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Fall is one of the most exciting times of the year! The season is changing, leaves are falling and the holidays are right around the corner. The best way to kick start the fall is enjoying all the local festivities. Throw on your warm sweater and boots and enjoy these activities with your family!


Boo at the Zoo (Brookfield)

When: October 13-28

Where: Brookfield Zoo

8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513

Brookfield Zoo’s hosts an annual Halloween celebration, Boo at the Zoo! Dress up in your costume and head on over to enjoy fun (not-so-scary) activities with the whole family. You will find haunted hayrides, huge pumpkin carving, corn mazes, costume parades, pumpkin smashing and a lot more! Don’t miss out on all the action!

Family Fall Festival (Hinsdale)

    When: October 20th |11 AM – 2 PM

    Where: The Community House

    415 W 8th Street, Hinsdale IL 60521

Enjoy a FREE day of fun! Enjoy pumpkin decorating, carnival games, entertainment and inflatables. Wear your best Halloween costume and enter in a costume judging contest and trick or treating in the downtown business district. This event is friendly to all ages.

Halloween Walk (La Grange)

When: October 27, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Where: Cossitt School Playground

115 W Cossitt Ave, La Grange, IL 60525

Join the lively Halloween Walk, a trick-or-treat parade for kids. Kids will dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and walk all over town. The fun isn’t over when the walk is done! Kids get to enjoy crafts and activities near the fountain at Village Hall.


Pumpkin Flotilla Fest (Glen Ellyn)

When: October 21 | 4 PM-7 PM

Where: Lake Ellyn Park

645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Carve a pumpkin and be apart of the annual Pumpkin Flotilla at Lake Ellyn Park! Carved pumpkin will float and illuminate the lake at dusk. Before the pumpkins float off, dance to live music, and purchase food and drinks. Enjoy awesome games, canoe rides, pumpkin carving demonstrations, bounce houses and more!

Great Pumpkin Smash (Oak Park)

   When: November 03 | 4 PM-5 PM

   Where: Barrie Park

   1011 S. Lombard Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304


   With all these fall activities and festivals, you’ll probably have so many old pumpkins you’ll want to get rid of! So why not smash them? Well, at Barrie Sled Hill you can join everyone else in this event. All participants will be at the top of the hill and roll their pumpkins down the hill and watch the pumpkins get smashed! This event is FREE and open to the public.

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In honor of Purple Heart Day

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Honoring our Purple Hearts Recipients


Today is the day that we honor members of our military who have been wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This is a great time to pay our respects to the many men and women who have fought for our country and who are fighting for our country. Both of my grandfathers fought in World War II and my father’s father was awarded the Purple Heart. I’m sure many of us have stories like this one. I’m always in awe when I think about how brave these men and women were/are. I’m going to take a moment today to be grateful and think about the sacrifices being made by the men and women who are serving now and the men and women who gave their lives in the many terrible wars in our history.


Know Your History

Some Interesting Purple Heart Facts

  • The Purple Heart was first created on August 7, 1982 by General George Washington and at that time it was called the Badge of Military Merit. After the Revolutionary War the medal wasn’t used until it was revived in 1932.
  • John F Kennedy is the only American president to receive a Purple Heart.
  • Major General Robert T. Frederick was awarded 8 Purple Hearts which is the highest number of Purple Hearts awarded in a single conflict.
  • According to a 2012 article in, the youngest recipient to receive a Purple Heart was Calvin Graham who was just 13 years old. Although the rule was you had to be 16 and with your parent’s consent, Graham forged his mother’s signature and lied about his age.
  • In the 1950’s there was controversy as to whether or not to give out the medal for frostbite. Eventually the military decided that frostbite was not an eligible injury for the Purple Heart.
  • 1.8 million recipients of the Purple Heart

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Fun Father's Day Facts!

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Fun Father’s Day and other Dad Facts


  1. One of the fastest growing groups in the United States is stay-at-home dads. Last year there were 1.9 million stay at home dads in the United States.


