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Santa Headed to Lambs Farm this Holiday Despite his very busy schedule, Santa is making his annual trek to Lambs Farm to celebrate the holiday. Brunch is $15.95, $7.95 for children 23 months and younger, with activities. Seatings are available at 9am, 10:30am, and 12pm Dec. 14, 21 and 22, and 10:30am and 12pm Dec. 15. Enjoy brunch at the Magnolia Café & Bakery, featuring Lambs Farm favorites such as apple cinnamon French toast, carved meats and more. Visit with Santa to take pictures that will last a lifetime and participate in several holiday crafts and activities. Holiday pies are also available at the Magnolia Café & Bakery. It is just $8 for a pumpkin, apple or cherry pie that will delight all your holiday guests. Profits also help to

support Lambs Farm’s programs for people with developmental disabilities. Call to reserve yours today or order them at the Café. Lambs Farm is a premier nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people with developmental disabilities lead productive, happy lives and connecting with the human spirit in us all. Based near Libertyville, Lambs Farm strives to maintain exemplary vocational, residential and recreational programs, and to operate our organization in a manner that will continue to help people grow. For more information or to make reservations, call Lambs Farm’s Magnolia Café and Bakery at 847-362-5050. Visit online at lambsfarm.org.


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Wrap gifts and support shelter Orphans of the Storm this season at Northbrook Court. Orphans of the Storm Holiday Showcase and Gift Wrap The animal shelter partners with Northbrook Court to showcase adoptable dogs, cats and kittens, along with offering holiday gift wrapping. Wrapping is done for suggested donations that go directly to shelter animals. Donations of unopened wrapping paper, tissue paper and boxes of all sizes are also being accepted at the shelter. 2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods (Deerfield); 847-945-0235; orphansofthestorm.org. Youth Services Holiday Gift Program Make the holidays brighter for children and

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WhatsHappeningOnline.com CALENDAR, PAGE 3 Club’s local and international humanitarian projects. Rotarians hope to raise more than $60,000 to continue their charitable efforts. Evlrc.org; holiday@evlrc.net. Chicago Lighthouse Vision Rehab Center Lecture Dec. 10, 4-5pm. Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO, presents “Ocular Nutrition – Opportunities for Better Patient Care and Better Outcomes.” Discuss level two scientific literature and why measuring macular pigment and nutrition/ supplementation is so important. Registration required. 222 Waukegan Road, Glenview; 847-510-2054; chicagolighthouse.org. Glenview Gardeners Holiday Pot Luck Party Dec. 10, 7pm. Open to men and women interested in all aspects of gardening. Midwest Care Center atrium, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview; 847-724-2286; glenviewgardeners.org.

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OLPH Career and Business Networking Ministry Dec. 10, 7pm. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church’s meeting features Bob Podgorski, Founder and Coordinator of the St. Hubert Job and Networking Ministry, and Principal of RRP Consulting, a human resources consultancy. 1775 Grove St., Glenview; 847-729-1525; olphglenview.org. Culver’s Tornado and Storm Relief Fundraiser On Dec. 11, participating Culver’s restaurants in Illinois donate 10 percent of sales to the American Red Cross, helping communities recently devastated by tornadoes and severe storms. Area locations include Buffalo Grove, Libertyville, Morton Grove and others. Visit online for more info or to donate directly. Redcross.org; 800-REDCROSS; culvers.com. Northbrook Art Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago Program Dec. 11, 9:45am-4pm. “Satire and Censorship in Art: Martin D’Arcy Collection and Creche Displays” features exploration of the work of Thomas Rowlandson, William Hogarth, Honore Daumier and others from the Art Institute collections. Includes bus transportation and lunch. Departs from Techny Prairie Park. Registration required. 847-564-0915. CJE SeniorLife Health Insurance Marketplace Program Dec. 11, 10-11:30am. Learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace and determine what level of coverage works best for you. Presented by Tracey Lipsig Kite, L.C.S.W., HealthCare Guide at Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS). Registration required. Weinberg Community for Senior Living, 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield; 773-508-1047; cje.net.

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Covenant Village of Northbrook Holiday Open House Dec. 11, 1:30pm. Take a escorted by a resident ambassador and sample desserts and coffee. Registration required. 2625 Techny Road; 877-518-2473; retireatnorthbrook.com/rsvp Second Fridays at JCC Dec. 13, 5:45-7:30pm. Enjoy quality family time, featuring singing, dancing, eating, making crafts and more. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a bathing suit and towel. Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook; gojcc.org/fridays Reindeer at Reds Garden Center Dec. 14, 11am-5pm. See live reindeer and say hello to Santa. 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook; 847-272-1209; redsgardencenter.com. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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• Calendar • North Shore Senior Center • Local Park District, Public Library • Local Senior Center • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Recent Happenings • Travel • Kim’s Kitchen • School Happenings • Holiday Landscaping • Pet Personals

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December 2013 CALENDAR, PAGE 4 Grace Lutheran Church Advent Christmas Concert Dec. 14, 4:45pm. The concert features a choir, chamber orchestra, harpsichord and organ, lessons and carols, and congregational singing. Free will offering. 2245 Walters Ave., Northbrook; 847-498-3060; gracenorthbrook.org. Do-It-Yourself Messiah with Holiday Carols Dec. 14, 7:30pm. Glenview Community Church invites people to enjoy and/or join in the singing of Handel’s “Messiah” and holiday carols. The event features the GCC Chancel Choir, soloists and Waukegan Symphony Orchestra. 1000 Elm St., Glenview; 847-724-2210; gccucc.org. Beth El North Shore Community Health Fair Dec. 15, 10am-2pm. North Suburban Synagogue Beth El presents its first annual health fair, hosted by Radio MD personality Melanie Cole, MS. Give blood thru LifeSource and receive flu shots from North Shore Medical Group for a fee. Donations encouraged. 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park; northshorehealthfair@gmail.com. Congregation Beth Judea/JUF TOV Network Helping Hands Program Dec. 15, 10am-12pm. Open to families with children 6 and under. Projects include cards for veterans, placemats for seniors, snack bags for children at homeless shelters and making charity boxes for donation collection. Bring mittens, gloves or warm hats to donate to JOURNEYS – The Road Home. Westfield Hawthorn Mall (outside GAP), Vernon Hills; 847-634-0777; bethjudea.org. Ethical Humanist Society Winter Festival Dec. 15, 10:30am. Tom Hoeppner leads traditional celebration of the winter solstice.

WhatsHappeningOnline.com Enjoy a candle lighting ceremony, mitten tree decoration, group singing, musical performances and a short children’s play. Donations of new winter clothing and nonperishable food items adorn the tree. 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie; ethicalhuman.org. Illinois Holocaust Museum Film Screening Dec. 15, 2-3:30pm. Todd Whitman’s original documentary “Skokie: Invaded, But Not Conquered” explores the impact of the attempted neo-Nazi March of the late 1970s, then and now. Registration required. 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie; 847-967-4800; ilholocaustmuseum.org/events Glenview Concert Band Holiday Concert Dec. 15, 3pm. Enjoy holiday music presented by the Glenview Concert Band and Glenbrook South High School Band, plus an appearance by Santa Claus. Admission is $5 plus one item of nonperishable food or $6 (children admitted free). Donations support the Northfield Township Food Pantry. Glenbrook South High School Auditorium, 4000 W. Lake Ave., Glenview. Bottle Shop Wilmette Warming House Benefit Dec. 15, 4-6pm. This holiday bazaar features an appearance by Sally McQueen, maker of Queen’s Caramels, along with other local artists. The Salsa Truck provides samples and salsas for sale. Proceeds go to the Warming House Youth Center in Wilmette. Wine and craft beer available. $10. 1148 Central Ave., Wilmette; 847-256-7777; thebottleshop.net. SoShee Boutique Children’s Boot Drive Thru Dec. 15. SoShee Boutique’s first annual boot drive is for children pre-K thru sixth grade. All donations go to the Northwestern University Settlement House (NUSH). Those dropping off a new pair of boots receive a $20 discount towards a SoShee purchase of $100 or more. 599 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park; 847-432-6969; sosheeboutique.com.

