Chefs' Fest returns April 21
Tickets are available now for Chefs' Fest 2009, the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau food and beverage sampling event, 5-8 p.m. April 21 at Arlington Park Racecourse, Euclid Avenue and Wilke roads, Arlington Heights. They are $30 at the door; $25 in advance. Nearly 60 restaurants will participate; the event also has a silent auction plus live entertainment from the Kendall Kelly Lewis Quartet, the Arlingtones barbershop choir and Big Shot Piano Lounge of Arlington Heights. Lynfred Winery will lead a "Wine 101" demonstration. Guests are asked to donate nonperishable food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Parking free. Order tickets online at ChefsFest.com or at (847) 490-1010. A simultaneous Hotel Showcase trade show will pair nearly 100 professional meeting planners with member hotel partners to attract new meeting and convention business to the region.
Palatine 'green' run Saturday
The inaugural Go Green Bunny Dash - featuring a 5K race, 1-mile youth run, kids dash, Easter Bunny appearance and Easter egg hunt - takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve on Dundee Road. The event seeks to limit any environmental impact with the use of recycled paper materials, a ride share program and a ban on plastic water bottles. Ending today, signup fees are $25 for the 5K and $10 for the mile run but go up $10 on race day. The dash and egg hunt for kids 2 to 8 is free and starts at 10 a.m. For further details or to register, go to bunnydash.com.
Doggy egg hunt Saturday
Kriser's Feeding Pets for Life, a dog nutrition chain that has recently opened in the new Arboretum of South Barrington mall, will host a doggy Easter egg hunt, along with dress-up and dog trick contests, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Arboretum, off Higgins Road between Bartlett Road and Route 59. The event is free and prizes and coupons will be given. For details, call the store at (847) 844-1921.
Finance crimes highlighted
The Arlington Heights Senior Center will host a program on financial crimes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at 1801 W. Central Road. Investigator Todd Radek of the Arlington Heights Police Department will discuss identity theft and financial crimes, Internet scams, phone scams and what to do if you are a victim. The free presentation is open to the public and no reservations are required. For more information, call the senior center at (847) 253-5532.
Give input for grant program
The village of Palatine is soliciting community input and funding requests for its Community Development Block Grant program in the upcoming fiscal year. Public hearings will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at village hall, 200 E. Wood St., and at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Palatine Opportunity Center, 1585 N. Rand Road. The village encourages participation by "very low, low, and moderate-income residents," in addition to minorities, non-English speakers and people with physical challenges. For more information, call (847) 359-9047 or go to palatine.il.us/cdbg.