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Dr. Stephen Rivard (left) and Claudia Linda (right) at IVS’ offices

“I knew I had spider veins, but had no idea I had underlying vein disease, too.” Claudia Linda, well-known North Shore Spanish teacher, came to Illinois Vein Specialists after several years of intending to have her spider veins examined. In her mind it was strictly a cosmetic issue that she’d eventually get around to improving. She was actually a bit surprised when Dr. Rivard and his team at Illinois Vein Specialists insisted on a thorough exam of both legs including specialized ultrasonography by IVS’ certified technicians. What she didn’t know is that spider veins in the legs are frequently associated with underlying venous hypertension. Dr. Rivard points out: “High pressure in the veins inside the legs is caused when the vein valves break and the flow of blood falls backwards. This pressure forces its way to the surface veins distending the small capillaries causing the appearance of spider veins. This typically occurs below the knees and especially at the ankles.” Other factors in the development of spider veins include: Age: The development of spider veins can occur at any time, but usually peaks in late middle age. Gender: Women are four times more likely to have spider veins than men. Pregnancy: Hormones are thought to weaken vein walls and this is coupled with increased blood volume during pregnancy that tends to distend veins. Lifestyle/Occupation: Daily activities requiring pro-longed sitting or standing are also implicated in the development of spider veins. Claudia, as a middle-aged teacher and mother, was a perfectly typical candidate for spider veins.

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BUT HERE’S WHERE THE STORY GETS INTERESTING She actually had symptoms of underlying vein disease for several years, but never recognized them. They were a bit vague, occurred intermittently and then disappeared, and never really triggered the medical alarm bell we all have in our heads. For example, every once in a while Claudia’s right leg had a dull ache without a seeming explanation, but then it would go away. And now and then she would suffer from restless leg syndrome in the same right leg for a couple of nights and then it would disappear. And this went off and on for years. There just didn’t seem to be anything to tell a doctor about. PHLEBOLOGY, THE NEWEST MEDICAL SPECIALTY Dr. Rivard again: “Phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease, is the newest Board Certified medical specialty—recognized only since 2008. My colleagues and I are discovering new aspects to vein disease on a regular basis.”

tension, whether painful or not, whether visible or not, cannot be ignored any more than arterial hypertension (usually called high blood pressure) can be ignored. Vein disease will only get worse if left untreated and will also interfere with wound healing, congestive heart disease and other medical conditions. Illinois Vein Specialists opened in 2009 and has a staff of a dozen—physicians, registered nurses, medical technicians, ultrasound specialists and administrative personnel. Since then they have helped thousands of patients. “One of the things I like the best about specializing in vein disease is the opportunity to meet wonderful people like Claudia Linda; being able to help them is the reason I get up in the morning.” To find out how Illinois Vein Specialists, A Center of Excellence in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Vein Disease™, might be able to help you: call for an appointment at 847-277-9100, stop by our offices at 22285 Pepper Rd, (suite 105), Lake Barrington and look at our “brag book” or visit us on-line at

The field has rapidly developed to the point where internists and family practice doctors, who received their degrees in the twentieth century, may not fully be aware of the latest thinking. “I’m still surprised when I meet patients who were advised that they should not worry about varicose veins unless they hurt. And I continue to be stunned when I see men with advanced venous hypertension and huge, bulging varicose veins, who think it’s just a cosmetic issue.”

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INSIDE Family in Focus 8 HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Our communities have so much to offer this festive season, there’s no reason to stray too far from home. Check out some of the biggest draws and unique offerings. 10 SEASON OF GIVING: This holiday season, take some time to give of yourself, through a bevy of local charities and service opportunities 13 WOMAN OF DISTINCTION: Meet Doreen Lagoni, who spreads cheer across our communities with teddy bears and old-fashioned kindness. 15 STUFF THAT STOCKING! Great ideas from local shops to fill the stockings, and the hearts, of your favorite folks this Christmas! 16 IT TAKES A LITTLE FAITH: Parenting columnist Michelle Stien relays her Sunday morning struggles with two very different children and their young takes on morning mass. 18 STAGE COMES ALIVE FOR THE KIDS: Gurnee children’s theater group offers up rendition of the Three Billy Goats’ Gruff, to tackle bullying.

Fashion & Beauty 20 THE VINTAGE LOOK: This season, try throwback glamour for your holiday parties. Local fashion and beauty experts offer tips to make your style a classic.

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The holidays’ hottest looks are vintage-inspired with a touch of old Hollywood glamour. Find out how to embrace this throwback look on page 20.

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26 PILLOW TALK: The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year, and stress, pain or just a reduced amount of natural sunlight can make sleeping troublesome. We talk to professionals for advice to help induce a better night’s rest. 29 KEEPING TRACK: Five apps for runners and walkers that help log your exercise routines.

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31 HEARTH, AT HOME: Get fired up about décor and update your tired fireplace with tips from a local expert.

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34 WHERE’S THE WHEAT? Five great apps to help the gluten-free diner.

Out & About 36 ARTIST SHOWCASE: Franki Martin shares her metal and clay creations. 37 SOCIAL LIFE: Gatsby Night — Folks in their finest Roaring ’20s attire came out to help Heal Team 6 raise funds for Lake County charities. 38 CALENDAR: The array of holiday concerts, winter festivals and festive events fill the month across our communities.

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Happy Holidays to everyone! In this, the most festive season of the year, it’s easy to get bogged down with the demands that December brings – the shopping and the parties, the school recitals and family gettogethers. Gift wrapping and cookie baking. But I encourage you to take some time to embrace some of the best the season has to offer. Take in a concert. Bring the kiddoes to meet Santa Claus, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa at a local sweet shop. This month in Suburban Life Magazine, we try to help you take advantage of what’s available, and highlight some of the more unique events and offerings across our communities. A list of great gift ideas will help with your holiday shopping. They are opportunities to serve the community in a variety of charitable efforts. And a host of holiday festivals light up our towns all month long.

