Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, DC

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) — On Monday, we will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The King Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality. As Coretta Scott King said so eloquently, on MLK Day, “We call you to commemorate thisHoliday by making your personal commitment to serve humanity with the vibrant spirit of unconditional love that was his greatest strength, and which empowered all of the great victories of his leadership. And with our hearts open to this spirit of unconditional love, we can indeed achieve the Beloved Community of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream.” You’ll find a list of local events taking place on Monday to honor this great man.

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 RJPiserLPH@aol.com with the details no later than 5 p.m. on Friday.  Thank you.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

First Defense Legal Aid, Chicago

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — Monday, January 16

In the summer of ’66, a group of youth was having fun playing in a fire hydrant on Chicago’s West Side when police told them to leave.  When they returned to cool off again, CPD arrested them and took them into custody.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., marched to the police station with their families and concerned neighbors and successfully demanded their release. They then demanded the city invest in accessible pools where their children could cool off safely and exercise the human right to leisure. Join First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA) on Monday, January 16 from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a day of service and engagement at the West Side Justice Center, 601 South California in Chicago. All activities are free and open to the public.  Register for the event here. The event is co-sponsored by Chicago Westside NAACP Branch. For additional information, visit https://www.first-defense.org/.

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

‘A Day On, Not a Day Off’ – Monday, January 16

Join us on the GSU campus on Monday, January 16, for ‘A Day On, Not a Day Off,’ a commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The keynote speaker for this day of reflection, growth, and service will be Pamela Bates Porch, Assistant Pastor at St. James Industrial M.B. Church in Chicago. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Sherman Hall. Entry is through the E wing. When you attend, please bring a nonperishable item to donate to the Mobile Food Pantry. Students will help distribute the collected canned goods to families in need immediately following the commemoration program. Donations can also be made to Student Life from now until the day of the event. For more information, call 708-534-4551 or email diversity@govst.edu. This program is cosponsored by the University Park MLK Committee and the University Park Public Library District.

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

‘Love & Unity Conquers Hatred & Violence’ – Monday, January 16

A Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration, ‘Love & Unity Conquers Hatred & Violence’ will take place at SSC’s Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 South State Street in South Holland.  The doors will open at 9 a.m. with the program beginning at 10 a.m. The event’s keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Robin Kelly.  There will also be performance by Thornton Township High School District 205.  The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

State of Illinois

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – Monday, January 16

Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed January 16 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in the state of Illinois.  The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the day of service by volunteering in their community. Anyone interested in volunteering on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service can visit Serve.Illinois.gov to find more than 2,000 volunteer opportunities throughout Illinois.  Volunteers can search based on location or area of interest, as well as by web-based, ongoing, or one-time volunteer opportunities.

Nominations for Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards – Due by January 29

Serve Illinois is also accepting nominations for the annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.  These awards recognize individual volunteers and businesses that support community service.  The awards honor those who provide selfless service to the state and highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in Illinois. Nominations are due to Serve Illinois by January 29.  A ceremony to honor recipients will be held on April 13 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.  Visit Serve.Illinois.gov for information about individual awards, past recipient bios, and nomination forms. The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40 member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state.

Village of Park Forest

Village Hall Closure – Monday, January 16

Park Forest Village Hall will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Village Board Meetings – Tuesday, January 17

Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the Village of Park Forest Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.  Residents are encouraged to attend. Board meetings air live on cable access channels (Channel 4 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T subscribers).

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

Village Commissions & Advisory Boards

The following Park Forest Commissions are scheduled to meet the week of January 15:

Tuesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. – Plan Commission

Tuesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. – Recreation &P Parks Advisory Board

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

Arts & Entertainment

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

Guitar Greats Starring Jamiah Rogers – Tickets Now on Sale

“Sweet Home Chicago Blues” was the song that brought the house down last March at GSU alongside Billy Branch, and the man behind the guitar was blues prodigy Jamiah Rogers.  The standing ovation can be seen on YouTube, but true blues fans will want to witness Jamiah’s brand of blues in person. January 28 at 8 p.m. is the night when Jamiah Rogers and guest vocalist Babidoll own the stage at GSU once again in Guitar Greats, a tribute to guitar’s finest including Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and more. Jamiah Rogers, aka “Jamiah on Fire,” started playing guitar at the age of three and recorded his first CD at age six. Hailing from a musical family with father and manager Tony Rogers by his side, Jamiah has played with the likes of Buddy Guy, Billy Branch, and Billy Cox, to name a few. He’s been recognized as the “most talented kid under the age of 12” by the Chicago Music Awards multiple years. Now in his twenties, Jamiah has come into his own, bringing adoring crowds and owning the stage at multiple venues globally. Guest vocalist Babidoll is a star in her own right. Known for her five-octave singing voice and her ability to sing in seven languages, Babidoll sings R & B, jazz, pop, neo-soul, classical, opera and more. She’s collaborated with multiple Grammy Award-winning artists and been the private vocal coach for many American Idol and America’s Got Talent contestants. Don’t miss this dynamic duo performing live for an intimate crowd at GSU. This performance is one of the Center’s “on stage experiences” where patrons are seated on the stage with the performers in the midst of the action. Limited seating is available. For more information about on stage events, visit www.Govst.edu/onstage.

