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Blackhawks Charities and Jersey Mike’s Subs Team for “Month of Giving” Chicago Blackhawks Charities and Jersey Mike’s Subs join forces for the fourth annual “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. On March 26, 100 percent of the day’s sales at Jersey Mike’s locations nationwide go to more than 100 different charities. Visit online for complete info. Jerseymikes.com/mog. Kenilworth Union Church Mid-Week Lenten Worship Wednesdays, 7:30am. Keep your Lenten Journey fresh. Schmidt Chapel, 211 Kenilworth Ave.; 847-251-4272; kuc.org.
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Signarama Deerfield Women’s History Month Clothing Drive Thru March 28. Signarama Deerfield supports the efforts of BELFOR, the worldwide leader in disaster recovery and property restoration, and Chicago’s NBC 5, for the eighth annual Women’s History Month Clothing Drive. Donations benefit Tabitha House and Clara’s House. 461 Lake Cook Road; 847-239-5793; signarama-deerfield.com. Whole Foods Market Kids Fair March 29, 11am-2pm. Help end poverty with the Whole Planet Foundation. The event features tie-dying, face painting and maskmaking. $5 donation. 840 Willow Road, Northbrook; 847-205-5353; wholefoods.com. Tania Runyan Reading and Poetry Open-Mic March 29, 8pm. Highland Park Poetry welcomes back poet/author Tania Runyan, whose recent publications include “Second Sky” and “How to Read a Poem.” Bring up to
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See Casey Abrams live April 4 at Skokie Theatre Squabbles March 28-30. It’s father-in-law vs. mother-in-law in this comedic succession of squabbles. $20. Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods; 847-604-1990; theatreinthewoods.net. Classically Trained: An Art Installation March 29, 5pm. Featuring artist/photographer Ksenia Poulber and Bulgarian-born virtuoso classical pianist Ani Gogova. $10 suggested donation. Terra Sounds School of Music, 924 Waukegan Road, Glenview; 847-737-1850; terrasounds.com. The Dance of Death April 1-July 20. August Strindberg’s masterpiece tells the deliciously venomous story of a crumbling marriage – laced with black comedy and biting humor. $35-$70. Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe; 847-242-6000; writerstheatre.org. An Intimate Evening with Casey Abrams April 4, 8pm. The former Chicago resident was a finalist on the 2011 season of “American Idol.” $30. Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie; 847-677-7761; skokietheatre.org. Into the Woods Thru April 5. See this epic fairytale of several Brothers Grimm characters, including the Baker and his Wife, Little Red Riding Hood and more. $22-$59. Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave.; 773-3251700; mercurytheaterchicago.com. Chapatti Thru April 13. John Mahoney stars in this tale of lonely animal-lovers living in Dublin. When Dan and dog Chapatti cross paths with Betty and her 19 cats, a spark is struck. Co-
produced by Northlight Theatre and Galway Arts Festival. $15-$75. 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; 847-673-6300; northlight.org. The NSO’s European Folk Fest April 13, 4pm. New to the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra stage is violinist Rachel Stenzel. A free pre-concert lecture takes place at 2:30pm. $8-$50. Sheely Center for the Performing Arts, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook; 847-272-0755; thenso.org. Notes from Hollywood April 20, 7pm. The Music Institute of Chicago and Dempster St. Pro Musica pay tribute to movie music of the ’40s and ’50s. $10-$30. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston; 847-905-1500x108; musicinst.org. The God Committee Thru April 20. Oil Lamp Theater explores the moral, ethical and emotional issues surrounding organ transplantation. OLT is a BYOB establishment. $30. 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview; 847-834-0738; oillamptheater.org. Side Effects May Include April 26, 3pm. Written by former “Seinfeld” writer Marc Jaffe, this funny, moving one-man show faces the issue of early onset Parkinson’s disease. $25. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights; 847-577-2121; metropolisarts.com. Schoolhouse Rock Live! Thru May 4. The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents this musical production of the Emmy-winning ’70s cartoon. $15. 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire; 847-634-0200; marriotttheatre.com.
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CALENDAR, PAGE 2 United Methodist Church, 1190 Western Ave.; 224-365-5828; northbrookgardenclub.org. Northbrook Community Synagogue Women’s Seder April 1, 6:45pm. Join the Women’s Havura for celebration of women’s role in the Passover story. Bring daughters ages 12 and up. A portion of proceeds is donated to SHALVA. Registration required by March 25. $18, $12/daughters. 2548 Jasper Court; 847-509-9204; northbrookcommunitysynagogue.org.
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Townley Women’s Club of Deerfield Meets April 2, 11:30am. Club presidents past and present are honored, and The Amazing Woman History Theatre group presents “Two Divas and a Gossip.” Social hour is followed by lunch. Registration required by March 31. The Glen Club, 2901 W. Lake Ave., Glenview; 847-945-4931. Northbrook Woman’s Club Wardrobe Presentation April 3, 12pm. The event features Jessica Sheehan of Evolve Styling, seen on “Tim Gunn,” “The Oprah Show” and “Project Runway.” Light lunch is served. Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, 3080 W. Lake Ave., Glenview; 847-205-7931; northbrookwomansclub.org. Glenview Chamber of Commerce Bites and Brews April 3, 5-8pm. The all-you-can-eat-and-drink festival features craft beers and food tastings from favorite local establishments, along with live music. $25, $35 at the door. Wyndham Hotel, 1400 Milwaukee Ave.; 847-724-0900; glenviewchamber.com. Bernard Weinger JCC Art Class April 3-May 8, 2pm (Thu). Art Educator Debra Levie shares her knowledge of renowned artists, including Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Sisley, Manet and Morist. 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook; 224-406-9200; gojcc.org. Our Lady of the Brook Lecture and Workshop April 3 and 4, 7pm (Thu) and 9am-12pm (Fri). Guest lecturer Amy-Jill Levine presents “Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Hearing the Parables in Historical Context” and “Understanding Jesus Requires Understanding Judaism.” Registration required. 3700 Dundee Road, Northbrook; 847-272-5686; olbparish.org.
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Glenview New Church Human Trafficking Awareness Program April 5, 10am-12pm. The featured speaker is Janet Kenny, holistic certified school nurse, human rights educator/advocate and cofounder of Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (CAST) and Stepping Stones Ministries. $5 suggested donation. 74 Park Drive; glenviewnewchurch.org. St. Mary’s Services Spring Fashion Show April 6, 11am-2pm. “A Time to Shine: The Children of St. Mary’s” features the children of SMS, modeling spring and summer fashions as well as raising money and awareness for the organization. Enjoy a sit down lunch, mimosas, cash bar, silent auction and raffle. Registration required. $75/adults, $25/child, $700/table of 10. The Cotillion, 360 S. Creekside Drive, Palatine; 847-8708181; stmaryservices.com. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Health Kit Assembly April 6, 11:30am-1pm. Help assemble Lutheran World Relief Health Kits, containing personal care items to be distributed worldwide. Participate for free and/or sponsor a kit ($5 each). 1133 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook; 847-272-0040; gloriadeinorthbrook.org. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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CALENDAR, PAGE 4 Chabad Northbrook Model Matzah Bakery April 6, 2 and 3pm. Children of all ages are invited to learn about Passover and bake their own Matzah. Registration required. Northbrook Whole Foods, 840 Willow Road; 847-564-8770; chabadnorthbrook.com. Wilmette Historical Museum Lecture Program April 6, 2-3:30pm. Dr. Robert F. Sasso presents “The Potawatomi and the Nineteenth Century Fur Trade in Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois.” The Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside shares his knowledge and discusses his field work. $5/NM. 609 Ridge Road; 847-853-7666; wilmettehistory.org. Alliance Francaise du North Shore Café Conversation April 7, 10-11am. Meet fellow francophones for relaxed, mid-morning conversation – in French. Listening in French encouraged. All levels welcome. Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette; afnorthshore.org. Lake County Audubon Society Program April 7, 7:30pm. Dr. Michael Sands, a founder of the Farm Business Development Center, reviews opportunities to expand local food production in the region, more specifically in Lake County. Libertyville Village Hall, 118 W. Cook St.; lakecountyaudubon.org. Congregation Beth Judea Israeli Soldier Program April 7, 8pm. Hear personal stories from a diverse group of young Israeli soldiers. The citizen soldiers served in the IDF during missions in Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank. Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove; 847-634-0777; bethjudea.org.
