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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 24 – 26, 2014

Make sure you get plenty of rest this week because the weekend is jammed pack with Halloween haunts for kids and adults, plus a whole lot more. We’ve expanded this week’s list to include as many events as you could handle!

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Boo Bash
Oct. 24, 6 pm – 7:30
Northfield Community Center, 401 Wagner, Road, Northfield
This favorite Halloween event returns for the younger set. Children 3-8 will enjoy free carnival games, balloon artists, craft, treat bags and cookie decorating. There will also be a special train ride around Willow Park. For more information, click here.

Halloween Happening
Oct. 24, 6-9 pm
Community Recreation Center, 1200 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
Filled with chills and thrills, this family-friendly event features carnival games, magician, fortune teller, moonwalk, arts and crafts, face painting, mad scientist’s lab and pony rides. Don’t miss the Theater of Terror and the Traveling World of Reptiles! Pizza dinner is included, along with a goodie bag and a visit to the Pumpkin Patch. Wristbands will be issued and will be required to participate in all activities. $15 resident/$20 non-resident. Sign up early here.

Pumpkins on the Beach
Oct. 24, 5-7:30 pm
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Road, Winnetka
The beach will be transformed into a pumpkin patch for family fun. There will be pumpkin decorating, carnival games, and lots of excitement. The Costume Contest will start around 5:30 pm ending at 6:10 pm. $5 residents; $10 non-residents. For more info. and to register in order to guarantee a pumpkin, click here.

Fairy Tale Trail 
Oct. 24, 4- 8 pm, Oct. 25, 10 am – 2 pm
Women’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Mermaids, wizards, safari guides and princesses welcome kids to the Women’s Club of Evanston, which will be transformed into a maze of eight rooms – each showcasing a different children’s story or theme. Each fully accessible, fantasy-filled room will feature multi-sensory activities and costumed volunteers who will engage and enchant children with and without special needs. The Trail provides a safe, non-frightening, fun Halloween experience for children of all ages and abilities and is open to all children in the North Shore and Chicagoland, with a special focus on those who are physically, cognitively, or economically challenged. For more info, including a special VIP meet & greet, click here.

Halloween Hoopla & Haunted House
Oct. 24, 7-9 pm & Oct. 25, 3-6 pm
Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield
Two days filled with non-stop activities including a haunted house, inflatable games, bonfire fire, face painting, movie and so much more. Fee for haunted house. For a full schedule of events, including “lights on” haunted house, click here.

Haunted Trail of Terror
Oct. 25, 6:30-9 pm
Lloyd Beach, 799 Sheridan Road, Winnetka
This event is not for the faint at heart. Daring souls that choose to make it down the beach will visit the graveyard of the spirits, walk along the Haunted Trail of Terror, enter the Haunted Boathouse (at your own risk), and experience hair-raising thrills. Recommended for ages 12+. $5 per person.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Community Day
Oct. 25, 10 am – 5 pm
Mitchell Museum, 3001 Central Street, Evanston
Free activities include kid’s crafts (dream catcher), food and light refreshments. The American Indian Center will present an Urban Pow Wow history and dance program (for an additional fee) beginning at 2:30. Click here for more info.

TEDx Talk
Oct. 25, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
New Trier High School, McGee Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka
TED is a global set of conferences with the guiding principle of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience in an intimate setting. Topics will include entrepreneurship, development of the teen brain, education policies and more. Current and former New Trier students will speak along with noted field exerts. For a list of speakers and topics and to purchase tickets, click here.

Croctoberfest
Oct. 26, 10 am – 12 pm
Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest
Celebrate the world of crocodilians with at the Wildlife Discovery Center. This is an event you won’t forget! Activities include: short talks about crocodiles and their kin, face painting, storytelling and other events for children. And don’t miss a special visit from world famous Bubba, an American alligator (10 -12 pm only). $5 donation per participant.  For more info., click here.

Lake Bluff Ghost Walk
Oct. 25-26, 5 – 8 pm
Lake Bluff History Museum, 127 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff
The Ghost Walk resurrects true stories from Lake Bluff’s past and retells them “with a twist” to build interest in local history. Tour groups leave every 15 minutes and are led by Men in Black – agents whose expertise is dealing with UFO witnesses and extraterrestrials. Tickets: $25 adult, 8th grade & under: $10. May not be appropriate for young children. Advance purchase recommended. For more info., click here.