Ticket Information

Tickets: $28, Seniors 65+ $23, Students $10

Online: www.CenterTickets.net

By Phone: 708-235-2222

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

Box Office Hours: Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open to 6 p.m. on Thursdays) and 2 hours prior to all performances. Parking is free. For best GPS directions always use the location search term “Governors State University” only.

Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted, Chicago

A Night with Oscar Party – February 26 – Tickets Now on Sale

Center on Halsted’s A Night with Oscar party welcomes donors, patrons, and supporters to enjoy the Academy Awards presentation on Sunday, February 26 in a fun and festive atmosphere that includes cocktail service, reserved seating, buffet dinner, silent auction, and a raffle drawing. In 2016, this event was attended by over 300 participants and raised more than $80,000 to support the many programs and services of Center on Halsted. This year’s A Night with Oscar party is sure to be the best Academy Awards viewing party in the city; we look forward to seeing you On the Red Carpet!

6:00 p.m. Doors open for our Red Carpet Arrival

7:30 p.m. Academy Awards Telecast

9:00 p.m. Silent Auction Ends & Event Drawing

Silent Auction & Raffle

A Night with Oscar will feature a Silent Auction and Raffle Drawing. Always a highlight, our silent auction will offer vacation packages, bar and restaurants certificates, theater and sports tickets, gym and personal services, and a whole lot more! The raffle will feature top prizes that are sure to delight! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase online and at Center on Halsted as well as at the event.

Get Your Ballots Ready!

Think you know who is going to walk home with an Oscar? Submit your ballot for a chance to win a cash prize at A Night with Oscar! All guests will have a chance to submit a ballot for our Predict-the-Winner contest. Ballots will be available for $20 at registration and the person with the most correct picks will split the winnings with Center on Halsted!


Reserve your seat today! Limited quantity available for each ticket level. Click on the ticket type below to purchase your tickets online.

Green Room Ticket: $100

Toast the radiant red carpet revelers in the sparkling Green Room party for a lavishly grand celebration of live entertainment courtesy and craft cocktails and concoctions while the excitement of the Academy Awards streams live on nearby monitors. It’s A Night with Oscar that you won’t forget!

Multi-Screen Academy Awards Broadcast

Open Seating & Communal Lounges

Complimentary Champagne Welcome

2 Drink Tickets

Craft Cocktails

Catered Hors d’ouevres

Screening Room Ticket: $150

For the diehard viewers and movie aficionados, pop a cork at your private cabaret table and enjoy concession treats while the Academy Awards streams live on the big screen. During commercial breaks, join your friends in the Green Room for some serious red carpet revelry.

Private Cabaret Table

Large Screen Viewing


Craft Cocktails

Drink Tickets

Popcorn & Concession Treats

Catered Hors d’ouevres

Unlimited Access to the Green Room Party

Premier Lounge Ticket: $2,000

For the real red carpet experience, sink into the comfort of your private lounge with up to eight of your closest companions with large screen viewing of the Academy Awards. Specially crafted Canapés will await your arrival and your private valet will ensure that your glass is never empty.

Private Lounge

Large Screen Viewing

Open Bar

Craft Cocktails

Champagne + Bottle Service Attendant

Popcorn & Concession Treats

Catered Hors d’oeuvres

Unlimited Access to the Green Room Party

The Center on Halsted is located at 3656 North Halsted Street in Chicago. For additional information call 773-472-6469 or visit http://centeronhalsted.org No physical tickets will be mailed for this event. Names will be held at the door. Tickets are non-refundable and seating is limited. Garage parking is available on Addison directly west of Center on Addison. All but $55 of each Green Room ticket, $150 of each Screening Room ticket, and $440 of each Premier Lounge ticket is tax deductible.

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago

‘One Day This Kid Will Get Larger’ – Opens Thursday, January 26

For a rising generation of young, contemporary artists, the AIDS crisis has always been part of their lives. This winter, DePaul Art Museum will present “One Day This Kid Will Get Larger,” a group exhibition that examines HIV and AIDS through the lenses of childhood, youth culture and marginalized communities. It opens Jan. 26 and runs through April 2. Curated by Danny Orendorff, the exhibition complements the Alphawood Foundation’s presentation of “Art AIDS America,” now on display down the street from DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton, 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/.

