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The Top Five Best Bets for Your Weekend Ahead

Looking for some autumn fun this weekend? There's plenty to do in the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area - from Rib Fest to scarecrow making!

1) Rib Fest 2012: Forget Kansas City and Texas – the BBQ world has a new capitol, and it’s Lake Bluff.  With over twenty teams competing, this all day event on the Village Green in Lake Bluff is guaranteed to be lip smackin’ good time. Saturday Oct. 6, Lake Bluff Village Green, 10 a.m. to Evening

2) Green Glamour Clothing Exchange: Three awesome Lake Forest High School seniors – Emily Lovell, Grace Demet and Nina Demet – started this event in 2010 as a way to give back to the community, plus give their classmates a great opportunity to exchange clothes and come away with something new. Donations will be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and the Waukegan Battered and Abused Woman and Children’s Foundation. The event, open to teens and tweens, encourages participants to bring a bag (or more!) of clothes to be swapped or donated. Find out more at http://greenglamourex.wordpress.com. Sunday, Oct. 7 Noon to 3 p.m. at Lovell’s of Lake Forest Restaurant (915 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest)

3) Party’n in the Prairie: Break out your cowboy hats and refresh your two-steppin’ skills (or quickly pick up some two-steppin’ skills) – it’s time for Party’n in the Prairie! The Allendale Association, a non-profit organization that assists troubled youth and their families) is sponosoring a country and western themed evening full of food, live and silent auctions items, a raffle and country music group Bella Cain. Ticket prices start at $175, and you can find out more online at www.allendalebenefit4kids.org. Saturday, Oct. 6, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview (at the historic Wagner farm), 6 30 p.m.

4) Lake Forest Open Lands Fall Volunteer Work Day: Get back to nature with the Lake Forest Open Lands Fall Volunteer Work Day. Bring your family to help out the management staff and enjoy the beautiful fall weather that’s expected for this weekend. You can find more information at http://www.LFOLA.org Saturday, Oct. 6, Lake Forest Open Lands Association at 350 N. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest, IL, 9 a.m.

5) Lake Forest Scarecrow Making Contest: “If you only had a brain”, you’d definitely take part in the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department Scarecrow Making Contest! (Sorry, I had to – it’s the only scarecrow pun I could come up with.) The contest is open to any school, youth organization, neighborhood group, family or individual. Register by Thursday Oct. 4 if you want to participate. A $20 entry fee will get you hay and a pumpkin head – you supply the accessories, clothes and imagination. All scarecrows will be mounted on a fence post provided by the Parks Dept. Refreshments will be served! Sunday Oct. 7, Market Square in Lake Forest, 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

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