Heights native exhibits artworks at Moraine Valley ‘Vestiges’ show

  • Written by Kari Nelson

JS pic 1In the print “This Could Really Happen,” Justin Santora explores the conflict between nature and manmade structures, a theme that is common to his work. Submitted photo.

Artwork by Palos Heights native Justin Santora will be on JS pic 2Justin Santora is well known for his prints promoting musical acts, from well-known rockers like Phish (right) to local bands struggling to make a name for themselves. Submitted photo.display from Monday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, March 8, at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.
The “Vestiges” exhibit will include about two dozen prints, according to Santora, a 2002 graduate of Stagg High School who later graduated Northeastern Illinois University.
A reception for the exhibit is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Santora will speak at 3 p.m.
Santora’s work “represents a universal struggle: the want to stay young, avoiding the conventions of adulthood with the desire for control over one’s life. It seems in our world these two ideas are often at odds with one another. His work uses themes of construction and disassembly to relate to his pursuit for security and his desire for autonomy.”

broaden your horizons

  • Written by Jackie Santora

This week

Jenny Riddle as
Barbara Walters
  A dramatic portrayal of Barbara Walters will be offered at a program at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m.
  Professional actress Jenny Riddle will portray newscaster Barbara Walters, focusing on how she cut through the glass ceiling and became the first woman co-anchor of prime time news and the most celebrated interviewer in TV history.
  The program follows a noon luncheon, which has already filled to capacity. Those attending only the 1 p.m. program are asked to arrive between 12:45 and 1 p.m. and to pay a $10 program fee. Advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

The Bridge Teen
Center events

• Around the World: Thailand — 4:30 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday), The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will teach students about Thai culture by tasting authentic Thai food, hearing the language, making crafts and more.

• Karaoke Night/Pain After August - 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 29, Karaoke Night with Live music from rock band Pain After August and with free samples from White Castle.

• Improv Night with High Voltage (Andrew High School’s Improv Troupe) — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 30, an Improv Night, with Andrew High School’s Improv Troupe, and with free popcorn from a Popcorn Bar.

• Super Smash Brothers Tourney — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2, a Super Smash Brothers Tournament for all students to participate in.
• Around the World: English Tea Party - 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 3, an authentic English tea party with different teas, scones, and sandwiches.
• Start Your Engines with Breakfast — 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 4, a culinary to teach students how to make a healthy breakfast to help them start the day off right.
  These free events are for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information call 532-0500.



  Group labyrinth walks will be held on Thursday evening, Sept. 4, at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 a.m., at   The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  The labyrinth, a new large circular stone path for spiritual meditation is located at the north end of The Center parking lot. In addition to the group walks focused on peace and fellowship, the labyrinth is available for individual walks at any time during the month.
  There is no cost to those wishing to walk the labyrinth and no reservations are necessary. The walks will take place rain or shine. For information, call Pastor Chris Hopkins 361-3650.

Knitters and
Crocheters group

A New knitting and crocheting group called Peaceful Hands will meet on Saturday morning, Sept.6, at 10:30 a.m. at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Led by master knitter/crocheter Georgann Ring and Pastoral Director Chris Hopkins, the group makes prayer shawls or other handmade items for those in need. This is not a class. Participants bring their own projects. Basic knitting or crocheting competency is necessary. This group provides a creative opportunity to heal and show compassion to those who are ill or discouraged.
  Pre- registration is requested. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Orland Park Dance
Company auditions

The Orland Park Recreation Department will hold auditions for its Dance Company on Thursday, Sept. 4, beginning with a mandatory parent meeting at 6:15 p.m. The Junior Dance Company is for 6th through 8th-graders, with the Senior Dance Company for high schoolers.
  The Dance Company is for the serious dancer who will be required to take the Company Technique Class on Mondays, in addition to company rehearsals on Thursday evenings.
  All dancers must audition on September 4 and should wear appropriate dance attire. Dancers will not be permitted to audition unless a parent is present. The fees for the program include technique class and rehearsals for 31 weeks plus two costumes for the annual recital in June and various appearances.
  Fees may be paid in full or with a payment plan. Rehearsals and classes follow the same schedule as other dance classes, Sept. 15 through Dec. 11 and Jan. 12 through May 28.
  The cost for the Dance Company is $600 for residents and $750 for non-residents. The program is led by veteran village Dance Instructors Colleen Panega and Kristin Lux.
  Auditions will be held at the village’s Cultural Center Dance Studio, 14760 Park Lane, beginning with the mandatory parent meeting at 6:15 p.m., followed by the 6:30 p.m. auditions.

