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The Kirk Players present 'The Velveteen Rabbit' Cuneo MansiDec. 1-23.

The Kirk Players present "The Velveteen Rabbit" at Cuneo Mansion Dec. 1-23.

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Updated: November 29, 2012 6:46PM



Love works miracles in “The Velveteen Rabbit.” The show was a big hit for the Kirk Players last year so they are reprising it at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 1-23, at Cuneo Mansion, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills.

“It’s a perfect story for everybody,” Artistic Director Paddy Lynn said. “It shows that imagination is more powerful than knowledge.”

It’s the story of a velveteen rabbit who is a Christmas gift to a little boy. The toy, who longs to become real for the boy, learns from another toy, “When a child really loves you, you become real,” Lynn said. “I like that message. You create what’s real in your life. You should only look to yourself for that. Choose what you feel is real to you, cherish it and be 100 percent invested in it.”

Tickets are $7, $5 for ages 12 and younger.

For details, call (847) 521-6192 or go to www.kirkplayers.org.

Spirited performance

Students and professionals will share the stage for three dance concert by the College of Lake County Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at 19351 W. Washington St. Grayslake. This year’s dances are inspired by the winter solstice and by the soulful meaning of the holiday. Tickets are $9.

For details, call (847) 543-2300 or go to www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.

Tree trimming treasures

Nothing beats a lovingly homemade ornament. Kids are invited to stop in between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Children’s Activity Room of the Lake Forest Children’s Library, 360 E. Deerpath Road, to make decorations for the library’s tree as well as some to take home for their own tree.

For details, call (847) 234-0648 or go to www.lakeforestlibrary.org.

Bright outlook

The village’s holiday lights will be turned on during Barrington Aglow, 1 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in downtown Barrington. The celebration will include free carriage rides, madrigal singers and the chance for kids to tell their Christmas wishes to Santa.

For details, call (847) 304-3400 or go to www.barrington-il.gov.



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