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Enjoy an Easter Celebration from 9-11am March 30 at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Thru March 22. The DBR Chamber’s Dollars for Scholars scholarship program offers three college scholarships to graduating high school seniors residing in the 60015 zip code. Applications are available online, at the chamber office, and at local high school guidance offices. DBR Chamber Office; 601 Deerfield Road #200, Deerfield; 847-945-4660; dbrchamber.com. United Methodist Church Monthly Scrabble March 22, 7:30pm. Scrabble fans are invited
to play friendly, informal games. Schedule rotates; call for later dates. North Northfield United Methodist Church; 797 Sanders Road, Northbrook; 847-272-2250; northnorthfield.org. Glenview History Center Luncheon, Tea, Raffle March 23. 11am. Come sail away on The Queen Of The Ocean Titanic and hear the true story of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, portrayed by Lynn Rymarz. $23/M, $25/NM. Glenview New Church; 74 Park Drive, CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
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WhatsHappeningOnline.com CALENDAR, PAGE 3 Glenview; 847-724-2235; glenviewhistory.org. Oakton Community College March Madness Scholarship Fundraiser March 23, 7pm. Watch games from the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament and enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a raffle. Live music provided by The Moods. Casual or athletic-inspired attire encouraged. $50, $60 at the door. The Glen Club, 2901 W. Lake Ave., Glenview; 847-635-1893; oakton.edu. Off Campus Writers’ Workshop March 28, 9:30am-12pm. Zoe Zolbrod, author of “Currency,” presents “Working with a Writing Group.” Zolbrod shares her history of working with groups, giving a sense of how they come to be and operate. A handout and article are provided. $10/M, $15/NM. Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave.; ocww.bizland.com. 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. Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway; lpzoo.org. St. Philip Lutheran Church Kids’ Easter Workshop March 30, 1-3:30pm. Learn about the Easter Story with songs, crafts, snacks, games and stories. Volunteers welcome. 1609 Pfingsten Road, Glenview; 847-730-3819; stphilip.info. Lincolnshire Church Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival March 30, 2-4pm. This free event features carnival games, prizes, raffles, egg hunt (preschool-4th grade) and more. Community Christian Church; 1970 Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire; 847-945-8824; ccclincolnshire.org. Lambs Farm Annual Easter Brunch March 31, 10am, 12pm or 2pm seatings. Celebrate the holiday with Lambs Farm’s elegant buffet, featuring hand-carved meats, breakfast classics, fresh fruit, vegetables and a dessert table. Registration required. $22.95, $10.95/ages 12 and under. Magnolia Cafe & Bakery; 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville; 847-362-5050; lambsfarm.org. Alliance Française du North Shore Meets April 1, 10-11am. Meet fellow francophones for relaxed conversations. Listening in French is encouraged. Gather near the South exit. No membership required. Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette; alliancefn.wlkcommunity.com. The Art Center – Highland Park’s “Beauty Imperfect” Thru 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. 1957 Sheridan Road; 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org. 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. North Shore ADHD/ADD Support Group April 3, 7pm. Take part in a meditation program, along with group breakout sessions. Wilmette Public Library Auditorium, 1242 Wilmette Ave.; nsadhd.org. Tenth Annual Northbrook-Only Juried Art Exhibit
March 2013 April 4, 7-8:30pm. Attend the artists’ reception for the tenth annual exhibit, presented by the Northbrook Arts Commission in collaboration with the Northbrook Public Library. Opening April 1, the exhibit features everything from photography and paintings to ceramics and mixed media. Local artist Fran Vail judges submissions. Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane; 847-272-7074; northbrookarts.org. Yom Hashoah Commemoration April 7, 3-4:30pm. This Holocaust Remembrance program commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Presented in cooperation with the North Shore Fellowship of Rabbis and Chicago’s Cantors. Registration required. Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie; 847-967-4889; ilholocaustmuseum.org. YMCA Prom Fashion Show April 7, 1:30pm. The North Suburban YMCA’s first prom fashion show features students from local high schools, modeling formalwear from That Girl Boutique and Men’s Wearhouse. Enjoy DJ music, raffle prizes, flowers, jewelry and more. Proceeds benefit the Y’s Strong Kids Fund. $10, $15/at door. 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook; 847-272-7250; nsymca.org. Optimist Club of Glenview Hometown GPS Adventure Challenge April 7. Teams of families or friends use clues and GPS coordinates to go on a hometown adventure. Those completing the challenge have a chance to win grand prizes. Teams require at least two participants with one driver and one smartphone. Proceeds benefit local youth organizations and programs. Registration required. Adventurechallenge.eventbrite.com. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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March 2013 CALENDAR, PAGE 4 Evanston Art Center Solo Show Exhibition Thru April 7. Selected by juror Shannon Stratton, EAC’s exhibition of Biennial artists features Scott Carter, Stephen Cartwright and Emily Hermant. EAC; 2603 Sheridan Road; 847-475-5300x206; evanstonartcenter.org. Glenview Theatre Guild Auditions April 8 and 9, 6-9:30pm. All roles are available for the summer musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Prepare 32 bars of music from the show or bring sheet music for a song of your choice; bring appropriate dance attire for possible dance audition. Glenview Park District Park Center; 2400 Chestnut Ave.; 847-604-3411; gtgonstage. com. Glenview Gardeners Meeting April 9. 7pm. Glenview Gardeners presents “The Gardener’s Cottage,” featuring Cathy Jean Maloney, Senior Editor of Chicagoland Magazine. This small masterpiece garden is part of the Avery Coonley Estate designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jensen, where she serves as steward. Midwest Care Center Meeting Room; 2050 Claire Court, Glenview; 847-724-2286; glenviewgardeners.org. FOCUS on the Arts Art Night April 10, 6:30-8:30pm. This interactive, public event showcases an eclectic selection of more than 40 professional and student artists, displaying their work with hands-on opportunities for silk screening, knitting, origami and more. Highland Park High School; 433 Vine Ave.; 224-765-2164; hphsfocus.org. American Association of University Women Brunch April 13, 11am. Four recipients of grants and fellowships funded by AAUW discuss their work at this brunch. Topics include research projects involving work with refugees, HIV/ marriage risks, unions and women’s health. Registration required by April 1. $18. Lambs Farm, Route 176 and I-294, Libertyville; 847955-1708; firstname.lastname@example.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. ZIA Gallery Exhibition Thru April 13. “Painting: Photorealism and Magic Realism” features Chicago oil painter Richard Laurent and photorealistic acrylic painter Alex Devereux. ZIA Gallery, 548 Chestnut St., Winnetka; 847-446-3970; ziagallery.net. JCFS Sibshops 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. Registration required. $30. JCFS, 255 Revere Drive, Northbrook; 773-467-3838; jcfs.org. Jewish 12 Stepping Workshops + April 15, 7-8:15pm “What Can I Expect of God, From a Jewish Perspective?” + May 13, 7-8:15pm “Anava/Humility” This monthly series of workshops addresses the 12 steps of recovery from a Jewish perspective. Donations welcome. JCFS, 5150 Golf Road, Skokie; 847-7455422; jcfs.org. Hands of Peace 2013 Summer Session Applications Thru April 15. Host families may apply to take part in the summer program. Hands of Peace brings American teens from
