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The Great Elgin Songbook:Volume 2 by Tracy Altheide Denise Williams Denise Rose Williams watched her mother with interest play the chord organ at a very young age. With that, her mother purchased a piano and found a piano teacher for her. “I thank my parents for providing the means for me to develop what has become my passion in life.” Denise would find her passion at an early age in music and singing. “I began piano lessons at the age of 7 and continued through eighth grade when my teacher, Rosalie Stoike told me she had taught me everything she could. In junior high school, I sang in the choir and was asked to play for the choir — and thus my career was born. For the next six years (through high school) I accompanied every choir in school, as well as nu-

merous vocal and instrumental soloists. My mom told me she never had to ask me to practice. Whenever I got a new piece of music, I couldn’t wait to get it into my fingers. Denise would become a lifetime learner of her craft and develop many skills and attributes from her instructors. From Rosalie Stoike, she learned the fundamentals. From Gil Mead at Moody Bible Institute, she learned the Suzuki method and learned to listen to her playing. From Mark Miller, a student of Alan Swain, she took jazz lessons and also learned how to arrange songs, and play from lead sheets. What advice does she have for new piano players? “The most important element in learning a musical instrument is consistency. Even 10-20 minutes

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James Zorn James Zorn is a long time Elgin resident recently retired from RR Donnelley as a staff photographer. He has worked exclusively in advertising for the last 45+ years, and is still active in photography both as a business and an art form. Zorn is a UIC graduate who has worked for several studios as well a studio owner for 20 years, He still finds photography his passion, and now feels happy to spend more time doing his own work. Zorn is the owner of a Sears style, four square home on the west side dating back to 1910. He is married with two grown children and two grandchildren — part of his family goes back to the pre-civil war era in Chicago’s south side. His work can be found on his website: www.jameszornphotography.com Facebook: facebook.com/james.zorn LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/james-zorn

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a day will yield much greater results than one hour, one day a week. There are no shortcuts; you must put in the time. However, I am always amazed at what can be accomplished in a consistent 20 minutes a day! You will not always enjoy practicing, but you should enjoy the result; a greater ability. When you are able to play a piece you truly enjoy, play it once or twice a week and you will never forget how to play it. Consistent review is the key to building a repertoire,” said Denise. And for the performers-to-be? “If you wish to perform, music must be a passion. As with any worthwhile endeavor, only if it is a passion will you do what is necessary to be successful. At this level, you don’t count the hours because you are doing what you love. That doesn’t mean you will always enjoy practicing. But overall, you are accomplishing your inner desire to make beautiful music, and that in and of itself is the greatest reward,” said Denise. Today she is a professional pianist, accompanist, and piano teacher. Her playlist is ever

growing as she is constantly on the looking for new music and plays numerous genres including jazz classics, pop, show tunes, light classical, and hymn arrangements. Denise’s favorite jazz pianist is Beegie Adair. Her favorite venues are private homes, hotel lobbies, quiet restaurants, country clubs, and department stores. If she could play anywhere in the world, it would be in a castle somewhere in Europe. To hear samples of her performance, visit www. thepianorose.com. In addition to playing piano, Denise also enjoys photography, gardening, and vacationing with her family.

Stephen Yoder Stephen Yoder volunteers at the Gail Borden Library because it combines two of his loves: people and playing piano. He came about the opportunity when his niece, Tabatha, who works in the Kid’s library area, encouraged him to do so following his retirement. A long-time pianist, Steve has enjoyed playing for church and

others. “I’ve played in church since I was a kid (over 40 years!). Even though I’ve played in some incredible places (piano and organ), besides church, my favorite places to play are here at the library and at nursing homes. I also appreciate visiting cities that have pianos in public places – like train stations in London and Paris, and airports, too. It can really help passengers relax and pass the time.” He can vouch for the pianos in public places, as he’s an avid traveler who has been to 33 countries so far. “This is happening more and more, but I’d love to see a piano in the entrance to every hospital, nursing, library, etc. because music is its own healing force!” said Steve. Steve goes by “Show Tunes” when performing, playing music around the theme of love to contrast the harsh and hectic that the world and life can be at times. He also believes people warm up to music that is familiar. “I like when I see someone stop in their tracks because their

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heart and the song have meshed. Or when a tiny child asks me to play, ‘The wheels on the bus’ or ‘Jesus loves me.’ Sweetest moments!” But he almost would not have become Show Tunes if he had given up early in his childhood. ”Poor Mrs. Green tried for a few months when I was 7 or so to teach me to play. The problem was, we didn’t own a piano! So the weekly half hour was the extent of my ‘learning.’ And the week my parents forgot to come pick me up kind of put an end to the whole thing for me! A move to a new town and a stronger desire to really learn to play sent me on a walk across town to our local library. (Midland, Michigan) I checked out a Reader’s Digest piano book, walked back to our church, asked for permission to play in the chapel, and two years later I was the church piano player! And I’ve never looked back.” Today, he realizes support and belief go a long way. “The only true limitations in my efforts were self-imposed. Like me, most people I’ve taught have one great, recurring mantra, ‘I

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can’t!’ Which is patently untrue. It just takes a bit of time and effort. Then the music comes! I’m grateful for the many encouragers in my life. And that, of course, makes all the difference for anyone trying something new and difficult. They’re the people who taught me to believe, ‘I can!’” said Steve. Now, he plays chords, progressions, rhythms, and musical lines from “nowhere” when he needs a “pick-me-up.” When asked for his favorite composers, Steve said, “I love the Broadway greats – Rogers and Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the like.” His favorite genres are, “Musicals and ‘golden oldies’ are my favorites – most of all because they’re built on simple, beautiful melodies that are usually quite memorable and stir the soul. And I’m a sucker for a love story.

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And to the library leaders: THANK YOU for this incredible privilege!” In addition to piano playing and traveling, he’s currently focused reading on 1700s American history. —TA

FEED.pianists Upcoming performances by Denise Williams From 1:00 - 2:00 pm on Tuesdays in May at Gail Borden Public Library 270 N. Grove Avenue www.gailborden.info

Upcoming performances by Stephen Yoder: From 11:00 am - Noon on Thursdays in May at Gail Borden Public Library 270 N. Grove Avenue www.gailborden.info

Steve leaves the BRAVO reader with a final note, “Sit and relax and enjoy the music with me! And if you have a favorite you’d like to hear, let me know.

Stephen Yoder. Photo by Tracy Altheide.


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Seasons Change Theatre Gala to Honor Dennis Taylor A Taylor-Made Triple Feature, a three-day theatre gala, will be presented at the Elgin Art Showcase over Memorial Day Weekend. This event will pay tribute to Elginite Dennis Taylor who served as a dancer, choreographer, costumer, makeup artist, set dresser and wig designer at dozens of suburban theaters for more than 50 years. All proceeds will be donated to the Dennis Taylor Scholarship Foundation for the Performing Arts. On Friday, May 24, 2019, Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” will be presented. This award-winning drama offers a wildly divergent gathering of female voices and explores consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, reproduction, and related topics. “A Very Dennie Cabaret” will be performed on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Acclaimed Chicagoland musician Doug Orlyk will direct Dennie’s Divas: Karen Bronson, Allison Kurtz, Barb Rieger and Lori Skubich. 2018 Scholarship recipients Andrew Hunter and Payton Kaye will perform. The evening will also feature special appearances by Teresa Arnold, Vanessa Aronson & Marisa Boynton, Julie Bayer, Tony Calzaretta, Terry Christianson, Joan Curto, Dawn Harkins, Bridget Kancler, Diane McFarlin & Richard Pahl, Christine Pfenninger and Amy Wolski. On Sunday, May 26, 2019, A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” will be enacted by Diane McFarlin and Richard Pahl with direction by Justin Schaller. This play is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but

continued to share confidences. The actors read the letters aloud to create an evocative, touching, and frequently funny theatre experience. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30; the Sunday matinee starts at 3:00. The doors will open one hour before showtime for fellowship and fundraising. A cash wine bar will be available as well as raffle prizes and silent auctions. Tickets are $15 per person and $10 for each additional event. Reservations are available beginning May 1 at laughline@ juno.com or (847) 697-4005. All proceeds will benefit the Dennis Taylor Scholarship Foundation for the Performing Arts. Individual Grant Artist Richard Pahl gratefully acknowledges the City of Elgin and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission for their generous support of this project.

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Cinco de Mayo A weekend celebration of culture, family, and fun is set for Cinco De Mayo Weekend in Downtown Elgin. The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, in collaboration with AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital, Centro De Información and Gail Borden Library have partnered together to host a Cinco De Mayo celebration. The event will take place along Spring Street and DuPage Court in Downtown Elgin on Sunday May 5, 2019, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and will continue the weekend’s celebration of Elgin’s diverse cultures.

Occurring the day after the City of Elgin’s International Festival and Gail Borden Library’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration, Elgin Cinco De Mayo will showcase an authentic celebration of Mexican history and culture. This free family-friendly event will have various activities happening throughout the event, including piñata making, Cinco De Mayo trivia, grito contests, and even a jalapeno eating contest, hosted by Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin. Entertainment will also be provided by local music and dance groups, including 4 Strings Attached Academy, Alegria Mexicana and Mariachi Joya Dorada de U-46. Food vendors will be located on Spring Street closer towards Fulton Ave, and vendors will be mixed in with the activities in the Union Bank Parking Lot, by Advocate Park, along Spring Street, which will be closed off to traffic beginning at 11:00am. For more information, visit elgincincodemayo.com, or follow the Elgin Cinco De Mayo 2019 Facebook event.


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Admired for their superlative artistry, the Kontras Quartet has established an international following for their vibrant and nuanced performances. On May 13th at 7:30pm at Imago Creative Studios, the quartet will tread the line between classical music and American folk. Presented by Chamber Music on the Fox, don’t miss this fun, flavorful season finale featuring works by Florence Price and Frederick Tillis, and Dvorak’s American String Quartet. Tickets are $20, with discounts for students and starving artists, available online at chambermusiconthefox.org.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra Season Finale The acclaimed Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO), led by Music Director Andrew Grams, present their 2018-19 Season Finale Concerts for the Common Man on Saturday, May 4, 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 5, 2:30 pm at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Two composers: Gustav Mahler and Aaron Copland. Two final symphonies: one heartbreaking, one hopeful. Mahler wrote his Adagio from Symphony No. 10 when he was terminally ill and dealing with his wife’s infidelity. Copland’s last symphony, No. 3, has been called by critics “an American monument” and “the greatest American Symphony ever written.” Symphony No. 3 embodies Copland’s quintessential American sound, expressing the spirit of hope and promise for the future. A perfect match for the ineffable “esprit” of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the charismatic Andrew Hilary Grams. Pre-concert chats will be presented by Andrew Grams one hour before the performances. In addition, free Listeners Club discussions by music historian Jim Kendros are offered at Green-

After the Saturday performance, concertgoers are invited to Mingle with the Musicians at Bennigan’s Elgin. Free snacks and cash bar. Concert sponsors are Jeanne Sigman, Ram & Nancy Ramanandan, Holiday Inn Elgin, Amita Health and Carnow Conibear. Season sponsors are John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. and Otto Engineering, Inc. Tickets start at just $30. Youth/ Students $11. Valet service or free parking. Visit ElginSymphony.Org or call 847-888-4000.

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Finale The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (EYSO’s) 43rd season draws inspiration from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s famous quote, “What is essential is invisible to the eye,” and explores the powerful ways that art makes us see what matters most about our humanity. EYSO will wrap up its 2018-2019 season Sunday, May 5th with a series of concerts titled “Little Bells are Changed to Tears: Laughter, Longing, and Loss,” featuring its orchestras and chamber ensembles. Concert times are 2pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm in the Blizzard Theatre at the ECC Arts Center. Tickets are $14-25 (see below).

Antigone ECC Theatre presents Antigone by Jean Anouilh, translated by Barbara Bray, and directed by Susan A. Robinson. Antigone tells the story of a woman torn between doing what she believes is right and self-preservation. Inspired by Greek tragedian Sophocles’ play of the same name, Anouilh’s version was first performed in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944. 75 years later, the play and the moral ambiguities


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it explores remain provocative and timely. Peformed by the ECC Theatre department, the shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 3pm through May 5th, in the SecondSpace Theatre at the ECC Arts Center, with advance tickets only $9-11 (see below).

The ECC Steel Bands, under the direction of Steve Butters, always delight with an eclectic mix of calypso, reggae, rock, and more. Original arrangements at past concerts have included works by Nirvana, Prince, and The Beatles. They perform Tuesday, May 7th at 7:30 pm in the Blizzard Theatre.

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The ECC Concert Band, under the direction of Jim Kull, thrills audiences with a broad range of music in heart-stirring arrangements. On Wednesday, May 8th at 7:30pm in the Blizzard Theatre, the band celebrates the music of America. The smooth sounds of jazz performed by the talented ECC Jazz Combo, under the direction of Shawn Maxwell, is an evening that you don’t want to miss! They close out the spring concert season Thursday, May 9th at 7:30pm in the Blizzard Theatre. Tickets for all ECC Music Department Ensembles are $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors (see below).

Happy Together PBS stars and married musical sensations Michael and Angela Ingersoll share the spotlight during this hilarious and heartwarming night of classic pop hits! He’s the beloved former star of Jersey Boys (original cast San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago) and the PBS retro-rock group Under the Streetlamp. She’s the Emmy-nominated actress nationally renowned for her astonishing portrayals of Judy Garland (End of the Rainbow and Get Happy on PBS). Together, the Ingersolls’ chemistry is irresistible as they perform unforgettable songs by artists such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, James Taylor, and Judy Garland. This memorable evening is set for Saturday, May 4th at 7pm in the Blizzard Theatre at the ECC Arts Center, with all seats priced at $36 (see below).

ECC Music Ensembles in Spring Concerts Under the direction of Chris Cherry, the ECC Concert Choir will perform a wide breadth of choral music from many eras Monday, May 6th at 7:30pm in the Blizzard Theatre.

directed by Larry Boller Session Americana Session Americana’s live shows are freewheeling modern hootenannies performed by a sextet best described as a rock band in a tea cup or a folk band in a whiskey bottle. The band’s fantastical and familial concert format features an all-star cast of musicians—gathered around a table—joyfully swapping songs and instruments. The “anything-could-happen” feeling of a Session Americana performance is epitomized by its stage set up which includes a collapsible bar wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, and a fire-damaged harmonica case graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies. This musical madness comes to the SecondSpace Theatre Friday, May 10th at 7:30pm, with tickets going for $28 (see below).

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Dear Finch One piano. Eight voices. A billion stories. Featuring original music by Jess Godwin, soaring vocals, and stories inspired by handwritten letters from all over the world, this poignant and inspiring evening of message-driven pop (with a soft spot for Gospel) reminds us that no one is an island — we are all heroes and villains and we all have a story worth telling. Read our exclusive interview with Jess Godwin on page 52 in this edition of BRAVO. The show starts at 7:00pm in the SecondSpace Theatre, but arrive early! Audience members are encouraged to write their own anonymous letters, some of which will be included in the show. Tickets are $28 (see below).

ECC Arts Center Tickets Tickets for ECC Arts Center events are available online 24x7 at tickets.elgin.edu, or by phone at (847) 622-0300 or in person at the box office, Building H, Room H143, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin. Box office hours are Monday

Fridays and Saturdays, May 3-4, 10-11, & 17-18, 2019 at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, Elgin. The doors open at 7 PM. Curtain time is 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students, available at the door or online at independentplayers.org.

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Annual Ball de Fleur Explore the hottest new venue in Chicago as Fox Valley area residents rendezvous at Rockwell on the River on Saturday, May 4, 2019, to raise funds for the Alexian Brothers Foundation’s “One Life at a Time” vision for behavioral health. Enjoy gorgeous Chicago River views while dancing the night away to music provided by TC Squared. Your ticket to this elegant evening will help provide hope to people struggling with substance use and behavioral health disorders. The event begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Rockwell on the River, 3057 N. Rockwell St., Chicago. Complimentary valet parking is available. Attire is black-tie optional. Tickets are $500 per person, available at alexianfoundation.org.