Demystifying the Car Buying Experience April 8, 6pm. Independent Auto Consultant Gary Eisenstein gives an informative talk on today’s car buying process. The event is hosted at the newly opened Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership, and features refreshments, facility tours and prizes. Registration required by April 4. 2800 Patriot Blvd., Glenview; 847-840-3388; email@example.com. Glenview Gardeners Program April 8, 7-8:30pm. Dan Biernacki of the Cook County Farm Bureau and owner of Ted’s Greenhouse in Tinley Park presents “Long Blooming Perennials for the Yard.” Midwest Care Center, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview; glenviewgardeners.org. Northbrook Art Associates Program April 8. The program celebrates the artistic achievements of the Golden Age of Spain, including music performances. Transportation and lunch included. Registration required. Guests welcome. 847-564-0915. Deerfield Historical Society Spaghetti Dinner April 10, 6pm. Prepared by the Italian Kitchen. Bob Levi discusses Dixieland jazz, featuring Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and more. Registration required by April 7. $12. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St., Deerfield; 847-948-0680. Books on Vernon Jewish Holiday Celebrations April 11 and 18, May 9, 10:30-11:30am. Celebrate spring’s Jewish holidays with ages 0-2. The event features stories, movement and more. Coffee and light refreshments served. Registration encouraged. 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe; 847-835-0724; firstname.lastname@example.org. North Suburban Genealogical Society Meeting April 12, 1pm. Marsha Peterson-Maas
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presents “Swab Your Cheek: How to Make the Most Out of DNA Kinship Results.” Refreshments served. Northbrook History Museum, 1776 Walters Ave., nsgsil.org. Highland Park Woman’s Club Annual Fundraiser April 12, 5-9pm. See Frank Sinatra tribute artist Michael Sonata, and enjoy food from Buca di Beppo. Features a silent auction, door prizes, cash bar, complimentary appetizers and more. $40, $20/ages 5-10, free for ages 4 and under. Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road; 847-432-5953. highlandpark.gfwcillinois.org. Evanston Art Center “Call & Response” Exhibition Thru April 13. See and hear what happens when visual artists collaborate with musicians. Visual artists are Sae Jun Kim, Ben Whitehouse and Jack Flynn and the musicians are Katherine Young, Josefien Stoppelenburg and Victor Garcia. 2603 Sheridan Road; evanstonartcenter.org. Temple Beth-El Pesach Festival Service and Light Lunch April 15, 11:30am. Celebrate the start of the Passover holiday. 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook; 847-205-9982; templebeth-el.org. Covenant Northbrook Spring Swing April 15, 2pm. Enjoy entertainment by the Rose Colella Trio, appetizers, dessert and Covenant camaraderie. Registration required. 2625 Techny Road; 847-412-7016; covenantnorthbrook.org. Illinois Audubon Society Lake/Cook Chapter Meeting April 16, 7pm. Doug Taron of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, director of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, discusses concerns about the survival of the Monarch butterfly. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge
Road, Highland Park; 847-831-0331; lakecookaudubon.org. Lake County Challengers Award Benefit Dinner April 17, 6-8:30pm. The first annual benefit dinner features keynote speaker and former Chicago Bulls player/coach Bill Cartwright, along with former Purdue Boilermaker Kenny Williams. Enjoy a light dinner, silent memorabilia auction and more. $35, $40 at the door. Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way; 847-204-4376; lcchallengers.webs.com. Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook Spring Benefit April 26, 6pm. The annual spring benefit is themed “Motown Magic,” featuring a night of dinner, dancing, live Motown music, silent/ live auctions and more. Registration required. $100. Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 847-724-2620; ysgn.org. ZIA Gallery Exhibition Thru April 26. “Iceland Inspired” features photographer John Vlahakis and mixedmedia painter Jonathan Ricci, who created considerable bodies of work after spending significant time in the country. 548 Chestnut St., Winnetka; 847-446-3970; ziagallery.net. Illinois Holocaust Museum Commemorative Concert April 27, 6:30-8pm. The program honors the memory of Six Million. Registration required. 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie; 847-967-4800; ilholocaustmuseum.org. Northbrook Community Synagogue Author Event April 28, 7:30pm. Marty Brounstein presents the true story of a Catholic couple in the Netherlands who, despite great risk and danger, helped save the lives of at least two CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center Luncheon May 7, 10:30am. The 18th annual luncheon is themed “Memory Matters,” and honors Bruce Brockstein, MD, Medical Director of the Kellogg Cancer Centers at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), for achievements in the field of oncology. James Mastrianni, MD, PhD, Director of The Center for Comprehensive Care and Research on Memory Disorders at the University of Chicago, is keynote speaker. Also featured are auctions and raffle prizes. Registration required. $85. Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave. West; 224-364-7275; foundation.northshore.org/mrw. The Art Center – Highland Park Annual Spring Gala May 8, 7pm. “A Feast for the Eyes” features musical and visual arts performances, an
$79/M, $95/NM. Departs from Northfield Adler Planetarium April 10, 8:15am-4:15pm. Visit the country’s oldest planetarium and witness “Cosmic Wonder,” the newest show in the Grainger Sky Theater. The stunning show goes deep into the universe with an almost 3-D effect. Lunch is at the Greek Islands Restaurant. Bus stops at both Northfield and Morton Grove – register for the location from which you wish to depart. $79/M, $95/NM. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; nssc.org. exhibition of photographs by Vivian Maier, watercolors by David E. Dallison, a silent auction of exquisite custom art pieces, raffle, delicious food, drinks and more. 1957 Sheridan Road; theartcenterhp.org. CASA Lake County 20th Anniversary May 10. CASA Lake County hosts its annual benefit CASABLANCA 2014, featuring cocktails, dinner, a silent and live auction and dancing. The non-profit organization recruits and trains volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused or neglected children in Lake County. Registration required. $350. Ravinia Festival, Highland Park; 847-383-6260x217; casalakecounty.com. NAMI CCNS Spring Benefit with the Brandon Marshall Foundation May 10, 6:30pm. Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall and his wife Michi, B.A. Psychology, B.S. Criminal Justice and future fashion boutique entrepreneur, share the inspiring story of their successful battle with Brandon’s diagnosis of mental illness. Priority and VIP experience tickets available. Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, 933 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook; 847716-2252; 312-988-0243; namiccns.org; thebrandonmarshall.com. Glenview History Center Hat Exhibit Sundays thru May 25, 1-4pm. “Hats Thru the Ages” features a display of women’s hats – including bonnets, cloche, pillbox, cocktail and more from 1850-1960. Closed Easter and Mother’s Day. Donations welcome. 1121 Waukegan Road; 847-724-2235; glenviewhistory.org. Essence of Freedom Run 5K/10K May 26, 7:45am. Support our nation’s heroes at this Deerfield event, hosted by Essence Pilates. Run, walk, volunteer or cheer. Have fun at the after event and stay for the Memorial Day Parade. Registration required. Essenceoffreedomrun.com.
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ADULTS Readers’ Round Table March 25 and April 29, 2pm. Share your favorite recent reads and recommendations. Pick up a complimentary copy of a new or forthcoming book.
Fantastic Flyers April 6, 2-3pm. This Grow with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program explores the principles of flight. Make and launch three different flyers. Registration required (limited to District 112 residents). Grades 3-5.
Hoopla Demo Day April 5, 10am-12pm. Movies, music, TV shows and audiobooks are available to download or stream from the Library with hoopla digital and Freegal music. Stop by and learn how enjoy thousands of titles. Money Smart Week Programs The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago presents this series of free classes and activities. + April 7, 7:30pm – Socially-Responsible Investing with Danielle Schultz, financial adviser and principal of Haven Financial Solutions. + April 8, 7:30pm – Financial Planning For Young Professionals with Francine Duke, certified financial planner and founding principal of Aqua Financial Planning. + April 9, 7:30pm – Effectively Dealing With Financial Crisis with Mike Cohen of JVS Chicago. + April 10, 7:30pm – Be Smart About Identity Theft with Highland Park Bank & Trust. Book Discussion – “The Girls of Atomic City” April 8, 1pm. Judy Levin leads discussion of Denise Kiernan’s book, a history of the women who lived and worked in a secret facility in Tennessee during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project. Kiernan’s account reveals a part of the story of the invention of the atomic bomb that is not widely known. Film Showing and Discussion April 13, 2pm. Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces and screens an award-winning film starring Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare and Gwyneth Paltrow as his inspiration. A discussion follows. Gen. Charles Dawes and the 100th Anniversary of WWI April 16, 10:30am. Living history impersonator R.J. Lindsey portrays Chicago banker and businessman General Charles Dawes, who at 52 when the war started, wanted to serve his country. Power of Email Marketing April 16, 7pm. SCORE presenter Irwin Myers presents insight on how to build email lists and use subject lines that lead to opened emails. Gaining Financial Control of Your Divorce
Miss Deena’s Spring Baby Booktime Storytime April 11-June 27, 10:30-11:30am (second/ fourth Fri). Introduce babies to early language experiences through stories, songs and rhymes. Registration required. Newborns to walkers with adult (Highland Park residents only). Kidsevents.org. Purple Up! For Military Kids April 15, 4-5pm. Celebrate Month of the Military Child and enjoy special stories read by local military service members. Operation: Military Kids and the University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Program encourage participants to wear the color purple.
