Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu

February is Black History Month and an ideal time to learn about and recognize the contributions to children’s literature featuring African American characters and their authors. National award-winning author, Ylleya Fields wanted to expand the market and make a multicultural mark on the world by writing diverse children’s books. While looking for books to read to her eldest daughter (when she was 2), Ylleya was struck by the limited number of titles featuring African American characters. Blending both of her daughter's images and personalities together, Cupcake Jones was created.

Navy Pier Names Amy Cowen Chief Marketing Officer to Lead Piers Rebranding

Navy Pier Inc. today announced the appointment of Amy Cowen as Chief Marketing Officer, a newly created position to lead the Pier’s rebranding and repositioning as a world-class destination. Cowen completes a remarkable tenure at Shedd Aquarium as Executive Vice President.

Lavina Jadhwani Joins Lifeline Theatre as Casting Director

Lifeline Theatre welcomes Lavina Jadhwani as Casting Director beginning February 2 marking the transition of the role from a volunteer position to a salaried member of the administrative staff. Reporting directly to Artistic Director Dorothy Milne and Managing Director Allison Cain, Jadhwani will be responsible for overseeing the audition processes for the company, collaborating closely with directors to fulfill the casting needs for Lifeline’s three MainStage and three KidSeries productions every season.


Chicago's leading social service, religious and community-based organizations are co-sponsoring a Mayoral Forum to ask candidates about their vision for the City of Chicago related to issues facing Black and Latino communities.

Over 400 residents of color are expected to attend the only Mayoral Candidate forum that is not a debate but a discussion that encourages candidates to hone their answers as to how they will serve the citizens of Chicago and provide a unity platform.

Building Dream Playhouses for three lucky Kosair Kids

The Building Industry Charitable Foundation of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville in partnership with Kosair Charities and YouthBuild Louisville will present the dream playhouses built for three lucky Kosair Kids® during the “Revealing of the Playhouses” event on February 26, 2015 at the Home Garden & Remodeling Show.  The construction for the dreamhouses  began in November and this Friday the children selected will be able to preview the framed houses for the first time.

Announcing Integrative Touch for Kids 7th Annual Healing Retreat Week
We are delighted to announce that ITK's 7th Annual Healing Retreat will be held from July 26th to August 1st, 2015, at White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona! Families from Arizona and Illinois are invited to apply.
As many of you know, our Healing Retreats have been held at Hacienda del Sol for the past four years. However, Hacienda is currently undergoing expansion. While we will miss this beloved retreat location, we are excited to go back to our roots at White Stallion Ranch where the first ever ITK Healing Retreat was held!
Project MEMA enrich the lives of the children in Moishi, Tanzania

Project MEMA, a Boston-based nonprofit which seeks to promote education and healthy living for children living in Africa's Tanzania region. This registered public charity recently put a water tap at one of their schools, Rau Children's Center, bringing clean running water to the establishment. Can you imagine running water for the first time?


After a successful program launch in 2014, The Second City is proud to announce the 2015 Bob Curry Fellowship program. Headshot and resume submissions will be accepted January 14-17, 2015. The program runs from March 31 – June 2.

Actors Gymnasium Partners with Organizations New Professional Program
The Actors Gymnasium (AG) was created in 1995 by professional physical performers looking for a place to hone their craft. Nearly 20 years later, the next chapter in that journey unfolds. The Chicago area's first and longest-running circus school launches a Professional Circus Training Program set to open in September 2015 under the direction of Master Teacher Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi. Applications are being accepted for all interested students at

The Forest Preserves of Cook County will begin a new phase of work this month to restore 259 acres of forest preserve land near northwest suburban Wheeling.

Contractors will remove a large number of trees from the Portwine, Dam #1 Woods and Willow-Sanders properties, which stretch from Willow Road in the south to Lake-Cook Road in the north.


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