Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) —Had the opportunity to drive through the Redwood State Park in northern California during my vacation. What an awe inspiring adventure. If you are looking for something to do with the family this summer, consider a visit to one of our many national parks. You’ll be glad you did.
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. You can learn more about the Saturday walk abouts in the ‘Health Living’ section.
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
Memorial Day Program – Monday, May 29
The Park Forest American Legion hosts its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 29, beginning at 11 a.m. The program takes place at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive in Downtown Park Forest and includes placement of remembrance wreaths in solemn honor of fallen service members, along with recognition of Park Forest veterans, informative details on the proper protocol for folding the American flag, a three-volley rifle salute, and live bugle rendition of “Taps”. Numerous veterans will be present, including many from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Residents are encouraged to attend to remember those who have lost their lives while serving the country.
Village Board Meeting – Monday, May 22
The Village of Park Forest Board will meet not on Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. The Village Board will next meet on Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. The agenda for Saturday Rules meetings is set by the public. If you have any questions, the floor is open.
The next Monday Rules meeting will be on June 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.
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
Calvary United Protestant Church, 425 Orchard Street, Park Forest
Women’s Spring Fling – Sunday, May 28
Calvary United Protestant Church will host the annual Women’s Spring Fling on Sunday, May 28 from noon to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this special event. Attendees will have the chance to hear from other women about family, business and networking with others to inspire and learn. There will also be raffles, vendors and guest speakers. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register or for additional information, contact Vernice Warren at [email protected].
Crete Public Library District, 1177 North Main Street
The following events are scheduled at the Crete Public Library District the week of May 21:
- Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. — Knot Just for Knitters — Knot Just for Knitters is 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. Everyone welcome. The group usually meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Registration Required.
- Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. — Crocheting with Barb — Barb Bakun teaches beginners how to crochet and offers tips to experienced crocheters. Registration required.
- Thursday, May 25 at 6 p.m. — Introduction to Social Media — Learn about the different types of social media and what they are for. This is a demonstration class.
Registration required. Online registration is NOT available for computer classes. Please call the library to register at 708-672-8017 or for more information.
- Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m. — Knot Another Ball of Yarn! Crochet Group — Learn to crochet, or bring your own crochet, in this twice a month group! Beginners, please bring an H-size (5mm) crochet hook and a Medium 4 weight yarn in white or any pastel color. For ages 13 and up. Registration Required.
For additional information or to register for an event, call 708-672-8017 or visit www.cretelibrary.org.
Friends of the Crete Library Meeting – Tuesday, May 23
Monthly meeting of the Friends of the Crete Library, to discuss fundraising etc. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. in the Library’s small meeting room.
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/.
Grande Prairie Singers, 266 Somonauk, Park Forest
Showcase of Traditional Jewish Choral Music – Sunday, May 21
The Grande Prairie Singers will perform a showcase of traditional Jewish choral music on Sunday, May 21 at 4 p.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, 4101 St. Lawrence Avenue in Matteson. The Singers explore centuries of liturgical music from the Jewish tradition, ranging from the 17th century works of Salamone Rossi to the contemporary compositions of Max Janowski and Andrea Jill Higgins. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door or #10 for students with ID. Tickets may be ordered online at www.grandeprairiechoral.org or by calling 708-481-8684.
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 May 21:
- Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. – Fun with Chess — It’s Game Time! Drop in for an evening of fun. Play a game of chess with friends, or learn how to play from someone more experienced.
- Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. – Mindfulness Mondays — Join us each week as we learn how to become more tranquil and mindful in our lives.
- Tuesday, May 23 at 12:30 p.m. – Art Studio — Be inspired with a few simple tools. No sign up or registration needed. Just bring your creativity. We’ll do the rest. For ages 12 and under.
- Tuesday, May 23 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, May 24 at 4 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle (for adults) — 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, May 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.
- Friday, May 26 at 1 p.m. – Classic Film Friday – The film ‘On A Clear Day You Can See Forever’ will be shown.
- Friday, May 26 at 3:30 p.m. – Fun Friday Board Games — Drop-in for an afternoon of your favorite classic board games and more!
- Friday, May 26 at 3:30 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?
