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Sept. 18, 10:30am. Gary Binder and Jeff Vender host the 10th annual golf tournament. The event features lunch, a brief clinic with PGA professionals, an awards dinner and silent auction. Proceeds benefit comprehensive services for community members. Registration required. $1000/golfer, $1800/twosome, $3500/foursome, $100/ dinner only. The Glen Club, 2901 W. Lake Ave., Glenview; 847-556-1778; carecenter.org. Willow Creek Divorce Support Group Sept. 18, 7-9pm. This free eight-week support group is for those in the process of a marital breakdown or struggling with post-separation aftereffects. Childcare is available with pre-registration. Willow Creek Community Church, 315 Waukegan Road, Northfield; 847-441-6599; willowcreek.org/northshore
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Covenant Village Shoulder Program Sept. 19, 1pm. David F. Beigler, M.D., discusses the shoulder, ranging from anatomy to the different problems that can occur, along with available treatments. Covenant Village of Northbrook, 2625 Techny Road, 847-4806380; covenantnorthbrook.org. Village of Winnetka Stormwater Management Seminar Sept. 19, 6:30pm; Sept. 22, 9am. The seminars feature a basic understanding of the storm and sanitary sewer systems, general information on the causes of various types of flooding, steps homeowners can take to help prevent future flooding, and what to do in the event of flood emergency. Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road, villageofwinnetka.org. Glencoe/Northbrook/Winnetka Hadassah Opening Membership Luncheon Sept. 20, 11:30am. The program features “Timeless Laughter-Radio Days,” featuring Jack Benny, Amos & Andy and other old favorites, presented by Marvin Dickman. Proceeds benefit stem cell research. Registration required. $36. Arboretum Club, 401 Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove; 847-2051900; northshore.hadassah.org. Medicaid, Estate Planning and Asset Protection Program Sept. 20, 1-2pm. CJE SeniorLife and Skokie Public Library present Elder Law Attorney Michael H. Erde. Preserve and manage your assets, protecting your family’s future. Registration required. Skokie Public Library, 5215 W. Oakton St., Skokie; 847-673-7774; cje.net. Lake Bluff History Museum Trinkets and Treasures Sale Sept. 21 and 22, 9am-4pm (Fri) and 9am-3pm (Sat). The Lake Bluff History Museum is selling art, trinkets and treasures donated by the museum and by friends of the museum, including advertising memorabilia from the 1940s and earlier, a 1900 oak cabinet sewing machine and vintage jewelry and accessories. 127 E. Scranton Ave., 847-482-1571; lakebluffhistory.org. St. Catherine Laboure Seminar Sept. 21 and 22, 7:30-9pm (Fri) and 9am3pm (Sat). Fr. Timothy Gallagher OMV presents “Living the Discerning Life: Ignatius Loyola’s Rules for Discernment of Spirits,” from the EWTN Series. C.E. Credit approved for catechists. Registration required. $50. St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview; 847-998-4704; stcatherinelaboure.com. Paul Fabbri Memorial Golf Outing Sept. 22, 12pm. The 15th annual Paul Fabbri Memorial Golf Outing raises funds for the American Brain Tumor Association. Participants enjoy a dinner, program and raffle drawing. $125 (includes golf, lunch and dinner), $35/dinner only. Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling; paulfabbri.com.
Sept. 15, 2012 Deerfield Historical Society Fall Festival Sept. 23, 12-4pm. History, food and fun are highlighted at the Deerfield Historical Society’s 37th annual Fall Festival. The event features a cookie contest judged by celebrity chef Gale Gand, classic car show, heritage craft demonstrations, tours, live entertainment, children’s activities and more. All profits help to restore buildings in the Deerfield Historic Village. Deerfield Historic Village, 517 Deerfield Road; 847-948-0680; deerfieldhistoricalsociety.org. Greener Wilmette Kickoff Reception Sept. 23, 1:30-3pm. The Business Partners for a Greener Wilmette campaign promotes Wilmette businesses and not-for profits engaging in significant environmentally responsible practices. Mallinckrodt Community Center, 1041A Ridge Road, Wilmette; gogreenwilmette.org. Covenant Village Citizen’s Forum Sept. 25, 6:30pm. Dr. Dick Simpson, former Reform Chicago Alderman and head of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Political Science Department, discusses his new book, “21st Century Chicago.” 2625 Techny Road., Northbrook; 847-480-6380; covenantnorthbrook.org. Mental Health First Aid Course Sept. 28 and 29, 9am-4pm. This two-day course from North Shore United Methodist Church shows how to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of mental illness. Participants receive a comprehensive training manual and certification in Mental Health First Aid after completion of the course. Registration required by Sept. 21. $125, $85/church members. 213 Hazel Ave., Glencoe; 847-835-1227; nsumcglencoe.org. Deerfield Golf Club Tournament Sept. 28, 29 and 30, 6pm (Fri) and 8am ( CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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Sept. 15, 2012 CALENDAR, PAGE 4 Sat and Sun). Enjoy the kick-off party and tournament, then stay to watch the Ryder Cup finals on Sunday. Registration required. Deerfield Golf Club and Learning Center, 1201 Saunders Road, Riverwoods; deerfieldgolf.org. Anshe Tikvah High Holiday Services Thru Sept. 28. Tickets are available for the High Holiday services, with venues at various locales depending on the day and service. Young Families’ services are also available. Visit online for full schedule and details. Anshetikvah.org. Out of the Darkness Community Walk Sept. 29, 9am-12pm. Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the event features celebrity guest speakers, a memorial wall, counseling and resources, live music, refreshments and more. Register online thru Sept. 28 or the morning of the walk. Independence Grove, 16400 W Buckley Road, Libertyville; 312-890-2377; afsp.org/illocal Beef 4 Hunger Fall Benefit Sept. 29. Join the Lake Forest-based nonprofit for its Take Aim at Hunger benefit. The event features trap shooting, barbeque, prizes and live music. $65/no shooting, $125/ full event (BBQ, beer, wine, live music and trap shooting). Northbrook Sports Club, 160 Sports Club Drive, Hainesville; beef4hunger.org Camp Firefly Give for the Glow Fundraiser Sept. 29, 9pm-12am. Join Jewish Child and Family Services for its third annual fundraiser, featuring cocktails, live music, a raffle and more. Proceeds benefit Camp Firefly, an overnight camp for children ages 9-16 diagnosed with social disorders. $30. Sluggers World Class Sports Bar, 3540 N. Clark St., Chicago; 312-673-3202; jcfs.org. North Shore Alzheimer’s Association Walk Sept. 29. Participants walk three miles and learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment and support programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association. Each walker also joins in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by the disease. Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Road, Highland Park; 847-933-2413; alz.org/walk Lubavitch Chabad High Holiday Services For those unable to attend High Holiday services and hear the Shofar, Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook is organizing volunteers to visit the homebound and patients in nursing homes and hospitals. 847-564-8770; chabadnorthbrook.com. Inside Alaska’s Second Reserve Oct. 2, 7pm. The Illinois Lake-Cook Audubon Society presents Debbie S. Miller, Alaska naturalist and author of the new book, “On Arctic Ground.” Miller shares photos and stories about the landscapes and wildlife of the area, including fossilized dinosaur bones. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park; lakecookaudubon.org. NorthShore University HealthSystem Hospice Seeks Volunteers Oct. 2-Nov. 6 (Tuesdays). NorthShore University HealthSystem Hospice Volunteer Program needs compassionate people looking to make a difference in the lives of terminally ill patients and their families in their North Shore area homes. The sixweek, 21-hour training course is offered in Skokie. Volunteers provide companionship and emotional support, relief for caregivers, transportation, errand running and perform light household tasks. 847-982-4365. Oppenheimer Family Foundation Lecture Oct. 4, 7:30pm. Economist Steven D. Levitt, best-selling author of “Freakonomics” and
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“SuperFreakonomics,” speaks during Lake Forest College’s Homecoming, Reunion and Family Weekend. Registration required. First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest; 847-735-6025; forestersforever.com. Chicago Botanic Garden Art Reception Oct. 5, 6-8pm. The Chicago Botanic Garden holds an opening reception for “Drawn from Nature: Sixth Annual Student Botanical Arts Exhibition,” showcasing select works from talented botanical arts program students. The exhibition is on display thru Oct. 21 in the Joutras Gallery. Instruction is offered in a variety of genres, including pen and ink, watercolor, oil landscapes and field sketching. $20 parking per car, free for Garden members. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; 847-835-5440; chicagobotanic.org. The Art Center – HP “Voices and Visions” Oct. 5, 6:30-9pm. Take part in this opening reception for the exhibit “Voices and Visions: Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease.” The Art Center – Highland Park’s third annual event is in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The exhibit runs thru Nov. 10. New this year are performances by the ensemble groups Sing to Live and Cancer with a Twist Performances. 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park; 847-4321888; theartcenterhp.org/voices-and-visions ZIA Gallery Artist Discussion Oct. 5. ZIA Gallery presents a talk with photographer Nevada Weir, whose photographs of Outer India are on display thru Oct. 12. 548 Chestnut St., Winnetka; 847-446-3970; ziagallery.net. GBN Class of 1972 40th Reunion Oct. 5-6. Kilcoyne’s Redwood Inn, Wheeling (Friday); Pinstripes, Northbrook (Saturday). 847-814-7482; firstname.lastname@example.org NAMI CCNS Walk 2012 Oct. 7, 8am. Take part in the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Cook County North Suburban’s 5K fundraiser walk, helping to spread awareness and eliminate the stigma of mental illness. Blue Star Memorial Woods, 699 E. Lake Ave., Glenview; 847-7162252; namiccns.org.
