Month: March 2014

          Happy Spring!
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Glitz, Glam, and More

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Glitz, Glam, and More-A Shopper’s Paradise is coming to Nevin’s Brewing Company in Plainfield on April 24th from 6:30-9:30 PM. There will be 24 vendors to shop from along with great food and drinks. Nevin’s Brewing Company is located at 12337 S. Rt. 59.

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Home Listings Up 10%

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A harsh winter did not stop many homeowners from thinking positively about the market, with 10% more properties up on the market nationwide according to Realtor.com. The median home price also increased at the same time and rose to $199,00 according to the National Housing Trend Report. This trend is very encouraging and points to more sales this spring. The Chicago market was noted as being especially strong with more homes on the market as well as median home prices rising.

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Register Now For Shorewood Day Camps

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Shorewood Day Camp Summer 2014 will be here before you know it; it begins June 16th and is open to children that have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade. The camp runs for 4 weeks and takes place Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Camp goes from 1 pm until 4 pm and meets at Four Seasons Park. The registration deadline is May 30th, however, space is limited and early registration is encouraged. Pricing is $175 for Shorewood residents and $250 for Non-Residents. The fees includes all field trips, transportation, supplies, and activities. There is a multi-child/multi-camp discount fee of $150. For more information, contact Denise Schmidt at (815) 741-7710.

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Pioneer Lanes Under New Ownership

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Pioneer Lanes, located at 15610 S. Joliet Road in Plainfield has come under new ownership and will be renamed Plainfield Lanes. The bowling alley is scheduled to re-open on March 31st as Plainfield’s main Bowling Alley/Bar and Grill. You can stay up to date with what’s happening with the new bowling center by visiting them at www.plainfieldlanes.com.

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Spring Super Foods To Look Forward To

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Although a lot of these foods are available year round, fresh always tastes better! Here are some favorite fruits and veggies that are best during spring time:

  • Asparagus: This vegetable is great when the thick and woodsy stems are taken off, they are steamed quickly, and then drizzled with lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt.
  • Arugula: Wonderful when paired with fresh, chopped tomatoes and lemon and olive oil dressing.
  • Artichokes: These taste great when just steamed, although if you are feeling decadent, you can dip the leaves in melted butter as well.
  • Fennel: The beauty of this veggie is that the entire thing can be used. The bulb is awesome sliced and added to a salad, and the fronds can be used as a garnish to finish off a dish.
  • Strawberries: This super fruit is a great topper for pancakes or you can use it for a sweet fondue and dip them in melted chocolate.
  • Leeks: Use them in potato and leek soup or chop them up and saute them in olive oil and garlic.
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April Events At The Plainfield Park District

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The Plainfield Park District has some fun and exciting events planned for next month. Here’s a few of the activities planned for children; to register for these please call (815) 436-8812 or visit www.plfdparks.org.

  • Flashlight egg hunt: The 6th annual flashlight egg hunt will take place on April 11th at Van Horn Woods. Kids will have the opportunity to search for eggs filled with candy and prizes. Ages 7-9 will hunt at 8 pm and kids ages 10-12 will hunt at 8:30 pm. Pre-registration must be done by Monday, April 7th and the cost is $5 for residents and $7.50 for non-residents. This event will take place rain or shine!
  • Egg-citing activities: The Easter bunny will be visiting Clow Stephens on April 12th and children will be able to hunt for eggs. Don’t forget to bring a basket to hold your eggs! All kids will receive a snack and a craft to do either on site or at home. All children need to be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration must be done by April 9th-no on site registration is offered. The Easter bunny will be on site from 10-11:30 so don’t forget your cameras. Children 1-3 will hunt at 11 am, 4-5 year olds at 11:15 am, and children ages 6-7 will hunt at 11:30 am. 
  • Spring pictures and pony rides: On Sunday, April 13th there will be a horse in costume available for both pictures and rides. While children wait for their turn with the horse they will be able to participate in an egg hunt and find 5 eggs each. This event is for kids ages 3 and up and will cost $5 for a photo and $10 for a pony ride. Both registration and payment are required prior to the event. The event runs from 2:30 pm until 4 pm and registration is for 10 minutes time slots.
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Downtown Plainfield Ladies Night Out

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Tonight, Tuesday March 25th, is Ladies Night Out in Downtown Plainfield. 22 businesses are participating and offering special promotions and discounts for participants between noon and 8 pm tonight. Stop in to What’s New/Simply Saucy (corner of Lockport and Des Plaines) to pick up your pink boa to wear in order to participate in the special offers. The restaurant specials will be offered to closing. Have fun!

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Dunkin Donuts To Come To Downtown Plainfield?

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The Village of Plainfield has been asking residents for about a year to give their input as to what should be put along the Route 59 corridor. The Village now has a more specific question for the residents of Plainfield-should a drive-thru Dunkin Donuts be put in at the corner of Route 59, Oak, and Arnold Streets? The proposed plan would include a 4,600 square foot retail center right across from the Walgreens on Main Street. The store front would include two additional retailers aside from Dunkin Donuts, however, those retailers have not been determined yet. The Village launched a website in 2012 as a way for residents to give their input on the plans for the area and that site is still up with graphics of the proposed Dunkin Donuts store. If you would like to give your opinion and to see a more detailed outlook of the proposal, click here. Comments on the proposal will be accepted until April 6th. The project will go before the village board for a vote at the April 7th meeting which will take place at 7 pm at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street.

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