ever been told to beware of things that go bump in the night? That’s some pretty good advice since Chicago
and some of its neighboring suburbs have documented hauntings & sightings --
and not just at Halloween time! Not a
believer? Well, checkout the following
Halloween events (not-so-scary & scary) taking place this weekend through
Halloween itself (Friday, October 31st)!
begin with the not-so-scary events –
takes place in the presumably haunted Chicago
Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph St.) in The Loop on Saturday and Sunday
from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This
haunting features performances by Midnight Circus in Preston Bradley Hall,
movie screenings (6:30 p.m.) of “Monsters Inc.” (Saturday) and “E.T.” (Sunday)
along with storytelling events and regular crafts activities with a “Monster
Bash” (Saturday only) which includes trick-or-treating, a costume contest and a
dance party for the kids!
Spooky Zoo Spectacular takes place at Lincoln
Park Zoo (2200 N. Cannon Dr.) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Saturday
from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Celebrate
Halloween with live entertainment at the Spooky Stage located in the Main Mall
or the Toddler Zone located in the Regenstein Center for African Apes, visit
the Haunted House, partake in arts & crafts, trick-or-treating and more
while dressed in your spookiest or best costume!
with the not-so-scary but bumping it up a notch –
Horror Movie Madness takes place at the Logan
Theater (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in the Logan Square neighborhood on
Saturday and Sunday through Halloween with an adult costume party on Friday at
8:30 p.m. featuring door prizes, Halloween drink specials, a $100 gift card
awarded to the best costume and a screening of “The Shining” (10:30 p.m.) with
Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. A Kids
Spooktacular is being held on Sunday (11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) for a day
of Halloween treats and activities with a matinee screening of “Coraline” at
Noon and “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 3:00 p.m. Finally, the late night horror line-up
is: “The Shining” (Oct 24-26, 10:30
p.m.), “Army of Darkness” (Oct 27-29, 11:00 p.m.), “Candyman” (Oct 28-29, 10:30
p.m.) and “Halloween” (Oct 30-31, 10:30 p.m.; Oct 26, 5:00 p.m.)!
up another notch, there’s the ‘Fifty Shades
of Grave’ Halloween Bash at
Golan Studios (1501 N. Magnolia Ave.)
in the Noble Square neighborhood on Saturday from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. The biggest Halloween party in Chicago, now
in its 29th year, takes place in a 100-year-old, haunted ice factory
featuring an all-inclusive food & beverage package, dancing, haunted
exhibits, a costume contest with prizes and more are planned for this “it’s not
your mama’s Halloween Party” adventure!
SCARY! It just wouldn’t be Halloween without visiting a few, or all if you have
any nerves left, of the Chicagoland Haunted Houses
such as: “Chronicles of the Cursed
Haunted House” (River North), “Disturbia: Screams in the Park” (Rosemont), “13th
Floor Haunted House” (Melrose Park), “The Fear Haunted House @ Navy Pier”
(Streeterville), “Fear City Haunted House” (Morton Grove) and a host of many
those of you returning for your Treat (from last weekend’s blog), Eli’s
Halloween Fest takes place this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-2:00
p.m.) with Spooktacular Savings
taking place this Sunday (11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) at Eli’s Cheesecake (6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.) in the Dunning
neighborhood. The Halloween Fest
features cheesecake games for the entire family such as cheesecake hula hoop,
cheesecake walk & cheesecake bingo, a chance to meet and greet Eli’s Big
Slice Mascot, a fall market place and much more with Spooktacular Savings
(Sunday only) featuring up to 50% off selected cheesecakes & desserts as
well as FREE cheesecake samples and more!!
Believer Yet? Let Me Know
When You Are – BOO!!
