THE HANCOCK Park District will take a few American girls back to the 1970s when they present their annual American Girl Tea, being held Aug. 25 at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. (Photo provided)

Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to join the Hancock Park District for a groovy 1970s American Girl Tea on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Litzenberg Memorial Woods activity barn.

Sessions run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. with a minimum of five and maximum of 30 participants, with one adult required to accompany every four children.

Register, with $10 per child, by 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Hancock Park District administrative office, 1424 E. Main Cross St., or online at

The activity centers on the American Girl character and doll, Julie Albright, an 8-year-old navigating familial and societal changes in 1974.

A child with many interests, Julie aspires to play in the boys basketball league while dealing with her peers’ ridicule for being a “tomboy.” She also participates in community, school, and environmental projects while expressing creativity through a journal along with arts and crafts.

She is also involved as her parents deal with the pressures of divorce and work, with her father’s pilot career keeping him away from home while her mother launches a career as an entrepreneur.

The tea event will have a display of Julie’s things, and 1970s-themed food will be available to eat. Parents are encouraged to bring their camera along to take pictures in the photo area designed around the Julie theme.

For more information, contact Hancock Park District program specialist Chris Allen at