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Glenkirk Seeks Program Book Sponsors Nov. 26, 3-9pm. Glenkirk is participating in the Kids’ Heart of Glenview – “Dinner and a Movie” event, taking place at the Glen 10 Regal Theatres. Proceeds directly support individuals with intellectual disabilities in residential, vocational and day programs. Sponsors are needed for the program books, with half-page, full-page and “Charity Heart Sponsor” opportunities (includes print and online media, plus screen exposure between movies) available. Sponsorships are taxdeductible. $300, $500 and $1,000. 847-504-2733.
The Winter Boutique Arts and Crafts Fair Dec. 1, 10am-4pm. This annual event features an arts and crafts fair, bake sale, community drum circle and raffle items. Proceeds benefit the students of District 73 and the John Powers Center. Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills; pto. hawthorn73.org/winterboutique
Anshe Tikvah Adult Education Nov. 26, 7:30-8:30pm. “The Kabbalah of Giving Thanks” explores the spiritual tradition of Thanksgiving. Learn to call upon the angels and count your blessings. Registration required. Email for location. 847-917-7726; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chicago Lighthouse Holiday Bazaar Dec. 1, 12-5pm. Eat, shop and share festivity and fun at this holiday gift bazaar, which features more than 25 vendors. Choose from gifts for men, women, children, employers and more. Refreshments will be served. 15 percent of proceeds benefit TCL programs
Chicago Botanic Garden Holiday Wreath Workshop Nov. 27, 10am-12pm. Program specialist Nancy Clifton shows how to make a traditional evergreen wreath to grace the home this holiday season. Learn how to cut and assemble greens, including balsam, white pine, arborvitae and boxwood. Participants should bring garden gloves, pruners and a box for finished projects (all other materials included). $79/NM, 20 percent off for members. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; 847-835-8261; chicagobotanic.org/school College of Lake County Middle East Lecture Nov. 28, 12-1pm. CLC Surgical Technology Instructor Soheila Kayoud presents “History of Iranian Women’s Movement.” College of Lake County, T332, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake; 847-543-2000; clcillinois.edu.
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Hadassah Youth Aliyah Fundraiser Nov. 28, 12pm. Wilmette Hadassah of the North Shore Chapter holds its annual Youth Aliyah Fundraiser. Leah Polin, former executive director of the Dawn Shuman Institute, presents “Six Jewish Women Who Changed Medicine and Benefited the World.” Registration required. Wildfire Restaurant, 1300 Patriot Drive, Glenview; 847-205-1900; northshore.hadassah.org. Art in the Moment: Unexpected Art Nov. 28, 2-3:30pm. Departing from more traditional methods of making art, the work of artists who dared to express ideas outside the norm is explored at this CJE SeniorLife event. Later, participants engage in a surprising community art project. Registration required. $30/pair. Weinberg Community for Senior Living, 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield; 773-508-1117; cje.net. Off Campus Writers’ Workshop Nov. 29, 9:30am-12pm. Landscape historian Barbara Geiger presents “Downton Abbey.” Learn about the landscape designers, land ownership patterns, and inheritance laws that
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St. Philip Lutheran Church Kids’ Advent Workshop Dec. 1, 1-3:30pm. Ages 3-10 are invited to enjoy Advent crafts, songs, stories and snacks (older kids welcome to help). 1609 Pﬁngsten Road, Glenview; 847-998-1946; stphilip.info.
Our Lady of the Brook Bake and Craft Sale Dec. 8 and 9. Our Lady of the Brook Catholic Parish hosts its holiday bake and craft sale. Homemade baked goods and handmade crafts are offered for sale after all the Masses, as well as from 2-4pm Dec. 8. Enter a rafﬂe for a single-needle, queen-size, handmade Amish quilt. The drawing takes place at 12:30pm Dec. 9 (winner need not be present). $5 rafﬂe tickets. 3700 Dundee Road, Northbrook; 847-272-5686; olbparish.org.
St. Philip the Apostle Christmas Pancake Breakfast Dec. 2, 8am-12pm. Features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy Santa’s Workshop, bake sale goodies and a rafﬂe. $6, free for children under 3. 1980 Old Willow Road, Northﬁeld.
Congregation Beth Shalom Hanukah Party Dec. 9, 4:30-5:30pm. This event is billed as a special time for families with special needs. Enjoy music and sing-a-longs, dreidel games/ prizes, candle lighting, stories, latkes and jelly donuts. Registration required by Nov. 28. 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook; 847-498-4100; bethshalomnb.org.
The Internet’s Effect on Adoption Dec. 2, 9:30-11:30am. Project Esther: The Chicago Jewish Adoption Network presents “Untangling the Web: How the Internet has Transformed Adoption…and Our Lives.” The Internet is changing the way families are adopting children, professionals practice, and the process of “search and reunion.” Featuring Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and author of “Adoption Nation.” $10, $15 at the door, $10 for CEUs. Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette; 847-745-5408; jcfs.org.
