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  • Start of May means the sprint to summer begins

    Allison Peters|Updated May 8, 2024

    And just like that, we're in May. Mayhem, Maycember, Mayday ... whatever you call it, it feels like a full sprint at breakneck pace to the start of summer when everything shifts around town. Summer in Hinsdale is full of warm nights at Pierce Park, catching up with friends at Uniquely Thursdays, and family fun activities at the Hinsdale Public Library. It's less about charity fundraisers and more about reconnecting with community - well, mostly. The society scene never really...

  • The sisterhood of the summer waffles

    Amy McCauley|Updated May 1, 2024

    The best Mother's Day gift we ever gave my mom was a Belgian waffle maker. I feel certain she's the one who gave us the suggestion. However, it was really my sister Laura and I who loved it. I was in middle school that year. When summer arrived, my sister and I spent all our time swimming. My mom would be at work when we came home from morning practice. As a result, the two of us were left in charge of making our own breakfast. We always came home starving with the kind of...

  • Art and culture a priority at Hinsdale Public Library

    John Kokoris|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    I am heading to Oak Brook's Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art this weekend to see, among other things, a cinnabar screen encrusted with carved gemstones. The screen was a birthday present to the Chinese emperor Qianlong in 1791, and since my own birthday is fast approaching, it seemed like a good time to research gift ideas. Right now, I just can't decide between asking my wife for a gem-encrusted cinnabar screen or just a night off from doing the dishes. To free up some money...

  • Six things you might not know about midwifery care

    Megan Belleavia|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    For women, a health care journey can be a winding road with a lot of natural and unexpected health changes. From well-person care and prevention to family planning, conception, pregnancy, delivery, post-partum and even breast health - there's one thing that can remain consistent: our client's active decision-making in their health care. And that is the very focus of certified nurse midwives. Many people assume that midwives only deliver babies via home birth. This is far from...

  • It's off to the races ... and to the houses

    Allison Peters|Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Spring is in full swing! Now that the spring breakers have returned, first pitches have officially started the baseball season and the AYSO goals are up at the parks, it feels like we're racing into the final stretch before summer. This time of year also offers two long-standing Hinsdale social traditions: Derby Day and Kitchen Walk. Derby Day This year's Derby Day party, hosted by the Hinsdale Auxiliary of Brightpoint (formerly Children's Home & Aid), takes place at...

  • A tasty solution to the great dinner dilemma

    Amy McCauley|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Aretha Franklin was once asked what her greatest creative challenge was and her answer was surprising. "Trying to figure out what to cook for dinner... nightly." The interviewer, Larry London, paused and laughed. Her honesty was refreshing and at the same time endearing because it made you realize that even the queen of soul had to think about dinner. That's the problem with dinner; it's so nightly. Even if you love to cook it's easy to hit a creative challenge when planning...

  • Get ready to celebrate National Library Week in April

    Martha Kennedy|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    I am fortunate to have met many delightful members of our community at Hinsdale Public Library's front desk. Mr. S. was an avid reader. He had a positive, robust energy that was, on every meeting, infectious. He visited the library just about weekly and we always loved seeing him. He'd check out a stack of books and never needed a due date slip because he knew he would see us the following week. When other patrons were at the front desk, he would invariably let them know that...

  • Mixed feelings a challenge in some relationships

    Alisa Messana|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    Many of us have a person in our lives that we have mixed feelings about. It could be a relative, friend or a partner. You might really care for and love that person while at the same time feel disappointed and/or hurt by them. We might hope for change in our relationship with that person yet continue to be let down. How close you are emotionally to them and how frequent your interactions are can also impact the intensity of our mixed feelings. My father, who passed away in...

  • Library will put the spring in your step this spring

    John Kokoris|Updated Feb 21, 2024

    Now that I have polished off the last of my Girl Scout cookies, paczki and Valentine's chocolates, it is time to lace up my gym shoes and burn off the extra layer that has been keeping me warm this winter. The weather is getting better, the sun is setting later and the half marathon I foolishly signed up for is suddenly just around the corner. As lazy as I can be over the winter, I genuinely miss being outside and moving around. In addition to training for my race, I'll be...

