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Mike MacDonald

 

"My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago"


More nature can be found within an hour’s drive of downtown Chicago than twenty-nine national parks, yet most Chicagoans are unaware. Until now! Come to be informed and inspired, as internationally published photographer, author, and humorist, Mike MacDonald, takes you on a virtual journey into Chicago’s wild side. Combining breathtaking images and imaginative storytelling, Mike leads you on an adventure into wondrous, enchanted lands located just up the road from home, work, and school.

 

About Mike MacDonald:

For over two decades, Mike has photographed Chicago’s natural wonders: its prairies, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands. His celebratory work has earned him the distinction of being Chicago Wilderness magazine’s most prominently published photographer. His images have been nationally and internationally featured in many publications such as Outdoor Photographer, Petersen’s Photographic, Boy’s Life, and BBC’s Gardens Illustrated magazine.

In 2015, Mike photographed, authored, and published his nationally acclaimed coffee table book entitled My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago: A Celebration of Chicagoland's Startling Natural Wonders. Publishers Weekly wrote, "It was celebratory, soulful, and poetic." And just a few months later, Mike doubled down on his commitment to connect Chicagoans with nature by launching ChicagoNatureNOW!, a website that helps people discover the best nature that the Chicago region has to offer.


Mike is the creator of an immersive style of landscape photography, designed to give viewers a hyper-realistic experience of each breathtaking scene. His approach is a fusion of macro and landscape photography that transforms seemingly flat prairie landscapes into rich, three-dimensional panoramas. It has been said that a Mike MacDonald photograph allows the viewer to enter the scene and to share his experience.

Mike's photographic playground includes many wild locations across the Chicago region such as Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, Bluff Spring Fen in Elgin, Spears Woods in Willow Springs, Orland Park's McGinnis Slough, Lockport Prairie, and Wolf Road Prairie in the town of Westchester.

 

Our Adult Programs:

A typical Sunday meeting begins at 10:30, ends at noon and consists of a speaker or presentation focusing on current issues, ethical philosophy, lifespan education, or the arts. Platforms are open to the public and admission is free, although we request a donation of $5.
 
Our Program for Children:
The Golden Rule Sunday School, for children from birth through 8th grade, also meets every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info, contact the Sunday School director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Location: 7574 Lincoln Ave. Skokie IL (at Howard St.)
Park in our lot, on Howard or Jerome St, or in the nearby Albany Bank lot.

 


Sea Beast Puppet Company

 

"Best Day Ever"


“Best Day Ever” follows the adventures of Kat and MK, two puppeteers with one goal- to put on a show. But it’s hard to do that when you’re lost in the screen and it’s even harder when the puppeteers turn into puppets themselves! Join Kat and MK as they try to conquer the world they’ve created and discover the wonders of shadow puppetry at the same time.

 

About Sea Beast Puppet Company:

Kat Pleviak has been a professional puppeteer and member of the Puppeteers of America since 2002. She has an MFA In Youth Theatre and Puppetry from the University of Hawaii Manoa (2009) and is the founder and Artistic Director of Sea Beast Puppet Company in Chicago, IL.

Under Kat’s direction Sea Beast has initiated a number of exciting puppetry projects including a series of original works including “ Little Red Rosie and the Dragon of Dümm”, “ Liquid Ladies”, “The Shadow Puppet Conspiracy”, “The History of Light”, and “Méfiez-Vous de la Vache-Garou” which won best in show at the Chicago Fringe 2013.

Besides performing Kat has experience in company management and flexes these muscles by hosting the "Puppet Meltdown Puppet Slam" and presenting out of town artists in such events as "Oddities: A Collection of Curious Puppetry". Kat's work has been seen at regional, national, and international festivals including the Motor City Puppet Blast (2014), the Chicago Humanities Festival (2014), The Chicago Improv Festival (2013-2014), The National Puppetry Festival (2013), Potlatch Puppetry Festival (2009,2011), Port City Puppet Festival (2010), UNIMA Congress (Perth 2008), and the Illinois Story Telling Festival (2009,2010).

Mary Kate Jenkins is a Chicago area puppet builder, puppeteer and props designer with a BFA in Drama from New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing. She has interned with several New York area production companies such as Basil Twist and Encyclopedia Pictura, where she worked on Bjork's music video for "Wanderlust." Props Design credits include “Buddy Holly” at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, “Sylvia” at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center, and “Iolanthe” at Light Opera Works. Her current projects include puppeteering in the children's eco-based television pilot "Mr. Furry Fur Fur and His Friendly Earth Friends” as well as Sea Beast Puppet Company.

 

Our Adult Programs:

A typical Sunday meeting begins at 10:30, ends at noon and consists of a speaker or presentation focusing on current issues, ethical philosophy, lifespan education, or the arts. Platforms are open to the public and admission is free, although we request a donation of $5.
 
Our Program for Children:
The Golden Rule Sunday School, for children from birth through 8th grade, also meets every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info, contact the Sunday School director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Location: 7574 Lincoln Ave. Skokie IL (at Howard St.)
Park in our lot, on Howard or Jerome St, or in the nearby Albany Bank lot.

 


Tom Tresser

 

"What If Chicago Was NOT Broke? Possibilities for Justice and Prosperity"


In the book "Chicago Is Not Broke" a group of Chicago experts have written short articles outlining ways to save and generate major progressive and sustainable revenues for Chicago. The mayor says Chicago is broke. The newspapers say Chicago is broke. Think tanks and policy shops say we are broke. Can we believe them? What would be the difference to the lives of Chicagoans and the future of the city if we are not broke?

