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The Glenbrook South High School Garage Sale and Car Wash takes place on Sept. 28. Alliance Francaise du North Shore Lecture Sept. 16, 1pm. Les quatre années qui viennent with Mr. Fabrice Rozié, Cultural Attaché of the Consulate General of France in Chicago, is presented – in French – as the new lecture season begins. Refreshments and socializing in French follow. $10/NM, free for members/ first-timers. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave.; Covenant Village Health and Wellness Fair Sept. 17, 10am-12pm. Explore the paths to well-being. Enjoy a mini-massage, see an iPad demonstration and get healthy food ideas. Find a multitude of activities and

resources to enhance mind, body and spirit. 2625 Techny Road, Northbrook; 847-4806380; North Shore Affiliate of the Museum of Contemporary Art Meeting Sept. 17, 12:30pm. The annual opening meeting features a visit to a unique suburban mid-century home, boasting a significant contemporary art collection. Five more events are scheduled for October and beyond, including private collections, artist studios and MCA exhibitions. 847-677-7965. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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Winnetka Covenant Church Parenting Teenagers Course Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 5:30pm (Wed). Learn strategies to build healthy relationships while guiding teens into adulthood. $10. 1220 Hibbard Road, Wilmette; 847-446-4300; “Women in the Know” Forum Series Sept. 19, Oct. 17 and Nov. 14, 11:30am1:30pm. Registered principal and financial advisor Amie Marks presents this series of free lunch forums, bringing area women together to discuss world issues, current events and more. September’s topic is “What’s in Our Food? Explore Monsanto, GMOs, organics and packaging. The Lake Forest Club, 554 N. Westmoreland Road; 708-524-9374; Glencoe Chapter of Lyric Opera Chicago Meeting Sept. 19, 7pm. Roger Pines of Lyric Opera Chicago gives his season overview talk at a local home. View the garden a half hour beforehand. 847-835-0262; 847-835-3101. Highland Park Poetry Reading and Open-Mic Sept. 20, 8pm. The guest poet is Andrea Witzke Slot, author of “To Find a New Beauty.” The regular open-mic immediately follows. Refreshments are served. Bring up to six poems to share. The Art Center – Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road; North Lakefront Walking Tour Sept. 21, 10-11:30am. Join Terry Porter, retired Director of the Wilmette Park District, and Museum Director Kathy Hussey-Arntson for this fun morning walk along Wilmette’s northerly lakefront. Registration required. 847-853-7666;


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Fashion Week Highland Park Returns Sept. 21-28. The Downtown Highland Park Alliance’s showcase of fashion and beauty events returns, featuring trunk shows, talks from designers, promotions and more. The event is headlined by the third annual Highland Park Runway Show, taking place at The Art Center – Highland Park. Attendees enjoy complimentary beauty treatments and gift bags, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Visit online for complete event info. $20, $25 at the door. 1957 Sheridan Road; Lake Forest Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Race Sept. 21, 8am. The community trail run takes place on the Lake Forest Open Lands Area’s Derwen Mawr Prairie. Enjoy a raffle and post-race activities/refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Center for Conservation Leadership youth program. Registration required. $35. Deerpath Middle School, 95 W. Deerpath Road; Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor Beach Sweep Sept. 21, 9-11:30am. This shoreline cleanup starts at the Gillson Park Beach

September 2013 House, moving north along the lakefront. Registration required.; Central States Dahlia Society Show Sept. 21 and 22, 12-5pm (Sat) and 10am4:30pm (Sun). Society members provide a Q&A and sell blooms at the end of the show. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; 847-835-5440; Highwood Bike Rally and Benefit Sept. 22, 10am-4pm. The monthly Highwood Bike Rally honors Ursula Wachowiak, a nomad biker badly injured while riding crosscountry in July to Sturgis, South Dakota. Visit online for donation info. Toadstool Pub, 327 Waukegan Ave.;; Deerfield Area Historical Society Fall Festival and Car Show Sept. 22, 12-4pm. The 38th annual festival features a tour of the oldest building in Lake County, classic car show and live entertainment. Family-friendly activities include traditional games, face painting, schoolhouse visit and more. Enjoy food and refreshments. Cars from the 1970s and earlier are welcome. 517 Deerfield Road; 847-9480680; St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church Prayer Workshop Sept. 22, 12-1:30pm. Al Gustafson, Director of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola in local parishes, presents “Called for Mission by Christ the King.” Refreshments served. 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview; 847-998-4704; Congregation Beth Judea’s Focus on Families Sept. 22, 12pm. The annual Sukkot Lunch CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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September 2013 CALENDAR, PAGE 4 and Launch features lunch, kite making and a unique Sukkot experience for the whole family. Also taking place is the Blessing of the Animals. Registration required. $10/ families up to four, $15/families up to six. IL Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove; 847-634-0777; Current Issues in Employment Law Sept. 25, 10:15am. Attorney Lori Goldstein discusses how factors in today’s economy have resulted in various issues. $10/NM. Grove Cultural Campus, 40 E. Old Mill Road, Suite 105, Lake Forest; 847-295-5626; The Arts of Life Sketchbook Swap Reception Sept. 27, 6-8pm. Each of the group’s North Shore artists paired up with an artist from the Chicago studio, sending a sketchbook back and forth in order to share work and stories. Learn about the process of mutual inspiration. 1963 Johns Drive, Glenview; 630-802-2362; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Inaugural Taste Tour Sept. 27, 7-11pm. The evening consists of hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by restaurants local to the Chicago suburbs, along with samples from area wineries and breweries, music and auctions. Proceeds go towards finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, the most common genetic disease in the country. Registration required. $85 ($25 taxdeductible). Green Acres Country Club, 916 Dundee Road, Northbrook; 312-236-4491; Gorton Children’s Drop-In Center Oktoberfest Fundraiser Sept. 27, 7-11pm. Enjoy dinner, drinks and music by Smoking Fish. Auction packages feature vacations, dinners, parties and more. Proceeds go towards a new outdoor playground and learning garden. Dress is casual. $75, $85 at the door. The Lake Forest Club, 554 N. Westmoreland Road; Ragdale’s Novel Affair Sept. 27 and 28. Novelists, artists and composers come together in support of the artist retreat. Attend a Friday night reception, then enjoy dinner and discussion at a North Shore home or venue. $175/Friday, $500/ both nights (includes Saturday dinner party). Calvin Durand Hall, Lake Forest College (Fri); 847-234-1063; Glenbrook South Garage Sale and Car Wash Sept. 28, 8am-4pm. This rain-or-shine event features the color guard, bake sale and alumni band parent hot dog sale. Proceeds benefit the Marching Titans. Glenbrook South High School, 4000 W. Lake Ave., Glenview. Northbrook Community Blood Drive Sept. 28, 8am-2pm. Northbrook Rotary and Sunset Foods hold a community blood drive. Registration required. Sunset Foods, 1127 Church St., Northbrook; 877-543-3768; League of Women Voters Meet and Greet Sept. 28, 4-6pm. Featured speakers include Congressman Brad Schneider, State Sen. Julie Morrison, State Rep. Scott Drury, County Board Member – Lake Forest/Knollwood Mike Rummel and County Board Member – Lake Bluff Sandy Hart. Registration required. re-invent gallery, 202 E. Wisconsin Ave., Lake Forest; 224-544-5961; Holy Cross Women’s Guild Oktoberfest Sept. 28, 7pm. Enjoy authentic German fare and music from the Die Musikmeister Band. $50. Holy Cross “Tent on the Hill,” 720 Elder Lane, Deerfield; 847-945-1548;

