Announcement: Edge of Orion classes

For 9 years EDGE Youth Theatre has been involved in the homeschooling community. They offer diverse classes for the raw beginner and the seasoned actor. From stage combat to history, from backstage to writing, you’ll love what we have…out here on the EDGE.
Orion Couling
Artistic Director EDGE Theatre
Fight Director and Designer
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EDGE Paranormal Research Society!
This class will explore by daylight the cemeteries of Chicago and the locations of its most notorious haunts. Learn Chicago history and the ghost that haunt it. Use the newest technologies and learn some old school techniques for finding spooks. Learn the legends and explore the mystery. This class meets at a different location every week. Families are encouraged to take this class together for a great discount! What could be better than a hot chocolate and a walk through a grave yard?
Ages: Ages: 6 and up with a parent and 10 and up otherwise
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Location: various locations
Enrollment: 6 Min/14 Max
Weeks: 5
Days a week: 1/Sunday
Class Duration: September 7th-October 5th
Notes: This class involves hiking, its rain or shine. Parents are encouraged to join
Cost: $125
“The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” performance class!
The Wardrobe stands waiting. It just needs see to walk through it. Join EDGE as we enter the brand new adaptation of the classic by Jared McDaris (Winter 2014’s Hobbit). Can Aslan defeat the white witch? Or will it always be winter and never Christmas? Join the struggle, for right, for light and FOR NARNIA!!
Ages: 7 and up
Time: Monday 10:30am-12:30pm (All Ensemble) AND Wednesday 12:45pm-2:45pm (select ensemble and Sr Ensemble)
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)
4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 20 Min/40 Max
Weeks:7
Days a week:2/ Monday and select Wednesdays
Rehearsal Duration: September 8th-October 22nd
Tech: Weds October 15th 10 am to 4Pm, October 19th 10 am-5pm
Performances: October 19th 7pm, October 20th Matinee Noon, October 21 Noon, and 7pm, October 22nd Noon matinee, 2pm cast party and strike
Notes: Professional costumer with assistance from family. PLZ NOTE THAT THIS IS A TWO DAY CLASS FOR SOME OF THE CAST SOMETIMES! If you can’t do both days YOU CAN STILL BE IN THE SHOW I just won’t be able to give you a huge role. the 2nd day is for me to work scenes that we may not get to in the Monday.The Price stays the same
Cost: $135.00 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
Bartitsu
Cane Fighting, Boxing, Umbrella Combat a gentlemen calls it Bartitsu! The original missed martial art in Victorian England! As read about in Sherlock Holmes unlock the secrets and use it on the stage in this unique stage combat class!
Ages: 10 & up
Time: 12:45pm-2:00pm
Day: Monday
Duration:  September 8th- October13th
Weeks: 6
Location:  Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)  4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 6 Min/14 Max
Cost:  $125.00 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
Improv for Anyone!
Professional improv artist, host of Improv Gladiators and one of our resident instructors  Miquela Cruz joins us for another session of Improv. Great for the shy actor, the actor who doesn’t think they’re funny and everyone else too. Games, challenges and oh so much laughter await you!
Ages: 10 & up
Time: 3:45pm-5:00pm
Day: Monday
Duration:  September 8th- October13th
Weeks: 6
Location:  Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)  4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 6 Min/14 Max
Cost:  $125.00 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
Strange accents and Funny Voices
Dialect work can be so much fun and a great skill for actors to bring character work to a piece. In this class learn the basic skills that you’ll need to sound like you are from England, France, Spain, Australia and possibly Narnian and  a protector of Gotham.
Ages: 10 & up
Time: 5:15pm-6:30pm
Day: Monday
Duration:  September 8th- October13th
Weeks: 6
Location:  Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)  4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 6 Min/14 Max
Cost:  $125.00 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
Battle Blaster-Zombie Apocalypse
You face them now. The countless hordes. You aren’t  locked in here with them, they are locked in here …with you! Explore tactics, projectile weapons, Melee and an ever changing scenario.  Sometimes you’re the hero, sometimes the zombie and sometimes, you are just lunch. This Nerf based class is all about exploring options, decision making and hand to eye coordination. Take that basketball!
“But wait my kid is just gonna whoop on and be whooped by kids for an hour?”
Yup!
“How is that educational?”
Uh… Books ya’ll it’s based on books! Also winning graciously, loosing with honor, tactics, courage, sacrifice, organization, time management and lots of other life lessons forged on the field of battle!!!
“Sorry I should’ve seen that! I wish I could quit my boring job, abandon my responsibilities  and come fight with you.”
Yup! Doooooooooo iiiiiitttttt!
Required: At least one nerf gun or bow and plenty of ammo. At least one nerf melee weapon. Clothes you can move in. Water bottle and snack.
