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View a variety of art thru March 1 at the Wilmette Arts Guild’s Student Art Celebration. Covenant Village of Northbrook Brunch and Browse Feb. 19, 10:30am. Meet executive chef Dwight Evans and explore the campus. Registration required. 2625 Techny Road; 877-518-2473; retireatnorthbrook.com/rsvp Multi-Chamber Chocolate and Champagne Expo Feb. 19, 4-6:30pm. Mingle with business members of local area chambers – including Glenview, Buffalo Grove, Skokie and others – while enjoying expo exhibits, chocolate and champagne. Sponsorships, exhibit/sales tables and goodie bag participation are available.
Admission is free. Wyndham Glenview Suites, 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview; buffalogrovechamber.org. Autism Spectrum Disorder Presentation Feb. 19, 7pm. Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education welcomes Diane Christiansen and son Jackie, presenting “Mother and Son: A Personal Journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” The book traces Jackie’s personal journey with ASD, emphasizing the importance of the homeschool connection for special needs students. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
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Wilmette Hadassah Radio History Program Feb. 20, 11:30am. Join this luncheon meeting and hear about the history of radio from Marvin Dickman. Proceeds benefit AMD eye disease research at Hadassah Hospital. $20. Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah; 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette; 847-205-1900; northshore.hadassah.org. St. Philip Midweek Lenten Services Feb. 20, 6:30pm. Midweek Soup Suppers/ Services start on Wednesday evenings. Lenten Worship follows the Soup Supper at 7:15pm. St. Philip Lutheran Church, 1609 Pfingsten Road, Glenview; 847-998-1946; stphilip.info.
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JCFS Community Education Presentation Feb. 21, 6-8pm. Learn about special needs trusts with Jack Calvert of Glenview State Bank. CEUs and CPDUs are available. Registration required. Jewish Child and Family Services, 5150 Golf Road, Skokie; 773-467-3741; jcfs.org.
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February 2013 HUGS at Congregation Beth Shalom Feb. 24, 10:30am. This event for families with special needs members features a Purim Carnival and Megillah Reading. Enjoy a carnival with games and prizes, slide show, sing-a-longs and more. Registration required. 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook; 847-498-4100; bethshalomnb.org. Lutheran General Cardiac Lecture Feb. 26, 7pm. Dr. Shoeb Sitafalwalla presents “A Call to Action: South Asian Cardiac Epidemic.” Registration required. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital West End Conference Center, 1775 W. Dempster St., Park Ridge; advocatehealth.com/luth Northbrook Community Art Associates Picasso Exhibition Trip Feb. 26. Experience the first Pablo Picasso exhibition held at the Art Institute in 30 years, featuring highlights of more than 250 works. Registration required. 847-564-1051. Off Campus Writers’ Workshop Feb. 28, 9:30am-12pm. Jim O’Laughlin presents “Dialogue and Its Contexts in Fiction.” Explore effective dialogue in fiction, and how it can be the center of a story. $15. Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave.; ocww.bizland.com. Ragdale Ring Project Proposals Thru Feb. 28. The Lake Forest artist residency program Ragdale invites architects, designers and artists to apply for the opportunity to design, build, and exhibit a full-scale Ragdale Ring – a temporary structure intended to house a mix of summer performances, events and their audiences. 1260 N. Green Bay Road; 847-234-1063x205; ragdale.org/ragdaleringproject Congregation Beth Shalom Shabbat Events March 1, 5:45pm. Take part in this Young CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
Wilmette Arts Guild Exhibition and Award Ceremony Feb. 21, 6-8:30pm. The ceremony features food and fun awards, along with the $1,000 Senior Scholarship. See the WAG Student Art Celebration thru March 1. Wilmette Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Ave.; wilmetteartsguild.org.
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WhatsHappeningOnline.com Anshe Tikvah Adult Purim Feb. 23, 6:30pm. Features Megillah reading, dinner, games, dancing, bar and raffles. Registration required. $40. Tahoe Village Club House, 1771 Tahoe Circle Drive, Wheeling; 847-917-7726; anshetikvah.org. The Art Center – HP Youth Art Month Thru Feb. 23. This community outreach exhibition features works by North Shore School District’s 112 elementary and middle school students, along with District 113 (Highland Park High School and Deerfield High School) students. 1957 Sheridan Road; 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org.
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Adler Center “By Invitation” Exhibit Thru Feb. 23. The David Adler Music and Arts Center features the works of Lake County Art League (LCAL) artists in its “By Invitation” exhibit. Participating artists are Anne Anderson of Lake Bluff, Gail Basner of Highland Park, Kathy Broxton of Gurnee, Jackie Carmichael of Wadsworth and Barbara Rogers of Deerfield. 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville; 847-367-0707; adlercenter.org. Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook Purim Events Feb. 23 and 24, 7 and 5pm. Take part in a Purim Celebration and Megillah Reading Feb. 23, including a buffet dinner and drum circle with Rhythm Revolution. The Grand Purim Dinner on Feb. 24 features ventriloquist Chuck Field and family entertainment. Registration required for Purim Dinner. $18/adult dinner, $8/children under 12. 2095 Landwehr Road; 847-564-8770; chabadnorthbrook.com.
