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Expression: Dreams, Dedication and Dance
The Show Will Go On by Kevin Drendel
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The Greens of Elgin is located in Elgin, Illinois. The complex is located in a beautiful, natural setting minutes from shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is a 3-story, 90-unit, elevator building with a 55+ age restriction and a Condominium Association.
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Nancy Turpin-Marshall I have been creating art of all types my entire life and have almost always given my work away. Wonderful gifts that last a life time. Given to persons that I cherish as friends and loved ones. Very generous on my part, seeing that doing art can be very time consuming.
The news of postponement of the Chicago Ballet Conservatory’s The Nutcracker was not unexpected. Auditions scheduled for August 2020 were too soon in a coronavirus world. Out of an abundance of caution, auditions have been rescheduled for Sunday, August 8, 2021, with the performance now scheduled on December 4-5, 2021, at Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. The annual Nutcracker show is a massive undertaking including world class professional dancers and local dancers of all levels. Tressa Mohler, owner of the Conservatory, is the producer for the 2021 show. Linda Cunningham, longtime member of the Fox Valley dance world, is the director. Linda Cunningham recently sat down with me over some amazing Mexican cuisine to share what The Nutcracker means to her and the community. The dream is very much alive and waiting for some imagination to coax it into reality when the time is right. In many ways, The Nutcracker has defined Linda’s life. She
performed in The Nutcracker as a child. She has produced The Nutcracker, directed The Nutcracker and choreographed The Nutcracker many times over as an adult. Linda pours herself physically, emotionally and spiritually into The Nutcracker, and she draws out magic. Anyone who knows Linda intimately is aware that her vision for The Nutcracker grows year by year with a renewed vigor to bring new dreams to life. To hear her speak now, the expectancy deferred is only opportunity grow her vision for the show. Her performances are, indeed, the stuff of dreams, attracting world class dancers from the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet and Bolshoi Brazil. New York City dancer, Violetta Komyshan (longtime girlfriend of actor, Ansel Elgort), captured the essence of Linda’s Nutcracker in her handwritten note from 2019: “Your vision is spectacular, it is as bright, sweet and grand as your incredible personality.” Indeed, The Nutcracker is
I now look to sell my unique work to the general public or whomever might be interested. I have recently been doing art shows and events, and look to do many more. I am now doing work for personal clients, and do work on a commission basis as agreed. I call my works Newspaper Decoupage, a not so simple process. I cut up or shred pieces of newspaper and apply it to canvas using a painters brush and varnish. I create images, or works of art. My work looks like a painting until you get up close and realize it is some thing you may not have seen before. I hope that you enjoy what you are looking at. If you go to my Facebook page you can also view my body of works and find out more about me. www.facebook.com/nancy.marshall.90834 Nancy Turpin-Marshall On stage at the Hemmens, December 2019. Photo courtesy Linda Cunningham.
13 S. Spring Street • Elgin On stage at the Hemmens, December 2018. Photo by Paulo Nestor Photography.
more than a performance to Linda Cunningham. The Nutcracker is about family, community, relationships and, most importantly, dreams. It’s not just about the dancers. Linda says, “It’s about dancing for those who can’t.” Indeed, Linda finds her inspiration in the personal story or Pyotr Tchaikovsky, whose score is made famous in the ballet. Tchaikovsky was discouraged to follow his passion by his own parents, but his beloved sister was always encouraging him. The two were very close. She wasn’t a dancer or the talent her brother was, but she became his muse. Affectionately called Sasha, his sister developed a sickness that profoundly affected the last 17 years of her life. Tchaikovsky was always concerned for her and visited her often.
Tchaikovsky struggled with The Nutcracker initially. It wasn’t coming together, and he dreaded the thought of having to finish the work he was commissioned to complete. During that time, Tchaikovsky embarked for an American tour from Paris, France. On the way, he learned his beloved sister had died. Tchaikovsky’s grief ebbed and flowed in and out of daydreams as he gazed for hours and days from the ship’s deck on the breathtaking vistas of the long ocean voyage. The mixture of grief and the mesmerizing beauty of his surroundings was all the catalyst for his inspiration. Tchaikovsky began to see his beloved Sasha in Clara, the little girl who falls into a deep sleep after fainting from injury (in the original story by E.T.A. Hoff-
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Linda’s eyes gleam as she describes the point of one particularly difficult rehearsal where she fell back on stage, arms stretched wide, face to the heavens, at the end of her strength at one point in the midst of rehearsal. In that moment, overcome by the emotion, one little dancer broke from the regimen, ran across the stage and threw herself on Linda in a full body embrace. And thus, the magic was revived.
Rehearsing at the Hemmens, 2018. Photo courtesy Linda Cunningham.
man). He saw himself in Uncle Drosselmeyer, the magician, who gives Clara the toy nutcracker that captures her heart, comes to life, and sweeps her into the sweet, grand dream of the second act. Though The Nutcracker opened to mixed reviews in the Christmas season of 1892, it has stood the test of time, becoming the most performed ballet in the world. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is filled with divine reflections of life on earth. Though innocence ultimately fades and magic ends, Tchaikovsky suspends reality long enough to wipe away the tears. Those emotions are the essence of The Nutcracker, and Linda Cunningham feels them, lives them and lovingly draws them out of her cast, as she pours herself into the work of directing. The process is physically, emotionally, and spiritually demanding. Such is the stuff of which real dreams are made.
The Nutcracker is community, remembrance of loved ones, beauty in the face of inevitable death and dreams that live on. These were Tchaikovsky’s inspiration, and they are every bit of Linda Cunningham’s vision and more. Jason Sandquist, who played Drosselmeyer in Linda’s 2017 production of The Nutcracker, wrote to her quoting Roald Dahl, “In a world that seems so frightening there is a world that you give us so extraordinary. You take strangers and create families.”
On stage at the Hemmens, December 2019. Photo courtesy Linda Cunningham.
Family and community are, ultimately, what The Nutcracker is about. In that vein, Linda invites and embraces those of us “who could’ve, should’ve and would’ve, but never did” — people who dreamed of dancing but never did. She finds a place for those willing to try, whether it is onstage or behind the scenes. The Nutcracker is truly unique in its embrace of everyone, from world class professional
dancers, to young local dancers with dreams in their eyes, to those who maybe did not dare to dream quite so much or didn’t have the opportunity. In a world such as this, locked down against the threat of a world pandemic, isolated, fearful, angry and depressed, in a world filled with racial tension, polarization, protests and rioting, The Nutcracker promises hope to the dreamer in all of us. Linda’s Nutcracker is traditionally true, while capturing the heart and passion of the inspiration Pyotr Tchaikovsky found to finish the ballet after his beloved Sasha’s death. With hopes and dreams of the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets deferred, the absence is sure to make Linda’s heart grow fonder and her vision to grow larger for The Nutcracker show in December of 2021 at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin. As Linda Cunningham might say: the show must go on! For all the dancers and the dreamers, the show will go on! —KD
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Audience Survey Results by Elgin Cultural Arts Commission The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission sent out a survey at the end of May to assess the needs and comfort level of our community for returning to cultural arts events in Elgin. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, artists and cultural organizations have been eagerly anticipating performing and communicating with a live audience again. Technology has been an awesome band aid for what has been ailing us, but there is no way to replace the intimate communication of an in-person event or performance. This pandemic is a national and local crisis but it is also a transition, where we all are going to experience some change. If we move through this transition with care and intention, we hope that we can come through this time of adversity stronger than before. So, thank you for taking part in the survey. We had over 700 local responses and we want you to know that your voice is important to us and all of the local arts organizations that received the survey results.
Design and illustration by Ivette De Santiago. Photo courtesy City of Elgin.
The Elgin Cultural Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to enhance the quality of life in our community by creating and supporting diverse, innovative, and accessible visual, performing, and cultural arts programming while taking on the challenges our field faces to emerge stronger from this crisis. Here is what you had to sayâ&#x20AC;Ś 74% would attend an outdoor event before a vaccine is available with social distancing and enhanced cleaning. The top 3 accommodations most important to you as a patron were: 1. Requiring masks or cloth face coverings in public areas 2. Additional hand sanitizing stations and 3. Theater seating limited to every other seat in every other row. As far as attending an artistic or cultural event virtually instead of physical attendance, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty split that about 50% are either unlikely or neutral on attending a virtual event. Only about 25% are some version of likely to pay for a virtual event. Of that number, the most common price range was $5-$10.
Design and illustration by Adrian Mesino. Photo courtesy City of Elgin.
Lastly, you may have seen the banners and yard signs that were created by local artists, Ivette De Santiago and Adrian Mesino and were sponsored by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission. The banners are located near
the entrances of both area hospitals and the yard signs are available for Elgin residents to display. You can request a sign by visiting the Elgin Area Chamber website and completing a short form.
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Tourism Marketing During COVID-19 by Krisilee Murphy Why is it so important to market vacations, sporting tournaments and weddings when venues are not quite ready to fully open again? Most leisure trips to the Elgin area including hotel stays were booked two to three weeks out from the date of travel prior to COVID-19. However, people will research a destination for up to six months in advance before they even book a hotel room. Weddings are usually booked at least nine months before, but normally closer to one year out because of the time it takes to plan the event. Tournament directors usually accept bids to host a tournament one to two years before the event is set to take place. So it is important to keep inspiring visitors to come to the Elgin area through marketing campaigns and telling the story of our destination so we can stay “top of mind” for potential travelers and win that future business.
change the scenery. Seventeen convention and visitors bureaus across the state are partnering together to create weekly road trip ideas with very specific themes such as hiking trails, farmers’ markets and golf. Every week the Elgin Area CVB is submitting one business or attraction to spotlight as part of this campaign. Each CVB is then promoting the joint post and sharing with the media to spread the word. All are publishing new content every Tuesday.
All of the research is showing that road trips will be the first travel market to return. We have already seen people itching to get out of the house and go anywhere that they can, just to
The team then created a social media A to Z campaign to spotlight over 70 restaurants on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Restaurants were located throughout the 10 communities in the CVB’s service area.
to reassure the consumer that it is safe to travel when the government reopens the state in the different phases.
Sports Marketing We learned during the economic slowdown that happened during 2008 and into 2009 that while leisure vacation and business travel came to a halt, families still invested in the traveling teams of their kids. Recently we entered a contest to win a complimentary video to promote our destination to tournament directors and we won! This video will be used on our social media outlets and website to help promote the services we offer tournaments directors. Sports Planning Guide will also be boosting the video on their social media outlets over the next couple of months. The video can be viewed on our website.
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restaurants that were open with outdoor seating. The demand for this webpage has doubled website traffic and is updated daily.
Restaurants were one of the first businesses affected by the COVID-19 closures. A part of our immediate strategy to support the local businesses was to create a web page on ExploreElginArea. com that listed restaurants open and in what capacity. This page is updated weekly with restaurants still open and the general services they are offering. As the state started to open, the blog evolved into a listing for
Hometown Heroes The Hometown Heroes campaign was created to acknowledge the people and businesses who are going out of their way to support the community during these times. These are businesses that are creating gear needed to keep members of the public healthy or providing food for the most vulnerable populations in our community. Spotlights To Date: Bear Family McDonald’s, Otto Engineering, U-46, School District 300, Food for Greater Elgin, Side Street Studio Arts, Gail Borden Pubic Library, Billy Brick’s Pizza, Pub 72, Vida Yoga & Fitness, Copper Barrel, Niko’s Tavern and Elgin Community College. More to come!
We’ll Be Ready A large part of recovering from this shutdown will be continuing
We’ll Be Ready For You is a campaign focused on encouraging potential visitors to use this time at home researching our destination: the 2020 Visitors Guides, itineraries offered on ExploreElginArea.com and our blogs. We have created content to inspire their next trip and we will be ready for visitors when it is safe to travel. Social media images and Zoom backgrounds were made for all 10 of the communities represented by the Elgin Area CVB and some of our key markets (sports, weddings, etc.).
Mini Campaigns with Small Businesses A 14-Day Yoga Challenge was created with Reverse the Kerrs Farm and Goat Yoga Chicago (Elgin) in May to acknowledge Mental Health Month. A Quarantine Playlist was created to spotlight Rediscover Records and the fun everyone could have listening to music from home (on vinyl from Rediscover Records). All campaigns mentioned above can be found at ExploreElginArea.com/Blog.