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Affordable 4 Bedroom Home For Sale In Wilmette

339 Lamon Ave., Wilmette

339 Lamon Avenue, Wilmette , IL 60091

This adorable and affordable 4-bedroom split level home at 339 Lamon Avenue in Wilmette is coming on the market tomorrow. It’s on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Romona School District and convenient to shopping, the expressway and the Wilmette Community Rec Center.

On the main level is a living room, dining room and updated kitchen. Upstairs are three bedrooms and an updated bath. On the lower level is a wonderful family room along with a fourth bedroom, a full bath and laundry room.

Out back is a large and private yard, patio and an oversized two-car garage with workshop.

The home is offered at $459,000. If you are looking to get into District 39 schools and/or New Trier, this might be a great option for you.

If you would like to schedule a private showing give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d be happy to show it to you. Or come to our open house on Sunday, October 26 from 2:00-4:00 pm.

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You can get more information about 339 Lamon Avenue and see more photos here. You can search all the homes for sale in Wilmette here.

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Best Yoga & Pilates Studios on the North Shore

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The relationship with a yoga or Pilates instructor is very personal and can make all of the difference in how effective your results will be. We hope this list simplifies the task of finding a great studio that fits your own needs so you can focus more time on your health and well-being. Namaste.

Dharma Yoga
1321 Emerson Street, Evanston, 847-418-6464

Truly a yogi lover’s dream. The studio’s devotion to the practice is apparent as soon as you walk in the door. They are committed to creating a welcoming, intimate and spiritual environment while promoting a strong sense of community. The staff, led by owner Luna, is extremely knowledgeable and nurturing and offers clear and informative guidance. All classes are drop-ins. The studio also offers workshops, retreats, birthing classes and wellness services.

Yogaview
1231 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, 847-919-0533

Yogaview is a physically pleasing and spiritually safe environment where people can explore this ancient practice under the guidance of the very best yoga instructors within a supportive and knowledgeable community. Over 50 classes offered weekly; students can learn a wide variety of breathing, relaxation and body techniques. The studio also hosts a plethora of workshops. Acupuncture and childcare services available on-site as well.

Northshore Yoga
2523 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, 847-607-8581
310 Happ Rd, Ste 216, Northfield, 847-784-8844
1407 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, 847-784-8844

Northshore Yoga is dedicated to helping each individual reach their fullest potential both physically and mentally. With three locations on the Shore, students can choose from a wide variety of classes, including Ashtanga and pre-natal, and class times. The Northfield location has the largest class offering. The studios also offer meditation and integrated healing services and a growing number of classes and workshops for kids and teenagers.

Bikram Yoga Northshore
1926 Waukegan Rd., Ste 1, Glenview, 847-998-6030

If Bikram yoga is your thing (and we know it’s not for everyone), than this is your studio. Beyond, the clean, spacious and modern facilities, this studio gets rave reviews for its instructors’ attention to detail and accuracy. For those not familiar, Bikram yoga is a very disciplined and structured form of yoga performed in a room set to 105 degrees. It is specifically designed as a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, which, completed in sequence, works every muscle, joint, ligament and tendon of the body.

Body Evolve Pilates & Physical Therapy
1770 1st St, Suite #205, Highland Park, 847-926-8490
2101 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, 847-926-8490

One of the first Pilates studios in the Chicagoland area, the studio offers private and pairs sessions along with evening group reformer classes at its Highland Park location. Combined with their licensed physical therapy services, the studio has helped a vast array of clients optimize athletic performance, rehabilitate from injury and achieve more balanced and conditioned bodies. The owners, Arlene Bass and Sharon Gawin, hold their instructors to high standards as they are at the forefront of continuing education and are sought after speakers at national industry events. The studio also serves as the Illinois Host Site for Balanced Body education and training.

