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Celebrating 21 Years!


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march/april 2020 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Michelle Fink Catherine Gibel Gayla Grace Meghan Kennihan Shari Medini Cheryl Maguire Pam Molnar EVENTS EDITOR Pam Molnar PUBLISHER Jim Wolf CO-EDITORS Sue Wolf Jim Wolf ART DIRECTION Tim Devine Cory Ottenwess

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A new dance production inspired by Matisse’s famous painting “La Danse”

Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. This production is a tender, joyful, passionate and humorous interpretation of Matisse’s three permutations of the painting starting with “The Joy of Life,” followed by the two versions of “La Danse,” danced to original musical composition by John Levis and poetry by Karl Mullen.


Tickets: $30 General Public $25 Seniors FREE for children and students (with ID)

Photos by: Contigo Photos and Films

A ticket is required to reserve seat.

Box Office: (708) 974-5500 morainevalley.edu/fpac

Dorothy Menker Theater

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


By Shari Medini


he kids are in bed, you sit down on the couch, and you are surrounded by piles of toys.You are too tired to do anything about it, but you can’t fully relax because you feel a little guilty for not cleaning up.

You sit down at your desk, ready to work, but

However, this is simply not true. Getting or-

you keep getting distracted by stray notes left

ganized has been shown to lead to a sense of

on your desk. Your computer desktop isn’t

control and calm. And we can be much more

any better, and you can’t find the files that you

productivity and clear-headed when the envi-

need when you need them.

ronment around us is more organized.

You are on a tight schedule, but you can’t ever

Organize Your Things

seem to get anywhere on time. You feel like

It can be very difficult to keep your home or-

you should be better at this.You wonder how

ganized if you simply have too much stuff scat-

other people manage to get places on time.

tered about. Decluttering and sorting through things initially will help you keep up with day

In each of those situations you are not being

to day organization. If there are things that you

as efficient or as relaxed as you could be. Dis-

don’t want to get rid of, you can simply put

organization goes hand-in-hand with stress,

them away in storage for now.Try to really limit

Topic: Master of Bonsai presents and designs a tree

but often we do not see how closely these

how much you keep in your living space, and

two things are related. If we are used to liv-

you will start to see the positive effects quickly.

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ing in a world of clutter and disorganization,

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we think that we have adapted to it. We think

If you pack away the special cookware and

that we function just fine in the midst of it all,

servingware, you will have more room to

and we think that it would take more time

store the kitchen items that you use daily.

and effort to get organized than to function

You can free up counter space and easily

in disarray.

put things out of sight if your cabinets are

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not cluttered with items that you use once or twice a year. Imagine cooking meals in a clean kitchen where you have counter space to chop, prepare, and dish meals! Organize Your Time Organizing the physical objects in your life is important, but organizing your time is the next major step. Planning out your time does take a little extra effort up-front; however, it quickly pays off when you are not rushing from activity to activity and missing deadlines or forgetting important details. Pay close attention to how much time certain tasks actually take you. Sometimes you will be surprised at how little time dreaded tasks take (like folding laundry), or you may be surprised at how much time you just spent scrolling through Instagram. Once you have a handle on how long different tasks take you, you can realistic plan out your days. Just don’t forget to leave room for those extra hiccups that always seem to occur just when you’re heading out the door. Imagine living in a world where you are not checking your car clock every few seconds worrying that you will be late. You can put yourself back in control of your day instead of feeling pulled in all different directions. You will be able to say yes to certain activities and politely decline others while being realistic about your time limits. Organize Your Mind Once you have other aspects of your life organized, you will find that your mind automatically becomes more clear.You will have space to brainstorm creative ideas, problem solve, and simply enjoy the moment that you are living at that current moment.You can continue to use other resources to empty out your brain – write lists, use smartphone apps, set alarms, use planners, etc. The goal is to get you to a state where you can enjoy the life that you have created for yourself. You work hard, and you deserve to be happy! Take the time and energy to organize your life so that you and your family can enjoy the benefits of calmer days. March/April 2020

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pring is a beautiful and busy time of year. As soon as the first daffodil star ts poking through, we can’t wait to get outside. You will discover many seasonal activities to enjoy in this issue! Ottawa,The Middle of Everywhere

Come dip your toes where the Fox meets the Illinois, and lose yourself in a cave of salt. Take the paths of Presidents or blaze the trail with buffalo. Savor worldly cuisine or sample the local roots. Whether you’re traveling cross country to visit family or just a few miles to see an old friend, you will always arrive in the middle of everywhere. Find your new destination here: Ottawa Visitors Center. www.pickusottawail.com. 815-434-2737 [See our ad on Inside Front Cover.]

Colorful Cantigny Park

Spring at Cantigny in Wheaton is a special time, when the beautiful gardens come to life. Upcoming activities include parent-child classes, gardening workshops, lectures and concerts. Families will love the Easter Egg Hunt on April 4 and 5, and Kite Night on April 17. Cantigny’s gardens, museums and most special events are free admission and parking is only $5. Visit www.Cantigny.org for details and the full calendar of activities. Text PARK to 36000 for updates and offers.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a one-of-akind outdoor adventure park built on 300 acres of historic land in Lemont, IL. From ropes course, ziplines, and climbing walls, to 8 out & about

mountain biking, walking trails, and a designated kids activity zone, Lemont Quarries has something to exhilarate, educate, and entertain adventurers of all ages and abilities. Lemont Quarries is located at 14657 Main Street, Lemont, IL 60439. To learn more, visit us at www.forgeparks.com.

Midwest Pond & Koi Society

The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener.The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions and a pond tour.You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting.Visit www.mpks.org for more information.

Aurora Downtown

Enjoy springtime in downtown Aurora. Visit family-friendly museums, stop by local coffee shops, and enjoy free events. Egg Hunt on the Island is a downtown-wide egg hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 4. Experience art, music, and more at monthly First Fridays events with more than two dozen venues open plus free trolley rides. May 1 is the annual Food Truck Festival. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org [See our ad on Inside Front Cover.]

Burpee Museum of Natural History

PaleoFest 2020:Weekend Adventures in a Prehistoric World is a dino-centric event this March 6-8, that provides a fun and educational experience for both adults and children! Scientists arrive from around the world to celebrate all things prehistoric. The museum transforms: special stations showcasing paleo research, family-friendly suburban family | subfam.com

lectures and workshops, PaleoArt workshops and the world famous research lectures. March 6: FREE student symposium. Saturday & Sunday March 7-8: Full PaleoFest Event. For more information, visit www. burpee.org

WhirlyBall Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! Choose from a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer and signature cocktails at The Pivot Room, open for lunch and dinner daily. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-9324800 [See our ad on Back Cover.] TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show

Spring into the NEW Decade brings buying opportunities at the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on April 23-26. Shop for yourself, your family, and friends for Spring into Summer products such as jewelry, fashion, accessories, gift, décor, beauty and gourmet items you can only find at a TransWorld’s JF&A Show. Get FREE gifts just for attending and buying at the show as well! KIDS DAY IS ON SUNDAY, APRIL 26th. Kids aged 9-16 can attend with an accompanying adult. Register kids on-site only and a $5 fee applies. They will receive a FREE gift from us as a thank you for being a future JF&A shopper. For complete details, visit: www.jfashow.com to register. March/April 2020

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Drury Lane Theatre

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

Shrek the Musical. Performances run April 30 - June 13.

The Trip to Bountiful, By Horton Foote. Performances run March 6 - 28.

For more than 30 years, Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audience has delighted audiences of all ages. The latest production to hit the stage is guaranteed fun for the whole family: Shrek the Musical!

Carrie Watts, an elderly woman, finally escapes her cramped apartment and overprotective children to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas. But she begins to learn that her cherished town isn’t the same as she remembered it.

Everyone’s favorite ogre finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside wisecracking Donkey and feisty Princess Fiona. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek! At only 60 minutes with no intermission, kids will be hooked from start to finish, and adults will be laughing along the whole time. Performances run April 30 - June 13. Tickets are on sale now. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www. DruryLaneTheatre.com. Meet Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and the rest of the cast every Saturday at Drury Lane’s Shrek the Musical Character Breakfast! For more information or to reserve a table, call (630) 530-8300 or visit LucilleRestaurant.com. Have a group of 15 or more? Save big when you book through Group Services! Group tickets start at just $15 per person. To start planning, call (630) 570-7272 or email Groups@DruryLane.com. 10 out & about

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In April, come join us for The Overshadowed Princess Concert! Enjoy an evening of your favorite princess songs sung by stars of the Overshadowed stage! April 17 - 18, 2020 | 7:30 PM, 2 PM, 7:30 PM. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call the box office at 630634-2100 or visit our website at www.overshadowed.org. [See our ad on Page 3.]

Arcada Kids Club The Arcada Kids Club presents TWO familyfriendly shows, coming to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. March 11 - Tales of Peter Pan & Cinderella ON ICE, a journey with several of your favorites. April 18, join us for Cinderella, the beloved fairytale/play everyone loves! Tickets are just $12. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! Ron Onesti’s Wild West Town, a family amusement park and entertainment center, just west of Huntley, is opening for the 2020 on May 16th! www.oshows.com [See our ad on Page 5.] March/April 2020


By Pam Molnar


ainbows are a sign that the sunny days of spring are on the way. Their colorful rays bring a smile to our hearts – much like our daughters do. If you are looking for a party theme for your birthday girl, a Rainbow Party is a wonderful way to celebrate. We’ve come up with four craft ideas, four games and menu of colorful foods and drink.

2. Friendship bracelets – Jewelry making is such a fun project with friends. Why not make friendship bracelets? Older girls might enjoy braiding colorful thread in a camp-style bracelet. Younger girls can use colorful plastic or glass beads and colorful ribbons to string them on. Depending on the age of the guests, you can use candy or cereal in place of beads.

lenge like recite the alphabet backward and the other one with a ticket to receive a prize for completing the challenge. Blow up the balloons and tie one to each girl’s ankle. On go, the girls will gently stomp on the balloons to break them, revealing the challenge. If your balloon is popped, you have to pick up the challenge paper and perform the challenge.

3. Sprinkle candy bark – Place melting white chocolate pieces on a thick paper plates. Heat in microwave until it is in a liquid form – 1 minute usually does the trick. Encourage the kids to add cake sprinkles or small candies like Nerds. Use toothpicks to swirl around drops of food coloring. When the girls are done decorating, refrigerate the candy until it is hard.

3. Fill the Cup – Fill a large bowl with colored loop cereal and place in the center of the table. Players each have five small cups in front of them. Using a regular sized spoon, players need to separate the cereal by color, placing 10 of each color in their cups. Challenge the older girls by making them hold the spoon in their mouths. You can also play this game with teams.

4. Solar rainbow candles – Collect clear jars or purchase from Goodwill. Gather up all your 1. Make tie-dye shirts – Provide the guests unwrapped, broken crayons and place on the tawith white t-shirts and rubber bands.You can find ble where the girls will be crafting. Add a candle a guide to folding and banding the shirts online. wick to the middle of the jar (try a glue dot to Using fabric dye, dip the portions of the shirt in keep it in place) and stack a rainbow of crayons the colors until the whole shirt is covered. Put around the wick. You can add essential oils to the wet shirt in a marked plastic bag and send give it a nice scent. These candles can be placed SUBFAM FILL small 12.17:Layout 1 12/15/17 11:35 AM Page 1 home with instructions for washing out the dye. in a sunny window to melt a little at a time or can be lit to melt them from the top down.

4. Fill in the Rainbow – The guests are given a piece of paper with bowed lines marked with the colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, etc. Using a package of rainbow skittles, the players have to sort all the colors in order and place on the lines. First one done is the winner.

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Colorful games to play:

1. Rainbow scavenger hunt – Send the girls to find two items that are each color of the rainbow. This is a great game to play if it is nice enough to get outside as it gives the host time to clean up between crafts. 2. Pop balloon game – Place two slips of paper in each balloon – one with a chalsuburban family | subfam.com

Eat the Rainbow:

1. Jello – There are so many fun things you can do with colorful gelatin. Try seven layer jello in a cup, stained glass jello, or using cookie cutters in a tray of jello. 2. Rainbow Pasta – This is such a fun idea. Cook pasta until al dente. Separate the pasta into bags and add several drops of food coloring. Seal bag and shake. Drain and rinse before serving with warm sauce or butter. You can even use different shapes for each color. March/April 2020


WhirlyBallFrom friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink, WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions. The two-story “eatertainment” complex features a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with customized menus featuring The Pivot Room’s selection of elevated American fare and craft beverages. Book your event today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800 [See our ad on Back Cover.]

Odyssey Fun World

The place for out of this world family fun for all ages! Plan your next birthday party here. Boasting 150+ arcade and redemption games, a 4-story soft play center, Laser Tag, exciting indoor rides, and great food! All summer long we offer Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, a ZIPLINE (30 feet high!), and an Inflatable Kidz Park! Visit odysseyfunworld.com for exclusive discounts, or call 708-429-3800. 19111 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park.


Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR amusement park, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties! For more information visit www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649. 3. Fruit pizza- Fruit Pizza is a great way to get the picky girls to try new fruits. Purchase premade sugar cookie dough and spread out on a cookie sheet. Bake per directions. Let cool and spread cream cheese on top. Finish off with a rainbow of berries, melons, grapes, pineapples and kiwi. 4. Mini rainbow truffles – Divide prepared vanilla cake mix by six and add food coloring. Pour into cupcake tin and bake as directed. When cooled, crumble the cupcakes and set aside. Add a layer of Cool Whip to a clear glass and then add a layer of crumbed colored cake. Continue to alternate cake and Cool Whip until all colors have been used. 5. Rainbow drinks – Fill ice trays with colored Kool Aid and freeze overnight. Pour clear liquid like water or Sprite over colored ice and serve.

