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Gail Eisner has three birthdays coming up. Scratch 'n Sniff, 120 N. Marion St., opened Nov. 5 last year, while Pumpkin Moon, 1028 North Blvd., opened Oct. 28, 2005. She and husband John own both shops. Also, it's Gail Eisner's birthday Oct. 28. Spooky.

Which is precisely the point. The Eisner's are throwing a Halloween party to celebrate on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Scratch 'n Sniff. Dressed-up pets get a free gift. On Saturday, Oct. 29, everyone gets a free gift at Pumpkin Moon, where everything will be marked down 10 percent to celebrate its anniversary.

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To celebrate its second birthday, The Perfect Dinner, 809 South Blvd., is expanding its menu and treating customers with free birthday cupcakes until Sept. 30. Cupcakes come with each order that includes a main dish.

"It's our way of saying thank you to customers who have been so important to our growth and our success," said Karen Gruber, a co-owner of the delivery and to-go meal shop whose mission is "to preserve the ideal of the family dinner, even in the midst of today's busy lifestyles."

Partners in Play holds classes at Wonder Works

Partners in Play has partnered with Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, to offer its craft and movement classes at the children's museum.

Partners in Play, a nonprofit organization, closed its Forest Park location in June and looked for a new space to hold its classes, which started at the children's museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Sept. 19.

Classes meet once a week, for an eight-week session. Most classes last 30 to 50 minutes (a few classes are longer) and fees range from $32 to $85. Classes start at either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Wonder Works, also a nonprofit, is closed to the public Monday and Tuesday except for field trips, but will now be open for Partners in Play classes.

The first session of Partners in Play will run from Sept. 19 to Nov. 11, and the second session will take place Nov. 14 to Jan. 27, 2006. A full schedule and registration form can be found at or at For more information, call Partners in Play at 773-745-1145 or Wonder Works at 708-383-4815.

Hand bands in demand

Getting tired of that yellow Lance Armstrong wristband?

Ridge Art is offering similar products for different causes, selling black IDIDNOTVOTE4BUSH wristbands and orange Stop Torture Now bands.

The anti-Bush jewelry was designed by a family from Moscow, Idaho, according to the web site, as a means "to help us remain visible protesters to the policies of George [W.] Bush, to show the world that not all Americans are to blame, [and] to raise money for progressive causes that will fight Bush's most destructive policies."

The black wristbands also sell online for $3, plus shipping and handling.

Ridge Art, 21 Harrison St., also carries orange wristbands to support Stop Torture Now. The wristbands support the initiative of the Center for Theology and Social Analysis in St. Louis, which describes itself as "a small, community-based nonprofit organization operating on less than a shoestring."

The nonprofit group sells the wristbands in bulk on its web site,, for about $1.

Next in series at Dominican

Carol Eiffler-Orton, president of Words by CEO, will present a lecture on "Two Steps to Networking Success" on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Dominican University's Springer Suite.

The talk is part of a fall business and ethics series hosted by Dominican's School of Business.

The registration fee is $10; refreshments will be served. Call 524-6810 for a reservation or more information.

?#34;Drew Carter

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