Sunday, July 3, 2011
Annual Fourth of July Weekend Celebration Returns to Harrer Park.
Harrer Park is alive with the sounds of carnival games, rides, and rock and roll, as the annual Fourth of July festival, Morton Grove Days, has returned for the holiday weekend. The celebration is put on by the Village and culminates with fireworks Monday night. There is something for everyone at Morton Grove Days this year: mild to thrilling rides, different live bands every night, food served up by several area restaurants, and a beer garden. The Fourth of July parade will pass by the festival grounds Monday afternoon, and there will be a raffle drawing held after fireworks to close out the celebration. Peggy Draths, a 50-year Morton Grove resident, stopped by the food court with her husband, Bob, for a funnel cake after working the …
Monday, June 27, 2011
Community Groups, Local Organizations Gather To Celebrate Village, Meet Neighbors
This weekend, the Morton Grove Farmers Market hosted its first festival of summer with the Welcome to Morton Grove Day. The event is an open house of sorts, gathering many local community organizations, celebrating the village and allowing neighbors to get to know one another. In addition to the weekly offerings of produce, plants, foods, and other merchandise, Saturday's festival featured an inflatable fun house, a balloon artist, temporary and henna tattoos, interactive science demonstrations, live music, crafts, and more. Samina Hussain, Chairwoman of the Morton Grove Illinois Community Relations Commission, stated, "The purpose of this event is to represent as many local entities as possible. We have all kinds of groups here. People…
Monday, June 13, 2011
Parents, Students Gather For Summer Celebration
Carnival games, inflatables, pony rides, face painting, and food were all part of MCC Full Time School's community picnic Saturday afternoon on the school's grounds. The school has been putting on the celebration for a handful of years now. Although most in attendance at the event were current and former students of MCC and their parents, the event was open to the general public and is meant to bring neighbors together. "We continue to try and build relationships with the community, who has been very supportive of us in the past," stated MCC Principal Habeeb Quadri. "The best way for people to get to know each other is through experience and interaction."
Monday, June 6, 2011
Local mom holds letter-writing party as the young reach out to Congress about world poverty.
When Cindy Levin had children several years ago, the Morton Grove resident found it harder to do volunteer work. So she got creative. Check out the video to see how. On Saturday afternoon Levin hosted several children at her home for a letter-writing party, where personalized messages for Congress were created. The activity not only educates the youngsters about issues related to global poverty but also gets them involved in democracy. "I love doing this with kids because then advocacy is not an intimidating thing to them," Levin said. Levin, a mother of two, works part-time as a fundraiser and volunteers for RESULTS, an anti-poverty advocacy organization. The group lobbies Congress on behalf of impoverished nations where many people …
Monday, May 9, 2011
Cheese! Honey! Salsa! Plenty to taste, smell and hear at the farmers market this past weekend.
Morton Grove's Farmers' Market is in its second year and had its first Mother's Day event this past weekend, a preview of the months to come. Market vendors vary widely, from honey and candles made by beekeepers to clothing crafted from homegrown alpaca wool. A number of community groups are represented at the weekly event, among them the village's historical society, library, and Viking gymnastics team. The market does not officially open until June 4.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Keep the kids busy with movies, video games, and sports this weekend.
Niles West Girls Regional Final February 17 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Cheer on the girls of Niles West as they head to Skokie for the 4A Regional Finals Quiet on the Set video club February 17 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Kids grades 4-8 can learn how to write, act, and direct their own movies at the Niles public library. It’s a creative, collaborative, fun filled experience. Teen Dinner and a Movie Night February 18 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. $18 Teens can enjoy a three course dinner with other kids thier own age followed by a movie at the Niles Teen Center. Dinner is $18, but there will be snacks for sale for a little extra if you want candy during the movie. Middle School Night February 18 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. $3 Kids grades 5-8 are welcome to the Prairie View Community…
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
We know all the best places to go with your kids this weekend - and many of them are free!
Feb 10 - Kids in the Kitchen 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Free Do you have a budding Iron Chef? The Morton Grove Public Library will teach your youngest cook how to make some adventurous Asian and Pacific Island dishes. Feb 10 - Reading with Rover 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Free Help your kids build confidence by reading out loud to service dogs. These cuddly canines are the world’s most patient listeners and a great audience for whatever story your child wants to read. Feb 11 - Bibliobop Dance Party 10:00 a.m. - Noon Free Who says parents never go dancing anymore? Now we dance with the kids! This Saturday morning, DJ Miss Cate spins tunes for babies, toddlers and kids to all feel the rhythm! Shake your stuff with the whole family. Feb 11 - Open Season 3 4:00…
Monday, January 17, 2011
Golf Middle School principal Erin Stein, new to the district herself, invited 13 new or transfer students to a pizza and conversation-filled luncheon Friday.
Thirteen students new to Golf Middle School entered the building's multipurpose room Friday, most expecting a good lunch. That got principal Erin Stein thinking. How about a good friendship, as well? Students 10 to 14 years old participated in what Stein dubbed her “new student lunch,” a unique get-together pairing student and principal in an intimate surrounding. The waft of fresh cheese pizza filled the air as curious students filled the room, slightly confused, slightly apprehensive, but majorly hungry. Free food and drink, and perhaps the option for seconds, eased the students into an introductory dialogue with Principal Stein, as well as other key staffers. Stein said the purpose of the program was to initiate the new children into …
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Local districts expect more obesity-reducing foods as measure wins congressional approval.
Congress' vote last week to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act likely will change what local schoolchildren eat for lunch and the types of snacks available. The bill aims to reduce both obesity and hunger and improve children's prospects to live healthier over their lifetimes. It provides an additional $4.5 billion for school lunches over a 10-year period, which is the first significant increase in federal child nutrition programs in 30 years. It also allows the Department of Agriculture to set nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, whether in lunch programs or vending machines. Supporters hailed it as a major step forward for childrens' health and nutrition, and President Obama is expected to sign it soon. "It's a very …