May 4, 2012 4:10PM
Portrait of John V. Hudak by Stuart C. Pearson
Updated: June 7, 2012 8:04AM
JOLIET — At 1 p.m. Sunday, a joint effort by the Illinois Humanities Council, the Irish American Society of County Will and the Joliet Area Historical Museum will see Dr. Charles Fanning of Southern Illinois University present “Dueling Ethnic Cultures: The Irish Contribution to Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair 1933-34.”
The presentation depicts Ireland and Irish America at the Century of Progress.
Admission is free. The presentation will be at the museum, 204 N. Ottawa St. For more information, call 815-723-5201.
LOCKPORT — From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, the ISM Lockport Gallery launches a year of celebration with its Silver Jubilee Open House.
The free event marks the start of a year of 25 events in honor of the ISM Lockport Gallery’s 25th anniversary.
Highlights include family activities, door prizes, refreshments, balloons and a gallery “Walk and Talk” at 2 p.m.
Sunday is also the first day to view the gallery’s new exhibition, “Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions,” featuring the work of four Illinois artists: Steven Robnett, Don Seiden, Mario Trejo and Rebecca Wolfram.
Four separate, one-hour informal presentations on the artists led by the individual curators will be held during the exhibition.
The gallery is on the first floor of the historic Norton Building, 201 W. 10th St. For more information, call 815-838-7400 or visit www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/lockport/.
New gallery exhibit
JOLIET — “John Hudak’s Junction, a Retrospective” will be presented through June 2 at Gallery 7, 116 N. Chicago St., Suite 102.
Two watercolor paintings by Hudak, along with others from the Hudak family, Joliet Community Hospice, St. Patrick’s Church and others, will be on display.
Hudak was born in Chicago and lived in LaSalle for 15 years before the family moved to Joliet. Beginning in 1951, Hudak taught art classes for 22 years at Stateville Correctional Center.
Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month.
For more information, call 815-726-1840.
HUGS grants wishes
SHOREWOOD — Shorewood HUGS fulfills wishes all year long for those that are deserving, disabled or in need of a wish.
Submit your wish request in writing at www.shorewoodhugs.org or send to HUGS and Wishes Program, 954 Brook Forest Ave. #100, Shorewood, IL 60404. Include your name as well as the name of the person you are nominating and all of the contact information.
Art league meeting set
PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield Art League will hold its annual ad-hoc general meeting to elect the a board prior to the May demo Wednesday.
This month’s demo will be on tips and tricks for taking better photos of your artwork for print/online media with PAL Photographer Mike Bessler.
The general meeting and demo will be from 7-8:45 p.m. in the large meeting room downstairs at the Plainfield Public Library on Illinois Street.
For more information, visit www.plainfieldartleague.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-556-9278.
Local musicians in concert
CHICAGO — Joliet’s own Elliot Cob and Cynthia Stag will join more than 10 dozen of their fellow orchestra members and guest artists Demarre McGill, principal flute with the Seattle Symphony, and Anthony McGill, principal clarinet for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, when the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras presents its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Orchestra Hall.
Tickets cost $20 to $50 and are on sale through the Symphony Center Box Office at 312-294-3000 or www.cso.org. For information, call 312-939-2207, Ext. 31.
Cancer walk volunteers
BOLINGBROOK — The American Cancer Society is looking for community members who want to get involved in the inaugural Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Aug. 12 at Promenade Bolingbrook.
Volunteers are needed to serve on the planning committee for this inspirational event. Many volunteers are also needed to work during the day of the event.
A volunteer information session will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fountaindale Library, 300 West Briarcliff Road.
For information, call Karen Horn at 708-633-7770, option 3, or email email@example.com.
JOLIET — Catholic Charities’ Daybreak Center will hold a fundraiser, Daybreakapalooza, from noon to 9 p.m. June 3 at St. Joe’s Park, 1500 N. Raynor Ave.
The all-day event will feature live music, raffles, a bean bag tournament, split the pot, children’s games and food.
The Donation at the door is $5 for adults, and children 12 and younger will be admitted free. All proceeds benefit Daybreak Center, the largest homeless shelter in Will County.
For information, contact Angela Mehalek at 815-724-1139.