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A grand opening ceremony was recently held for the Blue Cap Food Pantry located on 2155 Broadway St. in Blue Island. The Food Pantry is partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and will be mostly operated by people with intellectual disabilities. Photo Credit: Provided by Blue Cap


A grand opening ceremony was recently held for the Blue Cap Food Pantry located on 2155 Broadway St. in Blue Island. The Food Pantry is partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and will be mostly operated by people with intellectual disabilities as a way for them to learn vocational skills and prepare for future employment opportunities. See more on Page 2

Business: National Public Housing Museum Awarded IMLS Grant for Entrepreneurship Hub — Page 4 Entertainment: The Miracle Center debuts theatrical adaption of ‘There’s a Coquí in my Shoe!’ as part of DESTINOS — Page 8 |


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INDIANA UNIVERSITY ENROLLMENT FEATURES RECORD FRESHMAN CLASS, HIGHS FOR MINORITY STUDENT POPULATION As of Aug. 27, the official IU census day for the fall semester, Indiana University enrollment this fall semester featured the largest freshman class in its nearly 200-yearold history, while the diversity of IU’s student body continues to grow. Minority students now constitute a quarter of IU’s degree-seeking population. For the second consecutive year, IU’s student body contains more than 20,000 degree-seeking minority students, setting a new record for diversity at the university. Total official enrollment was 91,515 degree-seeking students on seven campuses, a small decline of 0.7 percent from fall 2017.


PATRICK HUELS TO BE HONORED AT MERCY’S 51ST ANNUAL GALA Patrick Huels, Mercy Foundation, Inc. chair and a longtime board member, will be honored for his legacy of service at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center’s 51st Dinner Dance Gala on September 28 at Patrick Huels the Hilton Chicago. Mercy Hospital is located on 2525 S. Michigan Avenue. Robert M. Gasior, MD, a vascular and general surgeon who has served Mercy for more than 45 years, will also be honored at the gala. In addition to Huels, this year’s gala chairs are Dr. John and Nina Cudecki and Susan and William Gallagher. Huels’ service to Mercy began when he was Chicago’s 11th ward alderman and he was invited to shoot the starting pistol at Mercy’s fun run. In 1995, he joined the board of directors of the hospital’s fundraising arm, Mercy Foundation, Inc. Huels, is the owner of SDI Security, Inc. and Emerald Group, LLC and has served as foundation chair since 2010. To become an event sponsor, register to attend or donate to Mercy Foundation, please visit:


CHICAGO COUNCIL OF LAWYERS OPPOSES THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE KAVANAUGH TO THE SUPREME COURT The Chicago Council of Lawyers, a non-partisan public interest bar association, recently opposed the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a a letter to Congress. Although the Council has not traditionally spoken out regarding Supreme Court nominees, a Chicago Council of Lawyers, press release called current circumstances, “extraordinary,” and said the Council could not “remain silent.” The 18page judicial evaluation report is available for download by visiting

New Food Pantry Doubles As A Community Resource And Vocational Program Continued from page 1 BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

A grand opening ceremony was recently held for the Blue Cap Food Pantry located on 2155 Broadway St. in Blue Island. The Food Pantry is partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and will be mostly operated by people with intellectual disabilities as a way for them to learn vocational skills and prepare for future employment opportunities. The Blue Cap Food Pantry will be open exclusively to residents of Blue Island and Robbins on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and recipients must bring a photo I.D. and a piece of mail to prove residency. Eligible recipients may only receive food from the Pantry once a month. Blue Cap is an organization which offers a variety of programs providing educational, vocational, therapeutic, and residential services to infants, children, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities on the south side of Chicago and in more than 30 suburban

