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Tribute to Harry and Jo Thiel to be held April 10
A memorial tribute to the long-time general manager of the Illinois State University student newspaper will be held next month.
The Vidette will host the tribute to Harry Thiel and his wife Josephine at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10. The public is invited. The Vidette Building is at the corner of Locust and University
Harry Thiel was general manager of the newspaper from 1976 to 1996. He died last December and Josephine died in November.  Harry was inducted into The Vidette Hall of Fame in 2009.
“Harry and Jo touched many lives through their years of dedication to The Vidette,” said current Vidette GM John Plevka. “While we are saddened by their passing, we are honored to help pay tribute to the Thiels, a name that for many is synonymous with Vidette.”
There will be several scheduled speakers at the memorial, but attendees wishing to share memories of the Thiels will also be invited to speak.
Public parking is available in the Bone Student Center Visitors Lot.



Twin Cities Community Cleanup Week to be held April 11-18
The Town of Normal, City of Bloomington and Ecology Action Center will once again host the annual Community Cleanup Week, this year April 11-18. The public is encouraged to participate.
 “You can volunteer whenever and wherever that week that works best for you,” explains EAC Executive Director Michael Brown. “New this year, we are encouraging people to tweet photos of their cleanup efforts using #BloNoCleanUp for a chance to receive prizes.”
The public can register to volunteer online at www.BNcleanUp.org.  They can also suggest potential cleanup sites.
“This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and really take pride in Bloomington-Normal,” says Josh Barnett, the Chair of the City of Bloomington’s Beautification Committee.
Cleanup site suggestions must be submitted by Monday, March 30. Volunteer registration is open until Monday, April 2.

2015 Gamma Phi Circus to be held April 17 & 18
The annual Gamma Phi Circus Spring Shows, an ISU Sibling Weekend tradition features performances by the oldest collegiate circus in the nation. This year marks the 86th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi at Illinois State University in 1929 by Clifford “Pop” Horton. This year, bring your shades but prepare to stargaze because we are celebrating the heart of SoCal-HOLLYWOOD! You won’t want to miss it!
Special rates and priority seating for alumni (sections L and M) are available for purchase only through April 3. Alumni tickets are $10 for ages 13 and up, $6 for children ages 5-12, and $1 for children ages 4 and under. Order your show tickets by April 3 at Alumni.IllinoisState.edu/GammaPhi or by calling the Alumni Relations office at (309) 438-2586 or (800) 366-4478.
Non-alumni/reserved seating tickets (at regular rates) can be purchased through the Braden Box Office and Ticketmaster beginning February 14. On show weekend, reserved seating tickets may be purchased at the door. The Redbird Arena Box Office will be open from 5-7 p.m. April 17 and 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. April 18.
Student Alumni Council will sponsor its fourth annual pre-show Carnival on the Redbird Arena concourse, beginning at noon prior to the 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee show on April 18. This popular Sibling Weekend event is kid-approved and open to everyone that has a youth ticket to the matinee show. The Carnival includes a variety of games, face painters, photos, fun, and prizes for kids of all ages. For more information on the Student Alumni Council Sibling Weekend Carnival, visit IllinoisState.edu/SiblingWeekend.






McLean County HCE wins ‘County of the Year’ Award
The 91st  Annual Conference of the IAHCE was held March 17-19 at the Decatur Convention Center and Hotel. McLean County Association for Home and Community Education won the “County of the Year” award for the second year in a row! Attended by 21 McLean County HCE members, we participated in the Fun Walk, wore decorated shoes and pink conference shirts and attended many interesting share shops. The conference was attended by 354 people from 60 of the 76 HCE counties in Illinois.
McLean County HCE also received Education Awards in Family Issues, Community Outreach and Certified Volunteer Hours, and also the GRAND Award for Public Relations .





