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Surviving Black Friday by the Kendall Times Nerd Black Friday used to be so simple—it was the day aer anksgiving. Now we have what you might call "e Black Friday Shopping Season" which starts on anksgiving. Or the day be‐ fore. Or whenever a retailer wants to

generate some buzz. And just to mix things up a bit, some stores now stagger their doorbuster deals, with different items going on sale on different days and at different times.

getting you in the door—maybe more than once. (Read more: Christmas shoppers, just wait—big toy deals coming) So how are the prices?

At Walmart it's 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on ursday and 8 a.m. on Friday. Best Buy will also roll out its doorbuster deals in waves: 6 p.m. on anksgiving, then 12 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Friday. is staggered approach might improve your odds of getting what you want, but it also gives retailers a better chance of

Some of the deals already unveiled offer super savings. A few examples from the editors at dealnews.com: · Element 50" 1080p LED HDTV for $229 at Target. ey say this could break all price records and become the cheap‐ est 50" HDTV ever.

· Apple iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi tablet for $299 at Walmart. Plus, you get a $100 Wal-Mart gi card. DealNews calls this an "exceptional" promotion. · Samsung Galaxy S4 4G Smartphone for free at Best Buy. To get this deal, you must sign a new two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. "ey don't put everything on sale on Black Friday, and those prices aren't al‐ ways the lowest of the year," said Mark LoCastro, public relations manager at DealNews. "Some things you should wait to buy, if you can."


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(Read only: Nothing in-between? e wealth gap alters retail) LoCastro said the best prices on toys are typically in the first two weeks of De‐ cember. And while many lower-end TVs are marked down to ridiculously low prices for Black Friday, the best sales on top-of-the-line models from premium brands like Sony, LG and Samsung, don't happen until early in the new year. You need a plan to win this shopping event You've checked the ads. You know the prices. And you've found a few door‐ buster deals that you really want. Before you decide to camp out all night, consider this reality check from shop‐ ping expert Edgar Dworsky, founder of Consumerworld.org. "Almost all doorbuster deals are limited quantity and almost all of the ads say no rain checks, but most of them don't tell you how few of the items they have in

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stock," Dworsky said. "In some cases, it may be only two or three per store. at's why you absolutely must be there early. If you're not at the front of the line a couple of hours before the doors open, you're going to lose out."

And he's not kidding. At my local Target store, the doorbuster big-screen TV will be in the grocery section, along with the Nook e-reader, Dr. Dre headphones and Dirt Devil vacuum. Video game gear will be in menswear and LED TVs are in the maternity section.

Getty Images Walmart has a novel rain check promo‐ tion on 20 doorbuster items. If you're in the store within an hour of when that product went on sale and they run out, they'll give you a rain check to buy it at the sale price when it's back in stock. And it might be worth your time to actu‐ ally map out your Black Friday shopping. In the race to grab those limit‐ ed bargains, it could make all the differ‐ ence. at's because the product you want may not be where you expect it. "You shouldn't be surprised to find an item in a department that has nothing to do with it, like toasters in the furniture department," Dworsky said.

How do I know this? Target has an inter‐ active map for each of its locations to help shoppers find the deals scattered throughout the store. Walmart plans to have store maps on its website next week. If a retailer doesn't have a map, Dworsky suggests that you go to the store on Wednesday to see for yourself. Or you could stay at home You don't have to fight the Black Friday crowds to get the bargains. Many stores offer the same—or even better—deals on their websites. Sears is already promot‐ ing its "Beat the Rush Event" offering on‐ line shoppers an extra 5 to 10 percent savings on featured items.

