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Every Thursday, visitors at the Gail Borden Public Library can push through the revolving door and transition into a kind and pleasant world where volunteer pianists as they play for a wide ranging audience. Curious children circle the grand piano, and adults pass by, slowing their pace to enjoy the melodies. We asked the talented volunteers to share a little bit about themselves and their musical career. This month, Shirley Remes and John LaBorn provide words of encouragement and the power to connect abroad through music.
Shirley Remes Shirley Remes never thought at a young age she would enjoy music from the 30s and 40s, let alone that she would perform her favorite Cole Porter and Gershwin brothers songs publicly on a grand piano at the local library
as an adult. She would have found both unusual. However, when her husband read the inquiry for pianists in the Gail Borden Public Library newsletter, he encouraged her to apply. “I don’t know who came up with the idea to have piano players at the library, I’ve never heard of it before. I was concerned initially that it would bother some people; you always think of a library as such a quiet place …” said Shirley. At seven, she began piano lessons and would play all through high school. There, Mrs. Caliendo would become her favorite piano teacher. “My mom enlisted me in piano lessons, quite against my will at first.” Later, an extended break would follow while working and raising her four children. “I went 50 years without playing, and have just returned to it,” said Shirley.
Today, my most persistent inspiration comes from the rock writing I have seen during my travels in the Southwestern United States, Hawaii, and Central to South America, Australia, Africa and China. Mysterious petroglyphs and pictographs are universal and meaningful symbols written on the rocks by people who have long since disappeared. Art is my vehicle for preserving the last remaining traces of this ancient visual language that is, literally, an endangered species. Prior to becoming an artist, I taught school for fifteen years. Four years in Argentina plus one year each in Costa Rica and the jungles of Guatemala left me with a residue of beautiful imagery and a deep fondness for the native people of those countries. I moved to Chapel Street in Elgin, Illinois and taught at Channing School for nine years, before I enrolled in the American Academy of Art in Chicago where I graduated with a fine arts degree in 1988. Since then I have developed a contemporary, expressive style as a Chicago fine artist specializing in watercolor. In addition to my work with the ancient rock art, I also create paintings dealing with how weather and light affect the mood of shapes found in cityscapes, landscapes and bodies of water. With special attention to light and dark patterns, I express my passion for subject matter that I have directly experienced. My work is meant to have heart. If the viewer enjoys my paintings as much as I enjoy creating them, I have accomplished my goal of evoking connections. To evoke connections is also to teach. In my art, I have synthesized my deepest commitments.
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Shirley Remes plays at the Gail Borden Public Library.
She credits members at her church who also encouraged her to resume playing and notes retirement has provided the time needed to dedicate to regular practice. Shirley when asked what advice she gives for any piano player who wants to perform answered, “It is normal I think to be nervous at first, I was. But I just made myself push through this and now I am fairly comfortable with playing in front of others.” And for the BRAVO reader who also plays, she adds, “So don’t be discouraged if you haven’t played for years, or you are nervous in front of others. You can overcome these obstacles!” Shirley includes playing by ear as a desired skill in her advice for people who want to learn to play the piano. “I would say find a teacher who can teach you to play by ear as well as read music. Unfortunately, I cannot play by ear. I envy people who can.” Over the time she has volunteered, Shirley has developed a large collection of songs ready to be performed on Thursdays. “When I started, I had no [playlists], now I have 28 plus seasonal playlists so I have a lot more variety.” That variety still includes something for everyone: “…I typically rotate two songs of [the 30s and 40s] era with light classical and more contemporary pieces,” said Shirley. The results from her preparation have not gone unnoticed and she believes anyone who has the ability and would like to share should also say yes to this opportunity. “The patrons have told me repeatedly how much they like it, and at the Elgin library, the sound goes up through the center circular staircase and fills the entire library, and people tell me how much they love it. One lady slipped out of the computer room one day to tell me that everyone in there was enjoying the music immensely,” she recalled. Today, she also volunteers her talents at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elgin at noon on Fridays. At times, she performs background music for local clubs and events. In the past, she has played at her church. “I’m very grateful for these venues where I can play now
because it encourages me to practice and learn new pieces. Plus, it is very gratifying when I can see that people are surprised to see me playing and when they tell me how much they enjoy it,” says Shirley.
In addition to playing the piano, she enjoys reading, knitting, and cooking.
John LaBorn John LaBorn is not afraid to play piano in front of an audience, local or abroad, planned or impromptu. “I have traveled Italy extensively and have loved every minute of it. Because a piano has been available, I have played in the train stations in Venice, Rome, and Naples. I have played in the Rome airport, and in a restaurant in Padova.” In 2016, he would spend three months playing in Naples, Italy. “The first day there I walked into a coffee shop that had a piano (there are only two places like this in Naples). I fell in love with the place, I was there almost every day. This wonderful place was called 7Bello Bar. It was magical, really. There were people from all over Europe and the US that stopped in and performed. Pianists, opera singers, clarinetists, and violinists. Oh, how I wish we had such a venue here in Elgin,” said John. Today, his audience is local but they still enjoy his performance. Library goers can hear the retired piano technician and volunteer pianist play mostly “old pop stuff” at the Gail Borden Public Library on Thursday evenings. John also plays at The Greens of Elgin senior living community several times a year. “I count it a joy that I have learned to play the piano well enough to share it with others. I hope that those who hear me play are pleased with what they hear and I hope that they hear music and not just notes on a page,” said John. John took piano lessons as a child, played at his church and would ultimately develop a passion for hymns. While somewhat self-taught, he admits: “I do have a favorite teacher, Mrs. Janice Razaq; a teacher I had too late in life to really excel. I feel if I had her as a teacher as a child I would be really accomplished.”
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got closer to the piano, I heard someone thanking the pianist for his beautiful music and commenting that it touched their heart,” said John. Even if performing is not in your interest, he is still delighted to meet locals who play the piano: “If someone comes to me at the library to comment on my playing, I always ask if they also play. I have been doing this for over two years now and I am disappointed to say that I have only encountered one person that actually played the piano. If you see me playing at the Gail Borden Library on Thursday nights from 7 - 8 pm, please stop by and say hello, I would love to meet you!” John LaBorn.
His favorite composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy for piano, Verdi for opera, Mendelssohn, Handel, and Walton for choral. Like many musicians, he notes the giant challenge is to practice, practice, practice.
For the BRAVO reader who wants to play for an audience, “My advice is to simply do it! Even if you do not play that well I think you should do it. I will never forget witnessing someone playing that I truly thought played less than mediocre, as I
Next month in BRAVO, volunteer pianists Denise Williams and Stephen Yoder share stories of their volunteer experience and advice for musicians.
FEED.pianists Upcoming performances by Shirley Remes From 4:30 - 5:30 pm on Thursdays in April at Gail Borden Public Library 270 N. Grove Avenue www.gailborden.info From 12 - 1:30 p.m. on Fridays at AMITA Health / Presence St. Joseph’s Hospital 77 N. Airlite Street www.presencehealth.org
Upcoming performances by John LaBorn: From 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Thursdays in April at Gail Borden Public Library 270 N. Grove Avenue www.gailborden.info 10:30 am Sundays at Evangelical Covenant Church of Elgin 1565 Larkin Avenue (enter from Jane Drive) www.elgincovenantchurch.org
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Open Elgin 2019, the free, self-guided architectural tour is back for its third year on Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. Over 25 Elgin buildings will open their doors for one day only to share their secrets and you’ll want to plan your afternoon to discover unique architectural features, fascinating histories, and eye-opening elements. Open Elgin’s self-guided tour lets you plan your route to explore the buildings of your choice. You can view the buildings that will be featured in this year’s free tour at the tour website, OpenElgin.com. There you will learn a bit about each of the buildings, confirm the time available for tours, and download the map to plot your course for the afternoon. “We are touting the opportunity for residents and visitors to discover historic Elgin by touring unique places and spaces,“
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During the event you will be able to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and search #OpenElgin to see photos of the behind-the-scenes tour. Printed maps are available at the Elgin Area Chamber located at 31 S. Grove before the event and at all the sites on April 27. A popular stop on the tour is the Nancy Kimball Currier House known as the “Cobblestone House” built in 1846 and undergoing restoration by the Elgin History Museum. A visitor from last year said, “I’ve been wanting to go in this house for 25 years! When I was in school, we used to take field trips to see the houses of the important founders of Elgin (Lord’s, Gifford’s, Kimball’s, etc.) and this house was on it. Thank you for the opportunity!”
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New on the tour this year is the Wait Ross Allanson Funeral Home at 51 Center Street. Originally established in 1875, the Laird Family is opening the
building so visitors can see the extensive remodeling from 1958 to include a church. Known as a favorite among community residents is the Elgin Professional Building located at 164 Division Street. It is amazing to stand in the lobby in the eight-story tall gothic-style interior and marvel at the dark wood, fascinating light fixtures, and original elevator. Walk up the stairs and around the mezzanine, back down the stairs. Last year an Open Elgin visitor said, “I remember going to the professional Building with my mother when I was little. Now my sister and I are vintage people and revisiting these old buildings brings back great memories!” Each of the locations sports a feature not to be missed: at Church of the Brethren General offices at 1451 Dundee Avenue you’ll see original 1958 mid-century furnishings by Eames and Bertoia and the stone chapel; marble, brick and Doric columns in the Elgin Academy Laura Davidson Sears Gallery with its 24 ft. panoramic photo display of Elgin taken in 1866; and the Scofield Mansion at 50 S. Spring which was the first site of the Gail Borden Public Library established in 1894 with terracotta adornments found in cornices. For further information, contact the Elgin Ara Chamber at 847-741-5660 or go online to ElginChamber.com and OpenElgin.com Philadelphia Holiness Church
FEED.openelgintoursites 1st Congregational 256 E. Chicago St.
Elgin History Museum 360 Park Street
Oak Crest Residence 204 S. State Street
1st United Methodist 216 E. Highland Ave.
Fire Barn #5 Museum 533 St. Charles St.
Ackemann Building 168 E Highland Ave.
Henrietta Building 51 S. Spring St.
Philadelphia Holiness Full Gospel Church 76 S. Jackson St.
Burritt Building 25 S. Grove Avenue
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Kneseth Israel 330 Division Street
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Originally broadcast from New York’s Mercury Theatre as an episode of the the American Radio Anthology Service in 1938, this infamous radio play, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Adapted by Howard E. Koch, co-writer of Casablanca, and directed and narrated by the actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, this original script detailed the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover of Earth. ETC brings to life onstage again this tale that will thrill and chill everyone. Performances of in War of the Worlds will be held on April 26, 27, and 28, 2019. All performances will be held at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor, Elgin, IL 60120. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances start at 2:00 p.m. Single admission tickets are $20, available by phone at 847.741.0532, by mail or online. Go to elgin-theatre.org for complete details.
Elgin Master Chorale Handel’s triumphant masterpiece Dixit Dominus will be the final concert for the Elgin Master Chorale, one of the area’s cultural cornerstones, closing out its 2018-2019 season entitled “Radiance and Reflection.” Your only chance to hear the program is Sunday afternoon, April 14th at 3:30 pm in the Blizzard Theatre at the ECC Arts Center. This performance will feature the Bella Voce Sinfonia, an ensemble which specializes in bringing the most historically accurate Baroque performances possible to the stage. Experience a concert
with vocally acrobatic singing and join us in this celebration of true virtuosic musicality. Tickets are $24 (seniors and students $19), and can be purchased in advance at tickets.elgin.edu; or by phone at 847.622.0300; or at the ECC Arts Center box office, at 1700 Spartan Drive, Building H, Monday through Thursday 12-7 pm, Friday and Saturday 12-5pm.
Nothing But Treble Nothing But Treble, a local women’s choral ensemble, will present a free concert on April 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church at 240 Standish Street in Elgin. The evening’s musical presentation, “An American Tapestry,” will celebrate some of America’s greatest composers, singers, and arrangers through the decades. Nothing But Treble is in its third season, true to its motto “Strong Women’s Voices United in Song.” Coming together as members from Elgin and the
surrounding communities, these women span five decades in age and experience. Their programming features outstanding repertoire for women’s voices of every genre with a strong nod to female composers and arrangers. Nothing But Treble is founded and directed by Rosalind Zager. A free will offering is taken at each concert and donations are made to worthy causes in the Elgin community.
Keep a Song in Your Heart Heartland Voices consists of professional and professionally trained singers from the greater Northern Illinois area who are committed to excellence in choral music performance. Formed in 1999, this critically acclaimed ensemble came together to expand their love of music, to perform challenging and diverse literature, to offer their talents as guest artists for symphonies and other organizations, and to establish a strong community service component with an emphasis on educational outreach programming. Now in their twentieth season, Heart-
land Voices continues to expand their repertoire and their love of music, while striving to set the highest standard for performance and professionalism. Their season finale concerts entitled “Keep a Song in Your Heart” will celebrate moments from their first twenty years and look ahead to the future. The first of three performances is Friday, April 26th, 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church of Dundee, 900 S. Eighth Street (Route 31), West Dundee; the second is Saturday, April 27th, 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, 216 E. Highland Avenue. Tickets to these concerts are $20 (children and seniors $15), available online at heartlandvoices.org or at the door. The third concert is Sunday, April 28th, 3:00pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia, 8 S. Lincoln Street. In lieu of tickets, a free will offering will be collected.
Celebration of Music A Spring series of concerts has returned to the historic and acoustically pure sanctuary of
the First Congregational Church (FCC) in downtown Elgin. Following the concert by the Genuine Brass quintet (March 24) and a program of operatic arias and duets (March 31), the series continues on April 7 at 3:00 pm with a recital by H. Ricardo Ramirez, Director of Music and Organist at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral. The Celebration of Music closes out the Lenten season with a Good Friday concert entitled “Return to Me,” a choral service based on the Stations of the Cross, with music by Taylor Scott Davis, and featuring the FCC Chancel Choir joined by Dorothy Deen (cello) and David St. Germain (piano). The concerts are free, and donations are gratefully accepted.
Apollo Trio Enjoy an evening of impressionistic music as the Apollo Trio descends on the Seigle Gallery in downtown Elgin’s Artspace Lofts. The sound of flute, harp, and viola together is uniquely beautiful, especially when played by these three elegant
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Apollo Trio. Photo courtesy Chamber Music on the Fox. artists. The colorful timbres of this unique ensemble emerge from each other like the blossoms of spring emerging after a long winter. Join us for an evening of music by Debussy, Ibert, and others, and become swept up in the impressionistic timbre of this exquisite trio, named for the god of music. This intimate concert is set for Monday night, April 8th at 7:30 pm at the Elgin Artspace Lofts, 40 DuPage Court. General admission is $20 (students $10),
and tickets can be purchased online. For complete information on this and future concerts, go to chambermusiconthefox.org.
Churchill: The Blitz This one-man, two-act play starts with Churchill describing his daily routine. The day starts with a glass of champagne. “A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced, the imagination is agreeably stirred, the wits become more nimble. A bottle produces a contrary effect,” Churchill quips. Armed with a simple lectern, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Pol Roger champagne and 47 ring Churchill length cigar, this show is a one-man portrayal devised by Randy Otto, performance artist and motivational speaker, in which he depicts Winston Churchill giving a dramatic recitation selected from several of Churchill’s writings and oratory with an emphasis on historical/ biographical accuracy – while staying true to Churchill’s character and legacy – followed by “Ask Winston”, an opportunity
Randy Otto plays Winston Churchill at ECC April 28th. for the audience to query Churchill. Randy’s astonishingly nuanced, humorous, witty and realistic portrayal of the British bulldog will transport you from tears to laughter and back again on Sunday, April 28, 3pm in the Blizzard Theatre at the ECC Arts Center. Tickets are $28$32, available at the box office, by phone at 847.622.0300 or at tickets.elgin.edu.
