Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Volunteers needed for Food Pantry drive September 8

This in from Illinois Democratic Network's Niles Township DemNet...

Collected during the June collection at Jewel.
Hi Everyone,

We've planned ahead for the September food drive for the Niles Township Food Pantry, knowing that everyone's schedule gets filled quickly that month.

Our September drive is set for Saturday, September 8th, at the Jewel near Old Orchard, 9949 N. Skokie Boulevard in Skokie.

On Saturdays, the Jewel is busiest from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., so we will be covering those hours. We like to have four volunteers for each shift so we can cover both entrances.

Can you help? Please let me know your availability for one or more of the shifts and indicate your first, second, and third choice. I'll confirm your scheduled time after I receive responses.
The shifts are:
9:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:30
12:30 – 2:00
2:00 – 3:30

Cathy Struzynski can still use volunteers for the drive on Sunday, August 19th. Please let her know if you can help and what times you're available at cathystruzynski@yahoo.com.

Thanks so much for all you do!

Leah Yarrow

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Get out your party hats: Rocky Horror Picture Show's coming back to Skokie

Screening to help fight against ALS

Pillars of the Skokie community invite the whole North Shore and Chicago area to this rare event: On Friday, August 24, after the Backlot Bash, the Skokie Theatre will show Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Pat Hanley, corporation counsel for the Village of Skokie, was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) in March. 

Helping Pat has inspired this encore showing. Some might remember the last Rocky Horror screening in Skokie was two years ago.

Downtown Skokie's Scott Holtz fills us in on the screening's details.

LFS:  Looking forward to seeing Rocky Horror Picture Show again. Last time I saw it was when you screened it during Skokie's Backlot Bash 2010. What inspires this encore?

Scott: I have been asked to make that night happen again at the Skokie Theatre over and over...I found a good cause, so now is the time. The uncertain future of the Skokie Theatre also slowed my efforts.
LFS: Will Pat Hanley be able to join us at the show?

Scott: My best sources tell me Pat will be attending.
LFS: Black tie optional?

Scott: No, of course not. Now, you can wear your best corset or tighty whities.

LFS: You're heading up organization of this event. Who else is supporting this benefit?

Scott: There is a lot of people really behind this, but Randy Miles and IMODS are the producers. North Shore Community Bank printed the posters. The list goes on and on. The offers of support have been great.
LFS: Tickets at the door?  Online?  How are tickets being sold?

Scott: There are 140 seats and we sold out last time. We're selling tickets online and at the door the night of the show.

Tickets cost $25.

Two years ago, the Rocky Horror screening caught some nice attention from the Sun-Times.

Joel Lerner's take from that eventing for the Skokie Review is still online.

To see who's expecting to be at this year's screening, check out Facebook.

Standby for list of props Scott will allow into the theatre.

Rocky Horror Picture Show participants at the Skokie Theatre, August 2010.
I made this photo and hope to make another one of participants on August 24 this year.