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Aaron Ozee launched his writing career with his first book, "Celestial Inferno: Poems of Another Realm." (Shaw Media file photo)

Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a Green Home Tour across the suburbs to a singing naturalist who engages children, plus a cardboard regatta, and creative young people – a published young poet and an outdoor student showcase of visual and performing arts.

Lulu print on demand and online purveyors
WHEN: Now available
COST & INFO: $4 to $12;,,
"Horrific Paradise" is the latest book from prolific poet Aaron Ozee of Addison, formerly of Elmhurst. The self-published author, now 17, says the topics he has explored since his first book, "Celestial Inferno: Poems of Another Realm," written at age 15, have delved into subjects of heaven, hell, greed, love and nature, as well as writing "about true events in my life." His new book is a collection of horror and paradise poems. To read our earlier profile of the young artist, visit Audio book versions are coming soon, says Ozee, who also has launched Lumidrone Web Design.

Villa Park Public Library, 305 S. Ardmore Ave.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon Friday, July 26
COST & INFO: Free; 630-834-1176,
Children can exercise their imaginations this summer when Wisconsin naturalist David Stokes entertains and educates with songs, stories, movement, riddles and interactive materials. All ages are invited to "Insects and Arthropods." The family program is sponsored by the Youth Services Department as part of the Summer Reading Program called “Have Book – Will Travel.”

Norman P. Smalley Pool, 665 S. York St., Elmhurst
WHEN: 9 a.m. race time Saturday, July 20
COST & INFO: Free to spectators; 630-993-4724,
Floating into view will be the Smalley Pool Cardboard Boat Regatta, which challenged people 6 and older to build their own boat out of cardboard and duct tape. The contest requires that two people be able to paddle the boat across the pool. Spectators are welcome to watch the splashy action as competitors in each age group vie for a variety of awards.

Various locations
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21
COST & INFO: $25 for two people, free for those younger than 18; 312-245-8300, register at
With environmental awareness on the rise, many homes today have been designed with sustainability in mind. The first GreenBuilt Home Tour will showcase 16 homes across the Chicago region that feature affordable and practical green living. Suburban homes are in Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Wheaton, Brookfield, La Grange and Naperville. Get ideas for your own home or simply learn about what can be done to make homes more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Wild Meadow Trace, near York Road and the Prairie Path, Elmhurst
WHEN: Saturday, July 20; from noon to 8 p.m., content will be appropriate for all ages, and from 8 to 10 p.m. suited for age 13 and older
COST & INFO: Free;, Facebook
The brainchild of a group of York High School students and recent alumni, YES Fest – with YES standing for Youth Elmhurst Showcase – will feature visual arts and music, comedy, poetry readings and dance by local teens. “Too often you hear in the news about what’s wrong with youth today,” says Dan Sonenberg, a 2013 York graduate and member of the YES Fest organizing committee, comprised entirely of teens. “We wanted to create a way for … teens to share their talents and their unique creative perspective with the community – and do it in a fun summer setting.” Visual artists will be on hand to discuss and sell their work. Refreshments will be available for purchase.