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Beautification Committee

The Palos Park Beautification Committee was established to beautify the appearance of public ways, waysides and Village places through the planting of flowers, shrubs, trees, etc. The committees main focus of improvement is 123rd street and the Village welcome signs. The committee meets as needed and is always looking for eager volunteers. If you are interested in making new friends and beautifying Palos Park, please contact the Village Hall at 708-671-3700.

 

Beautification Projects

‘Rid Litter’
Each spring, with the help of community volunteers, collects 50-70 bags of litter along our main roads.

Mailbox Replacement Program
Convenient program that removes your old mailbox and installs a new one. Many styles to pick from. All proceeds are reinvested in the village beautification projects. Ordering information is available here.

Memorial Benches
Honor someone special with a beautiful memorial bench. Beautiful, sturdy benches placed in prominent locations within the village, marked with a plaque.

Village Welcome Signs
Members of the Beautification Committee plant, weed and maintain the village welcome signs. If you would like to adopt one, contact them at 708-671-3709.

Hanging of the Green
Committee members adorn their village welcome sign with greenery for the holiday season.

Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts

Boy Scouts are active in our town in many ways. Cub Scout Pack 3729 (http://www.pack3729.org/), Boy Scout Troop 123 and Cub Scout Pack 3123 is active in this area you can get current Pack information at the Chicago Area Council/Boy Scouts of America at 1218 West Adam, Chicago IL 60607 at (312)421-8800 http://www.scouting.org/.

 C.O.P.S

The Palos Park C.O.P.S. (Citizens on Patrol Service) help the police department in a number of ways, and they make a difference in our community. Their work is designed to simply be an extra sets of eyes and ears for the police. Working in concert with police, the dozen or so men and women of the group patrol the village at all different hours, as their schedules allow. Most use their cars, although C.O.P.S. members also walk as they make their observations. Together, they donate about a thousand hours of service a year to Palos. C.O.P.S. members do not apprehend anyone or get involved beyond simple observation and reporting of what they see and hear. Applicants are screened, trained and paired with veteran C.O.P.S. members. There is no iron-clad commitment, and those who find that patrolling is not for them may leave at any time. Members are also occasionally privy to police information not available to the general public, on a “need to know” basis. Those interested in joining are advised to attend a C.O.P.S. meeting, set for 7 p.m. the last Friday of each month at the Kaptur Administrative Center, 8999 W. 123rd St.

Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail

The Calumet-Sag Trail will be a multi-use path built almost entirely along the banks of the Calumet-Sag Channel and Calumet River. Along 30 miles of waterway from Burnham to Lemont. Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail are a volunteer group that’s working hard and having fun sharing a vision. More information is available at their website.

 

 Garden Guild

Palos Park Garden Guild I was organized in 1950 with a membership of 20. We are now a member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs and The Garden Clubs of Illinois. Our meetings convene at 9:30am on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July & August. We have landscaped the flowering triangle raised garden at SW highway and Rt. 83. We support The Nature Conservancy, Lincoln Memorial Fund, Conservation Scholarship for a local high school student, Audubon Adventures Program at Palos East School, Sponsor a Woodsy Owl Poster contest, Bake sale at Farmer’s Market, Hostess The Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier, Co-sponsor Arbor Day in Palos Park and the Garden Walk in town. At Christmas we help a needy family, war veteran’s administration & the food pantry. Contact at (708)448-8037 for more information.

Girl Scouts

Get information about the Girl Scouts of South Cook County at: 1005 West 175th, Homewood, IL 60430 (708)957-8100 http://www.girlscouts-scc.org/

 

McCord House Gallery and Cultural Center

The McCord House is a well preserved 1834 farm house in Palos Park, Illinois. Constructed by John D. McCord after he obtained obtained the land in 1834, the home stayed in the original family for well over 100 years. Today, the home is used as a focal point for the artists in the general Palos community. Palos Park had developed as an artist’s community in the early 20th century, and it is fitting that the home now serves as a focal point to the McCord Gallery and Cultural Center. Classes, events and more information is available on their website: www.mccordgallery.org.

