Want to try something unique this weekend? Check out one of these great events in Grayslake, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and Libertyville.
Holocaust Survivor to Speak
When: 7 p.m. Friday, May 18
Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 501 Valley Park Drive, Libertyville
Women of Grace Lutheran Church invite you to join them for an evening with Celia Leib, a “Child Survivor of the Holocaust.” Celia has been telling her story about her struggle to survive in the most dangerous time in history to be of the Jewish faith in Eastern Europe. Celia was fortunate to have escaped life in a concentration camp, but spent many of her younger years moving from one orphanage to another, or hiding under dangerous and desperate conditions during World War II. Hear about her incredible journey and how it has influenced her life and her family. A free will offering will benefit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center located at 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie.
Liberty Town Productions Presenting Play
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18
Where: Austin's Fuel Room, 481 Peterson Road, Libertyville
Libertyville’s not-for-profit entertainment company, Liberty Town Productions, is throwing down the gauntlet to entice audiences to attend its production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, May 18, 19, 25 and 26. Last Five is the all-sung story exploring a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein (Weppler), a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt (Alcorn), a struggling actress. Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order, while Jamie's is told chronologically. The characters do not directly interact except at their wedding in the middle when their timelines intersect.
SWALCO Chemical Waste Event
When: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Where: Vernon Hills Metra Station, U.S. Route 45 and Ranney Avenue
Fee: Free, for Illinois residents only
Info: Visit www.swalco.org or call 847-336-9340
Items that will be accepted at the event include: aerosol products, antifreeze and motor oil, fertilizers/herbicides/pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs/CFLs, furniture stripper and varnishes, oil-based paints and paint removers, and prescription and over-the-counter medicines and supplements for both people and pets.
Organic Plant Sale Saturday
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Where: Prairie Crossing Charter School gymnasium, 1581 Jones Point Road, Grayslake
Fee: Free to attend
Grow your own groceries with the wide variety of edible flower, vegetable and herb plants available during this fun and educational family event. Come early for the best plant selections. Plant experts will be available to answer gardening questions, and vendors will sell a variety of gift or garden-related items.
Second Spring Boutique
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Where: State Bank of the Lakes, 50 Commerce Drive, Grayslake
Fee: Free to attend
Come shop at the Grayslake COLTS' second Spring Boutique. They will have many exciting local vendors and businesses offering everything from jewelry and home accents, food items, cake decorating/designs, and kitchen items. There also will be salon services on-site, such as shellac manicures, brow and lip waxing, hair threading and more! You even can purchase "vintage" COLTS cheer uniforms for $10 each and get a matching one for your daughter's American Girl Doll! Children are welcome, and raffle prizes will be offered by every participating vendor.
Plant Sale in Lake Forest
When: Noon Sunday, May 20
Where: 350 N. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest
Fee: Free to attend
Lake Forest Open Lands is holding its annual plant sale. Native plants and trees will be available for purchase with experts on hand to answer any questions. Gardeners of any ability are encouraged to stop by not only to learn more about native Illinois plants, but also to check out the selection.
'Lend Me a Tenor' in Lake Forest
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20
Where: Citadel Theatre Company, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest
Swing into spring with Citadel Theatre’s rousing rendition of Ken Ludwig’s hilarious farce, Lend Me a Tenor. The play opened May 4 and runs through June 3, with 8 p.m. performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Robert Estrin is the director and Ryan Elliott the producer of this fun farce, a sensation in previous runs on Broadway and in London’s West End. The hilarity is set in 1934 as the Cleveland Grand Opera Company welcomes world famous tenor Tito Morelli to perform for the gala season opener. All is ready for the sensational entrance of the renowned songster, the orchestra cued up for his entrance, the stage set, but with just minutes to curtain, Morelli has gone missing. Stuck in a predicament, the general manager coaxes his assistant Max into going on as Morelli for the performance. Soon the door-slamming farce spins out-of-control, both onstage and off, with mistaken identities, striking comic appearances, and plot twists galore.