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  • 1.     September 2011 Save the Date: Sunday, Oct 9 – See Yaresi run the Chicago Marathon! For Free Museum Days go to:http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/events___special_events/special_events/tourism/Museum _Free_Days.html KermesSept 3 & 4 Sept 9-11St. Pius Church St. Procopius Church1919 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago 1641 S. Allport St, Chicagohttp://stpiusvparish.org/ http://www.stprocopius.com/Cost: FreeKermes are festivals held by schools and churches to raise funds. Many activities take place including"tombolas" essentially a drawing for big and small prizes. Assets Built: #17 Creative Activities (Exploring thecreativity of others can lead to personal creativity discussions) & #34 Cultural Competence (Explore the celebrations inthe Hispanic community) Chicago Sinfonietta Project Inclusion EnsembleSaturday, Sept 10 (1:00 pm)Chicago Public Library, Portage-Cragin: 5108 W. Belmont Avenue; ChicagoCost: FreeJoin us for a series of family-friendly programs to hear an eclectic representation of musical selections,mixing classical works such as Bach and Handel with contemporary pieces, including Queen of ShebaMarch, Farandole from LArlessiene Suite, Palladio, Oblivion by Piazzolla and many other favorites.The Chicago Sinfonietta, the nation’s most diverse symphony orchestra, presents Project InclusionEnsemble, an exciting mentoring program for young minority musicians that provides free communityperformances throughout Chicago. Learn more at www.chicagosinfonietta.org/education/project-inclusion.Registration: Space is limited for this free concert series; please contact each branch in person orby phone to reserve your seat(s)Assets Built: #14 Adult Role Models (Demonstrating that you are willing to explore new things encourages our childrento try new things) & #34 Cultural Competence (Introduce your mentee to a different style of music) Stars of the Lyric OperaSaturday, Sept 10 (7:30 pm)Jay Pritzker Pavilion; Millennium Park, ChicagoCost: FreeGrab some friends and family as Lyric Opera of Chicago will present a star-studded free opera concert atthe Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. Headlined by sopranosuperstar Renée Fleming, this free opera performance annually attracts audiences upwards of 16,000.“Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” free concert will feature a superb selection of overtures, arias, andensembles from the upcoming season and from the general repertory, to be announced at a later date.Assets Built: #14 Adult Role Models (Demonstrating that you are willing to explore new things encourages our childrento try new things) & #34 Cultural Competence (Introduce your mentee to a different style of music) 1
  • 2. Downers Grove Art ShowSaturday & Sunday, Sept 10 & 11 (10:00 am to 5:00 pm)Intersection of Main Street and Burlington AvenueDowners Grove 60515Cost: FreeAmdur Productions proudly returns to Downers Grove to produce the 35th Annual Downtown DownersGrove Art Festival. In cooperation with the Village of Downers Grove, this established outdoor festival willbe revamped and made better than ever for the loyal art lovers that visit annually. Free and open to thepublic, the Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival offers original works from more than 125 juried artists.This year the festival will host a Youth Art Division which showcases the original works of young artists,ages 18 and under.Assets Built: #32 Planning & Decision Making (Invite your mentee to assist in planning out your movements throughthe art show) & #37 Personal Power (Including your mentee in the planning increases their sense of personal power.) Renegade’s Sweet Home: Chicago!Saturday & Sunday, Sept 10 & 11 (11:00 am to 7:00 pm)Division Street in Wicker Park, ChicagoCost: FreeWe’re thrilled to announce that the The Renegade Craft Fair will once again take over Division Street inWicker Park for our 9th Annual Chicago Fair on September 10 + 11 from 11am – 7pm! Always free-to-attend, Chicago’s biggest and best indie-craft event will feature over 300 of today’s brightest makers ofhandmade goods, live entertainment, hands-on crafting workshops and so much more! Food, beveragesand libations will also be available!At the Renegade Craft Fair you can expect to find only the best indie-craft and DIY artisans! Featuring bothlocal and national talent, shoppers can anticipate a vast array of independently designed jewelry, clothing,paper goods, home + garden goods, posters, artwork, plush objects, bath + body products, and so muchmore!! http://www.renegadecraft.com/chicagoAssets Built: #17 Creative Activities (Exploring the creativity of others can lead to personal creativity discussions) &#40 Positive View of a Personal Future (Invite your mentee to explore art or some other passion they might have) Country FairSaturday, Sept 17 (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)Garfield Park Conservatory; 300 N. Central Park Ave, ChicagoCost: $5 admission per person (includes all activities except pony rides; Members are free!Celebrate the harvest and healthy communities at one of the Conservatory’s most popular events. This is afamily-oriented day with programs and activities for all ages. Discover agricultural traditions, see the best inurban gardening, and enjoy horticultural exhibits and demonstrations. Children’s activities, petting zoo andgarden displays highlight the connections between plants, food and American heritage.Children will also love the kid’s bounce and slide area, live music, as well as pony rides for $1 each. Adultswill enjoy the farmer’s market, recipe swap (bring a favorite recipe to share!), a garden harvest showcase,and garden tool sharpening for a small fee (bring your garden tools in need of sharpening!). Hope to seeyou at Chicago’s original urban hoedown!Assets Built: #9 Service to Others (Consider volunteering at the Fair) & #16 High Expectations (Encourage yourmentee to pursue service opportunities)If you are interested in volunteering at County Fair, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, MattieWilson, by emailing volunteer@garfieldpark.org. 2
