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Actor's Training Center's 15th Anniversary: Actor's Training Center, 1159 Wilmette Ave., Suite 8, Wilmette. Actor's Training Center of Wilmette, continues its 15th anniversary this fall and winter with its College Audition Clinic; Fall Musical Theatre Intensive: Little Women; and Arts in Action: Ensemble events and performances. actorstrainingcenter.org.
JCC Chicago's Eight Nights of Hanukkah: Runs through Dec. 5, at Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook. Join JCC Chicago for nightly candle lighting and events for families, teens and adults. Challah braiding, film, drive-up concerts, and more. Plus, a family-friendly Hanukkah celebration at Gallagher Way, next to Wrigley Field. Events are in-person and virtual throughout the Chicago area. Learn more at jccchicago.org/8nights. (844) 452-2244 or jccchicago.org.
Winter Expo 2021: Runs 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20, at Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St., Evanston. The Winter Arts & Crafts Expo includes original, handmade works of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed media, and more. All proceeds benefit the ongoing exhibition, education, and outreach programs at the Art Center. The expo is free and open to the public. (847) 475-5300 or evanstonartcenter.org.
"It's a Wonderful Life -- A Live Radio Play": Runs through Dec. 30, at Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview. Embrace the season and watch everyone's favorite classic performed live on stage. Seven actors bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life in a 1946 radio play -- complete with sound effects -- to tell the story of George Bailey, whose troubles lead him to wish he had never been born. He is visited by the angel Clarence who comes to Earth on Christmas Eve to help George realize how many lives he has touched and just how blessed he has been and how different the world would be had he never been there. oillamptheater.org.
Willow Hill's Winter Magic -- a drive-through Christmas lights experience: Open nightly from 4:30-10:30 p.m. through Jan. 2, at Willow Hill Golf Course, 1350 Willow Road, Northbrook. Willow Hill Golf Course presents its first Willow Hill's Winter Magic drive-through Christmas lights event with over one million lights adorning displays of characters (like snowmen and penguins), beautifully lit Christmas trees (50 of them), drive through light tunnels, and so much more. One ticket is good for one car-full, so load up the entire family for this one. $45-$50. WillowHillsWinterMagic.com.
"Mr. Dickens' Hat": Runs through Jan. 2, at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. In a cozy Victorian shop sits the hat of Charles Dickens, who once used it to carry water to the victims of a train wreck (that's true). When a pair of bumbling thieves plots to steal it (that's imaginary), young Kit sets out to foil their plan, save the hat, and free her father from debtors' prison. This warm winter's tale is filled with original music, lovable characters, and loads of good cheer. Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission. Recommended for ages 8 and older. northlight.org.
Wilmette Local Legends Audio Tour: Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road, Wilmette. Stop outside the homes of some Wilmette notables. Explore by car, bicycle, or on foot to hear the audio on your phone. Get maps from the webpage or pick up at the Museum during open hours. Email email@example.com; call (847) 853-7666; or visit wilmettehistory.org
Babytime: Virtually at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Wilmette Public Library. A bonding experience for caregivers and babies, with songs, cuddles, and bounces. Have a scarf and shaker toy ready. wilmettelibrary.info.
Baby Signs: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Free. Pre-readers (birth-age 4 with an adult) learn American Sign Language together. Registration required. glenviewpl.org.
Seven Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Big Plans for Retirement: Virtually at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, North Suburban YMCA, Northbrook. With people living longer, retirement is now a major phase of life that can stretch for decades. Avoiding common mistakes is critical if you want to enjoy happy, healthy golden years without worrying about running out of money. Join Wei Zhang, Certified Financial Educator with a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, for an in-depth discussion on important steps to build your financial well-being. Free and open to the public. nsymca.org/yes-speaker-schedule. For information, contact Pam Racansky at NSYMCAinfo@nsymca.org or (847) 272-7250.
Armchair Travels: 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Pro travelers Barbara Sugden and Ron Vargason lead a tour of Jordan, a nation on the east bank of the Jordan River known for its ancient monuments, nature reserves, and seaside resorts. wilmettelibrary.info.
Nonfiction Discussion: Virtually at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Glencoe Public Library. Join for a Zoom discussion of Janice P. Nimura's "The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine and Women to Medicine." The discussion will be led by Judy Levin. glencoepubliclibrary.org.
Virtual Alliance Française du North Shore Ciné Club: Virtually at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. Join online for a discussion in French of a French film with English subtitles, "Le Samouraï." You'll watch the film on your own through a streaming service such as hoopla, Kanopy, YouTube and Amazon. RSVP at Meetup.com/afnorthshore or write to info@AFnorthshore.org. Visit AFnorthshore.org.
Glenview's Got STEAM -- Hour of Code: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Glenbrook South High School, 4000 W. Lake Ave., Glenview. For children in grades 5-8. Presented by Glenview's Got STEAM of Glenbrook South High South. No prior knowledge required. glenviewpl.org.
K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. Register for a 15-minute slot at the Youth Desk or by phone at (847) 256-6945. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only. (847) 256-5025 or wilmettelibrary.info.
