Written by Jackie Santora
National Grammar Day luncheon at The Center
A humorous look at the English language will be featured at a luncheon program on Tuesday, March 4, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Center staff members Lois Lauer and Mark Walker will take a lighthearted look at some common misuses of English grammar and punctuation, including a short review of Lynne Truss’ “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” bestselling book. March 4 is the date of National Grammar Day, but when spoken can also be imagined as the imperative sentence: March forth! Walker and Lauer will look at sentences like “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas,” and “Let’s eat Grandma!” and then will teasingly encourage their audience to wonder how the elephant got into their pajamas, and will suggest they tell Grandma to insist that her family learn to use commas.
The luncheon begins at noon, costs $17, and requires advance reservations. For further information, interested persons should call The Center at 361-3650.
Films at BAC
The following films will be shown at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. For more information, call 773-445-3838, or visit www.beverlyartcenter.org. The ticket cost is $7.50 per person, or $5.50 for BAC members.
The 2013 film “Philomena” will be playing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. “Philomena,” stars Judi Dench as the Irish Catholic mother of a boy conceived out of wedlock, was forced to give up her son for adoption. Many years later Philomena Lee’s meeting with a BBC reporter inspired her to search for her long lost son. The movie is one hour, 38 minutes long and is rated PG-13.
“Love Under Fire,” plus short documentaries, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12. Participants are invited to celebrate local filmmakers and their stories with “Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer,” a short documentary by area residents Amelia Dellos and Lori McGunn. Accompanying their film will be short documentaries by various student filmmakers. A question and answer session with Dellos and McGunn will follow the screening. The film is from 2013 and runs one hour, 30 minutes.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” based on the autobiography of South African President Nelson Mandela, is the featured film at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. Idris Elba stars in the movie.
Oscar nominated live action short films will be on the big screen at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. Five short films nominated for 2014 Academy Awards will be featured.
The Bridge Teen Center programs
• Love and Acceptance with PASS 4 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday), The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, knows that everyone desires companionship through loving, healthy relationships, but relationships are tough. Learn how to have healthy relationships.
• Trey from Everyday Sunday with White Castle — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 28, Friday Night Live with Trey, a talented artist, and free food courtesy of White Castle.
• For It Is Written with Great Harvest — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. March 1, listen to pop punk band For It Is Written doing an acoustic set while eating samples from Great Harvest. This event is exclusively for students in 9th—12th grade and is free with a student membership application or $5 with a school ID. For more information call 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org.
• Rubber Band Bracelets — 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 3, make your own rubber band bracelet after two of students show you patterns that don’t require a loom.
• Behind the Scenes: Funeral Home — 4:15 to 6 p.m. March 4, Tour of Colonial Chapel. See the crematorium and where remains are prepared for the funeral.
• Decorate a Fiat with Bettenhausen — 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. March 5, 12 and19, work with a team to create a catchy design for the outside of a Fiat, using a variety of art mediums. Your design will get turned into a decal and put on the car during the last week of this program.
• Yoga – offered the first Thursday of each month: March 6, April 3 and May 1, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 6. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information call 532—0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org.
The Children’s Farm reopens
The Children’s Farm reopens for the spring season this Saturday, March 1. The Children’s Farm is located at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
Beginning in March, the Children’s Farm will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 until 4 p.m. Visitors to the farm can tour the barns and see the farm animals. New piglets, lambs, bunnies, chicks, and ducklings are due to arrive before Easter. Families are invited into each animal pen by a farm volunteer who helps children to touch and learn about the animal. According the Farm Program Director Amy Didominicis, the farm is a hands-on opportunity for children to experience the life of the farm. Complimentary pony rides and hayrides are offered every weekend throughout the spring and summer, weather and work permitting.
Admission to the farm is $5 per person, or by a $75 annual family pass. No reservations are required on the weekends from 1 until 4 pm. The farm is also open for group tours by advance reservation. For further information, interested persons should call The Center at 361-3650.
Easter Egg Roundup tickets available
Tickets for the annual Easter Egg Roundup at the Children’s Farm go on sale March 3. The event is a special day for young children on Saturday, April 19. The Children’s Farm is located at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
Children, age 9 and younger, accompanied by parents, are invited for a special day of collecting and decorating an egg from the chicken coop, visiting the bunnies, riding a horse, seeing the farm animals wearing their best Easter bonnets, meeting the Easter Bunny, and finding a colored egg in the Easter Bunny’s Magic Forest. Nearly 100 volunteers will be on hand to help young children have a wonderful time.
Center program director Lois Lauer says that advance tickets are absolutely required because the farm has to have enough eggs and treats for all the children who visit. Tickets cost $22 per child and are available for each half-hour between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. There is no admission fee for adults. Tickets are available at The Center lodge, on the west side of 12700 Southwest Highway. For further information, call The Center at 361-3650 or visit www.thecenterpalos.org.
Group labyrinth walks will be held on Saturday morning, March 1, 8 a.m. and Thursday, March 6, at 5:30 p.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.
New laughter circle
A Laughter Circle will meet on Sunday evening, March 2, 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. 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 six-week Stoneware Pottery Class will be offered at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, beginning Thursday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Under the guidance of potter and naturalist Karen Stasky, students make strong professional-looking stoneware pottery, often embellished with nature designs. Students create beautiful stoneware bowls, mugs, and vases, in additional to interesting decorative pieces. New students learn a variety of hand-building techniques and returning students can learn to throw pots on one of the studio wheels.
The pottery class cost $84 plus a $15 materials fee for 6 weeks. Advance registration is required. Call (708) 361-3650.
A new six week weaving class begins at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, Wednesday, March 5, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Weaver Nettie Botts of Palos Park teaches new students to create samplers on portable table looms during their first weeks in her class. For the remaining class weeks, Botts then helps them to design a project of their own choosing. Experienced weavers design projects in the pattern weave of their choice, using either the table looms or the large floor looms. Weavers make projects such as scarves and table linens of their own color scheme and design.
The cost of the weaving class is $84, plus a $10 materials fee for new weavers’ samplers. Students will purchase their own threads and yarns for future projects.
Advance registration is required. Call (708) 361-3650.
A women’s personal growth retreat will be hosted on Saturday, March 8, at The Center at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the retreat offer women an opportunity to explore and embrace both the power and the shadows of their multifaceted personalities. Art therapist Donna Mills and program director Lois Lauer will guide the experience which will include time for meditation, learning, creativity, reflection, walking outside, fellowship, and sharing. Each participant will have an opportunity to decorate a mask to take home as tangible reminder of the experience.
The cost per participant is $45, which includes leadership, lunch, and supplies. Advance registration is required. Formore, call The Center at 361-3650.
Palos Fine Arts
foreign film series
Palos Fine Arts will show the film, “The Red Violin,” this Friday, Feb. 28, at both 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Ave., as part of its 13th annual adult foreign film series.
Later movies scheduled to be shown in the series are “The Debt” on Friday, March 28, and “Amour” on Friday, April 25.