Citizen Week of July 11, 2018
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The 40 Under 40 Young Women’s League is a philanthropic network of young professional African American women, ages 25 to 39, who support the development of girls as future leaders. Each year, 40 new African American women are inducted into the 40 Under 40 League and join the collective..
40 UNDER 40 YOUNG WOMEN’S LEAGUE SUPPORTS SUCCESS FOR BLACK GIRLS
In 2015, Cheresa Purnell founded the 40 Under 40 Young Women’s League, a philanthropic network of young professional African American women, ages 25 to 39, who support the development of girls as future leaders.. See more on Page 2
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NEWS briefly EDUCATION
UIS ANNOUNCES SPRING SEMESTER 2018 DEAN’S LIST SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The University of Illinois Springfield has released the Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2018. A total of 519 students were selected; 77 are students in the College of Business and Management, 39 are students in the College of Education and Human Services, 323 are enrolled in programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 66 are enrolled in programs in the College of Public Affairs and Administration and 14 are non-degree seeking or undecided. In order to qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must be an undergraduate who took at least eight graded semester hours and maintained a grade-point average of at least 3.75 for the semester.
STUDY FINDS THAT ONLY 23% OF AMERICANS GET ENOUGH EXERCISE A new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that only 23% of Americans get enough exercise. What does “enough” mean? The government’s recommended physical activity guidelines call for healthy adults to do a minimum of two and a half hours of moderate intensity activity - or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity – plus at least two muscle strengthening days a week. OSF HealthCare Exercise Physiologist Michael Johnson says this lack of movement has a giant ripple effect across the country. “We’re seeing that there’s an increase in disease process as far as cardiovascular disease. We’re seeing an increase in diabetes, obesity, and all that can be linked to a lack of exercise or even a lack of physical activity. And as we’re going to see that, we’re going to see health care costs rise, and quality of life decline,” said Johnson. OSF HealthCare, an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Peoria, Illinois, includes OSF Healthcare System consisting of 13 acute care facilities and two colleges of nursing.
LAW & POLITICS
BELLOCK NAMED DHFS DIRECTOR Gov. Bruce Rauner recently announced that Patricia R. “Patti” Bellock has been named director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS). Bellock has served in the General Assembly since 1999 and is retiring from the House of Representatives where she became the first woman to serve as Deputy Minority Leader in 2013. She replaces interim DHFS Director Teresa Hursey who stepped in last month when Felicia Norwood left for the private sector. Hursey will remain as Medicaid Director. A native of River Forest, Bellock graduated from Saint Norbert College in Wisconsin, where she received a bachelor’s degree in History and American Government. She has received dozens of awards over the years from numerous organizations for her work on various health care policy issues, particularly in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, and children’s health. The appointment is effective today, July 11, 2018.
40 Under 40 Young Women’s League Supports Success For Black Girls Continued from page 1 BY KATHERINE NEWMAN
In 2015, Cheresa Purnell founded the 40 Under 40 Young Women’s League, a philanthropic network of young professional African American women, ages 25 to 39, who support the development of girls as future leaders. Each year, 40 new African American women are inducted into the 40 Under 40 League and join the collective to not only support the development of young girls, but also to support each other. When she was just 21 years old, Purnell started working as a mentor and an outreach specialist and said that mentoring has always been her life path. Eventually, Purnell was led to start her own collective and with the help of a parent organization, Demoiselle 2 Femme, she launched the 40 Under 40 League as a way to activate successful young women to engage in mentoring the younger generation. Each year at the annual Awards
Ceremony the 40 Under 40 League inducts 40 new members based on nominations made by current members. An individual is also able to nominate themselves. “One of the things that I am extremely passionate about is leadership development. There are a lot of successful people, but in my mind, success doesn’t always equate to you being a leader,” said Purnell. “Not only do we want to acknowledge successful women and not only is it an honor, but this is also a call to action.” The 40 Under 40 League works with young women ages 18 to 24 in their Emerging Young Women program. Within that program, they have two initiatives, College Connection and T3. “We have our College Connection which is young women who have already started the path and are in college. We support them with care packages, scholarships, internships, we do a lot of workshops and seminars, and we also do a monthly support phone call with them,” said Purnell. The T3 initiative stands for Transition,
Transform, Transcend and is a 10week boot camp that offers workforce development. “This is for the young women who finished high school and didn’t have a plan. They didn’t go to college whether they felt that college wasn’t for them or they just had a lot of barriers or obstacles that kept them from attending,” said Purnell. The theme in all the 40 Under 40 League initiatives is to inspire towards success. The goal is not only to get girls jobs or get girls off to college, it is to provide a network of support to guarantee a new generation of female African American leaders. “This is not just about finding a job, we want to inspire them to have a career because that’s where the social mobility and the economic sustainability is, in being able to have a career. This is bigger than a job for us. This is us wanting to support you holistically,” said Purnell. To learn more about the 40 Under 40 Women’s League, visit www.40under40ywpl. org.
