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A sign welcoming one to Riverwoods, and the Riverwoods Town Hall
Riverwoods is a charming village community surrounded by acres of old growth trees.  The residents have always worked to maintain the village founder's ideal of keeping the natural setting intact.  The preservation of natural habitat has always been the backbone of Riverwoods and it is evident in the town's design and planning.

Ryerson Conservation Area and Riverwoods Wildlife Preserve provide a densely wooded backdrop for the village.  In the center of the community visitors are presented with a late 1920's log cabin that once served as a boy and girl scout meeting place and is now part of the village hall.

Riverwood's roughly 3,800 residents have chosen not to have a typical downtown shopping district or school district.  There is a business section with several different national company corporate headquarters located there, including Walgreen's, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Discover Card.  

The village has compromised though and now has a small shopping center on Milwaukee Avenue.  The Shoppes of Riverwoods or Colonial Court Shopping Center provide the village with an interesting variety of specialty shops, some basic retail outlets and stores.  The shopping center may be smaller than some other villages in the area, but it fits in perfectly with the rustic atmosphere of Riverwoods.

In keeping with the wooded theme, The Ryerson Woods Conservation Area has several spring and summer events planned.  On May 19th from 6:30 to 10:00PM, The Family Star Party: Birds of Summer will be held.  A walk through Ryerson Woods just at sunset to look for birds starts off the evening.  After that, staff members from Chicago's Adler Planetarium will present an indoor lecture about each season's constellations and the different birds that are represented in the star constellations.  Outside, staff will show participants the sky location of Venus, the moon, Saturn and other seasonal constellations.  Visitors will also be told tips on observing the starts and planets as well as telescope lessons.  Adults and children eight years old and above are welcome to attend.  The cost is $10.00 per person or $6.00 for members of the Friends of Ryerson Woods organization.

The Spring Watercolor Workshop is scheduled for May 19th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM Saturday. Well known artist Judith Joseph will conduct an outdoor class on painting, weather permitting, and demonstrate how to transfer the beauty of the springtime woods in bloom onto canvass.  Pre-registration is a must, so call the North Shore Art League to do so.  This is for adults only and the cost is $65.00 per person.

The Attracting Hummingbirds seminar will be held on Sunday May 20th from 1:30 to 3:30PM. All ages are welcome to learn the many ways to lure this birds to backyards.  Tips on providing proper habitat, plants and food will be given.  Fees are $7.00 per person or $5.00 if you are a resident of Lake County.

Periodical Cicadas: The Plague and the Puzzle is the title of another seminar focusing on those unusual insects.  It will be held on Saturday June 2nd from 7:00 to 9:00PM.  One of the leading authorities on cicadas, Gene Kritsky, will be speaking.  Because of the life cycle of these insects, this program won't be offered again for 17 years, so don't miss it.  Adults and children 12 years old and above are welcome.  Fees are $10.00 per person or $8.00 for members of the Friends of Ryerson Woods.

Theatre in the Woods group will present their version of the classic the "Odd Couple" on July 20th through 22nd and again on July 27th through 29th.  This version casts the mismatched room mates as women for a hilarious twist on the old comedy.  Auditions for this presentation will be posted soon by the Theater in the Woods organization and Riverwoods residents are encouraged to participate in the production.  

The annual Arts and Riverwoods festival will be held in October again this year on the 13th and 14th from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.  This event takes place at Ryerson Woods, just off Riverwoods Road.  Join in supporting a worthy cause by attending the judged art show where 60 artists will display their crafts, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, textiles, wood working and much more.  The show is nearly village wide and the participating artists welcome visitors into their won homes to see their artwork.  Proceeds go to support art scholarships for area art students, and this is the only such event to do so locally.

It’s going to be a busy year in Riverwoods, so be sure to visit this North Shore village and experience its wooded beauty and many events.