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MLK play premieres Feb. 24:

Schaumburg's Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts will host the premiere of the original production "Last Night as King: The Final 24 Hours of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The production, which recognizes Black History Month and April's 50th anniversary of King's death, is written, produced and directed by Maurice D. Proffit and copresented by B-Side Production and Powerhouse Productions. Tickets cost $10 and are available at The Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts is at 201 Schaumburg Court in Schaumburg, on the village's municipal campus.

County wins for solar award:

Cook County has received a Bronze designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. "I believe this award is a significant step forward in establishing Cook County as a world-class model of sustainability," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in a news release Monday. SolSmart is led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. More than 150 cities, counties, and small towns have achieved SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016. As a SolSmart designee, Cook County is helping solar companies greatly reduce the cost of installations and pass those savings on to consumers, officials said.

Black History Day celebration:

Hoffman Estates' Cultural Awareness Commission will host its first Black History Day celebration on Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Ed & Mary Hennessy Room at the village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. The free event, scheduled to take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., will feature music, singing, dancing, food and children's games. CAC Commissioner Demetrius Gibson will also speak on the topic of "The Journey Continues." In addition to the festivities, the commission also will recognize the winners of its first Black History essay contest. Sponsors of the contest include state Rep. Fred Crespo, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, state Sen. Laura Murphy and state Sen. Cristina Castro. They, along with Mayor William McLeod and elected village officials, are slated to attend the event. Reservations are encouraged. For more information or to reserve a spot, call (847) 781-2606.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Feb 6, 2018
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