If you’re trying for a new look this New Year’s Eve, why not “go vintage” for the holidays, with tips and trends from local salon experts and retailers in vintage designs. They’ll show you how to finish the look from top to bottom and have heads turning ‘til the clock strikes midnight.

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And when your hard work and running around is complete, sleep experts share ways to help you get the rest you need, even in the busiest time of the year. So before things get too hectic, grab a cup of cocoa, curl up in your favorite chair and take a look inside this issue. And enjoy your holidays, here at home. Thanks for reading. .

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Light Up The Season I By ALLISON HORNE

The winter months have arrived, and although they bring cold weather and snow, December also means that the holidays—Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and others—are here again. The “most wonderful time of the year” is great, but it’s not complete without holiday cheer, which can be found at plenty of events throughout Lake County this winter. Fuel your holiday spirit at one or more of the family-friendly events Lake County is hosting this year.

Highwood for the Holidays As people everywhere make plans to spend their holidays with family, the Highwood Chamber of Commerce is recognizing the servicemen and women stationed in nearby Naval Station Great Lakes and Fort Sheridan Reserve with a celebration to make them feel at home in Highwood for the Holidays. The Highwood community will embrace more than 300 military personnel at the fifth annual Highwood for the Holidays, taking place on Sunday, December 8 from 3 to 6 p.m. throughout


downtown Highwood. Members of our Armed Forces march into downtown, along luminary-lined streets, as residents and local businesses welcome them with food, drinks, fresh roasted chestnuts, live music and a special address to the military from local dignitaries at 5 p.m. The event is free, but Highwood Chamber of Commerce is “The Nutcracker” takes the stage at the asking local residents Marriott Lincolnshire and businesses to through Dec. 28. The one-hour presentation sponsor Highwood is designed especially for the Holiday gift for children. Tickets and information at www. certificates to be given to the soldiers. These gift certificates can be used throughout the day to purchase gifts, enjoy a meal, or more. Gift certificates may be purchased beforehand in $10 increments at businesses throughout town and at the Chamber office.


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Tea time returns to downtown Libertyville An annual favorite, this year’s Victorian Tea, again will be an authentic experience, catered by Gerri’s High Tea, complete with finger sandwiches and pastries exquisitely arranged on fine china, accompanied by Victorian silverware, vintage linens, and fine English tea, beautifully set at tables of eight. The Victorian Tea will take place in downtown Libertyville at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church St. Two seatings are offered — from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, December 7 and 14. Arrive between 10:30 and 10:45 so that you can be seated and visit with your table before the tea begins. Ticket price is $35 per person. To reserve a table for more than eight people, call 847-680-0336.

The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue Visit Santa at Gurnee Mills this season, during regular mall hours through Dec. 24. Private photo experiences with Santa will be offered for children with special needs and their families on Dec. 8. Make your reservation at

When the same old Holiday Fare just won’t cut it, the Second City’s Nut-cracking Holiday Revue comes to the rescue! This fast-paced interactive show, filled with style and wit, is the perfect alternative to the same old tired holiday performances. Drawing from holiday film classics to family gatherings to improvised Christmas carols, this bright, funny and completely original show will keep the audience rolling in the aisles. The show is offered at 7:30, on Tuesday, December 10 at the James Lumber Center for Performing Arts
in Grayslake. Admission prices vary, please call or visit the website at


The Manhattan Transfer Swings Christmas Manhattan Transfer has won a dozen Grammy awards, sold millions of albums and have cemented their status as one of the most important and innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music. Touching on bebop, contemporary jazz, doo wop, Latin melodies, pop/rock, and much more, Manhattan Transfer has pushed the envelope of what four part harmonies can do. In the process, they’ve sold out concert halls across the world and continue to delight fans with their wide array of high-energy renditions. They take the stage at the historic Genesee Theatre in Waukegan at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 21. For tickets and information, visit


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Charitable efforts abound across our communities

In the season of giving, your time or monetary donation can make a difference, in Lake County and beyond. A variety of charitable endeavors are underway, looking for volunteers of groups and individuals, and donations of time, food, or funding.

Feed My Starving Children Volunteers at the Libertyville location have packed 12 million meals since it opened last year. “That’s one million meals a month, says Valencia Breckenridge, major gifts officer. The faith-based hunger relief organization provides specially formulated nutritionally balanced meals to starving children around the world. The meals are served in schools, orphanages, and feeding centers. “We instill compassion by inviting the community in to pack the meals,” says Breckenridge. It’s a great opportunity for families, Scout troops, schools, workplace or church groups, sports teams, and more. Visit to schedule a packing session, or consider sponsoring a mobile packing event. FMSC’s marketplace has great gifts, including jewelry, accessories, mugs and more, all made by artisans in the countries the organization serves. December Special Hours include Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m., Christmas Eve, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and New Year’s Eve from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m and from 10 p.m. to midnight.

United Way Of Lake County United Way of Lake County is committed to bringing lasting change through four initiatives: Success by 6 for early childhood education, Reading Success for school age children, Stay in School for middle and high school students, Safe and Stable Families, which focuses on needs such as food, housing and medical care. “For some programs we partner with other agencies, others we run ourselves,” says Jennifer Yonan, Vice President of Marketing and Donor Relations. The Holiday Gift Catalog, at www. , enables donors to allocate money for specific needs. Giving opportunities range from $25 to provide emergency food, to $500 to provide a year’s tutoring. “This is a gift where they can see the direct impact,” she says. Find volunteer opportunities online too, such as the Lamb’s Farm Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 14 and

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15 or Dec. 21 or 22. For more information, call 847-775-1000, or visit the website.

