May has arrived, and along with it have come many fun events! Please read the list below to plan the weekend of May 13-15. To see a full listing of our events, please click here. To submit an event to our events calendar, please click here. Have a super weekend!
LAKE FOREST: 2016 Garden Market Opening Weekend
Please come to Elawa Farm on May 13 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Garden Market will offer just-picked seasonal veggies, fresh cut flowers, and tasty treats from the Elawa Kitchen. The garden market will be open every Friday and Saturday through Oct 29.
WILMETTE: WPD Centennial Ice Show: 41Derful!
Celebrate 41 years at Centennial Ice Rinks with this exciting show put on by 225 skaters age tots to teens. Enjoy the show themed for a wonderful day at the circus. The Centennial Ice Show: 41Derful! will be held on Friday May 13 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 at 2:30 p.m. This not-to-be missed event will be held at Centennial Ice Rinks.
HIGHLAND PARK: Calling All Green Thumbs
Calling all green thumbs! Friends for Health and the North Shore Health Center are looking for volunteers to help plant the 2016 Moraine Township Food Pantry Garden Plot. Volunteers are needed for pre-planting day, Saturday, May 14th from 9 a.m. to noon, planting day, Saturday May 21st from 9 a.m. to noon, and for weekly garden upkeep on Wednesdays 10 -11:30 a.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – noon, to tend to the plots and gather produce for use and donation all summer long.
What started in 2007 as a partnership between the Park District of Highland Park and Moraine Township to build a garden to grow fresh produce for the Moraine Township Food Pantry, has grown to some 30 plots. In 2012, the North Shore Health Center was invited to collaborate and 23 of the 30 plots were set aside for patients who wanted the opportunity to cultivate their own plot of land. Not only were these families required to maintain their plot, they were also required to donate a part of their harvest to the Moraine Township Food Pantry.
Tucked-away at Woodbridge Park (150 Barberry, Highland Park), nearly 70 family volunteers have participated in the program, learning a great deal about growing their own food and experiencing new dishes. Many families have come back several years in a row because of the value they see for their health and how it allows them to have quality time together.
Since its inception, this program has been a complete success, both because of the diligence of the families and the generosity of Friends For Health and community donations, which have raised the funds to cover the cost of the plants and supplies used by the families. Friends For Health is a non-profit organization that supports preventative health services and programs at the North Shore Health Center in Downtown Highland Park.
Gaby Ocampo, Health and Wellness Coordinator for the North Shore Health Center, has been organizing this project practically from its inception. “We could not do this without the help of our many volunteers, as well as the help of master gardeners, Sandy Washburn and Linda Mihel, and other indispensable workers including Sam Piro.” says Ocampo. “What is most exciting for me is to see the families working together, having lots of fun and really seeing how their own hard work can help the health and well-being of their families in the community.”
WILMETTE: WPD Mega Movie Night
Wilmette Park District Mega Movie Night on Friday, May 13 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Wilmette Park District. This event is for kids age 4-10 and the cost is $16 for members and $20 for non-members.
EVANSTON: Central Street Art Walk
Central Street, Evanston, a distinctive North Evanston shopping district, in conjunction with the Evanston Art Center, presents the first Central Street Art Walk, May 13 & 14, 2016.
The event recognizes and supports local Evanston artists. Over 15 individuals – painters, illustrators, jewelry makers, potters, and photographers – will be displaying their work on store fronts along Central, between Eastwood and McDaniel Avenues. The public is invited for a “Sip & View” reception introducing the exhibiting artists, on Friday, May 13, from 5-8 p.m. Artwork viewing continues through the day on Saturday.
Participating artists include:
- Renay Mandell — at Dame Couture (1804 Central)
- Johh Moore – at Perennials (1808 Central)
- Sarah Kaiser – at Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony (1901 Central)
- Bonnie Zak – at Happy Husky Bakery (2601 Prairie)
- Ted Glascoe – at George Ritzlin Maps (1937 Central)
- Jason Lupas—at Central Street Yoga (1937 Central)
- Roslyn Broder — at Gracie’s (1939 Central)
- Robin Samiljan – at The Spice House (1941 Central)
- Marine Tempels– at Spex (2000 Central)
- Ruth Hecht – at Lois & Co (2014 Central)
- Wendy Miller – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (2110 Central)
- Jonathan Plotkin – at Notice (2112 Central)
- Topher Alexander – at Allegro Dance Boutique (2114 Central)
- Yulia Bushmanov – at Walsh Natural Health (2116 Central)
- Jim Leterneau and Jake Keleher– at Stella (2116 Central)
- Marti DeBoer — at Heaven Meets Earth (2746 Central)
KENILWORTH:Kenilworth Gardens Yard Sale
Anne West of Coldwell Banker’s Come Home North Shore will once again play host as she sponsors the 5th Annual Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale. This event will take place Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the largest multi-family yard sale in Wilmette with more than 40 homes participating and attracting shoppers from all over the North Shore and beyond.
An interactive website, KenilworthGardensYardSale.com allows sellers to list what they are selling (typically kids’ clothing and toys, sporting equipment, furniture, household items and accessories, books, clothing, etc.) and shoppers to map out which homes they’d like to visit.
LAKE FOREST: Cattails & Cocktails
Join the Associate Board of Lake Forest Open Lands’ on Friday, May 13, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for their spring event, Cattails & Cocktails. This is an evening under the stars with an opportunity to preview and purchase from the Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale. This event includes dinner, dancing and a bourbon tasting. Proceeds will go to the Lake Forest Open Lands’ intern program. Tickets purchased through Wednesday, May 11, 2016 are $75/person for members and $85/person for non-members. Tickets purchased after May 11, 2016 or on the day of event will be $100/person. The event will be held at Melody Farm Nature Preserve located at 350 North Waukegan Road.
