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  • Learn how to ‘echo weave’ at Fine Line Mar 24, 2015 4:23 PM
    Fine Line weaving instructor Beth Duncan will offer “Echo Weave, A Starting Point,” on Saturdays, April 4 and 18. “Learning to weave can seem daunting at the start; there is a lot of prep work before the actual weaving begins. As with all things worth learning, take your time and practice," Duncan said.

     
  • Woodridge man charged with hijacking, kidnapping woman and 2 kids Mar 17, 2015 5:57 PM
    A Woodridge man in prison on an unrelated armed robbery charge has been charged with hijacking and kidnapping a woman and her two young children in April, 2014. John A. Smith, 18, formerly of Woodridge, is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking, one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of armed robbery. All charges are Class X felonies.

     
  • “Why Opera?” program coming to Wheaton’s Danada Room March 25 Mar 16, 2015 5:36 PM
    Have you ever noticed how often opera is used in popular movies? Lawrence University musicologist Julie McQuinn leads a high energy exploration and discussion of that question in the free public program “Why Opera?” Wednesday, March 25 at the Danada Room, 3S501 Naperville Rd., Wheaton. The program is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, advance registration is requested at go.lawrence.edu/chicago. A free reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. will be held prior to the program, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Joining McQuinn for the program will be soprano Emily Birsan, a performer with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Ravina Festival, who was the subject of a cover story in the February 2015 issue of Classical Singer magazine. Birsan will perform an aria from “La Traviata” and discuss reasons why talented singers pursue careers in opera. McQuinn, an associate professor of music at Lawrence, is a popular pre-concert presenter for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Her research interests include opera, film music and music’s intersections with memory, gender, and the fairy tale. Birsan, a 2008 graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, recently finished her third year as a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has performed on the Lyric Opera’s main stage as Servilia in the critically acclaimed Sir David McVicar production “La Clemenza di Tito” and the first flower maiden in Wagner’s “Parsifal.” Most recently, she portrayed Leila in Bizet’s “Pearl Fishers” for the Florida Grand Opera. Other roles include Adele in “Die Fledermaus,” Violetta in “La Traviata” and Mme. Silberklang in Mozart’s “Der Schauspeildirektor” with the Grant Park Music Festival. She has performed as soloist in Schubert’s Mass No. 6 with the Grant Park Symphony and “A Mirror on Which to Dwell” at the Ravinia Festival.

     
  • Health Insurance for People 65 + Years Mar 17, 2015 3:12 PM
    This lesson will explore the options and tools necessary for health insurance decisions by people approaching or whom are already on Medicare.

     
  • Display your skills for collegiate coaches at JUCO Spring Hoops Showcase Mar 13, 2015 11:49 PM
    High school and junior college men’s and women’s basketball players with collegiate aspirations are invited to display their talents for coaches at the JUCO 2015 Spring Showcase. The event takes place on Saturday, April 25, at Judson University in Elgin.

     
  • Express Employment Professionals Hosts National Leadership Event Featuring Daymond John, Dan Aykroyd and Liz Murray Mar 13, 2015 4:02 PM
    Back for its sixth year and sponsored by the Chicagoland Express Employment Professionals offices, the FREE event will be held Wednesday, April 8 at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road in Rosemont, Ill. Doors open at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 7:50 a.m.

     
  • GLMV Chamber of Commerce Presents Breakfast For Growth Seminar: ‘March Into Marketing You Biz’ - 3/18 Mar 12, 2015 10:13 AM
    Get pro tips and discover how to use the power of marketing to increase exposure and visibility of your business, at the upcoming GLMV Chamber of Commerce Breakfast For Growth Seminar "March Into Marketing Your Biz" to be held Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 - 9 am at the GLMV Chamber Office, 1123 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

     
  • Join GLMV Chamber of Commerce at economic luncheon Mar 13, 2015 12:57 PM
    Business leaders, managers and executives can prepare for the future at the GLMV Chamber of Commerce 2015 Economic Outlook Luncheon to be held Tuesday, March 17, at Dave & Busters, Westfield Mall, Vernon Hills.

     
  • The Birches sponsors Alzheimer’s research education event Mar 10, 2015 5:44 PM
    On March 19, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association and The Community House to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s research. As part of a series of Alzheimer’s Association education events titled “Alzheimer’s Research: Get Informed, Get Involved,” The Birches and The Community House will host a presentation by keynote speaker Kumar Bharat Rajan, Ph.D. from Rush University Medical Center. The presentation will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Community House, 415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale. Dr. Kumar Bharat Rajan will discuss current trends, efforts and directions in dementia research and will provide information about the benefits of participation in research and local studies. He will also be awarded a check for $49,957.00 through the New Investigator Research Grant program to fund the first year of his research titled “Role of Activities on Genetic Risk of Neurodegeneration by Race/Ethnicity.” At the end of the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to enroll in the Alzheimer’s Association’s TrialMatch program. The TrialMatch program is a free service provided by the Alzheimer’s Association that matches individuals with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current Alzheimer’s studies. The Alzheimer’s Association’s TrialMatch database contains more than 225 clinical studies that are being performed at 700 trial sites throughout the country. Clinical trials play an important role in finding new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have already made great strides in developing treatments for Alzheimer’s. Drugs have been developed that can temporarily improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, but more research is necessary to develop treatments that slow or stop the progression of the disease. For clinical trials to be productive, volunteers are needed from a variety of backgrounds. Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s play an important role in research, but researchers also need volunteers without Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, recruiting and retaining trial participants is the greatest barrier to finding new Alzheimer’s treatments besides funding. “I think raising awareness about the need for volunteers in clinical trials is important,” said Birches’ Director of Encore and Memory Care Services Jackie Raschke. “A lot of people would love to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s but don’t know what they can do. TrialMatch gives people a concrete way to contribute.” This event is free and open to the public. To register, call 847-933-2413 or register online at www.alz.org/illinois. The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit: birches.net.

