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Village Manager's Blog

Explore, Enjoy & Celebrate Glencoe: November 2018

By Village Manager Phil Kiraly 

It always seems to me like once you hit November, it might as well be New Year’s Day – the late fall and early winter months fly by as you try to fit in shopping, Phil_Kiralyholiday parties and travel to see family and friends into an already packed schedule. Hopefully this list of local events and activities helps you plan out your month with a little more ease and enjoy all that fall has to offer in Glencoe.

Saturday, November 3: Nerf Battle
10 a.m.-Noon, Takiff Center (999 Green Bay Road)
Children ages 8-12 are invited to compete in a friendly Nerf battle! Inflatable barriers will protect competitors from competition, but quick reflexes are needed to win. Each player will receive a Nerf blaster, goggles and darts to use during play. Spaces are limited.

Sunday, November 4: Daylight Savings Time Ends – Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries
As you change your clocks back one hour for the ending of Daylight Savings Time, make sure to change the batteries in your
smoke alarm(s) as well. Please visit the Village’s website for additional Public Safety reminders.

Sunday, November 4: Friends of the Glencoe Public Library Fall Concert
5-6 p.m., Glencoe Public Library (320 Park Avenue)
Listen to the melodious sounds of Mozart and Mendelssohn, played by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!

Tuesday, November 6: Election Day
Multiple polling locations throughout Glencoe
Please visit the Village’s website for voter information and to find your polling location.

Wednesday, November 7: Pumpkin Composting 
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Public Works Building (325 Temple Court)
Did you know that pumpkins are 90% water and are full of nutrients that are great for our soil? Once you’re done with your Halloween pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, bring them to the Public Works Building for composting. Please remove candles, yarn, stickers and any other decorations before bringing them to this free drop-off event. 

Wednesday, November 7: Twelfth Night, Or What You Will at Writers Theatre
November 7-December 16, Writers Theatre (325 Temple Court)
One of Western literature’s greatest comedies, Twelfth Night imagines a world where up is down, hot is cold and love is not always what it seems. Directed by Michael Halberstam, this exciting show will surely draw you into its world of lovers and louts!

Sunday, November 11: Author Michael Duffy on Vietnam
2-3 p.m., Glencoe Public Library (320 Park Avenue)
Both gritty and intimate, From Chicago to Vietnam: A Memoir of War tells the powerful story of the Tet Offensive through the eyes of a young American artillery officer. Author Michael Duffy will visit the Library to share the story of his battlefield education.

Sunday, November 11: Lest We Forget – Veterans Day Reception
5 p.m., Glencoe Historical Society (375 Park Avenue)
Join the Glencoe Historical Society for a cocktail reception honoring and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Enjoy great food and drink while exploring the national award-winning exhibit, “Glencoe and the Great War.” Admission is free.

Saturday, November 17: Snoopy Thanksgiving
10-11:30 a.m., Takiff Center (999 Green Bay Road)
Watch the Thanksgiving special on the big screen and enjoy a re-creation of Snoopy’s most unusual Thanksgiving meal:  popcorn, toast, pretzels and jelly beans. Hands-on crafts and other family fun activities will be offered as well.

Friday, November 23: Light the Lights
4-7 p.m., Downtown Glencoe
Event sponsored by BMO Harris Bank
Get into the holiday spirit and help kick-off the Village’s year-long Sesquicentennial celebration with a lighting ceremony, a “Wine and Beer Stroll,” caroling, photos with Santa, live reindeer petting, music, food, trackless train rides through our beautiful downtown and more! Watch as the Village’s new holiday tree – made possible by Chalet Nursery – becomes aglow for the season. As an added bonus, many of your favorite downtown shopping stops will be offering specials for Black Friday (with some deals extending into Small Business Saturday). View the event schedule and buy Wine and Beer Stroll tickets online via the link above. The Stroll is made possible by Joseph Mullarkey Distributors.

Friday, November 23: Glencoe Community Holiday Drive
Drop-offs located at Village Hall (675 Village Court), Takiff Center (999 Green Bay Road) and 337 Park Avenue (former Chalk Boutique space)
Donations accepted through December 15
Help brighten the holidays for a local family or individual in need through the Glencoe Community Holiday Drive. This year, Holiday Drive will be operating out of the store-front at 337 Park Avenue (previously Chalk Boutique). More details on hours to come! Learn about the multiple ways you can help via the link above. Bring a can or box of a non-perishable food item per rider to Light the Lights for your “train fare.”

Friday, November 23: Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden
10 a.m.-5 p.m., November 23-December 21
10 a.m.-7 p.m., December 22-January 6
Partake in some family fun at the Chicago Botanic Garden throughout the holiday season! Standard event includes model trains and miniature replicas of Chicago landmarks, ice carvings, carolers and more! Get your tickets online via the link above starting in early November. Pro-tip: tickets are half-price on Tuesdays.

Saturday, November 24: Small Business Saturday
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Downtown Business District, Glencoe
What better way to tackle your holiday shopping than by supporting local Glencoe businesses? Take advantage of special discounts and promotions throughout the day. Stay tuned to the Glencoe Chamber of Commerce’s website for more information on participating businesses and offers. Don’t forget to pick up some items for the Glencoe Community Holiday Drive too while you’re out!

Friday, November 30: Eleanor Roosevelt – A Living History Portrayal
1-2 p.m., Glencoe Public Library (320 Park Avenue)
Born into wealth in the Gilded Age, Eleanor Roosevelt grew from a shy, homely girl into a confident, driven woman who championed progressive causes and the rights of man. Drawn from Eleanor’s own letters, diaries and newspaper columns, this engaging performance by award-winning actress Leslie Goddard captures this influential public figure.

Do you have an upcoming event that you’d like us to feature in the next Explore, Enjoy & Celebrate Glencoe? Submit details to info@villageofglencoe.org. Inclusion is at the sole discretion of the Village and priority will be given to events that are open to the entire community and that are free or have nominal fees to participate.