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Ramble, a two-day self-guided arts tour featuring numerous arts-related locations from Aurora to Elgin. The Fox River Arts Ramble is coming to the Fox Valley on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 from 10 am – 5 pm each day. This arts tour event is a collaborative effort of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the St Charles Arts Council, and Water Street Studios. The Fox River Arts Ramble features multiple artistic disciplines at sites across Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of artists, enjoy artwork on display, watch artists create their work, and tour public and private spaces. Elgin area participants include Art for All, Elgin Academy Fine Arts program, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Elgin History Museum, Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery, and Oddball Art Labs’ Mobile Art Machine appearing at Rediscover Records. A map will be available prior to this year’s event at multiple loca-
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Call for Film Entries You’re invited to take part in the 11th Annual Elgin Short Film Festival (ESFF), a oneof-a-kind event taking place on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The ESFF is currently inviting filmmakers to submit their short films (up to 20 minutes in length including credits) for competition in the festival. The competition will allow any filmmaker to submit work, even if it has been entered into other festival competitions. Films are welcomed in every genre and subject matter as long as they are within th e scope of the official rules. The ESFF will feature a Live Action category and an Animation category. The Top Finalist’s films selected will be treated to a red carpet arrival the night of
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Blues and/or BBQ The Revelle Smith Project brings their smooth jazz, blues and beyond to Legit Dogs & Ice in downtown Elgin on Saturday night, April 13th. It’s part of an exclusive dinner-and-show
package that starts with barbecue beef brisket, baked beans, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and biscuit at 6:30 pm. The music starts around 8:00 pm in the lower level at Dream Hall at 51, 51 S. Grove Avenue. Promoted by Put It Here Productions, the package ticket is $35 per person, available online at brisketandrevelleputithere.brownpapertickets.com. Admission for just the concert is $15, available separately at revellesmithputithere.brownpapertickets.com.
Need an attitude adjustment? You’re in for a great night of comedy featuring Nate Burrows, Lael O’Shaughnessy, and Michael Meyers, headlined by Blake Burkhart! Doors open at 8 pm at Legit Dogs & Ice, 51 S. Grove Avenue, and the lolz will start post haste. Tickets are $20 and this is an 18+ event with cash bar available. Get your tickets at blakeburkhartputithere.brownpapertickets.com.
The Wooten Woods Experience Victor Wooten is taking his educational camp on the road with the Wooten Woods Experience tour. The outing will feature the multiple award-winning master bass guitarist with his band as well as some students presenting an educational performance
based on his Music and Nature camps. The core of Vic’s band will include his brothers Regi and Joesph Wooten with Derico Watson on drums. Special guests including his Bass Extremes partner Steve Bailey, saxophonist Bob Franceschini, and author Dr. Daniel J. Levitin will also be on hand. Experience the Experience Saturday, April 20th at 7pm in the Blizzard Theatre at the ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive. Tickets start at $35, available at tickets.elgin.edu, by phone at 847.622.0300 or at the ECC Arts Center box office.
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Discover the Historic Homes and Preserved Landmarks in Elgin by Krisilee Murphy Any urban planner will tell you that every great city is born of good design. Ma Yansong, founder of internationally acclaimed MAD Architects, said that architecture is about experience—not just what you can see but what you can touch and feel. It is that experience that Explore Elgin Area hopes to help you design when planning your next architectural trip to the Elgin area.
built in 1929 and was once home to Home National Bank, recently found new life after being repurposed into a residential luxury apartment complex. From the limestone columns topped with hand-carved eagles to the marble- and brass-appointed lobby to the newly restored copper-case clock, the Tower Building is a can’t-miss stop on your exploration of Elgin architecture.
Over the years, the city of Elgin has invested significant resources into historic preservation and the celebration of its most architecturally and historically significant buildings. Since 1986, the Elgin Heritage Commission has annually awarded plaques to Elgin property owners who have completed research on their homes’ architecture and history. Each plaque features information about the property owner’s home.
Another must-see tour stop is the Gothic-inspired Elgin Professional Building. As Elgin’s oldest skyscraper—built in 1927—the Professional Building’s lobby, replete with marble and dark wood accents and original 1920s elevator doors, is an awe-inspiring journey back in time. The eighth floor has been repurposed into the Elgin Art Showcase, which houses performances and events in a cozy, scenic venue.
Historic Elgin is a comprehensive resource containing architecturally and historically significant data on hundreds of structures in the city limits. In addition to telling the story of Elgin’s myriad historic districts and city landmarks, an interactive Google map offers users the opportunity to access photos, information about each home’s history and architectural details including style, house plans and structural information on each highlighted home. Users can also design their own self-guided walking or driving tours with Google Maps integration and even listen to audio files about each home on their mobile devices at each stop along the tour.
Speaking of houses, you can’t design an Elgin architectural tour without including some of Elgin’s many storied houses of worship. First Congregational Church’s “churchin-the-round” design with intricate stainedglass windows and First United Methodist Church’s iron steeple are just a few unique facets that visitors to Elgin’s Holy Hill can appreciate.
Downtown Elgin Downtown Elgin is a historic architecture-lover’s dream. The Elgin Downtown Commercial District was added in 2015 to the National Register of Historic Places. Elgin’s downtown is a traditional, small, central city business district with pockets of commercial buildings from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. Architectural styles run the gamut from Art Deco to Chicago School to Mid-Century Modern. The downtown district is significant due to its association with commercial and business development between 1873 and 1964. The centerpiece of downtown’s architectural “sites-to-see” is the Elgin Tower Building. This 15-story Art Deco building, which was
Other Elgin area sites that tourists should plan to visit are the David C. Cook building and Pratt’s Castle in the NorthEast Neighborhood Association of Elgin, Old Main (home to the Elgin History Museum), Lords Park Pavilion and the Elgin History Museum in picturesque Lords Park and Elgin Fire Barn No. 5.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Muirhead Farmhouse Just a few miles west of Elgin, no architectural enthusiast should miss a chance to see the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Muirhead Farmhouse, the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright in his lifetime. The home is open for tours on select dates between February and October. Descendants of the Muirhead family still live in the home and can share the letter exchanged between the family and Frank Lloyd Wright. Visit the Muirhead Farmhouse website for reservation and booking details.
Studying Architecture in Elgin Study architecture at Judson University in Elgin, located just outside of Chicago. Judson’s fully accredited program is widely acknowledged for its innovative approach to architectural education and its context within an evangelical Christian institution. The program is housed in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center, a state-of-the-art LEED Gold building, where students study architecture in one of the greenest buildings in the United States. Explore Judson’s architecture program. Plan your visit to explore Elgin’s architecture by visiting www.ExploreElginArea.com/ explore-elgin-areas-architecture/.
Architecture Events in Elgin Open Elgin Saturday, April 27th Similar to the popular Open House Chicago event, Open Elgin’s free, self-guided walking tour shines the spotlight on dozens of unique and historic commercial buildings that open their doors to the public for one afternoon
Historic Elgin House Tour Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th Now in its 38th year, the Historic Elgin House Tour is an educational event that offers something for architectural aficionados of all kinds, including architecture, history, home remodeling, interior decorating, gardening and more. The interior tours of the homes are guided and interpreted by volunteer docents, and the houses can be toured in any order. Get Social with Explore Elgin Area! Facebook.com/ExploreElgin Twitter: @ExploreElgin Instagram: @ExploreElgin #ExploreElgin www.ExploreElginArea.com
Elgin Cultural Arts Commission
Commission Granted For all artists and performers, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) is a great opportunity to execute a project or put on a show. An artist can receive up to $1000 by applying for an individual grant. I have been putting on shows and events for over 6 years and have used the individual grant to help cover some of the expenses. Over the past six years, I have put on two robot themed art shows, two pin-up art shows, a themed art show called Fez Fest and last year put on a show call Strange Imaginations and other Perplexing W onders. This year I will be putting on a group art show called Cartoon Cavalcade, A Celebration of all things Toony! This show will have an Opening Reception on July 12th at Artspace in Downtown Elgin. The process is easy and you can download the application form from the City of Elgin website under the Boards and Commissions toolbar. Follow the key points on the form. The most important aspect I have found is defining your project or event. What is unique about it and how you plan to execute your idea? Remember: the reason for gaining a grant from the city is to have an impact on promoting the
arts in the community. I also suggest giving your self enough time for your project or event. You will find putting together all the details takes more time than you realize. You will also need to show how the dollars will be used for your project. I use the funds to cover marketing materials, printing, food and drink, and event insurance. Each show I put on goes back into the community by also sponsoring a non-profit group. I usually do a $5 suggested donation at the door. All the remaining funds for the show after expenses go to a local non-profit. I like to do an After Party at a local bar following the reception of my show. This is a great opportunity to help drive more traffic to a local business. I encourage anyone who has a vision for an event or project to look into applying for an individual grant from the CAC. You can start the process by reaching out to Amanda Harris at: firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Metzger is a local Elgin artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. He is also the Director of Oddball Art Labs, a local non-profit arts organization.
Cultural Arts Commission Calendar Utility Box Wrapping Program The Utility Box Wrapping program is now accepting applications. The first of two will be selected in April and the second in August. For the application, go to CityOfElgin.org/PublicArt. For more info contact Cultural Arts Manager, Amanda Harris at Harris_A@CityOfElgin.org or 847-931-6019. #publicart #ExploreElgin #downtownElgin #goseeart
Neighborhood Public Art Grants The new grant program is available to any Elgin neighborhood association to acquire a sculpture for their area. Applications are due May 6, 2019 to City Hall. For the application and more information, visit: http://cityofelgin.org/1979/ Cultural-Arts-Grants.
Side Street Studio Arts, 2019 Organizational Grant Recipient Visit Side Street Studio Arts to see their current visual art exhibit “Chris A. AIR Final Show.” For more information on these exhibits visit SideStreetStudioArts.org
Elgin Symphony Orchestra, 2019 Organizational Grant Recipient World Tour Ainsworth Concerts for Youth© will be April 2-5, 2019 at 9:45 and 11:15a and will explore orchestral instruments and music styles from around the world. Events to take place at the Hemmens Cultural Center.
Fox River Arts Ramble Discover the untold riches of the arts in the Fox Valley, April 13 & 14 from 10a-5p. Featuring nearly 50 arts-related locations from Aurora to Elgin, this self-guided tour has something for everyone. For the full list of participating artists visit www.foxriverarts.com
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KATRINA SYRRIS “My first community theatre production with a cast of adults was Night of the Living Dead with the Elgin Theatre Company when I was eleven years old,” says Katrina Syrris. “After that production, I rarely went back to children’s theatre, and played a variety of roles that were actually for older actors. I always appeared far older than my actual age.” She may be the youngest person in the area with a theatre career that spans more than twenty years and includes credits as director, producer and company founder. She is also wise beyond her years. “If you’d asked me three years ago if I was going to found my own company, I would have laughed,” she says about Goodly Creatures, LLC, the theatre company she started in 2017 with a goal of providing creative freedom and fair and honest professional opportunities for other actors. “Not only do I compensate every member of my team, I work diligently to cultivate a healthy
company culture, one that inspires mutual respect, and professionalism at all levels. I wanted to build not only art, but a workplace where one could feel safe, appreciated and creative.” “In order to be creative, we must be playful; in order to be playful, we must be vulnerable; and in order to be vulnerable, we must feel safe. The right team is paramount to creating that culture.” The trust and integrity of the cast and crew are essential to the impact of the storytelling. “We do this because it’s our calling, not because we require applause or accolades,” she continues. “Art builds a community, and by challenging ourselves to be the best we can be, we elevate our community.” Ask anyone whether the experience of art improves their quality of life, and you begin to understand its value. “I was taught to appreciate a play as literature, as artistic anthropological evidence of
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the challenges faced in human history that affect us still to this day,” she says. “Goodly Creatures brings the classics to life on stage in a way that makes them relevant and relatable to the greater community.”
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That fifteen dollars you pay for a transformative experience in the theater has to go a long way, and sometimes artists are the last to get paid. Like many working artists, Syrris has dealt with the reality of empty promises and broken contracts, and she refuses to become part of the problem. “This lack of fulfillment on promises is rampant, not just in the arts,” she observes. “It’s for this reason I’m adamant about compensating my team. What I hear from many of my artists is that it’s not about the money for them, but just knowing their work was worthy of professional treatment.” Standing on principle is crucial to the health of an arts community, and Syrris brings this character and work ethic to Goodly Creatures’ series of shows at the Elgin Art Showcase. “There are so many passionate artists in this town, working tirelessly to put Elgin on the map,” she boasts. “The entire Fox Valley needs Elgin, where art that is almost exclusively found in the Windy City is starting to migrate ...” Katrina Syrris takes the stage in a solo role in The Yellow Wallpaper, April 16-18th at
the Showcase. It’s a play based on the personal mental health struggles of its original author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and speaks to the history of mental illness in America, especially as it pertains to women. After the play, Syrris will host a talkback session that offers the community a setting in which to talk about the questions it raises, how it relates to today, and how to answer our personal calls to action. This work of “elevating the community” goes way above and beyond memorizing lines. “As a playwright myself, I have great respect for the intention of the author, and that requires research.” Syrris notes. “I draw from everything I learned in my English degree to research the history of a script, the sociological impact it had, and even the author’s life. I conduct literary analysis long before I ever start my own creative process of interpretation.” There is a great tradition in art that emanates from a desire to honor humanity and all of Creation. “I was blessed to have teachers who pushed me to see far beyond my own biases and open my mind to the infinite possibilities of art,” she reflects. “My ego has never inspired any decisions I’ve made in art, and that philosophy has never once led me astray. As a result, I’ve had the chance to collaborate with artists who inspire me every day — together we serve a vital purpose in our community.” —JP
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MARCH 24 at 3:00 PM GENUINE BRASS
MARCH 31 at 3:00 PM A BRIEF TOUR OF THE WORLD OF OPERA: A Program Arias and Duets
APRIL 7 at 3:00 PM
APRIL 19 at 12:00PM (Good Friday) RETURN TO ME: A Choral Service based on the Stations of the Cross thanks to
FEED.whereisbravo EAST SIDE Baker Hill Restaurant 1279 Dundee Ave. Beef Villa 1055 Dundee Avenue 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 Olde Towne Inn 412 Bluff City Boulevard Superior Homes Team Realty 1173 Dundee Ave. Tri-City Animal Hospital 790 Summit St.
DOWNTOWN Al’s Cafe & Creamery 43 DuPage Court Arabica Cafe* 59 Douglas Ave Associated Bank 16 N. Spring Street Blue Box Cafe 176 E. Chicago Street Centre of Elgin 100 Symphony Way Danny’s on Douglas* 231 Douglas Avenue Domani Cafe 109 E. Highland Avenue Dog’s Paw Brewing Co. 74 S. Grove Avenue Downtown Neighborhood Assn* 31 S. Grove Avenue #100 Dream Hall at 51 51 S. Grove Avenue 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 Public House 219 E. Chicago Street Elgin Symphony Orchestra 20 Dupage Court Explore Elgin Area 60 S. Grove Avenue
Funky Rooster Tattoo and Gallery 73 S. Grove Avenue
Holiday Inn Express 495 Airport Road
Jewel-Osco 375 Randall Road
Hemmens Cultural Center 45 Symphony Way
Jewel-Osco 1660 Larkin Avenue
Stanley’s Ale House 335 N. McLean Boulevard
Imago Creative Studios 216 Prairie Street
Judson University 1151 N. State Street
Starbucks 338 S. Randall Road
Kellenberger Auto Service 217 Symphony Way
Metra Rail Big Timber Station 2025 Big Timber Road
Law Offices of Shirley Sadjadi 169 E. Chicago St.
Paul’s Family Restaurant 1300 Lawrence Avenue
Courtyard by Marriott 2175 Marriott Drive, West Dundee
Mama Lee’s Gourmet Popcorn 20 S. Spring St.