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Coming Soon: Over the Tavern The Big Meal Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant, on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet — and sparks fly. So begins a tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to last goodbye. The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family! Opening on May 4, the production is directed by Larry Boller and stars Katrina Syrris, Richard Isemonger, Lori Rohr, Sean Hargadon, Janette Jacobs, Tom Ochocinski, Maddie Hargadon and Alden Mark. It will run

The Pazinski family has a lot going on in their cramped 1950’s Buffalo apartment. 12-year-old Rudy, is a smart, wise-cracking kid who’s starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When Rudy runs afoul of the ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa and announces that instead of being confirmed he’d rather shop around for a more “fun” religion, all hell breaks loose. This warm and hilarious look at God, family, and growing up runs May 31 - June 16 at the Elgin Art Showcase, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Single admission tickets are $20, and complete information is available at elgin-theatre.org, or by email at tickets@inil.com.

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Call for Public Art: The Winners The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission has three 2D pieces from the 2019 Call for Art! All of the new pieces of public art will be placed in Downtown Elgin this fall. Follow our facebook page to stay up to date on all things art and watch the progress of these pieces. #ExploreElgin #publicart #supportthearts

About the Winners Andrea Jablonski, a Polish-born multidisciplinary artist of Chicago IL, will be placing her mural, “Water Under the Bridge” along the Riverwalk, under Highland Avenue. The piece is comprised of local flora and fauna and will play with the river it is located alongside. When asked about her inspiration about the piece, Andrea responded, “Activating a challenging space and adding color to Riverwalk area was definitely a big part of my decision to send in a proposal. Local flora and fauna always interest me and working in new neighborhoods and meeting new people and collaborators makes it all worthwhile.” You can find more on Andrea by visiting her website: https:// www.andreajablonski.com. Her mural will be completed later this summer. Melina Scotte, originally of Argentina but more recently hailing from Oakbrook Terrace, will be applying her 2D work titled “Las Raices Del Alma” on the garage door of the Spring/Chicago Street Parking Deck. The work, which translates to “Roots of the Soul,” represents culture and traditions that are part of what we acquire as a person and what we pass on to the next generation. Comprised of vivid colors and a lone resting figure, the piece deals with the concept of harmony.

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ESFF features two categories: Live Action and Animation. The top two 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 6-15. Awards and monetary prizes will be presented to the top three films at the live event on Saturday, September 21st at 7pm at the Hemmens Cultural Center.

Cultural Arts Commission Calendar Side Street Studio Arts, 2019 Organizational Grant Recipient Visit Side Street Studio Arts located at 15 Ziegler Ct in downtown Elgin to see their current visual art exhibitions. For more information on these exhibits visit SideStreetStudioArts.org. Coming next to Side Street: “Karl Jahnke: Level 4 Artist” in the Gallery May 3-19, reception May 3rd at 6pm. Karl combines surrealism, whimsy and craftsmanship into his unique and compelling paintings. Karl is returning to Side Street Studio for his second solo show and to make amends for his first solo show, which was an unmitigated disaster. “Sub 21” in the Theater May 10-26, reception May 10th at 6pm. The goal of the Sub 21 showcase is to introduce fresh faces to the Elgin art scene and expose them to new and exciting possibilities through the arts. We invite all artists and their families to attend the 2019 Sub 21 opening reception and award ceremony. “Jess R. AIR Final Show” in the Gallery May 24-June 16.

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, 2019 Organizational Grant Recipient “When Little Bells Turn to Tears”, presented on May 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theater. At this concert, among other great works, EYSO will present its exploration of The Little Prince with Youth Symphony focusing on Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. The performance will be in the Blizzard Theater at Elgin Community College Arts Center and tickets are available at www.tickets.elgin.edu


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Explore Elgin on the Fox River Bike Trail by Krisilee Murphy The Fox River Bike Trail in Elgin, Illinois, offers more than 40 miles of guaranteed fun. It runs beside the scenic Fox River in Northern Illinois, alongside historic railroad lines, crossing six bridges and passing through nature preserves and charming towns. The trail is the perfect outing for spirited cyclists, hikers, families and outdoor aficionados. No weather is too extreme to take advantage of the path. If your bike does not have snow tires, break out the snowshoes or cross-country skis. Find food en route at one of the many adjacent restaurants, or pack a lunch and pull over at one of the many picnic spots. No matter what brings you to the trail, enjoy the ride! Plan your full trip at www. FoxRiverBikeTrail.com.

Places to recharge Gail Borden Public Library Cyclists looking to recharge cell phones or relax their legs can make a stop at Gail Borden Public Library. Stop in to cool off or bring the kids in to experience the interactive summer exhibit. Families can make this a destination on the trail or a starting point because kids will have so much fun. Grand Victoria Casino Adults exploring the Fox River Bike Trail can stop for gourmet food, an adult beverage or even a chance at lady luck. Grand Victoria Casino is located right on the Fox River Bike Trail. Grand Victoria Casino houses four restaurants with options including gourmet burgers, a deli and a steakhouse. They also offer lots of bike racks for ample parking. Van’s Frozen Custard Families have been riding their bikes to Van’s Frozen Custard, located along the Fox River Bike Trail in East Dundee, since 2012. Riding a couple of extra miles does not seem so bad when frozen custard is waiting for cyclists when they arrive. Downtown Elgin Downtown Elgin is home to all varieties of foods that families can enjoy while exploring the Fox River Bike Trail. Stop at one of the multiple coffee shops to get your ride started or

end with a full dinner. A full list of restaurants can be found at www.ExploreElginArea.com.

Public Art Along the Bike Trail Downtown Elgin is home to multiple sculptures along the Fox River Bike Trail. Enjoy the newest pieces that are located along the Riverside Drive Promenade or make a quick detour to see the full line-up. A map for the self-guided tour of the public art can be found on the homepage of www.ExploreElginArea.com.

Boat or Kayak on the Fox River Take a break in West Dundee to experience Voyageur Landing Forest Preserve. The boat launch here is popular for a reason — this is a gorgeous spot to kayak or boat, toss a line in or kick back with a cold one on the deck and watch the eagles like a hawk. Check out other launch sites or book a guided canoe tour by visiting our guide to the Fox River Water Trails.

Fishing along the Fox River Bike Trail There is first-rate fishing along the Fox River, with many public spots to fish for bass, catfish and walleye. And, of course, there are plenty of tackle shops to hook you up with the right gear. The Carpentersville Dam is a favorite local fishing hole. The dam has become legendary among anglers for record-breaking walleye and smallmouth bass. Visit I Fish Illinois for information about licensing, camping, lake details and fishing reports. Enjoy a full weekend exploring the Fox River Bike Trail or plan a day long adventure.

Explore Elgin Area Events As if you need even more incentive to spend time along the Fox River Bike Trail, these special summer events are sure to entertain:

Downtown Elgin Farmers’ Market: June 7–October 4, 2019 Held every Friday on South Grove Avenue, featuring local produce, prepared foods, crafts, commnity and more.

City of Elgin’s Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks: July 4, 2019 Parade starts 9AM at the corner of Slade and Douglas Avenues and moves south, with marching bands, floats, community groups, horse and motorcycle groups and more. Fireworks at dusk in Festival Park.

Elgin’s Movies in the Park: July 11–August 13, 2019 Free weekly family-friendly outdoor movies, with trolley rides and food concessions. Thursdays in July and Tuesdays in August.

Elgin’s Art & Soul on the Fox: August 3–4, 2019 Annual juried art festival along Riverside Drive in the heart of downtown Elgin, featuring all visual arts media, plus music, food concessions and more. For info, go to elginartandsoul.com

Elgin Fringe Festival: September 6–15, 2019 Multi-day festival of performing arts with theatre, music, magic, dance, plus Family Fringe, live music, and surprises. Uncurated, uncensored, and inexpensive. See a full, detailed listing of events at www.ExploreElginArea.com. #ExploreElgin www.ExploreElginArea.com


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May 31 and June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2019 Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM Sunday at 2:00 PM

Elgin Art Showcase

164 Division Street - Eighth Floor, Elgin, Il. 60120 Tickets: Adults $20.00 Students/Sr. $18.00 For information: Phone: (847) 741-0532 E-mail: TICKETS@INIL.COM Web: WWW.ELGIN-THEATRE.ORG This program is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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Every month in these pages we tell you about dozens of incredible arts experiences happening within a few miles of your home in the Elgin area. Some of the theatre companies and musical groups have been around for decades and some of them just popped up. The volume and variety never ceases to amaze. But there are still more creative forces at work around us and inside us, and they are also happening every week of every month in the studios, halls, conference rooms and storefronts of Elgin. It’s the collective work of artist development, which eventually matures and becomes the visual art, dance, theatre, literature and music that fills our galleries, pages and performance spaces. So we are attempting to devote some paper and ink just to these artist development opportunities that dare us to try a new form of expression (or become better at one) at a workshop, audition, critique group, master class, lecture, open studio or other place where artists practice. We’ll call it Mpulse. (M is for Marquee.) For this section, we invite your announcements for all manner of artist education, development and advancement opportunities like those listed above. We will also move all calendar events from the FEED that were previously coded “Creativity” to our special Mpulse FEED, set aside just for our readers seeking to channel more energy into the Arts, whether it’s a pastime or a passion.

Auditions for Seussical! Seeking creative and imaginative vocalists, actors and dancers, age 9 and up! Auditions will be held: Tuesday, May 14 &

Wednesday, May 15 from 7-10 pm at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way. Callbacks will be by invitation only, Saturday, May 18th from 10am-2pm. All auditionees should prepare 16-32 bars of a song that best showcases their vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided so please bring sheet music in the key you will be singing. Singing acapella is not encouraged. A dance call will be part of your audition. Please dress comfortably, have appropriate footwear and be prepared to move. Rehearsals for this production will be held at the Hemmens Cultural Center, Monday-Thursday from 7-10 pm, with Sunday rehearsals added at the end of June. Not all cast members will be required at all rehearsals. Performances of Seussical will be held July 12-14 and 19-21 for a total of 6 performances. To sign up for an audition slot, go to www.uactheatre.org or www.hemmens.org and click on the Elgin Summer Theatre link. Walk-in auditions will be accommodated as time allows. For questions, email Lindsey at uactheatre@gmail.com.

Teen Belly Dance Instruction Teens! Learn to belly dance this summer at a special belly dance experience for teens ages 13-17. Class meets Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12pm for three weeks giving you twelve hours of instruction. Students will learn the basic movements of modern belly dance and how to put them together in combinations and a choreography. Students will also learn how to work cooperatively


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through creative dance exercises and help drive the content of their final dance which will be video recorded as a keepsake of the experience. Summer sessions 1 and 2 will have different content so the ambitious teen is encouraged to take both classes to get the most out of the summer. For more information and to register, go to www.easterngroove.com.

Percussion Masterclass See and hear a master class focusing on timpani, Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 2-4pm at Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue. Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) percussionist Bobby Everson will tell all you ever wanted to know about the timpani: tuning, tone production and quality, maintenance, mallet choices (historically and acoustically) and more. A few students are chosen to participate in a “mini lesson” during the masterclass, which is free and open to the public, with no registration necessary. If you have any questions, please

contact the Elgin Symphony Orchestra director of community engagement, Wendy Evans, as w.evans@elginsymphony.org

Free Open Rehearsal Check out the Elgin Symphony Orchestra with family & friends at this free, open dress rehearsal Friday, May 3, at 7:15 pm as they prepare Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 and Copland’s last symphony, No. 3. Online registration is required in advance at ElginSymphony. Org. Limit four tickets per household. No onsite registration accepted. To make a reservation, you must first choose the number of reservations needed (maximum of 4 per household). Next, log in to your account or create a new account. Follow the steps until the order is completed.

Join Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Serving students grade four through college age, EYSO comprises nearly 400 students from more than 70 communities in the Chicago area. Each ensemble offers its members unparalleled

opportunities to perform, learn, and collaborate in a fair and welcoming environment. Auditions for the 2019-2020 EYSO season are May 30-June 2, 2019: Strings, May 30-June 2; Winds and Brass, May 31-June 1; Percussion, Piano and Harp, June 1, morning only. An online audition application is available at audition.eyso.org After hearing auditions, the EYSO artistic staff will thoughtfully make placement decisions based on playing ability, age, and the current needs of each ensemble. Complete and detailed information on what to prepare for an audition is published at www. eyso.org/join-eyso. Small fee required to audition, and tuition is required for membership.

Chamber Music Camp Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) will host a weeklong Summer Chamber Music Camp July 22-26 on the campus of Elgin Academy, 350 Park Street. The camp is designed for students entering 4th grade or higher, who have played their

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instrument for at least two years. The program will divide string players into trios, quartets and quintets based on their age and ability. Each group will work with a regular coach and spend 3-4 hours together each day. The camp will also include chamber orchestra, masterclasses, and classes in composition, Alexander Technique, and listening workshops--a total of more than 35 hours of instruction. Camp days will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with early drop-off and aftercare available through Elgin Academy. The acclaimed KAIA String Quartet will be fea-


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tured as ensemble-in-residence for the camp. The application is online at www.eyso.org/summer-chamber-music-camp. Completed applications are due by June 15th, and applicants will be notified of their status by Monday, June 23rd.

Elgin Idol Calling all singers! Are you a talented singer? Do you have what it takes to be Elgin’s Top Performer? Come show off your singing talent at this year’s Elgin Rib Fest, Saturday, June 15th at 12:30pm at Festival Park. Hosted by the Elgin Master Chorale Children’s Chorus, the winner will receive a trophy, cash prize, and get to sing the National Anthem at Elgin Rib Fest on Sunday, June 16th. Three competition categories are age 11 and under, ages 12-16, and ages 17 and up. To enter, complete the free signup form at emcchildrenschorus.org/ elgin-idol.html before June 1st.

Summer Vocal Camp Keep singing this summer at the EMC Children’s Chorus

summer vocal camp for singers aged 8-17, Monday thru Friday, June 17-21, from 9am to noon daily at Elgin Community College. The week culminates in a performance on June 21st. The cost is $100. Express your interest by completing the form online at emcchildrenschorus. org/summer-camp-2019.html by June 15th. More information will be emailed to you after submitting the form.

Take 2 Creative Camp The YWCA Elgin Take 2 Creative Camp is a summer program for students between the ages of 12 and 15 years old. Take 2 provides students with a safe environment during the summer months, a chance to make new friends, and the opportunity to learn new skills. The program runs daily 9am-5pm Monday thru Friday, from June 10th to August 9th! Cost is only $25 per camper. This program focuses on teaching teens how to use today’s technology in order to explore their own creativity and, by doing so, become confident in voicing their

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own opinions on multiple platforms. The teens in our program are taught how to apply the skills they learn in our program over into there everyday life. Through the summer the Take 2 students will get to write scripts, edit video footage, direct videos, use a green screen, shoot videos, create vlogs and blogs, star in videos, volunteer, and go on field trips. At the end of each summer the Take 2 Creative Camp hosts a Red Carpet event. During this event they get to show off their master pieces to their friends, family and the Elgin community. Download the application form available at ywcaelgin.org and turn it with $25 fee by June 3rd.

Calls For Art Side Street Studio Arts has an extensive year-round calendar of gallery exhibits featuring the work local artists. Calls for art with submission forms can always be found at sidestreetstudioarts.org/callsforart. UNIDXS: RAICES Translation: noun, Estate an

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extensive area of land in the country, usually with a large house, owned by one person, family, or organization. RAICES is more commonly known as ROOTS in Spanish, a word for the source or origin of something. RAICES is the theme of this year’s UNIDXS exhibit. This is an open call for visual art in any medium summarizing an artist’s Latinidad experience, background and culture. Submissions must be received by Saturday, June 15, 2019 at midnight. No late submissions will be accepted. Submissions will be limited to 5 works or less, including sets or triptychs. UNIDXS: RAICES will be open to the public July 5th - July 28th, with an open reception July 5th 7pm-9pm. Re:Pop 2019 Our annual printmaking exhibit held each August focuses on those artists dedicated to the art of printmaking. Work will be accepted on a first come first served basis until all space is filled. Individual unframed prints are highly recommended for selling for the duration of

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the exhibit. There is a $5 artist submission fee.

either the Piano Track or the Worship Band Track.

Submissions must be received by Monday, July 15, 2019 @ midnight. No late submissions will be accepted. Submissions will be limited to 3 works or less, including sets or triptychs (does not include prints for sale). This exhibit is open to the public August 2-18, with an Opening Reception Friday, August 2nd from 6-8pm.

