Purple cone flowers in bloom.

Citizens for Conservation Presents

CFC Community Education Programs from January 22 to April 23

CFC’s 2022 Community Education programs will offer advice on native planting, botanic background, and biodiversity. The series will begin Saturday, January 22 with “What’s in a Name? Demystifying Latin Botanic Names.” Diane Greening and Ellyn Lanz will lead a discussion on how to decipher Latin genus and species names of popular native plants.

The annual program series, which focuses on creating habitat and earth-friendly yard practices, will also feature:

Add a Little Prairie to Your Garden; Saturday, February 26. Author Cindy Crosby will recommend native prairie plants for home gardens and discuss how to choose the best plants for your location.

Designing Your Native Plant Garden; Saturday, March 12. Matt Hokanson, owner of Woods to Wetlands, will discuss the elements of good garden design and share plant combinations for various settings.

Vanishing Edens: Biodiversity in a Changing World; Saturday, April 23. Author and entomologist Dr. Michael Jeffords will present a celebration of some of the world’s great biodiverse habitats, including Illinois, and discuss the status of each.

All programs will be held at the Barrington Village Hall at 200 S. Hough St., Barrington, and via online webinar. (Registration will provide sign-in information.) Programs begin at 10 a.m. Coffee, conversation, and handouts will be available at 9:30 a.m. RSVP to 847-382-SAVE (7283) or to communityed@citizensforconservation.org
Please provide your name, email address, phone number and the program name.

January

2022 Photos Solicitation

Barrington Area Digital Photo Gallery

Now through Jan. 31, 2022

One of the Goals of BADPG.org is to encourage as broad a participation as possible. We would like to increase the number of photographers submitting just one or numerous images for consideration each year. Our intent is to add new images for everyone’s enjoyment each year, and to capture natural changes over longer periods of time. If you, or someone you know, would like to submit images for consideration, the following procedure is in place. Prior to submitting, please read the Photo Selection “Criteria and Requirements” on the BADPG.org site. During the month of February, the jury will review all submissions and will make the final determination of the images to be added to the current year’s albums by March 15. Each year, between Nov. 1, and Jan. 31, images may be submitted by e-mailing to email@BADPG.com.    

2022 Photos Solicitation

Barrington Area Digital Photo Gallery

Now through Jan. 31, 2022

One of the Goals of BADPG.org is to encourage as broad a participation as possible. We would like to increase the number of photographers submitting just one or numerous images for consideration each year. Our intent is to add new images for everyone’s enjoyment each year, and to capture natural changes over longer periods of time. If you, or someone you know, would like to submit images for consideration, the following procedure is in place. Prior to submitting, please read the Photo Selection “Criteria and Requirements” on the BADPG.org site. During the month of February, the jury will review all submissions and will make the final determination of the images to be added to the current year’s albums by March 15. Each year, between Nov. 1, and Jan. 31, images may be submitted by e-mailing to email@BADPG.com.

January

Stepping Out to Fitness Virtual Excercise Classes

Elderwerks Educational Services

Wednesday, January 5, and
Wednesday, January 19
Zoom Meeting, 9–9:30 a.m.

Join us for Stepping Out to Fitness exercise classes! Step Into Strength will be our kickoff class in January and is a gentle-on-the-joints strength workout, with a little cardio mixed in! Join us for Chair Yoga on January 19 as we stretch to get rid of muscle stiffness and strengthen your body to improve your balance. We encourage you to sign up for the Elderwerks Stepping Out to Fitness program. Record your daily exercise on an activity log and turn in the log at the end of the month for a chance to win prizes. This program runs from January-March and is free to join. To register for the classes, call Elderwerks at 847-462-0885 or email Events@Elderwerks.org.

Virtual Caregiver Support Group

Elderwerks Educational Services

Monday, January 10,
Monday, Feb. 14,
Monday, March 14
Zoom Meeting, 7–8 p.m.

We invite you to join us at the Elderwerks Virtual Caregiver Support Group on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The facilitator, Rosemary Monahan, will provide emotional support, enhance the confidence for the caregiver, and empower caregivers to take care of themselves to assure continued quality care of those they are dedicated to. We are here to support you! All caregivers are welcome to join at any time. There is no cost to join, but registration is required. To register, call Elderwerks at 847-462-0885 or email Events@Elderwerks.org.

Social Security: Understanding the Benefits

Elderwerks Educational Services

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Zoom Webinar, 10–11 a.m.

Navigating a government program can be overwhelming. During this presentation, Megan Forristall from the Social Security Administration will give an overview of Social Security’s programs and online services. Included in this presentation will be a discussion of disability, retirement, survivor’s benefits, and Medicare. Megan will go over when to apply for benefits and where to find benefits information online. There is no cost to join, but registration is required. To register, call Elderwerks at 847-462-0885 or email Events@Elderwerks.org.

