A beloved tradition will enchant children and adults when Ruth Page Civic Ballet presents, “The Nutcracker,” 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 at James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. The enchanting tale of Clara’s adventures after receiving a special Christmas gift, features Ruth Page’s original choreography. It was presented annually at Arie Crown Theatre from 1965-1997.
“This is the sixth year that they’ve come here. They are a joy to work with,” said Gwethalyn J. Bronner, executive director of the James Lumber Center. “The dancing is truly spectacular.” She noted that, in addition to the choreography, the costumes and sets are from the original production.
“The splendor of that production is absolutely on our stage,” Bronner said. “It’s our pleasure to bring that extraordinary presentation to Lake County.”
Tickets are $22-$30, $21-$29 seniors, $15 teens and $12 kids under 12.
For details, call (847) 543-2300 or go to jlc.clcillinois.edu.
Sure it means cold weather and snow but greeting the winter solstice is the polite thing to do. Mark that night with Winter Solstice Tales, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills. A portion of the program will take place outdoors.
For details, call (847) 362-2330 or go to www.cooklib.org.
SNACK WITH SCROOGE
For a change of pace from seeing Santas—everywhere—bring your kids, ages 10 and older, to hear storyteller Greg Weiss recount Charles Dickens’, “A Christmas Carol,” 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Road. Cocoa and cookies will be served. Registration is required.
For details, call (847) 945-3311 or go to www.deerfieldlibrary.org.
A SNAIL’S PACE
...might help him win the race. That critter’s dream of being victorious in the Indy 500 might be realized because of a freak accident in “Turbo.” The PG-rated movie will be shown from noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. Bring lunch but no popcorn.
For details, call (847) 566-8702 or go to fremontlibrary.org.
SLOW DOWN ON SATURDAY
Take a break from holiday shopping by bringing your kids to Children’s Story Hour and Craft Time, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at Highwood Public Library, 102 Highwood Ave. It’s a weekly program, with a story time one week and a craft project the next.
For details, call (847) 432-5404 or go to highwoodlibrary.org.