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In the midst of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Frank and the D&D crew are back to quench your hockey thirst by demonstrating how to easily build furniture and other cool things from hockey sticks and pucks. And thanks to Chicago Express Hockey, who is in their inaugural season, The Down & Dirty is joined by former NHL pro and current Express head coach Steve Martinson. So put on your favorite hockey sweater, strap up the skates, and enjoy the show.
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Frank puts the gloves on as the Down & Dirty steps into the ring for this boxing themed episode. Frank joins Ray Pace and Jimmy Mango at The Gym at GSP and helps them solve some of their gym's design issues. See Frank work his magic with his 60 Second Secrets and Game Changers! Chicago Golden Glove Heavy Weight John Casciato visits the Down & Dirty in Bring It and Martin Morrow of Sidekick Search steps in as the special guest blogger.
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On a special Father's Day episode, Frank and the Down & Dirty Crew teams up with the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago to help express their mission statement and create a special environment in one of their multi-purpose rooms. Ronald McDonald House CEO Doug Porter is featured in our Bring It segment, Rich Homburger Gets Dirty, and MoneySmart Matt Sapaula is the special guest livestream blogger. Some truly inspirational things happening out of the Craftsman Experience.
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Its Wedding Season! On this special installment of the Down & Dirty, Frank and the Craftsman Experience put on a wedding ceremony for a great couple. Heather and Matt wanted to do something different, and different is what they get. Join Frank, Rich, Heather, and Matt as they show you some cool Do It Yourself projects for your special day.
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The June 30, 2011 episode of "Down & Dirty with Frank Fontana" salutes Independence Day with a much-needed facelift to a Chicago-area American Legion hall that's short on funds but long on tradition. Frank and his crew bring new life to tired walls, renovate a podium, improve lighting, and throw in a couple of surprises with a heartfelt patriotic theme. Live guest is Marty Conatser, Membership and PR Director for the American Legion of Illinois.
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The July 7, 2011 live broadcast of "Down & Dirty with Frank Fontana" will throw the spotlight on CURE, a national organization dedicated to epilepsy research and advocacy. All of our guests have personal stories to tell about their family's experiences with this devastating and widely misunderstood disease. CURE CEO Carmita Vaughn talks about the organization and what it was like to grow up with an epileptic mother. Scott Leischer describes the challenges and victories his teenage son faces every day. Mother and daughter Beth and Emily Bozeman share their dreams for the future. And our very special live guest will be Susan Axelrod, one of CURE's founders. Susan and her husband David are parents of a daughter with epilepsy.
The Down & Dirty team gave the CURE's national headquarters a high-impact makeover. The result is bold, new graphic branding in the front lobby and a conference room remodel that's functional and visually compelling.
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Down & Dirty with Frank Fontana drops in on the Baretto Boys & Girls Club in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. The result is a big, colorful makeover in the club's arts and crafts room. Then the kids join Frank live in the studio along with Sarah Rosales, Director of Development - Events for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The goal of this nationwide organization is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
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Legendary jazz pianist and multiple Grammy award winner Ramsey Lewis joins Frank Fontana and the Down & Dirty crew to talk about the craftsmanship of music. Music-related projects are featured including how to improve the acoustics of your favorite listening room at home. To close the show, Ramsey performs live for the studio audience.
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On this episode of the Down and Dirty, Frank and the Down and Dirty crew learn a little bit more about the renting market from Sr. Leasing Agent T.K. Karadzovski. In doing so they help out current renter with repairs to the home while also demonstrating how to build some neat projects.
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Frank Fontana and the Down & Dirty crew visit Chicago's Progressive Community Center where Pastor Herbert Martin and a team of tireless missionaries serve thousands of hot meals to the poor every year out of their cramped kitchen. Down & Dirty gave the old kitchen some much needed renovation and constructed a ramp to assist handicapped neighbors.
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On this week's "Down & Dirty with Frank Fontana" the crew takes a lesson from the kids at Chicago's Franklin Fine Arts Center. A cluttered computer work area is completely remodeled and a whimsical reading nook brings the outdoors inside. A comfy new couch gives the kids a great place to study and play, and even the classroom's clock gets a face lift.
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The Down & Dirty crew goes to the dogs this week with a visit to Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society. Frank Fontana designs dog-bone shaped benches for an adoption waiting area, creates a whimsical bulletin board, and gives new life to the Society's logo. Frank's live guests include Anti-Cruelty Society President Dr. Robyn Barbiers...and a cast of adoptable animals.