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Fox Valley Music Camp The Fox Valley Music Camp at Judson University offers an enriching, fun-filled week of music-making at Judson’s picturesque riverside campus for students in Middle School and High School (grades 6-12). The camp runs Monday thru Friday, June 24-28, from 9am - 4pm daily. Its mission is fourfold: sharing the Good News with campers as the foundation of the camp; building community through developing friendships; developing and fine-tuning musical skills; using musical gifts to worship our Lord. Students will elect

For pianists from intermediate level and up. Masterclasses and workshops taught by Judson professors will focus on piano practice techniques, music theory for the pianist, story-telling with the piano and helping students hone and develop their piano playing skills. Pianists will also enjoy the fun of playing with others in piano ensembles. A concert of worship will conclude the week. Worship Band Track For students interested in forming a Worship Band, including vocalists and all instruments (guitars, keys, drums, brass, strings, woodwinds). Workshops in Worship Band Fundamentals and Recording Techniques will help students grow in their individual playing as well as corporately as an ensemble. A concert of worship will conclude the week. The program fee is $175 which includes lunch daily, and sibling discounts are available. Sign up online before June 17th at

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Architecture Design Discovery The Judson University Design Discovery Camp is a week-long residential day camp that is geared to provide middle- and high-school aged students to explore and discover design and architectural foundations, while gaining an understanding of what it means to become an architect. The camp is July 7-12. The week is filled with visits to downtown Chicago, architectural firms, presentations from Judson faculty, and foundational design projects. In the University’s architectural studio, students create two-dimensional motifs that are developed into patterns and ultimately, various three-dimensional compositions. Tuition of $600 includes room and board and transportation. Applications and $250 deposit are due by June 28th. For more information, go to judsonu.edu/ camps or contact Cynthia Zarris at czarris@judsonu.edu.

Tue.Apr.30 Tea and Paint Series Join us for our seasonal Tea and Paint Series. R 11a1p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Studio 270 Volunteer Corps: Knitting for a Cause Learn to knit while giving back to others in need. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Wed.May.1 Elgin Symphony Orchestra Listeners Club This free, interactive lecture/ discussion series, led by Jim Kendros, meets on the Wednesday afternoon during the week of the ESO’s Classics

In Memoriam:

Steven R. Stroud November 23, 1942 – April 5, 2019

Thank you for telling Elgin’s story. Your legacy will live on.

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Photo by James Harvey

Memorial Donations to Elgin History Museum for His Final Project


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Sat.May.4 Mother’s Day Card Create a unique mother’s day shadow box card. All supplies provided. 1p-3p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

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Masterworks series and will broaden your understanding of the music to be performed that week. You will study the music from the inside out, make new friends, and enhance your concert experience. Please register at www.elginsymphony.org, or call 847-888-0404 ext. 238 to reserve your seat. 1p-3p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Studio 270 Volunteer Corps: Cards for Humanity Make unique greeting cards for those in our community that need it most. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270*, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Thu.May.2 Creativity Lab Art, tinkering activities and games will be available for creative play. 2nd: Kitchen Chemistry; 9th: Mother’s Day gift and card; 16th: May Day Baskets; 23rd: Mary Pope Osbourne’s Magic Tree House Fun; 30th: Making some Kindness Rocks! 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info

Fri.May.3 Family Art: Open Studio We have the supplies; you have the ideas, so let’s make art! Drop-in for a little bit or stay for awhile. Dress for mess. 11a-12p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Family Art: Open Studio See above. 2p-3p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Finding Your Flow: Using Mindfulness to break through Writer’s Block This workshop will walk participants with mindfulness techniques that can help overcome Writer’s Block. Then, students will be walked through various writing prompts to enhance their writing flow. Participants should bring a writing utensil and a notebook. Please Register. 4p-5.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailbor-

Portraits & Dreams: Writing & Tarot A one-of-a-kind writing seminar for all experience levels! Join Maggie Stiefvater and Melissa Cynova in this Chicago area seminar on both tarot and writing. Melissa Cynova has been reading tarot since 1989 and is the author of several books on tarot. Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 NYT Bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, The Scorpio Races, the Wolves of Mercy Falls, and more. Each ticket includes the morning tarot class, the afternoon writing seminar, a copy of Melissa’s latest book: Tarot Elements, a PDF of major talking points sent after the event, and an invite to an online writers’ workspace to keep in touch with your fellow attendees. 10a-6p, Imago Creative Studios, 216 Prairie Street www.maggiestiefvater. com. $89-229 Needlefelting Workshop We have so much fun creating little critters! New designs for upcoming classes. Fee includes materials. For info, call Mary. 12p, State Street Market Shops, 701 N. State Street 847.828.8670 statestreetmarketshopselgin.com. $45

Mon.May.6 Mom & Me 3D Design Looking for that perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Create one together using the 3D printer! Families will work together to learn the basics of 3D printing to create a special project. Creations will be printed for later pickup. Open to ages 8 and up. 6p-7.30p, GBPL Computer Training 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

Tue.May.7 Elgin Genealogical Society - Creating Books from Genealogical Research Monthly meeting of the Elgin Genealogical Society. Kurt Pearson will introduce the process he has used for “Creating Books from Genealogical Research”. Kurt will show a wide variety of illustrated ex-

amples, give tips on how anyone can take their findings they have collected, organize them, and make books that will become family treasures. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Teen Life: Video and Audio Editing Learn how to edit video and audio in our digital media lab. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270 Digital Media Lab, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Grades 4th - 6th Read It! Paint It! Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket R 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden. info DIY Wood Sign Workshop Choose from any of our designs or have us custom design something for you! You must sign up ahead of time so we can have your materials ready for you! Please check out the Gallery page on our website to see designs and prices. Cost depends on size of sign you pick. It ranges from $50$120. Custom designs may cost $20 more for design time. 6p-8p, Martini Room Elgin, 161 E. Chicago Street 847.741.0349 creativeexpressionsgalena.com Paint Your Pet & Sip to benefit Mobile Mutts Rescue Create an original masterpiece of your pet, all while enjoying food and drinks! For this class, we are donating a portion of every ticket to Mobile Mutts Rescue. One pet per canvas. All skill levels are welcome! All materials included. Once you have purchased your ticket, at least two days prior to the event, please email one ‘clear’ photo of your pet and a copy of your ticket to paintyourpetandsiprsvp@gmail.com. Head shot or face photos will work best. Please include any names of guests you’d like to sit with during class. 6p9p, Grumpy Goat Tavern, 875 Sports Way 847.931.5950 paintyourpetandsip.com. $45

Wed.May.8 Sewing with Chris Come learn how to sew a table runner. Registration is required, and you will receive a supply list emailed to you after registering. 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 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. 5/8 Basics: Learn how these machines work and create a Tinkercad account to design an object for printing. 5/15 Intermediate: Learn how to enhance your design skills by exploring addi-

5.5 tional tools in Tinkercad to create a new object for printing. 5/22 Advanced: Bring your imagination and new-found skills to practice creating everyday objects. 11a-12.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Thu.May.9 Creativity Lab See 5/2. 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 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 Elgin 360 Photography Club: Flower 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

Tue.May.14 Auditions for SEUSSICAL The City of Elgin is excited to announce that it will be partnering with Up and Coming Theatre Company to present the 2019 Elgin Summer Theater production of SEUSSICAL. See p. 16 in this issue of BRAVO. 7p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.931.5900 www.hemmens.org. Free

Wed.May.15 Sewing with Chris Come learn how to sew your own reversible purse with Chris from Sewing4Fun! Registration is required, and you will receive a supply list emailed to you after registering. 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info 3D Design Series See 5/8. 11a-12.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Thu.May.16 Creativity Lab See 5/2. 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Mini Masters Preschool Art Class Individual creativity and self expression will soar while children explore through art with Sandy Misner of


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Sat.May.18 DIY Umbrella Family Paint It! Painters must be 3 years old or older for this class! Ticket required (All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Tickets are good for the 12pm-1pm May 18th class only) Acrylic paint does not wash out of clothes! Hobby Lobby, 200 S. Randall Road 847.697.5740 umbrella2.eventbrite.com. $20

Kumihimo Create unique Japanese inspired Braided bracelet. May is Asian Heritage Month. R 1p-3p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info ESO Percussion Masterclass with Bobby Everson This masterclass is open to spectators from the general public. Mr. Everson will focus on the timpani only. Three percussion students will be chosen for a “mini lesson” during the masterclass. 2p-4p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Mon.May.20 Writers Critique Group This is a critique group where writers can read each other’s work (poetry, short stories, novellas, novels, etc). so they can

21 get an honest evaluation of its merits and receive constructive advice on how to improve and polish their work for ultimate publication. Writers will need to do at least one critique for another writer in order to have their own work reviewed. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Tue.May.21 Crochet Club Get hooked on crocheting! Bring a project to work on. All skill levels welcome. 6.30p8p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

Wed.May.22 Sewing with Chris Come learn how to sew a dog walking bag. See 5/15. 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

Fox River Cleanup ──── Community Celebration ────

Music and Food ────

Exhibits & Demos ────

“LOVE OUR RIVER DAY”

FOX RIVER CLEANUP SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

Join Rep. Anna Moeller, and Friends of the Fox River for our Annual Fox River “Love Our River Day”

Fox River Stories, Poems and Photos ────

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3D Design Series See 5/8. 11a-12.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Thu.May.23 Creativity Lab See 5/2. 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

Fri.May.24 DIY Key/Leash Holder Adult Paint It! Painters must be 16 years old or older for this class! Ticket includes 1 wooden plaque and 5 key hooks! :) *some stencils will Be provided; however, guests may bring their own to decorate with. See 5/18. 5.30p-7p, Hobby Lobby, 200 S. Randall Road 847.697.5740 key.eventbrite.com. $35 Fourth Friday Open Mic Hosted by Jerry Hutson. Performers of ALL ages, ALL styles, and families welcome! Keyboard, drums, and mics available. Sign-up starts at 6pm. 6.30p, First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Avenue 847.741.0038 fumcelgin.org

Sat.May.25 DIY Llama Family Paint It! Painters must be 3 years old or older for this class! See 5/18. 12p-1p, Hobby Lobby, 200 S. Randall Road 847.697.5740 llama2.eventbrite.com. $15

Tue.May.28

Clean up and Celebration in Elgin

Paint Your Pet & Sip to benefit Mobile Mutts Rescue See 5/1. 6p-9p, Grumpy Goat Tavern, 875 Sports Way 847.931.5950 paintyourpetandsip.com. $45

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Volunteer Now! Register at: friendsofthefoxriver.org “Love Our River Days”

TO VOLUNTEER VISIT

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EYSO Auditions, May 30-June 2, 2019 EYSO Auditions run from May 30- June 2, 2019. Please visit: EYSO.org/join-eyso for more information. Times vary based on audition appointment. 12p, Elgin Community College office@eyso.org or 847-841-7700. Audition Fees: $35 (members) $45 (non-members) Creativity Lab See 5/2. 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info


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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 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

Hemmens Cultural Center 45 Symphony Way

Holiday Inn Express 495 Airport Road

Jewel-Osco 375 Randall Road

Highland Cafe 109 E. Highland Avenue

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

EAST/WEST DUNDEE

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

RANDALL CORRIDOR

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: bravo@marqueemedia.net


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The Happy Invention: The Documentary Value of Picture Postcards The first picture postcards were published for the 1889 Paris Exposition, celebrating the completion of the Eiffel Tower. In America, the first picture postcards were printed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago– making Illinois the birthplace of the American picture postcard. Since those flowery Victorian originals, uncountable billions of postcards of every aspect of life have been printed; depicting train stations and bandstands; street views and cartoons; ads for products and conveniences; beauties and freaks; social history both whimsical and dark; and everything in between. An early mention in writing postcards is in the 1870 diary entry of a Welsh curate, who called postcards, “A happy invention.” In 2016, the world’s largest public collection of postcards, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives, was given to the

Newberry Library by the Lake County Forest Preserve District. Katherine Hamilton-Smith, the founding curator of the Teich Archives, presents a look at the documentary power and significance of picture postcards, the history of the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, and the curatorial development of the Teich Archives collection. Free admission thanks to the Illinois Humanity Council. 7p-8p, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Boulevard 847.741.6655 elginpublicmuseum.org. Free

Fri.May.3 Planetarium Family Shows Two identical family friendly planetarium shows featuring the full dome video, “Sky Wars, Battles of Discovery” along with a brief history of the building and a viewing of the spring night sky. A self-guided building tour is available before both shows, so come early! Admission: $3.00 per person or max $10.00 per family (cash only). No reservations; first come, first served seating. Free parking at Raymond St. and National St. 4.30p, Elgin National Watch Company Observatory, 312 Watch Street 847.888.5324 Planetarium Family Shows See above. 6.30p, Elgin National Watch Company Observatory, 312 Watch Street 847.888.5324

Sat.May.4 Story Hour Children explore the natural world through stories and exhibits at the Elgin Public Museum. This month we will read about the rainforest! Donations welcome. No registration required. 11a-12p, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Boulevard 847.741.6655 elginpublicmuseum.org

Mon.May.6 Ornamental Concrete Block in Residential Architecture Ornamental concrete block was one of a number of building materials, including asphalt, linoleum and ceramic tiles that came into use in residential architecture in the post-Victorian era. This block could be substituted for any use of stone or brick. The blocks could be purchased commercially or molded at the building site. Different textures included panel face, rock face, and even cobblestone. Materials such as colored glass, mica and granite chips enhanced the appearance of the finished block. 197 buildings in Elgin are faced with ornamental concrete block, including 73 houses which were manufactured by the Elgin Cast Stone Company. For information: Go online at gailborden.info/register, call 847429-4597, or visit in person at the Registration Desk in the Lobby. 7p-

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Tue.May.7 Elgin’s 29th Annual Mayor’s Awards Elgin Heritage Commission honors outstanding contributors to Elgin’s heritage. Honorees have demonstrated their dedication to older architecture, neighborhoods and history. Sponsored by the Elgin Heritage Commission. Registration requested. City of Elgin Community Development Department at 847931–5920 6p-9p, Historic First Universalist Church / Iglesia Principia de Paz, 263 DuPage Street cityofelgin. org. Free

Fri.May.10 May Science Night Curious about the natural world around you? Bring your family to Elgin Public Museum’s Science Night. Different stations will be set up around the Museum for kids and their parents to conduct experiments, experience demonstrations and partake in discussions about this month’s topic. No registration necessary. Members free. 6p, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Boulevard 847.741.6655. $2


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Preservation Month Events volunteers for zoo greeters. For information contact terrygabel@hotmail. com or Lords Park Zoo Facebook page for updates. Free popcorn, cake, bottled water, balloons and more! 1p-4p, Lords Park Zoo, 100 Oakwood Boulevard terrygabel@hotmail.com. Free

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Sat.May.11 Annual Firefighter Memorial Service Fire Departments from Elgin and 10 surrounding communities will gather to honor and remember Illinois firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty as well as current and retired firefighters who passed away the previous year. The fire museum will be open for tours and visiting fire departments will bring fire equipment which will be on display. The event will be held rain or shine. 10a-11a, Fire Barn No. 5 Museum, 533 St. Charles Street 847-931-6175. Free Hillside Cemetery Tour with Bill Briska Tucked into the Elgin Sports Complex is the burial ground for the old Elgin State Hospital. Tour the cemetery with historian Bill Briska to discover this little known site and some stories it has to tell. Meet at Highlands Golf Course East Parking Lot, Elgin Sports Complex. 10a-11a, Elgin Sports Complex, 875 Sports Way 847.421.4022 billbriska@cs.com. Free

Downtown History Talk: Watch Factory Depot Join us for a history talk by watch factory historian Bill Briska. Come learn about the significance of this historic building and its relation to the grand watch factory which shaped our local history. 6p, Watch Factory Depot, National Street at Wellington Avenue 847.488.1456. Free

Brown Bag Lunch: The History of Lord’s Park Zoo With land donated by George and Mary Lord in the 1890s, Lords Park has been the centerpiece of Elgin’s outdoor recreation for more than 100 years. Marge Rowe developed this fascinating talk, which also highlights Lords Park Zoo, one of the few municipally owned zoos in the state. Bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert provided. 12p-1p, Elgin History Museum, 360 Park Street 847.742.4248 elginhistory.org. Free

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the Elgin Master Chorale and the Northwest Baptist Bible Academy. Local students will continue the long held tradition of reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and General John Logan’s Orders which established Memorial Day. The keynote speaker will be local historian George Rowe who pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The most solemn moment of the morning will be the laying of organizational wreaths at the Grand Army of the Republic memorial – an observance akin to the laying of wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington D.C. Activities will include a roll call of deceased veterans, a rifle salute, and the playing of Taps. Following the program, Civil War historian Ken Gough will be on hand to help anyone wanting to learn more about many of the Civil War era graves in the cemetery. Co-Sponsored by the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association and the City of Elgin. There will also be a live broadcast will be on WRMN Radio, 1410 A.M. 11a, Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Boulevard 311 elginmemorialday.org. Free

