will need to provide their dinner, breakfast, and tent.
- Saturday activities include a nature craft as well as practicing useful skills such as camping first aid, camping knots and rope work with Deputy Fire Chief Natyshok and Park Forest Paramedics and compass and map reading skills with Recreation & Parks staff.
A limited number of tents are available to rent for $10 each. Registration deadline is Friday, June 16. For more information, or to register, call 708-748-2005 Learn more about the Great American Campout
Summertime Bingo – Through July 31
Have fun while exploring Park Forest this summer! Complete 5 tasks and/or activities across, down or diagonal (center is free square) for Bingo. Submit completed Bingo card along with proof of completion and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 VISA Card. Game goes through July 31. The winners will be announced during the August 9 Main Street Nights event. There will be four winners. The tasks will involve visiting businesses and places of interest in Park Forest. Details can be found here. The Bingo cards with complete details about proof of task completion will be available in Village Hall and on our website starting June 1. In the meantime, please direct questions about the event to Monica DeLord at 708-283-5617 or [email protected].
Educational Lectures & Opportunities
Governors State University (GSU), 1 University Parkway, University Park
Summer Camp with “Edu-tainment” for Your Creative Genius Ages 11 – 16 – Registration Now in Progress
Are you having a hard time finding the right camp that will engage your child’s brain and keep him/her entertained? Look no further — STEAM camp at GSU to the rescue. Faculty and staff in GSU’s College of Arts and Sciences have collaborated to bring middle and high school students, ages 11 to 16, a one-week, interactive learning experience. Each day of camp will be split into two sessions — with the morning focused on the sciences and the afternoon on the arts. In the morning, campers will discover robotics, explore the world of computer programming, and launch water rockets using hydraulic pressure. They’ll explore the natural world in the renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park in the midst of the prairie on campus grounds. Afternoon sessions will include the technology of the theater, dronography, backstage tours at Center for Performing Arts, ceramics, and more. Camps are held on two different weeks, and students may register for one or both sessions:
Week 1: July 17 – 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Week 2: July 24 – 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Each session is $200 per camper. For those in need, a limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each week offers different activities. Please visit www.govst.edu/steamcamp or call us at 708-534-4088 for specific details.
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.
Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights
19th Annual Summer Speech Camp – Registration Now in Progress
PSC is hosting its 19th Annual Summer Speech Camp, Monday, July 10, through Thursday, July 20. The camp meets from 1:15 to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the college’s main campus in Chicago Heights, and is intended to prepare high school varsity and novice speech team competitors for fall competition. Week one will focus on interpretation, finding material, cutting material, discovering delivery advantages, public speaking, generating ideas and humor and citing sources. Week two will focus on practicing, polishing and performing. The camp will conclude with a performance showcase with awards. The camp fee is $275 per student. For more information or to apply, visit prairiestate.edu/speechcamp, or contact PSC Professors: Ed Schwarz at 708-709-3772 or [email protected]; Dana Trunnell at 708-09-3798 or [email protected]; or Joshua Green at 708-709-2958 or [email protected].
[email protected] Returns This Summer to PSC – Begins Monday, June 19; Registration Required
Are you looking for fun summer activities to keep your kids busy this summer? Let learning and fun continue year round at Prairie State College (PSC). The [email protected] Summer Program at PSC is designed to enhance the problem solving skills of children grades K-6. Participants will use fun, hands-on, STEAM based activities that encourage creativity in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, math and team building. Additional weeks include inventions, performing arts, and athletics. The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from June 19 through August 3, at the college’s Matteson Area Center, located at 4821 Southwick Drive. [email protected] at PSC offers 7-weeks of fun-filled learning opportunities including an engaging curriculum taught by certified teachers. Each week is tailored to intrigue students and provide them with a chance to explore, build and learn. Half- and full- day options are available. Cost per child for full day is $138 a week, half day is $75 a week, and a 7-week full-day deal is offered for $825. Payment plan options and before and after care are available. New this summer is the Prairie State Star Studded Theatre (PSST), a two-week drama camp, where students will be introduced to playwriting, acting for the camera, improvisation, staging, set design and musical production. The theme is “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and students will participate in an original performance on June 22. The cost is $199 and will be held at the main campus, located at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. In addition to the full- and half-day options, PSC is offering à la carte, one-day courses with a variety of classes to choose from, including game design, digital filmmaking, Spanish and more. For more information about the [email protected] program, visit prairiestate.edu/kids or call 708-709-3750.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland
Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program – Orientation Begins June 20
SSC will be offering a Free Highway Construction Careers Training Program this summer at their Oak Forest Campus. Orientation and Assessment Testing will be June 20-22 at the Oak Forest Center, with the program set to begin on July 17, 2017. The Highway Construction Careers Training Program has been implemented to increase the number of minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals working on IDOT highway construction projects. The training consists of an intensive 12-week program to learn the skills necessary for acceptance into the highway construction trades and gives the opportunity for a career with high wage potential.
Career Opportunities Include: Cement Mason, Electrician, Pipefitter, Carpenter, Laborer, Equipment Operator
Requirements: Valid driver’s license, 18 years or older, High School diploma/GED, Interest working in the Construction Trades
Construction will always be needed for new buildings, roads, bridges, and other structures. Some of the more skilled construction careers such as engineer require higher education while others such as cement masonry can be learned as an on-the-job apprentice. All candidates MUST have a valid driver’s license with them to attend orientation. For more information or to download a copy of the study guide for the assessment test, please visit our website at www.ssc.edu/hcctp, or call 708-708-225-6004, or email [email protected]. Para Información En Español Llame: 708-210-5740. All orientation and assessment testing will be held at the Oak Forest Center. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue in Oak Forest. The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Community College Board, and the participating community colleges do not guarantee employment upon trainees’ graduation from the Highway Construction Careers Training Program.
