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Cary to give teen bands the stage at bash

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Tired of just playing with your friends in the garage where no one can hear you?

Would you like an audience bigger than just your little brother?

The Cary Park District is looking for teenagers in grades six through 12 to participate in its Teen Band Bash from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Community Center, 255 Briargate Road. The event will feature four bands who will each play a 30-minute set, said Katie Hughes, director of communications and marketing for the park district.

"There's no winners, there are no judges, there are no prizes -- it's just a showcase," she said. "It's actually really fun. It's a chance for bands to play in front of an audience.

"The audience is full, so people are cheering. It's all family members and friends, it's kind of a unique experience."

Admission is $5 for residents and $8 for nonresidents. Interested bands can find entry forms online at or at the Community Center. The park district held previous Teen Band Bash events in November 2009 and April 2010.

Later next month, the park district, the Cary Area Public Library and Dr. Woods Guitar Emporium in Fox River Grove will organize a Battle of the Bands event Saturday, May 21, at the Lions Park band shell in Cary. The event is open to musicians up to age 21.

For more information, call the park district at (847) 639-6100 or visit

Helping Japanese victims: The Woodstock not-for-profit organization Principled Minds is collecting donations to help the victims of last month's earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. Donations will be disbursed via members of Lions Clubs chapters in Japan, who will focus on helping their immediate neighbors, said Dan Larsen, president of Principled Minds. Checks can be written to Lions Clubs International Foundation and mailed to Principled Minds, P. O. Box 585, Woodstock, IL 60098. For more information, e-mail

Adult education: Adults who are thinking about enrolling in college to get a degree or certificate can get their questions answered at free "Getting Started" seminars offered by McHenry County College.

The seminars will take place 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Room A262, Building A, 8900 Highway 14, Crystal Lake. To reserve a seat, call (815) 455-8914 or e-mail

• Elena Ferrarin covers Algonquin, Cary, Fox River Grove, Lake in the Hills, Pingree Grove and McHenry County College. Reach her at or (847) 931-5720.