HCE units to study quick freezer meals and ginger root in April
McLean County Association for Home and Community Education members will study “freezer meals made in a flash” at their monthly meetings unless otherwise noted. The fact find will be on ginger root.
Other free programs and workshops:- Apr 14, 9-12n, card making class, Miller Park Pavilion, Bloomington, Barb-309-242-6187. Apr 20: 9-12n, comfort quilts, Eileen, 309-533-1135; 1-4p, children’s dresses, pants, and shorts, Barb, 309-242-6187. These classes are held at Christ Lutheran Church, corner of Ft Jesse and Hershey Rd, Normal in the Activities Building in the southwest corner of the parking lot. Apr 20, 2-3:30p, Read & share the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, Extension Office, 1615 Commerce Blvd, Bloomington, LaVonne, 309-661-6391.   The public is welcome at all meetings. Units meet as follows:
Eastsiders: 9 a.m. Apr 3, Extension Auditorium, 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington; program, Nancy O’Neall; hostesses: Jan Strawser, Judy Crist, Cindy Brown, Lynn Warner; 309-378-4440.      
Normal: 9:15 a.m. Apr 6, Evergreen Place, Gregory & Adelaide, Normal; program, Jean Barrington; 309-452-7190.
Downs: 9:30 a.m. Apr 7, Jack’s Restaurant, LeRoy; program, Becky Toohill; hostesses: Carol Morefield, Lois Hines, Ruth Hood; 309-962-2121.
Dale: 10:30 a.m. Apr 8, Culvers on Hershey Rd, Bloomington; meeting followed by lunch; program, Myra Komnick; 309-829-8975.  
Dry Grove: 9:30 a.m. Apr 9; Denney’s in Normal; breakfast followed by meeting; 309-963-5552.
Money Creek: 11:30 a.m. Apr 13; Lexington Community Center; bag lunch followed by meeting; 309-365-4681.
Towanda: 7 p.m. Apr 13; Towanda Community Building; program, What’s In Your Wallet? by Sandy Whalen; hostesses, Cindy Jacobs, Leatha Poshard; 309-663-4796.
Night Owls: 7 p.m. Apr 15; home of  Linda Bergren, Normal; program: Jane Wood/Karen Thompson; hostess-Jodi White; 309-275-6723.
Lexington: 2 p.m. Apr 20; home of Dorothy Myers, Lexington; new meeting time; program, Alice Wick; hostess, Doris Beck; 309-365-8055.

Family Science Day 2015 is Saturday, April 11
Family Science Day 2015 will encourage scientific discovery through hands-on activities, challenges and demonstrations from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in Redbird Arena at Illinois State University.
Family Science Day is a public-outreach event to educate and inspire K-8 students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “The event helps to raise awareness of the importance of STEM in our society,” said Sara McCubbins of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology, which organizes Family Science Day.
Family Science Day is the final day of the Spark! Festival, a week-long celebration of STEM as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois. Through a variety of events the Spark! Festival brings together several organizations to provide experiences that unite people in a spirit of exploration and that inspire minds—young and old—with the exhilaration of discovery. Some of the events include:
April 6 - Infinite HeArt Studios Art from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Infinite HeArt Studios – This event will explore mathematical angles, inertia, gravity and more to create pieces of art. This event is open to the public and costs $10.
April 7 - Challenger “SparkFest” Singles Mission from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Challenger Learning Center – This is a speed-dating event for people 18 and over. The evening will start with a pizza dinner and end with a simulated space mission. The event is open to the public and costs $20.
April 8 - Spark a 4-H Adventure from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension – This event is for children ages 6 to 12 and looks at how electricity can be made from everyday items.
April 9 - StickBombs with Andre Jefferson from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Metcalf Elementary School auditorium – Andre Jefferson is an 11-year-old boy with a passion for kinetics. Jefferson has a pending world record for the longest stick bomb. This is an ISU only event and requires an RSVP to Kara Pool at kepool@IllinoisState.edu.
The Chemistry of Food and Wine from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the White Oaks Vineyards – This event lets attendees experience a variety of flavors, and learn about the process of making wine. Wine and food samples will be provided throughout the evening. This event is open to adults that are 21-years-old and over and costs $25. RSVP by calling (309) 376-3027.
Youth Maker Night – Spark Your Curiosity, Ignite your Imagination from 5:30  to 7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Discovery Museum – Children ages 10 to 15 are welcome come use materials in the Maker Space, share ideas and work together to fabricate concepts.
April 10 - 14th Annual High School Research Symposium from 9 a.m. to  2 p.m. in Redbird Arena – High school students from around the state are invited to come showcase their research projects.  This event is free and open to the public.
For more information on Family Science Day or the Spark! Festival visit the website or contact the Center for Mathematics Science and Technology at (309) 438-3089 or cemast@IllinoisState.edu.