(Read only: 4 tips for avoiding holidayrelated identity the) "In past years, some of the biggest retail‐ ers have offered online sales during Black Friday week that have included many of the same items offered as part of their in-store Black Friday events and combined them with low- or no-cost shipping deals," said Jim Wilcox of Con‐ sumer Reports. "Some retailers will offer online exclusives you couldn't even get by walking into their retail locations." And online, you can shop in your paja‐ mas get all your updates with us at Twitter https://twitter.com/ScoopKendallor join us on facebook at https:// www.facebook.com/KendallTimes


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Letter from the Publisher MJF communications WAS FOUNDED IN 2009 WITH OUR FIRST PUBLICA‐ TION THE Kendall Weekly Times. Since then we have grown to include e Aurora Times a monthly publication and the Will County Times our second weekly publication that have joined our ever growing family that now serves 5000 subscribers in four different coun‐ ties with our three publications. is would not be possible without the sup‐ port of you is loyal subscriber. So as we embark on our 5th year the expectations for continuing our growth to better serve our shared communities are MJF Com‐ munications top priority in the New Year. So as we close out 2013 and wel‐ come a New Year we would like to wish you and your family a Happy and Safe Holiday season so again please thank you for allowing us to keep you with the Times.

ank You, Jennifer Flowers Owner and Publisher of Kendall Weekly Times

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State House gets more Crowded Another Republican candidate has an‐ nounced plans to seek the GOP nomina‐ tion for a chance to replace outgoing House Minority Leader Tom Cross in the state Legislature next year. Business consultant Mark Batinick on Monday announced plans to pursue the nomination for the 97th district, which includes Plainfield, Shorewood and Os‐ wego. “While the list of what ails us is long, the root cause of all of it can be boiled down to two things: a poor job climate and a lack of government reform,” Batinick said in a statement. Batinick is a precinct committeeman who holds a degree in business educa‐ tion and is a state-certified accounting teacher. He narrowly lost a bid for Will County Auditor last fall against incum‐ bent Duffy Blackburn.

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e founder of the Will County Liberty Club and chairman of the For the Good of Illinois action committee, Batinick has e mphas i z e d “t r ansp are nc y and efficiency” in government. Batinick said gambling expansion and expensive projects to create jobs are strategies that haven’t worked, but re‐ forming taxes and regulations on private businesses would be more efficient ways to address the budget and unemploy‐ ment. “Most current Illinois politicians don’t understand the cause of our situation. Of those that do, few have the solutions or the willingness to implement the needed actions,” Batinick said. “It’s been a pa‐ rade of gimmicks. ere’s always a new tax or fee.” Rick Chapman, another Republican, an‐ nounced last week he would like to suc‐ ceed Cross. Chapman has been mayor of Shorewood for 12 years. Cross (R-Os‐ wego) has spent 20 years in the state House, but announced last month he will pursue the state treasurer position

instead of seeking re-election.


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Village of Oswego News Village Offices Closed Village offi ces will be closed on ursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th in observance of anksgiving. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, December 2nd.

Holiday House Walk e Village of Oswego will be hosting its annual Holiday House Walk on Sunday, December 8th. Start off the evening with a light dinner, catered by the Village Grind Coffee and Tea Co. at the Oswego Village Hall at 4:00 p.m. en from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. participants will take a tour to each of the four, beautifully deco‐ rated houses on this year’s list. Trans‐ portation to each house will be provided

Tickets for this event are $25.00 each and proceeds will benefit the Kendall County Food Pantry. For more informa‐ tion, or to purchase tickets, please call the Village of Oswego at 630-554-3618. Tickets may be purchased at the Oswego Village Hall or e Marmalade Tree.

