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Pulse: Bucket list, golf, Tellabs, art exhibit

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Matt Bray, a Naperville resident and student at College of DuPage, filmed himself performing the famous floating man trick around Naperville and caught people’s wild reactions for his bucket list YouTube channel, ProjectOneLife.

The idea for his video projects came more than a year ago.

In late 2011, Bray was sitting in class at College of DuPage when a swarm of floating ambitions collided into one goal. He and a few friends would take a big trip to New York, making some stops along the way while documenting the entire thing on video.

“It was insanely fun, and after that trip, I wanted to keep doing that; I wanted to keep documenting,” Bray said.

The trip, and Bray’s fascination with capturing experiences on film, grew into another idea: a bucket list film series called ProjectOneLife. Since 2012, Bray has notched almost 30 items off his bucket list, including skydiving, riding in a NASCAR, mastering the floating man illusion and giving to charity.

“Anytime I think of or see something that makes me say ‘I want to do that,’ I immediately put that on the list, no matter how stupid or hard it is.”

Follow Matt on his journey to check off every item on his bucket at www.youtube.com/user/ProjectOneLife.

Tee-time tradition

Golfers out every Super Bowl Sunday

Springbrook Golf Course will open briefly at noon Sunday for the first time since late November. An intrepid group of golfers will continue their tradition of playing a few holes of golf on Super Bowl Sunday — no matter what the weather.

The group of 20 to 30 golfers plays at a variety of courses in northern Illinois from year to year on Super Bowl Sunday, and this year their destination is Springbrook Golf Course.

“In past years, it was possible to play nine holes in relatively mild weather on Super Bowl Sunday, but this time, they may only be able to play one or two holes in the snow,” said Mike Lyzun, Springbrook’s head golf professional. “It’s always a fun event, and we look forward to welcoming the group again on Sunday.”

While outdoor golf has closed for the season, the indoor golf simulators at Springbrook are available for individuals or teams. Golfers also can apply for a season reserved tee time. Applications are due Feb. 17, and the lottery will be Feb. 23. For more information, visit www.golfnaperville.org.

Thank you, Tellabs

Naper Settlement receives $15,000 grant

Naper Settlement received a $15,000 grant from the Tellabs Foundation to support the “Voices of the Past: The Underground Railroad in Northern Illinois” program. The grant will fund 10 new junior high schools/middle schools with a high number of low-income students to participate in the program.

“We are grateful for Tellabs Foundation’s support of Naper Settlement’s program that brought history to life for more than 2,000 students last year,” President and CEO Mike Krol said in a press release. “Because of the foundation’s support, we can offer the program to 10 new schools that have not been able to afford the experience.”

“Voices of the Past” is an educational program that teaches students about the experience of the Underground Railroad. Geared toward fifth- through eighth-graders, almost 2,100 participants from 17 schools attended last year. Students from both public and private schools throughout Chicagoland participate in the program.

The Tellabs Foundation has supported Naper Settlement through the years, including a grant in 2002 that helped restore and conserve a natural habitat around Fort Payne; and a grant in 2009 that helped fund the environmentally sustainable Stormwater and Roadways Improvement project.

Keep it simple

Art student shows work at NCC exhibit

Lauren Wohlrab, of Naperville, is one of two students whose work is featured in the North Central College exhibit, “Menagerie.”

The exhibit showcases sculpture, ceramics, paintings and drawings that capture the essence and beauty of exotic animals.

The free exhibit is on display through Sunday in the college’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Meet the artists during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

Wohlrab is majoring in studio art and interactive media studies with a focus on graphic arts. Her art is driven by her experiences, dreams, styles and moods. She finds inspiration in her desire to challenge herself and convey to her viewers what drives her.

With experience in many mediums, she says her work can be described as “a rest from the formal traditional art style, which finds its application in simple, clean fabrications from my unrestrained fancy and draws deep interest at simpler levels.”

For more information about the exhibit or gallery hours, call 630-637-5543 or email cmrabenold@noctrl.edu.

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