  • 3. Abrakadabra! A Magic ShowSaturday, Sept 17 (11:00 am)Chicago Public Library, Vodak-East Side; 3710 E. 106thSt; ChicagoCost: FreeEnjoy an hour long magic show with laughter, surprises and fun for the whole family. Bilingual. For all ages.Assets Built: #37 Personal Power (Sharing new experiences with someone who cares about you invites the growth ofself esteem) & #38 Self Esteem (Explore different magic tricks with your mentee and encourage them to master one.) 4th Annual Lawndale 5k Walk/RunSaturday, Sept 17 (9:00 am)Lawndale Christian Health Center, 3860 W. Ogden Ave, ChicagoCost: for youth 13-17 is $10.00 (Adults $15.00), Kids’ Dash (under 12) is $5.00The event will feature local footwork artists, Hip Hop dancers and a drum line in addition to healthy snacks.The first 1,000 entrants will receive a technical t-shirt! Medals will be given to the top three overallmale/female and age group winners. Prepare for the race by joining the weekly Fun Runs on Tuesday at6:30am or Thursday at 6:30pm. For more information or to register:http://www.lawndale.org/services_fitness_5K.htmlAssets Built: #21 Achievement Motivation (Encourage your mentee to believe they can run the race) & #32 Planning &Decision Making (Encourage your mentee to plan out a training schedule ) Harvest Days at the Farm-in-the-ZooSaturday & Sunday, Sept 17 & 18 (11:00 am to 2:00 pm)Lincoln Park Zoo, ChicagoCost: FreeHarvest Days is free for all ages. We’ll see you down on the Farm! Dance to a DJ’s tunes; Feed the cows;Attend a cow-milking demonstration; Pet the goats…Assets Built: #17 Creative Activities (Exploring the creativity of others can lead to personal creativity discussions) &#40 Positive View of a Personal Future (Invite your mentee to explore art or some other passion they might have) A Behind the Scenes Look at ConservationSaturday, Sept 24 (11:00 am)Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington; 400 S. State Street; ChicagoCost: FreeTake a tour of Chicago Public Library’s Conservation Lab and get a sneak peek at a few of the methodsused to conserve the unique items in Special Collections. Learn the difference between conservation andpreservation as well as a few tips you can use to preserve your own treasured books.Registration: Space is limited. Please register by calling 312-747-4884.Assets Built: #9 Service to Others (Understanding & practicing conservation helps the environment) & #40 PositiveView of a Personal Future (Helping to create a world the is healthy helps kids to be optimistic about their future.) Pre-Colombian Pattern DesignsSaturday, Sept 24 (3:00 pm)Chicago Public Library, Canaryville; 642 W. 43rd Street; ChicagoCost: FreeParticipants will learn about Ancient Cultures of Latin America while creating their very own design. Colorconstruction paper will be used to cut and glue desired motifs. Each participant will take home a finisheddesign. Bilingual. For children ages 5 – 12. 3
  • 4. Assets Built: #17 Creative Activities (Exploring the creativity of others can lead to personal creativity discussions) &#34 Cultural Competence (Understanding something about other cultures brings us together.) Cultural Paper MasksSaturday, Sept 24 (11:00 am)Chicago Public Library, West Town; 1625 W. Chicago; ChicagoCost: FreeLearn about the traditional use of masks and view poster size reproductions of masks from LatinAmerica. Participants will create their own version of a mask using color construction paper and glue. Themask you make is yours to take home. Bilingual. For children ages 5 – 12.Assets Built: #17 Creative Activities (Exploring the creativity of others can lead to personal creativity discussions) &#34 Cultural Competence (Understanding something about other cultures brings us together.) Garfield Park ConservatoryAssets Built: #17 Creative Activities (Exploring creative use of gardening increases imagination); #38 Self-Esteem(Stretching your imagination creates brain development and increases self esteem) & #40 Positive View of PersonalFuture (When your imagination is active, you can problem solve and create a better future for yourself)300 N. Central Park Ave, ChicagoFor more details go to: http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/families.htm • Grow a Salad Saturday & Sunday, Sept 3 & 4 (Drop in between 1:00 & 3:00 pm) Cost: Free Did you know that you can plant lettuce in the fall and still harvest before winter sets in? Plant lettuce seeds in a salad bowl then grow your own pint-sized garden to eat later! • Garden Flower Presses Saturday & Sunday, Sept 10 & 11 (Drop in between 1:00 & 3:00 pm) Cost: Free Preserve and take home flowers from the Conservatory with your own flower press. This pretty press, made from take-out container lids, can be used as a sun catcher, necklace, coaster and more! • Corn Husk Dolls Sunday, Sept 18 (Drop in between 1:00 & 3:00 pm) Cost: Free Create your own special corn-husk doll (or action-figure) to take home, while learning about one of our favorite vegetables, corn. • Seed Quilts Saturday & Sunday, Sept 24 & 25 (Drop in between 1:00 & 3:00 pm) Cost: Free Contribute to a community quilt made of seeds! Create a cardboard quilt square with a unique design of your own, then add it to the Children’s Garden Seed quilt. Also, learn how seeds are made and why they are important in nature. 4