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exhibit at Lincoln Public Library
15, 2002] "Owls,
the Silent Hunters," a pictorial exhibit from the Illinois
Audubon Society, is on display now in the Annex of the Lincoln
exhibit shows the eight types of owls, both common and uncommon,
that may be seen in Illinois and tells something about the habits of
these nocturnal birds of prey.
are silent hunters because they have very soft feathers that make no
noise as they fly, so they can easily sneak up on their prey. They
also have excellent hearing, binocular vision, strong feet and
talons for capturing prey, and hooked beaks for tearing it into
bite-size piece pieces.
[Photos by Joan Crabb]
see quite well in the dark, and because of their binocular vision
(like ours) they can judge distance and movement very well. Because
they cannot move their eyes, they turn their heads from side to side
just as we do.
are beneficial to man because they eat mostly mice, rats and harmful
insects. They can swallow small prey at one gulp and then
regurgitate the bones and fur in small pellets. These pellets can be
found on the ground under the places where owls roost.
are attentive parents and take good care of their young owlets.
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most common owls in Illinois are the great horned owl, a large owl
that can be as much as 25 inches tall and has ear tufts that
resemble horns; the barred owl, also a large owl but without ear
tufts; and the screech owl, 7 to 10 inches long, with small ear
tufts. The screech owl is the one most often seen and heard near our
owls, with their distinctive pale heart-shaped faces, are becoming
rare. Like short-eared owls, they favor open farmlands and prairies.
Snowy owls are occasional winter visitors from the Arctic, and
long-eared and saw-whet owls are also more likely to found in
Illinois during the winter.
exhibits from the Illinois Audubon Society will be on display at the
Lincoln Public Library in the coming months.
Illinois Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization in
Illinois, founded in1897. It works to preserve habitat, especially
for threatened and endangered species, and sponsors educational
programs, such as field trips and workshops, for both young people
and adults. It is not part of the National Audubon Society.
more information about the Illinois Audubon Society, write to P.O.
Box 2418, Danville, IL 61834-2418; phone (217) 446-5085; or visit
the website at www.illinoisaudubon.org.
competition is on
Play board games at Lincoln Public
18, 2002] Bored
with winter? Lincoln Public Library presents "Board Games
Rodeo" from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday through
March 23 in the Pegram Community Room.
you are high school age through adult, you are invited to come and
compete against your fellow "boardmeisters" in games of
Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble, chess, checkers, Chinese checkers,
backgammon, Trivial Pursuit and Yatzee. Remember to bring your
gameboard so everyone can participate.
AmeriCorps volunteers serve as referees.
snacks are served.
more information about this program, visit the library at 725 Pekin
St. or call (217) 732-8878 or 732-5732.
27, 2002] "The
Breadwinner," by Deborah Ellis. Groundwood-Douglas &
McIntyre, March 2001, 170 pages.
1994 — most of 11-year-old Parvana’s life — the Islamic
Taliban has had political control of the country of Afghanistan.
Parvana and her family live — or survive, to be more accurate —
in the war-torn city of Kabul, Afghanistan. A missile destroyed
their home, and now they are forced to live in one room of a
life before the Taliban was good because both of her parents had
good jobs. Her parents were both educated in universities outside of
Afghanistan. Her father was a history teacher, and her mother, a
journalist, worked for a local radio station, but now neither parent
Taliban rule women have been forbidden to leave their homes without
wearing a burqa, a garment that covers them from head to foot with
only a mesh strip across their eyes for vision, and they must be
accompanied by a close male relative. Women and girls are not
allowed to go to school, be on television or radio, or attend public
gatherings. The windows of the homes are painted black so the women
cannot be seen from the outside. Parvana’s mother, Fatana, and
older sister, Nooria, have not been out of the apartment for at
least a year.
father lost part of a leg when the school where he was teaching was
bombed. He now sits on a blanket in the marketplace and reads and
writes letters for others to earn some money for the family. Parvana
helps him walk there every day, sits with him and then helps him
home at the end of the day. Parvana’s older brother was killed
when he stepped on a land mine. She also has a small sister and baby
brother at home.
evening as the family is enjoying some conversation after their
meal, Taliban soldiers burst in their home and question the father
about being educated in England. The soldiers tear up the apartment
and beat Parvana’s parents with the butts of their guns. Her
father is taken to prison that night.
