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The Atlantic Harp Duo, Elizabeth Jaxon and Marta Luce, will perform Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Woodstock Opera House.

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Updated: October 19, 2012 11:16AM


Hoopla: Halloween Hoopla will be held Oct. 26-27 at Jewett Park/Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive. Deerfield Park District has added “Green Screen” photo ops and costume contests for visitors at the Haunted House from 7 to 9 p.m. both nights. Activities include a bonfire, outdoor movie, DJ and more. There will be outdoor inflatable rides, hayride, indoor and outdoor games, “lights-on” haunted house, balloon twisters, costumed characters, carnival games, art room, face painters and magic Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. Also, there will be the presentation of a Participation Ribbon to each child coming to the day-time activity wearing a Halloween costume. Details, (847) 945-0650.

Fox Lake

Show: The Lions Club of Fox Lake will hold its annual flower show Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Grant High School, 285 E. Grand Ave. Tickets are $10 and include an arrangement of flowers. Details, (847) 587-2642.


Fest: Pumpkin Fest will be held Oct. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Central Park, 250 Library Lane There will be kid’s games and activities, Inflatable Fun-Zone, Halloween crafts, hay rides, contests, trick-or-treat path, a family scavenger hunt, bonfire and more. All activities run on a ticket system. Details, (847) 223-7529 or

Great Lakes

Tour: The Great Lakes Naval Museum will conduct a free tour of the Naval Station Great Lakes Cemetery Oct. 20 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Included will be a visit to the gravesite of Joseph Wallace Gregg, the first recruit to arrive aboard Naval Station Great Lakes upon its opening in 1911. The tour involves walking and standing and starts at the Museum, 610 Farragut Ave. Registration must be made in advance by contacting (847) 688-3154 or


Dash and contest: Halloween Doggie Dash will be held Oct. 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hunt Club Park, 920 N. Hunt Club Road. Bring your furry friend out for a barking good time for Gurnee Park District’s event featuring a costume contest and walk. Admission is free. The morning will start with a dog walk that will include trivia questions and treats for humans and their pets. This will be followed by the Doggie Dash and Costume Contest. Details, (847) 599-3778

Bash: Boo Bash will be held Oct. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave. Come celebrate Halloween Kidgits style. Dance to spooky music provided by DJ at Large. See what costumes and Halloween wear is popular with all the ghouls in our Haunt Couture Fashion Show. Make picture frames, decorate a gourd, make ghostly treats, and much more. Snowflake from Rinkside Sports and Entertainment, Cha Cha from Rainforest Cafe and Bearamy from Build A Bear Workshop will all be attending for a dance-and-greet. Also, have your picture taken with a spider from Serpent Safari. Details, (847) 263-7500 or

Cars: “Chicks, Cars and Cupcakes” automotive event, sponsored by Great Lakes Credit Union and Waukegan Tire and Supply, will be held Oct. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gurnee Mills (Showcourt). This exclusive event for women will feature Jody DeVere, CEO of, and other female automotive experts. There will be complimentary cupcakes for all attendees. Registration encouraged at Details, (847) 263-7500.

Path: Trick or treat through Viking Park with nearly 50 of your favorite characters Oct. 26 at 4374 Old Grand Ave. Children will walk from “house to house” and get treats from Elmo, Winnie the Pooh & friends, Sponge Bob, Mickey and Minnie, your favorite princesses and many more. Parents must attend but do not pay. For ages 1 to 6. Cost is $6 for residents and $8 for non residents in advance by Oct. 19 and $8 and $10, respectively, at the door. Details, (847) 623-7788 or

Crafters: The Gurnee American Legion Auxiliary Unit 771 will hold a Craft Fair Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Legion Hall, 749 Milwaukee Ave. Crafters are wanted, and the price per table is $25 per 8 foot table or $15 for half a table to share. Set up begins at 8:30 a.m. To reserve at table, call (847) 263-1430 or visit www.gurneeame

Highland Park

Concert: Tessa Lark Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at Ravinia Festival, Bennett Gordon Hall, Lake Cook and Green Bay roads. Tickets are $10. Details, (847) 266-5100 or

Lake Forest

Fest: The Wildlife Discovery Center at Elawa Farm in Lake Forest will hold CROCtoberfest, a family-friendly celebration of the Crocodilians, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1401 Middlefork Drive. As part of the day’s events, Rob Carmichael, curator of the Wildlife Discovery Center, will give a presentation on the critically endangered Siamese Crocodile. Visitors can also meet “Bubba,” the famous American alligator. Members from the Chicago Herpetological Society and Windy City Reptiles will be showing a variety of live alligators, crocodiles, caimans, along with many other reptiles. There will be kid-friendly arts and crafts activities, face painting, a storyteller, craft vendors, and a raffle table. Cost is $5. Proceeds from CROCtoberest will help support the care the Wildlife Discovery Center gives all its animals. Additionally, a portion of the day’s proceeds will go toward crocodile conservation. Details,