WhatsHappeningOnline.com Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other faith backgrounds together with Jewish-Israeli, Palestinian Citizens of Israel and Palestinian teenagers. 1000 Elm St., Glenview; 224-4065045; handsofpeace.org. Congregation Beth Shalom Distinguished Speakers Program April 18. 8pm. Peter Bergen, New York Times best-selling author, presents “Osama Bin Laden, Just the Beginning.” Bergen is one of the few westerners to interview Bin Laden. Congregation Beth Shalom; 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook; 847-498-4100; bethshalomnb.org. Jr. Encore Theatre Open Summer Registration Thru April 19. Registration for “Les Miserables” is open for grades 1-8. Visit online for complete info. 847-708-8880; encoretheatre.net. Northbrook Earth and Arbor Day Celebration April 20, 9:30am-1:30pm. Celebrate with the Village of Northbrook and the Northbrook Park District. More than 50 vendors feature Earth-friendly ideas and concepts for both home and business. Clean-up teams meet at 8:30am to collect debris and trash and compete for a prize. Event takes place rain or shine. Village Green, Shermer and Meadow roads; 847-664-4130; northbrook.il.us. Am Shalom Eighth Annual FUNdraiser April 20, 8pm. Featuring stand-up performances by comedians Robert Klein and Wendy Liebman, and Master of Ceremonies Tom Dreesen. Registration required by April 7. $60 and up. Am Shalom; 840 Vernon Ave., Glencoe; 847-835-4800; amshalom.com. Whole Foods Earth Day Event April 21. Join Whole Foods Deerfield for the annual Earth Day celebration. Working Bikes Cooperative is collecting used bikes for restoration. Attendees that donate a bike receive a $5 gift card. Sample products from a selection of eco-friendly vendors. 760 Waukegan Road; 847-444-1900; wholefoodsmarket.com. Illinois Holocaust Museum Special Exhibition Opening Thru April 21. “Courage: The Vision to End Segregation, The Guts to Fight for It” – created by the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina – traces the saga of Reverend J.A. De Laine and the brave citizens of Clarendon County, South Carolina. Free with museum admission. 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie; 847-967-4800; ilholocaustmuseum.org. Winnetka Youth Organization Annual Spring Benefit April 25, 6:30-9:30pm. The annual benefit 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. American Heart Association Chicago HeartChase April 27 and May 11, 8:30-10:30am. This fundraising event takes several teams throughout the city, guided by a smartphone app, to different locations, where they solve clues and participate in physical challenges to become HeartChase champions. Activities include jump roping, dancing, and hulahooping in an effort to promote heart-health. Gallery Park, Glenview (April 27); Apollo Park, Homewood (May 11); 800-AHA-USA1; americanheart.org. Central Street Spring Community Day April 27, 10am-5pm. The Central Street Business Association and Central Street Neighbors Association sponsor this shopping and fundraising event, taking place in CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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ACTIVITIES Men’s Club Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Women and guests welcome. + March 28, Chicago’s Favorite Spring Ritual: Opening Day Through the Years + April 2, Evolutions and Assemblies in Life, in Practice + April 8, Chicago’s Neighborhoods + April 18, Frederick the Great Healthcare Decision-Making March 25, 1-3pm. Michele Corrado helps you navigate healthcare decision-making. Golf Injury Prevention March 26, 1-2pm. Lee Boushie discusses common biomechanical and anatomical factors that can impede your game, leaving you vulnerable to injury. $6/M, $8/NM. The Art of Pablo Picasso March 27, 10-11:30am. This lecture by Jeff Mishur looks at Picasso’s career-long pursuit of artistic innovation. $10/M, $12/NM. Women at Work Around the World March 28, 1-2:30pm. For millions of women worldwide, religious, cultural and political traditions often are obstacles to equality. Led by Bill Helmuth. $9/M, $11/NM. Fashion in the Age of Impressionism April 3, 10-11:30am. Tish Robinson discusses fashion and modernity’s role in the works of 19th century Impressionists in the Parisian world. $9/M, $11/NM. Mommy Dearest April 3, 1-2:30pm. Lisa Didier fills in the
And Furthermore by Judi Dench April 4, 1-2:30pm. Suzanne Hales relays actress Judi Dench’s story – from her very first role at age 5 thru her career in classical theatre, television and film. $9/M; $11/NM. Travel with Claire Cross April 8, 1-2:30pm. Claire Cross highlights her travel experiences to some of the most renowned sites, monuments and landmarks in history. $9/M, $11/NM. Self Defense for Seniors April 9, 1-2pm. The Morton Grove Police Department teaches how to maintain personal safety thru simple techniques. Lunch & Movie: Oscar Series April 11, 12:30-3:30pm. View the contenders and winners of this year’s Oscars. $6/M, $8/NM. Common Texts, Different Scriptures April 11, 1-2:30pm. Hyma Levin leads this class highlighting both the unity and division the Bible renders between Jews and Christians. Watch a short film and read common texts together. $18/M, $22/NM. Examining the Arab Spring April 12, 10-11:30am. Keki Bhote leads discussion on the precarious nature of democracy once spurred by the Arab Spring, examining the countries of Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria. $9/M, $11/NM. The “Reel” Hollywood Life and Money April 15, 1-2:30. Leon Michelson discusses how Hollywood started and the folly that went with it. Learn who made the most, who went broke and other tidbits. $9/M, $11/NM.
Learn how to prevent golf injuries from 1-2pm March 26 with Lee Boushie at NSSC. New Member and Volunteer Reception April 16, 2-3:30pm. Learn more about NSSC from staff and active members. A Short History of the Modern Restaurant April 17, 1-2:30pm. This condensed history by Sara Drower begins in France, tracing its evolution and key influences through present times. Discuss cuisine trends, food writers, celebrity chefs and more. $9/M, $11/NM. Apps for Smartphones and Tablets April 23, 10am-12pm. Herb Goldstein and George Lowman present practical, fun apps. Bring your devices. $10/M, $15/NM. TRIPS The Palmer House April 10, 11-4:30pm. Tour one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks and hotels. Enjoy lunch at the Lockwood Restaurant,
an overview lecture and walking tour. Registration includes lunch, presentation, tour and transportation. $95/M, $115/NM. Departs from both Northfield and Morton Grove locations. Mitchell Conservatory and Blue Bayou Spring Show April 18, 8:15-3:30pm. Enjoy spring in “New Orleans” via Milwaukee’s Mitchell Conservatory. Take guided tours of the Blue Bayou Spring Flower Show, and the Arid and Tropical Domes of the conservatory, followed by lunch at Crawdaddy’s Restaurant. Registration includes admission, tours, transportation and lunch. $79/M, $95/NM. Trip departs from both Northfield and Morton Grove locations. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; nssc.org. CALENDAR, PAGE 5 Evanston’s Shopping District. 10 to 20 percent of store purchases are donated to the charitable organization of your choice from a selected list. Flyer required (download online). Centralstreet-evanston.com.
