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Garage Games Tournament

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Up for some friendly competition? Play your favorite Garage games - air hockey, pool, and foosball. Prizes will be awarded to those in 1st place, so start practicing your winning strategies now! …

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Edible Biology w/ Trinity Christian College

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If you love to eat and you get lost in the wonderings about why things are the way they are, this program is for you. We’re not trying to get philosophical here, but rather biological. Food science studies where foods come from, how they are grown, and what should be…

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Social Media Video Ads w/ Aaron, Bridge Staffer

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We’re scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. Then, an ad pops up. Click. We’re drawn in. This can go on for hours. Why are advertisements so powerful?  Break up into small teams and decide together what components are needed to make the BEST (or even viral) social media video advertisements. You may want to…

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#JOBSKILLS: Thrift Store POS System w/ Kelsey, Bridge Staffer

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Do you want to be ahead of the game when it comes to self-confidence and experience at your first job? Learn how to operate the touch-screen cash register and develop your customer service skills at The Bridge Thrift Store. Prepare now and be ready for when that opportunity arises –…

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Culinary: Mac & Cheese with Beef Brisket w/ City Barbeque

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The classic, boxed version of macaroni and cheese is quick, easy, and familiar. But we challenge you to think outside the box (pun intended)!  Our great friends at City Barbeque will open your mind to so much more. First thing to do - team up with a few other Bridge students…

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#SPORTSKILLS: Basketball w/ Colton, Bridge Staffer

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Whether you’re on the school team or just like to play in the street, there’s nothing like it. Blowing off steam with some b-ball is a great way to get energized or focused. Brush up on dribbling and passing skills, practice your jump shot, and work on your free throw.…

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Sign Painting

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Sometimes you need a good, hands-on project to get your creative juices flowing. What better time than at the beginning of the school year?  Choose a square rustic piece of wood - smooth or rough piece, small or large. Sand it to your liking and cover it with chalkboard paint. Write…

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Project Serve: Thrift Store

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Give back to The Bridge! Show your heart of service by helping out at The thrift store, which supports all the free programs you and your friends enjoy at the teen center. Also, thrift stores are an important part of a community because they encourage repurposing and provide goods at…

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STEM: Construct a Wood Tower w/ Rightpoint

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If you love designing or building structures, you might just be an engineer-in-the-making. Work with a team to brainstorm, build, and rebuild a 3D balsa wood tower (balsa wood is the lightest and softest commercial hardwood timber). Sketch out your design and make sure it can handle some weight! We’ll…

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Gizmo's Fun Factory

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Challenge a friend to a go-kart race, laser tag, rock climbing, zip lining, and more! Join us at Gizmo's Fun Factory, a facility that's huge (47,000 square feet to be exact) and full of attractions that will keep you busy for hours. Challenge a friend to any of the above…

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How To Stay Awake In Class w/ Moraine Valley Community College

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It’s considered a sign of strength and determination to “power through” the school day on the smallest amount of sleep from the night before. Some may even brag amount how little sleep they actually get. This belief and behavior could do more damage than we think. In fact, many professional…

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#SPORTSKILLS: Baseball Pitch

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What is a sinker? What is a knuckle ball? Practice the proper grip and speed for each type of pitch to maximize your performance and fun on the field. Bring your glove! *For this program students will travel in The Bridge Bus to an offsite location. They will be going to…

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DIY Beauty: Scented Soap & Body Spray

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Calling all DIYers! Create your own gel soap and body spritzer w/ various essential oil scents. Just so you know, there are lots of different scents that can be added and they aren’t just girly smells. So, both gentlemen and ladies are welcome! …

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Culinary: Tres Leches Cakes w/ Chuy's

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Uno, dos, tres... The friendly, energetic Chefs at Chuy’s will instruct, assist, and empower you to build your very own tres leches cake. Bake a melt-in-your-mouth sweet sponge cake, soaked in “three milks” (literal Spanish translation). That’s right - evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. Combine wet and dry ingredients…

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Gearheads: Change A Flat Tire w/ Bettenhausen Auto

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Handy women and men alike, listen up! Learn from a car expert how to change a flat and jump start a car - essential skills for all future and current drivers! Be better prepared in case of an emergency and save some cash in the future. …

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Acting & Improv

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Do you have an energetic, dramatic personality? If so, you may find yourself bursting to unleash that inner flare. We’ve got just the thing - try out unrehearsed acting! Improvisational theatre (“improv” for short) is a form of theatre when most of the performing is done spontaneously without a script.  Meet…

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Yoga Cardio Sculpt (GIRLS ONLY) w/ EveFit

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This program brings you the best of both fitness worlds – slow and steady mixed with energetic and fast-paced. Our friends from EveFit, a neighborhood gym for women only, will guide you with joy, fun, and encouragement!  Start out with a dynamic warm-up and then go into cardio that will raise…

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