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Holiday Entertaining: Classic Cocktails and Bar Bites

Caterers, restaurateurs, and Food Network stars Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith, known as The Hearty Boys, showcase classic cocktails, snacks, and bar bites featured in their book, The New Old Bar: Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks From The Hearty Boys. Enjoy samples and leave with tips and ideas for holiday entertaining!

Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m.


The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula Le Guin

Davis Schneiderman, professor of English at Lake Forest College, leads the discussion.

Wednesday, December 14, 7 p.m.


Special Screening: All The Difference

Filmmaker Tod Lending introduces and screens his documentary that weaves together stories of two tough, yet promising young black men as they navigate their lives in low-income, high-risk communities in Chicago.

Statistics predict they will drop out of high school and succumb to life on the streets; but both graduate and go on to college in spite of all the odds. The film explores the factors in their lives (education, parents and grandparents, teachers, role models, personal drive, and community support) that made All The Difference in helping them be the first in their families to most likely escape poverty and secure a place in the middle class.

A question and answer session with the filmmaker follows the screening.

Monday, December 12, 7 p.m.

Brooklyn Film Showing and Discussion

Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at College of Lake County, introduces the film, part of the Immigrants in Film series, and leads a discussion following the screening.

Sunday, December 4, 2 p.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.


Historic Portrayal: Eleanor Roosevelt

Award-winning actress and scholar Leslie Goddard portrays Eleanor Roosevelt.

Wednesday, December 21, 10:30 a.m.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Sponsored by Silverado of Highland Park.


Spanish Conversation Group

Conversational ability required.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Literary Club

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Information to help manage personal finance issues with common sense.

Filing For Social Security: Choices For Your Retirement Income

Learn how to optimize retirement income needs with Social Security and find out about eligibility, benefits, and strategies. Registration required. Register here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2 p.m.


One-On-One Business Mentoring with SCORE Chicago Counselors

Thursdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 5 - 8 p.m.

Registration required. Register for a one-on-one mentoring session.

Presented with the City of Highland Park’s Office of Economic Development and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce.


3D Design for Kids

Learn basic 3D modeling skills and design your own creations.

Fridays, December 23 & 30
3 - 4 p.m. Grades 3 - 5

Registration required.
Register here for December 23.
Register here for December 30.

Learn Stop Motion

Drop by the Digital Media Lab with a cut out drawing, toy, or small objects and learn to make a short stop motion animated movie.

Wednesday, December 21
2 - 4 p.m. Grades K - 8

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Board? Games!

The NEW gaming get-together for adults. Scrabble, chess/checkers, the "Game of the Week," and a selection of other games will be available.

Wednesdays, December 21 & 28, 4 - 6 p.m.

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Saturdays, December 3 & 17

Minecraft: Block by Block
Ages 9 - 12

Build Highland Park!

Minecraft Club — Ages 9 - 12

Minecraft Club, Jr. — Ages 6 - 8

Registration required for all Minecraft programs. Register here.

Minecraft: The Holiday Edition

Two hours of creative play. Make it a Minecraft Holiday!

Thursdays, December 22 & 29
12 - 2 p.m. Grades K - 8.

Registration required. Register here.

Highland Park Anime and Manga Club

Watch anime, read manga, and enjoy snacks.

Thursday, December 15
3 - 5:30 p.m.
Grades 6 - 12

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Drop-In Chess

Saturdays through December 17
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages 4 - 14



iOS 10: Things You Need to Know

Explore new features iOS 10 brings to your Apple device. Look at how messages become more interactive, how you can remove unused apps, and more.

Tuesday, December 6
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14
2 - 3 p.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Start Selling on eBay

Friday, December 9
4 - 5 p.m.
Monday, December 19
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Registration required. Register here.

Kids Events

StoryWalk™ at Heller Nature Center

Celebrate the season with a walk along a trail at Heller Nature Center, reading a seasonal story along the way. Enjoy Hibernation Station, Michelle Meadows' story that introduces readers to different types of hibernating animals.

December - February at Heller Nature Center — 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park

Presented with the Park District of Highland Park

The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with The Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Winter Break Fun!

The Flying Fool

Ken Schultz, a.k.a. "The Flying Fool," will dazzle audiences of all ages juggling bowling balls, rubber chickens, and performing unicycle stunts. One adult per family, please. Registration required. Register here.

Tuesday, December 20, 7 - 7:45 p.m.


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