Tue.May.14 Elgin Alive: Where Have All the Cows Gone? Dairies to Prairies is a new documentary and traveling exhibit project from the Elgin History Museum. At one time, there were over 140 dairies, dairy farms, and creameries in a 50 mile radius around Elgin. Now there are only 3 dairies and the land is a mix of restored prairies, open space and homes. Dairies to Prairies connects new homeowners to the history of the land, while remembering Elgin’s remarkable dairy heritage. 6.30p-8.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rooms A-B, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info. Free

Wed.May.15 Continuing the Tradition: Lords Park Zoo As part of the Elgin’s Heritage Month, join the Friends of the Lords Park Zoo in celebrating the zoo’s history and learn more about the events and programs planned throughout the summer. Volunteers from the Stillman Valley Nature Center featuring owls, hawks and other rescued raptors will join the festivities with a live animal presentation at 1:30P.M.. Local organizations such as Elgin Public Museum, Elgin History Museum, Izaak Walton League, Elgin Fire Barn Museum, the Gail Borden Library, and Hanover Township Services will have information available. Friends of the Lords Park Zoo accepts

the resources and the researchers to find out? To celebrate preservation month, we are offering FREE research on the history of your home. Walk through the fascinating process of looking back in time, learn some amazing facts, and hopefully find some old photos that can help you restore your beautiful home. 11a4p, Elgin History Museum, 360 Park Street 847.742.4248 elginhistory.org. Free

Annual Police Memorial Service Memorial Service honoring police officers killed in the line of duty followed by viewing of Elgin Police Department’s historical displays (in lobby). Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by EPD. 2.30p-3p, Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas Avenue 847-289-2588 Schmidt_c@ cityofelgin.org. Free

Thu.May.16 Free House Research with Rebecca Hunter and David Siegenthaler Have you ever wondered who built your house or who lived there before you? Did you know the Museum has

Golden Memories: Walton Island with Al Walters Built as a park by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) in the 1930s, and dedicated to the City by the Izaak Walton League, Walton Island is a unique open space in downtown Elgin. Al Walters will talk about the development of the island as a park and the land surrounding the park. 2p-3p, Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way 847.742.4248 elginhistory.org. Free

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Thu.May.30 Elgin During D-Day The impact of WW2 and D-Day on Elgin citizens both at home and abroad is re-told through newspaper clippings and photos from 75 years ago. Presented by Jerry Turnquist of the Elgin History Museum. 7p-8.15p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rooms A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.42428 gailborden. info. Free

Walking Tour of Holy Hill and the Historic District with Jerry Turnquist Learn about Elgin’s evolution as a city and its reputation as a “city of churches” during this leisurely paced 90-minute walking tour of the Elgin Historic District. Led by Jerry Turnquist of the Elgin History Museum, the walk will begin at 6:30 P.M. outside First Congregational Church. 6.30p-8p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago Street 847.742.4248 elginhistory.org. Free

Mon.May.27 Memorial Day at Bluff City Cemetery This program will also include

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2018-2019 SEASON CENTERSTAGE

HAPPY TOGETHER

Michael and Angela Ingersoll Sing Songs You Know By Heart Saturday, May 4 | 7 p.m.

PBS stars and married musical sensations Michael and Angela Ingersoll share the spotlight during this hilarious and heartwarming night of classic pop hits.

DEAR FINCH

Starring Jess Godwin Saturday, May 18 | 7 p.m.

One piano. Eight voices. A billion stories. Featuring original music by Jess Godwin, soaring vocals, and stories inspired by handwritten letters from all over the world this moving evening of message-driven pop (with a soft spot for Gospel) reminds us that no one is an island.

Elgin Community College Arts Center • 1700 Spartan Drive • Elgin, IL 60123

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Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Parks and Recreation Advisory Board 6p-7p, Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way Windows 10 Intermediate Learn how to create shortcuts, adjust settings, uninstall programs, utilize Task Manager and Windows defender, and explore the Windows store. R 6p-7.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

Mon.Apr.29 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, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Studio 270 Volunteer Squad Help out the library with cleaning, book displays, and other library related projects. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270*, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Atrapados entre Titeres !Vengan todos en la familia a disfrutar de un espectaculo de titeres! Teatro Mediado nos visita de Guanajuato, Mexico para presentar la obra Atrapados entre Titeres. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Grupo de Conversacion en ingles / 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 Poetry Alive Members of the Gail Borden Public Library Poetry Writing Group will read their work. Refreshments and conversation with the poets will follow the program. 6.30p-8.30p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Elgin Symphony Orchestra Listeners Club This free, interactive lecture/ discussion series, led by Jim Kendros, meets on the Wednesday afternoon during the week of the ESO’s Classics Masterworks series and will broaden your understanding of the music to be performed that week. You will study the music from the inside out, make new friends, and enhance your concert experience. Please register at www.elginsymphony.org, or call 847-888-0404 ext. 238 to reserve your seat. 1p-3p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Homework Heroes See 4/29. 3.30p-5.30p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Studio 270 Volunteer Corps: Cards for Humanity Make unique greeting cards for those in our community that need it most. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270*, 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

Tue.Apr.30 Tea and Paint Series Join us for our seasonal Tea and Paint Series. R 11a1p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info 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 Piano Performance: Denise Williams 1p-2p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Studio 270 Volunteer Corps: Knitting for a Cause Learn to knit while giving back to others in need. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info South Elgin Sentinels Chess Club Kids are invited to hone their chess skills. Beginners are welcome. Intermediate or Advanced players can play opponents or work on chess puzzles. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin

Rogue Reads from the Outer Edge Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente. Read books that are off the beaten path, then join us as we dive deep into some discussions about what we’ve read. You can request copies of these books through our LinkIn service or our Materials request service. For questions contact Phil at phil.rejmer@gailborden.info. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

Wed.May.1 MCIP Boot Camp Manufacturing Careers Internship Program 12p-3p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Jazz Cafe Jazz Cafe will take place on Wednesday, May 1, at Cafe Revive in Elgin. Admission is free! Come grab a latte and hear Jazz Express, Jazz Choir and Jazz Select perform a variety of jazz styles. Espresso drinks and bakery items are available for purchase. Hope to see you there! Presented by Westminster Christian School. 6p, Cafe Revive, 51 S. Grove Avenue Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) Meeting Elgin’s Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) is a not-for-profit organization boasting more than 70 members who support the department through volunteerism and fundraising. CPAAA members are department ambassadors for the police department. Upon successful completion of the Citizens Polic Academy, graduates may apply to become members of CPAAA.The alumni group meets bimonthly for continuing education, which includes presentations from the FBI, Secret Service, the Illinois State Police along with various departmental units. For more infor-

5.5 mation, contact Community Relations / Crime Prevention. 7p-9p, Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way MS Access Series Learn how to create a database, sort and filter via tables, create queries and make forms in this series. 5/1 Basics: Learn the basics of using and creating an Access database. 5/8 Tables: Learn how to sort and filter data in an Access table, modify a table design, import data, and link tables together in a relationship. 5/15 Queries: Learn how to create queries to extract meaningful data from your database. 5/22 Forms & Reports: Learn how to use forms to make data entry easier and create printable reports and mailing labels from your database. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Music Bingo Play some Bingo with Mustang for cool PRIZES!!! ALL AGES!!! 7p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com. Free The Happy Invention: The Documentary Value of Picture Postcards Katherine Hamilton-Smith, the founding curator of the Teich Archives, presents a look at the documentary power and significance of picture postcards, the history of the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, and the curatorial development of the Teich Archives collection. 7p-8p, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd. 847.741.6655 elginpublicmuseum.org Walking Book Club Join the Walking Book Club for a 45-minute walk, followed by a 45-minute book discussion. May: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. June: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova. For details, please contact Andy at 847-289-5844. 7p-8.30p, GBPL In The Community at Rec Center, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Thu.May.2 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. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL


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“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.

Rakow Branch Computer Cafe, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Steve Yoder 11a-12p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Instant Pot 101 Andrea Pracht of My Kitchen Clatter teaches the basics of using an Instant Pot by demonstrating how to use it while sharing cooking tips and inspiring recipe ideas. Registration Required. 1p-2.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Stacey Weidner 2p-3p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

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 Piano Performance: John LaBorn 7p-8p, GBPL Lobby , 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. 5/2 Basics: Learn how QuickBooks’ accounting software allows businesses to manage finances by setting up a company, adjusting preferences, and working with accounts. 5/9 Working with Items: Learn how to work with QuickBooks’ Items module as well as how to define, set up, edit and delete items. 5/23 All About Customers: Learn how to add, edit, delete, and credit customers as well as how to work with invoices and receive payments. 5/30 All About Vendors: Learn how to add, edit, delete, and pay vendors as well as how to set up an accounts payable system. 6/6 Wrap Up & Reports: Learn to create, enter, and memorize journal entries, reconcile bank accounts, and run and customize reports. Note: No class 5/16. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG) 2002. 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Family Art: Open Studio We have the supplies; you have the ideas, so let’s make art! Drop-in for a little bit or stay for awhile. Dress for mess. 11a-12p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Family Art: Open Studio See above. 2p-3p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Finding Your Flow: Using Mindfulness to break through Writer’s Block This workshop will walk participants with mindfulness techniques that can help overcome Writer’s Block. Then, students will be walked through various writing prompts to enhance their writing flow. Participants should bring a writing utensil and a notebook. Please Register. 4p-5.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Planetarium Family Shows Show features the full dome video Sky Wars 4.30p-7.30p, Elgin National Watch Factory Observatory, 312 Watch Street

ing.com. No Cover The Big Meal presented by Independent Players Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant, on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet — and sparks fly. So begins a tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to last goodbye. The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family! For reservations or information, call 847-697-7374. 7.30p-1.59p, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. 8th Floor 847.697.7374 independentplayers.org A Legit Night of Comedy A great night of comedy featuring Kyle Parks, Ashley Ray, Cameron Gillete and Manny Arechar hosted by Gena Gephart! Doors at 7. 18 and over. 8p, Legit Dogs & Ice, 51 S. Grove Avenue 708.738.8306 legitdogsandice.com. $20

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Creativity Lab Art, tinkering activities and games will be available for creative play. 2nd: Kitchen Chemistry; 9th: Mother’s Day gift and card; 16th: May Day Baskets; 23rd: Mary Pope Osbourne’s Magic Tree House Fun; 30th: Making some Kindness Rocks! 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Grupo de Conversacion para la Ciudadania / 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

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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. May 3: Around the World in 80 Days (PG) 2004. May 10: National Treasure (PG) 2004. May 17: The Princess and the Frog (G) 2009. May 24: Cars 3 (G) 2017 SPECIAL Drive-In movie where 3-6 year old’s make their own cars REGISTRATION REQUIRED. May 31:

Karl Jahnke: Level 4 Artist Artist reception. Side Street Studio Arts is proud to present Karl Jahnke: Level 4 artist. Karl combines surrealism, whimsy and craftsmanship into his unique and compelling paintings. Karl is returning to Side Street Studio for his second solo show and to make amends for his first solo show, which was an unmitigated disaster. Exhibit continues through May 19 during regular gallery hours. 6p, Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court 847.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts. org. Donation Last Dog Day of Dave The time has come. Come out for the last Dave Newton Music show in Illinois as he embarks on a new adventure in Austin TX. Enjoy the great food, drinks and atmosphere at this final send off for a true Elginite. 7p, Dog’s Paw Brewing Company, 74 S. Grove Avenue 224.227.7655 dogspawbrew-

First Fridays Improv with GreenRoom Productions The sun has set, and now it’s time to come on in, sit back, 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, produc-


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es 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

Lost in Space-Time Lost In SpaceTime blends elements of science-fiction with a dynamic cast to create two 60 minute improvised shows each First Friday Night in Downtown Elgin at The Blue Box Cafe!! For each show, an audience suggestion will inspire an hour long narrative adventure! What would happen if you were visited by lifeforms from another planet? Or if the gadgets in your home came to life? How would you handle meeting a time-traveling explorer? You never know, unless you come explore with us through space and time! 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-whatyou-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 DJ Weedy Roszay 10p, D Hangout Bar & Grill, 550 S. McLean Boulevard 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No Cover

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Strawberry Festival All are welcome to our 46th Annual Strawberry Festival featuring the most delicious strawberry shortcake, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry sundaes, homemade bake sale items, Strawberry Patch Basket Raffles, the Treasure boutique with vintage jewelry and much more, the plant sale, Youth Closet Clothing sale, our BLC Craft Circle Craft area, outside craft vendors, rides on an antique firetruck with the proceeds benefiting Bethlehem Lutheran Child Dev Center Ecker Center for Mental Health Mission Trip to Mexico, YWCA Elgin, Hamilton Wings, Open Door and PADS of Elgin, Inc. 9a, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 340 Grand Boulevard 847.741.8434 blcelgin.org 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 WordPress Series Learn how Wordpress.com allows users to create, design and add function to your own website in this three-part series.5/4 Creating Your Website: Learn how to register an account, establish a domain name, pick a theme, and start creating pages and blog posts using WordPress.com. 5/11 Designing Your Website: Learn how to create a menu list and customize the style and layout of your website with images and colors. 5/18 Adding Function to Your Website: Learn how to add widgets to give your website special functionality for displaying image galleries, fea-

tured posts, social media icons and forms. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Dance Storytime for ages 2-4 For ages 2-4. Come explore ballet, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical dance with a story and game to keep you moving. Registration for four weeks is required. 10.30a-11.20a, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

Asian-Pacific Heritage Celebration & iFest: Unity Explore Asian culture with sounds, dance, desserts and art. Cross the street to iFest to continue the celebration of Elgin’s rich community culture. Keynote: Sufia Azmat “Harnessing the Power of Diversity to Grow Healthy Communities.” The diversity of a community contributes to its health when differences are celebrated and not merely tolerated. The unique perspectives of our multi-ethnic community members contribute to creativity and innovation. By actively participating in our neighborhoods we foster an environment of respect and form relationships that lead to safety and belonging. We build bonds and bridges to ensure inclusivity and equal opportunity. We have the power and potential to help each other foster and build resilience, thereby promoting health and wholeness for individuals, families and entire societies. But the social and emotional well-being of our communities is at risk. Learn about the barriers and pathways to a strong healthy community and identify how each of us can support and protect our future. Sufia Azmat is the Executive Director of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America. She has over twenty years of experience in education having served as a teacher and principal. Ms. Azmat is an education consultant, a community builder and an advocate for equal and equitable access for all children. Her workshops include Bullying Prevention, Effective Communication, Leadership Development, and Improving School Climate. Ms. Azmat has been asked to speak at conferences including the International Congress on Islamic Education in Istanbul, Turkey and at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada. Ms. Azmat serves on the Board of Trustees of E3 (Excellent Education for Everyone) and on the Advisory Board of Fons Vitae Ghazali Children’s Project. Schedule: 11:00 Welcome; 11:20 Lan Xang Music and Dance Per-

5.5 formance; 11:40 Keynote: Sufia Azmat “Harnessing the Power of Diversity to Grow Healthy Communities”;12:00 Multicultural Education Outreach Foundation Dance Performance; 12:20 Philippine Youth Dancers; 12:30 Gauri Jog Indian Dance School Interactive Dance Performance. Outdoor Stage: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. 1:00 Martial Artist Demo; 1:30 Yoga Demo by Boontiva. Elgin Room: Health talks 1:00 pm & 1:30 pm: 1:00 Elgin Naperapathic Health Care & Pain Management; 1:30 Simple Balance Holistic Presentation by Dr. Jaena. Lobby: Community Tables/Health, Culture Books, Crafts, Sushi Demo & Tasting, and Blessing String. Story Room: Stories & Create, Innovate, Ignite/Hamilton Wings to provide Cultural Community Tree community art installation/project and video stories. Elgin iFest will begin at 1:30 pm in the lot across from the library near The Hemmens Cultural Center. 11a-2p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Story Hour Children explore the natural world through stories and exhibits at the Elgin Public Museum. This month we will read about the rainforest. 11a-2p, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd. 847.741.6655 elginpublicmuseum.org Dance Storytime for ages 5-7 For ages 5-7. Come explore ballet, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical dance with a story and game to keep you moving. Registration for four weeks is required. 11.30a-12.20p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Mother’s Day Card Create a unique mother’s day shadow box card. All supplies provided. 1p-3p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

Elgin International Festival Elgin’s International Festival, also known as iFest, brings together dozens of the world’s cultures that are found throughout the greater Fox Valley area. iFest features music and entertainment, ethnic cuisine, children’s activities, a “world market” and cultural arts and crafts. Admission to iFest is free and open to all ages. Food