MakerGirl Classes – Registration Now in Progress
MakerGirl is a non-profit start-up founded by students at the University of Illinois in Champaign. They inspire elementary girls to be active in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) through 3D printing sessions. Women are underrepresented in STEAM and girls tend to lose interest in STEAM fields around middle school. The MakerGirl program sparks curiosity at an early age by providing an environment for girls to learn, create, experiment, and engage themselves in STEAM activities. MakerGirl is traveling across the Midwest to host 3D printing sessions for girls between the ages of 7-10 to learn more about STEAM, cutting edge technology, and much more. These sessions teach young girls 3D printing, while also teaching them about women leaders in STEAM fields, innovative companies, cutting edge technology, and much more. We want your MakerGirl to come to our session and depart wanting to actively participate in any and all parts of STEAM!
When: Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Session 1: 9:00am – 11:30 a.m.
Session 2: 1:00pm – 3:30 p.m.
Where: South Suburban College
Oak Forest Campus (Rm. 5310)
16333 Kilbourne St. in Oak Forest
Registration: Tickets are FREE. Please register at: http://bit.ly/makergirl-ssc or contact [email protected] For more information about all of SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit www.ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office at 708-210-5718.
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Park Forest Environment Commission
Gardening by the Moon – Saturday, June 17
The Gardening Series, sponsored by the Park Forest Environment Commission and Thorn Creek Nature Center, continues on Saturday, June 17 with a discussion on Gardening by the Moon. Work long hours, but still want a beautiful garden to relax in? Try planting ideas to make a serene, night-blooming garden. The event will be held at the Wetlands Discover Center, 30 North Orchard Drive at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.villageofparkforest.com.
Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest
Nature Education Programs at Thorn Creek Nature Center
Calling all schools, home school groups, day cares, preschools, youth, adult and family groups! Nature Education Programs are offered at Thorn Creek Nature Center throughout the year where your group can discover the plants and animals of Thorn Creek Woods. These Nature Education Programs are sponsored by the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. The Audubon Society and the Thorn Creek Nature Center announce their new Partnership for Programming to further the Society’s environmental education mission and give valuable assistance to Thorn Creek Nature Center in providing nature programming for groups of area children and adults. Some of the nature education programs offered this year include Birding by Sight and Sound, Creek Walk (the world of aquatic insects and metamorphosis), Trees Big and Small (identification by leaves and bark), Insects (what makes an insect unique), the Web of Life (interdependence of producers, consumers, predators and decomposers), Soils Hike (how soil fuels and supports life), and Night Hikes. On the Fall Color Hike learn why leaves change colors and what trees do to prepare for the long months of winter. Discover clues to wild animals’ identities and behavior by trails and trails in Wild Animal Tracks. Make your own track replica. On Vixen’s Trek you are the fox following your daily routines on Thorn Creek trails. Or visit the Historic Farm in the woods to explore an early 1900’s woodland farm. Groups can also arrange for a naturalist to come to your location for programs such as Wild Animal Tracks, Web of Life, Woodland Wildflowers, Soils, History of Thorn Creek Woods, and the like. The new partnership has already collaborated in sponsoring three programs: the Learn 70 Birds by Spring class, which runs from January through March; the Great Backyard Bird Count Open House that was held in February; and the Build a Gourd Birdhouse sessions to be held in March. For information about Thorn Creek Audubon Society membership, events and projects: Thorn Creek Audubon Society, P. O. Box 895, Park Forest, Il 60466, or www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org.
Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest
Wednesday Morning Walkers
The Wednesday Morning Walkers takes place each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This free activity is for those ages 13 and older. Follow the forest’s seasonal changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature first-hand on 2 miles of Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve’s winding trails. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. Hiking is on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Registration is required two days before your first walk. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6320.
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 or visit 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 or visit www.tcwoods.org.
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.
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
Park Forest Health Department, 350 Victory Drive
Walk About for Healthy Hearts – Every Saturday
Are you trying to be more active? The Park Forest Health Department is hosting a walk about for healthy hearts every Saturday, at 9 a.m. The walks will begin at the Park Forest Village Green in DownTown Park Forest. All you need are your walking shoes! The walks will last 30 minutes and are more enjoyable if you:
- Wear comfortable clothes,
- Bring a friend to pass the time,
- Make sure to stretch those muscles, and
- Move your arms and maintain good posture.
Don’t forget a water bottle to stay hydrated. For additional information or to register for the weekly walks, call 708-748-1118.
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.
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].
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 708-755-3577 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 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].
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
Park Forest Farmers’ Market – Through October 28
The Park Forest Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday thereafter through October 28 from 7 a.m. to noon. The Market is located on the corner of Lakewood Boulevard & Cunningham Drive in DownTown Park Forest. Since 1974, the Park Forest Farmers’ Market has been connecting area residents with local farmers, food vendors and businesses. The Market hosts 22 full spaces with a variety of fresh flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery goods, herbs and dairy products. Local businesses are also on hand at the Market selling artwork, garden ornaments, jewelry and more. The Market accepts LINK/Snap card as well as Double Value Coupons & Senior Nutrition Coupons. Additional information about the Park Forest Farmers’ Market can be found here. If you are you a farmer, food vendor, or civic group who would be interested in a booth at the Park Forest Farmers’ Market, call the Park Forest Health Department for additional information at 708-748-1118.