North shore calendar: Dec. 1-7

  • The Midwest premiere of "Adam & Ida -- Almost a Fairy Tale" will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, in Skokie. This remarkable film details two survivors' lifelong quest for belonging. Film screening and Q&A with star and museum board member Ida Kersz. Reservations required. For information, www.ilholocaustmuseum.org.

    The Midwest premiere of "Adam & Ida -- Almost a Fairy Tale" will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, in Skokie. This remarkable film details two survivors' lifelong quest for belonging. Film screening and Q&A with star and museum board member Ida Kersz. Reservations required. For information, www.ilholocaustmuseum.org. Courtesy of Illinois Holocaust Museum

  • Virtually join the Nonfiction Group at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, through the Glencoe Public Library for a discussion of "The Great Stewardess Rebellion: How Women Launched a Workplace Revolution at 30,000 Feet" by Nell McShane Wulfhart. Judy Levin will lead the group discussion. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

    Virtually join the Nonfiction Group at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, through the Glencoe Public Library for a discussion of "The Great Stewardess Rebellion: How Women Launched a Workplace Revolution at 30,000 Feet" by Nell McShane Wulfhart. Judy Levin will lead the group discussion. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org. Courtesy of Glencoe Public Library

  • Glencoe Public Library's Adult Craft Class will make a paper cut winter village at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the library, 320 Park Ave. Make a wintry village scene to decorate your table or mantel. Materials will be provided. Registration is required; Glencoe residents will have priority if the class fills. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

    Glencoe Public Library's Adult Craft Class will make a paper cut winter village at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the library, 320 Park Ave. Make a wintry village scene to decorate your table or mantel. Materials will be provided. Registration is required; Glencoe residents will have priority if the class fills. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org. Courtesy of Glencoe Public Library

  • The annual Winnetka Tree Lighting festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Dwyer Park, 856 Elm St., in Winnetka. The lighting of the tree will take place at 6 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate, hot apple cider, cookies and candy canes. Plus, stick around to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf. For information, www.winpark.org.

    The annual Winnetka Tree Lighting festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Dwyer Park, 856 Elm St., in Winnetka. The lighting of the tree will take place at 6 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate, hot apple cider, cookies and candy canes. Plus, stick around to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf. For information, www.winpark.org. Courtesy of Winnetka Park District

  • Salt Creek Ballet's production of the "The Nutcracker" will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Center Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets are $26-$46. Visit northshorecenter.org.

    Salt Creek Ballet's production of the "The Nutcracker" will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Center Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets are $26-$46. Visit northshorecenter.org. Courtesy of North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

  • Join the Wilmette Public Library virtually at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, for a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Jeff Klapes, known as "The Traveling Librarian," will present an armchair traveler's journey to the two largest of the seven United Arab Emirates. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

    Join the Wilmette Public Library virtually at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, for a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Jeff Klapes, known as "The Traveling Librarian," will present an armchair traveler's journey to the two largest of the seven United Arab Emirates. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info. Courtesy of Wilmette Public Library

  • Join the Glencoe Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, for "A Conversation with Chicago Architecture Critics Blair Kamin and Lee Bey." Two of Chicago's most celebrated architecture critics discuss their vividly illustrated new book, "Who Is the City For? Architecture, Equity and the Public Realm in Chicago." For information, www.glencoelibrary.org.

    Join the Glencoe Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, for "A Conversation with Chicago Architecture Critics Blair Kamin and Lee Bey." Two of Chicago's most celebrated architecture critics discuss their vividly illustrated new book, "Who Is the City For? Architecture, Equity and the Public Realm in Chicago." For information, www.glencoelibrary.org. Courtesy of Glencoe Public Library

 
 
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Santa's Mailbox: Through Dec. 20, at Winnetka Park District, 540 Hibbard Road, Winnetka. Children can drop off their letters to Santa in this special mailbox through Dec. 20, when Santa's elves will pack up the mailbox and take back the letters to the North Pole for Santa. Make sure to include names and a return address to ensure the elves know where to send Santa's response. For information, www.winpark.org.

