There was a time when weekends were meant just for rest and relaxation.  But in today’s overscheduled, 24/7 access world that isn’t always the case.  So, this weekend wouldn’t it be nice to go a little rouge and claim your weekend back? As luck would have it, there are a variety of options to help you mentally escape the stress of a long week. Choose from a sculpt & sip class, a craft beer festival (hmmm, I see a theme here), a mah jongg tournament, an improv night or a performance of a children’s classic just to name a few….


The Emperor’s New Clothes
Mar. 2: 8 pm; Mar. 3: 10 am (Additional dates thru May 12)
Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire 

The incomparably imaginative creators of Seussical, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, bring one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved tales to life. Fourteen-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third is nervous to take the throne. Deciding that he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest attire, Marcus commands his Royal Clothesmaker to fashion him in the most royal wardrobe. Taking advantage of Marcus' uncertainty and immaturity, a Swindler promises to make magic clothes that are "invisible to fools, liars, and anyone you should ignore," for a large and hefty price. Only Arno, the simple-hearted mop boy, can help Marcus out of this royal mess and teach him an important lesson about outward appearance. This is a special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages. All performances followed by a Question & Answer session with the cast. Tickets: $15.23. For more info, click here.

Sculpt & Sip
Mar. 2: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe 

Grab a friend for an evening of ceramics sculpting and wine! Ceramics instructor, Natalie Steinmetz, will guide you through the process of creating your own masterpiece. No experience or supplies necessary; new and seasoned artists are welcome! BYOB. $30/35 R/NR. Must be 21 or older attend. To register, click here.


Called for Traveling with Tyler Smith
Mar. 3: 11 am – 12 pm
Lake Bluff Library, 123 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff 

After playing basketball at Lake Bluff Middle School, Lake Forest High School and Penn State University, Tyler Smith wanted to continue with the game. His journey led him to the professional level, traveling around the world through seven countries on four continents with 12 teams over 11 years. Come here Mr. Smith discuss his new book, Called for Traveling, and talk about the challenges and adventures of his unique experience. Registration is required, call 847-234-2540 for more info.


Friends of the Glencoe Public Library Book Sale
Mar. 3: 9 am – 5 pm; Mar. 4: 12 – 5 pm (everything half price); Mar. 5: 9 am – 12 pm ($3/bag sale)
Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe

Thousands of respectfully used books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages—at truly reasonable prices! All proceeds support the Glencoe Public Library. For more info, click here.


3rd Annual Maj Jongg Tournament
Mar. 4: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Park Center East Wing, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview 

Start the day at 10:30 a.m. with registration and brunch. Sign up as a foursome for your chance to win one of the amazing raffle prizes. You don’t have to be a member to play! The registration fee is $35 per person and includes brunch and the tournament. For more info call, Janet Steinberg at 224-521-2582.


Vernon Hills’ 5th Annual Craft Beer Festival
Mar. 3: 5 – 9 pm
Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills 

Attention craft beer aficionados! More than 40 craft beers will be available for sampling including beer from Prairie Krafts Brewing, Kings & Convicts, Flesk Brewing, Mickey Finn’s, What’s Brewing Supply, and Buffalo Creek Brewing. Along with celebrating the micro brews of the area’s most skilled brew masters, you can listen to live entertainment provided by the band “Sneezy” and purchase food from Lukes of Mundelein. There are a limited number of tickets available, so purchase your tickets early! $35 per person, 21+ to attend. For more info, click here.


Night of Improv with Lake Forest College
Mar. 3: 8 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

Come enjoy a night of Improv by Lake Forest College’s Improv Troupe in a fabulous intimate setting. Admission: $15. To purchase tickets, click here.


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