Oswego Christmas Walk e Village of Oswego invites you to the annual Christmas Walk Celebration, held on Friday, December 6th – Sunday, December 8ththroughout Oswego. e festivities begin on Friday, December 6th, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in downtown Oswego. e night will begin with Toyland Train rides, the Sledding Hill (giant slide), ice skating rink, ice carving demonstrations, strolling carolers and characters, holiday music, kids cras and games, delicious food vendors and shopping opportuni‐ ties in the wonderful downtown busi‐ nesses on Main Street. At 7:00 p.m., the

Silent, Illuminated Fire Truck parade will make its way down Main Street. Fire trucks from Oswego and other local fire departments will participate in this an‐ nual event. Stop at the Little White School museum, hosted by the Oswe‐ goland Park District, to enjoy cras, mu‐ sic, and treats. Don’t miss a Visit with Santa from 5:30-8 p.m., hosted by the Garden Faire. Bring your cameras to capture that spe‐ cial moment with Santa! Delicious and tantalizing food will be available along Main Street. At HudsonCrossingPark, which is located at the corner of Harri‐ son and Washington Street, enjoy the splendor and beauty of the Fox River as you and your families enjoy a ride on the Belgian Dra Horse Hay Ride. e festivities will continue on Saturday, December 7th with a Pancake Breakfast with Santa sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oswego, Fox River Academy of Music and Art, Oswego Senior Center and the Oswego YMCA at the District 308 Cen‐ ter (old Traughber Junior High). From

8:00 – 11:00 a.m., this event will include a delicious breakfast, games, cras and pictures with Santa. e annual Holiday Cookie Walk will take place in downtown Oswego from 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Purchase your holiday tin and then visit all of the participating merchants for a homemade holiday cookie. Don’t miss all of your Country Market favorites at the old Fire Station #1 as the Oswegoland Park District host the Holiday Country Market from 9:30-3:30 p.m. e festivities continue on Sunday, De‐ cember 8th with Oswego Family YMCA Jingle Bell Jog, Holiday House Walk and much more! Join the Village of Oswego for this festive event as we begin the Holiday Season at the annual Oswego Christmas Walk. For a complete list of activities, please visit our website at www.oswegoil.org or call 630-554-3618.

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e Village of Oswego invites you to the inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting Cere‐ mony at the Oswego Village Hall on Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. e night will include the tree lighting ceremony, music, treats and activities. Join us for this new Oswego tradition, which is free and fun for the entire fami‐ ly to enjoy. If your group is interested in singing or participating in the event, please send an email to Michele Brown, Community Relations Manager at mbrown@oswegoil.org. Join the Village of Oswego for this festive event as we begin the Holiday Season at the inaugural Tree Lighting Ceremony. For a list of activities, please visit our website at www.oswegoil.org or call 630-554-3618.

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case the many great places in our town by holding these events at various loca‐ tions throughout Montgomery.” Residents are invited to drop by and meet the Village President on an infor‐ mal basis and discuss items of concern with him. Everyone is encouraged to bring their comments, questions and ideas to the session. “I hope this new initiative will make it easy for people to drop by and let me know what’s on their mind. As a working father of two young children, I under‐ stand the struggle with leaving home without them on Saturday morning, so I encourage parents to bring the family,” Brolley continued. “I look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions as we move Montgomery forward.”

Montgomery Announces Holiday Decorations Contest

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e Montgomery Beautification Com‐ mittee will be sponsoring its popular Holiday Decorations Contest again this year. is is an opportunity for homes and businesses to be recognized for ex‐ ceptional holiday displays.

Montgomery Village President Matt Brolley will host a “Mayor on the Move” on Saturday, December 7th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Montgomery Village Hall, 200 N. River Street. In addition to meeting with the mayor, this event will give visitors a sneak peek at the Festival of Trees that will be opening the follow‐ ing day.

As was done last year, awards will be giv‐ en only to homes or businesses that are nominated for consideration. Residents can nominate their own property or someone else's simply by submitting the property address. On December 18th, committee members and volunteer judges will visit the nominated addresses in order to select the winners. A sign will be placed that evening in front of the properties selected for an award. Owners are asked to leave these signs up through the holidays.

Brolley explained, “I want to continue to meet, listen and learn from residents, and while doing so, I also plan to show‐

Nominations will be accepted up through December 16th, and judging will take place the evening of December

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18th. You can nominate a property via the Village website at www.ci.mont‐ gomery.il.us or by calling the Village of Montgomery Public Works Department at (630) 896-9241.