COMMENTARY How to survive hot weather at work — and not fall out with colleagues BY CRAIG KNIGHT
When I am too hot at work I like to open a window, retrieve an ice lolly from the kitchen and kick off my shoes. But for many people, this is not an option. Finding the right temperature can make a big difference to how happy – and productive – we are at work. It can also be the cause of some serious arguments. The idea of a perfect temperature though is something of a red herring. Research into workplace psychology shows that, ultimately, people just want to have a level of control over their environment. Take Steve, for example. I interviewed him as part of a research project looking into people’s well-being at work. Commenting on the heat of an earlier August he said: You watch the sun moving ‘round the office. When it gets to you, you know you’re going to cook like a Sunday joint. And it’s always sticky. We have to ask [the facilities management team] to get the temperature turned down, but by the time they’ve done it the weather’s changed and you’re bloody freezing instead. TEMPERATURE ADVICE Unions and official bodies advise ideal temperatures for various workplaces.
So discomfort and bad performance, it would seem, lurk for organisations operating outside of a prescribed band on the thermometer. There are even some rather unlikely claims that have been made for companies who hit the thermal sweet spot. A Cornell University study calculated that at 25 degrees Celsius workers are 155% better at typing than those processing words at 20 degrees celsius. That such a small shift in warmth accelerates the average worker from 90 to 230 words per minute seems pretty extraordinary. Of course it may be tied to assertions that workplace temperatures are fixed in favour of men. These suggest that ideal operating temperatures
were calculated in the maledominated 1960s, when ambient environments were geared to perfection for 40-year-old men who weighed a little over 11st or 70kg. There was even a video that went viral, which made a joke about this: We are told that physiologically, women tend to carry more body fat and less muscle than men; they require more external heat to be comfortable. Younger men’s faster metabolisms create higher natural body temperatures. Meanwhile older adults tend to prefer warmer rooms to their younger peers. But as a species, all human beings – dressed in everyday mixes of cotton, polyester and wool, and of all genders and ages
– operate comfortably between about 14 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. Within that range, psychological research suggests, that there is no such thing as a single temperature that maximises productivity. Not all women like a warm room, not all men like a cool one and some 60-year-olds prefer to sit by an open window. The way people feel about their environments is also largely influenced by their relationship to it. If you work in a large room where the management dictates where you sit, how you behave and what the temperature will be, for example, then your sense of autonomy will be reduced. There’s a big range of temperatures in which humans can happily operate, yet the thermostat has the potential to cause irritation, complaint and even illness. The crucible for dissatisfaction and underperformance is clumsy organisational management. The scientific evidence suggests that people should be allowed to choose their own ambient conditions. Retaining temperature control within the management sphere panders to financial myopia and treats staff like children. Costs saved by denying them simple choices are heavily outweighed by depressed Continued on page 6
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Annual Taste of Kenwood Event Offers Alternative To Downtown Food Festival BY KATHERINE NEWMAN
This weekend thousands of visitors and residents of Chicago will flock to Grant Park for the Taste of Chicago. Meanwhile, the Kenwood United Church of Christ will host their Annual Taste of Kenwood event on July 14 from noon to 6 p.m. to offer community members an alternative to the downtown food festival. The Taste of Kenwood is a community event that happens every year on the 4600 block of S. Greenwood Ave. and features good food, live music, games, dancing, and health resources for the community. “There is a ton of food, all different types of food, available for sale. We will have information tables, there will be free health screenings that include blood pressure and blood sugar screenings as well as free health information that is out there. There is DJ music and we have a video game truck that comes with live games that kids can play,” said Rev. Lisa Goods, senior pastor at Kenwood United Church of Christ. The Taste of Rev. Lisa Goods, pictured, Kenwood has always senior pastor at Kenwood been held the second United Church of Christ, is weekend of July and it looking forward to being able was actually the Taste to interact with the community of Chicago that moved at the Taste of Kenwood event. to overlap the Kenwood Photo: Kenwood United Church of Christ community event. The church decided not to move their event. “There are a number of people who don’t want to go downtown and would like to stay in their local community where it’s not as congested and it’s a sometimes safer environment, I hate to say that but it’s true. There are a number of reasons why people want to stay in their community, there are people with children and the Taste of Chicago is cost prohibitive to them or the transportation and dragging their families downtown is too hectic. There are a number of our seniors who cannot do the Taste of Chicago but can stroll around their local community so we chose to keep our date as opposed to moving it,” said Goods The event doubles as a fundraiser for the many services provided by Kenwood United Church of Christ. “The church has a soup kitchen and we feed the homeless four days a week, Monday Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, hot breakfast and lunch and then we have a free medical clinic where we service the community with free medical services. We have a full clinic with doctors and nurses and lab work and everything so we service those that are in need of medical services free of charge every Friday. This event, first of all, serves as a fundraiser to continue those services in the community, with that being said, it is our take on the Taste of Chicago in a local community,” said Goods. More than anything, Goods is looking forward to being able to interact with the community at the Taste of Kenwood. “Being able to be out and be face to face and talking with people and interacting with people is always a thing that we so much enjoy and it’s an extension of my ministry,” said Goods.
Kenwood United Church of Christ will host their Annual Taste of Kenwood event on July 14 from noon to 6 p.m. to offer community members an alternative to the crowed Taste of Chicago food festival.