communities. “We are an agency that takes care of nearly 200 people from childhood all the way through senior citizen age with intellectual disabilities,” said Jill Hart, director of community relations at Blue Cap. For quite some time, Blue Cap operated a state-funded sheltered workshop where day program participants found work doing final checks on things like the valves and springs of already manufactured products. At some point, the state decided to defund the sheltered workshop and Blue Cap found themselves with a completely empty facility. “We ended up with this huge space that used to be a sheltered workshop and we have all these people that we take care of and we had to find another way to fill their day. That’s how we decided to turn the former workshop space into a food pantry which will serve the community,” said Hart. Now, Blue Cap participants will be working in the Food Pantry and learning vocational training, inventory skills, and interacting with

their community. “The people that we take care of with intellectual disabilities will be working in the food pantry as part of their day program and then for a lot of them, depending on their ability, it will prepare them for an outside job and community employment. So it’s kind of a vocational thing for the people that we take care of,” said Hart. The Greater Chicago Food Depository will be providing most of the non-perishable food in the Food Pantry but Blue Cap is still in need of donations to satisfy the need for perishable items like milk. “We’ll be doing a lot of fundraising in order to get perishable item’s and to keep them stocked so that we can continue to provide this service for our community and our neighboring community,” said Hart. The Blue Cap Food Pantry is the first time the Greater Chicago Food Depository will be partnering with a pantry that is operated by people with intellectual disabilities, according to Hart.

Online competition would net $10,000 for Special Olympics The Interstate 55-Lake Shore Drive interchange reconstruction is a finalist in an online competition to choose the country’s top transportation project and a chance to earn $10,000 for an Illinois-based nonprofit. The Illinois Department of Transportation will donate the prize money to the local Special Olympics if the project receives the most votes. The public is encouraged to vote early and often — individuals can vote once a day — at until the competition closes Sept. 22. “We are proud to be recognized for the hard work we do every day for the people of Illinois and excited to have the opportunity to give back to a great local organization,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “With the public’s help, we will not only bring home the award, but $10,000 for Special Olympics athletes.” The I-55-Lake Shore Drive interchange emerged as Top 12 finalist out of the 79 projects submitted nationwide for the America’s Transportation Awards hosted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Socrata, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The project team at IDOT was recognized not only for rebuilding one of the most critical pieces

The public is being asked to vote in an online competition to choose the country’s top transportation project and a chance to earn $10,000 for an Illinois-based nonprofit.

of infrastructure in the Midwest, but for an innovative technique that employed the use of a temporary bridge to accommodate traffic during construction, saving the public countless hours of delays by avoiding extended

closures and detours. The $135 million project was completed on time and on budget last year. The choice of the Special Olympics to share in the award is especially noteworthy. The first Special Olympics was held

50 years ago this summer at Soldier Field, which is next door to the improved interchange that enhanced access to the iconic stadium and numerous other institutions along Chicago’s lakefront.

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Marybeth Beno named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year at South Suburban College Marybeth Beno, of Flossmoor, was recently presented with the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award at South Suburban College. The recognition represents a culmination of emotions rooted in 35 years of distinguished, loyal service to students of all ages and backgrounds. For Beno, who will be retiring at the end of this academic year, it was always about the students. “I feel very honored. It’s always nice to be recognized for doing a good job, especially after pouring your entire heart and soul into your career for over three decades,” said Beno. Beno ran into one of her former students who let her know if it weren’t for her teaching methods and encouragement, he wouldn’t have made it through her class and engineering school. “When students thank you at the conclusion of a semester, or when you run into a former student who tells you that your class made a difference in their lives, it’s the best feeling!” Beno is a firm believer that community college is the best place to start for college degree seekers. All three of her children attended SSC before completing their Bachelor’s Degrees at DePaul and Purdue and becoming gainfully employed in their chosen fields. “Faculty and staff here really care about one another and the students. Our decisions are based on student needs and student success.” Beno said receiving the award and reflecting on her career is bittersweet knowing she’s facing her “last syllabus, last PowerPoint, last final exam week... I will miss the students, my office, and seeing my friends every day. But, with every ending, there’s a new beginning. I have three little people who mean the world to me. Mikey is 4, Sydney is 1, and Haley is brand new. I will see them as often as I can and watch them grow.” Marybeth Beno always wanted to teach. She played school with her sister when she was young, and she was always the teacher. They had a blackboard in their basement and worked on math problems together. Soon, it will be time to dust off the old blackboard for her three little people.

