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Monday, September 26, 2022

In and Around Park Forest for the Week of August 21, 2016

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — Park Forest residents have always been known to have that “volunteer spirit.” Many residents are always interested in learning how they can become more involved in the community.  To help you find a volunteer project that is rights for you, the Village of Park Forest, in cooperation with AmieriCorps NCCC, will host a Volunteer Fair on Friday, August 26 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This event will bring together numerous volunteer organizations to share their causes with those seeking service opportunities. The Fair will be held at Central Park, 410 Lakewood in Park Forest, is perfect for high school students looking to enhance their college applications, and for adults wanting to make a greater impact in the community.

Don’t forget beginning Monday, August 22, a major water main replacement project is scheduled to begin in Park Forest.  This year-long project will replace four miles of water mains throughout the Village.  Plan on allowing for extra time to get to work, school, or appointments during the construction.

If your club, organization or local business will be holding activities or events in the community, please send an e-mail to RJPiserLPH[email protected] with the details no later than Friday of each week.  Thank you.

Village of Park Forest

Water Main Replacement Project – Begins Monday, August 22

Construction is set to begin in Park Forest on Monday, August 22, as part of a year-long four-mile water main replacement project. Impacted areas include:

  • Chase (Homan to Gettysburg)
    • Homan (Indiana to Douglas)
    • Hamlin (Homan to Illinois)
    • Sherman (Douglas to Springfield)
    • Thomas (Rockwell to Sandburg)
    • Ash (complete road)
    • Winslow (Westwood to Forest)
    • Fir (Forest to Western)
    • Waverly (Lakewood to Windsor)
    • Waverly Ct.
    • Suwanee (Miami to Blackhawk)
    • Minocqua (Blackhawk to Shabbona)
    • Mohawk (Miami to Shabbona)
    • Seneca (Central Park to Shabbona)
    • Seminole (Central Park to Shabbona)
    • Central Park (Sauganash to Seminole)
    • Sangamon Court
    • Somonauk Court
    • Oakwood (S. Orchard to Sauk Trail)
    • Oswego (S. Orchard to Sauk Trail)
    • S. Orchard (Blackhawk to Monee)
    • Nauvoo (Niagara to Shabbona)

Residents should be aware that parking is not permitted on streets with JULIE/utility paint markings and flags. For questions, contact Public Works at 708-503-7702.

Board of Trustees Special Rules Meeting – Monday, August 22

The Village of Park Forest Board is scheduled to hold a Special Rules Meeting on Monday, August 22 at 6 p.m. The meeting 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).

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

Arts & Entertainment

Artists Walk Theatre, Flossmoor

‘The Fantasticks’ – Opens Friday, August 26

Artists Walk Theatre will present ‘The Fantasticks’ at the Flossmoor Community House, 847 Hutchison Road.  Performances will be held on: August 26 & 27, September 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m.; August 28, September 11 & 18 at 2 p.m. ‘The Fantasticks’ is a 1960 musical that tells the story of two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate.  Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised but enlightened, and they renew their vows with more maturity. Tickets are $25.  For tickets call 815-277-1083 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2583213

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

2016/2017 Season – Tickets Now on Sale

GSU’s Center for Performing Arts’ 2016-17 season lineup brings a mix of fresh, fun, and nostalgic programs, showcasing fan favorites like blues prodigy Jamiah Rogers, and Chicago Southland premieres by Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash, and Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. Enjoy a new view of the arts as you sit on the stage with the artists in one of many “on stage experiences.” Where else can you sit on the stage at a theatre in Chicago? The Center is the first to offer this unique access for a variety of programs, including opera events paired with food and wine, theatre, musical Broadway, and blues. Laugh with the Steve Cochran Comedy Tour, starring WGN Radio’s popular morning show host and featuring comedians Rocky LaPorte (The Tonight Show), Pat McGann (David Letterman) and John DaCosse (WGN Morning Show). Celebrate the Cinderella story in Dallas Children’s Theatre’s Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale. Or ring in the holiday season with a trip to Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker, featuring international guest artists, a sugar plum party, and pictures with Santa. Plan the perfect Valentine’s weekend date night with Artists Lounge Live’s Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole, starring Evan Tyrone Martin of Porchlight Music Theatre’s Dreamgirls fame. You’ve seen the movies, now be blown away by the sounds of an all-new touring production of Drumline Live! Be one of the first to experience one of the three Chicago Southland national tour premieres: street dance phenomenon, Evil and Good by Chicago Dance Crash, Porchlight Music Theatre’s The Scottsboro Boys and Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s The Monk Meets the First Lady, a celebration of jazz centennials Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonius Monk. Celebrate the late great Prince at the GSU Dance Company’s spring 2017 dance festival. Immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, performed as never before, outside in the renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Join your Center in new ways to experience the arts—with food, fresh views, favorite titles, and of course the friendly customer service you have become accustomed to at GSU.  The Center for Performing Arts welcomes you to campus, where parking is free and performances are always more than just a show.