     
  • NNHS Fine Arts Students Sweep IMEA Top Honors Mar 10, 2015 5:48 PM
    TEN NAPERVILLE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL FINE ART STUDENTS RECEIVE ILLINOIS MUSIC EDUCATORS CONFERENCE TOP HONORS Naperville, IL, January 2015 – Naperville North High School is proud to announce ten students have been awarded All-State Honors at the annual competition of the 2015 Illinois Music Educators Conference sponsored by the Illinois Music Educators Association. (IMEA). Thousands of students take part in the Illinois Music Educators Conference (IMEC) held in Peoria every year. The competition sequence begins in October when music students from every Illinois high school audition for their local district festival. Qualifying students move on to the district festival held in November. Those students considered to be the most highly skilled in their district go on to state level auditions in January. State level auditions determine whether they are in the All-State group or, the top group in the state, the Honors All-State ensemble. This process provides powerful educational experiences for all music students across the state. Dana Green, NNHS Orchestra Director, is proud that faculty in all three disciplines, Band, Chorus, and Orchestra, at Naperville North work hard to elevate the level of performance of each individual musician. “The skills instructors work on in our ensembles give our students the leg up they often need when competing with the state’s best musicians. Ultimately, it is because we have some of the hardest working students in Illinois at Naperville North High School that we are able to be as successful as we have been on the IMEC stage. It’s astounding to have Naperville North students sitting principal in three sections of the top state orchestra. That two North students auditioned successfully into the All-State Honors Combo is just as incredible. And that all three musical disciplines are representing our program at this prestigious conference is fantastic!” Instructional Coordinator of Fine Arts and Music Director, Nicholas Janssen, said, “ This is exciting as not only were these students among the top scores in the state to even be selected for the conference, but Taylor, Alec, Tolya, and Max had the single highest score on their instrument. This is a great day for NNHS Fine Arts!” Kevin Pobst, NNHS Principal, congratulated the students and commended them on their high level of skill. Congratulations to the following NNHS students for winning top honors in the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria, Illinois: Carly Daugherty, All-State Honors Band, Clarinet Shannon Keegan, All-State Chorus Ian Henning, All-State Honors Chorus Tolya Kuznetsov, All-State Honors Orchestra, Principal Cello Maxwell Lowery, All-State Honors Orchestra, Principal Viola Paul Beckman, All-State Honors Orchestra, Principal Percussionist Natalie Piehl, All-State Orchestra, Cello Aditi Prakash, All-State Orchestra, Violin Taylor Kroma, All-State Honors Jazz Combo, Bass Alec McKeska, All-State Honors Jazz Combo, Guitar Naperville North High School is dedicated to the performing arts and believes academics and the arts are equally important to student development and achievement. Thank you, Sue Frazzini North Performing Arts Center Marketing Director npacmarketing@gmail.com 630-779-6204

     
  • LEGO fans piece together a good time in Geneva Mar 8, 2015 6:34 PM
    The Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club put on an exhibit with plenty of dioramas of trains and landscapes at the Geneva Public Library over the weekend.

     
  • Mindfulness and Soul Care Mar 10, 2015 3:00 PM
    Mindfulness is the act of paying purposeful attention to the present moment. It offers us a way to enjoy our lives more and reduce stress through a few simple practices.

     
  • 2015 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference Mar 10, 2015 3:00 PM
    More than 100 seventh and eighth grade youth learned ways to improve their leadership skills at the 2015 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference held Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel in Decatur.

     
  • “American Ingenuity” theme of Fox Valley Antiques Show Mar 4, 2015 3:29 PM
    “American Ingenuity” will be the theme of the upcoming Fox Valley Antiques Show on March 14-15 in St. Charles. The focus will be on design elements of our past, highlighting the ability of top decorators to incorporate those elements into today’s modern look. Blending “old with new” is currently evident in nearly every decorating magazine, catalog and TV show. Antiques are so commonly used that many of the top stores offer reproductions at prices much higher than the cost of an original.

     
  • Be bold, get cold for Special Olympics Illinois in Lake Bluff on Saturday Mar 9, 2015 4:11 PM
    Be a fan of brrr-avery! Support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into the waters of Lake Bluff at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7. The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Far West Suburban/Area 2, which serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties.

     
  • Modern style intersects with history at Fox Valley Antiques Show Mar 10, 2015 5:52 PM
    Come find your original (not a mass-produced, “Made in Taiwan” copy) at the Fox Valley Antiques Show. The gathering will feature 55 dealers from 14 states, bringing a great variety of 18th- to early-20th century antiques to St. Charles on March 14-15.

     
  • Lake County 4-H holds International Festival Mar 5, 2015 1:41 PM
    The annual Lake County 4-H International Festival was held Feb. 22 at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

     
  • Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Feb 26, 2015 11:11 AM
    The Illinois State Rifle Association and IllinoisCarry.com will be sponsoring their annual Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Springfield, IL.

     
  • Breaking the Code Feb 23, 2015 10:17 AM
    Breaking the Code (BTC) is a research-based prevention simulation that highlights the existence and harmfulness of a hidden and unchallenged bullying social structure.

     
  • 'The New Jim Crow' author to visit Benedictine April 21 Mar 12, 2015 10:02 PM
    The impact of racial injustice in the American legal system will be the focus of a free lecture by civil-rights-lawyer-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Benedictine University. She is the author of the 2010 book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness.” In advance of her presentation, Benedictine is encouraging members of the public to join a communitywide reading group and series of weekly discussions related to the book and its theme.

     
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