Goody bag:

The best thing about this party is that the tie dye shirt, the bracelet, the candy bark and the candle are also the goody bag. Add a simple box of crayons and a coloring book from the dollar store and you will have a colorful bag of treats for your guests. Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and party planner. Follow her on Etsy at Pam’s Party Printables. March/April 2020

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SLPs Can Help With Autism Spectrum Disorder


peech-language pathologists (SLPs) are well-versed in preventing, assessing, diagnosing, and treating speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in both children and adults. SLPs are experts in social communication, which is one of the defining criteria for autism. While the average age of diagnosis for autism is 5 years or older, an SLP can make a reliable diagnosis in 24 months. What Are Signs of Autism? Every child with autism is different. All will have problems with communication and social skills, but not in the same way. Autism is a spectrum disorder because it can cause mild problems, severe problems, or something in between. People with autism may focus on one topic or have some behaviors that they do over and over. Some may talk well but not be able to make friends, while others may not talk at all. A SLP can help navigate these differences. How Can I Have My Child Assessed by an SLP? An SLP is instrumental in finding out if your child has autism or a social (pragmatic) communication disorder. SLPs are often available in school systems for support. 14 education central

All children with autism have social communication problems. But, not all children with these problems have autism. Knowing which one your child has will help the SLP find the best treatment. While being non-verbal is not considered a defining trait of autism, speech delay is often one of the first signs – and SLPs are best equipped to give an in-depth look at your child’s abilities. Given this expertise, an SLP may be the first person to tell you that your child has autism. You Can Help Inform The Assessment Some of the most important information about your child will come from you. You can tell the SLP about what your child does well and where he or she has problems. The SLP will use different tests and watch how your child plays. The SLP may also want to talk to your child’s teacher or others who know about him or her. With treatment, an SLP has the ability to help your child: • Make sounds and speak words • Improve articulation and intelligibility • Have conversations • Ask and answer questions • Ask for help • Take turns in a conversation • Start or stop a conversation • Pay attention to what others do and not just to what she wants to suburban family | subfam.com

do • Play and get along with others • Understand and use gestures, like pointing • Follow directions • Look at books and tell stories • Write letters, words, and sentences These developments can help your child to: • Make and keep friends • Play with others and share toys • Understand how others feel • Focus with someone on the same object or event, called joint attention • Accept new foods - children with autism may not like the way foods look, taste, or smell, but effective communication can reduce outside frustrations. SLPs Can Help In Another Important Way If your child won’t talk, he could well need other means to communicate. SLPs are well trained in augmentative and alternative communication, or AAC, which help children who cannot talk or are very hard to understand. It can be used in a variety of settings: school, home, and other places. After working with an SLP, AAC may even help a child learn to talk. Children with autism can learn better social and communications kills. SLPscanhelp. For further information on the signs of autism and how an SLP can help, please visit asha.org/ public/speech/disorders/autism March/April 2020

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Know the Signs S igns of common speech and language disorders in adults and children between birth to 4 years of age, an important stage in early detection of communication disorders.

Children: Signs of a Language Disorder Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older) Does not babble (4-7 months)

Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7-12 months) Does not understand what others say (7 months-2 years) Says only a few words (12-18 months) Words are not easily understood (18 months-2 years) Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5-3 years) Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2-3 years) Has trouble with early reading and writing skills* (2.5-3 years)

*Early reading and writing skills include: 8 months–1 year: Likes to hear you talk and read; looks at pictures in books when you read

1–2 years: Makes sounds or words when looking at pictures in books; points or touches pictures in books when you name them; turns pages in books

Acacia Academy Acacia Academy is a private therapeutic day school ages 6 – 22 for those with learning disabilities, emotional concerns, autism and intellectually challenged students who benefit from a personalized program designed to meet individual needs. Natural habitat and threeacre school Nature Center located on campus provides students with a unique outdoor experience and summer program. AdvancED accredited and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for out-of-district placement. Transition programs and vocational services are available for ages 17-22. Kathryn Fouks, principal. 6425 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, IL 60525. (708) 579-9040. info@acaciaacademy.com. www.AcaciaAcademy.com

villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs. Visit SEASPAR.org or call 630.960.7600 for more information about our year-round programming for all ages and all abilities!

Eye Level Learning Centers Eye Level Learning Centers offer math and English programs focused on developing each child’s critical thinking and analytical skills. Eye Level is based on an educational philosophy in which students learn at their own pace. Each student receives an individualized program based on their ability, independent of age and grade. Through a smallstep approach, students master foundational skills before advancing to complex topics, leading to increased interest and understanding of more challenging content. Eye Level’s programs nurture self-directed learners who take initiative, form goals, and identify solutions – empowering them to take ownership of their learning. To learn more, visit www.myeyelevel.com.

Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley Offering services from A to Z to meet the needs of each child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). At Easterseals, every child with ASD has an individualized therapy plan to help them reach their goals at home, school and in the community. Services include occupational, physical and speech-language therapies, behavioral and social work services, assistive technology and support for parents and siblings. Visit eastersealsdfvr.org/AutismServices for more information.

SEASPAR SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services – including Special Olympics training and a multi-sensory room – for people with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the

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Shepherd’s Flock Child Care & Preschool Shepherd’s Flock is a newly remodeled Intergenerational Christian Child Care Center located on the campus of Lutheran Home. The center holds a Silver Circle of Quality through Excelerate Illinois which shows we are committed to quality improvement and excellence in education. We have several openings in our toddler and infant rooms. For more information or to schedule a tour please contact the Director, Jen Soukup at 847-368-7391 or our email at Jennifer.soukup@lulife.org.

Shriners Hospitals Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Chicago improves the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. Children with orthopedic conditions, rehabilitation needs including spinal cord injuries, and plastic surgery needs including cleft lip and palate receive care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. All care and services are provided in a compassionate, familycentered environment. For more information, please visit www.shrinerschicago.org or call 773-385-KIDS.

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2–3 years: Knows that books have a front and back; enjoys books that have rhymes; points to and names many pictures in books What Parents Can Do Listen and respond to your child Talk, read, and play with your child Talk with your child in the language you are most comfortable using Know it is good to teach your child to speak a second language Talk about what you are doing and what your child is doing Use a lot of different words with your child Use longer sentences as your child gets older Have your child play with other children Children: Signs of a Speech Sound Disorder Says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words (1-2 years) Says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectly in words (2-3 years) Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2-3 years) What Parents Can Do Say the sounds correctly when you talk—it is okay if your child makes some mistakes with sounds Do not correct speech sounds—it is more important to let your child keep talking Children Signs of Stuttering (Disfluency) Repeats first sounds of words—“b-b-b-ball” for “ball” Speech breaks while trying to say a word— “—–boy” for “boy” Stretches sounds out—“ffffff-farm” for “farm” Shows frustration when trying to get words out What Parents Can Do Give your child time to talk Do not interrupt, stop, or tell your child to slow down while they are speaking See a certified speech-language pathologist if you are concerned Children: Signs of a Voice Disorder Loss of voice Uses a hoarse or breathy voice Speaks with strain and effort What Parents Can Do See a doctor if your child sounds hoarse or breathy Tell your child to avoid shouting and screaming Drink water throughout the day Include quiet time/voice rest during the day

A licensed intergenerational child care center, on the campus of Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, offers your child a total program for the mind, body, and spirit.

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By Gayla Grace


leep-away camp was just what Ally needed in order to gain independence and confidence, marveled her mom, Sharon. “She found a whole new group of girls and had a ball; she’s had a hard time with girls beginning in grade 4,” Sharon says, “so it was great for her to bond with girls in a different setting.” Starting at age 9, Ally went away to camp for a week. The following summer she begged for it to be four. Her parents were delighted.

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learning to let go yourself!) it’s time to start researching sleep-away camps. Week- or monthlong adventures away from home give kids opportunities to experience unique adventures they’d never find at home. Asking other parents what camps their kids attend can be helpful also; having a friend go with your child is a beautiful thing for parents leery of separation. To find a camp that fits your child’s needs, seek out opinions from friends and neighbors, ask teachers and church counselors, attend camp fairs and explore options on your own. Residential camps of all kinds and sizes are located all across the country, so there’s sure to be one your child can love and from which he can gain valuable skills.

Time away from parents helps kids learn how to make their own decisions without checking with Mom or Dad first, and residential camp provides the perfect training ground, says Michael Thompson in his book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow (Random House; 2012).

Camp counselor Jamie Newman expresses enthusiasm for sending kids to camp. “Camp encourages kids to try new things and teaches them confidence through new experiences.They learn valuable life lessons when encouraged to work through their fears to try something even if it doesn’t feel comfortable to them.Also, when kids are thrown together in a cabin for a week, they’re forced to learn how to get along with others and often build lasting relationships that can continue when they return home.”

If you’d like your kids to develop maturity and gain independence (and if you’d like to begin

Need more convincing? Here are a few thoughts to consider:

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1) Camp builds maturity and allows children the chance to make their own decisions in a safe, caring environment. Kids benefit from new relationships with camp counselors who care about them and want to help them with everyday struggles. 2) Camp forces kids to unplug from technology and enjoy the beauty and benefits of nature. Through outside activities, kids find new hobbies without academic pressure or expectations. Kids gain self-confidence through trying new things and discovering talents they didn’t know they had. 3) Camp teaches good sportsmanship by encouraging each child to be fair and kind.Team activities teach kids how to cooperate with each other and the value of getting along with others though working together and supporting one another. 4) Camp fosters new friendships with kids who come from varying backgrounds - helping kids gain an understanding of how others live outside their community. In a relaxed atmosphere, kids easily make friends while they play, sing, work, eat and bunk together. 5) Camps creates life-long memories of new adventures in places they’ve never experienced before. Camp offers carefree days where kids can learn how to thrive outside the structure of over-scheduled days. Parents and “Child sickness” When it comes to sending a child to sleepaway camp, plenty of parents say, “Well, she’s ready for camp, but I’m not ready for her to leave!” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, homesickness is defined as “distress and functional impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and attachment objects such as parents.” For child sickness, the same can be true except it pertains to what parents experience when their child is away. Those who suffer from the condition feel some form of anxiety, sadness and nervousness, and most distinctly, obsessive preoccupation with thoughts of their child. “Parents today are more anxious than their peers were 20 and 30 years ago,” says Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association. “That said, the partnerships between parents and camp directors have increased. Parents should share their concerns with camp directors who are prepared to respond with responsible, informed answers.” Tips for Letting Go • Let your child have trial runs being away from you by permitting sleepovers. • Don’t show anxiety to your child - it will make it hard on him. • Have a plan for yourself: Get a project done that you’ve never had time for, go on a trip with your spouse, etc. • Remember: two of the greatest gifts you can give your child are confidence and independence. March/April 2020

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summer camp environment allows children to learn new skills in a safe and nurturing environment. The summer camp experience can have a lasting psychological impact on the development of a child. From friendship building to physical activity, your child has a lot to gain from attending camp. Check out the camps in this section and sign up your kids for an experience they won’t forget. SEASPAR’s summer day camps are the perfect place for kids, teens, and young adults ages 3–22 to spend their summer enjoying creative, social, and physical activities as well as fun community outings! For more information on day camps and other programs for children and young adults, call SEASPAR at 630.960.7600 or visit SEASPAR.org.

hybrid hover ball games, tackle environmental challenges and become confident entrepreneurs designing the next great invention! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities building collaboration and creative problem-solving skills. Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12).

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Harper College InZone Camps

Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate! Campers in grades K-6 will team up to play

Hello Summer. Hello InZone! InZone, Harper College’s enrichment and sports camp fills your summer with fun and learning. Kids


can expand their art creativity, develop their own website, make a movie or become master a musical instrument and so much more, all while making new friends and long-lasting memories. InZone (ages 8-14) and InZone Junior Explorers (ages 6-8) run for 10 weeks from June 8 – August 14. Visit harpercollege. edu/inzone to learn more, request a catalog, and schedule your summer of fun. Harper College CE, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067. inzone@harpercollege. edu 847.925.6300 [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

School of the Art Institute of Chicago In SAIC’s camps, kids work together on a variety of fun projects, including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, printmaking, performance, digital art and more. One- and twoweek camps for students ages 4 to 13 begin in June. Located at 36 South Wabash Avenue Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603. 312-629-6170. Visit: www.saic.edu/cs/

Choose from 20 unique camps that offer fun, hands-on activities for kids in grades 1-8. From Super Hero Science to Engineering Art, each camp will capture your child’s imagination and create the perfect summer adventure!

Good Times Summer Day Camp

All camp programming runs from 9 AM to 3 PM Drop off begins at 8 AM

June 1–July 30

Registration Begins February 17 To register, call 630-420-6010


Good Times Summer Day Camp offers campers an exciting and active program for children ages 4-12. Each week is filled with incredible field trips, many hours of swimming, various sports, exciting guests, challenging crafts, special events, and a theme based cookout. We accommodate parent’s busy schedules by offering extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at no extra charge. Schedules are flexible – come only the days you want. Convenient locations in Illinois and Wisconsin. Busing available in some areas. For more information call 847680-4884 or visit www.goodtimesdaycamp. com. [See our ad on Inside Back Cover.]

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Naper Settlement’s Camp Naper Camp Naper offers kids in grades 1-8 fun, unique, hands-on activities, with advanced tracks for older campers. Be sure to check out our special middle school camps for grades 5-8! All camps include supplies and a snack, and are led by experienced, adult counselors.With over 20 camps to choose from, campers can mix it up with a new camp each day in a Camp Naper Sampler pack, or adventure for a full week in one theme. New camps this year include Creepy Cryptids, Extreme Spies, World War II: America Goes All In, OG Pioneers: Living Off the Grid, DIY Week: Makers Make Their Mark, and more! All camps run from 9AM-3PM and drop off begins at 8AM. 523 S.Webster Street Naperville, IL 60540. (630) 420-6010. For more information, call 630.420.6010 or visit NaperSettlement.org/Camp

Little Mountain Community Theatre Children entering grades 2-8 in the fall are invited to join us Mondays through Fridays, June 15-26, for a two-week theatrical immersion while rehearsing for a production of Wizard of Oz Jr. Participants will learn lessons in teamwork, responsibility, and self-confidence. Singing, dancing,

and acting will be an integral part of the program with a final performance in the Lemont High School Performing Arts Center. Space is limited. Visit www.littlemountaintheatre.org for details.

Downers Grove Park District Downers Grove Park District summer camps offer nearly 100 adventures where kids will make memories that will last a lifetime! Check out action-packed sport camps, teen trips, traditional day camps and our early childhood camps. Unique specialty camps let kids delve into science, robotics, cooking, visual and cultural arts. Campers can take a swing at our golf camps, discover the great outdoors with nature camps or explore their historical side at one of our museum camps. Before and after care is available. Lincoln Center: 935 Maple Ave. 630.963.1300. Lyman Woods Nature Center: 901 31st St. 630.963.9388. Downers Grove Museum: 831 Maple Ave. 630.963.1309. Downers Grove Recreation Center: 4500 Belmont Rd. 630.960.7250. www.dgparks.org/summercamps

Moraine Valley Community College’s FitRec Summer Camp Spend your summer with FitRec! Moraine Valley Community College’s FitRec is hosting recreational summer camp for ages 5-13. Campers will stay entertained with a variety of activities in our state-of-the-art facility. Half-day options are also available to fit your schedule. Add-on options include: before & after care and swim lessons. Refer to our ad for dates and prices. 9000 W. College Pkwy., Building H, Palos Hills. For more information or to register, please visit www.morainevalley. edu/fitrec or call (708) 608-4000.