SUE MOSS & DEAN'S
Alderman Tim Cullerton announced a new street
resurfacing project on Irving Park Road between Austin and Neenah
avenues. As part of the $600,000 beautification project, Central Avenue will
also be resurfaced between Montrose and Higgins. The goal is to bring more foot traffic to the
Irving Austin Business District by installing bigger sidewalks,
pedestrian-friendly crosswalks, among other improvements. The hope is that the project will be begin
before cold weather begins.
I like bubbles, lots of them. I'm telling you about this now so you can be
sure to get your tickets if you so desire.
This week it was announced that the Binny's in Lincoln Park will be
hosting their Grand
Champagne Tasting on December 4 from 5-8pm. Tickets are $50 with a
Binny's card and are available online. There will be Cava, Prosecco and
Champagne including some of the biggies. Don't miss out!
Time to dust off the ol' Halloween costume as the Chicago
Cultural Center hosts its Family
Fun weekend. Midnight Circus will be there with their acrobats. There
is going to be the annual Monster Bash on Saturday with trick-or-treating, a
costume contest and dancing. And new this year are the Ghost Tours through the
halls of the Center's enchanted building. And for good measure, don't miss the
movie screenings of Gremlins and Frankenweenie.
Mud pit no more! McPherson Elementary students came to
school on Monday to a brand new
playground. Last Friday's ribbon cutting brought in several local VIPs
including Ald. Ameya Pawar and State Sen. Heather Steans. The playground includes
slides, a giant spider web and climbing mounds. The surface is made out of
porous rubber that absorbs water. There is also a learning garden on the east
side of the school. Each student was involved in planting 3,000 perennials in
the learning garden.
Tickets may still be available for Open
Door Repertory Co.'s Benefit Concert. This is a must see for any
theater-goer. The benefit will feature local and national artists for a
one-night-only performance. The best
part is the tickets are only $30. Ashton Byrum, who will be reprising his role
from Cats with Gina Valentine, joined
the board of Open Door recently and has played a key role in bringing together
the lineup. According to Byrum, "Our lineup of talent is thrilled to be
performing Saturday night to support this cause."
MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Clear all vegetation that is along the foundation. This
causes problems in three areas. Vegetation like this is an open invitation to
vermin and insects to move right in. Roots can grow and cause pressure and
cracks in the foundation. Number three is water retention. Water needs to flow
away from the foundation, not pool around vegetation and cause foundation
problems. Fill in low spots around the foundation to further encourage water
running away from the foundation. Extend downspouts to bring roof runoff
further away from the house to discourage water running back towards the
foundation. Install splash blocks
to keep water from splashing back.
There are several things we can do to extend the life of
our roofs. One of the most important is keeping the gutters clean and flowing.
Clogged gutters cause water to pool and splash back and over time will damage
the shingles and cause leaks and worsen ice damming. We usually keep an eye out
during heavy rains. You can tell right away when gutters are overflowing and
not much is coming out the downspouts. So you might have to clean them twice in
the fall, just make sure the last time you do them is when all (or almost all)
the leaves have fallen. Check the roof while you’re up there. Make sure
flashings are sealed and replace shingles as needed. Trim trees near the house
and roof. They can cause damage in wind storms and during heavy snows. Termites
and other wood destroying insects can also use overhanging branches as a
highway to your home.
Clean around the exterior air conditioning compressor.
Fallen leaves tend to collect around this unit in the fall. Compressors need to
have good air flow in winter as well as summer. Do
asphalt driveways. This will deter water seeping into the driveway to
freeze, expand and deteriorate the surface. Apply deck preservative to protect
the wood from the harsh winter elements.
Check all the exterior doors and windows for caulk
deterioration. A simple bead of caulk around windows and doors will go a long
way to keep cold out and reduce energy costs. Make sure your caulk is rated for
Again check all outside drains, now and through the
winter. Clogged drains cause water to pool and seep into basements and
foundations causing no end of damage. I remember the words an old Home
Inspector told me years ago, “Water is not your friend!” You need to keep it
away from the foundation, roof, gutters, windows and
doors to keep your house in good repair.
