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Something borrowed, something bloom

Something old? Check. Something new? Check. Something borrowed? Check. Something bloom? Umm. Couples needing assistance with floral arrangements for their big day can get a helping hand from the designers at Sunset Foods Floral Design. Sunset’s floral designer, Joanne Willing, said floral trends for 2014 …

Luck of the Irish

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For decades, siblings Paul, Lydia and Sophia owned and operated Irish-themed pub/restaurants throughout the Chicagoland suburbs. Then, in 1999, they opened The Curragh, an Irish Pub unmatched in authenticity and ambience in Schaumburg adjacent to the Woodfield Mall. It quickly became known for serving wonderful …

What a gem

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Cy Fredrics Jewelers, recognized as the premier jeweler on the North Shore for more than 55 years, specializes in fine quality and sophisticated looks of each season. Cy Fredrics was established and incorporated in 1958 by Cy Lemick and a partner. The original location of …

Tria Boutique, specialty shoe retailer, prepares to dazzle North Shore

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Chicago-area shoe-lovers: make room in your closets. Tria Boutique — a new specialty shop that offers a carefully curated mix of designer and contemporary shoes, handbags and fine jewelry — has opened its doors. Tria is co-owned by Jody Strauss-Figura and Tony Patel. David Sugg …

Festivals and Fairs

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Vernon Hills  Craft Beer Festival Saturday, Feb. 8 5-9 p.m. Sullivan Community Center 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL 60061 847-996-6800 www.vhparkdistrict.org Several breweries will pour samples of their ales, lagers and stouts. Along with celebrating the microbrews of the area’s most skilled brew masters, …

Fun sports to do in the Wisconsin snow

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Look to the north for quick weekend getaways that will counter the cold and get your blood rushing. Here are a few winter sports destinations that are only a few hours drive away. Petrifying Springs Park 4909-7th St. (Hwy. 31 and Hwy. A) Kenosha, Wisc. …

Puppy love

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ARTcetera  Valentine’s Day Sale Monday, Feb. 3 – Wednesday, Feb. 5 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL 60030 847-543-2405 jlc.clcillinois.edu/events.asp?catid=10 Find something lovely. Enjoy 10 percent off all items in Artcetera and 20 percent …

Get out

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Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing Saturday, Feb. 1 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield, IL 60015 847-968-3308 www.brushwoodcenter.org An REI Outdoor School instructor will show the basics of starting, stopping, turning and gliding across the snow on cross-country skis. …

Breathe, indulge, chill: Holiday spa escapes

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As the holidays approach, life gets more hectic and becomes a pressure cooker of gifts to buy, dinners to host, family and friends to entertain, holiday work parties to attend and impending deadlines. Take a deep breath, unwind and call on spa specialists. They can …

Gifts for the DIY Dude

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Need a gift for a no frills kind of guy? Here are some ideas for the man (or woman) in your life into the basics. Click on “View Gallery” to see the guide. …

Lake County program helping residents manage their diabetes

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Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when her husband was serving in Iraq, Beatriz Mari of North Chicago struggled with the disease for several years. But now she’s got the assistance of Be Well-Lake County, a local program that is helping her to get her diabetes …

Israel Sport Center for the Disabled raises spirits and changes lives

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Karie Luc is with Lori Komisar and Stu Nitzkin in Winnetka as they explain the philanthropic mission of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled. Lori Komisar of Winnetka, and longtime supporter of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled (ISCD), is a philanthropist who …

National Council of Jewish Women strives for social justice, turns progressive ideals into action

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Karie Luc is in Northbrook with Julie Newman of the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore Section. As membership and programming director for the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore Section in Wilmette, Julie Newman is used to putting others first. …

Technology for Humanity bridges the digital gap

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Andy Vass sees the key to improving a fragmented society resting in one object: the computer. The retail wholesaler-turned insurance broker realized it in the early 1980s when the economy was on the brink of change and then again in 1996 when the Internet world …

Local businessman doing good abroad

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Rick Glickman tries every day to be a mensch and live a life of mitzvah. That’s not easy, he said. “It takes a lifetime, but you’re working on yourself every day,” said Glickman. Glickman, president of the Northbrook-based Dream Kitchens, Inc., which specializes in kosher …

Beautifying Belmont-Cragin Elementary School

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Sabrina Morris learned early on what it felt like to give back. This year, for her birthday, she wanted to spread that feeling around. The Glencoe 12-year-old and her family have been very involved in fundraising, in particular for the cause of curing and controlling …

Good Deeds Directory

A L’Amour Bridal  236 W. Northwest Hwy. Barrington, IL 60010 (847) 381-5858 www.alamour.com  A L’amour is a premier bridal salon featuring an exquisite collection of dresses for every special occasion. The once-in-a-lifetime experience of finding the dress of your dreams should go hand-in-hand with a boutique that surrounds …

A guide to good deeds

The simple meaning of the word of “mitzvah” is deeply rooted in history: a biblical connotation that embraces many interpretations. Among those definitions, “mitzvah” means a good deed. Included in these good deeds are charity and philanthropic projects. Involving children in such work helps bring …

Art education, community connection for youth through the Evanston Art Center

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Founded in 1929 by civic and cultural leaders, namely Alice C. Riley, the Evanston Art Center (EAC) has been supporting diverse artists and enriching the community for more than 80 years, which makes it one of the oldest and most accessible art centers in Illinois. …

Volunteer Opportunities

A Safe Place provides shelter, court advocacy, referrals and counseling programs for victims of domestic violence. (Children, Domestic Violence, Housing and Shelter, Women) www.asafeplaceforhelp.org, 847-249-5147. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is a 617-bed teaching, research and referral hospital and a Level 1 trauma center. It is …

Gurnee Days ~ a community affair: Ahoy Matey – It’s Gurnee Days

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The Gurnee Days Corporation, a not-for-profit organization of volunteers, has been planning and orchestrating the annual Gurnee Days celebration for 41 years. The upcoming Gurnee Days will be on Thursday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 11. This year’s theme is “Ahoy Matey – It’s Gurnee …

Lisa Sheppard is the 2013 Gurnee Days Honoree

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The Gurnee Days Corporation is pleased to announce Lisa Sheppard has been chosen as the 2013 Gurnee Days Honoree. For more than 40 years, the Gurnee Days Corporation has selected a deserving individual or couple to be honored during the annual Gurnee Days celebration. The …

Sprightly spring container gardens

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Whether you have lots of space or barely any at all, container gardens can spice up the inside or outside of your home. Use container gardens to decorate the front stoop, to provide a dynamic backyard spot for entertaining, to beautify the facade of your …

How to spring life back into your home

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With winter almost behind us, everyone’s minds have turned to spring and warmer months. Suddenly, our homes look like us: dull and gray from enduring a long winter. Chunky knit blankets now seems too heavy, paint colors from years before looks drab, and remnants from …

Cleaning tips from the experts

As you start assessing your spring-cleaning plan, you may consider a professional service for long-neglected or larger tasks. However, for manageable projects that anyone in the family can do, here are a few tips from local cleaning experts. Violet Cleaning Service in Barrington recommended the …

Totally feasible ways to organize your home

Organizing can be a daunting undertaking, especially when the piles of mail and toys seem taller than Mount Everest. Personal organizers recommend taking a step back to get a good plan before tackling the summit of organization. It may also be the best step before …