Marybeth Beno, of Flossmoor, was recently presented with the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award at South Suburban College.

Harvey Fire Department along with six others receive $1.5 million through AFG Program BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

Seven of Chicago’s South Suburban Fire Departments will receive federal funds, totaling $1.5 million, through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The grant recipients were chosen by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. Local AFG Program recipients include; the Burnham Fire Department, $134,855, the Crete Township Fire Protection District, $27,000, the Flossmoor Fire Department, $348,992, the Harvey Fire Department, $921,300, Glenwood Fire Department, $8,234, the Phoenix Fire Department, $54,959,

and the Homewood Fire Department, $$58,210. The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, state fire training academies, and nonaffiliated Emergency Medical

Services organizations. Nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations are public or private nonprofit entities that provide medical transportation and are not affiliated with a hospital. They serve an area where emergency medical services are not already provided by a fire department, according to FEMA. “Getting the grant money is really going to help us maintain

the overall safety and health of our firefighters by allowing us to keep a clean environment in the firehouse. The receipt of this grant money will help us overall in the process of being able to continue with our normal projects and still fulfill these other needs without taking funds away from something else,” said Deputy Fire Chief, Steve DeJong.

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BUSINESS Up to One Million Dollars in Financing to Be Awarded to Ethnic Minority Companies in ‘Shark Tank’-like Business Competition Minority business owners have historically found it difficult to gain access to capital. This funding often plays a big part in determining between the success and failure of the business. Studies have shown that financial, human, and social capital, as well as racial discrimination, are primarily responsible for disparities between non-minority and minority businesses. Achieving parity is key to significant U.S. economic growth, creating new jobs and raising wages in economically disadvantaged communities. To help solve this dilemma and bring attention to this issue, the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) and the City of Saint Paul, Minn., are hosting the first-ever national ethnic minority Million Dollar Chal-

lenge – modeled on the television show “Shark Tank” – where early stage businesses will compete for up to $1 million in financing. Ethnic-minority owned businesses from across the country will meet in Saint Paul, Minn. and will participate in a speed pitching event to qualify for up to one million dollars in financing. The challenge is being held by Meda, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s top-performing minority business development agency in the nation. Round one will be held on Oct. 10, 2018 as part of Twin Cities Startup Week and adjacent to the national Blacks in Technology conference. Up to 10 finalists will move on to the next round – an “accelerator” offering investor and

industry feedback, mentorship, exposure and professional connections. These finalists will return to Saint Paul, Minn. in January for the final event, which will award up to one million dollars in financing. Financing will be in the form of a convertible note. The Oct. 10, 2018 event will be held at the Travelers Insurance corporate headquarters auditorium at 345 Washington Avenue, Saint Paul, Minn. A reception begins at 5 p.m. and the speedpitch competition will run from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Potential ethnic minority businesses wanting to apply can do so at and complete a nine-question online questionnaire. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) and the City of Saint Paul, Minn., are hosting the first-ever national ethnic minority Million Dollar Challenge – modeled on the television show “Shark Tank” – where early stage businesses will compete for up to $1 million in financing.


National Public Housing Museum Awarded IMLS Grant for Entrepreneurship Hub

Kruze Consulting has released a report analyzing startup CEO salaries.

Average Startup CEO Salary is $130,000 Kruze Consulting, a leading CPA, tax and consulting firm to venture and seed backed startups, published a research report analyzing the salary of startup CEO's salaries and found that the av-

erage CEO makes $130,000 per year in salary. This study looked at the salary of over 125 funded companies, and compared CEO pay based on the startup's industry and the amount of funding raised.