Next week indoor maintenance.
WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
This past weekend I attended AlphaBeer. It's a rather fun event where you taste through 26 craft beers (A-Z). The theme for this tasting was craft brews from in and around Chicago.
What was interesting is that after attending, I read about a new initiative started by the City of Chicago. The craft beer industry in Chicago is growing and it's making an impact. Visitors travel to our fair city to experience not only the culture but also the neighborhoods. With the launch of Chicago Craft Beer & Breweries there are now opportunities to experience what our city has to offer in both the cocktail and craft beer scene. You can create travel packages, tour local breweries or learn the History on Tap - all centered around our ever increasing popularity as a craft beer city. After all Chicago is a great place for a stay-cation too!
And my favorite tip after attending my tasting, I learned a very valuable lesson. There is now a website where you can follow multiple bars and beers to find out where they are being sold. Imagine being on vacation or traveling for work and wanting to have that favorite beer. The site is called BeerMenus. All you have to do is create a login, select five local establishments and enter any brews you want to find. It took me a total of 3 minutes to do the whole sign-up. Once signed up, there is so much more available. Let's say you forgot a beer you want to try. You simply search and the system will look based on the location you've entered. If you want to attend a tasting, head over to the Events section. The Specials section is more like a Twitter feed. And best of all, if a business you like is not in BeerMenus, simply recruit them.
Oktoberfest may be over, but craft beer season is all year!
CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
#1 priority being Trick-o-Treating on Halloween itself, many Halloween
activities take place prior to October 31st, because let’s face it,
we just can’t get it all done in one day!!
So here are some pre-Halloween activities for all ages –
Skelebration is a Halloween event designed for
families returning for its second year to Redmoon
Central (2120 S. Jefferson St.) in the Pilsen neighborhood this Saturday
and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. as well as next weekend. This event is a
re-invention of the seasonal rituals of Halloween featuring a wildly
interactive haunted house, devilish hosts, mausoleums that will transport you
into new bizarre and ethereal environments as well as experiencing Redmoon’s
new devices and games along with live music, art making, snacks and much more!
Costume Design with Anna Glowacki is a Halloween hands-on workshop for
the kids’ where Ms. Glowacki inspires them to create accessories as final
touches to their Halloween costumes. This event takes place at the Chicago Children’s Museum located at Navy Pier (700 E. Grand Ave.) in the
Streeterville neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday every hour from 1:00 p.m.
to 4:00 p.m.! There are other events taking place as well for the kids so the
family can make a day of it!!
Chicago Costume’s Pumpkin Carving
is being held on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Plum Market (1233 N. Wells St.) in the Old Town neighborhood.
Children are invited to carve and decorate pumpkins as well as enjoy some
snacks and refreshments. Also, the first 30 children to RSVP will receive a
free pumpkin!! There’s also free 2 hour
parking with any purchase.
Bobby’s Fright Hike:
Halloween Edition Bike Ride takes you on a terrifying bike tour
through the city to a former cemetery where bodies still remain today, then to
the Chicago River site where 844 people drowned in broad daylight and is said
to still be haunted by one man who was on the boat, and other notorious haunted
locales as well. This special edition bike ride begins at Bobby’s Bike Hike (540 N. Lake Shore Dr.) in the Streeterville
neighborhood and is offered through October 31st from 7:00 p.m. to
10:00 p.m. Price includes a bike, helmet, guide and, hopefully, a scary time!
Youth Pumpkin Patch is a youth event taking place on
Saturday (8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) through
October 31st at the Park Ridge
Community Church (100 S. Courtland Ave.) in Park Ridge benefitting both a
Navajo reservation in New Mexico and the PRCC Youth Ministry Fund. This event
not only provides pumpkins, gourds, corn, ornamental items and more for
purchase but also offers a screening of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
on Friday and Saturday evenings!
