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  • June 09, 2019 3:44 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    From the Chicago Philharmonic web site:

    This program, presented through the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” initiative, brings side-by-side symphonic concerts to Chicago parks in local communities. Students and community members are invited to bring their instruments and collaborate with Chicago Philharmonic musicians in rehearsing and performing free concerts for members of the community and the general public. This initiative launched in 2015 with events at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown and the Columbus Park Refectory in the Austin community. Since then we have expanded to perform at Humboldt Park, Garfield Park Conservatory, and South Shore Cultural Center.

    We are excited to bring FIVE side-by-side concerts to Chicago in the summer of 2019!

    June 21 – Humboldt Park Boathouse (with Make Music Chicago!)

    June 29 – Ping Tom Memorial Park

    July 28 – Columbus Park Refectory

    August 3 – Hamilton Park

    August 17 – Pottawatomie Park


    Schedule for each concert:

    Side by Side rehearsal – 3:00-5:00pm

    Side by Side concert – 6:00pm

  • June 05, 2019 11:12 AM | Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    Interesting article out of the UK.  The independent, nearly obsessive pursuit of extreme mastery at an early age is what the author has defined as giftedness and her explanation of how that looks and feels is ever so approachable.  

    The Curse of Genius in 1843
  • May 23, 2019 6:40 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    From StoryStudio Chicago 5/23/2019 email blast . . .

    Want 50% off? If you register for more than one Summer Camp, we're offering half-off the second camp!


    If you refer a young writer, the referred purchaser can also get 50% off their camp purchase. Camp is more fun when you're writing with friends.

    Register now:

    Grades 9-12: June 24-28
    Grades 5-8: July 8-12
    Grades 6-10 (Sci-Fi/Fantasy Focused): July 15-19 

  • May 09, 2019 8:29 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Thanks to our professional member, Susan Goodkin, for introducing us to  a  
    new international literary journal run by teens, Epifany Magazine. They are taking submissions now for their second issue. 

    Susan encourages all teen writers to submit their work. Susan runs the California Learning Strategies Center which provides college counseling, particularly for gifted students aiming for selective colleges. She offers webinars throughout the year discussing the college admissions process. On May 19 and 25 she is offering her First Steps: What Parents of 8th, 9th and 10th Graders Need To Know Now About Getting Into Selective Colleges seminar. See details on the Calendar.

  • May 05, 2019 7:48 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    This multi-week program is designed to engage teens ages 15-18 in place-based research. Participants will dive into the rich history of Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, practice public speaking and interview techniques, and serve as onsite interpreters during Chicago Architecture Center's annual Open House Chicago in October.

    The 2019 summer program will include visits to historic buildings and culturally-important sites throughout Bronzeville. Ambassadors will interview community members about changes in the neighborhood over time, and will write, produce and edit their own audio stories focused on these interviews.

    An application, brief interview and attendance at one of our information sessions (see dates below) are required. Space is limited and your application does not guarantee acceptance. Applications are due by Monday, June 10 at 9am.

    PRICE FREE (student who complete the program are eligible for a $500 stipend and qualify for service learning credit)

    HOURS 9am—3pm (unless otherwise noted)

    LOCATION Robert Morris University: 401 S. State St. Chicago, IL 60605


    Sunday, June 2 at 9am OR Thursday, June 6 at 6pm (information session) at CAC, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

    Wednesday, July 10—Friday, July 19 (summer sessions; class does not meet on the weekend)

    Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 2:30pm (Teen summer celebration)

    Saturday, Oct. 12 (Open House Chicago training)

    Saturday—Sunday, Oct. 19-20 (Open House Chicago weekend)

    Saturday, Oct. 26 (digital check-in, as needed)

    Saturday, December (teen programs showcase) date and time TBD

    Click here for complete details on the CAC web site.

  • April 29, 2019 4:55 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    From the First Nations Film and Video Festival web site . . .

    The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico.

    Spring 2019 FNFVF Schedule!

    Bezazian Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1226 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60640
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Demon (6:02)
    The Party’s Downstairs (27:32)
    BULLDAWGS: The Emmanuel Boone Story (30:45)
    Sidewalk Entrepreneurs (48:10)
    Mahiganiec (5:29)
    Total Program Time: 1:57:58

    American Indian Center, 3401 W Ainslie
    Thursday, May 2, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Visions Of A Kill Shot (17:40)
    Warbonnet: An Odyssey of Honor (12:52)
    Respect your elders, Chum. (6:55)
    the team (1:00)
    Two Brothers of Trouble (10:00)
    Bad Medicine (7:55)
    Hard Out (3:37)
    In the Arms of Madness (20:30)
    Gik:skwod: How I Lost My Indian Name (2:50)
    Sapara Clothing: A Tradition in Danger (10:09)
    Total Program Time: 1:33:28

    University of Illinois Chicago-Latino Cultural Center 803 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL
    Friday, May 3, 2019, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Visions Of A Kill Shot (17:40)
    Self Portrait (3:15)
    Postcards (3:20)
    Haunted Cape Breton 2018 (18:02)
    Onicka (1:42)
    Buffalo Girl (Paskwâw Mostos Iskwêsis) (4:08)
    Mockingbird (19:53)
    Fire Ecology (24:40)
    Gik:skwod: How I Lost My Indian Name (2:50)
    Total Program Time: 1:35:30

    University of Missouri Columbia, at Ragtag Cinema, 10 Hitt Street, Columbia, MO
    Saturday, May 4, 2019

    Protect Our Future Daughters (5:45)
    Les vaillants (4:31)
    Fire Ecology (24:40)
    Gik:skwod: How I Lost My Indian Name (2:50)
    Innu Nikamu (1:32:00)
    Total Program Time: 1:59:30

