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More about the Festival of Cultures

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Here is the lineup of the entertainment & cultures we saw yesterday:

Choom Sarang Korean Dance Group
Ballet Russe
Niles Korean School
Northshore Dance & Drama Center
Opening Ceremonies-Parade of Flags & the Singing of the National Anthem & the Pledge of Allegiance
Thai Classical Music & Dance of Wat Dhammara
Payaliya Dance Studio (Indian)
Sark Antaramian (Armenian, Russian & Assyrian)
Tibetan Alliance
Chinese Cultural & Educational Association & Chinese Language School
Tierra Colombiana Dance
Chicago, Okinawa Performing Group (Japanese)
Passport to Philippines
The Princes of Futa (African)
Evanston Scottish Country Dancers

Whew - when I list it all, it really takes my breath away. The music, the costumes, the background information - wonderful!

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SVELTINGTON 5/23/2010 10:25PM

    Glad you had a great time. It sounds like a lot of fun.

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STARRPARENT 5/23/2010 8:23PM

    WOW that was a lot. Glad you were able to go and see.

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PJSTIME 5/23/2010 12:44PM

    Thats a full day of diversified entertainment. Glad you enjoyed it.

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DENI_ZEN 5/23/2010 11:40AM

    Sounds like some fascinating, thrilling entertainment! What a great way to spend your Saturday!! emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 5/23/2010 8:35AM

  We have a cultural festival here as well each year. You are so right, Judy...it's wonderful to experience a little of so many different cultures...seeing the costumes, hearing the music, reading the history...and here at least...tasting their native dishes. glad you and DH had such a great time. mary

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Every year, the weekend before Memorial Day, Skokie Park District in Illinois puts on a 2 day Festival of Cultures. It features some of the diverse cultures that reside in our community, showcasing them in many ways. They have tents where they can show art work and other crafts from their cultures, along with the history of their people. In addition, there is non-stop entertainment, from 11 am to 7 pm.

Some of the entertainment is singing, some is dancing...all is entertaining and enlightening. It helps everyone present to see other cultures and learn about them.

My husband & I love this event so much - we haven't missed a year since we've been married. Before I got married, I went by myself every year since it has begun!

Today's the day! Cliff took the day off from work so we could spend the whole day there - we're meeting my Dad & his girlfriend there, too. The weather is supposed to cooperate, too, for a change. We have attended this event when it was really cold, broiling hot, and even when it was raining! Today should be relatively pleasant.

Can't wait!!!

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LLLAWSON 5/22/2010 9:40PM

    We have something like that. Local Colors - it's only a one day event. They have food, music, costumes. When my kids were younger I used to take them. Ours was last week-end. I just didn't make it down there. Hope you had fun.

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PJSTIME 5/22/2010 4:43PM

    What a great tradition. I hope you have a wonderful day. PJ

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DENI_ZEN 5/22/2010 1:18PM

    That's so exciting! I love cultural festivals :) I'm glad you'll have had a great day for it, too. I especially loved a Greek festival at an area church. They'd have retsina wine, lamb roast on a spit, and lots of bouzouki music and dancing! What's so great about your festival is the way it links you to other cultures within your area - fantastic!!! Have a great time - Sandi

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DAISES2 5/22/2010 10:57AM

    wow you must really like if you have been going all these years.
have a great time

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ETORRES88 5/22/2010 10:16AM

    I love learning about different cultures!!!!!!!

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Great Bear Wilderness

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Today, Cliff & I went to Brookfield Zoo. We visited a brand new exhibit (opened May 8th!) called Great Bear Wilderness. It was amazing. Compared to the previous exhibits the bears lived in...this is nirvana! They now have large grassy areas along with a huge pool to swim in. Plus, the bison are living in an area that really makes you feel as if you are back in the old days with Indians roaming the country. Gorgeous close up views of the bison.

We also had the joy of seeing a family of geese - mom, dad & their 7 newborn babies! Really neat. We got to get very close to them. It was really, truly awesome!

Oh, and we really got in some great walking - pretty slowly...but lots of walking! It was a win-win day all around.

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DONNETTASUE 5/20/2010 5:24PM

  What a relaxing and special day. Sounds like a place I should see. emoticon

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DAISES2 5/16/2010 8:46AM

    sounds like a really good day,we love going to the zoo,we go about 4 times a year

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DENI_ZEN 5/15/2010 8:48PM

    Sounds like a really delightful day! And don't you just love geese? They seem to pass through our area fairly regularly :)

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SVELTINGTON 5/15/2010 8:05PM

    But did they have honey?

