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A competitor takes part in the 2012 John Kurtz 5K Run/Walk. (Photo provided)

Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions – a 5K run in Bensenville to support injured veterans; a free Irish dance workshop preceding a concert by the celebrated Trinity Irish Dancers; a pizza contest in Addison, and a lively downtown party in Elmhurst two nights a week this summer.

Starts at Pines Park, 4N500 Church Road, Bensenville
WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3
COST & INFO: $20 until 2 p.m. Aug. 2, and $25 day of race at 7 a.m.; sign up at or Bensenville Park District’s Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood St.;
For the 10th year, Bensenville Park District will coordinate a 5K run and walk winding through the wooded White Pines subdivision. Named after the longtime Fenton coach, The Red, White & Blue John Kurtz 5K Run/Walk will support the Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Program, which assists veterans who are injured, ill or wounded. New this year, runners can pick up their race bibs, goodie bag and shirt from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Runner's Soul, 124 N. York St., Elmhurst. The run will include lunch and live music. Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies also helps veterans transition to civilian life through health, fitness training and social networking opportunities.

Timothy Christian School, 188 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst
WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 6 and 7
COST & INFO: $15 at;, 877-326-2328
"Damhsa" dance concert will highlight Trinity Irish Dancers, Men of Trinity and Trinity's Touring Group, fresh from summer tours in France and Poland. It offers a free dance workshop with the cast from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. both days, open to all, and led by world champions Peter Dziak of Villa Park and Tyler Schwartz. Elmhurst native Brittany Smith, newly crowned Miss Illinois and an Irish dancer, will be master of ceremonies. "Damhsa" will offer works never performed in the Chicago area, including "Out of the Woods" and "The Black Rose" by Emmy-winning Artistic Director Mark Howard, plus the world premiere of "Hooley Hustle" from noted choreographer Sean Curran. Internationally recognized musicians will take part.

Elmhurst City Centre off York Road and First Street through downtown
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday until Labor Day
COST & INFO: Free;, 630-993-1600; Scottie Long Productions at
Elmhurst musician Scottie Long coordinates the music for this summer's Block to Block Party, bringing entertainment to his hometown streets two nights a week until Labor Day. The evenings offer free music, family fun and a variety of specials around town, all detailed on the City Centre website. The Wednesday night events include a classic car show to complement the outdoor concert.

Village Green, east of Village Hall, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6
COST & INFO: $1 per slice; 630-458-4500,
Chicago is known for its pizza, and Italian pie makers in the area are about to face off in the “Addison by the Slice” pizza bake-off, presented by the village of Addison along with National Night Out. Bring your appetite to the event, because there’s going to be plenty of pizza for just $1 per slice alongside Vegas style musical entertainment by Tony Ocean. Don’t forget to cast your vote for Best Pizza in Addison, and stick around to see who will capture the title.

Enchanted Castle, 1103 S. Main St., Lombard Pines shopping center, Lombard
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4
COST & INFO: 99 cents per attraction; 630-953-7860,
You can beat the heat at Enchanted Castle's Summer Fun Days. For one weekend only, every attraction at the amusement complex will cost just 99 cents, including Go-Karts, Krazy Bumper Kars, Laser Tag, Miniature Golf and Kids Quest Softplay. All tickets will be valid until 2 p.m. Snacks also will cost 99 cents, including mini cheese pizza, nachos and soft pretzels.