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Delayed Gratification Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-2021 Season The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is one of the preeminent regional orchestras in the United States. Since its founding in 1950, the organization has developed a reputation for artistic excellence, innovative programming, and a deep commitment to the social advocacy and economic development of the diverse communities that it serves. The ‘20-21 concert season has been planned and tickets are available. Here are the highlights as listed on their website. Beethoven 9 Saturday, September 12, 7:30pm and Sunday, September 13, 2:30pm at the Hemmens. American in Paris Featuring works by Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Bernstein and
Ravel; Saturday, October 3 at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 4 at 2:30pm at the Hemmens.
Jeans ‘n’ Classics Featuring the music of Queen and Journey; Friday, October 9 at 7:30pm at the Hemmens. All Tchaikovsky Saturday, November 7 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 8 at 2:30pm at the Hemmens. Holiday Spectacular Saturday, December 12 at Noon and 5pm, and Sunday, December 13 at 5pm at the Hemmens.
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Brahms and Sibelius Saturday, January 9 at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 10 at 2:30pm at the Hemmens. Mariachi Acero Featuring Maestro Arturo Rodriguez; Saturday, January 16 at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 17 at 2:30pm at the Hemmens.
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Jeans ‘n’ Classics Featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel; Friday, January 22 at 7:30pm and Saturday, January 23 at 7:30pm at the Hemmens. From Broadway with Love Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 14 at 2:30pm at the Hemmens. Beethoven’s Eroica Saturday, March 6 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 7 at 2:30pm at the Hemmens. Beethoven and Prokofiev Saturday, April 10 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 11 at 2:30pm at the Hemmens. Season Finale: From Shameless to Chivalry Featuring tone poems by Richard Strauss; Saturday, May 1 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 2 and 2:30pm at the Hemmens. Single tickets and season subscriptions area available now from the box office, at (847) 888-4000 and online at elginsymphony. org
Arts Center has made the decision to postpone their fall 2020 CenterStage season to Spring 2021. This decision was not made lightly and takes into consideration a number of factors including the current difficulty surrounding artists’ tour logistics; making their large theatres available for potential classroom use while there is a need to maintain social distance; and, foremost, the health and safety of the performers, audiences, and community. New Dates Announced The below events include four performances originally scheduled for Spring 2020 and the two events that were announced for Fall 2020. These events will be off sale while ticket buyers are contacted to coordinate ticket transfers and refunds. These performances will go back on sale online on Wednesday, July 15. Please note that the ECC Arts Center Box Office remains closed at this time and the staff is working remotely. • John Sebastian — NEW DATE: Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
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• Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis Starring Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci — NEW DATE: Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7 p.m.
After much discussion both internally and with the scheduled touring artists, the ECC
• Max Weinberg’s Jukebox — NEW DATE: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7 p.m.
• Sarah Vowell — NEW DATE: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7 p.m. • The Finest Hour featuring Davina & the Vagabonds and Hot Club of Cowtown — NEW DATE: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. • Graham Nash — NEW DATE: Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available online at tickets. elgin.edu, or call the box office at (847) 6220300. For the latest information, go to www. elgin.edu/life-at-ecc/arts-center or email email@example.com
Battle of the Bands As Side Street Studio Arts continues its 7th year of Battle Of The Bands, they have converted the events to a fully VIRTUAL format. Each week’s recorded songs will be made available for listening and voting online at sidestreetstudioarts.org/battleofthebands. The audience will have until 9pm each battle night to listen and vote for their favorite song. The winning band/song of the week will move on directly to the Final Round, set for Saturday, August 8th. The Final Virtual Battle will include a new song by each of the weekly winners. Upcoming performances are as follows.
• Saturday, July 11th, 5pm: Dillie Jean vs. Girl and the Star vs. Milhouse
stories, or poetry when UNIDXS launches its first completely virtual online exhibit on July 3rd. Go to sidestreetstudioarts.org and follow the links.
• Saturday, July 18th, 5pm: Walrus Filter vs. MIDSUMMER
The Turtle Dove Museum
• Saturday, July 25th, 5pm: Pink Hotel vs. Moore
An organization over 40 years old naturally has some time-honored traditions. The playing of The Turtle Dove as the season farewell is one of the most beloved of those traditions, which began on a concert tour through Wisconsin and Minnesota in 2000. The Youth Symphony learned to sing the old folk song upon which it is based and on that tour grew to love the piece as “the best way to say goodbye.” Thus, an EYSO tradition was born.
Winners are decided by popular vote, and participation is free. A donation link appears on the voting page, and donations are greatly appreciated.
Come As You Are “Come As You Are” is a virtual exhibit for artists in all media, running continuously online in the CAYA gallery on the web at sidestreetstudioarts.org/caya Homebound painters, illustrators, sculptors, makers, musicians and creatives of all sorts have been submitting their work via the internet, where it can be seen and heard. Many of these works are for sale. To submit your own work, see the Mpulse section in this edition of BRAVO, beginning on page 10 for detailed information.
UNIDXS Side Street Studio Arts’ annual exhibit entitled UNIDXS documents the culture, experience, and vision of Latin American artists. This year’s theme is the American Dream and what it means to you.
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The song has taken on layers of meaning over the years and is the traditional ending for Fall Camp every August, where many new Youth Symphony members learn it for the first time. Traditionally, The Turtle Dove is performed by graduating seniors at the end of the May season finale. Not being able to gather in person, EYSO re-imagined the season finale virtually. When community matters more than ever, the Turtle Dove Museum was born. The Turtle Dove Museum includes works by graduating seniors as well as alumni. We encourage you to visit the museum at www.eyso.org/turtle-dove-project
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Reception is First Friday, August 7 from 6-8pm, if conditions permit. This exhibit will be juried. Reproduced prints or “RE:POPs”, of submitted pieces may be sold. Submissions will be limited to 3 works or less, including triptychs. If you have a larger set please contact Tanner at Side Street Studio Arts. To submit your work for RE:POP 2020, fill out the form at sidestreetstudioarts.org/repop
Welcome Back! As our world starts to open up again, or as it has been said, “It’s safe to go back in the water,” we’re all going to see a new reality unlike preCOVID-19. None of us will be the same, perhaps that’s a good thing. Whether we are getting through this with heartache, backache, or financial challenges, we will all adapt to a new, better and safer way of doing things. The Real estate profession has implemented numerous new protocols, rules, and procedures when it comes to marketing, showing, and the buying process. They go far beyond virtual showings, hand sanitizers, masks and not touching anything during a showing. The pause in the day-to-day caused many of us to take time out to refine how we do things. If you’re thinking of selling now or in the near future and wondering just how this new reality will affect the value and the marketing process of your home, call me and we’ll have a confidential discussion of all of the options that are available to you. Thank you in advance for considering
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Mpulse is our monthly review of artist development opportunities in the Elgin area, for anyone with a creative pursuit, whether it’s a passion or a pastime.
Come As You Are Submit your newly created experimental works, visual art, poetry, audio, music, filmmaking, performance, and more. This is an open-ended submission, and is open to all ages. All works will be on display in our virtual world during this strange time and for the rest of the year. We ask that you submit no more than once per medium per week. SSSA reserves the right to deny any works deemed inappropriate. Artwork will be updated online every Monday. Complete the form online at: sidestreetstudioarts.org/caya
RE:POP 2020 Our annual printmaking exhibit held each August focuses on those artists dedicated to the art of printmaking and the printed arts. All fine art printmaking mediums including but not limited to, lithography, etching, monotype, relief, screen printing, and photo-etching. • Submission fee: $5 per piece, maximum of 3 pieces submitted. • Deadline for submission: Friday, July 31, 2020 @ midnight • Artwork Drop Off is Sun August 2, 11am-3pm • No late submissions will be accepted This exhibit is open to the public August 7 - 30th. Opening
Live Paint the Moment As individuals and an organizations, we know we can always do more to amplify the creative voices of the marginalized members of our community. To that end, Side Street Studio Arts brings back its live paint series in an effort to specifically highlight the voices of artists of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Each Friday, during the Downtown Elgin Farmers Market, from 5 to 7pm, June 19 through August 21*, a minimum of two artists will be provided with the materials needed to create original works of art inspired by the moment. Works will be up for auction during the live paint, and 100% of the sales will go back to the artists. Slots are available on a first come, first served basis. All ages and skill levels are welcome. This call is open to artists of color and LGBTQ+ artists only. • Most live paints will be outside. • If work does not sell that day, it will be up for sale in our MADE shop and the artist will be contacted when it sells. • Canvas, paint, easel, palette, and brushes (if needed) will be provided. • After you apply, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information. Questions? Email SSSA Founder & Executive Director Erin Rehberg at firstname.lastname@example.org *dates subject to change
The String Side Street Studio Arts presents The String, a free monthly publication showcasing work inspired by and in response to the world around us. The String aims to create a platform for the voices of those who are marginalized, silenced, and underrepresented in the world of literature and visual art. This monthly publication has a rolling submission deadline, and we are now welcoming work of many kinds, including: essays, fiction and non-fiction stories, interviews, printmaking, drawings, poetry, and humor. The deadline for our inaugural issue is Friday, June 26th at midnight. We are asking that current works reflect: • Pandemic Stories • LGBTQ+ Pride • BLM Movement and Local Protest To begin, we ask that all work and submissions be recent, and made by those within the Fox Valley area. You may submit your info and works at sidestreetstudioarts.org/thestring. You will be notified asap if you are to be included in the inaugural issue of The String. The first issue of The String will be released on Friday, July 3rd, and will be available at many Elgin establishments, including downtown retail shops, restaurants, bars, and at our MADE retail art storefront located at 13 S. Spring Street. For questions please email us at email@example.com.
Arts Writers Wanted BRAVO magazine welcomes contributions from skilled volunteer amateur writers on a variety of topics that pertain to culture in the Elgin area, including feature articles, interviews, satire and short fiction. Each month we publish a list of suggested topics on our “Assignment Board” found on the inside back cover. You are welcome to pitch topics of your own by writing to us at bravo@ marqueemedia.net. Contributors earn a free quarter page of display ad space
for personal use. Request a copy of our “Writers’ Guidelines” via email at the address above.
