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Jim Ardito’s Food 4 Thought column makes its return to WH!, featuring “The Beginning of the End – Part 2, The Run” Food 4 Thought PAGE 16


Stage White The Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences brings the story of Snow White to the stage thru Feb. 23. Enjoy songs, dances and puppetry, along with a meet-and-greet with the cast following every show. For more information, see page 7.

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Get tips on phone interviewing Jan. 24 at the Career Resource Center in Lake Forest. Mid-America Modurail Club Exhibition Jan. 19, 20, 26 and 27, 12-3pm. The MidAmerica Modurail Club displays its trains for the public. Admission is free. New members are welcome. Northbrook Historical Society and History Museum, 1776 Walters Ave.; 847-498-5595. Lake County Art League Meeting Jan. 21, 7-9pm. Artist Bridget Hanson presents examples of her fabric art and discusses technique at the LCAL monthly meeting. Hanson creates handspun yarns, hand-felted wool jewelry, hand-woven/ hand-screen-printed scarves, bags and more.

State Bank of the Lakes, 50 Commerce Drive, Grayslake; AJEC Torah Study Winter Session Jan. 22-Feb. 26, 10-11:30am. Adult Jewish Education Co-Op brings back this six-week winter session, featuring Jewish educator Rabbi Debra Nesselson. Learn how ancestors’ wisdom can guide lives today, using Torah text, commentaries and contemporary film clips. Registration required. $120 (cash/check only). Congregation Beth Am, 225 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove; 224-475-0390. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Community Lectures Jan. 22 and 29, 7pm. Learn about healthy digestive systems with gastroenterologist Marc S. Fine (obesity), followed by pediatric gastroenterologist Esperanza Garcia-Alvarez (celiac disease). Registration required. Free admission, valet parking and refreshments are available. West End Conference Center, 1775 W. Dempster St., Park Ridge; 800-3-ADVOCATE; Chai Hadassah Post-Holiday Workout Jan. 23, 12-1pm. Chai Hadassah hosts a postholiday total body workout, followed by light lunch on your own at Michael’s in Highland Park. Donations support breast cancer research at Hadassah Hospital. Registration required. $10. Equinox, 799 Central Ave., Highland Park; 847-205-1900; Covenant Village of Northbrook Film Screening Jan. 23, 6:30pm. Enjoy a biopic of Temple Grandin, the autistic woman who became one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. A discussion led by resident Dick Ferris follows. Admission is free. 2625 Techny Road; 847-480-6380; “Am I Hungry?” Mindful Eating Workshop Jan. 23-March 13, 7-8:30pm (Wed). Learn practical eating strategies, without rules, deprivation or sneak eating. Registration required. $475 (includes the book “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat,” workbook and website portal access). Park Center, 2400 Chestnut, Glenview; 847-657-3510. “Emotional Sobriety” with Lubavitch Chabad Jan. 23, 7:30pm. Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook presents “Emotional Sobriety,” an evening with Rabbi Shais Taub. Let go of unhealthy relationships and attachments. $12, $18 at the door. 2095 Landwehr Road; 847-564-8770; Job Hunting – Passing the Phone Screen Jan. 24, 10:15am. Brian Graham, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Workplace and Career Intelligence Report, presents “Passing the Phone Screen.” As many first interviews are phone screens, making a good impression is the only path to an in-person interview. Learn practical, proven strategies and tactics. $10/NM. Career Resource Center Grove Cultural Campus, 40 E. Old Mill Road, Suite 105, Lake Forest; 847-295-5626; Northbrook Evangelical Covenant Church Potluck Family Night Jan. 25, 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy a variety of provided games or bring a family favorite. Desserts will be served. 2737 Techny Road; 847-272-8270; Three Friends of Winter Bonsai Silhouette Show Jan. 25-27. This show celebrates the winter season in the Japanese tradition. The Three Friends of Winter – pine, plum and bamboo – endure the cold weather and are Japanese symbols of flourishing under adverse conditions. This silhouette bonsai show features trees in their dormant phase, highlighting their branch structure. Each bonsai will be exhibited with an appropriate accent object, such as suiseki, incense burner, statuary or pottery. A Japanese garden is incorporated into the exhibition, with family activities available Saturday and Sunday. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; 847-835-5440; Oakton Community College Painting Exhibition

January 2013 Thru Jan. 25. “Nuances of Landscape: Paintings” features an intimate look at diverse scenery by local artists Mary Porterfield and Nina Weiss. Porterfield’s works question what makes an act heroic in the midst of circumstances beyond our control – symbolized by natural phenomena such as geysers, storm clouds and volcanoes. Inspired by the open spaces and far-off horizons of the Midwest, Weiss creates powerful, expressionistic paintings that go beyond the traditional green landscape. OCC Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines; 847-635-2633; Highland Park Poetry Contest Winners Jan. 26, 3pm. Highland Park Poetry recognizes the poets and graphic designers selected for the 2013 Poetry That Moves Contest. 12 poems, one for each month, were selected for display on North Shore Suburban PACE buses operating between Evanston, Highland Park and Waukegan. The poems were transformed into vibrant posters by graphic design students from Highland Park High School. View all 12 poems and enjoy refreshments. The Art Center – Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road. Learn to Avoid Getting Ripped Off Jan. 27, 10:30am. Phil Ferguson, professional financial planner and investment advisor, presents “Skepticism and Investing – How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off.” Learn how to use your skeptical outlook and critical thinking skills in order to make wise investment decisions. Coffee hour follows the program. Childcare is available. Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie; CUMC Financial Peace University Jan. 28-March 25, 7:30-9pm (Mon). Dave Ramsey’s nine-week program empowers and teaches how to make the right money CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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January 2013 CALENDAR, PAGE 4 decisions. Led by Jerry Howard. Achieve financial goals and experience a total money makeover. Learn about budgeting, eliminating debt, insurance, investments and more. Registration required. $100 (materials included). Christ United Methodist Church, 600 Deerfield Road, Deerfield; 312-5607506; Learn to Improve Your Memory Jan. 30, 5:30-7pm. Dr. Burton L. Fischman, “Mr. Memory,” teaches memory improvement strategies – such as organizing and retaining information, overcoming forgetfulness, and remembering numbers, names and faces. A light dinner is also available. Registration required. The Ponds of Wealshire Assisted Living, 170 Jamestown Lane, Lincolnshire; 224-543-7245. Northbrook Community Art Associates Meeting Jan. 30. The Northbrook Community Art Associates present “Roman and Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum,” featuring speaker David Stark. The British Museum loan exhibition includes objects which heralded the introduction of Christianity in the arts. Lunch is at the University Club of Chicago. Nonmembers are welcome. Registration required. 847-564-1051. YMCA Local Artist Showcase Beginning in January, the North Suburban YMCA announces the launch of a new initiative, displaying and supporting the work of local artists. The first exhibit features paintings by Terry Luc of Northbrook, known for colorful pop art-inspired compositions. 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook; 847-498-5555; Citadel Theatre Company Winter/Spring Classes Late January. Students in Pre-K thru 12th grade can sign up now for winter and spring classes, including Imagination, Improvisation, Performance, Musical Theatre Performance and more. All classes have strict enrollment limits. Early registration is encouraged. Visit online for complete info. 847-735-8554x2; Tenth Dems Spring 2013 Internship Applications The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (“Tenth Dems”) are accepting applications for the Spring 2013 Internship Program. Available for course credit, the program is designed for young people deeply interested and engaged in the political process. Develop specific, marketable skills in numerous fields of study. Internships are unpaid educational volunteer positions, and interns are expected to commit eight hours per week. Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District contains portions of both Cook and Lake Counties, stretching from Winnetka in the south up to the Wisconsin border along the lake. 847-266-8683; Museum of Science and Industry January Promotion Thru Jan. 31. MSI offers free general admission to Illinois residents every weekday (Mon-Fri) in January. Experience permanent exhibits like “Science Storms and YOU! The Experience,” along with classic favorites. Take in daily live science demonstrations, including the chemistry show “Bangs, Flashes and Fire.” Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive; 773-684-1414; The Art Center – HP Youth Art Month Feb. 1-23. This community outreach exhibition features works by North Shore School District’s 112 elementary and middle school students, along with District 113 (Highland Park High School and Deerfield High School) students. 1957 Sheridan Road; 847-432-1888;

