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Womantalk brunch

The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host a New Year's Eve Womantalk brunch and discussion on Monday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Ladies are invited to join the discussion of the readings of Sarah Ban Breathnach's "Simple Abundance" and "Romancing the Ordinary" books.

A free-will offering will be collected. Reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Farm and Ranch camps signup

Registration opens Jan. 2 for children and teens who love animals and nature at the summertime Farm and Ranch Camps of the Children's Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.

Children entering 2nd through 12th grades in the fall attend the camp which will begin its 76th season on June 16. Later summer sessions begin July 1, July 7, July 21 and July 28.

Each day is packed with fun for the 40 campers who learn to ride horses, care for animals, hike in the woods and creeks, and make campfires. Campers enjoy campouts, hayrides, games, crafts, and new friends.

Older teens who seek outdoor leadership skills and outdoor adventure are invited to register for the Senior Outdoor Leaders-in- Training program, which includes challenges such as backpacking and canoeing.

The Center advises registering early, as many sessions fill before April. A scholarship fund makes camp possible for children who need financial assistance. Prospective campers may call 361-3650 or visit thecenterpalos.org for more information.

Toastmasters Club

The Center Toastmasters Club will meet on Wednesdays, Jan. 2 and 16, at 7 p.m., at 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.

Toastmasters International is an organization for people interested in improving and practicing their public speaking skills. Members take turns leading the meetings and giving speeches, gaining confidence from the encouragement of each other.

The Center Toastmasters meet on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. New members and guests are always welcome. For more information, call Dave Sanders or Lois Lauer, at 361-3650.

Upcoming

Poetry class

A poetry workshop will be offered at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park for six sessions, 9:15 to 11:45 a.m., beginning Friday, Jan. 4. The remaining five sessions will then meet on the third and first Tuesdays of January, February and March.

Under the guidance of MaryAnn Grzych, of Palos Heights, the class shares and critiques each others' works as they learn together to express significant feelings and ideas through their writings.

The cost of the workshop is $52 for six sessions. 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, Jan. 7, from 6 to 7:30 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 $78 which includes all supplies and firing costs. Registration is required. (361-3650; thecenterpalos.org)

Art classes

The Log Cabin Center for the Arts offers new sessions of collage, quilting, lapidary and stained glass starting Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 7 and 9, at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.

Collage with April Schabes begins at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 for beginning collagers and on Wednesday, Jan. 9 for experienced students. Calligraphy classes with Marge Boyd begin on Monday afternoon, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. Harry Meneghini teaches stained glass to students on Monday nights, beginning Jan 7 at 6:30 p.m. Denise Dulzo teaches quilting on six Wednesday afternoons, beginning Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. Lapidary classes begin on Monday, Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. with Larry Rothenberg, and on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. with Sharon Byrne.

Registration is required for all classes. Call The Center at 361- 3650, or visit thecenterpalos.org.