Chicago Lighthouse Vision Rehab Center Lecture Dec. 11, 4-5pm. Dr. Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO discusses Vitamin D in health and prevention of illness and eye disease. Vitamin D deﬁciency is associated with numerous medical conditions, the common cold and winter mortality. Registration required. 222 Waukegan Road, Glenview; 847-510-2054; chicagolighthouse.org.
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Nice Dogs 4 Nice Families Rescue Charity Bingo Dec. 2, 2-6pm. Win prizes, enter a silent auction, and enjoy a bake sale and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds go towards spaying, neutering, vaccinations and other veterinary care services. Registration required. All ages welcome. $15, free for 12 and under. Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.; 847-456-8198; nicedogs4nicefamilies.org. Glenview Senior Center Holiday Craft Sale Dec. 3 and 4, 10am-2pm. The sale features American Girl doll clothes, hats and scarves, wreaths, ornaments, stuffed animals, cards, quilts and more. Park Center lobby, 2400 Chestnut St., Glenview. Highland Park Juried Art Contest Dec. 8, 10am-2pm. Sponsored by the Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission, “Art is Alive in Highland Park” features four categories – elementary, middle, high school students and adults. Highland Park residents may bring in one work for consideration. Finalists and winners are selected for a January 2013 exhibition. The Art Center Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road; 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org. Glen Town Center Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 8, 9-11am. Enjoy classic holiday traditions at this annual event, featuring breakfast catered by Eggsperience Restaurant and photo opportunities with Santa. Registration required. The Book Market at Hangar One, 2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview; 847-724-2025; theglentowncenter.com. Or Simcha Chanukah Café Kumzits Dec. 8, 7:30pm. Mark your calendar for this evening of song and story, schmooze and blues. Master musician Benyamin Herst and Open Mic (led by Steve Kaiser) return by popular demand. Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road; 847-410-2066; orsimcha.com. Re-invent Gallery Dual Art Show Thru Dec. 8. “Lost and Found: Industrial Sculptures and Photographic Studies” features the works of professional ironworker Steven Gallagher and strategic business consultant Jason Bennett Harris. See everything from animal sculptures to multimedia offerings. 202 E. Wisconsin, Lake Forest; 224-544-5961; reinventlf.com.
Glenview Gardeners Holiday Pot Luck Dec. 11, 7pm. Glenview Gardeners host a Holiday Pot Luck Party for their December meeting. Open to men and women interested in all aspects of gardening. 2050 Claire Court, Glenview; 847-724-2286; glenviewgardeners.org. Winnetka Holiday Artisan Fair Dec. 12, 11am-8pm. Features more than 50 artisans and fair trade vendors and wine bar from 5-8pm. Proceeds beneﬁt END POLIO NOW and the Winnetka-Northﬁeld Rotary Charitable Foundation. Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave.; winnetkaartisanfair.com. Winnetka Community House Breakfast with Santa Dec. 15, 8:30-11am. Families are invited to a breakfast buffet and photos with Santa. Create personalized crafts and take home a goody bag. Registration required. $20. Matz Hall, 620 Lincoln Ave.; 847-446-0537; winnetkacommunityhouse.org. Toys for Tots Beneﬁt Concert Dec. 15, 7pm. Soprano Tricia Melzer Swaydrak and a vocal ensemble of her friends from Glenview Community Church perform at this 19th anniversary holiday concert. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Members of the U.S. Marine Corps make a special appearance. GCC, 1000 Elm St.; 847-724-2210; gccucc.org. Glenview Community Church Do-It-Yourself Messiah Dec. 22, 7:30pm. Enjoy and/or join in the singing of G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” and holiday carols at this inaugural event, featuring the GCC Chancel Choir, soloists and Waukegan Symphony Orchestra. 1000 Elm St.; 847-724-2210; gccucc.org. Lake Forest College Cuban Photography Exhibition Thru Dec. 12. “In the Light of Cuban Eyes” features pieces from the Madeleine P. Plonsker Collection of Cuban Photography, a gift of Madeleine P. and Harvey R. Plonsker to Lake Forest College. Photographs in the collection will also be used in academic disciplines across the campus. Sonnenschein Gallery, Durand Art Institute, 555 N. Sheridan Road; 847-735-5194; lakeforest.edu. The Art Center HP Juried Exhibition Thru Dec. 30. Imagine a sanctuary that CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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practical tips and guidance on how to recognize warning signs and develop a plan to begin talking about driving retirement. $7/M, $9/NM. TRIPS “Singin’ in the Rain” at Drury Lane Theater Nov. 29, 10:30am-5pm. Based on the classic Gene Kelly film. Includes lunch. $89/M, $105/NM. Departs from both campuses. Winter Wonderettes at Pheasant Run Resort Dec. 6, 10:30am-5:30pm. This holiday musical features ’60s hits like “Santa Baby,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and more. Includes lunch. $89/M, $105/NM. Departs from Morton Grove Campus. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; nssc.org. CALENDAR, PAGE 5 is yours alone in which you find peace, comfort and solace. TAC invites the community to take part in Sacred Spaces, sharing works in all mediums that honor or illustrate this place of sacred significance, whether it be traditional, physical, spiritual or otherwise. The Art Center Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road; 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org.
