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CALENDAR, PAGE 3 Beth El Senior Film Screening April 23, 1pm. See “Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women.” Refreshments will be served. Registration required. $5. 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park; 847-432-8903x234; nssbethel.org. Winnetka Interfaith Council Bullying Seminar April 23, 7pm. Speakers include Dr. Linda Yonke, New Trier School District Superintendent and Dr. Mark Smaller, Internet/Cyberbullying expert. Winnetka Covenant Church, 1200 Hibbard Road; 847-256-0549. “Louder Than a Bomb” Screening April 24, 7pm. The film follows hundreds of area teens, participating in the world’s largest youth poetry slam. Nova-HP, 1770 First St., Highland Park; 773-294-8947; highlandparkpoetry.org. JCC Hands-On Parenting Series April 24 and May 9, 7-8pm. Suitable for parents of children ages birth-6. Learn about early language and literacy skills, along with the importance of sleep. Light refreshments provided. Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook; 224-406-9222; gojcc.org. Find a Job with Nonprofits April 25, 10:15am. Christa Beall Diefenbach, Associate Director of The Axeson Center for Nonprofit Management, presents “Expand Your Search – Nonprofits are Hiring!” Registration required. $10/NM. Career Resource Center Inc. Grove Cultural Campus, 40 E. Old Mill Road, Suite 105, Lake Forest; 847-295-5626; careerresourcecenter.org. Music Institute of Chicago Auditions April 25, 3-8pm; April 28, 12-4pm. This elite training program is for gifted precollege string players and pianists seeking professional careers. Thoresen Performance Center, 300 Green Bay Road, Winnetka (April 25); Lake Forest Campus, 40 E. Old Mill Road (April 28); 847-905-1500x122; musicinst.org/academy CPAH Tenth Anniversary Celebration April 25, 6:30pm. Community Partners for Affordable Housing celebrates 10 years. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and truffle tasting. Registration required. Vibe, 1935 Sheridan Road, Highland Park; 847-6818746; cpahousing.org. Winnetka Youth Organization Annual Spring Benefit April 25, 6:30-9:30pm. Features dinner hosted by Catered by Design, an auction, live music, raffle and more. Admission includes adult beverages. $80. 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka; 847-446-0443; winnetkayo.org.
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American Heart Association Chicago HeartChase April 27 and May 11, 8:30-10:30am. Teams solve clues and participate in physical challenges to become HeartChase champions. Activities include jump roping, dancing, and hula-hooping. Gallery Park, Glenview (April 27); Apollo Park, Homewood (May 11); 800-AHA-USA1; americanheart.org. Central Street Spring Community Day April 27, 10am-5pm. 10 to 20 percent of store purchases are donated to the charity of your choice from a selected list. Flyer required. Centralstreet-evanston.com. North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair April 27 and 28, 10am-6pm (Sat) and 11am5pm (Sun) The 44th annual fair features more than 60 juried artists/artisans, live music, the Palate Café and a children’s art workshop. 2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield; nsuc.org. NAMI Cook County North Suburban Spring Benefit April 27, 6:30pm. Features keynote speaker
April 2013 Dr. Shawn Shea, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, WGN-AM 720’s Orion Samuelson as master of ceremonies and auctioneer Ron Bernadi of Sunset Foods. Raffle tickets available online. Sunset Ridge Country Club; 2100 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield; 847-716-2252; namiccns.org. Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens April 27-May 19. This year’s home is one of David Adler’s most famous works – an Italianate lakefront mansion built in 1916. Proceeds benefit the Angel Harvey Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Community Health Center. Tours take place MondayFriday from 9am-2pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. $35, $40 at the door. Lakeforestshowhouse.com. Breathe Deep North Shore April 28, 9:30am. This 5K fun run, onemile walk and balloon launch honors those fighting lung cancer. Proceeds benefit the LUNGevity Foundation. Enjoy games, kids’ activities, music, refreshments and prizes. Deerfield High School, 1959 Waukegan Road; email@example.com; lungevity.org/yogathon Ethical Humanist Society Sunday Program April 28, 10:30am. Brant Rosen, rabbi of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, presents “Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity.” Coffee hour follows the program. Childcare is available. Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, 7574 North Lincoln Ave., Skokie; ethicalhuman.org. The “NewSpace” Frontier April 28, 11:30am. James Plaxco of the National Space Society discusses our space future. Registration required. Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak St.; 847-446-7220. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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April 2013 CALENDAR, PAGE 4 Short Story Theatre Cancer Wellness Center Fundraiser April 28, 6:15pm. Storytellers include Mary Lou Gilliam of Deerfield, Ron Levitsky of Lake Forest, Peggy Lewis of Lincolnshire and Donna Lubow of Riverwoods. Registration required. $50. Szechwan Kingdom, 545 Waukegan Road, Northbrook; drakemv@ yahoo.com; shortstorytheatre.com. Toladah Club Lox Box Sale April 28. Proceeds benefit programs for women and children in Israel. Each contains ½ pound of lox, tomato, onion, bagels, cream cheese, orange juice, dessert and serves four to six people. Delivery available. $24. 773-761-1954; naamatchicago.org. Downtown Highland Park Alliance Restaurant Week Thru April 28. The second annual Restaurant Week features something for all palates, including barbeque, bistros, burgers, gelato, coffee and more. 847-780-4293; downtownhp.com. Covenant Village Map Program April 30, 1-2:15pm. Led by cartographer/ educator Valerie Krejcje. Registration required. 2625 Techny Road, Northbrook; 847-635-1414; covenantnorthbrook.org. Free Oral Cancer Screening April 30, 10am-12pm. Registration required. Dr. Alla Aver DDS, 1300 Waukegan Road, Glenview; 847-998-5100. Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center Luncheon May 1, 10:30am. Janardan D. Khandekar, MD, Director, Center for Molecular Medicine is honored for his impact in the field of oncology. A silent auction is also featured. Registration required. $85. Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave. West; 224-3647275; foundation.northshore.org/events Chicago Lighthouse Vision Rehab Center Group Therapy May 1-July 17, 3-4pm (first/third Wed). Suitable for those struggling emotionally with vision loss. Insurance coverage verified prior to sessions. Registration required. 222 Waukegan Road, Glenview; 312-6661331x3817; chicagolighthouse.org. Family Network 30th Anniversary Benefit May 2, 6:30pm. Comedian/NPR journalist Aaron Freeman serves as emcee. Enjoy bowling/bocce, an auction, raffle and paddle raise. Registration required. $85. Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook; 847-4330377; familynetworkcenter.org. The Art Center – HP Spring Gala May 2, 7pm. The evening includes cocktails, culinary creations and more. Honorees are artist/educator Bernadette Elenteny Joyce and quilt artist Addie Davis. Enjoy musical and visual arts performances, exhibitions Faces Forward and Crazy Quilts, a silent auction, deluxe raffle and more. Registration required. $150. 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park; 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org. Deer Path Art League Watercolor Class May 2-30, 9:30am-12:30pm. Registration required. $67/M, $80/NM. Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest; 847-234-3743; deerpathartleague.org. Sixth Annual North Shore Women’s Conference May 3, 10am-3:30pm. Includes a free expo, complimentary workshops and luncheon with keynote speaker Marianne Murciano of WGN-AM 720. Registration required. Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore Skokie Hotel, 5300 W. Touhy Ave.; 847-945-4660; northshorewomensconference.org. Rotary Club of Northbrook Blood Drive May 4, 8am-2pm. Sponsored in conjunction
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with Sunset Foods and the Northbrook Women’s Club and conducted by LifeSource. Bring ID (driver’s license, military ID or employee badge w/picture). Walk-ins welcome. Sunset Foods, 1127 Church St., Northbrook; 847-562-1400; lifesource.org (sponsor code NV32) CAPLC “Why I Walk/Run” Fundraiser May 4, 9am. Features a 7K (4.3mile) run/ walk. Registration required. 1200 Glen Flora Ave., Waukegan; 847-249-4330; whyiwalk-run.org. CASA Lake County Spring Gala May 4, 6pm. “Seeds of Hope” features host Micah Materre of WGN-TV, cocktails and dinner, live entertainment, dancing and both silent and live auctions. Registration required. $350, $3,500/table of 10. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; 847-383-6260x217; casalakecounty.com. Midwest CareCenter Care Affair May 4. Features signature cocktails, the City Lights Orchestra, auctions and more. Cocktail attire. Registration required. $225. Hilton Orrington; 1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston; 847-556-1778; carecenter.org. Northbrook “Taste of Asia” Festival May 5, 12:30-3:30pm. Enjoy art exhibitions and demos, music and dance performances, and a variety of dishes. North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road; 847-664-4017. “Shoot for Steiner” Free Throw Contest May 5, 1-4pm. This event benefits OLPH graduate Patrick Stein, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2010. Registration required. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove St., Glenview; 847-7745993; shootforsteiner.weebly.com. Museum of Contemporary Art Luncheon and Juried Craft Show May 7, 11am. The North Shore Affiliate of the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts this event. Bryn Mawr Country Club, 6600 N. Crawford Ave., Lincolnwood; 847-831-4184.
