David M. Sokol, Professor Emeritus of Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago, the founder and long time director of the UIC Museum Studies Program, was appointed to the Board of the Illinois State Museum and confirmed by the State Senate on April 26th. Sokol was the first curator of the Terra Museum of American Art and served as Acting Director both of the Terra Museum and Spertus Museum. He has guest curated many exhibitions, and is the author of books, exhibition catalogs, and articles.
On Monday, April 23, the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association installed new officers to its Board of Directors. Dorothy Brown, Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court, presided over the swearing-in ceremony held at the club's historic landmark building at 178 Forest Avenue.
Tuesday evening, April 24, 2012, marked the first commencement for local high school seniors in the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation's Future Philanthropists Program and it was also the second year in a row they have made grants to local nonprofits.
While the main objective of Relay For Life is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, the event helps spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer and unite a community in the fight against cancer.
Arbor Day will be celebrated on Thursday, April 26 this year and more than 225 Fourth Graders in Oak Park and Melrose Park will roll up their sleeves and plant a tree. The kids will become members of Fourth Grade Foresters. The project’s goal is to help revitalize a remarkable idea--observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. Fourth graders at the following schools will receive trees to take home and plant:
The Lake Theatre is pleased to announce the opening of an important documentary called “Bully” (PG-13) on April 20th. Directed by Sundance and Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, “Bully” highlights the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation, with over 13 million American children to be bullied this year. The film brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Show times are 12:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:45pm, 7pm, and 9:15pm at the Lake Theatre,1022 Lake Street in downtown Oak Park.
LED light bulbs are now installed in forty lighting units in Oak Park Public Library’s parking garage at 834 Lake Street. The new LED lights are visibly brighter while using less than half the energy of the replaced bulbs. “The new lights also have a motion-detecting feature and switch to half-power when not activated,” states Facilities Manager Rory ONeill.
Three teams of students from Mann Elementary School and one team of students from Percy Julian Middle School qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals following their successful performance at the state tournament in Belleville, Illinois on March 31, 2012. They will be among the hundreds of teams from around the globe that will compete for title of world champion at Iowa State University from May 23 to 27.
Nichelle Brigham is to be married to Aaron Stigger. Ms. Brigham is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, IL with a Bachelor degree in communication. Currently, she works in Schaumburg, IL as an admissions counselor for Colorado Technical University. Nichelle graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School in 2000.