Town of Normal Solicits Harmon Arts Grant Applications
The Town of Normal is seeking applications for arts-related projects, programs or events to be funded through the 2015 Harmon Arts Grant Program. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, May 14. The grant application form is available on the Town of Normal website, www.normal.org 
Harmon Arts Grants awarded in 2015 are available to art organizations for programs or events taking place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.  Priority will be given to programs within the Town of Normal and proposals that make a program or event more accessible to the public particularly seniors, students and low income residents.
The Harmon Arts Grant Program, named to honor former mayor Paul Harmon, was created in 1993 to help promote the arts in the community. In 2014, Normal awarded 21 grants to local art organizations including $4,000 to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival to fund ShakesFEAR! A haunted tour featuring Shakespeare’s spookiest images and a “Not-So-Scary” play space. Festival artisans conducted workshops for Regional Alternative School students who helped build props and volunteered during the event. 
The maximum grant award is $5,000.  Grant applications will be reviewed by Harmon Arts Grant Committee members who will make recommendations to the Normal Town Council.  The Council will select grantees in June, and awards will be presented on July 6.


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Normal Landscape Waste Collection to Begin Week of March 30
The Town of Normal will resume curbside collection of landscape waste from single family and duplex homes beginning the week of March 30 on the regular refuse collection day.  All items to be collected should be placed curbside no later than 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection or after 6:00 p.m. the evening before.
Landscape waste is defined as weeds, leaves and other vegetation (with thickness less than ½ inch) which easily decompose. This waste, excluding grass clippings, should be placed at the curb in open bags or open carts weighing less than 35 pounds, or placed in a Town-issued cart displaying a LANDSCAPE WASTE decal on the upper portion of each side. Decals can be obtained at the Public Works office, City Hall reception desk, Police Station or at the Normal Public Library.
Grass clippings, dirt (devoid of rocks) and non-woody vegetation can be dropped off at the Normal Public Works landscape waste drop-off site at 1301 Warriner Street.  The drop-site is open 24/7.
Landscape waste collection is provided annually - usually from April to late November.
Sticks, bush clippings and other brush items should not been included with landscape waste.  Sticks should be placed in a separate pile (not in a container or bag) at the curb for brush collection.



Heartland C. C. exhibit features Strong Girls by BHS art teacher Monica Estabrook
Free photogram workshop for area high school students Sat., April 11
Strong Girls by Monica Estabrook will be on display March 23 through May 8 in the Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College. The gallery is located in room 2507 of the Instructional Commons Building on Heartland’s Normal campus, 1500 W. Raab Road.
The exhibit of photos include Estabrook’s former art students from Stevenson Elementary School in Bloomington. Each girl demonstrates unique strengths and individual character.
Gallery Coordinator Danell Dvorak adds that a strong girl can mean different things to different people. “We want this exhibit to start a conversation,” she said. “What is a strong girl? Who are the strong girls in your life?”
An artist reception takes place Tuesday, March 31 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the gallery. The reception includes light refreshments and a free drawing activity for kids.
In conjunction with her exhibit, Estabrook will present a free photogram workshop for area high school students. The workshop takes place Saturday, April 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in room 2501 of HCC’s Instructional Commons Building. Registration is required and can be completed by emailing Danell Dvorak at danell.dvorak@heartland.edu.
Estabrook is a practicing artist and an art teacher at Bloomington High School. Her photographs, mixed media works and interactive installations have been exhibited at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, McMaster Art Gallery in Columbia, South Carolina and Limner Gallery in New York City, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master of arts in teaching K-12 art education from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Additionally, she earned a master of fine arts in photography from Southern Illinois University.
Estabrook taught at Stevenson Elementary from 2007-2014, and was awarded classroom grants for art supplies and equipment from State Farm and the Beyond the Books Educational Foundation in 2011. Her professional memberships include the Illinois Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association



Sen. Barickman & Rose to host Town Hall Meeting on Common Core Standards & PARCC Testing April 6
State Senators Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) will hold a Town Hall forum focusing on Common Core standards and PARCC testing on Monday, April 6th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center..
The event will feature a discussion panel that includes educators, students, parents, and members of the ACT college readiness organization, as well as an open forum for all in attendance.
No reservations are required. Senators Barickman & Rose encourage residents to bring family and friends. A 500 space, hourly fee parking lot is located just behind the Bone Student Center, on Locust Street. Street parking is also available within walking distance around the facility.



