Thursday, December 1, 2011

Member News

December 1, 2011
Member News

A Note From Gail
Happy December,
Wow, only 24 more days until Christmas!

Don’t forget:

First Fridays is tomorrow! ‘Once Upon Park Ridge’ is the theme. Storytellers around town with Father John Cusick speaking at 116 Main Street at 7 p.m.

Also, this Sunday is the Park Ridge Community Fund benefit “It’s a Wonderful Life!” sponsored by Liberty Bank and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. Free but donations gratefully accepted and appreciated for the Park Ridge Community Fund.

Raffle tickets $10 each or 3 for $25 are being pre-sold with winners announced at the movie. Not many sold yet so your chances are really great at winning one of the following prizes:
1. iPad 16 GB with WiFi (donated by Liberty Bank)
2. Kindle Touch (donated by Nick Boudreau, Edward Jones)
3. $100 Chamber Gift Certificates
4. Hilton Garden Inn weekend night stay
5. Beautiful red and white quilted Christmas purse handcrafted by Sheri Roche

Did you know…? Did you know:

… Lynnette's School of Dance Performing at Daley Center Friday December 2 at 12:00 noon

… Vive! Therapeutic Massage is having an open house next Friday, Dec. 9th, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Offering free chair massages. Bring a friend! 1416 S. Canfield. 847-637-0002

… Periodontics of Niles gives special Courtesy discounts to the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Employees and board members of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce receive a 20% discount, and Chamber of Commerce members receive a 15% discount. Also, discover unique hot holiday offers for preventative professional cleaning and teeth whitening available for purchase until Dec 21- call Periodontics of Niles at 847 685 6686 for details

… Master Brick Inc. is looking for an experience sales representative that would provide new customers for our business, for contact please call Ulyana Lysak (773)-807-4629.

… Party with Hyatt Regency O'Hare this year as we count down to 2012 with an unforgettable celebration. From a sumptuous New Year's Eve dinner to a host of live bands and DJ's, to the final champagne toast as we ring in the New Year, it will be a night to remember. Enjoy live music from Modern Day Romeos, Jaktripper, DJ Spin, and Tony Ocean. Upgrade to VIP status and live the life of a premium partygoer. When the evening ends, take the elevator home and stretch out in total comfort in your guest room where Hyatt's cozy Grand Bed awaits you. Rock out, dance, and toast to 2012 in style.

… Petite Opera performs "Amahl and the Night Visitors" Dec 2-11 and asks "Would you Like Even MORE Entertainment with That?" Scroll down for schedule.

… Regus has Furnished Office space starting at $499/ per month. Receptionist, Meeting Rooms, Cafe and Lounge Area to compliment your space. Just need something part time? Come check us out for a part time office or just use our meeting rooms. Call Gina 847-656-5205
… Diddy Blyth has just published the 2012 Historical Calendar in a CD jewel case that sits on a desktop. She used her own images of Park Ridge and compiled an interesting array of historical facts of Park Ridge that sits on top of a continental divide. Many more interesting facts are stated on the back of each monthly page. Only $15.00 each. Call 847-698-6383; write to get you calendar for teacher gifts, grab bag item or family stocking stuffers!

.. the library has ‘food for fines’ from now until December 23! And they’re accepting monetary donations for the Maine Township Food Pantry and Kiwanis Holiday Food Baskets to help families in need.

… OnView is open until 8pm tomorrow for First Fridays along with other shops on North Northwest Highway! Stop by and do some creative holiday shopping. The gift of art is unique and thoughtful, it will be remembered and appreciated for years to come. OnView artists have provided over 100 piece of art priced under $100! Browse these new works along with our permanent collection and find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list! See some of the work from 100 under $100 by visiting our Facebook page Like us on Facebook.
… Vive! Therapeutic Massage specializes in the clinical application of therapetic massage techniques to to improve the well being and health of our clients. We aim to provide relief for those suffering from injuries, chronic physical conditions or stress. No manicures, pedicures or facials here. Just darn good massage from the massage specialists. All of our therapists are licensed and have advanced training in therapeutic modalities. 847.637.0002

… BFF Personal Trainer, Lisa Gordon, 847.987.2216 offers gift certificates and has an enewsletter.

