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  • Watch The Little Mermaid

The Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, turns 30 this Sunday November 17th. Gather some friends and go Fathoms Below to enjoy the heartwarming tail (pun intended) of a mermaid who feels that she does not belong Under the Sea. Don’t be a Poor Unfortunate Soul and miss out on letting the anniversary of this beloved film becoming Part of Your World. The Little Mermaid can be purchased on Google Play, Amazon Video, and Vudu and can be streamed on Disney+. You can also enjoy the classic film in a new way with The Little Mermaid Live! which can be viewed on Disney+.

  • Watch Ford v Ferrari

If you love fast cars and racing, then you will not want to miss Ford v Ferrari, which begins showing in theatres this Friday, November 15th. Based off of the true story of automotive designer Carrol Shelby (Matt Damon) and racecar driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), Ford v Ferrari follows this duo journey as they try to make and race the ultimate Ford motor that can beat the engine of a Ferrari. As Shelby and Miles try to change the world of automobiles forever, they are faced with prejudice and difficulty. Watch the trailer here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3h9Z89U9ZA.

  • Watch Charlie’s Angels

Watch a modern take on the iconic franchise this weekend starting on Friday, November 15th. This remake features all the same characters you know and love but with a twist. Featuring music by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey and acting from Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Elizabeth banks, and Patrick Stewart, the film is set to have tons of stardom featured in it. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSUq4VfWfjE.

  • Participate in America Recycles Day

Although America Recycles Day has been celebrated since 1997, it officially became a nationally recognized day on November 15, 2004 when President George W. Bush proclaimed every November 15th America Recycles Day. Show the earth how much you love it by taking care of it. This Friday, make sure you recycle and consider buying recycled goods. If you are wondering why recycling is so important, visit https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/why-recycle. If you participate in America Recycles Day, share it with us on Instagram and Facebook @spark897hd3 and use #sparkrecycles.

  • Have a Teddy Bear Party

It might seem odd, but there is in fact a day to have a part with your teddy bear. Have a Party with Your Bear Day falls on November 16th every year and is easy to celebrate. Just grab a teddy bear and some friends and your ready to go. Make the event even more fun with balloons and banners and whatever party stuff you can find. It might be quirky, but it can be fun to let loose and through a teddy bear party.

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends are helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

 

  • Watch Midway

The Battle of Midway was an influential one during World War II. See the daring battle unfold starting November 8 by seeing Midway in theaters. Focusing on the risky roles of dive bombers, Midway is not only historically accurate but is also a fun and daring ride. With stars like Woody Harrelson, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, and Darren Criss, Midway is expected to be a heart pounding drama. Watch the trailer at https://www.veteranaid.org/blog/meaningful-ways-to-celebrate-veterans-day/.

  • Honor Veterans Day

Thank the brave men and women who bravely serve our country. One way you can do this is by participating in the Nation To-Minutes of Silence. Since 2016 this has been an official national event. Central Standard Time’s moment begins at 1:11 pm on November 11. (If you live in a different time zone, go to https://www.facebook.com/VetsDaySilence/ for more information.) Take advantage of this moment to pay respects to those in the military. For more information on ways to celebrate Veterans Day, visit https://www.veteranaid.org/blog/meaningful-ways-to-celebrate-veterans-day/.

  • Watch Playing with Fire

It isn’t easy to fight fires, but it is even harder to take care of children. Playing with Fire is a comedy starring John Cena that features an elite firefighting squad who rescue three siblings. Through a crazy scenario the firefighters must babysit the children. Chaos ensures as the squad discover that watching children is more unpredictable that putting out fires. This film hits theaters on Friday November 8. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xlSnB7NzwA.

  • Visit the Adler Planetarium

School permitting, enjoy all the Adler Planetarium has to offer this Friday (November 8) and next Monday (November 11) for free via the Illinois resident free days. Make sure that you bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) to get in for free. Free admission includes everything included in general admission. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking. To learn about your parking options, check out this page http://www.soldierfieldparking.com/rates.php. Make sure you fill your car up to help divide the price, or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is close the Field. From there you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. For more information on Adler’s free days, visit https://www.adlerplanetarium.org/adler-planetarium-special-offers/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw5MLrBRClARIsAPG0WGy5haalAdyiyI-LZ1zGbW423TgZMK9S3zhJ7eF7yxU2Tat-Q0DE6isaAmoKEALw_wcB. To learn more about the Adler’s exhibits, go to https://www.adlerplanetarium.org/.

