In and Around Park Forest for the Week of October 16, 2016

Matinee and Senior Theatre - Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — Park Forest’s Freedom Hall will kick-off its Matinee Series on Tuesday, October 25 with the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival starring Nikolai Massenkoff.  The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival is an authentic, cultural presentation of Russian Songs, Balalaika Music and Russian Folk Ballet all equally represented throughout the performance in authentic Russian style, language and costumes. You can find additional information about the event in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ 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

Village Board Meeting – Monday, October 17

The Village of Park Forest Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.  Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers).

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.

Street Sweeping Begins – Monday, October 17

Street sweeping in Park Forest begins Monday, October 17, and lasts approximately 10 days. The street sweeper normally begins in the north part of Park Forest and continues south. The number of streets cleaned each day depends on the amount of leaves and/or debris needing removal as well as contractor work force that day and weather conditions. Residents are asked to remove their cars from the streets during the week of street sweeping in order for the most effective cleaning of the streets to take place. Residents are also reminded that raking or blowing leaves, grass, or debris into the street is strictly prohibited. Leaves clog Village storm sewers resulting in flooded streets. Fines will be issued for any individual witnessed raking or blowing leaves, grass, or debris into the street.  Click for more on street sweeping in Park Forest

Water Main Replacement Project – Now in Progress

Construction continues in Park Forest as part of a year-long four-mile water main replacement project. Residents should be aware that parking is not permitted on streets with JULIE/utility paint markings and flags. For questions about the project, contact Public Works at 708-503-7702.

Arts & Entertainment

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

Out of Bounds (Public Version) – Tuesday, October 18

This public version of Out of Bounds accompanies our Arts in Education show Out of Bounds (Youth Version) which will take place at 11 a.m. at the Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, October 18 for school groups. This version is a full-length show appropriate for all ages – families are encouraged to see it together so they can talk about the play afterwards. This play is based on the same story as the youth version, however it also includes the perspectives of Amy’s mother and adults at her school. The play has a running time of 1 hour, 20 minutes.  A National Theatre Project Award Winner, the public performance of Out of Bounds confronts the effects of cyber-bullying from a school parent’s point of view. Allison is a single mother who spends a whole school year trying to fight her daughter’s bullies while being haunted by memories of her own experiences growing up. Humorous, thoughtful and honest, Out of Bounds weaves together video, comic books and interviews to tell the stories of kids stuck on the outside and the adults who feel powerless to help them.  This show is free and open to the public but reservations are required.  Reservations can be made here.

Chicago Dance Crash – Saturday, October 22

Audiences in Chicago’s Southland will be the first to experience a contemporary take on the classic struggle between right and wrong, this time depicted in the form of hip hop or street dance. GSU’s Center for Performing Arts will welcome Chicago Dance Crash back to its stage to perform the dance theatre piece Evil and Good on October 22 at 8 p.m. Lead by artistic director Jessica Deahr, Chicago Dance Crash has emerged as the premier fusion-style contemporary dance company in the Midwest. Emphasizing a unique mission of both athleticism and accessibility, the Crash aesthetic is most notably recognized by its combination of concert and hip hop techniques in works ranging from full length productions to repertory pieces and freestyles. The seven company dancers include David Ingram, KC Bevis, Brian Humpherys, Kaitlin Webster (Rehearsal Director), Kelsey Reiter, Zac McMahon, and Porsha Spells.

Ticket Information

Tickets: $28, students $10, high school students $5 (I.D. required, discounts valid only at the box office)

Purchase Online: Centertickets.net
By Phone: 708-235-2222
In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
Box Office Hour: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 2 hours prior to performances. Thursday the Box Office is open until 6 p.m.
Download the Center’s APP: goo.gl/nqy4ul

Dark Comedy ‘Fat Pig’ – Opens October 29

Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Neil LaBute’s sharply drawn play, ‘Fat Pig,’ not only wittily critiques our society’s slavish adherence to Hollywood standards of beauty, but boldly questions our own ability and courage to change what we dislike about ourselves. GSU’s Theatre and Performance Studies students will present ‘Fat Pig’ on the Center for Performing Art’s stage on October 29, November 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and October 30 at 2 p.m. The audience will be seated onstage with the performers in theatre-in-the-round. Seating is General Admission but limited to 85 seats per night so advance tickets are recommended. Tickets are just $15 and $10 for students with valid I.D. The play is directed by Assistant Professor Dr. Patrick Santoro. This is the eighth production by Governors State’s Theatre and Performance Studies (TAPS) program, approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education as a Bachelor’s Degree in 2014; the only such degree combining the two disciplines at a public state university in Illinois. Previous performances included Anne Sexton’s “Transformations”, musical theatre “A…My Name is Alice”, docudrama “Still Life”,  classic drama Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”, dark comedy “Kimberly Akimbo”, science fiction drama “Fahrenheit 451”, and a modern retelling of Greek myth “Eurydice”. The opening night performance on Saturday, October 29, will include a pre-show bacon bar including flavored bacons and bacon infused cupcakes at 6:30 p.m. for an additional $15.

