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Health, history, magic and Greece coming to library

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By Susan Miura

Whether you are confused by Medicare, interested in Abraham Lincoln, fascinated by the world of magic or captivated by Greece, there is a program for you coming to the Schaumburg Township District Library.

All are free and simply require registration by calling (847) 923-3347 or visiting the Information Desk on the library's second floor.

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For anyone baffled by Medicare supplements and advantage plans, "Medicare Made Clear" will be held from 7:30-9 p.m., Monday, July 22, in the library's Rasmussen South Room. Come and learn about your choices and timelines to enroll or make changes. Insurance broker Donna Spigolon will provide information on evaluating enrollment choices and answer your questions.

History buffs will enjoy new insight on President Abraham Lincoln, presented by illustrator Jim Weren in "Lincoln, Commander in Chief" from 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, in the Rasmussen South Room. Weren will explore Lincoln's management of the enormous military and political dimensions of the Civil War. Illustrations by Weren will be on display.

Magic. Mystifying, entertaining and bewildering, it's been around since the earliest recorded times, and probably way before records were kept. Come and experience "The Discovery of Magic" from 7:30-9 p.m., Monday, July 29, in the Rasmussen South Room. Author and magician William Pack cracks open his magic history scrapbooks to reveal a secret world of colorful characters, amusing adventures and arcane knowledge.

Ever dreamed of visiting the Greek Islands? Breathtaking, ancient, full of myths, sacred places, rugged mountains and gorgeous beaches, these islands will be featured in "A Taste of the Greek Islands" from 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, in the Rasmussen Room. Join travel presenters Susan Miura and Patt Nicholls as they take you on a virtual tour that begins in Athens before heading out to the Aegean Sea. You'll view lovely photos of volcanic beaches, gardens, ancient ruins, picturesque harbor towns, temples and whitewashed churches. Learn about Greek cuisine, sample Greek treats and take home a packet of recipes.

And speaking of Greece spend the day in Chicago's Greektown by signing up for the "It's Greek to Me" bus trip from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8. The comfortable motor coach leaves from and returns to the central library parking lot. Participants will spend the day in Greektown visiting the National Hellenic Museum and learning about Chicago's Greek history. A stop at a Greek bakery will provide the opportunity to purchase mouthwatering delights like baklava and other delicious treats. Lunch will be held at The Greek Islands restaurant. The fee for this trip is $72 per person.

Just two days later, on Saturday, Aug. 10, the library motor coach will head to the Woodstock Mozart Festival at 3:15 p.m., returning at 11:30 p.m. You'll spend the evening at the charming 1880s Woodstock Opera House for the performance of Grammy Award-winning violinist and violist Igor and Vesna Gruppman. A three-course crepe dinner at La Petite Creperie will precede the performance. The fee of $94 per person will be required upon registration.

If none of these pique your interest, check out more programs and daytrips in the library's Program Guide, or go to www.schaumburglibrary.org.

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