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Renowned Expressionist Diane Thodos Opens Exhibit at Re-invent Gallery

Sponsored post by Re-invent Gallery in Lake Forest:

Re-Invent Gallery invites the community to an opening night celebration of its newest exhibit, Diane Thodos: Forces of Life: Lyricism and Requiem, which opens Good Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through May 31 at 202 E. Wisconsin Ave, Lake Forest.

Painter and printmaker Diane Thodos has always felt drawn to the expressionist art movements of the Modernist era – most specifically to Abstract Expressionism from the 1940’s – 1950’s and German Expressionism from 1906 – 1924. Her paintings and prints embody two different aspects – a drive towards the lyrical, and an opposite one towards the tragic. For her, figure and abstraction create a fertile ground for ever-new compositional and emotionally expressive possibilities.

Earning her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1989, Thodos was mentored early on by Donald Kuspit, an iconic New York art critic and intellectual who inspired her to delve deeply into the world of Expressionism. She was further inspired by the powerful graphic techniques of the German Expressionists after a fateful meeting with owners of an immense private collection of such works in 1992. Over the course of two decades, she has been granted access to the collection for self-study, and her paintings and woodblock prints reflect both style and technical techniques of bygone Expressionist masters. Like many noted American Abstract Expressionists of our time Thodos also studied with Stanley William Hayter who revealed the importance of subconscious imagery through the use of automatic gesture or automatism.

Diane Thodos

Diane Thodos


Of her new one-woman exhibit at Re-invent, Thodos states, “I feel that our current culture is undergoing a period of both upheaval and uncertainty. This is why the tragic aspect of my work attempts to distill states of feeling that are essential and direct in their expression. My lyrical work represents an equal and opposing life force…In this exhibit, you will see the opposite poles of life and death, lyricism and tragedy, abstraction and figure.”

Re-invent gallery co-owner Cecilia Lanyon said, “Diane is a significant artist among American Abstract Expressionists today, who has exhibited nationally and internationally. We are honored to showcase her works through this exhibit, from her life-infused paintings to her most intricate woodblock prints.”

The show’s Opening Night Celebration is Good Friday, April 18, 6-9 p.m.. Visit or call 224-544-5961

Lake Bluff Rec Center: Fitness for Moms & Moms-To-Be

Sponsored Post: The Lake Bluff Health & Fitness Center is offering classes to support pre-natal and post-natal fitness, and fitness for new moms.

Pre-Post Natal Fitness
Exercise helps prepare the body for labor and delivery and is proven to aid in postnatal recovery. Pregnant women who exercise have more muscle tone, are more aerobically fit, and gain less overall weight and body fat. Exercise also supports pelvic organs which can prevent urinary incontinence, bladder or uterine prolapse, reduces varicose veins, back pain, leg cramps, swelling and constipation. Postpartum exercise can boost energy levels, reduce mood disturbances, ease lower back pain and support weight loss.

This safe and effective class will help you maintain muscle tone and feel good about yourself while your body goes through changes pre and post baby. This class will combine light cardio, strength training and stretching to meet the needs of women during pregnancy as well as their body’s needs to recover post-pregnancy.

  • April 1-May 20 $80/$96
  • June 17-July 8 $40/$48
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Age: Adult
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 am
  • Location: Fitness Center – Group X Studio
  • Min/Max: 5/15

Mommy in Motion
Are you feeling house bound with your new baby? We’ve got just the answer for you…join others on the track for an hour of exercise and socialization. Babies 6 months old or less can ride in the stroller or baby carrier while mom enjoys time on the track; older babies can take advantage of in-house child care in Kidzone. Stroller wheels must be clean and dry. More information about Kidzone on page___.

  • April 3-June 26 $25/$50
  • July 10-August 7 $10/$15
  • Day: Thursday
  • Age: Adult
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 am
  • Location: Fitness Center – Track

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To Fast … or Not To Fast?

Sponsored Post by Fitness Together of Lake Forest: Fasting has been done for thousands of years as a part of religious observance but only recently has it become a common practice in the health and fitness industry. Proponents of intermittent fasting tout the benefits of fat loss, increased lifespan, and cellular clean up. These are surely immense benefits, but can they come at a cost? Read on.

Intermittent fasting can be done in various protocols. Some advise a weekly or twice weekly 24 hour fast and a standard eating schedule otherwise. Others recommend a daily 16 hour fast with an 8 hour window in which you eat all of your meals. No matter which approach you choose, you will be going without food for a period of time. It is during this time period, that your body will begin to utilize stored fats to a greater degree and will also start a process called autophagy, which is a cellular clean up. Both of these are beneficial processes that do well to improve people’s health. Autophagy has also been shown to be crucial in maintaining muscle mass. Those looking to burn body fat will also find benefits from the increase in fat breakdown.

