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  • Celebrate the winter solstice at the Schaumburg Park District Dec 15, 2014 3:42 PM
    Join the Schaumburg Park District to discover how ancient societies honored the winter solstice. Celebrate winter 3 to 5 p.m., Dec. 20 at the Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road. Visitors will discover what is special about the winter solstice. “This new program is a good opportunity to experience holiday traditions that have deep roots to old winter solstice celebrations,” said Dave Brooks, manager of conservation services at Spring Valley. “Children will search for the yule log in the woods before bringing it to the cabin to start a fire and discuss the log’s significance.” Visitors will toast the fire with warm drinks and listen to a story. The event will conclude with a horse-drawn wagon ride. Cost is $20 for a family of four. Cost per participant or additional family member is $6. For more information, call (847) 985-2100 or visit www.parkfun.com.

  • Ring in the New Year with the Schaumburg Park District Dec 15, 2014 3:43 PM
    Tots will welcome 2015 with their very own New Year’s Eve party. Schaumburg Park District’s annual Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown will celebrate the end of 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 31 at the Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. Children will enjoy unstructured activities, inflatables and riding toys. “This is a great way for families with younger children to celebrate New Year’s Eve,” said Karen Shannon, Sport Center manager. “Instead of staying awake until midnight they will count down at noon and have a balloon drop!” Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown is a Schaumburg CAN (Children – Activity – Nutrition) program. Schaumburg CAN’s mission is to align the community around opportunities to build a foundation of healthy activity and nutrition for children. This event is for ages 1 to 6 years old. Pre-registration cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Day-of registration is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. For more information, call (847) 891-1266 or visit www.parkfun.com.

  • National Association of REALTORS® Selects Nancy Nagy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group to Serve on Board of Directors Dec 15, 2014 3:42 PM
    CHICAGO, IL – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Nagy has been selected to serve on the National Association of Realtors® Board of Directors in 2015. Nagy was chosen to serve as one of the 75 large real estate firm representatives. “We are very pleased that Nancy has been selected to serve on NAR’s Board of Directors. This is an important time for real estate, and we are glad that Nancy will have the opportunity to actively participate in shaping our industry as a leader within the NAR organization,” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America, Inc. “It is such an honor to have been selected as one of the Board of Directors for the National Association of REALTORS®. I feel very grateful for this opportunity. As our business is changing, it is crucial that we are part of shaping that future,” said Nancy Nagy. The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association and has 1 million members that include institutes, societies and councils that are involved with commercial and residential real estate. About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, a full-service real estate company, has nearly 1,500 real estate professionals and staff serving customers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding communities. Formed from the merger between two legendary Chicago real estate brokerages – Prudential Rubloff Properties and Koenig & Strey – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group inherits a solid reputation built from decades of helping people throughout the greater Chicago area buy and sell real estate. Visit KoenigRubloff.com.

  • Sign up for winter break camps at the Schaumburg Park District Dec 15, 2014 3:42 PM
    Schaumburg Park District will offer a variety of camps to keep children learning, active and having fun during winter break. Way Fun Winter Break Camp will offer field trips, games, art projects and gym time to children ages 6 to 12. Camp will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 22, 23, 26, 29, 30 and Jan. 2 at Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way. Sack lunches are required each day. Snacks will be provided. Young Jedi will fight the Empire during Lego camps. Participants will build complex machines including X-Wings, R2-units and pod racers. Camp is for ages 5 to 7. Jedi Engineering is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 22 and 23 at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. Master Jedi Engineering will be held 1-4 p.m., Dec. 22 and 23 at the Community Recreation Center. Little adventurers will explore Spring Valley through the Spring Valley Winter Camp. Campers will track animals, look for birds, experiment with snow and snowshoe. Camp is for ages 7 to 12. Camp will be held 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30 at the Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road. Other exciting winter camps include chess, strategy games, dance/poms and Legos. For more information, call (847) 490-7015 or visit www.parkfun.com.

  • Fine-tune your swing at Royal Melbourne Golf Academy Dec 10, 2014 6:49 PM
    Opened in 2013, the Royal Melbourne Golf Academy has given the opportunity for golfers to improve their swing, even in winter.

  • Schaumburg settles second lawsuit against former cops Dec 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday settled a second of the 14 lawsuits filed against the village by people alleging mistreatment at the hands of convicted former cops Matthew Hudak and Terrance O’Brien. John Cichy, a third former cop who was arrested simultaneously on multiple drug conspiracy charges in January 2013, did not plead guilty like the other two and is awaiting trial on March 3.

