Reroute Alert! The Union Pacific railroad crossing at Ardmore Avenue in Villa Park will be closed on September 8 and 9 for repairs. The sidewalks will remain open except for during the work on Monday afternoon (September 8).
Ardmore Ave. Train Crossing Closed Sep. 8 & 9
September is National Literacy Awareness Month
Please join us in celebrating National Literacy Awareness Month by learning more about adult literacy needs in DuPage County and how you can help change someone’s future. Click here for a schedule of orientation or training classes. Call Literacy DuPage at 630.416.6699 or check out www.literacydupage.org for more information.
Balloon Creations with Suzette
Celebrate summer reading in style! Suzette, balloon artist extraordinaire, will be designing balloon creations just for you on Thursday, July 31, from 6–8 p.m., at the Villa Park Public Library. Select from favorites, including critters with “paws,” and wear your hand-picked creation home.
“Shop” for your favorite animal shapes and colors from her balloon menu, then watch up-close as Suzette customizes a balloon creation just for you!
This fun family program, sponsored by the Youth Services Department, is offered as a part of the library’s “Paws to Read” summer reading initiative. The incentive program encourages children to read for fun and earn prizes, while maintaining and strengthening reading skills used during the school year. For more information, visit our website at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1176.
Please note: The program will end promptly at 8 p.m. No registration is required but early arrival is recommended because space will be limited for this special event.
Suzette the Balloon Artist Entertainer, aka “the Balloon Lady,” performs for corporate, business, school, family and social events in Chicago and the suburbs. Find out more at (http://www.landinientertainment.com/suzette_home.htm).
Acclaimed Folksinger Weaves Stories through Song
Nationally acclaimed folksinger Chris Vallillo will perform at a special after-hours music event at the Villa Park Public Library on Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. This program is supported in part by an Illinois Arts Council grant.
Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica, Chris Vallillo weaves original, contemporary and traditional songs and narratives into a compelling and entertaining portrait of the history and lifestyles of the Midwest. Dirty Linen magazine describes Vallillo’s music as “vivid, original story songs” delivered with an “eye for detail and a sense of history.” Folk Wax editor Arthur Wood says “Vallillo’s guitar playing flows like warm honey and is a true aural delight.”
For Vallillo, a good song is as much a work of art as any painting or sculpture. His prairie poet style has been compared to Edgar Lee Masters and Vachel Lindsay, and you can hear the strains of the Carter Family and Jimmy Rogers reflected in his writing. It’s roots-based original and contemporary folk with the rich acoustic textures of bottleneck slide, finger style and flatpicked guitars that echo the influences of Mississippi John Hurt, Norman Blake, Doc Watson and John Fahey.
A recipient of a 1986 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award for music composition, Vallillo was also a nominee for the Illinois Arts Council’s 1987 Governor’s Award for Individual Artist. In 1987 he conducted the Schuyler Arts Folk Music Project to document the last of the pre-radio generation. These recordings were accepted into the American Folklife Collection at the Library of Congress.
From 1990 through 1998 he served as the performing host and co-producer of the nationally distributed, award-winning public radio performance series Rural Route 3 where he performed next to (and with) a virtual “Who’s Who” of contemporary and traditional folk musicians. His most recent project, a one-man show titled Abraham Lincoln in Song, received the endorsement of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the accompanying CD reached #10 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart in March 2008.
He recently completed his second term as the Illinois State Scholar for the Smithsonian Institution’s New Harmonies traveling exhibit on roots music and just finished a new instrumental bottleneck slide guitar CD titled “The Last Day of Winter.”
For more information or to register, check out the Villa Park Public Library website at www.vppl.info or call 630-834-1164, ext. 5.