Broaden Your Horizons

This week

Rock, gem
and jewelry show

  Moksha Imports’ Rock, Gem and Jewelry show will be held this Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, from noon to 4 p.m., at Tranzformation, 5528 W. Cal-Sag Road in Alsip.
  Ed and Sue from Moksha Imports (the original owners of Sanctuary Crystals) will be offering one of the finest selections of rocks, mineral specimens, crystals and jewelry in the Chicago area. (897-0778;

Lapidary class

  The Center offers a six-week lapidary classes beginning Wed­nesday July 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Instructor Sharon Byrne teaches students to use rock saws and water-cooled wheels for turning rough hunks of rock into polished gemstones. The Center’s lapidary program works in tandem with The Center’s silver jewelry classes, which enable students to set their stones into silver fittings.
  The six-week class costs $84 plus a $10 materials fee for new students. Students purchase rocks for future projects. Registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Living history
at Isle a la Cache

  The Isle a la Cache Brigade will bring insight into what life was like in the Illinois Territory during the mid-18th century during a living history demonstration this Sunday, July 14, from noon to 3 p.m., at Isle a la Cache Museum, in Romeoville.
  The living history demonstration is free of charge and open to all ages.
  The Isle a la Cache Brigade consists of re-enactors who represent voyageurs, courier du bois, French women, Metis and Native Americans. On any given Living History Sunday you may find potters, musket shooters, cooks, seamstresses or craftsmen sharing their talents.
  Demonstrations will be ongoing from noon until 3 p.m., so the public can arrive at anytime to observe the demonstrations and talk with the Brigade about life in the wilderness.
  While at Isle a la Cache, visit the museum devoted to the fur-trade era, open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
  Isle a la Cache Museum is at 501 E. 135th St, (Romeo Road), ½-mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville.
  For information, call the museum at (815) 886-1467.

Discovery Isle
at Isle a la Cache

  Children’s programs are held every Wednesday afternoon through Aug. 28 at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.
  The next of these “Discovery Isle” programs will be Wednesday, July 17, at 1 p.m. The program is free of charge and open to all ages.
  “Discovery Isle” will feature a different activity or demonstration every Wednesday during the summer focusing on plants, animals or history. One week might look for critters on a trail and the next week meet with a re-enactor portraying a voyageur from the 18th century to learn fun games and hear interesting stories.
  Depending on topic and weather, programs may be held indoors or outdoors.
  Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. and join in the fun.
  Indoor facilities are accessible. Outdoor activities will take place on level paths or natural surfaces across uneven terrain.
  Isle a la Cache Museum is located at 501 E. 135th St. (Romeo Road), ½-mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville. (815) 886-1467.

The Bridge Teen
Center events

  • Teen Cooking Class — 3:30 to 5 p.m. today, Thursday, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will host a culinary program where participants will learn how to make homemade gnocchi and sauce with Chef Dominic from Bartolini’s. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
   • Photography — 4 to 5 p.m. July 11-25, participants will learn the basics and elements that go into taking a great photo. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Friday Night Live — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 12, music from Sixspeed plus a bean bag tournament with Marquette Bank. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Saturday Night — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 13, The Bridge Teen Center will host Saturday Night with music from Leave The Light On plus free Jamba Juice 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.
  • Behind The Scenes: Fox News Chicago — 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 16, go behind the scenes of Fox News Chicago and see firsthand what goes into the production of a TV news show. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Around the World: France — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 16, France’s culture, rich history, delicious food, famous art and pretty language. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Sew Your Own Pillow — 1:30 to 4 p.m. July 17, The American Sewing Guild will teach participants how to make throw pillows. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Drawing — 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 18, participants will learn the basics of drawing. Bring your own sketch book. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Be Good To Yourself — 4 to 6 p.m. July 18, participate in a one-hour yoga session and learn hands-on cooking skills while learning recipes to refuel the body. This free program is exclusively for girls in 7th through 12th grade.
  For more information or to sign up for a program, call 532-0500 or visit


Fall Festival vendors

  Craft, flea market, and garage sale vendors are sought for the annual Fall Festival at The Children’s Farm in Palos Park to be held on Saturday, Sept. 28.
  More than 2,000 people usually attend the festival which features games, kid’s crafts, hayrides, horse rides, entertainment, food concession and root beer saloon.
  Vendor spaces cost $25 each. The farm is at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park. Call 361-3650.

Travel journal workshop

  A journal-making workshops will be offered at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts on Monday afternoon, July 22, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  Artist Marge Boyd of Frankfort will teach students to create a small book from envelopes and a decorative cover. The envelopes can then be filled with receipts, airline tickets and other colorful memorabilia. The outside of the envelopes can be used for writing, drawing, or gluing on additional mementos. As a finishing touch, students will add ribbons, beads and stamps to their journals.
  The cost of each workshop day is $18 plus a $4 materials fee.
  Registration is required. For more information, call The Center at 361-3650.

‘Hamlet’ at Moraine

  Moraine Valley Community College’s will celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Shakespeare Under the Stars” with an outdoor performance of “Hamlet” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3. The production will be performed on the college’s Gateway, between Buildings M and F, on campus at 9000 W. College Parkway in Palos Hills. Admission is free.
  The cast list includes Luke Simone, Brett Krivich, Chrissy Monaco, Liz Salim, Anthony Desmond and Jamie Callahan, all of Orland Park; Sam Schmidt, Erica Sinnott, Karina Polovinkina and Stefan Roseen, all of Oak Lawn; Thayer Haywood of Palos Heights; John Reidy of Palos Park; Andy Gomez of Evergreen Park; Katie McCollum and Gary Zelinski of Worth; Sean Rauba of Chicago Ridge and Palos Hills; Lala Trupes and Shawntrice Yarbrough of Hickory Hills; Braelyn Zavala of Palos Hills.