Virtual Book & Author -- "Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig's Astonishing Journey": 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. During the Holocaust, 59 members of Siggi B. Wilzig's family were killed, including his parents and all but one of his siblings. When he arrived in the U.S. at 21 years old, in 1947, he vowed three things: To never go hungry again; to support Jewish people; and to speak out against injustice. A true "rags to riches" story, Wilzig managed to build a fortune in both the oil and banking industries that were worth about $4 billion at the time of his death. Throughout his life, he remained committed to confronting anti-Semites, and was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the United States Holocaust Museum. Register at https://ihm.ec/unstoppable. (847) 967-4835 or ilholocaustmuseum.org.
Awesome Australia: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. With his tapestry of original photographs and deep well of stories, world traveler Brian Michalski illuminates 10 months of backpacking and working in the Land Down Under. While visiting exotic destinations including the Australian Outback, Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania, we also learn about the country's fascinating history, grand traditions, chic urban life, charming slang, deadly animals and Aboriginal influences. winnetkalibrary.org.
BookBites Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Niles-Maine District Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. December's discussion title will be "Inheritance: a Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love" by Dani Shapiro. Books are available at the Library one month prior to meetings. Limited digital copies available through Libby, by OverDrive. Drop in. nileslibrary.org.
Virtual Quilt Lecture by Pam Holland: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 460 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield. $10. Pam Holland will share her recent 10-year focus on studying textiles in their purest form, from cotton fields in India to the remote villages of Guatemala, Thailand, Morocco, Mexico and Africa. Enjoy an evening of visual exploration. Pam has traveled the world teaching quilting and textile art. (630) 222-1930 or illinoisquilters.com.
Men's Club Hanukkah Bingo: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie. Great prizes and great fun are offered together as "Hanukkah Bingo Night" is presented by the Men's Club of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation. This program is open to everyone at no charge. (847) 675-4141.
Career Counseling Appointments: Virtually at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, Glenview Public Library. Consult virtually with a career expert for resume help, LinkedIn profile review, and job search strategies for any stage of your career. Register online or call (847) 729-7500 ext., 7700. Appointments are offered via Zoom or by phone. Preference given to Glenview Public Library cardholders. For information, www.glenviewpl.org.
Chair Yoga: Virtually at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, Winnetka-Northfield Public Library. Join instructor Isabel Raci or a session of gentle chair yoga and guided meditation. Tune in to stretch, breathe, gain flexibility, and strengthen the body in an accessible way with seated poses. Perfect for beginners, students will leave class feeling relaxed and grounded. winnetkalibrary.org.
Chair Yoga: Virtually at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, Morton Grove Public Library. Practice seated poses in one of the gentlest forms of yoga available, led by certified yoga instructor Cher Walter in this online class. All experience levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. mgpl.org/events or (847) 965-4220.
GLENergy -- Vintage Cookies and Candies: Virtually at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, Glenview Public Library. What are some of your favorite purchased or baked cookies and candies from past decades? Learn about sweet treats in this humorous, nostalgic program from cookbook collector Amy Alessio. Leave with recipes to create. Program will be held virtually via Zoom. glenviewpl.org.
Tall Tales & Silly Songs: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Everyone loves those tall tales! Todd tells some real whoppers and then weaves them into lively songs to surely have kids moving and grooving, laughing all the way. Registration required. glenviewpl.org.
North Suburban YMCA Blessing Bags Holiday Giveback: Saturday, Dec. 4, at North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook. The NSYMCA is collecting necessities to be delivered to the homeless through "Project I Am." Please drop off the following items at the Y's front desk before Dec. 4: Baby wipes, mini-bottled water, socks, Neosporin, travel-size first aid kit, ChapStick, travel-size Vaseline, toothbrush & toothpaste, deodorant, travel-size shampoo & conditioner, washcloths, pocket tissue, granola bars or trail mix, peppermints, and travel-size hand sanitizer. On Dec. 4, the Y will host a Blessing Bag packing event that includes making holiday cards for the packages of necessities for homeless people and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. All are welcome. (847) 272-7250 or nsymca.org
Cookie Exchange: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. Bring a batch of your favorite homemade cookies, and a copy of the recipe, to share and exchange with fellow baking enthusiasts. Hot chocolate, coffee and containers to take home the cookies will be provided. winnetkalibrary.org.
Celebrate the Holiday Season with "The Nutcracker," and "Grand Jeté and Me": Virtually at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, The Book Stall, Winnetka. The Book Stall presents a special online program with illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser and Salt Creek Ballet Artistic Director Erica De La O, who will discuss Robin's new picture book "Grand Jeté and Me," as well as the Salt Creek Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker." They'll also chat about how to create and foster a career in the arts. All attendees will be entered in a raffle. 20% of all book sales will go to help unprivileged youth attend a performance of "The Nutcracker." This free program is suitable for ages 7 and older. (847) 446-8880 or crowdcast.io.