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Erika’s Lighthouse Rock and Rally Walkathon Sept. 29, 1-3pm. Erika’s Lighthouse celebrates 10 years of blasting the stigma surrounding teen depression. The walk concludes with a group rally, featuring raffle prizes and music by Triple A. Registration required. $20 (includes raffle, lunch and t-shirt). Hubbard Woods Park; Evanston Art Center Exhibition and Reception Sept. 29, 1-4pm. “In Three Moving Parts” features works by Matt Ballou, Norbert Marszalek and Tim Vermeulen. The exhibit runs thru Nov. 10. 2603 Sheridan Road; 847-475-5300; Volunteers Needed for Veteran Advisory Council HandsOn Suburban Chicago seeks knowledgeable, socially active veterans to serve on its new council, scheduled for fall 2013 as part of a new initiative to support veterans. Applicants must be active or retired military from any U.S. branch. 847-228-1320 x120, Northbrook Garden Club Meeting Oct. 1, 7pm. Village arborist Terry Cichocki discusses how the village monitors trees, along with selecting and planting replacements. Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane; 224-365-5828; Congregation Beth Shalom Tap Class Oct. 3-Nov. 21, 8-9am (Thu). Seniors can join this beginning-level class. Must provide own tap shoes. Registration required. $25/M, $40/NM. 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook; 847-498-4100; Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema Opening Night Gala Oct. 3, 6:15pm. Mingle at the Hagashash


Hahiver-themed opening night, featuring the North Shore premiere of Shemi Zarhin’s award-winning “The World is Funny,” preceded by a cocktail reception and followed by dessert. Hosted by the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Dietary laws observed. Registration required by Sept. 29. AMC Northbrook Court, 1525 N. Lake Cook Road; New Exhibits at The Art Center – Highland Park Thru Nov. 3. Experience the following new exhibits – “Expressions in Contemporary Glass” and “Dutch – Chicago, Interactions: Bert Menco.” Explore the innovative processes and artistry in contemporary glass, and enjoy the “accumulative retrospective” of Menco’s works. Menco gives an in-gallery salon talk about his works and practice at 7pm Oct. 3. 1957 Sheridan Road; 847-432-1888; Northfield Farmers’ Market Harvest Fest Oct. 5, 7:30am-12:30pm. Choose from pumpkins, fresh apples, vegetables, mums, cornstalks and more. Local not-for-profit organizations feature child-centered activities. 6 Happ Road, Northfield; 847-446-4451; Lake County Art League Fine Arts Festival Oct. 5 and 6, 10am-9pm. Artist applications are still being accepted for the annual festival. A total of 20 10 by 10-foot spaces are available, scattered throughout the upper and lower levels of Westfield Hawthorn Mall. Featured are oil and watercolor paintings, photography, jewelry and fine crafts. $100/M, $125/NM. Routes 21 and 60, Vernon Hills; 847-271-7422; Abundant Life Spiritual Center Hosts Astronaut Greg Harbaugh Oct. 5, 7pm. Harbaugh presents “My Journey CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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Dramatic Portrayals Thursdays, 1-2pm. $10/M, $12/NM. + Sept. 19 – Emily Dickinson (Betsey Means) + Sept. 26 – Kati Marton (Suzanne Hales)

Israel Behind the Headlines – The New Government Sept. 16, 1-3pm. Moshe Pomerantz catches you up on the political scene in Israel over the past half year. $9/M, $11/NM. Men’s Club Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Women and guests welcome. + Sept. 17 – Journeys Behind the Book “Echoes of the Earth” + Sept. 24 – System Approach to Healthcare: Managing the Entire Care Continuum + Oct. 1 – Wood Art + Oct. 8 – Medicare and Medicaid Updates Canoe the Skokie Lagoons Sept. 17, 1-3pm. Professional canoe guides take you on an adventure along the lagoons. Meets at the Chicago River Canoe launch on Tower Road. $29/M, $35/NM. Claudette Colbert: Unflappable Heroine of Romantic Comedy Sept. 18, 1-2:30pm. Richard Klein looks at Colbert’s multi-decade career in film, theatre, radio and television. $9/M, $11/NM. Ceramics Workshop – Contemporary Vase Sept. 18 and Oct. 9, 1-2:30pm. Work in clay for the first session, then decorate your vase in the second. The piece is ready for pickup in about two weeks. Includes materials, supplies and two firings. $29/M, $35/NM. Choosing Medicare Benefit Plans Sept. 19, 1-2pm. Senior Health Insurance Program Specialist Christine Bumgarden helps you understand Medicare Part D Coverage. Morton Grove Campus

Using Medications Wisely Sept. 23, 1-2pm. Dr. Michael Koronkowski discusses safe use of medication, including drug risks, medication management and obtaining reliable information. $5/M, $7/NM. Yoga For the Rest of Us Sept. 24-Nov. 12, 9-10am (Tue). Senior yoga guru and instructor Rhonda Schlesinger accommodates individual needs thru the use of chairs, blocks, bolsters and other props. $75/M, $89/NM. Stories and Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein Sept. 25, 1-2pm. Susan Benjamin demonstrates how Rodgers and Hammerstein disseminated important messages about social issues of their time. $10/M, $12/NM. Fall Festival and Concert with Ed Collins Sept. 26, 1-3pm. Ed Collins performs your favorites, including standards, Motown, old-school R&B and contemporary. Enjoy a reception and refreshments. $8/M, $10/NM. Morton Grove Campus Dancing Around the World Sept. 27-Nov. 1, 9:30-11:30am (Fri). Edith Spear teaches you how to move to the music of many different countries, including Israel, Russia and Mexico. $50/M, $62/NM. Barcelona: Art, Architecture and Food Sept. 27, 1-2:30pm. Take a “walk” around Barcelona with Sara Drower, featuring architecture, artworks, restaurants and more. $9/M, $11/NM. Beginning Mah Jongg Sept. 30-Oct. 28, 9:30-11:30am (Mon). Shirley Merar introduces this rummy-like

Learn how to use medication wisely at 1pm Sept. 23 with Dr. Michael Koronkowski. game, played with tiles. A Mah Jongg card is provided. $49/M, $59/NM. Introduction to Genealogy Oct. 2, 1-3pm. Kathie Heidenfelder shows how to get started in the research of family history. $15/M, $20/NM. Acting and Improvisation Oct. 3-24, 10:30am-12pm (Thu). Explore improvisation, roleplaying and acting exercises with actress Lorelei Goldman. $35/M, $42/NM. Morton Grove Campus International Security Affairs Oct. 4, 18 and 25, 10-11:30am. Political analyst Michael Zimmerman continues his presentations on international security studies with this trilogy on war termination, meanings of victory, and the U.S. experience. $27/M, $33/NM.

