Learn how this great president impacted our nation even in death, at the lecture “The Lincoln Funeral Train,” Oct. 30, at Gail Borden Library, Elgin.

Mind & Spirit Calendar

There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at upcoming lectures and educational enrichment.

Learn how this great president impacted our nation even in death, at the lecture “The Lincoln Funeral Train,” Oct. 30, at Gail Borden Library, Elgin.
Learn how this great president impacted our nation even in death, at the lecture “The Lincoln Funeral Train,” Oct. 30, at Gail Borden Library, Elgin.


Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Tours
Oct. 20, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Learn more about this influential American statesman. 25200 N. Saint Marys Road, Mettawa. Lake County Forest Preserve District, lcfpd.org.

Breast Cancer Awareness and Education
Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Learn the risk factors, screening methods and resources. Registration req. Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, (847) 742-2411, gailborden.info.

Craft Beer & Culinary Pairing Fundraiser
Oct. 24, 7-10 p.m. Sample four food/beer pairings from local chefs and Geneva’s Penrose Brewing Co. Proceeds benefit Geneva History Center. Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St., Geneva, (630) 232-4951, genevahistorycenter.org.

Sherman Hospital Halloween Family Fun Fair
Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ambulance, police car and fire engine tours, face painting, Kidcare Photo IDs, pediatric developmental screenings, information booths, games. Free. Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin, advocatehealth.com/events.

Hollywood Halloween
Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Dress as your favorite movie character or celebrity and walk the Red Carpet. Music, dancing, food, cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Woodstock Opera House. 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Meet the Beekeepers
Oct. 27-Dec. 22, Sun. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Learn about beekeeping equipment and the role bees play in our food supply. Free. Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago, (630) 876-5900, dupageforest.com.

The Lincoln Funeral Train
Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Bill Werst on the impact of the train, and how Lincoln impacted our country, even in death. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, (847) 742-2411.

Surviving Change
Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. Dealing with life-altering changes like a family death or health issues. Free. Advocate Sherman Hospital-Medical Office Bldg, 4th Fl., 1425 Randall Road, Elgin, advocatehealth.com/events.


Fundraiser with Henhouse Prowlers
​Nov.  2, 8 p.m. A one-night-only concert featuring the world-renowned Chicago bluegrass band to support Rotary Club St. Charles and the River Corridor Foundation. Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, oshows.com.

Blacksmith Demos
Nov. 2-Dec. 21, Sat. 1:30-3:30 p.m. See equipment repaired and tools and techniques demonstrated. Free. Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, dupageforest.com.

Harvest Gathering 1858
Nov. 3, 12-4 p.m. Drop-in program: Presentations of harvesting, grinding corn, more; house tours. Powers-Walker House, Glacial Park, 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood, (815) 479-5779, mccdistrict.org.

Physics Slam 2013
Nov. 15, 8 p.m. Multiple physicists duke it out in short presentations about their respective topics, and the audience picks the winner. Fermilab, Ramsey Auditorium, Kirk Road & Pine Street, Batavia, (630) 840-2787, fnal.gov/culture.

Authors on the Fox: Mike Bailey
Nov. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. An overview of Good-bye, Elgin High, being debuted at Gail Borden Library, with the author on hand for questions and book signing. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, (847) 742-2411.

Wrigley Field’s Last World Champions
Nov. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Nationally known author and sports historian Charles N. Billington analyzes the 1963 Chicago Bears. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, (847) 742-2411.

Authors on the Fox: Dr. Kendra Brown
Nov. 14, 7-8:30 p.m. The author discusses her book Eavesdropping, about women facing the challenges of aging. Book sale/signing follows. Registration req. Gail Borden Library, Elgin, (847) 742-2411.

Chocolate, Champagne & Shopping
Nov. 15, 4:30-9 p.m. Chocolates, champagne and select vendors at the museum. Fundraiser for Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 Forest Preserve Dr., Wauconda, (847) 968-3400, lakecountydiscoverymuseum.org.

Backyard Birding
Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-noon. Learn how to identify winter birds, attract them and build a simple bird feeder to take home. Registration req. Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake, (815) 479-5779.

Creative Living Series: Lee Rhodes
Nov. 21, 10 a.m. This mother of three, during her third battle with cancer, founded glassybaby, an $8 million a year business that donates millions to organizations that assist cancer patients. Woodstock Opera House, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Tellebration Celebration
Nov. 23, 7-9 p.m. A joint worldwide evening of storytelling appropriate for all ages. Fee: a nonperishable food item for local food pantries. Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake, mccdistrict.org.


Christmas Memories House Tours
Dec. 1-30, Thurs.-Mon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy the house decked in greens, savor the aroma of holiday treats and see the table set for company. Tours on the hour. Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, dupageforest.com.

Tanner House Designer Showcase
Dec. 1-28, 1-5 p.m. The entire house is festively decorated by various designers from the community. William Tanner House, 305 Cedar St., Aurora, (630) 906-0650, aurorahistory.net.

5th Annual Snowflake Shuffle
Dec. 7, 7 a.m. registration. USATF-certified and chip-timed 5K Run, Walk Course. Proceeds benefit TriCity Family Services. Mill Creek Golf Club & Subdivision, 39W525 Herrington Dr., Geneva, tricityfamilyservices.org.

Christmas On The Farm
Dec. 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. A Victorian farmhouse Christmas, photos in a sleigh with an old-fashioned Santa, bonfire, caroling, hot apple cider. Free. Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, dupageforest.com.