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Wonder Works To Celebrate Black History Month

Children's Museum To Host Song, Dance and Culture Activities in February

Oak Park, Illinois, January 31, 2005--Wonder Works, a Childrens Museum in Oak Park, will celebrate Black History Month in February with a series of events perfect for families and children. The lineup includes:

Thursday February 3, 11am
From Africa to America with Kai Simone-Issa, Story and Dance for all ages Kai Simone-Issa, artistic director for Peoples Jazz, will kick off Black History Month with music, dance and poetry.

Thursday, February 3, 7pm
Black History: A Time to Celebrate
Wonder Works and Local Motions present Black History: A Time to Celebrate, a compilation of speakers, storytellers, theatre and dance. Appetizers from Robinsons Ribs will be served during the performance.

Saturday February 5, 12 noon
Exploring the Music of Africa with Atiba Jali Come listen, learn and explore as Atiba Jali presents Drums of Africa.

Sunday February 6, 12:30pm to 3pm
Authentic African Percussion instruments Come learn, touch and play with authentic African percussion instruments.

Thursday February 10, 11am
From Africa to America with Kai Simone-Issa, Story and Dance for all ages Kai Simone-Issa is back presenting more song and dance. Kai has been a performing artist for over 15 years. She is currently artistic director for Peoples Jazz, teaches theatre and poetry, as well as performs children's music and poetry throughout the Chicago-land area.

Sunday February 13, 1pm
Storytelling with Velma Gladney
Velma Gladney is a storyteller whose full alto voice emphasizes musical rhythms in a dynamic multicultural fashion. Her message is one that excites the imagination of children and adults with soulfully delivered stories.

Saturday February 19, 2pm
Explore African Dance with Tiffany Mondy Using live drummers, this class will introduce children to African dances. After a short warm-up, children will learn dances from West Africa.

Saturday February 26, 11am
Musical performance by the Judson Choir
The Judson Choir, an Oak Park area group, will perform spirituals, African and contemporary American songs.

Each week, check out a different craft in North Avenue Art Works. And stop in for Story Time each Friday at 11am.