Toys For Tots/Lake County The Marine-sponsored program provides holiday gifts to children in need, and helped 21,000 Lake County children last year. “The numbers are pretty astonishing,� says Gunnery Sergeant Dennis Jones, lead coordinator for Lake County. Toys for Tots partners with local groups, including the Foss Park District of North Chicago, and Family First Center of Lake County in Waukegan, to distribute new toys that were donated though drop-boxes during October and November. Cash donations help purchase toys where donations run short. “We never seem to get enough for 11- to 14- year old boys and girls,� says Jones. For more information go to www.toysfortots. org and click the local events button. Donate by mailing a check, payable to Toys For Tots, to GySgt Dennis M Jones, 2205 Depot Dr., Bldg 3200, Great Lakes, IL 60088.

Lake County Sheriff’s Department Shop With A Sheriff Now in its third year, the program pairs kids in need with uniformed officers for a shopping outing and pizza party.

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Each child receives $100 to purchase items for themselves and holiday gifts. Last year, more then 50 department volunteers, and local partners Wal-Mart in Zion and Anastasia’s Restaurant in Waukegan and Antioch, helped 91 kids have a brighter holiday. “No child should miss out on the joy of Christmas. Shop With a Sheriff is about brightening the season for less fortunate children and allowing our officers to be blessed, as ‘it is through giving that we receive,’� says Sheriff Mark Curran. To donate, mail a check payable to the Lake County Sheriff ’s Association, P.O. Box 42, Gurnee, IL 60031.

12 million number of meals packed by volunteers at Feed My Startving Children in Libertyville since opening last year.

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Magic Maker Libertyville woman brings comfort and joy with every toy she delivers

administrative assistant. At the time she was 70.


Bear Magic of Lake County supplies teddy bears to all Lake County hospitals, the Waukegan Court House, food pantries as well as fire and police stations.

On any given day, there is bound to be a bag or two of teddy bears in Doreen Lagoni’s Libertyville home. That’s because her home is a middle ground, a place where collections of new and gently used bears gather before they are re-distributed to children throughout Lake County through the program Bear Magic. Lagoni is president of the nonprofit agency and a Lake County Magazine Women of Distinction honoree. It’s been 14 years since Lagoni formed Bear Magic in Lake County, a chapter of the program Good Bears of the World. The program promotes the message that a teddy bear “helps soften the harshness of this world.” Through the program, Lagoni collects and distributes teddy bears to children and elderly through a network of county hospitals, social service agencies and retirement communities.

In October, 10 local women were named to the 2013 class of Suburban Life Magazine’s Women of Distinction for being representative role models as leaders in their fields and communities. Each month, we will tell the complete story of one of these outstanding local women.

“She was driven to do something that made a difference,” says Jean Anderson of Grayslake. Anderson is a friend as well as a board member for Bear Magic of Lake County.

During the last 14 years, Lagoni has distributed more than 74,000 teddy bears. While most are delivered to children and adults in Lake County, she also sends some teddy bears to international locations through partnerships with local churches and service groups. “The children can take these home, it is something to clutch, a toy they can cling to,” Anderson says. “It is their means of support. It doesn’t have to be big, it can be small. It makes the day for someone else.”

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people these last 14 years,” she says. She describes herself as a “middle man” taking in donations and grants and working her contacts to supply teddy bears to social service agencies that will distribute the stuffed animals to new homes. There has been an occasion or two where she assisted with a bear delivery, such as a program she coordinated at a nearby retirement community. Anderson assisted with that program and remembered the joy the small stuffed bears brought residents. “It made me feel better just passing the bears out,” she says.

Hospitals require new toys and Lagoni relies on cash donations and grants to purchase new teddy bears and sometimes books, too. Other agencies accept what Lagoni calls, “pre-loved toys,” often from local families clearing out their closets and searching for a way to recycle the stuffed animals.

Libertyville Township Supervisor Kathleen O’Connor says the teddy bears Lagoni donates to the township food pantry enable a family to give a gift to their child or a senior to give a gift to a grandchild.

“It sounded like a fun thing to do,” she says.

Lagoni says she enjoys the surprise of having her phone ring and answer to learn someone has a donation or is interested in making a financial contribution.

“We are able to meet the basic needs, but she is able to meet the needs we can’t provide and she does a great job.”

She received her charter in July 1999 and a few months later she retired from full-time work as an

“It’s fun because I never know who I am going to talk to or the people I’m going to meet. I’ve met a lot of

Lagoni says she first learned about the program after reading an article in the newspaper.

“The kids absolutely love the bears,” O’Connor says.

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Cool Holiday Gifts By AMANDA MARRAZZO

The holiday season is here, and whether you are filling up stockings, exchanging “secret Santas” or wrapping up treasures for Hanukkah, there are some unique gift ideas available at local shops around our towns. Anna Block, manager of Three Sisters, 270 Market Square in Lake Forest, says there are plenty of hot gift ideas this season for less than $100. Her favorites include:

These paraffin-free candles are a natural blend of soy, palm and coconut wax. The candle’s wick is made from organic cotton. The Kai line ranges in price from $18 to $50.

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These are available in an array of colors and some with sparkles for $85. These come in army green and black for $21.

Block says jewelry and bags always make for a great gift for the women in your life and Three Sisters carries an array of chunky necklaces, earrings and bracelets ranging in price from $30 to $100.

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These are made with fingerprint detectors on the finger and thumb allowing you to work your favorite i-gadget while still keeping your hands warm. They also have fur around the wrists and come in a variety of colors. They cost $32.


Kai is a line of fragrance, body lotion, hand cream and candles made in Malibu. The Kai fragrance is made with vitamins A and C and is phthalate-free.

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This oversized leather bag sells for less than $100 and comes in a rainbow of fun colors with gold accents, studs and embroidery.