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Understand The New Maps May 15, 1-2pm. Cartographer and educator Valerie Krejcie guides you thru the new technological maps – from Google Earth to GPS. $8/M, $10/NM. Morton Grove Campus. Wildflower Walk in Linne Woods May 16, 1-2:30pm. Experience the beauty of Linne Forest Preserve with Master Gardener and Naturalist Marion Thill. Dress for the weather. $6/M, $9/NM. Classical Piano Concert May 17, 2-3pm. Pianist and former Northbrook mayor Mark Damisch previews his upcoming tour of Scandinavia and Russia. Selections include Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Copeland and Debussy. $10/M, $12/NM. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; nssc.org. CALENDAR, PAGE 5 Improv All Stars, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and desserts, fine wines, and a silent auction and raffle. Registration required. $75. Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest; ashowofsupport.com.
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American Cancer Society Walk & Roll May 18, 9am. Choose from a five-mile walk, 10-mile skate or 15-mile bike ride. $15 admission for ages 18 and up. Independence Grove, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville; 847-317-0025; walkroll.org. JDRF Research Update and Product Expo May 18, 12:30-4pm. Features research/ information volunteer Bill Sargent and exercise physiologist Michelle Adams. Registration recommended. $15. Mallinckrodt Center, 1041 Ridge Road, Wilmette; 847-338-2634; type1diabeteslounge.org. Evanston Art Center Spring Benefit May 18, 6:30-11pm. Enjoy cocktails, dinner and a live auction including works by area artists. An opening reception takes place at 1pm April 28. Registration required. $100, $65/ages 35 and under. 2603 Sheridan Road; 847-475-5300; evanstonartcenter.org. Chicago Botanic Garden Landscape Architecture Exhibition Thru May 19. “Historic Landscapes: Architectural Designs in Print” provides a glimpse into the evolution of landscape architecture. Explore 17th, 18th and 19th century engravings depicting French formal gardens, playful English gardens and more. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; 847-8358201; chicagobotanic.org. North Shore Real Estate Seminars Wednesdays, 3-4pm. Learn about the current North Shore real estate market with Tanya Vovk. Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe; 847-409-5526.
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FAMILY Reduce, Reuse, Recycle April 28, 10-11:30am. Learn about recycling and sustainability. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $8/R, $10/NR. Sportskids Archery April 30-June 4 (Tue) and May 2-June 6 (Thu). Times are 5-5:50pm (ages 7-13) and 6-6:50pm (ages 6-adult). Learn the basics of a recurve bow in this nationally recognized safety program. Blunt-tipped arrows, bows and targets provided. Registration required. $66/R, $82.50/NR (ages 7-13); $99/R, $123.75/NR (ages 6-adult). Johns Park.
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Golf and Paddle Grand Opening May 4, 10am-2pm. The new golf and paddle tennis facility includes a 2,600 square-foot clubhouse with pro shop, elevated paddle court viewing area, food and beverage service and an outdoor patio overlooking the ninth green. Glenviewpaddle.com. Free Bird Walk May 5, 9-11am. Bring bird field guides and binoculars and dress for the weather. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Tyner Interpretive Center. Mother-Daughter Jewelry Boutique May 9, 6-7:15pm. Design necklaces and bracelets to exchange. A special treat is provided. $35/resident pair, $43.75/NR pair. Ages 3-10. Fun Friday Ceramics May 10-24, 7-10pm. Kids and parents may try their hand at the potter’s wheel. Registration required. $28/R, $35/NR. Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch May 12, 9:30am and 12pm. Enjoy a lavish prime rib and champagne brunch buffet. Registration required. $27.95, $13.95/ages 5-10, $6.95/ages 2-4 (tax inclusive, gratuity added). The Café, Glenview Park Golf Club. Ice Show Tickets May 15, 17-19, 6:30pm (Wed, Fri, Sat) and 2pm (Sun). See the 40th annual show, “Hollywood, Skate of Fame.” $6. ADULTS Wagner Farm Volunteer Meeting April 24, 7pm. Featuring Orion Samuelson of WGN Radio 720, who also signs his new book. Registration required. Northshore Baconfest April 27, 5-8pm. Featuring live music from Bucky Halker, a cash bar and unique baconrelated merchandise. Registration required. $45. Northshorebaconfest.com. Wagner Farm. Adult Indoor Tennis Leagues Fall indoor leagues are organized in May
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Men’s Book Club April 23, 10am. “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” by Jon Meacham.
Women’s Only Triathlon Training April 30-July 27, 6:30-8:30pm (Tue) and 6:30-8:30am (Sat). Registration required. $385/R, $485/NR. Ages 16 and up.
The Waa-Mu Show at Northwestern University May 5, 12:30-4:45pm. “Waa-Mu 2013: Flying Home: Down the Rabbit Hole, Over the Rainbow and Straight on Till Morning,” imagines a world in which Wonderland, Oz and Neverland collide. $30/senior center members.