  • Visit the Field Museum

If you don’t have class, you can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (November 13). Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. For parking and public transportation information see the information on visiting the Adler Planetarium. Learn more about Illinois free days by going to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/our-events/free-admission-days and more about the Field by visiting https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Read a book

November 2nd is Book Lovers’ Day. Pick up a book you’ve been meaning to read and join tons of bibliophiles on this special day. If you are looking for a title to read, go to https://www.whichbook.net/ to help you find your next read.

  • Visit Pier Pumpkin Lights at Navy Pier

Celebrate the end of the Halloween season this Saturday (November 2nd) at the Navy Pier. The Pier Pumpkin Lights allows you to explore Navy Pier in a fun and spooky way. Carve pumpkins, see scary lights and decorations, and wander Navy Pier. For more information, visit https://navypier.org/explore/programming-events/pier-pumpkin-lights/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwr-_tBRCMARIsAN413WQ4muGPVeC_j312epCt3ttnIsWfuKhfsWPkf0zMvszJ4uwxu7RPw5gaAm5zEALw_wcB.

 

  • Visit the Field Museum

If you don’t have class, you can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (November 6th). Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. For parking information visit https://soldierfieldparking.com/museum.php. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking- fill your car up to help divide the price or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is near the Field. From there you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. To get more detailed travel information, use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?. Learn more about Illinois free days at the Field Museum by going to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/our-events/free-admission-days and more about the Field by visiting https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

 

 

  • Watch The Incredibles

The beloved Pixar/Disney classic turns 15 on Tuesday November 5th. In 2004, families watched the heartwarming tale of a family of supers just trying to live a normal life. Join Bob Parr and his wife Helen, both retired superheroes, as they try to raise a family. Although superheroing is outlawed, Bob can’t seem to forget the glory days. Watch as his desire to return to spandex and underwear on the outside sucks Helen, and their kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack into a life and death adventure that eventually results in a battle to save the world from Syndrome. Relive the fun this week by watching the original and the sequel with friends and family.

 

  • Visit the Brookfield Zoo

Every Tuesday and Thursday now through December, the Brookfield Zoo is offering free admission to Illinois Residents, so bring your Illinois state ID (or ONU TigerCard for students). Just make sure you don’t miss class. The highlights of Brookfield Zoo are the Great Bear Wilderness, Tropic World, Habitat Africa, Dolphins, and the Big Cat Walk. If you have time to see more try the Pachyderm House, the Australia House, and the Hoofstock Yard. If that still isn’t enough, additional tickets can be purchased for the Dolphin Show and Wild Encounters (there are different types of ticket packages so ask a cashier about it when you’re are there). Food is sold on site, but you can bring a pack lunch and save some money. There are two parking options- the North Lot and the South Lot, which both cost $14. The South Lot is much closer to the entrance, but it gets full fast and more difficult to get to. There are also public transportation options. For more information on travel via car and public transit, visit https://www.czs.org/Directions. To learn more about Brookfield Zoo, go to https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.aspx.

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Host a movie marathon

It’s getting colder outside, so why not find an excuse to stay indoors. This weekend pick a movie series (like the Avengers, Star Wars, the Terminator, etc.), a genre (like chick flicks, comedy, action, drama, horror, etc.), or an actor (Tom Hank, Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, etc.). Whatever you pick, just get some friends together, grab some popcorn, and have some fun.

  • Bolingbrook Fall Fest

Celebrate fall this weekend at the Bolingbrook Park District. This free festival is located at 200 S. Lindsey Ln and features activities throughout the day, including a climbing wall, archery range, canoeing, bingo, fireworks, live music, and more. Although the event is free, there will be several food vendors for attendees to purchase food. After 5 pm there are some restrictions on parking, so make sure you check where you park before you leave your car. For more information on the event, visit http://www.bolingbrookparks.org/en/trending/mark-your-calendars/fall-fest/.

  • Boo! at the Zoo

Get ready for Halloween with Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! at the Zoo. This Saturday and Sunday night. Although the event is mainly targeted to young children and families, young adults can find enjoyment in the festive atmosphere and by seeing the animals at Brookfield. This time of year is great for seeing animal behavior because it is not too hot or too cold outside. If you stay until dusk, try going to your favorite animals’ habitat. Sometimes animals are more active at this time, and you can have a better chance of seeing your animal pals moving around. If you have been considering going, this is the last week, so head over to Brookfield Zoo.