  1. Single dads are also on the rise according to a Pew Research Center from 2013. There were 2.6 million single father households in 2011.


  1. Americans will spend $15.3 billion for Father’s Day this year according to a study released by the National Retail Federation.


  1. The Stevie Wonder song “Isn’t she Lovely” was about his newborn daughter, Aisha. If you listen closely, you can hear Aisha crying in the background of certain versions.


  1. The necktie is still the most popular gift, but of course if you’d really like to impress your Dad, we can always help you buy him a house. 😀

On a serious note, we wish all of your friends, family, neighbors & co-workers

a great Father’s Day!

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Get Fit in Spring!

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Get Fit in Spring in the Western Suburbs!

Want to stay in shape or get into better shape but are sick of the same routine? Spring is finally here, even though the weather isn’t agreeing with us so far. I miss getting outside and getting a good workout or just going for a walk to clear my head. Whether you like walking, running, biking or something more challenging, the list below has several great places to get outside, enjoy the beauty of nature and get an awesome workout. It’s good for the body and the mind.


Morton Arboretum in Lisle

This amazing place features 1,700 acres of beautiful trees, flowers and rolling hills and is known as “the great outdoor museum” of trees. Whether you’re walking, biking or running you will have plenty to look at and keep your mind occupied.

Bike or run on the 9 miles of paved roads that wind through the awesome collection of trees.Hike 15 miles of pedestrian only trails that weave into the woods, prairies and wetlands on the property.

Fullersberg Woods and Graue Mill trail in Oak Brook

This 3.3 mile loop follows along Salt Creek and is pleasant and pretty with all the wild flowers and trees. Take your dog, but it must be kept on a leash.


Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien

This forest preserve offers 11 miles of crushed-limestone trails, featuring gentle rolling hills and a beautiful waterfall. This is a great trail for hiking, running or mountain biking.

Salt Creek Trail

This awesome running or biking path stretches 27 miles from Brookfield Zoo to Busse Woods Forest Preserve and goes through many forest preserves. It is never too crowded and is a great way to get in a nice long ride or run.

Swallow Cliff in Palos Hills

Ready for a challenge? Try walking or even running the stairs at Swallow Cliff. This 100-foot natural bluff — used as a ski hill and toboggan run before being decommissioned in 2004 — will not disappoint. There are two sets of stairs to climb. The original set is 125 stone steps; the new stairs include 168 steps and are more uniformed. Try them both to see the difference in your workout. If you only want to go up the stairs once, Swallow Cliff also offers great walking/running trails through its 800-acre forested terrain.

Lilacia Park in Lombard

For a short stroll or maybe an ending to your run, finish up in Lilacia Park. This 8.5 acre botanical gem is in the heart of Lombard and will impress you with its amazing collection of tulips and lilacs amongst many other flowers.

You don’t have to spend weekends to get in the holiday spirit. We’ve gathered a list of wonderful, easy-to-do easter ideas to make your home more festive in no time!

1. Ribbon Eggs

No time to dye eggs this year? There are many different ways to use a ribbon to decorate the eggs in a unique and fun way. Just bring up your pile of ribbons. Wrap the ribbon around the egg, make a ribbon bow and you’re done. Improvise and use your creativity to make easy, simple, wonderful eggs with no dye and in no time.

Check the images bellow for more ideas:




2. DIY 1 Minute Mason Jar Easter Treat


Have some old mason jars? Use them to make quick, easy and super fun Easter treats the kids will love. All you need is a mason jar, candies and an edible grass (ribbon, tag and/or stickers is optional). Start by placing the edible grass at the bottom of the jar. Add candies, chocolate bunny or any other cookie or candy of your choice. Seal the jar – that’s it!


3. Washi tape plastic cup Easter baskets​​ Source:

Surprise your kids with these super cute, easy-to-do Easter baskets. Use a plastic cup of your choice, white, red, green, small, big... – whatever you prefer.

