4 | April 12, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger news mokenamessenger.com Lady - A Women’s Expo to return April 21 to Tinley Park Convention Center Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter It is a Mother’s Day tradition unlike any other. Lady - A Women’s Expo, presented by 22nd Century Media and Planet Fitness, is set to return from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive in Tinley Park. The annual event also is sponsored by the Chicago Sky, Ingalls Health System and Celebrity Cruises. The free event has more than 100 vendors slated to attend this year — covering health and wellness to fashion and beauty, food to financial planning — making it the largest Lady expo to date, according to Heather Warthen, chief events officer at 22nd Century Media. “The nice thing about this expo that I see year to year is that we see a lot of girls getting together and starting a ladies day out,” Warthen said. “We also draw moms, daughters and granddaughters. That’s what makes me happy. It’s a great prelude into Mother’s Day weekend and a great chance for women of all ages to bond.” Among the highlights this year will be an expanded roster of vendors, as well as entertainment options. “I think people like to see what the vendors have to offer,” Warthen said. “It’s a great opportunity, because we have an entire stage of cooking demos, which is back again this year. We have some great local chefs, and you can pick up some new cooking tips. I know that was a huge draw last year.” She also pointed to the main stage attractions, such as Danni Allen — the winner of Season 14 of “The Biggest Loser” — and plenty free fitness classes, including cardio and yoga. Also returning to the expo this year is Silk Avenue, from Lady – A Women’s Expo: Four hacks to get the most out of your visit Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter A lot of people will be strolling through the aisles Saturday, April 21, for the fifth annual Lady – A Women’s Expo. We asked Heather Warthen, 22nd Century Media’s chief events officer and resident expert expo authority, for some “hacks” for those who plan to attend, so they can make best use of their time there. 1. Scout ahead: Take a look at the event’s Eventbrite webpage before you head to the convention center. It will have the full list of vendors, an event schedule for the fitness classes, cooking demos and main stage entertainment. Map out some things you definitely want to do and save yourself some idle time. 2. Arrive early to get some swag: Have you ever heard the expression, “The whom attendees can purchase custom-made scarves. “We’ve got something for everybody,” Warthen said. “There’s plenty to do, and I think people like seeing the variety of vendors we get. It’s not all clothing or food or home remodeling or repairs; we really do try to bring in a variety that people will enjoy.” early bird gets the worm?” Well, in this case, early arrivers have the best chance at receiving a free gift bag. There only are 500 of these bad boys, so the closer you arrive to 9 a.m., the better your chance to pick one up. 3. Be a trendsetter; go against the flow: Warthen says that oftentimes, expogoers tend to follow a similar path through the aisles, leading to some congestion at certain spots. One way to avoid that? Be a trailblazer and walk in the opposite direction, by working from the back to the front. 4. Don’t be a hero, choose comfort over style: If those boots aren’t made for walking, leave them at home. With approximately 100 vendors and some serious entertainment, odds are your daily step count is going to exceed your goal. Wear some comfortable shoes. Entertainment schedule • 9-9:15 a.m. Dr. Finkelstein, Women’s Healthcare of Illinois • 9:15-9:30 a.m. Ingalls Health System • 9:30-10 a.m. Cardio with Planet Fitness • 10-10:45 a.m. Planet Fitness presents Danni Allen, winner of “The Biggest Loser” Season 14 • 10:45-11 a.m. Dancing with Fred Astaire Dance Studio • 11-11:30 a.m. Yoga with Yoga 360 • 11:30 a.m.-noon “Life Happens Laugh Anyway” - Laugh Anyway Mom Tracy DeGraaf • Noon-12:15 p.m. Dancing with Fred Astaire Dance Studio • 12:15-12:30 p.m. Chicago Sky WNBA New this year will be Tracy DeGraaf, who authored the 2010 book, “Laugh Anyway Mom: Hilarious Survival Stories From a Mother of Five Who Has Learned How to Keep the Joy in Motherhood and How You Can Too.” Also new this year will be a couple of mobile boutiques, such as Coash Clothing Company and Three B’s Vendors list • 22nd Century Media • Abbie Applies Professional In-Home Makeup Classes • Agnes & Dora • Aloette • Amelia James by Amanda • Arbonne • Artistic Designs • Bada Bling • Bath Planet • B. Nutty LLC • Brannigan Chiropractic Center • Broadway Jewelry • Castillo’s Craftycles • Celebrity Cruises • Chicago Sky • Chiro One • Coash Clothing Company • College of DuPage Nursing Department • Color Street • Cook County MEDS • Country Financial • Damsel in Defense • Dan Mosca State Farm • Dana Digrispino - Custom Clothing & Alterations • Dilly Nature • DIY Sign Party • doTERRA Essential Oils • EveFit • Evergreen Senior Living • Family Source Consultants • Floor Coverings International • Fred Astaire Dance Studio • Gracie Pie Apothecary • Green Mountain Energy Company Mobile Boutique. LifeSource also will be sponsoring blood and bone marrow drives during the expo. Appointments may be • Hempworx • Hubbard House Publishing Company • Hustle & Heart • Illinois State Treasurer • Ingalls Health System • Jewels2U • Joliet Slammers • Juicy Luzy Sangria • Just Greetings - Greeting Card Line • Kevin M. Wiggins Agency • Kimberly Neill - Keller Williams Preferred Realty • La Bella Uniforms • Lange • LeafFilter Gutter Protection • LifeSource • LipSense by SeneGence • LK