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How to String & Play the Acoustic Guitar

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There’s no time like the present. Now’s your chance to give the acoustic guitar a try and see if it strikes a CHORD with you. This time around, we’re adding a fun twist to this program. Before you learn the essentials of playing, practice stringing a guitar. This will help…

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What It's Like To Be: Beginner Playwright w/ Max, Bridge Alum

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Live theater has been entertaining people for a few thousand years - that’s a long time! If you enjoy being on stage, working on the crew, or watching from the crowd, this is a program you won’t want to miss. Join Bridge alum, Max, as he shares his experience working…

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Project Serve: Take Care of The Bridge Garden

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We love The Bridge garden, so let’s keep it looking alluring and colorful! Water plants, pull weeds, keep pests away, and learn growing tips. Develop an eye for thriving greenery and discover the warning signs of a struggling plant, such as droopy or spotted leaves and dry soil. Hand-pick fresh,…

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Beginning Drums

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Calling all drummers! Make your love for music legit by developing your skill in rhythm and timing. Explore the correct way to hold a drumstick and practice techniques, such as a poly-rhythm. Whether you’re into jazz or rock, drums are a key part in keeping tempo in many songs. You…

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STEM: Build A Battery w/ Argonne National Laboratory

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How do you think scientists make discoveries? They work alone in the lab, day after day, year after year, failure after failure, until the big "Eureka!" moment. NOPE! Most problems scientists try to solve can't wait years. Batteries, for example, are essential if electric cars and renewable energy are going…

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Three Ways to Stand Up For Justice w/ History Made Meaningful

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Do you ever feel a tug on your heart strings for people who are struggling? Maybe you’ve seen a friend or stranger being slightly disrespected or blatantly bullied (online or in person). Should you step in and help, or not? What should you say or do / not say and…

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#Skills Sports: Disc Golf

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FORE! This sport is taking over the nation as an energizing and fun hobby for people of all ages. Try your hand at disc golf and explore the foundational skills. We’re taking a trip to one of the largest disc golf courses in the state with 27 holes so you…

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Culinary: Griddle Smash Burgers & Hot Dogs

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Some things are just meant to go together - summertime and grilling is the perfect example! Join us as we break out the griddles here at The Bridge. Smashburgers are thin patties that caramelize and crisp up while cooking, which results in a faster cook time and a delightful sensation…

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#SKILLS SPORTS: Fishing w/ Bettenhausen Auto

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Fishing is a sport unlike any other. There’s no running around like soccer, basketball, or baseball. But it does require patience, persistence, and precision. Fishing can also help you to unwind and relax - who needs some of that?! Learn the tricks of the trade from two experienced fishing pros…

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Moon Wreaths w/ Aster Gardens

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Make a super cool moon wreath for your bedroom or family’s living room! What’s a moon wreath, you ask? Take an already-made wreath that’s in the shape of a crescent moon, glue moss on the branches, and creatively arrange and attach vintage jewelry of all varieties, shapes, and sizes. Maybe…

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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 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 provide goods…

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Garage Hangout

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Savor all that summer has to offer and come hang out with us at The Bridge! The Garage will be open, so grab a card game, play an arcade game, and just chill. Ping pong, anyone? Reach out to a few Bridge friends and see who can join you. Hope…

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Garage Hangout & Video Game Tournament

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Come one, come all! We’ll have the Wii, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 all set up and ready for you. Play your favorite video games or try new ones, tournament-style. As you wait for your turn, laugh and hang out with friends in the Garage. Tourney winner gets two free…

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Culinary: Summer Wraps & Energy Bites w/ Clean Eatz

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Get ready to roll up some delightful flavor combinations! Satisfy those summer cravings by layering breaded chicken, lettuce, tomato, blue cheese crumble, and a signature buffalo sauce in a whole wheat wrap. Our friends from Clean Eatz will show you their take on TikTok wrap hacks which they call their…

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#SKILLS SPORTS: Street Hockey (MS ONLY)

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Chicago has had a long history of hockey being one of the original six teams in the NHL. Explore a version of the classic Canadian game that eliminates the need for ice, designed for at-home play. Grow your skills for passing, shooting, and stick handling. No previous skill or skates…

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Project Serve: Treasure Chest Foundation

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Make a difference this summer by bringing joy to children fighting cancer! The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation provides free toys to children who are undergoing cancer treatment. Bridge students have been volunteering at The Treasure Chest since we first opened fourteen years ago, and we want to continue to…

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Open Art Studio

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Our Art Studio will be open for you to express your artsy side, so get ready to let your imagination run wild! Practice your drawing skills, paint a canvas, twist thread into a friendship bracelet, make a duct-tape creation… we could keep going. The Art Studio is yours… what will…

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Wooded Hike & S'mores w/ Forest Preserves of Will County

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Unplug and recharge yourself by stepping into nature! Feel happier and healthier after a hike with other nature-lovers. Come ready to be energized and get your workout in because this beautiful hike will be a total of about 2 miles on paved and natural surface trails. We’ll take water breaks…

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Gearheads: Motorcycles & Dirt Bikes

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Get an in-depth look into street motorcycles! A father and daughter team will teach you all about safety and necessary defensive driving tips. Learn how to add gas, check oil, and tire pressure. Hear how to safely ride and maintain a dirt bike too. Sit on both bikes so you…

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Project Serve: Thrift Store

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Get into the summer vibe by giving back to The Bridge! Show your heart of service 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…

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