BOO! At the Zoo opens this Saturday and Sunday from
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (next Saturday and Sunday too) at Brookfield Zoo (8400 W. 31st St.)
in Brookfield. Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are guaranteed to have a
great time at this annual not-so-scary event that features a “Craized Maize”
corn maze, haunted hayrides, the “Pumpkin Smasher” back by popular demand,
pumpkin carving demos, the popular Costume Parade at 1:00 p.m., the Costume
Showcase at 1:30 p.m. with prizes for best animal theme, scariest, most
original and best group, Zoo Chats throughout the day and much, much more!
Come Back Next Week
for Your Trick-o-Treat – If You Dare!!!
SUE MOSS & DEAN'S
North Center, Chicago
Announcing a price reduction
on 2335 West Belle Plaine Avenue, #406, a 825 sq. ft., 1 bath, 1 bedroom upgraded condo in all-amenity building. Now
$174,500 - A MUST SEE!
Mark your calendars for an open house at Taft
High School in the Norwood Park neighborhood. After investing in a $17 million renovation,
the school has scheduled their new look to be revealed on November 1, from
1-3pm. With new windows, tuck pointing, updated science labs, and new lockers,
new principal Mark Grishaber wants to showcase Taft as the "premier Chicago
neighborhood high school."
Maybe we'll see each other there. This weekend at AJ Hudson's Public House,
for their next installment. From 6-9 pm we will taste one craft beer for every
letter of the alphabet. Chef Jill Houk will offer food pairing recommendations
for each taste while explaining alcohol content and taste. Cost is $50 or a
table for six at $250.
Fear not, if you missed the open casting call for Master
Chef, you still have time to submit your video. Potential show
competitors brought a prepared dish to the call where they had three minutes to
plate the dish they brought with them including all dishware and utensils. Your
video submission must be in no later than October 25 and you cannot be a
professional chef or earn your main source of income preparing/cooking food.
So have you seen this Airstream
trailer while riding the Brown Line between Damen and Montrose? Many people do
not have an inkling as to why it's there and are pretty darn curious about
it. As part of Open House Chicago
presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, you can get all the details
on how this little gem made its way to the roof. There are seven other buildings in Lincoln
Square also featured, so don't miss it!
Have you ever been to Fountain
Square in downtown Evanston and thought there were some better ways to
highlight and improve the area? Well the
city would like your input. From now until November 21, leave your ideas in one
of the brightly colored mailaboxes located around the Square or leave a "tip"
in the tip jar of local businesses that are participating. Don't forget to involve the kids!
MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
weather is getting cooler and it’s time for a succulent slow cooked pot roast
that’s easy and delicious. It’s stick to your ribs cooking. I often make this
on the weekend for a couple of week day meals.
recipe calls for a three pound or so chuck roast.
This type of cut lends itself to becoming tender and flavorful with long slow
cooking. Dry the roast thoroughly with paper towels. Rub with two teaspoons of
salt and one teaspoon of pepper. I know this sounds like a lot but this is a
big piece of meat. Press the seasoning into the meat. Preheat a large Dutch
oven with a heavy bottom over HIGH heat, then add a tablespoon of
vegetable oil. This is a most important step! You need to sear the roast on all
sides and brown well. Yes, it will be smoky! Turn on the exhaust and open the
roast to a large plate with sides to hold the juices that will collect. If
necessary add a little more oil to the pot and add a large diced white onion.
Throw in a heavy pinch of red pepper flakes along with three minced cloves of
garlic. Next throw in 5 anchovy fillets. Yes I said anchovies! I know many
people go "ewww" but anchovies give a meaty saltiness that’s
wonderful, a delicious umami. They will literally melt as they
cook in the pot. Cook until the onions are translucent, scraping up the brown
bits from the bottom of the pot. This is called "fond" and it
contains a load of flavor. Add one 6oz can of tomato paste along with 2/3
bottle of red wine. Bring mixture to a boil, again scraping up the fond from
the bottom of the pot. Add two 28oz can of whole tomatoes and their juice. I
use a potato masher to break them up. Add 1 dried bay leaf and 1 teaspoon of
dried oregano. Return roast along with the juices and push it down to the
bottom of the pot.