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Havdallah, Dinner and a Movie Feb. 2, 5:30-10pm. See “The Human Resources Manager,” directed by Eran Riklis, and take part in discussion led by Reid Schultz. Registration required. $20. Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook; 847-498-4100x44; Illinois Holocaust Museum Special Exhibition Opening Feb. 3-April 21. “Courage: The Vision to End Segregation, The Guts to Fight for It” – created by the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina – traces the saga of Reverend J.A. De Laine and the brave citizens of Clarendon County, South Carolina, who brought a pivotal law suit challenging racial segregation in public schools. The suit was the first of five across the country that would lead to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. Free with museum admission. 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie; 847-967-4800; Lake Forest College Ruth Winter Lecture Feb. 5, 7:30pm. Former Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent Roger Thurow presents “The Last Hunger Season: Meeting Our Great Challenge to Feed the World.” Admission is free. Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel on Middle Campus, 555 N. Sheridan Road; 847-735-5019; Chicago North Shore C.H.A.D.D. Meeting Feb. 6, 7-8:45pm. This ADHD support group meeting features a Diagnosis Panel, including Dr. Modjan Makki. Group breakout sessions follow. Wilmette Public Library Auditorium, 1242 Wilmette Ave., JCFS Sibshops Feb. 10, March 10 and April 14, 2:305:30pm. Jewish Child and Family Services presents Sibshops for ages 6-12, offering brothers and sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, supportive and recreational setting. Discuss common joys and concerns, learn how to handle common situations and have fun. Registration required. $30 per sibshop. JCFS, 255 Revere Drive, Northbrook; 773-467-3838;

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Deerfield Golf Club Spring Open House Mixer Feb. 12, 6:30-8:30pm. The informal gathering is open to all interested in playing at the Deerfield Golf Club. 1201 Saunders Road, Riverwoods; 847-945-8333; Glenview Gardeners Meeting Feb. 12, 7pm. “The Edible Landscape” features Edward J. Max, owner of Max’s Greener Places in Winfield. Hear about heirloom tomatoes in regards to soil preparation, saving seeds and preferred cultivars. Discuss all aspects of design and maintenance. Visitors are welcome. Midwest Care Center Meeting Room, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview; 847-724-2286; Winnetka Follies Patron’s Party Feb. 16, 6pm. The theme is “Remember When…” at this nostalgic event for the Winnetka Community House’s 2013 Village Follies show. Celebrate your favorite eras with food, music, dancing and auctions. 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka; Multi-Chamber Chocolate and Champagne Expo Feb. 19. 4-6:30pm. Mingle with business members of local area chambers – including Glenview, Buffalo Grove, Skokie and others – while enjoying expo exhibits, chocolate and champagne. Sponsorships, exhibit/sales tables and goodie bag participation are available. Admission is free. Wyndham Glenview Suites, 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview; CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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True Stories Behind Great Movies: “Julie and Julia” Jan. 24, 1-2:30pm. With video clips, littleknown anecdotes and captivating detail, movie maven Barry Bradford makes history come alive while viewing the film. Learn about both sides of the amazing Julia Child. $8/M, $10/NM. Morton Grove Campus.

ACTIVITIES Ray Conniff Favorites Jan. 21, 1-2:30pm. Begin 2013 with this series of popular orchestral arrangements of amazing melodies, led by Jim Kendros. Enjoy “Somewhere My Love,” “Try to Remember,” “Nadia’s Theme” and others. $8/M, $10/NM. Morton Grove Campus.

A Study of McCarthyism Jan. 25, 10-11:30am. Little-known Sen. Joseph McCarthy made front-page headlines by warning of Communist infiltration in the government. Gary Midkiff looks at the period, along with how Joseph Welch and Edward R. Murrow spoke out against McCarthy. $9/M, $11/NM.

Men’s Club Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Women and guests are welcome. + Jan. 22 – “Reclaiming Joseph’s Bones: A Journey into the Past with Hope for the Future” Featuring Rabbi Bruce Elder. + Jan. 29 – “Hitler in the Crosshairs” Featuring Prof. John Woodbridge. + Feb. 5 – Northwestern University Musical Program

Colds, Flu and Stomach Flu Jan. 28, 1-3pm. NSSC’s Nurse Educator Michele Corrado teaches how to protect yourself during the winter season and boost your immune system. Free admission. Jacqueline Kennedy Jan. 29, 1-2:30pm. Historian and actress Leslie Goddard brings to life one of America’s favorite first ladies. $8/M, $10/NM. Morton Grove Campus.

The Entrepreneurs: Surprising Idealists Jan. 23 and 30, 10-11:30am. Rabbi Weissberg relates the stories of four great American industrial pioneers – Wolf Hellman (founder of Wells Fargo Bank), Jean Lafitte (major pirate and entrepreneur), Sam Zemurray (“Sam the Banana Man,” founder of United Fruit Company) and John D. Rockefeller (founder of Standard Oil). $18/M, $22/NM.

Meet Your Valentine Online Jan. 30, 1-2:30pm. Join George Lowman for this fun, lighthearted look into online dating, including how to get started, meet new people and stay safe. Free admission. Morton Grove Campus.

Improve Your Memory Jan. 23, 1-2:30pm. Achieve your potential and boost confidence with memory improvement strategies. Discover the magic of mnemonics with Dr. Burton Fischman. $9/M, $11/NM.

Audrey Hepburn, Graceful Legend Jan. 31, 1-2:30pm. Steve Frenzel presents scenes from the screen icon’s films, along with behind-the-scenes stories and Hepburn’s work with UNICEF. $9/M, $11/NM.