The Park District of Highland Park recently achieved state accreditation. April 23, 7:30pm. Learn to take control of your finances during divorce, and avoid some of the most common financial mistakes. Presented by Robert W. Baird & Company. Theatrical Reading – “All’s Well That Ends Well” April 27, 2pm. Equity actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago present a theatrical reading of Shakespeare’s “problem play.” A discussion with the cast follows. Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month with The Fat Shallot April 28, 7:30pm. Sample one of Zagat’s 10 Must-Try Gourmet Grilled Cheeses in Chicago when Sarah Weitz and Sam Barron of The Fat Shallot food truck serve their special grilled cheese sandwich. The pair shares tips and what life as a food truck owner entails. Meet Author Gabrielle Zevin April 29, 7pm. Zevin’s new book “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” tells the story of an irascible book store owner whose life is not at all what he expected. When an unexpected package appears at his store, he has the opportunity to make his life over. Books are available for sale and the event concludes with a book signing. Spanish Literary Club Fridays, 11:30am-1pm. Drop in for discussion centered around Spanish books by Hispanic authors (call for title). The discussion is in both Spanish and English, led by Gabriela Leyva.
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Volunteer with The Friends Of The Library The Friends of the Highland Park Public Library’s Book Nook sells used books and audiovisual materials Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:30am-4:30pm. Volunteers wanted to help sort and sell used books. 847432-0216x131. CHILDREN/TEENS Drop-In Chess March 29, 10:30am-12pm. Open to all levels of play, featuring experienced players. Instructional opportunities may be available. Boards and sets provided. Grades K-9. Miss Deena’s Spring Tales For Tots Storytime March 31-May 15, 10-10:30am (Mon or Thu). Bring your preschooler to the Library for stories, songs, puppets, flannel boards and adult-child participation. Registration required. 2½ to 3½ years with adult (Highland Park residents only.) Kidsevents. org. Miss Deena’s Spring Storytime Live! March 31-May 15, 10:45-11:15am (Mon) or 1:30-2pm (Thu). This drop-off program features books, songs, rhymes, puppets and other activities designed to foster pre-reading skills. Ages 3½ to 6. Miss Deena’s Spring First Steps Storytime April 1-June 20, 9:15-10am or 10:15-11am (first/third Tue or Fri) Enjoy interactive storytime with fun books, songs, puppets, a parachute and games. Registration required.
Park District of Highland Park PDHP Achieves State Accreditation The Park District of Highland Park was recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA). Peter Murphy, IAPD President and CEO, presented the award to the Park District during the annual IPRA/IAPD conference in Chicago. “Illinois has a reputation for the best park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies in the nation,” said Murphy. “The Illinois Distinguished Accreditation program provides an opportunity for these agencies to undergo a voluntary, comprehensive evaluation process to demonstrate that they have met state guidelines to provide exceptional park and recreation services to their community.” Distinguished Park and Recreation Accreditation is the culmination of a ninemonth rigorous evaluation. The Park District of Highland Park’s scores exceeded the required scores in all categories for passing the standards criteria. “Inviting outside review by experts from other leading agencies and comparisons to a set of industry standards improves the Park District of Highland Park’s effectiveness and efficiencies.” said Park District Executive Director Liza McElroy. 636 Ridge Road; 847-831-3810; pdhp.org.
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Coping Through Avoidance – When Work Hinders Bereavement Following the death of a loved one, many individuals will throw themselves into their work. The idea behind this practice is that work will shift the focus of the bereaved and provide a positive coping support for getting through a difficult time. For those that have lost a loved one, work can be a catharsis that provides the needed support for getting through a very difficult time. While it is indeed Dr. Michael Clatch true that work can provide an important resource for coping, there are instances in which work can hinder the process of bereavement, making the process more difficult and much longer than it needs to be. When this happens, bereavement for the individual may take longer, may not occur at all or may become a more painful process. Thus, it is important to recognize when working following a loss is a benefit and when work becomes a detriment to grieving. In order to understand what happens when work becomes a hindrance to bereavement, it is important to have some basic understanding of coping mechanisms. Generally speaking, you use various coping mechanisms to deal with stress on a daily basis. In most instances, you do not even recognize it. Coping mechanisms can be both positive and negative depending on how you use them in your life. For instance, when you encounter an outcome that is not desirable, you may rationalize the outcome by noting that it occurred because you were not at your best or the conditions were not optimal for success.
By using rationalization, you enable yourself to feel better about your situation and the outcomes that have resulted. In the case of a bereaved employee that throws him or herself into work as a coping mechanism, it is possible that in the initial stages of grief, the individual is attempting to avoid the overwhelming power of emotions associated with loss. Avoidance is a common coping mechanism that helps us to deal with the challenges of overwhelming emotions. In many instances, the initial emotions are avoided and dealt with in smaller increments over time. Avoidance can be a positive coping mechanism as long as the bereaved individual does indeed grieve over time. Through this process, the bereaved will be able to cope with the emotions of the loss and allow them to come to light in a way that is helpful rather than harmful. Even though avoidance can be a helpful coping tool, problems arise when avoidance is used as the only coping mechanism for dealing with grief. In these instances, the individual uses work to completely avoid coping with loss. When this happens, the loss does not go away and the emotions can intensify. Work replaces the need to grieve and as a result the individual never addresses the underlying emotions surrounding loss. As the emotions of grief are pushed further and further into the background through a focus on work, the bereaved will find it more difficult to keep his or her emotions in check. While avoidance may initially result in a significant amount of productivity and higher performance, over time these gains will be lost because of the internal turmoil experienced by the individual. Failure to grieve will serve to maintain the emotions without a healthy release. Only by grieving and coping with the complex
emotions associated with loss will the individual be able to find peace and restore health. If this does not occur, the individual will become preoccupied with emotions and will not be able to remain productive at work. Because each individual grieves in his or her own unique way, it may be difficult to recognize when avoidance through work has gone too far. If a coworker has recently experienced loss, it may be healthy for him or her to return to work. However, if after time the bereaved begins to show signs of emotional distress, it may be time to offer help and support. Listening to a coworker and being there can be vital to promoting the experience of grief.
In addition, it may be helpful to recommend counseling or support groups to enable the bereaved to seek out additional supports in coping with loss. Being present for the individual experiencing loss will be critical to helping the bereaved through this difficult time. Despite the fact that avoidance can be an effective coping mechanism, too much will significantly hinder the long-term emotional health of the bereaved. Dr. Clatch practices at the Courage to Connect Therapeutic Center, 2400 Ravine Way, Suite 600, Glenview. For more info, call 847-347-5757 or visit couragetoconnecttherapy.com.
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1. The Northbrook Community Relations Commission sponsored the 13th Annual Black History Month celebration on Feb. 26, held once again at the North Suburban YMCA. “Journeys: Paths Taken to Chicago and the North Suburbs” featured a variety of speakers sharing inspiring stories of how they overcame discrimination to find success in their personal and professional lives, including entrepreneur Nikki Burnett of Basketball Mom Apparel.
3. Vernon Hills-based nonprofit CASA Lake County has expanded its board of directors with the election of two businesswomen – Noga Villalon of Winnetka and Joanna Lynn of Riverwoods. “Both appointees bring financial and management skills to the board,” said CASA executive director Terri Zenner Greenberg, “as well as a personal understanding of CASA’s mission and operation from a total of eight years advocating for abused children.”
2. Kenilworth Union Church has welcomed the Rev. Dr. William A. Evertsberg to the role of senior minister. The Grand Rapids, Michigan native’s first sermons took place on March 2. “My wife and I are delighted to be part of Kenilworth Union Church,” said Evertsberg. “We share the church’s passion for nurturing people wherever they are on their faith journey, and in reaching out beyond our church doors in service to others.”
4. Mesirow Financial announces that senior managing director and Winnetka native Chuck Lawless will be named “2014 Outstanding Volunteer” at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter’s 38th Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon, held May 9 at the Hilton Chicago. Lawless is honored for exemplary volunteerism thru the dedication of significant personal time, talents and resources.
