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See the Chicago premiere of the film: Queen of the Sun

Friday, April 2011

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us?

Don’t miss this new film premiering in Chicago, IL at the Music Box Theatre beginning on April 29th. The film will be running until at least May 5th. The film’s director will be in attendance April 29th though May 2nd.

This film is a profound, alternative look into the problems and solutions of the global honeybee crisis from Taggart Siegel, the acclaimed director of the award-winning, grass-roots hit The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Box Office Magazine calls it, “The Feel-Good Advocacy Movie of the Year.”
Find more info on their website at:

For an engaging preview of the film see:

Local Happenings

Friday, April 2011

Brief Announcements from our Community Members:

Myles Gebert (6th grade) will be performing as Friar Tuck this weekend in Mudlark Theatre Company’s presentation of ROBIN HOOD.  The three performances are this weekend:  Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 30 at 7:30pm; and Sunday, May 1 at 3:00pm at McGaw YMCA Children’s Center Auditorium, 1420 Maple Ave., Evanston.  Tickets can be ordered online at the link below or at the door ($8 kids/$10 adults). More info at their website:

Janet Oliver, neurodevelopmental specialist from Plan for Learning near Minneapolis, will be in town on May 10th & 11th.  She will do 1 1/2 hour reflex integration screenings and follow-up sessions as well as HANDLE activity checks.  The cost is $150 and the screenings take place in a private home near the Chicago Waldorf School.  Go to for more information.  Contact Margaret McGuire at 773.828.8460 or at home at 773.271.8379 or email for an appointment.

Yom Ha-Shoah: The New Budapest Orpheum Society Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day All are invited to this concert commemoration on Sunday, May 1st at 3:00pm.

Featuring: Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano; Philip V. Bohlman, commentary and artistic director; Dan Davis, percussion; Stewart Figa, baritone; Iordanka Kissiova, violin; Ilya Levinson, piano and musical director (and a CWS parent!); Mark Sonksen, bass violin; Don Stille, accordion.

At the Fulton Recital Hall / 1010 E. 59th Street / Goodspeed Hall, 4th Floor. This concert is free.
Event hotline: 773.702.8069 / More info at

South East Rogers Park Improvement Association (S.E.R.P.I.A.)
“Keep it green, keep it clean.” Lets garden together and work on neighborhood greening.
- May 14: Arthur at Magnolia Corner Boxes
9:00 TO 11:00 (Trash cans/rakes for box, gutter and nearby parkway cleanup)
- June 11: Arthur at Glenwood Four Corners Cleanup Plus Box Weeding/Cultivation
9:00 TO 11:00 (Bags for weeding and cleanup)

Feel free to help with any of these projects if you have time. Call Pete or Debt for specifics:  773.218.7422 & 773.965.9954



Enjoy the Creativity & Joy of a Spring Celebration

Thursday, April 2011

Chicago Waldorf School’s Spring Assembly Friday April 15th at 10:45am

in the CWS auditorium

Students from the grade school will be sharing music, original poetry and movement with the community and invited guests. Also the high school Green Team has some fun and informational skits to present in honor of Earth Day. 

Note to Parents:
This assembly will be appropriate for children age 3 and up.
Please come and celebrate the final school day before Spring Break.
Classes will be in session until regular end of day at 3:00pm.

CWS Junior, Fiona Kelly Masterton, Performs with Concert Choir and Bobby McFerrin

Thursday, April 2011

On Tour April 22nd through May 1st, 2011

Fiona Kelly Masterton (class of 2012) will be traveling with the Concert Choir through Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Fiona has been selected to travel with the renowned Concert Choir as well as 10-time Grammy Award Winner, vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin. 

Here is some background from the Chicago Children’s Choir Website:

The world-renowned Concert Choir is the pinnacle of the Chicago Children’s Choir experience, demonstrating the Choir’s commitment to diversity, ambassadorship and artistic excellence. These advanced singers are selected from the In-School and Neighborhood Choir Programs and through open auditions, bringing together a diverse group of children from throughout the city. The repertoire is unique among children’s choirs, spanning classical, world, gospel and popular music, all performed in the original language.

The Concert Choir is comprised of three ensembles: Treble, a traditional childrens choir of unchanged soprano and alto voices, Chamber, changed-voice women, and Men’s Chorus, changed-voice high-school-age singers.

On tour through April and May, the Concert Choir explores the rich culture and history of Estonia, Finland and Latvia. To start the tour, singers will engage in cultural exchange and perform with the Ellerhein Girls Chorus in the Old City of Tallinn, Estonia. This Grammy award winning choir was featured in the highly acclaimed movie “The Singing Revolution” where the ensemble is filmed in rehearsal along with extended interviews with the choir director Tiia Este-Loitme.

The concert Choir will then travel to Finland to perform with Bobby McFerrin at the International Festival in Espoo, Helsinki. Rounding out their tour they will conclude with a performance in Latvia at the Riga Dome Choir School, a state school providing general and music education for girls and boys ages 7 to 18, in the Old Town of Riga, Latvia. Finally they will join Bobby McFerrin as part of the festival “Rigas Ritmus 2011” at the Riga Congress Centre in Riga, Latvia.

