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See “The Anastylosis Project” at The Art Center - Highland Park thru Dec. 30.

Ethical Humanist Society Winter Festival Dec. 16, 10:30am. The Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago holds its annual Winter Festival, led by Tom Hoeppner and Mignon de Klerk. Enjoy a candle lighting ceremony, mitten tree decoration, group singing, musical performances and a short children’s play.

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Or Simcha Chanukah Café Kumzits Dec. 15, 7:30pm. Enjoy this evening of song and story, schmooze and blues. Features musician Benyamin Herst and open mic led by Steve Kaiser. Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road; 847-410-2066; orsimcha.com.

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Buffalo Grove Hadassah Chanukkah Party and Mitzvah Day Dec. 17, 12pm. Enjoy entertainment by tenor/pianist Richard Gersten, along with a potluck luncheon. Proceeds benefit The Ark. Registration required. $20. Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove; 847-205-1900; northshore.hadassah.org.

A Special Limited after Work Event for Small Business Alliance Francaise du North Shore Meeting Dec. 17, 1pm. The featured speaker is Vicki Hofstetter of Winnetka boutique Oui, Madame! Refreshments and socializing in French follow the lecture. $10/NM. Wilmette Public Library auditorium, 1242 Wilmette Ave.; alliancefn.wlkcommunity.com. Improv Playhouse Young Actors Workshop Auditions Dec. 17, 4-6pm. Third thru eighth-graders are invited to audition for the comedy “Get Smart,” based on the television show and movie. Registration required. IP Theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville; 847-9684529; improvplayhouse.com.

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Monday, January 7, 2013 From 6:00pm-8:00pm Hear the recommendations from leading industry experts. Presenters include Robert T. Lahey – Executive Director NIPSTA Elliot Silber – Publisher What’s Happening Community Newspapers Wayne Karlins- Reed Communications Social Networking Consultant Chase Bank – Small Business Lending Elliot Richardson- President of the Small Business Advocacy Council Dan Mennenmeir- Independent Producer Blue Cross Lisa Thompson- Costco Marketing/Membership Manager Discusses How to Shop Smart with Costco Wholesale and discover the Secrets 4 Million Business’s already know.

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Art in the Moment: Jewish Artists Dec. 18, 10-11:30am. This tour and art making activity focuses on art inspired by the artists’ connection to spirituality and religion. The Art Institute of Chicago hosts a large collection of art by Jewish artists, including pieces by Marc Chagall, Man Ray, Jacques Lipchitz and Philip Guston. Registration required. $30/pair. Weinberg Community for Senior Living, 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield; 773-508-1117; cje.net. JCFS Community Education Program Dec. 18, 6-8pm. Beatrice Leonard presents “Travelers with Disabilities,” an education program for people with disabilities, their families and professionals. CEUs and CPDUs are available. Registration required. Jewish Child and Family Services, 5150 Golf Road, Skokie; 773-467-3741; jcfs.org. Glenbrook North Winter Concert Dec. 18, 7:30pm. The annual concert features songs of the holiday season, including performances by the GBN bands, orchestra and choral groups. The event concludes with the tradition of all participants performing “White Christmas.” Admission is free. Glenbrook North High School Center for Performing Arts, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook. Wilmette Hadassah Luncheon Meeting Dec. 19, 11:30am. Lecturer Charles Troy reviews the musical history of “Chicago.” Proceeds benefit stem cell research at Hadassah Hospital. $20. Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette; 847-205-1900; northshore.hadassah.org. Christmas Caroling at the Glen Town Center Dec. 22, 4-6pm. Carolers spread Christmas cheer throughout the Center, stopping in stores along the way. 2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview; 847-724-2025; theglentowncenter.com. 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. Community Protestant Church Christmas Concert Dec. 23, 9:30am. The Community Protestant Church Choir presents “A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols” by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Shafferman. Seasonal scripture readings are tightly interwoven with carols sung by the choir and congregation. The choir

December 2012 is led by Carolyn McBurney, accompanied by Margot Downey on piano and Jennifer Popowitch on flute. Nursery care is available. 418 N. Prairie Ave., Mundelein; 847-5664000; communityprotestant.org. Orphans of the Storm Holiday Music Series Thru Dec. 23. Animal shelter Orphans of the Storm celebrates the season with a Holiday Music Series, featuring both amateur and professional musicians. Hear music at 5pm Thursday-Saturday, or stop by from 2:30-4:30pm Sunday for family sing-alongs, accompanied and led by Chicago area pianists. Donations of cash, blankets, newspapers and pet supplies are welcome. Extended adoption hours are in place throughout December. 2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods (Deerfield); 847-9450235; orphansofthestorm.org. Winnetka 2012 Holiday Ornament The Winnetka Children’s Fair is honored as the 2012 Holiday Ornament. Sales benefit the Winnetka Holiday Lighting Fund. $42. Phototronics, 740 Elm St.; Ellen’s On Elm, 841 Elm St.; 847-212-8072. Immaculate Conception Parish Mass Schedule Holiday Mass schedule is as follows: Christmas Eve, 4 (children’s) and 10pm (Christmas Vigil); Christmas Day, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30am; New Year’s Eve, 5pm (Vigil); New Year’s Day, 9:30am. Weekly Mass takes place Sundays (7:30, 9:30 and 11:30am, 5pm), weekdays (7:15am, 5:15pm, Vespers at 5:45pm) and Saturdays (8am, Vigil at 5pm). 770 W. Deerfield Road, Highland Park; 847433-0130; icparish.org. North Suburban Church Candlelight Services Dec. 24, 5 and 11pm. The first service is CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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December 2012 CALENDAR, PAGE 4 family-focused, and the later service includes communion. 200 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield; 847-945-4630; northsub.com. Help Local Seniors this Holiday Season Thru Dec. 26. Home Instead Senior Care partners with retailers and community organizations to make sure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship this holiday. Snowmen featuring tags for seniors and their gift requests are on display at the following locations: Chase Bank, 2801 Dundee Road, #2287 and 4125 Dundee Road, Northbrook; Dominick’s, 450 W. Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove; Sunset Foods, 4190 State Hwy 83, Long Grove, and 825 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest; and Jewel-Osco, 79 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove, 16 S. Waukegan Road, Deerfield, and 890 N Western Ave., Lake Forest. 847-418-3300; beasantatoasenior.com. Central Lake YMCA School Days Out Dec. 26-28, Jan. 2-4, 6am-7pm. Keep grade school-age children engaged with quality activities this holiday. Enjoy swimming, crafts, reading and more. Registration required. $45 daily/M, $55/NM. 700 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills; 847-367-6797; ymcalakecounty.org. Gan Israel Winter Camp Dec. 26-Jan. 4. This one-week camp features appropriate activities for ages 5-11. Daily trips include snow tubing, indoor theme parks and the Northbrook Gymnastics Academy. Registration required. Northwest Suburban Chabad, 16296 W. Aptakisic Road, Lincolnshire; 847-345-6406; ganisraelchicago.com/winter Chicago Botanic Garden Winter Break Camp Dec. 27 and 28, Jan. 2-4. Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to explore the Garden during winter break. Campers investigate weather, explore seasonal adaptions of plants and animals, visit Wonderland Express (Jan. 3), experience Japanese language and culture, study snow and play outside. Participants should dress for the weather. $69/NM, 20 percent off for Garden Plus members. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; 847-835-8361; chicagobotanic.org. CLE Fresh Start 5K Dec. 29, 8am. Burn holiday calories and run strong into 2013 with Blue Life Coaching and the Center for Christian Life Enrichment’s 5K. Awards are given to the top male/ female and Masters (40+) male/female finishers. Proceeds benefit RISE, a non-profit building primary schools in rural Angola. Day-of registration available at 7am. $15. 3100 Dundee Road, Suite 102, Northbrook; bluelifecoaching.com; cle.us.com. See TAC’s The Anastylosis Project Thru Dec. 30, 9am-4:30pm (Mon-Fri). The Art Center – HP presents internationally exhibited artist Mary Griep. Griep creates large scale, intricately detailed drawings of 12th century buildings from around the world, specifically spaces with culturally sacred value. 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park; theartcenterhp.org. Whole Foods Market Deerfield Grab & Give Thru Dec. 31. Support the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry this holiday season by donating at the registers. Cash donations benefit area families. 760 Waukegan Road; 847-444-1900; westdeerfieldtownship.org; wholefoodsmarket.com. Sleeping Bags for the Homeless Deerfield High School student Alex Hawari is aiming to collect 200 sleeping bags for Fraternite Notre Dame, to be distributed to the homeless of Chicago. Participants may donate clean, used sleeping bags or $25.99 for purchase of a new one. 13hawaria@student.