Target Expands Holiday Assortment to Offer More Than 2,500 New and Exclusive Toys Target Corp. (NYSE : TGT ) recently announced Bullseye's Top Toys of 2018. New this year, to make shopping Bullseye's Top Toys even more easy and fun, Target has created an online experience that showcases top toys by key trends of the season. The retailer also will soon unveil a digital spin on its annual kids gifting catalog. Additionally, with

services like Order Pickup, Drive Up, same-day delivery shopped by Shipt and free, no-membership-required two-day shipping, Target offers more easy and convenient shopping options. REDcard holders save an extra five percent every day and get free shipping on most items at

“We're going bigger, offering guests thousands of toys, including more than 2,500 new and exclusive items – nearly double compared to last year – and creating even more engaging experiences in stores and online “ says Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at Target.

The Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) recently announced that the National Public Housing Museum has been awarded the Community Catalyst Grant for $147,083, with funds to support the Museum’s Entrepreneurship Hub. The highly competitive grant received forty-nine applications this year, and the Museum is one of twelve institutions that will be awarded funding for this grant period. The Museum’s community partners for the Hub include University of Illinois-Chicago’s Social Justice Initiative, the Chicago Housing Authority’s Central Advisory Council, Civic Projects, Archeworks, and many public housing residents. The project is inspired by the resilience of Chicago’s public housing residents who have worked in informal economies as artists, hair stylists, food purveyors, fashion designers, and social entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurship Hub focuses on Chicago’s homegrown talent and invests in the innovative potential of public housing residents by providing support, resources, and collective imagining as they move their businesses from the kitchen table to the storefront and beyond. “We are excited to play a role in the design and build-out of the Entrepreneurship Hub as the Museum moves closer to completion,” says Monica Chadha of Civic Projects. “The Hub will provide incubation and growth for entrepreneurs and its pairing with the Museum co-op shop creates an ecosystem for businesses to distribute products directly to consumers. The project is a vital component of the Museum’s mission and supports new and innovative approaches to business growth. The Museum’s Hub is made up of four parts including: • The Social Justice Business School, a curriculum of classes on economic development economic democracy, cooperative enterprise, small business ecosystems, racialization of space, and neighborhood change. • Open Hours, a drop-in and pro-bono business services for public housing residents provided by Chicago designers, architects, and small business owners, • A Museum Store, as a groundbreaking public housing resident-owned cooperative business • A Storytelling space, featuring workshops that empower residents to share their own stories about entrepreneurship as well as train residents to become oral historians themselves.

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Fashion Influencers Set Trends On Instagram BY VERONICA FELIPE

Today, millennials and others are copying the trends of female and male fashionistas on social media and making these trends their own. Although these trendsetters or so-called “Influencers” come from many backgrounds, they are gaining in popularity and have managed to gather and publish posts on Instagram that have transformed into millions of followers. Listed below are the top fashion influencers on Instagram: 1. Chiara Ferragni INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS: 14.6M WEBSITE: STATS: On Wikipedia, Chiara Ferragni is described as an, “an Italian fashion businessperson,” and, “influencer who has collaborated with fashion and beauty brands such as Tod's and Pantene via her blog The Blonde Salad.” In September

counter at Macy’s to becoming a YouTube and Instagram sensation, now has over 7 million followers on Instagram. “After starting her blog and videos in 2011, it only took three years for Camila to get on the cover of Glamour Magazine,” according to She also shares advice and makeup tutorials.

Millennials and others are taking fashion cues from female and male fashionistas online.

2017, she was ranked first in the Forbes list of the most powerful fashion influencers. 2. Camila Coelho INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS: 7.4M WEBSITE: STATS: Coelho, a Brazilian fashion and beauty blogger whose humble beginnings took her from working at a makeup

