Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a workshop with an accomplished impressionist watercolorist to a lavish House Walk, a city's arts festival, a Brookfield Zoo showcase of its bears, and a park district trip to Amish country.
WATERCOLORIST TALKS TECHNIQUE
WHERE: La Grange Art League Gallery and Studio, 122 Calendar Ave., La Grange
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday, May 31 to June 2
COST & INFO: $255 for members, $285 for nonmembers; 708-352-3101, www.lagrangeartleague.org
Well-known artist Gordon France of La Grange will present a "Watercolor Free and Easy!" three-day workshop. "Learn a fresh, simple approach to quickly put you on track for better watercolors," invite organizers. His artwork can be viewed at www.gordonfrance.net. Art lovers can visit the league's gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The organization will take part in the "Ahhh! La Grange" carnival beginning May 31, offering a bean bag toss game in front of its building.
HOUSE WALK OPENS DOORS
WHERE: Western Springs
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19
COST & INFO: Tickets cost $30 before May 19 at www.westernspringshistory.org and participating businesses, or $35 the day of event; 708-246-9592
The Western Springs Historical Society offers tours inside six, specially decorated homes showcasing diverse architectural styles: a Victorian, a remodeled vintage ranch, a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house with a modern West Coast vibe, and residences featuring collections of Americana and European antiques. The theme of the biennial House Walk is "Elegant by Design," with florists and tablescape artists sharing their creative touches for added visual excitement.
RIVERSIDE ARTS WEEKEND
WHERE: Guthrie Park in downtown Riverside, next to Metra train station
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19
COST & INFO: Free; RiversideArtsWeekend.org, RiversideArtsWeekend@yahoo.com
More than 70 juried artists will take part in the sixth Riverside Arts Weekend, dubbed RAW, showing sculpture, glass, painting, ceramics, wood, fiber, jewelry and mixed media. Performing will be Los Sones de Mexico, Paulinho, Buddy Love, Liz Berg, the DePaul Women’s Acapella ensemble and Corbin Andrick Quintet. On Saturday, Redmoon Theater will present a community immersion experience, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, original designs are featured in the "Revelry" fashion show. Food and drink are available at the volunteer-run arts fair.
AMISH COUNTRY TRIP
WHERE: Bus to Amish country departs from Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road, La Grange Park
WHEN: 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, returning at 7 p.m.
COST & INFO: $57; www.cpdlagrangepark.com, 708-354-4580
Start planning now for a fun trip with the Community Park District of La Grange Park to Amish country in Indiana. On Tuesday morning, June 4, a bus will depart to Shipshewana, Ind., where participants can explore treasures at a giant flea market, eat a traditional "thrashers" lunch in an Amish home, and make one last stop at the Guggisberg Cheese Factory. The final day to register for the event is May 21.
ZOO'S BEAR AWARENESS
WHERE: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19
COST & INFO: Regular zoo admission; www.brookfieldzoo.org, 708-688-8000
With Chicago's beloved sports teams named the Cubs and Bears, it's only fitting that Brookfield Zoo will be home to Bear Awareness Week, which will feature Zoo Chats and bear training sessions. Visitors can learn all about bears in the wild and what it takes for them to survive. While you’re at the zoo, be sure to stay for the day and visit all the other animals.