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297. Marketplace: Fitness for All Ages at CrossFit Barrington

 If a renewed focus on fitness will make your list of new years resolutions for 2013, there’s one guy in Barrington who you should meet.  His name is Brian Niven, he’s one of the owners and a head coach at CrossFit Barrington and he’s the kind of guy you go to when you’re ready to commit to shaping up.
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program used by many professional athletes, police academies, tactical and military operations teams.  Brian is a Barrington High School graduate who returned to Barrington to start a family after college, grad school and serving as an active duty infantry officer with the U.S Army’s 10th Mountain Division. He was deployed to Iraq for 6 months in 2004 and also served in Afghanistan in 2006 & 2007 before retiring from active duty later that year.
“The military gives you a structured way of life.  You’re developing soldiers to survive, to work as a team, to focus on a specific mission, accomplish tasks and get things done.  From a CrossFit standpoint, I’m developing my clients to live a better life through fitness and healthy eating and thinking about their general fitness throughout life.”
We’ll share a few thoughts from members who rave about CrossFit in just a minute, but first, we’re happy to welcome CrossFit Barrington as the newest member to join the Barrington Online Marketplace here at 365Barrington.com.  If you’re new to this website, here’s how the Marketplace works.
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At the beginning of each workweek, we introduce you to the latest local businesses, professionals & organizations to join our Barrington Online Marketplace by featuring them here at 365Barrington.com and via our weekly email newsletter. If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events in Barrington, just enter your email here and click “Submit”.
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You’ll find the new community resource at 365Barrington.com/Marketplace. To have your business, organization, home or event featured, visit 365Barrington.com/Advertise for more information or call Liz at 847-691-3150.
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Now back to CrossFit and the gym’s beginnings here in Barrington.  Brian Niven first started training people with CrossFit methods in a gym he built in his home garage.  The business grew and he and his friend, Chris Bluse, opened the area’s only CrossFit training facility at 28066 Commercial Avenue in Lake Barrington in September of 2011.
Brian says their brand of CrossFit is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels……

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145. KIDS CLUB: Brand New Barrington Area “Kids Fest”

 There’s a new event happening in Barrington tomorrow that’s all about encouraging kids to get outside, explore nature and have a blast while breathing fresh air.  Three local organizations are coming together to host the first ever Barrington Kids Fest at Citizens Park and they have a long list of exciting outdoor activities planned for the day.

This is the first year that the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, the Barrington Park District and the Leave No Child Inside initiative of the Greater Barrington and Lake Zurich areas are joining forces to create a unique Barrington Area Kids Fest.  They’ve decided to combine the 11th annual Community Kite Fly and the 2nd annual Family Nature Fest to form one all-encompassing outdoorsy festival and it’s totally FREE and open to all kids and families in the community.
A ton of local groups, organizations and businesses are supporting the event to provide families with action-packed recreational and educational activities designed to get everyone moving and active.  In addition to your kites, be sure to bring your bikes this year. One of the tomorrow’s highlights will be a family bike adventure through Cuba Marsh led by Barrington cyclist, Bob Lee……

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113. Visit Barrington’s Sunday Open Houses, March 11

 If you’re up for checking out the Barrington homes for sale with scheduled open houses this Sunday, March 11th, I put together a list to make it easy for you. And if you’re not in the market for a new home, hopefully these weekly open house lists here at 365Barrington.com will help you get a feel for what’s for sale and where!

There are sixteen open houses scheduled in Barrington for Sunday, March 11.  The open house times for each address vary, so the first list includes the properties based on the hours they’re open. Then, we have the good stuff, a full list of open houses with photos and links.  If you click on the blue property addresseses, that’ll take you to the even more listing details and dozens more photos for each home……

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111. Win a $500 Spree at the Barrington Community Expo

 I’ve never won a “spree” before, but I hope to this weekend.  That’s right, a $500 local shopping spree is UP FOR GRABS at one of the hottest events happening in Barrington on Saturday, March 10.  Oh, and Elmo’s going to be there, too.  Does it get more exciting than that?  Out of the way, neighbors!  I’m coming to hang with Elmo and win my spree at the Barrington Community Expo!!!

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Barrington Community Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. TOMORROW, March 10th, at the Langendorf Center at the Barrington Park District.  There will be great activities for kids going on so you can focus on checking out dozens of the Barrington area’s most successful businesses, win prizes and get free health screenings to assess your blood pressure, posture, muscle tone and stress levels.  There’s nothing a $500 shopping spree can’t cure!…

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110. Growing Cents of Style Children’s Consigment Sale

 The scent of spring was in the air this week and, for the first time in months, the weather’s starting to feel a little more welcoming. Daylight savings is this Sunday, the sun is shining a little bit brighter and the temperature is starting to rise.  It occurred to me this week that now’s the time to start getting my kids’ warm weather wardrobe together. At 3 years, 2 years and 7-months-old, my kids need new sizes every season so there’s no way I’m missing the Growing Cents of Style consignment sale that’s going on this weekend, March 10th and 11th, in Barrington!

A Barrington mom named Jenny Welsh has been organizing two seasonal Growing Cents of Style consignment sales a year since the fall of 2006 and the event grows by leaps and bounds each year. “The event has grown from 43 consignors at our first sale to over 300 at our upcoming sale. I have consignors from all over the Chicago area and Wisconsin. We will have over 20,000 items for sale this weekend and will see over 1,000 shoppers this sale…”…

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98. Snowman Building Day & Contest for Candy Prize

 They had to cancel the event due to a lack of snow last year, but thanks to our well-timed snowfall today, the St. Matthew Church Barrington Family Snowman Building Day IS ON for tomorrow and we’re all invited!!! So get your gear ready before bed tonight and have some sweet snowman dreams for a major community event that has inspired a new contest and tasty prize here at 365Barrington.com.

St. Matthew Church has a huge snowy field ready and waiting for Frostys of all shapes and sizes to to pop up tomorrow.  So the timing is perfect for our first ever 365 Barrington Snowman Photo Contest.   Whether you build a snowman at St. Matthew’s or find one chillin’ in your own yard or neighborhood, snap and submit a photo and you could win a delicious prize from one of the sweetest spots in Barrington!…

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97. Get Lucky with ‘Year of the Dragon’ Menu at Pl8

 A popular Barrington restaurant is making it easy to welcome the Chinese New Year this weekend and my mouth is watering just thinking about the festive menu and fun specials they’ve lined up.   The Chinese New Year officially starts on Monday, January 23rd, but they’ll be celebrating all weekend long at Pl8 Simply Asian with food and wine tastings, lucky surprises and symbolic menu specials to mark the Year of the Dragon.

They have a lot to celebrate at Pl8 Simply Asian in the new year. The restaurant is about to mark its first anniversary since they opened for business in Barrington. In the past year, Pl8 has built a great reputation for creating a whole new trend in Asian cuisine with an imaginative menu of classic Chinese dishes plus Japanese kitchen creations and sushi. Are you hungry yet? If not, read on for details about the special holiday menu that they’re serving as we speak……

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96. ‘Dance for a Difference’ with Bataille Academie Concert

 Performers from Barrington’s Bataille Academie of the Danse are presenting a special concert called Dance for a Difference this Saturday to raise awareness and funds for five causes that touch many lives here in Barrington.
Tomorrow’s performance is part of Bataille Academie’s Integrity Dance Project, a concert level dance opportunity where students learn from professional choreographers, perform in community venues  and give back to the community in important ways……

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

 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.
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.
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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