Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events and Programs

See our Program List where you can request a program or view the entire list of available programs.


Events



We are awaiting acceptance into Fall and Winter Shows, so check back to see where we might be this fall and winter.

Saturday Oct. 5, 2019
    Schaumburg High School Craft Show (1100 S Schaumburg Rd)
    9 AM to 4 PM

Saturday Oct. 19, 2019
     Willowbrook WPO Craft Show (1250 Ardmore Ave. Villa Park, IL)
    9AM to 3PM

Saturday Nov. 2, 2019
    Green living Expo (McHenry Community College Sustainability Center)
     8900 US-14 Crystal Lake, IL
     10 am to 3 PM

Saturday Nov. 30, 2019
     Hawthorn Woods Village Craft Show
        Village Hall Barn,  2 Lagoon Drive, Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047.
     10 am to 4 pm 
Select group of just 29 vendors, so we will be in quality company!

Saturday and Sunday Dec. 14 and 15, 2019
    Last Chance Craft Show
    College of DuPage Athletic Arena NW corner of College Rd and Park Blvd in Glen Ellyn, IL. Just North of the COD Football Field.
      10 AM to 4 PM Saturday
    11 AM to 4 PM  Sunday




Programs  BLUE EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


September

Tuesday, September 10 - Making Herb Blends - John Hersey High School - Dist 214 Community Ed
7:00 to 9:00 PM


Dist 214 CommED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)

This class Making your own Herb Blends - is a new program that will teach you how to identify the specific essences of herbs and their flavors.  It will consist of a course in the flavors and scents of the herbs, followed by the steps to create your own herb seasoning mixes, including knowing the best pairings of herbs with meats and vegetables.  Great for cooking and gifting, we will work with fresh and dried herbs and go home with techniques and a special blend.


Wednesday, September 11 - Native American Plants and Healing Herbs - Vernon Hills High School - Dist 128 Community Ed

7:00 to 9:00 PM

Libertyville / Vernon Hills Dist 128 Com ED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)

Plan to include some Native American plants in your next garden. In this slide presentation / hands-on class, we will learn about the various plants of native origin that have healing, nutritional, and religious benefits, as well as their uses, growing habits and other details. You will learn about the plants of Midwestern Native groups such as the Annishnabe (Ojibwa), HO-Chunk (Winnebago) and others who have a tradition of planting and gathering in the upper Midwest.



Thursday, September 12 - Fun with Herbs - Schaumburg Township District Library



7:00 to 9:00 PM



Fun with Herbs is a general program that details a variety of topics including the use, growing and care of herbs with information on harvesting and preserving herbs. Learn how to make vinegar and herbed butter, and how to incorporate herbs into your cooking and create your own chart of sweet, savory, and pungent herbs. Taste samples and take some home.


Monday, Sept. 16 - Be an Herbal Gourmet - 


Faith United Methodist Church, 432 59th Street (at Fairview) Downers Grove.


2:00 pm


Be an Herbal Gourmet helps folks learn how to make blends, vinegars, butters and sugars with herbs and then see demonstrations on how to use these items in cooking with simple easy steps.  We will be making stir fry and herb paste for special flavors.



Monday, September 16 - Canning Basics - Prospect High School - District 214 Community Education

7:00 to 9:00 PM



Dist 214 CommED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)

Canning 
Water bath canning is something you can do in your own kitchen with just a few special items.  We will discuss how to water bath can, food safety and make a jar of canned sweet pickles to take home. Participants will learn all the steps to canning as well as what equipment is required and where to get it.  Everyone takes home a jar of pickles.


Wednesday, September 18 - Canning Basics - Vernon Hills High School - District 128 Community Education
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Libertyville / Vernon Hills Dist 128 Com ED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)


Canning – Water bath canning is something you can do in your own kitchen with just a few special items.  We will discuss how to water bath can, food safety and make a jar of canned sweet pickles to take home. Participants will learn all the steps to canning as well as what equipment is required and where to get it.  Everyone takes home a jar of pickles.



Monday, September 23 - Curative Properties of Tea - Rolling Meadows High School - District 214 Community Education
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Dist 214 CommED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)

Curative Properties of Tea

Much has been touted recently about the benefits of a good cup of herbal or green tea.  This lecture discusses the difference between black tea and herb tea as well as what herbs make good tea, how to formulate your own teas and the various medicinal properties discovered throughout time for various native plants.  It also includes some information on the benefits of green tea.  We will begin our journey sampling an herb tea and conclude with a tea blend the participants design. 