Start by making the handle. Cut two same size pieces of the washi tape and stick them together. Leave some room at each end of the tape to stick the handle to your plastic cup. Then you can start decorating your plastic cup by wrapping the tape around the cup. If you use red, green or any other color of plastic cups you can place the tape only at the bottom of the cup – or don’t use any tape at all. Once you are done fill the cups with Easter grass, chocolates or candies.


4. Easter bunny napkins

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Having friends and family over for Easter lunch? All you need to do to impress your guests with your creativity are: napkin, egg and ribbon. This Easter bunny napkin is VERY easy to make. Follow the simple instructions bellow:



5. 4-ingredient Easter egg Oreo truffles

An Easter celebration wouldn’t be complete without a dessert, right? Well, if you are on the rush try out this simple recipe requiring only 4 ingredients: Oreos, cream cheese, chocolate chips and white almond bark.

See the full recipe with directions here:


Water - The Fountain of Youth

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Water – The Fountain of Youth

Water. This may sound like a boring topic, but considering that hydrating yourself is one of the best things you can do for your health, I thought it was worth taking the time to give you some interesting facts and information.

"Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day," says Joan Koelemay, RD, dietitian for the Beverage Institute, an industry group


  1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.

Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.


  1. Water Can Help Control Calories.

For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn't have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.


  1. Water Helps Your Kidneys.

Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine, explains Stephen Guest, MD. "Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate," he says.


  1. Water Helps to Maximize Physical Performance

If we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer. This is particularly important during intense exercise or high heat. Dehydration can have a noticeable effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body's water content. However, it is not uncommon for athletes to lose up to 6-10% of their water weight via sweat. This can lead to altered body temperature control, reduced motivation, increased fatigue and make exercise feel much more difficult, both physically and mentally


  1. Hydration Has a Major Effect on Energy Levels and Brain Function

Your brain is strongly influenced by hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of brain function. In a study of young women, fluid loss of 1.36% after exercise impaired both mood and concentration, and increased the frequency of headaches. Another similar study, this time in young men, showed that fluid loss of 1.59% was detrimental to working memory and increased feelings of anxiety and fatigue. A 1-3% fluid loss equals about 1.5-4.5 lbs (0.5-2 kg) of body weight loss for a 150 lbs (68 kg) person. This can easily occur through normal daily activities, let alone during exercise or high heat.


  1. Drinking Water May Help to Prevent and Treat Headaches

Dehydration can trigger headaches and migraines in some individuals. Several studies have shown that water can relieve headaches in those who are dehydrated. However, this appears to depend on the type of headache. One study of 18 people found that water had no effect on the frequency of headaches, but did reduce the intensity and duration somewhat


  1. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good.

Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. But don't expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines, says Atlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD. "Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration," he says. "But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids."

I think we have enough reasons to make sure we stay adequately hydrated. How much water is the right amount? This depends on how much you exercise each day, your size and weight among some other factors, but a safe estimate is 6-8 eight-ounce glasses per day. One helpful way to achieve this is to always have a refillable water bottle with you. So let’s all stay hydrated!


Information and facts provided by Joe Leech, Kathleen M. Zelman, and Joan Koelemay, RD., Kenneth Ellner, MD., Stephen Guest, MD


Local St. Patrick's Day Parades 2018

by Nicole Spagnola


3rd Annual Countryside St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday, March 10th at 1pm

Kicking off at Kensington Avenue and 61st Street, and ending at 55th Place and Edgewood Avenue


22nd Annual Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday, March 10th at 12pm

Kicking off at Wilson Street and Spring Road, and continuing along Spring Road for one mile


25th Annual Naperville St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday, March 10th at 10am

Kicking off at Naperville North High School on Mill Street, then proceeding south on Mill Street to Jefferson, then east on Jefferson to Main Street, then south on Main Street, ending at Water Street.


Annual Lemont St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday, March 10th at 1pm

Kicking off at Front & Stephen Streets, and heading south on Stephen Street and west onto Main Street




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