3. Amra Olevic INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS: 5.5M STATS: Amra Olevic is an Instagram and Pinterest phenomenon who runs the highly popular beauty and fashion blog Glamrezy. She is a MAC artist who earned her own line with Anastasia brow studio, according to the website 4. Aimee Song INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS: 4.9M WEBSITE: STATS: As founder of Song of Style, Song is a fashion and interior design Blogger /

and YouTuber featuring videos focused on fashion, design inspiration, DIY and more. Song has 293K subscribers on her YouTube Channel also called Song of Style. 5. Julie Sarinana INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS: 4.9M WEBSITE: STATS: Sarinana is a top Mexican international fashion and lifestyle influencer. As founder of the website Sincerely Jules, she’s also,”owner and Creative Director of the clothing line Shop Sincerely Jules,” according to her website sincerelyjules. com, where she says she, “strives to create beautiful content to inspire and help her readers achieve their goals.” What’s to love about Instagram and fashion influencers? Everything! There are few others on earth who can create a stir online with just one post, igniting an undeniable passion for personal blogs, fashion and trends.

New Research Finds the More Connected You Feel to Your Future Self the Healthier Choices You Make Staying committed to healthy habits can be daunting. We are constantly faced with tradeoffs. Cooking at home versus indulging in a night out. Waking up early to exercise versus getting that extra hour of sleep. New research from Columbia Business School, UCLA and California State University Northridge examines these day-to-day decisions and finds that the more connected you feel to your future self, the more likely you are to adopt healthier habits today, tomorrow and thereafter. While there have been several studies on the financial benefits of future self-continuity (the connection one feels to the future self), this is the first study to investigate the link between future self-continuity and long-term decision-making related to one's health. "Our findings can help people circumvent the pitfalls of behavioral health changes," said Michael Slepian, Assistant Professor of Business at Columbia Business School. "What the research shows is, if you can get people to think about their connection to their future selves, you can also get them to visualize the repeated health decisions they will need to make to improve their long-term health."

New research from Columbia Business School, UCLA and California State University Northridge examines day-to-day decisions and finds that the more connected you feel to your future self, the more likely you are to adopt healthier habits today, tomorrow and thereafter.

FUTURE SELF-CONTINUITY AND YOUR HEALTH Through two studies, Slepian and his co-authors, Abraham Rutchick, Monica Reyes, Lindsay Pleskus and Hal Hershfield, found evidence that a stronger connection between present and future selves is associated with better health and lifestyle choices. In the first study, the researchers assessed the relation between future selfcontinuity and self-reported health. In the second study, they implemented a brief intervention—writing a letter to one's future self—to explore the effects of future self-continuity on

exercise behavior over time. The researchers compared focusing on one's self far in the future, 20 years from now, to focusing on a near future self, 3 months from now. They discovered that exercise behavior increased as a result of focusing on one's connection with the self far in the future, thus showing long-term decision-making potential. According to the researchers, it is possible that increasing future self-continuity would not only promote positive healthy behavior like exercising, but also prevent negative behaviors like overeating.

The findings of this study could be applied to other behavioral health domains including skincare, such as sunscreen use and tanning salon use, dental care, such as regular flossing and routine dental visits, and road safety, such as texting while driving. FUTURE SELF-CONTINUITY AND YOUR LIFE Beyond healthy living, highlighting future self-continuity could help people develop new skills for new careers or promotions. Likewise, when it comes to saving money, whether for a child's college education or a future

home purchase, the more connected one feels to the future self, the more one might feel capable and ready to start putting money away today. The paper, "Future SelfContinuity Is Associated With Improved Health and Increases Exercise Behavior," was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology and is available online at: doi=10.1037%2Fxap0000153. To learn more about the cuttingedge research being conducted at Columbia Business School, please visit

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Is it Time to Replace Your Entry Door? What to Know StatePoint - Is it time to replace your home’s entry door? If your foyer is drafty, the answer is yes. Particularly with winter around the corner. Not only will a new door boost exterior appeal, it will prepare interiors for a temperature dip, making your home more comfortable, while saving you money on utility bills. So, what should you be looking for in a door?

