Arts Commission Discovers Talent at 'Artists Outreach Effort'

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Byline: Jon Davis

The Arlington Heights Arts Commission set out to discover the village's untapped artists, and if attendance at its "Artist Outreach Effort" Tuesday night is an indication, the effort got off to a good start.

The two-hour reception drew more than 75 people to the Arlington Heights Historical Society's Dunton Room, 110 W. Fremont St., to meet commission members, village trustees and officials and village President Arlene Mulder.

"We wanted to meet the local arts professionals living in Arlington Heights," said John Scaletta, the commission chair.

Some attendees volunteered their names for a database the commission will use to seek advice on future projects, he added.

Peggy Knapp, who also sits on the panel, said many attendees were music and

art teachers who "seemed very interested in doing some networking with some of the professionals there.

"People were all very positive about it and interacting, networking," Knapp said. "It was just about what we'd hoped."

For more information on the Arts Commission and its activities, call Derek Mach, (847) 368-5232.

Pray Day: You might expect the National Day of Prayer to be a sunny day with nary a cloud in the sky and temperatures somewhere in the mid-70s.

But plans are in place just in case Thursday, May 2 doesn't turn out that way, said Jeff Deardorff, associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church and one of several organizers for Arlington Heights' observance.

Prayers are scheduled at North School Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or, in case of rain, at St. John's United Church of Christ, just across the street at 308 N. Evergreen Ave.

"We're going to be praying for the world, of course for our nation, our leaders, the president and the Congress. For our armed forces, and for ourselves as a nation as we try to deal with our problems and with the world," Deardorff said. …