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WhatsHappeningOnline.com dist113.org; fraternitenotredame.com. Illinois Holocaust Museum Special Exhibition Thru Jan. 6. “Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America,” a creation of the International Spy Museum, offers an unprecedented perspective into the stories of espionage, treason, and deception that Americans have contended with since the founding days of the republic. At interactive stations following the themes of the exhibition – revolution, sabotage, hate, radicalism, world war, subversion, protest, extremism, and terrorism – visitors are able to record their opinions on issues of national security and civil liberties, comparing their reactions to those of past Gallup polling results. Free with Museum admission. 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie; 847-967-4800; ilholocaustmuseum.org. Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce Installation Lunch Jan. 8, 11:30am. The Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce holds its annual installation lunch, featuring milestone anniversary and member recognitions. A buffet lunch and program follow networking at 12pm. Registration required by Jan. 4. $20/ members and guests, $25/NM. The Arboretum Club, 401 W. Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove; buffalogrovechamber.org. Glenview Gardeners Meeting Jan. 8, 7pm. Glenview Gardeners presents “The Botanical Pharmacy,” featuring independent landscaping consultant Mel Zaloudek. Visitors welcome. Midwest Care Center, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview; 847-724-2286; glenviewgardeners.org.

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Village Follies Celebrity Bartender Night Jan. 10, 7pm. Drop in for a drink with WGNTV anchor Steve Sanders at this kickoff party for the Winnetka Community House’s Village Follies show. All tips go directly to the production. Little Ricky’s, 540 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka; villagefollies.org. Nova-HP Winter Fundraiser Jan. 11, 7:30-10:30pm. The not-for-profit “Student Union” for high school students holds its first fundraiser, featuring live music from Downhome Sophisticates and others. Enjoy catering by Michaels of Morton Grove. Cash bar available. $125. 1770 First St., Highland Park; 847-579-4555; novahp.org.

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strength and stamina. A staff assessment is required at least one week prior to first class. $45/M, $55/NM. Morton Grove Campus.

ACTIVITIES Family Conversations With Older Drivers Dec. 17, 2:45-3:45pm. Om Johari shows how to recognize warning signs and develop a plan to begin talking about driving retirement. $7/M, $9/NM. New Perspectives Fine Art Studio Jan. 1-April 30, 1-4pm (Mon/Tue/Thu) Start a new project, or work on those you have begun in a class. $39 (NSSC membership required). Computer Assistance Jan. 4-April 26, 10am-12pm (Fri). Volunteers answer questions, resolve problems and more. Computers available on a first-come, firstserved basis. Speech Reading Jan. 7-April 29, 10-11am (Mon). Individuals beginning to experience hearing loss learn how to read lips. Incorporate visual awareness, listening and communication strategies to make communication easier. Men’s Club Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Women and guests are welcome. + Jan. 8, “Emerging Nanotechnology for Biomedicine and Quality of Life: Will 75 Become the New 35?” Featuring Dr. Vinayak Dravid. + Jan. 15 – “No Man’s Land in Wilmette.” Featuring Joseph Hinkel. Sit and Get Fit Jan. 8-Feb. 28, 10:45-11:30am (Tue/Thu). Led by NSSC Fitness Center staff, this multi-level class is suitable for those with limitations looking to improve muscle tone,

The Fifties Jan. 8-Feb. 5, 1-2:30pm (Tue). Led by Jim Kenney, this series inspired by journalist David Halberstam’s classic offers a rich retrospective and analysis of this threshold decade. $50/M, $60/NM. Join the Goldenaires Jan. 9-May 29, 10:30am-12pm (Wed). The NSSC’s mixed chorus sings harmony and performs monthly at nursing and retirement homes. No auditions required. Led by Choral Director Jan Peterson. $50/M, $65/NM. Below Stairs: Domestic Service in Early 20th Century England Jan. 9, 1-2:30pm. Based on British domestic servant Margaret Powell’s best-selling memoir, this program examines the work it took to run a wealthy household in this era. Led by actress/historian Leslie Goddard. $9/M, $11/NM.

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Five Things to Know About Science Jan. 10-Feb. 7, 9:30-11:30am (Thu). Jim Kenney focuses on things to know about science and its understanding of the universe. Discuss DNA, microbiology, subatomics and more. $50/M, $60/NM.

Yoga For the Rest of Us Jan. 10-Feb. 28, 2-3pm (Thu). Increase strength, balance, flexibility and mobility. Senior yoga guru Rhonda Schlesinger accommodates individual needs thru the use of chairs, blocks, bolsters and other props. $75/M, $89/NM.

Memoir Writing Jan. 10-Feb. 28, 10:15am-12pm. Carole Mark Gingiss guides participants in writing memoirs, which are read aloud in class weekly for feedback. $95/M, $109/NM.

Dancing Around The World Jan. 11-Feb. 22, 9:30-11:30am. Move to the music of countries such as Romania, Israel, Russia, Armenia and Mexico. Led by Edith Spear. No partner required. $70/M, $85/NM.

Religious Rituals and Ceremonies Jan. 10, 1-2:30pm. Bill Helmuth escorts attendees to the four continents that characterize, define and sustain the world’s most dominant religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. $9/M, $11/NM.

Jerome Kern and the Princess Theatre Jan. 14, 9-11:30am. Nearly 100 years ago, a series of innovative shows at a tiny Manhattan theatre gave birth to the American musical comedy. Relive the era and enjoy songs written by Kern and his collaborators. $12/M, $15/NM.

HLAA Educational Presentations Jan. 14-April 8, 10am-12pm (Mon). Hearing Loss Association of America provides monthly educational presentations for those experiencing or interested in learning about hearing loss. $15 annual requested donation. Looking Back, Looking Forward Jan. 14, 1-2:30pm. Examine the top 10 news stories of 2012 and speculate on the top 10 of 2013 with historian Barry Bradford. $9/M, $11/NM. Greeting Card Workshop Jan. 16, 10am-12pm. Lou Solomon helps you create or personalize colorful greeting cards. Learn to include text, clip art, pictures and special effects. $10/M, $15/NM. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; nssc.org. CALENDAR, PAGE 5 Paintings” features an intimate look at diverse scenery by local artists Mary Porterfield and Nina Weiss. OCC Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines; 847-635-2633; oakton.edu/museum

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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; citadeltheatre.org. Broad Shoulders and Bright Lights – The Spirit of Hanukkah Thru Feb. 19. The Rissman Family Kol Ami Museum presents “City of Broad Shoulders and Bright Lights: The Spirit of Hanukkah Through the Eyes of Chicagoland Artists.” Curated by Molly J. Schiff, the all-media art exhibition represents the symbols, history, and customs of Hanukkah. North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park; 847-432-8900; nssbethel.org. Help the HEAR Community Garden Volunteers are needed for this garden initiative, feeding the hungry in the Northfield/Glenview community thru Northfield Township Food Pantry and other local, civic organizations. Help more than 700 community families by watering, weighing, weeding and tending to vegetables and herbs. Heargarden@gmail.com. Rotary Club of Deerfield Meetings 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; deerfieldrotary.org.