How to Buy Tickets for ‘Fat Pig’

Online: Centertickets.net
By Phone: 708-235-2222
In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
Box Office Hour: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 2 hours prior to performances. Thursday the Box Office is open until 6 p.m.
Download the Center’s APP: goo.gl/nqy4ul

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

International Art Exhibition ‘On Space and Place’ – Through December 18

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 run through December 18 at the DePaul Art Museum. 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/.

DePaul University Humanities Center, 2250 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

Mars, Zombies and the Ethics of Voting – Begins Monday, October 17

A NASA scientist who turns Mars Curiosity rover data into art, the filmmaker of cerebral zombie flick “Pontypool,” and a discussion on the ethics of voting will kick off the DePaul University Humanities Center’s 2016-17 season. The center fosters discussion and research in the arts and humanities on campus and among the greater community. Events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Student Center, Room 120, at 2250 N. Sheffield Ave. on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. “One of the center’s themes this year is an investigation into the relations among the humanities, arts and space sciences,” said Professor H. Peter Steeves, director of the center. “We will feature NASA scientists, and Chicago’s Beethoven and Bach ensemble will play rarely heard works for strings, fortepiano and voice. For this year’s Horror of the Humanities, we will watch one of the greatest, scariest, and most semiotically nuanced zombie films ever made, ‘Pontypool,’” said Steeves. Fall events include:

The Humanities in Spaaaace!: Mars – Monday, October 17

Film screening of “The Martian” 4:30-7 p.m.
Performances and lectures 7-9 p.m.

A NASA scientist and baroque quartet will appear during this celebration of the red planet. The evening will begin with a screening of the 2015 movie “The Martian.” Following the film, Chicago’s Beethoven and Bach Ensemble will perform works including “The Descent of Mars” from Jean Baptiste Lully’s “Thésée” (1675), as well as music composed by lutenist Vicenzo Galilei, the father of ancient astronomer Galileo. Lectures will address science fiction’s treatment of Mars, as well as the melding of science and art in visualizing telemetry data from the Mars Curiosity rover. The great “canal controversy” of the late-1800s, which led to claims about Martian landscape, geography and culture, also will be discussed. Martian treats will be provided to the first 100 audience members in attendance. Guests include:

  • Chris Pak, editor of “The Science Fiction Research Association Review.”
  • Rachel Binx, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Maria D. Lane of the University of New Mexico’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

The Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, which includes Brandi Berry on baroque violin, Kiyoe Matsuura on baroque violin, Anna Steinhoff on viola da gamba and Dave Walker on theorbo.

The Horror of the Humanities IV: “Pontypool” October 26
Everyday horrors haunted house presentation 6-6:30 p.m.
Film screening of “Pontypool” 6:30-8:15 p.m.
Conversation with film director Bruce McDonald and star Stephen McHattie 8:15-9 p.m.

The DePaul Humanities Center’s fourth-annual Halloween event begins with an avant-garde “haunted house” featuring multimedia, interactive posters, installation art, and exhibits pointing to the horror of everyday life. The display also explores the relationship between horror and the history of the humanities. The evening continues with a screening of the zombie film “Pontypool,” and concludes with a talk and Q&A with the film’s director, Bruce McDonald, and its star, Stephen McHattie.

Transformations: “Why You Shouldn’t Vote Tomorrow” November 7, 7-9 p.m.
The final event this fall is a discussion about the ethics of voting. “This event promises to be a lively and untraditional take on the U.S. election and political process in general,” said Steeves. “I think it will challenge those in attendance to consider their own political beliefs and identities.” Following the on-stage discussion, there will be time for questions and comments from the audience. Scheduled participants include:

  • Colman McCarthy, former columnist for The Washington Post, and current director of The Center for Teaching Peace in Washington, D.C.
  • L. Stephens II, Chicago activist, labor organizer and co-founder of Orchestrated Pulse.
  • Stephanie McMillan, cartoonist, author and organizer.
  • Jibran Ludwig, a student from Shimer College.
  • The Meijer Twins, authors, teachers, artists.

More events are scheduled for the winter and spring, including a discussion with Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson, February 16. In June, the final event of the season will celebrate 50 years since the release of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Learn more about the center and upcoming events at http://bit.ly/DPUHmCtr.

Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Shemekia Copeland – Friday, October 21

Back by popular demand, Queen of the Blues Shemekia Copeland will perform at Freedom Hall on Friday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. Shemika will rock the house, pounding out the Rhythm and Blues.  Shemekia Copeland’s passion for the blues gives her music power and a heart-pounding urgency. Dubbed as the new “Queen of the Blues,” she has headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, and has performed at the White House for President Barack Obama.  “Copeland embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops.” says National Public Radio. Tickets are $30, or $26 for season subscribers. For additional information or to purchase tickets, phone 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival starring Nikolai Massenkoff – Tickets Now on Sale

On Tuesday, October 25 at 11 a.m. Freedom Hall’s matinee theater will present Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival starring Nikolai Massenkoff.  The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival is an authentic, cultural presentation of Russian Songs, Balalaika Music and Russian Folk Ballet all equally represented throughout the performance in authentic Russian style, language and costumes. The Company features professional artists, with musicians who are conservatory graduates, professional Russian Dancers, and features Russian Songs, with Nikolai Massenkoff, ” World celebrated singer.” Songs include favorites such as: Kalinka, Moscow Nights, Dark Eyes and Volga Boatmen. View a video of Massenkoff Russian Folk. Tickets are $20. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call Freedom Hall at 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

Historical Society of Forest Park, 1000 Elgin Avenue, Forest Park, IL

Haymarket Time Capsule Mystery: Researchers, Archaelogists and Historians to Speak – Thursday, October 27

On October 3, 2016, archaeologists unearthed a concrete cylinder with marble caps near the Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park. Researchers believe it could be the Haymarket time capsule buried in 1892 by supporters of the anarchist Haymarket Martyrs.

Oak Park librarian Bleue Benton hunted for clues including 1892 newspaper mentions of the time capsule. In the University of Michigan archives of the Pioneer Aid Society, Benton found an inventory of the capsule which may contain newspaper accounts, photos and trial documents pertaining to the trials of eight anarchists charged with conspiracy in the Haymarket Affair, May 4, 1886.

You are invited to hear about the hunt for and the discovery of the Haymarket time capsule and see photos and video of the dig. The 1892 Haymarket Time Capsule Mystery discussion will take place on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society of Forest Park, 1000 Elgin Avenue in Forest Park.  Researchers, archaeologists and historians will discuss the hunt for and excavation of the 1892 Haymarket Time Capsule. The Panel Discussion will take place after brief Historical Society of Forest Park annual meeting. Panelists include:

  • Bleue Benton, Oak Park librarian who stumbled upon the forgotten time capsule while researching archives at University of Michigan.
  • Mark Rogovin, Author of ‘The Day Will Come,’ guide to the Haymarket Martyrs Monument and Radical Row in Forest Home Cemetery.
  • Rebecca Graff, urban archaeologist Lake Forest College, site lead.
  • Xhris Fitzgerald, Archaeology student at Lake Forest College.
  • Larry Spivack, Board President of the Illinois Labor History Society

Tickets for the event are $30 or free for current members of the Historical Society of Forest Park.

Tickets can be purchase here.  For additional information about the Historical Society of Forest Park, visit: http://forestparkhistory.weebly.com.

Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights

The Importance of Attitude in a Leadership Position – Tuesday, October 18

Former University of St. Francis men’s basketball Coach Pat Sullivan, author of Attitude: The Cornerstone of Leadership, will visit Marian Catholic High School on Tuesday, October 18 for a motivational talk and book signing. The architect of more than 600 victories at the high school and collegiate level, Coach Sullivan will discuss “The Importance of Attitude in a Leadership Position” in Marian Catholic’s Sr. M. Paul McCaughey Leadership Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. Coaches, athletes, business leaders and other interested attendees of all ages are welcome. Admission is free. The evening complements the focus of Marian Catholic’s four-year, copyrighted student Leadership Program. Sullivan will discuss the characteristics of a successful leader and how “attitude” shapes a leader’s effectiveness, concepts highlighted in his book as well as on his website: www.leadersattitude.com. Sullivan, who dedicated more than four decades to private school coaching and teaching before retiring in 2010, brings 34 years of leadership experience at St. Francis and 10 years at Providence Catholic High School, along with a vast resume of motivational speaking engagements that include international basketball clinics, Notre Dame, Nike, and IBM. Sullivan is a member of eight halls of fame and has been named coach-of-the-year on multiple occasions by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, NAIA District 20, NAIA Region IV and National Catholic Basketball Tournament.  Of his 176 seniors at St. Francis, 172 graduated.  Sullivan led the Saints to first- or second-place finishes in the CCAC 15 times in an 18-year period and advanced UCF to the NAIA national tournament in 1994 and 1996. More information about the evening may be obtained by contacting the Marian Catholic Athletic Department at 708-996-4647 or Mike Taylor at [email protected].