Montgomery Tree Lighting and Festival of Trees Montgomery’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 8th at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Village Hall at 200 N. River Street in Montgomery. is is a free event for the entire community and is hosted jointly by the Village of Mont‐ gomery and the Greater Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce (GMACC). e event will kick off as students from local grade schools decorate the Village Christmas tree with handmade orna‐ ments, followed by the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in fire trucks with sirens blaring. Aer the lighting of the Christ‐ mas tree, children can pose for photos with Santa inside the Village Hall while everyone enjoys musical numbers per‐ formed by the students outside on the Park District’s Sound Stage. Free hot co‐ coa and cookies will be provided throughout the evening by the GMACC. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring your camera! e Village Hall will once again host a Festival of Trees that will turn all three levels of the Village Hall into a winter wonderland. Area businesses are partici‐ pating by decorating Christmas trees for everyone to enjoy. Visitors of all ages are invited to vote for their favorite tree. Some of the businesses will even be sponsoring fun raffles and prizes that evening. In addition, the Festival of Trees will continue for three weeks, so if you are unable to attend the December 8th event, you can still stop by to view the beautiful trees and vote for your fa‐ vorite during business hours until De‐ cember 27th. In addition to on-street parking, two public parking lots are available behind the Village Hall along Main Street. Don’t miss this once a year, heart-warming, community gathering! If you are a business interested in putting up a tree or if you know of a youth group that might be interested in performing, please call D ebbie Buchanan at 630-896-8080 ext. 1114.

Officer Stransky

Promoted to Sergeant Officer Jason Stransky was appointed to serve as a Sergeant with the Village of Montgomery Police Department on Oc‐ tober 14, 2013. Sgt. Stransky has been with the department since March of 2003. Sgt. Stransky attended basic training at the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield and successfully completed the 11 week program. Since that time he has served as a Lead Field Training Offi‐ cer, Range Instructor, and is a current member of the ILEAS Mobile Field Force. Chief of Police Daniel Meyers character‐ ized Stransky as a highly motivated offi‐ cer who has an excellent reputation for his DUI enforcement efforts. “Sgt. Stran‐ sky is an experienced and active member officer of this department with a proven record for DUI enforcement. We wel‐ come him to his new position and know he will represent the Police Department well.”


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Yorkville City News Visualizing Yorkville Zoning e United City of Yorkville and Civic ArtWorks are excited to announce the launch of Visualizing Yorkville Zoning, a website that allows Yorkville residents and business owners to provide direct feedback that pertains to the City’s Zon‐ ing Ordinance update. Visualizing Yorkville Zoning will pro‐ vide citizens with greater and more con‐ venient access to the Zoning Ordinance update. It will help citizens better under‐ stand the various Zoning Ordinance components and provide them with an easily accessible and less intimidating place to communicate their own ideas and concerns. We invite all Yorkville residents and business owners to visitwww.civicart‐ works.com/projects/visualizingyorkville-zoning to find more informa‐ tion about the project and share their thoughts about the City’s Zoning Ordi‐ nance update. Holiday Under the Stars & Fireworks Show Saturday, November 23 Downtown Yorkville & Riverfront Park Schedule of Events: Event Flyer Vendor Registration Form Sponsorship Form Saturday, November 23 MORNING ACTIVITY: Breakfast with Santa at Cobblestone Bakery and Bistro 101 W. Van Emmon Street, Yorkville, IL 60560 (Must Register) AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES: Riverfront Park, 131 E. Hydraulic Ave., Yorkville, 1:00-7:00pm 1:00-6:00pm Santa comes to Yorkville! Free visits with Santa Kris Kringle Market FREE Kids/Family Activities 6:00-6:15pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony 6:30pm: Holiday Fireworks (right off of the river island!) * Fireworks Show: 6:30pm pm - Spon‐ sored By: BOOMBAH Athletic uniforms, footwear, gear and more Chili Chase 5k Run/Walk

