365Barrington http://365barrington.com One thing to do each day in Barrington, Illinois Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:55:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 357. The Nutcracker Opens with New Sets at Barrington High School http://365barrington.com/2014/12/19/357-nutcracker-barrington-youth-dance-ensemble-opening-night/ http://365barrington.com/2014/12/19/357-nutcracker-barrington-youth-dance-ensemble-opening-night/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:51:50 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=196298 The Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble’s 2014 performance of The Nutcracker opens for it’s 20th season Friday, December 19th, and they’re excited to present something brand new for this weekend’s performances.  The show’s sets were completely redesigned for this year’s production thanks to a generous grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation. The previous sets were […]]]>

The Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble’s 2014 performance of The Nutcracker opens for it’s 20th season Friday, December 19th, and they’re excited to present something brand new for this weekend’s performances.  The show’s sets were completely redesigned for this year’s production thanks to a generous grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation.

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble Presents The Nutcracker

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble Presents The Nutcracker

The previous sets were about 12 years old and we’re told the new sets, designed by Jim Estes and built by John Tilford, showcase the scenes and dancers beautifully.

Guest artists from National and Chicago regional dance companies, including River North Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance Chicago, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago are perform lead soloist roles during this weekend’s performances, joined by more than 80 student dancers from the Northwest Chicago suburbs.

The Nutcracker will run from December 19-21, 2014 at Barrington High School, 616 West Main Street in Barrington, Illinois. Ticket prices range from $15.00 to $28.00. You can click here to purchase tickets online or they will also be available at the door.
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Also, don’t miss Clara’s Tea at 12:30 before Saturday’s matinee performance. It’s the perfect holiday event for children age 3 to 10 and their families to meet some of the characters and learn more about the Nutcracker story before watching the show. The price of admission for Clara’s Tea is $10 per child.

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble Presents The Nutcracker

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble Presents The Nutcracker

Jennifer Goodman, known for her 16 year tenure with the Joffrey Ballet, will guest star for the first time with BYDE as the Sugar Plum Fairy in this weekend’s Nutcracker performances. Since 2009, Ms. Goodman has had a successful freelance career and has performed with Ballet NY, Ballet X, The Met, Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and Dallas Opera.

Isabella Stojka of South Barrington and Alexandra Ebert of Barrington will share the role of Clara, The Nutcracker’s heroine. “Every little girl who dances in the Nutcracker dreams about being Clara one day,” says Ms. Ebert. “I feel so blessed to have my dream come true this year!”

Additional student performers from the area include Mackenzie Jaekel of Lake Zurich, who will play the Snow Queen in the ballet’s delightful Snow Scene, and Megan Clement of Barrington and Hannah Harris of Lake Barrington Barrington, who will share the role of the Dew Drop Fairy. Juliana Nikolich and Victoria Van Hollen, both of Lake Barrington, will share the role of the Fairy Angel, who Clara meets in the magical Land of the Sweets.

Also taking the stage will be these dancers from the Barrington area:

Mary Boehm, Madeleine Carroll, Lauren Chon, Morgan Chon, Erin Chon, Meghan Doran, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Yasmin Glazov, Lana Homola, Kate Howell, Angelina Kloczkowski, Molly Knecht, Kiri Kolasinski, John Kolasinski, Kyra O’Brien, Mikayla Patten, Maggie Pechan, Abby Richmond, Emma Richmond, Maya Schulze, Alexandra Skopek, Scout Storms, Sailor Streeter, Ava Thome, Claire Thome, Secilia Vega, Tatianna Vega, and Whitney Mall; South Barrington: Natalie Bertoglio, Devon DeLeon, and Ella Londergan; Barrington Hills: Elizabeth Ballot, Anna Lami, Emma Landenberger, Caroline Rees, and Georgina Spence; Lake Barrington: Natalie Abrahamson, Rose Abrahamson, Martha Abrahamson, Hope Carper, Hayley Carper, Tiffany Frankel, Hayden Harris, Caroline Jensen, Sasha Rice, and Eliza Seagrist.

Tickets sales begin October 15, 2014. Prices range from $15.00 – $28.00. To purchase tickets, call 847-382-6333 or visit BYDE.org.

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Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble (BYDE) is a 501©3 non-profit charitable arts organization that promotes artistic integrity, involvement, and awareness through exceptional dance training and performance in the Chicagoland area. For more information, call 847.382.6333 or visit BYDE.org. Follow us on Facebook.

