The Garlands Holiday Tea

The holiday tradition continues with an assortment of tasty teas, a selection of tea sandwiches, sweet mini-pastries, and, of course, scones and lemon curd. The Nutcracker dancers will dazzle and Snow Queens and Sugar Plums while guests sip, nibble and savor the season.

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Silver Bells and THE DIAMONDS

It’s A Doo-Wop Holiday! The Diamonds’ newly revamped holiday show, Silver Bells and Diamonds, will have you out of your seat with high-energy favorites. Then the foursome sing a Christmas medley and then classic tunes from the 50’s and early 60’s, including their biggest hit, Little Darlin’, all featuring their signature harmony-filled vocals and always-entertaining stage presence. Last summer the Diamonds performed here to rave reviews.

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Pearl Harbor- A Day of Infamy

December 7, 1941: the event that propelled the United States into the Second World War. Battlefield expert and author Robert Mueller reviews why and how the Japanese almost wiped out the American Pacific Fleet in one fell swoop. Using the individual stories of men who responded to the attack, Mr Mueller presents the tactics and consequences of the most treacherous assault ever launched upon American soil. The program ends with a review of surviving relics and, appropriately, a visit to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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The Mystery of Living – Packing for Syria with Agatha Christie

You are in the room with prolific British “Queen of Crime” author, Agatha Christie, creator of such famous detectives as Hercule Poirot, the eccentric Belgian, and English spinster Miss Jane Marple. Ms. Christie will enjoy a career spanning more than 50 years, and her work will sell into the billions. But today the year is 1949, and you have come to keep her company at her home in Devon. Agatha Christie is going away, and she has some things to tell you. Betsey Means, who recently brought us children’s advocate Mother Jones, animates the Queen of Crime.

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Chicago True Stories

Last spring Martina Mathisen brought us the wildly creative Six Wives of Henry VIII. Now she turns our attention to Chicago during the 1920’s, a time saturated with surprise, sequins … murder! Sit in as 1920’s flapper Flora shows you how fashion, crime, and prohibition mixed with explosive creativity to shape the decade of the century. Learn how reality relates to the 2002 Oscar-winning film Chicago. Travel back to 1920 and decide for yourself what’s fact and what’s fiction in Chicago True Stories.

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Secret Places/Unknown Spaces

Author and historian Jerome M. O’Connor shares insights from his upcoming book which observes the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2020. Indispensable to the re-telling is that he personally visited all sites. Explore the British airfields, including pilot and movie star Jimmy Stewart’s base, where the Eighth Air Force launched attacks against Germany. See Berlin then and now. Enter the Berlin house where, over breakfast, the “final solution” to murder Europe’s Jews was decided. View the London mansion where 63 captured German generals lived in near luxury – or so they thought.

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Hitler Vs. Art

Being obsessive-compulsive about all of his ideas, Adolph Hitler was specific about which sculpture, paintings, dance and music would be tolerated and collected by the Reich and which “degenerative” art had to be destroyed. Harper College instructor Ann Leslie takes you down the Nazi path of destruction as she describes how they stole and destroyed some of the world’s most precious work.

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Why It Matters: Culture

What is the role of the arts and culture? Harper College instructor Myra Loris explores some of the ways in which culture has reflected and created a unique American historical experience. Review the New Deal Arts Programs at the 1933 and 1965 World’s Fairs, art as a propaganda tool during WWII, and more.

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Why It Matters: Immigration

Harper College instructor Myra Loris shares current issues relating to immigration and when, historically, we have addressed the issues in successful and meaningful ways, advancing both the individuals involved and the nation. Focuses on the work and ideas of Jacob Riis, Lillian Wald, Jane Addams, LBJ and more.

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Why It Matters: Infrastructure

Harper College instructor Myra Loris explores the current state of US infrastructure and when, historically, we have successfully mastered the infrastructure challenges that an expanding nation required. She will examine the Transcontinental Railroad, the Erie Canal, the WPA, the Federal Highway Program and more.

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Heal the Children

Barrington resident Jeff Degner has been involved with the volunteer charity organization Healing the Children (HTC) for over 25 years and is currently Director of the Illinois/Indiana chapter. Through HTC, he has escorted dozens of needy children from third-world countries to their successful surgeries here in the United States and back home again after. He has also organized and participated in many medical missions to Nicaragua. Jeff will share some of the moving and heart-warming stories he has witnessed through “Healing the Children”. They range from Nicaragua and El Salvador o our own front yard. You’ll see before-and-after photographs that will buoy your spirits for days to come.

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Mother Jones: March of the Mill Children

Mother Jones was one of America’s most effective and dynamic labor organizers. In 1903, she marched striking mill children from Philadelphia to President Roosevelt’s home in Oyster Bay, New York, to draw the nation’s attention to the crime of child slavery. “These children are to be the future citizens of America! Yes, pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!” Betsey Means – who, in April, brought us the stunning, heroic story of Alicia Appleman-Jurman – returns to The Garlands as formidable, also heroic, Mother Jones.

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Levi Strauss, the Gold Rush and the World’s Most Famous Pair of Pants

We love them; we wear them. Jeans are an iconic garment, and they tell the legendary story of the American West. But did you know they were made world famous by an adventurous Bavarian Jew who combined his marvelous business sense with German ingenuity? Join German Historian Anette Isaacs, M.A., for a fascinating journey into the days of the Gold Rush 170 years ago and learn about Levi Strauss and his amazing life!

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Inspired Living

Garlands Inspirational Wellness Advisor, Dr. Sandra Sieber, is a “change agent extraordinaire.” She is on a personal quest to bring Garlands members the best cutting-edge information as it relates to health and wellness. “It is my life’s passion to inspire and empower others by educating about healthfulness, happiness and feeling well,” she enthuses. “I’m here…

BACOA Presents: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Coming in September: Powerful Tools for Caregivers helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate their feelings, balance their life, and enhance their ability to make tough decisions and to locate helpful resources. The program, which is offered several times a year, consists of six weekly sessions and is designed for the nonprofessional care-giver who is helping to care for a parent, spouse, or friend. This is a perfect example of “Put on your own oxygen mask first, then that of your loved one.”

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Fabulous Frank!

Peter Oprisko returns to The Garlands, this time in a tux with a fresh, unique, and modern salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. “Oprisko is the Rolls Royce of singers today! He’s a great talent!” – Grammy-winning jazz pianist, Ramsey Lewis. What more need we say about this true entertainer who performs over 300 singing engagements a year … for over 20 years … and doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all?

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