Whether you are looking to try something new (square dancing anyone?), seeking self or home improvement (Women in Transformation workshop/Ecological Garden class) or looking to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of the season (Avli Winter Dinner Party, Kohl Museum’s Winter Wonderland, North Shore Jazz Fest and Family Play Day at Emily Oaks), there is a little something for everyone this weekend on the North Shore!
Avli Restaurant Winter Dinner Party
Jan. 19: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Avli Restaurant, 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka
Beat the cold at this fabulous Winter Dinner Party featuring Greek food, Greek wine and amazing Greek live entertainment! $50 per person. RSVP or for additional details, call 847-446-9300.
Jan. 19: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
All aboard for polar express fun! For one night only, Kohl Children’s Museum is offering kiddie train rides through the spectacular holiday lights of their outdoor Habitat Park exhibit. Additional activities include a children’s concert with Wendy & DB, juggling performance, appearances by Elsa, Anna & Paddington, making snow dough and free coffee and hot chocolate! Tickets: $17 members/$27 non-members. For more info, click here.
41st North Shore Jazz Fest
Jan. 20: Beginning at 8 am – all day
Glenbrook South High School, 4000 W. Lake Ave, Glenview
A daylong event showcasing 80 middle school and high school bands. The headliner is Bob Lark and the Alumni Big Band which performs at 6:30 pm. Plus, Reggie Thomas will perform at noon with the CYA Jazz Combo. For more info, click here.
Intro to Square Dance Party
Jan. 21: 6 – 8 pm
Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview
Sample a uniquely American dance hobby. No experience needed, no partner required. Free to attend. Hosted by Glenview Square Dance Club. For more information, visit glenviewsquares.org or call 847-309-1329.
Women in Transformation
Jan. 21: 11 am – 3 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
This enlightening afternoon is meant to help you: find ways to improve your health, and create a new perspective; understand how you age and what you can do to embrace these changes; uncover and unleash your passion in finding your life’s work; learn how to mindfully explore, discover and go after your life’s work and find and create an image that truly represents your authentic self. The event will begin with a panel discussion with all 14 local women speakers. Once you have a flavor of the topics, attendees will choose the three breakout sessions they would like to attend. Cost: $20. For more info and a list of panelists, click here.
Family Play Day: Winter Fun
Jan. 21: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie
Drop in for a morning of nature-based winter play at Emily Oaks! They will provide you with special winter tools and play cards to use on your self-guided walk as you enjoy the wonders of the frozen world. Come ready to explore! For all ages. Cost: $1. For more info, click here.
Ecological Gardens Series
Jan. 21: 10 am – 11:30 am
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park
Get ready for spring blooms with Meredith Tucker from Citizens for Conservation and other organizations that will help you consider the ecological benefits that gardens can have for wildlife. Programs showcase the beauty of native plants and the importance they have in our home gardens. With gorgeous photos of natives taken from area yards, you will find inspiration and guidance for incorporating these plants in your own landscape. Cost: $9. For more info and to register, click here.