American Girl Tea Party We are celebrating all things American Girl at our first ever virtual American Girl Doll tea party! Pick up your bag by June 15 full of everything you need to celebrate with us! *Meeting ID sent out day before event. 2p-3p, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Historic Instruments of Illinois Musician/Folklorist Chris Vallillo will discuss the development of Illinois Instrument building as he performs music on historic instruments, from handmade masterpieces to $3 mail order gems. The event will be held online from 7-8pm on Monday, June 29th. Chris Vallillo has restored and collected Illinois stringed instruments for over 30 years. From homemade dulcimers and fiddles to mass produced guitars, banjo’s, mandolins and pianos, Illinois and specifically Chicago has been deeply involved in the creation and production of stringed musical instruments. This event is presented as part of Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Bureau. Please register at https://bit.ly/2UMdL8y. We welcome your announcements of workshops, auditions, master classes, open studios, open rehearsals, critique groups, and any other artist development opportunies. Preference will be given to events that are free or low cost, and open to the public. We’re sorry we can’t print complete schedules for fee-based classes in this space. Send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pride Ride We welcome the community to join us for a group bike ride celebrating Pride Month! Friends and family, young and old, are welcome to attend! We’ll have music to ride to, and dressing up in your PRIDE gear is highly encouraged! We’ll meet at Festival Park at 7, and head out about 7:15 to roll about 5 miles at a social pace--a chill ride easy for everyone! If you have not signed the 2020 annual ride waiver, please do so at: https:// waiver.fr/p-SDLTu 7p, Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Avenue elginbikehub. com
Fri.Jun.26 Parent Cafe + Baby Play Pick up a board book (to keep!) and an activity for your baby every week. Join us for a Zoom discussion while your baby plays. Pick up supplies weekly at Main drive-thru only. An expert will be available to answer your questions about different topics. This is an opportunity to connect with other parents while getting guidance from an expert. Schedule of experts: Friday, June 26 Helen Rovedo, RN, from Sherman Hospital. Friday, July 10 Michelle Mansfield, Board Certified Health Coach. Friday, July 17 Kate Taylor, Music Therapist. Friday, July 24, Baby Yoga. Every weekly bag of supplies will include: 1 board book to keep, 1 toy, or activity for your baby, 1 activity guide. Supplies for this program will be available at the Drive-Up Window at Main Library beginning Monday, June 1. Please pick up your weekly supplies the Monday before the program on Friday. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Silly Song Dance Party It’s time to giggle and wiggle! Join us for songs, stories, and dancing...all the while being silly! Best for ages 3-8. This event will be held live using an online meeting platform, Zoom. Once you have registered, please check your email one hour before the program for a link. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Downtown Elgin Farmers Market The Elgin Farmers Market will take place on Friday’s, 3:00pm to 7:00pm in Downtown Elgin, along SPRING STREET. The move to Spring Street will allow for adequate social distancing between vendors. FREE parking is available at either end of the market at the Chicago Street Parking Garage or the Fulton Street Parking Garage. Some things to remember this season: Masks are required upon entry. No dogs at the market at this time. Vendors will handle products until sale. Please note - no eating on site will be permitted. You can find the following vendors at the Elgin Farmers Market on Friday June 26th: The Barking Spot Bakery and Boutique LLC; BIDA Baking Co Big Bianc, LLC; Big Little Brittle; Bridge ‘N Sweets Gourmet Bakery; Broadview Farm and Gardens; Emmy and J’s Gourmet Dips; Farmer Nicks LLC; Little Bird Confection; North Barrington Vertical Farm; Nourish Foods; MION Artisan Soap; Primordia Foods; Puga & Mello Artisanal Sweets; Red Flower Organics Six Generations Farm; Sonoma Farms; Spartan Gourmet Foods Three Bees; Todaysetc; Traci’s Soups; Treasure Breads, Inc. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS FOR MAKING THIS SEASON POSSIBLE: AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital Elgin; BMO Harris Bank; Elgin Symphony Orchestra; The Davey Tree Expert Company; ChiroOne; Zen Leaf St. Charles; Elite Remodeling Group. 3p, Downtown Elgin, South Spring Street 847.488.1456 downtownelgin.com. Free Live Paint the Moment Side Street Studio Arts brings back its live paint series in an effort to specifically highlight the voices of artists of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Each Friday, during the Downtown Elgin Farmers Market, from 5 to 7pm, June 19 through August 21*, a minimum of two artists will be provided with the materials needed to create original works of art inspired by the moment. Works will be up for auction during the live paint, and 100% of the sales will go back to the artists. 5p, Downtown Elgin Farmers Market, South Spring Street 847.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts.org Hot Mess It’s Summer Fun with your Hott Hitts! Come on out for drink and food specials under the stars. 7p-10.30p, Old Republic Kitchen + Bar, 155 S. Randall Road 224.535.9544 oldrepublicbar.com
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Queer Book Club Due to....everything... we’re going to make book club happen over Zoom! To register, send a quick email to elgbtq@gmail. com with the subject “Book Club” and we’ll provide the link closer to time. We typically meet on the last Saturday of every month at 4pm in the Grove Room on the second floor of the main Gail Borden Public Library to discuss a chosen piece of literature that relates to being LGBTQIA+. All are welcome to attend, but some material may not be appropriate for minors. Online email@example.com elginpride.com/queerbookclub. Free
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Bike Drive Give your old bikes new life by donating them for communities in need. Sponsored by Working Bikes Chicago. 9.30a-12p, GBPL Rakow Branch Parking Lot, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.531.7271 gailborden.info Pet Parents’ Show & Tell Bring Your Pet to this Zoom Event. See Library Staff Pets and Share Tips. Please Register to get link to join program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the program via Zoom. 10a-11a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Board Game Saturdays Saturdays are for board games at Boar’s Hat. We have plenty of table space and seating available. Bring your own board games and play with friends or play one of our demo games. We also have plenty of low priced drinks and snacks available in store and over 7 restaurants within within walking distance of the store. 12p-8p, Boar’s Hat Gaming, 140 Tyler Creek Plaza 224.760.7147 boarshatgaming.com Feed the Seeds With the hard times going on, we “Feed The Future” feel obligated to help in any way we can. We Will try and provide as much food and fun as possible every event. we will try our best to practice social distancing the best we can. Gloves and masks will be worn Thanks!! 12p, The Mills, 1350 Fleetwood Drive Matt Kopecky Live Matthew Kopecky is a singer-songwriter from Chicago. From 2011 to 2018 Matthew Kopecky wrote, recorded and performed under the name Oblio And Arrow, both with his group and as a solo act. At the beginning of 2019 Matthew decided to perform and release all his music under his given name. Raised primarily as a drummer, Matt still collaborates with many friends and plays out with their groups from behind the drum set; most notably Covington Groove and K-Nein. 12p-3p, Old Republic Kitchen + Bar, 155 S. Randall Road 224.535.9544 oldrepublicbar. com. No Cover Clase de Computacion Online: El Mundo de Google: Slides En este curso aprenderas a utilizar la aplicacion Google Docs y aprovechar al maximo todos sus recursos. Las clases son gratis y abiertas al p√∫blico. Maestro:
Fernando Medina. El grupo se re√∫ne a traves de la plataforma de reunion virtual Zoom. Puede participar en una computadora, tableta o telefono celular. Al registrarse le contactaremos con el enlace y codigo para participar: O envienos un correo electronico a firstname.lastname@example.org (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) Para obtener ayuda tecnica para acceder a Zoom: Envienos un correo electronico a email@example.com (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) After registering we will contact you with the link and code to participate: Or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (include your name and phone) Or send us a text message to 224-407-2399 (include your name and phone) For tech help accessing Zoom: Send us an email to library@ gailborden.info (include your name and phone) Or send us a text message to 224-407-2399 (include your name and phone). 1p-2p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
staff are masked for your protection. 6.30p-9.30p, Old Republic Kitchen + Bar, 155 S. Randall Road 224.535.9544 oldrepublicbar.com. No Cover
Poetry, Prose, & Pride Celebrate Pride Month with poetry and spoken word performances by local poets from the LGBTQ+ community. Co-presented by ELGbtq+. 1p-3p, GBPL Main Library Meadows Community Rooms ABC, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Preschool Scavenger Hunt Visit our Early Learning Virtual Summer Activities page (www.gailborden.info/ PreschoolSummerLearning) to download and complete this week’s virtual scavenger hunt. Don’t forget to tag #GailBordenPL with your photo! Plus: Earn the Scavenger Hunt Badge on Beanstack for our Summer Reading Program! 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Manga and Anime Meet-Up for Grades 6-12 Calling all fans of Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia, Sailor Moon, and more! Watch anime, share fan art, and enjoy hanging out (virtually) with friends. This event will be held live using an online meeting platform, Zoom. Please include your email when registering. Once you have registered, check your email one hour before the program for a link. 2p-3p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Battle of the Bands: The Mini Projects vs. Hunter Funk’s Funk Hunters As Side Street Studio Arts kicks off its 7th year of Battle Of The Bands, they are converting the events to a fully VIRTUAL format. Each week’s recorded songs will be made available for listening and voting online at sidestreetstudioarts.org/battleofthebands. The audience will have until 9pm each night to listen and vote for their favorite song. 5p-9p, Virtual 847.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts.org/battleofthebands. Free Chris “One Man Jam” Old Republic is bringing you DAILY LIVE MUSIC!! All in our new outdoor dining tent! Join us weekday nights and weekends all day for great local talent! Solo Acoustic Rock, Folk, Blues, Deep Cuts - All The Good Stuff! Your safety is our top priority as we reopen for outdoor dining! All of our tables are properly spaced, sanitized, and our
Sun.Jun.28 Preschool Craft Visit our Early Learning Virtual Summer Activities page (www.gailborden.info/PreschoolSummerLearning) to download and complete this week’s craft. Don’t forget to tag #GailBordenPL with your photo! Plus: Earn the Craft Badge on Beanstack for our Summer Reading Program! 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Preschool DIY Storytime Visit our Early Learning Virtual Summer Activities page (www.gailborden.info/ PreschoolSummerLearning) to download and complete this week’s DIY Storytime. Don’t forget to tag #GailBordenPL with your photo! Plus: Earn the Storytime Badge on Beanstack for our Summer Reading Program! 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Preschool STEAM Activity Visit our Early Learning Virtual Summer Activities page (www.gailborden.info/PreschoolSummerLearning) to download and complete this week’s Preschool STEAM Activity. Don’t forget to tag #GailBordenPL with your photo! Plus: Earn the STEAM Badge on Beanstack for our Summer Reading Program! 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info 13th Annual Vettester Magazine’s All Corvette Show Registration until 11a. Corvettes only! Unique trophies for all years, stock, modified and restored. Plus the coveted Vettester Awards! MC Cruising Music Radio DJ “Rudy K” and 94.3FM Boone County. Band at noon. Door prizes. Participating voting, spectators free. Advance registration by phone is welcomed. 9.30a-2.30p, Nick’s Pizza & Pub, 990 S Randall Road 224.587.6803. $15 Reiki Headling with Golden Seraphina About Golden Seraphina (Moon Goddess Valerie): Since I was a child, I remember having a strong connection to the land and to spirit. I always “knew” things about people and spaces that I entered. When I turned 30, I could no longer ignore my gifts and attended Mediumship school and became a certified psychic medium. I started the classes to learn how to
July 2020 “turn it off.” But through my development I learned that this truly was a gift from God and I now focus my life on being a channel for healing and messages. As a Usui Reiki Master, I use my trainings, intuition and different modalities to practice Shamanic Reiki. This healing is channeled energy to bring overall energetic health and wellness. During a session you can expect hands-on healing, sound and aromatherapy, use of crystals and a mini reading following the session for guidance on what was experienced during the healing. 12p-6p, The Gypsy Haven, 143 W. River Road 815.566.6007 thegypsy-
Ryan Cooper Acoustic Set Ryan Cooper makes his debut with a spread of various styles including Soul, R&B, Funk, Folk, bluegrass, Hip/hop and much much more! Featuring guest vocals from Annabelle Rogers! 12p-3p, Old Republic Kitchen + Bar, 155 S. Randall Road 224.535.9544 oldrepublicbar.com
come together to share their views. Please register for Zoom link at https://bit.ly/3ebpS6Q After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the program via Zoom. To watch more “Your Library at Home” virtual programs or to see what’s coming up this week, visit www.bit.ly/gbplonline. 2p, GBPL Online 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Finding Hope: Interfaith Group Discussion Discover various ways to find hope and manage the current social challenges of COVID-19 & racial inequity. Informed representatives from various beliefs will
Brian Castillo Live He’ll be playing your favorite solo acoustic hits from the 60s - 90s! 5p-8p, Old Republic Kitchen + Bar, 155 S. Randall Road 224.535.9544 oldrepublicbar.com
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Historic Instruments of Illinois Musician/Folklorist Chris Vallillo (music) will discuss the development of Illinois Instrument building as he performs music on historic instruments, from handmade masterpieces to $3 mail order gems. Chris Vallillo has restored and collected Illinois stringed instruments for over 30 years. From homemade dulcimers and fiddles to mass produced guitars, banjo’s, mandolins and pianos, Illinois and specifically Chicago has been deeply involved in the creation and production of stringed musical instruments. This event is presented as part of Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Bureau. Please register at the website below. VIrtual https://bit.ly/2UMdL8y Stress Busters Caregivers to those with chronic conditions learn relaxation techniques & strategies to preserve their own health. Must register for all 9 weeks of this Proven University of Texas Program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the program via Zoom. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Preschool Storytime Join us for stories, songs, and puppets! This summer, reading will take us everywhere! Best for ages 2-6. This event will be held live simultaneously using the online meeting platform Zoom, and also be streamed on Facebook. You can choose which platform to use. If you use Zoom, your child will not be shown on screen. To participate using Zoom, please register. Once you have registered, please check your email one hour before the program for a link. To participate using Facebook Live, please visit https://bit.ly/gbplFBLV at the time of the program. Note: We are offering Storytime Kits (egg shaker and scarf), for our storytime program participants. To receive your kit, please visit the drive-up window at the Main Library or the Rakow Branch starting June 1. Ask for the Storytime Kit. While supplies last. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Workforce Development Virtual Lunch & Learn Join Linda Brubaker, ECC’s Employment Transitions Coordinator, each Monday via Zoom for networking, tips for your job search, resources to help you reskill or up-skill, and more. FREE, and open to all in the community. Each session focuses on a different topic and allows time for questions and discussion with fellow job seekers. Email Linda at lbrubaker@ elgin.edu for specific details and the Zoom meeting link. 11a-1p, Online elgin.edu Spanish Cafe / Conversation Group Online Intermediate-level participants practice structured and spontaneous conversational skills. Led by Pita Betancourt and Nohora Chacon. The group meets through the Zoom virtual meeting platform. You can participate on a computer, tablet or cell phone. After registering we will contact you with the link and code to participate: Or send us an email to email@example.com (include your name and phone) Or send us a text message to 224-407-2399
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 Area Chamber 31 S. Grove Avenue 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 & Gallery 73 S. Grove Avenue Hemmens Cultural Center 45 Symphony Way Imago Creative Studios 216 Prairie Street Kellenberger Auto Service 217 Symphony Way Law Ofﬁ ces of Shirley Sadjadi 169 E. Chicago St. Mama Lee’s Gourmet Popcorn 20 S. Spring St. Martini Room 161 E. Chicago St. Pastigel Bakery 154 E. Chicago St. Radio Shopping Show Redemption Center 16 Douglas Avenue
Highland Ave Church of the Brethren 783 W. Highland Ave. Holiday Inn Express 495 Airport Road Jewel-Osco 1660 Larkin Avenue Judson University 1151 N. State Street Metra Rail Big Timber Station 2025 Big Timber Road Paul’s Family Restaurant 1300 Lawrence Avenue Presence St. Joseph Hospital 77 N. Airlite Street Sirin Dentistry 1 Crescent St. State Street Market Shops 701 N. State St.
