Category: For Fun

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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254. KIDS CLUB: Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest

 It’s the first week of the month and that means it’s time for another KIDS CLUB challenge.  We also have five winners to announce from last month’s “What if You Were President?” contest, which we’ll get to in just a minute.  But first, let’s talk about this month’s contest.   This is one you can do with your whole family!  It’s a Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest and it’s a great way to show off your Jack-o-Lantern creations.

Here’s how it works.  After you carve your pumpkins this month, just take a picture once it’s all lit up and upload it in the form you’ll find below.  We’ll share your photos and announce the winners when we debut our next KIDS CLUB contest in the first week of November.  The winners will receive a gift certificate to purchase toys at Learning Express in Lake Zurich.
Which reminds me that we still have to announce our winners from last month’s “What if You Were President…” contest.  We have FIVE WINNERS for this one who all submitted great answers to this question:
If you were the President of the United States of America, what would you do to make our country a better place?
We were so excited to read our entries to this one!  Each of our five winners will receive a $20 gift certificate to make purchases at Learning Express Toys in Lake Zurich.  Here’s what our young winners say they’d do if they were President……

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230. KIDS CLUB CONTEST: What if You Were President?

 It’s the first day of the month and that means it’s time for another KIDS CLUB contest here at 365Barrington.com. Learning Express Toys is again offering prizes for our winners and, with toys on the line and politics on the mind, the stakes are high for this one! We have winners to announce today from last month’s Classroom Riddle Challenge.  And, this month, our contest has a presidential theme.  All kids or “kids at heart” are welcome to enter, but you must be a youngin to win ;).

With the 2012 presidential election coming up in November, we’re asking the kids out there this one question:
If you were the President of the United States of America, what would you do to make our country a better place?
Entering this month’s contest is easy….…

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218. KIDS CLUB: Take the Classroom Riddle Challenge

 It’s time for your little ones to have some fun here at 365Barrington.com with a brand new Kids Club Contest.  Plus, we have two winners to announce from last month’s Blue House Mystery contest.  This month we have a “Back to School” theme.  We’re calling it the Classroom Riddle Challenge and the best part is that Learning Express Toys is again offering prizes for our winners!

We have five classroom-related riddles in this quiz. And each kid who submits any correct answers will be entered into our drawing.
But first, let’s reveal our winners who correctly solved last month’s Blue House Mystery. Here was the riddle:
There is a one story house and everything is blue.
The lamp is blue, the floor is blue.
The walls are blue and
the roof is blue.
What color are the stairs?
And the two winners who correctly guessed the answer and will each win $50 gift cards to spend at Learning Express Toys are……

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173. Welcome the New Season with the Summer Wine Walk

 We have a libation theme going this weekend with a number of beverage-centered specials and events taking place in Barrington.  With the first day of summer only five days away, merchants downtown are getting a jump start on the season by hosting the first ever Summer Wine Walk, a compliment to the well-attended Winter Wine Walk they hosted in March.

The FREE event will be hosted by participating businesses surrounding Cook and Station Streets from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th.  Each merchant will have a wine map for you to grab so you can see what’s available for sipping before you move on to your next destination. Participating merchants will be offering a total of 14 wines to sample along with appetizers from Cooper’s Pizza.  And to add a little summer sizzle, Park Avenue Restaurant will feature live music with Brian Saltzman from 3 to 6 p.m.
More merchants have joined the downtown wine walk for tomorrow’s event.  Here’s a look at who’s participating and what you will enjoy as you power your way through the town……

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152. Eat, Drink and be Booky with Hip New Social Club

 There’s a new book club in town that’s a little more social than serious—which is perfect if you’re a reader who likes to enjoy a cocktail or two over discussions of plot and symbolism. “LIT” is the name of the Barrington Area Library’s brand new social book club for adults designed to let you have just that kind of light-hearted experience. And with a motto like “Eat, drink and be booky,” you’ll get exactly what you sign up for!

LIT is an out-on-the-town kind of club that will be hosted at a variety of local restaurants instead of at the library. The first one will be held at Park Avenue Restaurant &Wine Bar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. next Monday, May 21……

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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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