The Presidential Agenda of 2013 Jan. 24, 1-2:30pm. Political scientist Julie Strauss discusses the agenda set by the President. $9/M, $11/NM.

Muscle Movers Feb. 1-27, 9-10am or 10:15-11:15am (Mon/ Wed/Fri). Focus on muscular fitness, strength and stretching, with continual emphasis on

Learn how to meet your Valentine online with George Lowman Jan. 30 at the NSSC. posture and balance. Led by Carole Loescher. $55/M, $65/NM. Learn to Love Your Apple: Apple’s iPhone Feb. 4 and 11, 1-3pm. Stanley Schwab shows how to set up your iPhone with the correct software and settings, and connect to iCloud for backup and content management. Learn to use and purchase applications. Bring phone and battery charger with cord. $20/M, $25/NM. Energy Options for the 21st Century Feb. 6-20, 10-11:30am (Wed). David Hacker, Ph.D., chemical engineer, discusses options for reducing our carbon footprint and dependence on foreign oil. $27/M, $33/NM. History and Culture of Spain and the Inquisition Feb. 11, 10-11:30am. Discover the history

and culture of the Iberian Peninsula and the truth about Isabella and Ferdinand and the Spanish Inquisition with Lisa Didier. $9/M, $11/NM. We Love Lucy Feb. 13, 1-2:30pm. Steve Frenzel presents Lucille Ball’s funniest TV moments, along with scenes from her earlier films. $8/M, $10/NM. Morton Grove Campus. The Right to Bear Arms Feb. 14, 1-2:30pm. Joyce Haworth examines the background of the Second Amendment, the purposes that the first Congress had in including it in the Constitution, and the lasting influence of the Founders’ intent. $9/M, $11/NM. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; CALENDAR, PAGE 5 JCC Camp Chi Information Nights Feb. 19 and March 6, 7pm. Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook (Feb); Jacob Duman JCC, 370 Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove;

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Schaumburg Boomers Host Family Program The Schaumburg Boomers are searching for residents to become part of the club’s Host Family Program, housing a Boomers player for the summer and getting free season tickets along with other perks. Families must provide a separate, private bedroom and bathroom for their host player. St. Philip Lutheran Church Playgroup Mondays, 9-10:30am. Open to parents and children ages 0-4. Crafts and snacks are provided. $2 donation welcome. St. Philip Lutheran Church,1609 Pfingsten Road, Glenview; 847-998-1946; Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood Mondays, 11:30am. Join the Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood for weekly camaraderie and lunch. Enjoy guests and keynote speakers. Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West; 847-432-1500; Rotary Club of Deerfield Thursdays, 12-1:15pm. The Rotary Club of Deerfield meets weekly for lunch. Open to anyone interested in Rotary. $13. The Italian Kitchen, 650 Deerfield Road, Deerfield; NAMI Cook County North Suburban Parent Support Group Third Friday, 9:30-11am. Open to families of children and adolescents with mental health issues. Share problems and solutions. Wilmette Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave.; 847-716-2252;

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ADULTS Craft Swap Jan. 27, 1:30-4:30pm. Stop by and find free materials for future projects. Drop off donations Jan. 25 and 26. Pollak Room.

ACTIVITIES Winter Bingo and Lunch Jan. 25, 11am-2pm. Warm up with an afternoon of bingo and prizes. Registration required. $10/M, $15/NM. Leisure Center.

Illinois Poetry Society Reading Feb. 2, 1:30-4:30pm. Library Auditorium.

AARP Driver Safety Feb. 11 and 12, 9am-1pm. Sharpen your driving skills with this two-day class. Those completing the course may qualify for a car insurance discount. Registration required. $12/AARP members, $14/NM. Leisure Center.

Meet the Author Feb. 3, 2pm. Paul Bartusiak, “Pencils Down, Faces Up.” Pollak Room. Sunday Concerts 2pm. Multimedia Department. + Feb. 3, Sophie A. Creutz and Marianna Shteingold (clarinet/piano), works by Sarasate, Bizet, Schumann + Feb. 10, Chicago Guitar Duo (classical guitar), works by Mertz, Falla, Rossini, Petit, Bach, Assad Northbrook Symphony Lecture Feb. 5, 2pm. Jim Kendros continues his series on great composers. Pollak Room. Wednesday Films – Rita Hayworth Wednesdays, 1 and 7:30pm. + Feb. 6, “Gilda” + Feb. 13, “Cover Girl” Romantic Desserts Feb. 7, 7pm. Make Valentine-worthy desserts with Chef Michael Maddox, former owner of Le Titi de Paris. Library Auditorium. Irish Cable Knitting Classes Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10am-12pm (Thu). Led by specialist Edie Weber. Basic knitting experience and registration required. Civic

Dads and daughters can dance the night away Feb. 8 at the Northbrook Park District.

Academy Awards Film Discussion Feb. 17, 2pm. Join Reid Schultz for pre-Oscar discussion. Pollak Room.

TEENS DIY T-Shirt Scarf/Necklace Jan. 29, 6-7pm. Turn old t-shirts into trendy scarves and necklaces. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Youth Services Activity Room.

CHILDREN Show Me the Winner! Feb. 1, 4-5pm. Celebrate this year’s winner of the Caldecott Medal. All ages.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting Feb. 12, 5-6pm. Features a Valentine’s Day theme. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Youth Services Activity Room.

Discover the Science Behind Spying Feb. 10, 2-3pm. Explore fingerprinting and develop secret codes and ciphers. Registration required. Grades 3-5. Youth Services Activity Room.

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Globe Trotters – Destination: Venezuela Feb. 17, 2-3pm. Head to sunny Venezuela and act out a popular story about a tricky rabbit and his sidekick. Registration required. Grades K-3.

Jason Kollum Variety Show Feb. 16, 10-11am. Enjoy balancing and juggling stunts, spinning balls, Frisbees and more. Library Auditorium.

Valentine Lunch with Jenny Riddle Feb. 14, 11:30am-2pm. Actress and singer Jenny Riddle presents favorite music from cabaret and Broadway shows. Enjoy catered lunch before the performance. Registration required. $19/M, $29/NM. Leisure Center. Introduction to the iPhone Feb. 14 and 21, 10am-12pm. Learn about calls, email, maps, texting, apps and iCloud. Registration required. $45/M, $55/NM. Leisure Center. Palette Pals Feb. 20-March 13, 1-3pm (Wed). Develop painting skills with Herb Katz. Registration required. $49/M, $59/NM. Leisure Center. TRIPS “Sunset Boulevard” at Drury Lane Feb. 20, 11am-4:30pm. $79/M, $89/NM. “Million Dollar Quartet” at Apollo Theater March 6, 10:30am-5pm. $105/M, $115/NM.

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Customer Appreciation Day Feb. 2, 4:30-6pm. Includes free admission and rental skates, on-ice games, refreshments and demos by figure skaters and hockey players. All ages. Northbrook Sports Center.

Northbrook Park District ADULTS Northbrook-On-Ice Tryouts Jan. 26, 1:15pm. Try out for solo performances. The production is schedule for May 10-12. $10. Northbrook Sports Center. Cross-Country Ski Lessons Feb. 9 and 10, 9:30-11:30am. Learn the basic moves of cross-country skiing, developing speed and technique. Equipment rental available. Registration required. Sportsman’s Country Club. CHILDREN Indoor Golf Instruction Jan. 27. Learn to play golf indoors on Sunday mornings at Greenbriar Gym. The new Northbrook Golf Academy program focuses on skills development and individual

progression, with a low student-to-coach ratio. Registration required. Ages 3-5 and 5-8. Magic Class Jan. 31, 6:45-7:40pm. Children can learn an assortment of fascinating tricks from the Magic Team of Gary Kantor. Each child receives a magic kit to take home. Registration required. $20/R, $25/NR. Leisure Center. Balloon Animal Creations Feb. 8, 6-7:15pm. Learn techniques to transform balloons into fascinating creations. Registration required. One parent may join at no extra charge. Ages 6-13. Leisure Center. School’s Out Fun Trip Feb. 18, 9am-3pm. Enjoy a day of exploration

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Daddy-Daughter Dance Feb. 8, 6:30-9pm. This year’s theme is “The Windy City,” featuring DJ music, appetizers and desserts, corsage and commemorative T-shirt for the girls, boutonnieres for the dads, a painting activity and professional photo. A discounted dinner package is available at Allgauer’s before the dance. Registration required. $79/resident adult-child pair, $99/NR. Northbrook Hilton. Northbrook Park District, 1730 Pfingsten Road; 847-291-2993;

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Determining the Right Diagnosis – ADHD, Depression, or Both? Older children and adolescents that seek help for psychiatric issues often have a number of general complaints that can be difficult to diagnose. For instance, if a 10-year-old seeks help for symptoms of agitation, difficulty concentrating, insomnia and forgetfulness, professionals may at first believe that the child is Dr. Michael Clatch suffering from attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). All of the symptoms noted here are hallmarks of the disorder and, in the absence of other issues noted by the child or parents, may be considered grounds for diagnosis. Although ADHD may be a viable diagnosis, it is important to remember that the symptoms reviewed here are also commonly noted when patients describe experiences with depression. This prompts a most important question: Is it ADHD, depression or both? Determining the right diagnosis for the child is important because both ADHD and depression are two markedly different diagnoses. While the pathophysiology of both conditions has not been clearly delineated in the literature, ADHD has been shown to be tied to dysfunction in the frontal cortex and temporal lobe while depression has been shown to be integrally tied to changes in neurotransmitter function in the brain, primarily serotonin. These different pathways for disorder development can result in similar symptoms. However, treatment of the disorders typically requires different approaches to achieve success.

If your child notes symptoms that are common to both depression and ADHD, getting help to determine the diagnosis will be imperative. Clinicians that work with your child will focus on determining the root cause of your child’s distress. If your child notes that he or she has deep feelings of worthlessness, it is probable that your child may have depression. If, on the other hand, your child’s symptoms cannot be attributed to depression, he or she may have ADHD. Clinical guidelines for the diagnosis of ADHD require that the symptoms of the disorder must not be better described by another mental disorder, such as depression. Following this recommendation, it may be possible to determine if your child has depression or ADHD. Clearly, the overlap between symptoms of ADHD and depression can make it difficult to determine the right diagnosis. While determining the correct cause of the child’s distress is important, there are other issues to consider when it comes to the overlap between ADHD and depression. Specifically, research has demonstrated that the initial diagnosis of ADHD can, over time, lead to depression for the child. Labeling a child with a clinical diagnosis can create a number of negative feelings. Children with ADHD may view themselves differently from their peers, may feel as if they are not as smart as others or may believe that they are worthless. Negative feelings that persist over a period of time can lower selfesteem and, if left unaddressed, may result in the development of depression comorbid with ADHD. If your child develops both ADHD and depression, choices about treatment will need to be made. In particular, a decision regarding which condition to treat first will be needed. If ADHD is causing the child’s depression,

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done through a number of different supports, which should be considered as integral to the treatment of a child with ADHD: A strengths-based approach: Treatment of the child with ADHD should focus on the child’s strengths. A focus on strengths will help the child view him or herself positively. Building emotional intelligence: Helping the child to control impulsivity and emotions can be achieved by teaching emotional intelligence (EI). EI can make children aware of the mood states of others, promoting responses that are better suited to a situation. Consider therapy: Therapy can be a helpful tool to promote coping in children diagnosed with ADHD. 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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1. WGN-TV aired an “Around Town” segment recently at Highland Park gift boutique Style Shack. WGN’s Ana Belaval (pictured above, center) presented the latest holiday table and gift trends with co-owners Sherry Levin (at left) and Dawn Pye. The segment focused on nontraditional holiday colors and hard-to-find gift items. Many Highland Park residents and morning commuters gathered to take part in the event. 2. The Northbrook Community Choir began its winter season Jan. 14 with new conductor Jennifer Whiting. The Rockford College graduate was conductor of the DeKalb Festival Chorus and has served as a music instructor, church music director, junior high/high school choral director and private teacher. “I believe in the power of music to make our lives richer and the world a better place,” said Whiting.

3. Highland Park High School Alex Gordon has founded a snow-shoveling program to assist Highland Park residents. Working in conjunction with the city, the program matches volunteers able to clear sidewalks (driveways excluded) with residents in need. Training is provided, and liability waivers are required for both volunteers and recipients. For more info, email Gordon at 4. Dale Schahczinski, COO of O’HareMidway Limousine Service, collected toys with other volunteers Dec. 2 at the Chicago Bears-Seattle Seahawks game. The group gathered gifts for the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. “It’s something I’ve been doing for the last 11 years,” he said, “and aside from the weather, it’s a great opportunity to work for an outstanding organization.” O’Hare-Midway also helped with transportation and toy delivery.