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The Chicago Red Stars The Chicago Red Stars Summer Soccer Camps and Clinics are tailored to aspiring female soccer players who want access to the best coaches and players in women’s soccer. Girls Soccer Day Camps: Improve your soccer skills at day camps in Libertyville, Schaumburg, Glen Ellyn, and Wheaton. Residential Girls Soccer Camps: Experience an immersive multi-day sleepover camp in Deerfield or Lisle for full day focus like collegiate and pro players. Learn more at www. chicagoredstars.com/camps March/April 2020

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Shady Oaks Camp, At Shady Oaks Camp, we create outstanding camp experiences that enrich the lives of our campers that promotes safety, independence, supportive care and attention based on the individuals needs and goals. Because the Association is a not for profit, private organization, the money to run camp must be raised by the parents. We are now accepting applications for membership into the Parents Association and Shady Oaks Camp for summer of 2020. 16300 Parker Rd. Homer Glen, IL 60491. For more info visit shadyoakscamp.org

Cub Creek Science Camp Ages 7-17. Imagine a summer camp where you can eat breakfast next to a colony of lemurs, zoom down a zip-line and pet a camel before lunch, then play a camp wide game of Capture the Flag after dinner! We are that camp! With 300 animals including porcupines, foxes, parrots, lizards, miniature horses, a 6-element ropes course, and classes in chemistry, pottery, culinary, animal care, and many more, we are a truly unique summer camp experience! A/C cabins. ACA accredited. www.CubCreekScienceCamp.com (573) 458-2125.

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Rock ‘n’ Kids Calling all toddlers to sing, dance and play the Rock ‘n’ Kids way! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are structured music and movement programs for children ages 1-5 that use a unique approach to music education! Since 1995, Rock ‘n’ Kids has been educating young children through imaginative play, sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, and socialization. A variety of rhythm instruments and movement props are utilized and a new educational theme is implemented each session! Classes offered at park districts in the Chicago-land area. Mobile music and dance parties also available! www.rockitkids.com/847-961-6584.

Heart to Art! The Auditorium Theatre is proud to present the 16th season of our award-winning summer camp. This unique performing arts camp brings together young people between the ages of 7 and 14 who have experienced the death of a parent to encourage the healing power of creative play. Through the exploration and creation of dance, theatre, and music, Hearts to Art inspires communication and collaboration, fosters emotional growth, and provides friendship, compassion and community with young people who have experienced a similar loss, campers understand they are not alone .To learn more about this FREE program go to auditoriumtheatre.org/education/heartsto-art-summer-camp

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Great Lakes Volleyball Center The GLCYA is accepting girls and boys ages 3-14 for the Great Lakes Center Youth Volleyball Academy Spring programs. All sessions focus on motor development and individual skill development by teaching both proper skill technique and introducing the young athlete to age appropriate game play as well for volleyball. NEW in 2020 is our GLC Elite Club program for 7th-10th grade girls. The Great Lakes Volleyball Center is located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502. For more info call 630-898-6400 or visit www.greatlakescenter. com FB: Great Lakes Center Youth Academy

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Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development Center for Talent Development’s Summer Programs offer advanced students, PreK through grade 12, an exceptional opportunity to delve into a subject of interest, build upon their strengths, and connect with a community of peers. Half-day and full-day options are available at Northwestern University’s Evanston, IL campus and other Chicago-area sites. For more information, visit www.ctd.northwestern.edu/summer2020.

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TIMES PER CLINIC 9–11:30 am & 1–3:30 pm LOCATION: Great Lakes Center 579 N. Oakhurst Dr. Aurora, IL 60602

SPORTS PERFORMANCE VOLLEYBALL 97 AAU/JVA/USAV National Championships 786 Female alumni to play collegiate volleyball (1981-2019) 258 Male alumni to play collegiate volleyball (1991–2019) 355 Colleges attended by SPVB alumni 95# of times SPVB alums have been collegiate All Americans 6 SPVB Alums & Coaches in the Olympic Games

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Lombard Park District Join the fun at Day Camp! Day Camp participants, ages 6-12, will experience a range of activities from arts & crafts, sports, contests, walking trips, field trips, themed activities and more. Register today to be a part of the fun at Lombard Park District! Lombard Community Building Playground 433 E. St Charles Rd. Lombard www.Lombardparks.com

University of Illinois University of Illinois, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has committed itself to the development of well-rounded summer sport camps for boys and girls. Young athletes have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve their skills, create new friendships and have fun at the same time. Campers receive excellent coaching, experience campus life, and meet athletes from a variety of backgrounds. To learn more about specific camp offering go to fightingillini.com/camps

Cubs Baseball Summer Camps Cubs Baseball Summer Camps offer young ballplayers the unique opportunity to learn new skills through the official Cubs camp curriculum and get closer to their favorite team than ever before! From first-time players to travel-team participants, Cubs Baseball Summer Camps will help grow your camper’s skills to ensure success both on and off the field. Sign up today at www.cubs.com/camps at one of our EIGHT LOCATIONS throughout the Chicagoland area! Save $40 with discount code: CHCSFM20

Animal Camp Jamaica Ages 13-18. Travel abroad with Animal Camp Jamaica . This 13-day program focuses on Marine Biology and Cultural Immersion. Spend mornings snorkeling and afternoons exploring the island of Jamaica swimming with dolphins, trying exotic foods, and jumping from waterfalls! Campers stay at private and comfortable villa in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. www. AnimalCampJamaica.com For more info call (573) 458-2125. 26 active kids

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Packing for Camp


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ou’ve packed your kid for a trip before but, packing for sleepaway camp is a whole other challenge. Here’s how to get it done. BEFORE PACKING Follow the camp packing list to the letter. Make a separate list of items you need to purchase and schedule a time in your calendar to purchase these missing items. Get a sturdy footlocker trunk. It will be opened, closed, pushed, pulled, sat on, and lived out of daily. Label ALL of your kid(s)’ clothing, accessories, and gear. If you wish to save yourself some time and headache, Mabels Labels are a great option. PACKING Camp is about independence so, pack by category. Use gallon ziplock bags or packing cubes to separate undergarments, socks, tops, bottoms, swim gear, etc. Pack flip flops, water shoes, and tennis shoes towards the top since these shoes will likely be placed in a cubby or under the bed soon after arriving. Place sheets and towels on the very top since this is what they’ll be reaching for first to set up their bed or bunk. Pack bedding and/or a sleeping bag and pillow in a separate duffle. Organize toiletries in a handy caddy they can take to and from the shower with ease and wrap the caddy in a ziplock bag to avoid spillage prior to placing it in the trunk. Put batteries in devices prior to camp. Pack extras in labelled ziplock bags. Pack fun activities like cards, coloring and writing utensils, bracelet making supplies, etc. in zippered pouches. Pack colored pencils instead of crayons since the latter might melt in the heat. Pack letter writing supplies in a storage clipboard. Create pre-stamped and addressed envelopes ahead of time.


Elite Baseball Instruction • Full Cubs Camp Uniform VIP Tour of Wrigley Field • eet 4 Greet with a Current Player


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FINAL STEPS Put an inventory together of everything you packed and tape it to the inside of the trunk lid so your kid(s) and/or their camp counselor make sure s/he doesn’t leave anything behind. Tape a few meaningful pictures and a letter on the inside of the trunk lid as well. This will make for a nice surprise and keep those homesick feelings at bay. Tips provided by Less is More Organizing Services. March/April 2020

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By Cheryl Maguire


pril 20-24 is Every Kid Healthy Week which was created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Every Kid Healthy events promote healthy eating, nutrition education, physical activity, and physical education. A child’s health encompasses physical, mental and social well-being. It is important to maintain good overall health in children so they grow and develop appropriately. My grandfather used to say,“if you have your health you have everything.” If you and your child are healthy, you will have more energy, lower medical costs, improved moods, and live longer. Here are some ways to promote healthy habits within your child: Create a Bedtime Routine and Regular Bedtime: Sleep helps your brain function properly which improves learning. Studies show sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Receiving the proper amount of sleep promotes appropriate growth and development, improves social interactions and increases immunity against diseases. 28 family wellness

NIH recommends school-age children and teens should sleep for 9-10 hours per night. Bad sleep habits will affect both your physical and emotional health. One way to ensure your child is receiving enough sleep is to create a scheduled bedtime based on when they need to wake up in the morning. If you maintain the same bedtime every night it will be easier to fall asleep and create a healthy habit. Another way to help your child receive the proper amount of sleep is to have a bedtime routine a half-hour before the expected sleep time. This routine will help your child relax which would then lead to falling asleep easier. Some suggested bedtime routines are reading, a warm bath, drawing, listening to soothing music or other calming activities. Read Food Labels: According to the CDC childhood obesity has more than tripled since 1970. Childhood obesity has both short and long term effects on a child’s physical, social and emotional health. For this reason, it is important for a child to maintain a healthy weight. Reading and understanding food labels is a way for a child to figure out if a food is healthy to eat. The food label will demonstrate the number of calories, sugar, fat content and suburban family | subfam.com

also break down the percent of the recommended daily intake to help create a balanced diet. It also helps to become more aware of what you are eating since you might think a food is healthy only to learn it isn’t after reading the food label. You can find free printable worksheets to help your child understand a balanced diet here. Exercise with Your Kids: The CDC recommends children and teens should be physically active for 60 minutes per day. The physical activity should include aerobic, strengthening and bone strengthening activities. If you exercise with your child and select something you both view as fun, you will be more likely to do it. Some suggested family activities are walking, running, hiking, dancing, biking, and a workout class or video. Create a weekly scheduled routine to incorporate it into your life which would create a healthy habit. Limit Screen Time: Screen time consists of watching television, playing video games or using electronic devices. When a child is in front of a screen they are typically sedentary and not interacting with others. A research study at UCLA found when kids have too much screen time they have difficulty understanding other people’s emotions. Dr Leonard Epstein studied the effects of limiting screen time in March/April 2020

Where Hope and Healing Meet

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago,

our mission is simple: provide quality specialty care to children – regardless of their families’ ability to pay. For over 90 years, families with children in need of orthopaedic care, specialized plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate repair, physical rehabilitation, and spinal cord injury care have come through our doors with hopes of finding the very best pediatric specialty care. Under our roof, those hopes are answered every day — by physicians, nurses, and specialists using the latest technology, world-class research, and a collaborative, family-centered approach. It’s how the Shriners Hospital system has provided care for over 1.4 million children.

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obese children. The findings demonstrate when screen time was limited the children consumed 300-1500 fewer calories. Both of these research studies demonstrate the importance of limiting screen time to help your child socially interact with others, eat fewer calories and be more physically active. Encourage Social Interactions: It is important to encourage your child to develop healthy relationships with peers and adults. Problem solving, managing friendships, and understanding emotions are necessary to for a child’s positive mental health. These skills will

also enable a child to learn more effectively in the classroom. Discuss Physical and Emotional Safety: According to the CDC one of the leading causes of death in children is car accidents. One study found over 600,000 children did not use the proper car seat or seat belt which could prevent death during a car accident. Other accidental deaths include drowning, fire/burns, guns, poisoning and suffocation. To prevent injuries and death it is important to discuss safety issues regarding all of these potentially dangerous situations.

Children and teenager may be in situations when they are offered drugs or subjected to physical or sexual abuse. It is important to discuss with your child healthy and appropriate relationships. Be a Healthy Role Model: Children and teens model their parent’s positive and negative behaviors. Research conducted at Duke University found kids were more likely to eat well and exercise if their parents modeled those behaviors. If you model a healthy lifestyle, your child will most likely lead one as well.

Easter is a great time to host a holiday brunch for friends and family. But typical breakfast-style foods can be carbohydrate-heavy and packed with ingredients that cause health problems for many people. “Cauliflower can help create elegant and delicious versions of your favorite breakfast dishes minus the gluten, grains, and other ingredients that can lead to inflammation, weight gain, and a host of other health issues,” says Amy Lacey, founder of Cali’flour Foods, and author of Cali’flour Kitchen: 125 Cauliflower-Based Recipes for the Carbs You Crave. After being diagnosed with lupus and other autoimmune conditions, she used dietary changes to combat her pain, inflammation, and other symptoms. Lacey shares two nutritious and unforgettable recipes that are easyto-prepare and will keep you and your loved ones healthy and provide plenty of energy for the Easter egg hunt.

Kale, Scallion, and Tomato Egg Muffins [Serves 4] Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Paleo | Keto-Friendly | Vegetarian | Dairy-Free

1 Plant-Based Cali’flour Pizza Crust or Paleo Cali’flour Pizza Crust 6 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 8 small cherry tomatoes, quartered 3 tablespoons finely chopped kale (from 1 small leaf) 1/2 small scallion (green part only), very thinly sliced Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line 8 holes of a muf¬fin pan with paper cups. Using a 2 1/2-inch (6-cm) cookie cutter or the top of a drinking glass, cut out 8 circles from the crust. Press the crusts into the bottom and up the sides of the paper cups. If they tear, just press them together. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs lightly, then beat in the salt, turmeric, and pepper. Put the tomatoes and kale in the bottom of the muffin cups, then pour the beaten egg into the cups and top with the scallion. Bake for 15 to 20 min¬utes, until the eggs are set. Cool in the pan for 2 minutes, then serve. Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in a toaster oven. 30 family wellness

Egg in a Basket [Serves 2] 1 Cali’flour Pizza Crust 2 teaspoons ghee or unsalted butter 2 large eggs Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup (30 g) shredded Cheddar or other melting cheese 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional) Sriracha or other hot sauce (optional) Using a pizza wheel, cut the crust in half. Using a 3-inch (7.5-cm) cookie cutter or the top of a thin drinking glass, stamp out a hole from the middle of each crust half. Melt the ghee in a 12-inch (30.5-cm) skillet that has a lid over medium heat (or cook the baskets one at a time in a smaller skillet). Using a metal spatula, carefully place the crusts in the skillet, then crack an egg directly into each hole and season with salt and pep¬per. Scatter the cheese on the exposed crust, cover the pan, and cook until the whites are set and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes. Using the metal spatula, remove from the pan to plates and top with the bacon and hot sauce, if using. SWAP To make this dish vegetarian: Skip the bacon. “Planning a special occasion meal that meets everyone’s dietary needs can be simple and fun,” concludes Lacey. “This Easter, give your loved ones a feast that delights their taste buds and promotes lasting health.” For more information, please visit califlourfoods.com.

