The Bash is back and the boys are invited. Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF) will hold its 21st annual fundraiser to provide immediate and direct assistance to children in Lake County. Whether it’s something that will help an individual child stay on their feet and maintain dignity or an initiative that will help keep a family together, MTF has been making the impossible possible for more than two decades. On Saturday, October 12, founder Barbara Monsor and her team will celebrate the milestone of this beloved nonprofit. The evening will be glowing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with live music, great food, and fun. Favorite local restaurants are providing food bites, signature cocktails, beer and nonalcoholic beverages, and much more. For more information, visit motherstrustfoundation.org.
The classic Charlotte Brontë novel about coming of age in late 18th century England is coming to the Joffrey Ballet stage. The Chicago premiere of Cathy Marston’s enthralling adaptation of Jane Eyre opens Joffrey’s 2019-20 season this month. This production of Jane Eyre challenges the idea of a classic ballet heroine. After a difficult upbringing, Jane becomes the governess for the mysterious Mr. Rochester, discovering the struggles of society’s expectations. With stirring choreography and a captivating Victorian design, this avant-garde ballet shows that love can conquer any obstacle. “Cathy is breaking glass ceilings in the ballet world, and with Jane Eyre she creates an unconventional heroine whose trials and passions are beautifully articulated through choreography,” said Ashley Wheater, Joffrey’s Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director. “We are thrilled to bring her adaptation of Jane Eyre to Chicago for the first time following its successful North American debut with American Ballet Theatre this past June.” Presented at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, in 10 performances only—from October 16 through 27—this marks the Joffrey’s final season at the historic space. The company moves to the Lyric Opera House with the start of the 2020-2021 season. For tickets and more information, call 312-386-8905 or visit joffrey.org.
Love that famous pumpkin spice coffee (but hate the calories)? Now you can savor the scents of fall without gaining a pound. Returning this year for its 10th season, Nest’s Pumpkin Chai home fragrance line (which originally debuted exclusively at Neiman Marcus) just got a facelift in branding and packaging. The 10th anniversary offering of candles and home fragrance products keeps the same autumnal aromas (wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon … yummy) with a more modern, updated look. But the best news of all? It’s now available everywhere. Visit nestfragrances.com.
Who doesn’t love Allendale Shelter Club? The nonprofit, Lake Villa-based child welfare agency is dedicated to excellence and innovation in the care, education, treatment, and advocacy for more than 1,200 disadvantaged youth annually. It truly does make their world a better place. If you’d like to support this worthy cause and aren’t afraid of a few surprises, save Saturday, November 2 for a new annual fundraiser to support Allendale. The “Night of Surprises” event at Onwentsia Club will feature cocktails, a variety of food stations, dancing, and yes, surprises—described as “special unexpected moments that will both engage and entertain guests.” Chaired by Lake Forest’s Avery Keller and Jenny McKinney together with Meg Lynch of Lake Bluff, this festive affair directly supports the children of the Allendale school. Tickets are available for $250 and a virtual table of eight can be purchased for $1,750. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. Onwentsia Club is located at 300 Green Bay Road in Lake Forest. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit allendaleshelterclub.org.