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble Presents The Nutcracker

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble Presents The Nutcracker

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356. Holly Ball Raises Record Funds for Barrington Children’s Charities http://365barrington.com/2014/12/17/356-holly-ball-raises-record-funds-barrington-childrens-charities/ http://365barrington.com/2014/12/17/356-holly-ball-raises-record-funds-barrington-childrens-charities/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:10 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=196242 Barrington Children’s Charities outdid themselves once again, raising a record $350,000 while hosting Saturday’s annual Holly Ball fundraiser. “An Elegant Evening in the Woods”, the theme of this year’s event, took place this past weekend at Barrington Hills Country Club and the funds will support the charity’s programs in the new year. The 250 guests […]]]>

Barrington Children’s Charities outdid themselves once again, raising a record $350,000 while hosting Saturday’s annual Holly Ball fundraiser. “An Elegant Evening in the Woods”, the theme of this year’s event, took place this past weekend at Barrington Hills Country Club and the funds will support the charity’s programs in the new year.

2014 Holly Ball - Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children's Charities

2014 Holly Ball – Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children’s Charities

The 250 guests and sponsors were exceedingly generous with their support of the event. In fact, the Holly Ball had more sponsors than ever this year, including Barbara & Paul Hills and The Foglia Family Foundation, who served as the Signature Sponsors of the event.

2014 Holly Ball - Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children's Charities

2014 Holly Ball – Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children’s Charities

My husband and I had the opportunity to attend the event and we, along with the other guests, enjoyed the festive evening with the venue decorated in a beautiful winter landscape.

2014 Holly Ball - Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children's Charities

2014 Holly Ball – Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children’s Charities

The highlight of the evening was when students who benefit from Barrington Children’s Charities’ “Blessings in a Backpack” initiative spoke about how grateful they, and their families, are for the food they receive from the program. Their words touched all who were in attendance.

2014 Holly Ball - Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children's Charities

2014 Holly Ball – Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children’s Charities

Funds raised at the Holly Ball have allowed Barrington Children’s Charities to commit to three years of underwriting “Blessings in a Backpack”, a program that gives food to Barrington 220 School District families on the federal free and reduced price lunch program.  It gave everyone involved peace of mind that this wonderful program will continue to serve the children in our community.

(Click here to learn more about Barrington Children’s Charities’ beneficiaries.)

2014 Holly Ball - Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children's Charities

2014 Holly Ball – Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children’s Charities

Anna Bilton and Lauren Klauer served as Co-Chairs of the Holly Ball which, along with the organization’s annual Kentucky Derby Party, is one of Barrington Children’s Charities signature fundraising events of the year.

2014 Holly Ball - Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children's Charities

2014 Holly Ball – Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children’s Charities

Other highlights of the evening included both live and silent auctions and the Keys for the Cause raffle – a lucky winner won a $5,000 shopping spree at Barrington’s Long & Co. Jewelers.

2014 Holly Ball - Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children's Charities

2014 Holly Ball – Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children’s Charities

Auction items included a one-week stay at an exclusive condo in Naples, Florida’s Pelican Bay and a private tour for 12 people at Chicago’s Koval Distillery.  After dinner, we all danced the night away to the music of Sixteen Candles. Everyone seemed to be embracing the giving spirit of the Holiday season!

2014 Holly Ball - Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children's Charities

2014 Holly Ball – Photo Courtesy of Barrington Children’s Charities

Barrington Children’s Charities is a not-for-profit charitable organization of dedicated men and women working together to positively impact the lives of children. Run entirely by volunteers, BCC donates monies raised to support and address the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of children of the Barrington 220 school district area and chooses its beneficiaries based on need.

For more about their mission, visit BarringtonChildrensCharities.com and enjoy this gallery of additional images from the 2014 Holly Ball.

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355. The Priceless Gift of a Thomas Balsamo Family Portrait http://365barrington.com/2014/12/15/355-thomas-balsamo-family-portraits-for-the-holidays/ http://365barrington.com/2014/12/15/355-thomas-balsamo-family-portraits-for-the-holidays/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:48:11 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=196050 If you’re looking for a holiday gift that’s one-of-a-kind, unique to your family and and becomes more valuable with age, there’s one guy you definitely want to call. He’s Barrington’s own Thomas Balsamo, a true portrait artist who has photographed countless local faces and is known for his rare ability to capture personalities, not just […]]]>

If you’re looking for a holiday gift that’s one-of-a-kind, unique to your family and and becomes more valuable with age, there’s one guy you definitely want to call. He’s Barrington’s own Thomas Balsamo, a true portrait artist who has photographed countless local faces and is known for his rare ability to capture personalities, not just pictures.

