Category: For Families

76. Books & Beyond: Take a Sentimental Journey in Genealogy

 My father passed away about a year and a half ago. Losing a parent really leaves an emptiness in part of your heart, and it also diminishes your family’s collective memory. How long will I hold onto the stories he shared with me about growing up on Chicago’s northwest side, the traditions of his Polish upbringing, and family members I never had the opportunity to meet?
How complete is your family tree? Are you in a situation where you know little or nothing about the ancestors who came before you? Is there a long-held family secret or mystery you’d really love to solve while there is time?
The Barrington Area Library has some serious researchers on our staff, and they would be delighted to help you dig into your family’s history. We’re offering a new adventure this spring called Journeys in Genealogy. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to get some expert help with your genealogy – and be a little bit of a media superstar, too…(there’s more to this than research, let’s just say!)
What we’d like to do is capture the process of you leaping over your family history roadblocks – on camera. We’re big fans of programs like Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers, which reveal just how much fun it can be to explore the past. We can’t appraise your antiques or clean out your storage shed, but we can possibly shed light on your ancestry and create some real “aha!” moments……

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210. Carnival Happens! 27th Annual Grove School Carnival Opens Friday

 The 27th annual Grove Avenue Elementary School Carnival opens in Barrington this Friday and, if you have kids, this is one summer event you DO NOT want to MISS!  Volunteers with the school’s PTO have planned a great event to benefit school programs and the theme this year is CARNIVAL HAPPENS :)!
For the first time, they’ll have a photo booth at this year’s event and all of your favorite carnival activities will be back!
They’ll have face painting, games and rides like the Motorbikes and Dragon Train for little ones.
Plus the popular big kid rides will be back like the Yo Yo Swings, the Tilt-a-Whirl and the Super Shot.
In addition to the rides, there will be games, prizes, live music, dance performances and great carnival food including Noodles & Co. mac ‘n cheese, pizza, chicken breasts, salad w/dressings, Starbucks coffee, funnel cake, cotton candy and much more!
All are invited to Carnival Happens at the Grove School campus (908 S. Grove in Barrington).  Here are the dates, times and a look at the schedule of events……

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128. Bike Barrington Sets Community Cycling Movement in Motion

 Despite cloudy skies and the threat of rain, event organizers say the inaugural Bike Barrington family bike ride was a great success this Saturday. The community ride was free and open to the public as part a series of new initiatives aimed at making Barrington an even more friendly place for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The Village of Barrington partnered with the Barrington Junior Women’s Club and the Bike & Pedestrian Advisory Committee to host the event, which included activities to promote bike safety plus a 2-mile bike ride starting at Barrington’s Village Hall.
Nurses from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital were there giving away 300 bike helmets and helping make sure they were fitted properly for each cyclist.
Village Cycle Sport offered free bike checks and prizes.
And Heinen’s Fine Foods manager, Neal Farren and Wellness Expert, Kadi Shipley were on hand, helping riders fuel up with healthy snacks, Bananas and water.
About 120 people registered to take part in the activities and Barrington’s Police Department led about 60 bikers, of all ages, on the ride down Station Street and Dundee Avenue to promote proper riding techniques in a street setting.
Village of Barrington Economic & Community Development Planner, Kevin Kramer, played a big role in organizing Bike Barrington and says hosting more bike-themed events is just a small piece of the community’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan, an initiative adopted by the Village of Barrington last October. The Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee helped draft that plan with a focus on finding ways to improve safety and ease of access for people who enjoy walking and biking in Barrington.
The committee advising the Village is looking at a combination of ways to promote pedestrian and bike safety in Barrington, including improvements to intersections for pedestrians and cyclists, added signage, more crosswalks and striping for more bike lanes on streets in the Village.
They will also be putting larger-scale, longer-term plans into place, some of which will will require inter-governmental funding.
The Village recently secured an $800,000 federal grant through an Illinois Department of Tranasportation enhancement program, for example, to add a path for bikes & pedestrians on Main Street and and Hart Road outside Barrington High School. Kevin says they won’t break ground until the project makes it through engineering and construction phases, but it’s just one example of the improvements we can expect through this new local initiative with a renewed focus on cycling.
“I think there’s a lot of momentum right now for bikes. And, especially with gas prices a little bit higher, we want to give more people in Barrington who want to come downtown for events, the opportunity to safely ride down to Cruise Nights or the Farmers Market, for example, without having to drive, park and walk.”
“The goal is to make Barrington more bike friendly and to connect Barrington not only to itself so that a resident from the north side of town can get down to Beese Park on their bike, but also to connect Barrington to other towns so that residents here can safely bike down to communities like Schaumburg or even Chicago, for example.”
Barrington currently has one mile of bike lane, eight-tenths of a mile of shared use path, and many miles of recommended streets for bike riding.
Outside of the village, there are more than 17 miles of off-street paths within the park district and forest preserve immediately adjacent to Barrington.  That includes 13 miles in the Deer Grove Forest Preserve, 4 miles in Cuba Marsh and another mile-and-a-half in and around Citizens Park. And they’re all mapped out on Barrington’s Bikeways map……

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154. Discover “Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift”

 For the first time since publishing her children’s book, Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift 15 years ago, Tower Lakes author, Sheila Glazov, will have the honor of watching a musical rendition of the story brought to life on stage this Sunday night.  Performers with Lake Zurich’s Trilogy School of Performing Arts have prepared a special interpretation of the book, which is a “family fairy tale” about a young princess created to help children of all ages build self esteem.

The musical version of Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift was adapted shortly after Sheila published the book’s second edition to include paragraphs about bullying in schools.  She wrote the story as a “fairy tale version” of her popular adult book examining behavior and relationships called, What Color is Your Brain?  A Fun and Fascinating Approach to Understanding Yourself and Others.…

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149. Go the Distance with Mom this Mother’s Day

 Flowers, shmowers! Instead of giving your mom that ‘same old’ spring bouquet this Mother’s Day, why not give her a pair of running shoes and a spot in this weekend’s Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk ;). It’s happening Sunday morning on the streets of Barrington and it’s a fun experience you can share while helping a non-profit raise $8,000 for cancer research.

The Gateway for Cancer Research’s 3rd annual Mother’s Day 5k Run/Walk is expected to be even bigger than last year’s event.  Gateway donates 99 cents of every dollar raised towards research for cancer cures, and they’re focusing Barrington’s May 13th event on raising funds specifically for breast cancer research.
The event will begin and end at 200 Spring Street in Barrington……

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