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Wilmette Public Library FAMILY Gingerbread 101 Dec. 1, 2pm. Decorate gingerbread men cookies to take home, then stay for a presentation on creating an over-the-top gingerbread house. Registration required. ADULTS E-books and E-audiobooks Nov. 19, 7pm. Download the Library’s e-books and e-audiobooks to a computer, iPod, e-reader, or mobile device. Take a tour of MyMediaMall and OneClick Digital, discuss common problems, and walk through a download. World War II Veteran Roundtable Nov. 21, 10am. This World War II veterans’ group holds regular meetings at the Library. Have coffee and take part in lively conversation. Newcomers are welcome. Alzheimer’s Support Group Nov. 26, 7pm. Families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease are invited to attend support group meetings, facilitated by Mike Denesha. Newcomers are welcome. Juried Art Show 2012 Thru Nov. 29. Forty-five work of art by area artists are on display in the Auditorium, juried by three established artists from a field of 150 pieces submitted in mid-October. Book Discussion – “The Shooting Party” Dec. 3, 7pm. Explore the “Downton Abbey” era with Isabel Colegate’s novel, set on a country estate in fall 1918. Registration required.
Decorate gingerbread men cookies and learn about creating gingerbread houses during “Gingerbread 101” at the Wilmette Library. Wilmette Writer’s Group Thru Dec. 16, 7pm (Sundays). Provide peer reviews in a supportive environment, facilitated by Julie Johnson. New members are welcome. Mental Illness Support Group Dec. 21, 9:30-11am. This support group for caregivers of children with mental illnesses – diagnosed or undiagnosed – is facilitated by a volunteer from the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). 847-716-2252; namiccns.org. CHILDREN School’s Out Movie – “Brave” Nov. 20, 2-3:30pm. Princess Merida must harness all of her skills and resources to undo a beastly curse. Rated PG. Comic Life Nov. 20, 2:30-4:30pm. Make your own comic using Comic Life software. Bring a flash drive loaded with photos or drawings.
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Hands-On Science: Flight Dec. 13, 4-4:45pm. Prepare to travel for the holidays, exploring the science of flight thru demonstrations and hands-on experiments. Grades K-1. Registration begins Nov. 29 for Wilmette/Kenilworth residents.
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How Exercise Can Help Teens and Young Adults with ADHD Regular physical exercise has important benefits for both the mind and the body. Exercise has been proven to help people control weight, combat chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, improve sleep and boost overall energy level. Exercise has also been shown to improve mood Dr. Michael Clatch and overall mental health. While these benefits can be acquired by anyone who engages in regular physical activity, for teens and young adults that have attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), exercise may provide a host of other benefits that can help reduce symptoms and improve the individual’s overall quality of life. One of the principal hallmarks of ADHD, especially in adolescents and young adults, is the inability to focus or pay attention. Challenges in this area can lead to a plethora of changes in mental state. Because of the difficulty focusing that people with ADHD experience, many believe that they are not able to engage in certain tasks, or if they do try new things they will fail. This situation is one that can markedly impact the ability of the individual to succeed and seek out new or challenging opportunities. For teens and young adults who should be engaged in and actively exploring their external worlds, these issues can have significant implications. This includes the development of comorbid mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Based on this description of ADHD and
the benefits of exercise, it is possible to see where some overlaps occur. Exercise improves overall mood. For adolescents and young adults struggling with ADHD, exercise may help prevent the development of mental health problems. If these issues are already present, exercise may stabilize mood and reduce symptoms of both anxiety and depression. While these benefits are obvious, there are other benefits of exercise for young adults with ADHD. In particular, exercise may boost activity in regions of the brain associated with attention. Exercise typically results in the release of neurochemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine. These chemicals can stimulate parts of the brain responsible for attention and concentration. Thus, by engaging in regular exercise adolescents and young adults may be able to boost their attention and focus. Adolescents and young adults with ADHD also have difficulty with executive functioning. Executive functioning refers to the ability of a person to control behavior. Impulsivity is a challenging issue for many people with ADHD. Although adolescents and young adults with ADHD often develop coping mechanisms to deal with impulsivity issues, there are instances in which impulsivity can create problems. Regular exercise can help stimulate areas of the brain that are responsible for executive functioning. In particular, exercise has been shown to stimulate parts of the frontal cortex. Stimulation in this area makes it possible for people to evaluate their behavior and to consider the consequences of their decisionmaking. Stimulation of these areas of the brain continues even hours after exercise. Thus, regular exercise may promote consistency in impulse control for the person with ADHD.