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Glenview History Center Doll Exhibit Thru Dec. 15, 1-4pm (Sun). See a unique vintage and Victorian doll collection at the Glenview History Center’s final exhibit of 2013. Dolls range from six to 31 inches tall. Donations encouraged. The Farmhouse, 1121 Waukegan Road, Glenview; 847-724-2235; glenviewhistory.org. Alliance Francaise du North Shore Presentation Dec. 16, 1pm. Eric Marquis, Head of Post at the Québec Government office in Chicago, presents “le Québec, l’hiver, et le Carnaval de Québec.” Refreshments and socializing in French follow the presentation. Free for firsttimers, $10/NM. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave.; afnorthshore.org. Career Resource Center Holiday Networking and Open House Dec. 18, 1-3pm. Take a tour and network with members, visitors, volunteers and staff. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share, along with business cards for distribution and a door prize drawing. Grove Cultural Campus, 40 E. Old Mill Road, Suite 105, Lake Forest; 847-295-5626; careerresourcecenter.org. Congregation Beth Shalom Shabbat with a Twist Dec. 20, 11am. Families with children up to PreK are invited to enjoy challah making, stories and songs. 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook; 847-498-4100; bethshalomnb.org. Temple Beth-El Musical Family Service and Birthday Blessings Dec. 20, 7pm. December birthday children receive a blessing and gift from the clergy. 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook; 847-205-9982; templebeth-el.org. Undercroft Gallery Art Exhibition and Reception Dec. 21, 3-6pm. See the work of Waukegan

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artist Alice Harrington and meet the artist in person. A special presentation is held in conjunction with ArtWauk, and a closing reception takes place from 4-6pm Jan. 4. Lower level of Christ Episcopal Church, 410 Grand Ave., Waukegan; 847-662-7081; christchurchwaukegan.org. ComboSingles Social Bowling Dec. 22, 6pm. Join ComboSingles for a night of socializing and bowling. All singles welcome. Bowling begins at 6:45pm. $20/bowling and shoes, $10/socializing (no bowling). Brunswick Zone, 10 S. Waukegan Road, Deerfield; 847-757-1299; combosingles.org. Brushwood Center Art Exhibition Thru Dec. 22, 10am-4pm (Mon-Thu) or 1-3pm (Sun). “Transgressions: Works by Annette Barbier” incorporates technologies such as computer-controlled laser cutting and engraving on natural materials. Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield; 847-968-3343; brushwoodcenter.org. Evanston Art Center Winter Arts and Crafts Expo Thru Dec. 22. Featuring one-of-a-kind pieces by more than 110 selected artisans. Proceeds benefit EAC exhibitions, education and outreach programs. On “Shop Your Cause” Night – held Dec. 11 from 6-9pm – 20 percent of the profits go to participating nonprofit organizations. 2603 Sheridan Road; 847-475-5300; evanstonartcenter.org. Immaculate Conception Parish Holiday Mass Dec. 24 and 25. Family Mass takes place at 4pm Dec. 24, followed by Solemn Mass at 10pm. On Dec. 25, Mass is held at 8, 10 and 11:30am. 770 W. Deerfield Road, Highland Park; 847-433-0130; icparish.org. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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Favorite Songs for the Festival of Lights Dec. 9, 1-2:30pm. Join Jim Kendros for songs that inspire and bring joy to all. Kendros has spent months compiling this collection, and his special festive mini-concert rounds off the NSSC’s Holiday Musical Spectacular. $8/M, $10/NM. Morton Grove Campus The Old and New Civil Rights Dec. 9, 1-2:30pm. Recent United States Supreme Court cases weighing equal protection for voting rights and same sex marriage give us an opportunity to examine how the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the equal protection clause is changing. Political scientist Julie Strauss provides a review of the issues and discusses how this Constitutional tenet is being applied to current issues. $10/M, $12/NM. The Role of Vitamin D Dec. 9, 1-2pm. In this class taught by Dr. Kate Petrungaro, learn how vitamin D contributes to bone health, what the normal ranges are and what are considered normal environmental sources. Get info on what types of vitamin D prescriptions are given. $5/M, $7/NM. Men’s Club Tuesdays, 10:30-11am. Women and guests welcome. + Dec. 10 – Firearm Facts, Fantasies and Foolishness + Dec. 17 – Corporate Political Power and Citizens United Using Your Computer’s Control Panel Dec. 10, 1-3pm. Instructors Herb Goldstein and George Lowman show how a computer’s

Learn more about working with your computers on Dec. 10 and 17 with the North Shore Senior Center. control panel controls nearly everything about how Windows looks and works. The workshop focuses on select settings, including mouse, power, display and uninstall (Windows 7 used for all examples). $15/M, $20/NM. American Dawning: The European Mind and the Discovery of the West Dec. 11, 1-2:30pm. The existence of a massive, unknown continent far to the west fired the imaginations of European scientists and artists, shaping how they looked at the world. Taught by Joyce Haworth, the class examines images of America as seen in the work of writers and thinkers in England, such as Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” Thomas More’s “Utopia” and Locke’s “State of Nature.” Discuss how Europeans saw themselves and their world during the time of the conquest of America. $9/M, $11/NM.

The Year in Review – The Year to Come Dec. 12, 1-2:30pm. The annual NSSC tradition continues with historian Barry Bradford, highlighting top news stories of 2013 and predicting the top stories of next year. Bradford also reviews his news story predictions for 2013. $10/M, $12/NM. Healthy Holidays Dec. 13, 11am-12pm. The holidays can be stressful, and when our bodies are stressed, we are more likely to get sick. Join Fitness Specialist Katie Morgan for a discussion on stress reduction and staying healthy during the holiday season. $5/M, $7/NM. Scan and Organize your Documents Dec. 17, 1-3pm. Steve Rosengard teaches how to scan and organize all receipts, documents and photographs in an organized secure environment. Students must be CALENDAR, PAGE 5

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Northbrook Community Synagogue Annual Dinner and a Movie Dec. 24, 6pm. Enjoy Chinese food while watching “The Producers.” The children’s film is “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.” $15. 2548 Jasper Court; 847-5099204; northbrookcommunitysynagogue.org. Re-invent Gallery Exhibit – Friends Across the Water Thru Dec. 31, 10am-5pm (Mon-Sat or by appointment). The exhibit features the work of Michigan oil painter Lindy Bishop and Illinois pastel artist/portraitist Wendy Saville Chaney. The pair has shared friendship and artistic inspiration across – and sometimes on the same side of – the waters of Lake Michigan. 202 Wisconsin Ave., Lake Forest; 224-544-5961; reinventlf.com. Fourth Biennial National Juried Exhibition Thru Jan. 4. Presented by The Chicago Pastel Painters and The Art Center – Highland Park, this exhibit features 100 works of art, all executed in the medium of pastel. The Art Center – Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road; 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org. Winnetka Covenant Church Marriage Course Jan. 10, 6:30pm. This seven-week course is open to all married and cohabiting couples, covering many of the most challenging areas of marriage. Enjoy a romantic dinner and film viewing/discussion, then break to work exclusively with each other. Registration required. $50/couple. 1220 Hibbard Road; 847-446-4300; winnetkacovenant.org. St. Catherine Laboure Discussion and Prayer Workshop Jan. 12, 12-1:30pm. Jesuit Scholastic Joshua Peters, Retreat and Spiritual Director, Pastoral Minister with Kolbe House Catholic Jail Ministry, presents “On Mission with Christ