Portraits by Thomas

Portraits by Thomas

During the season of giving, I can’t think of a gift that celebrates home quite like a cherished family portrait. Ever since I heard Thomas is currently booking family photo sessions while everyone’s in town for the holidays, I’ve been dropping hints to my husband that it might be time to schedule our own first family portrait by Thomas Balsamo.

PortraitsByThomasBalsamo.com

PortraitsByThomasBalsamo.com

For the past 36 years Thomas, a lifelong  Barrington resident, has earned a reputation for excellence in studio photography.  You’ll notice Thomas’ artistry in subtle to striking details like captivating eyes, relaxed angles, gentle touches and expressions that reflect the dynamics of family relationships.

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Thomas calls  his art “interpretive portraiture” and says his clients come to him looking for something specific.

“They’re people who really want to remember and preserve the stage their children are in right now.  I capture the essence of these children, these families and their relationships in an accurate way so they can be remembered ten, twenty or thirty-plus years from now because our lives our so fleeting and seem to move so fast.”

PortraitsByThomasBalsamo.com

PortraitsByThomasBalsamo.com

Thomas says a big part of his secret is in his process.

“Anybody can take a picture with their camera, but my goal is to create much more than just a physical record.  In the studio, I help people relax and be themselves.  When they let their guard down and trust in me, then I capture moments where they’re in that place of being at peace and feeling good about themselves and that’s probably more important than the technique behind the camera, to be honest.”

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He’s putting that same process to work in a new offering called Living Portraits where he captures the essence of his subjects through film, creating personal records to be cherished for generations.

“Our Living Portraits allow us to tell the deeper stories of individuals as they speak from the heart,” Thomas says. “We create an environment where they can be comfortable and open, while sharing their experiences, memories, life lessons, passions, wisdom and the intimate, personal and profound stories of a lifetime.”

If you’d like to learn more about Thomas’ Living Portraits or schedule a family portrait session with Thomas this holiday season, he still has openings on his schedule.

You can reach Thomas directly at 847.487.7710.  For more information, click here to find Thomas’ Facebook page or visit his website at PortraitsByThomasBalsamo.com.

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354. Video: BHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team Shares Goals for Season & Prepares to Meet Fremd Friday http://365barrington.com/2014/12/15/354-bhs-boys-varsity-basketball-season-goals-hoffman-estates-fremd-games/ http://365barrington.com/2014/12/15/354-bhs-boys-varsity-basketball-season-goals-hoffman-estates-fremd-games/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:00:48 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=195914 Barrington High School’s Boys Varsity Basketball Team is gearing up for one of the biggest games of the season against Fremd at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Fans will be wearing Christmas sweaters in the student section to show their school spirit and support for the team. Friday’s game against Fremd will be the varsity […]]]>

Barrington High School’s Boys Varsity Basketball Team is gearing up for one of the biggest games of the season against Fremd at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Fans will be wearing Christmas sweaters in the student section to show their school spirit and support for the team.

Barrington High School Varsity Basketball Team

Barrington High School Varsity Basketball Team

Friday’s game against Fremd will be the varsity team’s third conference game of the season. The second conference game against Palatine ended with a victory and so did the team’s first conference game against Hoffman Estates last month.

In his latest Game of the Week feature, sports reporter Alex Gaul helps us relive that exiting 63-57 Hoffman Estates victory. He’s sharing highlights from the sideline along with player interviews about their goals for this season in anticipation of this week’s game.

Good luck against Fremd, BHS! We’d pulling for a 3-and-0 conference record after Friday’s game. For the schedule of upcoming BHS basketball games, visit BHSBasketball.org.

BHSBasketball.org

BHSBasketball.org

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353. NHL Mumps Outbreak Prompts Focus on Local Prevention http://365barrington.com/2014/12/15/353-nhl-mumps-outbreak-local-prevention/ http://365barrington.com/2014/12/15/353-nhl-mumps-outbreak-local-prevention/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:26:57 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=196037 Every year, news travels about various infectious disease outbreaks…but this year is a bit different with a mumps outbreak plaguing the National Hockey League (NHL). Multiple teams have been affected, several players have been sidelined, and meanwhile, many are left wondering how mumps is mysteriously multiplying from player to player. Mumps is a vaccine-preventable disease […]]]>

Every year, news travels about various infectious disease outbreaks…but this year is a bit different with a mumps outbreak plaguing the National Hockey League (NHL). Multiple teams have been affected, several players have been sidelined, and meanwhile, many are left wondering how mumps is mysteriously multiplying from player to player.