The changes that occur in the brain as a result of exercise are similar to those that occur when certain ADHD medications are used. Although exercise may not be a complete substitute for medication, it can provide a healthy alternative that may enable adolescents or young adults to decrease the dosage of their medication. In addition, regular engagement in physical activity will provide all of the benefits that come along with exercise. For adolescents and young adults with this condition, exercise can also promote healthy self-esteem. This may help in coping with fear of failure, or the belief that you will not be able to succeed. Given the potential outcomes, there is strong support for using exercise as a complement to other therapies used for the treatment of ADHD. The amount of physical activity that you will need to achieve these benefits will vary depending on your age, body type and
severity of your ADHD symptoms. Although there are no firm recommendations for using exercise as a complementary therapy in the treatment of ADHD, you should strive to get 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity at least four days per week. This level of exercise is recommended for all adolescents and young adults seeking to garner the typical benefits of regular exercise, e.g., maintaining and healthy weight, preventing disease, etc. When selecting exercises, you should consider your preferences and what you enjoy doing. Any activity that you enjoy and that elevates your heart rate or builds muscle will be good for you. Dr. Clatch practices at the Courage to Connect Therapeutic Center, 2400 Ravine Way, Suite 600, Glenview. For more info, call 847-347-5757 or visit couragetoconnecttherapy.com.
1. Mary Johnson of Kenilworth won a fournight stay for two at the Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa in the Grand Cayman Islands during the Party on the Parkway, held Sept. 27 to kick off this year’s fundraising activities for the Kenilworth United Fund. The event raised more than $3,000, bringing together local businesses with area restaurants that provided food as neighbors walked from one location to the next.
3. Christina “Christy” Bouris has joined Winnetka Covenant Church as Youth Pastor, following her graduation from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago with a Master of Divinity with high honors and a career that has so far included serving as Director of Youth and Discipleship at Trinity Covenant Church in Lexington, Mass., among other positions. Bouris will lead ministry activities for junior and high school youth.
2. The Northbrook and Deerfield rotary clubs are collecting winter coats for their annual “Coat Off Your Back” campaign. Gently used coats may be placed in bins located throughout Northbrook – including the Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook Village Hall, Northbrook Post Office, the North Suburban YMCA, Sunset Foods, Whole Foods, Mission Hills, Northbrook Bank and Trust, and Ace Hardware.
4. Glenview Senior Craft Room workers have created another attention-getting dollhouse to raffle this holiday season. The classic three-story farmhouse has 11 rooms, and is wallpapered, carpeted and fully furnished. Tickets are available thru November in the senior wing of the Park Center for $1, or $5 for six. The drawing takes place Dec. 7, and the winner need not be present to win.
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Drive Swedish Bishop Hill for an Unusual Holiday Outing Do something different this holiday season. Check out the tiny Swedish town of Bishop Hill during its Julmarknad (Christmas Market). About three hours west of Chicago, you can shop for holiday presents, ﬁnd pottery for your own house, watch how brooms are made, see spinning wheels and other mid1800s artifacts, Jodie Jacobs lunch on Swedish meatballs and soup, breakfast on Swedish pancakes and stay overnight in an 1850s inn. Add a side trip to Kewanee to roam a giant furniture store, lunch in its café which draws from miles around, shop its boutique and stay a night at an excellent nearby B&B. Bishop Hill A tiny western Illinois village just south of Interstate 80 and Kewanee, Bishop Hill proves the old saying: Don’t blink or you will miss it. Everything from museums and craft galleries to antique shops and restaurants are basically across from or within a block of its park-like square. Bishophill.com. Founded in 1846 by Swedish immigrants as a commune, Bishop Hill is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has a church, hotel and museum that are designated State Historic Sites. The Colony Commune disbanded in 1861, but the Swedish heritage lives on. Your best plan upon arrival is to go to the Colony Steeple Building – yes, you can’t miss the steeple – to pick up an outdoor
walking guide. Tour the 1854 building for a sense of village life more than 150 years ago. Shopping The town’s Julmarknad is on weekends the end of November and beginning of December. Bishop Hill Events has the calendar. Bishophill.com/cal.php Be sure to go into the Prairie Arts Center/ Colony Pottery/Vagnall Galleri north of the Steeple Building. Jeff Goard can usually be found at his wheel or teaching a pottery class. The Arts Center also sells the kind of old-fashioned corn brooms that you might have seen being made in the Steeple Building. Bishophillpottery.com. Consult that walking map, because further north you will ﬁnd quilts at the Village Smithy. Villagesmithyquilts.com. South of the Steeple Building you will want to stop in the Colony Store on the corner to ﬁnd Swedish and other treats and explore the rooms of Sweet Annie Primitives for antiques. Sweetannieprimitives.net. JODIE JACOBS
Where to eat Plan lunch at PL Johnson’s, where the staff wear Swedish garb. While waiting for a table, you can check out its antique shop. PL’s, as it is known, is on the north side of the park that is the town square. Pldining.home.mchsi.com. On the south side across from the Colony Store is Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, a good place for a nosh break and something to take home. Bishophillbakery.com. If in town, do breakfast on Sunday morning at the Filling Station, which has melt-in-yourmouth Swedish pancakes. Near the Village Smithy, the Filling Station is also the place to do lunch if you come with children. The restaurant has burgers, grilled cheese and chicken strips.
