Calendar of Events


Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Dr., in Palos Heights, will host a session on gardening on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. for children in grades kindergarten to second, and from 3 to 4 p.m. for children in grades three to five.

Participants will hike to see Lake Katherine’s different gardens and then create a garden collage. The event includes a project to grow lettuce in a bag.

Preregistration and payment of $6 are required.

For more information or to register call (708) 361-1873 or visit the website at


Sprint like a cheetah or take your time like a sloth at Brookfield Zoo’s annual ZooRunRun for the Animal Care and Conservation Fund, which is dedicated to protecting animals around the world, on Sunday, Sept. 8.

The course is entirely inside the zoo and features a 5K chipped-time race and a one-mile chipped-time Kids Dash for children 13 and under.

Prices range from $20 to $40, plus a $3 sign-up fee.

For more information and to register, call (708) 688-8000 or visit the website at

The Center

A homemade pizza class will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m., at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Hwy., in Palos Park.

The class will meet Lois Lauer in the garden to pick tomatoes and herbs and then proceed to the Anderson Center kitchen. The group will use a tomato press to extract the juice and pulp from the tomatoes and then cook it down into a thick tasty pizza sauce.

While it’s cooking, participants will create homemade pizza crusts and then assemble a mini pizza that is ready to take home and bake for supper. The group will also taste-test a pizza before the end of class.

Participants are asked to bring a box or basket for carrying home a six- to eight-inch pizza.

Class fee is $20 plus a $6 materials fee.

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A card-making workshop will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Instructor Janice Schmid will show students how to use rubber bands, coffee filters, painters tape, graphite paper, tissue paper, stamps and inks to create cards.

The workshop fee is $20 plus a $7 materials fee.

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Instructor Marilyn Vandenbout will present Paper Making Workshop: Summer Plants on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Participants will create paper with pressed flower petals, having cooked plant leaves and stems within the paper pulp.

Workshop fee is $20 plus a $5 materials fee per class.

For more information, call The Center at (708) 361-3650.

Jazz Concert

Chicago’s JazzWorks Keeping Jazz Alive will host a concert on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Beverly Woods Banquet Hall, 11532 S. Western Ave., from 7 to 10 p.m.

Dinner will be served from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The concert will feature selections of jazz, hard bop and a special vocal performance by Justine Hopkins.

Tickets are $25 and include dinner.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at the website

For more information, call Fannie Taylor at (773) 995-7212.

Parish Carnival

Our Lady at St. Germaine Parish and School, 9711 S. Kolin Ave., in Oak Lawn, will host its second annual Parish Carnival on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 22 and 23, from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Entertainment includes the following: Thursday, Joey Digs and The Dentist, 7:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday, Ron Burgandy’s, 7:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Tom Suillivan Class of 1970, 1 to 2:30 p.m., The Well, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Landon Kennedy Duo, 5 to 7:30 p.m., and Alt 101 (’90s rock), from 8 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, The Rumble Cats, from 1 to 3 p.m., and The Walk-ins, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Proceeds from the event support the many ministries of Our Lady at St. Germaine.

For more information visit the website at

St. Bede

St. Bede will host an all school reunion on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 10 p.m., at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., in Merrionette Park. Although this is a reunion, all are invited to attend.

The evening will include split the pot, raffles and live entertainment by Railroad Gin.

Commemorative shirts, sweatshirts and koozies will be available for purchase.

Tickets include food, soft drinks, beer, wine and valet parking.

Advance tickets are $50 and can be purchased until Saturday, Aug. 24, at the website

Tickets at the door will be $60 while supplies last.

For more information, email