‘Four Saints in Three Acts’ – Opens Thursday, January 26

Art and the representation of saints have been intertwined for centuries. An upcoming winter exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum, “Four Saints in Three Acts,” will feature works by contemporary artists who use religious imagery to consider their own relationship to religion, belief and faith. A complementary show, “The Many Faces of Vincent de Paul: Nineteenth-Century French Romanticism and the Sacred,” will examine how artists depicted DePaul University’s patron saint in material culture and decorative arts. Both exhibitions open January 26 and run through April 2. DePaul University holds the world’s largest collection of material culture related to St. Vincent de Paul. Artifacts on display from the university’s collection reflect the varying quality and artistry of devotional items from the period. Admission is free at DePaul Art Museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton, 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/.

DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus, 2250 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

Chinese Studies Program at DePaul University to Welcome Year of the Rooster at Annual Gala

For the ninth consecutive year, DePaul University is set to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a gala that features authentic Lunar New Year food and cultural performances to welcome the Year of the Rooster. The gala, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 27 at the student center, Room 120, on the university’s Lincoln Park Campus, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave. Online reservations are required for attendance. Interested individuals can RSVP at http://bit.ly/DPU_rooster. This year’s gala will provide an immersive experience with performances and interactive opportunities to honor Chinese New Year traditions. Traditional and modern performances will be given by DePaul students and guests from the Chicago community. This year’s highlights include music collaborations between DePaul students enrolled in Chinese language classes and international students from China. There will also be a traditional xiangsheng, or Chinese cross-talk, between professional Chinese performers and DePaul students who are taking advanced-level Chinese language classes. All performances are bilingual. In addition, the gala will include a traditional lion dance. Guests will be able to try their hand at the ancient Chinese art of calligraphy under the guidance of calligraphy artists, participate in Chinese fortunetelling and papercutting, and view the Art Institute of Chicago mini-tour of Chinese arts. They also will have an opportunity to participate in games for commemorative souvenirs. The Chinese Studies program in DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary academic unit awarding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Studies. The program offers a major in Chinese Studies and minors in Chinese Studies, Chinese language and commercial Chinese Studies. More information on the program can be found at http://bit.ly/DPU_ChineseStudies.

DePaul University Humanities Center to Feature Ballet, Comedy and the Bible – Events Begin Monday, January 16

Events featuring space exploration, improv comedy, Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson and the temptations of Christ are slated for the DePaul University Humanities Center’s 2017 winter season. Events are free and open to the public. Events include:

The Biblical Humanities: The Temptations of Christ

January 16, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 1010 W Webster Ave.

Live musical performance and lecture 7-9 p.m. followed by a reception

The Gospels of Matthew and Luke recount the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan in the desert. Resisting the temptations helped to put Jesus on the path to becoming a teacher and liberator. This event will include a live musical performance of Paul Stetsenko’s “Temptation of Christ” and Gustav Gunsenheimer’s “Die Versuchung Jesu.” Panelists will investigate each of the three temptations and analyze Dostoevsky’s conception of the critical role of doubt for faith in the legend of the Grand Inquisitor. Guests include:

Robert Beatty, organist and director of music at St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

The Saint Vincent de Paul Chamber Chorale.

Gary Saul Morson, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, Northwestern University.

Adam Kotsko, professor of humanities, Shimer College.

Dwight N. Hopkins, professor of theology, University of Chicago’s Divinity School.

The Humanities in Spaaaace!: Orbits

January 25, DePaul Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.

Film screening of “First Orbit” 5:15-7 p.m.

Performances and lectures 7-9 p.m.

The Humanities Center presents a screening of the film “First Orbit,” which tells the story of Yuri Gagarin’s flight. The event will also include the world premiere of two musical works inspired by orbits by Chicago composers Mark Nowakowski and Kurt Westerburg. A master orbiter will perform on a Cyr wheel. Lecturers will investigate the future imagined by young Soviet girls who wrote letters to Tereshkova and explore the importance of ancient Greek cosmological thinking. Guests include:

The Bach & Beethoven Ensemble: composers Kurt Westerburg and Mark Nowakowski; Thomas Alaan as countertenor, Brandi Berry on baroque violin and Anna Steinhoff on viola da gamba.

Roshanna Sylvester, associate professor of history, DePaul University.

Courtney Giannone, professional dancer, choreographer, and world champion in competitive wheel gymnastics.

Sean Kirkland, associate professor of philosophy, DePaul University.

“Metamorphosis” ballet screening and discussion with Edward Watson

February 16, DePaul Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.

Film screening and discussion 6:30-9 p.m.

When Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson dances the role of Gregor Samsa in Arthur Pita’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s novella, “Metamorphosis,” it is not only a man that transforms into an insect on stage, but an audience that is transformed in the presence of a master and a masterpiece. Interpreting choreography that ingeniously reveals Samsa’s inner experience and intersubjective embodiment, Watson lets Kafka’s story settle into his flesh in a virtuoso performance, proving why he is one of the greatest dancers working today. After a screening of the film of the ballet, Watson joins Steeves on stage for a conversation about the film.

The Scholar’s Improv 2: Academic Boogaloo

February 22, DePaul Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.

Performances and presentations 7-8:30 p.m.

DePaul faculty members and a troupe of professional Chicago comedians perform improv as the scholars are challenged to lecture extemporaneously on surprise topics. Led by improv comic Pete Parsons, comedians Lisa Burton, Tim Dunn, and Alaina Hoffman will present six improvised scenes, showcasing their talent, quick minds and artistry. These moments will be interspersed with five mini-lectures by DePaul academics, each accompanied by a PowerPoint slide presentation in their field but which they has not seen before. DePaul faculty participating include:

Anna Souchuk, associate professor of German.

Paul Booth, associate professor of media and cinema studies.

Amy Tyson, associate professor of history.

Nancy Grossman, associate director of the Honors Program.

Rick Lee, professor of philosophy.

The DePaul University Humanities Center aims to create visibility of the work in humanities and foster discussion among the greater community. Learn more about the center and upcoming events at http://bit.ly/DPUHmCtr.

Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Tickets Now on Sale

On Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m., Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at Freedom Hall. For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving. Over the years, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony to millions. The newer members have infused the group with their youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala looks to these young men to carry on his dream to “keep South Africa alive in people’s hearts” for years to come. “Mr. Shabalala, singing above the basses, has a sweet, hushed tenor that whispers and swoops and quivers, gentle yet fervent. In the formality of Carnegie Hall, the songs came across not as jovial workers’ entertainment, but as something more somber: music that had survived sorrows to find benedictions in the aftermath.” — New York Times. Read more about Ladysmith Black Mambazo and view videos. Tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online at: tickets@freedomhall.org. For additional information, call 708-747-0580 or visit www.freedomhall.org.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest

Emagine Grand Opening Party Fundraiser – Thursday, January 19

It’s showtime! Be a part of the action and get your exclusive grand opening party pass for Emagine’s new luxury theater located at 19965 South LaGrange Road in Frankfort opening on January 19. Adult passes are $100. Youth passes (age 10-18) are $50. Thanks to the generosity of Emagine, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will keep 100% of the proceeds. We only have 100 party passes so reserve yours today! Party pass includes:

entry to the ribbon cutting ceremony

a gourmet strolling dinner

adult (alcoholic) beverages

musical entertainment

a movie screening

additional surprises to be revealed

Emagine features:

individual leather recliner seating

reserved seating

full bar service with cocktail delivery to your seat on the weekends

gourmet food selections, as well as movie food favorites

Don’t miss the unique opportunity to experience Emagine before the general public. Passes may be given as gifts. We will just need your recipients’ names for the guest list.

To reserve passes, call the IPO office Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 708-481-7774 or email Rachel with your name and number of adult and youth passes requested along with a phone number where she can reach you to process your request.

Slavic Soul – Saturday, January 21

Slavic Soul will be performed by the IPO on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way East Performing Arts Center, 201 Colorado Avenue in Frankfort. The IPO rings in the New Year with conductor candidate Stilian Kirov, Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C, with an exciting program of Eastern European works. Kodaly, like his peer Bartok, was a master of incorporating Hungarian folk melodies into his compositions, and the Dances of Galanta are no exception. Written as recruiting songs to show a soldier’s life as endless “fun,” these dances will delight. Similarly, Ligeti’s work draws on his Transylvanian heritage with tuneful folk melodies. Closing the evening is Rachmaninoff’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring guest pianist Sean Chen. This work was featured in the movie Shine, the true story of Australian concert pianist David Helfgott. Rachmaninoff’s piece is one of the most challenging of all Romantic-era concertos…and the most exhilarating. Truly, this concert will set your soul on fire! Maestro Kirov is currently the Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C in New Jersey and a 2015 Malko Competition prizewinner. Read his full bio! Tickets are $55 and can be purchased here https://ipomusic.secure.force.com/ticket#sections_a0F36000004wKshEAE. For additional information, call 708-481-7774 or visit www.ipomusic.org.

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

Vonnegut’s Odyssey’ – Through May 6

The NVAM’s exhibit, ‘Vonnegut’s Odyssey,’ explores connections between the timeless and universal story of veterans’ return from combat through the artwork of World War II veteran and famed author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Vonnegut’s selected artwork will be on view at NVAM through May 6, 2017. Exhibit curator and Iraq veteran Ash Kyrie notes, “The experience of returning home and processing the effects of war is something that is shared by all veterans, from the time of Homer’s The Odyssey, through Vonnegut’s experiences in Dresden, and continuing on today. Exhibiting the artwork of Vonnegut as an illustration of the post-war experience and as a creative processing tool for the artist highlights the process of the return and the complexity of the veteran experience.” Vonnegut enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and was deployed to fight overseas in Europe during WWII. He was later captured at the Battle of the Bulge and served as a Prisoner of War until 1945 when he returned to the U.S. and was awarded the Purple Heart. These experiences largely shaped his creative endeavors including his well-known published literature and his body of artwork. From WWII through Vietnam and beyond, Vonnegut was an active voice in American culture and society—openly discussing war and its effects publicly. After establishing himself as an important American author during the late 1960’s with the publication of Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Vonnegut later became recognized for his drawings that often accompanied his writings. These drawings vary in subject matter from his Purple Heart to his illustrious Asterisk. Building on these drawings, Vonnegut worked with printer Joe Petro III to create a prolific catalog of artwork. Presented together, these artworks reflect the connections between Vonnegut’s return home from World War II and Homer’s epic of Odysseus’s return home after the Trojan War. For additional information about the National Veterans Art Museum or the exhibit, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270.

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

Park Forest Public Library Closures

The Park Forest Public Library will be closed on Sunday & Monday, January 15 & 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday.  The Library will reopen on Tuesday, January 17 at 10 a.m.

The following events are scheduled at the Park Forest Library the week of January 15:

Tuesday, January 17 at 3:30 p.m. – Art Studio — It’s time to “BE CREATIVE! Each week we will explore different concepts of art. Materials will be provided. While supplies last. For ages 12 and under.

Tuesday, January 17 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, January 18 at 11 a.m. – Lap Sit Story Time — Its 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, January 18 at 3:30 p.m. – Lego Creative Building — We’re taking Legos to another level! Explore gears, wheels and more. Come build something today. For ages12 and under.

Wednesday, January 19=8 at 4 p.m. – Color Me Happy Circle — Our coloring circle is the perfect way to step back from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some relaxation! All supplies will be provided.

Wednesday, January 18 at 4 p.m. – Upcycled Creations — Can you no longer use a specific item? Learn techniques to create something new out of a once unwanted material!

Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Zen Art — Learn the art of relaxation while creating beautiful, simple designs that are inspired by zentangle, Zen doodle art, and mandalas. Materials will be provided.

Thursday, January 19 at 20 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. For ages 3-5.

Thursday, January 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. Ages 12 and under.

Friday, January 20 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, January 20 at 3:30 p.m. – Fun Friday, Board Game Day — Drop-in for an afternoon of your favorite classic board games.

Saturday, January 21 at 1 p.m. – Practical Application Circle — Join us as we discuss Jonathan Fields’ How to Live a Good Life.

Saturday, January 21 at 1 p.m. – Winter Make & Take — Drop in for a special winter themed project! For those ages 12 and under.

Sunday, January 22 at 2 p.m. — Do it Yourself Winter Wreath — We’re creating dazzling wreaths that are sure to add sparkle to your home décor. Celebrate winter while creating a work of art. All ages welcome. All material provided. While supplies last.

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

Potpourri of Lectures – Thursday, January 19

The Potpourri of Lectures Winter 2017 series begins on Thursday, January 19 at 10:30 p.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room.  This week’s lecture is: “Within the Economy of Nature Lie Solutions to Climate Change.”

Library Board Meeting – Thursday, January 19

The Park Forest Library Board will meet on Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m.  The Park Forest Public Library Board of Trustees is elected to set policies and oversee the operation of the Library. The Trustees meet in the library at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The meetings are open to the public. Residents are encouraged to attend.

