"I've conducted since I was 15?#34;I can't stop now," says former Oak Park and current River Forest resident Harriet Ziegenhals. Ziegenhals founded the Community Renewal Chorus and its affiliate youth choir, All God's Children, directing them for over 20 years before retiring in 1993.
Artists Galen Garapolo and Rick Smith share an interest in how shapes and forms relate to each other. But where Smith's work is conceptual, Garapolo's deals on a more subtle, emotional plane. Both are currently on exhibit at Morava Studios.
This year's Passover holiday ended almost a month ago and, much like the thrifty shopper who stocks up on wrapping paper the day after Christmas, this thrifty cook headed to Jewel and came home with a year's supply of matzah.
The participants in both the 34th Annual Walk with Israel and the 4th Annual Walk for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (JPIP) in Oak Park on Sunday were nearly all Jewish. And nearly all of them professed a love of both Judaism and Israel. Beyond that, however, their opinions on how the Jewish state is conducting its affairs diverged drastically.
Scotty Jones, the band director at Oak Park and River Forest High School the past six years, has doubled participation in band, started a 100-plus student marching band from scratch, and headed the school's African-American faculty association. Come June he'll head to Atlanta for a new post at a prestigious private Christian school.
After a year of committee work, the River Forest School board unanimously approved the submission of its Technology Plan to the state board of education Monday night. The comprehensive 3-year-long plan aims to implement better technology equipment in the district schools, as well as train the educational staff to be more efficient in the use of the equipment.
Village President David Pope and Oak Park trustees have drafted a list of ideal traits and skills they are looking for in a board member who would be appointed to serve a two-year term. The characteristics listed in the "job description" for the position range from an ability "to work effectively as part of a policy-level board" to past experience in "project-oriented environments."