235. Help Replenish Dwindling Food Pantry Supplies

Managing the Cuba Township Food Pantry

The grocery stores will be packed this week with people pushing baskets overflowing with all the fixins for Thanksgiving dinner. It’ll be hectic, it’ll be crazy and the cash registers will be working overtime. But there’s a growing group of Barrington families who won’t be making that big trip to the grocery store because times are really tight this year. “Every dime is going to put a roof over their head, gas in their car and heat in their home.” Kate Formichella of the Cuba Township Food Pantry says, “For some people it’s a huge shock to realize that they have to ask for food. But I can say there is not one single neighborhood that has not been affected in Cuba Township.”

Managing the Cuba Township Food Pantry

Cheryl Tanaka & Kate Formichella at the Cuba Township Food Pantry

Cheryl Tanaka and Kate Formichella are Cuba Township’s community liaisons and they’ve been very busy filling 70 boxes of stuffing, gravy, green beans, potatoes, turkey coupons, bread…all the basics needed to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. 70 families this year, in Cuba Township alone, have asked the pantry for food to make their holiday meal on Thursday. Kate says, “When I started here there were only 25 families who asked for help and that was five years ago.” That’s an increase of almost 300-percent!

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234. Have a Talk with a 10-Month-Old

High Chair Baby

 I sat my son down the other day and we had a talk. It was right after he got the best of a kiwi. I told him, “Baby, I know you’re just a baby, but there’s something very important that I want you to remember when you grow up.” He blew a few bubbles, made … Read more…

233. New Skating Plaza Opening in South Barrington!

Skates the Chicago Wolves Mascot

I have a bad habit of overusing exclamation points, but today, I simply HAD to put one in our title! Because, one week from today, the area’s only Open-Air Skating Rink will be opening for business in South Barrington. They’re busy setting it up at the South Barrington Arboretum and there are two big events tied to the outdoor “Skating Plaza’s” grand opening next weekend. The first is an appearance by “Skates”, the Chicago Wolves Mascot.

Skates the Chicago Wolves Mascot

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232. Talk Turkey on “National Thaw Day”

Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

Did you know that today is a holiday? Yes. It is. The Thursday before Thanksgiving every year is called “National Thaw Day”. It’s the day you’re supposed to take your frozen turkey out of the freezer and put it in the fridge so it’s sufficiently defrosted and ready to be cooked on Thanksgiving. I’m not writing this because I’m an expert. I’m writing this because I have a secret…

Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

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228. Sign Up for the South Barrington Gobbler Gallop

Gobbler Gallop in South Barrington

South Barrington is continuing a brand new tradition by hosting the second annual “Gobbler Gallop” one week from today on Sunday, November 21st. The 5K run and 1 mile walk is a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving season because you’ll be helping two important causes AND get a great workout at the same time.

Gobbler Gallop in South Barrington

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227. Pre-holiday Stress Buster at Norge Ski Lodge

Citizens for Conservation Fundraiser at Norge Ski Club

Now here’s a cozy way to kick off the holiday shopping season! Citizens for Conservation is hosting party tomorrow, November 14th, where you can shop for gifts, play Texas Hold’em, sip fine wines, sample great foods and socialize with friends alongside a roaring fire at Norge Ski Club. The dress code is casual, but ski sweaters are encouraged and we’re all invited.

Citizens for Conservation Fundraiser at Norge Ski Club

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211. Bubbles, Bon Bons & Brie

Skull Lollipop at Anna Shea Chocolates

Earlier this week I promised that I’d follow up with some fun Halloween activities going on this weekend for adults in Barrington and there’s one event happening tomorrow night that sounds simply sinful.  It’s called “Bubbles, Bon Bons and Brie” and you’re going to DIE when you hear the details. Skull Lollipop anyone?

Skull Lollipop at Anna Shea Chocolates

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209. Scare Up Some Halloween Fun – FOR KIDS

Halloween at the Barrington Park District

There are a TON of Halloween events happening in Barrington this week and this is one time when I’m going to do my best to share ALL of the GORY DETAILS.  Today, I’m focusing on Halloween events for kids, just because I love this picture of a Barrington dad all dressed up and holding his devil baby.

Halloween at the Barrington Park District

This picture is from last year’s Barrington Park District Hallween Egg Hunt, which is just one of many Halloween happenings this week in Barrington.

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207. The Legend of White Cemetery and Cuba Road

Haunted Cemetery in Barrington

Halloween is just one week from today and, with all of the tombstones, ghouls and eerie jack-o-lanterns decorating homes throughout Barrington, I can’t help but be reminded of the more sinister side of the holiday. After all, Halloween’s namesake, “All Hallows Eve”, is a night when unclean spirits presumably try to upstage the celebration of saints on November 1st, “All Saint’s Day”.  Which leads me to the story of what ghost researchers suspect to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in Illinois. It’s called White Cemetery, it’s located right here in Barrington and, at first glance, it looks like an ordinary resting place.

Haunted Cemetery in Barrington

But I’ve found at least one photo of what some believe is a ghostly figure among the graves in the cemetery, which I will show you in just a minute…

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205. Barrington Trick-or-Treat Dress Rehearsal

Halloween Fun at The Ice House Mall in Barrington

Halloween isn’t until next weekend, but here’s a great way for your kids to break in this year’s costumes before the big night.  There’ll be trick-or-treaters out and about at one Barrington hot spot tomorrow afternoon.

Halloween Fun at The Ice House Mall in Barrington

Photo Courtesy of Kidz Parties Plus More

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