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Chicago Bulls by Dick Kolf e Chicago Bulls appear to be moving in the right direction. Sitting with a 6 and 4 record and 2nd place behind the Indiana Pacers in the Division. e Bulls bench is producing solid minutes in re‐ lief of the starters. Mike Dunleavy and Kirk Heinrich are giving solid minutes in relief. With the return of Joachim Noah the Bulls are set for a stretch that is going to be difficult through the Holidays with games against Portland, e Clippers and Jazz. So breaking down the next three games the Bulls are going to need to continue their strong defense. Joachim Noah and Carlos Boozer are going to have to con‐ tinue to keep opposing teams from driv‐ ing to the basket and getting to the foul line. In their losses this year the Bulls have been in foul trouble.  e improved play at the Guard position. Derrick Rose is still coming back from injury and it will be important for the Bulls to get him back to form quickly. In the next month he is going to be challenged by some of the league’s best point guards and he is going to have to be ready. Here are final three factors the Bulls need to improve for the End of the Year Stretch 1. Get healthy Deng , Noah , and Rose to name many have been injured so far this season. 2. Get more production from front Court. Bulls need to create lanes for rose and the guards to drive to the basket. 3. Continue strong defensive presence. With the Bulls moving in this Direction look for them to finish 2and 1 this week. On that Note this reporter would like to wish you and your Family a very Happy anksgiving.

Hawks still head of the Class by Tim Flowers e world Champions have picked up where they le off being one of the NHL Elite teams . With a record of 15 wins against 4 losses the Hawks sit at the top of the Western conference .Why are they again sitting at the top? e answer is found in team play. is squad has its stars like Patrick Kane and Houssa how‐ ever it goes beyond that . Last year the team won the Stanley Cup. is year the team is defending the Championship in Hawks fashion. ey’re doing it with great goal tender play and solid defense. e Scoring comes at will because the defense is set‐ ting up opportunities for the offense. Controlling the puck and keeping penal‐ ties at a low. Fundamental Hockey with al old school approach is what Coach JOELQUENNEVILLE and his staff stress fundamentals. Being the only ac‐ tive coach with two titles is quite the re‐ sume. Looking forward to this week the strong continued play of fundamental Hockey is key. Kane and Houssa contin‐ ue to lead the efforts on offensive and the 2nd and third lines continue to give

them solid minutes. e Hawks have some completion this week being on the road for the next 5 games.; Playing the Oilers, flames and Stars to name a few with the return to the Mad House on West Madison on December 3rd. So sit back and Enjoy the ride from all of us at MJF Communications have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season.


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Chicago Bears Report by Evie Givens e Tornado came and the Bears went into the break with a deficit 10-0 . en aer the break the Bears found their bearings. Backup Quarterback Josh Mckown began to drive the offense be‐ hind the help of Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. e defense tightened their belt and got back to the recipe that has made them successful and that is creat‐ ing turnovers. e result the Bears came from behind against the Super Bowl champs and won 23-20 and in first place of the NFC North. Bears now have six games le and with 4 of the six on the road they are going to have to become road warriors if they are going to make the post season. e Rams this week followed by the Vikes present challenges to the Bears because they are still dealing with injuries on both offense and defense. Lance Briggs is still out with no ETA for his return that affects the Defense and Jay Cutler is still questionable with his injury hurting the offense. With two franchise players being out does affect play on the field. e bright spot moving forward is the play of the Defensive and Offensive lines that are controlling the trenches and holding their own against some of the NFL elite. In the games the Bears have lost this year they have been close and some of the reasons for the loss in the close games have been because of the line play. So in other words if the line continues to play respectable play then should help to compensate for the in‐ juries that are affecting them. Looking at Sunday’s game the Rams come into the game without Quarter‐ back Sam Bradford. is should help the defense and allow them to get pressure. On the Offensive side of the ball key here is continue to control the clock. Bears should come away with a win here and continue their road to the post season.


