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Top 10 things to do this weekend


Sunday Morning Bird Walk

Ornithologist, Mark Spreyer, will lead a morning bird walk from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, April 15 at Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, South Barrington. Binoculars and field guides are a must. Stillman Nature Center also has binoculars and field guides. For reservations, call Mark Spreyer at 847-428-6957.

Tool Sharpening

Just in time for spring, the Oak Park Conservatory will host a workshop on how to clean, sharpen and care for gardening tools. Participants should bring two small hand tools to sharpen during the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14. The cost is $22 for residents or $33 for nonresidents. To register, go to The conservatory is located at 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

Rockin’ Lock-In

Students in 3rd through 6th grades are invited to a lock-in at Wagner Community Center, 615 N. West Ave., Elmhurst. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and will feature dancing, games, dodgeball, gymnastics, video games and pizza. The cost is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Parents will be asked to sign a waiver for their child. For more information, go to or call 630-993-8901.

Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival

Hear more than two dozen high school bands and a few select middle schools at the 12th Annual Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 14, John Hersey High School, 1900 E. Thomas St., Arlington Heights. The day features a 3 p.m. guest performance by the University of Illinois at Chicago Concert Band directed by David Morrison, former director of the Prospect High School bands. Tickets are $10 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, or a maximum of $25 per family.

Purple Apple at the Glenview Public Library

The “Talent Rising” Concert Series presents the rock quartet, Purple Apple, as part of the National Library Week celebration Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. On the rise in the local music scene, these talented Glenview musicians and songwriters are the youngest band to ever headline Chicago’s legendary rock venue, The Metro. An evening where loud is allowed at your Library.  Please register at call 847-729-7500, ext. 7600, or visit the Reader Services Desk.

Wilmette Historical Museum presents, ‘Lost on the Lady Elgin

Visit the Wilmette Historical Museum, Sunday April 15 at 2p.m. to hear Valerie Van Heest. She is the award-winning author of Lost on the Lady Elgin, the story of the sidewheel steamer that sank off the North Shore coast in September, 1860, claiming more than 300 lives despite the valiant rescue efforts of people from Wilmette, Winnetka, and Evanston.

It remains the greatest open-water disaster in the history of the Great Lakes. Ms. Van Heest, a Wilmette native, will discuss how the tragedy unfolded, the rescue attempts, the re-discovery of the wreck in 1989, the legal battle that ensued, and her own underwater excursions to document the vessel. Her book and dvd will be available for purchase. This event is free for members; $5 for non-Museum members.

Earth Day Eco-Friendly Food and Beer Tasting

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen are teaming up once again to raise money for the Defenders with an afternoon sampling of eco-friendly beers paired with Duke’s amazing small bites. The fundraiser takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Earth Day – Sunday, April 22 at Duke’s, 110 N. Main Street, Crystal Lake.

Come mingle with friends and eco-minded breweries as you taste several beers and Duke’s food items in a buffet setting. Meet representatives from Stone Brewery, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and more while enjoying their beers. Learn how these breweries have become leaders in brewing beers with minimal impact on the environment.

Proceeds from the tasting and raffle will help the Defenders purchase recycling totes, which will be used in their pilot program to offer recycling options at area events, such as parades and local festivals. The cost is $35 per person and includes a raffle entry for a basket of goodies from local businesses valued upwards of $75. Additional raffle tickets will be available at the event. Tickets are available at the Environmental Defenders’ office at 110 S. Johnson Street, Suite 106, Woodstock (cash or check), or with a credit card online at For more information, contact the Defenders at or call 815-338-0393.

NCHS Drumshow 2012

The Naperville Central High School Drumshow will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 13 at the school’s auditorium, 440 West Aurora Ave., Naperville.  A select group of 15 NCHS percussionists will present these concerts, which will also take place at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and are available at

Earth Day Program featuring Ricky Recycle

Children of all ages are invited to an Earth Day program featuring Ricky Recycle from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14 at the Palos Park Public Library, 12330 Forest Glen Blvd. Learn the concept of the 4R’s of recycling — reduce, reuse, recycle, and buy recycled products. For more information, call 708-448-1530 or email

Piano performance

Pianist Alon Goldstein will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at Littlejohn Hall at Midwestern University, 555 31st St., Downers Grove.  His program will include works by Leos Janácek, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy and Frédéric Chopin. The concert is part of the Artists Showcase West concert series, and a pre-concert conversation moderated by music commentator Joshua Kind will introduce the program at 2 p.m. For more information, call 630-963-9093, or go to


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