Children Flock to Malls for Educational Programs

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Storytelling, crafts and songs are luring children to Stratford Square.

The shopping center is working with the Bloomingdale Public Library to bring children educational programs from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays. There are two sessions remaining, Monday and July 24.

The event, in its fifth year, has been a hit. About 150 people attended this week's gathering. There was a mixture of library book club members and shoppers, said Kathy Winn, Stratford Square Marketing Manager.

"It's a popular program that keeps growing year after year," Winn added.

Expert advice: If you feel a new look is in order, Marshall Field's at Woodfield Shopping Center may be worth checking out.

National make-up artist Tim Dedinsky is coming to the mall to provide shoppers the hottest trends for fall and most popular summer trends. Dedinsky, along with a team of experts, is teaching the latest tips and techniques from July 26 to 29. Shoppers can receive a one-on-one makeover. For an appointment, call (847) 706- 6029.

"I do:" If a wedding is in the future, you may want to put Northbrook Court on the "to do" list today.

The shopping center is hosting a bridal event entitled North Shore Essentials for Weddings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Shoppers can meet a variety of wedding-related companies that will assist in planning the big day.

Hotels, restaurants, banquet facilities, jewelers and companies that arrange a honeymoon trip are part of the event.

During the show, attendees have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a honeymoon vacation to Huatulco, Mexico.

The show is geared to assist shoppers can find everything needed to plan a perfect wedding. This includes the traditional wedding, second wedding or something small and elegant. …