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Me...Jane Show Graphic

Me...Jane Show Graphic

Saturday, October 22, 2022
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Central

Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Josephine Louis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive; 10-30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Faculty/Staff – Student – Public – Post Docs/Docs – Graduate Students

Cost: $6-$15

Wirtz Center  
(847) 491-7282

Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts

Fine Arts


Adapted by Patrick McDonnell and Aaron Posner
Music and lyrics by Andy Mitton
Based on the book by Patrick McDonnell
Directed by Rives Collins

Before she became a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee discover the miracles of nature on their shared outdoor adventures, and young Jane imagines spending the rest of her life helping animals in Africa. Later, she will do just that!  In this musical adaptation, join young Jane and her special friend as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. 
Me…Jane was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was first produced at the Kennedy Center during the 2017-18 season.
Suggested for ages 5+

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BYJU’s Young Athlete: Esha Singh among the medals in pistol events in June

BYJU’s Young Athlete: Esha Singh among the medals in pistol events in June

Pistol prodigy Esha Singh, adjudged the BYJU’s ‘Young Athlete of the Year (Female)‘ at the Sportstar Aces Awards 2022 on March 19, was presented with a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh and a Casio G-Shock watch.

Sportstar will track the progress of the BYJU’s Young Athletes – Esha and Nihal Sarin, throughout the year. We will bring you their updated rankings, highlights from the past month, expert views on their latest performances and more.

Esha picked up from where she left in May , to put up stellar performances in the pistol events at the 20th Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship in Bhopal.

The 17-year-old shooter clinched the gold medal in women’s 25m sports pistol, going past two Olympians in the field in Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat.

Esha topped the qualification with a score of 585-20x, while Manu (583-14x) and Rahi (582-23x) finished second and third, respectively. In the final, Esha topped again with a score of 30. Vibhuti Bhatia (23) and Chinki Yadav (17) landed silver and bronze.

In 10m air pistol mixed team, Team Telangana’s Esha Singh and Kaushik Gopu finished with a bronze medal with a score of 17.

In 10m air pistol women, Esha finished with the best score among Telangana’s shooters with 568.0-14x but couldn’t make the semifinal (top-eight).

“There’s still time for the 2024 Olympics but until then I will have to work really hard. There is no secret to success. If you truly work hard and you want something, you will go all out for it, and that’s what I am doing,” Esha had told Sportstar in an interaction.

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SCDSB hosting event on ‘pathways for young women’

SCDSB hosting event on 'pathways for young women'




On May 26, the Simcoe County District School Board, in partnership with the Women’s Advocacy Council, is hosting ‘High school and beyond: Exploring pathways for young women.’

This virtual event for students in grades 7 to 12 and their families is being held via Zoom from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the four pathways available to students — apprenticeship, college, university and workplace — directly from former students who followed each pathway.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to attend three breakout sessions of their choice. Options for breakout sessions include technology courses in each pathway, options for multilingual and newcomer learners, workplace readiness, financial planning, continuing education and more.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the event site.


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‘He was a lion’: boxing event honours passionate young fighter

‘He was a lion’: boxing event honours passionate young fighter

“He had his own keys to the boxing club. He would go there and work out and hit the bags by himself and he was there early for every single training practice they had,” he said.

Over the course of his amateur career, Skopyk went to many competitions and won many fights. In 2015, he finished top in his weight class at the Saskatchewan Provincial Boxing Championships in Regina. Remembering what it was like watching his son fight, Skopyk said he was always amazed at how strong he was.

“He would come up to us after the bout and he would have little bruises and abrasions and stuff but if he had blood on him he’d go ‘that’s not my blood,’” he said. “He was a talented fighter.”

Noting how a special Will Skopyk trophy was handed out at a boxing event pre-pandemic, Skopyk said he hopes this event can become an annual tradition.

“I hope it can carry on. It’s a beautiful thing that they would do that,” he said.

Braddock Koch, head coach with the Red Wolf Boxing Club, was the one who approached the family with the idea and has fond memories of Will.

“He was a lion. He embodies the spirit of what we are are trying to do with the Red Wolves,” he said. “He was just so fierce.”

Noting the number of sponsors on board already, Koch said he’s received huge outpouring of support from the community. Koch also confirmed his plans to make this an annual event, while also noting plans to start small this year, featuring 10 to 12 bouts with fighters from all over Western Canada.

“There will be some novice guys that are just being brought up but there will also be some top flight amateurs as well,” he said.

Cole Ahenakew, an up and coming fighter is his own right, trained with Will and plans to be on the card next month.

“He was a good sparring parter and we would always have fun when we we sparring, make little jokes during our sparring matches. He brought a good energy to the gym,” he said.

Tickets for the event next month are on sale now through the exhibition centre, Mark’s 9, Canadian Tire, and Koch through the Red Wolf Boxing Club.

On Twitter: @nigelmaxwell

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Weyburn Young Fellows planning events in celebration of 100 years

Weyburn Young Fellows planning events in celebration of 100 years

The Weyburn Young Fellows celebrate 100 years this May 21st at a golf and dinner event for past and present members. 

The local service group has generated $2.4 million for the community over the past century.

Anniversary celebration committee member, Ryan Janke, said they had about a hundred people in attendance for their 90th anniversary in 2012, and they hope to surpass that this time.

“This time, hopefully fingers crossed as we’re post pandemic here, so that’s going to create some travel challenges for everybody, but we put it on a long weekend to make it as easy as possible for members who don’t live in Weyburn anymore to get back,” he explained. “So my hope is that we’re between 100 and 150. Although total invitees is probably quite a bit higher than that, it’s hard to say how many people have come to the club over the years.” 