Presence St. Joseph Hospital 77 N. Airlite Street
The Dundee Depot 319 N. River St., East Dundee
Martini Room 161 E. Chicago St.
Sirin Dentistry 1 Crescent St.
East Dundee Village Hall 120 Barrington Ave., East Dundee
Pastigel Bakery 154 E. Chicago St.
State Street Market Shops 701 N. State St.
Emmett’s Brewing Company 128 W. Main St., West Dundee
Radio Shopping Show Redemption Center 16 Douglas Avenue
Walnut Speakeasy 214 Walnut Avenue
The Manor Restaurant 425 E. Main St., East Dundee
Willow Lake Estates* 161 West River Road
Midwest Retro 207 Barrington Ave., East Dundee
Pampered Pet Services 1050 Dundee Ave.
Razor Heads Barber Shop 18 S. Spring Street Rediscover Records 9 S. Spring Street Senior Services Associates 205 Fulton Street Side Street Studio Arts Gallery 15 Ziegler Court Soulful Sparrow 10 Douglas Avenue
WEST SIDE Alexander’s Cafe 1725 N. State Street Bender Dental Care 217 N. McLean Blvd. Big Skillet Restaurant 90 Tyler Creek Plaza Big Apple Bagels* 561 N. McLean Boulevard Clean Vistas Laundromat Tyler Creek Plaza D Hangout Bar and Grill 550 S. McLean Boulevard Elgin Community College 1700 Spartan Drive Elgin Shopping Mall 308 S. McLean Boulevard Grumpy Goat Tavern 875 Sports Way Habitat for Humanity ReStore 800 N. State Street Hampton Inn 405 Airport Road Hawthorne Hill Nature Center 28 Brookside Dr. Herb’s Bakery 1020 Larkin Ave. Highland Ave Church of the Brethren 783 W. Highland Ave.
1600 Professional Building 1600 N. Randall Road 1710 Professional Building 1710 N. Randall Road Advocate Sherman Hospital 1425 N. Randall Road Candlewood Suites 1780 Capital Street Comfort Suites 2480 Bushwood Drive Elle Salon 2490 Bushwood Drive Jimmy’s Charhouse 2290 Point Boulevard Panera Bread 2484 North Randall Road Physician’s Immediate Care 2490 Bushwood Drive Porter’s Pub 1250 Bowes Creek Road Rakow Branch, Gail Borden Library 2751 W. Bowes Road Rookie’s All-American Pub & Grill 2486 Bushwood Drive Starbucks 2480 North Randall Road Village Pizza and Pub 2496 N. Randall Road Woodman’s Market (C’Ville)* 2100 Randall Road
SOUTH ELGIN Booker’s Bar & Grill 420 N. McLean Boulevard Cleveland Veterinary Clinic 400 N. McLean Boulevard
The Uncommon Palate 316 N. River St., East Dundee *Preferred Pickup Location Supplies are limited at these locations and may run out early in the month. If you don’t see B RAVO Magazine on display, please let management know that you saw their location listed here, and came in for a free copy! Would you like a supply of B RAVO Magazine at your high-traffic retail of public location? Let us know! Special perks available for sites that allow placement of our B RAVO magazine rack! Contact us at: email@example.com
Thu.Mar.28 Early Voting -- Consolidated General Election Polls are open 9 am -- 7 pm for Kane County residents. 9a-7p, GBPL 2nd Floor - Main Street Court, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Coffee with a Cop The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. This is achieved by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and getting to know the officers in your neighborhood. 10a-1a, Dunkin Donuts, 95 Clock Tower Plaza 311 cityofelgin.org Device Advice Need help figuring out how to use your tablet, smartphone, or other device? Bring your questions and your device to the library for
some 1:1 help. 10a-12p, GBPL South Elgin Library, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Musical Petting Zoo with the Hoke Music School All are welcome to come enjoy the live music of the Hoke Music School, and then stay to try out some instruments. 10.30a-12p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Steve Yoder 11a-12p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Cardboard Challenge: Imagination Town Bring your imaginations and help us build a town using giant pieces of cardboard, masking tape, markers, and crayons. 2p-4p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C,
21 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Denise Williams 2p-3p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Creativity Lab Art, tinkering activities and games will be available for creative play. March 28: Sand Castlels; April 4: DIY Bird Feeders; April 11: Recycled Paper Forest; April 18: Flower Garden Windows; April 25: Recycled Tin Can Crafts. 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info BTS Sing-Along Dance Party for Grades 6-12 BTS fans in grades 6-12, you’re invited to a party! Sing and dance along to your favorite songs. 4.30p-6p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
“The Earth is what we all have in common.” Wendell Berry
Happy Earth Day
Arabica Cafe 59 Douglas Avenue • Downtown Elgin • (224) 227-7192 Open Weekdays 7am - 4pm • Weekends 8am - 3pm
Kids Explore: Learn to Draw Alligators! Join Young Rembrandts and learn to draw! We will draw a cartoon alligator along with a feathered friend. 5p-6p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Lawyer in the Library Are you trying to muddle through the legal maze yourself? Visit this walkin service to assist you with your legal questions. Volunteer attorneys will provide legal coaching, document review, and referrals to other community services. Bring paperwork that relates to your legal issues. Your meeting with the lawyer will last approximately 15 minutes. A Law Librarian and an Illinois Justice Corps Fellow will be available to guide you through resources and assist you with e-filing your court documents. No registration.Provided in partnership with the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center. 6p-8p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Government 101 How does our government -- local, state, and national -- work? Find out each month how different elected offices function, and what they can do for you. Elgin Township Supervisor Franklin Ramirez is your guide for this non-partisan, educational, series. It’s all the fun the Constitution Test leaves out! 7p-8.30p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Paul Willaert Live Acoustic Show Paul always brings the talent and the fun. Request songs for him to sing out of his song book! Perfect for a night out with family & friends. 7p-9p, Chubby Bullfrog, 1494 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee 847.428.7080 thechubbybullfrog.com. No Cover Piano Performance: John LaBorn 7p-8p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Fri.Mar.29 Early Voting -- Consolidated General Election Polls are open 9 am -- 7 pm for Kane County residents. 9a-7p, GBPL 2nd Floor - Main Street Court, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Interactive Movie- Mary Poppins Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. Join us as we interact with Mary, Bert, and the whole family in fun and magical ways. All registered guests will receive a prop bag for participating in the action. Costumes encouraged. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 10a-12.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
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No Shushing Movie Fridays Come enjoy a movie in a family-friendly, casual setting. Chatting and snacks from home are welcome. This program welcomes people of all abilities. Please contact the library one week in advance if you need accommodations. No registration. 3/29 Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (1997, G). 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Craft Beer Tasting: Bell’s Brewing 4p-6p, Otter Creek Wine & Spirits, 250 S Randall Road Unit C 847.931.2950 ottercreekwineandspirits.com Accidentally on Purpose Accidentally On Purpose (AOP) brings Neo Soul music mixture with Rock-n-Roll. They are focused on musicianship and creativity with Soul and Rock to provide a high energy feel good vibe everyone can enjoy. Keep your eyes and ears open! 8p, Martini Room Elgin, 161 E. Chicago Street 847.741.0349 martiniroomelgin.com. No Cover Smiley Tillmon Band Join us for a night of the Blues! Opening act is LostInBlu. 9p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com. No Cover When The Sun Sets This local group brings their talent back to our stage! Join us for a night of fun & great music. 9p, Chubby Bullfrog, 1494 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee 847.428.7080 thechubbybullfrog.com. No Cover
Sat.Mar.30 Bison Feeding in Lord’s Park Join us for an up-close look at the bison, deer, and elk at the Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Museum for a short introduction after which we head to the Zoo to assist the zookeeper in feeding these magnificent creatures. Limited to 12 people. Advance registration is required. Members free. 7a-8.30a, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Boulevard 847.741.6655 elginpublicmuseum.org. $1-2 Early Voting -- Consolidated General Election Polls are open 9 am -- 6 pm for Kane County residents. 9a-6p, GBPL 2nd Floor - Main Street Court,
CHEF Seminars-Buying Healthy Food on a Budget Explore the connection between eating healthy food, exercising and how to do it on a budget. For those attending all 3 sessions: receive a free acupressure Yoga mat (value $50.00). Attendees must be at least 12 years old. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. chefillinois.org Sponsor: CHEF (Community Harvest Educational Foundation) Chef Annette Licitra, Integrative Health Coach 10a-10.50a, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info English for the Workplace: Power Pronunciation Improved pronunciation can help grow confidence, make communications more effective and possibly lead to a better job. Mejorar la pronunciacion puede aumentar la auto- confianza, ayudar a tener comunicaciones mas efectivas, puede resultar en un mejor trabajo. 10a-1p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Sprint Express - Assurance Wireless program We will be offering Assurance Wireless (A Lifeline Government funded program) FREE smartphones and FREE service unlimited text, 350 talk/voice minutes and 2G Data to qualified individuals that are low income families or families that are on Medicaid and SNAP program. I.e. individuals that are looking for jobs, elderly with no access to a wireless phones. 10a-2p, GBPL Lobby - Table Southeast, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info CHEF Seminars-Preparing Healthy & Fun Snacks Explore the connection between eating healthy food, exercising and how to do it on a budget. For those attending all 3 sessions: receive a free acupressure Yoga mat (value $50.00). Attendees must be at least 12 years old. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. chefillinois.org Sponsor: CHEF (Community Harvest Educational Foundation) Chefs Dalila Gonzalez and Ryan Waesche 11a-11.50a, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden. info CHEF Seminars-Chair Yoga for All Ages Explore the connection between eating healthy food, exercising and how to do it on a budget. For those attending all 3 sessions: receive a free acupressure Yoga mat (value $50.00). Attendees must be at least 12 years old. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. chefillinois.org Sponsor: CHEF (Community Harvest Educational Foundation) Led by Yoga Master Boontiva Truong-Quang 12p-12.50p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271
gailborden.info Let It Rip! Beyblade Tournament Bladers come out and learn about Beyblades and participate in a tournament! 12p-1p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Bracelets Galore- Memory Wire and Rings Create bracelets and rings using memory wire and Beads. All supplies provided. 1p-3p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Tiempo de Practica Salones abiertos con asistencia individual en espanol. No tienes que registrate para pasar y recibir ayuda. 1p-1.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Microsoft Publisher Aprenda los diferentes disenos y folletos que puede hacer. Learn the different designs and flyers you can make. 1.30p-3p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Jewish Film Festival: The Band’s Visit (2008) GBPL’s Global Neighbor series highlights the rich storytelling of Jewish film on March 30th and 31st. Enjoy two days of films and discussions with fellow movie buffs. Co-sponsored by Congregation Kneseth Israel. A band of Egyptian musicians head to Israel to play at the grand opening of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town. Running time: 87 min. 2p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.741.5656 ckielgin. org. Free Gray Havens in Concert The Gray Havens centers around husband/ wife Dave and Licia Radford. Since their beginning in 2013, their projects have been hailed as “an imaginative treatment of faith…[having] a visionary quality that’s both playful and enraptured.” They have a knack for creating a listening experience similar to paging through your favorite book, with richly textured compositions and multi-layered lyrics. Releasing their debut EP on NoiseTrade in 2013, and their first full-length album, Fire and Stone, in 2015, the duo has gained a steady following of listeners nationwide. Their newest release, Ghost of a King, debuted at #3 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts, rewarding listeners with immersive soundscapes and lyrical imagination. From poetic – almost Shakespearean – imagery to grand epics fit for darkened concert halls, to pop music infused with loops and infectious beats, the album possesses a remarkable range. In the context of that refreshing variety, the album stays cohesive thanks to its exploration of the human condition of longing. Today, The Gray Havens are making the most well-crafted music of their career. Their next highly anticipated full-length album is ex-
5.4 pected to release in 2018. Doors open at 6.30p. 7p-9p, Judson University Herrick Chapel, 1151 N. State Street 847.989.7723 https://www.itickets. com/events/416879.html. $10-15 Janet Gardner, featuring The Outfit and Blacklist Regulars 7.30p, Rochaus, 96 W. Main Street, West Dundee 815.482.2870 rochaus.com. $18-36 The Belvederes Music Show 8p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com Midwest Underground Four Chicago area veteran musicians are creating and performing new music and covering classic material like you’ve never heard it before. 9p, D Hangout Bar & Grill, 550 S. McLean Boulevard 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No Cover
Sun.Mar.31 Early Voting -- Consolidated General Election Polls are open 12 pm -- 5 pm for Kane County residents. 12p-5p, GBPL 2nd Floor - Main Street Court, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info 2019 Trans Day of Visibility Join Open Door Health Center, Elgin’s Human Relations Commission, Gail Borden Public Library, Representative Anna Moeller and Senator Cristina Castro as we partner together in celebration of the Trans Community. Join us for @amenricaintransition nationwide screening, panel conversation and resource sharing. Media by and about the Trans Community is a human right. Visibility is about sharing stories unapologetically. 2p-4.30p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Jewish Film Festival: The Lady in Number: Music Saved My Life (2013) GBPL’s Global Neighbor series highlights the rich storytelling of Jewish film on March 30th and 31st. Enjoy two days of films and discussions with fellow movie buffs. Co-sponsored by Congregation Kneseth Israel. Aliza Sommer-Herz, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor at age 109, tells the inspiring story
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APRIL 27, 2019 | 1PM- 5PM Even more unique places, still uniquely Elgin.