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Preparing For Your st 1 Race


re you considering running in a race, but unsure of how to tackle the challenge? Racing is not difficult when you have the right mindset and the proper tools.

Determine ahead of time what your fueling strategies are — do you need a nutritional bar before the race? What about water?

Running in any race requires dedication and preparation. You want to go the distance and cross that finish line. Whether you’re running in a 5K, half marathon or marathon, there are important steps you can take so you’re ready for the event:

3. Set a goal and a backup goal You may have a goal that you want to achieve on race day. But you might not feel your best or the weather may not cooperate. There are so many things out of your control that you should always set a goal and a backup goal.

1. Make sleep a priority Try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night during your training. Listen to your body’s needs. Some people require more than that; some require less.

For example, a downpour on the day of the race will slow everyone down. As a result, you probably won’t hit the time you really want, but you could have a secondary target in mind to work toward.

But focus on being well-rested as race day approaches. Remember, a sleepless night can make you feel sluggish, groggy and dull. You’re aiming for alert and energized on race day.

4. Hydrate before and during the race As a runner, it’s vital for you to avoid dehydration. Plain old water is the best way to go. Water will help prevent your body from overheating. It’s a good idea to practice hydrating yourself before, during and after long runs. That way, you’ll know what’s necessary on race day.

2. Practice and plan It doesn’t matter how many miles your race will cover — preparation is the key to conquering any distance. Run several times a week to condition your body.

Experiment before the race with various types of running clothes and decide what’s most comfortable. Certain fabrics irritate some people’s skin. Make sure you avoid that issue on race day or you’’ll be in for a miserable marathon.

A good rule of thumb is to take a drink about 30 minutes before you run.Then take small sips throughout the race when your mouth is dry.

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5. Stay upbeat and positive Maintain a positive attitude during your training and leading up to your race. A positive mental attitude can put you on track for success and help you overcome any challenging situations you encounter. 6. Relax and enjoy the run Having jitters before a race is common. It’s a normal part of any competition. It means you care about your performance and want to do well. But there are things you can do to keep yourself calm and relaxed. One suggestion is to run with music you enjoy. Music allows you to think about something other than the task at hand and helps you relax. 7. Start out slow Finally, don’t try to set a land-speed record in your first mile out. It’s best to pace yourself. Start slowly and gradually increase your stride until you’re settled in your normal training pace. Get your doctor’s go-ahead Before you start training for any road race, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. He or she may have some running suggestions that suit your needs and can address any possible limitations you have. For more information visit clevelandclinic.org

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The absolute best way to keep yourself running is to find a race in the 2020 Annual Race Guide. Just sign up, pay for it, and put it on your calendar. A fixed race date will help you stay focused, and keep you on a regular running schedule. Nothing feels better than crossing the finish line. A beginner can run any race — you just need to allow enough time to train for it. Check back for race updates in each bi-monthly edition.

MARCH SUNDAY, MARCH 1 Running o’ the Green 8K Run. Tinley Park. tinleyparkdistrict.org. The CORE Indoor Triathlon Swim, Bike and Run. Lemont. lemontparks.org. SATURDAY, MARCH 7 Oak Forest Fleadh 5K Run/Walk. Oak Forest. oak-forest.org. Broken Oar’s Shiver Run 5K Run/Walk and Kids 5K. Barrington. brokenoar.com. Shamrock Beer Run 5K Novelty Run/Walk. Arlington Heights. shamrockbeerrun.com. SUNDAY, MARCH 8 Fight for Air Climbing event. Chicago. Action. 32 fitness first

lung.org. Tri Your Luck Indoor Triathlon. Palatine. palatineparks.org. SATURDAY, MARCH 14 St. Paddy’s Day 5K Run/Walk. Naperville. stpaddysday5k.org. Dublindee Kilted 5K Run. East Dundee. dundeestpats.com. St. Paddy’s Day 5K, 10K, and Kids’ Dash. Deer Park. villageofdeerpark.com. Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Race 10K Run. Batavia. runandachieve.com. Run S.O.B. Run 5K. Yorkville. runsobrun.com Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. McHenry. mchenrykiwanis.org. St. Paddy’s Day 5K and 8K Run/Walk. Chicago. chicagoevents.com. Pi Day “Pi K” Fun Run/Walk. Chicago. racethread.com SUNDAY, MARCH 15 Amita Health St. Paddy’s Half Marathon and 5K. Bolingbrook. allcommunityevents.com. Advocate Indoor Sprint Triathlon. Barrington. active.com/barrington-il/triathlon. March Madness Half Marathon. Cary. hillstriders.com. suburban family | subfam.com

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 MeltFest 5K Run/Walk. Rockford. meltfest.com. SUNDAY, MARCH 22 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Run and 2-Mile Walk. Chicago. franoutreach.org/ run-walk-hops. St. Patrick’s Day Ride 16, 20 and 36-Mile Bike Rides. Wheeling. wheelmen.com. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 March4Meg 5K. Evergreen Park. march4meg.com. Chicago Lakefront 50K George Cheung Memorial Race. Chicago. chicagoultra.org. Cycle for a Cause. Palos Hills. morainevalley. edu/fitrec/events/cycle-for-a-cause-2/ SUNDAY, MARCH 29 Together We Tri Indoor Triathalon. Glenview. togetherwetri.com/triathlons.

APRIL SATURDAY, APRIL 4 Two Brothers Brew Trot 1.5 Mile Fun Run. Warrenville. warrenvilleparks.org March/April 2020

Fast Cat 5K/10K and 1 mile Kids Run. Plainfield. runfastcat.com April Fools 5K Run and Kids’ Dash. Bloomingdale. ducatchiropractic.com. Chi Town Half Marathon and 10K Run. Chicago. halfmarathons.net. The Universal Sole Spring “No Frills” Trail Challenge. Willow Springs. universalsole.com SUNDAY, APRIL 5 Mistwood Hole in Run 5K Run/Walk. Romeoville. mistwoodgc.com/hole-in-run. SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Chocolate Chase Rabbit Race 5K. Palos Heights. palosheights.org Bunny Rock Chicago 5K and Egg Hunt. Chicago. bunnyrock5k.com. Bunny Wabbit Run 5K, 10K, 15K Run and Kids’ Dash. Libertyville. froghopssports.com. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Fun Run in Color 5K Sat. 4/18 at 8:30AM Downtown Wheaton Benefits Wheaton Rotary Club AM and the Play For All Playground and Garden Foundation www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/racewheaton Lakefront 10-Mile and 5K Run. Chicago. caralakefront10.com. Running with Friends 5K. New Lenox. newlenoxparks.org/friends-of-the-parks/ Sly Fox Half Marathon and 10K Run. St. Charles. slyfoxhalf.com. Foodie 5K. Wheaton. SolveHungerToday.org/ Foodie5K Spring Chance BQ.2 Boston Marathon Qualifier. Geneva. bq2races.com. Earth Day 50K, 15-Mile and 5-Mile Run. Crystal Lake. earthdaytrailrace.com. SATURDAY, APRIL 19 Champion of Trees 10K Run. Lisle. mortonarb.org. Women’s Half Marathon and 5K. Naperville. napervillewomenshalf.events.com SATURDAY, APRIL 25 Shelter, Inc. 5K 4 Kidz Run/Walk. Elk Grove. hshelter-inc.org/5k-runwalk-for-kidz-2/ Saw Wee Kee Spring 3-Mile Trail Run. Oswego. oswegolandparkdistrict.org. ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge 5K. Arlington Heights. abc25challenge.org. March for Babies 3-Mile Walk. St. Charles. marchforbabies.org. Barnyard Dash 5K. Aurora. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org. Batavia Mothers’ Club Fox Trot 5K and 10K Run. Batavia. bataviamothersclub.org. March/April 2020

Run with the Lions 5K Run/Walk. Warrenville. runwiththelions.com. TCS Run, White and Blue 5K. Shorewood. trinitychristian.info.


SUNDAY, APRIL 26 13th Annual Walk the Walk for Mental Health Sun., 4/26 at 8:30AM Benefits The Counseling Center of The Community House 415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale www.thecommunityhouse.org

5K Walk begins and ends at The Community House: 415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale. All proceeds benefit The Counseling Center at The Community House.

Ravenswood Run 5K Run and Kids’ Race. Chicago. ravenswoodrun.com. Good Life 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Oak Park. goodliferace.com. Run, Walk and Roll 5K/1mile. Bloomingdale. marklund.org/series/5kbloomingdale/ McHenry County Human Race 5K Run/Walk and Toddler Race. Crystal Lake. volunteercentermchenrycounty.org. Lisle Lions Roarin’ 5K and Fun Run. Lisle. lisleroarin5k@gmail.com Stepping up to Wellness 5K Run and 1-Mile Run/Walk. Libertyville. cancerwellness.org. Huskies Heroes Run/Walk. Arlington Heights. herseydeafalumni.org

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MAY SATURDAY, MAY 2 17th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle 5K Run/2 Mile Walk Sat. 5/2 at 9AM Proceeds benefit Children with Developmental Disabilities and Delays 830 S. Addison Ave, Villa Park 630.620.4433 eastersealsdfvr.org/runforthekids Techno Trot 5k Run/Walk And ½ Mile Kids’ Race. Winthrop Harbor. whsd1.org/domain/227 A Safe Place EmpoweRun 5K Run/Walk. Libertyville. asafeplaceforhelp.org. Cinco de Miler 5-Mile Run. Chicago. cincodemiler.com. Hanover Township Sprint 2 Spring 5K Run/ Walk. Elgin. sprint2spring.com. Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Chicago. cpdmemorial.org. Illinois Lupus 1- and 3-Mile Walk. Chicago Heights. lupusil.org. Terrain Race 2-Day Event with 5K and Kids’ Obstacle Races. Chicago. terrainrace.com.

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SUNDAY, MAY 3 23rd Annual Great Western Half Marathon Sun., 5/3 at 7:15AM LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles Out and Back, USTAF Certified Course Proceeds benefit Special Olympics of IL www.foxrivertrailrunners.org ~~~ Walk for Wellness House 5K Run, 3K Walk Sun., 5/3 Registration opens 7 AM Program begins 8:00 AM Wellness House, Hinsdale 630-654-5191 www.walk.wellnesshouse.org North Shore Walk for Autism Speaks. Northfield. act.autismspeaks.org Run for 102 5K & 1 Mile Run Run. LaGrange Park. March for Babies 3-Mile Walk. Arlington Heights. marchforbabies.org. Spring Fling 5k Run/Walk. Willowbrook. willowbrookil.org Walk to Cure Arthritis. Chicago. walktocurearthritis.org March for Babies 3-Mile Walk. Woodstock. suburban family | subfam.com

marchforbabies.org. Breathe Deep North Shore 5K Fun Run and 2-Mile Walk. Deerfield. lungevity.org. Walk MS 1- and 3-Mile Walk. Multiple suburbs and Chicago. nationalmssociety.org. Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Care Walk. Chicago. thalassemia.org. Run For Your Life Safety 5K. Tinley Park. tinleypark.org Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides 5K Walk. Wilmette. fightcf.cff.org. SATURDAY, MAY 9 Lemont Quarryman Challenge 5K and 10-Mile Race Sat., 5/9 CARA Certified Race starts and finishes in Historic Downtown Lemont and winds through the hilly neighborhoods of Lemont Challenge Yourself! www.quarrymanchallenge.com Register Today at GetMeRegistered.com! ~~~ 10th Anniversary Pink 5K Run/Walk Sat., 5/9 at 8AM USATF and CARA certified Benefits Hinsdale Hosp. Foundation Oak Brook Park District 1450 Forest Gate Rd. Oak Brook 630-990-4233 www.obparks.org/pink5k ~~~ Groovin’ in the Grove 5K and 10K Sat., 5/9 at 9AM 5K/10K Runs and Kids 1K, 1/2K, 100 Yd Dash Warrior Fitness Challenge USATF and CARA certified Benefits Sharing Connections Midwestern University Downers Grove www.raceroster.com/27134 Fun Bun Run 5K. Geneva. hopeforhaitians. org/5k-walk-run/ Fox Trot 5K Run/Walk. Bolingbrook. foxtrot. michaeljfox.org/chicago Apple Blossom 5K Run. Bartlett. bartlettparks. org. Kendall Youth SKY 5K Run/Walk. Yorkville. facebook.com/sky5k/. Starved Rock Country Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. Ottawa. starvedrockcountrymarathon.org. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides 5K Walk. Frankfort. fightcf.cff.org. March/April 2020

SUNDAY, MAY 10 Komen Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. chicagoland.info-komen.org. Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Barrington. allcommunityevents.com/mothersday5k Girls on the Run 5K Run. Grayslake. gotrchicago.org. THURSDAY, MAY 14

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Walk to Cure Arthritis. Libertyville. walktocurearthritis.org Got2Run for Education 8K and 2.62-Mile Run/Walk. Arlington Heights. got2run.org. Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run. Northbrook. lewblondrun.org. Night Nation 5K Novelty Run. Chicago. nightnationrun.com. StemStep 5K Run, Family Walk and Kids’ Dash. Chicago. stemstep5k.com. G.L.O.W. 5K Run. Naperville. naperglow5k.com. Girls on the Run 5K. Joliet. gotrchicago.org. Lilac Mutt Strut 5K. Lombard. lombardlilactime.com. Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides 5K Fundraising Walk. Naperville and Rolling Meadows. fightcf.cff.org.

