Celebrate the first official weekend of summer with a beach campout, outdoor yoga and more, with our picks of the top 15 things to do around Winnetka this weekend. For more things to do in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
1. Beach Campout, 6 p.m. Friday
Celebrate National Camping Month by spending the night with your family at Glencoe Beach. Enjoy an early evening cookout, roast marshmallows over a campfire, play outdoor games, create crafts and watch a movie. This is the only full-night campout at Glencoe Beach; the beach will close to the public at 5 p.m. Glencoe Beach, 160 Hazel Ave., Glencoe. Call 847-835-3030.
2. International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 43, 7:30 p.m. Friday
All are welcome who love magic and entertainment. Presence Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Call 847-272-3850. $5 guests.
3. Yoga and Live Music on the Lawn, 9 a.m. Saturday
Instructors from Heaven Meets Earth Yoga guide you through a series of poses on the lawn of the Dawes House. Refreshments are provided afterward. Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. Call 847-475-3410.
4. Paddle on the Des Plaines, 9:30 a.m. Saturday
Paddle the Des Plaines River through Ryerson Woods starting at Route 60 and taking out at Dundee Road. Picnic provided by hosts Lele and Henry Barkhausen after the paddle. Equipment and guiding services courtesy of Northwest Passage in Wilmette. Only 20 tickets available; call to reserve. Brushwood Center, 21850 Riverwoods Road, Deerfield. Call 847-968-3308. $60.
5. Share The Buzz: Give Bees a Chance, 10 a.m. Saturday
Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing and honey is flowing. Join for sunflower planting, games and snacks. Come dressed like a bee to be entered to win a “Share The Buzz” gift basket. For ages 10 to 12. Whole Foods Market, 840 Willow Road, Northbrook. Call 847-205-5353.
6. The 43rd Annual Custer Fair, 10 a.m. Saturday
The fair connects more than 400 artists, craftspeople, food vendors, musicians and performance artists with 70,000 visitors. The two-day, family-friendly event is open to the public. Downtown Evanston, 600 Main St., Evanston.
7. Tom & Eddie’s Tip-a-Cop, 11 a.m. Saturday
The Deerfield police will serve dinner until 6 p.m. at Tom & Eddie’s to raise funds for local charities. Tom & Eddie’s, 740 Waukegan Road, Deerfield. Call 847-948-5117.
8. Walking Tour: Architectural Evanston, 11 a.m. Saturday
Explore the original town of Evanston, and learn about its architectural history. Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. Call 847-475-3410. $15 members, $20 nonmembers.
9. Instrument Petting Zoo, 1 p.m. Saturday
Evanston Alumni Chapter members from Sigma Alpha Iota stop in to demonstrate different types of orchestral instruments and give participants a chance to try different instruments. Evanston Public Library – Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston. Call 847-448-8630.
10. Parent and Child Chess Workshop, 2 p.m. Saturday
Join volunteer chess coach Steven Levenson as he leads you through helpful strategies. An adult must be present. For grades two and up. Register at glenviewpl.org/register, 847-729-7500, ext. 7600, or the Youth Services Desk. Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Call 847-729-7500.
11. Bubble Science, 2 p.m. Saturday
Learn about how bubbles form, participate in hands-on bubble experiments and play outside with giant bubbles. Participants will get to make their very own bubble wand to take home. Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. Call 847-448-8256. $5.
12. Party on the Prairie, 6 p.m. Saturday
Join us to celebrate the summer solstice. Watch the sun set over beautiful Middlefork Savanna while mingling with like-minded nature lovers on the patio of a private Lake Forest home with a truly breathtaking view. Beer, wine, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Only 50 tickets will be sold; call to reserve. Brushwood Center, 21850 Riverwoods Road, Deerfield. Call 847-968-3308. $50.
13. YOUth Make a Difference 5K Race, 8 a.m. Sunday
The event includes entertainment, food, a raffle and medals awarded by gender and age category. Entry fee includes a T-shirt and goodie bag, guaranteed to the first 500 entrants. Gallery Park, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview. Call 847-724-2620. $30; $35 on day of race.
14. ‘Women Heroes of World War I’ Book Talk and Signing, 2 p.m. Sunday
In time for the 2014 centennial of the start of the Great War, this book brings to life the brave and often surprising exploits of 16 incredible women from around the world who served their countries at a time when most of them didn’t even have the right to vote. Join author Kathryn Atwood as she discusses and signs copies of this fascinating new book. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Call 847-256-5025.
15. ‘Carnival of Fun’ at the Striking Event, 4 p.m. Sunday
This is the big summer celebration of Jewish Child & Family Services and its outstanding supporters. This year’s Irving B. Harris Leadership Award will go to Mark and Fran Levy of Highland Park, two tireless volunteers and innovators. For more information, visit www.jcfs.org. Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook. Donations welcome.
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