Your Vegetable Garden Series May 11, 9-11am. Learn the principles of organic gardening. Registration required. $15/R, $18.75/NR. Ages 16 and up. Wagner Farm. Ladies Tea May 11, 11:30am-2:30pm. Enjoy a light tea luncheon in the dining room of the historic 1856 Kennicott House, featuring storyteller Debi Gajewski. Hats are provided. $25/R, $31.25/NR. Ages 16 and up. The Grove. CHILDREN Mystical Magic April 23, 4-4:55pm. Tricks feature cards, ropes, coins and mind-reading. All materials provided. $20/R, $25/NR. Ages 5-12. Dining Dynamics May 9 and 16, 5-7pm. Learn the proper way to eat each course, what to do with napkins, formal and informal table settings and more. Registration required. $67/R, $83.75/NR. Grades 4-8 (May 9) and K-3 (May 16). SENIORS Woodcarving April 22, 1-3pm. Members do carvings of their choice.
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Glenview Public Library ADULTS Telephone and Utility Bill Clinic April 23, 1-2:30pm. The Citizen’s Utility Board staff reviews bills and offers advice. Couponing 101 April 23, 7pm. Maximize your savings onsite or online. Registration required. Small Business Tips April 25, 7-8pm. Mike Sullivan of SCORE reveals little-known insights.
Mother’s Day Make It and Take It May 10, 10am-1pm. Kids with parent/ caregiver are invited to make a special Mother’s Day craft. TEENS The Next Step April 24, 5-6pm. Tom Lydon of the Illinois Comptroller’s Consumer Affairs Department, engages high school teens and their parents in conversation regarding financial needs and desires. Registration required by April 22. Grades 9-12. CHILDREN Save the Frogs Day April 27, 9:30-10:30am or 11am-12pm. Wear green in support of our amphibious friends. Wildlife educator/author Randy Korb thrills kids with amazing facts and hands-on experience. Registration required. Flight-to-Fun Kids Club: Bike Glenview Craft May 4, 10:30-11:30am. Ride into spring with Make-a-Messterpiece. Ages 2-6. The Book Market at Hangar One. Water Safety Show May 5, 2-2:45pm. Sammy Starfish, Gilbert Guppy and Timmy Tadpole introduce kids to the Safer 3: Safer Water, Safer Kids and Safer Response. Preschoolers and up.
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How to Prepare Children for the Loss of a Loved One Many children will experience the death of a loved one before reaching adulthood. Grandparents, aunts, uncles or even a parent may pass away while the child is still young. In some instances, the death of a loved one may occur suddenly. However, in the case of an elderly grandparent, impending death may be a process that provides children and Dr. Michael Clatch their families the ability to grieve before the loved one dies. Regardless of the way in which the loss of a loved one occurs, the situation will have significant implications for the emotional health of the child. As such, parents and caregivers must be aware of these issues and respond to them in a manner that facilitates coping and healing. Preparing children for the death of a loved one can be a challenging process; one that requires caregivers to understand how children comprehend and respond to death and loss. In helping prepare children for the loss of a loved one, parents and caregivers must take into consideration two pertinent variables: the age of the child and the family environment. In general, the age of the child at the time of the loved one’s death will impact how the child perceives the situation and how he or she responds. While the child age will have implications for the child’s response to a loss, all caregivers should consider the family environment to recognize that support provided to a child at any stage in development can be helpful for improving
coping and healing. Although a basic foundation for love and support will be essential to helping children prepare for the impending death and loss of a loved one who is still alive, as well as the sudden loss of someone important to them, the type of support and communication provided by caregivers should be contingent upon the age and level of maturity of the child. With this in mind, here is some advice for helping children of different ages cope with and understand the loss of a loved one. Ages 2-4: Those in this age range will react more to the immediate loss of the loved one and reactions of others than to the reality that the loved one will never return. Children in this stage of development are not often able to comprehend what death means. Even though these children will feel a distinct loss, they may not understand their feelings. At this stage of development, caregivers need to reassure children that they will never be alone and will always have someone to love them, even though the deceased family member may not return. Ages 5-8: Children in this age group often have misconceptions about death and may believe that they are responsible for a loved one’s death. Caregivers need to reassure children that death is a natural process and one over which children do not have control. Honest answers about death will be important for children to grasp the concept and know that they are not responsible. Support and reassurance from family members will be needed on a continuing basis as children may take several months to process and understand the loss. Ages 9-12: Children between the ages of 9 and 12 have a concrete understanding of the finality of death. Because of this understanding and the emotional pain that accompanies the reality of the loss, children
Ballroom Dancing Not Just for the Stars A genuine social scene, without artificiality. A form of total-body exercise which is actually fun. Music and tunes for every palette. An activity for all ages, which can be flexibly integrated into one’s lifestyle to best fit one’s goals. Above all, an active art form that renders benefits to your whole person: body, mind and soul. Above above all, gorgeous men and sparkly shoes. Okay, just kidding on the last one. Seriously, this activity contributes to physical, mental and spiritual health in a way that few can. It is one activity that has changed my life. Ballroom dancing isn’t just for the stars – in fact, like anything, you’ll derive the most pleasure and benefits from it when it is not a “spectator sport.” You don’t have to come in waltzing like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire or bust moves like Madonna or Beyonce. You don’t need a partner to start lessons. You don’t even need 1,000 pairs of shoes. Yes,
you do need to invest some time, energy, and, if you wish to take formal lessons, money – and it’s an investment that is well worth it. If you don’t have the money just yet, start with a video and save for lessons. The Ballroom Dance Center in Northfield, under the new management of Sylvia Zawadzka, is one place I recommend for newcomers to start ballroom dance. Her studio embraces the activity at all levels – social, competitive, youth programs, choreography for special occasions – but stresses the community and personal enhancement aspects. Zawadzka’s approach is a flexible one that allows you to decide where you want ballroom dance to fit in your life, and for what motives, rather than a fiercely competitive model. If you do want to compete, you definitely can – she has
may choose not to talk about the issue and may instead grieve in silence and cope in their own unique way. Caregivers should not pressure children in this age group to talk about death or their feelings, rather they should allow the child space and freedom to raise the subject and then attempt to communicate about the issue. However, stay attuned to the child and give indirect support to keep them aware of your love and empathy for whatever they are feeling at the time. Teenagers: Due to their maturity, teenagers may question some of the larger issues involved in death, including a family’s religious faith. These larger issues will
provide the teen with an opportunity to understand death in a more abstract manner; one that may promote long-term resolve, greater understanding about life, and love and reassurance. A child’s age and level of maturity can serve as a guide for how best to reach your child and help him or her cope, adjust and grieve appropriately with the loss of a loved one. 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.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 1. Senior residents of the Covenant Village of Northbrook have raised money thru their annual Holly Fair for the past 18 years. Holly Fair chairman Peg Sickeler and Covenant Village Residents’ Council President Nina Fockens recently presented approximately $10,000 to the Northbrook Fire Department, Police Department, Public Library and Northfield Township Food Pantry during a luncheon held at the Covenant Village Bistro. “We receive so much from our Northbrook community, and this was a way to say ‘thank you’ for the wonderful services that they give us,” said Sickeler. 2. Actor and philanthropist Ben Stiller has donated his time to the Giving Gala Auction, taking place April 21 at the Country Club of Highland Park and benefiting the Highland Park/Highwood Rotary Scholarship program. The winning
recipient will attend the red carpet worldpremiere of FOX Studio’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” meet and have their photo taken with Stiller and receive two invitations to the official afterparty. “Giving back is what Rotary is all about and Mr. Stiller is a significant part of the equation,” said Highland Park/Highwood Publicity Director Dawn LoCascio. 3. 32 area teachers were recently announced as finalists for the 2013 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, including Eugene Chung (Deerfield High School), Mike Piskel (Glenbrook North), Welfang Wang (Highland Park) and Greg Wojcik (Glenbrook South). Recipients are announced in May, and receive a tuitionfree, spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University, $3,000 cash and Fellowship in the Golden Apple Academy of Educators.
