If you're struggling to find plans for this weekend, "Forest & Bluff" is here to help you find community events to pencil into your calendar.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
School of St. Mary Open House
Primary Grade Center - 900 W Everett Rd. in Lake Forest
Upper Grade Center - 185 E Illinois Rd. in Lake Forest
9:30 to 11 a.m.
The School of St. Mary is opening its doors during its Open House. Parents will be able to tour the school and see students in their classroom settings. There are two campuses in Lake Forest: The Primary Grade Center serves students in preschool through third grade, and the Upper Grade Center serves students in fourth through eighth grade. The School of St. Mary has approximately 550 students, with a student to teacher ratio of 14 to 1. They offer a strong emphasis on Catholic values and faith formation, as well as character education. Laptops with state-of-the-art technology are available within every grade level, as well as full computer labs at both campuses. Hot lunch programs are offered at both campuses, and on-site extended day before and after school care is offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the Primary Grade Center at 847-283-9800, or the Upper Grade Center at 847-234-0371.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Manner, Please Workshop
Gorton Community Center, 400 E Illinois Rd. in Lake Forest
Learn the rules of table manners: the proper way to set the table, which fork to use, and what to do if you drop it on the floor. After attending the Manners, Please Workshop and Dining Tutorial your children will know the answer to these and other questions about manners and common courtesy. Also included: introductions, thank you notes, accepting and declining invitations, and telephone etiquette. Lunch included. Cost is $85. A dress or skirt is required for young ladies, and young gentlemen should wear a coat and tie. For ages 8 to 14. For further information, visit gortoncenter.org.
School of St. Mary Annual Gala
Marriott, 10 Marriott Dr. in Lincolnshire
Join parents and supporters of the School of St. Mary during their much-anticipated fundraiser "Dreams Are Wishes From the Heart" gala. Co-chairs of the evening are Laura Rukavin and Julie Schaefer. For more information, visit events.org/dreams2012.