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THURSDAY, MAY 21 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 3.5-Mile Run. Chicago. jpmorganchasecc.com. SATURDAY, MAY 23 Western Springs 43rd Annual Tower Trot Sat. 5/23 at 8:30AM 10K, 5K and Fun Run, plus Double Run (10K and 5K) Benefits Healing Hearts for Ashley Grand Avenue Community Center 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. 708-246-9070 www.wsprings.com/towertrot ~~~ Run For The Brave 5K Run/Walk/Ruck Sat., 5/23 at 8AM Benefiting Illinois Veterans Plainfield, Illinois 630-341-1222 www.welcomeyouhome.org Soldier Field 10-Mile Run. Chicago. soldierfield10.com. SUNDAY, MAY 24 Race to the Flag 5k Run/Walk Sun., 5/24 at 8AM USATF and CARA Certified, Chip Timing Benefits People’s Resource Center Ty Warner Park, Westmont www.RacetotheFlag.org MB Bike the Drive Up to 30-Mile Ride. Chicago. bikethedrive.org. MMTT Youth and Elite Triathlon. Geneva. mmtt3.org. MONDAY, MAY 25 Brew Run 5K. Itasca. runsignup.com. BAPA Ridge Run 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and 1-Mile Kids’ Run. Chicago. bapa.org. SATURDAY, MAY 30





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Autism Speaks 3-Mile Walk. Chicago. autismspeaks.org. Whipper Snapper Youth Triathlon. Arlington Heights. ahpd.org. Take Steps Chicago Walk. Chicago. online. ccfa.org. Zero Prostrate Cancer Run/Walk. Joliet. support.zerocancer.org. Highlander Assault 4, 8, 12 and 24-Mile Obstacle Course Races. Holiday Hills. highlanderassault.com. SUNDAY, MAY 31 Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run/ Walk. Chicago give.abta.org. Chicago Promise Walk 5K Run/Walk. Elk Grove Village. promisewalk.org. Dash for the Dogs 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Family Walk. Barrington. animalhouseshelter.com. Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides 5K Walk. Chicago. fightcf.cff.org.

JUNE MONDAY, JUNE 1 Virtual Wine Run 5K. Chicago. runsignup. THURSDAY, JUNE 4 Chasing the Sun 5K Run/Walk. New Lenox. runsignup.com.


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FRIDAY, JUNE 5 LaGrange Rocks 5K Run/Walk Fri., 6/ 5 at 7PM 5K run/walk and kids races, USATF and CARA certified Start/Finish Cossitt Avenue and Willow Springs Road in LaGrange Benefits The LeaderShop’s Youth Programs www.theleadershop.org SATURDAY, JUNE 6 Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K, 10K & ½ Mile Sat., 6/6 at 7:30AM Location Downtown Wheaton Benefits Cosley Zoo www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/racewheaton

Have you ever felt tightness or pain in the back of your thigh as you run up a hill, perform speed drills or finish up a long run? If so you are probably overusing your hamstrings and creating soft tissue injury and/ or tendon pain. Your hamstrings work the hardest at the end of leg swing when it is working to slow your leg down and bring your foot back underneath you. Using your hamstrings eccentrically, which means they are contracting but lengthening at the same time, is a very difficult contraction for your hamstring to make and typical strength exercises do not train your hamstring in this way. The hamstring muscle is under more strain when you are sprinting, accelerating quickly, going uphill or if fatigued from a long run. Overuse of the hamstring muscle will lead to pain and injury if not addressed early and thoroughly.The key to a successful training season is injury prevention or quickly addressing pain before it limits your training. How can you avoid hamstring pain? Your need to stay strong. Runners often focus on strengthening the quadricep muscle but research supports that your hamstrings are equally important and should have the same strength as your quadriceps. Your hamstring strengthening routine should include exercises that train the hamstring muscle eccentrically. Examples of these exercises are nordic hamstring exercise, reverse planks, and single leg deadlifts. Additionally, you can help prevent hamstring strain by performing a dynamic warm up before your run, including such things as legs swings and dynamic hamstring walks. Ensuring proper warm up will decrease chances of muscle strain during the eccentric hamstring contractions in 38 fitness first

running. The literature also supports having your running mechanics evaluated by a physical therapist. Physical therapists are trained in gait and running mechanics as part of their education. They will be able to identify asymmetries and imbalances that could ultimately lead to injury. Often times changing cadence, heel strike, shoe wear, orthotic use or reducing ground reaction force in landing phase can be simple fixes that solve the problem. If symptoms of a hamstring injury occur your approach will need to change. The key concept to understand is that complete rest is not the answer. Rest decreases muscle use and reduces the strength and training you have worked so hard to develop. Active recovery will allow continued tissue loading and train the muscle for the high workload demand on your hamstring when you return to running. The optimal plan when pain begin is to add cross training, continue eccentric hamstring strengthening and also ensure you strengthen your gluteus muscles. If your pain is tolerable and you can train without modifying your form then you are safe to continue to train with these modifications. Returning to your desired pace and speed work as soon as possible is recommended. If pain continues to worsen this is when you should seek professional help. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate specific hamstring injuries and devise a comprehensive treatment for your recovery while minimizing loss of training. Dr. Michelle Fink, PT, DPT, cert MDT, owner of Perform Physical Therapy in Countryside, IL is an avid runner, 8 time Boston qualifier and cross country and track coach. For more information visit: performphysicaltherapy.com/ suburban family | subfam.com

Foodie 5K. Libertyville. SolveHungerToday.org/ Foodie5K Chicago Gospel Run 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Half-Mile Kids’ Run. Chicago. gospelrun.com. Cori’s Kids Triathlon Swim, Bike and Run. Oak Brook. obparks.org. Great Steps Neurofibromatosis 3-Mile Walk. Naperville. nfmidwest.org. Run the Ridge 5K and 1K Run/Walk. Burr Ridge. runtheridge5k.com. Trot Against Trafficking 5K Run, 1-Mile Walk and Kids’ Race. trotagainsttrafficking.com. THE DASH Around Lake Opeka 5K & Millennium Mile. Des Plaines. dpparks.org/programs/ the-dash-5k-2020 SUNDAY, JUNE 7 Run for the Zoo 5K/10K 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run Sun. 6/7 at 7:30AM Kids Safari Stampede Obstacle Course, USATF-certified Benefits Lincoln Park Zoo Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago www.lpzoo.org/run-zoo March for Babies 3-Mile Walk. Chicago. marchforbabies.org. North Shore Classic Half Marathon and 5K. Highland Park. northshoreclassic.com. Tour de Cure Ride with multiple route options. Aurora. tour.diabetes.org. Walk for Wishes. Chicago. illinois.wish.org FRIDAY, JUNE 12 Fight for Air Ride 2- or 3-day bike ride from Crystal Lake to Lake Geneva, WI. fightforairride.com. SATURDAY, JUNE 13 Take Steps Walk. Naperville. crohnscolitisfoundation.org. March/April 2020

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Walk and Roll 5K Run/Walk, 10K Skate, 15K Bike and Kids’ Dash. Chicago. walkrollchicago.org. SUNDAY, JUNE 14 Naperville 10K. Naperville. Naperville10k.com Tunnel to Towers 5K Run. Lake Zurich. eventbrite.com. ET Batavia Triathlon, Duathlon, Youth Splash and Dash, and Kids’ Dash. Batavia. bataviatriathlon.org. Honor Ride Chicago Bike Ride. Evanston. evanstonsubaru.com.


Races. Joliet. jpdrun3.com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 20 Breaking the PTSD Stigma 5K. St. Charles. notallwoundsbleed.com. Miles for Migraines 2 Mile Walk, 5K/10K. Chicago. milesformigraine.org. Not All Wounds Bleed 5K. St. Charles. notallwoundsbleed.com

SATURDAY, JULY 18 PCOS Challenge 5k Run / Walk. Chicago. pcoschallenge.org. Hemingway Running of the Bulls 8K Run. Oak Park. hemingway8k.com. Humana Rock n’ Roll Chicago 2-Day Event with Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. Chicago. runrocknroll.com. Wauconda Park District Kids’ Triathlon. Wauconda. waucondaparks.org. Taco Run 5K. Highwood. celebratehighwood.org/

SUNDAY, JUNE 21 Father’s Day 10K/5K Run and Kids’ Dash. Cary. ttcca.org. PrairieFest 5K Run and 1-Mile Dog Jog. Oswego. oswegolandparkdistrict.org. Father’s Day 5K & 10K Wheaton. runsignup.com Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. Evanston. ywca-ens.org/rah/ Daisy Dash 5k & Kids Fun Run. Clarendon Hills. Daisydash.com

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27 Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2-day event with multiple route options. St. Charles. nationalmssociety.org. PurpleStride 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. purplestride.org. Run the Runway. Wheeling. chiexec.com/ rtrcea2020/ SUNDAY, JUNE 28 Swedish Days Ride. Maple Park. fvbsc.org. Chicago 10K Run. Chicago. runmfg.com. Patriot Run 5K Run/Walk. Crystal Lake. mchenrycountypatriotrun.org

JULY SATURDAY, JULY 4 Freedom Four 4-Mile Run. Glen Ellyn Park District. gepark.org. Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th 4-Mile Run. Elmhurst. 4on4th.com. Stars and Stripes 5K and 8K Walk/Run Series. Tinley Park. tinleyparkdistrict.org. SUNDAY, JULY 5 Frontier Days Stampede 10K Run, 5K Run/ Walk and Kids’ Dash. Arlington Heights. frontierdays.org. SATURDAY, JULY 11 McHenry River Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk. McHenry. ci.mchenry.il.us. SUNDAY, JULY 12 ET Lake Zurich Triathlon Olympic and Sprint Swim, Bike and Run. Lake Zurich. lakezurichtri.com. THURSDAY, JULY 16 Sundowner 5K Run, Splash Dash, and Kids’ 40 fitness first

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SUNDAY, JULY 19 Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Walk. Naperville. lustgarten.org. 5K Run! to End Homelessness 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Chicago. asafehaven.org. Wauconda Park District Adult Olympic and Sprint Triathlon. Wauconda. waucondaparks.org. AMITA Health Fit America Fest Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K. Hoffman Estates. allcommunityevents.com. THURSDAY, JULY 23 23rd Annual Summer Sunset 5k and Youth Races Thurs., 7/23 at 6PM Geneva Community High School 799 Gray Street, Geneva Family friendly event full of fun and racing! All proceeds benefit FRTR Youth Scholarship Fund. www.foxrivertrailrunners.org FRIDAY, JULY 24 Christmas in June 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Run. Lisle. runners4wellness.com. SUNDAY, JULY 26 Glenview Park Center Sprint Triathlon and Aqua Bike Race. Glenview. glenviewparks.org. Splash Pedal Dash Triathlon/Dash Pedal Dash Duathlon. Schaumburg. parkfun.com

AUGUST SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 CowaLUNGa Bike Ride. Gurnee. resphealth.org. SunnyVibes 5K. Yorkville. Raceroster.com/ events SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 Naperville Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, Aqua Bike, and Kids’ Triathlon. Naperville. napervilletri.events. SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 Illinois Lupus 1- and 3-Mile Walk. Naperville. lupusil.org. March/April 2020

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Raceway Woods 5K Run/3K Walk. Carpentersville. raceway5k.com. SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 Woodridge Rotary Mini Triathlon and Kids’ Triathlon. Woodridge. trisignup.com. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 Home Stretch for Heros 5K. Arlington Heights. saluteinc.org.

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You know the old adage, mind over matter. In running and racing, your mental toughness is just as important as your physical training. Many times it is the brain that allows or limits endurance performance rather than the body. Here are some ways to make your brain work with your body to have your best runs and races this season. 1) Plan for the Good and the Bad Take the time to make sure you have the ability, skill, and experience to complete the distance. If you know you have trained properly then you will see the race as a challenge instead of a fear. Write down your fears about the race and come up with strategies to pacify them. For example, if you fear the weather, plan ahead. Practice running in all types of weather. Bring multiple outfits so you’re ready for whatever the day brings. If you fear your

pace will be off, try using a pace bracelet and checking in every few miles. 2) Focus On Success Having confidence is key, so keeping a training diary is very helpful. Use it to look back at great training sessions you've had or successful shorter races you have run. Reflecting on these accomplishments will help you feel confident and ready to meet the demands of the race. Write down your strengths mentally, emotionally, and physically. Use those in the days leading up to your race when you start to feel nervous. 3) Visualize Do not focus on the bad.We all have trainings days or races that felt off. Successful athletes boost their confidence by using positive mantras and visualizations to push their negative thoughts away. Picture your successful race day often during your training and create a mantra to remind you of it, like “I can do it.” 4) Break It Down Break the race into small parts. Rather than thinking of the miles you have left, think about getting to the next aid station, running to the next lamp post, or getting to where your family and friends are cheering two blocks ahead. This helps you have small successes along the way and gives you a boost each time! 5) Enjoy! When Race Day finally comes, just let go! Forget about the end result, your competitors and just focus on doing YOUR BEST on that day. Use the crowd to energize you and be grateful for where you are and what you have done to get there. Smile.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 Healthy West Chicago 5K Fun Run and 100-meter Kiddie Dash. West Chicago. healthywestchicago.org. Muckfest Chicago 5K Obstacle Mud Race. Grayslake. muckfest.com. Rugged Maniac 3-Mile Obstacle Course Race. Wilmont, WI. ruggedmaniac.com. Tough Mudder 5K Obstacle Mud Race. 2-Day Event. Rockford. toughmudder.com. SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 Fort2Base 11.5- and 3.45-mile Run. North Chicago. fort2base.com. SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 Chicago Triathlon Sprint and Kids’ Triathlon. Chicago. chicagotriathlon.com. TCX Palos Adventure Race. Willow Springs. transconx.com SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 Harmon Hundred 25, 50, 75 100-Mile Bike Rides. Wheeling. wheelmen.com. Illinois Lupus Walk. Chicago. lupusil.org.

SEPTEMBER SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Downers Grove Park District BBQ Bolt 5K Downers Grove. Dgparks.org. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Itasca Oktoberfast 5K Run. Itasca. itascaoktoberfast5k.org. Run Mag Mile 10K and 5K Run. Chicago. runmagmile.com. Last Chance BQ.2 Boston Marathon Qualifier. Geneva. bq2races.com. Mutt Strut 5K. Dekalb. TailsHumaneSociety. org Here for LIFE Walk. Saint Charles. spsamerica.org Run Your Mutt Off 5K. Naperville. naperhumane.org March/April 2020

Your little ones look up to you for a lot, which is why you strive to show them the importance of good health. From obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and family medicine close-to-home, to online scheduling, same day appointments, telehealth and walk-in care, DuPage Medical Group makes it easy to keep your family well. Find whole-family care near you at DuPageMedicalGroup.com.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 5th Annual Bike for the Kids Sun. 9/13 at 12PM Distances include 2-mile family bike ride and 12, 25, 50 and 100 mile routes. Proceeds benefit Children with Developmental Disabilities and Delays 799 S. McLean Blvd., Elgin 630.620.4433 www.eastersealsdfvr.org/bikeforthekids Brookfield ZooRunRun 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Kids’ Dash. Brookfield. czs.org. Shoop Scoot 5K. Minooka. signup.itsracetime.com. Glow in the Park Lantern Walk. Glen Ellyn. gepark.org Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Naperville. act.alz.org. Evanston Bicycle Club’s North Shore Century. Evanston. northshorecentury.org SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 4th Annual CrossTrail Classic 5K. Bolingbrook. bolingbrookparks.org Fox Valley Kids’ Marathon 1.2-Mile Race. St. Charles. fvkids26.com. Chicagoland Out of the Darkness Walk.