For more information please see the Chicago Children’s Choir website.

CWS Parent Photography, Music and Book Signing

Thursday, April 2011

Please join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled afternoon of music and conversation!

Sunday, May 1st from 1:00-3:00 pm

Book Signing for Colleen Plumb’s new photography monograph:

Animals Are Outside Today

The Bass Duet of Jacque Harper and Anton Hatwich of the

Chicago Bass Ensemble

About the Book
Published with essays by Lisa Hostetler, curator of photographs at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Animals are embedded within core human history—evident in our stories, rituals and symbols. At the same time, we eat, wear and cage them with seeming indifference, consuming them in countless ways. Our connection to animals today is often developed through assimilation and appropriation; we absorb them into our lives, yet we no longer know of their origin. Most people are cut off from the steps involved in their processing or acquisition, shielded from witnessing their death or decay. This book moves within these contradictions, always questioning if the notion of sacred will survive alongside our evolution.

About the Artist
CWS parent, Colleen Plumb, is an award-winning photographer whose work is held in several photography collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida, Fidelity Investments, in Boston and Beijing Natural Cultural Center, China. Her photographs have been exhibited nationwide in many one person and group exhibits, and have been widely showcased in books and publications such as PDN and Hotshoe International. Plumb currently teaches in the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago.

About the Bass Ensemble
The Chicago Bass Ensemble is a unique chamber ensemble made up exclusively of double bassists, performing music with a wide variety of melodic, rhythmic and emotional content on instruments that are not typically seen in a solo role. Audiences who are not familiar with the double bass as a solo instrument are surprised to imagine four basses performing together without accompaniment from any other instruments, and are pleased to find that the music we perform is engaging and expressive. The musicians for this event are CWS parent, Jacque Harper, and Anton Hatwich.

The event is hosted by Valerie and Steve Hartmann
at the Hartmann Residence:  225 Hamilton, Evanston, IL

For more information please visit:


Parent Volunteers Needed to Organize Camping Gear

Thursday, April 2011

Monday through Thursday, April 25-28th and May 2-5th

Looking for volunteers! We are looking for a few good women and men to assist with the school’s camping equipment. In May the grade school classes are heading off for their numerous class trips. We need to organize and inventory all the equipment and tents for their trips. We can use some help. Volunteer slots are available to work on this from Monday April 25 through Thursday April 28th and May 2nd through the 5th.

We need help in inventorying tents, packing up the gear and washing the cooking equipment. The equipment is stored at school. If you are interested please contact Deb at or call her cell 773.368.6695 Thanks!

Submitted by Deb Gohr, CWS Camp Quartermaster

Earth Day/Green Living Celebration

Thursday, April 2011

North Lake Shore Earth Day

Saturday, April 16th from 10:00am to 3:00pm

in the Loyola University, Quinlan Life Sciences Building, 1050 W Sheridan Road

North Lake Shore Earth Day celebrates green initiatives happening in the north side communities of Chicago. This gathering provides an opportunity for community members to learn more about global and local environmental issues such as clean air and energy alternatives, as well as greening one’s home and business.

Loyola University will be hosting the North Lake Shore Earth Day celebration of green living on Saturday, and on the preceding Friday evening from 8:00pm until 2:00am there will be an Earth Night with the Arts special event in the Mundelein Center, 1032 W Sheridan Road.

Visit the event webpage for more information about these Earth Day events.

Energy Efficiency in Your Home or Apartment

Thursday, April 2011

Green Your Home & Save Green Workshop

Monday April 11th at 6:30pm

at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W Morse Avenue (at Ashland Avenue), 2nd floor

Green your home, apartment or apartment building at the next Saving Green Together workshop, Saving Green Starting with the Studs, where some of the city’s foremost experts on home energy efficiency will be available to share their insight and experiences.

Corbett Lundsford of Green Dream Group, a professional energy auditing firm, will explain the science behind how your home performs.  The interaction of air leakage, pressure, moisture, heat flow and air quality can combine to help or hurt the performance of insulation, windows, lighting, appliances and HVAC systems.  Between all of the home performance products and services available today, it can be easy to spend more than you planned on items that might not perform as advertised. Lunsford will answer your questions and hand it off to the designers and contractors in the room to provide the resources to move forward with your home improvement or building projects.

David Flechaus, a professional contractor with Energy Reduction, Inc., will discuss a “whole building approach” to maximize performance and achieve the greatest return on investment.  David’s firm works on air sealing, insulation, electrical systems and mechanical systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Finally, architect Howard Alan, an expert in passive solar architecture design and past president of the Illinois Solar Energy Association, will speak about two projects he’s been working on—a remake of a Chicago two-flat into an energy efficient, green three-flat using passive solar design and the transformation of the third floor of his 120-year-old building to make it harvest the sun.

Free parking available in the church parking lot on the southwest corner of Morse and Ashland Avenue. 

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