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 6p.m. on Thursdays) & 2 hours prior to all performances

For discounts and Box Office information visit www.govst.edu/BoxOffice.

The Center for Performing Arts is honored to be supported by First Midwest Bank, The Chicago Community Trust (Made in Chicago series), Arts Midwest Touring Fund and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For a complete list of the Season’s events, and information about purchasing tickets, visit: http://www.govst.edu/About/Center_for_Performing_Arts/All_Events_by_Date/.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson

Photographs Revealing the Beauty of the 2nd Congressional District – Entries Due by Thursday, August 25

Congresswoman Robin Kelly invites residents and visitors to reveal the beauty and distinctiveness of the 2nd Congressional District by entering their snapshots in the #02ByYou online photo competition. Up to two photos may be sent to [email protected]  by August 25 at 5 p.m. CST. Photos will be published on Facebook on September 1, 2016, and constituents can vote for their favorite photo by using Facebook “likes” through September 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Email entries must include the contestant’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and social media username. Photos should also include a location, date taken and brief photo caption. If individuals are captured in the photo, contestants must obtain the consent and names of all those pictured. All photos must be original and taken in the Second District. For a map, please visit http://robinkelly.house.gov/about/our-district. Higher quality photos are strongly preferred. Ideal dimensions for Facebook cover photos are 828 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall. By entering this contest, participants agree that the photo may be published royalty free in any communication by Rep. Kelly’s office. The office reserves the right to reject entries that are offensive, in poor taste, inappropriate for public display or do not meet eligibility criteria. If you have any questions, please call 202-225-0773.

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

International Art Exhibition ‘On Space and Place’ – Opens September 15

For the first time, viewers of the ART21 or “Art in the Twenty-First Century” television series will be able to see work by artists featured in the new season at the DePaul Art Museum on the Lincoln Park Campus of DePaul University. The exhibition will provide a multi-layered opportunity to learn about the artists on PBS stations, including Chicago’s WTTW-Channel 11, then experience the work in person. The DePaul Art Museum collaborated with the Peabody Award-winning documentary series ART21 to exhibit the 16 artists featured in the show’s eighth season. The exhibition, “On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver,” curated by Widholm, will open at the DePaul Art Museum on September 15 and run until December 18. A public opening reception will be held at the museum from 5-8 p.m. September 15. The four-part series will premiere Sept. 16 on PBS. The featured artists, chosen by ART21 curator Wesley Miller, are grouped by their unique and revealing relationships to the places where they live, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver, to showcase their cities as vibrant and diverse centers for art.

16 innovative artists from 4 dynamic cities:

  • Chicago artists: Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kasten, Chris Ware
  • Mexico City artists: Natalia Almada, Minerva Cuevas, Damián Ortega, Pedro Reyes
  • Los Angeles artists: Edgar Arceneaux, Liz Larner, Tala Madani, Diana Thater
  • Vancouver artists: Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor, Jeff Wall

To view a trailer and learn more about ART21 and television dates visit http://www.pbs.org/art21/.  The DePaul Art Museum is located just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. The 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 the 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 2016-17 Season – Tickets Now on Sale

Who will be the IPO’s next Music Director?  During IPO’s 2016-17 season, you will have the opportunity to see and hear all five finalists.

Beethoven 3 and the Search for Greatness – Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The IPO’s 39th season debuts on Saturday, October 15th with New Zealand-born Maestra Holly Mathieson, who currently serves as the Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra. Ms. Mathieson will be leading a program that guarantees to pluck at your heartstrings beginning with Ives’ haunting and poignant work. Next, guest violinist Stefan Milenkovich joins the IPO for Sibelius’ thrilling violin concerto, a signature work by the Finnish master.  The second half of the program is dedicated to Beethoven’s revolutionary third symphony (the “Heroic”), one of the greatest symphonies in the entire repertoire.

A Little Night Music – Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.

November brings conductor candidate finalist Alastair Willis to the IPO stage. Grammy-nominated Willis opens the program on Saturday, November 19 with vivid musical pictures from Borodin’s 1880 work representing the Russian troops and the people of the steppe. American pianist William Wolfram then joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s famous first piano concerto, among the all-time favorites with audiences around the world.  The evening continues with Bartok’s dramatic Concerto for Orchestra, a dazzling orchestral showpiece that will display the IPO’s virtuosity.

Winter Wonderland and Holiday Concert – Saturday, December 17 at 3 p.m.

Guest Conductor Francesco Milioto makes his debut with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra for our very family-friendly Winter Wonderland Holiday Concert returning to its 3PM Saturday matinee time. Maestro will lead the orchestra in familiar favorites from The Nutcracker, featuring dancers from Ballet 5:8 and Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons along with other winter-theme classics. Special guests include the Grande Prairie Singers and the Grande Prairie Children’s Chorus. In the second half, the orchestra will bring the music from the beloved children’s book and movie, The Polar Express, to life. The afternoon is sure to fill all kids and kids at heart with plenty of holiday spirit. (And children’s tickets are just $5 each!)