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Angela Ingersoll share the spotlight during this hilarious and heartwarming night of classic pop hits! He’s the beloved former star of Jersey Boys (original cast San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago) and the PBS retro-rock group Under the Streetlamp. She’s the Emmy®-nominated actress nationally renowned for her astonishing portrayals of Judy Garland (End of the Rainbow and Get Happy on PBS). Together, the Ingersolls’ chemistry is irresistible as they perform unforgettable songs by artists such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, James Taylor, and Judy Garland. Presented by Artists Lounge Live. 7p, ECC Arts Center, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.622.0300 tickets.elgin.edu. $36 The Big Meal presented by Independent Players See 5/3. 7.30p-1.59p, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. 8th Floor 847.697.7374 independentplayers.org

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All Things Chocolate Please join us for an evening of elegance and chocolate. Includes dinner, silent auction and so much more. Open Door will honor Judge John G. Dalton, 16th Judicial Circuit, for his commitment to LGBTQ and civil rights advocacy. 6p, Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue . $100

Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Concert for the “Common Man” ~ Main Stage Mahler Adagio from Symphony No. 10; Copland Symphony No. 3; Gustav Mahler only completed the first movement, Adagio, from his Symphony No. 10. Only outlines remained of the other movements, which were completed after his death. Mahler wrote the anguished and dissonant Adagio when his life was in disarray. He was depressed, critically ill and his wife Alma was having an affair. His anguish overflowed to paper as he transcribed the composition. “To live for you, To die for you” was scrawled on the final page. Andrew Grams, conductor. Cash Bar available - no ATM. 7.30p-12p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org Happy Together PBS stars and married musical sensations Michael and

Portraits & Dreams: Writing & Tarot A one-of-a-kind writing seminar for all experience levels! Join Maggie Stiefvater and Melissa Cynova in this Chicago area seminar on both tarot and writing. Melissa Cynova has been reading tarot since 1989 and is the author of several books on tarot. Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 NYT Bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, The Scorpio Races, the Wolves of Mercy Falls, and more. Each ticket includes the morning tarot class, the afternoon writing seminar, a copy of Melissa’s latest book: Tarot Elements, a PDF of major talking points sent after the event, and an invite to an online writers’ workspace to keep in touch with your fellow attendees. 10a-6p, Imago Creative Studios, 216 Prairie Street www.maggiestiefvater. com. $89-229 Needlefelting Workshop We have so much fun creating little critters! New designs for upcoming classes. Fee includes materials. For info, call Mary. 12p, State Street Market Shops, 701 N. State Street 847.828.8670 statestreetmarketshopselgin.com. $45

activities happening throughout the event, including pinata making, Cinco De Mayo trivia, grito contests, and even a jalapeno eating contest, hosted by Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin. The opening ceremony will begin with a brief history of Cinco De Mayo, presented by Judge Manuel Barbosa, who was the first Hispanic federal judge in Northern Illinois, followed by the Mexican National Anthem. Entertainment will also be provided by local music and dance groups, including 4 Strings Attached Academy, Alegria Mexicana and Mariachi Joya Dorada de U-46. Food vendors will be located on Spring Street closer towards Fulton Ave, and vendors will be mixed in with the activities in the Union Bank Parking Lot, by Advocate Park, along Spring Street, which will be closed off to traffic beginning at 11:00am. 1p-5p, Downtown Elgin. Opening Remarks by Judge Manuel Barbosa 1p, Cinco de Mayo, DuPage Court 847.488.1456 elgincincodemayo.com Four Strings Attached 1.10p, Cinco de Mayo, DuPage Court 847.488.1456 elgincincodemayo.com Mariachi Joya Dorada de U-46 2p, Cinco de Mayo, DuPage Court 847.488.1456 elgincincodemayo.com Jalapeno Eating Contest Hosted by Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin 2.30p, Cinco de Mayo, DuPage Court 847.488.1456 elgincincodemayo.com Alegria Mexicana - Minerva Solano Folkloric Group 3.30p, Cinco de Mayo, DuPage Court 847.488.1456 elgincincodemayo.com Zumba Lessons with Maria Bullock 4.15p, Cinco de Mayo, DuPage Court 847.488.1456 elgincincodemayo.com Elgin Masters Chorale Children’s Chorus Performance The Elgin Master Chorale Children’s Chorus will be taking the stage in a performance to celebrate the 2018-2019 season of excellence through vocal music and performance. The chorus will be offering a sneak peek into their concert themes for the 2019-2020 season. 2p-3p, GBPL Rakow Branch

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Mon.May.6 Artistic Transitions Exhibition Open House School District U-46 artists from Center House Transitions display their original works from May 6-May 12. Meet these amazing young artists and enjoy refreshments at a reception on opening day. 12p-3p, Elgin Artspace Lofts Seigle Gallery, 40 DuPage Street . Free

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Little Bells Are Changed to Tears: Laughter, Longing, and Loss Join us on May 5th as we celebrate the close of our 43rd season and the final chapter of The Little Prince. Concert times: 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM, and 7:30 PM at Elgin Community College (Building H), Blizzard Theater. For tickets visit: tickets.elgin.edu or call the box office: (847) 622-0300. Ticket prices: $14-25. Please visit EYSO.org for more info. 2p, ECC Blizzard Theatre, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.558.2246 eyso.org. $14-25 Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Concert for the “Common Man” ~ Main Stage See 5/4. 2.30p-4p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.888.4000 elginsymphony.org Little Bells Are Changed to Tears: Laughter, Longing, and Loss See above. 4.30p, ECC Blizzard Theatre, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.558.2246 eyso.org. $14-25 Little Bells Are Changed to Tears: Laughter, Longing, and Loss See above. 7.30p, ECC Blizzard Theatre, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.558.2246 eyso.org. $14-25

Harry Potter Trivia Night Declare your house and see if Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin will win the most points in this rendition of Harry Potter trivia! With a $100 awarded cash prize to the winning team! Tickets are required - and they will go quickly, so buy now! 8p, Old Republic Kitchen & Bar, 155 S. Randall Road 224.535.9544 sporcle.com. $25/team

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

Mom & Me 3D Design Looking for that perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Create one together using the 3D printer! Families will work together to learn the basics of 3D printing to create a special project. Creations will be printed for later pickup. Open to ages 8 and up. 6p-7.30p, GBPL Computer Training 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

Homework Heroes See 4/29. 3.30p-5.30p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Studio 270 Volunteer Squad See 4/29. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270*, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Baby Drop-in Sensory Play Babies will explore the world around them in this open play program! Drop-in for fun with textures, sights, sounds, and smells! Dress for mess, as there will be play with water, shaving cream, and other materials. For babies and toddlers under 2 with an adult caregiver. 6p-7.30p, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Ornamental Concrete Block in Residential Architecture Ornamental concrete block was one of a number of building materials, including asphalt, linoleum and ceramic tiles that came into use in residential architecture in the post-Victorian era. 197 buildings in Elgin are faced with ornamental concrete block. Register online at gailborden.info/register, call 847-429-4597 or visit in person at the Registration Desk in the lobby. 7p-8p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Planning & Zoning Commission 7p8p, Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court 311 cityofelgin.org

Candlelight Meditation Come join us for 30 minutes of calm, peace, serenity. Guaranteed to help you feel less stressed and more centered. Donations welcomed. 6p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago Street 847.741.4045 fcc-elgin.org. Free Downtown Stakeholder Meeting Our spring meeting will feature updates from our police department on graffiti issues and parking sensor updates, and information on spring/ summer City and DNA hosted events. We encourage all Downtown business owners/managers, building owners, and residents who would like to be informed and involved to participate. 6p, Downtown Neighborhood Association, 31 S. Grove Avenue 847.488.1456 downtownelgin.com. Free

ECC Concert Choir: Songs of Spring See p. 9. 7.30p, ECC Blizzard Theatre, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.622.0300 tickets.elgin.edu. $7-9

Tue.May.7 Baby Drop-in Sensory Play See 5/6. 9.30a-11a, GBPL Story Room - North, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Genealogical Society - Creating Books from Genealogical Research Monthly meeting of the Elgin Genealogical Society. Kurt Pearson will introduce the process he has used for “Creating Books from Genealogical Research”. He has completed several family books from his own genealogical research. Kurt will show a wide variety of illustrated examples, give tips on how anyone can take their findings they have collected, organize them, and make books that will become family treasures. Kurt

5.5 Pearson, a Crystal Lake native, graduated from Crystal Lake Community High School in 1976 and Knox College in 1980. He taught high school English for eighteen years before becoming library director at McHenry West Campus. Kurt is retired and enjoys genealogy, writing, gardening and travel. He has been conducting genealogical research and creating family history books since 1996. His latest work is Swedenberg, a two-volume set on the Swedish community in Crystal Lake. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Babywearing Disco Dance Party Babywearing is a blast! Join us with your baby in this disco dance party featuring bubbles, pom poms, and colored scarves! Siblings are encouraged to attend and “wear” their baby doll or stuffed animal with a cloth or sheet. No registration. 10.15a-11a, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Job Search and Resume Help See 4/30. 1p-4p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Mah Jongg for Beginners Mah Jongg is a rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. The game originated in China but its exact origins are shrouded in story and myth. Join us to learn how to play this fascinating game. Small group learning experience. You will be registering for all four days. R 1p-3p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor East, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Denise Williams 1p-2p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Teen Life: Video and Audio Editing Learn how to edit video and audio in our digital media lab. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270 Digital Media Lab, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Grades 4th - 6th Read It! Paint It! Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket R 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.


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May 2019 info South Elgin Sentinels Chess Club See 4/30. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Elgin Property Maintenance Board of Appeals 5p-6p, Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court 311 cityofelgin.org Studio 270 Volunteer Squad See 4/29. 5p-7p, GBPL Studio 270*, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info DIY Wood Sign Workshop Come enjoy a great time and bring some friends! You will get to take home a wonderful piece that you created! Choose from any of our designs or have us custom design something for you! PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU MUST SIGN UP AHEAD OF TIME SO WE CAN HAVE YOUR MATERIALS READY FOR YOU! Please check out the Gallery page on our website to see designs and prices. Cost depends on size of sign you pick. It ranges from $50- $120. Custom designs may cost $20 more for design time. Please check out the Gallery page on our website to see designs and prices. 6p-8p, Martini Room Elgin, 161 E. Chicago Street 847.741.0349 creativeexpressionsgalena.com

paint masterpieces of our pets while supporting a great cause. One pet per canvas. All skill levels are welcome! All materials included. Once you have purchased your ticket, at least two days prior to the event, please email one ‘clear’ photo of your pet and a copy of your ticket to paintyourpetandsiprsvp@gmail.com. Head shot or face photos will work best. Please include any names of guests you’d like to sit with during class. 6p-9p, Grumpy Goat Tavern, 875 Sports Way 847.931.5950 paintyourpetandsip. com. $45 Grupo de Conversacion en ingles / English Conversation Group See 4/30. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

New Baby or Baby Bump Photography Celebrate the excitement of your pregnancy or your new little one with a photo opportunity! Enjoy complimentary photos of you or you + baby in the serene setting of the River Room. Photos will be uploaded onto Gail Borden Public Library’s Flickr account for viewing by all participants and downloading to their own device. For expectant moms or new moms with babies 6 months and younger. Registration required. 6p-6.30p, GBPL River Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Paint Your Pet & Sip to benefit Mobile Mutts Rescue Aided by our fun-loving instructors, create an original masterpiece of your pet, all while enjoying food and drinks! For this class, we are donating a portion of every ticket to Mobile Mutts Rescue. Whether you have a cat, dog, bird, or lizard- come join us as we

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Elgin’s 29th Annual Mayor’s Awards Elgin Heritage Commission honors outstanding contributors to Elgin’s heritage.Honorees have demonstrated their dedication to older architecture, neighborhoods and history. Registration requested. 847-931-5920 6p-9p, Iglesia Principia de Paz, 263 DuPage St. 311 cityofelgin.org Google Gmail Learn how to navigate and perform basics functions with Gmail and Google Contacts. 6p-7.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

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Book Discussion: “Polarized” by Paris Donehoo & Keith Parsons Disagreement Without Disdain - Finding Common Ground in Divided Times. A Protestant minister and an atheist philosopher interact in a constructive and respectful dialogue about their differing views on life, stressing the importance of honesty, civility, and community engagement at a time of polarized politics. Paris Donehoo, Pastor Emeritus of First Congrega-

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Reinvestment. For more information, call 630-844-8768. 9.30a-11a, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Parent + Baby Yoga Engage your baby in a fun environment and learn poses to calm and soothe your child. Learn techniques to help aid your baby’s digestion and encourage falling asleep. For babies aged 3 weeks to almost crawling with a care giver. R 10a-10.45a, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

tional Church in Elgin, and Keith Parsons, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston - Clear Lake, demonstrate that common ground can still be found even by people with very different views on life. In short, difference need not mean division. Their book, Polarized: The Collapse of Truth, Civility, and Community in Divided Times, and How We Can Find Common Ground, has recently been published by Prometheus Books. Please register. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Neighborhood Watch Block Captain Meeting On the first Tuesday of the odd numbered months at 7:00 p.m., the police department hosts a meeting for Block Captains. The meetings are held in the North Community Room, or the Training Room. 7p-8p, Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas Avenue 311 cityofelgin.org ECC Steel Band Concert See p. 9. 7.30p, ECC Blizzard Theatre, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.622.0300 tickets.elgin.edu. $7-9

Rick and Morty Trivia Night Reserve your table by phone! Free to play, win $ off your tab. 8p, Elgin Public House, 219 E. Douglas Avenue 847.468.8810 elginpublichouse.com

Wed.May.8 Baby Drop-in Sensory Play See 5/7. 9.30a-11a, GBPL Story Room - North, 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

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4/29. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270*, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Liquor Commission 4.30p-5p, Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court 311 cityofelgin.org STEAM Bio-mimicry R 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info City Council Meeting 6p-8p, Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court 311 cityofelgin.org

Smart Strategies for 45+ Job Seekers Learn strategies that will help you compete for full-time, in-demand jobs. Explore tools and resources that will help you update your personal marketing tools and networking strategies, target your job search, get job leads, and find resources and individual coaching to help you look for and find your next job.In partnership with Elgin Community College. Please register. 10a-12p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Grupo de Futuros Bilingues/Go Bilingual Conversation Group See 5/1. 6p-7p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Device Advice See 5/2. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL 2nd Floor - Elevator Annex, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

MS Access Series See 5/8. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Babywearing Disco Dance Party See 5/7. 10a-10.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Music Bingo See 5/8 7p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue 847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com. Free

Sewing with Chris Come learn how to sew a table runner. Registration is required, and you will receive a supply list emailed to you after registering. 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

Parent Boot Camp Ready, set, baby! Participate in an obstacle course designed for parents. This program is a fun way to learn all about what to expect when baby comes home. Change a diaper, learn how to “babyproof” your house, and even wear your baby! You will enjoy some BBQ chips and root beer while you show off your new baby skills. Registration required. 7p-8p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Google Gmail See 5/7. 11a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 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. 5/8 Basics: Are you curious about the new wave of 3D printing? Learn how these machines work and create a Tinkercad account to design an object for printing. 5/15 Intermediate: Learn how to enhance your design skills by exploring additional tools in Tinkercad to create a new object for printing. 5/22 Advanced: Bring your imagination and new-found skills to practice creating everyday objects. 11a-12.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Drive Business Results with Google Ads Join us for a free livestream about Google Ads. Whether you work at a small business or nonprofit, learn how to get started using Google Ads yourself. Learn about the basics of online advertising and the different ways to use Google Ads to connect with local customers and grow your brand online. No registration. 11a-12p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Homework Heroes See 4/29. 3.30p-5.30p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Studio 270 Volunteer Squad See

Walking Book Club See 5/1. 7p-8.30p, GBPL In The Community at Rec Center, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info ECC Concert Band Concert See p. 9. 7.30p, ECC Blizzard Theatre, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.622.0300 tickets.elgin.edu. $7-9

Belly Dance Wednesday Eastern Groove Dance Studio is back with their beautiful dance performance. No cover charge but $5 donation to Eastern Groove Studio is kindly requested. 8p, Martini Room Elgin, 161 E, Chicago Street 847.741.0349 martiniroomelgin.com

Thu.May.9 ECC Jazz Combo Concert See p. 9. ECC Blizzard Theatre, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.622.0300 tickets.elgin.edu. $7-9

