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  • COD Concealed Carry Class Nov. 8 Oct 15, 2014 4:46 PM
    College of DuPage will offer the second session of its new Concealed Class on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9. This previously sold-out 18-hour class will cover all elements of state-required training including basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm; firearm safety; state and federal laws relating to ownership, storage, carry and transport of a firearm; and weapon and handling and legal qualification. In addition, students will gain hands-on, real-world experience through the use of a state-of-the-art concealed carry firearm simulator and the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) inside the four-dimensional immersion “street scene” within the Homeland Security Education Center. This class will be led by certified concealed carry instructor and distinguished firearm expert Michelle Quesada. She has trained at Fort Benning with the U.S. Army Rangers and the U.S. Air Force Pistol Service Teams and is recognized through the NRA as a Double Distinguished Expert Marksman, shooting over 600 perfect rounds in one day to complete her first Distinguished award. In addition, Quesada is NRA certified to teach Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home and has held the NRA appointment of Chief Range Safety Officer. To attend this class, students must be 21 or over, currently possess a valid Firearm Owner Identification Card, a valid Illinois state I.D. or driver’s license, and be physically capable of safely and effectively operating a firearm. To ease the Illinois CCL application process, electronic fingerprints and a digital photo will be offered to participants for an additional cash only $60 fee. A Concealed Carry class designed with an emphasis on issues related specifically to women and the concealed carry law will be offered on Dec. 6 and 7. Click here for more information about the CCL class at College of DuPage. Click here for more information about Concealed Carry licensure in Illinois.

     
  • Valley Fire Protection Systems tapped for major project Oct 15, 2014 6:29 PM
    Valley Fire Protection Systems is pleased to announce that it has been selected to design and install complete fire protection systems in a massive new tire distribution facility being built in Wilmington, Ill.

     
  • National Title Solutions’ Anthony Latham and Team Bring Home The Hardware at the IMBA Best In Business Awards Gala Oct 15, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Illinois Mortgage Bankers’ Association has bestowed its prestigious “Best Title Insurance Account Representation” award to Naperville’s Anthony Latham, Owner/President of National Title Solutions at the 2014 Best In Business Awards gala last week. At the October 2 event, hosted at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, three of National Title Solutions’ Naperville team were nominated for 2014 awards: NTS Business Development Officer Carol McCarthy, and NTS Account Executive Lisa Rinando for “Best Title Insurance Account Representation,” Rinando for “Best Title Insurance Company Closer,” and Latham for “Best Title Insurance Account Representation” and top honor “Star Leadership Award,” for his exemplification of “the highest standards of service, ethics, and dedication to the mortgage industry… outstanding leadership and business innovation,” among other notable achievements, according to IMBA.org. Latham’s 7 years in business with National Title Solutions have provided the foundation for excellence in the industry that facilitate his success and esteem within the business and customer base. “National Title Solutions is one fo the few consumer-driven title insurance companies -- we’re focused on consumers and their edification with regard to their title insurance options,” explains Latham. “We’re a one-stop shop -- we hold all licenses here, so we don’t farm projects out to other states, which means we’re hands-on and all of our work is done locally, so we can give customers a better deal and work to fulfill their precise needs when they’re buying, selling, or refinancing.” As noted on IMBA’s Facebook page and website (imba.org), the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association (IMBA) is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of approximately 165 companies and institutions whose business interests revolve around residential and/or commercial mortgage lending. IMBA (pledges) commitment to promote and safeguard the best interests and welfare of the membership and the public it serves. Latham was also nominated for IMBA’s “Best Title Insurance Account Representative” at the 2013 Best In Business Awards, and he hopes to continue the awards & recognition trend into next year. Appreciation, consistency, and continued customer-focus are the order of the day for National Title Solutions, “…especially when we’re kind of the new kid on the block,” says Latham, noting that he brought NTS to Naperville from Florida in 2010. National Title Solutions is headquartered in Woodridge with multiple satellite locations in Naperville; find them at www.ntsnational.com or call (800)NTS-2700. “Most consumers don’t know that they have the right to choose their title insurance company when they’re buying or refinancing,” notes Latham; “Our motto is ‘Exceptional Service is Standard,’ and that says it all.”

     
  • Albright Theatre presents “The Memory of Water” Oct 14, 2014 4:45 PM
    The Albright Theatre Company in Batavia presents “The Memory of Water” by Shelagh Stephenson Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. It is a poignant play about the homecoming of three sisters who all come home to plan the funeral for their mother, who has recently died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

     
  • “Run, Walk & Roll” Oct. 26 to benefit Marklund Oct 14, 2014 5:14 PM
    Get ready to "Run, Walk & Roll" for Marklund! Registration is still being accepted for Marklund’s second annual 5K/1 mile event which is set for Sunday, Oct. 26 in Geneva. “Last year, nearly 600 people participated in our inaugural event and helped us net $30,000 for programs and services for our clients so we're looking forward to growing that number this year!,” said Stephanie Heinz, Development Coordinator at Marklund.