Cook in a
325° oven for 3 hours or in a slow cooker on high for 6 hours. The roast will
literally fall apart. I usually serve with mashed potatoes and veggies the
first time using the tomato sauce as gravy. Second meal I serve the roast on
fresh French bread with the gravy and coleslaw. Yum! Bon Appetite.
KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM
I've said is so many times, "There's an app for that."
What's interesting is the process in which an app is made and developed. Me, I'll never create an app. A local 15-year old from Wheaton, however, just created one with a friend in a couple hours over the weekend.
When Wheaton Academy softmore, Austin Valleskey, was asked by his friend in Australia about an idea for an app, they spent a couple hours developing the app, Impossible Rush. It's a brain teaser game that was originally created to share with friends to see what they thought. What they didn't expect was the popularity of the app to grow so quickly.
The team contacted a marketer to purchase the app. At its peak, the app ranked 16 in the US, 18 in Australia (where his friend Ben Pasternack resides) and 7 in Sweden. The most amazing part of this app is that is surpassed several popular apps including Skype, Tinder, and Netflix.
Now Valleskey, who taught himself computer programming last year on a road trip to Florida, is already working on developing another app.
CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
NEW CHICAGO ORDINANCE REDUCES THE NUMBER OF OWNER OR TENANT PARKING SPOTS REQUIRED IN CERTAIN NEW CONSTRUCTIONS CONDOMINIUM OR APARTMENT BUILDINGS!
For many years, developers of New Condo or Rental Buildings have been required to provide one garage or exterior parking space for each unit in the building - a 1:1 Parking Ratio. Under a new ordinance approved by the Chicago City Council last year, however, builders of projects within 600 feet of a CTA or METRA Public Transit Terminal or Hub, or within 1,200 feet of a designated Pedestrian Shopping District, need only provide one-half that number of parking spaces for that complex or building, reducing the ratio to 0.5:1.
As a result, Developers can allocate more space to expanding the size of the residential units themselves, or providing amenities such as Fitness or Business Centers in their buildings.
According to Mary Ellen Podmolik, Real Estate Reporter for the Chicago Tribune, projects have started or are contemplated in the transit-proximate neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Logan Square. Other Neighborhoods - Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Albany Park, and Rogers Park on the North Side of Chicago, or Hyde Park and Bronzeville on the South Side - offer similar opportunities for providing incentives to Condo or Rental Building Developers.
Experts believe focusing on people's commuting habits and lifestyles, rather than providing ample space for the cars they may not even own, might actually create more residential options in areas historically short on affordable new places to live.
In a Survey conducted by Transit Center, an independent group that supports use and expansion of public transit options, found the availability of close public transit ranks high among many residents over the age of 30. Many are young families or baby boomers, who want to enjoy what Chicago Neighborhoods have to offer, but don't necessarily want to reside Downtown.
Just Curious - is proximity to Chicago Public Transportation a high priority for YOU when you consider your next home or condo?
Let us know!
DEAN MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Gladstone Park, Chicago
Announcing another PRICE REDUCTION
on 5449 North Monitor Avenue, a 1,278 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bedroom Bungalow with new roof and boiler! NOW
- A VINTAGE GEM!!
