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November is "Empowering Teens Month"

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Teen Center Launching Empowering Teens Month in November

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Crochet: Pom Pom Chains

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Transform ordinary yarn into a fun new decoration. Start by crocheting a simple chain. Then cut yarn into pom poms. Tie them to the chain and… Voila! You have a brand new creation to spice up your room. No crochet experience necessary - beginners are very welcome. …

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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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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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Rock Climbing w/ Trinity Christian College

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Put your body to the test and experience this extreme sport! It takes motivation, physical endurance and mental strategy to make it through a climb at this indoor rock wall. Can you do it? Here’s your chance to discover a new hobby and see the amazing things your body can…

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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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DIY: Friendship Bracelets

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Show how much you love and appreciate a few close friends by making them something special. Choose your colors, beads and string type (cotton, leather or elastic). To prepare beforehand, watch a few YouTube videos or get a unique idea from Pinterest. If you have time at the end of…

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

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Join us from home on Zoom! If you have the ingredients, feel free to make the recipes right along with us or just watch. Pack crispy egg roll dough with chicken, noodles and other spices and fry them to perfection. Make a yummy side salad with shrimp, mango and other…

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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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Embellished Greeting Cards

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Enhance birthday, holiday or “just because” cards for family and friends! The Cricut is a digital cutting machine that can create designs on paper, cardstock, vinyl and other mediums. It’s a super fun way to create a custom-anything! In this program, we’ll be using cardstock and vinyl. Pick out your…

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High Intensity Interval Workout w/ Avolve Fitness

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Attack that mid-semester slump with an energizing workout that will get your heart rate up and help build muscle! Our friends at Avolve Fitness will take you through a variety of exercises including jumping jacks, crunches and burpees. It will be a circuit workout, which means there will be a…

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STEM: Popsicle Structure Competition w/ Moraine Valley Community College

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Dig into your competitive spirit! But first, let’s go over some fun physics facts (say that five times fast!) about bridges. As you probably remember from science class, tension is a stretching force and compression squeezes materials. Bridges must have a perfect balance of these forces in order to withstand…

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Garage Hangout

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Grab a booth, game and friend (or volunteer) and relax as you play some games in the Garage! Beat your high score on your fav video game or play a fast-paced card game. Foosball might be calling your name too. There is an abundance of fun and happiness that is…

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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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