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Take a Break in St. Louis – A City of Unexpected Treasures Put St. Louis on your bucket list. A day’s drive from Chicago, this Mississippi River town is the kind of spring break destination that has something for everyone. Sure, its iconic Gateway Arch is a fun place to visit, but the arch is only one thing to see and do in a city filled with unexpected treasures. Think of a weird, wild factory – turned Jodie Jacobs into a children’s play place that adults don’t want to leave. Picture a zoo that seems to go on forever. Imagine a cathedral with amazing mosaics that took 60 years to make and install, along with a grand, Romanesque train station turned into a hotel. Add to the mix a retro 1950s neighborhood with a restaurant of over-thetop memorabilia for a trip that nails it for visitors, either old or young. Pull out the camera or cell phone. You will want to start snapping photos to post everywhere, but start at the Gateway Arch. At 630 feet of shining steel, the arch pays homage to the city as a “gateway” to the west. Designed by architect Eero Saarinen, it’s the country’s tallest monument. Take the tram up. However, also stop at the Museum of Westward Expansion near the tram’s ticket counter at the base. Figures of Native Americans, cowboys and explorers tell their stories. Covered wagons, teepees and other reminders of early American pioneer life lead visitors on their own exploration west. Together, the arch and museum form the

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Afterwards, relax in the nearby Citygarden to watch fountain waters play and youngsters check out funny-looking sculptures. Drive west to St. Louis Union Station, where a hotel’s check-in desk sits at one side of a huge, barrel-vaulted hall of Romanesque arches. Built in the late 1800s, the former busy railway hub today serves only local commuters on the adjacent rails. The structure also has restaurants and shops. Oohs and aahs are frequently heard from visitors upon stepping into the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Built in the early 1900s, Tiffany Studios did the mosaics in the side chapels and Sanctuary walls. However, the main interior mosaics – designed by August Oetken – total 41.5 million glass pieces covering 83,000 square feet. Although their installation began in 1912, they were not finished until 1988. Now for the weird kids place that adults love. The bus that looks like it will fall off the City Museum building roof really is secure. So are the outer wall’s strange nets, airplane and slides. More strange sights and things to see and do tempt visitors of all ages inside. A tip: Leave the open-toed or heeled shoes back in the hotel room. Gym shoes and jeans are best here, as the place is very hands-on. There are crawl-through tunnels in a real aquarium. Art projects can be messy. Exploring caves, a tree house and an architecture museum requires comfortable shoes. Outdoors, explore the St. Louis Zoo – a must-see even if zoos haven’t been high on


Warm Up with Tortellini Al Forno Even though we’ve been lucky with warmer temperatures lately, I think we should prepare for the sub-zero evenings just around the corner. This dish is perfect for warming your bones and filling your tummy. You’re also going to learn how to make a “béchamel” – a white sauce used in a ton of dishes. I’ve touched on it before, but if you really want to get Chef Kim Bisk into cooking, this is something you should know how to do. Tortellini Al Forno 5 oz. cooked ham, optional (diced ¼” cubes) 5 oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded 3 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated 4 tbsp butter 4 oz. onion, minced 4 tbsp flour ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp white pepper ¼ tsp nutmeg 2 cups milk 5 oz mozzarella, shredded 2 lbs. cheese tortellini [1] Heat oven to 400 degrees. [2] In a medium saucepan, melt butter. [3] Add onions, salt and white pepper. [4] Cook about two minutes, until onions are soft. [5] Add flour and stir until blended into a paste. [6] Add milk slowly, while stirring, until thick (about 10 minutes). [7] Add nutmeg and stir well. Set aside. [8] In a large pot, cook pasta

about two minutes less than the packaged instructions tell you. You want it slightly al dente. [9] Strain pasta and return to large pot. Pour ¾ of the sauce over the pasta. [10] Add ham, Parmesan and half the Gruyere. Mix gently. [11] Spread half the pasta mixture over the bottom of the casserole dish. [12] Top with ¾ of the mozzarella cheese. Cover with remaining pasta. [13] Layer the remaining mozzarella and Gruyere cheeses. Pour remaining béchamel over top. [14] Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until slightly golden on top.


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Marie Murphy School Snowflake Event and Winter Clothing Drive Seventh graders at Marie Murphy School in Wilmette took part in the 24th annual Snowflake Event recently, as well as a winter clothing drive. Activities took place at Skokie Valley Baptist Church. Also in attendance were teacher volunteers, eighth grade Marie Murphy Snowflake Council Members and Marie Murphy alumni from New Trier High School. Speakers and presenters included Marcus Newman, President of Array Education and Erika’s Lighthouse Teen Board members. Snowflake is a youth/ adult partnership providing awareness and prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, while encouraging healthy decision making in an active community of caring. Students and faculty donated close to 400 winter clothing items, which will go to Clothing Closet in Glenview. Willowbrook’s Kid Connection Preschool Registration Day Preschool registration is scheduled for 8am Jan. 30 at 2500 Happy Hollow Road in Glenview. The program is jointly operated by Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 and Northern Suburban Special Education District at Willowbrook. This integrated early childhood program is designed to support children’s social, language, cognitive/preacademic and motor development. Each classroom can serve up to 16 students, including children with special needs and same-age peers. For more info, call 847-498-1090. Volley for the Foundation Fundraiser District 30’s Education Foundation holds its second annual fundraiser at 3:30pm Feb. 1 at 2370 Shermer Road in Northbrook. Maple School students can sign up to play volleyball in their grade level advisory class. Teams may range from four to eight players. Food is available for purchase throughout the event. All funds raised benefit the children of District 30. The $10 entry fee (per student)

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Get a Jump on Sales This January When the holiday shopping rush ends, there are plenty of people ready to retire their credit cards for a while and take a break from the checkout lines. Still, others look forward to the sales that start the new year, eager to get great deals on many different products and services. There are many deals to be had in the early part of the year. Smart shoppers may want to wait for great deals on a variety of products. Electronics: Although many electronics go on sale for the holiday season, January brings another round of major discounts on electronics, even high-end items not included in holiday sales. New items are unveiled each year at the Consumer Electronics Show in mid-January, and many stores begin to clear out older inventory to make room for the latest offerings in home-theater systems, televisions and the like. These sales are bound to continue into February.

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Great Movies for Valentine’s Day Couples celebrate Valentine’s Day in a variety of ways. Some may jet off to a romantic locale while others might enjoy a night out on the town at a nearby restaurant. Some couples feel it’s more romantic to stay in for Valentine’s Day, preferring some quality time together as they enjoy a good meal and a favorite film in the comforts of home. Those who want a romantic movie to set the mood might want to consider the following options. “Somewhere in Time” (1980): Starring Christopher Reeve, this drama surrounds a Chicago playwright who meets an old woman on the opening night of one of his plays. The woman presses a gold pocket watch into his hand before begging the young playwright to return to her. Years later, the playwright is staying at a hotel and becomes taken with a young woman in a photograph, only to learn that the young woman is the same mysterious older woman who visited on opening night all those years ago. “West Side Story” (1961): One of Hollywood’s many tales of forbidden love, this classic won Best Picture after being adapted for the big screen. The score alone is enough for film aficionados, but those who also want a story won’t be disappointed by this musical tale of two youngsters who fall in love despite being from rival New York City gangs.

earned an Oscar for his performance in the film, which is also credited for helping to revive Hepburn’s career. “Casablanca” (1942): Perhaps no film is more synonymous with romance than this classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as former lovers who reconnect one night in a pressure-packed African encounter during World War II. The two ex-lovers still harbor feelings for one another, though Bergman’s Ilsa has moved on and married a resistance leader who needs the help of Bogart’s Rick to escape Nazi forces hot on his trail. The film features many classic moments. “The Princess Bride” (1987): Couples who prefer a love story via fairy tale might want to consider this Rob Reiner-directed film starring Cary Elwes as a farm boy who falls in love with Buttercup, the beautiful daughter of his employer. An ensemble cast that memorably includes Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin and pro wrestler Andre the Giant contributes to this hilarious classic that follows the farm boy’s heroic efforts to be with the woman he loves.