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BUSINESS Liberty Mutual Announces New Limestone Re Ltd. Transaction Limestone Re Ltd., a Bermuda domiciled segregated account company, issued $278 million of participating notes to investors in a private placement transaction that provides collateralized reinsurance for Liberty Mutual’s U.S. property catastrophe program, as well as its U.S. homeowners and global property reinsurance risk. “Reinsurance through the Limestone Re platform forms an integral
component of Liberty Mutual’s longterm strategy for accessing third-party capital,” notes James Slaughter, senior Vice President and chief underwriting officer of Liberty Mutual’s Global
Risk Solutions strategic business unit. “Liberty Mutual is able to leverage our global distribution platform to provide, through reinsurance with the Limestone Re platform, insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors diversified pools of risk while concurrently bringing investors as close as possible to the underlying insurance risks. This latest transaction brings the total Limestone reinsurance collateralized capacity placed with
ILS investors to nearly $700 million, demonstrating our commitment to the ILS market.” Investors positively responded to the Limestone Re offering, according to Matthew Moore, president, Liberty Specialty Markets, Liberty Mutual. “We’re pleased with the overwhelmingly positive market reception and look to continue to broaden our partnerships with ILS investors through future transactions.”
Kroger and Nuro Launch Partnership
Kroger and Nuro Partner to Pilot Autonomous Delivery
he Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Nuro recently announced a new partnership to redefine the grocery customer experience for Americans by piloting an on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience. Together, America’s largest supermarket retailer Kroger and Nuro, maker of the world’s first fully unmanned road vehicle, are working to make the convenience of grocery delivery accessible and affordable for customers everywhere. Through this innovative partnership, customers can place same-day delivery orders through Kroger’s ClickList ordering system and Nuro’s app. During the test, orders will be
delivered by Nuro’s fleet of autonomous vehicles. This is the first application and deployment of Nuro’s hardware and software. The pilot market will be announced soon and is expected to begin this fall. Kroger’s expansive retail footprint of 2,800 stores in 35 states combined with Nuro’s technology platform will change the status quo of grocery delivery through convenience at a low price. This allows customers to get what they need, when they need it, wherever they are. “We are incredibly excited about the potential of our innovative partnership with Nuro to bring the future of grocery delivery to customers today,” says Yael
Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer. “As part of Restock Kroger, we have already started to redefine the grocery customer experience and expand the coverage area for our anything, anytime and anywhere offering. Partnering with Nuro, a leading technology company, will create customer value by providing Americans access to fast and convenient delivery at a fair price,” he said. “Unmanned delivery will be a game-changer for local commerce, and together with Kroger, we’re thrilled to test this new delivery experience to bring grocery customers new levels of convenience and value,” said Dave Ferguson, co-founder of Nuro. “Our safe, reliable, and affordable service, combined with Kroger’s ubiquitous brand, is a powerful first step in our mission to accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life.”
Auto-Lab opens location in Kankakee KANKAKEE, Ill. – Car repair and full service company Auto-Lab held their official grand opening recently for their new location on North Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois. The grand opening included a ribbon cutting with local government and business officials. “We are very happy to welcome Auto-Lab to Kankakee and specifically the First Ward,” Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong said. “Economic development is key in our mission to continue to attract good-paying jobs to our community.” Auto-Lab’s Kankakee location will be owned by local couple Larry and Wanda Fullmer and will be the first location in the State of Illinois. The company, based in Michigan, operates locations across the nation and is committed to employing ex-offenders, giving those who are looking for work and have a criminal background a second chance. “Auto-Lab Kankakee is excited to join the community in an effort to create jobs and to economically empower this great city,” said owners Larry and Wanda Fullmer. “We are creating 12 jobs locally and are committed to on the job training that will prepare all employees with technical and life skills. Thank you to Mayor Wells-Armstrong and to Alderman Fred Tetter for sharing this vision with Auto-Lab Kankakee and with President Steve Wilson.”
Northwestern Mutual – Chicago Appoints First African-American Growth and Development Director Northwestern professionals. Mutual- Chicago “The demand for recently announced financial security has the appointment of its never been greater, and first African-American the Chicago office’s growth Growth and Development is providing us with Director, Allan K. Bell, opportunities to develop the CLU®. Bell, a Financial next generation of financial Advisor, will be tasked with Allan K. Bell representatives and leaders,” attracting, selecting, developing and said Corey D. McQuade, managing retaining a team of diverse financial partner, Northwestern Mutual
-- Chicago. “Our goal is to provide advisors like Allan with various development opportunities to grow personally and professionally.” Bell has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 2006. As the first step in a development track, Bell was appointed field director where he developed a team of competent financial representatives. He also founded and leads the firm’s www.thechicagocitizen.com
multicultural mentoring resource group. Through coaching and mentoring, Bell will work with his team members to define a career path best for them. Bell received a BAS in Electronics Engineering Technology from the ITT Technical Insitute and a BAS in Business and Organizational Management from National Lewis University. He also earned a Masters
Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. Outside of the office, he volunteers with The National Association for Down Syndrome and the ARC of Illinois. Allan and his wife are also members of the West Suburban Support Group and the UPS for DOWNS parent support groups.
