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Wishing our neighbors

a happy & healthy

holiday season!

Your friends

at EAC



Gift Guide 2009

Finding the perfect gift can be a true

challenge. Consider these hot new options.

For the Foodie:

Add Le Creuset Stoneware to your

favorite chef ’s collection. The open-bowl

serving dish is ideal for stove-to-table

cooking. The cook will thank you when he

or she realizes that it’s also dishwasher safe.

For the kitchen library, Williams

Sonoma’s Tools and Techniques is a reference

bible with 500 chef tips and a forward

by acclaimed chef Thomas Keller.

Perhaps you have friends that would

rather curl up and watch the Food

Network than slave over a hot stove. Give

them a pair of tickets to take in a traveling

road show with their favorite celebrity

chef. Both Guy Fieri and Anthony

Bourdain have recently booked gigs in

the Chicago area.

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by Tracy Evans • Special to Pioneer Press

For the Techie:

A recent survey issued by the Consumer Electronics

Association found that four out of five adults planned to

buy electronics this holiday season. E-Readers are one

gift edging out portable music this year. Several brands

such as iRex and Sony join the original Kindle. Readers

can download everything from the hottest bestsellers to

today’s paper in one compact instrument that is ideal for

the busy commuter.

For the home-movie fanatic, check out reduced pricing

on blu-ray players, known for a superior high-definition

picture compared to standard DVDs.

Finally, Apple geeks will be happy to see yet another

incarnation of the iPod eliminating the click wheel altogether

in favor of a touch screen. The new iPod will also

include Wi-Fi access.

For a Cause:

Consider shopping for gifts at a

fair trade retailer such as Ten

Thousand Villages that has locations

nearby in towns such as Evanston

and Oak Park. Its goods support the

For the

Little Elves:

Video games are popular for

teens and even the young at

heart. Look for the third edition

of Guitar Hero that now offers a

variety of performance venues as

well as guitar battle mode.

Take on the turntables with

the first ever DJ Hero, available

at stores such as Wal-Mart and

Best Buy.

For the youngest on your gift

list, the nostalgic-brand Radio

Flyer recently announced a new

EZ-Rider scooter. The extrawide

wheels and low deck allow

for optimum balance and steering.

The model also features an

adjustable three-height handle

bar perfect for ages ranging from

three to eight. Most local Target

stores carry the brand as well as

local toy stores such as Foster

Toys in Hinsdale.

livelihood of artists in countries as

far reaching as the Middle East, Asia

and South America. Fifty percent of

an order is sent upfront to struggling

artists to help cover difficult costs

such as labor and materials. The

goods range in cultural influence and

For Your Cubicle Mate:

Grandma Got Run

Over Martini

Glass by Lolita.

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The office grab bag is a tricky assignment.

Whether your office pals

listen to your coffee break confessions

or just take your coffee

order, a small token of recognition is

a must during the giving season. Check

out F.U.N Cards & Gifts in Glenview for

the perfect variety of gift ideas, with many

under $20.

“We’re value-driven,” says the owner,

Rob Oswald. “Everyone can find something

magnificent within their price point.”

Look for universally popular gifts such as

Lolita hand-painted martini or pint glasses, holiday-inspired

scented votive candles or the everpopular

photo album to capture holiday memories.

Oswald says the store’s monogram services,

often available on a same-day or next-day basis,

give stationary and other desktop musts that

special touch.

style, and they are ideal to include in

stocking stuffers or grab bags. The

store stocks unique jewelry, candles

and soaps, as well as exotic fabric

purses and desk adornments, sure to

make a statement both in appearance

and meaning.

For the Fashionista:

“This season its all about glitz!” says Lena Lurie,

owner of ENAZ boutiques in Highland Park and

Northfield. “Adding a little sparkle to your

wardrobe is a great way to dress up any outfit.”