IWU Prof Dan Terkla presents ‘Lunch and Learn’ on Medieval Maps April 9
Illinois Wesleyan University Professor of English Dan Terkla will present “Furnishing the Soul: Medieval Maps, Meditation & Metaphor” April 9 at the McLean County Museum of History. Terkla’s presentation is part of the Lunch and Learn series offered in partnership by McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Wesleyan University and Collaborative Solutions Institute.
Terkla, who has a Ph.D. in comparative literature and medieval studies from the University of Southern California, is a medievalist whose research includes the 720-year-old world map in England’s Hereford Cathedral. He is also known internationally for his scholarly contributions to the study of The Bayeaux Tapestry, including two books and dozens of articles on the subject.
For his Lunch and Learn presentation, Terkla provides a new context for thinking about how some world maps from the 12th and 13th centuries were used. He argues these maps worked in concert with the architectural layouts and furnishings of Gothic churches to guide visitors through the terrestrial realm while pointing them toward its celestial counterpart.
The session begins at 12:10 p.m. in the museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch to the free event.


Rhys Lovell Named Heartland Theatre’s New Artistic Director

Heartland Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Rhys Lovell as Artistic Director, effective April 1, 2015.  In this role, Lovell will oversee Heartland Theatre’s artistic endeavors, working closely with Gail Dobbins, Director of Marketing and Operations, as well as the Heartland Board of Directors.
Julie Kistler, Interim Artistic Director since May 2014, commented on the news:  “I am very proud of my time as Heartland Theatre’s Interim Artistic Director. Productions like Falling last November and the upcoming Glass Menagerie show that Heartland can build on the wonderful legacy left to us by Mike Dobbins even as we move into an exciting future. It is a great pleasure to welcome Rhys Lovell to his new leadership position. I know Rhys will be a major asset to the theatre as he takes over the reins.”
Rhys Lovell has worked with Heartland Theatre Company since 1989, when he acted in American Buffalo directed by founding Artistic Director Phil Shaw.  Since then, Heartland patrons will remember him in other Heartland productions such as Speed the Plow, Orphans, Death of a Salesman, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Elephant Man, Boy Gets Girl, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, and recently Falling. He has also acted at Famous Door Theatre, Chicago Dramatists (Chicago), Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Voices Theatre’s Evergreen Cemetery Walk and recently at New Route Theatre in Hostage.  Rhys has also directed at Heartland, IWU, Community Players, Eureka College, Lincoln College and recently directed My Fair Lady for Prairie Fire Theatre.  He also provides artistic direction for Illinois Voices Theatre’s Evergreen Cemetery Walk and is a playwright, his play The Imaginist having received a staged reading at Circle Theatre in Chicago.
“I am extraordinarily pleased -- and humbled -- to serve as the theatre’s next Artistic Director,” said Lovell. “Heartland Theatre has a strong and loyal following. We are indebted to our audience; it is they who have allowed this theatre to thrive and establish a reputation in our community for consistently producing work of the highest artistic excellence.  From the playwrights to the actors, the directors to the designers, Heartland Theatre continues to attract artists of a professional calibre, allowing for productions that rival, according to our patrons,the best of Chicago and New York theatre.”
Rhys received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Masters of Fine Arts from Illinois State University and since taught for both universities as well as for Lincoln and Eureka Colleges, Illinois Central and Heartland Community Colleges.
The theater is located on the old Soldiers & Sailors campus at Lincoln and Beech Streets in Normal.