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

CreatiVets Veteran Art Exhibit – Opens Friday, October 21

NVAM is hosting an opening of the CreatiVets veteran art exhibit on Friday, October 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This opening event will feature an exhibit of art created by veterans in CreatiVets Intro to Art for Veterans course at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a special meet and greet with country singer-songwriter Luke Pell from ABC’s The Bachelorette. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at the NVAM facility in Chicago. CreatiVets, an Illinois nonprofit that provides combat disabled veterans with opportunities to use art and music to heal their unseen wounds, recently completed the second year of its veteran art program in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The program teaches veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury to use conceptual-based art and techniques in ceramics, photography and painting as tools for coping with stress, depression and anxiety. Fifteen veterans from across the United States have participated in this three-week intensive course. Visit https://vimeo.com/184878297 for more information about the course and the veterans’ experience. The exhibit featuring art created by veterans in the CreatiVets program will be on display at NVAM through October 29, 2016. CreatiVets and SAIC are honored by opportunity the NVAM has provided these veterans in sharing their artwork and stories with the community.

Exhibit of Work by Chicago Veteran Artist George Klauba – Through October 29

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 run through Saturday, October 29. This exhibit is open to the public.  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. 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 a1950s Halloween – Through November 9

It’s Halloween at the 1950s Park Forest House Museum. Halloween decorations will be on display through November 9. The Museum, located at 227 Monee Road in Park Forest (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church), is open Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Donation is Adults $5; 12 & under free with an adult. Scout and school tours are priced individually. For additional information or to schedule an appointment for a tour, call Mike Gans at 708-305-3308 or Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252 or visit the Website.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of October 16:

  • Monday, October 17 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, October 17 at 3:30 p.m. — kids’ zone Science Club- Science of Toy Making! — Join us as we explore the science behind how some of our favorite toys are made and function! Participants will make toys that spin and fly, build pop-up books and more! For Grades: 3rd-5th… Courtesy of our Partnership with: The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. Registration Required.
  • Monday, October 17 at 4 p.m. – Teen DIY Halloween Crafts — Do you love Halloween? Come to TTZ and create original Halloween crafts in order to celebrate!
  • Monday, October 17 at 6 p.m. – Mindfulness Mondays — Each week we will aspire to achieve calmness by focusing our attention on the practice of a different craft. We will explore crafts that will include yarn mandalas, stone mandalas, and zentangle-inspired drawings. Materials will be provided.
  • Tuesday, October 18 at 12:30 p.m. – Make and Take — Join us for an afternoon of fall designs! Create your very own fall themed canvas creation! Materials Provided. While supplies last.
    For ages 12 and under.
  • Tuesday, October 18 at 2 p.m. – Art Studio — It’s time to create! Materials will be provided. For ages 12 and under.
  • Tuesday, October 18 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, October 18 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. For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, October 19 at 11 a.m. – Lap Sit Story Time — Babies and their parents or caregivers are invited to read, sing and grow in this weekly story time. This program is geared toward babies 0 – 36 months with an accompanying adult. This is the perfect time for families to bond with their child/children.
  • Wednesday, October 19 at 3:30 p.m. — Art Extreme — We’re taking art to the EXTREME! Explore a wide range of art through painting, drawing, building and more! Art has never been this fun. You don’t want to miss out. For ages 12 and under.
  • Wednesday, October 19 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.
  • Thursday, October 20 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.
  • Friday, October 21 at 2 p.m. – Dr. Sears Prime-Time Health Workshop — Did you know that your body can make its own medicines? Learn about the keys and the science behind your body’s internal pharmacy. Learn how to improve the quality of your life by taking charge of your health! Registration Required.
  • Friday, October 21 at 3 p.m. – Teen Game Day — Show off your competitive side with your friends! From board games to video games, there will be plenty of fun! Are you up for the challenge?
  • Friday, October 21 at 3:30 p.m. — DIY (Do it Yourself) Special Friends of the Library Project — It’s Friends of the Library Week! Join us as we celebrate and give thanks to the Friends for their help and support of the library. Design book marks and Thank You cards to show your appreciation. We will present your projects to the Friends of the Library Board at their next meeting.
    For ages 12 and under,
  • Saturday, October 22 at 12 p.m. – Seasonal Sharing Circle — Drop in and share your favorite book moments and words of wisdom of the season!
  • Saturday, October 22 at 1 p.m. — Practical Application Circle — Join us as we discuss Shola Richards’ new book ‘Making Work.’

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

Potpourri of Lectures – Thursday, October 20

The Potpourri of Lecture for Thursday, October 20 is “When AmeriCorps Came to Park Forest” with Village Manager Tom Mick. The Lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room.

Library Board Meeting – Thursday, October 20

The Park Forest Public Library Board of Trustees are elected to set policies and oversee the operation of the Library. The Trustees will meet in the library at 7:00 p.m. on the Thursday, October 20. The meetings are open to the public.

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

‘Odwindifuor Expressions: Works from Ghana, West Africa’ – Through October 27

‘Odwindifuor Expressions: Works from Ghana, West Africa,’ is the current exhibit at the PSC’s Christopher Art Gallery through October 27. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibition features works in various media by artists and artisans from Aburi, in Ghana, West Africa, offered in partnership with the Chicago Heights Sister Cities Program. Works include wood carvings, masks, textiles and beaded jewelry. Additional information about the exhibit can be found in the Gallery Guide.  The Christopher Art Gallery Regular Hours are Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and by appointment.  For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit 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.