Open Elgin, a free, self-guided architectural tour of unique spaces and places, will open nearly 30 buildings to the public to rediscover Elgin’s picturesque and historic beauty. Highlights of this year’s tour include City Hall, Elgin Tower Building lobby, Channing School, Old Gail Borden Public Library, the U-46 Planetarium and Observatory, and many more unique places! #OpenElgin #ExploreElgin
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BRAVO in the 11th Annual Elgin Short Film Festival (ESFF), a one-of-a-kind event taking place on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The ESFF is currently inviting filmmakers to submit their short films (up to 20 minutes in length including credits) for competition in the festival. See page 10 in this issue of BRAVO. 9a hemmens.org. $4050 entry fee
of how music saved her life: both during her time at the Theresienstadt concentration camp and in the years afterwards. Winner, Academy Award for Best Documentary/Short Subject 2014 Running time: 39 min. 2p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.741.5656 ckielgin.org. Free Trans Day of Visibility Join Open Door Health Center, Elgin’s Human Relations Commission, Gail Borden Public Library, Representative Anna Moeller and Senator Cristina Castro as we partner together in celebration of the Trans Community. Join us for @amenricaintransition nationwide screening, panel conversation and resource sharing. Media by and about the Trans Community is a human right. Visibility is about sharing stories unapologetically. 2p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Jewish Film Festival: Mah-Jongg: The Tiles That Bind (1998) GBPL’s Global Neighbor series highlights the rich storytelling of Jewish film on March 30th and 31st. Enjoy two days of films and discussions with fellow movie buffs. Co-sponsored by Congregation Kneseth Israel. The ancient game of Mah-Jongg has been played by Asian and Jewish-American women alike, who enjoy the strategy of the game as well as camaraderie and conversation. Running time: 33 min. 2.45p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.741.5656 ckielgin.org. Free A Brief Tour of the World of Opera: A Program of Arias and Duets Music by Handel, Gounod, Mozart, Puccini and more. Donations welcomed. 3p, First Congregational Church of Elgin, 256 E. Chicago Street 847.741.4045 fcc-elgin.org. Free
Mon.Apr.1 Early Voting -- Consolidated General Election Polls are open 9 am -- 4 pm for Kane County residents. 9a-4p, GBPL 2nd Floor - Main Street Court, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Short Film Festival Call for Entries You’re invited to take part
Money Smart Scavenger Hunt Celebrate Money Smart Week by participating in a scavenger hunt and earn a piggy bank (while supplies last). All library locations. Sponsored by the KCT Credit Union. 9a-9p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Countdown to Kindergarten 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Kindergarten! This storytime series is filled with fun educational stories, songs, and activities specially designed to get kids ready to attend Kindergarten. Children entering Kindergarten in Fall 2019 are encouraged to apply, but the program is open to all 3-5 year-olds. For kids ages 3-5 years with an adult caregiver. Caregivers are encouraged to leave the room in order to model real Kindergarten. Registration required. You will be automatically registered for the entire 6-week series. 10.15a-11a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Cafe en Espanol / Spanish Cafe Participantes de nivel intermedio practicaran respondiendo o empezando conversaciones en espanol con fluidez y hablando con gente que habla espanol como primer idioma. Dirigido por Pita Betancourt. Intermediate-level participants will practice structured and spontaneous conversations in Spanish. Participants also will learn vocabulary. Led by Pita Betancourt. 12p-1p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Homework Heroes Grades K-8. Students who need help with homework assignments can drop by to meet one-on-one with a volunteer. 3.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Library, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Literacy Connection Volunteer Tutor Workshop/Meet & Greet Gathering for Literacy Connection Volunteer Tutors to share ideas. Please call our office to register. 5.30p-8.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 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. 6p-6.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones 15 minutes of short stories, fingerplays, rhymes, music
and a movement activity followed by a 15 minute play period. For children 12-23 months with parent or adult caregiver. Registration required. Please complete the information below or call our Registration Desk at 847-429-4597. Please sign up for only one of the time slots offered so that as many of our customers as possible can enjoy our programming. During the first week of registration only customers living in the Gail Borden Public Library District may register. Registration for customers outside of the library district begins the following Monday. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Financial Recovery Tips Have you faced a financial setback recently? Learn how to recover financially and rebuild your credit after experiencing a financial setback. A representative from Elgin State Bank will teach you how to identify ways to increase income and decrease and prioritize expenses, develop a financial recovery plan, recognize how to guard against credit repair scams, and more. This is a program of Money Smart Week. Please register. 6.30p-8p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Game Design Club We’ll be making games using Bitsy and Twine 2. Whether you want to learn about these programs for the first time or whether you are continuing work on a project, feel free to drop in. We’ll have some laptops available on a first come first served basis. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Microsoft Access Series Learn how to create a database, sort and filter via tables, create queries and make forms in this series. 4/1 Basics; 4/8 Tables; 4/15 Queries; 4/22 Forms & Reports. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Planning & Zoning Commission 7p8p, Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court 311 cityofelgin.org Story Mix for Three to Six See above. 7p-7.30p, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
5.4 nue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Genealogical Society - Why Am I Stuck! Monthly meeting of the Elgin Genealogical Society with the scheduled presentation, Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls. Inevitably somewhere along your genealogical journey you’ve hit a brick wall where your research is simply not producing more results. Marsha will go over the solutions to common genealogical brick walls that most genealogists encounter and the importance of sharing brick wall solutions with other genealogists to further everyone’s success! Marsha Peterson-Maass is a Forensic Genealogist, Lecturer and Teacher. She is the Director of Valor Research for Purple Hearts Reunited and the author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy textbook series. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 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 ReaderShip storyteller, followed by a milk and cookie snack compliments of Panera. Stay for a craft. 9.30a-10.30a, Panera Bread, 369 Randall Road, South Elgin 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Ainsworth Concerts for Youth Li Huanzhi Spring Festival Overture (China); Percy Grainger Shepherd’s Hey (Australia); Henryk Wieniawski Polonaise brillante No. 2 (Poland), with soloist Claire Arias-Kim, violin; Michael Folker African Drumming Demo (Africa); Alex Shapiro Beneath (Ocean); Arr. Krogstad Suite from “Frozen” (Antarctica?); Leonard Bernstein Mambo from West Side Story (America/Latin America); Dates: Grades 1 through 8, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 (Middle School Day); Wednesday, April 3, 2019; Thursday, April 4, 2019; Friday, April 5, 2019. Cost: $7.50 per student (1 complimentary ticket for teacher/chaperone for every 10 purchased tickets) Time: Concerts each day at 9:45 am and 11:15 am. Approx-
Tue.Apr.2 Consolidated Election Polls are open 6 a.m.--7 p.m. for select Kane County precincts. 6a-6p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Money Smart Scavenger Hunt See 4/1. 9a-9p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 4/1. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Ave-
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THE VICTOR WOOTEN BAND The Wooten Woods Experience
Five-time Grammy®-winning, awe-inspiring bassist Victor Wooten is joined by brothers Regi and Joseph Wooten on guitars and keyboards, Derico Watson on drums, as well as Steve Bailey, Bob Franceschini, Bob Hemenger, and a select group of students from Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature for this exhilarating, funkified live performance!
WINSTON CHURCHILL: THE BLITZ
Randy Otto as Winston Churchill Sunday, April 28 | 3 p.m. Randy Otto’s astonishingly nuanced, humorous, witty, and real portrayal of Winston Churchill will transport you from tears to laughter and back again as he recounts, with gravitas and grit, Churchill’s experiences during World War II.
How can it be?
I used to dream of summer From the depths of lonely thirteen Disguising myself as a stray blossom, As I lay curled beneath the lilacs A whisper of freedom within my soul
I want to stop crying about the same old things. Instead, I want to be singing about children and grandchildren, parties and dances and things.
I want to be a ballerina Up on my toes, twirling, twirling, and never getting dizzy Beautiful women surrounding me Strong men lifting me higher, higher as if I were as light as an eyelash Then you will love me I want to make people laugh Stand in a dark room infused with smoke, idle chatter and the sound of ice clinking Turn my wounds into self-deprecation, be the clever girl Laugh before you do Then you will love me I want to be an artist Spill my soul upon a canvas with color soaked hands Mold my heart and fire it deep in a hell hot kiln, with price tags attached Then you will love me If none of these are me How will you ever love me
Fireflies lit my imagination As I crossed the vast expanse Years gone by Tears gone by Lost, largely untouched Remote as a nightbird winging across the sky Summer returned me to myself No longer severed into bits of flotsam Casual cruelty Embittered my body, my mind If I could find her, I would apologize for not defending her As no adult ever did Leaving me to flounder in the choppy waters of school days Speaking rarely Being, rarely Lilacs grew and flowered again, As May spilled into June And that last school bell rang Setting me free All of me Once again To be drenched in lilacs
I want to stop being sad about the same old things. Instead, I want to plan vacations, graduations, weddings and things. I want to stop wanting for the same old things. The things that seem to just be out of reach for me. A few years have passed since I wrote those words late one night. Now I try to focus on the things that I do have in my life. I have the children to celebrate, wonderful nieces and nephews and cousins. I have friends that are family, taking care of me when I am in need. The love that keeps me there in sickness and health, good times and bad. A healthy body that sometimes fails me, but still keeps me here on Earth to enjoy what I have. I realize that I have stopped wanting the same old things. Instead, I now see the things within my reach. — Sue Sensor
— Cynthia Firtik
Hearts Made of Embers I don’t care about my home, it’s only a broken piece of rock lost in fire. But you live on it & that’s the only reason why I even acknowledge its existence let alone protect it. You must understand you mean more to me than any friend, or lover, You are my constellation, a beauty within the night sky, and no matter how much people try they won’t ruin it and turn its essence to sand. I know the evils are drowning you in its ocean but listen to my devotion speak, Fade away with the glass key and run to that place where you are safe as we hold each other; light a candle and dream to all that is possible and sacred ... Trust in us, but not in me for I don’t know what I’ve become. All i know is that I fear the crimson touch on my body & life will see shadows. When dawn turns to ash, and monuments of broken buildings is rapid after each archaic moment, while I arm myself to protect you, my inceptive salvation. The fights become more blur and is exhausting after each moment is the last of those I care about or hate and the only aroma in the air is metal and blood. And the men I defend with my blade, there are some who will strike it in my back Do not fear for me, pray for my sight in my soul so I can come back to reach you, You make me safe, not my wife or relatives, you accept my failures and never carry laughing, having a picnic at perdition. I need you, to know carry my sins and refuse to cleanse myself from remorse the gavel to pass judgement on me. I know what I’ve become, I wanted to be your sentinel and now I am too far gone, my revenge has kept me warm but my ambition is poisoning me. seeing your pain, beaten and abuse open aside to me that I can’t let go, so rest my friends and I’ll see you soon — Winfried Cooper
— Julie Brandon
“The Question is the Answer”
On Days On the good days I can bend time and space, and put myself back in the times that I was able to occupy your space. I can still run through my dreams with you just steps ahead of me. On days where the sun reaches out it’s hand and runs it’s fingers down my face to let me know I’m alive, and she hasn’t forgotten, I will rise to my feet ready to take on the world. My ambition,beyond my means on days just the sound of your voice on the phone can make me spring into battle ready for war in armor made of promise . Then there’s the dark days ... Days where my spirit pulls my heart into my head for them to battle against each other on an uneven battlefield broken by the memories of past loss and failed attempts. The days that my doubts fill my head with cannon fodder till I want to claw my eyes out and jump out of my own skin. The days I’m skinning the flesh from my face to try to change what you might see me as. You might see me as broken, bent, or cracked, but I stay rigged against the wind that’s trying to blow me back against the wall I sprinted away from. The fear of feeling you fall from my fingers fights my bravery with such furious flailing that I stumble to my knees. My knees touch soil in front of you as your shadow blocks the sun and I see your face bright eyed and smiling. I rise to my feet and take your hand in mine and pull your ear to my mouth, “ show me how beautifully you shine” I whisper to you. Your eyes like rockets racing around the sun light up and fill with the same love I’ve always seen in you. My heart drops when I realize I’ll awake from this dream alone in a world where I’m not sure I’m enough. I spend a lot of days trying to figure out how to tear these dreams from sleep. These holes in my heart desire to be filled with your story. Those tears in your eyes deserve a strong hand to wipe your tears clean, and put a smile back on your beautiful face. — Kevin Eickmeier
Cream Yellow Mustang
This Way, My Love
I didn’t know him, But I was very acquainted with his Mustang. I imagine as a babe I was rocked To sleep at least once In his arms ... Possibly while standing next to that Mustang ... Maybe he smoked a Cigarette taking puffs and drags In rhythm with my small baby laughs Before he couldn’t draw enough Breath to laugh or talk or stand. I didn’t get to know him, But I knew his Mustang well. Collecting dust in the garage like Cigarette ashes on the concrete. Parked hidden away Like my reserve and childhood lack of Self-control. I am the descendant of that car. Cream Yellow and dust colored, Was the dust protection from the rays Of the sun. Sunscreen to keep it young forever, Like the glare of ocean water from the Side of a Navy ship. Kept hidden away, but I was ready to rage on the inside. I didn’t really know him too well, But I was acquainted with his Mustang. I am a descendant of that car. Tippy toes ... piece of metal ... Can I peer inside the window Like I’m looking at the past? Looking for perception of what remains. The taller I got the easier it got To peer inside at the make believe. Kept hidden away, but engine Ready to roar inside. Years go by and years swing by, And I can still point it out on the Road. And maybe I eventually came to realize I’m not a descendant of the car I am the car. And so was he.
When I’ve forgotten how to Pray And the words won’t come Give me two, Forgive me When my heart searches for The comfort of gratitude, but My mind invades the space with Judgment Despair And angst Give me two, Restore me When loneliness threatens to Imprison me And the only color is gray, When I’ve lost my way back from the illusion of separateness, her depths threatening to Claim me Give me two, Receive me When I forget, you point me to the poets New England, Belfast Caged or Free Ancient, Asian, Greek And my heart cracks open Once again There you are. There I am. And we sit And I pray.
— Carrie Quinn
The Sweetest Fragrance The sweetest fragrance What is it Where is it It is nothing But the divine love It is within us This perfume of heavenly affection Brings us closer every moment The sensory aroma Dwells in our beautiful hearts Once we feel it with immense devotion Surely we will find it with the speed of light — Irfan Shariff
¡¡¿Estas Seguro?!! Cuando ellos cerca hacen inseguridad Por preguntas que exasperan sus integridad … ¡¡¿Estas Seguro?!! O que sobre vida y todos de sus fatigas Que traen dolor y innecesario calor … ¡¡¿Estas Seguro?!! ¿Cómo podimos pelear cuando estas cosas nos atacan? Cuando acciones no nos ayudan los escenarios de nuestras charadas. Todo que es dejó a hablar es una regalo irrefutable: Lo sirve como una cura desafiante, todo que es nesecario que lo hables es … ¡¡¿Estas Seguro?!! Are You Sure?!! When those close cause question by testing their integrity through shallow suggestion ... Are You Sure?!! Or how about life and all if its strife Which bring pain and unnecessary strain ... Are You Sure?!! How can we fight back when these things attack? When actions do not aid the scenes of our personal charades. All that is left to be spoken is an irrefutable token: To serve as a defiant cure, all that is needed to be said is ... Are You Sure?!! — Reggie Legend
— Anastasia Gensler
Poets of Elgin Literary Festival 2019 Raised My Hand There’s no such thing as a stupid question, We all know LIFE is one big lesson, So I must ask myself questions, Because contrary to popular belief I don’t know it all…. To me, power of questions has always been clear They elevate our consciousness as a collective They can be philosophical Or paradoxical even … Questions help you determine what you believe in Getting the right questions are key to getting the right answers Some answers I haven’t found yet Whether it’s a life of second chances or living with regrets Going off instinct, emotions, and experience Questions can lead to confusion or brilliance Like, what’s my purpose on earth? & which religion is legitimate? Common sense, logic, intuition, book smarts Questions influence my psyche so I can be sure of what I want I, raised my hand But there’s no need to ask a teacher I’m thirsty for knowledge and truth You can call me the truth seeker I, raised my hand In solidarity for my people I, raised my hand Asking why they don’t see us as equal. — Chalet Lorraine
Old Child’s View of the Dream We’re all in a limbo of dreams as dream believers when making the dream more than what it is. Of course, you know that. (?) Interrupted, I wake up to pee; and reminiscing on the toilet: I’m three years old. Were old people young like me? I shot the sun with Dad’s gun. Will earth die? How will the plants grow? In the dream forest, or is it a tavern where I discover this flower? And the answer: a scent in my head, of which I know nothing. I’m not Neanderthal, or mature, more like an old child with hoary children in a dream tavern, dizzily pretending time is forever, disappears like drinks. Of course, there’s another round. Waking, my dream bartender pours into the reality of morn, birds gossip — I’m older, of course. — Les Keress
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Am I a Storyteller or Grave Robber?
