Updated: July 22, 2012 6:23AM
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The following events: All take place at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe. For more information call (847) 835-5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.
Summer Day Camp: registration has begun. In addition to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s weeklong summer day camp, Camp CBG now offers full-day camps from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for two weeks for children ages 6-9. Among the camps offered are My First Camp 2 & 3; Green Sprouts; Green Thumbs; Explorer; Adventurers; Leaders in Training; Yoga Bash; and Discover Dance.
Camp CBG: Exciting and enriching learning experiences for children ages 2-12. The Garden offers weeklong camps with morning, afternoon, and all-day options from June 18 to Aug. 17. Online registration is open through June.
Discovery Backpacks: Families can borrow them from the Information Desk in the Visitor Center. They are available year-round and will be loaned out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Butterflies & Blooms: An outdoor butterfly garden lets visitors immerse themselves with live tropical butterflies. Open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, June through Sept. 3, weather permitting. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Members receive $1 off each price. Combination tickets are available for Butterflies and Blooms and the Model Railroad Garden and cost $8 for adults and $5 for children. Members receive $1 off each ticket price.
The Lenhardt Library: “Rare Seeds, Creative harvest: Artists Books Inspired by the Rare Book Collection” exhibition through Aug. 12. The library hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; from noon-4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment on Sunday.
Fitness walks: Offered from 8 a.m.-9 a.m. through Nov. 17. The cost for four sessions is $38 for members and $46 for nonmembers; eight sessions is $76 for members and $92 for nonmembers; 12 sessions is $114 for members and $138 for nonmembers; 16 sessions for $152 for members and $184 for nonmembers; and a season pass is $285 for members and $345 for nonmembers. Individual rates are $10.
The farmer’s market: Open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. the first and third Sundays of each month through Oct. 21.
Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 1, 15, Aug. 5, Sept. 2 and 16.
Carillon Concert Series: Tours at 5:30 p.m. and the concerts at 7 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 3.
Music on the Esplanade: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 28.
Tuesday Morning Music Series: 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 28.
Dancin’ Sprouts: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 29.
Hot Summer Nights: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 30.
Gardener Meets Grill: 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 23. The fee is $37 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount.
Introduction to Grading and Drainage: Discussion from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, June 27-Aug. 29 and from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 21 and 28. The fee is $337 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount.
Discover Indiana Dunes: 1-3 p.m. June 27. The fee is $39 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount.
Trees as a Legacy: Design and development talk will take place from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 28. The fee is $75 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount.
Summer Dinner Dance: 7 p.m. June 22. Tickets begin at $750. Call (847) 835-6944.
Illinois African Violet Society: State Show and Sale will take place from noon-4:30 p.m. June 23 and from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 24.
Watercolor Workshop with Peggy Macnamara: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 30. The cost is $99 for nonmembers and members receive 20 percent discount.
Bonsai Intermediate Refinement Techniques: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Session One July 7-Aug. 11 and Session Two Aug. 25-Sept. 29. The cost is $287 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount.
Bonsai Advanced Presentation Quality Efforts: 9 a.m.-noon Sundays, Session One July 8-Aug. 12 and Session Two Aug. 26-Sept. 30. The cost is $319 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount.
Bonsai Beginner Basics and Fundamentals: 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Session One July 8-Aug. 12 and Session Two Aug. 26-Sept. 30. The cost is $229 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount.
Basic AutoCAD for Landscape Design: 7-9 p.m. Mondays, July 9-Aug. 6. The cost is $187 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount.
Raptors in Your Backyard: A program for the whole family will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. July 10. The cost is $24 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount. One child’s admission is free with every adult registered. Each additional child registration is $5.
Bonsai Novice Development Techniques: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Session One July 11-Aug. 15 and Session Two Aug. 22-Oct. 3. The cost is $269 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount.
Watercolor Painting the Natural World: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 12-Aug. 16. The cost is $287 for nonmembers and members receive a 20 percent discount.
The North Shore Chess Club: Meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Starbucks, 347 Park Ave., Glencoe. The club has a relaxed, drop-in atmosphere and is open to adult and teen chess players of all skill levels. The club doesn’t offer any formal classes, but advanced players are always willing to help those who are less experienced. There are no tournaments and no fees. Members need only bring their own chess sets. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Mom4Profit: a business networking group for women in business with children, meets at noon on the first Tuesday of the month at varying locations on the North Shore. Call (847) 363-5394 or go online to Mom4ProfitNetworking.com.
The North Shore New Horizons Band: Rehearses at 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 470 W. Maple St., Winnetka. The band is open to adults 50 years or older. Call Doris at (847) 299-6033.
The North Shore Harmonizers: An independent women’s barbershop chorus, holds weekly chorus rehearsals at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Augustine Church, 1140 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. The group is open to any level of experience. Call (312) 409-4215 or go online to www.northshoreharmonizers.org.
The Garden Photographic Society: Meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month in the Education Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. Guests are welcome. Call Toni Ballenger at (847) 831-2380 or Elli Glist at (847) 945-3909.
The All Village Singers: Looking for adults to sing holiday carols in the winter and Broadway and popular tunes in the spring. Rehearsals for holiday caroling has begun at the North Shore United Methodist Church, 213 Hazel Ave., Glencoe. There are no auditions but choral experience is helpful. Call Howard Cohen at (847) 328-2358.
The Chai Group of Hadassah North Shore Chapter: invites knitters and those who prefer to crochet to join their group the last Wednesday of the month with their ongoing project of knitting for the Linus Project. Call the North Shore office at (847) 205-1900 or e-mail northshore@Hadassah.org.