Program: The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society is hosting a children’s LEGO architectural program featuring the iconic Farnsworth House Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road. Children can build the LEGO Farnsworth House kit, and have the opportunity to bring their own LEGO house design for an architectural competition. The competition will be judgTickets are $30 for members and $35 for non members and includes a LEGO kit of the Farnsworth House. Reservations required. Details, (847) 234-5253 or

Pageant: Miss Northern Suburbs Organization officials announced the annual Miss Northern Suburbs Competition will be held Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at Gorton Community Center. There will be 17 contestants from around the Illinois area competing for the titles of Miss Northern Suburbs 2013, Miss Northern Suburbs’ Outstanding Teen 2013 and Miss Northern Suburbs’ Outstanding Pre-Teen 2013. The winner of the Miss Northern Suburbs Competition will be awarded a $5,000 Lake Forest College in-kind scholarship and $500 in scholarship funds for her college or graduate school education. In addition, she will receive a prize package with gifts donated by local businesses. Lake Forest College will also provide another $4,000 of in-kind scholarships that will be awarded to runners-up. Details, (224) 717-6112 or


Concert: Betty Soul will perform Oct. 20 at 10 p.m. at Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $6. Details, (847) 541-4700.

Concerts: The Tubes will perform Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m. at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive. Tickets are $25-40. Details, (847) 499-5000.

Round Lake

Celebration: Great Pumpkin Celebration will be held Oct. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Road. The event features indoor trick-or-treating, costume contests, carnival games with prizes, kids entertainment, hayrides, an outdoor maze, plus refreshments for a small fee. Admission is free. Details, (847) 546-8558.

Round Lake Beach

Festival: International Children’s Film Festival will be held Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at Round Lake Beach Civic & Cultural Center, 2007 Civic Center Drive. There will be 44 short films from 19 countries. Ballots will be at all screenings and winners will be announced after the festival. Families can enjoy an assortment of pre- and post-festival activities, including African drumming, Hispanic dancing, face painting and balloons. For ages 2 to 10. Tickets are $6 and $2 for children. Details, (773) 528-6854 or

Supper: In celebration of National Character Counts Week, the Round Lake Area B.E.S.T. Coalition (Bringing Everyone’s Strengths Together) and the Round Lake Area Exchange Club will host their annual Chili Supper on Oct. 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center. Admission is free. Menu items include chili with all the fixings, hot dogs, cookies, and beverages. Each item costs $1. There will be free student entertainment from the local schools and raffle prizes. Details, (847) 548-9249 and

Vernon Hills

Fest: Children and their families will enjoy indoor trick-or-treating, magic show, face painter, carnival games, and a costume contest at Fall Fest Oct. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are $1 for those 2 years and older, $5 if purchased on October 26. Pre-registration is required. Details, (847) 996-6933.


Gala: Halloween Gala will be held Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Wauconda Park District Community Center, 600 N. Main St. Enjoy carnival games, a hayride, contests and more. Dress in your favorite Halloween costume. Admission is $5 for the first child and $4 for each additional child. Adults are free. Details, (847) 526-3610 or


Exhibit: Art exhibit by Rebecca Zastany titled “Explicit Directions to the Moon” will open Oct. 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Dandelion Gallery, 109 S. Genesee St. Her work includes mix media paintings, drawings and tapestries. The show will continue until Nov. 9. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details, (847) 625-0381.


Performance: The Atlantic Harp Duo will perform Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St. Since releasing their debut CD, “A Journey with Chopin and Sand” in 2011, the two harpists have been honing a new program of Spanish-themed pieces at harp festivals and concert halls on three continents. Details, (815) 338-5300.


Performance: Mystery Dinner titled “The Comic Book Killer” will be performed Oct. 20 at Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center, One Lakefront Drive. Cocktail hour is 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Mystery Dinner package is $179 and includes overnight accommodations, dinner and show for two. Dinner/show only tickets are $40. Details, (847) 625-7300 or

Performance: “Willy Wonka Jr.” will be performed Oct. 26 through Nov. 4 at Christian Arts Auditorium, 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive. Performances will be Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 6 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $9-12 in advanced and $11-14 at the door. School day performances will be Oct. 25-26 at 9:30 and 11:45 a.m. Details,(847) 516-2298 or visit

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