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Recent and Upcoming Events * denotes a public event - if you're nearby, please come join us!

* 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 25
Redar Park, Schererville, IN
(Austin Street & Gregory Street)
This is exciting! I'll be one of a group of storytellers at a Storytelling Festival in Schererville, IN, hosted by the Northwest Indiana Storytelling Guild.

Schererville Parks Department is hosting the "Country-A-Fair" at Redar Park (at Austin and Gregory Streets, Schererville), and will include many food and craft vendors, a music tent, petting zoo, games and a storytelling tent. In the storytelling tent, the Guild will have stories for adults 1-2 pm, children's stories 2-3, a liar’s bench 3-4, and then "open mike" and family stories from 5:30 to 7 p.m. I'll handling the second half of the adult stories and the first half of the kids' stories, from about 1:30 to 2:30. Sounds like it'll be a great day to come out and enjoy the park, and all the activities ... see you there!

* 4 p.m. Sunday, September 26
The Presbyterian Church of La Porte
307 Kingsbury Ave.
La Porte, IN 46350
I'm honored to be part of the church's Fine Arts Series, sharing some Laugh Out Loud Favorites! This ever-changing collection of stories includes adventures, miracles, laugh-out-loud favorites and "back in the day" tales by authors like Mark Twain, O. Henry, Kurt Vonnegut, Ogden Nash, and Jean Shepherd. Live the "Secret Life" of daydreamer Walter Mitty, meet the worst-ever family handyman "Uncle Podger," or find out how "The Storyteller" kept three kids quiet on a long train ride.

* 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 19
Calumet City Public Library
660 Manistee Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409
Halloween stories for kids! "Ghosts and Giggles" features picture books, spooky stories, funny stories, plus songs and a ghost hunt - come in costume for extra fun!

* 7 p.m. Thursday, October 21
Downers Grove Public Library
1050 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Kicking off the Halloween season with the acclaimed Creepy Classics! Adding new stories to the collection every year ...

7:30 p.m. Monday, October 25
Thornton Historical Society
Thornton, IL 60476
Returning to tell more Creepy Classics! They loved it last year - and I've got plenty more!

* Nov 26 - Dec 12
Portage Yacht Club
1370 State Hwy 249, Portage, IN
Box Office Phone (219) 759-1408
Tickets $15 / Seniors & Students: $12
Three weekends starring in "The Drowsy Chaperone" - one of my favorite-ever musicals! This is the first year that amateur rights have been available! Come see us, you'll have a lot of laughs ... it's FUN!

* 2 p.m. Sunday, December 19
First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville
7898 Taft Street
Merrillville, IN 46410
Returning to First Presbyterian, this time with the one-man "Christmas Carol" - followed by a nice tea!

* 6 p.m. Monday, December 20
Crown Point Community Library
214 South Court Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
One of my favorite libraries is having me back again! - for a kids' Christmastime storytime ... Santa, snowmen, Olive the Other Reindeer, and of course the Grinch!

Behind the main checkout counter at Green Hills Public Library in Palos Hills, IL, there's this Monty Python quote painted on the wall: "You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence - and that's been the main reason for our policy of hiring wild animals as librarians." Photos from Trinity Lutheran School in Hobart, courtesy of Liz Thomas. Great kids! Earlier This Year . . .

* 7 p.m. Thursday, February 4
Addison Public Library
4 Friendship Plaza
Addison, IL 60101
For "Addison Reads," telling the inspiring story of the Three Doctors, drawing on both books of their lives: "The Pact" and "We Beat the Street."

* 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 1
Lansing Public Library
2750 Indiana Ave.
Lansing, IL 60438
A family storytime celebrating the works of Dr. Seuss. It's Dr. Seuss' birth week!

* 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 3
Villa Park Public Library
The first appearance by guest storyteller Chuckles Brady, who stepped in on my behalf when I was called out of town. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” and other uplifting Dr. Seuss stories, as part of "Addison and Villa Park Reads."

Thursday, March 18
Homan Elementary
210 E Joliet
Schererville, IN 46375
All-day storytelling for grades K-4 for Young Authors Week!

2 p.m. Monday, March 22
Hartsfield Village
10002 Columbia Ave
Munster, IN 46321
Sharing some Laugh Out Loud Favorites and Back-in-the-Day Tales with the good folks in the Memory Support group. Sounds like fun!

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 31
Nathan Hale School
19055 Burnham Ave.
Lansing, IL 60438
Sharing some of my favorite children’s stories with kids and families at the Literacy Luau! I just love the name ...

9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 14
St. Philip the Apostle School
1233 W. Holtz
Addison, IL 60101
Back to Addison once more! for the junior version of "Addison Reads" - sharing Seuss stories, including some inspirational choices, for grades K-6.

* 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17
Purdue University Calumet
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
The event is called “A Journey Around the World in Legends and Fairytales,” part of a series at Purdue University Calumet offering community outreach through visual and performing arts, through the Building Community through the Arts (BCTA) program. I'll be the host and emcee, introducing a variety of entertainers, as well as performing a few of Aesop's fables and discussing storytelling and the oral tradition. Cool, huh?

2 p.m. Sunday, May 2
Sacred Heart Church
204 N Ohio St
Wanatah, IN
Entertaining with some favorite stories at the Ladies of Sacred Heart Mother-Daughter Luncheon.

9:30 a.m. Monday, May 24
Trinity Lutheran School
891 S Linda
Hobart, IN 46342
Stories for grades K-8, all at once, at Trinity. Fun!

* 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 1
Prospect Heights Public Library
12 N. Elm Street
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
A summertime collection of Creepy Classics, to go with this year's theme for Illinois libraries' Summer Reading Programs: "Scare Up a Good Book"! Right up my alley, right?

* 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 2
Palatine Public Library
700 N. North Court
Palatine, IL 60067
The next night, more stories of vampires, ghosts, and things going bump in the night - this time in Palatine, where they're also scaring up good reads for the summer! Definitely my Creepy-est year yet ...

11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 6
First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville
7898 Taft Street
Merrillville, IN 46410
Service at 9:30, brunch at 10:30, followed by some of my "Laugh-Out-Loud Favorites"!

1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 & Thursday, July 8
Glenwood School for Boys and Girls
Glenwood, IL 60425
It wouldn't be summer without my visits to Glenwood School!

* August 13-29, 2010
4th Street Theater
125 N. Fourth Street
Chesterton, IN 46304
(219) 926-7875
I'm playing Judge Danforth in "The Crucible" for 3 weekends at 4th Street Theater in Chesterton. Come see it!

EDIT: It's received 10 award nominations - wish us luck that we win some of them! 5 actors received acting nods, including myself - plus Best Play, and more! What a great show ... EDIT to the EDIT: We won Best Play of the Year! And most of the other noms as well - 7 out of 10! Sadly, no win for me ... but I consider myself part of that Best Play win. :)

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