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Forest Trails Stables

Forest Trails’ horses guide riders through Wayne Grove Forest Preserve in Bartlett.

Ready to take the reins for a scenic ride through DuPage County forests? Longtime equestrian center Forest Trails Stables in Bartlett is now offering 50-minute, guided trail rides for riders aged 8 and up.

The guided, walk-only trail rides through a heavily wooded, scenic trail in Wayne Grove Forest Preserve are offered from 9 AM to 4 PM weekends and select weekdays. Appointments are required and available by calling (630) 774-8648. Rides cost $50 per person, with multi-ride packages available for a discount.

Located on 600 S. Bartlett Road just north of Stearns Road, Forest Trails gives Chicago area residents the chance to enjoy horseback riding in a more central northwest suburban location than many trail riding options. Owned by the same family for 30 years, Forest Trails has earned a reputation for quality care of both horses and people.

“It’s becoming harder and harder to find a way to connect families and active people to horses, and trail rides are a great way to make that introduction,” said Rita Hankins, Forest Trails owner. “No experience is required, and our trail horses are gentle and good at their jobs. I really wanted to make it easier for people to connect with horses an enjoy the beauty of our woods.”

Forest Trails’ rides are limited to five riders per outing to ensure safety and provide a more intimate experience. Helmets are available and strongly recommended for adult riders and required for children. Masks are recommended for riders under 12. All aspects of the trail ride, including mounting and dismounting, take place outdoors, and horses provide built-in social distancing, Hankins noted.

For the health and safety of riders and horses, there is a rider weight limit of 225 pounds. Riders must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Waivers are required for each rider, and a parent or legal guardian must sign for riders under 18.

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The 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 6:30 PM at Barrington High School located at 616 W Main St.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Please note the agenda states the following:

“Public Comment can be made in one of two ways:

  • By 12:00 pm (noon) on July 21st leave a voicemail message at 847-842-3576. This will be played during the public comment portion of the January 21st board meeting.
  • By making a public comment in person at the meeting.

This meeting will also be transmitted virtually at bit.ly/220schoolboardlive. Please click on the July 21st meeting, which will appear on the site when the meeting actually begins.”

As “public comment averse” as some on the board are, it should not be assumed comments communicated by email or print will be accepted by this board.

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White House

Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St., Barrington, presents Stephanie Block and Friends, String Sextet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24.

Barrington’s White House welcomes perennial White House favorite Stephanie Block back to the third-floor ballroom to perform with a string sextet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24.

Formed in the midst of the pandemic by friends and colleagues from Los Angeles and Miami, Barrington native Stephanie Block brings together this group of world-class musicians, all of whom are graduates of major conservatories, including Juilliard and Indiana University.

Featuring Dylan Naroff, violin; Michael Turkell, violin; Stephanie Block, viola; Emily Williams, viola; Nicholas Mariscal, cello; and Ben Fried, cello, this group includes members of the Milwaukee, Fort Worth, and New World symphonies.

The sextet will perform Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Brahms’ String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, both of which are considered masterworks of the 19th century.

Barrington’s White House has something for everyone looking for an afternoon or evening enjoying the arts and culture. More information and tickets for all events can be found at www.barringtonswhitehouse.com/events.

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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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Palatine Jaycees

Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest will feature a carnival this year, but no fireworks.

Lakeside Festival at the Dole: Noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 2-4, at The Dole, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. Food, carnival rides, games, baggo tournament and more. Musical performances include Hi Infidelity on Friday, Modern Day Romeos on Saturday and Nashville Electric on Sunday. Fundraiser for Lakeside Legacy Foundation. $5; $2 for ages 65 and older, free for 12 and under and active military with ID. thedole.org.

Palatine Jaycees Fourth of July Hometown Fest: Noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 2-4; and noon to 5 p.m. Monday, July 5, at Palatine Community Park, 250 E. Wood St., Palatine. Includes live bands, food vendors, carnival, craft and vendor expo Saturday and Sunday, Family Day on Monday and other family activities. No fireworks. Free admission. hometownfest.org

Brothers’ Field Outdoor Movie Night: 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Brothers’ Field, 344 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Watch “Independence Day” on a 40-foot outdoor movie screen. $25. brothersfieldlonggrove.com.

