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The Cafe N Play play area and coffee shop
From the community

Cafe N Play, a kid-friendly coffee shop is opening on April 16, 2012 in Naperville

On Monday, April 16, 2012, Cafe N Play ( is scheduled to open its doors on 1767 West Ogden Avenue in Naperville, Illinois. Cafe N … Read more ›

The Chicago Lighthouse Vision Rehabilitation Center in Glenview, 222 Waukegan Road. (Jeff Danna, Tribune reporter)

Chicago mainstay for visually impaired shines light on suburbs

A century-old Chicago institution for people with visual impairments has made Glenview its second home. The Chicago Lighthouse officially opened the doors of its first … Read more ›

From the community

Girl Scouts Invites Baby Girls Born on March 12, 2012 to Join “Troop 2012”

To commemorate its 100th anniversary, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is offering all baby girls who were born on March 12, … Read more ›

IP Summer Performing Arts Camp, Grease Cast
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Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camps are Open for Registration!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camps are Open for Registration!The perfect combination of learning and summer camp fun! * Acting, Musical Theater, Improv … Read more ›

My James, an honorary citizen of Free Time
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The Plate Spinner Chronicles – A Foreigner to Free Time

As this week dawned, my family calendar was awash in white space. No scout meetings, no team practices, no work hours for my husband or … Read more ›

Photo by Robert Nilson
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Bobblehead Dad: When a Child Dies

(Join me, please, in remembering and honoring the life of this child. He was taken from his family at far too young an age.) A … Read more ›

From the Author's Personal Photo Library
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Bobblehead Dad: A Mom's Lasting Lesson

Take a close look at this picture. That smiling, beautiful woman is my mom. 49-years old. Fooling around as she often did. This time on … Read more ›

Photo submitted by Round Lake Area Park District.

Guide to Easter events, bunny visits

Parents and kids, get our your Easter baskets and cameras. Here come the annual Easter egg hunts and bunny visits. The following is a list … Read more ›

Photo courtesy of Kids Who Love to cook
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Bobblehead Dad: Kids Who Love to Cook

I'm a closet cooking show fan. I'm also an old softy for kids. So when I recently found out about a webisode cooking show starring … Read more ›

My Mom holding me up. Now it's my turn to help her.
From the community

The Plate Spinner Chronicles – Circle of Life

The late arrival of the flu season this year brought with it a reminder that life has a funny way of coming full circle – … Read more ›