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sparse, such as individual plants along field edges, is the most expedient and en‐ vironmentally-friendly method. You can dig, pull or chop the plants out of the ground. Buckthorn pulls out most easily when up to only about one-half inch di‐ ameter. Although buckthorn doesn't resprout from underground roots, the cut

Conservation Corner By John Church e invasive shrub, buckthorn, has be‐ come one of the biggest pests in many of our wooded areas. Buckthorn is a nonnative plant species that has been a prob‐ lem in wooded and other natural areas now for a number of years. Controlling buckthorn and other invasive species is one aspect of e Conservation Founda‐ tion’s Conservation@Home program. Fall can be a good time to identify and remove the buckthorn plants, since they tend to stay green later in the fall than many other similar shrubs. Fall also is a good time for removal since it may be easier to maneuver in and around wood‐ ed areas while other plants are dormant. In natural areas, the exotic buckthorn species shade or crowd out native vegeta‐ tion. When the desirable plants are lost, bare soil is oen exposed and susceptible to excessive erosion, especially on slopes and near streams and rivers. When the competitive plants choke out the more desirable shrubs and plants, it can also reduce food supplies for wildlife and create dense barriers for humans and animals to try to travel through. In the past few years, buckthorn also has been found to contribute to the survival of a field crop pest as an alternate host for the soybean aphid. Mechanical removal where plants are

stumps usually re-sprout. Foliage that resprouts on the stumps can be treated with herbicides or fire for several grow‐ ing seasons. Treating the stumps of the cut plants with herbicides has also pro‐ vided successful control. Proper pesti‐ cide application licenses and following all label precautions are needed when us‐

ing the herbicides. Researchers at the Illinois Natural Histo‐ ry Survey (INHS) suggest that regular prescribed burning may be especially helpful in larger areas with abundant numbers of plants or to prevent a large population of plants from developing.


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Proper burning permits and safety con‐ trol measures need to be in place before burning and experienced individuals should do the burning. For more information about the Conser‐ vation@Home program or invasive plants, phone 630-553-0687 x304 or see the website www.theconservationfoun‐ dation.org/conservation--home.html. Also, more information about buckthorn is available from INHS at wwx.inhs.illi‐ nois.edu/research/vmg/buckthorn.

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Christmas Concert Get your Christmas spirit in full gear with an excellent concertin the Kendall C ou nt y Histor i c C ou r t hous e i n Yorkville.Prairie Smoke & Friends will be performing on Friday, December20 at 7:00 pm. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 atthe door. Advanced registration, for the ticket price of $10,ends Friday, December 13. e doors will open at 6:15 pmand Christmas treats will be served aer the show.Prairie Smoke fea‐ tures Dave Margolis accompanied by harmonica-global percussionist Dennis Paige. eir resonant vocalstyle and ethereal harmony, occasionally includes a hammereddulcimer and conveys an eclectic range of urban andrural folk music. Accompanied by John Rissman and KarenTlusty-Rissman from the duo band Jykes, the concert willfeature a blend of blues, jazz, and world beat to create a sultry,warm festive mix of Christmas and holiday music to fitthe season!For tickets or more information, please contact us at 630 553-4025 or

Bridal Expo Everyone knows Ellis House &Equestri‐ an Center is the perfectlocation for wed‐ dings.Now it is the perfect locationfor brides to meet with weddingmerchants at our 2nd AnnualBridal Expo.Join us on Sunday, February16 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm andmeet with caterers, fl orists,limousine services, and a widerange of other wedding vendorsea‐ ger to please a varietyof tastes and bud‐ gets. e BridalExpo is a one-stop shop forevery bride to fill all of her wedding needs.To register for the Bridal Expo, or for information on vendorspace, pro‐ gram guide advertising, and event spon‐ sorships,please contact Tina at 630 552-5253 orinfo@ellishec.com.Ellis House & Equestrian Center is located at 13986McKanna Road in Minook