She suggests sharing gifts your loved ones can

use to update their winter wardrobes or holiday

party attire. Avora’s rhinestone cuffs and glittery

bangles are some of her top picks. She says metallic

cosmetic bags and clutches can update an outfit

with bold style.

For a stylish yet practical gift, clothing designers

have turned to the great outdoors for inspiration.

Lurie recommends T-shirt scarves with touches of

gold or fringe from designers such as Michael Stars.

Feeling generous? Give your stylish friends or

siblings a fabulous sweater coat or even a pair of

colorful rain boots with toasty liner socks from

Hunter. Even bad weather won’t stand in the way of

a night on the town now! • PP

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by Tracy Evans • Special to Pioneer Press

As the temperature continues to drop and

daylight hours get shorter, it’s hard not to

notice our body’s reaction. Fatigue, aches and

nagging sniffles are all part of the seasonal

transition to winter. Before penciling in your

sick days, consider these simple tips for staying

healthy during the dark months ahead.

Stop germs where they spread

These days, we’re confronted with

reminders about public places, such as work

and school, airlines and shopping malls,

where germs are easily spread. The CDC has

published a list of easy-to-follow recommendations,

starting with the seemingly obvious:

wash your hands. In the absence of soap and

water, alcohol-based hand wipes and gels help

sanitize your most vulnerable body part.

“Germs love hands, and anything you can

do to keep your hands clean will be most

effective in prevention,” says Dr. Jonathan

Maks of North Shore Physicians Group, who

recommends reciting the happy-birthday song

twice, which is the equivalent of about 20 seconds,

to wash effectively.

In addition to hands, our noses are a major

filter for germs and allergens in the air.

Mucus in the nose helps to flush out impurities.

In winter months when cold air and

heating systems threaten to dry out nasal passages,

dry noses can cause mucus to thicken

and viruses or bacteria to multiply at this

entry point. While outdoors, use mufflers to

protect the mouth and nose from direct exposure

to the cold. Indoors, provide instant

moisture with saline solution nasal sprays,

which also help to instantly flush out dust

and allergens.

Your diet makes a difference

Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, supports

cells by protecting them from harmful

infection-causing free radicals. Another

herbal remedy that helps to boost circulation,

an important antidote to congestion, comes

from ginger and cayenne. The body reacts to

their warming properties, which improves

blood flow. Ginger also acts as both a stomach

soother and an anti-inflammatory agent.

Most health-food followers are no

strangers to the immune boosting properties

of Echinacea. However, few are familiar with

the Chinese herbal relative known as

Astragalus. This herb is celebrated for its

anti-viral properties and support for white

blood cells.

Above all, consume plenty of water.

Staying hydrating will keep your cells and

immune system working properly to flush out

viruses and allergens.


winter wellness

Maintain good health during the cold season


Families Enjoying Shabbat Together

Every Saturday morning from 9-10 am, JRC offers

Jewish programs for families with young children: library

story hour, art and music experience, and our family

service led by Rabbi Rosen and Cantor Friedland.

November 28th: Telling Tales Family Library Hour

December 5th: Family Shabbat Service

December 12th: Hanukkah Fun

December 19: Aleph Arts

December 26: Telling Tales

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Sweat it out

At the onset of cold or flu symptoms,

many doctors consider the body’s natural

response to illness a clue to achieving a

speedy recovery. By simulating a fever, the

immune system kicks into overdrive and helps

kill viruses before they multiply. practitioner Dr.

Martha Howard recommends a hot water

bath. Wrap your body in a blanket or sweatshirt,

and immerse your feet and legs in the

hottest bath that your skin can tolerate. The

body will be forced to sweat.

“A hot environment increases your circulation

and kills viruses,” Howard says. “Fevers

are part of the body’s defense against


Howard recommends a heat therapy session

of at least 30 minutes to drastically

reduce the duration of a cold.

Another home remedy based on a similar

concept is the wet sock method. Pull on a

pair of cotton socks soaked in ice water.