• A TAILORED FIT. Nothing feels quite as good as well-tailored clothing created specifically to your size, shape and style preference. Off-therack clothing just doesn’t fit everyone’s measurements. Similarly, off-the-rack

doors fall short of expectations in the same way. The materials and workmanship that go into custom-made doors are of exceptional quality and durability, and far exceed what is available as ready-made. Unlike consumer-grade doors, which are cut down to fit your need, professional-class doors are built to your exact measurements for a more secure and energy efficient door. • ENERGY EFFICIENCY. Look for ENERGY STAR certified doors, which have been independently tested and certified to meet strict energy-efficiency standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. While a new door does come with a price tag, it’s important to keep in mind that the right

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choice can help you lower your utility bills and ultimately present a return on your investment. • QUALITY MATERIALS. While wood doors offer a beautiful classic look, they require regular maintenance and lack the endurance, security and energy efficiency of fiberglass or steel. Consider opting for quality materials that will last a long time but not force you to sacrifice the look you want. For example, the low-maintenance fiberglass options offered by door system manufacturer ProVia include the Signet and Heritage collections and provide the classic look of real woodgrain, but are engineered to be highly energy efficient. The Legacy

• THE RIGHT STYLE. When selecting a style and color, take into consideration the current architectural elements of your home. Use online tools that allow you to upload an image of your home’s exterior and play with various combinations to determine the right fit. Keep in mind that an entry door can either be a place to maintain the overall mood of your home’s exterior or a way to add a pop of color. For more tips and resources,

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ENTERTAINMENT Broadway In Chicago invites high schools to participate in the Eighth Annual Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards Broadway In Chicago is inviting high schools across the State of Illinois to participate in the Eighth Annual Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards sponsored by NBC 5. Broadway In Chicago’s Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards (IHSMTA) celebrate excellence in high school theatre throughout the State of Illinois. High school educators can fill out a School Application form. Application details can be found at www.BroadwayInChicago. com/IHSMTA. Broadway In Chicago encourages all Illinois Public and Private High Schools to apply, however School Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and only the first 70 schools to apply will be accepted. The deadline to submit School Applications for the 2019 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards is Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Eligible schools must adhere to the following: The High School must be located in the State of Illinois Musical productions must take place between September 30, 2018 and April 15, 2019 to be considered A musical production qualifies if it is a full-length musical listed on The Jimmy® Awards (National High School Musical Theatre Awards) Qualifying Show List. The categories include Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Production presented by Guardian Music Travel, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design presented by SPL and two new categories this year: Best Choreography and Best Ensemble. Twenty-four nominees (12 actors and 12 actresses) will receive tickets to a Broadway In Chicago show, perform on stage at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) and compete in front of Chicago casting agents and theater professionals. From the twenty-four nominees, two Illinois award recipients (one Best Actor, one Best Actress) will go on an all-expense paid trip to New York City to represent the State of Illinois at The Jimmy® Awards and participate in a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only showcase on Broadway, where a panel of judges crowns the nation’s top performers. The Jimmy® Awards are named for legendary Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander. Broadway In Chicago is a Nederlander presentation, and is joining the network of theatres across the country participating in The Jimmy® Awards. Important Dates School Applications Due: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards: May 6, 2019 The Jimmy® Awards: Summer 2019 (exact date to be announced) The 2018 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Award recipients were Darian Goulding of Hampshire High School in Hampshire, IL (Best Actor) for his portrayal of “The Beast” in BEAUTY & THE BEAST, Natalie Doppelt of Deerfield High School in Deerfield, IL (Best Actress) for her portrayal of “Sister Mary Robert” in SISTER ACT, York Community High School for their production of TUCK EVERLASTING (Best Production), Crystal Lake South High School for their production of PETER PAN (Best Scenic Design) and Rebecca Marianetti of York Community High School for their production of TUCK EVERLASTING (Best Direction).

