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2 | February 16, 2017 | The glencoe anchor calendar In this week’s anchor Police Reports........................6 Pet of the Week........................8 Editorial......................................13 Puzzles18 Faith ............................................20 Dining Out22 Home of the Week23 Athlete of the Week26 The Glencoe Anchor Editor Fouad Egbaria, x35 sports Editor Michael Wojtychiw, x25 Sales director John Zeddies, x12 real estate sales Elizabeth Fritz, x19 Classified sales, Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, 708.326.9170, x46 Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, 708.326.9170, x51 PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin, x16 Managing Editor Eric DeGrechie, x23 AssT. Managing Editor Fouad Egbaria, x35 President Andrew Nicks EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, 708.326.9170, x30 22 nd Century Media 60 Revere Drive Suite 888 Northbrook, IL 60062 Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries The Glencoe Anchor is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 60 Revere Dr. Ste. 888, Northbrook, IL 60062. Application to Mail Periodical Postage Prices is pending at Northbrook, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to The Glencoe Anchor 60 Revere Dr Ste. 888 Northbrook, IL 60062 Published by ph: 847.272.4565 fx: 847.272.4648 THURSDAY Curtain Call Club 4:15-5 p.m., Feb. 16, Glencoe Public Library, Hammond Room, 320 Park Ave. Explore theater through improv games and drama and writing activities. Registration required. Recommended for students in third grade and older. FRIDAY Preschool Day Off — Things That Go 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 17, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road. Cars, trucks, trains and planes! Join for a fun transportationthemed day full of stories, art, music and games. Cost to attend is $40 for residents. SUNDAY Trail Marker Trees 2 p.m., Feb. 19, Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave. America’s first road signs were created by Native Americans, who would shape trees into distinctive forms to help them navigate the wilderness. This program will be presented by Dennis Downes, a nationally known artist whose 30-year study of marker trees forms the basis of his book, Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths through the Wilderness. The discussion will include historical images and information discovered since the book’s 2011 publication. This program is cosponsored by the Friends of the Green Bay Trail and is suitable for adults and families with older (grade 3 and up) children. MONDAY Book Babies 10 a.m., Feb. 20, Glencoe Public Library, Hammond Room, 320 Park Ave. Introduce your baby to the library with stories, songs, and active play designed to teach infants and toddlers their first literacy skills. Older siblings are welcome. Ages 0-18 months with parent or caregiver. Rock and Read 11-11:30 a.m., Feb. 20, Glencoe Public Library, Hammond Room, 320 Park Ave. Go back to school with Monday stories for a slightly older crowd. Listen to books, move to the beat and more at this active storytime. Ages 18 months-3 with parent or caregiver. TUESDAY Technology Tuesday 1-2:30 p.m., Feb. 21, Glencoe Public Library, Hammond Room, 320 Park Ave. Online privacy is becoming a major issue as companies like Google and Facebook are increasingly mining personal data for advertising and other purposes. How much information are you willing to give up in order to get a more personalized online experience? And how can you control what is being collected? That will be the topic of this Online Privacy Class. Technology Tuesdays is taught by Mike Gershbein and is open to all ages and skills, although a basic knowledge of computers is required. Each class will last 1.5 hours. Mad Science! Forces 4:14-5 p.m., Feb. 21, Glencoe Public Library, Hammond Room. Staff from Mad Science of Northern Illinois will lead explorations of a different science topic each class. Registration required. For grades K-2. Special Projects and Facilities Committee meeting 7-9 p.m., Feb. 21, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road. The Glencoe Park District’s Special Projects and Facilities Committee will convene for its regular monthly meeting. Free Library Talk 2 p.m., Feb. 21, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library, Regenstein Center, 1000 Lake Cook Road. Join us for a free lecture on the Lenhardt Library’s rare book exhibition Orchidpalooza: Illustrated Orchid Varieties. Orchidpalooza: Illustrated Orchid Varieties rare book exhibition features five oversized, chromolithographs from Frederick Sander’s Reichenbachia: Orchids Illustrated and Described, published in 1895. These unique proof impressions are unsigned, untitled, and unnumbered, and were likely intended for a third series of this work on orchids that was never issued. THURSDAY Paint Your Own Masterpiece 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 23, Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave. No