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On the Cover: Ferris J. Moorhouse Ferris Moorhouse (1915-1988) operated a small studio in Elgin, a second floor space over Wilson’s Shoes at 163 E. Chicago Street, where he did portrait photography and all his own processing and printing. He considered his best work to be candid wedding photography and horse shows around northern Illinois. During that time, when almost Photo courtesy Elgin everything was black and white History Museum. photography, the Speed Graphic camera that Moorhouse used became one of the most important tools of his craft. The camera was labor intensive as each photo required the insertion of a wooden film frame which had to be removed and turned around before another picture could be taken. The timing and planning of each of event, and even each picture, was vitally important. His subjects would eventually include insurance evidence, police investigations, commissions from businesses, politicians, schools and even house calls for family events. With the development of new technology during the late 1950’s and 1960’s, his method of photography was phased out, and Moorhouse turned to other occupations until retirement. After he passed away, his family donated many of his images to the Elgin Area Historical Society. Reprints of photos from the Moorhouse collection are available through the Elgin History Museum.

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by Jason Pawlowski “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The origin story of that famous idiom is debatable. Some say it originated in a 1911 newspaper article about publicity and journalism. Others have mistakenly attributed the quote to Confucius, probably because the saying reads nicely inside your average fortune cookie. Whatever back story you believe, in Elgin pictures are not just worth a thousand words; they’re actually worth 2,377 (pending spellcheck). As Elgin’s robust arts scene continues to develop, the focus on photography in this town has never been sharper. What with an abundance of scenic shooting locales and vibrant subject matter to choose from and a variety of local arts organizations exposing shutterbuggers to everything from skills-building instruction to gallery exhibitions and competitions, Elgin is a portrait in opportunity for photographers, both amateur and professional. These are their stories.

Finding a View Even if you’ve never heard of a speedlight, a diffuser or the rule of thirds, it doesn’t take an intimate knowledge of Ansel Adams’ zone system of exposure to see how popular the Elgin area has always been as a destination for photographers. Liz Marston, Director of the Elgin History Museum, notes that the museum has about 10,000 Elgin images in their archival collection, dating from 1847 to the 1970s and their Courier News collection features thousands of negatives from photos used in the newspaper from 1936 to 1996. Steps are being taken now to make those images more accessible for public consumption.

“Recently the museum received a grant to start digitizing these images in order to have them available to the public online,” said Marston. Very few Midwest cities can offer the diversity of camera-ready venues, from the historic architecture native to the buildings in downtown Elgin to the picturesque beauty of Lords Park, Burnidge Forest Preserve and the Riverside Drive Promenade to photogenic community events like the 4th of July fireworks and Nightmare on Chicago Street. Elgin’s photographers have a wide canvas to paint upon. “Elgin is a great place to be involved with photography,” said James Jordan, a professional photographer in Elgin for nearly ten years. “There is so much going on, from civic events to arts and culture and some unique architecture.” Jordan added most of his highest rated pictures on the photo sharing site Flickr, as well as, a large portion of the pictures he has represented by Getty Images were shot in Elgin or nearby areas. Not even recent blustery winter temperatures could keep diehard nature photogs from lining the shores of the Fox River over the last month to snap a shot of the majestic bald eagles, which made their brief annual winter pilgrimage to the Elgin area to nest and feed. “My most memorable picture is one I took just last weekend of an eagle flying up and down the Fox River just south of Route 20,” said Charlene Sligting-Yorke, photographer and co-founder of the Elgin 360 Photography Club, one of two camera clubs in Elgin supporting local photographers.


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Light Conversation Sligting-Yorke said the Elgin 360 club was founded in 2013 by a group of friends, who wanted to share their passion and knowledge of photography with photographers of all levels of experience in a welcoming, positive and peer-driven environment. “After Villa Verone closed, we wanted to create an opportunity that would bring a group of like-minded photography enthusiasts together each month to learn from each other while creating heightened awareness about the businesses in downtown Elgin,” she said. Elgin 360 offers monthly discussion on a specific focus of photography and a complementary technique lead by members such as James Kalemis, a 15-year self-described “semi-professional” with a portfolio that includes

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an image of Route 66 that made the cover of a national travel magazine. The club, which meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library, recently extended its reach to the Naperville area as well by developing a relationship with Procam Chicago, which offers Elgin 360 members discounts on equipment, as well as, studio space where they host unique hands-on photography events and tutorials. The Elgin Area Camera Club is a network of photography enthusiasts of all levels, formats and subjects. Started in 2002, the club is a member of the Chicago Area Camera Club Association (CACCA) and meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from September thru May in the auditorium at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital

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with an interest in photography. The Elgin 360 club has also organized volunteer photography projects with events such as Elgin Fringe Festival, Boys and Girls Club of Elgin’s Zombie Run and the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Winter Wonderland. Sligting-Yorke stressed the importance of giving members a chance to apply their skills, as well as, give back to the community.

Photo by Lucie Burmeister.

“We are blessed to have so many talented professional photographers in Elgin who are always willing to help others,” she said.

Film Develops from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The first meeting of the month is a program night, featuring presentations by members on a variety of photography topics, with the subsequent meeting consisting of a competition night, where CACCA certified judges score images to see which ones move on to compete in a citywide judging.

Ferris Moorhouse was a freelance photographer who captured some of Elgin’s “golden era” of the 1940s and 50s with his trusty Speed Graphic camera. His work has been

showcased at the Elgin History Museum, Al’s Cafe and Gail Borden Public Library and now lives on for a new generation to enjoy thru his son Dale, who frequently shares his father’s vintage images on the You Know You Are From Elgin, IL When Facebook group. “It’s really kind of neat to see their reactions to it,” said Moorhouse. “There’s a lot of interest out there about what Elgin was like before.”

“There are several hundred years of photographic experience attending this club covering numerous styles and categories all eager to share what they have learned and consistently demonstrate techniques to the up and coming,” said Elgin Camera Club member Joshua Smith. Both clubs’ meetings are open to anyone

Photo by Ferris Moorhouse, circa 1955.

Photo by Gil Feliciano.

The elder Moorhouse, who passed away in 1998, had a studio above the old Wilson’s Shoe Store at 163 E. Chicago Street and specialized in wedding and event photography. One of his more well known images is a

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photo from 1945 of a group of people celebrating gleefully in Fountain Square holding up newspapers with the headline “It’s Over” – one of the very first images taken locally signifying the end of the second World War. Suffice it to say, Dale is quite proud to share his father’s legacy with the Elgin community. “That’s how we got food on our table for years,” he said. Keith French and James Harvey are not just veterans of Elgin’s photographic scene but actual veterans. As in United States military veterans. French, a professional photographer for 30 years, began his photography career in 1984 during his travels as a U.S. Marine.

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his thirst for more knowledge about this hobby so fueled his passion that he began receiving offers for paid jobs, which he said at times even competed with his military career. French now concentrates on business-to-business photography, including professional head shots, marketing and advertising photography, as well as, some food photography for upscale restaurants. Harvey also developed his love for photography during his time in the military, where he photographed promotion ceremonies, field training and other events for the publication Stars and Stripes and for the U.S. Army’s Office of Public Information.

Since 2005, James Harvey Photography has specialized in headshots and portraits, corporate events, advertising and marketing shots and “I knew I would more. A resident of the be going to see Elgin Artspace Lofts in some pretty cool downtown Elgin, Harvey Photo by Joshua L. Smith. places and I counts understanding the thought having a difference between good better than norimages and bad images mal camera would and how to successfully balance the technical be a good solution for keeping track of those aspects of the camera and composition as places,” said French. traits of a successful photographer. Over the course of the next two years, “Photography is like a good meal,” he said.

Photo by James Harvey. “The steak can’t be too salty or too peppery. Everything needs to be balanced.” Harvey was recently recognized with the Elgin Area Chamber’s Enhancing Elgin Award at their High Five Awards dinner on January 26th for his extensive volunteer

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photography work in capturing the image and the essence of Elgin’s people, places and events.

digital photography and camera technology have radically transformed the industry both positively as well as to its detriment. “The time it takes to take an image, view it, make corrections, finalize them and get them off to the client has been cut by a thousand percent,” French said. “But technology has also diluted our market because in today’s world with digital cameras everywhere, everybody thinks they’re a photographer and the discerning eye of a client has been severely diluted.”

Photo by Bruce Rohr. Courtesy brucerohr.com

The Price of a Shot Like any other industry, the shift from film SLR cameras to digital SLR’s has caused a lot of changes, not so much in the way photos are taken, but within the business of photography itself. As a young boy, local photographer Gil Feliciano started out using an Instamatic camera before being introduced to his first SLR camera by his seventh grade teacher. He recalls in a recent blog post, a feeling of nervous déjà vu after he purchased his first DSLR camera years later. “Would metering, depth of field, f/stops, printing be the same, different or radically different? If analog had its quirks, surely digital would be no exception,” Feliciano opined. Those quirky innovations in

Photo by Nick Cafaro.

The other area of photography that French feels is slowly dying out is restoring and repairing vintage photographs. One of his specialties is taking old, damaged images then creating and remastering a high resolution digital duplicate and restoring the image to its original look. “For many years I have enjoyed working with glass negatives, old film negatives, old movie reels, old prints and returning them into an image that’s just beautiful,” he said.

Moving Pictures Ruben Ramos has shot destination weddings, concerts and events all over the world. His corporate clientele range from large multinational firms like McDonalds Corporate to local non-profits such as the YWCA Elgin. Ramos, who has made Elgin his home base for the last six years, also does boudoir photography, portrait and commercial work but readily admits weddings are his favorite subject to capture. “I just love the fluidness of the location and how you have to be on your toes all times,” said Ramos. “I like that I get to use all different types of skills, from portrait photography, still life and photojournalism.” Herb Staten of Scales Off Media has been honing his photography skills for over fifteen years. In addition to his work as a real estate and commercial photographer, Staten has recently begun

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to make a name for himself locally as a filmmaker with a new streaming TV series called The Natural. The dramatic series is filmed primarily in Elgin with local actors and produced in conjunction with writer/director Barry Gilmore of Black Folio Studios. Photo by Herb Staten. The pilot episode, which was released online last November, focuses on a tions that allow him to create team of FBI agents who must a story that inspires thought, a delve into the life of an ordinary mantra he derived from Gordon everyman named James Wilson, Willis, legendary cinematograto discover what makes this pher of films like The Godfather. average Joe so important. “I strive to use locations and “We want to examine what would happen if someone had absolute power and how they would use it,” said Staten, who serves as executive producer and cinematographer/director of photography for The Natural. “We want to create a TV show that is action packed yet tells a very intriguing story with plenty of surprises.” Staten’s approach to filmmaking and photography are one in the same in valuing great loca-

lighting in unconventional ways, stretching the boundaries to create something different,” he said. “You will see that in all of my photography.”

Details They Tell Storytelling is the embodiment of good photography and the stories that sometimes accompany those images can be equally as captivating. Like Ted Schnell, who experienced a “once-in-a-lifetime

FEED.elginphotographyscene Elgin 360 Photography Club This club is a place for photography enthusiasts of all skill levels, in which to learn, share, teach and photograph life in all of its 360 degree glory, (hence the name). The club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM at the Gail Borden Public Library. Each meeting features speaker-led discussions on a variety of photography topics and subject matter complete with supporting visuals, opportunities for practical application, photo sharing and an informal Q&A. Meetings are free and open to the public. www.elgin360.org Elgin Area Camera Club The Elgin Area Camera Club, Elgin, Illinois, welcomes photographers of all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced. Our members are dedicated to improving their art of photography through interaction with other local photographers and further education. We provide photography-related programs, competitions, photographic outings, opportunities to exhibit members’ work, and a forum to discuss photography in general and members’ work in particular with people who share the same interests. Meetings are held from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, September through May at Presence St. Joseph Hospital. Annual membership dues are $30. Visitors welcome. www.elginareacameraclub.com Elgin Like This Have you seen “Elgin Like This”? On November 2, 2013 a group of Elgin residents participating in the Elgin Fallback Arts Festival, and who also love photography, traveled through the streets and created this body of work. This work is their gift to Elgin. www.elginlikethis.com


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him to use a post to steady himself to capture the image. Of course the advent of the camera phone coupled with social media and photo sharing and editing apps like Instagram and SnapChat have given rise to many an aspiring photographer. And while the tools may be different than your average Nikon or Canon DSLR, the images produced certainly tell no less interesting stories.