Minnie Rose Scarves

For those in the market to spend a bit more money, Block suggests Minnie Rose scarves. These soft and luxurious cashmere scarves are available in gray, cream black, brown and red. They cost about $300. For more information on Three Sisters visit them on

Facebook. For unique children’s gifts head over to Penny’s From Heaven, 215 E. Westminster Ave. in Lake Forest. Boutique manger, Carmen Pasquesi recommends:

The Bruder Truck

This German-made toy truck and tractor line ranges in price from $76 to $150.

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From baby blankets, bibs, and sleepers, to baby and children’s clothing from such designers as Kissy Kissy and the French brand Petite Bateau, personalize most any item for $15. Allow up to two weeks for this service, says Pasquesi. Children’s clothing is available in sizes from infant to size 12 for boys and size 14 for girls.


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Motherhood … it takes a little faith

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Liturgy during mass, where the kids are taken out and given lessons from the readings and scripture that are easier for them to understand. That’s where she made her own group of girl friends, and they just might start the very first “Junior Altar and Rosary Society.” When she stays for the whole mass, she does the crossword puzzles, riddles and activities available for kids in the back of church with. She dutifully connects the dots of the Holy family. She also is pretty good at connecting the proverbial dots about faith in God. She often tells us she loves God and He loves us. She explains why we should be good to people. She understands why we celebrate Christmas and knows that giving is better than receiving, no matter how cool the toys under the tree might be.

Every child is unique, I know. But I still can’t quite figure out how two children, raised in the same household, can be so different. My daughter, Maddie, is my ruler-follower. She even has been known to chime in, “I’m her angel!” when I am describing the two kids to other people. I have to make sure I don’t inflate her ego too much, since she certainly isn’t perfect all the time. I also have to make sure I don’t give my son a complex, since often I am telling people stories about his relatively devilish behavior. I have learned all too well that he always is listening, and picks up on most of what I am saying whether I think he’s paying attention or not. 16 | DECEMBER 2013 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE-LAKE

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But there also is something inherently different about my daughter and son that cannot be denied, especially when it comes to faith and religion. Despite the fact that both kids are raised with the same religious upbringing, morals and values, they could not be more different in the way they embrace our faith. My daughter always has been a bit of a “church lady.” She enjoys dressing up for church — the singing, the stories and even kibitzing with people she knows in the vestibule after mass. Now that she’s older, she goes to the Children’s

Then, there’s Colin. While Maddie is writing “I LOVE GOD!” in her notebook, brought along to keep her occupied during the service, Colin is asking if they have WiFi at church and why the angels above the organ are blowing on plungers. I explain we don’t play on iPhones in mass and that they are trumpets not plungers, but he insists he is right. He then continues on to race his cars up and down the pew, and climb on my lap, periodically tossing in a “God is dumb” comment. Still, he usually sings along with the songs and just when I think he has found something in church that interests him, I realize he has switched the words to “God is poopy. God is pee-pee. Amen. Amen.” When we recite the Lord’s Prayer, he remains silent the whole time until the last line, “…but deliver us from evil…” where he yells “EVIL!” as loud as he can. He’s been kicked out of the daycare at church and they told me he should probably try going to Children’s Liturgy instead. When we have sent him, his sister usually comes back with a bad report. I’m still waiting for one of the Children’s Liturgy leaders to come up to the priest in the middle of mass, whisper in his ear and have him announce that I need to go pick up my son from the church basement before they ex-communicate us all. I’d settle for an exorcism at this point.

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A few weeks ago at church, he told me he didn’t believe in God because he couldn’t see him. I tried to explain that believing in something you can’t readily see is what having faith is all about. I compared it to Santa Claus, to which he replied, “I don’t believe in him either.” The good news is he never stops asking questions throughout the entire mass. Every so often he hears words like “blood of life” and “Jesus was nailed to the cross” that particularly peak his interest, but at least I know he is listening. One Sunday, when I thought he was more interested in his trucks than mass, the priest was giving his homily and at the end said our relationship with the Virgin Mary is comforting much like our relationship with our own mothers. The last line of his sermon was, “…just call mom.” To which Colin shouted, “MOM!” After mass, I asked the priest if he had heard Colin and he said he hadn’t. I gave him a little background on Colin’s irreverent behavior and he responded, “Those are the people who become priests.” Hmm. I kind of thought they were the kind of people who became convicts, so I guess we all need to have a little faith.

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A Fairy Tale Revamped “The Three Bully Goats Gruff” takes stage to send message of kindness

“Since bullying has been so prevalent in the news I decided to write this play to address this public issue,” explains Howard.


According to Remzephr Productions, “Holidays With the Three Bully Goats Gruff ” not only seeks to entertain, but also gently addresses the current social concern for bullying and its impact on our communities.


Childhood bullying, be it online, in school or on the athletic field, has almost become an unfortunately common concern, affecting every age group from the children involved to the parents to teachers, neighbors and those of us who hear of the incident secondhand or on the news. Now, one local playwright is taking the issue in hand with a holiday offering designed to teach, inspire and entertain. Actor, producer and director Jerod Howard decided to address bullying and wrote “Holidays with the Three Bully Goats Gruff,” which is currently in production at The Three Brothers Studio Theatre in Waukegan through December 21.

“Holidays With the Three Bully Goats Gruff ” gives a contemporary spin to the classic Norwegian fairy tale about three goats (sometimes referred to as youngster, father and grandfather) who must cross a bridge because there is no grass left for them to eat. Each goat encounters a hungry troll at the bridge and each time the goat convinces the


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troll to cross the bridge. When the largest and third goat encounters the troll he throws the troll off the bridge making it safe to cross again. The troll is never seen again. The updated version is a â€œâ€Ś wild holiday romp about three overbearing goats that only have one thing in mind ‌ themselves!â€? he says. “...Until they try to match wits with a crafty troll who takes a stand for his timid rabbit friend. Will the bullies be turned around in the spirit of the holiday season?â€?


