Paramount Launches Act 2 Campaign:
Today the Paramount Theatre in Aurora revealed the launch of their Act 2 Capital Campaign. The theater is kicking off a fundraising effort with plans to open a Paramount School of Performing Arts, and to refurbish all the seats in the Paramount Theatre. They also want to update Copley Theatre, turning it into a small venue to debut original works. The price tag for all this comes in around $4.5 million dollars – but the good news is, their fundraising efforts have already been boosted by a $2.5 million donation from the Dunham fund.
DuPage Environmental Summit:
“Nature Rx: How Spending Time in Nature is Good for Our Mind, Body, and Soul” was the theme for this morning’s DuPage Environmental Summit. Presented by the Conservation Foundation at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville campus, the summit featured many speakers who discussed how simple nature walks and potting plants have many mental and physical health benefits like decreasing stress and aggression. All presentations at the summit will be available to watch on the Conservation Foundation’s YouTube channel.
Art League Pipe Burst:
The Naperville Art League is closed through at least February 1, after a water pipe burst. Classes are still being held, just at a different location. The not-for-profit is accepting donations if you’d like to help with the cost of repairs – you can do so on their website.
Fee Increase in District 204:
Parents of second through fifth graders in District 204 will be seeing a fee increase of $40 this fall. That’s to cover the costs of those students receiving Chromebooks for the 2018-2019 school year. Kindergarten and first grade students will be sharing tablets, so their fees will remain the same. Originally Chromebooks were slated just for rollout to third to fifth graders next year, but as the pilot program was so successful, the district adjusted to include second graders as well.
Neuqua vs. Waubonsie:
With the regional seeding announcement one week away, Neuqua Valley girls basketball was on the road to take on Waubonsie Valley last night with both teams looking to boost their rankings. It was back and forth in the early going, but the Warriors exploded offensively in the 2nd quarter, taking a 15 point lead into halftime. But the Wildcats came out of the break ready to play, outscoring their rivals 14 to 5 in the third quarter. Neuqua eventually tied the game at 38 in the 4th, but from there Waubonsie was able to right the ship and pull away for a 54-46 victory.
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