 

Palos 118 Educational Foundation

Palos 118 Educational Foundation serves School District 118 and the students of Palos East, Palos West and Palos South Schools. We are always in an outreach to our communities for volunteers, donations and support.  The Foundation works to FUND UNFUNDED NEEDS (FUN). Working through fundraisers, corporate and private contributions and state and local governmental support. We raise funds for books for the school media centers, technology and equipment for the science labs, and other educational needs not funded by the local, state, or federal governments.  LEARN MORE at http://www.palos118.org/fun/index.asp

 

Palos Fine Arts Association

Founded in 1984, the Palos Fine Arts Association is organized to integrate the arts into community life by providing culturally-based programs and supporting artistic goals and achievements. Offerings include art exhibitions, concerts, dance and other artistic endeavors. Also sponsored is the article “Arts and About” appearing monthly in The Regional newspaper. Each spring, scholarships are awarded to students pursuing higher education in art-related fields. Teaming with Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center and the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery has enabled the Association to expand its vistas and audiences. Support for its programming comes from pledges and memberships by individuals, families and businesses from the Palos, Orland and surrounding areas. Benefits to members include invitations to events and receptions, discounts on tickets and a newsletter. Membership Drive is now in Progress. Palos Park Fine Arts Association, 8901 West 123rd Street, Palos Park, IL 60464. To become a member and see upcoming events, go to www.palosfinearts.com

 

Palos Historical Society

Open every Tuesday 9am to 1pm or by appointment by calling (708)448-1410. The Historical Society was founded in 1957 to institute and encourage historical inquiry, to collect and preserve materials of history and spread historical information. Activities include meetings, lectures, social events, field trips, Memorial Day services as well as research and preservation of historical facts. View the current archives and display cases in the community room. Historical materials and artifacts accepted. Membership is open to Palos Township residents. Historical Society is located at 12332 Forest Glen Blvd.

 

Palos Ladies Social Club

The Palos Newcomers Club has changed the club name to the Palos Ladies Social Club. Members meet from September thru May on the last Thursday at a local restaurant or country club for lunch and program. They do not meet in November, but in December they usually go to the Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook on the first Thursday. Other activities are a book club, bridge or canasta group, needlepoint and some bus tours. For information, call Membership Chairman at 708-448-6598.

 

Palos Lions Club

The Palos Lions Club proudly serve the communities of Palos Hieghts and Palos Park. The club members share in a core belief that our community is what we make it, because we help where help is needed. The Lions Motto ” We Serve ” is what the Lions of Palos is all about. They continue to serve with this in our hearts as did those who have gone before us. For more information go to the Lions Club website at: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/palos/

 

Palos Park Police Foundation

The Palos Park Police Foundation supports Palos Park Police Department initiatives and programs that the village cannot readily fund. Less than 2% of the police department’s annual budget goes to discretionary spending on equipment. The Foundation helps the Palos Park Police Department keep pace with rapidly evolving technology, training techniques and strategies. By supporting innovative projects, our public-private partnership provides the Palos Park Police Department with the means to launch experimental programs, expand training and further its professionalism. To find out more, go to http://www.palosparkpolicefoundation.org/

 

Palos Park Senior Club

Residents and non-residents over the age of 60 are invited to join the Palos Park Senior Club. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Recreation Center. 8901 W. 123rd Street, to share information and ideas. Lunch will be served for a small fee meeting. If you would like to join the club or have some suggestions, please call at 708-480-4103. Information on the next meeting is available on the Community Calendar.

 

Palos Park Service League

The Palos Park Service League is a non-profit charitable organization that has been helping worthwhile causes in the Palos area for seventy years. With a roster of about 20 members, the women of the league have raised tens of thousands of dollars over the past half-century with proceeds supporting the following philanthropies: The Center in Palos Park , Moraine Valley Community College Returning Women’s Programs, Sandburg Scholarship, Stagg Scholarship, Sandburg Senior Nite, Stag Senior Nite, Metropolitan Family Services SW, Recording for the blind, Palos Park Library, Palos Fire Protection District, Palos Park Village Hall Rec. Fund, Palos School District 118. The League meets once a month to plan two annual fundraising events. Our backgrounds and ages are quite varied, but we have joined together to provide a mechanism to give something back to the community. We work as a group and enjoy each other’s company while pursuing projects that benefit our community. If you live within the geographic boundary of School District 118 and are interested in joining our organization, please drop us a note at P.O. Box 221, Palos Park, Illinois 60464.