    164 N State St, Chicago, IL
    Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 8:00pm – 10:00pm
    First Medicine; The long Man (14:26)
    Gik:skwod: How I Lost My Indian Name (2:50)
    Innu Nikamu (1:32:00)
    Total Program Time: 1:49:16

    Northwestern University, Graduate Lounge, 2122 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL
    Monday, May 5, 2019, 7:00pm – Food, 7:30pm – Films!
    Mishkeegogamang (30:00)
    The hunter (5:26)
    Idle No More (5:02)
    Les vaillants (4:31)
    Mahiganiec (5:29)
    Mommy goes race (5:50)
    Protect Our Future Daughters (5:45)
    Protecting our Homeland (3:55)
    So Alone (6:57)
    Stage Name: Victoria (3:28)
    The Choice (7:57)
    Buffalo Girl (Paskwâw Mostos Iskwêsis) (4:08)
    Total Program Time: 1:28:28

    HARPIN ARTS CENTER, 2810 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
    Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    THE ATTENDANT (5:28)
    Thunderbird (2:59)
    VOYEUR (12:00)
    Sapara Clothing: A Tradition in Danger (10:09)
    BLUFF (1:36:08)
    Total Program Time: 2:06:04

    CLAUDIA CASSIDY THEATER, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL
    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
    Innu Nikamu (1:32:00)
    Total Program Time: 1:32:00

    Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St. Evanston, IL
    Thursday, May 9, 2019 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    Silla (20:40)
    Living Culture Speaking Truth (38:17)
    Inuk Hunter (4:05)
    Kuujjuaq (4:54)
    Ka Ussi-Tshishkutamashuht (4:31)
    Shiny Object (5:00)
    Total Program Time: 1:17:27

  • April 26, 2019 7:29 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    CineYouth Festival 2019

    See the next generation of filmmakers now!

    Featuring 64 films from 18 different countries, this year’s CineYouth selection showcases the astounding talent of filmmakers 22 years old and younger by exhibiting new works in a variety of genres and thematic programs.

    Come celebrate CineYouth’s 15th anniversary April 26-28, 2019 at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, IL). All screenings are FREE and open to the public. Select award-winning films from CineYouth will screen at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival in October.

    Click here for complete details.

    Full CineYouth Schedule

  • April 25, 2019 5:54 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Opening Night: Wed., May 1, 5-9 PM, $10 Admission (Adults)

    Other Sale Days:
    Thurs., May 2, 9 AM-8 PM, Free Admission
    Fri., May 3, 9 AM-8 PM, Free Admission
    Sat., May 4, 9 AM-2 PM, Free Admission, Books by the Bag, $10 each.

    New Location:
    First United Methodist Church
    424 Forest Avenue, Glen Ellyn

    Our new location is just 1/2 block east of the Glen Ellyn Civic Center (just next door and adjacent to the GECC parking lot). It is on the SW corner of Duane Street and Forest Avenue. Enter from the Forest Avenue door directly into the Church’s lobby adjacent to the Great Hall and Dining room where the sale will be held. Free parking is available on the side streets nearby. Also, after 11 am weekdays and all day Saturday, you may park free in the commuter parking lots. 

    Why do we collect and sell used books?

    The AAUW Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch’s main fundraiser is the annual AAUW Used Book Sale. Each year, we sell more than 35,000 volumes to members of the community and visitors from surrounding states. Proceeds fund fellowships and grants nationally and COD scholarships locally.  AAUW Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch, NFP is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  AAUW stands for American Association of University Women, a national organization founded in 1881.

    Click here for complete details, including a coupon!

  • April 16, 2019 2:32 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Email from the College of DuPage received 4/16/2019 . . .

    Greetings from College of DuPage!


    Thank you for your interest in the GADgET Girls summer camp!

    The camp schedule has been finalized, and registration is now open!


    GADgET Girls

    Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering & Technology


    This one-week camp is designed to introduce girls, ages 11 to 14, to design and manufacturing processes, brought to you by the Youth Academy and Manufacturing Technology department. This camp will encourage creativity, self-confidence and innovation by introducing students to design and manufacturing processes and equipment. Students will be able to complete their own projects through guided instruction and will have the opportunity to explore career paths in manufacturing and engage with women currently working in the field. Students should bring a sack lunch each day. There will be at least one field trip to a local manufacturing facility during the camp.


    Monday to Friday, July 8 to 12

    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    YEEXC-0002-100, $239

    Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0014


    There is a limited capacity for this camp due to the number of workstations available in the manufacturing lab. We highly recommend registering as early as possible to ensure a spot is available for your child.


    You may register online at or over the phone with our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. When registering online, click on “Continuing Education Classes” on the right side of the screen, then choose “Youth Classes (Grades K-8)” on the right side.


    Once capacity has been met, a waitlist will be started. To be added to the waitlist, please call our registration staff at the number listed above.


    We hope to see you this summer!



    Jenna Greenfield


    Youth Academy

    Continuing Education

    College of DuPage

    425 Fawell Blvd.

    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


    Phone: (630) 942-2208| |

  • April 15, 2019 5:22 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Block Museum to offer week of programs highlighting archaeologist scholars

    In conjunction with their exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time, The Block is excited to announce a week of conversations, workshops, and symposia featuring a panel of international archaeologists. These public events, ranging from scholarly conversations to a keynote lecture delivered by noted archaeologist Susan Keech McIntosh, offer rare opportunities to interact with these scholars and learn more about their research. All events are free and open to all.

    Click here for view all events.

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