Then, put on a dry pair of thick wool socks.

According to practitioner

Dr. Melody Hart, ND, the method causes

the body to feel under attack, which initiates

a fever-like response. This stimulates the

immune system and increases circulation.

Increased circulation raises white blood cell

count, and it can also treat congestion, sore

throat or respiratory infection. Hart says this

preventative tactic can be used regularly.

Know when to say when

Sometimes, even the best home remedies

can’t beat a winter bug. Maks advises his

patients to reassess symptoms after five to

seven days. If the conditions don’t change,

make an appointment. Other red flags to look

for are persistent fever (100.5 degrees or

higher), shortness of breath or chest pain, loss

of appetite or, for the elderly and small children,

behavioral signs such as confusion.

“Hopefully we can remind ourselves that

the key to successful aging and health is taking

a proactive approach to wellness,” Makes

says. • PP



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A Community


of Kwanzaa

Fountain Square, Davis Street.

between Orrington and Sherman Avenues

Sat., Dec. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Free. Call (847) 448-8254.

Please join the community as it celebrates the first

day of Kwanzaa at Fountain Square, right in the

heart of downtown Evanston. Enjoy music, song

and the traditional lighting of the Kinara and

recitation of principles. Sponsored by Fleetwood-

Jourdain Center, Evanston Recreation Division.


A Community Celebration

of Kwanzaa, Part II

Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.

Mon., Dec. 28 at 6 p.m.

Free. Call (847) 448-8254.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center welcomes you to its

extended community celebration of Kwanzaa. In previous years, it

focused on one principle per year. The center has now traveled full

circle. This year, it will concentrate on all seven principles: Umoja

(unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work

and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose),

Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith). This event encompasses

spoken word, the history of Kwanzaa and a libation ceremony.

Sponsored by Evanston Recreation Division.

Nutcracker on Ice

Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.

Fri., Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m.

$8.50 general. $9.50 reserved seats.

Call (847) 448-8258.

The Robert Crown Center’s ice skating school students and

competitive figure skaters will perform this holiday classic.

Reserve tickets early. Only four performances are available!


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Keeping yourself and your family organized during the

hectic holiday season can be the ultimate testament to your

ability to multi-task. Perhaps no time of year presents a bigger

challenge than the holiday season. The list of obligations

increase but the amount of time in the day, unfortunately,

remains the same.

Staying organized can be a great way to save time and

some of your sanity this holiday season. To do just that,

consider the following tips.

1. Create a holiday calendar. This calendar will be solely

devoted to the holidays. Fill it with all your parties,

shopping lists and anything else pertaining to the holidays.

That way, you’ll have it all in one place.

2. Create a meal plan. Map out what meals and

goodies you’ll be making this season. Write a list of

ingredients you’ll need to have ready in the pantry and

bring the list with you to the market.

3. Write a list of chores. Organize your home by

creating a list of what needs to be decorated, what

rooms need cleaning, etc.

4. Rely on gift lists. Don’t risk having to visit

the toy store more than necessary just because you

forgot one or two items. Make gift lists for every

person on your list. On each list, write down what

the recipient wants, gift ideas, clothing

sizes, favorite colors, hobbies or anything

else related to that person.

5. Make a holiday binder.

Don’t just stuff all those mile-long

gift lists and other organizational

items into a drawer. File them

away in a holiday binder. Pack

the binder away with the holiday

decorations each year

so it’s ready for the next


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Hide and don’t seek

Concealing gifts

from curious kids

Children, and even some

adults, are never more curious

than they can be during

the holiday season. Many

kids will search the house

far and wide in an effort to

learn what presents await

them come the big day. For

parents new to the game of

hiding gifts from relentless,

present-hunting youngsters,

the following hiding spots

could ensure the surprise is

still intact when kids wake

up and rush downstairs to

open their gifts.

