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Womantalk discussion

The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host its monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Led by MaryAnn Grzych, ladies are invited to join the discussion of "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach or other inspirational readings that participants wish to bring.

There is no cost, but reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Hearts and snowflakes paper workshop

The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer both afternoon and evening Paper Hearts And Snowflakes workshops on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Lois Lauer will help participants make a variety of simple paper hearts and snowflakes by folding and cutting papers into intricate-looking designs. The hearts and snowflakes make charming window and Valentines window decorations.

The workshop cost is $14, which includes all supplies. Registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Documentary film tells story of Chinese adoptees

The award-winning film "Somewhere In Between" will have a showing at The Beverly Art Center at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30.

In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, director Linda Goldstein Knowlton's documentary illustrates that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989 - a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy - the film intimately follows four teenage adoptees who try to answer the question of feeling "Somewhere In Between"

The Beverly Art Center is at 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at beverlyart center.org or by phoning (773) 445-3838. Cost is $7.50 for general admission.

The Bridge Teen Center

  • Just For Parents: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 30, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will host A New Year a New You with Emily Smith of Simplify with Smith. In an effort to start the New Year organized, The Bridge is bringing in a professional organizer to give tips and tricks on organizing your life. This free event is for parents of teens in 7th through 12th grade. To sign up, call 532-0500, or visit thebridgeteencenter.org.
  • Just For Teens: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 25, The Bridge Teen Center will host Friday Night Live with music from pop/rock band The End of December plus free samples from Qdoba. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade with a completed student membership application on file.
  • Cupcake Decorating - 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 29, The Bridge Teen Center will host Cupcake Decorating with Sweet Dreams Cakes. Participants will learn how to make frosting and how to properly use a decorating bag to create festive cupcakes as seen on Ace of Cakes. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Destress Yoga - 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30, The Bridge Teen Center will host Destress Yoga with Yoga 360. Participants will build strength and improve flexibility with a variety of yoga techniques. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade. (532-0500)

Upcoming

Memoir writing workshop

A memoir writing workshop is offered at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on six Thursday afternoons, beginning Feb. 7, 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 per person, plus a $10 workbook fee to be paid directly to the instructor in class. Students should bring paper and writing instruments. Registration is required. Call 361-3650.

Thursday morning basketry classes

The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer Basketry classes for six weeks beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

New basket students make an easy beautiful wood-bottomed basket, with their choice of colored trim. Instructor Ann Fowler then teaches techniques for weaving a variety of shapes and sizes of baskets. Students can expect to make two-to-three baskets in six weeks, depending on their style and choice of projects.

The basket class costs $84 per six week session, plus a $25 materials fee. Registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650 or visit thecenterpalos.org.

Jewelry workshop at McCord

  • Art Clay Copper - Explore an inexpensive new flavor of metal clay on Saturday, Feb.2, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the McCord Gallery & Cultural Center. Instructor Katie Baum will demonstrate Art Clay Copper which marries the simplicity of working with clay with the elegance and beauty of pure copper. Students will design, shape, texture, and sculpt jewelry pieces from start to finish. All of the jewelry pieces will be ready to wear home. Previous experience with either clay or metals is not required.
  • Chainmaille - On Sunday, Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Katie Baum will teach Chainmaille which has been both a functional and artistic staple for hundreds of years. Students will begin with Lacy Chain, a simple ring-weaving pattern to get their minds into "maille mode." Then attention will be turned to Byzantine, a chain that lends itself to multiple simple variations and incorporations with other designs. In these few hours, students will gain knowledge and inspiration with limitless possibilities.

Each workshop costs $40 for members of McCord and $55 for non-members. Materials are included. McCord Gallery & Cultural Center is at 9602 W. Creek Road (129th and La Grange Road), Palos Park. For more information, call 671-0648, or visit mccordgallery.org.

Ayurveda workshop at McCord

The McCord Gallery & Cultural Center will present the workshop Health and Well-being According to Ayurveda with Certified Ayurveda Consultant Paul Gardner on Sunday, Feb. 3, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ayurveda (Sanskrit for knowledge of long life) is the Indian approach to staying healthy of mind, body, and spirit. This class will explore how to balance body and mind using simple techniques that have been around for millennia. Students will learn how to use food, oils, spices, herbs, exercise, rest and daily routines to balance their constitution which can lead them to greater health.

Participants will be able to sample Ayurvedic herbs, oils, and creams. The price for the workshop is $10.

McCord Gallery & Cultural Center is at 9602 W. Creek Road (129th and La Grange Road), Palos Park. For more information, visit mccordgallery.org.