For additional information, or to register for an event call 708-748-3731 or visit www.pfpl.org.
Teen Advisory Board Meeting – Wednesday, May 24
The Teen Advisory Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 4:30 p.m. 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.
Library Closures – Sunday & Monday, May 28 & 29
The Park Forest Public Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, May 28 & 29 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.
Prairie State College (PSC), 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights
Graduate Students Exhibition 2017 – Through May 24
PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery is now exhibiting its Graduate Students Exhibition 2017. The exhibited works are presented from Professor Rinaldi’s portfolio class of PSC graduating students. Each student is asked to choose his or her best work for exhibition. Students design both the postcard and exhibition poster. The exhibit will run through Wednesday, May 24. A reception will be held on Wednesday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 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. – 3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday: Evening 5 – 7 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection phone 708-709-3636 or visit http://prairiestate.edu/christopher-art-gallery/.
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.
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
‘Urban Spaces’ Exhibit – Through June 3
Tall Grass Arts Association’s exhibit ‘Urban Spaces’ runs through June 3. The exhibit is free and open to the public. ‘Urban Spaces’ is an invitational show of images by Jon W. Balke, Jennifer Cronin, Val Fischer, Pat Huss, Rose Lyons, BettyAnn Mocek, Dennis O’Malley, Carey Primeau, Carol Rose and John Spomar. The exhibit is curated by Maureen Cribbs and Janet Muchnik. ‘Urban Spaces’ focuses on the works of artists who portray buildings, facades, bridges, landmarks, as well as rooms and abandoned spaces inside a variety of offices, apartments, theaters, concert halls, churches, train stations, waiting rooms, and other places that might once have seen a lot of human traffic and activity, but now are quiet, empty or past their prime. The works in Urban Spaces are reminders of the wonderful architectural design and attention to detail that can be found in historic and modern structures, as well as the abstract qualities images of them convey, and the personal, even spiritual meanings some suggest. Many will no doubt stir memories of important moments of our lives spent near or within those spaces. 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’ – Tickets Now on Sale
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 9, 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. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit www.dramagroup.org.
Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), 70 Sycamore Drive, Park Forest
‘Before the Flood’ Movie & Discussion – Friday, May 26
The documentary movie ‘Before the Flood’ will be screened at UUCC on Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public. ‘Before the Flood,’ presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. Free coffee, tea, and popcorn will be provided. Bring a snack to share if you wish. Optional donations appreciated. For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.
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
Fire Science Day Camp – Registration Now in Progress
PSC will host a Fire Science Day Camp on Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Camp will take place at the Park Forest Fire Training Facility, 55 North Orchard. The Fire Science Day Camp is for students in 9th through 12th grades. This day long Camp will give participants the opportunity to explore their interest in the Fire Service. Participants will be able to experience real life skill building activities and network with professionals in the field. Activities will include a burn demonstration, search and rescue stations, a smoke crawl and victim rescue. The Fire Science Day Camp is free. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. For additional information, contact Rich Atwood at [email protected] or call 708-491-0223. Registration form
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 – Registration Now in Progress
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.
Spring 2017 Registration – Now in Progress
Registration for summer courses at Prairie State College is currently underway. Course offerings include credit and non-credit options and courses for students from four-year colleges or universities that are home for the summer. Credit courses include two eight-week summer sessions. The first session begins May 30 and ends July 20. The second session begins June 12 and ends Aug. 3. Classes are offered days, evenings and online. To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application in person at the main campus in Chicago Heights, or online at www.prairiestate.edu by selecting Apply, Register, Pay. Current students can register for credit courses in person or online on WebAdvisor. Credit courses provide students home from college for the summer the opportunity to fulfill general education requirements at a fraction of the cost, and transfer the credits back to their home college. Classes available include English, speech, biology, chemistry, history and math. For more information, visit prairiestate.edu/summeronly. PSC also offers non-credit courses that begin throughout the summer with a variety of course options for everyone, including kids, adults and seniors. Students can register for non-credit courses online or in person. To register online via Instant Enrollment, go to prairiestate.edu, select Apply, Register, Pay, and then choose How to Enroll. Another option is to complete the registration form available online or in the back of the printed course schedule. Students also can register for non-credit courses in person at the Matteson Area Center (MAC), located at 4821 Southwick Drive in Matteson, or in the Enrollment Services Office on the PSC main campus. The MAC is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The summer course schedule is available online at prairiestate.edu. For more information, call the college at 708-709-3500 or visit www.prairiestate.edu.
