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Spirits in the Making: 
A Puppet Workshop for Families Dec. 7 at Dole Library  

Oak Park artist Victoria Cross will lead Spirits in the Making: 
A Puppet Workshop for Families on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 
10 a.m. until Noon at the Dole Branch Library, 255 Augusta. 

This free workshop will teach families how to create puppets 
with personality. Participants should bring favorite bits of 
fabrics, worn out socks, buttons and beads to recycle into
new creations. The library will provide additional puppet-
making materials, needles and thread. The workshop is free, 
but reservations are requested. Call (708) 386-9032.

Cross lived in New Mexico for more than 25 years before 
returning to her home town of Oak Park. She creates
unusual masks and costumes and puppets, the character 
and spirit of which determine stories, songs, events and 
dances. She has performed with thiese characters whom 
she calls “Los de Los Suenos: The Ones of the Dreams,” 
both as a solo performers and with a company she 

Cross has published three books, two on the construction 
of puppets and masks, Puppets—Spirits in the Making and
Masks—Spirits in the Making. The third is a large format 
book about her puppet dances and stories entitled “What’s 
That You Say?” All three books will be available for sale 
and autographs at the puppet workshop on Dec. 7.

Her work can be seen at Gallery 31 at 31 Harrison Street 
and at Unique Freague, 121 N. Kenilworth, in Oak Park.