Cleveland Veterinary Clinic 400 N. McLean Boulevard S. Elgin Branch, Gail Borden Library 127 S. McLean Boulevard Jewel-Osco 375 Randall Road Stanley’s Ale House 335 N. McLean Boulevard Starbucks 338 S. Randall Road
EAST/WEST DUNDEE Courtyard by Marriott 2175 Marriott Drive, West Dundee The Dundee Depot 319 N. River St., East Dundee East Dundee Village Hall 120 Barrington Ave., East Dundee Emmett’s Brewing Company 128 W. Main St., West Dundee
Razor Heads Barber Shop 18 S. Spring Street
Walnut Speakeasy 214 Walnut Avenue
Red Poppy Bistro 109 E. Highland Avenue
Willow Lake Estates* 161 West River Road
Rediscover Records 9 S. Spring Street
Senior Services Associates 205 Fulton Street
1600 Professional Building 1600 N. Randall Road
Side Street Studio Arts Gallery 15 Ziegler Court
1710 Professional Building 1710 N. Randall Road
Soulful Sparrow 10 Douglas Avenue
Advocate Sherman Hospital 1425 N. Randall Road
Candlewood Suites 1780 Capital Street
Alexander’s Cafe 1725 N. State Street
Comfort Suites 2480 Bushwood Drive
Bender Dental Care 217 N. McLean Blvd.
Jimmy’s Charhouse 2290 Point Boulevard
Big Skillet Restaurant 90 Tyler Creek Plaza
Johnny’s Supper Club 1250 Bowes Creek Road
Big Apple Bagels* 561 N. McLean Boulevard
McDonald’s 255 S. Randall Road
Clean Vistas Laundromat Tyler Creek Plaza
Special perks available for sites that allow placement of our B RAVO magazine rack!
Panera Bread 2484 North Randall Road
D Hangout Bar and Grill 550 S. McLean Boulevard
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Physician’s Immediate Care 2490 Bushwood Drive
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.
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
The Manor Restaurant 425 E. Main St., East Dundee Midwest Retro 207 Barrington Ave., East Dundee Pampered Pet Services 1050 Dundee Ave. 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!
July 2020 (include your name and phone) For tech help accessing Zoom: Send us an email to email@example.com (include your name and phone) Or send us a text message to 224-4072399 (include your name and phone) Participantes de nivel intermedio practicaran respondiendo o empezando conversaciones en espanol con fluidez. Dirigido por Nohora Chacon y Pita Betancourt. El grupo se reune a traves de la plataforma de reunion virtual Zoom. Puede participar en una computadora, tableta o telefono celular. Al registrarse le contactaremos con el enlace y codigo para participar: O envienos un correo electronico a firstname.lastname@example.org (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) Para obtener ayuda tecnica para acceder a Zoom: Envienos un correo electronico a email@example.com (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) 12p-1p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Curso Reduccion de Estres (Stress Busters) para Cuidadores El programa gratis en espanol consiste de 10 sesiones semanales de 90 minutos. Esta disenado para ayudar a las personas que cuidan de personas mayores a manejar mejor el estres y sus vidas. Los participantes recibiran informacion, herramientas y actividades para relajarse, manejar situaciones dificiles, pensar positivamente y cuidar de si mismos. Se proporcionaran recursos completamente gratis incluyendo una guia en espanol, materiales de arte y un regalo de un difusor y aceites de arometarapia. Ademas habra sorteos semanales. Presentado por la Biblioteca Gail Borden, Centro de Informacion y Age Options. El grupo se reune a traves de la plataforma de reunion virtual Zoom. Puede participar en una computadora, tableta o telefono celular. Al registrarse le contactaremos con el enlace y codigo para participar: O envienos un correo electronico a firstname.lastname@example.org (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) Para obtener ayuda tecnica para acceder a Zoom: Envienos un correo electronico a email@example.com (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un
mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) 5p-7p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Frank Liston Live Every Monday. 6p, Old Republic Kitchen + Bar, 155 S. Randall Road 224.535.9544 oldrepublicbar.com Programa de cuentos virtual en espanol! /Spanish Storytime Acompana a la Srta. Grisel en Facebook en vivo todos los lunes. Vamos a leer cuentos, cantar y habra titeres. Favor de visitar: https://bit.ly/gbplFBLV Join Miss Grisel on Facebook Live every Monday! We will sing songs, read stories, and listen to puppet shows: Please visit https://bit.ly/gbplFBLV at time of program. Storytime will be available on Facebook to watch after live performance. 6.30p-7.15p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Tue.Jun.30 STEAM: 100 LEGO Challenge Creativity for building at its most fun! Join us on ZOOM for 5-minute building creativity challenges! Have you creativity hats on! Grades 1-5. Registration Required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link for watching the program via Zoom. You Supply: LEGO’s (Duplo’s will be too big for this challenge.) 11a-11.20a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info STEAM: 100 LEGO Challenge See above. 11.30a-11.50a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info STEAM: 100 LEGO Challenge See above. 1p-1.20p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Studio 270 Reviews Learn what Studio 270 staff and teens are reading, watching, and playing. Please visit https://bit.ly/gbplFBLV at the time of program. The program will also be available on Facebook to watch after the live performance has ended. 3p-4p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Mike & Traci of Good Clean Fun 6p9p, Old Republic Kitchen + Bar, 155 S. Randall Road 224.535.9544 oldrepublicbar.com. No Cover Grupo de Conversacion en Ingles Online Practica conversar, mejora tu pronunciacion y adquiere confianza con un tutor. Practice everyday
conversations, improve your pronunciation and gain confidence. With Literacy Connection tutors. El grupo se reune a traves de la plataforma de reuniones virtuales Zoom. Puede participar en una computadora, tableta o telefono celular. Al registrarse le contactaremos con el enlace y codigo para participar: O envienos un correo electronico a biblioteca@gailborden. info (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) Para obtener ayuda tecnica para acceder a Zoom: Envienos un correo electronico a firstname.lastname@example.org (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) The group meets on the Zoom digital platform. You can participate on a computer, tablet or phone. After registering we will contact you with the link and code to participate: Or send us an email to biblioteca@ gailborden.info (include your name and phone) Or send us a text message to 224-407-2399 (include your name and phone) For tech help accessing Zoom: Send us an email to email@example.com (include your name and phone) Or send us a text message to 224-407-2399 (include your name and phone) 6.30p-7.45p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Great American Amusement Parks Share Your Favorite Memories and Discuss Park History in this Zoom Event. Please Register to get link to program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the program via Zoom. 7p-8p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info
Wed.Jul.1 Nature Club: Cloud Watch! - Session 1 Look UP... there are so many types of clouds in the sky! Join us to “create” a cloud and make a weather window that will help you identify the different types when you go “cloud watching.” Grades 1-5. Registration Required. This program has supplies to be picked up at the library. All registered participants will receive an email with the class zoom login and instructions on picking up materials for the program from drive-up window at the Main Library (address: 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin) from Monday, June 22-Sunday, June 28. Program supplies in the bag: 1 large craft stick 2 copies Weather Window template on cardstock 1 copy Cloud pictures/ boxes sheet (printed in color) 1 copy Weather tracker sheet Program Supplies to gather from home: Glue Stick Scissors Please cut out your cloud pictures, info boxes and 2 weather windows before the program. Ask a grown-up for help cutting out the middles of your weather windows. 11a-11.20a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411
15 gailborden.info Tiny Tales Join us every Wednesday at 11am! Especially for the little ones, this storytime will include songs, stories, and fingerplays for ages 0-2. Storytime will be held on Facebook Live. To participate, please visit https://bit.ly/gbplFBLV at the time of the program. Note: We are offering Storytime Kits (egg shaker and scarf), for our storytime program participants. To receive your kit, please visit the drive-up window at the Main Library or the Rakow Branch starting June 1. Ask for the Storytime Kit. While supplies last. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Nature Club: Cloud Watch! - Session 2 See above. 11.20a-11.50a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Nature Club: Cloud Watch! - Session 3 See above. 1p-1.20p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Nature Club: !Mirando Las Nubes! Mira hacia arriba ... hay todo tipo de nubes en el cielo! Acompananos para “crear” una nube y una ventana que nos ayude identificar las diferentes nubes. Grado 1-5. Se requiere registro. Este programa tiene utiles disponibles para recoger en la biblioteca. Todos los participantes registrados recibiran un correo electronico con una invitacion para iniciar su sesion en la plataforma Zoom. Incluyendo instrucciones para recoger materiales en la ventanilla de la biblioteca principal Gail Borden (address: 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin) from Monday, June 22-Sunday, June 28. Utiles incluidos: • Un palillo de madera • Dos patrones en forma de ventanas • Un ejemplar de nubes imprimida a color • Un ejemplar para anotar el cambio del clima utiles para reunir en casa: • Tijeras • Marcadores o crayolas • Tubo de pegamento 1.30p-1.50p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Virtual Digital Media Camp Join Andre and Andrew live on Facebook to learn the ins and outs of audio and video recording and editing. June 10 — Capturing Sound: The Fundamentals of Recording AudioLearn how to capture audio using a variety of devices, and learn the differences between microphone types. June 17thSoundtrap.com (Online Audio Recording)Learn the basics of recording and making music on Soundtrap.com, a free online Digital Audio Workstation. June 24 —EQ Tutorial: Using Equalization to Sculpt Your SoundFrom the car to the studio, learn to make your audio sound cleaner and closer to the way you want it to sound using equalization. July 1st- Filming with Your Phone (iPhone & Android)Learn Tips & Tricks of capturing footage at home or in your neighborhood with your iPhone or Android device. July 8 — Compression Tutorial: How and Why To Use a CompressorLearn about
16 audio compression and how you can use it to make your sound more consistent. July 15th- Editing Phone Footage in iMovieLearn how to get your phone footage ‘YouTube’ ready using iMovie. Please visit https://bit. ly/gbplFBLV at the time of program. The program will also be available on Facebook to watch after the live performance has ended. 5p-7p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Songs of Broadway Trivia Do you hear the people sing? Finish those lyrics and join us for virtual trivia night! Led by Artistic Director Allison Cherry, you’ll compete against other CTE fans and friends during this online event. Participate as an individual or a family! Younger participants may fare better with an older sibling or parent’s help! ;) Register Wednesday, July 1 before 2 pm to ensure you receive the Zoom link to connect to the game - https://bit.ly/july1trivia ... The session will take place via Zoom utilizing Kahoot!. Each participant (individual or family) will need two devices one on which to watch the Zoom and hear the questions and a second for answering questions via the Kahoot! app/website. Kids want to play head to head in the same household? No problem! Put Zoom on a laptop or smart TV and utilize a phone/iPad per child and they can each play and submit their own answers! The Zoom room will be open at 6:30 pm for people to join, get directions on how our trivia nights work, and socialize with your theatre friends! The games will begin promptly at 7 pm! 6.30p, Online cteelgin.com. $5-10 donation
Thu.Jul.2 Adventure Storytime with Ms. Stephanie Join us on the library facebook page for a storytime full of adventure ! There will be a story, and craft or activity you can do from home. https://www.facebook.com/ gailbordenpubliclibrary Note: We are offering Storytime Kits (egg shaker and scarf), for our storytime program participants. To receive your kit, please visit the drive-up window at the Main Library or the Rakow Branch starting June 1. Ask for the Storytime Kit. While supplies last. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Summer Family Book Club: The Lemonade War Looking for ideas for books to read this summer? Join us via Zoom for a summer book club. We’ll read aloud and discuss a
BRAVO selection from the book and make a fun craft with supplies you have at home. All registered participants will receive an email with the zoom login. 2p-2.45p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Live with Chef Greg What better way to kick off Fourth of July Weekend than learning some summer salad & grilling techniques with Chef Greg? This week: 8 oz Quad Burgers (exotic blend of bison, wagyu, elk and boar). Join us live online! 4p, Facebook 847.468.8810 facebook.com/Elgin-Public-House-57509846879 Family Triva Night: America Just in time for 4th of July! We are going to see how well you know USA. Follow the link at 6:55 PM: https://www. crowd.live/UXXHW We are using Crowdpurr to create this experience! While it is a live event, the whole experience is through your web browser. No videos or zoom needed for this! To play: At 6:55, click on this link: https://www.crowd.live/ UXXHW The game starts at 7 pm. The players have 30 seconds to answer each question. The faster you answer correctly, the more points you earn. After every ten questions, you will see a ranking board that let’s you see how you are doing vs the other players. Hope to see you there! 7p-7.30p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info One-of-a-kind Crafts Join Billie Moffett Live on Facebook to create a one-of-a-kind craft. Please visit https://bit.ly/gbplFBLV at the time of program. The program will also be available on Facebook to watch after the live performance has ended. 7/2: Monogram Painting. 7/9: Hoop Art. 7/16: Rock Mandalas. 7/23: Paper Mache Decor. 7p-7.15p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Sonidos del Ingles Online / Sounds of English Online Class Reconoce los sonidos del ingles, practica pronunciarlos, y aprende a diferenciarlos al escucharlos con la maestra Claudia Heinrich. Recomendado para nivel intermedio. El grupo se reune a traves de la plataforma de reunion virtual Zoom. Puede participar en una computadora, tableta o telefono celular. Al registrarse le contactaremos con el enlace y codigo para participar: O envienos un correo electronico a firstname.lastname@example.org (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) Para obtener ayuda tecnica para acceder a Zoom: Envienos un correo electronico a email@example.com (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) Recognize the sounds of English, practice how to pronounce them, and learn to differentiate them by listening to them. With teacher Claudia Heinrich. Recommended for intermediate level.