  • Dry-aged beef, lively atmosphere impress at Grillhouse by David Burke Dec 10, 2014 9:38 AM
    Grillhouse by David Burke in Schaumburg hasn't been open long, but it's on track to become a local favorite. The restaurant, which opened in late October by New York-based celebrity chef David Burke, offers a wider range of menu items than a traditional steakhouse, and puts a different spin on some of the dishes he offers at David Burke Primehouse in Chicago's James Hotel. But the beef, its preparation, quality and Burke's patented drying method remain unaltered.

  • Suburbs losing phone tax revenue; will consumers pay later? Dec 10, 2014 5:26 AM
    Changes in how people communicate mean sharp drops in phone tax revenue in nearly every suburb. And some lobbyists and other experts are guessing what that means: Changes that could cost some consumers more after the state's telecommunications law expires in June. “It's a tax that applies to landlines and lots of people are getting rid of landlines,” said Lisa Happ, Schaumburg's finance director.

  • Dr. Yaroslav Yarmolyuk from Orthodontic Experts of Arlington Heights Has Achieved Invisalign Premier Provider Status Dec 15, 2014 3:21 PM
    Orthodontic Experts of Arlington Heights is proud to announce that Dr. Yaroslav Yarmolyuk is now a Premier Invisalign and Invisalign Teen Provider.

  • GOP should impeach Obama, secure borders Dec 9, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The Republicans talk about their own immigration plan. What’s that all about? Just secure the borders! But this won’t happen.

  • Watch ‘The Grinch’ free at Elk Grove Theatre Dec 9, 2014 1:34 PM
    Celebrate the holiday season at the Elk Grove Theatre with a showing of the “The Grinch.” The film, starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard, will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Admission is free, and the film is sponsored by Porte Brown.

  • Sign up for Literacy Connection’s McHenry County Human Race 5k Dec 9, 2014 4:41 PM
    Registration is now open for The Literacy Connection’s McHenry County Human Race 5k on April 26 at McHenry County College. Sign up now for a special rate through Dec. 31.

  • Hoffman Estates football team advances to Pop Warner national finals Dec 9, 2014 4:41 PM
    A Hoffman Estates youth football team is one win away from a national title after defeating a team from New Jersey on Tuesday in the 2014 Pop Warner Super Bowl. The championship game will be played at 7:30 a.m. Friday and broadcast live online on ESPN3.

  • Schaumburg wins Governor’s Hometown Award Dec 8, 2014 5:31 PM
    The village of Schaumburg has been presented with the Governor’s Hometown Award for its Older Adult Market, a free program that helps supply adults 60 and over with fresh market produce. Presented by Gov. Pat Quinn, the Governor’s Hometown Awards recognize volunteers for their work improving their communities.

  • Schaumburg students campaign to save monarch butterflies Dec 8, 2014 12:00 PM
    Students in Kim Savino’s classroom at Collins Elementary School in Schaumburg are on a mission. Simply put, they want local residents to “start seeing monarchs.”

  • Wines to Help Make The Season Bright Dec 8, 2014 4:51 PM
    For the past 35 years Lynfred Winery in Roselle has been warming up the holiday season with its spiced Christmas wines. The tradition was started by Lynfred founder Fred Koehler. Koehler’s family came to the Chicago area from Germany around the turn of the 19th century. In their homeland of Germany his winemaking family used to make warmed, spiced wines in the winter months to keep warm on frosty evenings. When he decided to open his winery in Roselle in 1979 he knew he wanted to carry on the family tradition with his own versions of mulled wines. 35 years later, Lynfred Winery’s Chilean winemaking team of Andres Basso and Rodrigo Gonzalez, carry on Fred’s vision and legacy with the Christmas Red, Christmas White and Glogg wines. Christmas Red wine is red wine steeped with cinnamon, orange and lemon peel, clove, allspice and nutmeg while the Christmas White features cardamom, cinnamon, oranges and clove. Lynfred also features a Glogg wine that is fortified with Port wine, and quite frankly, even better than grandma’s homemade Glogg! The Lynfred mulled wines are easy to serve; open the bottle, simmer the wine in a pan or crock pot and serve (did we mention how delicious the house will smell?). The Lynfred Christmas ($10) and Glogg ($12) Wines are available at Lynfred Winery in Roselle. The winery is on extended holiday hours and is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm through December 23rd. ### Lynfred Winery is the oldest and largest, continuously-operating, family winery in Illinois, producing over 70 varietals and 30,000 cases of fine wine per year. Since 1979, Lynfred Winery has offered guests the finest vintages, gourmet cuisine and luxurious lodging. Lynfred is truly one of Chicago’s most unique attractions. 15 South Roselle Road, Roselle, IL 60172 630.529.9463

