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Family pottery
wind chimes

  A pottery class for families will be hosted at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts on Wednesday, July 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The Log Cabin Art Center is at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  Instructor Heather Young invites families with children of any age to make terra cotta wind chimes with impressions of leaves and flowers. After being fired in the kiln, the terra cotta clay will look "flower pot orange." The pieces will be ready for pickup a week after the class.
The class fee is $8 per person and includes all supplies and the firing. Advance registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Papercraft
workshop

  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer a papercraft workshop on Tuesday, July 22, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  Ann Fowler will teach students to make greeting cards with a theme of summer water fun such as sand castles, swimming, and boats. The workshop cost of $18 plus a $6 materials fee.
  Registration is required. For more information, call The Center at 361-3650.

Children’s Farm
preschool registration

  Few fall openings remain for young children who love animals and nature at the Farm and Nature Discovery Preschool at Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  The preschool is a lively hands-on opportunity for children, ages 3-5, to become creative learners through experiences with the natural world of the woods, fields, farm, and animals that lie directly outside their classroom door. Preschool director Kristin Hale says the adventure-packed program includes creek-walks, hayrides, hikes in the woods, animal care, pony rides, and nature-themed crafts, plus a basic academic curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten.
  The preschool is located in the Anderson Activity Center, in separate classrooms for 3-year-old children and for four to five year old children. Both morning and afternoon sessions are offered, either two or three days per week.
  Parents interested in further information should contact preschool director Kristin Hale at 361-8933 or visit www.thecenterpalos.org.

The Bridge Teen
Center programs

• Dream Boards with TRU Teen Magazine — 2 to 3:30 p.m. today (Thursday), The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will team up with TRU Teen Magazine to host a program to help students discover their purpose in life.
• The Essentials of Manhood - 3:30 to 5 p.m. today, program teaches guys how to be a gentleman.
• Charcoal Portraits with Art-A-La-Carte — 4:30 to 6 p.m. today, the Bridge teams with Art-A-La-Carte to hold a program to teach students how to use charcoal as an art medium.
• Game Night with Ruckuss — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 18, Friday Night Live event with a game night, live music from Ruckuss (rock) and food from Noodles & Company.
• Gabe Burdulis — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 19, High School Saturday event with live music from Gabe Burdulis and free food from Meijer.
• BTS: T-Shirt Screen Printing with Midwest Promotional Group — 1:15 to 4:45 p.m. July 22, will teach students how their favorite tees are made.
• Windy City Skyline — 4:30 to 6 p.m. July 22, learn watercolor painting techniques, and then design a printed outline of Chicago’s skyline.
• Culinary: Mystery Dish — 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 23, The Bridge will team up with the Harvest Room to show students how to cook some really delicious dishes.
• Martial Arts with Victory Martial Arts — 4:45 to 6 p.m. July 23, participants will learn how to protect themselves with martial arts. Each week will include short lessons on topics like integrity, perseverance, and confidence.
• Acoustic Guitar — 5 to 6 p.m. July 23, program to teaches students the basic. Guitar.
• BTS: Chicagoland Speedway — 2 to 5 p.m. July 24, trip to the Chicagoland Speedway to get up close and personal with the local race track.
• Soul Café: Turn Your Lows Into Highs — 3 to 5 p.m. July 24, discussion for students to help them face the challenges in their lives.
These free events are for teens in 7th through 12th grade. (532-0500; thebridgeteencenter.org).