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On and Off the Beaten Path in San Antonio, Texas the 19th century Pearl Brewery to tour its Stables and pick up local products at the Pearl Farmers Market. Ciachef.edu/texas; atpearl.com/farmers_market
You may think you know San Antonio if you visited years ago. Certainly the Alamo – the mission to “remember” where a small Texas regiment valiantly held out against General Antonio López de Santa Anna for 13 days – has interesting memorabilia and timeline graphics. Just saying “San Antonio” evokes thoughts of bustling, colorful cafés on the downtown section of the Riverwalk. Both are excellent places to visit. However, there is another side to this southwestern town. Visit the CIA Whether you’re a foodie or like to cook, the place to go in San Antonio is the CIA. No, not the spy organization – the Culinary Institute of America. The famed chef training school added its third U.S. campus at the former Pearl Brewery, north of downtown, a few years ago. Sign up ahead of your trip to watch and taste at a cooking demonstration ($39.95). You can take notes, taste fun food and get recipes to take home. Or, take a half-hour campus tour. Tours are free and offered Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 4pm. Stop at its bakery for a snack and goodies to go or reserve a lunch spot at Nao, the CIA’s student-run, Texas restaurant. If in San Antonio on a Saturday morning, go over to
Do a Show at the Majestic The outside of the ornate 1929 Majestic Theater and its lobby only hint at its gorgeous Spanish-town style auditorium. A National Historic Landmark downtown on Houston Street, the Majestic is home to the San Antonio Symphony. It also hosts Broadway in San Antonio and touring performers. Check the Majestic schedule to see what’s playing when you’re in town. Majesticempire.com See Riverwalk Art Instead of limiting your Riverwalk experience to where the San Antonio River winds through downtown, explore its path north called the Museum Reach. Your goal can be the San Antonio Museum of Art, which has a Riverwalk entrance. It’s about a halfhour easy stroll north from the downtown hotels. You’ll pass colorful art murals and interesting sculptures. If you continue north from SAMA, you reach the Pearl Brewery. Another option is to relax and let a Riverwalk Taxi take you to the art museum and brewery. Thesanantonioriverwalk.com; riosanantonio.com Where to Stay There is something quite special about staying in a hotel right on the Riverwalk. At the Four Diamond Omni La Mansion del Rio, you’re smack in the middle of all the action, while enjoying all the pleasures of a historic, luxury property. With such gracious hospitality, you’ll feel like you’re relaxing in a grand hacienda. Yet,
The Alamo is just one of many interesting places to visit in San Antonio. it’s great to walk out the door and have all the excitement right there. We grabbed coffee at Morsels and were on our way to visit The Alamo, El Mercado and other sites, just a few blocks away. Like all Omni properties, this hotel is well suited for traveling families. They offer the “Omni Sensational Kids” program, which includes a unique “Discovery” welcome backpack with a 32page fold out map including travel games, crayons, magnifying glass and more. In addition, young guests are treated to milk and cookies on their ﬁrst night, a great way
to end a day of adventure. Be sure to look at the old pictures that line the walls. What blew us away was a photo of The Alamo from the early 1900s with a grocery store standing right next to it! Fortunately, the store came down and as a National Historic Landmark, the Alamo will continue to stand by itself. Omnihotels.com Remember the Alamo, but visit San Antonio’s other treasures! Contact Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Mira at email@example.com.
Warm Up with a Bowl of Homemade Soup There is nothing better than a bowl of homemade soup on a cold day. Since we’re still a little ways away from warm weather (sorry, but it’s true), I thought this recipe might make the temperatures a little less frustrating. I know that a cup of this always takes away my stress. This soup is what I like to call “rustic” – it’s very old school. Serve with a loaf of Chef Kim Bisk good bread, but don’t cut it! Place in the middle of the table, and let everyone rip off a chuck for dipping, just like they did in the “Old Country”…wherever your old country may be. Everyone had a version of this, so it doesn’t really matter. It’s yummy – that’s what matters. Old-Fashioned Bean and Sausage Soup 1 lb. black-eyed peas (uncooked) 2 cups vegetable broth 6 cups water 1 carrot (peeled/whole) 5 garlic cloves (peeled/whole) 1 onion (peeled/quartered) 1 bay leaf 1 cup fresh tomato (pureed) ⅓ cup olive oil ½ cup parsley (minced) 1 lb. country sausage (one-inch slices – any kind in a casing) 1 lemon (juiced) 1 bunch Swiss chard 1 large baking potato (peeled and diced) 1 tsp salt ½ tsp pepper Cheese Cloth
 Wrap carrot, onion, garlic and bay leaf in cheese cloth and tie so it won’t open. You’ll remove this later.  In a large pot, add broth and water. Now add uncooked beans and cheese cloth veggies. Bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, cover and continue cooking for two hours, until beans are tender (not mushy).  Remove cheese cloth veggies and add pureed tomatoes. Stir to combine.  Add olive oil, parsley, sausage pieces, lemon juice, potato and Swiss chard.  Simmer for another 30 minutes, or until sausage and potatoes are cooked.  Season with salt and pepper. Other Option: If you want to keep the veggies in, just make sure to dice them into bite-sized pieces. Chef Kim Bisk and her husband Ellory own and operate Kim & Ellory’s Kitchen, a personal chef and catering service for northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Visit them online at kimandellory.com.
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How to Achieve the “North Shore Formula” When working with buyers who are planning to make the move to the suburbs, we typically find a common thread in what they are looking for. Usually it is a young couple – mid-thirties – with small children who live in an average-sized newer construction townhome or condo with nice finishes. Buyers look on the Internet first, to get an idea of the housing market. They notice the current inventory shortage of updated homes. They consult with us for our knowledge, expertise and direction. Usually, the buyer is looking for the following: 4-5 bedrooms, 2½ baths, twocar attached garage, hardwood floors, an updated white kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a nice yard in a great family neighborhood. New construction is not an option, as they want to be settled by the start of the school year. Buyers want the “North Shore Formula.” You can have the North Shore Formula in any price range – not just new construction. This formula is constantly evolving, as everything popular goes in phases. The formula is in the process of changing now, but it will take a while for buyers to catch up with new trends. Here are our top suggestions for sellers to increase the current value of their home without breaking the bank. Even if you aren’t looking to sell your home, this will increase your value by staying current. Painting cabinets. If you have maple or cherry cabinets, get an estimate on how much it would cost to have them painted white. Our last client did this for $4,000. Stainless appliances. If you don’t have stainless appliances, consider switching. They sell stainless packages at discounted prices, and it’s not as expensive as you would think. Staining hardwood floors. Get an estimate to stain your floors either dark or the new “greige,” which is a grey/beige. The natural oak color is dated to the North Shore Formula buyer.
Paint. Paint colors come in and out of style. The North Shore Formula buyer is now into the greys, taupes and blues. Light neutral colors are always good. Our team actually has a list we forward to sellers looking to neutralize their home before listing. Handyman. Hiring a handyman is critical. A buyer hates to walk into someone’s bathroom and see bad grout and mold buildup. This shows the buyer that the homeowner isn’t keeping up with the general maintenance of the house. Have your handyman evaluate your house and then fix the odds and ends. It does make a difference! Remove clutter. This is one of the most important items, and won’t cost you a thing except time. We walk our sellers room by room and suggest what needs to be done before they list. Basically everything off the counters, closets cleaned out, etc. When we price homes, we give sellers an “as is” price and an “improvement” price. Typically, the investment is worthwhile. Not only will their home value increase, but it will sell quickly and not sit on the market. On the flip side, we understand some homeowners can’t afford to sink money into their current home. We educate our buyers to consider other factors – location, bones of the home and the potential the house has to achieve the North Shore Formula. We have a list of contractors to help them get estimates, making this the dream home they had in mind. Contributed by Beth Wexler and Joey Gault, Senior Sales Associates with @properties. Beth and Joey have over 20 years real estate experience and have repeatedly ranked within the top one percent of Chicagoland realtors. Reach them at wexlergault@atproperties. com, 312-446-6666 (Wexler) or 312-961-6699 (Gault).
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Freshen Up Your Room in One Brushstroke Is your room a little tired but you don’t want to redesign the whole room? Do you want to freshen up a space that you still enjoy, but needs a “little something?” Find a piece of furniture and paint it! Make over a room with a quart of paint. Painted furniture is everywhere these days. Design magazines showcase painted pieces in almost every photo. It might be a bright orange coffee table, a soft grey dresser or hot pink chair frame. What you don’t always notice at first glance is that many are simply existing pieces that the designer has painted for effect. Painting a sleepy piece or an estate sale find offers you a world of possibility. You can calm down a piece that is too strong in a room, and also punch up something that is getting lost. Fast and easy to do yourself, thanks to the increase in products designed just for furniture. Since 1990, Chalk Paint, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan, has been the secret worth sharing. Chalk Paint is designed to paint directly over almost any finish with no stripping or priming. That’s right – just start painting! As a designer and mother of three young children, Sloan developed Chalk Paint with the intent of painting a piece in the morning and having it put in place in the evening.
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She wanted an artist paint that could be used to create a wide variety of effects. With a few simple colors and some soft clear and dark wax, almost any decorative painted effect can be achieved. It can have a rustic and chippy look, and it can be smooth and modern. The colors also work beautifully together to create finishes with added depth and patina. Take a chance and rethink your interiors. Consider repurposing furniture in new rooms. Dressers and buffets are lovely pieces in entry halls, and even as consoles for TVs. Children’s rooms transform easily when you paint the headboard and dresser – and if they’re willing, have them help in the process. Best of all, it doesn’t take much to make a big impact and create a room you love! Contributed by Design Partners in Highwood. Painting workshops are held monthly in the studio. For more information, visit dphomedesign.com.
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Tips and Trends for Green Home Improvement 1. For home improvement, select sustainable materials and energy-saving equipment, such as recycled, sustainable finishing materials. Examples include custom millwork without formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds, flooring, tiles, countertops and paints. Sustainable design is a smart choice for both the environment and your wallet. 2. The hot new trend is a beautiful 5’ x 10’ porcelain tile, suitable for bathroom and kitchen projects. This product is made with 100 percent natural materials – including quarts, clay, kaolin, feldspar, silica and natural coloring agents. It contains no sealants, waxes, epoxies or man-made binders. The tile is designed to last a lifetime – it is 30 percent harder than granite, has low porosity rating and is scratch and stain-resistant. The 5’x 10’ tile slabs can be installed on floors, walls and ceilings.