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How to survive hot weather at work — and not fall out with colleagues Continued from page 3
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productivity. Well-being and productivity To test out the extent to which office environments boost productivity, my colleague Alex Haslam and I set up an experiment. We had people undertake the same tasks in the same comfortable, ergonomically excellent office. The temperature was unchanged throughout. But different groups were given different degrees of control over the space. The results differed radically. In one condition, employees worked in office space that mirrored the standard, spartan, managerial model of the majority of large offices across the Western world. Ephemera was removed to eliminate distractions and focus minds on the jobs to hand. Other employees, in exactly the same space, were invited to put their own stamp on things by having control over arranging a number of pictures and plants around the office. We assessed people’s levels of productivity and comfort across the conditions.
Our results showed that people given a sense of control over their workspace saw levels of comfort increase by over 40%. Their productivity increased by 32%. Further, although the temperature was constant across the conditions, employees felt significantly hotter and colder (and sicker) when the space was lean and controlled by management, not themselves. Their productivity was consequently much poorer. As I write this, it is 26 degrees Celsius in my office; too warm according to guidelines. But I have set a fan whirring, opened windows and poured a cold drink. I couldn’t be more at ease. In Steve’s call centre the temperature will almost certainly be lower, but he will be feeling hot, bothered and powerless. Comfort and productivity lie not in the temperature but in having a sense of autonomy, of stamping your identity on your space. Perception changes all – even how hot it is. Craig Knight is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.
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Real Estate Director Brenda Johnson-Turner Wins Women of Color STEM Award WASHINGTON - Brenda Johnson-Turner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters (USACE) real estate director, will receive a prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) industry honor: the Managerial Leadership-Government Award. Johnson-Turner was selected by the Women of Color STEM Conference award panel, sponsored by the Career Communications Group Inc. (CCG). CCG is a leader in workforce diversity, working with all types of companies to help support them in promoting multiculturalism and gender equity in STEM fields. The award will be presented in Detroit, October 13, 2018, at the 23rd Women of Color STEM Conference. According to Monica Emerson, National Chair of the 23rd Women of Color in STEM conference, “Ms. Brenda Johnson-Turner was selected because she is among an extraordinary group of forward-thinking STEM experts. This year the candidates were the strongest and represented the most diverse collection of executive professionals we have
“Encouraging young minority women to pursue their interests in STEM fields, where there is under representation can make a difference, and is both professionally and personally rewarding.” Brenda Johnson-Turner
had the pleasure of evaluating. From managers to vice presidents, this year’s Women of Color STEM candidates stand out as superior authorities in their respective fields.” Johnson-Turner oversees USACE’s $1 billion real estate portfolio, which encompasses nine divisions with 35 district offices that have active real estate missions, globally managing more than 25 million acres of real property. USACE’s real estate professionals actively engage in the agency’s
STEM recruitment activities with its nearly 100 higher education institution partners. USACE emphasizes recruitment at historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, colleges of engineering, and university physical and computer science programs. USACE also encourages its R&D center to maximize use of innovative programs for student interns, which include Educational Partnership Agreements, Pathways Internships,
and Technical Services for Contract Students Agreements. USACE has put programs and policies in place to enable its divisions, districts and R&D center to maximize use of Direct Hire Authorities and Expedited Hire Authorities in bringing onboard student and recent graduate STEM talent. In 2017, women held a quarter of the more than five million tech jobs, and the percentage of women of color – particularly black and Hispanic – in the industry stands at single digits. Additionally, only half of STEM graduates pursue careers in their educational paths. “Supporting all women to reach their dreams is an important focus area for me. Encouraging young minority women to pursue their interests in STEM fields, where there is under representation can make a difference, and is both professionally and personally rewarding,” said Johnson-Turner. “It is a privilege to work for an organization that values inclusion, and an honor to be recognized as a leader for progressive change in the workplace.”