Ewing Manor architecture tour  set April 18

Visitors can take a journey through time and experience an inside look at Ewing Manor during architecture tours of the historic residence on Saturday, April 18.
Two-hour walking tours will provide an intimate look at Ewing Manor’s 44 rooms. Tours, beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., will be limited to 15 people each. Admission for tours is $10 per person.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Ewing Cultural Center at (309) 438-6333. If tours are full visitors without reservations will be provided the times of the next available tour. The tours require walking and the ability to use stairs.
Ewing Manor is located on the corner of Towanda Ave. and Emerson St. in Bloomington. Parking is available across Emerson St. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Illinois claims title as top soybean-producing state for second year in a row
Illinois has claimed the title of top soybean-producing state for the second year in a row.
“Achieving this distinction for a second year is confirmation Illinois has become a nationwide leader in soybean production,” says Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) CEO Craig Ratajczyk.
USDA’s Crop Production Report estimates Illinois farmers raised 547.7 million bushels of soybeans in 2014 on 9.8 million harvested acres with an average yield of 56 bushels per acre. Iowa’s total production of 505.7 million bushels ranked second, also on 9.8 million acres and with an average yield of 51.5 bushels per acre. Illinois produced 474 million bushels in 2013.

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Family Science Day 2015 is Saturday, April 11
Family Science Day 2015 will encourage scientific discovery through hands-on activities, challenges and demonstrations from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in Redbird Arena at Illinois State University.
Family Science Day is a public-outreach event to educate and inspire K-8 students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “The event helps to raise awareness of the importance of STEM in our society,” said Sara McCubbins of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology, which organizes Family Science Day.
Family Science Day is the final day of the Spark! Festival, a week-long celebration of STEM as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois. Through a variety of events the Spark! Festival brings together several organizations to provide experiences that unite people in a spirit of exploration and that inspire minds—young and old—with the exhilaration of discovery. Some of the events include:
April 6 - Infinite HeArt Studios Art from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Infinite HeArt Studios – This event will explore mathematical angles, inertia, gravity and more to create pieces of art. This event is open to the public and costs $10.
April 7 - Challenger “SparkFest” Singles Mission from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Challenger Learning Center – This is a speed-dating event for people 18 and over. The evening will start with a pizza dinner and end with a simulated space mission. The event is open to the public and costs $20.
April 8 - Spark a 4-H Adventure from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension – This event is for children ages 6 to 12 and looks at how electricity can be made from everyday items.
April 9 - StickBombs with Andre Jefferson from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Metcalf Elementary School auditorium – Andre Jefferson is an 11-year-old boy with a passion for kinetics. Jefferson has a pending world record for the longest stick bomb. This is an ISU only event and requires an RSVP to Kara Pool at kepool@IllinoisState.edu.
The Chemistry of Food and Wine from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the White Oaks Vineyards – This event lets attendees experience a variety of flavors, and learn about the process of making wine. Wine and food samples will be provided throughout the evening. This event is open to adults that are 21-years-old and over and costs $25. RSVP by calling (309) 376-3027.
Youth Maker Night – Spark Your Curiosity, Ignite your Imagination from 5:30  to 7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Discovery Museum – Children ages 10 to 15 are welcome come use materials in the Maker Space, share ideas and work together to fabricate concepts.
April 10 - 14th Annual High School Research Symposium from 9 a.m. to  2 p.m. in Redbird Arena – High school students from around the state are invited to come showcase their research projects.  This event is free and open to the public.
For more information on Family Science Day or the Spark! Festival visit the website or contact the Center for Mathematics Science and Technology at (309) 438-3089 or cemast@IllinoisState.edu.



