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PAST EVENTS

 

ORNAMENTS FOR A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TREE

Saturday November 5, 2016
11AM

Are you crafty? We are looking for help to make ornaments for a special Christmas Tree which will be displayed at the Robert McCormick Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, IL. during the holidays. These will be Native American themed ornaments. We will gather at our Cultural Center on November 5, 2016 at 11AM. Lunch will be served. Please plan to spend whatever time you can spare. This will be a fun gathering for all. For more info call 708-257-4300.

 

AN AMERICAN ICON: UTAH’S RED ROCK CANYONLANDS

Saturday October 22, 2016
1PM
Illinois-Michigan Canal Museum
803. S. State Street
Lockport, IL.

Midwest SOARRING Foundation is sponsoring the presentation on Wild Utah: America's Red Rock Wilderness given by Clayton Daughenbaugh, conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. America’s red rock wilderness draws pilgrims from around the world. It is the largest network of undesignated wilderness lands remaining in the lower 48 states. The program includes “Wild Utah”, a multi-media slideshow. This 15-minute journey through red rock splendor, narrated by Robert Redford invigorates and motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect these threatened public lands.

Chief among the current conservation proposals is the Bear Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition which includes the Hopi, Navajo, Ute, and Zuni and their plan for a new National Monument currently being reviewed by President Obama. Also under consideration by Congress is “America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act” whose chief sponsor is Illinois Senator Richard Durbin.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and its partners in the Utah Wilderness Coalition seek to gain local support for the “Citizens’ Proposal” to protect wilderness areas in Utah’s red rock canyonlands.

“These are spectacular public lands owned by all Americans. As citizens we have a great opportunity to act to protect these special places,” Daughenbaugh said.

Daughenbaugh also serves as the volunteer Chair of the Sierra Club’s National Wildlands Committee. For more information contact Clayton Daughenbaugh

 

MIDWEST SOARRING 22nd ANNUAL HARVEST POW WOW

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 24 & 25 2016
Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster St.
Naperville, IL 60540

For more info visit www.harvestpowwow.com

 

2016 SUMMER SOLSTICE CEREMONY

June 20th, 2016 at 11:00am
Lockport Heritage Village,
2nd and State Street, Lockport, IL, 60441

Gather at the firepit located at the Heritage Village, 2nd & State St, in downtown Lockport. Women should wear a skirt or dress for the ceremony.

 

OLD CANAL DAYS-LOCKPORT ILLINOIS

June 18-19, 2016

Midwest SOARRING will be located at the Heritage Village at 2nd & State Street in downtown Lockport along with Native Craft vendors for this Old Canal Days celebration.

VENDORS - download the vendor packet.

 

MEDICINE WHEEL TEACHINGS AND SOARRING STORIES OF PAST

Sunday, June 5, 2016 2pm
Joseph Standing Bear Schranz
$10, MSF Members $8

Joseph Standing Bear Schranz is an enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation, He is the Founder and President of Midwest SOARRING Foundation. Joseph has been an activist, a promoter of native rights and a leader within the community for over forty years. He founded Midwest SOARRING as a place where Native and Non-Native People could work together to build community among all people. Joseph will share the teaching of the medicine wheel, just as he learned it from his elders.

View flyer.

 

MEN'S CIRCLE

Saturday, May 28, 2016 6:30pm

All men, young and old, gather in a traditional way. Topics include teachings, crafts, drumming. Please bring a snack to share. (Men's group meets the last Saturday of every month.)

 

NATIVE PEOPLES FROM ILLINOIS-FROM PREHISTORIC TO PRESENT

Saturday, May 14, 2016 1pm
Myles Goddard (Ojibwe)
$10, MSF Members $8

Myles Goddard has fifty years of experience teaching and lecturing about Native American Studies at College of DuPage, Triton College, Lewis University, and Illinois Dominican University. He will cover the history and lifestyles of the Native American people of the Chicago and Lockport area as well as the Illinois Valley. This includes the Illini, Michiganea, Mastbouten, Kickapoo, Chipewa, Ottawa, and Pottawatomie tribes as well as the prehistoric people of this region. Don't miss this fascinating presentation.

This presentation will be given at the first floor meeting room at the Will County Historical Society, 803 S. State St., Lockport, IL 60441. The Will County Historical Society is located at 5th and State St. in a low white building. Parking is nearby.

 

BISON INVOCATION AT MIDEWIN TALL GRASS PRAIRIE

Saturday, May 7, 2016 10am

Joseph will give the invocation at this event. They expect several thousand people. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located north of Wilmington, IL and is just one hour from Chicago. The U.S. Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and other partners and volunteers are celebrating the arrival of 27 American bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Directions to Midewin National Tall Grass Prairie

 

MEN'S CIRCLE

Saturday, April 30, 2016 6:30pm

All men, young and old, gather in a traditional way. Topics include teachings, crafts, drumming. Please bring a snack to share. (Men's group meets the last Saturday of every month.)