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NAMI Cook County North Suburban Spring Benefit April 27, 6:30pm. The annual National Alliance on Mental Illness – Cook County North Suburban benefit features keynote speaker Dr. Shawn Shea, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, discussing his book “Happiness is...Recovery...Making the Pieces Fit.” Other guests include WGN Radio’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. The Lake Forest Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago announces its sponsorship of the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens. This year’s home is one of David Adler’s most famous works: an Italianate lakefront mansion built in 1916. Proceeds from the home tour 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, one-mile walk and balloon launch honors those fighting lung cancer. Proceeds benefit the non-profit LUNGevity Foundation. Enjoy games, kids’ activities, music, refreshments and prizes. Deerfield High School, 1959 Waukegan Road; lungevity.org/yogathon
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Deerfield Park District Youth and Teen Programs Visit online for complete info. + Youth Ceramics, beginning the week of April 1 (Mon-Thu or Sat) + Piano Lessons, April 2-June 4, 4-8pm (Tue) or April 3-June, 4-8pm (Wed). + Balloon Animals, April 8, 6-7:30pm. + Babysitting Clinic, April 13 and 20 or May 11 and 18, 1-4pm (Sat) + Magic Class, April 18, 5-5:55pm.
Miss Deenaâ€™s Spring Baby Booktime Storytime April 12-June 28, 10:30-11:30am (Fri). Introduce babies to many early language experiences through stories, songs and rhymes. Limited to HP residents. Registration required. Spanish Conversation Group Tuesdays, 10-11:30am. Meet at the library to practice your Spanish. All levels welcome. Some conversational skill preferred.
Deerfield Park Foundation Linda Gryziecki Scholarship Thru April 5. Two $1,000 scholarships are offered for 2013. Forms and info available online. Deerfieldparkfoundation.org. Spring Childrenâ€™s Classes Visit online for complete info. + Mom and Tot Gym Drop in, April 9-May 21, 9:15-11:15am (Tue) + Fun with Amigos (Spanish class), April 2-May 21, 12:30-2pm (Section 1, Tue) and April 3-May 22, 1:30-2:15pm (Section 2, Wed) + Spring Potting and Planting, April 2-May 21, 9:30-11:15am (Tue) Patty Turner Center Film Course April 9-May 14, 6-9:30pm (Tue). Reid Schultz analyzes the works of director Stanley Kubrick. See six films, along with clips from others. The series may be split amongst two or more participants. Registration required. $215. 847-940-4010. Spring Golf Outing May 22, 1pm. All adults are invited to this cooperative golf outing between the Deerfield Park Foundation and Warriors Wrestling Alumni and Friends organization. Admission includes 18 holes of golf with carts, team and individual prizes, after-golf appetizers and desserts, complimentary water and soft drinks and cash bar. Registration required. $500/foursome, $550 after April 1; deerfieldparkfoundation.org. 836 Jewett Park Drive; 847-9450650; deerfieldparks.org.
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Get help with your taxes through April 12 at the Lake Bluff/Lake Forest Senior Center. S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage Seminars April 25, 10am-12pm and 6:30-8:30pm. S&Pâ€™s Dan Sovocol helps you make the most of this valuable online resource. Morning session takes place at the Library, evening at the Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St. Registration required.
Canvas and Wine April 16, 7-8:30pm. Create a painting with step-by-step instructions. Wine glass, wine, canvas, paint and brushes provided. Bring an apron. Ages 21 and up. Registration required. $25/R, $30/NR. Sunset Valley Golf Course. Dodgeball Mania April 19, 6-8pm. Sport refreshments and snacks provided. Registration required by April 14. Ages 8-11. $10/R, $15/NR. Recreation Center of Highland Park.
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Park District of Highland Park Egg Hunt March 30, 10am. Enjoy a special guest and gather eggs filled with toys. Search for the lone golden egg that holds a chance to win a family pass to Hidden Creek AquaPark. Children divided by age groups. Registration required. $3/picture with the bunny. West Ridge Park.
Poems While You Wait April 6, 1:45-4:45pm. Visit one of the poetsâ€™ tables, write down a topic, peruse the Library for 15-20 minutes then return and retrieve the poem typed out for you.
Starry, Starry Nights April 6, 7-8:30pm. Step inside the Starlab portable planetarium and take a tour of the night sky. Head outside to practice your identifying skills (weather permitting). Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Registration required by April 4. Ages 7 and up. $8.
Thinks and Drinks Trivia Night April 24, 7:30pm. The Libraryâ€™s first trivia night takes place at Trax Tavern & Grill. Play individually or team up in groups of four. Refreshments and prizes included. Registration required. 833 Deerfield Road.
Mom and Me Spring Cupcake Boss April 12, 7-8:30pm. Design artistic springthemed cupcakes with icing, pastry bags, tools and food coloring. Fee is per adult/child couple. Registration required. Grades K-3. $20/R, $25/NR. West Ridge Center.
Clay Spring Flower Pot April 19, 7-8:30pm. Hand-build a flower pot, then decorate and finish with colorful underglazes. Registration required. Grades 1-3. $18/R, $23/NR. West Ridge Center. 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park; 847-8313810; pdhp.org.
Highland Park Public Library 10 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Know April 4, 7pm. Presented by SCORE Chicago, this workshop provides insights into doing business. One-hour one-on-one mentoring sessions on the topic take place April 11 or 25. Register online for mentoring. Scorechicago.org. A Literary Event with Caroline Kennedy April 5, 5pm. Caroline Kennedy, Honorary Chair of National Library Week and author of â€œPoems to Learn by Heart,â€? discusses her book. Wine and cheese follow. $175
Play Reading â€“ â€œEdie & Fitzâ€? April 11, 6:30-9:30pm. The Jazz Age and Gilded Age collide in this play, chronicling the tempestuous meeting of literary icons Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Wine and cheese available. Registration required. Income Tax Assistance Thru April 12, 9am-3pm (Fri). Volunteers are available to help by appointment. Designed in cooperation with AARP and the IRS. Taxes are filed electronically. 100 E. Old Mill Road; 847-234-2209; cityoflakeforest.com.