Center Singers
  The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, invites new members to join its choir, which rehearses this fall on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. The first rehearsal of the new year is scheduled for Sept. 8.
  Known as the Center Singers, the choir performs once or twice a month on Sunday afternoons at Wayside Chapel Vespers services and at special seasonal events such as the Wayside Chapel's Christmas Cantata. The choir is led by Director Penny Wills and accompanied by rehearsal pianist Shirley Swanson. They welcome all who love to sing!
For more information contact 361-3650 or

Salsa and
bruschetta workshop
  Garden herb workshops will be held at the Children's Farm on Sunday, afternoon, Sept. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. The farm is located at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  Adult participants are invited to make jars of colorful salsa and bruschetta, from basil, tomatoes, and other herbs and vegetables, which the students will pick from the farm garden at the beginning of the class. According to instructor Lois Lauer, salsa and bruschetta are both easy to make and highlight the fresh taste of the tomatoes and herbs, since the ingredients are not cooked before eating.
  The class fee is $16 per person plus a $6 materials fee, and students can expect to go home with jars of both salsa and bruschetta, plus taste both in class. The class will meet at the farm garden and prepare the salsa and bruschetta in the Anderson Activity Center kitchen at the farm.
  Advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Teenage girls may cry but others will just sigh watching ‘If I Stay’

  • Written by Jackie Santora

By Tony Pinto

  “If I Stay” is a movie that wants to make you feel all emotional.
  It wants you to get invested in the characters. It wants to tug on your heart strings. It does those things at times, but most of the time everything just seems forced. For a movie based upon emotion, it lacks any true emotion.
  Adapted from Gayle Forman’s book of the same name, “If I Stay” is a story about young love, life and death, and life choices. It’s basically like every other story written for teenage girls. This film is reminiscent of another movie released this summer called “The Fault in Our Stars.” Some can argue that this is just a rehashing of that film that’s not done as well.
  The story is about Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) who has her whole life ahead of her until a car accident derails her future. She goes from being a promising cellist, to lying on a hospital bed trying to decide whether she should live or die. The movie moves fairly quickly from a happy snow day to the somberness of a car wreck.
  It’s really two films in one. It’s the depressing hospital scenes and the mostly happy flashbacks. With two different types of scenes the emotional temperament of the film is all over the place. One minute you’ll be crying and then a flashback will happen that will make you happy again. It’s a back-and-forth of forced emotion. Teenage girls just might be an emotional wreck after the film.
  Throughout the film we see flashbacks of important events in her life. We see her Dad (Joshua Leonard), her Mom (Mireille Enos), and her boyfriend Adam (Jamie Blackley) throughout the flashbacks. They are all different people who affect her life in different ways. Most of the flashbacks are very touching scenes, but again they seemed forced.
  Her parents are these want to be rocker type people, while she’s just this completely opposite person who is into classical music. She’s so unlike her parents, which is normal, but in a strange twist she falls for Adam who is exactly like her parents. He’s the want to be a punk rocker who plays generic pop music.
  It wants to show all of Mia’s happiness, her promise, and all her struggles but those things alone don’t make a movie. It tries hard to give us more than that, which it doesn’t succeed at. “If I Stay” makes us invest in all these characters but the characters don’t give us anything back. Life isn’t perfect and that’s what makes us human. The movie is made for its characters to be perfect.
  But that makes for an uninspiring movie.
  For Mia, her life doesn’t feel lived in, it feels unrealistic. Throughout the film, there is just a lack of anything that feels real. If you’re a teenage girl or someone who cries easily, you probably will cry so be warned. For anyone else this film will be like being in a coma for 90 minutes.

Tony Pinto’s grade B.

broaden your horizons

  • Written by Jackie Santora

This week

The Bridge Teen
Center programs

• Chingo with Standard Bank — 4:30-6 p.m. today (Thursday), The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will hold a game of Chingo with Standard Bank. Chingo is like human checkers that includes trivia. The winners of this game will receive prizes.
• “8:33” with Chipotle — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 22, Friday Night Live event with live music from acoustic/rock band “8:33” with free samples from Chipotle.
• Comic Con Night — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 23, special event for fans of sci-fi, comic books, video games, TV series, etc. at their Comic Con Night. Students will be able to participate in games and contests and receive free ice cream samples from Oberweis.
• Project Give: Baby Blankets — 4:30-6 p.m. Aug. 26, program for students to make baby blankets for families in need.
• Lead U: Message Sent — 4:30-6 p.m. Aug. 27, leadership program designed to develop students into leaders.
• Around the World: Thailand — 4:30-6 p.m. Aug. 28, will teach students about Thai culture by tasting authentic Thai food, hearing the language, making crafts and more.
  These free events are for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information, call 532-0500.


Womantalk Discussion

  The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host its monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  Ladies are invited to join the discussion of “Simple Abundance” and other readings by Sarah Ban Breathnach. There is no cost, but advance reservations are required. Ladies are invited to bring a picnic lunch if they would like to stay after the discussion. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Papercraft workshop

  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer a papercraft workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  Ann Fowler will teach students to make greeting cards with a theme of Animal Capers, featuring critters that make you smile. The workshop cost of $18 plus a $6 materials fee. Advance registration is required. For further information, call The Center at 361-3650.