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Celebrate the season in vintage glamour Sometimes the pearls of life flash by in ’80s neon leggings. Other moments of our childhood are accented by polyester flares and Charlie’s Angels feathered hair. But thank goodness for the popularity of period entertainment like Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, and the Great Gatsby, which have current fashion leaning toward the glamorous, with modern renditions of the couture of a most fashionable day. Everyone’s being plunged into modern fashion that is shimmering with vintage touches. Even if peplum blouses and full, A-line dresses aren’t quite your style, it’s easy to add vintage flare through hair, make-up and jewelry. Debi Giannini from Estate Jewelers Ltd in Barrington explains, “I think you can wear vintage fashion any day. You can incorporate it into something casual or something more formal.” When it comes to specifics, Giannini recommends broaches. “I think you can do a lot with vintage broaches on a jacket — an outer wear jacket or a blazer,” she

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continues. “People are doing broaches pinned on multi-strands of beads.” Estate Jewelers Ltd. has nearly 95 percent vintage jewelry, so Giannini has helped many clients incorporate a few reflections of past decades into their modern look. “We’ve seen the big rhinestone bracelets and rings. We’ve seen multiple strands of beads.” She’s been inspired by some creativity as well. “People have come in to buy broaches to make a headband or hair piece. Brides have come in to buy vintage pins and make bouquets out of them.” Sometimes embracing vintage hair and make-up can be a trickier subject for those of us who are in a rut of the same daily beauty routine; however Mario Tricocci’s Regional Beauty Manager Josanne Rahing makes it simple. “Vintage makeup can be incorporated a little at

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a time by simply amping up everyone’s favorite … mascara!,” she says. “Or going fully into the look by adding a deep tone matte lipstick.” People who want more from the vintage trend can try adding fake eyelashes and foundation for a clean, clear-looking canvass. Mario Tricocci’s Hair Salons & Day Spas Creative Director John Gialluisi offered tips for hair. “Think ‘old Hollywood’ with styles like a Victorian roll or hair inspired by Great Gatsby days,” he says. “A simple way to achieve a ‘vintage’ inspired hair look is to roll hair away from face with a barrel curling iron. Curl the hair all in the same direction with a curling iron with a low side part. Then smooth through the top and keep curls at the bottom. “For hair, the trend at the moment is all about the rolls. To achieve this look, twist and curl hair to create large waves for a classic vintage look.” Television fashion icons, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly would never recommend going for a vintage look from head to toe or risk looking less like Mad Men and more like Halloween. But a simple, solid-color, sweater with a string of pearls and bright red lips can have you well on your way to true modern vintage style. SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE-LAKE | DECEMBER 2013 | 21

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Pillow Talk

Experts weigh in on the importance of a good night’s sleep

I By MARTHA MADDI I Winter means shorter days, more time indoors and . . . sleeping problems? It’s true: Sunshine signals our brains to be alert and awake while darkness sends the message that it’s bedtime. With so little sunshine in the winter months, we tend to feel sleepy throughout the day so there’s no distinctive darkness to bring on slumber in the evening hours. According to Andrew Mouton, Ph.D., boardcertified sleep specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine in Grayslake, “Many of our biological rhythms are regulated by or dependent on light so when days are shorter in the winter, sleep problems often emerge.” If you suffer from winter sleep woes, it’s important to take action. “Insufficient sleep causes problems in nearly every area of functioning,” says Mouton. Getting adequate sleep (seven to nine hours for adults) each night: • Ensures our ability to stay awake and alert at school, work and on the road.


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• Increases our ability to learn and retain new information.

• Create an environment that is conducive to sleep. Kane recommends keeping your bedroom dark, quiet and void of stimulation. “I would not recommend that you read or watch TV while in bed because it can confuse your body,” says Kane.

• Promotes a healthy metabolism. • Prevents disease and supports our immune system function. • Lowers stress.

Conversely, a lack of adequate sleep can cause: • Accidents since your judgment can be impaired. • Memory problems that hinder your performance at school or work. • Aging skin. • Weight gain and morbid obesity. • Depression. • Serious health problems, including heart disease, heart attack, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. To foster healthy sleeping habits, there are several measures you can take according to Kathryn Kane, Ph.D., owner of Sleepwatchers in Lake Villa and Jerry Gore, M.D., co-founder and medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in Riverwoods: • Maintaining a regular bed and wake time schedule, even on the weekends. “A consistent sleep schedule is key to a healthy mind and body,” says Kane. • Adopt a relaxing bedtime routine. “It can help create a habit so your body knows

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• Be mindful of what you eat and drink. Gore says it’s important not to eat two hours before bed but you may drink chamomile tea. “It helps to quiet and calm your body and mind,” he says. Kane strongly suggests avoiding sugar and caffeine before bed. “Try sticking with food containing tryptophan, like turkey, to induce sleep,” she says. And forget the warm milk. “It does not actually cause drowsiness and in fact, milk is quite high in its carbohydrate/sugar content which isn’t what you want in your system right before bed,” she says. Coffee should be consumed in the morning and limited to just one glass a day. “Make sure it’s a reasonably-sized glass, not a large one,” she says. With caffeine, falling asleep may not be difficult but sleep is disrupted by the processing of the drug so it’s not a restorative sleep, according to Kane.

Common natural treatments to induce a good night’s sleep include chamomile tea, which calms the body, and valerian root, which has been said to reduce anxiety. what to expect,” says Kane. Also, Gore suggests anxious individuals rub warm sesame oil on the back of their necks to induce relaxation. He also believes a settling activity is important to practice. “Sit on the side of your bed and think about all the things that happened during the day, especially the things that caused stress, and then let go of them,” Dr. Gore says. “That way those thoughts don’t come up during sleep.” He also suggests practicing a breathing technique in which you inhale and exhale 15 times lying on your left side, then on your right side and then on your back. “Make sure the breaths are smooth with no pauses,” says Gore. “Most people fall asleep while doing this.”

