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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)

includes a t-shirt. For more info, email Andi Bolan at andibolan@aol.com. Vernon Area Public Library Scholarship The Friends of the Vernon Area Library are accepting applications for the $2000 Allen Meyer Memorial Scholarship thru March 1. The scholarship ia awarded to a high school senior in the Vernon Area Public Library District. Applicants must live within the library district, have been accepted into a higher education program for the 2013-14 school year and either have been an employee or volunteer at the library, or be able to demonstrate how the library has affected their life or educational goals. The scholarship is offered in honor of former Library Director Allen Meyer, who passed away in 2008. For info and application forms, visit vapld.info. Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Caucus Endorses Candidates The Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Caucus has endorsed a slate of three candidates running for three vacancies on the school board. The Caucus voted to endorse Ursula Sedlak, Fred Sloneker and Ken Spero for the upcoming April election. If elected, candidates serve on the District 30 Board for four-year terms, beginning in the 201314 school year. The caucus interviewed a number of qualified candidates, and thanks all candidates for their interest.

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.

Furniture: New furniture designs are largely unveiled in February, so come the beginning of the year, homeowners and renters can score good prices on clearance inventory. Those looking to start the new year with new designs can generally find good prices early on. Last-Minute Travel: Although the cost of travel – especially trips to warm weather locales – can increase in January, last-minute or fast-acting travel package combinations are often available at low prices. Fitness Gear: Many people make resolutions to get in shape; therefore, gyms, spas and manufacturers of fitness equipment may discount their products to take advantage of the trend after a season of overindulgence. Winter Apparel: Many post-holiday sales focus on clearing out inventory of winter essentials, such as coats, sweaters, hats and gloves. Now may be the time to update your winter wardrobe. Contractors: Many people renovate their homes in the fall right before the holidays. Therefore, contractors and other home renovators may be at a loss for work come January and could possibly discount services to generate new business. New Home: Spring and summer are prime seasons for buying a new home. Few people want to look at homes with yards devoid of flowers and shrubbery, but buying a home in winter may be more financially prudent.

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