Slavic Soul – Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The IPO rings in the New Year with conductor candidate Stilian Kirov, Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C, with an exciting program of Eastern European works. Kodaly, like his peer Bartok, was a master of incorporating Hungarian folk melodies into his compositions, and the Dances of Galanta are no exception. Written as recruiting songs to show a soldier’s life as endless “fun,” these dances will delight. Similarly, Ligeti’s work draws on his Transylvanian heritage with tuneful folk melodies. Closing the evening is Rachmaninoff’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring guest pianist Sean Chen. This work was featured in the movie Shine, the true story of Australian concert pianist David Helfgott. Rachmaninoff’s piece is one of the most challenging of all Romantic-era concertos…and the most exhilarating. Truly, this concert will set your soul on fire!

Opposites Attract – Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. 

Maestro Darko Butorac takes the stage to deliver a program of considerable contrasts. He is currently Music Director of the Missoula Symphony Association and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. Excerpted from Verdi’s tangled tale, La forza del destino, the overture introduces multiple melodies from the charming Italian opera. Soloists Jasmine Lin and Matthew Lipman, who both hail from the Chicago Southland, appear together on Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, which is considered one of his early masterpieces. This work features unusually rich symphonic texture and is a study in contrasts with the viola tuned a semi-tone higher than normal. On the program’s second half, Maestro Butorac says of Prokofiev’s fifth symphony, “This is a work of incredible positive energy written during one of the darkest periods of human history, deeply affected by the Second World War.” Even while knowing its dark roots, your spirit cannot help but soar as you listen to “A hymn to the free and happy man.”

Season Finale: American Perspectives – Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

In the Season Finale, Maestro Sean Newhouse, former Assistant Conductor of Boston and Associate Conductor of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, leads the IPO in a captivating musical journey from “sea to shining sea.” All three of these works were written in America, but by composers of diverse backgrounds. The American-born Copland’s Buckaroo Holiday instantly conjures up images of the historical American West, while virtuoso double bassist Edgar Meyer’s captivating and touching Violin Concerto marries an earthy, folk-like feel with toe-tapping contemporary rhythms. Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony, written during his American sojourn, embodies the inspiration he found in African-American spirituals and American Indian legends, as well as the musical heritage of his Czech homeland and the German symphonic tradition. Kentucky-born Tessa Lark joins the IPO for Meyer’s Concerto.

Subscriptions are now on sale, including a Music Lovers All-6-Concert option and an introductory “You-Pick-3” offering for first time subscribers. Details are online at www.ipomusic.org or call 708.481.7774. A Season Preview flyer and subscription form can be downloaded at: http://ipomusic.org/index.php/id-2016-17-season.html.

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

‘Operation Mom’s Couch’ – Through August 27

The NVAM announces the opening of its solo exhibition ‘Operation Mom’s Couch’ —the newest exploration of the veteran experience through the lens of an Airman and his cultural consumption of war stemming back to early childhood memories, juxtaposed with his lived authentic enlisted experience. The way in which war is broadcast to the public and consumed on couches all across the world—becoming a daily part of the home environment—is a phenomenon explored by retired Air Force veteran, and award-winning artist: Eric J. Garcia. The exhibit will run through August 27.  Known for mixing history and culture with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia creates art that expands the genre beyond aesthetics.  Garcia has shown in numerous national and international exhibitions, has received many awards such as the prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship and is currently an artist in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center.  Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Garcia came to Chicago in 2007, to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree.  A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from hand-printed posters, to published political cartoons, to sculptural installations, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging. While the NVAM is one of the only museums in the world to collect and exhibit artwork exclusively created by veterans in a permanent exhibition, it also provides important programming for veterans, their families, and the  community. For more information about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.

Exhibit of Work by Chicago Veteran Artist George Klauba – Opens Friday, August 26

NVAM announces the opening of its newest solo exhibition featuring the work of Chicago veteran artist, George Klauba. The exhibition comprises two series of paintings: ‘Nerves on Fire: Reflections on WWII’ and ‘Cuba: Rebels, Orishas & 26 Julio.’ Klauba’s first exhibition at NVAM will open on Friday, August 26th with a reception from 6-9 p.m. NVAM Executive Director and Artist George Klauba will deliver the keynote speech. Klauba’s work recalls the impact of witnessing the homecoming of WWII veterans and making the daily sacrifices to support the war effort on his childhood. He remembers the reverence he felt for the objects brought back from war, and the curiosity invoked by the exotic names of locations in the Pacific. These objects and stories from his childhood eventually merged with an adult understanding of the sorrow and loss experienced by both sides. Klauba masterfully illustrates these vignettes and empathetically weaves them throughout his paintings which he describes as memorials. Nerves on Fire is dedicated to the men and women who were deeply affected by the Second World War. ‘Cuba: Rebels, Orishas & 26 Julio’ is inspired by the indelible experiences Klauba had as a young sailor stationed in Cuba during the revolution. Klauba enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent a month in Guantanamo Bay during one of his deployments. His personal accounts and first-hand understanding of the political atmosphere of the time lays the contextual foundation for the unique mix of factual and fantastical imagery found in this series. Side by side these two series of paintings offer a glimpse into the way in which military service has both defined the artist’s life and driven decades of contemplation about the impact that war has had on his and others’ lives. The exhibition will be open to the public beginning with the opening reception on Friday, August 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through Saturday, October 29. For more information about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.

