41. Vote for Your Favorite 2013 Snow Day Photo

Post - Snow Day Photo Contest

 Last week’s snow day inspired a new photo contest here at 365Barrington.com and we received some wonderful wintery images by the end of the day on Tuesday which answer the featured question of this contest: What does a snow day look like to you? Here’s one of the images that answers that question for me.  … Read more…

13. Barrington EATS: Heinen’s Fine Foods for Better Health

Heinen's Wellness Consultant, Kady Shipley - Photographed by Julie Linnekin

With the season of New Year’s resolutions in full swing, Heinen’s Fine Foods in Barrington is making it easier for us to stay on target and reach our health and wellness goals in 2013. In fact, they have a whole department in the store dedicated to subject, their Wellness Resource Center, and we decided there’s no better time than now to get to know the center’s resident wellness expert, Kadi Shipley.

Heinen's Wellness Consultant, Kadi Shipley - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Heinen’s Wellness Consultant, Kadi Shipley – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

With a degree in dietetics from the University of Akron, Kadi is in charge of answering questions about the thousands of products Heinen’s carries to help us improve our diets for better health.  “The research is there for why eating healthy is important, but what people need to embrace individually is how good eating-well makes you feel. If people experience stress, fatigue or discomfort with their bodies, I want them to understand there are ways to eat that can solve these problems.”

When it comes to the latest health foods, drinks, vitamins and supplements available today, Kadi’s tried and tested hundreds of products.  So we asked her to share a short list of things to know and products to help improve our daily diets.  She boiled it down to eight great recommendations…

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362. Step Outside for the Winter Wonders Scavenger Hike

A Winter Walk in Barrington, Photographed by Barrington-Area Artist, Janet Mamon

 There’s something uplifting about how brightly the sun shines on clear days in January. The air is cold and crisp, but longer days begin their return and December’s gray skies start to fade as we hunker down and wait for spring. To breathe in some of this January air while working up some new energy … Read more…

346. Best of Barrington Survey Results: Sweet Treats

BOB - Sweet Treats

Now that we’ve revealed all of the results in our Best Eats category of the 2012 Best of Barrington Survey here at 365Barrington.com, it’s time to sweeten things up a bit.  For these next survey results we’re taking a look at Sweet Treats, for those of you who want a little sugar in your bowl.

BOB - Sweet Treats

Our readers have recommended their favorite places to satisfy your sweet tooth and here are the sweet spots that came out on top…

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115. 3rd Annual Ice House Mall Antique & Garden Show

Ice House Mall Antique and Garden Show Sale

This prematurely-warm March weather may have you taking a closer look at your winter-crippled garden earlier than normal this year.  So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Ice House Mall’s third annual Antique and Garden show sale which starts today in Barrington.

You’ll find plenty of ideas, inspirations and items to help you revive your indoor and outdoor décor at this year’s show. Presented by Barrington antique dealer and merchant, Tivoli Garden Antiques, the FREE event runs through this Saturday, March 17th, and features a variety of vintage home and garden furniture, jewelry, clothing and accessories for sale.  Ice House Mall Marketing Director, Maria Straussner says, “It’s a nice event for the community to come do something different…

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99. Give it Up for “Melty the Snowman”

Post - Snowman Contest Winner

Well it turns out our recent snowstorm didn’t produce the best kind of snow for making snowmen. They couldn’t create the fleet of Frosties I’d envisioned during St. Matthew’s Snowman Building Day last weekend. But we still managed to find a winner for our 365 Barrington Snowman Contest. I just CAN NOT allow the Sweet Spot candy prize to go uneaten! Plus, I have this little policy of finishing what I start. So I set out to find our 365 Barrington Snowman Contest winner and I didn’t have to go far.

But I did feel like a big dork when my neighbor caught me taking a picture of the week-old, half-melted snowman in their front lawn. She says he looked a lot cuter last week.  She’s the same neighbor who recently watched me back out of the driveway, crash into our babysitter’s car and then drive away to get my daughter to preschool on time. So I think this one deserves a drumroll….

And the winner of the 365 Barrington Snowman Contest is…

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95. ‘Express Yourself’ at Photo Exhibit’s Opening Night

"Express Yourself" Photo Contest, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

What would you picture if you were asked to photograph something that makes you laugh, cry, something you love, something beautiful or something you can’t live without?  Your images would undoubtedly speak volumes about your values, your personality and the people who matter to you most. Barrington portrait photographer, Thomas Balsamo, recently posed that challenge to 28 area special needs children in a contest called Express Yourself. With the help of special needs advocacy group, Barrington Area Special Voices, this project is the latest way Thomas has used his lens to both enlighten and empower.

"Express Yourself" Photo Contest, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

For the Express Yourself Photo Contest, Thomas armed contestants with cameras, confidence and a few tricks of his trade.  He paired them with local photography experts, encouraged them to explore and inspired them to share their feelings creatively.

Express Yourself Artists in Action, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

He rewarded their work with prizes and praise.  The project became the focus of his latest book and a brand new photography exhibit debuting in Barrington this week.  And now here’s where we come in…

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85. “C” is for Cookie at Community Church of Barrington

Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk 2011

Bakers throughout Barrington have been busy all week preparing for tomorrow morning’s 38th Annual Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk. If you want to see what “selling like hot cakes” looks like, don’t be late. Last year, they sold out of cookies in just over an hour.  So be sure to show up early because goodies found at the Cookie Walk make THE BEST “homemade” holiday gifts for neighbors.  They look just like you baked them yourself.  But …. shhh … don’t tell anyone I’ve let you in on this sneaky cookie tip.  I wouldn’t want my own neighbors to know my little holiday secret ;).

Here’s how it works, for $10, you can buy a “one pound” box and fill it with your own hand-picked assortment of cookies in all shapes, sizes and colors…

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83. “A Christmas Carol” at Prairie Middle School

Eighth Grader, Scott Jonske, as Scrooge at Prairie Middle School

He’s cold.  He’s cranky.  And he’s coming soon to a theater near you! Ebeneezer Scrooge and the cast of A Christmas Carol will take the stage at Prairie Middle School this weekend and I hear eighth grader, Scott Jonske, plays one mean miser!

Eighth Grader, Scott Jonske, as Scrooge at Prairie Middle School

Because we could all use a close encounter with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come from time to time, the students at Prairie Middle School have been working hard to prepare for this weekend’s performances.  They’ve practiced their lines, fine-tuned their adaptation and hope we’ll come out to see the shows this Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  After all, it’s just not Christmastime until you hear at least one “Bah Humbug!”

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74. 8th Annual Barrington Taste Fest and Expo

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Once a year in Barrington, the finest local chefs all come together in one place to serve up a special menu of featured dishes for diners to sample. It’s called the Barrington Taste Fest & Expo, it’s happening Thursday night, October 27th, at the Millrose Restaurant in South Barrington and tickets are selling fast, but still available.

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

The event is organized by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce as a way to help the community get acquainted with some of the latest offerings made by local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, breweries and wine representatives.

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

But it’s not just about the food. While you sip and sample, you’ll also be able to mingle with exhibitors representing Barrington businesses in a wide range of categories, including medical professionals, retailers, financial and real estate advisors.  They’ll be sharing the space to feature their products and services while raffling great prizes. And the Chamber puts a fun spin on the event by giving you a passport when you walk through the door…

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