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February 2013 CALENDAR, PAGE 4 Family Outreach Shabbat Dinner and Storybook Shabbat Service. Enjoy a familyfriendly service filled with song, stories and blessings. Registration required. $25/family. 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook; 847-4984100x46; bethshalomnb.org. The Art Center – Highland Park’s “Beauty Imperfect” March 1-April 1. The exhibition features two painters and one sculptor, reclaiming the concept of beauty by celebrating the female form in various life stages. Curated by artist/ educator Teresa Hofheimer. Attend opening receptions from 6:30-9pm March 1 and 1-3pm March 3. 1957 Sheridan Road; 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org. Deer Path Art League “Color & Light” Exhibition Thru March 1. Artists JoAnn Baumann, Nancy Gardner, Martha Hayden, George Hermelink, Michael Latala, Jeanette Payne, Kristy Pokorny and Julie Schwarz present colorful, unique works in jewelry, ceramics, oil painting and photography. Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest; 847-234-3743; deerpathartleague.org. Lake Bluff Polar Plunge March 2, 1pm. The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Illinois. Join officers and community leaders in donning bathing suits for a jump in the lake. Each plunger must collect a minimum of $75 in donations. All plungers receive gifts, compete for prizes and enjoy food and camaraderie. Sunrise Beach; 630-377-7250; plungeillinois.com. First Church of Christ Spiritual Discussion March 3, 2pm. This free talk features Christian Science Practitioner Norm Bleichman of Newburyport, Mass. 155 Deerfield Road, Deerfield; 847-565-9555. Northbrook Garden Club Meeting March 5, 7pm. The Northbrook Garden Club hosts an overview of organic gardening, featuring horticulturist/arborist Glenn Grosch of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Get a clear understanding of the subject, including Integrated Pest Management and organic techniques. Northbrook Historical Society, 1776 Walters Ave.; northbrookgardenclub.org. North Shore ADHD/ADD Support Group March 6, 7pm. Take part in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Panel, along with group breakout sessions. Wilmette Public Library Auditorium, 1242 Wilmette Ave.; nsadhd.org. NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program March 6-May 29 (Wed), 7-9:30pm. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban Chapter, offers this 12-week course for families of adult loved ones diagnosed with serious mental illness. Learn about the major mental illnesses and gain insight, understanding and support. Registration required. New Trier Northfield High School, 7 Happ Road, Northfield; 847-716-2252; nami.org. Little Yogi’s Yoga March 7, 4-4:45pm. A certified Reach Yoga teacher helps ages 4 to 7 learn basic, fun yoga asanas (poses). Enhance flexibility while building strength, coordination and body awareness. Registration and waiver required. Leoleno, 976 Green Bay Road, Winnetka; 847-446-1100; leoleno.com. Wildlife Discovery Center Reptile Rampage March 10, 10am-4pm. Visit with snakes and other reptiles from all over the world at the Wildlife Discovery Center’s fifteenth annual Reptile Rampage. Featured exhibitors include
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Jim Nesci from Cold Blooded Creatures, the Chicago Herpetological Society, Windy City Reptiles and more. $8/adults, $5/children. City of Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road; wildlifediscoverycenter.org. JCFS Sibshops March 10 and April 14, 2:30-5:30pm. Jewish Child and Family Services presents Sibshops for ages 6-12, offering brothers and sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, supportive and recreational setting. Discuss common joys and concerns, learn how to handle common situations and have fun. Registration required. $30 per sibshop. JCFS, 255 Revere Drive, Northbrook; 773-467-3838; jcfs.org. Hands of Peace 2013 Summer Session Applications Local participants and host families may apply now to take part in the summer program. Hands of Peace brings American teens from Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other faith backgrounds together with JewishIsraeli, Palestinian Citizens of Israel and Palestinian teenagers. High-school aged students may apply thru March 10, and host families thru April 15. Participants must be available for all program activities each day of the program. 1000 Elm St., Glenview; 224-406-5045; handsofpeace.org. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Seminar with Teepa Snow March 12, 8am-12pm. The nationally recognized dementia expert offers two presentations for health care professionals, caregivers and senior advocates. Earn three continuing education (CE) credits. Registration required. $30/CE attendees, $10/non-CE. Olson Auditorium/Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge; 312-867-7110; seniorhelpers.com/UDCSeminar Series Deerfield Area AAUW Interactive Presentation March 12, 1pm. Susan Benjamin presents “Lena Horne, Activist Artist,” sponsored by the Deerfield Area Branch of the American Association of University Women. Horne broke thru racial barriers to become one of America’s most popular singers and actors. Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane; 312-587-9087; email@example.com. Glenview Gardeners Meeting March 12, 7pm. Glenview Gardeners presents “Rhodies – The Groupies of the Garden,” featuring speaker Ted Nyquist, president of the Midwest Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. Learn to grow and care for the spring-flowering shrubs. Midwest Care Center Meeting Room, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview; 847-724-2286; glenviewgardeners.org. North Shore Affiliate of MCA Film Lecture March 14, 12:30pm. Jeff Spitz, Emmy Award winner and associate professor of documentary film at Columbia College, discusses cross-cultural documentaries promoting human rights. See film excerpts and brainstorm regarding the creative process. $25. The Art Center – Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road. Adoption from A to Z March 20, 7-9:15pm. Chicago/Northbrook attorney Sally Wildman presents this adoption seminar, offered thru Continuing Education District 113. Registration required. $29, $45/couple. Deerfield High School, 1959 N. Waukegan Road; 224-765-1022; dist113.org. Lincoln Park Zoo Easter Celebration March 30, 9-11am. Enjoy a full breakfast with the Easter Bunny, then hunt for eggs and make crafts, surrounded by Chicago’s most lovable critters. Registration required by March 26. $40/adult M ($45/NM), $25/child M ($30/NM), free for ages 2 and under. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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Glenview Art League Exhibitions Thru April 1. Works are for sale, except where specified. See works at Book Market, Max and Benny’s Restaurant, Picture Us Gallery, Via Gelato and Café and more. Visit online for complete info. 847-724-4007; glenviewartleague.org. GLASA Annual Benefit April 13, 6:30pm. The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association’s annual benefit is hosted by Knauz Automotive Group, and features a “secret agent” theme. Enjoy entertainment by the Dave Shelton Trio, live and silent auctions, casino games and more. $125. Knauz Classic Car Showroom, 775 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff; 847-283-0908; glasa.org. Deerfield Golf Club Ladies Only League May 15-Aug. 28. Sign up now for the Deerfield Golf Club and Learning Center’s new Tuesday Evening Ladies Only League. The 15-week, nine-hole golf league features 4:30pm tee times and a two-woman team format. All league players receive low TwiLight greens fees for the entire golf season. $45. 847-572-2682; email@example.com. Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood Mondays, 11:30am. Join the Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood for weekly camaraderie and lunch. Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West; 847-432-1500; highlandparkrotary.org. Rotary Club of Deerfield Thursdays, 12-1:15pm. The Rotary Club of Deerfield meets weekly for lunch. Open to anyone interested in Rotary. $13. The Italian Kitchen, 650 Deerfield Road, Deerfield; deerfieldrotary.org.
