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BRIEFS: Love Shine Festival to aid Autism recovery

YORKVILLE — The Love Shine Festival, to be held Friday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1, will benefit The Hope Shine, the not-for-profit organization for autism recovery.

The festival will take place at Hide Away Lakes, 8045 Van Emmon Road, Yorkville, and will feature three days of music, camping and free wifi with the admission price of $50. 

Love Shine Festival, now in its fourth year, will present live bands such as Thinner Teed, Flow Theory, Electric Medicine, Chester Brown, Jaik Willis and 30 other bands.

The Hope Shine identifies several issues that are contributing to the autism epidemic, advocating vaccine safety and healthy food habits.

The Hope Shine is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to make the therapeutic interventions that may be necessary for recovery from autism available to everyone regardless of their financial situation. It provides education and resources to affected families and the public about autism recovery and prevention and to support action to end the autism epidemic.

For further details, contact The Hope Shine’s Director, Martha Kruppa, at (224) 400-1564 and visit

Training will teach volunteers how to tell tale of the I & M Canal

The Canal Alliance is looking for interested and engaging people to help tell the stories of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor in accurate, interesting, and compelling ways.

Part one of the Story-telling Partner Network Certification Training entitled, “How to tell an accurate story?,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area and will include a half hour break for lunch.

This training program is the first step to joining the Storytelling Partner Network and is limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

Advanced registration is required; the fee for the workshop is $15.

Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area is located at 5010 N. Jugtown Rd. Morris, IL 60450.
Call (815) 223-1851 for more information or to register today.

The Canal Alliance is comprised of groups and individuals committed to working toward achieving the vision, mission, and guiding principles of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. Canal Alliance membership is open to anyone whether your interested in recreation, conservation, tourism, historic preservation or education/interpretation. For more information about the Canal Alliance visit the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor’s website or blog

The Canal Corridor Association has been designated by Congress as the local coordinating entity for the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, the nation’s first national heritage The Canal Corridor Association, a 501(c)3 non profit,  preserves history, protects nature and open space, and creates destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor from Chicago to LaSalle/Peru.


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