NHL Hockey Mumps Outbreak

NHL Hockey Mumps Outbreak

Mumps is a vaccine-preventable disease defined by symptoms of fever, headaches, muscle pain, fatigue and swollen glands. It is a droplet respiratory disease spread person-to-person and generally from close, prolonged contact.

Dr. Philip FaviaDr. Philip Favia, a family medicine physician at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill., says a mumps outbreak in the NHL isn’t surprising given the close contact both during the game and in the locker room.

“Mumps is spread through the saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person through coughing, sneezing, talking or sharing things like drinking cups. Hockey players are in close contact with each other that transmission certainly is possible,” Dr. Favia says. “The typical incubation period of mumps is 12 to 25 days which means a person won’t have symptoms, but is contagious.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends two-doses of the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination, but unfortunately it is only about 88 percent effective.

“Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus so there’s really not much we can do to treat it other than wait it out and make the patient comfortable,” Dr. Favia says.

“A few of the typical symptoms include fever, headache, aches and swollen glands under the ears or jaw lasting from seven to 10 day.  My recommendation would be to have players stay home until they are no longer exhibiting symptoms, but even then they could have infected other players during the incubation period.”

Dr. Favia shares that players who have not yet received their MMR booster really should consider getting it since they will have some protection from mumps.

“It’s possible that some might not have received their second dose and that would make them more vulnerable,” he says.

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Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit AdvocateHealth.com/gshp.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington

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352. Santa Express Train the Hottest Ticket in Barrington http://365barrington.com/2014/12/14/352-santa-express-train-barrington-park-district/ http://365barrington.com/2014/12/14/352-santa-express-train-barrington-park-district/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:17:18 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=195948 About 250 children & their families held one of the hottest tickets in Barrington this weekend as they boarded Metra train cars Saturday in two trips bound for “Santa’s Workshop” in Woodstock, Illinois. Barrington’s annual Santa Express train ride happens in December and is one of the most popular activities hosted by the Barrington Park […]]]>

About 250 children & their families held one of the hottest tickets in Barrington this weekend as they boarded Metra train cars Saturday in two trips bound for “Santa’s Workshop” in Woodstock, Illinois.

Children Visit Santa's Workshop via Barrington Park District's "Santa Express" Metra Train Car

Children Visit Santa’s Workshop via Barrington Park District’s “Santa Express” Metra Train Car

Barrington’s annual Santa Express train ride happens in December and is one of the most popular activities hosted by the Barrington Park District.  So many families sign up for this trip, the tickets sell out within a week after they go on sale months before the actual event.  This year, I made sure to reserve tickets right away and we brought our three kids on the Park District’s Santa Express for the very firs time.

Children Visit Santa's Workshop via Barrington Park District's "Santa Express" Metra Train Car

Children Visit Santa’s Workshop via Barrington Park District’s “Santa Express” Metra Train Car

We’ve taken “Polar Express” trains to downtown Chicago before, but this one was different.  Heading west to Woodstock, there was just enough time on the train for our kids to watch the towns fly by outside the train window, a fun opportunity see them in awe of Metra’s northwest line scenery.

Children Visit Santa's Workshop via Barrington Park District's "Santa Express" Metra Train Car

Children Visit Santa’s Workshop via Barrington Park District’s “Santa Express” Metra Train Car

On the train, event organizers from the Barrington Park District took turns reading the book The Polar Express to Barrington’s young passengers.

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When we arrived at “Santa’s Workshop” (a.k.a. Woodstock’s Moose Family Center) we were greeted at the door by Buddy the elf.

Children Visit Santa's Workshop via Barrington Park District's "Santa Express" Metra Train Car

Children Visit Santa’s Workshop via Barrington Park District’s “Santa Express” Metra Train Car

Inside, families sat down at tables where cookies and crafts were delivered for each child to decorate.

Children Visit Santa's Workshop via Barrington Park District's "Santa Express" Metra Train Car

Children Visit Santa’s Workshop via Barrington Park District’s “Santa Express” Metra Train Car

Santa made his grand appearance, high-fiving children and their parents around the room before settling into his seat for visits with his guests.  Note for next year: Several kids thought ahead and brought their Christmas wish lists, delivering them in person to the man in red.