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Head to Northern Ohio for a Great Summer Getaway Trade the “three Rs” of school for their vacation equivalent – roller coasters, rock n’ roll and rainforest – this summer in northern Ohio, all within a day’s drive from Chicago. Home to 15 “high” to “aggressive” rated thrill roller coasters, family-friendly entertainment and a scenic beach, Cedar Point is a destination all by itself. Located on Lake Erie Jodie Jacobs near Toledo (244 miles) but considered part of the Sandusky area (302 miles), the high-energy stop opens on May 11. However, the Cleveland Zoo’s Elephant Crossing and Rainforest, along with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s special Rolling Stones exhibition and museum of Beatles, Elvis, U2 and other famed musicians’ exhibits, make Cleveland (348 miles) a best-kept-secret vacation destination. Cedar Point West of Sandusky, the 364-acre amusement park boasts thrill and family rides, shows and a museum – more than enough to justify staying overnight. Check into the century-old Hotel Breakers for its beach, historic atmosphere and early entry into the amusement park. Guests get to enter the park an hour before it opens to the public. “GateKeeper,” the park’s newest ride, is a wing coaster that has riders feeling as if they’ve taken ﬂight. Seats are suspended from a car on the track, so there is nothing
but gawkers below the seats. Located over the gate, the ride does six inversions and rolls through the two keyholes. Take a mid-afternoon break to relax on the beach and enjoy a yummy cone or sundae in the Breakers’ 1950s-style ice cream parlor. Then, return to the park to do the rides at night. Cedarpoint.com. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Museum If going to Cleveland from Cedar Point, take Ohio Highway 2 until it joins scenic United States Highway 6, or further east when it joins Interstate 90. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Museum is on the city’s Lake Erie waterfront at North Harbor. No matter how much time you leave for the place, you will need more or want to return. The building is a photo op, but wait until you see all the spectacular collections inside. Around every corner is another music icon, complete with instruments, costumes, history and Grammy info. There’s the story behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album, nearly 70 Beatles artifacts, a historic look at Elvis – including TV appearances – and Bono’s ﬁrst guitar. Also look for rock n’ roll’s roots at the R&B, Gospel, Country Folk/Bluegrass and Blues exhibits. In addition, there are interactive stations and ﬁlms. You can ﬁnd a convenient downtown place to stay and save some vacation dollars with a Hall of Fame package at Preferred Hotels. Rockhall.com; visitrockhall.com. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Get up close, but not personal, with elephants at the Elephant Crossing. Opened in 2011, the ﬁve-acre elephant habitat features glass windows. While in Africa, check giraffe
Wrapped Asparagus an Appetizing Option Okay, it’s time to step up your game. This issue, we’re going to take on an item that works both on the family dinner table and as an appetizer for the gourmet crowd. I’ll also give you a great homemade dough to use for lots of other stuff. You can thank me later!
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The Dough 2 tbsp active dry yeast 1½ cups warm water 4 cups bread ﬂour 4 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp salt 4 tsp sugar
The Asparagus Marinade 24 asparagus spears ¼ cup olive oil 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 oz poppy seeds (for later use)  In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast, water and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the ﬂour, olive oil, salt and yeast mixture, and mix until dough is stiff.  Cover, and place in non heated oven, and allow to rise for about two hours. It will double in size.  Separate ⅓ of the dough, and place on ﬂoured surface.  Save remaining dough for use as pizza crust, or maybe even ﬂatbread basted with garlic, butter and Parmesan.  Roll out the ⅓ hunk of dough into about a 9 x 13” sized rectangle.  Cut dough into 12 strips length-wise. Then make one cut sideways to
have 24 strips. Set aside and keep covered.  Blanch asparagus. Set aside.  Mix the ingredients for the asparagus marinade (minus asparagus). Marinate the asparagus in mixture for no more than one hour.  Heat oven to 400. Remove asparagus from marinade, and pat dry.  Wrap each spear with one strip of dough, in a spiral from bottom to top. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds, and bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve either hot or at room temperature. Chef Kim Bisk and her husband Ellory own and operate Kim & Ellory’s Kitchen – providing personal chef and catering services to northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. They offer everything from large event catering to in-home gourmet dinners. Visit them at kimandellory.com.
Get some face time with giraffes and other animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. feeding times at the African Savanna. You might have a chance to feed a giraffe at its eye level between Memorial and Labor Day. To experience a tropical forest, stop in at the two-story Rainforest building, where a 25foot waterfall greets visitors near the entrance and orangutans watch visitors from upstairs. Visit Australia’s “Outback” by the Boomerang train. Then, stop to see the zoo’s annual animatronic dinosaurs that return May 9. The Cleveland Zoo is south of downtown
between I-90 and Interstate 480. Clemetzoo.com. For more Cleveland info, visit the Positively Cleveland website. Positivelycleveland.com. Jodie Jacobs is a veteran journalist who loves traveling. A long-time contributor to the Chicago Tribune, she blogs at travelsmartwithjodie.com and can be reached at email@example.com.
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School Happenings Highland Wrestlers Place at State Five wrestlers at Highland Middle School in Libertyville competed on the state level last month, with two eighth-graders placing in their weight classes. Paddy Potts placed third in the 100-lb. weight class in state, while Jackson Damenti placed fourth in the 126lb. class. Other HMS wrestlers competing at Northern Illinois University on the state level included Tyler Padilla, Dylan Ledman and Jake DeBruler. Coaches this year were physical education teacher Rob Rajcevich, teacher Shane Crown and business partner Adam Kimpler. Dist. 30 Receives Bright Red Apple Award Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 is the recipient of the 2013 Bright Red Apple Award for educational excellence. District 30 was chosen by SchoolSearch as one of only 78 Illinois School Districts out of 866 districts to be honored. The award is based on five key factors: Academic Performance, Pupil/Teacher Ratio, Expenditure Per Pupil, Educational Level of Teachers and Average Teacher Salary. NWEA MAP Testing Begins Northwest Evaluation Association’s (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing is administered to first through eighth grade students at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools from April 22-May 10. This is a nationally normed, criterion referenced, multiple-choice, electronically administered and scored achievement test designed to measure growth in student learning. The MAP achievement test assesses students’ reading, language usage, and mathematics knowledge and skills. Data
gathered provides teachers and parents with student growth and achievement information. For more info, call 847-498-4190. Join the Maple School Spring Concert Maple School’s band director Jeffrey Jay is looking for community members of all ages to participate in the annual intergenerational Spring Concert, taking place at 7pm April 30 at 2370 Shermer Road in Northbrook. This is the eighth year in a row that Maple’s spring concert has incorporated the intergenerational theme. For more info, call 847-400-8936. Willowbrook’s Father/Son Fun-A-Palooza From 7 to 8:30pm May 10, fathers and sons at Willowbrook School in Glenview will enjoy “Fun-A-Palooza,” featuring speed pitch, skee roll, ring toss, karaoke, temporary tattoos, concessions and more. Early admission is $20 for father/son pairs, and $8 for each additional child ($25/$10 at the door). For more info, visit district30.org.
