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Updated: September 3, 2012 1:55AM
Here’s Judy’s pick of coming community activities in the Oakbrook/Oakbrook Terrace area, spiced with a little commentary.
Bind that book, Baby. A Bookbinding Workshop for beginners will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 14 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. Learn the techniques to construct a simple handmade book to be used as a personalized journal, artist’s sketchbook or photo album, for example. Participants will be able to complete four books to take home. For fees, to register and to find out what to bring to class, call (630) 206-9566.
I can’t wait to “ … construct a simple handmade book.” I envision mine being bound in soft Morrocan leather, adorned with gold-leaf stenciling, with marbling in 18 colors swirling on the endpapers and page edges, and inside an illuminated manuscript created by utilizing ancient techniques only known to cloistered monks in French monastaries. That’s what I envision, but I’ll be happy if I can just create something better than a bunch of torn steno-book pages held together by staples, the extent of my bookbinding talents right now.
War and Peace and zzzzzzz … The Summer Adult Reading Program, “Reading Is So Delicious,” is under way at the Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road. Upon completion, participants will receive a library shopping bag and be entered into a drawing for a prize. The program continues to Aug. 6. Registration is required. For more information call (630) 368-7700.
Every summer I start my reading journey with War and Peace because I am determined to finish the famous classic. This has been a lonnng journey, made all the more difficult because the heroine, Natasha, is a twit. However, I persevere, and am hoping the library will give me a special prize if I finish Tolstoy’s masterpiece. However, if the prize is his Anna Karenia, forget it.
Peppy, and pathetic. Register now for a Cheerleading class, offered by the Oakbrook Terrace Park District, that will introduce kids ages 6 to 10 to the basics of cheerleading, including cheers, jumps and tumbling. The class will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, July 24 to Aug. 28, at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Each clinic ends with a recital for friends and family. The fee is $85 for residents, $107 for nonresidents. To register, visit www.obtpd.org/fc.
I was a cheerleader in college and the fact that I was always four steps behind every other cheerleader when doing a cheer never seemed to bother anyone except the other cheerleaders who tried to push me out of the way – especially Rhonda Carroll who even stepped on me once. Anyway, I’m going to offer my expertise (OK, OK, that’s a stretch) to this class, in case they want me to help out, but I bet not.
Bearly talented. The free Summer Concert Series continues with the Decatur Park Singers at 7 p.m. July 12 in Central Park, at Jorie Boulevard and Forest Gate Road. This award-winning group features a diverse group of college-age performers presenting uplifting music and lively choreographed shows. To check on the weather status, call the concert hotline at (630) 645-9553.
Sure, the Decatur Park Singers are great – but how about my group – the Yellowstone Park Singers, comprised of six bears and me. We can’t sing, but if we don’t get applause, the bears attack the audience. A lively show, yes, indeedy.
Pickles are important! For those looking to step up their fitness routine for summer, the Oak Brook Park District offers a variety of yoga classes, as well as other exercise classes, through Sept. 1. Call for specifics at (630) 990-4233 or visit www.obparks.org.
I know that yoga has many benefits - one of which is learning how to focus one’s attention. But, personally, I try not to focus my attention, because when I do, I obsess about how I need to clean my closet instead of reading magazine articles, such as “How Pickles Became Popular,” which some would call stalling, but I prefer, “Educating one’s self because one never knows when one will be asked to trace the evolution of a pickle from being a total nerd to prom king.” Anyway, I’ll present my problem in class, before I’m asked to leave.