Water Reduction, Recycling, and Green Cleaning

The Garden Club of Inverness

Thursday, January 20,
North Park, Inverness
10 a.m. to Noon

Learn about Water Reduction, Recycling, and Green Cleaning from Katherine Carney. Kate is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability. Protecting the planet has been a lifelong passion for her. Since earning her degree in Conservation and Environmental Sciences at UW-Milwaukee, she has worked in various states where she has shared her enthusiasm and extensive knowledge. Kate will present on water and energy conservation, waste, and recycling, and how we, as humans, impact the planet. Visitors are welcome. North Park is located at 300 Highland Avenue, in Inverness. Check gardenclubofinverness.com for updates.

Annual Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser

Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, January 27, 2022
Avante Banquets, 5:30–9:30 p.m.

Kick off the New Year with an evening of networking, live music, a silent auction, and dinner with fellow Chamber members. Proceeds from the event support the Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $65 per person, or $500 for a table of eight. There are wonderful sponsorship opportunities for this event. Visit barringtonchamber.com to learn more or to donate.

February

Dancing With The Barrington Stars

Barrington Area Council on Aging

Saturday February 5, 2022
Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theater Event is Live/In Person, 7 p.m.

BACOA’s 5th annual event, which mimics the popular TV show, the stars of Barrington will light up the stage in this good-natured competition raising funds for aging adult services in our community. Watch this year’s live and in-person event with spectacular six dance duos include local celebrity friends, co-workers, or couples promising a spectacular night. All have been coached by professional dancers from the Bataille Academie of the Danse and Inaside Chicago to create a themed routine. These dynamic duos perform their dances before an audience of supporters and friends who “vote” for their favorites. Donations determine who will be named this 2022 King/Queen of the Ballroom. Contact Janine at 847-381-5030 or at joleary@bacoa.org. Visit bacoa.org. See our ad on page 3.

February

Dancing With The Barrington Stars

Barrington Area Council on Aging

Saturday February 5, 2022
Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theater Event is Live/In Person, 7 p.m.

BACOA’s 5th annual event, which mimics the popular TV show, the stars of Barrington will light up the stage in this good-natured competition raising funds for aging adult services in our community. Watch this year’s live and in-person event with spectacular six dance duos include local celebrity friends, co-workers, or couples promising a spectacular night. All have been coached by professional dancers from the Bataille Academie of the Danse and Inaside Chicago to create a themed routine. These dynamic duos perform their dances before an audience of supporters and friends who “vote” for their favorites. Donations determine who will be named this 2022 King/Queen of the Ballroom. Contact Janine at 847-381-5030 or at joleary@bacoa.org. Visit bacoa.org. See our ad on page 3.

Don’t Squash That Bug!

The Garden Club of Inverness

Thursday, February 17
North Park, Inverness, 10 a.m. to Noon

Join us for “Don’t Squash That Bug!” with Jim Rowan. Jim will share his vast knowledge of bugs with us. There are over a million species of insects and spiders on the planet and about 25,000 species in Illinois! Jim will introduce us to some of them, and we will learn how to distinguish them and separate some of the “good guys” from the “bad guys”. We will learn when NOT to squash that bug! Visitors are welcome. Check gardenclubofinverness.com for updates.

March

Parents’ Night Out

Barbara Rose PTO 

Saturday, March 5, 2022 
Bell Works Chicagoland
Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now
6–11 p.m.

Barbara Rose PTO is excited to partner with the community as we raise funds to enhance our beloved school’s classroom pods. Parents’ Night Out promises to be an evening full of fun and entertainment, plus dinner and open bar, Vegas-style casino tables, music and dancing, a premiere auction, and raffle drawings. Funds raised from this benefit will go towards grade-level pod enhancements that will further promote academic and personal achievement in our children. Rose parents and alumni are invited. Parents’ Night Out is a unique opportunity for local businesses to promote their products/services—a few opportunities are still available. Auction items are needed and will be accepted through Jan. 15. Early bird tickets are on sale now through November 1 for $75 each, so buy yours now to save! Bell Works Chicagoland is located at 2000 AT&T Center Drive in Hoffman Estates. To learn more, email parentsnightout2022@gmail.com.

Storytelling at Barrington’s White House

Barrington Cultural Commission

Friday, March 11, 2022
Barrington’s White House,
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Professional storytellers Jim May and Megan Wells will be joined by local storytellers to entertain us with the wonder of the spoken word. The theme of the stories will be “I knew I was in trouble when…” Ticket price is $20. Presented both live and virtual. Register online at barringtonswhitehouse.org or pay at the door.

One of a Kind Floral Designs

The Garden Club of Inverness

Thursday, March 17
North Park, Inverness
10 a.m. to Noon

Join us for a One of a Kind Floral Designs program by Candace Quinn. Candy, of Prairie Baskets in Barrington, has created unique floral expressions “of life and love” for 25 years. She designs for weddings, business events, and special occasions. Each piece is concocted with fresh, new, and unusual flowers, giving her arrangements a distinctive and unexpected look. Candy will share her creative approach with us in her signature way. North Park is located at 300 Highland Road in Inverness. Visitors are welcome. Check gardenclubofinverness.com for updates.

October

Barrington Homecoming

Barrington High School

Saturday, October 1

Barrington High School’s Homecoming is scheduled for October 1, 2022. Enjoy the downtown parade, alumni reunions, and the afternoon football game. More details to come later on.