Join us for our 7th Annual Lions Run for Hope 5K SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH 8:00 AM





Chicago. afsp.donordrive.com. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and 20-Mile Race. St. Charles. fv26.com. Midway Fly Away 5K Family Run and Walk Midway Airport. sochicago.org Chicago 5K Run/1.7 Mile Walk for Brain Aneurysm. Glen Ellyn. bafound.org North Shore Triathlon. Wilmette. trinorthshore.com SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 NAMI Run for Mental Health 5K Run/Walk. Jackson Park, Chicago. namiwalks.org. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K. Joliet and St. Charles. act.alz.org. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Lions Run for Hope 5K Sun., 9/27 at 8AM 5K Run/Walk USATF Certified Benefits Wellness House, Breast Cancer Research Foundation Stickney, IL www.lionsrunforhope.org Barkapalooza Dog Walkathon. Lisle. Wshs-dg.org Oui Run 5K. Chicago. Ouirun5k.org. Quad Cities Marathon, 1-Mile and Kids’ Race. Moline. qcmarathon.org. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K. Glenview. act. alz.org. Run to Read. Schaumburg. sd54.org Chicago Half Marathon and 5K Run. Chicago. chicagohalfmarathon.com. DeKalb Corn Classic 10K and 5K Race. DeKalb. dekalbcornclassic.org. Kids’ Triathlon. Oswego. oswegolandparkdistrict.org.


Run - Walk - Fun for all ages Medals -

Top 3 Overall male - female Top 3 age groups male - female 16 age groups from 10 and under All entrees - door prize raffle Discounts - under 18 - teams of 5 For more information www.lionsrunforhope.org

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Light the Torch Night Run 5K Sat., 10/3 at 6:30PM Location Downtown Wheaton Benefits the FT Cares Foundation Partners www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/racewheaton Montgomery River Run 5/10K. Montgomery. runningguru.com RUN4PAWS 5K & 2K Puppy Path. Downers Grove. Run4paws5k.com Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Fundraising Run/ Walk. Orland Park and Libertyville. act.alz.org. suburban family | subfam.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 Rotary Run Charity Classic Hinsdale’s 26th Annual Fun Family Race A Run for Health Sun. 10/4 at 8AM at The Community House 8th and Madison, Hinsdale 3K, 5k, and 10K Run / 3K and 5K Walk, Walk ‘N Roll & Mutt Strut CARA certified Benefits local and global charities. www.rotaryruncharityclassic.org Brain Up 5K Walk/Run. Frankfort. brainup.ngo. Walk for Wishes. Elk Grove Village. illinois.wish.org Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Elk Grove Village and Crystal Lake. act.alz.org. Bucktown 5K Run. Chicago. bucktown5k.com. Let’s Move Elgin 10K/5K Run and Kids’ Race. Elgin. letsmoveelgin.com. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Fox Valley. St. Charles. secure.acsevents.org Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of DuPage. Wheaton. secure.acsevents.org SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 Des Plaines River Trail Run. Lake County. desplainesrivertrailraces.com/ Anderson’s Walk 4 Animals. South Elgin. andersonanimalshelter.org. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. act.alz.org. NAMI Run for Mental Health 5K Run/Walk. Evanston. namiwalks.org. International Chicago 5K Run. Chicago. chicago5k.com. Scarecrow Scramble Nighttime 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Race. Lisle. lislepartnersforparks.org. Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk Highwood. Celebratehighwood.org SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 Bank of America Marathon. Chicago. chicagomarathon.com. World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Spring Grove. allcommunityevents.com. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 Light the Night Walk. Chicago and Oak Brook. lightthenight.org. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 Flapjack Brewery 5K Run/Walk Berwyn. Eventbrite.com Run with the Nuns 5K Run/Walk. Lemont. runwiththenuns.org. This Runs for Jack 5K Run/Walk. Glen Ellyn. jacksfund.org. Light the Night Walk. Glenview. lightthenight.org. March/April 2020

Hot Cider Hustle 8K. Chicago. allcommunityevents.com

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 Just Say Boo 5K. Oak Brook. runandachieve. com/justsayboo5k. Pumpkins in the Park 5K Run and Kids’ Sprint. Chicago. pumpkins5k.com. Halloween Walk. LaGrange. cm.lgba.com Forte 5K. Channahon. Forte5k.com Wine Run 5k. Chicago. Runguides.com Wicked Wine Run. Wheaton. Wickedwinerun.com Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Lake Bluff. Runningguru.com


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 Red Eye 5K Run. Joliet. jpdrun3.com. Sycamore Pumpkin Run 10K Road Race Sycamore. Discoversycamore.com Haunted Oak 5K. Homer Glen. Runsignup.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 Moraine Valley Community College Health, Fitness and Recreation Center Halloween 5K Run/Walk Children’s 1K Race Sat. 10/31 at 9AM USATF-IL certified Family activities included! Palos Hills www.morainevalley.edu/fitrec Hot Cider Hustle 2-Day Event with 8-Mile Run and 5K Run/Walk. Wheaton. hotciderhustle.com. Halloween Hustle 5K. Palatine. Halloween5k.com. Haunted Halloween Half Marathon and 5K. Chicago. register.chronotrack.com Healthy Driven FraidyCat 5K, Ghost Run 10K and Meow Mile. Oswego.

NOVEMBER SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Turkey Trot 5K and 8K Walk/Run Series. Tinley Park. tinleyparkdistrict.org. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Cantigny 5K. Wheaton. Cantigny.org SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Run and 2-Mile Walk. Chicago. hotchocolate15k.com. Gobbler Hobbler 10K and Mashed Potato Mile. Oswego. oswegolandparkdistrict.org. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 March/April 2020

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run. Wheaton. jbr.org/westernsuburbs

24th Annual The Fox and The Turkey 4 miler and Youth 1 mile race Thurs., 11/26 at 7:15AM Near Downtown Batavia 21 N Water Street, Batavia Join us for this family tradition and Run like a Fox or be a Turkey on Thanksgiving Day! Benefits the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry www.foxrivertrailrunners.org SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Schaumburg Half Marathon and 5K. Schaumburg. allcommunityevents.com. Grant Park Turkey Trot. Chicago. Allcommunityevents.com Long Grove Turkey Trot 8K/5K Run and Kids’ Dash. Long Grove. runsignup.com. North Shore Turkey Trot 10K and 5K Run. Highland Park. northshoreturkeytrot.com. Beat the Bird 5K. Fullersberg Woods, Oakbrook. endureitsports.com



Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run. Naperville. runnaperville.com. Race for the Kids 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Chicago. rbcraceforthekids.com. JJC Foundation 5K Run and Walk. Joliet. Runsignup.com

26th Annual Rotary Run Charity Classic


Interested runners or walkers are encouraged to register online at

www.rotaryruncharityclassic.org 3K, 5K, & 10K CARA CERTIFIED RUNS 3K, 5K WALK & WALK N’ ROLL + MUTT STRUT

DECEMBER SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 Reindeer Run 5K 12/5 at 8:30AM Location Downtown Wheaton Benefits the Lions Club Charities and the DuPage County Historical Museum www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/racewheaton Arctic Frog Endurance Run 50K, 25K and 15K Races. Libertyville. froghopssports.com. Arlington Heights Rotary Club Santa Run. Arlington Heights. Rotarysantarun.org SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 Deer Park Cocoa Classic 5K. Deer Park. runsignup.com. Viking Dash Trail Run 15K, 10K, 5K and 13.1-Mile Races. 2-Day Event. Crystal Lake. vikingdashtrailrun.com. Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run. Chicago. jbr.org/chicago TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve 5K Run. Chicago. newyearseve5k.com. suburban family | subfam.com

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Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice, therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine! If you have an event of regional interest, we’d love to hear from you. Send to “Great Events” Fax: 866-7794320, E-mail: mail@subfam.com Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadline for inclusion in the May/ June issue is Friday, April 10.

MARCH MONDAY, MARCH 2 KIDS Little Chef Cook Off – Bring out your inner chef by creating and sampling the goodies you prepare. 9 AM – 3 PM. Ages 5-14. Johnston Recreation Center, Bloomingdale. Bloomingdaleparks.org. TUESDAY, MARCH 3 FAMILY Moon and Star Observing Night – Astroeducator shows us how to use a telescope to look at our moon! Aurora Eola Library. Aurora. aurorapubliclibrary.org FAMILY Soup it Up and Craft Fair – Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Plainfield. 10:30 AM – 2 PM. Plainfield North High School. kiwanisclubofplainfield.org. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 46 great events

ADULTS Stop Emotional Eating – Learn the how emotional ties to comfort foods are initially developed, and the formula to a healthy relationship with food. Age 18+. 6:30-7:30PM. BCC Program Room, Bartlett. Bartlettparks.org. ADULTS Make and Take Spring Essentials – Learn about essential oils for spring and make products for you to enjoy at home. Age 18+. 7-8:30 PM. BCC Arts and Crafts Room, Bartlett. Bartlettparks.org. THURSDAY, MARCH 5 EXHIBIT Spring Exhibit Opening Reception – Viewing of "Community, Culture, and Conversations: African American Heritage in Batavia." Free! 5-7PM. Batavia Depot Museum. Batavia. bataviaparks.org. WORKSHOP It Might be Time to Make a Change – information about how to get started downsizing, and preparing your home for the market. 1:30PM. Villa St. Benedict, Lisle. villastben.org. LECTURE Date with History: America’s First Women Soldiers – The story of American women who served in WWI as telephone switchboard operators in France. 7PM. Visitors Center Cantigny, Wheaton. fdmuseum.org. WOMEN Women's Retreat IF: Gathering 2020 – Women will gather for live worship, be encouraged and challenged diverse female speakers. 5PM through 12:30 PM March 7th. Christ Church Oak Brook. christchurch.us. suburban family | subfam.com

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 FAMILY Mother Son Night – Minecraft theme! Enjoy activities, craft, photo, dinner and entertainment for this fun night. 6:30 – 9 PM. The Core, Lemont. Register at lemontparkdistrict.org. HISTORY First Fridays: Woman Up! – Celebrate Women's History Month with a night of art, music, and more that honors and respects women. FREE. Downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.org. FAMILY Sham-Rockin’ Fun – St. Paddy’sthemed games and entertainment. Ages 2+ with adult. 6:30 - 8 PM. Plainfield Township Community Center, Plainfield. plfdparks.org. FUNDRAISER Gala of Hope – Black-tie gala includes dinner open bar, live music, silent and live auctions. 5:30 - 11:30 PM. Tickets. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago. chicagolights.org/gala-of-hope/ TOTS Magical Ice Cream Social – Hosted by the two most famous mice of them all! Crafts, too! Ages 1-5 with adult. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, Naperville. Napervilleparks.org. FAMILY Pizza & Game Night – Bring your own board games or borrow one of ours. Pizza served. Register. Community Recreation Center, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com. ADULT Riding the Rails Bus Tour – A bus tour of historic and modern day railroad sites in ElMarch/April 2020

mhurst, Villa Park, Franklin Park and Bensenville. 9-11:30 AM. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org SATURDAY, MARCH 7 ADULTS Sip & Sew – Modern Baby Hat – Stitch up your own cute baby hat from stretchy knit fabric. All supplies included. BYOB Optional. Register. 10:30 AM – Noon. Shawn Sargent Designs, Glen Ellyn. Gepark.org. HEALTH Body Mind Spirit Expo – Exploration of alternative thought. Retail exhibitors, healers, lectures and demos. Midwest Conference Center, Northlake. bmse.net. FAMILY Maple Sugaring Days – Nature hike. Learn to tap a maple tree. Exhibits. FREE. 12- 3 PM. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles. kaneforest.com. ADULTS Landscape Design Basics – Learn principles such as viewpoints, focal points, traffic flow and tips on adding color and texture to your garden. 11AM – 2 PM. The Growing Place. Aurora. Thegrowingplace.com. FAMILY St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Parade with St. Patrick’s Day Queen. 10 AM. Countryside. countryside-il.org. FAMILY Crafters to the Rafters – Come out and see a selection of crafts made by local and regional artists. 11AM – 4PM. Free. Concessions available. Deer Grove Leisure Center, Bensenville. bvilleparks.org. FUNDRAISER Off the Wall: Adler Art Heist – Start with wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a gallery preview of the art to be “heisted.”6 PM. David Adler – Music and Arts Center, Libertyville. adlercenter.org.

