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WSIU Almanac 5.15.24

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Kevin Boucher

This is your WSIU Almanac for Wednesday, May 15. I’m Leah Lerner.

ON THIS DAY in 1940 Richard and Maurice McDonald open the 1st McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California


In Carbondale, 13Theatrics presents "The Last Five Years" by Jason Robert Brown. This live stage musical explores the five-year relationship of novelist Jamie and struggling actress Cathy. The show features local artists Braden Cummins and Lauren Hickle along with a live band.
Performances run May 17 & 18 at 7:30pm and May 19 at 2:00pm at the Varsity Center.

 Benton, Rend Lake offers the Small World environmental education program designed for children five years old and younger, at the Rend Lake Visitor Center the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00 AM and are free to the public. Enjoy a story, craft, and activity.
May 21: Animal Moms – Celebrate Mother’s Day by learning how animal parents take care of their babies!
Home school groups, pre-school groups, daycare facilities, and other groups are welcome to participate, but should register first by contacting the Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center at 618-724-2493. Schedules are available at the Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center, online at mvs.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Rend-Lake/, and on the Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center Facebook page.

In Marion, the next Third Thursday community event is tomorrow from 6-8pm at Tower Square Plaza. The theme is "Make Believe" Night. It will be a magical night with a royal carriage ride with Cinderella, costumed characters, face-painting, vendors, games and activities for all ages. Dress up and enter the costume contest, enjoy bounce houses and more. Explore small businesses and participate in a scavenger hunt.

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Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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