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Updated: March 25, 2013 6:28AM

Elgin: Sherman executive to address March 5 Woman’s Club meeting

The Elgin Woman’s Club will hold its next meeting on at 11:30 a.m. March 5 with a luncheon and program at the Holiday Inn, 495 Airport Road. Featured will be Mary Martini, vice president of professional services for Sherman Health, on “A Future of Sherman Update.”

Martini has worked at Sherman for 16 years and is responsible for the administrative oversight of the Sherman Immediate Care Centers, pharmacy, physician services, accreditation and regulatory affairs, rehab services, the diabetes center, sleep center, marketing and communications and food and nutrition services.

Reservations should be made no later than Friday, March 1, by calling the EWC hotline at 847-622-3614. Cost for the luncheon meeting and program is $20 and may be paid for by check the day of the meeting.

Since the club was founded in 1887, members have supported hundreds of local projects including yearly scholarships to students from area high schools. The club’s major accomplishment was the founding of Sherman Hospital in 1888. In addition, members volunteer in hospitals and other agencies throughout the Elgin area and are active in recycling, conservation, women’s health, international affairs and other projects.

Call the hotline or visit for more information.

Hampshire: Toddler Storytime day switch at Ella Johnson Library

Toddler Storytime and Baby Lap-Sit Storytime at Ella Johnson Memorial Library are switching to Thursdays starting on March 7. Toddler Storytime is 11 to 11:30 a.m., and Baby Lap-Sit Storytime is from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Elgin: Discussion set on charter schools

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice will hold a discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. March 3 at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., on the issue of charter schools, including one proposed for Elgin.

Speaking will be Jean Pierce, a retired professor and chair of the faculty of educational psychology at Northern Illinois University; and James Thindwa, civic engagement coordinator for the American Federation of Teachers for the Great Lakes region.

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations. Registration is not required.

Elgin: ‘Deathtrap’ performances set

The Independent Players will perform “Deathtrap” on March 1, 2, 3, 8, 10 and 16. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows at 3 p.m., at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and $10 for students.

The Independent Players also will perform “Classless,” a new and original sketch comedy with improv and digital shorts on March 9, 15, 17, 22, 23 and 24. Friday and Saturday shows also are at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows also at 3 p.m., at the Elgin Art Showcase.

Call 847-697-7374 for more information.

Bartlett: Open Mic Night scheduled

Arts in Bartlett will host a First Friday Open Mic Night event at the Center for the Arts, 118 W. Bartlett Ave., No. 2, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1. Music, instrument playing, dance, poetry, singing, story telling, art and more will be features. Special guest performers from Dorothy Deen’s Cello Studio will be there. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 630-372-4152, email, or visit

Bartlett: March Madness concert

Arts in Bartlett will present a March Madness Concert at 3 p.m. March 3 featuring musician wEs LeE “K” and slam poet Russ Devereaux, at the Bartlett Nature Center auditorium at James “Pate” Philip State Park, 2054 W. Stearns Road.

Concert guitarist and vocalist wEs will be playing a Fusion of Styles with special musical guests Laurie Schaefer and Barbie Ray.

Stand-up comedian, playwright and award-winning slam poet Russ, known as the “Tailgate Prophet,” will present all original material. General admission is $10, and $5 for children 12 and under. Refreshments are included.

Proceeds will benefit the Budding Talent Grant program. Tickets can be purchased online at; at the Bartlett Gallery and Center for the Arts at 118 W. Bartlett Ave., No. 2; and at the door. For more information, call 630-372-4152.

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