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24 | November 9, 2017 | The frankfort station Life & Arts NOW HIRING Job Fair /Onsite Interviews: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10 A.M. to 4P.M. Marquette Bank (no appointment needed) 9533 W.143rd Street, Orland Park, IL 60462 Looking for Full-Time/Part-Time Tellers, Senior Tellers and Customer Service Representatives within the Chicagoland area. Marquette Bank is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer,Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women. Marquette Bank provides service for job seekers who require an accommodation in the job application process. If you are ajob seeker with adisability,orare assisting someone with adisability,and require assistance or an accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please submit your request by calling 708-873-3552. 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Rates current as of 9/16/2017. $2,500 minimum to open and maintain to avoid a monthly fee of $25. Limit six (6) debit transactions per statement cycle, $5 fee for each excessive transaction. Fees may reduce earnings. On balances of $5,000 or more APY* is 1.00%. Balances $0.01- $4,999.99 is 0.25% APY* . Rates are guaranteed through 12/31/2018. After 12/31/2018 the rates will be a variable rate and are subject to change at any time and without notice. 'Can You Hear Me in Heaven?' Area author uses life experiences to help children experiencing loss Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor Loss and grief are unavoidable parts of the human experience, but those experiences are never distributed evenly amongst us. For some who have experienced a tremendous amount of loss, that grief can be overwhelming — especially for a child. Anna Ames, who teaches yoga and meditation at the recently-opened Hart Wellness Center in Frankfort, experienced tremendous loss from a young age and said those experiences, although traumatic, are what led her to write and publish “Can You Hear Me in Heaven?” a children’s book that addresses loss. “One of the things that I was hoping to accomplish through all of that was to turn my negative trauma events into something positive both personally and, hopefully, on a larger scale to help others,” Ames said. “It just seemed wasteful to have it just be trauma for the sake of trauma.” By writing a book appropriate for children, Ames said she hopes she can help children learn to cope with loss and grief at a young age, which can in turn help them deal with those emotions throughout their lives. “If we capture that sense of trauma early within children and transform it into something that is more comforting — knowing that the relationship doesn’t have to die just because somebody left their physical body — I think that leaves an impression for how they handle death coming into their older years and even as an adult,” Ames said. Anna Ames (left), who teaches yoga and meditation at the Hart Wellness Center in Frankfort, and Alana Pilotto look through Ames’ book “Can You Hear Me in Heaven?” Photo submitted 'Can You Hear Me in Heaven?' Written by Anna Ames Illustrated by Alicia Young Ages 3-8 Available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble While hoping to help others experiencing grief as she did, Ames said the writing process has been a “therapeutic tool” for her for many years. She has kept journals since she was twelve years old, which amounts to 43 books so far. “[Writing] has been what has helped transform my grief, among many other things, into something functional, something reflective [and] something positive,” said Ames, who said she knew she wanted to write a children’s book after her mother died eight years ago. The Park Forest native has a background in early education, psychology and English, which she studied in college before pursuing a career in clinical massage therapy. Ames, who had previously worked as a physical therapy technician, said she was drawn to the holistic approach to health and saw it as a way to help prevent disease rather than just treating it. Her writing is just one part of the holistic approach Ames takes to a healthy lifestyle. She also teaches meditation and yin yoga, a type of yoga practice that involves holding a series of deepstretching poses each for one to five minutes. Both practices are a departure from more widelyrecognized flow yoga, which can provide an intense cardio and strength workout. “Meditation I would consider to be the foundation of everything else,” said Ames, who said writing and journaling falls into the category of meditation and the two are what helped her write her book. Although meditation may not be considered by most to be a practice for children, Ames said a practice of mindfulness — a similar Please see Book, 26 Life & Arts the frankfort station | November 9, 2017 | 25 Getting wild on stage All About Music's 'Madagascar' to feature Frankfort students T.J. Kremer III Contributing Editor Things are about to get wild at St. John’s Community Center Thursday, Nov. 16- 19: Mokena-based All About Music and Children’s Theatre is scheduled to launch its production of the Disney hit, “Madagascar.” The 65-person cast, split into two groups so everyone has a chance to participate in the production, will dance, sing, tell a few jokes and entertain audiences in a furfilled theatrical production of the animated movie. “[The show] is almost all animals,” said All About Music Co-owner and Creative Director Connie Johnson-Beebe. “It’s different types of animals: There’s animals that know what people are, and animals — what they call ‘in the wild’ in the show ‘Madagascar’ — that don’t know what people are, what lions are, because they’ve been on an island their whole lives. Costuming-wise, I think this is the first show where there’s only been five people characters; the rest are all animal characters.” Johnson-Beebe said they chose “Madagascar” for the upbeat and contemporary music, and because the production features lots of parts for all ages and genders for kids. The cast includes children who range from kindergarten to seniors in high school. With all the roles come a lot of costumes, something that was a group effort to pull off, Johnson-Beebe said. “We have a lot of really crafty moms and support Cast members rehearse for “Madagascar.” Cast members rehearse for “Madagascar.” from all the parents. All the parents volunteer their time to help in whatever capacity they’re capable.” Todd Beebe, co-owner and filling in as lighting and sound technician for this production, said the costumes might make things a little more difficult than usual for the children to get around the stage in, but that hasn’t hampered the energy level of the actors. “It’s been off the chart,” Beebe said. “You can feel that every week you come in the energy is getting bigger and bigger for the anticipation for it. You can definitely tell they’re getting ready for [the production].” (Left to right) Shannon Weiss, of Orland Park, Rosie Wesselhoff, of New Lenox, and Hayden Valecek, of Mokena, rehearse Sunday, Nov. 5, for All About Music’s production of “Madagascar,” set to run at St. John’s Community Center in Mokena Thursday, Nov. 16- 19. Weiss is slated to portray Marty the Zebra, Wesselhoff will be Mason the Monkey and Valecek will be Alex the lion. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media Cast members of “Madagascar" study their lines and look on during rehearsal. Ava Briscoe, 12, of Mokena, is set to play Maurice the lemur. Briscoe has been in 13 performances with All About Music, and said the productions might change, but many things remain the same show after show. “It’s different because I don’t think we’ve had a show where we’ve had mostly animals before, and it’s pretty funny,” Briscoe said. “But, it’s the same because everyone always does a good job with their part and is supportive.” Hannah Nicks, 17, of Frankfort, who is scheduled to play Gloria the hippo, has been in about 20 performances, with practices usually lasting for five hours per rehearsal session for about three months. “I think the audience is going to love the music,” Nicks said. “It’s so energetic. We have one song where we try to get [the audience] up on their feet.” Annie O’Brien, 15, of Tinley Park, is slated to play Melman the giraffe, and said audience members of all ages can appreciate the show. “There’s humor for all ages,” O’Brien said. “There are little jokes for the younger audience members to get and little references for the adults to get. There’s a nice ‘Silence of the Lambs’ reference in there.” Alex Nelson, 13, of New Lenox, plays Alex the lion. He said one of the challenges for him with this production has been adjusting to a new kind of character than he’s used to. If you’re going… When: Cast A: Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 18, 11:00 a.m. Cast B: Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m.; Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 19, 1:00 p.m. Where: St. John's Community Center, 11100 2nd St. in Mokena Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at All About Music & Children's Theatre, 19108 Wolf Road in Mokena. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for kids 12 and younger and seniors. Tickets purchased at the door will be $14 — cash only. For more information: Call AAMCT, (708) 479-0440. “[It’s been a challenge] stepping out of my comfort zone and playing a character who’s kind of egotistical, where most of the time I play a very humble character, so it’s been a change.”