DAY TRIPS Frank Lloyd Wright: An Oak Park Adventure Sept. 26, 8:30am-4pm. Enjoy a guided tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio as it appeared in 1909. Visit Café Winberie for lunch, then visit Wright’s Unity Temple. Includes entrance fees, tours, lunch and transportation. $95/M, $115/NM. Departs from Northfield Great Chicago Fire Tour Oct. 3, 9am-4pm. Tour guide Al Walavich follows the trail of the Great Chicago Fire. After lunch at the Greek Islands restaurant, take a driving tour of the fire zone. Includes tours, lunch and transportation. $85/M, $99/NM. Departs from Northfield North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; CALENDAR, PAGE 5 Home – An Astronaut’s Reflections on Life, Love and the Mysteries of the Universe.” Proceeds benefit ALSC. $25. Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest;

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Lake Forest College Alumni Spotlight Exhibition Thru Oct. 6. The 2013-2014 season kicks off with painter Colin Thomson and photographer Edward West. Sonnenschein Gallery, Durand Art Institute, 555 N. Sheridan Road; 847-234-3100; Glenview Senior Center Fall Craft Sale Oct. 7 and 8, 9am-2pm. Choose from heirloom skills and handicrafts, gifts, crafts, children’s items, holiday items, stuffed animals, pillows, quilts, flower arrangements and more. All items are created by senior craft room workers. Park Center mail lobby, 2400 Chestnut St. Northbrook Community Synagogue Women’s Havura Membership Dinner Oct. 7, 6:45pm. Betsey Means of WomanLore presents a theatrical performance of the “Queen of Crime,” author Agatha Christie. Registration required by Sept. 30. $18/M, $22/NM. 2548 Jasper Court; 847-509-9204. Mega-Connect Multi-Chamber Networking Breakfast Oct. 8, 7:30am. The event features DBR, Evanston, Glenview, Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook, Wilmette and WinnetkaNorthfield chambers of commerce, among others. Take part in informal networking, then split into groups to give brief company presentations. $25 early bird member registration, $35/M after 5pm Oct. 1, $35/NM and walk-ins. Holiday Inn North Shore, 5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie; 847-945-4660;

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Glencoe Public Library FAMILY Writers’ Open Mic Night Oct. 9, Nov. 6 and Dec. 11, 7pm. Open to writers of all ages, working in all forms and genres. Contact the Library if interested.

Plan Butterfly Gardens for 2014 Sept. 28, 10:30am. Eran Rhodes of Sacred Earth Edible Landscaping, who designed the Library’s butterfly garden, explains how to install your own, including appropriate plants and soil preparation.

ADULTS A Saturday in Glencoe in 1935 Sept. 15, 2pm. Presented by Roland Calhoun.

Books That Make Us Think Sept. 30, 7pm. Discuss “The American Way of Eating” by Tracie McMillan. The author goes undercover at Walmart and Applebee’s, working with immigrant staff to reveal the true costs of what we eat.

Film Screening – “Mud” Sept. 16, 1 and 7pm. Glencoe Woman’s Club Technology Tuesdays Sept. 17, 1pm. Discuss listening to music online.

Politics and Power Book Discussion Oct. 3, 9:30am. The Wilmette League of Women Voters and the Library present “The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History” by Libby Hill.

Book Discussion Sept. 18. Judy Levin discusses Alice LaPlante’s “Turn of Mind.” Copies available. Film Screening – “To Rome with Love” Sept. 20, 1pm. Books on the Chopping Block Sept. 22, 2pm. This performance of excerpts from the top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2012 is presented by the City Lit Theater Company, in honor of Banned Books Week. Book Discussion Sept. 25, 7pm. Nancy Buehler leads discussion of “The Art Forger” by Barbara A. Shapiro. Book Discussion Sept. 26, 7:30pm. Judy Levin discusses Denise Kiernan’s “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.” Film Screening – “Parental Guidance” Oct. 7, 1pm. Book Discussion Oct. 9, 1pm. Judy Levin leads discussion of “Stoner” by John Williams. Copies available. America’s Musical Theater Legends – Jerry Lewis Oct. 14, 1pm. Susan Benjamin presents the first of two parts. CHILDREN Read Outside the Box Sept. 20, 7pm. Discuss “The Sixty-Eight Rooms” by Marianne Malone. Registration required. Grades 4-6. Glencoe Roast Coffee Afterschool Explorations Sept. 23, 4:15 (ages 4-5) and 5:15pm (ages 6 and up) Led by enrichment teachers Kerri Ringel and Kim Bloomberg. Registration required. Film Presentation – The History of Superheroes


Kids can enjoy a presentation on superheroes in film Sept. 24 at the Glencoe Library. Sept. 24, 4pm. Ages 8 and up. Storytimes + Tales for Tots, 10:30am Thursdays (Sept. 26-Nov. 7). Ages 2-3 + Book Babies, 10:30am Fridays (Sept. 27Nov. 8). Ages 0-23 months with parent/caregiver Jedi Academy Sept. 28, 11am-1pm. Drop in and practice your Jedi skills. All ages with parent/caregiver. Read to Dogs Oct. 10 and Nov. 14, 6:30pm. Read to trained therapy dogs. Registration required. Grades 1-5. Sensory Storytime Oct. 12 and Nov. 9, 10:45am. Suitable for children of all abilities. Registration required. Ages 3-8 with parent/caregiver. Movers in the Sky Oct. 14, 10:30am. Astrophysicist Kevin Manning’s program features comets, meteors and asteroids. Ages 10 and up. 325 Park Ave.; 847-835-5056;

Wilmette Public Library FAMILY Family Dance Party Sept. 28, 10:30-11:15am. Shake, shimmy and

dance at this family party, featuring bubbles, tunes and more. Pretzels and water are served. Ages 0-6. ADULTS Climate Forum: Two Points of View Sept. 16, 6:45pm. Featuring Steven A. Goreham, executive director of Climate Science Coalition of America and Ken Taylor of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. A Q&A session follows. Stress Management – A Way of Life Sept. 18, 2pm. Psychotherapist and social worker Nancy Good demonstrates techniques to reduce the physical and emotional effects of stress. For retired/semiretired adults. “Professor of Storytelling” Highlights New Play Sept. 22, 2pm. Rives Collins of the Northwestern University Department of Theatre introduces “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” running at Glencoe’s Writers’ Theatre. Prof. Collins talks about the age-old storytelling tradition and how it ties into the theatrical experience. Current Events Roundtable Sept. 23, 10am. Enjoy coffee and a roundup on the leading national, international and local news of the day, moderated by Deerfield resident Don Levinthal. Liquid Assets – A Look Into Our Water Infrastructure Sept. 24, 7pm. The League of Women Voters of Wilmette and the Library present an abridged viewing of the film “Liquid Assets,”

