Calendar of Events

Beverly Branch Library

Beverly POV (Point of View) Cinema, documentary film screenings geared for adults and teens, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 1:30 p.m., at the Beverly branch library, 1962 W. 95th St.

This month’s selection is “306 Hollywood,” by siblings Elan and Jonathan Bogarin. Undertaking an excavation of their late grandmother’s house, they take a journey in search of what life remains in the objects people leave behind.

Registration is not required.

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Strengthening a Nation will present a 24-week program for children ages 8 to 15 with classes held at the Beverly branch library and the Hayes Park fieldhouse, 2936 W. 85th St.

The focus of the program is to help participants think outside the box and turn their dream business into a reality.

Classes will be held on Mondays beginning Sept. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. The first class will be held at the Beverly branch.

For more information, call (312) 747-9673.

Back to School Movie

Kate Star Kellogg Elementary School, 9241 S. Leavitt St., will host a back-to-school movie night on Friday, Sept. 6, at dusk.

To celebrate the start of school, “Shazam!” will be screened on the Kellogg field. Everyone is welcome to attend. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Beverly Improvement Association and Christ the King Elementary School.

Weekly Story Time

Bookie’s Chicago, 10324 S. Western Ave., will host a series of children’s story times every Thursday at 11 a.m. beginning on Aug. 29.

Parents can bring children to the bookstore to enjoy some social time and a good story. This story time is geared to kids who have not started school.

On the first Friday of every month beginning on Sept. 6, Bookie’s will host Pajama Story Time beginning at 6 p.m. Kids are welcome to wear their pajamas.

For more information, call Bookie’s at (773) 239-1110 or email

Monarch Festival

The Oak Lawn Park District’s fourth annual Monarch Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St.

Participants will learn how to assist in the preservation of the Monarch butterfly species and the environment.

Activities include live butterfly tagging, a bug zoo, caterpillar aquarium, butterfly arts and crafts for kids, an interactive puppet theater, live music and more.

Admission is free.

For more information, call (708) 857-2200.

Walking Tour

Friends of the Chicago Portage will host a walking tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 S. Harlem Ave., on Saturday Sept. 7, at 10 a.m.

The tour will explore the birth story of Chicago from the geological beginnings of the portage to how it is still functioning in Chicago today. Participants will see the site where the ancient Chicago River joined the ancient Des Plaines River resulting in the amazing growth of the metropolitan area.

The tour is approximately one-half mile in length on a gravel path through the woods and will take about two hours. Wear long pants and walking shoes or boots.

The tour is free.

For more information, call John at (630) 675-8902 or Jeff at (312) 771-6855.

Log Cabin Center for the Arts

Watercolor painting classes will be held on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 4, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., or Thursdays beginning Sept. 5, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Hwy., in Palos Park.

Wednesday evenings with Lenox Wallace will feature lessons for beginning watercolorists with critique and guidance in composition, values, textures, negative painting, brush stroke usage and more. Experienced painters will work individually with occasional guidance and critique.

Thursday afternoons with Lois Hrejsa will include instruction in color mixing and theory, washes, light and shadow, glazing and negative painting. Intermediate and advanced students will further express themselves in watercolors with attention to the student’s areas of interest.

Class fee is $130. A list of required supplies is available in the Log Cabin office.

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Drawing classes will be held on six Thursday mornings beginning Sept. 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. 

Instructor Lois Hrejsa will help students work in pencil or pen and ink to achieve a realistic three-dimensional effect on a two-dimensional surface. Value, perspective, composition, landscape, still life and portraiture will be explored.

Class fee is $130. A list of required supplies is available in the office.

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Basket making will be held on six Thursday nights beginning Sept. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Instructor Jane Dwyer will have the class begin with an easy and beautiful wood-bottomed basket with a choice of colored trim and continue to learn techniques for weaving a variety of shapes and sizes of baskets, then choose a project.

Students can expect to make two to three baskets in six weeks, depending on style and choice of projects.

Class fee is $105, plus a $30 materials fee.

For more information about classes, call (708) 361-3650.