familiar with scanners and have Windows 7 or above. $15/M, $20/NM. TRIPS Opera in Focus Dec. 18, 11am-4:30pm. Enjoy this festive holiday puppet show presented by Opera in Focus, which has been in operation in its Rolling Meadows theater since 1993. The puppet maestro emerges from the pit, the curtains part and a parade of puppets performs the Act 1 Love Duet and the entire Act 111 of La Boheme. In addition, hear “White Christmas Interlude,” featuring carols performed by legendary soprano Leontyne Price. Lunch is at Sam’s of Arlington. $69/M, $85/NM (includes lunch, ticket and transportation). Departs from Northfield North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; nssc.org. in Baptism.” Refreshments served. Free will offering. 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview; 847-998-4704; stcatherinelaboure.com. ZIA Gallery Exhibition Thru Jan. 18. This exhibition for the holiday season features all gallery artists, along with a number of specially invited artists. See abstract paintings by Mary Burke, Chicago sports prints and images from Mark McMahon and many others. 548 Chestnut St., Winnetka; 847-446-3970; ziagallery.net. Canine Companions Seeks Chicagoland Puppy Raisers Help Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit placing assistance dogs with people who have disabilities free of charge. Volunteers receive an eight-week old puppy, then spend approximately 16 months providing socialization opportunities and basic obedience. Cci.org. Libertyville Little League Registration Online registration is open for the 2014 baseball season. Age requirements are also changed – boys and girls age 5 by April 30 are eligible to play next year, kids with summer birthdays (May 1-Aug. 31) can play their league age or “play up” one division level with classmates, and kids who are 8 and 9 next summer play “kid pitch” exclusively, moving up to a larger field. Libertyvillebaseball.org. Northbrook Girls Softball Association Sign Up The not-for-profit NGSA now offers its Spring 2014 Girls Softball League to any and all girls from Northbrook and neighboring communities as far away as Park Ridge, Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove that are interested in learning and playing softball in a supportive, friendly environment. The spring league begins in April and culminates with the World Series tournament in early June. Northbrooksoftball.com.


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Mock Newbery Discussion Dec. 18, 7-8pm. Featuring “Flora and Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo. Flora – child cynic and lover of all that is comic-book related – is convinced that Ulysses is a superhero, and it’s up to her to help him fulfill his destiny and protect him from his nemesis. Registration required. Grades 4-7.

ADULTS Open Art Studio Dec. 11 and 18, 6:15-8:30pm. Tables, stools, and easels are provided. Register or drop in. $5/NR (per day). Leisure Center. Dog Park Memberships Membership passes are available for the new Northbrook Dog Park at Coast Guard Park. Residents need to submit proof of a current Northbrook dog license, a completed Dog Park Application and completed Dog Park Veterinarian Verification Form.

Globe Trotters – Destination: Belgium Dec. 22, 2-3pm. Prepare hot cocoa the Belgian way, make Belgian lace prints and more. Registration required. Grades K-3. TEENS Maker Teen – 3D printing Dec. 14, 1-3:30pm. Check out the MakerBot 3D printer. Start with a tutorial/demo, then learn how to use 3D printing software to create your own designs. All completed projects are printed and available for pickup. Registration required. Grades 6-12.

CHILDREN Learn to e a STAR Dec. 14, 1:45-2:25pm. Students in the Park District’s winter skating classes can attend this free program to learn about NorthbrookOn-Ice, the award-winning annual ice production. Registration required. Northbrook Sports Center Cosmic Skating Event Dec. 14, 7:30-9pm. The Northbrook Sports Center hosts a Cosmic Skating Event, featuring a Winter Vacation Luau theme. Junior high students can skate with a DJ and enjoy club-style lighting, games and activities with their friends. $5, $3 skate rental. Indoor Golf The next round of indoor golf lessons from the Northbrook Park District begins Jan. 5 at the Greenbriar Gym. Children are grouped by age in the program, under the direction of Michael Wenzel, an Illinois PGA Junior Golf Leader. Four-week sessions are offered on Sunday mornings. FAMILY Parent/Child: Holiday Sweets and Treats Dec. 13, 6-7:30pm. Children create a variety of holiday treats at this new class. Great Skating Giveaway Dec. 14, 1:15-1:45pm. Free ice skating instruction is offered to children interested in figure skating or hockey. Professional Park District skating staff teach basic skills and help determine readiness for class. Registration accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Shrek – the Musical Dec. 14 and 15, 12:30 and 4pm. The Northbrook Theatre Children’s Company presents the beloved story of an ogre whose life changes when he tries to rescue a cursed princess, featuring actors in grades six thru 10. Northbrooktheatre.org. Holiday Skating Recital Dec. 20, 6-9pm. The event includes skaters performing to holiday music, special guest Santa Claus skating and posing for photos

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Enjoy hot cocoa Dec. 13 with the Northbrook Public Library’s Global Adventure Club. off-ice and hot chocolate. Northbrook Sports Center 1730 Pfingsten Road; 847-291-2993; nbparks.org.

Northbrook Public Library ADULTS Adult Library Winter Reading Club Join the club and earn video coupons and weekly raffle chances for every five books read. This year’s club theme is “A Reader’s Feast.” Jane Austen and Her Women Dec. 10, 7pm. Historical interpreter Leslie Goddard helps celebrate the 200th anniversary of “Pride and Prejudice” by bringing Jane Austen and the women in her novels back to life. Book Discussion Dec. 11, 10am. Benjamin Goluboff discusses “The World to Come” by Dara Horn. Fine Arts Fall Season Dec. 15, 2pm. The Gala 22nd season continues. Featured are Sheridan Solisti and Cynthia Arden (violin), Ron Arden (viola), Christopher Ferrer (cello) and Susan Merdinger (piano). Works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Great Books Discussion Dec. 16, 10am. Featuring “Gwen” and “Somewhere, Belgium” by Jamaica Kincaid.

Mocha and More – “Allegiant” Dec. 20, 7-8pm. Discuss the conclusion of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series. The first five registered teens receive a free copy of the book. Grades 6-12. Starbucks on Cherry

An Evening of Dramatic Reading Dec. 17, 7pm. Author, poet and composer Dr. Elana Ashley recites a selection of her poems and songs reflecting life experiences.

FAMILY Art Smart Dec. 14, 10-11am. Start your Saturday with art in this fun class from the NSYMCA Art Academy. Registration required.

Writing Workshops – Dialogue/Atmosphere Dec. 21, 2pm. Mystery author Kathleen Anne Fleming’s series continues.

Very Funny Magic Dec. 21, 10-11am. Featuring comedy magician Dennis DeBondt.

CHILDREN Winter Reading Club – Be a Smart Cookie: Read! Thru Jan. 1. Try some fun reading activities and earn “cookies” for your cookie-sheet bingo card.

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Math and Science Lab Dec. 11, 10:30-11:15am. Attend with an adult lab partner to learn basic science and math concepts thru hands-on activities, stories and music. Additional lab partners (older siblings) welcome. Registration required. Ages 3-6 with adult.

ACTIVITIES Lunch and Lecture – Downsizing Made Easy Dec. 12, 12-2:30pm. Northbrook realtor and social worker Carol Nevin offers advice and planning strategies. A pasta lunch is served. Registration required. $9/M, $12/NM.

Chat and Chew Dec. 12, 4-5pm. Featuring “Breaking Stalin’s Nose” by Eugene Yelchin. In Stalinist-era Soviet Union, 10-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted communist. When the police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own beliefs. Grades 4-8.

Holiday Party Dec. 13, 11:30am. Enjoy lunch, entertainment, raffles and prizes at Sunset Ridge Country Club. Registration required. $35/M, $45/NM.

Global Adventure Club Dec. 13, 4-5pm. In this hands-on geographic laboratory, prepare and consume hot cocoa in the various ways it is enjoyed around the world. Attendees also play 10 Days in Asia.

Lunch and a Movie – “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dec. 19, 12-2:30pm. Enjoy soup and a half sandwich, along with the classic holiday film. Registration required. $9/M, $12/NM. 3323 Walters Ave.; 847-291-2988; nbparks.org.


