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The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Three Friends of Winter Bonsai Silhouette Show takes place Jan. 24-26. Japanese tradition presents pine, bamboo and plum as symbols of perserverance, resiliency and hope. For more information, see page 5.
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Tom Jones Jan. 17-Feb. 23. This new adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic novel is full of timeless wit and bawdy fun. $15-$75. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie; 847-673-6300; northlight.org. Music Institute of Chicago MLK Concert Jan. 19, 5pm. MIC honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at its tenth annual celebration. $10. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston; 847-905-1500x108, musicinst.org. Cabaret Jan. 22-March 16. The musical theatre treasure kicks off the Marriott Theatre’s 2014
Pilgrim Chamber Players Winter Kaleidoscope Jan. 26, 3pm. Featuring music by Gaubert, Menotti, Villa-Lobos, Furstenau, Vainberg and Schoenfield. A dessert reception follows the concert. $8-$20. Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road; 847-433-0972; pilgrimplayers.org. Schoolhouse Rock Live Too! Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16. The Highland Park Players Theatre for Young Audiences production draws inspiration from the classic cartoon series. $10. Edgewood Middle School Theater, 929 Edgewood Road; 847-682-4640; highlandparkplayers.com. Highland Park Strings Annual Benefit Feb. 9, 3pm. Enjoy an afternoon of Beethoven and Brahms, featuring soloist Alon Goldstein, an acclaimed Israeli pianist. An optional preconcert discussion takes place at 2pm. $40. Ravinia Festival’s Bennett Gordon Hall, 847-831-3622; hpstrings.org. The Girl in the Freudian Slip Thru Feb. 23. Oil Lamp Theater’s lighthearted comedy follows New York psychiatrist Dr. Dewey Maugham, working thru both his own issues and his patients’. OLT is a BYOB establishment. $30. 1723 Glenview Road; 847-834-0738; oillamptheater.org. Hedda Gabler Thru March 16. Equal parts idealistic heroine and callous antagonist, Hedda finds herself trapped in a world that does not fit her. $35$70. Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe; 847-242-6000; writerstheatre.org.
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Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood Jan. 16-Feb. 16. This comedy features George Bernard Shaw and wife Charlotte as they meet with Clark Gable, John Barrymore, Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst and Louis B. Mayer on the set of MGM Studios. $20-$35. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; 773-404-7336; greenhousetheater.org.
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Re-invent Gallery Renee McGinnis Retrospective Jan. 11-Feb. 22. This new exhibition features the paintings of internationally renowned Chicago artist Renee McGinnis in her firstever retrospective, showcasing major works from early in her career. 202 E. Wisconsin Ave., Lake Forest; 224-544-5961; reinventlf.com.
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St. Catherine Laboure Discussion and Prayer Workshop Jan. 12, 12-1:30pm. Jesuit Scholastic Joshua Peters, Retreat and Spiritual Director, Pastoral Minister with Kolbe House Catholic Jail Ministry, presents “On Mission with Christ in Baptism.” Refreshments served. Free will offering. 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview; 847-998-4704; stcatherinelaboure.com. Buffalo Grove Garden Club Meeting Jan. 14, 7pm. Carol Cichorski, past president of the Elk Grove Village Garden Club, presents a slide show on how to create winter interest in your garden. A meet and greet takes place at 6:45pm. Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive. Whole Foods Deerfield Health and Nutrition Tour Jan. 15, 11am. Join health care practitioner Mindy Greenberg of “Mindfully Nourished” to learn how to select the most nutritious groceries, understand ingredient labels and more. Space is limited. Registration required. 760 Waukegan Road; 847-571-5460; email@example.com. North Suburban Church Family Game Night Jan. 17, 6-8pm. Enjoy family-friendly games and a taco buffet dinner. Registration required. $10/family. 200 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield; 847-945-4630; northsub.com.
Northbrook Woman’s Club Foundation Grants Thru Jan. 17. The Northbrook Woman’s Club Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations. Visit online for complete info. Northbrookwomansclub.org. ZIA Gallery Exhibition Thru Jan. 18. This exhibition for the holiday season features all gallery artists, along with a number of specially invited artists. See abstract paintings by Mary Burke, Chicago sports prints and images from Mark McMahon and fine art aquatints by printmaker Michael Bond, among many others. Expect weekly changes throughout the exhibition. 548 Chestnut St., Winnetka; 847446-3970; ziagallery.net.
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Beth Shalom Children’s Author Event Jan. 19, 9am-1pm. Visit with Jacqueline Jules, author of more than 20 children’s books, including four books about the Ziz, a huge, magical bird that delights children with its fun adventures. Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook; 847498-4100x34; bethshalomnb.org. Glenview Community Church Concert for Peace Jan. 19, 3pm. Hear a musical exploration of peace for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, performed by violinist Katherine Hughes along with GCC members and friends. Free will offering benefits Hands of Peace. 1000 Elm St.; 847-724-2210; gccmusic.org. Make PADS Blankets with CRE8 Workshop Jan. 19, 3-7pm. Families are invited to CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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CALENDAR, PAGE 4 support PADS Lake County, Inc. by making fleece blankets. Supply is running low at the nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to proving emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing and comprehensive resources. Materials and instruction provided. Registration required. $18 donation per blanket (covers supplies). 405 Lake Cook Road, Suite 205, Deerfield; 847-272-2738; cre8workshop.com. Theatre in the Woods Auditions Jan. 19 and 20, 2:30-5:30pm (Sun) and 7-10pm (Mon). Open auditions for the comedy “Squabbles” are scheduled, with parts available for four men and three women. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods; 847-604-1990; firstname.lastname@example.org. Christ United Methodist Church Documentary Event Jan. 20, 7pm. Attend a screening and discussion of “A Place at the Table,” telling the stories of three Americans maintaining their dignity while struggling just to feed their families. Popcorn provided. For sixth graders and up. Registration required. 600 Deerfield Road, Deerfield; 847-945-3040; christumcdeerfield.org. Jr. Encore Theatre “Anything Goes” Registration Thru Jan. 20. First thru eighth-graders are invited to try out for the Libertyville theatre’s spring musical. 847-708-8880; email@example.com. Highland Park Autumn Glass Artworks Thru Jan. 20. Downtown Highland Park’s Central Avenue shopping district features five commissioned Autumn Glass artworks this fall, chosen by the Highland Park Public Arts Advisory Group. Depicting vibrant autumn
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Illinois Audubon Society Lake/Cook Chapter Meeting Jan. 21, 7pm. Josh Engel of the Field Museum presents “Of Greenbuls and Gorillas: Field Work in Africa’s Albertine Rift.” The rift is among the world’s most biodiverse regions, with more than 700 bird and 400 mammal species. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park; 847-831-0331; lakecookaudubon.org.
The Magical Mask, Mime and Music of Japan Jan. 23, 2pm. Covenant Village of Northbrook presents Kuniko Yamamoto, a frequent performer at Disney’s Epcot Center. Yamamoto combines pantomime, music, masks, origami and a touch of magic to bring traditional Japanese folk tales to life. Registration required. 2625 Techny Road; 847-412-7016; covenantnorthbrook.org.