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Young Adults and Relationships – Shifting Attitudes When it comes to the views of young adults on relationships, it is evident that a marked shift in attitudes has occurred. Statistics regarding relationships in younger adults indicate that fewer young adults are seeking marriage, more young adults believe in co-habitation and young adults seeking marriage are doing so much later in life. Young adults Dr. Michael Clatch are also highly sexually active. Statistics show that 90 percent of 20 to 24year-olds report having sexual intercourse even though they are not married or in a longterm, committed relationship. The changes in attitude of young adults regarding their relationships are quite significant when compared with older generations. Even though older generations were delaying marriage until their late twenties or early thirties, many supported the idea of marriage as a principal foundation for raising a family. Young adults today believe that cohabitation is the only requisite for starting a family. If two individuals love each other and live together, this environment is suitable. These changes in attitudes have created some concern over the future of marriage and the ability of couples to provide for their children over the long-term. However, even though more young adults are eschewing marriage, many believe in having committed relationships. For parents of young adults, new attitudes regarding marriage and family life may seem quite shocking and surprising.
Many parents may believe that in order for their children to have happy and successful families, marriage is needed. For some parents and young adult children, this difference in values may prompt conflict. Parents that adhere to their values may find it difficult to accept the views of their children. This may create notable barriers to successful communication and positive relationship outcomes. For parents faced with this difficult situation, moving forward can be a challenge. However, it is necessary for parents to recognize their role in their adult children’s lives and attempt to accept the decisions made by them. Although adult children are often seen as still in need of support and guidance, parents need to recognize that their role in shaping outcomes for their children has changed. As adults, children have the right to explore their worlds, determine what is right for them, make mistakes and learn from these mistakes. As adult children follow through these processes, parents must respect their children’s decisions and recognize that their adult children have the right to determine and direct the course of their own lives. Although this advice can be presented in a logical and rational manner, the emotions involved in parents letting go of their children can be quite intense. Parents, because of their natural desire to protect their children, want to spare them from harm and provide them with the benefit of their wisdom. As such, even when parents see their adult children making a mistake, their first response is to intervene and to stop the mistake from happening. Emotions involved in this process will typically drive behavior, and in the end, action from parents may result in a broader set of problems and more conflict. Even when
North Shore School of Dance Hosts “Masters of Marley” “Remember epaulment! This is what your parents paid for!” Akua Noni Parker, a company member with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, reinforces the concept to the 20-plus young ballet students in a class she is guest-teaching at Highland Park’s North Shore School of Dance. Epaulment refers to the carriage of the neck, head and shoulders, and placement of the body, in a way reflecting ballet’s imperial origins. In the next studio, AAADT company member Hope Boykin demonstrates her choreography to students in the contemporary dance portion of the workshop. In a third, company member Vernard J. Gilmore tells students “No lazy legs or lazy toes!” Gilmore led in a technique known as Horton, a form of dance falling under the then-modern dance umbrella emerging in the early-to-mid 20th century. The workshop “Masters of Marley” was open to students from both NSSD and other schools, timed to correspond with the company’s recent performances at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre. “Masters” they are – at many levels – making the workshop an unparalleled opportunity. Many view the company’s technical and artistic style as an enduring achievement: a fusion of dance forms that allows for a superb athleticism, creativity and energy, yet executed with the exquisite fluidity and grace that speaks to the classical
ballet in their training. AAADT is also a pioneer in bringing the expression of African-American culture and modern American dance traditions to the world. Founder Alvin Ailey firmly believed that dance belonged to the people. In 2008, a Congressional resolution called AAADT “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world.” Many participants were current NSSD students, well trained in styles such as ballet, modern, tap and hip-hop. 12-year-old NSSD student Anna Ecanow was eager to take the workshop because “it is a good experience, and good for a dancer to occasionally learn from different people with different methods.” Several students had plans to see AAADT at the Auditorium Theatre in its final week. Those who had never seen the company perform were most looking forward to the cherished “Revelations,” performed consistently since Ailey set it in 1960. The piece consists of several movements of African-American gospel songs, spirituals and sacred blues. “Revelations” gets audience members moving and clapping, or reminiscing with those next to them – even total strangers. Although performed exquisitely by the dancers, the piece transcends the stage itself, celebrating the ties that make us human. NSSD Director Lisa Gold reflected on the workshop collaboration, stating “NSSD is all about traditional and contemporary training. We are recognized by so many of the major dance companies for the quality of our faculty, the results of our students’ training, and continuing the education of our great dance history. Bringing these opportunities to our students keeps our concert dance world alive.” For more, visit northshoredance.com or alvinailey.org. Contributed by Joy Bolger
parents have the best intentions, the outcomes may not reflect these intentions. The view of relationships held by young adults clearly challenges the views of parents and society, especially when it comes to marriage and building a family. While the views of young adult children on relationships may be much different than those held by their parents, young adults have the right to express their opinions and live their lives in a way that they believe suits their needs. Parents that must come to terms with differences in opinions regarding marriage and family may find it difficult to avoid
conflict on the issue. In order to overcome this conflict, parents have to recognize the need for their young adult children to make free and autonomous decisions. While allowing this process to occur may create internal conflict for the parent, it will ensure that parents are able to maintain positive relationships with their adult children. 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.
1. CASA Lake County saluted volunteers at its recent appreciation dinner, held at The Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling. Last year, a record-setting 276 volunteers advocated for 577 abused and neglected children. Amongst the winners were Northbrook residents Margot Kaplan and Meg O’Keefe, both recipients of the 2013 Amazing Rookie Award. 2. Fourteen Highland Park High School students are participating in the first “Artist in Residence” program for HPHS FOCUS on the Arts 2013. HPHS alumnus and film editor/producer Bradley Ross is spearheading a filmmaking project producing five documentaries. Some or all premiere at FOCUS’ Movie Night on April 5. A New York resident, Ross meets weekly with students and faculty via Skype. Films address a range of subjects, including health issues, niche arts and more.
3. Volunteers designed the 2013-2014 Lake Forest vehicle stickers, highlighting the Gorton Community Center. Former Gorton intern Camila Quinteros and local resident John Reilly of John Reilly Photography teamed up to create the sticker art. 4. The Illinois Council of Orchestras recently presented Northbrook Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Lawrence Rapchak with its Programming of the Year award. The awards are given for excellence in the field of musical performance and support of musical organizations. 5. The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston has received a gift from collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander – 49 vintage photographs by Edward Steichen. An exhibition is planned for this fall.
