Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle will attend Annual Settlers Day
Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle will attend 42nd Annual Settlers’ Day Sunday, November 23, 2014
Forest Preserves of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Deputy General Superintendent Eileen Figel and Forest Preserves staff
will host the 42nd Annual Settlers’ Day, with:
·         costumed living history demonstrators representing American history from French fur trading days, pioneer times and the Revolutionary and Civil War periods
·         period cabins
The James Tyree Foundation

 The James Tyree Foundation today announced it has awarded $500,000 in grants to eleven non-profit organizations that serve Chicago-area youth.

Terri Noon, executive director of the foundation named for late Chicago business and civic leader Jim Tyree, said this year’s grant recipients are shining examples of the foundation’s core mission: to advance innovative educational efforts in academics and health care.

MadKap Productions is holding its very first SKOKIE IDOL competition
MadKap Productions is holding it’s very first SKOKIE IDOL competition with auditions beginning January 31, 2015.  Auditionees should prepare their very best song.  They may sing to a karaoke track, a CD, or a musical instrument.
Auditionees will compete in one of three divisions based on age:  Grades 3 – 8, High School Students, and Adults.  During the auditions, eight contestants in each division will be selected to return for weekly sing-offs.
Keeping Siblings Together: New Adoption Recruitment Effort in Illinois
Rodney Young began the adoption process wanting to parent one child. As a single man with no other children, he couldn’t imagine raising siblings. But when Young met his twin sons, Troy and Tre, he had a change of heart. A twin himself, Young knew the importance of sibling relationships and felt strongly that the brothers should stay together. Over the course of weekend visits, trips to the movies, and meetings at McDonald’s, the three developed a strong bond and, eventually, became a family.
The Marriott Theatre will hold open dance calls for ANYTHING GOES

The Marriott Theatre will hold open dance calls for their upcoming production of ANYTHING GOES on Monday, December 1 at The Marriott Theatre Rehearsal Warehouse (1342 Barclay Blvd, Buffalo Grove, 60089).  The Marriott Theatre is seeking AEA and non-AEA male and female dancers with strong tap skills. Auditions will be held at 10 am for AEA and non-AEA men; 1 pm for AEA women; and 3 pm for non-AEA women.

The Music Institute of Chicago’s Institute for Therapy through the Arts
The Music Institute of Chicago’s Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) has again received a $50,000 grant from The Chicago Community Trust to continue its long-successful clinical services in creative arts therapy for patients of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).
Himalayan Stove Project Matches Donations on #GivingTuesday
In an effort to get back to a more meaningful sense of the “holiday spirit” after the over-hyped Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 1) spending binges that follow Thanksgiving, more than 10,000 organizations will give consumers more bang for their donated and charitable bucks on #GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014.
The Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative (NASHI), a non-profit provider of affordable housing design, education and technical assistance, has announced its partnership with Thunder Valley Development Corporation to improve living conditions on Native American lands. NASHI is partnering and adding expertise in the sustainable community development located at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This development will eventually provide 31 single family homes, 24 rental town homes, 45 rental apartments plus retail, community and light-industrial use.


Mike Maloney of Johnsburg High School in Johnsburg, IL was named the Chicago Bears High School “Coach of the Week” for Week 9.


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