3. Educate yourselves, your children and your community about a sustainable lifestyle and the impact it has on your immediate environment and planet overall. 4. Make sure that the products you use to renovate your home were manufactured using sustainable technologies, made without harsh chemicals and preferably from recycled materials. 5. Use renewable energy sources – such as solar, wind, hydro, geo-thermal and biomass. 6. For those planning any renovations, use recycled materials. For your kitchen, use formaldehyde-free cabinets and recycled porcelain tile and countertops. For bathrooms, use dual-flush toilets and water-conserving shower fixtures. Contributed by Green Living Designs, 1930 First St., Highland Park. Contact them at 847-681-0126 or greenlivingdesigns.info.
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Before you get to enjoy your dream kitchen, you’re going to have to live without any kitchen at all for a while. You can set up a workable mini-kitchen in the dining room by moving as much as possible from the kitchen before work starts, but you’ll have to get by without a stove, oven or dishwasher. Nobody said it would be easy, but you can keep everyone healthy and happy by taking it step-by-step: 1. Plan as much as you can. 2. Know what to cook. 3. Keep cleanup reasonable. You want fries with that kitchen remodel? If you try to take it one meal at a time during a kitchen remodel, you’ll be on a first-name basis with local drive-thru workers by the end of the second week. You need to plan ahead. • If your old microwave is a built-in, make sure your contractor doesn’t throw it away. If it’s not built to work as free-standing unit, buy a cheap one just for the remodel. And get that slow cooker out of the crawl space. • While you’re at it, look into renting a second freezer. • Make casseroles, soups, chili, meat pies and other dishes before the remodel starts, and freeze them in microwave-sized containers. • Stock up on healthy foods that don’t need cooking – like fruits, cut vegetables, cold cuts and cheese – and easy microwave snacks. • Draw up a weekly calendar of meals you intend to prepare – see next section – and buy all the ingredients at once, so you’re not running to the store every other day.
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Zap it, grill it, enjoy it. Okay – your old kitchen has been stripped down to the studs, and everything’s in the dining room. Now what do you do? • Find some easy recipes you can cook in the microwave or a slow cooker. • If it’s grilling weather, you’re in good shape – but try to move beyond than burgers and hot dogs. Grill marinated vegetables as a
side dish, and explore new recipes for chicken or fish. • Prepare as much as you can in the morning, so when you get home in the evening you can get dinner together fast. • One night a week, order pizza or take the crew to a favorite restaurant. Everyone deserves a break! Clean up or throw away? Without a dishwasher or kitchen sink, you’re left with two options – wash dishes in the bathroom, or use paper and plastic. Washing dishes in the bathroom is a family effort. Ideally, you have one person washing, one drying, one schlepping things back and forth and one putting everything away. If you’re not already a family of four, you may want to consider having more kids before remodeling your kitchen. Ha – just kidding! But considering how much work it can be washing dishes in the bathroom, paper and plastic start to look like a great alternative. Some people will tell you that throwing away dishes, cups and utensils after every meal is bad for the environment. In truth, there are two sides to the paper vs. ceramic debate, and considering the time and effort you’ll save, I say just go with paper as much as you like. Cleaning up, planning ahead and cooking easy meals will make your kitchen remodel easier on you and healthier for your family. And you’ll be in your dream kitchen before you know it! Contributed by David Epstein, a Founder and President of RD & B Group, a fullservice home contractor specializing in kitchen remodels, new home construction and damage restoration. A lifelong North Shore resident, he lives with his wife and two sons in Riverwoods. Read the whole Kitchen Remodeling Survival Guide at rd-bgroup. com/blog. For more info, call 847-921-9964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Four Factors For Family Event Planning It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you start planning a family event. Weddings, Bar/ Bat Mitzvahs and other big parties have so many moving parts; you can go crazy trying to wrap your head around everything at once. I’ve helped plan dozens of such events, and I always tell clients – after “take a deep breath” – to nail down these four factors, in order, before they worry about appetizers and flower arrangements: 1. Set a date. Planning a party before you set the date is like planning a vacation before you know where you’re going. Can’t be done! Some events offer you more flexibility than others. Religious milestones give you a narrow window – often dictated by your church or synagogue years in advance – while weddings can be any time at all. Within the window you have, make sure you ask yourself: • Will other friends or family be planning an event around the same time? • Is it a holiday weekend when people tend to be out of town? • Will college-age relatives be able to make it from out of town? Try to project other factors that might make a future date better or worse. I remember a bride who watched with dismay as her fall wedding guests spent the whole reception checking football scores! 2. Set a budget. After the date, most of the rest of your choices will depend on your budget. Only you know what you can afford, of course, but you can quiz family and friends who’ve hosted similar events to come up with a ballpark figure. An event planner can also help you find a range you’re comfortable with. Once you have a number, you’ll find a lot of details fall into place. You can weigh variables against each other – for example, a fancier event or a bigger guest list? – and set your priorities. Of course, if one of your priorities is an open bar, you might want to reconsider those college-age relatives! 3. Decide what kind of event you want. This is essentially a question of what time of day you prefer, and what meal you want to serve. With a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, for example, you can choose anything from a simple luncheon following the service to a full-blown black tie dinner – or any combination in between. Some families host a separate kids’ party, while others gather as many friends and relatives as they can into one big bash.
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Elegant or understated? DJ or live band? Table service or buffet? It all comes down to your tastes and your budget. 4. Add up your guests. You don’t have to finalize your guest list until the invitations are ready to be mailed, but you should make a preliminary list as soon as you can. List everyone you can imagine coming to your event. (If it’s a kids’ event, make sure you get the guest of honor’s input as well!) Now add up the names. This number will largely determine the size of your venue and the food and beverage portion of your budget. Is your list too long? Your budget may require you to pare it back. One important note – you’re better off with a venue that’s a little too big. I recall one client who booked a smaller venue, then opened her mailbox every day hoping the response cards would be from people who couldn’t come! Relax! Now that you’ve decided on a date, budget, event type and guest tally, you have a framework for making every other decision. Congratulations – the hardest part is done! With a little legwork – or some help from an event planner – you’ll be able to build on that framework to plan a party you’ll love. Contributed by Laura Epstein. Epstein has been in the event industry on the North Shore for nearly 20 years. She takes pride in planning events for multiple children – or multiple generations – of the same family, and in solving last minute problems due to venue closings, two-foot blizzards and unexpected party crashers. Contact her at email@example.com or 847-940-7712.