Squash Your Side Dish Dilemma Pot luck dinners, family gatherings and holiday dinners can be frustrating if you don’t feel like you have a good menu to offer your guests. This month, I’ll give you a great side dish that’ll go well with your holiday menu and keep the ﬂavors seasonal. There I go with that “seasonal” thing again; it’s really the only way to have those fresh ﬂavors we all Chef Kim Bisk enjoy. Having just returned from a two-week visit with my daughters in Rome, I was struck by the fact that every restaurant we went to had nothing but fresh, seasonal menus. The ﬂavors were so wonderful that you really didn’t need to season anything. I love that way of cooking, and I hope you develop a taste for it, too. Butternut Squash and Carrot Soufflé ⅓ lb. carrots
⅔ lbs. butternut squash 1 tbsp kosher salt 4 oz. butter 3 eggs ½ cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking powder  Preheat oven to 350.  Peel carrots and butternut squash.  Cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add your carrot and butternut squash pieces.  Cook for 30 minutes until soft, then drain.  Place them in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Pour into a well-greased one-quart baking pan.  Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean.  Serve warm. 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 kimandellory.com.
Stop by PL Johnson’s in Bishop Hill for great Swedish food and antique shopping. Where to stay If staying overnight, book a room at the Bishop Hill Gallery Inn, whose rooms are small but clean and convenient. Bishophillgalleryinn.com. Or go over to Kewanee to stay at Aunt Daisy’s B&B, which has spacious suite-style lodging. Auntdaisy.net. Good’s Furniture in Kewanee A complex that attracts visitors from throughout the Midwest, Good’s has a seemingly endless expanse of mini brand name furniture galleries, spread throughout several connecting buildings on both sides of
Kewanee’s main street. Look downstairs of the furniture showrooms for the Wine Cellar Restaurant. It serves yummy breakfasts and lunch, and boasts an irresistible bakery. The only problem is trying to leave the adjoining Market Square, a boutique with a koi pond that keeps youngsters happy while parents check out stylish, well-priced clothing and gifts. Goodsfurniture.com. Jodie Jacobs is a veteran journalist who loves traveling. A long-time contributor to the Chicago Tribune, she blogs at travelsmartwithjodie.com and can be reached at Jodieemail@example.com.
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School Happenings Wescott Fourth Graders Hold “An American Convention” Fourth graders at Wescott School in Northbrook performed the musical “An American Convention” on Oct. 26. Written in 2004 by music teacher Bill Vaananen, it was updated to coincide with this year’s presidential election. This year, Vaananen dedicated the performances to Malala Yousefzai, the 15-year old Pakistani girl shot by a Taliban gunman while advocating for a woman’s right to education. During the show, the boys played American presidents, along with presidential contender Mitt Romney and Master of Ceremonies Benjamin Franklin. The girls played 40 of the women who were pivotal in the suffrage movement at the turn of the century, led by Jane Addams and company. As the two sides came together in a fictional Washington, D. C. convention hall, they sang of their accomplishments in “The President’s Convention.” Other songs were inspired by President Washington’s first Inauguration, the Declaration of Independence and the birth of Abraham Lincoln.
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Northbrook Community Nursery School Open Enrollment Open enrollment for Northbrook Community Nursery School’s 2013-14 school year begins Nov. 19. The school offers programs for children 18 months-5 years, including Parent/Tot. NCNS is a non-profit, nondenominational nursery school licensed by DCFS and accredited by NAEYC. 847-272-5430; ncnskids.org. Find Holiday Gifts at the Longfellow PTO Holiday Craft Fair Longfellow School in Buffalo Grove holds its second annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9am3pm Dec. 1, featuring both new vendors and returning favorites. Items include candles, 18inch doll clothes, soaps, jewelry, cake pops, gift baskets, paintings, handbags, ceramics and more. Hear the fifth grade chorus sing a medley of holiday songs, enter a raffle and enjoy treats at the PTO bake sale. Admission is free. 501 S. Arlington Heights Road. Marie Murphy Students Impress at Aaron Galleries Exhibit On Oct. 6, Aaron Galleries hosted a photography exhibit highlighting the work of four students at Marie Murphy School in Wilmette. Assigned the task of photographing
subjects reflected on separate surfaces, Angela Lee, Lauren Pingad, Carissa Yang, and Chelsea Ye exceeded the expectations of Creative Technology teacher Dave Hoffheimer. “These girls truly present themselves as artists, and their work is exceptional,” said Hoffheimer. “Creative Technology is an digital art class that encourages students to see the world in new and different ways. Angela, Lauren, Carissa, and Chelsea find their subjects in reflections and use photography for expression. I am always impressed with their work.” The creativity and passion reflected in the students’ work demonstrate a keen eye and natural talent in this field. Pam Warner, owner of Frameworks in Wilmette, framed the students’ photography for the exhibit free of charge. East Lake Academy Hosts First Family Fun Run and 5K East Lake Academy in Lake Forest hosted its first Annual Family Fun Run and 5K Race Oct. 22 for families and friends. More than 40 East Lake families participated in the morning races at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville. The day started with a one mile Fun Run with 34 runners ranging from 4 years old to adult, followed by a 5K race with 55 runners. Fifth grader Sami Burkett of Libertyville won the 5K title with a course time of 24:02, while seventh grader Anna Wojcik of Vernon Hills finished first in the one-mile Fun Run with a time of eight minutes. The highlight of the day was the “Beat the Principal” portion of the 5K Race. Principal and avid runner Jennifer Patel gave out awards to all students and parents able to beat her time in the 5K race. “I wanted to give the kids extra motivation and encouragement to give the race their all,” said Patel. Twelve runners received a certificate from Patel for their efforts.