Wednesday, September 25 - Infusion - John Hersey High School - District 214 Community Education
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Dist 214 CommED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)

Infusion 

Using a wide variety of methods, we will learn how to infuse herbs into various media to use in cooking and baking, including herb vinegars, herb sugars and salts, extracts, culinary and bath oils. Herbs can infuse their scent and flavor in many different ways.  This lecture explores how to create herbal sugars and vinegars for cooking and how to infuse herbs into bath salts.  Real-time demonstrations give participants a feel for how easy it is to create items with herbs for everyday use.  Recipes and instructions included.  Special bonus is a discussion of how to package items as gifts this winter. 




Friday, September 27 - Be an Herbal Gourmet - Lombard Garden Club

1:00 PM





October




Wednesday, October 2 - Harvesting and Preserving Herbs - John Hersey High School - District 214 Community Education

7:00 to 9:00 PM



Dist 214 CommED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)


Harvesting and Preserving

We will discuss and demonstrate various methods to dry and preserve your herb and vegetable harvest. Techniques for using a dehydrator, oven, microwave and air drying will all be discussed.  Preservation methods like herb vinegar, tinctures, and dry infusion in salt and sugar will be demonstrated.  Participants will go home with an herbal salt or sugar and recipes. Harvesting to preserve herbs takes very little time and requires no special equipment.  Heat, dry air, good air circulation and darkness are all that is needed.  This lecture covers the simple rules of cutting plants for preservation and the various drying methods.  Additional methods of preserving herbal flavors, like freezing, vinegars, sugars, and butters will also be included.


Monday, October 7 - Edible Gifts - Prospect High School - 
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Dist 214 CommED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)


Edible Gifts

This amazingly popular program, demonstrates simple techniques and easy to find ingredients, so you can handmake gifts for the foodie in your life.  Several ways to make an easy butter cookie taste different with herbs and spices, as well as how to make flavored vinegar, herb sugar and salt as well as herb teas and seasoned honey.  Samples and take homes are included.



Wednesday, October 9 - Be an Herbal Gourmet - Schaumburg Garden Club
7:00 to 9:00 PM



Thursday, October 10 - Compound Butters and Flavor Bombs - Rolling Meadows High School - District 214 Community Education

7:00 to 9:00 PM


Dist 214 CommED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)



Compound Butters and Flavor Bombs



This class will teach the perfect ways to preserve the herb harvest. Using fresh and dried herbs in butters and oils we will demonstrate how to make items to use to flavor steaks, soups, pasta, dressings and much more.  These gourmet techniques require no sophisticated equipment and only a small amount of time.  This demo class will show you the techniques for making herbal butter and frozen herb flavor bombs to use into the winter to excite your cooking.  Participants will take home a compound butter as well as recipes and techniques.



Thursday, October 17 - Decorating with Herbs - Vernon Hills High School - District 128 Community Education

7:00 to 9:00 PM


Libertyville / Vernon Hills Dist 128 Com ED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)

Decorating with herbs
Using herbs in a variety of ways, we will create decorative items from the home.  Tablescapes, wrapping paper, gift tags, and scented decorating for the home and tree will all be demonstrated and discussed.  Participants take home instructions for using herbs in their home this winter.


Monday, October 21 - Eating Clean - John Hersey High School - District 214 Community Education
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Dist 214 CommED (You do not have to be a resident to register, just search under my name Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh to find this and other classes.)
Eating Green -Make your own Condiments
We will discuss, demonstrate and sample flavored mustard, homemade ketchup, herb flavored aioli, gremolata, pestos and other condiments you can make to enjoy on sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, salads, and more.  All are created with a few simple ingredients.  Recipes for everything will be provided.

November






Wednesday, November 6 - Native American Games - District 214 Community Education
6:00 to 8:00 PM
CHILDREN'S PROGRAM Let’s Play Native American Games

Learn to play and create several simple and fun games used by adults and children of several Native American Tribal groups of the Eastern Woodland region.  This interactive class geared to kids (age 7 to 12) and adults, will explore the history and purpose of games in American Indian society while understanding the rules for various games.  Participants will discuss the rules, try out the games and even create one to take home.  Full instructions and rules for all games will be provided for a total of seven (7) different games.  Instructions will be included in a take-home handout. 



Monday, November 11 - International Games - Forest View Educational Center - District 214 Community Education

6:00 to 8:00 PM
CHILDREN'S PROGRAM Let’s Play International Games 

Some new, some ancient, all the games we will play have an international origin.  Countries like Africa, the Netherlands and Peru are all featured in this program.  Participants aged 10 to 15 and adults will learn to create each game and then practice the rules of play.  Handouts with instructions will be included.  All the games in this program can be played with a piece of paper and a fist full of pennies.



December









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