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  • Naperville Parade of Lights to offer floating fun Nov 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Little Friends Parade of Lights might seem like it’s floating through downtown Naperville more than ever this year. The annual holiday event will be back in town at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, bringing with it more floats than ever before, said Kristi Landorf, president and CEO of Little Friends. “This is the first year people have really gone all-out with more of the floats,” Landorf said.

     
  • Thanksgiving tradition grows at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    After their Thanksgiving celebrations thinned as relatives died or moved on, Dean and Susan Stewart took a different approach. “We started it with people who didn't have traditional Thanksgiving dinners anymore and it started snowballing,” said Dean Stewart. This Thanksgiving, the couple will host the 8th annual feast at St. Matthew Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. Dinner is open to all and participation has more than tripled since its inception to about 100 diners.

     
  • No matter how you got to be family, be thankful for each other Nov 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    The shape of a 'normal' family is constantly evolving, our Ken Potts says. Two-parent nuclear families, single-parent families, blended families -- all are commonplace, he says. Though the 'new normal' can be a challenge around the holidays, Potts advises we should give thanks for the people around us who are choosing to be our family.

     
  • Waukegan group seeks sculptural ideas to honor Ray Bradbury Nov 21, 2014 4:10 PM
    A Waukegan group is now seeking unique sculptural ideas on how best to honor Ray Bradbury, one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century.

     
  • Woodlands Academy invites the public to a free Christmas Concert Nov 21, 2014 4:03 PM
    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Music Department will present its annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. The free concert, which is open to the public, will take place in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at the school, 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest.

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Nov 21, 2014 10:12 AM
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of November 17.

     
  • Doctor to donate turkeys to needy through Nov. 24 Nov 21, 2014 1:34 PM
    Ginsberg Chiropractic of Geneva will host its 20th annual “Doctor with a Heart” event in partnership with TriCity Family Services’ Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family program. From now through Monday, Nov. 24, Ginsberg Chiropractic will donate one, 12-pound turkey to the TriCity Family Services for every new patient that enters the office.

     
  • Health department hosts World AIDS Day event Dec. 1 Nov 20, 2014 12:49 PM
    The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is collaborating with several local partners to provide a free event on World AIDS Day on Monday, Dec. 1, that encourages people worldwide to unite in the continued fight against HIV/AIDS.

     
  • Brushwood Center to look at cold weather avian visitors Nov 18, 2014 12:55 PM
    Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, will be hosting a program from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, focusing on birds that come to Illinois during the coldest season.

     
  • Flying foxes, bats affected by rainforest changes Nov 17, 2014 12:18 PM
    “Are there really flying foxes?” asked a young Vernon Area Library patron after attending the Lincolnshire library’s Unique Animals program.

     
  • Images: Brainerd Building through the years Nov 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    As crews prepare to demolish the Brainerd Building in Libertyville, take a look back at the history of the 97-year-old structure and the students who walked its halls.

     
  • District 94 measures growth, not just achievement Nov 17, 2014 1:44 PM
    "The fervor over standardized testing has left many parents and community members wondering whether students are actually achieving," Superintendent Douglas Domeracki said. "At Community High School District 94 in West Chicago, we believe standardized testing does not show the complete picture of student learning. However, it does play a role in determining the growth of a student from when they enter as a freshman until they graduate."

     
  • Lake Forest Hospital honors first-responders with ‘A Cut Above’ award Nov 17, 2014 12:37 PM
    Lake Forest Hospital has recognized the exemplary efforts of local first-responders at its annual "A Cut Above" award ceremony held at the hospital’s health education center.

     
  • Early Peterson field guides still useful, inspiring to birders Nov 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Roger Tory Peterson's original guide to eastern birds nurtured bird watching as a hobby and gave rise to today's field guides and instructional books, our Jeff Reiter says. "Like many birders, I still turn occasionally to the Peterson guide to eastern birds, including my replica version of the 1934 original," Reiter said. "But what I value most about Peterson today is his storytelling."

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Nov 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of November 10.

     
  • Alone in a crowd? It’s a good place to learn about yourself Nov 13, 2014 11:41 AM
    Our Ken Potts says you can learn a lot about yourself by seeing how you react to being alone in public. Do you hide and keep to yourself? Are you trying to strike up new conversations? Or are you open to whatever happens? Your behavior just may be an indication of how you view your own self-worth, Potts says.

     
  • American Legion Post 75’s annual Turkey Raffle returns to Geneva Nov 13, 2014 1:31 PM
    The Fox River Geneva American Legion Post 75 will hold its annual Turkey Raffle on Saturday, Nov. 22. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the raffle starts as soon as there are enough people to spin the wheel. It will continue until prizes, turkeys and people are gone.

     
  • Year-round elder vacation retreat opens in Batavia Nov 13, 2014 11:50 AM
    A crowd gathered at a home on a country lane in Batavia on the morning of Nov. 1 for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Audrey’s House, a new year-round senior vacation retreat and program center, by Little Brothers–Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter.

     
  • FISH Food Pantry hopes for turkey donations Nov 12, 2014 2:50 PM
    This Thanksgiving, don’t expect to receive a frozen turkey from volunteers at the Carpentersville-based FISH Food Pantry. For the second year, the holiday’s centerpiece will not be given to needy families, said Mary Graziano, FISH president.

     
  • ‘Hello, Dolly!’ returns to Batavia High School Nov 12, 2014 2:32 PM
    Batavia High School first presented "Hello, Dolly!" 35 years ago, and has performed the musical two more times. This weekend Dominic Cattero, who once sat in the audience, will direct the play.

     
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