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Mary Carmen Olvera Trejo of Cuetzalan, Mexico, recently visited the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Fine Art of Fiber in Nahuatl Indigenous costume. She was given the warmest possible greeting from the ladies of the North Shore. Many remembered her from her visit two years ago. Deborah Bekken of the Field Museum and Shauneen Weininger of the Israeli Film Festival gave Mary Carmen an enthusiastic and warm welcome. The Nahuatl costume’s fine linen huipil and the traditional embroidery on her blouse, along with the incredibly dense, black wool skirt dyed with walnuts, were all handmade by her neighbors in Cuetzalan. The hairpiece, or maxtauhtl, has 50 strands of purple wool (the number of weeks to work) and two strands of green (the number of weeks to rest), reflecting the Aztec calendar. Her entire costume is symbolically significant and explained in full in the notes for the show. Jan Gerber and Gayle Wessel of Fine Art of Fiber have invited Mary Carmen to return next year with the indigenous spinners, weavers and embroiderers to demonstrate techniques in person. The Wilmette Arts Guild will host.
Mary Carmen and Miguel Diaz Guerrero are the guests of Wilmette Arts Guild to set up the exhibit of “Mexico: Family and Festivals,” running thru Dec. 1 at the Wilmette Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Ave.
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Keep Kids Engaged for Holiday Shopping Holiday shopping with kids can be fun. Kids enjoy giving gifts, and bringing them along on shopping excursions to offer their input can make the season that much more special for youngsters. But bringing the little ones along on a holiday shopping trip also can be tricky, as kids can easily grow tired or bored at the mall. The following are a few tips to ensure kids and adults enjoy their holiday shopping trips together. Bring backup. Kids might find shopping enjoyable at the outset, but visiting store after store can drain them of that enthusiasm. To quell the inevitable boredom, bring along some backup, such as a handheld video game or a tablet or e-reader on which kids can watch a favorite film or television show. Choose your shopping destination wisely. All malls and retailers are certainly not equal, especially when kids will be accompanying you for a day of shopping. Some malls offer attractions for kids, such as a merry-go-round or a live performance with a holiday theme. Such attractions provide some balance to a shopping trip, giving kids something to look forward to between store visits. Don’t be a Scrooge. An ice cream cone, some holiday cookies or a hot chocolate might not be the healthiest fare for youngsters, but such items can make a shopping excursion that much more enjoyable. When shopping with kids in tow, relax a youngster’s dietary restrictions so they can enjoy some holiday treats while shopping till they drop. Give kids some spending money. Kids are more likely to engage themselves in a holiday shopping trip if they have some spending money of their own. Offer children some money before leaving the house, and tell them the money is theirs to spend on gifts as they see fit. Kids might just enjoy looking for the perfect gift and hunting down a holiday bargain as much as Mom and Dad.
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Simple Steps to Spectacular Holiday Tables 1. Call the Kids Turn the production of your table into a family affair. Let your children lay the tablecloth and help set up this easy-toassemble tablescape. For our tablecloth below, we spread out a large roll of crate paper. The kid-friendly tablecloth can also be used for doodling and drawing games throughout the meal. 2. Take a Trip to Your Local Craft Store Buy spray paint and wooden, block letters. Notice how the metallic gold paint brings a fresh, festive look to the tablescape. 3. Candles Candles add mood lighting that is essential for elegant displays. Try wrapping an old book page or decorative paper with twine around the width of the candle to achieve that
detailed look. 4. Go Natural Instead of a fussy flower arrangement, try something different this year. Spray pumpkins, acorns and branches. Place journals and pencils at each place setting for each guest to write down what he or she is grateful for. Going natural can be beautiful, economical and fun! 5. Layer Use trays of different heights and widths for added visual interest. Also, the woven place mats on top of the paper tablecloth elevate the attention to detail. Contributed by Style Shack, a retail gift boutique located in Highland Park. For more info, visit styleshackgifts.com.