Children Visit Santa's Workshop via Barrington Park District's "Santa Express" Metra Train Car

Children Visit Santa’s Workshop via Barrington Park District’s “Santa Express” Metra Train Car

As we enjoyed a relaxed time surrounded by Barrington families we’d never met before, my husband Bill looked around the festively decorated room and remarked, “Visiting this Moose Lodge feels a little like stepping back in time.”  The community room felt like a place of many gatherings and there was a “retro vibe” that added a dose of rare nostalgic character.

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When there was no line left to see St Nick., we took our turn.  With no one waiting, each of our kids had the chance to take their time visiting with Santa and there was no rush to hurry up and take our pictures.

Children Visit Santa's Workshop via Barrington Park District's "Santa Express" Metra Train Car

Children Visit Santa’s Workshop via Barrington Park District’s “Santa Express” Metra Train Car

There was no navigating Ogilvy Transportation Center, no trekking across Chicago and waiting two hours to see Santa at Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza.  This was the most relaxing and easy Santa visit we’ve ever experienced and we’ll definitely be back for more fun at Santa’s Workshop next year.

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On the way home everyone sang Christmas Carols on the train and we ended up back in Barrington by lunchtime. Thank you, Barrington Park District, for creating opportunities to make so many family memories right here in Barrington. We’re looking forward to signing up for even more of your events in the new year!

The Barrington Park District seeks to enhance the quality of life and the environment; to acquire, conserve, and protect natural resources; and to provide health and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in our community. For more information about parks, facilities, events, fitness, athletic and aquatic programs, visit BarringtonParkDistrict.org.and you’ll find the facility at 235 Lions Drive in Barrington.

Children Visit Santa's Workshop via Barrington Park District's "Santa Express" Metra Train Car

Children Visit Santa’s Workshop via Barrington Park District’s “Santa Express” Metra Train Car

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351. Heinen’s Sunday Supper: The Hoffmans’ Festive Chili Feast http://365barrington.com/2014/12/14/351-heinens-sunday-supper-hoffman-family-chili-feast/ http://365barrington.com/2014/12/14/351-heinens-sunday-supper-hoffman-family-chili-feast/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:00:29 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=195918 Christmas is right around the corner and things are looking festive inside the Hoffman family’s home!  Heinen’s Grocery recently gave Jane Hoffman a gift card to buy ingredients for one of her family’s favorite meals. She chose to prepare a chili feast for the latest Barrington family feature in our Heinen’s Sunday Supper series. With […]]]>

Christmas is right around the corner and things are looking festive inside the Hoffman family’s home!  Heinen’s Grocery recently gave Jane Hoffman a gift card to buy ingredients for one of her family’s favorite meals. She chose to prepare a chili feast for the latest Barrington family feature in our Heinen’s Sunday Supper series. With bowls filled with chunky bites of red and green peppers, red tartan plaid napkins and a beautiful seasonal centerpiece, I’d say the Hoffman’s are ready for the holidays!

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The Hoffmans’ Festive Chili Feast

by Jane Hoffman, Barrington resident, writer & Mother-of-three

When the cold air comes to Barrington, it’s time for Sunday chili dinners at the Hoffman house.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Chili is a family favorite – I like it because it is quick and easy to make, easy to clean up and I usually have most of the ingredients from Heinen’s Grocery in my pantry. My kids love it because it fills them up and they can pile on the garnishes to customize their own bowl.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Hoffman Family Chili Feast

My husband is usually the one making the chili…he starts with either browning ground turkey breast, bison or ground beef. The turkey and bison offer a healthier alternative to beef, but if you opt for the beef, Heinen’s has great organic, grass-fed ground beef.

Then, he adds black beans, kidney beans, one chopped white onion, chopped bell peppers (any colors will do), a can of tomato sauce plus a can of diced tomatoes. We buy the Heinen’s brand of all the canned goods.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Then comes the fun part – adding all the flavor to the chili. He starts with a package of Carol Shelby’s chili seasoning kit . If he feels like making it spicier, he will throw in some Cayenne pepper. The key ingredient for his chili is a lot of mesquite seasoning (found in the spice aisle at Heinen’s). This gives it a smoky smell and flavor that sets it apart from other recipes we have used. Let it simmer on medium for a half-hour and that’s all it takes!

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Although a lot of chili recipes call for crushed tortilla chips to give it a crunch, we like to top it with soup crackers (aka oyster crackers). We also add Heinen’s shredded sharp cheddar cheese and low-fat sour cream.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Sometimes we will add a bread as a side – we usually either like a sourdough baguette or the skillet corn bread from Heinens. The corn bread is very sweet and moist! Finally to add some greens to the meal, I will usually make a small side salad with a garlic vinegarette.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Hoffman Family Chili Feast

We love Heinen’s for their quality foods, good selection of ready-made items and excellent customer service – I like that they always open additional lanes so you never have to wait long!  Less waiting in line means more time to prepare and enjoy our family’s favorite recipes.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Hoffman Family Chili Feast

Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Hoffman Family Chili Feast

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Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Heinens.com.

