Special Interest

  • Please note the registration deadlines for programs below.
  • Please register early or the class may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment.
  • Information printed in the brochure may change. 


Blues Kids Harmonica Class

Learn basic harmonica techniques such as playing within the 12 bar blues progression and more. No musical experience is required. Bring a C diatonic harmonica and a desire to learn to play the blues! Clement Bashir instructs the class.

Ages 7-14 $70 8 weeks

Village Hall, Recreation & Parks Conference Rm

22000-02 M 6-7 pm Aug 21-Oct 9

32000-01 M 6-7 pm Oct 16-Dec 4

Beginning Blues Harmonica

Learn basic harmonica techniques. Learn to play clear single notes, tongue blocking, and play within the 12 bar blues progression. We will also cover bending notes, octaves and more. No musical experience is required. Bring a C diatonic harmonica, a desire to play the blues and your ears. Clement Bashir instructs the class. Private lessons available upon request.

Ages 15 & older $80 8 weeks

Village Hall, Recreation & Parks Conference Rm

22100-02 W 7-8pm Aug 23-Oct 11

32100-01 W 7-8 pm Oct 18-Dec 6

Painting, Pizza and Punch
We provide the painting and pizza; you bring your favorite beverage! This one-night event is for children ages 5-15 and is set up like our Toast and Tint classes!

Children from all artistic backgrounds are invited and will learn to paint creations of their own. Before painting, pizza will be served. Patricia Moore instructs the class. Registration deadline: one week prior to the class.

Ages 5-15 $15 1 session
Village Hall, Lower Level - Rooms 1 & 2

34009-01 F 6-7:30 pm Oct 27
Paint a Halloween picture using water colors, crayons, markers and colored pencils.

34009-02 F 6-7:30 pm Nov 17
Use mixed media, crayons, markers and feathers to create a turkey.

 Young Picassos

Discover your inner artist through the creations of a wonderful piece of art using mixed media, watercolors, pencils, crayons, charcoal and India ink! All supplies included except an all-purpose art pad purchased by the participant. Patricia Moore instructs the class. Registration deadline: one week prior to the class.

Ages 5-13 $35 4 weeks

Village Hall, Employee Lounge

34005-01 W 6-7:30 pm Oct 4-25 - Cancelled

34005-02 W 6-7:30 pm Dec 6-27

Toast and Tint

Toast and Tint is a carefree, easy and FUN art party! Not artistic? Don't worry! Local artist Patricia Moore will guide you step by step to recreate the featured painting of the night. Grab your friends, family or coworkers and make it an evening of art and camaraderie. We provide all the materials, along with snacks. This class is BYOB, so grab a bottle of wine on your way over! This class is open to adults of all skill level, no experience necessary. At the end of the night, you'll be able to leave with a unique piece of art created by your own hand. Patricia Moore instructs the class. Registration deadline: one week prior to the class.

Ages 21 & Older $35 1 session

Dining on the Green, 349 Main St.

32101-01 F 7-9:30 pm Nov 10

Use acrylic paint and a hot glue gun to decorate a frame, with a mirror or without. Glue items from shells, buttons, photos, etc. to the frame. Bring the frame and special items with you. We will also have items you can use. We can decorate paint leaves, flowers, abstract, whatever inspires you at the time.

32101-02 F 7-9:30 pm Dec 15

Decorate a box for a gift or yourself. We will use acrylic paint and you may bring any photos or items you like from home to make a collage or a simple painted box. We will also have various items for you to use.

West African Djembe Drumming

Students will learn about the djembe drum and the cultures from which it emanates. Hand technique for djembe drumming, stick technique for dunun drumming, in the context of traditional rhythms will be taught. Michael Taylor instructs the class.

Drum rental required for an additional fee if you don't own a djembe drum. Contact Recreation & Parks for more information. No class October 21 and November 11. Registration deadline: October 11.

Drum Rental Agreement

Ages 8 & older $50 5 weeks

Freedom Hall, Theatre

34204-01 Sa 10-11:30 am Oct 14-Nov 25 (New Class Dates)

Meet the Instructor - Michael Taylor
Taylor has been playing and teaching the West African djembe drum since the mid 1990's. He is the Director of the Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy - Chicago. TTMDA was founded by Grand Master Drummer Mamady Keita, from Guinea, West Africa 25 years ago and is the premier school for djembe worldwide. Currently there are over a dozen branch schools in Asia, the America's and Europe. Taylor is also an instructor for over twenty years at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

CPR Classes

The Park Forest Fire Department is offering CPR Classes. All classes are held in the Training Room of the Fire Station located at 156 Indianwood Boulevard. Classes are taught by one of our CPR Instructors and will last approximately 3-4 hours. Cost is $30 for Basic and $40 for BLS (formerly Health Care Provider).

Payment can be made in advance (cash or checks payable to Park Forest Fire Department) or on the day of class. Card will not be issued until payment is received.

Dates for 2017 are:

Saturday, Sept. 16 - 9:00 am

(Instructor FF/P Kevin Meredith)

Saturday, Nov. 18 - 9:00 am

(Instructor FF/P Bob Pillman)

To register, please visit the Fire Department page on the Village of Park Forest website at www.vopf.com.

 Additional Links:

Park Forest Community Gardens

Park Forest Library

Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra

Tall Gras Arts Association

Teen Zone