Acupuncture • LuLaRoe • Luminess Airess • Make Up Eraser • Mary Kay Cosmetics • Miss Lilly’s Bridal Creations • Monat • Naddle’s Sweet Treats • Nerium International • Norwex • Nothing Bundt Cakes • Nspire Network • NuMark Credit Union • Orland Park Crossing • Passanante’s Home Food Services • Planet Fitness • Porter Place • Power Home Remodeling • Practical Products • Providence Palos Heights • Pucher & Ranucci, P.C., made in advance by calling (877) 543-3768 or visiting www.LifeSource.org. Free gift bags also will be given to the first 500 people Attorneys at Law • Questions Kids Ask About God • Renewal by Andersen Windows and Doors • Rodan & Fields • Ruby Ribbon • Scout & Cellar Clean- Crafted Wine • ScrapElegance Creations • Sensual Scentduction Candle Co. • Shades Luxury Cosmetics • Sheets by Karen • Sheila’s Decorative Pens • ShelfGenie • Silk Avenue • Silver Strand Boutique • Sleep Number • Something That Fits • Surprise Parties • Tastefully Simple • The Baby’s Crib • The Furever Home Friends • The Law Office of Sonia D. Coleman, P.C. • Thirsty Donkey Skin Co. • This Is My Legacy • Three B’s Mobile Boutique • Total Life Changes • Tracy DeGraaf • Traveling Vineyard • Usborne Books and More • Vitalife • Window Works • World Global Network (Helo LX) • Wyndham Vacation Resorts Inc. • Yoga 360 • Young Living Essential Oils Cooking demo schedule • 9:15-9:45 a.m. Chef Ruben L. Pazmino, Rubi Agave Latin Kitchen, Tequila and Whiskey Bar Homer Glen • 9:50-10:20 a.m. Chef Sue Kainrath, Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts and Neighborhood Gourmet owner • 10:25-10:55 a.m. Chef Tom Grotovsky, The Unforgettable Chef • 11-11:30 a.m. Chef Chris Schwellenbach, Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts • 11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Chef Tim Bucci, Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts • 12:10-12:40 p.m. Tin Fish Restaurant, Tinley Park through the doors. To learn more about Lady - A Women’s Expo, visit www.22ndcenturymedia. com/lady.
mokenamessenger.com news the Mokena Messenger | April 12, 2018 | 5 Miles for Music does a community good Laurie Fanelli Freelance Reporter A recent UK study revealed that live music can actually increase feelings of well-being, which, in turn, can lengthen life expectancy. Add a bit of cardio to that equation and living a long, healthy life has never been easier. On Sunday, April 8, over 150 community concertlovers gathered at Breidert Green and Old Plank Road Trail to participate in Miles for Music, a benefit 5K/10K for the Music Department at Lincoln-Way East High School. The LWE Music Boosters, a parent and community group, sponsored the event in a continuing effort to support student musicians as they pursue their artistic ambitions. “We’re very vested in the music education of our students,” said LWE Music Boosters Secretary and Miles for Music Fundraising Chair Trudy Sturino. “Our booster organization has structured the jazz program, which is here today showcasing their talents. We also make contributions to other music groups including the orchestra and choral groups. We support all the extracurricular music activities as well.” Along with the new addition of the 10K option, this year’s event also featured live music on the course from the Lincoln-Way East drum line at the turnaround and tenor saxophone player Aiden Dehn positioned near the start and finish. Members of the jazz band also provided pre-race entertainment and choral singers performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the start. Music Department Chair Dr. Bert Johnson was on hand for the event as he signed up for the 5K with his wife Erika and daughters Ellery, 7, and Britton, 4. “Lincoln-Way East’s music program is pretty all encompassing with choral, instrumental, band, orchestra, jazz, vocal jazz, marching band, pep band and winterguard. It’s huge,” he said. “We probably have close to 500 kids in the program and a lot of them participate in more than one group. Their families are all really passionate about music, too, so that’s great.” While Johnson was focused on the music, Ellery and Britton were more interested in the miles. “I did some stretches earlier and I did 10 push-ups and 10 situps,” Ellery said of her prerace preparations. Britton didn’t seem worried about any sisterly competition, proudly declaring: “I’m more faster.” Joliet residents Linda and Cassandra Salkas also made the event a family affair as the mother-daughter duo signed up for the 10K as a training run for an upcoming 15K. “Even if we’re running slow, we like to run the whole track with no walking breaks,” said Linda Salkas. “I haven’t ever ran a 10K race yet so I wanted to try. I just want to finish it, I’m not really worried about my time,” added Cassandra Salkas. Tinley Park resident Nolan Enright didn’t have to worry about his time either as he finished first in the 5K race along with female first place finisher, Lincoln-Way East teacher Caroline Gerritsen. Frankfort residents Daryl Sweeney and Pam Erickson were the first place finishers in the inaugural 10K. Following the success of the Miles for Music fundraiser, and the recent Fish Lincoln-Way East AFJROTC leads Miles for Music participants to the starting line Sunday, April 8. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media Ellery Johnson (left) 7, and her sister Britton, 4, stretch before the 5K. Fry series, the Lincoln-Way East Music Boosters will be gearing up for the annual Jazz Showcase fundraiser on May 4 and 5. More information is available at lwemusicboosters. org. Bob Spychalski BROKER •CustomizedMarketingCampaign •Freeprofessional&dronephotography •Strongonline&socialmediaexposure •5starZillowagent •FrankfortResident 630.728.8490 BOB SPYCHALSKI ILC 8509 0318