Body Fusion Pilates
2847 Dundee Road, Northbrook, 847-858-2722

Although the studio itself is brand new, owner Lauren Fonseca has been training clients for more than 12 years. A former dancer at The Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Lauren truly understands the benefits of Pilates training and has studied under the best in the business. Lauren is also certified in The Gyrotonic Method. The studio offers private, semi-private and 3 on 1 sessions.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Best Dog Groomers on the North Shore

We’re pleased to introduce a new feature to North Shore Views. Each week or so, we will provide a round up of the area’s “Bests”.  If there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment. Enjoy!

Best Dog Groomers on the North Shore

Finding a groomer for a beloved pet, can be just as tricky, if not more so than finding your own hair stylist. Luckily, there are some great options throughout the North Shore.

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Wags on Willow
840 Willow Rd, Northfield/Glenview, 847-272-2918
Although highly recommended for their grooming skills, Wags on Willow is also an upscale pet boutique that offers the very best in food, fashion, and fun toys for your furry friends. The perfect place to spoil your fur baby rotten! Groomer Myong Lee has 14 years of experience with all breeds.

Love Fur Dogs
69 Greenbay Road, Glencoe, 847-LUV-DOGS
A new comer to the North Shore but already a local favorite. Love Fur Dogs is run by an award winning groomer and the area’s only Certified Master Groomer. Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins and her staff offer complete grooming services as well as day care, pet taxi services (for you appointments as well as other destinations), high quality pet supplies and their very own grooming training academy on-site.

Spa for Dogs
819 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, 847-272-8901 or 847-334-6024
Offers the best in organic, all-natural and cageless spa treatments for your pup. Choose from a selection of pre-determined spa packages or a la carte services. Pick up and drop off as well as additional services for senior and special needs dogs available too. Features an on-site boutique as well as dog training, dog walking and pet sitting services too.

Paw Xperts
3232 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park, 847-433-6770
Comprised of a team of caring and experienced groomers. Lee, Sally and Angie have all received rave reviews. Nice, large facility so not too noisy and not too cramped.

Krisers
1640 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, 224-206-7073
Apparently not all Krisers are created the same. Many from the city are loyal to the brand, so if you’d like to stick with them, a drive out to their Vernon Hills location to see Danielle may be worth the extra time and miles. The location is stocked with high quality pet products that along, will their grooming services, are priced reasonably well.

Spotless Dog Wash
1121 Emerson St, Evanston, 847-563-8061
At about $20 a pop, this do-it-yourself option offers all of the convenience and affordability without the mess! The facility is immaculate and features well stocked pet-friendly tubs and drying stations so you have everything you could possibly need to have your fur baby looking in tip-top shape. And don’t worry, you’re never truly alone, their resourceful staff is on-hand to guide you and offer suggestions.

Honorable Mention – The Laundry Mutt, Wilmette. Unfortunately, they are not taking new clients at this time. Check in with them from time to time or consider one of the other fine options!

We’d be happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 3 – 5, 2014

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As the weather begins to dip, the amount of Halloween festivities begins to rise! Here are a few of the events happening around the North Shore this weekend, along with some other options for some family fun including a trip down memory lane when the work day was just 9 to 5!

Scream Scene
October 3, 4; 7-10 pm
Skokie Water Playground, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie 

With its chainsaw maniacs and insane clown maze, Scream Scene Haunted House has been terrifying visitors since 1997. Not recommended for kids under 10. $10 entry. ScreamScene.org  Additional dates available.

Build Your Own Scarecrow
October 4 at 12 pm
Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road, Glenview

Bring the kids and some old clothes and they’ll provide the straw and the know-how to help you build your very own scarecrow! $5 buys you a pumpkin head and straw.  847-657-1506

Camping For Families
October 4-5; 4 pm – 9 am
Crow Islands Woods, 1140 Willow Rd, Winnetka

The Winnetka Park District, BackYard Nature Center, Alliance for Early Childhood, and Winnetka Historical Society have all come together to create a program geared towards families spending time together with nature. Whether you’ve camped a few times or you’ve never even looked inside a tent, this program caters to everyone. Families will have the freedom to explore and learn about all different aspects of camping such as the basics of camp preparedness, equipment, clothing, and cooking to more specific camping experiences like backpacking or kayaking. Dinner provided. Best suited for children 4 years and older. $25 adults/$15 Children. For more info: http://bit.ly/1vuxy8u

