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November 8, 2012 6:48PM
Katherine Andrick will perform with Frank Portolese Nov. 10 at Joplin Java in Waukegan.
Updated: November 8, 2012 6:48PM
Program: Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum will host “Silver Memories,” a nostalgic program about the California Zephyr, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at 164 Hawley St. Created by Jim Popson and Mike Schaefer, editor of “Passenger Train Journal,” the program explores the historic Chicago to California train with vintage images and music. This is a must-see for railroad enthusiasts of all ages. Details, (847) 543-1745 or www.villageofgrayslake.com.
Performance: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America as “Daisy’s Girls: Camping with Juliette Gordon Low” will be presented Nov. 11 at noon at Byron Colby Barn, 151 Jones Point Road. Experience an entertaining and educational historic portrayal, adapted and performed by Betsey Means of “WomanLore: Performing Women in History.” Low (1860-1927) was the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. An enthusiastic organizer and fund-raiser, she led the formation of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. Actor Betsey Means educates and entertains as she presents the experiences and impassioned opinions of historical figures in the style of their time and place. Photographs will be available with Low as portrayed by Betsey Means, or with a life-size cut-out available on loan from the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum. Admission is $5 per person at the door only, cash or check. Details, (847) 543-1202.
Santa: Santa Claus is coming to town and will set up shop at Gurnee Mills through Dec. 24. Kids and parents are invited to get into the spirit of the holidays at the Simon Kidgits Club’s Santa celebration Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m. in Grange Hall, I-94 and Grand Avenue. During the event, children will write letters to Santa and take part in seasonal crafts, including an activity from 24-hour preschool television channel, Sprout’s, newest series “The Chica Show.” Also, Santa will lead little ones in a parade through the mall. Plus, kids will have the chance to visit Santa for a holiday photo opportunity at the Santa set. Visits with Santa are free; photo packages are available for purchase. Details, (847) 263-7500 or www.gurneemills.com.
Performance: Short Story Theatre will present an evening of storytelling Nov. 12 at Bertucci’s Italian Steakhouse, 246 Green Bay Road. Four storytellers, including Bruce Bertucci, Ron Levitsky of Lake Forest, Eileen Donohue of Evanston and Sarita Miller of Deerfield, will tell stories about La Famiglia Bertucci, stupid boys, marital mojo, and little girls who won’t talk. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. Show tickets are $10. Details, (847) 432-6663 or www.shortstorytheatre.com.
Magic: Illusionist Bill Blagg will perform Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha. Critics and audiences alike rave about his high-energy, grand-scale magic and illusion. Tickets are $21-25.50. Details, (262) 595-2307.
Fund-raiser: The Women’s Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital will host its annual Holiday Boutique Nov. 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road. Over 30 vendors from around the country will offer a variety of gift-giving possibilities including designer jewelry, purses and accessories, specialty foods, children’s toys, clothing for men, women, and children, and home and holiday decor. Also, there will be a preview party Nov. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the preview party are $50 in advance or $60 at the door that evening. Admission to the Holiday Boutique is $10, which includes unlimited readmission during the three-day show and sale. All proceeds from the Holiday Boutique benefit the health care provided by Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. Details, (847) 535-6111 or visit www.lfh.org/womensboard.
Concert: The Buffalo Grove Symphonic and Jazz Bands will be performing “Big Band Classics” Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Libertyville High School, 708 W. PArk Ave. The Symphonic Band will feature William Schumann’s “George Washington Bridge” to Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy” as well as new works. The Jazz Band will perform greats from the Big Band era, including Howard Green as soloist on the Artie Shaw Concerto. Tickets are $10 and $8 for seniors and students in advance and are available at Buffalo Grove Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. Tickets are $12 and $8, respectively at the door. Details, (847) 459-2517.
Fund-raiser: Preview the future home of the Lake County Discovery Museum at this “ladies night out” event as you sip champagne, enjoy chocolates and shop for gift items at Chocolate, Champagne and Shopping Nov. 14 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at 1899 W. Winchester Road between Butterfield Road and Route 45. This annual fund-raising event is presented by the Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum and the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves. Guests can shop for handcrafted jewelry, candles, confections, soaps, cosmetics, spa products, tableware, books, clothing, accessories, fair trade gifts and many other specialty items from a variety of vendors. Tickets are $12 in advance at the museum or online, or $15 at the door. Attendees must be 18 years or older. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum, whose mission is to provide support for the museum’s exhibitions and programs. Details, (847) 968-3400. Food fest: The Philoptochos Fall Food fest will be held Nov. 15-16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1400 N. O’Plaine Road. There will be Athenian cooking and a bake sale. Stop in for lunch or dinner. Carry-out will be available. Details, (224) 513-5530.
Ceremony and concert: Long Grove holiday kickoff will begin with a tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. at Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads. Also, Roger Pauly will perform with special guest Steve Joyce, formerly of Dave Major & The Minors, at 6:30 p.m. at The Village Tavern, 135 Old McHenry Road. Details, (847) 634-0888 or www.longgroveonline.com.
Artist visit: The Irish Boutique will host a special signing event with Belleek Pottery artist Joanna Gregg Nov. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at 434 Robert Parker Coffin Road. Gregg works and lives in Belleek, County Fermanagh, Ireland, and has been working with Belleek Pottery for nine years as a basket-maker, flower-maker and featured painter. She will introduce the Belleek Limited Edition 2013 Annual Celtic Lace Mug and the Belleek Shamrock Wall piece. Details, (847) 634-3540.
Concerts: Wild Child will perform Nov. 10 at 10 p.m. and Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press will perform Nov. 16 at 10 p.m. at Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $5 and $6, respectively. Details, (847) 541-4700.
Concert: Grammy nominated artist Matisyahu will perform Nov. 12 at 7:15 p.m. at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive. Tickets are $30-50. Details, (847) 499-5000.
Audition: Auditions for Macy’s “Yes Virginia — The Musical” will be held for ages 5 to 18 Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Road. It will be presented by The Round Lake Area Park District Community Theatre. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script and singing music from the show which will be taught at the auditions. Audition packets available and are not required to audition but will assist individuals with the audition materials. Details, Christi Nicholson at (847) 546-8558 ext. 231
Turkey Trot: Run, trot or gobble your way to winning a turkey Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. in Belvidere Park, Lewis Avenue and Belvidere Road. Registration fee is 2 cans of non-perishable food items. Races are organized by gender and age. Only Waukegan Park District residents are eligible to win a race turkey. Details, (847) 360-4700.
Concert: Frank Portolese and Katherine Andrick will perform Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Joplin Java, 1214 S. Genesee St. This guitarist-violinist duo will play a set of gypsy-jazz tunes from influential legends like Django Reinhardt. Portolese is one of the top jazz guitarists in Chicagoland, and Andrick is a violin virtuoso who has learned from and worked with Portolese for years. Tickets are $12. Details, (847) 775-1988.
Concert: Waukegan Concert Chorus will perform a concert titled “An Array of American Anthems” Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 122 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Tickets are $12, $10 for senior and military, $7 for students, 19 and older with I.D. and free for students 8 years and younger. Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Details, (847) 360-4740.
Fair: Start your holiday shopping early at Rolling Hills Campus’ annual holiday craft fair and bake sale Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3521 16th St. There will be over 30 vendors, door prizes and food sales. Details, (847) 746-2147.