Adult Coloring

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.

Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘Not Forgotten: Chicago Street Memorials’ – Through December 3

‘Not Forgotten: Chicago Street Memorials,’ a new exhibit featuring photos and interviews about Chicago street memorials will be exhibited at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery through December 3. A joint project by Roosevelt University journalism professor Anne-Marie Cusac and Wisconsin photographer Thomas Ferrella, ‘Not Forgotten: Chicago Street Memorials’ explores the story behind 35 organic and largely obscure memorials that remember primarily those killed in Chicago neighborhoods. Cusac and Ferrella spent more than a year traveling some of Chicago’s most violence-prone streets in order to gain an understanding of the kind of grieving that goes on in communities long after the violence is over. Gage Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery or call 312-341-6458

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

‘Magnetic Line of Force’ – Through Thursday, October 20

The Art & Design Department of SSC is pleased to present a new exhibition located in the Dulgar Gallery on SSC’s Main Campus in South Holland. This exhibition of art works by Jeff Stevenson titled ‘Magnetic Line of Force’ is on display through October 20. ‘Magnetic Line of Force,’ a title taken from one of the pieces in the show, is “an imaginary concept that provides a very useful way to not only represent but also to define the properties of the magnetic field being evaluated, says Stevenson. “Using imaginary concepts to explore things that are unseen could describe my art making process and also much of our interactions as humans in this magical world.” This exhibition features my “Exquisite Corpse” inspired large scale scroll works on paper from 2012, other works on canvas and paper from 2014, and two from my most recent series of cut and combined paintings of found selfies from 2016. Jeff Stevenson is an award winning artist who has been honored with an Artist’s Residency at Ragdale, a solo exhibition at the Union League Club of Chicago, the “Patron Award” by artist Philip Pearlstein at the Northern National Competition, the “Curator’s Choice Award” at the Chicago Art Open, the “Figurative Award” at the Beverly Arts Center and others. The public is welcome to visit the art exhibition at no charge. The Dulgar Gallery is on the first floor. SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or ext. 2316, or visit www.ssc.edu/art.

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

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ – Opens Friday, October 21

The Drama Group is excited to present the gleefully gruesome musical, ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ directed by Mary Ellen Fawk and Andy Leahy. Performances will be held at The Drama Group Studio Theatre on October 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on October 23, 29 and 30 at 2:00 p.m. Seymour is a poor florist assistant who has acquired a plant he has named Audrey II, after the love of his life, Audrey. However, his plant is no normal plant, having come from outer space and requiring a diet of fresh blood. Seymour’s craving for love, fame and fortune lures him into nurturing a horticultural horror with a carnivorious appetite. A fun spoof of ’60’s sci-fi movies, full of rock and roll, doo-wop and Motown. Tickets are $21 for adults; $20 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available.  Good seats are still available.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444 or online at:http://www.brownpapertickets.com. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit www.dramagroup.org.

Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ Quilting Project – Opens Monday, October 17

‘Gone But Not Forgotten,’ a quilting project memorializing people killed by the Chicago Police department, opens Monday, October 17th in the Murray-Green Library at Roosevelt University. Accompanied by Present Absence, a video installation featuring interviews with families and friends of some of the victims, the quilting project records the names, ages, and dates of death of 144 individuals killed by Chicago police since 2006. The six ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ quilts stretch nearly forty feet in length and were created in a series of community quilting circles and conversations across Chicago in 2015 and 2016. In total, more than 200 people participated in the sewing of the quilts; photos of the quilting process will be part of the installation. The project was a collaboration between artist Rachel Wallis and the grassroots organizing group We Charge Genocide. The Roosevelt University exhibit will be the first time all six panels of the quilt will be shown in public. Present Absence, the video installation by Salome Chasnoff and Meredith Zielke, captures the lives of five of the victims as shared by people who loved them. The exhibit will be open to the public October 17-27 and will feature a series of public events including:

Opening Reception – October 17, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Featuring remarks from the artists, and a panel discussion by family members of Chicagoans killed by the police.
Roosevelt University
Murray-Green Library
430 South Michigan Avenue

Quilting Circle – October 25th, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Roosevelt University,
location TBA

Day-long Symposium – October 27th – 9am to 5pm
Featuring panels and workshops on the movement against police violence.
Roosevelt University
Congress Lounge
430 South Michigan Avenue

Closing Reception – October 27th 6pm to 8pm
Roosevelt University
Murray-Green Library
430 South Michigan Avenue

The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation and is a part of Media Literacy Week. ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ is a collaboration between We Charge Genocide and Rachel Wallis. This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

