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Jul
19
Fri
The Big Greek Food Festival of Niles July 19-21 @ Holy Taxiarhai & St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day
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The Big Greek Food Festival of Niles July 19-21

Holy Taxiarhai & St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church will hots their annual Greek American Festival Friday through Sunday, July 19 thru July 21. The festival is located at 7373 N. Caldwell Ave., Niles, Illinois.

The Greek Festival is open to the public.

Click here for more information.

Stuffed Grape Leaves. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Stuffed Grape Leaves. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

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Jul
25
Thu
Free summer concert series to kick off 23rd season on June 6 @ Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
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Free summer concert series to kick off 23rd season on June 6

The Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Hoffman Estates Park District are pleased to present the 23rd season of “Summer Sounds on the Green” at the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green, beginning Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Each year, the Hoffman Estates Arts Commission arranges for eight featured musical acts to perform free summer concerts on Thursday evenings. The first of 2019’s “Summer Sounds on the Green” concerts on the evening of June 6 will feature the energetic R&B dance sounds of R-Gang.

Admission is free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to the amphitheater. Picnics are welcome!

Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Hoffman Estates Park District are pleased to present the 23rd season of “Summer Sounds on the Green” at the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green, beginning Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Hoffman Estates Park District are pleased to present the 23rd season of “Summer Sounds on the Green” at the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green, beginning Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

The Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green is located at 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, across the street from the Sears Centre Arena in the Poplar Creek at 59/90 “Entertainment District.” Named for the past Village Clerk who invited residents to a concert at the terraced outdoor music facility in 1996, the Village Green has hosted hundreds of musical, dance, and theatrical performances.

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The Summer Sounds concert series continues on Thursdays at 7 p.m. through August 1. (There is no Summer Sounds concert on July 4, but patrons are invited to join the Village for the free Northwest Fourth-Fest and 9:30 p.m. fireworks at the Sears Centre Arena.) For more information, including upcoming acts, directions and parking details, call 847-252-5448, or visit the Arts Commission website at www.hoffmanestatesarts.com.


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Jul
30
Tue
Cook County Veterans Picnic & Outreach July 30 2019 @ Brookfield Zoo, Swan Pavilion
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Cook County Veterans Picnic & Outreach July 30 2019

The Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs will host its annual Veterans Picnic & Outreach on Tuesday, July 30 from 10 AM until 12:30 PM at Brookfield Zoo, Swan Pavilion, 8400 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, Illinois.

To participate, please RSVP to the Cook County Veterans Commission by email at Veterans.Affairs@CookCountyIL.gov, or by fax to 312-603-4479.

Cook County Veterans Picnic & Outreach Forum form for July 30, 2019 picnic at Brookfield Zoo.

Cook County Veterans Picnic & Outreach Forum form for July 30, 2019 picnic at Brookfield Zoo.

The picnic is supported by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook COunty Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeffrey Tobolski, and Cook COunty Veterans Affairs Director Bill Browne.

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Aug
1
Thu
Free summer concert series to kick off 23rd season on June 6 @ Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
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Free summer concert series to kick off 23rd season on June 6

The Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Hoffman Estates Park District are pleased to present the 23rd season of “Summer Sounds on the Green” at the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green, beginning Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Each year, the Hoffman Estates Arts Commission arranges for eight featured musical acts to perform free summer concerts on Thursday evenings. The first of 2019’s “Summer Sounds on the Green” concerts on the evening of June 6 will feature the energetic R&B dance sounds of R-Gang.

Admission is free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to the amphitheater. Picnics are welcome!

Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Hoffman Estates Park District are pleased to present the 23rd season of “Summer Sounds on the Green” at the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green, beginning Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Hoffman Estates Park District are pleased to present the 23rd season of “Summer Sounds on the Green” at the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green, beginning Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

The Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green is located at 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, across the street from the Sears Centre Arena in the Poplar Creek at 59/90 “Entertainment District.” Named for the past Village Clerk who invited residents to a concert at the terraced outdoor music facility in 1996, the Village Green has hosted hundreds of musical, dance, and theatrical performances.

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The Summer Sounds concert series continues on Thursdays at 7 p.m. through August 1. (There is no Summer Sounds concert on July 4, but patrons are invited to join the Village for the free Northwest Fourth-Fest and 9:30 p.m. fireworks at the Sears Centre Arena.) For more information, including upcoming acts, directions and parking details, call 847-252-5448, or visit the Arts Commission website at www.hoffmanestatesarts.com.


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Aug
25
Sun
Celebrate the I&M Canal National Heritage @ I&M Canal Boat
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Celebrate the I&M Canal National Heritage

Join the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, America’s FIRST National Heritage Area, celebrates it’s 35th Anniversary on Sunday August 25, 2019 from 10 AM until 4 PM. Ride on the I&M Canal Boat, 754 1st St, LaSalle, Illinois 61301.

In August 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, America’s first National Heritage Area. This “new kind of national park” was the first explicit marriage of preservation, conservation, recreation, and economic development.

Join us as the I&M Canal National Heritage Area celebrates the anniversary with a I&M Canal Boat Tour aboard the replica canal boat “The Volunteer”. Climb aboard & learn about why the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage area is so important in America’s history & how the I&M Canal created Chicago!

Visit their Facebook Page by clicking here.

