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Bates: Chamber's 'High Tea" Wednesday at Shah Center

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Humorist book reviewer Jenny Riddle will appear at the McHenry Area Chamber "High Tea” at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry.

With the theme Love the Journey, Riddle will take us on journeys featuring three interesting people.

Grant Achatz, who wrote "Life, on the Line," is Chicago’s own renowned chef. That beautiful plate of food you’re served has heartache, joy, and sheer creativity behind it. The next journey is with Jane Borden, whose book "I Totally Meant to Do That" explores southern debutante Jane’s move from North Carolina to New York City.  Finally, Jenny shares Erma Bombeck’s humorous approach to life from "Forever, Erma."  It is the journey, not the destination that is important!

Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Heritage Woods of McHenry and the Shah Center, participants will enjoy assorted teas, specialty sandwiches, luscious scones, lemon curd, fruits and delicately delightful desserts.

Call the chamber office at 815-385-4300 by noon today. This event in the past has sold out.

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Haven’t registered for the Derby Dance? Do it now. This all-inclusive event includes dancing to the tunes of Lori Shane and the Mix. Raffle items including diamond jewelry donated by Steffan’s, Samsung refrigerator donated by Sears Outlet and Appliance, and a four-night stay at Riviera Maya including airfare donated by Worldwide Traveler. Derby Dance – Run for the Roses" will be held Jan. 26 at D‘Andrea Banquets. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. with a filet mignon dinner at 7 p.m. Sweets table and complimentary beverages will be from 9 to 11 p.m. Dress is cocktail attire, and hats are encouraged.

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Only 15 slots left for the Life is Journey Expo Feb. 16 at McHenry High School - West Campus. Featured will be the Coupon Queen, funky animal show and senior humorist Sue Salach-Cutler – plus 100 booths. Those attending this free event have the opportunity to win tickets for a vacation of their dreams.

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Visit the open house from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Advance Auto Parts. 4004 W. Elm St. McHenry. Lots of give-a-ways. Next mixer is Jan. 22 at Kiera’s Confections, 341 Front St., McHenry. We will enjoy sampling tasty luncheon items soon to be added to Kiera’s menu.

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The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a Breakfast N' Learn on "HR for Business in 3 Easy Steps" presented by Eileen King of The Outsource Group Inc. This three-part series will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 21, March 7 and March 21. Arrive at 7 a.m. for a free breakfast.

The Feb. 21 session will focus on how to balance the growth of your business with the demands of day-to-day operations. Topics covered will include multi-tasking, customer service, back office operations, and how to efficiently manage all the aspects of your business.

Mach 7 session will be about how government defines your business. This session we will review compliance and the impact regulations have on running your business legally. Included will be information on the Healthcare Reform Act, accounting, and tax changes.

March 21 session will ask: Do you truly understand the Human Capital Equation in your business? This session will explore human capital is impacted by payroll, employment laws, workers compensation, SUTA and FUTA. The pros and cons of outsourcing also will be discussed.

The Outsource Group has been customizing administrative programs for small and mid-size companies since 2003. Registration is required by Feb. 19 at

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* Kay Rial Bates is the president and CEO of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at

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