South Suburban College (SSC), 15800 South State Street, South Holland
College for Kids Classes – Registration Now in Progress
SSC’s Continuing Education Department is offering courses to help fill the summer days with activities that will entertain and challenge children and young adults. The College for Kids classes scheduled for this summer will begin the week of June 12 at SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland. In addition, SSC will offer a Jam Session Day Camp for $299, beginning on June 12, 2017. This four-week summer school program is less than $5 per hour for academics and fun enrichment programs two days a week. Math will consist of review and instruction of the basic arithmetic skills. In addition to Reading and Math, students will enjoy a variety of other stimulating activities, such as Spanish. The following Learning Enrichment Classes will be offered for preschoolers and kindergartners at a cost of $49 each:
- ABC’s and 123’s
- Jump Start on Kindergarten
The following classes will be offered for elementary school kids for $69 each:
- Well Written Essays
- Study Skills
- Grammar No Problem
- Reading, Accelerated or Refresher
- Math Refresher
The following high school classes will be offered for $79 each:
- Written Essays
- Study Skills
- Introduction to Algebra
- Conversational Spanish
Students with classes totaling $100 or more may be eligible for the FACTS deferred tuition payment plan. For more information about FACTS please contact the Business and Accounting Services Office at 708-596-2000, ext. 5720. Access class schedule online from www.ssc.edu to search the Summer Continuing Education Schedule, or call 708-596-2000, ext. 2231. Contáctanos al 708-210-5740 o a [email protected].
Adult Volunteer Literacy Program Seeking Volunteer Tutors – Training Classes Begin Monday, May 22
SSC is seeking tutors and participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. SSC is encouraging residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program. New tutor SUMMER FUN training sessions will take place at the Main Campus in South Holland on May 15 & 17 from 5pm until 7pm and May 22 & 24 from 5pm until 7pm. Come join our Literacy Program and help us start the summer off right!! The tutor training is an 18-hour program that culminates with literacy training certification. We also offer online training as well. Once certified, the tutors will go out to visit their adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring sites have already been established at the following locations: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Library; Calumet City Public Library; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library. Tutoring is scheduled by the availability of the tutors and the learners, and the availability of space and hours of the tutoring sites. Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE). Tutors will receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy. If you would like to register for the upcoming volunteer tutor training class please register, or if you know someone who could benefit from tutoring services, please contact Raylynn Stokes, Literacy Coach of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2558, or email [email protected]. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, Illinois. Contáctanos al 708-210-5740 o a [email protected].
Online Summer Registration Begins – Now in Progress
Summer is a great time to take a few classes and our schedule is now available online at www.ssc.edu. . Summer classes begin Monday, June 6th at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. Don’t wait; classes fill quickly. The summer session allows students to begin or continue their college experience with SSC, or to come home from their four-year institution to take additional credits conveniently and at a more affordable rate. SSC is also offering a special 50% discount for summer classes at the Oak Forest Center. The discount is only applicable at the Oak Forest Center in order to promote expanded offerings at this location, and is good for all credit classes on a first come, first served basis. Current and prospective students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) now to increase opportunities for funding assistance, enroll early and create their preferred schedule at SSC. Visit www.fafsa.gov to apply for financial aid using institution code 001769. Additionally, the SSC Foundation 2017 Scholarship Books and Applications are available online at www.ssc.edu/foundation. The primary SSC scholarship application deadline is Friday, March 31st, however, graduating high school seniors can continue to apply for high school graduate scholarships throughout the spring and summer months. Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for summer classes must have an official high school or GED transcript on file. Official transcripts must have a school seal and graduation date on them. Transcripts can be hand-delivered to the Admissions Office or mailed to: Office of Admissions (15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL 60473). If a transcript is hand-delivered it must be in the original sealed, unopened envelope. Prospective students should complete the Online Application Form at www.ssc.edu to begin the enrollment process. New students will receive an SSC email account and a “My SSC” Username & Password via email which will allow access to the online schedule and class registration. The My SSC portal also allows students 24-hour access during college closed periods. You will also want to register early for fall to get the courses you want when you want them. Our fall schedule will be available online beginning Monday, April 3, 2017 with registration opening on Monday, April 17, 2017. Contact the Office of Admissions at 708-210-5718 for enrollment and waiver information, or email the Foundation Office at [email protected] with questions about scholarship opportunities. SSC’s Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois. The Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.
