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This week

Art Clay Copper workshop at McCord

McCord Gallery & Cultural Center presents artist Katie Baum at a hands-on workshop this Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Art Clay Copper marries the simplicity of working with clay with the elegance and beauty of pure copper. Design, shape, texture, and sculpt pieces from start to finish; all of the students’ jewelry pieces will be ready to wear home.

Materials are included. Fee is $40 for McCord members; $55 others.

McCord Gallery & Cultural Center is at 9602 W. Creek Road (129th and La Grange Road), Palos Park. Call 671-0648, or visit

The Bridge Teen Center coming events

  • Hershey’s Job Workshop — The Bridge Teen Center, at 15555 S. 71st Court in Orland Park, will host an innovative program, led by a team of young Hershey’s executives to help students learn how to find a job, fill out an application, dress appropriately and basic interview skills on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This event is open to students age 15-18.
  • Walleyball — 4:15 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4, The Bridge Teen Center will provide transportation to Silver Lake Country Club where teens will play a game similar to volleyball taken to the next level.
  • Live Entertainment For Teens — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 5, The Bridge Center will host free entertainment with America’s Got Talent You Tube Finalist, Reverse Order for teens in 7th through 12th grade. The event also will include free Jimmy Johns.

For more information, call 532- 0500, or visit

Astronomy campfire at Isle a la Cache

Autumn Astronomy Campfire, a free, all-age family program will be held this Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. Registration is required.

The program begins indoors to preview what is visible in the fall night sky. Learn to identify stars, planets, constellations, galaxies and more. Then, if weather permits, head outside to the campfire to share Native American stores about the night and enjoy a campfire snack. The remainder of the program will be spent gazing at the night sky through telescopes.

For registration and information, call (815) 886-1467.

Isle a la Cache Museum is at 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), ½-mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville.

Rock the Carpenters at Moraine Valley

Singer Lisa Rock and her sixpiece band are bringing “Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters,” to the Moraine Valley Community College stage 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The group will perform in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus at 9000 W. College Parkway in Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students.

Rock has compiled a tribute to the music and life of Karen Carpenter. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Rock’s four octave range allows her to sing the hits like “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Close to You” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” in their original keys. Rock also shares anecdotes about Carpenter, her life and how some of the songs originated.

Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 974-5500, or at the Box Office at the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.


Emerson Hill evening of music and dancing

Keyboardist and vocalist, Gene Infelise and vocalist Francesca, will provide an evening of music and dancing on Sunday, Oct. 7, beginning with a supper at 5:30 p.m. at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.

Sinatra-style Rat Pack Jazz, Big Band standards, Broadway favorites, and even a little pop, country and light rock will fill the evening’s program. Guests are invited to come to listen or to dance.

The evening will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the music and dancing at 6:30 p.m. Dinner cost is $16 per person and requires reservations. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Pumpkin patch at Children’s Farm

The Children’s Farm at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park is preparing for October visitors to its Pumpkin Playland and “pickyour- own” pumpkin patch.

“Pumpkin Days” at the farm feature free admission to the pickyour- own-pumpkin patch, along with a farm stand of gourds, mini pumpkins, straw bales, corn stalks and honey for sale. Each weekend also features complimentary hayrack rides and food concessions.

Pumpkin Playland is an interactive experience for children and adults, who are charged $8 per person to enter the animal farmyard and surrounding playland. The barns are open for visiting and petting the cows, sheep, donkeys, horses, pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks and geese. A straw bale climber and giant corn box provide active enjoyment for children. The spooky wood shed provides a spooky Halloween experience for kids, and the Crazy Maze-y allows all guests to navigate their way through a tunnel of fall themed and ghostly passageways.

The pumpkin patch, farm stand, food concessions, hayrides, and Pumpkin Playland are open each October Saturday and Sunday and Columbus Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pumpkin patch and farm stand are also open from 3 to 5 p.m. every weekday in October.

The pumpkin patch admission is free, the only cost being the price of the pumpkins selected. For guests who choose to enter the Pumpkin Playland to visit the animals and enjoy the playland activities, admission is $8. Children under 2 years of age are always free.

For more information, call 361-3650, or visit

Nature photography workshops

A series of digital and film nature photography workshops for adults will be held at The Center on four Saturday mornings starting Oct. 13, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.

Instructor Rick Steffen has timed this class to take advantage of trips out of the classroom to shoot the autumn foliage. Steffen also plans indoor sessions for discussions and to critique student photos. Students should bring either a film or a digital camera and dress to be outdoors.

The class fee is $52 for four sessions, or $14 for individual sessions. Registration is required. (361-3650;

Memoir writing workshop

A memoir writing workshop is offered at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on six Thursdays, beginning Oct. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Personal historian Beth LaMie will teach students to write their family stories. Using writing prompts, exercises, and techniques to capture memories, participants will learn to organize their thoughts and experiences, to elicit stories from others, and even how to publish their work.

The class fee is $84. Students should bring paper and writing instruments. Registration is required. Call 361-3650.