April 20, 2012 4:26PM
Updated: May 23, 2012 8:02AM
Reading night at St. Paul
JOLIET — St. Paul the Apostle School will host a Meet the Characters Reading Night from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 130 Woodlawn Ave.
The reading night is open to 3-year-olds through those students entering third grade in the fall. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook character.
Advance registration is recommended for the free event by calling 815-725-3390.
Bands hosting jazz coffeehouse
NEW LENOX — The Lincoln-Way West High School cafeteria will be transformed into a jazz coffeehouse Saturday, featuring the award-winning Lincoln-Way West Jazz Band, at the school, 21701 S. Gougar Road.
The fundraising event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Way West Music Boosters.
Tickets cost $10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music beginning at 7 p.m.
In addition to music by the West Jazz Band, Victor Garcia, a rising star in the Chicago jazz scene, will be a guest performer. The event will also feature the West High School Jazz Choir and the New Lenox junior high combination jazz band.
Coffeehouse drinks, smoothies, and desserts will be available for purchase.
To order advance tickets or to receive more information, visit www.lwwmb.org. Tickets also will be available at the door.
L-Way North staging musical
FRANKFORT — Lincoln-Way North High School will present a musical adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’ popular comic strip “Peanuts.”
“‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ is a charming musical filled with delightful comedy, tender moments and show-stopping numbers,” said Lincoln-Way North choral director Christina Shoemaker.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the school, 19900 S. Harlem Ave.
Tickets cost $9 and may be purchased at the door or by downloading a ticket order form from www.lwnmusic.org. All tickets are for reserved seating.
For more information, call 815-534-3065.
School hosting culture festival
PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield School District English Language Learners department will host its annual Festival of Cultures, a free family event, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ira Jones Middle School, 15320 Wallin Drive.
The festival will feature cultural activities, stories, games and artifacts and performances by students from Lincoln, Freedom, Thomas Jefferson and Wesmere elementary schools and Heritage Grove and Ira Jones middle schools.
“We love to do this event each year because it lets us highlight the tremendous cultural diversity that is right at our doorstep,” said Linda Hoste, district director for English Language Learner programs.
Dance troupe to perform
MINOOKA — Minooka High School will present the Orchesis Dance Company Show themed “Elements: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Central Campus Performing Arts Center.
“Orchesis” is a Greek word that means, “to dance.” At MCHS, Orchesis is a student-focused dance group for which students audition and then have the opportunity to choreograph dance pieces, design costumes and choose music and lighting.
The directors are Amy Lyons and Melissa Warning. Admission costs $5 for adults or $2 for senior citizens and students with ID. The show is free for children younger than 10.
L-Way East staging ‘Music Man’
FRANKFORT — The Music Department at Lincoln-Way East High School will present “The Music Man.”
“These kids have worked so hard, the show is very entertaining and they do an amazing job telling the story,” said choral director Bridget Quealy.
The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the school, 201 Colorado Ave.
Tickets cost $9 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at 815-464-4344. Order forms are available at www.lwemusic.org.