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Park Forest Environment Commission
Hardscape on the Cheap – Saturday, May 20
The Gardening Series will continue on Saturday, May 20 at 10:30 p.m. with a discussion of ‘Hardscape on the Cheap.’ The event will be held at the Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 North Orchard Drive and is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about bargains, ideas and suggestions for creating walkways, walls, raised beds and more. For additional information, visit www.parkforest.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
Find Your Zen in the Prairie at GSU’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park – Classes Begin June 10
Are you looking for a twist on your fitness routine? How about doing downward dog among sculptural giants outside in the prairie? The renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park on the campus of GSU is the perfect place to roll out your yoga mat and connect with the beauty of art and nature. Find your inner yogi in a new four-week class, Yoga in the Park, on Saturday mornings from June 10 to July 1 at 10 a.m. Instructor Jennifer Kloos invites all ages and abilities to join her for four weekly morning sessions of yoga. Each week, she’ll target a new way to refresh your fitness routine. Class schedule:
June 10 – Alignment
June 17 — Sculpting
June 24 — Balance
July 1 – Restoration
Jennifer leads students safely through the yoga poses, providing modifications as needed, while challenging physical limits. Jennifer earned her certification for instruction through the Chicago School of Yoga. The four-class series is $50. The drop-in class fee is $15 per class. To sign up, email Gina Ragland at [email protected] or call 708-235-7559.
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.
Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard
Registration for P.A.A.C. Summer Youth Program – Now in Progress
The Park Forest Police Department’s summer youth program, celebrating 20 years this year, is registering now. The Police Athletic Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) is an athletic-based summer youth program for ages 10 to 15, beginning held June 10 to July 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday evenings, at Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail in Park Forest. The program teaches sportsmanship, leadership, and character development through sports activities. For questions, contact Corporal Julius Moore at [email protected] or call 708-748-9536. Applications are available at the Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
Assistance With Medications & Health Services
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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.
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Cook County Animal Control Department
2017 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccine, Microchip Clinics – Tuesday, May 30
Cook County’s inaugural low-cost rabies vaccine clinic of 2017 will take place Tuesday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Southwest Ice Arena, 5550 W. 127th St., Crestwood. It is the first of more than 30 rabies vaccine clinics scheduled throughout suburban Cook County and Chicago. The first low-cost microchip clinic of the season will take place Thursday, June 8, at Cicero Community Park, 34th Court and Laramie Avenue in Cicero. It is the first of four scheduled in Cook County. A full schedule of where and when the rabies clinics will take place in the coming months is posted on the department’s website. The cost of a one-year rabies shot at the rabies clinics is $7 for dogs and cats and a three-year rabies shot is $21. Ferret vaccines, which last one-year, are $9. Only rabies vaccinations will be available at the low-cost rabies vaccination clinics. The cost of the microchip implantation is $10 per animal. The registration of the chip in a national database is $19.95 per animal. Only microchips will be provided at the low-cost microchip clinics. Only cash or checks are accepted for the rabies vaccine and for the microchip implantation; no credit or debit cards. The rates represent a substantial discount in what is normally charged for these services.
Park Forest Toastmasters Club
Meeting – Tuesday, May 23
The Park Forest Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest. The meeting is open to the public. Toastmaster members develop speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. For additional information, visit: http://parkforesttoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org/
Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive
2017 Park Forest Aqua Center Early Bird Specials – Through Friday, June 2
The Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 North Orchard Drive, is now offering Early Bird Specials April 1 through June 2. Save now on family memberships as well as individual membership rates. Prepare for the warmth of summer with these HOT Aqua Center Deals! Additional information can be found below or on the Aqua Center Website.