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Halloween tea at The Center

Ladies are invited to grab their broomsticks and join in the Halloween Tea this Friday, Oct 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Anderson Center of the Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.

Guests will be greeted by cackling witches serving spider cider tea, and a buffet table filled with goodies and tea sandwiches. Teas are a long standing tradition at The Center, but this is the first Halloween tea.

Professional storyteller Catherine Myers will entertain the guests with some magically spooky yet inspiring stories about what it means to be a woman. Guests are encouraged to wear a witch hat if they have one.

Tickets must be reserved in advance and cost. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Luncheon How to read a movie

Making movie-watching more fun and engaging will be addressed at a luncheon program on Tuesday, Oct 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.

Center Development Director Mark Walker will discuss strategies for increasing your understanding and enjoyment of narrative films, using some of Hollywood’s all time classics as examples. Walker’s background includes a doctorate in film studies from Northwestern University, where he has also taught film and television courses.

The luncheon begins at noon, costs $16 and requires reservations. Call The Center at 361- 3650.


The outdoor labyrinth will be available for walking on Monday, Oct 15, and on Sunday, Oct 28, at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.

Weather permitting, the labyrinth will be set up near the chapel from 9 a.m. each day, until 5:30 p.m. You are invited to walk at any time. Labyrinths are large circular paths, conducive to spiritual meditation.

For instructions or information, call Pastor Chris Hopkins at 361- 3650. If it looks like rain, call to be sure the labyrinth is set up.

Gourd workshops

The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer gourd workshops on Monday, Oct 15, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Professional gourd-crafter Karen Caldwell will help each student to create a birdhouse or bowl from a dried gourd, decorated with autumn or Halloween designs made with acrylic paints, pigment inks, and glazes. Caldwell’s gourds can be seen on karencaldwell.

Students choose either the afternoon or the evening session, and pay a class fee of $18 plus a $15 materials fee. A special rate is offered for returning students with unfinished projects. Registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Christmas wreaths

Now is the time to order a fresh Christmas wreath from the Children’s Farm in Palos Park.

Handmade wreaths of balsam fir from northern Wisconsin are available in four sizes, ranging from 24 inches to 60 inches in diameter, and in price from $20 to $50. Each wreath is decorated with a handmade red velvet bow, and will be available for pickup at the farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, after Nov. 23. Orders should be placed by Nov. 1. Call 361-3650.

Bridge Teen Center events

The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court in Orland Park, upcoming events are:

  • Hair chalking — Participants will learn how to add streaks of color to their hair using chalk, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. Free for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Papier-mâché class — Participants will paint and accessorize a papier-mâché mask on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 4:15 p.m. Free for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Golf lessons — Golf Pro Travis Siebert will teach teens to drive the ball, hit it straight, putt and more on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 4:15 p.m.
  • Live entertainment — The pop band Loftland, sponsored by Moraine Valley Community College, will play on Friday, Oct. 19, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free with a completed student membership application on file.

For more information, call 532- 0500, or visit


Basketry classes

The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer Basketry workshops on six Thursdays beginning Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Ann Fowler will teach the morning classes; Jane Dwyer will teach the Thursday evening students. All new basketry students make a wood-bottomed basket, with a choice of colored trim, and then choose two more basket styles to complete during the six week session.

Basket classes cost $84 per sixweek session, plus a $25 materials fee. Registration is required. Call 361-3650.

Country rock at BAC

Singer/songwriter Joe Ely will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. in Chicago. Ely has played his signature Texas country rock with greats that include John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakum, Guy Clark, John Prine and Lyle Lovett. Tickets are $25. For more information visit or call (773) 445-3838.

Cinderella’s Ball at Lake Katherine

The Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Cinderella’s Ball will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Lake Katherine auditorium.

Little girl’s ages 2-10 years and their dates, Dads or adult, will enjoy a buffet dinner, dancing with music by a DJ, and meet Cinderella herself. Every little girl will go home with a special goodie bag that is fit for a princess.

Register at Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Center, 6601 W. 127th St. Registration deadline is Oct. 15. (361-1807)