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Video-gaming seeks 'coffee-shop appeal' in Villa Park

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 10:14 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:42 a.m. CDT
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Sammielle Almore, a "guest service host" at Stella's Place in Villa Park, scrolls through the variety of games on one of the café's five video-gaming machines Tuesday. (David Good -
Brian Wilson recently opened Shelby's, a video-gaming cafe, on St. Charles Road in Villa Park. He also opened a "sister" business, Stella's Place on Roosevelt Road. (David Good -
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Villa Park President Deborah Bullwinkel (center) and Laredo Hospitality CEO Gary Leff (to her left) cut the ribbon March 14 at Stella's Place in Villa Park, along with members of the company and Villa Park community. (Photo provided)
A view from the backroom, through a bookcase, shows the open, cafe-style front space at Stella's Place' in Villa Park. (David Good -

RINGWOOD – A hands-on workshop will give teachers the background to build a native garden with their students back at their own school.

The program will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1 at Glacial Park's Lost Valley Visitor Center in Ringwood.

Participants will learn about the native plants and local Great Lakes habitats as a basis for interdisciplinary kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum activities, teacher professional development and citizen science. 

The program is collaboration with the Arboretum at University of Wisconsin, Lake County Forest Preserve and Earth Partnership for Schools. It's funded in part by the U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The Great Lakes Earth Partnership Institutes will provide participants with the Great Lakes-EPS K–12 Curriculum Guide and Resource Binder, continental breakfast, snacks and supplies for the week

The cost is $100 per teacher, and each school will receive $150 for their school grounds project. Teachers can receive graduate credit from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; all fees have been waived. The program also translates to 45 continuing professional development units.

For more information, contact Education Outreach Coordinator Mary Kozub at the McHenry County Conservation District at 815-678-4532, extension 8117.

The deadline to register is July 20.

- Northwest Herald

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