AIPAC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program Jan. 21, 7:45pm. “The History and Future of African American Support for Israel: A Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” features Dr. Stephen Berk, Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Union College, and Rev. Dr. Dee Dee Coleman of the Russell Street Baptist Church in Detroit. Enjoy a dessert reception. Registration required. Dietary laws observed. North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park; 312-253-8972; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Botanic Garden’s Three Friends of Winter Jan. 24-26, 10am-4pm. Japanese tradition gives us the three friends of winter – pine, bamboo and plum – as symbols of perseverance, resiliency and hope in the face of hardship. Celebrate the centuries-old tradition during this bonsai silhouette show, featuring a variety of displays and activities. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; 847-8355440; chicagobotanic.org.
Northbrook Art Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago Dinner/Lecture Jan. 22, 6pm. Attend a dinner/lecture by Mark Mitchell of the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation. Mitchell discusses how the city of Chicago has learned to exploit, manage and ultimately protect its aquatic resources. Registration required. Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook; 847-564-0915. Career Resource Center Personal Branding Program Jan. 23, 10:15am. Suzanne Coonan, Principal and Executive Coach at Aerial Leadership, Inc., presents “Personal Branding – Packaging Your Potential.” Communicate your expertise and qualifications. $15/NM.
Brushwood Center Snowshoeing Program Jan. 25, 10-11:30am. Professional instructors from the REI Outdoor School teach appropriate technique, proper use of equipment and ways to make each trip a success. Dress in layers and bring water. Equipment provided. Must have at four inches or more of snow to snowshoe. $20/M, $25/NM. 21850 Riverwoods Road, Deerfield; 847-968-3308; brushwoodcenter.org. Temple Beth-El Bingo Night Fundraiser Jan. 25, 6-9pm. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter at the fourth annual bingo fundraiser. 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook; 847-2059982x210; templebeth-el.org. ComboSingles Social Bowling Jan. 26, 6pm. Join ComboSingles for a night of socializing and bowling. All singles
welcome. Bowling begins at 6:45pm. $20/bowling and shoes, $10/socializing (no bowling). Brunswick Zone, 10 S. Waukegan Road, Deerfield; 847-757-1299; combosingles.org. Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago World-at-Work Series Jan. 26, 10:30am. Keith Kelleher, president of a Service Employees International Union local, presents “My Personal Story: Organizing Low-Wage Workers.” Kelleher reflects on his many years as a community and labor organizer, especially among nearminimum-wage workers in health care, home care and fast food. 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie; 847-677-3334; ethicalhuman.org. JTS Jewish University for a Day Jan. 26. The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) hosts “Jewish University for a Day” at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago in Northbrook. Celebrate Jewish learning with a daylong program of engaging topics and sessions, taught by renowned scholars. Visit online for complete info. Jtsa.edu/JUDChicago Illinois Holocaust Museum Special Exhibition Thru Jan. 26. “Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain” showcases how textiles were put into service as designers created fashions to save on essential wartime materials, injecting style and beauty into the harsh realities of wartime life. Free with Museum admission. 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie; 847-967-4800, ilholocaustmuseum.org. Ladies who Lunch Networking Group Jan. 27, 11:30am-1pm. Meet up with other women to help grow your businesses. Includes complimentary lunch and health screening. Registration required. The Wellness CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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Learn to manage pain and stress on Jan. 21 with Dr. Arthur Hoffman at the NSSC. Jane Austen and Her Women Jan. 27, 1-2pm. In this program, Jane Austen time travels to the current year, agreeing to answer common questions about herself and her life. Beginning and ending with Elizabeth Bennet, Leslie Goddard brings eight characters to life in monologues, incorporating Austen’s own words. $10/M, $13/NM. Chateaux, Parks and Gardens – Legacy of Royal France Jan. 29, 10-11:30am. Instructor Tish Robinson highlights the royal sites Versailles, CALENDAR, PAGE 5 Source, 1245 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 102, Glenview; 847-903-0793. “Divorced Girl Smiling” Book Launch Party and Fundraiser Jan. 30, 7pm. Celebrate Jackie Pilossoph’s latest book and support The Lilac Tree, a nonprofit organization providing support, education and resources to women in the divorce process (70 percent of ticket sales donated). Tickets include heavy appetizers, one complimentary drink, copy of the book and event t-shirt. Enjoy entertainment by guitarist Robbie Gold. $25. Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook; divorcedgirlsmiling.com. Beth Judea Jewish History Crash Course Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13 and 20, March 6, 8-9pm. Presented by Rabbi Emeritus Lifshitz of Congregation Beth Judea. Learn about 4,000 years of Jewish history in the five-part series. Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove; 847-634-0777; bethjudea.org. The Art Center – Highland Park In View Showcase Thru Feb. 1, 9am-4:30pm (Mon-Sat). See this annual exhibition of works by The Art Center – HP’s teachers, students and members, featuring a wide variety of mediums. 1957 Sheridan Road; 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Program Feb. 5, 7pm. Father Pat McGrath, S.J., President of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, presents “Exploring Ways to Create and Sustain Faith-Filled Families.” 1775 Grove St., Glenview; 847-729-1525; olphglenview.org. Beth El Used Book Sale Feb. 5-7, 3-6pm (Wed), 10am-2pm (Thu) and
Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte, among others. The featured gardens illustrate the art of blending landscape design with historic chateaux. $10/M, $13/NM. A Mozart Festival with Jim Kendros Jan. 31, 10-11:30am. Composer and music researcher Jim Kendros celebrates the immortal musical legacy of Mozart, including excerpts of concertos for violin, French horn, piano and more. $9/M, $12/NM. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; nssc.org. 9am-12pm (Fri). Featuring hundreds of books – secular and Judaic, for both children and adults. Cash or check only. $2 hardcovers, $1 paperbacks. North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park; 847-432-8900x242; nssbethel.org. Joyce Schrager Mondays at Bernard Weinger JCC 9:30 or 11am. Hear Schrager’s lively presentation and insightful analysis of the latest local, national and world news. $23/session, $108/series of five. 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook; 224-406-9200; gojcc.org. Libertyville Little League Registration Thru Feb. 15. 2014 spring and summer registration is now open to all children ages 5 (as of Aug. 31, 2014) to 18 – regardless of skill level or physical ability – living within league boundaries and families residing on U.S. military bases throughout the area. An early bird discount is available thru Jan. 31 ($30 late fee applies after Feb. 1). A modest fee applies for families living outside league boundaries. Libertyvillebaseball.org. Northbrook Girls Softball Association Sign Up The not-for-profit NGSA now offers its Spring 2014 Girls Softball League to any and all girls from Northbrook and neighboring communities as far away as Park Ridge, Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove. The spring league begins in April and culminates with the World Series tournament in early June. Northbrooksoftball.com. Moraine Township Health Insurance Marketplace Assistance Thru March 31, 8:30am-4:30pm. Moraine Township is partnering with the Lake County Health Department and the Alliance for Human Services to assist residents in navigating the new Health Insurance Marketplace. 777 Central Ave., Highland Park; 847-432-3240; morainetownship.org.