… June Moon will be at 80 Hemlock Lane in Highland Park December 2nd and December 3rd from 9AM to 3PM. Check our June Moon Home Page Upcoming for details or call us at 847-698-2559.

… Liberty Bank for Savings and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and ALG Childrens Hospital are sponsoring “It’s a Wonderful Life!” at the Pickwick on Sunday, Dec. 4. The doors open at noon with live entertainment. Suggested donated of $5pp to benefit the Park Ridge Community Fund. Raffle tickets $10 each or 3 for $25 for an iPad (donated by Liberty Bank); a Kindle Touch (donated by Nick Boudreau, Edward Jones) and $100 Park Ridge Chamber gift certificates. Buy your tickets in advance!

Can you be a judge for DECA? Can you be a judge for DECA?

DECA is a high school extracurricular organization that is focused on business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Most of the area high schools have DECA chapters. On Tuesday, December 6th – area schools are holding an area competition at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont to get their students ready for competition at the state level. The schools need business people to serve as judges – as a judge, your time commitment would be 8AM until no later than 1PM. A continental breakfast will be served. Parking is free to DECA judges at the convention center.

As a DECA judge you will go through a role play situation with students. The students have 10 minutes to read and prepare for a role play situation around business. They then present their recommendations or ideas to you (the judge) who then also asks them some provided questions. When a student is done, you score that student and rank them against the other students you see. There is no preparation work required – you will be provided with a copy of the role play and have a chance to discuss with one of the event advisors that morning.

In the past judges have told us they appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community and help students with a true interest in business.

If you can be a judge, please email Dale Lasky at Maine East directly:

Note from Gail – this will be my 4th year judging this competition because I love it!

A Sterling Design Your perfect Christmas gift is waiting to be picked up at the Chamber or at the Father Cusick speaking event taking place tomorrow, Friday, December 2, 2011 at the 1st Friday affair. I, Diddy Blyth, will have a supply of calendars at the old Kitchen Store on Main Street any time after 4:00PM.

I assembled an Historic Calendar of Park Ridge with fine art local images appearing for each month. On the back of each month’s page is a history of the development of Park Ridge. The whole calendar fits into a CD jewel case which is easily mailed to your “Uncle Jack” who moved away from Park Ridge, sits on your desk, is the perfect teacher gift, can be your ideal client thank you gift or the last thing you fit into your spouse’s Christmas stocking on Christmas Eve.

If you cannot get to the Chamber or the 1st Friday event, please call me, Diddy Blyth, at 847-698-6383 for your 2012 calendar. Discounts are available for substantial multiple orders. Personalization can be arranged up until next week.

Kidwinks Kidwinks was busy making the TV rounds in October & November. During their Halloween segment on WGN they talked about our very own Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and brought along some of Linda’s handmade goodies to show. WGN Midday News, October 2011.

Jean & Nina were also on ABC in October talking about Fall Fun in Chicago with Kids ABC Morning News, October 2011.

Make sure to catch the ladies holding some very wild animals on the Free Winter Fun segment on WGN. WGN Midday News, November 2011.

If you need more Free Winter Fun ideas check out Nina, going solo, on ABC’s Midday News ABC Midday News, November 2011.

Stay tuned - 2 Upcoming TV segments - New Year’s Eve & Indoor Play/Cabin Fever.

Parents & Grandparents - Need some great Christmas gift ideas? Follow along as presents the 12Toys of Christmas. A new and wonderful gift idea presented each day with lots of giveaways.

TriPilates TriPilates is giving away a HOLIDAY GIFT!
We want to say THANK YOU for making November 2011 the best month ever at the studio! We are grateful each and every time you come in, and we hope you are a fan of Pilates and what it can do for your body, mind, and spirit.
If you haven't yet, make your resolution BEFORE the New Year begins! Give it a TRY. "LIKE" us on our FACEBOOK PAGE

Like us on Facebook

Be automatically be entered in a contest drawing for a PRIVATE LESSON
Winners will be drawn on December 31, 2011.
Private lesson to be scheduled anytime in January

We are looking to catapult our fan page as a ways and means to spread the message of Pilates in our community here in Park Ridge and surrounding suburbs. Please help us! Feel free to forward this email to your friends!

Only fans of TriPilates Facebook page will be entered into the holiday gift contest!
Beyond Compare Virtual Assistants Even Santa needs help getting all those toys delivered around the world on Christmas Eve. He's got elves and reindeer to pull it off. You've got Beyond Compare Virtual Assistants and this month only you can have our services at half price.