The Miracle Center debuts world premiere theatrical adaption of ‘There’s a Coquí in my Shoe!’ as part of DESTINOS

There’s a Coquí in My Shoe! by The Miracle Center’s Playwright, Roberto J. Negrón, is an adaptation of Marisa de Jesús Paolicelli’s children’s book about Puerto Rico’s national mascot, the Coquí (little tree frog, pronounced “co-kee”).


he Miracle Center, 2311 N. Pulaski Rd. in Chicago’s Logan Square/ Hermosa community, presents the world premiere of There’s a Coquí in My Shoe! as part of DESTINOS – the 2nd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival. Performances are Sept. 21-Oct. 13: Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. For tickets and information, visit TheMiracleCenter. org or call (773) 276-5933. There’s a Coquí in My Shoe! by The Miracle Center’s Playwright, Roberto J. Negrón, presented by The Miracle Center’s Adult Theater Ensemble, is an adaptation of Marisa de Jesús Paolicelli’s children’s book about Puerto Rico’s national mascot, the Coquí (little tree frog, pronounced “co-kee”). A young boy named Armando surprisingly discovers a coquí in his red shoe. Carlito the Coquí is lost and cannot

find his way home to the rainforest. Armando befriends Carlito and anxiously waits for the following day to accompany his mother, Lola, to sell their pushcart of piraguas (pee-rah-gwas) (snow cones) to the Puerto Rican children. See in this charming tale how Carlito the Coquí and Armando’s friendship blossoms. Find out whether or not Carlito the Coquí will find his way home with the help of Armando, and if Armando and his mother will sell their mouth-watering piragüas. There’s a Coquí in My Shoe! is a

distinctive and delightful story celebrating Puerto Rico’s national treasure, the coquí. It splendidly captures, in breathtaking illustrations, the vibrant color, culture, flora (plant kingdom), and fauna (animal kingdom) of the island. Full of yummy tastes, bright colors, and dramatic sounds, Puerto Rico’s cultural importance is described in the scenes and places including El Morro, El Yunque National Forest, Old San Juan, Casa Rosa, and Puerto Rico’s white, sandy beaches. The Miracle Center’s (TMC) mission is to use the performing and visual arts as a tool for personal and professional growth via self-expression for youth and adults. TMC nurtures and encourages the development of the next generation of professional artists by offering them opportunities to perform and exhibit their work. For more information, visit or call (773) 2765933.

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Back to School, Back to You: A Parent’s Survival Guide your children to keep up a moderate pace, while sharing stories and highlights from the day and playing games like “I Spy.” More health and wellness tips can be found at While it sounds counter-intuitive or even impossible to put yourself first when you’re a parent, prioritizing your health and fitness is essential to keeping up with parental demands. This back-to-school season, stay focused on the fact that you still need time for you. PHOTO SOURCE: (c) lordn /

(StatePoint) Parenthood is a demanding and busy job, particularly during back-toschool season. With lunches to pack, homework to check, projects to oversee and activities to drive the kids to and from, it’s no wonder many parents find it challenging to squeeze in time for self-care. But, if you want to keep up with your kids, it’s important to carve out time for healthy eating and exercise. Here are some ways to make more time for your own health, according to Courtney McCormick, dietitian for Nutrisystem.

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Nothing makes mornings more chaotic than having to pack lunches while trying to get everyone out the door. And packing lunch in a pinch can leave you susceptible to making hasty choices. Take about 10 minutes in the evening to prepare the next day’s lunches; you will thank yourself in the morning when you have healthy meals and snacks packed and ready to roll for yourself and your kiddos. Other meal prep ideas: • Put together a bunch of meals on Sunday to simply pull out of the fridge and heat for quick, yet wholesome dinners on busy week nights. • Boil a dozen eggs for an easy protein-rich snack. Create baggie-sized portions of nuts and fruit. Prepping nourishing grab-and-go snacks for the afternoon crunch will help you stay on track. Walk on Your Lunch Break If you find yourself really strapped for workout time, try taking a 30-minute walk before eating your lunch. Even doing light cardiovascular exercise for a half hour can help you stay in shape and shed some pounds. Get the Kids Moving If you weren’t able to squeeze in a sweat session sans kids, round up the family and take a long, after-dinner stroll. Encourage

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