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Glenview Gardeners Meeting Oct. 9, 7pm. Join area gardeners for the program “Killer Plants!” The speaker for the evening is Peter Chung of the Midwest Carnivorous Plant Society. Learn about the evolvement, habitat and feeding practices of monster plants. Demonstrations are given, with plants available for purchase. Meeting Room, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview; 847724-2286; glenviewgardeners.org. Or Simcha High Holiday Services Thru Oct. 9. Registration is underway for the Jewish New Year services. Membership is not required, and a kiddush lunch follows all services. Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, 847-410-2066; orsimcha.com. Eat to Beat Malignancy Oct. 10, 6:30-7:45pm. Led by Carol A. Rosenberg, MD, FACP, director of NorthShore University HealthSystem’s (NorthShore) Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, this lecture addresses myths perpetuated by the media, identifying healthy lifestyle and diet options. Registration required. NorthShore University HealthSystem, Highland Park Hospital, Lower Level, 777 Park Ave. West, Highland Park; 224-364-7296; northshore.org/mrw Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation Gourmet Gala Oct. 10, 6:30pm. This event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Highland Park and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Sister Cities relationship. Recent activities include CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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ACTIVITIES Speech Reading Class Sept. 17-Dec. 17, 10-11am (Mondays). Those beginning to experience some hearing loss learn how to read lips and other general strategies.
Introduction to Genealogy Sept. 19, 1-3pm. Kathie Heidenfelder shows how to start researching your family history, including internet sites and resources. $10/M, $15/NM.
Sound-Off: Hearing Loss Support Group Sept. 17-Dec. 17, 11am-12pm (Mondays). Learn to cope practically with hearing loss. Share solutions and successes, and discover new activities, skills and technologies.
Backing Up Your Computer Sept. 20, 1-3pm. Photos, music, business documents and financial records are just part of the key information now in the digital realm. Learn how to back up files securely. $10/M, $15/NM.
Men’s Club Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Women and guests are welcome. + Sept. 18, Economic Outlook. Featuring Diane Swonk, V.P. of Mesirow Financial. + Sept. 25, Gaming in Illinois. Featuring Aaron Jaffe, Chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board. + Oct. 2, Architectural Innovations. Featuring Kevin Nance, 1997 Pulitzer Prize Winner, Arts & Architecture Critic, and Director of Public Affairs for Adrian Smith/Gordon Grill. + Oct. 9, The Role of Animal Control in Your Daily Life. Featuring Mark Rosenthal, Assistant Director Cook County Animal & Rabies Control. Masterpieces of Silent Cinema Sept. 19, 12:30-3:30pm. Sergei Eisenstein’s “Strike,” was groundbreaking both for its political messages and film technique. Conceived during the Communist stranglehold in the former Soviet Union, the film makes a statement against capitalism, political greed and the harsh treatment of the laborers. It also showcases Eisenstein as a leader in the montage editing technique. Led
Bead Stringing and Knotting Workshops Sept. 20, 1-3pm. Instructor Carol Grove is available for monthly two-hour sessions, giving help and advice on beading projects. Needles, thread and findings provided. $8/M, $10NM. Yoga for the Rest of Us Sept. 20-Nov. 15, 2-3pm (Thursdays). Enjoy yoga’s rewards, regardless of your fitness level. Senior yoga guru Rhonda Schlesinger helps improve strength, balance, flexibility, mobility and breathing. First class is a free demo. $75/M, $89/NM. Bartlett Hindu Temple Sept. 21, 8:45am-2:45pm. Built according to the ancient principles of Hindu architecture, the Mandir Temple exemplifies a system of construction proven to withstand the tests of time. Lunch is at Clara’s Restaurant in Woodridge. Visitors must remove shoes before entering the Mandir and cultural center. $65/M, $79/NM. Annual House of Welcome Benefit Sept. 23, 5pm. The evening includes
Learn about your options for getting out of debt from 1-2:30pm Sept. 19 at the NSSC. cocktails, dinner, silent auction and grand raffle drawings, along with live entertainment from cabaret duo Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael. Proceeds supplement sliding scale fees for participants at HOW, providing for individuals/families coping with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss. Registration required. Raffle tickets $25, or six for $100. $200/person. Hackney’s on Lake Outing Sept. 24, 5:30-7:30pm. Registration and Nielsen Campus or Premier membership required. Pay at the restaurant. Attendees must provide their own transportation. The Mediterranean World Sept. 27, 1-2:30pm. Bill Helmuth explores how the historical cultures of Asia, Africa and Europe have contributed to world civilization. $9/M, $11/NM.