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‘On Kentucky Avenue’ Back By Popular Demand NEW YORK - Historic Club Harlem will roar back to life as City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) presents a special three-week return engagement of On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Famed Club Harlem at Aaron Davis Hall in New York going on now. The show, which thrilled audiences when it premiered at Aaron Davis Hall in 2016, offers viewers a glimpse inside the celebrated nightclub that was the center of nightlife in Atlantic City’s segregated Northside beginning in the 1930s. On Kentucky Avenue: A Celebration of Atlantic City’s Famed Club Harlem was created by Jeree Wade, written by Adam Wade and Ty Stephens, and is directed by Lee Summers. Hailed as “a party you don’t want to miss” by Broadway star Maurice Hines, On Kentucky Avenue transports audiences through time to the heyday of Club Harlem and offers them a fictional musical inspired by a real place: Kentucky Avenue, the center of African-American life in Atlantic City. Opened in 1935, Club Harlem quickly became the numberone destination for black performers in Atlantic City, presenting shows featuring jazz musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, and more. At its zenith—in the’40s, ’50s, and ’60s— the club played host to such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Pryor, Moms Mabley, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, and the Temptations. Catering to integrated audiences when segregation was still the law of the land in the U.S., Club Harlem enjoyed popularity with white casino patrons as well as local blacks and whites and those sojourning from different parts of the East Coast to see the acclaimed acts. Club Harlem’s 5 a.m. shows featured world-renowned white entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis, who came to perform after their sets at nearby establishments. “We are very excited to bring On Kentucky Avenue back for New York audiences,” said City College Center for the Arts Managing Director Gregory Shanck. “It’s a work our patrons really connected with when it premiered here. There is also a true synergy of purpose between what Club Harlem was all about and what we aim to do here at Aaron Davis Hall—provide audiences with the opportunity to experience the work of great artists.” In this reimagined view of life On Kentucky Avenue, the setting is 1969, during dress rehearsal. A love triangle emerges between impresario Ivan King (Ty Stephens), his lead showgirl Betty Jo Stanton (N’Kenge) and her best friend the featured female vocalist, Pauline Pierce (Andricka Hall). (Ramona Dunlap performs the role of Pauline Pierce on Friday, July 27.) The revival introduces a
new character to audiences, Homer Paisley (Count Stovall), sure to entertain viewers even as he antagonizes Ivan and the Club Harlem performers. With this new arrival, they are forced to face a reality they hoped to avoid: In life everything must change and the last good times at Club Harlem are upon them. Creator Jeree Wade makes a special appearance as the only nonfictional character in the show, Damita Jo, a popular singer who often opened the summer entertainment season there. “We are thrilled to bring this new incarnation of On Kentucky Avenue to CCCA,” said creator-performer Wade. “I’ve been happy to see that the show resonates across different generations and we hope that theatergoers will attend with their family and friends. The music and story were inspired by a particular era that our elders will remember, but there is truly something for everyone.” The production also features Lee Summers as Slappy Black, a nod to reallife comedian Slappy White, who played the club. The ensemble includes Donna Clark, Mindy Haywood, Cassandra Palacio, Carmen Carriker, Avery Royal, Jamal Shuriah, Phillip Deceus and Brian Davis. Providing the musical soul each night is the Freddie Baxter Band: Richard Cummings Jr., as Freddie Baxter (piano/ conductor), Wilbur Bascomb as Odell Craft (bass), and David Silliman on drums, John F. Adams on synthesizer and Marvin Horne on guitar On Kentucky Avenue is produced by Adam Wade, with scenic design by Ty Stephens, Piero Ramos and Yvette Spellman, choreography by Ty Stephens, swing choreographer and tap consulting by Mickey Davidson, costume design by Pearl Williams and Ty Stephens and musical direction by Richard Cummings Jr. The musical features ’60s chart-topping music plus an original score true to the era by Ty Stephens, Frank Owens, Wilbur Bascomb, Branice McKenzie, Adam Wade and Jeree Wade. Performances are running now through July 28, Thursday and Fridays at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www. citycollegecenterforthearts.org or in person at the Aaron Davis Hall box office Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Aaron Davis Hall is located on the campus of the City College of New York, at West 135th Street and Convent Avenue (129 Convent Avenue). For more details, visit the CCCA site or call the Aaron Davis Hall box office at (212) 650-6900. City College Center for the Arts can be followed on Twitter at @ccnyarts. For more information on the musical, follow #OnKentuckyAve or #OKAatCCCA or visit http://www.onkentuckyavenue. com/.
The new production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, officially opens on Sunday, July 22.
Cast of Smokey Joe’s Cafe ready to make it happen NEW YORK - They say the neon lights are bright off Broadway! The new production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, officially opens on Sunday, July 22. The vibrant nine-member ensemble led by director choreographer Joshua Bergasse will bring new life to more than 30 classic songs including “Stand by Me,” “I’m a Woman,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall In Love,” “On Broadway,” “Yakety Yak,” “Pearl’s a Singer,” “Treat Me Nice,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Spanish Harlem.” Smokey Joe’s Cafe will feature Dwayne Cooper (Motown, Hairspray), Emma Degerstedt(Desperate Measures Off-Broadway), John Edwards (Jersey Boys), Dionne D. Figgins(Hot Feet, Memphis), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Spamilton Off-Broadway), Kyle Taylor
Parker (Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Jelani Remy (Disney’s The Lion King), Max Sangerman (Blue Man Group Off-Broadway), and Alysha Umphress (On The Town, American Idiot). Featuring a wide-ranging catalog, from joyous anthems (“Saved”) to comedic romps (“Charlie Brown”) to songs of yearning (“I Who Have Nothing”), the storytelling aspect of Leiberand Stoller’s songwriting paired perfectly with the theatrical medium.
With soulful ballads rooted in blues, their songs celebrate the humor, passion, and heartbreak that infuse everyday lives. Classics such as “Neighborhood” and “Stand by Me” celebrated the power of community and friendship and deeply resonated with the African American community just as much as they did with rebellious suburban teenagers. Now, this classic show returns to NYC to thrill a new generation of theatergoers with its enduring themes and searing emotions.