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Closest to the Pin Contest March 9, 10am-1pm. Tee up the fun with this friendly competition. Clubs are available. $5. Glenview Park Golf Club.
Northfield Township Food Pantry Zumbathon Benefit Feb. 22, 7-8:30pm. Zumba instructors lead this high-energy, calorie-burning fitness party for a good cause. Bring at least two nonperishable items. Suitable for all ages.
Yoga Workshop March 16, 1:30-4:30pm. Certified instructor Timmo’s workshop focuses on the hips and inversions. $40. Registration required. Café Fish Frys Fridays thru March 29, 4pm. Enjoy popcorn shrimp, hand-dipped, beer-battered cod loin, fried clam strips and more. $14, $10 for ages 12 and younger. Glenview Park Golf Club.
Candlelight Skiing Feb. 23, 5-8pm. Bring skis or rent from the clubhouse. Food, beverages and equipment rental are available. $5. Sportsman’s Country Club.
2400 Chestnut Ave.; 847-724-5670; glenviewparks.org.
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” March 9, 16 and 17, 12:30pm and 4pm. Journey under the sea to discover a magical underwater kingdom with this Northbrook Theater Children’s Company adaptation of the Disney Broadway classic. $8-$10. Northbrook Theatre.
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Enjoy a variety of St. Patrick’s Day-themed activities at local parks and libraries. Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy, with a special “appearance” and song by Hillary Clinton.
Sunday Concert Feb. 24, 2pm. Calumet Chamber Musicians (flute/cello/piano) perform works by Prokofiev, Reincke and Hannibal.
1201 Cedar Lane; 847-272-6224; northbrook.info.
Meet the Authors + Feb. 28, 7pm. Lisa Barr, “Fugitive Colors” + March 7, 7pm. Neil Steinberg, “You Were Never in Chicago.” Book signings follow the discussion. Pollak Room. Seussical Celebration March 1, 10:30-11am. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, a craft and dress-up fun. Ages 3-5. 2 Piano/4 Hand Concerts March 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2pm. Hear rarely performed works on the two grand pianos.
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Diary of a Wednesday Kid March 6, 13 and 20, 4-5pm. Learn to create comic books. Registration required. Grades 5-8.
The Art and Craft of Coffee Feb. 24, 2pm. Kevin Sinnott demonstrates how to get the most out of coffee. Registration required. eBay Selling Feb. 28, 2-3:30pm. Turn your collections into extra cash. Registration and library card required.
Flight-to-Fun Kids Club March 2, 10:30-11:30am. Features Rainbow Therapy Dogs, Miss Silvia’s Storytime and more. The Glen Town Center.
First Thursday Group – Life in Balance March 7, 1pm. Led by physical and occupational therapists from the Abington of Glenview. Famous First Ladies March 12, 7pm. Jenny Riddle dramatizes the personal lives of several First Ladies – Mary
Sheila Tully Academy Irish Dancers March 10, 2-2:45pm. Enjoy traditional Irish dance. Registration required. The Glen Town Center. Beyond Corned Beef and Cabbage March 12, 7pm. Join Chef Michael Maddox for this exploration of contemporary Irish cuisine. Free tasting included. Registration required.
ACT Prep Test March 2, 12:45-4:45pm. Professional tutors from College Nannies and Tutors guide you through a practice ACT test. Registration required. Grades 9-12.
Book Discussion March 4, 10am. “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward.
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Book Discussion + Feb. 28, 7:30pm. “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl” by Timothy Egan. + March 13, 1pm. “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson + March 13, 7pm. “Arcadia” by Lauren Groff Sensory Storytime March 2, 10:45am. Ages 3-8 with parent/ caregiver. Registration required. Dr. Seuss Celebration March 5, 7pm. Celebrate “Read Across America Day” with the works of the famed children’s author. All ages with parent/ caregiver. Chat and Chew Book Discussion March 13, 7pm. “There’s an Owl in the Shower” by Jean Craighead George. Registration required. Grades 2-3. 325 Park Ave., 847-835-5056; glencoepubliclibrary.org.
Wilmette Public Library Early St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Heritage Singers Feb. 24, 2:30pm. Enjoy traditional Irish and Irish-American music, along with songs by contemporary Irish choral composers. Politics and Power Book Discussion Feb. 27, 9:30-11am. “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court” by Jeffrey Toobin. Led by Gail Thomason. Rock n’ Reads Book Discussion March 11, 7-8pm. “Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir.” Registration required. Rock House. 1242 Wilmette Ave.; 847-256-5025; wilmette.lib.il.us.
