Follow my lead, support North Suburban YMCA
Updated: June 4, 2012 11:30AM
Here’s Judy’s pick of coming community activities in the Northbrook area, spiced with a little commentary.
Hooray! For the YMCA! The North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook hosts the sixth annual Strong Kids Dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 16 at Allgauer’s Restaurant in the Hilton, Northbrook. The event features wonderful food, live entertainment, auctions, games and loads of surprises. All proceeds benefit the Strong Kids Fund, providing financial assistance toward Y programs for families in need. Tickets are $125.To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Barb Flanigan via e-mail at email@example.com or call (847) 272-7250.
The North Suburban YMCA does so much good for so many people, please be one of the people doing so much good for the North Suburban YMCA by attending this benefit. Good people, good fun, good gracious is what I say. Not that often, but I do say it, and unless you follow me around, you can’t say I don’t, and good gracious, don’t do that or I’ll have you arrested.
Or vacuuming either. A concert featuring the Northbrook Community Choir will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 14 at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Admission is free. For more information call (847) 272-6224 or visit www.northbrook.info.
When I see the word “choir” in print, I pronounce it “chore” in my mind, because that’s what the spelling seems to imply. I mean, why isn’t it spelled “kwier”? Anyway, if any dear readers do the same, rest assured that this concert will not feature demonstrations of scrubbing the kitchen floor or how to dust, but singing — glorious singing, I might add.
Ice cream and divorce … A symposium on Food, Stress and The Brain will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 11 at the Hilton Northbrook, 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook. The event is hosted by the Institute of Natural Resources, a nonprofit organization. The cost is $81 with pre-registration, $96 at the door. To purchase tickets and for more information, call (877) 246-6336 or (925) 609-2820; or visit www.INRseminsars.com.
Boy, do I need this Symposium on “Food, Stress and the Brain,” because Food (Jamocha Almond Fudge ice cream) is causing me enormous Stress (when I creep into the kitchen at 2 .m. and there’s a lock on the refrigerator door) until my Brain (still set on snooze) finally remembers that I, myself, put said lock on said door before I went to bed to keep me from gorging, er, sampling, said ice cream, and gave the key to my hero to hide but I can’t wake him up to find the key because he’ll say — “Toldja you wouldn’t last”) so I go to bed distraught and blame everything on him. Save my marriage, Symposium!
All together now — splat! Synchronized skaters can polish their skills for Teams Elite tryouts at clinics from 4:10 to 5:10 p.m., or 5:10 to 6:10 p.m., May 17 at the Northbrook Sports Center, 1730 Pfingsten Road. The tryouts are on May 18, and skaters need to register. For more information, visit www.nbparks.org or call (847) 291-2995.
In synchronized skating, the skaters perform as one flowing unit. Ah yes, but can they fall as one flowing unit? Alas, not with Judy participating - because no one else can take a tumble exactly the same way (or as often) as she does — with such wild abandon, such lack of grace, such refusal to get up. Pity, because otherwise, Judy would lend her enormous expertise to the skaters — but that’s the price she pays for being unique.
History per Judy. Sign up now for a Northbrook Park District Senior Center trip on May 23 to see “Hairspray” at Drury Lane Oakbrook. The clock is turned back to the 1960s in this musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. The trip includes lunch. For fees and to register, call (847) 291-2988 or visit the Senior Center, 3323 Walters Ave.
The bouffant hair style was invented by Marie Antoinette, who cried out just before the executioner’s axe fell, “Quel fromage,” which translates as “Make sure the seven-masted ship in my hair is hairsprayed in tight before you display it. My head, I mean.” And yes, this comment may be in questionable taste, but I didn’t ask you a question.