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ADULTS Northbrook Public Library Achieves 5-Star Rating The November 2012 issue of Library Journal included a list of national libraries that ranked a Star rating. The Northbrook Public Library has been awarded a 5-Star rating, their highest level. Nationally, only 10 libraries ranked at 5-Stars within the Library’s peer category. Only two in the State of Illinois received a 5-Star rating in the Library’s peer group. Great Books Discussion Dec. 17, 10am. Readings are based on the Great Books Foundation’s Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. Civic Room. Wednesday Films – Fred Astaire Wednesdays, 1 and 7:30pm. + Dec. 19, “The Gay Divorcee” + Dec. 26, “Royal Wedding” (Reid Schultz leads a post-film discussion) Current Events Roundtable Dec. 20, 10-11:30am. Library Auditorium. Great Ideas with Jeff Kohan Dec. 27, 10-11:30am. Focus on ideas, thinkers and events of the early 1900s. Pollak Room. Adult Winter Reading Club Join the club and earn video coupons and other prizes for every five books read. CHILDREN Snowflake Fun – Shimmering Snowflakes Dec. 15, 10-10:30am (ages 3-6) and 11-11:30am (ages 7-10). Create beaded

Cardio-Rhythmics Punch Card Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:1510:15am. Save money with a 12- or 24session punch card. $5/class. Mahjong Mondays, 11:30am.

The Northbrook Park District’s award-winning Winter Carnival returns on Jan. 12. snowflakes. Globe Trotters – Destination: Tunisia Dec. 16, 2-3pm. Hear fascinating stories of this mysterious country, featuring the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea. Grades K-3. Teen Tech Series: Crash Coding Dec. 16, 2-3:30pm. Learn to tag and code web pages thru an interactive quest. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Interactive Classroom. Mark Nichol’s Puppet Place Presents: “Hansel and Gretel” Dec. 22, 10-10:45am. A brother and sister get lost in the woods, stumbling upon a beautiful candy house. Ages 4 and up. Mad Scientists – Open Lab Dec. 23, 2-3pm. Play science games such as Traits Bingo and Snot Trivia. Registration

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39 Clues Trivia Dec. 28, 3-4pm. Step up if you think you know all the historical facts, figures and events from the hunt. Work on a team of fellow Cahill clan members. Registration required. Grades 4-7. Pollak Room.

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Cupcake Workshop and Competition Dec. 29, 2-3:30pm. Get creative and win prizes. Cupcakes and decorating supplies provided. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Youth Services Activity Room.

TRIPS “The Music Man” Jan. 23, 10am-5:30pm. Enjoy lunch at Fireside Grille before the show. Registration required. $79/M, $89/NM. Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

Youth Services Winter Reading Club Thru Jan. 31. Build a snow globe scene as you read and earn a cool prize.

Horseshoe Casino in Hammond Jan. 29, 9am-4:30pm Play video poker, blackjack, roulette and keno. Buffet lunch, $10 voucher and motor coach transportation included. Registration required by Jan. 19. $29/M, $39/NM.

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and after camp, and specialty programs for performing arts, golf, sports, ice skating and hockey. Wrapping up the summer, Awesome August Camp invites students in kindergarten through seventh grade to enjoy an extra week of activities from Aug. 12-16 with an exciting field trip each day. This year, camps increase the use of technology to communicate with families via text messaging, as well as electronic newsletters. Kids Corner offers smaller groups to increase personal attention, and the Hockey Academy is now a full-day camp with a one-week format. Additionally, Sports Camp is able to use the new Greenbriar Gym, Piero’s expands camp catering to include Summer Drama Workshops and the Junior Counselor Apprentice Program adds a JCA III program.

FAMILY Holiday Skating Recital Dec. 21, 6-9pm. Skaters from all levels present holiday routines. Free admission for spectators. Northbrook Sports Center.

Northbrook Park District ADULTS Northbrook Theatre – “Legally Blonde” Dec. 15 and 16, 12:30 and 4pm. The Northbrook Theatre Children’s Company production is the story of a ditzy Valley Girl who follows an ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School, discovering she’s smarter than anyone thought. New Year’s Cosmic Skate Dec. 28, 8-10pm. Enjoy food, favors, games and a video screen countdown at the Northbrook Sports Center. Strictly Fun Entertainment rocks the rink with DJ music and fun. $10 (plus skate rental if needed). Candlelight Skiing Dec. 29, 5-8pm. Bring skis or rent from the clubhouse. Food and beverages will

be available. $5 (plus equipment rental if needed). Sportsman’s Country Club. CHILDREN 2013 Summer Camps and Workshops The Northbrook Park District announces its lineup for 2013 Summer Camps and Workshops, giving children a chance to play, laugh, learn and grow – both outdoors and close to home. Registration for residents is underway, and nonresidents may register beginning Jan. 2. Most camps offer a discount for early registration if paid in full by Feb. 28. Beginning June 10, the Park District offers 10 weeks of high quality summer camps, featuring a wide range of enriching experiences that promote teamwork, friendship and fun. The choices include full and half-day programs, extended care before

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Try Biofeedback to Treat Anxiety in Children with Asperger’s Children with Asperger’s syndrome (AS) typically face significant challenges with social interaction. Even though most children with this disorder have average or above average intelligence, they often lack the basic social skills to “fit in” with their peers. For many children in this situation, the increased social demands associated with Dr. Michael Clatch adolescence can cause anxiety. Anxiety disorders are quite common in children with Asperger’s syndrome and have been estimated to co-occur in 80 percent of children with this condition. What this means is that if you have a children or teenager with Asperger’s syndrome, it is very likely that your child has some type of anxiety disorder. Intervention and treatment of anxiety in children with AS will be imperative to their overall wellbeing and quality of life. The treatment of anxiety in children with AS is critically important. Anxiety symptoms that are left untreated can further diminish the ability and willingness of the child to engage in social interactions. This can have systemic implications for the child extending far beyond the social domain. Children that experience anxiety may not be able to engage with others at home or in the classroom. This can lead to academic difficulties as well as problems or conflicts in the home. Thus, diagnosis and treatment of anxiety is important for improving the child’s overall quality of life and for ensuring that the child is able to maintain his or her education and

relationships with family members. Treatment of anxiety in children with Asperger’s syndrome can be a challenging undertaking. Some research does suggest that a type of therapy known as cognitivebehavioral therapy (CBT) may be effective for helping some children overcome anxiety. Although this approach may be helpful, CBT does require the child to have some insight into his or her behaviors. For children with AS this may not be possible. Medications can also be used to treat anxiety disorders. However, many children with AS already utilize medication to treat other symptoms of their disorder. As such, parents and children may be unwilling to consider another medication for treatment. Given the limitations of these approaches, biofeedback may provide an alternative treatment option for AS children suffering from anxiety. Biofeedback is a therapeutic tool that can help a child with AS understand the development of anxiety symptoms. Biofeedback equipment is used to monitor changes in the body when anxiety occurs. Specifically, biofeedback equipment can measure changes in heart rate, respirations, temperature, sweating, muscle activity and brain activity. Using the data from biofeedback equipment, children and parents can identify patterns in behavior that may lead to the development of anxiety. The equipment can also be used to identify what techniques work to reduce symptoms of anxiety. For children with Asperger’s syndrome, the concrete data provided through the use of biofeedback equipment can be essential for understanding what works to reduce anxiety. If biofeedback is chosen as a treatment option, your healthcare provider will require you and your child to complete “homework”

assignments. These homework assignments will include training sessions in which you and your child monitor which changes in the environment lead to changes in the way your child’s body functions – i.e., situations that lead to the development of anxiety. In addition, you will need to monitor changes when your child uses certain techniques to relax and calm down. By identifying what works, your child will be better able to control his or her environment and employ techniques that are effective for reducing anxiety. Over time, your child will learn these behaviors and be able to control anxiety without the help of the biofeedback equipment. The use of biofeedback in children with AS may provide the additional support that you and your child need to overcome anxiety. Children with AS may not display symptoms of anxiety in the same way that children without the disorder do.

