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A roundup of the top blogs this week from around the region.

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Share your passions - Blog on Patch. Credit: Patch.
Written by Marcia Sagendorph.

Check out these unique blogs from our 23 Patch sites in the Chicago suburbs. Click on the headlines below to get the full story from a few of our bloggers. Then get inspired and start your own blog!

What do you love? What drives you crazy? Share it in a blog. Contact Senior Community Editor Marcia Sagendorph at marcia.sagendorph@patch.com to get started. It's quick, easy and free!

Gay marriage approved: GOP gov. candidates breathe sigh of relief (for now)

SIGH OF RELIEF? Aside from those who will directly benefit from it, few people in Illinois should have been more relieved at the passage of the gay marriage bill on Tuesday than the four candidates competing for the Republican nomination for governor.
- Posted by Reboot Illinois on Palatine Patch

Music Institute Hosts 10th Annual MLK Concert

The Music Institute of Chicago honors the extraordinary legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at its 10th annual celebration of the legendary civil rights leader, featuring the renowned Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God, Sunday, January 19 at 5 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Ticket proceeds support the Music Institute’s William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund.
- Posted by Jill Chukerman for Arts in Your Backyard on Evanston Patch

Becoming A Force To Be Reckoned With

In Barbados, Dale was a successful 30-year-old businesswoman, working as a loan officer at a bank. Dale owned her own home, had many friends and was in a relationship, but she came to the United States because of the opportunity for a better life.  She realized very quickly that having a college degree was going to be critical to her success.
- Posted by Daniel Gerger for Adult Education on Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch

Sente Announces Community Shred Day and Mobile Office Hours

On Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, will be co-sponsoring a Recycle-O-Rama and Shred Day with the Vernon Hills Park District, the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), and Westfield Hawthorn Mall. Residents are encouraged to stop by the mall to take advantage of this free opportunity for eco-friendly electronics recycling and confidential document shredding. 
- Posted by Office of Rep. Sente on Buffalo Grove Patch

Intro to Judaism Classes begin November 12th in Skokie

Intro to Judaism Classes will begin on Tuesday, November 12th from 7-9pm at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie.  The classes will be every Tuesday for a total of 17 weeks.  To register, go to www.reformjudaism.org/introil. Why take the course? Perhaps:...you recently discovered you have Jewish ancestry and want to learn more about your roots or your partner is Jewish and you are not....

- Posted by Felicia Goodman Ross on Skokie Patch

New must read book about Illinois: "Land of Lincoln, Thy Wondrous Story"

On October 30th, former State Senator Mark Q. Rhoads, the author of Land of Lincoln, Thy Wondrous Story, was featured at Heartland Institute's ongoing author event series. Rhoads was born in Hinsdale, Illinois and raised in Western Springs.
- Posted by Nancy J. Thorner on Northbrook Patch

Boldness Becomes You in the Kitchen

Exploring new food frontiers often makes for an interesting adventure. Sometimes experiments will delight, and other times they’ll miss the mark. But don’t be afraid to keep trying new things. It’s the best way to keep your taste buds happy.
- Posted by Colleen Walsh Fong on Barrington Patch

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