The group meets through the Zoom virtual meeting platform. You can participate on a computer, tablet or cell phone. After registering we will contact you with the link and code to participate: Or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (include your name and phone) Or send us a text message to 224-407-2399 (include your name and phone) For tech help accessing Zoom: Send us an email to email@example.com (include your name and phone) Or send us a text message to 224-4072399 (include your name and phone) 7p-8p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Fri.Jul.3 Downtown Elgin Farmers Market See 6/26. 3p, Downtown Elgin, South Spring Street 847.488.1456 downtownelgin.com. Free Live Paint the Moment See 6/26. 5p, Downtown Elgin Farmers Market, South Spring Street 847.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts.org Fire Pit Friday Join us on West Ridge’s lawn for a time of social distancing and a hanging out with friends and new people. You are welcome to bring your own food or snacks and hang out and connect with others. Also 7/31. 7p-9p, West Ridge Community Church, 3300 Encounter Lane 847.488.1800 westridgechurch.com. Free Jim and Justin Jim and Justin are lucky to be playing outside while you enjoy your favorite food and beverages. 7p, Rookies All American Pub & Grill, 2486 Bushwood Drive 847.551.9006 rookiespub.com
Sun.Jul.5 Preschool Craft See 6/28. 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Preschool DIY Storytime See 6/28. 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Preschool Scavenger Hunt See 6/28. 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Preschool STEAM Activity See 6/28. 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Concert: Jazz Vocalist Petra van Nuis & Guitarist Andy Brown Sunday Sweet Sunday - enjoy a relaxing afternoon of dreamy jazz with vocalist Petra van Nuis and guitarist Andy Brown! The pairing of jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis and guitarist Andy Brown is one of those rare combinations where all parts seem to fit. As high school sweethearts at a performing arts school in Cincinnati Ohio, Petra and Andy grew up together as artists. Living in Chicago since 2004, Petra
6.7 and Andy regularly play the prominent area venues including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Andy’s, and Winter’s Jazz Club. Nationally, the couple plays jazz festivals and clubs. With several European tours and their two duo CDs re-released in Japan, Petra and Andy continue to spread their swinging sounds to music lovers far and wide. Please register and you will be sent a link to watch this recorded concert. 2p-3p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Mon.Jul.6 Stress Busters See 6/29. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Preschool Storytime See 6/29. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Workforce Development Virtual Lunch & Learn See 6/29. 11a-1p, Online elgin.edu Spanish Cafe / Conversation Group Online See 6/29. 12p-1p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Curso para Eliminar el Estres para Cuidadores - Online El programa gratis en espanol consiste de 10 sesiones semanales de 90 minutos. Esta disenado para ayudar a las personas que cuidan de personas mayores a cuidar de estos y de si mismos. Los participantes recibiran los medios y las tecnicas para manejar mas eficazmente el estres que pueden sentir al cuidar de otra persona mejorar su bienestar. Se proporcionaran recursos completamente gratis incluyendo una guia en espanol con CD y DVD, materiales de arte y un regalo de un difusor y aceites de arometarapia. Ademas habra sorteos semanales. Presentado por la Biblioteca Gail Borden, Centro de Informacion y Age Options. El grupo se reune a traves de la plataforma de reunion virtual Zoom. Puede participar en una computadora, tableta o telefono celular. Al registrarse le contactaremos con el enlace y codigo para participar: O envienos un correo electronico a firstname.lastname@example.org (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) Para obtener ayuda tecnica para acceder a Zoom: Envienos un correo electronico a email@example.com (incluya su nombre y telefono) O envienos un mensaje de texto al 224-407-2399 (incluya su nombre y telefono) 5p-7p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Programa de cuentos virtual en espanol! /Spanish Storytime See 6/29. 6.30p-7.15p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Poetry Writers Workshop Share your love of poetry! This is a group for local poets to share what they
Scholar-in-Residence, a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Illinois State Genealogical Society, and the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. 9.30a-11.45a, GBPL Main Library Meadows Community Rooms ABC, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
have written. Gareth Mann Sitz, poet and songwriter, will facilitate virtually via Zoom. Please register After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the program via Zoom. 7p-8.30p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Tarot Night This is an evening for anyone who is already knowledgeable in the Tarot but would like to further explore and share different spreads and interpretations with others who practice the arts! There is NO fee/ charge for the gathering, BUT we do encourage all to bring a small snack to share and your favorite Tarot deck(s). So we can provide adequate seating we ask anyone interested who plans on attending to RSVP as soon as possible before each event. Looking forward to making new friends and comparing notes with others who share a passion for Tarot! 8p-9.30p, The Gypsy Haven, 143 W. River Road 815.566.6007 thegypsyhaven.com
Tue.Jul.7 Elgin Genealogical Society Ginger Frere will be presenting “Cobbler, Tailor, Trunkmaker: How My Grandpappies Made a Living” This talk will explain methods for discovering more details about our ancestors’ occupations. Ginger Frere will be presenting “Cobbler, Tailor, Trunkmaker: How My Grandpappies Made a Living”Doing family history is more than collecting names and dates. Most of us want to get to know our ancestors as much as possible and to understand their lives. This talk will explain methods for discovering more details about our ancestors’ occupations. Ginger Frere, MLIS, MBA, is a professional researcher who provides a variety of research services to authors, professional historians, film makers and individuals interested in genealogy. Her primary research interests include Chicago history and the creation of online tools for genealogists. She was one of the driving forces behind the development of ChicagoAncestors. org. In addition, Ginger is a frequent speaker in the Chicago-land area and a regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education seminar program. She is also a Newberry
Sensory Fun for Every Little One Join us on Facebook every Tuesday at 11am to learn about a screen-free, sensory activity you can do with your child at home! Visit https://www. facebook.com/gailbordenpubliclibrary to view the program. It will broadcast Tuesdays at 11am, but can be viewed anytime after. 11a-11.15a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info STEAM: Lever & Fulcrum - Session 1 A lever is a simple machine that consists of a rigid bar supported at one point, known as the fulcrum. Let’s load up to make this a balanced class for a great challenge! Grades 1-5. Registration Required. This program has supplies to be picked up at the library. All registered participants will receive an email with the class zoom login and instructions on picking up materials for the program from drive-up window at the Main Library (address: 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin) from Monday, June 29-Sunday, July 5. Program Supplies in Bag: 1toilet paper tube 1- chopstick 2- empty and clean K-cups handful of craft pom-poms 11a-11.20a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info STEAM: Lever & Fulcrum - Session 2 See above. 11.30a-11.50a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info STEAM: Lever & Fulcrum - Session 3 See above. 1p-1.20p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Family Concerts: Little Miss Ann Join Little Miss Ann as she performs upbeat and interactive music at these
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special virtual concerts! No registration. Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning Chicago children’s musician who’s made five kids music albums. She is a former Chicago Public School teacher, a longtime instructor at Chicago’s famous Old Town School of Folk Music, a mom, and a first generation Filipina-American. To participate using Facebook Live, please visit https:// bit.ly/gbplFBLV at the time of the program. 3p-3.30p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Kids’ Spanish Conversation Group on Zoom This group is for kids entering 2nd-4th grades who already know Spanish and want to improve their Spanish-speaking skills outside the classroom. Great for dual language students! Registration required After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link for watching the program via Zoom. If you don’t receive a link at least 1 hour before the session, please call KidSpace at 847-429-4685. Mejora tus habilidades de habla en espanol practicando con otros ninos. Este programa es para ninos que ya saben espanol y les gustaria practicarlo fuera del salon de clases. Excelente para los estudiantes que estan en el programa de lenguaje dual. Para ninos de segundo a cuarto grado. El grupo se reune a traves de la plataforma de reunion virtual Zoom. Puede participar en una computadora, tableta o telefono celular. Al registrarse le contactaremos con el enlace y codigo para participar. 3.30p-4p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Regrowing your Veggies - Edible Recyclying with Elda No room for a garden? Join Elda on Facebook LIVE to learn how to regrow your veggies in water, using your veggie scraps. Buy once and regrow organic veggies forever! No room for a garden? This week on Facebook LIVE Elda will will show you how to regrow your veggies in water, using your veggie scraps. Buy once and regrow organic veggies forever! Join Elda every Tuesday on Facebook Live for a fun DIY Craft! To watch on Facebook Live, visit https:// bit.ly/gbplFBLV at the time of the program to follow along. Videos will also remain available to watch on the
Nature Club: Welcome Home, Toad! - Session 1 What’s the difference between frogs and toads? Find out and learn the facts about creating a simple “toad abode” for hoppy visitors to use in your backyard. Grade 1-5. Registration Required. This program has supplies to be picked up at the library. All registered participants will receive an email with the class zoom login and instructions on picking up materials for the program from drive-up window at the Main Library (address: 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin) from Monday, June 29-Sunday, July 5th. Program Supplies in the bag: 6 inch plastic pot, Small craft stick, Toad Sign (cardstock printed in color), 3 6x6 sheets of paper, Origami Toad instructions . Program Supplies to gather from home: Glue Stick Scissors Sharpie Markers (optional) Please cut out your frog and toad pictures before the program printed in color) 3 6x6 sheets of paper Origami Toad Instructions. Program Supplies to gather from home: Glue Stick Scissors Sharpie Markers (optional) 11a-11.20a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Tiny Tales See 7/1. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Nature Club: Welcome Home, Toad! - Session 3 See above. 1p-1.20p, GBPL Virtual, 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Virtual Art Club for Grades 6-8 Join other artists to draw and chat! This event will be held live using the online meeting platform Zoom. Please include your email when registering. Once you have registered, you will receive a Zoom link by email. 2p-3p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Virtual Digital Media Camp See 7/1. 5p-5.15p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Unemployment Resources Webinar on Zoom Come learn about resources for unemployed job seekers! We have teamed up with the Elgin Chamber of Commerce to discuss tools and strategies to combat unemployment. The program will be hosted via Zoom conferencing software. Please register to get a link to join the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You can join the Zoom meeting on a computer, through the Zoom app on a tablet or smartphone, or you can call in using a cell phone or landline. 6p-7p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Family Picnic @ Home Are you ready for an interactive magic show?