Photo by Natalie Kliburg. opportunity” to take close-ups of a cougar that inadvertently stepped into a coyote trap set by local authorities in the Ferris Mountains of Wyoming. French described a mad dash by car and then by foot to get to a particular spot at a particular time to photograph a sunset. only to forget his tripod thus forcing

Alice Moring takes photos of unique, hidden places and treasures in Elgin that might otherwise go unnoticed and shares them on Instagram using the hashtag #BackDoorElgin. Natalie Kiburg of the Gail Borden Public Library even takes “book face” photos where she positions the cover of a book to seamlessly match up with a part of her face or body and shares them at #GBBookFace. Rich Wagner of Rediscover Records maintains a daily photo blog of life outside his storefront with photos of the intersection of Chicago and Spring Streets. Then there is Jen Keller who tells the story of the people of Elgin thru her The Many Faces of El-

gin Facebook page by photographing and interviewing residents and business owners. The response has been so overwhelming, Keller is compiling this content into a book, the first volume of which should be on sale soon. Regardless of the tools, the technique or the talent, Elgin’s story will continue to be told and told well with these and so many other photographers training their lenses on the town. As for the next generation of photogra-

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phers eager to learn the trade, Mario Salazar sums up photography this way. “You don’t learn photography to do it. You do it to learn it,” he said. Jason Pawlowski is Director of Marketing & Special Events for the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, former Managing Director of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, avid volunteer and photography enthusiast.


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FEED.elginphotographers Editor’s note. Searching the internet for Elgin photographers produces an incredible number and variety of professionals and freelancers who want to book weddings, portrait sessions or commercial work. In addition to them are dozens more artists who work in photographic media and have prints for sale. Still more photography enthusiasts are active in the area and exhibit their work through social media. Unfortunately it’s impossible to find and recognize them all. This list was compiled from our contacts, referrals and results obtained from searching online. We apologize for any errors or omissions. Colin Adams Photography colinadam.weebly.com colinadam80@gmail.com Ash Tree Photo Shane Pulgarin www.ashtreephoto.com 815.618.8250 shanepulgarin@me.com Photography by William Bailey www.visualnature.net 224.402.3936 imagesbywebailey@gmail.com Derryl Barnes Photography www.derrylbarnes.com 972.203.5767 Whitney Barry Weddings 630.666.8661 whitneybarryweddings@gmail.com

Expressions Photography* Joshua L. Smith www.fourpointedstar.com joshua@fourpointedstar.com Fantastic Photos Marilyn House 847.695.0281 mrylnhs@aol.com Gil Feliciano Photography* gilfelicianophotography.zenfolio.com 847.920.4445 FLiK Productions Adam Flikkema www.flikproductions.com 847.802.9469 info@flikproductions.com Keith French Photography* www.kfrenchphoto.com 847.401.2017 kfrench@kfrenchphoto.com Greyes Photography Gilbert and Nessli Reyes www.greyesphotography.com 708.833.9685 info@greyesphotography.com Marcia Gutierrez Photography* www.marciagutierrezphotography.com marciagphoto@gmail.com Doug Hanson* www.doughansonart.com James Harvey Photography* www.facebook.com/JamesPhoto50 630.965.6215 J.R. Photographics Riccardo Mancha 847.931.5225 jrm@foxvalley.net

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Tamara Jaros Photography www.tjarosphotography.com tamara@tjarosphotography.com

Blissful Moments Photography Stephanie Policht www.blissfulmomentsbystephanie.com 847.651.9623 blissfulmomentsbystephanie@gmail.com

James Jordan Photography jamesjordanphoto.com 847.293.7992 james@jamesjordanphoto.com

Barbara Broeske* b2@barbarabroeske.com Nick Cafaro Photography* www.facebook.com/ NickCafaroPhotography

Joy of Life Photography Jen Keller www.jolpbyjen.com jen@jolpbyjen.com James Kalemis Photography* www.kalemis.com

Karen Castillo www.karencastilloimages.com

Sandy Kaptain sakaptain@gmail.com

Castle Rose Photography Michael and Diane Sedwick www.castleoftherose.com

Kristin La Voie Photography kristinlavoiephotography.com 847.802.9557 info@kristinlavoiephotography.com

Marv Causey m_causey@sbcglobal.net Dream2Be Photography* Mike and Chantel Ferraro www.dream2beimage.com 630.361.2698 Elginet Media* Bill O’Neill www.elginet.smugmug.com bill@elginet.com

Lance’s Studio Photography* Lance Long www.lancesstudio.com schedule@lancesstudio.com H. Lane Photography Heather Lane www.hlanephotography.com h.lanephotography@yahoo.com

Tom Lee Photography 708.207.2789 Libby Lou Images Melissa Kusek libbylouimages.com LJV Media L.J. Vartanian www.ljvmedia.com 630.667.5373 ljvartanian@gmail.com Joseph Louis Photography Joe Hummrich www.josephlouisphotography.com 847.220.8563 joe@josephlouisphotography.com Love Above Photography Mandy Solner www.loveabovephotography.com 847.582.3019 Lucie B Photography* Lucie Burmeister www.lucie-b-photography.com 773.592.2803 lucieb@lucie-b-photography.com Roberto Martinez* www.bertomartinezart.com rob9m@yahoo.com Nancy’s Pet Pics 847.741.8028 Terri Nelles www.terrinelles.com 224.805.2448 terrinelles@gmail.com Night Owls Media Jaysin Osterkamp and Andrea Tyler www.nightowlsonline.com 630.768.0730 nightowlsmedia@gmail.com Lauri Novak Photography www.laurinovakphotography.com laurinov2@gmail.com Photography by Charlene* Charlene Sligting charlene.photography Photography by Maureen Maureen Skawski www.instagram.com/ photographybymaureen 847.502.3934 Photos by Frost Ryan Gustafson www.photosbyfrost.com 847.802.9611 Ruben Ramos Photography www.rubenramosphotography.com 224.217.1788 Madeline Richmond* www.merichmondart.com 847.691.2775 merichmondart@gmail.com Rein Rivera Photography www.reinrivera.com 630.802.5499

Bruce Rohr Photography* www.brucerohr.com 847.931.0818 brucerohr@sbcglobal.net Steve Rotter Photography* www.steverotterphotography.com 630.247.3556 Mario Salazar Photography and Media Solutions www.mariosalazarphotography.com 815.451.3192 Scales Off Media* Herb Staten www.scalesoffmedia.com 847.980.2778 Ted Schnell tedschnell.tumblr.com Kevin Scott Photography Kevin Ramos kscottphoto.com 815.236.4492 Catie Scott Studio www.catiescottstudio.com 224.345.0896 catiescottstudio@gmail.com Shari Lynn Studios Shari Dunn 224.276.6018 Sharp Images Sarah Sharp www.facebook.com/sharpimages 847.697.1606 Sparkle Images Lain Elizabeth lainmaiz.wixsite.com/ lains-photography 847.254.3794 lainelizabeth1@gmail.com Studio Seven Media Productions Victor Vega www.studiosevenmp.com 224.255.7767 info@s7mp.com Melissa Troyan Photography www.melissatroyan.com 630.390.8674 info@melissatroyan.com Twinbliss Photography Joel Hernandez twinbliss.com OhverDoze Media* Daniel Valdez instagram.com/ohverdozemedia YelloCoyote Photography Jamie Spoolstra www.yellocoyotephoto.com 847.987.8695 Douglas Yorke Photography www.facebook.com/doyophoto James Zorn Photography jameszornphoto.com 847.902.9023 zornski@sbcglobal.net * Photos have appeared in BRAVO


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Because You Love to Laugh man Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year.

Flirtatious Harmonies Bring your sweetie for a little pre-Valentine’s date to “Flirtatious Harmonies,” a program featuring the Metropolis Oboe Quartet. With the ever-amorous oboe taking the place of a first violin in this unique quartet, you won’t be able to resist the romantic musical bon-bons and playful conversation that Metropolis offers. The romantic overtures begin at 7:00 pm Monday, February 13th in the Seigle Gallery at the Elgin Artspace Lofts, 51 S. Spring Street. Tickets are $20 (students $10), available at www.chambermusiconthefox. com.

On Golden Pond Elgin Theatre Company presents Ernest Thompson’s 1979 play, On Golden Pond. This is the love story of Ethel and Nor-

They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. For the Thayers, the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. Directed by Linda Collins, On Golden Pond runs February 17-26 at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays, 2:00 pm. Tickets ($15-18) are available by reservation (847-741-0532) or online purchase at www. elgin-theatre.org.

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Gershwin Rhapsodies January 28 & 29

Andrew Grams, conductor Yana Reznik, piano Gershwin: Cuban Overture Rhapsody in Blue Lullaby for Strings 2nd Rhapsody An American in Paris

Romance at the Fountains of Rome February 11 & 12

Andrew Grams, conductor Jonathan Rudy, organ Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Liadov The Enchanted Lake Respighi Fountains of Rome Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3

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Billings Summary Soiree Lyrique Presents A “Concert for Peace and Redemption” might be good for your soul this winter. Classical vocalists Solange Sior, Jennifer Kosharsky, Cornelius Johnson, and Aaron Wardell accompanied by Dr. Chiayi Lee will be joined by voices from the Elgin Master Chorale Children’s Chorus for excerpts from sacred music and opera with a spiritual theme. The concert takes place Sunday, February 5 at 2:00 pm at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street. A tax-deductible suggested donation of $15-30 per person will be received at the door.

These Three Goofy Dudes Beer Murray is back, hosting a celebration at Danny’s Pizza with The Belvederes, Little Yellow Dog, and Captain Crayon. Beer Murray is performing their second punk musical, “Oops, I Thought You Loved Me” written by Michael Spiekerman. It all comes crashing down Saturday, January 28th at 8:30 pm, with no cover charge and FREE PIZZA provided by Danny’s on Douglas.

addition to offering free relationship advice during a sidesplitting Q&A. Hazell is known for his work as one of the original writers for Seinfeld and is a Tonight Show veteran. Morgan was a finalist in Nick at Nite’s Search for the Funniest Mom in America and a winner of The Improv’s National Comic Search. Tickets are $32-37 for their one appeareance at the Blizzard Theatre at the ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive. See a video preview and buy tickets at elgin. edu.

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Picture a role-reversal musical revue featuring area performing artists singing Broadway tunes. The fun part is that the men sing songs traditionally meant for women, and vice-versa! The theme of this evening is Love, in it’s many forms.