Cole Porter Sept. 28, 10-11:30am. Charles Troy conducts this Cole Porter program, including “Five Great Stories About Cole Porter and Five Great Song-Stories by Him,” and “Porter Before Paris.” The first focuses on a quintet of lesser-known narrative songs, while the second looks at Porter’s songs before 1928’s “Let’s Do It,” from the musical “Paris.” $12/M, $15/NM. AFI Top Movie Songs Countdown Sept. 28, 1-2:30pm. Maureen Christine counts down the American Film Institute’s Top Movie Songs in Hollywood history, providing insightful narrations and stories. Don Stille provides arrangements on the piano and accordion. $10/M, $12/NM. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; nssc.org. CALENDAR, PAGE 5
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assembly of a Friendship Quilt, an art display at Highland Park High School, and mural dedication and festive dinner in Puerto Vallarta. Featured are Highland Park’s Debbie and Carlos Nieto and Ramiro Velasquez (Nieto’s, Café Central, Happ Inn), along with Puerto Vallarta’s Thierry Blouet (Café Des Artistes, Cocina De Autor, Thierry’s Prime Steakhouse), Bernhard Guth and Ulf Henrikksen (Trio, Vitea). Meet Puerto Vallarta artists Ada Colorina and Javier Nino at a special art exhibit Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and silent/live auctions. Proceeds support Sister Cities cultural exchanges and charitable organizations. $125. Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West; 847-432-3833; firstname.lastname@example.org. Special Kids Network Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament Oct. 27, 6pm. The main beneficiary for this year’s no limit tourney is Keshet, with JRDF as special recipients. First place prize is a $10,000 main event buyin at the World Series of Poker. Fields BMW, 700 W. Frontage Road, Northfield; specialkidsnetwork.org. Glenkirk Seeks Program Book Sponsors Nov. 26, 3-9pm. Glenkirk is participating in the Kids’ Heart of Glenview – “Dinner and a Movie” event, taking place at the Glen 10 Regal Theatres. Proceeds directly support individuals with intellectual disabilities. Program book sponsors are needed, with halfpage, full-page and “Charity Heart Sponsor” opportunities available. Sponsorships are taxdeductible. $300, $500 and $1,000. 847-504-2733. Progressive Community Bingo Tuesdays, 6pm. Early Bird bingo takes place at 6:50pm, with regular bingo to follow at 7pm. Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Road, Wheeling; 847-943-9721.
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Preschool Pals – Threes Oct. 1, 15, 22 and 29 (Mondays), 1:30pm. Ages 3 years and parent/caregiver. Registration required. Fun for Ones Oct. 2, 16, 23 and 30 (Tuesdays), 10:30am. Ages 13-23 months and parent/caregiver. Registration required.
ADULTS Thursday Book Discussions + Sept. 20, 7:30pm. Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike. + Oct, 11, 10:30am and Oct. 18, 7:30pm. Little Brother by Corey Doctorow. + Nov. 8, 10:30am. The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson. + Nov. 15, 7:30pm. The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald. All book discussions are held at 7 N. Waukegan Road.
Preschool Pals – Fours and Fives Oct. 3, 17, 24 and 31 (Wednesdays), 10:45am. Ages 4-5 years (but not yet in kindergarten) and parent/caregiver. Registration required. Time for Twos Oct. 4, 18 and 25 (Thursdays), 10:30am. Ages 24-35 months and parent/caregiver. Registration required.
Free PSAT Practice Test Oct. 6, 10am-1pm. Includes all aspects of the actual tests except for the essay portion. Registration required. Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive. Social Media Marketing for Small Business Oct. 9, 2pm. This introductory session aimed specifically at small business owners and/ or marketers features the best strategies and practices to maximize social media activities. Registration required. Deerfield Village Hall, 850 Waukegan Road. Meet the Author: Cory Doctorow Oct. 9, 7pm. The author discusses issues addressed in “Little Brother,” along with introducing his latest, “Pirate Cinema.” A book signing and sale follows. Registration required. Deerfield High School Auditorium, 1959 Waukegan Road. Parenting Your Digital Child Oct. 15, 7pm. As soon as children can swipe a touchscreen, the family should establish a culture around technology. Educator and
After School Stories Oct. 4, 18 and 25, (Thursdays), 4:30pm. Grades K-2. Registration required. Baby Lapsit Storytime Oct. 5 and 19 (Fridays), 10:30am. Ages 0-12 months and parent/caregiver. Registration required. Trick-or-Treat at the Library Oct. 31, 9:30am-8:30pm. All ages. “It Came from the Library” Writing Contest Celebrate Teen Read Week and Halloween with this writing contest that will give entrants the chills. Make your story creepy, make it funny, make it dramatic, but don’t forget to add the scare factor. A panel of judges chooses the winning story. Entry forms are available online and at the Youth Services Desk on Oct. 1. Submissions accepted Oct. 14 thru 20. Grades 7-12.
Learn how to parent children in the digital age Oct. 15 and 18 at the Deerfield Library. researcher Devorah Heitner, Ph.D., presents an informative program designed to teach parents what they need about the digital world children live in. Deerfield High School Auditorium, 1959 Waukegan Road. Parenting Your Digital Teen Oct. 18, 7pm. The rise of digital technology and social media introduces many challenges for parents. This informative program by educator and researcher Devorah Heitner,
Ph.D., illustrates how to prevent teens from creating a digital footprint that could haunt them for the rest of their lives. CHILDREN Storytime, Milk and Cookies at Panera Sept. 18, Oct. 2, 16 and 30 (Tuesdays), 9:30am. Children and their caregivers are invited for storytime, milk, and cookies. Panera Bread, 1211 Half Day Road, Bannockburn.
Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Road; 847-945-3311; deerfieldlibrary.org.
Patty Turner Center ACTIVITIES Community Services Day Sept. 22, 12-4pm. The eighth annual community event features a wide variety of entertainment, education, information and more, from institutions and sponsors representing key services in the Deerfield and Bannockburn communities. Children can enjoy amusements such as inflatable rides and a traveling train, with free cotton candy and giveaways. At 12:15pm on the main stage, the Posting of the Colors/ Honor Guard parade by the American Legion Post 738 takes place, with recognition of the event’s sponsors and a singer from Deerfield High School. The Helicopter Ball and Candy Drop Event – a raffle sponsored by the Deer Park Foundation in which a numbered golf ball is dropped from a helicopter – is set for
3:45pm, weather permitting. Other demonstrations and activities include the Touch-A-Truck Area, an Auto Extrication demonstration, a K-9 demonstration, a Fire Department Home Sprinkler Safety Demo and the Flight for Life Helicopter landing (weather permitting). Additional features include an Art Tent, along with food and entertainment from popular village vendors. Tickets for the Helicopter Ball and Candy Drop raffle event may be purchased in advance at the Deerfield Park Foundation website, at the Jewett Park Community Center or Deerfield Golf Club, and the day of the event from approximately 12-2pm. Prior to the main event, the Deerfield Police Department offers morning events, such as the Passenger/Child Safety Seat Checkpoint.
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The Community Services Day event is at Brickyards Park, near Kates and Pfingsten roads. Public parking is available across from Brickyards Park at the 155 Pfingsten Road office building lot. The event itself takes place regardless of weather. Exclusions apply to select helicopter activities and some emergency services demonstrations. Deerfield Park District, 847945-0650.
a journey through the culinary wonders of Germany, highlighted by authentic Kaffeekaltsch with typical German desserts. Oktoberfest Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30pm. Celebrate the arrival of fall and the gathering of friends while enjoying the sounds of the Johnny Wagner Trio. Features a delicious buffet of Bavarian fare. Ages 50 and up. Registration required by Oct. 10. $18/M, $25/NM.
Judy Garland: The Comeback Years 1951-1962 Sept. 29. The legendary Judy Garland is showcased and presented by vocal historian Jack Diamond.
Art Wall Artists are invited to contact the Patty Turner Center for a chance to display their work. The featured artist for October is Candy Glicker.
Culinaria Germania Oct. 5. Guests are invited to embark on
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Community Services Day Halloween Hoopla Returns at Brickyards Park/Patty Turner Center, Deerfield Fri & Sat, October 26 & 27 Saturday, September 22, 12-4 p.m. (main event) + morning activities at Jewett Park/Community Center, Deerfield
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Everyone’s invited to this free, annual Entertainment, Information and Educational event with DJ, balloon twisters, games, give-aways, “Touch a Truck” area, inflatable rides, craft tent, Helicopter landing/take-off (weather/schedule dependent) and more! Food/ beverages for sale. Call 847-945-0650 for details. Hosted by local police, fire, park district and village.
