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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 2017 Brochure

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 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 $20 or $50 for an organization; life membership is $200. For more information: 708-747-6320; ;; P.O. Box 159, Richton Park, IL 60471.      

The Garden Club of Park Forest was founded in 1954 and recently celebrated its 63rd 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 10 we will host our Annual Falling Leaves Festival with a program by Kay MacNeil, Frankfort’s Bluebird Lady. The cost is $8.00 at the door. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. For more information call 708-747-3847.

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 Diane Hodges or Barbara Moore at P.O. Box 782, Park Forest, IL 60466. Visit our website at Find us on Facebook: LWV of Park Forest Area.

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 and under free. Park Forest Archive is open Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or by appointment. Seeking volunteers for the museum and to work on the archive. 

 Five history programs each year are free and open to the public. Planning to have a “Baby Boomer Toys and Dolls” exhibit through summer/fall.Annual meeting, September 24, 2017, St. Mary’s Ryan Hall to be followed by a tour of the Museum toy and doll exhibit. 708-481-4252.

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.

The Rotary Club of Park Forest meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at Carlo Lorenzetti’s Restaurant in Chicago Heights. Rotary is the largest social service organization in the world, with more than 1 million members worldwide. Rotary has been instrumental in many global initiatives and programs, with our most significant campaign being the eradication of Polio in nearly every country. Rotarians bring that same level of passion and dedication to service to our own communities, making an impact through scholarship programs, collaborative events, and civic beautification. The Rotary Club of Park Forest is always looking for new members, and we would love to have you join us and learn more about what Rotary is about. If you have a heart for the Park Forest community, a passion to serve, and a desire to build good will and better friendships, then Rotary is the place for you!