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Thu.Jul.9 Adventure Storytime with Ms. Stephanie See 7/2. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Genealogy Writers Group Learn from others with a similar interest in writing their families’ history. 6.30p8p, GBPL Main Library Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Family Trivia Night: Food Tonight, we are going to be testing out your knowledge of food! Follow the link at 6:55 PM: https://www.crowd. live/8JULY We are using Crowdpurr to create this experience! While it is a live event, the whole experience is through your web browser. No videos or zoom needed for this! To play: At 6:55, click on this link: https://www. crowd.live/8JULY The game starts at 7 pm. The players have 30 seconds to answer each question. The faster you answer correctly, the more points you earn. After every ten questions, you will see a ranking board that let’s you see how you are doing vs the other players. Hope to see you there! 7p-7.30p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
6.7 have registered, please check your email one hour before the program for a link. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Family Friday: Wendy & DB Concert Award winning duo from Chicago, Wendy and DB write and perform songs about science, nature, diversity, safety and the arts! Join us on Zoom for Wendy & DB’s highly interactive show! *Zoom Meeting ID and Password will be sent to registrants 24 hours before the show via e-mail. 2p-3p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Downtown Elgin Farmers Market See 6/26. 3p, Downtown Elgin, South Spring Street 847.488.1456 downtownelgin.com. Free Live Paint the Moment See 6/26. 5p, Downtown Elgin Farmers Market, South Spring Street 847.429.2276 sidestreetstudioarts.org
One-of-a-kind Crafts See 7/2. 7p-7.15p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Remembering Walton Island Elgin History Museum President, Al Walters, will take us through the storied history of what is now one Elgin’s greatest assets. Please register to watch this online program. One of Elgin’s most beautiful parks, Walton Island was once thought of as an island of mud and an eyesore. This presentation and discussion will also touch on the history of the Fox River shoreline that surrounds Walton Island. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the program via Zoom. 7p-8p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Sonidos del Ingles Online / Sounds of English Online Class See 7/2. 7p-8p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Fri.Jul.10 Parent Cafe + Baby Play See 6/26. 10a-10.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Things That Go Dance Party Vroom Vroom! Beep beep! Join us for songs, stories, and dancing all about cars, trains, planes, and more! Participants will dance using Zoom from their homes. Best for ages 3-8. This event will be held live using an online meeting platform, Zoom. Once you
I Love Pollinators Pop-Up There’s a lot to love about pollinators! About one out of every three bites of food we eat depends on pollinators for production. Pollinators are also needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants. Stop by the PopUp Naturalist tent to learn about our native pollinator species and discover things you can do to help them succeed. Please register by phone email. COVID-19 protocols in effect: masks, 6 feet distancing, max group size 9 participants. 9.30a-10.30a, Burnidge Forest Preserve Paul Wolff Campground, 38W235 Big Timber Road 630.444.3190 programs@kaneforest. com. Free Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen Learn how to keep your kitchen cooking-ready with practical tips from professional organizer Cindy Stec. Please Register After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the program via Zoom. 10.30a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Sun.Jul.12 Preschool Craft See 6/28. 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Preschool DIY Storytime See 6/28. 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411
July 2020 gailborden.info Preschool Scavenger Hunt See 6/28. 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Preschool STEAM Activity See 6/28. 9a-10a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Mon.Jul.13 Minions Party-- Pick Up Only We are celebrating all our favorite Minions with this pick up only craft and snack program! Pick up supplies starting at 9 AM on July 13. There won’t be a virtual program for this event. Pick up your supplies at the Main Library starting on July 13. 9a-10a, GBPL Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Stress Busters See 6/29. 10a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Preschool Storytime See 6/29. 11a-11.30a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Workforce Development Virtual Lunch & Learn See 6/29. 11a-1p, Online elgin.edu
3D design platform - no downloading necessary. This virtual program will take place in ZOOM. Participants will receive an email invitation with login information and links 24 hours before the program begins. *A DESKTOP, LAPTOP, OR CHROMEBOOK is required. Participants must complete all 3 sessions to receive their 3D object. Objects will be produced using the library’s 3D printer. Participants will be contacted when their design is ready and can pick it up at Gail Borden Library’s Main Location (270 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL) at the drive-up window. 3.30p-4.30p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Curso para Eliminar el Estres para Cuidadores - Online See 7/6. 5p-7p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info Desestresate Online See 6/29. 6p-7p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info ¬°Programa de cuentos virtual en espanol! /Spanish Storytime See 6/29. 6.30p-7.15p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Spanish Cafe / Conversation Group Online See 6/29. 12p-1p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Sensory Fun for Every Little One See 7/7. 11a-11.15a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Elementary Coding Club: Code with 3D Design - Grades 3-5 This is the ultimate mash-up: Coding + 3D printing! Come learn how to design and code a program that will build a 3D object you can keep. This is a threepart series for grades 3-5. *Registration automatically enrolls participant in all three classes: July 13, July 20, & July 27 Have fun learning and building with code in 3D from home using Tinkercad, a free 3D design platform - no downloading necessary. This virtual program will take place in ZOOM. Participants will receive an email invitation with login information and links 24 hours before the program begins. *A DESKTOP, LAPTOP, OR CHROMEBOOK is required. Participants must complete all 3 sessions to receive their 3D object. Objects will be produced using the library’s 3D printer. Participants will be contacted when their design is ready and can pick it up at Gail Borden Library’s Main Location (270 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL) at the drive-up window. 2p-3p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
STEAM: Engineering Challenge Session 1 Have fun learning about engineering with this build challenge using simple supplies. Which one will be the tallest, or hold the most weight? Registration Required. Grades 1-5. This program has supplies to be picked up at the library. All registered participants will receive an email with the class zoom login and instructions on picking up materials for the program from drive-up window at the Main Library (address: 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin) from Monday, July 6 to Sunday, July 12. Supplies in Kit: Craft sticks Clothespins Binder clips 11a-11.20a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
Middle School Coding Club: Code with 3D Design - Grades 6-8 This is the ultimate mash-up: Coding + 3D printing! Come learn how to design and code a program that will build a 3D object you can keep. This is a three-part series for grades 6-8. *Registration automatically enrolls participant in all three classes: July 13, July 20, & July 27 Have fun learning and building with code in 3D from home using Tinkercad, a free
STEAM: Engineering Challenge Session 2 See above. 11.30a-11.50a, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden. info
a crear impresionante estructuras y averiguar cual es la mas alta. La biblioteca proporcionara los materiales para la clase. Todos los participantes registrados recibiran un correo electronico con una invitacion para iniciar su sesion en la plataforma Zoom. Materiales estaran disponibles en la biblioteca principal por la ventanilla (drive-up): 7/6-7/13. Direccion: 270 N. Grove Ave, Elgin. Si necesita asistencia para iniciar su sesion en Zoom. Utiles incluidos: Palillos de madera Pinzas de madera Clips de carpetas 1.30p-1.50p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Teen Book Hangout Join in and share what you are reading or learn about new books. Please visit https:// gailborden.zoom.us/meeting/register/ tJ0lf-GqqjMuHtPjbtdD823BqsVr7_ wAY0gr at the time of program. 3p-4p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info Kids’ Spanish Conversation Group on Zoom See 7/7. 3.30p-4p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info DIY Sea Glass Lighted Bottles with Elda Elda demonstrates how glass bottles can be transformed into sea glass bottles and create a coastal decor for your indoor or outdoor space. Elda demonstrates how glass bottles can be transformed into sea glass bottles and create a coastal decor for your indoor or outdoor space. If you close your eyes, you just might hear the waves lapping the shore. Join Elda every Tuesday on Facebook Live for a fun DIY Craft! This week Elda creates sea glass bottles.To watch on Facebook Live, visit https://bit.ly/gbplFBLV at the time of the program to follow along. Videos will also remain available to watch on the Gail Borden Public Library Facebook page after the program has finished. 7p-8p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.
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Cool Off With Kandinsky & Create Abstract Art Bring Your Markers, Colored Pencils, or Paints to this online Event and Create Abstract Art. Please Register for link to program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the program via Zoom. 1p-2p, GBPL Virtual 847.742.2411 gailborden.info
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Shared Values: The Love of Money
A Short History of the Elgin Doller The program being proposed was different than the original concept in which the Elgin Doller was issued by an Elgin Doller Exchange and was actually backed by real dollars in an informal way. BRAVO was proposing to print the Dollers in the magazine and invite businesses to accept them in cash transactions.
An article first published in BRAVO in October, 2015 entitled “Cash is Cool” suggested that paper money could make a comeback and become a tool for developing a local economy. Nicknamed the “Elgin Doller,” the hypothetical currency in the writer’s thought experiment was envisioned to display artwork that would highlight Elgin’s past, present and future.
Series 2018(b) The forerunner of the first official Doller was redesigned in June of 2018. It’s obverse now had Kimball’s portrait in the center, with an Elgin pocket watch face on the left and Father Time in the center of a seal bearing the Latin inscription urbs animadvertare, meaning “the city to watch.”
COMMUNITY OF ELGINLANDIA
Samuel J. Kimball
The river background was retained from the original design, as was the Doller symbol. New inscriptions included “The City to Watch,” “#spurious” and the title “Community Discount Coupon.” A violin appeared in composite.
Series 2015 The first design’s obverse featured a portrait of Samuel J. Kimball, a member of one of Elgin’s founding families and its first Constable. The center of the note featured the Great Seal of Elginlandia with its illustration of Father Time borrowed from the Elgin National Watch Company.
Marquee Media, publishers of BRAVO, hid their telephone number in the simulated serial number T224-5131220. The Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylumn for the Insane was featured on the reverse, against a printed circuit board
This note, with its rippling river background, QR code and novel Elgin Doller symbol, was never produced. There was never a design for the reverse and the name “Elginlandia” — fashioned after the title of an offbeat cable television comedy series — never really caught on.
To mark our third anniversary, BRAVO Magazine will introduce the Elgin Doller in our July 2018 edition. We’ll print one Elgin Doller in every issue.
Series 2018(a) Two and a half years later, BRAVO began running a half page advertisement with the headline “Do You Accept the Elgin Doller?” featuring a picture of local hip-hop artist Moore and the logo from his 2017 album Shop Local. Three Elgin Dollers appeared in the ad, identical to Series 2015 except bearing the imprint Series 2018. Ironically, the wording did not actually appear in the ad because of the placement and position of the notes. The ad ran for three months, and is remembered for the pull quote, “This might be the dumbest idea we’ve ever had. Or not.”
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background, surrounded by an egg-and-dart border, Doller symbol and QR code that would link a camera-equipped mobile device to www.elgindoller.com. An inscription read “God Save Us From Prosection By The United States of America.” The note was never printed and exists only in digital design form.