 

COMCAST CARES-VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8am-2pm

Help Spruce Up the I & M Canal Heritage Trail & Heritage Village Located on 2nd & State St., Lockport Comcast provides lunch and t-shirt. Be part of this community project. Ceremony at firepit after work is done.

 

BEGINNING BEADED EARING CLASS

Saturday, April 23rd starts at 2pm
Lockport's Historic Train Station
133 West 13th Street, Lockport, IL, 60441

Ages 12 and up. Class limited to first 10 paid. Cost of class is $18 per person ($15 for members). Please pay/register online.

 

RESERVATION ROAD STORIES-PINE RIDGE RESERVATION

Saturday, April 16, 2016 1pm
Janet Smith Petersen
$10, MSF Members $8

 

GRAND OPENING of Midwest Soarring Foundation's Native American Culture Center

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 10am-5pm
Lockport's Historic Train Station
133 West 13th Street, Lockport, IL, 60441

Event Highlights:

 

Download event flyer for more details.

 

2016 MARCH EQUINOX CEREMONY

Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2pm
Lockport Heritage Village,
2nd and State Street, Lockport, IL, 60441

 

PILCHER PARK - PIONEER FEST

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10am-2pm

Pioneer Fest is right around the corner! It is SATURDAY ONLY this year- March 19th at 9 AM to 2 PM. In addition to a Midwest SOARRING Foundation table, this event, put on by the Joliet Park District, will have wool spinners, crafts, archery, maple syrup demos, 1850's photographer, buckskin maker, games/toys, chores, and a wonderful pancake breakfast. Come check it out!

 

SOARRING Volunteer Appreciation Dinner & Party & Annual Members Meeting

Saturday, December 5, 2015 5pm-10pm
(Members meeting 5pm-6pm)
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet, IL. 60432

Due to time constraints the Annual Members meeting will preceed the dinner and party at 5pm. All members are invited to participate. Meeting information including elections will be mailed to each member. Please bring your current membership card so you can vote.

This gathering is a celebration of the community we build by the work we do. This event is open and free to all Midwest SOARRING Foundation volunteers and current members. Memberships may be renewed at the event. All others will be charged a nominal fee of $8 p/p.Please RSVP by December 1, 2015 by calling 708.257.4300. Please bring a dish to share. Meat, mashed potatoes, rolls and beverages will be provided. This is a drug and alcohol free event.

Every year we ask our members to bring items to share with those in need. For the children bring winter hats, mittens, or a new toy. For the adults please bring non-perishable food items, toiletries, or household goods. These items will be sent to families in need on the reservations.

Every year we ask each person/family who attends the Holiday Party to make a special ornament for our Spirit Tree. We will take turns sharing the meaning of our ornament as we hang it on the tree. The tree will stay decorated until after the holidays and will be on display at the Nature Center.

Download event flyer for more details.

Fundraising Event for Midwest SOARRING

Monday, October 12, 2015 4pm-8pm
Panera Bread Bakery Cafe
1191 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville

Bring the flyer with you when you dine with Panera Bread at and raise funds for Midwest SOARRING Foundation.

15th Annual Intertribal Pow Wow at the Grand Village of the Kickapoo

Saturday, October 3, 2015 11am-10pm
Sunday, October 4, 2015 11am-5pm

Enjoy dancing, drumming, Native art and craft vendors, food vendors, children's crafts and the chance to visit the bison herd. Visit http://www.grandvillage.net/ for more information or call Angelo at 309-261-3043. The Grand Village of the Kickapoo is located just north of LeRoy, Illinois. GPS address: 8144 N 3100 E Road, Arrowsmith, IL Arrowsmith, IL 61722.

 

21st Annual Harvest Pow Wow

Saturday Sept. 26, 2015 11am-10pm
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 11am - 5pm

Enjoy dancing, drumming, cultural demonstrations, art and craft vendors, food vendors, children's crafts and visit our tipi. Special events include Grand Entry of all dancers, Veteran's Honoring, Bird of Prey exhibit with S.O.A.R., Ocelotl-Cihuacoatl Aztec Dancers, Native Flute Players and much more! Visit www.harvestpowwow.com for more information or call 708.257.4300. You can purchase Pow Wow tickets online at www.harvestpowwow.com/tickets.html.