Heartland Theatre Company presents ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Opening April 9 with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview
Heartland Theatre Company opens the classic, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, on Thursday, April 9 with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview. Performances run through April 26. The play is sponsored by Drake Zimmerman and Jan Elfline.
Don LaCasse, Professor of Theatre and Head of the MFA Directing Program at Illinois State University, directs, featuring actors Connie de Veer, Joseph Faifer, Elsa Torner and Patrick Riley.
A classic of the American stage, The Glass Menagerie looks inside the suffocating St. Louis home of Amanda Wingfield, a former Southern belle whose life has left her marooned with two children she despairs of understanding. Tom, our narrator, wants only to be free, but his sister Laura, fragile and vulnerable, is tethered to their home through the small glass animals she has collected. (Mature Themes/Mature Language)
Performances will be April 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18, 19 and 23, 24, 25, 26 - 2015
 Sunday, April 19, Panel Discussion After The Matinee: The cast led by Connie de Veer, who is playing Amanda, will discuss why The Glass Menagerie still resonates so strongly in theatrical imaginations. De Veer is a professor in Illinois State University’s School of Theatre and Dance specializing in Acting, Voice/Speech/Dialects, Alexander Technique and Civic Engagement.
Ticket Prices: General Admission - $15, Senior Discount - $12, Student Discount - $5
Group Rates Available: Email boxoffice@heartlandtheatre.org for a rate quote.
Curtain Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees (No performance on Sunday, April 12.)
Location: 1110 Douglas St, One Normal Plaza, Community Activity Center .
For reservations call 309 452 8709 or email boxoffice@heartlandtheatre.org.
Reservations recommended for all performances, except Pay-What-You-Can. No reservations taken on that night only for other than season ticket holders.
For more information check out our website:  www.heartlandtheatre.org


Mobile Device Chargers to be Tested on Connect Transit Buses
Connect Transit has begun a pilot program to evaluate the feasibility of providing USB Electronic Device Chargers on its buses. Two Connect Transit fixed route buses, #402 and #1104, have been fitted with USB chargers and will be in service on routes throughout the community over the next few months.
“Connect Transit continually strives to improve the customer experience. The ability to charge a phone or tablet while traveling should prove to be a great convenience for our customers with a minimal financial impact to the transit system,” said Connect Transit General Manager, Andrew Johnson.
Connect Transit will monitor the durability of the equipment and collect customer feedback on this new upgrade before making the decision on whether to install USB Electronic Device Chargers in the rest of the fleet. Customers are encouraged to test out the devices and provide any comments or concerns via email to info@connect-transit.com or by phone to 309-828-9833.

Annual ISU Student-Run Fashion Show to be held  Thursday, April 16
The Apparel Merchandising and Design Association (AMDA) will present its 14th annual student-run fashion show on Thursday, April 16, in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center. The show will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Guests will be invited to enjoy light appetizers and mocktails.
This year’s show is themed “Enchanted: From Dawn to Dusk.” Each year, the AMDA fashion show provides countless opportunities for passionate students entering the fashion industry or costume design world. The show gives student designers a chance to showcase their hard work to a panel of judges currently working in the industry. Looks are judged on construction, design, and runway appeal, which allow the judges to name first-, second-, and third-place winners at the end of the show.
The student designers design their looks based on the theme and what truly inspires them. The most rewarding experience is when they get to see their looks walk down the runway!
Not only does the show allow student designers to show off their talent, but the show is entirely student-run by a board of student directors. From design directors to modeling directors, there are student leaders for each part of the show in order to make sure that our show is the best it can be. The board of directors works hard throughout the entire school year to plan an amazing show.
Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Bone Student Center Box Office. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for Illinois State students and seniors, and $5 for children under the age of 10. Questions can be directed to Director Haley Hoesly. More information can be found on the AMDA fashion show Facebook page.


Get the Scoop on Cultivars of Native Plants April 13th
Join the Illinois Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones to find out just what is a nativar and how is it different from a true native plant?  How do nativars affect genetic diversity? What other concerns are raised by nativars, including their effects on pollinators and other wildlife, potential for invasiveness, response to climate change, maintenance costs, and potential for increasing allergies?  Mariette Nowak will discuss these and other questions, and also the recent research on nativars at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13th at the Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue, Normal.
Nowak holds a Master’s degree in botany and zoology.  She is the founder and president of the Kettle Moraine Chapter of Wild Ones, and a former vice-president of the national organization of Wild Ones. For 18 years, Nowak was Director of the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County.  Nowak is the author of Birdscaping in the Midwest: A Guide to Gardening with Native Plants to Attract Birds.
This program is presented by the Illinois Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones, a national organization which promotes the use of native plants in order to preserve our native biodiversity. The public is cordially invited to this free program. Handicapped accessible.




 

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