Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a music-filled car show to Villa Park's Summerfest, an outdoor concert by the Elmhurst Symphony, "celebrity" children's activities, and a chance to be part of a ham radio emergency preparedness competition.
ROCK 'N WHEELS
WHERE: Village Green, Addison
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays in June and July, except July 4
COST & INFO: Free admission; ItHappensInAddison.com
"Rock 'N Wheels" shifts gears into summertime fun, featuring food, entertainment and a car and bike cruise night Thursdays. Participants should bring a lawn chair or blanket. The Historical Museum Craft Fair and Open House also will be featured each week from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of the museum buildings.
ELMHURST SYMPHONY IN LINEUP
WHERE: Outside Cantigny Park's First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
WHEN: Symphonies at 8 p.m., beginning Saturday, June 22
COST & INFO: $12 in advance or $18 on concert day; free for children younger than 8; parking fee waived for ticket holders; cantigny.org or 630-260-8162
Tickets for outdoor summer shows have gone on sale for symphonies, Shakespeare in the Park and a rock performance by Infinity. The series kicks off Saturday, June 22, with Elmhurst Symphony brass and percussion in “Brass Bonanza,” featuring music by composers from Elgar to Copland, Sousa, Mancini and Gershwin. Next up are the West Suburban and DuPage symphony orchestras. Infinity stars Saturday, July 6. Seating is on the lawn, so guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Picnic baskets are welcome.
WHERE: Bensenville, La Grange and Westchester libraries
WHEN: Through August
COST & INFO: Free; www.bensenville.lib.il.us
Libraries have teamed up to encourage young people to keep exercising their minds through summer reading programs. The clubs, open to toddlers through incoming sixth-graders, include reading logs and a variety of perks. Helping provide incentives is local McDonald’s owner Dennis Stabile, and Ronald McDonald will be the featured host at a reading session at 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Westchester library. To learn about Villa Park Public Library's separate special events, check the KidZone at www.vppl.info.
VILLA PARK SUMMERFEST
WHERE: Ardmore Business District, Villa Park
WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 21, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22
COST & INFO: Free admission; www.villaparksummerfest.com, email@example.com
Opening night features music, food, beer tent, car show and a bags tournament, with children’s attractions joining the lineup Saturday. Villa Park's own Irish dance world champion Peter Dziak is part of the entertainment with the Trinity Irish Dancers at 4 p.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts and local vendors also are showcased. Advance registration is recommended for the bags tournament.
HAM RADIO CONTEST
WHERE: Addison Village Green, 1 Friendship Plaza, east of Village Hall
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22 and 23
COST & INFO: Free; www.yorkradioclub.com
By stopping by the York Radio Club event, you can help it beat its points total from last year in the 2013 American Radio and Relay League’s Field Day Contest. Amateur radio operators nationwide will participate in an emergency response simulation as if normal power sources were unavailable. Visitors of all ages will be able to use a short wave radio to contact other hams across the country. Club meetings are held at 8 p.m. each third Friday at Community Bank of Elmhurst, 330 W. Butterfield Drive.