 

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Our Beginnings

 

On February 6, 1939, 14 women met to form what is now known as the Palos Park Service League. These women agreed to meet in the members homes and the dues were assessed at 25 cents per month. The purpose of this new organization was to help others. These women agreed to donate some of their spare time as volunteers at Oak Forest Hospital. Teams of two women would earn $10.00 per year to be used to purchase food for the needy at Christmas time. During the year these women collected clothing, toys and household items to be included in Christmas baskets. To earn money, the women baked cakes and cookies. The first Chairwoman was Peg Gibbons.

 

In the 50’s, the Palos Palos Park Service League increased its’ membership to 20 members. To earn money for their favorite philanthropies, the group organized a violin recital performed by a local violinist. They also planned a Country Fair. At the fair, baked goods, plants, antiques and hats were sold. For the children, there were many games, pony rides, carnival booths and a pet show. Near the close of the 50’s the first Fashion Show was held. The proceeds from the various projects were used to establish a Loan Fund for Leukemia Children at Roberts Hospital.

 

In the 60’s the League sponsored a summer theater series at the Village Courtyard. The productions were performed by professional theater groups. The fashion shows moved from the Community Center to the Drake Oak Brook Hotel; fashions were from Bonwitt Teller. During the summer before the fall fashion show, members worked hard at making their unusual centerpieces. The charities supported by the League increased to include the Leukemia Fund, the establishment of a Psychiatric Fund to purchase needed equipment for the treatment of children at Roberts Hospital, support of the Community Center for Social Welfare. The Service League worked with the Community Center Foundation to form this latter agency.

 

In the 70’s the May Market was instituted as a spring benefit and has changed somewhat over the years.

 

In recent years the League holds two major benefits each year. The Spring Flower Sale in May and the Fall Fashion Show in October. These two events underwrite our various philanthropies within the community. The public can support their continuing efforts by patronizing these two very worthwhile events.

 

Our Philanthropies

 

The American Indian Center

Amos Alonzo Stagg High School Scholarship Fund

Amos Alonzo Stagg High School Senior Nite

Carl Sandburg High School Scholarship Fund

Carl Sandburg High School Senior Nite

The Community Center Foundation of Palos Park

Crisis Center for South Suburbia

Elim Christian School

Joseph Kennedy School for Exceptional Children

Kosovo Refugees

Libra School

Local Food Pantries

Leukemia Fund Wylers Hospital

Metropolitan Family Services SW

Moraine Valley Community College Returning Woman’s Program Scholarship

Needy Families in the Palos Area

Park Lawn

Palos Fire Protection District

The Palos Park Fine Arts Association

Palos Park Library

Palos School District 118

Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) for Local Food Pantries

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Swallow Cliff Dance Company

Taste of Palos

 

Our Meetings

 

Regular meetings are held on the Third Monday of each month. August through June at 8 pm at the home of one of the members. Our business meeting is followed by refreshments.

 

Guests Are Welcome

 

More information about Palos Park Service League may be obtained by calling 708-448-9551.

 

Palos Park Woman’s Club

Palos Park Woman’s Club was founded in 1902 and has been a driving force in the many developments in the Village of Palos Park. With a current membership of about 85, the club’s purpose is to promote cultural, educational and civic interest as a charitable organization. The Woman’s Club has been in charge of the annual Farmer’s Market, House Walk, Taste of Palos, Scholarships and many more. Palos Park Woman’s Club meets the second Thursday of the month, September through May at the Palos Park Presbyterian Church. The meeting starts at 11am with a business meeting, a luncheon and entertainment. For membership information: http://palosparkwc.wordpress.com

 

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The Palos Park Woman’s Club was founded in 1902 and has been a driving force in the many developments in the Village of Palos Park. With a current membership of about 45, the club’s purpose is to promote cultural, educational and civic interest as a charitable organization. The Woman’s Club has been in charge of the annual Farmer’s Market, House Walk, Taste of Palos, Scholarships and many more. Palos Park Woman’s Club meets the second Thursday of the month, September through May at the Palos Park Presbyterian Church. For membership information contact (708) 448-5135 or email nrm111@ameritech.net.

