Weekend Filled with Singing, Greening, Cleaning and Eating

May 13, 2011

A Wheeling resident is getting her own parade on Saturday.


Wheeling resident Haley Reinhart

Haley Reinhart is one of the top 3 finalists on this season’s American Idol. As a result, she will visit her hometown of Wheeling on Saturday, May 14 for a huge event.

The Wheeling hometown celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with a motorcade to the Wheeling Village Hall, where Wheeling Village President Judy Abruscato will declare May 14 as “Haley Reinhart Day.”

The motorcade will then travel south on Northgate Parkway to Dundee Road, then east to the Wheeling Community Campus.

The visit will then continue at Arlington Park Racetrack, 2200 W. Euclid, Arlington Heights, where Haley will perform at 6:30 p.m. There are some free tickets available online. For ticket information, visit

“We are all so proud of Haley, and so impressed with her talents,” said Abruscato. “This hometown visit is an outstanding opportunity for the whole Wheeling community to show the world all the great things happening here in our village.”

For more information on Haley’s Day, visit or call the Haley Hotline at (847) 403-4636.

Come out and show Haley your support. Who knows, maybe you’ll be on TV too.

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If singing isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, there are other events going on this weekend that might peak your interest.

*The 10th annual Green Festival, the nation’s largest green consumer living event, will be in Chicago this weekend at McCormick Place. More than 125 speakers will educate and inspire and over 300 green vendors will be featured in the Green Marketplace.

“Whether you go to shop, learn, try new organic foods or experience art and music, Green Festival has it all, with the goal to motivate every person to think, participate and make more planet-friendly, sustainable choices in their every day lives,” says Green America and Green Festival Founder, Denise Hamler.

What: Chicago Green Festival

Where: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

When: Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: One-day passes are $10; weekend pass is $15; get tickets at

Visit: for more information

*The weather might be frightful this weekend, but it won’t last. Check out the Chicago Botanic Garden’s 45th annual spring plant sale as part of the Bloomin’ Festival. There will be horticultural demonstrations, local vendors selling their wares and experts offering gardening tips.

The sale includes more than 25,000 plants and flowers that perform well in our growing conditions. Bring your gardening tools to get sharpened. Admission is free, parking is $20.

What: Spring Plant Sale and Bloomin’ Festival

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit: for more information

*Get some goodies and help fight childhood hunger in our state. The second annual food blogger bake sale is a national effort that encourages bloggers across the country to hold bake sales in their communities to raise funds for Share Our Strength as part of the Great American Bake Sale.

Chicago’s event this Saturday will offer homemade baked goods, treats donated from local businesses, wine tastings and more. All proceeds will be donated to help eliminate childhood hunger in Illinois.

What: American Bake Sale

Where: The Poison Cup, 1128 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago

When: Saturday, May 14; noon to 3 p.m.

Visit: for more information

*President Obama has called for the cleaning of the Chicago River (that story to come), and Friends of the Chicago River are doing their part this weekend. Saturday is Chicago River Day, when 4,000 volunteers will clean up and spruce up the banks along the river. Some will also plant native seedlings. Participants will learn how to conserve water, help stop flooding and prevent pollutants from running into the river.

What: Chicago River Day

Where: Sixty sites along the banks of the Chicago River, plus five “beyond the banks” sites, from as far north as Route 120 in Lake County to as far south as Blue Island in Cook County

When: Saturday, May 14; 9 a.m. to noon

Visit: to find a clean-up site near you

Finally, if you are a Chicago-area homeowner in danger of losing your home to foreclosure, there are some workshops scheduled for Saturday that could help. For more information, check out our story:

Foreclosure Prevention Help Around Chicago

Have a great weekend, and GO HALEY!

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