It’s Aug. 11, the 223rd day of the year; 142 days remain in 2018. The National Weather Service reports that yesterday’s Lake Michigan temperatures were 78 at the Chicago shore, 724 at the Chicago crib and 73 at the Wilmette buoy.

Today:

Downtown Farmers Market opens at 7:30 a.m.

CAMS Family Film & Craft: A Wrinkle in Time , 11-1.

Muse of Fire’s “Richard III”, Ingraham Park, 3 p.m. Free

Tonight:

Shakespeare on the Ridge: Arc Theatre presents “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Ridgeville Park District.” 7 p.m. Free. (Great review by Shawn Jones in the arts section here)

“Crowns” at Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. 7 p.m. Tickets at the door, perhaps.

Starlight Movies – “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Robert Crown Center. Free,

Watch for the Perseid meteor shower, one of the best sky shows of the year.

In History:

3114 BCE: The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins.

1954:  Formal peace treaty ends over 7 years of fighting in Indochina between the French and the Communist Viet Minh.

2003: NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.