Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from an American Music Festival at FitzGerald's to creative outlets for children, and one of the summer's many Relay for Life benefits.
WHERE: FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
WHEN: Wednesday through Saturday, July 3 to 6
COST & INFO: $30 at the door, $5 less during opening hour, and $5 for kids 12 and younger; $100 four-day passes; 708-788-2118, www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones will be among 40 acts including James McMurtry, NRBQ, Marcia Ball and Jimmy LaFave at the 33rd annual American Music Festival, set on three stages at FitzGerald's. On the menu will be barbecue and vegetarian options with Louisiana favorites. The festival includes a Paladins reunion and some Tex-Mex fun with Mac Baca & Los TexManiacs. It's an Americana lineup of blues, rock, pop, zydeco, soul, jazz, a cappella, doo-wop, country and folk.
IRISH DANCE LESSONS
WHERE: Western Springs Village Club, 4221 Lawn Ave.
WHEN: Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, July 29 to Aug. 9
COST & INFO: $95 for six classes; 877-326-2328, www.trinityirishdancers.com
Six-part Taste of Trinity classes are offered new students. Boys and girls ages 3 and a half to 5 and ages 6 to 10 will discover the dance basics, learning the proper techniques of movement set to the rhythm of Irish music. Trinity, called the birthplace of “progressive Irish dance,” has won two Emmy Awards for appearances on PBS. The Taste program is designed to introduce students to the world of Irish dance, and ends with a 15-minute performance for family and friends.
'MOVIE AND FUN UNDER THE STARS'
WHERE: Memorial Park Amphitheater, Woodlawn Avenue and La Grange Road, La Grange Park
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5; movie starts at 8:40 p.m.
COST & INFO: Free; 708-354-4580; www.cpdlgp.org
Families can make a night of it with a screening of the Pixar film "Brave" offered by the Community Park District of La Grange Park. Pockets the Clown will perform balloon artistry from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests should bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. The district also announces a morning Kids First Football Camp for ages 6 to 14, meeting July 8 to 11. It focuses on teaching football safety, fundamentals and skills.
'SUPER HERO ACADEMY'
WHERE: Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., La Grange
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 15 to 19
COST & INFO: $130 resident, $169 nonresident; registration details at 708-352-1762, www.pdlg.org
From Batman to Superman, every kid has that one superhero they can’t get enough of, as they spend their days dreaming of wearing capes and exploring super powers. They can build their very own heroic figure made of LEGO bricks at the "Super Hero Academy" with Bricks 4 Kidz . After configuring their superhero at the weeklong camp, they take their own mini figure home.
RELAY FOR LIFE
WHERE: Countryside Park, 630 W. 61st St., Countryside
WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, July 12, to 6 a.m. Saturday, July 13
COST & INFO: Donation-based; www.relayforlife.org/countrysideil, 312-279-7266
An American Cancer Society Relay For Life is coming to Countryside to help garner funds in the fight against cancer, raise awareness and honor those touched by the disease. The Countryside Relay For Life also includes the communities of Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, McCook and Western Springs. You can start a team and raise donations, or simply support the efforts of volunteers taking part.