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Discovery Isle

Discovery Isle, a free, all-age family program, will be held Wednesday, July 25, at 1 p.m., at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.

Discovery Isle will feature a different activity or demonstration every other Wednesday during the summer focusing on plants, animals or history. One week we might be scooping critters out of a pond and the next learning about animal tracks.

Programs may be held indoors or outdoors, so dress for the weather. Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. Trails are on natural, uneven terrain.

Isle a la Cache Museum is at 501 E. 135th St. (Romeo Road), one-half mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville. For information, call (815) 886-1467.

Junior Farmers

Registration is still open for the final two sessions of summertime Junior Farmers at The Center’s Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.

Summer Junior Farmers is an opportunity for children, ages 3 to 8, to learn about and enjoy the life of the farm. The Junior Farmers program is led by farm program coordinator Kay Ardizzone, known for her love of animals and of children.

The final two-week sessions of Junior Farmers begins July 23 and Aug. 6. Classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Morning Junior Farmers, for ages 6 to 8, meet from 9 a.m. to noon, at a cost of $200. Afternoon Junior Farmer classes, for ages 3 to 6, meet from 1 to 2 p.m. or from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and cost $84.

Advance registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650 or visit thecenterpalos.org.

‘Mini Musicals’ at SXU

Midwest New Musicals and Light Opera Works will present “Mini Musicals 2012: North Shore Rhythms and Blues” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 23 in McGuire Hall, in the Warde Academic Center at Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. The performance is free and open to the public. Participating authors create short musicals for a preselected ensemble and production team. The performance includes a concert medley of songs by workshop writers, as well as: “Paddycakes” by Patrice Peltier and Johanna Drew; “The Blood of San Gennaro” by SXU Executive Director for University Ministry Graziano Marcheschi, John David Nelson and Jessica A. Hunt; and “Rhythm and Wine” by Barbara Georgans and Bruce Warden.

For more information contact Graziano Marcheschi at (773) 298-5734 or marcheschi@sxu. edu, or the Light Opera Works at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (323) 371-8205.

Upcoming

Birthplace of Route 66 fest car show signup

Registration is underway for the car show that is part of 2nd annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival & Car Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 on Park Central square in downtown Springfield, Mo.

Car show registration is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. The registration form is available at http://issuesand.info/carshow.

Prizes will be awarded for the car show in a variety of categories. Spectators will vote on their favorites. Car show registration the day of the festival is 7 to 9:30 a.m. and awards are presented at 3 p.m.

Along with the car show, the event features food vendors, a kids’ area and more. Live entertainment will be Queen City Cats and Blue Plate Special at 10 a.m., The Detectives at 1 p.m. and The Road Crew at 3 p.m. The Road Crew is winner of the first ever “Bobby Troup Artistic Recognition Award” from the International Route 66 Association in 2011. They wrote a song especially for this festival.

The festival is free and open to the public.

For festival information, visit facebook.com/BirthplaceofRoute 66Festival.

Reiki

An introductory Reiki experience will be offered on Sunday, July 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.

Reiki is a gentle form of energy healing, reported to be especially beneficial for those suffering from physical or emotional pain. Reiki practitioners led by Sharon Butler will offer their healing services to participants, asking a donation of $10 per participant.

Advance registration is necessary, as the monthly Reiki program is limited to 10 participants each month. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Peace flags

A Peace Flag art workshop will be offered at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts on two Monday afternoons, Aug. 6 and 13, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.

In the tradition of Tibetan prayer flags, artist Marge Boyd, of Frankfort, will teach students to create prayer flags, using squares of cloth, paint, hand-sewing, beads and other embellishments to add words and symbols.

Materials will be provided, but students are welcome to bring more of their own embellishments.

The cost of the two-day workshop is $32.50 plus $4 materials fee. Registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

‘Boy Who Cried CAN’T’

Saint Xavier University will present the children’s story “The Boy Who Cried CAN’T!” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29 in the Butler Reception Room, in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. The event is free and open to the public. “The Boy Who Cried CAN’T!” is the story of a third-grader named Chris who has a gift but is unable to see it within himself because he’s afraid of what others may think. Author Camesha B. Jackson, a 2010 SXU alumna, will read the book aloud and meet with the audience. Signed copies of the book will be sold. The event also includes arts and crafts for children, raffles, goodie bags, and more. For more information contact Keiashia Wood at 691-0211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Film discussion of ‘Liberty Valance’

CineVerse, a weekly film discussion group, will examine the classic western “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” on Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. in Oak Lawn (check building signage for room number). For more information call 529-9028 or visit cineversegroup.blogspot.com.

‘Bye Bye Birdie’

The McAuley 99th Street Summer Theatre Festival presents “Bye Bye Birdie” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 26, 27 and 28 at Mother McAuley High School. Tickets are $16 ($14 for senior citizens). Call (773) 881- 6512 to reserve tickets.

Music at Gaelic Park

The Carraig Irish Pub of Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St. in Oak Forest, features local musicians and entertainers Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Traditional Irish music session hosted by Pat Finnegan and members of the Irish Musicians of Chicago is offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Friday and Saturday artists will be Vocal Illusion at 7.30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3; Joe McShane at 9.30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4; Ricco Quinn at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11; Billy O’Donoghue at 7.30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17; Bernie Glim & Country Roads at 9.30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18; Kara & Gerry Eadie at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; and John Dillon at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. For more information call Gaelic Park at 687-9323, visit chicagogaelicpark.org or become a friend of Gaelic Park on Facebook.