Heights native exhibits artworks at Moraine Valley ‘Vestiges’ show

  • Written by Kari Nelson

JS pic 1In the print “This Could Really Happen,” Justin Santora explores the conflict between nature and manmade structures, a theme that is common to his work. Submitted photo.

Artwork by Palos Heights native Justin Santora will be on JS pic 2Justin Santora is well known for his prints promoting musical acts, from well-known rockers like Phish (right) to local bands struggling to make a name for themselves. Submitted photo.display from Monday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, March 8, at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.
The “Vestiges” exhibit will include about two dozen prints, according to Santora, a 2002 graduate of Stagg High School who later graduated Northeastern Illinois University.
A reception for the exhibit is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Santora will speak at 3 p.m.
Santora’s work “represents a universal struggle: the want to stay young, avoiding the conventions of adulthood with the desire for control over one’s life. It seems in our world these two ideas are often at odds with one another. His work uses themes of construction and disassembly to relate to his pursuit for security and his desire for autonomy.”

broaden your horizons

  • Written by Jackie Santora


This Week

John Muir

  The wilderness preservation work of John Muir will be feartured at a luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  In honor of 50th anniversary of the passage of the nation’s Wilderness Act in September 1964, an inspiring documentary about the life of John Muir will be shown, featuring his powerful influence in keeping America’s wilderness wild.
  The luncheon begins at noon, costs $18 per person, and requires advance reservations. For further information, interested persons should call The Center at 361-3650.

New Spirituality
DVD Discussion

  A spirituality DVD series will be shown and discussed beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  In Loving the Two Halves of Life: The Further Journey, Richard Rohr, Ron Rolheiser, and Edwina Gately will discuss the wisdom of their life experience in our ever evolving relationship with the Holy. Rev. Chris Hopkins will lead the discussions following the films and welcomes all to participate.
 The cost of participation is $5 per week. Pre-registration is required. Call 361-3650.

Teen pottery classes

  Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to register for a six-week pottery class beginning Monday Sept. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
 Instructor Heather Young will teach students to create all shapes and sizes of clay pots both by hand and on the pottery wheel. The class fee is $80, which includes all materials plus kiln-firing costs. Advance registration is required. For more information, call The Center at 361-3650 or visit


Laughter Circle

  A monthly Laughter Circle meets this Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Laughter leader Kathy O’Brien brings laughter and all its benefits to the Laughter Circle program. What’s a laughter circle? It’s a group of people who want to LAUGH! Not from jokes or comedy routines, but rather from laughter for the sake of laughter! Research shows that laughter strengthens the immune system, reduces stress and anxiety, alleviates pain, and helps people get along better. O’Brien is a registered nurse and an advanced certified laughter leader. O’Brien welcomes newcomers the laughter circle at any time. The cost of the laughter circle is $5, which O’Brien donates to The Center. Advance registration is appreciated. Interested persons should 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, Sept. 10 and 17, 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 colorful sculptures of nested flower-shaped bowls, and to return a week later to glaze their creations. The class fee of $18 per person includes all supplies and two kiln firings. Advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

and pottery classes

  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts offers new sessions of woodcarving and pottery classes beginning Thursday, Sept. 11 at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  Woodcarving class is offered on Thursday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. with Keith Miller. New students make three to six projects such as a goose, a shoe, an egret, and miniature people. Returning students design their own projects.
  Stoneware Pottery class is Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Karen Stasky. Students make bowls, mugs, vases, and decorative pieces. Beginners use hand-building techniques. Returning students learn to throw pots on one of the wheels.
  Advance registration is required for all classes at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts. Woodcarving and pottery classes cost $90 for 6 weeks. Wood and bench knives are available for purchase (approximately $25) at the first class. Pottery students pay an additional $15 materials fee upon registration.
For further information, call The Center at 361-3650 or visit .


The Wonders
of the Universe

  Astronomer Grace Wolf-Chase will speak on Sunday, Sept. 14, following a 5:30 p.m. dinner at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
  Dr. Wolf-Chase of the Adler Planetarium will share photos and current research, giving her audience a glimpse of the mysteries of our immense universe. According to Dr. Wolf-Chase, tremendous progress has been made in the last few decades in tracing the evolution of the Universe through the emergence of life on Earth. Among these discoveries has been an understanding that planets form along with stars in an ongoing process, as nascent planetary systems are observed in diverse stages of evolution, and most adult stars are observed to be accompanied by planets. Wolf-Chase will discuss how these discoveries inform our thinking about life on other worlds, including intelligent life, and will reflect o how this might influence the way we view ourselves and life on Earth. The concept of other worlds is not new to philosophy or theology, but for the first time in human history this concept has moved from the realm of abstract thought to empirical scientific investigation.
  Dinner costs $18 per person and requires advance reservations. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Watercolor workshop
at McCord Gallery


