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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Not many fur coats in this crowd


Mel seems to be rebounding from her fall and disappointment during the Junior Extremes qualifying run down a terrifyingly steep slope. Everyone has been telling her it’s a lot better to give your all than to not try. That she didn’t succeed just goes with the territory. It helps when she learns a lot of other kids fell on the same run. more
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Snowshoe day — There’s More to Do In CB than Just Ski


It’s a perfect blue sky day. The sun is shining...the snow crisp under our snowshoes. There’s hardly anyone else out on the trail -- just a few other snow shoers and Nordic skiers with their dogs, and an occasional snow mobiler. We see the tracks where hardy skiers have come to back country ski, hiking up so they can ski down pristine powder. more
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Organized Chaos — Getting the Kids (and Grownups) Ready to Ski


Organized chaos. Three adults, four college kids, two teens, and a five year-old and three year-old getting ready for a ski day. I‘ve got a sinus infection so I opt not to ski today. I take 13-year-old Eva to the “teen” class. Ellen Osterling, who oversees the kids’ programs, says the ski school tries to offer teen classes every day -- even if they have to send out a teen with his own instructor. more
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Park City in the Summer and Winter


The Utah Olympic Park was the venue for Nordic jumping, bobsled, luge and skeleton events during the 2002 Winter Olympics here. Today, world class athletes train here -- you may see them if you visit Tuesday through Saturday. They train in summer as well as winter. Today the Park also continues to serve as a year-round competition site. more
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A Visit to Park City, Utah


When families told Park City Mountain Resort they didn’t like such big ski school classes for their kids, the resort did something about it -- besides suggesting parents pay mega pucks for private lessons. more
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TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK IN WINTER


By Eileen OgintzTribune Media Services Old Faithful spews thousands of gallons of steaming water right on schedule, but Miguel isn’t the least bit interested. He just lumbers by us searching for lunch. That’s probably because Miguel, so named by my more »
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TO MONTANA FOR SOME FUN IN THE SNOW


Mary Blilie had been at Big Sky Resort in Montana for just one day but had already snapped more photos of her kids than she had in a long time. That's because when Blilie, now a Minneapolis engineer, was a kid her family skied here every winter and now, after a 17-year hiatus, she was determined to create some of those same happy memories for her own two children more
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DISNEY WORLD 101


Your next-door neighbor insists he has the skinny on finding bargain lodging (you can find rooms, especially in winter for well under $100 a night). One friend says she wouldn't leave home without "Birnbaum's Walt Disney World 2007," the official guide to Walt Disney World, while a co-worker says her bible is the "Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World." more
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A foot of fresh snow — and dinner in a yurt


Mother Nature, my daughter Mel says, delivered the best Christmas present of all -- more than a foot of fresh snow. But unlike other ski resorts during a holiday week, there are no lift lines and no crowds. Where is everyone? more
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Coming back year after year


Other families I meet around the village at the Base of Big Sky are equally enthusiastic about the ski school. The mountain is big but the ski school is small “and that’s important” says Lori Woolbright, who is back for her third holiday here with her husband and eight year old daughter from Myrtle Beach, SC. more
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