Park Forest Historical Society, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest

Step Back into the 1950s at the Park Forest House Museum

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 227 Monee Road, (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church) in Park Forest, will give you a nostalgic look of what a Park Forest home and classroom once looked like.  The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and can also be open at other times by appointment for group tours. Donation is Adults $5; 12 & under free with an adult. Scout and school tours are priced individually.  For details, to arrange a special group tour, or to volunteer, visit the Park Forest Historical Society website, www.parkforesthistory.org, or call Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled for the week of August 21:

  • Monday, August 22 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, August 22 at 2 p.m. — Fun with Science! — Join us each week for exciting hands-on experiments. You will be inspired through an interactive environment of discovery that will ignite your imagination. Ages: 12-under, however some experiments are not suitable for children under 8 years old.
  • Monday, August 22 at 4 p.m. — Teen DIY: Pottery for Beginners — Get your hands dirty in TTZ! Learn the basics of pottery and create your own design!
  • Tuesday, August 23 at 2:30 p.m. — “DIY” Journal — Stop by the kids’ zone and design a journal you’ll treasure for many years. Ages: 12-under
  • Tuesday, August 23 at 4 p.m. — Color-Rama! Coloring Circle — Are you a teen looking to take a break after school with a fun, fresh activity? Come relieve stress and show your creativity with other teens in our coloring circle!
  • Tuesday, August 23 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, August 24 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, August 24 at 1 p.m. — Wii U Wednesday — GAME ON! Test your skills on the Wii U! Play with friends, our meet new ones. Ages 12 years and under.
  • Wednesday, August 24 at 4 p.m. — Color Me Happy Circle — Our 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, August 24 at 4:30 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 Teen Tech Zone.
  • Wednesday, August 24 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, August 25 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.
  • Thursday, August 25 at 1 p.m. – DIY Thursday — Join us each week for a special “do it yourself” project! Ages: 12 and under.
  • Friday, August 26 at 10:30 a.m. – Butterfly Club — The Butterfly Club will track Monarch Butterflies in our backyard! We will collect and raise caterpillars, so we may release butterflies in the library gardens! Registration is Required. Children under 6 must have a chaperone. Shoes, socks, water bottle, and sunscreen are recommended.
  • Friday, August 26 at 2 p.m. — Unplugged Game Day! — It’s Game Day! Find out how much fun board games can be. Come and test your skills with popular games like, UNO, Monopoly, Simon and more! Ages: 12 and Under.
  • Friday, August 26 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 to the challenge?
  • Saturday, August 27 at 1 p.m. — Family Movie Matinee- ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ — Flightless birds lead a mostly happy existence, except for Red, who just can’t get past the daily annoyances of life. His temperament leads him to anger management class, where he meets fellow misfits Chuck and Bomb. Red becomes even more agitated when his feathered brethren welcome green pigs to their island paradise.

For additional information call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.

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

Annual Photographer of the Year and Student Exhibition – Opens Monday, August 22

PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery will host the Annual Photographer of the Year and Student Exhibition from Monday, August 22 through Thursday, September 15.  An Artists’ Reception will be held on Wednesday, August 31 from noon to 2 p.m.  Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Christopher Art Gallery regular hours are Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit can also be seen by appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 708-709-3636.

Rich Township Senior Center, 297 Liberty Drive, Park Forest

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.

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

‘Graffiti aHEAD: A Documentation of the Midwest Graffiti Writers’ Exhibit — Opens Sunday, August 28

The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to announce a special guest artist exhibition titled “Graffiti aHEAD: A Documentation of Midwest Graffiti Writers,” by East Chicago artist Felix “Flex” Maldonado Jr. in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery from August 28th through October 13th. There will also be a closing reception for the artist at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 8th. The Dorothea Thiel Gallery is located on the 4th Floor of SSC’s Main Campus. A proud native of East Chicago, Felix is a self-taught artist with 25+ years’ experience in painting, murals and graffiti art. In 1995, he received his BFA in Advertising from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. His work has landed him at several ad agencies in Chicago directing and producing award-winning spots for companies like Culligan Water, Peoples Energy, Roto-Rooter, Head Tennis and ATA Airlines. Felix Maldonado is an artist in every sense of the word. His passion and enthusiasm for this subject is evident in everything he makes. One particular body of work, that demonstrates many of his abilities and could quite possibly be his strongest work, is a series of portraits of graffiti artists entitled “Graffiti aHead.” Felix has chosen these people to paint because of his admiration and respect for them as graffiti artists. This comes across in the work in various ways, first and foremost the size of the works.  SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or visit www.ssc.edu/art.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Festival of Art’ Exhibit – Through September 18