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The Beat Goes On in Musical Memphis, Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee – home of the blues, the birthplace of rock n’ roll and a place where barbecue is king. Make no mistake, this is Elvis country and you’ll feel his spirit wherever you go. Add in civil rights and Civil War history, and this is one great destination for couples as well as families. Going to Graceland, Graceland... Mira Temkin Named Graceland even before it became Elvis’ home, this sprawling getaway – and National Historic Landmark – may take you by surprise. Presley purchased the 14-acre estate in 1957, and it remains largely unchanged. By today’s standards, Graceland is modest, though a bit kitschy with ‘70s style shag carpeting and décor. Back in the day, this was a showplace of horses and cars. And yes, Elvis is buried here. Go on a self-guided tour of the house and grounds, then cross the street for other memorabilia. New for 2013 is “Elvis’ Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!” Catch a glimpse of the lights and sounds of Las Vegas through “Elvis: Live from Vegas.” I toured his favorite private plane, the Lisa Marie, and was astounded to see that this 707 paralleled Air Force One with a conference room, kitchen, penthouse bedroom and video/ stereo system. Elvis.com/graceland/tours Beale Street Rocks Voted the second-most popular
entertainment district in the U.S., Beale Street is just three blocks long but commands an eclectic collection of music. Walk down the street and hear rhythm and blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll beckoning day or night. Be sure to stop by B.B. King’s Blues Club for the music and the menu. I dined upstairs at Itta Bena, named for King’s hometown, and settled in for some contemporary southern cuisine. From the crispy cornmeal fried tomatoes to the Black Angus Steaks and Parmesan French Fries, it was a spectacular meal and the blues was an added bonus. Ittabenamemphis.com. Gus’ World-Famous Fried Chicken There’s a reason this Memphis mainstay is rated the number three restaurant – their spicy fried chicken is simply the best. But so are the fried pickles and fried green tomatoes. Try the donuts for dessert. Great sides, great atmosphere, great fun. National Civil Rights Museum Located in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was shot, the National Civil Rights Museum is a testament to the work of Dr. King. Although this premier heritage and cultural site is being renovated, some exhibits are open. Civilrightsmuseum.org. Sun Studio – Where it All Began Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash all recorded in this National Historic Landmark. Sun Studios is home to the historic 1956 jam session that served as inspiration for the Broadway hit “Million Dollar Quartet.” Listen to outtakes from famous recording sessions, make a CD of your own recording and touch Elvis’ first microphone. I did!
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Beale Street’s three blocks provide a dazzling variety of entertainment options. March of the Ducks at the Peabody Hotel This Memphis tradition started in 1932, and today you can watch the ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby fountain to “King Cotton March” daily at 11am and 5pm. While you’re at the Peabody, stay for dinner at Chez Philippe, featuring classic French cuisine. Shiloh National Military Park Located a few hours from Memphis in Jackson is the Shiloh National Historic Landmark. Overlooking the Tennessee River, Shiloh was the site of one of the Civil War’s most momentous battles. Be sure to stop by the Visitor’s Center and watch the video before touring the battle sites.
While you’re in Jackson, visit Casey Jones Village and find out more about this true hero at the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum. No extra charge for the song! No matter when you’re “walking in Memphis,” you’re sure to enjoy the music and wonderful memories! Memphistravel.com. Mira Temkin is a Highland-Park based freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Chicago Tribune, Family Time Magazine, and six-00-three-five magazine. In addition, she’s a high-energy copywriter working with advertising and marketing services clients. Reach her at email@example.com.
Treat Company to Salmon Pastry Puffs We haven’t done something elegant for a while, so I thought it was about time we did. This crispy, creamy dish is great for when you have company over. We feature this one when we do our in-home gourmet dinners, and folks love it. Salmon Pastry Puff
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Achieving a High-End Kitchen on a Low-End Budget While the economy is improving, many of us have come to the conclusion that, for the time being, we live in a “new reality” as far as home prices go. This is great for first-time buyers, or buyers in general, but not for those who have or wish to stay in their current homes. Many people feel that this makes for an ideal time to update your home so you can really get the most enjoyment out of your extended stay. So, how can you achieve that dream kitchen without spending more than is appropriate for the property and still get a great looking and performing remodel? Let’s look at some techniques to make that happen. First, what is a custom kitchen to you? When you open a kitchen magazine and see those beautiful custom kitchens, think to yourself, “What is it about this kitchen that makes it look so great?” Sit down and make a list. Is it the color, staggered heights of cabinets, crown molding and trim, maybe the backsplash? Prioritize the list as to what element you like the most. Second, come up with a reasonable budget. The general rule of thumb used to be about 10 percent of the home’s value for an average kitchen remodel. However, since the price of the products and labor has not dropped by the same percentage as real estate, that percentage may be a little higher. If you are staying in your home and doing this remodeling to enjoy it, you can factor that into the total price also. The good news is, many manufacturers of quality cabinetry have responded to this reality by coming out with special, less-expensive series of their cabinets. They have limited, but the most popular, choices in door styles, colors, and wood species but at their same great quality level. Third, hire a qualified Kitchen Designer. No matter how much you read or surf the
To get the best results from your kitchen remodeling project, make sure to use professional designers and installers. internet, it cannot compare to the acquired knowledge of a professional with years of experience. An expert Kitchen Designer can take less expensive stock and semi-custom cabinet lines and give the kitchen a very custom look. So, share the information in the first steps with your designer. After laying out the most workable plan for your cooking style, the designer will add in the custom elements that you prioritized, one by one, until your budget is reached. Fourth, use a skilled, reliable Installer. Whether you spent $10,000 or $100,000 on your cabinets and materials, the gorgeous
kitchens you’ve seen in magazines were installed by professionals. For example, if your cabinets are not installed plumb and level, your doors will always be crooked and countertops could break. Did you know that crown moldings and under counter trim come in eight-foot sticks? All of those beautiful miters and corners in the magazines were cut by hand on the job. Only a real craftsman can take the materials you buy and make them look great. Check references. Look at projects they have done. Make sure they are a legitimate company, and not just working out of a pickup truck.
Many kitchen cabinet retailers install what they sell. It may be slightly more expensive, but the peace of mind is well worth it. Either way, the more you save by piece-mealing portions of the construction, the more responsibility you take if something isn’t coordinated correctly, or just goes wrong. These tips should help with the remodeling process. Stay in your home, and enjoy it! Rick Glickman is President of Dream Kitchens, Inc., a 20+year-old Kitchen and Bath design firm on the North Shore. Visit online at dreamkitchens.com and Facebook.