Artwork in the Auditorium Evanston resident Peggy Magee, a winner in the 2012 Friends of the Library Juried Art Show, exhibits her watercolors during September. Artists wishing to submit work for the 2013 Juried Art Show may pick up a brochure in the Library, with submissions accepted beginning Oct. 11. TEENS Teen Advisory Board Sept. 29, 7-8pm. Meet monthly to plan programs. New members welcome. Teen Room CHILDREN Pages Across Ages Interested students thru eighth grade are paired with local senior citizens, sharing one letter per month about a book of their choice. Letters are distributed by staff. A social event for participants is held Oct. 20 from 2-3pm. Registration required. For Wilmette/ Kenilworth residents only. Friends of the Wilmette Library Children’s Art Show Thru Sept. 22. Preschoolers thru eighth graders are invited to show off their paintings, drawings, collages or photos. Mount artwork on paper or lightweight posterboard. Pushpins are used to hang the pictures on bulletin boards. Works are exhibited in the Youth Department throughout October. A special reception for artists and their families takes place Oct. 6 from 2-3:30pm. One piece of art per participant. Banned Books Week Display Sept. 22-28. More than 300 books are formally challenged in U.S. libraries each year. Take a look at the Library’s display and celebrate the freedom to read and find out more about youth books that have been challenged or banned. 1242 Wilmette Ave.; 847-256-5025;

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The phenomenon of teenage angst has been widely acknowledged in the literature. Ask any parent about this issue and you will probably get a lengthy story about their teenager locking themselves in their rooms, refusing to engage with the family or being extremely moody. Physiological changes occurring in adolescence can prompt teens to Dr. Michael Clatch many feel depressed or moody. But how can parents and teens differentiate between the normal angst of adolescence and the development of a more serious mental health problem, such as depression? Answering this question is difficult, as current scientific research regarding teen depression indicates that the phenomenon is more common than once thought. Statistics provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) demonstrate that one in every 17 individuals in the U.S. currently suffers from a mental illness. Data also indicates that half of individuals with mental illness begin to exhibit symptoms of their disorder by age 14. Thus, if your teen is experiencing significant changes in mood or depressive symptoms that do not seem to abate, it is possible that these issues may indicate the development of an underlying mental health problem. Early detection and treatment will be key to improving outcomes for the adolescent across his or her lifespan. Changes in the Brain During Adolescence The changes that occur in the human brain

during adolescence can be compared to what occurs during a massive highway construction process. When construction on a new highway begins, old routes are either reconstructed or abandoned altogether while new routes are established to help vehicles travel to and reach their destinations more quickly. During adolescence, a similar process occurs in the brain. Existing neural pathways are bombarded with a high influx of hormones, essentially changing the way in which the brain operates. In some instances, existing routes for information flow are shut down while new ones are built. This reconstruction of the brain during this period of time enables information to travel more efficiently, facilitating the ability of the adolescent to make new connections between information and garner new insight. The changes that occur in the brain during adolescence are quite dramatic and can result in noticeable changes in your teen’s personality. While the influx of hormones may result in changes in mood that can present challenges for adolescent coping, the insight garnered from new perspectives can also cause changes in mood as well. Teens may begin to realize the complexity of the world around them, prompting them to feel depressed about their prospects for the future. While most teens are resilient to these changes and are able to use coping mechanisms to quell fears and anxiety, some teens may internalize these feelings. When this occurs, further changes in the brain’s neural pathways may result, facilitating the development and onset of mental health issues such as depression. Navigating the Changes When the changes that occur in the adolescent brain are reviewed, overall it is not surprising

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the teen’s self-image and strengthen neural pathways that emphasize behaviors such as exploration and curiosity. Parents and loved ones can also take a supervisory role in their teen’s life, creating an environment in which the adolescent can safely explore the external environment. Issues such as nutrition, getting an adequate amount of sleep each night and remaining active should serve as the foundation for directing adolescent behavior. However, parents should allow teens to explore their worlds independently to promote a sense of self-efficacy and selfesteem. Enabling teens to succeed on their own also facilitates the development of neural pathways that will enhance positive emotions and may help prevent the onset of depression. 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

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2. Highland Park is now home to a Little Free Library – a small collection of books, housed in a cabinet built with recycled materials. Adults and children can take a book to read and also leave books for others to enjoy. The LFL was installed in early August at Sunset Park, near the Tot Playground and adjacent semi-circle bench.

3. Rabbi Paul F. Cohen of Temple Jeremiah in Northfield has been named president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis for a two-year term. “I see this as intimately connected to the work I do with Temple Jeremiah and the core values of our community,” said Cohen. “The Chicago Board of Rabbis seeks to reach beyond the walls of the synagogue to foster new partnerships for social action, learning, education, and to help everyone seeking a spiritual home within the Jewish community find one.” 4. The American Association for LongTerm Care Insurance has ranked Peter R. Florek, Vice President of MAGA Ltd. – a Riverwoods-based agency focusing exclusively on Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI) – third nationally among the Top 10 agents of LTCI. MAGA President Brian I. Gordon ranked sixth nationally. Both are Northbrook residents.

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The Lights Shine Bright – Deep in the Heart of Dallas If you’ve watched the new “Dallas” TV show, the opening sequence features the new Omni Dallas, with its colorful neon lights. The hotel truly represents the spirit of Dallas – bold and brash. Opened in 2011, the certified Gold LEED Dallas Omni is actually owned by the city of Dallas, connecting directly via Mira Temkin skybridge to the Dallas Convention Center. The hotel is ultramodern with all the latest amenities, and a showplace of Texas cuisine, art and sophistication. We had a chance to stay here and discovered a whole new side of Texas to love. Lunch at Texas Spice was amazing. This farm-to-table restaurant boasts a sumptuous buffet filled with Long Horn favorites, emphasizing local ingredients and southernstyle cooking. Dallas is a big sports town with five pro sports teams, so it’s only right they have a state-of-the-art sports bar that was as big as, well, the state of Texas! I also had a chance to peruse their Collections Gift Shop – a one-of-a-kind showplace featuring Texas’ best retailers, artisans, local foods and wine. But would I able to see those glorious lights from the hotel? You bet. The view from the Uptown Terrace, the urban pool deck, provided views of the changing lights as well as the glittering Dallas skyline. Sitting there at night – warm breezes blowing, sipping a cocktail – was nothing short of spectacular. The Omni caters to children and I had one

in tow. Their Omni Sensational Kids program – which included a Discovery welcome backpack – helped keep my Riley busy with crayons, a magnifying glass and lots more fun stuff. It was easy to see why they were included in “Parents” magazine’s “10 Best Hotel Chains for Families.” As a member of their Select Guest program, I also enjoyed special privileges, such as complimentary wi-fi and a free morning beverage delivered to my door. If you’re headed to Dallas for either business or pleasure, put the Omni at the top of your list.; 214-744-6664. Perot Museum Rocks Ross Perot did more than run for the U.S. presidency; he donated funds to create the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. This exquisite building, exhibits and spectacular children’s museum uses hands-on discovery to serve as a living science lesson. My favorite was the Earthquake Shake where you feel like what it’s like to get caught up in a real one. In the robot arena, I built a robot for racing. This is a fascinating place to spend the day for everyone. JFK Assassination – Was it Really 50 Years Ago? If you’re like most people of age, you remember exactly where you were when you heard the news about President Kennedy. Seeing the grassy knoll and book depository is something else. For one thing, it’s much smaller than I anticipated. Tour the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, chronicling the assassination and legacy of President Kennedy, or hang out in front of the memorial and hear about conspiracy theories for a price from “history


Guasacaca – Silly Name, Amazing Flavor The third and final installment of our salsa blends for the summer is guasacaca (wahsah-cah-cah). Not only is this an incredibly tasty topping for steaks, chicken or just chips, it’s also going to provide hours of fun for your family and friends when they hear the name! There are many different versions of guasacaca, but I like this one the most – both creamy and Chef Kim Bisk chunky, it’s very easy to make. Many South American and Central American countries have a version of this. In Mexico, they call it guacamole. I grew up with this in my native Venezuela, and it’s called guasacaca. It will take about an hour from prep to serve. 30 minutes of that is simply letting it set, allowing all the flavors to mingle.

