Blues society to present workshop for children

CHAMPAIGN — The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society will present a workshop on Saturday at the Champaign Public Library for children in grades 3-5.

The workshop is free; children do not have to register beforehand. It will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. in Robeson Rooms A & B in the library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Courtney Cain, a graduate student in African-American history at the University of Illinois, will teach blues history during part of the workshop. Doug Schroer, a local musician and blues harmonica instructor, will give lessons on the harmonica. A free harmonica will be given to the first 25 children who show up for the workshop.

Funding for the workshop comes from a grant that the UI Orange Krush Foundation gave the blues society. The financial support will allow the organization to host a series of similar programs at various locations in the area in the coming months.

The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society had its first Blues in the Schools program last March at Wiley Elementary School in Urbana. More recently, the society helped start another program at Garden Hills Elementary in Champaign. Both events included a kickoff concert for students, teachers and parents.

Established in 2010, the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is a nonprofit organization. Members are dedicated to preserving, promoting and educating the community about the blues, an American heritage. The society is an affiliate of the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tenn.

For more information, visit http://www.prairiecrossroadsblues.org.

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