Broaden Your Horizons

This week

Womantalk discussion

  The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host its monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, June 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  Ladies are invited to join the discussion of “Simple Abundance” and other readings by Sarah Ban Breathnach. There is no cost, but reservations are required.
  Ladies are invited to bring a picnic lunch if they would like to stay after the discussion. Call the Center at 361-3650.

Family art
tie-dye workshop

  A tie-dyeing art workshop for families will be hosted at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts on Wednesday, June 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  The Log Cabin is at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  Families with children of any age are invited to tie dye T-shirts in brightly colored swirls, stripes and splotches. Family art workshops are fun and creative and focus on cooperative family effort. The class fee is $8 per person. T-shirts are provided. Reservations are required, and families will be asked to indicate T-shirt sizes upon registration. Call The Center at 361-3650.

The Bridge Teen Center

  • Friday Night Live — 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 21, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will host music from Mark Rose and Satellites & Sirens with Qdoba samples. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade with a completed student membership application on file.

  • Saturday Night — 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 22, music from Enough for Now with Meijer samples. This event is exclusively for students in 10th-12th grade and is free with a student membership application or $5 with a school ID.

  • Canoeing — 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 25, canoeing at Lake Tampier. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Bean Bag Tournament — 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. June 25, tournament with Car Max. Participants will compete in a March Madness style bag tournament for prizes. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Gluten free baking — 4 -5:30 p.m. June 25, a milling and baking culinary program where participants will experience a different spin on sweets. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • DIY: T-shirt bracelets — 4-5:30 p.m. June 26, T-shirt bracelet program where participants will recycle an old T-shirt into something new and useful. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Stop and paint the roses — 2:30-5:30 p.m. June 27, art program where participants will travel to a garden and set up an easel to capture the scenery in a painting. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  To sign up call 532-0500 or visit


Introduction to Reiki

  An introductory Reiki experience will be offered on Sunday, June 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Reiki is a gentle form of energy healing, reported to be especially beneficial for those suffering from physical or emotional pain. Reiki practitioners led by Sharon Butler will offer their healing services to participants, asking a donation of $10 per participant.
  Registration is necessary, as the monthly Reiki program is limited to 10 participants each month. Interested persons should call The Center at 361-3650.

Knitting classes

  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will offer six-week knitting classes on Monday evenings beginning July 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on Friday mornings, beginning July 26, 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 The Center 361-3650.

Grant Park
music and fireworks

  The Grant Park Music Festival presents an evening filled with American spirit and pride at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Wednesday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m., in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
  The Festival’s annual free Independence Eve Celebration, under the baton of Christopher Bell with the Grant Park Orchestra and guest soprano Janai Brugger features the sounds of Gershwin, Gould, Berlin, and more, concluding with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and John Phillip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever.
  Fireworks will take place at Navy Pier at 9:30 p.m.
  Acclaimed by critics and beloved by audiences, the Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only free, summer-long outdoor classical music series of its kind. Its 79th season — running Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for ten weeks through Aug. 17 — features a summer of beloved classics, masterworks of today and tomorrow and anniversary celebrations.
  For more information about the Grant Park Music Festival including membership and group seating, visit or call (312) 742-7638. For more information, visit the Grant Park Music Festival Facebook page or follow the Festival on Twitter @gpmf.