5th Annual Reindeer Run

Make tracks for the 5th Annual Reindeer Run 5k on Sunday, December 15 at Ellis House& Equestrian Center! Enjoy the scenery and burn off those extra holiday calories at thisone of a kind event.e course consists of limestone screenings trails and mowed turf paths as it wind‐ sthrough the fields and woodlands of Baker Woods Forest Preserve.e entry fee is $25, or $35 on race day. e fee in‐ cludes the race, Reindeer Run t-shirt,and awards ceremony. Awards will be given to the top overall male and female run‐ ners,and to the top three finishers in nine separate age divisions.Race day packet pickup is from 7:00 - 8:45 am. e 5k begins promptly at 9:00 am. Pro‐ fessional electronic timing providedby Kompusport and results will be posted online.Please contact Ellis House & Equestrian Center at 815 475-4035 or info@ellishec.com to register. Online registration availableat www.iwantregis‐ tered.com. Ellis House & Equestrian Center is located at 13986 McKanna Road in Minooka.Sponsorships are still available for this popular event. For more information, please contact 815 475-4035 orinfo@ellishec.com.


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struct, climb, balance, sort, classify, so‐ cialize, and pretend.Creating an outdoor play space in Kendall County like the Nature Exploration Station was the dream of Stephanie Harvey-Tansey and Dr. Natalie Lambajian-Drummond from Whole Child Pediatrics in Yorkville. Un‐ fortunately, Stephanie will not be here to see the dream become a reality as she passed away earlier this year from an un‐ diagnosed heart condition. Now, Dr. Na‐ talie, Jessica Harvey (Stephanie’s sisterin-law) and Shanna Pinks (Stephanie’s cousin) have formed the Children’s Na‐ ture Initiative to complete her goal. e Nature Exploration Station’s children’s garden will serve as her memorial, “Stephanie’s Garden.”For more informa‐ tion on the Holiday Gala or the Nature Exploration Station, please contact Megan at mgessler@co.kendall.il.us.

Children s Gala Children’s Nature Initiative’s Holiday GalaChildren’s GalaCome out to the Children’s Nature Initiative’s Holiday Gala on Sunday, December 8 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the beautiful Historic Courthouse. ere will be a professional storyteller, musical performances from Fox River Academy of Music and Art, performances by students from Yorkville Performing Arts Center, holiday cra making, professional holiday portraits, and refreshments provided. e cost is $5 per family up to 4, and $1 for each additional person.

All proceeds will go directly to the Forest Foundation of Kendall County to benefit the new Nature Exploration Station at Hoover Forest Preserve.rough a part‐ nership with the Kendall County Forest Preserve District, the Children’s Nature Initiative intends to redevelop a half acre plot at the scenic Hoover Forest Preserve to create the Nature Exploration Station. is wide-ranging nature play space will in-clude a children’s garden, outdoor stage, art and music areas, forts, cultural interpretation area, a water feature and more. It will be a space where trees, trails, rocks and water are not just land‐ scaping but essential components for learning and play. ere is no other place like this in northern Illinois.e Chil‐

dren’s Nature Initiative is asking for your help to create this safe natural space where children can connect with our en‐ viron-ment. Come out and learn more about the new space while enjoying the Holiday Gala.Why are nature play spaces impor‐ tant? Research from the National Learn‐ ing Initiative indicates that when chil‐ dren play and learn in nature, they do so with more energy, imagination and en‐ gagement than in wholly artificial envi‐ ronments. Children need access to nature the same way they need access to good nutrition. While engaging all of the senses, children can utilize the space to play, learn, create, imagine, explore, con‐


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