It seems so simple now. "Five parents, one teacher, lots of clarinets sitting in closetsâ€"a slam dunk," says Joan Winstein, president of the board of PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation).
Circle Theatre was the big winner at the Oak Park Area Arts Council's annual meeting, held March 16 at Pleasant Home. Plenty of candidates and elected officials were on hand to press flesh and assure representatives of the arts community that they get the message OPAAC has been pitching for years: A thriving, vital arts scene is an essential element in the success of the continuing Oak Park experiment?#34;everything from development to diversity.
On April 2, the voices of the Oak Park Concert Chorale and the beauty of Unity Temple will combine for "Magnificent Music for Magnificent Spaces." The Chorale, celebrating its 25th year in Oak Park, not only blends soaring voices, but is itself a harmonious blend of diverse ages and ethnic groups.
The documentary Let Them Exist Nowhere by Liz Gawne, a graduate of St. Giles School and Fenwick High School, will air tomorrow, March 31, on WTTW's Image Union at 10:30 p.m. The film tells the story of a young Croatian boy living in Bosnia who was blinded by a landmine.
A ceremony was held by the Chapter 557 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) on Feb. 20 at the Oak Park Public Library to award scholarships to local teachers and therapists for their work and programs for children with special needs. For the first time this year, the ceremony included not only CEC mini-grant awards but also Naomi Law Scholarship awards, named for the former director of special education in Oak Park Elementary School District 97.
It's Holy Week for Christians and a good time to dispense a little wisdom, which you can find if you're looking. I inject a little wisdom into each day with one of those "thought-a-day" calendars. Last year it was the Dalai Lama. This year, it's Zen, which one wise man defined as "The religion before religion" whatever that means ... which is the point ... in Zen.
The Avon lady has been around since 1886. The first Tupperware home party was held in 1948. I went to a Mary Kay cosmetics party as a teenager (1979?), hoping to transform my awkwardly adolescent face. Even the blue eye shadow couldn't do it.
Ascension students are contributing money during Lent to build a religious education center/library in Sung-an, the Philippines, hometown of parish secretary Rose Daylo Hegarty, at left. Above is the architect's drawing of the one-room building.
I have it on good authority that one of the items our soldiers overseas most often request in their care packages from home is beef jerky. This information comes from an unimpeachable source, namely my daughter Anna, whose boyfriend, Shaun, is bravely serving our country as an Army sergeant in far away Afghanistan. So I've been busy lately. Making beef jerky.