Celebrate “laughter ever after” with your sweetheart! Comedians Pat Hazell and Karen Morgan join forces for a hilarious and heartwarming evening of stand-up comedy that mines relationships, dating, parenting, and family life for big laughs in

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info Terrific Twos See above. 10.45a-11.15a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 11a-12p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Thu.Jan.26 Terrific Twos Join us for 20 minutes of stories, interactive fingerplays and large muscle activities for 2 year olds and an adult caregiver. Attendance is limited. Registration is required. During the first week of registration only patrons within the Gail Borden Public Library District may register. Registration for persons outside the library district begins the following Monday. Please complete the information below or call the Registration Desk at 847-429-4597. See below for other days and times. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Device Advice Need help figuring out how to use your tablet, smartphone, or eReader? Bring your questions and your device to the library for some 1:1 help! This event is for GBPL cardholders only. Also 2/9 at 9.30a. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Wonderful Ones 15 minutes of short stories, fingerplays, rhymes, music and movement activity followed by 15 minutes play period - for children 1223 months with parent or caregiver. See below for other days and times. 9.30a-10a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Listen, Learn and Lead Toastmasters Club #6974 Become the speaker and leader you want to be. No registration. Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. By learning to effectively formulate and express your ideas, you open an entirely new world of possibilities. You’ll be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations, and you’ll improve your one-on-one dealings with others. Please join us as a guest! Also 2/9 at 12p. 12p-1p, GBPL South Elgin South Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Piano Performance: Ted Turner 12.30p-1.30p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Piano Performance: Isaiah Ayorinde 3p-4p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Homework Heroes Students who need help with homework assignments can meet one-on-one on a first come, first served basis with a helpful volunteer. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Also 2/2, 2/9, 2/16 at 5p. 5p-8p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info

Terrific Twos See above. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info

LIVE A solo exhibit by Roberto Martinez showcasing documentary photographs from local concerts. Continues through February 5 during regular gallery hours. 6p, Side Street Studio Arts Gallery, 15 Ziegler Ct. 947.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts. org. Free

1, 2, 3, Go! Families with 1, 2, and 3 year old’s are invited to share stories, rhymes and musical activities together. Also 2/2, 2/9, 2/16 at 10.15a. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

Tablets: Getting Started Learn basic features and functions of your tablet like how to navigate, connect to WiFi, download apps, adjust settings and more. 6p-7.30p, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

Story Mix for Three to Six Children age 3-6 are invited for 30 minutes of stories, fingerplays, and songs. As parents must remain in the building but do not need to attend the class, this is the first on my own library experience for children. See below for other days and times. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.

Baby Rhyme Time This storytime is for infants 0-11 months with an adult caregiver. Registration is required. Repeats 2/2, 2/9, 2/16 at 6.15p. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: John LaBorn 6.30p-8p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove

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Dessert donations accepted at the event Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info QuickBooks: Working with Items Learn how QuickBooks’ accounting software for small-medium sized businesses allows users to manage their company finances in class one of this series 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Real Estate 2017: Bigger and Better! This is an informational seminar so bring your questions about buying, selling, and investing! All facets of Real Estate will be explored by our panel: Attorney Hal Stinespring; Steve Levin from 1st Advantage; Terry Marynw from Marynw Financial; Andrew Cosention, VP from ADH Insurance; and Marie DeMaria, Real Estate Broker with Baird and Warner.Please register. 7p-8.30p, GBPL South Elgin South Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Fahrenheit 451 Literature to Life™ brings Ray Bradbury’s terrifyingly recognizable vision of the future to the stage. Instead of putting fires out, firemen actually start them in order to burn books. Bradbury’s tale of a society awash in information, but lacking critical thought, gives audiences of all ages a sobering look at our own world while offering hope for a better future. 7.30p, ECC SecondSpace Theatre, 1700 Spartan Dr. 847.622.0300

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edetti. In 2010 Yana performed with Carrie Underwood at the ACM Awards on PBS. 1p-1.30p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info. Free Quiet Lab A quiet and serene time and space to use technology without fear of disruption or excessive noise. 1p-5.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

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Fri.Jan.27 Baby Rhyme Time This storytime is for infants 0-11 months with an adult caregiver. Registration is required. Repeats 2/10, 2/17 at 9.15a. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Story Room South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Social Media Meetup: Kim Gilmore - DIY Advertising The Elgin Area Chamber will be launching a yearlong series of monthly Social Media Meetups lead by area social media professionals. Similar to our popular Chamber Conversations, these SoMe Meetups are designed to equip our members with the tools to leverage the power of social media marketing across a variety of platforms in their own small business or non-profit organization. Kim Gilmore, President of Gilmore Marketing Concepts Inc. (GMCI), leads off our January SoMe Meetup by discussing the DIY (or Do-It-Yourself) of advertising and growing your small business through the internet. She will focus on the 10,000-foot view of Google Ad words. To register for our January Social Media Meetup, please visit ElginChamber.com. 11.30a-12.30p, Elgin Area Chamber, 31 S. Grove Ave. 847.741.5660 elginchamber.com Piano Performance by Yana Reznik World-renowned pianist Yana Reznik will perform a short piano performance in our Lobby in anticipation of her upcoming concert weekend with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. A winner of the Artists International Competition, Yana Reznik gave a sold-out Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Debut in New York in 2004. She has appeared as a soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and San Bernardino Symphony. She has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Santiago’s Gabriela Mistral and the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. TV appearances include the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performing with violinist Nicola Ben-

Elgin Literary Festival 2017 The Elgin Literary Festival is a free celebration of the written word for both readers and writers taking place in Downtown Elgin, a blooming center of the arts. The Festival aims to highlight bookish culture and provide writers and readers a place to create and appreciate the art of writing, all within the charming architecture and welcoming businesses that are the soul of the City of Elgin. Free and open to the public. Festival continues Saturday. 4p-10.30p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way elginliteraryfestival@gmail.com sidestreetstudioarts.org. Free Local Art & Game Night See 1/6. 5p-8p, Blue Box Cafe, 176 E. Chicago St. 847.697.2583 theblueboxcafe. com. Free Maiden Bedlam: New Moon Ceremony 7p-8.30p, Maiden Bedlam, 166 E. Chicago Street maidenbedlam.com “Winter in the City” BYOB Paint & Sip Registration Deadline January 20th. Join in the painting fun to tap into your creative juices, get out of your comfort zone and unleash that inner artist you never knew existed. All materials & painting instruction are included in price with a canvas to take home. 7p-9p, Localvore, 15 Douglas Ave 847.220.7335 brushedchicago.com. $25 Spoken Four Spoken Four delivers astounding performances that’ll make your jaw drop. With a repertoire of songs from the 50s to today’s Top 40, Spoken Four’s vocalists and musicians have mastered every word, every nuance, every soaring note that lifts audiences to their feet and gets them dancing like there’s no tomorrow 9p, Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave 847.468.7000 grandvictoriacasino.com Medusa Friday Night Latin Dance Party Dance the night away at Medusa till 4am!... 10p-4a, Medusa’s, 209 E. Chicago St medusachicago.com

Sat.Jan.28 Bison Feeding in Lords Park Join us for an up close and personal look at the bison, deer and elk at the Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Museum for a short introduction after which we head for the zoo to assist the zookeeper in feeding these magnificent creatures. Space is limited to 12 peo-

ple, so please register early! Members free. 7a-8.30a, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd. 847.741.6655 elginpublicmuseum.org. $1-2 Elgin Literary Festival 2017 See 1/27. 10a-4p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way WordPress Series TBD 10a-11.30a, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Usher in the Year of the Rooster Celebrate Chinese New Year with fun crafts and games. Check out your Chinese Zodiac. Are you a rooster? 10.30a-1.30p, GBPL Rakow Children’s Area, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Create a Belly Dance Bra Christina and Mahira are coming together to share their secrets for making the most elusive of costume pieces.... the decorated bra. Though this will not be a make-and-take hands-on workshop, we will be bringing several dance bras in various stages of completion to show you our techniques and design elements. Feel free to bring your own bras that you’d like advice on completing or altering. Because we dance in different styles, Mahira and Christina will discuss with you what design elements work best in each style as well. 11a-1p, Eastern Groove Studio, 221 E. Chicago Street 773.454.6498 easterngroove.com. $35 Grand Opening: Total Fitness Come check us out! We will have Free Food and Drinks, Door Prizes. Workout for FREE, during our grand opening weekend January 28, 29th. Yes, I said FREE! 12p, Total Fitness, 812 S. McLean Boulevard . Free American Grands XXII With 12 grand pianos generously provided by Cordogan’s Pianoland and close to 500 local performers, this musical spectacular returns for its 22nd season. Under the direction of Colin Holman, conductor, and Larry Dieffenbach, musical director, this Fox Valley original is a celebration of the piano and those who love to play it. 1p, ECC Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Dr. 847.622.0300 tickets.elgin.edu. $15-24 Frosty Family FUN! Snowman building contest. 1p, Dundee Depot, 319 N river St . Spectators free Manga and Anime Club for Grades 6-12 Calling all fans of Attack on Titan, One Punch Man, My Neighbor Totoro, and more! Here’s your chance to watch anime, share fan art, and enjoy Japanese snacks while socializing with other fans. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome - bring a friend! 2p-3.30p, GBPL South Elgin South Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Winter Harvest for the Homeless Support Team Advocate Sherman (TEAM SIX) as our hospital execu-

3.2 tives, nurses and doctors dance their hearts out for PADS of Elgin, Inc.’s Winter Harvest for the Homeless - to provide shelter and hope for Elgin area homeless men, women and families. The team that raises the most funds wins, so please make a donation to TEAM SIX here: padsel. ejoinme.org/dance2017 You can also join us at this fun, charitable event! For tickets, contact the PADS office at 847-608-9744. 5.30p, Holiday Inn Crystal lake, 800 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake padsofelgin.org Disgruntled Baristas: A Night of Poe What happens when 2 Blue Box Cafe baristas are unhappy about our Saturday night entertainment? They create a new event! That’s right, 2 of our very own have created a new event that is part of The BBC’s new Weekend Entertainment lineup. The show is a combination of short readings of some of Poe’s greatest works, there will be short video’s about the man and his works, EAP themed food and drinks, period music, cosplay (lot’s of cosplay), and a couple of contests!!! With PRIZES!!! Our first contest involves cosplay. Our judges will vote on whomever best represents the essence of Edgar Allan Poe and his works. You must be at the event no later than 6:30 pm to be considered for this contest. Winners will receive Blue Box Cafe Gift Certificates. The second contest will be a dramatic reading of original work performed in front of our live audience. The contest will start at approx. 7:45 pm. Limited to the first 12 to sign up. The winner is judged on the most representative of Poe’s style, dramatic presentation, and popular vote. Winner(s) receive Blue Box Cafe Gift Cards. The rules: Must be original work for reading; The presentation is limited to 5 minutes; Props, costumes, and effects (no fire or dangerous stuff please) are ok; NO profanity, vulgarity, nudity, bullying or unacceptable behavior allowed. Presenter(s) must sign up and sign a waiver and consent form to participate. Make plans to attend this awesome event, people will be “Raven” about it!!!! 6p-9p, Blue Box Cafe, 176 E. Chicago St. 847.697.2583 theblueboxcafe.com. Free

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February 2017 Grupo de Conversacion en Ingles/ English Conversation Group Practice having everyday conversations in English, improve your pronunciation and gain confidence with a tutor from the Literacy Connection. No registration. Practica conversar en ingles, mejora tu pronunciacion y adquiere confianza con un tutor del Literacy Connection. No hace falta inscribirse. Also 2/7, 2/14 at 6.30p. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Symphony Orchestra: Gershwin Rhapsodies This program, with guest pianist, Chicagoan Yana Reznik, features Cuban Overture, written after Gershwin’s visit to Havana in 1932; Lullaby for Strings, highlighting the spectacular strings of the ESO; and 2nd Rhapsody, which may be the most experimental of his works. The concerts also hold Rhapsody in Blue, described by Gershwin as a “musical kaleidoscope of America,” and conclude with the iconic tone poem American in Paris, which depicts busy Parisian streets traversed by an American tourist in the 1920s. Repeats 1/29 at 2.30p. 7.30p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org. $30-65 Montez de Durango PARA MAS INFORMACION 18479319067 8p, Estrellas del Millennium, 850 N. State.

