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Open house to benefit Thorn Creek Nature Center

Friends Thorn Creek Woods officers Barb Stephens (left) Penny Chamberlawith Prairie Chapel print original graphite drawing. |  Supplied photo

Friends of Thorn Creek Woods officers Barb Stephens (left) and Penny Chamberlain with a Prairie Chapel print and original graphite drawing. | Supplied photo

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Updated: July 10, 2013 6:07AM



The Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, will hold an open house benefit, Visions and Voices, featuring local artist Marikay Peter Witlock and musicians Patricia Caldwell and Jerry Santoni from 1 to 4 p.m. June 23.

Guests can meet Witlock, who was inspired by the nature center to create “Prairie Chapel,” an original graphite drawing featuring the iconic 1860s church. Signed and numbered “Prairie Chapel” prints are available with a donation of $75 or more. Proceeds of sales of the prints and donations will benefit the nature preserve.

Songs of inspiration and humor by Caldwell and hammered dulcimer musician Santoni will be featured, and there will be refreshments and a silent auction.

Admission is $5. For additional program details, call (708) 747-6320.

Thorn Creek Nature Center is open from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Trails are open daily, dawn to dusk.

Trail walkers should be aware that the south bridge across Thorn Creek is closed and unsafe to use. Walkers should plan their hikes to cross at the north bridge only. Follow the signs and maps at the trail head.

Staff report



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