Heinen's Grocery Store in Barrington, Illinois

Heinen’s Grocery Store in Barrington, Illinois

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350. Cookie Walk Chair Shares Popular Coconut Creme Sandwiches Recipe http://365barrington.com/2014/12/13/350-cookie-walk-cocount-creme-sandwiches-recipe/ http://365barrington.com/2014/12/13/350-cookie-walk-cocount-creme-sandwiches-recipe/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:45:28 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=195746 With Community Church of Barrington’s 2014 Cookie Walk coming up on Saturday, December 13th, we’re in the mood for some COOKIES!  The cookie walk opens at 10 a.m. and it’s the best way to bring home boxes filled with beautiful homemade cookies in Barrington without lifting a finger in the kitchen.  If baking is on […]]]>

With Community Church of Barrington’s 2014 Cookie Walk coming up on Saturday, December 13th, we’re in the mood for some COOKIES!  The cookie walk opens at 10 a.m. and it’s the best way to bring home boxes filled with beautiful homemade cookies in Barrington without lifting a finger in the kitchen.  If baking is on your agenda this week, the head of the Cookie Walk committee is sharing her recipe for Coconut Crème Sandwiches, one of the most popular cookies you’ll find at the walk.

Jayne Majzan's Coconut Crème Sandwiches

Jayne Majzan’s Coconut Crème Sandwiches

Jayne Majzan’s Coconut Crème Sandwiches

Ingredients:

2 Cups all purpose flour
½ t. baking powder
½ t. salt
1 Package (7 oz.) shredded coconut
¾ c. (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp.
½ c. granulated sugar
½ c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 t. pure vanilla extract

Creamy Vanilla Filling

½ c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp.
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
½ t. pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Filling: Using electric mixer, beat ½ c. butter until light and fluffy. With mixer on medium, beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar ½ c. at a time, scraping down bowl as necessary. Add ½ t. vanilla; increase speed to high and beat until filling is light and fluffy; about 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Place ½ cup coconut into a small bowl; set aside. Place remaining coconut in a food processor, pulse until coarsely ground; set aside.

Using mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and ground coconut; mix until just combined.

Drop dough by small tablespoons onto baking sheets; flatten with fingers. Bake until lightly golden around edges, 12-14 minutes, switching sheets on racks about halfway through cooking. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

Spoon vanilla filling onto one cookie; flatten with the other until filling is just outside the cookie edges. Roll edge in reserved coconut; chill until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

There will be over 80 varieties of cookies for sale at Saturday’s walk and you can purchases boxes to fill for $12 each. The ladies at the church hope to raise several thousand dollars during Saturday’s Cookie Walk. In February, they’ll select local causes to which they will donate all of the money raised.

Cookies from Community Church of Barrington's Annual Cookie Walk - Photographed by Sally Roeckell

Cookies from Community Church of Barrington’s Annual Cookie Walk – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

You’ll find the Community Church of Barrington and Saturday’s Cookie Walk at 407 S. Grove Avenue, you can CLICK HERE to find their Facebook page and you’ll find more information about the church on their website at CCBarrington.org.

Community Church of Barrington 2014 Cookie Walk

Community Church of Barrington 2014 Cookie Walk

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349. FuntasTech Tutors Teen Startup Offers Holiday Gift that Keeps On Giving http://365barrington.com/2014/12/11/349-funtastech-tutors-teen-startup-offers-holiday-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/ http://365barrington.com/2014/12/11/349-funtastech-tutors-teen-startup-offers-holiday-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:46:20 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=195797 One of Barrington’s newest businesses founded by three of the community’s youngest entrepreneurs is offering a gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. Founded by three Barrington High School seniors, FuntasTech Tutors provides friendly and fun, in-home tutoring to adults seeking help with technology. Their sessions make the perfect gift for anyone who could […]]]>

One of Barrington’s newest businesses founded by three of the community’s youngest entrepreneurs is offering a gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. Founded by three Barrington High School seniors, FuntasTech Tutors provides friendly and fun, in-home tutoring to adults seeking help with technology. Their sessions make the perfect gift for anyone who could use a hand setting up those cool new mobile devices, e-readers and techie gadgets they’re asking Santa to put under the tree this year.