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The Challenge of Helping Children Through Divorce Statistics regarding marriage and divorce are quite grim: nearly 60 percent of all marriages end in divorce. While divorce can be a painful and challenging process for spouses, children often suffer extensively as a result of their parents’ separation. From a psychological Dr. Michael Clatch perspective, divorce alters the child’s sense of security, even if both parents remain committed to parenting following separation. Divorce also creates considerable upheaval and changes in schedules, which can make it difficult for the child to adapt. Each of these issues can produce a challenging environment for children and parents, one that creates notable barriers to accepting divorce and constructing positive foundations for moving forward. While general efforts to address insecurity and adaption can be effective, divorce is a unique event for each family. Recognition of divorce as a common social event and unique family event represents a different position on understanding the process of divorce and its impact on adults and children. Even though hundreds of divorces occur each day, the way in which the family responds will be unique. Although simple cause-effect understanding of divorce suggests that children may be negatively impacted by the event, there are instances in which children grow more resilient as a result of their experiences.
Understanding why such a broad range of responses occurs requires an understanding of systems thinking and its application to the family. Systems thinking is a process whereby individuals must consider the reciprocal interaction between themselves and the environment in which they live, e.g., their interaction with the whole. When examining the process of divorce, it is not plausible to argue that Mom and Dad being angry with each other will produce anger and animosity for the children. Rather, understanding divorce and its outcomes requires a consideration of how parents interact with one another, what social supports are available to the family and the children and how children respond to changes in their family and their environment. For parents, putting systems thinking into perspective can be a daunting challenge. As such, parents should keep several things in mind when helping their children navigate the process of divorce. First, parents need to communicate with children – before, during and following the divorce. Communication before and during the divorce process can help calm a child’s fears about what will happen once the separation is complete. Communication can also provide a foundation for reassuring the child the he or she is still loved. In the aftermath of the divorce, communication will remain a central foundation for interaction. Research demonstrates that children separated from a parent as a result of divorce often feel as if the parent does not love them or does not think about them. Providing reassurance through communication can help children feel more secure and better able to cope with the situation. Second, parents should be mindful about
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fighting in front of their children. Divorce often brings about a wide range of negative emotions for spouses, emotions that can erupt into conflict. By keeping conflict to a minimum in front of children, parents will be able to help reassure their children that the situation is under control. Fighting, yelling and arguing in front of children can further damage the child’s sense of security. By keeping conflict to a minimum, parents can do wonders for improving their child’s sense of wellbeing even in the wake of a challenging situation. Finally, establish routines as soon as possible. Following a divorce, spouses will typically choose to live in different places, creating logistical challenges for children to visit with both parents. Schedules and routines can help reduce uncertainty for children and provide a sense of comfort. While this tactic works well with younger children that may feel completely
overwhelmed by changes in the schedule, for older children routines can provide a foundation for security; one that will be essential for their wellbeing. Helping children through divorce can be a difficult challenge that parents may at first underestimate. By assuming a systems perspective on the issue and addressing issues that are important to the wellbeing of children, parents can make this difficult life transition easier. While these steps may not ameliorate all of the problems that arise for children, they can provide a foundation for building support and security during an emotionally demanding time. 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. Launching a new exhibition venue for local artists, the North Suburban YMCA hosted an opening night reception Jan. 17 for its inaugural exhibit, a collection of paintings by Northbrook artist Terry Luc. Friends and guests toured the show that lines the walls of the community center’s public areas, part of a new initiative to showcase the wide variety of talented artists living and working in the northern suburbs. “I’m very excited about the potential of the Y’s new Community Gallery,” said Luc. “We have so many outstanding artists who live in this area. I was proud to be asked to participate, and I feel like we’ve put down a good foundation on which the Y can build a great program.” 2. Northbrook residents Bob and Abbie Tucker – owners of the Chicagoland North/Northwest Senior Helpers office and Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s
affiliate office for Chicago – are the recipients of the Home Care Pulse Best of HomeCare 2013 Award. The office was recognized for effective communication between clients, the client’s family and caregivers. “This award is an incentive to make sure we continue to meet the needs of our clients and their families every day they need our assistance,” said Bob. 3. Highland Park Allstate agency owner Ed Litke presented the Allstate Athlete of the Week award recently to Lena Munzer of Highland Park High School for outstanding athletic performance. Munzer, a fourth-year starter for Highland Park’s girls’ basketball team, is heading to Yale to play college basketball next year. “It’s a huge honor to be given this award,” Munzer said. “It is a reflection of all my hard work and the support I’ve gotten from my teammates, family, friends and coaches along the way.”
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Bradenton, Florida – Celebrating the Beach and the Arts This beautiful Gulf Coast community is made up of several small towns, including Anna Maria Island, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton, offering a host of art, theater, and cultural activities. After you relax on the glorious sunkissed beaches, discover Old Florida history at the Manatee Village Historical Park and Desoto Historical Society. Take in a show with the Manatee Players. Cheer on the Mira Temkin Pittsburgh Pirates in spring training at McKenchnie Field, or celebrate art and heritage in historic downtown. Holiday Inn, Lakewood Ranch We stayed at the Holiday Inn and found it a perfect home base. Overlooking Lake Osprey, the hotel has been ranked Intercontinental Hotel Group’s #1 Full Service North America Hotel. Exclusive Dynasty beds outfitted with premium sateen sheets made for a great night’s sleep. Their signature restaurant, the Alamo Steakhouse and Grill, is known for serving “Old Florida Cuisine,” such as blackened alligator and organic bison. Special vacation packages, too. Hilr.com; 866-782-4400. The Village of the Arts – A Unique Collective This vibrant community of artists living and working together is Florida’s largest art colony. Over 30 businesses call the Village
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How to Make Homemade Churros Don’t you love going to the fair and eating all the wonderful food? Cotton candy, funnel cakes and, of course, the churros. If you’re craving that flavor when everything is shut down for the winter, what do you do – fly to Florida or California to visit a theme park? What if I told you that you can make them right in your own kitchen, at any time? To start off, Chef Kim Bisk you’re going to need a deep fryer. If you don’t have one, use one of those 20 percent off coupons you get in the mail and spend $99 (minus the discount) on a decent countertop version. If that doesn’t sound like something you want to do, then just use a large pot. Make sure you have a cooking thermometer to check the oil temperature.