Georgiana & Kitty -- Christmas at Pemberley': Runs through Saturday, Dec. 24, at North Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The beloved characters from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" return for a third and final installment of the Pemberley trilogy. The youngest Darcy and Bennet sisters have become fast friends, and eagerly await the arrival of Georgiana's secret correspondent. Mix-ups of manners and an overprotective big brother keep romance from unfolding easily. But music, ambition, friendship and sisterhood lead to happiness ... and a love story that spans a lifetime. $35-$55. For information, northlight.org.

'It's a Wonderful Life' -- A Live Radio Play: Runs through Dec. 30, at Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview. Don't miss the 10th and final year of everyone's favorite holiday tradition, "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play." Only 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. For information, oillamptheater.org.

'A Christmas Story, The Musical': 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, with select Thursday 1 p.m. shows, through Jan. 1, at The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive. Lincolnshire. This show brings the beloved 1983 movie about the Parker family to musical life on stage. Directed by Jeff Award-winner Scott Weinstein with musical direction by Jeff Award-winner Ryan T. Nelson and choreography by Tiffany Krause. $59-$64. (847) 634-0200 or MarriottTheatre.com.

Santa's Rock 'N' Lights: 5-10 p.m. daily from Friday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 1, at the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Drive-through animated lights show. $29.99-$34.99. santasrocknlights.com.

Sparkle Light Festival: Various dates and times from Friday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 1, at Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont. Immersive displays of millions of holiday lights and outdoor holiday activities including train rides, winter tubing and themed mazes. A special menu of festive food and beverages will be available. $25. sparklerosemont.com.

Willow Hill Lights Show: Runs 5-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, weather permitting, at Willow Hill Golf Course, 1350 Willow Road, Northbrook. Willow Hill Lights is a drive-through, family holiday event featuring a 1.6 mile route with over 1 million lights, three drive-through tunnels and a 30-foot Christmas tree. Come see the abominable snowman and Rudolph and his reindeer pals as well as many other holiday favorites such as the Twelve Days of Christmas and Frosty and his friends. One price per car. Entrance is on Willow Road near Route 43 (Waukegan Road) in between I-94 and I-294. $40. Tickets are available by one-hour increment time slots. For tickets, willowhilllights.com. For information, (847) 722-2129, (847)-480-7888 or willowhillswintermagic.com.

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Dec. 1

Babytime: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. A bonding experience for caregivers and babies up to 24 months, with songs, cuddles and bounces. Space is limited; tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served, basis at the Youth Desk starting at 9 a.m. For information, (847) 256-5025 or www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Starlite Singers -- Sing in the Holiday Season: 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Ring in December with a matinee performance from the Glenview Senior Center Chorus as they perform a selection of songs to brighten the season. For information, www.glenviewpl.org.

Nonfiction Group: Virtually at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe. Judy Levin will lead a discussion of "The Great Stewardess Rebellion: How Women Launched a Workplace Revolution at 30,000 Feet" by Nell McShane Wulfhart. All are welcome. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

Armchair Travels: 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Join expert travelers Barbara Sugden and Ron Vargason on a tour of beautiful Kauai, Hawaii. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Free Play All Day: 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Come play the library's Nintendo Switch games, board games and more while school's out. The Switch will be set up the whole day, and there will be snacks, crafts and giveaways starting at 1 p.m. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info

Exercise with Be40Strong: 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, Northfield Branch, 1785 Orchard Lane, Northfield. Learn to exercise safely and get stronger with this small group personal training designed for students 60 and older. The program will be adapted to fit the needs of each individual, from beginners to consistent exercisers. For information, www.winnetkalibrary.org.

Westfield Old Orchard Holiday Kickoff: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Westfield Old Orchard, 4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie Boulevard and Old Orchard Road, Skokie. Sponsored by Bloomie's and Chicago Magazine, the event features choir performances, a hot cocoa bar and a fireworks display at 6:45 p.m. To learn more about Westfield Old Orchard's holiday events, new store openings and special holiday hours, visit www.westfield.com/oldorchard.

Winnetka Park Board Committee Meeting: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Hubbard Woods School, 1110 Chatfield Road, Winnetka, The agenda will be posted 48 hours in advance of the meeting. For information, www.winpark.org.

K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 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. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Cheese & Charcuterie Board Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Join Glenview local business, Cheers to Cheese, to learn how to create a cheese and charcuterie tray for the holidays. Choose your own ingredients, make salami roses, aesthetically cut cheese, and make a perfect centerpiece for any occasion. Registered participants will receive a grocery list to purchase supplies for the workshop. For information, www.glenviewpl.org.

