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Interested in listing your Club or Organization in the Park Forest Recreation & Parks brochure?  The Park Forest Recreation & Parks brochure is mailed to all households in Park Forest. Contact Carolyn Hoff at 708-748-2005 or email  to discuss advertising opportunities and rates.

Autumn 2016 Recreation & Parks Brochure -  Clubs & Organizations 

Garden Club of Park Forest
The Garden Club of Park Forest was founded in 1954 and recently celebrated its 62nd anniversary. The club is instrumental in the advancement of gardening, conservation, and promotion of civic beautification and related philanthropies. Meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise specified at St. Mary’s Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest.

We welcome persons to come, join us, and learn about gardening from Master Gardeners and other well versed gardeners in a friendly environment. Membership is open to men and women. On October 11 we will host our Annual Falling Leaves Festival with a gardening program by Linda Anderson,
U. of I. Master Gardener, titled “Beekeeping”, plenty of food, $1.00 Raffle Baskets, and other activities. The cost is $8.00 at the door. For more information call 708-747-3847.

Grande Prairie Singers and Grande Prairie Children’s Choir
The Grande Prairie Singers will hold auditions for new singers on Saturday, September 10, at Grace United Protestant Church, 266 Somonauk, Park Forest. The Singers, led by Artistic Director Jo Rodenburg, will celebrate their 40th anniversary of sharing their passion for singing with five gala performances during the 2016-17 season including appearances with both the Illinois Philharmonic and the Southwest Symphony orchestras. For more information call 708-481-8684.

The Grande Prairie Children’s Choir will hold a summer mini-camp for singers from first through eighth grade
August 8-10 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2640 Park Drive, Flossmoor. Weekly rehearsals, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. begin on August 23 at the church. For more information call 708-557-0472.

Kiwanis Club
The Kiwanis Club of Park Forest, celebrating the vitality of our community for 65 years, is dedicated to performing community service for young people, the aging, and the needy in local and international settings. The club sponsors Key Clubs at Rich Township high schools and has repeatedly been recognized with Distinguished Club Awards. It will celebrate an amazing 65th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Rich East High School. Club dinner meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Carlo’s Restaurant in Chicago Heights. The club also plans special service projects on the third Tuesday of each month. Call Elmer Washington at 708-748-8256 or email: for additional information.

League of Women Voters of The Park Forest Area
The Park Forest Area of the League of Women Voters (LWV) welcomes all persons (female and male alike) who are interested in promoting responsible government at any level. Good government does not happen without active citizen participation. The LWV studies issues, gets to know public officials, observes public meetings, lobbies on issues, registers voters and provides many educational services including candidates’ forums. The LWV does NOT support parties or candidates, but deals only with issues. We continue to support and lobby for increased school funding.

Anyone interested in the LWV should write to Mary Lubertozzi or Barbara Moore at P.O. Box 782, Park Forest, IL 60466. Visit our website at

Park Forest Historical Society
The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road (St. Mary’s) is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m. Adults $5; 12 & under free. Park Forest Archive, 227 Monee Road, is open Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or by appointment. Always seeking more volunteers for the museum and to work on the archive collection. Five local history programs each year are free and open to the public. September 25, 2016 program and book sale and signing by Gretchen Buggeln, author, “The Suburban Church” with 28 pages on Park Forest. Visit for information, to donate and for volunteer opportunities.

Park Forest Photography Club
Have a longing to take better pictures? Have a new camera and don’t know how to use the camera? Why not join the Park Forest Photography Club? We’ve been meeting in Park Forest since 1981 and presently meet at Freedom Hall on the second floor. We meet at 7:30 p.m. the 3rd Wednesday of each month except July and August.
We have a short educational program each night and competition to help improve our skills. Each month a different photo challenge is the competition theme for novice level through advanced level. We compete in B & W, color and Alternative Process (artsy) for each skill level.

Membership is $35 per year. Visitors are invited to attend a meeting free of charge. We’d love to see you. For more information call Allan Fritz at 708-747-0747 or Lee Martin at 708-672-7055.

Was your child’s team in first place this year? In Scouting, every child is a winner! They will also learn skills not available on the athletic field like first aid and cultural awareness. Children learn about the world around them and themselves. Scouting teaches lessons that truly prepare a person for life and builds self esteem. Scouting is an adventure that can last a lifetime.
For Cubs to Boy Scouts, contact Ken Griggs at 708-748-9275 or . For Girl Scouts, contact Mary Smith at .

Friends of Thorn Creek Woods 
Join Friends of Thorn Creek Woods and support the 985 acre Thorn Creek Nature Preserve and its Nature Center. Formed in 1969, Friends efforts ensured permanent protection for this unique open space enhancing Park Forest and the region. Friends of Thorn Creek Woods volunteers build and repair trails, create exhibits, monitor species, staff the nature center, lead programs, and raise funds for programs and improvements. Members enjoy a quarterly newsletter and sponsor Earth Day, plus Spring and Fall meetings. Annual family membership is $10 or $50 for an organization; life membership is $150.

For more information:
P.O. Box 159
Richton Park, IL 60471