The ‘Festival of Art’ exhibit runs through September 18. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The ‘Festival of Art’ will feature drawings, paintings, mixed media works, watercolors, acrylics, oils, photography, digital images, sculpture, and more. Exhibiting artists include: Marjorie Anderson, CouSandra Armstrong, Mary Bookwalter, James Bowden, Terry Boykin, Susan Brauer, Carole Joy Brejcha, Joan Bulf, Javier Chavira, Claudia Craemer, Maureen Cribbs, Linda Curl, Michelle Detering, Bronwyn Elkuss, June Finnegan, Val Fischer, Anitra Frazier, Ann Goldsmith, Margi Hafer, Cedric Hampton, Fran Hollander, Nikkole Huss, Pat Coffman Huss, Alice Jacobs, Dennis Jennings, Robert Johnson, Jack Kapost, Michael Kucinski, Jean Lewis, Selma Lisit, Paula Mattson, Claudia McCarthy, Mike McCarthy, Tim McCue,  Pam McDonald, Janice Meister, Jennifer Meyer, Robert Mongeau, Patricia Moore, Charles ‘Will’ Mull, Dennis B. O’Malley, Gail Otterson, Michele P. Owens, Kate Patterson, Gisele Perreault, Janice Pratt, John Ray, Antonia Ruppert, Dorothy Sandlin, Richard Schmidt, Mary Ann Trzyna, Jennifer Weigel, Bill Wild, Patricia Wiseman, and Faye Zalecki.  The exhibit curator is Janice Pratt. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Adult and student groups are welcome to tour the exhibit by appointment. For additional information or to arrange for a tour, please call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrassarts.org.

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

Two New Exhibits at USG – Through September 10

Two new exhibits are currently featured at USG on through Saturday, September 10.  ‘The Structure’ features work about, made with, and inspired by architecture and architectural materials. The wide variety of work was selected by jurors, Mike Bonhart and Carole Joy Brejcha.  Exhibiting Artists: are Cousandra Armstrong, Fermin Barbosa, Rachelle Barmann, Carol Brockman, Alexander Gregory, Eric Hazeltine, Peter Jablokow, Kim Sae Jun, Kellie Lachata, Jess Lassahn, Dawn Leader-Peloso, David Levenson, Steven Lockwood, Sandra Marchetti, Liz Mares, and Taylor Mazer.

‘Project Onward at Union Street Gallery’ is a studio and gallery for professional artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Many of their artists find inspiration in architecture, which pairs perfectly with the Gallery’s regional juried exhibit, ‘The Structure.’ Exhibiting Artists: are James Allen, Franklin Armstrong, Pedro Basantes, John Behnke, Kareem Davis, Louis DeMarco, Andrew Hall, Jason Hines, Adam Hines, David Holt, Brandon Jackson, RJ Juguilon, Sabieon Lavinder, Ray Michalski, Ryan Tepich, Richard Willis, and George Zuniga .

The exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit www.unionstreetgallery.org.

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

RACE: The Power of An Illusion – The Story We Tell’ — Friday, August 26

UUCC will screen the documentary film ‘RACE: The Power of An Illusion – The Story We Tell’ on Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m. A lively discussion will follow the film screening. What is this thing we call race? Where did the idea come from? Explore the roots of the concept of race, including the 19th century science that justified it and how it gained such a hold over our minds. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Communities (http://www.cmc-hrcs.org/). Coffee, tea and popcorn will be provided.  Bring a snack to share if you wish. The event is free and open to the public. Optional donations appreciated. UUCC is located east of Western Avenue and south of Steger Road. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