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Hula Hoop Jam Jan. 11 and Feb. 8, 11am-1pm. Taught by Body Power instructor Diane Weber. Low-impact and easy on the joints, the activity improves balance and core strength. Registration required. $10/M per session, $15/NM.
Calling all Coffee Connoisseurs Jan. 29, 7-8pm. Join local Coffee Master Megan Plumasky from the Deerfield Starbucks to learn about coffee’s journey from farm to cup. Plumasky leads attendees thru coffee tasting practices, discusses food pairings and answers questions. A raffle is also featured. Registration required.
The Legacy Girls in Concert Jan. 12, 2-3pm. The Legacy Girls take audiences on a sentimental journey to the ’30s and ’40s in classic Andrew Sisters style. A light reception is held. Registration required. $10/M, $15/NM. 60 Minutes Presentations Mondays, 12:30pm. Led by lecturer Barry Bradford. $5/M per session, $8/NM. + Jan. 13, Al Capone + Jan. 27, Sam Giancana
There’s an App for That Jan. 30, 6-7:30pm. Take a tour of popular free and inexpensive applications that can make life easier. Bring your device. Registration required.
Men’s Club Tuesdays, 8:45am. Guests of members welcome. + Jan. 14, The Legendary Danny Kaye with Susan Benjamin + Jan. 21, Worldwide Current Events with Lynne Samuels + Jan. 28, Fraud, Scams and Identity Theft with the Deerfield Police Department
Sample the Deerfield Fire Department’s finest five-alarm chili on Feb. 7 at the PTC.
Dramatic Book Review with Jenny Riddle Jan. 14, 12pm. Dramatist Jenny Riddle reviews “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Sandberg makes the case for women leaning in – being ambitious in any pursuit and becoming leaders in their fields. Registration required. $18/M, $22/NM. Movie Screenings Thursdays, 1-3pm. Enjoy a movie, hot popcorn and cold refreshments. All films projected on the large screen with subtitles. + Jan. 16, “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” + Jan. 23, “Silver Linings Playbook” + Jan. 30, “Brideshead Revisited”
Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Registration required. $12/M, $15/NM.
offered, choosing the best option and the consequences of being uninsured. Registration required.
Deerfield Firemen’s Five-Alarm Chili Bowl Feb. 7, 12-2pm. The Deerfield Fire Department returns for the annual luncheon. Enjoy homemade chili and sweet cornbread, prepared by Deerfield’s finest. Registration required. $5/M, $8/NM.
“Unleash the Writer Within” Workshop Jan. 18, 10am-1pm. College of Lake County adjunct professor Sherry Engstrom teaches how to overcome obstacles and use writing practices to improve your skills. Limit 20. Registration required.
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Teen Study Lounge Jan. 18-23, 9:30am-4:30pm (Sat), 1:304:30pm (Sun) and 9:30am-8:30pm (MonThu). High school students are invited to make themselves at home in the Library’s meeting rooms for finals week study sessions. Snacks and beverages provided. Registration required.
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Friday with Friends Jan. 17, 1-2:30pm. Lift your voice in song with PTC’s own David Shamrock. $5. Beale Street B-B-Q Bash Jan. 30, 5:30-8pm. Attend a musical birthday tribute to Elvis Presley, featuring a Memphisstyle buffet catered by Real Urban BBQ and live performance by Elvis tribute artist Travis Morris. Registration required. $25/M, $35/ NM. AARP Tax Assistance Tuesdays and Fridays, 1-4pm. Beginning Feb. 4, IRS-certified volunteers for AARP provide help in completing simple tax returns. Registration required. 847-940-4010. Opera in Pop Culture Feb. 4, 1:30-2:30pm. Bob Levi discusses
ADULT/TEEN Online Search Series Jan. 14-28, 10-11:30am (Tue). Learn how to use search engines and the Library’s premium databases. Part one is Starter Searching, followed by Savvy Searching and Special Searching. Registration required. Personal Branding with LinkedIn Jan. 16, 6-7:30pm. Set up a profile to keep you afloat in the world of digital networking. Registration required. Film and Discussion – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Jan. 16, 6pm. Drop in for the sci-fi classic. Rated PG, 124 minutes. The New Affordable Care Act (and You) Jan. 16, 7-8:30pm. A representative from the Governor’s Office discusses plans
Tuesday “New Movie” Nights Jan. 21, 6:30pm. Drop in on select Tuesdays to preview the hot new release of the week, selected by Library staff. Films shown in high-definition Blu-Ray. e-Reader Device Drop-in Jan. 23, 1-3pm and 6-8pm. Get one-on-one support in 20-minute sessions, provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your device, Library card and passwords. Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs Jan. 23, 7-8:30pm. The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. Lauren Levin of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter discusses how to recognize signs in yourself and others. Registration required.
CHILDREN/FAMILY Drop-in Craft Jan. 16, 10am-8pm. Children and their parent/ caregiver may drop in to make a fun craft. Read to Rover: A Special Storytime Jan. 18, 1:30-2:30pm. Families are invited to this morning of “doggy tales,” featuring special guest therapy dogs from Adventures with Bailey. Suitable for special needs children. Ages 5 and up. Registration required. Winter Wonderland Jam Jan. 20, 2-3pm. Children up to age 6 with parent/caregiver can find their rhythm with shakers and tambourines, singing along to their favorite songs. Registration required. Writing Workshop Jan. 20, 1:30-2:30pm (grades 1-3) and 2:453:45pm (grades 4-8). Learn to put your words down on paper with Sherry Engstrom. Have fun and improve your writing skills. Registration required. Checkmate! Jan. 21 and 28, 4:30pm. Learn to play chess or improve your skills and strategies. Led by trained instructors from CheckMates Chess Academy. Registration required. Grades 1 and up. Tween Spa Day Jan. 25, 1-2pm. Celebrate the New Year by treating yourself to homemade spa creations, including lip gloss, body scrub and more. Materials provided. Registration required. Grades 6-8. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore Jan. 27, 6-7pm. Register to read to trained therapy dogs in 15-minute slots. Grades 1-5. 920 Waukegan Road; 847-945-3311; deerfieldlibrary.org.
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Fairy Tale Dinner Dance for Girls in Grades K-5 and Daddy (or significant other):
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Spring Golf Outing Wed., May 21, 1:00 pm at Deerfield Golf Club –open to all adults. Presented cooperatively by Deerfield Park Foundation (DPF) and Warriors Wrestling Alumni & Friends (WWAF)
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For Children with Asperger’s Syndrome, Count to 30, not Three As any parent knows, getting children to comply with requests is not always easy. When children will not do what they are told, parents may respond with a familiar phrase: “You have to the count of three to…” For most children, this phrase is enough to motivate action. Although counting to three is a good way to demonstrate the importance of an issue to children, for children with Dr. Michael Clatch Asperger’s syndrome (AS), counting to three may actually cause more problems than it solves. Children with AS may not be able to respond in three seconds. Many children with AS have processing difficulties and motor skill deficits. These issues may impact their ability to respond immediately to the request of the parent. If these deficits are present, placing such tight time restrictions on the child may only make the situation worse. Asking children with AS to comply with a request in three seconds simply may not be possible, as the processing and motor skill deficits may make it more difficult for them to respond in such a short timeframe. It is unfortunate to state, however, that the three-second rule may create considerable stress and anxiety for your child, making his or her response less than desirable. Giving your child more time to respond will ensure that physiological issues related to their condition do not impede their ability to meet your expectations. Stress placed on the child may be paralyzing. Asperger’s children placed under stress will respond in a myriad of ways.