  • Control blood pressure with healthy lifestyle changes

    Mayur Patel|Updated Feb 14, 2024

    Managing high blood pressure is a multifaceted approach involving a delicate balance of lifestyle modifications and medical interventions. UChicago Medicine AdventHealth is here to offer hope that positive changes in diet, physical activity, stress management and other lifestyle changes can significantly contribute to healthy blood pressure control. Adopting a heart-healthy diet is essential for managing high blood pressure. Lifestyle choices make a difference not only to...

  • Everyone invited to come see what is growing at HPL

    Susan McBride|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    There is a time and a place for everything, and few years back I decided both the time and the place had passed for the rectangular space in my backyard that housed my now-grown children's playset. That space had once been shaded by a large 200-year-old oak but was now bathed in full sunlight after having to remove the diseased tree. As I looked out our kitchen window wondering what would take its place, it hit me - we should transform the space into a vegetable garden! That s...

  • California dreamin' at Infant Welfare's Tablescapes

    Allison Peters|Updated Jan 10, 2024

    It's January in Hinsdale! You know what that means - after the New Year's champagne glasses are washed and the holiday decorations come down, we inevitably start thinking about escaping to a warmer climate. Some of us are working on spring break plans and some of the snowbirds among us have already flown south for the winter. (Florida and Arizona, I'm lookin' at you!) Well, if you're finding yourself dreaming of in-line skating on the beach like Barbie (and Ken), the Hinsdale...

  • British braised beef a cozy dinner for a snowy day

    Amy McCauley|Updated Jan 3, 2024

    When the snowflakes swirl and the cold wind blows, I welcome the chance to slow down. Gray winter days have me craving something warm and comforting. So, when I have time at home, I like to a make a winter pub inspired dinner, my British braised beef and mashed potatoes. This wine braised beef is like beef bourguignon, but simpler to make. Just brown the meat, add the wine and stock and the oven will do all the work while your kitchen is filled with a delicious aroma. Finish...

  • Assembly Ball has everyone dancing merrily

    Allison Peters|Updated Dec 20, 2023

    I have a confession to make: I didn't grow up in Hinsdale. No, it's even worse than that. I'm not from anywhere near here. I'm a Southerner, born in Mississippi and raised in Texas, which means that I don't always know the lingo. When someone asked if I was going to write about the Hinsdale Assembly Ball, I may or may not have responded with a blank stare while my brain went into overdrive, trying to remember what I knew about this organization. When that same person noticed m...

  • New ways to tell timeless stories

    Karen Keefe|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Whenever I talk about my Uncle Bob, my kids always say, "Is he the one who hated cats?" This is actually not something he is particularly known for. But, one of my dad's favorite stories to tell about his older brother was how Bob hated Lucy, a particularly spoiled and clever cat my grandparents had taken in one summer. When the rest of the family would troop down to the ice cream shop where Bob worked in high school, they'd buy an extra scoop of vanilla to take home for the...

  • A few of my favorite holiday things

    Amy McCauley|Updated Nov 1, 2023

    The first glimmers of the holiday season are here. So let the festivities and planning begin. I love the thought of twinkly lights, celebrations and time with family and friends. However, this abundantly splendid season can sometimes leave me with little time to cook. So, a few years ago, when my holiday calendar was over flowing, I had an epiphany. What if I had a cheese and charcuterie night instead of the traditional meal I had planned? I could make it ahead and it would...

  • How to know when the flu is an emergency

    Zoheb Osman|Updated Oct 18, 2023

    Flu season is upon us, and that means getting a flu shot should be at the top of your to-do list. Influenza is a highly contagious illness that can occur in children or adults of any age. But have you ever wondered whether a nasty bout of the flu needs a trip to the emergency room? If you have, you're not alone. Every flu season, thousands of people flood ERs seeking treatment for their flu symptoms. But most of the time, an ER visit isn't necessary. From symptoms and when to...

