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Learning to Live Green

by Allyson Hoffman

The 2012 Evanston Green Living Festival will present a wide spectrum of green exhibitors, plenty of fun activities for adults and children, and a healthy selection of food and drinks.  The Evanston Green Living Festival is an annual event presented by the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the City of Evanston. The festival is held at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard in Evanston [map], a venue where organizations can present green products, services and ideas to help attendees lower their carbon footprint.  The Festival runs from 9am to 3pm and admission is free! Have a great weekend!

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
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Give Your Garage the Makeover It Deserves!

by Allyson Hoffman

Somewhere, there's a book with a rule that says a garage must be white with bare walls and a dull grey concrete pad. No one is ever confused when they go through a door into the garage. But, is that always a good thing?  The answer to that question is no, of course. 

While keeping our cars safe from the environment is the stated purpose of the garage, that's very seldom all we do with the space. A peek inside a random, representative garage shows a variety of lawn and garden tools and supplies, a garbage can, household and car tools, shelves with sports equipment and an old tent, and the singing fish birthday gift from 1997. And, as you can guess, it's an amazing mess most of the time.

With a weekend of work and some creativity, you can give your garage a makeover and turn it into an extension of your living space instead of just an afterthought.

The first step is to take a hard look at what you store in your garage. Is there a better way to organize that stuff so it takes up less space? Shelves, either free-standing or on the wall, are an obvious way. Look to the walls! Where shelves aren't an option, hardware to hang yard tools, power cords and hoses can get things up off the ground and out of the way. While some of that will go with you if you move, the rest, if done well, can be a great selling point.

After you get things cleaned up and organized, why not start to look at ways to brighten and color the space? There's no reason you can't add a touch of decorative styling to the garage. Or to put the space you may have gained by organizing to use in other wise. You'll find some great tips on and (with before and after pictures!) And take a look at the fantastic ideas in the Lowe's Ultimate Garage Makeover video below.

Have you found unique ways to utilize your garage for something more than auto storage? What's hanging on your garage walls? Have you decorated the space to give it a little style? Hey, if you did, share some pictures and ideas in the comments below or email me. Meanwhile, I'm going to plan my own garage makeover!

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
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Add an Artistic Touch to Recycling

by Allyson Hoffman

Artists use a wide variety of materials in their work, but these days, re-using what would otherwise be trash is becoming an exercise in going green. That's why if you have an artistic bent, you might want to attend the workshop with Alfonso Nieves Ruiz, titled "Our Green Town Recycle Art," will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 15.  I's taking place at at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston [map]. And it's part of the Citizens’ Greener Evanston’s Fourth Annual Green Arts Show, which is on-going through September 23rd.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company. 
Photo courtesy Citizens' Greener Evanston

The Secret Garden at Light Opera Works

by Allyson Hoffman

In the story of The Secret Garden,ten-year-old orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle Archibald Craven... a man who's given up on life after the death of his wife Lily. Mary uncovers the mystery of Lily's long-abandoned secret garden and unlocks the door to happiness for herself and her uncle. . Music by Lucy Simon. Book and lyrics by Marsh Norman. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Directed and choreographed by Stacey Flaster.

Ticket prices range from $32-$92.

The performance will be at the Cahn Auditorium which is located at 600 Emerson Street (at Sheridan Rd.) Evanston, IL

This Northern IL event is intended for children ages 6 and older and runs from December 23rd to January 1st.



Ravina Festival at Martin Theatre

by Allyson Hoffman

Come out to beautiful Highland Park this Saturday for the Ravina Festival and Martin Theatre.

This family friendly event will have an instrument “petting zoo” from 12-1pm!

Founded in 1979 by Ravinia Festival Trustee and cellist Larry Block, the Highland Park Strings is a local orchestra with a mission to provide community concerts where families, friends and North Shore neighbors can gather for an afternoon of musical enjoyment at the highest level. Led by Principal Director Francesco Milioto, the orchestra features top-notch soloists, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and gifted rising stars who are given the opportunity to perform for an appreciative audience

For tickets and more information to this event in click here.

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Splash at Northwestern University

by Allyson Hoffman

Saturday, April 2nd from 9am to 5pm high school students from all over the Chicago area and beyond are welcomed to the Northwestern University campus to take classes from NU students and community members about anything! You read it right….anything!

This is an unconventional educational experience at the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. This event offers high school students from all over Chicagoland the opportunity to take short courses in fascinating subjects that wouldn’t be covered in their regular school curriculum. Northwestern students design their own courses on whatever subject they choose, from nanomaterials to origami to sign language. High school students will then choose their classes for the day, learning from Northwestern’s brightest and most creative undergraduates and grad students (maybe even a post-doc or two).

If you are interested in certain classes such as science or the humanities, or just random things that you have never heard about, there’s a class for you!

Sign up here and you can also contact Liza Plotnikov at [email protected] Northwestern University campus is located at 2145 Sheridan Road in Evanston.



Spend St. Patrick's Day at the Celtic Knot Public House

by Allyson Hoffman

The Celtic Knot Public House, located at 626 Church Street in Evanston is your traditional Irish pub with a bit of sophistication of a modern European restaurant.  The Celtic Knot is a fun and inviting place to gather for friends of all nature.

Here you can enjoy the Pub Grub, which is a fish and chips, Shepherd’s Pie or a Guinness Pasty. Or you can choose to sample the dinner specials! Here you might get to try Lemon Infused Sole, Pecan crusted Salmon or an amazing steak served with Black Peppercorn sauce.

Try a new wine or fine beer at their full bar that will compliment any meal or you can just enjoy it alone!  And of course a proper pint of Guinness is always ready for you.

The relaxing atmosphere is the perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Evanston.

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Family Karaoke and Poetry Slam

by Allyson Hoffman

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Presents a Night of Poetry, Karaoke and Pizza for everyone to enjoy! 

Share your family’s poetry or karaoke talent from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, February 19 at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. in Evanston.

Bring your best singing voice and most slammin’ poem because it’s gonna be a down-right-groovy thing!

The price of admission is $5 per family, and only $1.50 more per person for a slice of pizza and a soft drink. “Phat Katz Karaoke” will provide the music. For more information, please call 847-448-8254 and ask for the theatre.    

What is your best karaoke song? Have a great weekend!

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Out to the Theatre

by Allyson Hoffman

Out to dinner and off to an exciting show. And don't expect talking animals!!

February 5th at 4pm and 8pm Madagasgar is playing at the Next Theatre Company in the  Noyes Cultural Arts Center on 927 Noyes Street in Evanston, Illinois.

Director Kimberly Senior and internationally recognized playwright J.T. Rogers, the pair who brought you The Overwhelming, team up again to offer audiences another gripping thriller. In the same hotel room overlooking the Spanish steps in Rome, three Americans across three different moments in time find themselves alone. A sister, a mother and a family friend grapple with loss, regret, and the nature of truth. Using his trademark cunning insight and grippingly eloquent characters, J.T. Rogers weaves a haunting story about the mysterious disappearance of a loved one, and the unexpected consequences that bring a family closer together. 

Personally, I love the theatre, what is your favorite show?  Have a great weekend and enjoy! 


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