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I moved from rural Pennsylvania to Chicago in search of love and adventure. What I didn’t expect to find was home. I must admit, I’m a runaway. Not from home, but from an old life that just wasn’t working anymore. At the ripe old age of 45, I decided it was high time I had an adventure – so I spun a bottle and it landed on Chicago. I’m not sure what I expected from the Windy City. The only big city I’d ever been to was New York – dirty, grimy...amazing. What I found here was completely different, though no less amazing. I found a beautiful skyline, clean streets and the ‘L.’ My Metra and ‘L’ experience is a story unto itself, but suffice it to say I was super proud of myself for navigating both and found the people to be extremely kind and helpful. A college friend of mine used to work for the Chicago Trolley Company and was more than happy to oblige me with a tour. I was overwhelmed by the Rookery Building, set in the financial district and one of the most historically significant buildings in Chicago. I learned that it is universally considered an architectural masterpiece. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life – stunning. Knowing what a coffee fiend I am, I was taken to Millennium Park solely to see Cloud Gate, or the “Bean.” In my mind, it was the epitome of coffee culture and worth all 50 pictures I posted to Facebook saying, “I’ve found the mothership!” I do have to say I was properly impressed with the rest of the park itself. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion was a fantastic example of art and architecture and I can’t wait to attend one of the many concerts and cultural events held there. My eyes must have been as big as saucers as I was escorted from scenic Lake Michigan (what do you mean there’s no salt in it?), to Willis Tower – the tallest building in the world from 1973-1978. Then it was on to Giordano’s for the best pizza I’ve ever had. This country gal was hooked.
After such a whirlwind tour, I did have to find myself a place to live. Although enamored with the city, I’d found a job as a nanny in the suburbs, or Chicagoland as you all like to call it. Enter Libertyville. I had dreamed my whole life of living in small town Americana – always plotting a way to find that town with the perfect mix of restaurants, nightlife, boutiques and culture. That is exactly what I found in Libertyville, from the delicious cupcakes at Lovin’ Oven Cakery to the amazing hand crafted beers at Mickey Finn’s Brewery. I arrived just in time for the final weeks of the Farmer’s Market, where I found tons of organic food and cheeses. From where I lived, I could walk a few short blocks and be in my version of heaven. The shopkeepers were lovely, and when they found out I’d just moved here, welcomed me warmly. It wasn’t long until I ventured out on my own and found other adorable towns like Highland Park, where I found an amazing shop called My Best Friend’s Closet – an upscale resale boutique on Green Bay Road. Not to mention Anthropologie, my favorite store of all time. By that time it was Christmas, and the ice sculptures were being carved for all to admire. I found hot chocolate and even made s’mores in a little oven set up in the street. Sigh. In the ensuing year, I’ve visited many more sights and had many more adventures. I’ve taken up biking and love riding along the Des Plaines River Trail. We don’t have connecting trails like that back in PA. I’ve embraced the culture of the Midwest and have even started talking with a hard “a”... like how you say the “Paaackers.” In short, I’ve found lovely things to see, do, and people to love and who love me back. I may have been born and bred in Pennslyvania, but I’ve found home here. Contributed by Karen Fackler. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Six Steps to Prep Your Car for Summer Spring is here, and now is the time to prepare your family vehicle for the summer. Since vehicles have become more fuelefficient and airline prices have increased, it is an ideal time to drive to your summer vacation destination. Getting your vehicle ready for summer is just as important as getting it ready for winter. Here are some recommendations. Change the engine oil and filter if you haven’t in the past three months. This is the most important maintenance procedure in keeping your vehicle in top running condition. Check the tire pressure and look for any unusual wear or damage. Proper tire condition and air pressure is not only one of the most important safety concerns, but also has a big effect on your vehicle’s gas mileage. Inspect the battery, and clean and tighten the terminals. Batteries are expensive, so get the most from the one you have.
your vehicle, contact your local new car dealer or local car shop. They will be happy to answer any of your questions concerning your vehicle and might even have something new for you to look at. When you take your vehicle in for an oil change, many new car dealers, or local shops, will offer a 16-point or 23-point vehicle checkup at no charge. These inspections include the six items listed, and in addition, they will make a visual inspection of hoses and belts. The 23-point inspection adds the checking of front and rear brakes, suspension shocks/struts and exhaust. The advantage of having this done at your dealership is that the inspection will be performed by a factory-certified technician. Local shops use ASE certified technicians, which maintains an excellent level of service. Nobody knows your vehicle better than the dealer you bought it from. Contributed by Jim Moyer of Fields Auto. Visit online at fieldsauto.com.
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Automakers Eager to Keep Buyers Loyal in 2013 Automakers understand how vital your loyalty is to their profitability and stability. Of course, they hope youâ€™ll be happy enough with your current vehicle to want to buy another, but they also know that monetary persuasion works quite well. Baby boomers may remember when the big three Detroit automakers accounted for the bulk of U.S. auto sales. For decades, loyal owners were strongly committed to their favorite auto brands. The pride of owning Detroit automobiles was part of our heritage and a reflection of supporting our country. In the early 1960s, there were few foreign autos in the U.S. and those were primarily European imports. American cars were large because bigger was better and advertising projected the notion that owning them mirrored oneâ€™s success. The 1970s energy crisis shook the American auto industry. Oil embargos and rising gas prices spurred an influx of foreign imports into the U.S. market mostly from Japan. Americans wanted smaller and more fuelefficient cars. U.S. automakers were unprepared and unable to react to this sudden change in demand. The big three ultimately lost huge market share due to their lack of relevant products, questionable build quality and higher production costs. Fast forward to 2013, where the landscape of the U.S. market is highly diverse and more competitive than ever. Automakers are offering a dizzying array of new vehicles of the best build quality ever. As a result, brand loyalty has suffered. According to Polk, average brand loyalty was only 48 percent in 2012, meaning that more than half of all new vehicle buyers changed brands last year. In order to survive in this highly competitive environment, manufacturers must prevent current owners
of these incentives to watch for before considering your next car: Owner Loyalty Rebates. The most commonly used incentive that rewards current owners with additional cash if they purchase or lease a new vehicle from that manufacturer again. Lease Loyalty Cash. An additional cash amount applied toward the lease of a new car for customers currently leasing any brand of vehicle. Conquest Cash. An additional cash amount applied toward the purchase or lease of a new vehicle to owners of specific competitive brands. Targeted Market Offers. Exclusive rebate certificates mailed to individuals in targeted market areas or specific brand owners. Lease Pull Ahead Offers. Early lease termination offers that waive the remaining payments on a current lease when the customer leases a new vehicle. Affinity Rebates. Additional rebates to members of certain groups, such as Professional Realtors, Farm Bureau, or AARP members.
from defecting to other brands, and work hard to capture more sales from competitive brands. With forecasters predicting that pent-up demand will fuel a steady rise in new vehicle sales, customer retention becomes more
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Contributed by Gary Eisenstein, a third generation veteran of the auto business. Eisenstein was a new car dealer for 30 years before founding Better Auto Buying, a service that utilizes his expertise to help consumers make successful vehicle purchases. He serves as an independent auto consultant, consumer advocate and professional wholesale buyer. Email garye@betterautobuying or visit online at betterautobuying.com.
