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  • Waterleaf to Host Hall and Walt Wine Dinner on Feb. 12 Jan 16, 2015 5:12 PM
    Waterleaf Restaurant in Glen Ellyn will host an exclusive Hall and Walt Wine dinner on Thursday, Feb. 12. “In the cold of a Chicago winter, we invite guests to Waterleaf to taste of the sunshine of California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County,” said Waterleaf General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux. “This exclusive evening features a delicious menu complemented by the wonderful wines of this distinctive Pacific Coast winery.” Following a reception at 6:30 p.m. featuring 2013 Hall Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, the first course includes Seared Scallops, fig caponata, preserved meyer lemon and grapefruit-melon sabayon paired with 2012 Walt Chardonnay, La Brisa, Sonoma County. The second course offers Lamb’s Lettuce with strawberries, brie, binoche, hazelnuts and raspberry vinaigrette paired with 2012 Walt Pinot Noir, La Brisa, Sonoma County. The third course features Coffee Crusted Beef Short Rib with glazed baby carrots, crisp shallots and coffee scented just paired with 2011 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. The fourth course includes Artisanal cheeses and toast points with marmalade paired with 2011 Hall “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. The final course is Flourless Chocolate Cake with chocolate sorbet and morello cherries. The price of this exclusive four-course, five-wine dinner is $80 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required for this event. To make a reservation for this exclusive Hall and Walt wine dinner at Waterleaf, call (630) 942-6881. Based in Sonoma, California, Hall and Walt Winery specializes in the production of artisan Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Owned by husband and wife team Craig Hall and Kathryn Walt Hall, the winery’s vineyards span nearly 1,000 miles in some of California’s most distinctive growing sites, including Anderson Valley, Sonoma County, Sta. Rita Hills and the Willamette Valley. The winery follows a philosophy of non-interventionist and organic farming practices winemaking that allows the wines to naturally reflect the character of the sites in which the grapes are grown. In addition, the winery uses hand and selective harvesting techniques that ensure only the cleanest and ripest fruit is used. In 2009, the winery became California’s first to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Waterleaf, led by Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, is located on the College of DuPage campus in the Culinary & Hospitality Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant’s menu contains offerings developed with locally-sourced ingredients. The contemporary light-filled dining room has a modern décor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful view of a scenic lake. Its walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra, and there is a cozy bar area to enjoy cocktails and light snacks. Waterleaf has earned Diner’s Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on OpenTable.com, where it maintains a 4.6/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide, confirms that Waterleaf’s beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. In addition, Waterleaf recently received a three-star “Excellent” review from Chicago Tribune’s renowned food critic Phil Vettel. For more information and to make reservations, call (630) 942-6881 or visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com.

     
  • Can’t find this in the Constitution Jan 16, 2015 12:01 AM
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: On Jan. 8, Mr. Utchen stated, “Yes, you may have freedom to exercise your religion, but privately. But in public places we must have freedom from religion ... “

     
  • Classic Cinemas presents annual “Predict the Oscars” contest Jan 15, 2015 5:41 PM
    The award season has begun, and Classic Cinemas has announced its annual “Predict the Oscars” contest for the 2015 Academy Awards competition! The nominees were announced on Jan. 15, and it’s time to pick your favorites to win.

     
  • Woodstock Theatre auditorium to be dedicated in honor of Harold Ramis Jan 15, 2015 6:17 PM
    An auditorium at the Woodstock Theatre will be dedicated in honor of writer/director Harold Ramis at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, immediately prior to the showing of “Groundhog Day.” The 1993 film, which was directed by Ramis, will be shown at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, and Sunday, Feb. 1.

