Yorktown Center — New Children’s Play Area opens 6/22 + events

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Looking for indoor fun during a possibly rainy week? Yorktown Center in Lombard is holding the grand opening of their Children’s PLAY Zone on June 22, and there will be events Monday-Wednesday this week to celebrate!

Yorktown Center Grand Opening for Children’s PLAY Zone June 22

Balloon Drop, Miss Illinois Galaxy, Anna and Elsa Singing Let It Go, Stilt Walkers, Magic Shows and Other Free Activities for Kids 

WHAT: DuPage County’s most exciting retail destination, Yorktown Center, is hosting three days of grand opening activities to celebrate the launch of its new interactive PLAY zone for all ages of children. As part of the premier retail center’s multi-million dollar renovation, the free children’s area includes IPad technology for older children, toddler zone, artistic play structures and plenty of opportunities to run, crawl, imagine and explore. #YorktownPLAY

WHY: The new PLAY Zone complements other planned renovations that will elevate the already popular retail and restaurant destination to the next level of convenience, comfort, and connection. It also demonstrates ownership’s commitment to the surrounding community’s needs.

WHEN: Monday, June 22 – Wednesday, June 24

Monday, June 22
10:15 – 10:30 Elsa and Anna from Frozen will perform Let it Go
10:30 am:  Balloon Drop Grand Opening
(Miss Illinois Galaxy Deidre Cericola will release the balloons and confetti cannons)
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Strolling magician, hair updos/glitter, juggler, stilt walker, mime
11:00: Magic/Science Show
12:00: Magic/Science Show

Tuesday June 23 and Wednesday June 24
10:30 –1:00: Strolling magician, hair updos/glitter, juggler, stilt walker, mime
11:00: Magic/Science Show
12:00: Magic/Science Show

WHERE: 203 Yorktown Center
(Lower Level, Center court in front of Carsons)
Lombard, IL 60148

INFO: To learn more about Yorktown Centers’ 150 shops, 17 restaurants, Lucky Strike Lanes and AMC Theater, visit http://www.yorktowncenter.com/ or become a Fan on Facebook.

American Pickers is coming to Illinois — Got stuff?

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How fun is this? American Pickers is coming to Illinois this summer (Roscoe area) — check out the list of items they are looking for here.

If you have some of these items, or have a large collection you would like Mike and Frank to check out, email them your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-old-rust.

Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Summer Kick-off Saturday 6/6

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Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery in Hinsdale is having their Summer Kick-off this Saturday 6/6. Samples & discounts!

Sweet Ali’s is kicking off the summer season with a special event this Saturday, June 6! We will be hosting with our neighboring restaurant, Franks on 1st, a celebration of fun summer treats. Franks will be grilling FREE sliders on our GF buns for all Sweet Ali customers who purchase ANY product in the bakery during the hours of 11:00 and 1:00.

Living Gluten Free event at Meijer May 9

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I was just on the Bolingbrook Meijer site and saw that they are having a Living Gluten Free event on Saturday May 9 from 11AM-5:30PM. I’m not sure if this is all Meijer stores, so check with yours. Free recipe booklet (250 per store), sample gluten free food, take home tips for living gluten free.

Free women’s health screenings October 11

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Sam’s is offering free women’s health screenings on Saturday October 11:

Sam’s Club® Champions Women’s Health by Offering Free Screenings for Members and the Public

In-club women’s health screenings available

Saturday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BENTONVILLE, Ark, (Oct. 2, 2014) – More than half of women in the U.S. worry about the cost of healthcare and only 67 percent report having had a physical exam in the past year, according to The Futures Company.1 As part of an effort to celebrate women and encourage them to become more active in monitoring and maintaining their health,

Sam’s Club Pharmacies nationwide will host free women’s health screenings to both members and non-members on Saturday, October 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The health screenings are free, confidential and available to the public at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy (599 locations). The screenings, valued at $2502, include tests for:

  • TSH (thyroid) testing – thyroid conditions can often affect a woman’s overall health, including depression, weight and energy levels3
  • Blood pressure
  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Risk ratio
  • Glucose
  • Body mass index
  • Vision (not available in all locations)

 

Veggie Fest 2014 — Free Naperville Event

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I saw a little blurb about 2014 Veggie Fest in tomorrow’s Chicago Tribune, so thought I’d pass it on! Free admission, today and tomorrow 8/9-8/10, 11AM-8PM. Music, demos, family fun, speakers, more. Their site is loading really slowly for me right now, but read more about it here.