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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Help for Children with ADHD When children are first diagnosed with ADHD, practitioners typically recommend the use of medications to help treat symptoms associated with the disorder. This approach is based on the idea that by reducing the symptoms of ADHD (e.g., hyperactivity, inattention, etc.) the child’s behavior will improve, facilitating advancements in academic and social domains. Dr. Michael Clatch While it is indeed true that pharmacological management of ADHD can be an important foundation of treatment for children with this disorder, there may be instances in which medication may not ameliorate all of the challenges faced by the child. When this happens, parents may need to consider supportive therapeutic interventions. However, choosing the right approach can be difficult. Therapy for the Treatment of ADHD A review of therapeutic interventions for ADHD indicates that many approaches are not effective for addressing the specific challenges faced by individuals with this condition. Because of the unique issues faced by individuals with ADHD, treatment must provide a behavioral component enabling the client to alter actions and reactions to help control pertinent aspects of behavior. Given the unique therapeutic requirements for individuals with ADHD, cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, has been widely supported as a viable option for addressing these issues.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive behavioral therapy is a specific method of therapeutic support that works to address the faulty thoughts (cognitions), which can give rise to negative behavior. Clients receiving CBT are asked to identify negative behaviors and the thoughts that give rise to these behaviors. Faulty cognitions are challenged through a series of approaches used by the therapist to change, alter and improve these thoughts. By improving cognitions, the therapist is able to improve behavior. When clients no longer think negatively about themselves, their behavior improves. The description of CBT provided here is typically employed in working with adolescents and adults diagnosed with ADHD. Adolescents and adults can think reflectively and introspectively about their thoughts and behaviors to create change in these areas. When applied for use with children, CBT focuses more on the positive reinforcement of behaviors to change the way

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The Benefits of CBT The principal benefit of using CBT for the child with ADHD is that it facilitates a behavioral learning process that can be used as a foundation for addressing the specific problems faced by the child with this condition. Although the diagnosis of ADHD implies the presence of specific characteristic behaviors, the intensity and frequency of these behaviors and the way in which these behaviors manifest will be different for each child.

Helping Your Child If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD and continues to struggle with symptoms despite the use of medication, consider CBT as an option for therapeutic intervention. Although CBT cannot be used to replace medications for the treatment of ADHD, research does support the use of CBT and medication to improve outcomes for children over the use of medication alone. Talk with your healthcare provider to identify professionals in your community that can provide this type of therapy. 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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that the child views him or herself, rather than on the identification of faulty cognitions. In particular, CBT when used with children requires adults to recognize positive behaviors and reward these behaviors with praise and small treats. By providing this type of positive reinforcement, the child learns appropriate behaviors and builds positive and accurate cognitions that can be used for facilitating decision-making and behavior in the future.

By developing an individualized program for addressing these needs, CBT can facilitate behavior and cognitive learning specific to the child. This process can serve as a foundation for the child to continue to learn across the lifespan as his or her abilities for introspection and reflection increase in adolescence and adulthood. CBT for the treatment of ADHD also offers additional supports that may be needed by the child even when medication is provided. Although pharmacological intervention for reducing the symptoms of ADHD has proven to be effective, many children continue to struggle with certain aspects of the disorder. Utilization of CBT in the treatment of these children provides a targeted approach, which specifically addresses the unique needs of the child. This can improve outcomes for the child in meeting short-term goals while building a foundation for the development of lifelong skills that will be essential for coping with various facets of ADHD.

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1. More than 90 members, friends and supporters of The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) at Highland Park Hospital gathered at Birchwood Country Club Nov. 6 for the organization’s Annual Luncheon and Meeting. During the event, The Auxiliary presented a check for $129,206 to Kellogg Cancer Center at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital, raised at their signature fundraiser “Be Part of the CURE.” Photo by Jon Hillenbrand

3. On Nov. 19, Deerfield’s Patty Turner Center Men’s Group paid tribute to Aaron Elster, a group member and Holocaust survivor. Born in eastern Poland, Elster’s family was boarding a train destined for a Nazi death camp when his father instructed the 10-year-old to run. Elster eventually arrived in the U.S., living in New York and Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army and retired after 40 years in in the insurance industry. Elster is married with two sons and three grandchildren.

2. Real estate research blog Movoto recently released a ranking of the top cities in Illinois, with Northbrook ranking number one, followed by Highland Park and Glenview in second and third place. Rankings were based on the following desirable factors: amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment and home values. For more, visit movoto.com.

4. In October, MAGA Ltd. CEO Murray Gordon was elected to a two-year term at the National LTC Network (NLTCN), an alliance of leading distributors of long term care insurance (LTCI). “I’m honored that the executive board asked me to serve and elected me to this position,” said Gordon, who founded the Riverwoods familyowned and operated agency in 1975.


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London Dresses Up in its Holiday Finest Travelers often put London on their summer vacation bucket list, but the city looks even more special during the holidays. Storybook tales fill Selfridges’ and Harrods’ windows. Colorful lights twinkle across Oxford and other shopping streets. Shopping and sightseeing breaks are at afternoon tea. A good pot of Jodie Jacobs tea, some minisandwiches and sweets and any of the fine hotels on Park Avenue become a memorable treat to rest the feet. All you need to get ready besides a winter jacket are earmuffs, scarves and sweaters, because the weather is similar to the Midwest. Marriott Park Lane is a choice place to make your headquarters. It looks like a grand dame as it takes over the corner of Park Lane and Oxford Street, across from the Marble Arch. It also is on the tube and bus stop, which saves on cabs. Marriott.com. When ready to go exploring, pick up a day pass for the bus or tube. Taxis run on a meter, which means that with traffic as bad as Chicago and New York you are paying to sit in long stoplight lines. The hotel’s Champs-Élysées architecture belies its boutique-style interior. Just don’t expect a grand lobby. You can expect an excellent restaurant. Its 140 Park Lane Restaurant serves up yummy scallops, lamb chops and seasonal dishes. The hotel is a short walk from the

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Selfridges in London lights up for the holiday season, both outside and in. Marlborough Head Pub for fish and chips, and also a couple of blocks from Marks & Spencer for men’s clothes and Selfridges, which is fun to browse. Selfridges.com. If you stay at the Marriott Park Lane, you are at the north end of Hyde Park. Harrods is at the south end in the Knightsbridge section. It’s a must-stop for its fairytale windows, food rooms, Egyptian stairway and art rooms. Harrods.com. Foodies will also want to do Fortnum & Mason. Antique hounds go to the Camden Passage Antique Market. Sightseeing depends on your interest, as there really is something for everyone. For a

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Season’s “Brie-tings” from Chef Kim Bisk So many folks have been asking me for a really special holiday offering – one that will knock everyone’s socks off. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought. Do I do a main course? An appetizer? A dessert? How about two out of three? That’s right, this recipe can work as an appetizer or a dessert. Now it’s your problem – you figure it Chef Kim Bisk out! I did this at one of our recent In-Home Cooking Class Parties, as part of a French-themed menu. Everyone went nuts over it. It’s extremely easy to do. You can cook it in advance and pop into the oven to reheat later, or even serve it cold. I personally like warm better, because the cheese is nice and gooey. Baked Brie and Fig Pastry 2 ea brie rolls (about 2” diameter – logs, not wheels) 8 oz fig spread/preserves 4 tbsp light brown sugar 4 tbsp honey 2 oz pecans (chopped) 2 ea puff pastry sheets (thawed) 1 egg (beaten) [1] Preheat oven to 400. [2] In a bowl, mix brown sugar, fig, honey and pecans. Set aside. [3] Roll both pastry sheets and cut into nine squares each, so you have a total of 18 squares. You can do this one sheet at a time. [4] Cut each roll of brie into nine

equal portions. (again, 18 total). [5] Place brie in center of each pastry square. Top with a spoonful of honey and pecan mixture. [6] Fold two opposing sides over, and seal with a brushing of egg to seal. Repeat with remaining sides. This will make a cute little bundle. [7] Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat process for remaining puffs. [8] Give them one last light brushing with egg. [9] Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Keep an eye on these after about 10 minutes. Pastry cooks differently depending on oven temperatures and room humidity. Golden brown is the target. Here’s wishing you a happy and safe holiday season! Chef Kim Bisk and her husband Ellory own and operate Kim & Ellory’s Kitchen, a personal chef and catering service for northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Visit them online at kimandellory.com.