Bring Your Own Book Club: Virtually at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Bring a book you've recently adored and present it to the group. A librarian will share a list of great 2022 titles just in time for holiday shopping. For information, (847) 256-5025 or www.wilmettelibrary.info.

BookBites Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Hackney's on Lake, 1514 E Lake Ave., Glenview. December's discussion title will be "The Wrong Kind of Woman" by Sarah McCraw Crow. Books are available at the library one month prior to meetings. Limited digital copies available through Hoopla Digital. Co-hosted with the Niles-Maine District Library. For information, www.glenviewpl.org.

Organize your Holiday: Virtually at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, through Winnetka-Northfield Public Library. Get the most out of your holidays by spending a little planning time now. Certified Professional Organizer M. Colleen Klimczak will share tips and strategies to preparing for the holidays without feeling stressed. For information, www.winnetkalibrary.org.

Puzzle and Game Swap: Thursday, Dec. 1, at Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe. All Ages. Entertain yourself or your family this winter with a new puzzle or game. Drop off a new or gently used puzzle or game at the library between Dec. 1-16, and receive a ticket for each item you donate. Visit the swap shop between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and use your tickets to shop for new-to-you entertainment. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

Dec. 2

Little Dabblers: 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. Drop by for messy fun as we explore art, science, and our own senses. (847) 256-5025 or wilmette.libnet.info For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Chair Yoga: Virtually at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, through Winnetka-Northfield Public Library. join instructor Isabel Raci for 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. For information, www.winnetkalibrary.org.

Time for Twos: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe. Ages 2-3 with caregiver. Join for stories and creative activities connected to that week's stories. This class is aimed at children who have not yet entered 3-year-old preschool. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

Career Counseling Appointments: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Consult in-person with a career expert for resume help, LinkedIn profile review, and job search strategies for any stage of your career. Preference given to Glenview Public Library cardholders. Register. For information, (847) 729-7500 ext. 7700 or www.glenviewpl.org

Free Play All Day: 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Come play Nintendo Switch games, board games and more while school's out. The Switch will be set up the whole day, and there will be snacks, crafts and giveaways starting at 1 p.m. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

GLENergy -- Top 10 Home Modifications for Living Well in Your Own Home: 1-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Learn how to put in place home modifications to maintain your independence and age in place freely, comfortably, and safely. Presented by Lori Gibson of Home for Life Advantage Inc., a certified aging in place specialist. Presented in partnership with the Village of Glenview Senior Services and North Shore Senior Center. For information, www.glenviewpl.org.

Adult Craft Class -- Paper Cut Winter Village: 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe. Make your own wintry village scene to decorate your table or mantel. Materials will be provided (tealights not included). Please note that unlike past adult craft programs, this class has limited space and registration is required. Glencoe residents will have priority if the class fills. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

Lego Club: 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Your imagination is the limit as you build with the library's Lego bricks. For children in grades K-three. For information, (847) 256-5025 or www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Winnetka Tree Lighting: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Dwyer Park, 856 Elm St., Winnetka. The annual Winnetka Tree Lighting will begin at 4:30 p.m. Join the community for a time-honored tradition of the lighting of the tree, which will take place at 6 p.m. sharp. There will be free hot chocolate, hot apple cider, cookies and candy canes. Plus, stick around to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and an elf. Refreshments provided by the Winnetka-Northfield-Glencoe Chamber of Commerce. For information, www.winpark.org

Lincolnshire Lights: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Village Green Center, 100 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. The village will hold its tree-lighting celebration. For information, lincolnshireil.gov.

Salt Creek Ballet -- "The Nutcracker": 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Center Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Salt Creek Ballet's production produces a whimsical tale of young Clara and her magical journey with waltzing flowers, giant mice and sugar plum fairies, which are all exquisitely set to Tchaikovsky's enchanting musical score. The production features new sets, vibrant costumes and internationally recognized guest dancers. $26-$46. For information, northshorecenter.org.