Counting to three may increase the child’s stress and make it even more difficult for them to respond. In addition, three seconds may create so much stress that the situation results in the onset of anxiety and over stimulation. When anxiety and over stimulation occur, the child may simply not be able to recover. In this situation, an activity that was actually designed to make behavior more efficient may actually result in the development of adverse behaviors that are unintended and actually more difficult to address. Counting to three, therefore, can have significant implications on behavioral outcomes. Children with AS may need to plan
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even the simplest of activities. Although a parent’s command may seem quite simple – “Get dressed for school” – the child with Asperger’s may need to plan how he or she will complete these tasks. Allowing more time for the AS child to stop their activity and comply with a new request may be vital in order to ensure that action is taken. Extra time may also reduce stress and anxiety. In terms of behavior, this will mean fewer meltdowns and more compliance with requests. Although the additional 27 seconds may seem like an eternity, this added time may make all of the difference when it comes to the child’s overall wellbeing.
Children with AS may become frustrated by their parent’s commands. Children with AS may have a valid reason for not complying with their parent’s request. In actuality, the child may be working on a reply that provides the parent with information about why the request has not been addressed. By providing additional time for processing, the child may be able to formulate a response for the parent. In these instances, the ability to have these extra seconds may make all of the difference in the world, as the child will feel better about his or her response. It is evident that children with Asperger’s may not be able to respond with a three count. The physiological and processing capabilities of these children are clearly different and warrant consideration to ensure that the situation is not escalated and that behavior is acceptable. Instead of counting to three, the parent should consider counting to 30. Counting to 30 provides the AS child with the ability to process the parent’s request and to transition from one activity to the one requested. In addition, AS children will then be able to communicate problems or issues with the request. By counting to 30, parents are able to recognize that patience is an important component of helping children with Asperger’s syndrome grow and develop. Although giving a child to the count of 30 may be difficult in some situations, when parents stop and consider the challenges that AS children face in processing requests and engaging in response, the time is clearly appropriate. Dr. Clatch practices at the Courage to Connect Therapeutic Center, 2400 Ravine Way, Suite 600, Glenview. For more info, call 847-347-5757 or visit couragetoconnecttherapy.com.
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1. Rabbi Avraham Varnai and his fourth grade students at Seymour J. Abrams Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School in Skokie made a Menorah out of canned food to distribute to those in need. Students collected 4,770 cans. Donations went to the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA), the ARK and those affected by the Illinois tornadoes. In honor of all their hard work, Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois invited the class to the State of Illinois Menorah lighting with Secretary of State Jesse White. 2. Northbrook resident Donna Gulley has been recognized by the international disaster relief organization ShelterBox. Since joining in 2008, Gulley has raised more than $100,000 for disaster survivors. Of the nearly 400 volunteer fundraisers, she is one of seven to reach the milestone, earning a spot in the ShelterBox Hall of Fame. Gulley’s efforts have aided more than 100 families.
3. Four years ago, Lake Forest native Kevin Berto was nominated by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Mark Kirk, with support from then State Sen. Susan Garrett, for admission to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Today, Capt. Berto is the Midshipman at the top of the chain of command at the Academy and a student majoring in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation. Awarded the 2013 Richard A. Simpson Scholarship, upon graduation in 2014, he has accepted a direct commission as a U.S. Coast Guard officer. 4. On Dec. 6, author Scott Turow discussed his new novel “Identity” at North Shore Senior Center in Northfield, recalling stories from book tours past. Turow touched on his years as an aspiring writer at Stanford, his decision to attend law school and interactions with the famous and near-famous. Proceeds benefit NSSC programs and services.
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Batter Up for Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona Chicago Cubs fans, rejoice – the new Cubs Park is opening for spring training this year! The Cubs have been calling Mesa “Wrigley West” for Cactus League play since 1952, but now they’ll be training in brand-new digs. “Much of the field design is reminiscent of Wrigley,” said Cubs Spring Training Manager Justin Piper. “Fans will feel right at home in this 15,000seat stadium with traditional scoreboard, clock and signature Mira Temkin red brick behind home plate. A replica of the red Wrigley Field Marquee stands at the main gate, where fans can put their name on the marquee and then take photos.” The Locker Room and Player Development Facility are across from the park with a garden pathway to connect them, giving fans easy accessibility to cheer on their favorite players. The inaugural game is played Feb. 27 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cubs.com. Marvelous Mesa boasts “City Limitless” From Wild West adventure, farm-to-fork dining and Native America history to arts, culture and the natural beauty of desert and mountains, this dynamic region knows no bounds. As a geographic wonderland, Mesa provides experiences to tempt your palates as well as stimulate you body and soul. A special way to view the changing desert terrain is aboard the Desert Belle that crosses the spectacular Saguaro Lake in the Tonto National Forest. On this relaxing, narrated 90-
minute cruise, I saw exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls and dramatic desert vistas. Saturday night cruises feature live music, too. Desertbelle.com; visitmesa.com. Mesa Art Center Completed in 2005, this $95 million facility is a combination world-class performing arts center, art gallery and art studio. See a play, hear a concert, learn how to blow glass and view the exhibits – all in one magnificent place. Mesaartscenter.com. The Arizona Biltmore Considered the jewel of the desert since 1929, this historic Waldorf Astoria resort hotel features 39 acres of graceful gardens, swimming pools and iconic architecture, renowned for its Frank Lloyd Wright imprint. High on the hill is the gorgeous Wrigley Mansion, which is open for touring. Always a playground for the rich and famous, this architectural landmark continues to exceed today’s standards of luxury. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Wright’s, serves American classics with a twist, using fresh local ingredients. Try the pumpkin soup, an 1896 recipe from the Waldorf Astoria, followed by Beef Wellington and end with a Grand Marnier soufflé. Arizonabiltmore.com; visitphoenix.com. A Night at the Ritz I’ve been a guest at the Ritz Carlton in several destinations, and the experience continues to amaze me. Located in the midst of the Camelback Mountain Corridor, the award-winning Ritz Carlton – Phoenix is the epitome of luxury and service, across from Biltmore Fashion Park. My room provided unparalleled views
The new Cubs Park opens for spring training this year in Mesa, Arizona. of the mountains with plush bedding and oversized marble baths. A Hot Stone Massage in the spa made for perfect relaxation. Ask about their special Spring Training Getaway packages. Tea for Two Thanks to tea master Jeffrey Hattrick, classical English high tea has been raised to a whole new level at the Ritz. Served from noon to 3pm Wednesday-Saturday, you’ll indulge in a menu of delectable savories, scones and sweets, accompanied by pianist Nicole Pesce. Hattrick is simply charming and his fine selection of customized teas and tea-infused delicacies creates a delightful experience. Luckily, teas can be purchased and the
Winter Blend Tea of cinnamon, vanilla and cranberries found its way home. Ritzcarlton.com. Make your reservations for spring training now. With a spanking new park and exciting Cactus League play, Mesa is one beautiful place to share the love of baseball with your family! Mira Temkin is a Highland Park-based freelance writer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Family Time Magazine and six-00-three-five magazine. In addition, she’s a high-energy copywriter working with advertising and marketing services clients. Reach her at email@example.com.