Elgin Appeared While wondering Where we’re heading, Elgin appeared on the river, Busily hiding all it was offering: Simple-living, Cultural-diversity welcoming, Artistic-endeavor burgeoning, Ecological-vision endearing, Economic-idea fueling, Community-bonding building, Historical-blue-collar river folk becoming, Bucking the ‘national’ trend, Bringing down the barriers And holding out its hands in passing. Grab hold if you can. Hang on tight. Defy the creeping hate Seeping into this land. — Kenneth Jackson
“The Question is the Answer” Bag Lady She’s stationed in front of the police department. Downtown. Center. Heartbeat of Fox River. Plastic bags on both of her sides she sits on a bench and waits. Pink sweatpants and tennis shoes for comfort, she longs. Eventually, she falls into slumber and her belly grumbles. It’s been a while since she had a taste of home cooked food, since she felt security that a freshly changed bed brings. I think of her as I stand before a classroom of third graders. Missing teeth and crooked handwriting. I wonder what she was like when she was them. Young and full of promise. What happened or didn’t happen that caused her to be downtown alone, with only her belongings to keep her comfort. A modern day leper too distant to touch too present to ignore. — Chasity Gunn
The silence in a history class Is the lesson about people of color It is blank slides in the presentation The bullet point comments To call it in obituary Implies it is seen, read Maybe even memorialized When the reflection of history is dead Staring back at you, I wonder how much of history has been buried alive And still screaming? The face of war in 1910 Mexico was often female Petra Herrera fought in the Mexican Revolution Leading an all-female military battalion Her death trapped in the spaces of “maybes” and “perhaps” and “some says” It is not the first time I find ghosts in pages or internet sites I wonder if ghosts still fight battles after death Or if they settle in dirt roads Or bullets Or uncertainty The history of my family before me Is so loud It is often asked to leave the room To come back when they are called back in Sometimes it becomes so rehearsed It stays out to find freedom Like to be able to do errands without the gringos Or gangbangers Watching My uncle Who feels more like a ghost to me Went walking down the mountain by his childhood home in Mexico And never came back I wonder if his footprints are still on the trail If the bag of pan he carried still rots there Has fossilized And turned into the image of my uncle The bodies of these stories settle into the funeral parlor of my ear There they are dressed and prepared for burial My mind holds them for three days Put to rest when the graves of more history begin to be dug out again When I put a pen to paper Their graves settle into my gums My teeth become grave markers When they touch it is like history being made To have your teeth turn into tombstones Is knowing caskets And dead flowers Before faces In dreams There will be flashes of color in my mind Rarely The ghosts I knowNever like to give me a light show They like to show me their colors Rarely dome I know where the universe My abuela came to in a dream Said she was orange holds the secret of life or if I need Like the fruit that grew from her homeland to worry about questions so terse. The Halloween decorations that still over my bed Why can’t I know theare mental misdeed The hue of frijoles at dinnertime Meeting her for the first time was meaningful of my neighbor or why mustn’t I nurse And for the first time intense feelings of envy, lust, or greed? Silence finally spoke my history.
Why mustn’t I be bad and immerse
into pleasures with a credible pride? I deal with restlessness By speaking this piece By showing my teeth whennever I yell came to me before These thoughts Dead people as I was afraid of some sort of punishment Turn into poetry Now, I defy unwritten etiquettes evermore And I wonder how I can make an audience come alive Like dark matters that never were before, When my mouth has turned into a cemetery? My tongue these in through Unearthing the thoughts bones of asneak past I never knew a back door. But somehow feel entitled to Makes me like I’m playing necromancer with my words —feel Bakul Banerjee Each letter a spell That will do everything but bring them back But I keep saying these poems like incantations Hoping they do
Their graves settle into my gums My teeth become grave markers When they touch it is like history being made To have your teeth turn into tombstones Is knowing caskets And dead flowers Before faces In dreams There will be flashes of color in my mind The ghosts I know like to give me a light show They like to show me their colors My abuela came to me in a dream Said she was orange Like the fruit that grew from her homeland The Halloween decorations that are still over my bed The hue of frijoles at dinnertime Meeting her for the first time was meaningful And for the first time Silence finally spoke my history. I deal with restlessness By speaking this piece By showing my teeth when I yell Dead people Turn into poetry And I wonder how I can make an audience come alive When my mouth has turned into a cemetery? My tongue Unearthing the bones of a past I never knew But somehow feel entitled to Makes me feel like I’m playing necromancer with my words Each letter a spell That will do everything but bring them back But I keep saying these poems like incantations Hoping they do In my bedroom My alter sits by my bed There are candles and skulls and Orange everywhere My abuelo has told me he is blue My uncle says he is green I never knew Petra Herrera But she is red They are all colors in my sacred space And even in death they are vibrant and alive And with me When I write poetry about them I wonder if I am paying homage Or if I am uprooting their graves And disturbing the dead — Andrea Rico
Morning Walk Air on my toes opens a place inside me where poetry begins. They touch cement, greet grounded relatives: birches give me direction, oaks supply strength, willows invite surrender. Star fallen sky hasn’t yet decided how clouds will hang. I reach that quiet place where calm is freed from its night cage. Early laughter from the poised mouth of a red-winged blackbird follows me. I look over my shoulder, one last time, take a full breath, walk into this day. — Diana Smith
Sell out, Preacher, Bigot (Stream of Consciousness (or as my mother would ask, “Have you taken your medication?”))
Water It came before light For that is where God hovers Deep and dark it is And quite tied up with the moon She moves it to and fro Across the deep Water, too, is what is most of me And most of thee as well And this is most marvelous news For that is where God hovers — Robin Migalla
In Due Season Once I pined with an empty womb tear-stained pillow red-eyed mornings month after month fruitless as dark red confirmed my infertility Months of longing became years motherhood the brass ring beyond my grasp Would I ever have children? Honeymoon baby to a virgin bride believing the myth of instant pregnancy living with warnings to remain chaste ‘till marriage A modern woman complete with diaphragm preventing pregnancy never questioning conceiving with ease It was not my destiny to be a young mother but ripened in my thirties one adoption then two pregnancies graced my life Waiting and longing washed away in a sea of gratitude leaving me dancing in the waves — Gareth Sitz
The Forever Question The next time he asks her she is floating languidly in a pond. Her hair moves with the rushes, her eyes murky and muddy. As he leans over, her eyes suddenly clear. He sees himself reflected. Smiling, her lips part. Bending close, he almost hears the answer she whispers. He lifts her out but she dissolves into sand, trickling into the pond where she becomes a fish that swims away with a twitch of its tail; can’t be caught. He shuts his eyes. When he opens them, another thousand years have come and gone. Still he wonders, What does she want? — Tricia Marcella Cimera
I Am ...
Why should I have to die for my art? Is my suffering any less authentic if it helps me to survive? Is my creativity now gimmicky if I use it frequently? Am I an artist or a salesman? Is my arts value based solely upon the sacrifice I make to create it? Must I commit suicide for my art to have an impact? If the words I write end up on a mug am I now fake? If I write with a purpose does it automatically become preachy? Is my message percieved as a sermon from some vain preacher? Must I create something meaningless in an effort to overcome my own vanity? But do I not join in the commercialism by creating pointless art? What separates sell outs from artists? Am I a bigot if my art offends you? If I write with such diction that it goes right over those feeble heads, am I looking down on them? If I write something that goes against your personal moral philosophy does that make me evil? And what if I were to challenge your religious beliefs does that make me a heretic, a sinner? Am I offensive if I question your answers to society’s problems? Am I inflammatory if I write about current events? Who am I supposed to impress? Is art made to impress people? Is it worthless if it isn’t impressive? Who is the real judge of whether art is impressive or worthy? And what is art worth? How are we to determine the value of creativity? So I ask, what would you have me do? Create inoffensive, meaningless, commercialized art that impresses the masses? Must I keep my head down and my mouth shut? Must I stop creating, for fear of repercussion? What should I create? What am I supposed to do? Should I survive to create? Die to give my art power? What is art? What am I? — Evan Sale
A lion’s next meal, bent knee and sweat drenched saharan maverick. A lighthouse on a landlocked wheat farm, warning the trees of the winter. A crushed can of soda made into part of the asphalt on the street in front of an empty apartment. A grandfather clock, still ticking and tocking every second after the tenant leaves for the baseball game they won’t come home from. A baby born thirteen minutes before the teenage boy realizes he has become just like his father. A murder weapon at the bottom of the lake where they spread the ashes. A joke said by Tommy during lunch that makes Victoria think he’s sort of cute in an ugly way. A forever unsolved rubik’s cube. A song that skips on the best part so she can hear it over and over again. A baseball player that picks his nose on the outfield of the world series game. A cat toy that your mom just can’t get rid of, no matter how long it’s been. A hooker on the corner of West 23rd and Pasture waiting to call her dad because it’s his 70th birthday. A four-beep goodbye. It’s easy to say that we are beings with a pulse and some skin here or there, but if it was truly that simple, we’d all be plucked chickens giving Plato the finger. Who we are is up to us, or fate, or some god’s game of pick up sticks, but if any of us were ever to take a guess, I think we’d get it right every time. — Abigail Elise Anderson
Poets of Elgin Literary Festival 2019 Cause Me to Hear Thy Lovingkindness — (sonnet #MMMMMMMDL) “We interrupt this broadcast—” cuts from hence My sleepy rev’rie as the music’d fail For that familiar notice I’ve heard hail Upon the scale it’s meant to be fr’intents But once or twice, now I am forty, whence The warning’s reminiscent more in pale Excuse of childhood hours they’d in betray’l Break into programs with its eerie sense. Yet nary voice nor aught else broke in tour That bustle of a Jan’ry Tuesday to Tell all my precious mother died. Was’t poor, Um, that the world kept turning like none knew (As ‘deed none did!) she passed? What had we fer Such interruption? Nothing, LORD, save You. — Jennifer S. Gordon
32 imate concert length: 45 minutes. 9.45a, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way Story Mix for Three to Six See 4/1. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 4/1. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info 1, 2, 3 Go! Families with 1, 2, and 3 year olds are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes and musical activities together in this dynamic program. No registration required. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Ainsworth Concerts for Youth See above. 11.15a-2p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org Job Search and Resume Help Drop in for assistance with your resume, cover letter, online applications, and more. Presented in partnership with the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment. For more information, call 630-844-8768. 1p-4p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info South Elgin Sentinels Chess Club Kids are invited to hone their chess
BRAVO skills. Beginners are welcome. Intermediate or Advanced players can play opponents or work on chess puzzles. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Who Was Series Grades 4th 6th Steve Irwin and Jane Goodall. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Elgin Property Maintenance Board of Appeals 5p-6p, Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court Consolidated Election Polls are open 6 a.m.--7 p.m. for select Kane County precincts. 6p-7p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Terrific Twos 20 minutes of stories, interactive fingerplays and large-muscle activities. Please register.During the first week of registration only customers living in the Gail Borden Public Library District may register. Registration for customers outside of the library district begins the following Monday. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Grupo de Conversacien ingl/ English Conversation Group Practica conversar en ingles, mejora tu pronunciacion y adquiera confianza con un tutor de Literacy Connection. No
necesita registrarse. Practice having everyday conversations in English, improve your pronunciation and gain confidence with a tutor from the Literacy Connection. No registration. 6.30p-7.15p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Human Relations Commission 6.30p-7.30p, Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court Using Stress to Your Advantage Join Tom Wendt, Certified DreamBuilder Coach, to learn approaches to experiencing a consistent sense of greater wellness and relaxation, through your healthy awareness of stress and stress reduction techniques. 6.30p-8p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info 3D Design Series Learn 3D design and printing fundamentals and putting your skills to the test in this series. Each class offers the opportunity to design and print a pre-determined object using tinkercad. 4/2 basics, 4/9 Intermediate, 4/16 Advanced. 7p-8.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Elgin Heritage Commission 7p8p, City Hall, 150 Dexter Court 311 cityofelgin.org
Wed.Apr.3 Money Smart Scavenger Hunt See 4/1. 9a-9p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 4/2. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Ainsworth Concerts for Youth See 4/2. 9.45a, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org Terrific Twos See 4/2. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 4/1. 10.30a-11a, GBPL Rakow Branch Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Area, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 4/2. 10.45a-11.15a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Ainsworth Concerts for Youth See 4/2. 11.15a-2p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org Homework Heroes See 4/1. 3.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin
Library, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info
Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Grupo de Futuros Bilingues/Go Bilingual Conversation Group Estudiantes de todos los niveles practicaran con otras personas que hablan espanol o ingles como primer idioma. Dirigido por la maestra Betty Martinez. Learners of all levels practice a new language with native English and Spanish speakers. Led by Betty Martinez. 6p-7p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Ainsworth Concerts for Youth See 4/2. 11.15a-2p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org
Teen Job Fair Looking for a summer job? Look no further than our Teen Job Fair to talk to local employers about available job openings and pick up tips & tricks to ace your application and interview. 6p-8p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Piano Performance: Denise Williams 2p-3p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 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.Families who speak or are learning Spanish can enjoy stories, crafts, and songs together at our Spanish-language storytime. This is also a great opportunity for children in the Dual-Language Program to practice using Spanish outside the classroom. This program in conducted entirely in Spanish. 6.30p-7p, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Online Safety for Parents Detective Andrew Houghton of the Elgin Police Department will provide information regarding online privacy, cyberbullying, sexting, and exploitation for parents. This presentation includes discussion of popular applications, trends, and warning signs for parents. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info QuickBooks Series Learn how QuickBooks’ accounting software allows users to manage their company finances by setting up a company, adding items, working with customers & vendors, and running reports. 4/3 All About Vendors. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Walking Book Club Join the Walking Book Club for a 45-minute walk, followed by a 45-minute book discussion. April: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. For details, please contact Andy at 847289-5844. 7p-8.30p, Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Thu.Apr.4 Money Smart Scavenger Hunt See 4/1. 9a-9p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Device Advice See 3/28. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL Rakow Branch Computer Cafe, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info
Homeschool Kids Explore: Money Learn about money and financial literacy. Sponsored by KCT Credit Union. 2p-3p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Creativity Lab See 3/28. 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info
1, 2, 3, Go! See 4/2. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 4/1. 10.45a-11.15a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Steve Yoder 11a-12p, GBPL
Kids Explore: Money Learn about money and financial literacy. Sponsored by KCT Credit Union. 5p-6p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Manualidades Go Bilingual para la Familia: Recuerdos para Quinces/Go Bilingual Diviertete con el arte mientras exploras tradiciones culturales latinoamericanas en ingles y espanol. Have fun with art while exploring Latino cultural traditions in English and Spanish. 6p-7.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Authors on the Fox Baseball fans, come hear J.
First United Methodist Church 216 East Highland Avenue Elgin, Illinois 60120 Church 847-741-0038 – Fax 847-741-8416 www.fumcelgin.org
An Open Letter to Elgin Area Residents, The pastor and lay leaders of First United Methodist Church of Elgin are grieving decisions made by our denomination regarding the exclusion of gay and lesbian persons as whole members of the body of Christ. As established members of an LGBTQ support network within the denomination, we abhor the repressive actions of our international organization and the draconian measures they have proposed to enforce them. Throughout a half century struggle we have been discouraged many times, but we have felt certain that attempts to dilute, restrict or redefine the love of Christ could not succeed forever.
“…we envision a brighter tomorrow and are confident it will outshine the darkness of the present moment.”
For many of us this would be the last setback. We remain where we are only because we envision a brighter tomorrow and are confident it will outshine the darkness of the present moment. Something new will come and we look forward to being part of it. We have not asked or been asked to address this issue on behalf of other United Methodist congregations in the Fox Valley, but it's fair to say that an overwhelming majority of delegates from churches in the northern states rallied to support an inclusive proposal and many in our area are angry and disappointed as we are. The intent of this letter is confessional and cathartic. It is painful but understandable that LGBTQ persons and their loved ones would feel unwelcome in our church. The outcome of this vote has caused many of us to feel unwelcome ourselves.