Dec. 3

Santa Hustle Chicago: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Soldier Field, 1410 Special Olympics Drive, Chicago. Proceeds from the Santa Hustle 5K and Kids' Dash will go to Cal's Angels, a nonprofit pediatric cancer foundation that helps children battling the disease. $10-$60. For information, soldierfield.com/events/detail/santa-hustle-chicago.

Holiday Happenings: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Wilmette. Come on out for a day of family-friendly holiday fun, shopping and dining. The day is full of local shopping and dining promotions, visits with Santa, a giant snow globe, carolers, a scavenger hunt, performances and a showing of "Elf" at The Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette, all culminating into the annual tree lighting. For information, www.wilmette.com.

Mandarin-English Bilingual Storytime: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Join for stories, songs and fun in Mandarin and English, presented by local educator Ling Liu. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Holiday Faire: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road, Glenview. Join for Greek cuisine, homemade baked pastries, boutique shopping, holiday raffle and visit Santa. All are welcome. For information, (847) 729-2231.

Dance & Music Academy Presents -- "The Nutcracker" Ballet: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Enjoy a dance lesson, story, and performances from the classic ballet "The Nutcracker." Tickets required. Arrive 20 minutes early for your program ticket. Preference given to Glenview Public Library cardholders. For information, www.glenviewpl.org.

Tempel Lipizzans Holiday Highlight Performances: 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and 10, at The Tempel Lipizzan, 17000 Wadsworth Road, Old Mill Creek. The Tempel Lipizzans will perform their program to holiday music. After the performance, guests can visit the stables and take photos with an equine Santa Claus. For information, tempelfarms.com.

Try Skating For Free: 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Northbrook Sports Center, 1730 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook. Is your child ready for skating lessons? The Northbrook Park District offers a free skating class for children ages 3 and older who are interested in learning to skate. Professional staff will teach basic skating skills and help determine readiness for class; children are grouped by age. Registration required. For information, (847) 291-2995 or www.nbparks.org.

Cookie Exchange: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. Join for this fun holiday program. 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. Register. For information, www.winnetkalibrary.org.

Ruth Page's "The Nutcracker": 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium, Steinberg Fine Arts Center, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago. Presented as part of the Ruth Page Dance Series in collaboration with Northeastern Illinois University. It features international artists alongside the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company's elite dancers. $40 adults; $25 students, seniors and kids 11 and younger. For information, ruthpage.org/Nutcracker2022-NEIU.

Dec. 4

Winnetka Congregational Church Youth Holiday Gift-Making Fair: 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 4, at Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St., Winnetka. Children are invited to make 10 gifts to present to family and friends. For information, www.villageofwinnetka.org.

On-Site Film & Discussion; "Adam & Ida -- Almost a Fairy Tale": 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Join for the Midwest premiere of "Adam & Ida," a remarkable film detailing two survivors' lifelong quest for belonging -- a story told through interviews and stunning animations illustrating the lives and memories. Film screening and Q&A with star and museum board member Ida Kersz. Reservations required. For information, (847) 967-4835 www.ilholocaustmuseum.org

Chess Club: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Learn the basics or improve your skills with the guidance of an experienced chess player. Beginners and seasoned players welcome. Bring chess sets, if possible. For information, (847) 256-5025 or www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Center Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie. Celebrate the holiday season with some of your Broadway favorites. Includes holiday classics like "White Christmas" and "Turkey Lurkey Time," as well as some new treasures from musicals such as "Elf," "Striking 12" and "Catch Me If You Can." $27- $52. For information, (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org.

The Harmonaires Holiday Concert and Jingle Mingle: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie. Celebrate the opening of the Christmas season at St. Peter's by joining for beautiful music and amazing goodies. Concert features The Harmonaires, a women's singing group from the Northern suburbs. Santa Claus will join for a meet-and-greet. Following the concert will be a "Jingle Mingle" in the gym at 5 p.m., and will feature sweet and savory hors' d'oeuvres, and liquid refreshments. Suggested donation $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12. Reservations required. For information, (847) 673-8166. or www.stpeteruccskokie.org.

Dec. 5

Drop-In Free Play: 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Little ones can drop in to explore and play with a different selection of toys and manipulatives each week. For information, (847) 256-5025 or www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Page Turners Book Discussion: 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 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 "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean. Books are available at the library one month prior to meetings. Limited digital copies are available through OverDrive/Digital Library of Illinois. For information, www.glenviewpl.org.

A Trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi: Virtually at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, through Wilmette Public Library. Join Jeff Klapes, known as "The Traveling Librarian," for an armchair traveler's journey to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the two largest of the seven United Arab Emirates. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

How to Be Your Own Health Care Advocate: Virtually at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, through Northbrook Public Library. Learn your rights as a patient to better navigate the health care system. Topics include finding the most qualified doctors and hospitals, billing, solo aging, and what to do when you are hospitalized. This event will be held live on Zoom. Once you have registered, please check your email the morning of the program for a link. For information, www.northbrook.info.

Shipwrecks -- Treasures of the Great Lakes: Virtually at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, through Winnetka-Northfield Public Library. In this 45-minute presentation, award-winning shipwreck photographer Cal Kothrade takes you on a visual tour of 10 of the most photogenic and commonly dived shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Breathtaking images and a brief story of each tragedy help to tell the tale of life and loss on the tempestuous Great Lakes. For information, www.winnetkalibrary.org.

Storytelling Club: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Everyone has a story to tell. Children in grades 3-6 can join the Storytelling Club and learn to tell stories from literature or life. Club members may also participate in a storytelling performance on Dec. 11. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Maker Corps: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Learn how to stamp metal and turn your designs into jewelry. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Dec. 6

Family Storytime: 9:30 or 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Stories, songs and rhymes for the whole family. Space is limited; tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis at the Youth Desk starting at 9 a.m. For information, (847) 256-5025 or www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Forever Young: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Morton Grove Senior Center, 6140 Dempster St., Morton Grove. Fun, movement, strength, and more taught by Pnina Zygman. $4. For information, (847) 868-3070.

Mystery Book Group Movie Screening: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave, Glencoe, Glencoe. The December Mystery Book Group is reading Graham Greene's classic "The Third Man" and also discussing the 1949 film noir movie version starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. You can watch the film on your own before the discussion or if you prefer, you're invited to come watch it at the library. Anyone who just wants to see a wonderful film is also welcome. Please note that this event is a screening of the film only. the discussions will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in library and at 1 p.m. Dec. 9 on Zoom. Registration is required for the discussions but not the movie screening. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

Big Kid Storytime: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Stories, songs, and dramatic play for children ages 4 and older. For information, (847) 256-5025 or www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Digitizing the '80s!: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Explore the library's digitization station and learn how to convert analog materials to digital files that you can share with family and friends. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Senior Polka Association Meeting: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Lone tree manor, 7730 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Join the Senior Polka Association on the first Tuesday of the month. Features live polka music from 5-6 p.m.; a short meeting at 6 p.m., followed by cake, coffee and bingo. Yearly membership $10. Join us for an enjoyable evening. For information, call Richard at (847) 209-1385.

Historic Preservation Commission: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Wilmette Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Send written comments to publiccomment@wilmette.com. All emailed comments received two hours prior to the start of a meeting will be provided, unredacted, to the applicable board/commission in the meeting packet. Emails received at any time within two hours of the beginning of the meeting until its adjournment will be included in the draft minutes of the meeting. www.wilmette.com

Appetizers for the Holidays: Virtually at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, through Winnetka-Northfield Public Library. Appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, canapes, finger food. Regardless of what you call them, Kristyn Slick will demonstrate how to cook these dishes designed to whet your appetite and serve to guests at holiday parties. An ingredients list will be provided before the program so you can participate from home. Register. For information, (847) 446-7220 or www.winnetkalibrary.org.

A Conversation with Chicago Architecture Critics Blair Kamin and Lee Bey: Virtually at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, through the Glencoe Public Library. Two of Chicago's most celebrated architecture critics discuss their vividly illustrated new book, "Who Is the City For? Architecture, Equity and the Public Realm in Chicago." Learn about their views of Chicago that reaches beyond its glamorous downtown and dramatic buildings to the city's culturally diverse neighborhoods, including modest structures associated with storied figures of African-American history. Presented in partnership with Highland Park Public Library, Vernon Area Public Library and the Book Stall. For information, www.glencoelibrary.org.

Appreciating Classical Music -- Holiday Music: virtually at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, through Northbrook Public Library. This month, look at classical music that has been written for the holidays, and those works that were not but are associated with this time of the year. This event will be held live online using Zoom. Once you have registered, please check your email for a link. For information, www.northbrook.info.