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The ultramodern Omni Dallas makes an excellent venue for either business or pleasure. vendors.” Walk through the JFK Memorial Plaza, a meaningful remembrance. Dallas marks this tragic event come November with a series of events called “The 50th – Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy.” A Foodie Town More than just steaks and Tex-Mex, Dallas is a town of a thousand cuisines. A great way to soak up Dallas history is on a food tasting/ cultural walking tour. Eat your way through Uptown, a mile north of downtown. After you’re done, ride the free McKinney Avenue Trolley to the new Klyde Warren Park in the Dallas Arts District, or

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[1] Mash one of the avocados, and then dice the rest. [2] Add lime juice and stir gently until coated. [3] Add remaining ingredients and let rest for 30 minutes. [4] The lime juice keeps this from going brown immediately, but this should be served same day. Chef Kim Bisk and her husband Ellory own and operate Kim & Ellory’s Kitchen – providing personal chef and catering services to northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Visit them at

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Patterns and colors are also hot from leopard print to great fall shades of green and red from designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Rag and Bone. WH! Can you tell us about the charity work your business has been involved in? LC: Over the years, Loree’s Closet has taken its charity work seriously and has worked with numerous charities, including Gift of Adoption, Lurie Children’s Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 1500 Old Deerfield Road, Units 19/20, Highland Park; MY BEST FRIEND’S CLOSET WH! Who does the buying for your store? MBFC: Our store is a little different than a regular retail store. We don’t buy anything for our store! We work with consignors, who give us their pieces to sell. We get everything from Chanel and Gucci down to Zara and BCBG. All of our garments were purchased in the last two years and we get something new every day. WH! Tell us about the latest fall fashions that can be found in your store. MBFC: Menswear is coming back this fall season. We love oxford flats, motorcycle jackets, sleek button downs paired feminine touches. You can pair a tailored pant with a pointed-toe heel and it’s a fresh and new look. WH! With the whirlwind of back to school settling, are there any great pieces moms should treat themselves to? MBFC: Moms should definitely treat themselves to accessories and outerwear. These pieces will update your look instantly. A new jacket can be worn every day, and accessories are cheaper than a brand new outfit and can be switched to change your everyday look. WH! Your store has a great charity model – can you tell us about the work you’re doing? MBFC: We are a full donate resale boutique. This means that (almost) everything we do not sell, we will be donating to a charity called the Bridge to Success. Bridge to Success enhances employment opportunities for at-risk, low-income, no-income men, women, and young adults by providing highend interview and workplace appropriate clothing, coupled with coaching, to build self-confidence through appearance, interview preparation and sense of belonging at the workplace. 1780 Green Bay Road, Highland Park; Contributed by Carrie Levi

School Happenings Maple School Monthly Open Mic Maple School students now have a montlhy opportunity to express their talent and creativity during “Open Mic” in the library media center, which is transformed into a 1960s-style coffee house space. Share original works in poetry, prose or music. There is a maximum of three minutes mic time, and the first event takes place from 11:50am-1:10pm Sept. 16. CHARACTER COUNTS! Fall Poster and Video Contest CHARACTER COUNTS! in Glenview has added a new component to its annual poster contest. Middle school students are

asked to create one-to-two minute videos depicting one of the six pillars of characters – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Elementary school students can still create posters. The deadline is 5pm Sept. 23. Northbrook Community Nursery School Welcomes New Music Teacher Mary Bruninga joins NCNS this month, running the Music Trax program from 9:1510am Wednesdays for ages 1-5. Bruninga also leads music on a weekly basis for each NCNS class. Limited space is available for Music Trax, beginning Sept. 25 and running thru Jan. 22.

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Age: 1 year Breed: Chihuahua Gender: Male My Story: Barely out of his puppy stage, Cypress is a barrel of love and laughs. He likes to play and go for walks, but most of all, sit on your lap while you read or watch TV. If you let Cypress sleep with you, you’re A+ in his book!



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Weigh Your Options Between 4WD/AWD Winter weather is just around the corner, leaving some drivers wondering if their two-wheel-drive vehicles can handle roads covered in snow and ice. When faced with an array of vehicles boasting four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive, consumers often wonder about the differences between the two options or if there is any difference at all. Four-wheel-drive systems, often referred to as 4WD, trace their origins to the late 1800s, while all-wheel-drive, or AWD, did not arrive until the late 1970s, when an AWD system was used on an Audi vehicle for rally racing. Now many cars and trucks come with 4WD or AWD, particularly crossovers and SUVs. Both drive systems engage all four wheels at the same time to provide more traction. On AWD systems, the powering of the wheels is automatic and usually handled by the electronic system of the car. Some vehicles drive in two-wheel-drive, but then engage AWD when sensors detect a need for more traction and maneuverability. When operating 4WD vehicles, drivers may have to manually engage the system. True 4WD uses a transfer case mounted by the rear of the transmission. A button or selector lever on older model SUVs would switch the vehicle from 2WD to 4WD. Unlike in AWD systems, the front and rear axles are locked together in 4WD systems. Four-wheel-drive systems are better for offroading, rock-climbing and driving through mud and water. Individuals who participate in many off-road recreational activities will find that 4WD, especially in vehicles with more gears, is more effective and provides better traction. All-wheel-drive provides stability, largely on roadways, and enables the vehicle to modify the level of power to either the front or rear wheels to improve traction as needed. All-wheel-drive is adequate for many drivers and situations. It is important to note that, on icy or slippery roads, neither AWD or 4WD systems assist with braking or completely prevent cars from skidding on slick surfaces. Having the ability to engage all four wheels at the same time should not be used as a replacement for cautious driving in inclement weather. Four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive both provide power to all four wheels on the vehicle but have subtle differences that make each better for certain driving conditions.

