Written by Jackie Santora
The wilderness preservation work of John Muir will be feartured at a luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
In honor of 50th anniversary of the passage of the nation’s Wilderness Act in September 1964, an inspiring documentary about the life of John Muir will be shown, featuring his powerful influence in keeping America’s wilderness wild.
The luncheon begins at noon, costs $18 per person, and requires advance reservations. For further information, interested persons should call The Center at 361-3650.
A spirituality DVD series will be shown and discussed beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
In Loving the Two Halves of Life: The Further Journey, Richard Rohr, Ron Rolheiser, and Edwina Gately will discuss the wisdom of their life experience in our ever evolving relationship with the Holy. Rev. Chris Hopkins will lead the discussions following the films and welcomes all to participate.
The cost of participation is $5 per week. Pre-registration is required. Call 361-3650.
Teen pottery classes
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to register for a six-week pottery class beginning Monday Sept. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Instructor Heather Young will teach students to create all shapes and sizes of clay pots both by hand and on the pottery wheel. The class fee is $80, which includes all materials plus kiln-firing costs. Advance registration is required. For more information, call The Center at 361-3650 or visit www.thecenterpalos.org.
A monthly Laughter Circle meets this Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Laughter leader Kathy O’Brien brings laughter and all its benefits to the Laughter Circle program. What’s a laughter circle? It’s a group of people who want to LAUGH! Not from jokes or comedy routines, but rather from laughter for the sake of laughter! Research shows that laughter strengthens the immune system, reduces stress and anxiety, alleviates pain, and helps people get along better. O’Brien is a registered nurse and an advanced certified laughter leader. O’Brien welcomes newcomers the laughter circle at any time. The cost of the laughter circle is $5, which O’Brien donates to The Center. Advance registration is appreciated. Interested persons should call The Center at 361-3650.
A pottery class for families will be hosted at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts on Wednesdays, Sept. 10 and 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The Log Cabin Art Center is located at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
Instructor Heather Young invites families with children of any age to make colorful sculptures of nested flower-shaped bowls, and to return a week later to glaze their creations. The class fee of $18 per person includes all supplies and two kiln firings. Advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.
and pottery classes
The Log Cabin Center for the Arts offers new sessions of woodcarving and pottery classes beginning Thursday, Sept. 11 at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
Woodcarving class is offered on Thursday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. with Keith Miller. New students make three to six projects such as a goose, a shoe, an egret, and miniature people. Returning students design their own projects.
Stoneware Pottery class is Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Karen Stasky. Students make bowls, mugs, vases, and decorative pieces. Beginners use hand-building techniques. Returning students learn to throw pots on one of the wheels.
Advance registration is required for all classes at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts. Woodcarving and pottery classes cost $90 for 6 weeks. Wood and bench knives are available for purchase (approximately $25) at the first class. Pottery students pay an additional $15 materials fee upon registration.
For further information, call The Center at 361-3650 or visit www.thecenterpalos.org .
of the Universe
Astronomer Grace Wolf-Chase will speak on Sunday, Sept. 14, following a 5:30 p.m. dinner at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Dr. Wolf-Chase of the Adler Planetarium will share photos and current research, giving her audience a glimpse of the mysteries of our immense universe. According to Dr. Wolf-Chase, tremendous progress has been made in the last few decades in tracing the evolution of the Universe through the emergence of life on Earth. Among these discoveries has been an understanding that planets form along with stars in an ongoing process, as nascent planetary systems are observed in diverse stages of evolution, and most adult stars are observed to be accompanied by planets. Wolf-Chase will discuss how these discoveries inform our thinking about life on other worlds, including intelligent life, and will reflect o how this might influence the way we view ourselves and life on Earth. The concept of other worlds is not new to philosophy or theology, but for the first time in human history this concept has moved from the realm of abstract thought to empirical scientific investigation.
Dinner costs $18 per person and requires advance reservations. Call The Center at 361-3650.
at McCord Gallery
McCord Gallery & Cultural Center will offer artists the opportunity to explore new watercolor surfaces, with instructor Maria DeCaprio-Sunta on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Masa, yupo and rice papers are interesting surfaces on which to paint, especially in watercolor. The one-day workshop offers an opportunity to explore without committing to a full-length class. These surfaces can change the look of your work and open your mind to new ways of interpreting your work. Surface papers and handouts will be provided. Students need to bring their own watercolors and brushes.
Price for the workshop is $95 for members of McCord/$105 for non-members.
The McCord Gallery & Cultural Center is located at 9602 W. Creek Road (129th & LaGrange), Palos Park. For more information, call 671-0648 or visit www.mccordgallery.org.