St. . $20 Spiekerman Presents: A Beer Murray Musical The day of the Chinese New Year, Beer Murray is BACK hosting a celebration at Danny’s Pizza with The Belvederes, Little Yellow Dog, and Captain Crayon. Beer Murray will be performing their 2nd punk musical, “Oops, I Thought You Loved Me” written by Michael Spiekerman. Danny’s will be providing FREE PIZZA! 8p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Ave 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin. com. No Cover Adam Linder 9p, D Hangout Bar & Grill, 550 S. McLean Blvd. 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No cover Nick Pontarelli The Nick Pontarelli Band has made their mark on the Chicago music scene with a fresh take on all of the greats, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Frankie Valli, Bobby Darin, Elvis, Neil Diamond and many more. Satisfying their audience is their number one goal at every show. Nick and the bands unique ability to entertain while engaging their audience keeps the crowd excited and dancing all night long. 9p, Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave 847.468.7000 grandvictoriacasino. com Medusa Saturday Night Dance Party Dance the night away at Medusa till 4am! 10p-4a, Medusa’s, 209 E. Chicago St medusachicago.com

Sun.Jan.29 Elgin Knit Works Duffer Class It’s Duffer Time! These fantastic felted slippers are a quick-knit and the perfect gift! Reservations for the class are required, only a day notice is needed. Space in these classes will be limited so get on the calendar sooner than later. Each Sunday the duffer class will run from 10:00-1:30. The class fee is $35 and while materials are additional, we are happy to offer felting of these slippers in our machine. Call, email or come into the shop to register. 10a-1.30p, Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Ave. 847.627.4700

13 elginknitworks.com Quiet Lab 12p-4.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Mulan the Movie Come watch Mulan (1998,G,88 min) and have some popcorn. Costumes are optional. 1p3p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Open Knit Elgin Knit Works has an inviting space for open knit. Several large tables can accommodate a large number of people knitting all together or in separate small groups. There is no charge for our open knit, all we

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ask is that you use yarn purchased at Elgin Knit Works. All knitters and other fiber artists are invited to join us 1p-4p, Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Ave. 847.627.4700 elginknitworks. com. Free Homework Heroes Students who need help with homework assignments can meet one-on-one on a first come, first served basis with a helpful volunteer. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Also 2/5, 2/12, 2/19 at 2p. 2p-4p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Elgin Symphony Orchestra: Gershwin Rhapsodies See 1/28. 2.30p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org. $30-65 Meditation Candlelight guided meditation Sundays at 6 pm. The 30-minute loving-kindness meditation, rooted in Buddhist tradition, heals the mind from stress and calm the nervous system, promoting a positive attitude and an overall sense of individual peace. Other benefits include reducing stress and tension, increasing energy, increasing blood flow, slowing heart rate, reducing depression, anxiety, anger and confusion, reducing pain and inflammation in the body, and increasing energy. 6p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago St. 630-886-8823. Free Quiet Lab 9a-4.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 9.30a-10a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Baby Rhyme Time Join us for 15 minutes of singing, clapping, and simple stories followed by a 15-minute playtime. Birth - 11 months with an adult. Also 2/6, 2/13 at 10a. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Literacy Connection Tutor Training Become a Literacy Connection Volunteer Tutor in this 12 hour training workshop. Help to make a change in someone’s life and become a Volun-

BRAVO teer Literacy Tutor! The Literacy Connection has over 70 adult learners in our community waiting to be matched with a tutor like you! Would you like to help? Our Tutors help other adults with their English literacy skills, at a time and place convenient for both tutor and learner. NO PRIOR TEACHING OR TUTORING EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED! We’ll train and guide you through the tutoring process. Join us at one of our upcoming Tutor Orientations to learn more! Must be at least 18 years old. Also 2/1 at 10a. 10a-1p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 3.30p-4p, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info After School Adventures Join us for a special game, craft or activity each week. Bring a friend and learn something new! Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Also 2/6 at 4p. 4p-5p, GBPL Youth Center - Creation Station, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Creativity Lab Art, tinkering activities and games will be available for creative play.Grades 1 and up. Also 2/6 and 2/13 at 4p. 4p-5p, GBPL Rakow Corridor East, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Madden Tournament Come show off your gaming skills in our Madden Tournament. 5p-6p, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for 3 to 6 30 minutes of stories, fingerplays and songs. Parents must remain in the building but do not need to attend the class, this is the first on my own library experience for children. Also 2/6, 2/13 at 6p. 6p-6.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 6p-6.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Family Jam Take a break as a family after a busy day with 30 minutes of active movement, stories, and fun! Also 2/6, 2/13 at 6.30p. 6.30p-7p, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 6.45p-7.15p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Career Services & Resume Assistance These programs will occur simultaneously in the Computer Training Room in order to better serve job seekers: 1) IDES Unemployment and Illinois Job Link Assistance, Tuesdays, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Computer Training Room. Staff from the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be available to assist with filing for unemployment benefits and registering on the Illinois Job Link website. Drop-ins welcome. Schedules occasionally change. Please check www. gailborden.info/events for specific locations and times. This program is in partnership with the Illinois Department of Employment Security. For more information, call 1-800-2445631 or visit www.ides.illinois.gov. 2) Job Search & Resume Help Tuesdays, 1:00PM - 4:00 PM, Computer Training Room, Drop in for one-on-one assistance with your job search. Receive help with your resume, cover letter, completing online applications, and more. Schedules occasionally change. Please check www.gailborden.info/ events for specific locations and times. This program is in partnership with the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment. For more information, call 630-844-8768. Also 2/17, 2/14 at 1p. 1p-4p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones Drop-in for short stories, fingerplays, rhymes and more. For 12-23 month olds with a parent or caregiver at this half-hour program. See below for other days and times. 3.30p-4p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Rakow Rooks Chess Club Kids are invited to hone their chess skills. Beginners are welcome. Intermediate or advanced players can play opponents or work on chess puzzles. Chess sets available or bring your own. Grades 3 to 8. Also 2/7, 2/14 at 4.30p. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info South Elgin Sentinels Chess Club Kids are invited to hone their chess skills. Beginners are welcome. Intermediate or Advanced players can play opponents or work on chess puzzles. For children in grades 3-8. Also 2/7 at 4.30p. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info

3.2 ish/Clases del Lenguaje de Senas Americano Free six-part American Sign Language class in Spanish for Spanish speaking families with deaf or hard of hearing children is provided by CHOCIES for Parents. Families are welcome. Esta serie de seis clases gratis del Lenguaje de Senas Americano (ASL por sus siglas en ingles), presentadas en espanol, para familias con ninos con discapacidades o dificultades auditivas sera presentada por CHOICES for Parents. Repeats 2/14, 2/7 at 6p. 6p-8p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Parks and Recreation Board Meeting 6p-7p, GBPL Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 1/26. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Google Tools: Docs Learn how to use Google Docs’ basic features for creating, editing, and sharing word processing documents in this class. 7p-8.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 7p-7.30p, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Wed.Feb.1 Job Training Information Session Training grants are available to help you get a job! Learn about WIOA services and the application process. This program is in partnership with the Kane County Department of Community Reinvestment. For more information, call 630-966-1435, ext. 40078. Also 2/8, 2/15 at 9.30a. 9.30a-11a, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info 1, 2, 3 GO! Families with 1, 2, & 3 year olds are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes and musical activities together in this dynamic program. No registration required. Also 2/8, 2/15 at 10a. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Ave.

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847.742.2411 gailborden.info Literacy Connection Tutor Training See 1/30. 10a-1p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Story Mix for Three to Six 30 minutes of stories, fingerplays and songs. As parents must remain in the building but do not need to attend the class, this is the first “on my own” library experience for children. See below for other days and times. 10.30a-11a, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Internet Basics Learn basic internet terminology, how to navigate a browser, locate a website, identify common domains, and stay safe while searching the internet in this class. 1p-2.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info ChessMaster Junior Chess Club Kids and teens are invited to hone their chess skills during our free-play sessions. Beginners are welcome -- we will teach you how to play! Repeats 2/8 and 2/15 at 4p. 4p-5p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Open Knit See 1/29. 5p-8p, Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Ave. 847.627.4700 elginknitworks.com. Free Clase Futuros Bilingues / Go Bilingual Class Come and experience the warmth and cultural interaction of learning a new language alongside a native speaker. The class is taught by Betty Martinez. No registration.Ven y disfruta un ambiente acogedor al aprender el ingles y espanol con otras personas que lo hablan como primer idioma. La maestra Betty Martinez conduce las clases. Also 2/1, 2/8 at 6p. 6p-7p, GBPL South Elgin Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Cuentos para la familia/Spanish Family Storytime !30 minutos de cuentos musica, rimas, manualidades y mucho mas para el disfrute de toda la familia! No necesita registrarse. Para todas las edades. 30 minutes of interactive stories, songs and fun for

Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Moeller and Sen. Castro Please join Rep. Moeller and Sen. Castro for a brief update from the State Capitol and share your views and concerns about the important issues facing our state. This event is free and open to the public. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info MS Excel: Formulas & Functions Learn how to use formulas to automatically calculate and manipulate totals, percentages, averages and ranges in this class. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Walking Book Club A 45 minute walk followed by a 45 minute book discussion. Also 2/8, 2/15 at 7p. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Danny’s on Douglas Karaoke 8p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Ave 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com Elgin Public House: Trivia Night See 1/25. 8p, Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St. 847.468.8810 elginpublichouse.com. Free

Thu.Feb.2 Terrific Twos See 1/26. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Device Advice Drop by for hands-on learning. You are welcome to bring your own devices. Also 2/16 at 9.30a. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL Rakow Computer Cafe, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 9.30a-10a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Terrific Twos See 1/26. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info 1, 2, 3, Go! See 1/26. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL Story Room North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 1/26. 10.45a-11.15a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 11a-12p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove

Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Ted Turner 12.30p-1.30p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Piano Performance: Isaiah Ayorinde 3p-4p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Homework Heroes See 1/26. 5p-8p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Tablets: Working with Apps Learn about some of the best apps for enhancing your life and having fun with your tablet. Must bring your own device and understand how to download apps. 6p-7.30p, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Baby Rhyme Time See 1/26. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Story Room South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Citizenship Conversation Group/ Grupo de Conversacion para la Ciudadana Do you need to practice English for your naturalization/citizenship test? Come to this free group to review and practice the spoken English you will need for the interview and the 100 questions from the history/civics test. This group will be led by a tutor and is open to all. Presented by The Literacy Connection. No registration.Necesitas practicar tu ingles para el examen de la ciudadania? Ven a este grupo gratis para repasar y practicar el ingles que vas a necesitar para la entrevista y las 100 preguntas del examen de historia y civica. El grupo es liderado por un tutor y cualquiera puede asistir. Presentado por The Literacy Connection. No hace falta inscribirse. Also 2/16 at 6.30p. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: John LaBorn 6.30p-8p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info QuickBooks: All About Customers Learn how QuickBooks’ accounting software for small-medium sized businesses allows users to manage their company finances in class one of this series 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Fri.Feb.3 The Life and Music of Laura Ingalls Wilder Experience the life and music of Laura Ingalls Wilder, complete with a Laura Ingalls Wilder impersonator. The author of the beloved “Little House” books and inspiration for the long-running “Little House on the Prairie” television series, Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1817 ‚Äì 150 years ago. Did you know her father

3.2 was a native of the Elgin area? Take yourself back in time to the formative years of the American Midwest in this entertaining and educational concert. 10a, ECC Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Dr. elginmasterchorale. org. $19-24 Quiet Lab 1p-5.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info First Friday Downtown Elgin dedicates the First Friday of every month to celebrate the community and local businesses with art, music, good food, specials, and happenings!Make it a point to celebrate your first Friday of every month to visit downtown Elgin and see what all the buzz is about! National Wear Red Day is observed annually on the first Friday in February. Go to www.goredforwomen.org for more information. #WearRedTHE LINEUP: 6PM Open Table Gaming: Magic The Gathering at Blue Box Cafe; 7PM ECC Faculty Recital - Mark Fry, Bass Trombone and Euphonium; 7PM Intellectual Mercenary Comedy; 8PM First Friday Improv with GreenRoom Productions at the Hemmens Cultural Center 5p, Downtown Elgin downtownelgin.com. Free Intellectual Mercenary Comedy Show Free stand up show in downtown Elgin. Includes the greatest standups from Chicago with ElginKnight hosting the event. Doors open 6.30. Show starts @ 7pm. 7p, Elgin Artspace Lofts, 51 S Spring St 224-508-1784. Free Candle Magick Basics Candle Magick is perhaps the oldest as well as the most frequently used magickal Spell technique. It’s simple, powerful and surprisingly successful. It involves all of the 4 elements plus the power of your personal will and focus. Learn how to use image, color, oils, wax and flame to manifest your magickal intentions whether it’s to attract love and money, banish illness or repel danger. The class requires a candle that you would like to charge for one of these 4 magickal intentions 7.30p9p, Maiden Bedlam, 166 E. Chicago Street maidenbedlam.com. $26 First Fridays Improv with GreenRoom Productions 2017 Well, whether Woodstock Willie saw his shadow or not, we all know spring is on its way, but right now it’s still a bit cold, and dreary out. So come in out of the cold, and brighten up your weekend with some laughter! Let the improvisers help to brighten your spirits with an exciting, fun and relaxing night out. 100% clean. 99.27% hilarious. 90 minutes of complete improvisation a la Whose Line Is It Anyway. With competing teams, live music and spirits for all ages at our cash bar (no atm on site, sorry). Great fun for all ages! General Admission. 8p-9.45p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way greenroomim-


