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                                               Stories from the heart luncheon
  Stories from the Heart by local author Mary Lou Edwards will be presented at a luncheon program on Tuesday, March 11, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Author and humorist Mary Lou Edwards returns to The Center to share more stories and memoirs from her poignant and at times hilarious coming-of-age memoirs of her childhood in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. Edwards blends ingredients of family complexities with divine irreverence. Her slice of life stories reveal a time that was, and yet, is.
  The luncheon begins at noon, costs $17 and requires advance reservations. For more information, call The Center at 361-3650.

‘Letters to Sala’ at Mother McAuley

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School juniors Elizabeth Khouri, of Palos Hills, and Jessica Pedroza, of Orland Park, will appear in the school’s upcoming production of “Letters to Sala” this Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.
Khouri and Pedroza are members of the Theatre Seminar I class at Mother McAuley, which is composed of juniors from McAuley and Brother Rice. As part of the class, the students work in all stages of production, including building the set, finding costumes and props and performing in the show.
The dramatic play “Letters to Sala” is adapted from the book “Sala’s Gift” by Ann Kirchner and tells the story of a young girl’s survival during wartime Germany. She was sent through seven Nazi labor camps during a five-year period, writing more than 350 letters about her experiences. Miraculously, she was able to hide these letters and resurfaces them 50 years later, when she shows the letters to her daughter and granddaughters.
Khouri will portray various characters in the performance on Friday evening. Throughout the show, she will play Sala’s sister as well as three different girls Sala befriends in the labor camps. The ability to move so fluidly between characters speaks to her acting skills. Pedroza will portray Caroline, Sala’s granddaughter, in the performance on Saturday evening. The role is demanding and gives Pedroza an opportunity to shine.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. McAuley is at 3737 W. 99th St. in Chicago.

                                                        Calligraphy class
  A new session of Calligraphy Classes begins at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts on Monday afternoon, March 10, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  Led by artist Marge Boyd of Frankfort, calligraphy students learn the beautiful art of fine lettering. In the course of a year, calligraphy students learn the uncial, italic, and book-hand styles of writing. They also create a small handmade book to which they add lettering and other decorations.
  The class meets every Monday for six sessions and costs $103. A list of required supplies is available at The Center. Advance registration is required. Call 361-3650.

                                                             Gospels study group
  A Gospel study group will meet at The Center ,12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on four Mondays beginning March 10, at 10:30 a.m.
  Participants will view a DVD series in which the Rev. Bill Burke takes on the personas of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as they speak to their early Christian communities. Following the viewing, Rich Homa will lead the group in discussion.
  Everyone is welcome. There is a class fee of $5 per week and pre-registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

                                            Men’s point of view spirituality group
  A men’s spiritual discussion group will meet at The Center ,12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on Tuesday March 11, at 7 p.m.
  Bill Hopkins will lead a discussion about the book “The Ethiopian Tattoo Shop” by Edward Hays. Hopkins suggests that participants read the following four parables from the book: “The Magi,” “The Cobbler,” “The Magic Folger’s Coffee Can,” and “The Judgment Day.” Known as Men’s Point of View, the discussion group was formed last fall by Hopkins, along with Dan Morley, George Harris, and John Andringa.

  Everyone is welcome. No fee is charged, but pre-registration is requested. Call The Center at 361-3650.



                                                                 Family pottery
  A pottery class for families will be hosted at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts on Wednesdays, March 12 and 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The Log Cabin Art Center is located at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  Instructor Heather Young invites families with children of any age to make spring flower pots, using pinch pot and coil pot techniques and adding surface textures and details of their choice. They build the pots on March 12 and come back to glaze their creations on March 19. The class fee is $16 per person and includes all supplies and two kiln firings. Advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

                                                        Vibraphonist Glenn Ellison
  Vibraphonist Glenn Ellison will present an evening of music at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on Sunday, March 16, beginning with a corned beef dinner at 5:30 p.m.
  Music instructor and band director Glenn Ellison, with vocalist Sally Kokos, will entertain the audience with a vibraphone program including popular swing standards from Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Frank Sinatra. Ellison will explain and demonstrate the use of the vibraphone, a member of the percussion family of instruments.
  Ellison is performing as part of the Emerson Hill series at The Center. The evening will begin with supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by the recital at 6:30 p.m. Supper cost $18 per person and requires advance reservations. For reservations and further information, interested persons should call The Center at (708) 361-3650.

                                                Spring papermaking workshop
  Artist Marilyn VandenBout of Evergreen Park will offer a papermaking workshop on Wednesday, March 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  VandenBout will help students to create spring-colored handmade papers that can be used for cards, stationery, picture mats, or collages. The class cost $14 plus $5 materials fee. Advance registration is required. For further information, call (708) 361-3650.