Sleepy Hollow Fourth of July: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at Sabatino Park, off Thorobred Lane, Sleepy Hollow. One-mile Fun Run at 8 a.m. starting at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School. Bob Zdenek Memorial Fishing Derby from 9-11 a.m., Chicagoland Chapter of the Buick GS Club of America’s car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., entertainment featuring The Lenny’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., food and games 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Bill Ritchie Memorial Parade at 11:30 a.m. sleepyhollowil.org.

Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade: 1 p.m. Sunday, July 4, stepping off at the Municipal Complex, 100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. Ending at South Elementary School. clchamber.com.

Crystal Lake Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive. Food and beverage and small charcoal grills are allowed (no glass). The concert for July 6 will feature Pettycash and a Hula Hoop Contest. The T-Mobile truck crew will be present at 6:30 p.m. for contests, trivia and giveaways. In the event of inclement weather, decision to reschedule will be made by 4 p.m.; call (815) 410-4475, ext. 6. Free. www.crystallakeparks.org/special-events.

Elgin Summer Concert in the Park: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at Wing Park band shell, 1010 Wing St., Elgin. Grand Groove Hotel performs swing, bossa nova, funk, rock, samba, gospel, Cuban son and more. Bring picnics as well as lawn chairs and blankets. Free. www.facebook.com/cityofelgin/.

Food Truck Social on Main Street: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at Lake Zurich Promenade, 173 W. Main St., Lake Zurich. Weekly rotation of food trucks. www.lakezurich.org.

More ideas can be found here.

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fireworks-socialHere’s a look at Independence Day displays and others. Note: Details could change, so it’s best to check before you go.


Friday, July 2: Fourth of July Fireworks – Dusk (about 9:30 – 9:40 p.m.), from Barrington High School.

Saturday, July 3: Fourth of July Parade, 10:00 a.m., Downtown (steps off from Barrington High School and runs along Main Street).

Barrington Hills

Saturday, July 3: Independence Day 5K Fun Run through the Hills, 7:30 AM.  For details, click here.

Sunday, July 4: At 1 PM walk the Bur Edge Trail (1.4 miles) at Crabtree Nature Center with a naturalist and look for natural things wearing our national colors.


Friday, July 2: 9:30 p.m. near the Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road. Fireworks will take place in the middle of a performance by 7th heaven as part of Bartlett’s 4th of July Festival, which runs July 2-4. www.bartlett4thofjuly.com.

Arlington Heights

Saturday, July 3: Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., will host a Fireworks Night from 2:25 to 9 p.m. Tickets start at $37; some seating options are sold out. www.arlingtonpark.com/events/fireworks-night.


Saturday, July 3: Dusk at Cook Park, 600 N. Main St. Part of a celebration that begins at 6 p.m. The park district will be selling food, drinks and glow necklaces. www.wauconda-il.gov.


Sunday, July 4: Fireworks around 9:15 p.m. from the National Street bridge with viewing at Festival Park and the surrounding areas. There will be no parade this year or accompanying entertainment with the fireworks. cityofelgin.org.

For more options, click here.

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Fun Run HillsThe Village of Barrington Hills and Cuba Township have teamed up to help support next Saturday’s, “Independence Day Fun Run Though the Hills.”  Information is as follows:

To learn more and to register, click here.

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BuickThe Classic Collectors Car Show that was supposed to take place Saturday in downtown Barrington was rescheduled to July 25 due to the weather forecast.

However, the “Party on Park Avenue” will go ahead as planned from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, the Barrington Area of Chamber announced Friday. The event will include live music, adult refreshments and food served by McGonigal’s Pub and Big Iron Horse BBQ.

There will be smooth jazz and pop performed by the Amy & Brook Duo starting at 4 p.m., followed by rock & roll hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s performed by the band No Limits. Admission is free; guests pay for their own food and refreshments, and must be at least 21.

The Classic Collectors Car Show will take place July 25, noon to 4 p.m., in the BMO Harris Bank lot at Cook and East Lake streets. This is the first such show organized by the chamber.

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