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Woods music to highlight event at Thorn Creek Nature Center

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, will host the annual Woods Music Benefit for those age 12 and older at 7 p.m. March 21. The evening will feature Thorn Creek favorites Patricia Caldwell, Ingrid Krizan and Moose River. Caldwell will sing inspirational …

Shnay: Fast-moving news cycle leaves some behind

A friend, John, came up to me the other day and asked a question, the answer to which can be easily found. “Google it,” I said. “I can’t. I don’t have a computer,” John replied. “It is broken, then?” “I never had one,” John said. …

Versatile vocalist spotlighted at GSU concert

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Favorites from four musical icons will be featured in a one-night-only concert performed by one of Chicago’s best vocalists, according to a press release from Governors State University.

Dee Alexander will be accompanied by the Evolution Ensemble Orchestra as she showcases her versatile voice beginning …

Spring market slated for May 1 at Governors State

The Governors State University Civil Service Senate will host the Annual Spring Open Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 in the Hall of Governors, according to a press release from the school.

More than 30 crafters and vendors will have unique items …

Shnay: Rich East enters Park Forest Historical Society’s Hall of Fame

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In 1951, the pioneer residents of Park Forest did what today would be unthinkable — they approved the creation of a high school district to serve their sons and daughters by raising their taxes. These citizens of a new community were more than willing to …

Shnay: ‘Max’ driven to irrational scheme by plentiful potholes

For the sake of his safety, let’s call him Max, as in “Mad Max.” Max is fighting mad over the condition of the roads after this miserable winter. “Some of the streets look as if they were in the middle of a war in the …

Matteson library to break ground on expansion

The Matteson Public Library, 801 S. School Ave., will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 5 p.m. March 24 to mark the official start of the library’s expansion project, according to a press release from the library.

The project will increase the size of the library …

Diversity Dinners registration deadline is March 26

The 17th Annual Diversity Dinners will be held throughout the south suburbs on April 24.

Residents will open their homes to celebrate diversity in small gatherings by sharing a meal and lively discussion, according to a press release about the event.

The Diversity Dinners bring …

Funds in place for prairie restoration at GSU

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Governors State University announced that the Bill Dodd Memorial Prairie Restoration Fund has been fully funded through donations of $29,160.

The prairie restoration will complement the university’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, located on campus, according to a GSU press release.

Investment income raised from the …

GSU to host virtual graduate business program info session

The College of Business and Public Administration at Governors State University is hosting a virtual graduate programs information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 24.

Participants in the interactive online session will have the opportunity to learn about graduate programs in business administration, public …

Shnay: Marking 50 years in our Park Forest home

It was a hard slog. We said goodbye to friends in Albuquerque that Saturday and Sunday in March 1964. Our furniture and possessions in the rented house on La Veta Street were in the hands of movers. Packed the days before, they were to be …

Concert to trace history of slavery in America

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About 100 singers and band members from Southland College Prep Charter High School in Richton Park will be special guests at the Grande Prairie Singers’ concert, “I Remember When the Stars Fell,” at 4 p.m. March 9 at Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock Road, …

Expo to help homeowners, first-time buyers

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U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-2nd, will host a Housing Expo to help homeowners with loan modifications and property tax appeals from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 at Victory Apostolic Church, 20801 Matteson Ave., Matteson.

Current homeowners will have the opportunity to speak directly …

GSU to host workshops for educators

Governors State University’s college of education and Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education will sponsor two workshops for school and district office administrators and staff.

Speaker and educator Jennifer Abrams will present “Resilience, Emotional Intelligence, and Accountability,” a program which provides essential strategies and resources …

GSU to host film, discussion on human trafficking

To mark Women’s History Month, Governors State University on March 11 will host a special, free screening of “Not My Life,” a film about human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. The film is directed by Robert Bilheimer.

The screening will be followed …

Huth student puts a spell on her competition

Noor Baig recently placed first in the South Cook County Area Spelling Bee.

Noor, 12, of Olympia Fields, a seventh-grader at Huth Middle School in Matteson, competed against 31 students enrolled in grades three through eight. Her final word in the event was “oblivion.”

“It’s …

GSU seeks input to select a mascot

Governors State University has launched “Operation Mascot,” its official search for a school mascot, according to a press release from the school.

The university is seeking input from students, faculty, staff and the community.

The mascot will be the university’s first, accompanying other recent firsts …