  • Flexible M.B.A. students discover that profitability, sustainability can co-exist Dec 8, 2014 4:54 PM
    To meet rapidly growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fiber and fuel, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively during the last 50 years than in any comparable time in history, according to a study commissioned by the United Nations. These changes have contributed to gains in human well-being and economic development, but at a cost to future generations in the form of potential disease, abrupt alterations in water quality, the creation of “dead zones” in coastal waters, the collapse of fisheries, shifts in regional climate, and the degradation of tropical forests, coral reefs and dryland ecosystems. The social and environmental challenges humans face in the next 50 years is daunting. But amidst the growing crisis, companies have discovered an opportunity to do business in a way that has a positive social, environmental and financial impact. Companies that have the foresight to become sustainable leaders of tomorrow will be rewarded by record business opportunities and profitability. The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration in the Flexible Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at Benedictine University is training tomorrow’s sustainable leaders today. It is one of only two such concentrations available through the nearly two dozen Chicago-area colleges and universities that offer an M.B.A. degree. The concentration focuses on the need for sustainability and profitability. “Too often the need for profit in business is excluded during discussion of sustainability,” said Mark Kozak, M.B.A., business consultant and adjunct professor in the M.B.A. program at Benedictine. “The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration at Benedictine emphasizes the balance between the needs of business to make a profit while demonstrating concern for the environment. “Those are the three P’s of sustainability … people, planet and profit,” he added. The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration provides students with an understanding of the broad impact of sustainability, strategic opportunities to make sustainability profitable, and integrate sustainability principles, thinking and action throughout their organizations. Among the courses from which students may choose are “Essentials of Sustainable Leadership,” “Developing Sustainable Leaders,” “Leading Sustainable Organizations,” “Understanding the New Revolution in Sustainability” and “Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Market Growth.” The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration at Benedictine differs from programs elsewhere because it is business-centric. “The program is business-focused, as opposed to strictly talking about environmental or people issues,” Kozak said. “Those aspects are important and integral to the whole concept of sustainability, but we lead with a business focus.” The program is most beneficial to professionals who work in the environmental, health and safety areas of business, as well as those in related regulatory and technical fields. “The concentration is a benefit to anyone looking to gain greater perspective on working with others,” Kozak said. “Through a discussion of sustainability, those who strongly support capitalism, environmentalism and social concerns can work together to understand each other’s needs and chart a path that achieves all three.” Benedictine also offers Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate program for students who are unable to complete the M.B.A. program but want to expand their knowledge in the subject area and add a meaningful credential to their resume. “The flexible M.B.A. program at Benedictine offers numerous opportunities for students to expand their skills in an array of interests, one of which is in the area of sustainability,” said Ricky Holman, J.D., assistant professor and chair, Graduate Business Administration. To learn more about the Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration in the M.B.A. program or the Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate program at Benedictine University, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu.

  • Sedgebrook woodworker brings new life to old finds Dec 8, 2014 1:18 PM
    Don Hollenbeck is disturbed by “move-in-ready” home makeover TV shows. “I can’t understand how people can just come into a place with things that someone else has picked out and set up for them,” said the woodworker and resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire.

  • 162 adults wait for a Literacy Connection tutor Dec 8, 2014 1:04 PM
    The Literacy Connection needs more tutors. Sadly, 162 adults remain on the waiting list to share their goals with someone who can tutor them. Can you give just 1-2 hours per week to help someone achieve their goals in 2015? You will impact your life and someone else’s life in a profoundly positive way.

  • Holiday specials, open house at Gifts of the World Dec 8, 2014 1:46 PM
    Holiday specials and open house will be held from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Gifts of the World Fair Trade Store, 888 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. The special open house event will feature free coffee, chocolate and Amish apple butter samples.

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