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Basketry classes

 The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer summer Basketry workshops beginning June 12 on three Thursdays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., or from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Ann Fowler of LaGrange, will teach the morning classes, and Jane Dwyer of Park Forest will teach the Thursday evening students. All new basketry students make a wood-bottomed basket, with a choice of colored trim. Students in the six week class or who continue on future Thursday morning classes then choose one or two more basket styles to complete during the six week session. Instructors help continuing students choose a basket style and pattern appropriate to their experience level.
Classes cost $84 per six-week session, plus a $25 materials fee, or $42 per three-week session, plus a $12.50 materials fee. Registration is required. Call 361-3650.


 
Pottery class

 A six-week Stoneware Pottery Class will be offered at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, beginning Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m.
  Under the guidance of potter and naturalist Karen Stasky, students make strong professional-looking stoneware pottery, often embellished with nature designs. Students create beautiful stoneware bowls, mugs, and vases, in additional to interesting decorative pieces. New students learn a variety of hand-building techniques and returning students can learn to throw pots on one of the studio wheels.
  The pottery class cost $84 plus a $15 materials fee for 6 weeks. Advance registration is required. Call 361-3650.

Meditation

Meditation opportunities are offered every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., and 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Pastoral director Chris Hopkins and hospitality manager Winnie Brock organize these 20 minute periods of silent meditation, offer guidance to those new to the practice of meditation, and welcome anyone to join. Call 361-3650 for information.

  Fair trade
at Farm Fest


  Handcrafted African and fair trade merchandise will be at the center of the Children’s Farm Festival this Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  Local charity organizer Kathy Hahn founded Rhythm of Hope, an organization that supports the families of African children with HIV/AIDS through micro-loans, gifts of goats or chickens, fresh water wells, education, and more. Funds are raised through donations in addition to the sale of items handcrafted by women in Nairobi and through the sale of other fair trade merchandise from impoverished corners of the world. Fair trade is a system in which workers receive living wages and employment opportunities for their products. Rhythm of Hope’s merchandise will include African purses, shirts, baskets, scarves, jewelry, and more.
  The Farm Fest features horse rides, hayrides, and free tours of the barns to see the new lambs, goat kids, bunnies, calves, and pigs. The festival also includes a flea market, garage sale vendors, live music, games and crafts for kids, fresh lemonade and watermelon, and grilled hotdogs and hamburgers.
  Festival admission is $5 per adult and $2 per child. For more, call The Center at 361-3650.

 

Center Cinema

“Groundhog Day” will be shown on Friday, June 6, 6:30p.m., as part of the monthly Center Cinema series at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  “Groundhog Day” features Bill Murray as a grumpy weatherman who is initially cursed by having to re-live the same day over and over, but eventually decides to see it as an opportunity to get things right.
  A discussion follows the movie.  Free popcorn is served. No fee is charged but pre-registration is necessary. Call The Center at 361-3650.


 
 Family pottery
toadhouses and
birdbaths

 A pottery class for families will be hosted at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts on Wednesdays, June 11 and 18, 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 summer birdbaths and toadhouses for their yards or gardens on June 11 and to come back to glaze their creations on June 18. The class fee is $16 per person and includes all supplies and two kiln firings. Registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

The Bridge
Teen Center

  Crayon Art — 4:30 to 6 p.m. June 3, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will teach students how to use broken crayons to create funky pieces of art.Balloon Animals — 5 to 6 p.m. June 4, Bridge student Autmn Hensle will teach students how to make balloon animals.

  DIY: Boyfriend Jeans — 4:30 to 6 p.m. June 4, The Bridge will teach students how to create a new piece for their summer wardrobe. Students will learn how to take a pair of old jeans and give them a worn, weathered look.

  Boxing with Patriot Boxing — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 5, The Bridge will team up with Patriot Boxing in Mokena to teach students the proper techniques that go into boxing.

  Summer Kick Off with Wooden Paddle Pizza — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. June 6, The Bridge Teen Center will host their Friday Night Live event with live music from Isaiah Grass (pop) and Not Made Men (rock) and food from Wooden Paddle Pizza.

  Summer Kick Off with Jimmy John’s — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. June 7, The Bridge Teen Center will host their High School Night with live music from Isaiah Grass (pop) and Days Darkening and food from Jimmy John’s. Thess free events are for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information call 532-0500.