University of Chicago, 5801 S Ellis Avenue, Chicago

‘Resonant Objects’ – Through Sunday, August 28

A new UChicago exhibition showcases the work of three Chicago-based artists and their shared interest in the social and spatial conditions of their surroundings. ‘Resonant Objects,’ on view through August 28 at the Logan Center Gallery and the Arts Incubator, features the work of Greg Bray, Aquil Charlton and Nazafarin Lotfi, who participated in the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture Artists-in-Residence Program. The exhibit is free and open to the public.  Over the course of ten months, Bray, Charlton and Lotfi worked in studios at the Arts Incubator, generating research, artworks and happenings that fostered interactive relationships with diverse publics and spaces on Chicago’s South Side. Working across painting and sculpture, Bray blends collage and assemblage with an exploration of random structures. For ‘Resonant Objects,’ Bray presents abstract sculptures informed by his research into the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear purge that occurred in Eastern Japan in 2011. Fashioned from discarded chairs, Bray’s works are uncanny contortions of wood, plastic, metal and electrical cords. At once acquiring anthropomorphic guises and suggesting new forms, Bray’s sculptures speak to humanity’s resilience and capacity to create a new following moments of rupture. As the resident musician in this year’s cohort, Charlton’s work focuses on his music education, sound design and songwriting practices, as well as his research into the life and work of influential American singer/songwriter Eugene “Gene” McDaniels. McDaniel’s politically motivated recordings garnered success in the late 1960s and in recent times various hip hop producers including Prince Paul and Q-Tip of Native Tongues have sampled his work. Following this lineage, Charlton’s presentation infuses music creation with a deep social consciousness and pedagogical intent. Culling elements from McDaniel’s music and lyrics, as well as from his own repertoire, Charlton presents a series of sound installations that interpolate the unique acoustic and spatial qualities of the presenting galleries. Also on view is Charlton’s Mobile Music Box, an interactive vehicle that features instructions and recycled materials for making musical instruments. Lotfi’s sculpture- and performance-based practice explores the relationship between object, body and space. Lotfi engages in daily rituals of walking between her home and several spaces across Chicago’s Hyde Park and Washington Park neighborhoods, accompanied by large-scale, boulder-like sculptures crafted from papier-mâché. These mundane experiences—often reserved solely for the artist and without a prescribed audience—are recorded in physical impressions on the object’s delicate surfaces as they are rolled on the ground, as well as through the artist’s own body as she negotiates holding and carrying them aloft. For the exhibition, Lotfi presents a series of sculptures with distressed and painted surfaces alongside video and photographs documenting her actions in the public sphere. For additional information, call 773-702-8360 or visit www.uchicago.edu.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

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

Graduate & Undergraduate Program Open House – Registration Required by Monday, September 12

GSU is hosting a graduate and undergraduate program open house on Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in E-Lounge. The open house will showcase the many bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs offered at GSU and provide information on financial aid, admission requirements, housing, and much more. Prospective students who attend the open house will receive a waiver code for their application fee. Programs requiring application through Centralized Application Services are excluded. For more information, contact Julie Anderson at 708-534-4086 or email [email protected]. To register for the open house, visit www.govst.edu/GSU-openhouse/ by Monday, September 12.

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

Free High School Equivalency & English Language Acquisition Registration Days

SSC’s Adult Education Department is offering a wide range of opportunities for adults to build the basic skills required for success. Adult Basic Education (ABE) helps men and women whose skill levels are below the ninth grade. ABE students improve their skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Many adults choose to further build on these skills and pursue a high school education through the High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) program. The HSE program will develop the skills required to pass the High School Equivalency exams. Studies will include Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and the US and Illinois Constitutions. Additionally, English Language Acquisition (ELA) allows non-native students to improve their English skills from beginning to advanced levels. Most of the Adult Education programs are offered both full and part-time at the Main Campus in South Holland or the Oak Forest Center. At the time of registration, all students will take a Placement Test. The complete schedule of locations for registrations and classes is as follows:

Address: 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473
Register: August 29, 30 and 31, 2016, 6:00 p.m., Room L233
Classes Start/End: September 6 – December 16, 2016, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Address: 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473
Register: August 29, 30 and 31, 2016, 9:00 a.m., Room 1243 B
Classes Start/End: September 6 – December 16, 2016, Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. & 12:00 noon

Address: 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473
Register: August 29, 30 and 31, 2016, 9:00 a.m., Room 2452
Classes Begin: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Room 2452

Address: 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60452
Register: August 29, 30 and 31, 2016, 9:00 a.m., Room 5240
Classes Begin: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Room 5240

Address: 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473
Register: August 29, 30 and 31, 9:00 a.m., Room L233
Classes Begin: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Room L233

Address: 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473
Register: August 29, 30 and 31, 9:00 a.m., Room L233
Classes Begin: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. Room L233

Address: 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473
Register: August 29, 30 and 31, 6:00 p.m., Room 1243 B
Classes Begin: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, Monday through Friday
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Room 1243 B

Address: 16333 S. Kilbourn Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60452
Register: August 29, 30 and 31, 9:00 a.m., Room 5320
Classes Begin: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. Room 5320

All courses are offered free of charge. For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal funds of $331,227 provides approximately 37% of the support of these programs. Indiana residents are not eligible to participate in the Adult Education programs. To request ADA accommodations allow three weeks. Please contact: Gail Bonds-Carpenter, ADA Coordinator, 708-596-2000, ext. 2691. For enrollment and class information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2385 or ext. 2240, or visit www.ssc.edu under “Adult and Continuing Education, Adult Education.”

Online Educational Resources

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

Top U.S. Universities

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

Green Events

Park Forest Environment Commission, 350 Victory Drive

Free Rain Barrels for Park Forest Residents Residing in Cook County

Free rain barrels are available to Village residents in the Cook County section of Park Forest through the end of 2016. The rain barrel program is a cooperative effort by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the Village of Park Forest. Rain barrels are large containers that capture rainwater from your roof, typically via downspouts, for you to use when you need it. The most common use for rain barrel water is for the watering of lawns or gardens, and for washing cars.

