Some may think while the last few days of summer linger on and the traditional Fall activities wait to kicked into full gear, that there won’t be much going on around town.  But they would be wrong.  This weekend presents the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful weather, enjoy some physical and spiritual rejuvenation, and truly embrace the communities we are all so lucky to live in. Highlights include Doggy Date Night, Canal Shores Campout, Streets Alive Evanston, the GLASA 10th Annual 5K Twilight Run, Walk & Roll, the Kohl Children’s Museum’s Fall Family Festival, a day of service in honor of 9/11 plus a whole lot.


Doggy Date Night: Pupcorn & A Movie
Sept. 8: 7 – 10 pm
Centennial Park, 225 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka

Make a date for you and your dog with a special screening of Homeward Bound: An Incredible Journey, at Centennial Park! Prior to the movie, a dog obstacle course will be available to challenge your canine’s agility. All dog-loving families (regardless of ownership) are welcome to attend. Admission is required per person (not dog), and includes a hot dog, water and popcorn. Additional food will be available for purchase. Don’t forget a blanket to watch the movie. All dogs must be leashed and have current vaccinations to attend the event. $5 Dog Beach pass holders/$10 res/$15 non – res. For more info, click here.

Moonlight Golf Outing
Sept. 8: 5:45 – 10:30 pm
Deerfield Golf Course, 1201 Saunders Rd., Riverwoods 

Enjoy 5 holes of Glow-in-the-Dark Golf under the stars plus dinner, beverages, contests, raffles & more! Teams of up to 6 players, 21 years+. For more info and to register for the event, click here.


Day of Service in Honor of 9/11 Heroes
Sept. 9: 9:30 am – 12 pm
North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook 

The North Suburban YMCA, American Legion Auxiliary, and USO Illinois are partnering to honor 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up to serve in response to the attacks. Join in for a morning of remembrance and community service. After a flag-raising ceremony and salute by the USO, participants will be working to beautify the community spaces at the Y. For more info, click here.


Canal Shores Campout
Sept. 9/10: 3 pm – 10 am
Canal Shore Golf Course, 1030 Central St., Evanston 

In partnership with Baker Demonstration School, each $25 pass (per person) includes space for your tent and personal campsite area, Sunday breakfast provided by BAGEL ART, snacks, water, midnight movie (actually 9 pm), games, face painting, inflatables and memories to last a lifetime! Bring your own dinner or food will be available for purchase from Ten Mile House. For more info, click here.


GLASA 10th Annual 5K Twilight Run, Walk & Roll
Sept. 9: 4:45 pm – 10 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

The Twilight Run/Walk/Roll & Post-Race Party is one of the largest CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) certified 5K races in the Chicago-land area serving competitive and recreational runners and athletes with disabilities. There is also a Children’s Fun Run, which is a short distance run that is free to children ages 10 and under. The purpose of this event is to provide exposure to the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association and an opportunity for athletes who have physical disabilities or visual impairments to embrace the GLASA motto of “Let No One Sit on the Sidelines”. To register and for more info, click here.


Light of Unity Festival: Sisters of Story
Sept. 10: 3 -5 pm
Baha'i House of Worship, 100 Linden Ave., Wilmette 

Stories of Sisters: at the Baha'i House of Worship is the first event of the Light of Unity Festival! Hear, watch, and learn from storytellers Susan Stone, Kim Schultz, Rohina Malik and Tiffany Gorman who will share stories from their own faiths —Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Baha'i— and transcend differences through shared belief in the power of compassion. Stories will be accompanied by Lucia Thomas on violin, oud and guitar. Adults and teens are welcome to this delightful event. For more info, click here.


Fall Family Festival
Sept. 10: 9: 11:30 am
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview 

The annual Fall Family Festival is back, with some old favorites and some new exciting activities. Get ready for a jam-packed morning of animal discovery, harvest games, and physical activities to burn off the summer energy outdoors. The Fall Family Festival includes many activities all for one ticket price, including: train rides, petting farm, tractor wagon rides, old-fashioned carnival games, apple cider press and a meet and greet with Rapunzel and Belle. Activities are unlimited, once every child has had a turn! $15 members/$25 non-members. For more info and to register, click here.


Streets Alive Evanston
Sept. 10: 1 -5 pm
Main-Dempster Mile, Evanston 

Walk, bike, skate and scooter up and down Main Street! theme of this year’s celebration is “Share the Road,” promoting safe practices for drivers, bikers and pedestrians. Join the Open Streets celebration of active living, public spaces, and community from Main Street from Florence to Chicago Ave. Activities include: Live music by Indigo, a contemporary pop and R&B band, giant bubble-making, yoga in the park, martial arts demo, pop-up play, ceramic painting, bike decorating, outdoor games, the Evanston Green Living Festival and a celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, plus plenty of food and refreshments for purchase. For more info, click here.

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