  • Books & Brunch, Uncorked lead November's events

    Allison Peters|Updated Oct 11, 2023

    I don't know about you, but this (slightly) colder weather makes me want to curl up with a good book in front of a fire. And when I'm all snuggled in with my trusty (if somewhat worn) blanket, my thoughts inevitably turn to holiday shopping. Luckily for me, Assistance League Chicagoland West is hosting the 27th annual Books & Brunch on Nov. 14 at The Abbington in Glen Ellyn. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can bid on silent auction items, participate in multiple raffles -...

  • The great Hinsdalean bakeoff

    Amy McCauley|Updated Oct 4, 2023

    I love a good cooking challenge. So, I had no reservations when I agreed to write a 150th village anniversary column featuring a historic Hinsdale recipe. That was until I found myself in the basement of Immanuel Hall - in the archives of the historical society - talking about hospital food. As it turns out, the oldest known cookbook in Hinsdale is a collection of vegetarian recipes from Hinsdale Hospital called "The Sanitarium Cook Book." The book dates back to 1921 and was...

  • Help prevent suicide by knowing who is at risk

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    At this very moment, someone in your community is thinking about ending their life. In Illinois, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death, and the third leading cause of death for young adults aged 15 to 34. Thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts are even more common. Nobody is immune to suicide — it affects all ages, genders, races and ethnicities. And in many cases, it be prevented. Who is most at risk? Knowing this can save a life. While there is no single cause for suicide, a combination of factors may increase the c...

  • Find community at the Hinsdale Public Library

    Katherine Wessel|Updated Sep 27, 2023

    Finding and building community can be a challenge when you are somewhere new - or even somewhere you've lived for some time. As life changes, the communities you need shift, too. But thankfully, when you are fortunate enough to live in Hinsdale, your needs are met with enthusiastic support and options. As a new resident to Hinsdale last year, the first place I turned was the library. There was something special about getting a library card with my name on it from my new home...

  • September is Library Card Signup Month

    John Kokoris|Updated Aug 30, 2023

    As kids, we learn to associate fall with changes. We change our routine, meet new classmates and learn new things about the world. That tradition doesn't need to end when we graduate (or, for those of us still in school, after that last bell rings). This year, your library is embracing the spirit of change that autumn brings with new opportunities to meet your neighbors and new twists on classic offerings. Everyone should set aside time this fall to make new friends before...

  • Hinsdale Library ready for summer fun to begin

    Molly Castor|Updated May 24, 2023

    Could the month of May be busier than December? With a flurry of end-of-school-year activities and attempting to plan for long summer days, it sure seems possible. Ask a librarian and the answer is a definitive yes. While we were busy preparing for our inaugural HPL Con earlier this month, we were also juggling school visits, planning our Summer Reading Club and booking summer entertainment. No vacation for us - we are ready for the busy summer season at the library! Starting...

  • Sharing joy with lemon blackberry cupcakes

    Amy McCauley|Updated Apr 5, 2023

    Homemade cake is one of life's great joys - something that should be enjoyed on more than just special occasions. Making time to bake is a wonderful way to celebrate the everyday. Cake in my mind is a gift to be shared. This is one of the reasons that I love cupcakes. They are every bit as delicious as a large frosted cake and much easier to decorate and share. Mention the word cupcake and my daughters will run to the kitchen. All the measuring and mixing is worth it for a...

  • Library spotlights great Windy City reads

    Karen Keefe|Updated Mar 22, 2023

    Watching "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" at Northbrook Court in 2002, I did not understand why the line, "I'm going to the Jewel," drew howls of laugher from the rest of the theater. It wasn't funny. None of the characters on screen laughed. But, the people around me roared. They were laughing because it was real. That insignificant little article in front of the grocery chain was how people in Chicago talked. They got it right! All those laughs were little "That's us!" high fives...

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