then mix until it becomes a thick dough.  Place mixture in a food processor and blend, adding eggs one at a time. Blend until glossy.  Refrigerate for one hour.  Heat oil to 375 degrees in a large pot or deep fryer. For pots, use enough vegetable oil to fill halfway.  Place dough into a pastry bag, with a medium-sized tip.  Carefully pipe dough – in short strips – into oil. Do not overcrowd.  Fry until golden brown, turning over occasionally.  Remove from oil, using a metal spoon or tongs. Drain on a paper towel. Repeat until dough is gone.  Combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over warm churros.  Serve with a side of your favorite chocolate sauce.
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Anna Maria Island – Laid Back and Family-Friendly Visit the island to experience “Old Florida,” where the dress of the day is bathing suits and flip-flops. The entire island is a haven for wildlife. Pelicans, herons, wild parrots, sand pipers and seagulls share the island with visitors. Some of the best things to show your children are the sea turtles that come to nest on the beach. Watch for bottlenose dolphins from a boat or pier, thrilling to their escapades as they leap high in the air.
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School Happenings East Lake Academy Catholic Schools Week Students and staff at East Lake Academy in Lake Forest recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week, with this year’s theme being “Raise the Standards.” Events included an appearance by author/motivational speaker Pete Mockaitis, Spanish Heritage Night performances, “Know Your Catholic Faith” trivia contest and basketball. For info, call 847-247-0035 or visit eastlakeacademy.org. Parenting With the Future in Mind The District 31 Education Foundation ACT NOW campaign presents an evening of conversation with Deb Hornell, author of the newly published “Good Things for a Full Life.” The event takes place from 7:30-8:30pm Feb. 28 at the Field School Auditorium, 3131 Techny Road, Northbrook. The business strategist and mother of three will discuss how to parent sixth- thru eighth-graders with specific goals in mind. Admission is free (suggested donation). For more info, visit dist31.k12.il.us Maple School Snowflake Day Maple School seventh graders participate in Snowflake Day from 7:45am-3:30pm March 1 at Glenview’s Park Center. The program brings together students, professionals and adults to develop a trusting relationship and provide a framework of understanding of one’s self and others. For info, call 847-4008900. Avoca West Kindergarten Orientation Avoca West School holds its annual orientation from 6-7:15pm March 7 in the Avoca West Elementary School Library. Open to all parents of children age 5 as of Sept. 1. District residents should bring their child’s birth certificate, proof of residence and one utility bill. Childcare is available in the North Gym for $7 per child. For info, call 847-998-7477 or 847-510-6301. Wescott School Fun Fair The theme for Wescott’s annual fair is “Character Connects Us,” taking place from 11am-2pm March 9 at 1820 Western Ave. in Northbrook. Featured are games, food, a bake sale, cakewalk, raffles and silent auction.
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If you aren’t working with a property management company, an easy way to maximize your profits on an investment property is to work quickly when turning apartments over after a tenant moves out. This includes painting and cleaning the apartment, and the process should go smoothly if you properly vetted tenants and the vacant unit did not suffer significant damage while the previous tenants were living there. A unit with just minor wear and tear should take one week or less to get ready to show to prospective tenants, and the unit should be vacant for only one month before new tenants move in. Anything longer than a month and you’re losing money you don’t have to.
Real estate investors have many reasons for making such investments, but one of the more common motives behind a decision to invest in a property is the belief that real estate rarely depreciates in value. Though the recent housing crisis might have debunked that myth once and for all, real estate is still widely considered a sound investment, one that many people wish they could afford to make. Those who have already invested in real estate know how difficult it can be to maintain a property much less improve it, which should be high on an investor’s priority list. But improving a property does not have to involve a complete overhaul or any other dramatic changes. In fact, there are several simple ways investors can improve their real estate investments and improve their chances of turning a large profit when they decide to sell a property. Hire a property management firm. Some real estate investors, especially those new to the business that just purchased an investment and have little money to spare, shy away from hiring a property management firm. But such a company is worth the expense for investors with little time or know-how with regard to fixing a home. A property management firm will ensure the building is kept in shape, and depending on your agreement with the company, may even take care of cleaning vacant apartments, readying them for showing and renting them to new tenants. Perhaps the biggest advantage to working with an effective property management firm is the likelihood that they will turn over the vacant apartment quickly, ensuring you aren’t losing money when tenants move out. Carefully vet prospective tenants. One of the easiest ways a property can fall into
tenants and ask applicants to produce proof of income and references from past landlords. This increases the chances you will find a respectful tenant who’s fully capable of paying their rent on time.
Upgrade appliances. Renters are just as likely to fall in love with curb appeal as buyers are. While there may not be a yard to entice renters if you purchased an apartment complex, curb appeal can apply to an apartment’s interior. Some of the more notable eye-catchers to prospective renters are updated appliances, especially since appliances may be the only items actually in the apartment when it is shown. Stainless steel appliances provide an instant upgrade over older appliances that may appear dated and are certain to make a strong first impression on prospective renters, many of whom would be willing to pay more in rent for a unit with update appliances. In addition, renters may feel that landlords who took the time and spent the money to upgrade appliances are likely to make a greater effort maintaining the property.