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Crossovers Blend Features of Cars and Trucks Drivers who cannot decide between a car and a sport utility vehicle may find that a crossover offers the best of both worlds. Many crossovers are vehicles built on a car chassis that have certain features of an SUV, like a tall interior and a spacious cargo area. Crossovers frequently borrow features from station wagons and hatchbacks, favoring cargo volume over passenger space. The EPA states that a vehicle with more than 130 cubic feet of storage and less than an 8,500 pound gross weight is considered a station wagon. According to this classification, most crossovers qualify as station wagons. Crossovers can be traced back to the 1950s. The Soviet Maskovitch 410 is considered the first crossover automobile. The French MatraSimca Rancho, introduced in 1977, was one of the first crossovers. Today, there are many other crossovers on the road, helping it to become one of the fastest-growing automotive segments. Between the years 2003 and 2005, crossover SUV sales increased by 30 percent. Nearly every vehicle manufacturer now offers a crossover model, noting that such vehicles are designed to blend the best offerings of

SUVs and cars into one. Similar to cars, crossovers have a lower center of gravity to offer stability and responsiveness. The lighter weight of the crossover makes it more nimble on roadways than a traditional SUV. Unlike cars, the increased cargo and passenger space commonly found in crossovers enables the transport of more people and items. Many crossovers are on par with cars in terms of fuel efficiency, getting more miles per gallon than trucks. However, crossovers will not compare to SUVs in towing ability. While SUVs may be capable of off-roading, crossovers generally do not handle well off-road. Manufacturers may refer to crossovers as CUVs, or crossover utility vehicles, to further link them to larger trucks. But many consumers confuse crossovers with traditional SUVs and with good reason, as many SUVs billed as compact SUVs are really crossovers. The lines between the two types of vehicles are frequently blurred and differ from brand to brand. Examples of crossovers include the Audi Q3, the Ford Edge, the Honda Crosstour, and the Toyota Venza.

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What’s Trending in the New 2014 Vehicle Model Year To be successful today, automakers must design and build vehicles that are relevant, appealing and deliver value. Competition for vehicle market share is fierce and consumers are discriminating. Buyers have more model choices than ever in a growing array of vehicle segments. With the pressures of competition and the need to meet government mandates for increased corporate average fuel economy and stricter safety standards, it’s no wonder that manufacturers are building better cars than ever. This year’s crop of new 2014 models is quite impressive. Buyers will enjoy their enhanced safety, fuel efficiency and performance capabilities. The demand for integrated infotainment systems with touch screens, voice recognition and Internet connectivity is increasing the popularity of these features in mainstream vehicles. High-tech driving aids utilizing radar and cameras are being offered on more different models in various applications. These enable safety systems like blind spot monitoring, lane departure intervention and pre-collision braking to protect drivers and occupants. We seem to be evolving on a path toward autonomous cars with every new application of these technologies. The latest new 2014 vehicles include many totally revamped versions of familiar nameplates. Here are a few notable models to watch for incorporating some of the industry’s latest technologies. 2014 Cadillac CTS This third generation sedan has grown in size to better compete with the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and other mid-size luxury sedans. Its styling is much more distinctive, with a brash, yet handsome front end treatment.

2014 Infiniti Q50 Infiniti is renaming all of its new 2014 vehicles, and this new Q50 will replace the popular G37 model. This is a refined sport sedan with a sophisticated interior, featuring Infiniti’s latest infotainment system. You can even opt for a 360hp hybrid engine together with all-wheel drive. 2014 Jeep Cherokee Not to be confused with the larger Grand Cherokee, this model was built from 19842001 and was replaced by the Jeep Liberty from 2002-2012. This all new Cherokee will be offered with both four and six-cylinder engines, and features a nine-speed automatic transmission with the new 3.2 liter Pentastar V-6. A trail rated 4X4 Trailhawk version will be available for real off-roading. 2014 Mercedes S550 Designers and engineers have pulled out all the stops on this completely redesigned luxury flagship. This car is an absolute technical marvel. Much of what is offered is certainly over the top – I can do without the multi-colored mood lighting, hot stone massages and having various fragrances injected through the ventilation system. However, I am impressed with the substantial advancements and the overall product that Mercedes has created.

Several engines and drive trains will be offered, but the 420hp 3.6-liter twinturbocharged V-6 version should be a real performer. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette This all-new seventh generation design has

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Cadwell’s Checks Out as Inn-Spot On a scale of culinary satisfaction, the food in many hotel dining rooms once ranked about a notch above that served in school cafeterias. It often tended to be uninspired, boring and overpriced. But eventually, hotels got a wake-up call and upgraded their dining profiles dramatically. Now many compete with the “in” restaurants in terms of food Chuck Pecoraro quality and decor appearance – to the acceptance of locals as well as out-of-towners. If you haven’t thought about making a hotel restaurant a lunch or dinner destination, think again. That’s what brought us to Cadwell’s Grille, neatly embedded into the lobby of the Embassy Suites in Deerfield. Since its debut last year, it has managed to offer fare and flair to emulate that of the ritzy downtown hotels, without the stuffy ambiance and stiff check totals. Cadwell’s strives to influence North Shore palates and patronage with a potpourri of visual and edible incentives. The open, bright scene exudes an alfresco resonance, with five rooms and a bar basking in daylight or moonlight beaming from a soaring, sevenstory atrium. Seating for 100 is arranged throughout the inside rooms and an adjoining patio shaded with umbrellas. The airy atmosphere is

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Getting the Car Fixed Turns Monstrous The sky darkens ominously. The wind whips up. Lightning flashes, and it starts to rain. I turn the windshield wipers on and that’s when I hear it – Cough, cough. Clunk. Wheeze. “No, no, no,” I scream into the bleak, uncaring darkness. It can’t be happening again, but of course, it is. My whole being senses impending disaster and I know exactly where I’m headed. Jim Ardito I feel the car does, too. In fact, I could swear the despicable, constantlyfailing, fiendish Ford Focus I’m driving is urging me toward my inevitable destination. And then I see it: that all-too-familiar, anemic neon sign that reads – in broken Transylvania signage – “Velcome to Count Wreckula’s Auto Clinic.” The car lurches toward the entrance, passes gas and halts. I get out dragging a huge briefcase and pound anxiously on the garage door. It creaks open and lightning flashes to reveal the hideous features of Egor, the Count’s primary mechanic and the only hunchface I’ve ever seen. “Go away,” growls Egor. “Count too busy. Back in two months, unless you pay huge premium – in cash…no checks or credit cards accepted.” “I’ve paid with my blood,” I answer. “Don’t you recognize me? It’s Jim Ardito, back again for the 30th time with my 2002 Ford Focus!” “At the sound of “Ford Focus,” Egor’s eyes glaze over. He begins drooling. “Focus, Focus!” he grunts as he jumps up and down. “Egor fix Focus. Egor fix customer good.” A chilling wind whips through the room and HE is just suddenly there. “How rude, Egor,” says Count Wreckula in his ancient, hypnotically-smooth voice. “Of course ve know our favorite suckers, I mean customers – the Bambitos…” “Arditos,” I insist. “Of course,” he continues, “and their legendary Ford Focus that we have so carefully mangled – I mean, managed – to bring back to life over the years.” “Half-life,” I correct him, “other half-dead. But no more. I’m done with your constant, costly repairs, Count. I’ve brought the Focus here for its Final Rights. It’s time for euthanasia.” The Count’s eyes widen. “No youth in Asia will ride in this car. It is simply too dangerous, Mr. Mosquito.” I give up with the name business. “Why is that, Count?” I counter. “It should be 100 percent safe, because you’ve fixed everything in this car at least twice. I have proof.” I reach into the briefcase and pull out the first 500 sheets of receipts, then read from the list: “$319.43 to repair the front stabilizer link; $1279.55 for rear shock absorbers; fix struts, $825; remove and replace the serpentine belt tensioner and whoever heard of replacing a car battery four times, Count, four times in five years? You must be using ‘NeverReady’ batteries. And what is this ridiculousness? $2,555.43 to repair and replace a head gasket?” “You read that wrong, Mr. Burrito, that’s ‘head casket.’” “That’s it! I’m pulling the plugs right now.” “You can’t do that, Mr. Dorito. I, the Count, am counting on years of continued torture and outrageous billing.” “You underestimate me, Count, because I have the weapon that will work.” “Vot are you talking about?” “Look, Master,” Egor shrieks, “look what he has in his hand!” “Vot is that?!” the Count asks, staggering in