     
  • Naperville Men’s Glee Club Organizes “NMGC Voices of Hope 2015” Jan 15, 2015 5:23 PM
    The Naperville Men’s Glee Club (NMGC) is organizing “NMGC Voices of Hope 2015”, a community chorus of men and women touched by cancer. Local singers will come together starting in February to share hope and experience the rewards of musical performance. Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members and other singers are invited to join. There is no cost to participate and enrollment is available at napervillemensgleeclub.org or by calling 630-448-0518. The volunteer chorus will start weekly one hour rehearsals at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at The Church of The Brethren, 1020 West Jefferson, Naperville IL. Building on the success of the 2013 project, NMGC Artistic Director Bonnie Klee Roberts will again conduct “NMGC Voices of Hope”. Roberts explained, “There will be a wide variety of four-part music for the group to sing in the first rehearsal - some will be familiar to the 2013 singers but many songs will be new music to learn over the ten weeks.” Ms. Roberts continued, “It’s important for people to understand that this concert is not intended to be a fundraiser for cancer. The purpose is to gather people who have, or have had, a role in the fight against cancer and to provide an opportunity for them to feel the inspiration, thrill, and happiness that comes through weekly group singing and performance”. “I started thinking about doing Voices of Hope again during those wonderful rehearsals of the first chorus in 2013. After their performance, I received many voice mails, handwritten notes, and emails about the impact and meaning of the project. Reading their stories, I was sold on my premise of group fellowship and the inspiration of song to bring about a special kind of healing. So we decided to do Voices of Hope again in 2015” added Roberts. The Glee Club is expecting a chorus of 200+ men and women and over 110 people have already signed up. Additional information is available at napervillemensgleeclub.org or by calling 630-448-0518. “NMGC Voices of Hope 2015” will perform in concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Wentz Concert Hall, on the campus of North Central College, Naperville. The lobby of Wentz Hall will display “Lilly Oncology on Canvas – Expressions of a Cancer Journey”, a traveling art exhibit of award-winning paintings by cancer patients and survivors courtesy of Lilly Oncology and The National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship. Thanks to the generosity of the DuPage Community Foundation, cancer survivors may reserve and receive a complimentary concert ticket starting in April, 2015. General admission and group ticket sales will begin in April 2015. The “NMGC Voices of Hope 2015” project is supported in part by the City of Naperville SECA Fund, the Illinois Arts Council, the DuPage Community Foundation, and Genentech. The Naperville Men’s Glee Club was chartered in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) corporation. Sponsored in part by the City of Naperville, the Illinois Arts Council, the DuPage Community Foundation and many generous local businesses and citizens, they have earned a national reputation as a high caliber male chorus. The Glee Club has performed with many prestigious collegiate glee clubs (male and female) including the U. S. Naval Academy, Miami University, Penn State, Notre Dame, the University of Illinois, Pitt, Ohio University and the University of Michigan. In 2013, NMGC celebrated its 25th anniversary of “Bringing Harmony to Life” with a year of special concerts including “NMGC Voices of Hope”, the President’s Day Choral Festival honoring JFK at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C., and their 25th Anniversary Concert with the Varsity Men’s Glee Club from the University of Illinois.

     
  • Wheaton mayor: City is 'trending the right way' Jan 16, 2015 9:23 AM
    Everything is trending the right way in Wheaton, according to Mayor Michael Gresk. In the past year, roads have been improved, flooding has been reduced, economic development has surged and city finances have remained healthy. During his State of the City speech at Arrowhead Golf Club Thursday, Gresk said a lot of exciting developments are in store in 2015 too.

     
  • COD Testing Welcomes New Partnership Jan 16, 2015 5:24 PM
    The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) recently admitted the National College Testing Association (NCTA) to its membership. “The Testing Centers at College of DuPage are dedicated to enhancing student success by providing comprehensive, accessible testing services,” said COD Coordinator of Specialized Testing Services Jarret Dyer. “All centers are committed to maintaining the highest compliance with NCTA’s Standards and Guidelines. As an institutional member of NCTA, the College is extremely pleased with this new partnership.” Founded 35 years ago as a consortium of 11 associations, CAS is dedicated to fostering and enhancing student learning, development and achievement. The organization creates and delivers standards, guidelines and self-assessment guides designed to lead to a host of quality programs and services. CAS membership currently comprises 41 professional organizations reflecting a wide range of student oriented functions across higher education. Members of the NCTA include testing professionals in post-secondary institutions and other professional testing venues, as well as companies with test-related products and services. The NCTA promotes professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs, including issues related to test administration, test development, test scoring and assessment. Currently, the NCTA has more than 2,000 members, representing more than 60 post-secondary institutions and more than 40 corporations and certification agencies in the U.S. and Canada. College of DuPage Testing Centers are located in Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont. Click here for more information.

     
  • COD to Host Scholar Visit Day on Feb. 3 Jan 16, 2015 5:25 PM
    The College of DuPage office of Admissions and Outreach invites current high school students to Scholar Visit Day on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000, on the College’s main campus in Glen Ellyn. This event is free and open to the public. “We are thrilled to offer current and prospective students the wonderful opportunity that scholarships can provide,” said COD Board Chair Erin Birt. “While COD is well-known for providing incredible value through top-notch academics at an affordable price, we are pleased with the opportunity to provide eligible students with some additional relief from the financial burden of earning a college education.” Aimed at 2015 high school graduates in College District 502 with a 3.80/4 or 4.75 grade point average or a composite ACT score of 27 or higher, this free session will offer information about scholarships that are available to College of DuPage students, including types of scholarships, qualifying standards and the application process. In addition, a tour of the College will precede the presentation. For more information and to RSVP, call (630) 942-3000 or email scholarvisit@cod.edu. Click here for more information on scholarships at College of DuPage.

     
  • COD’s Global Flicks Film Festival Begins Feb. 4 Jan 16, 2015 5:27 PM
    Global Flicks, a festival of eight award-winning international films, will be presented on Wednesdays, Feb. 4 to March 25, in the Belushi Performance Hall of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. Global Flicks is co-sponsored by the COD Field and Experiential Leading, Study Abroad and Global Education programs and the McAninch Arts Center. The films will be shown at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Films are shown in their original language with English subtitles, and each screening concludes with a moderated discussion of the film and its subject matter. Additionally, Waterleaf, the fine-dining restaurant at COD’s Glen Ellyn campus, will provide a pre-show themed prix fixe menu at 5 p.m. In addition, the College’s Continuing Education program will offer a themed lunch and casual film discussion at Wheat Café, the student-operated restaurant, at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, (“Waste Land”) and Wednesday, March 4 (“La Vita E Bella”). For more information, call the MAC Ticket Office at (630) 942-4000 or click here. “Omar” (Palestine) – Feb. 4 Directed by Hany Abu-Assad Academy Award Nominee 2014 for Best Foreign Language Film, “Omar” is a gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar is a Palestinian baker by day who climbs over the separation wall to visit his girl Nadja. By night, he risks his life with friends to strike at the Israeli military. Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier, Omar becomes an informant beginning a dangerous game. Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluble moral dilemmas and choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up. (97 min.) Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados (Living is easy with eyes closed)” (Spain) – Feb. 11 Directed by David Trueba It is 1966 in Spain. English teacher and die-hard Beatles fan Antonio resolves to go on a road trip to Almería to meet John Lennon, who is shooting a film there. On the journey, he picks up two young runaways: Bethlehem – a pregnant girl fleeing a convent, and Juanjo – a boy escaping a dictatorial father. ‘Living is easy with eyes closed,’ from Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” evokes the spirit of the 60s while reflecting on a time in Spanish history when dreams seemed impossible. (108 min.) “Waste Land” (Brazil) – Feb. 18 Directed by Lucy Walker Filmed over three years, “Waste Land” documents renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn, to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. He photographs an eclectic band of “catadores,” self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. With collaboration from these inspiring characters, Muniz creates photographic images using garbage that reveal the dignity and despair of the catadores, who begin to re-imagine their life. This documentary shows the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. (99 min.) “Wadjda” (Saudi Arabia) – Feb. 25 Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour Wadjda, a 10-year old Saudi girl living in Riyadh, dreams of owing a green bicycle that she passes every day. She wants to race against Abdullah but riding bikes is frowned upon for girls and Wadjda’s mother refuses to buy the bike. Wadjda raises the money herself by entering a Koran competition at school. She wins, but is told that the money will instead be donated to Palestine on her behalf. This is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film by a female Saudi director. Wadjda presents a vivid window into a corner of the globe where cinema has been all but silenced. (98 min.) “La Vita e bella (Life is Beautiful)” (Italy) - March 4 Directed by Roberto Benigni In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido has a perfect life marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. They have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank. (116 min.) “Brat (Brother)” (Russia) - March 11 Directed by Aleksei Balabanov Danila Bagrov returns home after serving in the Russian Army. Not satisfied in the small town, he moves to St. Petersburg to be with his older brother and start a new life. He discovers his brother is a contract killer and gangster, and is forced into the criminal world. This gangster film depicts the problems of Russia in the 1990s: crime, poverty, disaffection of the Russian youth and failing families brought about in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse. (99 min.) “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” (Ireland) - March 18 Directed by Ken Loach Set in rural Ireland in the 1920s, this war drama tells the fictional story of two County Cork brothers Damien and Teddy O’Donovan who join the Irish Republican Army to fight for Irish independence from the United Kingdom. While one brother started as a socialist and changes to adopt the ways of war, the other brother mellows after experiencing the endless suffering of war. The brothers oppose each other during the Irish Civil War just years later. (127 min.) “The Lady” (Burma) - March 25 Directed by Luc Besson Based on the true story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Nobel Peace Prize, 1991), the Lady is an epic love story about Suu Kui and her husband Michael Aris, and their extraordinary sacrifice of family happiness for a higher cause. Despite distance, long separations and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endured. “The Lady” follows the peaceful quest for democracy in Burma by Suu Kyi who was held under house arrest for more than fifteen years by military junta.(132 min.)

