I like to call these kinds of weekends potpourri weekends because there is a little bit of everything going on. Physical activity enthusiasts can partake in a fun super hero dash or disc golf; bargain hunters will have one of the most popular rummage sales on the North Shore at their disposal; those looking to be entertained and enlightened can choose from engaging storytelling, a fall folk fest and an insightful seminar on child raising. And certainly not to be overlooked is a community give back event, allowing participants to help address surrounding homelessness in the Chicago area. So, pick your poison and whatever you decide, enjoy your weekend!
Sept. 30: 9 am
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka
Are you Chicagoland’s next Superhero? Take part in the Superhero Dash to find out. Enjoy laughs, fun, thrills and spills as you work your way through the obstacles along the beaches of Lake Michigan. Come dressed as your favorite superhero or own creation of one. During the three-mile obstacle course you will climb walls and sand mounds, run up and down staircases and ramps, trudge your way through sand, dodge through tires, belly crawl under rope, run with logs, and so much more. Competitive and non-competitive divisions. The race will start at Tower Road Beach commence with a celebration and awards ceremony at Centennial Park Beach. For more info, click here.
Fall Rummage Sale
Sept. 30: 8 am - 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, 700 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Forest
One of the biggest sales in the area! Every year, in the fall and spring, the church has furniture, toys, designer clothes, home decor, purses, holiday decor, art and much more for sale! Staffed by volunteers, the sales have raised more than $5 million to the church’s mission and non-profit partners, locally and globally. For more info, click here.
Truth Be Told with Scott Whitehair
Sept. 30: 8 – 10 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
Join for another spectacular night of storytelling with Scott Whitehair in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater. You may have enjoyed personal stories on NPR, but it simply can’t compare to the intimate experience of live, face-to-face storytelling. The line-up of performers includes eight professional artists who will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. There will be live music when doors open at 7:30pm by local talent, singer/songwriter Ali Jackson. After the show, enjoy a meet and greet with the storytellers and enjoy complimentary wine and beer along with local gourmet pizza from Sauced Pizza. Tickets: $20. For more info, click here.
The Grove Folk Fest
Oct. 1: 11 am – 5 pm
The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview
Costumed interpreters relive local history while visitors celebrate autumn with folk music, square dancing, hayrides and more. Dine on hearty food in the outdoor dining hall or enjoy the Native American flute circle. Gift and craft items are available for purchase. There will also be an exotic animal demonstration at 11:30 am and 2 pm in the Program Barn. Tickets: adult: $4l $1 children 12 years and under. For more info, click here.
Glencoe Disc Golf Open
Oct. 1: 1 pm
Watts Park, 305 Randolph St., Glencoe
Grab your partner and head out to beautiful Watts Park for the inaugural Glencoe Disc Golf Open! Whether you are a seasoned competitive player or have never participated in an organized round, this outing is sure to provide ample challenge, reward, and, most importantly, fun! Registration includes 18 holes of disc golf, a hot dog lunch, and a custom Innova golf disc. The tournament is a bring your own partner best shot doubles event. $50 per team of two. For more info, click here.
Oct. 1: 1- 4 pm
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe
Empower your kids, yourselves, and your community! Learn about issues related to homelessness in Chicago and the suburbs (including Glencoe). Then act to help address those issues, and celebrate your impact! Schedule of event includes: viewing and discussing the award winning documentary The Homestretch, tour The Night Ministry’s custom-designed 38-foot Health Outreach Bus, which operates 7 days a week, preparing meals for The Night Ministry’s outreach programs, assembling hygiene kits for used for outreach programs, and celebrating your community impact with a pizza party and live music. Recommended for ages 6th grade+. $15 per person/$50 per family. Pay at door. Your entire activity fee) will be donated to The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based non-denominational 501c3, dedicated to providing housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness. For more of info, click here.
How to Raise Strong, Respectful & Kind Children
Oct. 1: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
We live in a fast-paced world with many stressors. Parents and children have busy schedules; there is pressure to succeed and fit in; kids are “plugged in” and possessions are highly valued. Navigating all of this can be confusing and difficult for both parents and children. Keeping children grounded and connected while fostering responsibility and resilience is essential. Lauren Bondy and Karen Jacobson from Parenting Perspectives will lead the discussion. Presented by the Lake shore Unitarian Society. For more info: 847-807-5787.