Tag: 2011

90. It’s a Christmas TIE at 365Barrington.com!

 Two of our “Scared of Santa” photos were neck-and-neck throughout the day yesterday so it’s fitting that the day, and our contest, ended with a Christmas TIE!

There were many votes cast in our contest this week and both winners received exactly 48.95% of the vote.

The elves at Brilliant Sky Toys in Lake Zurich agreed to split the $100 prize in half. So I have in my hand two $50 gift certificates to purchase toys for two truly traumatized children. Now that’s making up for the laughs we shared at their expense! Read on to see the winning photos……

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88. Kids’ Shopping Day at the Barrington Home Shoppe

 Your favorite little elves have a rare opportunity to get expert holiday gift advice in Barrington this weekend. This special kids’ shopping event has become an annual tradition and it’s happening tomorrow at the Barrington Home Shoppe in the Ice House Mall.

If you bring your kids to the shoppe between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, December 17, helpers will be on hand to make it easy for them to find the perfect gifts for parents. Children will receive 10% off their holiday purchases and enjoy hot chocolate and other treats. They’ll also be able to choose their holiday wrapping for all their purchases! A lot of dads see it as a great way to pick gifts mom will treasure for years to come. And moms often wait in the hall and let their kids make purchases while they’re not watching.…

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86. Men’s Shopping Night at Norton’s U.S.A.

 If your spouse is like mine, he probably hasn’t started his holiday shopping yet. He probably waits until he gets home from work a few days before Christmas and says, “I have to run out and do some quick Christmas shopping. I’ll be back in about an hour.”

So tonight, I’m trying something different. I’m going to gently suggest that he head over to Norton’s U.S.A. for some MAN-tastic holiday shopping tips in Barrington. They’re hosting Men’s Night, staying open late and will be offering men expert gift advice on all-things American-made.…

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

 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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84. Bring a Toy to Win a Visit with Devin Hester TONIGHT

 Chicago Bears wide receiver, Devin Hester, will be visiting with fans in Lake Barrington TONIGHT to help raise funds to support our troops. All 500 tickets for tonight’s event at the Lake Barrington Field House have sold out. But there’s still one way you can get on the guest list.

Funds raised at tonight’s event will help cover the cost of care packages headed overseas to active members of the US Military. They will also be collecting toy donations for the Toys for Tots campaign tonight. And that’s how you can win the “Last Chance” raffle and a ticket to meet Devin Hester while he’s here.…

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83. “A Christmas Carol” 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!
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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82. Santa Welcome, Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities

 This is it!  The Day is here.  When Santa Claus will Reappear.
He’s coming on a fire truck.  And his guest house is all set up.
Our tree will sparkle in the night when St. Nick lights it up so bright.
You’ll want to see and hear, for sure, the town’s best Christmas carolers
And sip hot chocolate inside or climb aboard a carriage ride.
A trolley will be making stops at all the best holiday shops.
So get some Christmas shopping done and come home tired from too much fun!
Click the “Continue Reading” link below for the full list of today’s holiday events throughout Barrington……

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81. Experience “The Nutcracker”, Barrington-Style

 One of my favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit is to sit back and listen to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite while watching the classic holiday story unfold on stage.  You don’t have to leave Barrington this weekend to see local and guest ballet dancers bring the story to life. Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble’s 17th Annual Nutcracker Performances are taking place this weekend, starting with opening night TONIGHT at Barrington High School!
This year’s cast will feature professional guest artists from River North Dance Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, New York, Modern American Dance Company in St. Louis and NoMi LaMaD Dance Inc.  Over 65 Barrington area student dancers, ages 7 to 18, are performing in this year’s ballet. Tickets will be available at the door and there are four scheduled performances to choose from……

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344. "Hot Happenings" in Barrington for March 10-13

 There’s a lot going on in Barrington this weekend so I put together a list of “Hot Happenings” that you might want to check out. The first is a concert at Barrington High School this Friday night featuring the University of Notre Dame Glee Club.

Two Barrington High School graduates, Griffin Dassatti (Class of ’07) and Bill Raseman (Class of ’10) will be among the singers……

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343. It’s A TIE in the Cute Kid & Baby Photo Contest

 There’s something about baby photos that just makes me feel happy. That’s why I was so excited to see the photos submitted in our 365 Barrington “Cute Kid and Baby Photo Contest” which we posted last week on Wednesday. We received a bunch of submissions and we have two winners. One is a little boy, the other a little girl and both live right here in Barrington. The first is a picture of a three-year-old named Adam. We call this picture “Future Heartbreaker”.
Adam’s mom, Margaret, says he’s “A strong-headed, stubborn little boy who is full of energy and can never sit still for more than 5 minutes. But he always melts my heart with the unprompted kisses, snuggles and the “I love you, mom’s.” Thanks for sharing this photo of your sweet and handsome son, Margaret. As one of our winners, you will receive a $50 gift certificate to be used anywhere in the Ice House Mall. The second winner is an adorable baby girl named Carina.…

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