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Valentine’s Day is prime season for florists, with floral sales capturing 40 percent of holiday dollar volume, according to data collected by the IPSOS-Insight FloralTrends Consumer Tracking Study. While flowers – particularly mixed flower and red rose bouquets – may comprise the leading gifts for romantic gifters, many others are looking to buck the flowers-and-chocolate trend and offer something more unique. On the heels of the holiday giving season, most gift-givers realize how difficult it can be finding the perfect gift for a recipient. That gift may be even more difficult to find when the intention is to convey love and affection. But Valentine’s Day givers can look to a number of gifts that are very thoughtful but needn’t take more than a little forethought. Gift Card: You may be thinking a gift card doesn’t sound that thoughtful. However, when paired with a listing of gift items, it’s easy to illustrate the thought that went into the gift. It may make sense to simply purchase one of those interesting items, but this way you’re giving the recipient the choice of what he or she really wants to select. Something Engraved or Monogrammed: A simple scarf turns into something more special when it includes monogrammed initials or a special saying. The same can be said for anything from a picture frame to candle holders. Taking the time to have something monogrammed or engraved imparts thoughtfulness into the gift. Pet Accessories: People view their pets as members of the family and often as small children (when small children are not yet present). Especially during the dating stage, providing an adorable gift for his or her pet may be seen as a heartfelt gesture. Be sure to

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Bobby’s Makes Debut in Deerfield There are at least four things you can count on from a restaurant owned by the Arifi family – dad Sam and sons Bobby and Augie – innovative Italian or American cuisine, extensive wine list, stylish atmosphere and attentive service. Over the past 17 years, these attributes have earned considerable praise and patronage for their Chuck Pecoraro Cafe Lucci in Glenview. Now, since October, they’re providing impetus and inspiration for a spinoff, Bobby’s Deerfield. Taking over and renovating strip center space that previously housed Townhouse and Red Star, Bobby’s is a new niche in a field crowded with aggressive competitors. It’s a risky venture in an uncertain economy, but the Arifis have the chops – pork, veal and otherwise – to come up with what has the potential to become a North Shore favorite. The restaurant takes most of what works for Lucci and presents it with a modern bistro vibe. The 160-seat setting is neatly groomed in black and gray, articulated with dark wood, clean lines and starburst orb fixtures. Floorto-ceiling windows contribute daylight – or moonlight – and a wide-angle view of busy Deerfield Road. Noise levels are tolerable. Chef Augie, who divides his time between Bobby’s and Lucci, has authored a menu for Deerfield that reflects an Italian/Mediterranean/American dynamic.

Ingredients are top-shelf (USDA beef, fresh fish daily), recipes have a diverse spin and presentation is artistic. Appetizers feature items seldom found on ordinary menus, such as Shrimp Frangelico, a trio of jumbo shrimp sauteed with Frangelico and partnered with prosciutto de Parma. The liqueur imparts hints of hazelnuts and herbs to the plump shellfish, while the robust Italian ham adds an intriguing balance. It’s as delectable as it is sharable. More scarce is Foie Gras, which a few years ago was banned from Chicago eateries but is now making a comeback of sorts, to the delight of diners with acquired tastes. Here, the moulard duck liver is lightly seared, seasoned with wine and aromatics and stimulated with cherry nectar spiked with brandy. While these and other openers like house made Salmon Pastrami layered with herbed cream cheese and Burrata (creamy mozzarella curds) tend to show off the chef’s creative tendencies, main courses follow a tried-andtrue comfort food direction. Hefty steaks and chops share the agenda with pretty good renditions of chicken, seafood and pasta. Skirt Steak, a mainstay on serious Greek and Mexican menus, gets the heat treatment by charbroiling the 12-oz. slab, then sauteeing it with garlic and EVOO before finishing it with a flash of fiery jalapenos. This one’s not intended for timid palates. Tops among the chops is a one-pound, double cut hunk of pork that’s charbroiled until the juices flow and invigorated with almond-flavored Amaretto reduction and sweet-tart currants. Chicken gets an Italian accent in the

Bobby’s Deerfield decor is articulated with dark wood, clean lines and starburst orbs. Caprese edition – breast meat sauteed in white wine with plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and touch of basil. Italian appetites are further attracted to such praiseworthy pastas as Harry’s Fettucine (tossed in Alfredo cream sauce with fried prosciutto and a parmigiana crust), an example of the pasta reputation for which Lucci is noted. Daily fresh fish specials include Alaskan Halibut wrapped in pine nut coating over sun-dried tomatoes, buerre blanc and mesclun. Banana Coconut Cake – three layers of sweet indulgence – stands tall among the desserts, with Augie’s Chocolate Cake and Mixed Berries tempting as well. The wine portfolio numbers 230 renowned labels. Service is competent and congenial. Craft beer is all the rage these days, but


Bobby’s takes the concept to another level with craft cocktails. Handmade, customized vodka, whiskey and other liquor are expertly mixed and matched at what is becoming one of the area’s hottest bars. Bobby’s Deerfield, 695 Deerfield Road (southeast corner of Waukegan); 847-607-9104; Entrees: $11-$39. Appetizers, salads, sides, desserts: $4-$16. Lunches: $4-$24. Tidbits: Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly. Parties up to 160. Carryouts and catering. Ample parking. Reservations advised. Contact restaurant/food writer Chuck Pecoraro at


