News Briefs: Ravinia lineup; Regina state scholars; Winnetka-Northfield Library’s strategic planning
Ravinia Festival will operate again this summer after closing last year because of to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Highland Park venue announced its official lineup this week on May 6, highlighting more than 60 events from July 1-Sept. 26, including the 85th annual residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
“In addition to returning favorites such as Train and The Beach Boys, each for two nights, plus Ben Folds, Gladys Knight, Willie Nelson and Family, violinists Joshua Bell and Midori, and the annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular concert, this summer’s schedule will feature 47 festival premieres and 30 artist debuts,” the announcement on the website says, “including star singers Cynthia Erivo and Julia Bullock with the CSO, plus Ziggy Marley, Brian McKnight, Yacht Rock Revue, King Crimson, The Zappa Band, Ana Bárbara, and Las Cafeteras.”
View Ravinia’s full schedule here.
Ticket sales will be split into two halves, according to the site.
Tickets for concerts scheduled between July 1-Aug. 15 are available to donors next week, Thursday, May 13, and go on sale to the general public on June 16.
For concerts scheduled after Aug. 15, tickets are available to donors beginning June 18 and go on sale to the public on July 21, exclusively on the Ravinia website.
There will also be special health and safety protocols — like mask-wearing, distanced seating, etc. — during this season that are further outlined here.
Eleven Regina seniors awarded as Illinois State Scholars
Eleven students from the Regina Dominican graduating class of 2021 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.
According to a press release from the Wilmette school, this year’s Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 676 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.
The following Regina Dominican students were named 2021-22 Illinois State Scholars: Lila Acott, Anne Berg, Brigid Daly, Maura Heneghan, Sophia Hoffman, Colleen Murdock, McKenna O’Brien, Sofia Rana, Kayla Smith, Leia Spaniak and Nancy Speidel.
Winnetka-Northfield Library District to build new strategic plan
The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District is in the process of developing a new strategic plan that will guide the organization for the next three to five years.
“The plan will provide us with valuable information about our community and allow us to focus our efforts, time and resources in ways that add value to the patrons we serve,” a library press release dated April 30 says.
The reportedly library hired an independent consultant, Marc Futterman of CIVICTechnologies, to help with the process. With his assistance, the library expects to complete and start implementing the new strategic plan by September, per the release.
“This will be a multifaceted process which will include the input of community members, local leaders and library staff,” the release adds. “It is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the District and create a roadmap for success.”
Updates will become available on the library’s website throughout the process.
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Megan Bernard is a co-founder and the managing editor who directs day-to-day journalism of The Record. Megan enjoys writing about restaurants, entertainment and education and is an established human-interest reporter.