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an older male relative, the family’s chances for survival are in
jeopardy. Men are supposed to make the money and do all the
shopping. Fatana becomes severely depressed and is unable to care
for the family.
Weera, a former physical education teacher and friend of the family,
and her grandchild eventually move in with the family to help care
for Fatana and the smaller children.
are the circumstances that force Parvana to become the reluctant
breadwinner. She cuts her hair and puts on the clothes of her dead
brother. She is terrified of being discovered by the Taliban but
soon realizes that the disguise is working and is amazed at the
freedom she has never known before. This freedom also forces her to be
involved in and experience things that are horrifying as well as
idea for this book came from the true stories Deborah Ellis
collected in Afghanistan about real women whose daily lives have
been affected by the Taliban. She is donating all of the royalties
from the book to Women for Women in Afghanistan. This is a powerful
book that will make the terrible situation in Afghanistan and gender
apartheid more of a reality to children in America.
book does contain some graphic descriptions of certain events. It is
recommended for fifth grade through eighth grade.
more information, visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217)
[Linda Harmon, Lincoln
Public Library District]
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Brothers jazz up Logan County
11, 2002] Alison
England was from California; the Pasadena Roof Orchestra was from
England; and the Rhythm Brothers are not related, to paraphrase
their introduction. The Rhythm Brothers is a quartet consisting of
— at various times — two guitars, a banjo, a fiddle, a bass, a
sousaphone and four silky voices. If that isn’t enough, add in
"the music of Raul Reynoso and the humor of Doug
Mattocks," and you get one entertaining show.
Rhythm Brothers have played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the
Grand Ole Opry to Disneyland. And now they have graced Lincoln with
their talented "plucking and strumming" as this month’s
feature in the Lincoln Land Community Concerts series, at the chapel
of Lincoln Christian College.
band consists of Raul Reynoso, Doug Mattocks, Paul Shelasky and Lee
is an extremely talented guitarist and songwriter. His songs have
been described as "True World Music," since they come from
his mixed background of Latin American culture, Los Angeles society
and luegrass guitar. The band played a few of them, including "Matelot"
and "Waneta’s Waltz."
a comedian and guitarist, also plays all three of the major styles
of banjo: four-string tenor and plectrum and five-string bluegrass.
As the unofficial leader of the band, his quick tongue keeps the
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is an accomplished fiddle player. His talent has taken him from the
California State Fiddle Championships to international tours in
North America and Europe. He also is a songwriter. The band
performed one of his Discovery Channel-inspired love songs as an
encore, "I Don’t Want a Praying Mantis Love Affair."Westenhofer
plays the upright bass for the band. His playfully driving rhythms
give their songs, for lack of a better word, oomph. His renditions
of "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring" and "Dueling Banjos" played on
the sousaphone are experiences no music lover should miss.
their sets at Saturday’s concert, the band chose a wide variety of
tunes from all the ages of American string music. Traditional banjo
tunes included "Oh! Susanna" and "Foggy Mountain
Breakdown." The band’s smooth harmonies came out in the jazz
tunes "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Chicken Ain’t
Nothing but a Bird" and "Girl in the Little Green
Hat." Bluegrass fans were delighted by "Rolling in my
Sweet Baby’s Arms" and "Orange Blossom Special."
Selections also included some Spanish favorites, such as "Malagueña."
music was not the only gift given to the audience. Many of the song
introductions included brief music history or music appreciation
lessons. For example, the guitars played by Reynoso and Mattocks
were reproductions of traditional French guitars used by early jazz
players. Reynoso played the "petite bouche" or
"little mouth" guitar, which describes the opening in the
body. Mattocks’ guitar, the "grande bouche" or
"large mouth" version had a much wider opening, allowing a
appreciation teachers or new style of string quartet, the Rhythm
Brothers provided an entertaining and educational concert for Logan
more information, go to http://www.rhythmbrothers.com.
Lincoln Community Theatre
Community Theatre’s website is at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html. Pictures from past productions are
included. The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656. E-mail: email@example.com.
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