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PJSTIME 5/15/2010 8:01PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day, Ours has been rainy and cloudy all day. So it was an inside day here.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Once again, thank you to all my Spark friends who have wished me a happy anniversary & birthday! I had a wonderful anniversary celebration with my husband at a really nice restaurant that was new to us both.

Then, I had a super birthday. Between celebrating with my dad & his girlfriend and celebrating with my husband & getting flowers at my new job...wow! I have worked at a lot of places for a long time...but didn't get any flowers or even sometimes no card either. To get flowers at my job after being there about 5 weeks...amazing!

Then, my husband got me balloons which I absolutely love! Plus, he got me tickets to see "Walking with Dinosaurs." I am a big fan of dinosaurs, so this is the BEST GIFT EVER!!!!!

I feel so lucky to have such a great husband, a great dad, a great sister, and great friends!! Thank you all so very much!

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DENI_ZEN 5/7/2010 7:50PM

    I'm so glad! This is what life was meant for...the kind of joy you've described here emoticon Five weeks and flowers? You are one beloved employee! Wow!

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SVELTINGTON 5/7/2010 6:35PM

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DONNETTASUE 5/7/2010 11:27AM

  Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Belated Anniversary wishes. How many years have you been married, if I may ask?

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CARMEL466 5/7/2010 10:21AM

    I'm so sorry I missed your birthday and anniversary. Happy belated to both your special days. Glad you had a great time.

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DAISES2 5/7/2010 9:07AM

    you are more than welcome judy,so glad you are having such a good time emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 5/7/2010 8:10AM

    Very happy to hear the laughter and joy in your blog emoticon

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LLLAWSON 5/7/2010 8:01AM

    Sounds like you are truly blessed. Glad things are going so well. emoticon

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PJSTIME 5/7/2010 7:31AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. You new job and the people sound wonderful and what a nice thing for them to do. Let us know how you like Walking with Dinasours. PJ

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Monday, May 03, 2010

Every day we're inundated with rules for healthy living. Unfortunately, many of them just don't hold true. Dawn Gravely, a trainer at Equinox in San Francisco, debunks 3 of them.

Myth 1: Chicken is always better for you than red meat.

Fact: If you leave the skin on or opt for dark meat, chicken contains more fat than pork or lean cuts of beef like top sirloin, flank, and filet mignon. In general, though, the fewer legs it has, the better protein it is. Aim to get most of your protein from sources with no legs (fish, eggs or tofu) and reserve four-legged proteins for once a week or less.

Myth 2: Multigrain bread is healthier than white bread.

Fact: "Multigrain" means only that they've used multiple types of grain-it's usually still stripped of the bran and germ that give grain its vitamins and fiber. Instead, look for the words "whole grain" on labels.

Myth 3: Brown sugar is better for you than white sugar.

Fact: Brown sugar, which gets is color from molasses, is usually still partially or totally refined, so it's just as bad. Opt for raw sugar because it has more minerals and hasn't been chemically processed. However, women should consume fewer than six teaspoons (about 100 calores) of sugar per day.

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QUEENMILLS 5/5/2010 5:42PM

    Thanks for the inforamtion. I just try and stay away from bread and sugar. I love eggs and boneless skinless chicken. Have a great day!

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DDOORN 5/5/2010 2:25PM

    NO sugar is best of all, in my opinion...! :-)


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DENI_ZEN 5/3/2010 7:24PM

    Thanks for debunking these fallacies! I eat chicken, but never with the skin on. It's so easy to find skinless, boneless chicken breasts these days, and there are a million ways to prepare them. Good pointer on the "multigrain" mumbo-jumbo, too! And sugar is sugar is sugar!

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MYINNERDIVA 5/3/2010 10:24AM

    I've switched to whole grain white bread. Tastes like white, has fewer calories and more fiber than most of the wheat breads. And my picky eater will eat it.

Thanks for the info!

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SVELTINGTON 5/3/2010 10:04AM

    Thank you for the

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CARMEL466 5/3/2010 9:40AM

    Thanks for the information. You're awesome!

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PLAYBLUES22 5/3/2010 8:26AM

    WOW !!! thanxs for info emoticon

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LLLAWSON 5/3/2010 8:18AM

    Didn't realize that about bread. Thanks for sharing.

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GOING2LSEITNOW 5/3/2010 8:18AM

    I'm still confused about what is healthier for you and what is bad for you. I just try to make the better choice and watch my calories. I love chicken but I almost always leave the skin on.

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MARPET44 5/3/2010 7:47AM

    I always look for whole wheat as the first ingredient.

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/3/2010 7:44AM

    It's so hard to get the Bread thing right.

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