Take advantage of the warm weather at an outdoor art exhibit or head inside for a cooking class with our picks of the top things to do around Buffalo Grove this weekend. For a complete list of events, visit Pioneer Local’s events calendar.
1. The Artists at 3150 Open Studios, 3 p.m. Friday
The Artists at 3150 open their studios for an exhibit, art sale and open house. Nine artists in six studios in an open air courtyard setting will be showing their work in painting, sculpture, mixed-media and photography. Refreshments will be served. The Artists at 3150, 3150 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park. Free.
2. Skokie Valley Astronomers: Stellar Evolution, 8 p.m. Friday
A night sky stargazing will follow a formal presentation about astronomy, weather permitting. Meets on the second Friday of each month. For more information, visit skokievalleyastronomers.org. Ryerson Conservation Area, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods. Free.
3. Bow Wow, 10 a.m. Saturday
Enjoy a variety of vendors, such as dog groomers, an adoption program, pet suppliers, veterinarians and more. Dogs will also have a chance to meet and mingle with other dogs that speak their own language. All dogs must have current shots. Happy Tails Dog Park, 835 Commerce Court, Buffalo Grove. Free.
4. Bike Rodeo, 11 a.m. Saturday
Children can bring their bike to Blair Park to learn bike safety skills through real-life situations in a safe, controlled, hands-on environment. Children can have their bike and helmet inspected and fitted, then ride the skills course. For ages 5 to 12. Lake Bluff Recreation Center, 355 W. Washington Ave., Lake Bluff.
5. Battle of the Bands, 1 p.m. Saturday
Local bands compete for a chance to play at the Illinois State Fair. Registration required for participants. Lions Park, 50 S. Northwest Highway, Fox River Grove.
6. Sweet Pairings Cooking Class, 1 p.m. Saturday
Desserts are ideal for exploring how opposites attract with magical results. Join Sunset Foods’ Lake Forest Cooking Studio to learn basic preparation techniques for tart dough, pastry cream and tempered chocolate. Everyone’s sweet tooth will be indulged while preparing decadent coconut cream tarts with macadamia nut crusts, lemon pound cake and tipsy turtle chocolate bark. Sunset Foods, 825 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. $65 per station; add a friend for $15.
7. Third Annual Live Auction Cake Sale, 3 p.m. Saturday
Bake a cake to be auctioned and/or buy a cake at the auction. If you would like to bake a cake to donate, cakes must be at the store by noon on May 10. The auction fun starts at 3 p.m. You do not have to bake a cake to buy one. All proceeds go to Relay for Life. Norton’s USA, 400 S. Lageschulte St., Barrington.
8. Astronomy Day, 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA) and Harper College Department of Physical Sciences present astronomy lectures, displays, photographs and hands-on activities and projects for children. Bring the family to Building Z at Harper College’s Algonquin Road entrance in Palatine. Observing will take place through NSA member telescopes and others at the campus observatory. Come rain or shine. www.nsaclub.org. Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.
9. 2014 Annual Fundraiser, 6 p.m. Saturday
The Libertyville Junior Woman’s Club hosts a benefit for Willow House with trivia, raffles, auctions, prizes, live music by Mojo Daddies, appetizers and a cash bar. Libertyville Senior Center, 135 W. Church St., Libertyville. $30.
10. ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot,’ 8 p.m. Saturday
Theatre Nebula presents the musical based on the classic film comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Performances are at 8 p.m. fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 15. Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. $12-$20.
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