Broaden Your Horizons

This week

Center Cinema

  Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” will be shown this Friday, July 19, at 6:15 p.m., as part of the monthly Center Cinema series at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak star in “Vertigo,” a classic thriller.
  A discussion follows the movie. Free popcorn is served. No fee is charged but pre-registration is necessary. Call The Center at 361-3650.


  The outdoor labyrinth will be available for walking on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Weather permitting, the labyrinth will be set up near the chapel from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day. The Rev. Chris Hopkins will lead a group walk and instruction at 2 p.m. on Sunday. However, guests are invited to walk at any time. Labyrinths are large circular paths, conducive to spiritual meditation.
  For information, call Pastor Chris Hopkins at 361-3650. If it looks like rain, call to be sure the labyrinth is set up.

Summer art
classes for children

  Registration is currently open for the final two sessions of summer art classes for children at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, which begin on July 22 and 29. The Log Cabins are a part of The Center at 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Outdoor Art for Kids features an immersion into the worlds of art and nature for children entering grades one through eight in the fall. The children will explore the Children’s Farm and its surrounding woods, fields and creeks. These areas provide subject matter for the young artists, and also provide fun and action, inspiration, and raw materials. Each two-week session ends with an outdoor art show of the children’s creations.
  The classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. for one week beginning July 22 or for two weeks beginning July 29. The cost is $60 for the one week session or $110 for two weeks. All supplies are included.
  Summer art instructor Heather Young will teach the children to use a variety of artistic media and techniques, including drawing, painting, pottery, papermaking, papier-mâché, printmaking and more. The classes are kept small to encourage individual self-expression. Registration is required. Call The Center at) 361-3650.

Movie talk in Oak Lawn

  CineVerse, the Oak Lawn Park District’s free weekly film discussion group, will examine “My Favorite Year” (1982) starring Peter O’Toole on Wednesday, July 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. in Oak Lawn (check building signage for room number).
  The group will discuss Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” Wednesday, July 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information call 529-9028 or visit

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 24, at 1 p.m. The program is free of charge and open to all ages.
  “Discovery Isle” features a different activity or demonstration every Wednesday during the summer focusing on plants, animals or history. One week we might be looking 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.
  Isle a la Cache Museum is at 501 E. 135th St. (Romeo Road), ½-mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville.
  For information, call (815) 886-1467.

The Bridge Teen
Center events

  The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will host Friday Night Live from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 19, with music from The G Brothers plus Outback Steakhouse samples. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Saturday Night — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 20, with music from Christal Luster plus Jimmy John’s 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.
  • Mason Jar Lanterns — 1 to 6 p.m. July 23-25, a drop in craft station in which participants can decorate and create a unique mason jar lantern. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Things Every Young Lady Should Know — 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 24, participants will learn some of the rules that have been push to the wayside but are important for any young lady to know. This free program is for girls in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Checkerboard Creation — 3 to 4:30 p.m. July 25, a tile checkerboard program where participants will put new skills into practice and create an oversized checkerboard. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Friday Night Live — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 26, music from End of December plus Giordano’s samples. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  For more information, call 532-0500 or visit


Introduction to Reiki

  An introductory Reiki experience will be offered on Sunday, July 28, 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. 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 Friday mornings, beginning July 26, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and on Monday evenings beginning Aug. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.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 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 size US 9/5.5mm, 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.

Weaving class

  A new six week weaving class begins at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, Wednesday, July 31, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  Weaver Nettie Botts of Palos Park teaches each new student to create a sampler on portable table looms during their first three weeks in her class. For those who continue, Botts then helps them to design a project of their own choosing. Experienced weavers design projects in the pattern weave of their choice, using either the table looms or the large floor looms. Weavers make projects such as scarves and table linens of their own color scheme and design.
  The cost of the weaving class is $84, plus a $10 materials fee for new weavers’ samplers. Students will purchase their own threads and yarns for future projects.
  Registration is required. Call 361-3650.

‘Girls Night In’
at Bridge Teen Center

  The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park will host the fourth annual Girls Night In event exclusively for teenage girls in 7th through 12th grade on Friday, Aug. 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  The event is designed for girls, focusing on inner and outer beauty through a variety of stations.
  This free event will feature beauty activities led by the Body Shop and Clinique as well as hear from guest speaker Deborah Olivia Brown of NBC 5 Chicago. The Bridge Teen Center’s space will be transformed with pretty decor from Shop Sweet Lulu in Frankfort, along with mini desserts from Swirlz Cupcakes and soda from IZZE. Each girl will leave with a special gift bag filled with products.

  Like all programs at The Bridge Teen Center, this event is offered free of charge. Participants are asked to signup in advance by calling 532-0500 or visiting (follow “Events Calendar” link on homepage). Registration is required, as this event will fill-up quickly.