Two Rivers: Home Based Program Play Group 9.30a-12.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Ainsworth Concerts for Youth See 4/2. 9.45a, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org
Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
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36 Daniel, who has spent more than 20 years working in sports television, speak about his latest insightful book Phinally! The Phillies, the Royals and the 1980 Baseball Season That Almost Wasn’t. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 6.30p-8p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Baby Rhyme Time This storytime is for infants 0 - 11 months with an adult caregiver. Attendance is limited. For the first week of registration only customers living within the Gail Borden Public Library District may register. 6.30p-7p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Grupo de Conversacipara la Ciudadan/ Citizenship Conversation Group 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 del Literacy Connection y cualquiera puede asistir. No necesita inscribirse.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 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 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 Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 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. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: John LaBorn 7p-8p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Fri.Apr.5 Money Smart Scavenger Hunt See 4/1. 9a-9p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Baby Rhyme Time See 4/4. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Ainsworth Concerts for Youth See 4/2. 9.45a, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000
elginsymphony.org Wonderful Ones See 4/1. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info No Shushing Movie Fridays Come enjoy a movie in a family-friendly, casual setting. Chatting and snacks from home are welcome. This program welcomes people of all abilities. Please contact the library one week in advance if you need accommodations. No registration. 4/5 Johnny English Strikes Again (2018, PG). 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Baby & Toddler Playgroup Calling all babies and toddlers! Come to storytime, then stay and play! This is a hands-on, age appropriate playgroup is a great place to spend some quality time with your little one and connect with other adults. A variety of toys will be offered in this non-structured playtime. No registration. Ages 0-2 with an adult caregiver. 10.45a-11.30a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Facebook Basics Learn how to create your profile, add friends, and share content. 11a-12.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Ainsworth Concerts for Youth See 4/2. 11.15a-2p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org 7th Latino Film Festival Kickoff: What I Feel For You / Lo que siento por ti The seventh Latino Film Festival Elgin, a satellite from The Chicago Latino Film Festival – on its 35th year, the most influential Latino Film Festival in the USA -, will be held on April 5, 6 and 7, with drama, comedy and based in real stories
“Offer Never Expires” This is the latest in our series of reprints of old Elgin advertising, featuring the artwork, photographs, writing and business ideas of previous generations of Elginites. In the coming months, we’ll feature ads particularly from 1935 and 1985, when every proud local business placed an ad in a special edition of the daily newspaper honoring Elgin’s Centennial and Sesquicentennial. Vintage Elgin National Watch Company ads are from the collection of Jennifer Fukala.
independent movies produced in Dominican Republic, Cuba, Peru, México, and Costa Rica. The kickoff party will be on April 5 at Elgin Community College, in the Spartan Auditorium; doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the Dominican Republic production “What I feel for you /Lo que siento por ti,” based on real stories of social inclusion, with a mother of two autistic youngsters, a couple trying unsuccessfully have a child, and a father of a Special Olympics athlete. Spanish w/ English Subtitles, 90 minutes. The opening reception will follow with food and drink. 6.30p, ECC Spartan Auditorium, 1700 Spartan Drive 630.335.5229 latinofilmfestivalelgin.com. $20-30 A Legit Night of Comedy A great night of comedy featuring Nate
5.4 Burrows, Lael O’Shaughnessy, Michael Meyers Headlined by Blake Burkhart! 18+ event! Doors open at 8p, get ready to laugh yourself silly! ID required. This is a seated event ... lazy bones! 8p, Legit Dogs & Ice, 51 S. Grove Avenue 708.738.8306 legitdogsandice.com. $20 Dom Winterbauer/Moonlighting/ Hey! We’ve got Dom Winterbauer rolling through from Minneapolis and Moonlighting from Iowa, come hang out. Also featuring Moonlighting, Sunday Cruise, and Ages Ago. 8p, Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court 847.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts. org. $5 donation First Fridays Improv with GreenRoom Productions Come on in out
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Watch as our heroes endure triumph and tragedy, romance and revenge, all while reckoning with the whims of the almighty D20! First show starts at 8 pm - doors open at 7:30 pm. Second show starts at approx 9:30 pm - doors open at 9:15 pm. All tickets are pay-what-you-can. Seating is First Come, First Served. The cafe will be open but service may be limited during the show. 8p, Blue Box Cafe, 176 E. Chicago Street 847.697.2583 theblueboxcafe.com
Sat.Apr.6 and enjoy the fact that spring has finally sprung! Enjoy an evening out without winter boots; relax and prepare to laugh! 100% clean. 99.27% hilarious. Imagine an hour and a half of complete improvisation, a la Whose Line is it Anyway? GreenRoom’s improvisers take audience suggestions and true-life audience stories and turn them into hilarious theatre pieces right before your eyes! GreenRoom Productions, a semi-professional ensemble-based theatre company that specializes in improvisation, produces a full season of shows each year including musicals, plays, improv, and original sketch comedy. With competing improv teams, improvised songs, audience members on stage, and tons of energy, these family-friendly shows are ones you won’t soon forget. Oh, and did we mention there’s live music and a cash bar? Don’t miss a fun and exciting evening out! Catch First Fridays Improv with GreenRoom Production shown in The Hemmens’ one of a kind 200-seat Cabaret Theater in the Round ... 8p-9.45p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.931.5900 greenroomimprov.com Improvised Dungeons and Dragons Out On A Whim brings classic table top RPGs to life in 2 - 75 minute improvised shows each First Friday Night in Downtown Elgin at The Blue Box Cafe!! For each show, the audience selects a core cast of adventurers to embark on an epic quest guided by a guest Dungeon Master!
Museum Story Hour: Turtles Learn about turtles. Did you know there are turtles who live on land and in water? Do you know about the giant turtles that live on an island. Come to the Elgin Public Museum and learn all about them. Donations accepted. Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Boulevard 847.741.6655 elginpublicmuseum.org. Free Money Smart Scavenger Hunt See 4/1. 9a-9p, GBPL Youth Center - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info AARP Smart Driver Class This two day, 8-hour course is for drivers ages 50+ to refresh their driving skills and understand new challenges. Seniors 55+ who complete the class, by law, are eligible for a discount on their insurance premiums. A cost of $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members to cover materials. Payment collected on April 6th by AARP presenter. Registration required. 10a-2p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Disaster Preparedness Training for Blackhawk Neighborhood The Blackhawk Neighborhood has organized Disaster Preparedness Training with Elgin PD to help their area be better prepared should a disaster occur. In the immediate hours following a disaster, first responders may be unable to maneuver around damaged roads, downed power lines and debris to provide emergency assistance to
the entire community. Residents may be on their own for an extended time. People in your neighborhood may be trapped or injured and in need of help. The Blackhawk Disaster Preparedness class will teach you how to safely and efficiently respond to the needs of your neighbors, apply lifesaving skills and provide first aid until first responders arrive. 10a-3p , 865 Parkway Ave. English for the Workplace: Power Pronunciation See 3/30. 10a-1p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Practice SAT Test High School students can take a timed practice SAT test on provided laptops. 10a-1p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Sensory Storytime This storytime is especially for children ages 3 to 8 with developmental delays and sensory needs. A small group will help your child thrive in this program designed for you and your family. Siblings are welcome. Registration required. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Yoga and Self-Care for Busy People In an era of mounting stress and anxiety from competing demands, taking on too much at work and at home, and rushing around for everyone but yourself, it’s common for self-care to fall off your to-do list. Self-care is more than taking a shower and brushing your teeth. It’s taking the time to care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can live well and more fully enjoy your life. Drawing upon practices from Julie’s book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas, you’ll learn self-care practices, including seated yoga stretches, simple meditations and breathing exercises, you can do even when you’re busy. Presenter: Julie M. Gentile is a working mom, certified and registered yoga teacher, author of 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas (MSI Press), and professional editor and writer. 11a-12.30p, GBPL
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Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Death Cafe A Death Cafe is a safe place to talk (or listen) openly about topics surrounding the “scary” topic of death that so many keep avoiding thinking it’s not going to happen to them! Talking about IT isn’t going to kill you - but may bring you awareness and remind you that IT IS part of our life journey! This is NOT a bereavement or counseling group, simply an opportunity to respectfully talk about topics you may not be able to (yet) talk about with your loved ones! A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion with no agenda and the simple objective of increasing awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives! Join us for this FREE event and let’s start taking Death out of the closet! For more info visit: www.deathcafe.com 1p, Cafe Revive, 51 S Grove Ave, Elgin, IL svizca22@ gmail.com. FREE Recycling-Paper Earth Day Recycling paper into decorative bowls and beads. All supplies provided. 1p-3p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Tiempo de Practica See 4/6. 1p-1.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Welcome Baby Babies up to six months and parents. Bring baby and
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2019 #ExploreElgin Geocache Contest Grab your smart phone, head outside and #ExploreElgin! This month we have hidden one small, waterproof container (called a “geocache”) somewhere in the Elgin area. Its GPS coordinates are printed below. Using the map app on your smart phone, carefully enter the GPS coordinates to see the exact location of the hidden geocache, which contains a pencil and a small guest book decorated with the Explore Elgin Area logo and one letter of the alphabet. If you can ﬁnd the geocache, sign the guest book and take a selﬁe using your smart phone, showing your smiling face and the letter on the cover of the book. If you’re the ﬁrst to ﬁnd (“FTF”) the geocache, you win $20.19 in geo-CA$H! Return the geocache to its hiding place for someone else to ﬁnd. We will hide another geocache every month from March until July 2019, and add each one’s GPS coordinates to the list below. If you can ﬁnd all ﬁve hidden geocaches ... send all ﬁve selﬁes to firstname.lastname@example.org before July 31, 2019 to be entered in a drawing to win some fabulous prizes provided by Elgin area businesses.*
LOCATIONS 1: 42.0632, -88.2984 Hint: squirrel’s balcony
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BRAVO through the music of composer/ baseball fan Charles Ives. Charles Ives was an amateur baseball player who wrote several works dedicated to his favorite sport. We’ll also share personal stories of our own connections to baseball, as well as some of our favorite musicians. Featuring music by Charles Ives, Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla and others. Please register. Co-presented by Chamber Music On The Fox. 2p-4p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info. Free
baby’s new library card to learn about programs and resources to support your baby’s early literacy development and receive a special gift! 1p-2p, GBPL South Elgin Library, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Internet para Padres/ Internet for Parents Aprenda como mantener seguros a sus hijos en Internet. Learn how to keep your children safe on the Internet 1.30p-3p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Baseball and Charles Ives: A Musician’s Guide to Our National Pastime Join trombonist Mark Fry, violinist Eleanor Bartsch, and pianist Larry Axelrod in a whimsical celebration of the national pastime
7th Latino Film Festival: Mantis Nest / Nido de Mantis (2018) Film from Cuba: a crime romance film shows the migratory crisis from the island to United States on 1994 while a young woman has hours to prove she was not her parents’ killer. Spanish w/ English Subtitles. 119 minutes. 5p, Marcus Elgin Cinema, 111 S. Randall Road 630.335.5229 latinofilmfestivalelgin.com. $12-15 7th Latino Film Festival: All Can Fall / Caiga quien caiga (2018) Film from Peru: based on the story of the capture of Vladimiro Montesinos a former advisor of ex-president Alberto Fujimori. In the first week of opening this movie surpassed the 100 thousand people in the audience. Spanish w/ English Subtitles. 98 minutes. 7p, Marcus Elgin Cinema, 111 S.
Randall Road 630.335.5229 latinofilmfestivalelgin.com. $12-15 Draw Me A Sheep EYSO’s spring collaboration concert featuring Brass Choir, Youth Symphony and special guests, EYSO Composer-in-residence, Ethan T. Parcell and Focus Group, LLC. 7p, Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive eyso. org tickets.elgin.edu. $25-$14 Friday Jackson Friday Jackson is back at our favorite local pizza pub! Bring the whole family! No cover charge! 8p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com No Limits 9p, D Hangout Bar & Grill, 550 S. McLean Boulevard 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No Cover
39 refreshments and a chance to meet & greet will follow. 2p-3.30p, GBPL River Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info 7th Latino Film Festival: In Times of Rain / Tiempos de lluvia (2018) Film from Mexico: a story of an indigenous woman who lives in the city while her mom takes care of her son, there is a conflict when she wants to bring her child to live with her in Mexico City while her grandma thinks it is better for him to stays in the indigenous reserve. Spanish w/ English Subtitles. 90 minutes. 3p, Marcus Elgin Cinema, 111 S. Randall Road 630.335.5229 latinofilmfestivalelgin. com. $12-15
Sun.Apr.7 AARP Smart Driver Class Second day of the 8 hour class. Register for the April 6th date only. See 4/6. 12p-4p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Celebrate National Poetry Month with Elgin’s First Poet Laureate Elgin’s very first Poet Laureate Chasity Gunn will be here to recite some of her beautiful poetry in honor of National Poetry Month. Light
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Motions Dance Company Annual Home Concert 3p-5p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way Organ Recital By H. Ricardo Ramirez, Director of Music and Organist at Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago. Donations welcomed. 3p, First Congregational Church of Elgin, 256 E. Chicago Street 847.741.4045 fcc-elgin.org. Free 7th Latino Film Festival: The Dance of the Gazelle / El baile de la gacela (2018) Film from Cost Rica: a film that proves how love and the passion for dancing have no age. Comedy. Spanish w/ English Subtitles. 90 minutes. 5p, Marcus Elgin Cinema, 111 S. Randall Road 630.335.5229 latinofilmfestivalelgin.com. $12-15
Mon.Apr.8 Countdown to Kindergarten See 4/1. 10.15a-11a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Brown Bag Lunch Classic Films The Great Escape (1963, NR) - Part 2 This is Part 2 of the movie, based on the book by Paul Brickhill. The Great Escape is the true story of Allied prisoners plotting to break out of a Nazi detention camp. Bartlett (Richard Attenborough) is the British officer who masterminds the escape. Out of 250 prisoners, only 76 manage to escape, and the number soon dwindles to two dozen. Hilts (Steve McQueen) and company must get through Nazi occupied territory, which is the premise for most of the film. McQueen rides a motorcycle through heavy gunfire in a spectacular action sequence to avoid certain death at the hands of the enemy. Although he had appeared in other previous films, this is the one that brought superstar status to Steve McQueen. The actor performed all of his own stunts in the action sequences in the type of action adventure film that became McQueen’s trademark. Director: John Sturges. Starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, David McCallum. Type: Adventure, Drama, History 11a-1.30p, GBPL Mead-
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Homework Heroes See 4/1. 3.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Library, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info
Story Mix for Three to Six See 4/1. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
STEAM for Grades K-2 See 4/8. 4p-4.45p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Wonderful Ones See 4/1. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
STEAM for grades 3-5 Explore the wonders of the universe through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math in a fun, hands-on way.*Check out our STEAM Blog for more ideas: http://gbplsteam.blogspot. com 5p-6p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 4/1. 6p-6.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 4/1. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Grupo de Conversacipara la Ciudadan/ Citizenship Conversation Group See 4/4. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Great Books Discussion Group Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 6:55 pm. 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 Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Microsoft Access Series See 4/1. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 4/1. 7p-7.30p, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Apollo Trio Enjoy an evening of impressionistic music as the Apollo Trio descends on the Seigle Gallery in downtown Elgin’s Artspace Lofts. The sound of flute, harp, and viola together is uniquely beautiful, especially when played by these three elegant artists. The colorful timbres of this unique ensemble emerge from each other like the blossoms of spring emerging after a long winter. Join us for an evening of music by Debussy, Ibert, and others, and become swept up in the impressionistic timbre of this exquisite trio, named for the god of music. 7.30p, Elgin Artspace Lofts, 40 DuPage Court 224.276.8881 chambermusiconthefox.org. $10-20
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1, 2, 3 Go! See 4/2. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Armchair Generals - Gail Borden Library’s Civil War-era collections A Brown Bag Civil War and Lincoln Interest Group. Commemorate events, share insights, and talk about books or experiences.Gail Borden Library’s Civil War-era collections, presented by GBPLD librarian Melissa Bernasek. 11.45a-1.15p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Job Search and Resume Help See 4/2. 1p-4p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Read It! Paint It! Rules by Cynthia Lord. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info South Elgin Sentinels Chess Club See 4/2. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 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. 5p-6p, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Studio 270 Volunteer Squad Help out the library with cleaning, book displays, and other library related projects. 5p-7p, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 4/2. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Grupo de Conversacien ingl/ English Conversation Group See 4/2. 6.30p-7.15p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
5.4 elginpublicmuseum.org Elgin Alive: Moving from “Think Green” to “Act Green”: What Can I Recycle? Have you ever heard the phrase, “one bad apple spoils the bunch?” The same is true for recycling, where one non-recyclable item can spoil an entire batch of otherwise good materials. It may seem like such a small detail - a wrong item in the recycling bin - but it represents a global problem that’s preventing thousands of tons of recyclables from ever seeing a second life. Learn what you should be recycling at home and at work. Get your questions answered by a representative from Waste Management. Sponsor: ECN 7p-8.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Kane County Sheriff Series Opioid Crisis: current data, recent progress, and action items moving forward. Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Elgin Police Department. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 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 Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Game of Thrones Trivia Night G.o.T. is back and we have a special trivia night just in time for the premier of the final season. Test your knowledge and win some bounty. Reserve a table soon. Free to play. 8p, Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street 847.468.8810 elginpublichouse.com