• Consider herbs and supplements. Gore suggests taking the herb valerian root to reduce anxiety in general and magnesium supplements to ease muscle tension. Kane says melatonin is a very safe and natural supplement that induces sleep but she advises meeting with a physician before starting on the regimen. If none of these methods are working, you should see your physician.


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For Runners It might be cold outside, but that won’t stop dedicated runners (or walkers). And whether you’re preparing for a marathon, your first 5K or just want to get off your duff, these are apps you should check out. COUCH-TO-5K: There are all sorts of apps that can help you with your training. You can start with one of the most popular — the Couch to 5K program designed by trainers. This will ease you into a regular running routine without going full tilt on your first time out the door and overdoing it. The app comes with a great workout journal to log your progress. — Life Fitness. $1.99 for iOS and Android. com/mobile

FLEETLY: Competitive much? Try this app. You can earn points for completing your workouts, as well as compete against athletes at all levels. Fleetly works great for long-distance running activities, but it also supports yoga, weight training, table tennis and more. — Life Fitness. Free for iOS.

RUNTASTIC: This is a great free GPS tracker. Just turn it on when you begin your run, and it will track distance, time, speed, calories and more. There also are features that let you track your workouts and set goals for yourself. — Free for iOS and Android.

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Warm Up To Winter I By ERIN SAUDER I

When the weather outside is frightful, a seat near the fireplace can be delightful. Not so delightful, however, is the upkeep. “I think a lot of people that have traditional wood burning fireplaces find themselves not burning wood in there very often because wood tends to be messy,” says Mike Boudart, president of Lindemann Chimney Co. “You have to buy the wood and carry it in and light a fire and later clean up the ashes. And when leaving the house some people are not comfortable leaving a fire in the fireplace.” 44continued on p. 32

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44continued from p. 31 That’s not unreasonable, since a chimney fire can turn quickly into a structure fire. Boudart knows this well. Lindemann Chimney Co. was started by a firefighter, Gary Lindemann, in 1969. “Like a lot of firefighters, he did some other things in his spare time,” says Boudart. “And one of those things was cleaning chimneys and gutters. His business grew into a significant company.” When people burn wood in the fireplace, they potentially build up smoke residue in the flue, he explains. “That needs to be cleaned periodically so it doesn’t build up to the point where it can be thick enough to be a fuel source and cause a chimney fire,” he says. So if all that upkeep sounds like too much trouble, don’t despair. The warmth of a living room hearth still can be yours, with a switch from a woodburning fireplace to gas. Converting is easier and more affordable than ever, Boudart says, and while the installation could cost as much as $4,000, it’s mobile. “It can be moved to a new house,” he says. “It’s an appliance like a washer or dryer.” The fireplace often becomes the centerpiece of the room, a gathering spot for everything from gift opening to family pictures. Such a large presence screams out for a decorative touch of equal measure. “Maybe it’s new stone or a new hearth or a different mantel so it’s up-to-date,” Boudart says. “One of the last things I think people do commonly is the fireplace,” he says. “They will have a home from the 1960s, and the kitchen and bathroom will look new, but the fireplace still looks like it’s 1965.”

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rushing your teeth and getting dressed in the morning are among the daily routines that are second nature to humans. But you may not always remember that your pets need regular care too — such as avoiding potentially harmful table scraps, being protected from pesky fleas and ticks, keeping the sensitive pads of their paws safe from ever-changing weather conditions, and getting regular veterinary care. Here are five, simple steps to help keep your pets healthy and happy from Cristiano von Simson, DVM, MBA, director of Veterinary Technical Services, Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health Division, and proud dog owner.


What can be better than a gathering with family and friends around good food? According to Dr. von Simson, although you may be tempted — and your dog or cat may beg — remember to stop yourself before giving your pet a table scrap, leftover or bone. “You may make him happy for the moment, but it could create serious digestive problems for him in the long run,” he says. “So instead of sharing human food, give him an appropriate pet treat.”


You don’t like to be bitten by pesky bugs — well, neither does your four-legged friend. While you may know that fleas and ticks may cause misery and disease for your pets, you may not know that these parasites can be active year-round, waiting for their chance to attack and feed on your dog or cat. Continuous protection against fleas and ticks is, therefore, an essential part of pet ownership. But it’s not always easy to remember to use a flea and tick preventive each month. 32 | DECEMBER 2013 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE-LAKE

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Do you wear shoes when jogging on hot asphalt — a no-brainer, right? What about boots when it snows? But did you ever stop to think that your pet’s feet need protection from the elements, too? It is important to keep the pads of their feet cool in sweltering weather, which is why walks in the evening or early morning are best. And during winter, be sure to protect their feet from snow; sled dogs wear protective booties for a reason.


A summer run on the beach, a fall trek through the woods and blazing your own snow trail are all activities that not only make you thirsty, but your pet, as well. So when you pack a water bottle for the day, don’t forget to bring your pet’s water bowl, too. “Your pet will be grateful for a drink of clean water, not to mention properly hydrated,” says Dr. von Simson.


