A Day in Our Village

Oak Park residents reserve the first Sunday each June to gather as a community to celebrate the coming of summer. This year, June 1 marks the date of the 41st annual festival, A Day in Our Village, which brings together the area’s civic, cultural, social …

The King’s Court


Located inside the MB Financial Park in Rosemont, the 2700-square-foot Kings Rosemont offers first-class dining, bowling and entertainment. With its retro-inspired vibe and state-of-the-art equipment, Kings offers a modern option for those seeking a spot that hearkens back to an era when good times ruled. …

Modern-day meds: Diabetes technology adapts for 21st century lifestyle


From touch screens to glucose sensors, there are several new and user-friendly ways for people to manage diabetes. “There are all kinds of innovations,” said Betty Wickman, a diabetes educator at the Edward Diabetes Center at Edward Hospital in Naperville. One of the newest and …

Two years after Dream Home win, a local couple looks back


Eric Makstenieks and his wife, Catherine, have never considered themselves skiers, but when the Hinsdale couple learned they’d won a fully stocked mountain lodge in Stowe, Vermont, they had no objections. HGTV awarded the stay-at-home dad and his family the coveted Dream Home over 76.5 …

5 tips for staying safe and healthy this summer


Among the ways to have fun in the summer months without risking injury or death is keeping pools clean, swimming safely and staying hydrated.

Celebrate good health at June 8 event

VNA Health Care is hosting a party to Celebrate Good Health for men and women. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, at 400 N. Highland Ave. in Aurora. “Since women are usually the ones making …

Common swimming injuries can be avoided


Although swimming is a very safe activity, minor and major injuries do occur. For those who swim for fun, such as in a backyard pool, water park, or lake or river, the most common injuries will be sprains, strains, and scrapes that happen from falls and rough play. Dr. Roy G.HHere’s how to avoid summer swimming injuries.

The time to choose a senior community is now

Just when is it time to move to a long-term senior living community? Most people think, never! However, living alone or one spouse trying to provide care for the other is often unsafe. Seniors with physical or mental/emotional limitations, often have difficulty performing even the most ordinary care for self, spouse and home placing them at risk for illness or injury. The staff at Sunnymere in Aurora does the cleaning, laundry, cooking (and the cleaning up afterward), so that the caregiver/spouse is able to receive the assistance needed for their loved one and themselves.

A Day In Our Village: Celebrating diversity, community and Iris Lozeau


This is the first time in the A Day in Our Village festival’s 40-year history that Iris Lozeau won’t be a part of it. According to Ellen Plourde, the activity chair of the festival, which is held annually on the first Sunday in June at …

Is your child ready for overnight camp?


Parents are going to know best when trying to determine if their child is ready to go to overnight camp. Gordie Kaplan, executive director of the American Camp Association Illinois office, said that for most children ages 8 to 10 is when they are ready to stay away from home, reach out of their comfort level and go away to camp. Here are some guidelines to know that your camper will be happy, not homesick.

Waubonsee summer programs run the gamut


Whether they want to make a movie, create a video game or become a rock star, children ages 4 to 17 are invited to explore their interests this summer with Waubonsee Community College’s Xcelerate enrichment program. The program features 15 different weeklong classes that range from $59 to $219.

Experience a wide variety of activities at Camp Anokijig

With a rich tradition and history of offering youth an experience that will last a lifetime, Camp Anokijig has been recognized for excellence in camping for 87 years. Anokijig means “we serve,” but it also means new friends, positive values, personal growth, great adventures and outrageous fun. Coed, overnight programs are offered for kids ages 7 to 16, for four days to one or more weeks of summer fun.

The Big Clean


Spring cleaning includes getting rid of dirt and grime on surfaces as well as getting rid of bigger pieces such as clothing and furniture. For both, we’ve tapped two local experts for their advice. If you’re getting ready to hose down the kitchen, consider paring …

How does your garden grow


When selecting your plants, make sure that they all have the same light and water necessities. Pansies and violas are traditional favorites due to their bright colors, hardiness and reliability. Whereas many spring flowers are delicate and in need of covering when frost is on …

Totally feasible ways to organize your home

Organizing can be a daunting undertaking, especially when the piles of mail and toys seem taller than Mount Everest. Personal organizers recommend taking a step back to get a good plan before tackling the summit of organization. It may also be the best step before …

Turn your clutter into cash: April 28 at the Oak Park Library

Life gets cluttered for most of us. Each day, our homes accumulate more stuff. Whether it’s paper, clothing, furniture, decor, equipment or even food, clutter makes its way into our life. However, it rarely seems to leave. Carolyn Miller, professional organizer and owner of Mind …

Fox Valley United Way celebrates 90 years


The Fox Valley United Way is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Check out the special section that commemorated this milestone.

Get to know Naperville at these 10 events


There are oodles of events this spring and summer in Naperville, from plant sales to community theater to free outdoor concerts. Pull out the calendar, here are some ideas to help get you started.

Local framer fills void left by camera store closings


Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing in Naperville has been poised for years to fill the void left by area camera stores — like Wolf and Ritz — that have gone out of business due to the collapse of the film market in favor of digital images and smart phone cameras. “People call and stop in more and more often asking where they can get photo enlargements and canvas prints made now that the local camera stores are gone,” said owner Kevin Colbert. “We are pleased to tell them that we do it all right here!”

First Community Financial Bank opens in Naperville Plaza

First Community Financial Bank’s new location at 24 W. Gartner Road in Naperville is centrally located for customers and supports the bank’s “Locally owned, made for you” promise — bringing in full-service banking with a local community focus to the surrounding families and businesses right in the neighborhood. This new location offers customers two additional features: a drive-up window and 24/7 ATM.

Don’t miss out on these 12 opportunities for fun in the Fox Valley


Thoughts are turning to getting out of the house. Ease your cabin fever, check out these cool events coming up this spring and summer, and simultaneously discover what the Fox Valley is all about.

AmVets is committed to ‘serving those who served’

The community is invited to visit AmVets Post 103 at 1194 Jericho Road in Aurora. AmVets is a military organization/club that serves not only veterans, but members of the surrounding communities. The group offers a fun and cozy bar/restaurant atmosphere with a mixture of members …

Sears aims to be your one-stop hometown appliance showroom

Sears is now your local home appliance showroom. Located at 2578 Douglas Road in Oswego, the Sears Home Appliance Showroom offers something you don’t find at big-box stores: the smell of fresh baked cookies. Just a like a friendly neighbor, the showroom offers you a …

Tillers’ vision therapy program assists in recovery

The Tillers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego is leading the industry with its newly added Vision Therapy Program. Vision therapy is not a new concept, but it is very unique to the skilled nursing and rehabilitation setting and Tillers is the only facility in the area to offer this service to its residents.

Fundraiser to help 6th-grade teacher diagnosed with leukemia


In six weeks, Todd Ramsbottom, 36, went from a life filled with competitive swimming, triathlons, coaching football and wrestling at Lincoln Junior High School, and spending as much time at home on the floor playing with his three children to one that involves chemotherapy, an upcoming bone morrow transplant and an uncertain future.

Noon Rotary funds bicycle for special needs students


ST. CHARLES — Teaching assistant Peg Frank was convinced that her students at the Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative would benefit from using an adaptive bike as part of their therapy and learning experience. “These students had never been exposed previously to using a bike, and …