Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions ranging from an Italian family circus to Pat Boone, Art in the Park, a benefit in the fight against breast cancer, and the new biography about former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
ART IN THE PARK
WHERE: Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5
COST & INFO: Free admission; Elmhurst Park District at (630) 993-8900 or www.epd.org
More than 100 artists will flock to the 17th annual Art in the Park, showing jewelry, glass, ceramics, painting, wood, photography, sculpture, paper and mixed media. Festivities extend to kids’ art activities, School of Rock performances, food vendor court, and gourmet food gift section. Wilder Mansion will be open for coffee, pastries and lunch provided by Café Amano both days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, produced by RGL Marketing for the Arts, is sponsored by the Elmhurst Park District. Room & Board is presenting sponsor. The Elmhurst Art Museum offers free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ZOPPE FAMILY CIRCUS
WHERE: Caputo’s Fresh Market parking lot, 510 W. Lake St., Addison
WHEN: Various times Thursday through Sunday, May 9 to 12
COST & INFO: $8 with discounts available; www.zoppe.net/addison
Clowns and acrobats are just a taste of entertainment at the Zoppe Family Circus, which returns to Addison the week of Mother's Day. Nino, the clown prince of Italy, has new tricks up his sleeve for the one-ring big top, in which dogs and horses are the stars of the animal acts. The Zoppe circus has been touring since 1842. The performance is propelled by a central story, explains Giovanni Zoppe, the sixth-generation circus artist to play Nino.
WOMEN'S CLUB 'TICKLED PINK'
WHERE: Diplomat West, 681 W. North Ave., Elmhurst
WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 10
COST & INFO: $20, $5 for children younger than 10; reservations at www.elmhurst-juniors.org
On Mother's Day weekend, join the Elmhurst Junior Women's Club for an evening of shopping, food and fun at its "Tickled Pink" benefit, with all proceeds going to the Breast Health Center at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and the club's Brenda Grabacki Scholarship Fund. Mothers, daughters and women of all ages can shop a variety of vendors and enjoy appetizers, desserts and beverages, all for a great cause. The marketplace offers handbags, jewelry, makeup, stationery, games, crafts, dancing, and nail and face painting, plus a special appearance by Miss Illinois.
PAT BOONE TO CROON
WHERE: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14
COST & INFO: Show-only tickets cost $55; and lunch and show tickets $70; reservations at 630-530-0111 or TicketMaster at 800-745-3000; www.drurylaneoakbrook.com
Entertainer Pat Boone will perform two concerts celebrating his 75 years in show business. He has had nearly 40 Top 40 hits, has sold 45 million albums and starred in more than 15 Hollywood films. Boone had one or more of his songs appear on the charts for 220 consecutive weeks, and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2003. Among his biggest hits are "Love Letters in the Sand" and "April Love.”
AUTHOR TALKS DALEY BIO
WHERE: Elmhurst College's Founders Lounge in Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8
COST & INFO: $10, free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni; tickets at the door or www.elmhurst.edu/tix; 630-617-3390
Historian and biographer Keith Koeneman will discuss his new book, "First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley," called "a must read" by Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association. The author's wife is former Elmhurst resident Claire Baldikoski, and he acknowledges Jean Baldikoski, who taught English and journalism at York High School and Elmhurst College, as a skilled editor. The book includes a thank you for the encouragement of his parents, Carol and Bob Koeneman of Oak Brook.