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  • Please note the registration deadlines for programs below. 
  • Please register early or the class may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment. 
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    2017 Great American Campout Reduced
    Great American Campout at Central Park
    Friday, June 22-Saturday, June 23, 2018
    4:00 p.m. to Noon


    2018 Great American Campout Flyer


    Join the Park Forest Recreation & Parks Advisory Board and Recreation & Parks Department in celebrating
    the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout, June 22nd and 23rd with an overnight campout
    in Park Forest’s beautiful Central Park. The 14th annual Great American Campout is a nationwide event
    that connects people with the great outdoors. Whether this is your first camping experience or you and your
    family are seasoned campers, this event is a great way for friends, families, and children to connect with nature,
    sleep under the stars and create memories of outdoor experiences. Learn more about the National Wildlife Federation’s
    Great American Campout at http://www.nwf.org/Great-American-Campout.

    Set-up begins at 4:00 pm on Friday, June 22nd. Park in the Aqua Center parking lot near the north bridge.

    Saturday activities include a nature craft with the Thorn Creek Naturalist as well as practicing useful skills
    such as camping first aid, useful camping knots and rope work with Fire Chief Natyshok and Park Forest Paramedics
    and compass and map reading skills with Recreation & Parks staff.

    Pre-registration and signed waiver required for each person attending. Firewood, charcoal for cooking and
    supplies for activities will be provided. Families will need to supply tent, sleeping gear, eating utensils, food,
    and personal kit. A limited number of tents are available to rent for $10.00 each. This is a dog friendly event.
    Dog must be friendly, current on shots, picked up after and leashed in camping area.

    Registration deadline: June 15, 2018. For more information contact Rob Gunther at 708-748-2005.

    Ages 4 years & Older $5 per person Central Park
    24202-01 F-Sa 4pm-12:00 pm June 22-23

    Ages 0-3 years FREE Central Park
    24202-02   F-Sa   4pm-12:00 pm   June 22-23


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

Ages 5-15
                       $35       4 weeks
Village Hall, Employee Lounge
24005-01
     W     6-7:30pm      July 11-Aug 1
24005-02
     Sa     2-3:30pm     Aug 4-25

art class 

Pizza & Punch & Fun with Art!
We provide the art supplies and pizza; you bring your favorite beverage to share.Children from all artistic backgrounds are invited and will learn to makecreations of their own guided by local artist Patricia Moore.Registration deadline:one week prior to the class.

August 10th Project: Make a sculpture out of Styrofoam and acrylic paint!

Ages 5-15
           $15      1 session   
Village Hall, Lower Level - Rooms 1 & 2
24009-01
    F    6-7:30 pm        Aug 10

Sip & Paint
Sip & Paint, 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. 


Wine, cheese and crackers will be provided but remember, this class is BYOB, so grab your favorite bottle of wine on your way over if you'd like! 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. 


July 27th Project: Use acrylic paint to create a beautiful island with palms scene and have your own mini vacation for the night. 


Ages 21 & Older     $35    1 session    

Dining on the Green, 349 Main St.
22101-01   F    7-9 pm   July 27


Blues Kids Harmonica 
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
22000-01   M   6-7 pm            June 25-Aug 13
22000-02   M   6-7 pm            Aug 20-Oct 8 

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.
*No class July 4. Make-up date to be determined. 


Ages 15 & older   $80   8 weeks
Village Hall, Recreation & Parks Conference Rm
22100-01 W   7-8 pm     *June 27-Aug 15
22100-02 W   7-8 pm       Aug 22-Oct 10


Mama's Birds Performing Arts Summer Camp
The Mama's Birds Performing Arts Youth Summer Program provides singing, dancing, acting and song writing lessons, stage presence coaching, free studio recording, free photo shoots, image and bio development and now a video shoot all led by experienced instructors who work in the industry! To top it all off... a BIG FINALE SHOWCASE. 


ONLY 25 SPOTS AVAILABLE...CLASSES FILL QUICKLY SO REGISTER TODAY! Payment plans available of only $30 per week!  
*No class July 4. Make-up date to be determined.  


Payment Plan Terms:  A $30 deposit per person and a $10 payment plan processing fee must be paid in full at registration. Remaining balance must be paid in full by Friday, July 20, 2018.


Ages 7-18    $240   8 weeks
Village Hall, Lower Level - Rooms 1 & 2
24008-01   Tu, W, F    10 am-12:30 pm     *June 19-Aug 10


Safe Babysitter's Training and Certification
The Park Forest Fire Department will be teaching the American Red Cross babysitting skills and more. Although every situation is unique, there are some universal skills and techniques that every babysitter should have. This course is designed with that principle in mind and can help you deliver the care that families need. Just a few of the things our babysitting classes cover include: Basic Care for Infants and Children, Basic First Aid, Fire Safety, Child Behavior, Age-Appropriate Activities, Emergency Protocols, Professionalism and Leadership. Registration deadline:  July 11. 


Ages 10-15       $20  5 days                  
Park Forest Library - Ringering Room, 400 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, IL
24004-01   M-F     10 am-1 pm    July 16-20 


Basic Heartsaver CPR

The Basic Heartsaver CPR class is intended for anyone with little or no medical training who requires a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. Classes are taught by the Park Forest Fire Department.

Ages 18 & Older       $40       1 day
Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, IL
14105-02    Saturday    9 am-12 pm    May 19              (Registration deadline: May 16)
14105-03    Saturday    9 am-12 pm    July 21               (Registration deadline:  July 18)
14105-04    Saturday    9 am-12 pm    September 15    (Registration deadline:  September 12)
14105-05    Saturday    9 am-12 pm    November 17     (Registration deadline:  November 14)

BLS Healthcare Providers CPR
The BLS Healthcare Providers CPR class is intended for Healthcare Professionals who may require a completion card for their job. Topics include CPR and AED, Basic or Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Stroke training, and more. Classes are taught by the Park Forest Fire Department.

Ages 18 & Older       $50       1 day
Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, IL
14106-02    Saturday    9 am-12 pm    May 19              (Registration deadline: May 16)
14106-03    Saturday    9 am-12 pm    July 21               (Registration deadline:  July 18)
14106-04    Saturday    9 am-12 pm    September 15    (Registration deadline:  September 12)
14106-05    Saturday    9 am-12 pm    November 17     (Registration deadline:  November 14)




 Additional Links: 

Park Forest Community Gardens

Park Forest Library

Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra

Tall Gras Arts Association

Teen Zone