Plan Commission: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Wilmette Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Send written comments to publiccomment@wilmette.com. All emailed comments received two hours prior to the start of a meeting will be provided, unredacted, to the applicable board/commission in the meeting packet. Emails received at any time within two hours of the beginning of the meeting until its adjournment will be included in the draft minutes of the meeting. For information, www.wilmette.com.

Mystery Group: Virtually at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, through Glencoe Public Library. Ann Perks will lead a discussion of "The Third Man" by Graham Greene, along with the film adaptation directed by Carol Reed. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

Find Buddy the Elf -- Week One: Tuesday, Dec. 6-Monday, Dec. 12, at various Winnetka Park District locations. Buddy the Elf will be hiding out at a different park district location each week. A new clue for Buddy's location will be posted on the park district's Facebook page each weekday at noon. Every Tuesday, Buddy will pack up and find a new park to hide out at and a new set of clues for his location will be shared. Bring your camera to snap photos of Buddy in his hiding spot. Share them with the park district as a private message on Facebook. The first five people to share photos each week will receive a $10 gift card to a local Winnetka business. Week 1: Tuesday, Dec. 6-Monday, Dec. 12. For information, www.winpark.org

Dec. 7

Elder Law Q&A: Virtually at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, through North Suburban YMCA, Northbrook. Have parents' health care issues been keeping you up at night? Have you been meaning to create or make changes to your estate plan but don't know where to start or what to do? Now is your chance to get some answers. Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney Matt Margolis will answer all of your questions about estate planning and elder law. Free. Register at www.nsymca.org/events/elder-law-q-0. For information, (847) 272-7250 or www.nsymca.org.

Family Storytime: 9:30 or 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Stories, songs, and rhymes for the whole family. Space is limited; tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis at the Youth Desk starting at 9 a.m. For information, (847) 256-5025 or www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Cooking for a Crowd: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, Northfield Branch, 1785 Orchard Lane, Northfield. It's time for you to join the party! Cook smart, to enjoy your company and a delicious meal that you finish prepping before anyone walks in the door. Chef Cherise Slattery will reveal tips and recipes designed to feed a very tasty meal to a very hungry group. Recipes will include a savory dip, slow cooker sliders, creamy pasta salad, and dessert. Register. For information, www.winnetkalibrary.org.

Holiday Market at The Grove's Historic Redfield Estate: 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8-9; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at The Grove's Redfield Estate, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview. Shop for holiday gifts, decorations, personalized ornaments and gourmet foods from more than 20 of your favorite vendors. Bundle up and bring the family for outdoor activities during market hours: 1-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Families can visit and take photos with Santa. For information, (847) 299-6096 or groveheritageassociation.org.

K9 Reading Buddies: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe. Children in grades 1-5 can share their favorite books with a four-legged furry friend. Practice your reading skills by signing up for a 15-minute slot to read to a trained therapy dog. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

STEAM Lab: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Bring your detective skills to learn about forensic science through fingerprints, invisible messages and more. For children in grades K-2. For information, (847) 256-5025 or www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Creating Videos with TikTok: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. TikTok is a fun place to view and share videos, but it's also a powerful video editor. Discover how to use TikTok's built-in editing tools to make your own videos to share on or off the platform. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

Christmas Markets in Germany and Prague: Virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, through Winnetka-Northfield Public Library. Join presenter Eugene Flynn as he recounts his travels to amazing Christmas markets in Prague and four cities in Germany. December trips are quite different from summer visits with very few international tourists and mostly locals enjoying good food, good friends and a festive atmosphere. It is also the best time of year to experience travel from the comfort of your couch. For information, www.winnetkalibrary.org.

Mirror Images: Virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, through Glencoe Public Library. This last discussion of a three-part series examines Edouard Manet's "A Bar at the Folies-Bergère," (Courtauld Institute, London). The series is led by art historian and Glencoe resident Julie Harris. For information, www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

Teen Writers Circle: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Do you love to build worlds with your words? Gather with fellow teen writers in a judgment-free zone to discuss craft, spark your imagination with guided exercises and share your work. For information, www.wilmettelibrary.info.

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