We can help you with:

• Letters or e-mails that need responses
• Holiday cards and /or e-mails
• Spreadsheets that need updating
• Appointments that need to be made
• Sorting and making files for that pile of paperwork that's sitting on your desk
• All the business cards that you have been collecting that need to be organized so you can streamline your marketing contacts
• Or any other administrative tasks that need to be finished so you can enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.

Think of it as our holiday gift to you. When you buy one hour you get one hour free*. But just like the holidays this offer won't be here forever.

Please call Janet at 847/298-4069 or e-mail: for more information.

*Maximum of four (4) free hours
Offer expires 12/31/11

Janet Sagmeister
Beyond Compare Virtual Assistants
(847) 298-4069

Brickton Art Center Brickton Art Center
Join us for the 7th ANNUAL BENEFIT ART EXHIBITION AND AUCTION at Brickton Art Center, 306 Busse Hwy, through Dec. 10th, 2011.

Featuring works donated by professional artists for a silent auction and art exhibition. Bidding through Saturday, Dec. 10th at 9pm.

This year Brickton Art Center has invited students from school district 207 to participate by submitting new creations on 5” X 5” canvas. Each will be sold for a flat fee and proceeds from sales of student work go toward a scholarship fund, which will be awarded to a participating student.

Closing Night Gala, Saturday, Dec. 10th, 7-9:30pm, free and open to the public. Enjoy an evening of champagne and hors d’oeurvres while you enter the winning bid on your favorite work of art!

Bidding will close one wall at a time starting at 9pm.

Check for online bidding instructions after 11/16/2011. For more information call: 847-823-6611.

CorePower Yoga Park Ridge CorePower Yoga Park Ridge
Saturday, December 17th
10:00am - 12:00pm
Park Ridge Studio
Holiday Shopping Party
Come get your holiday shopping started. Preview new styles
from your favorite brands and have the chance to be entered
to win a month of unlimited yoga.
Special discounts on retail from
10:00am - 12:00pm only
Shop, mingle and enjoy wine and light refreshments.
W e hope you’ll join us! 847-496-4359

WineStyles 4th Anniversary WineStyles Park Ridge is turning 4.
Help us Celebrate our anniversary
Friday, December 2nd from 5 to 8
Saturday, December 3rd from 3 to 6
Taste over 24 wines, bubbly, whites, reds, ports
and if you insist wines
Free for Wine & Beer Club Members
$5 for non members
Cheese & crackers will be served
RSVP 847.518.9463

Sun and Moon Yoga Sun and Moon Yoga
Yoga and Gong Meditation Workshop
Presented by Karin Newsome and James Jirik

Join Sun and Moon’s Vinyasa teacher, Karin Newsome, and Kundalini Yoga Teacher, James Jirik, for a yoga and gong meditation workshop session to balance the chakras, reduce holiday stress and bring yourself closer to your true Self through yoga and Sound!
Where: Sun and Moon Yoga Studio

When: Sunday, December 11th at 2:30p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Cost: $20.00
A yoga sequence will be presented to reduce physical and mental tension and to build stamina. The gong and singing bowl meditation will follow to create a vibrational environment that will clear negative energy from your body-mind and allow you to access your inner guru, your true Self.

Oakton Community College Explore Opportunities in Radiologic Technology at Oakton

Interested in a career as a radiologic technologist? Don’t miss a free information session Wednesday, December 7, at Oakton.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for radiologic technologists is expected to increase by approximately 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations.

The seminar showcases Oakton’s degree and certificate programs in this field. Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends. This discussion begins at 2 p.m., at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room C114).

To reserve a spot, visit or call 847-635-1700.

Petite Opera Show Schedule for Amahl and the Night Visitors Petite Opera performs "Amahl and the Night Visitors" Dec 2-11 and asks "Would you Like Even MORE Entertainment with That?"

