Broaden Your Horizons

This week

Rock, gem
and jewelry show

  Moksha Imports’ Holiday Rock, Gem and Jewelry show will be held this Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, from noon to 4 p.m., at Tranzformation, 5528 W. Cal-Sag Road in Alsip.
  Ed and Sue from Moksha Imports (the original owners of Sanctuary Crystals) will be offering one of the finest selections of rocks, mineral specimens, crystals and jewelry in the Chicago area. (897-0778;

Fair trade bazaar
and luncheon

  The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host a Fair Trade Luncheon and Bazaar on Tuesday, Nov. 19, featuring international fair trade organizations which help artisans and farmers to receive a fair price for their work.
  A luncheon incorporating some of the fair trade products will be served at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. presentation by Kathy Hahn of Rhythm of Hope, who will talk about the work of her organization in supporting the families of African children with HIV/AIDS, through education, microloans, fresh water wells, gifts of goats or chickens, and by selling fair trade handcrafts. Fair Trade is a system of trade in which artisans and farmers receive living wages and employment opportunities for the products they produce.
  From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests will have an opportunity to shop at the bazaar for Fair Trade items including fair trade coffee from Peru, chocolate from Ghana, olive oil from Palestine, bean soup mixes from a women’s cooperative in Denver, and African purses, shirts, cards, baskets, ornaments, nativity scenes, scarves, napkins, and jewelry from Rhythm of Hope.
  The luncheon costs $17 and requires reservations. Folks who do not attend the luncheon may stop in to shop at the bazaar between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 361-3650.


  A mindfulness group meets every Sunday morning at 11 a.m. at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Pastoral Director Chris Hopkins and volunteers Patty Parker, Dan Morley, and Kitty Riggenbach lead these hour long meditations which focus on one aspect of mindfulness each week. The group offers encouragement and support as participants seek to be mindful of their thoughts, feelings, and surroundings in the present moment. No fee is charged and new participants, both adults and children age 8 and up, are welcome. Call 361-3650 or visit thecenter for information about The Center.

The Bridge Teen
Center events

  • DIY Starbucks Drinks — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday), The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will show how to make all of your favorite Starbucks drinks at home. Learn how to make holiday classics like the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha and more.
  • Reverse Order — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Friday Night Live event with live music from pop band Reverse Order (as seen on America’s Got Talent) and ice cream from Oberweis.
  • Battle of the Bands (Unplugged) — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16, bands may sign up to compete in Battle of the Bands. Show off your skills, have a good time, win prizes and get free food from Meijer. This event is 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
  • Thanksgiving Side Dish — 4:30-6 p.m. Nov. 21, Chef Maribell from Meijer will demonstrate how to make a tasty Thanksgiving side dish. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information, call 532-0500 or visit


New laughter
circle at The Center

  A new laughter circle will meet on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Laughter leader Kathy O’Brien brings laughter and all its benefits to the new Laughter Circle program.
  A laughter circle is a group of people who want to laugh — not from jokes or comedy routines, but rather from laughter for the sake of laughter.
  Research shows that laughter strengthens the immune system, reduces stress and anxiety, alleviates pain, and helps people get along better. O’Brien is a registered nurse and an advanced certified laughter leader. She asks a donation to The Center of $10 per participant.
  Registration is appreciated. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Legacy Girls to
sing holiday tunes

  The Worth Park District Historical Museum and the Worth Public Library District will host a free program at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at the museum, 11500 S. Beloit Ave., Worth. Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. The Legacy Girls will sing holiday songs from the Andrews Sisters, a pop group from the 1940s. For more information and to register, call 448-7080.

St. Mark’s to raise curtain on musical
comedy about 10 deadly sins

  Rebound for Glory, a musical comedy about 10 deadly sins is coming to St. Mark Church, 11007 S. 76th Ave., Worth, at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22 to Nov. 24. Tickets are free and a free will offering will be received. For more information, call 448-6555.

Messiah coming
to Morgan Park

  A presentation of Handel’s Messiah will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in the sanctuary of Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Place, Chicago. The event will feature the host chancel choir and a number of guest choirs, including Classic Act Choral Ensemble, Beverly Seventh Day Adventist Church of Beverly Hills Choir, Chatham Choral Ensemble, Chatham Fields’ Lutheran Church, the Men of St. Edmunds, First Congregational Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and the Sanctuary Choir of University Church of Hyde Park. Solos will be performed by soprano Rae-Myra Hilliard of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus, tenor Jeffrey Burish of Classic Act Choral Ensemble and Greater Chicago Opera Guild, contralto/mezzo Gloria Spencer–Brown and bass James Murray, past members of the Grant Park Chorus, pianist Yvonne Lindsey, organ master Arthur D. Griffin Jr., choral conductor Professor Charles T. Hayes, and the Morgan Park Presbyterian Church Orchestra.
  Tickets are $20 each for adults. Children age 12 and under will be admitted without charge. A reception in Westminster Hall will follow the concert. For more information, contact the church office at 773-779-3355 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the word “Messiah” in the subject line.