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Sat.Feb.4 Audition Prep Workshop: Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.” Back by popular demand: Audition prep, this time for our upcoming Disney’s The Lion King Jr.! Great tips and practical experience in song selection, dance steps, and coping with the reading portion of an audition.Especially helpful for first-time

auditioners, but anyone who loves musical theater will enjoy the class.Note: Online registration will close on Thursday, February 2nd to give instructors time to prepare class materials. For Grades 2-9. ECC Room H245, 1700 Spartan Dr. cteelgin.com. $55 12th Annual Black History Family Festival 12th Annual Black History Family Festival Celebrating African American Educators. Keynote by Professor & Author Dr. Vincent Gaddis, ,Professor of History, and Director of the Global Studies program at Benedictine University. The festival will also feature: Presentation of our Future African American Leaders; Chicago West Community Music Center; Crafts and refreshments. Everyone is invited as the Black History Family Festival continues to celebrate diversity as it works to bridge all cultures by promoting liter-

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19 acy through arts and education. Admission is free to the public. Visit us at www.bhffelgin.org 1p-5p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info. Free Welcome Baby ! Baby’s First Library Visit Bring baby and baby’s new library card to this class to learn about programs and resources to support your baby’s early literacy development and receive a special gift! For babies up to six months old and their parents. See below for other days and times. 1p-3p, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Open Mic We celebrate art this day through an open microphone. It can be original music, poetry, spoken word or a dramatic reading. We encourage you to share your art with us. We all have strong feelings about the world today but this is a celebration, please keep the politics and vulgarity for another time, this event is family friendly. Let us enjoy these moments together. Maximum 10 minutes or 2 songs per time slot. Sign up at the register to perform. 6p, Blue Box Cafe, 176 E. Chicago St. 847.697.2583 theblueboxcafe.com Beatlerama “Beatlerama!” is a Beatles tribute that blends the energy and youth of an actual Beatles show with note for note performances of the group’s most classic numbers. 9p, Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave 847.468.7000 grandvictoriacasino.com. No Cover Gone Country 9p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Ave 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com. No Cover Soul Patch Monkey 9p, D Hangout Bar & Grill, 550 S. McLean Blvd. 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No cover

Sun.Feb.5 Quiet Lab 12p-4.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Open Knit See 1/29. 1p-4p, Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Ave. 847.627.4700 elginknitworks.com. Free A Concert for Peace and Redemption With the participation of the Elgin Master Chorale Children’s Chorus. Excerpts from Sacred Music and Opera with a spiritual theme. Solange Sior, soprano; Jennifer Kosharsky, mezzo-soprano; Cornelius Johnson, tenor; Aaron Wardell, baritone; Dr. Chiayi Lee, pianist. 2p, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. 847.741.0532 soireelyrique.org. $15-30 suggested donation Homework Heroes See 1/29. 2p-4p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

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Music in the Stacks: Love and Marriage Art imitates life and in this heartwarming cabaret, Matt and Cynthia chronicle the many stages of relationships while performing varied and powerful songs from the Broadway stage. Through favorites such as Summer Lovin, There Is Nothing Like a Dame, All I Ask of You, Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better, and many more, audiences will certainly relate to the many facets of Love and Marriage--Musical Theatre Style. 2p-3p, GBPL Rakow Corridor East, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info. Free Meditation See 1/29. 6p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago St. 630-886-8823. Free

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FEED.whereisbravo EAST SIDE Baker Hill Restaurant 1279 Dundee Ave. Blue Kangaroo Coin Laundry 464 Summit Street Elgin History Museum 360 Park Street Elgin Public Museum 225 Grand Ave Gail Borden Public Library 270 N. Grove Avenue Jewel-Osco 1040 Summit Street Neighborhood Housing Services 1 American Way Olde Towne Inn 412 Bluff City Boulevard

Hemmens Cultural Center 45 Symphony Way

Metra Rail Big Timber Station 2025 Big Timber Road

Stanley’s Ale House 335 N. McLean Boulevard

Kellenberger Auto Service 217 Symphony Way

Paul’s Family Restaurant 1300 Lawrence Avenue

Starbucks 338 S. Randall Road

Maiden Bedlam 166 E. Chicago St.

Presence St. Joseph Hospital 77 N. Airlite Street

Martini Room 161 E. Chicago St.

State Street Market Shops 701 N. State St.

Pastigel Bakery 154 E. Chicago St.

Walnut Speakeasy 214 Walnut Avenue

Rediscover Records 9 S. Spring Street Side Street Studio Arts Gallery 15 Ziegler Court Soulful Sparrow 10 Douglas Avenue Wall to Wall Retro 225 E. Chicago Street

1600 Professional Building 1600 N. Randall Road

The Uncommon Palate 316 N. River St., East Dundee

1710 Professional Building 1710 N. Randall Road

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Advocate Sherman Hospital 1425 N. Randall Road Candlewood Suites 1780 Capital Street

Superior Homes Realty 1173 Dundee Ave.

Alexander’s Cafe 1725 N. State Street

Comfort Suites 2480 Bushwood Drive

Tri-City Animal Hospital 790 Summit St.

Big Skillet Restaurant 90 Tyler Creek Plaza

Dutch Inn West 36W610 Foothill Road

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Big Apple Bagels* 561 N. McLean Boulevard

Elle Salon 2490 Bushwood Drive

Clean Vistas Laundromat Tyler Creek Plaza

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center 28 Brookside Dr.

Cleveland Veterinary Clinic 400 S. McLean Blvd, South Elgin

Jimmy’s Charhouse 2290 Point Boulevard

Colonial Cafe 600 S. McLean Boulevard

Panera Bread 2484 North Randall Road

D Hangout Bar and Grill 550 S. McLean Boulevard

Physician’s Immediate Care 2490 Bushwood Drive

Elgin Community College Campuswide 1700 Spartan Drive

Porter’s Pub 1250 Bowes Creek Road

Associated Bank 16 N. Spring Street Blue Box Cafe 176 E. Chicago Street Central Barber Shop 172 E. Chicago St. Danny’s on Douglas* 231 Douglas Avenue Domani Cafe 109 E. Highland Avenue Dog’s Paw Brewing Co. 74 S. Grove Avenue Downtown Neighborhood Association 10 N. Spring Street Elgin Antiques & Uniques 207 E. Chicago Street Elgin ArtSpace Lofts 51 S. Spring Street Elgin Art Showcase 164 Division Street Elgin Books & Coffee 66 S. Grove Ave. Elgin City Hall 150 Dexter Court Elgin Symphony Orchestra 20 Dupage Court Funky Rooster 73 S. Grove Avenue

Elgin Shopping Mall 308 S. McLean Boulevard

Rakow Branch, Gail Borden Library 2751 W. Bowes Road

Grumpy Goat Tavern 875 Sports Way

Rookie’s All American Pub & Grill 2486 Bushwood Drive

Habitat for Humanity ReStore 800 N. State Street

Starbucks 2480 North Randall Road

Hampton Inn 405 Airport Road

Village Pizza and Pub 2496 N. Randall Road

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center 28 Brookside Drive

Woodman’s Market (C’Ville)* 2100 Randall Road

Highland Ave Church of the Brethren 783 W. Highland Ave.

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Holiday Inn Express 495 Airport Road

Booker’s Bar & Grill 420 N. McLean Boulevard

In The Neighborhood Deli 185 Edison Avenue

Cleveland Veterinary Clinic 400 N. McLean Boulevard

Judson University (Commons & Library) 1151 N. State Street

Giordano’s Pizza 320 S. Randall Road

Kendall’s Kountry Kitchen 219 Walnut Ave.

Emmett’s Brewing Company 128 W. Main St., West Dundee Midwest Retro 207 Barrington Ave., East Dundee

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Art Area Studio 51 51 S. Spring Street at Fulton St.

Courtyard by Marriott 2175 Marriott Drive, West Dundee

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Pampered Pet Services 1050 Dundee Ave.

Arabica Cafe* 59 Douglas Ave

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Panera Bread 322 S. Randall Road

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a historic rehabilitation grant this year? Come join us on February 6th at the Gail Borden Public Library for a panel discussion and workshop on how to apply, what to expect, do’s and don’ts, and a before & after of past grant projects! Historic Rehab grant applications are due March 31, 2017 6p-8p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. A, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for 3 to 6 See 1/30. 6p-6.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Quiet Lab 9a-4.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 9.30a-10a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Baby Rhyme Time See 1/30. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Spanish Cafe/Cafe en Espanol Intermediate-level participants will practice structured and spontaneous conversations in Spanish. Participants also will learn vocabulary. Participantes de nivel intermedio practican respondiendo o empezando conversaciones en espanol con fluidez y hablando con gente que hablan espanol como primer idioma. 12p-1p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 3.30p-4p, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info After School Adventures See 1/30. 4p-5p, GBPL Youth Center - Creation Station, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Creativity Lab See 1/30. 4p-5p, GBPL Rakow Corridor East, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden. info City of Elgin - Heritage Commission 2017 Historic Rehabilitation Grants Workshop. Interested in applying for

The Gaming Event Players in grades 3-up are welcome to come to this monthly drop-in event. Play Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and other role-playing games(Don’t know how to play? We will teach you and get you started). Bring your cards to play or trade. No registration required. 6p-8p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. B-C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Family Jam See 1/30. 6.30p-7p, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Poetry Writers Workshop Come share your love of poetry! This is a group for local poets to share what they have written. Gareth Mann Sitz, poet and songwriter, will facilitate. No registration. 6.30p-8.30p, GBPL South Elgin South Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info MS Word: Basics Learn how to create text-based documents using Microsoft Word, as well as how to complete simple actions like saving, opening, and printing documents in this class. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Tue.Feb.7 Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Genealogical Society Monthly

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meeting of the Elgin Genealogical Society 9.30a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Panera Milk & Cookie Storytime The Gail Borden Public Library and Panera Bread are partnering to sponsor this program to be held at Panera Bread. Your preschooler will enjoy stories read by a library staff member, followed by a milk and cookie snack compliments of Panera. Registration begins October 11. 9.30a-10a, GBPL Panera Bread, 322 S. Randall Rd. South Elgin 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Career Services & Resume Assistance See 1/31. 1p-4p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones Drop-in for short stories, fingerplays, rhymes and more. For 12-23 month olds with a parent or caregiver at this half-hour program. See below for other days and times. 3.30p-4p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Fun with Robotics Students will have a fun, interactive STEM experience working in pairs to build and animate a robot using Netbooks and LEGO bricks. This class is provided in partnership with Sylvan Learning. 4p-5.45p, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Rakow Rooks Chess Club See 1/31. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info South Elgin Sentinels Chess Club See 1/31. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Audio Lab: Vinyl to WAV Teens can learn how to create and edit a profes-

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sional audio recording, direct and edit a professional video, and become a Photoshop pro. 5p-6p, GBPL Studio 270 Digital Media Lab, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info American Sign Language in Spanish/Clases del Lenguaje de Senas Americano See 1/31. 6p-8p, GBPL South Elgin Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 1/26. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Grupo de Conversacion en Ingles/ English Conversation Group See 1/28. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Professional Voice Career Want to learn how to do radio and TV commercials to earn extra money? Denny Farrell, Radio and TV broadcast veteran guides you through tips, techniques, and need-to-know skills that help you gain the confidence to perform in these jobs including the importance of generating business leads and developing your business practices for a career in voice-over. 6.30p, ECC Continuing Education Department, 1700 Spartan Dr. elgin. edu/noncreditclasses.aspx. $179 Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 7p-7.30p, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Windows 10 Basics Learn how to navigate, use the task manager, manage your files, and more with Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Wed.Feb.8 Job Training Information Session See 2/1. 9.30a-11a, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info 1, 2, 3 GO! See 2/1. 10a-10.30a, GBPL