     
  • Choral-Aires Chorus Hosts Guest Night Jan 16, 2015 5:22 PM
    Sing those Winter Blues Away! Visit the Choral-Aires Chorus on Monday, January 26 at 7pm when we host a Guest Night for anyone interested in learning more about the chorus. We’re a vibrant group of more than 100 women who love to sing a cappella harmony, love making new friends and love to have fun. We perform at community events, ballgames, parties and in competitions. We’re the current Regional champs and will compete for the title of Sweet Adelines International Champion in Las Vegas this fall. There are days when it seems winter will never end. Although this winter has certainly been kinder than the last, spring sometimes feels very far away. Hard to even imagine, some days. No matter how gray the day, an evening of singing with some of your favorite people is a great way to put the sunshine back into your life. You don’t have to be a professional musician, you don’t even have to read music. You just have to love music and be willing to learn from our amazing directors and coaches. Stop by our Guest Night. We meet at Redeemer Lutheran Church Recreation Center in Elmhurst, at the corner of Kenilworth Ave. and St. Charles Road. We’d love to see you and help you make the the dark days of winter a whole lot brighter! Visit our website, www.choral-aires.com to learn more about us.

     
  • Winter doesn't stop ash tree removal in Wheaton Jan 15, 2015 11:17 AM
    Several dozen trees infested with the Emerald Ash Borer were chopped down this week along Shaffner Road in Wheaton, resulting in a two day road closure. The tree removal in that area brings the city one step closer to eliminating all its ash trees, which Forestry Superintendent Kevin Maloney said once totaled to about 6,400. City officials estimate there are between 800 and 900 ash trees that still need to be removed.

     
  • DuPage County towns join forces to fill Dominick’s vacancies Jan 14, 2015 2:47 PM
    Six DuPage County communities are working together to fill large retail vacancies they’ve been dealing with for more than a year — the grocery stores formerly occupied by Dominick’s. Bartlett, Bensenville, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Wheaton and Woodridge are combining forces to recruit potential new grocers or other large retailers. “By combining our resources, we can offer conveniently the information needed for their market assessment," said Jason Zawila, a planner who coordinates economic development efforts for the village of Woodridge.