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Determine How the Affordable Care Act Affects Your Money It was on June 28, 2012 when the Supreme Court ruled the majority of the Affordable Care Act as constitutional. The Affordable Care Act – sometimes called “Obamacare” – is the new health care law passed by Congress in 2010. Numerous legal challenges kept it stalled, but after the Supreme Court’s ruling, the laws have begun to take effect. One of the provisions of the new law is the expansion of Medicaid eligibility. Simply put, the new law makes it easier for a wider range of people to sign up for Medicaid. That means that Medicaid could soon be supplying health care to more people than it has in the past. To help pay for the expansion, the Federal government will spend less money on Medicare so that more money can be diverted into Medicaid (the law requires that the government cover 100 percent of expansion costs for the first three years).1 But Medicare still needs funding, so the law authorizes several new tax provisions you may be aware of which took effect in 2013. Here is a list of some of the changes:2
gross income exceeds this amount, you still might not have to pay the tax on your investment income. The 3.8 percent tax is applied on whatever number is less: your net investment income, as covered above or the amount of your adjusted gross income over the $200,000/$250,000 threshold. Your adjusted gross income, or AGI, is your total gross income minus certain reductions, like contributions to an IRA. Imagine this scenario: Let’s say you are a single person making $230,000 in modified AGI. That would equal $30,000 over the threshold. If your investment income is greater than $30,000, than you would only owe the tax on the $30,000. If your investment income is less than $30,000, then the tax would apply to that instead. Simple, right? Okay, so maybe it’s not so simple. The secret to healthy finances is good planning, which is exactly what my practice does. Sources:
Payroll Tax Most people in the United States paid 1.45 percent of their wages toward Medicare in 2012, and employers chipped in an additional 1.45 percent. But since 2013, individuals who earn over $200,000 or married couples earning over $250,000 pay another 0.9 percent of their income toward the healthinsurance program.3 Investment Income Beginning in 2013, a new 3.8 percent Medicare surtax was levied on all investment income.4 Investment income is defined as the following: All interest earned on investments Dividends Capital Gains (both long and short)
Annuities (except annuities in IRAs or company plans) Passive rental income, which means any income earned off rental properties you own Other passive income, as in royalties from publishing a book or licensing a patent It’s important to note that the following items are not considered investment income: Wages and Self-Employment income Distributions from IRAs, Roth IRAs, and Company Plans
Municipal bond interest Proceeds of life insurance policies Veterans’ benefits Social Security income So, any money gained on these items was not subject to the 3.8 percent tax. Furthermore, the 3.8 percent only applies to those whose gross income (meaning wages plus investment income) exceeds $200,000 for individuals, or $250,000 for families. It’s possible, however, that even if your
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Tips to Help Make the Most of Your Next Shopping Trips With the economy on the rebound, shopping trips are once again becoming an indulgence for men and women alike. Responsible shoppers know to spend within their means, but shopping excursions can still be enjoyable even for those shoppers with limited budgets. The following are a handful of ways shoppers can make the most of their next shopping trips. Employ the buddy system. Most activities are made more enjoyable when friends are along for the ride, and shopping is no exception. Shopping with friends can make the trip more fun, and friends can offer their opinions on everything from clothing to appliances. In addition, friends can discourage one another from spending beyond their means. Comparison shop. Many shoppers feel that finding a good deal is the most fun part of shopping. Anyone can walk in off the street and pay full price for an item, but savvy shoppers pride themselves on finding the best deals. Shoppers can start their comparison-shopping even before they visit their favorite retailers, comparing online prices with the prices they are likely to pay in-store. Such research may also unearth sales that are not heavily advertised, netting shoppers even
more savings. Shoppers who find items at heavy discounts online may even be able to find retailers who will match those discounts in-store. But that requires shoppers do their homework first. Take advantage of retailer apps. Many retailers now have their own smartphone apps, which can net shoppers even more savings. Before heading downtown to shop till they drop, shoppers should download apps from their favorite retailers. Such apps can alert shoppers to any sales and may even make them eligible for special discounts available only to the smartphone users who have downloaded the store app. In addition to retailer-specific apps, shoppers may be able to take advantage of coupon apps that collect information on various in-store and online promotions and alert customers to such deals when they are within spitting distance of the stores. Such apps are typically free and can save shoppers substantial amounts of money. Develop a plan. Once they have set aside a day for some retail therapy, shoppers should plan where they want to shop and make a list of what they need. Shoppers can still make
some time for window-shopping, but spending too much time gazing into store windows can cost shoppers time to purchase those things they truly need. Make a list of stores anyone going on the trip wants to visit, and then allow yourselves ample time to get what you need and gaze at what you want. Many shoppers find their trips are now few and far between, but there are ways to visit favorites without busting the budget.
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Check Out Dining at Deer Path Inn It’s that time of year again. Good riddance to winter, spring isn’t quite ready to blossom and the backyard barbeques of summer are months away. In the midst of March, delightful dining in a gracious setting serves as a reward for surviving the wretched winter. There’s something appealing about a fulfilling meal in the comfort and tradition of a refuge patterned after a 15th century Chuck Pecoraro English Tudor manor. A place where a timber-stucco facade, crackling fireplaces, beamed ceiling, leaded windows and richly detailed accents provide a rustic diversion from the hip and hyperbole of modern restaurants. This perhaps defines the enduring charm of Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, an inviting retreat from March’s mixed signals. The North Shore lodging-dining-banquet landmark has aged gracefully since its debut in 1929, accumulating accolades and awards along the way. Dining transpires in four venues: Pub, Hunt, English and – weather permitting – outdoor garden. Focus in the Hunt Room is a sushi station where a pair of aces put on a show by slicing and dicing raw seafood into tasty morsels as patrons watch and appetites are whetted. The crown jewel and subject of this article is the lower level English Room, where
dignified dining is articulated with elegant tabletops, museum-quality art and impeccable service under the watchful eye of manager Al Niang. Though the scene exudes formality, the attitude and dress code remain casual. Executive chef Khellil Abderezak’s meticulously plated cuisine is full-tilt continental, with French, Italian, Latin, Greek and Mediterranean notes all over the ambitious menu. Farm-to-table poultry and pork come from Gunthorp in Indiana, which specializes in pristine, chemical-free products. A-list appetizers get the dining experience under way in grand fashion. Foie Gras, once banned in Chicago eateries, is interpreted as marbled goose liver seasoned with wine and aromatics and sauteed to a dainty, gel-like pate. A slice of tangy pear and toasted brioche are fine finishing touches. Unlike those on ordinary menus are Sea Scallops intensified with Beluga lentils and saffron butter sauce, perfectly seared so the delicate meat doesn’t dry out. Grilled Octopus with capers vinaigrette and tomato sauce comes up charred, crunchy and stimulated with a jolt of jalapenos. An Arabic influence prevails in a mash of hummus, baba ghanoush (pureed eggplant) and grape leaves, scooped up with pita chips. The Spaghetti Carbonara puts a novel spin on an Italian standard. Housemade pasta is cooked al dente, tossed with duck prosciutto and topped with poached egg and shaved Parmesan, a recipe rarely found even at the most avant-garde of Italian restaurants. Penne Arrabiata involves venison instead of customary pork sausage, but the tomato sauce is as spicy as it should be.
Grilled octopus is stimulated with a jolt of jalapenos at Lake Forest’s Deer Path Inn. Steaks and chops are offered with a choice of upgrades. The New York Strip is aroused with green peppercorn sauce. Filet Mignon goes Italian with a dab of gorgonzola cheese, while the Lamb Chops are marinated Greek style and grilled with feta cheese. In each case, the meat is prime and tender. Braised Duck L’Orange not only oozes with a robust citrus tone, but has a tart cranberry component, along with wild rice as well. Atlantic Salmon takes a vegetarian route with mashed cauliflower and sauteed spinach. Desserts are as stunning as they are seductive – a tempting selection of cakes, pastries, ice cream and other sweets that cap a memorable meal. The well-edited wine portfolio is likewise exceptional, having been named “one of the most outstanding” by Wine Spectator magazine for a remarkable 18 consecutive
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The basketball players in this game played in the NBA between 1960 and 2000. Some of the players played for more than one team. We are looking for the team where the player is most likely to be associated. Some answers may be used more than once. Good luck! Contributed by Jack Schmerer, owner of RMS Productions, which offers creative and production services for high-quality media. To contact him, call 847-812-0789, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit rmsproductions.com.
To solve a sudoku, the numbers one through nine must fill each row, column, and box.
PLAYER 8. Jamal Mashburn 9. Tom Heinsohn 10. Cazzie Russell 11. Latrell Sprewell 12. Ray Allen 13. Kevin Loughery 14. Fred Brown
1. Jerry West 2. Bob Lanier 3. Ralph Sampson 4. David Greenwood 5. Maurice Cheeks 6. Jo Jo White 7. Rudy Tomjanovich
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Each number can appear only once in each row, column, and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues.
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Welcome to Short Ribs and Beefs – something fun and different I’m bringing to my column menu from time to time. The yummiest part is, you can take part. If you’ve got a beef about something, this is your forum. Send a SHORT (100 words or less) email to arditoj@ gmail.com, and if it’s rare and delicious enough, I’ll print it in my column and RIB you (in a good way). Jim Ardito What am I looking for? I’m not talking about tactical nuclear explosions being set off in the next block or gangs beating up on grandmothers. That stuff we get on the five o’ clock news ad infin-nauseous. I’m talking about ordinary, everyday annoyances, like yakking on cell phones on buses and busboys who take your plate away while you’re still eating. And the words, “I’m not hungry, I’ll just have a bite of yours.” Yeah, right – half your burger is gone! This column fits me perfectly, because I’m short and have a beef about it! (So I’m the first contributor). How short am I? When I was a kid, my mom used to measure how we were growing by putting marks on the wall. When I turned 18, there was still one mark! Now, that’s short. I was 5’4”at one time, but I’ve shrunk in recent years and am now 4’5” (only kidding). I don’t have trouble with my height anymore. You could say I’ve outgrown it. Here’s a confession. This is not the first time Short Ribs and Beefs has appeared. I used this format back when I had a nationally syndicated column called “Fightin’ Mad.” The column never got beyond three newspapers, in part because the syndicate handling me was too small. The first time I called and asked for the president, the person on the phone yelled, “Daddy, it’s for you.” I eventually abandoned the column, but luckily kept a lot of the beefy, angry letters. Let this inspire you to be great at getting “irate.” Dear Jim: “I got a real beef about Ginsu knife commercials you see on TV. They infuriate me, not only because of the exaggerated demonstrations, but because they include everything and the kitchen sink to close the offer. They go something like this… “Ever tried to cut a tomato with your fist? (they show it splattering) Well, now you don’t have to, thanks to the amazing Ginsu Knife. It easily slices tomatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, steel girders, Redwood trees, diamonds and elephant tusks! But wait, there’s more. Act now, and you’ll receive this complete set of cookware FREE! Plus this dining room table that seats 26. And we’re not done yet. Order today and Ginsu will throw in a live-in maid, a small country and your very own genie with not one, but two wishes to be granted.
