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Palatine Octoberfest

Games and activities for Family Day will be from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, including face painting, police and fire department displays, children’s raffle prizes and birdhouse building by Home Depot.

The Rotary Club of Palatine will hold its 13th annual Oktoberfest Friday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 19, on the corner of Smith and Slade streets in downtown Palatine, south of the Metra train station.

The event runs 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to this tented event that features authentic German music, food, beverages and activities for all ages.

“Everyone knows beer is a large component of any Oktoberfest celebration,” said Al Stoeckel, beer chairman. “There are a number of beers being poured this year — Krombacher pils, which is an imported full-flavored German pilsner — along with three great beers brewed locally at the Wild Onion Brewing Company in Lake Barrington: ‘Oktoberfest’ German style lager, ‘Hefty-Weiss’ Bavarian style hefe-weizen and kolsch, a crisp clean German ale.

“For the non-beer lover, we offer two different varieties of wine, merlot and pinot grigio, and from Wild Onion, a strawberry lemonade hard seltzer.”

The event will also feature authentic German food and offerings from vendors such as Morkes Chocolates, Tap House Grill, Lincoln Land Kettle Corn, the American Legion, Friends of the Rotary, Schnitzel Platz, Tre Amici Pizza and Kooker’s.

Musical entertainment will kick off Friday night with Die Musikmeisters from 5-8:30 p.m., followed by Phenix from 9 p.m. to midnight. Saturday’s entertainment includes Ed Wagner’s Brass Band performing from 3:30-6 p.m., followed by Phenix from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

The musical lineup on Sunday features Die Musikmeisters on stage from noon to 2:30 p.m., followed by Johnny Wagner performing from 3-6 p.m.

Read more here, or visit the Rotary Club Oktoberfest website here.

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The Heidner family

On the evening of July 24, 2021, Barrington Hills residents Alisa and Rick Heidner and family hosted their extraordinary 5th annual fundraising event in support of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. This year, the poolside gala was held at Collin Heidner’s home, a gorgeous country estate reminiscent of the rural Cotswolds in England. Proceeds from the event surpassed a stunning $604,000. “I am overwhelmed with our community’s generosity,” Rick Heidner said. “This will help so many families through the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. It’s such a beautiful event and gives me great joy,” Heidner said of his family’s labor of love that supports the foundation.

Seventy percent of families who have a child battling cancer run the risk of financial bankruptcy, says Abby Suarez, executive director of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. During Rizzo’s own cancer treatment years ago, his mom, Laurie, left her job. At the same time, Rizzo’s grandmother was fighting breast cancer. “No family can plan for a medical experience such as cancer,” Suarez said. Knowing the weight that an entire family bears, Rizzo created the foundation to help others with similar challenges.

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September 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


The New York-based and internationally acclaimed American String Quartet returns to Barrington’s White House to mark the 20th anniversary of September 11th with a program featuring Robert Sirota’s Triptych (written to commemorate 9/11 victims), Dvořák’s famed American Quartet (String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96), George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. The ensemble will perform at Barrington’s White House in the evening, following a commemorative Village of Barrington ceremony earlier in the day at Memorial Park.

Recognized as one of the world’s finest quartets, the American String Quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. The Quartet celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2019, and, in its years of touring, has performed in all 50 states and has appeared in the most significant concert halls worldwide.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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(Note: It’s not too late to pre-order shrubs and trees from Citizens for Conservation during their Fall sale running through Tuesday. Click here for details.)


When you plant a tree, make sure the root flare — the place where the stem or trunk flares out into the root — sits at or slightly above the level of the soil. That way, you’ll bury the roots, but not the stem.

Planting or transplanting a tree, shrub or perennial is all about giving its roots a good home in the soil.

“It’s the only time we see the roots and can focus on what they need,” said Sharon Yiesla, plant knowledge specialist in the Plant Clinic of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. “The rest of the time, we tend to forget them.” But a plant can only grow the parts we enjoy — the leaves and flowers and branches — if it has a healthy root system to supply water and nutrients.

Once a tree or shrub is planted, it will be very hard to tell if something has gone wrong with the roots, and it will be difficult, often impossible, to correct root problems that can stunt or even kill a plant.

“Taking care when planting is an investment toward avoiding problems,” she said.

Early fall is an excellent time to plant or transplant trees and shrubs, Yiesla said: “If you get the plant in the ground by early October and you keep it watered, it will have several weeks or more to get its roots established before the soil freezes.”

Most often, homeowners purchase trees and shrubs in large pots. Here are suggestions from Yiesla and the Plant Clinic for giving container-grown plants’ roots a good start.

Read more here or visit the Morton Arboretum website here.

