It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions and whether you are going the simple route like me (to drink more water) or perhaps a bit more spiritual/life changing, we can all resolve to get out more and explore more of what the North Shore has to offer.  There’s no better way to get things started than this weekend’s offerings! Cheers to a fantastic 2018!

 

Kid Lit Fest
Jan. 6: 9 am – 2 pm
Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park 

Kids of all ages looking to meet a favorite author or discover a new should stop by Highland Park Public Library this Saturday! Popular, bestselling, award-winning, and notable Chicago-area authors will meet and greet readers of all ages and reading abilities. The author extravaganza features other book-related fun for young readers, too, including District 112 teachers reading aloud from their favorite books! For more info, click here.

 

American English: Beatles Tribute Band
Jan. 7: 6 pm
SPACE: 1245 Chicago Ave. Evanston 

American English is simply the best Beatle tribute story of our time. At the inception of the band, they were voted “number one” by thousands of Beatle fans as winners of sound alike contests at Beatlefest® for three consecutive years.  They have also won Illinois Entertainer of the Year and have been voted "Best Tribute Band" three of the last four years by their fans in the Chicagoland area. Tickets: $10 - $36. For more info, click here.

 

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution (Last Weekend)
Jan. 5 -7: 10 am – 5 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie 

This exhibit takes you on an electrifying trip through the 60s-80s and highlights Bill Graham, who escaped the Nazis as a child, and went on to pave the way for so many iconic artists of the time and produce humanitarian concerts such as Live Aid to better the world. Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution features more than 400 items, including guitars owned by Jerry Garcia and Pete Townshend, vintage posters, and rare photos-plus concert footage, video interviews, a light show, and an audio tour “by” Graham himself, edited from radio interviews. Bring your headphones so you can follow along! Be sure to catch this exhibit before it leaves after this weekend! During Winter Break (through Jan. 7), kids and students can visit the Museum free of charge! For more info, click here.

 

Winter Farmers Market
Jan. 6: 8 am – 12 pm (Saturdays through Apr. 28)
Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston 

Shop for your favorite foods, including vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, cheese, bread, jams and jellies, and so much more. Parking is available in the lot across the street from the Ecology Center, accessible via McCormick Blvd. Parking is not permitted in the Ecology Center Circle Drive. For more info and a list of participating vendors, click here.

 

Block Calendar
Jan. 6: 9 am – 12 pm
Home Depot, 655 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield 

Kids can get organized for 2018 in this hands-on Workshop where you and your child assemble a wooden block calendar to kick off the new year. Useful year-round, the block calendar is perfect for a tabletop display. Once the calendar construction is complete, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. For more info, click here.

 

Tarot Readings at Lovely Cottage
Jan. 7: 2 pm (All Sundays in Jan, 12 pm on Wednesdays)
Lovely Cottage, 5 Skokie Valley Rd., Lake Bluff 

Madelyn Sergel of Contemporary Tarot offers tarot readings at Lovely Cottage in Lake Bluff. “A Contemporary Tarot reading is a conversation about you. I don’t tell the future, I work with you to explore your now," says Madelyn. Fees: $15-$50 (Cost is $5 per card, 3 card minimum).  For more info, click here.

 

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