 

Below is a partial list of the contributions The Woman’s Club has graciously made to the Village of Palos Park. Thank you to everyone involved in this wonderful organization for all their hard work and generosity.

 

• Provided Easter Baskets for Children in Need

• Clothing and other items for American Indian Infants

• Ten yearly scholarships for Sandburg and Stagg High School students

• Money designated for Palos Park Library and Police

• A Purse Auction which provided much needed funds for an orphanage in Tanzania, Africa

• Christmas Cards containing money for hospitalized and retired servicemen.

• Used Greeting Cards sent to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

• Basic Needs Kits sent to St. Damien Hospital in Haiti

• Pop Can Tops for The Ronald McDonald House

• The Carson’s Community Day Fund Raiser

• Collect Plastic Bags for Recycling

 

Farmer’s Market, Taste of Palos and White Elephant Sale are fund raisers for some of our Philanthropic endeavors, such as:

– The Palos Food Pantry

– Palos Historical Society

– WTTW Channel 11 Chicago

– The Salvation Army

– The Center Scholarship

– Snowball Program for Sandburg and Stagg High Schools

– Graduation Night at the Two High Schools

– District 118 Snowflake Program

– Recording For The Blind

– Prevention of Child Abuse, Illinois

– Canine Companions, Inc.

 

Palos Village Players

Volunteers provide community Theater to the area. There are monthly meetings for 3 productions a year. Occasionally there is a special production. We are open for members who are interested in any aspect of theater. Meeting are on 3nd Wednesdays at 8pm. Location of meetings vary. 877-PVPTIXS. For for latest schedule: www.PalosVillagePlayers.com.

 

Pedalers in Palos Park

The Palos Park Peddlers Bike Club mission statement includes the promotion of biking safety and an active and healthy lifestyle for all ages. Throughout the year the group coordinates bike events and keeps up to date with bike news in our area. Download the Pedaler’s Biking Brochure

 

 PLOWS

PLOWS Council on Aging is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting older persons over the age of 60 who are physically or psychologically impaired. PLOWS stands for the area served-the four townships of Palos, Lemont, Orland, and Worth. An estimated 55,000 older persons reside in the PLOWS area. The PLOWS Council on Aging is located at 7808 College Drive, Suite 5 East, Palos Heights, Illinois 60463, and is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. For information call (708)361-0219. The work of PLOWS is performed by a staff of professionals, in-home workers and volunteers.  www.plows.org

 

Rotary #6450

Rotary is an organization of business & professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians, members of more than 29,000 Rotary Clubs in 161 Countries! Visit the web site for more information on Rotary at http://www.orlandparkrotary.org.

 

The Community Center Foundation and Children’s Farm

Located at 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, IL 60464. The Center has been a mainstay in the village since 1932, offering a Children’s Farm, Farm Camps, Festivals, Pumpkin Picking, Weddings, Log Cabin Center for the Arts and more. http://www.thecenterpalos.org/

 

Tree Body

The Palos Park Tree Body was established in 1993 to promote the preservation and reforestation of the Village and to encourage public awareness and participation in the Forestry Management Plan. The members work with the Director of the Department of Public Works making recommendations regarding the planting, care and removal of trees. Maintaining Tree City USA status is another Tree Body Function. Recognizing the need for increased funding and the difficulty of obtaining state and federal grants, the Tree Body with the help of the Village Council, started the establishment of the Palos Park Tree Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation. By the end of 1998 we should be ready to start soliciting funds from individuals and corporations. Community support is a major factor in preserving the beauty of the Village and any aspect of fundraising. All residents are invited to join the Tree Body. Our usual meeting night is the first Tuesday of the month at the Village Hall at 8pm. Dates and time may vary, so call the Administration Office for information (708)448-2700. Tree Body resources can be found here.