Discover more than 50 flower varieties in bloom at the Iris and Daylily show on July 15, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, in Glencoe.

Events @ a Glance: Mind and Spirit Calendar

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

Discover more than 50 flower varieties in bloom at the Iris and Daylily show on July 15, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, in Glencoe.


Tree Pose Family Yoga
Through Sept., Mon. 10-11 a.m. Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Ill. Rt. 53, Lisle, (630) 968-0074, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, (630) 968-0074,

The Creation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’
July 10, 1:30 & 7 p.m. Acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy’s show combines rare photos, original graphics, audio tracks, live performers and a scripted narrative. Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock, (815) 338-5300,

Author Family Day
July 15, 1-2:45 p.m. Featuring author Carl Hiaason’s children’s books such as “Hoot,” “Chomp” and “Skink.” South Elgin Branch, Gail Borden Public Library, 127 S. McLean Blvd., South Elgin, (847) 931-2090,

Iris and Daylily Show
July 15, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This show features more than 50 daylily varieties in bloom. Iris and daylily plants available to purchase. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, (847) 835-5440,

Japanese Garden Family Sundays
July 15, Aug. 5, Sept. 2 & 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids of all ages make projects relating to Japanese arts and culture, such as samurai masks and helmets, paper fans, kimono paper dolls and fish prints. Malott Japanese Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, (847) 835-5440,

Qi Gong
July 18, 6 p.m. Bring water and a yoga mat to practice this ancient form of gentle exercise that seeks to connect body and mind energy. Reg. online. Crystal Lake Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr., Crystal Lake, (815) 477-5404,

Gavers Barn Dance
July 21, 5 p.m.-midnight. Annual fundraiser for cancer awareness, education, treatment and research. Gavers Community Cancer Foundation, Emricson Park, 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock, (815) 482-8350,

Wanders at Wingate
July 22 & Aug. 26, 2 p.m. Volunteers are on hand to share their knowledge about the Wingate Prairie. Reg. online. The Nature Center, 330 N. Main St., Crystal Lake, (815) 459-0680,

Architecture Tour
July 29, 2 p.m. A walking tour that explores modern architecture in Elmhurst, including homes by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, (630) 834-0202,


Castles and Lochs of Scotland
Aug. 4, 11 a.m.-noon. Take an armchair tour of Central Scotland to see regal castles, untamed highlands, and spectacular lochs and glens. Reg. online. South Elgin Branch, Gail Borden Public Library, South Elgin, (847) 931-2090,

Dairies to Prairies
Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. film viewing. Sept. 15, 5 p.m. film viewing. The latest documentary/exhibit by Elgin History Museum examines our region’s dairy history and the effort to preserve farms, pastures and prairies. Aug. event at Serosun Farms, 45W485 Berner Road, Hampshire. Sept. event at Gray Willows Farm, 5N949 Corron Road, Campton Township. Res. & Info: (847) 742-4248,

Causes of Autism
Aug. 10, 8 p.m. Dr. Wendy Chung, of the Simons Foundation, shares what we know about the causes of autism, how this knowledge helps us understand the brain and behavior, and how we can develop better support for individuals with autism. Fermilab, Ramsey Auditorium, Kirk Road & Pine Street, Batavia, (630) 840-2787,

Corn & Brat Roast
Aug. 10-11, Fri. 5 p.m.-midnight, Sat. 10 a.m.-midnight, Sun. to 3 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Sponsored by the Lions Club. Edgewater Park, 15 E. Geneva St., Williams Bay, Wis., (262) 949-8509,

Bird Walk
Aug. 11, 7:30 a.m. Bring your binoculars and see how many lovely birds you can spy as you wander through the scenic Cantigny estate. Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, (630) 668-5161,

Meteor Showers
Aug. 11, 8-10 p.m. Watch for one of the most well-known meteor showers, the Perseids. Listen to stories of Hercules and Perseus, and find their constellations. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. Reg. online. Shelter 2, Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 N. Ill. Rt. 23, Marengo, (815) 338-6223,

Monarchs and Music
Aug. 12, 1:30 p.m. Learn about these beautiful creatures and their annual 3,000-mile migration. Features science activities and face painting; pollinator plants available to purchase. Music by Crystal Lake Community Band Sax Quartet and Jazz Band and Knock on Wood Clarinet Ensemble. Crystal Lake Main Beach, Crystal Lake, (815) 459-0680,

The Creation of ‘West Side Story’
Aug. 14, 1:30 & 7 p.m. Featuring acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy, the program combines rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative. Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300,

Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet adoptable dogs, watch training and agility demonstrations; music, face painting, raffles. Proceeds benefit Rescued Dog Resources Center. Woodstock Square, Woodstock, (815) 338-4300,

“The Glass Room” Book Discussion
Aug. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. The NY Times bestseller tells the story of a recently married couple in Czechoslovakia who build a modern house with a glass room as its center, but have to flee it because of World War II. Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, (630) 834-0202,

Countryside Car Tour & Concert for Conservation
Aug. 25, 1 p.m. car tour, 3 p.m. concert. Take a leisurely tour through the Barrington countryside to see the properties protected by the Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT), then unpack your picnic and enjoy a concert “Under the Tall Oaks” in Barrington Hills. Tickets/Info: BACT, 145 W. Main St., Barrington, (847) 387-3149,