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

‘Small Works’ – Through January 26

‘Small Works,’ a national juried show of works of 34 artists chosen by Aron Packer, gallerist and curator will run through Thursday, January 26 at the Christopher Art Gallery. A reception will be held on Thursday, January 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gallery.  Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. ‘Small Works’ will feature works no larger than 24” x 24” by artists throughout the United States. The Christopher Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment.  For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call 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’s Gage Gallery, 18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Photo Exhibit on Green Roofs in Chicago and Beyond — Opens February 9

The public will get a rare look at green roofs in Chicago and beyond when photographer Brad Temkin’s Rooftop: Second Nature opens Thursday, February 9 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery in Chicago.  Approximately 20 large-scale images of green rooftops in Chicago and other major cities around the world are the focus of the exhibit by Temkin, a Chicago-based artist whose photos taken between 2009 and 2016 tell a story of architecture and sustainability in the making. Temkin will discuss the large-format film project and challenges he has faced in gaining access to rooftops, sometimes waiting for hours once on site for the proper lighting conditions to occur, at an opening night reception for the exhibit that begins at 5 p.m. on February 9 in Roosevelt’s Gage Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Roosevelt’s Sustainability Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Physical Resources, the exhibit provides a look at green roofs atop Chicago’s City Hall, Roosevelt’s Wabash Building, the new Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital and the Chicago Cultural Center, to name just a few Chicago locations. Green rooftops at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., Millennium Hall at Drexel University in Philadelphia and atop buildings in Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and Moscow are among other sites visited and photographed by Temkin, and are included in his new book Rooftop, which was published in 2015. Rooftop: Second Nature will run through May 6 at the Gage Gallery. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 312-341-6458 or visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery

Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Matthew Freeman Lecture Discussion on Trend Toward Mass Deportation of Immigrants from U.S. – Monday, February 6

Increasing deportation of largely male black and Latino immigrants from the United States will be the topic of Roosevelt University’s annual Matthew Freeman lecture by author Tanya Golash-Boza at 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 6 at the University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The event is open to the public. A noted scholar and prolific writer, Golash-Boza most recently published Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism. The book explores reasons behind rapidly rising U.S. deportation rates of noncitizens – 4 million since 1997, and twice as many people as were deported from the country prior to 1996. Citing statistics showing 97 percent of deportees are sent to Latin America or the Caribbean, and that 88 percent are men, including many who had been detained through the U.S. criminal justice system, Golash-Boza argues economic restructuring, neoliberal reforms and disproportionate criminalization of blacks and Latinos are to blame. A professor of sociology at the University of California at Merced, Golash-Boza has written extensively on race and immigration issues including Deported in 2015, Due Process Denied and Immigration Nation in 2012, Yo Soy Negro: Blackness in Peru in 2011, Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach in 2015. Her blog, “Get a Life, PhD,” has more than 2 million page views and her op-eds and essays have appeared in Al Jazeera, The Boston Review, The Nation, Counterpunch, The Houston Chronicle, Racialicious, Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Education and Dissident Voice. Prior to the lecture, Roosevelt students selected to receive this year’s prestigious Matthew Freeman social justice award will be announced.  For more information, contact Healther Dalmage at 312-341-3692 or hdalmage@roosevelt.edu

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

Beauty and the Beast – Final Performance Saturday, January 21

The Children’s Theatre Company of SSC is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with Michele L. Vacca’s enchanting and warmly amusing dramatization of the beloved tale Beauty and the Beast. Performances will take place on Saturday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Florabunda, the Enchantress (Sandy Wagner of Lansing), begins the play by gathering a troupe of players about her, and assigning them roles. Belinda, the heroine (Catherine Hundt of Thornton), is a young woman of strong opinions, education and talent. Belinda’s father Henry Beaumont (Pat Nevins of Homewood), is the prosperous merchant. In an effort to gain money for festivals and a new swimming pond, arrogant Prince Philip (Rykeil Knights of Riverdale) seizes all of Beaumonts’ property and they are forced to declare bankruptcy. To teach him a lesson, Florabunda works her magic and turns Philip into a hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. One day, Henry mistakenly wanders into the garden of the legendary Beast (Eric Atkinson of Chicago). The angry Beast reluctantly promises to spare Henry’s life, but only if Belinda agrees to live in his castle. Despite Henry’s objections, Belinda insists upon doing as the Beast requests. With the help of his servants (Juniper DeYoung of Thornton, Angela Martin of Midlothian and Heather Young of Chicago), Belinda begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Gradually, they become friends and inseparable companions. Tickets for Beauty and the Beast are $5 per person. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the 24/7 box office voicemail line at 708-210-5741. Leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call. You may also reserve tickets by e-mail at boxoffice@ssc.edu.

