Broaden Your Horizons

This week

Iran luncheon

  A travelogue of Iran will be featured at a luncheon at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at a noon luncheon.
  June Scott will show photos and tells stories of her recent trip to Iran, a land she found filled with antiquities and a beautiful and diverse landscape and friendly people. She travelled from modern Tehran to ancient Persepolis, from the western mountains to historic Isfahan.
  The luncheon begins at noon, costs $17 per person, and requires reservations. For more information, call The Center at 361-3650.

Children’s Farm open
on Columbus Day

  The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  As on all weekend days in October, Columbus Day at the farm features free hayrides and free admission to the pick-your-own-pumpkin patch, along with a farm stand of gourds, corn stalks, honey and hotdogs for sale.
  Also available on Columbus Day, is the farm’s Pumpkin Playland, an interactive experience for children and adults, who are charged $8 per person to enter the barnyard and surrounding playland.
  Visitors can visit and touch the farm animals. A straw bale climber and giant corn box provide active enjoyment for children, and the spooky woodshed and haunted maze provide a spooky Halloween experience for guests. (361-3650;

Orland Theatre
Troupe fall comedy

  The Orland Park Theatre Troupe is bringing a bit of religion to its stage with the fall comedy “Bless Me, Father,” written by Craig Alpaugh.
  Performances at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave., are this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday, Oct. 13 matinee at 2 p.m. The show is produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock.
  Described as both a farce and a comedy, the action takes place at Holy Family Rectory where Fathers Richard and Charles preside. The fun centers around Father Charles’ mistaken belief that Father Richard is going to leave the priesthood to get married.
  Bryan Riess and Dan McMillan, both of Orland Park, portray Fathers Richard and Charles, respectively. Orland Park’s Gary Felicetti portrays Bishop Bungy. Other Orland Park residents in the show include Michael Harlin, Barbara Pauls and Mary Tuminello. The cast also includes Cassandra Balaskas (Lockport), Nick Cuba (Tinley Park), Kathleen Donegan (Posen), Mazeika (Burbank) and Rosie Sylvester (Lemont).
  Advance reserve seat tickets may be purchased at the Village of Orland Park Recreation Administration Building, 14600 S. Ravinia Ave. Adults are $13 and seniors and student tickets are $11 each. Children’s tickets are $9 each. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. (403-7275)

Orland Theatre
Troupe auditions

  The Orland Park theatre program will hold auditions for its holiday show, “A Simple Miracle,” an original production written by Bryan Riess.
  Area actors age 17 and older are invited to audition for this holiday production with readings from the script. Auditions will be Monday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Orland Park’s Old Village Hall, 14413 S. Beacon Ave. Once cast, participants must pay a $35 registration fee.
  It’s Christmas Eve and the holiday is anything but festive for two brothers who learn that the inn they operate is being sold. A blizzard traps a cast of characters, including an angel, at the hotel making for an interesting holiday eve.
  For information, call the village’s Recreation Department at 403-7275.

The Bridge Teen
Center events

  The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will hold Pool Tourney/Game Night 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Includes free yogurt from Cherry Berry.
  • House of Music Showcase — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 12, with food from White Castle. This event is for students in 10th-12th grade and is free with a student membership application or $5 with a school ID. For more information call 532-0500 or visit
  • Behind the Scenes: Azteca Foods — noon-3:30 p.m. Oct. 14, The Bridge Teen Center will visit Azteca Foods, a family owned, multimillion dollar company that makes tortilla products, to see how dry goods are stored, made and packaged. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Reptiles — 4:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Students learn about and see a ball python, tortoise, iguana and more. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Lights On Afterschool Day: Bulb Art — 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 17, join millions worldwide, celebrate and shed “light” on after-school programs by creating a unique piece of art out of light bulbs. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  To sign up, call 532-0500 or visit

CineVerse movies

  CineVerse, the Oak Lawn Park District’s free weekly film discussion group, brings back its annual Shocktober Theater month. The group will examine a key film in Roger Corman’s Poe cycle: “The Masque of the Red Death” starring Vincent Price, on from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Oak View Community Center, located at 4625 W. 110th St. in Oak Lawn. For more information, call 529-9028 or visit
  The group will also examine “Ringu (The Ring)” (1998), the original horror classic from Japan, from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23.


Spooky nights
at Children’s Farm

  Tickets are on sale now for “The Haunting” evenings of spooky fun at the Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26.
  Guests will be entertained with a frightful story revealing the haunted past of the Children’s Farm and then take a hayride around the farm trails, where the past will come alive, with volunteers dressed as scary ghouls and ghosts.
  Advance tickets are required, cost $10 per person, and are available for 6:30, 7:15, and 8 p.m. each evening. For more information, call The Center at 361-3650.

Comedy night
at Mount Assisi

  The Mount Assisi Booster Club presents its 10th annual Comedy Night Saturday, Nov. 2, at the school, 13860 Main St. in Lemont.
  Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner 7:15 p.m.; show 8:30 p.m.
  Featuring a night of comedy and dinner by Uncle Bub’s.
  Tickets cost $35 and include buffet dinner, beer, wine, pop, water and comedy show. Must be 21 or over to attend.
  To register, contact Gail Andjulis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 224-9922.

Campfire frights
at Isle a la Cache

  A Halloween campfire program will be held Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., with programs offered at both at Isle a la Cache Museum, in Romeoville, and Plum Creek Nature Center, in Beecher. Registration is required.
  Stories, games and treats — all are planned for this program. Join us around a warm campfire and share what is special about the season, whether it’s scary fun or tasty goodness. Wear your favorite holiday costume and mask and appropriate clothing for the weather.
  Weather permitting, this program will take place outdoors on uneven natural terrain. The program will be moved indoors to an accessible facility if inclement weather exists.
  Isle a la Cache Museum is located at 501 E. 135th St. (Romeo Road), ½-mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville.
  Plum Creek Nature Center is at 27064 S. Dutton Road, 1.25 miles east of the intersection of Routes 1 and 394 on Goodenow Road in Beecher.
  For information and registration for the program at Isle a la Cache Museum, call (815) 886-1467.
  For information and registration for the program at Plum Creek Nature Center, call 946-2216.