June and July will bring a host of Trib Nation events of note to Chicago Tribune readers who are book lovers or nature lovers, whether they’re interested in the state of Chicago’s schools, or the state of social media for their personal and business use.
Among the newly-added events is a July 11 seminar with Tribune photo editor Michael Zajakowski on how to take better pictures even if your equipment is the smart phone in your pocket. (The June 22 Chicago River wildlife cruise sold out.)
Tribune photographer Chris Walker will coach you on how to take newspaper-worthy travel photos. Tribune social media/SEO manager Amy Guth will lead classes on Google Plus, Facebook and Pinterest. Here are some of the offerings and descriptions, with more on tribnation.com/events:
Printers Row Lit Fest The largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, with 250 authors, 150 sellers of new and used books and two days of author talks, performances and activities for the entire family. Also features the Tribune’s John Kass, Mary Schmich, Rick Kogan, Bill Daley, Barbara Brotman, Scott Stantis and many more. Free, starts 10 a.m., June 8-9, in Chicago’s Printers Row district along Dearborn and Polk streets. printersrowlitfest.org
Chicago Forward: Pass or Fail? Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett joins Chicago Tribune editorial page editor Bruce Dold for a discussion about the performance and the promise of Chicago schools. Is CPS ready to handle the closing of dozens of schools? What’s on tap for the next round of reform? The conversation will include time for audience questions. $20, 6 p.m., June 18, Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn St.
TribU: A Healthy Heart Learn nutrition for strong heart health and to prevent disease from Stephen Devries, M.D, executive director of the nonprofit Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. Devries and Tribune health reporter Julie Deardorff will talk about new advances highlighting the power of natural strategies to maintain health, and how they can be integrated with conventional medicine for best results. $20, 6 p.m., June 13, Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Trib U Digital Lunch: Google Plus Find out why Google Plus is so important, why you might want to use it, and how there's more to it than just a social network. The Tribune’s social media/SEO manager Amy Guth will lead this lunchtime seminar in how to help claim your territory in search engines by using your Google Plus profile, and more. $30, 12 p.m., June 18, Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
TribU: Photographing your Travels, with Chris Walker Travel photos can be used to portray a land, remember its people and capture a foreign culture. As a traveler, you want to learn the skills that help photograph the experience and bring back images that reflect the feeling of a time and place. Led by Chicago Tribune photographer Chris Walker. $75, 6 p.m., June 19, Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
TribU: Chicago River Wildlife Cruise Chicago Tribune outdoors columnist Barbara Brotman, education manager of Friends of the Chicago River Mark Hauser, and award-winning regional ornithologist Geoff Williamson take visitors on a chartered boat ride up the North Branch to learn about the creatures in and around the Chicago River. Bring binoculars and curiosity, refreshments available on board. $30, 7:50 a.m., June 22, Wendella Boat launch below Wrigley Building, 400 N. Michigan Ave.
You don’t have to be a pro to take impressive digital photos. Join Chicago Tribune photo editor Michael Zajakowski for a beginners’ seminar on how to improve the quality of your photos taken with a digital point-and-shoot or cell phone camera. He will walk you through the minimal amount of equipment you need, rules of basic composition, and which camera functions are your friends. Class size is limited. $30, 6 p.m., July 11, Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
TribU: Intro to Facebook. In this introductory class, walk through the leading social network Facebook. You'll learn how to set up a profile on Facebook; find friends, family, colleagues and peers; see what others are sharing on Facebook; share links, photos and videos safely, and much more. Part one in a three-part series. Tickets for the three-part package are $150, individual tickets are $60 each. 9 a.m., July 16, Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago.
TribU: Facebook and Privacy. What You Need To Know. You want to use Facebook, but you also want to protect your privacy. In this intermediate-level class, we will show you how to customize the privacy settings of your own Facebook profile. We will also discuss how your personal information may be used by Facebook and other businesses. Tickets for the three-part package are $150, individual tickets are $60 each. 9 a.m., July 23, Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago.
TribU: Understanding Facebook’s Advanced Features. You understand how Facebook works -- now make Facebook work for you. In this intermediate class, we will walk you through Facebook’s many features and applications. Learn how to discover shopping deals, enter contests, listen to music and more. Then watch as we create a Facebook Group, a Facebook Event and a public Facebook Page. Tickets for the three-part package are $150, individual tickets are $60 each. 9 a.m., July 30, Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago.
TribU: Pinterest for Beginners. Pinterest is the fastest growing website of all time. Join the Tribune’s social media/SEO manager Amy Guth as she explains how to use this online bulletin board for personal or professional use, from planning a wedding or party to growing your business though a rich visual display of your company’s values. Learn to connect with Pinterest users, which content works best, and how to represent your business on a growing social network. $30, 6 p.m., July 17, Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
For tickets and information, visit TribNation.com/events.
-- James Janega, Trib Nation manager
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