  • Visit the Brookfield Zoo

Every Tuesday and Thursday now through December, the Brookfield Zoo is offering free admission to Illinois Residents, so bring your Illinois state ID (or ONU TigerCard for students). Just make sure you don’t miss class. The highlights of Brookfield Zoo are the Great Bear Wilderness, Tropic World, Habitat Africa, Dolphins, and the Big Cat Walk. If you have time to see more try the Pachyderm House, the Australia House, and the Hoofstock Yard. If that still isn’t enough, additional tickets can be purchased for the Dolphin Show and Wild Encounters (there are different types of ticket packages so ask a cashier about it when you’re are there). Food is sold on site, but you can bring a pack lunch and save some money. There are two parking options- the North Lot and the South Lot, which both cost $14. The South Lot is much closer to the entrance, but it gets full fast and more difficult to get to. There are also public transportation options. For more information on travel via car and public transit, visit https://www.czs.org/Directions. To learn more about Brookfield Zoo, go to https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.aspx.

  • Visit the Field Museum

If you don’t have class, you can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (October 30th). Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. For parking information visit https://soldierfieldparking.com/museum.php. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking- fill your car up to help divide the price or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is near the Field. From there you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. To get more detailed travel information, use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?. Learn more about Illinois free days at the Field Museum by going to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/our-events/free-admission-days and more about the Field by visiting https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • See Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

If you enjoyed 2014’s Maleficent, then step deeper into the world of fairies and men with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The sequel begins after the end of the first film, but things have changed. Queen Ingris (Michelle Pfeiffer) has created a rift between Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). See a new take on a classic fairy tale hitting theaters this Friday (October 18th). Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0OFH4xpPr4.

  • Celebrate Mole Day

Do you remember anything from Chemistry class? Something you might recall is Avogardro’s Number, which had something to do with calculating how much of a substance it takes to make one mole of that substance which is found by using the number 6.02 x 1023. To honor this important piece of chemistry, October 23rd from 6:02am- 6:02pm has been deemed Mole Day. Now you can celebrate some science knowledge at 6:02 on 10/23. If that does not sound like your cup of tea, celebrate that fact that you do not know everything and that is ok.

  • Boo! at the Zoo

Get ready for Halloween with Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! at the Zoo Every Saturday and Sunday night from now until October 27th. Although the event is mainly targeted to young children and families, young adults can find enjoyment in the festive atmosphere and by seeing the animals at Brookfield. This time of year is great for seeing animal behavior because it is not too hot or too cold outside. If you stay until dusk, try going to your favorite animals’ habitat. Sometimes animals are more active at this time, and you can have a better chance of seeing your animal pals moving around.

  • Visit the Brookfield Zoo

Every Tuesday and Thursday now through December, the Brookfield Zoo is offering free admission to Illinois Residents, so bring your Illinois state ID (or ONU TigerCard for students). Just make sure you don’t miss class. The highlights of Brookfield Zoo are the Great Bear Wilderness, Tropic World, Habitat Africa, Dolphins, and the Big Cat Walk. If you have time to see more try the Pachyderm House, the Australia House, and the Hoofstock Yard. If that still isn’t enough, additional tickets can be purchased for the Dolphin Show and Wild Encounters (there are different types of ticket packages so ask a cashier about it when you’re are there). Food is sold on site, but you can bring a pack lunch and save some money. There are two parking options- the North Lot and the South Lot, which both cost $14. The South Lot is much closer to the entrance, but it gets full fast and is more difficult to get to. There are also public transportation options. For more information on travel via car and public transit, visit https://www.czs.org/Directions. To learn more about Brookfield Zoo, go to https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.aspx.

  • “Fall” in Love with the Season

Fall weather has finally arrived, which means it is time to start doing some fall activities. Try apple picking, getting lost in a corn maze, or visiting a pumpkin patch. You could go for a scenic drive and look at all of the colorful leaves or weather permitting take a walk or scenic bike ride through a park and see all of the colors. Other activities could be building a bonfire, carving a pumpkin, baking a pumpkin themed foods, or eating candy apples. Whatever you do, have a great time celebrating the Fall season.