Haunted House, Bonfire, DJ, Movie in the Park & More: Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27, 7-9 p.m. NEW! Kids: Come in Costumes for Competition and a chance at fun prizes! Games (indoors & out); Inflatable/other “rides” in the Park; Balloon Twisters, Costumed Characters, Hayride, Craft Room, Face Painting, Food Tasting and on sale, “Lights-On” Haunted House (for children under 7 years of age) & More: Saturday, October 27, 3-6 p.m.
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How to Manage Adult Children Still Living at Home
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More young adults are living at home with their parents than ever before. High levels of college debt coupled with weak prospects in the job market have made it increasingly difficult for young adults to leave home and live independently. Even though parents may welcome the thought of having young adult Dr. Michael Clatch their children at home, the reality is that this living situation can cause some notable challenges for parents and families. Young adult children living in the home can increase conflict and tension. Further, even though young adult children are living under their parents’ roof, they are adults, raising questions about what boundaries, rules and limitations should be set. Unfortunately, the rules that parents establish for young children and adolescents are not appropriate for young adults living at home with their parents. As such, parents with adult children living in the house must communicate about expectations and rules. Failure to address these issues will result in an increase in conflicts as the independence of the adult child is challenged in the context of the right of the parents to have control over their household. Because so many young adult children are living at home with their parents, it is important to make sure the needs of both parents and young adult children can be effectively addressed. Rule 1: Set ground rules. There are no manuals for setting rules with young adult
children living in the house. In order to maintain peace and reduce conflict, parents need to establish ground rules that must be upheld. Ground rules include decisions about whether or not adult children will be expected to contribute financially and what chores they are expected to do (e.g. laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.). These rules provide a foundation for directing behavior and can be developed to meet the specific needs of children and the family. If younger children are still living in the home, the rules established may be different than if only young adults are present. The important thing to remember is that the rules must reflect the needs of each person. Rule 2: Don’t parent adult children. Parents often make the mistake of believing that they can tell their young adult children what to do. As adults, children have the right to make their own decisions and parents must be willing to accept this reality. Parents that continue to parent their adult children will experience conflict and tension, making the living situation difficult for all family members. Rule 3: Allow adult children to make mistakes. Parents have a tendency to forget the mistakes they made as young adults. Those living with adult children will experience some of those mistakes. Parents must recognize that their children are adults. As such, criticizing or judging the child will only lead to conflict and tension, negatively impacting the living environment for all family members. Rule 4: Communicate with your children. While ground rules for the house provide a basic foundation for communication, parents should attempt to reach out to their adult children and find out what is going on in their lives. Communication is essential for clarifying misunderstandings and for
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preventing conflict. Communication is also important to make children feel accepted and appreciated. Rule 5: Set boundaries. Consider how much information you want to share with your children and how to make sure they feel that their privacy is respected. Setting and clarifying boundaries can help ensure that both parents and children understand their roles and the type of information that will be shared. Both parents and young adults look forward to the day when children gain their full independence. This process is one that signifies success on the part of both the parent
and child. In today’s economy, young adult children may face daunting challenges that make it difficult, if not impossible for them to achieve their independence. By following a few simple rules, parents and young adult children can live under the same roof harmoniously. Even though challenges will arise, adherence to these basic rules should improve outcomes and enable all family members to peacefully co-exist. Dr. Clatch practices at the Courage to Connect Therapeutic Center, 2400 Ravine Way, Suite 600, Glenview. Call 847-347-5757 or visit couragetoconnectherapy.com.
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Northbrook Wednesdays, June 20 - Oct. 10, 7 am-1 pm Northbrook United Methodist Church, 1190 Western Ave., Northbrook
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Wilmette French Market Saturdays through Nov. 3rd, 8 am-1 pm Village Center 1200 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette
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1. When their respective seasons ended, Springman Middle School eighth graders Carolyn Kuhn and Zimmie Frerichs decided to host a weeklong afternoon sports camp for girls in second thru sixth grade. Earning a total of $300, Kuhn and Frerichs donated the proceeds to Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, presented recently to Executive Director Nancy Bloom (pictured above).
Highwood Wednesdays, June 13 - Sept. 12, 4 - 9pm Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood
Buffalo Grove Sundays, June 17 - Oct. 7, 8 am-12:30 pm Mike Rylko Community Park, 951 McHenry
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2. For Deerfield resident Harrison Unterberger’s seventh birthday party July 14, in lieu of gifts for himself, he requested items from the toy wish list at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Harrison presented the toys to the hospital on July 25, delivered in a toy box he painted himself. The son of Rosewood Care Center Administrator Amy Saltzman received a certificate of appreciation for his generous gesture.
3. Residents of Covenant Village of Northbrook presented grants-in-aid to four 2012 high school graduates serving on their dining room waitstaff. Adam McDowell of Arlington Heights, Brenda Carlos of Buffalo Grove, Miguel Morales of Glenview and Rosa Maquellal of Schiller Park each received $1,700, sent to their chosen college for their first academic year. 4. Chicago resident Holly Graff, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, and Shelley Cohen of Northfield, psychology instructor, are the recipients of the 2012 Ray Hartstein Awards for Outstanding Professional Excellence in Teaching at Oakton Community College, announced Aug. 16 during the college’s annual breakfast. Also honored was information technology specialist Jessica Lee of Buffalo Grove, who received the Classified Staff Excellence Award.
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Fantastic Food and Music Fests Await in Greenville, S.C. Imagine going to a town for its great food and music fests and the town isn’t Chicago. Greenville, South Carolina – a middlingsized town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains – caters to foodies with its 80 downtown restaurants and pubs and music lovers with free downtown blues, rock and cover bands, playing every Thursday from mid-March Jodie Jacobs through August and Fridays from mid-March through September. However, try to schedule a stop in Greenville Sept. 20-23 for Euphoria 2012, the town’s annual food, wine and music festival. Guest chefs, wine and beer experts and recording artists team up for an extraordinary weekend. The festival was founded in 2006 by singer/songwriter Edwin McCain and restaurateur Carl Sobocinski. This year, the platinum-selling McCain is joined by The Sound Project founder trumpeter/composer Mark Rapp, who joined Roy Hargrove and Dave Brubeck on Disney’s 2011 release of “Everybody Wants to be a Cat.” Other featured headliners include bandleader/recording artist Shawn Mullins, straight-ahead jazz musician Wycliffe Gordon, saxophonist Walter Blanding and songwriter/guitarist Derek Lee Bronston. As for sating food and drink cravings, weekend events pair wines and beers with music, chef lectures, samplings and dinners. Events do sell out, so the best plan is to purchase event tickets ahead of time online.