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Dine With “Scrooge” at the Fireside Dinner Theatre Sunday matinee brunch consists of Smoked Ham, Chicken Breast Tempura, Eggs Benedict, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Norwegian Salmon and more. The marquee dessert during the holiday season is scrumptious Sasher Torte of dark chocolate cake with apricot filling, paired with a scoop of Bing cherry ice cream. There’s no show on Fridays, but the dining derby continues with a good ol’ Wisconsin fish fry of steamed or beer-battered Cod, buttermilk marinated Southern Fried Chicken, side dishes of cole slaw and potatoes, and Key Lime Pie or Pecan Turtle Sundae for dessert. Bread is freshly baked in-house. The wine list is basic but adequate for the continentalrustic cuisine. Servers like Betsy Beck are youthful, attentive and friendly. A wellstocked gift shop is included in the big, barnlike complex. Looking ahead, such hits as “Footloose,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Run for Your Wife” and “Once Upon a Mattress” have been booked for 2013. The shows change, but the dining remains consistently appetizing and the hospitality is always warm at Fireside.
Steak and shrimp are just two of the succulent options at the Fireside Dinner Theatre. on. Scott’s Signature Salad rates kudos – a delectable mix of watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries and orange over fresh greens sprinkled with sesame croutons and dressed with sprightly papaya chutney. Noteworthy, too, is his Sweet Potato Souffle invigorated with a pecan crust. The buffet is replaced on Saturday nights by a dinner of Reuben Pate, Beef Broth Jardiniere, Snowflake Salad, Chicken Innsbruck and dessert. The chicken can be substituted with Beef Wellington, Rack of Lamb Persillade, Ribeye Steak, Chilean Sea Bass and other entrees at additional cost.
Fireside Dinner Theatre, 1131 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin; 920-5639505 or 800-477-9505; firesidetheatre.com. Dinner or brunch plus theatre: $76.97 Dinner only: $12.95-$32.50 Special entrees: add $5-$10. Tidbits: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinee, Thursday and Saturday evening, and Sunday midday. Dinner only Fridays. Call for dining and show times. Acres of parking. Reservations essential. Contributed by Chuck Pecoraro
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Among the various ways to capture the holiday spirit, two that have proven to be the most enduring are a sumptuous meal and a sparkling stage production with a Christmas theme. If you don’t mind driving a couple of hours into the Wisconsin countryside, you can enjoy both under one roof. Simply set your GPS or go online to MapQuest and head for the Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, about 38 miles northwest of Lake Geneva. Fireside is self-proclaimed as “The Midwest’s most popular dinner theatre,” and the full houses and raves it draws with year-round regularity indeed support that statement. People come from miles around – including many from the North Shore and other Chicago area locations – for a diningentertainment experience few, if any, local venues can duplicate. Owned and operated for 48 years by the Klopcic family, this restaurant-playhouse destination is reminiscent of the gone but not forgotten Candlelight and Pheasant Run that delighted Chicagoans years ago with dinner followed by drama. It literally brings Broadway to the cornfields of Wisconsin. The current production “Scrooge the Musical” is a rousing revision of Dickens’ timeless “A Christmas Carol.” Presented seven times a week, Wednesday to Sunday thru Dec. 23, “Scrooge” is a gift-wrapped package of music, dancing, comedy and emotion performed in bravado fashion by a veteran cast of 18 talented adults and 10 adorable kids. The title character – portrayed with boundless energy and effort by Richard Marlatt – starts out mean and ornery but ends up redeemed by magical transformation. The supporting company cavorts in Victorian splendor under Ed Flesch’s tight direction and Kate Swan’s crisp choreography. Gleeful
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Boston Blackie’s Makes a Comeback When exiting Boston Blackie’s recently following a satisfying lunch, we were approached by a couple checking out the restaurant. The woman asked, “Pardon me, but is this a good place to eat?” We responded without hesitation, “Yes it is. The burgers are especially good.” After they thanked us and entered, it occurred that Chuck Pecoraro our answer was incomplete. The burgers aren’t the only star on a menu that abounds with delectable choices. The ribs, broasted chicken, whitefish, Philly cheesesteak and Greek salad also deserve acclaim. Carrot cake and Key Lime Pie excel as well. Praiseworthy food is a sure sign that Boston Blackie’s is staging a successful comeback. The previous ownership stumbled and what once was a thriving eight-store chain had dwindled down to just two – this Deerfield location and downtown Chicago. Accomplished restaurateur Bill Stavrou took over last year and tweaked the menu, revived the motif and appointed Humberto Aguallo general manager. The fresh start is paying off with the return of many former and influx of new customers. Tucked in the backside of a shopping center, the restaurant can get tricky to find. But once you navigate the turns, the storefront facade and red neon name indicate you’ve arrived.