     
  • Soroptimist Club accepting applications for Violet Richardson Award Oct 14, 2014 5:12 PM
    Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago is now accepting applications for the Violet Richardson Award. Named after the president of the first Soroptimist club, the Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. Each year, Soroptimist clubs honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place — such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or mentoring young girls.

     
  • Warrenville Park District Scares Up Fun at Annual Fest Oct. 24 Oct 14, 2014 5:00 PM
    The Warrenville Park District is gearing up for a howling good time with its 11th annual Fall Family Fun Fest from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Recreation Center, 3S260 Warren Ave. This event is a great way for families to enjoy the season in a safe environment and features a fantastic lineup of activities for all ages.

     
  • Tri-Cities get into spirit with these Halloween events Oct 16, 2014 7:53 PM
    From family fun to terrifying haunted houses, check out these Halloween events in the Tri-Cities.

     
  • Dinner, silent auction to benefit Voice of Hope Behind the Wall Oct 13, 2014 6:02 PM
    Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia invites the community to a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The dinner and silent auction will benefit the prison ministry Voice of Hope Behind the Wall at Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet. Learn about how Lori Wilbert provides Bible studies, devotions and one-on-one visits with inmates at the prison. Wilbert is the deaconess and prison chaplain for the Northern Illinois District-The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. As her ministry is struggling financially, several area Lutheran churches are joining together to run this fundraiser.

     
  • Modern Day “Amelia Earhart” to Visit PM Prime in Highwood Oct 13, 2014 3:39 PM
    PM Prime in Highwood will be open this Sunday, October 12 to accommodate special guest Amelia Earhart, who recently completed an around-the-world flight in honor of her namesake’s 1937 attempt. Amelia Rose Earhart is the youngest female to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine airplane, completing her mission on July 11, 2014. Dinner reservations at the aviation themed steakhouse will be accepted between 5 and 7 p.m. on that evening. Diners will have an opportunity to meet the inspiring aviatrix. Guests will be accommodated by reservation only. Seating is very limited. Steve Platcow of Lake Forest opened the PM Prime in July of this year. Executive Chef Dominic Zumpano has been dazzling area restaurant critics with his innovative interpretations on classic steakhouse fare. Robert B. Bansberg, award-winning sommelier and wine educator, shares his wealth of knowledge and expertise as the restaurant’s General Manager/Sommelier. PM Prime’s dining room boasts an unprecedented collection of 200 black and white photographs that celebrate excellence in aviation. The restaurant presents a rare opportunity to see a truly amazing collection of vintage images that honor the pioneers of flight - all under one roof. From the Wright Brothers, to Amelia Earhart, the Tuskegee Airmen and Jimmy Doolittle - the collection showcases the fearless and the brave. The heroes represented in the photographs pushed the boundaries of what was possible and demonstrated the power of the human spirit. These stunning historic images motivate the team at PM Prime to strive for excellence and the ultimate goal is encourage the patrons to pursue excellence in their lives as well. This engaging display will leave guests feeling nothing less than inspired. PM Prime’s menu includes popular steakhouse favorites such as the filet mignon and New York strip, but it also has some more unusual cuts such as the wagyu hanger steak. PM Prime features the highest quality cuts of prime beef available. Diners will find interesting selections such as osso buco with saffron risotto or Halibut with spaetzle and roasted beets. PM Prime is located at 310 Green Bay Road, Highwood. Call 847-433-0600 or visit www.pmprimesteak.com for more information.

     
  • York Theatre Presents FREE Screening of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Oct 13, 2014 5:02 PM
    Come dressed in your Halloween costume for a FREE showing of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” at the York Theatre. The film will be shown on Saturday, October 25th at 9:30 AM at the York Theatre, located at 150 North York Street in downtown Elmhurst. The 24th annual event is sponsored by the Elmhurst City Centre’s BOOtiful Saturday. After the film, children are encouraged to enjoy trick-or-treating at participating stores from 11 AM to 1 PM. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (PG/92 min) is a comedy, science fiction film featuring the characters from the 1960s animated television series “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” who must fix a time rift they created. Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine—the WABAC—to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

     
  • Paramount Theatre to Present “A Hard Day’s Night” October 15 Oct 13, 2014 4:56 PM
    A special showing of a “A Hard Day’s Night” will be presented at the Paramount Theatre, 213 North Schuyler Avenue, Kankakee, on Wednesday, October 15 at 7 PM. Tickets are $5 per person and available at the Paramount Theatre box office or online www.classiccinemas.com. The event is sponsored by WVLI 92.7, WFAV 95.1, WIVR 101.7 and WYUR 103.7. WVLI morning personality Bob Malkowski will emcee the event. A digitally restored version of the classic Beatles comedy musical was released this year to commemorate the film’s 50th anniversary. “A Hard Day’s Night” (G/87 min.) portrays a couple of days in the lives of the band. The film is considered to be one of the best and most influential musical films of all time. Richard Lester’s boldly contemporary rock n’ roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy.