Euphoriagreenville.com. If the fourth weekend of September simply isn’t doable, the town’s location – south of Ashville and Hendersonville, N.C. in the northwest corner of South Carolina – makes Greenville a good summer or fall vacation destination. Stay at the Hyatt Regency at the north end of Main St. to get a front row seat for Thursday and Friday music fests, just outside the door on the Hyatt Plaza and just a short walk to galleries and boutiques. Or stay at the Westin Poinsett south on Main Street to be close to museums, Falls Park on the Reedy River and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. To stay out of town with Blue Ridge views in what is known as “upcountry,” check out The Red Horse Inn, an award-winning AAA four diamond bed and breakfast. While in town, visit the Greenville County Museum of Art to see its Andrew Wyeth collection, considered the largest holding of the artist’s work in the world. But be sure to also walk Main St. for its sculptures. You might miss some if you don’t look up or down, because tiny mice sculptures have invaded the walks and even some awnings. Be sure to visit historic Mast General Store for just about anything from clothes to candy. Then check if the Greenville Drive, a minor league baseball team, is playing in town. Its Fluor Field in Greenville’s West End on South Main St. is a miniature Fenway Park. Greenville, S.C. is a destination on its own and worth a visit if staying north in the Blue Ridge Mountains or its foothills. It is a non-stop flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and located on Interstate 85. Greenvillecvb.com; greenvillesc.gov. Jodie Jacobs is a veteran journalist who
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School Happenings Maple School Fitness Day On Sept. 20, students at Maple School in Northbrook participate in the all-school Fitness Day, enjoying outdoor games such as capture the flag, rollerblading, jump rope, hula hoop, frisbee, football, jogging and walking. As part of the district’s wellness curriculum, students participate in sportrelated activity units as well as weekly lessons focused on health-related fitness. Physical education teachers include Ben Chin, Lynn Reimer, Scott Stahoviak and Debbie Kob. Dist. 30 Preschool Screening Dates Set Six District 30 preschool screenings are scheduled for the 2012-13 school year, with the first taking place Oct. 2 at Willowbrook School in Glenview. Screenings identify preschoolers who may benefit from special education assistance. Students can be screened in the areas of speech and language, concept development, and/or motor development. Vision and hearing screenings are also available. Screenings take approximately one hour, and are conducted by district speech clinicians, learning specialists, school psychologists and school nurses. For information on appointments and future screenings, contact Mary Lynn Mackin-Petty at 847-400-8964. Read to Oak Terrace School Students Oak Terrace School in Highwood is looking for volunteers to read with two third grade students one day a week from 3:30-4:30pm. The program begins in early October, with books and other materials provided. Volunteers read to the children for about 20 minutes, followed by children reading to the volunteer and completing comprehension questions on the material. For more
information, contact Shelley Kreiter-Solow at 847-624-2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attend Parent University at GBN Nov. 3 Parents are invited to enroll in Parent University, sponsored by Northbrook Citizens for Drug and Alcohol Awareness and taking place from 7:45am-1:30pm Nov. 3 at Glenbrook North High School. Keynote speaker Char Wenc, M.Ed., presents “Parenting is Not for Wimps.” Topics include parenting advice, encouragement and practical parenting skills. Choose from 15 workshops, including reducing negative emotions, talking to children about social media and sibling rivalry. Free on-site childcare is available on site. Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU) forms are available at the registration table. Educators earn one CPDU per hour for attending the keynote presentation and for each workshop attended. Registration is required at nbparks.org. Admission is $25 thru Oct. 22, and $30 per person after Oct. 22 or at the door. For more information, contact NCDAA representative Marcia Doniger at 847-272-7870, or visit online at ncdaa.org. East Lake Academy First-Day Activities Middle school students at East Lake Academy in Lake Forest gathered for prayer and reflected on the famous quote from Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “We are created to be loved and to love.” Principal Jennifer Patel invited students to lead with their Catholic faith and provide a model of virtue for the rest of the student body. With almost 40 students in the middle school, East Lake graduates its largest class yet this year. The private school draws its 150 students from many area towns. For more information, call 847-247-0035 or visit eastlakeacademy.org.
Special Needs, Special Times In deciding what events, organizations and activities to feature in this column, I do a lot of soul searching. The first thing I ask myself is, “Is this something Joey and I would actually enjoy doing together?” Next, I ponder, “Is this something that is truly special?” A reader wrote me recently regarding an organization whose mission instantly received a resounding “yes” to both of those questions. A prior participant’s testimonial clinched the deal, describing it as “not only therapy for the soul, but for the heart.” Here’s to something in this month’s column speaking to your – and your special needs loved one’s – heart and soul. Northbrook-based In Chef’s Hands – Food Therapy for the Soul pairs individuals with special needs (mental, physical, illness, etc.) who have a passion for food or cooking with a renowned chef for a one-on-one educational cooking experience. Featured chefs include Rodelio Aglibot (Sunda, Koi, Yi Cuisine), Valerie Bolon (Culinary Speakeasy, Top Chef), Servando Camargo (Cantina 46, Table Fifty-Two, Rockit Bar & Grill) and Russell Kook (Florentine, Hell’s Kitchen). The charity was started by Glenbrook resident Scott Crane, a food lover extraordinaire diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 4. Scott passed away last year, but his commitment to helping others with disabilities lives on. In Chef’s Hands is actively seeking special needs participants to take part in this one-on-one cooking experience, so check out their website to apply. Inchefshands.org. If your special needs loved one’s style leans more toward the arts than culinary, Sunshine Arts and Crafts in Highland Park is sure to put a little sunshine in his or her heart. This painting and craft studio offers Paint and Take, Fired Ceramic, Tie Dye, Watercolor
Art, Glow-in-the-Dark Painting and Sand Art for all ages, regardless of their artistic ability; all they need is imagination. The studio prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere that provides all the help participants want. Sunshineartsandcrafts.com. This “Special Needs, Special Times” edition wouldn’t be complete without an activity devoted to those children with special needs whose soul is fed by music. Harmonious Horizons’ Music Together classes are designed specifically for them. This immersion experience involves sharing songs, playing instruments, chanting rhythms and engaging in movement activities in a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting. Music is taught through developmentally appropriate activities that support and respect the unique learning styles of young children. Each child is encouraged to participate at his or her own level to explore the genuine joy of making music. Harmonious Horizons has convenient locations in Glenview, Northbrook, Skokie, and Wilmette. Harmonious-horizons.com. If you would like to see your organization featured in our upcoming reports, email information to email@example.com. Contributed by Steven Cohen
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Deerﬁeld Farmers Market Savor the ﬂavor of the season‛s bounty with fresh produce from Midwest growers. Dates:
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Age: 4 years Breed: Pointer Mix Gender: Male My Story: This wonderful, well-behaved gentleman is a great companion for walking/ running and a natural at agility! Demetris is housebroken, knows many commands and loves to play with toys. Come in soon to meet this sweet, smart boy!
Age: 1 year Breed: Domestic Shorthair Gender: Male My Story: Cooper has a bit of an attitude, but it’s a good thing! He’s very confident and choosy about both things and people. When he likes somebody, he’s 100 percent committed to the relationship. Visit him at the shelter and see if he chooses you!
If you liked Capriccio’s, you’ll love La Tavola. After years of pleasing customers, we regretfully had to close Capriccio’s Restaurant in Northfield. But we’re now offering the same savory northern Italian cuisine, attentive service, warm hospitality and reasonable prices at our new La Tavola in Niles. Come see and savor. • Dinner nightly from 4:30 p.m. • Private parties for up to 60 • Live music Fri. and Sat. • Outdoor patio • Complimentary valet parking
Age: 9 years Breed: Domestic Shorthair Mix Gender: Female My Story: This mature little girl is very social! Grazie is front-paw declawed with a pretty golden-brown coat. She loves to hang out on the counter, “helping” to prepare meals and even drinking from the faucet. Grazie loves to greet new visitors – come in and see!
Age: 4 years Breed: Labrador/Hound Mix Gender: Female My Story: I came to the shelter about four months ago and am waiting for my new family. Lots of people say how beautiful and friendly I am, but they end up adopting the cute little dogs! If you like a bigger, more huggable dog, I’m the one for you.
