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Past Batavia Event: VOL 3

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VOL 3

May 12, 2016
@ Island View Banquets (at Batavia VFW)

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Island View Banquets (at Batavia Overseas VFW Post 1197) – 645 South River Street (Illinois Route 25)

General Admission: $5.00 (cash only)

Doors open at 6:30 pm; show starts at 7:00 pm

Food and beverages available (cash only)

 

Featured Presenters (in alphabetical order):

Michael Foster

Kathy Freedlund

Dani Hollis

Ellen Huxtable

Don Lincoln

Bill McGrath

Melissa Monno

Betsy Zinser

 

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HOPE: Helping Other People Exercise

BY KATHY FREEDLUND
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

As a Baby Boomer and long-time advocate of exercising and getting the body moving, Kathy Freedlund shares her passion for HOPE: Helping Other People Exercise. It’s never too late to start a program for a better quality of life. Find your “fountain of youth.” Exercise!

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What Sculpture Gives to Me, What I Hope Sculpture Can Give to Everyone

BY BILL MCGRATH
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

Contemplating retirement after successive careers as an attorney then city administrator in his hometown of Batavia, Illinois, Bill McGrath has begun pursuing his love for art, specifically working in metal sculpture. Sculpture, like any artistic endeavor, presents the opportunity to express oneself to others, but also requires some emotional distance to remain true to one’s visions. He also shows how public art, sculpture in particular, can add to a community’s sense of place by speaking to values, history, and universal experiences, such as fear.

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Living an Informed Life: Why Science Matters

BY DON LINCOLN
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

There are a great variety of principles that people use to guide them in their lives and these principles can be subjective or objective in origin. While our decisions are inevitably subjective, Don Lincoln believes that the best decisions are informed by objective facts and he argues that the scientific method is the most disciplined technique ever devised to reveal objective truth.

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How My Search for Community Brought Me Back Home

BY DANIELLE HOLLIS
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

"I have met some of the greatest people in the process..how my search for community brought me back home."

In "How My Search for Community Brought Me Back Home", from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol.3Danielle Hollis, invites us all to "trust the process" as we all search for ways to feel like a part of something bigger than ourselves. Danielle has recently moved back to her hometown of Batavia. As an excecutive Director of Water Street Studios, a not-for-profit community arts centre, defines community through a series of personal life events. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016. 

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Reinventing Perceived Value, Space, and Time Through Modern Art

BY MICHAEL FOSTER
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

From prehistoric cave paintings to Jackson Pollack, art emotionally defines a society. Sadly, we tend to devalue art because it does not directly fulfill basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter. Artist and designer Michael Foster discusses how viewing modern art will confront someone with socially acquired patterns of feelings, thoughts, and actions—in a fairly safe environment. And he will demonstrate the secrets and motivations behind his own work.

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Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

BY BETSY ZINSER
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

After a few weeks as the director of the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, Betsy Zinser realized the behind-the-scenes work and services of the pantry were fairly unknown to the community at large. She shares how ongoing donations of food, money, and time by Batavians have made it possible to consistently serve the neighbors within their community who need it most.

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A Whirlwind in Manzanar

BY ELLEN HUXTABLE
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

During World War II, Japanese Americans in Los Angeles were evacuated to Manzanar, a relocation center camp in the California desert. Combining oral history with artifacts and primary source material, Ellen Huxtable has researched the experiences of her parents, relatives, and others during their confinement at Manzanar. Ellen’s current project, “A Whirlwind in Manzanar,” is a book of historical fiction for young readers based on this research.

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3 Wheels, 2 Pals, 1 Tail

BY MELISSA MONNO
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

"Sidecars make you happy!"

In "3 Wheels, 2 Pals, 1 Tail" from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 3, After purchasing a Ural motorcycle, Melissa Monno and her dog, Dante, put the bike and themselves to the test, hitting the road into the Western United States. The two found a world of adventure and serendipitous encounters along the way, which fueled an “anything is possible” mindset. Upon returning home, the two strive to continue spreading happiness and Melissa aims to build meaningful connections within her new community as a small business owner.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Sunday, November 29th, 2016. 

Melissa Monno
Owner, The River's Edge Bar & Grill in Batavia
Don Lincoln
Scientist, Fermilab in Batavia
Bill McGrath
City Administrator, City of Batavia, Illinois in Batavia
Kathy Freedlund
Fitness Supervisor/ fitness & yoga teacher, Batavia Park District in Batavia
Ellen Huxtable
Consultant, Advantage Business Concepts in Batavia, IL
Betsy Zinser
Director, Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet in Batavia
Danielle Hollis
Executive Director, Water Street Studios in Batavia
Michael Foster
Artist & Designer, Lighthouse Marketing Services / Boojazz Studios in Batavia