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I&M Canal Boat, Illinois. Photo courtesy of the I&M Canal

I&M Canal Boat, Illinois. Photo courtesy of the I&M Canal


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Sep
10
Tue
MWRD Mariyana Spyropoulos Golf Outing Sept. 10 @ Gleneagles Country Club
Sep 10 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
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MWRD Mariyana Spyropoulos Golf Outing Sept. 10

Join me at my 5th annual golf outing, in memoriam of Ted Spyropoulos, at Gleneagles Country Club on Tuesday, Sept. 10. We’ll take a few swings, enjoy a beautiful day on the course, and cap off everything with relaxing cocktails and food. 
Cost
$200 per person
$800 per foursome
$100 Dinner only 
(Golf tickets include Green Fees, Cart, Lunch, Cocktail reception, Dinner, and more)
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President Mariyana Spyropoulos with former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton. Courtesy of the Spyropoulos campaign

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President Mariyana Spyropoulos with former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton. Courtesy of the Spyropoulos campaign

2019 Spyropoulos Cup Schedule
Registration: 8 a.m.
Shotgun Start: 9 a.m.
Lunch on the Course: Noon
Cocktails: 2 p.m.
Dinner: 3 p.m.
When
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT
Where
Gleneagles Country Club, 13070 McCarthy Road, Lemont, IL 60439
Sponsorship opportunities are available – click the registration link below for details.
Registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2018.
There’s nothing like a day spent among friends  and colleagues  in an informal setting, especially as we enjoy the end of summer.

I look forward to seeing you!


Sincerely,
 
Mariyana Spyropoulos
Commissioner
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District


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Sep
12
Thu
Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library @ Orland Park Library
Sep 12 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
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Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library

Award-winning syndicated columnist Ray Hanania will headline a free discussion comedy performance on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, beginning at 7 pm at the Orland Park Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park.

Join Ray Hanania in a discussion-performance on Chicagoland politics, Arab American Heritage and standup comedy at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 beginning at 7 pm.

An award-winning syndicated columnist who covered politics for nearly a half-century, Hanania was assigned as the fulltime City Hall reporter from 1978 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. Hanania is the author of several books including the humor book “I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing up Arab in America” (1996), “Arabs of Chicagoland” (2005), and “PoweR PR: The Ethnic Activists Guide to Strategic Communications” (2018).

A Christian Palestinian American whose parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem — “Jesus is my cousin,” Hanania boosts –Hanania is married to a Jewish wife and his two children, Carolyn who is Catholic and Aaron who is Jewish and who had his Bar Mitzvah in 2014. Aaron is also the author of the novel “The King’s Pawn,” published in 2018.

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Hanania discusses the shock and awe of Chicagoland politics and is an advocate of suburban taxpayer rights. He writes a weekly syndicated column for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper, the Regional News, the Reporter Newspaper and the Des Plaines Valley News on regional politics and life, and weekly syndicated columns on the Middle East for MiddleEastMonitor.com online based in London, and for the ArabNews.com newspaper based in Saudi Arabia.

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Hanania is also an authority on Arab American heritage and settlement in Chicagoland. In the 1990s, Hanania led tours of “Arab Chicago” visiting a mosque and Arab church in Chicago for the City of Chicago’s Great Neighborhood Tours hosted by the Chicago Architecture Society from 2003 through 2010.

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

In January 2002, Hanania launched a standup comedy performance and was immediately booked by Zanies, one of the country’s premiere comedy clubs where he performed 100 shows until he was booked with Jewish American Comedian Jackie Mason in August 2002 who demanded that Hanania not be allowed to appear on stage with him because Hanania “is a Palestinian.” The cancellation of the show created international headlines and more than 150 million news media impressions in reports in every major newspaper and TV and radio station in the world, from Cairo to Jerusalem to New Delhi to Chicago and New York.  In 2004, Hanania co-founded the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour with Israeli comedians Charlie Warady and Yisrael Campbell and Jewish American Comedian Aaron Freeman. The grouped performed for dozens of Synagogues, Mosques, Churches and Jewish, Christian and Muslim audiences in Chicago, Austin, New York, Tel Aviv, West and East Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Ramallah, and Dublin. Hanania also performed in Dubai and London as well as in Beirut, Lebanon.

Hanania’s most often quoted line “If we can laugh together, we can live together” was frequently cited as the mantra for the power of humor and its ability to cut through hatred and anger. Hanania was targeted by extremist Muslim and Arab groups for performing with “Israelis” — most Arab comedians will perform with Jews but will not perform with Israelis as a part of the anti-normalization and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) restrictions.

Hanania’s standup comedy lampoons his life as an Arab growing up in America and as a Palestinian married to a Jew.

Hanania will present on Arab heritage, Chicago and politics, and perform bits from his standup comedy routine during the appearance at the Orland Park library.

For more information on Ray Hanania, visit his website at www.Hanania.com.

Sam Buca's Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster

Sam Buca’s Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster


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Sep
17
Tue
Arabs of Chicagoland presentation Palos Heights Library @ Palos Heights Library
Sep 17 @ 6:30 am – 8:30 am
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Arabs of Chicagoland presentation Palos Heights Library

Join writer, radio host and syndicated political columnist Ray Hanania as he discusses “Arabs of Chicagoland” at the Palos Heights Library on Tuesday, Sept. 17, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Hanania, an award-winning Chicago journalist, author, and humorist, will use his trademark sense of humor in discussing the history of Arab American heritage in Chicagoland.

Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463. 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM.

Arabs of Chicagoland book cover by Ray Hanania

Arabs of Chicagoland book cover by Ray Hanania

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