“Do you accept the Elgin Doller?” This currency-like looking double-sided note is a beautifully designed tribute to the past, present and future of Elgin. Using a sharp scissors or hobby knife, you simply cut the Doller out of its page in BRAVO, and put it in your wallet, pocket or purse.
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After accepting one as part of a qualifying transaction, a merchant can redeem the Doller at another business as any consumer would.
The Elgin Doller is not legal tender. It’s simply a universal coupon that can be redeemed for $1.00 off your ❝ This might be qualifying purthe dumbest chase at a particiidea we’ve pating business.
The Elgin Doller has no cash value, cannot be exchanged for cash, and should not be used for charitable donations, payroll or paying taxes.
There are no ever had. official rules. We If your business Or not. suggest that the would like to accept Elgin Doller be the Elgin Doller, good for $1.00 contact us. We’ll promote you off any cash purchase of $5.00 in BRAVO, and send you a set or more, up to one Doller per of removeable window clings transaction. Any business and stickers choosing to accept the Elgin that announce Doller can apply whatever limto your cusitations — or none at all — on tomers “Elgin its use. Dollers are Elgin Dollers are intended to be circulated and used again.
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wrapped stick of butter appeared on the right. The page where the Doller appeared remained largely unchanged for two years, as between 12-16 businesses (some spurious) enjoyed a free display ad in exchange for accepting the Elgin Doller.
The Series C was depicted in the Winter 2019-2020 edition of The Centinel (Volume 68, Number 4), accompanied by a writeup that pointed out the tribute to Elgin’s earlier numismatic history in Rovelstad’s “Pioneer Half.”
The experiment was intended to run for just twelve months, ending in June 2019, but businesses urged BRAVO to continue the program for another twelve months, finding that the value of the display ad more than offset the loss of a few real dollars of discounted revenue during the month.
2019 Series C The “Calavera Catrina”
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2018 Series A.
2018 Series A Regular advertisers in BRAVO received a mailing in the Spring of 2018, containing an actual sample Elgin Doller printed on newsprint paper from Hobby Lobby. Less than fifty of the notes were produced — notably without knowledge or permission — in a nondescript office on Highland Avenue. Identified as 2018 Series A, this design introduced the inscription “Un Doller” and a simulated watermark of a woman’s face decorated for Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”). A composited fox image replaced the redundant “One” inscription from the previous design, and the commemorative “Pioneer Half Dollar,” designed by Trygve Rovelstad in honor of Elgin’s Centennial replaced the pocket watch face, accompanied by the Latin ars monetae, meaning “money art.” The reverse introduced a simulated watermark of a Nightmare on Chicago Street zombie beneath scattered roman numerals. This limited edition note was never officially circulated, and none are known to exist.
From its first official issuance in July 2018 (BRAVO 4.7) through September 2019 (BRAVO 5.9), the Elgin Doller was printed on 27.7# newsprint, a common paper substrate for newspapers and tabloids. In October 2019, in connection with cover artwork by Esther Kim, BRAVO began using 50# offset paper for some pages. Doller savers were surprised to find a new doller design in BRAVO 5.10, published in October 2019, appearing on the new, brighter paper. community
Collected at Herb’s Bakery. Photo by Wendy Wessel.
Circulation Elgin Dollers were printed for 24 continuous months, from July, 2018 through June, 2020. An estimated 80,000 Dollers were circulated in the pages of the magazine, though it is not known how many were used in local transactions. Anecdotes from many of the participating businesses indicated that the Doller was changing hands. Each Doller spent served to confirm that BRAVO was being read in the community and advertisements were being seen.
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The portrait of Samuel J. Kimball was replaced with that of an unknown woman, wearing traditional makeup for Dia de los Muertos. Hers was the face of the original simulated watermark, which was replaced on this limited run of 4,500 notes by that of the late Filiberto Martinez, a patriarch of Elgin’s Mexican-American community.
2018 Series B The “Butter Note” Five thousand Elgin Dollers first entered the local economy with the publication of BRAVO 4.7 in July of 2018. The version labeled 2018 Series B was essentially the same on the obverse, but the reverse now bore the inscription, “Guaranteed by the Elgin Board of Trade, Payable to the Bearer on Demand, One Tablespoon Grade A Butter.” A quarter pound
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Elgin Dollers drew interest from merchants in neighboring East and West Dundee, who considered replicating the program there.
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2018 Series B, reverse.
From The Centinel, Vol. 68 No. 4. Photo by John Kent.
Though the Elgin Doller never had much “real” value, the few that remain could actually acquire some value for collectors, if held long enough. It’s not entirely too late to obtain one; our annual Pizza Bravo promotion will return in December, when you can get a complete set of all twelve 2020 editions, packaged in a 12 inch pizza box for just $20.20.
BRAVO Serial Fiction: “Your Opinion Counts”
A Modern City by Mark Averill
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“Sanitation is one of the primary functions of any city government. As we enter the 21st century, the job involves more than just burying the trash and recycling certain materials. It also requires disposing of private information in a safe and reliable manner, and that’s why we support Barstow’s plan to add secure document, media and digital device disposal to its suite of public services.”
disposal program. “Councilor Kromberg was pleased with the results of the poll, and stated that it proved the community was strongly behind the City’s efforts to modernize its services.”
“What are you reading?” a young woman asks her mother.
The matter comes before the City Council for a vote.
“The editorial column in the Barstow Journal. They’re so smart over there.”
“Chair recognizes Councilor Kromberg.”
“Do you have a lot of private information you need to dispose of?” “We’ve got that file cabinet in the basement with our tax returns, cancelled checks, medical stuff, years’ worth of old credit card statements ... I’ve been bugging your dad to get rid of it somehow. He thinks we have to burn it.” “Why burn it?” “Once somebody gets your information, they can do whatever they want. Steal your money, take your house ...” A Facebook user receives an alert that a friend has commented on another friend’s post. It’s a link to an news article on barstowjournal.com. The comment reads, “This is why I love living here. City Council totally gets it.” The user clicks the link. The online article concerns the recent poll by Apex Research regarding public support for the secure document and media
The user returns to the Facebook post and clicks Like, then adds the comment, “Cool. Proud to live in a city that defends my privacy.”
“Thank you, Mayor. This resolution authorizes the execution of a contract with Pinnacle Environmental Services as the provider of the secure document and digital media disposal services. What I want to know is, if they have been thoroughly screened and vetted.” “Yes, in fact Councilor Price-Jenkins has direct experience with Pinnacle’s services. Val, would care to elaborate?” “Well, any law office like mine has a lot of confidential documents to destroy, and we use Pinnacle for that. You just call, and they come and pick up boxes of files. They’ve taken old computers, too. We’ve been very satisfied.” “Do they shred it on the spot? While you watch?” asks Andermayer. “Ah ... no, it’s taken to a central facility where everything gets sorted and destroyed.” “Have you been to that facility?” “No, I have not.” “Mayor, if I may?” “Chair recognizes Councilor
Salazar.” “What about liability? Does this program expose us to liability if someone’s information is not disposed of correctly?” “It’s Pinnacle’s liability,” says Price-Jenkins, “it’s all thoroughly spelled out in the contract.” “Contract or no contract,” huffs Andermayer, “Believe me, if somebody’s data gets stolen or leaked, they’ll be coming after City Hall. Believe you me.” “If in Val’s legal opinion the contract is solid, then I don’t see how we can turn this down,” offers Greeley. “According to Apex, there seems to be a huge demand for it in spite of the tax increase.” Kromberg raises his hand. “Speaking of demand ...”
with a blank facial expression by looking into the phone’s camera. The app’s main menu displays icons labeled Transit, Crime, Directory, and Emergency. He touches the Transit icon and sees a map that displays his exact location. He zooms out a bit. He touches a button to display the color-coded, real-time locations of all city buses in the area. He touches a bus icon to see that it will arrive at the intersection outside the cafe in thirteen minutes. After twelve minutes, he steps outside. The bus arrives, and he boards.
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“Gordon, you have the floor.” “This is a brand new program.” He flips through a stapled set of pages. “The fee stated in here must be based on a certain volume of material. What happens if we exceed that amount?” “The fee goes up incrementally if the total exceeds five tons,” explains Price-Jenkins. And the five ton estimate was based on a comparison with Pearston, where Pinnacle has a similar contract in place.” “Does the budget account for an increase?” “No it does not. We’d have to make adjustments in the 2022 budget.” Mayor Sheilds calls for a vote on the resolution and it passes 5-1, with Andermayer dissenting. A young man waiting for his carry-out order at a downtown café launches the Barstow VUE app on his Android phone. He logs in
A copy of the Barstow Journal is lying on an empty seat with the headline, “New School IDs to Improve Attendance and Safety.” He scans the first sentence which states, “This Fall, the Barstow School District will issue new badges to students containing RFID tags, a technology that can track attendance and students’ adherence to school safety policies.”
A retired nurse launches the Barstow VUE app on her iPad, and logs in with a username and password. She touches the Crime icon to see a map of her neighborhood. With a series of touches, she looks at color-coded dots on the map which show the location of arrests or complaints from the past 30 days, and the addresses of sex offenders and convicted felons on house arrest. “There’s a lot of noise complaints this month,” she says to her husband. “Noise and illegal fireworks.” “At least it wasn’t gun shots,” he says. “They’d show that on there if it was gun shots, right?” “Oh yes, I get an alert any time there’s a shooting, armed robbery, or any dangerous
crime in progress. So far it only happened once.” A telephone rings, displaying the caller ID “APEX RSRCH.” An architect working from home presses a button on her answering machine to screen the call on the speaker. “Hello, Barstow resident,” the recorded voice announces. “You have been selected to share your opinion on a matter of public policy with a short survey that takes less than two minutes. Press 1 to continue.” She picks up the handset. Beep. “Thank you,” the voice says. “For statistical purposes, please enter your four-digit birth year.” Beep ... beep, beep, beep. The architect responds to all the demographic prompts. “This survey concerns the Barstow VUE mobile application for smart phones and tablet devices. Press one if you use Barstow VUE ...” Beep. “Thank you. On a scale of one to nine, with one being the least and nine being the most, how satisfied are you with Barstow VUE. Please press a number from one to nine.” Beep. “Thank you for completing our survey. Your opinion counts.” Mark Averill is a computer analyst in the Elgin area, who writes performing arts reviews for The Elgin Review blog, and articles and ﬁction for BRAVO. More of his work can be found on TheElginReview.blogspot.com, marqueemedia.net/ racetothebottom, and marqueemedia.net/ victorylane BRAVO Serial Fiction presents a short story in a series of monthly installments of about 1000 words each. To read previous chapters of “Your Opinion Counts,” go to our website, www.marqueemedia.net/youropinioncounts.
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From Area Police Reports Clerk Assaulted Police were called to the MyRex Pharmacy at 405 Tietermeyer Avenue on a report of an assault in progress. According to witnesses, a white female in her 30’s purchased a box of wine and a package of C-size batteries, then became enraged suddenly when the clerk handed her a very long cash register tape.
companies from Elgin and Plato Townships used 700 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze. The home was unoccupied at the time of the incident and there were no injuries. An investigation determined that a combination of faulty wiring and a buildup of methane gas caused the explosion.
The 26 year old male employee told officers that the woman shouted obscenities, climbed on the counter and put the long strip of paper around his neck, trying to strangle him. He was not harmed in the incident and refused medical attention. The woman, Nicole Findlay, age 33 of Elgin, was cited for disorderly conduct and detained by police. Recovered at the scene was a cash register tape measuring nine feet in length, which included 16 coupons, five cross-marketing promotions, four maps of other MyRex Pharmacy locations, two survey barcodes, two new product announcements, a rebate form, a customer referral form, a loyalty program points summary, a return policy, three missing person notices, a COVID-19 safety statement, “Meet Your Store Manager” and “Tips for Better Health.”
Green House Explosion The 911 call center received multiple reports of an explosion in a house at N52W8493 Holcombe Road. When crews arrived at the scene, the structure was fully engulfed in flame. Six large solar panels mounted to sections of the roof were found among the debris on the property. Engine
William Wiesen in 2017 file photo.