local hangout, go downstairs of St. Martin in the Fields Church in Trafalgar Square. Food is good and the bodies lie under your feet, as it is the Café in the Crypt. Time your visit for a free lunchtime concert or return for a candlelight concert (tickets needed). Stmartin-in-the-fields.org. Across from the church are the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. Both are free and boast exceptional collections. Theater is another great option. “Les Miserables” is at the Queen’s Theatre thru mid-October 2014. There are many more things to do, places to

visit and shows to see than mentioned here, so a word of warning is in order. You will find that no matter how many days and places you have planned for your London visit, it won’t be enough. This is a town to return to again and again. Visitlondon.com. Jodie Jacobs is a travel writer – based on the North Shore, but in love with exploring the United States and the world. She is a longtime contributor to the Chicago Tribune. Her blog is travelsmartwithjodie.com, and she can be reached at jodie_jacobs@sbcglobal.net.


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School Happenings Willowbrook PTO Family Smoothie Cook-Off On Jan. 31, the Willowbrook PTO hosts its first-ever Family Smoothie Cook-Off. In partnership with Willowbrook School, the activity complements the yearlong focus on wellness. Compete in six categories: dairyfree, dessert, breakfast, energy, nut-free and gluten-free. Judges select a winner from each category, plus a single grand prize winner. Contestant registration and recipe submission is underway, closing Dec. 20. All recipe entries are included in the upcoming WB Smoothie Recipe Book, highlighting “healthy” artwork created by Willowbrook students. Compete, sample entries or simply observe smoothie creators in action. Other features include a live professional chef presentation, food games and pyramid passport for activities. For more info, contact PTO Family Event Chairs (for January), Sandra Greggerman at 847-272-4734 or Suzy Breden at 847-814-2380. District 70’s Kids In Chemistry On Dec. 12, chemists help fifth-graders at Copeland Manor in Libertyville learn about chemistry by mixing chemicals and creating odd substances in the program “Kids In Chemistry.” Copeland chemist parents help fifth-graders with special chemistry kits, purchased by the school from the American Chemical Society. The project focuses on mystery powder and creating a substance now known as “jiggle jelly” in a section on polymers. Future dates are set for Jan. 16, Feb. 20 and April 10. During the science activities, students learn about chemistry and how it relates to their lives, according to Copeland teacher Jennifer Stermitz. Upcoming topics include chemical change and the colorful chemistry of acids and bases. Holiday Raffle Underway at Maple School Maple School’s Student Council is relying on the holiday raffle fundraiser to help purchase and donate toys, games and clothing to the needy. All proceeds go towards the 620 families relying on the Northfield Township Food Pantry. Maple staff, administrators, and community members are invited to donate prizes to the raffle. Raffle tickets are on sale during lunch periods, with the drawing scheduled before winter break on Dec. 20. Featured items include Chicago Bulls tickets and spa gift certificates. For more info, contact Student Council Co-sponsors Lynn Reimer at 847400-8948 or Betsy Johnson at 847-400-8944. French School Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fundraiser Following the disastrous typhoon in the

Philippines, staff and students at The French School in Winnetka recognized the necessity to help victims of this natural disaster. As coconuts are one of the principal crops in the Philippines, French School students recently sold paper “coconuts” to raise money for donation to the U.N. World Food Programme – currently sending food aid to the victims of the typhoon. For Laurence Mac Nab and her daughter Hermione, a current student, this fundraiser holds special meaning. The Mac Nab family lived in the Philippines for five years, and Hermione – the youngest of three daughters – was born in this country. The French School raised over $1,000 dollars for the Philippines and is grateful to the contributing families for their help in educating students on the importance of giving. For more info, visit frenchinstitutens.com. Northfield Community Nursery School’s Saturday Splat From 9:30-11am Jan. 11, preschoolers and families are invited to visit NFCNS classrooms for a messy good time, featuring gooey, bubbly, splashy activities. Attendees are encouraged to dress for mess. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is complimentary for preschoolers and families. The school is located at 400 Wagner Road. For more info, call 847-446-1116. Pleasant Ridge School Stands Up to Bullying District 34’s Pleasant Ridge School has started an anti teasing/bullying campaign, with students participating in a variety of related activities. Student-generated ideas include wearing orange on Wednesdays to remind everyone not to tease and bully, celebrating related activities during the daily announcements, and creating posters and door hangers to display around the school.

Tips for Enhancing Your Holiday Landscape No matter the weather outside, a few decorative touches can greatly increase the beauty and enjoyment of your winter landscape. Try these tips to improve your landscape’s winter appeal. Add some solar powered accents. Light a pathway, your favorite tree or front porch without installing additional outlets. Look for unique colors and shapes like the Solar Star Lantern or the changing colors of Northern Lights Spheres (gardeners.com) for added appeal. Be sure to select solar accents that provide hours of enjoyment when charged. Create an outdoor holiday tree for you and your feathered visitors. Decorate a few of your evergreen trees and shrubs with purchased or homemade birdseed ornaments. Holiday shapes made of energy-rich birdseed and suet give the trees a holiday flair, while providing important food. They also make great gifts for gardeners or bird watchers.

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Age: 6 years Breed: Yorkie Gender: Male My Story: A little shy at first, Silver doesn’t seem to warm up to you too quickly. Give him a little time, though, and see how affectionate he can be. He’s a real lap dog, so no long walks for him. Just give him a few toys and he’ll get all the exercise he needs!

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The holidays are upon us, with 2014 right around the corner. Whether you’re looking to take a break from shopping or putting together a big party, the following list has something for everyone. Happy holidays to you and yours from What’s Happening! Community Newspapers! Boston Blackie’s Book your holiday party at Boston Blackie’s in Deerfield, with private rooms available from 10 up to 80, starting at $15 per person. Buy a $100 gift card and receive a $20 bonus (Deerfield location only). Blackie’s brings back its big rib fest, including potato and coleslaw for $14.99. 405 Lake Cook Road; 847-418-3400; bostonblackies.com/deerfieldboston-blackies.php City Park Grill Choose from carry out and dining room New Year’s Eve specials. Carry out features a full slab of baby back ribs, whole barbeque chicken, coleslaw and two baked potatoes. The dining room package includes New York strip steak al forno, horseradishencrusted salmon and sesame chicken. Early reservations recommended. $20.14 (carry out), $28.95 (dining room). 1791 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park; 847-432-9111; thecityparkgrill.com.

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Hilton Chicago/Northbrook and Allgauer’s on the Riverfront Hilton Chicago/Northbrook and Allgauer’s offer a wide variety of New Year’s Eve packages. The gala package includes dinner and hors d’oeuvres, wine service with dinner, five-hour open bar and champagne toast, dancing and live DJ, deluxe overnight accommodations and more. Also available are dinner, party/room and party-only packages. $55-$329.95. 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 847-509-7072; northbrookallgauers.com. Morton’s – The Steakhouse Treat yourself to the perfect steak dinner from 4-9pm Christmas Eve. Morton’s in Northbrook also celebrates New Year’s Eve and Day with fine food, good company and holiday cheer. Enjoy Morton’s full standard menu of mouthwatering appetizers, awardwinning wines, decadent desserts and a wide variety of USDA prime-aged steak and fresh seafood options. Call or visit online for reservations and info. 699 Skokie Blvd.; 847205-5111; mortons.com/northbrook Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel The Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel offers a special Northbrook Court Santa Shopping Package – one night for $159. Featured are exclusive offers for retailers AMC Theatres, Francesca’s, Trendy Toys, S.A. Elite Sports Authority and Stir Crazy. Also included are a $25 mall gift card, daily Pancetta breakfast buffet for two, and complimentary Wi-Fi, shuttle service

and photo with Santa. 933 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook; 800-228-9290; marriott.com.