     
  • Tivoli Theatre Presents FREE Showing of “Casper” October 25 Oct 13, 2014 4:57 PM
    The Tivoli Theatre will celebrate Halloween with a FREE showing of “Casper” as part of Baird and Warner’s 22nd Annual Halloween Happening. The film will be shown on Saturday, October 25th at 11 AM at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Avenue in downtown Downers Grove. Wear your Halloween costume and participate in the costume contest. Registration begins at 9 AM followed by judging at 9:30 AM. The movie starts at 11 AM. “Casper” (PG/100 min) is a 1995 comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy, Moriarty, Eric Idle and Amy Brenneman based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and animated cartoons. The movie tells the story of a greedy heiress who inherits the haunted Whipstaff Manor and discovers that the house contains a treasure guarded by three nasty ghosts. Ghost therapist, Dr. James Harvey, and his daughter Kat, move into the mansion to get rid of the supernatural creatures. Kat makes friends with a ghost named Casper, the nephew of the three nasty ghosts.

     
  • Senior Star at Weber Place and Walgreens Host Important Presentation on Medicare Part D Oct 13, 2014 4:50 PM
    ROMEOVILLE, IL (October 10, 2014) – All Romeoville neighbors and friends are welcome to attend a presentation on Medicare Part D – Open Enrollment at Senior Star at Weber Place at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 29th at 605 South Edward Drive, Romeoville. The presentation will be made by a Walgreens’ pharmacist who will discuss prescription plan coverage options, preferred pharmacy networks and working with your pharmacist as a Medicare Part D information resource. Discussions on blood pressure and cholesterol will also be part of the presentation. Time for questions and answers will be available. All attendees eligible for Medicare Part D – Open Enrollment will receive a give-away bag courtesy of Walgreens. Please RSVP no later than October 28 by calling 815.676.5776. For more information about Senior Star at Weber Place or to schedule a tour, please call 815.676.5776, or visit the website at www.seniorstar.com. About Senior Star at Weber Place Senior Star at Weber Place, a Senior Star community, features 346 modernly decorated apartments spanning across 29 acres of beautifully landscaped property with many customized amenities to offer its residents in three distinctive living experiences: independent living, assisted living and memory care. For more information, visit www.seniorstar.com. ###

     
  • Baker Memorial UMC hosts Wedding Vow Reaffirmation Ceremony Oct 10, 2014 7:22 PM
    Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles is celebrating its 60th anniversary in its current location this year. As part of the festivities, the church invites area couples to celebrate with it and participate in a Wedding Vow Reaffirmation Ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the church, 307 Cedar Ave. All couples interested in renewing their commitments to one another are welcome to participate, and to bring their guests as well.

     
  • Marmion senior earns Eagle Scout award Oct 9, 2014 12:34 PM
    Marmion Academy senior Conroy Unruh will be recognized for earning the highest advancement rank the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.

     
  • Leave The Cooking To Clearbrook on October 21st! Oct 9, 2014 10:47 AM
    Leave The Cooking To Clearbrook on October 21st!

     
  • Lake County 4-H Presents its 2nd Annual National 4-H Science Day Oct 9, 2014 10:45 AM
    Lake County 4-H Presents its 2nd Annual National 4-H Science Day

     
  • ‘Oculus’ Filmmaker Comes to Cutting Hall on October 22 Oct 9, 2014 9:58 AM
    “Oculus” Filmmaker Comes to Cutting Hall on October 22

     
  • VNA Health Care gets grant from American Cancer Society, NFL to fight breast cancer in Aurora Oct 9, 2014 7:11 PM
    The National Football League’s A Crucial Catch Initiative has provided another year of funding to support increased access to breast cancer education and screening resources in underserved communities through the American Cancer Society. The grant will be used to support “A Crucial Catch Day — Your Day to Fight Breast Cancer” community health event on Saturday, Oct. 25, in Aurora, to provide free lifesaving breast cancer education and screening. Women are invited to come out to the free event and learn ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer and the importance of the early detection of breast cancer.

     
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