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Clase Futuros Bilingues / Go Bilingual Class See 2/1. 6p-7p, GBPL South Elgin Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Story Mix for Three to Six See 2/1. 10.30a-11a, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Ted Turner 11.30a-12.30p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Elgin Symphony Orchestra Listeners Club This free, interactive lecture/discussion series, led by Jim Kendros, meets on the Wednesday afternoon during the week of the ESO’s Classics Masterworks series and will broaden your understanding of the music to be performed that week. You will study the music from the inside out, make new friends, and enhance your concert experience. Please register at www.elginsymphony.org, or call 847-888-0404 ext. 238 to reserve your seat. 1p-3p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info. Free Outlook Email Basics Learn to create a free Microsoft Outlook email account and use its features to send, receive, and organize email messages in this class. 1p-2.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info ChessMaster Junior Chess Club See 2/1. 4p-5p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Fun with Robotics Students will have a fun, interactive STEM experience working in pairs to build and animate a robot using Netbooks and LEGO® Bricks. In partnership with Sylvan Learning. 4p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info STEAMologists(RB) Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math! Kids will explore, experiment and create. 4p-5p, GBPL Rakow Corridor East, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Open Knit See 1/29. 5p-8p, Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Ave. 847.627.4700 elginknitworks.com. Free

PLAY: Now & Then Come visit the museum after hours on February 8 from 6-7pm with your 3 to 6 year olds. Listen to storyteller Ms.Madeline of Gail Borden Public Library, visit “yesterday” game stations, try out stilts and make a corn husk craft to take home! FREE ADMISSION. This free story program is brought to the museum by Gail Borden Public Library. 6p-7p, Elgin History Museum. Free Stories at the Museum Story times are for ages 3-6. 6p-7p, GBPL Library On The Go at Community Center, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Cuentos para la familia/Spanish Family Storytime See 2/1. 6.30p-7p, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info MS Excel: Working with Tables Learn how to create tables and pivot tables, sort and filter data, work with large spreadsheets, and more in this class. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Walking Book Club See 2/1. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Public House: Trivia Night See 1/25. 8p, Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St. 847.468.8810 elginpublichouse.com. Free Valentines with The Moods! 8p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Ave 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com. No Cover

Thu.Feb.9 Terrific Twos See 1/26. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Device Advice See 1/26. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 9.30a-10a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Terrific Twos See 1/26. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info 1, 2, 3, Go! See 1/26. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL Story Room North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411

gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 1/26. 10.45a-11.15a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 11a-12p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info The 15-Second Rule What is like being Black in 2017? Join us for a fully interactive performance to learn more about the Black experience in America. 11a, ECC Spartan Auditorium, 1700 Spartan Dr. bjones@elgin. edu. Free Listen, Learn and Lead Toastmasters Club #6974 See 1/26. 12p-1p, GBPL South Elgin South Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Ted Turner 12.30p-1.30p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Piano Performance: Isaiah Ayorinde 3p-4p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

3.2 Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Piano Performance: John LaBorn 6.30p-8p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin 360 Photography Club Photography enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to learn, share, teach and photograph life in all of its 360-degree glory. Join us for a free presentation and discussion on a variety of photography topics. No experience necessary. Bring your camera if you have specific questions about your gear. 7p-8.30p, GBPL South Elgin Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info QuickBooks: All About Vendors Learn how QuickBooks’ accounting software for small-medium sized businesses allows users to manage their company finances in class one of this series 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

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Minecraft for Grades 3-8 All experience levels are welcome! Beginners can learn how to play; experts can show off their amazing skills by competing in a building challenge with friends. 4p-5p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Baby Rhyme Time See 1/27. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Story Room South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Homework Heroes See 1/26. 5p-8p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info

Quiet Lab 1p-5.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Pizza and Books Stop by the teen area for a slice of pizza and join in on the conversation. We will be talking about books that we are currently reading. For teens in grades 9-12 5p6p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Noncredit Health Career Information Session at ECC Need a new career? Want to learn at home? Want job placement assistance? Learn about noncredit, online health career courses offered by Elgin Community College’s Continuing Education department in partnership with Career Step by attending a free Information Session at ECC! A Career Step representative will provide full details about online courses that include Medical Transcription, Medical Coding & Billing and Pharmacy Technician. 6p, ECC Room K128.02, 1700 Spartan Dr. cemailbox@elgin.edu. Free Baby Rhyme Time See 1/26. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Story Room South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Genealogy Writers’ Group Learn from others with a similar interest in writing their families’ history. 6.30p8p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N.

Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Forensics Science Night Calling all detectives! There’s been a robbery at the Elgin Public Museum and we need your help to solve the crime. The science of forensics holds the key to unraveling the mystery ‚Äì finger printing, substance analysis, chromatography and more. Kids and their parents can follow the chain of evidence throughout the museum, discovering different forensic techniques during this mysterious science night. Can you figure out who did it? Free for members. 6p-8p, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd. 847.741.6655 elginpublicmuseum.org. $2 Love Is Love It’s that time of year again folks, and we know it can be tough. All the red hearts, and chocolate coverered... everything, dancing in the isles of every store, parading the time-honored theme of the little cherub wielding his bow and arrow, daring to point it in our direction. And so it goes. “Love is Love” is a visual art pop-up exhibition featuring a variety of works from artists from all over the region. 6p, Side Street Studio Arts Gallery, 15 Ziegler Ct. 947.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts.org Backwards Broadway Backwards Broadway is a role-reversal musical revue featuring area performing artists in support of Youth Outlook.


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Valengrime and Friends Stay Gold Promotions, Medusa, and Good Vibe Crew Entertainment Presents Valengrime ft Oolacile, Symbiotic, Yakz b2b Al Ross, Elohim b2b Siphonic, Ambroflo, Juvenile, Mamba, Syborg, and Wonkatonk 8p, Medusa’s, 209 E. Chicago St. https://www.seetickets.us/event/Valengrime/339926. $12.99-17.99 Generation GENERATION brings it all to the stage! It’s a “rock show” of iconic popular hits not defined by decades. but Beatles to Stones... Bowie to Led Zeppelin...Aretha to Sly Stone. 9p, Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave 847.468.7000 grandvictoriacasino.com. No cover Smokin Gunz Crazy country fun! 9.30p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Ave 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com. No cover

Sat.Feb.11 Coding: HTML Basics Learn the programming language that powers the web. This class will cover basic page structure and formatting. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Family Valentine Tea Registered families with children ages 3-6 are cordially invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with stories, songs and a craft. Registration begins Monday January 23rd in person at the Registration Desk or by phone at 847429-4597. Also at 11.30a. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Read to Rover Tails are wagging at Read to Rover. School-aged kids may practice their reading skills by cuddling up with a good book and reading aloud to a fully trained and certified therapy dog. Repeats at 10.30a, 11a, 11.30a. 10a-10.15a, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Read to Rover See above. 10.30a-10.45a, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info SAT Practice Test A practice SAT test for high school juniors with a GBPLD card. Students may bring a calculator, pencils and a water bottle. They are required to return with a parents on the following Saturday, February 18th at 11:30am. In partnership with Sylvan Learning Center. Registration is required and may be by phone 847-429-4597,or at any of the three library locations. 10.30a2p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin

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Romance at the Fountains of Rome Andrew Grams, conductor; Jonathan Rudy, organ. Liadov, The Enchanted Lake; Respighi, Fountains of Rome; Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3. From Respighi’s passionate Fountains of Rome to Russian composer Liadov’s serene Enchanted Lake, these concerts will awaken the senses and present the listener with a musical rainbow of sound. The program also holds Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, featuring guest organist Jonathan Rudy, and containing a melody called “so gorgeous that it seems plucked from an operatic love scene by Bizet or Gounod.” Also 2/12 at 2.30p. 7.30p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org. $30 and up

Valentine’s Day Crafts Make adorable Valentine’s Day crafts for your loved ones. All ages welcome. 10.30a-1.30p, GBPL Rakow Corridor East, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Complimentary Cake Tasting Join Ola la Venue & Design & Delish Cakes Elgin for a FREE cake tasting. Complimentary cake & dessert tasting for couples and patrons looking for delectable cakes and a place to celebrate! Must register online to RSVP. 11a, Ola la Venue & Design, 51 S. Spring St. ijorere.com. Free Read to Rover See above. 11a-11.15a, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Family Valentine Tea See above. 11.30a-12p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Backwards Broadway See 2/10. 8p, Side Street Studio Arts Gallery, 15 Ziegler Ct. 947.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts.org. $12 suggested donation

Read to Rover See above. 11.30a-11.45a, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

LIL BIBBY Live in concert. Hosted By Power 92.3’S Lana J & Nook Ex ALL AGES EVENT - 21+ TO DRINK - ID’S REQUIRED AT THE DOOR Valentines Day Weekend bring your Sweetheart Come enjoy the show!!! ELGIN WILL BE LIT!! 8p, The Smooth Fox, 51 S. Spring St. thesmoothfox.com. $35

Welcome Baby! Baby’s First Library Visit See 2/4. 1p-3p, GBPL South Elgin South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.697.2583 gailborden.info Chocolates from Around the World Pastry Chef Rose Deneen will provide a variety of chocolates from countries around the world for tasting and discussion about the chocolate production process. Chef Deneen will then demonstrate two easy chocolate treats to make, using the chocolates sampled. Samples and recipes included. 2p-3p, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

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Quiet Lab 9a-4.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 9.30a-10a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Baby Rhyme Time See 1/30. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave 847.468.7000 grandvictoriacasino. com. No cover Jet Set Trio 9p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Ave 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com. No Cover No Limits 9p, D Hangout Bar & Grill, 550 S. McLean Blvd. 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No cover

Sun.Feb.12 Be Mine 5K Run/Walk Love Valentines day? Hate Valentines Day? Join us for the fun winter 5K either way! In a relationship, wear a red hat! Single, wear a white hat! Hate Valentines Day, wear a black hat! Event will be timed and each participant will receive a draw string back pack to use all year long. Run starts at Paul Wolff Forest Preserve in Elgin. Join us in the pavilion for a nice warm fire and hot chocolate before and after the run. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association 9a, Paul Wolff Forest Preserve, 38W235 Big Timber Rd. www.bemine.5k.run Quiet Lab 12p-4.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Brown Bag Lunch Classic Films Roman Holiday (1953, NR) Roman Holiday was nominated for ten Academy Awards, and Audrey Hepburn captured an Oscar for her portrayal of a modern-day princess, rebelling against the royal obligations, who explores Rome on her own. She meets Gregory Peck, an American newspaperman who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love. Eddie Albert contributes to the fun as Peck’s carefree cameraman pal.Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert. Time of Movie: 1 hour, 58 minutes 11a-2p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info. Free Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 3.30p-4p, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info STEAMologists Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math! Kids in first-fifth grade will be exploring, experimenting and creating. 4p-5p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Open Knit See 1/29. 1p-4p, Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Ave. 847.627.4700 elginknitworks.com. Free

Story Mix for 3 to 6 See 1/30. 6p-6.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

Homework Heroes See 1/29. 2p-4p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info

Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 6p-6.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info

Romance at the Fountains of Rome See 2/11. 2.30p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org. $30 and up

Family Jam See 1/30. 6.30p-7p, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Meditation See 1/29. 6p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago St. 630-886-8823. Free

Mon.Feb.13 Creativity Lab See 1/30. 4a-5a, GBPL Rakow Corridor East, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Consolidated Primary Early Voting Early Voting for Kane Co. residents. Continues daily during Library Hours.

Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 6.45p-7.15p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Flirtatious Harmonies Bring your honey and get in the mood for Valentine’s Day with the Metropolis Quartet! With the ever-amorous oboe taking the place of a first violin in this unique quartet, you won’t be able to resist the romantic musical bon-bons and playful conversation that Metropolis offers. 7p, Seigle Gallery, 51 S. Spring St. chambermusiconthefox. org. $10-20

Great Books Discussion Group Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 6:55 pm in the Conference Room. For more information, call Jeanne Hebeisen at 847-741-6264. Co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women Elgin Branch. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info MS Word: Formatting Docs Learn how to format and align text, apply bullets or numbers, and adjust spacing within your Word documents in this class. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Tue.Feb.14 Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info The Long Red Line: One Billion Rising Join the global movement, One Billion Rising, to stop rape and violence. Bring a red cloth, any length or material, any shade of red. Share your personal symbol of strength and solidarity. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7392 or Community Crisis Center at 847-697-2380. 10a, ECC Jobe Lounge, 1700 Spartan Dr. Armchair Generals - Civil War Show-and-Tell A Brown Bag Civil War and Lincoln Interest Group. Civil War Show-and-Tell: Bring and present Civil War memorabilia, artifacts, and other items to Armchair Generals. No live firearms, please. 11.45a-1.15p, GBPL South Elgin South Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Career Services & Resume Assistance See 1/31. 1p-4p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info REAL TALK: I Love My #Selfie Discover ways to promote healing, wellness, and love within ourselves and the Black Community during this event. 3p, ECC Jobe Lounge, 1700 Spartan Dr. bjones@elgin.edu. FREE Wonderful Ones Drop-in for short stories, fingerplays, rhymes and more. For 12-23 month olds with a parent or caregiver at this half-hour program. See below for other days and times. 3.30p-4p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info STEAMologists Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math! Kids will explore, experiment and create. 4p5p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin

3.2 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Rakow Rooks Chess Club See 1/31. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Sweets for your Sweetheart Stop in and make your own candy by experimenting with candy melts. 5p-7p, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info American Sign Language in Spanish/Clases del Lenguaje de Senas Americano See 1/31. 6p-8p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 1/26. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Grupo de Conversacion en Ingles/ English Conversation Group See 1/28. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Computer Maintenance Basics Learn tips and tricks for improving your computer’s performance, stability and speed through common maintenance tasks in this class. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Library Board Meeting Monthly meeting of the Library Board which is generally held on the second Tuesday of the month. 7p-9p, GBPL South Elgin South Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 7p-7.30p, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info My Funny Valentine Celebrate “laughter ever after” with your sweetheart! Comedians Pat Hazell and Karen Morgan join forces for a hilarious and heartwarming evening of stand-up comedy that mines relationships, dating, parenting, and family life for big laughs in addition to offering free relationship advice during a sidesplitting Q&A. Hazell is known for his work as one of the original writers for Seinfeld and is a Tonight Show veteran. Morgan was a finalist in Nick at Nite’s Search for the Funniest Mom in America and a winner of The Improv’s National Comic Search. 7.30p, ECC Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Dr. tickets.elgin.edu. $32-37

Wed.Feb.15 Job Training Information Session See 2/1. 9.30a-11a, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info 1, 2, 3 GO! See 2/1. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.


February 2017 info Story Mix for Three to Six See 2/1. 10.30a-11a, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Build It Up! with LEGOS Kids in Grades 1 & up; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. LEGO building blocks will be provided for this fun-filled, creative building program. 4p-5p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info ChessMaster Junior Chess Club See 2/1. 4p-5p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Open Knit See 1/29. 5p-8p, Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Ave. 847.627.4700 elginknitworks.com. Free Clase Futuros Bilingues / Go Bilingual Class See 2/1. 6p-7p, GBPL South Elgin Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Cuentos para la familia/Spanish Family Storytime See 2/1. 6.30p-7p, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info The Lean Business Canvas: Your One-Page Business Plan If you have been told to write a 25+ page business plan, consider an emerging alternative. Learn the method of writ-

BRAVO ing a one-page Cliffs Notes version of your plan that grabs the reader’s attention and conveys your main points at a glance. This 90 minute interactive class will give you a chance to participate with other business owners. Ample time will be provided for Q & A following the program. Presented in partnership with Fox Valley SCORE. 6.30p-8.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Walking Book Club See 2/1. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Contemporary Fiction Book Group Book discussion - The Turner House by Angela Flournoy 7p-8.30p, GBPL South Elgin South Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

Terrific Twos See 1/26. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info

Duct Tape + Paper Toys + You for Grades 6-8 Learn how to make duct tape wallets and roses, assemble paper toy models of your favorite characters, or try more cool crafts. All ability levels are welcome. 7p-8p, GBPL Middle School Zone, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info MS Excel: Advanced Topics Learn how to quickly highlight important numbers using conditional formatting, work with multiple sheets in an Excel file, calculate percentages, and use the PMT and VLOOKUP functions in this class. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

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Elgin Public House: Trivia Night See 1/25. 8p, Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St. 847.468.8810 elginpublichouse.com. Free

Thu.Feb.16

Device Advice See 2/2. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL Rakow Computer Cafe, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 9.30a-10a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Terrific Twos See 1/26. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info 1, 2, 3, Go! See 1/26. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 1/26. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL Story Room North, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411

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Elgin Genealogical Society Monthly meeting of the Elgin Genealogical Society 6.30p-8.30p, GBPL South Elgin Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Novels at Night Kitchens of the Great Midwest (2015 by J. Ryan Stradal 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Rakow Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Rd. 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Piano Performance: John LaBorn 6.30p-8p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 1/26. 10.45a-11.15a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 11a-12p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Ted Turner 12.30p-1.30p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Piano Performance: Isaiah Ayorinde 3p-4p, GBPL Lobby, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Homework Heroes See 1/26. 5p-8p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Spanish Storytime Families that speak or are learning Spanish will enjoy holiday stories and songs with the Readership staff. 6p-6.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Baby Rhyme Time See 1/26. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Story Room South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Citizenship Conversation Group/ Grupo de Conversacion para la Ciudadana See 2/2. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Create.Innovate.Ignite Series - Sizzle and STEAM Create.Innovate.Ignite Series: This series is designed to help people spark their imaginations, ignite their creativity, and bring their innovations to life! Sizzle and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math PLUS the Arts) - For 4th - 12th Grade Youth (and those young at heart). It’s National Innovation Day! Celebrate by learning how the arts can “heat up” our understanding of science, technology, engineering and math through fun, hands-on activity stations that encourage play and experimentation. Use your imagination to create STEAM projects to “make-and-take” home. Please register. 6.30p-8.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

QuickBooks: Wrap Up & Reports Learn how QuickBooks’ accounting software for small-medium sized businesses allows users to manage their company finances in class one of this series 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Veterans Information Networking Session - Income Tax Presentation Join us for monthly programs to provide information on a varying range of topics dealing with Veterans and to meet and discuss with other Veterans. Topics may include veterans benefits (medical, dental, compensation, pension, burial, etc.), and updates on these benefits, military experiences, PTSD, trauma, recording of discharges and others. Coffee and tea will be served. No registeration. 7p-8.30p, GBPL South Elgin South Elgin Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

Fri.Feb.17 Baby Rhyme Time See 1/27. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Story Room South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 1/26. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Quiet Lab 1p-5.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Welcome Baby! Baby’s First Library Visit See 2/4. 1p-1.30p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Welcome Baby! Baby’s First Library Visit See 2/4. 3p-3.30p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info On Golden Pond On Golden Pond is a 1979 play by Ernest Thompson. This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory —but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all

the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness — and slang — in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. Shows continue Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 2/26. 8p, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. 847.741.0532 elgin-theatre.org. $15-18 BBI Various Old and New School! BBI is a five member band that plays old school to hip hop, from 60’s to today’s hits. BBI is an innovator in the true meaning of variety in music. 9p, Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave 847.468.7000 grandvictoriacasino.com. No cover

Sat.Feb.18 Welcome Baby! Baby’s First Library Visit See 2/4. 9.30a-10a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Coding: HTML & CSS Basics Using a pre-structured set of HTML pages learn how to link pages and create menus. Then start styling page elements with CSS, a programming language for controlling the presentation of your content. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Bienvenido Bebe!/Welcome Baby! BabyFirst Library Visit Bienvenido Bebe! Llevan a su bebe y bebes nueva tarjeta de la biblioteca a esta clase es disenado especialmente para bebes primer titular de la tarjeta de la biblioteca. aprenda acerca de los programas y recursos para apoyar el desarrollo de alfabetismo temprano de su bebe y recibir un regalo especial! Para los bebes sies meses y abrriba con sus padres. Registrados preferidos. Presentado en espanol. Welcome Baby! Bring baby and baby’s new library card to this class designed especially for Baby’s First Library Card holders. Learn about programs and resources to support your baby’s early literacy development and receive a special gift! For babies up to six months old and their parents. Registration preferred. Presented in Spanish. 10.30a-11a, GBPL

3.2 Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info SAT Practice Test Results Come with your parent to receive your test scores from the previous Saturday, February 11th test. 11.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Teddy Bear Sleepover with Scrubby Bear Enjoy games and stories and learn the importance of hand-washing and other ways to prevent the spread of germs. Then leave your stuffed animal for a special sleepover. In partnership with American Red Cross - Americorps Safe Families Program. 1p-2.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Blvd. South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Games & Gadgets Drop-in for some family free play! An assortment of board games, chess, Legos, Wii video games, or iPads will be available. Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult. 2p-3.30p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Undertale Fan Party for Grades 6-12 Humans and monsters in grades 6-12 are invited to our party! Come talk about Undertale while doing puzzles and crafts. It will be a skeleTON of fun - and everyone will be there for you, okay? 2p-3.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Lillian’s Benefit A benefit to help Lillian! Tickets are 20$ a piece, any age. Message Sandy on how to get to tickets! All ticket money goes to Lillian and her needs. There will be silent auctions. 6p-10p, Elgin Moose Lodge, 925 McLean Blvd www.gofundme. com/27588u4. $20 Strong Minds, Strong Hearts ... It’s Time! This benefit event presented by the Elgin Junior Women’s Club includes Open Bar, Appetizers, and Dancing! Raffle and Silent Auction tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Renz Addiction Counseling Center and Ecker Center for Mental Health. Tickets are $45 — deadline to purchase tickets is February 8, 2017. You can buy tickets

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February 2017 using the link below, on the Venmo App (search @elginjuniors), from an EJWC member or send a check to: EJWC Cocktail Party, PO BOX 6321, Elgin, IL 60121-6321. Any questions? Email to ejwcsecretary@gmail.com 7p, The Haight, 166 Symphony Way elginjuniorwomansclub.org. $45 On Golden Pond See 2/17. 8p, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. 847.741.0532 elgin-theatre.org. $15-18

ested in supporting Art for All are welcome. 6p, Elgin Artspace Lofts, 51 S. Spring St. artforallelgin.com Elgin Public House: Trivia Night See 1/25. 8p, Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St. 847.468.8810 elginpublichouse.com. Free