Children with AS may not have the ability to express feelings of anxiety and parents may not initially recognize the symptoms of anxiety in children with AS. Anxiety symptoms in children with AS are often unique and can include increased reliance on routines, a preference for rules, engaging in rigid behavior, engaging repetitive behavior or changes in mood, including irritability. If your child experiences any of these symptoms you should seek the advice of your healthcare provider. Diagnosis of anxiety and treatment through the use of biofeedback may provide the additional supports needed to help your child overcome this disorder and improve social interaction. Dr. Clatch practices at the Courage to Connect Therapeutic Center, 2400 Ravine Way, Suite 600, Glenview. For more info, call 847-347-5757 or visit couragetoconnecttherapy.com.

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1. Thirty dancers from Northbrook’s DancEd Dance Centre traveled to Disney World in late November for the taping of the ABC Christmas Day Parade Special. Performers ages 9-14 dressed as characters from “Brave” and “Newsies.” In addition, dancers took part in the Disney World Parade. “We have a great time being a part of something so special,” said DancEd owner and artistic director Tracy Reynolds. 2. Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association in Lake Forest has been chosen one of 97 organizations to receive the 2012 Olympic Opportunity Fund, provided by the USOC and Department of Veterans Affairs. “GLASA is once again very excited to receive this funding, which will enable us to expand our motto of ‘Let No One Sit on the Sidelines’ to our injured veterans,” said founder and Executive Director Cindy Housner.

3. Alana Spellman of Northbrook is one of only 14 young women nationwide to be awarded a grant by ANN INC., parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, and Vital Voices, a non-profit dedicated to investing in women. Spellman’s community project is focused on connecting special needs teens with high school peers thru performance theater. 4. Northbrook resident Michael Kinsella graduates from Glenbrook North High School in the spring, and is headed to Valparaiso University on a D1 golf scholarship. The aspiring pro golfer has competed in a variety of national tournaments, including AJGA, FCWT and a nationwide tour qualifier, where he competed in a field largely made up of 20 to 30-year-olds. Kinsella has pursued instruction with Joe Bosco at The Glen Club in Glenview.


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Panama Beckons Travelers with Vibrant Color and Culture A contemporary skyline, tropical beaches and the Pacific Ocean/Caribbean Sea make up the gorgeous Panamanian landscape. Walk on the wild side through the lush rainforest, the only rainforest in the world within city limits. When you arrive in Panama City, the capital and largest city in Panama, it will seem somewhat Mira Temkin familiar. With waves to the left and skyscrapers in front of you, you’ll think you’re cruising down Lake Shore Drive. This very modern city even has its own Trump Ocean Club and Hard Rock Hotel. Discovering Panama City Casco Viejo (Old Panama City) is the 17th century historic district, which is undergoing a major restoration. Pedestrian walkways, statue-filled plazas, new bars and restaurants make this romantic quarter a great place to explore. Be sure to see the distinctive golden altar in St. Joseph’s Church. Walk around, sip Panama’s delicious coffee in a café and take in the glorious views. My favorite part of the city was the Balboa area, which used to house American military. Gone since 1989, when Panama took over the operation of the canal, the neighborhood features wide boulevards, lush greenery and elegant homes. The Panama Canal – 8th Wonder of the World This international landmark will be

celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, and a $5.25 billion expansion is currently underway. The best place to watch is from the Miraflores Locks restaurant where you can get a front row seat to the show. See 5,000,000-ton ships rise and drop more than 50 feet in the locks as they pass through the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic or the Pacific Ocean. Stop at the Visitor’s Center and see the film about how the canal was built. The Emberas – Now This is Sustainable There are seven indigenous tribes in Panama. I traveled with Aventuras 2000 to the Embera community, riding in a motorized canoe down the Chagres River. At the village, we enjoyed fried fish, served in a leaf and accompanied by luscious fruits. Through an English interpreter, a tribesman explained how they produce the colors for basket weaving from natural sources. They also performed native dances and invited us to join in. As I floated back to reality in the canoe, this “National Geographic” experience took me back to a simpler time. Yet, the Emberas continue to flourish as they have for centuries, all without modern conveniences. Bristol Buenaventura – An Oasis in Paradise We headed west along the Pacific coast, dotted with exquisite resorts, to the 5-star Bristol Buenaventura. This luxurious beach resort welcomed us with imposing Spanish colonial architecture and sweeping views of the sea. This ultimate playground for adults features a Nicklaus-designed championship golf course, Corotu Spa, three pools and exquisite dining. For adventure lovers, eco-tours, canopy rides and river rafting are nearby. Buenaventura.com.pa

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Panama offers a combination of contemporary and exotic options for travelers. just a taste of this contemporary, yet exotic destination. I’m definitely hungry for more. Visitpanama.com.

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Mira Temkin is a Highland-Park based freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Chicago Tribune, Family Time Magazine, and six-00-three-five magazine. In addition, she’s a high-energy copywriter working with advertising and marketing services clients. Reach her at miratemkin@gmail.com.

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School Happenings French School Donates Winter Clothes to Hurricane Sandy Victims The French School in Winnetka organized a “Got Coats?” clothing drive in November, supporting families who lost most of their belongings, including outerwear, during Hurricane Sandy. Parents and children donated bags of coats, scarves, gloves and hats to send to Long Beach, New York, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm. Students learned how their donations are helping those in need as colder weather arrives. The French School is grateful to contributing families for their help in educating students on the importance of giving. District 30 Receives Bright A+ Award District 30 has once again received the Bright A+ Award for academic excellence in education. The award is presented by SchoolSearch to school districts ranking among the top five percent of Illinois school districts academically. This year, 59 out of 868 school districts in Illinois received the award.

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Maple Eighth Graders Discover the Wonders of Antarctica On Nov. 19 and 20, eighth graders at Maple School in Northbrook received a visit from representatives of OceansWide, an organization dedicated to supporting science and education around the world. “This was an amazing opportunity for our students to learn about science on the edge. Meeting real scientists and technicians who do their work in such extreme conditions opens all kinds of new thinking for pupils,” said eighth grade science teacher Robin Dombeck. Deerfield Montessori Students Support International Giving Students and families at the Deerfield Montessori Schools – Deerfield Montessori Children’s House, Deerfield Montessori School, Glenview Montessori School and Riverwoods Montessori School – are sharing the holiday spirit of giving with Montessori students in Uganda, Africa. Former DMS intern Lanam Kijange has returned to Uganda and started the Kampala Montessori School for preschool children. November marked the conclusion of the first year for his beginning class of students. North Shore families have generously supported his students by sending additional Montessori materials for students preparing to enter first grade.

Glenview Cycle St. David’s Nursery School Fundraiser Thru Christmas Eve, Glenview Cycle is donating five percent of sales to St. David’s Nursery School. Make sure to mention St. David’s when purchasing bikes, accessories or tune-ups. “It is such a wonderful preschool. We felt we wanted to give back to them as a way of showing our appreciation for being such a wonderful place for our children to have their first school experiences,” said owners Alan and Bobbie Rubin. 1011 Harlem Ave.; 847-998-5900; glenviewcycle.com. East Lake Academy’s 12th Annual All Saints Day Pageant East Lake Academy in Lake Forest held its annual All Saints Day Pageant Nov. 1, featuring more than 120 students in costume singing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Pre-K 3 and 4-year-old students took the stage to introduce themselves and their saint, as older children gave detailed, memorized presentations. Sixth graders closed the pageant by singing one of the oldest, most beautiful prayers in continuous use in the Roman Catholic Church, the Litany of the Saints. Forest Bluff School 30th Anniversary Party Forest Bluff School in Lake Bluff celebrated its anniversary Nov. 24 with a party for alumni and friends of the school. Guests reconnected with old classmates and teachers, enjoying Italian hors d’oeuvres in honor of Maria Montessori along with photos and videos from the school’s three-decade history. The AMI-accredited Montessori school was founded in 1982 by Paula Polk Lillard, Lynn Lillard Jessen and Jane Linari, and today educates 150 children ages 18 months-4 years.