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Where were we before I took a writing hiatus? Ah, as virtually nobody remembers, we had travelled back to 1998 and a family vacation trip to Puerto Rico, along with the resort we fondly (and sarcastically) named “Palmas Del Rainos.” There, we were immersed in the culture and 10 feet of rain, hence the name. Palmas Del Rainos was supposed to be Jim Ardito like Camelot, but was instead “Notsohot” and poured like the Teamsters ran the show. (They have connections in high places.) It came down, but our family spirit reigned as pours forth in the following – still soggy – journal entry. On the fourth day, I cajoled Sam into taking a run with me. Maybe he was bored out of his gourd with the lack of activity due to downpours, but all that mattered to me was that he said yes. Sam was/is a speedster. He probably got so fast in high school trying to run away from us as his parents. He got lots of practice. What can I say; he was 17, perhaps the hardest year in a teenage boy’s life aside from 14, 15 and 16. Sam was a star on his track team, running the 100 and 200-yard dash and the 4 x 100 relay. Lord, I loved to watch him run. He was all muscle, power, speed, grace and grit, doing himself and us proud by chalking up dozens of first, second and third place ribbons in a tough league. On this morning in March of his junior year, he and I teamed up and ran off together for the first time. Speedster and plodding jogster, father and son, heading out on the soggy Palmas Del Rainos property with threatening clouds in the sky. We ran along some new construction, then began jogging along a palm-lined road only about 50 feet from the sea. It was pretty rough that day, not unlike our relationship over the past year (or two). After we had gone around a half-mile, Sam stopped and started taking his shoes and socks off. “Come on, let’s go for a swim,” he said. Immediately, 10 reasons why we shouldn’t go swimming flashed through my mind. There was no one around. There might be an undertow. Jaws might get us. For some reason, though, and for once, I let good judgment drift out with the waves and just said, “Sure.” He led the way and I followed. It was neat, just the two of us swimming in that wonderful, warm water, getting tossed around by the waves. After around 10 minutes, we climbed out, put on our running shoes and headed off again. We soon found ourselves on a path by the Palmas Del Rainos golf course. Suddenly, Sam stopped right in his tracks. I did, too. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “Nothing,” Sam said, just looking at me. Out of his mouth came four sincere words I will never forget. “I love you, Dad,” he said. This really surprised and touched me deeply. Tears came to my eyes. I almost lost it, but didn’t. I simply responded back what I truly felt, answering, “I love you, too.” That was all. We didn’t hug or anything. That would have been too mushy. But that didn’t diminish the size of that moment, nor its power or ability to heal inadvertent wounds we had inflicted on each other. It was much needed, as life can rain on your parade more than you anticipate sometimes. We all need things to believe in and rays of hope that pierce dark skies and dazzle.

Sam gave me that on that morning run with one simple, spontaneous remark. That was the sunshine I gathered and took home from Palmas Del Rainos and Puerto Rico. It was a warming gift I still unwrap from time to time. Epilogue: Okay, so two columns about “The beginning of the end?” When will this stop and where are we headed? Is there a purpose here or just a porpoise playing around? We’ll have to sea, won’t we? I hope you’ll stay tuned. Sunset Ziti with Arugula, Capicola and Tomato Cream Sauce Just like Palmas Del Rainos, this dish reigns. It’s a tropical feast for the eyes and palate as you savor a crimson tomato sauce that’s creamy and dreamy, looking and tasting like a Puerto Rican sunset. Pour it on ziti and thoroughly enjoy. What Youza Need (and Do) 3, maybe 4 oz. of sliced and semi-diced capicola (luscious Italian ham) 1¾ cup marinara sauce (Jeez, do I have to go through this again? Don’t you remember anything? See recipe below) ¾ cup heavy cream or half-and-half 4 oz. arugula 3 oz. spinach Salt, fresh ground pepper, red pepper flakes, 3 tbsp dried oregano, 8-10 leaves fresh basil (Rosemary and Herb’s favorites when they don’t have thyme) 1 medium onion, diced 2 cloves chopped garlic 1 cup red wine 2 bay leaves ¼ cup Parmigiana Reggiano 1¼ lb. ziti cooked Al dente (cousin of Al Fresco) Marinara Sauce and Rest of Recipe [1] Heat 4 tbsp olive oil in a deep skillet, sauté diced onion until translucent, then sauté garlic for 30 seconds. [2] Add large can of crushed tomatoes and herbs, spices and wine. That’s the marinara part. [3] Add capicola, then stir and simmer for a half-hour. [4] Boil water for pasta, add the greens and lovely cream into the sauce and stir. See that sunset or what? It’s totally crimson. [5] When ziti are one minute shy of being done, pour into the sink, then quickly into sunset sauce. [6] Top with parmesan and savor. Rain or shine, this dish is paradise. 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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g. Mitsubishi h. Buick i. Chrysler j. Kia k. Saturn l. Infiniti

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22. Fury 23. Le Sabre 24. Eclipse 25. Villager

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Lisa Gold, Director of the North Shore School of Dance in Highland Park The North Shore School of Dance has been directed by Lisa Gold since 1989, and is recognized for its commitment to excellence in both traditional and contemporary dance education. Students benefit year-round from training by highly qualified professional faculty, most from major, well-respected dance companies. For 24 years, NSSD has produced “The Nutcracker” ballet in Highland Park and Lake Forest, as well as many other community performances. NSSD is home to three student companies and begins its 25th year of dance camps, workshops and classes this June. WH! Name one person you’d consider a role model, and how did they inspire you? LG: Harriet Ross, Rory Foster and Eileen Cropley are all my role models and helped make me who I am today. Harriet Ross is a huge role model to me. She has a rich history, from Julliard to the Joffrey Ballet. This has given her the knowledge, gifts and innovations to share with the dance world. I have put her on a pedestal ever since I took from her at Joseph Holmes. I spent several years teaching with Harriet at Barat Conservatory of Dance, training dancers that went on to well respected dance companies. She helped found Dance for Life over 20 years ago, and in 2006 she received the “Chicagoan of the Year” award. Helping dancers is what she has always done, and what I have always wanted to do. Harriet has always been supportive of me and my work, and is someone who makes a difference in the world of dance. All three of them had the most impressive dance careers. They have helped mold me as a teacher, dancers, director and artist. They all are very particular and intelligent about dance and dancers. I (was fortunate) that they all believed in me and

continue to support my efforts. WH! How did you get your start in this business? LG: I started dancing when we moved to Highland Park in 1969. In 1971 when the Carol Walker Dance Studio opened, I began taking classes there. Eventually Rory Foster, my ballet teacher at CWDS, took over the school and became Dean of Dance at Barat College. Rory hired me to teach at the Rory Foster Dance Studio while I was a student at Barat College (Conservatory of Dance). After I graduated, I was hired as a dance professor at the college. Rory became very busy as Dean of Dance, and no longer wanted the school. I took over almost 25 years ago, and renamed the school the North Shore School of Dance. WH! Tell us about one person or company who has been instrumental in the success of your business. LG: My father played a vital role in (making me) who I am today. He was a very sick man my whole life and forged through constant pain to take care of us. He owned his own businesses and taught us to work hard, never give up and appreciate everything we had. Finances were often tight due to medical bills, so we had to pay for our own activities, car insurance, gas, clothes, college, etc. Nothing was ever handed to us, nor would I have wanted that. I appreciate so much, take nothing for granted and do not mind working hard to be successful. WH! What’s your favorite part of your business? LG: Teaching children and watching them grow as both dancers and individuals. The longer they are with me, the more they

become family. The bond that I have built with my students over the past 24 years is the greatest gift of all. WH! Given unlimited resources, what would you change about your business/industry? LG: I would start a certification program to test dance instructors and studio owners. Most countries require all dance teachers be certified, accredited, degreed, etc. Because the U.S.A. does not have these requirements, anyone can teach dance or open a school. There are too many schools being opened by unqualified people, hiring unqualified instructors. WH! What exciting things are on the horizon for your business, and where do you hope it will be in five years? 15 years? 30 years? LG: Many exciting things, but I am keeping them a secret for now. In five years, I hope to be training more wonderful and talented dancers, in 15 the same but in 30 – well, I hope I will be retired but still dancing! WH! What’s the biggest obstacle your business has had to overcome? LG: Financial struggles. As I said before, I have always done it on my own and have never taken advantage of anyone. I have always charged the same as it costs to go downtown and take professional class. Competition is fierce on the North Shore, and then all these D.J. schools started opening and taking students from us and other traditional schools. I know the quality of my school is recognized by the important people in the dance industry, and that is what matters to me. I am not a fighter and I do not try to compete. It makes finances that much more difficult, but I prefer to be who I am and not live with the guilt of taking advantage or

