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June 29, 2009

Reservations still available
for LLI trip to Elmhurst

NIU’s Lifelong Learning Institute will continue to take reservations through Friday, July 3, for its Elmhurst field trip through Friday, July 3.

The trip takes place Friday, July 17, and includes the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Arts, Elmhurst Art Museum and the Theatre Historical Society of America.

The jewel box-shaped Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Arts features stone carvings and earth science. Meanwhile, the Elmhurst Art Museum, a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe home, specializes in late 20th century American art. The field trip will include a docent-led tour of two featured exhibitions: Stacza Lipinski’s intricately cut paper installations and Marc Sijan’s realistic human plaster sculpture.

Finally, visitors to the Theatre Historical Society of America at the York Theatre in the Elmhurst City Centre, will view artifacts from the era of the great movie palaces in the United States.

Participants will depart from the Normal Road entrance of the Holmes Student Center at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $65 for LLI members and $75 for non-members and includes all entrance fees, lunch, hands-on activities, transportation and the guided tour charges.

Call (815) 753-0277 or register online at

Annuitants Association to host
trip to Gold Coast Art Fair, cruise

The NIU Annuitants Association will sponsor a trip Saturday, Aug. 1, to the Gold Coast Art Fair, including the Chicago Architecture River Cruise.

  • 7:30 a.m. – Depart from Holmes Student Center, Normal Road entrance
  • 9:30 a.m. – Chicago Architecture River Cruise with bus transfer to the art fair following the cruise
  • 11:30 a.m. – Gold Coast Art Fair with free time for browsing and lunch on your own
  • 4:55 p.m. – Depart Chicago from the corner of LaSalle and Ontario

Cost is $105 per person and includes round-trip transportation in deluxe motor coach and Chicago Architecture River Cruise. Reservations confirmed by payment. Pick-up points are available at Orchard Road, Naperville Road or Midwest Road upon request. Payments are transferable but not refundable.

To make a reservation, or for more information, contact Steven Johnson at

Kishwaukee Symphony to play
July 23 concert at Hopkins Park

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Hopkins Park band shell.

Named the 2009 Community Orchestra of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, the musicians will play an eclectic selection, from Strauss’ “Emperor Waltz” to the themes from “Batman” and “Spiderman” to the national anthem.

Kishwaukee Symphony to host
golfing event with Linc Smelser

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will host its 11th annual golf outing Friday, July 17, at the Sycamore Golf Club, 940 E. State St.

Golfers can hit the links with KSO Conductor Linc Smelser, the Illinois Council of Orchestras’ 2009 Conductor of the Year. Smelser is also an applied artist in the NIU School of Music.

Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Rates range from $115 for an individual golfer to $551 for the deluxe Beethoven Package for four.

Special events include a 50/50 raffle and silent auction (supported by the generosity of local businesses and individuals). On-the-course events include longest drive, closest to the pin, straightest drive and shortest drive.

All proceeds benefit the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, 2009 recipient of Community Orchestra of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. 

More information and registration materials are available online. For other questions, call Phyl Naffziger, chair of the KSO Golf Committee Chair, at (815) 748-7071.

Kishwaukee Corporate Health
opens convenient care center

Kishwaukee Corporate Health, which NIU generally uses as an occupational medicine physician service, has opened an “Exclusive Convenient Care” center for the companies it serves. It is closed to the general public.

The center, located at 3251 Commerce Drive in DeKalb, is two blocks west of Kishwaukee Community Hospital off Bethany Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Walk-ins are welcome; patients who call for appointments will reduce their wait times.

Services for minor, non-work-related injuries and illnesses are available for employees and family members of participating client companies only. Patients must be 18 or older. No pediatric or OB/GYN care is provided.

For more information, call (815) 754-4882 or visit

Art Museum to rent works

It is time once again for the NIU Art Museum’s annual “Art to Lend” exhibition. Works from this exhibition from the permanent collection are available to hang in secure campus offices.

Those who are interested in considering the selections should stop by the Altgeld Gallery (first floor, west end) between Monday, June 29, and Thursday, July 9. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. As in previous years, works will be assigned by lottery-based preferred selections. The lottery drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 9.

There are nominal fees for this service to cover part of the Art Museum’s incurred costs and for the direct care and maintenance of the collection, including matting and framing to make new selections available.

Check for more information on the rental policy. For any other questions, contact Pete Olson at (815) 753-7867 or via e-mail at