An Intimate Afternoon with Emily Dickinson

Although she permitted fewer than a dozen of her 1,800 poems to be published during her lifetime, today Emily Dickinson is considered one of America’s greatest poets and has remained continuously in print since 1890. For this performance, the year is 1880. You are Emily’s special guest at her home in Amherst, Massachusetts. Let’s hear what this brilliant, reclusive woman has to say. Adapted and performed by Betsey Means, Artistic Director of Womanlore. Betsey recently brought us Juliette Gordon Low (Girl Scouts), Mother Jones, and A Holocaust Memoir. Continue Reading An Intimate Afternoon with Emily Dickinson

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Harper College: Environmental Issues, What We are Learning from Yellowstone National Park

Americans can take pride in the initiation of the national park concept. Since it’s legal beginnings with the introduction of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, Americans have had to deal with issues that have become a national concern and triggered an ongoing political conversation with regards to wildlife management. Conservation and recreation have often come into conflict. We will discuss the history and current state of key issues the Parks are working through and learn about in our nation’s first national park. Continue Reading Harper College: Environmental Issues, What We are Learning from Yellowstone National Park

Operation Freedom – The Berlin Airlift

It was perhaps one of the greatest adventures in American military history: the Berlin airlift of 1948/49! When Soviet troops closed all access routes to West- Berlin by land, sea and rail, they threatened the lives of 2.5 million people and provoked the first major international crisis of the Cold War. American General Lucius D. Clay did not hesitate and proceeded to build a bold and fantastic bridge across the sky, involving 700 planes and 250,000 flights over a period of 14 months. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs for a fascinating discussion of this exciting time in her country’s postwar history. Continue Reading Operation Freedom – The Berlin Airlift


Harper College: Bioethics Topics, Conflicts and Controversies

This lecture takes us into the world of medical controversies. Even with early screening and testing, occasionally a rare medical issue will challenge parents and modern medicine. Hospital policies, doctors’ medical opinions, and parental love can be set in a conflict in such cases. Who decides the final course of action? We will discuss controversial cases of conjoined
twins and other rare conditions that challenge the best skilled medical professionals and our notion of a quality of life. Continue Reading Harper College: Bioethics Topics, Conflicts and Controversies


Chicago Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Author (The Hidden Places of World War II) and certified Chicago tour guide, Jerome M. O’Connor, returns to The Garlands to bring us the first of his new three-part series on Chicago. Accompanied by dynamic visuals, Jerome starts in Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods (Fulton Market); moves through time to today and her newest (the dazzling new Riverwalk); and then looks ahead to tomorrow’s megadevelopments (Lake Shore Drive). You’re with the best possible tour guide on this trip! Continue Reading Chicago Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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Pretty Sweet!

Another Perfect Survey for Prairieview Once again, The Prairieview skilled nursing team earned a perfect annual survey from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This rare honor is a true testament to the dedicated staff that provides exceptional care to Garlands Members, if and when they need it the most! Thank you to “Cookies by Victoria”for helping the… Continue Reading Pretty Sweet!


Friday Concert with Switchback

Working together for over 25 years, Switchback, seen on PBS, draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Back in the day, Brian and Martin played for Michael Flatley of Riverdance when he was an Irish step dancer from the South Side of Chicago. Showcasing a repertoire ranging from sentimental ballads to blistering rockers, Switchback offers a show stunningly synchronized together and guaranteed to please. The concert features a mix of original and traditional Irish music and a selection of songs from Switchback’s catalog of over 300 original Americana tunes. Continue Reading Friday Concert with Switchback

A Beginners Guide to the Golden Age of Radio

This presentation looks at some of the biggest shows and stars to emerge from the early years of radio, including Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Amos & Andy, and The Shadow, with sound clips and stories about how radio became America’s first mass medium, transforming the United States of America from 48 states into a national listening community. Presenter Steve Darnall is the host of Those Were the Days*, a weekly radio show on WDCB-FM (90.9) and, dedicated to the “Golden Age” of radio. Continue Reading A Beginners Guide to the Golden Age of Radio

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Harper College: The Rule of Law

As political humorist P.J. O’Rourke famously put it, “The U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of the owner’s manual for a 1998 Toyota Camry, and yet it has managed to keep 300 million of the world’s most unruly, passionate and energetic people safe, prosperous and free.” In the last of her five-part series, Why I’m Optimistic, Myra examines, both current issues challenging Constitutional norms and historical examples of the power of the rule of law to, eventually, attempt to provide “Liberty and Justice For All.” Continue Reading Harper College: The Rule of Law

The Real Story of Mae West with Martina Mathisen

Mae West shattered box office records and public sensibilities. She rocketed from Broadway to become the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Her oneliners scandalized the censors yet made her an icon. She rescued studios from bankruptcy and created stars like Cary Grant. Think you know Mae West? Martina (Wives of Henry VIII, True Chicago Stories) brings us the woman behind the wit and the story behind the story. Continue Reading The Real Story of Mae West with Martina Mathisen

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Knight Music Academy Annual Spring Student Recital

Performances begin every hour on the hour. Students ages five through adult will perform a variety of solo and ensemble selections from various genres. Instruments featured include violin, viola, cello, classical guitar, voice, drums, and piano. Come any time, however, if you hear a performance underway, please wait until the student has finished before opening the Performing Arts Center doors. Continue Reading Knight Music Academy Annual Spring Student Recital

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Harper College: History of the Seven Suburbs

This talk covers the fascinating history of the seven sister suburbs of the Barrington area. It is a social history with rich anecdotes, ranging from heartfelt to humorous, with a few scandalous stories along the way. Author Dr. Sharon Kissane has conducted extensive research on the area, including over 400 interviews of Barrington-area residents and the reading of hundreds of articles and all available books relevant to the subject matter.
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Harper College: Germany’s Current Affairs

After the last German elections and their upsetting results, it took almost six months until Chancellor Angela Merkel was able to create a new coalition government. Last spring Europe’s most populous nation was taken by surprise when the Trump administration threatened high tariffs on luxury cars and other products made in Germany. Add to that the challenging integration of Muslim refugees and the disappointment of many East Germans over unequal living conditions thirty years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall; no wonder the country is currently experiencing turbulent times. Continue Reading Harper College: Germany’s Current Affairs