stealing from others. WH! What innovations or new ideas has your business given to the community? LG: I did the first summer Dance Camp/ Intensive Study Program, the first “Nutcracker” production, the first dance company and so much more. WH! What’s something your company does for the community that we might not know about, but should? LG: NSSD constantly gives back to help those in need. We have collected food for food pantries and animal shelters, held fundraisers and benefits for cancer and heart research, and performed to raise money for the American Red Cross, animal shelters and the U.S.O. We send care packages to our military overseas and offer them a discount on all classes and performances. WH! What non-work related items do you have on your desk or wall? LG: Pictures of animals and my pets. WH! What’s your favorite book/movie/ music? LG: I have always loved old movies and musicals. I guess my favorite movie would be “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” As a kid, I loved watching James Cagney dance. Of course, that led me to watch Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. WH! What’s the best thing America could do to ensure the success of her businesses? LG: Be honest. Be kind. Be fair. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave., Highland Park; 847-432-2060;

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Koenig & Strey Foundation Selects Habitat for Humanity as 2013 Charity The Koenig & Strey Foundation – the charitable arm of Chicagoland real estate brokerage Koenig & Strey Real Living – has announced that Habitat for Humanity is the focus of their 2013 fundraising efforts. The Foundation recently participated in their first Build Day at a house in Waukegan, and is planning to raise funds to support additional home building sites throughout the region. A crew of 21 worked to add siding, windows, soffits and fascia to the exterior of the twostory house along with framing work on the inside. Bitter Jester Creative Wins at the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Highland Park production company Bitter Jester Creative was honored at the recent Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards, held at Chicago’s Alhambra Palace. Awarded with

an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Special Event Coverage, Edited, were Jimmy and Julie MacMillan (Executive Producers), Nicolas DeGrazia (Producer/Director), and Daniel Kullman (Producer/Director of Photography). The winning project focused on the 2011 Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition. Bitter Jester Creative, 838 Central Ave.; 847-433-8660; Turmeric Indian Restaurant Opens in Glenview Turmeric Indian Restaurant is now open, conveniently located opposite the North Glen Metra. The new restaurant is committed to maintaining the distinct class and refinement of both North and South Indian food. Carryout and daily lunch buffets are available. Children under 5 eat for free, half price for up to age 10 (lunch buffet only). 2300 Lehigh Ave., Suite 125; 847-730-5182;

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That’s No Moon...It’s a Space Station “There are people up there? Real people? How did they get there? What do they eat?” and of course “How do they go to the bathroom?” These were the questions that came up the first night we went out to see the International Space Station (ISS). Space is a vast place that is hard Dave Kaufman to comprehend. You see stars but are told the light you are seeing is from years ago. Perplexing. Some stars we see today on Earth have not been around for millions of years. Head scratcher. Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is just a “bright star” as seen from Earth, but is really more than 300 times the mass of Earth. Whoa. Humans have long been fascinated by space travel. Children and adults often list “Astronaut” as a career they would like to have when they grow up. One thing that brings the vastness of space a bit closer is to experience it. Best Readers on the Planet See what I did there? I said it because it is true. Techlife’s readers ask and inquire about many things. One reader loves the photos from NASA and sends amazing images every so often. A few months back, the reader sent over some information about the ISS. I was busy and didn’t think much about it, but bookmarked it for reading later. Turns out it was a chance to see the ISS from anywhere on Earth. The International Space Station is the third

brightest object in space as seen from Earth, after the sun and moon. The difference is that it isn’t found in a fixed area in the sky, so the only way to see it is to know where and when to look. NASA offers up “Spot the Station” – a website for doing just that. How Do I See the ISS? There are a few key facts to understanding the ISS and Spot the Station. First off, the ISS orbits the Earth at an inclination of 51.6 degrees. The ISS never travels past 51.6 degrees latitude north or south of the equator, so Techlife readers in Alaska won’t see it directly overhead. To be notified, visit spotthestation.nasa. gov and sign up for either an email or text message notification, based on the location you provide. It appears any country, state/ region and city work across the globe. Then you wait. The cryptic message delivered from Spot the Station looks like this: “SpotTheStation! Time: Wed Jan 30 6:45 PM, Visible: 2 min, Max Height: 64 degrees, Appears: WSW, Disappears NE.” The quick breakdown of this message is that the time is based on your time zone. A cool aspect is that messages will always be for just after sunset or before sunrise by no more than a few hours. This is the best time to catch the sun reflecting off the space station, providing an easy-to-find object in the dark sky. As the ISS is orbiting the Earth, it appears from below the horizon and then disappears back below the horizon. The visibility provides you with the length of time it will be easily seen. The longest I have seen is six minutes, but it was a cloudy overcast night CONTINUED ON PAGE 22



Celebrate Andrew Lloyd Webber “Forever” at the Marriott Sweet Charity Jan. 22-March 31. The Writers’ Theatre presents this production of the Neil Simon classic. $35-$70. 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe; 847-242-6000; Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Jan. 23-March 17. Celebrate the legendary composer’s work. $40-$48. The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire; 847-634-0200; Collin A. Bullock Jan. 24-26, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The Chicago comedian returns. Ages 21 and up. $9-$10. The Laughing Chameleon, 1830 Tower Drive, Glenview; 847-834-0291; Denny Diamond Jan. 28, 7:30pm. Celebrate Neil Diamond’s birthday month with this spot-on tribute. $30$35. Metropolis Performing Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights; 847-577-2121; How I Became a Pirate Feb. 2, 3, 9 and 10. The Highland Park Players Theatre for Young Audiences musical features Capt. Braid Beard and his mates. $10. Edgewood Middle School Theater, 929 Edgewood Road; 847-682-4640; It’s a Grand Night for Singing Feb. 8-10, 14-17. This Theatre in the Woods production features 38 songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein. A special Valentine’s Day performance is available. $18, $20 at the door. Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods; 847-604-1990;

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1. NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Glenbrook Hospital recently unveiled the new Susan Barney Atrium Café. The Deerfield resident lost her battle with cancer in Sept. 2011. 2. Gov. Pat Quinn and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon were joined by Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, regional director of Lubavitch Chabad Illinois, a delegation of Chabad Rabbis and state legislators for a Chanukkah celebration and Menorah lighting at the Thompson Center in Chicago. 3. The Holiday Party on the Parkway in Glencoe raised more than $3,000 on Dec. 12 for the Glencoe Junior High Project. The event featured a progressive dinner and entertainment.












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