If you are feeling presidential this weekend, there are several ways to partake in some presidential activities: from “meeting” George Washington to High Tea with Alexander Hamilton’s Women (ok Hamilton was not a president but close enough); to A Day of Remembrance which explores the impact of FDR’s executive order to incarcerate Japanese Americans during WWII.  The is also the always entertaining Freeze Basic Skill Figure Skating Competition, a gastro-pleasing fundraiser featuring Highwood’s best, and for those really looking for some fun…two chances to catch Kathy Griffin! Enjoy the 3-day weekend!


The Freeze Basic Skills Figure Skating Competition
Feb. 17: 5 – 9 pm; Feb. 18: 9 am – 7 pm
Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Rd., Glenview 

See the skating stars of tomorrow at this United States Figure Skating sanctioned competition which draws more than 180 participants from across the Midwest and beyond. The Freeze is one of the largest amateur skating competitions in the north suburbs. Competition categories include: Programs, Compulsories, Artistic, Interpretative, Jumps and Spins, Synchronized Skating and more. FREE admission for spectators. For more info, call 847-724-5670.


Day of Remembrance 75th Anniversary
Feb. 18: 2 - 4 pm
Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston 

February 19, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the executive order by Franklin Roosevelt which called for the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Commemorate this historic occasion through an interactive, intergenerational program held around the work of Sansei artist Kristine Aono. Aono's installation, entitled The Nail That Sticks Up the Farthest….features a full-sized gallery wall in which participants are invited to add nails in honor of someone who was incarcerated. The afternoon will be spent sharing stories of internment, and commemorating this historic anniversary. For more info and a schedule of events, click here.


Kathy Griffin
Feb. 18: 6 pm & 9 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie


Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. Tickets: $63 - $89.  Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.


Jazzed Up Dining & Classical Cocktails Fundraiser
Feb. 18: 6:30 – 9 pm
Midwest Young Artists, 878 Lyster Rd., Highwood 

In its ongoing effort to support arts, music and culture, Celebrate Highwood is hosting Jazzed Up Dining & Classical Cocktails to benefit Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC), the Midwest’s most comprehensive youth music school and ensemble program. In addition to live jazz, classical and big band musical performances by MYAC students throughout the evening, guests will enjoy appetizers, dinner and dessert from the North Shore’s finest restaurants, as well as an open bar and a silent auction. Guests will also have the unique opportunity to tour MYAC’s rehearsal facility, a beautifully transformed army stockade building at Fort Sheridan, to learn about history of the building and explore the old prison cells from 1890. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at here.


High Tea with Alexander Hamilton’s Women: Meet the Schuyler Sisters! 
Feb. 19: 1 pm
Highland Park Community House, 1911 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park 

Alexander Hamilton was not just a powerful Founding Father, he was also a loving husband and father, a flirtatious brother-in-law, and an incorrigible lady-killer. Enjoy a delicious four-course tea, catered by High Tea by Gerri, while being treated to a new living-history portrayal, of the Schuyler sisters who captivated Hamilton: His wife, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton; her sister, the charming, witty Angelica Schuyler Church and her other sister, high-spirited Peggy Schuyler van Rensselaer. Actress and scholar Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., brings these smart, beautiful women to life as they discuss their complicated relationships with Hamilton and the other men in their lives. You don’t need to have seen the smash hit musical Hamilton to enjoy this, but if you have, it’ll bring the history behind the show alive! For more info, contact Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance: 312-380-1665.   Admission is $60. ($65 at the door, if seating is available) For more info: contact Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance: 312-380-1665. Doors open at 12:00, tea service begins at 1:00 pm.  There will be an early bird boutique of jewelry, hats, purses and accessories. A live auction will follow to benefit the State Fair Family Heirloom Recipe project.


Presidents Day Family Program: George Washington
Feb. 19: 2 – 3 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette 

Take a step back in history and bring your kids to meet George Washington.   Hear Washington explain how he went from being a gentleman farmer and land surveyor to being our country’s founding father and first president.  Actor Terry Lynch specializes in historical portrayal and his one man interactive presentations give audiences a first person perspective on the people and events that make up our history.  Seating is limited, so come early to reserve your spot. Free for members, $10 per family for non-members. For more info, click here



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