As we head
into the second weekend of October, the weather isn’t “frightful” yet, so
there’s no excuse for not supporting the following outdoor, with some indoor,
festivities planned for Chicagoans and guests, this marathon weekend!
biggest outdoor event taking place this Sunday and benefitting the “American
Liver Foundation” is the Bank of America
Chicago Marathon in Grant Park (337 E. Randolph St.) in The Loop. If you’re not a runner
but choose to be a spectator instead, detailed Spectator Information is
available on their website Please note
that the 27th Mile Post-Race Party/Runner reunite area located at Butler Field in Grant Park will open to
spectators at 9:00 a.m. since individuals who are not registered for the race
will not be allowed at the start and finish lines.
course, there’s a variety of Course Entertainment for the spectators as well
such as the “Bank of America (RED) Cheer Zone” at Mile 12; the “U.S. Trust
Cheer Zone” just beyond that at the intersection of Adams Street and Wacker
Drive which is one of the most scenic points of the course just before the
runners cross the Chicago River approaching the halfway point; the “Merrill
Lynch Cheer Zones” at Miles 13.5 and 16.5; and the “Bank of America Cheer Zone”
at Mile 26 welcoming and cheering on the runners who have completed the course!
the Balbo Hospitality Tent (5:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) located near the finish line
offers an enhanced race experience for runners, their family & friends, as
well as the spectators; however, you must purchase a hospitality ticket (free
admission for children 8 years and under) in order to gain access and enjoy the
amenities being offered!
Sunday, there’s Saturday!
The Windy City BBQ Classic
sets up this Saturday (11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.) in the South Loop where
40 Pit Masters along with their teams compete for the coveted title of Grand
Champion and bragging rights too! This event is a true BBQ competition
since teams are not allowed to use gas or electricity – only all-wood – as they
prepare meats in the four categories of Ribs, Chicken, Pork and Brisket. Not
only will attendees be able to sample, judge and wash it all down with
Chicago’s best craft beers but they’ll also be able to enjoy cooking demos,
specialty tastings, watch, learn & swap BBQ stories with the pit masters,
and take in some live Blues music, which is all included in the ticket price
(prices are higher at the door)!
Not to be
left out in the cold, but the Chicago Vegan
Mania Festival takes place Saturday as well from
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Broadway
Armory Park (5917 N. Broadway St.) in the Edgewater neighborhood for all the
no-meat eaters out there! It’s a celebration of all things vegan from food to
fashion to commerce to community. This event features a Vegan Food Court, a
Chef Demo Stage, a Workshop Room, the Culture Café and the Main Presenter Stage
along with a graffiti wall, a vegan rock star photo booth, a lively &
activity-packed kids’ zone and much more for a true Chicago vegan experience!
the Aragon Ballroom (1106 W. Lawrence
Ave.) in the Uptown neighborhood is hosting the 5th annual Beer Hoptacular this
Saturday (1:00 p.m.) featuring 60 breweries with close to 150 beers! This event
also features a food pavilion in the parking lot, the inaugural Beard
Hoptacular for the best facial hair and the return of the Beer Hoptacular Derby
Race where participating breweries will compete to see whose beer can go the
fastest! Your admission includes 25 samples!!
Will You Be Ready For
Your Marathon Weekend!
SUE MOSS & DEAN'S
It's official, the National Register of Historic Places has
Park bungalows the 11th neighborhood in Chicago to the
registry. To be an historic Chicago bungalow, the property should have been
built between 1910-1940, a side or noncentered front entrance, face brick with
stone trim, 1 ½ stories tall and a full basement, in addition to other
features. While bragging rights are definitely a plus, the potential property
tax freeze is a huge boost. The Historic
Chicago Bungalow Association estimates there are 80,000 bungalows in the city
if not more.
There are only a few weeks left to enjoy the entire troupe
Kiss Coquettes. Chicago's premier weekly burlesque cabaret boasts over
20 years of burlesque experience sure to tantalize. Max Flattery, master of
ceremonies, is open to any type of hijinks the audience can throw at him. Don't
miss the amazing skills of these beautiful performers!