Just as annual check-ups are essential for keeping us healthy, regular visits to the veterinarian are vital to the health and well-being of your pet. You may think, “My pet looks fine, and has no symptoms, so why should I take her to the vet?” But since your pet can’t really talk, she can’t tell you when she is ill, especially if the “she” is a cat. In fact, according to the Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study III: Feline Findings, a nationally representative study of feline owners, 52 percent of cat owners indicated they had not taken their cats to the veterinarian in the past year. “Because cats age differently than humans — with the first two years of a cat’s life equal to 24 years of a human’s life, and each successive year equivalent to four human years — annual examinations are essential to helping keep cats healthy and preventing potentially serious disease,” says Dr. von Simson. — More Content Now

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OUT to EAT Suburban Life Magazine’s RESTAURANT GUIDE Planning on dining out? We recommend that you try one of these fabulous restaurants! They are the best places to dine in the Lake County area. THE VINE - MARTINI & WINE BAR 101 Center St., Grayslake 847-543-0900 The Vine is located in Downtown Grayslake at 101 Center St. They focus on staying local whether if it’s through community events or using fresh local ingredients in food / drinks, The Vine is open 7 days a week and have private dining available. We have over 75 different martinis... right now our focus is on craft beer we have 18 taps and over 40 in bottle. Reservations can be made at 847.543.0900.

MAMBO ITALIANO RISTORANTE, 748 S. Butterfield Rd., Mundelein 847-281-9100 The Mambo Italiano Ristorante is family owned and operated for the past 7 years, the restaurant strives to provide a taste of new world yet authentic Italian cuisine, enjoy friendly service and genuine Italian dishes. Mambo Italiano has a full bar & wine selection, offers nightly dinner specials, all homemade pastas, fresh fish daily, steaks, and many more dishes to choose from. They offer full catering

for all of your special events and welcome private parties and has delivery service. With its friendly staff ready to wait on you and open 7 days a week Mambo Italiano is definitely the place to check out and enjoy your dining experience.

HITZ PIZZA & SPORTS BAR 700 S. Butterfield Rd Mundelein 847-362-0505, Drop in to Hitz Pizza & Sports bar for our unforgettable food and great times with your family and friends. After all....We’re your neighborhood’s favorite restaurant. We offer friendly and casual dining atmosphere you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Our menu offers an inspired array of delicious selections made with the freshest ingredients for you to choose from. In addition to our delicious menu we offer live entertainment to help make your night an experience you won’t forget. Watch your favorite NFL game here on one of our 17 TV’s or let us cater your party with one of our many catering packages available. Stop on into Hitz Pizza & Sports Bar today and check it out...... Bring your friends!


with cherry port sauce, house salad and white chocolate mousse tower, just a few of the many creations that Chef David creates at his wonderful restaurant! David’s Bistro 883 Main Street Antioch Illinois 847-603-1196

DAVIDS BISTRO 883 Main St., Antioch 847-603-1196 After enjoying a stroll through Antioch’s downtown stop by David’s Bistro a contemporary American eatery to fill any appetite. Owner and Chef David Maish offers many spectacular dishes from his homemade soups, appetizers and wonderful entrees including daily specials. David’s Bistro opens at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday-Sunday and stays open until David kicks you out...nicely of course.

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Are you gluten-free or looking to be? These apps are for you. They let you know what’s gluten-free in stores, restaurants and home recipes. Being gluten-free has never been so easy! FIND ME GLUTEN-FREE: This app allows users to view local business reviews and look at gluten-free menus from local and chain restaurants. Users also can get directions and call businesses directly from the app. — Charlyn Fargo/Creators Syndicate. Free for iOS and Android.

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IS THAT GLUTEN FREE: This is designed for “those with gluten sensitivities, celiac disease, or anyone wanting more information on gluten-free products or leading a gluten-free lifestyle.” The app includes more than 14,800 verified gluten-free products from more than 360 brands, including private-label grocery store brands. The app also includes a searchable ingredients tab that designates safe, unsafe and possibly unsafe ingredients. — Charlyn Fargo/Creators Syndicate. $7.99 for iOS. http:// I EAT OUT GLUTEN FREE: This app tells you what does or doesn’t have gluten at ethnic restaurants

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Franki Martin is an award winning metal clay artist. Her work is created using a specialized fine silver clay. Once she sculpts, carves and finishes her design in the clay form, it is placed into a jeweler’s kiln. This allows the organic binder in the clay to burn off and the silver molecules fuse together resulting in a Pure, Fine Silver (99.9) piece of jewelry. Her work will be available for purchase at the Deer Path Art League’s Fire and Ice Holiday Gift Show, offered through December 27 at the Gordon Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest.

GATSBY NIGHT Attendees of Gatsby Night enjoyed a Roaring ’20s style evening of gambling, dancing, a fashion show, cocktails and entertainment, all in support of Air One Emrgency Response Coalition and the Association of Horizon, Inc. The event, hosted by Heal Team 6 at Lake Forest Sportscars in Lake Bluff, raised more then $50,000 for the charities.

“Crazy Lace Agate” and “Apple Coral” by FRANKI MARTIN To submit an entry to Artist Showcase, email artwork, title of piece, name and village of residence of artist, a two- to threesentence description of the piece, short bio and artist photo to, subject head “Local Artist Submission.”

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Through January 5 — Mary Poppins at the Marriott Theatre, at 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire Mary Poppins, based on P.L. Travers’ beloved stories and the classic Disney film, features a magical score and thrilling dancing with “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Feed the Birds,” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” coming to life in front of your eyes for the very first time. For tickets, a full schedule, or more information, call 847-634-0200 or visit December 10 — Holidays Around the World 10:30am at the Genesee Theatre, at 203 N. Genesee St. in Waukegan As part of the 2013-2014 Education Through the Arts Series, come out for a “hands-on” holiday celebration of Channukah, Christmas, Kwanza and the Chinese New Year and celebrate the Holidays Around the World. Cost is $6. For more information, call 847-782-2366 or visit www.geneseetheatre. com. December 10 — The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue 7:30 p.m. at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, at 19351 Washington St. in Grayslake This fast-paced interactive show, filled with style and wit, is the perfect alternative to the same old tired holiday performances. Drawing from holiday film classics to family gatherings to improvised Christmas carols, this bright, funny and completely original show will keep the audience rolling in the aisles. Adult admission is $32, Senior admission is $31, and children’s admission is $15. For tickets or more information, call 847-543-2300 or visit http://jlcenter. December 13 — Milk-N-Cookies with Santa 10 a.m. at the Robert W. Rolek Community Center, at 814 Hart Road in Round Lake There will be exciting games and crafts for you to participate in, along with playing in the Neighborhood.

Santa will also be available for you to sit on his lap and tell him your gift wishes! Bring your own cameras if you would like to take advantage of this photo opportunity with Santa! Then, before everyone leaves, Santa will read a wonderful holiday story and join you for some milk-n-cookies. Suited best for children ages 1-6. Cost is $12 per child, and $8 per second child. To register or for more information, call 847546-8558 or visit December 13 — Chris Isaak 8 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre, at 203 N. Genesee St. in Waukegan Isaak will be performing songs from his newest album, popular hits from his catalog, as well as some holiday favorites. Tickets start at $35.50. For tickets or more information, call 847-782-2366 or visit www.geneseetheatre. com.

December 21 — Wonderland Express Christmas Concert 2 p.m. at the Chicago Botanic Garden, at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe Get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas brass concert, featuring festive holiday favorites in the Alsdorf Auditorium. Tickets are member/nonmember $15/$17 in advance and $18/$20 the day of. Ticket price includes concert and access to the Wonderland Express exhibit. For more information, call 847-835-5440 or visit

December 14 & 15 — The Magic of the Nutcracker 3 p.m. both days at the Genesee Theatre, at 203 N. Genesee St. in Waukegan The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest and most lavish production of the classic ballet in Lake County! Featuring more than 100 performers including internationally renowned guest artists. Tickets start at $15. For tickets or more information, call 847-782-2366 or visit www.

December 21 — Libertyville’s Polar Express 9:42a.m.11:10a.m., 11:42a.m.-1:10 p.m., or 1:42 p.m.-3:10 p.m. at the Libertyville Metra Station, at 200 W. Lake St. in Libertyville Don’t miss this special train ride from the Libertyville Metra station to the North Pole (Fox Lake) and back again. The entire trip to and from the North Pole will take approximately 90 minutes. Remember that the Polar Express always leaves on time, so be prompt. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa Claus will join the Polar Express and ride back with everyone. Our Polar Express will re-create the trip recounted in the award-winning children’s book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. Wear your PJs! Admission is $20. Space is limited, so register early. To register or for more information, call 847-996-6800 or visit

December 15 — Candy Cane Train 1 p.m. at Jewett Park, at 836 Jewett Park Drive in Deerfield Experience a storybook holiday event as we travel from the Deerfield Train Station to meet Santa and favorite holiday friends. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to bring your cameras because this will be a most memorable event for both you and your child(ren). For children up to age 12 with parent/family member. Cost is $15 per resident and $22 per non-resident. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 847-945-0650 or visit

December 21 — The Manhattan Transfer Swings Christmas 8 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre, at 203 N. Genesee St. in Waukegan Touching on bebop, contemporary jazz, doo wop, Latin melodies, pop/rock, and much more, Manhattan Transfer has pushed the envelope of what four part harmonies can do. In the process, they’ve sold out concert halls across the world and continue to delight fans with their wide array of highenergy renditions. Tickets start at $38. For tickets or more information, call 847-782-2366 or visit www.geneseetheatre. com.

December 15 — Jane Austen’s Heroines 2 p.m. at the Wauconda Area Library, at 801 N. Main St. in Wauconda Historian and actress Leslie Goddard brings to life eight women from Jane Austen’s novels, beginning and ending with Elizabeth Bennett from “Pride and Prejudice.” These characters will provide a fun introduction to Austen’s work using her own dry wit. For more information, call 847-5266225 ext.203 or visit

December 21 & 22 — Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Saturday at 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, at 19351 Washington St. in Grayslake Even the youngest sugarplum will eagerly follow the heroine, Clara, as her lively imagination leads her on a wonderful journey filled with colorful characters: the fearsome Mouse King, dazzling dancers from many lands, the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince! This fresh, lively and thoroughly entertaining production is sure to become a favorite for the entire family. Adult admission is $30, Senior admission is $29, and Child admission is $12. For tickets or more information, call 847-543-2300 or visit http://

December 15 — Holiday Choral Concert 3:30 p.m. at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, at 19351 Washington St. in Grayslake Join the CLC Singers, Choir of Lake County, Chamber Singers and Gospel Choir in celebrating the sounds of this holiday season! Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. For tickets or more information, call 847-5432300 or visit December 17 — Moonlit Ski 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Heller Nature Center, at 2821 Ridge Road in Highland Park Cross-country ski by the light of the moon then step inside the Natur e Center to warm up with a warm beverage and a snack. Fee includes ski rental. Ages 6 & up only. Cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children. For more information, call 847-433-6901 or visit December 20 — Michael Johnson with Special Guest Dwane Wilson 7 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre, at 203 N. Genesee St. in Waukegan Michael Johnson’s music career is more varied than those who know him only from his pop music might guess. Tickets start at $35.50. For tickets or more information, call 847-782-2366 or

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December 29 — Styx in Concert 7:30 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre, at 203 N. Genesee St, in Waukegan With a career that is legendary, spanning well over three decades, including albums that consistently have achieved gold or platinum status, millions of fans, and two Super-Bowl appearances, Styx continues to conquer the planet. Tickets start at $58. For tickets or more information, call 847-7822366 or visit December 31 — Sinbad: A New Year’s Celebration 8 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre, at 203 N. Genesee St. in Waukegan The Genesee Theatre welcomes in the New Year with a special performance by actor, performer and comedian Sinbad. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following by taking audiences’ painful trials or embarrassing tribulations of day-by-day life, throwing them back in their faces, and causing an uproar of comedic hysteria. Tickets start at $42. For tickets or more information, call 847-7822366 or visit

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