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Rise n Dine is a Breakfast Shrine Every now and then, we owe it to our readers to digress from evaluating dinners and devote a column to breakfasts. And we would be remiss to write about the North Shore’s best breakfasts without recognizing Rise n Dine in Wheeling. Smack in the hub of Milwaukee Avenue’s restaurant row, this neighborly place bills itself as a “pancake cafe.” Chuck Pecoraro But flapjacks are just one of the reasons customers show up in droves for morning meals of appetizing appeal. On most weekends, the waiting line is one hour long. The menu is a virtual catalog of more than 90 egg dishes, scramblers, omelettes, skillets, frittatas, Benedicts, French toast, waffles, crepes, oatmeal and other ways to start your day. And that’s not counting the salads, sandwiches and daily specials for lunch (closed for dinner). There’s more, however, to Rise n Dine – owned and operated since 2005 by the Papageorgiou family: Larry, Sophia and son Nick – than bountiful breakfasts. Like the eggs, atmosphere exudes a sunny side up disposition, sustained with “we’re glad you’re here” hospitality. Wrap-around windows keep the terraced, L-shaped space awash in daylight, while a crackling fireplace radiates visual warmth. The quasi-Mediterranean motif is
adorned with ornamental roosters and other conversation pieces. Comfort extends to the pocketbook as well with prices competitive to, and in some cases lower than, rival breakfast houses. Even with the seven-page menu, the kitchen manages to maintain freshness, flavors and eye-catching presentation with each and every dish. An example of the hefty portions is omelettes crafted with four instead of the customary three eggs. If there’s something you have a taste for that’s not listed (highly unlikely), the cooks will prepare it for you. The pancakes stack up to satisfaction in every forkful – light, fluffy and flattered with optional fruit, nuts, chocolate chips or other add-ons. They’re every bit as tasty as those at the legendary Al Johnson’s in Door County, Wis., without the four-hour drive. Slices of fresh banana, sprinkle of crushed walnuts or pecans and slosh of earthy maple syrup takes these cakes deep into yummy territory. If you like peanut butter, you’ll easily get ecstatic over the signature Peanut Butter French Toast. Thick slices of challah (Jewish egg bread) are slathered with peanut butter, dipped in batter encrusted with bran flakes, baked and topped with caramelized bananas and nutella (hazelnut)-tinted chocolate to create a French toast recipe like no other. With eggs coming every which way, a good place to start is the noble Benedicts. The Florentine (spinach) and Harbor (crab) versions are excellent; the JR Benedict is exceptional. A pair of poached eggs are mounted atop a marinated, breaded Portobello mushroom, teamed with roasted red peppers and graced with semi-rich Hollandaise sauce in what amounts to pure vegetarian pleasure.
Rise n Dine’s Peanut Butter French Toast is a tantalizing take on the breakfast classic. Omelettes encourage a “Wow!” reaction. Especially the Volcano, which erupts with fiery flavors as a quartet of farm fresh eggs gets mixed and matched with skirt steak, jalapeno peppers, onions, mushrooms and mellow Asiago cheese sparked with sassy sriracha salsa. All omelettes are served with hash browns or fresh fruit and toast or pancakes – enough to keep you going until dinnertime. Fish is part of the mix in the Nova Scrambler as Nova Scotia lox is blended into scrambled eggs, green onions, cream cheese, capers and a side of sliced tomatoes. The Tortillo number goes south of the border by embellishing the eggs with salsa verde, tortilla chips and Monterey Jack cheese. Rise n Dine shines further with bottomless cups of custom-brewed coffee, freshly squeezed
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I never told you this, but most of these stories are stolen. Well, at least partially stolen. Many years ago, I wrote nine tenths of a book called “Not Just a Pizza Me.” It was an eater’s digest of yummy and funny Jimmy stories, tied into old world Italian recipes. Sound familiar? Sure, it’s just like this column. In fact, you could say it is this column, but then this column would be a book. If you think that makes the column purloined – there’s a word you haven’t heard since Poe died – let me quickly add Jim Ardito that my column runs 900 words. The stories are about 3,500 words each, so I’ve got to slice and dice ’em finer than the Popeil Slicer. I think of the columns as “Mini Mes” – more digestible, bite-size pieces of my life for your reading and eating pleasure. And they’re healthier, too, since there’s a lot less fat than the stories in the book. “Why was I writing the book in the first place?” “Why hadn’t I finished it even after eight years?” “How was I going to end the book?” These pressing questions were asked not by me, but by my daughter, Zoe. She was 10 years old at the time and we were on vacation in Puerto Rico staying at the famous Palmas Del Mar Resort – marred by the fact that it rained almost incessantly while we were there – except for one afternoon I dryly recall. I was writing the book a on a table (paper hadn’t been invented yet) in the hotel courtyard, within sight of Zoe who was happily rocking in a hammock reading Harry Potter. Suddenly, she lifted up her cute little 10-year-old head and asked, “Dad, how is your book going to end?” “How’s my book going to end?” I repeated. “I’m happy to tell you how my book’s going to end, but first I must adjourn to the bathroom.” This was an obvious attempt to stall in a stall while I came up with some notion of an ending she and I could both buy. That’s unusual for me as a writer. An ending usually occurs to me right from the beginning. But here I apparently had no ending because I had no idea why I began in the first place. Sure, I had phony baloney reasons I told myself were good reasons to do a book: bring laughter to the world, share my recipes with people and leave a legacy of recipes to my kids. But that was on the outside, like the leaves of an artichoke. What was at the heart of that artichoke, or “heartichoke” if you will (even if you won’t)? Here’s the truth, and it’s not delicious: I was doing the column so I could be President of the World, ridiculously rich and achieve immortality. Now, these are okay goals if you keep them secret, but you can’t admit them to your daughter or the Ladies Club of Upper Crust, Illinois when you’ve been invited to speak at a luncheon. “Mr. Ardito, would you please tell the ladies what lofty, humanistic motivations compelled you to write your book?” “Well, Mrs. Throckmorton, my goal has always been to rule the world, make a billion dollars and live forever in everyone’s eyes.” “Isn’t that wonderful, ladies? Now, if you’ll join me in shredding Mr. Ardito, we can go on drinking margaritas the size of our heads.” Way back when I thought these thoughty thoughts, harbored in the bathroom at Palmas Del (Rainos) Mar, I am loath to say I drew a blank. I have essentially mentally remained there ever since (people have been pounding on the door for years). Now that I’m mature, I can emerge from that bathroom at last, flushed with pride and able to acknowledge
what I was too constipated – I mean, contemplative – to have a clear vision of then. Here, my friends, is how the book and my story ends... Fame is going to be a bit more limited than I thought and confined to folks like the golf starter at Sportsman’s Golf Club on Dundee Road, who said “ I read your column all the time. It makes me laugh – just like your drives.” I’m not going to earn a fortune and that’s just unfortunate. I’m not aspiring to be President of the World – too much perspiring with that gig. You’re it as far as groupies go. Immortality has a fatal flaw – no one can afford it! But here’s the real shocker of an ending that I promised at the beginning of this threepart journey. The dream of the book itself ends. How’s that, sports fans? I’m not going to do a book; I’m going to do a booklet. I don’t mean a brochure, I mean a book-lette comprised of my columns over the past two years – taken directly from this newspaper, recipes included. That should be enough and all anybody can stomach, anyway. I’m going to publish it myself and if any of you are interested in a copy, let me know. I can let you have a signed copy for $1,000,000 with a 10 percent “Frequent Reader/Eater” discount. Guess I still haven’t really let the “fortune” thing go. The end. Italian Mini-strone (Great Big Soup of Reduced Hopes) Okay, so you start out on a Sunday thinking you’re going to make a huge pot of Gravy with meatballs and sausages and spareribs and pasta, but then you realize it’s going to take four hours and cost $50. So you settle and end up instead making a big steaming bowl of Minestrone, or “Mini-strone” if your ambition has been reduced enough. It’s not quite as super as Sunday Gravy, but will suffice nicely. What Youza Need Diminished strength or capacity Dash of old age or heaping helping of lethargy 2 heaping tbsp lack of ignition and ambition 1 large can whole, peeled Italian tomatoes 1 15 oz. can of Cannellini beans (can do, but maybe can’t) 1 8 oz. can of black beans 1 8 oz. can of beef broth 2-3 tbsp minced garlic 2 tbsp sea salt 1½ cups of Ditali pasta, those little tubes that are really Ziti that got sliced and diced and ended up greatly reduced What Youza Do Put it all in a pot and cook until done deliciously. Great served with English muffin mini-pizzas. Jim Ardito has been a professional writer for more than 25 years, with experience at ad agencies in Chicago and on his own as President of Ardito Creative Enterprises (ACE), a full-service creative resource for traditional and local businesses and organizations. From websites and email blasts to employee communications and far beyond, ACE serves up heavenly creative that sells like heck! Email email@example.com or visit arditocreative.com.