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Update Your Home Now for Less Oftentimes, buying a home opens up a bottomless pit of opportunities for projects and improvements. While some homeowners engage in different repairs and fix-ups out of necessity, many others like to freshen up their spaces out of personal preference instead of need. But even the most well intentioned projects can be waylaid if budgets are tight. What many homeowners may not realize is that there are many ways to make updates and changes to a home that do not require a major overhaul or a large price tag. The following are seven projects that won’t break the bank. 1. Move around furniture. You may be able to change the look of a room without spending any money. Interior designers know how to arrange furniture for maximum appeal, but the average homeowner can do it, too. Find a focal point in the room and angle the furniture toward it. Don’t make the focal point the television, however. Try changing the placement of chairs and sofas. Simply moving a curio cabinet from one corner to another may also make a difference. 2. Add lighting. Lighting at different levels in the room can create a vibrant impact. Many homeowners mistakenly put in a couple of table lamps and think that will be adequate. However, properly illuminating a room means varying the lighting to create different moods at different times. Plus, more light can make a room feel more welcoming. 3. Add new pillows or drapes. Changing a few aspects of a room can give it an entirely new look. If you want to add a splash of color but don’t know what to do, think about incorporating some new throw pillows or change the curtains. An accessory here and there in a bright color also can incorporate a new hue without it being overwhelming. 4. Change knobs or small accents. Give a room a new look by focusing on the small details. Switch out cabinet knobs for something updated and modern. Take inventory of wall outlets and light switches and think about selecting new ones that coordinate with your home decor. 5. Use plants. Empty corners or spots you’re not certain how to fill may benefit from a plant. Plants are inexpensive ways to add instant color and visual appeal to a room. Plus, having live plants can help improve indoor air by filtering out contaminants. A home with plants also feels more cozy. 6. Hang new wall art. It may be time to look at your photos and artwork and make a few adjustments. Finding new prints to hang CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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With summer winding down and Old Man Winter standing on the horizon, we enter the amazing time of color – fall. The changing weather and falling temps may not be an exciting outlook for days to come but provide the comfortable temperatures to prepare your home for the coming frigid weather. Starting a little early allows you the time to look around the exterior of your home, take inventory of what needs to be done and have the time to make necessary repairs before the weather turns against you. So let us enjoy one of those summer-like days and take a walk around your home. With paper, pencil and binoculars (if you have them) we can start your top to bottom review of the exterior of your home. 1. Using the binoculars, inspect the roof. Torn or missing shingles, deep impressions in an otherwise flat roof, cracks in the top of the chimney, missing grout/bricks and loose/ hanging gutters are good indications for a call to a professional. 2. While looking at the gutters, check to make sure nothing is spouting, or worse, growing. I wish I were kidding, but I can’t count the number of problems that needed repair and could have been avoided if the gutters were just kept clean. A professional note: if you don’t clean your own gutters and they don’t immediately need to be done, schedule your cleaning now, even if you want it done in October. The professional you call will be able to give you a date range around your request and be able to maybe fill in a short day to give his crews a full work day. 3. Fascia, soffits and trim boards should be inspected for loose or rotten boards that may need replacing – no reason to give our furry little friends easy access to your warm, cozy home. 4. From the gutters down, scan siding,
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corner boards, trim and windows for peeling or missing paint. Cracked and peeling paint will actually allow water in against the wood and start the rotting process. Any cracked or missing caulk around doors and windows should be replaced to help keep the cold air out and warm air in. 5. Check the foundation for cracks. Little cracks turn into big cracks by water entering and then freezing opening paths to the inside where water can cause all sorts of havoc, none worse than mold. 6. Landscaping. Make sure no bushes or trees are rubbing or close to your home, especially the roof. Branches can not only damage but also hide said damage until it becomes a major issue. Don’t forget to make sure that the ground around your home pitches away to allow water to flow freely away. Water laying against the foundation, or worse, flowing towards puts undue pressure on foundation walls, increasing the chances of leaks. 7. Check that all exterior handrails are stable and can support any sudden weight in case of slipping on ice and snow. Everyone wants safe and happy holidays. 8. If you still use storm windows, check for broken glass, missing window glazing and paint if needed. It’s much more enjoyable to do any repairs when the weather is still nice. 9. Repeat steps one through six for any unattached structures (garages, sheds, gazebo) September is also a great time to pull out the snow blower and make sure it starts easily. Rough starting in September may mean no starting when it gets cold. If your machine does need work, having the service done now will put you ahead of the rush. If your furnace is a little older – as little as five to seven years – scheduling an early check-up is always advisable to make sure
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New Psistaria is Greek, Chic If you’re under the impression that the only place to find authentic Greek food and mood in the Chicago area is Greektown, read on and you may change your mind. We found a relatively new restaurant of this persuasion in Lincolnwood, far from the “Opaas!” reverberating around Halsted and Adams, and providing a sincere Greek Chuck Pecoraro dining experience that rivals, and in some cases exceeds, the best many Greektown establishments have to offer. Unveiled in April, Psistaria Greek Taverna has what it takes – menu, hospitality, prices and especially chef – to keep you from shlepping all the way downtown for mousaka, dolmades, kokinsto and other staples of Grecian gastronomy. Psistaria’s cooking is the handiwork of George Bournas, who made his chops – lamb and otherwise – as chief chef of wildly popular Greek Islands for decades. When the opportunity came, he teamed up with his brother Athanasios (Tom), bade farewell to Greektown and opened a place of their own, a neighborhood spot that draws from a lot of neighborhoods. They took over an eatery that had fallen on hard times and rejuvenated it with a frontto-back makeover. No effort or expense was spared to create a bright, spirited reproduction of a rustic Greek taverna.
