For those suffering from post-holiday stress disorder, rest assured, another 3 -day weekend is upon us! That means you have more time to relax and enjoy the community around you. Choose from Winter celebrations (both indoor and outdoor), 2 inspiring wellness options, some fun live performances and an opportunity to give back to the community in honor of MLK Day!


Peter and the Star Catcher
Jan 12 & 13: 8 pm; Jan. 14: 2 pm (Additional dates through Jan. 28)
Piven Theatre (Noyes Cultural Center), 927 Noyes St., Evanston 

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E.D.G.E. Theatre presents Peter and the Starcatcher, a humorous and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. In this wickedly imaginative play, we meet a poor orphaned child on the high seas simply called Boy because, in the absence of a mother and a father, he was never given a name. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly. The daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor, our heroine is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the hands of evil and greedy pirate Black Stache. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship headed for a faraway land, Molly and Boy learn about love, friendship and forge an unbreakable bond. Tickets: $22. For more info, click here.


Winter Carnival
Jan. 13: 11 am – 1 pm
Skokie School, 520 Glendale Ave., Winnetka 

Come join the Winnetka Park District for the annual Winter Carnival. Enjoy fun and games for children of all ages that have a carnival theme to remind us of warmer times. Light refreshments will be provided! For more info, click here.


New Year, New You
Jan. 13: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
LakeView Center at Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Drive, Wilmette

Enjoy a fun, peaceful & powerful mini retreat with other amazing women that will help you align YOUR mind, body & spirit for 2018!  Led by certified Life Coach Kathy McCabe, you will participate in fun interactive life coaching exercises to help spark YOU to create an awesome 2018.  Meditation and gentle yoga, led by a certified yoga teacher, will be interspersed throughout the day. You will enjoy a healthy lunch in a beautiful setting overlooking Lake Michigan.  No need to travel far, or to bring anything.  Just be ready to get rid of what you don’t want, and start creating what brings you Real Joy! Space is limited. Cost: $350. For more info, click here.


Herbal Wellness/Tea Blending Workshop
Jan. 13: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Love That Spice & Tea, 1893 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park 

Come learn about healing spices & herbs. Roll up your sleeves and blend your own tea based on everyday ailments with a focus on healthy digestion, liver detox, inflammation, anxiety, stress, increased energy and weight loss. 2-hour work shop includes: healthy catered appetizers, full tea bar with sweets table, herbal goodie bag and information. You will take home the tea you create at the work shop. Cost: $55. For more info and to register, click here.


Winter Wonderfest
Jan. 14: 1 – 4 pm
Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling 

Bring the family to Chevy Chase and celebrate the winter season with the Wheeling Park District. Fun activities for all ages include arts and crafts, winter-themed games, face painting and more. Enjoy winter-themed snacks and hot cocoa. And if it snows, we also will build snowmen and paint designs in the snow. For more info: 847-465-3333.


Red Rose Jazz Concert
Jan. 14: 4 – 6 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

Come enjoy this annual highlight as the Red Rose Jazz Band returns to present the very best of ragtime and early jazz to our community. Get your tickets early, as this one always sells out! Tickets: $10 - $25. For more info, click here.


Give Where You Love
Jan. 15: 12 – 2 pm
Village Hall, 850 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield 

The Village of Deerfield invites everyone to participate in a “Day of Service” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Volunteers will participate in a variety of service projects appropriate for all ages including making care packages for the homeless, collecting and sorting food and related items, making chemo care packages for cancer patients and writing letters and cards of encouragement. For more info, click here.


Watts Below Zero Winter Carnival
Jan. 15: 10 am – 12 pm
Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St., Glencoe 

Celebrate everything winter with arts and crafts, carnival games, ice sculpting, and more! Free to attend! For more info: 847-835-4440.


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