Hear a very comprehensive and easy to follow narrative of what the Chicago budget is, who the money goes to and how we the people can access it. The project, made possible via a crowdfunding campaign, is based on three years of research and public education by Tom Tresser via the TIF Illumination Project as well as his ten years work fighting privatization and doing grassroots democracy all over Chicago and Cook County. See www.wearenotbroke.org for more details.

 

About Tom Tresser:

Tom Tresser is an educator, organizer, creativity champion, public defender and fighter of privatization. He has been doing civic engagement and grassroots democracy efforts for over 40 years. His first voter registration campaign was in 1972.

Tom has acted in some 40 shows and produced over 100 plays, special events, festivals and community programs. He was director of cultural development at Peoples Housing, in north Rogers Park, Chicago, where he created a community arts program that blended the arts, education and micro-enterprise. Tom was elected to the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School’s Local School Council and served from 2004 to 2006.

He is the lead organizer for the TIF Illumination Project that is investigating and explaining the impacts of Tax Increment Financing districts on a ward-by-ward basis. Tom and the TIF Illumination Project are profiled in the cover story of the July 22, 2013 issue of The Nation entitled “Chicago Rising!” He has presented on how TIFs impact neighborhoods all over the city.

 

Our Adult Programs:

A typical Sunday meeting begins at 10:30, ends at noon and consists of a speaker or presentation focusing on current issues, ethical philosophy, lifespan education, or the arts. Platforms are open to the public and admission is free, although we request a donation of $5.
 
Our Program for Children:
The Golden Rule Sunday School, for children from birth through 8th grade, also meets every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info, contact the Sunday School director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Location: 7574 Lincoln Ave. Skokie IL (at Howard St.)
Park in our lot, on Howard or Jerome St, or in the nearby Albany Bank lot.

 


Christian Picciolini

 

"Life After Hate: One Man's Transformation from Violent Extremist to Proponent of Peace"


Christian Picciolini, author of "Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead," will discuss how he went from being a "good kid" to being one of the leaders of the violent neo-nazi skinhead movement and how he found his way out. He will also discuss the work of his organization, Life After Hate, which works to counter the seeds of hate that its members once planted.

 

About Christian Picciolini:

Christian Picciolini is an Emmy® Award-winning television producer, a prolific public speaker, a published author, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good.

After leaving the violent far-right hate movement he was part of during his youth, he began painstaking process of rebuilding his life. Picciolini earned a degree in International Relations from DePaul University, began his own global entertainment and media firm, and was appointed a member of the Chicago Grammy Rock Music Committee and board member for the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest).

In 2016, Christian won an Emmy® Award for directing and producing ExitUSA's "There is life after hate" PSA, and has been nominated for four regional Emmy® Awards for his role as executive producer of JBTV, one of America’s longest-running nationally broadcast music television programs. He was appointed as a United Nations-affiliated ambassador for iChangeNations and was honored with a Statesman award. Christian has worked as an adjunct professor at the college level, and as the community partnerships manager for Threadless, a company that combines a thriving online art community with a highly successful e-commerce business model. Additionally, in 2013, he contributed to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s and Director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen's New York Times best seller, "The New Digital Age." 

Most notably, in 2009 he co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities and organizations gain the knowledge necessary to implement long-term solutions that counter all types of racism and violent extremism. In 2015, he published his memoirs, "Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead.

An explorer by nature, Picciolini loves to learn new things and thrives on challenging himself with “positive disruptive thinking.” He values kindness, unselfishness, sincerity, and respect for all people, and believes that small ideas can change the world.

 

Our Adult Programs:

A typical Sunday meeting begins at 10:30, ends at noon and consists of a speaker or presentation focusing on current issues, ethical philosophy, lifespan education, or the arts. Platforms are open to the public and admission is free, although we request a donation of $5.
 
Our Program for Children:
The Golden Rule Sunday School, for children from birth through 8th grade, also meets every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info, contact the Sunday School director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Location: 7574 Lincoln Ave. Skokie IL (at Howard St.)
Park in our lot, on Howard or Jerome St, or in the nearby Albany Bank lot.

 


Adam Chilton

Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School

"The Future of Immigration in Trump’s America"


Assistant Professor Adam Chilton from the University of Chicago Law School will describe the legal authority that President Trump has over immigration policy in the United States. Professor Chilton will review the main principles governing immigration law and update us on the latest events surrounding Trump’s decisions.

 

 

About Adam Chilton:

Adam Chilton is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Adam's research interests lie at the intersection of international law, comparative law, and empirical legal studies. His current research projects include using quantitative research methods to study the effectiveness of constitutional rights at improving the protection of human rights; coding the development and enforcement of antitrust regimes around the world; testing the political determinants of the United States polices in a variety of areas of international economic law; and mapping the ideology of the legal profession.

Adam received a BA and MA in Political Science from Yale University. After college, Adam worked as a management consultant for BCG. He then went to Harvard University, where he earned a JD as well as a PhD in Political Science. Before joining the faculty, Adam taught at the Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law.

His web site is http://www.adamchilton.org/ He teaches courses on immigration policy.

 

Our Adult Programs:

A typical Sunday meeting begins at 10:30, ends at noon and consists of a speaker or presentation focusing on current issues, ethical philosophy, lifespan education, or the arts. Platforms are open to the public and admission is free, although we request a donation of $5.
 
Our Program for Children:
The Golden Rule Sunday School, for children from birth through 8th grade, also meets every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info, contact the Sunday School director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Location: 7574 Lincoln Ave. Skokie IL (at Howard St.)
Park in our lot, on Howard or Jerome St, or in the nearby Albany Bank lot.

 

  

  

  

 

  

  

March 11
8:00 pm 

  

Ian Maksin, cellist

 

$8–$12 suggested donation includes refreshments.

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