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Ristorante Abruzzo Make some great holiday memories with a party at Ristorante Abruzzo, named after the mountainous region 50 miles due east of Rome and birthplace of owner Guido Oliverii. Abruzzese cuisine is the undiscovered treasure of Italy, known as Cucina Rustica. Gift certificates available in all amounts. 483 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield; 847-205-0990; abruzzodeerfield.com.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Ruth’s Chris Steak House wraps its delicious dishes in even more convenient hours this season, open from 2-8:30pm on Christmas. The warm, fireplace-lit atmosphere is perfect for holiday luncheons, shopping breaks and holiday parties and events. 933 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook; 847-498-6889; ruthschris.com/ Restaurant-Locations/northbrook

Rosebud Deerfield Celebrate the holidays at Rosebud, with hours from 11am-9pm Christmas Eve, 1-9pm Christmas Day, 11am-10pm New Year’s Eve and 1-9pm New Year’s Day. Located near Northbrook Court and Deerbrook Mall, Rosebud Deerfield serves up the homestyled Italian dishes that made Rosebud a legend, and then some. 560 Waukegan

San Gabriel Mexican Café Let this authentic Mexican restaurant host your holiday party. Buy $100 worth of gift certificates and receive a complimentary $25 certificate. At San Gabriel’s, tortillas are made in-house, margaritas are made with fresh lime juice and guacamole is prepared fresh to your spice-level preferences. 2535 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn; 847-940-0200; sangabcafe.com.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse Dine in decadence and sophistication, right in the middle of Lincolnshire. This holiday season, celebrate New Year’s Eve with Sullivan’s, and reward others or yourself with gift cards. Receive a $10 bonus card for every $100 purchased, or $75 for $500. E-gift cards make holiday shopping seamless. Call for reservations and details. 250 Marriott Drive; 847-883-0311; sullivanssteakhouse.com/ lincolnshire Wildfire Steaks, Chops and Seafood Gather friends and family and dine at Wildfire Lincolnshire on Christmas Day, with the dinner menu served from 11am-9pm. A portion of Christmas Day proceeds goes towards the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and Wildfire also hosts a food drive to help restock cupboards at their local food bank during the holiday season. 235 Parkway Drive; 847-279-7900; wildfirerestaurant.com/ lincolnshire

Brighten up your holiday season VELVETEEN RABBIT Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 11 AM & 2 PM • $9 adults; $7 children (12 and under)

HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW Nov. 29–Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24–25) 6–10 PM • $5/car Mon.–Thurs.; $10/car Fri.–Sun.

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Fun New Year’s Activities for Kids and Adults New Year’s Eve is one of the most festive nights of the year, when friends and families gather to count down the waning moments of the year as they anticipate fun times ahead in the year to come. While adults tend to look forward to New Year’s Eve festivities more than children, there are ways parents can ring in the New Year with their kids. Invite kids into the kitchen. New Year’s Eve festivities often include food, so why not invite youngsters into the kitchen to cook alongside you? Kids may not be interested in preparing the main course, but let them get involved when baking the night’s more delectable treats, like cookies and cakes. Little ones can choose their favorite treats and then help Mom and Dad prepare those treats for guests coming over to join in the festivities. Decorate cakes and cookies with a New Year’s Eve theme. Pick funny resolutions out of a hat. New Year’s resolutions are a big part of the holiday, and families who want to add some fun to this tradition can sit down and write their own funny resolutions. Keep the resolutions you write down to yourself, place each person’s ideas in a hat and then pick them out before the kids go to bed or right after the clock strikes midnight, whichever happens to come first. Make a New Year’s piñata. Many people love to watch the ball drop from Times Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve. Celebrants can bring a taste of this beloved tradition into their own homes by creating a piñata that looks exactly like the ball in Times Square. Fill the ball with treats and games for youngsters, who can take chances trying to break the piñata once the clock strikes midnight, or earlier if they aren’t likely to be awake by the time the New Year begins. Make predictions for the year to come. Another fun and wholesome New Year’s Eve activity can enjoy with their children

is making predictions for the year to come. Ask young sports fans to predict which teams will win championships in their respective leagues, while encouraging other youngsters to share their predictions on awards shows or other popular social events for the coming year. Younger kids might not be able to make such specific predictions, so ask them to write down what they hope to see happen in the New Year. Ring in the New Year under the stars. Families who live in warm climates might want to forgo television countdowns in favor of spending the final hours of the year under the stars. A New Year’s Eve camping trip is a great parents way for families to bond and spend time together at the end of what is often a hectic time of year. Instead of hoisting champagne or sparkling cider at the stroke of midnight, share some s’mores and hot chocolate around the campfire, as everyone gazes up at the stars.

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Holiday Hosting – Hints to Help You Have More Fun Gatherings with friends and family are a big part of the holiday season. Many people travel during the holidays to spend time with distant relatives, but those same people often want to gather with loved ones who live nearby as well. Thus an abundance of gatherings comes in December, when office parties, dinners with family and festivities with friends have a way of dominating the last five weeks of the year. All of those gatherings translate to a lot of holiday hosting, and hosts can easily feel overwhelmed as they try to juggle hosting duties with everything else that comes along during this time of year. The following steps can make hosting a lot less hectic and a lot more fun. Enlist help. Just because a holiday party is at your home doesn’t mean others can’t pitch in or will be unwilling to help. If you plan to decorate for the party, invite a friend over to assist. When hosting a holiday dinner party, ask guests to bring certain items to save you some work. Ask one guest to bring some dessert – saving you the time it takes to visit the local bakery or bake your own desserts – and ask others to provide side dishes. This drastically reduces the time it will take you to shop for groceries and cook the meal, leaving you more time to spend with friends and family, both during the party and in the days leading up to the festivities. Plan well in advance. The earlier you begin planning the party, the less stress you’re likely to feel as a host. Certain items for the party – like decorations and certain snacks and beverages – have no expiration dates, so buy such items well in advance of the party. This leads to one less task to tackle in the weeks and days leading up to the party.

Planning early also affords you ample time to coordinate with guests and decide who will be responsible for certain party tasks. Planning a party at the last minute can be stressful, so if you know you will be handling hosting duties this holiday season, start preparing as soon as possible. Hire a cleaning service. One of the more difficult parts of holiday hosting is cleaning the house before guests arrive. A thorough cleaning can take up a substantial amount of time, which tends to be hard to come by during the holiday season. To avoid a late night cleaning session or the need to spend a valuable weekend afternoon hard at work around the house, hire a cleaning service to come and clean in the days before the party.

Such services can clean your home in a fraction of the time it might take you to do so on your own, removing one of the more time-consuming and arduous tasks from your to-do list. Have a theme for the party. Holiday hosts may worry about how to entertain their guests throughout the party. A theme party makes it easier to entertain guests, who can show up decked out in holiday pajamas or sweaters or bring along a favorite unique compilation of holiday songs for a sing-along. Themes set a tone for the party right away, often making it easier for guests to unwind immediately. Seek suggestions for a theme from your guests to make the party even more fun.

Pass the buck. Hosting a holiday dinner party? Consider passing the hosting duties on to a local restaurant, especially if friends and family members are on board with it. Let the restaurant’s staff worry about accommodating your guests. Simply relax and have a good time with your loved ones. When choosing a restaurant, look for one with a menu featuring something for everyone. Entree selections should include pasta, beef, seafood and poultry dishes, as well as vegetarian fare. When it comes to holiday celebrations, planning early, seeking help and input from guests and delegating certain tasks can help ensure hosts have as festive a time as friends and family members.