Recommended: Eye protection and helmet (bike, kayak, sparring) cuz … Life man
Notes:
-weather permitting games may be held outside at a nearby park to be disclosed.
-Please note that drop-ins are welcome at a prorated rate but the minimum must still be enrolled.
-Nerf styled toys are cool. Doesn’t have to be name brands.
-Plan on losing or destroying your ammo. We’ll be sharing ammo too but we will not be arguing about who’s ammo belongs to who.
– Write your name on all your gear! There is no guarantee that your gear will survive this class.
Ages: 7-17 (if two distinct ages groups form well adjust)
When: 10:15am-11:45am
Day:  Wednesday
Dates: September 10, 17,24, October 1,8,15
Weeks: 7
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)  4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 6 Min/20 Max
Cost: $125 (sibling discounts and multi-class discounts apply)
Acting in a Drama
This non performance class gets into the nitty gritty of scene work. When the stakes are high, when its win or loose, how do you play the scene? Explore scripts and your ability to convey the story in this scene study class.
Ages: 10 and up
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Enrollment: 4 Min/14 Max
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)
4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Weeks: 6
Days a week: 1/ Wednesday
Class Duration: Sept 10th-October 15th
Performances:None
Cost: $125 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
Tech Ninja- British Authors Edition
Our ongoing task of creating the incredible worlds we need for our shows. With Victorian England and the battlefields of Narnia looming we have our work cut, hot glued, and chopped out for us. Scenic painting, basic light design, and and emphasis on props!
Ages: 10 and up
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Enrollment: 4 Min/10 Max
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)
4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Weeks: 7
Days a week: 1/ Wednesday
Class Duration: Sept 10th-October 22
Performances: If you are not in show, you are required to crew show!
Notes: You will need work clothes for the class and black clothes for the show
Cost: $135 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
The Art of the Ghost Story- Performance optional Class
Explore the world of story telling a proper ghost story. Learn the techniques behind the art and the flare to bring it to life. Read stories aloud and hear versions of Chicago legends. This class ends with a wonderful evening of story telling by Orion Couling and  any participants who want to terrify the audience.
Ages: 10 and up
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)
4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 4 Min/10 Max
Weeks: 6
Days a week:1/ Wednesday
Rehearsal Duration: September 10th-October 15th
Performances: October 15th 5:00 pm
Notes:
Cost: $125 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
“We Almost Had Him” performance class!
Our teen ensemble is invited to join a host of villains as they retelling the time they nearly thwarted Sherlock Holmes. A new script by Jared McDaris inspired by a Batman story, this show promises to weave intrigue and action in true Sherlockian Style!
Ages: Ages: ages 12 and up (some very dedicated 10-11may be allowed to join)
Time: Monday 2:15pm-3:30pm (All Ensemble) AND Wednesday 4:15pm-5:15pm (select ensemble)
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)
4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 10 Min/40 Max
Weeks:7
Days a week:2/ Monday and select Wednesdays
Rehearsal Duration: September 8th-October 15th
Tech: Sunday October 12th 10 am to 4Pm,
Performances: October 12th 7pm, Tuesday the 14th 4 pm and 7pm, Weds the 15th 7pm
Notes: Professional costumer with assistance from family. PLZ NOTE THAT THIS IS A TWO DAY CLASS FOR SOME OF THE CAST SOMETIMES! If you can’t do both days YOU CAN STILL BE IN THE SHOW I just won’t be able to give you a huge role. the 2nd day is essential because rehearsal period is so short
Cost: $135.00 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
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Multiple Child Discount – If you have already enrolled one child in a class from your immediate family, select this price to enroll another
Multiple Class Discount – If you have already enrolled this child in another class, select this price to enroll this child in a class
Bundled Discount – If you have already enrolled this child in another class, AND you’ve enrolled another child in another class, use this discount
Online Fee Discount – We know fees are a drag but its way easier of us to be on our game when people enroll online. We are trying out a new discount. Keep a tally of the dollar amount of the fees you payed and well give that to you in tickets. If you spend $14 bucks in fees, that’s $14 worth of tickets.
Early Sign Up Ticket Give Away – If you sign your crew and pay online for the next session before the end if he current session your family will get two free tickets for the next sessions plays
Refer a Fiend Ticket Give Away – On the registration form there is a new option to say who referred you. If a new member writes your name you get 4 free tickets to an upcoming production!
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Announcement: Reading and Western Literature Class

