Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a hands-on introduction to trucks for kids to a Civil War Encampment, outdoor concerts, an aquatic "Christmas in July" and a way to get involved in fighting breast cancer.
CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT
WHERE: Four Seasons Park, off South Finley Road and 16th Street, Lombard
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28
COST & INFO: Free; 630-629-1885, www.lombardhistory.org/sweets.htm
Time travel to Sweet's Civil War Encampment, presented by the Lombard Historical Society. Reenactors will depict camp life and wage two battles daily. It includes talks, special events, period music and food vendors. One can register for a Saturday night Candle Light Camp Tour, and a tea and Civil War-inspired fashion show at noon Sunday; tickets to either event cost $5 for adults, $3 for children. The encampment is named after Civil War Gen. Benjamin Sweet, a town founder. The movie "Gettysburg" will be screened at dusk Friday, July 26, in the park.
RACE FOR THE CURE
WHERE: Begins and ends at Yorktown Center Mall, with route through Lombard residential areas
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 22
COST & INFO: Now to Sept. 21, $40 for runners, $35 for walkers, $35 for Sleep In for the Cure, $35 for youth runners 17 and younger, and $25 for youth walkers; on Sept. 22, it's $40 for all; to sign up or volunteer, visit chicagoland.info-komen.org
The Susan G. Komen fourth annual Lombard Race for the Cure will raise funds to help locally in the fight against breast cancer, with more than $13.5 million awarded to date. "DuPage County (is) our second largest service area,” said Rita Forden, CEO of Komen Chicago. Monies will fund breast health education, screening, treatment, treatment support and patient navigation services to uninsured and underserved women and men in need. Walkers and runners can participate as individuals or as part of a team in a choice of events.
SPLASHY 'CHRISTMAS IN JULY'
WHERE: East End Pool, 463 Schiller St., Elmhurst
WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28
COST & INFO: Free with pool admission; 630-993-4724, www.epd.org
Just because Santa works his way down the chimney in December doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the perks of Christmas during the warm summer months. Elmhurst’s East End Pool heralds “Christmas in July” with reindeer games, Christmas trivia contest, music and possibly even an appearance from Santa (if he can find a few minutes to spare at his workshop). The cheery holiday event, open to all ages, is free with paid admission to the pool.
MUSIC AT THE GAZEBO
WHERE: Wild Meadows Trace Park, Prairie Path and Spring Road, Elmhurst
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1
COST & INFO: Free; www.springroad.com, 630-834-6060
Elmhurst’s Thursday night Music at the Gazebo provides an excuse to start the weekend a little early with a free concert by The Celtic Aires folk band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit back and enjoy the talented performers. After the Aug. 1 concert, the next date is Aug. 15, when the series will showcase contemporary rock music by Empty Pockets.
BIG RIGS AND KIDS
WHERE: Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave., Villa Park
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27
COST & INFO: Free; www.vprd.org, 630-834-8970
There's just something about trucks that draws kids in and keeps them amazed. The same will hold true at the Big Rigs and Kids event put on by Parks and Recreation of Villa Park. Children will be able to explore the various large trucks and machinery in a hands-on environment. The event is open to all ages, and there will be an Early Childhood Open House complete with a tour of the preschool and a free craft opportunity inside the Community Center.