  McCord Gallery & Cultural Center will offer artists the opportunity to explore new watercolor surfaces, with instructor Maria DeCaprio-Sunta on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  Masa, yupo and rice papers are interesting surfaces on which to paint, especially in watercolor. The one-day workshop offers an opportunity to explore without committing to a full-length class. These surfaces can change the look of your work and open your mind to new ways of interpreting your work. Surface papers and handouts will be provided. Students need to bring their own watercolors and brushes.
Price for the workshop is $95 for members of McCord/$105 for non-members.
  The McCord Gallery & Cultural Center is located at 9602 W. Creek Road (129th & LaGrange), Palos Park. For more information, call 671-0648 or visit


Old Brosnan doesn’t bond well with audience in ‘November Man’

  • Written by Jackie Santora

By Tony Pinto

Pierce Brosnan is back in action as a wannabe James Bond. The man who actually played James Bond in “Goldeneye” nearly 20 years ago, is back trying to be an action star in the movie “The November Man.” 


  At 61, he’s still got something, but that might just be his appetite for on screen drinking.
  Brosnan plays ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux, who, like Bond, is fond of the liquor. The films plot centers around Devereaux being pulled out of retirement for one last mission. Of course, this time there are personal reasons involved.
  The film opens up with a flashback of a botched mission, where Devereaux and his much younger, inexperienced partner David Mason (Luke Bracey) accidentally kill an innocent child. Five years after that fateful day, Mason is ordered to kill a former Russian spy named Celia (Caterina Scorsone.)
  As to not give too much away, that somehow affects Devereaux. Soon, he goes on a somewhat vengeful rampage against the CIA. In what would only happen in a movie, the CIA sends his former partner David Mason to capture him.
  There is a lot of violence in this movie. Way more than is needed. This is an action movie so some violence was expected, but most of this violence seems unnecessary. Watching this movie will give you the view that director Roger Donaldson is a fan of pointless killing.
  Donaldson must also be a fan of adult situations, which there are far too many off. It would be different if these scenes helped move the plot along but they don’t do any of that. They just help slow the plot down.
And it’s already slow as it is.
  There is not much reason to go see this movie. Brosnan is only okay, and what more can you expect. He’s too old to be an action star but if it’s any consolation he looks extremely well for his age.
  The plot is mostly pointless. There are a few scenes that happen that will have you puzzled and not in a good way. There are a few scenes where Brosnan’s character, who is the good guy, becomes the bad guy for a few minutes. A good guy wouldn’t do this or that but in this film they apparently do.
You might be thinking major plot twist during these scenes, which never happens. All these scenes do is contradict the already lazy plot by just being tossed in. If they never get brought up again whats the point of them?
  If you want violence for no reason, you have it. If you want adult situations for no reason, you have it. If you want anything else from this film, you don’t have it. It’s a film Brosnan didn’t need to make and it’s a film you don’t need to see.
  Tony Pinto’s Grade: D



broaden your horizons

  • Written by Jackie Santora

This week

Jenny Riddle as
Barbara Walters
  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
Center events

• 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.

Knitters and
Crocheters group

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
Company auditions

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.

Center Singers
  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

Salsa and
bruschetta workshop
  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.

broaden your horizons

  • Written by Jackie Santora

This week

The Bridge Teen
Center programs

• Chingo with Standard Bank — 4:30-6 p.m. today (Thursday), The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will hold a game of Chingo with Standard Bank. Chingo is like human checkers that includes trivia. The winners of this game will receive prizes.
• “8:33” with Chipotle — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 22, Friday Night Live event with live music from acoustic/rock band “8:33” with free samples from Chipotle.
• Comic Con Night — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 23, special event for fans of sci-fi, comic books, video games, TV series, etc. at their Comic Con Night. Students will be able to participate in games and contests and receive free ice cream samples from Oberweis.
• Project Give: Baby Blankets — 4:30-6 p.m. Aug. 26, program for students to make baby blankets for families in need.
• Lead U: Message Sent — 4:30-6 p.m. Aug. 27, leadership program designed to develop students into leaders.
• Around the World: Thailand — 4:30-6 p.m. Aug. 28, will teach students about Thai culture by tasting authentic Thai food, hearing the language, making crafts and more.
  These free events are for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information, call 532-0500.


Womantalk Discussion

  The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host its monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  Ladies are invited to join the discussion of “Simple Abundance” and other readings by Sarah Ban Breathnach. There is no cost, but advance reservations are required. Ladies are invited to bring a picnic lunch if they would like to stay after the discussion. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Papercraft workshop

  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer a papercraft workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  Ann Fowler will teach students to make greeting cards with a theme of Animal Capers, featuring critters that make you smile. The workshop cost of $18 plus a $6 materials fee. Advance registration is required. For further information, call The Center at 361-3650.