“Now, how much would you expect to pay for all that? Six billion? Ten billion? Would you believe $9.95? That’s right, only $9.95, plus the equivalent of the U.S. debt in shipping and handling. Act now, act instantly.” Jim, can you end the Ginsu madness that cuts me to the quick?” – Ted Keene, Glenview Dear Ted: Thanks for your beef; the question is, can the Ginsu Knife cut it? We could find out if you bring that beef over to my place, ’cause this idiot (me) bought a set of Ginsu Knives. Come over, but don’t park in the small country. It’s a tow-away zone. Readers: That’s the idea, so send me your beef today. Act now, don’t wait, I’m sure it’ll be great – any way you slice and dice it. Send beefs to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if they’re under 140 characters, tweet to #myrarebeef. Short Ribs and Beef Italiano This short ribs and beef recipe is lifted to a new height of Italian delight by pouring the gravy it makes over lovely little dumplings of gnocci, or cavatelli. Having the short ribs on the side is reminiscent of Sunday gravy my mama used to make with spareribs on the side. Nobody in the family had a beef with that. Enjoy. What Youza Need Ginsu Knife to trim fat, chop veggies 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp salt Crushed black pepper to taste Seven five-inch long beef short ribs 2 cups chopped onions 1 tsp ground pepper 1½ cups sliced carrots Two eight-ounce packages sliced mushrooms ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 cups red wine 3 cups chicken broth 5 sprigs fresh/frozen rosemary 1 lb. package gnocchi or cavatelli pasta What Youza Do  Heat the oven to 350 and heat olive oil in a Dutch oven to pretty dang hot.  Season the beef ribs with salt, pepper and love.  Place in skillet and sizzle until all sides are well browned. Remove ribs from pan.  Add a bit more oil along with the onions, carrots, and mushrooms.  Cook for 6-7 minutes until the shrooms have released their liquid.  Stir in flour until the liquid is smooth.  Pour in the chicken broth and wine and add the sprigs of rosemary.  Cook on pretty high heat, whisking frequently until liquid is reduced by half. Put the ribs on top, cover and cook for at least a couple of hours until the ribs are fork tender.  Just before the ribs are done, boil salted water and cook the pasta until Al Dente approves.  Pour the pasta into the Dutch oven, stir and serve. Don’t add Parmesan cheese – Italians like me will have a beef with that for sure!
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Lazy Backup Iâ€™m lazy. There, I said it. Of course, when I say Iâ€™m lazy, I mean, of course, youâ€™re lazy. Face it â€“ you are. I bet you are lazy enough to not even finish this paragraph. Ha-ha! I tricked you into that one. Donâ€™t be mad, I promise no tricks the rest of the way. Letâ€™s face it. Weâ€™re both lazy. More than 10 years ago the Techlife office needed to store files much as we do today. We Dave Kaufman researched options and landed on a small server running a custom version of Linux and supporting RAID 1 (two hard drives that mirror each other, one dies, replace it and keep working). Our office would diligently backup the entire system every month, taking the backup hard drive offsite for safekeeping. Three loyal readers of Techlife would often comment it was a great system for the time. But we began to see breakdowns in our process. First, email backup broke and wasnâ€™t fixed. I got lazy. Then offsite backups stopped after a new PC didnâ€™t get set-up with the backup software. I got lazy. Then the power supply in the file server died. I got scared, but was still lazy. But I did get the power supply replaced, and then I got serious. The three readers, each in their own way, shared the same story. Hard drives are mechanical. They donâ€™t last forever. I got more worried, but a little motivated. I did research and more research. I talked to the three readers about their areas of expertise. One is a business data backup expert, one a computer engineer and the third
is a small business IT specialist. Each talked about RAID options (multiple hard drives setup to store data while reducing risk in case of drive failure.) They also talked about cloud storage for remote offsite storage, and about local backups as well. With their help, I set up Lazy Backup. It uses a variety of technologies, but is flexible enough to allow you to mix and match your own Lazy Backup solution. Bottom line: protect your files before it is too late. Hereâ€™s my custom Lazy Backup recipe: 1 x Windows machine to be the network file server (can be an older machine) 1 x 1 TB WD Blue Hard Drive â€“ $60 (my Windows machine can handle more drives as needed) 2 x 500 GB USB External Hard Drives â€“ $55 (I had these already and just plugged them in) 1 x Install of TightVNC (allows remote log into the machine from another computer on the network) 1 x Install of Dropbox (allows easy sync of files if needed) 1 x Install of a backup software (I use Seagateâ€™s, which came with my external drives) 1 x Subscription to Backblaze (Used for offsite cloud storage, unlimited storage, less than $4/month)
access to their files. After this, I set up the Seagate back-up software and scheduled nightly at 10pm half the large hard drive to backup to one USB drive and half to the other USB drive, providing on-site local backup. Then installed Backblaze to the Windows machine and it backs up everything, including the Windows machine file server and the two USB hard drive local backups all to the cloud. The three loyal readers all agree that RAID is nice, but expensive, and not needed for me. This solution has four copies of the data. One main, one local backup and then remote backup of each of the locals. After the initial setup, I do nothing and all data is backed up. Everything is automated. Just set and forget. Itâ€™s the perfect backup for
lazy people. How lazy are you? Whatâ€™s your solution? What is Online? Techlife is both a print and online experience. Make sure to visit dkworldwide. com/techlife and search for â€œbackupâ€? to see the articleâ€™s bonus links. Share your backup solution â€“ is it better, more secure or more lazy? Dave Kaufman is a syndicated columnist and founder of DK Worldwide, a design, web, print and social media marketing firm. Helping clients with online and offline challenges. Contact Dave, itâ€™s easy: techlife@ dkworldwide.com or follow him on Twitter â€“ @dkworldwide. You know you want to.
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Josie L. Tenore, M.D., M.Sc., is a boardcertified family physician and lifelong advocate of eating well, exercising and aesthetic treatments for her patients who want to have the best quality of life. Dr. Josie has a Medical Doctorate from the University of Toronto, and a Masters Degree from Harvard University. She is board certified in both Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine. After a successful career in academic family medicine she opened FreshSkin, an aesthetic and age management practice in Highland Park in 2011 where she performs aesthetic services, including her trademark liquid face lift, wrinkle treatments, laser services, chemical peels and more. Dr. Josie expanded to FreshSkin Wellness in 2013 with the addition of Dr. Ryan Lombardo, acupuncturist and board certified Integrative medicine doctor, to provide individualized wellness services including weight loss, acupuncture, and micronutrient testing. WH! Outside of your current field, what other occupations have you pursued, and why did you switch? JT: I did start to do a Master’s degree in Medical informatics, as I was fascinated by the use of computers and technology in health care. After several courses, all of which helped me with my current practice, I decided that my passion for patient care exceeded my interest in technology. But then again, I do have a lot of technology in my practice. WH! Name one person you’d consider a role model, and how did they inspire you? JT: The chairman of the department of family medicine, Martin Lipsky, M.D. – one of the smartest people I know. He inspired me to do the best work I possibly could for myself and my patients. WH! What life or work experience taught you a valuable lesson? JT: I grew up in an immigrant household; my parents immigrated to Canada from Italy when I was 4 years old. I learned MANY lessons, so trying to name only one is difficult. The most significant lesson would be the importance of having the courage to take risks in life. I truly believe that in order to succeed and succeed well, you need to take risks. WH! The one business tool – Blackberry, Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn, etc. – I can’t live without is: JT: My iPhone, because it allows me to be available no matter where I am. WH! If you could have gotten in on the ground floor of any business deal in history, what would it have been? JT: When I found out that even the janitors got a huge wad of cash working for Yahoo, I said, “Where do I scrub?” WH! How did you get your start in this business?
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WH! Name three information resources – print, web, personal – essential to your company and explain why. JT: My website! While I love all my “gadgets,” like my Scition laser, without a good website presence I would never be able to use any of them. Appropriate print media: I tested the market in my community and discovered which print media was respected and used. If you know your community and have the correct print product, I still believe there is a place for print media. Word of mouth is still essential in my practice, so nothing beats doing a good job with your patients and giving them the best treatments and customer service you can! WH! Tell us about one person or company instrumental in the success of your business. JT: My esthetician, Leslie McCrae, has lived in my community for most of her life; she has been a true advocate for the practice. WH! What’s your favorite part of your business? JT: Getting great results and having my patients say, “Oh, my God” or “You saved my life.” WH! Given unlimited resources, what would you change about your business/industry? JT: I would try to find a way to incentivize my colleagues to work together to create a multi-disciplinary center of age management excellence. Right now, they are too focused on “I need to survive,” and so we are working independently. I truly believe that a more cohesive approach would be more beneficial than the sum of the parts.