St. Irenaeus Parish, 207 South Orchard Street, Park Forest

35th Annual Spaghetti Dinner – Sunday, October 23

St. Irenaeus Parish in Park Forest will host its 35th Annual Spaghetti Dinner (all you can eat) on Sunday, October 23.  Food will be served from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held in the school’s gym. Menu includes: spaghetti & meat sauce, marinara or meat sauce available, bread and butter, salad, dessert table. Pop and water will be available for purchase. Tickets for the dinner are $10 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase.  Prizes include: a handmade queen-size quilt, LG 32” television, olive wood nativity set, Schwinn 21 speed girls’ hybrid bicycle (donated by Meijer’s Grocery in Flossmoor), and 2 Kindle Fire (2 prizes). Tickets can be purchased at the door, after Mass, and at the Rectory. For additional information, please call 708-748-6891.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

College Art Faculty Show – Through November 5

The College Art Faculty Show will be exhibited at Tall Grass Arts Association through Saturday, November 5.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.  This invitational show features the work by art faculty from seven area colleges. All full time and part time art faculty from the seven schools were invited to show their two and three dimensional artwork. Governors State University, Joliet Junior College, Kankakee Community College, Moraine Valley Community College, Olivet Nazarene University, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College are represented. Curated by Gail Otterson and Mary Bookwalter. 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.

Seeking Artists for ‘Wings’ Exhibition – Entry Deadline Saturday, November 12

Tall Grass Arts Association invites artists to submit entries for ‘Wings,’ an exhibition of images inspired by the flight of winged creatures. The deadline for entries is Saturday, November 12th.  Exhibit dates are January 20 through February 25, 2017. ‘Wings’ is a juried show of 2D and 3D visual artwork (excluding video). Applications will be accepted online through www.EntryThingy.com. Artists may submit up to three (3) entries for jurying. Apply through the EntryThingy site using this code –http://www.entrythingy.com/d=tallgrassarts.org#show=3097  For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit http://www.tallgrassarts.com/Wings.html.

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

‘Politics Now: the Art of Sausage Making’ – Through Saturday, October 29

USG’s national juried exhibition, ‘Politics Now: the Art of Sausage Making,’ will run through Saturday, October 29. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibiting Artists: Scott Anderson, George Larsen, Jeff Lassahn, Dawn Leader-Peloso, Laura Lein-Svencner, David Levenson, Michael Pohlman, Jenna Rothstein, Gary Schirmer, Brian Spies, Kelly Witte, Yuanqing Zhao, and Regina Ziemann. Gallery hours are: Wednesday noon to 4 p.m., Thursday noon to 7 p.m., Friday noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit Website.

‘A Little Garden Art’ – Through Saturday, October 29

Enjoy the Garden Walk experience all over again! This year’s Garden Artists share first impressions, insights into their creative process, methods & materials, sketches & photos, and of course their finished artwork in “A Little Garden Art”. It is an exhibition of art created during the 12th Annual Union Street Gallery Garden Walk.  The work can be viewed in the 2nd Floor Classroom Exhibit Space through October 29. Exhibiting artists include: Carole Brejcha, Maureen Cribbs, Pam Eberlin, Margi Hafer, Karen Leader, Christine Leone, Bill Marquardsen, Elaine Martin, Renee Klyczek Nordstrom, Lynn Ruedger, Dorothy Sandlin, Leon Sarantos, and Mary Ann Trzyna. For additional information, call 708-754-2601 or visit Website.

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

Rainbow Café – Friday, October 21

This month’s Rainbow Café will feature the movie ‘Those People’ on Friday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. ‘Those People’ is the story of Charlie, a young painter living on Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, who finds the man of his dreams in Tim, an older pianist from across the globe. If only Charlie weren’t secretly in love with his own manipulative best friend, Sebastian, who is embroiled in a financial scandal.  In the wake of Sebastian’s notoriety, their tight-knit group of friends must confront the new realities of adulthood.  The Rainbow Café is a social event that meets at the UUCC and provides a safe and welcoming environment for single or partnered gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults and their allies, by creating a space where they are able to socialize outside of the usual bars.  The Café is open every 3rd Friday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  For additional information, call 708-481-5339 or visit www.uuccpf.org.

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Haunted House – October 28, 29, 30 & 31

The Village of Park Forest and Haunts Against Hunger will present a 4-day Haunted House on October 28, 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and October 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest. Pre-Ticket sales are available at Village of Park Forest, Recreation & Parks counter, 350 Victory Drive, starting October 1 or visit their website. Tickets are $5 per person with a canned good donation or $8 per person without a canned good donation. Proceeds from the event will help support the Rich Township and Monee Township Food Pantries. For additional information, call 708-748-2005 or 708-283-5621.

Halloween Fun Activities in DownTown Park Forest – Monday, October 31

The Village of Park Forest and Park Forest Police Department will host Halloween Fun Activities on Monday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The activities are open to the public.

Schedule of Events Take Place in DownTown Park Forest

  • Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Registration, candy give-a-way, purchase tickets to haunted house & Fear Factor games
  • SPAA Theatre, 371 Artists Walk, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Game room, Spin the Wheel, costume contest registration (no entries after 3:45PM).

