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The Gift of Time

Give the intangible this holiday season by volunteering — no wrapping paper required Mary Harp-Jirschele knows the value of a home cooked meal, something most of us take for granted. But for some residents of the Fox Cities, a hot plate of food isn’t a given, it’s a luxury. Harp-Jirschele is one of the volunteers READ MORE

All Together Now

Eighth annual Fox Cities Choral Music Festival hits the right note. For one night each fall, the massive 103-foot-wide stage at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (P.A.C.) turns into a scene straight out of the television show Glee — a group of rising stars from area high schools serenade a mesmerized crowd with everything READ MORE

Space: the Final Frontier

Unused spaces find new function through remodeling Every home has one — the hard to reconcile space that turns into a clutter cave as a result of odd angles, limited square footage or undesirable atmosphere. By rethinking these wasted spaces homeowners can increase their property’s bottom line while providing themselves with a little more legroom. READ MORE

The Cook Book

Three local chefs dish on what back-of-the-house careers are really all about Culinary civilians don’t often get the opportunity to grill their favorite chefs about life in the kitchen, what it takes to make it big in the cutthroat culinary world or the politics of restaurant hopping, even though they have plenty to say on READ MORE

Making the Cut

Audition opportunities abound for local thespians Think acting is reserved for only the theatrical elite? Not when Community Theater is concerned. Area actors attest that when it comes to auditions, more is definitely merrier, especially regarding the Fox Cities theater scene which some worldly performers claim rivals that of — gasp! — New York City. READ MORE

Homes That History Built

Take a step back in time with reclaimed materials. In our instant messaging, express-delivery culture that prizes speed and efficiency above all else, it is easy to forget that life did not always move at this breakneck pace and that there was a time when simplicity and graciousness reigned supreme. Homeowners are giving a nod READ MORE

Living on the Spectrum

Misconceptions about raising children with autism. April 2 marks World Autism Awareness Day. Nationally, autism affects approximately one out of every 110 children born today and government statistics suggest the prevalence rate is increasing 10–17 percent annually. In the Fox Valley region, there are several families who are living with autism. Three of these families READ MORE

25 Years of Sharing

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. helps its donors share through personal relationships and community partnerships. Walter S. Rugland, former board chair of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. (CFFVR), believes that philanthropy is giving without reward. This was the starting point that Rugland’s father, Walter L. Rugland, used READ MORE