Broaden Your Horizons

The Center luncheon
at 81st anniversary

  The people who work, volunteer and participate at The Center, will be featured at a luncheon program at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
  In celebration of The Center’s 81st anniversary, Development Director Mark Walker will show slides of “The Many Faces of The Center.” Walker says The Center is often called multi-faceted because of the breadth of its mission and the diversity of its programs.
  Facet comes from facette, the French word for face. Walker has created a new slide show of The Center featuring those many facettes, by focusing his close up lens on the faces of people at The Center. Anyone interested in learning more about The Center is invited to attend.
  The program begins with a luncheon at noon, which costs $17. Reservations are required. Call 361-3650.

Men’s spiritual
discussion group

  A new men’s spirituality group meets at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m.
  The men’s group meets monthly to discuss topics of spirituality, history, current events, cosmology, and world issues. The Nov. 12 program, led by George Harris, M.D., will focus on Letters from the Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King.
  There is no cost for the program, but registration is appreciated. Call 361-3650.

Gourd workshops

  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer gourd workshops on Monday, Nov. 11, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  Professional gourdcrafter Karen Caldwell will help each student to create a birdhouse or bowl from a dried gourd, or gilded mini-gourds, decorated with acrylic paints, pigment inks, and a protective coat. Caldwell’s gourds can be seen on Students choose either the afternoon or the evening session, and pay a class fee of $18 plus a $15 materials fee. A special rate is offered for returning students with unfinished projects. Registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.


  Meditation opportunities are offered every Tuesday evening, 5:30 p.m. and Thursday morning, 9 a.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Pastoral Director Chris Hopkins organizes these 20-minute periods of silent meditation, offers guidance to those new to the practice of meditation, and welcomes anyone to join. Call 361-3650 for information.

Center Cinema

  “Badlands” will be shown on Friday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the monthly Center Cinema series at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Terrence Malick’s first film is a poetic re-imagining of a 1950s murder spree. An impossibly young Martin Sheen stars with Sissy Spacek, who looks even younger.
  A discussion follows the movie. Free popcorn is served. No fee is charged but pre-registration is necessary. 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, Nov. 10, noon to 3 p.m., at Isle a la Cache Museum, in Romeoville.
  The event is free of charge and open to all ages.
  The Isle a la Cache Brigade is a volunteer group that demonstrates skills used in the 18th-century fur trade. The 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 to 3 p.m., so the public can arrive at anytime to observe the demonstrations and talk with the Brigade about life in the wilderness.
  The program is offered inside the accessible building or outdoors (weather permitting). Outdoor programs will be held on unpaved areas with uneven ground.
  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 located at 501 E. 135th St. (Romeo Road), ½-mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville. (815-886-1467)

The Bridge Teen
Center events

  The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court in Orland Park, will host their Friday Night Live event with live music from Derailed and a free pizza from the Wooden Paddle this Friday, Nov. 8, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

  • Open Mic — 7:30-10:30 p.m., this Saturday, Open Mic Night, exclusively for students in 9th-12th grade and is free with a student membership application or $5 with a school ID. For more information call 532-0500, or visit
  • Electric guitar — 4:30-5:30 p.m., Nov. 12 and 19, learn about electric guitar terminology, music theory, scales and cords.
  • Hubcap Art — 5-6 p.m., Nov. 13, learn to use an old piece of metal from a car as the canvas for your next big work of art.
  • DIY Starbucks Drinks — 4:30-5:30 p.m., Nov. 14, make popular Starbucks drinks such as the pumpkin spice latte and peppermint mocha. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information, call 532-0500 or visit

Life and times
of French explorer

  “Iron Hand: The Life and Times of Henri Tonti,” a free program for persons at least 12 years of age, will be Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., at Isle a la Cache Museum, in Romeoville. Registration is required for this Forest Preserve District of Will County program.
  Henri Tonti served as Rene-Robert Cavalier de La Salle’s right-hand man as he opened up the Illinois Country for the French in the 1680s. While La Salle sought glory and fame for himself and the French empire, Tonti dutifully carried out his responsibilities of establishing forts and posts at modern day Peoria and Starved Rock State Park. He eventually would take over La Salle’s work in the Illinois valley.
  Join Claiborne Skinner, author of The Upper Country: French Enterprise in the Colonial Great Lakes, as he shares with us Tonti’s story.
  This program will take place indoors in an accessible facility.
  For information and registration, call (815) 886-1467.
  Isle a la Cache Museum is at 501 E. Romeo Road (135th St.), ½-mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville.

The Collective Theatre
performs County
of Kings

  The Collective Theatre’s Chicago debut of County of Kings, starring Tony Award-winning poet and playwright Lemon Andersen, comes to the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. The play is a one-night only production.

Group discusses
film in Oak Lawn

  CineVerse, the Oak Lawn Park District’s free weekly film discussion group, will explore the Walt Disney classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St. The group is open to anyone age 17 and older. For more information, call 529-9028, or visit


Bowmaking workshop

  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts will offer a bow-making workshop on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m, at 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Professional floral designer George Mitchell will help each student create bows from a variety of ribbons. Mitchell will demonstrate and then give each student a bolt of simple floral ribbon. When students master the art of making small bows from their bolt of ribbon, they will move on to wider and fancier ribbons, including the traditional red velvet for Christmas bows. Everyone will go home with a collection of bows, just in time for the Christmas holidays.
  The workshop fee is $12 plus $12 for materials. Students are asked to bring a basket for carrying home their bows. Registration is required. Call 361-3650.

Talking Heads
tribute band comes
to Beverly Arts Center

  This Must Be the Band performs a Talking Heads Tribute at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 at the Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Tickets are $19 for the general public and $17 for BAC members. For tickets and more information, call (773) 445-3838, or visit Chicago’s only Talking Heads Tribute band, This Must Be the Band began playing locally in 2007 and now performs from New York to San Francisco. Band members are Charlie Otto, Jamie Jay, Matt Gunsaulus and Kasey Foster.

Historian from Palos
Professor Karamanski
at Gaylord bldg. event

  Dr. Theodore Karamanski, celebrated author and professor of history at Loyola University, will join The Gaylord Building on Thursday, Nov. 14, for the next installment of the Discovery Dinner series.
  Dr. Karamanski will discuss his newest publication, “Blackbird’s Song: Andrew J. Blackbird and the Odawa People.”
  Guests will enjoy a night of exceptional food and discussion with friends. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. with a cash bar reception and then a full service dinner at 6 p.m., catered by the iconic Public Landing Restaurant. Following dinner, Dr. Karamanski will discuss the subject of his research and conclude with a book signing.
  Registration is required, and the fee is $23 per person. Call (815) 838-9400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Young Dubliners
perform at BAC

  The Young Dubliners will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, when they bring their hybrid of rock/Celtic rock to the Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Tickets are $16 for the general public and $14 for BAC members. The band has appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV’s “Sons of Anarchy” and headlined for many well known performers. For tickets or more information, call (773) 445-3838, or visit

Sunset Blvd. to be
performed by the
Oak Lawn Park District

  The Oak Lawn Park District Theatre production of Sunset Blvd. will be running at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., at 8 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 and Saturdays, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23. Shows will also be at 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 17 and Nov. 24. Tickets are $22 for adults and $21 for seniors and children, twelve and under. For more information or tickets, call 857-2200.