FuntasTech.com

FuntasTech.com

FuntasTech Tutors is one of the six student businesses that received funding in the spring of 2014 during the inaugural year for Barrington High School’s INCubator Edu Business Startup Curriculum. The company’s mission to provide friendly teen tutors that help make technology fun was inspired by an exchange CEO Scott Arnett had with his own grandmother.

“My family gave my grandma an iPad last year but, because she lives in Bloomington, Indiana, there was nobody nearby to help teach her how to use it. I hung up the phone after talking with her one night and thought, I wish there was somebody who could help her out in person.  She needed somebody who could provide the hands-on attention and friendliness that I would give to her if I lived closer.”

With a carefully crafted business plan, FuntasTech’s founders made a successful case for starting a business to answer that need during the first “Pitch Night” hosted at BHS in late May.  By the end of the program, two local entrepreneurs invested $15,000 in FuntasTech in return for a 10% share of the business.

BHS Business Startup Incubator Pitch Night - Photographed by Liz Benedetto

BHS Business Startup Incubator Pitch Night – Photographed by Liz Benedetto

Co-founders Scott Arnett, Jake Coon and Jake Orr spent the summer and fall putting those funds to work, covering start-up costs including attorney, insurance and marketing fees. They’ve purchased a company computer, accounting software and completely redesigned their website, which offers visitors a clear and easy way to purchase their services.

FuntasTech.com

FuntasTech.com

FuntasTech’s tutors now help a growing client list with anything from setting up computers, printers, phones and e-readers to syncing devices and adding apps. To date, their tech tutoring has earned them a 60-percent client retention rate and an increasing number of raving fans including retired head of Barrington High School’s Social Studies Department, Tim Dunn.

FuntasTech's Founders Jake Coon, Scott Arnett & Jake Orr with Retired Head of the BHS Social Studies Dept & client, Tim Dunn

FuntasTech’s Founders Jake Coon, Scott Arnett & Jake Orr with Retired BHS Dept. Head, Tim Dunn

Tim, who also co-chairs the committee planning Barrington’s 2015 Sesquicentennial celebrations, says he first called FuntasTech for help increasing the speed of his computer at home. They also transferred files from his computer to his iPad and have since helped him free up space on his iPhone to take more photos. Tim says FuntasTech’s tutors will be the first call he makes if Santa brings him the iPhone 6 that’s on his Christmas wish list this year.

“I would highly recommend that people take advantage of FuntasTech’s services. They’re a team of very outgoing, intelligent, business savvy and talented teens who really know their stuff,” Tim says. “Plus, they deliver. They come to you, they use their computers when necessary, they’re worth every penny and I’ll definitely be using them again!”

Tim Dunn with FuntasTech Co-Founder and CFO, Jake Coon

Tim Dunn with FuntasTech Co-Founder and CFO, Jake Coon

FuntasTech’s co-founders say it would be their pleasure to help your loved ones become more tech savvy, too, with sessions you can bundle with devices you purchase as gifts this holiday season.

“A lot of people don’t realize just how much the latest technology tools, apps and devices can change their lives. Once you set them up with things like Facebook or Facetime and they realize they can talk to their grandkids wherever and whenever, it’s an eye opening thing. When we show them the types of things they could do with their phones, they’re blown away by possibilities they never knew existed and that’s really rewarding.” - FuntasTech CEO, Scott Arnett

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FuntasTech’s Scott Arnett Tutors Clients in 2014

“Sessions with our tutors are an enriching gift because they help people in so many different ways. If you get someone an iPad for the holidays and pair it with three of our sessions, it can improve their lives because of all the ways we can teach them to help stay connected with family.” – FuntasTech COO, Jake Orr

FuntasTech.com

FuntasTech.com

“Something we pride ourselves on is just being friendly and being open. We can teach you technology and we can answer your questions, yet we also want to provide therapeutic conversation. If a client’s computer is a little slow or a file takes a while to download, that allows time for them to tell us about their story or their grandkids. And there’s nothing better than sitting down to work on something with a client and having a nice conversation while you address all of their questions.” - FuntasTech CFO, Jake Coon

FuntasTech Co-Founders, Jake Orr, Jake Coon & Scott Arnett

FuntasTech Co-Founders, Jake Orr, Jake Coon & Scott Arnett

Sessions with FuntasTech tutors cost $60 per hour and they offer a discount if you purchase multiple sessions, with a bundle of three, hour-long sessions priced at $150 and a bundle of five, hour-long sessions at $200. You can specify online that you plan to gift your purchase and they’ll be sure you have a gift certificate to leave under the tree this year to make somebody’s holiday truly FuntasTech!

