Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge, 210 Green Bay Road, Highwood
$10, free (before 6 p.m.)
Enjoy a performance by long-running Chicago blues act Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, known for its hard-hitting, electrifying live shows. Come early for Happy Hour (5-7 p.m.) to enjoy $5 beer, wine and margarita specials and half-price appetizers. For more information, call (847) 433-0304 or visit www.210restaurant.com.
Snowflake Maker Space
10 a.m. to noon
Fox River Grove Memorial Library, 407 Lincoln Ave., Fox River Grove
Kids (grades K-5) can enjoy a day off school by creating unique and original snowflake designs with their friends. Materials will be provided. For more information, call (847) 639-2274 or visit www.frgml.org.
Skokie Valley Astronomers
Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods
Adults and families with children ages 12 and up can learn about outer space, the sky and the universe with the Skokie Valley Astronomers in this Lake County Forest Preserves program. Stargazing will be conducted after the meeting (weather permitting). No registration is required. Adult supervision is required. For more information, call (847) 367-6640 or visit www.lcfpd.org.
Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills
$5 (per child), $10 (groups of 3)
Kids (ages 7-11) can meet an animal and become inspired to create a work of art in this program, which blends artistic discovery and nature education. Registration is required (no refunds). To sign up, and for more information, call (847) 381-6592 or visit www.fpdcc.com.
Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy
Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesse Street, Waukegan
See veteran Chicago-based comedian/actor Jim Belushi and a group of fellow comedians in an improvised comedy sketch show built around suggestions from the audience. To purchase tickets, stop by the box office or call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787. For more information, call (847) 782-2366 or visit www.geneseetheatre.com.
The Brecken Miles Band
Sideouts Sports Tavern, 4018 Roberts Road, Island Lake
Enjoy a performance by Nashville country music recording artist The Brecken Miles Band at this popular area bar and eatery. For more information, call (847) 526-7174 or visit www.sideouts.com.
A Hootin’ Good Time
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park
In this Park District of Highland Park program, the Wings and Talons Organization will show live owls and share stories about the feathery creatures. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. To sign up, and for more information, call (847) 433-6901 or visit www.pdhp.org.
Meet Harriet Tubman
Grayslake Heritage Center and History Museum, 164 Hawley Street, Grayslake
Bring the family on this day off school to see Pamela Welcome use stories and songs to re-enact the story of celebrated abolitionist Harriet Tubman, a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad and a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. For more information, call (847) 543-1745 or visit www.villageofgrayslake.com.
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago presents ‘Coriolanus’
Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire
See The Shakespeare Project of Chicago present a full, live, professional theatrical reading of “Coriolanus,” William Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy recounting the journey of a banished military hero who allies with a sworn enemy to take revenge. The program includes a pre-show introduction and a talk-back session with the actors at the end. Registration is required. To sign up, and for more information, call (224) 543-1485 or visit www.vapld.info.
Fox Lake District Public Library, 255 E. Grand Ave., Fox Lake
Kids can stop by the Children’s Activity Center and spin the Winter-O-Rama activity wheel. The program includes “minute-to-win-it” mini-contests, snacks, crafts and more. For more information, call (847) 587-0198 or visit www2.youseemore.com.
–Lake County Calendar of Events Jan. 11 – Jan. 17–