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  • Enjoy Morton Arboretum fall color show by bike

     Enjoy Morton Arboretum fall color show by bike
    With its thousands of trees, The Morton Arboretum is naturally a hotbed of color in the autumn. Visitors typically walk or drive through to marvel at the changing colors, but Ed Hedborn, plant records manager at the arboretum, recommends riding a...
  • 'For Goodness Sex' author: Parents need to make The Talk less scary

    'For Goodness Sex' author: Parents need to make The Talk less scary
    It's time to stop teaching our kids that sex will either ruin their lives or kill them, suggests Al Vernacchio in his new book, "For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values and Health" (HarperWave). "I don't see how it'...
  • Apple Fest celebrates its 27th year in Lincoln Square

    The Apple Fest in Lincoln Square, now in its 27th year, celebrates one of the focal points of autumn. Visitors can enjoy all manner of apple-focused treats — including apple pie baked in cast-iron skillets, caramel apples, apple cider and cider...
  • Embracing joy: A child's lesson we would all be wise to adopt

    Embracing joy: A child's lesson we would all be wise to adopt
    It has always struck me as a little misguided, this notion that our kids need us to teach them life is tough. I hear it so frequently — from readers weighing in on my columns, from well-meaning parents and coaches ("The sooner they learn that life...
  • Guilt-free parenting in the present requires realistic view of the past

    Guilt-free parenting in the present requires realistic view of the past
    There's no better place to parent than in the present. Our children don't need us to pine for the days of yore, when screens were for keeping the flies out and kids entertained themselves with handfuls of gravel. When families gathered 'round the...
  • Revolutionary War re-enactment brings history to life

    Revolutionary War re-enactment brings history to life
    There won't be live ammunition fired at the Revolutionary War re-enactment at Cantigny Park, but simulated rounds from cannons, howitzers and mortars will pack plenty of punch. "It's a lot of noise and smoke. The public loves it," says Bill Hess, a...
  • Botanic Garden's Roadside Flower Sale stars arrangements with staying power

    More than 30 years ago, volunteers would gather plant materials from vacant lots and on embankments for the annual Roadside Flower Sale at the Chicago Botanic Garden. But then the bounty disappeared. "Those spaces have been either built up or mowed down,...
  • Get out: Things to do on Sunday

    Scandinavian celebration The 35th annual Scandinavian Day Festival will showcase music (including tribute band ABBA Salute, pictured), culinary treats, vendors with crafts from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Finland, and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m....
  • The voice of foster kids

    The voice of foster kids
    Heather Whelan has been a foster mother to some 20 children. She has nurtured broken babies back to health and worked closely with parents to fix families. She has also cringed as social workers made life-changing decisions about her charges without...
  • Violent world demands gentler parents

    Violent world demands gentler parents
    Gentler. That's what I'm vowing to be in the wake of so much tragedy. I feel — like many of you, I'm sure — wrung out by the bloodshed in the Middle East and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the shootings in Chicago and the way-too-early...
  • Help, my slow cooker insert cracked!

    Help, my slow cooker insert cracked!
    Q: At what point do you replace your slow cooker vessel? Mine has many spiderweb cracks in it. --Claudia Perry, Evanston A: Thank you, old friend, for asking this question before inviting me over for a slow cooker dinner. I reached out to Bruce...