Pulse: Jenny Sauer, Gregory Reads, Glee Club, Concerts in Your Park

Don’t laugh

Naperville model shares life stories in new book

Naperville-based model Jenny Sauer, whose television and film credits include “Water for Elephants,” “The Hangover Part II,” “Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Old Navy” and others, has contracted the writing bug, too.

Her first publication, titled “Snickering Out Loud,” is set for release next month on Valentine’s Day.

Sauer, who has lived in Naperville two years come April, said the book represents the culmination “of four or five years of talking about things with friends, sharing ideas about the ‘dos and don’ts’ of writing” and finally the encouragement of her publicist.

“I have shared stories about my dating life and growing up in rural Illinois, and a lot of my friends have told me these things are pretty funny,” Sauer said. “My publicist was looking for some stuff from me, and when I showed her some of the things I wrote, she said she really liked them. I actually wrote about 70 percent of this book in the last month and a half of last year.”

Sauer said the stories she has penned reflect her own experiences, although names of those mentioned will be changed. Her self-published book of short stories will be available on audio book — read by her. Download it from major Internet retailers, including Amazon.

Learn more at www.jennysauer.com or www.facebook.com/jennysauer. A release party in Naperville is tentatively planned for the Twisted Olive, but details are still being finalized.

Gregory Reads

Toasty Tales for students and families this winter

Baby, it’s cold outside, but it will be toasty next week at Gregory Middle School. On Jan. 23, the south Naperville school will host its inaugural family reading night, Toasty Tales. Students and their families, along with fifth-graders who will attend next year, are invited to spend the evening participating in fun, literacy-related events.

“I’m excited to have kids come together with their families to spend time engaged in good old-fashioned fun,” said Esther Bevan, Gregory’s library and media center director. “We have all sorts of activities that span literacy development: games, crafts, and following a recipe to name a few.”

Bevan said one of the sessions features local storyteller Sue Black, and representatives from the Naperville, Fountaindale and Plainfield public libraries will be on hand to share what they offer to area kids. Anderson’s Bookshop and SourceBooks also will have tables at the event, and have donated books to be used as raffle prizes.

“It has been a true collaboration between the school, parents and our community,” Bevan said. “Our goals are to promote a love of reading and reinforce this commitment within our community, provide quality literacy time within families to build upon and strengthen the value that reading is important and enjoyable, and to welcome incoming fifth-graders to start forming a sense of community with each other.”

Now that’s worth toasting.

Vote for it

In what park do you want your concert?

Music lovers rejoice. This month you can choose what you groove to and where you get your groove on.

The Naperville Park District invites residents to vote for their preferred location and style of music for the 2014 summer concert series, Concerts in Your Park.

“(It’s) unique in that it brings the shows to local parks versus hosting each concert at a central venue,”said Brett Lindahl of Naperville Park District. “The goal is to provide a concert in a local park that families can walk to. Attendees are invited to bring a blanket and picnic basket, meet up with friends and enjoy a free concert in their neighborhood.”

From north to south, rock to country, there’s something for every music enthusiast. And better yet, it’s free.

“We are fortunate to work with great Chicagoland bands who understand what it means to play for a crowd of all ages,” Lindahl said. “Neighbors enjoy chatting and listening to music while their children dance, bat a beach ball around with friends or play at a nearby playground.

And, with audience participation a part of many of the shows, there is a chance that the kids will even get to take part in the concert.”

Residents may cast votes through Jan. 31 by visiting http://www.napervilleparks.org/yourconcertyourparkyourchoice.

The winning parks for the six concerts in the 2014 series will be announced Feb. 3 on the Naperville Park District website at www.napervilleparks.org

Let the music play.

Glee Club

Concert to showcase aspiring musicians

Here is something to warm you up. Think spring, and think the Naperville Men’s Glee Club Spring Invitational Showcase planned for March 23 at Wentz Concert Hall.

The showcase provides aspiring musicians of all ages the experience of auditioning before a panel of judges and performing before a large audience. The project demonstrates the club’s mission to “seek musical excellence, inspire audiences, nurture youth and fellowship, and give back to the community.”

The following musicians were selected from auditions: Emily Palmeri of Waubonsie Valley High School; IF, a local adult contemporary gospel group; Apollo, a male a cappella group from Metea Valley High School; Sleight Street, a local adult jazz/pop group; Chorelles, a female a cappella group from Naperville Central High School; Hawkappella, the Naperville Central Redhawk Men’s Chorus; and The Boys Choir/Young Men’s Chorus from Young Naperville Singers.

Tickets for the 3 p.m. show ($15 adults, $12 students and seniors) will be available in late February at www.nmgc.org or from any Glee Club member.

The showcase is sponsored in part by the city of Naperville SECA fund and the Illinois Arts Council.