Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a major craft show in La Grange to a steak fry to benefit community programs in Berwyn, animal fun for kids, relaxation techniques based on the Tibetan Singing Bowl, and an unusual gymnastics competitor who teaches her Wheel art in Brookfield.
CRAFT SHOW FUN
WHERE: Downtown La Grange
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13 and 14
COST & INFO: Free admission; lgba.com
The 39th annual La Grange Craft Show presents 175 tents filled with one-of-a-kind arts and crafts by Midwest artisans, many of them new to the event put on by the La Grange Business Association. They will display handmade baby gifts, jewelry, florals, garden stakes, pet accessories, fabric items, fishing lures, yard art, birdbaths, sports photography and turned wood. Food booths will operate, and several restaurants will feature specials. Merchants' VIP Customer Cards are good for offers and prize drawings. Artist demonstrations also are planned. An information booth will be near Village Hall.
WOMAN ON A ROLL
WHERE: North Park University Gymnasium, 3225 W. Foster Ave., Chicago
WHEN: Now through Sunday, July 14
COST & INFO: Tickets start at $10 at www.wheel2013.com; visit www.sokolspirit.org
Kandi Pajer, 36, is competing 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. The former head girls gymnastics coach at York High School 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.
STEAK FRY BENEFIT
WHERE: Liberty Cultural Center, 6445 W. 27th Place, Berwyn
WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12
COST & INFO: $20 for steak dinner, $25 at the door, $5 for hot dog dinner; www.berwynparks.org, 708-795-2891
Enjoy a freshly grilled meal without even firing up your own backyard barbecue at the Berwyn Park District’s Steak Fry Fundraiser. The steak or hot dog meals include sides, dessert and a beverage, and all proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Berwyn Park District Scholarship Fund and the city's Kiwanis Club. Reservations are taken ahead of time, and tickets, if still available, can be purchased at the door.
TIBETAN SINGING BOWL
WHERE: Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., La Grange
WHEN: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20
COST & INFO: $35 per resident, $46 per nonresident; register in advance at www.pdlg.org; 708-352-1762
Looking for a new way to relax? Melt your tension away with Danielle Engstrom as she performs a Tibetan Singing Bowl Concert. The vibrations of the bowls are designed to be therapeutic as they synchronize with brain waves. The hour-long program takes place on the floor, so bring a mat, pillow or blanket to ensure comfort. It's suggested one not eat or only eat lightly before the event, and people should sign up ahead of time online or at the Recreation Center.
ZOO'S ANIMAL ENRICHMENT
WHERE: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13
COST & INFO: Regular admission; www.brookfieldzoo.org, 708-688-8000
They may be out of the wild, but all the animals at Brookfield Zoo are nurtured with the goal of keeping their behaviors as natural as possible. The entire day Saturday will be dedicated to showing visitors what the zookeepers do to maintain natural habitats for the animals that call the zoo home. Zoo Chats on the theme will be held throughout the day, as well as hands-on activities to teach guests about animal enrichment. A full schedule of events can be found on the zoo’s website.