Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from Taste of Lombard and rock-and-roll-themed craft projects for kids in Elmhurst, to a new acting school for film, and a suburban woman entered in an unusual athletic competition.
WOMAN ON A ROLL
WHERE: North Park University Gymnasium, 3225 W.Foster Ave., Chicago
WHEN: Monday to Sunday, July 8 to 14
COST & INFO: Tickets start at $10 at www.wheel2013.com
Kandi Pajer of Elmhurst, 36, will compete as part of Team USA in the 10th Wheel Gymnastics World Championships, drawing 240 athletes from 36 nations to the first competition held outside Europe. Pajer was head girls gymnastics coach at York High School from 2005 to 2009. She instructs classes including Wheel at Sokol Spirit in Brookfield. Her coach is world champion Wheel Master Wolfgang Bientzle. Pajer is skilled in the straightline, spiral and vault Wheel gymnastic disciplines, and is also a part-time gymnastics coach.
ACTING STUDIO FOR FILM
WHERE: Elmhurst and Naperville classes held at college campuses
WHEN: Starting in early July and again in August
COST & INFO: Tuition details at www.facebook.com/NorthHollywoodActingStudio, firstname.lastname@example.org, 773-276-0232
Designing their North Hollywood Acting Studio for anyone who's ever dreamed of being a movie star, two award-winning suburbanites active in filmmaking, acting and producing have teamed up to provide training in how to act for film. Elmhurst native and Hollywood filmmaker Nicholas Celozzi and Grant Stokes will offer weeknight classes primarily for ages 17 and older. Celozzi headed the film department at Act One Studios and Conservatory in Chicago. The film "Fall Away" by Stokes, as actor, producer, storywriter and musical performer, earned him the “Best Lead Actor” award at the 2011 New York City International Film Festival.
READING FOR GROWNUPS
WHERE: Villa Park Public Library, 305 S. Ardmore Ave.
WHEN: Now through Aug. 3
COST & INFO: Free to cardholders; www.vppl.info, 630-834-1164, ext. 2
Villa Park Public Library’s Adult Services Department has launched the summer reading program "Have Book — Will Travel … Through Space and Time." Patrons can track their reading for the chance to win prizes in this incentive program meant to encourage the love of reading. They can up the odds by reading a book from one of the theme areas: space travel fiction or time travel fiction, or by attending a book discussion or other Adult Services program.
YOUTH EVENTS ROCK
WHERE: Elmhurst Historical Museum's Education Center, just south of the Glos Mansion, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from now to Aug. 13
COST & INFO: $2 per craft project for nonmembers, with no reservations required; www.elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457
Elmhurst Historical Museum offers family programs with a rock-and-roll beat, playing off its featured exhibit "Shutter to Think: The Rock & Roll Lens of Paul Natkin," and highlighting Elmhurst School of Rock musicians and faculty for various events. Summer Fun & Games welcomes kids ages 4 to 12 with their caregiver Tuesday afternoons for different craft activities with a rock theme. School of Rock partners with the museum to inject a live music component into the exhibit.
TASTE OF LOMBARD
WHERE: Madison Meadow Park, East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue, Lombard
WHEN: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 5, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 6
COST & INFO: $3 for age 10 and older; lineup at www.tasteoflombard.com; 630-375-7474
Taste of Lombard is in full swing, heading toward Saturday's closing night entertainment by the headlining band Local H. Fans can hear Grammy-nominated country music singer-songwriter Keith Anderson as featured headliner Friday night in The Lombard Jaycees' festival. Music, food and carnival rides are among the attractions. Free shuttle bus service is provided by the village.