art experience whatsoever is necessary to join us for a fun, artist-led evening involving acrylic paints, a 16”x20” canvas, and your creativity. Step-by-step guidance will be provided by Pinot’s Palette in Glenview staff. Be sure to wear clothing that can handle the possibility of a few paint splashes. Registration is required and space is limited! Glencoe residents have priority. This two-hour event is for adults. Registration is open. UPCOMING Teen Ice Night 6:30 p.m., Feb. 24, Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St. Join for an evening of fun at the Watts Ice Center. Participants will enjoy pizza, hot chocolate, s’mores by the fire, games, and ice skating. Admission for pass holders is $5, daily admission for non-pass holders is $15. Skate rentals available. Glencoe Historical Society Annual Dinner 6 p.m., Feb. 25, North Shore United Methodist Church, 213 Hazel Ave. Join for the Glencoe Historical Society’s annual dinner and 80th birthday celebration. There will be cocktails and a dinner buffet, plus a Mardi Gras parade at 8 p.m. and special announcements about future Glencoe Historical Society projects. Purchase tickets online at www. For additional information, call (847) 835-0040. North Shore Camp Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Sunset Ridge School, 525 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield. Join 22nd Century Media, publisher of The Glencoe Anchor, for this third annual free event that will feature information and personnel from more than 40 camps and businesses. There will also be a balloon artist, face painting, cotton candy, a make-your-own-trailmix bar station and more. For more information, call (847) 272-4565 or visit www.22ndcenturymedia. com/camp. Glencoe Park Board Meeting 7 p.m., Feb. 28, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road. The Glencoe Park Board will convene for its regular monthly meeting. Public Meeting on Lakefront Park 6:30 p.m., March 2, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road. The Glencoe Park Board has scheduled a public meeting on Lakefront Park. ONGOING Orchid Show 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 11-March 26, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road. Escape from winter at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show. This year, at the Garden’s biggest flower show of the year, the Garden will take a playful look at orchids and popular culture. Ongoing Meditation Dropin Series 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fridays, Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road. Discover the true expression of self through meditation and group discussion. Led by FSG’s Chuck Hutchcraft, LCSW, ordained Zen Buddhist priest and mindfulness teacher, these drop-in sessions will help individuals learn inner balance and realize natural self-assurance. North Shore Chess Club 7-9 p.m., Thursdays, Starbucks, 347 Park Ave., Glencoe. The North Shore Chess Club meets with players at all levels of chess skill, beginner, intermediate, advanced. For more information, email guntherrice@ To submit an item for the community calendar, contact Editor Fouad Egbaria at Entries are due by noon on the Thursday prior to publication date. news the glencoe anchor | February 16, 2017 | 3 Planting the seeds Retiring exec. VP and director grew Botanic Garden from its roots up Fouad Egbaria, Editor Kris Jarantoski worked to clear 40 years of memories from his Chicago Botanic Garden office the afternoon Jarantoski of Feb. 7. A few stray papers sat on his mostly cleared desk like wayward tumbleweeds and the walls were largely bare. His second-floor office in the Barbara Carr Administrative Center offered a gray view of the outdoors, where fog loomed over bare, skeletal trees. That imagery, however, juxtaposed diametrically with four decades of vibrant growth at the garden, much of which is attributable to Jarantoski’s direction. Jarantoski, the garden’s executive vice president and director, retired 40 years after getting his start as an assistant horticulturist in 1977. Feb. 8 was his last day. “So much has happened,” Jarantoski said. “Sometimes a week seems like a year, we pack so much into it. You look around at all the gardens and everything that’s been done, it’s quite amazing.” The garden has eclipsed the 1-million-visitor mark in each of the last four years, drawing visitors from all over to its 27 distinct gardens and four natural areas on its 385-acre “I guess I came here more for not what it was, but for the promise of what it could be someday.” -Kris Jarantoski— former Chicago Botanic Garden executive vice president and director on taking a job at the garden in 1977, five years after it opened campus. It wasn’t always this way, though. “Actually, I visited here with a friend about six months before I started working here and we got out of the car in the parking lot and it was so bad we got back in the car and drove away,” Jarantoski said, laughing. Founded in 1972, the garden was very “raw” then, he said, noting some weeds even dwarfed shrubs in size. Six months