How the program works:

  • Park Forest residents may request up to four rain barrels by visiting the Public Works Department at Village Hall and filling out a short form. Rain barrels are available in four colors: terra cotta, blue, black, and warm gray.
  • The rain barrels will be scheduled for drop-off at your home by representatives from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
  • The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District estimates a three to four month waiting period from the time of order to the delivery of rain barrels.
  • Installing a rain barrel is easy and only requires a few tools. A connecting elbow and detailed instructions are provided with all rain barrels. Place your rain barrel under a downspout, wait for rain, and go!

Please note that boundaries for this program were determined by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Will County residents are not eligible. For questions about the program, contact Public Works at 708-503-7702.

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

Discover the wonders of spring in a weekly morning walk.  Wednesday Morning Walkers meet every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and is free for ages 13 years to adult.  Walkers new to the program must register two days before they first hike. For additional information or to register, call 708-747-6360.

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.

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.

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.

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 708-481-5339 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].

This & That

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Chicago

Women’s Equality Day Event Chicago Premiere of ‘Equal Means Equal’—Friday, on August 26

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day with the Chicago premiere of ‘Equal Means Equal’ at the Logan Theatre on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 6 p.m. The screening will be followed by a rousing panel discussion with local lawyers whose clients’ experience first-hand how laws exclude or harm women, presented by the Gender Equity Fund, the local fundraising arm of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-IL, Inc.). “Equal Means Equal” is an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. By following both real life stories and precedent setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez discovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace matters to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, the healthcare system and the legal system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws in place that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). ‘Equal Means Equal’ is a groundbreaking exploration of gender inequality in the USA featuring activists, leaders and survivors. A brutal expose of a broken system, the film reignites the dialogue on full legal equality for all Americans, regardless of gender. The Documentary features Patricia Arquette, Gloria Steinem, Lakshmi Puri, Eleanor Smeal, Terry O’Neill, Kamala Lopez, Representative Carolyn Maloney and Senator Robert Menendez.  Winner of the Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.

The movie screening will be followed by a panel including:

  • Kara N. Ingelhart, Skadden Fellow Attorney (Lambda Legal)
  • Sister Bernadine Karge, OP, JD (“Nuns on the Bus”)
  • Neha Lall, Senior Attorney, Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF)

The panelists will discuss how their clients are impacted in evictions, immigration and employment, as well as how the ERA may help.  The movie screening and panel discussion will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. Advanced registration with a donation of $10 is strongly encouraged.  Register at www.emechicago.eventbrite.com. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Gender Equity Fund, Lambda Legal, and Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF). Event sponsors include the AAUW-Chicago Branch, Inc., Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI), Lynn Grayson, Ruth Holst, Sharon Eiseman, Working Women’s History Project (WWHP) & Anonymous.  For more information on Equal Means Equal, visit www.equalmeansequal.com.

Chicago City of Learning

Back to School Jam – Saturday, September 10

The Chicago City of Learning’s Back to School Jam will be held on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at Jones College Prep, 700 State Street in Chicago. Free to all, Chicago City of Learning’s Back to School Jam is where youth and teens can do what they like and learn what they want. Hands-on activities hosted by 20 organizations citywide will meet interests in space, robotics, music, building, coding, cooking, writing, nature, art and more. Participants of this festival of doing and making will earn digital badges and chances to win prizes, including iPad Minis! To RSVP for your family and enter the special pre-registration raffle, visit http://CCOL.io/BTSJ.

South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS), Homewood

‘Back to School Angels’ Needed

This is the time of year when the school supply sale ads start to appear in the Sunday paper.  For many parents, this is a sign that summer vacation has tipped past the halfway mark and that soon it will be time for “back-to-school shopping.”  For other parents, this is a time when they realize they can’t come close to purchasing all of the things on their children’s school supply lists. Over the past eight years, local “Angels” have adopted the school supply lists of over 350 children who receive services at SSFS, an agency that provides services to victims of domestic violence and their children.  Many local organizations and individuals have been very generous over the years with donations for this program, and the agency is hoping people will be just as generous this year. SSFS director of clinical services, Carol Gsell, states, “Parents are trying to figure out how they are going to find the money to send their kids back to school with the things they need, and the kids are worried about being the only child in the classroom without their supplies when school starts. School supply lists have become very extensive in the last few years with schools no longer requiring just the basic pens, pencils, crayons, markers and notebooks.  Teachers have specific items they need for their classrooms and we want our clients to not worry about how expensive these school lists can be. Many children also need gym shoes and uniforms which our clients just can’t afford to buy. Someone can make a huge difference in the life of a family coping with domestic violence by helping purchase school supplies for these children,” added Gsell. “We are looking for ‘Back to School Angels’ to adopt a child for back to school supplies,” according to Linda Schmidt, volunteer project coordinator.  “You can adopt a student yourself, or get a group of people together to adopt a student and split the list up.  This is a great opportunity to do community service with your own children because it is something they can relate to and understand.” Schmidt also states that donors do not have to do the actual shopping for supplies. SSFS is accepting gift cards from office supply stores and retailers where school supplies can be purchased.  Donors can also send a check payable to South Suburban Family Shelter at P.O. Box 937, Homewood, IL 60430. Those interested in being an Angel or looking to volunteer should contact Schmidt directly via e-mail at: [email protected] or call SSFS at 708-794-2140, ext. 303. For more information about South Suburban Family Shelter, call 708-794-2140, or www.ssfs1.org.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Volunteer Fair at Central Park — Friday, August 26