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2021 Nutcracker

Barrington Dance Ensemble celebrates more than 25 years of presenting the classic Nutcracker ballet to Barrington area audiences. Area dancers are invited to audition to become part of the magic of The Nutcracker.

Male and female dancers who will be at least 6 years old by September 1st are invited to audition for BDE’s Nutcracker, to be performed November 26-28. Rehearsals are held every Sunday from September 12-November 14 at Barrington Dance Academy. Tech and dress rehearsals will be held November 21-24 at Barrington High School. If cast, dancers must be available for all scheduled rehearsals and performances. $20 audition registration fee applies, and dancers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their audition time to register. Audition attire consists of solid color leotard and pink tights for girls, and black pants/shorts and white t-shirt for boys. Please register at least 24 hours in advance by visiting barringtondance.org.

Please call 847-382-6333 or visit barringtondance.org for more information.

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CFC Fall 2021Plant native trees and shrubs to help create bird, pollinator, and wildlife habitat. CFC’s 24th annual Fall Native Tree & Shrub Sale is here! Online ordering is available through 8/31 at fallsale.citizensforconservation.org.

Pick up is Sept 11th 9am – 3pm at Frier Farm, 23585 N. Kelsey Rd, Lake Barrington (only 2 miles from CFC). All sales are preorder online only; no additional plants will be available on pickup day. CFC members will receive a 10% discount on all orders.

For more information, call CFC at (847) 382-7283.

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FRVHHHCome join the fun! Riders of all disciplines are welcome! Ride through the beautiful Spring Lake Forest Preserve on a predetermined course.

Jumpers & non-jumpers will both enjoy the challenge of matching the pace time. Ribbons awarded 1st thru 6th place. Plan your team of 2-5 riders (at least 1 adult per team). All riders are required to wear an ASTM/SEI certified helmet. Proof of negative coggins required.

Luncheon generously sponsored by Pizzo and Associates Ltd. – creator of naturally beautiful land and water solutions. After the hunter pace, during lunch, learn more about restoring nature and habitat, where you work and play.

The event takes place at the Barrington Hills Riding Center located at 361 Bateman Road on July 17.  For further information, including fees and event times etc., visit the Fox River Hound Heritage Foundation.

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Barrington Area Conservation Trust celebrates it’s 20th anniversary at Tartans for the Trust!

The Celtic spirit will fill the air on August 28 from 3PM until 7PM at the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center. Bagpipes will sound as we kick off the festivities, Pat McKillan will be performing and there will be games and activities planned for people of all ages.

Kids will enjoy mini versions of the Highland games from the caber toss to miniature golf and tug-o-war. For the Lords and Ladies — Scotch/WhiskeyTasting, Men in Kilts contest, and Haggis Hurling to name a few.

Bring chairs, a blanket and a Ravinia basket (or purchase food from our food truck) and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in a beautiful setting.

To purchase tickets, visit BACTrust.org. Raffle tickets are also available — win one of three amazing packages!


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Rockin’ Ribfest returns to Sunset Park in Lake in the Hills this weekend, with several music acts and food vendors from across the country.

Ribfest is a fundraiser for the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club, a service organization that raises funds to support local organizations. Admission to the festival is $5, with children age 12 and under admitted free.

This year’s festival will take place 4:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Several musical groups will play each day of the festival. On Thursday, rock band Modern Day Romeos will be the headline artist. On Friday, the Boy Band Night will perform following an Elton John tribute band. The Boy Band Night performs songs from groups like One Direction, the Backstreet Boys and the Jonas Brothers.

Saturday’s music line up will be headlined by Steve Augeri, the former lead singer of Journey. Augeri performed with Journey from 1998 to 2006 and was involved with three albums in his time with the band. Sunday’s headliner will be local rock band 7th heaven.

Eight rib vendors from around the country are taking part: Pigfoot BBQ & Rib Co. from Mentor, Ohio; Texas Outlaw BBQ from Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Cowboy BBQ and Rib Co. from Fort Worth, Texas; Fine Smoke BBQ from Columbus, Ohio; Hog Wild BBQ from Olive Hill, Kentucky; After Hours BBQ from Orville, Ohio; Armadillo’s BBQ from Atlanta; and Mojo’s Rib Shack from New Franklin, Ohio.

Read more here, or visit the Ribfest website here.

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“The Village of Barrington Hills would like you to be aware of a 5K run, sponsored by the Village and Cuba Township, which is occurring tomorrow, Saturday, July 3rd, at 7:30 AM.

The route includes a portion of Cuba Road west of the Township offices, all of Buckley Road and a portion of Oak Knoll Road east of Buckley. Residents are encouraged to avoid these roadways until 9AM, if possible, as traffic delays are likely to be encountered.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!”

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