The 164-seat scene pleases the eye with a wooden floor, arches, artwork of the homeland and bar area dressed in a soothing shade of eggshell. Tom directs dining room traffic, George keeps the kitchen humming and other family members help out here and there. Occasional shouts of “Opaa!” and bouzouki background music add a fun element to the meal. The food holds its own in substance and selection. It would take a Greek orator to pronounce every dish on the menu, a virtual encyclopedia of Greek dining. There are no less than 39 appetizers, 10 salads and scores of entrees, including up to 11 daily specials. All in all, quality trumps quantity. Where to start? Our attempt to pronounce the dishes was getting clumsy, but server Patrick Dowling came to the rescue with the right syllables and suggestions. He sold us on a combo of Taramosalata (fish roe), Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumbers), Melitzanosalata (eggplant) and Hummus (chickpeas), escorted by feta cheese and olives. When slathered on crusty bread, these savory spreads can get addictive. Most of the other mezedes (appetizers) could pass for entrees. Keftedes (seasoned meatballs), Carides (shrimp sauteed with garlic and paprika), Spetsofai (Greek sausage in wine sauce) and Octopus (charbroiled in olive oil and vinegar) also have a can’t-stopeating-’em inclination. As for main courses, lamb comes several ways, like Ani Fournou baked with olive oil and lemon, and invigorated with garlic and oregano. Chicken Spanaki – breast meat perfectly cooked, stuffed with spinach and feta, and topped with Swiss cheese – is an
Lincolnwood’s Psistaria Greek Taverna provides some of the area’s best Greek cuisine. example of how tasty chicken can be with all that cheese. Psistaria’s seafood is not to be missed. Tilapia overcomes its mild tendency with a Ladolemono blend of olive oil and lemon. Stingray (what other restaurant serves this?) is pumped up with a Skoradlia garlic-potato mixture. And Whole Sea Bass fresh from Grecian waters is delicate, deboned and delicious. Other Greek signatures like Spanakopitakia, Dolmades, Pistachio and Mousaka don’t get any better. A Greek meal goes best with Greek wine, so you can choose from Roditis, Skouras Mega Oinos, Boutari Kritikos and more red and white imports from a long list. A winner among the homemade desserts is Bougatsa – custard wrapped in filo dough, crowned with a scoop of ice cream and
torched with brandy. The Baklava (filo dough layered with honey and chopped nuts) and Karidopita (walnut cake with cinnamon) also are hard to resist. Psistaria Greek Taverna, 4711 W. Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood; 847-676-9400; psistaria.com. Entrees: $8.95-$26.95. Starters, salads, sides and sweets: $2.95$9.95. Kids menu: $4.95-$8.95. Tidbits: Open daily for lunch, dinner. Takeouts and catering. Banquets for up to 100. Complimentary valet parking for dinner. Chuck Pecoraro has authored more than 1,500 restaurant reviews and food articles over the past three decades. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I admit it. One semester in college, I stuffed my face and ate for free courtesy of a dormitory cafeteria. I feel remorseful about this now. At the time, I only felt full. Why would I do something so clearly immoral? To save a buck, silly. I was scraping by on what my parents gave me for room and board for the Jim Ardito semester and had nothing left over for noble college pursuits like driving down to Fort Lauderdale for Spring Break in pursuit of hot beer and cold women, oops, maybe I got that wrong. If I asked my parents for money to go to Fort Lauderdale, I’d hear, “I’m sorry, dear, the only vacation your father and I ever took was out to the backyard for a barbecue.” Still, I desperately wanted to go, which left me with my only option: take the money allotted for my food budget and use that for the trip. There was only one problem with this plan – no money left to eat with – unless I could ﬁnd a way to eat for free. This was easier said then buns, I mean, cheesier fed then yums. Forget it, it was tough. Then one day, the answer hit me like a lemon meringue pie in the face. Or blueberry, yeah, blueberry. I was grilling one of the guys in the dorm next door and found out they had a pretty lax (stupid) foodservice system. People who ate in the cafeteria were given a card with a number on it, like 2054. When the student went through the food line, they gave their name and displayed their card to a student at the cash register who would check 2054 off a list. Names weren’t on the list, only numbers. At the beginning of the semester, checkers looked at the actual cards and numbers, but they soon started taking numbers from guys verbally. That left a gaping hole in security to be ﬁlled by sneaky guys like meat, I mean, me. All I had to do was pick a number close to 2054, give it to the number checker along with a name and I’d be home fries, I mean, free. Cheese! I still remember the ﬁrst time I put “Operation Freats (Free Eats)” into play. I showed up to dinner early to make sure my number wasn’t already used. I ﬁlled my plate, and with heart pounding approached the number taker. “Johnny Burdett, 2056,” I muttered, fully expecting sirens to go off, but all I got instead was, “Okay, next!” I came back the next day for lunch, only this time I was Johnny Burdett, with number 2057. At dinner, I was 2058. I felt just like the McDonald’s Hamburglar. I was on a roll now, baby! I learned from other students that I was perfectly safe with numbers between 2000 and 2150. And that’s what I did. I ate free day after day and nobody put a chicken ﬁnger on me. I even pushed it by becoming friendly with Mr. Abramson, the cafeteria food service manager. We got to know each other on a ﬁrst name basis. I was shameless. This went on for just about the entire semester with a week off for bad behavior when I took the dough I saved and drove to Fort Lauderdale with my fraternity brothers. I lied to my parents just to complete the deceit, telling them I was spending the week with my friend Jeff who lived in Washington. Little did they suspect the devilish, hardboiled truth that I was where “the boys were,” according to the Connie Francis song. And she was right. There were 40,000 guys in Fort Lauderdale and three women. Still, we had fun in the sun, and upon my return I resumed my cheating eating
habits – until about a week before the end of the semester when I ran into a problem. The guy who was taking numbers started associating numbers with faces and names. I went through the line as usual, said hi to Mr. Abramson, then threw the old “2056” at Al, the number taker. Only this time, Al’s eyes ﬂickered with the glimmer of recognition. “Wait a minute!” he said. “2056? That’s Rick Benson’s number.” Al looked at me and called Mr. Abramson over. “Jim,” said Mr. Abramson, “let me see your dining hall card.” “Errr…” was all I could manage. Abramson was ﬂabbergasted. “Jim, you’ve been eating here free the whole semester. I could have you thrown out of school for this. I’m really disappointed in this behavior. Look, get out of here. I don’t want to see you again.” I was so embarrassed and really lucky. Let’s face it, I could have been diced, sliced, grilled and ﬂambéed. I didn’t get off so easily at home, though. My mother found a Fort Lauderdale sweatshirt in the laundry basket, put things together and confronted me. “Jim, did you lie to us? Did you go to Fort Lauderdale over Spring Break instead of going to Jeff’s in Washington?” “Errr…” “You did, didn’t you? You lied to us and went to Fort Lauderdale and spent a fortune.” I countered immediately. “Look, Mom, it didn’t cost a cent. I used my food plan money.” “Well, what on Earth did you do for food all semester?” she asked. I quickly weighed two options: lie even more – something absurd like winning enough money playing poker with my friends – or tell her the truth, that I cheated like crazy in order to eat for free. Hmmm. What do you think I picked? The poker lie, of course – my mother couldn’t stomach the truth! Summer Spaghetti Free and Easy It’s summertime, and the living and eating is as easy as the lying revealed in the story. With this dish, dinner is practically on the house, too, as there are only a few ingredients. They are, however, the essence of summer itself – fresh tomatoes off the vine, a cup of sunny wine and sautéed pepperoni to give it spice that’s oh so nice. Dig in! What Youza Need 2 lbs summer-fresh tomatoes 3 cups ﬁnely chopped onion ½ cup diced pepperoni ½ cup red or white wine Few shakes red pepper ﬂakes Salt and pepper to taste ⅔ cup Parmesan cheese 1 lb spaghetti What Youza Do  Put butter in large sauté pan, heat on medium high (not you, the pan) add onion and cook for a few minutes, stirring until onions are so obvious, they’re transparent.  Add pepperoni and let that get browned.  Lower heat, cover pan and let cook until onions are a golden color.  Dice tomatoes into ¼-inch cubes, add to pan.  Add wine and spices and cook uncovered for about eight minutes.  Cook pasta in boiling, salted water until ﬁrm.  Drain, add pasta to sauce, add Parmesan cheese and toss. Yum. Jim Ardito has been a professional writer for more than 25 years, with experience at ad agencies in Chicago and on his own as President of Ardito Creative Enterprises (ACE), a full-service creative resource for traditional and local businesses and organizations. From websites and email blasts to employee communications and far beyond, ACE serves up heavenly creative that sells like heck! Email email@example.com or visit arditocreative.com.
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To solve a sudoku, the numbers one through nine must fill each row, column, and box.