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Summer Skincare Myth Busting Tips: What You Need to Know! Summer is here, making it the best time to discuss how you’ll take care of your skin during the warmer season. There are many misconceptions around the best ways to transition your skincare routine come summertime. For this reason, Vaseline Dermatologist Partner Dr. Brooke Jackson has the scoop on her top myth-busting summer skin care tips. 1. “You don’t need to change your skin care routine in the summer.” Change your skin care as you do your wardrobe. Our skin is more prone to oiliness during the summer months because of the humidity, so the ultra-hydrating products we use in the winter are not necessary because you are producing your own moisturizer. I recommend the following: • Start with a cleanser that carries a degreasing effect – using this at night will help remove all the sweat and dirt built up from the day that clogs pores. • As for moisturizers, night creams aren’t totally necessary. But if this is a beauty must for you, go with a light serum that won’t clog your pores. • For the rest of your body, go with a lightweight lotion like Vaseline® Intensive CareTM Aloe Soothe, made with healing Vaseline® Jelly to deeply moisturize dry skin and absorb fast without feeling greasy. It’s pure aloe extract can also help soothe and calm dry
your skin is darker, you’re still at risk of skin skin, particularly after a day in the sun. cancer, which is often diagnosed later in life 2. “Lip protection from the sun isn’t widely and makes it more difficult to treat. talked about, so it must not be that necessary.” 4. “Shaving and immediately going into the False. Your lips are very sensitive to the ocean or pool is fine.” sun’s UV rays. The sun’s UV rays can OUCH! That’s got to hurt. Salty impact the production of collagen ocean water and even chlorine can on your lips, which can result in the really irritate and dry out skin, formation of wrinkles on and around especially after shaving. I suggest the area as a sign of early aging and shaving the night before to give the sun damage, says Mayo Clinic. Look skin time to heal from the shave, for lip balms with an indicated SPF and always lotion/apply SPF to add a 15 to protect them from sun damage! barrier of protection to these areas! Women have a lower incidence of 5. “People of color can’t get skin cancers on the lips presumably sunburns.” because they wear lipstick. Matte People with darker skin tones are lipsticks act as physical blockers to under the false belief that because of the sun. their dark skin, they will not get skin 3. “I already got a sunburn (base cancer. While it is less common, it tan)/or am naturally tan, so I can can and does occur - unfortunately, skip SPF.” Vaseline it can be deadlier in darker skin. Base tans are a myth, and tans Dermatologist Here are some other things to keep in general are your body’s response Partner Dr. Brooke in mind: to being injured by UV exposure. Jackson discusses • Darker skin can indeed When your cells are exposed to UV her top mythsunburn. It may take longer for this light, they produce more melanin, busting summer to occur, but it can in fact happen. If the pigment that colors your skin, skin care tips. your exposed skin becomes sensitive which is why you tan. This is a after sun exposure and peels, guess what! You sign that damage has already been done, not have a sunburn. protection against future sun exposure. There • Tan skin is considered damaged skin. is no such thing as a safe tan. If you’re naturally 6. “Once I have dark spots or tan, I still highly recommend SPF. Even though
hyperpigmentation, there is no fixing them.” There is a solution! Dark spots or hyperpigmentation are often due to an inflammatory process, which is why it is called “post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.” There are treatments; however, for the discoloration to resolve. But the underlying issue, whether it’s acne or Eczema, must be addressed. 7. “I need to buy expensive skin care that caters to my skin tone, otherwise I won’t see results.” Not necessarily! There are some great and affordable skin care options. It’s important to match the product with your concern. Let me give you an example: A cleanser is not going to treat your acne, it is meant to clean your face. Skin care is not a single product, it is a process. But dermatologists are experts with skin, hair and nails. Why wouldn’t you seek out an expert? Make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist (www.aad.org)to discuss your concerns and create a customized regimen to address them. 8. “I have low vitamin D, so I need to tan.” While it is true that you need sunlight to make Vitamin D, the amount of sun exposure you need daily is only 10 minutes. More exposure does not equate to higher Vit D levels and will increase your risk for skin cancer, which can be deadly. Instead, increase your dietary sources of Vitamin D and /or take a supplement.
World’s ﬁrst AI-powered motion tracking ﬁtness app turns your iPhone into a personal trainer A new fitness app has launched which uses the world’s first AIpowered motion tracking technology to transform your iPhone into a virtual personal trainer who offers real-time feedback and helps you achieve the perfect squat. Free to download, the Perfect Squat Challenge app has been developed by leading digital therapy company Kaia Health in conjunction with physiotherapists and sport scientists to define a squat that a wide population can achieve. Once the app is opened, users are greeted by Kaia, a virtual personal trainer, who guides them through the exercises. Users place their iPhone upright on a table or against a wall then step back approximately 7 feet until their body becomes visible on the phone’s screen. The app then tracks 16 key points on the body using the phone’s camera stream. This contrasts your observed pose with the ‘ideal’ predefined pose, and compares metrics including the relative positions of limbs and joints, and the angles between
them. During the exercise Kaia offers actionable, real-time audio feedback and video instructions which encourage users to achieve as many correct squats as possible, thereby offering the skills of a personal trainer at your fingertips in the comfort of your home. The app currently focuses on perfecting squats but the patentpending technology that underpins it is set to transform the world of fitness and physiotherapy by allowing personal trainers, sports scientists and physiotherapists to define an infinite number of correct exercises. Later this year, Kaia Health will integrate this technology into its various medical device apps including their ‘Kaia Back Pain Relief at Home’ app, a clinically-proven therapy app for nonspecific back pain, and ‘Kaia COPD Therapy’ app which helps to relieve the symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The technology will help to treat patients, monitor trends in the progression of a
A new fitness app has launched which uses the world’s first AI-powered motion tracking technology to help you achieve the perfect squat.