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Ravinia Area Welcomes New Merlo’s It’s tucked into a small strip center, next to a dry cleaner and almost hidden from the shops and traffic along the busy street. So it was somewhat surprising to find a restaurant with the mojo of Merlo’s in a location usually occupied by fastfood and chop suey joints. The dining diamond in the retail rough seems as trendy in Highland Park as it would be in Lincoln Park. Chuck Pecoraro With a nondescript storefront facade and no glaring signage, it appears unpretentious, offering no clue of what to expect. Step inside, however, and there are turn-ons at every turn. Simplicity trumps shtick in the cozy, 75seat room. The bistro-inspired ambiance is anchored by a breakfront that separates the tables from the bar. Seating is tight; accents include black-and-white photos of Italian scenes. A cool sidewalk patio will debut as soon as the weather cooperates. The man behind the name is John Merlo, who returned to his north suburban roots following successful runs with Avenue M and Bacchus in Chicago. In October, he took over the space formerly known as Valle D’Itria. Merlo envisioned a small Ravinia neighborhood restaurant featuring the sights, sounds and flavors of the “old country.” To help express his concept, he brought in Andrew D’Amore as manager and Joe Farina
– who previously cooked for Ballo and the Rosebud Group – as chef. Currently, there’s a three-week wait for a Saturday dinner reservation. The menu, augmented by a chalkboard of daily specials, balances Italian classics with recipes dating back to Farina’s nonna (grandmother) and the proprietor’s childhood favorites. Merlo’s makes a persuasive Italian statement when, as soon as you’re seated, your server brings a complimentary cup of warm marinara sauce dusted with Parmesan cheese. Tear off a chunk of crusty bread, dip it in the deep, rich gravy and you’ll savor an old country antipasto right out of Nonna’s cookbook. Another appetizer rarely found on Italian menus is Brussels Sprouts, usually served as a side dish. Here, the little cabbage-like veggies are roasted to a delicate crispness and stimulated with bacon, capers, shaved red onion, Parmesan and drizzle of lemon that tempers the sprouts’ semi-bitter character. Grandma’s influence also shows up among the pasta with a dish titled Nonna’s Gravy. Grooved rigatoni noodles form a flavorful foundation for crushed tomatoes and slowcooked pot roast spiked with red wine. Pasta with pot roast? It’s one more example of the kitchen’s ingenuity in putting new twists on old dishes. Nothing new, but lots to like in the Orecchiette, as the ear-shaped pasta is tossed with sausage, chard-like rapini, garlic and olive oil. It’s a flourish of flavors you won’t easily forget. Likewise easy to recall is the Baked Salmon, the fish of the day on the night we
Nonna’s Gravy pairs rigatoni noodles with slow-cooked pot roast for a new taste twist. were there. No frills, nothing fancy – just a thick slab of pristine-fresh salmon cooked just right to retain the distinct flavor and moistness, with a side of sauteed vegetables and stimulating balsamic-based dip. The comfort food caravan continues with a trifecta of – take your pick – Chicken, Veal or Eggplant Parmesan. Each is lightly breaded, layered with mozzarella and marinara, and baked until it oozes with great flavor. Merlo’s puts out a pretty good pizza as well. The 12-inch pies are baked in a bricklined oven at 700 degrees – perfect for a thin, soft crust that cradles the cheese, sausage, prosciutto, arugula, whatever. Desserts may sound common, but the Tiramisu and Cannoli we tasted were a notch above most of the others out there. Especially the tiramisu – luscious layers of
ladyfingers, mascarpone and cocoa powder laced with liqueur. Premium Ily coffee assures a happy ending. Respected domestic and international labels dominate the wine list. Service is alert, attentive and amiable. Merlo’s, 581 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park; 847-266-0600; merlosrestaurant.com. Entrees: $12-$25 Appetizers, salads, sweets and sides: $5-$14 Pizza: $12 Tidbits: Dinner only, every night. Lunch starting in early May. Carryouts and delivery. Parties up to 30. Street parking. Reservations suggested. Contact restaurant/food writer Chuck Pecoraro at email@example.com.
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WH! What is the difference between a magic trick and an illusion? IA: A magic trick is almost like a stunt and an illusion is a bit more elaborate. An illusion, to me, has a storyline, meaning, depth and humanity in it.
WH! Do you have advice for a young person interested in magic? IA: Be yourself and be different. Magic has more amateurs who just dabble than pros. The pros study the art (and its) past history, and try to bring something (new) to the table.
WH! In your show “Intimate Illusions,” you perform your own material. How do you come up with these ideas? IA: It can come from me taking my kids to a deli and I happen to see something on the wall. I’ll think, “Wow, what a great idea for an illusion.” It could come from someone making a suggestion and me elaborating on it, or from reading things outside of magic. I go, “You know, what a great idea to do an illusion wrapped around the mystery that surrounds the Mona Lisa.”
WH! What got you interested in magic? IA: I was 5 and my family was having a party. One guest had dabbled in magic. I remember after one trick (thinking), “Wow! I want to do this!” He said to me, “You’ll never be able to do this.” And I thought, “You don’t get it. I’m an only child; I have plenty of time.” I think within a week I was doing all of the stuff he was doing. I started going into the magic store after school. I couldn’t afford to buy all the books I wanted, so they’d let me go behind the counter and read. Before you knew it, I was demonstrating magic. I just wanted to be there and learn about everything.
WH! So is that where the storytelling aspect of your show comes in? IA: Yes, the storytelling aspect is primarily me creating a storyline that makes the audience understand why I’m doing an illusion – gives it meaning. So you don’t think, “Why is he swallowing a shot glass full of needles?” I tell the story of how Houdini used to swallow a two-and-a-half-inch piece of steel – to later use to escape jail. I’m going to demonstrate onstage what he did, except I’ve upgraded it today by swallowing 75 tailor pins. WH! Why did you decide to perform amongst the audience instead of from a stage? IA: I chose to use a room that seats only about 100 people, because it’s a special and intimate experience. Most people will never get a chance to see this level of illusion and show in this intimate and luxurious a setting. There’s a concert cellist, so it really brings it to another level – like when royalty would bring in entertainment into their palaces.
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WH! Who do you practice your illusions on? IA: Actually, I don’t practice on anyone. I have a good sense of how audiences think and what they’re looking for. I know what will hit them hard, and then I just rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. WH! Is there audience participation? IA: Tons – that’s what people love about the show. Their decisions (determine) which direction my show goes – then it makes it even more impossible when the illusion turns out. WH! When did you get the idea that you could make a career out of magic? IA: I never really said, “This is how I’m going to make my living.” I’ve done it almost my entire life and I just kept on doing it. I was a single guy, right out of college. I decided I’m not really into working for an advertising company – the only person who can starve is me – so I’m going to give this a shot. I worked in a restaurant and did magic for (patrons), then before you know it, I was doing corporate events. I never really thought about not being able to do it; I just did it.
