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  • Music Lounge: Girls Like Us

    Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie and Marianne Murphy Orland Girls Like Us Events: August 1-3 Friday, August 1 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 2 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3 at – 7:00 p.m. Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret 1383 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago For reservations: www.davenportspianobar.com (773) 278-1830 Saturday, September 6 8:00 p.m. The Acorn Theater Three Oaks, MI www.acorntheater.com For more about the ladies: www.mariannemurphyorland.com www.laurafreemansings.com www.beckiemenzie.com

  • Focus on Family: Relationship advice from Elizabeth Lombardo and Rachel DeAlto

    Elizabeth Lombardo and Rachel Dealto To purchase a copy of the book: Better than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love Event: The Great Love Debate July 30 6:30 p.m. Royal George Theatre 1641 N. Halsted Chicago For more information: www.elizabethlombardo.com www.racheldealto.com

  • Midday Fix: Dorm room prep tips

    Amy Sewell www.shopwithstyle.com Amy’s Tips: Sort It Out – Before shopping, check your school’s web site for info about room set-up and furnishings, along with a list of items prohibited in student housing.  It’s also smart to coordinate with your roommate to avoid buying duplicate items. Make It Up – While sleeping is the last thing on your mind, you’ll need some shut-eye between classes and parties.  A bed bug mattress protector is the perfect first layer for dorm beds […]

  • Lunchbreak: Pierogi from Bohemian House

    Bohemian House 11 W. Illinois Chicago (312) 955-0439 www.bohochicago.com Bohemian House Pierogie Dough Ingredients: 1/4 cup sour cream 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 stick butter (soft) 1/2 egg salt to taste Directions: Mix sour cream, egg and butter to fully incorporate flavors. Blend dry ingredients into wet. Knead by hand on lightly floured surface until the dough has a slight spring/resistance to it. Rest dough, covered, for 30 minutes at room temperature before rolling. Braised Beef Shoulder Ingredients: 3 beef […]

  • Lunchbreak: Common Threads’ Melody McLeod makes homemade granola

    Event: Kidzapalooza Very Important Rocker V.I.R. Concert Event Sunday, August 3 8:30 – 11 a.m. The James Chicago (second floor) 55 E. Ontario Chicago RSVP to kidza@dkcnews.com Free with $10 suggested donation to Common Threads for admittance For more about Common Threads: www.commonthreads.org Homemade Granola Yield: 5 servings Serving size: 3/4 cup Ingredients: 2 cups Quaker rolled oats 1/4 cup wheat germ 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup chopped nuts 1/2 ripe banana, mashed 2 Tbs canola oil 1/2 cup […]

  • Midday Fix: Beauty tips for brides from Candace Corey

    www.candacecorey.com Tips: Keep Your Energy Up Planning a wedding can be stressful  and sap your energy  so this is the time when you want to skip energy crashers like coffee or soft drinks and opt for a nutritious smoothie. Goji-Cranberry Morning Surprise Ingredients: 1/2 cup Pure Health Goji juice 1/2 cup strawberries 1-1/2 cups spinach 1-1/2 cups kale 1 Tbs chia seeds 1 Tbs flax seeds Ice Directions: Put chia seeds in a cup with the juice and let sit […]

  • Your Money Matters: Layoff advice

    Michael Ruggiero Ameriprise www.AmeripriseAdvisors.com/ Tips: Signs of an Impending Layoff: Look at your employer from the outside Pay attention to what you hear and observe from within the company Make Yourself Relevant: Continue your education Make yourself visible Work in departments that perform well Offer to take a pay cut Keep your chin up Find a safe haven Create Buzz Behave yourself Help others through change Network within your company If You Get Laid Off: Make yourself more marketable Increase […]

  • Lunchbreak: Chef Tony Mantuano makes paccheri with lobster

    Event: Lemon: Chicago August 11 6:30 p.m. Art Institute of Chicago South Garden For more information: alexslemonade.org/campaign/lemon-chicago Paccheri with Lobster Ingredients: Two 1 1/2 pound lobsters 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 medium cloves garlic, smashed 4 medium fresh tomatoes, quartered 1 pound paccheri pasta sea salt and freshly ground pepper 6 basil leaves Note: Any seafood store that sells live lobsters will steam them for you. Ask them to remove the shells, leaving the meat as intact as possible, […]

  • How to become a ‘ganja-preneur’ in Illinois

    Adam Bierman To purchase a copy of the guide: themedmen.com/books/dispensary

  • Adopt A Pet: A Heart for Animals

    A Heart for Animals Event: Howl-o-Ween Bash Saturday, October 25 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 31 North 217 N. Front Street McHenry For more information: www.aheartforanimals.org