Written by Jackie Santora
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A dramatic portrayal of Barbara Walters will be offered at a program at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m.
Professional actress Jenny Riddle will portray newscaster Barbara Walters, focusing on how she cut through the glass ceiling and became the first woman co-anchor of prime time news and the most celebrated interviewer in TV history.
The program follows a noon luncheon, which has already filled to capacity. Those attending only the 1 p.m. program are asked to arrive between 12:45 and 1 p.m. and to pay a $10 program fee. Advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.
The Bridge Teen
• Around the World: Thailand — 4:30 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday), The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will teach students about Thai culture by tasting authentic Thai food, hearing the language, making crafts and more.
• Karaoke Night/Pain After August - 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 29, Karaoke Night with Live music from rock band Pain After August and with free samples from White Castle.
• Improv Night with High Voltage (Andrew High School’s Improv Troupe) — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 30, an Improv Night, with Andrew High School’s Improv Troupe, and with free popcorn from a Popcorn Bar.
• Super Smash Brothers Tourney — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2, a Super Smash Brothers Tournament for all students to participate in.
• Around the World: English Tea Party - 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 3, an authentic English tea party with different teas, scones, and sandwiches.
• Start Your Engines with Breakfast — 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 4, a culinary to teach students how to make a healthy breakfast to help them start the day off right.
These free events are for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information call 532-0500.
Group labyrinth walks will be held on Thursday evening, Sept. 4, at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 a.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
The labyrinth, a new large circular stone path for spiritual meditation is located at the north end of The Center parking lot. In addition to the group walks focused on peace and fellowship, the labyrinth is available for individual walks at any time during the month.
There is no cost to those wishing to walk the labyrinth and no reservations are necessary. The walks will take place rain or shine. For information, call Pastor Chris Hopkins 361-3650.
A New knitting and crocheting group called Peaceful Hands will meet on Saturday morning, Sept.6, at 10:30 a.m. at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Led by master knitter/crocheter Georgann Ring and Pastoral Director Chris Hopkins, the group makes prayer shawls or other handmade items for those in need. This is not a class. Participants bring their own projects. Basic knitting or crocheting competency is necessary. This group provides a creative opportunity to heal and show compassion to those who are ill or discouraged.
Pre- registration is requested. Call The Center at 361-3650.
Orland Park Dance
The Orland Park Recreation Department will hold auditions for its Dance Company on Thursday, Sept. 4, beginning with a mandatory parent meeting at 6:15 p.m. The Junior Dance Company is for 6th through 8th-graders, with the Senior Dance Company for high schoolers.
The Dance Company is for the serious dancer who will be required to take the Company Technique Class on Mondays, in addition to company rehearsals on Thursday evenings.
All dancers must audition on September 4 and should wear appropriate dance attire. Dancers will not be permitted to audition unless a parent is present. The fees for the program include technique class and rehearsals for 31 weeks plus two costumes for the annual recital in June and various appearances.
Fees may be paid in full or with a payment plan. Rehearsals and classes follow the same schedule as other dance classes, Sept. 15 through Dec. 11 and Jan. 12 through May 28.
The cost for the Dance Company is $600 for residents and $750 for non-residents. The program is led by veteran village Dance Instructors Colleen Panega and Kristin Lux.
Auditions will be held at the village’s Cultural Center Dance Studio, 14760 Park Lane, beginning with the mandatory parent meeting at 6:15 p.m., followed by the 6:30 p.m. auditions.
The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, invites new members to join its choir, which rehearses this fall on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. The first rehearsal of the new year is scheduled for Sept. 8.
Known as the Center Singers, the choir performs once or twice a month on Sunday afternoons at Wayside Chapel Vespers services and at special seasonal events such as the Wayside Chapel's Christmas Cantata. The choir is led by Director Penny Wills and accompanied by rehearsal pianist Shirley Swanson. They welcome all who love to sing!
For more information contact 361-3650 or www.thecenterpalos.org.
Garden herb workshops will be held at the Children's Farm on Sunday, afternoon, Sept. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. The farm is located at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
Adult participants are invited to make jars of colorful salsa and bruschetta, from basil, tomatoes, and other herbs and vegetables, which the students will pick from the farm garden at the beginning of the class. According to instructor Lois Lauer, salsa and bruschetta are both easy to make and highlight the fresh taste of the tomatoes and herbs, since the ingredients are not cooked before eating.
The class fee is $16 per person plus a $6 materials fee, and students can expect to go home with jars of both salsa and bruschetta, plus taste both in class. The class will meet at the farm garden and prepare the salsa and bruschetta in the Anderson Activity Center kitchen at the farm.
Advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.