Lake Barrington to Host 2nd Annual Pepper Fest Featuring Live Music & Fall Family Fun

Lake Barrington to Host 2nd Annual Pepper Fest Featuring Live Music & Fall Family Fun

 Looking for some fall family fun this weekend? Don’t miss the Lake Barrington Business Development Council’s 2nd annual Pepper Fest! This free event will be held along Pepper Road from Route 14 to Northpointe Parkway, and throughout the Pepper Road Business Park, from 11 am to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October first. Sponsored by the Lake Barrington Business Development Council and supported by nearly 40 … Read more…

128. Help Restore Flint Creek for Earth Day

128. Help Restore Flint Creek for Earth Day

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

339. Spice Up Classrooms with the Chili & 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

221.  Go Inside Don Murphy’s Weathervane Workshop

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

180.  Hold Your Breath for a Bears Win

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

166.  Shape Up with Sherry Hana

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

117. Connecting Your Mind and Body

 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, the owner of this wonderful little place of peace and … Read more…

107. Barrington Golf Classic at LBS Golf Club

107.  Barrington Golf Classic at LBS Golf Club

 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 one golfer or $650 for a foursome. That includes green … Read more…

102. Free Slurpees for 7-Eleven Day

102.  Free Slurpees for 7-Eleven Day

 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 slurpee flavors today, Fanta Wild Cherry, Coca Cola, Fanta Banana … Read more…

53. Be Inspired by Artist Gail Collier

53.  Be Inspired by 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 who lives right here in Barrington. I was nervous, but … Read more…

33. Suggest a Story for 365Barrington.com

33.  Suggest a Story for 365Barrington.com

 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 to meet in Barrington, Illinois. You’ll find our blog published … Read more…

29. Spring Has Sprung Sprint

29.  Spring Has Sprung Sprint

 You don’t have to join “The Biggest Loser” to get fit.  There’s a great shape-up going down right in The Village of Lake Barrington.  The Village recently formed a “Community Health and Wellness Committee” and hosted their first-ever “Family Fun and Fitness Fair” last Fall. Their second event, the “Spring Has Sprung Sprint”, is coming up this Saturday and there’s still time to sign up. The Spring Sprint is Lake … Read more…

28. Play Some Old School Basketball

28.  Play Some Old School Basketball

 The Lake Barrington Field House is fired up about a new adult basketball league they’re starting for men age 18 and up. The goal is to give guys a way to play with groups their age on Tuesday nights from 7 to 10.  And there is something in it for you ladies, too.  It’s a great way to carve out a little alone time at home while your man … Read more…

17. Check out the "Home Show"

17.  Check out the "Home Show"

 Does your house need a little sprucing up this Spring? Want to get some great ideas to remodel, repair and improve your property? The Lake Barrington Field House is hosting a huge and free Home Show this weekend and there will be hundreds of exibits to check out. There will be experts on hand to answer all of your home-improvement related questions. Windows, siding, roofing, … Read more…

10. Try Some Serious Sushi

10.  Try Some Serious Sushi

 Because I’ve have had two babies in the past three years, I’ve become a bit of a stranger to sushi. You’re not supposed to eat sushi when you’re expecting and it was tough to forgo one of my favorite types of food.  So I was really excited to check out Naomi Sushi Express in Barrington. It’s the little carry-out sushi place right by the Barrington Jewel. I … Read more…