Costume contest begins, 4:15 p.m.

  • Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Votes for scarecrow contest, hot chocolate/chili, affy apple.

  • Trick or Treat Hours (Community Wide). Check vendors and visit select businesses for free treats. Look for signs of participating businesses.

Put on your best costume and join your neighbors for a fun and safe Halloween celebration.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

DePaul University Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 North Kenmore Avenue

China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections – Tuesday, October 18

Relations between the U.S. and China have been a frequent topic of debate in the presidential campaigns. Experts will discuss the history and future of the relationship between the two countries at “China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections.” A nationwide day of programming, DePaul University will host Chicago’s event October 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., Room 161.  Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will appear via live webcast to share how China’s rapid economic development has a direct impact on the lives of Americans. William Hurst, a faculty member at Northwestern University, will continue the conversation in Chicago with a presentation: “China: Rising Power, Responsible Stakeholder, or Something Else?” The event is co-organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Kissinger played an integral role in arranging former President Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, which was a turning point in U.S.-China relations. He continues to be an advocate for collaboration between the two nations, and his 2011 book “On China” delves into the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy. Hurst is an expert on labor politics, contentious politics, political economy, and the politics of law and legal institutions, principally in China and Indonesia. He is writing a book on the comparative politics of law and legal institutions in China and Indonesia since 1949. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. RSVP at http://bit.ly/2dC6vry. To learn more about DePaul’s Chinese studies program, visit http://bit.ly/2dydsbQ.

League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area

Local School Superintendents’ Forum – Thursday, October 20

Please join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area for a Local School Superintendents’ Forum. The League of Women Voters recognizes that quality schools providing excellent education are an essential building block of strong communities.  On Thursday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m. our informational meeting will present a forum of local school superintendents who will provide updates on such topics as new initiatives & programs and the challenges they face related to the state budget impasse.  After the forum, there will be a question and answer period. The Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts is located at 530 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest — the corner of Wilson and Lakewood Boulevard. Please use the Lakewood Boulevard entrance. We hope that you will join us on October 20th to hear the most current information about our schools. For more information, please contact Anne Marie Leofanti at 708-481-1795. The program is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about this important issue. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to register to vote and provides public education for voters on election issues. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information visit League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area at www.lwvpfa.org.

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

Adult Volunteer Literacy Program – Volunteers Needed

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 training sessions will take place at the Main Campus in South Holland on October 25th & 27th and November 1st & 3rd. 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].

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

DePaul University, 2400 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

Chicago Climate Festival – Through Monday, October 31

Chicago artists, academics and community groups will gather at DePaul University, Columbia College and other Chicago locations throughout October to address issues of climate change. Inspired by the United Nations’ annual climate talks, the Chicago Climate Festival seeks to use art to change the conversation about global warming and environmental destruction. Events will be held at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus, Colombia College Chicago, and other locations throughout the city. All events are open to the public and most have free admission. Events at DePaul University include:

Alisa Singer: Environmental Graphiti
Through Oct. 31
McGowan South, 1110 W. Belden Ave.
John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
Arts and Letters Hall, 2315 N. Kenmore Ave.
Pop-up exhibits showcasing artist Alisa Singer’s work will be displayed at several DePaul University locations. Singer uses elements of scientific charts and graphs to dramatic effect and created Environmental Graphiti to draw public attention to the critical science of climate change.

Values Project
Oct. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
McGowan South, 1110 W. Belden Ave., Room 104
Widely recognized ecological restoration leader Bill Jordan will give a presentation on ecology, ritual, and the arts where he discusses the theory of values for environmental thinking and practice for the future of our planet. The event will also feature a short performance.

‘GROUNDSWELL’ reading
Oct. 25 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 N. Racine Ave., Room 442
The festival will host a staged reading and discussion of the play “GROUNDSWELL” by Karen Fort. The play tells the story of a farming family struggling through a heat wave and emphasizes how climate change can dramatically impact relationships and lifestyles.

The WrapZone/Fieldworks Studios
Oct. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
McGowan South, 1110 W. Belden Ave., Room 104
Artists Amanda Speer from The Wrap Zone and Joshua Mason from Fieldworks Studios will showcase their immersive art which includes paintings, sculptures, photography and sounds in natural environments.

For a complete list of events, visit http://chicagoclimate.org.

Park Forest Environment Commission

Saturday Morning Gardening Lecture – October 22

The Park Forest Environment Commission’s 2016 Saturday Morning Gardening Series will conclude October 22 with a lecture on wintersowing.  The event will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Wetlands Discovery Center located at the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive.  The event is free and open to the public.