Piano Performance: Steve Yoder 11a-12p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Stacey Weidner 2p-3p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Creativity Lab See 5/2. 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Studio 270 Volunteer Squad See 4/29. 5p-7p, GBPL Studio 270*, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Beyblade Club Bring your beyblades to battle with other bladers, and share tips, tricks, and strategies. Have fun and interact with other Beyblade enthusiasts! 5.30p-6.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Baby Safety 101 When you have a new baby, safety is your #1 concern. Join us for an evening of safety sessions, including Infant CPR, Car Seat Safety, and babyproofing your home from everyday hazards like poisons and medication. 6.30p-8p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm. C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Partnership for Early Learnings Family Child Care Provider Meeting Family Child Care providers are invited to discuss important topics regarding early learning best practices. 6.30p-8.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info


May 2019 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

Elgin 360 Photography Club: Flower 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 Piano Performance: John LaBorn 7p-8p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info QuickBooks Series See 5/2. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Fri.May.10 Empowering Your Birth: Options for a Safe and Satisfying Childbirth Experienced birth doula, Kate Taylor, MA, MT-BC, of Creative Childbirth Concepts will share her expertise on using creative arts in birth preparation and music during labor and delivery. 9.30a-10.30a, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Baby Keepsake Time goes by so fast with your little one. Come to this program to capture your baby’s foot or handprint in clay, then bring home to bake into an ornament or keepsake to remember this precious time. No registration. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

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craft tables filled with springtime displays of clever items for use in your home, along with colorful women’s and children’s accessories. All proceeds support St. Hugh’s outreach ministries. 10a, St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church , 36W957 Highland Ave www.sthugh.net. free

5.5 Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Bataille Academie of Danse ~ Recital 2p-6.30p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.931.5900 hemmens.org

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Sat.May.11 Douglas Avenue Plant Sale We’re hoping that the weather breaks soon so we can stay on schedule for Mother’s Day! We may be giving away free snowballs with each plant purchase if things don’t warm up soon! 8a-4p, Murphy Residence, 809 Douglas Avenue

East Dundee Depot Market The Depot Market launches its 2019 season on Saturday, May 11, with the first of our once-a-month rescued pet adoption fairs with Hoof Woof & Meow Animal Rescue! The Depot Market will also be hosting historical presentations throughout the market season which culminates on October 26 with our famous Pumpkin Contest. Our weekly market offers Something For Everyone... antiques and collectibles, flowers and vegetables, honey, baked goods, crafts and pet items. Vendor booth fees fund an annual scholarship for a Dundee Township graduate. 8a-2p, The Depot, 319 River Street 847-426-2255 dundeedepot.com. Free

Garden Bed Building We will meet at the garden to construct the garden beds. 9am - 12pm First Shift; 12pm 1pm Pizza Lunch Provided; 1pm - 3pm Second Shift. You can work the entire day, or choose one of the two shifts. Working one entire shift qualifies you for FREE pizza lunch! 9a-3p, East

2019 Elgin Area Firefighter’s Memorial Service Firefighters from Elgin and 15 surrounding communities will gather to honor Illinois firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty, as well as current and retired firefighters who have passed away the during last year.Everyone is invited to attend and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the service. 10a-2p, Fire Barn No 5 Museum, 533 St. Charles Street

BabyFest Stop by or stroller in to explore the latest baby information in the area. We will feature health and wellness resources, community services, and early childhood literacy information. You won’t want to miss this community event! Specialty vendors will be sharing their unique items for little ones and families in the library lobby. 10a-1p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info English for the Workplace: Power Pronunciation See 5/4. 10a-1p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Hillside Cemetery Tour with Bill Briska Tucked into the Elgin Sports Complex is the burial ground for the old Elgin State Hospital. Tour the cemetery with historian Bill Briska to discover this little known site and some stories it has to tell. 10a-1a, Grumpy Goat Tavern, 875 Sports Way 847.742.4248 elginhistory.org

WordPress Series See 5/4. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Dance Storytime for ages 2-4 See 5/4. 10.30a-11.20a, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Bataille Academie of Danse ~ Recital 11a-1p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.931.5900 hemmens.org Legal Issues on the LGBTQ Community/ Cuestiones legales en la comunidad LGBTQ ML The Open Door Door Clinic will be hosting an informative program on the Legal issues in the LGBTQ Community. A panel of Lawyers will touch multiple topics. Lunch will be provided. La Clinica de Puertas Abiertas tendra un programa informativo sobre temas legales en la comunidad LGBTQ. Un panel de abogados tratara temas multiples, se proporcionara el almuerzo. 11a-1p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Dance Storytime for ages 5-7 See 5/4. 11.30a-12.20p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Continuing the Tradition - Lords Park Zoo Join the Friends of the Lords Park Zoo in celebrating the zoo’s history and learn more about the events and programs planned throughout the summer. Live animal presentation at 1:30 PM featuring owls, hawks and other rescued raptors. 1p-4p, Lord’s Park Zoo, 100 Oakwood Blvd. Garden Party Enjoy story time in the garden and take home a plant for your mom. R 1p-2p, GBPL Rakow Branch Outside West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

Billow EP Release Show with Binx, Sunday Cruise, Burn Affect OUR BOYS IN BILLOW DROPPING SOME SERIOUS HEAT WITH THEIR NEW EP “WRECKS” OUT ON 4/27 AND WE CELEBRATING TF OUT OF IT. Doors open 6.30p. 7p-10p, Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court 847.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts. org. $5 donation The Big Meal presented by Independent Players See 5/3. 7.30p-1.59p, Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. 8th Floor 847.697.7374 independentplayers.org M Crew 9p, D Hangout Bar & Grill, 550 S. McLean Boulevard 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No Cover

Sun.May.12 Bataille Academie of Danse ~ Recital 11a-3.30p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.931.5900 hemmens.org

CycloFemme Ride Kick off “Bike to Work Week” with a bike ride with Mom. We will meet at the Gail Borden Library north parking lot at 2:00 P.M. and ride to East Dundee and back on the Fox River Trail. Think ice cream or custard. 2p, GBPL Parking Lot, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Mon.May.13 Plants, Pies and More Sale! Select from a variety of plants for both flower and vegetable gardens and shop the bakery tables for homemade treats at reasonable prices. Browse

Puzzle Club Drop in and join us for word puzzles, Sudoku, kid’s floor puzzles and adult jigsaw puzzles. 2p4p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin

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270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Armchair Generals - Spies of the Civil War - presented by Bill Kolasinski A Brown Bag Civil War and Lincoln Interest Group. Commemorate events, share insights, and talk about books or experiences. Spies of the Civil War - presented by Bill Kolasinski. 11.45a-1.15p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Job Search and Resume Help See 4/30. 1p-4p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Mah Jongg for Beginners See 5/7. 1p-3p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor East, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

Cafe de los Recuerdos: En honor a las Madres Una oportunidad para compartir con las personas de la tercera edad en familia y comunidad! Abierto a las personas de la tercera edad y sus familias o cuidadores 4p-5.30p, GBPL In The Community at Restaurant, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Studio 270 Volunteer Squad See 4/29. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270*, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Candlelight Meditation See 5/6. 6p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago Street 847.741.4045 fcc-elgin.org. Free Grupo de Conversacion para la Ciudadania / Citizenship Conversation Group See 5/2. 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 MS Excel: Basics Learn how Excel’s cells, worksheets & workbooks easily allow users to manipulate, calculate, and format numbers and other types of data. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Tue.May.14 Preschool Music Party with Lenny Zieben This music concert for preschoolers and families features cutting edge electronics, ukulele, and percussion to create an engaging and dynamic environment for kids and adults alike! Get ready for high-energy fun. No registration. 10a-10.45a, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C,

Piano Performance: Denise Williams 1p-2p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Finals Feeding Frenzy See 5/13. 3p9p, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info South Elgin Sentinels Chess Club See 4/30. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Who Was Series Grades 4th - 6th Cesar Chavez & Sonia Sotomayor R 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

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Auditions for SEUSSICAL The City of Elgin is excited to announce that it will be partnering with Up and Coming Theatre Company to present the 2019 Elgin Summer Theater production of SEUSSICAL. See p. 16 in this issue of BRAVO. 7p, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way 847.931.5900 www.hemmens.org. Free

Elgin Alive: Where Have All the Cows Gone? Dairies to Prairies is a new documentary and traveling exhibit project from the Elgin History Museum. At one time, there were over 140 dairies, dairy farms, and creameries in a 50-mile radius around Elgin. Now there are only 3 dairies and the land is a mix of restored prairies, open space and homes. Dairies to Prairies connects new homeowners to the history of the land, while remembering Elgin’s remarkable dairy heritage. SPONSORS: ECN, Elgin History Museum 6.30p-8.45p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Kane County Sheriff Series Protecting yourself and your children against cyber-crimes on smart devices. Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Elgin Police Department 7p-7.30p, 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

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847.742.5400 dannyspizzaelgin.com. Free Walking Book Club See 5/1. 7p-8.30p, GBPL In The Community at Rec Center, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Thu.May.16 Device Advice See 5/2. 9.30a-11.30a, GBPL Rakow Branch Computer Cafe, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Protecting Your Family Against Cyber Crime Detective Richard Wistocki, Nationally recognized High Technology Child Crimes Specialist with 30 years’ experience in Law Enforcement, will be presenting proactive strategies, expert insight, and invaluable resources designed to empower your family to combat Cyber-Bullying. 7p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info. Free

Ride of Silence/Blessing of the Bicycles Join the annual Ride of Silence, an organized annual cycling procession honoring those that have been injured or killed. The goal is to raise awareness that we are here, and to ask that we all share the road. Before the ride, area clergy will bestow a blessing on the bicycles and riders for a safe cycling season. 6.30p, Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas Avenue 311 cityofelgin.org

Sewing with Chris Come learn how to sew your own reversible purse with Chris from Sewing4Fun! Registration is required, and you will receive a supply list emailed to you after registering. 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info 3D Design Series See 5/8. 11a-12.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Finals Feeding Frenzy See 5/13. 3p9p, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Homework Heroes See 4/29. 3.30p-5.30p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Studio 270 Volunteer Squad See 4/29. 4p-6p, GBPL Studio 270*, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info STEAM Bio-mimicry 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info Grupo de Futuros Bilingues/Go Bilingual Conversation Group See 5/1. 6p-7p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N.

Google Calendar See 5/14. 11a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Steve Yoder 11a-12p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Trivia Night Test your general knowledge every Tuesday at EPH. Win $$ off your tab and more. 8p, Elgin Public House, 219 E. Douglas Avenue 847.468.8810 elginpublichouse.com. Free

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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

Piano Performance: Stacey Weidner 2p-3p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Bilingual Family Yoga/Yoga Familiar Bilingue Do you know what a downward-facing dog is? Or a tree pose? Whether you are new to yoga or have some experience, and are looking for a fun activity for your family, then this is the program for you! Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a mat or towel. For families with children of all ages. No registration. Presented by Vida Yoga & Fitness. Sabe lo que es la postura del perro boca abajo? O la pose del arbol? Si usted es nuevo en el yoga o tiene alguna experiencia, y esta buscando una actividad divertida para su familia, entonces este es el programa para usted.Por favor, use ropa suelta y comoda, y traiga una alfombra o toalla. Para familias con ninos de todas las edades. Presentado por Vida Yoga & Fitness 7p-8p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Contemporary Book Group The Contemporary Fiction Book Group discusses current literary fiction once a month. May discussion: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Finals Feeding Frenzy See 5/13. 3p9p, GBPL Studio 270, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

39 hosting a ticketed dinner event to honor those who have been nominated by community members for their outstanding contribution to our sustainability action plan. These nominees include the following individuals, businesses, and organizations: U-46 Business Services, Elgin Community College Biology 108 Honors, Elgin Development Group, Allison Goodman, Robin Migalla, Kellyn Cockran, Deni Matthews, Lincoln Avenue Barbershop, Flender Corporation, Green Guerrilla. Join us for an evening of supporting and celebrating local sustainability efforts. Cocktails begin at 6 pm, Program begins at 6:30 pm. Dinner and 2 drink tickets included with general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cityofelgin.org/SusteyTix 6p, ECC Business Conference Center, 1700 Spartan Drive 311 cityofelgin.org/sustainability. $35 Spanish Family Storytime Come enjoy stories and music in Spanish. For beginners and those who are fluent. 6p-6.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Grupo de Conversacion para la Ciudadania / Citizenship Conversation Group See 5/2. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Creativity Lab See 5/2. 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Mini Masters Preschool Art Class Individual creativity and self expression will soar while children explore through art with Sandy Misner of Young at Art. R 4.30p-5.15p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Studio 270 Volunteer Squad See 4/29. 5p-7p, GBPL Studio 270*, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Elgin Genealogical Society - Canadian Family History Research Monthly meeting of the Elgin Genealogical Society. Maureen Brady will be speaking about our neighbors to the north. “Canadian Family History Research” will give an overview of various provincial and national Cana-

Mini Masters Preschool Art Class See above. 5.30p-6.15p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

MS Access Series See 5/8. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Music Bingo See 5/8. 7p, Danny’s on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue

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dian record sources and will examine the Canadian resources at FamilySearch, Ancestry and the Library Archives Canada. Discussion will also include search strategies for each site. Maureen Brady, a former school librarian and computer educator, has nearly thirty-five years experience with family history research. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as numerous local and national Genealogical Societies and the Clan Donnachaidh Society. Maureen has traced her own Scottish roots back to the end of the 17th century. Her programs and workshops cover Chicago area, the trans-Allegheny U.S., Canada, Quebec, Irish and Swedish research and using FamilySearch and Family History Centers. She is the co-director and trainer for the Crystal Lake (IL) Family History Center sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B, 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.May.17 Bike to Work Day Ride down to Arabica Cafe on the morning of Bike to Work Day for a cup of joe, always tasty treats, and some good conversation. Roll up on your bike and we may have some swag to give you. Arabica is offering a free Mini Cyclone for every rider. 8a, Arabica Cafe, 57 Douglas Avenue 224.227.7192 No-Shushing Movie Fridays See 5/3. 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Welcome Baby! Baby’s First Library Visit/Bienvenido Bebe! Welcome Baby! Bring baby and baby’s new library card to this mini session designed especially for Baby’s First Library Card holders. Learn about programs and resources to support your baby’s early literacy development and receive a special gift! For babies up to six months old and their

parents. Registration preferred, or drop in anytime between 1 - 3 pm. For an appointment on another day, time, or in Spanish, please contact Ana Morales (847-289-5811). Bienvenido Bebe! Llevan a su bebe y bebes nueva tarjeta de la biblioteca a esta clase es disenado especialmente para bebes primer titular de la tarjeta de la biblioteca. Aprenda acerca de los programas y recursos para apoyar el desarrollo de alfabetismo temprano de su bebe y recibir un regalo especial! Para los bebes sies meses y abrriba con sus padres. Se prefiere registracion, o pasar de 1 a 3 de la tarde. Si prefiere una cita para otro dia, hora o en espanol por favor contactar a Ana Morales (847-289-5811). 1p-3p, GBPL Story Room - South, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

from 8 am to 2 pm through October 26, draws vendors offering Something For Everyone! Antiques and collectibles, flowers and vegetables, honey, baked goods, pet treats and hand made items are among what is typically available. Vendor booth fees help keep the Depot open and fund a annual scholarship for a Dundee Township graduate. Vendor inquiries welcome! 8a, The Depot, 319 River Street 847-426-4307 dundeedepot. com. Free East Side Neighborhood Gardening Opening We will open our garden for planting for the 2019 season! Times will be flexible, but we will update with a time that we will gather and celebrate the opening together. 8a, East Side Garden, Channing at Division Street

5.5 of Elgin is hosting its annual Public Works Open House on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the public services building located at 1900 Holmes Road. The free, family-friendly event offers facility tours, toucha-truck, equipment rides and demos, free food and more. 10a, Public Works Facility, 1900 Holmes Road 311 cityofelgin.org. Free WordPress Series See 5/4. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Dance Storytime for ages 2-4 See 5/4. 10.30a-11.20a, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Dance Storytime for ages 5-7 See 5/4. 11.30a-12.20p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Excel para el Empleo Aprende las claves para crear formulas en una hoja de trabajo 1p-3p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Club Lite Dance Club 4 Youth The time is almost here our next Club Lite event for middle school students will be held on May 17th. Please spread the word. Limited to the first 125 students. Dress to impress! Bring money for food. 6p-10p, Frida’s Party Room, 219 W. Highland Avenue 224.256.4284 jerickson@renzcenter. org. Free with School ID

