There's no shortage of interesting things to do in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff this weekend. The Gorton Community Center offers a rare concert on Friday night when British rock group The English Beat comes to town. Visit Gorton's website for more info. Also on Friday and Saturday, Lake Forest Symphony closes its season with "Dramatic Brilliance." But before jamming to a rock band or enjoying the symphony, you can shop for original oil paintings by 18 Really Awesome Women at an exhibit called The Raw Show, which takes place Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stirling Hall, 60 Old Mill Road, Lake Forest (cash and checks only). That new painting is surely going to need an antique chest to go with it, or perhaps some vintage garden furniture? On Friday and Saturday, local designer Jessie Davidson is hosting a Country Antique Market in her backyard, featuring items brought back from the Brimfield Antique Market in Massachusetts and the Scott Market in Atlanta, as well as inventory from Juicy & Co., the retail store she used to run in Lake Forest. Friday from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 210 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff. All this shopping and culture will require some fresh air. On Sunday the City of Lake Forest is celebrating the Grand Opening of Townline Community Park, a new, 37-acre park located west of Waukegan Road and on the south side of Route 60, just west of the railroad tracks. Ribbon cutting starts at noon and festivities are planned throughout the day, including games, lacrosse clinics, refreshments and an old-time baseball game. The celebration culminates with Lake Forest Open Lands' 7th annual Dog Day, an event that promises to be wooftastic and runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Townline Park … but don't be late! The first 150 dogs registered will get a doggie goody bag.
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