Home News Botanic Garden Unveils Stunning Display of 1,000 Jack-O’-Lanterns Impressive Showcase at Botanic Garden Showcases 1,000 Jack-O’-Lanterns Local Students Named National Merit Semifinalists North Shore History Exhibit Embarks on a Traveling Journey

Botanic Garden Unveils Stunning Display of 1,000 Jack-O’-Lanterns Impressive Showcase at Botanic Garden Showcases 1,000 Jack-O’-Lanterns Local Students Named National Merit Semifinalists North Shore History Exhibit Embarks on a Traveling Journey

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Botanic Garden Unveils Stunning Display of 1,000 Jack-O’-Lanterns
Impressive Showcase at Botanic Garden Showcases 1,000 Jack-O’-Lanterns
Local Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
North Shore History Exhibit Embarks on a Traveling Journey

The favored Night of 1,000 Jack-o-Lanterns is making its way back to the Chicago Botanic Garden.

The event, which lasts for 10 nights between Oct. 11-22, incorporates a display of over 1,000 pumpkins lit with LED lights along an out of doors path on the Glencoe venue.

“Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is a festive annual tradition for visitors to walk through the garden after dark guided by the glow of pumpkins,” said Jodi Zombolo, associate vice chairman of CBG’s visitor events and programs, in a press release. “It’s an awesome opportunity to spend a night outdoors with family and friends while being entertained along the best way.”

Eighty of the pumpkins, some reportedly weighing as much as 150 kilos, are intricately carved by artists from the Recent York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. They reportedly spend eight to 10 hours illustrating after which 10 to twenty hours painting and carving each large pumpkin.

Also along the lit path, there will likely be carving demonstrations, costumed entertainers, and “light” foods and drinks available for purchase.

The event runs at 6 p.m. for 10 nights: Oct. 11-15 and Oct. 18-22. Tickets, which will be purchased online, cost between $19 and $23 for adults and $13-$16 for kids between 3-12. Children age 2 and under are free. Parking is $15 for nonmembers if purchased prematurely and $25 on the day of.

Recent Trier High School has 35 National Merit semifinalists.

Local students named as National Merit semifinalists

In line with information from the high schools, 35 Recent Trier High School students and five Loyola Academy students were named as semifinalists in the distinguished National Merit Scholarship Program.

Highschool juniors across the country entered the 2024 program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, and only roughly 16,000, or lower than 1 percent, earned the semifinalist designation. The semifinalists could have the chance to proceed within the competition for 7,140 National Merit Scholarships price nearly $28 million.

About 95 percent of the semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level, and about half of those will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

The National Merit semifinalists from Recent Trier are: Alison K. Beanblossom, Tal M. Belkind, Jacqueline R. Berman, Emily J. Boyd, Tolga K. Bozkurt, William Choi, Maya Echambadi, Jasmine Fang, Hayden M. Fountain, Alivia A. Gao, Ashley Geohas, Constance H. Gillum, Samuel Kaiser, Sophia A. Korobov, Charles J. Ktsanes, Nalin V. Kundu, Magnus J. Lee, Megan K. Lu, Daniel C. Matten, Jacob A. Matten, Ella L. McCurdy, Andrew E. Moore, Cax H. Moore, Michael J. Moran, Lauren Moutvic, Niyati Naveen, Raina M. Patel, Sarah F. Popoff, Colleen S. Schindler, Rohan M. Sharma, Caleb Sim, Pranshu Venkatesh Rao, Victoria I. Wenzke, Andrew Y. Xia, and Jasper S. Zettelmeyer.

The semifinalists from Loyola are: Emmett F. Boyd, Leah M. Harker, Daniel B. McGuire, Elizabeth B. O’Hara, and Townes X. Robertson.

Traveling Winnetka history exhibit Creating Communities: A History of the North Shore opens

The North Shore Senior Center in Northfield is hosting the Creating Communities: A History of the North Shore exhibit, which opened on Friday, Sept. 15. The exhibit showcases the history of the North Shore’s early settlers, transportation, business development, architecture, recreation, and notable women. It also includes unique artifacts akin to wedding shoes, a bus and train belted coin dispenser, wood ice skates, an engraved bowling pin, and more.

In November, specific exhibit topics will travel to the Community House Winnetka and the Winnetka Public Library. The exhibit is open to the general public freed from charge in any respect three venues and is geared toward children and adults ages 10 and up. It’s open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. between Sept. 15 and Oct. 27 on the North Shore Senior Center, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday between Nov. 1 and Feb. 28 on the Winnetka Public Library, and from 5 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and seven a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday between Nov. 8 and Feb. 28 on the Community House in Winnetka.

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