Work quickly. Few people want to rent forever, so expect significant turnover, especially if your investment property is a larger complex with multiple dwellings.
Investors can maximize their returns on investment properties in a variety of ways, many of which don’t require significant effort.
Turning over a unit after a tenant moves out should take no longer than a week. disrepair is to allow bad tenants to move into the building. It’s understandable that investors want to get a building occupied as quickly as possible so they can use tenants’ rents to pay for the property. But bad tenants can cause damage to the property, and their behavior might encourage reliable fellow tenants to find a new living situation. When looking to fill a vacancy, establish a minimum income requirement for prospective
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Tapas Rated Tops at Gitana There’s no such thing as a Temple of Tapas on the North Shore. But if there were, Tapas Gitana in Northfield would be a persuasive contender for that title. Tucked in the back side of a strip center, the neat storefront cafe takes you on a culinary and cultural trip to the legendary tapas bars of Barcelona, Spain, where snacking, nibbling Chuck Pecoraro and grazing are elevated to an art form. For those unfamiliar with this dining genre, tapas are small-plate portions of practically anything and everything. They come hot, cold and larger-sized, each embraced by the spirited flavors of Spain. Italians call them antipasti, Greeks refer to them as mezedes, Chinese menus list them as dim sum. Tapas’ extensive variety makes the experience appealing as well as social. The trick is to order one or two as a prelude to the entree, then share them. Or get three or four and turn them into a full meal. Or simply nosh on them while sipping wine or cocktails. Owned by chef Andy Novak and managed by chef Tiffany Nelson, Tapas Gitana duplicates the concept with authority and creativity. Novak also has a sister restaurant with the same name and menu in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood. In Northfield, the L-shaped room is cozy and colorful, with 70 seats surrounded by
imported murals, ceramics and knicknacks. The bar is flanked by wine racks and the background music has a pulsating flamenco riff. When the weather warms up, a charming outdoor patio doubles the seating and pleasure. A Spanish meal without sangria is like a day without sunshine, so a pitcher of the fruity wine-punch helps set the table. To arouse the appetite, a cup of complimentary green and black olives bathed in a zesty marinade appears as soon as you’re seated. Gitana’s menu defines and dazzles with 42 tapas, 12 specials, four paellas and six coffees. Some diners may find this overwhelming, but aficionados are inclined to shout “Ole!” To assure optimum flavor and integrity, everything is freshly made to order from scratch with premium ingredients. Where to start? Tostadas Espanolas consist of layers of Serrano ham, slabs of Manchego ewe’s milk cheese and Piquillo pepper drizzled with olive oil over garlic toast points. It’s rustic and typical of the earthy, casual character of tapas. Flavors are even more fluent in Canalon Frio de Atun, translating into chunks of tuna intermingling with asparagus, egg and cannelloni filled with basil, in harmony with a creamy white wine sauce and tomato vinaigrette. Though intended as an appetizer, it could easily pass as an entree. Portions and tastes increase in the Especialadades de la Casa (house specials) as lamb takes the spotlight in a pair of crowd pleasers. In Chuletas de Cordero, three chops are perfectly grilled and stacked over sauteed vegetables in a rich reduction sauce. Nido de Cordero amounts to lamb confit
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Tapas Gitana chef Tiffany Nelson shows off one of the restaurant’s succulent dishes. with fresh herb aloli mounted atop a crunchy potato nest escorted with caramelized red onions. If you really want to go big-time, go for paella, regarded as the national dish of Spain. It takes about 40 minutes to prepare the stew-like rice medley, so you can sip sangria and munch on tapas while anticipating the arrival of the blended bowl of bliss.Of the four choices, the Imperial is first class with a boatload of seafood succulence. Snippets of lobster tail, shrimp, clams, calamari and mussels are baked in saffron-tinted rice with peppers, onion and garlic, collectively bringing culinary heaven down to earth. Desserts follow the same delicious direction. Pan Perdido con Frutas is interpreted as Spanish style banana bread pudding anointed with chocolate and adorned
with dried cranberries, a glob of vanilla ice cream and smear of chocolate sauce. The 50-bottle wine inventory is all-Spanish, all appropriate. Service is informed and informal. Tapas Gitana, 310 Happ Road, Northfield; 847-784-9300; tapasgitana.com. Tapas: $4.95-$11.95 Entrees: $6.25-$25.95 Desserts: $3.95-$5.95 Kids Menu: $3.95 Tidbits: Dinner only, nightly except Monday. Parties for up to 75. Takeouts and catering. Ample parking. Weekend reservations suggested. Contact restaurant/food writer Chuck Pecoraro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After covering four ski resorts in four different states, WH! went five for five and visited Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass. With its easy location, superior cuisine and thorough teaching curriculum, Wachusett is a must for the Boston tourist. Beantown is the education capitol of the world, an American history Mecca, and a pro sports champion. Lesser known is the fact that it’s a wicked good ski town. Every weekend a train leaves Boston’s North Station and arrives at Wachusett Mountain, a mere hour outside the city. To hit the powder even sooner, simply drive due west on Route 2. Whether skiing or boarding, upon arrival you’ll find a 2000-foot high mountain with 110 skiable acres and 22 trails, organized into three sections representing novice, intermediate or advanced skill levels. All three sections flow into one base area, including every necessity you’d expect and more. There’s the enormous gift shop, complete with souvenirs, coats, and all the skis, bindings and boots. Then there’s the cafeteria, highly rated in Ski Magazine, with a ridiculous variety including pizza, apple cider donuts, sushi, or even Vietnamese noodle bowls. The Coppertop Lounge offers their own bar menu as well as several beers on tap from the local, unaffiliated Wachusett Brewing Company. Yet Wachusett’s most unique option mimics a sporting arena. Families and corporate outings can rent a skybox similar to a ballpark luxury suite, featuring catered food and an outdoor balcony for watching the hillside sprawl. Perhaps Wachusett’s greatest strength is