Are you interested in learning how you can become more involved in the community? A Volunteer Fair being held on Friday, August 26 will bring together numerous volunteer organizations to share their causes with those seeking service opportunities. The fair, to be held at Central Park, 410 Lakewood in Park Forest from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., is perfect for high school students looking to enhance their college applications, and for adults wanting to make a greater impact in the community. This event is sponsored by AmeriCorps NCCC.

2nd Annual Paws at the Park Pet Adoption – September 24 & 25

Take part in the 2nd Annual Paws at the Park pet adoption at the Park Forest Bark District on September 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every year, Animal Medical Center of Sauk Village teams up with the Village of Park Forest to help hundreds of lovable pets find their forever homes. A craft fair, activities for the kids, and even some pet training demonstrations will take place at the event. The Park Forest Bark District, Park Forest’s own dog park, is located at the corner of 218th Street and Wildwood Drive. Questions about this event, or to apply for a space at the craft fair, should be directed to the Animal Medical Center via their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/saukvillageanimalmedicalcenter or by calling Park Forest’s Recreation and Parks Department at 708-748-2005.

Park Forest Farmers’ Market – Through October 29

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 Park Forest Farmers’ Market accepts EBT/Link, WIC, and Senior Nutrition Coupons.  The Market is open Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. through October, for shopping, food, and entertainment.  Learn more about the Park Forest Farmer’s Market at: http://www.villageofparkforest.com/Index.aspx?NID=98.

Windy City Times, Chicago

WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair – Friday, September 16

More than 30 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits will participate in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, September 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by Windy City Times with Center on Halsted, Pride Action Tank, Chicago House, Association of Latino/as Motivating Action, Affinity Community Services, TransTech Social Enterprises, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Out & Equal Chicagoland, Lambda Legal, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and the Northalsted Business Alliance.

Confirmed exhibitors, in addition to the sponsors, include:
AON Hewitt
Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas
Chicago Commission on Human Relations
Chicago Marriott
Chicago Women in Trades
Christy Webber Landscapes
Elevate Energy
Experis/Manpower Group
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Gap Inc. and Old Navy
Hilton Worldwide
Howard Brown Health
Lyric Opera
MB Financial Bank
Metropolitan Family Services
Northern Trust
Northwestern Department of Medical Social Sciences
Pace Suburban Bus Company
Paul Mitchell The School
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
Senior Helpers
State of Illinois Department of Rehabilitation
Vienna Beef
Zurich North America

This is the second WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair. The first focused primarily on youth experiencing homelessness. This fair is open to all, and will have special workshops focused on youth, transgender employment, and seniors. The workshops include:

Noon-1 p.m.: Getting Started (or Starting Again): Job Searching for “First” Timers
— Kara Rosser, One Summer Chicago
— One Summer Chicago youth participant
— Sean Bush, Silver Fork Coordinator
— Silver Fork Alumni

1-2 p.m.: Stronger and Wiser: Job Searching For LGBTQ Older Adults
— Dan O’Donnell, AARP
— Jonathan Tague, Senior Helpers
— Britta Larson, Center on Halsted
— Nora O’Malley, Lyric Opera

2-3 p.m.: Transgender and the Workplace
Moderator: Alexis Paige, Lambda Legal
— Owen Daniel-McCarter, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
— Sandra Wagner, Northern Trust
— Alexis Martinez, activist
— Channyn Lynn Parker, TransLife Center, Chicago House

3-4 p.m.: From Resumes to Interviews: Making a Good First Impression
Moderator: Michael Erwin, Director, Global Corporate Communications and Social Media CareerBuilder
— Julie West, CG Consulting
— Justin Thompson, Consumer Marketing, CareerBuilder
— Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder
— Sarah Frank, Experis/ManpowerGroup
— Mike Madura, Associate Director National Recruiting, KPMG

The Illinois Secretary of State Mobile Services Unit will be on-site to assist attendees with acquiring or renewing state identifications, driver’s licenses, and other state registrations from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Youth Space. Booths at the job fair are $95 for businesses, $50 for nonprofits. Deadline is Sept. 6. Email Tracy Baim for details: [email protected]m, or call 773-871-7610. For additional information see: https://www.facebook.com/LGBTQJobFair/?fref=ts.





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