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1 0 d o u g l a s a v e n uHarmony e dJudson’s o w n tTheatre o w n DepartElgin BBI See 2/17. 9p, Grand Victoria Caa revue (2 4 ) Ave 2 2847.468.7000 3 - 7 7 1 8 ment s o will u l fbring u lmusic, s“Harmony,” p aspoken r r o w. c oandm sino, 250 S. 2 Grove incorporating word grandvictoriacasino.com. No cover

dance, back to the stage February h oDuHangout r s : t u e s d a y23-26 & inf rthe i dThulin a y 1Performance 0 a - 6 p Hall Medicine Man 9p, in the Thompson Center. This will be Bar & Grill, 550 S.w McLean Blvd. edne s d a y & the t h second u r s dtime a y that 1 0the a -department 8p 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No cover has produced this revue that s a t u r d a y 1 0 a - 4 pperformed s u nindMarch a y 2015. 1 2 pJudson - was 4 p first alums and husband-wife team, Joshua Sun.Feb.19 and Melissa Hoegh, will once again Quiet Lab 12p-4.30p, GBPL Computdirect this exciting production that er Training Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. will include a cast of 14. Please come 847.742.2411 gailborden.info out and join us for this adventure into music and movement. Repeats Open Knit See 1/29. 1p-4p, Elgin Knit nightly through 2/26. 7p, Judson UniWorks, 8 Douglas Ave. 847.627.4700 versity Thulin Performance Hall, 1151 elginknitworks.com. Free N. State. St. 847.628.2625 judsonu. Homework Heroes See 1/29. 2p-4p, edu. $5-8-10 GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden. Fri.Feb.24 info On Golden Pond See 2/17. 2p, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. 847.741.0532 elgin-theatre.org. $15-18 Meditation See 1/29. 6p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago St. 630-886-8823. Free Painting Party: “Rainy Path in the Woods” Paint your own 20x16 stretched canvas with instructor Mellissa Shea. Please Note: The Martini Room only offers a large array of drinks - Food is not available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring or order in their own food. Arrive early for Check-in and to order one of the Martini Room monthly specials! Please note all guests must be 21 or older to attend this venue. 7p-9.30p, Martini Room Elgin, 161 E. Chicago St. martiniroomelgin.com. $38

Wed.Feb.22 We are the One’s We’ve Been Waiting For Civic action or inaction impacts us all. How have public policy decisions impacted Black communities? Join us in a discussion led by Dr. Vincent Gaddis and learn more about what we can all do to create change in our communities. 12.30p, ECC Room B181, 1700 Spartan Dr. bjones@ elgin.edu. FREE Open Knit See 1/29. 5p-8p, Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Ave. 847.627.4700 elginknitworks.com. Free Monthly Art For All General Membership Meeting 6:00 p.m. Social hour followed by the meeting “Peer Critique” at 7:00 p.m. Visitors inter-

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Harmony See 2/23. 7p, Judson University Thulin Performance Hall, 1151 N. State. St. 847.628.2625 judsonu. edu. $5-8-10 STEAM: Opening Reception STEM + ART = STEAM. Artwork by Chuck Pheatt and Lynn Torbeck. The theme of the exhibition is STEM art. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, coined in the 1990’s by the National Science Foundation to promote science education. The origins of promoting science education go back to 1957 and the launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik. Both Pheatt and Torbeck are a product of the promotion of science expertise in the 1950’s. They use their scientific training in selecting and developing artwork that presents their scientific vision in multiple mediums, including acrylic on canvas, hot glass, warm glass, cast bronze, steel, light sculptures and electronics. The result is art with a story to tell and concepts to illustrate. With a performance by Harpist Rebecca Royce. 7p, Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct. 947.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts. org. $5 suggested donation On Golden Pond See 2/17. 8p, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. 847.741.0532 elgin-theatre.org. $15-18 Final Say With vibrant, youthful energy and an extensive repertoire of songs that range from the latest Top 40 hits to classics that always bring an audience to their feet, Final Say delivers an impassioned show that makes the audience feel like they’re a part of something remarkable. Experience sizzling chemistry, incredible en-

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love locks for valentine’s day Around the world, “Love Locks” hang from bridges, fences and railings symbolizing the union of two hearts in a permanent bond. N o w t h r o u g h Va l e n t i n e ’ s D a y, b e a p a r t o f t h e L o v e Lock tradition by attaching your own padlock in our display window with a donation of $10 or m o r e t o t h e Wo m e n ’ s C r i s i s C e n t e r. Locks are available for purchase for $3 each.

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March 3-4 2017

Shop Hop Annual self-guided tour of over 200 vintage shops in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

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Five Elgin area businesses are participating... Shop them all! Elgin Antiques and Uniques 207 E. Chicago St. Downtown Elgin

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ber” Join the fun as we paint, eat and drink our way to raise funds for our own Youth Scholarship Fund! All materials & painting instruction are included in price with a canvas to take home. Includes two drinks, generous appetizers & desserts! Register online before 2/17. 7p-9p, Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way 847.742.2411 gailborden.info. $50-60 On Golden Pond See 2/17. 8p, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. 847.741.0532 elgin-theatre.org. $15-18

ergy, and songs no one can resist ‚Äì all brought to you by Chicago’s very own Final Say. 9p, Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave 847.468.7000 grandvictoriacasino.com

Sat.Feb.25 Bison Feeding in Lords Park Join us for an up close and personal look at the bison, deer and elk at the Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Museum for a short introduction after which we head for the zoo to assist the zookeeper in feeding these magnificent creatures. Space is limited to 12 people, so please register early! Members free. 7a-8.30a, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd. 847.741.6655 elginpublicmuseum.org. $1-2 American English Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and George Harrison’s birthday all in one night! During this epic evening of hits, American English will perform the Sgt. Pepper’s album in its entirety in addition to performing special sets dedicated to George Harrison and Beatles rarities. Plus, since February 25 is George Harrison’s birthday, we’ll be serving cake to honor the beloved Beatle. 7p, ECC Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Dr. tickets.elgin.edu. $35-39 Harmony See 2/23. 7p, Judson University Thulin Performance Hall, 1151 N. State. St. 847.628.2625 judsonu. edu. $5-8-10 Off With Their Heads, The Usuals, Sincere Engineer, Nate Simmons A great night of music and comedy! Off With Their Heads will be performing an acoustic set along with The Usuals and Sincere Engineer! Laugh out loud comedy by Nate Simmons, Conor Cawley and Kelly Bolton. This is a 21+ event and will have an $8 Door Cover! Set times as follows: 8:00-8:20 Kelly Bolton (Comic); 8:30-9:00 Sincere Engineer; 9:15-9:45 Conor Cawley (Comic); 10:00-10:30 The Usuals; 10:45-11:15 Nate Simmons (Comic); 11:30 OFF WITH THEIR HEADS (Acoustic set) 7p, Dutch Inn West, 36W610 Foothill Road facebook.com/pihprod. $8 Youth Scholarship Fund Painting Event: “A Starry Night to Remem-

ABB4 9p, D Hangout Bar & Grill, 550 S. McLean Blvd. 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No cover Ghost Ryder Ghost Ryder plays a fun-time mix of hot modern country hits and classic Americana rock that is a real crowd pleaser. 9p, Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave 847.468.7000 grandvictoriacasino. com. No cover

Sun.Feb.26 Sunday Open Speaker Brunch Josh R. from South Elgin shares his experience, strength and hope. 12p, Elgin Alano Club, 73 S. Riverside Drive. $3-5 Open Knit See 1/29. 1p-4p, Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Ave. 847.627.4700 elginknitworks.com. Free On Golden Pond See 2/17. 2p, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. 847.741.0532 elgin-theatre.org. $15-18 Meditation See 1/29. 6p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago St. 630-886-8823. Free Harmony See 2/23. 7p, Judson University Thulin Performance Hall, 1151 N. State. St. 847.628.2625 judsonu. edu. $5-8-10

Tue.Feb.28 Reaching For Your Star Black History Closeout Ceremony This event will commemorate all the events held in February as part of the Black History Month 2017 and celebrate the shining accomplishments of Black students on campus. 3p, ECC Spartan Auditorium, 1700 Spartan Dr. bjones@elgin.edu. FREE

Shared Values: Sleeping Indoors and Eating

Paying Artists First In 2007, a talented baritone soloist and his accompanist came to Elgin to audition for the Artistic Director of Elgin OPERA. That Artistic Director was Solange Sior, the beloved soprano and vocal coach who now leads Elgin’s Soirée Lyrique. The accompanist was Dr. C. Charles Clency, a renowned choral conductor and educator with numerous credits, and the accompanist and arranger for legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. The baritone was R. Darryl Thomas, a multitalented musician and entrepreneur from Chicago’s inner city. At the time, Thomas did not know he would later live in Elgin.

Alight on Two Paths Raised in a family of pastors and musicians, Thomas became an ordained minister but not a pastor. As a member of the same congregation as Barack Obama

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Artrepreneur™ R. Darryl Thomas.

before his rise to the Presidency, Thomas recalls Rev. Jeremiah Wright saying to him, “I realize your ministry is outside the four walls of the traditional church.” As Thomas now puts it, “Music is my pulpit. Music is how I help people.” As a lifelong musician, trained in classical piano technique, organ and voice, Thomas is an incredibly versatile artist who could have made music a fulltime occupation. But thanks to his father’s pragmatism, he can boast of a dual career in technology and music. “My daddy said, ‘We’re not sending you to college so you can starve,’” according to Thomas. “’It’s so you can get a real job.’” His degree in multiple majors and minors of math, science and music eventually led to a series of positions as a programmer, IBM mainframe analyst and network engineer. Thomas later applied his expertise to teaching


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and establishing tech academies in schools and colleges throughout the Chicago area, while maintaining a schedule of performing, recording and touring internationally with ensembles of all kinds. It’s just how his father envisioned him breaking the mold of the starving artist. “I’m good at those other things, and I do well at them, but my heartbeat is music,” he says.

Fruitful Marriages Combining music and technology was the inevitable outcome of all this experience, and putting a business model behind it also came naturally. “I come from an entrepreneurial family,” Thomas explains. “Now I’m bringing all of these skill sets together for the first time ever in my life. It’s marrying all of my disciplines.” His new project is called mwseq™ (pronounced “music”), a digital music distribution platform that seeks to rewrite the rules of engagement between independent and mainstream recording artists and their fans. His belief that artists should be able to sleep indoors and eat is intrinsic to the company’s main slogan, Paying Artists First!™ Somewhat like the classic social structures that enabled Haydn or Beethoven to produce great work, mwseq™ will create a patronage network that brings together artists and super-

fans who are willing to become champions of their work. For the cost of a monthly subscription, fans can get downloads, live streams, backstage views and more intimate access to the artist’s process unlike anything they could get from other digital music services. “The concept is resonant throughout the music industry,” Thomas says. “People are reaching out to us from all over the world. We’re looking for artists who will treat this as a business, and we call those people ‘Artrepreneurs™.’”

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The underlying technology is an app that features browsing, playlists, audio and video content libraries and artist profile information. The morning of our interview, Thomas launched an early prototype that is limited but functional, and ready for user testing. “When Tony Starks built the first Iron Man suit while he was in captivity, it was crude but it was effective.” That’s how Thomas describes the first beta version of the mwseq™ web application. “It’s a 25% project, but it’s testable, it’s marketable, and it’s monetizable.” But there was more “irony” to this app’s launch than the analogy to the Iron Man suit. Just hours after completing the build his laptop crashed, and Thomas used a computer at Gail Borden Library to go live on the

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internet. Reflecting on the glitch he jests, “It’s pretty dramatic .... I think it’ll make a good movie someday.”

Live mwseq™ The next thirty days will be devoted to testing the user interface and the system capacity, using content from the first artist, Sermónne, an eclectic band of seasoned veterans led by Thomas, who play any genre “from Bach to rock.” Sermónne has performed at Elgin’s Art & Soul on the Fox and at artist receptions in the Seigle Gallery at Elgin Artspace Lofts. “The band is like air to me,” Thomas says. “Now that the 25% project is done, I have to go back in the studio and crank out some original content to populate the app.” At the end of January, mwseq™ will begin inviting users to test drive the public beta version of the app. To be included, music fans should sign up on the wait list at www.mwseq.net “The ideal candidate would be someone aged 13-35, because that demographic actually streams music.” Thomas plans to have content from up to a dozen

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artists available on mwseq™ within the next sixty days, so that users can experience a fuller set of features and help the platform scale up to as many as 10,000 artists by 2018. Will some Elgin data center be powering the live streams of thousands of artists out to mwseq™ listeners around the world? Not exactly. Only the founder and Chief Artrepreneur lives here. The offices are located in Chicago’s prestigious technology hub and accelerator space called “1871,” where coders, designers and visionaries like R. Darryl Thomas can work side by side creating revolutionary new products and services. “mwseq™ is actually a technology company disguised as an entertainment company,” he says. But behind the marketing gloss and tech-speak, Thomas’ words reveal that he is serving a mission first inspired by his father: that artists should not have to starve for their work. —JP

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