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SKaiser writesGiving More Than Music

Cash for Kids--Chicago's only Johnny Cash Festival, is an annual fundraiser held at the Irish-American Heritage Center in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Last Saturday, the space between two stages filled with kids of all ages to hear Scott "S.A." Anderson, Chicago SaddleTramps, The Dark Passengers, Dry County Line, Hodie Snitch, Iron Horse, Kelsey & Owen, John Kimler, Maybe April, South Side Jake, Hayden Thompson, Torri and Marshall, The Waco Brothers with Jon Langford, plus Wild Erp & The Free For Alls.

Who do you know that is giving of their time and talents for the betterment of others? Here's another one: the 5th Annual Battle of the Bands will be held live at Subterranean on Thursday, February 13th. The event is being presented by Rebuiling Together Metro Chicago.

Five bands will battle it out in 30-minute sets with one audience-selected winner at the end of the show. The evening's festivities will benefit Rebuilidng Chicago's mission to preserve and revitalize Chicago communities. According to their mission statement, "in the spirit of volunteerism and community partnership, Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago improves the homes and neighborhoods of people in need so they may continue to live in warmth, safety and comfort."

CHIRP Radio is interested in hearing from you! Tell us about who is inspiring you through their good works. Email skaiser@chirpradio.org with details of community events and fundraisers in your neighborhood.

Iron Horse performs for the Cash for Kids fundraiser on Saturday, January 25th, 2020. (Aaron DaCorte: Guitar and Vocals, Carl DaCorte: Upright Bass and Vocals, Richard Klootwyk: Drums)

Photo credit: Jacob Veldhuizen

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SKaiser writesAround Town: Inspired

Some days are better than others when you're alive. It's tough being human. These days especially have a groundhog's day-esque feel. The grinding 24-hour news cycle, your job, relationships, taxes, heck don't forget, we all know what it's like. We're in this thing together. We can survive the uncertainty, the unknown. Because, every once in awhile, something catches your eye. A slight reminder life is grand. You're walking, and suddenly hey, I didn't know corn could grow anywhere. Or what about those signs springing up out of the blue with reminders that "you are beautiful." If you can relate, this week's Around Town: Inspired is dedicated to you. Take it easy out there, friends. 

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SKaiser writesAWOFINC

The work of Kenneth Wesbrooks in the Chicago community resounds in what holds the word together; unity. For over two decades, as the founder and chairman of A Work of Faith Ministries, Inc. (AWOFINC), he’s led a resourceful mission to meet the needs of families by empowering community members to “take back the village”.

It seems nothing can shake Wesbrooks’ vision. In a time when violence in the city can feel insurmountable he stands in the strength of people coming together, trusting in one another, creating relationships, and building success stories from the inside out.

When asked if he feels discouraged by one of the recent most violent weekends this summer, he said, “We partner our efforts with other organizations. We see violence as the primary symptom to greater community issues, such as housing or unemployment, and we reach out to organizations like Cure Violence who employ resources specific to gang-related violence.”

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SKaiser writesviewfinder

Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception–do not confuse them with ‘facts’ or ‘truth.’ Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that everybody has a different viewpoint.” -John Moore

A young woman leaves her home country to live and work abroad for twelve months. It's her first time living in a foreign country alone and she feels out of place. For three months she finds her way making friends, learning the culture, language, exploring new foods, music, and traveling to neighboring towns. It's only when she reaches a city rich in history and war, told stories from a grieving generation of those lost, decades earlier, that she realizes she always understood the people in this strange and unfamiliar place. She deeply felt the undeniable human connection that was written long before she ever arrived.

A beautiful thing happens when we can bridge differences by sharing stories that resound with all of us.

What we see every day is framed within our perceptions. Perceptions built over the course of every day living, of the people in our lives, experiences in our community, and ourselves fitting amongst all of it. What is around you and how do you interpret it's meaning? 

We want to see your perception through the lens of your eye. Bring us all the odd things, all the weird, can't look away, inspiring things. You're going to your favorite show and see something only you can understand, take out your camera (phone), shoot and send to skaiser@chirpradio.org 

Are you aware of what's around you? Tell the story of your perception through photos. 

Photos by Shawna Kaiser at the Out of Chicago Photography Conference

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