Sing in the Season with the Irish Heritage Singers: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Sharing Ireland's rich musical heritage, this all-ages choral group embraces the spirit of the season with a sparkling repertoire of traditional and contemporary Irish songs, including a selection of Irish Christmas carols. Registration required. glenviewpl.org.
Tai Chi: Virtually at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at Morton Grove Public Library. Certified tai chi instructor Erica Bough demonstrates Shibashi body movements, breathing exercises and meditation to help restore balance, flexibility and reduce stress. All experience levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. mgpl.org/events or (847) 965-4220.
Virtual Alliance Française du North Shore Café Conversation Matin: Virtually at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6. Join online for relaxed French conversation, facilitated by native or fluent speakers. Listening in French is encouraged; all levels are welcome. RSVP at Meetup.com/afnorthshore or write to info@AFnorthshore.org. (847) 858-1274 or AFnorthshore.org.
Page Turners Book Discussion: 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Indulge your passion for literature with the Monday Afternoon Page Turners. December's discussion title will be "Normal People" by Sally Rooney. Books are available at the library one month prior to meetings. Limited digital copies are available through OverDrive/Digital Library of Illinois. Drop in. glenviewpl.org.
Make a Needle Felted Hedgehog: Virtually at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at Wilmette Public Library. Register for your kit and join for an online class to make an adorable felted hedgehog. (847) 256-5025 or wilmettelibrary.info.
Making It! Discussion Group: Virtually at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, Glenview Public Library. Join like-minded creatives virtually to share knowledge and advice about making. Discuss and share your latest projects, ideas, designs and failures with your creative community. glenviewpl.org.
Pajama Storytime: Virtually at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, Wilmette Public Library. Get cozy in your PJs and bring your favorite lovie to enjoy stories, songs and rhymes before bedtime. Register for the Zoom invitation. (847) 256-5025 or wilmettelibrary.info.
Drop-in Adult Coloring: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Discover the therapeutic benefits of coloring at this drop-in adult coloring program. Relax, reduce stress, and leave feeling restored! (847)-256-5025 or wilmettelibrary.info.
Oral History for Genealogists: Virtually at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, Glenview Public Library. Learn how to interview relatives to create your own oral histories and discover how to use these histories in your genealogy research. Program presented virtually via Zoom. glenviewpl.org.
Knit and Crochet with Fiber Friends: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. If you're curious about knitting and crochet, drop in to learn, work on your latest project, or help a beginner develop their skills. Drop-in event for all skill levels. Bring your own project and yarn or participate in a group effort. You can also bring yarn to contribute to community projects. skokielibrary.info.
Read It, Make It: Virtually at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Children, ages 3-6 with an adult, can listen to a favorite children's book and then make a craft inspired by the story. Kit Pickup begins one week before program date. Email a photo of your finished creation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration required. glenviewpl.org.
Senior Polka Association Meeting: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Lone Tree Manor, 7730 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Senior Polka Association meets the first Tuesday of each month. Live music at 5 p.m., followed by cake, coffee, and bingo. Yearly membership 10. (847) 209-1385.
Novels @ Night: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Discussion of "Cantoras" by Carolina De Robertis. (847) 256-5025 or wilmettelibrary.info.
Mystery Group: Virtually at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, Glencoe Public Library. Join for a discussion of James M. Cain's "Double Indemnity" and the 1944 film version of the book of the same title directed by Billy Wilder. Discussion led by Ann Perks. The film can be streamed for about $4 through Amazon Prime, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. The Glencoe library has the film in DVD and Blu-ray formats. glencoepubliclibrary.org.
Great Books Discussion: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Join the monthly Great Books Discussion Group where readers of great works discuss big questions and their answers in a friendly, welcoming setting. The December discussion title will be "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius. Moderated by Michael Bartlett, journalist/editor and Glenview resident. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own materials. For information, contact Michael at (773) 220-2553 or email@example.com or visit glenviewpl.org.
Wednesday PM Fiction Discussion: Virtually at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, Glencoe Public Library. Join for a discussion of "Aloft" by Chang-rae Lee. Discussion led by Judy Levin. glencoepubliclibrary.org.
Craft Hour: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. For adults and teens. Drop in the Innovation Center for craft hour to explore creative techniques in each session. glenviewpl.org.
True Story -- Nonfiction Book Club: Hybrid at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. This event will take place on Zoom and in person. Explore critically acclaimed nonfiction books. Find out for yourself that sometimes fact truly is stranger than fiction. This month's selection: "Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night" by Julian Sancton. winnetkalibrary.org.
Holiday Charcuterie Board Workshop: Virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, Wilmette Public Library. Attend a virtual workshop to learn to create a festive holiday charcuterie board with Kristyn Slick of Mealtime Memories. (847) 256-5025 or wilmettelibrary.info.
Wreath Decorating Workshop: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Celebrate the holidays with your community and make a beautiful wreath. The Library will provide decorative ribbons, picks, sprays, and inspiration -- you provide the evergreen wreath and the creativity. Light refreshments provided. Please bring a wreath. For adults and teens. Registration required. glenviewpl.org.