Parking spots are plentiful. The terraced interior suggests that Blackie’s is partial to black. The roomy (210 seats) publike setup poses a dark posture with ebony furnishings, splashes of red, dim illumination and minimal decorations. More upbeat is an adjoining bar. Comfort fare complements the comfortable surroundings. The wide-ranging menu fits most appetites and budgets, with nothing higher than $19.99. The kitchen not only is quick to prepare orders, but generous in piling on the portions, confirmed by the high number of doggy bag requests. Most of the appetizers are a meal unto themselves. Like the Nacho Plate, a colorful mound of greens, chips, chili, tomatoes, guacamole, jalapenos and cheddar cheese sloshed with pico de gallo and sour cream. Less Latin though just as filling is the Boston Bomber, a combo platter of chicken tenders, wings, hot dog bites and spuds. Both are fluent with flavors. The main attraction is one heck of a hamburger. Each of the six selections weighs in at a half pound of premium Angus ground beef – perfectly packed, cooked to a juicy goodness, plopped on a bun, pretzel roll or rye and embellished with slaw and the works. It’s a real handful and mouthful. The natural beef taste is accented in the Blackie’s (with grilled onion and smoked bacon), Cowboy (guacamole, pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese), Black and Bleu (Cajun style with bleu cheese) or with any of nine cheeses. There’s more, however, to BB than burgers. The ribs are a finger food festival – hefty slabs of smoky baby backs draped over
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Boston Blackie’s ribs are a festival of finger food, slathered with a sassy sauce. the plate and begging to be picked apart. Slathered with a sassy sauce, the sweet meat falls off the bones easily as you gnaw away on some mighty fine barbeque. Your hands may get messy, but your palate will savor every bite. Chicken clicks either broasted or broiled. We opted for broasted, a half fowl encased in crunchy coating and pressure cooked to seal the real flavor. Like other dishes, it comes with – take your pick – French fries, cottage fries, sweet potato fries, baked, roasted or standout red skin garlic mashed spuds. The kitchen turns out some first-rate seafood, too. Lake Superior Whitefish is teamed with linguine and a lemon-buttergarlic-caper mixture. A perky Tilapia Dijon is lightly seasoned over spinach and sun-dried tomatoes sparked with basil and mustard
cream sauce. Other items that promise to please include Cajun Shrimp Wrap, Cedar Planked Salmon and Marinated Skirt Steak. The salads are likewise sterling. Service is competent and congenial. Boston Blackie’s, 405 Lake Cook Road, (Deerfield Plaza), Deerfield; 847-418-3400; bostonblackies.com. Entrees: $9.99-$19.99 Burgers, sandwiches: $9.49-$14.99 Starters, salads, soups, sweets: $3.99-$9.99 Tidbits: Lunch, dinner daily. Banquets for up to 75. Takeouts, catering and delivery. Contact restaurant/food writer Chuck Pecoraro at email@example.com.
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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season Many people count their blessings on Thanksgiving. Few, however, count their calories. Overindulging at the dinner table is a Thanksgiving tradition, and often paves the way for a season of poor nutritional habits with long-lasting ramifications. The American Council on Exercise says that the average adult consumes 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat at a typical Thanksgiving meal. That is well above the USDA-recommended guidelines of 2,000 calories and 65 grams of fat that most adults should consume in an entire day. With so many options available on the Thanksgiving buffet table, it is easy to see how overeating is commonplace. Rather than wearing elastic-waisted pants and succumbing to too many fattening foods, individuals can make smart food substitutions that won’t compromise taste but will cut calorie intake. Fill up on lean protein. Turkey is the cornerstone of the Thanksgiving meal and is a lower-fat, lean source of filling protein. Rather than indulge in too many starchy side dishes, have turkey be the bulk of your Thanksgiving dinner. When preparing turkey, use fresh herbs and low-fat vegetable stock to keep the meat moist and flavorful, avoiding butter and oils, which just tack on extra calories. Serve steamed veggies. Rather than sweet potatoes covered in butter and marshmallows or breaded and fried vegetables that are unrecognizable, serve produce lightly steamed so it retains its nutritional value and flavor. Swap out white starches for whole grains. Stuffing is a popular side dish on Thanksgiving, but it can be full of empty calories. Instead of serving white rice or bread stuffing, make your own using brown rice and whole-grain breads. Add protein-rich nuts and dried fruits to add flavor and fiber as well.
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1. Highwood took second place in the “Pumpkin Wars,” aired Halloween night on HGTV. Although Keene, N.H. came out ahead, neither city broke the Guinness World Record for most lit/carved jack-o-lanterns. Photo by Jeanni McCormick. 2. Deerfield Rotary Club President Dorothy Collins loads up the trunk of her car with clothing and bedding for distribution to Hurricane Sandy victims. Photo by Deerfield Rotary Club. 3. An elegant Centennial Celebration took place recently to honor Alliance Francaise du North Shore, founded as The French Club of Evanston in 1912. The event was attended by Graham Paul, Consul General of France in Chicago, and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. 4. More than 300 people visited West Ridge Center for the Park District of Highland Park’s Fall Fest. Many came in costume, enjoying face painting, pumpkin decorating and more.
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