2017 SSC Jazz Festival – Saturday, February 11

The 2017 SSC Jazz Festival Concert will be dedicated to the memory and legacy of Mr. Keith Anderson, long time music educator, advocate, and mentor. Mr. Anderson directed the bands at Hillcrest High School in County Club Hills from 1993-2006, after which he served as the Director of Fine Arts for Bremen High School District 228. Before arriving at Hillcrest, Anderson was an elementary teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in District #147. Mr. Anderson’s bands from Hillcrest High School were regular participants in the SSC Jazz Festival, and Mr. Anderson himself has been a festival clinician. The festival concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11th, in the Kindig Performing Arts Center of South Suburban College, and will feature the SSC Jazz Orchestra with guest artists Jim Cooper and Sam Hankins, and special guests from the area. There is no charge for admission although donations are appreciated to benefit the Music Scholarship Fund. For more information, please contact Rob Calhoon, Jazz Fest Director, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2299.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest

‘Wings’ Exhibit — Opens Friday, January 20

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk in DownTown Park Forest, will host ‘Wings,” a juried show of 2D and 3D visual artwork inspired by the flight of winged creatures. The exhibit will open on Friday, January 20 and run through February 25. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gallery.  Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Artists participating in ‘Wings’ are Melinda Arce-Gudino, Judi Boehner, Rose Blouin, Randy Buvala, Claudia Craemer, David Crunelle, June Finnegan, Andrea Fox, Robert Fritz, Susan Frost, Lea Goldman, Margaret Hafer, Linda P. Hancock, Fran Hollander, Cheryl Holz, Donna Johnston, Sarah Kaiser, Kristina Knowski, Kim Laurel, Laura Lein-Svencner, Ruth Marcanti, Roberta Masciarelli, Kevin Mason, Janice Meister, Karen Musgrave, John Nester, Joshua Newth, Molly Marie Nuzzo, Bruce Peerson, Gisele Perreault, Michael Perrott, Amber Pipkorn, Ayanna Proctor, Sruti Rajagopalan, Don Sala, Lindsay Sandbothe, Richard Schmidt, Susan Snell, Patrick Thompson, Carla Toth, Joan Tweedell, Nancy VanKanegan, Nicole Sharlow Willber, and Patricia Wiseman. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 708-748-3377 or visit www.tallgrass.org.

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

Rainbow Café Movie – Friday, January 20

UUCC’s Rainbow Café will screen the movie ‘Other People’ on Friday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. A struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother.  Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home.  As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone including himself that he’s doing ok. Rainbow Café is a social event that provides a safe and welcoming environment for single or partnered gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender adults and their allies by creating a space where they are able to socialize outside of the usual bars.  The care 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.

Educational Lectures & Opportunities

Prairie State College, 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights

Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast – Friday, February 3

Charles L. Evans, the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will be the featured speaker at Prairie State College’s Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, scheduled on Feb. 3.  The event will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club, located at 2800 Country Club Dr. in Olympia Fields. The morning begins with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast buffet, followed by the speaker presentation at 8:15 a.m. A question and answer session follows. Sponsorships for the event are available. A $1,500 Scholarship Sponsorship includes a 7 a.m. Meet and Greet with PSC President Dr. Terri L. Winfree, reserved seating for 10, breakfast and recognition in the program and event signage. A $300 Table Sponsorship will reserve a table for 10, and includes breakfast and recognition in the program and event signage. A $75 Friend Sponsorship will reserve two seats, and includes breakfast and recognition in the program and event signage. As CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Evans serves on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve System’s monetary policymaking body. He oversees the work of approximately 1,400 employees in Chicago and Detroit who conduct economic research, supervise financial institutions and provide payment services to commercial banks and the U.S. government. Before becoming president of the bank in 2007, Evans served as director of research and senior vice president, supervising the bank’s research on monetary policy, banking, financial markets and regional economic conditions. Before that, he was a vice president and senior economist with responsibility for the macroeconomics research group. The cost to attend the breakfast is $25 per person, and advance registration is required by email at kkane@prairiestate.edu. In addition to providing a prominent expert’s analysis of the economy to the south suburban business community, the breakfast also raises scholarship money for PSC students. For more information, contact the PSC Foundation office at 708-709-3631.

PSC Trustee Candidacy Petitions – Now Available

Candidacy petitions for three, six-year, non-compensated terms and one, two-year unexpired, non-compensated term on the Prairie State College (PSC) Board of Trustees are now available. The petition packages can be picked up from the President’s Office, located in room 2270 on PSC’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The vacant positions are for those of Christopher Baikauskas, Brunetta Hill-Corley, Wendell Mosby and Marc Wiley, whose terms expire in April 2017. In order to qualify, a candidate must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, have resided in Illinois Community College District 515 for at least one year, be a registered voter, and have petition signatures from a minimum of 50 registered voters who live in the district. Petitions with the required number of signatures will be accepted in the PSC President’s Office by the secretary of Community College District 515, or a designated representative, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 through Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Petitions also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. A Statement of Candidacy and optional Loyalty Oath also must be filed at that time. Additionally, a Statement of Economic Interests must be filed with the county clerk of the candidate’s residence. The resulting receipt must then be filed with the secretary of Community College District 515 or a designated representative no later than Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Persons elected on April 4 will be seated at the April Board of Trustees meeting. For more information, contact Patricia Trost, administrative director, president’s office and board of trustees at 708-709-3637.