Sat.May.18 DIY Umbrella Family Paint It! Painters must be 3 years old or older for this class! (Or 2 years old on a parents lap) Painters must have a ticket to attend! (All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Tickets are good for the 12pm-1pm May 18th class only) Acrylic paint does not wash out of clothes! Hobby Lobby, 200 S. Randall Road 847.697.5740 umbrella2. eventbrite.com. $20 Ask the Professional: Coffee with Katelyn Come enjoy a discounted cup of coffee and ask any questions regarding real estate: buying, selling, or investing. 8a-12p, Cafe Revive, 51 S. Grove Avenue East Dundee Depot Market The Depot Market, held every Saturday

Love Our River Day Co-hosted and sponsored by State Rep. Anna Moeller and Friends of the Fox River. A Fox River cleanup will take place from 9 am to noon followed by a free River Celebration for the community from noon to 2 pm on the Library’s outdoor stage featuring live music by Redhorse, stories and poems about the river. For information about volunteering for the cleanup, please visit friendsofthefoxriver.org. 9a-2p, GBPL Outdoor Stage, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Movie Poster Exhibit and Scavenger Hunt Join us for some reel fun! View an extensive collection of movie posters for current and upcoming films on the first floor. Test your powers of observation by completing a movie poster scavenger hunt to enter a prize drawing. Fun for all ages. 9a-5p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Elgin Wellness Fair Free TESTS (bone density, BMI, HIV etc) • Free RESOURCES (financial, dental, educational, healthcare) • Free WORKSHOPS (mental health, substance misuse, tips for parents with teens, etc.) 10a-1p, Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin, 1 American Way . Free

Kumihimo Create unique Japanese inspired Braided bracelet. May is Asian Heritage Month. R 1p-3p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor West, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden. info

Elgin Parks Golden Memories: Walton Island Built as a park by the WPA in the 1930s, and dedicated to the City by the Izaak Walton League, Walton Island is a unique open space in downtown Elgin. Once thought of as nothing more than an island of mud and a community eyesore, Al Walters, President of the Elgin History Museum will take us through the storied history of what is now one of Elgin’s most beautiful assets. The presenta-

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their own anonymous letters, some of which will be included in the show. Presented by Artists Lounge Live. 7p, ECC SecondSpace Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.622.0300 tickets. elgin.edu. $28

tion and discussions will also touch on the history of the river shoreline that surrounds Walton Island. This event is sponsored by the Elgin Parks and Recreation Foundation and is presented in conjunction with the Elgin History Museum. 2p-4p, Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive 847.531.7007 cityofelgin.org. Free

ESO Percussion Masterclass with Bobby Everson This masterclass is open to spectators from the general public. Mr. Everson will focus on the timpani only. Three percussion students will be chosen for a “mini lesson” during the masterclass. 2p-4p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Chi Tune First Meetup First meet up of the year trying to get to know all the car enthusiasts around the area hope to see you all. 6p-9p, Downtown Elgin, 24 E. Chicago Street

Improvised Dungeons & Dragons Out On A Whim brings classic table top RPGs to life in 2 - 75 minute improvised shows the third Saturday of each monrth 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! Watch as our heroes endure triumph and tragedy, romance and revenge, all while reckoning with the whims of the almighty D20! 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. 7p, Blue Box Cafe, 176 E. Chicago Street 847.697.2583

Mon.May.20 Books and Badges Storytime Drop in to hear South Elgin Officer Creighton share police friendly stories and talk about being a neighborhood hero. 11.15a-11.45a, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Cafe en Espanol / Spanish Cafe See 5/6. 12p-1p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Rakow Readers Educated, by Tara Westover 1.30p-2.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

Grupo Kual 8p, Estrellas del Millenium, 850 N. State Street 847.931.9067. $40 Full Moon Ride It’s the Full Moon Ride! This will be a moderate pace ride for a few miles throughout the core neighborhoods of Elgin. Join us for this social night ride! Reminder: Illinois State law requires bike riders to have a clear light on the front and a red reflector or a red light on the back for night time riding. That would be the minimum attempt for safety, so let’s all be easy to see on the street. 9p, Advocate Park, Chicago at Spring Streets . Free Leaving Scarlet 9p, 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

Dear Finch One piano. Eight voices. A billion stories. Featuring original music by Jess Godwin, soaring vocals, and stories inspired by handwritten letters from all over the world, this poignant and inspiring evening of message-driven pop (with a soft spot for Gospel) reminds us that no one is an island—we are all heroes and villains and we all have a story worth telling. Arrive early! Audience members are encouraged to write

Friends Trivia Night Oh. My. Gawd. Could this theme night BE any better? If you wish you lived in a rent controlled apartment in Greenwich Village, pivot your way down for Friends trivia! See 5/5. 8p, Old Republic Kitchen & Bar, 155 S. Randall Road 224.535.9544 sporcle.com. $25/team

Planet Groove Funked up R&B and Soul band. 9p, Porter’s Pub, 1250 Bowes Creek Boulevard 847.214.5877 planetgroovechicago.com. No cover

Sun.May.19 Read to Rover Hone your reading skill by reading to our volunteer dog listener, Trucker. 15 minute sessions continue until 2.45p 1p-1.15p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden.info

DNA Social Media Power Hour Do you have questions about managing your social media accounts? How do I boost a post to reach more people? How do I create an event page? How can I protect myself using security settings? Well, you are not alone. The DNA team will be hosting the Social Media Power Hour as a new monthly drop in program where Downtown Businesses/Organizations and their team members can get help with questions about using social media. 2p, Downtown Neighborhood Association, 31 S. Grove Avenue 847.488.1456 downtownelgin.com Homework Heroes See 4/29. 3.30p-5.30p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Cafe Latino: Libros y Conversacion !Disfrute de libros interesantes, nuevos amigos y un buen rato! Quieres conseguir una copia para leer antes de la reunion? Comunicate con Nohora Chacon al 847-608-4673 o bibliotecaatgailborden.info. En asociacion con el Centro de Informacion. Enjoy interesting books, new Friends and a good time! To get a book to read prior to the meeting, contact Nohora Chacon at 847-608-4673 or bibliotecaatgailborden.info. In partnership with Centro de Informacion. 6p-7.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rm.

43 A, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Candlelight Meditation See 5/6. 6p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago Street 847.741.4045 fcc-elgin.org. Free 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 fran√ßais. No registration required. 6.30p-8.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Demystifying the Estate Planning Process This presentation is designed to help consumers know what questions to ask and to highlight some of the important issues to consider in the estate planning process. This session is designed for individuals, regardless of economic circumstances. Topics covered include wills, trusts, health care decision making, insurance and financial planning. Please Register 7p-8.30p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info MS Excel: Charts & Graphs Learn how to add visual interest and tell stories by displaying numbers and data sets in chart or graph format. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Writers Critique Group This will be a critique group where writers can read each other’s work (poetry, short stories, novellas, novels, etc). so they can get an honest evaluation of its merits and receive constructive advice on how to improve and polish their work for ultimate publication. Writers will need to do at least one critique for another writer in order to have their own work reviewed. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

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Trivia Night Test your general knowledge every Tuesday at EPH. Win $$ off your tab and more. 8p, Elgin Public House, 219 E. Douglas Avenue 847.468.8810 elginpublichouse.com. Free

Wed.May.22 Job Training Information Session See 5/8. 9.30a-11a, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Job Search and Resume Help See 4/30. 1p-4p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Mah Jongg for Beginners See 5/7. 1p-3p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor East, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Denise Williams 1p-2p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Sewing with Chris Come learn how to sew a dog walking bag. Registration for this 2 week class required, and you will receive a supply list emailed to you after registering. 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info 3D Design Series See 5/8. 11a-12.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Global Neighbors: Germany In this new program series, experience the culture and contributions of the people who live in our community. Germany’s culture, food, history and its Elgin connections are revealed in this highly visual anecdote filled evening with Sabine Woerner. Enjoy a cultural dance performance by Edelweiss Chicago along with samples of German Treats from Herbs Bakery. Registration Required. 6.30p-8p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Grupo de Conversacion en ingles / English Conversation Group See 4/30. 6.30p-7.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info MS Publisher Basics Learn how to navigate and work with basic Publisher templates to create quick projects like flyers, greeting cards, calendars, and more. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue

MS Access Series See 5/8. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Thu.May.23 Consulado General de Mexico en Chicago /General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago See 5/22. 9a-4p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Piano Performance: Steve Yoder 11a-12p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Consulado General de Mexico en Chicago /General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago Para tramite de matriculas consulares, pasaportes y credencial electoral. El consulado solo vera personas con citas. Puede hacer su cita a partir del 11 de marzo llamando al 877-639-4835, a traves de internet en https://mexitel.sre.mx, o visitando el escritorio de informacion en la biblioteca. For registration of, matriculas consulares, passports and electoral credentials. The consulate will only see people with appointments. You can make an appointment beginning March 11 by calling 877639-4835, through the internet at https://mexitel.sre.mx, or by visiting the information desk in the library. 1p-3.30p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Piano Performance: Stacey Weidner 2p-3p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Creativity Lab See 5/2. 4p-5p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info Piano Performance: Shirley Remes 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Sign Language Club Grades 3-5 Join Mrs. Potts as we learn American Sign Language and increase our awareness, knowledge and respect of deaf culture. R 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL Rakow Branch Living Room, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden. info

German Conversation Group Looking to refresh and even enhance that German you once knew? Join the German Conversation Group, led by

Wait, What? Mark of Wait, What? heads over to Gifford’s Kitchen for a very special solo performance 6p, Gifford’s Kitchen, 2300 Bushwood Drive 847.649.3900 giffordskitchen. com The Chicago Lighthouse This is a Parent networking group for families who have children ages 0-3 with visual impairments. 6.30p-8p, GBPL Story Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Walking Tour of Holy Hill Learn about Elgin’s evolution as a city and its reputation as a “city of churches” during this leisurely paced 90-minute walking tour of the Elgin Historic District. Hosted by Jerry Turnquist. 6.30p-8p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago Street 847.742.4248 elginhistory.org 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 gailbor-

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Homework Heroes See 4/29. 3.30p-5.30p, Gail Borden Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden. info Grupo de Futuros Bilingues/Go Bilingual Conversation Group See 5/1. 6p-7p, GBPL Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

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

Walking Book Club See 5/1. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Conference Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Device Advice See 5/2. 10a-12p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden. info

South Elgin Sentinels Chess Club See 4/30. 4.30p-5.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 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

John Schwartz, who has lived and traveled extensively in Germany and taught German and other languages. John will present articles and videos about Germany and German-speaking Europe to be viewed and discussed auf Deutsch in a friendly atmosphere. No registration. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

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Nicknamed “The Gifford Tapes,” the 88-minute audio recordings are purported to be the whiskey-enhanced ramblings of the Father of Elgin, James T. Gifford, in his home on Prairie Street. Family records and anecdotal evidence suggest the otherwise undocumented event occurred in May, 1850, just months before Gifford’s death. “This is absolutely the voice of James Gifford, I know it,” said Everett Howland, owner of the tapes. “If ever there was gold found in Elgin, this is it.”

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Found partially covered by sand and sawdust in a crawl space at 38 Vesper Street, a house that dates to 1849, the tapes have captured the attention of the Illinois History Foundation (IHF) and the Prairie Preservation Council (PPC), both of which have filed suit in Springfield to have the tapes turned over to them under the Illinois Artifacts Act of 1966. The law stipulates that artifacts with significant historical importance become property of designated custodial organizations. Currently the two organizations registered with the State are the IHF and the PPC. “They’re never getting these tapes,” insisted Howland. “I own the house, the land, and everything on it.” Photos of the tape reels taken by Howland depict rusted metal flanges approximately ten inches in

diameter, with a half inch keyed opening for a drive spindle. A few inches of tape appear as blackish ribbons at the reel edges. Experts in the history community could not identify them as anything known to have been used in the nineteenth or twentieth centuries. As such, there is also no known equipment or technology that could play back sound from the tapes. “What they don’t realize is, I built my own playback device,” explained Howland, a retired acoustical engineer who worked for the Shure Corporation in Chicago.

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“I have plainly heard James Gifford say he wished he hadn’t moved to Wisconsin,” he continues. “He also admitted that the land was always prettier on the west side of the river.” Howland claims that other secrets revealed by the tapes involve Gifford’s digestive troubles, his views on slavery, and his disdain for the Dutch. Another unidentified male voice is supposedly heard in the recordings during an extended digression on women’s grooming. “He was a real, red-blooded American pioneer,” Howland boasted, “and he enjoyed a few glasses of whiskey in the evening, same as the rest of us.” Though a full transcript has not been released, Howland has posted excerpts on social media with the hashtag #giffordTapes. The history faculty at the University of Chicago have been trying to arrange a viewing and examination of the tapes and the player, but Howland has so far refused their inquiries and instead referred them to his legal counsel. “All these [expletive deleted] historians think they know something about James Talcott Gifford,” Howland said defiantly. “But only I know what he really thinks about squirrel meat, dulcimers and tallow soap.” His being the first ever legal dispute involving the Illinois Artifacts Act, Howland expects the full contents of the tapes will not become available to the public until his rights to the material are established by a court judgment.


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non-refundable. Tickets are good for the 5:30-7:00pm May 24th class only) Acrylic paint does not wash out of clothes! 5.30p-7p, Hobby Lobby, 200 S. Randall Road 847.697.5740 key. eventbrite.com. $35

party located near the start/finish line. Enjoy live music until 11am with beer, coffee, juice or food available for purchase. Be sure to meet with our event sponsors while you’re there, and pick up some great deals! 7.30a-11a, Downtown Elgin, Corner of Kimball and Douglas 311 elginvalleyfoxtrot.com. $12-50 East Dundee Depot Market See 5/18. 8a, The Depot, 319 River Street 847426-4307 dundeedepot.com. Free

den.info Piano Performance: John LaBorn 7p-8p, GBPL Lobby , 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info QuickBooks Series See 5/2. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Fri.May.24 Consulado General de Mexico en Chicago /General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago See 5/22. 9a-4p, GBPL Meadows Comm. Rms. A-B-C, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

Drive-In Movie! Come decorate your car and get ready to pull up and watch the movie Cars 3. 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Boulevard 847.531.7271 gailborden.info No-Shushing Movie Fridays See 5/3. 10.30a-12.30p, GBPL South Elgin Branch Hoffer Room, 127 S. McLean Boulevard, South Elgin 847.931.2090 gailborden.info

DIY Key/Leash Holder Adult Paint It! Painters must be 16 years old or older for this class! Ticket includes 1 wooden plaque and 5 key hooks! :) *some stencils will Be provided; however, guests may bring their own to decorate with. Hobby Lobby does not allow alcohol at their store but coffee and other beverages are welcome!! Painters must have a ticket to attend! (All ticket sales are final and

Fourth Friday Open Mic Hosted by Jerry Hutson. Performers of ALL ages, ALL styles, and families welcome! Keyboard, drums, and mics available. Sign-up starts at 6pm. 6.30p, First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Avenue 847.741.0038 fumcelgin.org

Geek Pride Day 2019 Celebrate with your geeks! Celebrating: Towel Day The Glorious 25th of May The 42nd Anniversary of Star Wars 8a, Blue Box Cafe, 176 E. Chicago Street 847.697.2583

Banda los Sebastianes y Tierra Cali con Triny la Leyenda, Chavos de Tierra Caliente, Viry Sandoval 7p, Estrellas del Milennium, 850 N. State Street 847.931.9067. $40

Llama Family Paint It! Painters must be 3 years old or older for this class! (Or 2 years old on a parents lap) Painters must have a ticket to attend! (All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Tickets are good for the May 25th class only) Acrylic paint does not wash out of clothes! 12p-1p, Hobby Lobby, 200 S. Randall Road 847.697.5740 llama2.eventbrite.com. $15

Dixon Dance Academy 26th Annual Recital 7p, ECC Arts Center, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive 847.622.0300 tickets.elgin.edu

Hard Cover 9p, D Hangout Bar & Grill, 550 S. McLean Boulevard 847.717.0511 d-hangout.com. No Cover

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Elgin Valley Fox Trot 2019 The Elgin Valley Fox Trot is a spring tradition for runners and walkers, providing the opportunity to get some quality exercise, cheer on friends and family, and/or raise money for local non-profits, while enjoying the scenic course which winds through Elgin’s downtown, parks and historic neighborhoods. This year we’ll be gearing up for summer fun with a throwback to the Woodstock music festival. Join us bright and early May 25th, 2019 as we kick off the festivities with a yoga warm-up at 7:00. Following the warm-up, you can participate in the 10-mile, 10K, 5K or 2 mile Walk for a Cause—but register soon! Rates increase on April 20th, 2019. After your race, you can relax at our post-race