its ski school programs. There are dropin classes that last 90 minutes and cater to beginners, and NASTAR racing clinics are held nightly. Private lessons are also available. Try the renowned Polar Kids program for a half-day or full-day session. Students enjoy riding three carpet lifts or hopping on a huge Santa-style sleigh, pulled frequently by a Snowcat. There is a heavy presence of beginners and instructors, young and old at Wachusett, making learning that much more comfortable. I drove into Wachusett, and dropped my 6-year-old daughter off early at Polar Kids for a full-day lesson. They fitted her with a ski rental and included a cafe lunch. I rented skis myself and boarded the Minuteman, one of four high-speed quad chairlifts. The corduroy mountainside was still freshly groomed as I tore down Conifer Connection, Tenth Mountain Trail, and Ralph’s Run, which was used in the filming of “Shallow Hal.” Next, I found my daughter’s ski class and briefly watched. Then I headed inside to the Coppertop Lounge for lunch. My Princeton Hero chicken and bacon club sandwich was washed down nicely with a pair of Wachusett IPAs. Back on the slopes, I completed every run and noticed there weren’t many crossroads intersecting the mountain. I had to follow an advanced trail in order to visit Bullock Lodge. The historic fieldstone cabin fittingly served cider and apple dumplings, but its location alienated most customers, including my daughter who would have called it the Seven Dwarves’ cottage. Soon I picked up my daughter at Polar Kids, which maintained impressively high security. Her terrific instructor Suzanna gave me a detailed breakdown of all achievements and what skills my daughter needed to improve. After a couple more trips down a bunny hill together, we returned to Coppertop for a creamy hot chocolate and cheese fries. We left Wachusett as the trail lights were warming up, with another round of eager athletes ready to night-ski. Massachusetts is the fifth skiing state I’ve reviewed for WH! and the 11th state for me overall. I’ve loved skiing everywhere from breathtaking vacation sites to glorified backyard molehills. And I must say, for a small commuter resort, Wachusett packs a punch. Some hills are surprisingly fast while many are quite easy – a strong combination to satisfy the entire family. Wachusett Mountain celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – a historic milestone alongside a historic town. When in Boston, a ski outing is surely Wachu-need. Wachusett.com. Contributor Ryan P. Standley has written for What’s Happening! Community Newspapers since 2008.
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Steve Fretzin, Business Coach and Founder of Chicago’s Sales Results, Inc. Driven, focused and undeniably passionate in his pursuit to help business professionals reach their full potential, Steve Fretzin is the Chicago area’s premier business coach, speaker and author. Founder of Sales Results, Inc., he has redefined the business development experience, transforming thousands of professionals into top performers in sales effectiveness via one-onone coaching, group training and seminars. Fretzin’s expertise in networking, business development and business management has landed him features with the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business and Entrepreneur.com, as well as guest appearances on NBC News and WGN Radio’s Bob Sirott Show.
know or aren’t doing at the highest level. Athletes use coaches to improve, so why shouldn’t we? Since starting my business in 2006, I have always had a coach or mentor to help me improve and make fewer mistakes.
with a sales coach, I started my own company to help others the way I was helped. If people believe that you can help them, they will hire you. When they actually get results, they will refer you.
WH! The one business tool – Blackberry, Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn, etc. – I can’t live without is: SF: The best business tool out there today is the smartphone. Second to that for business development is LinkedIn. Most business owners are very negative about LinkedIn, because they group it together with Facebook and Twitter. For business and networking, LinkedIn is the best tool out there to get introductions into new opportunities.
WH! Name three information resources – print, web, personal – that are essential to your company and explain why. SF: My website, because it provides leads for me and backs up what we do. My newsletter, because it keeps my network engaged with what I’m doing. LinkedIn, because there is no better resource for connecting than LinkedIn.
WH! What was your very first job? SF: My very first sales job was at Kinney Shoes – the Great American Shoe Store when I was 16. The job taught me the basics of how to up-sell and instilled in me some competitiveness that I truly enjoyed.
WH! Tell us about your best business trip. SF: My best trip was to Italy with my wife. The sounds, smell and little adventures that we had made it the perfect trip.
WH! Name one person you’d consider a hero or role model and explain why. SF: One of my greatest role models is my father. He taught me to live with integrity, to take care of your family no matter what and the value of relationships in one’s life. WH! How do you like to relax after work? SF: After work I need to play with my 6-yearold. After talking serious business all day, it’s nice to color, read or wrestle with my son. WH! Tell us about a work experience from which you learned a valuable lesson. SF: One of the most valuable lessons you will ever learn as an entrepreneur is that we all need help. There are things that we just don’t
WH! If you could have gotten in on the ground floor of any business deal in history, what would it have been? SF: Though I know the environment is suffering greatly, bottled water is pure genius. We pay more for water than gas these days and no one thinks twice about it. Unbelievable. WH! What’s your best advice for someone just starting a business in the local area? SF: My advice is to find the most successful people in the area and buy them lunch. You need to know the right people and have strong advocates that will help introduce you around. WH! How did you get your start in business? SF: I met a coach who helped me to double my income. Based on my success working
WH! What aspect(s) of your business are you most proud of? SF: I am most proud of the work I have done and the people that I have helped. When I receive a call or email from a client (saying) that they had just closed their biggest deal or had their best year, my heart sings. I remember why I am in the business I am in. I don’t know many people who get such pleasure from their business. WH! Given unlimited resources, what would you change about your business/industry? SF: With unlimited resources, I would market my services nationally and have an online training/coaching program for the masses. WH! What exciting things are on the horizon for your business, and where will it be in five years? 15 years? 30 years? SF: The most exciting thing for me right now is my new book, “Sales-Free Selling.” Though it took me over a year and a half to write, it was one of the most rewarding (accomplishments of) my career. I know it will make a huge impact on the readers and help them improve their sales.