Class: Reading and Western Literature

This class will read and discuss various works of Western literature, at roughly the junior year of high school level. The aim is to have more fun by becoming improved readers, which allows for greater competence, which allows for still more fun. We will use the historical approach, the material approach, the structural approach, any approach that looks promising and expands the continuing revelation that reading can be. That last sentence clause sounds a little heavy, but I’m going to stick with it until informed otherwise.

 

Probable works: Oedipus Rex, Beowulf, the Seafarer, Common Sense, the Purloined Letter, Song of Myself
(Bonus: These are all in the public domain and easily found online)
Age:  13+

Class time: Tuesdays, 10:30am-Noon

Class dates: September 9-October 28(8 weeks)

Class fee: $120 (Drop-in $15)

Instructor: Ben Huizenga

Location: Ben’s house, Northside of Chicago.

 

Please email me if you would like to register your child.  Ben will take payment on the first day of class.

Denyse Ffrench, Class Organizer

I have organized a literature class for teens with Ben Huizenga.  The class is open for registration now.  This class grew out of the my son’s desire to do more work with literature at a high school level and participate with other kids.   He has chosen to continue to homeschool/ unschoool through high school age but also is feeling like he wants to do some organized work appropriate to that level.  I think this class will be fun and also meet the needs/desires of our older kids who want autonomy but also some structure.

HYSL – Homeschool Youth Soccer League

Homeschool Youth Soccer League- HYSL

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Season to run:

Saturday, September 13th through Saturday October 18th.

Time: 9:30am – 10:30am

Location: Legion Park on Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago

ALL are welcome! Registration will *close* Saturday, September 6th.

NOTE:
Chicago North is the only region to run this fall. There will be *no* tournament dates this season. Regular season structure will return in the Spring of 2015 with tournaments back into play.

 

Description:
This is a youth soccer league was started by a homeschooling mom of 4 children who wanted to design a league for homeschooling kids and their families to participate on schedules more flexible and doable in their daily lives. While this league greatly models that of the AYSO league, HYSL differs slightly on many aspects:
– The age groups per team are wider to include more capable players at all levels.
– All of the teams in any one given region practice all on the same day at the same time so that if you are a family with more than one child playing you will not have multiple children on various fields, times or days during the week.
– The tournaments are held once per month to allow homeschool children of one region/city to play against homeschool teams of another region/city.
– And… the cost is far more affordable.To join this group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HYSL_Midwest/info) you must be a parent with homeschooled children interested in playing soccer. OR, you are a homeschooling family who want to be kept in the loop with what is going on in HYSL, AND/OR you are a parent who is willing to volunteer time in coaching, assistant coaching, referring, and/or team parents or region organizers.

To add, this particular yahoo group services those in or surrounding the Chicago area, but not limited to those in Wisconsin, Indiana, or Iowa who are willing to make the drive once per month to participate in tournament games that will be held centrally in the Chicago area.