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Randi Brill, President of Education-Based Quarasan and Teacher Peach adding to Quarasan’s contributions with the formation of Teacher Peach. This is my first foray into the mass-market consumer retail arena. It is so critically important in today’s economy to create smart, on-target products that fulfill unmet needs, more directly reach educators, and are within the price ranges that teachers, parents, and kids can afford!
Randi Brill founded her first company, Quarasan, in her basement in 1982. Since then, Quarasan has grown into one of the nation’s leading educational product developers and content packagers. In 2012, Brill launched Teacher Peach, a transformative company for teachers and other educators that puts the social and emotional needs of teachers first. WH! Outside of your current field, what other occupations have you pursued, and why did you switch? RB: I have always been in the design and creative visual and content communications field. Since my professional beginnings, I’ve always had the good fortune to focus on education. It’s been too important to me to create products that help kids learn and teachers teach for me to ever really consider doing anything else. The biggest shift I’ve ever made is not to switch anything, but instead to expand how I reach educators by
WH! Name one person you’d consider a role model, and how did they inspire you? RB: When I was in high school, I had started working in the local children’s clothing store to help to pay for college. Richard London was the storeowner. At the time, inventory was done with tiny paper tickets. When an item sold, you tore off half the ticket and it went in “the box.” Many people were supposed to “do the tickets” to keep track of what was selling and needed to be reordered. My job was different; I was to run the checkout desk. One day, I was taking cash to the safe and I found Mr. L. at his desk, head lowered, doing the tickets himself. Unknown to many, his vision was failing and yet there he sat, squinting to read and tick off numbers, one at a time. When he looked up and saw me standing there, he said simply, “This is what it means to own a business. You do what no one else does. I have a feeling you’ll know that one day.” From that day forward, I did the tickets – and got him a stronger light bulb – because even though the tickets were covered, so many other things were not, and I knew he’d still be filling in the gaps to run his business. I’ve thought of him and those tickets many times since. There are “tickets” in every business and I always keep a spare light bulb handy. WH! How did you get your start? RB: As with most people in educational
publishing, I sort of fell into this profession. As soon as I discovered the impact my work could have on kids and teachers, I was hooked. I was offered a position at an ad agency and a design firm as well as an educational publisher. Of course, the publisher paid the lowest salary of the three, but it offered the most autonomous opportunity for me to design, manage, and “own” projects that were assigned to me.
accessible, I’d ensure it actually exists. So much content is “out there” but so much of it is not on target. If we could focus our educational energies on reaching and teaching the kids in personalized and individual learning paths that meet them where they truly are, the next generations would be so much better equipped to be the citizens of tomorrow that we want and need them to become.
WH! Tell us about one person or company that has been instrumental in your success. RB: In companies like ours, it isn’t ever just one individual; it is many individuals, so I’ll focus on one outside company that has significantly impacted our success. For our companies, it is Apple and the very design-centric fleet of products that company provides. From the tiny nine-inch blackand-white monitors we used to use to the mega Macs we use today, our teams not only depend upon Apple products – we thrive with them.
WH! What exciting things are on the horizon for your business? RB: What’s most exciting to me about our businesses going forward is exactly that – our companies are going forward! We are able to regroup and recalibrate based on real-world conditions to recognize and create products to address the opportunities that exist. The industry we were fortunate enough to be a part of for the past 30 years – educational publishing – actually doesn’t exist any longer in the ways that it did. What has replaced it is a complex, confused and changing playing field. By expanding into the retail consumer market with Teacher Peach, we are able to learn so much more directly about the types of products and support the educational marketplace needs the most. We are also able to work differently with our clients, bringing our creativity to bear much earlier in the process, even before the projects are awarded or defined!
WH! What’s your favorite part of your business? RB: I love to create and “make things.” My favorite three actions are to create something from nothing, to create something better from something else, and to distill complex issues down to the right simple cadre of next actions. WH! Given unlimited resources, what would you change about your business/industry? RB: I would ensure that students everywhere are able to access up-to-the-minute accurate and engaging content that helps them to learn how to learn and explore, expanding upon their innate curiosity and joy. I’d also ensure that this excellent content is not only
WH! What’s the biggest obstacle your business has had to overcome? RB: The economy in the past four years has been extremely difficult – for everyone. The business pressures our clients are facing have forced us to also face many difficult CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
Business Happenings Randoons Returns After Some “R&R” For the first time in 14 years, Winnetka’s Randoons closed its doors – refreshing and rearranging from Feb. 24-March 1. The shop now features the new “Baby Loo’s Bakery, Clothing and Gift Café,” along with a refurbished women’s section. “I really wanted to freshen up the shop and keep my creative juices flowing,” said storeowner Randi Lamb. 962½ Green Bay Road; 847-784-1890; randoons.com. Highwood Recreation Center Revitalized The Highwood Rec Center has undergone a transformation, thanks to donations from the Highwood Chamber of Commerce, Carefree Comfort and Viti Financial, as well as Highwood Fire Department volunteers. New
features include LED scoreboards and new flooring in the lobby and multipurpose room. “All these upgrades make the Highwood Rec Center more appealing to anyone looking for a community center to call their home,” says director Ivan Tosi. 428 Green Bay Road; 847-432-6633; cityofhighwood.com. Julie J Studio Opens in Libertyville Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler welcomed Julie Latayan, owner of Julie J Studio, at a March 1 ribbon cutting ceremony. Latayan teaches everyone from tots to adults how to paint and draw, with a unique approach that makes students feel both comfortable and confident. The studio provides everything from parties to private lessons. 117 E. Cook Ave.; 847-984-0971; juliejstudio.com.