The security guard stated that the employee greeted the male customer in Spanish when he entered the store. The man, a 42 year old seismologist from Tajikistan, bristled at the foreign language greeting and began a lengthy diatribe in English, directed at the employee. When police arrived, the suspect was bullying and belittling the employee amid coarse lectures on multilingualism in the former Soviet states. The employee claimed the entire incident was caused by mistaking the man for Guatemalan. No charges were filed. The customer was escorted to his car, and the store manager was advised to provide additional sensitivity training to staff, and move all corkscrews, foil cutters and cocktail skewers behind the counter.
Missing Fish Homeowner William Wiesen, age 62, was attempting to live “off the grid” using alternate energy sources, including a solar-powered home electrical system, and a homemade natural gas generator for cooking and heating. In the basement, an estimated three tons of manure was found enclosed in a masonry structure connected to a furnace, a stove and 17 automobile batteries. Wiesen was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants after returning to the home.
Mistaken Identity A store security guard at the Grant Street Bev-Mart called police for assistance when a customer threatened to remove an employee’s tongue with a corkscrew.
An animal care manager alerted police detectives when a marijuana odor at the Fox River Aquarium led her to discover bedding, drug paraphernalia and a camp stove in a basement workshop used for building displays. Additionally, three bullheads were missing from the children’s touch tank in the “Sloughs and Backwaters” exhibit. Detectives later determined that 28 year old Korbin Vanderhooven, a furloughed employee, had been living at the facility since shortly after it was closed to visitors in March. Vanderhooven admitted to cooking and eating the three fish at an unauthorized gathering with friends at the Aquarium during Memorial Day weekend. He was cited for criminal trespass and fishing without a license.
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Suggestions ~ Visit 850 N. Grove in Elgin’s Northeast Neighborhood ASAP. That gorgeous NeoClassical building is scheduled for demolition. We invite artists to Document Elgin’s most famous Oak, or any aspect you want to feature. Draw century-old archtectural details. Paint a broad landscape. Capture a photo image or a video. Write a poem or story, or Assemble a collage. Discover up close what we may soon lose. All ages welcome. Children especially! All art accepted. A Community Exhibit is planned! Why not be part of it? SaveDCCook.com will supply details, and all Actions scheduled as they develop. Things change quickly ... stay tuned for updates! Contributing your art will bring a special heartfelt awareness to this threat to an irreplaceable element of our heritage. ART is a powerful and effective means to state what we VALUE. And if, in spite of our efforts, Cook is taken down, at least ART will remain to honor and respect the memory of what’s been lost.
The Next Chapter by Jeffrey R. Pierce
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BRAVO 6.6 was our 60th issue, marking five successful years of publishing. What started out to be primarily an events calendar has evolved into a magazine with original feature articles, interviews, creative writing, visual art, satire, festival programs and more.
150,000 residents, a magazine like BRAVO should have more than 6,000 readers per month; there’s probably enough subject matter around us to fill three magazines; and it’s time to refresh the graphic design that looks like it was done by a middle-aged white guy.
We have met dozens of fascinating people and given many artists their first interview, and many writers their first chance to be published. It has been a rewarding journey.
For these reasons, we are looking for someone to write “the next chapter” for BRAVO. The job requires skills in print production, knowledge of basic business procedures, and talents for writing, design, and photography. So far it has worked well for one person to handle everything, but it is a demanding hobby even for someone with patience and passion.
But it has been a labor of love for almost everyone involved. BRAVO has been successful because of volunteer effort. Every piece of cover art was lent or donated by an artist; every article was contributed by someone who loved to write; and most of the events in our lengthy and detailed calendar were keystroked into Facebook or a website by someone else. Apart from the startup costs and a few small bailouts along the way, BRAVO has been paid for by the advertisers who had confidence in our audacious project to create a sense of place for the Elgin area with a print-only publication you could only find in a cafe, library, art gallery or store. A lot has been accomplished, and there is still so much potential. For an area with about
Our Founder, Editor and Publisher Jeffrey R. Pierce will stay on through the end of 2020, and would like to turn over the BRAVO legacy to new ownership in early 2021. A lot could happen between now and then, and we hope it does. We hope the right person or small team will pick up where we left off, and build something great on the humble platform we established. If you or someone you know is interested in exploring this unique opportunity, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, thanks for reading! —JP
The Inner Craft
Part Three in a Series on Ritual for Artists
Four Questions by Michael J. Murschel, SD I recently listened to a wonderful podcast on intellectual honesty. Intellectual honesty? Simply defined, intellectual honesty means you consistently seek out the truth, and are willing to accept it as truth whether or not that truth agrees with your own personal beliefs. It can mean you acknowledge that you might not have all the answers, and that the assumptions you have made to get to the answers you do have, or thought you had, might after all be a weak platform upon which to construct an opinion which can be used for the greater good. Or, you might discover that your platform is basically sound. You might have bits and pieces of really good things which need to be drawn together by understanding other elements of the equation in different ways, from different perspectives, and more tailored circumstances. But enough of that. The point here is that the podcast set forth four questions which can be of huge value to us as artists. These four questions can challenge us. Reframe our thoughts. And maybe, if we choose to listen to the answers we get, maybe even make our art stronger than ever it was before. And even though it is good to get outside opinions, these four questions might just be the sort of questions you need to ask yourself in the privacy of your self. I have recast these questions into wording appropriate for the arts.
1. What will happen if I create this work of art? 2. What won’t happen if I create this work of art? 3. What will happen if I don’t create this work of art? 4. What won’t happen if I don’t create this work of art?
Simple questions, on the surface. Much more involved when you dig down into them. They are capable of drawing forth postulates, those things which assume or invite an understanding or construct of a basis for belief, reason, discussion, and perhaps even that all too elusive thing we call truth, though the exact nature of that truth assumes a lot from its very expectation. At the very least, these questions can get us to think our art through with an eye to understanding the net effects it will or won’t have if we do or don’t produce it. To that end, the fourth question might hold the most significance: “What won’t happen if I don’t create this work of art?” Does that imply that part of the world will not be brought into being? That something vital will be left to wither? That other people, places, and causes will be left unrequited? It is sort of like the scenario of that well-loved holiday movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. What would the world be like if you were never, nor had you ever been in it? Everyone is here for some good and noble reason, some grand purpose, some profound ripple to make on the
surface of the universe. And only you are specifically designed to do that. Ultimately, it’s up to you to discover what that is, and what you can do to serve the greater good. It seems, at least to me, as if that process of discernment just might begin by facing those four questions. So, let’s modify that fourth question: “What won’t happen if I don’t answer these four questions?” But there is one thing I do know for certain: Only you can answer that. Michael J Murschel, SD, is a Spiritual Director whose private practice focuses on nurturing the conversation of people and groups with the workings of The Spirit, God, that Universal Power, in their lives in order to guide them to becoming all which they are created to be. His ofﬁces are located in downtown Elgin, Illinois, and he may be contacted at 224-577-8338, or by email to: email@example.com
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David McFadzean is a successful television producer and writer, film producer, and playwright best known for co-creating the ABC situation comedy (“sitcom”) Home Improvement starring Tim Allen. He also produced such films as Bernie starring Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey, What Women Want with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, and Where the Heart Is starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd. Back in the late 1980s, however, McFadzean was a professor and head of the theatre department at Judson College in Elgin when one day he received a call from his friend Matt Williams. The two were roommates when studying for their bachelor’s degrees in acting at the University of Evansville in Indiana.
to Elgin and convinced me he needed me because he thought I was good with story and character, regardless of how funny my writing was,” McFadzean said. After visiting McFadzean in Elgin for a few days, Williams told him, “I really like Elgin. This is the kind of town that I think this show has to take place in.” Between the initial phone call and the Elgin meeting, actress and comedian Roseanne Barr had joined the project as the star, and the show would be renamed Roseanne. Williams was rewriting the show to fit Barr’s character, and he decided that she was going to work in a plastics factory. “Which Elgin had,” McFadzean said. “We contacted human resources in one of the factories, and they sent over six women who worked there. We sat down with them and for about two days we spent hours and hours
Williams spent two years as a writer for The Cosby Show before deciding to create a new sitcom, tentatively called Life and Stuff. McFadzean had moved from the San Diego, CA, area, where he worked as a playwright, to teach at Judson. In the phone call, Williams asked McFadzean to come to New York City and do a rewrite on the new show. “And I said no,” McFadzean recalled, laughing. “I had not done comedy and I’m not that funny.” Williams, however, refused to accept McFadzean’s rejection. “A couple weeks later, he flew
Matt Williams (left) and David McFadzean at the 2014 premiere of The Keeping Room.
talking with them about what their jobs and home lives were like. We ended up with hours of tapes that we took back to New York and used as the basis for understanding the world we were creating.”
quickly realized the dynamics of the writers’ room and where I could fit in, forming characters and their stories. And everybody respected that.” McFadzean originally took a leave of absence from Judson, but his career in television, film, and theater took off and he left the university permanently. He remembers his time at Judson and in Elgin fondly.
Elgin “is definitely the town that Matt based the show on,” McFadzean said. “He loved everything about it because it was a blue collar town, but it had so much more than just blue collar to it. It had that mix that we wanted to have. He spent a lot of time just walking and talking to people so that Elgin became Roseanne’s town” of Lanford.
After earning two theatre degrees, his bachelor’s at the University of Evansville and his master’s at Illinois State, McFadzean worked as a playwright, director, and theatre manager for Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado, CA, near San Diego. His host of theatre duties “started getting in the way of my writing,” McFadzean said. A former high school teacher, he decided to seek a teaching job in which he could continue to write on the side.
After joining the Roseanne team, McFadzean first went to New York to do a rewrite on the pilot episode, and then to Culver City in California to work on more episodes. “I walked into the writers’ room in Culver City, and I was a playwright and college professor, and here were five seasoned Hollywood writers — three of them extraordinarily funny,” McFadzean said. “At first I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, what have I gotten myself into?’ But I
Judson, an independent, Christian, liberal arts college in Elgin, was interested. Chancellor Jerry B. Cain and Vice President and Academic Dean E. Harold Harper interviewed
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bought props for plays there. We liked the river and the downtown area. Elgin was so family friendly.”
“I was there for only three years, but those three years really worked out well in terms of the discipline of teaching and the discipline of writing,” McFadzean explained. “My writing focus helped me focus on teaching objectives, and I got to direct plays, which I’ve always loved.”
Son James, also known as “Court,” was born in Elgin. “We were socked with one of those Elgin snowstorms,” McFadzean recalled. “I ended up snowed in at the hospital, and my sister-inlaw, who lived in another town, tried to drive home but had to come back to Elgin because of the snow.”
It turned out that McFadzean “was a one-person theatre department,” he said. He credits his wife, Liz, for providing him with a great deal of help. “Thank goodness I was married to a woman who has her theatre degree, and who was actually a wonderful actress and really talented scene designer. She also learned costuming as we went along. So we became a two-person department and we produced nine or ten plays and it was a very good experience.” McFadzean noted that “lots of people think that a small Christian college like Judson, which draws a lot of students from rural counties in the Midwest, has folksy, unsophisticated students.
That’s wrong. My students were very bright. They challenged me in terrific ways. They were so eager to learn, so curious, and so talented, I had trouble keeping up with them.” He and his family also loved Elgin. “In San Diego, we owned an 800-square-foot house,” McFadzean recalled. “In Elgin, we could afford at least twice the square footage; we thought we were get-
ting a mansion. We lived on Oak Street on the south side.” College professors, “particularly just starting out, don’t make much money, so our entertainment was in our neighborhood,” McFadzean said. “We liked eating at Al’s Café and Creamery, a sandwich shop in Elgin, and at the Milk Pail restaurant in Dundee. I was very familiar with a used furniture store on North State Street because I
In Elgin, daughter Meredith “learned to ride a bicycle,” McFadzean said. “My daughter and son learned what it was like to jump into a pile of leaves and how to build snowmen. We attended St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in St. Charles. So church, the neighborhood, and that sandwich shop were kind of our triangle. “We met a lot of good people in Elgin, whom we’re friends with to this day,” McFadzean concluded. Much like the good people who are the characters on Roseanne/ The Conners. —WSB
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