And finally, this league would not be possible without parent volunteers! Without parents stepping up to help get this off the ground, we would have never seen our first tournament Spring of 2012. If you are joining this group in the hopes to participate in the fall (or future) season(s), please consider volunteering your time as a coach, assistant coach or team parent to allow more children to play in the seasons to come.

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Loyola Beach Day (Tuesdays)

Loyola Beach – Greenleaf Avenue Entrance
Tuesdays, starting at noon onward.
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Homeschoolers need to stay connected during the summer months too!!! With classes not running (as much) in the summer, Tuesdays becomes a day of sand and water worship. Meet us down at Loyola Beach for some all day sun and fun!
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We meet at the **Greenleaf Avenue Entrance**. There is a parking lot with very reasonable hourly rates right in front of the shoreline. When you pull in you will see a playground and the Heartland Café little food hut. Follow the boardwalk between the too down to the water and find a friendly group of homeschoolers camped out in a great location to keep an eye on both the playground and the water at the same time.You can usually find the group by a hoard of umbrellas.
This is also just about 4 blocks from the Morse stop Red Line. And there is free parking on Sheridan and west of Sheridan Road.
Some families will arrive earlier than noon, but we put noon -5:30pm as that is when you will find the bulk of folks there. Feel free to come earlier and stay later!
Happy Summer!
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Park Days

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NUG PARK DAYS 2014

Hours: 11-2, family activity (not a drop-off)

Bring lunch for your family and, at certain parks, extra clothes, swim
suits and/or towels.
On rainy or super hot days, we’ll cancel. Check email or call before
you go.
July 28 Rehm Park
East Ave. & Garfield in Oak Park (exit 290 at Austin)- POOL
($9 per person)

August 4 Portage Park
4100 N. Long (playground is at Irving Park and Central) – POOL

August 11 Hamlin Park
3035 N. Hoyne (near Diversey & Damen) – POOL

August 18 Harold Washington Playlot Park
5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd (near 53rd & Lake Shore Dr.)

August 25 Unity Park
2636 N. Kimball – WATER SPRINKLER

Sept. 1 NO PARK DAY (Labor Day)

Sept 8 Peterson Park
5801 N. Pulaski (in North Park Village, follow signs to
playground)

Sept. 15 Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton (playground is on Meade near Fullerton)

Sept. 22 Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt (1 block west of Western Ave.)

Sept. 29 Maple Park
1105 S. Maple (near Harlem and Roosevelt Rd.), Oak Park
(exit 290 at Harlem)

For more details about these parks, including directions, see
www.chicagopartkdistrict.com

This schedule is subject to change.
For more info contact Wini: wini@winifredhaun.org

 

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Foster Beach Day (Fridays)

Beach Day is a social meet up on Fridays during summer and fall.

 

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Who: Everyone!

Where: Foster Beach

When: Fridays from 11-4 (time is approximate) mid May through early October, depending on weather.

Bring: picnic, blanket, chair,umbrella, sand toys, beverages, kites- ( note: flotation toys and water wings are not permitted)

 

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Why: Fun! Beach days are very relaxed gatherings. Come when you can, stay as long or as little as you like, bring friends, bring family, bring whatever makes you happy at the beach!

Questions?

Email Lori

Northside Unschoolers Group (NUG)

We are the Northside Unschoolers Group

 

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 We provide information, support and encouragement to Chicago area families with children ages 0 to 18 who unschool or are interested in unschooling.  Unschooling is child-led or child initiated learning. We also provide a variety of activities, classes and events to all interested homeschoolers.
 
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How NUG works in a nutshell:

We are a non-directed support group, which means that there are no official leaders, just people interested in offering their energy and ideas to the community. All activities are offered and organized by individuals, based on their interests and needs. For example, if someone wants to organize a field trip, she/he determines when it will happen, where it will take place, what age groups can participate, how much it will cost, etc… that information is then posted to the website, and people can choose to participate or not.

If the thought of diving into a new crowd seems intimidating, Read this article about strategies for “breaking in” to an existing homeschooling group.

 

Find us:
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