Great Moms Therapy Group: A free introductory session will meet at 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 29 at Ardent Counseling Center, 2550 Crawford, Evanston. The group meets Fridays, July 13-Aug. 24. Visit www.facebook.com/GreatMomsTherapyGroup.
Safe Sitter instruction: for children ages 11-13 will be offered from 4-7:30 p.m. June 27 and 28 at Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 460 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield. Advance registration for the program is required by June 18. The cost is $40. Contact Gail Price at (847) 446-8335 or Gail@Ascension-Church.org.
Hadassah North Shore Chapter: will continue their Mitzvah Project of collecting notions, gift cards to grocery stores and glasses for distribution to Women’s Shelters. People can drop off items at the Hadassah North Shore office at 3000 Dundee Road, #313, Northbrook. Call (847) 205-1900; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.northshore.hadassah.org.
Movement Solutions physical therapy: 350 Linden Ave., Wilmette, will host a 12-week weight loss challenge. Participants will work to lost weight over a 12-week period of which the organization will donate an equal number of dollars to the charity of the person’s choice. There are three options for charities: Evanston Community Foundation, Chicago Adventure Therapy, and New Trier Food Pantry. To schedule an initial weigh-in, call Movement Solutions at (847) 372-3816.
Gates of Learning Preschool: at North Shore Congregation Israel will feature a new Baby Steps class for infants up to 6 months and moms from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The school still has openings in its Adult/Child class for children ages 12-24 months. Call Ellen L. Grossman, director, at (847) 835-0724 or e-mail email@example.com.
To answer questions on health-care reform: especially as it pertains to Medicare, CJE SeniorLife has set a free consumer-assistance hotline at (773) 508-1000. Staff members can explain the new health care legislation and its benefits, and clarify the difference between Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans and how to choose one that best suits one’s individual needs. Russian-speaking staff is also available.
Work Off Weight: a not-for-profit group hosts a weigh-in and meeting 8-9 a.m. every Sunday at Cunliff Park, 540 Echo Lane, Glenview. Free coffee and the first meeting is free. There are dues to join. For directions, call (847) 337-5392.
Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah: 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette is a multi-generational, egalitarian Conservative congregation. Rabbi Allan Kensky brings spirituality, insight and energy to daily minyans and weekly worship. Cantor Pavel Roytman enhances services with his lustrous voice. The synagogue, now in its 53rd year, offers diverse programming options, including an award winning Academy, youth group, Men’s Club, Sisterhood and highly acclaimed adult education programs. The congregation is currently offering the Open “Dor” Initiative, opening its doors to the next generation of younger families to join the synagogue at lower rates. Call (847) 256-1213 or visit www.bhcbe.org.
Millennium Park: Architectural docent Hy Speck will speak on this topic at 7:30 p.m. June 25.
Chat and Chew: A book discussion group for children in second and third grade at 6 p.m. June 27.
A family storytime: 2 p.m. June 30 at the Glencoe Community Garden. The event is open to children of all ages with a parent or caregiver.
“Water for Elephants”: The movie will be screened at 1 p.m. July 2.
Cupcake crafting: 2 p.m. July 7. For children in third-fifth grade. Registration is required.
Exploring Food Science: A program for children ages 4-6 takes place at 4:15 p.m. and for ages 7-10 at 5:30 p.m. July 10 and Aug. 7. Registration is required. Call (847) 835-5056.
Summer Storytimes: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 2. The program is for all ages with parent or caregiver.
Book Discussions: Judy Levin will lead a discussion of The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey at 1 p.m. July 11 and In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson at 7:30 p.m. July 12. Nancy Buehler will lead a discussion of Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks at 7 p.m. July 11.
Book Babies: A program for children up to 23 months will take place at 10:30 a.m. Fridays, July 13-Aug. 3
Evanston Township High School: Class of 62 will celebrate their 50th reunion from June 28-30. Visit www.ethsclassof62.com.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Tag Day is June 23 at local grocery stores from Lake Michigan to Hanover Park. Call Gertie Rodig at (847) 253-3829.
The YWCA Evanston/North Shore: Provides ongoing domestic violence services for community members who are living in abusive relationships but who may not be ready to leave their homes. The bilingual staff offers domestic violence counseling and support services to Spanish speaking women as well. To access these services, call (847) 864-8445, ext. 22.
Mather Pavilion: a Mather LifeWays senior residence, hosts an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group from 1-2:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the residence, 820 Foster St., Evanston. Call Joanne Malleta (847) 492-2525.
A drop-in parent support group: For those with teenagers, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Response, on the second floor at 9304 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. This program is sponsored by Jewish Child and Family Services. The cost is $15 per session. Contact Jennifer Goldstein at (224) 625-2923 or visit www.jcfs.org.
A social support group: For adults with disabilities who are in their 20s to mid 50s, 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Jewish Child and Family Services, 5150 Golf Road, Skokie. The cost is $7 per session fee. Contact Sheer Fox at (847) 412-4356 or visit www.jcfs.org.
Parenting an Adult Child with Disabilities: Parent support group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Jewish Child and Family Services, 3145 W. Pratt Blvd., Chicago. There is a $15 per session fee. Contact Jessica King at (773) 467-3741 or visit www.jcfs.org.
The Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs: Seeking volunteers of all races, national origins, ages and physical abilities to assist in collecting data about their home-seeking experiences. Training will be provided. Call Viki at (847) 501-2029, ext. 408, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.