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

Thorn Creek Woos at Night – Registration Required by Wednesday, October 12

Come join us to share the smells, sounds and sights of Thorn Creek Woods at night on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m.  Our naturalist will guide you in a “quiet time” experience to take in the nocturnal activities occurring in the preserve before winter sets in.  No flashlights, please.  This hike is free for adults and children age 16 and older.  Registration is required by Wednesday, October 12.  For more information or to register for the program, contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Rd, Park Forest, 708-747-6320, email [email protected]tcwoods.org or stop in the nature center between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday and Sunday.

Moon Face Mask Project for Kids – Registration Required by Friday, October 21

Most who gaze up at the full moon see a face looking back. On Sunday, October 23, just in time for Halloween, kids can create the face they see in the form of a moon face mask at Thorn Creek Nature Center.  Under the guidance of local artist Patricia Moore, artistic participants will create masks, suitable for wearing or display.  They can be made to represent any of the phases of the moon; full, half-moon, or crescent, and will be decorated and texturized with paints, sequins, feathers and sand.  There will be two mask-making sessions open to all ages, though those under age 6 should be accompanied by an adult.  One session will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the second from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.  All art supplies will be supplied and refreshments will be served.  The cost is $5 per person and pre-registration is required by Friday, October 21.  For more information or to register for the program, contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Rd, Park Forest, 708-747-6320, email [email protected]tcwoods.org or stop in the nature center between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday and Sunday.

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

Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition

‘Disarm Gun Violence: An LGBTQ Town Hall for Action’ – Thursday, October 20

In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latinx, community and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for “Disarm Gun Violence: An LGBTQ Town Hall For Action” Thursday, October 20. The event will focus on education, coalition building and action. The free program will feature various speakers who are doing the work on anti-gun violence, including through activism, advocacy and electoral politics. LGBTQ activists will address the need to amplify the existing organizational work, and bring new resources to the table for more effective coalitions. Joy McCormack, founder of Chicago Survivors, an organization that provides crime victims services to families who experience violent loss, is working with Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times, and the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition to develop the event. McCormack will discuss the story of her own family’s loss as a result of gun violence in Chicago, and she will be joined by others who have felt personal loss, including John Ziegler, whose friend Mbiganyi Lashani was gunned down this summer. Other speakers include: Cleopatra Pendleton, whose daughter Hadiya’s murder in 2013 garnered national media attention; Channyn Lynn Parker, a trans advocate from Chicago House, discussing the dramatic rise in murders of trans women of color; anti-violence advocate Lisa Gilmore; anti-gun activist Maria Pike; Mark Walsh of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence; Kim L. Hunt, executive director of Pride Action Tank; LGBTQ and Latinx advocate Emmanuel Garcia; Muslim LGBTQ advocate and attorney Nabeela Rasheed; Dawn Valenti from Chicago Survivors; John Gruber from The Brady Campaign; Kathleen Sances from G-PAC; and Commissioner Mona Noriega of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, October 20 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, just west of Ashland Avenue. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. Main Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition partners for the event are Chicago Survivors, The Brady Campaign, G-PAC, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Organizing for Action, and People for Safer Society. Additional information: [email protected] or http://prideactiontank.org/projects/gun-violence-town-hall/

Park Forest Economic Advisory Group

Nominations for the 8th Annual Business Person of the Year – Through Monday, October 31

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group each year recognizes current Park Forest business owners for excellence in community service and making a difference by honoring the winner with the Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award. Nominations are now being accepted through 5 p.m. on Monday, October 31.

Complete the form found in the link below and return it:

  • In person at the Economic Development & Planning Department at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive
  • By mail to Sandra Zoellner at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive
  • Email to [email protected]

Click here for the form.

Park Forest Veteran’s Commission

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony – Thursday, November 10

The Village of Park Forest Veteran’s Commission is seeking Vietnam veterans interested in being recognized at a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, November 10 at 2 p.m. at Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street in Chicago Heights. Veterans who served between 1955 and 1975 are eligible to be recognized. Qualified veterans will receive a service certificate and a Vietnam veteran service pin. Interested veterans are encouraged to contact Park Forest Village Manager/Veterans Commission Staff Liaison Tom Mick at 708-748-1129 or by email at [email protected]. Veterans will need to provide their name, service branch, military rank and tour of service dates.

Representative Anthony DeLuca, 195 West Joe Orr Road, Suite 201, Chicago Heights

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar – Saturday, October 29

Representative Anthony DeLuca will host a Women’s Self-Defense Seminar on Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will take place at the Rich East High School Gymnasium, located at 300 Sauk Trail in Park Forest. 6th Degree Black Belt and Martial Arts Instructor Master Daniel Kocsis will provide FREE self-defense instruction, discuss and demonstrate ways to maintain awareness and physically defend yourself in various circumstances. Practical physical techniques will be taught and women who are interested are encouraged to attend. Safety techniques can be customized. This allows anyone, including those with physical limitations, to learn and participate. If you have any questions about the Women’s Self-Defense Seminar, please contact the district office at 708-754-7900 or by email at [email protected].

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

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.