It's time to get dressed to impress. Next week is the
citywide celebration of Chicago's fashion industry. Fashion
Focus: Chicago's Fashion Week runs from October 14-19 and includes a
Fashion Industry Town Hall meeting and networking event, multiple runway shows
at the Chicago Cultural Center, shopping events to name a few. You can also
access the 2014 Fall Fashion Guide and Chicago Fashion Directory online. Don't
miss this opportunity to meet the newest designers.
Sometimes you just need to celebrate
the arts. Friday night, Unity
Lutheran Church will be hosting a free evening of theater, dance and music.
They will be unveiling the new "The Gallery at Unity" to showcase four Chicago
artists. The entire event is free from
7-10pm at 1212 W. Balmoral Ave. Enjoy!
Local resident, Diane Prodzenski, started a recipe club
about 12 years ago to share in her love of cooking and baking. The group shared
a potluck with each person designated a portion of the meal - main dish, side
dishes and dessert. Recently, Prodzenski, was diagnosed with Celiac disease and
those dishes have had to go the wayside as she requires a gluten-free
diet. Due to the constraints of her disease, she has found easy and delicious
ways to make her favorites gluten-free and as a side benefit, healthier. To join her recipe exchange, simply email her
MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Etch your house number or name in a
pumpkin. Put it on top of a display of heirloom pumpkins and large gourds.
These are available now in grocery stores and home centers. They come in a wide
variety of colors, textures and interesting shapes.
Put a pot of Mums on each step leading
to your front door. They bloom in sun or shade. Keep them blooming longer by
watering when dry and removing spent flowers. They come in a wide
variety of colors and will bloom till the frost.
Find some wide flat pumpkins in
unusual colors. Place these on your buffet table as platforms for serving
dishes. Different sizes will show an interesting display on the table. You can
also use mini pumpkins as candle holders. Hollow out a hole and melt a little
candle wax to hold them firmly. You can use larger pumpkins and candles in
glass holders for illumination along a walkway or stairs.
Hollow out a large flat pumpkin to use
as a planter.
Line with plastic and fill with potting soil. Vary the plants. Mix herbs and
flowers for an interesting fall feel. If you don’t want to have a growing plant
just use florist foam and buy fresh cut fall flowers to make your arrangement.
Paint different sizes of pumpkins. Use
gold and black paint for a shimmery classy effect. Do a rectangular pattern,
stripes or circles. With circles you can use office circle stickers to create
cool effects. Trace around the stickers and remove and paint or else paint
around the stickers then remove.
with cloves in interesting patterns and tie with raffia.
Arrange in a large bowl for a fragrant centerpiece.
Make a pumpkin tower. Find three
pumpkins in graduating sizes in different colors. Use a large footed dish or
planter for the stack. Place sphagnum moss in between
to steady them and give contrast.
Simple is often best. Use a large vase
and fill with colorful branches of fall leaves. This makes a lovely centerpiece
with great height.
For a simple centerpiece use
interesting and colorful gourds. Use a rustic canvas or burlap runner down the
length of the table. Line the runner with small gourds in different shapes and
& DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
So if you're thinking about librarians becoming a dying breed, you may want to think again. The Chicago public library is leading the charge for innovating libraries.
With the internet and research information being readily available online you wouldn't think that the library is the place to go for innovations locally. Chicago's libraries are offering patrons the opportunity to utilize their "maker lab," which have 3D printers and laser cutters. Imagine going to the library to learn about this new technology up front and in person. Not only can you go to instructional classes, but you can also pursue your own business ideas using what is available in the labs. According to Erika Poethig of the Urban Institute, "The maker labs are a concept of what libraries are in the 21st century."
And if you want to check out your books, videos, etc., you can also use the Finch Robots. They are shaped like stingrays and used to teach kids about computer science.
Since there is such a great many people who do not have Internet access already in the city of Chicago, our libraries offer free access. Not only do they offer access at the library itself, but also allow check out of a remote Internet access device and a laptop to take home.
So being a librarian may just be more cutting edge than you thought!
CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO