77. Fall Back, Gain an Hour and Seize the Daylight

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I’m interrupting my 10 day countdown to something exciting and new coming 11/11/11 here at 365Barrington.com to bring you a special report for the end of daylight savings time.  If you’re struggling to find a way to spend your extra hour now that we’ve rolled the clocks back today (yeah right), never fear.  I have something that can help kill a few minutes of that extra time.

I’ve come up with list of FIVE fun things to do in and around Barrington this upcoming week so, if there’s some space in your schedule, take a few minutes, grab your calendars and read on…

1. Sunday, November 6th – Say Yes to Youth Success

A group of community leaders has come together to acknowledge remarkable achievements of middle and high school students in the Barrington area with the second annual “Say Yes to Youth Success” campaign.  They’ve been accepting nominations and, this afternoon, they will be recognizing 11 remarkable students who have been working to serve others, pursue their dreams and make the Barrington community a better place.

According to campaign chairman and Republican candidate for Lake County’s District 17 board seat, Nick Saur, “So many times we hear about the pressures that students are under and success is very unique to every individual…Our campaign is about letting students know that they can have a unique dream and be their own person.  They’re doing great things in our community already and we want to reinforce that.”  The students will be honored in a special event from 1-3 this afternoon at Chessies 111 Grille in the Ice House Mall.

2. Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – The November Community Meal

The Community Church of Barrington at 407 S. Grove Avenue is hosting the November Free Community Meal on November 9th from 5-7 pm. They will be serving a warm spaghetti dinner, salad, bread, dessert and all are welcome to come and join the friendly group of Barrington neighbors for another hearty meal on the house! The Community Meal’s goal is to encourage and strengthen friendships, share kindness and inspire hope in the community by the simple act of sharing a meal together as neighbors.

3. Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 6 p.m. – Santa Arrives at Deer Park Town Center

Ready or not, here he comes! The big man from the North Pole will be suiting up for the first time this season when he returns to Deer Park Town Center, at 20530 Rand Road, this Friday November 11th. He’ll make his grand entrance on a fire truck, arriving at the gazebo at 6 p.m. Old St. Nick will be flipping the switch to turn on the holiday lights, followed by a special fireworks display at 6:15 and a performance from Barrington High School’s Madrigals a. Kids can visit with Santa who will be giving out reindeer food until 8:30 p.m.

4. Friday, November 11, 2011 – Second Friday’s at the Barrington Area Library

The Barrington Area Library hosts a special evening of art and music on the second Friday of every month. “Second Fridays” is happening this week, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday night when you can meet artist Ben Foch until 9 p.m. and learn about his “Let Me Think About This For a Moment” exhibit, on display as part of the library’s Construction/Deconstruction series.

The musical portion of the evening runs from 8 until 9:15, featuring the Running Fox Bluegrass Band. If you’re up for some foot-stomping, finger-snapping fun, come check out their unique blend of fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar. Call the library at 847-382-1300 or click HERE and HERE to register for one or both events in advance.

5. Saturday, November 12th, 2011 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s Barrington Junior Women’s Club Fashion Show

And you can end the week with the annual fashion show hosted by the Barrington Junior Women’s Club at Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the theme of this year’s show which takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. In addition to the show, there will be a shopping boutique, lunch and auction. Tickets are $75 for runway seats and $65 for non-runway seats and you can purchase them online by clicking HERE. All proceeds raised from the afternoon enables BJWC members to serve the community through philanthropy and service projects. I’ve been part of the group for the past five years, it’s a great way to make new friends while helping great local causes and you can learn more on their website at BJWC.org.

By the way, if you’d like to read up on the history of Daylight Savings Time, there’s a book available which spells it all out at SeizeTheDaylight.com.

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