Piggly Wiggly Gluten Free Show (Milwaukee) July 12

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Mark your calendars — Piggly Wiggly will be holding its first gluten free show at their Bay View Store location (123 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee) from 10AM-2PM on July 12, 2014. Customers will be able to speak with registered dietitian Tatiana Castellino, receive free samples and coupons, and speak with vendors.

Jewel — Gluten Free Wellness Fair in Chicago and Hoffman Estates

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Thanks to Caroline on Facebook for sharing this one. Jewel will be holding two Gluten Free Wellness Fairs this weekend:

  • Friday May 2 2014 at 370 N. Des Plaines in Chicago from 10-4.
  • Saturday May 3 2014 at 1485 Palatine Road in Hoffman Estates from 10-4.

Free samples, meet vendors, and find out more about a gluten free diet.

Coupon and Stockpile Swap next weekend — Lisle Library!

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Reminder — This coming Saturday, come on out and join us at the first Coupon and Stockpile Swap from Mashup Mom and deranged.me! We’ll be at the Lisle Public Library, IL on Saturday April 19 2014 from 1:00-3:00 PM. Stop in any time — all are welcome, and no registration is required. Bring your unneeded coupons and stockpile items to share, and bring home new coupons and stockpile items from others. Did you end up with extra probiotics, but need low-dose aspirin? Do you have a glut of baby coupons, but need pet food coupons? Bring your extras, and benefit from others’ extras!

Very simple rules

  • Bring something if you’re going to take something.
  • Be considerate, so that everyone gets a chance to leave with something new.
  • If you have a lot of stockpile items, leave them in your car, bring in representative samples, and talk with others about what you have to swap — don’t hurt yourself, lol.
  • No selling. No money can change hands at this event; bring items and coupons with the understanding that you’re giving them away to others.

If you’re looking for something in particular (baby items, gluten free coupons, what have you) feel free to comment here or on the Coupon Trading Facebook group. If you have extras of something in particular, please comment with what you might be bringing to share. Swap at your own risk; neither the library, Mashup Mom, nor deranged.me can be liable for how stockpile items have been stored, expiration dates, etc.

Any leftover stockpile items at the end of the event will be donated to the Lisle Township Food Pantry, which serves residents of Lisle and unincorporated parts of Lisle, Naperville and Woodridge.

Mrs. Green’s Natural Market — Spring Celebration!

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This post has been sponsored by Mrs. Green’s Natural Market in Chicago. I have been compensated for this post; however, all opinions here are my own.

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Are you in the Chicago area? You’ll want to check out the upcoming Spring Celebration at Mrs. Green’s Natural Market, which will be held at their Chicago store at 555 West Webster Ave. this Thursday March 27 from 6-8:30 PM. Mrs. Green’s is a new-to-me neighborhood store devoted to offering healthy food at an honest price to customers who care deeply about the foods they eat. They have one very cool-looking Chicago location in Lincoln Park so far, but are planning to expand their Chicago presence — and you can view current in-store specials on healthy food on their website. (This week’s ad notes that they’re offering free two-hour parking with a $25+ purchase, which is a definite plus in Lincoln Park!)

Spring Celebration

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Check out the upcoming Mrs. Green’s Spring Celebration! This is a free public event which will feature samples, live music, children’s activities, and special in-store pricing on many items, including produce. But, that’s just the beginning of their weekend of spring celebration events, all around Mrs. Green’s mission to inspire its customers to eat well and live a good healthy lifestyle:

The celebration will continue with special events throughout the weekend. Field Trip Factory will host a free introduction for teachers and educators to the new Think Global, Eat Local educational program on Friday at 4 p.m. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mrs. Green’s staff will host a children’s activity called “Eat the Rainbow,” which will teach children about the value of eating a variety of nutritious foods.

Mrs. Greens is devoted to clean, natural foods, health, and sustainability, and supports local farmers and artisans whenever possible.

If you go, bring your coupons

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Click the coupon above to get a bigger version to print — hosted here with permission from Mrs. Green’s. Get free $5 in produce with a $30 purchase, free $5 deli with a $30 purchase, $5 bakery with $30 purchase, or $5 dairy with $30 purchase. These are valid 3/27-4/14/14, so just in time for the Spring Celebration on the 27th!