Matisyahu Lights Up Lincolnshire Matisyahu appeared Nov. 12 at Lincolnshire’s Viper Alley, performing for a standing room-only crowd with the Dub Trio. The highlight of the evening was a preview of his new Hanukkah song – so new, in fact, that he forgot some of the words. I met Matisyahu – also known as Matthew Paul Miller – when he interviewed me as a resident for admission to the NorthStar Center boarding school in Bend, Oregon. This was long before his long beard and notoriety for spiritual rhymes. “Wilderness therapy saved my life,” said Matisyahu. “So many kids struggle with identity at that age.” Matisyahu’s shows at the Bend hangout Café Paradiso consisted of spontaneous freestyles, often incorporating listeners. He draped himself in the Israeli flag, hammering out rap while facing undersized audiences. Maturing personally and musically, after graduating NorthStar, Matisyahu attended Yeshiva University, where he met his wife Tahlia. Matisyahu defies convention, examining a higher power that electrifies the spirit. “It’s a really great feeling to have fans in so many states and countries that I can resonate with, just by looking into the crowd and making eye contact,” he stated.

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Age: 5 years Breed: Domestic Shorthair Mix Gender: Male My Story: Everyone calls this handsome tabby “Sweet Peety.” He is reserved, goodnatured and loves affection. Peety came from Northwest Animal Hospital and would do best in a home without small children. Can you offer him a warm and loving home?

Age: 3 years Breed: Beagle mix Gender: Male My Story: Lincoln knows a few commands and walks well on a leash. This Beagle mix absolutely loves to be pampered. Lincoln is a very social and affectionate boy, and loves to explore the outdoors. Stop by soon and see if you can give him a forever home!

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Age: 2½ years Breed: Beagle mix Gender: Male My Story: Adorable Rustee loves walks and attention. This little guy came from a southern Illinois Humane Society that no longer had room for him. Rustee is being treated for noncontagious heartworm. Afterwards, he’ll be ready to go home with his new family!

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Age: 2 years Breed: Domestic Shorthair Gender: Male My Story: Boo Boo is a gentle, laid-back cat. This black-and-white kitty loves to stay warm, so basking in the sun, lying on a rug near the fireplace and cuddling up with his favorite person are high priorities. Drop in and meet him today!

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Age: 3 years Breed: Domestic Shorthair Mix Gender: Female My Story: Inkky is a very affectionate girl, and totally fascinated by laser pointers. Her previous owners moved and could not take her with them. Inkky is a bit shy around other cats but loves people and attention. If you brush her, you will make a friend for life!

Age: 8 years Breed: Shepherd Gender: Male My Story: 8-year-old Rizzo has sown his wild oats and now looks forward to finding a nice home and family to love. He’s an outdoor lover, so taking walks and playing fetch make him very happy. Adopt Rizzo today and enjoy the weather while it lasts!

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December 2012 Gusto Italiano Ristorante Gusto Italiano features an extensive New Year’s Eve menu. Choose from Prime Rib Au Jus, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Veal Marsala, Atlantic Salmon, Veal Osso Buco, Lamb Chops Mediterranean, Steak Diana, Eleni’s Pasta, Chilean Sea Bass and Lobster Ala Salvatore. Enjoy Gusto’s famous spumoni and complimentary coffee. The evening also includes a champagne toast, party favors and live music and dancing. The regular dinner menu is available from 4-8pm. $39.95 (starting at 9pm). 1470 Waukegan Road, Glenview; 847-729-5444; gustorestaurant.com. Periyali Greek Taverna The Greek restaurant is open regular hours Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day and open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Enjoy holiday specials plus the regular menu. 9860 Milwaukee Ave., Des Plaines; 847-296-2232. City Park Grill City Park Grill is open thru 8pm Christmas Eve, with seating until 9:30pm New Year’s Eve. Receive a $20 gift certificate with $100 purchase. Kids dine free Sun-Thu thru New Year’s Eve. $5 house martinis every day. 1791 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park; 847-432-9111; thecityparkgrill.com. Fuddruckers Catering and large party rooms are available for holiday events and gatherings. Enjoy Fuddruckers’ new Pumpkin Pie Shake this holiday season – hand-mixed with vanilla ice cream and real pumpkin, then finished with whipped topping and nutmeg. Purchase a gift card of $25 or more thru Dec. 31 and receive a $5 reward card. 1538 Clavey Road, Highland Park; 847-831-2501; fuddruckers.com. The Claim Company The home of the Motherlode Gourmet Burger offers $10 Claim Company Gold Bucks with purchase of $100 in gift cards thru Dec. 25. 2000 Northbrook Court, Northbrook; 847-291-9111; theclaimcompany.com. Bluegrass The special New Year’s Eve menu includes a champagne toast, favors and the regular menu at regular prices. 1636 Old Deerfield Road, Highland Park; 847-831-0595; bluegrasshp.com.

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Learn to Give the Perfect Gift It is often said that giving the perfect gift is a true art form. Selecting a gift is a subliminal consideration, a feeling of what the recipient will really appreciate. Measuring what a person means is not reflected in the price of the gift but in the amount of thought that goes into the timehonored act of considering, choosing and presenting. With this in mind, Style Shack suggests the following guide for choosing just the right “something” for that special “someone” this holiday season.

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Price points will often range for this type of gift. We commonly find that grab bag gifts range from $10 to $50. Candles, scarves and costume jewelry are usually crowd favorites.

At small affairs, the host has decided to share her efforts with a limited guest list. As one of the privileged attendees, arrive with a token of appreciation. The cost or size of the item doesn’t matter. Ideas include salt and pepper shakers, an elegant candle, boxed candy, stationery set or serving pieces. You may also choose to prepare a food item – such as cookies – and plate it on something that you will then leave as the final gift. Cocktail Party Host Although wine and flowers are traditional hostess gifts, why not challenge yourself to come up with something a little more creative? Try fine chocolates, gourmet condiments, posh spices, wine charms, cheese knives, kitchen gadgets or appetizer picks. Holiday at the Boss’ House In this case, your choice should reflect professionalism. Go with a tasteful gift that celebrates the season or workplace. Consider a monogrammed plate or bath set, decorative soap, a boxed candle or candy dish filled with sweet treats.

For an extra-thoughtful present, make sure to also consider the person’s design style and habits. Is she conservative? Eclectic? Modern? Traditional? Does she have hobbies or special interests? Ask yourself these questions before selecting a gift. You may also consider a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant or local boutique, so she can select something special for herself. Grab Bag Gift Exchange

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Shop Strategically and Save Big this Holiday Season decreases the chances you’ll forget someone and be forced to drive back to the mall. Reducing the number of shopping trips you have to make will conserve fuel and save you a substantial amount of money and time.

The holiday season is filled with tradition. Many families have their own unique customs, and those traditions create lasting memories for adults and children alike. One such holiday tradition is shopping for gifts for family and friends. Many people enjoy holiday shopping, anxiously anticipating the look on loved ones’ faces when they open their presents. Holiday shopping is even more enjoyable for shoppers who can save some extra money. The following are a few tips for shoppers who still want to give the perfect gifts but don’t want to break the bank.

Pay in cash. If you’re not a fan of online shopping, then use only cash when shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. Paying with cash eliminates the risk of overspending with credit cards, which will come back to haunt you in January when the bills are due. Take a predetermined amount of cash with you when shopping, and once that money is gone, then it’s time to go home.

Stop paying for shipping. Many people now do their holiday shopping online. Online shopping can be more convenient, but some shoppers still shy away for fear of high shipping costs. However, some retailers offer free shipping to consumers who spend a certain amount of money. In addition, savvy shoppers can scour the Internet for free shipping codes they can use at checkout. Some retailers even offer free shipping during the holiday season (last-minute purchases might not be eligible) to entice customers.

Don’t be tempted by retailer credit cards. Retailer credit cards can be very tempting, especially when the cashier offers an immediate 20 percent discount if you sign up for the card at the register. But that discount comes at a steep price down the road. Not only will you be receiving a bill after the holiday season, but that retailer credit card will most definitely feature a high interest rate that can negate the initial discount at the register – unless you pay off the balance in full.

Empty your wallet of gift cards. Gift cards are popular, but many recipients fail to use their cards prior to their expiration dates. Some cards expire 12 months after their initial purchase date. If your wallet is filled with gift cards you received last holiday season, use them to buy gifts for friends and family now before they expire. Make a list. Santa Claus is renowned for making a list come holiday season, and holiday shoppers should follow his lead. Prior to your first shopping trip, make a list of friends and family to buy for and what you want to buy for each one of them. Doing so

With a bit of strategic planning, your holiday shopping doesn’t have to break the bank.

Create spending parameters with your immediate family. The economy has yet to fully recover from the downturn that began nearly half a decade ago. As a result, many people still approach the holiday shopping season with a degree of trepidation. Get together with your immediate family and establish spending parameters so no person feels like he or she has to spend too much money on holiday shopping. Agree that no gift should cost more than $25. Everyone will still enjoy the holiday season and one another’s company, and they won’t be forced to deal with the stress of overspending.


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RESTAURANT SHOWCASE

’Tis the Season to Visit Abruzzo With the holiday season in fast-forward mode, the North Shore is all lit up like, well, a Christmas tree. Decorated malls and stores are jammed with shoppers. Kids are lining up to talk to Santa. Chestnuts are roasting, carolers are caroling and Jack Frost is nipping. Shopping and socializing are part of the magic Chuck Pecoraro that is Christmas, of course, but we need an occasional respite from the hectic pace to sustain our spirit and recharge our energy. A sure way to nourish the body and soul is to retreat to a serene spot that offers temporary refuge from the crowds and crunch. Someplace like Ristorante Abruzzo in Deerfield. Hidden from street traffic on the backside of a strip center, this relatively overlooked charmer is informal and cordial all year ’round, but exudes a cheerful mood during the yuletide. Tasteful Christmas adornments complement the stylish furnishings, soft lighting and art deco accents that dignify the three-room, 250-seat scene. Abruzzo belongs to a four-restaurant group with sister stores under separate names in Northbrook, Libertyville and Antioch. The owner is Guido Oliverii, whose birthplace is the Abruzzo province in central Italy. All four feature cuisine synonymous with that region. Framed by mountains, valleys and

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coastline, the area is noted for stews, ragus, soups, cured meats, fish and other dishes flavored with rosemary, garlic and chili peppers that collectively define Italian country cooking. This brand doesn’t get the recognition of Tuscany fare, for example, but is simple, sensual and savory nonetheless. Authentic Cucina Rustica crafted by chef-manager Salvatore Cardamone and served with urbane sensibilities is basically what Abruzzo is all about. The menu is an abbondanza of free-range chicken, milkfed veal, produce direct from local farms, housemade pasta and desserts and more that accentuate freshness and healthy eating. A steaming bowl of Pasta e Fagioli is the perfect starter. The traditional pasta-bean soup is chock full of little noodles, cannellini beans, snippets of carrots and celery, and a shaving of top-shelf Parmegiano-Reggiano cheese. With deep, rich flavor, it really hits the spot on these frosty nights. As the name suggests, Cozze Indiavolate is an assertive appetizer, the snap coming from a spicy tomato sauce which bathes the pristine mussels. Flavors are more diversified in Insalata di Pere salad, a tasty tossing of mixed greens, raisins, walnuts, pear for sweetness and gorgonzola for sharpness. Of the 14 pastas, the Spaghetti alla Chitarra best interprets the Abruzzese appetite for simple yet substantial pasta. Guitar-shaped noodles in harmony with a classic Bolognese sauce of beef, pork and tomatoes spiked with red wine touches the right flavor notes. Another suggestion for taking the chill out of December is Pollo Diavolo. The half chicken is baked to a tender turn with red

Chef-manager Salvatore Cardamone displays fresh food items at Abruzzo. peppers and a pungent garlic wine mixture that brings some heat in a delicious way. The pinnacle of this peasant food is Giambotta con Patate, an earthy stew-like medley of chopped sausage, green peppers, onions and potatoes in a sturdy gravy that’s as fulfilling as it is filling. Seafood is an Abruzzo standout, especially the Merluzzo Livornese, which embraces normally bland whitefish with a spark in the form of black olives, capers and tomatoes. If you prefer not to go the full dinner route, there’s some darn good thin crust pizza in four sizes with a ton of toppings. The lunch bunch can save while it savors with two dozen pasta, sandwich and salad selections, served with soup and soft drink or coffee for a bargain $8.95. Desserts are yummy, such as homemade

gelato in limoncello and other distinctive flavors and hard-to-resist cakes, pastries and other treats. The wine list is impressive. Servers help put the merry into Christmas. Ristorante Abruzzo, 483 Lake Cook Road (Lake Cook Plaza), Deerfield; 847-205-0990; abruzzodeerfield.com. Entrees: $12-$24. Appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts: $4-$13. Pizza: $9.95-$25.95. Tidbits: Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly. Takeouts and catering. Banquets for up to 100. Ample parking. Reservations advised. Contact restaurant/food writer Chuck Pecoraro at chuckpecoraro@sbcglobal.net.

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New Year’s resolutions may have varying degrees of success, but even those people who find it difficult to keep their resolutions year after year still tend to make a new resolution once the hour of midnight chimes. Though it may seem as though resolutions are made to be broken, resolutions can be the first step many people take toward a happier and healthier life, making them more than just a silly annual exercise in empty promises. A common hurdle many people must clear when making a New Year’s resolution is choosing the resolution itself. Resolving to become a millionaire in the next 12 months is likely unrealistic, as is taking on the same resolution you made last year that proved unsuccessful. Before making a New Year’s resolution this year, consider the following tips aimed at helping you choose a resolution that has a chance to be successful. Make it something you’re likely to enjoy. Resolving to lose weight is perhaps the most popular New Year’s resolution every year. Though there’s no way to measure how many people make this resolution and stick with it, it’s safe to assume many people fall short of their weight loss goal. That’s because the steps people must take to lose weight are not always easy to embrace. Many people join a gym in January so they can fully commit to their resolutions to lose weight. Joining a gym isn’t always the answer, as it’s easy to become intimidated at a gym where the majority of your fellow members are already in great shape. But this doesn’t mean you should shy away from your resolution. Instead, look for ways to make your resolution enjoyable, so you’re more likely to stick with it. If you have resolved to lose weight but a gym isn’t for you, sign up for a dance class or join a cycling group. There’s more than one way to commit to a given resolution, and finding the most enjoyable way to tackle your resolution is often the easiest way to make it a success. Make it a realistic goal. Your resolution should be realistic. If not, the chances of being successful are slim. For example, resolving to move overseas by the end of the coming calendar year may be a great goal, but if you have no job prospects overseas or too many commitments at home, then this goal is not very realistic and you probably won’t make it a successful resolution. However, this doesn’t mean you have to abandon your dream of moving overseas. Instead, resolve to make changes that make your desire to live overseas more realistic. Learn the language of a favorite country or learn about that country’s job market and work toward making yourself more attractive

