Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from Taste of Westmont and kids activities to a benefit garden walk in Downers Grove for Bridge Communities, an outdoor theater series for wanderers, and a nostalgic return to the musical hits of the 1950s.
TASTE OF WESTMONT
WHERE: Downtown Westmont, on Cass Avenue between Chicago and Burlington avenues
WHEN: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11; 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 12; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 14
COST & INFO: Free; www.westmontevents.com
It’s that time of year again to gather friends and family and head to the annual Taste of Westmont. Food, games, live entertainment, a beer and margarita tent, and battle of the bands, plus arts and crafts show are among the attractions. The band Infinity plays Sunday evening. Although entry to the festival is free, there are additional costs for the carnival, for which wristbands can be purchased. The main performance stage is on Cass Avenue south of Naperville Road and Chicago Avenue.
WHERE: Start at Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21) at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, switching to 3 p.m. in October
COST & INFO: $12 for member adults and $8 for children; $19 and $13 for nonmembers, with season tickets available; 630-725-2066, mortonarb.org
The Theatre-Hikes season swashbuckles into view with Ken Ludwig's twist on "The Three Musketeers" in July, followed by "James and the Giant Peach" in August, "An Afternoon with Mark Twain" in September, and "The Passion of Dracula" through October. As the plays progress, actors and audience move through the Morton Arboretum grounds. “Nature becomes part of the story, as the actors incorporate our landscapes and settings into the production," said Jenelle Hardtke, special events manager. The first Sunday performance of the month will be a low-impact hike suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs. Each performance lasts about three hours. Wear comfortable shoes and bring chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.
RETRO SUMMER CONCERT
WHERE: Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18
COST & INFO: Free; www.obparks.org, weather hotline at 630-645-9553
The 1950s hit parade will fill the air when the Steve Cooper Orchestra plays Oak Brook Park District’s Summer Concert Series. The performance will be accompanied by food and beverages from the Weber Grill Restaurant, including hot dogs, pulled pork, cheeseburgers, beer, sangria and soft drinks. Next up, The Neverly Brothers will perform July 25. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved into the Family Recreation Center gymnasium.
GARDEN WALK SPLENDORS
WHERE: Downers Grove First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13
COST & INFO: $20 in advance, $25 that day; 630-968-7120, www.dgfumc.org
Inspire your green thumb as you stroll the showplace gardens of the seventh annual Downers Grove Garden Walk. All proceeds will benefit the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church’s Bridge Board, a program partner with Bridge Communities, to help provide housing and mentoring for formerly homeless families. Tour seven gardens, each filled with a variety of different plants for unique landscape designs. Get ideas for your own backyard, and enjoy a sneak peek of the tour online.
MOVIES UNDER THE MOON
WHERE: Windy Point Park, 2100 Egerton Drive, Woodridge
WHEN: 8:45 p.m. Friday, July 19
COST & INFO: Free; www.woodridgeparks.org, 630-353-3300
Rather than sit on the couch and watch a movie on a Friday night, enjoy the summer weather with an outdoor screening of “Tangled.” The Woodridge Park District’s Movies Under the Moon event will feature lantern decorating starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by the movie at 8:45 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for comfort, and enjoy popcorn, snacks and beverages available for purchase. “Tangled” is rated PG, and follows Rapunzel on her journey outside her tower to discover who she really is.