Pudding Talk Gets a Bit...Ricey I think I have the best rice pudding recipe ever – it’s actually called Arroz con Leche. Ellory thinks he has the best recipe, called... Rice Pudding. Since we couldn’t agree on which to post this month, I decided on both. If you make both, let us know which one you liked best. On the other hand, it might be safer if we don’t know – forget I said anything! Happy new year! Chef Kim Bisk
water, with ¼ tsp salt, over a medium heat until the liquid reaches the same level as the rice. Do not stir.  In a separate pot, add remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil, and then simmer for eight minutes.  Strain over rice, cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally until you get a nice creamy consistency and rice is cooked, or almost overcooked. This can take between 20-40 minutes, depending on the heat.  Serve warm or chilled. Top with ground cinnamon. Ellory’s Rice Pudding 3 cups cooked rice, 3 cups milk, ¾ cup sugar 2 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg, ½ cup raisins (optional)
Pot 2 2 ea cinnamon sticks, 1 tbsp lemon zest, 1¼ cups sugar, 2 tbsp butter, 6 cups milk, ¼ tbsp salt, 1 tbsp brandy (optional), 1 tsp vanilla extract, ½ tsp cinnamon  Cook rice in 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of
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Select and Sign Up Now for 2014 Camps It’s chilly now, but it’ll be camp season soon enough! For a variety of 2014 camp options, check out the following organizations.
Improv Playhouse 116 W. Lake, Libertyville 847-968-4529; improvplayhouse.com
Banner Day Camp 1225 Riverwoods Road, Lake Forest 847-295-4900; bannerdaycamp.com
Jay’s Camp 23160 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove 847-438-2267; jayscamp.com
Bernard Horwich JCC Day Camp 3003 West Touhy Ave., Chicago 773-761-9100; gojcc.org
Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) 800 Clavey Road, Highland Park 847-433-6001x101; jcys.org
Bizar Dance 151 S. Pfingsten Road, Suite S, Deerfield 847-564-1269; bizardance.com
Lake Bluff Park District 355 W. Washington Ave. 847-234-4150; lakebluffparks.org
Camp Nageela Midwest 4215 E. Landry Lane, Marshall, IN 765-597-2272; campnageelamidwest.com
Lake Forest Parks and Recreation 400 Hastings Road 847-234-6700; lfrec.com
Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe 847-835-5440; chicagobotanic.org
Midtown Athletic Club 2211 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn 847-945-1818; midtown.com
Decoma Day Camp 4350 Walters Ave., Northbrook 847-945-4455; decomadaycamp.com
Noggin Builders 3073 Dundee Road, Northbrook 847-687-2450; nogginbuilders.com
Deerfield Park District 836 Jewett Park Drive 847-945-0650; deerfieldparks.org
Northbrook Park District 3323 Walters Ave. 847-291-2995; nbparks.org
Deer Path Art League 400 E. Illinois Road, 2nd floor, Lake Forest 847-234-3743; deerpathartleague.org
Northfield Park District 401 Wagner Road 847-446-4428; northfieldparkdistrict.org
Discovery Day Camp P.O. Box 753, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-0753 847-367-2267; campdiscovery.com
North Shore School of Dance 505 Laurel Ave., Highland Park 847-432-2060; northshoredance.com
Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls 3000 Dundee Road, Suite 210, Northbrook 847-229-9959; gameonsportscamp.com
Park District of Highland Park 636 Ridge Road 847-831-3810; pdhp.org
Glencoe Park District 999 Green Bay Road 847-835-7537; glencoeparkdistrict.com
Starland Children’s Enrichment Center 445 Pine St., Deerfield 847-914-9100; starlandkids.com
Glenview Park District 2400 Chestnut Ave. 847-724-5670; glenviewparks.org
Tamarak Day Camp 23970 North Elm Road, Lincolnshire 847-634-3168; tamarakdaycamp.com
Gorton Community Center 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest 847-234-6060; gortoncenter.org
The Art Center – Highland Park 1957 Sheridan Road 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org
Hi-Five Sports Clubs 600 Waukegan Road, Suite 105, Northbrook 847-229-9555; hifivesportsclubs.com
Winnetka Park District 540 Hibbard Road 847-501-2040; winpark.org
School Happenings French Institute Clients Discover Hidden Paris with Michael McCaskey Clients and friends of Winnetka’s French Institute of the North Shore gathered Dec. 16 for a festive evening, during which Michael McCaskey, former Chicago Bears CEO and French Institute student, shared his new passion for photography with a slide show of Paris and tales of unusual city discoveries. McCaskey (pictured below at right, with
Tom and Pam Ratchford) began his study of French language and culture while in high school. In 2000, he came to the French Institute in search of an opportunity to practice the language regularly. “When reflecting on what I wanted to do after I stepped down from my position as Chairman of the Chicago Bears, I realized that I wanted CONTINUED ON PAGE 21
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Age: 6 years Breed: Domestic Shorthair Mix Gender: Female My Story: This beautiful brown-and-white tabby was found as a stray. She is a delight to be around – very easygoing and sweet. Cribbage can be quite talkative when she wants to tell you all about herself. You’ll be smitten by this charming kitty!
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Age: 1 year Breed: Tabby Gender: Female My Story: Charlie is as independent as a cat can be, but when she bonds with someone, it’s love at first sight. A real charmer, she likes to snuggle. Come in and make a connection with Charlie today!
