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HIGH NOTES: Starved Rock storyteller leads program Feb. 2

UTICA, Ill. — Bill Myers, the Starved Rock State Park Storyteller, will tell stories for all ages at the Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

This program is designed for families — children of all ages, parents and grandmas and grandpas. Some tales will make kids jump in a fun way so as not to scare the wee ones. Included in the story line-up are Myers’ classic Tennessee folk tale “Taily-P.” a rap version of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff: and “Return of the Native” by the late Robert Taylor Burns, which relates the story of Starved Rock from the Native American point of view.

Open to the public free of charge, Myers’ storytelling at the Visitors Center is sponsored by the Starved Rock Foundation.

Other dates scheduled for Myer’s storytelling are March 16 (an Irish special for St. Patrick’s Day) and April 13.

Children’s Theatre to present “The Quest’

MINOOKA — Minooka Community High School Children’s Theatre will present a special evening performance of “The Quest: A Fairy Tale with Attitude” on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the MCHS — Central Campus Performing Arts Center. 

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the performance will begin at 6 p.m. Show time is approximately 60 minutes. 
Admission to the event is a $1 (minimum) donation, with all proceeds benefitting the Mr. Mike Assaf and Mr. Sam Pavelka Funds.

“The Quest: A Fairy Tale with Attitude” follows favorite fairy tale characters as they travel across the land to find the ingredients for a potion to help their beloved Granny. Little do the characters realize that the Big Bad Wolf is on the prowl to ruin their plan. Will they find the poisoned apple, the cold porridge and the lock of golden hair?

‘Magnificent Metal III’ to be held at church

JOLIET, Ill. — The Joliet Junior College Musica Viva Series presents “Magnificent Metal III: Music for Brass and Organ” on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. at the historic St. Joseph Catholic Church, 416 N. Chicago Street in downtown Joliet.

Music selected from four centuries of literature for brass ensemble and pipe organ will be performed by the JJC Brass Quintet, directed by Professor Charles Morgan, with accompaniment from organist and fellow JJC Professor Philip Spencer. The program will feature classical favorites from significant composers including Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Widor and Boellman.

The members of the JJC Brass Quintet are Lauren LeMahieu, trumpet; Jeff McMillin, trumpet; Rich Blaha, french horn; Charles Morgan, conductor/trombone; and John Cryder, tuba.  St. Joseph Church is home to one of Joliet’s largest pipe organs which is housed in a magnificent acoustical setting, making it the ideal location for a concert of brass and organ music. 

The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a free-will offering for the restoration of the church’s historic building. For more information, call the JJC Fine Arts Department at (815) 280-2223.

Charles Morgan, professor of music and music coordinator, is the director of bands at Joliet Junior College.  His teaching duties at JJC include applied brass, music fundamentals, and conducting.  He conducts the 90-member JJC Community Band and the JJC Jazz Band. 

Philip Spencer, professor of music, is the director of choral and vocal music at Joliet Junior College.  His teaching duties at JJC include conducting both the college’s choral ensembles and teaching world music, applied and class voice.

FCCLA Club hosts  prom dress style show

The Morris Community High School FCCLA Club is hosting a Prom Dress Style Show: Prom Perfect at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 in the Morris High School auditorium.

Students will present skits to help perfect the prom experience, from getting the perfect date, to finding the perfect beauty salon and to practicing new dance moves.

Matt Feiden and Carrington Herman will sing during the show.

There will be a $2 donation at the door. All proceeds from this event will go to the Grundy County Prom n Aid program.

FCCLA will accept donations of gently used formal gowns and dresses, purses, and blue jeans. Contact Mrs. Higgins with questions or donations at (815) 942-1294.

‘Romantic Fools’ coming to Yorkville

YORKVILLE, Ill. — PR Productions is proud to announce performances of “Romantic Fools,” a comedic vaudeville revue of 12 two-character sketches examining love, lust, dating and romance.

Directed by Kris Pagoria, “Romantic Fools” will run at 8 p.m. Feb. 14-16 at the River’s Edge Theatre in Yorkville.

Tickets for the performance only are $15. Dinner and show tickets are also available (but not required) for $45, with dinner being served beforehand at the Cobblestone Bistro.

Drawing on inspiration from the likes of Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, Jules Feiffer, the Marx Brothers, and classic vaudeville, these sketches vary wildly in style, yet they all celebrate the farcical nature inherent in male-female relationships.

“This show is probably one of the most hilarious I have ever worked on,” said Pagoria. “It’s so funny to witness the true and very funny side of any relationship.”

The comedy stars Jacob Austin of Hinckley and Ashley Hamilton of Oswego. The show is broad, and takes audiences on a trip through the humorous side of relationships. The first blind date, “Find Me a Primitive Man,” involves a caveman who only communicates in grunts and gestures. He brings a slab of meat to the date, which wouldn’t be welcome in the later skit about vegetarians, or it might be. At the other extreme, “The Stepford Guy” presents a woman’s fantasy of the perfect man and how it’s not satisfying.

Things aren’t so rosy for guys either, since one man’s blind date is with a crazy woman who sends him a festival of mixed signals. Another man hires an escort to live out his fantasy. There’s even a skit presented as a spoof of Abbott & Costello’s “who’s on first” routine.

Two other verbal jousts feature arm-wrestling as a literal version of a power game, and another showing each person’s imaginary projection of their whole future relationship in the question of buying a drink.

Tickets may be purchased online at

Valentine’s Dance to  be held Feb. 16

MINOOKA — A Valentine’s Day Dance will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at at Chapins East, 502 Twin Rail Dr., Minooka.

Minooka American Legion Post 1188 is sponsoring the dance, which will feature music, cash bar and snacks. Cost is $15 per person. There is no charge for servicemen in uniform.

Tickets can be purchased through Ed Taylor at (815) 521-2156, Dave Corbin at (815) 693-9162 or Chapins East.

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