FuntasTech.com

FuntasTech.com

If you or anyone you know might appreciate a visit from a friendly, knowledgeable and eager-to-please FuntasTech tutor, give them a call at 847-788-1913 , click HERE to follow their Facebook page and check out their new website at FuntasTech.com.

We’re honored to welcome FuntasTech Tutors as the latest member to join our Marketplace here at 365Barrington.com. To learn a little more about FuntasTech’s story, check out this video about the BHS Business Startup Incubator produced by reporter James Owen for 365BarringtonTV.

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348. “Cookie Heaven” Awaits During Community Church Cookie Walk http://365barrington.com/2014/12/10/348-cookie-walk-community-church-of-barrington/ http://365barrington.com/2014/12/10/348-cookie-walk-community-church-of-barrington/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:59:12 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=195750 The Community Church of Barrington’s “baking ladies” have been busy since October preparing for their annual Christmas Cookie Walk coming up on Saturday, December 13th. Dozens of volunteer bakers will have prepared more than 10,000 cookies for this weekend’s walk. Arrive early because these cookies are so special, they literally fly out the door! Doors […]]]>

The Community Church of Barrington’s “baking ladies” have been busy since October preparing for their annual Christmas Cookie Walk coming up on Saturday, December 13th. Dozens of volunteer bakers will have prepared more than 10,000 cookies for this weekend’s walk. Arrive early because these cookies are so special, they literally fly out the door!

Community Church of Barrington Annual Cookie Walk - Photo Submitted

Community Church of Barrington Annual Cookie Walk – Photo Submitted

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 Saturday morning.  These are just of the few of the 80+ cookie varieties that will be available for you to give as gifts to your friends or take home to your family.

Cookies from Community Church of Barrington's Annual Cookie Walk - Photographed by Sally Roeckell

Cookies from Community Church of Barrington’s Annual Cookie Walk – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

The Community Church of Barrington’s Cookie Walk dates back to about 1980 and the featured cookies are the work of many helping hands, including a core group of “baking ladies” who have been gathering in their kitchens and baking away for weeks.

(Click HERE to meet the Cookie Walk’s chief bakers.)

Chief Cookie Bakers Prepare for the Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk

Chief Cookie Bakers Prepare for the Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk

Barrington food photographer Sally Roeckell and I visited with the baking ladies at work last December to share photos along with a few of the “cookie ladies'” favorite recipes this year.  Take a look at some of the delicious cookies that you’ll find at this weekend’s walk.

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The ladies at the church hope to raise several thousand dollars during Saturday’s Cookie Walk. In February, they’ll select local causes to which they will donate all of the money raised.

Past recipients of Cookie Walk donations include Gigi’s Playhouse, the Barrington Township & F.I.S.H. food pantries, Chicago Childrens Advocacy Center, Hough Elementary School Christmas Gift Baskets, Lake County PADS Crisis Services, Samaritan Counseling Center of the Northwest Suburbs in Barrington, Women in Need Growing Stronger (WINGS) in Palatine, The Night Ministry in Chicago and humanitarian efforts in Kenya, Africa.

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If you plan to attend the Cookie Walk, it’s a good idea to get their early because the cookies go fast!  Boxes cost $12 and you can fill them with as many variety of cookies as you’d like, while supplies last.

There will be dozens of varieties of cookies to choose from at this weekend’s walk.  To whet your appetite, we asked several of the “baking ladies” to share their favorite cookie recipes, starting with Jayne Majzan who’s the baker behind the popular Coconut Creme Cookies you’ll find at the Cookie Walk every year.  Stay tuned to 365Barrington.com in the coming days for a few favorite Cookie Walk recipes shared by Community Church of Barrington’s own Baking Ladies.

Cookies from Community Church of Barrington's Annual Cookie Walk - Photographed by Sally Roeckell

Cookies from Community Church of Barrington’s Annual Cookie Walk – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

In addition to offering the cookies, they’ll also be raising funds by raffling off a quilt made by youth from the church along with three beautiful holiday centerpieces featuring Christmas greenery, ornaments and candy canes.

You’ll find the Community Church of Barrington and Saturday’s Cookie Walk at 407 S. Grove Avenue, you can CLICK HERE to find their Facebook page and you’ll find more information about the church on their website at CCBarrington.org.

Community Church of Barrington 2014 Cookie Walk

Community Church of Barrington 2014 Cookie Walk

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