WH! What’s the most difficult obstacle or most challenging time your business has had to overcome? SF: Finding good people that can do what I do in order to expand my services. Selling and coaching in my industry is very difficult. I haven’t met many people that can do both well. WH! What’s your business’ motto/mission? SF: My mantra revolves around teaching people about the 3-Ps – plan, process and performance. If you think about any great athlete, they will always have a plan to start with, a process to follow and a way of improving performance over time. This is what we do every day to help our clients achieve the best results from our programs. WH! The world would be a better place if… SF: We could all learn from our mistakes. It seems that in politics, business or relationships, people seem to make the same mistakes over and over again. If we could keep better track of our bad decisions and the poor outcomes that resulted from them, we would all be better off. WH! How does the North Shore or north suburban clientele affect your business? SF: As a local business owner in Deerfield for the past eight years, I love working with the people in the North Shore. There is a sense of community that I don’t get with my city clients. Everyone knows one another and is looking out for new referrals as well. People are very price-conscious these days, which is why we need to adjust to the times and raise our value to each and every client we serve. 180 N. LaSalle St., Suite 3700, Chicago; 312-981-0119; salesresultsinc.com.
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Blue Cat Café Comes to Highland Park Enjoy a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in a warm, cozy Euro-setting, along with comfortable seating, music and free WiFi. The establishment features Intelligentsia coffee, a full espresso bar, organic loose-leaf teas, European pastries, beer, wine, cheese platters, custom flatbread pizzas, salads and wraps. Also available are wine tastings and local entertainment. Blue Cat specializes in freshly roasted coffee, using a pour over method that brings out the full flavors of the coffee cherries. Coffee by the ounce is ground to your brewing needs. 600 Central Ave., Suite 115; 847-875-3201; bluecatcafe.net. SAS Architects & Planners to Design New School Facility Northbrook-based SAS Architects & Planners has been retained to design a new facility for a Jewish-affiliated private school expanding in Chicago’s West Ridge neighborhood. SAS is converting a long-vacant building
on the corner of Rosemont and California avenues into a 59,000-square-foot school for Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School/Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi, a stateaccredited Orthodox day school. Scheduled for completion in late 2014, the building will accommodate more than 400 boys in grades K-8. Sasarch.com. BloOuts Blow Dry Bar Opens in Highland Park Owned and operated by former Harpo hair stylist Vivian Arpino, this premier blow dry bar is now open. “I have blown out about every celebrity you can name – Jennifer Aniston, Vera Wang, Hillary Clinton,” said Arpino. “When clients walk into BloOuts they will browse through an iPad full of celebrity styles and choose how they want their own hair to look.” The business offers five stylists and more than 50 celebrityinspired hairstyles. Walk-ins welcome. 1872 Sheridan Road; 847-681-9180; bloouts.com.
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Wikipedia Talks “Ya can talk, ya can talk, ya can bicker, ya can talk, ya can bicker, bicker, bicker, ya can talk all ya want, but it’s different than it was.”
What’s the population of Albania? Where does Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) rank in terms of the tallest buildings? Who invented the NCAA Basketball Tournament? Using our three questions and Wikipedia, the answers are found on Albania’s page, Willis Tower’s page and the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship’s page. It’s easy to find the answers and the end of the story, but let’s not be so hasty. Here’s your chance to peek behind the curtain of Wikipedia. Today when a question comes up at work, a family gathering or the local pub, there are always one or two people eager to show off their smartphone and find the quick answer to a random work question, settle a family debate or determine the winner of the bar bet. Many of these seekers turn to Wikipedia, a user-generated compendium of human knowledge. Every word, link, fact, image and stat on Wikipedia has been entered by your fellow humans. But unlike encyclopedias of old, this information is not researched by a writer and reviewed by an editor privately before it is published. Wikipedia’s transparent process allows for anyone to edit – and re-edit – any
page on the site. Over the years, this process has evolved with rules and best practices. The place this starts is the “Talk” page. The talk page – what’s that? Let’s turn to the Wikipedia Talk Page Guidelines to find out. “The purpose of a Wikipedia talk page is to provide space for editors to discuss changes to its associated article or project page.” Think of this page as the online conference room for editors and writers, open to the public to participate in the discourse. Of course, Wikipedia adds: “Article talk pages should not be used by editors as platforms for their personal views on a subject.” What Does “Talk” Say? Albania’s talk page explains quite a lot about the article page. Some notes as of this writing include the article page on probation for disruptive edits as well as part of the “Outline” efforts and WikiProjects subjects. It also details the prominence of Albania’s facts appearing on the Wikipedia main page as well as a full archive of information for further research. Available as well are 13 items up for current discussion. Some of the more colorful discussions revolve around the depiction of the country’s ancient history and the demographics and census (see Techlife’s question). These occur in multiple sections of the talk page. The Willis Tower talk page is a bit smaller and less controversial. It includes a brief how-to and guidelines for participating on the page, access to the archives and various CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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