Wed.Apr.10 Terrific Twos See 4/2. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Job Training Information Session Training grants are available to help you get a job! Learn about WIOA services and the application process. Presented in partnership with the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment. For more information, call 630-844-8768. 9.30a-11a, GBPL
3D Design Series See 4/2. 7p-8.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info
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Illinois Speaks! Current Issues Discussion Group Share your viewpoint, understand a different perspective, and engage in the fine art of conversation on timely topics. Co-sponsor: Illinois Humanities 10a-11.30a, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Story Mix for Three to Six See 4/1. 10.45a-11.15a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 4/2. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 4/1. 10.30a-11a, GBPL Rakow Branch Children’s Area, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 4/2. 10.45a-11.15a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Homework Heroes See 4/1. 3.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Library, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info STEAM Hydroponics planting activity! 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Grupo de Futuros Bilingues/Go Bilingual Conversation Group See 4/3. 6p-7p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Cuentos para la familia/Spanish Family Storytime See 4/3. 6.30p-7p, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info QuickBooks Series Learn how QuickBooks’ accounting software allows users to manage their company finances by setting up a company, adding items, working with customers & vendors, and running reports. 4/10 Wrap Up & Reports. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Walking Book Club See 4/3. 7p-8.30p, Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way 847.742.2411 gailborden. info
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Piano Performance: Steve Yoder 11a-12p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Denise Williams 2p-3p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Creativity Lab See 3/28. 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Two Rivers Head Start: Mental Health part 1 TBD 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Kids Explore: Native American History Get curious with us and explore a new topic every week! 5p-6p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Photoshop 101 Digital Media LabTeens can learn how to create and edit a professional audio recording, direct and edit a professional video, learn MIDI, and become a Photoshop pro. 6p-7p, GBPL Studio 270 Digital Media Lab, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info YW Uncorked Gather your friends and come raise a glass to the YWCA Elgin at the annual YW Uncorked event, sponsored by Gifford’s Kitchen & Social! This year’s theme will be “Wine & Whiskey”. Reservations include a sparkling wine tasting at check-in, 10 tasting tickets that can be used for wine or whiskey, a paint-n-sip class by Brushed Chicago, delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and live musical entertainment by Candy Kresmery. There will also be silent auction & raffle items, vendors, and a wine pull ($10/pull). All proceeds from this event will benefit the YWCA Elgin’s educational programs. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older; ID must be shown at checkin. 6p, Gifford’s Kitchen and Social, 2300 Bushwood Drive 847.742.7930 ywcaelgin.org. $55 Baby Rhyme Time See 4/4. 6.30p7p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 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. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info So You Want To Be a Referee Join NFL Replay Official Jim Lapetina as he talks of his journey from grade school referee to Big Ten Football Referee to the NFL. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Elgin 360 Photography Club: Food Photography 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 Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info MS Excel: Advanced Topics Learn how to use conditional formatting, work with multiple sheets in an Excel workbook, calculate percentages, and use PMT & VLOOKUP functions. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Not In Our Town: Film & Conversation Not in Our Town series feature films and discussions that showcase difficult community issues and highlight communities who respond to challenges to promote healing and unity. Moderated by Elgin Police Chief Ana Lalley This program is presented in cooperation with Elgin Police Department, Elgin Community College MAGIC, Elgin Human Relations Commission, CERL, Gail Borden Public Library, Coalition of Elgin’s religious Leaders & Elgin City of Peace. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: John LaBorn 7p-8p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
43 Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info No Shushing Movie Fridays Come enjoy a movie in a family-friendly, casual setting. Chatting and snacks from home are welcome. This program welcomes people of all abilities. Please contact the library one week in advance if you need accommodations. No registration. 4/12 The Lion King (1994, G). 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Baby & Toddler Playgroup See 4/5. 10.45a-11.30a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Pinterest Basics Learn how to create an account, find pins and boards, follow fellow Pinners, and adjust basic security settings. 11a-12p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Science Night: All About Germs Fight back against flu season by learning all about germs: bacteria, viruses, fungus, mold and more! Learn the difference between good and bad bacteria (yes, it exists!) the kind that is best avoided. Through games, and demonstrations, discover just how easy it is for germs to spread and learn what you can d o to prevent. Being sick is no fun, so let’s have some fun learning how to stay healthy! This is a drop in event; no registration required. Members free. 6p-8p, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Boulevard 847.741.6655 elginpublicmuseum.org. $2 Big Bad Wolf? Children’s Theatre of Elgin presents a fun 80’s musical for the whole family! 7.30p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.214.7550 cteelgin.org. $10-12
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Week of the Young Child: Call to Community Collaboration Meeting Please join Elgin Partnership for Early Lerarning in collaboration with Alignment Collaborative for Education, U-46 School District and Gail Borden Library. Doors open at 8. Grab some breakfast! 8a, GBPL Meadows Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Baby Rhyme Time See 4/4. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 4/1. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N.
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Tile Art. Each month from January through September 2019, we will publish one of nine sections of a 32 x 26.25” piece of artwork titled “Cobblestoned,” by Elgin artist Barbara Broeske. Cut out each section and assemble in the correct order to see the finished piece. Attach the sections together using strips of tape on the back to make an impressive display for your home or office. In September, send a photo of your finished project to be entered in a drawing to win an 8 x 10 inch color photographic print of this piece on shimmering metal, signed by the artist.
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powers of observation by completing a movie poster scavenger hunt to enter a prize drawing. Fun for all ages. 9a-4.30p, GBPL Youth Hallway, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Restoration Work Party at the Trout Park Natural Area Dedicated volunteers are restoring and preserving the unique character of the Trout Park natural area. All are welcome to join us on the 2nd and 4th Saturday to help in the effort. During Elgin Earth Month, join us on Saturday, April 13 from 9 am to Noon. There is NO COST to participate. Just dress in your work clothes and come prepared to get dirty and have some fun! 9a-12p, Trout Park, 576 Trout Park Boulevard . Free Build Your First Web Page Learn to code a simple web page by understanding the relationship between HTML & CSS. Through in-class activities you will learn the purpose, meaning and proper structure of these basic code languages. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info East Side Neighborhood Garden Please come to sign some paperwork and pay $20 to secure your bed for this year. We will meet at the Garden on the corner of Channing and Division. See you in a few weeks! 10a-12p, East Side Neighborhood Garden, Corner of Channing and Division Streets . $20 English for the Workplace: Power Pronunciation See 3/30. 10a-1p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Fox River Arts Ramble The Fox River Arts Ramble features multiple artistic disciplines at sites across Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of artists, enjoy artwork on display, watch artists create their work, and tour public and private spaces.Elgin area participants include Art for All, Elgin Academy Fine Arts program, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Elgin History Museum, Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery, and Oddball Art Labs’ Mobile
Instrumental Petting Zoo Interested in experiencing what if feels like to hold a violin or make sound with a trumpet? Experience a selection of string, wood, and brass instruments at an instrument petting zoo! Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) is teaming up with the Elgin History Museum and Quinlan & Fabish for a fun and interactive day of music. No experience necessary! Student volunteers will be there to assist. Open to all ages. Stop by between 11 am - 4 pm. No museum entry fee for those attending the instrument petting zoo. Did we mention giveaways? Yes, free stuff too! This activity is part of the Fox River Arts Ramble, a two-day self guided art tour of Fox Valley. 11a, Elgin History Museum, 360 Park Street Kari Christensen, 847-558-2246 foxriverarts.org. FREE Sensory Storytime See 4/6. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin High School 150th Anniversary All Class Reunion This year, Elgin High School reaches the 150th anniversary of its opening! Our community of students, educators, alumni, and other members of the EHS family will celebrate this milestone throughout the year with educational activities, community events, and the sharing of history and memories. Join several generations of alumni at the All Class Reunion. RSVP! 12p-3p, Elgin High School, 1200 Maroon Drive http://bit. ly/EHS150 Meet the Easter Bunny Bring your own camera or make a reservation with Marilyn, our very own professional photographer from Fantastic Photos. 12p-4p Como hago para? Printing /Printer On Aprenda a imprimir en la biblioteca. Learn how to print at the library. 1p-1.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Recycling-Paper Earth Day See 4/6. 1p-3p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Bollywood DanceFit Bolly DanceFit promotes the beauty of the Indian dance and Indian music through an interactive Bollywood Dance workshop called eHooray for Bollywood - Let’s Dance! In this workshop, dance experts demonstrate how easy and fun to dance on pumping up Bollywood beats. By the end of this
program, participants will know how to strut some of their own Bollywood dance moves! 1.30p-2.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Streaming Aprender a transmitir videos. Learn to stream videos. 1.30p3p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Our Story When a family member is involved in the justice system it can be hard to connect to others who understand. Our Story: Story time and craft connects families with shared experience to listen to stories and build community. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by Gail Borden Public Library, YWCA, Elgin Police Department Social Service Unit, Elgin City of Peace, Family Service Association of Greater Elgin & Building Families Together 2p-3.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Puzzle Club Drop in and join us for word puzzles, Sudoku, kid’s floor puzzles and adult jigsaw puzzles. 2p-4p, GBPL South Elgin Library, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Read to Rover Kids practice their reading skills by cuddling up with a good book and reading aloud to a fully trained and certified therapy dog. Please pay careful attention to your time slot when registering. 2p-2.30p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
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FEED.studyfindings Distribution of Birthdates Among Elgin Bev-Mart Customers January 1, 1911. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58.2% February 2, 1922. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.7% March 3, 1933. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.8% April 4, 1944 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.3% May 5, 1955 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.5% All others. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.7% Source: Morton University College of Social Sciences
“There will always be patterns of common birthdays in any population,” said doctoral student Caiden Boxley, “but the odds of this many people in one town sharing this specific birthday are truly astronomical.” Part of a larger research emphasis within school’s College of Social Sciences, the investigation sought to analyze the age distribution of alcoholic beverage consumers based on records collected at the point of purchase. The primary data was obtained from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s routine compliance audit of a chain of liquor stores in the Elgin area. “We looked at seven Bev-Mart stores located within a 20 square mile area around Elgin, which have POS [point-of-sale] systems that require clerks to enter the customer’s date of birth on a keyboard during the purchase transaction,” Boxley said. “That data showed that over 58% of all sales were to customers born on January 1st, 1911.” Initially skeptical of the findings, the research team interviewed the business owner to confirm that the State’s data was collected as its records indicated. An ad hoc report of current data entered at sale terminals in three of the stores confirmed the highly unusual pattern. “In our computer models, we factor in the rate of repeat
purchases by the same customer, but that can’t explain the incredible frequency of this specific birthday. Why this many 108 year old people with New Year’s birthdays all buy alcohol in Elgin, we have no idea.” Illinois driver’s license records at the Secretary of State’s office should be able to partially validate the findings, but Boxley explained why that data was not consulted. “Driver’s licenses are notoriously unreliable when it comes to understanding where people actually live,” he said. “But this transaction data gives an exact time and place where these people purchased alcoholic beverages. Data like this doesn’t lie.” The results seem to document an overwhelming number of alcohol purchases by Elgin residents aged over age 90. In addition to the January 1st, 1911 birthdays, another 15.7% of purchases were made by individuals born on February 2, 1922. Almost all of the other Bev-Mart customers were born March 3, 1933, April 4, 1944 and May 5, 1955. This pattern was not observed anywhere else in Illinois. Though not officially part of the research, the team has engaged two noted astrologers in search of insights into these specific birth dates and how they may influence personalities. “We’re not sure what we’re dealing with here, but it’s amazing,” Boxley admitted, “It feels like an M. Night Shyamalan movie.”
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sweet & sparkling. Porter’s Pub will feed us with some of their wonderful appetizers and snacks. We will enjoy the day as we raise funds for at-risk youth to participate in recreation programs through the City of Elgin Parks and Recreation Department. There will be about 30 Wines available for tasting along with the food from Porter’s pub. Half of the proceeds from the ticket sales goes towards the Elgin Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund. Also, if you purchase anything that is being sampled that day, you will also get a gift card of $25 to Otter Creek Wine & Spirits. 3p, Porter’s Pub at Bowes Creek, 1250 Bowes Creek Boulevard 847.931.2950 porterspubelgin.com. $50 Blues and BBQ with the Revelle Smith Project Enjoy dinner of BBQ beef brisket, bake beans, mashed potatoes, biscuit and cole slaw, followed by a concert of blues and smooth jazz. Concert only ticket is $15. See page 11 of this issue of BRAVO. 6.30p, Legit Dogs & Ice, 51 S. Grove Avenue 708.738.8306 legitdogsandice.com. $35 Big Bad Wolf? See 4/12. 7.30p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.214.7550 cteelgin.org. $10-12 Speakeasy Prohibition Party Blind Pig Extravaganza is back! Join the night of Big Band Era music with a TWIST, Alluring Burlesque Show, and Dazzling Cocktails. Hide out at the Martini Room Speakeasy and SAVE THE DATE! 7.30p, Martini Room Elgin, 161 E. Chicago Street 847.741.0349 martiniroomelgin.com Above and Beyond 4 9p, D Hangout Bar & Grill, 550 S. McLean Boulevard 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No Cover
Sun.Apr.14 EYSO Chamber Music Institute (CMI) Concert Day CMI students present concerts throughout the afternoon, April 14th. This event is open to the public. More information coming very soon! 12p, ECC Arts Center Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.841.7700 eyso.org. Free
Answering The Myths About Residential Solar Energy Jennifer Grommes, Friends of the Fox River on-thewater cleanup lead and Blue Raven solar installation representative, will begin by addressing common myths about solar, such as roof damage, sun hours here in Illinois, home values, cost and incentives, net metering, insurance, and lease vs. purchase. She’ll also discuss the importance of research and finding a good installer. 12.30p, Schweitzer Environmental Center, 16N900 Sleepy Hollow Road, West Dundee 815.356.6605 riendsofthefoxriver.org/event/answering-themyths-about-solar/. Free Big Bad Wolf? See 4/12. 2p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.214.7550 cteelgin.org. $10-12 Sunday Afternoon Concert: Hollis Prize Winner’s Recital Millikin University’s School of Music is pleased to present the 2019 Hollis Prize Winner’s Recital at Gail Borden Public Library. The competition is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Kimm Hollis, Millikin alumnus and Professor of Music and Artist in Residence Emeritus at Hanover College in Indiana. Stay tuned for the winner! 2p-3p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Master Chorale: Handel’s Dixit Dominus Hear the Elgin Master Chorale perform the work that made George Frederick Handel a star – well before Messiah, the operas, the Water Music and his other enduring masterpieces. Handel’s triumphant masterpiece Dixit Dominus will be the final concert for the Elgin Master Chorale, one of the area’s cultural cornerstones, closing out its 20182019 season entitled “Radiance and Reflection.” This performance will feature the Bella Voce Sinfonia, an ensemble which specializes in bringing the most historically accurate Baroque performances possible to the stage. 3p, ECC Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.622.0300 tickets.elgin.edu. $19-24
hand-sew simple projects! 5p-6p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Michael Ledbetter Celebration of Life Come celebrate the life of our friend Michael Ledbdetter! A star-studded lineup will pay tribute to the amazingly talented vocalist and great man. Proceeds will go to Michael’s family: Kathy, Holland and baby Michael. The Nick Moss Band (with Patrick Seals and Taylor Streiff), Charlie Baty, John Primer, Rick Estrin, Anson Funderburgh, Lurrie Bell, Danielle Nicole Schnebelen , Mike Welch, Jason Ricci, Rico McFarland, Dan Carelli, Kid Andersen, Laura Chavez, Kenny Smith, Nick Fane, Kate Moss, Blaze Thomas, and others! Admission includes pizza buffet, and silent auction with signed guitars, CDs, t-shirts and other items to be announced. 6p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin. com. $35 at the door Story Mix for Three to Six See 4/1. 6p-6.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 4/1. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info French Conversation Group Do you enjoy the French language and Francophone culture? Come join our monthly French conversation group! In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with fellow francophones of all ability levels, you will enjoy presentations, songs, videos and conversation en francais. No registration required. 6.30p-8.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Game Design Club See 4/1. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Microsoft Access Series See 4/1. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
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Chickens, Chihuahuas and Cherry Pie by Deb Kollar Determination. Spunk. Fortitude.