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Embark on Your Fitness Journey Each year, millions of people take advantage of New Year’s resolutions to set intentions for health and fitness. However, all too often those intentions lose their luster after a few weeks as other responsibilities take over our time and attention. The truth is that resolutions are an opportunity to reflect and learn from past experiences so smarter and healthier decisions can be made. Realistic resolutions require personal goal setting, measurable progress at set checkpoints and typically some kind of reward for achieving those goals. Consider the following questions: What are your resolutions? How do you plan to accomplish your goals? Is your plan realistic? Are your goals achievable? Do you have support from your friends and family? What do you need to make your fitness dreams come true? Choosing to embark on a fitness journey towards a healthier you requires answers to all of the questions above. Health and fitness is the number one resolution people make each year – and the number one resolution people break. It helps if you have a trainer, coach, workout buddy, family member or healthcare provider to hold you accountable for staying on task. The safest way to set your goals is to have a physical assessment to measure your blood pressure, heart rate, resting metabolism, body fat and skeletal muscle percentage. Simple body weight is NOT enough here. Weight can fluctuate fairly easily, but true fitness is about body composition and endurance. Next, a functional assessment with a certified personal trainer is an excellent way to learn which exercises will be best for you, and they will teach you how to do them safely and effectively. Understanding these preliminary numbers provides a starting point to set goals and measure future progress. Then there’s the dreaded four-letter word – D-I-E-T. There is no need to get into a big debate over which diet is the best. The truth is that almost all of the fad diets and commercial diets have some degree of science behind them, and almost all will work if followed properly. The questions to ask are which one is safe for you, which one will help you achieve your goals and which one is realistic for you to follow. The answers to these questions are different for everyone, but possibly the most important and controllable part of the resolution. Unless someone else does all the shopping and ordering, YOU are the one that chooses what you eat. Remember to plan for situations where choices are limited, be prepared or choose the healthiest option available. Taking responsibility for the food that enters your body will provide a healthy sense of control and self-reliance multiple times each day, every day, along your path to a healthier you.
The Fitness Strategy for the “New You” We are all unique people with different physical capabilities. To become the New You, with a body free of pain and capable of reaching new heights, you deserve a personalized exercise program. Some want to lose weight while others want to get stronger, faster, bigger. Maybe your doctor told you that you need to start a fitness program, or to take new prescription drugs that may have physical side effects. Whatever it may be, start out the New Year on the right track! We need to move our bodies in three planes of motion, as we are all threedimensional creatures. Life’s activities require your body to accomplish a chain reflex of motions – from your toes to your nose! Fitness must be fun and uplifting while building strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Weight loss or muscle gain is all about the right food choices with the appropriate exercise programs. The Chain Reflex Fitness program starts out with science-based principles and strategies. Techniques incorporate movements of your daily physical activity so that your body performs not just in the gym, but during all daily activities. Do you want to look better, feel better, lose weight, get back into your skinny jeans, jump higher, move around with less pain, feel stronger, look leaner or move around quicker? I will describe a few examples of workouts to achieve these results. A program focused on weight loss should include an emphasis on burning calories throughout the workout. Using functional movement exercises, you can increase strength and flexibility while keeping the heart rate up, in order to burn calories. These exercises can be incorporated into daily activity, so after your workout you still burn calories. It’s also crucial to eat the right foods in order to increase metabolism before and after workouts. Golf workouts are golf specific to accentuate the body’s range of motion of hips, arms and legs during a golf swing. Increase your sphere of function and give your body greater ranges of motions, so you can When planning for a change in your diet, a meeting with a trained healthcare provider and/or nutritionist is a good idea before making any decisions. Thomas Edison is credited with writing, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Well, the future is NOW and that statement is entirely true when evaluating health and fitness lifestyle resolutions. It’s possible that diet-related issues are affecting your mood, energy levels and ability to gain or lose weight. In many cases, based on your goals and health history a simple blood test may be suggested to
hit the ball further and more accurately. Our program also focuses on helping you feel better during and after a round of golf, reducing any pain that may accompany such golf activity. A final program example is pain reduction, resulting from daily stress and sports related activities. Your workout needs to be threedimensional in nature, taking into consideration your pain threshold. Find out where your body is successful and build on your success. Hands-on techniques help ensure joints and muscles are going through the correct motions at the right time. Using these techniques
measure specific nutrient deficiencies and food sensitivities to better plan for your diet. Health and fitness goals require proper nutrition where a trained professional’s advice is invaluable. Be sure to ask your doctor or personal trainer about these options or for a referral to a properly trained professional. Finally, here are a few fitness tips to help you get started. First, set goals and rules that make sense. If you cannot get to the gym three to four times a week, commit to one or two days. Don’t overschedule yourself to the point of failure. It is too easy to give up that way. Maybe you don’t have an hour to work out. Find 15-20 minutes once or twice each
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day instead, focusing on short, high-intensity exercises. This is just as good – if not better – than long hours on the treadmill. It builds muscle, burns fat and optimizes hormone levels. Involve your spouse, partner or friend to motivate and coordinate activities so you each get your time in. Support one another. Regardless of your chosen path, remember the ancient Chinese proverb: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Contributed by Drs. Ryan Lombardo, DAOM and Josie Tenore, MD. FreshSkin Wellness, 806 Central Ave., Suite 203, Highland Park; 847-681-8821; myfreshskin.com.
Fitness in the New Year The New Year is here and most people resolve to be more active, but where does one start? These are the tips I give to my clients. Anyone over the age of 40, see your physician prior to starting any exercise program. Choose an activity you enjoy doing, although one of the best to pick is walking. Find a friend to do it with or a facility you feel comfortable at, and commit to a schedule. Start out slowly no matter what your age is; trust me, your muscles will thank you. Increase your time by three to five minutes every time you exercise. Once your time is at 30-40 minutes and you are feeling good, slightly increase your intensity. You can also try using a pedometer. Record your steps daily for one week, average those and then try to increase your steps every day by 200 until you reach 10,000 per day. If you are exercising with a friend and can carry on a conversation without getting short of breath, the intensity is okay. If you are talking and find it is hard to keep up the pace, your intensity is too hard – slow down a little. If during exercise you experience any symptoms above the waist, stop the activity. Symptoms to be aware of are heaviness, pressure, tightness (general discomfort) across chest, shoulders and/or upper back, down either arm or both arms, tingling or numbness in one or both arms; discomfort could be in throat and/or jaw, shortness of breath, nausea, clammy skin or severe fatigue. If you don’t feel right, stop exercising and call 911. Once the activity gets easier, try changing things up a bit; your body will get used to doing the same thing over and over. Walk one day, bike another day, swim or take an exercise class. You can even break it up into 10-minute segments. If you’re unable to get out, march in place.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends the following: all adults engage in cardio respiratory exercise for 150 minutes per week at a moderate intensity. Those folks who need to lose weight should do 250 minutes per week at moderate intensity. For resistance training and flexibility training, ACSM recommends two to three times a week. For resistance training, I usually recommend using body weight exercises or dumbbells. These exercises should include major muscle groups, two to four sets, performed every other day and on average, eight to 12 repetitions. The last type of exercise ACSM recommends is neuromotor exercise, which nowadays is called functional fitness training. These exercises should be performed three times a week, and include balance, agility, coordination and gait exercises. Try Tai Chi and/or yoga. We know the benefits of regular exercise CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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with the understanding that the body needs two to three days of rest to recover, rebuild and get stronger. The principle of H.I.I.T is that it is necessary to fully engage all muscle fiber types and then allow those muscle groups time to recover and become stronger and more resilient. Human skeletal muscle is made up of three types of muscle groups: slow, medium and fast twitch. Most of our strength comes from the medium and fast muscle groups, yet it is these groups that are typically not activated when we engage in standard long-duration cardio activities that use just the slow twitch as the primary energy source. Engaging in just standard cardio activities, we are not building those muscle groups that provide us with our great source of strength. H.I.I.T., through muscle recruitment, is specifically designed to fully engage
all skeletal muscle types with the built-in understanding that rest is just as important as the exercise itself. H.I.I.T can provide results without having to spend hours exercising every week, but like all exercise programs, it is important to not only understand the benefits but also the risks. H.I.I.T involves hard work and taking the muscles to fatigue. If thinking about starting such a program, and you are new to exercise of this type, it is important to discuss with your physician any restrictions or limitations you may have. For almost any adult of any age, H.I.I.T can be an extremely effective and time efficient way toward achieving greater health and resiliency. Contributed by Woody Bedell of Exercise Coach – Bannockburn. 2517 Waukegan Road; 847-948-8000; exercisecoach.com.
