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This week


Guitar 101 at McCord

  Beginning Aug. 31, the McCord Gallery & Cultural Center in Palos Park will hold an eight-week Guitar 101 course every Saturday.
  It will be led by Ben Parker, the gallery’s newest addition to their stable of music instructors. This course will be the very beginning of a student’s guitar journey. They will achieve the essential foundations behind every successful guitar player: sight reading, strong sense of rhythm, tuning and knowledge of the musical alphabet, musical symbols and basic parts of the guitar.
  The course will be broken up into four age groups: 8-10 year olds (10 a.m.), 11-13 year olds (11 a.m.), 14-16 year olds (noon), and adults (1 p.m.).
  Registration will be $170 for non-members and $160 for members of the gallery. The course book will be included as well.
  Sign up by either calling McCord at 671-0648, or stopping by 9602 W. Creek Road, Palos Park. Registration ends Aug. 28.


New peace
meditation group

  A new loving-kindness meditation group will begin meeting on Monday morning, Sept. 2, from 9 to 9:30 a.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Pastoral Director Chris Hopkins invites anyone interested to attend this short period of group prayer for “peace in the world beginning with ourselves.” The group will meet every Monday morning and participants are welcome to come whenever they are able. Call 361-3650 for information.

Writing workshops

  Three writing workshop are offered this fall at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway.
  On the first and third Tuesday of each month, beginning Sept. 3, from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m., MaryAnn Grzych facilitates a poetry workshop, in which students write, share, and supportively critique each other’s work, as they learn together to express significant feelings and ideas through their writing. The cost of the poetry workshop is $52 for six class sessions.
  On six Thursday mornings and afternoons, beginning Sept. 5, Ethical Wills and Memoir Writing workshops are taught by Personal Historian Beth LaMie. From 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m., students will learn to write Ethical Wills or Legacy Letters to their families. These letters include personal values, history, life lessons and achievements, and hopes for the future. By the end of the class, students will complete an ethical will on archival paper.
  In the 1 to 3 p.m. class, students write Memoirs, or Family Stories. Using writing prompts, exercises, and techniques to capture memories, participants learn to organize their thoughts and experiences and how to elicit stories from other family members.
  The Ethical Wills and the Memoir Writing classes each have a class fee of $84 per person, plus a $10 workbook fee to be paid directly to the instructor in class. Students should bring a notebook or pad of paper and their favorite writing instruments.
  Registration is required for all writing classes at The Center. Call 361-3650.

The Bridge Teen
Center programs

  Project Give — 4:30-5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, The Bridge Teen Center will host a program where students can give back to The Bridge by helping clean the facility. Students are able to receive community service hours for school credit. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade. To sign up, call 532-0500 or visit
  • Friday Night Live — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 30, Karaoke Night. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.

  • Night Of Hope — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 31, a suicide awareness event with Forever U. This event is exclusively for students in 10th-12th grade and is free with a student membership application or $5 with a school ID.
  • Apples to Apples — 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 3, Apples to Apples game. Come play with old friends or meet new ones. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Kickball — 4-6 p.m. Sept. 4, kickball program with Alden of Orland Park. Great for any fitness level and tons of fun.
  • Recycled Jewelry — 4:30-6:00 p.m. Sept. 4, recycled jewelry program using old jewelry and turning them into fashionable new pieces to accessorize with. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Zentangle, The Art of Doodling — 5-6 p.m. Sept. 5, teaching a fun, relaxing way of drawing that creates beautiful images out of structured and repeated patterns. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Project Serve: Cook County Forest Preserve Litter Pick — 4-6 p.m. Sept. 5, students will help clean the forest preserves. Community service hours will be given for school credit. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  To sign up for any program, call 532-0500, or visit thebridge

Buddy Guy
added to Moraine
Valley’s season line-up

  Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy will help Moraine Valley Community College celebrate the 20th Anniversary Season of its Fine and Performing Arts Center with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23.
  The guitarist will play the blues on the Dorothy Menker Theater stage, on campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.
  Tickets for this show go on sale at the Box Office and online at on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The cost is $65 for seniors and students, and $75 for the general public.
  “The college is really excited to have Buddy Guy perform this special show because he’s a living legend who resides in our community college district. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate 20 years of the college bringing the arts to its communities,” said Tommy Hensel, manager of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

  This special event is not part of the 2013-14 Mainstage Subscription and may not be chosen as one of those performance options. For more information, contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .