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Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

We try to make this event every year.  Some of my boys are participating in the Tank Drum workshops.  Come on out to Kaneland High School Sunday and enjoy the arts!

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Source: Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

Sugar Grove Corn Boil July 25-27

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Our family loves the community we live in.  An annual, popular event is coming up… the CORN BOIL!  The event kicks off Friday night.  I am looking forward to my son, Trevor, playing with the Kaneland High School drumline that night.  Saturday morning begins with the always well-attended 5K Run/Walk.  And for Christian music fans, Citizen Way &  MIKESCHAIR will perform on Sunday afternoon.  For a full schedule check out the website.

http://sugargrovecornboil.org/

I will not have a booth there, but feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss refinance scenarios or a future home purchase.  I just heard a statistic that 676,000 are eligible for but have not taken advantage of a HARP loan.  Are you one of them?

 

 

A salute to quick thinking, band member lost his cymbal during the National Anthem June 3, 2013 – YouTube

This 13yr old just finished 8th grade at my middle school alma mater, Eisenhower Jr. High in Darien, IL.  Quick thinking on his part and now he has had millions of hits on YouTube and is on CNN.

A salute to quick thinking, band member lost his cymbal during the National Anthem June 3, 2013 – YouTube.

Redemption Song

Last week a co-worker of mine posted an entry on her blog that really moved me. She wrote life is “but a breath”. We don’t know how long we will be here. Today could be her last living day on this earth (and mine just as well). But she ended her entry by writing what she is sure of in her Christian walk. Her words were an awesome reminder of what I take for granted every day and should not.

Twelve hours after I read her post, tragedy struck in Newtown, Connecticut. It literally takes the breath she wrote of away from me. I know the world is trying to wrap their brains around such senseless violence and the tragic loss of children and loved ones…

Today at church, I found myself lost in worship to a song that was new to me. It was simple, but powerful to me in the moment.  I am ever thankful for my redemption that started with the birth of my Savior.  And for 4 minutes or so, I was able to lift up my voice, lay down my burdens and praise the King who was born on Christmas day. Again I am reminded that even though our lives are “but a breath”, or even shorter for those 20 children, God planned a way to come down to find us. To love us. To save us. To spend eternity with Him.  (Thanks Linda for helping prepare my heart with your post!)

MIKESCHAIR- Redemption Song – YouTube. Click to listen, Lyrics below.

People are singing in the streets
Singing a timeless melody
Of how love came down, the lost were found
Here the sound of Christmas
Come celebrate the King

Everyone sing along
This is our redemption song
Love has come, love has come to save us
Emmanuel is here now

This is the time to stop the noise
Lay down your burdens, lift your voice
And praise this Son, the Holy One, who rescued us
It’s Christmas, let the world rejoice!

Everyone sing along
This is our redemption song
Love has come, love has come to save us
Emmanuel is here now
Go and tell the broken hearted
Love has come, love has come to save us
So sing along

(Hallelujah) This is our redemption song
(Hallelujah) Yeah!

Go and tell the broken hearted
Love has come, love has come to save us
So sing along

(Hallelujah) This is our redemption song
(Hallelujah) Yeah!

Ravinia – Classical or NOT?

Ravinia is such an great venue in the summer to catch a classical concert.  But they have also had a nice line-up of non-classical artists.  Take a look…   

June 29   Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw

June 30   Sarah McLachlan with orchestra

July 9   Santana

July 10   Natalie Merchant

July 20   BoDeans

July 22   Seal

July 27 & 28   James Taylor

August 3   Crosby Stills & Nash

August 10   Huey Lewis & The News/Joe Cocker

August 11 & 12  Train

August 24   Lyle Lovett

August 26   John Hiatt and combo

August 29   Duran Duran

September 1   Hall & Oates 

To see the full schedule http://www.ravinia.org/Calendar.aspx .

Fingerprint by Vanessa E video

I had previously posted about my friend, Vanessa, and her new CD.  Here is her music video!  Exciting to see good friends follow their dreams!

Fingerprint – Vanessa E

Vanessa E’s “Fingerprint” is an upbeat and fun pop/rock song about not listening to the critics around you or the critic inside of you. It’s also a call to see ourselves as a unique individual whose life can be a beautiful work of art no matter our age, color, gender etc…

2011 West Virginia University Marching Band Armed Forces Salute – YouTube

I would have posted this for Veteran’s Day if I had seen it then but coincidentally it is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor…. enjoy the half-time show!

2011 West Virginia University Marching Band Armed Forces Salute – YouTube.

Vanessa E CD release Concert Dec 4th

I am excited to celebrate with my dear friend, Vanessa, on the release of her 4th CD!  The CD Release Concert is open to all.  Vanessa writes music about her faith, struggles and strength to overcome.  Check out her website and story.  See you there…

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It’s offical! The CD release concert and party will be Sunday Dec.4th at 6:30pm at the Chlidren & Arts Center in Romeoville, IL and You are invited! We’d love to have you celebrate with us and we are planning a special show just for you! So mark your calendar and don’t miss it! It is sure to be a great night to remember!

via Vanessa E. – home.

Rush: Time Machine – Tonight only!

Calling all RUSH fans!!! I am disappointed I cannot see this tonight.

Rush: Time Machine November 3 at 7:00 pm Randall 16 in Batavia & Kendall 10 in Oswego

Captured in April at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena during the renowned trios extensive Time Machine world tour, TIME MACHINE 2011: Live In Cleveland marks the bands first live concert filmed in the United States.RUSH TIME MACHINE 2011: Live In Cleveland is an evening with Rush performing their classic hits and features the legendary Moving Pictures album live in its entirety.  Released in 1981, Moving Pictures was their most successful album to date, certified 4x Platinum and features some of Rushs most well known songs and perennial radio favorites, including “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight” and the Grammy-nominated instrumental “YYZ.”

via Rush: Time Machine.