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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the scary decorations, trick-or-treating in the crisp fall air and seeing all of the neighborhood kids dressed up as their favorite superhero or TV character. Our neighborhood, Kenilworth Gardens, is Halloween Central, with more kids per capita than anywhere else on the North Shore. It’s perfect for trick-or-treating as the houses are pretty close together and kids can score gobs of candy in a short period of time. And a short detour out of the neighborhood boundaries will get you to the Wirtz’s house, where commemorative Blackhawks pucks are given away instead of candy.
Unfortunately, we’re going to have to miss Halloween this year, as we’ll be on the road to Detroit for (yet another) hockey tournament. So, I’m going to have to content myself looking at the decorations in advance and enjoying the video I shot in the neighborhood last Halloween.
Anyway, it’s supposed to be bad weather on Thursday, so maybe I should be glad I won’t be standing around in the rain handing out candy to water-logged kids.
Wilmette residents are putting their yards to work for practical and delicious purposes, with beautiful results. On July 21st you can visit 8 Wilmette gardens independently or join one of two guided bike tours. Highlights include: rain gardens, edible gardens, native species and wildlife habitats.
Bring your questions and leave inspired to put your own yard to work. The event is sponsored by Go Green Wilmette.
When: Sunday, July 21st from 9:00 to 11:00 am
Where: Around Wilmette. You can visit participants’ yards independently or join guided bike tours leaving Starbucks (Plaza del Lago) and Wilmette Public Library promptly at 9:00 a.m.Visit www.gogreenwilmette.org for details.
One of the best things about summer on the North Shore is the number of outdoor concerts you can enjoy, many of them free.
Plaza del Lago has concerts every Thursday (6:00-8:00 pm) for six weeks starting June 27 and running through August 1st. It’s one of my favorite venues because you can either bring a picnic or grab food at one of the Plaza’s restaurants and enjoy the music out in the center of the Plaza.
This year’s line-up of performers will look familoar if you’ve been to the concerts before, as several of them come back every summer:
Conjunto – Chicago’s premier salsa group.
Ac Rock – a cappella rock n roll (maybe with somgs from “Pitch Perfect”?)
ABBA Salute – ABBA tribute band
The Dang-Its – Honky Tonk, Western Swing and Americana
The New Invaders – British Rock
Moss/Realtime – Chicago drummer/percussionist David Moss
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The Come Home North Shore real estate team is sponsoring the second annual Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale on Saturday, May 18.
If you live in the neighborhood and want to participate, it’s easy. All you have to do is drop us a line and tell us you want in, then put prices on your merchandise, drag it outside and welcome the hoards of buyers that are bound to show up on sale day. That’s it. We’ll supply the signs and the advertising to ensure we get a good turnout.
If you’re not from the neighborhood, we hope you’ll stop by and check out all the wonderful “merchandise” we’ll be selling. I’m sure you’ll see lots of stuff you didn’t know you needed!
Here are the details:
When: Saturday, May 18 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Where: Hunter, Beechwood, Kenilworth, Chestnut, Thornwood, Greenwood and Elmwood (north of Lake Ave. and west of Ridge Rd.) in Wilmette
What to know more? Give us a call at 847-881-6657 or email us.
Enjoy Guided Bird Walks in Gillson Park beginning May 5 and continuing each Sunday in May.
The Illinois shoreline juts farthest into Lake Michigan at Gillson Park, making it an excellent spot to observe warblers and other migrant birds as they rest and eat during their long journey north every spring. Beginners and experienced birders of all ages are welcome to join the free, annual guided bird walks sponsored by Go Green Wilmette and the Wilmette Park District.
Where: Meet at the top of the Wallace Bowl near the Lakeview Center in Wilmette’s Gillson Park. Don’t forget your binoculars and bird books.
When: Tours on May 5th at 7 & 8 a.m. and May 12, 19 & 26 at 8 a.m.
For information see www.gogreenwilmette.org or contact email@example.com
Back by popular demand! It’s the third annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt, this Saturday morning, March 30, at 9:45.
Voted the #1 egg hunt on the North Shore by Kenilworth Gardens neighborhood kids, you won’t want to miss it. It looks like we’ll have decent weather for the hunt. Not as warm as last year but partly sunny and 50 degrees, which is definitely an improvement over recent temps.
The Thornwood Park Egg Hunt is hosted by the Come Home North Shore real estate team for kids 10 and under. Be sure and bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. And don’t forget to bring a basket for collecting your eggs. We’ll have prizes for the kids and a drawing for the parents.
Who: Kids 10 and under (but don’t worry, we aren’t going to card your kid)
Where: Thornwood Park in Wilmette (2400 Thornwood Ave. – catty-corner to Harper School)
When: Saturday, March 30. The hunt will start at 10:00 am SHARP! ( If you are even 5 minutes late you will miss it.) So come early to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jelly beans in the jar and enter our drawing for a fabulous prize.
Why: Because it’s fun, of course!
219 Linden Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091
Wouldn’t it be great to walk out your front door and onto the golf course to play a few holes after work? Or walk down to the beach whenever the mood strikes? Do you like to sail or kayak in the lake? Do you have dogs that like to go to the dog beach? Would you love to have a huge grassy yard that you don’t have to mow?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider making this charming stone house your new home.
Located at 219 Linden Avenue in Wilmette, this home sits right on the golf course with stunning views of the Baha’i Temple. It’s just a quick walk to Gillson Park, the yacht club, dog beach. And, it’s just two blocks to the el station at 4th and Linden, so you can be downtown in about 40 minutes.
The home is lovingly maintained with many vintage details, and it’s just waiting for you to bring your decorating ideas and updates. There’s a large living room with a marble fireplace, a mahogany panneled library, dining room with bay window, wood-panneled family room and a bright kitchen with separate eating area. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and three vintage tile baths.
It’s being offered at $1,050,000. You can see more info about this home here. If you’d like to arrange a private showing, call us at 847-881-6657.
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This is an afternoon of fun and educational activities for all ages. See the latest eco cars, commuter bikes, and home energy efficiencies. Enjoy nature activities for children and adults, cooking demonstrations and good food. Try your luck at the raffle. Find out what’s in your cosmetics and your food. Get advice about composting, rain gardens, or the best light bulbs for your home. Bring old electronics, Styrofoam and gently used children’s books for recycling. To volunteer, exhibit or see details go to: www.goinggreenmatters.org.
When: Sunday, March 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Where: Woman’s Club of Wilmette, 930 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette
A Documentary About the Effect of Genetically Modified Organisms in Our Food Supply
Where: Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., 847-256-6935, www.wilmettelibrary.info
Have you ever wondered why certain diseases and conditions like Alzeimer’s, celiac disease and autism have increased so dramatically over the past few decades?
This powerful documentary provides compelling evidence that changes in our food supply are to blame, and challenges the biotech industry’s claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe.
Based on the book of the same name by Jeffrey Smith, the film presents the concerns of scientists and farmers about the food and health issues related to increased GMO production and outlines why they want foods containing GMOs to be, at the very least, labeled.
This event will be held in the library’s auditorium (lower level) and is free to the public. An optional discussion will follow the film.
Sponsored by Go Green Wilmette.