* Place gifts in brown

bags from the supermarket,

and hide them in the back

of the closet or under the


* Hide gifts in the attic or

basement, and cover them

with blankets so inquiring

minds won’t see them.


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* Stash gifts in suitcases.

Kids will likely walk right

past the luggage.

* Hide gifts on a high

shelf in the back of your

storage closet. Keep them

out of eyesight and concealed

by clothes so kids

aren’t encouraged to go

searching while no one is


* Store gift under the

kitchen sink or in the laundry


* Put small gifts inside

old purses, bags or briefcases.

The purse, bag or briefcase

can then be hung in a

closet or guest bedroom

that is not used every day.

* Stash presents in the

china cabinets. Kids most

likely aren’t allowed in there

anyway so they’ll never find

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This holiday season, a

tight budget doesn’t have to

mean your loved ones miss

out on the time-honored tradition

of giving and receiving.

Retailers are working

harder than ever to gain

shopper’s favor with creative

and budget-friendly tactics

that recall days of yore.

The Return of


During the Great

Depression, long before the

advent of credit cards, layaway

was created out of a

need to pay for items with

cash that simply wasn’t available

in one chunk. When


Shopping trends in

the new economy

The resurgence of layaway, neo-haggling and

bartering can help consumers afford the holidays.

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many department stores and

chain retailers began to furnish

their own credit cards,

the process faded away.

Today, with wallets tightening

once again, layaway has

reemerged to help shoppers

Black Friday online spending increased

in 2008. Researchers are curious to see

what happens this year.

Despite an economy that had begun to falter, 2008 did

bear witness to an increase in Black Friday online spending

compared to the previous year. Known as Black Friday, the

day after Thanksgiving is a day many instantly associate with

shopping, particularly at the malls and large electronics


However, while it appears Americans are still doling out

dollars the day after Turkey Day, they appear to be doing so

online. According to comScore, Inc., a marketing research

company that provides data and service to Internet retailers,

Americans spent $534 million on e-commerce shopping on

Black Friday in 2008. That’s a one percent increase from

2007, despite the widespread knowledge, or even panic, that

the economy was beginning a downturn. Many credit the

positive Black Friday performance of 2008 to aggressive promotions

and discounts many retailers offered as a means of

countering the fears associated with the sagging economy.

2009 figures will offer an even better portrait of how efficacious

such promotions are, as much of the country has

adopted lifestyle changes wherein a greater emphasis has

been placed on saving money.

Perhaps no day, however, will prove more interesting for

online retailers than Cyber Monday, the Monday after

Thanksgiving, which is widely considered the first official

day of the online shopping season. Should the economy truly

affect online retailers, Cyber Monday 2009 will be a good

indicator as to whether the season will be good or bad for

online retailers.

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budget for larger purchases

over a longer period of time.

The selected items, typically

electronics, computers and

other weighty purchases,

remain on hold until the

retailer receives full payment.

During the Great Depression, long

before the advent of credit cards, layaway

was created out of a need to pay

for items with cash that simply wasn’t

available in one chunk. When many

department stores and chain retailers

began to furnish their own credit

cards, the process faded away. Today,

with wallets tightening once again,

layaway has reemerged to help shoppers

budget for larger purchases over

a longer period of time.

For many stores, such as

Toys R’ Us, which is testing

out layaway on big ticket

items for the first time this

year, the agreement also

eliminates overstock and

saves space in the store.

Items held on layaway are

shipped to a storage facility

where they are held until

fully paid.

Typically, layaway requires

some money up front to hold

the items. For many, a nominal

fee is required to enter

into an agreement. The

online business,, partners with

online retailers including

Best Buy and Apple, in a

modern online mall. The site

requires monthly payments

that can be set up automatically

through the site and a

transaction fee of 1.9 percent

of the total purchase. Others,

such as Toys R’ Us, require

20 percent upfront.