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American Heartland. That translates into ultra-fresh, farm-to-table ingredients from nearby sources, and herbs and honey from the restaurant’s own garden and beehives. Bread and many desserts likewise originate from an in-house bakery; some wine and beer also are local. Together with manager Debbie ConroyPickos and informed, impeccable service by pros like Rick Praefke, they orchestrate a country dining experience that by itself is worth the drive. The view and bucolic ambiance are a bonus. Dinner begins with a pair of A-list appetizers. Jalapeno Maple Glazed Shrimp, an intriguing play on flavors, infuses crunchy shellfish with the sweetness of pineapple salsa, simplicity of cheddar chive cornbread, sharpness of maple syrup and just enough hot pepper to add some snap. The Wild Mushroom Fondue is rather tame. Grilled flatbread triangles are used to scoop up the mild puree of various mushrooms blended with leeks, Swiss cheese, pinch of garlic and dab of cream. Whatever you order, be sure to include a bowl of signature Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. It’s deep with buttery taste, amplified with white chocolate cream and finished with toasted rye croutons. Baked Onion Soup also excels, the rich stock intensified with three cheeses, caramelized onion, thyme and splashes of port and sherry. The entree section of the menu further emphasizes the kitchen’s capabilities. Fowl gets the deluxe treatment in the Apple Jack Bread Stuffed Chicken Breast – rolled and packed with apple-flavored bread spiked with Madiera wine sauce and plated with garlic

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These are some of the more popular shows from the ’80s and ’90s. Some answers may be used more than once. Good luck! Contributed by Jack Schmerer, owner of RMS Productions, which offers creative and production services for high-quality media. To contact him, call 847-812-0789, email jack@rmsproductions.com, or visit rmsproductions.com.

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WORD SEARCH CLUES ACROSS 1. Horse drawn carriages 5. Cathode-ray tube 8. Ribosomal ribonucleic acid 12. Marbles playing stone 14. Zodiacal lion 15. Whale ship captain 16. Hit the sack 18. Hostelry 19. People of southern India 20. Four 21. Male workforce 22. March 15 23. Food lifter 26. Copy 30. De Mille (dancer) 31. Overcharged 32. Conducted 33. Pronouncements 34. Flemish names of Ypres 39. Denotes three

42. Root source of tapioca 44. Animal track 46. Backed away from 47. Neighborhood canvas 49. Pigeon-pea plant 50. Nursing group 51. Within reach 56. Turkish brandy 57. Metal food storage container 58. Batten down 59. Assist in wrongdoing 60. Old world, new 61. Rust fungus spore cases 62. A way to wait 63. Point midway between S and SE 64. Adam and Eve’s third son CLUES DOWN 1. Has two wheels

2. “A Death in the Family” novelist 3. Fabric stuffing 4. Mix in a pot 5. Move up a mountain 6. Replenishment 7. Weight of a ship’s cargo 8. Flightless birds with flat breastbones 9. Scholarship bequester Cecil 10. Consumer advocate Ralph 11. Overgarments 13. Terminator 17. Derive 24. Angry 25. Imprudent 26. Rural Free Delivery (abbr.) 27. __ Lilly, drug company 28. Chest muscle (slang) 29. Lease 35. Point midway between E and SE 36. Cool domicile 37. First woman 38. Radioactivity unit 40. Revolves 41. Incongruities 42. ___-Magnon: early European 43. Indefinitely long periods 44. Saturated 45. Mannerly 47. Abu __, United Arab Emirates capital 48. Move rhythmically to music 49. Cheerless 52. 4 highest cards 53. Criterion 54. Person from U.K. (abbr.) 55. Affirmative! (slang)

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Gliding to Get the Ultimate Bird’s-eye View This adventure was top secret, because you may be a 32-year-old married adult, but your mom will still flip out if she finds out you plan to fly in a two-seater plane a mile above Earth – with a stranger and no engine. If you plan to take a glider ride pregnant, the level of mom “flip out” is significantly amplified. While avoiding Mom’s calls, I learn about the Carrie Levi history of gliding. The Wright Brothers and their engineer and aviation pioneer Octave Chanute built and tested several gliders before building a powered model for the first flight. Heavy equipment and troops were delivered into tight combat zones via gliders during WWII. Today, gliding is a sport. My pilot Scott, from Windy City Soaring Association in Hinckley, introduces me to the sleek German glider that would be my sky chaperone. After our lesson, a handful of men push the 17-meter wingspan Alexander Schleicher glider onto a grass runway entrenched in cornfields. The clear canopy hatch opens, and I drop down into the cockpit to buckle in. When the hatch closes with little room to spare, some serious nerves are activated. I start to hear that “mom” voice I’ve been avoiding all day. A tow rope is affixed to the tail of the Piper Pawnee taking us to our desired elevation and the nose of our glider. Just back from towing up another glider, the Piper pilot says, “Five by five, fifty-three.” “Take me somewhere good,” replies the glider pilot. With a chuckle, the Piper pilot adds, “It’s a good ride!” My glider pilot says to me – also with a chuckle – “That means bumpy.” Before I can change my mind, we’re speeding down the runway. Cruising at approximately 60 mph, we’re headed straight for the nearest wall of corn. Seconds before we crash into it, our noses lift up and we’re off the ground! My stomach drops, I feel breathless and as I have no frame of reference for this, I’m in a state of awe. We’re quickly climbing in altitude, and a beeping mechanism on the dashboard called a Variometer is sounding at a rapid, then panicked pace. I ask the pilot if he’ll tell me when I need to worry, because the only other time I’ve heard that sound is in movies right before a plane crash. Scott replies in the negative, and I can hear the smirk. I decide I might as well enjoy the ride. The antique-looking, double-winged Piper and our trailing glider approach the puffy white clouds, climbing closer towards the beaming sun. I feel as if we’re inside the most beautiful oil painting ever created. The tow rope releases with a snap, we disconnect with a jerk and the Pawnee spirals away below us. There is silence, peace and total, utter beauty. The clear cockpit and front seat position ensure nothing obstructs your view. Combined with the lack of engine noise, I

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Stopped and died like your smartphone on a vacation? Cameras use a lot of power, as the screen is active during shooting. If you activate the flash, that small burst can drain the battery even faster. Learn to frame and shoot quickly and reduce the use of the flash – your device will live longer. I have set my smartphone to never use the flash. Linda’s discovery was a scientific first. The camera caught three images during a two-second burst of a golden eagle attacking a sika deer. Golden eagles have powerful talons combined with a massive wingspan. Their stealth air attack, combined with speed and talon piercing, often crushes their prey quickly. Also of note was the forest attack, unusual for these open space hunters. These shots were not only a first for science in recording an event unknown to us, but they serve as reminder to scientists to keep an open mind about our world. Click. Click. Click. From your local town to the remote forests of Russia, cameras

Brigadoon Dec. 13-15, 7pm. Jr. Encore Theatre presents the whimsical, magical musical. $12, $15 at the door. Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.; 847-708-8880; jrencoretheatre.com.

The Nutcracker Thru Dec. 28. The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents this musical twist on the classic holiday tale. $15. 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire; 847-634-0200; marriotttheatre.com.

Miracle on 34th Street Dec. 14 and 15, 2 (Sun) and 7:30pm (Sat). The Improv Playhouse Radio Players, professional drama troupe of the Libertyvillebased theatre company, performs this live staged radio drama of the holiday classic. $17.50, $12.50/seniors, students and military ($20 and $15 at the door). 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville; 847-968-4529; improvplayhouse.com.

The Christmas Schooner Thru Dec. 29. Enjoy this heartwarming musical story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. $20-$55. Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport; 773-325-1700; mercurytheaterchicago.com.

Triumph of Love Thru Dec. 15. In a romantic comedy driven by trickery and mistaken identity, Grecian princess Leonide conspires to win the affection of Agis, a secluded scholar of reason. $35. The Music Theatre Company, 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park; 847579-4900; themusictheatrecompany.org.

CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 Amahl and the Night Visitors Dec. 21 and 22, 3 and 7pm (Sat). Directed by Toby Nicholson, this enduring opera is an uplifting holiday classic for the entire family. $25, $15/children under 12. Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave.; 847446-0537; winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

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It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play Thru Dec. 22. In this theater adaptation of the famous film, the intimate space of Oil Lamp Theater is transformed into 1940s radio studio WBFR. Oil Lamp Theater is a BYOB establishment. $30 (group rates available). 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview; 847-834-0738; oillamptheater.org.

Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood Jan. 16-Feb. 16. The MadKap Productions comedy features George Bernard Shaw and wife Charlotte as they meet with Clark Gable, John Barrymore, Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst and Louis B. Mayer at MGM Studios. $20-$35. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; 773404-7336; greenhousetheater.org.

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Robata Makes Roka Akor a Hot Spot Japanese dining is particularly prone to acquired tastes that many diners are reluctant to acquire. Some envision it as raw fish, seaweed and creatures that squirm. Others regard it as tempura, teriyaki and Benihana of Tokyo. The truth, of course, lies somewhere in between sushi and sirloins. Our quest to find out what’s cooking – Chuck Pecoraro Japanese style – on the North Shore took us to Roka Akor, tucked into the Old Orchard mall in Skokie and a virtual north suburban ground zero for a locally new but traditionally established concept called robata. In simple terms, robata means food grilled over an open fire, like what you do with a Weber kettle. Purists, however, insist it’s not authentic robata unless the process includes an irori (sunken hearth), binchotan (white oak charcoal) and sea salt. Sprinkling salt on the coals supposedly turns them from hot to scorching. Roka Akor – translation: together and fire – is the newest in a chain with outposts in downtown Chicago, San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona. Since its debut in July, the fashionable steak-seafood-sushi restaurant has become a Michelin-recommended niche destination for those who relish a dash of intrigue, exotic and drama with their meal. The snug, 75-seat room (the outdoor patio is being enclosed for expanded year-round seating) is a theater of sorts. Diners can observe the exposed kitchen as chefs grill at the robata station, while sushi artisans slice, dice and artistically arrange raw, pristine fresh fish. Even with the showmanship, the scene remains calm and cool. Ambiance is composed of clean lines, soft colors and lighting, minimalist accents and noise levels easy on the ears. The clientele is more gastronome than see-and-be-seen. Executive chef Jason Alford’s menu is a passport to Asian culinary adventure, the integrity maintained with ingredients flown in almost daily from Japan. Starters surprise with dishes like Grilled Shishito Peppers topped with fragile bonito flakes that twist and turn as if they are alive. The peppers appear innocent, but conceal spices that can bite back. Butterfish Tataki with Yuzo Shallot Dressing – in other words flatfish, murdock root, citrus and green onion – is a yin and

yang of fascinating flavors. Gracefully served on rectangular ceramic plates, maki satisfies with every click of the chopsticks. Ever so tasty is Hamachi Serrano Roll, with yellowtail tuna and Serrano ham stimulated with chives and sharp wasabi aioli. The real appeal here is the robata treatment of practically everything. If you have an urge to splurge, there are uber-premium New Zealand and Japanese Wagyu Steaks priced up to $180 for a 6-oz. cut. Seared with intense heat, this is the very best of beef, oozing with deep, rich mineral character. Yuzu Miso Black Cod is marinated and served wrapped in a charred leaf that seals the moisture and flavor. Also noteworthy are Skuna Bay Salmon invigorated with ginger teriyaki, and well-executed versions of robata-cooked Chicken and Salmon Teriyaki.

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CorePower Yoga Opens its Eighth Area Studio in Deerfield On Dec. 8, CorePower Yoga – a brand committed to making yoga accessible – opens its eighth area studio in Deerfield, located behind the Whole Foods shopping center. The studio offers a variety of styles for all levels, including CorePower Yoga’s dynamic heated Power Yoga in beginner to advanced formats,

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Today’s Business Etiquette Isn’t What You Think In these days of crowd sourcing and NetLingo, who’s to say what’s right and what’s wrong in our everyday communication? The terms of communication endearment fluctuate. What used to be commonplace and reliable is now an undulating ride. “Leaving the personalized, ‘neighborhood’ speak aside or how we casually talk among Vicki Gerson friends, think about the last time you walked away from a meaningful business conversation,” says Stephanie Leese Emrich, chief service officer/innovator of ServiceSpeaks. “That conversation flowed with ideas and outcomes all within reach. These moments seem to be fleeting. Unfortunately in business communication, it is business etiquette that often gets swept under the carpet.” Emrich isn’t referring to white glove and pearls etiquette. She’s thinking about the kind of social gestures and graces people aspire to after watching a Cary Grant movie. Most likely, you stand up straighter and become more conscious about every syllable expressed. In today’s hectic world, it is in our individual messages that individuals portray their best selves. Yet, many business organizations and business owners fail to do that. Emrich grew up watching her grandfather greet his hotel guests, a few miles from Walt Disney World. She remembers people driving 100 miles just for dinner…and to experience his genuine hospitality. This led to a career in hospitality mastery and service excellence, allowing her to work with international companies and create service seminars. Later, she formed her own company

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They provide color and whimsy to the winter garden and will be ready for your feathered friends to move in this spring.

or play sand. Purchase greens from your favorite garden center or trim a few from your landscape. Stick the cut end of the greens in the potting mix or sand to create an attractive display. Add some colorful berries, decorative twigs and ribbon, then add height and light with fiber optic solar lights. Place by your front steps to enjoy day or night.

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Include a “gingerbread” house for birds. Hang decorative birdseed houses from a shepherd’s crook or tree branch. Place in an area for both you and the birds to enjoy. Look for a sheltered, but open area where birds can watch for predators while feasting.

Increase color and motion with heated birdbaths. Attract greater numbers and varieties of birds by providing water yearround. Northern gardeners should consider heated birdbaths for the coldest months. Add a few stones or branches, allowing birds to drink without getting wet.

Move your holiday tree outdoors. Place your cut tree in a snow bank, vacant spot in the garden, or make it part of your bird feeding station. The tree provides extra greenery as well as shelter for visiting birds. Then add a few of those birdseed ornaments for added food and winter decoration.

Create your own homemade outdoor lights. Line pathways, accent plantings or dress up fence posts with ice globe luminaries. Produce your own or purchase kits. Use colorful outdoor LED lights or tea candles to light up blocks or spheres of ice, creating memorable nighttime accents.

Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments. Myers is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. For more, visit melindamyers.com.

Add some livable art. Hang a few colorful and unique birdhouses in your backyard. TECHLIFE, PAGE 18 click and whir, capturing what passes before their lenses. Like Linda and Jonathan, your unintended capture might result in a key historical moment. Keep your hand steady, and remember a camera is the chance to capture a moment in time. What is your most amazing photo? What is Online? Techlife is both a print and online experience. Make sure to visit dkworldwide.com/techlife

and search for “click attack” to see more photos of the attack and links about saving battery life. Submit your most amazing photo – we’d love to see it. Dave Kaufman is a syndicated columnist and founder of DK Worldwide, a design, web, print and social media marketing firm. Helping clients with online and offline challenges. Contact Dave, it’s easy: techlife@ dkworldwide.com or follow him on Twitter – @dkworldwide. You know you want to.


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1. Best Futures Café and Style Shack enjoyed the “Caring Coffee Evening” benefit on Nov. 4. The event supported Best Futures, a concession stand at Highland Park’s Centennial Ice Arena providing job opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Pictured from left are Dawn Pye, Barbara Cabin, Lisa Whitefield and Sherry Levin. 2. Youth rock band Wireless Soul performed for the second consecutive year at Glenview’s Holiday in the Park and Parade, held Nov. 30. 3. Mayor Arturo Carmona of Cuetzalan, Mexico, left, and Mary Carmen Olvera Trejo, far right, pose with Emily Ressler at The Fine Art of Fiber, held Nov. 7-10 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. 4. With the recent swearing in of 12 court appointed special advocates, CASA Lake County now has 297 advocates – a record number – serving abused and neglected children.


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