9 to 5 the Musical
October 3-5; Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.& Sundays 2 p.m.
Wilmette Center for the Arts, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Based on the 1980 smash film starring Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda, 9 to 5 the musical is a lively production that takes us back to the 1970s where three young women join forces to battle for equality at the workplace. Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. The show is PG-13. Tickets: $16 adult/$14 seniors and students. 847-256-9686.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 25-28, 2014

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Tour of the Wilmette Centennial Park Prairie
September 25 at 10:00am
Behind the Centennial
Park Complex, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette
The Little Garden Club of Wilmette is hosting a fall tour of the Centennial Park Prairie, a wetland of tall grass that occupies the 2 acre detention basin near the corner of Hunter Rd. and Wilmette Avenue. Tour leader, Charlotte Adelman will point out the various types of grasses and flowers, as well as the native wildlife that inhabits the prairie: goldfinches, dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees and other insects. 847-256-9666.

New Riders of the Purple Sage in Concert
September 26 at 8:00pm
Evanston
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Who remembers NRPS, contemporaries, friends and sometime opening band for the Grateful Dead? Well, they’re still around and will be in town to perform country rock and bluegrass music. $22-$38. Call 8847-492-8860

Craft Beer Tasting at the Range
September 27 starting at 4:00 pm
Winnetka Golf Club, 1300 Oak St., Winnetka

Avli Cafe will guide you through fifteen 3 oz.  tastings and appetizers. The event includes inlimited use of the driving range. Kids can practice their golf at a kids -only practice area. Tasting for adults 21 and older. Kids welcome with parents.

Fall Harvest Fun
September 26, 5-7pm
Lakeview Center in Gillson Park
, Wilmette

Decorate your own pumpkin, try your luck at “stay dry” apple bobbing and go on a scavenger hunt. We provide the pumpkins and decorating supplies. Finish the evening with a pizza dinner and scary stories. $23 residents/ $29 non-residents. wilmettepark.org

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival
September 27-28 (Fri:4-10; Sat.: 10-10; Sun.: 10-5)
Downtown Evanston (Clark from Benson to Sherman)

Every kind of art in every price range! Paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, handmade jewelry, art from recycled materials, glass, wood, etc. Also, live music and fun art projects for kids. At the north end of the festival some of Evanston’s great restaurants will serve food to festival-goers.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

 

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Wilmette Sales Tax Increase Coming

SalesTaxWilmettans, get ready to pay more for what you buy. The Village of Wilmette is planning to raise the home-rule sales tax from .25% to 1%, effective January 1, 2015. This would take the total sales tax you are paying on most things from 8.25% to 9%.

Why? In a nutshell, the Village needs the $1.5 million a year additional revenue it would get to take care of deferred maintenance on the streets, sidewalks, alleys and sewer system, as well as replace worn out police cars, ambulances, trucks and snow plows. The tax would apply to purchases of everything except cars, prescription drugs and groceries.

Wilmette’s home-rule sales tax is relatively new; before 2005 it didn’t have one. But most area villages and towns have a home rule sales tax, and it’s higher than Wilmette’s (except for Winnetka, which doesn’t have one). Evanston, Skokie and Highland Park all charge 1%, but Skokie’s will increase to 1.25% in January. Glenview and Northbrook’s tax is .75% and Lake Forest’s is .5%.

And why, you may ask, does the Village suddenly need this additional revenue? Costs have gone up significantly on most fronts, most significantly in the amount paid in to pensions for police, fire and other public sector employees (this is controlled in Springfield). At the same time revenues from most sources dramatically declined with the Great Recession.

But the tax increase is not a done deal yet. The proposed ordinance will be put to a vote on September 23rd. You can make your voice heard at the September 22 Village Board Committee of the Whole at Village Hall beginning at 7:30 pm.

You can get more background and context for the proposed sales tax increase here from Village President Bob Bielinski in this video about the state of the Village.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

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Picture-perfect Kenilworth Gardens Home For Sale

Kenilworth Gardens Home for Sale- 2035 Thornwood
2035 Thornwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

If you have been searching for a move in-ready home in Wilmette, you may have just found it! This picture-perfect four bedroom home in Kenilworth Gardens was just listed by the Come Home North Shore team.