after that visit, he accepted a job offer at the garden. “I guess I came here more for not what it was, but for the promise of what it could be someday,” he said. “[I] was right at the ground level. ... They had big ideas of what they wanted to be. They wanted to be one of the great botanic gardens. You know Chicago always has been bigger than life — let’s do it right, let’s do it big.” But before he could even get to the ground level, the seeds for his career had to be planted. Growing up in Milwaukee, he enjoyed helping his parents tend to their home gardens. “We always had gardens at home,” he said. “Vegetable gardens, perennial gardens, flower gardens. We had a woods and a river across the street that I played in all the time.” On trips to the Boerner Botanical Gardens as a youth, he was routinely blown away by the big trees. “It was bigger than anything. ... It was gorgeous,” he said. His family also lived not far from the domes of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. He joked that he once told his mother he wasn’t sure how he ended up in the field that became his career. That answer was obvious to her — whenever he fussed as a baby, they’d bring him into nature and let him gaze at the trees and other plants. Although he fostered an early love for the natural world, he started his college career as a music education major at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. He has played as a church organist for a total of 19 years at numerous churches, including his family church, St. Rita in West Allis, Wis. He changed keys, however, when he took an urban botany elective course as a sophomore. “I said ‘You know, I like the landscape plants, I like the trees, shrubs, flowers. I really don’t like the algae and fungae and stuff like Kris Jarantoski (right) pictured with Japanese bonsai master Susumu Nakamura in 2000 when Nakamura made a significant gift of bonsai to the garden. Photo Submitted that,’” he said. “And [the teacher] says ‘So you like horticulture.’” After discussing it further, he realized he had to head to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue horticultural studies. As a junior there, he began picturing a career at a big public garden. “You don’t even think ‘Gee, I could make a living working at one of these places I’ve always liked,’” he said. He interned at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., and the Boerner Botanical Gardens. Later, he also interned at a University of Minnesota arboretum while in graduate school there. “That cemented my idea that this is what I wanted to do for my whole life,” he said. He accepted the job at the Chicago Botanic Garden, banking on its potential. The garden has come a long way since then. “The soil was so bad we were planting annuals with pick axes,” he said. After helping get a soilsample-collecting initiative off the ground, he was promoted to horticulturist. “It just went on from there,” he said. “We built garden after garden after garden.” He worked his way up, eventually being named director of the garden in 1995 and executive vice president of the Chicago Horticultural Society in 2001. All the while, the garden grew and more visitors came with each passing year, he said. The staff’s growth has matched that, starting at about 30 when he joined the garden to 250 year-round employees today. “We had visions and dreams but never realized it would get this great,” he said. “Our first landscape architect said ‘Build for a million visitors a year.’ We laughed at the guy, we said ‘You’ve got to be crazy — a million visitors a year?’” That vision came to fruition in 2013, when the Garden drew more than 1 million visitors for the first time. New attractions are sure to bring in new visitors, too, including the $28 million Regenstein Learning Campus, which opened in 2016. Other projects are in the offing as well, including an eponymous Kris Jarantoski Campus. A campus bearing his name is not something he ever envisioned. “I never thought I’d be director,” he said. “I was just a plant nut. It’s a big honor, I was humbled when they even said they were going to do it.” Jarantoski will be succeeded by Fred Spicer, who most recently served 15 years as director and CEO of the Birmingham (Ala.) Botanical Gardens. They’ve known each other for decades, Jarantoski said, and he’s walked the garden’s spaces with Spicer to show him how they do certain things. “The main thing is quality,” Jarantoski said. “You’ve gotta have an eye — and I think he does — you’ve gotta go out there and see the weeds. You’ve gotta see the perennial over there that’s crashed because it was raining for the last week every day.” Aside from the garden’s growth, numerous organizations have recognized Jarantoski for his eye for quality. In 2011, the Garden Club of America presented Jarantoski with its Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding service in the field of horticulture. In July 2014, Jarantoski received the American Public Gardens Association’s Honorary Life Member Award, which recognizes “an enduring commitment and Please see planting, 4