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The Vernon Hills Park District will hold its Pumpkin Launch Nov. 3 at Century Park. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: November 3, 2012 1:30PM


Concert: The Sousa Celebration will be held Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St. It will feature a concert performance of celebrated marches by Art Hildebrand and the Deerfield Community Band. John Philip Sousa was born on Nov. 6, 1854, and was known for his American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of the march composition, he is known as “The March King.” Among his best known marches are “The Washington Post,” “Semper Fidelis” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever!” Tickets are $5-8. Registration requested. Details, (847) 572-2652.

Performance: Deerfield Family Theatre will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” Nov. 9 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10 and 17 at 1 and 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. at Caruso Middle School, 1800 Montgomery Road Tickets are $18. Details, (847) 223-2659 or


Performance: Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” will be performed Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St. The comedy thriller follows a man with a boring life as he meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. She is murdered and soon after, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt. Tickets are $16-36. Details, (847) 543-2300 or


Breakfast and raffle: The Gurnee American Legion Post 771 will hold a Pancake Breakfast Nov. 4 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at 749 Milwaukee Ave. Breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausages, biscuits and gravy, toppings, coffee and juices. Diners who bring in a non-perishable food donation will receive a $1 discount on their pancake breakfast. Donated food items will go to the Gurnee Community Church Food Pantry to be shared with the needy. Tickets are $6, $5 for seniors, $4 for children 5 to 12 and free for children under 5. To reserve a table, call (847) 263-1430. Also, a Ham and Turkey Raffle will be held at 1:30 p.m. Each ticket has three chances to win. Details, (847) 244-2494.


Concert: Enjoy the music of “Diana Ross,” “Tina Turner” and “Gladys Knight” performed by Kuturah Morgan, “Dean Martin” and “Frank Sinatra” performed by James Namio and special guest Chris Allen as “Rod Stewart,” “Cheap Trick” and “Journey” Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m. at the Brat Stop, 12304 75th St. Special mystery guest will be David E. Kirby as “Elvis.” Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at the Cheese Mart or at the door at the Brat Stop. Details, (262) 857-2011.

Fund-raiser: Kenosha Shriners/Danish Brotherhood Lodge No. 14 will hold their bi-annual Danish Aebleskiver and Medisterpolse Breakfast (pancake balls and Danish sausage) with kringle and coffee Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lodge Hall, 2206 63rd St. Cost is $8 for full order with half orders available, as well as take-outs. The event benefits their scholarship and building funds. Details, (262) 960-5923.

Lake Forest

Art Fair: The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Artisan Guild will hold its winter art show Nov. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CROYA student union in the Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road. More than 30 artisans will be selling unique creations perfect for holiday giving. Choose from woodworkers, glass workers, jewelers, organic soap makers, fiber artists, photographers and more. A “Vintage Holiday” treasures table filled with seasonal items for sale. Live music will be featured and French baker Claude Bouteille will be serving sweet treats and café lunch from his Taste of Paris Café. He will have holiday-themed pastries and sweets. Proceeds from the sale benefit Mothers Trust and CROYA. Details,


Benefit: Annual Holiday Shopping Party to benefit Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue in Gurnee will be held Nov. 4 at Adler Park, Bob Davis Lodge (behind the pool), 1500 Milwaukee Ave. Hours are noon to 1 p.m. for early bird shoppers for a $5 donation at the door and from 1 to 4 p.m. with no charge. Local artisans with many one-of-a-kind handmade items, a silent auction, raffle and refreshments. All proceeds will benefit the medical fund at Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue. Details, (773) 552-4673.


Concerts: Pat McCurdy will perform Nov. 3 at 10 p.m. and Supernaut will perform Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. at Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $6 and $5, respectively. Details, (847) 541-4700.

Performance: “My One and Only” will be performed Nov. 7 through Jan. 6 at Marriott Theatre, Ten Marriott Drive. The roaring ’20s are back in this Gershwin tap dance extravaganza. An aviator has one ambition ... to be the first man to fly non-stop to Paris. But when he meets the girl of his dreams, the dazzling star of the touring European Aquacade, their romantic pursuit gets sidetracked by a series of misadventures. The incomparable George and Ira Gershwin score includes “Funny Face” and “Strike Up the Band.” Tickets are $40-48 and $55 for dinner and theater packages. Details, (847) 634-0200 or

North Barrington

Fund-raiser: Lake County Services of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will hold a Holiday Tea and Boutique Nov. 8 at the Wynstone Golf Club, One South Wynstone. High Tea will be served at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the Holiday Boutique will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy an intimate shopping experience with a diverse holiday boutique and a classic High Tea. Over 14 vendors will be participating and holiday workshops will be a highlight of the event presented by Joseph’s Florist of Libertyville and Couture 360, Lake Zurich. Tickets are $55 per person. Proceeds from the event will benefit Catholic Charities Lake County Services. Details, (847) 782-4115 or

Round Lake Beach

Performance: “Triumphs, Tragedies and Trophies — A Hollywood Murder Mystery” will be performed Nov. 3 at Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way. This will be a star-studded night, featuring the most famous stars in Hollywood. But, when one of the attendees drops dead, was it an accident or murder? The event includes a catered dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages and dessert. Cash bar available. Dinner is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the murder mystery follows. For ages 16 and up. Cost is $35. Details, (847) 546-8558.

Vernon Hills

Gourd launch: Pumpkin launch will be held Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway. Grab your gourds and head over to the Sled Hill. The Park District will be rolling, launching and smashing pumpkins. There will also be other pumpkin-related activities. Cost is $2 per pumpkin and free for spectators. Details, (847) 996-6800 or


Sale: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 620 Grove Ave., will host its annual Aebelskiver Day Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aebelskivers are Danish pastries that are a cross between a pancake and a doughnut. They are cooked in special pans in the dining room so visitors can watch the preparation as they are being cooked and turned with steel knitting needles. There will be a country store featuring homemade peanut brittle, baked goods, crafts, throws and quilts. Carry-outs are available. Details, (847) 336-4891.

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