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Life Online – Three “Must Follow” Tips Make Time for An American Story Let’s be honest, these tips are really little life lessons. Not the kind you learn late in life, but the kind your mom teaches you while also teaching you how to tie your shoes. So you really already know the three “Must Follow” tips. You just need Techlife to remind you of them, because stick a mouse, trackpad or touchscreen in front of your Dave Kaufman brain and you forget everything, mesmerized by the glowing screen like a siren’s song. Search For Your Own Keys You lose your keys. In today’s world, how often do you ask someone for a simple answer when you could find that answer yourself? Ask your dad and he might say the obligatory, “Your keys aren’t lost, you’re the one who’s lost.” This is of course his way of connecting with you, albeit an unhelpful one. But your mom might add, “Now if you were the keys, where would you be?” While at first this seems no more helpful, further thought in today’s “Google it” world and a little help from Techlife will have you see your mom once again nailing it. Sometimes when thinking about a search, you aren’t sure where to look. But search is everywhere, from email to the web to the computer file structure. How you find the “keys” means using the right words and phrases. Or as your mom put it, “Where would you be?” which means think like the search term. Use advanced search tools,
which can help narrow down the results in unique and different ways. Stranger Danger Means Be Alert You are selling that vintage 1992 jean jacket, the one your mom told you not to buy. Your dad just busts out laughing at you for the silly purchase, asking “Do you know how silly you looked when you wore that?” And your mom adds, “Who is going to want that old thing?” Once again, your mom hit the nail on the head. Know your audience. Maybe the jean jacket has become the latest gang fashion accessory and your buyer is someone to fear. The point is, you don’t know. eBay takes some of the risk out of the transaction, as you aren’t going to meet the buyer but you need to deal with them. Making sure you get paid means having a good eBay rating and watching your sale to see the buyer has a good one as well. For Craigslist, another Techlife reader advises to ask the buyer a few questions about the item before meeting face to face. Do they seem interested and knowledgeable? This works for buyers and sellers before you meet in that public, well-lit place. Trick or Treat Smart When you went trick-or-treating as a ghost with a sheet over your head, your mom or dad would joke with you, “Who’s that cute little ghost?” They knew if they looked under the sheet they would find you. It wasn’t scary for them. Today, email can often appear to come from trusted sources, but hiding under that email is not the cute little kid you thought you CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
Tennessee Williams – The Glass Menagerie Thru March 23. Part of the American Classics Series. $20, $25/students and seniors, $25 at the door. Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Ave., Lake Forest; 847-234-6062; centerstagelakeforest.org.
All Shook Up April 12-14, 7pm. The music is all Elvis, but the story is all new. $12, $14 at the door. Jr. Encore Theatre, St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church St., Libertyville; 847-708-8880; encoretheatre.net.
Sapna Kumar and Friends March 28-30. 8pm (Thu-Sat) and 9pm (Fri). Kumar has been featured on LOGO TV and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” $10, $15 at the door. The Laughing Chameleon, 1830 Tower Drive, Glenview; 847-834-0291; laughingchameleon.com.
An American Story Thru April 14, 8pm (Wed-Fri), 2 and 8pm (Sat) and 3pm (Sun). Hershey Felder’s new production tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s last day. $60-$65. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago; 312988-9000; theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.
American English March 29, 10pm. See one of the most acclaimed Beatles tributes. $8. Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire; 847-541-4700; cubbynorth.com.
Stones in His Pockets Thru April 14. Small town Irishmen hope to hit it big when hired as extras for an epic American movie. $25-$72. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; 847-673-6300; northlight.org.
“Diamond” Jim Greene April 2, 6:30-9:30pm. This blues concert features everything from the Delta to Chicago. Lake Forest College Center for Chicago Programs, 555 N. Sheridan Road; 847-735-5019; lakeforest.edu.
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Enchanted April April 26-May 26, 8pm (Thu-Sat), 3pm (Sun). Four English women rent a castle on a remote Italian island, trying to come to grips with their lives and relationships. $32.50-$37.50. Citadel Theatre, 825 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest; 847-735-8554; citadeltheatre.org.
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Million Dollar Quartet Thru April 28. Inspired by the recording session featuring Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. $25$85. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; 773-935-6100; ticketmaster.com.
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When you began networking, you probably did one of two things. You either attended every event you possibly could and joined every network organization around, or you rarely attended any events. Neither option is the best way to network. Today, it pays to be more strategic in your networking endeavors. You have to determine which events and Vicki Gerson organizations give you the best return for your investments – time and money. As you’re getting your income tax information together for 2012 to give to your CPA, carefully determine what you spent on networking last year. Did you get your money’s worth? It is important to determine if you received any business from the organizations you’ve joined. For example, Nancy joined a professional woman’s organization that met monthly for lunch and cost her $45 per month. By the time she traveled to the meeting, ate lunch and listened to the speaker, she lost at least half of her workday. Even though each lunch meeting had approximately 100 attendees and the women were interesting and varied from meeting to meeting, after two years Nancy didn’t get anyone who wanted to use her business skills. As a result, Nancy dropped her membership in that organization and looked for another one to take its place. Unlike other typical
networking groups, there never was time to thank anyone for business or emphasize that sharing business was important. On the other hand, Nancy is a member of other networking groups that are more beneficial to her. As a result, Nancy renewed her memberships this year for these three organizations and tries to attend as a guest at other networking groups she is “checking out.” As you know, it pays to network. Effective networking can link together entrepreneurs and small business people to help grow your business. Many times, you will find that you need their services as well. If you are already a successful networker, others most likely consider you genuine and authentic. You have built trust and relationships with the people you meet. It is always a good idea to become a powerful resource for others. People will appreciate your help. As a networker who wants to succeed, it is crucial that the members and guests who attend these meetings have a clear understanding of what services or products you provide. Make sure people realize the benefits there are in working with you on their particular project. Make sure to follow through quickly on any referrals you are given. When someone recommends you, that individual is placing their good name in front of that individual. Don’t disappoint the person providing you with the referral.
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