disease or condition, and personalise therapy - and this will create best-inclass digital multimodal therapy for patients. Widely considered a vital exercise for increasing the strength and size of the legs as well as developing core strength, the squat is a compound, full body exercise that trains primarily the muscles of the thighs, hips and buttocks, quadriceps femoris muscle and hamstrings - as well as strengthening the bones, ligaments and insertion of the tendons throughout the lower body. If you prefer training with others www.thechicagocitizen.com
the Perfect Squat Challenge online community will help to motivate you. The app encourages users to compete and challenge friends on social media by sharing a personalised link featuring the number of correct repetitions. This allows users to have their high score feature in a leaderboard during exercise for added motivation. Maximilian Strobel, Head of Kaia Health’s AI Lab says: “Breakthroughs in AI-powered motion tracking and correction technology means that everyone now has access to a virtual personal trainer and physiotherapist on their iPhone - and can perfect exercises
such as the squat. In the future, this technology will integrate within our medical device apps for diseases and conditions such as back pain creating a scalable, cost-effective therapeutic tool. This democratises access to highquality, bespoke fitness, rehabilitation and physiotherapy - and could reduce the burden on health services.” The Perfect Squat Challenge app is free and available for download on every iPad and iPhone released after 2015. Visit www.kaia-health. com/PerfectSquatChallenge. #PerfectSquatChallenge to download the app.
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CALENDAR Chicago Public Library Invites Teens To Imagine Doing More This Summer
For 25 years the West Suburban Humane Society has celebrated everything dog at their annual Barkapalooza.
Half-day Fest for Dogs and Their People on Sunday, Sept. 30 For 25 years, the West Suburban Humane Society has celebrated everything dog at their annual Barkapalooza. This half-day, familyfriendly fest for dogs and their people, will return to Lisle Community Park located at 1825 Short Street in Lisle, Illinois, on Sunday, September 30, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This extremely dog-friendly event allows pet owners, prospective pet adopters, and all-around pet lovers to raise money for homeless dogs and cats through a Dog Walkathon and Pet Expo full of pet-related vendors. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges for the walkathon, and all proceeds will support the West Suburban Humane Society, at their signature annual fundraiser. Animal lovers can explore the Pet Expo at Barkapalooza, for a $20 donation fee, where a wide variety of pet-focused vendors such as The Happy Dog Barkery, Bow Wow Tique, Pampered Pooch Couture, and more will be featured along with breed specific rescue groups of all
sorts from Shih Tzus to Shar Peis and many others. Pet owners may have their pets microchipped for $35, a fee which benefits the West Suburban Humane Society. A blessing for the animals will be given at 10:00 a.m. to kick off the event, and the Skydogz Frisbee Team and the West Suburban Humane Society Alumni Agility Dogs will also perform. For the kids, there will be clowns, face painting, balloon sculptures, a “Kids and Kindness Zone,” scavenger hunt, and other games. Food trucks and food vendors will be onsite throughout the event with human food, dog treats, and refreshments for all. Barkapalooza will occur rain or shine, and there is no entry fee to attend plus parking is free and plentiful. The adult event fee for the walkathon is $20, while children 12 and under may walk for free and all receive a free goody bag for registering in the walk. Walkers with $100 or more in collected pledges will have their registration fee waived and walk for free. Participants may
set up fundraising websites by visiting www.firstgiving.com/wshs. Fundraising for the walkathon is not necessary to attend Barkapalooza, but it is highly encouraged. Schedule of Events on Sunday, September 30, 2018: 9:30 a.m. – Early registration 10:00 a.m. – Blessing of the animals 10:15 a.m. – Walk begins 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – B-Noz the Clown: face painting, balloon sculpture, and games 12:00 p.m. – WSHS Alumni Agility Dog demonstration team 2:00 p.m. – Raffle winner announced Event Details What: 25th Annual Barkapalooza When: Sunday, September 30, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – rain or shine! Where: Lisle Community Park 1825 Short Street, Lisle, Illinois Why: Benefitting the West Suburban Humane Society
Arlington Park Race Track Adds More Experiences To Summer Line Up ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - A new study reveals that 74 percent of Americans believe having “experiences” is more important than having “stuff ”. That statistic includes Baby Boomers and Millennials. Now, Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois wants you to experience Race Day to create memorable moments with family, friends or colleagues. “We brainstorm new and fresh ideas to keep customers and clients coming back for another race ‘round the track’,
“ says Arlington Park GM Tony Petrillo. “The Million Room Mixers are a great example of how we are always trying new things and this Happy Hour format was very popular on the first one.” Events this summer: 1 Million Room Mixers on July 6th / August 3rd / September 7th 1 The first Friday of each month from 3PM to 7PM start the weekend off early and catch the action in style from the elevated platform of the Million Room
2 City of Chicago Day is Sunday, August 26th honoring the Chicago Police Mounted Patrol 3 Good Day Arlington TV Show 1 Airs live every Saturday at 11AM on NBC Sports Chicago 2 The show touches on news, weather, sports, pop culture and Arlington news. 3 The show is hosted by Howard Sudberry, Emmy Award winning Chicago TV personality and co-hosted by Alyssa Ali, a veteran of national TV broadcasts.