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Hackney’s Food, Mood Chase January Blues When diners venture out in January, in weather more suited for polar bears than people, they usually don’t have a taste for scallops wrapped in arugula leaves or avocado stuffed with crabmeat. Most of us conditioned to Chicago area winters look askance at frivolous fare at this time of year, and with good reason. We tend to be Chuck Pecoraro practical, perceiving food as more of a creature comfort than an art form. Bulging burgers, hearty soups, thick steaks, broiled seafood and sumptuous salads come to mind when the glow of Christmas has faded and the prospect of at least two more months of snow and ice gives us the shivers. Hackney’s has been a sure cure for the winter blahs for more than 74 winters. When January’s jolts leave you stressed or depressed, this minichain of neighborhood restaurants – two in Glenview, one in Lake Zurich, Palos Park and downtown Chicago – is like a tonic. The flagship of the fivesome on East Lake St. in Glenview looks as if it was designed as a refuge from the wrath of winter. Nine rooms seating 660 on three levels are serene, cozy and especially conducive to warming up when the temperature heads down. Vintage woodwork, dark paneling, fireplaces, family portraits and congenial service contribute to a comfortable setting for comfort food. Decor may not be as hip
as those in newer restaurants, but definitely makes you feel more at home. With Jim “Geege” Masterson – nephew of the founder – at the helm, Hackney’s has withstood the test of time and changing tastes by sticking to the basics. The menu is essentially old school, fare is fresh and nicely prepared, and prices are reasonable (nothing over $17.95). By and large, Hackney’s owes its legacy, longevity and legion of loyal customers to two trademarks – hamburgers and fried onions. There are other choices, of course, but these two account for at least 50 percent of all orders. There’s nothing haute about the burgers. If you’re looking for glamourburgers like foccacia duck burger or lamburger with lemon-rosemary aioli, you’re looking at the wrong menu. These are half-pound hunks of premium, 85 percent lean beef ground by the house’s own butcher. They’re broiled to order and plopped on baked-in-house dark rye or pretzel bun with fries, slaw and other accessories. Glutenfree buns are available as well. The classic Hackneyburger is almost too hefty to handle. You can try to grab hold and hang on as the juicy meat crumbles, or dig in with a knife and fork. If you’re not into beef, there’s fat-free buffalo and turkey editions. Nicknamed “brick” because it resembles one, the French Fried Onions double as a starter or side dish. Clumps of sweet Spanish onion rings are dipped in light batter, dusted with flour, shaped into a loaf and deep-fried to a crunchy, golden crispness. Offered in quarter, half and full sizes, the tasty blocks are perfect for sharing.
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The classic Hackneyburger boasts a half-pound of premium beef, ground in-house. Entree options include some decent steaks and seafood. The 8 oz. Top Butt Steak is sauteed with mushrooms and served on a bed of those fried onions with soup or salad and baked potato. Salmon is properly broiled and accompanied by sauteed spinach and a sweetsassy mango salsa. Tilapia is likewise broiled and escorted by red potato and creamy coleslaw. Hackney’s pays as much attention to desserts as it does to burgers and onions. The freshly baked Apple Pie rivals anything Grandma used to make, while the Chocolate Torte Cake (drizzled with chocolate ganache and raspberry sauce), Leprechaun Pie (with Oreo cookie crust) and Candy Cane Ice Cream Pie (layers of peppermint) are darn near irresistible.
Hackney’s, 1514 E. Lake Ave., Glenview; 847-724-7171; hackneysonlake.com. Burgers and sandwiches: $8.95-$14.45 Entrees: $11.95-$17.95 Starters, salads, soups, desserts: $2.45$11.45 Kids menu: $4.95 Tidbits: Lunch, dinner every day. Banquets up to 180. Takeouts and catering. Bar. Ample parking. Chuck Pecoraro has authored more than 1,500 restaurant reviews and food articles over the past three decades. His articles have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Suburban Life, Naperville Sun, Fra Noi, and on two websites. Contact him at email@example.com.
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The Stranger Who Gave Me $50,000 (and the Strangeness That Went With It – Part Two) Okay, here’s the backstory scoop. Way back whenever, a young, rich trader at the Mercantile Exchange dating my ex-sisterin-law Sandy offered to give me a bunch of money, allowing me to write for myself instead of a huge ad agency in Chicago. The agency (Stoop, Prone & Blending) was right out of TV’s “Mad Men,” with three-martini lunches, political backstabbing Jim Ardito and clawing – and that was in the secretarial pool. John Rich asked me how much it would take, and I told him $40,000. He agreed (Strangeness part one), and then – because Mr. Greedy took me over – I actually had the nerve to ask for $10,000 more, or $50,000 for the year (Strangeness part two), to which he also agreed. Every month, I went to the Northern Trust Bank on LaSalle Street and withdrew $4166 on the nose. Wow, right? And speaking of right writing, did I do any of that with his money? No way. Not a word. I just kept going down to the bank for six months anyway, until I went up to the teller and she uttered six words that shattered my world: “Mr. Ardito, that account has been closed.” WHAT? I called my sister-in-law, who told me that John had really been losing a lot, but not to panic and that I should give him some time to recover. I wasn’t exactly patient. I called her maybe 17 times a day, but he kept on losing, until his fortunes literally turned around. He was on a roll and a bagel and a bialy, and the bread was coming in good. I finally summoned the nerve to call him at home. “Hey, John, remember me – writer guy Jim?” “Oh, yeah,” John said, “sorry I had to close the account. Why don’t you come downtown tomorrow? Bring the stuff you’ve written, and we’ll decide where we go from there.” WHAT I’VE WRITTEN? I’d written nothing, unless you consider postcards from California and a letter to my mom. So I grabbed whatever I could – essays from college, a poem, the postcards – shoved them into a fancy-looking portfolio and went down to see John the next day. A guard let me onto the trading floor, and it was all pretty neat, with guys screaming and yelling. I saw John, waved and accidentally bought 50,000 pounds of pork bellies. (Anybody want some bacon – cheap?) John came up to me and got right to the point. “So, Jim, how much more do I owe you, anyway?” I had a rough estimate on hand.“My guess is $20,500.” John nodded, picked up a phone and said,
