Broaden Your Horizons

Cabaret singer

  An afternoon of music will be featured at a luncheon program on Tuesday, March 12, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Professional cabaret singer Kim Frankovelgia will present a program of American standards and Broadway music. Frankovelgia’s repertoire of musical genres spans several generations and enables her to entertain audiences of all ages. The luncheon begins at noon, costs $16 and requires reservations. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Spirituality book club

  The Center’s spirituality book club is meeting on Monday, March 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Led by Pastoral Director Chris Hopkins, the group will discuss “The Rabbi Rami Guide to forgiveness.”
  Registration is requested. Call 361-3650.

Joliet and
Marquette journey

  “Joliet and Marquette’s Epic 1673 Journey,” a free, all-age program, will be given on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m., at Isle a la Cache Museum, in Romeoville. Registration is required.
  Mark Walczynski, foundation historian for the Starved Rock Foundation, combines his previous work as a conservation officer with his historical research to present a lecture on the Joliet-Marquette expedition, one of the most important missions in the annals of American history. Walczynski will chronicle the expedition and the role of these two intrepid explorers.
  This program will take indoors the accessible Museum.
  For information and registration, call (815) 886-1467.
  Isle a la Cache Museum is located at 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), ½-mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville.

The Bridge Teen Center

  • Style For Less — 4:15-6 p.m. March 12, will be held at The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park. Plato’s Closet, participants will learn how to shop for staple pieces from second hand shops without spending a fortune for the latest styles.
  • Handyman Series — 4:30-6 p.m. March 14, teaches how to fix basic problems around the house. Participants will learn the basics of laying tile and how to tackle a do-it-yourself project.
  • Friday Night Live — 7:30-10:30 p.m. March 15, Game Night with music from The G Brothers sponsored by Standard Bank.
  All three free event are for teens in 7th through 12th grade with a completed student membership application on file. For more information call 532-0500, or visit

Family art

  A family art workshop is offered Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Instructor Shari Wenzel invites families with children of all ages to enjoy dyeing eggs for Easter and creating handmade paper embedded with seeds that can be buried and planted in the garden.
  Registration is required. The workshop fee is $6 per person, for instruction and all materials. Call 361-3650.

Knitting classes

  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will offer six-week knitting classes on Mondays, beginning March 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and on Fridays, beginning March 15, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  Master knitter Georgann Ring welcomes both beginners and experienced knitters to her classes. Beginners will learn to use the knit and purl stitches, to cast on and bind off, to manage simple increases and decreases, and to read a simple pattern while competing their first two knitting projects, a dishcloth and then a scarf. Ring will help those with experience to choose individual projects and to learn more advanced knitting skills.
  The class fee is $84. Beginning students should bring a fall of Sugar n’ Cream yarn in a light solid color and a pair of No. 10, preferably aluminum, knitting needles to the first class. After the first project, students will purchase yarns and patterns after consultation with the instructor.
  Registration is required. Call 361-3650.

Gourd workshop

  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer a gourd workshop on Monday, March 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  Professional gourdcrafter Karen Caldwell will help each student to create an Easter basket, bowl, or birdhouse from a dried gourd, using acrylic paints, pigment inks and protective coatings.
  Class fee is $18 plus $15 for materials. Early registration is required in order for the gourds to be prepared. (361-3650)

Design perennial
garden at McCord

  With spring just around the corner, now is the time to plan and design your garden with the help of expert MaryAnn Nowak, Thursday, March 14, 10 a.m. to noon, at the McCord Gallery and Cultural Center.
  Bring a photo and measurements of your outdoor space, and prepare your garden for years to come. Learn how to create a garden that needs the amount of maintenance that you prefer with floral displays throughout the growing season.
  Instructor Nowak is a Chicagoland native with training in horticulture and photography. As an artist and teacher, she attempts to convey her love of life, people, and learning in her work. With more than 40 years of living in the southwest suburbs, she brings expert knowledge of local soil and flora.
  The McCord Gallery and Cultural Center is at 9602 W. Creek Road (129th Street and La Grange Road), Palos Park. For more information, call 671-0648 or visit