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WH! You’re self-taught? IA: Yes. I started learning I could take techniques, concepts, and I could morph them into other illusions. I basically learned a huge foundation and then started branching out, doing techniques that have never been published – I’ve created my own techniques. WH! Mother’s Day is coming up – does your mom have a favorite illusion? IA: I think she likes (the one) where I talk about miracles. I explain that there was a man who walked the earth over 2,000 years ago (performing) miracles. He was able to change water to wine. A guest holds a large wine glass filled with water, then I cover the glass with a black cloth – when I remove the cloth, it’s red wine. Then I say he was able to create life, and blow soap bubbles in the air. I catch (them) in my hand and drop in goldfish until there’s more than 30 swimming in the glass. WH! Tell us more about your cellist in red. IA: I perform at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel where “Pretty Woman” was filmed. My wife, who helps me decorate, thought it would be great to have this beautiful, elegant red dress as part of the show as sort of an homage. The cello is, in my opinion, a very sexy instrument. It has deep sounds, almost any sound you want to make – it can even make cackling noises. I just didn’t think any other instrument would accompany the show better. WH! What else would you like us to know? IA: That the show has meaning – it’s not what most people stereotypically think a magic show is. I’m not just juggling things – I’m telling you about my life and what I’ve learned, (sharing) it with you in a way that is going to probably fry your brain at the end. I want you to learn something and have a great time in the process. Amodei performs April 26 and 27 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. For information and tickets, visit ivanamodei.com. Contributed by Carrie Levi
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CONVERSATIONS IN COMMERCE
Sherry Levin and Dawn Pye, Co-Owners of Highland Park’s Style Shack inspires us. If we are on a trip, we snap away at images that enhance our creative concepts. By capturing images and sending them back and forth to one another, we’ve acquired some of our best product lines and developed innumerable business projects.
Nestled in downtown Highland Park and stocked with hidden treasures from around the globe, Style Shack is small in square footage but huge in style. The store is adorned with some of the most distinctive and hard to find gift, accessory and home decor items that radiate luxury with moderate prices. It’s not just the ever-changing unique merchandise that keeps the clientele coming back to Style Shack – the personal service and warm vibe in the store give customers a sense that they are not just shopping, they are guests in a home filled with little luxuries. Style Shack also relocated to 1839 Second St. in Highland Park earlier this month. Style Shack’s enhanced concept will include home decor accents to complement its current range of fashion jewelry, accessories and reception gifts. The high-style venue will provide a fresh, elegant backdrop for stylish entertaining pieces and the latest home decor trends. WH! The one business tool – Blackberry, Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn, etc. – I can’t live without is: SS: The one business tool we cannot live without is the iPhone. We use our phones to take photos of anything and everything that
WH! What life or work experience taught you a valuable lesson? SS: Sherry Levin’s prior work experience with a Hispanic Special Event Company afforded many valuable lessons, including one of patience and determination. “My boss started his business from the ground up. He began by throwing parties in his basement then graduated to rental halls. Ultimately, my employer became the largest Latino promoter of special events in the country producing concerts in venues such as Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. He started small, but his steadfast determination took him to the top of his industry.” Dawn Pye grew up on a farm 90 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa. Throughout her childhood, Dawn was privileged to witness her father manufacturing cane furniture on the premises. Her mother operated a bed and breakfast resort that her family owned for generations. “I was raised in a very hospitable environment. Our home was always filled with guests and we would entertain them regularly in our tea garden. I loved being surrounded by vintage accents and I believe that my childhood experiences inspired my love of beautiful homes and attractive landscapes.” WH! How did you get your start in this business? SS: Dawn and Sherry met in the aisle of the Craftwood Hardware store 12 years ago. They
became instant friends after realizing how much they had in common. Despite the fact that both grew up on different sides of the world, they had many of the same interests. What brought each to Craftwood that day was the love of a good D.I.Y. project. Dawn made beaded jewelry and sold it at local fairs and to retailers throughout Chicagoland. Sherry’s start began from a “shopping spree gone wild” out of town. “The Dining Room Jewelry Collection” began shortly after at the Levins. Once we realized that we could be more productive by joining forces, we swapped merchandise and shared booths at many community events. Eventually, we set up “Open Wednesdays” at home. Guests who came to buy on Wednesday morning were always invited to stay for lunch at noon. It was a commercial but always social affair. After 2½ years in the basement, it was time to set up shop at 447 Central Ave. in Highland Park. The space had been vacant for a while and the City of Highland Park was willing to give us a one-year lease. It seemed feasible and worth a try. We’ve been at 447 Central for the past three years and now look forward to our (new home at) 1839 Second St. WH! What innovations or new ideas has your business given to the community? SS: For the last five years, we’ve created a community among our customers. In appreciation of their business and dedication to a myriad of charitable causes, Style Shack is creating “Caring Coffee.” Each morning we will offer free coffee to those who stop in. There will be no fee, but a donation will be gladly accepted and 100 percent put toward the designated non-profit of choice for the month.
WH! What’s your favorite part of your business? SS: Hands down, a trusting partner who believes in your skills and creativity. As friends and business partners, we’ve taken some fabulous trips, met fascinating people, learned from talented artists and laughed a tremendous amount! Isn’t it all about having fun? WH! What’s the next technological innovation to change the way we all do business? SS: When you say your first hello and present a business card, you’re offering up a little piece of yourself, but with an NFC card, it can be a great big piece. NFC Cards by U.S. Moo are business cards with technology chips embedded inside. When it’s touched to a smartphone, the chip asks the phone to do something: perhaps download your portfolio, play music or video, load web pages, maps or apps, or save your contact details. The possibilities are endless. These interactive cards will enable retailers to link to our customers more directly with greater access to merchandise and services. Our suppliers will also be able to get to know our retail needs in greater detail. Overall, it should enhance the personal relationship we strive to build with our Style Shack community. For more information, visit moo.com. WH! What non-work related items do you have on your desk or wall? SS: A cool quote from Leonardo Da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” 1839 Second St., Highland Park; 847-579-4525; styleshackgifts.com.
