Diversions: 4 picks for July 5-12
Updated: July 8, 2012 1:34PM
1. Karin Slaughter, best-selling suspense author of the Grant County, Will Trent and Georgia series, will present her new book, Criminal, at 7 p.m. July 12 at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St. Books for signing will be available for purchase courtesy of Lake Forest Bookstore. Free admission, but registration is required. Call the Cook Park Library, (847) 362-2330, or visit www.cooklib.org.
2. Civil War Days will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 7 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 8 at Lakewood Forest Preserve, located on Route 176 just west of Fairfield Road, Wauconda. The event draws more than 600 reenactors from seven states, including infantry, cavalry and artillery reenactors, as well as musicians, historical figures and civilians, and culminates each day with a narrated battle reenactment, at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Children’s activities include period crafts and games, and a scavenger hunt around the site. A large Civil War era shopping area and period music and entertainment are also featured. Visitors can bring a picnic lunch or purchase food at the event. Admission is $8; $4 for youth ages 4-17; free for children 3 and under. Visit www.lcfpd.org or call (847) 968-3400.
3. Occidental Gypsy performs gypsy swing, jazz and pop at 4 p.m. July 8 at Fountain Square in the historic Village of Long Grove, located near Route 83 and Old Route 53. Free admission; bring blankets or chairs for seating. Visit http://thelonggroveblog.com.
4. Turner Classic Movies presents “Singin’ in the Rain” 60th anniversary event at 7 p.m. July 12 at local theaters including Lincolnshire 21, 300 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. Tickets available at the theater box office and www.FathomEvents.com.