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8. Leon Durham 9. Cecil Fielder 10. Ron Karkovice 11. Vida Blue 12. Dave Concepcion 13. Brady Anderson 14. Edgar Martinez
a. Cubs b. Royals c. Cardinals d. Angels e. Expos f. Pirates
g. Athletics h. Giants i. Indians j. Orioles k. Yankees j. Dodgers
15. Chris Chambliss 16. Bill North 17. Willie Wilson 18. Lance Parrish 19. John Smoltz 20. Andy Van Slyke 21. Ken Reitz
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CROSSWORD 58. Ceases to live
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CRYPTOGRAM The original phrase has been encrypted! Each original letter has been replaced with a new letter (for example, “H” is now “I”). Use the below clue to rewrite the phrase in the space. XBDTQA LNB BN RA J XHGGAXX, RHB DJBIAD BN RA NE QJFHA. – JFRADB ATLXBATL
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WORD SEARCH CLUES ACROSS 1. Essential floral oil 5. Boast 9. A way to travel on skis 11. Austrian capital 13. Sensationalist journalism 15. Taxidrivers 16. Atomic mass unit 17. A rock-boring tool 19. Actress Farrow 20. The trunk of a tree 22. Satisfy to excess 23. Cleopatra’s snake 24. Single-reed instrument 25. Volcanic mountain in Japan 26. Bon ____: witty remarks 28. Competitors 31. Republic of Ireland 32. Late Show host
34. Parrot nostril membrane 35. Moves into action 37. Back talk 38. A pointed end 39. British Air Aces 41. 1st weekday 42. Sound in mind 43. Hypothetical original matter 45. Head covering 46. Classical musical dramas 49. God of war & sky (Germanic) 50. Beginnings 53. Coarse fabric used for bags 55. High legislative assembly 56. What a ghost does 57. Pats gently
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Jessica Weglarz, Executive Director of the Downtown Highland Park Alliance WH! Name one person you’d consider a role model, and how did they inspire you? JW: I would consider my parents my role models. They have always encouraged me to follow my passions and do things to make a difference in my community. They have both worked in fields that they are passionate about and have taught me that where passion and hard work come together, there is success to be had. WH! What life or work experience taught you a valuable lesson?
Jessica Weglarz is the Executive Director of the Downtown Highland Park Alliance. In this role, Weglarz works directly with business owners and community members to enhance the economic vitality of Downtown Highland Park, oversee the operations of the organization, develop and administer the annual strategic plan and budget, and cultivate strategic partnerships with local organizations and the media to achieve the objectives of the Downtown Highland Park Alliance. WH! Outside of your current field, what other occupations have you pursued, and why did you switch? JW: This job is a combination of all of my past work experience. I started out in event planning, moved to economic development for the past seven years and then moved into this position that combines my passions of event planning and growing communities.
JW: In my previous job, I was charged with many challenging projects, one of which was to co-author a book with my boss. I had never imagined that I could author a book, however through the encouragement of my colleagues, a lot of hard work, edits and multiple design versions my first book was published in January 2012. Lesson learned was to never doubt myself, and that I can make anything possible that I decide to put my mind to. WH! The one business tool (Blackberry, Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn, etc.) I can’t live without is: JW: I can’t live without my iPhone. I have the world at my fingertips, and it tells me where I need to be and what I need to do. WH! How did you get your start in this business? JW: Coming out of college, one of my professors got me an interview with a major event planner in Des Moines. I spent my first year out of college doing freelance event planning and then decided to attend
graduate school at Bradley University to get my MBA. I was looking for an internship while in graduate school and stumbled upon a job posting for the Economic Development Council for Central Illinois as a marketing intern. I ended up falling in love with economic development. I turned my internship into a full time position and grew my position over the six and a half years that I was there. I was then looking for a new job in the Chicagoland area and found the posting for the Downtown Highland Park Alliance. This job pulls together both of my passions of event planning and economic development into one! WH! Name three information resources (print, web, personal) that are essential to your company and explain why. JW: The best resources that I have are: 1. The business owners of Downtown Highland Park – they understand their customers and can best help me understand ways that we can continue to attract customers to Downtown Highland Park and the types of services and stores that the customers want. 2. The patrons of the shops and restaurants in Downtown Highland Park – they provide us with the best insights of what they are looking for and ways that we can keep them coming back to downtown Highland Park to do their shopping, get their services and eat at our restaurants. 3. The Internet – there is an endless supply of ideas on the Internet and all of the resources that you need to execute the ideas. WH! Tell us about one person or company who has been instrumental in the success of your business.
JW: I couldn’t single out an individual, but I would say that the Property Owners Association is instrumental to the success of the Downtown Highland Park Alliance. It was their foresight that brought the property owners together to work together to promote Downtown Highland Park and create and fund the Alliance. WH! What’s your favorite part of your business? JW: My favorite part of the business is getting to work with small business owners to help grow their dreams. It is rewarding to assist businesses in marketing the downtown to bring more clients into their shops and grow their business. WH! Given unlimited resources, what would you change about your business/industry? JW: Given unlimited resources we would be able to do endless amounts of promotions and events to support the businesses of Downtown Highland Park. WH! What exciting things are on the horizon for your business, and where do you hope it will be in five years? 15 years? 30 years? JW: We have a lot of exciting events coming up, including Fashion Week beginning Sept. 6. I joined the Alliance in mid-June as the executive director and am working on strategic planning to most effectively use our resources to benefit the businesses in Downtown Highland Park. I see the Downtown Highland Park Alliance in five, 15, and 30 years as an efficiently CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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How Prisoners and Balloonists Can Read More I’m often asked by readers about reading. The truth is, I am a slow reader. If I don’t concentrate fully on my reading, I find other ideas will creep into my mind. Whole paragraphs go by before I realize I was off somewhere else and not comprehending the words in front of me. I then read those paragraphs once again. But Dave Kaufman the point is, I read. Those of you who have read to this point must like reading, or you might be stuck in a jail cell or a hot air balloon and this is the only written word you have in your possession. For the latter group, welcome to Techlife. I don’t welcome the people who like to read, as they need very little motivation. This column is aimed squarely at the prisoners and balloonists of the world. You see, prisoners and balloonists share the confines of a small space and limited contact with the outside world. In addition, these two groups have niche interests, and might enjoy something written just for them. In the past 30 days, I have read more than 1,000 articles. Diving deeper into the stats, I have only gotten to read 10 percent of the content from across 115 subscriptions. You likely imagine my postal worker cringing as he gets my mail each day. Lest you forget, prisoners and balloonists, this is Techlife and these subscriptions are all digital, portable and free. Try Google Reader to see your own stats, and enjoy the in-sync mobile web browser version, too. It’s my first bookmark on my smartphone. Let’s assume our incarcerated readers
are trying to better themselves. Finding a new interest and pursuing it with a passion might help a parole board see how you are a changed person – ready to re-enter society. Construction would give you a chance to get hired and learn a skill in a trade. Start reading anything and everything on construction. Using a site like Technorati.com, you might find a site like “Green Building Elements” or “A Daily Dose of Architecture.” Each site added to your list of subscriptions means more writers, more content and varied viewpoints on the niche areas you are targeting. 115 subscriptions might seem like a lot, even if I am only reading 10 percent or less of each one. But finding unique sources on niche topics is how you become an expert. Use the sites you uncover to lead you to further jumping-off points. On “A Daily Dose of Architecture,” you will see on the left sidebar 10 entries under bookmarks leading toward new publications. A bit further down the sidebar are the “66 Most Popular A/D Websites,” and then below that “33 Favorites (not in the above list of 66).” Where do you go next? Balloonists, it’s your turn to reply. What is online? Techlife is both a print and online experience. Visit online at dkworldwide.com/techlife to share reading tips and ask questions. Dave Kaufman, a syndicated columnist, owns DK Worldwide, a design, web, print, and social media marketing firm that helps clients with online and offline challenges. Contact Dave, it’s easy: firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter – @dkworldwide. You know you want to.
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