to potential overseas employers. This is a more realistic goal than deciding to move overseas in the very near future, and it sets you up for future success should you resolve to move abroad down the road. Employ the buddy system. Resolutions don’t have to be a one-man show. In fact, your resolution may prove easier to keep if you can find someone to go along for the ride with you. For instance, if you have resolved to quit smoking, find a friend who also smokes and commit to your resolution together. You can lean on each other when times get tough and serve as each other’s watchdog to make sure neither one of you is straying from your goal. If you resolve to learn a foreign language in the year ahead, find a friend to enroll in a class with you. As additional motivation, commit to visiting a foreign country where this language is spoken at the end of the year if both of you have successfully fulfilled your resolutions. Develop a plan before making any commitments. Before you commit to a resolution, develop a plan as to how you’re going to make that resolution a success and determine if this plan is realistic. For example, if you resolve to lose weight, part of your plan should include an exercise regimen and any dietary changes. Once you have laid out this plan, examine it to see how likely you are to stick with it. If your plan includes waking up at 6am every morning to workout and this is problematic for you, then you don’t have to abandon the resolution, but might want to develop a new plan that’s more likely to be successful. The plan should be in place before you make your resolution. If you simply cannot map out a plan that’s amenable to your schedule, then this resolution might prove very difficult to keep and you might want to explore another option. Many people find their New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside come the end of January. But those serious about making a change can take steps to ensure their resolutions are a success.

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8. Family Ties 9. Frasier 10. Cheers 11. NYPD Blue 12. Hunter 13. The Trials of Rosie O’Neill

a. Kirstie Alley b. Bob Saget c. Michael J. Fox d. Daniel Travanti e. Eriq LaSalle f. Fred Dryer

g. Tony Danza h. Harry Anderson i. Jane Curtin j. Jimmy Smits k. Kevin James l. Dean Cain

14. Full House 15. Who’s the Boss 16. Veronica’s Closet 17. The King of Queens 18. The Practice 19. Miami Vice

20. Kate & Allie 21. Spin City 22. Lois and Clark 23. Nash Bridges 24. Cagney and Lacey

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CONVERSATIONS IN COMMERCE

Chuck Pecoraro, Owner of Marketing/Advertising Agency CP Enterprises, Inc. teacher at Northwestern, local distributor for three food products and co-owner of two restaurants. I also had a football camp for youngsters and produced a tennis tournament.

Chuck Pecoraro is the owner of CP Enterprises, Inc., a marketing/advertising agency and consultancy he founded in 1973. The agency is retained primarily by small and mid-size companies, providing marketing, advertising, direct marketing and sales promotion services and strategies for consumer and industrial products and services. In addition, Pecoraro has been a restaurant reviewer for more than 30 years, having reviewed over 1,500 Chicago area restaurants for newspapers, magazines and websites. He also taught direct marketing for 10 years as a member of the Northwestern University faculty.

WH! Tell us about a work experience from which you learned a valuable lesson. CP: As a partner in two restaurants, I got an insider’s perspective of the management, marketing, menu and finances required to operate a successful establishment. WH! Tell us about the best business trip you’ve ever been on. CP: A visit to Italy enabled me to get a firsthand viewpoint of the origin and depth of Italian cuisine. It was a valuable experience, since at the time I was doing reviews for the Italian publication Fra Noi.

WH! What was your first job? CP: Copy boy, reporter and assistant features editor for the old Chicago Herald-American. From there, I moved on to the Chicago SunTimes and Chicago Daily News, spending a total of 18 years in the newspaper business.

WH! If you could have gotten in on the ground floor of any business deal in history, what would it have been? CP: Probably Groupon, which grew from a novel idea into a $25 billion e-commerce company in just four years.

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WH! What is your best advice for someone starting a business in the local area? CP: Make sure there’s a demand and market for your product or service. If not, trying to create a demand can be time-consuming and expensive. Do your homework, determine if your finances are in order and be aware of the competition before investing in a startup venture. If partners are involved, be certain that everyone is compatible.

WH! Outside your current field, what occupations have you pursued? CP: I am a restaurant reviewer, was a

WH! How did you get your start in business? CP: Working for three newspapers, I saw a lot of advertising with the wrong message in the wrong place at the wrong time – a waste of money. I envisioned that what small businesses need is someone they can afford to help them get more bang for their ad bucks. The big, Madison Avenue-type agencies aren’t interested in the smaller companies, so I decided to become an entrepreneur, start an agency and fill a niche. WH! How long did it take to get your business model right? What were the challenges? CP: It took about a year to establish a solid client base and generate a steady flow of income. The biggest challenge was convincing prospective clients of the importance of marketing to grow. We also had to impress upon them that advertising must be repetitive and coordinated to get results. WH! What aspects of your business are you most proud of? CP: Our work is of award-winning caliber, having earned the Eagle Award for Excellence in Newspaper Advertising for a bank client. We also were retained by Adidas Sporting Goods to develop a national campaign to stimulate the sales of running shoes. WH! Name three information sources that are essential to your company and explain why. CP: First and foremost is the Internet, literally a window to the world. Second

is Crain’s Chicago Business, which does the best job of covering the local business community. Third is Direct Marketing News trade publication, a must-read for anyone in the industry. WH! What exciting things are on the horizon for your business? CP: We have expanded our services by offering strategies and techniques on how to integrate social media – Facebook, Twitter, etc. – into a marketing plan. WH! What’s your favorite wall decoration? CP: Two plaques – one for the Northwestern Alumni Association’s Service Award and another for the Merit Award. I’m honored and humbled to be one of the relatively few NU alums to receive both awards. WH! What’s your favorite movie and music? CP: I never get tired of watching reruns of the “Godfather” trilogy. As for music, I’m hooked on Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and the big band sounds of Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Henry Mancini and other jazz-pop icons. The younger generation can have all the rock, rap and heavy metal. WH! Why did you start your business in metro Chicago? CP: I was born, raised and educated in Chicago, and now reside in the northwest suburbs. I know the territory. CP Enterprises, Inc., 950 N. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge; 847-825-8387; chuckpecoraro@sbcglobal.net.

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Hearing Wellness Centers Opens Highland Park Office Dr. Alison Kaye, Au.D., owner of Hearing Wellness Centers, recently reestablished her audiology practice in downtown Highland Park. Hearing Wellness Centers services both adults and children with all types of hearing and balance issues, focusing on recovery of hearing deficits and lifestyles. 1732 First St.; 847-266-8000; nswellness.com.

Athletico Physical Therapy Touches Down in Lake Forest Athletico, official physical therapy partner of the Chicago Bears, has opened a new facility in Lake Forest. Athletico offers physical therapy, sports medicine, work rehabilitation, work conditioning and functional capacity evaluations. Complimentary injury screenings are available. 225 E. Deerpath Road, Suite 130-132; 847-482-1433; athletico.com.

Elements Therapeutic Massage Expands into Bannockburn Elements Therapeutic Massage opens its doors on Dec. 22. Therapists perform Swedish massages meant for gentle stress relief and relaxation, or deep tissue massages – including trigger point work – to meet clients’ needs. Open daily, the studio welcomes walk-ins and offers memberships. 2519 Waukegan Road; 847-607-8362; elementsmassage.com.

KeyLime Cove Recognized by Aquatics International KeyLime Cove in Gurnee has received Aquatics International’s “Best of Aquatics” award in the waterpark resort category for 2012. “Our team takes great pride in providing our guests with a safe and customer service-oriented indoor waterpark resort experience,” said general manager Dale McFarland. 1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee; 877-360-0403; keylimecove.com.