ADULTS Pints for Paws: A Craft Beer Tasting – Raise funds for the cats and dogs of the West Suburban Humane Society. 4-6:00 PM. Ike & Oak’s Brewpub, Woodridge. wshs-dg.org MONDAY, MARCH 9 ADULTS Strategies to Pay Off College – Covers student loan basics and strategies for repayment. FREE. 7:00-8:30PM. JRC Lounge, Bloomingdale. Bloomingdaleparks.org. TEENS Minute to Win it Games – Drop in for Grades 6-12. Free. Alive Center. Naperville. alivecenter. recdesk.com TUESDAY, MARCH 10 SENIORS St. Patrick's Day Luncheon – Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, fresh fruit salad, rolls and dessert for lunch followed by bingo. Ages 60 and up. 12-2PM. Maryknoll Clubhouse, Glen Ellyn. Register at gepark.org. FAMILY Green High Tea – Take your pick from a wide range of hand-selected brews, tea sandwiches, and holiday-appropriate pastries. 3-5 PM. Tickets. Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook. monamigabi.com WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 KIDS Spring Treats – We will make pretzel butterflies, rainbow fruit kabobs and chopped salad. Parents, please join for sampling during the last 15

minutes of class. 4-5:30PM. Ages 4-12. BCC Oak Room Kitchen, Bartlett. Bartlettparks.org. ART Painting on Glass Workshop – Using paint, learn how to transform glass objects into decorative pieces. 7PM. Bloomingdale Park District Museum, Bloomingdale. Details 630-624-9545 or bpetrosius@gmail.com. THRUSDAY, MARCH 12 TEENS Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament – Grades 6-12 welcome. 5-7 PM. Aurora West Branch Library. Aurorapubliclibrary.org. ADULTS What's Jewish About Hereditary Cancer? – Learn about hereditary cancers in the Jewish community. 6-9PM. Marriott Suites Deerfield, Deerfield. jewishgenetics@juf.org. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 COOKING Irish Baking Class – Irish pastry chef teaches how to make 5 Irish delicacies. 6-8PM. Pinecone Cottage Tea House. Downers Grove. pineconecottageteahouse.com. SENIORS St. Patrick's Day Party – Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a traditional Irish lunch and entertainment. Registration deadline is March 2. Plainfield Township Community Center. Plainfield. plfdparks.org SATURDAY, MARCH 14 FAMILY Mother/Daughter Princess Tea –

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 FAMILY REPTILE RAMPAGE – Enthusiasts and experts from around the region will exhibit snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises and more. 10AM- 4PM. Lake Forest Recreation Center, Lake Forest. Lfparksandrec. com. HEALTH Body Mind Spirit Expo – Exploration of alternative thought. Retail exhibitors, healers, lectures and demos. Midwest Conference Center, Northlake. bmse.net. FAMILY Maple Sugaring Days – Nature hike. Learn to tap a maple tree. Exhibits. FREE. 12- 3 PM. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles. kaneforest.com. OUTDOORS Dog Admission Day – Visitors can bring their dogs with them to stroll through the Arboretum. 7 AM – sunset. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org. FAMILY Nature Discovery Days: Wild Weather – Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books and more. 1-4 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room. Naperville. Napervilleparks.org. LECTURE HERstory Speaks Lecture Series – Rosie Wins the War: The Story of Women’s Workplace Roles in WWII. 4- 5 PM. For tickets call: 630-420-6010. Century Memorial Chapel. Naperville. March/April 2020

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Chicago Polar Plunge – March 1. Plunge into Lake Michigan in support of Special Olympics Chicago. 10:30 AM. North Avenue Beach. Register chicagopolarplunge.org. St. Patrick’s Day Parade & River Dyeing – March 14. Dyeing of the Chicago River is at 9 AM and the parade begins at 12 PM. choosechicago.com. Shamrock’n The Block – March 14. 12-6 PM. Music, entertainment, food and drink. Kids activities. Old St. Patrick’s Church. Tickets: bit.ly/

Enjoy teas, lemonade and light refreshments, meet Elsa and Anna and come dressed like princesses. Register. 10AM or 1PM. Lake Ellyn Boathouse, Glen Ellyn. Gepark.org. KIDS KIDZ RUMMAGE SALE – Kids: Want to get rid of or shop for gently used toys, games & other items? Register to have a table. The Core, Lemont. lemontparks.org 9 AM – noon. FAMILY Fun with “Up Do’s” & Braids with Your Daughter – Mothers and daughters will learn how to create simple up do’s and braids. Goodie bags. Ages 4-12. 11AM – Noon. BCC Arts & Crafts Room, Bartlett. Bartlettparks.org. FUNDRAISER Casino Night+ – Enjoy a night of Vegas-style blackjack, roulette, craps and Texas Hold’em. 21+. 7-10 PM. DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton. Wheatonparkdistrict.com SHOPPING Spring Consignment Sale – Offering gently used boutique and designer children’s clothing. 9 AM – 4PM. Free admission. Canlan Sportsplex, Lake Barrington. growingcentsofstyle.com. ADULTS Veggie Gardening and Seed Starting – Veggie Garden basics, greenhouse tour and take home seeds. 11AM – 2 PM. The Growing Place. Aurora. Thegrowingplace.com TEENS First Lego League Junior Expo – Students are able to present their work and see how other teams tackled the challenge. 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Yellow Box Community, Naperville. firstillinoisrobotics.org. ADULTS The Adoption Process from A to Z – Free program. 1:30 – 3 PM. Clarendon Hills Public 48 great events

shamrockntheblock. Chicago Flower & Garden Show – March 1821. “2020 Focus on Flowers”. Admire more than 700 plant varieties with demos, kid activities and workshops. Navy Pier. Chicagoflower.com. Shedd Aquarium Asleep with the Fishes – March 20, 27 and April 17, 24. Overnight event includes activities, an aquatic presentation, animal encounters, aquatic crafts, a scavenger hunt and a Caribbean reef feeding dive. sheddaquarium.org. Family Yoga - March 21 and April 18. Practice your turtle pose, then meet one of the Nature Museum’s box turtles during a special animal encounter. Children 12 and under with adult. 10:15-11:15 AM. naturemuseum.org. Maple Syrup Festival – March 22. 10AM – 3PM. Maple syrup-making process from start to finish. Enjoy storytelling, crafts and a taste. North Park Village Nature Center Park. chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Library, Clarendon Hills. tinyurl.com/adoptionaz. ADULTS Hike with a Naturalist: Woodcock Walk – Join a naturalist to learn about the elusive woodcock. 18+. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room. Naperville. Napervilleparks.org. SUNDAY, MARCH 15 SHOPPING Spring Consignment Sale – Offering gently used boutique and designer children’s clothing. 10-2PM. Free admission. Canlan Sportsplex, Lake Barrington. growingcentsofstyle.com. MONDAY, MARCH 16 FAMILY The Gluten Free Fix – Class participants learn what gluten is, how it’s affecting your body, how to find out if you’re gluten sensitive, and what to do about it. 6-8 PM. JRC Lounge, Bloomingdale. Bloomingdaleparks.org. KIDS Little Leprechauns Parent-Child Program – This St. Patrick’s Day celebration for ages 3 to 5 will include stories, fun crafts and a special treat! 10 - 11 AM. Cantigny, Wheaton. Cantigny.org. LECTURE McCormick House Lecture Series – First for the Vote: How Chicago Women Won Suffrage for the Nation. 6:30 PM. Visitors Center, Cantigny. Wheaton. Cantigny.org. FAMILY Pizza & Movie Night – Enjoy some pizza, and kick back with a movie on the big screen at PARC. 5- 7 PM. Prairie Activity & Recreation Center, Plainfield. Ages 2 + with adult. plfdparks.org. TUESDAY, MARCH 17 suburban family | subfam.com

Chicago White Sox Home Opener – March 26th. Guaranteed Rate Field. Come watch the White Sox play the Kansas City Royals at 1:10 PM. mlb.com/whitesox/schedule/2020-03. Chicago Cubs Home Opener – March 30th. Wrigley Field. Come watch the Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates at 3:10 PM. mlb.com/cubs/schedule/2020-03. Chicago Spring Lantern Festival – 4/10 – 5/17. Downtown Chicago will be stunningly illuminated with more than 40 exotic and colorful shapes. 5-10 PM. Butler Field, Grant Park. chicagoevents.com. Vintage Home and Garden Show –April 24-26. Vendors selling art, decor, vintage fashion, fancy foods and more! randolphstreetmarket.com. Spring One of a Kind Show - April 24 – 26 at the MART. Shoppers will find everything from art and mixed media, to fashion, jewelry and furniture. 11 AM – 8 PM Fri, 10 AM – 7 PM Sat, 10 AM – 5 PM Sun. oneofakindshowchicago.com.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! THURSDAY, MARCH 19 WORKSHOP What to Do with All This Stuff – An appraiser and estate sales expert will advise on the process of selling, donating or disposing of household goods. 1:30 PM. Villa St. Benedict, Lisle. villastben.org. ADULTS - Wyckwood Lettering Club – Gather and share a passion for lettering. Themes and freebies. All skill levels. 6:30 PM. Wyckwood House, Aurora. wyckwoodhouse.com/events. FRIDAY, MARCH 20 TEENS Anime Club – Hang out, watch anime, read manga, Japanese snacks, crafts and drawing. Grades 6-12. Aurora Eola Branch Library. Aurora. Aurorapubliclibrary.org. OUTDOOR Bike Elgin – Explore Elgin by bike on low stress routes for 3-5 miles. Ages 8-80. 2-3 PM. Festival Park, Elgin. exploreelginarea.com. KIDS Music Together Spring Sing – - Families with children ages birth to kindergarten will enjoy this sing-along to celebrate the first day of spring! 9:30, 10:30 or 11:30 AM. Register. Cantigny, Wheaton. Cantigny.org. ADULTS Taste of the Farm – Showcases a wide variety of farm-to-table concept foods and delightful wine pairings. 6PM. Register. Cantigny, Wheaton. Cantigny.org. FAMILY Parents Night Out – Drop the kids off dressed in their favorite comfy pajamas for a movie and pizza night. 6-8:30 PM. Community Recreation March/April 2020

Center, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com SATURDAY, MARCH 21 FAMILY Maple Syruping – Tap maple trees and turn the sap into maple syrup. Includes breakfast. Age: 2 + over with adult. 11AM-noon or 12:30-1:30PM. Jim Jenson Pavilion, Bartlett. Bartlettparks.org. MOVIE - Green Night Out at the Movies – "Current Revolution" with discussion about the movie topic afterward. Free! Expo opens at 6PM. Movie at 7PM. Batavia City Council Chambers. BataviaEC.org. KIDS Spring Fun- Celebrate the arrival of spring in the Children’s Garden with games, art and outdoor play. 11 AM - 3 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org. FAMILY Home Show - All your home improvements under one roof. Refresh, Remodel and Renew hour home. 10AM – 5 PM. Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles. ChicagoHomeShow.net. FAMILY Nature Night: Spring Night Hike – Hands on activities and short hike. 6-7:30 PM. 3+ with adult. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room. Naperville. Napervilleparks.org. SUNDAY, MARCH 22 KIDS Spring Fun – Celebrate the arrival of spring in the Children’s Garden with games, art and outdoor play. 11 AM - 3 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org. FAMILY Home Show – All your home improvements under one roof. Refresh, Remodel and Renew hour home. 10AM – 5 PM. Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles. ChicagoHomeShow.net. FAMILY Nature Discovery Days: Wild Weather – Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books and more. 1-4 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room. Naperville. Napervilleparks.org. ADULT Lecture: Eugene Debs and the Pullman Strike – Discussion on moment in U.S. history, igniting an uprising that brought issues of worker justice into focus. 2 PM. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org. MONDAY, MARCH 23 KIDS Spectacular Spring Science – Investigate everything spectacular about spring through hands-on experiments! Ages 5-12. 5-6 PM. Register. Spring Ave. Rec Center, Glen Ellyn. Gepark.org. FAMILY Stargazing at Mather Woods –Learn more about the cosmos, stars, and constellations. 7-8:30 PM. Mather Woods, Plainfield. plfdparks.org. THURSDAY, MARCH 26 FAMILY A History of St. James Farm – Overview of the history, buildings, farm life and a brief insight into the lives of Chauncey and Brooks McCormick. All ages. 7 PM. Auditorium, Wheaton. Register Dupagemuseum.org. March/April 2020

Tidy Up Home & Life – Home organization tips that focus on what you keep rather than what or how much you discard. 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Aurora Santori Library. Aurora. Aurorapubliclibrary.org. FRIDAY, MARCH 27 ADULTS Bunnies and Brews – If you’re 21+, come and join us at McCaslin Park for an Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt! MIDNIGHT. There are 2 drink tickets included with registration. Carol Stream. Csparks.org. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 OUTDOOR Fishing: Trout Fishing for Kids – Introduce your young anglers to trout fishing at this preseason event just for them! 8AM – 12PM. Free. Wood Dale Grove, Wood Dale. dupageforest.org. ADULTS French Classics Cooking Class – Chef prepares three soulful winter recipes. Includes tasting and wine from each course. 10AM – Noon. Tickets. Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook. monamigabi.com. LECTURE Clara Barton - Explores the life of Clara Barton, the pioneering Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. Free. Ages 10+. 4 PM. McCormick House Freedom Hall, Cantigny. Wheaton. Cantigny.org. SUNDAY, MARCH 29 MUSIC Live performance: WWII Radio Hour

– Reenactment of a 1940s radio hour, Abbott and Costello comedy sketches, and a tribute to veterans. Free. 3 PM Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.

APRIL WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 LECTURE McCormick House Lecture Series: April Fools! – Three stories, two of which are accurate and one false. Can you tell truth from fiction? Ages 14+. Choose 3:30, 5:30 or 7:30 PM. McCormick House, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register at cantigny.org. FRIDAY, APRIL 3 ADULTS Adults-Only Egg Hunt – Bring baskets and flashlights for our adults-only egg hunt. Light snacks and beverages. Ages 21+. 8:30 – 9 PM. Lake Ellyn Boathouse, Glen Ellyn. Gepark.org. TEENS Egg-mazing Race & Night Egg Hunt – Teams will complete various physical and mental challenges, solve clues and find the bunny hiding somewhere in the park. 5:30 PM. Wheeler Park, Geneva. genevaparks.org. FAMILY Pizza & Bingo Night – Spend an evening with family and friends playing bingo and dining on pizza. Register. 6:30-8:30 PM. Community Recreation Center, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4 KIDS H2O Egg-Venture – Children will visit with the Easter Bunny. Plus refreshments, coloring contest, jump in the jumpy and dive for eggs. 12-3 PM. Register. The CORE, Lemont. Lemontparkdistrict.org. FAMILY Egg Hunt on the Island – All ages are invited to search for eggs filled with treats in downtown Aurora. Free kid crafts, snacks, and trolley rides. 1-3PM. Stolp Island, Downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.org. FAMILY Breakfast with the Bunny – Breakfast begins at 9,AM. Egg hunt begins at 10:30 AM. Prairie Landing Golf Club. West Chicago. prairielanding.com FAMILY Doggie Easter Egg Hunt – Let your dog hunt for Easter eggs! 12PM. Register. West Main Community Park Bark Park, Batavia. Bataviaparks.org. FAMILY Holi: Festival of Color – Celebrate the arrival of spring and throw your worries to the wind. 12-5 PM. Downtown Naperville. thefestivalofcolors. org. ADULTS Binny’s Wine Expo – 1-5 PM. Indoor event of wine sampling and education. Tickets. Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Hts. binnys. com/wine-expo. FAMILY Flea Market – 12-5 PM. Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques and collectibles indoors and outside. Kane County Fairgrounds. St. Charles. kanecountyfleamarket.com. FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt – Visit any time during event hours. Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, craft and movie. Free. 10 AM – 4 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org. FAMILY MasterChef Junior – Past winners take to the stage during exciting head-to-head cooking competitions and live Q&A sessions. 3PM. Rosemont theatre. Rosemont. chicago-theater.com. FAMILY Zoo Goes Blue for Autism – Throughout the day, special Zoo Goes Blue activities will be taking place for families with children on the autism spectrum. Brookfield Zoo. Czs.org. FAMILY Spring Egg Scramble – Bring your basket to Easter egg hunt and photos with bunny. 10:45-11:15 AM. FREE. Wheeling High School Football Field, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com SUNDAY, APRIL 5 FAMILY Flea Market – 7 AM- 4 PM. Up to 1,000 dealers sell antiques and collectibles indoors and outside. A country breakfast is served on Sundays. Kane County Fairgrounds. St. Charles. kanecountyfleamarket.com. FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt – The format is “open house” so visit any time during event hours. Take a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, do a craft, and watch a movie. 10 AM – 4 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 ADULTS Meal Planning with Marcels – We 50 great events

will talk meal planning, how to prep and plan ahead, share recipes, and much more. Ages 21+. 7-9 PM. Lake Ellyn Boathouse., Glen Ellyn. Register at gepark.org. SENIORS Senior Egg Hunt – You're never too old to hunt for eggs and you'll never know where you'll find one. Event is free for ages 55+. 1-1:30 PM. Register. The Core, Lemont. Lemontparkdistrict.org.