surprise. “Steak? You brought steak to destroy the Focus?” “Not just any steak, Count, ground sirloin from Whole Foods!” “Aoooo,” howls Egor. “Don’t do it!” begs the Count. “You don’t know the forces you’re dealing with here. This car can’t be put to death. It’s programmed to go on living and dying and living and dying forever. Your Ford Focus is possessed!” “Yes,” I say, “And now, it’s going to be re-possessed.” I dash to the gas tank and shove the ground sirloin in. “Take that, you beast! See what that does to your focus, Focus!” The car shakes and stutters, then eerily roars to life. That’s when we all hear it – a grotesque, deep, half-dead voice coming from the carburetor. “What?” says the voice, “Ground steak and no bun or ketchup? You guys are killin’ me!” “Aooooooo,” echoes Egor. Howlingly Good Spaghettini with Pepperoni When my ideas for dinner are down for the count, I dig up this old favorite. It is as fast as a bat to whip up and everyone loves to sink their teeth into it, especially with the diced pepperoni and anchovies to add zip and bring it to life. For a further difference, try Asiago instead of Parmesan. Enjoy anytime, but it’s best savored after sundown. Aoooooo! What Youza Need ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOOHHH!) 4-5 cloves diced garlic 3-4 anchovies Salt for pasta water Pepper, red pepper flakes (to taste) 1 cup fresh basil leaves (2 tbsp dried basil if you’re desperate) ½ cup Parmesan or Asiago cheese ½ cup diced pepperoni Few shakes of red pepper flakes 1 lb. spaghettini (thinner spaghetti – for goodness sakes – how long have you been alive, anyway?) What Youza Do [1] Add ½ cup of salt to big pot of water and heat that sucker up until it’s at a rolling boil, then lower the heat as you prepare the sauce, which only takes three to four minutes, until “IT’S ALIVE! I tell you!” [2] Put EVOO in large sauté pan, heat on medium high (the olive oil, not you). [3] When hot, add diced garlic and sauté for about 10 seconds. [4] Add the pepperoni and cook about a minute until lightly browned. [5] Toss in anchovies and stir until they “makea big paste.” [6] Add fresh basil leaves and cook for a couple of minutes, then add regular pepper and hot pepper flakes. That’s the show. [7] Cook pasta in boiling, salted water until firm (the pasta, not the water). [8] Drain, add pasta to sauce, add Parmesan cheese and toss. This is dead on delicious. 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 or visit


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I made up the title. Yes, the words are completely made up, as if you weren’t sure. The first is a play on the word technology and the second, tech knowledge. Today’s goal is to make you smarter – we aren’t off to a great start at this point, are we? Techlife has always been a forum for you, the readers. I Dave Kaufman just pretend to know about the technology we discuss. But there is a topic we have never addressed here – your “Go-to.” Each of us has someone who we see as our “Go-to.” This is the person who makes us “tech knowledge-ier.” Our “Go-to” is someone who we rely on for technology – questions, decisions, hints, tips and troubleshooting. In most cases, this isn’t our “Go-to’s” main role in our life. We just view them as more knowledgeable about technology. Oh, how lucky they are to know us. Raise your hand if you are laughing because your “Go-to” is your 4-year-old grandson. It’s okay. Many “Go-to” roles are filled by someone younger. Of course, that choice becomes a problem when it is time to upgrade your old tower PC and you aren’t sure about trusting the 4-year-old with a decision such as, “Should I add more RAM or a bigger hard drive?” (Tip: Always add more RAM if your machine can handle more.) Some of you who laughed at the 4-yearold grandson as someone’s “Go-to” were a bit smug. You are thinking, “I have the best “Go-to” – they know everything.” You know

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they do, because even a simple question turns into a complex explanation. They use fancy math equations and acronyms you have never heard of before. So, as great as their answers are, they end up needing to “explain it in language you’ll understand.” Result: you nod your aching head, and reach for an aspirin. (Seriously, who takes aspirin for a headache anymore?) You may even serve as a “Go-to” yourself – laughing inside as you spew forth advice word for word from your 8-year-old “Goto,” as your listener’s eyes glaze over in a combination of thanks and fear you secretly know all too well. You always hope they never ask that scary question which makes them question your tech knowledge and your “Go-to” status in their eyes. 5 Tech Tips for Everybody Here’s where we make you smarter – run this by your “Go-to” and let us know if they agree. Don’t sweat new hardware. PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone more than four years old? Anything you buy will be faster and work better than what you have today. Buy last year’s model. Most people don’t need the latest top of the line hardware and will do just fine with last year’s model, saving while still buying good gear. Review actual needs. Examine your requirements and see if there is software/ websites/apps that do 60 to 70 percent of what you need at a fraction of the cost, or even for free. Try before you buy. After using the software/website/app for a bit of time, you’ll know when/if it is worth supporting the CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

Lake Forest College Lyrica Sept. 22, 3pm. Patty Cuyler, Aurelia Shrenker and Mollie Stone sing folk songs from the Republic of Georgia. $15. Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel on Middle Campus, 555 N. Sheridan Road; 847-234-3100; Twilight of the Romantics Sept. 29, 7pm. The Chicago Philharmonic’s 24th concert season opens with this showcase of the works of Strauss, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Experience Strauss’ story of Don Juan, hear Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” and celebrate the centennial of Stravinsky’s landmark ballet “The Rite of Spring,” complete with the Agnieszka Laska Dancers, paying tribute to the original choreography. $25-$75. Pick-Staiger Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston; 847-866-6888; Baroque Concertos Oct. 3, 7pm. The Lisker Music Foundation kicks off its 2013-2014 concert season with the “best of” Baroque Concertos: Bach and Vivaldi. The performance features acclaimed soloists, a world-class chamber orchestra with Lyric Opera of Chicago members and one of Chicago’s leading harpsichordists. $30. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston; 847-272-7003;

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WH! The one business tool I can’t live without is… HT: My iPhone. It has become my “office,” and allows me to execute 99 percent of client requests and needs regardless of 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? HT: The purchase in 1626 of the Island of Manhattan for $24 worth of trinkets. Two tickets to a movie and a box of popcorn would cost you more today. WH! How did you get your start in this business? HT: After poring over almost 3,000 photos I took on the Galapagos Islands in

