ORIGAMI CLASS: Our Origami sources tell us that this ancient Japanese art of paper folding ranges from a relaxing, Zen-sort of hobby to a methodology for solving complex mathematical problems. (It's true, and if the infohighway wasn't under construction, I'd search out the name of the Japanese scientist who teaches it.) They also say making a thousand cranes is good luck. Whatever your Origami aspirations, instructor Mary Ellen Palmeri can get you started with the basics at 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 14, at Campaña del Rio, 1550 E. River Road. Cost is $5. Call 299-1941 for registration and information.
ILLITERATI: It's back, it's caffeinated and it's weird as ever. The Café Magritteans implore: "Eliminate false emotions toward tenderness at Illiterati, a poetic, literary fuckall." Sign-ups begin at 7:30 p.m., with readings following promptly at 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, at Café Magritte, 254 E. Congress St. Call 884-8004 for information.
MAYA MOON: Author Marianne Mitchell will read both English and Spanish versions of Maya Moon at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 12, at The Haunted Bookshop, 7211 N. Northern Ave. Parents are encouraged to stay and listen to this story of the phases of the moon, based on a Mexican folktale about a sleepy moon who nightly chases a band of turtles from her bed. Storytime meets upstairs, and is followed by lemonade and animal crackers on the porch. Call 297-4843 for information.
ENTER THE JAM ZONE: Last year's end-of-the-summer bash drew more than 300 teens to Randolph Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, for this car and bike show, outdoor dance and basketball shoot-out for young adults ages 13 to 19. "Cruisin' the Jam Zone" is a fun, free place to hang out from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 12, with contests, raffles and prizes throughout the evening. Call 791-4873 for information.
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