Written by Jackie Santora
The Bridge Teen
The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, offers the following upcoming programs for area youth.
Parent Program: Teens, Sex & Their Culture - 7 to 8 p.m. today (Thursday). Parents can talk with a family counselor about healthy ways to talk to your teen about sex, the things teens are exposed to at school and in the media, and how these things affect teens today and in the future.
Deadbolts - 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 18, music from the Deadbolts and food from Wooden Paddle Pizza.
DJ Night/Modern Line Dancing - 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 19, line dance and enjoy food from Meijer. 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.
Earth Day Craft: Homemade Candles 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 22, The Bridge Teen Center invites you to celebrate Earth Day by recycling old jars, candles, and crayons and creating colorful new candles to take home.
Obstacle Course Challenge - 5 to 6 p.m. April 23 and 30, make fitness fun by competing against other students in this obstacle course style workout. Open to all fitness levels.
Handyman Series: Build a Plant Shelf - 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 24, learn to use power tools. This program will teach you the basics of construction as you build a shelf for The Bridge. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information, call 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org.
and Earth Day
To commemorate Good Friday and Earth Day, Labyrinth Walks will be available at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, on April 18 and 22. The labyrinth is located at the north end of the parking lot on the west side of the highway.
On Good Friday, anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., the Rev. Chris Hopkins invites people to gather at the large outdoor labyrinth for a Stations of the Cross pilgrimage and an opportunity to experience the passion of Jesus on a personal level in an ancient and yet new way. These scriptural Stations of the Cross are modeled on those celebrated by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday, 1991. There will be prayer books to guide participants on their journeys.
On Earth Day, April 22, two guided labyrinth walks are offered, at 10 a.m. and at 5 p.m., to prayerfully reflect upon the ecological state of our world. These times will include prayer, ritual, and walking the labyrinth.
For more information, call The Center 361-3650.
‘Tree Whispers’ luncheon
A celebration of trees will be featured at an Earth Day luncheon on Tuesday, April 22, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Artist Pamela Paulsraud began an interaction art project known as “Tree Whispers” in 2000 to celebrate the importance of trees in our lives. The Center has joined this project and will be inviting guests at the luncheon and at other special events to write their memories, feelings and thoughts about trees on discs of handmade paper, which will be strung together to form columns resembling tree trunks. Guests will also be invited to take a short walk outside to literally hear some of the nearby trees “talk” to them.
Those who wish my also register for an April 22 afternoon or evening Papermaking class, in which instructor Marilyn VandenBout will help participants to make their own paper discs for the Tree Whispers installation, in addition to a variety of other earthy handmade papers to take home. The papermaking class costs $14 plus a $5 materials fee. Registration is necessary.
The luncheon begins at noon, costs $17 per person, and requires advance reservations. For more information, interested persons should call The Center at 361-3650.
The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer a papercraft workshop on Tuesday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Ann Fowler will teach students to make greeting cards with a “Think Spring: Showers and flowers” theme. The workshop cost of $18 plus a $6 materials fee. Advance registration is required. For further information, call The Center at 361-3650.
Art classes at Log Cabin
The Center is offering new six-week sessions of pottery, calligraphy, basketry, lapidary, and weaving classes at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
Beginning Wednesday, April 23, Nettie Botts offers instruction in weaving at 9:30 a.m. Pottery with Karen Stasky and Basketry with Jane Dwyer begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. Larry Rothenberg teaches Lapidary at 9 a.m. and Marge Boyd teaches Calligraphy class at 1 p.m. beginning Monday, April 28.
Advance registration is required for all classes at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts. For further information, call The Center at 361-3650 or check the website: www.thecenterpalos.org.
Spring wildflower walks
A series of spring wildflower walks will be held for three Tuesday evenings beginning April 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
Naturalist Carol Alesia and Center Program Director Lois Lauer lead these leisurely nature rambles, which focus on the progression of spring wildflowers. Each spring the Palos woods hosts an display of ephemeral wildflowers, which are short lived beauties that manage their entire life cycle in the short early days of spring before the oak trees shade the forest floor. By June, many of these flowers has died back into the soil, to await their next sunny opportunity to bloom the following spring. Alesia and Lauer have been leading walks at The Center to view these spring wildflowers for over 25 years.
The program fee is $5 per walk. Call The Center 361-3650 to register.
A series of Digital and Film Nature Photography workshops for adults will be hosted on four Saturday mornings beginning April 26 at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
Instructor Rick Steffen has timed this class to take advantage of outdoor walks to shoot the spring wildflowers. Steffen also plans indoor sessions for discussions and to critique student photos. Students should bring either a film or a digital camera and dress to be outdoors.
The class fee is $52 for 4 sessions, or $14 for individual sessions. Advance registration is required. To register, call The Center at 361-3650 or visit www.thecenterpalos.org for more information.
Comedy at Trinity
Trinity Christian College’s spring play promises to offer a night filled with energy and laughter.
The college theater group will be performing “Noises Off,” a charming play-within-a-play comedy about character relationships and flaws. The farce, written by Michael Frayn in 1982, will be performed on April 25, 26, and May 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m.in the Marg Kallemeyn Theater (Art and Communication Center).
Tickets are $11 for general admission, and $8 for students and senior citizens. Order tickets online at trinitychristiancollegetickets.com or call the campus switchboard at 597-3000. This production is rated PG-13 for some mild adult themes.
“Noises Off” is not one play but two hilarious productions: simultaneously a traditional farce, Nothing On, and the backstage “drama” that develops during Nothing On’s final rehearsal and tour. The last stages of rehearsal set up the budding relationships between the characters and the actors involved in the creation of Nothing On.
Later, the audience sees the backstage view of a performance where the drama of the actors is highlighted over the world of their play. In the end, as the audience once again sees the front view of Nothing On, the drama backstage combines with the drama on the stage in a comical blend of actor vs. character relationships and mishaps.