2007, I made the decision to start a fine art photography business that initially focused (pardon the pun) on flora, fauna and landscapes, although it has expanded over the years. I was determined to give the business at least three years, regardless of profitability, and it is now in its sixth successful year. WH! Tell us about one person or company who has been instrumental in the success of your business? HT: My close friend Bruce Mondschain, a very accomplished photographer in his own right, has been an invaluable resource and sounding board for me over the past six years. While our photographic styles are very different, he has provided enormous guidance on equipment, technology and problem solving. WH! What’s your favorite part of your business? HT: To see how my photos resonate inside of people as they view them at art festivals and to respond to their questions. My goal is to take photos of landscapes, flowers, fauna and people that everybody has seen before, but to take them in a way that nobody has seen before. When people ask me, “Did you take that photo?” I feel I have accomplished my goal. WH! Given unlimited resources, what would you change about your business/industry? HT: At the drop of a hat, I would get on a plane and fly anywhere in the world to capture images of places and people that have always provided me with unlimited dreams of creative and profoundly resonant photography. Having said that, I also believe only 10 to 20 percent of a good photo is the result of the camera equipment and over 80

percent is attributable to what the eye sees and what the soul feels. I have seen beauty at the top of Machu Picchu in Peru, as well as a singular fallen leaf on a street in Highland Park. WH! What’s the biggest obstacle your business has had to overcome? HT: Advances and new innovations in computers, software, cameras and lenses sometimes make even a minor piece of new equipment obsolete after six months of use. I think this issue underscores, in another way, why I believe so strongly that the eye and the brain are my most important “pieces of equipment.” WH! How long did it take to get your business model right? What were the challenges? HT: As an art form, my business model will never be “right.” It is a constantly evolving process driven by creativity and a new way at looking at something. I view this as a positive aspect and not a negative. That aside, my biggest challenges have been to find dependable and highly skilled people who can provide me with the support to deliver the finished product to my clients – print processors, framers, packaging suppliers and display resources – as well as highly professional and respected companies such as Amdur Productions to promote and display my photography. WH! What’s your business motto/ mission statement? HT: To create visual statements that go beyond documentation and to photograph intimately and with feeling. To quote Henri CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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Crisis in the Job Market for College Grads As business owners and as parents, are you aware that more than half of the nation’s college graduates are underemployed and unemployed? As of 2012, about 52 percent of employed graduates under 25 years old were not working in jobs that require a college degree according to Andrew Sum, an economist at Northeastern University. In 2013, the Vicki Gerson unemployment rate is 8.8 percent for college graduates. In addition, there is an 18.8 percent underemployment rate for recent college graduates, according to the Economic Policy Institute. How and why did this happen? “In the years since the 1980s, teens in high school were led to believe when graduating from college they were certain of a job – a good paying job – and it was a question of choosing the best prospect,” says Debra Maltzman, president of Chicago’s Debra Maltzman Recruiting & Consulting Services, Inc. “Teens were taught from educators to do well in school and go to college to find your passion.” Unfortunately, according to Maltzman, many high school and college educators still believe today that college is not a training program for a job other than professional jobs like engineering, law or medicine (an abundance of lawyers means they can’t find jobs either). Instead, they believe college is about refining a student’s ability to communicate and think. Of course, college teaches a student how to be creative, how to think, meet deadlines and write. However, college doesn’t guarantee a job nor does every major guarantee a related career path. “The problem is we are in the midst of an economic crisis,” she says.

“There are few job opportunities, and many graduates are competing for the same entrylevel opportunity.” If you are like most parents or grandparents “footing the college bill,” you are sending your offspring to college to get a good paying job and be financially responsible after graduation. Even teenagers believe this is the case. Today, this is a fallacy. Therefore, students need to examine what their goal is for going to college. Due to the competitive job market and the ever-rising cost of higher education and paying down six-figure student loan debt, college may not be worth it. Does this mean teenagers shouldn’t attend college? That’s not what this business column is advising at all. “Students should be taught to choose their major wisely and research the job market before they begin their studies,” emphasizes Maltzman. “They need to be taught in high school practical majors where they can get a job when they graduate from college.” Parents, high school and college counselors should educate students on the cost of living, stress coming from student loans and the need to support oneself coming out of college. There is a different reality today. It is no longer just about choosing studies that are passion-related. There are businesses today that can’t find qualified employees. It is the high school’s responsibility to promote awareness of career tracks, positions and industries starting in high school. There has to be a connection between career aspiration and education. Maltzman believes times have changed, and this is about adjusting one’s mindset to the current economic reality. This column will continue to explore the issue in next month’s edition.


my son when he was in grade school, a photo of my daughter doing a toe loop in mid air when she was a competitive figure skater and the wooden GATE 2 sign that hung over the entrance to the old Comiskey Park. My father would take my brother and me to games when we were growing up and we would always enter the park thru Gate 2. I purchased the sign at the auction held when the old park was demolished.

Matisse, “Merely copying an object is not art. What counts is to express the emotion called forth in you, the feeling awakened.” WH! What’s something your company does for the community that we might not know about, but should? HT: I annually donate several pieces of photographic art to The Art Center of Highland Park, to be sold at their major annual fundraising event. The Center is a fabulous community resource that provides a broad range of art classes for children and adults and exhibits of artwork from residents of the community. WH! What non-work related items do you have on your desk or wall? HT: A wood-burning name plaque made by TECHLIFE, PAGE 19 company by upgrading. Tech shouldn’t complicate life. Technology should be used to speed up tasks and improve your work/life. If you aren’t finding that to be the case, stop using it. Next time, before you scream and reach out to your “Go-to,” yelling about how you are about to jump off the Tech Now Ledge, take a breath. Your “Go-to” has a thankless job. They deserve more love. And lastly, remember to double check if the power cord is actually plugged in. What is Online? Techlife is both a print and online experience. Visit

Vicki Gerson is president of Vicki Gerson & Associates, Inc. a Northbrook-based web/ print writing and public relations firm. For more info, visit, email or call 847-480-9087.

WH! What’s your favorite book/movie/music? HT: My favorite book and music varies depending on my mood at the time. I still go to jazz, classical and rock concerts – Pearl Jam, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Steely Dan – and enjoy a broad range of books except for fiction. My favorite two movies are “Camelot” (Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae) and “All That Jazz” (Roy Scheider). and search for “go-to” to explore lots of great links and share your stories. 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, it’s easy: techlife@ or follow him on Twitter – @dkworldwide. You know you want to.

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1. Glenkirk was the big winner Aug. 14 at the Northbrook Farmers Market Zucchini Day fundraiser. Nine local nonprofit organizations dressed up zucchinis for display, with visitors voting for their favorites. 2. Families enjoy the Port Clinton Art Festival, held Aug. 23-25 in downtown Highland Park. 3. The Glenview Youth Baseball 12U Summer Patriots travel baseball team won the LSFBL league championship July 28, beating Buffalo Grove 10-9 in an exciting game played at Glenview’s Community Park West. 4. Supporters of The National Alliance on Mental Illness Cook County North Suburban held a summer social walk kickoff event on July 24, officially starting the NAMI CCNS walk for 2013. The walk is scheduled for Oct. 5.


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