November

Gift Card Fundraiser

Hands of Hope

Available Now

Millions of African women and children struggle to find enough food to stave off malnutrition and enough water to survive. By purchasing Hands of Hope chicken, goat, and well gift cards this holiday season, you will help improve their lives. In return, you will receive a beautiful greeting card with a photograph of villagers in Zambia and a description of the impact that your gift delivers. Hands of Hope gift cards can be purchased at Ambrosia in Barrington and online at handsofhopeonline.org.

Basics of Credit Series

Elderwerks Educational Services

Wednesday, November 3
Tuesday, November 9

Zoom Webinar
10–11 a.m.

Join us for on Nov. 3 for “The Untold History of Credit.” Learn the history of credit to understand how it all works. Learn the differences between FICO and Vantage Score. Join us on Nov. 9 for “How to Achieve the Perfect Credit Score.” Learn about how to obtain the perfect credit score by fully dissecting each credit category; it is not difficult. There is no cost to join us, but registration is required. To register, call Elderwerks at 847-462-0885 or email events@elderwerks.org

State Legislators Virtual Town Hall Forum

Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, November 10
8:30 a.m.

Join us for the Barrington Area State Legislators Virtual Town Hall Forum. Confirmed Speakers: Senator Dan McConchie, 26th District State Representative; Chris Bos, 51st. District State Representative; Martin McLaughlin, 52nd District State Representative; and Tom Morrison, 54th District. Other speakers include Senator Cristina Castro, 22nd District Senator; Ann Gillespie, 27th District; and State Representative Anna Moeller, 43rd District. This is a free event open to the public. Register at barringtonchamber.com.

Medicare Advantage Part C

Elderwerks Educational Services

Thursday, November 11

Zoom Webinar / 10–11 a.m.

Medicare Advantage, also known as Medicare Part C, provides both hospital and medical coverage. Some Medicare Advantage plans offer prescription drug coverage, as well as other benefits that Medicare does not cover. Learn how Medicare Advantage plans work and what to look for when choosing a plan. Presented by Santonya Scott of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. The webinar is no cost to join, but registration is required. Call Elderwerks at 847-462-885 or email events@elderwerks.org.

Art Collage & Art Journaling

Elderwerks Educational Services

Thursday, November 18
Thursday, December 16

Zoom Meeting
3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Elderwerks has partnered with Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art to present virtual art classes. In November, learn how to create dreamy and imaginative landscapes and portraits using different collage techniques. Explore subject matter, scale, spatial relationships, and how to incorporate text in collage. In December, create an art journal through fun exercises and prompts. Art journaling is a fun and relaxing way to keep a visual record of your life. All are welcome! There is no cost to join, but registration is required. Call Elderwerks at 847-462-0885 or email events@elderwerks.org.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Barrington Dance Ensemble

Barrington High School Auditorium
Friday, Nov. 26–7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27–2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28–2 p.m.

Barrington Dance Ensemble announces the return of the holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker”. The Christmas centerpiece and classic ballet will run four performances from November 26-28, 2021, at Barrington High School’s Richard C. Johnson Auditorium located at 616 W. Main Street in Barrington. Guest artists from national and Chicago regional dance companies, including the Milwaukee Ballet and Giordano Dance Chicago, perform lead soloist roles and are joined by more than 100 performers from the Northwest Suburbs. Tickets for BDE’s “The Nutcracker” will be available starting Wed., October 20. Prices range from $25 to $32. To purchase call 847-382-6333 or online at barringtondance.org. BDE will adhere to all BHS Auditorium COVID guidelines.

November

Holiday Tablescapes By Lucy Callahan

The Garden Club of Inverness

Thursday, November 18
Inverness Park District/North Park
10 a.m. to Noon

Lucy Callahan is the owner of Peachtree Place in Northfield. She is a creative visionary who has maintained a successful North Shore gift and home décor business for many years. Her offerings also include jewelry, handbags, accessories, and clothing. Little Peach is a small branch of Peachtree that features gifts and apparel for infants and children. She will present several holiday tablescapes with Thanksgiving and Christmas themes. Check gardenclubofinverness.com for updates. Visitors are welcome!

December

Holiday Luncheon and Fundraiser

The Garden Club of Inverness

Thursday December 2
Medinah Country Club
10 a.m.

The Garden Club of Inverness presents “Hats Off to the Holidays” for you and your guests who are invited to a luncheon at Medinah Country Club. The festivities start at 10 a.m. with the luncheon at noon. There will be raffles, wine pulls, crafts, and as a silent auction item, a week at a Beach House in Maine. This year’s presenter is Janet Gallagher who will demonstrate how to decorate the entire house for the holidays. She will also be designing the floral arrangements for each table which will be available for purchase. This is the Club’s only fundraiser which supports scholarships and community involvement. Ticket price is $75. To make a reservation, contact Sally Hard at slhard@ameritech.net or 847-358-5916. Nonmembers and their guests are welcome.

Holly Ball 2021

Barrington Children’s Charities

Saturday, December 11
Barrington Hills Country Club
6 p.m.

Barrington Children’s Charities will be hosting its Holly Ball celebration as an in-person event where guests can truly celebrate its 10+ years of helping local children in need, alongside sponsors, donors, and friends. This year’s event will include all the festivities and more from past years. Founders Darby and Tom Hills and their Holly Ball Gala Committee look forward to your participation, however that may be—whether it be in person, sponsoring, donating, or a combination. Visit barringtonchildrenscharities.com to learn more.

Foster Care 101

Let It Be Us

Tuesday, December 14
7–8:30 p.m.

In Foster Care 101 events, we cover everything from “What is foster care?” to “How do I become a licensed foster parent?” Our “Learn More with Let It Be Us” events are open to current and future foster and adoptive parents. During our 90-minute event, a Let It Be Us Foster Care Expert and a licensed foster parent discuss how to obtain a foster care license, what it means to be a foster parent, how to navigate adoption through foster care, the trials, tribulations, challenges, love, and more. You will also learn about the role that Let It Be Us plays including how to join our Coaching and Targeted Recruitment programs. During the event, all prospective foster parents may ask questions and get answers live. To ask a question prior to the event, go to our website for a Google form. Register at letisbeus.org.

Conserving Beauty

A CFC Celebration of the Arts

Thursday, December 16
Barrington’s White House
6–8 p.m.

This art show, the last event of Citizens for Conservation’s 50th-anniversary celebration, will showcase photography and artwork of CFC volunteers and members. Twenty artists will share their love of nature across various media. Juried creations from District 220 students will also be on display; the works, created from recycled materials, will recognize CFC’s beginnings as a recycling center in the Barrington area. Event is free. Cash bar. Register online at barringtonswhitehouse.org.

December

S.C.A.R.F. Mentorship & Career Guidance Program

Application Deadline

Friday, December 17

S.C.A.R.F. is a nonprofit that offers an outstanding Career Guidance and Mentorship Program through partnering with students in high schools and colleges, giving them the unique opportunity to learn, practice, and prepare for their future while helping their community at the same time. Keeping up with S.C.A.R.F.’s mission to raise awareness and decrease the incidence of sudden cardiac-arrest/death, students, upon successful completion of the requirements of the program, become lifelong Ambassadors of the organization. By partnering with students, S.C.A.R.F. is laying the foundation to positively impact and educate students, and our community in the coming year. Visit scarfnow.org/mentorship to learn more.

January

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 donte.

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 six fabulous 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.

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, and 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!