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Data Racing League: Cash for Your Driving

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Sitting white-knuckled behind the wheel, you quickly check your rearview mirror and then scan the field of cars ahead. Then, you make your move and gently coast and brake into the red light during your commute home. This. Is. Racing. Raise your hand if you’re a good driver. Okay, put your hands back Dave Kaufman on the steering wheel. Now raise your hand if you can prove it. This becomes much tougher for a variety of reasons, starting with your definition of “good.” Is it your amazing ability to simultaneously talk on the phone, eat lunch, check email and drive with your knees while still obeying most of the rules of the road? Maybe it is your uncanny ability to beat the train and know where all the traffic cops sit, avoiding long delays and speeding tickets? As with most things, data might say otherwise. Insurance companies have always known more data is better. Now they are taking the stance that more data is even better when shared with you. It just might change your driving habits. Techlife feels like a good driver – no insurance incidents, including accidents or major moving violations. But that kind of thinking is so “last century.” I recently agreed to become a real life driver in the Data Racing League, allowing the insurance company to know nearly everything about every trip I take in my car. I can hear half of you saying, “Why would you allow that invasion of privacy?” and the other half saying “What does ‘everything’ mean? What

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are they measuring?” Let’s look a little closer at what they measure first. 1) Mileage 2) Braking Events 3) Time of Day 4) Speed Over 80 Miles Per Hour Seems simple enough with just four metrics, but here’s what might make the leery among you cringe a little more. With just these four data points, the system breaks them up into smaller increments, such as a Hard Braking Event and an Extreme Braking Event. What does that mean? Hard Braking Events are a deceleration of 8-10 MPH in one second. Extreme Braking Events are a deceleration of over 10 MPH in one second. Pretty detailed. The system also tracks how many miles were traveled during various times of the day and how many miles you travel over 80 MPH. You might be pretty skeptical. Let’s just turn your fear of being tracked and monitored to the maximum setting. You, the person who tells the world on Facebook what you ate, where you ate it, and more than most of us care to know about it. The tracking breakdown is by trip, providing the four base metrics, combined with a start and stop time down to the minute of the whole trip, plus average speed and maximum speed. “There better be a great reason for doing this! I’m not just giving my private life out to any company who will penalize me even more because…” Let me stop you right there. It’s money. That’s right, the insurance company is offering money in the form of a discount of up to 30 percent off my next premium, CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

Short Story Theatre Dec. 18, 7pm. Enjoy this evening of storytelling, featuring Susan Block, Rick Leslie, Mary Lou Gilliam and Donna Lubow. $10. The Laughing Chameleon, 1830 Tower Drive, Glenview; 847-834-0291; shortstorytheatre.com. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Thru Dec. 23. In this adaptation of the famous film, the intimate space of Glenview’s Oil Lamp Theater is transformed into the 1940s radio studio of New York station WBFR. See and hear five actors create the characters of Bedford Falls. Oil Lamp Theater is a BYOB establishment, but hot chocolate and homemade cookies are available for all. $30. 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview; oillamptheater.org. The Laughing Chameleon’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Week Dec. 26-31. Celebrate the new year with a week of comedy, featuring headliner Sonya White and friends. $25-$75 (late NYE show includes appetizers, champagne toast and DJ). 1830 Tower Drive, Glenview; 847-834-0291; laughingchameleon.com. The Christmas Schooner Thru Dec. 30. Enjoy the heartwarming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. $29-$59. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, Chicago; 773-325-1700; mercurytheaterchicago.com.

Little Women Thru Dec. 30. Citadel Theatre Company world premieres this new adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic. The March sisters face hard times when they lose their fortune, but learn to thrive by loving the family and friends in their lives. $37.50, $32.50/students and seniors. 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest; 847-735-8554; citadeltheatre.org. My One and Only Thru Dec. 31. This captivating musical romance features an incomparable Gershwin score and thrilling dance. Enjoy legendary songs, such as “’S Wonderful” and “Strike Up the Band.” $40-$48. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire; 847-634-0200; marriotttheatre.com. Stayin’ Alive – A Bee Gees Tribute Jan. 5, 8pm. Dance the night away to the Bee Gees’ biggest hits, including “Stayin’ Alive,” “Jive Talkin’,” “You Should Be Dancing” and more. $35-$40. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights; 847-577-2121; metropolisarts.com. The Wailers Jan. 9, 9pm. See the Jamaican reggae legends live. $25-$35. Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire; 847-499-5000; viper-alley.com. Side Effects May Include… Jan. 11-Feb. 10. This daringly funny, poignant and provocative one-man show about early onset Parkinson’s disease explores the idea that sometimes it’s not the disease that changes us, but the side effects. $20$25. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; 773-404-7336; greenhousetheater.org.

DECEMBER PUZZLE ANSWERS Turbo Trivia: 1. d, 2. h, 3. e, 4. p, 5. q, 6. j, 7. m, 8. c, 9. t, 10. a, 11. j, 12. f, 13. s, 14. b, 15. g, 16. a, 17. k, 18. n, 19. o, 20. i, 21. c, 22. l, 23. o, 24. s, 25. r Cryptogram: Nothing says holidays like a cheese log. – Ellen DeGeneres

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The Word is “Visibility” in 2013 It is December, and time to think about how you will grow your business in 2013. You may be thinking the economic picture isn’t as bright as you’d like it to be, so what steps can you take to increase your business next year? Now is the time to think about spending money on public relations to get the attention your business needs. The central issue is what your Vicki Gerson competitors are doing to grow their businesses, and how they are getting the visibility you wish you had. What if potential customers don’t even know your business exists? Without a constant reminder, your current customers may forget about you and try someone new. Unfortunately, most business owners or professionals don’t really know how to get the visibility they seek. In the past, you may have tried sending a press release to someone in the new media, but it was ignored. You may have tried phoning a particular reporter, but your phone call was never returned. The media need good stories, so why is this happening? One of the problems happens to be that many stories are pitched so poorly they get lost in a blizzard of email. Think about how many emails you receive in just one day. Secondly, your email may have a poor subject heading that doesn’t catch the reporter’s eye. The result – delete. Your email

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continuing as long as the device stays installed. The live discount for my company is clearly displayed on a companion website and adjusts daily. All of a sudden, you might be wondering how invasive could it really be and how it actually works. Contact your insurance company or agent to see if they offer the program. If they do, they will send out a small device that plugs into your car – above the gas pedal and below the steering wheel. It’s a data port used by mechanics. This small device, about the size of a large pack of gum, talks to your car’s computer to collect the data. A note: my insurance company insists that no matter what, the device can only lower premiums. The goal of the company is to share this information with drivers so they can consider their habits long term. I spoke to a company representative who tried it personally. Due to her long commute via high-speed highway, most of her driving

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

What is online? Techlife is both a print and online experience. Visit dkworldwide.com/techlife and search for “racing.” Have you used the tools or gotten a discount? Let us know how it worked for you. Dave Kaufman, a syndicated columnist, owns DK Worldwide, a design, web, print, and social media marketing firm that helps clients with online and offline challenges. Contact Dave, it’s easy: techlife@dkworldwide.com, or follow him on Twitter – @dkworldwide. You know you want to.


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1. Congratulations to the Glenbrook South Titan Poms on their recent successful competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Varsity took second in Jazz and third and Pom, and Junior Varsity took second in both Jazz and Pom. 2. Santa Claus rocked with Wireless Soul – featuring kids Vince Minogue, Gino Dini and Liam Cummins – Nov. 24 at the 18th annual Holiday in the Park and Parade in Glenview. 3. Families took a Polar Express Train Ride with the Park District of Highland Park, traveling on the Metra North Line to the North Pole (Waukegan) and back to Highland Park. The ride featured storytelling, hot chocolate and letters to Santa. 4. Glenview Methodist Preschool children recently welcomed their families to GMPS’s annual Family Night, sharing school experiences and showing off their creativity and hard work.


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