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Jai Jagat Show 17 Children from underprivileged communities of Ahmedabad, Gujarat come to Elgin, IL to share an inspiring story, show and message about how our Planet rediscovered the most important thing humanity has ever known: Love. Please join us as Manav Sadhna, a Charity Organization based in the Gandhi Ashram in Gujarat, brings their children and spirit of oneness to Elgin, IL for this rare performance

47 of hope and inspiration. Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way www.jaijagattour.com. $25-50 Bike Elgin Ride for May Join us for a slow roll as we explore Elgin by bike. We’ll ride low stress routes for 3-5 miles. Get to know your city and your neighbors! We will try to plan these to to be friendly for ages 8-80. We will be using a mix of off-street and on-street routes. Each rider will be responsible for their own behavior as a street user. We will try to provide helpful guidance and leadership as we roll. We’ll roll from the park at 2:15 2p, Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Avenue elginbikehub.com Star Wars Trivia Night Attention all scruffy-looking Nerf herders! Can you bullseye a womp rat in your T-16? Do you know the way to Tosche Station? Are IV, V and VI your favorite roman numerals? We have the droids you’re looking for at Star Wars trivia! See 5/5. 8p, Old Republic Kitchen & Bar, 155 S. Randall Road 224.535.9544 sporcle.com. $25/team

Mon.May.27 Candlelight Meditation See 5/6. 6p, First Congregational Church, 256 E. Chicago Street 847.741.4045 fcc-elgin.org. Free

Tue.May.28 Mah Jongg for Beginners See 5/7. 1p-3p, GBPL Rakow Branch Corridor East, 2751 W. Bowes Road 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Paint Your Pet & Sip to benefit Mobile Mutts Rescue See 5/1. 6p-9p, Grumpy Goat Tavern, 875 Sports Way 847.931.5950 paintyourpetandsip. com. $45 Spring Vale Sound: Through the Ages A walk through the great Christian music from the last 70 years. Join us as we welcome Spring Vale Christian School’s SOUND to our church for a midweek concert of blessings and encouragement. Invite family and friends to join us that evening. Acompanenos a darle

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Mary Alice Adopts a Horse by Deb Kollar Mary Alice is at Anderson Animal Shelter with her son, Larry. She desires a dog with hassle-free fur, proficient at commands, discreet when eliminating waste and will take down her neighbor’s good for nothing Chihuahua for urinating in her flowerbeds. Is that too much to ask?

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They hear every type of ruff, bark, howl and whimper when they enter. Mary Alice is not used to so much commotion. She straightens her posture and claps her hands. “Settle down boys and girls. I’m required to test you out.” “Have you ever had a dog before?” Larry says, observing her.

When it is her turn, she steps up to the reception desk. “One ferocious dog, please. Oh, and low maintenance.”

“How hard can it be?” she tells him. “They’re like toddlers.”

Mary Alice notices there is one person behind the desk doing multiple duties. She must have asked the right question because the employee stops abruptly to look at Mary Alice in a peculiar manner.

She waves him off and strolls down the left aisle pointing at each dog with her forefinger. “No, too cute. Too cute again. Way too fluffy. How’d I get a brush through that fur? Here we go. This one’s disgruntled and angry.” It is a Shih Tzu with a massive underbite.

“Ferocious dogs? We don’t adopt out ferocious dogs.”

“Toddlers for twelve years,” he corrects her.

“Perhaps ferocious is too strong a word.” She realizes verbal misunderstandings can be resolved by saying the same thing, but in a different way. “How about a dog with a negative attitude toward its fellow canine brethren?”

Mary Alice leans over the waist-high enclosure, picks up the dog and brings it to her face. “Hey, little fella. Do you dislike Chihuahuas?” she says in a baby voice.

“Our adoptable dogs are through that door, ma’am.”

Mary Alice holds the dog away as she gags and sputters. “Take it, Larry. Take the dog!” She grabs the hand sanitizer from her purse and smears it on her lips. “You think they’d warn you.”

“I have to pick out my own dog?” She had thought she could merely specify her requirements and they would bring it out washed, fed, and groomed with a big red bow. “Let’s go, Larry,” she mutters, heading to the adoptable dog room. On the left side, smaller dogs and puppies are in waist-high enclosures, open at the top. On the right, taller enclosures with gated doors house the larger dogs.

The dog takes its tongue and drags it across her lips.

“Are you sure you’re a dog person, Ma?” Ignoring his question, she hears a howl, more like an agonizing bellow, from the last enclosure and decides to investigate. A large black dog with floppy ears greets her. “Wow, you’re a big one.” The chart reads: male,


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new arrival. Mary Alice can see the gray creeping up his black muzzle and around his eyes. She knows this sign all too well. Gray is the color of old age. The dog sticks its paw out from the bottom, reaching for her red shoe. It looks up at her with large, inquisitive eyes. Mary Alice doesn’t have to know dogs to see what it wants. Will you bring me home? “Okay. I get it,” she tells the dog. Larry is still by the first enclosure. He is scratching a young Pit Bull mix behind the ear. Larry reads the dog’s information. “Hey, Chopper!” The dog’s tail whirls around like a helicopter blade. Mary Alice smiles at her son. He is a good Italian boy ... man, she corrects herself. He is 40. She hopes this woman she picked out for him at the grocery store will finally be the right one. “Larry, I hate to break up your love affair,” she says. “Can you get a volunteer? I found your brother.” “He’s a dog, Ma,” he reminds her as he leaves. Bending down, Mary Alice whispers. “I need you to do me a favor with this Chihuahua issue I have. Let’s hear you growl.” He cocks his head sideways, confused.

“I’m still called The Marvelous Mary Alice,” she snaps back. He holds up his hand to stop. “Mamma! Basta!” The volunteer interrupts. “I can come back if you need more time.” “No, we’re Italians,” Mary Alice explains. “We argue until we come to an understanding. Since it is my house, my money, my life — I win.” She points a finger and gives him the Italian stinkeye which means, case closed. “The previous owner left information if it’ll help you. The dog is eight, definitely a senior for his breed. He doesn’t like cats, walking, loud noises, cold floors, being in the sun and … he’s afraid of squirrels.” “Good Lord. Is there anything he does like?” Mary Alice says. “Let me see.” She runs her finger down the sheet. “Mini Milk-Bones and a soft couch.” Mary Alice envisions the mammoth dog sprawled on her antique red Victorian sofa. “I’ll have to get lint rollers in bulk or a Dustbuster. Continue.”

Larry looks at the chart on the enclosure. “I don’t see his name?”

“Ma!” Larry protests looking into the cage. “That’s a Great Dane.”

“He’s like 150 pounds,” Larry says. “You can’t handle him, Ma. You have to pass.”

What is she supposed to do? It’s slim pickings for ferocious dogs. So, she has to go with the next best thing — big!

Mary Alice glares at her son. She can still walk, talk, think, eat, bathe and do her own taxes. At exactly what age do grown children suddenly do a role reversal and think they can be the parent?

“I’ll have you know, many a man came to look at these legs in my costumes at your father’s magic shows,” she says. “I know. You had the ‘Best Legs in Kane County 1969.’ But, you’re almost 70 now.”

Mary Alice hands Larry a credit card. “Lawrence Joseph Moretti. Fill out the paperwork, adopt your new brother and meet me in the car pronto. And tell them, his new name is Walter Junior.” Just for good measure, she does a twirl. “My legs are perfect. Perfect!” With that she leaves. She has had enough barking, howling and tongue licking for one day. BRAVO serial fiction presents an original short story by a local writer in a series of short sections of approximately 1000 words each. A new chapter of “The Marvelous Mary Alice” will appear each month through September 2019. To read previous chapters, go to www.marqueemedia.net/ marvelousmaryalice.

Mary Alice waves her off. “Once you get to a certain age, we all do, honey.”

“Your son says you found your dog.” A cheerful woman with an Anderson’s Pets-a-Palooza Festival T-shirt stops beside her.

“You can’t walk that dog! You’ll break a leg.”

named after him; but his adoptive father, Lawrence, wanted to pass his name down. To honor his father, Walter named their only son Lawrence.

The volunteer hesitates. “It says he passes gas a lot.”

The volunteer shrugs. “The owner wrote down Horse. We would’ve changed it to one with a mellow vibe like Marley.” The volunteer holds out her hand for Horse’s paw; instead, he rolls on his back and looks at her. “See, mellow.”

“We’ll work on it,” she tells him.

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“Your dad was adopted at the age of eight. What would’ve happened if they passed on him?” she reminds Larry.

• Increase positivity, happiness, energy, calmness • • Reduce stress, anxiety, depression, anger, confusion • •Improve concentration, focus, self-awareness, clarity • • Decrease pain, inflammation, heart rate, blood pressure •

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5.5 Elgin During D-Day The impact of World War 2 and D-Day on Elgin citizens both at home and abroad is re-told through newspaper clippings and photos from 75 years ago. Presented by Jerry Turnquist. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Meadows Rooms, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info. Free QuickBooks Series See 5/2. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Computer Training Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info

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From This River Town

Not To Be Denied by Mary Ellen Goodwill

On a chilly, damp day, wrapped in her long, wide wool sweater, Barb, known here and there as Barb Nonetheless, is reading poetry and listening to the snores of her two cats curled onto blankets in the wing back chair.

that although he had a great fear of death until, at the very end he said to his wife who sat at his bedside, “See you in heaven.”

Barb has been thinking about odes and how they are written for something which is no longer present and she, being seventy-three, knows much about what is no longer present. Her brother, for instance, her other brother, father, mother; the list goes on. Who would expect less?

Ode to the guy who taught her swimming, horseshoes, softball and the perfect spiral pass of a football.

An ode will give her memories a place to reside, she surmises. When we are missing something, we praise that something, make a tribute to it with paper and pen. Thus, the ode. The long o in ode has a sorrowful sound but her ode need not be so. Her ode can be light hearted if she wants it to be. What, exactly, does she want it to be? Taking the tea kettle to the sink, she turns on the cold water tap and lets a suitable amount of water pour in. She places the kettle on the burner, turns the flame up high and goes to the pantry for a cup and a box of tea. The white mug decorated in pale blue plaid is her choice. Along with that, an organic black which will steep for six minutes and become deeply dark and satisfying. Ode to a Big Brother. Ode to the Second Dead Brother. Ode to Lost Brothers. “Ode to Pete” is the title she settles on. He would chuckle at

Ode to her recent dream of Pete’s voice speaking to her sounding young and hearty.

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ty came knocking on my door,” she wrote in a blog post. “They told me I had ‘it’ (whatever that means), but I needed to go through additional artist development before they could commit to me. On my dime. They wanted me to pay ...”

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Godwin is a prolific songwriter, singer, studio artist, and trained actor with numerous recording and stage credits, headline performances and awards on her resume. Born in Atlanta to a musical mom, she spent her childhood being moved around the country from state to state, and school to school. The long, frustrating trail of broken connections made her feel like a perpetual outsider who needed to please people in order to fit in. It became a powerful recipe for a creative career. Equipped with natural musical talent and an acting degree from Columbia College, she worked a variety of gigs in music and theatre and recorded some original music. And it was good enough to get noticed. “A pretty big label opportuni-

“I was miserable,” she later reflected. “I became a pop star demon beast version of myself.” Looking back, she says “I spent most of my 20’s trying to convince myself that I was a talented person. A funny person. A sexy person. I’m sorry to say that not too much of this time was spent wondering whether or not I was a good person.”

Taking and Giving Back That professional heartbreak led to introspection, and she found new inspiration in exploring gratitude for the connections she did have — with family, friends, teachers — documenting it all in songs, journal writings and videos called the “Godwin Anthology.” It was the loss of a family member during this time that launched her into a new phase of creative output.


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“For the first time in my life, I produced a song,” she explained. “And when it came time to hire a photographer to create an image to go with the song, I had such a clear idea in my head that I decided to buy my own camera and take hundreds of pictures until I got it right. I watched dozens of YouTube tutorials trying to figure out how to light a video, made countless trips to Home Depot dreaming up a set design, spent way too much money at Guitar Center buying equipment I never thought I would ever need, and pulled several all-nighters practicing and editing and scrapping and doing it all over again until I got it right.”

of. It was good for my heart to make, and I think it will be good for theirs to hear.”

Inward and Outward The focused self-interest of her earlier career triggered an equal and opposite reaction that set the tone for her more recent agenda. Raised a Roman Catholic, Godwin is not a good counterexample to the unfortunate stereotype of “Catholic guilt.”

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“So I could convince myself that I was a good person,” she says, “I volunteered at homeless shelters, children’s hospitals, nursing homes, adoption agencies; I started a school outreach, I wrote songs for other people ...”

Godwin got it right, and is now an excellent DIY music video artist, as nearly 9,000 YouTube subscribers can attest. “I definitely started filming and editing my own videos, producing myself, and writing my own shows out of necessity: I couldn’t afford to pay people to do all of that, and I wasn’t gonna just ... stop,” she says. “The art always needs to get done, however I manage to duct tape it together.”

One product of these efforts was a performance and collaborative songwriting workshop for schoolaged youth called “Shameless.” Godwin describes it as a vehicle for expressing hidden feelings of shame, jealously, comparison and the pressure of perfectionism that all people experience. Bringing her own life story and a bunch of music-making gear, she leads the kids in writing, discussions, and creating a song.

She now builds successful connections with people by sharing, instead of buying, selling and asking: “I have things that I make and I want to share them. Because they are good.” And self-promotion is now more of an offer and not a demand: “I’m just telling my friends about the thing I made that I am proud

For any human, penitential activity is also self-limiting. “The pendulum had to swing back. As an artist, I still need to share a part of myself. And I think I am getting better at realizing that that is okay.”

“I loved it all — it taught me about myself,” she admits, “but all of it was too much.”

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She has also made peace between the principles of her faith tradition and her life experience among artists hustling to make a living. “I recently released a video about my roots in Catholicism and how I struggle with some of the messaging that I hear out of the mouths of people who proclaim to be followers of Jesus. Because the Jesus I grew up loving would never exclude. Or hate.” It generated friction in her life, but the sparks shed light. “I had some heated but really wonderful discussions with a few people, and we were able to see each other a little better after the initial hurt.”

Pictures, Words and Whatever Works An artist’s life of writing, teaching, performing, and recording is a daily push and pull against relationships, and this tension also produces art as a byproduct of balancing. Perhaps this is why Godwin is so productive. “I don’t know how and why I make so much, I just do,” she

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says, “My family and friends have to remind me to stop.” From the stage to the studio, Godwin is always wanting to be in four places at once, working in different media, developing more projects. “I need all of these things to feel complete, and all of these things feed each other and allow me to grow. I also need to keep reaching out by helping others create, otherwise I get way too introverted. It all goes back to balance.” Godwin is bringing a new project to Elgin in May called “Dear Finch,” a set of songs she wrote using material found in anonymous letters she collected from all over the world. It’s one way an introvert can connect with others emotionally and express herself at the same time. She shared her letter for BRAVO readers, to help you prepare for this interactive concert of pop/ gospel music at the ECC Arts Center. Why write a letter? “I think I’ve always been on the hunt for connection,” she said. “I write because I need to know other people feel the same way.” —JP

5.5 Dear Finch, I think I’ve been singin g the same melody over and over again. Now I don’t even know if it was ever a song to begin with. I’ve been struggling with the poin t of it all. Watching the world suffer while those in power cho ose money over lives is eno ugh to spin me out. Why? My major moments of cla rity have been while hel ping young people write songs. Every classr oom is different, but the formula is always the same: Free wri te, discussion, songwritin g. When they ask if they can use iPads and phones for the free wri te, I always push for a piece of paper instea d. Something powerful hap pens when we take the time to connect the breath to the arm to the hand to the page. There’s probably some science behind this, but I like to call it magic. Did you know that baby songbirds don’t come int o the world singing songs? Like language, the adults have to teach the m. I think in teaching the young, I lost my song along the way. I always thought of son gbirds as being solitary creatures, but finches are actually soc ial by nature. They req uire the presence of other finches in order to stay healthy. 6 months ago, I brough t in other voices in the form of a choir hoping it would help me get my voice back. I inv ited people from all over the world to sen d me their own free wri tes in the form of anonymous letters. On the surface, I wanted them to feel that magic. But between you and me, I needed them. I needed something outside of mysel f to help me get my son g back. I got six.


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