Petite Opera Productions, Park Ridge's own professional opera company right in your backyard, presents the delightful family holiday classic, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti. Written in 1951 for NBC, this delightful opera, in English, follows the story and imagination of Amahl, a young crippled shepherd boy, as he sees the largest star in the sky. Three kings, following the star to Bethlehem, ask to stay the night with Amahl and his Mother, a poor widow. The kings lay out the gifts they have brought for the Messiah. The Mother is tempted to steal the gifts to care for crippled Amahl, but is instead touched by the wonders of the Christ child as told by the kings. Likewise, Amahl is so moved that he offers his crutch as a gift to the child, and a miracle occurs.

Each performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” is preceded by a special guest artist:
FRI Dec 2 at 7:30 PM with special guest Lutheran Choir of Chicago
SAT Dec 3at 2:00 PM with special guest The Great Frankini (musician)
SAT Dec 3 at 7:30 PM with special guest Musicke's Merrie Companions (recorder quintet)
FRI Dec 9 at 7:30 PM with special guest Galina Dance Studio performing "The Christmas Tree" ballet
SAT Dec 10 at 7:30 PM with special guest Willows Academy Madrigal Singers
SUN Dec 11 at 7:30 PM with special guest Musicke's Merrie Companions (recorder quintet)
For tickets: Reserve via phone: Petite Opera 847.553.4442 or via, or purchase online via credit card at (convenience fees apply).



Are you challenged and overly stressed during the holidays? Do you feel the need to balance gift shopping, home decorating, dinner preparations, entertaining, and your job while meeting many other tasks and responsibilities? All of that would be enough to create stress for anyone. Despite an attempt to be a super-person during December, there are remedies that can lessen stress. Find out by attending the Timely Talk on “How to Reduce Stress for the Holidays,” at 2:00 p.m., on Dec. 14, at Norwood Crossing, 6016-20 N. Nina Ave. in Chicago. Parking is available in the lot behind the building, entrance off Avondale Avenue.
Making the presentation will be Lynn Lombardo, a yoga instructor certified by the Temple of Kriya Yoga, and Linda Pawlisz, MA, a certified clinical aromatherapist and hypnotherapist.
A question and answer session along with refreshments will follow the program. For more information or to RSVP, please call (773) 577-5323.

Perry Wein, Edward Jones Edward Jones Financial Advisor Wins Award

Perry Wein, a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Park Ridge, recently was named a 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager - Best in Client Satisfaction for the 2nd consecutive year in the Chicagoland area by Chicago magazine.

"I am honored to receive this award," Wein said. "I enjoy my work helping the people of Park Ridge plan for their financial futures, but it gives me an extra boost to receive special recognition for my work."

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals -- from college savings to retirement -- and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.

Edward Jones, which ranked No. 11 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2011, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones web site is located at, and its recruiting web site is Member SIPC.

Contact Me: Gail Haller
Executive Director
Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce
720 Garden Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

phone: 847.825.3121
fax: 847.825.3122

Thank you to our Platinum members
1. All on the Road Catering & Bakery: 847.518.8958
2. AthletiCo Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy: 847-292-4710
3. ATI Physical Therapy: 847.292.0151
4. Blufish Sushi Bistro: 847.720.4479
5. Charter Fitness of Park Ridge: 847.318.7550
6. Comfort Inn O'Hare/Des Plaines: 847.635.1300
7. D'Agostino's Pizza & Pub: 847.518.8700
8. E.J. Coyne & Company Inc: 847.692.9077
9. Express Auto Center: 847.813.9469
10. Home Comfort Heating & Cooling: 847.824.4336
11. Houlihan's Restaurant: 847.692.6205
12. Jason's Deli: 847.823.0210
13. K.G.M. Plumbing, Inc.: 847.583.8988
14. LIN-MAR Motors: 847.965.4200
15. North South Masonry & Tuckpointing: 847.384.0917
16. Pangaea Tiling & Decorative Painting: 847.899.3539
17. Paul Davis Emergency Services: 847.692.5000
18. Periodontics of Niles: 847.685.6686
19. Pickwick Theatre: 847.825.5800
20. Responsive Management Solutions: 847.804.8800
21. Resurrection Health Care: 847.813.3210
22. Ross E. Rubino, D.D.S.P.C. & Associates: 847.825.1002
23. Transition Brokers RE: 312.399.2490
24. Unbound Technology: 847.235.4994
25. Village Bank & Trust: 847-870-6007 New!
26. Why Not Complete Home Improvement: 847-297-0101
27. Y-Tech Heating & Cooling: 847.696.0477
28. You can be here!

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