Shake off the cold with a hot night out at Carnivale in Chicago. While the traditional season of giving may be over, hunger in DuPage County is an ongoing need. This year’s Hinsdale Junior Women’s Club benefit gala, “Samba to Stop Hunger,” on Saturday, February 24, promises to be an exhilarating Brazilian-inspired night out that will also benefit HCS Family Services—a community leader in feeding hungry people and helping low-income families in southeast DuPage County gain self-sufficiency. Event highlights include music by DJ Rock City; an exclusive VIP lounge with dedicated seating and private bar; a casino with roulette, poker, and craps; and performances by aerialists, fire breathers, and samba dancers. For more information and tickets, visit hjwc.us.
Not So Shabby
It’s not quite springtime yet but Rachel Ashwell’s latest interior design tome is full of inspiration from the garden in full bloom. From the shabby chic diva’s own rose garden in California to a quintessential English Country retreat to a faded Paris apartment, Rachel Ashwell: My Floral Affair: Whimsical Spaces and Beautiful Florals, will be out in time for Valentine’s Day. Romantics at heart will love how she pairs a passion for florals with beautiful spaces for a book that earns a special place on your coffee table. Sit down with a cup of tea or glass of wine and savor what remains of these frosty winter months. Autographed copies are available now at shabbychic.com, or you can pick it up after February 13 at the Barnes & Noble at Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook.
Coming Up Roses
Recently named one of the Top 50 florists in North America by both FTD and Teleflora, Phillips Flowers is ready for Valentine’s Day 2018. Don Philip, president of retail operations of the local, family-owned store, says that “while red is the obvious choice for Valentine’s Day, roses come in over 150 additional colors and varieties, and women often prefer roses in pink, peach, lavender, or yellow.” Phillip also encourages customers to order at least two days in advance, and consider having flowers delivered the day before so that the special recipient can enjoy their blooms all day on Valentine’s Day. Phillip’s Flowers is located at 47 S. Washington Street in Hinsdale, 630-323-9300, Phillips-Flowers.com.