hicago Public Library invites teens to participate in the 2018 Teen Summer Challenge, Imagine Doing More!, available now through Sept. 1. CPL challenges teens to make a positive impact in their local environment, individually, in pairs or groups. Teens choose one environment to investigate and change (natural, neighborhood or social-emotional), and one of four possible actions (volunteering, creating campaigns, developing projects or coordinating programs). Learn more at chipublib.org/ ImagineAtCPL. Teens are encouraged to sign up in-person at their neighborhood branch or online. The self-directed challenge is easy for teens to follow with four phases of participation. Whether it’s pledging to reduce their carbon footprint, develop a blog, build a garden or create a photography exhibit, teens’ ideas and solutions for improving the environment will be shared and celebrated. Teens can potentially earn servicelearning hours, see their work recognized on the CPL website, and develop experience relevant for college or a future job. “At CPL, we believe that empowering teens to investigate what matters most to them, and guiding them to develop ideas and solutions to make a positive impact on that area, leads to a deeper connection with their summer learning and helps builds self-confidence,” said Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon. This year as part of the challenge, Imagine Doing More! invites teens to participate in partner institution challenges to improve the quality of their Chicago environment. All partner institutions will host Incubation Days at branches citywide to introduce unique real-world challenges for teens to solve, including: l Adler Planetarium: Reduce Light Pollution in Chicago! l Chicago Architecture Foundation: Design Your Neighborhood! l Chicago Botanic Garden: Defend Chicago’s Native Pollinators! l Environmental Law & Policy Center: Improve the Air We Breathe! l WE: Make the World A More Inclusive Place! As part of CPL’s commitment to nurture learning for all ages, CPL teen librarians and mentors create engaging and welcoming spaces designed to develop teens’ 21st century skills through interest-driven programs. Teen participants gain access to state-of the-art technology and digital resources, and discover connections to college and career pathways. Programming, workshops, events and more take place year round at various CPL branches, including 12 dynamic YOUmedia locations. Designed to inspire collaboration and creativity, YOUmedia programs emphasize digital media, making and mentorship by engaging teens across a variety of core content areas including graphic design, photography, video, music, 2D/3D design, STEM and hands-on making. By the end of 2018, CPL will have 20 YOUmedia locations in branches citywide, including its flagship at Harold Washington Library Center, thanks to the support from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago. Imagine Doing More! is made possible thanks to the generous support of BMO Harris Bank, Allstate, the Hive Chicago Fund at Chicago Community Trust, the Susan Crown Exchange, the Oppenheimer Family Foundation, and other generous donors to the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Imagine Doing More! is running now through September 1. Use #ImagineAtCPL and #CPLteens on social media to join the conversation and follow YOUmedia on Twitter (@ YOUmediaChicago), Facebook (youmediachicago) and Instagram (youmediachicago). To learn more about selfdirect activity guides, events and more, visit chipublib.org/ ImagineAtCPL.
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Cool Summer Entertaining Tips to Keep Guests Happy (StatePoint) H o s t i n g friends and family for backyard barbecues, picnics and garden parties during summer carries its own challenges. Here are a few tips guaranteed to keep your guests cool, comfortable and happy when you entertain. • Create Shade: Entertaining outdoors? Remember, not all guests are going to want direct sunlight for too long. Take into consideration the sun’s position in the sky during the hours you will be hosting, ensuring your seating offers guests the option to sit in the shade. Create DIY shades by hanging curtains or fabric around or above your party location. • Protect Guests: Protect your guests from getting bitten and burned in your garden or yard. Be sure the space is clear of standing water in advance of the party. Also, create a small station with bug spray and sunscreen (kids’ varieties, too, if you’re hosting families). Keep it away from the areas where the food and drinks are being served. Consider adding citronella candles or tiki posts as an additional strategy for warding off mosquitoes and other insects. • Be Creative with Cold Drinks: Nothing is more evocative of summer than a cold glass of iced tea. Create an iced tea bar that includes several varieties to suit your guests’ different tastes. Serve varieties like sweet tea, no calorie tea, tea mixed with lemonade, and peach tea. Label each clearly with small chalk boards or calligraphy name cards. Offer guests ready to drink teas made with high-quality, fresh, natural ingredients, such as Milo’s. They fresh brew all of their teas and do not add any extra “stuff” like colors, acids or preservatives. A handy trick to keep beverages undiluted and impress your guests as things heat up? Create ice cubes out of Milo’s Tea in advance, then use those to cool down drinks. For recipe ideas, visit drinkmilos.com. • Serve Cool Snacks: You may have the grill going, but you can keep things otherwise cool and light with snacks and sides like crudité, dips, pasta salad, fresh fruit skewers and cold finger foods, like tea sandwiches. • Play Games: Take full advantage of your yard this outdoor entertaining season with a few simple, fun lawn games like cornhole, horseshoes and ladder toss. Want to make things more interesting? Create an elimination bracket and tournament for each game. From refreshing drinks to fun and
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