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These are the traits sixty-nineyear-old Mary Alice Moretti feels are needed for Matchmaking 101. It took all of her skills, along with two hours of hunting at a Jewel-Osco grocery store, to find a suitable plus-one for her son to take to his cousin Bianca’s wedding. Mary Alice decides to let the blonde’s confession of her slight stint in Cook County jail reveal itself organically. Preferably, not until after the wedding cake. She has always loved good Italian mascarpone. So the girl has a few issues. Don’t we all? Turning on Douglas Avenue, she still marvels at the grand houses of Elgin’s Gold Coast; especially, at the Victorian built by her great-grandfather in 1889 after the Elgin Watch Company had recruited him as a master watchmaker. For 130 years, it has been kept in the family in pristine and proper condition; well, except for her middle-aged son living in the basement and turning it into his “man cave.” Arriving home, she notices Larry’s Toyota is not in the driveway as she parks in the garage. Maybe he is looking for a job? She kisses her fingertips and raises them up to the Lord. “Perhaps one with benefits if it’s not too much to ask,” she says to Him. Mary Alice finds herself heading upstairs to the walk-in closet of the master bedroom to commune with her husband. She pulls on the chain of the closet light and sits down on a short, round, wooden bench in the mid-
dle like she is center stage. It is an extra closet they had made from an adjoining storage room to use for Walter’s magician items: robes, tuxedos, top hats, smaller tricks and polished black wingtip shoes—the left next to the right, as if they are still waiting to be put on. If shoes can miss their owner, Mary Alice is sure they miss her Walter as she does. She rubs the end of his favorite cape, purple silk with gold stars. “I didn’t find someone special, Walter. Not anyone like you. I tried.” He had asked her to look after the kids the day he passed. They had all been so close when he was alive. Now her daughter is estranged, and her son lives in the basement. One divorced, the other, never married. No grandchildren. “I let you down, my love.” She adds another saying to her collection: It is the world’s cruel joke to make women outlive their husbands and for children to grow up no longer needing their mothers. Mary Alice is taken out of her thoughts by the sound of a car horn repeatedly blaring next door. Her best friend and neighbor, Ruby, passed away a year ago and her no-good kids are still squabbling over the property’s value. Looking down from the bedroom’s bay window, Mary Alice spots two U-Hauls parking in the adjacent driveways, one backing up into Larry’s spot. An older stout man standing in the front yard in faded jeans and work boots gives the driver a thumbs-up.
For the next thirty minutes, Mary Alice watches in horror as a frenzy of people down below work to move brightly colored and uncoordinated furniture into Ruby’s Queen Anne home. Two of the younger men haul chicken wire rolls from the pickup truck parked on the street and toss them in the backyard over what used to be her best friend’s prized vegetable garden. A woman and a young boy start to carry out cages from the garage and place them on the ground in the backyard next to the wire and other building materials. She opens the window and shouts. “Hey, you. You over there. What’s inside the cages?” Busy with their work, they are unaware. She hears a faint clucking and then immediately knows what it is — chickens. Poor Ruby Ray Montgomery will be rolling in her grave. Her home had been on the Historic Elgin House Tour. In the 90s, she received the Mayor’s Award for Preservation. Now her yard is being turned into a chicken farm. To add insult to injury, a small, tan and white dog hears Mary Alice’s cry from the window. It waddles over, looks up at the bay window, bares its teeth and growls. Mary Alice shakes her head. People today just do not realize a loose dog is dangerous. The furry, little mongrel could not weigh more than ten pounds soaking wet; but it still could outrun and take down ninetyeight-year-old Mrs. Henderson who shuffles to the stop sign and back each day to keep limber. “You stop that growling right now,” she yells out the window, pointing a finger at him. The dog lifts its hind leg over her blooming bed of snowdrops bordering the side of her house and urinates. Outraged, she takes a step back. Oh, this will not do. She closes the window and stomps
down the oak stairs to the kitchen counter. No, this most certainly will not. She grabs a notebook from the junk drawer and writes a step-by-step to-do list to get rid of the neighbors. Step one: call someone. About what? A moving van in her driveway? A ferocious dog? Chickens!
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The phone book is underneath the radio. Sliding the pen down the yellow pages she locates Elgin’s code enforcement number. Bingo! She calls the number and leaves a message. She crosses off step one and looks at her notebook.
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Step two: bake them a housewarming cherry pie for tomorrow and snoop. Mary Alice smiles. She is on the hunt again.
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“Ma, what is going on out there?” Larry says placing his keys and satchel on the table. “I had to park by the curb. It’s like World War 3 next door.”
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“Grab your keys, Larry. We’re going to Anderson Animal Shelter.” Step three: buy an attack dog. Hopefully, one who eats Chihuahuas.
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“Oh, and by the way,” Mary Alice says as they walk out the front door. “You’re bringing Miss Tabby Jo James to your cousin Bianca’s wedding.” Debra Kollar and her husband moved to Elgin eighteen years ago, as many newlyweds do, to afford their ﬁrst home. She loves the town’s determination to preserve its history, the welcoming attitude for diversity with its people and the arts, the award-winning library and all the local haunts that give Elgin a hometown feel. After the series, she hopes to expand “The Marvelous Mary Alice” into a novel.
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Tue.Apr.16 Wonderful Ones See 4/1. 9.15a-9.45a, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Panera Milk & Cookie Storytime See 4/2. 9.30a-10.30a, Panera Bread, 369 Randall Road, South Elgin 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Coffee with a Cop The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. This is achieved by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and getting to know the officers in your neighborhood. Meet Commander Trost and other officers, learn what’s new at the
Elgin Police Department and enjoy coffee and conversation. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Story Mix for Three to Six See 4/1. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Wonderful Ones See 4/1. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info 1, 2, 3 Go! See 4/2. 10.15a-10.45a, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Job Search and Resume Help See 4/2. 1p-4p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Studio 270 Volunteer Corps: Creative Crew Help us create works of art for Studio 270. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info South Elgin Sentinels Chess Club See 4/2. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Video Lab Digital Media LabTeens can learn how to create and edit a professional audio recording, direct and edit a professional video, learn
MIDI, and become a Photoshop pro. 6p-8p, GBPL Studio 270 Digital Media Lab, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Terrific Twos See 4/2. 6.15p-6.45p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Crochet Club Get hooked on crocheting! Bring a project to work on. All skill levels welcome. 6.30p-8p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Grupo de Conversacien ingl/ English Conversation Group See 4/2. 6.30p-7.15p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Rep. Anna Moeller Town Hall Meeting Come hear a brief update from Representative Anna Moeller on the legislative session in Springfield and share your questions, views and concerns about key issues. 6.45p-8.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info 3D Design Series See 4/2. 7p-8.30p, GBPL South Elgin Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Senior Housing 101 A presentation focused on understanding the various types of available senior housing. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Elgin Room.
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Anderson Animal Shelter is excited to announce launching their Military Veterans’ Program (MVP). $51,000 in funding was raised at Anderson’s Nov. 2018 A Night 4 Paws Gala. Paul Augustine, a Purple Heart recipient and US Army veteran, is the MVP coordinator. He holds a Master’s Degree in special eduction.
There are four legs to the program. First Leg - All honorably discharged veterans, active duty, and reservists are eligible to receive 50% off an adoption, as a way to thank military members for their service. Anderson anticipates about 100 adoptions in 2019 - so please help share the word about this program. Second Leg - MVP volunteers are trained in the methods of positive reinforcement training, to further more adoptions and save lives. Third Leg - Behavioral foster program, where MVP volunteers foster special-needs animals. The volunteers are provided with training and support from the program’s coordinator - along with Anderson’s clinic and behavior staff. For more information contact Paul Augustine, US Army Veteran (847) 697-2880 x 59 - email@example.com
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by Mary Ellen Goodwill My friend is always busy. If he’s not doing something busy, he’s thinking something busy. He cannot simply sit and visit. He must either be on his way somewhere or be talking about what he must accomplish after he leaves. To him I do not say, “Have a nice day.” Rather, I quote poet, novelist and journal writer May Sarton: “... let the day shape the work, not the work, shape the day ...” The first time I told him that he almost got a crick in his neck what with his head snapping back and all. The light bulb moment, the Ah hah, the epiphany. I have offered many, many reminders, many, many times restating, “... let the day shape the work, not the work, shape the day ...” For twenty years I have been telling him this. He is 68 now and for him, the words have always been more of an admonition than a suggestion because he works until he is exhausted no matter the weather, the day or the time. Over the years I have prefaced Sarton’s advice with “Don’t be a fool ...” or “You are an idiot ...” or “Are you nuts? Whatsa matter with you?” resulting in an affront to Sarton’s prose and, unfortunately, no further impact on him and his grueling work habits. On the day I write this, my friend has just told me what he is going to do this afternoon: secure a board on the roof of his studio, continue carving on a 100 year old piece of yellow pine for a mantel, sand and gesso six 4’ x 6’ MDO boards and shop for, prepare, and consume a chicken cassoulet.
It is noon on the last Monday in April. Every fruit tree in northern Illinois is in bloom. So, too, the lilacs. Birds are fat, happy and sweetly vocal. I’ll be continuing my weeding because the ground is plump and wet. I may finish the latest Donna Leone Brunetti mystery when the sun reaches the back corner of the yard and I can move the rocker there. I may take a walk prior to sunset if the air is not too humid and I may revisit my journal or all of the above. It depends on how the day goes. Whichever way the wind blows. As for my friend, he will drop by one of these days and, tired and sometimes irritable, recount all that he has been busy doing. Post Script: Miss Sarton purchased a Cape Cod style home and 36 “acres of woods and meadow” in Nelson, New Hampshire, for $3900 in 1958. These details and much more, including how she learned to “let the day shape the work” are recounted in Plant Dreaming Deep, a very fine little book especially for anyone moving into or living in an old home.
Miss Goodwill’s charming novels about Beatrice Francis Convey can be found at Gail Borden and ECC libraries, Town House Books in St. Charles and through Amazon.
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seen the face of America’s next-generation environmental movement: a 18-year-old trilingual Indigenous hip-hop artist from Boulder who sat on Obama’s youth council and who’s already organized over 2,000 youth crews on six continents.” Doors open at 6p. Free ticket required. 6.30p-7.30p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 311 cityofelgin. org/xtickets. Free Contemporary Fiction Book Group The Contemporary Fiction Book Group discusses current literary fiction once a month. April discussion: At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info QuickBooks Special Edition: Advanced Reports Learn how to format, modify and filter data within reports and how to set up Sales Tax reporting in this advanced class. Note: Must have previously completed the QuickBooks series to register. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Walking Book Club See 4/3. 7p-8.30p, Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way 847.742.2411 gailborden. info
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Accepting Entries Starting April 1 All Seats $10 Finalists Will Be Screened Saturday, September 21, 7pm Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin • The ESFF will feature a Live Action category and an Animation category. • The top two selected films in each category, as voted on by the selection committee, will make the finals. The next three selected films in each category will compete to make the finals during the Elgin Fringe Festival, September 12 & 13. Awards and monetary prizes will be presented to the top three films. This competition will allow any filmmaker to submit work, even if it has been entered into other festival competitions!
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Shared Values: Kindergarten Readiness
Meeting Families Where They Are by Amber Peters and Dianna Manjarrez Each weekend, Rosita and her mom, Maria, spend a few hours at the JetXpress laundromat on Dundee Avenue washing their family’s clothes. In the past, Rosita would wait patiently for her mom to be done, sometimes watching videos and cartoons on her mom’s phone. But this weekend, thanks to the Elgin Partnership for Early Learning’s (EPEL) Language in the Laundromat initiative, Rosita gets to enjoy story and art time with partners like the Gail Borden Public Library, Hamilton Wings, YWCA of Elgin, Advocate Sherman Hospital, School District U-46, Two Rivers Head Start and Jerri Hoffmann Child and Family Center. A Gail Borden Library volunteer even brings her husband to play the guitar for the children! The Language in the Laundromat initiative is one example of how EPEL promotes early literacy and parent-child interactions among Elgin families.
A baby has 2,000 days from the day it is born until the first day of kindergarten. We know that 85% of brain growth occurs between birth and age three. Since this is the most critical time to build a child’s brain, EPEL has been building a connected community dedicated to helping young children thrive. This intensifies the impact of local efforts that prepare children for kindergarten by integrating early learning partners’ expertise. EPEL coordinates and engages all sectors of the community in preparing young children to succeed in school and life. For example, EPEL has coordinated with a number of partners to create a Getting Ready for Kindergarten calendar. Each year EPEL distributes 11,000 calendars to parents of 3- and 4-year-olds. Another example of how EPEL engages different sectors of the community is the
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new While You Wait initiative. Through this initiative, EPEL is partnering with Greater Elgin Family Care Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, to share early learning messaging materials with parents while they wait for their doctor’s appointment. This initiative reinforces EPEL’s goal of reaching families where they are. EPEL plans to expand the While You Wait initiative to more pediatric practices in the area. In Elgin, there are 12,000 children five years old and younger. Many of these children are unprepared for kindergarten, live in poverty, and frequently lack access to high-quality early learning experiences. EPEL understands that to address the complexity of why our children are not ready for kindergarten we must come together as “one community.”
EPEL believes everyone has a role to play in making a difference for our most precious assets, the children of our community. We invite you to join us to invest in our children and change the future. To celebrate the future of our children please join Elgin Partnership for Early Learning and partners, Gail Borden Public Library, U-46 and Alignment Collaborative for Education, for our upcoming “Call to Community: The First Five Years....Change Our Community’s Future” on April 12th at Gail Borden Public Library from 8:00-9:45 am. Together we can commit to the first 2000 days to help our children be ready for Kindergarten. —AP/DM
Early childhood care and education are critical components of the long-term development of a skilled workforce. Forty years of research has shown that high-quality early learning environments lead to higher high school graduation rates, lower rates of crime and delinquency, a lower rate of teen pregnancy and greater employment and higher wages as adults. Leticia Ornelas of YWCA Elgin.
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The Art of Food
Where are the Elgin foodies, who care as much about “presentation” as flavor and texture? Let’s investigate the culinary arts in a serious, cerebral way starting with Elgin Community College where the art of good taste is taught.
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Let’s face it, guitars get all the glory. So what about their red-blooded American cousins, the banjo and ukulele? Tale is told of uke clubs? bluegrass? string bands? in Elgin?
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A STAR IS BORN Young Handel in Rome
Dixit Dominus George Frideric Handel Presented by:
Elgin Master Chorale Featuring the Bella Voce Sinfonia and soloists
Sunday, April 14 3:30 p.m. Blizzard Theatre Elgin Community College 1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123
It’s 1707. An unknown, 22-year-old German composer visits Rome, where he is inspired to write Dixit Dominus. Hear the Elgin Master Chorale perform the work that made George Frideric Handel a star – well before Messiah, the operas, the Water Music and his other enduring masterpieces.
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