Midwest SOARRING Foundation is holding a VIP reception with talented Lakota born actor, traditional Native musician and model, Moses Brings Plenty at the Harvest Pow Wow. VIP reception price includes Pow Wow admission and autographed photo (photos/autographs exclusive to VIP reception). Moses Brings Plenty was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He was a former member of award winning musical group Brule and principal television actor in the Cowboys & Aliens movie. Other acting roles include the Hell on Wheels TV show, and movies Pirates of the Caribbean and Wilma Mankiller. He also advocates for the rights of Indian communities, the protection of elders, and the importance of providing opportunities for native youth.

VIP reception includes admission to the Pow Wow, and autographed photo (photos/autographs exclusive to VIP reception). Seating is limited so purchase tickets online at www.harvestpowwow.com/tickets.html.

 

Fundraiser for Midwest SOARRING Foundation and
First Nations Art Exhibit

Saturday Sept. 12, 2015 1pm - 5pm

Pastor Tony Asta of the Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL has graciously offered to sponsor a fundraiser for Midwest SOARRING Foundation. The event will be held September 12, 2015 from 1pm to 5pm at the Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main Street, Wheaton, IL. The public is welcome to shop at a number of Arts and crafts vendors, listen to Native flute musicians, and attend the opening artist's reception for First Nations Art Exhibit which will be held at the adjacent Burning Bush Art Gallery. The gallery is located at 216 N. Main Street, Wheaton, IL. next door to the church. Download a flyer for the event.

CALL FOR FIRST NATIONS ART
Attention artists who create native art. The Burning Bush Art Gallery welcomes art submissions in all mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, and hand made native themed crafts for a First Nations Art Exhibit that will run Sept 12 through Sept. 27th. Email the submission form to Tony Asta at tonyasta@ameritech.net by August 30th. Questions? Please contact Tony at 708.705.8669. We encourage all interested artists to submit their work. Download artist submisstion form here.

 

3rd ANNUAL INDIAN ART & CRAFT MARKET

Saturday & Sunday, June 27 &28, 2015 10am-6pm

Join us for our 3rd annual art and craft market. Shop the vendors to find that unique and special gift. Be a vendor at this event. Vendors can get an application by calling 708-257-4300. Download Flyer.

Bring a lawn chair and join us for a weekend on the grounds of our Cultural Center and its 5 acres of pristine land. Enjoy the following activities:

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

DINO'S PIZZA NIGHT FUNDRAISER

Thursday, June 25, 2015 4pm-9pm

Dino's in La Grange, IL. has graciously offered to sponsor this fundraiser for Midwest SOARRING Foundation, a non-profit Native American organization. Dino's will donate 25% of the sales for dine in or carry out pizza. Bring your friends and family, enjoy tasty pizza, and support our organization. Midwest SOARRING Foundation works on repatriation, protection of sacred sites, educating the public about Native American culture as well as environmental issues. Call 708-257-4300 for more information. Download Flyer.

LOCATION:
Dino's Pizzeria & Fast Food
1014 La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525

 

NATIVE AMERICAN TALKING CIRCLE CEREMONY

Saturday, May 16, 2015 5pm

Joseph Standing Bear will lead the Talking Circle. This event is open to everyone. There is no fee. Please bring a snack to share following the ceremony. This event will be held at the Riverside United Methodist Church, 82 Woodside Rd. Riverside, IL. For more info call 708-447- 1760 or 708-257-4300

LOCATION:
Riverside United Methodist Church
82 Woodside Road
Riverside, IL

 

SOARRING WOMEN'S CIRCLE

Saturday, May 23, 2015 5pm

Please RSVP 708.257.7300 and leave a message if you will be joining us.

This is a time for women to gather together, to talk among other women, sharing struggles, encouraging each other to promote community building. In this way we can further embrace our circle.

We are having a great time and hope you can join us. Please bring a dish to share as we celebrate Memorial Day weekend. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks available for $1. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! Find us on Facebook-Midwest Soarring Womens Group or email MSFWomen@aol.com.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SOARRING MENS'S GATHERING

Saturday, May 23, 2015 5pm

All men are invited to join us for a time of drumming, traditional Teachings and fellowship. Please bring a dish to share ss we celebrate Memorial Day weekend. Coffee, tea, water and soft drinks are available for $1. For more info call 773-585-8613.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

BLACK ASH BASKETRY WITH KELLY CHURCH

Sunday, May 3, 2015 1pm

Join us at 1PM for a wonderful presentation on Black Ash Basketry. Kelly, who comes from 5 generations of basket weavers, will show a video, give a demonstration, share old and new baskets as well as report on the Emerald ash borer and its effects on Native basket traditions. Each participant will make a black ash animal to take home with them.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

Fee: $20 for non-members; $15 for MSF members. Reservations and fees would need to be confirmed by May 2. For more info call 708-257-4300.