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WH! What exciting things are on the horizon for your business, and where do you hope it will be in five, 15 and 30 years? JT: Technology and science just keeps moving so rapidly. While products and services that we currently offer have very real results with delaying the aging process, I think that what we do now is going to be considered laughable, even as soon as five years! Just look at the changes in computers in the last 30 – we went from a machine that occupied a city block to one that is a thousand times more powerful, and it sits in our hands! WH! What’s the biggest obstacle your business has had to overcome? JT: The failing and struggling economy. I provide “luxury” services, and even the luxury market has been hit hard since 2007. WH! How long did it take to get your business model right? And what were the challenges? JT: Who says it’s right? I am trying the best I can, and continually am on the lookout for changes that I need to make. WH! What’s your business’ motto/mission statement? JT: Beauty begins with beautiful skin, and beautiful skin begins with a healthy body. FreshSkin’s mission is to provide our patients with exceptional aesthetic and wellness services, delivered with honesty, integrity and respect. We strive to never compromise on our core principles. We honor the dignity and individuality of our patients, aim to deliver excellence and evidence-based agemanagement healthcare and make every effort CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
Pure Barre Deerfield Raises the Fitness Bar Pure Barre Deerfield is now open, located in the Deerfield Village Square. The Pure Barre Class works the entire body, utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music. Four classes are offered daily, between 6am and 8pm. 720 Waukegan Ave.; 847-914-0755; purebarre.com/il-deerfield Wear In Good Health Opens in Highland Park Wear In Good Health opened its flagship store in late February, featuring a line of bodyhealthy, body-shaping and body-flattering ready to wear intimates and active luxury apparel. Made in North America, the clothing allows the body to breathe and move, yet remains versatile enough to take you from
Tria Boutique Dazzles with Designer Shoes and Accessories Tria Boutique opened its doors March 3 in the Shops at Deerfield Square, featuring 2,500 square feet of showroom space. Co-owned by Jody Strauss-Figura and Tony Patel, Tria carries more than 50 international shoe designers, including Stuart Weitzman, Fratelli Rossetti and Derek Lam. Expect jewelry and handbags from Andrea Fohrman, Peppina, Jason Wu, DVF and others. “Our knowledge and foundation in the industry will enable us to give our clients an experience that exceeds their expectations,” says Patel. 720 N. Waukegan Road; 847-9488770; shoptria.com. Celeste Beauty Comes to Highwood Opened for business earlier this year in Highwood, Celeste Beauty provides a variety of services, including threading, an ancient eyebrow-shaping technique of removing hair using thread. Other featured options include tinting, eyelash extensions (strips, clusters and individual), waxing, henna tattoos and facials (including European, acne, anti-aging, hydrating and chemical peels – using all organic products). 742 Sheridan Road; 847-232-7411; celestebeaute.com. MadKap Productions Inc. Now Managing the Skokie Theatre Wendy Kaplan and Wayne Mell, original founders of MadKap Productions Inc., CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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to provide superior customer service. Our ongoing goal is to improve the quality of health for the community that we serve. We are committed to working with other business leaders in the community to create a spirit of cooperation and philanthropy. WH! What innovations or new ideas has your business given to the community? JT: Last year, I approached a lot of the local businesses in my community and convinced them that we should join forces and have a monthly “co-marketing” event, to bring awareness to each of our patient/client lists of all the businesses that are here. It was really helpful in creating a cohesive, supportive local business environment.
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WH! What’s something your company does for the community that we might not know about, but should? JT: Same as what I mentioned above. I also take time in my schedule to make a point of attending the events that the other businesses host in my community and try to donate services to them whenever possible. WH! What’s the next technological
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WH! What non-work related items do you have on your desk or wall? JT: Flowers and nice art. We all need some of that. WH! What’s your favorite book/movie/ music? JT: That is hardly a fair question for a book and music buff, so I will answer the movie question – “The Shawshank Redemption” has to be my favorite movie. WH! What’s the best thing America could do to ensure the success of her businesses? JT: I am not a politician, but I do think that America needs to do a better job with supporting small businesses. FreshSkin, 595 Elm Place, Suite 208, Highland Park; 847-787-7080; myfreshskin.com. Valley Road, Highland Park; 847-681-7000; hearinghealthcenter.com. Lake Bluff’s Karl Knauz BMW Honored Karl Knauz BMW in Lake Bluff was recently distinguished by BMW as a Center of Excellence for exceptional performance, consistent brand representation and dedication to providing outstanding customer service. Karl Knauz BMW was one of only 32 Centers of Excellence in BMW’s 339-dealer national network, and the only dealership in the entire state of Illinois recognized for this coveted award. Phill Ceraulo, General Sales Manager of Karl Knauz Motors and Dave Rolain, Service Manager of the BMW dealership, both attribute the award to the Knauz corporate mission statement, always treating customers according to the “golden rule.”
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School Happenings Maple School Sixth Graders Study Myths, Make Masks Maple School sixth graders in Mary Norquist’s social studies class at Maple School in Northbrook honed their art skills recently, delving into a mask making project as part of their study of ancient Greece – specifically, ancient Greek theater. Each student created the rough draft of his/ her masks utilizing iPads and the applications Procreate or Brushes. Students used their rough draft version to create the actual mask, then displayed masks to the class via presentation. “They all did a wonderful job expressing their technological, creative and artistic skills as they developed their masks and presentations,” said Norquist. Attea Sixth-Grade Choir Contest The sixth-grade choir at Attea Middle School in Glenview needs your help. Watch their video on Vimeo, located at vimeo. com/85874551. There are 145 schools participating in the contest across the U.S. and one in Belgium. The school video with the most views at the end of March wins the National Association for Music Education contest and receives an AudioBox Stereo Recording Kit. “Volley for the Foundation” Scores Over $1,650 On Feb. 7, more than 70 District 30 students from Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook schools took to the courts for the “Volley for the Foundation” fundraiser, raising over $1,650. Students and faculty sponsors for the teams donned black t-shirts with red lettering, sporting logos of event sponsors on the back. While not serving and spiking or watching their classmates, students and parent spectators enjoyed hot dogs, pizza, fruit, water and juice.
Glenview Methodist Preschool Spring Fling Benefit On March 8, Glenview Methodist Preschool and its Benefits Committee, chaired by Maria Stephan and Morgan Daley, hosted the annual Spring Fling Benefit at Glenview’s Valley Lo Club. Themed “The Giving Tree” after Shel Silverstein’s poignant story, parents, teachers and friends of GMPS gathered for an evening of fun and fundraising. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres launched the festivities, but the real fun began with the silent auction. Auction items included sport and entertainment venue tickets, themed parties hosted by GMPS parents and teachers, wine baskets, spa packages, jewelry, gym memberships, classes, consulting/tutoring/ personal services, resort packages and more. The NAEYC-accredited, nondenominational, play-based, early childhood program GMPS has openings for ages 2½, 3 and 4 in the 2014-2015 year. District 109 Destination Imagination Fifteen teams from District 109 that
participated in the Far North Regional Destination Imagination tournament March 1 are heading to the state Illinois Affiliate tournament, taking place April 12 at Illinois State University. Congratulations to all the students for their commitment and outstanding work, the teachers and coaches whose professional skill and caring guided them, and the parents who supported them. Caruso: Technical DIfficulties, $5 Hugs, We Are DI’ing of Laughter, Six Green Beans and the Jolly Green Giant, Sorry I Wasn’t Listening Shepard: The Fast and Furious Five, Oh, D.Irony! Kipling: DI Donuts, #mustacheunicorns South Park: Sci Fi D.I.Y., Structural Crushers Walden: The D.I.spicable, Us Wilmot: The Art-astic Highland Park Chamber of Commerce Student Honor Dinner The Highland Park Chamber of Commerce’s 49th annual student honor dinner takes place April 30, recognizing exceptional young people selected by the high school for excellence in academics, sports, extracurricular activities, community support and more. The event is held at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel in Northbrook. Chamber member businesses sponsor and/or provide scholarships to seniors from Highland Park High School. The students represent potential business and community leaders of the future. For more info, visit chamberhp.com. Register Now for the Lew Blond Run Registration is open for the 14th Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run,
scheduled for 8am May 10 at Maple School in Northbrook. The USATF/CARA certified race, now in its 14th year, honors the memory of the District 30 teacher who passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2000. Proceeds benefit ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation and the Stu Rosen Transportation Fund, scholarships for seniors at the Glenbrook High Schools and special District 30 projects. For info, visit district30.org. French School Hosts Screen Break Event The French School in Winnetka participated in the Alliance for Early Childhood’s annual Screen Break recently, hosting a Madeline Party. Children ages 1 to 6 gathered at to welcome Miss Clavel, a loveable character from the popular children’s book “Madeline.” The story was followed by a fun game of bingo, where children had to find images from the book. Winners won Eiffel Tower gummies and Eiffel Tower pencil sharpeners. The French School also participated in a weeklong coloring contest, during which children colored beautiful and creative Eiffel Towers to decorate the school walls. East Lake Academy Fosters an Apostolic Spirit Apostolic formation at Lake Forest’s East Lake Academy is adapted to the student’s age, embracing a range of projects for group outreach and service in the local community and Chicagoland area. Sixth thru eighth-grade students were given an opportunity recently to volunteer at a local PADS shelter in Libertyville. The students made beds for the guests, served dinner and washed dishes. With many of the PADS guests being children, students read stories, played games and drew pictures with their new friends.
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