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Chefs’ Auction coming March 8th!

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Student bands wanted for 2018 Battle of the Bands

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Best of December 2017

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Project Serve: Thrift Store

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Start 2018 the right way - with generosity in mind! Thrift stores are an important part of the community because they encourage repurposing and provide goods at an affordable price. We’ll be volunteering our time at The Bridge Thrift Store, which keeps The Bridge Teen Center open and free for…

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Watercolor Techniques w/ Lyndsey

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Create texture and effects in your watercolor paintings. Practice flat and graded wash, wet-in-wet and dry brush techniques, use masking fluid to create highlights, lift off paint, and more. Watercolors are the latest trend in art and design, and you’ll be on your way to creating colorful florals, moody landscapes,…

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Create a Wooden Candle Holder w/ Rockler Woodworking

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Do you want to work with your hands to make furniture, sculpture, and DIY ideas come alive? Get some hands-on experience in the state-of-the-art woodworking shop at Rockler Woodworking. Expert associates will teach you how to build a wooden candle holder using industrial tools and techniques. What a unique gift…

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Belgian Waffles & Trivia

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Partake in a friendly exchange of trivia Q & A and enjoy the super fluffy goodness of Belgian waffles in between rounds. These waffles are super crisp on the outside and light as a feather inside and so scrumptious! Enjoy them with maple syrup, whipped cream, fruit, or chocolate chips.…

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Culinary: Rustic Apple Cranberry Galette

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Learn to make pie dough from scratch and fill your tart with slices of apples and cranberries for a warm cozy treat. Fold up the uncovered border of crust over the edge of the fruit and pinch into pleats. Then brush the egg onto the crust, bake, and enjoy with…

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Fighting Procrastination w/ Huntington Learning Center

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Always saying “you’ll get around to it?” or waiting for the “perfect” opportunity to start? You may think you perform better under pressure, but having projects and deadlines stare you in the face usually creates unnecessary stress. Teens who procrastinate tend to sleep poorly, have higher levels of anxiety and…

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Racquetball w/ Silver Lake Country Club

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It takes accuracy, agility, and speed to beat your opponent in the court. Racquetball involves only two people on an indoor or outdoor court where there’s no net, and playing the ball off of the walls and floors is legal. Come play this exciting and fast paced game while improving…

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Soul Cafe: How to Deal With Negativity w/ Mrs. Illinois International 2017

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How do you deal with haters? Instead of choosing to get offended or retaliating, respond by taking the high road with positivity. Choosing to be positive and kind can be very difficult, but it helps to remember that everyone has a story. We don’t know the kind of day someone…

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Chips & Checkers

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Snack on some chips and dips and challenge your Bridge friends to a game of checkers. Pita chips, potato chips, and pretzels, galore! Enough said!…

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Fashion Merchandising

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Want to learn about how to stay ahead of the fashion curve? Set up store displays that make shoppers more likely to buy a product with a fashion stylist who worked for designers like Gap, Armani Exchange, Club Monaco, and French Connection. Learn the artistic concepts behind matching colors, patterns,…

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Printmaking

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Design your own custom stamp and experiment with vibrant colors to create your unique print. Press a design or text into foam and cover with paint or ink to transfer the image onto paper or fabric. You can repeat the design for a pattern or choose a single bold print.…

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Sky Zone Experience (HS ONLY)

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Go big or go home! Let go of gravity and grab some air in the freestyle trampoline courtyard, shoot some serious hoops in SkySlam, play a high-velocity game of Fusion Ultimate Dodgeball, or challenge a friend to the SkyJoust. And that’s not even a complete list of the attractions. Experience…

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Culinary: Popcorn Flavors w/ Mandi

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There’s nothing like a good bowl of popcorn during a movie, a game night, or just because. We’re not talking about microwave popcorn. We’re not even talking about movie-theater popcorn. It’s time to say goodbye to the mediocre version of this favorite treat. Learn how to pop popcorn on the…

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What It's Like To Be: ER Nurse w/ Advocate Children's Hospital

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Do you love shows like Chicago Med or The Good Doctor? They’re so full of drama and suspense, it’s hard not to watch. But are they really accurate? Hear from an ER pediatric nurse about daily, not-so-routine experiences in a real emergency room. Learn about skills needed to remember tons…

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Secret Monopoly Strategies

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Winning Monopoly isn’t just about luck. Gain serious insight on what properties to choose, how many houses to buy, and negotiation tips. Hear from Bridge staffer, Rachel, about having a business-minded perspective that will not only help you win Monopoly, but will be beneficial as you begin to manage money…

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Monet Painting

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Love painting nature? Then you’ve got something in common with the famous artist, Oscar-Claude Monet! Learn how Monet created his paintings while observing his surroundings in nature, also known as “en plen air” painting. Get inspired by the Monet's landscape paintings and mimic his Impressionist style to create colorful, highly…

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Turn Your Passion Into A Career

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Do you have a hobby you LOVE? Maybe it’s being creative, helping people, or fixing things. Even if you’re unsure about this question, don’t worry. Hear from a school educator who has some clever tips for helping teens identify their passions and purpose. You’ll have the opportunity to make a…

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