D.H. Mattix Gallery Opens at Renaissance Place Renaissance Place in Highland Park is the new home for D.H. Mattix Gallery. The retail gallery offers original oils and mixed-media works by world-renowned artists, original art glass, handcrafted boutique items, sculptures, decorative home accessories and unique gifts for all occasions and seasons. “We carry unique gift items that are in the $5 to $10 range, all the way up to the $5,000 art piece,” says owner Lane Mattix. “So there’s literally something for everyone.” Integrated with the gallery are Mattix’s interior styling services, including visiting a client’s home and selecting paint combinations, furniture and accessories. 1849 Green Bay Road, Suite 112; 847-681-0012; dhmattixgallery.com. Northbrook FASTSIGNS Named Among the Top Centers Countrywide FASTSIGNS of Northbrook, owned by Tom and Deborah Castino, recently received the
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Examining the Economic Outlook Since the financial crisis in 2008, the economy has been swinging between expansion and contraction. While a recession isn’t imminent, another mild downturn may be. The National Bureau of Economic Research – the “official” arbiter of economic cycles – is intentionally vague about its recession dating criteria. The consensus of private economists is that the Committee focuses upon Industrial Production, Real Personal Income (excluding transfer payments, e.g., Social Security), Employment and Real Retail Sales (as a proxy for Real Manufacturing and Trade Sales). All four of the time series show that the economy is slowly expanding. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index actually shows that the economy is growing slightly faster than its historic trend. Most economists think there’s a low probability of recession, yet they remain divided about the outlook. We seem to be reliving the early 1990s, a period characterized by deleveraging following the savings and loan crisis. Now, as then, unemployment remains stubbornly high. The economy didn’t really start growing until the middle of Bill Clinton’s first term. The problem with “muddling through,” as we seem to be doing, is that a misstep by Congress or a foreign crisis could easily tip us into recession. Recent regional Federal Reserve Bank surveys suggest that the economy may again be weakening. As noted, we’ve alternated between contraction and expansion – with a bias towards expansion – for several years. In truth, the periods of expansion and contraction may be “exaggerated.” There’s evidence that the “seasonal adjustment” of economic data may be inaccurate, a topic recently addressed by Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke. Statisticians – for example,
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those that collect employment data – make adjustments to the reported figures for factors such as the impact of weather on construction hiring and holidays on retail employment. The severity of the 2008-2009 recession may have distorted the seasonal factors and exaggerated the upswings and downswings. If a recession occurs, the ongoing European crisis will be the likely culprit. Europe accounts for roughly 21 percent of our exports. Unfortunately, most European countries are either in or entering a recession. While our economy often follows Europe’s, current forecasts are for growth to continue. U.S. GDP has been growing for 14 consecutive quarters. The Federal Reserve Board forecasts growth of 2.3 to 2.8 percent in 2013. There are other trends that also concern economists, for example, the failure of real disposable personal income to grow since the financial crisis. Those and other issues may, however, simply be side effects of the 2008-2009 recession that will dissipate as the expansion matures. The best course of action is to assume continuation of current trends: a mild contraction this spring followed by further expansion, similar to the experience of the last several years. Contributed by Doug Harman, president of Harman Investment Advisors, a Northbrook investment counsel serving individuals and the firms they own. He can be reached at (312) 364-9490.
Million Dollar Quartet Thru April 28. The Tony-nominated musical is inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock and roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. $25$85. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; 773-935-6100; ticketmaster.com. Once Upon a Mattress May 2-12. Rollicking royals sing and dance in this hilarious adaptation of “The Princess and the Pea,” presented by the JCC Young Actors Ensemble. $12, $8/ages 7 and under ($15/$10 after April 22). Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church St., Skokie; 847-763-3518; gojcc.org/theater NSO’s “In Mahler’s Shadow” May 5, 4pm. As the first installment of its three-year initiative “In Mahler’s Shadow,” the Northbrook Symphony presents the magnificent Symphony No. 1 by Austrian composer Franz Schmidt, along with works from Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert. A pre-concert lecture by Jim Kendros takes place at 2:30pm. $25-$45, $8/children and students with ID. Sheely Center for the Performing Arts, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook; 847-272-0755; thenso.org. The Pianist of Willesden Lane Thru May 12. Starring acclaimed storyteller and pianist Mona Golabek, the production
tells the true story of Golabek’s mother – noted pianist and author Lisa Jura. A young Jewish pianist, Jura dreams of a concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall. When Lisa is sent on the kinder transport to London to protect her from the Nazi regime, everything about her life is upended except her love of music and her pursuit of her dream. Adapted and directed by local favorite Hershey Felder. $44-$49. The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago; 312988-9000; theroyalgeorgetheatre.com. Alice in Wonderland Thru May 18. Enjoy this production of the charming fairy tale classic. $15. Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire; 847-634-0200; marriotttheatre.com. Alone Together Thru May 19. George and Helene Butler have shipped their youngest son off to college and look forward to solitude and restful pleasures in this Broadway comedy. Their dreams are shattered when eldest son Michael and others return looking for lodging. OLT is a BYOB establishment. $30. Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview; 847-834-0738; oillamptheater.org. Yellow Moon Thru Aug. 4. Leila and Lee are a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, learning they aren’t alone in the world the night that they discover each other. Their wild ramble across the Scottish highlands in search of an absent father is told in a series of lyrical narratives, immersing audiences in the action and forging a breathless drama of beauty in the darkness. $35-$60. Books at Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe; 847-242-6000; writerstheatre.org.
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Do You Listen, or Just Talk? Do you like to talk...and talk and talk? Do you even let the person you’ve met at a network event say a word? Do you let the person you’re meeting for coffee, breakfast or lunch even get a chance to tell you about their business? If you know your product or service well enough, it’s easy to rattle off a rehearsed message. You never stop to Vicki Gerson listen to what the person you are with has to say. This behavior is even worse when you have a prospective customer, or when you are dealing with your current customers. It is important at a one-on-one network meeting to find out what the needs of that person are. You want to help that person grow their business. If you can help that person, it’s possible you may find yourself with a new lead for business, or a new customer. Although the stock market is reaching new highs, your business may not be responding to that upswing. Your business may still be suffering from a weak economy. So, if you are in the market for new clients or customers, stop the rehearsed sales pitch and listen to what the other person has to say. Here are a few questions you may want to ask. What challenges is your business facing today? When you ask this question, you get BALLROOM DANCE, PAGE 8 the quality staff and programming to do it – but she does not reduce the art to only its competitive value. Zawadzka explains some of the different motives which draw individuals to ballroom dance in the first place, and the benefits it can bring to adults and children alike. They are tired of being a wallflower. They want to get in shape without stepping foot on the dreaded elliptical. Their significant other or soon-to-be spouse wants them to try it. Whatever the motive, the life skills that can come out of ballroom dance are crucial. Zawadzka names just a few: confidence, proper social skills, a healthy lifestyle, selfdiscipline, self-motivation, teamwork, a positive attitude and a respect of the opposite gender. Dance is by no means the only activity promoting these skills, but it is unlike any other in the way they are interwoven into the discipline itself. Dance has been documented to help people express emotions in a healthy, constructive manner – so much so that dance therapy is a field in and of itself. For married couples learning to dance together, Ms. Zawadzka is only half-joking when she says they treat it like “couples therapy.” The very nature of ballroom dance is social, not as an “aside” of the activity but as an integral part of it. When you go to, say, the gym, you may converse with those around you, while grabbing a towel, but in ballroom dance, the conversation, intimacy and working with a partner is a part of the art itself. You will also find that there are many different styles and types of dance included under the umbrella of “ballroom,” so you are sure to find dances that fit your particular style and tastes. They include – in alphabetical order – Bolero, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive, Mambo, Paso Doble, Quickstep, Rumba, Samba, Swing, Tango, Viennese Waltz and the Waltz. Don’t be afraid to experiment though. The more open-minded you are, the better.
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