GLENVIEW: NEW! Vintage Market
In partnership with Glenview’s Vintage Nest boutique, spend Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. shopping for vintage and upcycled treasures at the beautiful grounds of The Grove (1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview). Enjoy product demonstrations, plant sale, live music and refreshments from local food trucks. Tickets purchased in advance online are $5 and day of are $8.
GURNEE: Lake County’s 15th Annual Fire Safety Expo
Back by popular demand, Lake County’s Fire Safety Expo will return to Gurnee Mills on Saturday, May 14. The free interactive event, sponsored by the Lake County Fire Chiefs Association, aims to help prevent house fires and keep families safe. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run through 3:00 p.m. in Gurnee Mills’ Parking Lot E, near Value City Furniture.
Multiple safety teams will demonstrate the latest fire prevention tips and give families an opportunity to learn through interactive activities while enjoying food, refreshments and prizes. All day events for the Fire Safety Expo include: Kids Combat Challenge, Fire Safety Smoke House, Kids Fire Pole, Lake County Dive Team Exhibit, Grayslake FD Fire Safety Trailer, Free Teddy Bear Clinic, Fire Safety Sprinkler Trailer, Free Blood Pressure Checks, Kids Passport to Safety and Free Fire Truck Rides.
“Gurnee Mills hosts many community events throughout the year, and the Fire Safety Expo is definitely one of our favorites,” said Elizabeth Striegel, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “Fire safety affects all Lake County residents and we are delighted to team with the Lake County Fire Chiefs Association to help further educate local families on this important issue in such a fun and engaging way.”
A complete schedule of events for the day is listed below.
- 10 a.m. – Fire Expo Opens
- 10:30 a.m. – Trench Rescue Demonstration
- 11 a.m. – Lake County High Angle Demonstration
- 11:30 a.m. – Waukegan Fire Department Bomb Squad
- 11:45 a.m. – Side by Side Demonstration (of homes with a fire-sprinkler system and without)
- 12:30 p.m. – Auto Extrication Demonstration
- 1 p.m. – K-9 Demonstration
- 1:30 p.m. – Wild Land Fire Demonstration
- 2 p.m. – Raffle (Main Stage)
LAKE FOREST: Gorton’s Dog Day Parade 2016
It’s the Bark of the Town! Gorton’s 2nd Annual Dog Day Parade. The event will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. – noon in the Gorton Community Center Parking Lot. The entry fee is $5 per dog and dog costumes and stuffed animals are encouraged! To register, please click here.
RIVERWOODS: 33rd Annual Smith Nature Symposium at Brushwood
The Smith Nature Symposium is an annual benefit for Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. For more than 30 years, the symposium has been an occasion to celebrate with friends and spend the evening with luminaries who have made a meaningful contribution to the science of conservation. Join us for a cocktail reception, dinner and presentation, including keynote address by renowned professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University and director on the Aldo Leopold Foundation board. Visit: www.BrushwoodCenter.org for more information. For dessert and keynote, only, please see special pricing.
EVANSTON: Rachel Barton Pine & Matthew Lipman to Perform
The Music Institute of Chicago continues the 10th anniversary celebration of its Academy program, which has educated and prepared gifted pre-college musicians for professional training and music careers, with a festive concert program featuring acclaimed Music Institute alumni violinist Rachel Barton Pine and violist Matthew Lipman Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.
Pine and Lipman, joined by the Academy Orchestra, perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat for Violin and Viola, K. 364, led by Academy conductor Roland Vamos. The Orchestra also performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 and Arvo Pärt’s short work Fratres, both conducted by Academy Director James Setapen.
Rachel Barton Pine is an internationally acclaimed concert violinist, recording artist, educator, and philanthropist. She has appeared as a soloist with many of the country’s most prestigious symphony orchestras under the baton of renowned conductors from around the globe. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. Her prolific discography of 30 albums on major labels reflects her interest in the great classical works as well as contemporary composers and historically neglected artists. Having studied at the Music Institute with the legendary Almita and Roland Vamos, Pine is committed to encouraging the next generation to experience the transformative power of the arts. Her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation assists young artists through various projects, including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings (supporting classical musicians in developing countries), and a curricular series in development in conjunction with the University of Michigan: Music by Black Composers. She is a Life Trustee of the Music Institute of Chicago, which named the “Rachel Barton Pine Violin Chair” in her honor.
Matthew Lipman is the recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a resident artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. One of the earliest alumni from the Music Institute’s Academy, instructed by Roland Vamos, he has performed as a solo violist across the country. His debut recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Rachel Barton Pine, which they perform on the May 14 program, skyrocketed to #3 on the Billboard Classical Chart. He is well-known on national radio programs, including being the only violist on WFMT’s list of “30 Under 30” top international classical musicians. He is a founding member of Málaga#Clásica, an electrifying new chamber music festival in Málaga, Spain.
HIGHLAND PARK: North Shore Yacht Club Open House
Come to the North Shore Yacht Club Open House at the Beach!The Open House will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from noon to 3 p.m. The event location will be at the Park Ave Beach, 21 Park Ave., Highland Park. There will be sailboats and kayaks will be on display.
NORTHBROOK: Northbrook Symphony Orchestra
On Sunday, May 15, the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra will perform a century’s worth of masterworks from one of Europe’s most iconic cities, beginning with the first American performance of a glorious Baroque suite by Johann Friedrich Fasch, a contemporary of Bach. The work is essentially a joyous dialogue between two separate orchestras, including a total of six oboes! This event will take place at Sheely Center for the Performing Arts at Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook.