128. Help Restore Flint Creek for Earth Day

Photo Courtesy of Bob Lee

Want to make a difference this Earth Day? Then you and your kids won’t want to miss the Citizens for Conservation’s special Earth Day class  in Barrington this Saturday, April 7th. The best part about the class — it’s all outdoors!

Photo Courtesy of Bob Lee

To teach the importance of plant restoration, the volunteer group is inviting the public to help them restore Flint Creek Savanna South in Barrington. Because some cutting and lifting brush is involved to make room for native vegetation, participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, insect repellent, pruners or loppers (it’s O.K. if you have to look it up!). Citizens for Conservation also recommend wearing closed-toe shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts.

As a reward for their hard work, kids will receive an educational poster showing native prairie plants, mammals, birds and insects that make a restored woodland and prairie their home. On top of that, there will be marshmallows for roasting on a bonfire and fifty free Sonic Slushies waiting for them after they’ve finished reviving the Barrington creek–Is there any better way to celebrate an accomplishment?

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339. Spice Up Classrooms with the Chili & Music Fest

Support Barrington Schools at the 2011 Chili and Music Fest

There’s a great party happening one week from today where you can sample chili, enjoy live music AND help create cool new programs that benefit all students in Barrington School District 220. It’s the fourth annual Chili & Music Fest, we’re all invited and you will be excited when you hear how this party is helping change the way students and parents in Barrington learn.

Support Barrington Schools at the 2011 Chili and Music Fest

Barrington’s District 220 Educational Foundation organizes the Chili & Music Fest every year to raise money for one of our community’s most important causes…

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221. Go Inside Don Murphy’s Weathervane Workshop

Barrington Metra Station Weathervane

Sometimes the most interesting people happen to be our very own neighbors. They’re great talents who are living quietly among us and, in Don Murphy’s case, producing beautiful works of art privately at home. Don says he’s been called the “Last of the Mohicans”, one of the few people in the world creating custom copper weathervanes from intricate hand-carved designs. You might not recognize Don if you passed him on the street. But if you’ve ever been to Barrington’s Metra Station, you know his work.

Barrington Metra Weathervane

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180. Hold Your Breath for a Bears Win

Bears vs. Packers

There’s only one thing that die-hard NFL fans will be doing in Barrington tonight, and that’s tuning in for the Bears/Packers game at Soldier Field at 7:30.  And if you’re married to a Bears fanatic like I am, you’ll be praying that they win because you know how a big loss can set the tone for the entire week or, let’s face it, the whole season.

Bears vs. Packers

If you feel like getting out of the house for tonight’s game, there are some great football specials being offered at several Barrington hot spots tonight. Here are a few to choose from:

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166. Shape Up with Sherry Hana

Fitness Guru Sherry Hana's Girls Nite Out

When it comes to exercise, one of my biggest challenges is staying motivated. I recently found a fitness expert in Lake Barrington who offers in-home personal training and specializes in helping busy women and moms get their exercise routines back on track. Her name is Sherry Hana, and this week, she’s hosting an evening of fun, healthy food, fitness tips and FREE MASSAGES at her own home.

Fitness Guru Sherry Hana's Girls Nite Out

I recently caught up with Sherry during a fitness session at the home of Marianne Swallie, of one of her clients in Cary. The cool thing is that you don’t need a finished basement or fancy fitness equipment, because Sherry will have all of the tools and expertise you need with her when she knocks on your front door.

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117. Connecting Your Mind and Body

Laura Cappelletti, Studio Owner

 I have a “love/not-too-fond-of” relationship with exercise.  I love the results, but I’m not too fond of what it takes to get there.  But a couple of years ago I discovered this quaint pilates studio called Yin Yang Pilates at 5073 Shoreline Road in Lake Barrington.  I stopped in to catch up with Laura Cappelletti, … Read more…

107. Barrington Golf Classic at LBS Golf Club

2010 Barrington Golf Classic

 The 24th annual Barrington Golf Classic at the Lake Barrington Shores Golf Club is just days away and there’s still time to sign up to either play or win prizes. The 2010 Golf Classic scramble, hosted by the Barrington Chamber of Commerce, is happening next Monday, July 19th. The cost to participate is $175 for … Read more…

102. Free Slurpees for 7-Eleven Day

Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven

 Here’s a great way to chill out today for FREE! It’s July 11th and 7-Eleven stores throughout the U.S. are celebrating the company’s 83rd birthday by giving away slurpees all day in honor of their name and number one icy cold specialty drink. Lake Barrington’s 7-Eleven store is participating in this slurpeelicious occasion. They have four … Read more…

53. Be Inspired by Artist Gail Collier

Shopping with Artist Gail Collier

 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be an artist? Sometimes I do. How do they turn emotions into artwork? Is communicating with creativity more an inherited gift or is it a mastered skill? Where do their ideas and inspirations come from? Yesterday I decided I’d pick up the phone and ask an artist … Read more…

33. Suggest a Story for 365Barrington.com

365 Things to do in Barrington Suggestion Box

 We’ve made it to day #33 of 365 and we’re excited to say that the Chicago Tribune has asked if they could feature this blog every Thursday in the paper and on their website, too. That’s great news becuase it’ll help us get the word out about cool stuff to do, places to go and people … Read more…