2035 Thornwood Ave living room

It has a wonderful open floor plan for entertaining or everyday living. There are lovely hardwood floors throughout and the decor is fresh and neutral. The large living room has a wood-burning fireplace and flows into the dining room, which opens to terrific deck and pretty yard. The family room is adjacent to the kitchen, making it the ideal gathering place for family and friends.

Upstairs is a serene master suite plus three other spacious and bright bedrooms and two updated baths.

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The finished basement has a rec room with built-ins and laundry room.

You can see more photos of 2035 Thornwood here.

Kenilworth Gardens is one of Wilmette’s favorite neighborhoods. The people are friendly, Harper School is the quintessential neighborhood elementary school and, for those who commute to the city, the Kenilworth Metra station is just a few minutes’ walk from here. Every spring the Come Home North Shore team hosts an egg hunt in the park and a neighborhood yard sale.  The other big draw is Thornwood Park, with its playlot, ball fields, tennis courts and (in winter) skating pond. We even have our own neighborhood concert every summer, with performances by dad bands and talented local kids.

This fabulous home is offered at $970,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2035 Thornwood or send us a note here.

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This home is offered at $950,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2121 Beechwood or send us a note here.

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3 Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 19-21, 2014

Oktoberfest WilmetteEnjoy Indian Summer at this weekend’s fun outdoor events!

Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 20
St. Joseph Catholic School, 1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette.

Oktoberfest includes an antique market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., a family fest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and a dinner and outdoor adults-only party from 6-11:30 p.m.

Bike Winnetka
Saturday, September 20 at 3:30
Skokie Playfield Service Center (north end at Pine St.), Winnetka
A scenic ride through Winnetka in a group rider format. Register at winpark.org.

Fall Fest
Saturday, September 20 from 4:00-10:00pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Food, DJ, Beer/Wine, Inflatables, Touch-A-Truck, Pumpkin Roll, Scarecrow Building, Community Row, Ice/Tennis/Golf Activities, Bike Winnetka, Winnetka Whiffleball Challenge and more. The evening caps off with a showing of the movie FROZEN (7:30 pm).

Prior to the showing of FROZEN, ice cream sundaes will be available to the first 300 children (ages 12 years and under) thanks to a partnership with Dairy Queen Highland Park.

Shermerfest
Sunday, September 21
Village Green, 1325 Shermer Road, Northbrook
The event includes a collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and homemade sweets. Free.

 

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10th Annual Thornwood Park Concert – September 7, 2014

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It’s the last gasp of summer but Kenilworth Gardens will be rockin’ this afternoon at the 10 annual Thornwood Park Concert.  This concert is one of the many great events we have in our neighborhood (one reason why Kenilworth Gardens is such an awesome place to live). It was started by Terri and Tony Lorenz back in 2000 when they had first moved to the ‘burbs and were pining for all the street fairs, festivals and concerts they were used to enjoying in the city.

The event was a hit right off the bat and has grown in popularity every year as more and more Wilmettans have heard about the good time. The performers are mostly local dads (and a few moms) but a couple years ago they added kid groups as warm-up entertainment, many of them trained at Wilmette’s Rock House.

If you live in Wilmette and/or have attended before, you’ll recognize many of the bands playing today:

  • Lonesome Rodeo (Chris Karabas and friends)
  • Jealous Mistress (Rob Phillips, Steve Vivian and friends)
  • Running Still (Tim Sheehan and friends)
  • King Saturday (Pete Wilson and friends)
  • Hamilton Chang and Family

The kids’ concert starts at 3:30 and the grown-ups start playing at 4:30.

Bring a picnic, cooler, beach chairs  and the kids and head on over to enjoy the music.

Oh, and if we’re lucky (as we have been in previous years), the kids can run through the world’s biggest sprinkler when the fire department hooks up to the fire hydrant and starts spraying.

The concert is free to attend but it’s not free to put on, so the organizers are asking attendees for donations to help defray the cost. You can go here to donate.

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