Village of Oak Park announcements - Oct. 18, 2012

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Forum to focus on new laws to deter teen tobacco, alcohol, substance use

An upcoming public forum on teen tobacco, alcohol and substance use will focus on recent law changes that place enforcement oversight with local adjudication authorities, rather than the circuit court. The forum is scheduled for 7 - 9 p.m., Wed., Oct. 24, in The Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave. Local officials, including Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley, will explain the new local ordinances and their potential effect on kids who are caught with tobacco, alcohol, cannabis or other drugs.. Officials also will discuss the results of the 2012 Illinois Youth Survey, which compares self-reported substance use by local middle school and high school students with others in Illinois and the nation. For more information on the forum, e-mail Information on the new ordinances, as well as a forum flyer, are posted at

Conservatory seeking volunteers

The Oak Park Conservatory is seeking volunteers to help with educational programs at its historic 615 Garfield St. facility. Docents are needed to walk with school and adults groups through the showrooms, focusing on the Conservatory's rain forest and desert collections. Volunteers also are needed to be facilitators as visitors learn about plants through interactive displays and games. In addition, volunteers are needed to help provide the interactive kits to School District 97 classrooms. For more information on volunteering, including training and time commitments, call 708.725.2460 or

Triton to host criminal justice job fair

Triton College will host a criminal justice job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 25 in the Student Center Cafeteria (B Building). Attendees will learn about available law enforcement opportunities and how to earn a certificate or degree in criminal justice at Triton. Attendees are encouraged to bring resumes and dress professionally. For more information, call708.456.0300, ext. 3789.

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