 

SOARRING MENS'S GATHERING

Saturday, April 25, 2015 5pm

All men are invited to join us for a time of drumming, traditional Teachings and fellowship. Please bring a snack to share. Coffee, tea, water and soft drinks are available for $1. We will meet at 5PM. For more info call 773-585-8613.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

COMCAST CARES DAY FOR MIDWEST SOARRING FOUNDATION

Saturday, April 25, 2015 8am-4pm

Join us for this day of community volunteering. We will start at 8am and finish by 4PM. A talking circle will follow the event. We are really trying to fill all 50 volunteer slots. Midwest SOARRING Foundation is a Native American non-profit organization whose mission is to work toward repatriation, protect sacred sites, educate the public and promote community building among all people regarding indigenous life-ways. This year, we will continue cleaning up the grounds, landscaping, planting our sweetgrass and other plants. Comcast will provide t-shirts and food. Please dress for the weather. In order to have enough t-shirts and food, you will need to sign up at Comcast In The Community. For more info call 708-257-4300.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SOARRING WOMEN'S CIRCLE

Saturday, April 18, 2015 6pm

Please RSVP 708.257.7300 and leave a message if you will be joining us.

This is a time for women to gather together, to talk among other women, sharing struggles, encouraging each other to promote community building. In this way we can further embrace our circle.

We are having a great time and hope you can join us. We meet at 6pm. Please bring a snack to share. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks available for $1. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! Find us on Facebook-Midwest Soarring Womens Group or email MSFWomen@aol.com.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

NATIVE AMERICAN TALKING CIRCLE CEREMONY

Saturday, April 18, 2015 5pm

Joseph Standing Bear will lead the Talking Circle. This event is open to everyone. There is no fee. Please bring a snack to share following the ceremony. This event will be held at the Riverside United Methodist Church, 82 Woodside Rd. Riverside, IL. For more info call 708-447- 1760 or 708-257-4300

LOCATION:
Riverside United Methodist Church
82 Woodside Road
Riverside, IL

 

MOVIE NIGHT AND INDIAN TACO SALE

Saturday, April 11, 2015 5pm

Indian Taco Sale from 5PM to 7PM then we will follow with a movie for all to enjoy. Indian Tacos $8 Fry Bread $3 Soft Drinks/Coffee/Water $1 Tacos and Frybread are available for carry out. Movie: Medicine River

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Native American Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR JOSEPH STANDING BEAR

Sunday, March 15, 2015 1pm-4pm

Everyone is invited to join us to help Joseph celebrate his 65th Birthday. Pizza and cake will be served. Drop in to wish him a Happy Birthday or stay for the day! Please RSVP to 708.257.4300

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SPRING EQUINOX CEREMONY

Friday, March 20, 2015 11am

Joseph Standing Bear will lead the ceremony. Please dress for the weather. Women should wear skirts. Pot Luck to follow, please bring a dish to share.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

FANCY SHAWL DANCE WORKSHOP

Saturday, March 21, 2015 2pm - 4pm

Fee: MSF Members $5 Non-Members $10

Ever want to try fancy shawl dancing? Join us for some teachings, dance lessons and lots of practice! This class is open to girls and women of all ages. Now is your chance to try it! Bring your shawl or blanket. A limited amount of shawls are available to use for practice. Seats are limited. For more information or to reserve your spot call 708-257-4300

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SOARRING WOMEN'S CIRCLE

Saturday, March 21, 2015 6pm

Please RSVP 708.257.7300 and leave a message if you will be joining us.

Women's group meets the fourth Friday of the month. This is a time for women to gather together, to talk among other women, sharing struggles, encouraging each other to promote community building. In this way we can further embrace our circle.

We are having a great time and hope you can join us. Please bring a snack to share. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks available for $1. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! Find us on Facebook-Midwest Soarring Womens Group or email MSFWomen@aol.com.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SOARRING TALKING CIRCLE

Saturday, March 28,2015 5pm

Inviting all men, young and not so young, to come out for our first men's group/drum circle. Please bring your hand drum and or shaker if you have them. If you don't have either, just bring yourself. (We will have a few hand drums and shakers to share.) This is a time to share your stories, your experiences or your concerns. Please bring a snack or dish to pass.

We will conduct this meeting as a combination drum circle/talking circle along with traditional Anishinaabe lessons and language. Here is a chance to get together with other men and share life's mysteries and how they affect our spirit, our relationships and our planet. This will be a recurring event every 4th Saturday of the month. Water and coffee and soft drinks will be available for $1.

LOCATION:
Midwest SOARRING Cultural Center
1 Hickory Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

 

SOARRING TALKING CIRCLE

Saturday, March 7,2015 5pm

Joseph Standing Bear Schranz will lead this ceremony.The event will be held at the Riverside United Methodist Church. No fee. Open to all. Call 708.257.4300 for more information.

LOCATION:
Riverside Methodist Church
82 Woodside
Riverside, IL 60546

 


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