Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Be included in Skokie's history: Get your picture taken Sunday for FREE

Get ready for your close-up, Skokie, and become part of Skokie's history!

The All Skokie Photo Project invites everyone with ties to Skokie, everyone who makes Skokie what it is today, to get their picture made for inclusion in the Skokie Historical Society's photography collection. 

When: Sunday, September 26, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  (at the same time as Skokie's Farmers' Market)

Where: Skokie Heritage Museum, 8031 Floral Ave. in Downtown Skokie

Bring a friend or neighbor.  The event's Facebook page offers a clue about who else is expected.

George Pfoertner and I will be the primary shooters.

Comb your hair or not. We'll be making real pictures of real people as they want to be known. 

Participation is free, but a donation would be appreciated. 

Photos from this shoot will be posted as soon as possible on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/WeAreSkokie. 

The All Skokie Photo Project is a year-long community photography project aiming to make pictures of everyone with ties to Skokie--everyone that lives, works, worships, studies in Skokie, ever has, or who just care about Skokie--by May 2011 for inclusion in the Skokie Historical Society's archives. 

We aim to update the world on what Skokie is about now.

 Besides getting your picture taken, you'll be asked to fill out a questionnaire so we can write a short story about you to go with your picture.

Inclusivity, creativity, bridging the gap among people of different backgrounds and promoting pride in Skokie is the focus.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Were you at the first Rocky Horror Picture Show fun at the Skokie Theatre?

Saturday, August 28, 2010, approx 10:40 p.m.: The house was sold out for the first screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Skokie Theatre
That's Aleks Krapivkin in the red t-shirt standing up on the left in the back. Joel Lerner is the guy with the camera shooting for the Skokie Review standing in the aisle on the right.  I think that is Carly Tennes in the black tank top in the second row. Who else do you know in this picture?

On August 28, Scott Holtz, Kring Lerner Group and other fans of the Skokie Theatre organized a benefit--a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the classic musical sci-fi satire about an alien transvestite named Frank-n-Furter who aims to build the perfect man and his fellow Transexual Transylvanians. Originally released in 1975, this cult favorite features young Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf.

Save the date: The next benefit screening is Animal House on Oct 30.

There's also talk of another screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show in early 2011.

Stay tuned.  For more information, contact Scott Holtz.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Niles Township Food Pantry needs food and volunteers Sept 25

This just in from Cathy Struzynski...

I hope everyone had a great summer and is ready for the fall season. After several scheduling difficulties during the summer, we are hopeful to have regularly scheduled food drives for the Niles Township Food Pantry this fall. Cynthia Carranza, the Director of the Food Pantry, reports that the need for food from the pantry keeps increasing and donations to the Niles Township Food Pantry are needed now more than ever.

To help stock the Food Pantry shelves, a food drive is set for September 25, 2010 at the Jewel in Niles, located at 8203 W. Golf. Volunteers are needed from 9:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. We would like four volunteers for each shift. Please let me know your availability (via cathystruzynski@yahoo.com) for one or more of the shifts and indicate your first, second and third choice for each possible shift. Once I receive responses, I will confirm your scheduled time. The shifts are:

9:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 12:00
12:00 – 1:30
1:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 4:30
The last shift includes assisting in unloading the food at the Food Pantry.

The need is great, the time commitment relatively small and the appreciation for our efforts from the staff at the food pantry is gratifying. You can be a part of this project to help our neighbors by volunteering for at least one shift. Please respond with your availability, indicating the number of shifts you can cover and your first, second and third choice for each shift.

Thanks for your help and I look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

We Are Skokie: a few of the pictures from the All Skokie Photo Project


These are just some of the pictures made for the All Skokie Photo Project. These happen to all be by me, but other photographers are shooting too. Other photographers are being assigned to shoots and shooting pictures on their own. Those who want to contribute pictures and the stories that go with them should consider submitting them to the All Skokie Photo Contest.

To see more, go to the Skokie Historical Society/Skokie Heritage Museum to see Picture #1, the picture of nearly 300 people taken at Festival of Cultures or go to Facebook.

The next shoot is scheduled for Sunday, September 26 at the Museum.

If you have any questions about the Project, you can contact me directly at krkring (at) gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fran Roehm appointed advisor to Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to help eliminate the digital divide

This just in...

Frances Roehm, SkokieNet Librarian and Community Liaison at the Skokie Public Library, has recently been appointed by Illinois Senate President John Cullerton to serve on the statutorily created advisory committee of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for its Eliminate the Digital Divide program. This grant program, created in 2001, provides digital literacy grants to public computing centers in low income communities across Illinois.

"The committee is charged with advising DCEO staff regarding grants for computer access and training for folks who otherwise would not have it," says Fran. "This agency's grants support digital literacy and reach state residents who are job hunting and receive assistance with their resumes, adults who receive assistance in developing needed computer workforce skills, and others who otherwise would be without the tools to compete or take part in an increasingly digital world."

In 1998, Fran created, and with her colleagues maintains, the ChicagoJobs.org website. Since 2005, Fran has been involved with the development of Illinois CLICKS!, the online information portal designed to provide digital information resources for all in the state, including the 1 million residents without traditional library services. Fran is also a member of Gov. Quinn’s Illinois Broadband Deployment Council and will seek to work with the DCEO and other digital literacy advocates to support the computer technology centers and libraries that offer this important service along with the expansion of broadband and information services statewide.

For more information on IDCEO EDD program see granttracker.ildceo.net.
Through the All Skokie Photo Project, I'm working with Fran and other at SkokieNet on the All Skokie Photo Contest. I'm an advisor for SkokieNet.  Fran is on Facebook and tweets as SkokieGal.