Intermittent fasting can be a helpful method of controlling caloric input because you are generally eating less often. If this approach is paired with very healthy, nutrient-dense, whole foods, you can find great success in fat loss. There are, however, some potential downsides. Women may have a downregulation of their thyroid if they attempt strict intermittent fasting, which can negatively impact their health and fat loss goals. Also, if someone has any emotional eating issues, intermittent fasting can further exacerbate them. In these cases, it is best to eat 3 healthy meals a day with a snack. Finally, if you are undergoing a lot of stress in your life, whether it is financial, physical, or emotional, adding fasting may worsen the stress for you. Adding fasting, a stressor, on top of others may just set your body over the edge.

So what should you do? An intuitive approach to fasting can work best. If you wake up one morning and don’t find yourself very hungry, there is no need to force yourself to eat. Studies show that breakfast is no more beneficial than any other meal of the day, contrary to what you may hear. (However, there are some people who seem to do better throughout the day if they start the day with a healthy breakfast). If you have an active day ahead of you or find yourself very hungry in the morning, then its probably best to listen to your body and have some breakfast. As you can tell, this is a very individualized approach and depends on you and your goals.

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Real Estate Firms Koenig & Strey, Prudential Rubloff Join Berkshire Hathaway

Brokerage begins new era as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group

Chicago, IL (April 1, 2014) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the new real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, today announced that Koenig & Strey Real Living and Prudential Rubloff Properties now operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group.

The combined brokerage, which last year generated more than $5 billion in sales volume and holds the second-largest market share in the Chicago metro area, adds to an expanding roster of affiliates that have joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices since September. The network now accounts for more than 27,000 agents and 700 offices in 37 states.

The community is invited to  the ceremony.

The community is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.


“We are thrilled to be part of a brand whose namesake is Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the world’s most respected company according to Barron’s,” said Nancy Nagy, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group. “With the strength of our combined companies, and backed by this powerful new brand, KoenigRubloff Realty Group will be highly competitive in the Chicago area market.”

Michael Pierson, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, added: “This is a defining moment for our company. We know our new brand will resonate well with clients and will grow KoenigRubloff Realty Group for years to come. The future is certainly bright for our agents and clients alike.”

As part of the transition, KoenigRubloff associates gain access to a robust real estate technology platform, ongoing business consultation, professional education, marketing support and the Luxury Collection program that adds distinction and marketing clout to high-end listings.

To commemorate the conversion, the brokerage is holding celebratory events at its branch offices during the next week.

Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America, Inc., expressed his enthusiasm over the new addition to the network: “KoenigRubloff Realty Group exemplifies the level of excellence sought for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Their reputation in the Chicago real estate market is outstanding and we’re proud and honored the company will represent Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.”

KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s new Cabernet and White yard signs will begin appearing throughout greater Chicago today. The company operates in the Chicago metropolitan area as well as in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin with 23 offices in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Mag Mile and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, and in suburban offices in Deerfield, Elmhurst, Evanston, Glen Ellyn, Glenview, Hinsdale, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Naperville, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Wheaton, Winnetka, and Harbor Country, MI.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, a full-service real estate company, has nearly 1,500 real estate professionals and staff serving customers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding communities. Formed from the merger between two legendary Chicago real estate brokerages – Prudential Rubloff Properties and Koenig & Strey – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group inherits a solid reputation built from decades of helping people throughout the greater Chicago area buy and sell real estate. Visit

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a brand-new real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in early 2014 was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. Visit

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, and are used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential.

PASTA Celebrates 10th Year Of Musical Theatre Camp With ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Sponsored Post by Performing Arts Summer Theatre Academy: This summer, PASTA celebrates its 10th year of musical theatre summer camp in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff!

Join us at then Gorton Community Center as the Performing Arts Summer Theatre Academy goes back to where it all started in 2005 with Alice in Wonderland.

PASTA is a four-week musical theatre summer camp, held Monday through Friday, that seeks to develop young actors in all aspects of the theater arts.

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice’s madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!


Here is your opportunity to play such classic characters as the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and, of course, Alice!

Roles are plentiful, including three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters, providing plentiful opportunities to showcase students of all different musical skill levels. There’s a chorus of kids playing in the park, rock lobsters, talking fish, royal cardsmen, unbirthday partiers, and more, as well as a group of gossipy girl flowers!

Alice in Wonderland is a fast-paced stage adaptation of the timeless Disney animated film, featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as “I’m Late,” “The Un-birthday Song” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

  • Directed by Golden Apple Award-winning teacher Tom Beck, with costumes by Sue Beck and music direction by Elaine Ellis
  • PASTA camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 16 – July 11, 2014 (no class July 4)
  • Performances will be on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

To register, go to