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

Registration for Spring 2017 Semester – Classes Begin Tuesday, January 17

Open Registration for the Spring 2017 Semester at SSC is in progress. Spring classes begin Tuesday, January 17, at the college’s Main Campus and Oak Forest Center. The deadline to submit an application for financial aid for the Spring semester at SSC is January 3, 2017. Apply online 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. Current and prospective students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov using institution code 001769. Students who wish to use financial aid as payment for fall 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. Contact the Office of Admissions at 708-210-5718 for enrollment information. 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.

Online Educational Resources

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

Top U.S. Universities

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

Green Events

Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard

Potpourri of Lectures – Thursday, January 19

The Potpourri of Lectures Winter 2017 series begins on Thursday, January 19 at 10:30 p.m. in the Library’s Ringering Room.  This week’s lecture is: “Within the Economy of Nature Lie Solutions to Climate Change.”

Thorn Creek Audubon Society, Park Forest

Nature Education Programs at Thorn Creek Nature Center

Calling all schools, home school groups, day cares, preschools, youth, adult and family groups! Nature Education Programs are offered at Thorn Creek Nature Center throughout the year where your group can discover the plants and animals of Thorn Creek Woods. These Nature Education Programs are sponsored by the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. The Audubon Society and the Thorn Creek Nature Center announce their new Partnership for Programming to further the Society’s environmental education mission and give valuable assistance to Thorn Creek Nature Center in providing nature programming for groups of area children and adults. Some of the nature education programs offered this year include Birding by Sight and Sound, Creek Walk (the world of aquatic insects and metamorphosis), Trees Big and Small (identification by leaves and bark), Insects (what makes an insect unique), the Web of Life (interdependence of producers, consumers, predators and decomposers), Soils Hike (how soil fuels and supports life), and Night Hikes. On the Fall Color Hike learn why leaves change colors and what trees do to prepare for the long months of winter. Discover clues to wild animals’ identities and behavior by trails and trails in Wild Animal Tracks. Make your own track replica. On Vixen’s Trek you are the fox following your daily routines on Thorn Creek trails. Or visit the Historic Farm in the woods to explore an early 1900’s woodland farm. Groups can also arrange for a naturalist to come to your location for programs such as Wild Animal Tracks, Web of Life, Woodland Wildflowers, Soils, History of Thorn Creek Woods, and the like. The new partnership has already collaborated in sponsoring three programs: the Learn 70 Birds by Spring class, which runs from January through March; the Great Backyard Bird Count Open House that was held in February; and the Build a Gourd Birdhouse sessions to be held in March.  For information about Thorn Creek Audubon Society membership, events and projects: Thorn Creek Audubon Society, P. O. Box 895, Park Forest, Il 60466, or www.thorncreekaudubonsociety.org.

Thorn Creek Nature Preserve, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest

Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

Become a ‘Friend of Thorn Creek’

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

Experience the Thorn Creek Nature Center

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

Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive

Christmas Tree Recycling – Through January 31

Christmas trees are now being accepted for recycling in the parking lot of the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 North Orchard Drive. Residents may drop-off trees for recycling at any time between now and the end of the month. Simply place your tree in the area of the parking lot designated for tree drop-offs. By recycling your tree you choose an environmentally beneficial alternative that results in new mulch for plants in community parks and gardens. As a reminder, a wide variety of electronic items, including holiday lights, can be dropped off for recycling in the lobby of Park Forest’s Village Hall. Drop-off your holiday lights for recycling anytime during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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

Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus, 350 Victory Drive

Flu & Pneumonia Shots – Now Available

Flu shots are available now at the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus. The cost is $30 for adults, $20 for those 18 years and under, and free for Medicare Part B recipients (must bring copy of card). Pneumonia shots are also available for $80.  No appointment is necessary. Shots are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus, located in the lower level of Village Hall.

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 gwashington@sertomacentre.org.

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 bevfeldt@gmail.com.

This & That

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

Secretary of State Services – Tuesday, January 17

The Secretary of State’s Mobile Service Unit will be at GSU on Tuesday, January 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Hall of Governors. Services available at the mobile service unit include driver’s license and State ID renewal, replacement, and corrections; vehicle sticker sales; passenger and b-truck license plates; vehicle title and registration; parking placards for persons with disabilities; and organ/tissue donor information. In addition, vision tests and the written driver’s license exam can be taken. No driving tests will be given. The services provided are available to all qualified Illinois residents. State law allows driver’s license renewal up to one year in advance. Proper identification is required for new and duplicate driver’s licenses and state ID cards. Acceptable forms of payment include perso

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