“Billy, it’s me. I’m sending a guy named Ardito up, and I want you to write him a check for $20,500.” I gulped. Was this really going to happen just like that? And it did. I found John’s office upstairs, where I met a young guy bent over a ledger. “Are you Billy?” I asked. “Yup,” said Billy. “You Ardito?” “Yeah,” I said. “Big toe, little toe, Ardito.” He didn’t laugh. Just handed me a check for $20,500. He didn’t ask for ID or anything (Strangeness part three), just handed it over. Double wow! I went downstairs prepared to kiss John on the lips, but he sent out a message that he would talk to me later. He did – 10 years later. What had happened in the interim? I got a divorce from Lynn, losing contact with her, her sister Sandy and John Rich, too. I did hear that he ended up marrying Sandy (good news), but also that he had high-rolled one too many times, ending up broke and irreparably busted. I’m sure he could have used that 50 grand. As far as my career went, I started taking independent writing seriously – hence this humor column. I write a bunch of other things, too, and truly love the amazing assignments and opportunities I’ve had – which I owe all to John – every bit of it. John changed my love life, too. Because of my writing skills, I was able to write touching love letters to my current bride of 33 years, Miss Merry Juell. Once, I wrote, “Will you marry me, Merry Juell, you are such a sparkling gem and I write that with a pen.” Strangeness part four: she married me anyway. Did I ever thank him properly for his gift? Well, I got my chance 15 years later, sitting in the offices of Ardito Creative Enterprises on Michigan Ave. I received a call. “Hey, Jim, it’s John Rich. Remember me?” Remember him? There was a shrine erected to him in the office. “I’m back in Chicago,” John continued, “and you know what I’m thinking?” “Uh oh,” I thought to myself. “Payback time. He wants to write a book.” “Maybe you and I could write a book together,” John Rich echoed, “on trading back in the ’60s? What do you think?” What do I think? It will take 400 hours. No one will be interested in reading it, let along paying money for it. And since I owe you $50,000 and my life, I’ll have to do it for free. That’s what I think! But it’s not what I said. “Wow, John, that sounds terrific!” I replied. “I’d be happy to help.” And part of me meant it, though it never came to pass. But time doesn’t erase debts or doing what’s right, does it? I could write him a check for at least half of it. It would sting a little, but I can afford it. I could just write him a check from
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How Girls Should Serve Raspberry Pi “Is that really the best headline to use?” said my editor. “It’s not mine,” I replied. “It is courtesy of the students of Thomas Dubick, Founder of Young Engineers of Today, LEGO Educator and engineering teacher at Charlotte Latin School.” “I’m guessing this Techlife isn’t about pie recipes?” Dave Kaufman “It’s the title of a TEDx talk presented by a group of Tom’s amazing 13-year-old female students. Tom read Techlife’s ‘Build It From Scratch’ and wrote to tell me more about how he got his students immersed in learning using $35 computers known as...wait for it...Raspberry Pi.” “Does it come à la mode?” Tom and Techlife sat down to discuss his work, the future and a little science fiction. Techlife: Where did your passion for technology come from? Tom Dubick: I have always been an early adopter of technology. Growing up on a farm, I learned to work with my hands and I was fascinated with mechanics. In college, my late wife and I ate popcorn to save money so we could buy our first computer, an early IBM PC. Now, I teach students locally and across the U.S. programming, microcontrollers, microcomputers and biotechnology. TL: What’s your personal history with technology? Share some firsts.
TD: In the early ’80s, we developed software to help semi-literate adults learn to become better readers. It was a multimedia project that used CDs. I started using LEGOs in the classroom in the late ’80s. I offered summer camps to help pay for the materials. I believe I’m one of the first to offer LEGO camps. Around this time, I began offering engineering – my version of an applied math and science class – that focused on inquiry and project-based learning to solve engineering problems. Over the past 20 some years, the class has grown and expanded, and now in addition to teaching middle and high school students at my school, I teach enrichment “labinars” for local students and virtual classes for students across the country. Beginning in 2009, we developed a curriculum called Fly To Learn that used X-Plane, a flight simulation software, to teach the engineering method by designing, building and flying their own virtual airplanes. The curriculum is used throughout the country. The Raspberry Pi is now a hugely popular, very affordable microcomputer the size of a credit card that people can use to explore software and hardware engineering. In 2012, my students were the first in the U.S. to use the Pi in any classroom, across all levels. TL: Where do you see technology education in three years? 10 years? TD: Three years – I see more engineering and programming taught in classrooms across the U.S. This is in part because of Common Core; it is also due to the popularity of robotics and the recognition that a four-year degree does not necessarily mean a job. 10 years – I believe we will need to
reimagine vocational education in the college prep world. Most schools in the U.S. prepare kids for college. They are prep schools. At one time, every student took vocational education classes because building or baking is an act of creation. Through these activities, students learn invaluable skills they could use outside the classroom. We assumed wrongly that if you were going to college you did not need these skills, and so vocational education classes fell out of favor and schools dropped these programs. Vocational education classes today might include programming, engineering and entrepreneurism. Everyone can benefit from these classes. TL: When did you begin addressing the need for young women to be a part of the program? TD: From the very start. My late wife was an engineer and many of my friends were engineers. I remember how there were very
few female engineers in college. Recently, my daughter graduated with a degree in applied mathematics, and it was evident in her classes that there is still work to be done. Early on, I noticed my middle school engineering classes were predominately male, and this was influencing girls to not sign up. To encourage young women to pursue STEM careers, I decided to offer single-sex classes. Boys and girls still learn the same lessons and do the exact same projects, but in separated environments that foster full participation. TL: How do you tell others about the origin of the Raspberry Pi? Do you use the same explanation for your students? TD: I tell students and others alike that the British (and U.S.) have a similar problem: not enough young people are going into the CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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looking at things. It is very refreshing and innovative – I highly suggest it! WH! Most favorite movie or play? AP: “The Sound of Music” and “Anne of Green Gables.” Both Anne and Maria have beautiful passion and creativity. They are lead women, and I aspire to be the lead in my life. WH! What is the best thing that America could do to ensure the success of her businesses? AP: Offer more recognition and financial help to small businesses. WH! What innovation or new ideas has your business given to the community? AP: We are on the same page as Whole Foods. We teach the people that healthy beauty is lasting beauty. With today’s advancing technology, the topical that we use on our skin reaches the inside of our body faster than anything we ingest. This is why it is very important to know and understand what you are putting on your skin. We enjoy helping people live an organic and healthy lifestyle that will leave them glowing – inside and out.
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1. Ethan Letwat (wearing green, number 12), guards Daniel Golub (in white, number 80) during the annual Turkey Bowl, held Thanksgiving morning at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield. The event is also a food drive for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. 2. Miranda Cassidy, 5, of Northbrook decided to donate all the toys received for her birthday to Toys for Tots. Miranda and mother Jessica dropped them off Dec. 16 at The Wellness Source in Glenview. 3. Joseph Mullarkey Distributors, MillerCoors and Jewel Food donated a wealth of holiday dinner makings to the Northfield Township Food Pantry Dec. 17, helping out more than 150 families. 4. Bob Leavitt provides this photo of downtown Libertyville’s holiday display.
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