off for a pizza and paint party and crafts. 6-8:30 PM. Community Recreation Center, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 ADULTS Road Rally – Form a team of 4-6 adults (18+) per vehicle for this four-hour scavenger SUBFAM FILL small 12.17:Layout AM and Page hunt on wheels1that12/15/17 will test your11:35 mind, body THURSDAY, APRIL 9 teamwork. 3 – 8 PM. Reg KIDS Flashlight ister. This event is coordiEgg Hunt – Bring your nated with the Bolingflashlight to look for eggs brook, Downers Grove, filled with candy and toys. Lisle and Naperville Park Ages 7-10. 8:30 – 9PM. Districts. Lisle Park District Check in starts at 8:15. Community Center. Wo...Your complete weekly newsletter for Churchill Park, Glen Ellyn. odridge. Woodridgeparks. “family friendly” things to do around Chicago! Register at gepark.org. org. FAMILY Home & FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Garden Show – Indoor KIDS Egg Drop event featuring the latest Challenge – Can you protect your egg from a 40ft products and services to remodel, repair & beautify drop? Eggs will be dropped age (preschool – adult). your home. Free. 10 AM – 5 PM. Pheasant Run, St. 10 AM – 7PM. Sci Tech Museum. Aurora. tinyurl.com/ Charles. pheasantrunhomeshow.com. SciTechAdmission. TEENS Youth Fashion Show & Resource Expo – Entry includes glow necklace, Fashion showSATURDAY, APRIL 11 case, Snacks/beverage. 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Boling KIDS Easter Brunch, Hunt, and Climb – Easbrook Area Chamber of Commerce, Bolingbrook. ter egg hunt including the rock wall. Stay for snacks, junior-stars.org. crafts, sports, games and pictures with the Easter FAMILY Party for the Planet – Special Zoo Bunny. 9-11 AM. Ackerman SFC, Glen Ellyn. Register Chats as well as green activities & crafts and fun for the gepark.org. entire family! 10AM to 2 PM. Brookfield Zoo. Czs.org.

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MONDAY, APRIL 13 TEENS Scavenger Hunt – Hunt for clues in the room for a prize. Free. Grades 6-12. 2:30-5 PM. Alive Center, Naperville. Alivecenter.recdesk.com. TUESDAY, APRIL 14 SENIORS Spring Fling Luncheon – Catered lunch followed by an Easter egg hunt with prizes and treats. Left, Right, Center and card games available. 12-2PM. Maryknoll Clubhouse, Glen Ellyn. Register at gepark.org. THURSDAY, APRIL 16 ADULTS - Wyckwood Lettering Club – Gather and share a passion for lettering. Themes and freebies. All skill levels. 6:30 PM.Wyckwood House, Aurora. wyckwoodhouse.com/events FRIDAY, APRIL 17 ADULTS Meal Prep for the Seasons – Create a meal-prep plan for your needs and perform LIVE cooking demonstrations. Lifestyles Fitness Center, Bolingbrook. bolingbrookparks.org. FAMILY Kite Night – Bring your own kite or purchase a kit at Cantigny ($3). Wind permitting. Food trucks on site. 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Parade Field, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org. FAMILY Parents Night Out – Drop the kids suburban family | subfam.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 19 FAMILY Home & Garden Show – Indoor event featuring the latest products and services to remodel, repair & beautify your home. Free. 10 AM – 5 PM. Pheasant Run, St. Charles. pheasantrunhomeshow.com. MUSIC Smooth Rockin’ Jazz – Free concert featuring a mix of jazz, rock, blues and Motown. Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, 3 PM. Wheaton. Cantigny.org. FAMILY Earth Day Celebration – Take a nature walk, view live animals up close and plant seeds at the butterfly garden. 11:00 am-1:00 pm FREE. Exhibitors. Heritage Park, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com. ADULT Journey to Wellness Open House – New Massage Therapy Center. 12-4 PM. Food, raffles and giveaways. Hoffman Estates. gojourneytowellness.com. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 FAMILY Earth Day Celebration – Cantigny will be awarded a water quality flag for its conservation efforts. Cupcake reception. Free. Visitors Center, 11:30 AM. Cantigny, Wheaton, Cantigny.org. THURSDAY, APRIL 23 ADULT Throwback Thursday Lecture: Exploring Park District History – History and evolution of the Elmhurst Park District from its inception in March/April 2020


1921 to today. 3 PM. Elmhurst History Museum. elmhursthistory.org FRIDAY, APRIL 24 TOTS Arbor Day Celebration – Day's events may include tree planting and dedication, butterfly aviary, visit from Seemore the Eagle, fun activities and a free hot dog lunch. 12-1 PM. Lemont. Lemontparkdistrict.org. FAMILY FrogWatch USA Training – Love frogs? Then sign up to be a certified FrogWatch volunteer. 6-8 PM. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton. cosleyzoo.org. SATURDAY, APRIL 25 OUTDOOR Smelt-O-Rama – Seasoned Smelt anglers will be on hand to demonstrate the dip netting method. Learn how to catch, clean, and cook smelt! 6:00 PM. Forest Park Beach, Lake Forest. Lfparksandrec.com. FAMILY Rover Rescue Pet Dog Show – All of our adoptable dogs will be available. Vendors, raffles, bake sale. 10 AM – 2 PM. Aurora Turners Club, Aurora. roverrescue.org. FAMILY Earth Day Celebration – Farmers’ market, green vendors, used book giveaway, games, activities and walking parade. 11 AM – 3 PM. Peck Farm Park, Geneva. genevaparks.org. FAMILY Woodcarving Show – See a wide variety of carvings and carving styles, plus demonstrations. Visitors Center, 9 AM- 4 PM. Cantigny, Wheaton. Cantigny.org. SUNDAY, APRIL 26 FAMILY Earth Day Fair – Enjoy live music and food, shopping, go on a guided walk, experience earthy activity stations or rent a canoe to paddle around Lake Ellyn. FREE. 1-4 PM. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn. Gepark.org. FAMILY Woodcarving Show – See a wide variety of carvings and carving styles, plus demonstrations. Visitors Center, 9 AM- 4 PM. Cantigny, Wheaton. Cantigny.org. MUSIC Naperville Men’s Glee Club – A Cappella, chamber singers and musical improv. 3PM. Wentz Concert Hall. Naperville. Tickets. napervillemensgleeclub.org.

pagechildrens.org. KIDS Winter Play – Daily, through March. The Children’s Garden is open for outdoor fun. Explore activities such as painting snow or building a fort. 11 AM–3 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org. ADULTS Women of Faith Conference – March 6 and 7. Live worship and biblical teachings, giveaways, raffles, food, and shopping. Christ Church, Oak Brook. Register at christchurch.us. FAMILY Maple Syrup Hikes – March 7–22 Weekends. One-hour hikes run every half-hour from noon to 2 PM. Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods. Tickets. Lcfpd.org. KIDS Gnome Hunt – Daily in March. The animals may be hibernating, but the Children’s Garden still has gnomes. 9:30 AM- 4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org. OUTDOORS Maple Sugaring – March 7,8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. See how sap becomes syrup as you tap with tools from the 1890s and try a taste of real maple syrup. 1 – 4PM. Kline Creek Farm. West Chicago. dupageforest.org. THEATRE Steel Magnolias – A classic story of family, strength in women and big southern hair. March 6-22. Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College. Naperville. Brightsidetheatre.com. EXHIBIT Downers Grove Art League – March 11 – May 3. Enjoy works of art by Downers Grove Art League. Mayslake Peabody Mansion, Oak Brook. dupageforest.org THEATRE Frozen Jr. Youth Musical – A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Princesses Anna and Elsa. March 12-15. 7- 8:30PM. Bartlett Community Center, Bartlett. bartlettparks.org. ADULTS United Marriage Encounter Weekend – March 20-22. Spend an entire weekend focused only on each other! Begins Friday at 7:30 PM. Addison. unitedmarriage.org. EXHIBIT On the Right Track: By Rail to Chicago & Beyond – Thru March 29th. Take a journey through 170 years of railroading history. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org. EXHIBIT By All Accounts: The Story of Elm-

hurst – Ongoing. Encounter an interactive tabletop map, videos, photos as well as interesting artifacts from the museum’s collection. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org. FAMILY Chicagoland Family Pet Expo – Exhibits of pet-related products & services, entertainment and hands-on attractions for the whole family! March 20-22. 1-5PM. Arlington Park. Arlington Heights. petchicago.com. FAMILY Spring Break Railway Days – March 23- 27. A different free railroad-themed activity each day of Spring Break. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org. KIDS Photos with Ducks and Bunnies – March 25-27. 30-minute photoshoot with Live Baby Ducklings and Bunnies. Free edited 8x10 photo with ticket. Lyons Township High School, Western Springs. trufocusproductions.com. EXHIBIT "Reima Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression – Through April 12. Explore the Great Depression through the eyes of a Lake County artists. Dunn Museum, Libertyville. lcfpd.org/museum. EXHIBIT Spring Show & Silent Auction – April 11 – May 2. Silent Auction - View our pieces, place a silent auction bid and take home a unique piece of original artwork! Bloomingdale Park District Museum, Bloomingdale. Questions: 630-624-9545. FAMILY Elmhurst Park District Scavenger Hunt – April 17-May 24th. Visit three Elmhurst parks listed, enjoy the playgrounds, answer questions, return and win prize. FREE. Elmhurst History Museum, elmhursthistory.org. FAMILY Windy City Coin Op & Antique Advertising Show – April 17-19. Collections of vintage slot machines, penny arcade games, pin-ball machines, video games, comics, antiques and more. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. windycitycoinopshow.com. EXHIBIT Once Upon a Playground – April 17-May 24, 2020. A visual tribute to these vanishing playgrounds of the past. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 30 KIDS School’s Out for Summer Slime! – Have the slime of your life creative seasonal slime in the concoction lab. Ages 5-12. 6-7PM. Spring Ave. Rec Center, Glen Ellyn. Gepark.org.

ONGOING EXHIBITS DuPage Children’s Museum – New exhibit spaces; Creativity Connections Young Explorers and Make It Move Young Explorers. For children birth – 2 years. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville. duMarch/April 2020

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Catch 35 A fresh take on seafood & steak – experience Catch 35’s newly crafted menus. Voted BEST SEAFOOD in Naperville, Catch 35 focuses on flavor forward dishes with the freshest ingredients available. The newly crafted menu offers a variety of seafood & fresh from the farm options that appeal to all types of eaters. Seafood specials and All You Care to Enjoy $19.95 Friday Fish Fry are available throughout the Lenten season. Catch 35, entices the casual, business, and special occasion crowds. With the added bonus of weekly bar specials, seasonal seafood weeks, 3 Course Prix Fixe menu for $37.95, and wholesale seafood and steaks from the Catch Fresh Market. Follow us on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram for upcoming events and monthly specials. View the new lunch, dinner and Noodles & Bites bar menus at www.catch35.com. Locations: 35 W. Wacker, Chicago, 312-346-3500 and 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630-717-3500.

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Mon Ami Gabi Mon Ami Gabi is the perfect place to host your holiday event. Let our seasoned Catering Team help you plan your special occasion from start to finish.With two private rooms located off the main dining room, both feature glass paneled French doors, deep mahogany wood, rich leather banquettes and a mosaic tile floor. Treat your guests to our signature Steak Frites, boutique French wine pairings and decadent dessert. To inquire for bookings and package details, contact our catering team at 773-935-5000 or email monamichgoparties@leye.com. SAVE THE DATES! Preview the best and brightest tastes of the season with our 5 course Bounty Spring Wine Dinner on Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Or treat yourself to an afternoon of pastries, finger sandwiches, and exotic brews at our High Tea Series: Green High Tea, Tuesday, March 10 and Easter High Tea, Tuesday, April 7. Back by popular demand, the Encore French Winter Classics Cooking Class is on Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. To purchase tickets for all listed events, please visit us online at monamigabi.com/events. Mon Ami Gabi is located at the east side of Oakbrook Center mall, near Neiman Marcus at 260 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL 60523


Villa Olivia Villa Olivia, located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett, offers a weekly Sunday Brunch from 10am-1:30pm featuring a carving station, a variety of breakfast and lunch selections, soup and salad bar, dessert table. Coffee, tea, juices and milk are included. Reservations are recommended but not required. Special Holiday Brunches are held on Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Holiday Brunches require reservations at 630-289-1000. Lunch is served Monday-Friday from 11am-4pm. During the lent season and the first Friday of the month 11am-2pm and 4-9pm an All You Can Eat Friday Fish Fry is available. Additional menu items are available during the fish fry. Villa Olivia also features a full service bar. www.Villaolivia.com under the restaurant menu for more information. SUBFAM FILL small 12.17:Layout 1

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Vino Thai

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Vino Thai serves up healthy and fresh Thai Cuisine. Ever since 1990, Vino Thai has provided customers with the finest and freshest tasting Thai food in a pleasurable dining atmosphere. Signature dishes include Golden Chicken, Crazy Noodles and Chicken Curry Fried Rice. Dine in - Carry Out. Vino Thai is located in East Gate Commons, 3825 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Open every day for lunch and dinner. For reservations call 630-443-8461. vinothai.com

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