     
  • Town Hall Meeting About Blood Cancers Jan 15, 2015 7:23 AM
    Town Hall Meeting About Blood Cancers

     
  • Program allows seniors to defer property taxes Jan 14, 2015 4:21 PM
    DuPage County’s treasurer is reminding seniors struggling to pay their property tax bills that help is available. Treasurer Gwen Henry on Wednesday announced the opening of the application period for the state’s Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program. Residents 65 and older who qualify can defer up to $5,000 of their property taxes for the upcoming tax year until they sell their homes.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve director search poised to begin Jan 13, 2015 1:59 PM
    Two months after the person they chose to lead the DuPage County Forest Preserve District declined to take the job, commissioners are preparing to begin another search for an executive director — without outside assistance. Commissioners on Tuesday agreed that district employees will do the legwork necessary to find potential candidates for the position last held by Arnie Biondo. “Let staff develop a criteria, maybe sort through all the applicants, narrow it down to maybe five or 10, and then bring it to us to take it further,” Commissioner Al Murphy said.

     
  • Wheaton library seeks book donations to cut long waits Jan 13, 2015 5:17 AM
    "All the Light We Cannot See" is a popular novel right now. So popular, in fact, that more than 100 Wheaton residents are on a waiting list to check out one of the dozen or so hard copies owned by the Wheaton Public Library. To deal with the demand for popular books the library has launched a new "wish list" program, in hopes that patrons will donate additional copies, either through Prairie Path Books or Amazon.

     
  • Anglican Bishop Hoping for School’s Financial Recovery Jan 14, 2015 2:54 PM
    Most of the students at Sonrise School who lost one or both parents during the horrific Rwandan genocide claiming over one million lives 20 years ago are now enrolled in upper grades or have graduated.

     
  • Wheaton preps for first ice festival Jan 14, 2015 4:15 PM
    Large, sparkling pieces of ice will be sawed and chiseled into detailed sculptures later this month during Wheaton’s first ice festival. The new Ice(cubed) Festival is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Martin Memorial Plaza, near the corner of Main and Front streets.

     
  • PM Prime Steakhouse Offers Truffle Dinner Jan 14, 2015 10:17 AM
    On Wednesday, January 28 at 6 p.m., PM Prime Steakhouse will host a special six-course dinner exploring one of the most sought after culinary treasures: The Truffle.

     
  • Day of Service at Benedictine honors King’s legacy, builds community Jan 13, 2015 5:00 PM
    Benedictine University has planned several community service projects from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 19 to commemorate the spirit of service that was engendered by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Benedictine stresses the importance of caring for the other, and as such, makes many efforts throughout the year to reach out and make a difference in the lives of those in need. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for participants to honor the civil rights leader by giving of themselves in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Volunteers can participate in the following service projects on campus: •Donate blood to the American Red Cross. •Make valentines for veterans. •Write letters to members of the armed forces. •Make fleece blankets for Advocate Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House (please bring 2 yards of fleece material). •Build-A-Bear for the Ronald McDonald House at Edwards Hospital. •Create room decorations for hospital patients. •Organize birthday bags for children served by local food pantries. •Construct bird feeders for the elderly. •Contribute to a bicycle drive (bikes in need of repair accepted) for DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS). •Pack a backpack with personal hygiene items (deodorant, lip balm, twin-blade razors, shaving cream, hair brush, etc.) for DuPage PADS. All are welcome to volunteer, but children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For those who cannot make it to the event but would still like to contribute, the University is accepting donations of fleece, backpacks, school supplies, canned food, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags, new small toys and books. Items can be dropped off from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center, Room 020, or taken after 5:00 p.m. to the Benedictine University Police office, located in the lower-level of the parking garage. Those participating in the day of service are also welcome to bring items for donation on the day of the event. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at jhenehan

     
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