Sears, long known as a

pioneer in layaway services,

has reintroduced the program

as well as online layaway

available for the first time

this year. Targeting techsavvy

shoppers, the Web site

flags items eligible for the

installment method of payment

and simply requires a

$5 initiation fee. To ensure

shoppers stay on track, Sears

enforces a $10 cancellation

fee and a one-week grace

period after payment due

dates. When layaway installments

can be scheduled and

paid online over the course of

eight weeks, saving wisely

seems as easy as a click of a




Purchase power has shifted

as more budget-conscious

consumers look selectively on

goods they need. Despite the

omnipresent sale signs, shoppers

have learned how to

manipulate a recession to

their benefit. Neo-haggling

— a new method of shopping

around, researching

competitors and asking for

discounts — is an art form

revitalized by vulnerable

retailers. Nothing is off-limits

to hagglers, who chip

away at price tags to receive

even a minimal discount. It’s

the mentality of the street

vendor when the importance

of moving goods outweighs


Bartering is another

ancient sales tactic used more

for services than goods today.

Perhaps the swap is Web

design services in exchange

for construction services.

Now more than ever, a nonmonetary

exchange of goods

or services goes far. The bartering

technique might

sound very quaint, but consider

when two new entrepreneurs

are involved and

both parties stand to profit

from an exchange of skills.

Perhaps there is a lesson to

learn by revisiting the spending

techniques of yesterday

— a lesson built on savvy

shopping, responsible budgeting

and thoughtful, more

meaningful purchases. • PP


Tree lighting kicked

off holiday season

Yesterday at 5:30 p.m.,

Evanstonians gathered to welcome

the upcoming holiday season

with the annual Evanston

Holiday Tree Lighting in

Fountain Square.

The celebration included an outdoor

performance of holiday carols

by the Music Institute of

Chicago Youth Choir and a visit

from Evanston mayor, Elizabeth

Tisdahl, and Rotary

International’s assistant general

secretary, Kathy Kessenich. Santa

Claus arrived on an Evanston

fire truck to the delight of the

many children present.

Downtown Evanston continued

the tradition of the green

tree lighting ceremony with

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thousands of reusable LED

lights decorating the majestic

tree. The Youth Choir held

LED-lit candles while singing

holiday carols.

A festive warm-up reception,

with holiday goodies hosted by

Rotary International in the Café

in One Rotary Center, followed

the ceremony.

In the spirit of holiday giving,

healthful canned goods were

accepted for donation to Hilda’s

Place, Evanston’s emergency

housing and support services for

the homeless. Hilda’s provides

more than 12,600 nights of shelter

and serves 20,000 meals per

year to those in need.

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Open Studio Project’s Artist Holiday

Faire will feature local crafts, artwork

Open Studio Project’s Artist

Holiday Faire and Boutique will

feature beautiful art and handmade

crafts made by local artists.

Now in its third year, the

Holiday Faire provides affordable

and unique gifts (many made from

recycled materials), such as ornaments,

clothing, bags and jewelry.

For those who want to experience

the benefits of art-making, gift

certificates for Open Studio

Project’s wide variety of classes

Open Studio Project

Artist Holiday Faire

and Boutique

Dec. 12-23

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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(847) 475-0390

and workshops for kids, students

and adults will be available.

Delicious, homemade baked

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tificate to a class) will round out

selections at the Faire.

While browsing, shoppers can

see Open Studio Project’s art studio

and learn about its unique art

and writing process that empowers

participants to connect with their

creativity and bring meaningful

change into their lives. They can

check out Open Studio Project’s

first work of public art: a mosaic

mural located on a wall between

the Metra and CTA tracks at

Main Street, which is just a short

walk from the Studio.

“Art-making has so many positive

benefits, from wellness and

stress relief to having time for

yourself or just having fun,” says

Dayna Block, executive director of

Open Studio Project. “Sometimes

people say that they are not good

at art when, in fact, wherever you

are is a perfect place to begin.”

Open Studio Project is an

award-winning non-profit arts and

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