Broaden Your Horizons

This week

New yoga class

  A Gentle Yoga class will be offered at The Center on five Tuesday evenings beginning Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will meet at the Anderson Activity Center of The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Instructor Valerie Lindstrom will lead the yoga sessions, which will include discussion and practice on breathing, relaxation, and centering, as well as movement and poses.
  Yoga newcomers are welcome. Students should dress in comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and water bottle. The five-week class costs $50. Preregistration is required. Call The Center: 361-3650.

Stretching luncheon

  The health benefits of stretching will be the focus of a luncheon program on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Movement therapist Jan Sylkatis will talk about the benefit of stretching to awaken the senses, increase circulation, and enliven the joints and glands. She’ll invite participants to practice some simple stretches and discuss how to incorporate them into your daily self-care routine. Jan encourages all to participate, as the stretches can even be done from a chair. These are not intended for rigorous athletic training, but to help anyone feel more invigorated and comfortable. Sylkatis is an Illinois licensed massage therapist and friend of The Center.
  The noon presentation will be followed by a 1 p.m. luncheon, which costs $17 per person and requires reservations. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Nature photography

  Two nature photography workshops for adults will be hosted on Saturday mornings Oct. 19 and 26, at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Instructor Rick Steffen has timed this class to take advantage of outdoor walks to shoot the colorful autumn foliage. Students should bring either a film or a digital camera and dress to be outdoors.
  The class fee is $15 for each session. Registration is required. To register, call The Center at 361-3650, or visit for more information.

The Bridge Teen
Center upcoming events

  • Friday Night Live — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 18, The Bridge Teen Center will host their Friday Night Live event with live music from Ashleigh Ashton with a free popcorn bar. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade at The Bridge, 15555 S. 71st Court in Orland Park.
  • Saturday Night — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 19, live music from Blond Moment. This event is exclusively 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
  • Chicken and Waffles — 4:30-6:00 p.m. Oct. 22, make your own version of Chicken and Waffles, traditionally served with butter and syrup, similar to breakfast. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Creative Writing — 5-6 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, spend two days exploring a variety of creative writing styles from poetry to short story. Submit pieces from this to our first expressive arts magazine. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Monopoly for Real — 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 24, play Monopoly with a twist and learn about real estate development. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  To sign up call 532-0500 or visit

Fossil, gem,
mineral and
jewelry show

  The 44th annual fossil, gem, mineral and jewelry show will be held this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Prairie Center Gym at Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.
  Exhibits include fossils from Mazon Creek and Thornton Quarry, minerals, jewelry, lapidary, crystals, artifacts, Illinois meteorites and fluorescent stones.
  Dealers will also provide demonstrations, an interactive children’s area and science labs. View sunspots (weather permitting) and identify your fossils and rocks.
  Free admission. Raffles will be held. Proceeds go to Prairie State College Science Scholarship program.

Bratwurst Brothers
performs at

  The Beverly Arts Center hosts BACtoberfest from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the BAC courtyard, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago.
  The music performance line-up includes the Bratwurst Brothers, Oktoberfest music and contemporary favorites, from 5 to 6 p.m.; Brown Bag, and organic rock and roll band with influences of folk, rock, jam, jazz and more from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Terriers, folk/indie from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. and The In-Laws, country rock, from 9 to 10 p.m.
  In addition to regular bar offerings, the BAC will be serving Goose Island Oktoberfest for a special price. Food and desserts will be served by Sweet Freaks. Admission is $10. Call (773) 445-3838 or purchase tickets online at

Flutes Internationale

  The Moraine Valley Community College flute choir will host Flutes Internationale at 7 p.m. Friday at the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 974-5636.


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.