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                                                 The power of song luncheon
  The power of singing for mind, body, and soul will be featured at a luncheon program on Tuesday, March 18, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Social workers Mitzi Beno and Kasia Olcon facilitate groups in singing, not for the sake of performance, but rather for the spiritual and other benefits singing can provide. They believe singing can be community-building and joyful. Research has shown that singing can contribute to lower blood pressure, relief of anxiety, and the derailing of pain messages before they reach the brain. Beno and Olcon will led the luncheon group in chant-like and other singing, which might sound “good,” (or not), but they believe will be good for our bodies and souls!
  The luncheon begins at noon, costs $17 per person, and requires advance reservations. For further information, interested persons should call The Center at 361-3650.

                                              The Bridge Teen Center events

  • March Madness — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. this Friday, March 14, a night of college basketball; bring your brackets and let the games begin. Plus, enjoy some samples from Jamba Juice.
  • Blond Moment — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 15, a Battle of the Bands contestant, Blond Moment, will play; Meijer will bring the food. 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 www.thebridgeteencenter.org.
  • Wallyball — 4 to 6 p.m. March 18. Have fun while still getting a workout. All skill levels are welcome.
  • Greek Yogurt Bar — 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 19, incorporate healthy Greek yogurt into your diet. Learn all kinds of ways to use Greek yogurt, as well as delicious toppings and things to mix it with.
  • Decorate a Fiat with Bettenhausen — 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. March 19, work with a team to create a catchy design for the outside of a Fiat, using a variety of art mediums. Your design will get turned into a decal and put on the car during the last week of this program.
  • Soul Café: How to Talk with Your Parents — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 20, sometimes it’s difficult to approach your parents about certain topics. Learn how to have an open conversation and create a healthy relationship with your parents.
  • What’s It Like to Be: A Nurse — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 20, learn what it takes to be a Nurse and use some of their most common instruments to listen to heart and lung sounds, plus more. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
For more information on any program, call 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org.

                                     Nature photography Forum with instructor
  Camera and nature enthusiasts are invited to a Nature Photography Forum this Sunday, March 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at The Center, located at 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Films of outstanding nature photographers are shown. Nature photography instructor Rick Steffen of Orland Park facilitates the program.
  The public is invited and there is no fee for the program, but reservations are requested. For more, call The Center at 361-3650.

CineVerse
  CineVerse, Oak Lawn Park District’s free weekly film discussion group open to anyone age 17 and older, will explore D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation” (1915) from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn. Participants should check building signage for the room number. For more information, call 529-9028, or visit cineversegroup.blogspot.com.
  CineVerse, Oak Lawn Park District’s free weekly film discussion group open to anyone age 17 and older, will explore “Seconds” (1966) starring Rock Hudson from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn. Participants should check building signage for the room number. For more information, call 529-9028, or visit cineversegroup.blogspot.com.

                                                                     Spring tea
  Tickets are now on sale for the ninth annual “Spring Tea among the Wildflowers” to be held Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  The tea includes a large table of tea sandwiches, sweets, and a variety of hot and cold teas, plus music, wildflowers, and an inspiring speech about the resiliency women by community Health expert Joan Murphy. Weather permitting, seating is planned both indoors and outside amidst the spring flowers. Hats and gloves are encouraged.
  Tickets must be reserved in advance and cost $25 per person. For reservations and further information, interested persons should call The Center at 361-3650 or visit www.thecenterpalos.org.

                                           ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at Moraine Valley
In recognition of March being Women’s History Month, female members of the Moraine Valley Community College Forensics Team will stage two performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” at Moraine Valley.
The shows are scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, at 1 p.m., in the Library (Building L), and Thursday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the Moraine Business and Conference Center (Building M). Both shows are open to the public, and refreshments will be served at the evening show.
While the college is not charging an entrance fee, guests are encouraged to bring a donation of either a new, unopened toiletry item to benefit the Constance Morris House, a home for women and children affected by domestic violence; a gently used special occasion dress, shoes or accessories for the college’s annual Dream Come True Project on March 22 where high school girls receive free prom dresses; or a monetary donation of any amount also to benefit the Constance Morris House.
“The Vagina Monologues” is an Obie Award-winning play featuring a divergent gathering of female voices, including a 6-year-old girl, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and others. It has been translated into over 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End. The performers have selected several monologues to perform at Moraine Valley.

Upcoming

                                                  Movie about healthy food
  The movie “Nourish” will be shown and discussed on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m., and on Thursday, March 20, at 10 a.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Narrated by Cameron Diaz, the “Nourish” DVD includes special features with Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Jamie Oliver, Dr. Nadine Burke and Bryant Terry, all of whom discuss the importance of eating healthy food. “Food is not just fuel,” Pollan said. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well.” The Rev. Chris Hopkins will lead the discussion following the film and welcomes all to participate.
  A free will offering will be gratefully accepted. Registration is required. Call 361-3650.

                                               Drawing portraits class for families
  An art class for families will be hosted at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 26, 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 pose and draw portraits of each other. She’ll guide participants through some simple fundamentals of portrait rendering, as they create precious keepsakes for their families. The class fee is $ 8 per person and includes all supplies. Advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

                                                      Silver jewelry classes

   New afternoon and evening Silver Jewelry classes begin Monday, March 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Instructor Dan Snyder helps students design, saw, file, solder, and polish rough pieces of silver metal into beautiful sterling silver pins, pendants, brooches, bracelets, and other jewelry.
Former students from The Center’s lapidary classes may bring their polished gemstones to set into silver pendants. Stones can be provided for those who haven’t previously made their own.
  The class fee is $84 plus a $15 materials fee for new students for their first project. Students should expect to pay an additional $40 to $50 in silver costs for future projects, to be paid directly to the instructor in class. Registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

                                                                   New pastel class

   A new series of Pastel Painting classes begins at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, on Monday morning, March 24, at 9:30 a.m.
  The class is taught by artist Susan Flanagan, of Tinley Park, who invites both beginners and experienced painters to join. Students will develop their own individual styles as they paint using either their own photographs or still life scenes provided by Flanagan. The class will focus on the principles of composition, shape, color, and value, as well as techniques for under painting and pastel applications.
  The six-week class costs $84. A list of required supplies for the six-week class is available at The Center office. Advance registration is required. Call 361-3650.