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This week

Bill Kurtis
‘Death By Food’
at Moraine Valley

 Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning investigative journalist Bill Kurtis will expose what is behind today’s rising health problems during “Death By Food: How the American Diet is Killing You” at Moraine Valley Community College on Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m. He will give his presentation in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, in Palos Hills. Tickets are $25.
  A meet-and-greet reception in the Moraine Business and Conference Center will immediately follow his talk. The college Bookstore will sell copies of Kurtis’ “The Prairie Table Cookbook” at the reception. Kurtis is donating all proceeds from this event to Moraine Valley.
  Kurtis will lay out his “Cold Case File” to show the means, motive and opportunity behind why food is over-processed, over-sugared, over-salted, contains too much fat, and is nutrient deplete. He will offer the “Healthy Triad” as a solution to getting a better food product and nutrients on the tables of American consumers.
Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The Bridge
Teen center

  The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, offers a program teaching students the basics of construction and how to create a plant shelf from scratch today (Thursday) from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
All programs and events are free for teens in 7th through 12th grades unless otherwise noted.
  • For It Is Written — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 25, weekly Friday Night Live event with live music from For It Is Written and free food samples from Blissful Banana Café.
  • Open Mic — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 26, Open Mic Night with food from Bonefish Grill. Students may read some poetry, tell some jokes or sing their favorite song. For students in 9th-12th grade; free with a student membership application or $5 with a school ID.
  • Offsite Culinary: Artisan Pizzas at Wooden Paddle Pizza — 4 to 6 p.m. April 29 at Wooden Paddle Pizza for an offsite culinary. Students will learn how to make delicious artisan pizzas with a lot of unique toppings.
  • Homemade Facial Scrub and Lip Balm — 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 30, learn how to make several all-natural beauty products from scratch using items that can be bought at a local grocery store.
  • Obstacle Course Challenge — 5 to 6 p.m. April 30, a personal trainer will be onsite to take students through an obstacle course style workout.
  • Meditation and Silence — 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 1, people from all faith backgrounds and beliefs may participate in the National Day of Prayer. Students will spend time in prayer and meditation or just spend a few moments in peace and quiet to reflect and nurture your soul.
  • Yoga — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 1, open to all skill levels.
For more information on any program, call 532-0500 or visit

Encore Concert
Band spring concert

 The Encore Concert Band continues its 15th concert season with a Spring Concert on Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m., at Mokena Junior High School, 19815 Kirkstone Way in Mokena.
  This free concert will feature selections such as Candide Overture by Leonard Bernstein, “Star Wars” medley, selections from “Fiddler on the Roof,” First Suite for Military Band by Gustav Holst and many more.
For more information about the Encore Concert Band and the complete concert schedule, visit
  The band continues to play outdoor concerts in the Southwest Suburbs throughout the summer months. Band members range in age from high school students to adults, and musicians interested in joining are encouraged to sit in with the band at a weekly rehearsal on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at Mokena Junior High School.
  For information on scheduling a concert in your area or joining the band, please call Rachel Ozark at 437-7051, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit their website at

‘Wild” book
review luncheon

  Cheryl Strayed’s bestseller “Wild” will be reviewed at a luncheon on Tuesday, April 29, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Reviewing Strayed’s book will be Jackie Riffice, a volunteer representative of World Book Night, an international campaign to celebrate the joy of reading. Riffice will discuss this true story of a distraught young woman’s hike of more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, a journey with perilous challenges and, ultimately, with amazing healing power. In addition to the conversation about how a journey can soothe the soul, Riffice will explain the World Book Night initiative, through which authors donate books to volunteers who give them out through non-profit organizations in the community. Riffice will be brining free copies of “Wild” for the first 20 people who register for the luncheon.
  The luncheon begins at noon, costs $17 and requires reservations. Call The Center at 361-3650.


The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host its monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  Led by MaryAnn Grzych, ladies are invited to join the discussion of Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach or other inspirational readings that participants wish to bring. There is no cost, but advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Yoga class

 A new five-week series of Gentle Yoga classes will be offered at The Center on Tuesday evenings, beginning April 29, 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. The five-week class costs $50. Registration is required. Call The Center: 361-3650.


Vendors sought
for Farm Fest

 Craft, flea market, and garage sale vendors are sought for the annual summer Farm Fest at The Children’s Farm to be held on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  More than 1,000 people usually attend the festival which features hayrides, horserides, games, crafts, live entertainment, and food concessions, including fresh lemonade and watermelon.
  More than 50 flea market, craft, and garage sale vendors set up, surrounding a green fair of environmental organizations and green businesses. Craft and flea market vendors pay $25 and must register in advance. Green booths, plus garage sale vendors who sell only used items, pay no fee but need to register for a space.
  The farm is located at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park. Call 361-3650 or visit