Children’s Home + Aid hosts annual Showcase House Nov. 9

Staff Report

Children’s Home + Aid will present the 2013 Annual Holiday Showcase House at 2125 Oaklawn Ave., Rockford. This classic brick Barloga will present an incredible roster of local area designers and holiday décor.

This year’s designers include Annie’s Gifts & Home, Broadway Florist, Mary’s by Design, O’Fallon’s Stage It Wisely, and Urbane Design Studio. Each has adopted a room to transform the home into a wonderland of holiday splendor for guests to enjoy.

The two-story all-brick home was built in 1929 by Rockford architect Jesse Barloga (1888-1947). Barloga homes are typically sought after because of the large room sizes and his forward-thinking design. His signature “spider web” can be found somewhere throughout each of his signature homes. This charming home has only had four owners in more than 90 years. A true family home filled with children’s toys and laughter, friends and holiday firsts. Rooms on display include a bright foyer, living room, sunroom, formal dining room, two children’s bedrooms, master bedroom en suite and upstairs bath.

The tour concludes with Edward’s Apple Orchard Cider and cookies. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance by calling (815) 962-1043 and at Annie’s Gifts and Home, Broadway Florist, Mary’s By Design, O’Fallon’s, and Urbane Design Studio. Tours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, and from noon until 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10. Parking and shuttle service will be available from Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State St., during the event Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday.

Proceeds from the event will provide counseling and education services to expectant parents and their families. The Pregnancy, Early Parent and Adoptions Counseling (PEPAC) program of Children’s Home + Aid provides counseling and support, adoption and parenting education, skill building, and other services needed to promote optimal social, psychological and physical development. Pregnant women may request adoption services, parenting education or counseling free of charge. The primary goal of the program is helping the expectant parent to decide which option is best for them: parenting or adoption.

Children’s Home + Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. Each year, it protects, educates and counsels more than 40,000 children, youth and families to overcome the overwhelming obstacles of poverty, abuse and neglect. The dedicated team of staff and volunteers delivers more than 70 programs, including foster care, adoption services, early childhood education, family counseling, and youth services in nearly 60 Illinois counties. For 130 years, Children’s Home + Aid has been a compassionate advocate helping to shape public policy around early childhood, child welfare and juvenile justice.

For more about Children’s Home + Aid and upcoming holiday events, visit

From the Nov. 6-12, 2013, issue

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