May 15th Erika’s Lighthouse Annual “Rock & Rally” Walkathon

You know their names. You know their faces. You think you know them, until you don’t. They are the 15-20% of our children and adolescents who suffer with depression, many of whom statistically will not survive high school, leaving their communities to wonder what they could have done. This year, you can do something. Join […]

Make your Celebration Sing with The Right Music

Used to be, if you wanted to book a band or DJ for a party, you’d have to attend a live gig. Today, finding the right music for an event is literally a few clicks away, thanks to digital technology. It’s even easier to find the perfect soundtrack for your event if you live here […]

The Court Theatre’s “Orlando” Explores Gender, Sex and History

Two North Shore natives have collaborated once again to bring innovative and captivating theater to Chicago in the Court Theatre’s production of “Orlando.” Director Jessica Thebus instills playfulness and poignancy in Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” which explores what it means to be a man and a woman through sex and history. “Orlando” […]

“Circle Mirror Transformation” Takes Audiences Behind the Curtain

The acting is brilliant in this production in which actors play people who are trying to be actors. It’s a two-hour, no-intermission staged reality show about theatre. A community center offers a 6-week creative drama course. A free-spirited teacher takes a class of 4 through weekly acting exercises. Although the activities seem daft, the sequential […]

Northwestern Students Net Over $1 Million in Dance Marathon

The Northwestern University Dance Marathon, which took place recently at Norris University Center, raised a record $1,019,130. It’s the first time in the marathon’s 37-year history that it netted over $1 million. One of the largest student-run philanthropies in the nation, the 30-hour dance marathon benefitted The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) and the Evanston Community […]

Stroke Prevention for the Not-so-Old

At the 2011 annual stroke meeting, the Centers for Disease Control reported that strokes are becoming more frequent in younger populations. That means you. But, doctors also stress that simple lifestyle modifications can significantly reduce the potential for stroke later in life. Here’s what you should do now. Sparing Calories at the Risk of Stroke? […]

Spring Break Chicago-Area Fun

So it’s the last week of March, and your children are on spring break, which means your house is trashed with arts and craft supplies, and your eldest is hogging the television playing video games. If you’re tired of being in the house cooped up with rowdy children, here are some of our best suggestions […]

Fitness for the Ages

There are 25 steps up to the Tru Fit Personal Training Studio in Evanston. But the climb is not intimidating to Steffie Masur, 86, of Evanston, who willingly scales the stairs two times a week to work out with trainer Anne Monma. Steffie explains that she has always been active. When she stopped playing tennis […]