There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at upcoming lectures and educational enrichment.
Read to Rover
July 12 & 26, Aug. 9 & 23, 10-11:30 a.m. School kids grades K-6 may practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a fully trained and certified therapy dog in 15-minute sessions. Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, (847) 742-2411, gailborden.info.
29th Annual Heritage Fair
July 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. “Art on the Farm – Raising Barn Quilts.” Antique car show, White Elephant Sale, antique auction, bed turning, pie-baking contest, cake walks, live entertainment, more. McHenry County Historical Society, 6422 Main St., Union, (815) 923-2267, mchsonline.org.
Cholesterol Screening & Education
July 14, screening time selected at registration. “Check and Chat” is a $25 cholesterol screening and education for the general public, 18 and over. Requires 12-14 hour fast. Meet with a cardiac rehab registered nurse for a 30-minute consultation following test. Total time: 45 minutes. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Hwy. 22, Barrington. Registration: advocatehealth.com.
Do You Know What You’re Feeding Your Dog?
July 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Canine specialist Robin Massey shows you what to look for in dog food ingredients. Please register. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, gailborden.info.
Adlai Stevenson Historic Home Tours
July 20, Aug. 24, 1 & 2:30 p.m. Guided tours of this influential statesman’s home built in 1938, now owned by the Lake County Forest Preserve. Registration req., (847) 968-3321, lcfpd.org. Stevenson Home, 25200 N. St. Mary’s Road, Mettawa.
“The Year was 1914”
July 20, 1-4 p.m. As part of the Centennial Celebration, costumed presenters will demonstrate life in the Palmer House as it was in 1914. Free; Summer Sundays. Palmer House, Crystal Lake, cl-hs.org.
Batman’s 75th Anniversary Celebration
July 23, 9 a.m. The Caped Crusader first appeared in Detective Comics No. 27 in 1939. Wear bat-gear that day and receive a small prize at the Youth Help Desk. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, gailborden.info.
Authors on the Fox
July 24, 7 p.m. In Elgin People, Elgin Pets, author George Rawlinson features 50 photographs of well-known Elgin residents and their pets. Book sales and signing will follow. A portion of every book sale supports Anderson Animal Shelter. Please register. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, gailborden.info.
Where Nature Comes Home
July 25, 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Habitat restorer Dennis Paige shows how one community in the suburbs became the first residential association to become a member of the Chicago Wilderness by transforming their lawns into natural areas. Please register. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, gailborden.info.
Walk on the Wildflower Side
July 26, 10 a.m. Identify Lake County wildflowers and hear interesting anecdotes about their history. $5/$7 non-resident. Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 1899 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville. Registration: (847) 968-3321, lcfpd.org.
Authors on the Fox
July 29, 7 p.m. In Kessen’s Kronikles, Jennifer Rae relates training a puppy to be a service dog, through the dog’s eyes. Book sales and signing will follow. Please register. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, gailborden.info.
The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt
July 31, 1:30 p.m. Solo dramatist Roberta Randall portrays Eleanor Roosevelt from her childhood to life as the first lady and beyond. $7/$9 non-residents. Luminary Lectures, Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 Forest Preserve Dr., Wauconda, (847) 968-3400, lakecountydiscoverymuseum.org.
National Night Out
Aug. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Generates support and participation in local anti-crime efforts to strengthen neighborhood spirit and community relations. North School Park, Eastman St./Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, ahpd.org.
Chores on the Farm
Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m. Help with farm chores like rug beating, washing and corn shucking. The cellar will be open to show how it was essential for everyday living. Free; Summer Sundays. Col. Palmer House, Crystal Lake, cl-hs.org.
Centennial Speaker Series: Schools
Aug. 10, 1 p.m. Featuring the history of the Crystal Lake Schools. Crystal Lake City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake, (815) 356-3615, crystallake100.com.
Free Historical Tour
Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m. Visit the 1867 limestone Pringle one-room schoolhouse and the pre-Civil War Stewart’s Scottish Cemetery. The school is about a quarter mile west of Route 23, the cemetery is on the Wilson farm , 20916 River Road. Info: McHenry County Historical Society, (815) 923-2267, mchsonline.org.
Luminary Lectures: Picasso and Chicago
Aug. 10, 1:30 p.m. Elizabeth McGoey, Research Associate at the Art Institute of Chicago, discusses the artist’s life, work and special relationship with Chicago. $7/$9 non-residents. Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda, (847) 968-3400, lakecountydiscoverymuseum.org.
Brown Bag Lunch Classic Films: Gaslight
Aug. 11, 11 a.m. This suspenseful 1944 psychological thriller stars Ingrid Bergman as a newlywed unaware that her new husband is a crazed murderer. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, gailborden.info.
Why Does My Dog Do That?
Aug. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Learn canine behavior, how to interpret basic cues and deal with common problems from expert Robin Massey. Please register. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, gailborden.info.
The Science of Speed
Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky on the science and physics of speed and its role in racing. $7. Fermilab, Kirk Road & Pine Street, Batavia, (630) 840-2787, fnal.gov/culture.
Reel Women for Real Women: August Osage County
Aug. 26, 6 p.m. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, when a family crisis brings them back home to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, gailborden.info.