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Park Forest, IL 60466
Ph: 708-748-1112
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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    
Dining on the Green, 349 Main St.
34009-01   F   6-7:30 pm     Oct 28   Paint an Owl
34009-02   F   6-7:30 pm     Dec 9    Paint a Dove and Winter Scene

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. No class November 23.

Ages 5-13     $30    4 weeks
Village Hall, Employee Lounge
34005-01   W     6-7:30 pm   Oct 5-26
34005-02   W     6-7:30 pm   Nov 2-30

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, and 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.
22101-02  F    7-9:30 pm        Aug 26   
32101-01  F    7-9:30 pm        Oct 21  Class is in the style of Jackson Pollack
32101-02  F    7:30-9:30 pm   Dec 2   New Time

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
32000-01   M   6-7 pm     Aug 22-Oct 10
32000-02   M   6-7 pm     Oct 17-Dec 5

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
32100-01   W     7-8 pm    Aug 24-Oct 12
32100-02   W     7-8 pm    Oct 19-Dec 7

Art, Architecture and Attractions Bike Tour

Sponsored by Folks on Spokes and Park Forest Historical Society

Park Forest was designed to provide housing for veterans returning from WWII, earning it the nickname "GI Town". It was the first and most complete planned community built after the war. Within its borders are over 350 acres of parks and wooded open space nestled in housing reflecting an experiment in mid-century, mass-produced manufacturing. The central shopping district includes murals and sculpture. The approximately 14-mile ride will visit numerous sites including architecturally significant churches, the Park Forest Historical Society Museum, and conclude at the internationally recognized Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University.

Bike helmet required. Lunch will be provided. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Registration Deadline Extended:  Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  

Ages 10 & older    $15 1 session
Central Park, East Pavilion
34203-01 Sa 10:30 am-1:30 pm Oct 1
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Junior Achievement - Be Entrepreneurial® 
This free program introduces students to the essential elements of a practical business plan and then challenges them to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school.  The program is composed of seven sessions, each 45 minutes in length. The program is recommended for students in grades nine through 12.  

Students will learn about advertising, competitive advantages, financing, marketing, and product development. 

Following participation in the program, students will be able to: 

  • Recognize characteristics and practices of successful entrepreneurs. Evaluate an entrepreneurial idea based on product, customer, and competitive-advantage criteria.
  • Demonstrate business-planning skills for venture start-up, marketing, financing, management, and ethical

Grades 9-12          $Free (Registration Required)       7 weeks  

Recreation Center, Lower Level   215 Wilson St.
38300-01    Wednesdays    4-5 pm    Sept 14-Oct 26

Sneaker Customizing Class
Did you ever dream about customizing your own sneaker? Well, then October 4th might be your lucky day! Ms. Adina and Carlos are going to host a special sneaker customization class at Teen Zone! Call Ms. Adina at 708-701-3841 or call Recreation and Parks at 708-748-2005 to register for one of the limited spots in this unique workshop! 

Please bring a pair of old sneakers, egg cartons, rags (old t-shirts, sheets) and clean milk jugs on the first day of class.

Registration deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016.

Grades 7-12          $25             4 sessions                             
Recreation Center, Lower Level   215 Wilson St.
38301-01    T, W, Th, Fr    5-6:30 pm    Oct 4-Oct 7
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Gardening Series


All programs will be held at Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Dr., Park Forest , IL 60466

Sponsored by: the Village of Park Forest and its Environment Commission, and the Thorn Creek Nature Center.

Time/Date – 10:30 am-11:30 am     Cost – FREE no pre-registration required

Tips for both beginners and avid gardeners from sources you can trust. Door prizes from our business
community will be given at each workshop. Stop by the Farmers’ Market afterwards May-October.

Saturday, August 20:  Fall in the Garden
Early fall is the ideal time for lawn care, assessing garden needs, and planning for next year’s garden. Aerating, fertilizing, weed control, seeding the yard, and prepping for new garden beds are all great activities for the fall gardener.

Saturday, September 17: Canning
Now that you have worked so hard in the garden, the rewards are overflowing your pantry and counters!  Come discover the amazing bounty of home canning, from jams, to packed fruits and vegetables, to everyone's favorite: Pickles!

Saturday, October 22:  Winter-sowing
Have you ever bought seeds with every intention of planting them and never get around to it?  Have you suffered rot or bugs under grow lamps in March?  Forget the lamps, the flats, and the hard work!  Joanna Tassin of the Environment Commission will show you how to turn your snowy back porch into a seed starting factory, using old milk jugs or 2-liter bottles, and a bit of potting mix!

Additional Links:

Park Forest Community Gardens

Park Forest Fire Department CPR Classes

Park Forest Library

Tall Gras Arts Association

Teen Zone