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Top 10 things to do this weekend


Gem and Mineral Fossil Show

The Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show of the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18 in building K of College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.  The event will feature live and silent auctions of minerals and fossils, dealers of jewelry, gems, minerals and fossils, demonstrations of lapidary and jewelry making, a kid’s corner with participation, exhibits of The Field and Lizzadro Museums, and a geode cracker.

World Friendship Day

Friendship Force(“FF”) Northern Illinois will celebrate World Friendship Day by remembering all the friends made during past out-going and in-coming exchanges with clubs around the world. The event takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19th at St John Lutheran Church, 501 W. Park Ave., Libertyville. The meeting will include a potluck buffet. For more information contact or

Youth Connection’s ‘Into the Woods, Jr’

Youth Connection’s Theatre Experience this spring is “Into the Woods, Jr.” and will be held at Wilmette Junior High School in Wilmette. The musical intertwines the plots of several Grimm fairy tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. Three performances will be held on Friday, March 16th at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 17th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, March 18th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

La Harpe de melodie

The concert takes place, Sunday, March 18, 4  to 6 p.m at Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Rd. Grayslake. It will feature songs and instrumental music composed in France during the 14th Century. With Soprano, Stephanie Sheffield, Harpist, Alison Attar and Lutenist, Joel Spears. The cost is $15, children are free.

Northbrook Garage @ Schubas, Chicago
Local teen band Northbrook Garage makes their Schubas debut this Friday, March 16th. Fresh back from their sessions in historic Ardent Studios in Memphis, this band of teen groovers brings their unique take on rock n’ soul to the famous Chicago venue. Tickets are $12 at the door, or with a small service fee at

Hinsdale Orchestra Performs in Westmont

The West Suburban Symphony of Hinsdale, conducted by Peter Lipari, will perform Brahm’s Symphony No. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Westmont High School, 909 Oakwood Drive. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, $5 for teens and children are free. They may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 630-887-7464, or go to

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Come experience Palatine’s 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and Paint the Town Green event. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17 in Downtown Palatine, Wood and Plum Grove Road. The Irish Market is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. under a tent outside of Durty Nellie’s. For more information, call Liz Noe at 847-217-1845 or e-mail

Irish Music

The Music Connection of Orland Park and Frankfort will presents its annual Suzuki Strings Concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park. Admission is free. For more information, call 708-464-4434, 708-364-7590 or go to

Morning Fitness Hike

Greet the beginning of spring on a brisk Naturalist-led hike on our scenic (but probably muddy)trails. Adult program; please dress for the weather. Meet at 9 a.m., Saturday March 17th at the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest.

Rummage Sale

MacArthur Middle School in Prosect Hts, 700 N. Schoenbeck Rd, is holding the 4th Annual Rummage Sale for Disctrict #23 on Saturday, Mar 17th from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday, Mar 18th from 10 am to 2 pm. Find hidden treasures among clothing, toys, books, sports equipment, tools, small appliances, household decor, small home furnishings, holiday decorations, bikes, baby items and much, much more.  Admission is free.



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