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Announcing the 2022 Winter/Spring Semester

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Bridge Teen Center Students Try A New Sport

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New Year's Gift

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Five...four...three...two...one...HAPPY NEW YEAR BTC FAMILY! Sign up and come to The Bridge to pick up a gift and set some goals for yourself for the coming year, and create some steps to help you work towards them all year long. Let's tip our hats off as we say goodbye to…

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November will be known as Empowering Teens Month in the State of Illinois

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November is "Empowering Teens Month"

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Soul Cafe: Gratitude Jars w/ Fraser Vaselakos & Associates

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Accentuate a mason jar with colors, designs, photos and words you love. Place notes of thanks in the jar to serve as uplifting reminders to yourself. Recognizing who and what you’re thankful for - whether it’s family, friends or things -  it has the power to uplift moods and outlooks.…

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Air Hockey Tournament & Wings (MS ONLY) w/ Matt, Bridge Staffer

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It’s a Bridge favorite! Grab a few friends and head to the Garage to compete in a high intensity air hockey tournament. Enjoy some tasty wings dipped in your favorite sauce as you cheer on your friends to victory. What a great combo! #perfect…

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Project Serve: Thrift Store (MS ONLY)

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Put your gratitude into action just in time for Thanksgiving! Give back by helping out at The Bridge 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…

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Garage Hangout & Thanksgiving Pies

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The Garage will be open and ready for you to come and hang out! Grab a board game and head to your favorite booth to play. Or challenge a friend to a game of foosball or air hockey. All your favorite Garage games will be available for you to enjoy!…

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DIY: Sock Gnomes (MS ONLY)

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Transform some old socks into super fun gnomes! First, fill a sock with rice - the more you add, the rounder your gnome will be. Then, create the face and beard with faux fur and a wooden nose. Give your little guy a cute pointy hat with another sock to…

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Chalk Pastels

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Draw flowers and animal skulls through a weirdly-cool and famous style of art! Georgia O’Keefe was a famous artist, most well-known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes (that’s where the skulls come in). Get more skilled as an artist by working on blending,…

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ZOOM LIVE: Mexican Stuffed Gorditas w/ Olivet Nazarene University

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Join us from home on Zoom! If you have the ingredients, feel free to make this recipe right along with us or just watch. Combine masa harina flour, water and salt to create the dough. Fun fact - masa harina comes from ground corn and is used in many Latin…

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Culinary: Mexican Stuffed Gorditas w/ Olivet Nazarene University

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Dive into authentic Mexican cuisine! Combine masa harina flour, water and salt to create the dough. Fun fact - masa harina comes from ground corn and is used in many Latin American recipes. Form masa dough balls and warm them in a skillet. Roll each one out like a tortilla,…

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Cafe Snacks & Finals Prep (HS ONLY) w/ Sylvan Learning Center

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Need help with motivation and time management? Grab one free drink and snack from the Cafe and plan to dig in! Hear from energetic professionals, pick up some tips and come up with your own personal studying plan for tackling your exams. It’s a good idea to prepare in advance…

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Big Room Hangout

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Enjoy the open space and knock out some homework in your fav Big Room booth or relax and dream in a Hideaway pod. One person per pod. Want to hangout with people instead? Pick out a few board/card games from our huge stash and start a competition! …

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Sewing: Holiday Table Runners

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Spruce up your table this holiday season with a homemade table runner! Pick out your favorite festive fabric, fold, cut, thread the machine and start sewing. Before you know it, you’ll have your own personal decoration ready to show family when they come over for the holidays. No prior sewing…

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What It's Like To Be: Surgeon w/ DuPage Medical Group

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If you think human anatomy sounds cool AND the idea of surgery doesn’t make you squeamish, this program is for you! Get a crash course in both topics from a urologist, a doctor who focuses on urinary tract diseases. Experience sanitary procedures and how doctors “gown and glove” for surgery.…

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Culinary: Thai Chicken Egg Rolls & Mango Salad w/ Siam Marina

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It’s THAI-m for another EGG-cellent culinary program! Create crispy egg rolls with chicken, noodles and other spices. Learn the art of the perfect roll, so nothing falls out unnecessarily. Pack each one only ¼ full of the ingredients, keep it tight as you roll and seal it with egg wash.…

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Animation Flip Book w/ Shelby, Bridge Alumna

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Discover cool animation principles and make an object look like it’s moving through a flip book! Get guidance from a Columbia College graduate who knows a lot about art and design. Use a small notebook with blank pages and decide which simple object you’d like to draw and essentially move…

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Retro Video Game Expo

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Can you master classic gaming systems like GameCube and Playstation 1 & 2? Try your hand at games like Lego Star Wars, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, Crazy Taxi and Tomb Raider. Get to know some new characters like Qbert and Spyro. Call some friends over and try a game you’ve…

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