Janke said past and present members are encouraged to bring their significant others to make it more of a ‘family’ event.

“We’re having it at the Weyburn Golf Club for the golf portion and then the banquet will be held at the Weyburn Curling Club,” he noted. “We’re hopefully going to have a breakfast in the following day as well, just so that everybody ca get out and do a few things. We’re trying not to monopolize the entire weekend either, because I know a lot of former Young Fellows don’t live in Weyburn anymore, and this is an opportunity to get back and catch up with the community outside of the club.”

He said a public event is also in the works. 


“In terms of big summer events, we do have one announcement coming up soon, so keep Canada Day weekend available in town and hopefully more on that soon.” 

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‘Big events’ can keep young Aussie rugby players at home

'Big events' can keep young Aussie rugby players at home

Talented Waratahs playmaker Ben Donaldson believes the lure of a British & Irish Lions series and a home Rugby World Cup is a motivating factor that will help keep young players in the country, as news of further overseas departures hit Australian rugby on Wednesday morning.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Wallabies forward Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Brumbies youngster Nick Frost will head to Japan at the end of the year, while any hope Rugby Australia had of bringing world-class Rory Arnold back home has been scuppered by a Japanese deal that will make him the highest paid Australian player in the game.

All three are perfect examples of the money that exists offshore, but it’s also a reminder that while big offers from overseas were once largely the domain of players coming towards the end of their careers, these days players of all ages can take advantage of such an opportunity.

But speaking to media ahead of his side’s showdown with arch rivals the Reds in Sydney on Friday, Donaldson said he was focused on what he could achieve on home soil, rather than any big-money offer that might be available overseas.

“Yes and no, I’ve thought about it a little bit,” he said of his longer-term future. “But I’m more short-term kind of guy, I basically just look at the year that it is now. So I’ve got some goals for this year obviously and I’m really process driven, so week by week, I just worry about the game that’s coming this week, and then next week we’ll worry about that when it comes.

“I guess overseas, it’s definitely in my plans down the track, but my main goal is obviously to stay in Australia for as long as I can and play for the Wallabies – that’s the No. 1 goal before anything else.”

Australian rugby is on the cusp of another golden run of local events, with World Rugby set to ratify the nation as 2027 World Cup hosts later this year.

With the Lions set to head Down Under in 2025, hosting the World Cup two years later means Australia will have the same stellar calendar it did just after the turn of the millennium, giving players the opportunity to contest the game’s two flagship international events on home soil within three years of each other.

And Donaldson says he, and many young other players too, have the events circled on their calendar.

“It’s very exciting for Australian rugby with all these big events happening in the next four to eight years,” he said. “A lot of us young boys coming through, it’s not just me, but a lot of boys are really striving to be here, to be around for those big events.

“And me personally, they’re a few goals of mine for the long term. But like it is with the 10s, I feel like there’s a good opportunity at the moment and in the next few years to really push my case and keep improving so that I can be around for those big occasions.”

While he acknowledges the money may be hard to resist for some, Donaldson says it does not outweigh his desire to play well for club and country.

“I really hope [people hang around], because there is a good crop of players in Australia at the moment coming through the ranks, a lot of boys really pushing their case for the Wallabies,” he said.

“But yeah it’s hard to say, the money overseas attracts a fair few players. But I know for myself and a lot of boys who I’m mates with, we’re not too worried about money at this stage, we just want to play well for our state and country.”

Donaldson is one of a number of talented young Australian playmakers in Super Rugby Pacific this year, and this week has the chance to test himself against Wallabies veteran James O’Connor.

With the Reds star among the favourites to wear the No. 10 jersey against England later this year, Donaldson is keen to put his name on the radar of Wallabies selectors with a good performance in the always feisty local derby.

“It’s exciting, I obviously love testing myself against these guys who have been in the Wallabies setup for a while now,” he said. “And like you said, play a few good games and you never know what might happen.

“The goal is to make the Wallabies squad, and especially coming up against James this weekend, he’s a class player, so it’s a bit more for me to try and earn his respect. If I can play a good game, I can earn his respect and then the [Wallabies] coaches as well. But it’s more exciting than anything, try to have a good game, prepare well, nothing really changes and then hopefully I play some good footy.”

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La Jolla Music Society Offers Free Education Events with Exciting Young Artists

La Jolla Music Society Offers Free Education Events  with Exciting Young Artists

As part of its mission to offer in-depth, lasting engagement opportunities for students all around San Diego County, and to foster long-term relationships between visiting artists and the community, La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) offers a slate of free education and community engagement programs and events to complement its concerts in February 2022.

These events provide ways to learn about and connect with exciting young artists including award-winning pianist Conrad Tao, tap dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher, and bassist and composer Xavier Foley, who appears as part of LJMS’ Discovery Series.

  • Thursday, Feb. 24, 1:15 p.m.
    • Performance Demonstration by Xavier Foley
    • Roosevelt Middle School
    • Free for students
  • Thursday, Feb. 24, 2:15 p.m.
    • Performance Demonstration by Xavier Foley
    • Oak Park Elementary School
    • Free for students
  • Thursday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m.
    • Little Human: “So You Want to Be a Musician” with Xavier Foley
    • Riford Library
    • Free and open to the public
  • Friday, Feb. 25, 2:15 p.m.
    • Performance Demonstration by Xavier Foley
    • Oak Park Elementary School
    • Free for students